Friday, July 25, 2014

Twas the Night Before Release Day by Linda Bond, author of Alive at 5

‘Twas the Night Before Release Day

By Linda Bond

‘Twas  the night before my first book release,
when  all thro’ the house
Not a family member was stirring
not  even my spouse.

Tomorrows Facebook posts were filed on my desktop with care,
In hopes that new readers would soon become aware;

My children were nestled iPhones next to them in bed,
while visions  of Amazon’s top 100  danced in my head

Lounging in sweat pants, my hair under a cap -
I hoped wine would settle my brain for a nap.

When out on the pool deck there arose such a clatter,
I jumped from my desk to see what was the matter.
Away to the back door I flew in a beat.
Threw open the door and stepped back from the heat.

The new moon splashed light on the back yard expanse.
The summer wind moving  the palm trees in  dance. 
When, what to my tired eyes did appear,
 but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.

With a fat jolly driver all dressed in red,
red t-shirt – red shorts – red hat on his head?
I knew at that moment I must really be drunk.
Or sadly over anxious, falling into a funk.
Had I done all the right things to make my book a success?
What was I missing?  Would tomorrow be a mess?

More rapid than lightning, his reindeer they landed
The big man jumped out while his team disbanded.

Like he could read my mind, he sprang onto my deck.
I jumped back, put my hands out, thinking what the heck?

His eyes how they twinkled – with knowledge, I think.
His nose was all cherry – maybe he’d like a drink? J

Before I could ask Santa, “Why are you here?
In Florida?
In July?
With all those North Pole reindeer?

He smiled, and laughed, his belly jiggling like Jell-O
And I knew in an instant he was a good fellow.

Then he spoke, his voice deep, like afternoon thunder.
His words raining down flooding me with wonder. 

“Ms. Bond, I came here to see only you.
To make sure you understand what I came here to do.
To deliver your present, I traveled across the sky.
To give you a lesson – give you Christmas in July.”
  
“A lesson? Why Santa, I thought you did toys.
For babies and toddlers, good girls and good boys.”

“I bring you a gift so you can finally get sleep,
A present and a message I hope you will reap.

Your gift as a writer is making others disappear,
for an hour,  for a day,  for even a year,
into a world they can relax in – feel love - maybe escape.
You bring joy elicit tears, a difference you make.

By giving of yourself, you have already received
the greatest gift I could wrap, deliver, or achieve.
So, stop all this nonsense about lists and number one,
and remember you got into this just to have fun.”

Then he handed me a box – a twinkle in those wise eyes.
He turned and reloaded, took off for the sky.
When I opened that box  - only one thing inside.
A printed copy of my first book Alive at 5

I fought back the tears ‘cause I knew he was right.
Here I was still awake in the middle of the night,
worried about a day that had yet to dawn
when I had already had tons of real fun.

I finished that wine, tears still in my eyes.
As his sleigh blended in with the twinkling stars in the sky.  

But, I swear he exclaimed as he rode out of sight,
Happy release day to all, and to all a good write.


Title:
Alive at 5
Author: Linda Bond
Publisher: Entangled Ignite
Pages: 249
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Format: Ebook

TV news reporter Samantha Steele is one panic attack away from losing her job. Future on the line and cameraman in tow, she follows her mentor on an exhilarating adventure vacation. When he dies while skydiving, her investigative instincts scream “murdered”, and lead her to gorgeous thrill-seeker Zack Hunter.

Zack is an undercover police officer investigating his uncle’s death through the same adventure vacation company. Samantha is a thorn in his side the moment they meet. Not only is she investigating the same case, but the emotionally wounded loner doesn’t want another partner, especially one whose goal is to splash evidence all over the evening news. But Samantha’s persistence is quite a turn-on, and Zack’s overpowering desire makes it harder for him to push her away.

When the killer turns his attention to Zack, Samantha might be the only one who can save him, forcing the anxiety-riddled correspondent to finally face her greatest fear.

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Linda BondAuthor Linda Bond was born in San Francisco, California but spent most of her life in the south, attending middle and high school in Greenville, South Carolina and college at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.

She’s worked as a television news reporter and anchor in Fort Myers, Orlando and Tampa, Florida. For the past fifteen years, she’s been a health reporter, sharing important information with viewers on the latest medical breakthroughs and writing emotional, human-interest stories on those who have the courage and spirit to fight for their lives.
She writes every day, under deadline, but has always loved losing herself in a good fiction story. Her love for writing fiction actually started in high school, but a thriving, busy professional life, along with five kids, kept her busy for many years.

Entangled Publishing is releasing her debut romantic adventure, Alive at 5, July 14th 2014.

She has received numerous writing awards in Romance Writer’s of America chapter contests for Alive at 5 and her other manuscripts Cuba Undercover and Glory, Glory the Majorettes are 40.

She has also won 12 Emmy awards, numerous Society of Professional Journalist, and Associated Press awards, as well as a Florida Bar award and Edward R. Murrow award.

This former baton-twirling beauty queen from the Deep South, now lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband, adopted son from Cuba, two daughters, and one stubborn Bulldog named Sanford.

Her latest book is the romantic suspense novel, Alive at 5. For More Information
   

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Between the Bindings Narrative by Jean Hackensmith, author of Identity Crisis

Between The Bindings Narrative, by Jean Hackensmith     

My approach to writing a novel has changed dramatically over the years.  I started nearly thirty years ago by reading every book I could find on writing.  I followed all the advice, starting with a synopsis, then a detailed outline, character sketches, timelines—the whole gamut.  Twenty books later (and twelve of them published) I have now discovered my own “system”, as it were.  I’m not saying this approach will work for everyone, but it does for me.

Obviously, my system begins with an idea.  I then begin to flesh out that idea by talking with a few family and friends who have a genuine interest in my writing and don’t mind discussing plot ideas for sometimes hours on end.  In fact, they have told me numerous times that they enjoy the process, also.  When I first started writing, I was very close-mouthed about my plot ideas.  I didn’t want to give anything away and ruin the story.  Well, as they say, it takes a whole community to raise a child and, in my opinion, the same is true for writing a novel.  Another old adage, “Two heads are better than one,” also holds true in this instance.  It is absolutely imperative that I have a community of faithful followers who are willing to help bring my stories to life.  People who truly care about what I do, offer constructive criticism, and let me pick their brains.  It’s amazing some of the ideas these people come up with; things I would never have thought of myself.

Next, I do compile a one page synopsis, highlighting the main story plot and any important details that I’m afraid I might forget if I don’t put them down on paper.  I abandoned the detailed outline, however, a long time ago.  I’ve often said that, once I get started, my books write themselves.  Inevitably, the finished product virtually never resembles the initial outline, so, for me anyway, that was just a waste of time.  I do still utilize a timeline, though; for me it’s a very useful tool.  Basically, every time I start a new scene or chapter, I add a brief description of what’s happening, along with the date, to the timeline—even if that scene is happening only a few days later.  It’s just easier than scrolling back to see how much time has passed since a critical event.  I also still use character sketches, identifying my main characters eye color, hair color, age, etc.  Again, it’s easier to just look at the character sketch instead of going back pages upon pages to see what color eyes I gave a certain character.

As I said earlier, my books tend to write themselves.  This happens as my characters develop throughout the course of the book.  They become like family.  I know them so well that it’s easy to say, “he wouldn’t do that,” or “she wouldn’t say that.”  It’s out of character for them.  Also, new scenes, new ideas, will continually crop up when I’m in the process of writing—things I never thought of before, things that simply seem to “fit” with the flow of the story.  Every scene, though, must advance the story in some way.  It must help to develop a character, or drop a clue, or foreshadow a coming event.  If it doesn’t, it just becomes fill and bogs down the story.

I also tend to use a LOT of dialogue in my books.  For me anyway, it makes for much more interesting reading if my characters are talking about key points in the story rather than just revealing them in narrative.  It also serves as a more interesting way to describe a scene.  In dialogue tags, I’ll have my characters moving toward the fireplace across the room, or touching an antique clock that sits on a table.  Much more interesting to read than just stopping the action and saying, okay, this is what the room looks like.  There’s a fireplace on the far wall, an antique clock on this end table, etc.


Finally, when YOU think the book is done, when you’ve read through it two, three, or a dozen times, give it to someone else to read.  In my case, my advance readers are the same family and friends who helped to flesh out the idea in the beginning.  This is not only a good way to find typos that you, as the author, might have missed, but it’s also a great way to discover any discrepancies in the story itself.  A lot of authors think they know the story better than anyone, and they do—and that’s why we will miss a LOT of things that an impartial reader will catch.  Authors tend to read right over typos, and the discrepancies may not be unclear to the author at all, because he or she knows the story and the characters so well.


I hope this helps any first time authors out there, if just a little.  In short, every author must discover a system that works for them and, through time and experience, you will discover yours.

ABOUT IDENTITY CRISIS


Title: Identity Crisis
Genre: Detective
Author: Jean Hackensmith
Publisher: Inkwater Press
Language: English
Pages: 260

When rumors of how Dan Hamilton actually died reach the Cheyenne Chief of Police, Brian Koski is forced to resign his position as captain of the Sixth Precinct and go into business for himself as a private detective. His partner? A mahogany colored Belgian Malinois named Sinbad. A former NYPD police dog, Sinbad is vicious when need be and reliable to a fault–unless a train goes by or there’s a thunderstorm, then chances are he will turn tail and run. Brian’s first clients are Jeff and Melody Patten. He’s an explosives expert for a local demolitions company, she’s a stay-at-home Mom. Both are devoted parents to their young daughter, Angela. The problem comes in the form of one Collin Lanaski, an unstable ex-Air Force lieutenant and Angela’s second grade teacher, who suddenly starts insisting that Angela is his daughter—the same daughter who died in a tragic car accident four years earlier.  What does Collin base this incredible revelation on?  Dog tags and car seats.  Brian is convinced the man has suffered a psychotic break.  He’s delusional and dangerous, and it becomes the P.I.’s job to protect Angela from a madman.

ABOUT JEAN HACKENSMITH

 I have been writing since the age of twenty.  (That’s 37 years and, yes, I’m disclosing my age.)  I am the proud mother of three, stepmother of two, and grandmother to twelve wonderful children.  I lost the love of my life, my husband Ron, in November of 2011 when he died in an accident at work.  He took my heart with him and, for a time, my desire to write.  Time, as they say, heals all wounds, and I have again discovered my passion for the written word.  In fact, I find it strangely comforting to delve into the intricate webs that are my character’s lives and immerse myself in their existence instead of dwelling on my own. Next to writing, my second passion is live theater.  I founded a local community theater group back in 1992 and directed upwards of 40 shows, including three that I authored.  I also appeared on stage a few times, portraying Anna in The King and I and Miss Hannigan in Annie.  I am sad to say that the theater group closed its final curtain in 2008, but those 16 years will always hold some of my fondest memories. My husband and I moved from Superior five years ago, seeking the serenity of country living.  We also wanted to get away from the natural air conditioning provided by Lake Superior.  We moved only 50 miles south, but the temperature can vary by 20-30 degrees.  I guess I’m a country girl at heart.  I simply love this area, even though I must now enjoy its beauty alone.  I love the solitude, the picturesque beauty of the sun rising over the water, the strangely calming effect of watching a deer graze outside your kitchen window.  Never again, will I live in the city.  I am an author, after all, and what better place to be inspired than in God’s own back yard.

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Psyche Soul OlogyTitle: Psyche-Soul-Ology
Author: David Roberts
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 202
Genre: Psychology
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 Psyche-Soul-ology: An Inspirational Approach to Appreciating and Understanding Troubled Kids is a companion text to At the Mercy of Externals: Righting Wrongs and Protecting Kids, 2nd Edition. Dr. Roberts presents a spiritually based application of his theories and the Roberts FLAGS Model detailed in his first book. His use of the term Psyche-Soul-ology focuses on the importance of addressing both the minds and souls of troubled kids. Of utmost importance is the need to look beyond the obvious external behaviors and problems of every kid, making an effort to see who they truly are relative to their unique potential for redirecting their lives. By looking into each kid it is possible to discover their uniqueness and encourage them to understand who they are intended to be, rather than who they are becoming. Dr. Roberts stresses the importance of complicating factors serving as obstacles to the progress of low income, disadvantaged kids. He focuses heavily on professional ethics and the need for both extreme compassion and full competence when working with troubled kids and their families. Both of these books are vital for parents and professionals if we are to fight against social injustices associated with poverty and other complicating factors.  

Dr. Roberts, a proud father and grandfather, is also a licensed clinical psychologist, author, and college instructor, trained in California and living now in his home state of Alabama. His education, training experiences and worldview make him unique, and he is recognized as an expert with troubled kids and families.
 

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Go In Faith, And You Will Prosper by Prophet Owusu Afriyie Book Blitz - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

 

Title: Go In Faith, and You Will Prosper

Author: Prophet Owusu Afriyie

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 88

Genre: Fiction

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 Exhibiting the Force of Faith to Execute Your Calling!
Permit Prophet Owusu Afriyie to help making your calling successful and fulfilled through Go In Faith, and You Will Prosper. The journey to fulfill your ministry and profession demands faith only. Because of that you must use your faith wisely depending on the Lord. Faith is the main thing that you possess to control and overcome the affairs of the world. You will communicate with heaven as a faith practitioner and direct the affairs of life supernaturally:
  God will Direct Your Path by Faith

 Speak as it Ought to be
See your dream comes to pass as you feed on the Word of God believing what God has said will happen as you stay on board.
Speak the Word of Faith in the direction God gives you and never be regretted.
Reverend Afriyie is a Fasting and Prayer minister who was asked by the Lord to fast 2 forty days in a year. He was instructed to do this for a special ministry. Owusu Afriyie tested the waters of mandate and the Holy Spirit performed awesomely. This book will teach you faith that achieves.



The Lord advised Owusu Afriyie in May 3, 2010, to write books. He had a dream in late 90s of huge volumes of books, which indicates the writing assignments ahead of him. Afriyie always says to the Lord, “I am yours to command.” As the Prophet Samuel to the Lord, in the presence of the Priest Eli, so is Owusu.
Prophet Owusu Afriyie is a Fasting and Prayer organizer by divine calling. God led him to fast two, 40 days for 10 years, and one, 40 days for 3 years for His power and work (1999-2012). God told him to go in faith and prosper in the work after the fast was over. The Lord has directed him to go back to Ghana to start the work from there and enter other worlds. God has given him a mandate to do Crusades and Plant Churches. Owusu Afriyie says this looks impossible, but with God, it is a done deal. He sees it as God asked Abraham to go a place without a map. Finally, Abraham made it as God directing him from the inside out. Prophet Owusu Afriyie says he will make it, with the Mighty Holy Spirit (the Champion) inside him; the mandate will prosper and succeed with great optimism.
Owusu Afriyie is a theologian, graduated from Concordia University, and the founder of the Apostolic Creative Faith Ministries in Montreal, Canada. He is the senior minister of the Ministry. Prophet Afriyie is married to Boatemaa, and is the father of seven children: Millicent, Rose, Daniel, Joseph, Victoria, Theresa, and Samuel.
  

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Interview with Robyn DeHart, author of 'For Her Spy Only'

What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? 

Going after my writing dream. I never really questioned if I could do it, just jumped in and did my best to hone my craft and become as good a writer as I could be. I’m very proud of the books I’ve published.

How has your upbringing influenced your writing? 

I’d say in three major ways. First, my parents brought me up to believe that nothing was out of my reach, if I worked hard enough, I could accomplish what I set out to do. Secondly, my mother never said no when I wanted a book. She’s a reader (and a writer too!) and therefore books were always in our house, she always read to me, I certainly credit her with my love of story. And third, my parents have been married for 50+ years, how do you NOT write romance coming from that?!

When and why did you begin writing? 

I don’t really remember a time when I didn’t write. It’s sort of always been apart of me and my goals.

What inspires you to write and why? 

Partly what I mentioned before about my family – I love story and well, love and relationships are part of our lives. It’s natural inspiration.

What genre are you most comfortable writing? 

Definitely historical romance. I think my voice is most natural there, especially Victorian-set historicals.

What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? 

Beginnings are really difficult for me. I find it hard to start books because it takes me a while to really get to know my characters. Also the business side of writing is challenging because so much of it is out of your control.

Have you developed a specific writing style? 

Style as in my process or style as in the way my books feel? I’d say yes to both questions. I have many tools in my writer’s toolbox, as I like to call it, and I utilize all of them. Not every method works for every book and I’m always willing to try new things, but for the most part, most of my books are written linearly and I write in drafts, focusing mostly on the dialogue the first round and then fleshing out as I progress. As far as the way my books come out, I think all of them have a definite Robyn DeHart feel to them. Some of my books have more adventure, like my Indiana Jones-esque series, the Legend Hunters, or more suspense, like my Jack the Ripper suspense series, or what I call my Scooby-doo mysteries, just light capers with quirky characters – they all feel like a DeHart book because my voice is there, my trademark characters, humor, etc. I hope one of those answers the question.

What is your greatest strength as a writer?

Judging from my reviews and fan mail, I’d say my characters. People often comment on how real they feel, how refreshing and relatable.

What is your favorite quality about yourself? 

Probably my loyalty. Once I’m your friend, that’s it, I’m yours forever.

What is your least favorite quality about yourself? 

I’m impatient and a bit hotheaded. My temper is quick and short lived, but I can be a bit “intense” as my husband AKA The Professor says. I think it’s just sass.

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why? 

“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” Robert Schueller
FHSO_Final1600Title: For Her Spy
Author: Robyn DeHart
Publisher: Entangled Scandalous
Pages: 83
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Ebook

He'll never forget her--but can he ever forgive her? 

England, 1814 When Winifred is rescued from her snow-stranded carriage by the notorious and reclusive Alistair, Marquess of Coventry, she is instantly drawn to him. Jilted by her betrothed and socially ruined by untrue rumors, Winifred is tired of  paying for crimes she didn't commit and decides to play the seductress London society claims she is. Thinking a night of passion shouldn’t leave any lasting effects, she instead finds her heart marked forever. Six years later, Alistair is working for the Regent as a spy. A search for Napoleon's English supporters leads him to the beguiling Winifred, recently widowed with a young son. He hasn’t forgotten how the unconventional beauty warmed his bed, and the heat between them rekindles immediately. The spymaster is determined to uncover all of plucky Winifred's secrets. Especially the one regarding her son...

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National Bestselling author, Robyn DeHart's novels have appeared in the top bestselling romance and historical romance lists. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Her historical romantic adventure series, The Legend Hunters, were not only bestsellers, but also award-winners, snagging a Reader's Crown and a Reviewer's Choice award. She had three releases in 2013 and 2014 will see four more, all set in the popular historical romance Regency and Victorian eras. Known for her "strong dialogue and characters that leap off the page" (RT Bookclub) and her "sizzling romance" (Publishers Weekly), her books have been featured in USA Today and the Chicago Tribune. A popular writing instructor, she has given speeches at writing conferences in Los Angeles, DC, New York, Dallas, Nashville and Toronto, among many others. When not writing, you can find Robyn hanging out with her family, husband (The Professor) a university professor of Political Science and their two ridiculously beautiful and smart daughters, Busybee and Babybee as well as two spoiled-rotten cats. They live in the hill country of Texas where it's hot eight months of the year, but those big blue skies make it worth it. Sign up for Robyn's newsletter www.robyndehart.com/newsletter/ 
Her latest book is the historical romance, For Her Spy Only For More Information

Falling For the Pirate-1600CMYKTitle: Falling for Her Pirate
Author: Amber Lin
Publisher: Entangled Scandalous
Pages: 189
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Ebook

Vengeance is a dish best served in bed...

 London, 1820 After the deaths of his parents and a dark, troubled childhood, Captain Nate Bowen vowed he would have his revenge. But he never expected to have the tool of his revenge dropped so neatly into his lap. Juliana Hargate is not only the daughter of his enemy, but is destitute, very much alone—and exquisitely desirable. And now that Nate has saved her life, she's at his complete mercy...Captive. All Juliana wanted was to clear her father's name. Instead, she's been struck with amnesia—unable to recall even her name—and imprisoned by a tall, imposing, and entirely unscrupulous pirate. A pirate whose eyes seem to look past her skirts and many petticoats, and whose touch sends delicious ripples of desire through her. With every passing day, she finds herself tempted to give him the very thing he's determined to take...

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Amber Lin writes erotic romance with damaged souls and deep emotion. Her debut novel, Giving It Up, received The Romance Review’s Top Pick, Night Owl Top Pick, and 5 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies. RT Book Reviews gave it 4.5 stars, calling it “truly extraordinary.” She has been published by Loose Id, Carina Press, and Entangled. Amber married her high school sweetheart, birthed a kid who’s smarter than she is, and spends her nights writing down her dirty thoughts. In other words, life is good.
Her latest book is the historical romance, Falling for Her Pirate.  For More Information

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Interview with Arthur K. Flam, co-author of '41 Strange'



Arthur K. Flam was born in New York City and graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in writing, and from New York University with an M.F.A. in film. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Johns Hopkins's oldest literary magazine, ZENAIDA, and worked as a journalist for the BALTIMORE CHRONICLE. He started in the film industry as an assistant on Abel Ferrara's vampire film, THE ADDICTION. He has co-written screenplays for the films PENNY DREADFUL and HIT AND RUN.  41 STRANGE is his first book. He lives in Los Angeles.

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41 STRANGE, a first-of-its-kind e-book anthology devoted exclusively to “short-short stories of the strange and horrifying,” awaits just a couple of clicks away for Kindle readers who enjoy a good shiver up their spines.

41 STRANGE is the bizarre debut collection of authors/screenwriters Diane Doniol-Valcroze and Arthur K. Flam, who deliver a reading experience in the spirit of such masters of the macabre as Edgar Allan Poe, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Alfred Hitchcock, and Rod Serling. As Doniol-Valcroze and Flam put it, the tales were written “in the lonely hour of the wolf … in the pre-dawn darkness when you get those ‘waking nightmares.’”

Doniol-Valcroze and Flam are screenwriters working in Los Angeles. They met at New York University's film school and started collaborating, first on short films and then on screenplays. That working relationship forged a natural path to writing stories.

“We're both very passionate about short fiction,” says Flam. “It's our favorite form to read and write. After working together for many years on film projects, we realized we had a lot of ideas … that could only be done as short stories, so we decided to finally pull the trigger.”

The short-short story format makes a perfect fit for the authors' strange visions. They immediately set up surreal and terrifying situations, which lead to even stranger conclusions. The stories can be read in their entirety in the time it takes to pour a cup of coffee and settle in with the book.

“Neal Edelstein (producer, MULHOLLAND DRIVE) has endorsed the book, and we’re excited because his new horror app HAUNTING MELISSA was the main inspiration for us to release the stories direct-to-audience,” says Doniol-Valcroze.

One of the authors' favorite stories in 41 STRANGE is “Frank’s Wash,” in which a man finds himself stuck on the conveyor belt of a car wash. All attempts to get the car wash operator's attention fail. Where Frank finally ends up becomes a chilling dissection of the parent-child relationship.

“We think (the stories) all embody that unnerving atmosphere,” Doniol-Valcroze and Flam say. “You're not quite sure if the events unfolding around the character are happening for real, or are they just a figment of the character's overactive imagination. We love that ambiguity.”

Doniol-Valcroze and Flam believe that 41 STRANGE will appeal to a general audience of film lovers and short story readers, as well as fans of science-fiction, horror and crime, and readers looking “for a quick dose of strange stories for commuting, or just curling up for a chilling night read before bed.”

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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?

I love watching film noir.

When did you start writing?

Nine years old. A tiny story called Mr. Untouchable.

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

Reading Camus’s The Myth of Sisyphus as a teen. Second, and biggest pivotal point, was finding my writing collaborator.

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

I’d write a book floating in a spacecraft orbiting the earth. For the perspective.

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

Invent a new secret language.

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

On Jupiter’s moon Ganymede.

Back to your present book, 41 Strange, how did you publish it?

We decided to self-publish. We truly wanted as much control over the content and artwork as possible. We were also inspired by a friend, Neal Edelstein (producer, Mulholland Drive), who released the new horror app Haunting Melissa direct-to-audience, and we thought it could be neat to control the distribution with the short-short stories direct-to-readers.

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

No.

Why was writing 41 Strange so important to you?

There was something urgent that I can’t explain which seized my will and made me do it.

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

I don’t know what my best ideas are, but I get most of my ideas from a cup of coffee.

Any final words?

If you’re curious and would like to take a trip, you’re welcome to stay at The Hotel 41 Strange. It has 41 rooms… dark as they come…




Tuesday, July 22, 2014

It's Your Decision by Ed Grizzle Book Blitz - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!



Title: It's Your Decision
Author: Ed Grizzle
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 128
Genre: Family Relationships/Parenting
Format: Ebook

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 Children are gifts from God, but parenting those children can often be a difficult task. In It’s Your Decision, author Ed Grizzle shows how parenting can be successful when it’s carried out according to God’s plan. Using his life’s experiences as a guide, Grizzle explores the importance of making the right decisions in life—from choosing the right lifestyle and the right mate and to raising children according to what God has planned for you.

It’s Your Decision discusses
 • planning for children;
 • knowing what children need;
 • being aware of the important years in a child’s life;
 • understanding that children will test parents;
 • valuing the role of grandparents;
 • dealing with abused children;
 • communicating openly and honestly;
 • clarifying family roles.

 Grizzle presents a guide to strengthening lives and making your family life more enjoyable. He shows how this is possible when you accept Jesus Christ into your life; he will show you the way in the difficult times.
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Ed Grizzle started a ministry called It’s Your Decision that helps addicts, prostitutes, and others who face difficult circumstances. He and his late wife, Mary, raised two children. Grizzle currently lives in Illinois
  

Ed is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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  • This giveaway begins July 21 and ends on August 1.
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  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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