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Author Interview Spoonful Chronicles Blog Tour

Have you been writing a long time?

The year was 2003, and the US was bombing Iraq, yet again, my employer sent me to Washington DC to attend a work related conference. The irony of sending an Iraqi to the capital city of the US at that particular time escaped my boss. My state of distress was well disguised under the polished veneer of a professional. Smile. Shake hands. Exchange business cards. Give happy presentations. In the evenings I aimlessly wandered the streets like a wraith searching for physical embodiment to pour my despair into. It was a Jekyll and Hyde state. Peppy mornings followed by languid remains of a day. On one of these phantom walks, a sharp pain pierced through my left knee. This was unusual. I am an avid placer of one foot in front of the other in perpetual pursuit of motion. Ache was a new sensation for a most favored of activities. My feet screamed of treason and proceeded to disobey orders. My back side pleaded for a merciful sitting position. “You guys are not team players” I rolled my eyes exasperated by uncooperative body parts. I walked into the art gallery to my right hoping to find a chair to sit. That is the story of how my physical representation was placed in the Freer Gallery in Washington D.C. As soon as I walked in, the bodily insurrection stopped. “Hey what is going on?” I looked quizzically at my left knee. The knee shrugged its shoulders to indicate ignorance “Don’t look at me. I have no idea what is going on”. My feet stopped complaining and resumed their obeying. Inside, I saw the Peacock Room by James Whistler. A dining room where everything from the ceiling, walls, carpets and fixtures was designed by the artist. A fusion of the east and west. A melding of harmony and discord. Beautiful in an ugly way. Delightful in a – “I am going to assault you and peck your eyes out so that you will see how delightful I am” way. It is one thing to look at a painting and a different thing to be enveloped inside a work of art. Something inside my DNA changed. “If I could create something, anything, so striking I will die a happy woman” the thought popped into my mind as I walked away.

What inspired you to start a writing career?

The next morning when I woke up I heard the voice of a fictional character called Nelly whispering in my ear commanding me to write her story. That is how I wrote my first novel. I made a video about how I become I writer. You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/fTjbcbM6Y3Y

Is this book a stand-alone, or part of a series?
My book is a stand-alone story. All self contained within itself.

Why did you choose this genre?
I don’t choose what to write. It chooses me.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Write with no purpose. Let your writing be the kind that serves no function. Stop trying to change anybody’s perspectives, don’t impress anybody. When the inner critic raises his harsh voice with “You are stupid, you have nothing to say, everything you write is garbage”. Tell him: “You are right! but I will write anyway for the pure joy of it”. Write because you love it. It comes from a place of delight. If others find value in it, then that is a huge blessing. If no accolades come then that is a huge blessing as well. The reward is in the doing of it. And that can’t be taken away.

About the Book

Title: Spoonful Chronicles

Author: Elen Ghulam

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Thaniya Rasid grew up in the Middle East dreaming of becoming a surgeon. Now living an ordinary life as a mother, wife and a hospital lab tech in Vancouver, Canada, she garners unexpected fame as youTube’s Queen of Hummus when her video demonstrating the recipe goes viral. How could blending chickpeas in a food processor generate so much excitement? And how could her life have ended up so far away from all her expectations?

To make sense of the unlikely events that have brought her to this place, Thaniya turns to food, curating memorable eating experiences of her life, searching for clues. Between her childhood aversion to cucumbers, her search for an authentic Iraqi kubeh in the city of Jerusalem, her 10-year tomato wars with her husband Samih, a mood altering encounter with a blood pudding in Edinburgh, and a Kafkaesque nightmare involving a cauliflower, Thaniya unravels repeated patterns occurring in her life. The secrets of love, friendship and destiny hidden in her cauldron of mishmashed cultures begin to reveal themselves.

Between lust and disgust there is a thin line. Spoonful Chronicles is the beguiling story of one woman taking hold of her fate by uncovering the clandestine geography of this divide in her heart.

 

 

Author Bio

My name is Elen. I am an Iraqi-Canadian. Please allow me to tell you a story of a curios event that happened to me. I was a perfectly happy computer programmer doing the nerdy stuff that computer programmers do. You know! Geeky stuff. Like the normal stuff that an Iraqi-Canadian would do if they worked as a computer programmer. When one day, out of nowhere, the inspiration to write hit me over the head. It came at me fast and furious and turned my life topsy turvy. I was always an avid reader. Ok I was a bookish geek. But the idea that I would try to write never even occurred to me, until the violent incident with the muse. Since then I have published a memoir called “Don’t Shoot! … I Have Another Story to Tell You“. Which Was followed by a novel called Graffiti Hack. That one tells the story of a hacker who installs lavish graphical designs on commercial websites. Imagine the trouble she gets in? Well I had to. I was writing the story, so I had to imagine every last bit. A third novel is on it way. I don’t know where all these ideas come from, they just pop in my head and I write them down. In addition to writing, I am a flamenco dancer, I enjoy painting and I love to cook. Somehow all these activities inspire each other.

I am a married mother of three, living in a pink house in Vancouver BC. Really I just love telling stories and I love listening to stories.

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Author Interview K My Name is Kendra

Have you been writing for a long time?

If you count my very first book report in elementary school…then YES! In all serious, though, as I go through this journey with my new book, I’m remembering little things that brought me to this time in my life. Writing book reports and papers—every assignment and every little teacher’s note in the margins of my notebook paper—helped shape me as a writer, which I’ve officially been since the publication of my first book in 2000.

 

What inspired you to start a writing career?

Reading! My love of books and words and the art of storytelling. I was an avid reader, and fortunately, I eventually discovered that I could also write and tell my own stories. But it all began with my love of reading, which is why I’m so happy when I meet young readers. Who knows how many of them will grace us with beautiful tales in the years to come?

 

Is this book a stand-alone, or part of a series?

It was originally penned as a stand-alone, though I have decided to write a sequel. And if at the end of that book I realize there is still more story to tell, then I will write a third book. I think I have to let Kendra decide when she’s ready to stop telling her story.

 

Why did you choose this genre?

I actually did not choose the YA genre. In this instance, it chose me! I set out to tell a story that needed to be told. As I think about it now, I suppose it could’ve been written from the point of view of one of the adult characters. The Miss Wilson character, for instance, could’ve been the main character, and the book could’ve focused on her life and how she—among many other things happening in her world—helps a teen girl named Kendra, who is in crisis. The tone and voice of the story would’ve been entirely different, and the conversations would’ve been more grown up and perhaps not as appealing to—or as appropriate for—younger readers. But Kendra wanted to tell her own story in her own voice. And while her words do appeal to plenty of adults, she’s really talking to teens and young adults.

 

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Don’t let yourself be pigeonholed into being any one type of writer. Tell the stories you want to tell, whatever the genre. Just tell them authentically, and tell them well.

About the Book

Title: K My Name is Kendra

Author: Kamichi Jackson

Genre: Young Adult

Fifteen-year-old Kendra James’ life begins to spiral out of control with the return of her long-lost runaway sister Meisha, and the visit of a young celebrity uncle with questionable intentions. Things take a particular turn for the worse when that uncle exploits Kendra’s loneliness and untreated depression and makes a move on her that sends her world into a tailspin from which she’s not sure she’ll ever recover. Will she survive this tragedy…or will she hit rock-bottom before anyone even notices?

 

Author Bio

In addition to K My Name Is Kendra, Kamichi Jackson is the author of an eBook entitled Where Present Meets Past (originally available as part of the now-defunct Amazon Shorts Program), the middle reader book You’re Too Much, Reggie Brown, a forthcoming adult novel entitled The Brownstone, two unproduced screenplays, and several short stories. KJ has made numerous appearances in support of her work, among them the Baltimore Book Festival. When not writing, Kamichi is likely off somewhere singing karaoke. The South Norwalk, Connecticut native currently resides in Northern Virginia with family.

 

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Author Interview When Blood Reigns

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Have you been writing for a long time?

I’ve been writing in earnest since the summer of 1990, after my mother’s death. Around 2004, I became the owner of Night to Dawn Magazine and later converted it into a micro-press for other authors.

What inspired you to start a writing career?

I took my mother’s death hard, and my college instructor suggested that try journalizing and writing short stories to work past the grief. I decided to try horror. At the time, I was making an avocation of reading Stephen King books, and I began asking myself and speculating: could I write something like that? So I began with short stories and migrated onto books. In most of my works, the protag has had to struggle with grief over the loss of a parent.

Is this book a stand-alone, or part of a series?

When Blood Reigns is the second book in a series. Steel Rose is the first, which starts out with Alexis and Yeron working at Jackson Hospital. Yeron, a Kryszka refugee, is hoping to practice medicine on humans that fear him. The break-ins by zombies and Kryszka renegades are getting underway, but severe arthritis leaves Alexis too weak to handle most guns. Yeron works on a formula to help contain her symptoms and becomes attracted to her.  Meantime the zombies that finally break into their hospital are hungry. Very hungry. Alexis wonders how she will fight them.

I am drafting a third book for the series, but I’m keeping the plotline under wraps until I have it more developed.

Why did you choose this genre?

Stephen King aside, my background led me to choose horror / dark fantasy/science fiction. Back in high school in the 1970s, as I’ve told people, I weaned on Dracula and Dark Shadows, and enjoyed a good horror or science fiction flick. However, my dance with horror began in 1964, during a trip to Atlantic City, when I faced a billboard that read, “See live 1000-year-old woman.” I didn’t understand until after I’d been badly frightened that the pavilion housed a mummified skeleton. The mummy’s parchment dry skin hugged her bones. Not a shred of fat or muscle. Afterward, my skeleton terror accompanied me everywhere I went. I told my instructor who helped me work through my grief about the mummy incident, and she encouraged me to channel my fear into a horror fiction tale. You’ll find plenty of skeletons in Steel Rose and When Blood Reigns.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

I would encourage them to find a good writers’ group. It could be one that offers critiques by other members or one where you get an opportunity to discuss the business side of writing. Preferably both kinds. If doable, a new author should consider a class in creative writing and engage the services of a developmental editor before sending work to a publisher or self-publishing.  If there are any holes in the plotline, a good editor will catch them, and you can apply the things you learn to future works.

About the Book

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Author: Barbara Custer

Genre: Horror / Science Fiction

Marked for death, Alexis accompanies her lover, Yeron, and four survivors of a zombie invasion on a search for the renegades who created a chemical that induces a zombie-like state. On the way, ravenous flesh-eaters attack Alexis’s team; one survivor turns on her. She realizes too late that the renegades have been tracking her every move. When officials capture her, she becomes deathly ill. Can DNA splicing save her? Will Yeron’s attempts at rescue jeopardize all their lives?

Author Bio

whenbloodreignsauthorphotoBarbara lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she works full time as a respiratory therapist. When she’s not working with her patients, she’s enjoying a fright flick or working on horror and science fiction tales. She’s published Night to Dawn magazine since 2004.

Other books by Barbara include Twilight Healer, City of Brotherly Death, Infinite Sight, and Steel Rose; also novellas Close Liaisons and Life Raft: Earth. She enjoys bringing her medical background to the printed page, and then blending it with supernatural horror. She maintains a presence on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, and The Writers Coffeehouse forum. Look for the photos with the Mylar balloons, and you’ll find her.

To contact her, e-mail her at barbaracuster@hotmail.com.

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Author Interview Forever There For You

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Before I start this interview, I want to say something. When I read through the responses (I always do this) Chioma Nnani gave to my questions, I was shocked. Usually when you ask someone about their writing career, you get a standard response, but Chioma’s story is very different. I can’t believe how bad the justice system is in Nigeria, and what tragedy this author went through in life, and then to rise above all that, that is truly inspiring. But I’ll leave the word to Chioma Nnani now – my questions are in italics, the author’s responses in regular font.

Have you been writing for a long time?

Yes, I’ve been writing since I was maybe eight years old. Growing up, one of my favourite books was “Naughty Amelia Jane” by Enid Blyton. And I remember trying to write what I thought would be the perfect continuation. The titular character, Amelia Jane, was a truly mean doll that derived pleasure from torturing the other toys, with whom it/she lived in the nursery. And I figured that it would be really nice if she could have a character transplant of sorts, but I didn’t get past the first chapter because there was literally nowhere to go. She was nice and kept her promises to stop being mischievous. She was just blergh! So, there was no conflict, resolution or real interaction between her and the other toys (laughing)

 

 

What inspired you to start a writing career?

Oh, wow! Writing is something I’ve done from childhood; it wasn’t like I was trying to try out a career path for the future. To be honest, at the time, I never even considered that writing was a possible career … I grew up in an era and a culture where you were strongly advised to consider Medicine, Law or Engineering. In fact, there was nothing else to aspire to. A career in Performing Arts, Broadcasting, Media, Music … it just wasn’t … parents at the time, thought that anyone who did those, was just a waster. People had to send friends or older people to beg their parents to allow them get into those careers; it was as bad as saying, “Hey, I want to be a drug dealer” or something like that, to your parents.

 

I studied Law, because I genuinely believed that was what I wanted to do with my life. My father was killed when I was 16; I was coming home from a hair salon, where I’d gone to do my hair in preparation for a wedding we had to attend the following day. Two men followed me home (I didn’t know they were following me). One of them shot my father (I’m not sure how many times because I went into shock and lost the ability to count after the third shot), the other stabbed and cut him in the stomach with a dagger at least thrice, and they left a bullet in my mother’s leg. It was a very surreal situation … it was obvious that they weren’t robbers, because they didn’t take any piece of property. They didn’t even go into the house. My father left a Will, which was a really strange thing at the time for an African man to do. My father’s relations were horrid (they still are). They tried to forcefully take my father’s property; they were rotten to my mother; they went around and told everyone that my mother killed my father … it was a very interesting time and my father’s lawyer wasn’t very effective. My mother had to report him to one of the most feared judges (Justice Elizabeth Membere) at the time, in the state where we lived, who brought the lawyer back in line. I had literally just left high school and I started to wonder what life would have been like if my father didn’t leave a Will. In Nigeria, when a man dies, it is believed that his wife ‘must have killed him’, even if he dies in an accident or after a protracted illness. And the poor widow is subjected to all kinds of craziness and some rituals, in order to ‘prove’ that she didn’t kill her husband. But when a woman dies, even if it’s as a result of obvious domestic violence, nobody says anything. They ‘leave it to god’. It’s absolutely insane. My mother is educated and had access to a decent judge, who was a bit of a feminist. Stuff was tough financially and in other ways, but it could have been a lot worse. And it is a lot worse for women who aren’t educated, don’t have money or connections, or whose minds are so taken over by grief that they are unable to even think. I wanted to do something to help them; in my head, being a lawyer was the way to go.

 

I eventually went to England to study for an LLB. I did a mini-pupillage at a Family Law chambers when I was in my first year at the University of Kent (in Canterbury), and that turned me off becoming a barrister. Some of the cases were really harrowing; there was this divorced couple that had been fighting since 1983! I did that placement in 2006 … I didn’t understand that level of hatred and bitterness. I decided I was going to become a solicitor instead, focus on Corporate Law and do some volunteering in the area of family-related stuff. I am a very passionate advocate against domestic violence, so I figured I’d be OK with that. I woke up on the morning of a final paper (I had only two exams to write in my final year), with the realisation that I didn’t want to become a lawyer; Corporate, Family, whatever. I already had a place in Law School in the city of Oxford, where I’d attended Abacus College … and I’d been looking forward to returning to the city for the Law School year. This was also the time when the recession really hit England, so it was a real nightmare for everyone. I couldn’t have yakked my way into a law job, if I tried; law firms were either downsizing or shutting down completely. It wasn’t funny at all …

 

I have always felt like I had an idea of what I wanted to do, even if it didn’t always work out the way I projected – so, this was new territory for me. I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do with my life; I knew what I didn’t want to do, but that wasn’t really any consolation.

 

I was working wherever I could, while I got myself together. There was this person (whom I will call Martha) that I met, through a classmate, in the summer after I completed my first year. Martha figured out I could write and struck up a friendship with me. Then, she went to the New York Film Academy to study Producing and Directing, and I didn’t hear from her again till she was at the end of her course there. I was in my final year, by this time. When I met Martha, I’d been writing what has now turned into my début novel. So, when Martha contacted me in my final year, she asked how the writing was going and if she could see the manuscript. I can’t believe how naive I was; I emailed it to her. Long story short, Martha returned to Nigeria from New York, to become the Tyler Perry of the Nigerian entertainment industry … with my material. By this time, I had shared more material – television pilot script, movie script, stage production scripts – with Martha, who attempted to pass them off as her work and produce them without telling me. But she kept running into serious financial difficulties. Martha had even attended one school with the daughter of the late President Y’aradua of Nigeria, struck up a pseudo-friendship with the girl, hoping to get some money from there … even went as far as pretending to be a good bridesmaid when the said daughter of the former president was getting married. But nothing happened.

 

So, she contacted me to sorta confess what she had been trying to do. Then, she demanded that I sign over the rights of all my work to her. For nothing. She called me names, said my family was nothing and we had nobody to fight for us. I called up a friend I went to primary school with, who was really furious when he heard that I was getting abuse from someone who was already trying to shaft me. I don’t know what he did, but I received an undertaking from her, promising not to use any of my material because she had deleted them from her system. My boss, at the time (cos I had told her what was happening, as I would get really shaky whenever I got a nasty email from Martha) said, “I know you studied Law, but if someone was willing and able to fake a five-year friendship with you, so that they could run off to another continent with your material, maybe that’s a sign that your writing is more important than you’ve assumed.” The thing was that I had tried, while I was in university, to get published … and I must have got a thousand rejection emails and letters from publishers and literary agents.

 

But I decided to try again. So, I contacted two of my friends – Carmen Rose and Keely Zara Augustus – who used to run a company called “Formidable Fusion”. They would put on open evenings for some of the creatives on their books … but they weren’t sure what to do with me, because they tended to have the musically inclined on their roll. So, it was instrumentalists, singers, singer-songwriters … but they’d never had a writer before. So, I was like, “You know how people go on Xfactor and are stunned to realise that they can’t sing, because their friends and family have been lying to them? I need to be sure that I’m not like that.” They put on this event, in which they gave me a slot and I had two pieces of my work read out.

 

The reaction I received from the audience at the rehearsed reading, where only five people knew me personally, was encouraging enough for me to try again. I found my publisher, Word2Print, maybe two weeks later. 18 months and seven re-writes later, Forever There For You was released!

 

 

Is this book a stand-alone, or part of a series?

You know, I keep getting asked that. “Forever There For You” is a stand-alone piece of fiction. I feel like that story has been told; it’s done and dusted. It doesn’t need a re-visitation, although I would consider doing so for the screen … so, if the right combination happened, that’s something I would be happy to explore. But as a book, it’s done. However, I can reveal that I am working on a series aimed at teenagers and the first trilogy is due out in the summer! And I will be releasing a collection of short (fiction) stories at some point in the first quarter of 2017.

 

 

Why did you choose this genre?

It wasn’t so much the genre as the story … and even then, I think the story chose me to tell it. “Forever There For You” is a cocktail of love, friendship, sisterhood, religion, cultural clashes and domestic violence. I am passionate about issues of domestic violence against women, so this was a very organic thing.

 

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Do you! Read, write, read some more, write some more. Be open to help – whether it’s extra classes, tutoring, mentoring, marketing advice, editing help. Write the book that you want to read!

About the Book

ftfy-front-coverTitle: Forever There For You

Author: Chioma Nnani

Genre: Romance

When NADINE is confronted with the reality of her failing marriage, her first instinct is to work it out. She has had it drummed into her that marriage is ‘for better, for worse’. Walking out is just not an option – her faith would condemn her and her culture would make her a pariah.

The combination of Nadine’s background, education, social standing, friendships, faith, experiences and past relationships is meant to equip her to become a success. Failure is alien to her and love means forgiving at all cost.

As she tries to survive and make the most of the curves that life has thrown her, she discovers that ’success’ is a subjective term, and ‘happily ever after’ is something that you have to discover and define for yourself …

Author Bio

ftfy-author-picChioma Nnani is an award-winning author, who also contributes to business, lifestyle and literary publications. One of Africa’s most fearless storytellers, she is a 2016 CREATIVE AFRICAN Awards finalist in the category of “Best Fiction Writer”, and a DIVAS OF COLOUR 2016 finalist. Chioma has also been nominated twice for a UK BEFFTA (Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts) Award in the “Best Author” category. A talented ghost-writer who is known for “being able to get into your head and under your skin, before writing down exactly how you’re feeling”, Chioma has been named “One of 100 Most Influential Creatives in 2016” by London-based C.Hub Magazine.

She holds a Law (LLB) from the University of Kent and a Postgraduate Certificate in Food Law (De Montfort University, Leicester). She is the founder of THE FEARLESS STORYTELLER HOUSE EMPORIUM LTD (a premium storytelling outfit based in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, where she lives), typically contributes to lifestyle and literary publications, and runs the “Memo From A Fearless Storyteller” blogazine at www.fearlessstoryteller.com for which she won the 2016 BEFFTA (Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts) Award.

 

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Author Interview Murder at Midnight

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Have you been writing for a long time?

I have been writing since childhood. Writing is cathartic and exhilarating.  I have always kept a personal journal.

What inspired you to start a writing career?

The books I grew up reading influenced my writing.

Is this book a stand-alone or part of a series?

It was initially written as a stand-alone but there will probably be a sequel.  I would like to bring back some of the characters in another book sometime in the future. They are like old friends of mine.

Why did you choose this genre?

My favourite books to read are detective thrillers, murder mysteries and horror stories. However, my next projects could be in a completely different genre.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Keep learning about the craft. Keep writing!

About the Book

murder-at-midnight_front-coverTitle: Murder at Midnight

Author: John Ukah

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Alex Simpson, an ex-police officer, decides after a bout of typhoid fever to take a break in a serene and therapeutic environment. The last thing he expects is to be called upon to solve a murder at the Kinging Guest Lodge. But that is what happens, when the delectable and vivacious Maria Marshall is found dead in her bedroom at midnight.

The gallery of characters living at the guesthouse and thrown into the mix, do not make his task of solving this chilling and brutal murder any easier …

Author Bio

murder-at-midnight_author-picJohn Ukah is a seasoned banker and Associate of the Institute of Capital Market Registrars (ACMR). He is a graduate of Business Administration from the University of Benin, where he was listed as University Scholar. He also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA).

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Author Interview Passion of a Witch

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Have you been writing for a long time?

I’ve been writing for most of my life, mostly poetry and songs. I upgraded to novels around 7 years ago. I had way too many stories floating around my head and needed to get them down on paper. So, I started my first novel and never looked back.

What inspired you to start a writing career?

All the talented authors out there have motivated me. Every time I read a book I can’t put down, I’m inspired to keep going, to keep pushing my talent. I just want to move someone the way a good story has moved me. Being able to make a reader emerge themselves in a world I created is a beautiful thing.

 

Is this book a stand-alone, or part of a series?

 Yes, this is book 1 of my new series A Wicked Series.

Why did you choose this genre?

 Paranormal Romance is my favorite genre to write, especially when I need a true escape. It allows me to immerse myself in a world with no limits. Anything can happen and usually does, with some the most delicious men possible.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Here’s the advice I always give. One, read. Read as much as possible. Read everything you can get your hands on. Two, develop your talent. Take workshops and classes. There are always low cost or sometimes free programs on writing, whether it be online and in person.  Never stop learning. Three, write. Write all the time. Even if you think its crap, write it anyway. It can always be edited and improved and finally four, never give up. You may want to, but believe me; you’ll regret giving up your passion.

About the Book

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Author: K.D. Friedrich

Genre: Paranormal Romance

In a few weeks, Summer Leery will be mated. For most witches, it’s a time to celebrate, but Summer isn’t smiling. Her upcoming union is one of convenience, not love, contracted between her family and one of the most powerful families in the coven. As always, Summer’s loyalty remains with her kin and the traditions she’s expected to follow. No matter how much she detests her future husband. With her parents off to secure her nuptials, Summer is eager to enjoy her last moments of freedom.

Kian Lancaster’s relationship with his father is volatile. So finding himself at the bastard’s mercy is the last place Kian wants to be. Unfortunately, he has no choice. His mother is suffering from an unknown illness and needs constant care. Care that costs money. Money Kian doesn’t have. With little options, he lets his father pay his mother’s mounting medical bills, knowing the offer comes with a heavy price. Kian must work for his father’s ruthless company. Looking to forget his bleak future, he plans a nostalgic night of liquor and fun in the local woods. Unaware his destiny lurks in the shadows of towering pine.

Summer is shocked to find a human trespassing on her family’s land. More surprising is that the Goddess to all witches demands Summer welcome the cursed intruder. Summer has no time to waste playing host to a foolish human. No matter how handsome. With her wedding weeks away, Kian’s a temptation she can’t afford to entertain. But when her deity makes a decree to bring the male into the supernatural world… what’s a witch to do?

Kian’s about to find out. For the first time in his life, a woman didn’t fall to her knees to please him. Summer’s apathy shackled his lust and refused to let go. Kian knows he should stay away from Summer, but when it comes to this woman, he can’t get enough.

Their attraction is instant, their desire intense. Two hearts forced together by the will of a Goddess. Is Summer strong enough to resist Kian’s charm? Or will she risk it all to taste the power of love?

 

Author Bio

099K. D. Friedrich is a writer of Contemporary and Paranormal Romance. A lifelong New Yorker, an overprotective mother (her daughter’s words), and an obsessed reader of everything romance. Most days, you can find her hard at work, creating intricate worlds and compelling characters, hot alpha heroes being her favorite. Her novel, Soul Tie Seduction, placed second in the 2013 Golden Palm contest for Paranormal Romance and was a finalist in the 2016 Golden Quill for Paranormal Romance.

 

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Author Interview War Town

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Have you been writing for a long time? 

 

I like to say I’ve been writing since I was five, since that was when I first development my interest in storytelling as well as my imagination. I’ve been writing seriously for seven years and have written over twenty novels and novellas in that time.

What inspired you to start a writing career? 

 

I’ve always had an over-active imagination and I needed a way to express it, and writing is that way. My mind is constantly coming up with stories and characters and I feel like I have to do something constructive with all that. I like to say that I didn’t really choose to be a writer, I’ve always kind of been one.

Is this book a stand-alone or part of a series? 

 

This is a stand-alone novel. I have a few novel series’ in my backlist, but War Town was a story that could be told successfully in one book, and I really hate to stretch anything out too long. Every good story has to come to an end.

Why did you choose this genre? 

 

It’s a genre I have a lot of experience writing in. Thrillers have been my main focus in writing for several years now, and I feel with War Town I delve deeper into the genre and better both my writing and my expression of the thriller genre simultaneously.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? 

Don’t quit, that’s the only way you’ll fail. And don’t expect instant success, because that’s just not going to happen. Often, that’s the reason why people fail. Have reasonable expectations, but always remember to dream big, you wouldn’t get too far if you didn’t do that.

About the Book

WarTowncover finalTitle: War Town

Author: Mitch Goth

Genre: New Adult Thriller

For Olly Rourke, War Town’s opening day is a joyous occasion. He is one of a thousand people selected to be the first players in the world’s largest paintball arena. But as he soon finds out, the game he enters into is far more sinister. Two equal teams, locked in the massive arena together, and presented with an armory of real ammunition and a time bomb powerful enough to kill them all. The only way out is to eliminate the other team, by any means necessary.

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Mitch Goth currently resides in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he attends Antioch College. When not writing, he spends his time investigating the paranormal and indulging in a good book or movie.

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