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Author Interview #302: Season’s End by Will North

July 30, 2014
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Our interview is with Will North author of Season’s End (4.2 stars, 45 reviews). Before we get to the interview a brief summary of Season’s End.

Every summer for generations, three families intertwined by history, marriage, and career have spent “the season” at their beach cottage compounds on an island in Puget Sound. Today, Martha “Pete” Petersen, married to Tyler Strong, is the lynchpin of the “summer people.” In childhood, she was the tomboy every girl wanted to emulate and is now the mother everyone admires. Colin Ryan, family friend and the island’s veterinarian, met Pete first in London, years earlier, when she visited his roommate, Tyler. He’s loved her, privately, ever since. Born in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen, son of a bar owner, he’s always been dazzled by what he sees of the sun-kissed lives of the summer people.

But this summer, currents strong as the tides roil: jealousies grow, tempers flare, passions clash. Then, on the last day of the season, a series of betrayals alters the combined histories of these families forever.

Author Interview with Will North

1.    When did you start writing, and was there a significant event that prompted you to do so?  There were three. It all began with an eighth-grade essay about Longfellow’s epic poem Evangeline.  The day the graded papers came back I didn’t get mine and the teacher stood before the class and said, “As you know, I give grades for both style and content. I have here a paper to which I’ve given a third A for something I cannot begin to explain to you.”  That’s when I knew there was something I could do better than others. I got degrees in English Read more »

Author Interview #300: Lost:Cinderella’s Secret Diaries by Ron Vitale

July 23, 2014
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Our interview today is with Ron Vitale, author of Lost: Cinderella’s Secret Diaries (fantasy, 4.2 stars, 53 reviews, $0.00) and its sequels, Stolen and Found.

Before we get to the interview, here’s a brief description of the series:

What happened to Cinderella after she married the Prince? Set in the late 1700s as Napoleon is rising to power, Cinderella embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to come to terms with her failed marriage and her inability to have a child. Torn between the Queen’s insistence that she try all means necessary to conceive and her own desires, she agrees to travel to Paris to consult with a witch to help her become pregnant. Her journey leads her to find her long lost Fairy Godmother and aids her to solve the mystery behind her mother’s death. Yet the Fey Lord, the Silver Fox, also takes notice in her and her world is suddenly turned upside down.

The Cinderella’s Secret Diaries series will challenge your notions of the fairy tale and whether “happily ever after” truly exists. Reviewers note that the series is not a “sweetness and light” Cinderella story, but it’s dark and permeating, taking readers on a very unexpected and imaginative adventure. New Age, historical fantasy and action-adventure readers will enjoy this dark and intriguing journey as it shows Cinderella’s growth after she marries the Prince.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH Ron Vitale

Ron Vitale turns the fairy tale on its head with a dark and twisted look into the private life of Cinderella and her struggle to find happily ever after in a world of magic and politics. Drawing rave reviews for its creepy and original imagining of the Cinderella fairy tale, Lost: Cinderella’s Secret Diaries, and its sequels, Stolen and Found, are available in print and e-book through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and on Apple’s iBooks.

1. When did you start writing, and was there a significant event that prompted you to do so?

I wrote my first story when I was about 9 years old. I remember reading the story to my friends during our lunch break at school and being amazed at how they were really interested in what would happen next. With my circle of friends around me, one of our teachers, who was a nun, came up to us, thinking that we were doing something bad. Read more »

Interview #298: The Legend of Juan Miguel by Anna Sargent

July 16, 2014
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Equal parts history and mystery, romance and hero’s journey, The Legend of Juan Miguel is a Texas tale with more twists and turns than a country back road. Anna K. Sargent revisits Texas in the late 19th century, that famed era when the West began and Texas was in a border conflict with Mexico. What makes this story different is that the hero is Hispanic. Sargent asks us to cast aside what we think we know about identity and the history and mythology we’ve been taught. Ride along with the young Juan Miguel as he uses every guise and all the courage he can muster to win back his fortune, his good name, and his lost love. Deprived unjustly of his birthright by ambitious Anglo ranchers, the son of the wealthiest Tejano in Texas is spurred on by a forbidden passion for the woman who is married to one of those ranchers. Handsome, loyal, brave, and cunning, this caballero reinvents himself over and over and becomes a Hispanic hero for the ages.

The author

Anna K. Sargent writes historical fiction set in Texas’s colorful past, and yet her books are really about identity—who we are and how we became who we are. Anna was well into a successful career as a writer and editor. Then one day, life “threw a craving” on her, as they say in Texas. Her spirit wanted to do what her spirit wanted to do. She wanted to write historical fiction, because she loves history and she loves stories and she loves Texas. She had worked as a journalist for years, starting out as a newspaper reporter. She went on to be the editor of two newspapers and later was a publicist, communications director, and magazine editor. Through it all she had an abiding passion for the place of her heart and its history.

1 When did you start writing, and was there a significant event that prompted you to do so?

I started writing as a child, winning poetry contests and American Legion essay contests. In college, a professor who Read more »

Author Interview #296: Circle Dance by Lynne Constantine

July 9, 2014
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Bio: A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Lynne Constantine relocated to the New York area in 2004 with her husband and children. In addition to her writing, she is active in her church and local community.   She served on the board of her town’s local women’s league for the past three years.   She is passionate about education, reading, health, and wellness.   She enjoys traveling, spending time on the beach and taking walks with her family and their adorable golden retriever.

Lynne wrote Circle Dance (4.6 stars on 69 reviews) with her sister Valerie.  Circle Dance was a legacy of love fueled by the desire to pass on to their children the traditions and experiences unique to them as second generation Greek Americans. Lynne recently completed a thriller that is the first in a series. She and her sister are collaborating on a new book about best friends and the secrets that destroy them.

1. What, or who, inspired you to become a writer?

I’ve always liked to make up stories – from playing with my dolls to concocting crazy scenarios for my friend to choose from. Reading has been my favourite pastime since 2nd grade. I gradually reached a point while reading when I would think “I’d change this, or I’d do that differently.” I don’t recall the exact day I woke up and said “I’m going to be a writer.” It seemed to evolve quite naturally.

2. What is your Writing Style?

My writing style is a hybrid of outlining and writing organically. I tend to start with the big idea, develop the characters, and then write a narrative of the story line. As ideas come to me I will make a rough outline and then I feel free to veer off course to wherever my characters take me. I enjoy the 1st draft process because I have the Read more »

Author Interview #292: The Deadly Rose by J.M. Lominy

June 25, 2014
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J.M. Lominy is the author of the thriller/mystery novel The Deadly Rose, An Assassin’s Tale, (4.7 stars, 33 reviews) published by Five Sons Publishing. Lominy was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and at age seven he immigrated to the USA, along with his sister to join his mother in Brooklyn.

Upon his graduation from high school, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served during the first Gulf War. Following an honorable discharge at the age of 22, Lominy enrolled at The City College of New York and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

The father of five is based in Marietta, Georgia where he lives with his wife and their three youngest sons.

Author Interview

1. When did you start writing, was it always a dream of yours, and was there a significant event that prompted you to do so?

My passion for writing began in college with poetry. It was not until 2001, when I travelled to Haiti for the funeral of my maternal Uncle did I start to write with a purpose. The vivid environment of Haiti unleashed story ideas I have always had but never saw as potential book material until that trip.

2. What inspired you to write The Deadly Rose, An Assassin’s Tale?

The inspiration for this book came from the vestibules of knowledge flowing through my mind.  It just came to me, like many other ideas that will morph into books.  I have a constant flow of thoughts that resonate in my mind while Read more »

Author Interview #290: Unfinished Business by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson

June 18, 2014
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Our interview today is with Carolyn Ridder Aspenson  author of the Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller Unfinished Business (paranormal, contemporary women’s fiction, 4.6 stars, 85 reviews) and the second book in the series, Unbreakable Bonds, (paranormal, contemporary women’s fiction, 4.8 stars, 24 reviews).

Before we get to the interview, a brief description of the series: One minute Angela’s a typical stay at home mom, and the next, she’s a psychic psychologist to the dead.

Ghosts aren’t real. At least that’s what Angela Panther believed right up until the moment her late mother popped in for a chat. Her mother’s reappearance, just hours after the hearse drove off with her corpse, opens the door to the other side, and suddenly Angela’s life is jam-packed with dead people. Between keeping tabs on her mother’s ghostly mishaps, watching out for her drama-prone teenage daughter, and helping a son who shares her psychic gift, the reluctant medium isn’t sure she’s capable of tackling the unfinished business of the dead. Not that they care.

Although humorous and full of sarcastic wit, this story about relationships will hit home with anyone who’s lost a loved one and wished to speak with them, even if only one more time.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH CAROLYN RIDDER ASPENSON

Carolyn Ridder Aspenson couples heart-wrenching emotions with laugh out loud humor in her bestselling Angela Panther book Unfinished Business. Compared to Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, Unfinished Business and the second in the series, Unbreakable Bonds, both published through Booktrope Editions, are available in print and e-ebook through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iTunes. Enjoy listening to Unfinished Business as an audio book as Read more »

Author Interview #286: Glass Frost by Liz DeJesus

June 4, 2014
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Our interview today is with Liz DeJesus author of several books including Glass Frost (4.5 stars on 31 reviews). Before the interview a brief description of her book: When joined together, Cinderella’s slippers grant the wearer her heart’s desire. But whose wish will be granted?

When Cinderella’s glass slipper is stolen, Queen Felicia sends her faithful steward Terrance to the real world to retrieve his love and witch-in-training, Bianca Frost. The power of the glass slipper in the wrong hands could ruin peace in Everafter. Bianca must gather every bit of magic she has learned in the past few weeks to find the slipper and protect her new love. Together, Bianca, Ming, Prince Ferdinand, and Terrance venture deep into the heart of Everafter to seek clues as to who has stolen the slipper and why. Along the way, they uncover what happened to the Seven Dwarves after Snow White married the prince, but also learn the awful risk of tampering with black magic and the high price that must be paid for magical aid, even when used for good.

Author Interview with Liz DeJesus

1.  What was unique about the setting of the book and how did it enhance or take away from the story?

In Glass Frost I had the chance to go back to the world I created in the first book of the series, First Frost, and was able to explore more of Everafter (where the fairy tales originally took place). There are forests, valleys, swamps and then there’s the Faerie Realm where Queen Titania and all the fairies dwell. The setting gives me a chance to discover new characters and unveil another layer of the complex world of Everafter. Also, I was able to go deeper Read more »

Author Interview #282: Lovely Lies by LaShanta Charles

May 21, 2014
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Our interview today is with LaShanta Charles, author of the award-winning Lovely Lies (women’s fiction / urban romance, 4.6 stars, 108 reviews) and its sequel, Lovely Lies 2 (women’s fiction / urban romance, 4.6 stars, 41 reviews) Before we get to the interview, here’s the synopsis of the first book:

Makynzee has spent all of her life being dependent on people who’ve always disappointed her, especially her abusive mother. Everyone lies to her – her sister, her uncle, even her beloved father. When her mom strips her of her one true love, gymnastics, she’s determined to find and maintain her independence. There’s only one little problem…money. She sets out to find a job as a dancer at a gentleman’s club, but finds Kalil instead. With his looks, money, and charisma any woman would be crazy not to want him and Makynzee’s no different. Falling for him fast she soon discovers some things just aren’t adding up and Kalil may not be the man she thought he was. He wants to be with her and provide for her, but can he protect her? When a love-struck fan becomes obsessed and begins attacking and stalking Makynzee she questions Kalil’s ability to be her protector. Makynzee has no idea who he is, where he came from, or why he’s here, but he’s determined to have her even if that means eliminating everyone she knows and loves. By any means necessary, right? She belongs to him and he’s claiming what’s rightfully his, no matter the circumstances. When truths are revealed, they threaten to tear Makynzee’s soul apart and chaos becomes her life. Will she be able to escape this temporary insanity or will she become a permanent victim?

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH LaShanta Charles

LaShanta Charles has drawn rave reviews for her ability to incorporate romance with a twist, making it a noteworthy work and earning her the award of “2013 Breakout Author of the Year.” Lovely Lies and its sequel, Lovely Lies 2, are available in print and e-book through Amazon and other major retailers.

1. When did you start writing, and was there a significant event that prompted you to do so? Read more »

Author Interview #280: Don’t Tell Anyone by Laurie Boris

May 14, 2014
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Our interview today is with Laurie Boris, author of the award-winning Don’t Tell Anyone (contemporary fiction, 5.0 stars, 29 reviews) and other novels, including The Joke’s on Me, Drawing Breath, and Sliding Past Vertical.

Before we get to the interview, a brief description of the novel: A family accidentally learns that their matriarch, Estelle, not only has breast cancer but also intended to take it to her grave. Now that the secret is out, Estelle decides to ask Liza, the daughter-in-law she once called a godless hippie raised by wolves, to kill her. A horrified Liza refuses but keeps the request from her husband and his brother. As the three adult children urge Estelle to consider treatment, their complicated weave of family secrets and lies begins to unravel. Can they hold their own lives together long enough to help Estelle with hers?

Laurie Boris likes to write about realistic characters going through sometimes painfully realistic situations. Combining pathos and humor has earned her positive reviews and a win in The Kindle Book Review’s 2013 Best Indie Book Awards. Don’t Tell Anyone, as well as her other novels and short fiction, are available in print and e-book through Amazon and other major online retailers.

1. When did you start writing, and was there a significant event that prompted you to do so?

I’ve been writing since junior high school, when I kept a journal as a companion. That habit continued for years. I turned my sights to fiction in my early twenties when I left a job in advertising to pursue freelance work. Between Read more »

Author Interview #279: Vampyre Kisses by Elizabeth Kolodziej

May 12, 2014
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Elizabeth J. Kolodziej is a novelist and a lover of gadgets, writing, mysteries, and an avid reader. Her paranormal romance, The Last Witch Series, is coming up on its fourth book, Demonic Charms, and there is still more on the way!

While taking the past ten years to build this new age world, Elizabeth as done lots of hands on research such as experiencing flight, sensory deprivation, and much more to really master the art of bringing her descriptions to life for the reader.

With a Bachelor’s degree in Fiction Writing from George Mason University and her on going learning of the art of writing, Elizabeth believes she can truly help others master their own art and love of writing.

With the support of her family, friends, dog (Sherlock) and cat (Ahmeemotep) she is more than happy to give her readers exactly what they want in her books…adventure.

1. Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and what inspired to write in this particular genre?

Well, I always tell people that I blame my mother. She was into the paranormal long before I was even born! So I kind of grew up on knowing of and then learning it all. It was just fascinating to read the folklore of vampires, Read more »

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