Monday, July 9, 2018

Interview with I.M. Free, author of I Don't Have Time








Title: I Don't Have Time
Author: I.M. Free
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Biography
Format: Ebook

When she was in her early thirties, the author realized something was guiding her. Suddenly, a whole new world opened up.

She had never considered herself an atheist, but she had always questioned the stories in the Bible as she thought it was impossible for anyone or anything to have so much power.

But through her own experiences, she learned something really does have that much power. She became one of the few people throughout time who began communicating directly with God.
Sometimes when the author awakens, she knows something she didn’t know before she fell asleep. She feels things she wasn’t aware of before. This is how God protects her and prepares her for life.

I Don’t Have Time is the story of how God found the author and how she realized that while some people live as though they won’t face consequences for their actions, they could not be more wrong. Even if they don’t pay the price in this lifetime, they will in the next.




THE INTERVIEW

Can you give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to be an author?
I really never wanted to be an author.  It was just something the Holy Spirit guided me to do.

Tell us (we won’t tell promise!) is it all it’s cracked up  to be? I mean what are the perks and what are the demands?
My story was painful to write and having to constantly deal with my past, which is something I would like to leave in the past, has been hard.

Which route did you take—traditional or self-published—and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what’s that like?
I went self-publish.  While awaiting a call from a competitor, another publisher called me at the exact time I was supposed to receive the call.  That person never did call me. I knew God directed the person that did call me to do so. This person and I hit it off immediately and he asked if he could read my manuscript.  I sent it to him and he said, “You have to have this published.”

Tell us for real what you family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you?
My family is grown and no longer living with me.  I am a great-grandmother. My husband doesn’t care.

In writing your book, how did you deal with the phone ringing, your family needing dinner or your boss calling you saying you’re late?

I am retired.  I wrote when I felt the Holy Spirit was communicating with me and surprisingly, the phone never rang.



I.M. Free nearly gave up on life as a teen living with an alcoholic parent, but at just the right time, a voice saved her life. That voice led her to a close relationship with God,who she now thinks of as her friend and confidant. She wrote this book so that others will find Him.


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Love is a Wildfire by Kate Kisset

 
Playboy-vintner Michael Santino’s world is about to go up in flames. The largest wildfire in California history is racing straight for his precious vineyards.
But the fire isn’t what’s making him hot and bothered— it’s Shae.
The beautiful firefighter he’s never forgotten is on the scene, re-igniting sparks and making it impossible for him to think straight. Now he can’t remember why he broke up with her.
Firefighter extraordinaire Shae Hayes is determined to evacuate Santino Winery.
Strong and proud, and from a long line of heroes, she’s not taking no for answer—even if it is from Napa Valley’s own Mr. Charming. The devastatingly handsome sweet- talker is the only man who turns her insides to jelly.
When the wind changes and Engine 6 is stationed at Santino Winery, Shae and Michael begin to melt in close quarters, and their chemistry ignites.
Is it the firestorm outside or the flames smoldering in their hearts that has them clinging to each other?
They’ll soon have to decide if 
LOVE IS A WILDFIRE. 
Coming August 7th!
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EXCERPT:



“Michael,” she began to explain. 
He took her hand in his and slowly kissed the top of it. “No. Don't say anything.” Their gazes locked for a beat, then he wrapped his hand around her waist and flipped her back to where she had been, with her head on the pillow facing the ceiling. 
Her heart pouted in disappointment. She knew her lady parts were— Her brain, though, slapped her some high-fives, reminding her she was stationed here to work during the worst fire in the history of California. There wasn’t room for distractions. 
 Shae kept her eyes on Michael as he got up and rummaged through a pack on his desk. With his back to her, he removed some clothes and tossed them on the desk. 
Then he took hold of the bottom of his shirt and pulled it up over his waist, shoulders, and off. 
She sat up. What did he just do? Her eyes popped out of her head. 
Broad shoulders, perfectly tanned and smooth, led down to ripples and planes from his shoulder blades, narrowing to a tight waist and down... Michael's jeans were so low, she could see exactly where his butt started. 
Two muscled arms reached in front, and he bent over far enough for his pants to drop another inch and her heart to stop. Then she heard a zipper. 
“What are you doing?” she asked, jolting out of her trance. 
Michael turned, looking like someone who stripped for a living. She used her eyes instead of her fingers to roam his chest, his abs, down over his tight stomach to the hair peeking up from the front his jeans... 
“Up here,” he pointed to his eyes, nailing her with his devilish grin. Did he have to look so comfortable with every inch of his body, and act like he knew what to do with it? 
Then he unfortunately ruined her view by hiking his jeans up a few inches. “I was just going to change into something to sleep in.” he sounded perfectly innocent. “I wasn’t expecting you to watch.”
“Oh.” Her cheeks burned. “Sorry,” she said, mortified, swiveling away to face the wall.  “I didn't know what you were doing,” she mumbled, probably sounding even more like a perv. Blood pulsed to her cheeks until it was a safe bet her face was the color of a tomato.
Shae flicked her glance from the San Francisco Giants plaque on the wall and back to Michael, who was now wearing basketball shorts and a white tee. 
When she met his eyes, he busted out laughing. 
“Shut up,” she fake frowned, trying to keep a straight face. “You should've asked me to turn around.”  
“It didn't look like you wanted to...”

 
Former San Francisco radio disc jockey Kate Kisset is passionate about telling great stories.
After playing thousands of Pop, Country, Rock and Oldies tunes, for her primarily female fan base, she changed her tune and became an author.
Just a Kiss is the first book in her Wine Country Romance romance series,
She lives in Northern California and Santa Barbara with her family and rescue pup “editor” Luciana Parmigiana, where she hikes, reads, listens to music, and drinks wine.
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Monday, June 25, 2018

Straight From the Mouth of Fantasy Author Benjamin Mester



I've always loved that intoxicating feeling of adventure and mystery when embarking with a character into a brand new world.  My driving motivation with The Banished Lands series was to create a world with a rich lore and history, but not overburden the reader with backstory.  I've always loved the richness of poetry – the metaphorical language which speaks to a deeper meaning just beyond the edge of explanation.  In The Banished Lands series, we enter a fractured world with a forgotten history.  But hints of it remain through a set of poems that speak of the old world and cryptic events which brought an end to that age. 

I love the idea of characters living normal, mundane lives, suddenly thrust into an ancient struggle they didn't even know was raging.  I love the fantasy genre because it isn't ashamed of the classic archetypes – the epic struggle of good and evil, heroics, and everything that often gets the label cliché.  Using these archetypes in ways that haven't been done before was my real motivation for writing The Banished Lands series.  The way this series combines poetry, lore and mystery is something unique in the fantasy genre.

When writing this first book, I often sat back and wondered to myself, What would it be like to live in a world with a shrouded past?  We often take modern life for granted – the whole wealth of human knowledge at our fingertips.  But what would it be like to live in a world where the only history was cryptic poetry telling of a time when the world was a completely different place?  And what if, somehow, those ancient poems that no one really understands seem to be the only thing that really explains the dark things creeping forward from the fringes of the world?  Welcome to The Banished Lands.

About the Author
Benjamin Mester is native of San Diego but can often be found wandering the woods of northern Minnesota.  He fell in love with language at an early age – the eloquence of poetry or the grandeur of an epic story.  Fantasy is his favorite genre, crafting new and magical places of heroism and adventure.  When he isn't writing, he's often taking long walks through nature or wondering about his place in the wide world.
Benjamin is the author of The Banished Lands series.
You can visit him on Goodreads.

About the Book:

Title: THE BANISHED LANDS (BOOK ONE)
Author: Benjamin Mester
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 384
Genre: Fantasy

BOOK BLURB:
A kingdom in danger. A prophecy that will change everything. But will they understand it in time? The old world is gone, and barely even histories remain. But something from that time is returning. The closing lines of a farewell poem, written centuries ago by the last great king of the age to his slain wife, might be more than just a poem:

The world and all its light shall fade,
I'll stay with her beneath the shade
And wait until the world's remade...

Join us in this epic fantasy adventure as three friends plunge into the great mystery of their age, twelve centuries in the making. A mysterious fog blankets the forest just outside the sleepy town of Suriya. A dark plot unfolds as Durian and his friends discover ties between a strange wanderer and the warlike barbarian kingdom far to the north. Are the mysterious things happening in the forest a prelude to invasion? What happens next will propel Durian and his curious friends into the middle of the oldest riddle in the history of their kingdom, a dozen centuries old.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Interview with Dennis Quiles, author of Ordainment Betrayal






Title: Ordainment Betrayal
Author: Dennis Quiles
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Thriller/Suspense
Format: Ebook


Jack Steele is an ex–naval intelligence officer turned private investigator who has just proposed to his girlfriend, Martha, over dinner when he sees a bloodied and frightened boy running toward him outside the restaurant. After Martha steps in to protect the boy from the two men in hot pursuit, a gun battle ensues, leaving Jack’s beloved fiancée dead on the sidewalk. While Jack grapples with the ramifications of her tragic death, he is unwittingly pulled into the dark world of human trafficking at the hands of an Albanian mob doing business near Lake Michigan. Desperate for answers, Jack partners with a Chicago police detective to learn about the organized crime culture and develop a plan to stop the trafficking operation and free their victims before they are sold on the black market. As Jack puts his own life on the line, he must battle the powerful Catholic Church and stop the cunning exploits of a deranged pedophile priest who believes he is doing God’s work by turning children into little angels. But will Jack manage to accomplish his heroic mission before it is too late for more innocent victims? Ordainment Betrayal shares the thrilling tale of a former intelligence agent’s dangerous quest to stop an Albanian human trafficking operation in collusion with the Roman Catholic Church..


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Question1- Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?
Well, this is my third book in the Jack Steele trilogy.  I have published two prior books The Surface Beneath in 2011, Games of Mind in 2013 and Ordainment Betrayal in 2017 with the last I closed the trilogy.
Question2- When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?
I choose self-publishing through CreateSpace at Amazon.  It was easy, it was my first time, and I didn’t really know much about the publishing industry.
Question3- How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?
Not there yet. I am working with my publicist to attain such honor.  I am confident that once my book is read by a traditional publisher house, they will want to sign me in for the rights to publish my work. I am so sure that my trilogy will also make a great Hollywood blockbuster. I have seen worst stories come alive and on the silver screen, so why not present the Jack Steele Thrillers.
Question4-How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate? 
AMAZING, I felt accomplished. What started as a stress relief hobby turn into 600 pages full adrenaline smash-thriller that has sold very well.  The second book got three awards, the third most recent already hold three and counting. I went out with my family to a very expensive restaurant and had an excellent dinner, gave out several copies to my friends who wanted to be signed at the course and every time someone tells you I read your book and is fantastic, you feel the chills, the excitement all over again.  
Question5- What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?
Send the manuscript to all Hollywood producers, media outlets, and local stores.




Dennis Quiles earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in business administration. A US military veteran and an accomplished professional of the protection business, he is the director of global security for one of the world’s largest multinational corporations. Quiles and his wife have three children and currently live in Illinois. This is his third book.


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Interview with M.J. Abrams, author of Chubby Wubbles

Title: Chubby Wubbles: A Ferret’s Tale
Author: M.J. Abrams
Publisher: Trafford
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Format: Ebook
A delightful story about the adventures of a young man and a mischievous ferret awaits in Chubby Wubbles!
This vibrant picture book tells a compelling story about the bond that develops between them. As the story unfolds, their loneliness leads to a fateful meeting and a growing friendship. Together they embark on an exciting journey that progresses with lots of humor, fun, and unexpected drama along the way. Chubby Wubbles will warm the hearts of children everywhere!

Question #1 - Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?


Chubby Wubbles is a children's photo picture story book about the friendship between a young man and a lovable ferret determined to find his missing playmate. I perceived an interesting story developing after observing several incidents and interaction involving my son and his pet ferrets.  I often visited him at his apartment, and thought it would be fun to write a book about him and his pets. I took some awesome pictures of his ferrets and I thought they would blend in nicely with the storyline.
Question #2 - What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?
Coordinating the photos I had available, and matching them up with the storyline in a logical progression. Also, changing the story around as other ideas came to mind, then reorganizing the photos, adding or eliminating them accordingly.
Question #3 - Do you plan subsequent books?
If another good story comes into my head, I certainly would give it a go.
Question #4 - When and why did you begin writing?
I decided to write a book when I perceived a good story evolving about my son and his ferrets.     I always thought it would be nice to have written a book as a personal accomplishment. I never thought much about becoming a writer. I always felt I had the ability to write a book if a good story came along.
Question #5 - What is your greatest strength as an author?
My greatest strength as an author would be the quest for perfection in my storyline, and to get my ideas across in an entertaining manner, to the best of my ability.
Question #6 - Did writing this book teach you anything?

It taught me that no matter how good you think your book is, there’s always room for improvement with good editing. Diligence and persistence eventually pay off with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.

After being an observer and non-pet owner, I was thrown into the mix because my son was leaving and I couldn’t bear the thought of him having to give up his pet ferret to someone else. Since I’ve grown so attached to this lovable critter, I agreed to take care of him while he was away. Because of the many experiences my son has had with this adorably sweet animal, I decided to write a children’s book based on a true story about their adventures and misadventures.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Book Feature: Intrusion by Lanayre Liggera








As the judge in a complicated case involving an oil-bunkering gang, Sir Carter Braxton finds himself totally under the security provided by a mysterious figure, Sidi el-Hassam, a wealthy Arab who commands a volunteer group that specializes in preventing crude oil theft. The isolation under which he now lives causes him to miss his best friend’s funeral in 1993 for reasons that must remain inexplicable to his friends, the Falconer family, who live in the Forest of Dean, where they grow restoration oak. Finding herself in London, the widow, Valerie Falconer, an American from Texas, slips into one of Carter’s trials as a spectator, after which she discovers the conditions under which her old friend has been living for over three years. However, a third element also mixes into the situation in that both Carter and the Sidi, separately, have volunteered to participate in the refining of the GSP satellite system now being tested by NASA. This tracking system allows Carter to move temporarily to Texas to draw one of his assassins out. Not only is this the story of a man under physical stress and emotional stress; it is also a record of his spiritual journey led by his friend and later wife, Valerie, as well as the spiritual journey of the Sidi, which has been generated by an apparition of Mary in Zeitoun, Egypt.





Lanayre Liggera holds an MA from Tufts University and another from Cambridge-Goddard Graduate School, where she became interested in the history of woman as portrayed by music, which led to the formation of the New Harmony Sisterhood Band, with Lanayre on banjo. The students’ research produced the book All Our Lives, which was used on college campuses until radicals blew up the publisher, Diana Press. Sometime later, she began to pursue a long-held interest in early aviation. Inevitably, this led studying World War I, spending several tours of the Western Front sponsored by our parent organization, the Western Front Association, US branch. Lanayre was named chairman of the New England–New York chapter, a post which she held for fourteen years, which held a yearly conference at a different location in our region. She and her husband were involved as volunteers in prison ministry for eighteen years as well as in nursing homes, soup kitchens, and the VA. They live in Hudson Valley, where they try to keep up with the comings and goings of their global grandchildren. She is the author of The Life of Robert Loraine: The Stage, the Sky, and George Bernard Shaw.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Book Feature: The Kingdom Queen by J.T. Page Jr.







Title: The Kingdom Queen
Author: J.T. Page
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Format: Ebook

Two young American tourists, Carmen and Cubby, arrive at a mysterious church in present-day Austria. They meet Otto, their tour guide, who leads them to the Silver Chapel. There he weaves an enchanting story involving knights, intrigue, and true love. Otto takes their imaginations on a journey to twelfth-century Europe during the High Middle Ages, a decade after the end of the First Crusade. Princess Margarethe and Theo first meet as children when her father, King Johann, grants knighthood to Sir Josef, Theo’s father. The children are immediately drawn to each other despite the difference in social class. When Theo’s parents are tragically killed, Margarethe swears to love him forever—but is that true? Can their love survive even though they are destined to never marry? Carmen and Cubby have countless questions as the story unfolds, but Otto is always happy to explain and instruct. He tells tales of war, marriage, birth, death, and chivalry as Margarethe and Theo are constantly kept apart. Assassins abound, cultures collide, and the Knights Templar make their presence felt in sometimes surprising ways. Margarethe and Theo vow eternal loyalty, no matter the sacrifice. But will they get their happy ending or remain resigned to the duties of differing stations? Welcome to the new and timeless story of The Kingdom Queen.








Joseph T. Page Jr. has a doctoral degree in business management from Nova Southeastern University. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army for over twenty years, commanded military units on three continents, and is a combat veteran. He also worked as a Department of Defense contractor in Europe. He and his wife live in Hawaii.

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