Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Pump Up Your Book Announces Duane Harden's 5 Easy Steps to Financial Freedom Blog Tour

Pump Up Your Book is pleased to announce Duane Harden's 5 Easy Steps to Financial Freedom Virtual Book Publicity Tour 2012 beginning July 2 and ending on August 24 2012. Duane will be on hand during his nationwide tour talking about his book in candid interviews and guest posts! Lots of fun along the way as Duane stops off at blogs around the world to give his fans a chance to ask him questions about finances and to find out more about his brand new book. As an added bonus, Duane is giving away a $10,000 prize! To find out more details click on banner below or visit his official tour page at http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2012/06/24/pump-up-your-book-presents-5-easy-steps-to-financial-freedom-virtual-book-publicity-tour-2012-10000-giveaway/.

About Duane Harden

5 Easy Steps to Financial Freedom 2Duane Harden just doesn’t teach you theory but rather you learn through his very own life hands-on experiences that come along with building a strong portfolio of successful businesses, including residential and commercial real estate, a restaurant, a music company, and many more. He began with no financial education, but he was determined and inspired. Today he leads a Cash Flow Club where he mentors entrepreneurs on how to start and grow their business so they, too, can become financially free. His latest book is 5 Easy Steps to Financial Freedom: Do What You Love & Get Rich Doing It. Visit Duane Harden’s website at http://www.ceoebooks.com. Check out Duane Harden’s blog: http://duaneharden.blog.com/about/ To get your paperback copy of 5 EASY STEPS TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM by Duane Harden at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Easy-Steps-Financial-Freedom-Doing/dp/0984822704/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335047035&sr=8-1?books0df4-20 To get your ebook copy of 5 EASY STEPS TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM by Duane Harden for your Kindle: To purchase a copy of 5 EASY STEPS TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM by Duane Harden at Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/5-easy-steps-to-financial-freedom-duane-harden/1110871992?ean=9780984822706 Pick up your copy of 5 EASY STEPS TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM by Duane Harden on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/5-easy-steps-to-financial/id519796307?mt=11 Like Duane Harden on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/5EasyStepsToFinancialFreedom Follow Duane Harden on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/CEOeBooks

About 5 Easy Steps to Financial Freedom

If you hate your job and feel stuck in life, and believe that your skills, education, or lack of finances prevent you from taking a chance on something new, then you need to read 5 Easy Steps to Financial Freedom: Do What You Love & Get Rich Doing It by Duane Harden. Conversationally written, and peppered with humorous drawings, helpful worksheets, and key tips, 5 Easy Steps to Financial Freedom: Do What You Love & Get Rich Doing It shows you to do nothing short of changing your life. Harden helps you figure out what your passions are and how to turn them into profitable businesses. When you love what you do, he says, it isn’t work and any business then becomes a real pleasure. Because attitude is everything, Harden demonstrates how to say yes to opportunity, yes to financial freedom and no to the naysayers who would pull you down while trying to elevate themselves (he calls this a crab pot mentality). Practice the Law of Attraction, he advises, by putting up vision boards around you that have photographs of the things you want in your life. If you imagine yourself rich and happy and doing what you love, you attract those things to you. Plus, you are more likely to go out and do the concrete things you need to do to make that life a reality. Harden doesn’t just advise. He practices what he preaches. His 90-day action plan comes from Harden’s own reading, attending seminars, completing home-study courses, and pursuing a variety of his very own life experiences, including purchasing numerous real-estate properties. His “Life Assignments” can help you to begin to think and act differently. His “Keys” point out truths about learning to live a wealthier life style. Rich people are not afraid to take chances, he says, and those chances always pay off. From putting your financial house in order to discovering what really makes you tick, 5 Easy Steps to Financial Freedom will change your life and make you wealthy while doing it.

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About Pump Up Your Book

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Tuesday's Child - The Muse by author Jeanette Baker


About Jeanette Baker

Black and white promo photo (2)Jeanette Baker is the award-winning author of fifteen novels, published by Pocket, Kensington and Mira Books, many of them set in the lush countryside of historical and contemporary Ireland where she lives and writes during the summer months. Her ancestors, the O’Flahertys, hail from Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands located off the coast of Galway. She takes great pride in the prayer posted by the English over the ancient city gates, ‘From the wrath of the O’Flahertys, may the good Lord deliver us.’
Lauded as an author who has created a niche in the world of the time-travel paranormal, Jeanette’s previous stories have all taken place in Scotland and Ireland. Convinced that America has its own mystical elements, she set WITCH WOMAN in Salem, Massachusetts.
Jeanette graduated from the University of California at Irvine and holds a Masters Degree in Education. For the remainder of the year, she teaches in Southern California, reads constantly, attempts to navigate the confusing world of Facebook and, more recently e-publishing, concocts creations from interesting cook books and enjoys the company of friends and her grown children. She is the RITA award-winning author of the paranormal NELL.
You can visit Jeanette’s website at jeanettebaker.com
TUESDAY’s  CHILD – the Muse

I discovered Georgette Heyer when I was 18 years old and subsequently fell in love with England’s Regency and Georgian periods. It was during a visit to London in 1971 that I found THESE OLD SHADES, still one of my favorite novels. I spent the rest of my trip with my nose in one after another of Heyer’s wonderful books.
I’ve always been a reader, happy to spend long hours curled up in a chair mentally transplanted to other eras, other worlds. My mother’s aunt, a woman who disliked children on principle, made a practice of inviting me for a portion of every summer because I could be counted on to remain invisible as long as I had a book in hand. For the longest time I wasn’t loyal to a particular genre. I read Ray Bradbury and Theodore Taylor with the same enjoyment as C.S. Lewis and Judy Blume. In high school I graduated to the Bronte sisters, Alan Paton and Tolkien.  As an adult,  free to choose my own reading material, I gravitate toward Anna Quindlen, Joan Didion, But it was Georgette Heyer and her brilliant depictions of “the Ton” that drew me back again and again to that narrow world of rigid class mores, scintillating dialogue and those brave heroines who defied the social order even if ever so slightly. The inevitable happy ending gave me confidence that my read would be a satisfying one.
TUESDAY’S CHILD was inspired by Georgette Heyer, a woman who ordered pancakes and maple syrup for dessert and who scribbled plot points on napkins. Because of her, I was called to write about glittering galas, Almacks, first seasons, gaming, riding in Hyde Park and the brittle, stiletto-like ripostes of men and women  born to excessive wealth and privilege.
Even more, I wanted to expose the differences between England’s upper class, 200 families who dictated behavior and dominated the politics of their generation, and America, a land of colonists who believed that “earning ones fortune” was preferable to inheriting it. I wanted the conflict to be as strong as possible. What could be stronger than a staunch American Federalist, the newlywed daughter-in-law of a United States Senator, a war hawk whose son had been impressed by the British navy, and an English duke, Wellington’s confidante, recently returned from Waterloo due to a war injury, unwillingly enlisted to find the missing son and husband all taking place on the eve of the War of 1812.
            Unlike Heyer’s novels and the earlier Regencies, TUESDAY’S CHILD is extremely sensual. It is a love story that stretches the limits of marriage, of betrayal, of reconciliation and redefines the meaning of loyalty.  TUESDAY’S CHILD is my first American historical.  I’ve only written two. If you enjoy it, please consider THE RECKONING, a Last of the Mohicans-type novel.

Visit me at Jeanettebaker.com

Tuesday's ChildAbout Tuesday’s Child

Possessed of a luminous beauty and a delicate grace that belied her spirit and fierce intelligence, Tess Bradford left Maryland for London on a mission of greatest importance. Her husband, a devout patriot, had been seized by the British navy, and only one man could help her secure his release. He was James Devereaux, Duke of Langley, and former aide to Wellington. But Tess wasn’t prepared for the passion that burned beneath Devereaux’s implacable demeanor.
Wealthy and powerful, Devereaux could choose any woman he wanted to provide him with an heir. But Tess sparked in him a raging duel of loyalties. She was an American—and someone else’s wife. Yet she aroused a desire that could destroy his reason…or ignite a love as strong as the winds of battle that raged around them—a love too powerful to resist.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Interview with J. Thomas Shaw, author of The Rx Factor


ABOUT J. THOMAS SHAW

jthomasshaw photo 1 (2)J. Thomas Shaw was born in Quincy, Illinois, and attended the University of Oklahoma and Illinois State University. Following graduation, he moved to Chicago and had a highly successful professional career. He now resides in Southern California with his wife and their two children. Prior to his relocation to California, Mr. Shaw lived for six years in Durham, North Carolina and two years on a ranch outside of Cotopaxi, Colorado. He has traveled extensively throughout the Bahamas’, Caribbean and Mexico. The scenes throughout The RX Factor takes place in the various locations that the author has lived or experienced in his travels. Throughout the process of writing The RX Factor, the author consulted with his good friend, Johnny Powers Ph.D.
Dr. Powers holds a bachelor degree in Chemistry from Wake Forest University, a masters in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University, a PhD in Biochemical Engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. Dr. Powers has over 20 years experience in the biomedical field, with extensive experience in developing and marketing new diagnostic tests for the early detection and management of cancer. Dr. Powers most recently served as the President of TriPath Oncology; a North Carolina-based biotechnology company focused on developing innovative medical tests for ovarian, cervical and breast cancer. TriPath imaging was sold to a major multi-national medical diagnostics company in 2006. In his career, Dr. Powers has dealt extensively with the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and various government agencies, and has published numerous scientific research papers and holds medical patents in both the US and Canada. He now resides in the New England area with his wife and two children.
You can visit his website at www.therxfactor.com.
Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, J. Thomas Shaw.  Can you tell us how long you’ve been writing professionally and how your journey led to writing your latest book, The RX Factor?

A: I contribute much of my twenty- three years of success in my business career to my writing ability, but taking on a novel was a whole different animal. I have always wanted to write a novel and was at the stage in my life where I was able to make the time to accomplish that dream.

A few years ago I was diagnosed with a rare heart disease. I went to see the cardiologist who literally wrote the book on this disease. The doctor informed me that with a reduced activity lifestyle and daily medications, I could expect to live a normal lifespan. He went on to tell me that, in all likelihood, there would not be a cure for this disease in my lifetime. Being that I was only 42 when diagnosed, I was surprised to be told by a man who had devoted his life to studying the disease, that a chance for a cure was unrealistic over the next forty years.

I was then shocked when he told the reason was because there was no money in finding a cure. This led me to investigating further. I discovered that this is the general philosophy in the medical profession. Healthy people do not buy prescription drugs or need medical care, so why would anyone want to put themselves out of business by curing people.

It was at that moment that I knew I had a great story to share with the world.

Q: I love your title…can you tell us why you chose it?

A: The RX Factor is the perfect title for this book. “RX” is the universal symbol for prescription medications. These drugs make Big Pharma billions of dollars each year and is the primary “factor” why there has not been a cure produced for any major human disease since 1955 (polio).

Q: Why did you believe your book should be published?

A: My novel is a ripped from the headlines, fact based, commercial thriller that will appeal to anyone who enjoys this genre. It has already received outstanding reviews and I am confident that everyone who reads the book will truly enjoy it (and learn something along the way).

Q: Can you tell us the story behind your book cover? Did you choose it or did your publisher, Langdon Street Press have full control?  Were you happy with the decision or did you have something else in mind?

A: I was able to help design the cover and am extremely pleased with the final product.

Q: How have you approached marketing your book?  Do you have someone doing it for you or have you had to do most of the marketing yourself?

A: I have two PR firms – one focusing on radio and print and the other focusing on social media. In addition, my publisher is marketing to all of the book stores and I have a full time staff working on my national book tour.  In addition to all of that, I personally spend 20 hours per week on marketing.

Thus far I am very pleased with the progress. My book trailer has been viewed over 50,000 times on You Tube and I have over 12,000 followers on Twitter and Facebook.

Q: What book on the market can it compare to?  How is it different?  What makes your book special?

A: I have been so busy working on this project that I have not had a chance to read a new book in a couple of years. There is no book like The RX Factor that I am aware of. However, if John Grisham were to write a fast paced medical/political thriller researched by Dan Brown and with Robin Cook providing technical assistance, the story may be similar to what I have written.

Q: Open to a random page in your book.  Can you tell us what is happening?

A: On page 69, our hero, Ryan Matthews has booked airline tickets for him and Jordan Carver (heroine) to travel from the Bahamian island of Exuma to Chicago. Ryan is going back to the states for the first time in five years to coordinate a meeting between his old buddy from the FBI and Jordan in an effort to launch an investigation into the murder of her aunt and uncle as well as the attempts on her life.

Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

A: My next book takes a look at a world in the future where the human race has evolved into an enlightened race with the highest ethical and moral values. This is a world where currency is not required and organized religion is ancient history. I think readers will be interested to discover what happens to this utopian society when the problems of today emerge into this future world.
  
Q: Thank you for your interview, John.  Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and how everyone can buy your book?

A: Please check out my web site: www.therxfactor.com for reviews, excerpts, a book trailer, vacation sweepstakes, review contests and of course links to buy my book. You can also follow me on Twitter @thejshawfactor.

ABOUT THE RX FACTOR

The RX Factor book cover_0001 (3)Five years after the death of his wife and children, Ryan Matthews is living alone with memories of his failed career in cancer research when fellow scientist Jordan Carver catches his eye. Preparing for a move to Mexico, Jordan plans to open a clinic where terminal patients will have affordable access to experimental medication. Despite Ryan’s skepticism on her willingness to bypass the FDA drug approval process, he is intrigued by Jordan’s passion and determination to provide alternative care to terminal patients. But when a violent explosion leaves the small Bahamian island of Exuma on edge, Ryan knows his life has once again been forever altered.
Drawn together by circumstance, attraction, and shared ambition, Ryan and Jordan become united in their international quest for the truth. The two embark on an explosive thrill ride ending in Washington, D.C., where the couple unravels the country’s best-kept secret: the government will stop at nothing to maintain the American way of life, with heartbreak and sickness for all.
To find out more about J. Thomas Shaw, please visit www.therxfactor.com

Friday, June 15, 2012

Interview with Linda Schroeder, author of 'Artists and Thieves'


Linda Schroeder divides her time between the bright sun of California and the high mountains of Colorado. She has a Master’s degree in English and one in Communicative Disorders/Audiology. In addition to her novel, Artists & Thieves, she has published a college text.
Her early interest in English expanded to include language disorders and she began a second career as an audiologist and aural rehabilitation therapist working with deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adults.
Currently, she studies and practices Chinese brush painting, celebrating the vitality and energy of nature. She follows art and art theft blogs and writes her own blog about art and sometimes includes reviews of novels. She is working on two more novels, a second Mai Ling novel about the Diamond Sutra, and a Sammy Chan art mystery about the forgery of a Goya painting.
You can visit her website at www.artistsandthieves.com.

Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Linda.  Can you tell us how long you’ve been writing and how your journey led to writing your latest book, Artists & Thieves?

I’ve been writing for many years. In my career working with people with language and hearing difficulties I constantly wrote clinical reports, business letters, and research projects. When I retired, I wanted to get back to the creative use of language--my first Master’s degree was in English. I enrolled in a class on how to write a mystery novel at UCSD. I wanted to write a traditional detective story but the plots I tried--kidnapping, murder, huge bombs exploding--absolutely did not work for me. I discovered I wanted to create characters who were passionate about life, not killers. I kept the mystery genre but used art and artists to explore the opposite attitudes of greed and the need to possess things versus respect for beauty and the need to honor it.

Q: How did you choose your title and was it your first choice?

Choosing a title wasn’t easy. My first working title was Camera Obscura because the art object in the story is an ancient Chinese bronze bowl depicting a camera obscura. But there is a UK band named Camera Obscura so I gave that up and tried The Oracle’s Bowl, The Bronze Bowl, and several others. Finally I chose Artists & Thieves simply because the characters are artists and thieves. Sometimes the obvious works best.

Q: We all know that publishers can’t do all of the publicity and that some lies on the author.  What has your publisher done so far to publicize the book and what have you done?

My publisher had a distributor who, when the book first came out, represented the book to the major book chains. But publisher and distributor parted. My publisher referred me to a major publicist but, frankly, he cost a whole lot of money which I didn’t have. Locally, I enjoy book signings and talking to mystery groups like SistersInCrime and The Mystery Club. Now I am doing a Internet author tour.

Q: Open to a random page in your book.  Can you tell us what is happening?

 This is one of my favorite scenes and a hard one to make clear to the reader. The random page, and I actually did open to a random page, lands us in the middle of a Marx Brothers-type scene with six characters moving in and out of rooms. The heroine, Mai Ling, has just broken into the art collector’s mansion at the kitchen door to recover the looted Chinese bowl. Her rival and former lover, Hunter, has just entered at the veranda door intent on stealing the bowl. At the same time, the art collector’s widow of two hours arrives home with three friends and they enter through the front door.  In order for the reader to understand that the six characters are acting simultaneously, I show precisely where each one is using separate paragraphs, and then visually reinforce that on the page by using three line spaces between paragraphs as the action jumps from one to the other.

Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

Yes. I’m writing two more art mysteries. I don’t work from outlines. I am a “blank page” writer. I stare at the computer screen and write hoping to find the characters and plot. That requires a lot of rewriting but leads to wonderful inspirations. I’m working on a second Mai Ling adventure involving the first century Buddhist scroll, the Diamond Sutra. The Diamond Sutra is real. The second novel is an art forgery story about a Francisco Goya painting. I invented the Goya painting. It’s a great painting. In fact, one woman in my writing group spent half and hour trying to find it on the Internet. I was very flattered that she thought it was real but had to confess that it was a blank-pager’s “Aha” moment of creation.

Q: What is the one thing you learned about your book AFTER it was published?

I learned that even after publication, anything that can go wrong will go wrong. The first printing was printed from the wrong PDF. The publisher and distributor had legal battles. A whole lot of back orders for the book went to Borders and got sucked into the bankruptcy vortex. I’ve almost recovered--which is why I am thankful for this Internet tour.

Q: What is your most favorite time of the day or night to write?

I can write best late at night when it is quiet and the phone doesn’t ring. I try to do Chinese brush painting in the daylight so I can see what I am doing. But being isolated by a dark outside world helps me write.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Interview with Frances Pauli, author of Twelve Dances


Frances Pauli writes speculative fiction with romantic touches. Her books are published through Mundania Press LLC, Awe-Struck, and Devine Destinies, and her short stories are featured in various anthologies. More information on her worlds and writing can be found on her website and blog, where she also offers free online stories, web serials, and podcasts. More info on Frances and her writing can be found at: http://francespauli.com.

Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Frances.  Can you tell us how long you’ve been writing and how your journey led to writing your latest book, Twelve Dances?

Thank you for the welcome. I’m happy to be here. I began writing very young, but only recently became serious about finishing my stories and pursuing a career as an author. My first acceptance came in 2009 and my first book came out in 2010 through Devine Destinies. I’ve written six books for them since that one and one short story. Twelve Dances was my holiday release for 2011, and is my second seasonal themed book through Devine Destinies.

Q: How did you choose your title and was it your first choice?

Twelve Dances was my first choice. The story is a tribute to the Nutcracker and Twelve Dancing Princesses. In it, a woman who collects Nutcrackers begins to have recurring dreams where they come alive. Each night she dreams of dancing with one of the “princes,” and she has twelve nights, or dances, to find the one that she can fall in love with. 

Q: We all know that publishers can’t do all of the publicity and that some lies on the author.  What has your publisher done so far to publicize the book and what have you done?

The folks at Devine and Extasy are marvelous for supporting their authors. First and foremost, they get the books visible through a lot of distribution channels and booksellers. They request book reviews and purchase advertising as well as promotional opportunities for our authors to make use of, like a very nicely functioning chat room, the house blogs and even this book tour. For my part, I blog regularly and make as much use of social media sites as possible without losing too much writing time. I participate in the Romance Trading Cards site and offer cards of my book covers to readers. I also attend science fiction conventions and try to do panels and classes at online and in person events.

Q: Open to a random page in your book.  Can you tell us what is happening?

Claire is in the dream world dancing through the mist with one of the nutcracker princes. Tonight, however, instead of the whimsical fairy tale, her dance partner has turned hostile. The dream princes have noticed her favoritism toward their newest member and have turned dark and dead set against letting her anywhere near the one she truly wants. Instead of a crystal dance floor, they waltz across a mosaic of swords and muskets and Claire’s partner’s arms are as rigid and unyielding, his face suddenly flat and lifeless…

Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

Twelve Dances is a standalone story, but I absolutely do have plans for more books. I am working on a series of stories now that are set in a post-apocalyptic, fantasy world.

Q: What is the one thing you learned about your book AFTER it was published?

Once you let that story out into the world, it must stand on its own, and you have to let it go. I liken it to parenthood in the sense that you can prepare your child as much as possible, give them all the strength and skills you can, but once they are out the door you have to stop messing with them and let them shine on their own. I almost always find something in a story I would still tweak or alter after publication, but the book that went to print is the one you stand by and are proud of.

Q: What is your most favorite time of the day or night to write?

I prefer to write in the evening, but I produce far more words in the morning. I suspect that is due to less distraction in the early hours.

Q: What is usually better – the book or the movie?

The book, hands down. If a movie has been adapted from a book, I try to read the book first for exactly that reason. When I read, I can insert the faces and descriptions that my imagination chooses. The movie decides all of that for you. So skipping the book, to me, is losing out on that co-creation with the author—the merging of their words and my fancy.

Q:  You’re about to write your next book.  What did you learn from your previous book to help you write your next book?

I am in the process of learning more and more about structure. I came to the writing process as a very seat-of-the-pants style writer, but I have learned with each book, that having that skeleton of organization, pacing, plot points etc. really deepens the book itself. I try each time to incorporate that depth and new understanding of how story unfolds.

Q: Finally, what’s your best tip you can give to writers who want to be published?

Don’t stop writing. That means even after you’ve finished, polished and sent your novel out to submission. Write another one. Keep writing material while you wait. You may find your craft improving a great deal through practice, and the worst that can happen is you have even more inventory to offer when the yes finally comes in.
  
Q: Thank you for your interview, Frances.  Do you have any final words?

Thank you so much for having me. I appreciate the opportunity to join the tour and any chance to support a fantastic publisher. The crew at Devine Destinies are amazing, professional and supportive of their authors. I feel very privileged to work with them.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

The Bathroom Book of Romance: Interview with Barry Eva

Barry Eva 3ABOUT BARRY EVA

Born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England, Barry left his beloved England in 2000, moving to the USA. Under the name "Storyheart” he released his best selling YA novel “Across the Pond” which currently has over 100 reviews on Amazon. Barry is also well known as the host of the popular radio show "A Book and a Chat" with over 450 shows under his belt. Popular for narrating his stories on local TV or as a guest on other media stations, Barry's whit, oratory, and old-fashioned English charm make him a popular interviewee. The Bathroom Book of Romance – Book 1 is the first of a series of book sharing his previously published online, short romance stories. Find out more at http://romance2read.com

The Bathroom Book of RomanceABOUT THE BATHROOM BOOK OF ROMANCE

This compilation, the first in a series of books with short stories, is short enough to read over a cup of tea or coffee, or whenever you have some time to yourself, yet long enough to bring a tear to your eye or a smile to your face. In fact some people call them “bathroom stories” as that might be the only place you get five minutes peace and quiet to yourself.


Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life!  Now that your book has been published, we’d love to find out more about the process.  Can we begin by having you take us at the beginning?  Where did you come up with the idea to write your book?

“Are you sitting comfortably, now I’ll begin?” Is how “Listen with Mother” children’s radio program many, many years ago. Part of that fifteen minute, once a day program for children on the BBC radio was a short story. Perhaps that is where my interest in short stories came from? After going through the normal writing of poetry which went into writing songs, and being a true English romantic I started writing short romance stories. These stories spread over a number of years the rate of creation often depending on the emotional state I was in at the time.  And so started the creation of what has become the first book in the “Bathroom Book of Romance” series.

Q: How hard was it to write a book like this and do you have any tips that you could pass on which would make the journey easier for other writers?

Writing was not that hard as a lot of the stories had already been created over many years. The hardest part was selecting the stories for book 1, saving some for boo2, and then sorting out what will become a Christmas special of holiday stories. Not just that… but working with my publisher to migrate the stories into a format that could be incorporated into Book 1.


Q: Who is your publisher and how did you find them or did you self-publish?

My publisher “Bookateer Publishing”, I am lucky I do a lot of book sighing events with one of the owners of this publisher “MJ Allaire” who is the author of the great YA series “The Denicalis Dragon Chronicles” (www.denicalisdragonchronicles)

As her books are about dragons, and of course my YA book is a lot to do with England, I dress up as St George and defend the people purchasing her books or is it defend the dragons? Not sure quire which. Any way we do the sighing stuff together. So when I was looking for a publisher I of course went to MJ. The rest, as they say, is history.

Q: Is there anything that surprised you about getting your first book published?

This is not my first book, but is my first E- Book, I was surprised as to just how much work was required to get the book into the correct format, the issues with pictures and the amount of work that still had to be done to get it accepted.

Q: Can you describe the feeling you had when you saw your published book for the first time?

From experience with my first actual book I knew that holding it was something special, with an E-Book it is not quite the same, however the fact I have used my own name with this E-Book rather than my pen name (Storyheart) meant that little bit more seeing it there online and available to download, and as for the first review… well any review is special. I am lucky that my YA book Across the Pond now has over 120 reviews and every one good or bad (lucky most are good) is something special.

Q: What other books (if any) are you working on and when will they be published?

There are two further books (at least) in the bathroom book of romance, book two is another group of stories, and there is a special “Christmas” version that I will be bringing out next year of some special holiday stories.

Q: Finally, what message (if any) are you trying to get across with your book?

If I can make a person smile, bring a tear to their eye or just give them the “ahhh!” feeling then I have done my job.

Q: Thank you again for this interview!  Do you have any final words?

Thank you for this opportunity to chat today; it has been a pleasure…

As I always end my radio shows…

“Bye for now.”


Monday, June 04, 2012

Book Spotlight: John Locke: Philosopher of American Liberty



Mary-Elaine Swanson has done an invaluable service for this and subsequent generations by resurrecting awareness and presenting an accurate knowledge of John Locke and his reasoning through an uncensored view of his life, writings, and incalculable influence on America. This book will help Americans understand the importance of Locke’s thinking for American constitutionalism today.
You will learn the real meaning of the “law of nature” as it was embraced in Colonial America and the separation of church and state embraced in the Constitution. The founding fathers looked to Locke as the source of many of their ideas. Thomas Jefferson considered Locke as one of the three greatest men that ever lived.
Locke advocated separation of the state from the church and extension of religious toleration. Locke’s political writings were an enormous influence on America’s founders in the preservation of liberty and the establishment of representative government. Locke’s contributions to American Liberty can clearly be seen interwoven in our colonial Declarations of Rights, paraphrased in our Declaration of Independence, and incorporated into our Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Declaration is born of the extensively studied and widely taught Treatises On Civil Government by John Locke. There Locke reasoned the very purpose of forming civil government is the protection of property, and that “life, liberty, and property (pursuit of happiness)” are not three separate rights but intrinsically one great and inalienable right he called “property”—which begins with the life of the individual, then his liberty which is essential to his productivity, followed by the right to enjoy the fruits of his labors without fear that the government will confiscate his property. These inalienable rights are from God and legitimate government has no authority to take them away but is chartered in fact to preserve and protect liberty.
George Grant, PhD, Pastor & Educator, said, “Locke was the fountainhead of American liberty and…he may yet prove to be the harbinger of a new day of freedom ahead.”
Lawyer Robert M. Damir said, “This book should be read by anyone who is deeply troubled about the direction in which America is headed.”
Educator and Foundation President, Carole G. Adams, PhD, stated, “Because Americans generally are disconnected from their true national identity, this book should be in every home and every schoolroom.”
Hon Rick Green, lawyer, former Texas Representative, and educator, believes that, “Every state and national legislator in America needs to read this book.”
History & Government Study Groups leader, Ben Gilmore, said, “This book ranks among the ten most significant books of the decade. It should be read by every American pastor and activist patriot.”
Read an excerpt!
The Declaration Foundational to the Constitution (from chapter 15)

Today it is important for Christians also to understand that the fundamental natural law principles stated in the Declaration of Independence were foundational to the Constitution and were so understood as late as the 1860s. Indeed, at the Reconstruction Congress meeting in 1866, Thaddeus Stevens, in urging adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, declared:

It cannot be denied that this terrible struggle [of the Civil War] sprang from the vicious principles incorporated into the institutions of our country [i.e., slavery]. Our Fathers had been compelled to postpone the principles of their great Declaration, and wait for their full establishment till a more propitious time. That time ought to be present now.

Professor Erler, quoted at the beginning of this chapter, points out that references to the Declaration as law were so frequent in these debates that it is clear that the Reconstruction Congress was ratifying “a refounding of the regime“ in the Constitution that had occurred after the victory in the Civil War. He believes that the Civil War was, in a sense, “the last battle of the Revolutionary War,” because it was only the Reconstruction Amendments that brought the Constitution into line with the principles of the Declaration of Independence.

About Mary-Elaine Swanson and Ben Gilmore

Ben GilmoreMary-Elaine Swanson was a great lady and excellent scholar. She aptly and well represents America’s Christian history to the present age. Associated with the Christian history movement spearheaded by Verna M. Hall and Rosalie J. Slater of the Foundation for American Christian Education, Mrs. Swanson also conducted research and wrote for Marshall Foster’s Mayflower Institute, and later for James B. Rose’s American Christian History Institute. Ms. Swanson went to be with the Lord in May 2011.
Visit Nordskog Publishing athttp://nordskogpublishing.com/book-john-locke.shtmlto learn more about Ms. Swanson and her book.
Spokesperson: Mr. Ben Gilmore, whose papers have had nationwide distribution, is also involved in education. The Principles of America’s truehistory and government are incorporated into his newspaper column. He and his wife founded ACH Study Groups and Parent Educators’ Resource Center, supplementing the efforts of home educators. As a staff member of Youth With a Mission, he and his family have been around the world. He is also active in local government, having been nominated several times for legislative office.
Ben Gilmore and his wife Fran live California.  For more information about ACH Study Groups and Mr. Gilmore visit: www.ACHStudyGroups.com