Monday, May 31, 2010

Time Travelling with Patti Hultstrand

Time Travelling with Patti Hultstrand

You can find the recorded interview at this link to BlogTalkRadio.
Take a listen then blog me about the show or about time-travel.

Thanks to those who listened to the live show.

PJ Hultstrand
author of "Time Conquers All"

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sindee Lynn: Authors Supporting Authors

Sindee Lynn
Author of "Prince's Doner"

Author Bio:
My name is Sindee Lynn and I have known I wanted to be a writer since the old age of 13. Growing up my love of reading was nourished by my aunt who used to bring me bags of Harlequin Romance novels when she came to visit- back then they had the almost cartoonlike characters on them. Living in a small town where you had to have a car to get from point A to point B reading was my escape. And man did I become a world class traveler. By the time I turned 14 I had been to Italy, France, several Mediterranean Islands and to almost every state in the US and Canada. Those books are still at my childhood home today on a shelf my uncle had to build for them because he was tired of them being all over the house... lol. Today I work full time and am the single parent of a very active teenager, which means I don’t have much free time for me but the time I do have I spend on my writing. And all those sleepless nights finally paid off when I got my first publishing deal for Prince's Donor.

Book Description:

Four years ago Jenna James signed up for the donor database with fanciful thoughts of lying in the arms of a vampire. Now four years later, she finds herself wishing she had never heard it. How depressing is it to think not even a vampire will have sex with you to survive? Feeling lower than she has in ages, Jenna is convinced she's finally ready to remove her name from the list. That is until she opens her door to find her fantasy standing on the other side. Syrian Roskonovich is next in line to be the king of vampires. But nothing in his years of training could have prepared him for the betrayal of his blood brother and his donor. It's been months since he's properly fed, living only on the synthetic blood his people create when he finds himself in a strange city holding on to his sanity by a thread. His only hope is in the database he helped bring to life but has failed him in the past.

Prince’s Donor Book Blurb:
Four years ago Jenna James signed up for the donor database with fanciful thoughts of lying in the arms of a vampire. Now four years later, she finds herself wishing she had never heard it. How depressing is it to think not even a vampire will have sex with you to survive? Feeling lower than she has in ages, Jenna is convinced she’s finally ready to remove her name from the list. That is until she opens her door to find her fantasy standing on the other side.
 
Syrian Roskonovich is next in line to be the king of vampires. But nothing in his years of training could have prepared him for the betrayal of his blood brother and his donor. It’s been months since he’s properly fed, living only on the synthetic blood his people create when he finds himself in a strange city holding on to his sanity by a thread. His only hope is in the database he helped bring to life but has failed him in the past.  

Other books by Sindee Lynn:

Changing the Rules


Places to Purchase these books:

AMAZON  
BARNES AND NOBLE  

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New Stories by Arizona Authors     7pm

Arizona Publishing Services presents three local authors of fantasy, romance and horror. PJ  Hultstrand's Time Conquers All is a time-travel romance combining science fiction and romance. Donald Jacques shares his historical fantasy Ancestors. Todd VanHooser tells stories of horror and suspense in The Lamplighter Collection.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Melody Dempsey: Authors Supporting Authors


The Forest Portal
by Melody Dempsey


Excerpt: Chapter 4

Collette woke as the sun peeked through the mini blinds. After
dressing in a pair of faded jeans and a tank top with spaghetti straps, she
went to Cam’s room.
“Cam,” she said as she knocked on his bedroom door.
There was no answer. She knocked again. The door came slightly
open. She walked in. Cam was nowhere in sight. Collette closed the door
and went downstairs. She went into the kitchen.
“Cam?” No answer. She went over to the back door.
“The woods” she said out loud to herself.
There was a knock at the front door. Collette looked towards the
living room.
‘Who the hell is that at 8:00 in the morning,’ she thought to herself.
She opened the door.
“Taden, hi. Gosh, you’re here early this morning!” she said. He
smiled.
“Yeah, well I left right after mom and dad left for work. I’m pissed off
at the both of them. Boy, were they ever mad at me when I got home. I
got balled out, then they grounded me for a damn week!” he replied,
looking frustrated.
Collette looked at him.
“Yeah, well you got off easier than us. We’re grounded for two weeks
and got balled out on top of that!”
Taden went over to sit on the sofa. He rubbed the side of his face.
“Well…I guess we pretty much worried our parents. Hell, if I were
them, I’d ground us too!” he said, with a slight grin.
Collette sighed…”Yeah, guess your right.”
Taden looked towards the stairs that led up to the second floor.
“Hey, is Cam still asleep?”
Collette shook her head.
“No, when I woke up he was gone. I was getting ready to go and try
to find him when you knocked on the door.”
“Were you going to the woods?” he asked.

“Yeah,” she answered, as look of concern swept over her face.
Taden smiled. “Let’s go!”
The two raced towards the woods. Taden looked at Collette.
“I’ll just bet you that he’s stepped through those trees.”
She smiled. “That’s exactly what he did.”
The two looked questioningly at each other.
Taden asked, “Are you going through?”
Collette looked hesitant, feeling the very edge of her nerves quiver.
“I…I don’t know,” she answered, her voice laced with uncertainty.
Taden glanced at the trees. “I’ll go then.”
Collette grabbed his arm. “No Taden, you’re in enough trouble as it
is. You had better go home,” she demanded, giving him a sharp look.
Taden jerked his arm away from her, anger filling his eyes.
“Look, you and Cam are in deep crap too. Deeper than what I am!
Now I want to help you find him,” he snapped, a look of frustration
etched on his face.
Collette snapped back.
“NO, I’ll take care of this! We’ve gotten you into enough trouble! I
mean it Taden,” she growled, shooting a him a determined look.
Taden grabbed Collette and held her tight to him, her face only an inch
from his. She looked surprised. He looked intently into her eyes, his still
filled with anger.
“Look, I’m not gong to let you go through by yourself!! We’ll just get
in trouble together, ok?”
“Ok” Collette answered softly, a look of surprise filled her face.
Taden loosened his grip a little, still looking into her eyes; the anger
quickly leaving them as a look of warmth and desire flooded in. He gently
touched her face.
“I couldn’t take it if something happened to you Collette,” he said
softly, then he gently kissed her, pressing her closer to him.
Collette put her arms around his neck. She started to run her fingers
through his hair. She felt herself liquidate as he pressed her body closer
to his; kissing her with more passion. Collette could feel his strong body
getting more intense. She started to try to loosen his hold on her, afraid
she may completely let her guard down. Taden pulled her closer to him.

“Taden, no!” she cried, as she pulled away from him. The sultry look
on Taden’s face was quickly replaced with a look of embarrassment.
“Collette, God, I’m sorry. I don’t know…” He wished the ground
would open up and swallow him.
Collette gazed at him, still feeling the heat of his kiss on her lips.
Taden was tall and well built from doing work on his aunt’s farm from
time to time. He was an excellent horseback rider.
“It’s ok Taden. I got carried away too,” she said, trying to avoid
looking at him too hard.
She noticed that he was aroused, but she didn’t want him to know that
she knew. Taden sighed and sat on the ground. He rubbed his hands
through his thick dark brown hair. Collette sat down opposite him.
Taden found himself melting back into the memory of Collette’s soft,
sweet tasting lips; the feel of her sensuous slender curves under his hands
as he caressed her delicate body. Collette reveled in the memory of
Taden’s sensuous, strong arms holding her; his kisses gently smothering
her lips. After a few moments of silence, Taden spoke up. “Well, we had
better go and find Cam.”
Collette agreed. They both got up and stood in front of the two trees.
Taden took Collette’s hand. “Ready,” he asked, giving her a slight smile.
“Yeah,” she replied
They both stepped through the two trees.
Cam was over by the big rock, squatting down. They ran to the rock.
“Cam, what the hell did you come back here for?” asked Collette.
A very surprised Cam quickly turned around. “Collette! Shit! Squat
down!!” he demanded in a loud whisper.
Both Collette and Taden quickly squatted down. Cam glared at his
sister and his friend.
“What in the hell are you two doing here?” he growled, scowling at the
both of them. Collette looked at her brother.
“What the hell are you doing here Cam, and what’s going on?” she
asked.
“Shhh! Keep your voice down!” he whispered loudly, the scowl, still
on his face. Taden gave his freind a hard look. “Cam, she and I were
worried about you,” he snapped in a low voice.

Cam looked at Taden, then at Collette, his expression softening.
“Listen guys, I just heard that guy standing by the apple tree just
threaten someone. I think it’s another man,” he said, pointing towards
the big tree.
“I didn’t see the other guy. He’s behind that tree somewhere, but I
heard him. They were yelling at each other. I heard the man by the tree;
see, the one standing there.” Cam pointed to the large apple tree.
“I heard him say something about killing some girl the next time. I
don’t know what that’s all about, but it sounds serious to me.”
The trio looked towards the tree. The two men continued to argue.
Suddenly there was a gunshot! The man that was standing by the large
tree fell to the ground. They saw another man with a gun emerge into
sight. Collette made a sound as she drew back her breath. Cam quickly
put his hand over her mouth.
“Shhh!” he whispered.
They saw the man with the gun kneel down and look at the man he
had shot. It seemed as if he was saying something to the injured man.
After a few seconds he got up and walked away, leaving the injured man
lying beside the large apple tree. Cam, Collette and Taden were shocked
at what they had just witnessed. Collette started to shiver. “Oh God
Cam, we have to help that poor man!” she cried, as tears streamed down
her face.
Cam and Taden’s expressions of shock changed to a look of concern.
Cam looked at his sister.
“I know, but if that guy comes back and sees us, he’s liable to shoot
us too!” he replied, a shiver of fear running down his spine.
Taden spoke up. “Yeah, and we can’t take that chance right now.
Let’s wait a few seconds to see if that jerk comes back.”
Collette glared at Taden as if he had lost his mind.
“Taden, he could be dead by then!”
Cam cast a look of concern at Taden. “She has a point. We got to help
this guy now!”
Cam grabbed Collette by the hand. “Ok guys, let’s go!!
With that, the three sprinted towards the apple tree. Cam immediately
leaned down to look at the injured man.

“He’s bleeding from his shoulder pretty bad.” Collette got on her
knees. Noticing the blood pooling under the stranger’s shoulder, she felt
a wave of nausea and light-headedness start to cover her. She struggled
to shake it off.
“Sir, can you hear me?” she asked.
The man barely opened his eyes. He started to move his lips, but his
head drooped to one side and his eyes stopped moving. Collette touched
the man’s face.
“Oh God Cam, is he…d-dead?” she asked, her stomach turning
somersaults.
Cam felt for a pulse on the man’s wrist. “He has a faint pulse,” he
replied, fearing that perhaps the stranger’s life may ebb away, right here,
under this tree, three strangers surrounding him.
Taden was on the other side of the injured man.
“We got to see if we can get this bleeding to stop.”
Cam took his shirt off and started tearing it into strips. He then started
to tie several strips around the top part of the man’s shoulder, making a
tourniquet. Taden took his shirt off, balled it up and stuck it under the
man’s head. The injured man suddenly started to slowly open his eyes.
He started to speak. Collette started to attempt to get the injured man’s
hair out of his eyes.
“Shh, don’t try to talk. We’re going to try to get you some help.”
Cam looked at the makeshift tourniquet. “I sure hope that I did that
right.”
Taden shrugged. “It looks fine to me.”
Cam scanned the open field.
“Let’s get him behind that rock. Taden, I’ll get him under the arms and
you get his legs. Collette, you help to support his middle.”
Taden examined the tourniquet, noticing the blood slowly leaking
through it.
“Boy, I hope that your tourniquet holds out. The blood has already
started to seep through.”
Cam glanced at the stranger’s shoulder. “We’ll just have to take it
slow.”
The trio started to pick the man up.

“God, he’s a load!” exclaimed Cam as he struggled to lift the injured
man’s shoulders.
Taden picked up the man’s feet.
“Kind of heavy down here too,” he affirmed, a slight grin on his face.
Collette struggled to support the injured man’s midsection. When the
three got to the big rock, they carefully set the man behind it.
“There,” said an exhausted Cam, as he plopped on the ground, leaning
against the rock. Collette and Taden wearily sat down beside him.
Collette looked at her brother.
“Cam, what the hell are we going to do now?” she asked, looking
somewhat scared.
He rubbed his forehead.
“I don’t know, but we sure can’t leave him here.’
Taden peered over the rock.
“I wonder where that jerk went. I’m glad that he didn’t come back
here.”
Collette carefully peered up from behind the large rock.
“Well he was mad as hell, that’s for sure! I wonder what they were
arguing about?”
Cam rubbed his chin.
“I don’t know. It must have been pretty bad, but shooting someone?
What the hell is that?” he asked, tossing a small pebble he was picking
at, wondering what the injured man meant when he said he would “kill
the girl the next time.”
Suddenly they heard a young woman’s voice calling for someone
named Jamison. Collette froze. Cam slowly peered over the rock.
“What the hell? Oh my God!”
He looked at the other two with a petrified look on his face, his pulse
pounding hard against his veins.
“You guys, he must be Jamison, and that woman! She’s the one I saw
when I first stepped through the trees! She must be looking for him!”
Taden glanced towards the young woman.
“Cam, what do we do now?” he asked.
Cam looked scared. I….I don’t know,” he stammered.
The woman was moving closer.

http://melodyhoustondempsey.blogspot.com/2010/05/keeping-characters-real.html

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Az Publishing Author Feature #9: Charles Burgess

When did you first realize you wanted to write?
I think around the age of sixteen when I first complete my first manuscript titled Time out for justice.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing your book(s)?  
That I could actually put a story together that made a person want to read it from beginning to end.

What do you think makes a compelling story?
Being descriptive and not dragging on and on, but being able to give the story a nice length and keep the readers attention.

Where did you get the idea for your story for Bee-Wildered and Don’t Say you do if you Don’t?
Bee-Wildered actually just came to me while driving down the street one day, Don’t say you do if you don’t, was a little different, I had went through many changes in my life and from a mans point a view I wanted to show some of the ways we get caught up trying to spread ourselves out and not take care of home, and the true love that is by our side.

What is the hardest part of writing?
I still haven’t figured out what the hardest part of writing is yet, since im still fairly fresh with only three titles in print and many more to come, I haven’t found it difficult to toggle between one story to the next…not yet

If you could have one wish, what would it be?
To have a story told in a book that the whole world love’s it becomes a classic or maybe even a movie.

What author(s) have had an impact on your writing? 
I have many favorites from all generes…walter mosley, nelson demille, Sidney Sheldon, zane, Jackie Collins, Donald goines….to many to name

What are you working on next?
My next book is complete it’s the first of a series titled The Ghetto Soprano’s which will be my first hardcore Urban street piece, hopefully I can extend this out seven books and keep the readers excited

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Authors Supporting Authors Blog Tour #10: Cissy Hunt

ABOUT CISSY HUNT
My husband and I live in the beautiful Ozark Mountains with our two small dogs and two cats, where we love to fish and work in our yard.


I have been an ordained minister since August of 2007. I am called to minister to hurting women who carry the emotional scars of domestic abuse.


For as long as I can remember I have always loved to write. When I couldn't express myself verbally, one only had to hand me a pen and paper and out would flow my thoughts. 


I have written poetry most of my life and now my life-long dream has come true. I have written a book. 


My book, A Rose Blooms Among the Thorns, is the story of a woman's journey from domestic abuse, through healing, to forgiveness.

When did you first realize you wanted to write?

Since I was a young child I have always loved to write, of course it was a child's writing in child's words. I love writing poetry, taking emotions and feels and putting them on paper.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing your book(s)?
The most surprising thing I learned from writing my book was that I am an author. That has always been my dream, to write a book, to be an author. I have always wanted to be the one to take readers on adventures like some of my favorite authors had taken me.

What do you think makes a compelling story? 
What makes a compelling story to me is a story that touches the heart of the reader all the way through the book. It has to grab their attention from page one and propel them all the way through to the very last page. It has to leave them wanting more, asking what next. I have read books like that and loved them.

Where did you get the idea for your story?
I got the idea for my story from my own life experiences with domestic abuse.  Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background. Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime.

What is the hardest part of writing?
The hardest  part of writing for me is I can't just set down and say I'm going to write today. I have to have an idea or a thought turning, twirling, and growing inside of me that just won't let go before I can write. This is the way a poem will come to me and this is the way my book, A Rose Blooms Among the Thorns, came to me.

If you could have one wish, what would it be?
If I could have one wish, it would have to be that my book get into the hands of every woman that has ever been through any type of domestic abuse and they read it. I truly believe it will help them heal from the emotional scars left from the abuse.

What author(s) have had an impact on your writing?
 I can't say that any specific author has had an impact on my writing, because I read all type of authors and genre of books. I would say the person that has had the most impact on my writing would have to be my 12th grade English teacher, Ms. Fife. She gave me great encouragement toward my writing.

What are you working on next? 
I have not started another book but some idea have been going through my head for another one. I have started placing a notebook beside my bed at night because thought will wake me up at night. The ideas and thoughts are leading me toward a sequel to my first book, A Rose Blooms Among the Thorns.

http://cissyh.webs.com


Excerpts from "A Rose Blooms Among the Thorns"


LaRae's hands trembled as she slowly hung up the phone. She rose from her chair—the caller’s mysterious words still fresh in her thoughts. Gazing out her apartment window she pondered over the conversation. The familiar scenery spread out before her as the autumn colored leaves danced about in the breeze. LaRae watched as a slender woman who appeared to be in her middle twenties carefully took the hand of the young girl standing beside her. Before crossing the street below, she waited for traffic to clear and then headed for the same apartment building LaRae has lived in for the past year and three months. She recognized them as the mother and daughter who occupied the apartment below her. Though she kept her own identity concealed from others, not allowing anyone too close, she made it a point to know as much as she could about the people living around her.

Watching the mother and young child brought back memories—memories of when she first left James. Memories that left her frightened and unmistakably void of all emotions except fear. He had treated her like a small child, making her believe she didn’t even know how to cross the street by herself without written directions. In time James had totally dominated her life to the point of telling her what to do, when to do, what to wear and whom she could speak with.

She was allowed no friends and no contact with anyone outside of James.

In the beginning of the marriage he would give little excuses for why she could not visit with her family or friends. At first, her visits would always coincide with important business functions or he would claim he forgot and made dinner reservations, therefore canceling out any plans she may have had. He started demanding she be home when he called or wanted her home when he was home.

Each day he took away a little bit more of her freedom until one morning she woke up to find she had no freedom; she was a prisoner in her own home. That’s when she knew she had to escape, no matter the cost she had to get away and find her independence. She had to try and find herself.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Az Publishing Author Feature #8: Kerry O'Shaughnessey

Kerry O'Shaughnessey
Rhiannon's V


When did you first realize you wanted to write?
I don’t remember a time when I didn’t write/feel compelled to write.  It wasn’t a realization for me.  It was always just a part of who I am. 

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing your book(s)?  
I can actually let go and see a body of work as “finished”.  I was also pleasantly surprised that my Rhiannon stories were so accessible to so many varied people. 

What do you think makes a compelling story? 
That’s a more difficult question to answer.  There are so many different reasons to read.   For a story to be compelling to me, it has to fulfill two factors:  I have to be able to relate and I have to learn something new/see something in a new way.

Where did you get the idea for your story?
Oddly enough, when I was in therapy in high school.  My therapist worked with a lot of children who had gone through ridiculously difficult events/situations.  My own emotional pain and suburban drama didn’t really begin to touch that.  I guess I wanted a way to look at mental illness; to learn about it in a manner that wasn’t clinical and pedantic.  I wanted my audience to be able to feel it instead of read about it.

What is the hardest part of writing?
Editing.  It is so difficult to ever see a manuscript as “done”.

If you could have one wish, what would it be?
To feel safe and secure.  To worry less.  To have more faith and less fear.

What are you working on next?
Poetry and a second novella on Rhiannon titled Rhiannon’s T’s. 

What author(s) have had an impact on your writing?
I believe strongly in studying both canonized and non-canonized literature.  I know a lot of authors have had an impact on me over time.  Chris Crutcher sticks out for his ability to weave many important and various subjects together in a real way.  Wally Lamb has an extreme talent for cloaking information in a narrative and compelling form as well as writing convincingly from a foreign perspective.  However,  Francesca Lia Block’s work has by far affected me the most.  Her language and perspective transports me to a place that is real and beautiful (even if it is sometimes painful).  The blend of real and metaphorical magic has the ability to transport and touch me at the same time.  I remember reading Rose and the Beast during a government class at Michigan State when I was supposed to be listening to a lecture and I remember feeling kind of stupid because I couldn’t stop the tears from spilling over and falling.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Az Publishing Author Feature #7: Zoe Sherwood



Zoe Sherwood - Be Uplifted Press

When did you first realize you wanted to write?
I was writing pretty much through High School, was an English Major and then majored in Comparative Literature at University.  I always wanted to be an editor, like Jackie Onassis at Doubleday.  Then when I moved here to Arizona in my early twenties, I just started writing and have been doing it ever since.  I never wrote in German, even though I grew up there, but once I moved here and English became my primary language, it just took off.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing your book(s)?
That it was so easy.  I’m one of those people who can write anytime, anywhere.  I don’t have writer’s block.  All I need to do is relax a little.  Another thing that surprised me was that I was often surprised what flowed onto the page. I didn’t have to think about it, yet there it was!

What do you think makes a compelling story?
Life is such an amazing journey that people’s experiences just fascinate me.  I think the best stories are autobiographical and the second best are written by authors who’ve lived deeply, authentically and show they’ve had their share of sorrow and joy, pain and happiness, love and loss and who convey a passion for life, expressed in a way that appeals to our emotions, which is where we identify with the story. Through our feelings which are universal.

Where did you get the idea for your story?
I read a few books on affirmations and I liked parts of them, but they weren’t quite what I was looking for, so I wrote one.

What is the hardest part of writing?
Time!  I pretty much have to work at night, mostly through the night because I can’t find any uninterrupted time.

If you could have one wish, what would it be?
To meet all the great writers I admire who have come before us. 

What are you working on next? 
Well, myself.  Then, another affirmations book and I’m working on a new poetry book as well.

What author(s) have had an impact on your writing?
What authors didn’t?  Shakespeare--The Tempest
Shakespeare--A Midsummer Night's Dream
Shakespeare--The Merchant of Venice
Charlotte Bronte-Jane Eyre
Emily Bronte-Wuthering Heights (old favorite)
Jane Austen--Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen--Emily
Jane Austen--Sense and Sensibility
Tolstoi--Anna Karenina
Dostojewski-The Brother's Karamasov
Dostojewski--Crime and Punishment
Arthur Conan Doyle-The Hound of Baskerville
Daphne du Maurier--Rebecca (old favorite)
Simone de Beauvior--Letters to Sartre
Simone de Beauvior--The second Sex
Jean Paul Sartre--The Transcendence of the Ego
Erich Fromm--The Art of Loving
Emmet Fox--The Semont on the Mount
John Bradshaw-Healing the Shame that Binds You
Steven Lane Taylor--Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Melody Beattie-The language of letting go
Henry Miller--Tropic of Cancer (once banned in the US for obscenity)
Anais Nin--Delta of Venus, Little Birds
David Sedaris--Me talk pretty one day
Loraine Depres--The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc
Philip Beard--Dear Zoe
M. J. Ryan--Attitudes of Gratitude
Melodie Beattie--Beyond Codependency
Azar Nafisi--Reading Lolita in Theran (a must read)
Kim Addonizzio—What is this thing called Love?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Az Publishing Author Feature #6: Ceree Hall

Hello my name is Ceree Hall. I’m an urban fiction writer from Milwaukee Wisconsin. I have a novel entitled "Fed Up" that is a must read for any readers young or old. Fed Up is very submissive, domineering, characterization which is also a fast paced and enjoyable novel. It’s laced with action, drama twists and turns. I keep the readers on edge; Fed Up is currently available on Amazon & http://www.azpublishingservices.com/BookStore.php with FREE shipping direct from the publisher in trade paperback or Ebook formats.

Summary
Fed Up is a story that’s screaming to be told. This book is hot urban fiction that is full of action. Fed Up is based on a young married couple’s life, Rain and Jaden. Their lives were going great until Rain’s husband, Jaden, decided to cheat with a hot and sexy co-worker by the name of Andrea Tate, she was any married woman’s nightmare. That’s when all the drama unfolds. Jaden can’t control his cheating ways and love for money.  Rain wants out of their crazy marriage and goes to any extreme to do so. You will read how Rain deals with her husband and how Jaden deals with his wife and mistress.

This book can bring you happiness and sometimes pain as Rain deals with her unfaithful husband.  Young and old readers can relate to this story. Fed Up will have you on the edge of your seat, thirsting for more.

This novel brings awareness to readers all over that we still are dealing with abuse in America. Fed Up was written to show readers how easy it is to be involved or commit, murder, adulteress or any acts of violence weather  it’s physically, mentally. This book can relate and hopefully help a victim of any abusive situation to find away out. Don’t let the cover fool you. Men and women would enjoy this story it’s very hot and sexy.
I bring the characters to life in this novel.

Jaden deals with infidelities, being abusive, can’t control his cheating and love for money. Rain on the other hand, she’s Fed Up. She feels she’s trapped in her marriage and everyday she grows unhappy and displeases with her husband and all the extremes he’s taking her through.
Rain becomes Fed Up and finds strength to leave her marriage in hopes with no one being harmed in the process.

There is a part two of this novel which is entitled. So Fed Up The Outcome. That will be released this coming June 2010.


Please enjoy a sneak peek of… "So Fed Up… The Outcome"

CHAPTER # ONE
IT IS WHAT IT IS


Rain

In a comfortable cushioned lawn chair, I was relaxing in the back yard near the pool. With my legs kicked up, I was reading US Weekly Magazine to keep up on celebrity gossip (I was a huge fan of Jon & Kate plus eight). It was so tranquil; I thought about how my life was going. I couldn’t ask for more and had no complaints.

As I sipped my cold crystal light ice tea, served by one of the souths’ greatest nannies, I glanced at my boys rough playing and having fun on this hot summer day. With the sun beaming down, it felt every bit of the 110 degree temperature, It was bearable since I was use to this southern weather.

Everyday, my neighbors were out early and my little boys loved playing outdoors. On any given day, they would swing and slide, ripping and running, having so much fun. We didn’t have to go anywhere with everything we needed already here at the house. Our backyard was like a park full of inflatable toys and stuff for the kids to enjoy.

The fragrance of fresh grass and someone grilling nearby filled the air. Little things like that excited and pleased me; not a care or problem. I had nothing to do but enjoy life and raise my boys. I definitely felt like a queen sitting on my throne in my big new house.

I had my Channel stunner shades blocking the sun, House of Dior two piece swimming suit with heels to match. I thought I looked so cute and sexy.  I always want to look my best. My voluptuous breast was looking great in my bikini top and my ass sat just right in the bikini bottoms, my thighs and hips were the shit, and let’s not forget about my long curvy legs. I thought my main asset was my Beyonce, flat as a surf board, stomach. I’m so proud of my new body, thanks to the bow flex work out equipment that Radames bought right after I had the boys. Working out three times a week and running behind my boys really paid off, I looked exotic and sexy and Radames couldn’t get enough of me. I even cut my long hair into a short hairstyle something like Halle Berry. I had always had long thick hair; I thought I would miss it, but I don’t. I see it like this; hair doesn’t make me I make the hair. There are very few who could pull this off and still look good and I was one of them.

Before continuing to read my magazine, I glanced down at my gigantic diamond wedding ring, shining and sparkling in the sunlight.  I had to admit I was feeling like a totally different woman. I can really say I’ve matured and gained confidence. I don’t let anyone walk over me anymore; I will never let anyone use me as their personal door mat ever again. I know what I’m worth these days and every day until I leave this earth I’m walking with faith in my God and myself.

I’m at my best now: enjoying my freedom, living life to the fullest and never worrying about what happens next. Everything is going my way, anything else can hit the highway, I’m the boss of me and God is my ruler. I put God first, then myself, followed by my kids then my husband - it had to go in that order.

I have learned so much: I’ve had my ups and downs and I truly believe everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance, everything in my life was planned by the Lord.  Half the things that I thought were so bad only helped me to get where I’m at today in my own little paradise.

I was thinking all this as I stood to go inside for lunch. Like clock work one of the nannies yelled “lunch is ready boys”. I didn’t have to do anything, everything was taken care of.


About The Author

I reside in Milwaukee Wisconsin as an Author and Poet enjoying life writing. Fed Up was a great experience for me. It was a journey full of twists and turns.  In 1997 I read hundreds of hot urban fiction stories and was amazed and loved must of what I had read. This encouraged me to want to write my own novels.

The easy part of doing so was getting all my thoughts on paper because it’s my passion to become a writer, years of searching for a publishing company was the hardest. Everywhere I looked no one was accepting manuscripts. Praying and keeping faith with God and my work.

That’s when I ran across an author and publisher named Charles Burgess. Charles has a self publishing company by the name of Underground Publications. I worked closely with Mr. Burgess and four months later I was holding my first novel in my hands.

The process was an experience all by itself. I learned a lot during that time including how to market, research and how to accomplish any goal that I want, and to be patient. I have realized everything should be done in processes, writing and publishing a novel is very serious and hard work.

Because you’re presenting your work to millions and trillions of people, and you want it to be the best. So never rush with something you're passionate about take your time. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Since Fed Up has been published, I have gotten lots of great feedback from readers all over. I have graduated to become a better writer. So if you liked "Fed Up" you’re going to love "So Fed Up… The Outcome."

To The Readers
Thank you for taking part in the virtual book tour provided by AZ Publishing Services. I hoped you enjoyed all that you have read. Hopefully you have the opportunity to read more of my novels. Thank you for the love and support.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Lillian & Dave Brummet: Authors Supporting Authors Blog Tour #9

Purple Snowflake Marketing – How to Make Your Book Stand Out in a Crowd (2007; Dave & Lillian Brummet)
 
Second Electronic Edition: (fully revised): June 2009 Book Locker
(www.booklocker.com)
 
1 - How did you get interested in the topic that’s featured in your book?
Lillian: Actually, you might laugh at this, but we were so inundated with questions via email or through forums on marketing and managing a career in writing that we were often called "marketing gurus" and I’ve even been given the title of the “pink bunny” because our marketing endeavors just keep going, and going… J It was around this time that I was feeling like a good portion of my time was spent simply responding to the questions by others and realized that an e-book based on our personal marketing plan would be perfect for everyone involved.
 
2 - Tell us a bit about your background. What have you done in the past that relates to your book and that topic?
Lillian: The Purple Snowflake Marketing book is really a compilation of knowledge that Dave and I obtained through over 12 years of hands on experience as writers and business owners, tips we learned through writing courses, forums and conversations with others who write as a career. Dave and I have participated in numerous business courses which focused on organization, methodology and marketing. The e-book relays all of this information in a condensed format for the reader’s convenience.
 
3 - What advise would you give to someone who is interested in your topic?
Lillian: Few people realize the work that is involved in running a business. Those that do, know that you are putting in much more office time after the typical 8-hour day is over because of all the paper work, record keeping and book keeping duties. Having a career in writing is exactly the same - you are self-employed. So you must balance the office chores, marketing and communications with writing the next project. Sometimes this brings some conflict with others, we find they are assuming we have the time for this or that, when it is really quite the opposite. Or perhaps we have conflict with ourselves, because so many things around the home or family are allowed to take precedence. So I guess the best advice I could give anyone is to have self-discipline and create a balanced plan.
 
4 - What do you see as the benefit to participating in groups and organizations? My first thought would be networking opportunities and the chance for personal and business growth. What are your reasons?
Lillian: Authors, poets and storytellers are online doing research, gathering resources, garnering contacts and selling their wares – and that is our focus group for Purple Snowflake Marketing. As such, our marketing plan includes ample use of networking sites and writer’s groups to reach new contacts in this field. Writer’s groups or resource sites (e-newsletters & e-zines) are great places to consider for advertising if you are trying to reach this group.
 
5 - Who is the ideal person to read your book? If each person that reads this was going to recommend your book to one person, what sort of person would they want to chose?
Lillian: Well, this book is really a reference guide for self-marketing authors who want to be noticed in a snowstorm of writers – like a purple snowflake in a snowstorm. With 19 chapters and more than 500 resources in the 21 Appendices, this e-book is a means for authors to design an effective marketing plan and utilize frugal promotional tools with the click of their mouse. Whether it is utilized by order of chapters or randomly at the reader’s discretion the book is a marketing plan in itself. In fact, Purple Snowflake Marketing provides reassurance to authors along with ample advice for avoiding pit-falls and setting a comfortable pace for marketing endeavors. Writers within most genres will find this inspiring book an essential component for marketing their book in a way that suits their unique situation. 
 
6 - What do you think ignites a person’s creativity?
Lillian: When it comes to a marketing plan, creativity is the key to survival. Just how do you plan to sell that particular project? Why is it so special among the thousands, or perhaps hundreds, of books or articles within that genre? How can you reach the intended audience, grab their attention and hold it? That is where creativity comes in. 
 
7 - What have you found to be the biggest stumbling block for people who want to start writing?
Lillian: Sadly there is a real misconception in the world of writing that the author is taken care of, and just relaxes once the book is written. In fact people feel writers have a leisure life – which is, of course, far from the truth. 80% of a writer’s life is spent dealing with various aspects of marketing their wares. While that number might seem shocking, it is very true. The rest of the time they have to balance record keeping and writing the next project and dealing with finding a publisher or magazine for that new piece and so on. Writers do not have a 9-5 schedule with weekends, mornings and evenings free. Like most people who are self-employed, they write or market whenever the gigs come and in-between all of this, they have to balance the rest of their life such as family, spouses, household duties and, let’s not forget, taking care of themselves too! Sometimes it feels like a never-ending balancing act and a lot of people just are not prepared for that when they delve into writing. The only thing I can offer in the way of advice for this is simply to do your research, find a balance and be disciplined enough to keep that balance.
 
8 - What do you find is the biggest motivator for people to succeed? Is it money, security, desire for fame or something else?
Lillian: I think for most people their motivation is money and security, honestly. But there are a growing number of writers who write because they really do believe in the message they are trying to relay to their readers. For us, that message is that the individual truly has value, that they can make a real and measurable positive impact on the planet and their communities, and that the past can be both embraced and released. Passion is the one thing that will sell you, and your book, to your audience. 
 
9 - Who is the “perfect” person to read your book?
Lillian: Authors, poets, freelancers and storytellers who want to reduce the number of rejections they receive, who want to learn how to save money and get noticed in a positive way will certainly benefit from this book.
 
10 - Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Lillian: Yes, definitely! Purple Snowflake Marketing is so well received that our publisher will be releasing a second edition in late 2008 with new information and a larger appendix section that offers an additional 200 marketing opportunities with a click of a mouse. Keep an eye on our blog or on the publishers site for more information (www.twilighttimesbooks.com) Also, I would love for your readers to visit Dave and I at: www.brummet.ca There people will find our free newsletter and blog, a long list of free resources for greening the office, the home and eco-crafts for families. They can also find more information about all the things my husband and I do, including our 3 non-fiction books and our 2 radio shows. I think your readers would be very interested in one of those radio shows in particular – Authors Read, because on this show offers authors, storytellers and poets a chance to read from their published work for 10-12 minutes. There is nothing like hearing a story told the way the writer intended it to be read… straight from the writer's lips is even better!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Lloyd Kaneko: Authors Supporting Authors Blog Tour #8

Title:         Kami Jin
Author:     Lloyd Kaneko

Publisher:  Wordclay    
ISBN:        978-1-604-81695-2
Publication Date:    March 12, 2010
Genre:  Science Fiction, 380 pages
Blog: kamijin1951.blogspot.com
 
Homeless and victimized by corporate greed, Gordon Sakata, a former college professor, is replaced by droids, separated from his family and sent to a concentration camp at the outbreak of war over oil.  After being rescued from imprisonment and taken to a utopian planet he inherits the throne of Emperor and returns to Earth to eliminate the planet of poverty, homelessness and starvation.



Synopsis:
Kami Jin (Paper People) is a tale of two worlds according to the diary of A. Gordon Sakata II of the 23rd Century.  Gordon records an era of despair and misery on Earth as life in the Republic of North America includes a jobless rate of 95%.  People are homeless: poverty and starvation is global and governments around the world are ineffective in solving the crisis.  Corporations have taken over governments, taken away the basic rights of citizens such as freedom of speech and expression and have replaced many people with droids and robots.  Citizens of nations, who once lived comfortably in homes, now struggle to survive in streets lined with cardboard condos.  When war breaks out, Earth finally meets its doom, but through the miracle of time travel, it is given a second chance.  Gordon is saved and taken to a utopian planet mirroring Earth’s orbit.  There, inhabitants are treated equally: poverty, homelessness and starvation are non-existent, and everyone is paid $25-million annually in universal life credits by the Universe, regardless of social status.  The quality of health care and education is next to none.  Inhabitants’ brains are so advanced that they travel by merely willing themselves to their destination, rather than using conventional vehicles, yet, they do not manufacture any weapons of any kind.  The world is one planet, one nation.  Gordon vows to right a sinking ship – at least provide hope for the disadvantaged of the world.  He returns to Earth to fulfill his life’s promise.

About Lloyd Kaneko
Born in Los Angeles, California on April 11th, 1951, Lloyd Kaneko has traveled throughout the continental United States as well as internationally to Japan, France, Spain, Holland and Algeria.  Mr. Kaneko has a B.A. degree in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach and a Masters in Training and Human Resources Development.

Throughout his professional career, Lloyd has served as columnist for Drum Corps Digest in 1973, and became senior staff writer form Drum Corps News of Boston, Massachusetts.  As a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development, he has served as Editor of the L.A. Interchange Newsletter.

While at Cal State, Lloyd also attended classes sponsored by the Writers Guild of America, West.  He is also a current member of the Alameda Writers Group and has authored a science fiction novel, Kami Jin.

Lloyd is an active baritone with the masterworks Chorale Bel Canto of Whittier, CA and also actively sings in the church choir at First Friends Church in Whittier, California and is a member of Chorus America and the International Federation of Choral Music.

Lloyd is married to wife Marie and has one daughter, Laura.  As residents of Whittier, California, Lloyd also serves as Personnel Board Member for the City of Whittier.

Insight to the Book:
I really cannot say there is one singular issue that inspired me to write Kami Jin.  I guess it would be safe to say that it was an accumulation of events that caused Kami Jin to be written.  The first third of my book reflects my experiences in Corporate America.  As the story moves into the Sierra Nevada Mountains where the protagonist, Gordon Sakata, is left to die, the philosopher in me comes out.  The story takes on a more spiritual tone.  The second part of the book was largely influenced and driven by my characters which became so “life-like” that, as I was writing the book, it felt like they were a real presence in my life.

The story carries several universal messages on solving the problem of homelessness and poverty in the world and making wars obsolete.  But, as Americans, we get so caught up in everyday life – that, we take a lot of things for granted.  In reality, there is a dark side to America – everything is not rosy as it would appear.  If you have not personally been displaced from your job, or forced to live without a dwelling to call home, then one has never seen the dark side of America.  This book sheds light on the darkness caused by corporate greed, corruption and the effects it has caused on people.  It will cause us to ponder:  Are we justified in accusing other countries of crimes against humanity when we ourselves are just as guilty in committing crimes against our own citizens by forcing them out into the streets and taking away their homes all In the name of profits?

This book would force us to consider our relationships between ourselves and our fellow man.  Why do we treat people as “disposable commodities,” then turn around and proclaim that employees “are our greatest assets.”  Yet, when it comes to downsizing, our “greatest assets” are typically the first to go.  What will happen if executives decided to replace its entire human workforce with droids and automation?  What will become of the people?  Are there plans to effectively transition into a better life?  Or are they [the laid off workers] expected to live the rest of their lives in poverty and hunger?  What role will the government play in this charade?  Will they act passively and do absolutely nothing and let corporate executives get away with these despicable acts?  Or will they finally turn around and become a government by the people and for the people?

The book asks a few serious questions that need to be considered seriously.  After all, Honda humanoid robot that talks and walks in the name of “Asimo.”  Will this be the dawning of the demise for mankind in the workplace?  How near are we really to the future?  And exactly what does the future have in store for mankind?

We thank Lloyd for spending his day with us and here are his next blog tour spots in the weeks to come:

May 7, 2010 - Spotlight Feature at BK Walker Books
(http://bkwalkerbooks.weebly.com/)

May 13, 2010 - Guest Blogging at Watery Tart
(http://www.waterytart23.blogspot.com/)

May 19, 2010 - Guest Blogging at BK's Live Journal

May 20, 2010 - Blog Talk Radio With Brandi Walker
(http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bkwalker)

May 22, 2010 - Guest Blogging at Literary Magic
(http://www.literary-magic.com/

May 26, 2010 - Guest Blogging with Katie Salidas
(http://myimmortalstories.blogspot.com/

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Az Publishing Author Feature #5

Michael D'Ambrosio

Michael was born and raised in the Philadelphia area.
A graduate of Delaware County Community College (A.A.S. Electronics) and Widener University (B.S. Technical and Industrial Administration), Michael served in the Pa. Air National Guard as a weapons crew chief for 22 years participating in several Middle East tours before retiring.

Michael enjoys science fiction and old-time horror films.
When not working as a controls technician at a nearby power plant, he enjoys writing his screenplays and novels, while listening to various types of music.
Halloween is his favorite holiday and the fall is his favorite time of the year.

When did you first realize you wanted to write?
It goes way back to first grade in Catholic school. I had a nun who kept giving out writing assignments and challenged us to come up with interesting topics. Mine always tended to revolve around outer space and prehistoric monsters. I always wrote well but I got away from it in fourth grade. Much of my writing after that was technical due to the nature of my career. Then, while on a tour of duty in the Middle East, I was critiquing some books that a friend had. He suggested rather cynically that I should write my own story and see how well I do. Something about the darkness in the desert at night rekindled that fear of the unknown. That led me to write my first novel, Fractured Time.
                                                                                                                     ISBN# 978-1-936037-46-9
                                                                                                                                                Adult Horror



What would you say is your interesting writing habit?
I seem to find interesting female characters for my stories. In Dark Horizon, Billy Brock becomes involved with a Goth type chic with an attitude. In The Eye of Icarus, Shanna is a sassy vixen who excels in throwing knives and making love. In Night Creeps, there’s Suzie, a hybrid mutant who seduces a variety of characters from hookers to federal agents. She creates her own inner circle of power from this pool of characters while she connives a plan to take over the world beginning with her own little town.  

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing your book(s)?
While doing an interview with Mona Miller on her radio show in LA, she pointed out to me that The Eye of Icarus from my Space Frontiers series really touches on morality and teens in a very effective manner. She felt it was the type of story that effectively brings awareness of consequences to teens in believable and compelling situations. I didn’t realize I went down that road when I wrote this (Space Frontiers) series. The lead characters, Will and Shanna who are 18 and 16, develop a hot romance that results in Shanna’s becoming pregnant. For two teens who are into wild adventures while racing about the universe, this presents quite a complication for them. The two are forced to mature much faster than they’d like as their responsibilities increase with each exciting mission.
 
What do you think makes a compelling story?
You need an interesting plot and characters that the readers can relate to. People read fiction for escapism and it’s up to us as readers to give them a ride they won’t forget. I want readers to love and hate my characters as well as to need to find out what happens to them. In The Eye of Icarus, Shanna is the young vixen that every guy dreams about. Will on the other hand, knows how to make things exciting. They have an inspiring and entertaining effect on their older friends.
 
Where did you get the idea for your Night Creeps story?
Oh, this was an interesting one. It actually came about as I spoke with friends and fans at the bars over several conventions. I always hear stories about how exes hate their formers and how rotten they are. One day, while speaking to an elderly man in Chicago, I heard the words that made the story click. “When I married my wife, she was an angel. Somewhere along the line she became a monster.” That set the wheels in motion for a bizarre story about disgruntled women and neglectful men. The story isn’t based toward either sex so anyone can get a thrill out of the characters.
 
What is the hardest part of writing?
I find that if I want to write effectively, I have to clear my mind of distractions and get into that “zone”. There’s no sense in writing if I’m not there because it’ll wind up getting erased. Once I get into that zone, I can go on forever. Everything flows naturally at that point.
 
If you could have one wish, what would it be?
I would want to be either Billy Brock in the Fractured Time Trilogy or Will Saris in Space Frontiers. These two characters go through heaven and hell and they thrive on it.
 
What are you working on next?
I’m actively working on a revision to the Night Creeps screenplay which I’m excited about. I’m also outlining a potential sequel to the Night Creeps novel as well.

What author(s) have had an impact on your writing?
Laurel K. Hamilton and her Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series.
Storm Constantine and her Wraetthu series.
Ms. Hamilton really knows how to give a character “arc”. After reading several of the books in her series, I really understood what it meant for a character to “develop” in a story.
Storm Constantine has a deep dark imagination for her characters and she’s very good at injecting any emotion into her characters at any time.


What other projects do you have going on?
The Devil’s Playground, book three of the Space Frontiers series comes out in early summer. I’ve done some work on the fourth and final book in the series, Galaxy of the Damned. I am looking ahead to possibly doing a sequel to Night Creeps or a Christmas adventure from another script I wrote. I have to change gears for my projects quite often as things come up.
ISBN #978-1-936037-49-0


What is the hardest obstacle you face as a writer today?
I find that it’s very difficult to build a fan base without spending lots of money on a good publicist. Even with a big publisher, it’s hard for a new writer to attract readers. I’ve been very effective to a point by attending conventions and I have developed a good fan base but it’s nowhere near what I want it to be. 

What is the toughest thing that you’ve ever been told about your books?
Oddly enough, “I thought this book was great!” Just about everyone who reads my books swears by them. If I could bottle up that feeling and advertise it to other readers, I’d be the number one selling author in the world.


Do you write screenplays for all your books?
Thus far, I have. The Fractured Time Trilogy is my most interesting project for screenplays. There is a screenplay and a thirteen episode TV series for books one and two and a wild finally of a script for book three. 

I think The Eye of Icarus is a great Star Trek type script but it would require a significant budget to make.


Night Creeps is the most promising because it can be done on a small budget. Perhaps that will open the door for the others.