Friday, September 25, 2015

Press release: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with 'Latina Authors and Their Muses'

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(September 25, 2015, Kingsport, TN)

Wisdom and Inspiration from Latina Authors in New Compilation
Latina Authors and Their Muses features advice from 40 women writers

As the Hispanic American population of the U.S. increases, with influences ranging from Mexico to Central America and the Caribbean, so does interest in literature inspired by those cultures. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by delving into Latina Authors and Their Muses.

Award-winning author Mayra Calvani has now edited a collection of interviews with 40 Latina authors living in the U.S. and writing in English. Latina Authors and Their Muses is an inspirational and informative book focusing on the craft of writing and the business of publishing, one that provides aspiring writers with the nuts and bolts of the business.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Interview with Janis Bolton Drinnon, author of He IS Real

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Title: He IS Real
Author: Janis Bolton Drinnon
Publisher: Xlibris
Pages: 109
Genre: Poetry
Format: Kindle/Paperback/Hardcover

Janis began writing poetry in earnest after her first poem was published in an anthology in 1994 at age seventy- two. Following this, several of her poems were published in different anthologies through the years where she received numerous editors’ choice awards.

The spiritual nature of Janis’ poems reflects her deep religious faith. In 1998, a book of her inspirational poems and selected Bible verses, “In HIS Care,” was published as a fiftieth anniversary remembrance. In 1999, singer Jody Murphy selected a poem, He Is Real, from this book to sing and record in Nashville, TN.

Afterwards, Janis was selected for Marquis Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Silver 25th Edition, Marquis Who’s Who in America, 52nd Edition, and Dictionary of International Biography, 26th Edition. She was elected to the International Poetry Hall of Fame in 1996.

Janis Bolton was born July 28, 1922 in Pineville, KY to Clyde Herman and Violet Hendrickson Bolton. She married Kenneth C. Drinnon June 13, 1948 and had one daughter, Dena Daryl Drinnon.

She was educated in Harrogate, TN elementary school, Middlesboro, KY high school, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, journalism classes, and Newspaper Institute of America correspondence courses. While attending college, Janis wrote articles for local newspapers.

Janis has enjoyed a fulfilling versatile life in the arts as evidenced by the following: As a young teenager, she sang solos on children’s radio programs at WNOX in Knoxville, TN and sang in university and church choirs. She organized a drama department then produced and directed religious plays for Alice Bell Baptist Church, Knoxville, TN. And now, she is publishing her poetry book “He IS Real,” that contains many of her inspirational poems and selected Bible verses. 

Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

It is a collection of my original poetry that is augmented by King Version Bible verses selected by me to give weight and beauty to my book. The Bible verses are arranged on the facing page to the poem and presented in meter form and rhythm. The publisher added a beautiful flower motif on each page at my request that makes for an overall eye catching presentation. My overall vision was that the book would appeal to the spiritual nature of my readers.

Do you plan subsequent books?

I'm still thinking on it.

When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing poetry in 1994 when I was 72 years old to fulfill invitations to submit my poems to various anthologies.

Did writing this book teach you anything?

It taught me to set a goal and stick to it.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Janis Bolton Drinnon Janis began writing poetry in earnest after her first poem was published in an anthology in 1994 at age seventy- two. Following this, several of her poems were published in different anthologies through the years where she received numerous editors’ choice awards. The spiritual nature of Janis’ poems reflects her deep religious faith. In 1998, a book of her inspirational poems and selected Bible verses, “In HIS Care,” was published as a fiftieth anniversary remembrance. In 1999, singer Jody Murphy selected a poem, He Is Real, from this book to sing and record in Nashville, TN. Afterwards, Janis was selected for Marquis Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Silver 25th Edition, Marquis Who’s Who in America, 52nd Edition, and Dictionary of International Biography, 26th Edition. She was elected to the International Poetry Hall of Fame in 1996. Janis Bolton was born July 28, 1922 in Pineville, KY to Clyde Herman and Violet Hendrickson Bolton. She married Kenneth C. Drinnon June 13, 1948 and had one daughter, Dena Daryl Drinnon. She was educated in Harrogate, TN elementary school, Middlesboro, KY high school, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, journalism classes, and Newspaper Institute of America correspondence courses. While attending college, Janis wrote articles for local newspapers. Janis has enjoyed a fulfilling versatile life in the arts as evidenced by the following: As a young teenager, she sang solos on children’s radio programs at WNOX in Knoxville, TN and sang in university and church choirs. She organized a drama department then produced and directed religious plays for Alice Bell Baptist Church, Knoxville, TN. And now, she is publishing her poetry book “He IS Real,” that contains many of her inspirational poems and selected Bible verses.

Guest post: "The One Thing" by Jane Tesh, author of 'Butterfly Waltz'

 
          My writing life is my whole life.  Every single thing that happens becomes Story.  Every event, good or bad, turns into How Can I Use That?  Every person I meet becomes a potential character, or a part of one, as I make a quick description.  Elderly lady with backpack as big as she is.  What is she carrying? Books?  Herbs?  Another little old lady?  Teenager with purple hair cuddling a large toy orca. Why an orca? Was she raised by whales?   Impatient man jumping the line at Southwest Airlines, phone at his ear.  What makes him so special? Why doesn’t someone punch him?
Every emotion becomes material. Even in the middle of intense sadness, I can hear my Inner Author saying, “This is how your hero feels when he loses his one true love.”  It sometimes astonishes me how calculating I can be.  But a writer observes everything.  We can’t help it. It’s an odd way to live, but I wouldn’t trade it for any other way.  Here’s why.
In the movie City Slickers, aging cowboy Jack Palance is telling city boy Billy Crystal about the secret to life.  Billy is anxious to know this secret because he’s come on a dude ranch adventure to learn more about himself.  Jack holds up his index finger and says, “This!” Billy, ever the smartass, says, “Your finger?”  “No,” Jack says.  “The one thing.”  And he goes on to tell Billy that everyone should have that one thing that makes them get up in the morning and keep moving, no matter what.
I’ve always liked this scene, mainly because of the finger joke, but it’s true.  If you’re lucky enough to find that one thing that gives your life meaning and purpose, then you can handle whatever reality throws at you.
I walk every morning and get to work around 8 AM.  I write until noon, have lunch with my Chihuahua, Pearl, and then work until 2 or 3 PM.  I have several stories going, so if one stalls, I switch to another.  It’s not work because I love it. Writing is my one thing, and I’m forever grateful for this gift. 



Jane Tesh is a retired media specialist and pianist for the Andy Griffith Playhouse in Mt. Airy, NC, the real Mayberry. She is the author of the Madeline Maclin Series, A Case of Imagination, A Hard Bargain, A Little Learning, and A Bad Reputation, featuring former beauty queen, Madeline “Mac” Maclin and her con man husband, Jerry Fairweather.  Stolen Hearts is the first in the Grace Street Mystery Series, featuring PI David Randall, his psychic friend, Camden, Randall’s love interest, Kary Ingram, and Cam’s career-driven girlfriend, Ellin Belton, as well as an ever-changing assortment of Cam’s tenants.  Mixed Signals is the second in the series, followed by Now You See It and Just You Wait. Jane’s mysteries are all published by Poisoned Pen Press, located in Scottsdale, Arizona. Butterfly Waltz is her first published fantasy novel from Silver Leaf Books. All of Jane’s books are on the light side with humor and romance. 

Visit Jane’s website at www.janetesh.com and her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GraceStreetMysterySeries.  You can also find her on Goodreads, Amazon’s Author Central www.amazon.com/author/janetesh, and www.twitter.com/janetesh.





Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Interview with Valerie Constantine, co-author of 'Circle Dance'



Valerie Constantine was born in Baltimore, Maryland.  She has always loved books and spent too many nights reading by the light of her bedside lamp until 3 a.m.  (Those were the days when she was able to stay up that late.)  She graduated from Nancy Drew to Shakespeare and went on to study at the University of Maryland where she received a degree in English Literature. She is a contributing editor to The Big Thrill magazine and has also worked with St. John’s College as chair of their Meet The Authors Program. She is an active community volunteer working with a Washington, D.C. organization that fights human trafficking and also as president of Assistance League of the Chesapeake, a philanthropic organization that helps and supports children in need. In her spare time she reads, kayaks and travels.  Valerie lives in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and Zorba, their brilliant King Charles Cavalier.
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Title: Circle Dance
Author: Lynne Constantine & Valerie Constantine
Publisher: Bookbaby
Pages: 261
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Format: Paperback/Kindle/Audible/Nook

Young, smart and beautiful with everything figured out – or so they thought. Born into a prosperous Greek American family, sisters Nicole and Theodora have achieved the perfect balance between the old world rich in Greek tradition and the freedom of life in America.

Nicole’s world spins out of control when she falls for a married senator who shares her heritage and her dreams. The decisions she makes will affect the happiness of those closest to her and will define the woman she is to become.

As Theodora struggles to succeed at her marriage, she seeks the wisdom and council of her beloved Greek grandmother who has been happily married for over half a century. Ultimately she must come to terms with the reality of her own life and take responsibility for the role she has played in deceiving herself.

As the dramatic plot unfolds, the two young women must confront deceit and betrayal and their own shortcomings—while they struggle to preserve the values they cherish.

Set in Baltimore, Annapolis and the tiny island of Ikaria, Greece, Circle Dance provides a view into the lives of a dynamic family that has successfully achieved the American dream without abandoning the customs and traditions handed down through their Greek heritage.

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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?

My sister and I had talked for years about writing a book together. We went round and round with ideas, but none of them ever seemed to gel or excite us. Then, heeding the advice that you write what you know about, we decided to tell the story of the children and grandchildren of a Greek immigrant family, to present an ethnic group that didn’t have much representation in American literature. And so Circle Dance was born. (Before the book was published, My Big Fat Greek Wedding was released!).

We outlined the book and created our characters together and drew up a time line for ourselves, promising to write 15 pages a week. We alternated chapters and met weekly to discuss where we were so far and how to move on. We both had full time jobs at the time, so our writing was done at night and on weekends. As time went on, we edited each other’s work, which helped make the writing more seamless. The advantage of collaboration is that there is someone holding you accountable for your pages. You can’t slack off! And it’s great to have someone to run things by, to get another point of view.

The entire process took a year. In the end, we each took a week’s vacation and worked together around the clock to finish. It was both an exhausting and exhilarating experience.

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?

The most important tip I would pass on is keep writing. Do it everyday, even if you toss out some of it the next day. It’s just like working a muscle – the more you work it, the more limber it becomes. I always think of what my piano teacher used to tell me––practice makes easier!

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

We found, Cosmos, a small publisher in New Jersey, who published Greek textbooks, travel books, history and some literature. This was after countless query letters to agents and publishers and countless rejections. Cosmos took us on, had their editor make suggestions, and then published the book. They were really not equipped to do PR or advertising. We had some interest from Hollywood, but after talks, nothing happened. After several years, we decided to buy back the rights to Circle Dance and to self publish. We rewrote much of the book and, did indeed, go on to self publish.

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

We had such an unrealistic and naive picture of just what a publisher would do for us, especially a small publisher like Cosmos. As soon as we signed our contract, we assumed our books would appear in bookstores across the country and that our publisher would set up signings, perhaps a tour, and interviews. But of course, as debut authors with no track record, none of this happened. We made all the contacts ourselves, we went to bookstores, festivals, and to other groups to set up readings/signings. We reached out to magazines and newspapers for reviews and interviews. Ultimately, it fell to us to do the marketing for Circle Dance. And you have to remember that this was before the days of Facebook, Twitter, and all of the other social media forums we have today.

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

Lynne is working on the final edits for a thriller – The Veritas Deception – and together we are also in the final edits for another collaborative novel. I am in the beginning stages of a stand-alone novel of my own.

Q: What’s your favorite place to hang out online?

I’m a news junkie, and one of my favorite sites is BBC America, so my browser is often there or tuned to The New York Times online. I’ll admit that I can’t resist clicking on a juicy celebrity story now and again.

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

We want to show the universality of family values and traditions; that when you know your history, you know yourself. We live in an ever-changing world, but despite that, we are all creations of the history and traditions that have been passed on to us from generation to generation.

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

Thank you for your questions. They have taken me happily back to the beginning of a journey that has been filled with new places and new adventures.


Monday, September 14, 2015

Interview with Dr. Gabrielle Francis, author of 'The Rockstar Remedy'



Dr. Gabrielle Francis has been practicing natural medicine for more than thirty years.
She is a Naturopathic Doctor, Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, and Licensed Massage therapist. Dr. Francis currently practices in New York City as The Herban Alchemist.  She also operates Backstage Alternative, which is her natural medicine road show that provides chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, nutrition and herbal remedies to performing artists on tour. 

Dr. Francis received her formal medical training at National College of Chiropractic and at Bastyr University. She has extensive training in Alternative Cancer Therapies, Environmental Medicine, Functional Medicine, Mind-Body medicine, and Bio-Identical Hormone therapies. Following her formal medical education, Dr. Francis travelled extensively to various parts of the world studying medicine with indigenous healers in countries such as China, India, Thailand, Bali, Brazil, Morocco, Peru, Guatemala, Ecuador, Belize, Mexico, Egypt, and Mali. 
 
Stacy Baker Masand is a health, fitness and lifestyle editor whose work has appeared in magazines such as In StyleMarie ClaireSelfShapeFitnessDuJour and Women's Health. She's co-author of New York Times bestseller Your Best Body Now. Stacy is currently developing projects for both small and big screen.
Their latest book is the health/wellness/rocknroll book, The Rocstar Remedy.
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Known as the “Rock n’ Roll Doctor” to some of the most famous bands in the world, Dr. Gabrielle Francis shares her unique holistic prescription to achieving health and balance—even when you don’t live like a saint!

As a Holistic Doctor to the music industry’s elite, Dr. Francis has helped rock stars repair, recover, and refuel from the demanding schedules and occasional overindulgences that come along with the rock star lifestyle. Being overscheduled, sleep-deprived, overeating, drinking and managing physical and mental stressors aren’t lifestyle habits unique to the music industry; they are the same challenges faced by all of us, every day. 

In The Rockstar Remedy, Dr. Francis shares her unique strategies designed to be incorporated into your hectic lifestyle. Her programs are customized to meet you where you are at, whether an experienced health enthusiast or a beginner. Completing the 21 day detox will give you a renewed sense of energy and enthusiasm for life, while looking and feeling your personal best. She explains how health is not a destination, but exists on a spectrum, and the simple act of making better choices every day—even if they’re not the best choices—helps us achieve balance in both mind and body. With tips for improving energy levels, easy food guidelines and a simple no-starvation detox, Dr. Francis offers a simple, effective plan for staying healthy and happy amid the chaos of our daily lives. Her popular “Harm Reduction Techniques” and “90/10 Rule” make it easy to celebrate life with occasional indulgences while maintaining good health. This is not a temporary fix; this program brings long-lasting, life-changing results. 

Now you can reach for the stars too!

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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?

Dr. Francis: I have been practicing alternative medicine for nearly 30 years.  I love what I do.  However, I had been feeling for sometime that I would like to take my message to a wider audience as I felt I had much to share from many years of working with Rock musicians and keeping them healthy through lives of excess and indulgence.  

I was asked to write a book by a literary agent, the Godfather of Celebrity doctors.  He said that I needed to write a book that would appeal to the “health book reader” target audience who were primarily women between the ages of 25 and 55… and they were interested in beauty, weight loss and depression
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 I found this kind of sad and boring.  After all, there are 1000s of books on the shelves like that and most are so boring that I don’t even read them and I am in the business. 

Then one day I was having an adventure in NYC, just walking through the city and enjoying the people watching.  I had one of those “I have a great idea moments” that I should write my story about working in the music business and how all these rock stars are getting healthy. It would be the alternative to sex, drugs and rock’n‘roll.   I could use the Rock stars as the ambassadors for my health message and take the message to a new audience.  I wanted to inspire people that were not so interested in health to “join the church” not to just “preach to the choir”. 

 I was elated with my wonderful idea.  But this agent thought it was a terrible idea.  His comment was “Where would we put it on the bookshelves?  Health or Rock’n ‘Roll?”  I said to him, “How about the best sellers section?  Anyway, there aren’t so many bookstores any more!”  So we parted ways, as he did not feel that I had a viable idea.

I thank this man for giving me the idea and inspiration to write.  I sat on my idea of a couple of years before my agent serendipitously walked through the door of my practice. 

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?

Dr. Francis: The first challenge was to interview 80 Rockstars about their health.  Chasing creative types around the world while they are on tour or recording and getting them to talk about their health...This was intense.  But once we got the interview they were thrilled to be part of the movement as not many people have asked them how they actually keep up this lifestyle from a physical and spiritual perspective. 
 
The second challenge was that the publishers and I had different ideas of who the target audience was.  Harper Collins wanted me to stay in the box of the “health book reader”. It would be a safe sell.   I wanted to take the message to a totally new audience by using the Rockstars as ambassadors.  I guess that 30 years of hanging out with creative types made me not like being boxed into appealing to one target audience.  I didn’t want to “preach to the choir”.  I wanted “to get more people to join the church!”   Ultimately, we came up with some good compromises.  

 I learned that publishing a book is a difficult process that involves a lot of negotiating.  But that when you have an idea and belief that you can “feel in your gut”… You have to fight for it and not budge.  The “gut feelings” and “intuitions” always rule over the logic and reason.  Then, the other things you have to just let go of and not look back.  

I would also recommend that you hire a publicist to help you sell your book and have that lined up months before the release date.  The publisher was very engaged during the writing but you really have to sell your own book.  Social media and other clever online strategies such as Book Blog tours are essential in this changing market especially, since there aren’t too many bookstores anymore. 

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

Dr. Francis: I sat on my idea for a while until another agent, Peter McGuiggan, the founder and owner of Foundry Media, serendipitously came to my practice.  Peter specializes in Rock n Roll Autobiographies and his partner, Yfat, specializes in Health and Wellness.  They ate it all up!  So from there, they helped me to develop The Rockstar Remedy.  I sold it to Harper Collins Wave.  The publisher, Karen Rinaldi, is known for publishing health books with an edge to them.  And this one definitely has an edge.

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

Dr. Francis: I was surprised at how conservative the publishing business is.  I didn’t realize that a book that crossed over two genres would be a challenge to the publishers.   I had to fight to keep the artist contributions in the book.  But ultimately, I think that the anecdotes and stories they offer add inspiration to the reader.  It is surely the most entertaining health book out there!

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


Dr. Francis: I am a world traveler.  When I travel, I find the healers and the healing systems in the country that I am in and I try to learn the holistic medicine traditions of the region.  So my next book will be my travel medicine stories.  Lets say Eat, Pray, Love meets Anthony Bourdain with an alternative medicine theme!

Q: What’s your favorite place to hang out online?

Dr. Francis: I love to hang out on sites that focus on international news and international travel.  I have a “Free People” shopping addiction.  I check my horoscopes daily on Astrology Zone and Astrostyle, so I can see what the stars have in store for me.  And I am obsessed with Anthony Bourdain’s travel shows.
I want to be like him when I grow up!

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

Dr. Francis:  My message is that getting healthy is not a bore or a chore.  You can party and celebrate and still be healthy.  You can be healthy without changing your lifestyle by making small adjustments along the way.   Health and healing is an adventure and it should be fun.   You can have your shake and eat cake too!

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

Dr. Francis: 
“This book is dedicated to the “Rockstar” in you!

That rebellious spirit that refuses to settle for the status quo…

The fire within that ignites transformation in body, mind and spirit…

The desire to create the life of your dreams…

So that you can fulfill your true destiny…

Join me on the Adventure…”

Dr. Gabrielle Francis

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Scammers Are Using Createspace to Spam Amazon With Pirated Textbooks

Interesting article at The Digital Reader.  I've always wondered how people who pirate books do it.  I had heard there was a way they could come through CreateSpace which makes me a bit leery.  Here's a bit of the article:

The scammers identify a popular textbook, copy the name, and then start selling the paper copy of a pirated book under that name.

They're hoping to sell the pirated book to an unwary buyer who might mistake the knockoff for the legit textbook, and it must be working because they keep doing it.

Take, for example, Practical  Electronics for Inventors. This is a real textbook from a legit publisher, but if you search for it on Amazon you will find that at least two of the results lead to pirated scam textbooks with identical names but different authors.

Read the full article at The Digital Reader.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Interview with Monica McCabe, author of Diamond Legacy

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Diamond LegacyTitle: Diamond Legacy
Author: Monica McCabe
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Format: Kindle/Paperback

Blood diamonds, corruption, and undercover spies are no match for the chaos of one stubborn veterinarian…

What happens when a dental zoologist flies to Botswana to give a rare albino hippo a root canal? She lands smack in the middle of a diamond smuggling ring and right in the way of an undercover agent for International Diamond Security—one who knows firsthand the horror of conflict diamonds. Determined to bring down the cartel, he accepts the veterinarian’s help. But when the past catches up to him and the stakes skyrocket, he must risk all to save her from an evil that has haunted him for fifteen years.

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Diamond Legacy is available for order at  Amazon,  B&N,  Kobo and Google Play  

Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Monica McCabe.  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

A:  Well, I first got the idea of writing a novel when I lived in Alaska. I spent 4 years there and it was pretty much fantastic. Except for winter. That was challenging and I needed something to distract me from the intense cold and perpetual dark. I’m an avid reader, so I figured writing a book was just the thing. It would be a historical romance, complete with a dashing sea captain hero. I wrote the book, but it was awful. I eventually gave up on the idea. But a funny thing happened. The urge to write never really left. Time passed, I traveled a lot, and eventually settled in Nashville, TN where I tried my hand at it again. I got smarter this time around though and took classes, and in 2002 I joined Romance Writers of America.

Q: Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

A: Diamond Legacy is my debut novel and a romantic suspense that faces the harsh reality of conflict diamonds. It’s a serious subject and I try to do right by it. There’s all the fast paced action you’d expect, including gun battles, explosions and government corruption. But my writing also has a humorous undertone. I can’t help it. It just happens. And I didn’t start out to write a serious novel about gun runners and blood diamonds. I had this idea about an animal dentist. I saw a newspaper article where our local zoo had an orangutan in need of a root canal and they had to fly in specialist. I was fascinated. Before I knew it, I’d hatched a plot with a dental zoologist heroine who flies to Botswana to help a hippo in need, and ends up clashing with an undercover agent on the trail of diamond smuggling.

Q: What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?

A:  Research. I had to do tons of it. Things like…how much anesthesia does it take to sedate a hippopotamus? What is the largest city in Botswana? That would be Gaborone, where the book is set. I needed info on the Kalahari, game preserves and peace parks, gun runners, security issues, politics of the Kimberly Process, it was intensive. But in reality, research is sort of my favorite part of writing. I can get lost in it.

Q: Do you have a press kit and what do you include in it?  Does this press kit appear online and, if so, can you provide a link to where we can see it?

A:  As a debut author, some things are still new to me. One of those things is a press kit. I’m trying to get it put together and I have some basics on my website at: www.monicamccabe.net  It’s very much a work in progress though!

Q: Have you either spoken to groups of people about your book or appeared on radio or TV?  What are your upcoming plans for doing so?

A:  I haven’t any radio or TV spots scheduled, but I have spoken to groups. And I was lucky enough to have a wonderful outdoor garden style author reception and book signing. Sunny afternoon, lake side setting, wine slushies, I loved it and it was a great success.

Q: Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/she is?  If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one?

A:  Currently I do not have an agent, but it is a possibility. I believe a good agent can open doors and find opportunities that I wouldn’t otherwise be aware of.

Q: Did you, your agent or publisher prepare a media blitz before the book came out and would you like to tell us about it?

A:  As a debut book, Diamond Legacy enjoyed a modest publicity push. It’s been a true partnership, the publisher working to promote the release as well as myself. There’s been review requests, social media promo, and guest blogging. More to come!

Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

A:  Yes! Diamond Legacy was originally contracted as a stand-alone romantic suspense. But I’m about to sign for two more books and so the Jewel Intrigue series has been born. Book #2 is almost complete, and book 3 is currently cooking.

Q: Thank you for your interview, Monica McCabe.  Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and how everyone can buy your book?

A: Thank you, I’d love to share!

WEBSITE:  www.monicamccabe.net
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/monica.mccabe
TWITTER:  twitter.com/monicamccabe
GOODREADS:  www.goodreads.com/author/show/9788486.Monica_McCabe
PINTEREST:  www.pinterest.com/meerkat77

Diamond Legacy is available at most all online book retailers. Here’s a few…

AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Diamond-Legacy-Monica-McCabe-ebook/dp/B00ONTR8Y0/?tag=kila0c-20

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Monica McCabe Do you like stories set in unusual or exotic locations? How about unique or interesting occupations? Combine both, wrap them around romance and adventure, and that’s the kind of reading that takes you places! It’s also a style of writing for Monica McCabe. Always a bit of an adventuress, she’s lived in and explored places like Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Florida, Mexico, California, Maine, Washington, Canada, and yes, even Las Vegas. At every location she seized the opportunity to explore, hike, camp, raft, canoe, fly, ski, scuba-dive, or zip-line. She’s climbed glaciers and ancient Mayan pyramids, dived shipwrecks and reef caves, camped in sasquatch country, drove across the USA three times, and is now working on gathering as many official stamps in her National Park passport as she can. So far, nineteen and counting. Also an avid reader, the writing bug bit her hard somewhere between Alaska and Montana. Slowing down enough to actually put words on paper took a while longer. She scribbled notes, played at writing a historical romance (her favorite reading), but it wasn’t until she landed in Tennessee that writing became a passion. Now that she’s sprouted roots alongside her husband of seventeen years, tossed in two lazy cats and two happy dogs, she’s finally turned that wanderlust into crafting stories of adventure and romance. And all that travel and exploration lends realistic detail to her writing. Plus she’s been known to sneak in a bit of her own experience, and a pet or two, because they like the fame.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Excerpt from RHIDAUNA, by Paul E. Horsman

The night before his Coming-of-Age, Ghyll and his two friends escape their castle on a clandestine boar hunt that will forever change their lives. The hunt proves a disaster, and with one of them badly wounded, they return just in time to see their island castle destroyed by macabre warriors from a dragon boat, and by flocks of fire-breathing birds. Ghyll’s eighteenth birthday turns into a nightmare as they flee into the night.
Now begins an epic journey to find out who is trying to kill them – and most importantly, why?
Fortunately, they can count on the help of new friends, including a sometimes overly enthusiastic fire mage, an inexperienced paladin and a young beastmistress who is also a ferocious mountain lioness. It soon becomes clear that not one but several sorcerers want to kill them. Are those blackrobes really followers of a terrible, long-forgotten organization?
PURCHASE
The Author
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Paul E. Horsman (1952) is a Dutch and International Fantasy Author. Born in the sleepy garden village of Bussum, The Netherlands, he now lives in Roosendaal, a town on the Dutch-Belgian border.
He has been a soldier, a salesman, a scoutmaster and from 1995 till his school closed in 2012 a teacher of Dutch as a Second Language and Integration to refugees from all over the globe.
Being unemployed and economically overage, yet still some years away from retirement, he is a full-time writer of epic light fantasy adventures. His books are both published in the Netherlands, and internationally.

EXCERPT FROM: RHIDAUNA – CHAPTER 10: SOUTHERN LEUDRA

Olle sat concealed in the shadow of the willow tree, motionless. The stars cast a faint light over the sleeping field and it was quiet, very quiet. His thoughts went to his foster brother, and that murderous creep. Vasthul and the Dar’khamorth – what had Ghyll to do with them?
Some movement caught his eye and he saw a shape creeping towards the tent. A second and third followed. He recognized their jerky movements. Golems! Noiselessly he rose and raised his huge sword. Then he took a deep breath and hurled himself at the three shadows.
‘Ayooo!’
The golems’ reaction was slow enough for Olle to hit one of them full on the forehead. As he turned to the second golem, he saw Ghyll coming from the tent, sword in hand, with Damion close behind. The third golem lashed out at Ghyll, who parried the blow, stumbled and cried out, grabbing his wounded side. The golem raised its weapon for the kill, but at that moment, Damion sprang into action. He jumped the mademan from behind and clung to his back with one arm around its neck, while with the other hand he rammed his poniard into the golem’s forehead. Then he leaped away.
Ghyll tried to avoid the toppling golem, but his leg buckled and he fell. With a roar of despair, Olle turned toward his own opponent and split its head in two all the way to the shoulder blades. As he was about to run to his foster brother, a warning shout stopped him. From their tent, a fireball sizzled into the night. A blinding flash lit up the area, followed by a scream and the clip-clop of a running horse. From the brook rose the deafening croaks of a thousand frogs, protesting the disruption of their sleep.
‘Missed him, damn it!’ Bo’s voice shouted from the renewed darkness.
Olle, blinded, was for a moment disoriented. ‘Ghyll!’
‘It’s... all... right.’ His foster brother’s voice sounded full of pain. ‘I made a wrong move, that’s all.’
Olle resisted an impulse to run to his side and forced himself to inspect the fallen enemies first. After he had ascertained that all three were down for good, he strode back to the tents. ‘How is it?’
Uwella looked up at him. ‘It’s not so bad; his muscles aren’t up to these capers yet. He must be careful of that leg.’
His foster brother said something Olle didn’t hear, but Uwella shook her head.
‘Go back to bed. I’ll give you something for the pain and tomorrow morning we’ll see how it goes.’
Olle turned. ‘Was it... Vasthul?’
‘No idea.’ Bo ran both hands through his long hair. ‘I just saw a shadow in a cloak.’
‘Oh, yes, that was Vasthul all right.’ Damion came back from the direction of the road. ‘I heard him swearing and shouting as he fled. He had the same voice as that guy I chased in Theridaun – a voice like a file, and he wasn’t sparing with it.’
‘I could go after him,’ Uwella said, scowling.
Olle shook his head.
‘Too dangerous.’ He stooped and picked up something. ‘Here,’ he said to Damion. In his hand glistened a white crystal. ‘Keep it, you’ve earned it yourself,’ he said. ‘Idiot!’ He gave his friend a comradely punch in the shoulder and walked away. Moments later, he returned with two golems by the ankles. ‘Does anyone want to see them?’
‘Not me,’ Ghyll said, from inside the tent. ‘Only the crystals, please.’
‘I got two for you. Away with the muddies, then.’ With a casual heave, Olle dumped the makemen one after another into the stream, where they sank, gurgling, to the audible annoyance of the frogs.

‘That’s the end of the show, noble lords and ladies,’ he said as he sat down again under the willow tree. ‘Try to sleep; it’s an early day tomorrow.’ The others went back to bed, but the sounds of their twisting and turning betrayed that further sleep avoided them.

Cover Reveal: The One Who Sees Me, by Kandi J. Wyatt

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THE ONE WHO SEES ME
SYNOPSIS
Teenage slave girl Faru’s life has been turned upside down when she discovers she’s been traded to a new master, forcing her to leave all she‘s ever known. Upon her arrival, Faru meets a friend, Cailean, who helps her adjust to life in the strange location. Life settles into a new pattern, and romance blossoms between the young friends. But as soon as they plan to get married, another proposal comes about – one that cannot be ignored. Being a slave means not always marrying who you love.
On a daring journey to heal her heart, Faru encounters the Existing One. Will she trust Him and do His bidding even if what He requests is so hard?
Follow Faru’s tale in author Kandi J Wyatt’s retelling of a Biblical story found in the Old Testament book of Genesis, showing that when things don’t make sense, God will guide the way.
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Author Bio: 
Kandi J Wyatt is a wife, mother of five, teacher, artist, and author. In her free time, she enjoys writing fantasy stories and Christmas programs, and drawing with graphite and colored pencils. Portraits are her specialty. Kandi also enjoys photography, thanks to her photographer husband who has let her join his journey as both his model and apprentice, and she occasionally serves as his assistant when he needs a “light stand with feet.” To learn more, visit Kandijwyatt.wordpress.com.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

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