Author Interview #344: Order of the Seers by Cerece Rennie Murphy

December 24, 2014

Our interview today is with Cerece Rennie Murphy, author of the science fiction trilogy Order of the Seers (science fiction, 4.5 stars, 71 reviews) and its sequel, The Red Order.  The final book in the Trilogy, titled, The Last Seer was released on September 30, 2014.

Before we get to the interview, a brief description of the Trilogy:

What would you do if you held infinite power in the palm of your hand?  The Order of the Seers trilogy poses this question within a story that fuses action, mystery and romance into a science fiction adventure that keeps you at the edge of your seat.

Captured and enslaved for their extraordinary gift, a group of individuals, known as Seers, are forced to serve a ruthless world organization that uses the power of the Seers to exploit the ultimate advantage: knowing the future. While a brother and his Seer sister fight to evade the group that hunts them, an unlikely captured Seer plots his escape from within the organization and sets off a chain of events that will change the world.

The journey begins with Order of the Seers (Book I) and continues with The Red Order (Book II).  The final chapter in the Order of the Seers trilogy, titled The Last Seer (Book III), will be released on September 30, 2014.  Science fiction and action-adventure readers will enjoy this fast-paced thriller that will challenge your belief in the limits of human potential.

Author Interview with Cerece Rennie Murphy:

1) Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself.

Well, first of all, thank you so much for the opportunity to speak with you.  It’s an honor.  I was born and raised in Washington, DC, which is an experience I can really appreciate now that I’m older.  Growing up, I took all the museums and the history for granted, but now I know what a truly unique experience it was.

I like to say that I’m a part-time writer and a full-time wife and mom to our 2 young children.  Our kids are 3 and 6 years old, so my husband and I are running around like crazy people most of the time.  But it’s a life that I feel very blessed to live – to have what you love and do what you love for a living.

When I do have free time, I love to read, go for walks, watch Game of Thrones on DVD with my husband and eat large quantities of sugar. J

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Author Interview #342: Discovery of the Saiph by PP Corcoran

December 17, 2014

Our interview today is with PP Corcoran, author of the Discovery of the Saiph (Saiph #1) (military science fiction, 4.4 stars,  61 reviews) and its soon to be released sequels,  Search for the Saiph (Saiph #2) and Hunt for the Saiph (Saiph #3).

Before we get to the interview, a brief description of the series: Dr Jeff Moore unlocks the Galaxy with his unintentional invention of the Gravity Drive, whilst carrying out research on the Vega Star Probe, intended to provide Earth with colonies outside its own Solar System.  This remarkable development leads to the construction of the new Vanguard Survey Ship, TDF Marco Polo, captained by David Catney he leads mankind’s exploration outside its Solar System and ultimately to the Discovery of an ancient, dead, civilisation. A civilisation whose technology is submerged deep within an extinct planet but it leads to the shocking discovery… man is not alone.  As the Navy Fleet of the Terran Republic, explores newly discovered planets, mandated by politicians, aided by alien technology, the Captains find both friend… and foe… The Politicians and military forces are obligated to work together towards their objective. To hold the line. Defend the earth. No matter the cost.


Paul Corcoran unites cutting-edge technology and epic space battles with fast-paced action in his military sci fi Saiph Series. Paul has received rave reviews for his fast pace and action filled style of storytelling. Discovery of the Saiph (Saiph #1) is available in print and e-book through Amazon and other major retailers.

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

The book is set in the not too distant future making the science, technology and ultimately the story more believable and accessible to the reader.

  1. What specific themes did you emphasize throughout the novel? What are you trying to get across to the reader?

To quote Edmund Burke “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing“. This is the basic premise of the book. Humanity discovers they are not alone in the universe and comes across alien beings some of whom are under Read more »

Author Interview #340 – Saving Grace by Pamela Fagan Hutchins

December 10, 2014

Our interview today is with Pamela Fagan Hutchins, author of the bestselling and award-winning romantic mystery series, Katie & Annalise, which includes Saving Grace (#1, 4.4-stars, 830 reviews), Leaving Annalise (#2, 4.8 stars, 207 reviews), and Finding Harmony (#3, 4.9-stars, 148 reviews). Her next romantic mystery is Going for Kona , which was released October 1, 2014. She also writes hilarious nonfiction.

Before we get to the interview, a brief description of the Katie & Annalise series:

Katie Connell is a high-strung attorney who flees her sloppy drinking habits, stunted love life, and professional humiliation in Dallas for a Caribbean escape, but ends up trading one set of problems for another when she’s bewitched by the voodoo spirit Annalise in an abandoned house in the rainforest and discovers that she’s as much a danger to herself as the island’s bad guys are.

The series has racked up a number of accolades including a 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Romance, Quarter-finalist nod; 2011 Winner of the Houston Writers Guild Mainstream Novel Contest; 2010 Winner of the Writers League of Texas Romance Contest; and 2012 Winner of the Houston Writers Guild Ghost Story Contest. The reviews from readers and critics are fantastic.


Pamela Fagan Hutchins combines humor, romance, mystery, and magical realism in the Katie & Annalise series. Drawing rave reviews for its humor, emotional depth, and twisting, fast-paced plots, readers and critics alike love the series, and Once Upon A Romance Calls Pamela an “up and coming powerhouse writer.” Her books are available in audio, ebook, and paperback, and you can get them just about anywhere.

1. What inspired you to write the Katie & Annalise series?

My husband is a native of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where I lived for nearly 10 years. He believed with all his heart that the abandoned rainforest house that we finished and lived in had a “jumbie,” which is essentially a voodoo spirit, or a ghost. The house, Estate Annaly, inspired the series. But all of my novel ideas come from asking “what if” about events in real Read more »

Author interview #338: The Memory Box by Eva Lesko Natiello

December 3, 2014

Our interview is with Eva Lesko Natiello author of The Memory Box (4.2 stars, 207 reviews). Before the interview a brief book description: What would you do if you searched your own past and uncovered something shocking? In this page turner suspense, a group of privileged suburban moms amuse themselves by Googling everyone in town, digging up dirt to fuel thorny gossip. Caroline Thompson, devoted mother of two, sticks to the moral high ground and attempts to avoid these women. She’s relieved to hear her name appears only three times, citing her philanthropy. Despite being grateful that she has nothing to hide, a delayed pang of insecurity prods Caroline to Google her maiden name—which none of the others know.

The hits cascade like a tsunami. Caroline’s terrified by what she reads. An obituary for her sister, JD? That’s absurd. With every click, the revelations grow more alarming. They can’t be right. She’d know. Caroline is hurled into a state of paranoia—upending her blissful family life—desperate to prove these allegations false before someone discovers they’re true.

The disturbing underpinnings of The Memory Box expose a story of deceit, misconceptions, and an obsession for control. With its twists, taut pacing, and psychological tenor, Natiello’s page turning suspense cautions: Be careful what you search for.


What was unique about the setting of the book and how did it enhance or take away from the story?
There are a couple of reasons I chose Farhaven, a suburban town which is loosely based on the town New Jersey town I live in. I’ve always been intrigued by stories which have beautiful, upscale settings which juxtapose a dark, subversive storyline. The Stepford wives introduced me to this idea. It provides the first misconception to the reader, that only upstanding people could live in a place like this. The other reason it seemed right for the story was when I started to write The Memory Box, I was relatively new to the suburbs. I had just moved to New Jersey from New York City. It presented an instant learning curve. With my young children starting school, I was plopped into a new social circle of suburban moms. There is a definite way things are done in the suburbs that’s different from the way they’re down the city. I knew instantly that I wanted to set this psychological suspense in a bucolic, upscale suburb where the community of stay-at-home moms, a sub-culture all its own, would help highlight the juxtaposition of conformity and deception.

What specific themes did the author emphasize throughout the novel? What do you think he or she is trying to get across to the reader?
One of the themes that is carried through both implicitly or explicitly is “control.” Caroline, the main character, says at one point in the book, “I am the architect of my own destiny.” Certainly she proves without a shadow of a doubt that she believes nothing happens by chance. Read more »

Author Interview #336: Trust Me by Sheena Binkley

November 26, 2014

Sheena Binkley, Amazon best-selling book, Trust Me, from the Love, Life, & Happiness series (African-American Romance, 4.6 stars, 36 reviews). Here is more about the story:

Cheryl: Falling in love is something I’d never imagined. I didn’t think love existed, mainly because of the way I was raised. Relationships were never in the cards, especially since I gave a chance on one, and it nearly destroyed me. When I met Marcus Walker, I was only looking for a fling, nothing more; but the more time I spent with him, the more I realized he could be so much more. Not only has he helped me through my family drama but also with a situation I thought was way behind me. Now, I understand what love is and how powerful it can be. But will I let myself be loved, or will I continue to believe that love is not for me?

Marcus: One thing I said I will never do in my life is fall in love. Being in love is great for some people, but not for me. That all changed when I met Cheryl Thompson. At first, I thought she would be like the rest, just a one-night stand, but when I saw what she was going through, I realized she was much more than a fling; she was someone I wanted to commit to. Will I be able to trust myself and give her what she needs, or will I end up destroying her even more?

Sheena Binkley brings a unique spin to the African-American Romance and New Adult genres with Trust Me, the second book from the Love, Life, & Happiness series. This book is available in e-book and print on Amazon and other major retailers.

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

The setting for Trust Me was built around a college town and gave an excellent backdrop to college life and what people have experienced in a given semester. It provided a visual for readers to go on a journey with the characters and the experiences they’d shared throughout the story.

2.  What specific themes did you emphasize throughout the novel? What were you trying to get across to the reader?

I think readers will take away the fact that it’s okay to trust your significant other by being understanding and having each other’s back throughout any situation. Although relationships can be rough and can cause problems, by being in love, it can help majority of your situations become happy and joyous. Read more »

Author Interview #334: My Home Sweet Rome by Sari Gilbert

November 19, 2014

Our interview is with Sari Gilbert author of My Home Sweet Rome (4.3 stars, 55 reviews). Before we get to the interview a brief description of her book.

It’s a wonderful place to visit, but would you want to live there? Sari Gilbert, who has lived for close to 40 years in what many have called the Eternal City, answers with a resounding “yes….. but”. A native New Yorker who moved to Rome after finishing graduate school and then became a journalist, Gilbert’s book “My Home Sweet Rome: Living (and Loving) in the Eternal City” describes what life is really like in the Italian capital: to sum it up, “fascinating, and delightful, but not at all easy”.

Many foreigners have moved to Italy, but relatively few have decided to stay on for the rest of their lives, unless they are married and have put down family roots. Gilbert uses her own particular status – as an attractive and single woman, as a journalist for major U.S. and Italian news organs, and as an American – as a magnifying lens to examine the various aspects of Italian and Roman life. She gives us an unveiled view of the country’s politics, its stifling bureaucracy, its contradictory social customs, everyday concerns and gastronomical habits.

Author Interview With Sari Gilbert

Q. Why did you decide to write this book?
A. I had been living in Rome since the early 70s, actually from before that if you want to count periods of study, and I felt I wanted to let people know what life here is REALLY like.

Q, Well, haven’t lots of people done that?
A. Maybe not lots, but, yes, quite a few. But most of these books tend to glorify the Italian experience, waxing eloquent on things like Italian food, the beauty of the country and so forth. Those things are real, of course, otherwise there wouldn’t be massive numbers of tourists here. But Italy is a very complex country where daily life can be very frustrating and this is something the average visitor just is not aware of.

Q. Is there anything else that makes your book unique, other than the fact that you kind of take the wraps off? Read more »

Author Interview #332: Sliding Past Vertical by Laurie Boris

November 12, 2014

Our interview today is with Laurie Boris, author of Sliding Past Vertical (contemporary fiction, 4.7 stars, 29 reviews) and other novels, including of the award-winning Don’t Tell Anyone, The Joke’s on Me, Drawing Breath, Playing Charlie Cool, and novella The Picture of Cool. Before we get to the interview, a brief description of the novel: Ten years after a brief college romance, Emerson and Sarah have remained comfortable, long-distance friends. Yet secretly he longs for her and is quick to offer comfort and support when her hasty decisions end in varying degrees of disaster. When her drug-dealing boyfriend lands her in deep trouble, she calls Emerson again. But is this the rescue that pushes their friendship to the breaking point?


Laurie Boris likes to write about realistic characters going through sometimes painfully realistic situations, usually with a romantic thread. Combining pathos and humor has earned her positive reviews, an IndieBRAG medallion, and a win in The Kindle Book Review’s 2013 Best Indie Book Awards. Sliding Past Vertical, 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 returned to fiction in my early twenties when I left a graphic arts job in advertising to pursue freelance work. Between gigs, I wrote stories…really bad stories. Eventually I got better and worked up the nerve to submit them. Then one felt like it had the potential to become a novel. On a dare from my husband, I finished it and kept writing more.

2. What inspired you to write Sliding Past Vertical?

The idea came from a writing exercise I did at a conference. We were asked to go back to a time in our lives when we were at a crossroads…and take the other path. Then write a scene based on a character landing in the consequences of that decision. This character was so broken, and in that space, she did something that hurt a friend of mine very badly. The exercise had so much power that I wrote an apology note to that friend. (Never sent it, of course!) Years later, I found the notebook and the apology. It still had power for me, so I decided to write a novel to let the character explain herself and seek redemption.

3. What’s your book about? Read more »

Author Interview #330: A Human Element by Donna Galanti

November 5, 2014

Our interview today is with Donna Galanti, author of book 1 of the Element Trilogy, A Human Element (suspense, 4.5 stars, 68 reviews) and book 2, A Hidden Element, and Joshua and the Lightning Road (2015). Donna’s debut novel, A Human Element, just re-released by Imajin Books, reveals a haunting look at what it means to be human and a suspenseful ride through life and love…and death. Fans of paranormal suspense will enjoy this thriller noted as being “unrelenting, devious but full of heart” and “a story that will have the reader pondering about supernatural powers and the evil forces of humanity.”

In A Human Element, Laura Armstrong’s loved ones are being murdered, and despite her unique healing powers, she can do nothing to stop it. The savage killer haunts her dreams, tormenting her with the promise that she is next. Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to the site of a crashed meteorite in her hometown. There, she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents’ death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a madman, they unravel a frightening secret that binds them together. But the killer’s desire to destroy Laura face-to-face leads to a showdown that puts Laura and Ben’s emotional relationship and Laura’s pure spirit to the test. With the killer closing in, Laura discovers her destiny is linked to his,and she has two choices—redeem him or kill him.


Donna Galanti writes murder and mystery with a dash of steam. She’s called “a true storyteller, highly reminiscent of Dean Koontz”, who blends dark fiction with horror, science fiction, and suspense in her newly re-released novel A Human Element. Drawing rave reviews for being “a page-turner filled with fascinating twists and turns”, A Human Element is available in print and e-book through Amazon and other major retailers. More of Donna’s dark fiction can be had in her short story collection, The Dark Inside, which“builds a world of horror and suspense anchored deeply in humanity”.

1.  What draws you to the paranormal genre? Do you feel they are the same things that draw the rest of us?
So many things fall under the paranormal, but I think we are drawn to it because they all have the same theme: the mysterious unknown. Are ghosts real? Do we have the power to read minds? Can we heal with our touch? Can we move objects with our thoughts? Can we kill with our mind power? Research says we use a very small percent of our brain power. I like to imagine the possibilities if we could access the remaining percent. We may not need physical bodies at all or need to talk to communicate. Read more »

Author Interview #328: Homeless Hero by Michael Tapscott

October 29, 2014

Our interview today is with Mike Tapscott author of Homeless Hero: Understanding the Soul of Home (4.9 stars on 44 reviews) (Social Sciences, non-fiction, 4.9 stars, 40 reviews), grand prize winner of the 2014 Great Southwest Book Festival.

A brief description before we get to the interview: Homeless Hero: Understanding the Soul of Home explores humanity and homelessness in a way that is vibrantly vivid and personally accessible to the reader. Many questions that we have probably asked ourselves at one time or another are addressed: what is homelessness, why does it exist, are they just on drugs, how do I help, when is helping really enabling, and why does it bother me so much in the first place? Here is a compilation of experiences from Tapscott’s experimental journey into life on the streets, his own volunteer work, and his fascinating interviews with individuals utilizing and individuals working for the social service system. Homeless Hero is a case study, an experiment, an adventure, and a multi-layered examination of American society that seeks to expand the readers’ understanding of homelessness and more importantly their own humanity. Homeless Hero: Understanding the Soul of Home is available in print and e-book through Amazon and other major retailers.


1. What inspired you to write Homeless Hero?

My father. When he retired, he took up volunteer work at a homeless shelter in Albuquerque. I was shocked. I was thinking he would travel the world and play golf.

Trying to make sense of his decision led me to write this book and answer the question, what is homelessness? It’s a difficult question to answer with any authority. Think about it. Can explain homelessness? 

2. What’s your book about?

Besides homelessness, it’s about you and me. The book approaches homelessness from up close without staring it in the face. It goes beyond exploring the issue from the outside and invites readers to take a journey with me where true exploration of the self begins—of self and other. I think that’s something that comes natural to writers and readers that other people don’t get. We sense that lack of separation between self and subject, because it takes both—to read or to write.

3. What makes your writing style unique? Read more »

Author Interview #326: The Good Sister by Wendy Corsi Staub

October 22, 2014

Our interview is with Wendy Corsi Staub author of several books including The Good Sister (4.0 stars, 144 reviews). A brief book description before the interview: In New York Times bestselling authorWendy Corsi Staub’s electrifying new thriller,a mother races to save her daughter beforeher darkest nightmare comes true.

Sacred Sisters Catholic girls’ school has hardly changed since Jen Archer was a student. Jen hoped her older daughter would thrive here. Instead, shy, studious Carley becomes the target of vicious bullies. But the real danger at Sacred Sisters goes much deeper.

The only person Carley can talk to is “Angel,” a kindred spirit she met online. Carley tells Angel everything—about her younger sister, about school, about the sudden death of her former best friend. Angel is her lifeline. And Angel is closer than she knows.

When another schoolgirl is found dead, Jen’s unease grows. There are too many coincidences, too many links to her past. Every instinct tells her that Carley is the next target. For someone is intent on punishing the guilty, teaching the ultimate lesson in how to fear . . . and how to die.


1. What was unique about the setting of the book and how did it enhance or take away from the story?
A few summers ago, I found myself in Alabama with my husband and sons as part of my ongoing 50-state book tour. I’d been to Mobile but never to the eastern bay area, and I fell in love. We spent a week at the Grand Hotel, exploring Pointe Clear and Fairhope, and I knew I had to set my next book there. A steamy Deep South summer lends itself well to a suspense setting, from the violent thunderstorms to the pervasive sense of something heavy and oppressive hanging in the air.

2. What specific themes did the author emphasize throughout the novel? What do you think he or she is trying to get across to the reader? Read more »

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