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Book Trailer Blitz – Emily Stone Thriller Series

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About the Author

 Jennifer Chase

Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning crime fiction author and consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master’s degree in criminology & criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent sociopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells. In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling.  She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists.

 

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About the Book:

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Title: EMILY STONE THRILLER SERIES
Author: Jennifer Chase
Publisher: JEC Press
Genre: Crime Thriller

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Vigilante detective Emily Stone hunts serial killers and child abductors, covertly and under the law enforcement radar. She uses her fine-tuned skills of criminal profiling and forensic perceptiveness to locate predators that cops cannot or will not find. She is trained, she is tough, she is serious, and she gets results.

With Stone’s toughest cases yet, the killer immediately crosses her radar and sends her into the dark territory of a serial killer’s mind—to the point of no return.

Take your pick of any of the award-winning, stand-alone books and tag along with a serial killer hunter.

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Book Tour ~ Crystal the Christmas Angel

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About the Book:

Title: Crystal the Christmas Angel
Author: Theresa Oliver
Publisher: Write More Publications
Pages: 66
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

All of the angels in Heaven are preparing for a big event, and Crystal, a little angel, wants to be a part of it. But the more she tries, the more the angels tell her that she is just too little. That is, until God himself gives her the biggest, most important task of all … going with the Archangel Gabriel to Mary, and bringing God’s greatest gift to the world. But can Crystal do what God asks? Journey with Crystal as she discovers that God sometimes chooses the most unlikely for the greatest tasks. Crystal also discovers that you are never too little to do great things. You just need to believe and never give up.

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  • Crystal the Christmas Angel is available at Amazon.

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  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

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About the Author

Theresa Oliver

Theresa Oliver grew up in southern Indiana, across from Louisville, Kentucky, in Clarksville, Indiana. In her childhood, she fell in love with the power of the written word, a love affair that has continued her whole life. She moved to Florida, where she has lived much of her adult life. She attended the University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, Tenn., and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree, News Editorial sequence. She also earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, Early Childhood Education sequence, from Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, Ga. She is currently a writer, a full-time teacher, and the owner of Write More Publications and TNT Author Services. However, her greatest adventure is as a mother of three beautiful boys. Oliver currently resides in Kissimmee, Florida, with her husband and children.

Her latest book is the children’s picture book, Crystal the Christmas Angel.

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Interview With….

Theresa, thanks for being my guest here today. Tell us about you.
Ever since I could remember, I wanted to be a writer. I fell in love with the power of the written word at a young age and that love continued throughout my life. However, I used to think that I would live my life and when I was through living it, I would write about it. (Strange, I know! ) So, I didn’t write anything for years. But after the Twilight Saga came out, I was introduced to writing for young adults. Once the writing bug bit me, I was hooked once again. Soon, I came to realize that one should live your life and write as you live. Now, I enjoy writing and journeying into my worlds. I soon discovered that inspiration is everywhere, if one only opens their eyes and his or her minds.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
I would love to hang out with Stephanie Meyer. She’s a mom also, so we have a lot in common. It would be cool to sit down over a cup of hot tea or coffee and just shoot the breeze while I picked her brain and chatted as friends about writing, characters, our children, etc.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
One Christmas years ago, I was thinking about the Star of Bethlehem, how it was an anomaly, and how experts said that several planets had aligned perfectly to create the magnificent star and that it was a coincidence that it just so happened to appear during the time of Jesus’ birth. As most writers do, I began to play the “What If” game, wondering if the star had actually been an angel, lighting the way to Jesus for all who seek him. At the time, I didn’t have children of my own, so I sat down to write the story for my nephews and niece. Since the story was for children, I decided to make Crystal a little angel, a child like the readers. Soon, the ideas began to flow and the story was born. I wrote the original first draft in one night. Years later, I rewrote it into the version that that it has become today. One thing led to another and years later, Crystal the Christmas Angel was born.

What is your writing process?
Personally, I watch television or my children play video games on it while I write. I grew up in a house with a semi-large family and there was always a lot of noise in the house. As an adult, I find that I concentrate better with some noise. If it’s too quiet, I turn on the TV for background noise. That said, I usually try and write at least one chapter per week. However in the summer, I write one chapter a day, especially during Camp NaNoWriMo in July. But if there is a day when I can’t write, I don’t beat myself up about it and move on. Tomorrow is another day. I write full-length novels much quicker this way.

Tell us about your main character:
Crystal is a little angel in Heaven. She notices the buzz around her and learns that a huge celebration is about to take place. Crystal becomes determined to help, but botches every attempt. Soon, everyone tells her to go play, and that she’s just too little to help. But God has other plans and trusts her with the biggest job of all—bringing God’s own son to the world.

Oftentimes, children are told that they are just too little and to “go out and play”. However, children have the power within themselves to change the world, but they must first believe in themselves. For it is my belief that people can do great things, no matter their age.

It is my hope that this book inspires confidence in children, will help them to believe that they can do anything if they set their mind to it, and to trust that God has a plan for them.

If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role and why.
Probably a blonde Makenzie Foy. She is a lovely young girl and a great actor. She has a bright future ahead of her.

What are you working on next?
I have several projects in the works. One is Half Dozen Roses, a middle grades children’s book about a twelve-year-old, turn of the century girl who is suddenly thrust into the role of caregiver for her five younger siblings. This will educate children about child labor laws as well as the famous Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Half Dozen Roses is loosely based on the experiences of my maternal grandmother, who was born in 1900. She quit school at a young age and went to work in a factory to help her father support and raise her younger siblings after her mother’s death. This book will show what life was like for children at the turn of the century before it was mandatory for children to attend school. I’m also working on sequels to my series books, including Star Unchained (C.I.A Vampire Series, Book 2), Thou Shalt Not Kill Love (Thou Shalt Not Kill Series, Book 2), and The Journey Home (Cambria Series, Book 3). I am also working on a story about a faerie named Raine, based in my Cambria world, titled Raine and the Locks of Samson. Also, I have another children’s picture book in the works titled Five Loaves, Two Fish, One Boy, and Jesus, the back story of the boy in the biblical story.

What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their book?
Never give up. For every rejection notice you receive, remember that everyone who is anyone was told they couldn’t do it. Keep in mind that it only takes one publisher or agent to say yes. Also, learn as much as you can about your craft and how to market your book, as well. But every time that someone tells you that you can’t do something, remember that you are in good company, for John Grisham was rejected by 14 literary agents before number 15 said yes. His manuscript? A Time to Kill. Also, Stephanie Meyer once received a nasty rejection letter from a publisher regarding her first book Twilight. Look where she is today. You’re in good company.

What is your favorite book on your shelf right now?
Um … I have many but A Knight I Shining Armor, by: Jude Deveraux. It is the book that launched the romance time-travel genre and the book to which all time-travel romance books should be compared.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
LOL! I have the gift of gab—or so my husband says. But seriously, I also have a knack for seeing people for who they are, for seeing the good in people, and for connecting with them. I don’t know how and I can’t explain it, but I usually can read a person when I first meet them and can tell what kind of person they are and their motives right away. It has helped me considerably as a teacher as well as a writer.

You are given the choice of one super power. What super power would you have and why?
The superpower that makes people happy and the world a better place—to create a world free from abuse, hunger, and war.

List 5 things on your bucket list:

  1. To see the Grand Canyon

  2. To live long enough to see my children raised and grown

  3. To become a world famous, bestselling author (hopefully, overnight! He, he, he)

  4. To make the world a better place.

  5. To instill confidence in and encourage children to succeed

Where can readers find you on the web?

I can currently be found on the following venues:

Any final thoughts?

Thank you so much for having me here today! I Hope you enjoy my book Crystal the Christmas Angel and look forward to your thoughts in regard to it. Special thanks to Deanna McRae, the illustrator who created the wonderful pics for this book! I look forward to chatting again!

Book Tour – Mirror World

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About the Book:

Title: Mirror World
Author: John Calicchia
Publisher: Psychangel Books
Pages: 404
Genre: YA Fantasy

What would you do if you saw the future apocalypse of the world in a mirror? Would you try to save the world and those you love, or die trying?

Welcome to my life, this is the vision of the future I’ve been cursed to see.    – Cailyssa Larkin

When Cailyssa Larkin looks in a mirror she has an ominous feeling that someone is watching her. Stranger still, she has visions that foretell the future. While visiting her Uncle Spencer, Cailyssa gazes into a mirror and sees a dark future that only she can change. With the future of her own world hanging in the balance, Cailyssa bravely enters the portal to the Mirror World. Here, the Dark Lord controls all the mirrors and bends reflections so all creatures see evil within themselves. With her sister Terry, her mysterious best friend Daemon, and a host of weird and wonderful creatures, Cailyssa embarks on an epic quest to overcome the evil forces trying to destroy her world. She can only defeat the Dark Lord by finding her true self and discovering the family secret that has led her to Mirror World.

This book, written by a psychology professor, integrates famous psychological studies in the story. Readers will enjoy learning important life lessons through the psychological concepts illustrated in the book.

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For More Information

  • Mirror World is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Book Excerpt:

“You’re not getting away so easily.” I ran after him, grabbing his shoulder and spinning him around. “You’re the most confusing man I’ve ever met. One moment you’re cold as stone—pretending that I don’t exist—and the next moment you’re on one knee, and it looks like you’re ready to propose to me. Listen, I don’t need a boyfriend, but I do need some answers!”

“I will only do so if you require it of me,” Daemon said as he turned back into the cold soldier boy. “But please don’t require me to explain, I beg of you. It is still too painful for me.”

“No deal, big boy. If you’re tough enough to pull an arrow out of your chest and heal yourself from a sword fight, I think you are strong enough to talk to your best friend and explain things. So talk. I require it…and no more kissing my hand!” I said with great determination.

To my surprise, Daemon slowly unbuttoned his shirt and took it off. My jaw dropped to the ground, not because I was looking at his perfectly chiseled chest of course, but because I just never knew what to expect from this man. He slowly turned around and showed me two long scars on his back that looked like a letter V. He slowly turned back to face me. “Cailyssa, didn’t you ever think that it’s a bit odd that we have the same birthday?” Daemon said this as if he expected an answer.

“No, I just figured it was a coincidence, and it was always kind of cool to celebrate my birthday with my best friend. What’s the big deal, anyway?” I said as I awaited more information.

“Although it is a vague memory in my mind, my life before I was born into your world was filled with great sadness. I did something horrible, something that is unforgivable,” Daemon said.

“What do you mean your life before you were born—like when you were in your mother’s belly or something?” I was perplexed.

“I don’t have a mother, Cailyssa, only humans do,” Daemon said earnestly.

My specular skills started to tingle, and I started to see some images in my mind. They were beautiful but very frightening to me. I blurted, “What do you mean? You’re not human? Are you some kind of alien or something?” I tried to say this as I laughed confidently, but I was scared of what I would find out.

I focused on the inside of my mind and tried to organize the various images that floated by. I captured one of Daemon as he was before he was born into my world. My jaw hung open, and I tried to form the words but I had great difficulty doing so.

“You’re an, an, an…angel?” I asked in disbelief.

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About the AuthorJohn Calicchia

I’m John Calicchia and I write stories of fantasy, action and adventure. In the fall of 2015 my book Mirror World was released! It’s a story of two powerful young sisters and their epic battle against evil. But, this book has something in it most do not: hidden secrets. It’s a teen and young adult fiction book with a self-help book hidden inside. You see… after publishing in psychology books and journals for decades I felt my writing was not helping the young people I love to work with. So, I took famous psychology studies and put it in the characters and plot in Mirror World. As you become part of the story you can learn about psychology or you can just enjoy the story! You can also get a free copy of the users guide to help you understand the psychology behind the book by joining my website www.johncalicchia.com

John Calicchia Ph.D. is a professor of psychology who also works with children and young adults as a licensed psychologist. He lives near Boston with his lovely wife and two amazing daughters. You can usually find him in the pool swimming with his two big dogs.

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Author Interview

John, thanks for being my guest today. Tell us about you
I’m John Calicchia and I write stories of fantasy, action and adventure. In the fall of 2015 my book Mirror World was released! I am also a professor of psychology who works with children and young adults as a licensed psychologist. I live near Boston with my lovely wife and two amazing daughters. You can usually find me in the pool swimming with my two big dogs. I also love food, sports and have been reading young adult, fantasy, and science fiction books for 40 years!

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family first and my work.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
As a writer it would be J.R.R. Tolkien. He is a fascinating and very spiritual person.

He was born in South Africa in the late 1800s and moved to England after his father died. He had a hard life and experienced poverty and the horrors of World War I before becoming a famous professor at Oxford University. Today, we take for granted that science fiction and fantasy books always existed. But before Tolkien wrote The Hobbit  an the Lord of the Rings they did not. I would love to ask him how he came up with his ideas!  Young adult, science fiction, fantasy books and movies are amongst the most popular genre today, much of it we owe to Prof. Tolkien’s imagination and vision!

What’s the story behind your latest book?
It’s a story of two powerful young sisters and their epic battle against evil. But, this book has something in it most do not: hidden secrets. It’s a teen and young adult fiction book with a self-help book hidden inside. You see… after publishing in psychology books and journals for decades I felt my writing was not helping the young people I love to work with. So, I took famous psychology studies and put it in the characters and plot in Mirror World. As you become part of the story you can learn about psychology or you can just enjoy the story!

Tell us your writing process.
I’m writing a story in my head endlessly then when I am in the flow I dictate 1-3 chapters in a morning.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I wrote my first story in sixth grade, and the class loved it and laughed so hard, I was asked to be the first one to read my stories for the rest of the year – motivation for an aspiring writer?

Tell us about your main character:
Cailyssa Larkin is a 17-year-old strong female heroine, but she has always had problems fitting in. She possesses extraordinary martial arts fighting abilities and the ability to influence people. Despite her amazing abilities to understand others and see the future, she cannot understand herself. Her family secret is obvious to everyone but herself. She is also cursed to fall in love with a young man, sworn to always protect her, that she will never be with.

When she looks in a mirror she has an ominous feeling that someone is watching her – someone is. Stranger still, she has visions that foretell the future. One day she gazes into a mirror and sees the end of the world that only she can change. Cailyssa bravely enters the portal to the Mirror World. Here, the Dark Lord controls all the mirrors and bends reflections so all creatures see evil within themselves. With her sister Terry, her mysterious best friend Daemon, and a host of weird and wonderful creatures, Cailyssa embarks on an epic quest to overcome the evil forces trying to destroy her world. She can only defeat the Dark Lord by finding her true self and discovering the family secret that has led her to Mirror World.

What are you working on next?
ANGELUS, That is book II  in the Mirror World Series!  The war that Cailyssa became involved in, in Mirror World,  follows her back home.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I am too modest to answer this question.  I guess I’m an okay cook and  musician, but what I most hope is that I’ve done a good job as father, husband, Professor and psychologist. I also really hope that you’ll give my book a read, and see if I have any unique talents as an author.

Who are your favorite authors?
I would need many pages to list them all. Classic writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien and Ursula K. Le Guin are great reads. My favorite modern day writer is Brandon Sanderson,  I think he’ll be historically remembered as one of the greats!  I also love many YA  writers such as Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Kristen Cashore and Stephanie Meyer!

What do you like to do with your free time?
My absolutely favorite thing to do is spend time with my family, friends and dogs. You also might catch me at the gym, polishing my car or at a football game.

Tell us about your plans for upcoming books.
The Users Guide for Mirror World is almost finished.  It has the secrets to where the psychology  studies are hidden in the book,  you can get more information at my website below or my blog.

There will be two more books in the Mirror world series. The next book Angelus starts literally in Hell with a dark angel being tortured for failing to destroy Cailyssa Larkin. Cailyssa has returned from Mirror World and is trying to finish her senior year in high school, when she discovers the war of the Angels she became involved in has followed her home. The Angels in this book are not what you think of in pictures or the Bible.  Angels have been living among us and walking the earth for thousands of years – you probably even know a couple – hopefully they’re not the evil ones.

Here’s a biblical quote that starts off the book:
His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And Lucifer stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it.

After the mirror World Series I have plans for a psychological thriller PSYOPS which is a dystopian world in which the government and the military control dreams through neuroscience and psychology.

I better get writing!!!!!

Where can people find you on the web?
Follow me and you can also get a free copy of the users guide to help you understand the psychology behind the book by joining my website http://www.johncalicchia.com, twitter @jacalicchia, and you tube: https://youtu.be/8ezO9nWm9UY

Any final thoughts?
I hope my book is a somewhat unique stamp. First of all I hope it’s a fun and exciting story that entertains you. But I know as a  professor that the psychology studies hidden in the plot are very helpful for people’s lives. So I really hope it’s a wonderful tale, that has a free self-help book hidden in the narrative. Please get a copy of the users guide at my website after you read it and you’ll know what I’m talking about. In the meantime, read the book and keep guessing about the psychology behind it!

Blog Tour ~ Recognitions by Daniela I. Norris

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About the Book:

Title: Recognitions
Author: Daniela I. Norris
Publisher: Roundfire Books
Pages: 200
Genre: Inspirational/Women’s Fiction

Amelia Rothman, a foreign-rights editor from New York, has a turbulent personal life. She juggles a divorce and two teenage kids, and decides to seek hypnotherapy to help her deal with insomnia and anxieties. But when during the session an unexpected event emerges, she tries to understand how it is relevant to her current life and why it suddenly triggers a series of synchronicities that take her on an unexpected personal journey to the depth of her subconscious.

At once a spiritual and psychological novel, Recognitions explores the concepts of past lives, recognition of people and their roles in our present lives and life lessons. 

Praise for Recognitions:

Think Cloud Atlas, a classic story of rebirth, many lives, and reincarnation on a level that involves protagonists in other lives – but take it a step further in Recognitions, the first novel in a trilogy, which presents a woman under hypnosis who sometimes encounters a French girl on the cusp of marriage and sometimes an African shaman facing a village’s struggles with illness and slavery.

Then take these diverse lives and weave them together in the story of a modern-day woman, Amelia (who must deal with these other lives and her own daily challenges, and who faces her own struggle to understand the connections and messages that lie in her dreams and hypnotic state), and you have an emotionally charged saga filled with three threads that lead back to one tapestry of wonder.

Under a different hand, this saga of birth, death, and afterlife could have easily proved confusing: it’s no simple matter to create three disparate, very different lives, and weave them together with purpose and discovery; no easy venture to bring all these pieces to life and then meld them into one… a story that is quietly compelling: a moving saga highly recommended for any reader interested in predetermination, past lives, and how three disparate worlds weave together.

— Midwest Book Reviews

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Book Excerpt:

I was still considering cancelling it all as I entered through the building’s gate and stepped towards the door. I took a couple of deep breaths and looked around for clues, to help me decide whether I should go ahead with this craziness or not. I could hear my own heartbeat, which I thought was a bit weird, as I’d never noticed it before. Not like this, thumping in my ears like a distant drumbeat.

There was no name on the door – just a sticker of a dragonfly, and her initials. It looked as if it were the door to a student’s apartment, or to the practice of some dodgy manicurist, certainly not a door to another state of consciousness. When Lauren, my editorial assistant, first suggested hypnotherapy, I laughed. Lauren is the spiritual type, taking three yoga classes a week and constantly talking about meditation, energies and karma.

It isn’t that I don’t believe in these things. In fact, I don’t really know what I believe in, I just know that between my teenage kids and my day job and my attempts at finishing my never-ending novel, I hardly have time to explore all sorts of strange mind-body-spirit connections or whatever they call them these days. But since Don left I pretty much lost it, in more than one way.

I couldn’t focus on the books piling up on my desk, silently filling me with guilt for letting them sit there for so long. I was supposed to be spending my days securing foreign rights for American books, mostly working with French-language publishers. But I couldn’t do my job properly. I suffered from sudden anxieties during the day, and at night I couldn’t sleep. It’s not that he broke my heart or anything, it’s more like he somehow managed to crack the fragile confidence in humanity 1 that I’ve managed to maintain over the twenty years of living in New York City.

But I couldn’t spend the entire day in front of that door with the stupid dragonfly sticker, so I decided to knock. If she turned out to be some kind of witch with missing front teeth and hair coming out of her ears, I could always make a run for it. A woman in her late thirties opened the door, and all her teeth were intact. In fact, she had a pleasant smile. “Come in,” she said as she shook my hand, and then signaled towards a coat hanger by the door. As I took my coat off I felt a knot of anxiety in my throat, but I just swallowed it.

There was no way back now. Taking my coat off made me feel vulnerable, as if a dice had been thrown; a decision had been made, one I couldn’t go back on anymore. I wasn’t used to feeling vulnerable; it was a recent state-of-being that I still didn’t wear well. “So why are you here?” she asked. I was seated in front of her in a black leather armchair, and noticed that both my hands were clenched into tight fists. I had to choose my words carefully because I didn’t want to let the wrong ones out. Even though I didn’t know her, even though she was supposed to be able to help me with my fears and my worries and my questions, still – I wanted to make a good impression.

I came because I can’t sleep well,” I said. “And I’ve kind of lost interest in things. I’ve been working on an historical novel for three years now, and it’s not progressing. I also have some…I suppose they’re called anxieties. About the future. Also about the past.”

I stopped there. I didn’t want to sound too neurotic. “Have you gone through any major life changes recently?” she asked, noting down my words. She stopped writing and looked at me with gentle eyes. I then noticed that she was perhaps somewhat older than I initially thought; at least her eyes seemed old.

So then I had to spill it all out. I told her how Don decided one day he’d had enough and how I was initially relieved he left because by then I’d had enough too. We’d been at each other’s throats for years and now that the kids were a little older there was no need to pretend any longer. But when he almost immediately moved in with some woman called Claudette, that’s when the anxieties started. What if I had made the wrong choice? Was it too late to change it now? Besides, what kind of name is that, anyway, Claudette? Sounded like some granny from a bad fifties movie.

But Claudette was no granny. I saw her when they came to pick up the kids together one Saturday morning about two months ago, shamelessly sitting in the passenger seat of our car, or what used to be our car, not even bothering to come out and introduce herself. She wore a little black halter-top despite the fact it was a cold day, exposing skinny shoulders and a big red pendant of some kind draped around her neck like a hangman’s noose.

Maybe it was just wishful thinking on my part, but I was more than pleased when Tom and Jen came back and said they didn’t like her at all. “She’s trying to be funny,” said Jen. “But she isn’t.”

Yeah, she tried to bribe us with ice cream as if we were little kids,” said Tom. He was now a tall, slim teenager, his voice breaking as he spoke. But none of that mattered now, for I was lying on the therapist’s couch as she started counting backwards in a slow, monotone voice, instructing me to relax, breathe deeply, let go of all my worries and put them in a small imaginary box which – she assured me – I’d be able to pick up mentally when we finished the session. It felt nice knowing that I could put away all my worries for a little while, but then get them back if I wanted to.

I was quite attached to my worries and anxieties by then, they even felt comfortable and familiar. I could not help but wonder if I was truly and honestly ready to get rid of them.

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About the Author

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Daniela I. Norris is a former diplomat, turned political writer, and with age and wisdom – inspirational author and speaker. Her award-winning stories, articles and essays have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies.
Published books include –
– Crossing Qalandiya – Exchanges Across the Israeli Palestinian Divide (Reprtage Press, 2010)
– On Dragonfly Wings – a skeptic’s journey to mediumship (Axis Mundi Books, 2014)
– Collecting Feathers: tales from The Other Side (Soul Rocks Books, 2014)

Recognitions, part of a trilogy, is her first novel.

Daniela lives with her family near Geneva, Switzerland, and is co-director of the Geneva Writers’ Conference and part of the International Grief Council panel (www.internationalgriefcouncil.org).

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Interview

Daniela. Thanks for being my guest today. Tell us about you.
I would define myself as someone who is always on some kind of quest. When I grew up, in a small town in Israel and then in Toronto, Canada, I didn’t know many people who had the same interests as I did – in travel – real or imaginary. I started my travels by reading books, and they took me to wonderful and exotic places. Then, after a three-year-stint as an officer in the military, I started traveling the world. I realized you don’t actually need a lot of money to travel – there are many ways to get around if you are willing to be a bit adventurous and to learn about new cultures.

As a student, I managed to get a job as a flight-attendant for an international airline, despite the fact I was afraid of flying. This allowed me to travel, as well as to pay my student loans and expenses. Then, I got a different job – for the Foreign Service – and worked in Jerusalem, Nairobi, Luanda, Lima, Paris and Geneva. I kind of got ‘stuck’ in the last place due to having had 3 boys in eight years, but I just know that as soon as we can, we will be on the move again. Of course, it is much easier to travel without children, as delightful and inspiring as they all are. But I do want my boys to learn about the joy of exploring different cultures and new places, I think we grow a lot through travel.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
I’d love to ‘hang out’ with the Dalai Lama for a day, but it isn’t due to his ‘famousness’. I would love to experience close-up how someone like him sees life, I am sure that one day with the Dalai Lama would be an unforgettable experience.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
It’s actually quite an interesting story – as it is based on some real past-life-regressions I’ve experienced myself. I took these regressions and fictionalized them, and they intertwined as if there were always meant to be told together. I added a lot of research as the experience of a past-life-regression is not always very detailed, but it was a really fun project to work on and I now enjoy researching and working on the next novel in this trilogy.

What is your writing process?
I agree that inspiration does exist, but if it doesn’t find you writing, it might go and knock on someone else’s door. Generally, I am of the opinion that a written page can be edited, a blank page can’t so I do try to write every day, if not three hours than at least one.

Because I have young kids, I can write almost anywhere: in the car, at a noisy café, in my bedroom with the door closed. I do have a small study but I hardly ever work there these days, somehow it is easier for me to have the flexibility of location and time. In short: I write wherever and whenever I can!

Tell us about your main character:
Amelia Rothman is an editor in New York, a city I absolutely love although I am not really a city-person. In parallel, there is Adele’s story. She is a young woman in 18th century France. She lives by the foothills of the Jura, not far from Geneva, which is the area where I live today. And, there is a 16th century African shaman, trying to save his people from a fate of slavery when the Portuguese come looking for able-bodied young men to take with them.

These are all main characters, it is difficult to speak about just one – but they are all connected. How? You’ll have to read Recognitions to find out.

If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role and why.
Matt Damon for the male role, Angelina Jolie for the female role. Because I think they’re both not only great actors, but also great people.

What are you working on next?
Recognitions is the first novel in a trilogy and I am now working on the second book in this same series titled Premonitions.

What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their book?
I think that talks about topics related to your book are a great way to let people know what you are passionate about. This can be at bookstores, libraries or other venues. Exchanging with people who come because they are interested in similar topics to you is the best way to get the word out about what you are doing.

What is your favorite book on your shelf right now?
I loved David Michell’s The Bone Clocks if we’re talking fiction, and Memories of Heaven by Wayne Dyer and Dee Garnes if it’s non-fiction we’re looking at.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I bake fantastic chocolate cakes and am really good at eating them.

You are given the choice of one super power. What super power would you have and why?
I’d like to be able to turn fear into love – with one swing of my magic wand!

List 5 things on your bucket list:

  1. I’d love to travel to more places I’ve never been to
  2. Stay in touch with my good friends all over the world
  3. Do yoga every day, at least once
  4. Have a great cup of coffee every morning
  5. And go to sleep with love in my heart every night

 

Any final thoughts?

I am hoping that Recognitions will appeal to the general readers, people who like reading novels with a bit of mystery, a bit of history, a bit of emotion – and are not afraid to explore spiritual themes too. Thank you for having me!

Blog Tour ~ The Average Girl

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About the Book:

Title: The Average Girl
Author: Angelina Goode
Publisher: Beach Blanket Publishing
Pages: 228
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Being average can lead to wonderful things…

Olivia Fowler, helper of the star-struck, runs a successful business helping average people meet celebrities in everyday ways. Flawless at what she does, the celebrities don’t have a clue they’re part of a pre-planned meeting. Business is booming and Olivia knows everything there is to know about Hollywood’s famous and their behavior. Her clients trust her because she is just like them, not famous.

But when Olivia accidentally meets the super-famous Alexander Young at the grocery store, her world is flipped upside-down. She can’t possibly resist those charming eyes and sexy arms. As their romance blossoms, Olivia learns she may not know as much as she thought she did about celebrities and their ways.

Then Olivia’s most important and loyal client requests to meet Alexander. Suddenly, Olivia is forced to choose between her love and her business.

Will Olivia be able to keep her booming business a secret from her soon-to-be boyfriend? Will her clients still trust her if she is no longer the average girl?

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I sit quietly at the Starbucks on the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevard, pretending to work on my laptop. Two tables away from me and next to the condiment counter sits my client, Sarah, drinking coffee and pretending to read a book. This is our second day at this Starbucks and we have already been here for forty minutes. I am beginning to wonder if we should re-evaluate our plan.

Suddenly a wave of hushed excitement spreads through the store. Everyone’s eyes are glued to the swinging front doors as Ryan Scott strides through with his shoulders back and chin up. Everyone’s eyes, that is, but Sarah’s. She looks at me without turning her head, and I give her the tiniest of nods before spinning back around to stare. She responds to my nod by feigning interest in her Jane Austen novel.

Great Sarah! Keep calm. I know you want to burst inside, but play it cool.

Ryan’s eyes quickly scan the room. Before they return to the menu board, they briefly linger on Sarah, the only person who appears not to notice him. He orders his grande latte with a double shot of espresso and leans smugly against the counter with his arms folded across his chest. He appears to be staring into space, yet every few moments his eyes fall back to Sarah, who has still not looked up from her book.

The barista calls his name, and he pauses to make sure everyone hears it before he reaches for the drink. When he turns around, Sarah is beginning to pack her things, leaving the Austen novel on the table. He heads toward the condiment counter for his regular three sugars. Just as we had rehearsed, Sarah stands up, still focused on packing up, and he tries to pass her. He stops for a moment, Sarah blocking his way.

Thank goodness these celebrities are creatures of habit. It makes my job so much easier.

“Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t see you there.” She breathes calmly as she speaks to him. She slings her navy-blue Coach bag over her shoulder and smiles, her head leaning to the side, her eyes soft.

“That’s all right,” Ryan responds. He stands waiting for her to move but blocks her exit. He half smiles at her.

 “Okay then.” Sarah glances toward the door behind him, still smiling.

“Oh, now I’m in your way,” he declares as he steps aside and watches Sarah move toward the door. “Wait, hey, your book!”

I exhale. The one contingency worked as planned. Should be easy from here on out, as long as she sticks to the script.

She stops and turns back, hiding her smile. Ryan stands there, holding her book in his hands. “Jane Austen, huh.” He smirks. “I’m shooting a movie based on one of her books next month.”

“Oh, you’re an actor. What book?” she asks, pretending not to know.

Pride and Prejudice.” He seems intrigued by Sarah’s indifference. “Well, here you go—” He ends his sentence by fishing for her name.

“Sarah,” she finishes for him.

“Sarah,” he repeats, revealing a slow, sexy smile, “maybe we can have a cup of coffee next time.” He holds out the book but is not loosening his grip.

“Yes, maybe.” She takes the book from him, and he lets her. “Thanks.” Then she is out the door. Ryan turns and grabs his three sugars, looking around the room again to make sure everyone is still watching. Before he finishes stirring them in, I am out on the street and dialing Sarah’s cell number.

“Wow! That was unbelievable! I can’t believe it worked!” she cries.

“You were awesome! Did you see the way he looked at you?” I ask.

“Yes! I did!” She pauses. “Thank you so much, Olivia. You really made my dream come true. I mean, I never could have done this without you. I’m going to recommend you to all my friends,” she rattles on.

Thrilled that all went as planned, I head back down Santa Monica Boulevard toward my office.

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About the Author

Angelina Goode began writing as a teenager. Though her first works were poems about love-struck teenagers, she grew her craft while earning her degree in Journalism and Creative Writing. A former grade school teacher that loved teaching children to write, she enjoys finding creative ways to present everyday events. Now she primarily writes light-hearted contemporary women’s fiction. She lives in Los Angeles where she enjoys the occasional celebrity sighting and year-round sun.

Angelina started gaining first-hand fan and celebrity experience as a devoted follower of her generation’s boy band. Her experience shifted in college when she interned in the promotions department for a Los Angeles based radio station and for the public relations department of a network television station. There she was able to learn about the ins and outs of promoting celebrities and all the backstage activities that are rarely seen by the public eye. She was also able to observe fans’ behavior from an objective perspective, seeing what it looks like to an outside observer.

Now she combines her experience as a loyal fan attending numerous concerts and meet and greets every year, her brief but educational stint in the entertainment industry, and a highly active imagination to create fiction for celebrity lovers of all ages.

Her latest book is the romantic comedy, The Average Girl.

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Angelina. Thanks for being here today. Tell us about you. 
My name is Angelina Goode, and aside from being a writer, I’m primarily a mom. Most of my days are spent like most moms’ are… taking my kids places and just watching them grow up, savoring every moment. While I’ve always known I wanted to be a writer, I also wanted to be a race car driver. I spent many Saturday nights as a young adult at the race track, being a spotter for my dad who raced locally as a hobby. My dream was to be the driver myself one day. But as I got older, the dare-devil in me calmed down and the solicitous part of me took over. Now, I live dangerously by taking tap dance classes and dreaming up plots for future books. I love daydreaming about new stories and am often inspired by smells or witnessing small everyday acts, that my imagination takes and runs wild with.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
It would be incredible to spend the day with Pope Francis. He has found a way to appeal to people of all walks of life and religions. To be able to see what his typical day looks like and have the opportunity to learn from him how to be so open-minded and loving would be life-changing.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
When I was a teenager, my friends and I were huge fans of our generation’s boy band. We would go to their hotel and wait outside in the hopes that we would catch a quick glimpse of them or maybe even get to meet them. We would fantasize about what it would be like to actually know them and hang out with them. But we also knew that being one out of a thousand girls standing outside of a hotel didn’t give us very good odds. As an adult, I’ve had the opportunity to see the same boy band perform. Seeing it from a calmer, more mature perspective got me thinking. What if I combined the passion of a teenager with the maturity of an adult? That’s when Olivia, the main character of The Average Girl, was born. Having grown up in the Los Angeles area, I have come across quite a few celebrities doing everyday things in my lifetime. So I thought, wouldn’t it be neat if there was someone that could figure out where these celebrities shop and hang out, and help their fans casually bump into them, without all the hysteria that often comes with being a fan? That’s when the idea of Olivia’s business was born. As the story evolved in my mind, I realized that someone who helps people meet their favorite celebrities would only be thrown, and completely taken by one kind of guy… a celebrity. That’s where Alexander, the love interest, was born.

What is your writing process? 
I like to stay up into the wee hours of the morning, lying in bed, thinking about what I’m going to write. I think about the characters and put them in different situations, seeing how they play out. The next day, I normally hide in the office with a cup of green tea, in silence, and write until I get it all out.

Tell us about your main character: 
Olivia is a smart, independent, and passionate woman in her mid twenties. She remembers what it was like to be crazy about a celebrity, but is mature enough to keep it contained, for the most part. She is confident and impeccable at her business of arranging opportunities for fans to subtly meet their idols. She can read other people flawlessly, except when it comes to her love life. She is rather clueless in figuring out her own feelings and how people feel about her.

If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role and why.
I would love to have Emma Stone play the role of Olivia! She’s such an amazing actress and she would play Olivia’s kind confidence perfectly.

What are you working on next?
I’m working on a romantic comedy about a conservative single mom that is secretly hired to play a Hollywood bad-boy’s new girlfriend in an attempt to improve his reputation. The story is still evolving as I write it. I’m having fun creating a character that is basically the polar-opposite of Alexander in The Average Girl.

What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their book?
Tell everyone about it. Take every opportunity you can to talk about it with people that are interested. Invite your friends to read your book, and ask them to tell their friends about it. I also think that the more you get your writing out there, regardless of the opportunity, the more people will discover you. Don’t be afraid. Go for it.

What is your favorite book on your shelf right now?
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. It is so well crafted and such a beautiful story. I remember the first time I read it, I kept going back and forth trying to make sense of the time differences. It is such a brilliant concept and executed perfectly. I could read it a hundred times and never tire of it.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I’m pretty good at baking. I like to experiment with ingredients and come up with new flavors and variations. My favorite things to bake at the moment are croissants. When you know all the hard work that went into making them, and how much time they took, that just makes the finished product taste even better.

You are given the choice of one super power. What super power would you have and why?
I would love to be able to become invisible. Just being able to sit in one place without people knowing you are there would not only be entertaining, but informative. You could do just about anything! You could watch a movie being filmed, athletes training, national leaders going about their daily business, someone powerful negotiating a deal, or follow royalty from some country around for a day. Not only would it be educational, but think of all the great ideas for new stories you could come up with.

List 5 things on your bucket list:

In no particular order:

  1. Go to cooking school in Italy for a week
  2. Learn to speak Italian
  3. Visit all seven continents
  4. Spend a month in the countryside writing
  5. Have a book on the NY Times Bestseller list

Where can readers find you on the web?

https://www.angelinagoode.com

Any final thoughts?

Thanks for interviewing me and I hope you enjoy reading The Average Girl.

Book Tour – EVERYTHING TO LOSE

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About the Book:

Title: Everything To Lose
Author: JP Ratto
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Pages: 250
Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Private investigator Lucas Holt is on a mission…

Lucas Holt specializes in kidnap recovery. Ex-Delta Force and a former NYPD detective, he has spent the last fifteen years burying himself in case files to cope with the unsolved abduction of his daughter, Marnie.

Janet Maxwell just can’t let go…

After the death of Janet’s husband and son in a tragic car accident, she hopes Holt’s expertise can locate the daughter she gave up for adoption seventeen years ago. Janet knows her actions will have explosive repercussions for the girl’s father—presidential candidate, Todd Grayson. With no family, hope of finding her only daughter is all she has left. Or is there a more sinister motive?

There’s no greater incentive for a father than protecting his daughter…

On a mission to bury the constant reminder of his failure to recover Marnie, Holt agrees to Janet’s proposal. But at what cost? When his inquiries lead to news of the death of another woman, Holt can’t shake the feeling something is off about the whole case. And when new evidence surfaces about Marnie’s disappearance, his drive to recover Janet’s daughter and his own become one and the same.

Crooked candidates, hired mercenaries, bitter lovers, and his own life on the line—will Holt find it inside him to risk it all in the line of duty? There’s no telling how far you’re willing to go when you have everything to lose.

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Book Excerpt:

The woman in the sunburst yellow dress settled behind a small boy who stood between his parents in the front row. In her carefully chosen spot, she would have no problem seeing the senator. More important, he would be able to see her.

Following the presidential candidate’s schedule occupied most of her time. She knew him, and his routines. He was a clever politician, a clever man. At one time, she admired that about him. In spite of his womanizing history, she’d held him in high esteem. She hadn’t cared about the rumors of his less-than-ethical political acumen. He was bright and confident. Like her, he knew what he wanted and achieved it. The one thing he lacked was loyalty. That was his one unforgivable flaw.

A momentary stab of rejection cut through her as crushing memories of betrayal clamored to the forefront of her mind. Another staunch memory held them at bay, protecting her as always from thoughts that could leave her filled with rage or shattered from distress. I did what I had to. He gave me no choice.

About the Authors

JP Ratto

JP Ratto is a husband and wife collaborative writing team. EVERYTHING TO LOSE is the first of a three-book series featuring private investigator Lucas Holt.

Judy began writing full time six years ago. She attended Hofstra University’s Writing Intensive in the summer of 2010, and participated in a Hofstra-sponsored writing and critique group from 2009 to 2012. She has written an upper middle-grade fantasy adventure and a children’s mystery chapter book. Judy also does free-lance editing.

Pete Ratto, a former member of the U.S. Navy serving half his enlistment with the U.S. Marine Corp, is a retired corporate accountant and is now writing full time.
Both are avid readers of mysteries, thrillers and suspense. Active in a critique group made up of local authors, they enjoy discussions on all aspects of the craft of writing. Pete enjoys photography, writing and going to the beach. In her spare time, Judy paints watercolors and to her husband’s delight, cooks an occasional dinner. They have a son and a daughter, both grown and living in New York. Pete and Judy live in southern Florida with their cat, Gillian.

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Book Tour – The Last Dinner Party

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Title: The Last Dinner Party
Author: Carly M. Duncan
Publisher: Createspace
Pages: 390
Genre: Mystery

When Jeanie D’Alisa is found murdered in her bedroom after hosting a dinner party in her home, detectives Anna Cole and Kristy Hicks are called to investigate the crime. Known within her community for her generous, yet unpredictable nature, Jeanie’s secrets unfold as family, friends and neighbors become suspects. Anna and Kristy discover stamped passport pages revealing travels unknown and a curious relationship between Jeanie and the charming salesman who frequents the apartment building. Meryl, Jeanie’s devoted and needy friend, further complicates the investigation when she phones Jeanie’s sister who is studying abroad and lies to her about the cause of death. Through a muddied pool of misdirection and betrayal, will Anna and Kristy be able to assemble the clues in order to bring Jeanie’s killer to justice? The path to solving the mystery becomes tangled with faces of loved ones who are revealed to be foes in this story about the lengths people will go to in order to save themselves.

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She opened her eyes only once she heard the apartment’s front door close. She couldn’t even bring herself to turn over in the bed despite her discomfort, for she didn’t want a single mattress coil’s shift to alert him to the fact that she was awake. She waited a moment, lying in her bed, pausing in case he had forgotten anything, but the sound of footsteps faded into the distance.

Meryl Brunetti had been awake for twenty minutes, but she wasn’t prepared to begin the day. Not until he was gone. She didn’t want to see him, she didn’t want to talk, and she certainly wasn’t prepared to deal with anything they’d discussed the night before. She needed more time, and she needed to figure out how she felt.

Instead of waking up at seven o’clock to make him breakfast as usual, to start his day on a pleasant note, and see him out the door, she slept. Or, rather, she pretended to sleep. She’d been unable to sleep the night before. Her mind twirled with anger, despair, and uncertainty.

When she heard the sound of the shower signally the beginning of his day this morning, she felt drowsiness weigh on her eyelids, as though his impending exit might cause her relief. She felt her mind quiet, and forced herself to keep her eyes shut. She wouldn’t rise and she wouldn’t make a sound. She couldn’t bear to see his face. Not after last night. She’d have to pretend later that she’d accidentally slept in.

Maybe she could blame oversleeping on the alcohol. She’d need some excuse, given the average schedule she kept, which rivaled military rising hours. She might be able to blame a hangover for her tardiness depending how closely anyone was counting her cocktails last night. As a rule, she vowed always to have a drink in hand at any social gathering both as an accessory (she could never figure out a comfortable, natural place for her hands), and an ordinary pause in conversation (she often took a sip when she couldn’t think of the next thing she wanted to say.) As a result, she appeared to always have a glass in hand, but she rarely drank with the same fury as some of her louder, and more entertaining friends.

After he left their home, when she heard the click of the lock in place behind him, she emerged from the bed and walked with purpose to the coffee maker. She brewed the first pot of coffee for the day. There would be at least one and perhaps two that followed, depending on her afternoon.

The morning light that flooded into the apartment seemed excessive this particular morning. On any other morning, Meryl would relish in the beautiful daylight that overtook her home, but today she had the beginning of a headache, perhaps from lack of sleep, and she pulled the living room curtains closed.

She wanted to spend a rare day in her pajamas without responsibility, but she couldn’t afford such a day. She never could. Every day, there were endless duties to address. There was the grocery shopping, preparing for her next book club meeting, picking up or dropping off the dry cleaning, meeting with other mothers on various committees, baking for fundraisers, and sometimes making multiple trips to the high school to drop off a meal or some piece of sports equipment that her son had forgotten.

Meryl loved to be busy. The constant buzz of her life made her feel like more than the housewife she was, but she sometimes secretly dreamed of a day off from cooking dinner, and wished she didn’t have to have the answers to every question her family members posed. They trusted her to know all, and she usually did, but the exhausting task of running more lives than her own was far too much for her to think about today. She wished she could sleep away her thoughts and responsibilities.

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About the Author

Carly M. Duncan

Carly M. Duncan is a television producer and writer. Working in television, she has prolifically created visual narratives for more than a decade for networks including TLC, Discovery Health, MTV, NatGeo, Travel Channel, FYI and more.

Her writing career officially began when one of her short stories, First Place, was published when she was a high school student in California. Her first two novels, Marcie and Behind You, are mysteries that touch on family bonds and the events that can strengthen or destroy them.

Her third novel, The Last Dinner Party, introduces a pair of female detectives who will return in future stories. In addition, she is a mentor and editor to other writers as well as an avid reader. Her favorite authors include Agatha Christie and Stephen King.

Carly lives in New York with her husband and two daughters.

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Carly, Tell us about you
I’m a television producer and writer. I’ve always loved to read, to escape into stories. About five years ago I came to grips with my obsession with mysteries and began to write my own.

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My schedule inspires me to get out of bed each day! Ha! As a mother with a full time job and my writing hobby on the side, my day is carefully planned and highly strategic. I make the most of each moment and I’ve learned to fill each day with purpose.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
I would choose a woman who juggles multiple jobs and passions. Perhaps someone like Madonna or Gwen Stefani. I think Elizabeth Gilbert is very inspirational and realistic. If I could choose to hang out with someone who wasn’t alive, it’d be Agatha Christie. I would love to know how she came up with so many wonderful stories, characters and mystery scenarios.

 What’s the story behind your latest book?
The idea for The Last Dinner Party came from a round of story telling between family members. I learned of a past murder in the family many, many years ago and so many individuals had varied perceptions of what had happened, which I found very interesting. It made me start thinking about how different perspectives alter the perception of events, and I wanted to play with that.

Tell us your writing process
I really take my time to do an insane number of drafts. I start with the broad strokes and start to get more detailed in each revision. I find that once I’m clear on where I want to reach at each point of the story, I can fill in the detail with greater ease.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I never had an epiphany moment. I hardly believe I’m a full-fledged writer now. I just always loved to read, and I was always writing stories from my daily life. Finally, I realized I could channel what were essentially my writing workouts into telling a story that would mean something to me. That’s how my first novel, Marcie, came to be. Marcie is based on the story of my grandmother’s drowning and it allowed me to tune into family. Once I had one book under my belt, I felt more confident to continue telling the kind of stories I loved most – mysteries.

Tell us about your main character:
The main character in The Last Dinner Party is Jeanie D’Alisa. She’s found dead in her apartment by her neighbor and friend, and the reader learns about the woman she was through her friends’ accounts of her life leading up to her untimely death. Jeanie is controlling and selfish, but ultimately beloved in an odd way. People are naturally drawn to her because she exudes a sort of sophisticated greatness. She is flawed and complex.

What are you working on next?
The Last Dinner Party introduces a pair of detectives, Anna & Kristy, who I would like to continue onto other stories. I have a few ideas for their next cases that I’m currently outlining to explore in more detail.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I think at this point in my life my most extraordinary talent is maintaining my sanity through normal marriage, parenthood, work and side hustle challenges. Ha! Does that count?

Who are your favorite authors?
I love Agatha Christie. She hardly ever fails, and there’s so much content to absorb. Patricia Highsmith is a master of suspense. No one does it like she can. Gillian Flynn is my favorite author for all of her twistiness. Wally Lamb is an incredible storyteller on an epic level. And Paulo Coelho is my favorite author for more spiritual and inspirational tales.

What do you like to do with your free time?
I try to dedicate my free time to dance parties with my children and trying to get strong enough to practice inversion yoga.

Tell us about your plans for upcoming books.
I have a chit lit novel in progress, but it’s been in progress for years and years, so I make no promises there. I also have two ideas for future Anna & Kristy mysteries. Lastly, I’m working on an outline for another mystery based on an incident that happens at a wedding when two couples reunite after having met at another event six months earlier.

 

Any final thoughts?
I hope you enjoy The Last Dinner Party as much as I loved the journey in making it. I collect photos of the book in your hands and homes, so please sent my way! I’d love to see them.

Book Tour – Latent Image: A Xandra Carrick Thriller

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Title: Latent Image: A Xandra Carrick Thriller
Author: Joshua Graham
Publisher: Redhaven Books
Pages: 437
Genre: Thriller

For fans of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Sandra Brown, David Baldacci, Brad Thor, and Nora Roberts.

New York Times bestselling author Joshua Graham returns with a new thriller, Latent Image: A Xandra Carrick Thriller.

At the height of President Jennifer Bradley’s inaugural parade, a bomb detonates, followed by shots from a sniper’s rifle. She survives despite the numerous casualties including the Chief White House photographer. The authorities apprehend the only surviving suspect, but before they can interrogate him, he dies mysteriously while recovering in the hospital.

In an effort to hunt down those responsible and prevent future assassination attempts, Special Agent Wade Masterson of the Secret Service recruits photojournalist Xandra Carrick for a dual-role position as the President’s Photographer and clandestine assistant operative.

Xandra’s uncanny gift of second-sight through the lens of a camera thrusts her straight into the center of a deadly terrorist plot that runs far deeper than anyone in the intelligence community ever imagined.

But she may already be too late.

In a tale of vengeance, honor and sacrifice, Xandra must draw upon all she has to stop an insidious plot which threatens to bring the country to its knees with a biological weapon that will decimate the nation’s population.

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WASHINGTON, DC

January 23

2:28PM EST

IN THE CROSSHAIRS OF THE SNIPER’S SCOPE the target shifted in and out of view. The motorcade drifted down Pennsylvania Avenue, Secret Service agents flanking its side, while Vice President Phillip Marsden and his wife Gwen waved to the cheering crowd on either side of the street behind the cold 16-gauge steel tubing of the barricades.

Neither of them was the target.

The sniper swung his scope back to the west, where the glare of the sun blinded him momentarily. He grunted, blinked and reestablished his view. The cold January wind bit at his bare fingers as he felt the trigger and anticipated the diversionary strike his partner would unleash half a block away.

Tuning out the trumpet strains of marching bands, the steady drum beats, and the crowd’s applause, he initiated a silent countdown just as Jennifer Bradley, the nation’s newly re-elected president strode past the designated spot.

…four…three…two…one…

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About the Author

Joshua Graham

JOSHUA GRAHAM is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Beyond Justice, Terminus, and Darkroom, the winner of the International Book Award, Forward National Literature Award, USA Book News Best Books Award, and host of Thriller Radio. His award-winning novel DARKROOM hit 3 bestseller lists on Amazon the night of its release.

CBS NEWS described DARKROOM as a book with “action, political intrigue and well-rounded characters…a novel that thriller fans will devour.”

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY described BEYOND JUSTICE as: “A riveting legal thriller…breaking new ground with a vengeance…demonically entertaining and surprisingly inspiring.”

Suspense Magazine listed BEYOND JUSTICE in its BEST OF 2010, alongside titles by Scott Turrow, Ted Dekker, Steven James and Brad Thor.

Many of Graham’s readers blame him for sleepless nights, arriving to work late, neglected dishes and family members, and not allowing them to put the book down.

Josh grew up in Brooklyn, NY where he lived for the better part of 30 years. He holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree and went on to earn his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. During his time in Maryland, he taught as a professor at Shepherd College (WV), Western Maryland College, and Columbia Union College (MD).

Today he lives with his beautiful wife and children on the West Coast.

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Author Interview

Joshua, thanks for being my guest today. Tell us about you
First, thanks for having me on your blog and hello to everyone out there! Something about me? I think the most curious thing about me is that I’ve worn so many different hats throughout my life. Being an author is just the latest. Aside from being a husband, a father, a follower of Jesus, and a man blessed with the greatest friends on the planet, I have worked as a professional musician, college professor, IT professional, Director of Operations in a call center, and a business owner. I received my Bachelor and Masters Degree from the Juilliard School (I’m a cellist), and my Doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.

Recently, I got into fitness with my son and because he joined his school’s cross country team, I wanted to support him and train with him. I have always hated running (I’m more into weight lifting), but he’s pushed me to run with him and to date, I’ve done a couple of 5K races with him. I never see him until the finish line and he’s been waiting at least 10 minutes for me to arrive, but I consider it a huge accomplishment for me to simply make it to the end without falling flat on my face!

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
These days, it’s not so much inspiration as it is commitment. Each day, I get out of bed so I can get the kids ready for school and drive them there. After that it’s the gym, writing, taking care of administrative tasks for home or business, and then back to picking up the kids, taking them to sports or debate practice, etc. In short, I am committed to serving my family.

In a more broad scope, I believe that fulfilling my God-given purpose every day is what keeps me going. There are seasons in life where that is more exciting and rewarding than others, but like running a 5K, you have to keep going no matter if it’s uphill or downhill, no matter if you can sprint it, or walk it. You never quit. And in the end, completion is its own reward.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
Since you didn’t mention whether this person needed to be alive or not, I would say C.S. Lewis. Not only was he an amazing story teller, but the depth of his mind could only be matched by his uncanny gift for expressing the most profound ideas with the simplest words.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
What triggered the idea for the opening scene of LATENT IMAGE was watching the inaugural parade for President Barack Obama (his 2nd term). As a thriller writer, my imagination kicked in immediately. POTUS smiling and waving, Secret Service surrounding him, scanning the permiter…what a shock to the world it would be if something happened right there. That inspired the opening pages of my book.

Tell us your writing process
That’s almost like telling you about my entire digestive process—I think. Seriously, though. I used to struggle between writing organically, and by a strict outline. I have found that I can do both effectively. I start out with a macro-level outline, then fill in details. This is my initial blueprint, though I know very well that I can and will make changes as the story and character development dictates. However, it’s much better to make the changes when you have an outline because you can then go back and fill in the new details (a setup for a new payoff, for example) and not have to search your entire manuscript for where it needs to happen.

Look, if you’re building a house, you’ll want to make major changes at the blueprint level. And even if you’ve already started building, the blueprint will help you see what you can or can’t do, without scrapping the entire thing and starting from scratch.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve enjoyed writing since I could do it. Loved creating stories, telling them, making people laugh, or hold their breath, or cry. But it was after the publication of my first works of fiction, when the editor invited me to his professional writers workshop that I decided, I would love to make this my full-time career, God willing.

Well, I was so blessed, and now I am a full-time writer.

Tell us about your main character:
Xandra Carrick is an award-winning photojournalist on the cusp of her third decade of life. She’s strong-willed, but really wants to do what’s right. A few books ago, she discovered that she has the extraordinary gift of second sight (precognition). In other words, she can see things about the past, present, or future through photographs she develops in the darkroom. Though she still finds keys to mysteries in the darkroom, her abilities have transcended that. She can now see visions—answers to dark secrets—without the need of her camera.

But some secrets were meant to be kept.

This of course puts her in moral and ethical dilemmas. She ends up uncovering conspiracies which put her in the crosshairs of dangerous people.

Will she step up and use her abilities? Did I mention that she’s strong-willed?

What are you working on next?
I am currently wrapping up the finale of The Führer’s Daughter with my esteemed co-author Jack Patterson. After that, more Xandra Carrick, and possibly other projects.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I have the superpower of eliciting groans from humans and pets of all ages, shapes and sizes with my puns. You could call me a PUNdit of humor. Or not.

Other than that, not really. I play the cello, and I can bench press about 360 lbs. Just not at the same time. For now.

Who are your favorite authors?
C.S. Lewis, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, James Rollins, Preston & Child, Steve Berry…the list goes on.

What do you like to do with your free time?
That’s very funny. Free time?

I sometimes watch movies, hang out with friends playing cards and eating too much dessert, go places with my family just to be together. I guess working out and running could be considered to be done on my free time, but it’s really not. It’s scheduled and an obligation for me.

Tell us about your plans for upcoming books.
I’m hoping they will all hit big bestseller lists, but that’s up to the readers out there to decide. For more information about my upcoming releases, and to receive a free ebook, and the opportunity to be entered in my monthly giveaways, please subscribe to my free newsletter here: www.joshua-graham.com/GIA

Where can people find you on the web?

I hope everyone will visit my website www.joshgraham.net

You can connect with me on facebook: www.facebook.com/j0shgraham

On twitter: www.twitter.com/J0shuaGraham

Any final thoughts?
If you have a favorite book/author, please support their efforts by recommending them to your family and friends, and leaving reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, etc.

Thanks very much!

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