Thursday, September 16, 2021

Straight from the Mouth of David Myles Robinson, Author of 'Words Kill'

 


David Myles Robinson has always had a passion for writing. During the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, while in college, Robinson worked as a free-lance writer for several magazines and was a staff writer for a weekly minority newspaper in Pasadena, California, called The Pasadena Eagle. However, as he himself admits, upon graduating from San Francisco State University, he decided against the ‘starving writer’ route and went to law school, at the University of San Francisco School of Law. It was there that he met his wife, Marcia Waldorf. After graduating from law school in 1975, the two moved to Honolulu, Hawaii and began practicing law. Robinson became a trial lawyer, specializing in personal injury and workers’ compensation law. Waldorf eventually became a District Court and ultimately a Circuit Court judge.

Upon retiring in 2010, Robinson completed his first novel, Unplayable Lie, which was published by BluewaterPress LLC, in 2010. He has since published five more novels, three of which are legal thrillers set in Honolulu: Tropical Lies, Tropical Judgments, Tropical Doubts, and Tropical Deception. His other three novels are The Pinochet Plot, Son of Saigon, and Words Kill. Robinson has also published a book of short travel stories, Conga Line on the Amazon.

Robinson and Waldorf divided their time between Honolulu and their second home in Taos, NM for seven years before finally deciding to see what it’s like to be full-time mainlanders again. They now live in Taos, where Robinson can pursue his non-writing passions of golf, ski, and travel.

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INTERVIEW


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?

There is simply something that compels me to write, whether it’s a poem for myself, short stories when I was in school, news articles when I worked as a journalist, and even legal memoranda and briefs when I worked as a lawyer. Being fully retired, I am free to write


what I want when I want. I feel adrift when I’m not working on something.

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?

If one has a compulsion to write, as I do, then it has to happen. I don’t worry about selling a million books and making money, but that first step of publishing the first novel and waiting for the reviews is scary. Once I began getting the acclimation needed for the confidence to keep writing (without making a complete ass of myself), it’s been a wonderful journey.

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 spent a great deal of time creating and sending out query letters to agents for several of my books. It’s frustrating to wait months and months just to determine if an agent is interested, only to start the whole process over again as necessary. The one time I did sign with an agent, it was then another year before she decided she couldn’t sell that particular book to one of the big traditional publishers. It’s a long and frustrating process.

For my first book, I was accepted by a small traditional publisher. I enjoyed that relationship until the agent I later signed with referred me to another publishing house, which is a hybrid publisher. I switched because I was led to believe the marketing would be better. It wasn’t. Unless you’re with a large publishing house and they are dedicated to you, authors are pretty much on their own when it comes to marketing.

For my next novel, I am switching back to my original traditional publisher.

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

The long wait is obnoxious, particularly when some agents don’t like multiple submissions – which means you wait and wait for their decision, and then start over when they say no. It is disheartening to spend so much time putting one’s heart and soul into writing a novel, only to then deal with the time delays and the inevitable “this project isn’t right for us,” rejection. All in all, in most cases I would recommend trying to find a small traditional publisher willing to consider publication without the middleperson agent.

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?

It is just me and my wife of 45 (or so) years. She is a retired judge and is both my go-to expert and my biggest fan. She is most supportive of my writing.

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

I got into it with my hybrid publisher who didn’t want to go live with the eBook versions until one or two months after the initial publication of the paperback. That irritated me in that so many of the people I run into like to read on Kindle, Nook, etc. If I wasn’t the one paying for marketing I wouldn’t mind so much, but it was almost as if I was wasting a lot of money marketing a book which people wouldn’t buy until it was an eBook. That, in turn, required a renewed marketing program (more money).

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

Much as it galls me to say so, Facebook seems to have been the best of the social networks so far. I’m only now starting to experiment with Instagram and Twitter, but for not much money, a Facebook ad can reach thousands of people.

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

Slowly. There is an obvious direct correlation between advertising and sales, but there is definitely a point of diminishing return.

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

Where do I start? There is so much going on in the world and this country that is absurd and scary that pretty much anything I can think to get upset about regarding my writing and publication pales in comparison. There’s only so much time I’m willing to jump and scream on the roof without fear of falling off.

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?

 Words Kill is my eighth novel and I love the fact that most people who read my books seem to really like them. In fact, I have bonded with quite a number of people I have met on my travels and on the golf course who now read my novels as they come out. That means that in my own little way, what I have to say is entertaining enough, or important enough (or both), to reach beyond my circle of friends and family.


 WORDS KILL is available at:


https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Baby-Second-Chance-Stillwater/dp/1335456252/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 

 

Monday, September 6, 2021

Straight From the Mouth of Author E.P. Bellows

Meet Ferdinand, the fearless hopper...

By E.P. Bellows


Meet Ferdinand, the fearless hopper...

At first sight you might believe you were looking at an ordinary old frog; but that is not the case. Ferdinand is a hopper, a rather extraordinary creature. It is true that to some, Ferdinand’s appearance leaves something to be desired. From a hoppers perspective there is nothing more handsome than a pudgy, well fed belly and a decent pair of long gangly legs. His friends aren’t quite sure how old he is; they lost track after one hundred fifty-seven. What they do know is that he is brave to a fault, always right (at least he thinks so), and a loyal friend. He also carries an important burden. Ferdinand is


one of the few remaining go-between in the realm. He will be waiting at the passageway to bring you to Azra’s Pith. Don’t be late… it puts him in a lousy mood!

 Ferdinand’s ten pet peeves….

1. Tardiness

2. Skipping meals

3. Cold Weather

4. Hot Weather

5. Flying

6. Hungry giant birds

7. Angry Sorcerers

8. Dark Magic

9. Dirt Pips

10. Being called a frog



A few random things about me…

Um, let’s see… when I was eight, I had a pet turkey. I used to take it with me on my very short lived paper route. Needless to say, I was terrible at delivering the paper. No one wanted a “Dollar Saver” with turkey poop splattered across the front page. Apparently that’s where the best coupons are.

Books… well, “Treasure Island” is a fantastic pirate tale. I love just about anything by Roald Dahl. I would also like to thank C.S Lewis for sending me on an unrelenting childhood quest for portals to amazing worlds (even in the most unpleasant locations, e.g… the older brother’s closet, etc…)

I write fantasy stories for children. Yep – I am a HUGE fantasy geek. I can’t help myself! It’s too darn awesome to escape to another realm with sorcerers and wizards. The underlying theme in my stories is empowerment, self love, and living purposefully.

When football is on I turn into a different person. I may even use a curse word or two… or three. I enjoy running; which is a good thing because I need to do it in order to fit into my jeans.

I love to cook and really, really love to eat. I have a theory that avocados actually contain super powers and have the amazing ability to make any snack epic. I also love garlic… which, according to my loved ones, also has an unfortunate super power … the pungent breath-inator… or something of that nature.

Few things make me smile more than chocolate, cheese… AND, if the Chargers would make it to the Super Bowl again – just once:)

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Friday, August 27, 2021

Straight From the Mouth of Author Ronda Beaman

 

Why Write a Memoir?

By Ronda Beaman

Why write a memoir? Better yet, why write a couple of them?

As my sister said when I told her I was writing another one, “You’re not that interesting.”


It’s not that I disagree.

 I did not grow up to be a President, a Premier or a Princess. I am not a social activist, have never been a prisoner of war or a serial killer. I was never left for dead on the top of a snow capped mountain or sold into child slavery.

I have not faced and overcome severe or dire circumstances, did not chew off any of my body parts, drink or eat myself into a pitiable condition and I am not related to anyone famous or infamous. I am not even an ordinary person who thinks they have lived an extraordinary life.


And in that, I believe, lies the power and purpose of memoir. To remind the reader that he or she is not alone, that being fallible and fantastic, depending on the moment, is what we share. The reminder of the mundanity and magic of being alive is what we need to celebrate and be reassured by, and is what, ultimately, binds us together.

 If memoirs, done right, tap the right sort of personal journey to ignite fresh insight and inspiration into the human journey, then what better way to humorously and poignantly illuminate the sequential steps and stages of life than with shoes?

My latest book, My Feats in These Shoes is a spirited and irrepressible romp—as well as slips, missteps, leaps, scuffs, and twirls—toward becoming something bigger, something better, something more. 

After being told by my father that I had the ugliest feet he’d ever seen, I resolves to reject his paternal foothold.  I found myself, and hard-earned firm footing, in a hilariously flawed, lifelong, cute-shoe-based revolt.

Far from serving up trauma porn (or emotional bunions), this memoir is an upbeat, humorous, affectionate and affecting coming of age memoir that ends each chapter with a ‘Put Yourself in My Shoes’ section for readers to consider their own strides in pursuing an out of the shoe box life.

From wondering who might have purchased my eventually bronzed baby shoes, considering elementary school footwear choices, lying about owning and being able to dance in tap shoes, and including being shoed for college and my first job, right through marriages, babies, careers, sickness and health, My Feats in These Shoes is a vintage piece, an historical retrospective and an inspirational and motivational series of stories that will guide readers to think about their own feats and the accessories of achievement that made them possible.

As author Flannery O’Connor said, “Anyone who has made it through childhood has enough material to write for the rest of their lives.” I urge you to give it a try, write for your children, your grandchildren, share your stories, your successes and disappointments and you might find that in using your life to illuminate others, you begin to shine brighter.


Dr. Ronda Beaman is the author of 5 best-selling books including the memoir “Little Miss Merit Badge” and her latest release, “My Feats in These Shoes.” She is a multiple Tedx speaker, university professor and shoeaholic.

Her national award-winning book, You’re Only Young Twice, has been printed in five languages. Her memoir, Little Miss Merit Badge, was an Amazon bestseller and was featured at The Golden Globe Awards. Her children’s book, Seal With a Kiss, is designed to improve skills for beginning readers and is offered at Lindamood-Bell Learning Centers internationally. My Feats in These Shoes will be released in Spring 2021.

Dr. Beaman is an internationally recognized expert on leadership, resilience, fitness, education, and life coaching. She has conducted research in a host of areas, written many academic articles and books, and won numerous awards. She was selected by the Singapore Ministry of the Family as their honored Speaker of the Year and named the first recipient of the National Education Association’s “Excellence in the Academy: Art of Teaching” award. She has been selected as a faculty resource for the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) university in Argentina, Kyoto and India, where she received the highest speaker ratings among 36 elite faculty. She has been featured on major media including CBS and Fox Television, USA Today, and is a national thought leader for American Health Network.

Dr. Beaman earned her doctorate in Leadership at Arizona State University. She is also a certified executive coach and personal trainer with multiple credentials from the Aerobic Research Center. Her family was named “America’s Most Creative Family” by USA Today and she won the SCW National Fitness Idol competition.


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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Book Feature: 10 Letters to a Stranger by Sarah S. Saeed

 






Title: 10 Letters to a Stranger
Author: Sarah S. Saeed
Publisher: PartridgeHouse
Genre: Self-Help
Format: Ebook


PURCHASE HERE



Dear stranger is a book that hopes to enlighten people's lives. It is a booklet that one may carry around and open up to seek hope and optimism whenever they feel like life is tightening up from all corners. When life seems like it is not going anywhere, this tiny manual aims to remind you and I that there is always light at the end of the tunnel. This book acts as a prompt that there is no such thing as a dead end. To never ever give up, no matter how tough things get. Just like how flowers need rain to grow and how diamonds are created under high pressure, we individuals are also facing life’s pressures in which we find ourselves growing in.

This pocket book is here to tell you that there is ALWAYS a way to start new and fresh
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Monday, July 27
Guest Blogging at Inkslinger's Opus

Wednesday, July 28

Thursday, July 29

Wednesday, August 3
Guest blogging at Bent Over Bookwords

Thursday, August 4
Guest blogging at All Inclusive Retort

Friday, August 5
Book Reviewed at I'm Shelf-ish

Tuesday, August 11
Guest blogging at The Literary Nook

Thursday, August 13
Book reviewed at The Dark Phantom

Monday, August 17
Guest blogging at C'est La T

Tuesday, August 18
Interviewed at The Writer's Life

Thursday, August 20
Book Reviewed at Voodoo Princess

Friday, August 21
Interviewed at Review From Here

Tuesday, August 25
Guest blogging at As the Page Turns

Wednesday, August 26
Book Reviewed at The Virtual Virgo

Thursday, August 27
Book Reviewed at A Title Wave

Friday, May 28, 2021

Book Feature: God Loves Messed Up People by Gene Heil

 

 

Inside the Book:


Title: God Loves Messed Up People
Author: Gene Heil
Genre: CoDependency/Self-Help
Format: Ebook/Paperback

Gene Heil spent his life in service to God and his country. He spent 20 years in the military and dedicated his life to the Lord. Heil is an ordained minister, and served as an elder in the church, took part in prison outreach, and devoted himself to prayer. He desires to see lives changed.

Purchase Here

Tour Schedule

Monday, May 17
Book featured at As the Pages Turn
Interviewed at Lover of Literature

Tuesday, May 18
Interviewed at The Book Czar
Book featured at Literal Exposure

Wednesday, May 19
Book featured at The Revolving Bookshelf
Interviewed at Voodoo Princess

Thursday, May 20
Book featured at The Writer's Life
Interviewed at The Dark Phantom

Friday, May 21
Book featured at The Literary Nook

Monday, May 24
Book featured at Read My First Chapter
Book featured at Pimp That Character

Tuesday, May 25
Book featured at Read Between the Ink
Book featured at A Book Lover

Wednesday, May 26
Book featured at C'est La T
Book featured at The Hype and the Hoopla

Thursday, May 27
Book featured at My Bookish Pleasures

Friday, May 28
Book featured at Harmonious Publicity

Monday, May 24, 2021

Book Feature: Patti Cake by Donielle Ingersol

 










 

Inside the Book:





Title: Patti Cake
Author: Donielle Ingersoll
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Inspirational Romance
Format: Ebook

All Patti Murray asked the Lord for was help in finding a God-fearing husband who would be a good provider for her and the family she hoped to raise. Oh, and if he were tall, dark, and handsome, that wouldnt be so bad either. Aside from this goal, she wanted to continue to grow her cake decorating business. This would give her the opportunity to exercise her unique creative talent and earn a little money on the side while being a full-time mommy. However, when one of her exquisite wedding cakes comes to the attention of a national celebrity, Patti is suddenly thrust into the exotic world of the rich and famous and a whole new chance for romance. Was this Gods plan all along?

Author Donielle Ingersolls Patti Cake: An Inspirational Romance, ventures into the world of this witty cake decorator as she has humorous encounters with a tall dark stranger. Enter her kitchen and watch as she creates her magical cake creations. Join her as she tries to fit into the dazzling world of the elite. Youll empathize with her as she struggles with intense, conflicting emotions as secrets from her deep, dark past come bubbling to the surface. And be with Patti as she makes the decision to marry for love or love and money.

Youll be able to create your own versions of Pattis delectable desserts because Patti Cake: An Inspirational Romance includes recipes. Enjoy them as you follow Patti on her journey to find love.

Purchase Here

Meet the Author:

Donielle Ingersoll was gifted with a double portion of creativity and an active imagination. Located in the western portion of the United States, this author brings a unique view of God’s guidance in our lives to readers who love spiritual romance and adventure. Sometimes it is good to see life through the eyes of others.


Giveaway

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Tour Schedule

Monday, May 17
Book featured at Review From Here
Book featured at Literal Exposure

Tuesday, May 18
Book featured at The Writer's Life
Book featured at As the Pages Turn

Wednesday, May 19
Book featured at Splashes of Joy
Book featured at Personovelty

Thursday, May 20
Book featured at Blogher
Book featured at SheWrites

Friday, May 21
Book featured at A Title Wave
Book featured at I'm Shelf-ish

Monday, May 24
Book featured at Read My First Chapter

Tuesday, May 25
Book featured at The Dark Phantom
Book featured at The Book Rack

Wednesday, May 26
Book featured at The Zen Reader
Book featured at Inkslinger's Opus

Thursday, May 27
Book featured at All Inclusive Retort
Book featured at A Taste of My Mind

Friday, May 28
Book featured at Bent Over Bookwords
Book featured at Feeling a Draft

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Straight from the Mouth of Thriller Author Amy Rivers


Name: Amy Rivers
Book Title: Complicit
Find out more on Amazon 






But Don’t Take It Personally by Amy Rivers

You spend all this time creating a book—your own personal masterpiece. The first time you let someone else see it, you might quake with anxiety. Maybe it’s your sister or your best friend. Maybe your husband or your girlfriend. And they love you, so they’re encouraging. They heap on the praise and you feel like a gold medalist in the Olympics. 

Then, you publish the book. Maybe you self-publish and the process is fast. Maybe you go the traditional route, get an agent, sell your book to a Big 5 publisher and you’re on your way. It may take months. It may take years, but the first time you hold a print copy in your hand, the feeling is unforgettable. You ride high on that elation—right up until the reviews start rolling in.

Now, it doesn’t matter if you’ve written one book or a hundred. You could be the most gifted, prophetic writer of our time, and someone is still going to hate your work. Unfortunately, the people who hate it seem to be the most likely to go public with their opinion. Between notes of love and approval, you start to hear “It wasn’t my thing” or “I couldn’t connect.” Occasionally, you get a good old fashioned “this is the worst book I’ve ever read.” Read it. Don’t read it. But move on. 

My personal favorite, of course, are the people who give you a one-star review and then say “I hated it so much I stopped reading.” That’s right, fellow authors. They didn’t like the book enough to finish reading it but they DID feel the need to give you a terrible rating, which will now affect the way that your book shows up in search results, and will probably have you pouring another glass of wine ASAP.

And it’s not just the written reviews that sting. 

Consider the agent whose rejection email includes the line, “sorry, but I’m looking for the next big thing and this is not it.” 

Ouch.

Or the seasoned author who entered the publishing industry at a completely different time in its evolution and isn’t being the least bit ironic when he says he was hoping for more from you as a storyteller. He may even have a point, but establishing yourself as an author today requires a whole different set of skills. In the age of social media, readers have instant access to thousands of books that fit their preferences. And the ability to praise and pan authors is at their fingertips. 

It should probably come as no surprise that authors react the way any proud mama would when someone points out that her kid’s hair needs a good brushing. 

But you can’t feed the trolls.  

Practice your death glare. Mutter creative curses under your breath. And for God’s sake, learn a few new hair styling techniques before heading out into public again. 

But don’t take it personally. 

Right.