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20 Ways to Support Your Favorite Author

  1. Buy the book for yourself (My favorite);
  2. Buy the book for a friend;
  3. Spread the word to as many people as possible;
  4. Write a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords or Goodreads;
  5. Leave a Review on the authors website;
  6. Visit the Author’s blog and leave a comment;
  7. (If you’re an author) Tell your followers and friends about the book;
  8. Like and Follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or wherever you can;
  9. Promote the book on social media;
  10. Discuss the book on your blog or in your newsletter;
  11. Contact the author and tell him/her how much you enjoyed the book;
  12. Rate the book 5 Stars (or highest) on a book review;
  13. Give the book as a Christmas or Birthday present;
  14. Suggest the book to your book club;
  15. Have the author speak to your book club;
  16. Buy other books by the author;
  17. Nominate the book for an award;
  18. Leave a copy in a cafe/coffee shop/waiting room for others to enjoy;
  19. Give a stranger a copy of the book; and/or
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Guest Author Interview – Olivia Gaines

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Title: A Menu for Loving

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis: It started with a simple request for Tony Peay to pretend to be her man for the evening. The problem was Tony enjoyed the role so much of pretending to be her man which led them to his hotel room, where he became a very real lover.

And he wanted the rest of what she had cooked up in the menu in her head. Together, they created the perfect menu for loving.

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Author: Olivia Gaines

CH: Welcome to my blog Olivia Gaines. Olivia writes stories about people, life and love. 

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

OG: Tony and Jennifer found love when both had given up looking, instead, they trusted their hearts and found each other.

CH: You seem to be able to pull your reader into the story immediately. Do you have a special process to achieve this?

OG: I hate to read a book that has twenty pages of back story.  I am busy. I have things to do.  When I read I want to get into the story and be invested in the characters. I want a story to transport me into the characters world and make me want to stay to find out what happens next.  I guess to answer your question, I write what I want to read.  I write stories for today’s woman.

CH: Where do your ideas come from? Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?

OG: I love the possibility of…what if?  What if Jennifer walks into that bar and the one man she picks to be her fake date is the actual man that she needs.  In A Menu for Loving, she makes one statement that sticks in his mind, ‘I need for you to be my man.’ This is a role that Tony P stepped into for a few hours and decided he loved the way it felt and wanted to make it permanent.

Most of my ideas come from an overactive imagination and a bottle of Zinfandel. Once I have the concept, I actually plot the story all the way through from beginning to end, I find images of what the characters look like, then have the cover designed.  After all of that, I write the story.  I do not have a formula for plots with one exception—in every story, there is a ‘say what now?’ moment.  It is also a chapter heading in every story I write.

No two stories of mine are ever the same.

CH: One reviewer said that the book needed editing, but it didn’t stop her from giving the book 5 stars. Can you tell us your feelings on editing?

OG: A good editor is hard to find. I have read New York Times best-selling books that have had some form of gaff in them. Every now and then, there is something that slips through the cracks but I also have a really big dictionary and different writing style that uses a lot of wordplay.  Sometimes, readers think it may need an edit, when it is written, as it should be.  It is not a typo and that is how it is supposed to be.

I also have had a few readers who have complained that the stories feel rushed.  They are not.  I move the story along at a different pace with very few lulls and readers are not accustomed to that.

CH: Yes, I understand how readers complain about things that may not be wrong, but just awkward to the reader. On another note, are there any other genres that you would like to write a book?

OG: I would love to write cozy or a murder mystery.  I don’t know how, so I am going to leave that alone. I am most comfortable writing literary fiction.  I mix that genre with romance and add in a little comedy.

CH: How long have you been writing? How did you start writing?

OG: I am a journalist by trade and have been writing all my life. Literally.  I wrote my first story at the age of nine.  I was also on my elementary school newsletter, my high school newspaper, and my college newspaper as well.

I was a journalist in the Army, which is where I started my professional writing career.

I started writing because summers in Alabama are hotter than sin.  As kids back then, you couldn’t stay in the house, instead you had to go outside and play.  I learned that if I was silent, no one knew I was in the house, so I found a book and a quiet place to sit, and I made up stories.  Stories about great adventures and little girls who became heroes. I guess I still write that kind of stuff.

CH: Why did you decide to write this book?

OG: I hate cookie cutter books. I wanted to write a story about two people who were both seeking redemption in a different kind of way.  Tony P wanted redemption because he felt he had fallen short on his path to faith, and until he got it right, he would never find the right woman.  Jennifer on the other hand, had fallen for the smooth talker and had lost her faith in men. She also felt she had prevented her father from finding a woman to share his life, as well as her relationship with her sister needed to be mended. I wrote this story as a beacon of hope for anyone who was afraid to try again.

CH: Are there any books that influenced you while writing this book?

OG: Nope.  I write in a vacuum.  I don’t read anything before, after or during the writing of a story. I don’t know if I have ever read anything like it. I was looking over some menus when I came across a 21course meal and thought, hey, what if there was A Menu for Loving. I weaved in the 21 courses into 21 chapters, mixed in a bit of faith, stirred it up with some love, added a pinch of steamy, and threw out the descriptive sex.

I wanted my readers to feel as if they had been fed a yummy meal that was a bit different, but still with my humor and not so much sex. It is still a sexy story though.

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

OG: People inspire me.  I challenge myself by writing about women who understand the importance of having a man in their life, but not have their life depend on a man.  In A Menu for Loving, Jennifer has the money and he does not, versus the latest trend of the Alpha billionaire.  That concept is fine, but I want my characters to be about something more than what they possess.

Times have changed and there are so many fields and careers out there that women have a leading role in now.  I want to explore some of those fields.  I have written about a scientist, an actuary, a sports medicine doctor, a graphic designer, a fashion designer, a copy editor and more.

The same can be said for my male characters, who vary from a Japanese college professor, a romance writing cowboy, a CIA agent, an entertainment lawyer, a Duke, a construction worker and even a dude that works in an oil field in Alaska.

I cannot see defining a man by his wallet, but by his journey.

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

OG: Yes, to trust the journey. Not everyone arrives at the desired destination at the same time; for some of us, it takes a bit longer. There will be times we will not get it right, but we can’t spend our lives beating ourselves up over mistakes. Johnny Taylor beat himself up for saying something to his wife that he believed caused her death. Jennifer was punishing herself for trusting in a man she thought loved her.  Tony was punishing himself for two bad calls that derailed him from a path to being a minister.

When each character reached a point of acceptance, not only for their mistakes, they were able to begin healing and move forward.

I want the readers to understand that we are all flawed, imperfect and have some ugly spots in our lives. Okay. Acknowledged, not let’s create some really pretty moments. The spots are still there, just not so prominent.

CH: Obviously, your readers love your books. This book is only 152 pages and you have 135 reviews—that’s almost a review per page. How do you gain fans so quickly?

OG: I have no idea. I write stories that touch people.  Either they love it or they hate it.  The ones that hate it also write reviews.

I am humbled and thankful.  I try to write good stories and engaging characters.

CH: You seem to write a lot of short books fast and you are self-published. Is there a certain routine you implement when writing? What is it?

OG: Many of the stories that are out are not new stories. A great number of them have been rejected by publishers.  Courting Guinevere, Loving Words and Vanity’s Pleasure, were written years ago. I just released them back to back.

As a self-employed individual, I have to work twice as hard as the traditionally published author. Therefore, I have a production schedule, a marketing plan, a business plan and bi-weekly meetings with my editors and my team.  I am a writer, but I am also a businesswoman.  I have to keep the business in mind as well.  My business is telling stories.

I release two full-length novels a year.  The Blakemore’s are released each July and December. This way, the readers know what and when to expect the stories.

I call my shorts an adult summer reading program.  They are short so that busy women can sit down, and get all the elements of a big story in half the words.  I just take out all the fluff and give you a good short story.

CH: What kind of marketing strategies would you give to up and coming Indie writers?

OG: Know your genre and know your brand.  I see many Indie authors following trends; stop it.  Write what you know.  There are readers out there for every genre and sub-genre.  Go find them and write good stuff. If you are loyal to your readers, they will be loyal to you.

CH: Do you have a website?

OG: My website is http://oliviagaines.com  readers can also find me on http://Twitter.com/oliviagaines or @Oliviagaines.

CH: Where is your book sold?

OG: A Menu for Loving is in limited release on Amazon until the summer, and afterwards can be found at all online retailers. The paperback will be available in May. Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Menu-Loving-Olivia-Gaines-ebook/dp/B00TXYJU8C/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1431043101&sr=1-1&keywords=a+menu+for+loving

CH: Any closing remarks?

OG: Thank you for giving me this opportunity to talk about my stories.  I hope and pray that as I continue to grow as a writer, my readers will see my journey.  I am getting better with each story.

CH: Thank you so much Olivia for joining me and my audience.

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On this blog, I “Pay it Forward” to other authors by spotlighting them with a Guest Author Interview. I only ask that they too “Pay It Forward” to any other author.                                                                                                                       ~ Cheryl Holloway

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Guest Author Interview – Vastine East

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Title: I Swam with An Angel

Genre: Children’s

Synopsis: Initially from Jamaica, ten-year-old Cornell was born with a rare disease that made it impossible for him to walk. After the divorce of his parents, he was then sent to his aunt’s house, something nine-year-old Jaime thinks is a wrong idea. When Cornell first arrived to his cousin’s house, they were like water and oil. Jaime did not like the idea that he bragged to much about things he could not do, like swim or sail a boat. But when Cornell starts to get sick, will Jaime realize the real meaning of strength and how strong Cornell really is?

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Author: Vastine East

CH: Welcome to my blog Vastine East. Vastine is a children’s author with great stories for children and their parents.

CH: Please tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book.

VE: It is a powerful story that teaches diversity, humility and the power of love.

CH: What inspired you to write this book about children with special needs?

VE: While vacationing in Montego Bay, Jamaica in 2006, I witnessed a young boy in a wheelchair frantically trying to keep up with two girls that appeared to ignore his call to slow down.  The two girls continued moving at a quick pace dodging pedestrians on the narrow uneven sidewalk. I stood watching to see if the boy in the wheelchair would eventually catch up with the two girls. The boy and the two girls soon disappeared amongst the crowded people on the sidewalk. I do not know if the wheelchair bound boy ever caught up with the two girls.

For the rest of the afternoon I could not get the image of the boy in the wheelchair trying desperately to catch up with the two girls who seemed to be avoiding him out of my mind. Later that week before I left Montego Bay, to return home to Houston, the story was born. A boy in a wheelchair from a tropical island, he cannot walk, cannot run, and he wants to swim more than anything he can imagine. He leaves his island home because of his parents’ divorce. He comes to live in Houston, Texas.

CH: How did you find an illustrator?                       

VE: I chose my illustrator from a list of illustrators Xlibris my publisher presented to me.

CH: Can you tell my audience a little about reading your book to small children?

VE: I find that reading my book to small children is an extremely moving experience. The story begins with a problem between my two major characters. My audience of small children hears the anger from the antagonist; they learn the name and condition of the boy in the wheelchair. From that moment, the children sit and eagerly anticipate what is going to happen next. It is not long after the stories beginning, my little audience is at odds with the antagonist. I can since their leaning quickly to the side of Cornell the protagonist. They appear to identify favorably with Cornel as he deals with his moody and angry cousin from one episode to the next. I experience giggles, smiles, silence and compassion from my young audience from beginning to the story’s emotional ending.

CH: This story involves helping other children to deal with handicap children. Was this problem an issue in your family?

VE: No, my family never had to deal with a handicap child.

CH: What inspired you to begin writing for children?

VE: I guess my mother’s love of telling my siblings and me stories when we were young planted the seeds of storytelling in me.

CH: Does being an adult give you a different perspective on writing children’s literature? If so, how?

VE: Yes, being an adult does give me a different perspective on writing children’s literature. I naturally see the world from a different perspective, as I grow older. Unlike writing for an older audience that see and understand most things like myself, sharing thoughts and images in book form to young people forces me to find ways to give them thoughts they can digest. The miracle of words paints a different sound of things we see in the world. A child sees a yellow butterfly floating in the air. An adult see the same butterfly floating on the air. How do I convey that image to an adult and a child? To a child I might describe the flight of the butterfly as floating on the breath of God. To an Adult I might describe the butterfly floating, as free at last from being a caterpillar.

CH: You’ve written other stories for children. What do you find to be the hardest part of writing for children?

VE: The hardest part, I would say, is maintaining a since of simplicity.  By that, I mean. Write the way we talk to children. They have allowed me into their world. I must respect it. When in Rome do as the Romans do. Staying honest to their stage in growth is very important.

CH: Why did you decide to self publish?

VE: I dreamed of writing books for years. I am approaching the end of and engineering career and rather than have to go through the rigors of finding an agent and publisher which could be quite time consuming, self-publishing seemed the right choice. Self-publishing has given me a great shot of confidence by having my writing available to the public, encourages me to pursue my writing with more passion and expectation.

CH: Is it hard to write a story on a child’s level?      

VE:  It is a challenge. The hardest part is getting out of my own way. I have too many thoughts, sometimes.

CH: How do you come up with the ideas for your children’s stories?           

 VE: I am a people watcher. I had a great childhood, which I remember very well. I hid many stories in my mind when I was growing up. Ideas were and are all around me. All sorts of story ideas from the loss of relatives, friends and people I knew from a distance. Happy times watching the world around me. I glean from an endless carousel.

CH: Do you have a website?

VE: Yes, I do. My Web site is www.vastineeast.com or you can visit  http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-0063848017/I-SWAM-WITH-AN-ANGEL.aspx

CH: Where is your book sold?

VE: This book, and my other book, Masai Man, are both sold on Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, and of course on my web site www.vastineeast.com    Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/I-SWAM-ANGEL-Vastine-East/dp/1465350594/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1431042927&sr=1-1&keywords=i+swam+with+an+angel

CH: Any closing remarks?

VE: Cheryl, I am honored for you inviting me as a guest. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my book and the passion I have for writing. I have spent forty years in the oil and gas industry as a Structural Designer. I have given it my best. I will give my writing a greater effort!

I will continue to write. I will continue to put my best efforts forward as a storyteller by writing as best I can!

CH: Thank you so much Vastine for joining me and my audience.

 

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On this blog, I “Pay it Forward” to other authors by spotlighting them with a Guest Author Interview. I only ask that they too “Pay It Forward” to any other author.                                                                                                                       ~ Cheryl Holloway

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Cheryl Holloway Wishes You A Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Mother’s Day to…all my family, friends and readers near and far!

I spent a wonderful morning with Heather, Dorian and Avery. I sent a Mother’s Day prayer up to Heaven to my Love One’s and a special teddy bear to Shellie! I received cards, gifts, pictures, texts, calls and love from Angie & the gang and all of my favorite people.  I thank God for the many Blessings.

May you have a Happy & Blessed Mother’s Day!  

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Guest Author Interview – Linda Leigh Hargrove

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Title: Saving Tate Michaels (Isaac Hunt Series, Volume 3)

Genre: Suspense

Synopsis: Follow Tate Michaels’s risky search for fame and faith in this hard-hitting drama set in the post-racial South. Former FBI agent Tate Michaels’s past and present threaten to pull him further from his relationship with God and family when he needs them most. To save his family from a kidnapper bent on revenge, Tate Michaels must first lose himself. Tate is a talented, intelligent black man who wants to move quickly up the ranks in the FBI. In his mind, the darker your skin, the slower the promotion.  A slow rise to the top is not part of his career plan. After getting wind of an operation in Pettigrew, North Carolina, he leaps into the fray like an action hero, determined to make a high profile bust. When the operation falls apart, Tate’s irresponsible antics get him stripped of his post (and his pride). To make matters worse, he draws the attention of Lew Spencer. Lew has his sights on resurrecting the defunct United Front, a Klan-like hate group once based in Pettigrew.  Paranoid and violent, Lew puts his usual sex trafficking and drug pushing operations on hold to eliminate Tate Michaels once and for all. He kidnaps Tate’s family and sets an enormous ransom. As Tate races against time to save his family from this madman, the question becomes who will save Tate Michaels?  His salvation comes in the form of a feisty prostitute, a reformed racist, and the fair-skinned black man Tate vowed to eliminate from his life—his former friend, Isaac Hunt. Tate Michaels learns the true meaning of faith, love, and family in this third and last installment of the Isaac Hunt series.

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Author: Linda Leigh Hargrove

CH: Welcome Linda Leigh Hargrove. Linda is an author of suspense books filled with social issues from a Christian point-of-view. 

CH: Please tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book.

LLH: Saving Tate Michaels is enjoyably gritty for those who like suspense and drama, and it’s thought-provoking enough for those who want to do more about social issues like racism and sex trafficking in America today.

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

LLH:  I don’t have to go far for inspiration. There’s plenty on racial and social issues on the evening news almost every night. I strive to present a Bible-based response without being a preachy know-it-all. I am not trying to give all the answers because I don’t have them. I’m trying to tell a good story and get people thinking and acting beyond the ‘us’ and ‘them’ and ‘those people’ mindset.

CH: What pitfalls have you run into as a new author?

LLH: I work full-time so I’m always challenged with the work-family-writing balance. For me, trying to fit 2-3 hours of writing time around working a 40-hour work week, raising three boys, and volunteering at church is a slippery slope to a mediocre life. It all gets done, but nothing is done well. It’s a downward spiral. My body suffers, my family suffers, my work is poor, and so is my writing. I prayed to God that He would help me figure out another way so that my quality of life is better and my writing is at its best. He showed me another way. He told me to write novellas. Novellas are about 20,000 words long. Novels are 80,000. So, a novella is very doable.

Another pitfall I encounter is promoting my published work. As a new author, I have not made more than $100 a year from my books. That’s right: $100! So where does the money come from to market and promote? My pocket. To reconcile this dilemma (and still feel motivated to write), I had to shift my thinking. Writing is not my cash cow; it is my ministry. I see my books as a small part of my ministry of reconciliation talked about in 2 Corinthians 5:18. God gave all believers that mandate and gifts to accomplish it in the earth. I’ll do my little corner and trust Him to multiply it. Once again, God answered a prayer. He’s shown me how to promote smarter, not harder, as a self-published writer.

CH: How long have you been writing? How did you start writing?

LLH: I started writing for publication in 1997. My first book came out in 2007. The turning point for my writing came after taking courses and workshops on writing (some free; some not) and reading lots of fiction. Having a support group on-line or off-line helps you stay focused and motivated.

CH: When you start a new story, do you have a title for it? Or does the story trigger the title?

LLH: I always start with what I call the story question (Will X get Y?) and a title. I can’t seem to start writing without at least a “working title.” The title might change during the writing process but I don’t stress over it. The title of my first published novel changed at least three times before I got a publisher.

CH: Why did you decide to write this book/series?

LLH: I decided to write the first book as a discussion tool for church groups and Christian book clubs that wanted to discuss racial issues within a biblical context. I had been co-leading a church-based racial reconciliation discussion group for about five years, at that point. Most of the books out about racial issues were written like textbooks.

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

LLH: I’ve done research for each of my three novels. I enjoy doing research. While working on the third one, I did a lot of reading about Federal hate crimes and sex trafficking. I even interviewed an FBI agent and joined a Yahoo! Group for crime scene writers.

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

LLH: I don’t have trouble creating situations or issues. There are lots of examples of racism and sex trafficking in the news right now, but I’m not just ripping stories from the headlines and changing the names to protect the guilty. I try to create situations that could happen. My goal is to couch tough issues in an entertaining story.

CH: Where did you get the idea for the series?

LLH: Funny you should ask. My original goal was to write one book. One and done, you know. My editor came up with the idea of a series because series sell better.

CH: Which book in the series was hardest to write?

LLH: The third book was the hardest to write because the first two books were not selling well and I was experiencing lots of changes (family, job, finances) during that same time. It was hard adding writing a novel in the mix. I wrote on it in fits and starts. One year went by, two years, three … It was a downward spiral. I felt defeated and alone.

I had lost momentum and I was convinced nobody cared if I wrote the third book or not. Other new Christian writers were on the scene. Who really cared about me and my little ‘race’ books? Then I started getting emails from readers saying, ‘Where is the third book?’ So, I finished the book. Even in the midst of relocating to another city, being unemployed, and not having a traditional publisher. I forged ahead. Is the book perfect? No. But it’s the best I could do with the time and energy and resources I had at my disposal. So far, 8 of the 10 ratings on Amazon are 5-star. Bless God!

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

LLH: When I wrote The Making of Isaac Hunt, I did not have a series in mind. My acquisitions editor at Moody Publishing at the time thought two more books would be a great idea. I followed her advice. Life had other plans for me. I did not finish the series in three years, unfortunately.

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

LLH: The big message I want people to take away is this: We all have racism, sexism, and classism in our American DNA, but it can and must be rooted out of our Christian DNA. First we must be willing to admit our sin, commit to changing ourselves, and submit to our brothers and sisters of other hues. We’re not in this Christ-led life for ourselves, we’re in it for the Body and the Kingdom.

It’s what I call John 17 Oneness. In John 17:21 Jesus prayed that the Church’s oneness be so powerful that the non-believing world be drawn to Him. That’s some powerful oneness. It’s not about blackness or whiteness or brownness. I do believe in celebrating the achievements of a people but when that becomes more important than spreading the Good News of Christ, then I’m heading for the door. It’s about Christ being magnified. Not for Dr. King or President Obama or any political party.

Our so-called post-racial society has to move beyond lip service. I hear lots of Christ followers saying, ‘I love everybody. I’m color blind.’ Prove it. Look at the books you read. Your friends on your cell phone. Your social network friends. Are they all one race? Why? Is that cool with God? I know my message is tough but our love for one another has to be tough, different, and peculiar. The name of Christ is at stake.

CH: Do you have a website?

LLH: My writer’s website is www.LLHargrove.com. Readers can also follow me on www.17Seeds.org where I blog on social justice and racial reconciliation. I’m also on Facebook as AuthorLindaLeighHargrove and on Twitter as @LLHargrove. And I’m open to Skype book club meetings. Please drop me a line at Linda@LLHargrove.com to arrange a Skype call.

CH: Where is your book sold?

LLH: My books are sold online at Amazon.com. You might even find copies at ChristianBook.com. All three are on Kindle.                                                Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Saving-Tate-Michaels-Isaac-Hunt/dp/0990941205/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1431042383&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=saving+Tate+Michaerls

CH: Any closing remarks?

LLH: Just as no two Christians have the exact same faith journey, no two Christian authors have the same path to publication. My path has not been strewn with rose petals but it has made me a better writer and a stronger child of God. I pray that my words have been a helpful wakeup call; not a discouragement. If you intend to write for Christ: Be open, really open, to His vision for your printed and spoken words. When you have the vision, run with it. He’ll bring the increase.

Thanks for having me, Cheryl. It’s been a pleasure. Happy reading and writing!

CH: Linda, thank you so much for joining me and my audience. We look forward to following your books.

 

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On this blog, I “Pay it Forward” to other authors by spotlighting them with a Guest Author Interview. I only ask that they too “Pay It Forward” to any other author.                                                                                                                       ~ Cheryl Holloway

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Cheryl Holloway’s Spotlight on Books: I Swam with An Angel

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Children’s Book Week May 4-10, 2015  is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.

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Facts: Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. Since establishment in 1919, commemorative events have been held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, and homes—wherever young readers and books connect! Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. It is the 96th Anniversary.

I want to Spotlight this book during Children’s Book Week.

 

I Swam with an Angel

Title: I Swam with An Angel

Genre: Children – Handicap/Wheelchair

Synopsis: Initially from Jamaica, ten-year-old Cornell was born with a rare disease that made it impossible for him to walk. After the divorce of his parents, he was then sent to his aunt’s house, something nine-year-old Jaime thinks is a wrong idea. When Cornell first arrived to his cousin’s house, they were like water and oil. Jaime did not like the idea that he bragged to much about things he could not do, like swim or sail a boat. But when Cornell starts to get sick, will Jaime realize the real meaning of strength and how strong Cornell really is?

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Author: Vastine East

I must preface this review by saying that this is the first review of this book, and I don’t understand why, because it is a great book! I certainly recommend I Swam with An Angel.

For those readers who know me, you know that I am a grandmother with grandchildren of all ages. So, I started reading…

I Swam with An Angel is narrated by a young girl, Jamie, who describes the ups and downs of day-to-day life as she and her family adjust to her cousin from Kingston, Jamaica, Cornell, who is handicapped and in a wheelchair. Jamie is well aware of Cornell’s challenges, which seem to anger her and she just wants a normal life.

I loved this book. It is an emotional book that shares the experience of children with disabilities and their extended family members; and takes the reader on a journey of discovery. (I don’t want to give away the ending.)

Fully illustrated in color and written in child-friendly language, this book could be a wonderful resource for children and parents/adults. It is a juvenile easy reader, as well as a book adults can read to small children.

I liked the fact that this book is sensitively written and provides a base for discussion in families with a handicap child in a wheelchair. This is a story that can help other siblings and family members to share their feelings and reassure them that each person’s role in the family is very important—including the handicapped child.

Most families with a handicapped child look for resources at their local library or go online and become overwhelmed with the thousands of books written on the subject. I am offering you my opinion and recommendation of a delightful book for parents and children.

I wish Vastine East much success in his writing endeavors.

I rate this book…

starstarstarstarstar

 

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/I-SWAM-ANGEL-Vastine-East/dp/1465350594/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430839263&sr=1-1&keywords=I+swam+with+an+angel

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Guest Author Interview – Arleen Alleman

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Title: A Current Deception

Genre: Suspense Mystery

Synopsis: Freelance reporter Darcy Farthing boards a luxury cruise ship for a trip to beautiful Australian seaports with family and friends, where a baffling murder mystery challenges her investigative skills. The crimes begin when a small-town Kansas woman traveling with a class reunion tour group is plagued by an attack of yellow crazy ants—a dangerous, invasive species—as well as an illness caused by mysterious foodborne bacteria and the odd cancellation of an onshore tour. The bizarre but relatively minor incidents escalate when the ants injure more passengers and crew members. Soon, a peculiar death on the streets of Adelaide and attempted murders on board the ship threaten to cause panic. It is obvious that a crew member or passenger is targeting individuals, but who is it and why?

Meanwhile, Darcy is distracted by daughter Rachael’s uncharacteristic behavior and intense friendship with a handsome passenger. Reluctant to make waves, Darcy tries to suppress her concerns. She turns her full attention to the crimes when evidence is found in her friend and ex-husband Brooks’s stateroom and the security chief names him as the sole suspect. Brooks is clearly innocent, but the chief is inexplicably reluctant to conduct a more thorough investigation to clear him; then Darcy’s best friend, Sid, who is also Brooks’s fiancé, becomes the latest victim. Clue by clue, with husband Mick’s help, Darcy uses her skills to reveal a homicidal master of disguise and world-class computer hacker intent on exacting revenge related to a twenty-year-old crime.

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Author: Arleen Alleman

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Arleen Alleman at a “Currents Deep and Deadly” book signing.

CH: Welcome Arleen Alleman. Arleen is an author of suspense-filled mysteries. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to share your writing world and publishing journey with my audience.

CH: Please tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book.

AA: Fiction lovers will enjoy the fast-paced murder mystery action melded with travel, science, and history tidbits, and Darcy Farthing’s edgy contemporary social orientation.

CH: This book is the fifth book in the Darcy Farthing Series. When you wrote the first book in the series, did you realize it would be a series then? Where did you get the idea for the series?

AA: I guess I realized there would be a second book about halfway through writing the first one, Currents Deep and Deadly. I had a lot for these characters to resolve and didn’t want to write an epic novel. Once they took on a life of their own, I decided to stay with them for a while. I am working on the sixth in series now.

CH: Which book in the series was hardest to write?

AA: The fourth book, Alternate Currents, was probably the most difficult because it took on the issues surrounding same sex partnerships, birth surrogacy, and assisted reproductive technology. It is still a fast-paced story with Darcy and friends trying to solve several crimes, including a child abduction, and blending the fiction with the real world controversy was a challenge.

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

AA: There were some real life family situations that I knew about first hand as well others from the news, and they helped build the characters and their relationships. One strange thing is that thirty-five years ago I created a gay character for a college poetry writing class assignment that asked us to write from the standpoint of someone totally out of our experience. I created Leslie Lavender for the series of poems and he became a character in the book all these years later.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

AA: Well, I guess Darcy Farthing is still the character that interests me the most. I allow her to do and say things that are socially provocative, not for shock value, but as a vehicle for people to possibly look at things from a different angle, and that is somewhat satisfying.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

AA: I haven’t met a character yet that I found especially hard to write. They all take a lot of effort to make them individuals and to have them  stay in character.

CH: How much of your leading lady is based on you?

AA: I probably share a few characteristics with Darcy, but she is more a role model for me than an alter ego. I am a humanist and a scientist at heart, so we share some views about the world, but nothing else is really similar about our lives.

CH: You’ve said that traveling is not only fun, but the various world locations supply backdrops for your stories. Is this true for choosing Australia in this book?

AA: Yes, a few years ago my husband and I fulfilled a dream of his and spent five weeks traveling all over Australia. I patterned the latest story after many of our stops although in that case we were not on a cruise ship as the characters in the book are. Of course, I supplemented my memories with research to update and expand the descriptions, but I have been to all the locations visited by Darcy and the gang in A Current Deception.

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

AA: I would say that the challenge is always the same with every book. I want to write compelling multi-plotted stories that are in part who-dun-its with surprises along the way. It is always difficult to build stories that accomplish this and hold the readers interest, not giving away too much too soon. Also, I include descriptions of the locations and history, in this case in Australia, but these passages have to fit with the story without taking focus off the mystery and entertainment components.

CH: It has been said that you are an upcoming author to watch. What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your fast-paced adventure type writing?

AA: That comment by a reviewer certainly was flattering. There are many wonderful authors and we all know how difficult it is to get recognition with the intense competition in the fiction genres. What I’m trying to accomplish is putting a real woman who is not in law enforcement and does not carry a gun into situations where her intellect, goodness, and investigative nature are her weapons. The description of so many world locations is also a bit unique.

Also, along with murder-mystery that is always present, I use Darcy—a highly moral scientist with the good of humanity foremost in her thinking—to present readers with aspects of social and religious controversy in ways they might not have considered.

CH: I noticed that you have book trailers for each book. What are your thoughts on book trailers?

AA: I have not spent a lot of money on my trailers. They are very simple and I don’t know how much good they do. It is nice to have something for very visual readers to see, but trailers are probably more useful if they have live action and dialog, which would be very expensive to produce.

CH: I see you had another career before writing. How long have you been writing? How did you start writing?

AA: I’ve done a few different things, including teaching, jewelry design and manufacture, and owning a small boutique, so I consider myself to be a generalist. However, I wrote during my entire career with the U.S. Government Accountability Office. This was very much like investigative journalism. We studied aspects of government programs in order to report to the U.S. Congress on needed financial and operational improvements. This writing was non-fiction and there could be no creativity in preparing the “blue cover GAO reports.”

In high school I discovered a love for journalism and thought that would be a career path. Ultimately, my love of science won out educationally speaking when I pursued a biology degree. But from the time I was fourteen and reading popular fiction, I dreamed of becoming a novelist. I did not act on it for nearly five decades. In 2009 when I began writing the series—better late than never—I just decided to give it a try using my government knowledge and cruising to begin with and just kept going.

CH: Although you haven’t been writing long, you have received several awards. Can you tell us a little about your writing journey?

AA: Much of the journey has been struggling to understand the publishing and marketing worlds. I have stayed with Xlibris, a self-publishing company for all the books so far. I have gradually added more and more social media sources, reviewers and blogs, and found a way to do book signings onboard cruise ships and at Barnes and Noble stores. I was thrilled that Alternate Currents was a finalist in Foreword Reviews Annual Awards and another online book site named the first three books as a Best Trilogy of 2012. Still, the work required to obtain recognition that translates into sales is daunting and never ending.

CH: What is your key piece of advice for new writers?

AA: I hesitate to give advice because I’m still trying to figure it out myself. The two things I will say are first, we have to understand that no book is for everyone and someone will not like your book no matter what, and that is fine. Second, do not begin writing as a way to make money. I think you have to want the satisfaction of creating novels because they might never be widely successful.

CH: Which writer do you admire most and why?

AA: I can’t answer this question definitively because I love books and read and appreciate so many different authors of both fiction and non-fiction.

If I think about a series that I particularly love, it would be Diane Gabaldon’s Outlander series. I admire her ability to weave historical events into the stories and create such compelling characters and her ability to sustain the writing over such long periods.

CH: Do you have a website?

AA: Yes, at http://www.arleenalleman.com readers and those who are curious can find a lot of information about me and the books.

CH: Where is your book sold?

AA: The books are available in hard cover, soft cover, and electronic versions in many places on the internet worldwide, at any bookstore order desk, and of course at amazon.com    http://www.amazon.com/Arleen-Alleman/e/B0041H8CQM/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1427658252&sr=1-2-ent

And Barnes and Noble.com http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/arleen-alleman?store=book&keyword=arleen+alleman

CH: Any closing remarks?

AA: I want to thank you very much, Cheryl. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to reach your readers. I know first-hand how much work goes into maintaining a blog like yours and am honored to participate.

CH: Thank you so much Arleen for joining me and my audience.

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Cheryl Holloway on Pay-It-Forward Day April 30, 2015

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 Pay-It-Forward Day, April 30, 2015

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Hello, I’m Cheryl Holloway author and writer. In the Pay-It-Forward spirit of gratitude, I pay-it-forward at least once a week by doing a good deed for someone else, preferably someone that I don’t know. I had such a hard time trying to get the word out about my books that I decided to help spread the word to my audience about other authors books. I feature authors of all ages and the oldest author featured is 80 years old and the youngest is 9 years old.

Of course, I wanted to make sure that I interviewed the originator of Pay-It-Forward and asked Catherine Ryan Hyde to be a Celebrity Guest Author on my blog. She agreed and the rest is history.

You can read Catherine Ryan Hyde’s interview here: http://www.cherylholloway.net/blog/2014/07/25/celebrity-guest-author-interview-catherine-ryan-hyde/

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I wear my pay-it-forward bracelet all the time.

“I firmly believe that Pay-It-Forward means that we must serve others in order to lift up ourselves.”

Here are 15 Ways an Author Can Pay it Forward:

  1. leave a copy of a really great book you’ve read in a cafe/coffee shop/waiting room for someone else to enjoy;
  2. send a pdf copy of your eBook to fans/readers;
  3. praise another author’s book generously;
  4. offer to review a stranger’s book;
  5. offer to write something for free where your skills are needed;
  6. mentor a new author and give them tips you wish you knew when you started writing;
  7. give a stranger a free copy of your book;
  8. offer a no-cost writing workshop to potential writers;
  9. offer to review another author’s book;
  10. give 5 stars on a book review;
  11. offer to babysit for a single mother who needs time to write her book;
  12. email Cheryl Holloway about your pay-it-forward experience;
  13. compliment an author that you don’t know;
  14. encourage someone to pursue their dream of writing a book; and/or
  15. join Cheryl Holloway as a guest on her blog and pay-it-forward to another author.

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Note: Cheryl Holloway pays-it-forward to authors by inviting them for a guest author interview on her blog. The purpose of the blog is two-fold: it recognizes and encourages the writing and publishing of outstanding books; and it raises the appreciation of great writing around the globe. Cheryl Holloway, not only pays it forward in the United States, but has also paid it forward globally to authors in eleven other countries (soon to be twelve countries). If you would like a Guest Author Interview, please email Cheryl or Call Toll-Free at 1-877-WRITE18.

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Readers and followers, please share this post with your friends.

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On this blog, I “Pay it Forward” to other authors by spotlighting them with a Guest Author Interview. I only ask that they too “Pay It Forward” to any other author.                                                                                                                       ~ Cheryl Holloway

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A Strikingly Unique Book in Content and Format

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I read an amazing eBook this weekend and I want to tell you about it!

Content: It was definitely a page-turner; a murder mystery thriller with a heavy plot, and full of suspense which made for a character-rich reading journey.

Format: The short e-version with only 202 pages. There was no chapter separation, which made it literally a page-turner. It was a narrative storytelling book, which seemed to make the characters come to life before your eyes and…the author created a love/hate situation for almost all of the characters.

It’s a short e-read, but not for the galloping e-reader. Why? Because you won’t want to stop reading until you finish the book. You can’t read it while on the train on the way to work—just miss work. You can’t read it while getting coffee at Starbucks®—just use the Keurig®.

Has this author re-invented the writing process with this book when he published it March 31, 2015?

You heard it first from me, Cheryl Holloway. I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. Yes, he will have a Guest Author Interview on this blog this summer (or sooner, if you insist).

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Title: The Murderer’s Smile

Synopsis: As the top-rated news anchor in all of Dallas, Tony Michaels has his smiling face on billboards all over the Dallas Metroplex, which proclaims him to be “The Most Trusted Man in Texas.” But when the dismembered bodies of his wife and son are found in his backyard, he is arrested and the media dubs him, “The Anchor of Death.” Tony insists on his innocence, but the evidence is stacked heavily against him and the prosecution believes he has motive. Facing the death sentence and now haunted by disturbing nightmares, Tony receives an unusual visit and enlists the help of friend and private investigator Ryan Samuels. Now, it is up to Samuels to find out anything the police missed in their investigation that can prove his friend’s innocence and save him from the lethal injection.

Author: Kevin D’Onofrio

Keeping my readers informed about great books!

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Guest Author Interview – Quanie Miller

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Title: The New Mrs. Collins

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis: In the small town of Carolville, Louisiana, no one knows that Adira Collins inherited mystic powers from her great grandmother. All they know is that she’s beautiful, poised, graceful, and ruthless—especially when it comes to love. And no one knows that more than Leena Williams, who was all set to marry the man of her dreams until Adira swooped into town and stole the man’s heart.

Being left at the altar is bad enough, but Leena and her ex share custody of their son, so she has to see the new Mrs. Collins on a regular basis.

And it burns every time she does.

But soon, Leena starts to suspect that there is more to Adira Collins than meets the eye. And it’s not because she owns some kinky lingerie shop or allegedly insulted the pastor’s wife—it’s the strange way she can make a door close without touching it, or take one look at something and make it drop dead at her feet.

Leena starts digging for answers and soon discovers that, unlike her public persona, Adira’s true nature is somewhere on the other side of grace. She also learns, a little too late, that some secrets are better left buried.

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Author: Quanie Miller

CH: Welcome to my blog Quanie Miller. Quanie also has a blog with some pretty good writing tips. Her Blog is at QuanieTalksWriting.com. I suggest that you visit it…soon. Thanks Quanie for joining me on my blog.

CH: Please tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book.

QM: It’s a page-turning thrill ride that you won’t be able to put down.

CH: Do you have an explanation for all of the odd/mysterious things
happening in Adira Collins life?

QM: Most of the things that happen to her are a result of her unique gift,
which was passed down to her by her great-grandmother. If you’re asking
how the gift originated, I don’t have an answer. But it’s something that I
might explore in another book.

CH: Where do your ideas come from for the paranormal romance? Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?

QM: I’m definitely one of those writers who ‘sees’ characters before I write
them. That’s exactly how I wrote Adira.  I got this image in my head of
this woman standing next to a lake, ringing out a towel. She looked
mysterious and I wanted to put her on the page to see what kind of secrets
she might have. And I do plot—extensively, as a matter of fact. I outline
chapter by chapter, by scenes. And even though I outline, there’s always
so many surprises for me as I write. The outline is really just a guide.
Stories will generally come to me bit by bit.  I’ll see a character in a
particular situation, and I’ll get an idea of how that scene relates to
the story as a whole. Sometimes the ending is nebulous, but that’s a good
thing: I don’t outline the ending because I don’t want to know it until
I’m there.

CH: Why did you decide to write this book?

QM: I grew up reading books by RL Stine and Christopher Pike, so I’ve always loved stories that were suspenseful, unusual, and spooky. I wanted to see a book like that (suspenseful, unusual, and spooky), about a character I
could identify with—a southern black woman from a small town. I also love
writing about strong women who can’t keep themselves out of trouble, so
creating a strong-willed character like Leena, who stumbles upon the fact
that there just might be a bit of magic in the world, I got really excited
about the story.

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

QM: I didn’t.

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

QM: It wasn’t hard. Once you know the world of the story, you put your
characters in situations accordingly and ask yourself, ‘Okay. What would
someone experiencing this moment really do right now?’

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters in this book?

QM: For the most part, I love writing about people, I feel like I know people
who are likeable and I can root for, so I do get a lot of inspiration from
my family in terms of mannerisms and dialogue for a lot of my characters.
But for Adira, my villain, I’m fortunate enough to say that I just dreamed
her up, because I don’t know anybody like that in real life!

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

QM: I’d definitely have to say Sister Jenkins. She reminds me a lot of my mom and grandmother with her humor and straightforwardness.

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

QM: Many readers have said that it wasn’t the ‘typical’ paranormal story, or
that they don’t usually read paranormal but they loved my book. I think
it’s because of the world my novel is set in—a small town where everybody
knows everybody else’s business. It feels familiar. You know the place,
you know the people—and you like them—so even when things start to get a
bit strange in the story, you’re there with them for the ride because
you’re invested in them.

CH: What is your key piece of advice for new paranormal writers?

QM: I’d definitely have to say find your own voice and don’t worry about
‘trends.’ Be true to your story and your characters.

CH: Are there any paranormal writers that you consider your mentor?

QM: I mentioned this earlier, but I read a lot of RL Stine and Christopher
Pike growing up. They were definitely inspirations.

CH: Are there any other genres that you would like to write a book?

QM: I have ideas for many different novels: comedy, mystery, suspense, more paranormal, and something that feels like horror. I even have an idea for a novel that feels like science fiction, and I’m not very familiar with
the genre. I’m really just motivated by characters that intrigue me,
regardless of the genre.

CH: Quanie has been the recipient of the James Phelan Literary Award, the Louis King Thore Scholarship, the BEA Student Scriptwriting Award and the Vicki Hudson Emerging Writing Prize. You have won numerous awards for your writing and have only written two books. How do you feel that your accomplishments have inspired other new writers?

QM: Great question. I won a few awards in college for short stories that I’ve written (and a national, student scriptwriting competition). I think that really confirmed for me that I was on the right track to finding my true voice as a writer. If anybody takes anything from that it should be this: be true to yourself as a writer, study your craft, and eventually, you’ll get to where you want to be.

CH: So what’s next for you as an author? Do you have plans for a new book?

QM: Yes! I’m working on my next novel. It’s actually a child abduction story and I’m almost done with the first draft. If everything goes right, I hope to release it this year.

CH: Do you have a website?

QM: My official website is www.Quaniemiller.com. I also blog at
www.quanietalkswriting.com.

CH: Where is your book sold?

QM: You can buy the print book or ebook on Amazon. I also have it available for B&N Nook readers.

CH: Any closing remarks?

QM: I’d just really like to thank you for having me. I enjoyed answering your questions about my book. I love interacting with readers, so if you enjoy
the book, please reach out to me. I’m on Twitter @quaniemiller or you can
email me at Quanie@quanietalkswriting.com. Also feel free to leave a
review on Amazon, Goodreads, and B&N. Thanks again for having me!

CH: Thank you so much Quanie for joining me and my audience.

 

Don’t Keep this Blog a Secret…Tell Your Friends about it!

Note: Photos are compliments of Quanie Miller and the Internet.

Readers and followers, please share this post with your friends.

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On this blog, I “Pay it Forward” to other authors by spotlighting them with a Guest Author Interview. I only ask that they too “Pay It Forward” to any other author.                                                                                                                       ~ Cheryl Holloway

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Seven Sentence Sunday

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Once Upon a Time

Hello, from time-to-time, I write a short story using only seven sentences. I also use this as a writing exercise in the writing workshops that I present. This one was inspired by a news show on TV. 

Title: A Nightmare

She met a handsome man who appeared to be the man of her dreams.

He treated her like a queen with a whirlwind romance.

She as swept off her feet and said yes when he proposed to her.

They married and some how the honeymoon went awry.

She figured it was a simple misunderstanding.

But before they could straighten it out, she found out that she was pregnant and they had a beautiful baby girl.

Suddenly, his old, violent, self immerged and he killed her…a dream that’s a nightmare in disguise!

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Guest Author Interview – Christina C. Jones

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Title: Release Me, If You Can

Genre: Suspense Romance

Synopsis: Secrets always have a way of coming to light.
Special Agent Renata Parker learns this the hard way, when the secret she’s held close for many years is finally revealed, exposing her as traitor to the team of thieves, spies, hackers, and federal agents who thought they shared a common goal — take down Damien Wolfe. Her dedication to their cause doesn’t quite stand up to scrutiny — especially for Quentin, a fellow hacker who was drawn to Renata’s quiet energy before her true identity was exposed.

With her loyalty in question, Renata finds herself in a position where she’s forced to rely on help from the very people she may have unwittingly betrayed.

Quentin wants to trust Renata, but repairing their friendship — and possibly taking it further — requires the healing of past wounds, answering unresolved questions, and revealing unknown connections that bring new light to Damien Wolfe’s misdeeds.

While Quentin and Renata search for common ground, Marcus and Naomi navigate unexpected circumstances in their budding relationship, and Inez tries to resist Kendall’s magnetic, dangerous appeal.

Romance, danger, a little hacking, and a bit of espionage ensue as the team struggles to be released from the traumas of their past.

*Dear reader, please note that this book does contain references to sexual assault. There are no details of the actual act, but I wanted to offer this brief trigger warning, in advance of diving in.*

(Release Me If You Can is book 2/3 of a continuous series. I would not recommend reading this one unless you’ve read book 1, Catch Me If You Can)

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Author: Christina C. Jones

CH: Welcome Christina C. Jones to my blog. Christina is an avid reader of African American Romance, as well as a writer. Thanks for joining me on my blog.

CH: Please tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book/series. 

CCJ: Release Me If You Can is a story full of suspense, danger, romance, and the healing power of real love.

CH: Was your second book harder to write than the first?

CCJ: Yes!  The love story for this book was a much different, much more emotional dynamic, so it made it more emotionally draining.

CH: Where did you get the idea for the series?

CCJ: I LOVE action and suspense movies and TV, and couldn’t seem to find a romance in the African American contemporary that fit the type of story I saw played out on TV. So I wrote it!

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

CCJ: Yes!  This was always a planned three book series!

CH: How much of your leading lady is based on you?

CCJ: With this book, the main character, Renata, is a hacker. I’m very, very into tech myself, and there are certain events in her childhood that closely mirror my own experience. That’s all I can say without giving spoilers!

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

CCJ: The people live in my head, and are born from nowhere and everywhere!  I can see someone interacting at the grocery store, or see something on TV, or someone can say something to me, anything!

CH: Is there a certain routine you implement when writing a series? What is it? 

CCJ: This is my first planned series, so I’m learning as I go. One thing I did learn from the first book to the second is that I need to plot to make sure I’m keeping up with all the twists and turns so that everything stays straight, and that I close up all holes.

CH: Do you have a book trailer? What are your thoughts on book trailers?

CCJ: I do have a book trailer, but only for the first book in the series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gtCQZ11w0A I think they’re a really cool promotion tool, because they’re fun for the readers, and give a nice visual for the book.

CH: Are you a self-published author?

CCJ: Yes, I am, and I love it!

CH: What was the most exciting thing to happen on your publishing journey?

CCJ: I don’t know that I have a single most exciting thing! Every time I hit publish, there’s a major adrenaline rush, and then waiting on those first reviews to see what the readers think…it’s stressful, but awesome!

CH: Do you write full-time or part-time?

CCJ: I consider myself very blessed to be able to write full-time.

CH: Most of your books are part of a series. Can you tell us why you decided to write several series?

CCJ: The If You Can romantic suspense series is the only one that was planned that way.  With the other, secondary characters spoke up, wanting to tell their stories, or sometimes the main characters come back to me later with more to say!

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

CCJ: Just that love is real, and available, and absolutely worth it.

CH: Have you always wanted to write?

CCJ: Ever since I was a little girl, writing stories down in notebooks to pass out among my middle school classmates.

CH: How do you keep each book a story in itself; yet, a part of a series?

CCJ: Most of them revolve around a different couple in each book, so there’s a new love story to tell each time.

CH: Do you have a website?

CCJ: Yes I do! www.beingmrsjones.com

CH: Where is the series book sold?

CCJ: They can be found on Amazon! http://www.amazon.com/Christina-C-Jones/e/B00H5FYEDC

CH: Any closing remarks?

CCJ: Just a thank you, so very much, for having me! It was a pleasure answering these great questions!

CH: Thank you so much Christina for joining me and my audience.

 

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Cheryl Holloway Encourages You to Celebrate National Library Week April 12-18, 2015

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The 2015 Nation Library Week theme is “Unlimited possibilities @ your library®.”

Facts: National Library Week was first sponsored in 1958.  National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries—school, public, academic and special—participate. Best-selling author David Baldacci will serve as Honorary Chair of National Library Week 2015.

From the time that I was first introduced to the neighborhood library until I graduated from high school, I went to the library every day. (Our hometown library was open on Sundays.) I read a book a day back then. I was a fast reader and later, before entering college, took the Evelyn Wood Speed Reading Program, which taught me how to read even faster with accurate comprehension. My reading led to writing. I always thought I could write a story ‘just as good, if not better.’

Even today, I still remain an avid reader and dedicated writer, who goes to the library on a regular basis. So, libraries have always been a part of my foundation. I still have a current library card in Indiana, besides my current library card in Maryland.

I encourage you to celebrate National Library Week!

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