Friday, June 29, 2012

Mark de Castrique - The 13th Target - Author Interview

Author Interview

1. How did you come up with the title?
The title, The 13th Target, came very early, even before I had a main character and a plot direction.  I knew I wanted to write a story with the Federal Reserve as the backdrop.  Since the heart of the Federal Reserve consists of the twelve regional banks, my "what if" premise was what if the ultimate target of a terrorist plot was something else?  I didn't know what the thirteenth target was.  I had to discover it along with my main characters.



2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I try to be careful with any messages in my novels.  I don't want to turn the stories into sermons.  But this country has been and still is in the midst of terrible economic turmoil, and I think our monetary policy and institutions deserve careful scrutiny.  I hope readers will be curious to learn more on their own, particularly that the Federal Reserve isn't really a federal agency.  There are good points that lift it above politics, and bad points because it is basically supervised by bankers and leaders of financial institutions.  I was struck by the Academy Award Winning documentary Inside Job that demonstrated how greed coupled with"self-regulation" basically went undisclosed and unaccountable to the American public.



3. How much of the book is realistic?
I tried to make the Washington, D.C. backdrop as realistic as possible.  I lived in D.C. and worked in television during the Watergate scandal, so I witnessed how conspiracies create a frenzy.  That culminated for me when I directed TV news coverage from the front of the White House the night Nixon resigned.  In the book, the ability to uncover the conspirators depends upon secrecy and trust, extremely rare commodities in Washington. I made several trips to D.C., interviewed a former secret service agent and had discussions with an executive in the Public Information Office of the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors.  Could something I create in the novel happen in the real world?  I'll leave that for the readers to decide.  



4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I'm satisfied with the story, however, I wish I'd been able to simplify some of the factual information about banking and the Federal Reserve.  The fact that it's complicated is why it's difficult to understand.  Frankly, I can make more sense out of Einstein's Theory of Relativity than derivatives, hedge funds, and printing currency on demand.

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part of writing this book was keeping up with changing current events.  The danger with a topical book is the fluctuation of the events that propel the real world experiences.  During the course of writing the book, news reports revealed stimulus money from the Fed going to foreign-based institutions, mammoth amounts of money beyond the TARP fund being lent by the Reserve during the meltdown, the rise of Occupy Wall Street, and the multiple crises sweeping the European Union. I'm grateful that I had a short time between completing the book and publication (approximately six months) so that I could incorporate these changes so that the story is a valid reflection of its time.



6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
In addition to learning about the Federal Reserve, I learned some surprising things about the groups that oppose it.  Some of them are way out there, blaming the powers behind its establishment of everything from the  assassination of President Lincoln (nearly fifty years before its founding) to the assassination of President Kennedy (nearly fifty years after its founding).  What does that portend for an event nearly one hundred years after its founding? Anyway, I thought such extreme conspiracy views were the makings of a good thriller, and, to my knowledge, no one had yet mined that storyline.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
My interest in writing originated with my interest in stories.  From my first "recorded book" that was a 45rpm record of The Little Engine That Could with appropriate beeps for when to turn the page, through The Hardy Boys, Sherlock Holmes, to contemporary writers, I've always loved a great story.  My career in film and television has been about stories, primarily documentaries.  I guess my interest in writing fiction grew out of wanting to balance my collaborative film and TV work with the more solitary pursuit of creating worlds on the printed page - and now electronic book page.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Wow, that's a tough question.  It's usually the author of the last book I read that I enjoyed.  In the thriller/mystery realm, I like Michael Connelly.  His work always seems well researched, and I like how he's let Harry Bosch develop and then introduced Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller into that same world.  One of my favorite series features Andy Carpenter of Paterson, New Jersey.  Written by David Rosenfelt, the stories are infused with the dry sense of humor of the chicken-hearted, yet decent lawyer Carpenter.  His musings can be laugh-out-loud funny.  And then I can't neglect the classic works of Hammett, Chandler, and Ross McDonald.  They still influence writers today.  One writer who was ahead of her time was Patricia Highsmith.  I hope her work enjoys a resurgence as Strangers on a Train and the Ripley novels really explored the psychological complexities of villains and heroes alike.

9. Tell us your latest news.
I'm excited about the release of The 13th Target and the favorable reader response.  My two series are set in the mountains of western North Carolina so both the location and the thriller genre are new for me.  I have a book, Double Cross of Time, scheduled for release in late fall that's set in the year 2030.  This thriller from the near future finds a thirty-five-year-old scientist confronted by an elderly man claiming to be himself.  He's come back to destroy his work and the particle accelerator that made it possible.  I was interested in exploring two conflicting quotations: "To thine own self be true" and "He's his own worst enemy."  I know this is out of "character" with earlier adult novels, but I enjoy letting a story idea take me in new directions. Currently, I'm working on a new Sam Blackman book for July of 2013.  I return to the mountains and a little known place called The Kingdom of the Happy Land.  It was a commune founded by ex-slaves in the decades after the Civil War, and it was ruled by a king and queen.  So, King George wasn't the last monarch to have a kingdom in America.  Tying that to present day Asheville will be the challenge.

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
What can I say to my readers?  Simply thank you for being readers.  I'm only part of the equation and the story isn't complete until they bring their own interpretation and creation to it.  I appreciate my readers trying new things with me, as series change and develop, and as stories cross genres and time periods.  As I continue to travel down fictional highways, I hope to keep up with my regular cast, Barry Clayton and his funeral home, and Sam Blackman and his Asheville adventures, while remaining open to new possibilities.  A big thank you to those readers who join me on the journey.



About the Book

A tense, timely and provocative thriller set during an age of Wall Street corruption, financial meltdowns, and the downgrading of the U.S. credit rating, The 13th Target takes aim at the secretive Federal Reserve. Long the target of conspiracy theorists, the Federal Reserve controls the nation’s money supply. But who controls the Federal Reserve? And what if those in the shadowy corridors of power would target anything—or anyone—who threatened their interests?

After his wife dies of cancer, Rusty Mullins quits the Secret Service to repurpose his life. When he joins a Washington, D.C. private protection company, Mullins is assigned to guard Paul Luguire, a Federal Reserve executive and its chief liaison with the U.S. Treasury.

Mullins and Luguire form a strong friendship. So when a police detective calls in the middle of the night with word of Luguire’s suicide, Mullins doesn’t buy it. His doubts are only reinforced by Amanda Church, a former Secret Service colleague now in the Federal Reserve’s cyber-security unit. Amanda has uncovered a suspicious financial transaction initiated by Luguire only days before his death.

Even stranger, Amanda finds that the transaction has been erased from Federal Reserve records and the money was wired from an offshore account in Rusty Mullins’ name. Someone is setting Rusty up. And when the president of the receiving bank is murdered, Mullins rockets to the top of the suspect list.

Dogged by a tenacious reporter developing leads, Mullins follows a conspiratorial trail of killing and kidnapping that leads from a shadowy mastermind to the possible destruction of America's financial system.

Twelve targets are known. But the clock is ticking. . . and only Rusty Mullins holds the key to what—or who—is the thirteenth target.

A pulse-racing political thriller that sizzles from first page to last, The 13th Target will leave readers wondering where fact ends and fiction begins.

Publication date: July 3, 2012
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Genre: Thriller
Formats & Prices: Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59058-615-0, $24.95, 306 pages
Trade Paper, ISBN: 978-1-59058-617-4, 306 pages, $14.95
Large Print Trade Paper, ISBN: 978-1-59058-616-7, $22.95, 430 pages


About the Author

Mark was born in Hendersonville, NC, near Asheville. He went straight from the hospital to the funeral home where his father was the funeral director and the family lived upstairs. The unusual setting sparked his popular Barry Clayton series and launched his mystery writing career.

Mark is the author of eleven mystery novels: five set in the fictional NC mountain town of Gainesboro, three set in Asheville, one in Washington D.C., and two mysteries written for Young Adults and set in the Charlotte region.

His novels have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist. The CHICAGO TRIBUNE wrote,“As important and as impressive as the author’s narrative skills are the subtle ways he captures the geography – both physical and human – of a unique part of the American South.”

Mark is a veteran of the broadcast and film production business. In Washington D.C., he directed numerous news and public affairs programs and received an EMMY Award for his documentary film work. Through his company, MARK et al., he writes and produces videos for corporate and broadcast clients.

His years in Washington inspired his latest thriller, THE 13TH TARGET, involving a terrorist plot against The Federal Reserve.

Mark and his wife Linda have two daughters: the older, Melissa Thomson, is an elementary school teacher in Northern Virginia and the author of the Keena Ford Journals, a children’s series published by Penguin Press. His younger daughter, Lindsay, works as an Account Executive with Stratacomm, a strategic communications firm in Washington D.C.

Mark lives in Charlotte, but he and his wife Linda can be often found in the NC mountains or the nation’s capital.

Links to Connect with Mark:
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Holiday 2012 Book to Movie Excitement - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
December 14, 2012
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop

Congratulations to our winner!
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Enter to win the young adult ebook release, Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles, Book 1 from Tribute Books.


1) Click here to add Tribute Books' upcoming YA release, Owlet to your Goodreads to-read list.

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Until Next Time:
The Angel Chronicles, Book 1

by Amy Lignor


How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?


Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.


When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.


From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart.


http://www.the-angel-chronicles.com

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Kaitlyn Davis - Simmer - Author Interview & Giveaway



Author Interview

Please tell us a little about yourself...
I grew up just outside of New York City and I have always always wanted to be an author! When I was little, I wrote books by duct taping construction paper together and then I would read them aloud to my family… thank goodness my parents never video-taped it! I wrote terribly sappy romances in high school and then, after graduating from college, I got the idea for Ignite and decided to go for it!

Please tell us a little about your book....
I never know how to do this without giving too much away! Here’s the back of the book description for Ignite, the first book in the series:

When Kira Dawson moves to South Carolina, she meets Luke, a blond goofball who quickly becomes her best friend, and Tristan, a mysterious bad boy who sends shivers down her spine. Kira knows they're keeping secrets, but when she discovers Tristan's lust for blood and her own dormant mystical powers, Kira is forced to fight for her life and make the heartbreaking decision between the familiar comfort of friendship and the fiery passion of love.

What inspired you to pen this particular novel?
Once I got the idea for the series, there was no going back! The plot literally consumed my mind – it was all I thought about in the shower, before bed, on my way to work! So finally, I sat down and started writing.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
On some level, I think I’ve always been a writer. The creativity was always there and the need to tell stories was always there. But, I’ve only just recently begun to consider myself an author (it still seems a bit surreal!).

How do you keep your story flowing?
I try to let my characters lead the way! When I start a book, I have a detailed outline all put together, but once I start writing, I let my characters tell the story. And if that means ditching the outline, so be it! I love fast-paced plots that never let you take a breath, stories that pull you in and don’t let you go, and I hope that is what my books do!

Do you ever run into writer's block, and if so, what do you do to get past it?
Definitely! Usually that happens when I am too engrossed in my story and I haven’t let myself take a break. I step away from my manuscript, hang out with my friends and let my mind wander for a few days. A solution almost always comes to me! And if it doesn’t, I take that as a sign that my book is going in the wrong direction and I’ll start the scene over.

What is your writing process like? Do you have any quirks, or must-haves to write?
Coffee! I am that stereotypical writer who loves working in Starbucks! Usually, I’ll write in my apartment with a homemade cup of Green Mountain coffee, but sometimes, when I’m reaching a pivotal plot moment, I’ll treat myself to a Starbucks and work there for a few hours.

Where do you hope your books/writing will be in the future?
I know it is totally clich√©, but I would love to walk into a Barnes & Noble someday and see my book on the shelf! But don’t get me wrong, self-publishing has been absolutely amazing! I am learning a lot about the industry and about how readers respond to my writing, which is invaluable information. Having any readers at all is so ridiculously exciting! I just hope that someday even more people will be picking up my books and falling in love with my characters!

What do you hope readers will take away from your books?
I just want to create characters people remember – someone who feels like your best friend or your perfect crush! That is the one thing all of my favorite books have in common: I cared about the characters!

What is one piece of advice you received that you carry with you in your writing?
Struggle is what defines a person and stories need a bit of tragedy.

What is one piece of advice you would give to new and aspiring writers?
Don’t write what you think people want to read, write what you believe in. Readers know when an author has put everything they have into a story, and those are the books that really stand out.

Are you currently working on any new projects? What can we expect from you in the future?
I’m always working on new projects! Right now, I’m concentrating on the last two books in the Midnight Fire series. But, I have a stand-alone paranormal book on the back burner. I’m still outlining the basic premise, but I really want to write something about dreams and I really want to try something in first person!

Where can readers find you?
New York City! Shoot me an email of you’re ever in town!


About the Books

Simmer: Midnight Fire Series: Book Two


Slowly, like a whisper almost blown away in the wind, two words streaked across her mind: "Kiss me."

Kira may have survived the eclipse, but her troubles are far from over. She's headed to Sonnyville with one goal in mind: to learn more about her parents. But with Luke and Tristan competing for her heart and Diana gunning for her head, time is running out on the search for her mother. And the closer Kira gets to answers, the more terrified she becomes. The conduits fear her, the vampires fear her, and Kira is starting to wonder if maybe they're right...

Simmer eBook
Price: $0.99
Release: April 4, 2012
Buy Links: Kindle, Nook, Smashwords
Other Links: Goodreads

Ignite: Midnight Fire Series: Book One

With one last look, one final search of the lines of his face for some sign, Kira turned and ran away from the sound of the man she loved laughing in the face of her death.

When Kira Dawson moves to South Carolina, she meets Luke, a blond goofball who quickly becomes her best friend, and Tristan, a mysterious bad boy who sends shivers down her spine. Kira knows they're keeping secrets, but when she discovers Tristan's lust for blood and her own dormant mystical powers, Kira is forced to fight for her life and make the heartbreaking decision between the familiar comfort of friendship and the fiery passion of love.

Ignite eBook
Price: $0.99
Release: October 9, 2011
Buy Links: Kindle, Nook, Smashwords
Other Links: Goodreads

About the Author

Kaitlyn Davis graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Writing Seminars. She's been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to finally share her work with the world. She currently lives in New York City and dreams of having a cockapoo puppy of her own.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

C.W. Gortner - The Queen's Vow - Review

Who knew that King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of grade school lore shared such a passionate romance? Thanks to the imaginings of renowned historical fiction novelist, C.W. Gortner, the 15th century Spanish monarchs sizzle in The Queen's Vow. Gortner implicitly understands the underpinnings of the heart of a powerful woman. She's a military commander and a mother. She's a royal pawn and a supreme ruler. She's a wifely figurehead and her husband's equal, if not, superior. Isabella is a complicated contradiction and Gortner tenderly adds fascinating shades of light and dark to his depiction of her. But most of all, he makes her come alive on the page from a nubile maiden to Columbus' champion.

Where the novel shines is in the loving, yet beleaguered, relationship between Ferdinand and Isabella. Surviving many attempts by her brother and his minions to marry her off to a Portuguese royal, Isabella outwits their schemes by uniting with the man of her own choosing. Through their holy vows, they are able to bring together the divided kingdoms of Castile and Aragon to form a fully united Spanish realm. But politics aside, the romance of their attraction is nothing short of poetic in Gortner's prose.

Though we stood in a crowded hall for this first public meeting, witnessed by dozens of eyes and ears, it was as if Fernando and I were alone in our recognition that without each other, life could only be an incomprehensible labor.

From their first impromptu dance as children in a garden in Segovia to the formation of their unshakable bond forged through decades on the throne, they never lose faith in each other. Despite Ferdinand's numerous infidelities and Isabella's proclivity to emasculate her husband in public, the two depend on the strength they find in their partnership. This sense of teamwork provides the resiliency that finally drives the Moors out of their country after the imposed threat of centuries of occupation.

Their remarkable achievements are also tempered with vagrant obstructions concerning the religious rights of their subjects. Through harassment, intimidation and finally by decree, they order every Jewish person, who refuses to convert to Catholicism, to leave the country. This Inquisition is a stain on the reputation of an otherwise spectacular reign.

While daring and adventurous throughout the book, Isabella meets her match when she comes face to face with Christopher Columbus. Her head is turned by the handsome, yet arrogant, navigator. Despite a bankrupt treasury mortgaged on her crown jewels, she is willing to invest in his daring mission to cross the Ocean Sea. Little does she know, the epic results her patronage will bring. Highlighting this momentous occasion, Gortner beautifully describes the historic nature of their illustrious meeting.

What was it about this man, that he could rouse such emotion in me? I now believed he was indeed someone I'd been destined to meet, an act of fate I could neither resist nor evade.

What Gortner does so brilliantly is dramatize a vast multitude of historical events into a compelling, riveting drama. Nearly 400 pages of battles and betrothals, plots and persecutions move at a brisk pace as seen through the eyes of the woman who experienced it all firsthand. It is a masterwork by a skilled craftsman to weave the fictional with the factual in such an entertaining way. It is a tale that will delight romantics and historians alike.

Overall, make a vow to read this book.


The Queen's Vow by C.W. Gortner is available for $26.00 at Amazon.com and at cwgortner.com.


Thank you to Cheryl for recommending this book. Follow her fantastic book blog and Twitter posts.


Review copy provided by New York Journal of Books.

Desperately Wanting Wednesday

Desperately Wanting Wednesday is not only for releases that I’m waiting on, it’s also for already released novels that I just haven’t purchased yet, or gotten to.

 



Back to Bataan
by Jerome Charyn
Publication Date: July 1, 2012

New York City, 1943. War is raging in Europe and the Pacific, while Jack Dalton is stuck attending Dutch Masters Day School. What Jack really wants is to enlist in the army, to fight...

Everything changes when Coco, Jack's "fiancee," throws him over for one of his classmates. Jack sees red and does something drastic. Then he runs away. Hiding out in a nearby park, Jack joins ranks with a group of vagrants and is soon under the sway of a man called the Leader, an ex-convict who is as articulate and charismatic as he is dangerous. The Leader turns Jack's world upside down. To put things right, Jack must prove himself a braver soldier than he ever imagined.

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Brenda Novak - When Lightning Strikes - Author Interview

Author Interview

1. How did you come up with the title?
Landing one of the biggest movies stars in Hollywood is a bit of a fantasy, so I wanted to play into that--it's something that happens rarely but really makes an impact (especially on someone like my unassuming and rather straight-laced heroine). This title seemed to fit and enabled me to develop a theme I could carry through the series (the next book is WHEN SNOW FALLS, and the one after that is WHEN SUMMER COMES).



2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
This is a classic marriage of convenience story, but it deals with the redemption of someone who has very publicly melted down. It's about the healing power of love and how love can redeem.



3. How much of the book is realistic?


I think the story reads very realistically. Some people do meet movie stars and marry them. ;-) Gail does the PR for box office heavyweight Simon O'Neal, so she would definitely be in a position to associate with him. I personally believe in love and happily ever after. To me, it's very realistic.



4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
No, actually I'm very pleased with the way the book turned out. I set out to write a story that would be warm and engaging and emotional, something different from the suspense I've been doing, and I really enjoyed the change up.

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?


Not killing somebody. Seriously. LOL I've been writing suspense. It was tough to get away from the type of intricate plot that requires. This type of story also requires plotting but I didn't need to weave the suspense plot together with the romantic plot. It's a straight contemporary romance.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that it's good to challenge myself and change things up occasionally. I love suspense and will still be writing it, but I'm so glad I began this small town contemporary series. Already I feel as if Whiskey Creek is home.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I never dreamed I'd be a writer. I thought I was analytical, left-brained, better at math and science. Then I caught my daycare provider drugging my children with cough syrup and Tylenol to get them to sleep all day so that she could watch soap operas, and I quite my job to stay home with them. I could no longer trust anyone else with their care. But we were going through a very difficult time financially. My husband's business was failing, and I had to do something to help. I was reading a good book at the time and decided that maybe I could try  to become a novelist, since that was something I could do while at home with my children. That's where it all started. I can hardly believe that dark time led me to what I want to do for the rest of my life.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I love how appealing and yet truly MALE her heroes are. I love her witty dialogue, too.

9. Tell us your latest news.
WHEN WE TOUCH, a 150-page novella (the prequel to this series) will be available digitally FREE (for a limited time) on August 1st. You can download it wherever you buy online books (or from my web site at www.brendanovak.com).

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope they enjoy reading about Whiskey Creek as much as I've enjoyed creating the stories that belong in this series. I'd also like to invite them to join my mailing list so that I can let them know when the next Whiskey Creek book will be out.


About the Book

She’s a hometown girl made good...

He’s the Hollywood bad boy who could bring her down...

Gail DeMarco's PR firm has accumulated a roster of A-list clients, including the biggest box office hit of all—sexy and unpredictable Simon O’Neal. But Simon, who’s just been through a turbulent divorce, is so busy self-destructing he won’t listen to anything she says. She drops him from her list—and he retaliates by taking the rest of her clients with him.

Desperate to save her company, Gail has to humble herself by making a deal with Simon. But what he demands will require a whole new image. The only way Gail figures she can achieve that is to have him marry some squeaky-clean girl who’ll drag him off to a small, obscure place—like her hometown of Whiskey Creek.

Simon says Gail needs to play his wife. But doing so turns out to be more difficult than she ever dreamed. And it isn’t because he’s too hard to like—it’s because he’s too hard not to love.

Pages: 441
Published By: Mira
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Buy Links:
www.amazon.com : Price: $7.99 (Paperback Edition); $6.79 (Kindle Edition)
www.barnesandnoble.com : Price: $7.59 (Paperback Edition); $6.79 (Nook Edition)


About the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak is the author of more than forty books. A three-time Rita nominee, she has won many awards, including the National Reader’s Choice, the Bookseller’s Best, the Book Buyer’s Best, the Daphne, and the Holt Medallion. She also runs an annual on-line auction for diabetes research every May at www.brendanovak.com (her youngest son has this disease). To date, she’s raised over $1.6 million. Brenda has a brand new small-town contemporary series starting this summer. Come meet the long-time friends who have made Whiskey Creek the “Heart of Gold Country,” with WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES, to be released August 28th. WHEN SNOW FALLS will hit bookstores October 30th and WHEN SUMMER COMES will arrive January 29, 2013.

Links to connect with Brenda:
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop

Congratulations to our winner!
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Enter to win the young adult ebook release, Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles, Book 1 from Tribute Books.


1) Click here to add Tribute Books' upcoming YA release, Back to Bataan to your Goodreads to-read list.

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Until Next Time:
The Angel Chronicles, Book 1

by Amy Lignor


How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?


Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.


When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.


From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart.


http://www.the-angel-chronicles.com

Monday, June 18, 2012

Richard Finegold - A Soul in the Wind - Author Interview

Author Interview

1. How did you come up with the title?
After 9/11, I began to think more about the nature of our existence: What is it that controls our destiny, and so often results in our destruction? You would think that since man is the most advanced species, who enjoys the gifts of intelligence and reason, that he could create a perfect world — a world of Paradise. But this has never been the case, because of what is often referred to as “the human condition,” where our lives are filled with disappointment, suffering, and often chaos. The postulate therefore becomes: If we can determine what causes the human condition, perhaps we can cure it.

This is what I set out to discover in writing the novel, and I also wanted to share with the reader some theories on this ageless question. For example, are life’s problems essentially caused by mankind’s flawed, animalistic, and sometimes evil nature (which, of course, provides the justification for religion, both ancient and modern)? Or, is it God himself, who simply wants no heroes? Is it luck, where every morning we are forced to take a spin at the “Wheel of Good Fortune” to see what the day will bring? Or, is it just plain Fate, something over which we have no control? These are the questions that haunt the main hero, Gideon Fruitman, and form the central theme of the book.

The title evolved from these theories — in particular, as Gideon is trying to understand why his young bride left him for a doctor she met by chance while Gideon’s “kishkes were being sliced and diced in the OR,” he wonders if our existence is like a wild ride on the bumper cars, where our lives are constantly tossed around in different directions, “like a soul in the wind.”

I also felt that it was important to subtitle the novel Excerpts from the Book of Life, because the story involves a pilgrimage over five decades, recorded in sections – much like signposts marking phases in a life cycle, like “Growing Up,” “ College,” “The Graduate Years,” “Marriage,” “Work,” and “Family.”

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There are numerous messages that are weaved into the novel. Just like Moby Dick was not merely a story about a whale, I explore a wide range of issues and ideas — from the basic desire to experience free will and have some control over our lives, to religious hatred and the loss of our idealism — in order to create a thought-provoking novel.

3. How much of the book is realistic?
I think many books incorporate some of the author’s experiences, observations and, of course, imagination. Because the novel is a fifty-year journey, covering the culture, politics, philosophies, events and music of the so-called “Baby Boomer Generation,” I tried to make as much of it as historically accurate as possible. While to some readers Gideon’s life could be considered unrealistically difficult, to others unfortunately it might be viewed as an often blessed existence.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in the book?
I’m somewhat of a perfectionist, so I guess the answer would probably be “yes” — but honestly I am very pleased with how it turned out.

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I believe that anyone can write a novel, but an author should always strive to write a great novel. Consequently, I attempted to craft each paragraph with a purpose, make every section significant, and show how the various phases in our lives all interrelate to define the person that we become. Naturally, that took a great deal of time and commitment — particularly for someone like myself who is not a full-time writer.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that life is very baffling, and that it will always be a mystery as to why we are often so self-destructive. In researching some of the Great Thinkers mentioned in the book, beginning with the Greek philosophers and continuing through modern times, one thing seems clear — the nature of man is extremely complex, and his intelligence alone cannot solve the so-called human condition.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
When I was in junior high, our teacher told us to find something in the newspaper and write about it. I saw an article involving someone who had vanished several years earlier while hiking on Mount Washington in New Hampshire. It made me wonder what would have happened to this person if he had made it down the mountain, and so I wrote a story adding a few more chapters to his life. Apparently I did a pretty good job, because several years later when I didn’t have time to complete an English assignment, I turned in the same story, received an “A,” and realized that here is something that I not only love to do, but maybe I’m fairly good at it, too.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I don’t have a favorite author, but I do have a favorite writer, and that is Arthur Miller. Death of a Salesman, in my opinion, is one of the most important pieces of work of the twentieth century, and Willie Loman is certainly one of the most memorable characters. (Marrying Marilyn Monroe also didn’t hurt in coming up with my selection.)

9. Tell us your latest news?
I have several book signings scheduled, and then plan to take two weeks off this summer to travel to Europe, and begin the outline for my next novel.

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I truly thank you for reading my novel. I hope you enjoyed the humor, but more importantly if there is one belief I would want to convey, it’s that perhaps the best way to deal with the human condition is to recognize that “life is what it is,” and that we should try to focus on our positive experiences, rather than dwell on all of our disappointments.


About the Book

Nearing death, Gideon Fruitman desperately tries to figure out what has gone wrong with his life. He recalls the slap on his rear that heralded his entrance into the world but realizes that had he known then what he knows now, he would have “turned around and never emerged.” His five-decade pilgrimage concludes with the arrival of an ambulance and paramedics trying to encourage Guideon to “take one more shot” as his mind darkens slowly to the strains of the Bee Gees singing “I Started a Joke.”

“Til I finally died, which started the whole world living.
Oh, if I'd only seen that the joke was on me.”

Although Gideon Fruitman is certainly not “Everyman,” his hapless journey in the second half of the twentieth century covers the culture, politics, philosophies, events, and music that comprise this evolving American epoch known as “The Baby Boomer Generation.” In searching for the meaning of existence, Gideon is the “Anti-Hero.” The classic hero faces what is known as “Achilles’ Dilemma” or choosing to live the short and glorious life rather than the long and inglorious life. Unfortunately for Gideon, he is given no choice.

Employing a brilliantly satirical style, Finegold explores the question of whether God just doesn’t like heroes. Does every day simply begin with a spin of the “Wheel of Fortune”? He records Gideon’s journey, a long days journey into night, with sections—much like signposts marking phases in a life cycle: “Breaking Free,” “College,” “The Graduate Years,” “Work,” “Marriage,” “Family,” and finally, “Tomorrow.” Marriage to the very lovely Chloe Lewis appears to mark a new and brighter horizon for Gideon. But forget “happily ever after”: severe illness follows, and after suffering many months of gastroenterological horrors, the lovely Chloe asks for a divorce from the weak—but finally recovering patient—before she runs off with one of the doctors on Gideon’s surgical team. Life is not happy, or in Chloe’s words, “life is what it is.”

Does Gideon ever find love and happiness before he dies? Does he ever become “someone special”? The artistry behind A Soul in the Wind lies in Finegold’s exceptional ability to present an imperfect world filled with disappointment, suffering, and chaos and make us laugh. He punctuates his reflections on the human condition with lyrics of songs from the ’60s and early ’70s: “Try to Remember” from The Fantastics plays like a fugue in the background:

“Try to remember the kind of September,
When you were a tender and callow fellow …

Deep in December, it’s nice to remember,
Without a hurt the heart is hollow … ”


About the Author

Richard Finegold is a product of the post-World War II generation, grew up in Massachusetts, started writing in high school, and continued into college taking creative writing classes at Cornell University during the turbulent ’60s. He graduated in 1967 with a degree in Political Science with a minor in English. In 1971 he received a law degree from Boston University and began practicing law in the San Diego area. He and his wife, Gail, have three children: Erin, Todd, and Jared. Richard now works only part time writing legal briefs and continues to ply his writing skills in fiction.

Friday, June 15, 2012

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Sands Hetherington - Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare - Author Interview

Author Interview

1. How did you come up with the title?
The title really wrote itself. Halfway into Chapter One, the situation is a boy who has been put to bed before he's ready, and a red crocodile who shows up in his bedroom. "I mean here I sit," says the crocodile, "your brand-new Night Buddy...." Night Buddies Amalgamated is an organization that rescues kids who aren't ready for bed and takes them on adventures. Tonight's adventure is to go find out why all of the world's pineapple cheesecakes are disappearing. So you see, I really had little choice about Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare.

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That there's a whole world of magic out there right after bedtime!

3. How much of the book is realistic?
I suppose John the boy character is realistic enough. And he lives with two regular parents in a regular house in a city and rides the subway. Most of the dialects are realistic. Beyond that it's all fantastic. At least I hope so.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I really can't think of anything at this point. The poor little book has been edited and edited. I suppose it might have started out with a better writer.

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I think the hardest part of writing any book is setting up a schedule and having the will to stick to it. People who go off from nine-to-five have this done for them. Writing is hard work for most of us. There are very few like Thomas Wolfe who could dash off a page every thirty seconds and never look back. Most of us have to strain to bring all of our faculties to bear, and when I get going, I actually sweat. Mark Twain said, "I hate writing. I love having written."

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
It was a real surprise to see how small a package the whole business squeezed into. A thousand hours and two thousand pages of draft, and here we have a quarter-inch of little paperback. Also, you never know when to stop editing. (But I already knew this.)

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Yes, very well. I wrote this sappy poetical piece for ninth grade English, and the very cute student teacher gushed over it. Her name was Ellen, but she was an older woman and spoken for.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I take it you mean fiction, since that's what we're into here? I don't have a favorite fiction author. Maybe ten or fifteen, the usual suspects. Roald Dahl, probably, for kids. I like the way he conspires with his readers to put stuff over on the adult world. I try to go to school on this. I always liked John Steinbeck and J. D. Salinger for their congenial, conversational style. I don't like to read the same line three times. Salinger (or one of his characters) mentions a dear old librarian/mentor named Miss Overman. Miss Overman doesn't like difficult "modern" writing. Salinger (or his character) says he tries to write in a style that wouldn't annoy this friend. Me too.

9. Tell us your latest news.
As I write this I'm waiting for the truck to return my lawn tractor that's been fixed. It gave out at the bottom of my big yard last week and I had to hire a truck and crew to haul it away. But nobody wants to hear about that, right? My germane news is that my little book hits the street on June first. I've read it to lots of primary classes and it's always a smash hit. By all indications it will do well.

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

JOHN: "Hey, I'm John, okay? Thanks for lookin' us up! Crosley an' me are really glad t' have ya in on our adventure, right, Cros? ----------HEY CROS!"

CROSLEY (startled): "FUP! HAR?"

JOHN: "Come on, Cros, get with the Program! We're here talkin' to new prospects! Quit dreamin' about pineapple cheesecakes!"

CROSLEY: "Howja know I was dreamin' about pineapple cheesecakes?"

JOHN: "Now what kinda dumb question is that? What else wouldja be dreamin' about?"

CROSLEY: "YERK! YERK! YERK! I guess ya got me there, John. I was thinkin' about the nine of 'em that we brought back from the factory. I mean, since ya ask-----"

JOHN: "Right. D'ya guess ya could stop just a second an' say hi t' the new prospects that just looked us up? An' maybe say somethin' about the big adventure we went on?"

CROSLEY: "Ya mean the Program?"

JOHN: "Yeah."

CROSLEY: "Sure, I can do that. Ain't that what we're here t' do?"

JOHN: "You're catchin' on, Cros."

CROSLEY: "YERK! YERK! Right----------Hey, new kids, I'm Crosley an' this here's John an' we're Night Buddies. The way this works, I show up after bedtime anytime John can't sleep. An' we sneak outta the house an' go on a Program."

JOHN: "That's the Night Buddies word for adventure. We solve mysteries an' help out an' stuff."

CROSLEY: "An' pineapple cheesecakes. That last Program had a whole lotta them."

JOHN: "Cros, willya please quit about pineapple cheesecakes? (Cros is King o' the Hogs about pineapple cheesecakes!)"

CROSLEY: "Okay, man, but pineapple cheesecakes had a whole lot t' do with that particular Program."

JOHN: "An' so did danger, an' evildoin', an' so did the Black Bottom too."

CROSLEY: "Hey, an' don't leave out why I'm red all over! Lissen, new buddies, I promise ya never heard anything as wacko as that business is! Read our adventure an' see!"

JOHN: "He's right about the wacko part! Check us out! An' watch for a new Program real soon too, okay?"


About the Book

A boy … a red crocodile … a collection of magic whatchamacallits … inventive characters … and an innovative new series of chapter books for kids.

Night Buddies revolves around the nighttime adventures of a young boy named John, who is not ready to go to sleep, and a bright red crocodile named Crosley who turns up under John’s bed. As the stories in each book open, this unlikely pair sneaks out of John’s house using Crosley’s I-ain’t-here doodad, which makes them invisible to John’s parents. They embark on their Program, the Night Buddies word for Adventure, and make their way around the Borough chasing down enemies and cleaning up the mishaps at hand.

The first book in the series is Night Buddies and The Pineapple Cheesecake Scare. The Program for the night is to find out why all of the pineapple cheesecakes in the world’s only pineapple cheesecake factory are disappearing.

These adventures after lights-out will delight any young reader who relishes an adventure/fantasy in the wee hours of the night.


About the Author

Sands Hetherington, creator of the Night Buddies series of chapter books, credits his son John for being his principal motivator. Sands and young John developed the Crosley crocodile character in the series during months of bedtime story give-and-take. They collaborated many nights on escapades starring John and Crosley, until eventually it occurred to Sands why it was that Crosley was bright red. That was when the first book came together.

Sands raised his son as a single parent from the time John was six. He read to him every night during those formative years: all of the classic children’s stories from Aesop through the Grimms, Lewis Carroll, Frank Baum, Tolkien and Dahl, with a lot of Dickens and Hugo thrown in. When school was out they got in the car and toured Alaska, Canada and most of the contiguous states. John still gets around. So far he has lived in Germany, Scotland, Russia, England and Spain.

Dogs have always been a part of the author’s life, beginning with Whiskers, a cocker spaniel. When his wonderful boxer Hube died, he despaired of finding a boxer who could match him, and instead got a Saint Bernard. He ended up breeding Saints for a number of years and at this point has had twelve as house pets. Sands says dogs can do you a power of good, and if you lose one, go out and get another the next day and you will be surprised at how fast your grief goes away.

Sands is also a Civil War buff. He would like to spend a month of evenings with common soldiers from both sides to see how they felt about the business. And eccentric generals like Jackson, Sherman and Forrest, and most of all Lincoln. Because Lincoln never gets to smile in his pictures. The author was born in New York City but was transplanted a year later to Greensboro, North Carolina, where his maternal grandmother lived. He never really left the area and has a lot of the South in him. His grandmother was a prominent educator and became a great friend and mentor.

Sands majored in history at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and has an M.F.A. in creative writing and an M.A. in English from UNC-Greensboro. He lives in Greensboro now, and hangs out with his longtime friend Ann and their Saint Bernards Dudley and Maggie. He likes visiting ancient Mediterranean sites in Turkey and Italy, and most of all Greece.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

D.C. Gallin - Kiss the Sky - Author Interview

Author Interview

1. How did you come up with the title, Kiss the Sky?
The sky is very important in the book and I wanted to make a connection between the nineties the sixties. I can't tell you more because it would spoil the plot!

2. What is the message in Kiss the Sky that you want readers to grasp?
The core message is that freedom has to be strived for but is available to those who really want it.

3. How much of your book is realistic?
It's written in the first person present tense which enables the reader to slip into the narrator's skin. It's fiction but the London locations are real and so is most of the art. I describe my own work. As I was writing I was thinking that one day there will be a movie made and then we'll need some solid body of work to carry the story. You can't produce that quickly, it takes a lifetime.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Well, I did it all over again, several times over the course of 7 years so the answer is: no.

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part was when to stop writing and how to return to reality. I was still thinking about it when not on my laptop and mumbling to myself, rehearsing dialogue – embarrassing and annoying for those who live with you! What saved me was getting up at four in the morning to 'steal' time: While I was writing in the early hours my husband prepared delicious salad lunch boxes. Then I'd strap the baby on my back and deliver the salads to local recording studios around Notting Hill. So the hardest bit was juggling time with four kids while making a living and staying human.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learnt that delivery is as important as meaning – the deeper the message the lighter the touch worked for me.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Somehow I always knew I was going to write one day and that my life would have to be interesting in order to have something to write about: Then the stories and anecdotes started piling up inside me, until one day they came tumbling out to a design of my own. The author is the architect of storytelling and the human being collects the bricks with which to build the house or story, something like that.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I don't have a favourite anything but the one author who influenced my life more than anyone else would be Astrid Lindgren: Pippi Longstocking is the most generous and free-spirited character you could imagine and she has been my literary heroine ever since I could read.

9. Tell us your latest news.
I am twenty thousand words into the next novel, which is set in Goa, India. We're planning to hop over to Essaouira in Morocco to learn how to kite surf and really kiss the sky.

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I have read countless books but it took writing one to realise how incredibly lonely writing actually is. Imagine the hours, days, months and even years spent on a book. Readers' reactions are the best rewards a writer can wish for and I wanted to thank my readers so far for giving me the confidence to continue on this path.

I love to hear from you :)


About the Book

A vibrant, engrossing tale of hedonism, friendship, romance and artistic freedom set against the backdrop of one of the most dynamic cultural landscapes in recent history, Kiss The Sky isn’t all smiley faces, crowded dance floors and waving hands – though it’s got it’s fair share of that, too.

Following the beguiling and uncompromising young Claudia and her colorful friends through their search for music, drugs, art and romance at any cost in the kaleidoscope of Cool Britannia era London, Kiss the Sky is, at its heart, “a story about the search for human freedom in a conditioned world, about love and redemption and the healing power of art and about forging an authentic being from the imposed structure of modern urban life” says C.J. Stone, author of Fierce Dancing (Faber & Faber) of Gallin’s vivacious debut.

With upwards of 2,000 copies already sold in-person on the beaches of Thailand, streets of London and sidewalks of Ibiza, Kiss the Sky has been called “a powerful hit, a rush, a psychedelic life-sized pop-up book, a carnival ride through all that’s good and bad about the city’s underbelly” by reviewers spanning the globe.

Widely available in paperback and e-book formats for the first time ever in Summer 2012 via Telemachus Press, Kiss the Sky is well on its way to becoming a cult classic, and an absolute must-read for anyone striving to remain true to themselves and their ideals while existing in the urban jungle.


Blog: Free excerpts available for download here: http://dcgallin.com/book.html
Publisher: Telemachus Press
Price: $4.99 USD e-book / $9.99 USD paperback
Pages: 320
Release date: July 11, 2012
Buy links: US UK DE FR ES IT 
PaperBack Books Only: US CA JA 



About the Author

D.C. Gallin splits her time between London and sunny southern Spain with her husband and four children. A lifelong artist and studio dweller, Gallin is a globetrotter and trailblazer in the truest sense of the words, having lived, sold art, raised children and partied everywhere from Ibiza and London to Goa and Koh Phangan.

Kiss The Sky is Gallin’s full-length debut, and is now available in paperback and e-book formats via Amazon worldwide.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Vanessa Morgan - A Good Man - Author Interview

Author Interview

1. How did you come up with the title?
A Good Man is about a vampire who tries to do good around him - he's a vegetarian, feeds the homeless, takes care of animals and is concerned with the ecological future of the planet. He really is a good man, but in the meantime he's forced to feed on the blood of humans, otherwise he'll live eternally as a plant. The story explores the difference between good and evil, but in a very human way. The vampire is surprisingly human in nature and in his way of behaving and thinking. The secondary characters all seem to be good, honest people as well - just like you and me - but sometimes they hurt someone, not because they're bad people, but because they don't know any better.



2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
A Good Man makes the reader wonder about his or her own behavior and interactions with people. We all have good motivations to behave the way we do, that's why we rarely see ourselves as bad people even though the results of our behavior are negative.

3. How much of the book is realistic?
I love using real people for my books, but for A Good Man I abused this and so the book is populated for 99% with people I know. The main character, Louis Caron, was obviously based on Pierre Lekeux, the actor who is going to play the part. I observed him in real life and in his interactions with women and it really helped me in creating an original vampire character. I particularly loved the idea of an old vampire who suffers from arthritis and who is so insecure about his wrinkled face that he seduces ugly women as a means to feel better about himself. The hypochandriac vampire Madame Renaud, the whining Matthias, the vampire group therapist Fred and Louis' best friend Vincent were also loosely based on existing people.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
The movie adaptation of A Good Man is currently in pre-production, so it's still possible to improve the story before we start filming. I'm happy with A Good Man the way it is though.

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Writing the first draft is always easy; it’s the rewriting phase that is the most difficult, because rewriting is all about improving myself and finding better ideas than the ones I initially had. Having a clear vision of what you want your story to become is important while doing this. So is listening to the advice of others in your field as long as you stay true to your own voice. Everyone was quite wild about the first draft I wrote of A Good Man, but although it was fresh and original, it missed some character development and the second half of the story wasn't really going anywhere. I said I wanted to cut the second half and put the mid-point scene as the second turning point near the end (for those who have read A Good Man, I'm talking about the important Emma scene). My producer argued though that I should keep the same structure and transform the second part into a revenge story. I didn't think it was the right thing to do with the characters and the story because it really felt out of character for the people I created, but I tried anyway. Three drafts later, the screenplay had become slow-moving, overly long and not very logical. Everyone said that the first part of A Good Man was brilliant; it was the second half that focused on the revenge story that had a million problems. It's true that the first draft had developed nicely; it stayed the same in terms of structure and story, but I added some really interesting character development that added a lot of originality and depth to the story. But once I came to the mid-point, I had no idea what to do with the story apart from the final two scenes. I then decided to not listen to my producer anymore and to just follow my intuition with A Good Man. I went against all advice and cut the second half of the screenplay, put the mid-point near the end and added a few scenes to have a good transition between all the parts. Just by cutting the second part and changing the structure, I changed A Good Man from the revenge story with lots of murders that my producers wanted into a touching character piece about why we sometimes end up ruining our own lives and that of others without really wanting to. I send the new draft to my producer and a day later he wrote to me: "Brilliant structure and story. Very surprising and very touching." We were finally ready to move forward with the production.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That I'm actually a lot like the characters in A Good Man. I always thought of myself as a sweet girl, but once in a while it happens that I hurt people or that I lie. I just never saw myself as a bad person because I always had very good reasons for my behavior.

As for the writing, every new story makes you grow as an author, especially if you take the rewriting phase seriously. A Good Man in particular was helpful, because I wrote it for a production company and they gave advice and constructive criticism along the way... And I learned how important it is to trust my instincts.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Yes, when I saw As I Lay Dying on stage in London when I was in my early twenties. While I was watching it, I knew that I wanted to be able to write something as brilliant as what Faulkner had written. It took me several years though before gaining some confidence and actually acting upon that desire. I think I must have been 23 or 24 when I actually started to write. I have always loved movies and books, but it took me a while before I realized I was able to make them myself.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Daph Nobody - a good friend and without a doubt the most original voice in French horror literature. He has written two novels, Blood Bar and L'enfant nucléaire. He is also the screenwriter of the movie A Broken Life with Tom Sizemore.

9. Tell us your latest news.
A Good Man is now in pre-production and ready to be turned into a French feature film. Director, actors and part of the crew are already attached to the project and the production is finalizing the funding phase. It will be shot later this year and I will keep everyone up to date by posting behind-the-scenes pictures on my blog. Apart from the film adaptation of A Good Man, I'm currently working on seven different projects, both movies and books, and I'm lucky to be able to collaborate with some of the most talented directors and artists in Europe. Another project is a book based on the web comic about my cat (avalon-lion.blogspot.com).



About the Book

Do you like Dexter and American Psycho? Then chances are you will love A Good Man.

Louis Caron is a good man – he's a vegetarian, feeds homeless people, takes care of animals and is converned with the ecological well-being of the planet. But his altruism has a sinister edge – he's a vampire and local detective Taglioni becomes increasingly suspicious of him. Louis' attempt to escape the police will take him on a journey into his own private hell where he is not only forced to confront his worst fears, but where he will also destroy the lives of those he cares about.

Format: eBook
Price: $0.99-$4.99
Release Date: April 2012
Buy Links: Amazon US,  Amazon UKSmashwords 



About the Author

Screenwriter and novelist Vanessa Morgan is known as the 'female version of Stephen King.' You can find out more about Vanessa Morgan and her work by going to her personal blog. If you like cats, you might also like the web comic about her cat Avalon.


Links to connect with Vanessa:
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How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?


Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.


When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.


From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart.


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