Cheryl Holloway says, “Let’s Celebrate Ernest Hemingway’s Birthday!”

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Cheryl Holloway says, “Let’s Celebrate Ernest Hemingway’s Birthday!”

Hemingway working on his book For Whom the Bell Tolls at the Sun Valley Lodge, Idaho in December 1939. Courtesy of en.Wikipedia.org

In my opinion, Ernest Hemingway was a great influence on the literary world, not just 20th Century fiction.

Ernest Hemingway, Author. (Courtesy of the Internet)

Ernest Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899. He was an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist.

Some of His Famous Books include:

  • The Sun Also Rises
  • The Old Man and The Sea
  • From Whom The Bell Tolls

Notable Awards:

  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1953)
  • Nobel Prize in Literature (1954)

Great Quote:

Write what you know.  “I decided that I would write one story about each thing that I knew about.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

Shortest Novel:

“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” is the entirety of what has been described as a six-word novel,

Ernest Hemingway (Courtesy of the Internet)

Hemingway shot himself on July 2, 1961. It was reported by Mary, his wife, as accidental and five years later she said in an interview that he committed suicide.

Some of his works were published posthumously.

I have read many of his books—more than once. You can celebrate his birthday by writing a great novel or doing what I’m doing—just hanging out with my writer friends and discussing one of the greatest authors of all times!

Happy Birthday/Happy Writing!

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Guest Author Interview – Avi Domoshevizki

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Title: Green Kills: The Techno-thriller & Crime Series Book 1.

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Medical eBook

Synopsis: The CEO of a promising start-up company is found dead in a luxurious hotel room. Two men who underwent what were supposed to be simple surgical procedures died on the operating table in two different hospitals. Are the deaths related?

Ronnie Saar, a newly promoted partner in a leading venture capital fund, is unexpectedly nominated to chair the board of a successful pharmaceutical start-up company. But before he can reap the rewards of his promotion, he must deal with these unexpected deaths and other ominous developments that threaten his and his soon-to-be bride’s lives.

His attempts to get to the truth expose a bitter reality: In the business world, money is more valuable than human lives.

Ronnie has a lot to lose: his job, the bright future with the woman he loves and if not playing it safe—his life. Everybody around him offers the same advice—sell and move on with your life. But as his best friend Gady, a former military investigator in the Israeli army, discovers – things are not what they seem. A mysterious and powerful player has his own plan and he has no intention to stop until it is accomplished.

Avi Domoshevizki, Author

International Author on Cheryl Holloway’s Blog

CH: Today’s International Guest Author is Avi Domoshevizki. He felt the time had come to realize an old dream and write a book.  Welcome to my blog, Avi.

CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?

AD: Two friends in pursuit of those responsible for the death of patients during two operations in which an innovative drug was tested.

CH: Why should we read this book where money is more valuable than human lives?

AD: Well, the book definitely does not claim that money is more valuable than human life. On the contrary, however, just like in real life, there are always villains, who will do anything, including taking innocent people’s lives in order to make money. The book is about the struggle between good and evil, which I believe IS a good reason to read it.

CH: Where did you get the premise for this book?

AD: During my research about the brain, I learned about a fascinating mechanism—the BBB (Brain Blood Barrier). Many scientists around the world are researching the BBB in order to find ways to ‘cheat’ it and enable the delivery of drugs into the brain via the blood stream. I decided to take a different approach.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

AD: Writing is my second career. I spent most of my adult life in the high-tech industry, both as an entrepreneur and a venture capitalist. I invented more than ten products and built two companies. I invested in and nurtured several other companies.  And this is exactly what I am doing in my books. I invent an innovative product; build a company around it, and when everything goes wrong, I tell the story of their struggle for survival.

CH: Where do your ideas come from? Do you have a standard formula for plots for each book or does the formula change according to the story?

AD: My ideas come from a long research process of cutting edge technologies in medicine, genetics and computer science. Once I get intrigued by the implications of a technology, the story becomes clear. I do have my own style of writing, and I am proud of my ability to simplify very complicated subjects for my readers. At the same time, I am trying to avoid sticking to a standard formula and prefer to build the plot, so it will be in sync to my protagonist’s characters.

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book about the high tech world?

AD: While I am acquainted intimately with the startup world, finding and deeply understanding a specific topic for any of my book takes between six to twelve months of research. With Green Kills, I started with a different story, only to find out, two months down the road, that a researcher in one of the leading universities had just published a scientific paper similar to my idea. (By the way, it happened to me again with my third book.)

CH: Did you find anything challenging while writing this book?

AD: The main challenge in writing a techno-thriller is the ability to convey a complex subject in a simplified way, so that each individual, independent of his or her education, can understand and enjoy the book. Whenever I felt that technological descriptions impeded the flow of the reading, I re-wrote the whole paragraph or chapter. When the book was finished, I gave it to 20 readers from different backgrounds and education to read. I then soften a few more paragraphs and tested it, again. The book was released only after people told me it was a real page-turner revolving around a fascinating subject.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

AD: I believe my ability to blur the line between reality and fiction is what leaves the reader in awe, long after he or she has finished reading the book. The ethical dilemmas I raise in my books do not have clear answers. By the questions I receive from my readers, I know that the issues raised in the book continue to plague them long after they finish reading.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

AD: My friends tell me that both protagonists are based on different facets of my character. Maybe, this is the reason I found it so easy to write about them.

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

AD: Mainly, Liah, Ronnie’s fiancé. Although, she is not a central figure in the story, it was important for me that she would be portrayed as smart and resourceful and that she would have a significant contribution in solving the plot. I found walking the thin line between a secondary character and a dominant figure to be challenging.

CH: Since this book is full of suspense, action and intrigue, do you prefer writing books with a lot of twists and turns and ups and downs?

AD: Yes, very much so. I find the thriller genre to be the perfect vehicle to convey serious questions about important subjects. When a reader tells me he/she did not sleep the whole night, because he/she could not stop reading, I feel, at that moment, on the top of the world.

CH: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?

AD: The message is the essence of the story and is the main reason why I write. What is the message? I leave it to the readers to find out.

CH: You have several reviews for each book in the series. So, what kind of feedback are you getting from readers of the series?

AD: Between Goodreads and Amazon, I received close to 500 reviews. I believe there are two comments that are common to all readers;
“It is a page turner” and “We learned a lot, in an easy to understand manner, about the high-tech industry.”

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

AD: Of course, and I promise to answer any question sent to me (website is listed below).

CH: How to Find Avi Domoshevizki:

CH: What is the hardest part of writing a mystery thriller?

AD: Sprinkling clues throughout the book and yet, surprising the reader with the final twist.

CH: So, how many more books are in this series?

AD: Currently two more books. Death Sum Game, which deals with a surprising aspect of the cyber world, and In the Wrong Hands, which describes unknown and frightening aspects of genetics research.

CH: The final book in this series was just released a few days ago. So, can you tell my audience where your books are sold?

AD: Exclusively on Amazon.

CH: Any closing remarks?

AD: Thank you, Cheryl, for the opportunity to tell your audience about my passion. If any of you find the subject interesting, please do not hesitate to contact me and I promise to provide you with answers to all your questions (or at least the easy ones 🙂 ).

CH: Thank you so much, Avi Domoshevizki, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Cheryl Holloway is Looking for Book Reviewers

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I am looking for people who read, review and discuss romance books. I am looking for an honest review of my books. Are you available? If so, please contact me at authorCherylHolloway@gmail.com

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Guest Author Interview – Sarah Baethge

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Title: The Illumination Query (The Speed of Darkness Book 1)

Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Synopsis: What makes someone a monster?

The zookeeper, Ronald Carpenter, needs help recovering his escaped charges and is grateful when the secretive Eclipse Company steps in to help. Little does Ronald know just how nefarious a company they really are and why they have such expertise in taking unwilling subjects captive. Can their offer of a higher salary make him leave a job he loves and help them do what he feels is just wrong?

Nigel Hunter’s experiment in an Eclipse lab looks like it could enable incredible movement powers. Intrigued with the prospect, he voluntarily gets the company’s help to try the procedure upon himself. Eclipse now decides to take him prisoner with their other test subjects, so they can more fully test the unbelievable speed it has given him.

When Eclipse pits Ronald and Nigel against one another, can either one of them manage to get away?

Sarah Baethge, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Sarah Baethge. She enjoys writing Sci-Fi and Fantasy stories. Welcome to my blog, Sarah.

CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?

SB: Ronald gets into a situation that is so twisted, it seems like the mad-scientist and some werewolves may be good.

CH: Why should we read this sci-fi fantasy book?

SB: I’ve been playing with the story since 2010, and I have a few sequels planned.

CH: The main characters have been pitted against each other. Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

SB: The situations were something like an imaginary game that I made up, and at times, I do admit that I made them react like I would. Nothing in the story literally came from out of my life.

CH: Where do your ideas come from? Do you have a standard formula for plots for each book or does the formula change according to the story?

SB: I like to make a short list that explains who my characters are and I do like to have a general plan for what will happen in each chapter, but I will let myself get off track if I have a fun new idea as I am writing,

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book?

SB: I did try to look up real physics information to explain my character’s powers, but most of what I found wasn’t really interesting enough to use.

CH: Did you find anything challenging while writing this book?

SB: Maybe not challenging, but somewhat time consuming. My character, Ronald Carpenter, was originally just the flat ‘bad guy’ from my Speed of Darkness book. Because I try to focus on what he was doing in The Illumination Query, I ended up totally remaking who he is and found I enjoyed who he had become.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

SB: I had fun making human-like werewolves and I did it, while avoiding any Twilight-esque love triangles.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

SB: Probably, Bucky Owens, the only character in the book whom I hadn’t written about before.

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

SB: I wanted my character, Prisca Chubb, to not be some sort of stereotype of a dwarven woman.

CH: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?

SB: Don’t decide who is the bad guy and who is good until you see how they act.

CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of this book?

SB: That the book is somewhat fast paced, but enjoyable.

CH: Who is your favorite Sci-fi writer? And why?

SB: I like Stephen King, he’ll follow a bizarre idea well past where another author would take it and he seems to just be having fun with his work.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

SB: I have a couple of different alien stories that I’m trying to improve until I’m happy with them. And I do plan to eventually continue The Speed of Darkness and possibly my short story, Right Now.

CH: How to find Sarah Baethge:

CH: Can you tell my audience where this book is sold?

SB: The Illumination Query is online in paperback and ebook; and available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, iTunes and Kobo.

CH: Any closing remarks?

SB: If the story interests you, I have a few other short writings online. Cheryl, thank you for having me on your blog.

CH: Thank you so much, Sarah Baethge, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – Anne Brooke

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Title: The Gangster’s Wife

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Crime Fiction/Humor

Synopsis: When 53-year-old Elise Walker returns home after a day at the office to find her husband, Gerald, dead of a heart attack, she doesn’t expect a visit from the police with revelations about Gerald’s secret life.

Soon, however, her own life takes a distinctive turn for the surreal, with missing loot, online crime and curious neighbors the least of her problems. Not to mention, trying to deal with never-ending funeral arrangements and staying on top of her job.

Thank goodness for the support of her ever-reliable boss, Hugh. But will even he turn against her when she decides to contact Gerald’s former gang members to find out more? And what is the real significance of the note Gerald left her? Most important of all, if Elise ever finds the money, will she be able to keep it?

Anne Brooke, Author

International Author on Cheryl Holloway’s Blog

CH: Today’s International Author is Anne Brooke. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize and the Royal Literary Fund Scheme. Welcome to my blog, Anne.   

CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?

AB: Newly widowed Elise finds out her husband wasn’t the man she imagined, and sets off on a journey of discovery.

CH: This book is about a wife’s dead husband who has a secret life. Where did you get the premise for this book?

AB: I think all marriages are truly unique, but nobody knows absolutely everything about the person they live with and love. People always have secrets, some innocent, and some not so innocent. I thought, it would be interesting and fun to put my heroine, Elise, into a dramatic situation where she has to revisit everything she thought she knew.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

AB: I made up the basic plot line about finding out something shocking about a dead husband, but a lot of the situations in the book, especially, those which take place in Elise’s office environment, are actual events that have happened to me. I’ve probably been working as a secretary for far too long! I also set the book near the Surrey town of Guildford, which is the area where I live and work.

CH: Where do your ideas come from? Do you have a standard formula for plots for each book or does the formula change according to the story?

 AB: Sometimes, I dream my ideas, and books come from that; and sometimes, something in the news or stories people tell me will spark an idea. I don’t follow a standard formula, as such, but instead, I tend to go with what I think the characters would do. I love a definite ending though, and I also love it if the character changes from the person they were at the start, because of what they’ve learnt throughout the book.

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book?

AB: I researched heart attacks and also humanist funerals, so I could set the scene more accurately for Elise. A lot of the story takes place in the town I live in, and in an office, which is very much like mine.

CH: Did you find anything challenging while writing this book?

AB: I think all books are challenging to write and to read! And in this one, Elise turned out to be a lot more adventurous in her decisions than I thought she would be, when I started writing the book. She sometimes took me in directions I hadn’t thought of, and it was quite tricky to let her have her way. I had no idea how the novel would end and didn’t quite know what decisions Elise would make until the very last moment. It all makes for a bit of a roller coaster writing ride.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style? 

AB: I hope, I take readers in different directions with characters, so they can’t tell how a story will end, until they’re there. I tend to tell a story from one character’s viewpoint only, so it allows both the reader and me to get to know that character at a very deep level. I also try to end chapters with some kind of emotional or practical turning point or surprise, so it encourages me to write on and the reader to keep on reading—I hope!

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

AB: The character of Elise’s boss was hard to write, as I wasn’t sure exactly what his relationship was with Elise. He had aspects in him of several bosses I’ve worked with over the years, so I did find it difficult to blend it down into one particular character.

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

AB: Again, Elise’s boss, for many reasons. Eventually, I worked it out by allowing him to develop from Elise’s point of view, and this gave me an insight into his journey.

CH: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?

AB: People are never what you think they are, but they are always more complicated and exciting than you can ever imagined! And, as a woman in my fifties myself, I’m a strong believer in the power women have to change their lives, make their own decisions and do something completely different to what everyone expects!

CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of this book?

AB: I think, The Gangster’s Wife has a very British kind of ironic humour, which runs throughout and people either enjoy it or not. Elise, herself, is a ‘Marmite’ kind of character, so readers either love her or find her very odd. Elise is probably more like me, than I care to admit.

CH: You’ve been writing for a number of years in multi-genres. And this book has stood the test of time with readers. Can you briefly tell us about your writing journey?

AB: I started off writing gay fiction and gay erotic fiction, and also have a couple of straight romantic novels to my name. On the way, there’s been a diversion into a three-book fantasy series, The Gathandrian Trilogy, religious non-fiction, and also one or two children’s books through my pseudonym, Lori Olding. Now, I’m focusing more on thrillers and comic fiction with female protagonists.

CH: Where do you get your inspiration and ideas from when you write?

AB: Sometimes, I can dream scenarios and then want to see how they end, so I have to start writing them. At other times, news items or conversations with friends get the creative muse going. So, it can be a variety of inputs which get the ideas working.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

AB: I’m currently working on a novel about a young girl whose father is a magician, and the adventures they have together. The working title is The Magician’s Daughter. Hmm, perhaps I’m just obsessed with women’s roles and how they relate to their men!

CH: Can you tell us a little about your website?

AB: Besides my main site, I have other sites for gay fiction, children’s fiction, religious non-fiction, and the fantasy series, but they can all be accessed via the main site.

CH:  How to Find Anne Brooke:

CH: Can you tell my audience where this book is sold?

AB: The Gangster’s Wife is found at Amazon both in a kindle and paperback version.

CH: Any closing remarks?

AB: Thank you very much for the interview, Cheryl, it’s been a pleasure!

CH: Thank you so much, Anne Brooke, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – Niecy M.

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Title: I Didn’t See This Coming from My Family

Genre:  Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Synopsis: This book reflects on and is being told through the eyes of a nine-year-old southern girl named Sofay White, who is an only child. She resides in Oklahoma with her parents, who by the way, also live in the same household as her grandparents, along with their fifteen children. Sofay is a mouthy, sassy, but inquisitive little girl, who is growing up too fast, making her mature with wit and wisdom. She’s always at the wrong place at the right time—snickering, laughing, observing, and ready to tell. Her life is centered on many daily outrageous activities among her aunts and uncles mishaps. However, out of all of her relatives, Sofay is more connected to her favorite, Auntie Eisha, whom by the way, has been exposed to life changes while trying to stay above hot water, while dealing with family rivalry, family disconnections, and confusion between a man and a woman.

Niecy M., Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Niecy M. and throughout the years, her passion has been reading and writing. Welcome to my blog, Niecy.

CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?

NM: Captivating, invigorating and a surreal journey back in time describing lifestyles of mayhem and devious deceptions among a large family.

CH: This book is told from a child’s point of view, one with plenty of wit and wisdom. She is surrounded by an over-abundance of relatives and their friends. Where did you get the premise for this book?

NM: The premise was developed from my mind just racing. Believe it or not I had originally started this project nearly five years prior, but got sidetracked after my dad passed. Of course, I was devastated after that and decided not to write. But something struck me last year saying, ‘it’s time,’ and I went to retrieve what I had originally started. As I was re-reading the storyline, a comedian was doing a live stream saying, ‘…what are you doing? Do you know I have a good feeling about you and what you have to offer the world.’ Well, I felt she was talking only to me, because her words of encouragement resonated into my soul. So, I started reading again what I had written and felt something was missing. My storyline was boring to me, so I sat there pondering. I don’t know where the thought of characters came from, but I knew I wanted a book that was timeless. I already had the idea of Sofay’s character, but decided to give it a twist and include this large family all residing under the same roof. I thought most large families like the White’s always have one child, who stands out in being mischief or giving the parents a hard time. So, instead of Sofay being that mischief child in the story, I decided that it would be her aunts, uncles, and her parents, who would give life to this story with their mischief and potential mental health lives.

CH: Why are all of these people—several generations—living in the same household?

NM: The White Clan is guided under strict control from their mother, Olivia White. She’s the type of woman, who lived for her children, but mostly loved controlling their lives in her own manipulative way. There are three generations living under one roof. The White children consist of eight girls, eight boys, and the granddaughter, Sofay, whose parents are Geraldine and J.W. As a matter of fact, J.W. is the eldest child, still living at home with his wife and daughter.  He couldn’t build up enough nerve to tell his parents that he wanted to move out. He felt obligated to tend to his mother’s every need. The house was built on a farm in the rural country parts of Oklahoma. The farmhouse was actual the place where James, Sr., the patriarch of the family,  was born and raised.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

NM: No, it wasn’t complicated at all creating those situations. Once, I finished writing for the night. I would turn over to sleep, but Sofay’s character wouldn’t allow me to rest. I would get back up an hour or two later and start jotting down a scene before I would forget. Then the next day, I would read what I had written down and put a large space in between the chapter, so I could conjure up more to write, then I combined what was jotted down from the wee hours into what I was currently writing, which  made a complete chapter. It sounds simple, but it was a bit complicated and nerve racking at times.

CH: Where do your ideas come from? Do you have a standard formula for plots for each book or does the formula change according to the story?

NM: My ideas come from thoughts. I sit and meditate, often thinking of what will be a good idea and what makes sense. I feel it’s good to write common sense, but with a twist of humor in order to prevent boredom for the readers. My ideas come from my past or the past of others. I believe in being versatile, more of a multi-tasker, but not going off trail or writing something I feel will have no value in it.

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book?

NM: Yes, I did do research, especially, on the Bible verses. I double checked the verses making sure they were accurate. I didn’t want people saying, ‘she just changed the verse in the Bible.’ You know how some Christian folk are.

CH: Did you find anything challenging while writing this book?

NM: I did find putting the chapters in order were a bit complicated. After re-reading many paragraphs, I noticed many were not in line with the chapter. I had to put a large space in between chapters leaving enough room to copy and paste making those chapters complete. I wanted readers to get a sense of the book, and to feel like I was sitting down with friends, just reminiscing on old times. My point is I didn’t want readers to read, for example, chapter twelve and then, get to chapter fifteen to say wait a minute something is missing here, this should have been in chapter twelve with the rest of the stuff.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

NM: Haa haa, what’s different is that I Didn’t See This Coming from My Family is written like a play or a movie script. I had so much to say with the characters that I made sure to include that person’s name along with the storyline, so people wouldn’t get confused.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

NM: Hmm, that would have been Sheila. Everyone couldn’t shine in the story or be the golden child. I wrote in Sheila to give her just enough to be recognized for the con artist lifestyle that she lived.

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

NM: That would be Sofay White. Although, she’s the baby of the family, it was a little hard figuring out how to allow her to speak without using much ebonics. Keep in mind the setting is in the South during the 60’s and 70’s era. I used a few southern words, but not much, because I didn’t want to take away the reality of family and how we really communicate with one another.

CH: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?

NM: Yes, what I want the readers to grasp is that you have to be trained to understand and have mannerisms when chaos occurs in various situations. Don’t be quick to judge without evidence to back you up. There’s a correct way in teaching a child and there’s also an incorrect way in teaching a child. People will judge you no matter what. So for example, if you’re washing dishes and leave food in the drain and someone just happens to be over the sink and see it, it’s only right for you to tell that person the correct way to do the chore. Explain that you’re supposed to empty the food into the garage, because we don’t want ants crawling on the kitchen counter trying to get into the sink. I always say it starts at home. My message is that we can heal from our issues in our daily lives. We all make mistakes, but it’s the forgiving that will help the healing process. Family may fuss at one another, but when it’s all said and done. Family is really all you have

CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of this book?

NM: Goodness, the feedback has been great! I’m hearing so many comparisons to people’s lives and how it brought back childhood memories. They want to know how on earth I came up with the White’s. One reader said her husband made her put the book down because he was tired of her laughter. She said once she was finished her husband started reading and laughing even harder than she did. Meanwhile, one of my best friends called screaming with laughter, and asking me what’s going to happen next. I’m extremely pleased when I hear stories that let me know I’ve touched so many lives and done my job (as a writer).

CH: Is this your debut novel?

NM: Yes, it is my debut novel and I’m so excited. I walked by faith, not by sight knowing that I am in God’s right hand.

CH: Where do you get your inspiration and ideas from when you write?

NM: I get them from friends, family, associates, and television.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

NM: Next, I’m working on a continuation of the story. I purposely ended with the thought of what’s going to happen after this.

CH: How to Find Niecy M:

CH: Any closing remarks?

NM: Yes, I want people to know that anything in life is possible, no matter your age. You have to be obedient and dedicated in completing whatever it is that gasp your bones. Don’t be deterred with negativity, because that’s part of the territory. You need to stay prayerful and know words will either break you or make you. So, be careful on how you approach a person, because what you put out may come back double to underestimate your abilities and lastly, have faith in who you are, because no one knows you better than yourself.  Cheryl, thanks for the interview.

CH: Thank you so much, Niecy M., for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – J. R. Conway

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Title: Greyhound Therapy

Genre: Thriller/Suspense/Contemporary Fiction

Synopsis: A debut thriller in which a small-town sheriff races against time to catch a vicious murderer.

Career criminals, Albert Brown and Calvin Watson, are out on bail from the attempted robbery of a local gun shop. After robbing an elderly man on a Greyhound bus, they’re jailed in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Watson, terrified of Brown, distances himself by telling the police that Brown has the man’s stolen wallet. Both men get thrown into the understaffed prison’s overcrowded cell, with Brown handcuffed to the bars. But Brown frees himself and kills Watson. He escapes and eludes the police by hiding out in an abandoned construction site. He then steals a car and severely beats the owners, leaving one buried in sand and the other locked in a trailer. Running out of gas and looking for a way out of town without the police noticing, Brown ditches the car and decides to travel a different way: on a Greyhound bus.

Luckily, Sheriff Craig Spence intuits the murderer’s decision and, preparing for a violent showdown in which there may be many potential hostages, grabs his seldom-used gun.

Debut author Conway ably presents Spence as a quick-thinking hero who anticipates the escaped con’s next move: “He had just thought of something that had rang a bell in his head. Those guys, Brown and Watson, had come to town on a Greyhound bus. They had probably traveled all over the country on buses. He would feel comfortable on a bus.”

Conway makes his characters believable by combining personal stories with their dedication to law enforcement, especially Spence, who is not only fighting political bureaucracy for more officers and better facilities, but struggling with his wife’s cancer.

Courage takes center stage in this action-packed crime story.

J. R. Conway, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is J. R. Conway. He worked for the Sheriff’s Department for some time and then decided to write some stories. Welcome to my blog, J. R.

CH: Can you give us a brief synopsis of the book?

JRC: Greyhound Therapy is the beginning of a series that deals with the impact that could be had on small communities, resulting from an influx of transients. This book introduces the practice, by Law enforcement agencies and health facilities, of moving undesirables (The homeless, people with mental deficiencies that can’t be accommodated in existing facilities, vagrants, etc.) by providing a ticket or voucher for a trip by bus to another county or city. This practice is known as ‘Greyhound Therapy.’ This book is a fictionalization of what the impact from an unplanned migration could be on resources of a small community and how the problems created are dealt with.

The sequel, After the Ride: Crime and Compassion, follows events that occur after a person is on a bus and sent off to whatever fate. The story does several things. It shows that there are voids in our service programs to treat the mentally impaired. The protagonist, Sheriff Spence, shows that there is a human side to law enforcement and that discretion (which is seldom used in law enforcement anymore) can provide for positive solutions. There is an after story to most situations and cooperation is still the best way to solve problems.

CH: How did you come up with the premise for this series?

JRC: I’ve spent most of my adult life associated in some manner with law enforcement. It was not difficult to draw from memories of situations that I and my wife (also involved in law enforcement) had occurred or that we were involved in. It was actually my wife’s idea that I should write a book.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or is it all your imagination?

JRC: Each situation alluded to in the book, either actually happened in total or partially happened; and the imagination was used to create lead-ins or believable results. It was difficult taking situations that frequently occur with law enforcement that are boring and telling the story, so that it would be interesting to all readers.

CH: Did you run into any challenges while writing this series?

JRC: I really didn’t because I selected an area and a town that I was familiar with and I was able to build characters based on persons that I had known over the years.

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write any of the books?

JRC: Yes. I made sure that my dates and facts about the area were correct; that the laws and penalties referred to were in force at the time; that the methods of investigations were solid and that the geography of the area was as I said it was.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

JRC: I write simply. The language is  every day. I do my best to lead the reader from one situation to the other in a way that flows and makes sense.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

JRC: The Sheriff and Brown. Sheriff Spence has a unique manner of communicating and sees his job in a special way. He’s human, loves his family, respects his employees and will take a life, if he has to. Brown is a psychopath, cunning, nasty, no feelings for anyone, and doesn’t even like himself.

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

JRC: Brown was the most difficult to develop.

CH: Since this is a thriller, are there a lot of plot twists in the book?

JRC: Just as in law enforcement, things are seldom as they may seem. Yes, there are a few twist and some turns.

CH: What is the hardest part of writing a mystery thriller?

JRC: Keeping it moving and making the reader wanting to turn the page.

CH: Is there a message in the novel that you want the readers to grasp?

JRC: Law enforcement is not all blood and guts. There are ways to achieve positive solutions when resources are limited. We still have a long way to go to improve services to the mentally needy.

CH: Where do you get your inspiration and ideas from when you write?

JRC: Mostly from experiences and people I meet.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

JRC: This endeavor is a three book series. I’m not thinking any further. There will be another book, however.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

The website is in the process of being updated.

CH: How to Find J. R. Conway:

CH: Can you tell my audience where your books are sold?

JRC: My books can be easily obtained through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

CH: Any closing remarks?

JRC: If your audience should obtain one of my books, and I hope they will, please provide a review where possible. Cheryl, Thanks for the interview.

CH: Thank you so much, J. R. Conway, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – Maurice W. Dorsey

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CH: Today’s Guest Author is Maurice W. Dorsey. He enjoys writing inspirational books for future generations. Welcome to my blog, Maurice.

Maurice W. Dorsey, Author

Title: Businessman First: Remembering Henry G. Parks, Jr. 1916-1989

Genre: Biography/Memoir/African American History

Synopsis: A true story of great inspiration and incomparable talent, Businessman First follows one man who becomes successful in the dirty world of business and proved to his family that he could achieve his dream job in flying colors.

More than his ad: “More Parks sausages, mom. Please.” Henry G. Parks, Jr. was a man before his time. Pioneering in the American free enterprise system he embarked on a journey leading to a multi-million dollar industry. After many endeavors in business, The H.G. Parks, Inc. trading as Parks Sausage, became a reality in 1951.

With strong aggressive leadership, brilliant marketing and advertising, Mr. Parks built a business that never posted a losing year under his ownership. Park’s Sausage was the first African American owned business to issue stock publicly. Mr. Park’s success caught the attention of some of the leading corporate boards in this country along with national organizations, city, state, and Federal leaders. They sought to bring him aboard to share his knowledge, leadership skills, and ability with other leading American business, Government and non-profit leaders.

This is the story of a businessman who was African American and was optimistic and determined while achieving ultimate success.

CH: Why should we read this book about an African American Businessman?

MWD: This book is an inspirational book for all to read.  Henry G. Parks, Jr. was the builder and creator of the Parks Sausage Company in Baltimore, Maryland.  He was the first African American to issue stock publically on the New York Stock Exchange.  Mr. Parks accomplished this during the height of the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960’s.  He was also a behind the scenes civil rights leader and was elected to the Baltimore City Council for two consecutive terms.

CH: What made you decide to write this book?

MWD: Mr. Parks and I were friends.  Before his death in 1989, I made a promise to him that he would live on after his death through this biography of his life and life works and accomplishments.  It took me 25 years to get around to writing this book.  It is purely fact based from original documents.  Much more could have been written about his personal life and a subsequent book may follow.

CH: Did you run into any challenges while writing this book?

MWD: The challenge to writing a biography is honoring and respecting direct heirs.  Mr. Parks’ daughters are alive and thus, I reframed from telling more of the personal details of Mr. Parks life story. Some of the story not told is from my personal experience as an author that I had come to know.

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book?

MWD: This book was created directly with Mr. Parks’ blessing and before he died he gave me all of his original documents and thus there was little research necessary.  The chronology of Civil Rights history, at the time, was researched.

CH: What is the hardest part of writing about history?

MWD: The most difficult part of writing about history is procuring the day-to-day details that make a story vivid and alive for current day readers.  History must be written clearly to reflect the times and must hold the readers interest.  In that Mr. Parks was 30 years my senior, going that far back in time was challenging.  I enjoyed including a good part of the significant Civil Rights history of the times, and Mr. Parks’ influence and impact on modern history.

CH: Where do you get your inspiration and ideas from when you write about someone who was a friend?

MWD: One of my professional reviewers stated that in his perception Mr. Parks had agreed to let me write his biography, because he knew that I would write the book in a manner in which he would have approved.  I think that I did just that!  However, times have changed and those things that were not mentioned in polite society then, are openly discussed today.  In that way, some of the interesting topics about his life were held back.  In addition, Mr. Parks’ was the very first highly successful African American man that I knew personally.  He was not only a friend but an inspiration and definitely a mentor.  It is often said that it takes a village to raise a child and Mr. Parks was in my village and contributed significantly to my personal development.

CH: What would you like for readers to remember about Henry Parks?

MWD: Mr. Parks was a person who started life dirt poor and made a huge success of his life, at a time, when we as a people were called Negroes, Blacks, Afro-Americans, then African Americans and many other negative titles that can effectively lower our self-esteem and sense of personal identity.  During any era, but definitely during the Civil Rights Movement, it was a tremendously difficult time to start and maintain a successful inter-state business.  Banks were not loaning money to Negros to start businesses then, and in some cases, today.  Mr. Parks believed that more African Americans needed to go into business, so that they could contribute to the economic development of their neighborhoods and communities, as he was eventually able to do.  This book is dedicated to the youth, who someday want to go into business.

CH: Which of your books are you most proud of and Why?

MWD: I am extremely proud of both of my books.  Businessman First was a QBR (Quarter Black Review) Book Award Finalist.  The common theme in both books is:  “Through adversity you can achieve.”  My characters have demonstrated through their living that you can move from your place of origin.  They each had a vision, goals, objectives and strategies; and through a ton of opposition, they thrived and achieved.  My books are an inspiration to me  and I hope to others, too.

CH: What can we expect next from you? 

MWD: I have two pending projects that need further developing, but I hope to get then published within the next year.  One will focus on the topic of mentorship and the other will focus on African American men who are on the down low.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

MWD: I have two websites (below) and I am also on Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, and Instagram My email is mdorsey10@verizon.net.

Title: From Whence We Come

Genre: Biography/Memoir/History

Synopsis: Seymour Rose is an African American man, who is gay. He was born to a father who is Catholic and accepts his son unconditionally and a mother who is born Methodist and is homophobic—but most of all, she tells her son throughout his life that she never wanted to have him.

Seymour reflects on three generations of his family history and often tells family stories to make sense of his years of emotional insecurity and feelings of being unloved and unwanted.

His mother is Estelle. She is a strong African American woman whose mother died when she was ten years old. Her father forced her to be surrogate wife and mother to her younger sister and brother. When the Great Depression of the late 1920s occurred and wiped out the family’s finances, they were forced into a life of destitution. Never having enough money, she lived and dreamed of growing up and having a job and money of her own.

Her dream of having a job was put on hold when she learns she is pregnant. She married and, within a year of the first child, she gives birth to a second child. She is angry with herself because she wanted to go to work before having children.

Just as soon as she gets the first two children in grade school and she can live her dream of having a job, she learns she is pregnant again. This child is Seymour, and she repeatedly tells him in her disgust and frustration, “Child, God wanted you here, boy, because I never wanted to have you!”

Seymour’s reaction to his mother’s persistent comments was to cling closer to his mother with hopes that, one day, she would tell him she loved him and wanted him. When he informs his mother that he is gay, this compounds her distaste for this child.

At the end of her life, Estelle reveals to Seymour her years of malcontent with her son, and he comes to terms with his mother and his family history.
This book is fictitious, but based on a true story.

CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?

MWD: This is a story of overcoming adversity, we can all move from our point of origin, if we chose to do the work.  Estelle Cory-Rose overcomes being motherless at the age of 10 years old and being raised by a cruel merciless father.  Seymour, her son that she never wanted to have, overcomes the emotional detachment of his mother and family, who object to his being gay.  By the conclusion of the book, both characters thrive as a result of working through their respective life traumas.

CH: This book is about a gay man, whose mother did not love or want him. Where did you get the premise for this book?

MWD: The premise for this book, although fiction, is based on a true story.  The gift of a mother’s love is the most precious gift a child can receive.  If a child does not feel loved he/she will struggle day and night to attain the feeling and grow to make known his feelings of dejection.

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book?

MWD: Since the story is based from a true story, there was not a tremendous amount of research that needed to be done.  Of course the names, locations, and dates were all changed to respect those who could discern themselves in the book.  When a person experiences deep pain, no amount of time will erase the memory and no research is needed to recall the circumstances.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

MWD: The topic of a strong African American women and an African American gay man is current in today’s intellectual discussions.  This book shows the reader the struggles that African American women and gay men have in the world and how they both interface with religious doctrine.  Both of my books are direct and to the point.  Readers who like quick readable books will enjoy both of my books.  True readers have lots of books to read and at this point I am putting my story out there, but an epic book may come in the future.

CH: Which character was hardest to write? Which character was hardest to develop?

MWD: The character of Seymour Rose, the African American gay male was hardest to write. I never cried so much in my entire life, as I did in the four months to get the character of Seymour on the pages of this book.  Although, all women and minorities struggle in the world, I think the heterosexual struggle is very different than the gay struggle.

Estelle Cory-Rose was more difficult to develop because she lived several generations prior to Seymour.  I love and have the greatest admiration of these two characters, because they reached their personal victories because of and in spite of oppositions—internal and external—to their lives.

CH: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?

MWD: YES!  First, it is hard as hell to live in this world without a loving mother.  Second, it is very difficult for a gay person to attain their highest level of potential in a non-accepting world.  The conflict of most religious doctrines adds heavily to the emotional turmoil.  Building a healthy self-identity as an African American in America is enough to bear.  By not having a mother, or a loving mother, and to be gay is tough.

CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of this book?

MWD: This book was released in November 2017 and at this time, I have not received my first royalty check to know if the book is selling; however, of my friends and fans who have read the book, they love it!  It is a book for all to read but I have gotten the most positive feedback from African American women and gay men.  Interestingly, a wife told me her husband liked the gay intimacy dialogue, thus his scope has been broadened from reading my book.

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CH: Any closing remarks? 

MWD: Thank You Ms. Holloway for your support of the literary community!  You are a true team player.

CH: Thank you so much, Maurice W. Dorsey, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Show versus Tell in Writing

The goal is to write with emotion without stating it.  So, show the reader, instead of telling the reader. Ask yourself, “What would I do or say in that situation?” With the right combination of imagery, thoughts and actions, your readers should be able to see and feel the emotion through the words you’ve written.

Take your readers on a journey with some surprise and a little shock and make them show their own emotions. Yes, make them cry, laugh, get angry or pissed off at the character. You can even make them think wholeheartedly about what they just read. Emotion is creation with action and surprise.  Shock the reader with something that they were not expecting.

For example: Fear

  • Tell: The guy jumped at me and the fear of the moment scared me.
  • Show: The guy with a gun jumped out in the dark alley and my heart was beating so fast that I thought it would jump out of my chest and run away. I almost peed on myself.
  • Note: I gave the reader surprise and shock!

For example: Anger

  • Tell: She was pissed when her husband of 25 years said that he wanted a divorce.
  • Show: She said, “WTF! We have four kids, three unpaid car notes, two mortgages for our primary house and our vacation home, and a child in college. What do you mean you want a divorce?”
  • Note: I gave the reader surprise and shock! And I wouldn’t be surprised if she threw a vase at him.

For example: Terror

  • Tell: She was waiting for the call from the detective about her missing sister.
  • Show: Sweat popped out on her forehead, as she saw the detective’s name appear on her phone. She snatched the phone and nervously said, “Hello?!”
  • Note: I gave the reader surprise and shock! Now, you almost expect the detective to tell her that her sister is dead.

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Guest Author Interview – Eva Leigh

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Title: Counting on A Countess: The London Underground

Genre: Historical Romance/Regency

Synopsis: For a shameless libertine and a wily smuggler in the London Underground, marriage is more than convenience—it’s strategy. . .

Christopher “Kit” Ellingsworth, war veteran and newly minted Earl of Blakemere, buries his demons under every sort of pleasure and vice. His scandalous ways have all but emptied his coffers. . .until a wealthy mentor leaves him a sizeable fortune. The only stipulation? He must marry within one month to inherit the money. Kit needs a bride and the bold, mysterious Miss Tamsyn Pearce seems perfect.

Husband hunting isn’t Tamsyn’s top priority—she’s in London to sell her new shipment of illicit goods—but she’s desperate for funds to keep her smuggling operation afloat. When a handsome Earl offers to wed her and send her back to Cornwall with a hefty allowance, Tamsyn agrees. After all, her secrets could land her in prison and an attentive, love-struck spouse could destroy everything.

But when an unexpected proviso in the will grants Tamsyn control of the inheritance, their arrangement becomes anything but convenient. Now, Kit’s counting on his countess to make his wildest dreams a reality and he plans to convince her, one pleasurable seduction at a time.

Eva Leigh, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Eva Leigh. She has always loved the Regency era and she writes novels with smart women and sexy men. Welcome to my blog, Eva.

CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less? 

EL: A marriage of convenience is threatened by the heroine’s dangerous secrets.

CH: This book is about smugglers in the London underground. Where did you get the premise for this story?

EL: The whole series is about heroines who dwell in the less respectable margins of society. The heroine of From Duke Till Dawn is a confidence artist, and I knew I wanted Tamsyn, the heroine of Counting On A Countess, to be genteel, but also shady. There’s a lot of drama to be mined in having a dissolute, but ultimately law-abiding, veteran turned Earl get entangled with a woman who seems perfectly proper on the surface, but is actually the head of a smuggling operation.

CH: Since Kit wanted to marry Tamsyn only so he could inherit money, but it back fired on him. With that in mind, was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

EL: I generally don’t use real life as a model for my stories, since I find so much within fiction to play with, particularly in historical romance. When it comes to creating believable situations, I feel that I can make some of the external elements a little more dramatic, but they work well when grounded in real human emotion.

CH: Did you run into any challenges while writing this book?

EL: I didn’t know very much about how to sail, especially before the invention of motors and engines! So, I called upon several friends with sailing experience to guide me when writing a sailing scene.

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book?

EL: In addition to learning about sailing, I also researched how smuggling operations worked, particularly in Cornwall, which is where Tamsyn is from—if you watch Poldark, you know that there’s a long history of smuggling in that part of England.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

EL: I don’t know if what I do is especially ‘different’ from other authors, but I am quite invested in creating heroes and heroines who balance each other, particularly, when it comes to their power dynamics. In particular, alphas aren’t really my cup of tea, so I try to write heroes who are strong but compassionate and loving.

CH: Which character was hardest to write and develop?

EL: Tamsyn underwent several evolutions as I was writing this book because I had her as someone who was very meek and downtrodden, and my editor was like, ‘????’ So, I realized that she had be much stronger than I’d originally written. I like to write strong heroines, so this original version of Tamsyn just wasn’t right.

CH: Who is your favorite character in this book?

EL: I do love Tamsyn’s ultimate strength, but Kit was so very fun. He has his dark moments, but he loves life and has a very fun sense of humor.

CH: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?

EL: Everyone deserves support and love.

CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of this book?

EL: Readers seem to be enjoying it! Some have a little bit of difficulty with the fact that Tamsyn lies to Kit, but she has her reasons—and I also think we hold heroines to different standards than heroes. But for the most part, they like the romance, and enjoy the dynamic between Kit and Tamsyn.

CH: Where do you get your inspiration and ideas from when you write?

EL: History is full of so many stories that inspire me. I’m particularly interested in writing about resistance or defiance of societal conventions.

CH: You write under different pen names. Can you tell us a little about it?

EL: When I started in romance, I wrote as Zoë Archer. Those books run the gamut from historical paranormal adventure romance to science fiction romance, to historical romantic suspense to steampunk. When I began writing straight historical romance for Avon, they suggested a new pen name primarily for marketing purposes, so I write for them as Eva Leigh. Now, I also write sweet contemporary romance for Hallmark Publishing as Alexis Stanton. My Hallmark books are kisses only, which is a substantial departure from my other books, so we thought a new name might help readers know the heat level.

CH: Have your books won any awards?

EL: I won the Orange County Chapter of the RWA’s Book Buyer’s Best Award for my first historical romance, Lady X’s Cowboy. I’ve also been nominated for a RITA award, twice.  Note: RWA is Romance Writers of America. RITA Award is the highest award of distinction in romance fiction.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

EL: This winter, I’ll have a new Hallmark romance, which is a Christmas time travel story called A Timeless Christmas. Then, in a complete 180, I’ll also have the third book of the London Underground series, Dare To Love A Duke. The heroine of that story manages a sex club—so you can see how very different my writing can be!

CH: How to Find Eva Leigh:

CH: Can you tell my audience where this book is sold?

EL: It’s at all online retailers, and you can also purchase it at some brick and mortar stores, such as Barnes & Noble and Walmart.

CH: Any closing remarks?

EL: Thanks so much for having me, Cheryl!

CH: Thank you so much, Eva Leigh, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – Jodi Ann Fahey

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Title: Lucian Sword: Casey Blane Series Book 2

Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Magical Realism

Synopsis: Casey Blane returns to the old coven’s grounds to take her place as the high priestess to the Letorian Coven and in search for the lost talismans. What she discovers is far more than she ever could have envisioned.

Brought to a world of faeries and the magic of the Druids, Casey must learn to come to terms with herself and her gifts quickly to survive and change the prophecy. Her first battle is finding the Lucian Sword.

Jodi Ann Fahey, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Jodi Ann Fahey. She has studied journalism and loves writing. Welcome to my blog, Jodi Ann.

CH: Can you give us a synopsis of the series?

JAF: Over four hundred years ago, King Davalian, The Letorian King, protected the covens from the Pandions and townspeople during the medieval times of the black plague and the witch hunts. Two very gifted sorcerers were part of his army and fought alongside him. One was a woman named Lily, who not only helped him to victory, but also won his heart. Lily was not at all interested in King Davalian. Her love was Connell, the other gifted sorcerer.

During King Davalian’s reign, Lily discovered the secret to eternal life through a series of talismans, a reborn vampire, which she tried on herself. Connell was to be next, and they were to live out their lives, each generation, with each other. Except, that night, things went horribly wrong and even though both had been blessed with eternal life their bond was never completed. Instead, in a jealous rage, King Davalian cursed Connell and forced him to an entity of being controlled by the moon and to never forget.

Connell was forced into a wolf, and after King Davalian’s death, Lily became their queen. That was when a devastating prophecy of her great-granddaughter was told. Her great-granddaughter would be slaughtered by the King to the Pandions, the talismans were to be found, and it would be the demise of the Letorian Coven. The Pandions were destined to be the new ruling coven and destroy everything on its way to get there.

The series begins with Lily’s great-granddaughter, Casey Blane, who has been kept hidden her entire young human life for them to try to change the prophecy, until one day when she’s discovered by the Pandions. What happens next will change her life forever.

CH: How did you come up with the premise for this series?

JAF: I started writing the series for my daughter back in 2010. She was going through a serious bought of depression from having had lost a friend to bullying and she was facing the same torment. It’s amazing how damaging bullying has on one’s soul. I know I had similar battles with it growing up, but not to the extreme it is today with social media.

So, I wanted to give her a story that she could relate to that showed her that even through those feelings of self-doubt and lack of self-worth, if you can just believe in yourself, magic begins to happen. And it’s true. If you can believe in yourself, it can become your shield against the words of hatred and jealously and you can begin to see that the words are exactly that—words. You can also begin to see the attacker for who they really are. The biggest trick is learning to believe in yourself.

The Casey Blane Series was based on these fundamentals and set in a fantasy world filled with action and a nearly four hundred year old romance where Casey Blane must also learn to empower herself in order for her to succeed. It also touches on the most common feelings and emotions females go through and struggle with on a daily basis, making Casey Blane a character that a teenage girl can relate to. Or really anyone, for that matter.

Basically, I wanted to give my daughter a story to let her know that her emotions are real and she wasn’t alone in this world. That if she can believe in herself and love her differences, she would be able to do whatever she sets her mind to.

CH: Wow. That is a wonderful story by itself. Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or is it all your imagination?

JAF: Hmm. Actually, the first book, Letorian Descendants, was based on some aspects of my life, put into fantasy, of course. But most of it was my imagination.

CH: Since this is only book 2, when you wrote the first book, did you know that it would be a series then?

JAF: Yes. It was outlined to be created into four books, but with many possibilities for wonderful arcs, if I choose to.

CH: Did you run into any challenges while writing this series?

JAF: Not so much challenges, per se. I think, the most difficult part of writing the series was how I wanted each person to sound, vocally. That was probably the hardest part of it with all the different tones in speech and language.

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write any of the books?

JAF: Oh, definitely. Speech patterns, for one. Also, the second book brings them to Ireland, so I did an awful lot of research for that. The second book took me seven years to complete, because I wanted to make sure it was believable.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

JAF: Good question. I love to be able to draw my readers into the book by allowing them to feel the story, not just read it.

CH: Of the two books in the series, which character was hardest to write?

JAF: Oh, I don’t believe any of them were difficult. The characters were actually well formed before I even began to write them. For example, Dr. Dmitri Avens was a doctor from the days of the Black Plague and I wrote his story and history before the first word was put to paper for Letorian Descendants. Each one of them was developed that way. However, Deasan, has a unique speech pattern. She would most likely be the one that I did work the hardest on.

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

JAF: Deasan, for the reasons stated above.

CH: Is there a message in each novel that you want the readers to grasp or a message for the entire series?

JAF: Yes: Your strength is your differences; Your power is your unique abilities; Trust in yourself; and Believe.

CH: The latest in the series is Book 2, how many more books are there in this series?

JAF: There is planned to be four. The next one, Dragon Lines, is scheduled to come out Jan/Feb of 2020.

CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of the series?

JAF: Very good feedback, actually. The story draws you in right away and you are kept there throughout the book. The characters are easy to relate to; and yet, complex.  I’ve been told it was a combination of Stephen King and Rick Riordan.

CH: Where do you get your inspiration and ideas from when you write?

JAF: Believe it or not, just observing life, behaviors and expanding on them.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

JAF: Oh, I have a few things up my sleeves, so make sure to follow me. I have a children’s book that I am currently working on, as well as a few anthologies that will be coming out in 2019 and much more to come.

 CH: How to Find Jodi Ann Fahey:

CH: Can you tell my audience where your books are sold?

JAF: Both of my books can be found on Amazon in both print and eBook format.

CH: Any closing remarks?

JAF: I would just like to say thank you to you, Cheryl Holloway, for giving me this opportunity to share my books with your wonderful readers. It’s been a pleasure being here with you and an honor.

CH: Thank you so much, Jodi Ann Fahey, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – S. S. Bazinet

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Title: Tainted Blood: The Vampire Reclamation Project Book 5

Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Metaphysical/Visionary

Synopsis: Ex-vampire Arel is determined to find the perfect woman. He believes his search is over when he meets the gorgeous Claire. She’s not only beautiful, but she’s smart, dedicated and determined to make the world a better place. However, Arel soon learns that perfection comes with a staggering price tag.

S. S. Bazinet, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is S. S. Bazinet. Her passion is writing and sharing her stories. Welcome to my blog, S. S.

CH: Can you give us a brief synopsis of the series?

SSB: This series is about reclamation and personal transformation! It begins with Arel’s need to vanquish the curse he’s been living with. He believes that Michael’s angelic blood could be his salvation. However, as Michael explains to him, angelic blood is an extremely potent agent for change. A person must be prepared to face their darkest fears and everything that’s hidden away in their subconscious.

As the story continues, Arel passes Michael’s blood on to two others. When he does, a tapestry of interwoven lives and lifetimes is exposed. A group of individuals are forced to come together to resolve issues surrounding love, hate, trust and betrayal. But they have help, angelic help!

CH: How did you come up with the premise for this series?

SSB: I hadn’t intended to write about vampires and angels. However, after having writer’s block for years and struggling with self-criticism, I surrendered to the idea of having fun with my writing. Shortly after that, I sat down in my back yard and let inspiration take over. Words flowed out effortlessly, and an extraordinary story began to tell itself. None of it was planned!

CH: An ex-vampire is looking for love and finds two women who are interested in him. How did you come up with the premise for this book?

SSB: Again, it wasn’t something I arranged. As I was writing the series, I felt like a mother hen when I thought about Arel, my main guy. I wrote four books hoping that he would find love, but it didn’t happen. Like many authors tell you, the characters have minds of their own.

Finally in book five, Arel announces that he’s ready for a relationship. Great! I’m all for it. Unfortunately, as the story unfolds, Arel’s not as ready as he thinks, especially, when he encounters two very strong-willed women.

CH: In this book, was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

SSB: When I’m writing, I ‘empathize’ with my characters in a way that allows me to write about their feelings. It’s like sitting with good friends who have problems. I observe, feel and record what they’re going through. Thankfully, the method works, and they usually find solutions by the end of a book.

CH: When you wrote the first book, did you know that it would be a series then?

SSB: No, I had no idea or plan for a series. However, as soon as I finished the first book, the second book presented itself almost immediately. In a year, I had the rough drafts of six books! I was writing almost constantly. I got very little sleep that first year!

CH: Did you run into any challenges while writing this series?

SSB: I wanted my books to be at their best before I sent them out into the world. That meant I had to be the best writer that I could be. I did everything I could to learn the craft and refine my skills. So far, I’ve rewritten and edited the first five books numerous times.

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write any of the books?

SSB: I try to research anything that affects the story or characters. If one of them is traumatized, I learn what I can about trauma. If another has self-worth issues, I try to expand my knowledge on the subject. In other words, I’m always making sure that the story is as true to life as possible.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

SSB: I’ve been told that my characters have a lot of layers to their personalities. My characters also continue to grow and change. For example, Arel starts out as a complete recluse. By the time you get to book five, he’s not only working on a relationship, he’s involved with two families and a couple of friends, who are going off the deep end. He’s very busy! There is also a group dynamic that is always expanding, as the series progresses.

CH: Of the books in the series, which character was hardest to write?

SSB: Arel’s ‘perfect’ woman was quite the challenge. Her thoughts about ‘the way things should be’ were very different than my own. Just writing about such a dominating personality could be difficult. I could see how her manipulative attitude worked in a way that undermined a person’s self-confidence. Since, I don’t plan these stories, I actually started to worry about Arel’s well-being and his ability to stand up to her.

CH: In the books, which character was hardest to develop?

SSB: Thankfully, once I tap into a character’s makeup, every character develops on their own.

CH: Is there a message in each novel that you want the readers to grasp or a message for the entire series?

SSB: In each book, there’s usually both a central and a secondary theme. In that way, all the characters get a chance to resolve issues and grow. For instance, while Arel might be questioning how to responsibly use and control his increasing powers, another character, Carol, might be discovering how to be self-reliant in her relationship with her husband, Kevin.

The overall message of the series is a comforting one. We’re all in this together, and that includes the angelic realm. There’s help around us if we allow ourselves to receive it. However, like Arel, sometimes there is so much hurt and trauma that we’re afraid to let anyone in, even angels.

CH: The latest in the series is Book 5, are there more books in this series?

SSB: Yes, I have rough drafts of Book 6 and Book 7. Hopefully, I’ll get Book 6 out sometime in the next year.

CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of the series?

SSB: I’ve had many different responses. Some people simply fall in love with the characters and/or enjoy the stories. Some feel comforted by the idea that angels exist and are there to help us. A number of readers have commented that the stories make them reflect more on their own lives. Others feel encouraged by the message.

CH: Where do you get your inspiration and ideas from when you write?

SSB: When I decided to have fun with writing, I think what I really did was bypass the critical mind. I allowed the intuitive, creative part to have a voice. That part of us seems to have an infinite well of ideas that want expression.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

SSB: I’ve almost finished writing and editing a love story. Unlike a romance, its characters are more realistic, and readers in general will be able to relate to the issues and conflicts. At the same time, relationship and love are also major themes. Spoiler alert: I do believe that a love story, like a romance, can have a happy ending.

CH: How to Find S. S. Bazinet:

CH: Can you tell my audience where your books are sold?

SSB: All the eBook and print versions of my books are available on Amazon. They are also free to read with Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited.

CH: Any closing remarks?

SSB: After all the writing that I’ve done, I feel that writing has many benefits. I recommend that everyone give it a try. When you’re having a hard day or feel challenged, try putting your feelings down on paper or writing in a journal. It’s an excellent way to give that inner part of you a voice. There are studies that demonstrate that it’s also beneficial to your health.

I know that writing worked for me. I’m happier than I’ve ever been! I’d like that to be the case for everyone! Also, I love hearing from my readers! So please, don’t hesitant to contact me! Cheryl, Thank you again for the opportunity to be on your blog!

CH: Thank you so much, S. S. Bazinet, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – Julie Coons

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Title: This Does Not Leave This House

Genre: Parenting & Relationships/Mental Illness/Abuse

Synopsis:  How does a little girl survive an abusive mother, Catholic school, rape, and a near-death experience? Raised by an abusive, narcissistic mother (who once tried to trick her into having an abortion), Julie Coons was also raped in college by a stranger and later married an abusive man who threatened to kill her if she ever tried to leave. Suffering from physical and mental torment resulting in very low self-esteem, Julie often felt so completely alone during the many struggles of her life that she tried to take her own life.

This book is her true story—telling all the secrets she was never allowed to tell to encourage and motivate others to heal their own lives and break the cycle of abuse. Her story shows that there is hope and life after abuse. Now that the secrets are finally out, Julie has found freedom. So can you. This Does Not Leave This House is a raw, poignant, and secret-revealing memoir written to lead a movement to break the silence of abuse and finally end its vicious cycle. With strength and resiliency, Coons provides a voice for the silent abused, letting them know they’re not alone. Justice and hope can prevail. The abused can become victorious. Read the heartbreaking true story of her journey to triumph above overwhelming obstacles.

Julie Coons, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Julie Coons. She wants to inspire positive change in the world with her writing. Welcome to my blog, Julie.

CH: So many people have written memoirs about their life, why should we read this book?

JC:  I am trying to inspire positive change in the world to end the cycle of abuse.

CH: What made you decide to write about your physical suffering and mental torment in abusive relationships?

JC: I felt very much alone during my years of abuse.  Most of the time, especially growing up, I didn’t realize I was an abused child because it had become my ‘normal.’  If this was true for me, then I knew it had to be true for others, as well.  Before I started writing my book, I vowed to be completely honest even when it hurt.  I want to help others heal through my story.

CH: Where did you get the strength to write this book?

JC: This is going to sound a bit odd, but again, I have to be honest.  It came from the spirit world.  Each time before I started writing, I asked for guidance and help.  A couple of times when I forgot to ask for help, I somehow accidentally deleted everything I had written.  I never knew how that happened, but it was just gone.  I never forgot after that to include my Spirit Guides, Angels, God, whatever you want to call it when I wrote.  My book is very much spiritually driven.

CH: Did you run into any challenges while writing this book?

JC: Not while writing it, writing somehow flowed out of me.  It was almost like I was purging my soul.  The challenge came when I decided to hire an editor.  I had a person misrepresent themselves to me, almost made me give up and I had to hire someone else to fix it and format it right.  I really care about what kind of product I was putting out into the world and the importance of the message.  If someone is going to take time out of their busy life, I wanted reassurance that it would be worth reading.  Hopefully, after all of the struggles, I accomplished just that.

CH: Was it easy or did the memories make it difficult to tell your story to the world?

 JC: This is a little bit funny.  It came very easy for me.  I like to go to Starbucks®, sit with my laptop and a cup of coffee.  However, there were times that I drew a crowd.  When the subject matter was difficult, without me even knowing it, I pounded on the keyboards so hard I drew attention to myself.

CH: What is different that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

JC: I think, I’m a conversational writer.  I have been told that the reader felt like they could have been sitting across the table talking to me.

CH: In this book, can you tell us about your characters?

JC: I was writing a story about my life.  They were their own characters!

CH: Is there a message in your book that you want the readers to grasp?

JC: Oh, yes, there is.  The message is: there is life after abuse.  There’s hope, healing and ways to end the cycle of abuse for your own family.  I want people to want to be the hero in their own lives and break the cycle of abuse for their family and generations to come.

CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of this book?

JC: Better than I anticipated for the most part.  Some have written me and told me they lived the same life as me, which absolutely breaks my heart.  Some have mentioned that my book seems a bit repetitive.  I did ask one reader why and they showed me an example of a sentence I used in chapter 4 and then came back and reminded the readers in a sentence in chapter 22.  My husband said he thinks it’s because I was never heard as a child and I had to be louder or repeat myself to get my point across.  He is probably right.

CH: For you, what was the hardest part of writing this book?

JC: Getting started—writing the book was the hardest part.  I didn’t know how to get started.  My husband was a huge help with that when I told him I was struggling.  He said, “…start with a bang;” then, he said, “What were those things your mother used to say to you?”  I said, “…your father never wanted you” and “I wish you had died at birth.”  He responded with, “yes, start with that.”  That got me going and I found out by accident that I really enjoy writing.  He also named my book in the same manner.  He said, “What was that thing your father used to say to you?”  The rest is history!

CH: Do you speak to individuals or groups to help them cope with abusive relationships?

JC: I am scheduled to speak at a women’s tea in the fall.  I definitely want to start giving motivational speeches to spread this very important message.  I’m still working on how to get started on that, too.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

JC: I love this question!  I have already started my second book.  If you can believe it, I have more stories to tell.  While it is part of my life, it really is separate from my first book, not a sequel to it.

CH: How to Find Julie Coons:

CH: Can you tell my audience where this book is sold?

JC: Exclusively on Amazon.

CH: Any closing remarks?

JC: I wrote my book in a very honest way hoping that people would resonate with my story and be motivated to change their own lives.  I want to leave this world a better place.  I want to save children from the same fate as me.  Thank you, Cheryl, for giving me a platform to try to make that happen. I really love the heart and soul that went into your questions.

CH: Thank you so much, Julie Coons, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – Jennifer Lohmann

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Title: Her Rebound Guy (Harlequin Super Romance)

Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Synopsis: Is she falling for the wrong man again? Caleb Taggert is exactly what recent divorcée Beck Magruder needs—intelligent, handsome and blissfully uninterested in anything long-term. Her first date with Caleb does not disappoint. Yet, after a night of passion, Beck realizes she’s looking for more than just a fling. Saying goodbye to an almost perfect man isn’t easy.

Luckily Caleb offers Beck a deal: no-strings-attached fun, plus free advice for online dating. It’s the perfect arrangement, until Beck falls for Caleb. Suddenly, no other man can compete. What started as a fling has the potential to become something more. But is Beck ready to bet her future on it?

Jennifer Lohmann, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Jennifer Lohmann. She’s always been a reader and decided to enter Harlequin’s “So You Think You Can Write” Contest, which changed her life. Welcome to my blog, Jennifer.

CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?

JL: Dating is hard, but sometimes you’ve got to open yourself up to what life brings you.

CH: A woman just out of a divorce and no-strings attached fun. How did you come up with the premise for this story?

JL: Honestly, this comes out of my own life. I got a divorced and lots of people (including my first post-divorce date) told me that I needed to just have some fun. I struggled a lot with that idea and, as I was struggling with it, thought how good of a romance novel plot it would be. I never managed the “just fun part” about dating in my own life and it was fun to try and imagine it in someone else’s.  🙂

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

JL: In this case, I took them from real-life and elaborated, though that’s not usually how I work. Some of my dates *might* recognize themselves in this story…

CH: Where do your ideas come from? Do you have a standard formula for plots for each book or does the formula change according to the story?

JL: My ideas come from all over the place. This one came from my life, as did my previous book, Dating by Numbers. But Winning Ruby Heart came from reading Born to Run, while listening to a story on Lance Armstrong and The First Move plot evolved out of meeting the quiet, intense sister in Reservations for Two. Ideas can come from anywhere, so long as your mind is open to them.

CH: What exactly is a ‘Super Romance’ novel?

JL: Super Romance is (was 🙁 ) a line from Harlequin with a contemporary romance that had a feel of characters you could know in your own life. Maybe they were millionaires or rock stars (one of my favorites being a Karina Bliss with a rock star and a librarian), but they always felt like you could run into them at the grocery store. And their world—their families, lives, and relationships—were also explored more. It was romance with more.

CH: So is this book a stand-alone book?

JL: It is. You meet the heroine from Dating by Numbers, but knowing her story isn’t necessary for reading Her Rebound Guy. I know there are lots of series readers out there, but I’m a stand-alone reader myself, so I write for me.

CH: Did you run into any challenges while writing this book?

JL: Yes! Building on inspiration from my own life sometimes got me stuck in how the real story turned out versus the fiction I was writing. I got it sorted out, though.

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book?

JL: The hero is a reporter for the local paper, who covers politics. One of the local reporters for the News &Observer here in North Carolina met with me to talk about her job, how she got into it, and what about it was very different, than I had expected.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

JL: Ooohhh, this is a good question. I write a lot for my job and, in that case, I bring story to my writing. No matter what I’m writing about, I tell a story to make the point hit home. With fiction, of course, there’s story built in. For my romances, I think one thing that makes me unique and interesting for my readers is my deep characterization. All my characters, including secondary and tertiary characters, should feel like real people. For some of my books, I’ve heard readers tell me that they know a person just like a minor character. It always makes me feel good to know that all my characters feel real.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

JL: Caleb, the hero, by far. The reader has to believe he’s only looking for flings, not think he’s a jerk for it, and then be willing to believe that he’s had a complete change of heart. That’s hard to do in a book!

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

JL: Beck, the heroine. She makes a complete leap of faith, after deciding she’ll go after what she wants and stop compromising. Making those work together took getting to know her inner journey as deeply as I could.

CH: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?

JL: Your partner in life should make you feel better and you should be able to be honest with them. Always.

CH: In 2017, Loriana Sacilotto, executive v-p, global publishing at Harlequin, said that the publisher was discontinuing the Super Romance line. So, will you be writing for one of Harlequin’s other lines? If so, which one?

JL: I don’t have a home with any other Harlequin line. Right now, I’m working on other projects and exploring different ways for me to write. I’ve got some exciting projects up my sleeve.

CH: Can you tell us a little about your writing career?

JL: I joke that my writing career is the movie, American Dreamer.  I entered a writing contest, got a book contract, and my life changed completely. I didn’t get to go to Paris and crack a cocaine ring, but I’m still young, so there’s time.

CH: You’re right, there’s still time. What can we expect next from you?

JL: As I work on other projects, I think readers can always expect to find real people in my books, facing the problems they face in their daily lives, and tackling issues that can make us (occasionally) uncomfortable. Taking a heroine the reader isn’t certain she’ll like and turning the reader around to a fan is my happy place.

CH: How to Find Jennifer Lohmann:

CH: Can you tell my audience where this book is sold?

JL: Sure! Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iBooks and Harlequin’s website.

CH: Any closing remarks?

JL: Writing for Super Romance has been a wonderful adventure and I hope readers will follow me on to my next adventure. Please keep in touch! Cheryl, thank you for giving me this opportunity! I appreciate it 🙂

CH: Thank you so much, Jennifer Lohmann, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – Larry Jeram-Croft

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Title: Retribution (Jon Hunt Book 7)

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Military

Synopsis: 1995, the vicious war in the fragmented former Republic of Yugoslavia is moving to an end game. The United Nations have troops and observers in the country but are finding it impossible to act. Thrust into the maelstrom of rape, murder and ethnic cleansing, the newly promoted Captain Jonathon Hunt joins the UN Protection Force UNPROFOR and finds himself being drawn into the struggle. The only way the war is going to end is if the might of NATO becomes fully committed to stop the fighting. Jon plays a major part in the momentous events that finally convince the world that the war has to end. At the same time, investigations by MI6 allow him to finally discover the truth about why his wife died so tragically three years earlier. In both cases, retribution is called for.

Title: Formidable (Jon Hunt Book 8)

Synopsis: HMS Formidable is the Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier. Captain Jonathon Hunt has been given command. He has the uphill struggle of getting a new and untried machine of war into service and then is almost immediately faced with a major crisis. A massive mineral discovery in a small African republic has led to a potential confrontation. With both Navy and Air Force Harriers embarked, Jon and his new ship are the only hope for a group of innocent hostages.

Title: Conspiracy (Jon Hunt Book 9)

Synopsis: The terrorist attack in New York on 9/11 starts a chain reaction that alters the balance of power in the Middle East.
Jon Hunt, having left command of the Formidable and newly promoted to Commodore is thrust into the middle of events just as the allies invade Iraq looking for Weapons of Mass Destruction. But do they even exist? Why is the British Government so convinced that they do? He is given the task of finding them despite his personal misgivings over the war. What he discovers is a conspiracy going right to the top.

Will he intervene to stop an even greater tragedy taking place?

Larry Jeram-Croft, Author

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CH: Today’s International Guest Author is Larry Jeram-Croft. His aim in writing has been to produce exciting novels that are based on fact and are authentic. Welcome to my blog, Larry.

CH: Can you give us a brief synopsis of the series?

LJC: The series follows the career of a British Naval Officer. Starting at the Falklands War and ending at the end of the second Gulf War.  Each novel is a stand-alone, but they are usually read in order.  Each one takes a military situation that actually existed to a degree and uses that as the basis for the plot.  For Retribution, this was the events of the Balkans War, although, there was a sub-plot around the death of the hero’s wife in a previous book.  For Formidable, it was loosely based around the events that actually took place in Sierra Leone, but also covered the time when the Navy and Royal Air Force were operating Harriers at sea as a joint force.  The final book, Conspiracy, is based on some of the events of 9/11 and the subsequent invasion of Iraq.  My hero is not convinced about the moral justifications for the war and ends up in a position to do something about it, as the war is taking place.

CH: How did you come up with the premise for this series?

LJC: I was fed up with reading modern military fiction written by people without a clue what they were talking about.  Also I wanted to write about the modern Royal Navy, something which no one else is doing at the moment.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

LJC: I always try to take actual real-life situations to some degree and weave a story around them.  At the end of all my books, I put notes to tell the reader what is fact and what I’ve made up.

CH: When you wrote the first book, did you know that it would be a series then?

LJC: Yes, I wanted to do a modern day Hornblower (tv series), but had no idea just how many books I would end up writing—and there may well be more in due course.

CH: Did you run into any challenges while writing this series?

LJC: Probably no more than any other writer.  I always start with a clear idea of what the book is going to be about and have a starting point and I just let it evolve from there. Sometimes, I even surprise myself and wonder where my ideas have come from.

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write any of the books?

LJC: Not too much, as I base them on personal experience.  When I needed more detail I would talk to others with more first-hand knowledge.  That said, especially for some of the later ones, I did do some in-depth reading of the situation I was going to use.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

LJC: Most of my readers seem to like the fact that I am writing from the viewpoint of someone who actually knows what he’s talking about!  With this sort of fiction, all too often the writer hasn’t ‘been there and done that’—I have.

CH: Of the books in the series, which character was hardest to write?

LJC: Can’t say one was the hardest, although, in one book I do have a rather tragic death and that was hard to write.

CH: In the books, which character was hardest to develop?

LJC: The main character, Jon Hunt, who has to mature from a young, fairly carefree man to a well-regarded and effective senior officer.

CH: Is there a message in each novel that you want the readers to grasp or a message for the entire series?

LJC: Both, but in particular in the last book, Conspiracy, I raise some disturbing facts about the conduct of certain governments in the run up to the invasion of Iraq. I would like to hope that some of my readers would agree, that even now, there is a great deal more to be told.

CH: The latest in the series is Book 9, are there more books in this series?

LJC: At the moment, I am working on a new project,  a historical novel set in Nelson’s time.  However, from feedback I’ve received, I know that there is good appetite for more in this series. Although, the current book seems to be a conclusion. I have left myself wriggle room for at least one more. I even have some ideas of where to go, but there won’t be time to start until later this year.

CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of the series?

LJC: Excellent—my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads speak for themselves.  I also get comments through Facebook and my Blog

CH: Where do you get your inspiration and ideas from when you write?

LJC: Absolutely no idea!! I know where I want to start and roughly where I want to go and then, I just let it happen.  I often say I do most of my writing while walking the dog, in the bath or just before I go to sleep.  I leave notebooks around the house, so I can jot ideas down as they come.  That said I often start a chapter and end up writing something completely different.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

LJC: I have a non-fiction book about the RN Wasp helicopter due out in the Autumn.  For fiction, I am working on a new novel. This one is historical fiction and yet, again based on a true story.  In 1803 the Royal Navy managed to place a battery of guns on Diamond Rock, a tiny almost inaccessible island just off the coast of Martinique in the Caribbean. What happened next is one of the most amazing stories of the time; yet, almost forgotten by history.  This novel will give a full account of what happened, but I have also woven a love story around it to give it some colour and depth.

CH: How to Find Larry Jeram-Croft:

CH: Can you tell my audience where your books are sold?

LJC: I sell exclusively through Amazon, that’s eBooks and paperbacks.  Also the first four books in the series are available on audio.

CH: Any closing remarks?

LJC: As long as people enjoy my work I’m pretty happy.  I love writing, and as far as I’m concerned getting good reviews is worth more than making money.  Cheryl, thank you. Kind regards.

CH: Thank you so much, Larry Jeram-Croft, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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It’s Here…June’s Double Rainbow!

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Title: June’s Double Rainbow

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis: When love and monogamy fail…Her fiancé breaks off the engagement.

At first, June is stunned, but then, she is determined to move on to better things…like an unplanned trip to Paris for her job—where she falls deeply in love with a man from another part of the world. He wines and dines June; sweeps her off her feet; and ultimately, wins her heart. Their short romance echoes an endearing love. When she returns to the US, he calls her faithfully every day. Then suddenly, no call…

Can their love survive on different continents?

“An engaging story with beautiful imagery!”

In this heartwarming romance, June learns to embrace each challenge and wait for a transformation in her life.

  

Some Reviews:

“I just re-read your story and must say that…I enjoyed it even more the third time around!” 🙂                                          ~Reader in Las Vegas

“Five stars!!! This book held my interest from beginning to end. Exciting romance unfolded in such a beautiful way. Ah, ah, here’s to real life!”                                                                                        ~C. Harris Carter

“…Glad June decided to take the trip to Paris. It made me want to take my trip to Paris with all the fascinating places to see.”      ~Delores Moses

Readers, this is a quick read; yet, an epic romance. If you’re a fan of Debbie Macomber, you’ll soon be a fan of Cheryl Holloway!

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Guest Author Interview – Rica Newbery

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Title: Reluctant Courage: A Family’s Fight for Survival in Nazi Occupied Oslo

Genre: Historical Fiction

Synopsis: It is 1942 in Oslo, two years into the German occupation of World War II. Maria and her three daughters are used to coping with the hardships of war, but when Maria’s husband leaves her for another woman and a German officer is billeted to their home, their troubles are only just beginning. Maria and her daughters must stop fighting with each other and find a way to survive through grief, dread, and fear.

Rica Newbery, Author

International Author on Cheryl Holloway’s Blog

CH: Today’s International Guest Author is Rica Newbery. She is a retired psychiatrist who recently wrote her first novel. Welcome to my blog, Rica.

CH: So many people have written about World War II, why should we read this book?

RN: My novel takes you right into the heart of a family surviving the Nazi occupation of Oslo. It is, above all, a story about Maria and her three daughters, Eva, Inger and Solveig. Maria’s husband, Johannes, a policeman, gambler and womaniser, leaves her for a younger woman. Herr Wolff, an officer in the Wehrmacht, is billeted into their flat and becomes obsessed with Maria despite himself. Maria remains cold and aloof. Inger becomes seriously ill, Eva is brutally raped and Solveig, distraught when nobody seems to care about her father, sets off on a long journey to find him.

So why should you read this book? Hopefully you will be interested in the characters and want to know more. What will become of them? Will they survive? At the same time, the story is completely entwined with historical events, places and conditions, so you might accidently learn a bit of Norwegian history!

CH: What made you decide to write about your family’s struggle during the Nazi occupation?

RN: When I came up for air after years of immersion in my work as a psychiatrist and bringing up two children, I signed up for an Open University course in Creative Writing.

The idea of writing a novel about my mother just emerged as an obvious thing to do. I had not analysed my motives then, I simply knew I was going to write about her childhood. I wanted to understand how my mother became the person she was when she was young: incandescently charming, beautiful, a talented artist, ambitious house renovator, and courageous single mother of three. She was the sun and her children were her planets, their role to circle her, and hers to be the only source of light and life. In the absence of a time travel capsule, I had to create her past with my imagination backed up by research. I wanted to write a novel, rather than a memoir, so that I could bring the characters to life. And have some fun.

CH: Are all of the situations and issues in the book from real life?

RN: No, but I have used historical facts to inform events, some from stories my mother told me and many from research I did.

This is what I knew from my mother’s many stories: My mother was the youngest of three daughters, as Solveig was. Her mother was cold, elegant and ‘only interested in men.’ Her father was a policeman, who was a womaniser and a gambler, and he disappeared during the war. They believed he had died of an illness in a prison camp. My Norwegian cousin tells me that the Gestapo had come to their flat looking for him. My mother’s sister became seriously ill in the war with stomach pains, which were dismissed by the doctor. My mother always told me that bread was eked out with newspaper and because of the diet, swedes and more swedes, many people had stomach pains. There was also a German soldier or officer billeted into their flat, but I have no idea how long this was for.

There was no rape. However, we know from history that German soldiers were encouraged to impregnate local girls because of their Nordic ‘Aryan’ looks which fed into their Nazi ideology. ‘Lebensborn’ mother and baby homes were set up and many of these babies were taken out of Norway to Germany for adoption. Abortion became punishable by death.

There was no journey to Falstad prison, but we know from the museum there that prisoners were tortured and killed, that there were many prisoners buried in the nearby woods, and that local farmers helped prisoners escape and gave them medical supplies and food parcels. (http://falstadsenteret.no/en/history/falstad-prison-camp/)

Teachers and priests refused to propagate Nazi ideology and many teachers were arrested, treated appallingly in prison camps, only to be let go, as no one else was prepared to take over.

Underground papers printed cartoons mocking the Nazis and graffiti abounded. The Resistance Museum in Oslo has a wonderful display, which would make any Norwegian proud: food was scarce, and women queued for hours or pawned their belongings to afford items such as eggs or meat on the black market. (https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/570901690243528974)

On the docks, there is a memorial to 532 Jews, arrested by Norwegian police and handed over to the Gestapo at Pier 1 in Oslo Harbour. They were sent to Auschwitz via the famous SS Donau on 26th November 1942. (http://www.hlsenteret.no/gormley/english.html)

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book?

RN: Yes, I did a great deal of research. I bought text books, visited the Resistance Museum in Oslo (https://www.visitoslo.com/en/product/?TLp=181474), walked around Oslo, travelled to Trondheim by train observing the country side and visited Falstad Museum on the site of Falstad Prison. And, of course, did much googling on the topic!

I discovered that my Norwegian grandfather had escaped to Sweden a year before the end of the war, as there are records of him arriving in Kjesäter refugee camp. He lived in a village near Stockholm and worked as a woodsman. Sadly, he died of an infection a month after the war ended, and his relatives never knew. I never told my mother this as it would be unkind to dig up painful memories and make her review her ‘facts’ after a life time of coming to terms with them. She died before I published my book and was thankfully never at risk of reading what would have been a painful evocation of the past, probably made worse by many inaccuracies.

CH: Did you run into any challenges while writing this book?

RN: Where do I start? Yes, loads. It was difficult to get started as I had to overcome my lack of belief in myself. Who did I think I was? I have gathered that many writers struggle with this and have to find their own ways of dealing with it. I joined ‘NaNoWriMo’ (https://nanowrimo.org/) who challenge you and support you in writing 50,000 words in one month. That spurred me to write most of the first draft of the book. After a great deal of editing I finished with about 75,000 words.  Although, I did not realise it then, this was only the beginning.

I paid for an honest review and had feedback from two writers at a weekend course for writers. They all said the same thing, that they liked my writing style, but that it lacked a proper story. My characters were just pinned passively onto a time line. I knew they were right, but did not feel I could tackle it. The project was shelved, and I started another book. However, my book, then entitled, Seeing Red, would not die peacefully and so I had to resurrect it. I had spent too much time on it, and needed something solid to justify all those lost hours.

The next phase was difficult and slow. I deleted as much as I rewrote and wrote anew. I added inner reflections to the characters, who had previously been portrayed literally as if one were watching a film and changed my main protagonist from Solveig to Maria. Whereas before, my ending had just petered out like the Nile Delta into many random tributaries, I worked to find an ending which made sense, was plausible, and which gave the characters closure. It was worth it.

CH: Was it easy or did the memories make it difficult to tell your family’s history to the world?

RN: Once I started, it was relatively easy, as I already knew my mother’s story and the places involved. I had even visited the spacious town flat where my mother was brought up and I could remember the long central corridor and massive lounge. I had a vivid imagination as a child and had pictured the stories that my mother told me, so all I had to do was recall those stories. The best moments were when I felt as if I were in a film imagining it as I went along, so I could simply describe what I saw. Similarly, I could see and hear some of my characters, from images I had already formed of them when I was a child.

Brit Maja Holmsen, Rica’s Mother, 1931 – 2017

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

RN: I am told that my writing style is ‘sharp and simple’ and that I let the drama speak for itself. The story is indeed dramatic, and several people have told me that it is ‘a real page turner.’

One thing my writing course taught me was to avoid too many adjectives and adverbs, and so I delete as many of these as I can when I edit. I try to describe things as vividly as I see them and try to inject humor when possible.

CH: I know you tell your mother’s story, but are there stories in the book about each of your sisters and yourself?

RN: No. The little girl, Solveig, based on my mother, was a child in this story. Originally, I had written it through her eyes, but early on the characters of her mother and elder sister, Eva, took over and eclipsed her.

CH: In this book, which person was hardest to develop?

RN: Oddly enough, it was the character based on my mother. I think this is because I was seeing the world through her eyes and not seeing her so much. I hope this character comes over as authentic. The characters in my book developed their own personas. They exist in an alternative universe, and have become their own selves, apart from real life. I did love this little girl, Solveig, as I wrote about her and felt her struggles.

CH: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?

RN: Hopefully, it will just be a good read. But, in the same way that I have been inspired by the courage of ordinary people to survive in the face of the horrors of Nazi rule. I hope that anyone who reads my book will feel the same way.

CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of this book?

RN: It has been surprisingly positive. People really do seem to be drawn into the story and empathize with the plight of these women, and the two main male characters. Most of the readers, who have given me feedback, have known little or nothing about Norway in World War II and enjoyed learning more.

CH: For you, what is the hardest part of writing a book?

RN: Having belief in the idea and persevering despite grave doubts about the validity of me writing at all. Once I have gotten started it is okay, but every time I come up against a hurdle, I dread going back to it and procrastinate for days or even weeks, before summoning up the will to face it again. I have spent my whole life trying to be useful and been blessed with the opportunity to fulfil this, but no-one asks you or even wants you to write a book. This is purely your own thing. That makes it much more difficult to respect.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

RN: Given the parameters mentioned above, I have started another novel. The protagonist is a young woman who journeys perilously through mental health services in the late 1950’s. Will she end up as a ghost of herself in the far reaches of a long stay ward in the asylum? Can she or anyone else prevent this happening before it is too late?

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

RN: I don’t have a website as yet.

CH: How to Find Rica Newbery:

CH: Can you tell my audience where this book is sold?

RN: Available on Amazon and Amazon UK. And the Kindle version is also available. It is also available at Book Venture Book Shop (USA) https://www.bookventure.com/bookstore.

CH: Any closing remarks?

RN: I hope you enjoy my book. If you do, I am sure you will feel the same admiration for the Norwegian women, children and men who survived the Nazi occupation that I do. Thank you so much for your interest in my book, Cheryl.

CH: Thank you so much, Rica Newbery, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – David Kummer

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Title: Beautiful Tears: A Free Short Fiction Story

Genre: Teen & Young Adult/Women’s Fiction/Short Story

 Synopsis: “Please, get down.”

It’s a dark, stormy, windy night in the city. The bridge holds many secrets.

Two hurting women face each other on this night, destinies merging. Mistakes have been made, people have been hurt, and these two are the victims. After the many years, they are ready to give up, ready to end it all. But one thing keeps them from giving up.

The bridge holds many secrets, and the city breeds scum. But together, they can heal and help.

This passionate, emotional story about the power of forgiveness takes you far away to a city you’ll always remember and never forget. Follow me to the place where mercy and grace mingle, where love and pain go hand-in-hand. Follow me to the bridge.

David Kummer, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is David Kummer, a teen author. He makes time for writing in between school and sports. Welcome to my blog, David.

CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?

DK: Two women, both harboring much pain, find the cure they never expected—each other.

CH: Two hurting women face each other on this night, destinies merging. How did you come up with the premise for this story?

DK: I was trying to write a few stories that are Literary Fiction, and focus really in-depth on the characters. Also, I wanted to write a few sadder stories, but that also contain hope. I came up with this idea while writing My Abigail and decided to give the idea its own story.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

DK: Kind of difficult, because I’m not used to writing this type of story. Also, I’ve never really experienced it. I tried to make emotions I’ve felt in the past and turn those into a storyline, and it worked out well, I think.

CH: Where do your ideas come from? Do you have a standard formula for plots for each book or does the formula change according to the story?

DK: I usually start with a basic outline, but that morphs into something unexpected as I’m writing my story. This tale was no different. It started out quite a bit different than it ended.

CH: Did you run into any challenges while writing this book?

DK: Well, I kind of created challenges for myself, by trying to hone my skills on character development, especially with the lady, who helps in the end. I wanted to make her a complex and unique one, while only using a limited amount of pages and numbers.

CH: What is different that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

DK: My main difference is fairly obvious: my age. I’m only 17 right now, and I was 15, while writing this, I believe. That age gap, between me and most authors, gives me a very different sense of how the world works, and unique viewpoints. That inexperience sometimes doesn’t help, and can even hurt my writing, but I try to avoid those situations and set myself up to succeed through research and the topics I select.

CH: In this book, which person was hardest to develop?

DK: Like I mentioned earlier, the lady who ends up helping is the most difficult. She’s one of the more interesting characters I’ve created, and I have a lot of backstory for her that never came out in the story.

CH: Is there a message in your book that you want the readers to grasp?

DK: I want people to understand that you can always help others, no matter how bad your situation is right now, and sometimes encouraging others is actually the encouragement you need.

CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of this book?

DK: Most people seem to really enjoy it, and I don’t think I’ve gotten any bad reviews on Amazon. Maybe I should explore this genre some more!

CH: For you, what is the hardest part of writing a book?

DK: Mostly, writing the middle part, because at the beginning you’re optimistic and at the end, you’re very excited to finally close it off and complete the monumental task.

CH: Can you tell us a little about your writing career?

DK: I started writing very young, as soon as I learned how to form letters and words in school. When I was 12, I decided to finally publish, and it turned out to be amazing. It’s a huge part of my life ever since then, and I’ve scrambled around since then, trying to drum up support and profits. It’s very fun, very tiring, and I hope to continue for the rest of my life.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

DK: My next book is Until We Burn, a psychological thriller, and then, I’m rewriting my fantasy series, Enden

CH: Can you tell us a little about your website?

DK: Yes, on my website you can find my books and also a link to my horror-only blog, DK Horror.

CH: How to Find David Kummer:

CH: Can you tell my audience where this book is sold?

DK: Amazon, and I believe it’s also on Barnes and Noble.

CH: Any closing remarks?

DK: If you’ve ever dreamed of being a writer, don’t give up! It’s a great occupation, extremely fun, and well worth it. Thanks, Cheryl, for the interview. I really appreciate it 🙂

CH: Thank you so much, David Kummer, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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