Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Straight From the Mouth of Soren Paul Petrek, Author of Wolves At Our Door

Wolves at Our Door is the immediate sequel to Cold Lonely Courage.  I wanted to revisit my protagonist, Allied super-assassin Madeleine Toche.  In Wolves, Madeleine and her mentor Berthold Hartmann go after the Nazi Atomic Bomb project in a bid to keep the Nazis from turning their inevitable defeat into absolute victory and world domination.  Hartmann, a German Jewish war hero
from WWI, and Madeleine’s mentor and trainer, take on the SS infiltrating the notorious Dora concentration camp whose Jewish slave labor is used to build V-2 rockets, soon to be fitted with operational atomic warheads.  In writing Wolves, I was able to entice my French publisher, Editions Encre Rouge to sign the entire Madeleine Toche series in English and French.  Although an Indie publisher, Editions Encre Rouge is distributed by the giant publisher Hachette.  The Madeleine Toche series is for sale in 60 countries in English and French.

Overall my inspiration comes from the desperate need for more action adventure, thriller and military-themed novels featuring women as the heroes.  There are hundreds of real-life examples from history where women played the pivotal and essential roles in successful military and clandestine campaigns.  I wanted the world to recognize these obscure heroes, so many of whom lost to time, will never have their stories told.

In mainstream literature and films, the female characters are so often stunningly beautiful, indestructible and dominant.  Real heroes are usually must act alone, with only their courage and sense of what’s right and wrong to guide them.

Here’s an important quote from the officer who recruited women for the British Special Operations Executive in WWII:

“I was responsible for recruiting women for the work, in the face of a good deal of opposition, I may say, from the powers that be.  In my view, women were very much better than men for the work.  Women, as you must know, have a far greater capacity for cool and lonely courage than men.”
—Captain Selwyn Jepson, British Special Operations Executive Senior Recruiting Officer, World War Two.

About the Author

Soren Petrek is a practicing criminal trial attorney, admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 1991.  Married with two adult children, Soren continues to live and work in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Educated in the U.S., England and France Soren sat his O-level examinations at the Heathland School in Hounslow, London in 1981.  His undergraduate degree in Forestry is from the University of Minnesota, 1986.  His law degree is from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota 1991.
Soren’s novel, Cold Lonely Courage won Fade In Magazine’s 2009 Award for Fiction.  Fade In was voted the nation’s favorite movie magazine by the Washington Post and the L.A. Times in 2011 and 2012.
The French edition of Cold Lonely Courage, Courage was published January 2019, by Encre Rouge Editions, distributed by Hachette Livre in 60 countries.  Soren’s contemporary novel, Tim will be released along with the rest of the books in the Madeleine Toche series of historical thrillers.
His latest book is the historical action adventure novel, Wolves at Our Door.
Website: https://www.sorenpetrek.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SPetrek_Toche44?lang=en
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soren.petrek

Straight From the Mouth of Lee Matthew Goldberg, Author of Wolves At Our Door

The Inspiration Behind the Desire Card

By Lee Matthew Goldberg

I began writing The Desire Card in 2012. At the time, I never imagined it would be the first in a series. The sequel Prey No More will be out later this year, and I’ve recently finished the third and fourth book as well. 

Occupy Wall Street was a protest movement that began around the same time I started the book, which raised issues about economic inequality between the wealthiest 1% of the population and everyone else. I had also been speaking to a friend who was a medical resident and learned two things about the human liver. One, it can regenerate in a matter of weeks. And two, if you need a liver transplant, it can take a while to move up the donor list and no amount of money helps speed the process. The two ideas merged. An organization catering to the 1% that promised “Any wish fulfilled for the right price.” And a desperate man on Wall Street who needs a new liver and goes to extreme measures to get one.  

The book was sent out by my agent to many big publishers but it was proving a tough sell. Too dark (one editor wanted it to be lighter), or they were hesitant about publishing a series. I had heard great things about Fahrenheit Press and on a whim sent both books to its publisher who was getting on a flight when he read my query. The Desire Card became his flight and when he landed, he wanted to schedule a call. Ultimately, he bought the first two books in the series.  

Overall, I have an idea for the fifth book and would probably end the series there, but who knows? With the main character being the shadowy organization called the Card, there are a multitude of possibilities for future books.  

About the Author

Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of SLOW DOWN and THE MENTOR (St. Martin’s Press), which was acquired by Macmillan Entertainment with the film in development. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. The first two books in a thriller series, THE DESIRE CARD and PREY NO MORE, are forthcoming from Fahrenheit Press in winter 2019. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in the anthology DIRTY BOULEVARD, The Millions, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, Essays & Fictions, The New Plains Review, and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series (guerrillalit.wordpress.com). He lives in New York City. Follow him at leematthewgoldberg.com and @LeeMatthewG.




Straight From the Mouth of Photographer Patrick Still

A Few Words About Encounters

By Patrick Stull

Rarely does one have the opportunity to see imagery coupled with prose that elevate the visual and cerebral experience. Encounters is that, a collection of imagery created and compiled over the last 15 years to inspire and challenge the observer while always empowering the subject. A portion of the portfolio presents something more than a photographic image. Here the imagery is developed into contemplative art pieces of the surreal genre, where the viewer is transported into the depths of their own psyche challenging them to see something new.

Another element in this body of work reflects on the power of art and its ability to expedite connections with something primal, subliminal, about who and what we are as humans. I attempt to communicate using multiple visual and philosophical dimensions. Photographers capture the moment, hoping you will see what they see. Encounters operates in multiple disciplines: the realm of the surreal, blatant reality and the abstract. I have designed and created the postures and elements in the imagery to exemplify my views of women, the power and erotic nature of the human body, society and, most of all, my love for art.

In Encounters, you will encounter 232 pages of fine art prints that include real and unique images of the human body, original drawings and photographic art. All of this is orchestrated to express and offer you a unique artistic and humanistic experience. Seldom does one have an opportunity to experience this kind of composition. I wish you an exciting and unique experience.

Encounters is dedicated to:

To the human body, a magnificent creation from the once singularity and the bowels of the earth.

To those that seek, through their actions, a more humane and just world.

To those that exercise restraint in the face of violence.

To those that cry out when the innocent creature is cruelly butchered for our vanity and entertainment.

To those that refuse to stay quiet when women and children are the recipients of violence.

About the Author

American artist Patrick Stull has spent the last eighteen years mostly creating imagery about the lives of women. He searches for what lies beneath the surface of his subjects, empowering each one he encounters. He has recently ventured into the realm of surrealism, creating powerful imagery that reflects on our humanity while dealing with the meaning and power of art.
Stull say's, "My work has allowed me to venture past the camera into the realm of a humanist, an artistic life, delving into the intellectual, a more cerebral life experience, creating what I call 'connectivism.'"  
His ongoing work is based in large-scale digital photography accompanied by sculpture/body casts, composition art, painting, poetry/prose and drawings.  His art is then integrated, collectively, into exhibitions to provide the viewer a once in a lifetime experience. The presentation of the work is delivered to the viewer in a unique and emotionally powerful way. 
Stull, 71, a self-taught artist, works in many artistic disciplines. Educated at San Diego State University with degrees in psychology, economics and philosophy during the 1960’s, amidst the backdrop of the counter-culture revolution and the Viet Nam War, where his social consciousness and political views were shaped. Stull emerged from a Catholic Irish/German family, one of five children where work, discipline and religion took precedence over emotional expressions of the self – a different kind of loving environment. Being a husband of thirty-plus years and father to two has taught him the power of kindness, love and commitment. 
His latest book is the fine art photography book, Encounters.
Visit his website at www.patrickstull.com.

About the Book:

Author: Patrick Stull
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 250
Genre: Fine Art Photography Book

With photography at its base, Stull offers a nuanced explication of his encounters to allow the viewer an opportunity to form a relationship with his art. While looking within ourselves, exploring our own feelings, he hopes that he will inspire greater humaneness in response to his art.

ENCOUNTERS is the second in a series of six large-format books in which artist, photographer and author, Patrick Stull explores a wide range of experiences. Using light and the physical body, the written word and his artistry he creates imagery that examines aspects of the lives of women.

Compiled over the last 18 years, the images in ENCOUNTERS, Stull says, are meant to “inspire and challenge the observer while always empowering the subject.”

Stull brings a powerful sense of the surreal and the spiritual to his work as he plots a course along the many paths of the human experience. His imagery runs from the ghostly and ephemeral to the flowing and fiery.

As much as he concentrates on the human form, Stull never forgets to focus on the humanity of his subjects. His choice of the coffee-table style book format draws the viewer into an experience both intimate and universal.
Stull’s first book in his series, titled EVOLVE, was published in 2006. A third book, titled HIDDEN DIMENSIONS, is completed and awaiting publication. Future titles in the series include DHARMA, BEING DIFFERENT, and YOGA, A HEALING MOMENT.
Stull hopes that his readers come away from the book with “a love for art and a respect for the female who gives us life and challenges us to be better human beings.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Book Blast: Infertility Caused by Decreased Oxygen Utilization and Jinn (Demon) by Dr. Mira Bajirova


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Title: Infertility Caused by Decreased Oxygen Utilization and Jinn (Demon)
Author: Dr. Mira Bajirova
Publisher: Partridge Publishing
Genre: Medical
Format: Ebook

There are two main causes of Infertility: Decreased Oxygen Utilization and Jinn (Demon). 

When the environment or body has too many Positive Ions, the result is Decreased Oxygen Utilization. Positive Ions are produced by the manmade atmosphere, and they increase the acidity and inflammation in the body. 

These Positive Ions can affect the body in numerous ways, including decreased fertility. Many times, medicine cannot solve the problem—what people must do is to expose themselves to the Negative Ions. 

Dr. Mira Bajirova, an Associate Professor, Obstetrician-Gynecologist, and In Vitro Fertilization Consultant from Paris, explores what this means to those suffering from Infertility. 

She also highlights how Evil Jinn—through Jinn Possession, Black Magic and Evil Eye—can lead to disastrous consequences including the Infertility. Filled with insights from the Quran and medicine, this is an informative guide for anyone seeking to improve their health and expand their family.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Straight From the Mouth of SciFi/Fantasy Author David H. Reiss

While growing up, David H. Reiss was that weird kid with his nose in a book and his head in the clouds. He was the table-top role-playing game geek, the comic-book nerd, the story-teller and dreamer. 
Fortunately, he hasn't changed much.
David is a software engineer by trade and a long-time sci-fi and fantasy devotee by passion, and he lives in Silicon Valley with his partner of twenty-six years. Until recently, he also shared his life with a disturbingly spoiled cat named Freya.
(Farewell, little huntress. You were loved. You are missed.)
David's first book, Fid's Crusade, has just recently been published; this was his first novel-length project, but it certainly won't be his last—he's having far too much fun!

About the Book:

Author: David H. Reiss
Publisher: Atian Press
Pages: 365
Genre: Scifi/Contemporary Fantasy

Consumed by grief, rage, and self-loathing, a brilliant inventor rebuilt himself to take on a new identity: the powered-armor-wearing supervillain, Doctor Fid. For twenty violent years, Fid has continued his quest to punish heroes who he considers to be unworthy of their accolades, and the Doctor has left a long trail of blood and misery in his wake. After a personal tragedy, however, Doctor Fid investigates a crime and uncovers a conspiracy so terrible that even he is taken aback.

Haunted by painful memories and profound guilt, the veteran supervillain must risk everything to save the world that he once sought to terrorize. Every battle takes its toll…but the stakes are too high for retreat to be an option.

In the end, it may take a villain to save the entire Earth from those entrusted with the Earth’s protection.


"Fid's Crusade by David H. Reiss is one of the most refreshing and lively takes on the superhero genre I've seen in years. His title character's crusade is colorful, compelling, and takes wonderfully unexpected turns, and the novel delivers an impressive emotional punch (to go along with the super-powered ones). It stands easily alongside other character-driven superhero novels like Austin Grossman's Soon I Will Be Invincible, Carrie Vaughn's After the Golden Age, and Paul Tobin's Prepare to Die!." - Hugo award-winning author Tim Pratt



Thanks for letting us interrogate you!  Can you give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to be an author?

I’ve been asked that question before and it’s always difficult for me to answer. The choice was made so early in my life that I do not recall ever making a conscious decision. In my very oldest memories, I was already a writer of stories. In the deepest depths of the closets of the house in which I grew up, I’m sure that there are age-yellowed Marble Composition books filled with horribly hand-written fanfics for Sid & Marty Krofft’s “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters”.

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?

Writing novels requires that I dedicate a significant chunk of time to the process. Given that I am committed to maintaining my ‘day job’, this has meant a lot of sleepless nights and grouchy mornings. Furthermore, I have learned that growing my readership requires that I dedicate time and effort towards marketing my books. I’ve had to drop hobbies and skip vacations and miss opportunities to visit with friends. The only possible perk is the knowledge that I’ve been able to share my stories with an ever-increasing number of complete strangers.

It’s wonderful and I’m loving every minute.

Which route did you take – traditional or self-published – and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what’s that like?

Originally, I’d intended for Fid’s Crusade to be traditionally published, and I’d begun the process of seeking out representation from a literary agent. In the end, however, I decided to self-publish. There were several reasons. For one, I’d realized that this particular series was within a sub-genre that the Big Five publishers did not appear to be investing in. For another…there were timing-related issues in making sure that I would be able to hand a signed copy to the woman to whom the book is dedicated. She’d recently celebrated her 100th birthday and I wasn’t willing to wait any longer.

My intention is to traditionally-publish some books and self-publish others. There are advantages and disadvantages to each path.
As for the ‘nitty-gritty’ of self-publishing, the truth is that self-publishing is disturbingly quick and easy. Upload a few files and press a few buttons and you’re done. There are no gatekeepers and no safety rails, so the only person who is responsible for making sure that the book is REALLY ready for publication is the author. That can be a difficult judgement call, and it’s never easy.

(Also, marketing and advertising as a self-publisher has a heck of a learning curve.)

What’s the snarkiest thing you can say about the publishing industry?

Traditional publishers may be the most powerful force driving the growth of self-publishing.

Tell us for real what your family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you?

I’m afraid that I don’t have anything humorous to add here. My friends and family have all been incredibly supportive.

The worst that I’ve gotten was an exasperated eyeroll after I asked for a sixth opinion about one particularly tricky paragraph.

What was the craziest or insane thing that happened to you in the book publishing process?

I paid for a vendor table at a major science fiction convention with the intent to sell my books. I ordered a boxful of copies with plenty of time to spare…but they arrived damaged. The printer agreed to replace the damaged copies at their own expense but were unable to ship them in time for the convention.

With no books to sell, I ended up sitting at the table and giving away free bookmarks to anyone who stopped to talk.

How about the social networks?  Which ones do you believe help and which ones do you wish you could avoid?

Honestly, I’m very late in coming to the ‘social media’ thing. I’m sure that I’ll learn more over time and eventually build a following. For now, though…I’m reasonably certain that if I made a list of my followers across all social media platforms, I could count them on both hands and have fingers left over.

Book sales.  Don’t you just love them (or lack of?)?  How are you making the sales happen for you?

I’m not likely to retire early and buy a private island with my books’ royalties, but I love every sale and am always happy when a new reader has stumbled across my work.

Currently, my primary means of attracting sales has been advertising on Amazon and attending science fiction or comic-book conventions. Some months that approach works great. Other months…less so. I’m still learning!

What is one thing you’d like to jump on the rooftop and scream about?

There is a certain multinational technology company based out of Seattle that deliberately obfuscates the data that they give to their advertisers, and I honestly don’t understand why they would do so. Under what twisted logic does it make sense for an advertisement’s sales total to be completely decoupled from sales of the product being advertised?!? If someone clicks on an ad for MY BOOK and then remembers that they have to buy a toothbrush…why is MY SALES DATA polluted with information about how much money THE TOOTHBRUSH SALESMAN made?  AAAAAARGH!

Okay, too much sugar for you today!  Here’s a nice cup of Chamomile tea and come on over and sit under the cabana and watch the waves roll in.  Now…can you tell us what you love about being a published author and how all those things above doesn’t matter because it’s all part of the whole scheme of things and you wouldn’t have it any other way?

I’ve always been a voracious reader and a significant percentage of my life has been spent immersed in other authors’ imaginary worlds. Books were my escape, my motivation, my joy. Every story was a treasure and the people who wrote those stories were my heroes.

It's always been my dream to be part of that cycle…to share my visions with other readers, and to inspire them to maybe do the same. I like to believe that I’m on a path towards succeeding in that goal.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Book Blast: Trinities to Enneagrams by Allen David Young - Win a $25 Gift Card


Inside the Book:

Title: Trinities to Enneagrams
Author: Allen David Young
Publisher: XLibrisUS
Genre: Mind, Body, Spirit/Supernatrual
Format: Ebook

As a spiritual tool and system of personality types, the new directions of the enneagram presented in this work give a clear understanding of ourselves and those who are important to us. The trinity forces within the enneagram are explained in ways that can greatly benefit people in the personal, interpersonal, and social spheres of human existence. The creation of enneagram signs is adapted from the twelve astrology signs. While enneagram types describe one’s egocentric personality, enneagram signs are given by the cosmos at birth; they are one of a kind and reveal one’s soul-centered personality. With the addition of nine signs and stages of development through the life cycle, the enneagram becomes a system in motion and reveals more of its insights. With the addition of nine enneagram letter groups from the alphabet, you can understand what the trinity and enneagram says about the personality of your name.

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Meet the Author:
Both of my parents moved to Berkeley from Louisiana to Berkeley, California where I was born, raised, and educated from grade school through my degrees along the way were in math, business, education, and consciousness studies. After my first 10-year career as a university professor, I spent the next six years immersed in the study of Jungian Psychology, dream work, clairvoyant development training, and occult tools. For more than three decades I have been self-employed as an intuitive counselor with over 500 clients, and for the past decade I have also served as a Centers for Spiritual Living minister.


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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Straight from the Mouth of Dr. Randy Overbeck, Author of 'Blood on the Chesapeake'


When you ask a successful author—even using the word success here loosely—to reflect on what it took to reach the pinnacle, they will usually give you the good stuff. You know, the sterling reviews, the excitement of that book signing, the enthusiastic response of readers.
I’m no different. I’ve been thrilled by the early response to my new novel, Blood on the

Chesapeake. Early reviewers have been kind and even effuse in their praise. (Blood on the Chesapeake is a tale to be savored in a darkened room, with an eye to all the possibilities lurking just out of sight.”—William Kent Krueger, Edgar Award winner and best-selling author of Ordinary Grace) And I can’t wait for the first book signing to look across at an excited reader and ask, “Who should I make this out to?”
 But that only tells one part of the story.
When asked, I usually leave out the soul-crushing responses I received from almost 100 (count them) agents, who politely, or not so politely, turned down the manuscript, after I meticulously researched them, selected them and sent them a carefully scripted query. (Not to mention the agents who never even bothered to acknowledge my query or send a “no thanks.”) I’m usually too embarrassed to mention the several writing conferences I attended—and the money and time invested—in hopes of talking with an agent, face to face, who might recognize the possibilities of my new novel. I also don’t usually bother explaining about the numerous agents (fifteen, maybe) who asked for partial or complete manuscripts, only to have NONE do anything with it. “I really liked your manuscript and believe it has potential, but I’m just not in love with it, so I’m passing.”) Give me a break.
I’ll also leave out the funds I put out for an editor to review my manuscript with the hope of “fixing” it so it will be closer to what “they” are looking for. And I certainly do not tell them about the “Query Conference” I attended in New York City in the frigid cold—which boasts that one-third of participants secure an agent by the conclusion—only to have to admit I wasn’t in that hallowed number.
Still, with the launch of Blood on the Chesapeake, published by a small, but formidable press, The Wild Rose Press, set for this month, I’d say the struggles have been worth it. When I’m sitting at the book signing, autographing copies for some excited readers, I probably won’t be thinking of all the trials then. That doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten. Even if my Blood on the Chesapeake does have some success, I’ll know I have to climb that proverbial mountain all over again to get the next one to print. Maybe, I’m a glutton for punishment, but I’ll probably stick my shoulder against the boulder, ala Sisyphus, and start pushing all over again.

Dr. Randy Overbeck is a writer, educator, researcher and speaker in much demand. During his three plus decades of educational experience, he has performed many of the roles depicted in his writing with responsibilities ranging from coach and yearbook advisor to principal and superintendent. His new ghost story/mystery, Blood on the Chesapeake, will be released on April 10, 2019 by The Wild Rose Press. As the title suggests, the novel is set on the famous Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, home to endless shorelines, incredible sunsets and some of the best sailing in the world. Blood is first in a new series of paranormal mysteries, The Haunted Shores Mysteries. Dr. Overbeck’s first novel, Leave No Child Behind, a thriller about the terrorist takeover of a Midwest high school and one teacher’s stand against the intruders, won the 2011 Silver Award for Thrillers from ReadersFavorite.com. Dr. Dr. Overbeck is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and an active member of the literary community. You can follow him on Twitter @OverbeckRandy, friend him on Facebook at Author Randy Overbeck or check out his webpage, www.authorrandyoverbeck.com