Monday, January 21, 2019

Interview with John R. Beyer, Author of 'Iquitos: The Past Will Kill' l Book Tour l @drjohnrbeyer





John R. Beyer spent nearly ten years in law enforcement in Southern California as a street cop, a training officer and a member of the elite SWAT team. After leaving the force, he continued in public service entering the field of education. During his tenure, he served as classroom teacher, school administrator and district administrator, and was an integral part of the gang and drug force in San Bernardino. While in both worlds he earned a Doctorate in School Administration and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

During all those years, he never gave up the passion for writing – both fiction and nonfiction. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and the like for decades, writing on a variety of topics. His latest short stories in the past year can be found in Foliate Oak Literary Magazine (2016) and GNU Journal (2017). He is also the author of three highly praised internationally known novels – Hunted (2013), Soft Target (2014) and Operation Scorpion (2017).

He won the 'Write Well Award' in October of 2018 from the Silver Pen Writer's Association for a fictional short story.

His newest novel, ‘Iquitos – the Past Will Kill’, was released in November of 2018 by Black Opal Books bringing two of his protagonists together for their first investigation. Jonas Peters and Frank Sanders will work hand in hand with an international incident which left undetected could cause a catastrophic issue for the United States. They are friends and they are good at they do. Catching the bad guys.

Website Address:    http://johnrobertbeyer.weebly.com/
Twitter Address: @Drjohnrbeyer



Jonas Peters and Frank Sanders team up to solve a string of murders, starting with the intentional and fatal bombing of a local coffee shop in downtown Riverside—a usually calm city in Southern California. Dozens are dead after an explosion rips apart the Coffee Grind, leaving dozens of others gravely wounded. Frank soon finds himself up to his elbows assisting the bombing victims, especially when he discovers that Jonas was walking to the Coffee Grind to meet up with his fiancée, but he never made it. In an instant, all their lives are thrust into a trail of death and destruction carried out by an unknown psychopath.

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Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?

My lovely spouse, Laureen, and I love to travel. We have a blog, J and L Research and Exploration that deals with naturally, research and exploration which is a great way for us to travel the globe. In the real world though I am in education – teaching English and World History to 7th graders – yes, my halo is bright but tilted at times dealing with these lovely youngsters. But to their credit they are full of energy and the desire to investigate their creative writing skills is right up my alley.

When did you start writing?

I started writing when I was in middle school with a passion. Short fictional stories dealing with strong protagonists and simple plots. That evolved into non-fictional pieces for newspapers and magazines. After meeting Ray Bradbury I really got into writing fiction again and have numerous short stories as well as novels published. It’s always been a passion for me and hopefully always will.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

There were so many pivotal points after being published but I remember one from years ago. I has a small story published in a history magazine and one day at a local book store I saw a gentleman reading the magazine and as I walked by I snuck a peek (I know – I know) and he was reading my article. A moment later I heard him say to a lady who had walked up to him, “That was a really good story.” It was such a humbling but wonderful moment.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

In fact, I am writing a historical fiction novel on Vlad Dracula – and would love to return to Romania while I finish the work. We spent a month there a couple of years ago conducting research, and the country is so beautiful. It would be the perfect setting to actually sit and write the novel while staring out over the river Danube.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

Four extra hours a day would be great, but again after a while the same thought would invade my brain, ‘there aren’t enough hours in a day.’ But, if that were the case, I would write more and exercise more – the writing for keeping the brain active and the physical exercise for the health of the body. What an awesome way to spend an additional four hours.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

I think on the east coast of the United States. Perhaps somewhere in the wood of New Hampshire, with a small lob cabin as the main homestead. No idea what the story line would be, but I’m sure one would pop into my head while having a cup of coffee on the front porch watching deer dance across the front yard.

Back to your present book, Iquitos, The Past Will Kill, how did you publish it?

My publisher is Black Opal Books out of Oregon. They are a traditional publishing house and chose to publish my first novel, Hunted, and I have stuck with them for the following three novels.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

We traveled to Peru for the research into the Peruvian rain forest near the rather large village of Iquitos on the Amazon River. It is the largest city in the world where the only way to arrive there is either by boat or by air. No roads lead to Iquitos. There is no way to get there by car. Spending a month getting to know the layout of life in the Amazon was amazing.

Why was writing, Iquitos, The Past Will Kill, so important to you?

Jonas Peters is my protagonist along with his friend Frank Sanders. Both former cops turned private detectives in Southern California, and the thought of writing about an alien landscape such as the Amazon had always been of interest to me. I just needed a plot line to follow and after asking myself ‘What if something had happened in Peru in Jonas’s past life that came back to haunt him?’ The story worked its way out after that. There was a story to be told and a great location for it to happen.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

Characters and situations occur in my head on a daily basis. I have never suffered through writer’s block and the tapping of the keyboard comes easy for me. Of course, not everything is written wonderfully – I have thrown away or deleted many chapters over the years knowing the words and effort were not going where I wanted them to travel. It’s part of the game – a good idea and write about it. If it works it works and if it doesn’t – then chuck it and start afresh.

Any final words?

I want to thank you for this opportunity telling your readers a little more about me and the craft I love. If anyone would like to follow our real life adventures then please visit us at jandlresearchandexploration.blogspot.com.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Book Blast: The Employee Millionaire by H.J. Chammas






Title: The Employee Millionaire
Author: H.J. Chammas
Publisher: PartridgeSingapore
Genre: Business/Economics
Format: Ebook

When the financial crisis erupted in 2008, thousands of people lost jobs they thought theyd always have to sustain their standard of living. For H. J. Chammas, it was a wakeup call to escape struggling to make ends meet. It was time to take charge of his life and stop acting like a lab rat following a set program. In this detailed guidebook to buying, owning, and managing rental properties, he gives readers a plan that you wont find in other books. Instead of promoting foolish risks, he helps you leverage your position as an employee to achieve financial freedom. Learn how to: evaluate the current state of your finances; overcome limiting beliefs about money and investing; set personal objectives to achieve financial freedom; and think and operate like a seasoned real estate investor. Chammas shares real-life examples that will help you build a personalized investment blueprint to build your rental property portfolio and become wealthy. From identifying and closing deals, getting approved for loans, renting out properties, dealing with tenants, and capitalizing on opportunities, this book will challenge how youve always looked at life, finances, investments, and real estate.

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H.J. Chammas is a self-made "Employee Millionaire" who has achieved financial freedom by investing in rental properties throughout Asia, Dubai and Europe. With over 10 years of real estate industry and investing experience, as well as property management, he brings forward a blueprint for real estate investing in a simple and clear manner.

He is the founder and CEO of the Employee Millionaire, a company that empowers employees to achieve financial freedom and become millionaires with real estate investing.

To emulate Chammas' success in single family real estate investment, sign up for his program on www.employeemillionaire.com to learn the sound investing principles and avail of free templates and worksheets that makes rental properties investing almost on autopilot.



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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Book Review: The Lady with the Purple Hat by Otilia Greco







Title: The Lady With the Purple Hat
Author: Otilia Greco
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: General Fiction
Format: Ebook


Ten years ago, Daisy left her husband, Bernard, to create a new life for herself. But now as their divorce proceedings continue to drag on and Bernard battles terminal cancer, Daisy determines she would rather be his widow than his ex-wife and decides to play with fate.

After she dons an outlandish large purple hat to disguise her face, Daisy glides through the hospital corridors, hell-bent on poisoning her husband to accelerate his death. When she finally arrives at his door and opens it, she is shocked to see a woman sitting by his bedside. With her plan foiled, Daisy rushes out of the room as she transforms from the hunter into the hunted. Still obsessed with ending Bernard’s life, Daisy retreats into her memories, unaware that a surprise is waiting in the shadows. Now only time will tell if fate will intervene to save Daisy or if she will lose her soul to the dark side, where it can never be retrieved.

In this contemporary thriller, a woman intent on ending her husband’s life is propelled on a journey through her memories that leads her to an unexpected truth.

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They say not to judge a book by it's cover, but let me tell you, I fell in love with this cover the first time I laid eyes on it. Vibrant colors and just overall it is beautiful and draws your attention. This book left no ends untied and was quite a ride. I wasn't sure if it was ok to like Daisy considering what she was trying to do, but I did like her and felt that I could understand where her mind was throughout.

The author does an excellent job not just with plot development, but character development as well. I would highly recommend this book, especially if you are a fan of suspense/thriller novels.




Otilia Greco was born in the Swiss Alps; was educated in Switzerland, England, and Paris; and is fluent in six languages. She graduated from Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and developed an appreciation for history and cultures.

Otilia and her husband worked internationally, lived for several years in California, and now reside in Switzerland. This is her third book.



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Book Feature: Helping Hands by Ken Saik






Title: Helping Hands
Author: Ken Saik
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Fiction/Romance
Format: Ebook

Jill Kreshky is recently divorced. She is doing her best to reclaim her life. After an accident causes her to spend six weeks alone in a hospital, she is haunted by the awareness that she must find a way to once again become part of her children’s lives. Unfortunately, Jill doesn’t have a car, her job is temporarily on hold, her bank account is empty. There is no question that Jill needs encouragement from someone she can trust. After she learns that a church friend, Bill Wynchuk, has been more loyal to her than she ever realized, Jill decides to invite him for supper. As he relies on his faith and skills as a psychologist to lovingly lead Jill to appreciate her inner strength and need for the Lord, she gains insights that propel her down a path of reconciliation that helps her mend relations with her son and return to Ontario to face her greatest fears about her family and unveil a deeply buried secret. In this inspirational story, a woman attempting to reclaim her life is led on an emotional journey, with help from a devoted friend, that ultimately reveals the truth and prompts her to seek forgiveness.

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Ken Saik is a committed Christian who retired after thirty-one years of teaching social studies to pursue writing fiction and poetry. To date, he has published three novellas and a novel, Baggage Burdens. Saik currently resides in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada.


Ken Saik is a committed Christian who retired after thirty-one years of teaching social studies to pursue writing fiction and poetry. To date, he has published three novellas and a novel, Baggage Burdens. Saik currently resides in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada.
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Monday, January 14, 2019

BLOG TOUR & INTERVIEW: ROB KAUFMAN & A BROKEN REALITY



As a child, Rob Kaufman was always fascinated by the stories recited by those around him and the words used to tell them. As he got older, his need to tell his own stories grew, as did his ability to share them in exciting and captivating ways.

However, he wanted to share more than just stories. His primary desire was to create characters with whom people could relate, while at the same time bringing them through a journey from which most would crumble.

His degree in Psychology was the first step toward getting beneath the surface of the people in his life. What followed was a lifelong search for what makes people tick – what forces them to become evil when deep down in their heart of hearts, they are yearning for love. Rob’s characters walk this search with him, deep into the human psyche, creating psychological thrillers from every day events.

Rob’s second book “One Last Lie" continues to receive great praise and is selling well in both electronic and paperback formats. His current book, “A Broken Reality” is much darker than his first, with characters who hold bits and pieces of strangers he’s known, friends he’s had and personal tragedy he’s lived through.

“This book hits home for me,” says Rob. “There were a few pages that made me laugh out loud as I wrote them... and many that made me cry. And the great thing is, I’m finding that many readers of this book are experiencing the same emotions.”

Through social and other media, Rob hopes to get “A Broken Reality” into the hands of millions, so that they, too, can experience the ups, downs, twists, turns and final tragedy that has helped make this book a Five-Star contender.
Website Address: www.AuthorRobKaufman.com
Twitter Address: @RobKaufmanCT




Title: A BROKEN REALITY
Author: Rob Kaufman
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 320
Genre: Thriller/Suspense/Psychological Thriller

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On a fateful night in the dead of winter, an unimaginable tragedy changes the lives of two families forever. How will they manage to deal with reality while stopping the sociopath who is pushing them toward the edge of sanity?

Ten-year-old, Danny Madsen, has been missing for four days when Jesse Carlton begins his own search for his godson on a frigid, snowy night. Driving along a deserted rural road, Jesse hits a stretch of black ice at the same time Danny appears from the thicket. Unable to control the car, Jesse slams into the boy and watches helplessly as Danny's body flies back into the dark brush.

When Jesse regains consciousness, he has no recollection of how he and his car wound up in a ditch. However, there's a witness: Charles Hastings, the sociopathic kidnapper who chased Danny through the brush and into the path of Jesse's car.

Hastings takes this chance to set up Jesse so he'll take the fall for both Danny's disappearance and death. And so the mind games begin--an onslaught of psychological manipulation that devastates Jesse, his wife, Danny's parents and the cops' investigation. Inexplicably, the torment continues even after the primary suspect is killed and the rollercoaster of emotions and confusion seems never-ending until the final and devastating truth is revealed.

If you like gripping, suspenseful page-turners that keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end, this is a must read!



Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?

When I’m not writing, I’m reading or watching movies to help me come up with new ideas so I can start writing again. I also have a small marketing company, so most of my time is spent creating concepts and writing online content for my clients. Hmmm… seems I’m always writing in one form or another. However, the fiction writing is the most exciting for me.

When did you start writing?

I started writing when I was in second grade and learned how to spell out words. I can remember writing as much as I could figure out at the time on big sheets of paper (very large letters) and stapling them together to create a book. In fifth grade I was the editor of our school newspaper which was read by 3 teachers and my four friends. I should’ve known back then how tough the writing business would be. J

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

The most pivotal point of my writing life/career was when I started to receive four and five star reviews for my books. Then I’d read the reviews in which people would “hate” a character (which was my intent) or cry for another. When I realized that others actually enjoyed my work and “felt what I felt” as I wrote it, something inside made me want to share more of what I had to give. So I kept writing books!

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

I’m not a big travel person. However, I love Arizona and New Mexico. There’s something about the desert; its silence and vastness, that brings my head to a new and different place every time I visit. It’s so peaceful that ideas flow more easily – especially when I’m not surrounded by phones, email and texts. So if I could travel and start writing, I’d go to the Southwest and surround myself with desert, red rock and sky.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

I’d sneak in one extra hour of Candy Crush… one extra hour of Word Chums… and two extra hours of writing my next book. Wow. I think it’s time to get a life.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

I’ve always lived in New England and writing books set in that location seems to work for me. I’m comfortable here and so are my characters. Plus, there are people in this area from all over the country and the world, so most readers can relate to the majority of my characters.



Back to your present book, A Broken Reality, how did you publish it?

I self-published A Broken Reality and am now in the midst of launching and marketing. It is much more difficult than I thought. However, I won’t give up. I never do.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

I did a lot of Internet research because I don’t live in the location where the story takes place. I’ve visited the area quite a few times (Rockland, Hingham and Boston Massachusetts), but didn’t know the venue details. For instance, a big part of the story revolves around a giant forest/conservation land. I had to use Google Maps to find where that would be and imagine myself there. So basically, I did more mind travel than physical travel for my research.

Why was writing A Broken Reality so important to you?

There’s quite a variety of emotions people wade through in A Broken Reality. I felt it important for people to understand the angst of parents who lose a child to kidnapping, but also how guilt can make a mind snap in ways most would never consider. Of course, I also wanted people to get inside the mind of a sociopath. This way they won’t be overwhelmed with surprise if they see their “trusted” neighbor arrested and shown on the six o’clock news. Unfortunately, even the people we think are the most sane have issues we know nothing about.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

I get my best ideas from life… from family, friends and news stories I read. People always have problems and when I hear their problems, my mind always takes them to the next level. I live in the world of “what if”. In real life, that leads to anxiety, something I deal with on a daily basis. However, if my writing life, it works wonders because I can take a typical problem and say, “well, what if this happened and then what if she did this and what if he was forced to…” Well, you get the drift. “What ifs” bring me down the path to great stories and characters who my readers end up loving (or hating).

Any final words?

I sincerely encourage readers of my work to review it – whether it’s positive or negative. I like and need to hear what people think in order to refine my craft and make the next book better. I like positive reviews to be posted (like all authors) and would love to hear negative thoughts or constructive criticism via email. Anyone can write me at Rob@AuthorRobKaufman.com. I’m always willing to listen. It’s the only way to become the best at what I do.
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BLOG TOUR & INTERVIEW: DUFFY BROWN & TANDEM DEMISE





Duffy Brown loves anything with a mystery. While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. She is a National Bestselling author and now conjures up who-done-it stories of her very own. She has two series the Consignment Shop Mysteries set in Savannah along with rescue pup Bruce Willis and the Cycle Path Mysteries set on Mackinac Island with judgmental cats Cleveland and Bambino. 

Her latest book is the cozy mystery, Tandem Demise.

Website Address: www.DuffyBrown.com
  




Title: TANDEM DEMISE
Author: Duffy Brown
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 225
Genre: Cozy Mystery

BOOK BLURB:
Smugglers on the hunt, a police chief on the run, lost loot and a dead wedding planner have the Mackinac Island regulars riding in circles 

     After solving two murders, bike shop owner Evie Bloomfield thought life on Mackinac Island would settle into boredom until she finds out Nate Sutter, island police chief and once-upon-a-time under cover cop is on the run. Some badass guys from Nate’s Detroit days think he stole money from them in a champagne smuggling operation and now they’re headed to the island to get their loot. ​Evie is determined to help Nate because he’s a good cop. Nate is determined to keep interfering Evie and island locals out of harms way, and the crooks are determined to get their money.

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Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?

For me it’s family first and with four kids and four grandkids there is a lot of family! Also I love to hike and bike and try new recipes. Are you one who watches the British Baking shows? I sure am. Then I try and cook something new and it never turns out like those master bakers. LOL Keeping new and fresh is important to keeping my ideas new and fresh.

When did you start writing?

I’ve been writing about thirty-five years. I started out in romance then switched to mystery. I should have been writing mystery all along. I just love whodunits! But not the ones with body parts flying. I love humor so give me some Sherlock Holmes or Nancy Drew books.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

Not giving up. I don’t think it’s one specific moment but the love of wanting to tell stories and make people laugh at live and the thing that happen to us. I cannot imagine not writing. Writers write.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

I write at my desk at home. I’m one of those who cannot write anywhere else. I need my little corner of the world where I can shut out the rest of the world and just concentrate on my story and the characters. To tell you the truth when I write I’m not here in Cincy but in the place where my books are set. I’m totally in the story.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

Clean this house. Lordy! If there is one thing that suffers in my career it’s the house.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

Maybe New Orleans. I think a mystery series set in New Orleans would be a blast. Love the old world charm and the water and the diversity and the history. I need to do this.


Back to your present book, Tandem Demise, how did you publish it?

Tandem is my first indy published book with Amazon and I’m loving it! I esp love that it doesn’t take a year to get a book to my readers, that I can set the price and that I can do my own cover. Having control over my work is amazing.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

I love Mackinac Island! I took my daughter there to do research. She’s from NYC and Mackinac is so so different and a huge adjustment. So, Evie Bloomfield was born…a designer from Chicago who comes to Mackinac and is completely out of her element
You bet! Tandem Demise is set on Mackinac Island.

Why was writing Tandem Demiseso important to you?
My main characters are not perfect. They’ve made mistakes, been in bad relationships, failed at marriages and jobs, BUT they always bounce back. And they put family above all else. I think that’s what most people are like and what is real. Also I like to have my characters change and grow from their mistakes. I don’t want them to be the same book after book. In my Cycle Path series Evie owns a bike shop and she can’t ride a bike…but she’s learning. The learning part is so important to all characters.  


Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

Everywhere. I can be talking to someone and think…That’s going in a book! Everyone has a story, a really great story and I get my ideas from the life they’ve led. I want my books to be real, to be things we all do and think about and I want them to be humorous. Laughter is a big part of life and helps us deal with the things that come our way.

Any final words?

I would like to tell my readers…
Thank YOU! Meeting and chatting with readers is the very best part of writing. I’ve met so many wonderful people along my journey as a writer. I’ve truly been blessed.

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