Memorial Day Weekend is Holiday Reading Time!

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With Memorial Day Weekend upon us, we can finally say that summer has begun and it’s Holiday Reading Time! 

It’s a three-day weekend, which means more time for reading!  Grab one of the latest books by some great writers and enjoy your holiday reading.

It’s time to wear all of your favorite summer gear—especially shorts, sandals and sunglasses. So, you can look pretty, while sipping on a cold, frozen summer drink. Don’t forget to make your summer reading list of books to read by the pool or on the beach. Whether you like a good mystery thriller, or a family saga, or just melting your heart over a heartwarming romance, I have some suggestions to start your summer off just right with good reads and new releases for a lazy, laid-back holiday reading.

               

If you’re looking for a new book or short story to accompany that glass of cold lemonade, iced tea or wine, here are my suggestions. If you haven’t already read one of these authors, make a new friend, and Get your Memorial Weekend Read on!

Title: A Sisterhood of Women Living Life: A Short Story Collection Book 1

Author: Cheryl Holloway

Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2s8z0Df

Synopsis: These stories will make you laugh, cry and want to give them a hug…The Dreaded After Call—a young editor runs away from a love triangle and works to drown out the pain but… Will she have a second chance at love?

Wine A Little or A Little Wine—a beautiful overweight woman can’t find love and all she does is wine… Will a bottle of wine help?

A Widow Moves On—an older widow opens her heart to love again but… What skeletons does he have in his closet?

Rape’s Revenge—her boyfriend rapes her young daughter… rage and revenge prevails… Will she kill him?

Dark Secrets and White Lies—she’s dating two men of different races and is pregnant with interracial twins…she is in a dilemma…Who will be the father?

The power of love, loneliness, heartache, revenge, and lies… What would you do if your life changed in a second?

Title: The Innocents (The Innocents Mystery Series) (Volume 1)

Author: C. A. Asbrey

Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2IL3Fkw

Synopsis: Pinkerton Detective Abigail MacKay is a master of disguises—and of new crime-solving technology! But she’ll have to move fast to stay a step ahead of Nat Quinn and Jake Conroy.

Nat and Jake are the ringleaders of The Innocents, a western gang that specializes in holding up trains carrying payrolls—and Nat is pretty savvy when it comes to using the new sciences of 1868 in committing his crimes.

Charismatic Nat and handsome Jake are on the run, and they’ve always gotten away before—before Abi. But when Abi is caught by another band of outlaws during the chase, there’s no other choice for Nat and Jake but to save her life. Abi owes them, and she agrees to help them bring in the murderer of a family friend.

The web of criminal activity grows more entangled with each passing day, but Nat, Jake, and Abi are united in their efforts to find the murderer. Once that happens, all bets are off, and Abi will be turning Nat and Jake over to the law. But can she do it? She finds herself falling for Nat, but is that growing attraction real? Or is he just using her to learn more about the Pinkertons’ methods?  Abi always gets her man—but she may have met her match in her “best enemies”—The Innocents.

 Title: Brawn (A One Love Short Story)

Author: Deborah Fletcher Mello

Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2s94OIt

Synopsis: Gattis Montgomery is down on his luck. After a tragic accident he loses his home, his business, his car, and everyone he loves. Between his days living on the streets and his nights at the local men’s shelter, the downtown library becomes a necessary respite to help him maintain his sanity.

Patrice King is a dream come true. She’s intelligent, accomplished and beautiful! After a chance meeting, thoughts of her fuel every one of Gattis’s fantasies and has him imagining a future that doesn’t feel quite so bleak.

But Patrice is fighting her own demons. Reeling from the death of her beloved mother and not knowing her paternity, she’s not interested in a relationship with any man. When their budding friendship evolves into a passionate relationship, the two discover happily-ever-after is possible under the most daunting circumstances.

Title: Miracle’s Destiny

Author: Georgette Littlejohn

Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2KUq7Ek

Synopsis: Miracle had no clue that keeping her brother Joseph’s secret would blindside her marriage. She’s also holding back about Karma, her husband’s sister. Mychal isn’t without his own discretion and when faced with Joseph’s reality, Mychal is peering in the closet at his own skeletons. Miracle is the confidant of the family and is expected to hold it together, but her life is evaporating before her eyes. Will Miracle heal from her untruths and get her hectic life back that she often complained about?

Title: All Men Are Gods (Book 0.5)

Author: Shelley Young

Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2xfCNno

Synopsis: A black-ops operative goes inside an insane asylum to commit murder. But the asylum is hiding secrets, along with a child that very well may not be human.

Moments after stepping foot through Delta Hospital’s doors, trained assassin, Michael Manus, quickly become suspicious.

Has he been set up?

Was it intended for him to leave the asylum alive?

Or is Michael simply becoming paranoid?

One thing is certain. In the end, more than his life will be at stake.

An explosive short story Sci-Fi Thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Title: Destined:  Giovanni and Zada (True Love Series Book 1) 

Author: Vivian Rose Lee

Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2GPM4lG

Synopsis: Well, we knew when Giovanni and Zada were introduced to us in “A Lover’s Heart” that their relationship would be explosive. The sexy, sassy and feisty FBI Agent meets the suave, cultured and fine Mob Boss who is captivated by her – and she by him.
Zada is accustomed to taking care of herself and others; however, when danger surrounds her personally from unknown sources, her life takes unexpected turns.

Giovanni is accustomed to having to look over his shoulders, but when his underworld alerts him to threats against his Silver Eyes, his beautiful thighs, hell hath no fury like a Mob Boss. No one messes with his empire, and no one messes with the lady he cherishes from afar – the only woman to make him yearn for a normal life.

Bonus: Any reader who subscribes to my blog by midnight May 28th will receive a free eBook. Email: AuthorCherylHolloway@gmail.com

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Guest Author Interview – Cydney Rax

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Title: A Sister’s Secret (The Reeve’s Sisters)

Genre: African American/Women’s Fiction/Romance

Synopsis: In the wake of a major loss, five sisters agree to meet on the regular to keep it real. But secrets they never saw coming will challenge them and everything they counted on . . .

Savvy and decisive, Burgundy Reeves feels blessed with a good husband and a successful career. She is the sister everyone envies. Since her beloved mother’s death, she’s given troubled youngest sister, Elyse, a stable home when she needs it most. And she’s taken it on herself to keep her contentious siblings together. Under her guidance, they all meet bi-monthly on “Sister Day,” a time when they get together to bond, to receive a challenging “assignment”, and to cope with a range of things—including their many differences . . .

Among the sisters’ most challenging assignments: tell the truth. But truthfulness leads to an unveiling of secrets that may destroy lives. Burgundy is struggling to show Coco the real deal about her unreliable baby daddy. If she and level-headed Drucilla can also convince hard-headed eldest sister Alita to give Coco more love than tough talk, that might heal a longtime rift. But it’s teenage Elyse’s truth that will shatter Burgundy’s perfect world beyond repair. And putting the pieces back together could make the sisters stronger together than ever—or pull them apart for good.

Cydney Rax, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Cydney Rax. She said, “It’s amazing how a love for reading about characters that talk and look like me caused me to want to be an author.” Welcome to my blog, Cydney. 

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

CR: A Sister’s Secret is about women and men, the challenges of love, the tough decisions, family secrets, and the power of upholding each other, no matter what we go through.

CH: After a major loss, five sisters agree to meet on a regular basis to keep things on tract. How did you come up with the premise for this book?

CR: Truthfully, a few years ago, an idea about five sisters came to my mind. And the very unique aspect of the story was the fact that they had this thing called “Sister Day.” That’s the basic premise. I started writing down what I was feeling on the inside about all the ladies. I’d work on the story here and there. And one main thing that stood out for me, were all of the characters. Although, I ended up working on other projects during and after this story came to me, I found myself going back to it. I could not abandon it. It’s a basic, yet, very involved family story filled with characters that I wanted to explore.

CH: With that in mind and the fact that the sisters are all ages, was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

CR: In the majority of novels, I love to introduce characters from a wide age range—from babies, toddlers, and kids, to young folks, to the elderly. And it wasn’t super hard. I just really think about my characters and try to tune into who they are and what they’re about. They reveal themselves to me, so to speak, as I work on the novels. And for certain characters, I do have to conduct some research to try and be realistic in terms of their age group. People have reviewed A Sister’s Secret and said that it has realistic situations and that was a happy surprise, because I wasn’t even thinking along those terms while writing.

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

CR: A couple of years ago, I presented maybe 150 pages of the book to my editor and a few weeks later Kensington Publishing Corporation accepted the novel, but wanted a series. I was like “Whoa. Seriously?” LOL.

And this would be my second series ever and writing them are certainly challenging. As an author. you have to come up with subplots and enough material to fill three books. But it gradually came together. I just write and write and eventually the plot twists reveal themselves and I can see the story in its entirety within my creative mind. I’ll outline and just fill in the blanks. I work the story and work the story and tighten it up and it becomes so very real to me. It’s an amazing process. These characters absolutely seem as though they could exist in real life.

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

CR: Lord, no. I hadn’t even finished the whole book, but my publisher made an offer based on that draft. And that’s when a writer has to expand her mind and think of all the possible things that could develop from the basic storyline. And it definitely happened with The Reeves Sisters Series. I am so excited about these books.

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

CR: The biggest challenge is deciding which sisters to focus on the most while writing a book about multiple major characters. It was tough to find the balance. And I actually overwrote the book, but my editor edited it a lot and what you see when you read it is the basic foundation for the initial storyline.

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

CR: Yes. I do all kinds of research—almost obsessively at times. I’ll interview people who are experts in their field: police officers, firemen, etc. And I can Google the hell out of a subject. I want to build and build a scene or a character’s situation and will use everything I can to make it all believable or relatable.

CH: Since you write with plenty of emotion and controversy, what is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

CR: Thank you for saying that. I definitely enjoy and will purposely write about flawed characters that many readers won’t necessarily like. And to write about normal, imperfect beings is psychologically intriguing for me. For e.g., I think I bring up aspects or unpleasant things about real humanity that is difficult to accept (cheating partners for example). And reading about flawed people may feel uncomfortable for reader. Sometimes, the characters, situations and realness hits too close to home. (I’m sorry! LOL) I strive to show the good, the bad, the ugly, or the truth about life. Truth hurts. But at the same time, I love to try and bring humor to my characters in order to give the story the balance that it needs. I just want readers to get involved in the storyline and walk away remembering the story or the characters. If the reader feels something, ANYTHING, I’ve done my job. If you get angry, that’s fine. If you feel sad or feel what my characters go through, I’ve nailed it.

CH: In this book with five sisters, which character was hardest to develop?

CR: The most haunting character is Elyse Reeves the nineteen year old female of the family. In Book 1, she doesn’t talk a lot. She’s a mystery, yet she stands out. She goes through a lot. I don’t want to give it away, but fans of Book 1 should check out Book 2, A Sister’s Survival, which drops on Nov. 27, 2018. I cannot WAIT! I can actually hear Elyse’s voice in my head. It’s kind of a light voice, as opposed to a deep voice. It’s a stubborn voice, yet a powerful one.

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

CR: Families are flawed. We don’t always see eye-to-eye or get along all the time, but they are still family and we love and support one another to the best of our abilities. On the other hand, we know that all families stay hush-hush about their deep, dark secrets. This book will cause all of us to think about our own situations and how we deal with them (or don’t).

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

CR: The reviews are mostly positive. People are saying it’s a quick read, and a page-turner with lots of drama. They think it’s my best book. They look forward to reading the rest of the series. Those that have a lot of sisters say they can relate to the book and that in real life they may also have their own “Sister Day.”

But I’ve also noticed that many white people have read the book. And some could not get into it. The culture or the language of the characters turned them off. I found that very interesting. I feel that it’s okay to read or explore a storyline or characters that you aren’t normally accustomed to reading. I think and encourage people to step out and be open to expanding their world. Don’t be so stuck on the same old authors and genres and predictable boy gets girl storylines. Check me out and learn from my stories. Learn something. Give it a chance. I must also say that there are some non-black readers, who read it and are cool with it. They get it. They enjoyed A Sister’s Secret. They were impressed or impacted.

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

CR: Ideas and inspiration come from everywhere. I listen to people’s conversations and get ideas for a story. I talk to men and women and they tell me things about what’s happening in their world. I can read a magazine article or a headline from today’s news and that may spur different ideas. But most of the time, I’ll just be living life and then, these crazy ideas pop in my head. It starts with a “What If.” I may wonder about a character, who is in a certain challenging situation. And I’ll start to fill in the blanks and think about the character and what is special or unique about her world. Then, as I’m writing the story, the ideas can come in dreams, or they just pop into my head as I’m going about my day. Sometimes, the crazy, terrible things that happen in people’s lives make me want to explore those ideas. My biggest passion is men and women and what makes them do what they do, when it comes to romantic relationships.

CH: You’ve been writing for quite some time now, can you tell us a little about your writing journey?

CR: My writing journey was amazing, almost like a Cinderella tale. When I was growing up a young girl in Detroit, I was very shy and self-conscious. I lacked self-esteem and wanted to be invisible. Imagine feeling like you have no talent and no purpose for being on the earth? Well, I went through so much pain in my twenties and thirties, that by the time I got through it all, I began to write. I found out I had a voice. And in the late 1980’s I read a Terry McMillan book. And a light came on inside of me. I KNEW that’s what I wanted to do. For the first time ever, I found out my purpose and reason for being born. So, I began to pray and pursue this dream of being a published writer. I’d go to the library and study the publishing industry, learn how to format a manuscript, and write a query letter. I’d go to bookstores and say out loud, “One day my books are going to be on these shelves.” After I wrote my first manuscript, My Daughter’s Boyfriend, it was time to step out in faith and believe that the Lord would make my dream, the greatest desire I ever had in my life, come true.

One thing led to another, as I began to meet people in the publishing industry (e.g., Carl Weber, Trisha Thomas and dozens of other writers). I secured a literary agent in spring of 2001 and got a five-figure book deal from Random House about a year later. I was sooo happy and it’s been a joy ever since. I want to pinch myself all the time, because it is surreal to have a dream and no idea how to achieve it, but years later, you are doing the thing that you used to fantasize about. I’m thankful to God, to the readers, the bookstores, the book clubs, the libraries, and author promoters, such as yourself.

CH: Thank so much. For you, what is the hardest part of writing a book?

CR: One of the hardest parts is trying to say what needs to be said in as few words as possible. I can be very wordy. My characters talk A LOT. I like to include descriptions to make my stories seem real. And trying to edit myself, and eliminate scenes and dialogue and giving the reader just enough info to keep them intrigued is always a challenge. But the editors help me to achieve that goal.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

CR: Right now, we have Book 2, A Sister’s Survival, scheduled for release this fall on November 27. Then there will be the finale of the Reeves Sisters’ series coming out next fall. I will withhold the title for now, but it has “Sister” in it. After that there are several potential projects. Many ideas come to me all the time for possible novels. But I do want to write a book for the culture, something that involves Black Lives Matter that asks the tough questions about race and why we are the way we are when it comes to viewing and interacting with other nationalities. And I want to do some books for the youth market, too—something really creative and different and probably controversial. I thrive on the controversy. You have to believe in what you write and be courageous and get people thinking about certain things that go on in society and/or relationships. I like to entertain, but I want to do more than that with my works.

CH: How to Find Cydney Rax:

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

CR: You will find it at all the online bookstores, such as Barnes and Noble, Books A Million, and Amazon.  Also, if you want to check my books out from your library, please visit WorldCat.org. It lists libraries world-wide and I love it when people check my books out, ebooks, or audiobooks.

CH: Any closing remarks?

CR: We are living in interesting and scary times these days. We must chronicle this period of history by writing about the things that are going on. We must create films or write songs that depict how people cope with this new and ever changing world. Writers are chroniclers of history, so to speak, and for me to be a part of it, to write about cultural events or men, women, and relationships, is very exciting. It’s very important.

Cheryl, thank you for having me on your blog to share my thoughts with your audience.

CH: Thank you so much, Cydney Rax, 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 – Kiesha Collier

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Title: A Wife’s Revenge

Genre: African American Romance/Contemporary Romance

Synopsis: Coming home from burying her mother, Sable Ferguson felt all alone, especially since her husband wasn’t there for her to lean on. After an infidelity that almost tore them apart eight months ago, he has since buried his free time into his work.

Or so, she thought—he was taking too much pleasure in making love to her; so much so, that his wife’s presence was unknown. The woman he had pressed against the shower wall was the mistress he had an affair with eight months ago.

Sable quietly closed the door and walked outside. Her mind was racing with all kinds of thoughts. Should I go back in and shoot them both? Maybe I’ll empty our joint bank account and leave him broke?

She scratched those ideas, since she wanted to make them both suffer in another way for breaking her heart. An evil grin spread across Sable’s face. As she thought the best revenge for her husband was to give him HIV/AIDS.

Will Sable’s method of revenge be effective, or will it backfire on her?

Kiesha Collier, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Kiesha Collier. She is an author who is determined to get her books to the readers. Welcome to my blog, Kiesha.

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

KC: A scorned wife seeks HIV/AIDS as a revenge method against her cheating husband.

CH: A lot of wives have caught their husband cheating, but this is a destructive type of revenge. Where did you get the premise for this story?

KC: I was watching a movie when a news clip came on. It was about a man that had been arrested for sleeping with multiple women and not disclosing his health status. He was HIV positive. As a writer, my mind started wondering and I was thinking what goes through the mind of a person who purposely withholds that information from their partners. I felt, maybe, it was something deeper. I needed a reason why. That gave me the idea to create a wife, who has done so much for her husband by building him up physically and financially, and then, out of nowhere, he breaks her heart. Now, that she’s a woman scorned, she feels entitled to get revenge on her husband—whatever way she chooses.

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

KC: It wasn’t hard to create this story. I just let my imagination run wild. I wanted to show how one woman’s broken heart affected so many innocent people. I’ve had a broken heart more than a few times in the past J and during that moment, you’re just concentrating on your pain, but with each passing day, it will get better. Once you reach that point and you look back, it turns out, they weren’t even worth your tears. 🙂

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?

KC: My ideas come from everywhere. I can be driving, or watching TV, or just looking out the window. Usually, the plot comes to me as a whole and I write around it. I may have to tweak it here and there, but I know which direction it’s going in and where it will end up.

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

KC: It wasn’t a challenge in writing this book. After I saw that news clip, I saw it as an eye opener. Growing up in the 1990’s, all I heard about was HIV/AIDS. Now, you don’t hear about it as much, but it’s still out there.

CH: Did you have to do any special research on HIV/AIDS to write this book?

KC: Yes I wanted the information to be accurate.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

KC: Kelli’s best friend, Jackie! I loved Jackie—she was a no nonsense woman, who kept it real. When she gave advice, she wasn’t judgmental and always kept you laughing. I love friends like that!

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

KC: Kalikow Porter, she was just plain evil. She didn’t value her life or anyone else’s. I don’t like people like that. 🙁

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

KC: Yes. Karma has a way of coming back around to you, so be careful of the seeds you sow.

CH: What is the hardest part of writing for you?

KC: I can’t think of anything, honestly. I love to write early in the morning or late at night. Those are usually the times, when my house is quiet.  🙂

CH: Is this your debut novel, or have you written other novels?

KC: My debut novel was published in 2009.

CH: What took so long between writing the first novel and this novel?

KC: I heard the words that every author loves to hear, “Yes, we want to publish your book.” I was beyond excited. I felt my dream had come true. Little did I know, the company turned out to be a scam that played by the book legally—I was broken. I allowed that experience to stop me from writing. However, my mom encouraged me not to give up, but to take it as a learning lesson and grow from it. Since then, I published my second novel in 2015. Now, I have finished two novels and a stage play.

CH: I’m so glad that the bad experience didn’t stop you from continuing to write. So, what can we expect next from you?

KC: I have two finished novels. I’m not sure which one I’m going to publish next. I also have a stage play that I want to bring to life, soon!

CH: How to Find Kiesha Collier:

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

KC: Exclusively on Amazon.

CH: Any closing remarks?

KC: A Wife’s Revenge is a book that brings real issues to life. A definite must read! Cheryl, thank you for this wonderful opportunity! I wish you nothing but success in your blog and your writing!

CH: Thank you so much, Kiesha Collier, 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 – R. Weir

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Title: The Front Range Butcher: A Jarvis Mann Private Detective Mystery (Book 7)

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Hard-Boiled

Synopsis: Jarvis Mann PI Is Back In His Most Dangerous Case Yet!Twenty-two years ago, the slayings began, a new body nearly every month, front page news for all to read. Gruesome in nature, the victims nearly all female, the killer terrorizing the residents of Colorado’s biggest cities. Until one day the murders stopped leaving no clue, or closure. No one knew who he was, his motive for slaughtering them, and why the urge to kill suddenly ended.

Now, more than two decades later, the urge has resurfaced. Carved remains of loved ones left to be found, lives of families ruined, the slayings echoing an all too familiar case from a past once forgotten. Bold headlines return to the local papers, the police and FBI still just as helpless, even with today’s modern advancements. Has the killer resurfaced again? Why did they disappear for so long? How many more will brutally suffer the same horrendous fate?

Hired to find the serial killer, private detective Jarvis Mann digs deep, fighting FBI resistance, with life threatening danger lurking around every corner. His cunning leads to a man he must match wits with, a man the FBI can’t touch. Interrogating to get into his psyche in an all-out attempt to stop the insanity and bring him to justice. Cold and calculated, intelligent and coy, the man, wheelchair bound, holds the answers and the secrets. For he is the only one who could be the evil manifestation of: The Front Range Butcher.

Can Jarvis outwit such a mastermind, or has he met his match?

R. Weir, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is R. Weir. He says, “…no evil stands a chance against my written word!” Welcome back to my blog, R. Weir.

CH: This is Book 7 in the Jarvis Mann series. Why should we read this book?

RW: If you like reading edge of your seat drama, twists, turns and surprises, and a physiological battle of wits between the protagonist and the potential serial killer, you will love this book. This is easily the most complex plot I’ve ever put together for my PI Jarvis Mann to wrangle with. The ending of The Front Range Butcher, in my mind and many of my readers, is incredible.

CH: There is a 22 year lapse in the killings. Where did you get the premise for this story?

RW: I thought it would be interesting to have a serial killer stop his murderous ways and then return to start up again after a certain number of years. There is generally a deep seated motivation for the killings, so there needed to be a reason to stop, which I outline in the story deep in the book. Then those same reasons fuel the need to kill again. I believe those reasons will surprise my readers.

CH: Of the seven books, which book was hardest to write?

RW: The new book, The Front Range Butcher, was the hardest because of the length, over 400 pages, and the intriguing, complex story. It was needed to flesh out the plot and build the suspense. It was also the most rewarding, as I feel it’s my best work yet.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

RW: Simon Lions, the alleged serial killer,was my favorite to write in this book. I tried to make his one-on-one confrontations with Jarvis exciting, as the two try to outsmart each other.

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

RW: Again, it would be Simon Lions. I wanted to make him smart, coy, elusive and a powerful figure, who isn’t scared of anyone—a real intellectual challenge for Jarvis to go up against.

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?

RW: I always start with a basic idea and go from there, as I don’t outline my stories in advance. In this case I wanted Jarvis to go head-to-head with a serial killer, which was a first for him. When I write, I let the story take me where it leads me. In many ways, it writes itself as I go along.

CH: You seem to be successful in writing in this genre. What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your type of private investigator writing?

RW: I do believe it is Jarvis himself that makes the stories riveting. He is smart, funny and tough, though hardly perfect. As I say in my description of him, he has as many faults as virtues. He fights for his clients, trying to get to the truth, receiving a lot of bumps and bruises, both mentally and physically, along the way. I believe I create a compelling story with him as the centerpiece that keeps the reader guessing.

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

RW: This was the longest book I’ve written, by almost 60 thousand words. The plot is quite intriguing, with three different major cases Jarvis must deal with, one a personal one, where he is accused of a crime. Keeping it all straight and working through the timing was challenging, but rewarding, as I believe it turned out great.

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

RW: I did a lot of research about past serial killers. I was amazed at the amount of detail there is about them, much of it disturbing. Though not everyone agrees completely on the pathology of serial killers, and why they are what they are. I didn’t want to pattern my killer after anyone in particular, but wanted to make sure I was writing properly about them, especially since I had a FBI profiler working on the case, assisting Jarvis at times. I wrote a detailed article about it that I hope will be published in the USA Today magazine.

CH: I will look forward to reading the article. Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

RW: Nothing was taken from any real life situations. But I do my best to keep the story as believable as possible.

CH: Have your books won any awards?

RW: I’m sorry to say they haven’t won any awards. Though two of them have hit #1 on a couple of Amazon Bestseller lists, and all of them have been in the top ten, with the exception of the new one, which was just released. I feel pretty confident it will reach the top ten, as well in time.

CH: For my followers, what is a Hard-boiled Mystery Novel?

RW: Hard-boiled is a genre distinction, normally for tough and snarky private detectives, hardened by life and the circumstances of the job they do, often from them dealing with the seedy side of life; violence, drugs, prostitution, mobsters and the legal system of lawyers, cops and feds. The main character is often jaded, flawed and determined, which is pretty much Jarvis in a nutshell.

CH: What kind of feedback are you receiving from readers?

RW: The feedback has been fantastic so far on The Front Range Butcher. Most readers are calling the book an edge of your seat thriller and the best Jarvis Mann PI book to date, which is gratifying to hear, 7 books into the series.

CH: How to Find R. Weir:

RW: As a footnote, anyone who signs up via my website for my newsletter, can receive a free eBook of my first Jarvis Mann PI novel, Tracking A Shadow.

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

RW: I would say coming up with new story-lines that keep the reader guessing. You don’t want them figuring out the end before they get to it. A mystery with no mystery to it, isn’t going to go over well with readers.

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

RW: There will definitely be one more, as I’m about 65k words into writing it. From there, we will see what more I can cook up and if there is a demand to continue.

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

RW: The Front Range Butcher is available on Amazon, in eBook or paperback. It is also available on Kindle Unlimited for those who use that service. They can also purchase the paperback direct from me, if they want a signed copy. They can contact me via my email, if they are interested. rweir720@gmail.com

CH: Any closing remarks

RW: Thanks, Cheryl, for having me on again. I always enjoy answering your questions. For readers be sure to reach out, as I love to hear and interact with you, either via email or on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks to all for stopping by today. Keep on reading and post those reviews, we Indie authors love to read them.

CH: Thank you so much, R. Weir, 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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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?

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

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!

Watch for it May 31st!

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Guest Author Interview – C. A. Asbrey

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Title: The Innocents (The Innocents Mystery Series Book 1)

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Historical Romance

Synopsis: Pinkerton Detective Abigail MacKay is a master of disguises—and of new crime-solving technology! But she’ll have to move fast to stay a step ahead of Nat Quinn and Jake Conroy.

Nat and Jake are the ringleaders of The Innocents, a western gang that specializes in holding up trains carrying payrolls—and Nat is pretty savvy when it comes to using the new sciences of 1868 in committing his crimes.

Charismatic Nat and handsome Jake are on the run, and they’ve always gotten away before—before Abi. But when Abi is caught by another band of outlaws during the chase, there’s no other choice for Nat and Jake but to save her life. Abi owes them, and she agrees to help them bring in the murderer of a family friend.

The web of criminal activity grows more entangled with each passing day, but Nat, Jake, and Abi are united in their efforts to find the murderer. Once that happens, all bets are off, and Abi will be turning Nat and Jake over to the law. But can she do it? She finds herself falling for Nat, but is that growing attraction real? Or is he just using her to learn more about the Pinkertons’ methods? Abi always gets her man—but she may have met her match in her “best enemies”—THE INNOCENTS.

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CH: Today’s Guest International Author is C. A. Asbrey. She likes her mysteries twisty, complex, and intricate through a fog of history. Welcome to my blog, C. A.

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

CAA: A female Pinkerton clashes with a handsome, clever, criminal. They find themselves on the same side when prostitutes start disappearing.

CH: Pinkerton Detective Abigail MacKay is chasing The Innocents, a western gang that specializes in holding up trains carrying payrolls, who has never been caught, how did you come up with the premise for this book?

CAA: I first became interested in the female pioneers in law enforcement when I joined the police in Scotland. History has always held a draw and the colorful stories of the older officers piqued my interest, making her look even further back.

The very first women in law enforcement had been in France, working for the Sûreté in the early 19th century. They were, however, no more than a network of spies and prostitutes, the most infamous being the notorious ‘Violette.’ Now, there’s another story which needs to be told!

The first truly professional women in law enforcement worked for the Pinkerton Agency, and they were trained by the first female agent Kate Warne, an ex-actress and an expert in working undercover. Kate Warne was an expert at disguise, adopting roles, and accents. She was said to be daring and able to pass her characters off, even in close quarters. In the only known photograph of her she is dressed as a man. This was a skill set my childhood had prepared her to understand.

These women were fully-fledged agents, with their skills being held in high regard by Alan Pinkerton who once said, “In my service you will serve your country better than on the field. I have several female operatives. If you agree to come aboard you will go in training with the head of my female detectives, Kate Warne. She has never let me down.”

I started to wonder why one of the female agents couldn’t be a Scottish Immigrant. After all, Alan Pinkerton was one. He came from Glasgow. Being a Scot in another land is something I know well. They do say you should write what you know.

CH: With that in mind, was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

CAA: I’ve always loved the 19th century and real life crimes. Fact really is stranger than fiction and I take inspiration from real crimes and situations, but change them so that people familiar with the cases can’t guess whodunit. Some are just completely invented. They come to me fairly easily. I think understanding the period helps to make the situations vivid and believable.

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

CAA: Two things really. I didn’t want the detective to be the kind to just fall into bed with the hero. For a start not many women did that in the 19th century and she’s a deeply principled character. It’s not in her nature. I wanted the romance to be a slow burn and that meant extending it over more than one book. I also love mysteries and wanted to write more than one. Each can be read as a standalone whodunit, connected by the overarching romance, as well as the vendetta against the hero by his sinister, shadowy enemy.

CH: What made you decide to combine historical romance with a mystery/thriller?

CAA: I loved the idea of the challenge of a deeply principled Victorian lady being confronted by her complete antithesis and being drawn to him in inches. Romance works best when there’s a conflict and it doesn’t come any bigger than a lawwoman and a clever criminal. And when you’ve got a lady detective you have to give her a challenge. Don’t you? I love mysteries, especially when they’re set in the past. It presents a whole different set of challenges when they can’t use DNA analysis or examine things using modern technology.

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

CAA: My biggest challenge was in getting people to understand that this isn’t a Western or a straight Romance. It’s a historical mystery series set in 19th century America and the setting varies right across North America and even into Europe in later books. Publishers and agents turned it down stating that they don’t like Westerns, others stated it wasn’t Western enough, and publishers of romance wanted them to get together in the early stages of the first book. It took ages to find a publisher who ‘got it.’ It’s a historical mystery and the first book features criminals taking advantage of a lack of law enforcement in the Old West. The romance is a will-they/won’t-they slow burn.

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

CAA: Copious amounts. The Innocents has taken years of research into the early Pinkertons, especially the female agents and the kind of work they did, including their methodologies. I research everything, even the stationary, or the correct codes for the telegraph stations mentioned in the books. The theatrical make up, used as disguises in the book, began to flourish right around the period the books are set in. Lighting had improved and people could see the flaws in the rudimentary makeup used previously on stages lit by candles.

Greasepaint was invented in the 1860s by Ludwig Leichner, building on the work of Karl Freidrich Baudius (1796–1860) in the 1850s. Lighting also improved costumes and acting techniques. It drove a desire for more natural representations in every area, simply because people could see the stage more clearly. Crepe hair went out and quality wigs came in. Colors were mixed to mimic skin tones and classes in their application were popular in the acting profession. Latex wasn’t invented until 1920, but prior to that rubber was molded or even applied to a light fabric backing. When it was the right shape it was expertly painted to look exactly like a nose, dewlap, bald cap, or any other body part. I even researched whether someone with as much hair as the average Victorian woman could wear a short wig. The answer came from a young woman who enjoys cosplay—and she explains online how to pleat her long, thick hair and coil it flat under the cap before putting the short wig on. It absolutely IS possible.

The forensics are fascinating to dig into also. You name it, I researched it, right down to what shades of clothes were available at that time. I don’t want all that to become a lesson to the reader though. It should be a backwash, a setting in which the plot unfolds. I’m first and foremost a storyteller and I want to carry the reader with the tale and not have them worrying about whether something was available at the time or whether it was possible.

I do enjoy finding things which seem like anachronisms, but were actually invented much earlier than people think, but I have my characters discuss these things so it’s clear I’ve done my homework. I have a blog where I detail the strange, obscure, and the things too mundane to be taught in history classes. I was very flattered to be told by another writer that they’d used it as a resource

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

CAA: I use humor and reviews have already mentioned how witty the books are. I’ve always found clever people to be very funny in real life, so I reflect that in the book. I also find funny men very attractive, so my hero can be quick witted in every sense of the word. My female character is also Scottish and curses in Gaelic. I’ve seen lots of representations of a Scottish accent or language in books, which makes real Scots roll their eyes. It’s hard to capture the genuine one, but this one is real.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?  

CAA: They all came fairly easily as I have a very clear idea of who they are and how they speak and behave. The heroine uses Scottish speech patterns with a smattering of Gaelic. The hero has educated himself and speaks well, but can lapse into his childhood Western accent when angry or emotional. His uncle speaks with a real cowboy syntax all the time.

I try to subvert the stereotypes. It’d be too easy to make her a red-head with milky skin. I did deliberately make the heroine very dark as I’ve found lots of people don’t understand how very dark many Celtic people are. They can also look positively Mediterranean as the descendants of the Milesian invasion came from Europe. Many suggest that the Firbolg came from Spain too, not to mention all the shipwrecked sailors from the Spanish Armada seeking a safe haven with countries, who also saw England as an enemy in the 16th century. I gave her a name, which is commonly mispronounced for comic value too.

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

CAA: The hero is a criminal. He has some standards, but I have to show why he is wanted and why the heroine is sent to get intelligence on him. It’s a line to tiptoe along, showing his dark side, as well as his glittering charm, all the while showing that he’s not irredeemable.

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

CAA: Not really. I’m not proselytizing, although I do want to show that there’s good and bad in everyone. The main object of the book is the mystery and the fun of trying to solve it from the clues provided in the book.

CH: How many more books are there in this series?

CAA: At the moment it’s a trilogy. The first, The Innocents was out on the April 19th. The second, Innocent as Sin, will be out on July 26th, and the third, Innocent Bystander is in final edits. I can continue the series, if there’s a demand. I have plenty of mysteries whirling around in my head, yet.

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

CAA: Absolutely wonderful. People are excited to see these characters brought to life. They love the heroine’s combination of independence, femininity, and find the hero—charming, clever, and funny. I’ve also had people say they’ve never read anything set in the Old West and are delighted to find a new way to enjoy history. The main feedback is to hurry up and get the next one out!

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

CAA: Anywhere and everywhere. I can read something interesting about science and think of ways to get it into a mystery. I can meet someone with a wonderful name and think I have to use it for a character. Sometimes, they just form as I write. I love it when that happens. It’s like the characters take over and write the book for me.

CH: How to Find C. A. Asbrey:

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

CAA: It’s available on Amazon.

CH: Any closing remarks on this topic?

CAA: Come on over and give the books a try, even if you don’t usually read this kind of thing. It’s 19th century Americana, largely from the point of view of a Scottish immigrant. I’ve done the work myself, so have first-hand experience of what it takes to solve a criminal case. My detective is also different. She’s clever and pretty good at her job and a fully-fledged detective in her own right. She’s nobody’s sidekick, even in the 19th century. When she clashes with Nat, she sees through his manipulations and superficial charms, but finds something far more special underneath. I think you’ll like it. Cheryl, many thanks for having me on your blog.

CH: Thank you so much, C. A. Asbrey, 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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Happy Mother’s Day to…all my family, friends and readers near and far!

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

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Guest Author Interview – Nick A. Braker

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Title: Essence: Alta (Essence Chronicles Book 2)

Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Alien Invasion

Synopsis: Troy is no longer himself. Kidnapped by the aliens known as Pirans, infected with the essence of the dead General Tohmas, Troy grasps at his only hope of survival. He merges his soul with the alien parasite trying to possess him, leaving him forever changed—and not entirely for the worse. Once plagued by crippling phobias, Troy is now fearless, willing to fight his enemies with his bare hands.

But with this new strength also comes a new weakness: women. Tohmas was notorious for his insatiable desires, and Troy finds himself constantly resisting temptation—especially the gorgeous, manipulative Alta. Although, Alta has convinced the Pirans she’s helping them prepare to battle the murderous Reptaurens, she’s actually meticulously planning to steal their ultimate power source and then abandon them to their fate.

Alta won’t hesitate to kill anyone in her way, and her deep love for Tohmas is Troy’s only advantage. He convinces Alta that Tohmas has taken full control of his being and thus, keeps her trust and his life.

While Alta schemes, Troy covertly struggles to save the Pirans and prevent the Reptaurens from invading Earth—but first, he must wrest back control of his own soul.

Nick A. Braker, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Nick A. Braker. Besides being a writer, Nick is an avid table tennis player. Welcome to my blog, Nick.

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

NAB: An average teenager, Troy, from Earth is kidnapped and teleported to another planet by humanoid aliens like us. They were about to kill him by extracting his essence, as they did everyone else onboard the train, but they spared Troy because he looks exactly like their now dead military leader named Tohmas. The coincidence is too great, so the aliens concoct a scheme to use Troy to rebuild the spirit of their people by convincing them that their general has returned from the dead. Troy isn’t happy about being kidnapped, but there is nothing he can do, except cooperate. Over time, he begins to sympathize with the aliens, called Pirans, and agrees to help them. He learns the Piran people were attacked and nearly decimated by a third alien race, called Reptaurans, who are moving through the galaxy, conquering worlds for their resources. With less than 500 Pirans remaining on their own home world, they manage to hide and attempt to fight back by creating clones in which to build an army. Of course, nothing is at it appears, and Troy quickly finds out he’s the only one that can save Pira, Earth and even himself, because Tohmas’ essence finds its way into Troy’s body and is now trying to take control of him from within.

CH: Since Troy is kidnapped by aliens and infected with the essence, how did you come up with the premise for this book?

NAB: I love sci-fi, so it was easy to create a universe based in that genre. From there several storylines percolated in my mind…so, instead of picking just one of them, I decided to use all of them. 😊 In a nutshell, the idea for this series of books was sparked by a friend of mine. It just clicked, and the story unfolded.

CH: With that in mind, was it hard creating believable situations and issues, or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

NAB: Forgive me, this sounds less than humble, but I found it easy. Strange as it may sound, the characters are very real to me and they tell me things. I’m ‘in their head’ when I write their dialogue or narrative. I know their hopes and dreams, their goals and what they would do to reach them. I know their backstories in detail, even the lives they led before my story begins, which makes them 3-dimensional and real. Yes, some of my characters are based, loosely, on people I know, but most were created from the ether.

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

NAB: I wanted to create a series of books with a huge story arc. Each series (there will be four) are linked and will ultimately merge into a fifth series that finishes the story I want to tell. While my story is mostly sci-fi, there is a hint of magic, called Essence. It is the soul or consciousness that makes up every sentient being in the universe. It is your personality, memories…everything that makes you unique and special. I cannot get into detail about how I came up with the premise because that would be too revealing of the larger story arc. I will tell you this much, the larger story arc is about understanding your purpose in life and revealing what you would do for love.

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

NAB: Absolutely. My first book was a collaborative effort with Paul E. Hicks. We worked on Galactic Satori Chronicles—Earth together with me knowing this series was part of a larger effort that I would finish solo. Essence is my first solo series, as will Aura (second series) and Amaranthine Chronicles (third series). All series have been started and are in different stages of completion.

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

NAB: Yes. I suppose all authors do. I struggled with two things.1) How would the aliens speak English, so the main character could interact with them? It never made sense to me that the trope of a universal language worked, because our own world has over 6,000 languages. Thankfully, that piece was solved. 2) How could I have the hero live on another world and what would it be like? In this case, less gravity and a faster day. Pira has 23.1 hour days and has gravity about ¾ that of Earth. These two ‘small’ differences create dramatically different effects in the physical world.

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

NAB: Oh, boy did I! 😊 Yes. Gravity, space travel, effects of sunlight, physical teleportation, humanoid genetic differences, and believable science, to name a few. Whew!

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

NAB: Many authors write with a particular narrative that allows information to be delivered that the POV character cannot know (I believe they call it third person, semi-omniscient). I write strictly “Deep Point of View.” It’s third person, but I’m in the main character’s head the entire time. If he/she didn’t see it, the reader doesn’t know about it. This gives the reader a very deep and personal view of the world around the main character. His/her thoughts and feelings are all they can go on, because it is all that is revealed. In this book, you’ll never know what’s really going on inside Alta’s head, only what Troy ‘thinks’ is true. The clues are there, and savvy readers can pick them up in the details of the narrative, but never revealed as typical third person, semi-omniscient does.

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

NAB: Alta…by far. She is an extremely intelligent young woman, who has been through hell. She was captured during the war with the Reptaurans that I mentioned earlier. It was not something any woman should ever experience, but she is a survivor and eventually escaped. It changed her, obviously, and I’ll leave it there, lest I reveal too much. 😊

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

NAB: A young woman named Cienna. She is a friend to Septima (Book 1) and her character evolves dramatically as the story unfolds. I had to be careful that her changes over time were believable, but also ensure the story progressed. You can’t have ‘something’ happen without a reason that the reader is aware of even if, as the author, you know the secret that it’s right.

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

NAB: Love is very powerful, and it is selfless and giving. Lust is very powerful, but it is selfish and taking. The main characters feel these emotions very strongly with love reminding all of them over and over that they must overcome their selfish feelings. It is about redemption and hope that, against all odds, there can be a better life…a better way.

CH: Are there more books in this series?

NAB: Yep. 😊 I plan to write well over 20 books before I finish these ‘Chronicles.’

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

NAB: Wow! It’s been euphoric for me. I routinely get emails from fans who want to talk about the books. They want to tell me their interpretation of what they think is happening and, of course, ask if it’s correct. I always say RAFO (read and find out). 😊 Sometimes, I break that rule. 😉

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

NAB: I’d like to think every idea I have is my own, but I’m sure they’ve been molded from many other stories, movies, books, etc.—in my life. I do feel that I’ve put those elements together into something new and refreshing. A story of universal proportions that will make one wonder. 😊

CH: What can we expect next from you?

NAB: I’m about to release Essence: Amber, my third book in the series. It will be an epic conclusion with a hint there is more. After Book 3, I plan to release a YA series entitled The Aura Chronicles. It’s a story about Wynne…a rather gifted young woman who finds out she is wanted by two very powerful factions. I’ve always wanted to write a story solely about a strong female character, who kicks butt and chews bubble gum…but she’s all outta bubble gum. (Yes, I stole that quote). 😉

CH: How to Find Nick A. Braker:

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

NAB: All of my books are available on Amazon and Kindle. I’m retiring the White and Green cover design of Essence: Septima. Please don’t get that one. I’m waiting on Amazon to remove it. 😊

CH: Any closing remarks on this topic?

NAB: I am deeply thankful to you for allowing me the privilege of being presented on your blog. You are very kind and I wish you the best, Cheryl.

CH: Thank you so much, Nick A. Braker, 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 Featured in Pay It Forward Article

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Cheryl Holloway Was Recently Featured in Pay It Forward Article on www.UrbanSentinel.com

Cheryl Holloway has a passion to pay it forward to numerous authors and spotlight their books. She has been paying it forward for well over a decade. According to the Pay It Forward Foundation, “One act of kindness can change everything.” Holloway believes this to be true.  She added, “My books and my success has definitely been enhanced by my dedication to paying it forward to other authors,”

Here is the link: https://www.urbansentinel.com/cheryl-holloway-on-international-pay-it-forward-day/

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Give Mom A Book by Cheryl Holloway for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is coming soon and it’s never too late to give Mom a book by Cheryl Holloway.

Give Cheryl Holloway’s  Books, eBooks or print books, for Mother’s Day and Mom will be Happy. And she can get her read on!

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Mourning Shelly Garrett, ‘Beauty Shop’ Playwright

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Mourning Shelly Garrett, ‘Beauty Shop’ Playwright

Shelly Garrett, the “Godfather of Urban Theater.”

Shelly Garrett, who has been referred to as the “Godfather of Urban Theater,” passed away yesterday. He was the playwright for the original ‘Beauty Shop’ stage play. It was about a beauty shop full of gossip and laughs. The play celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2016.  I saw the original play twice in LA and Sacramento, as well as the sequels.

The “Shelly Garrett Documentary” produced by Alabaster Box and TaylorMade Videography of Mansfield, TX will mean so much more to future generations now.

He inspired other playwrights, such as Tyler Perry,

Condolences to his family and many friends. He will be greatly missed by the theater world.

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Guest Author Interview – Lisa Diaz Meyer

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Title: All Roads Shattered: A Collection of Dark Fiction Short Stories and Poems

Genre: Short Stories/Anthologies

Synopsis: All Roads Shattered, the third book of Lisa Diaz Meyer’s All Roads Collection contains two short story sagas, five multi-genre, dark fiction short stories and twelve macabre poems.

 

Lisa Diaz Meyer, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Lisa Diaz Meyer. She relates to the odd, macabre and funereal. Welcome to my blog, Lisa.

CH: Since this is a combination of dark fiction short stories and macabre poems, can you give us a brief synopsis of the book?

LDM: All Roads Shattered contains the Outposts III, a continuing post-apocalyptic science fiction saga that runs throughout all three of my books, thus far. People of Gods, another saga that will continue on in future books is a dystopian science fiction drama. Then, there are five independent, multi-genre, dark fiction short stories and twelve macabre poems.

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

LDM: I needed to move the Outpost stories along from the first two books, so I decided to transition the plot from post-apocalyptic to science fiction. The other short stories just come to mind, as well as, the poems, when inspiration hits.

CH: With that in mind, was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

LDM: A little of both. For example, in the dystopian People of Gods short story, the plot is about a holocaust, an extermination of a gentle race of people. I don’t feel it was difficult to write or elaborate. I enjoy taking what is real and unreal and adding a twist.

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

LDM: I liked the thought of creating short stories or many different worlds, instead of dragging things out. The idea is to pack a lot of punch in a small amount of pages, as well as, creating characters to love or hate in a short amount of time.

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

LDM: No. I knew that I’d continue writing short stories, poems and stage scripts, but with the later, unexpected addition of the first Outpost story, I learned I enjoyed the characters so much that I decided to keep going.

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

LDM: No, I feel it went smoothly.

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

LDM: No research was required. It was complete imagination.

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

LDM: The odd premises and the fact that I need to produce worlds and characters quickly, requires a certain flow that readers need to identify with almost immediately. Toward the end of each story or poem I’d like the reader to use their imagination, so that the characters and story linger a bit.

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

LDM: None. I loved all my characters from victims, villains to heroes.

CH: In this book, which character was hardest to develop in the short stories?

LDM: There were two, Duma and Ernie of the Outposts. Lovable Duma, because he is stubbornly complacent; yet, change is constantly thrown at him. And Ernie Coy, always the outsider, who was tortured in order to learn his abilities, later seeks revenge on his teacher and tormentor.

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

LDM: That in a way, we are all the same. That we do need other people to get what we need in life, even if it’s not the way we’d think or maybe even want.

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

LDM: Very positive. All Roads Shattered just received a coveted 5 star review from Reader’s Favorite.

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

LDM: It could be anything; a dream, art, music, or even a video game.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

LDM: I am currently working on the next All Roads installment, which will include more short stories and poems. I’ll also be appearing with other writers at Long Island, NY Author Events. And my website details book availability, where I’m appearing next, synopses and photos.

CH: How to Find Lisa Diaz Meyer:

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

LDM: Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Outskirts Press. Going to my website will also have the links.

CH: Any closing remarks on this topic?

LDM: If anyone likes their reading on the darker side of life or afterlife, please check out my All Roads Collection. Right now the first book, All Roads Home has a 4/5 star Readers Favorite review. All Roads Destined has a 5/5 star Readers Favorite review, a New Apple 2017 Official Selection in Poetry and was a CIPA EVVY Award nomination. All Roads Shattered , also received a 5/5 star review at Readers Favorite. All three books have a 5/5 Amazon rating. All three books were featured at NYC Book Expo & BookCon of 2017.

I would like to thank the wonderfully talented Cheryl Holloway for having me!

CH: Thank you so much, Lisa Diaz Meyer, 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. N. Bronstein

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Title: The Case of the Yellow Flower Tattoo: The Fairlington Lavender Detective Series.

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Crime

Synopsis: For private detective Fairlington Lavender a missing persons case is routine, especially in the unrestrained, neon subculture of South Miami Beach. The Case of the Yellow Flower Tattoo was everything but routine. In 2009 Lavender is contacted by Betsy Rodney, a retired New England school teacher who, along with her retired twin brother Richard, lives in a well ordered, predictable, and sheltered world of their own creation that resembles a 1950’s lifestyle. This strange and peaceful existence is shattered when Richard disappears without a trace. In his attempt to locate Richard Rodney, Lavender dives into the nefarious world of South Beach nightlife and finds himself face to face with the Russian Mafia. The connection between Richard and the underworld confounds Lavender until he discovers a Russian girl named Yana, who proves to be the link between the mob and Richard’s disappearance. Lavender digs deep; deeper than he should, in order to locate Richard and his mysterious new friend. His investigation techniques utilize 21st century technology along with 1940’s era deception, subterfuge, and muscle.

S. N. Bronstein, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is S.N. Bronstein. He enjoys devoting most of his time to writing fiction. Welcome to my blog, S. N.  

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

SNB: A simple missing person’s case becomes a major challenge for a detective when he discovers the Russian Mafia is involved.

CH: This book deals with the disappearance of a client’s twin brother and the Russian Mafia. So, how did you come up with the premise for this book?

SNB:  Missing persons on Miami Beach are a common issue for investigators given the party atmosphere that characterizes the South Beach area of Miami Beach. A lot of people go there to simply get lost in the sun. Another fact of life of Miami Beach is a sizable presence of the Russian Mafia. I felt a connection between the two would make a great crime story.

CH: With that in mind, was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

SNB:  The plot is totally believable to anyone who ever visited the city. I have been there my entire life and know both elements of the area are commonplace.

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

SNB:  Being a resident of South Florida for many years and being so intimately acquainted with the culture, including the crime problem, I decided a series about an ex-cop turned private detective would make an interesting series. Not only do the crime stories change with each book, the protagonist changes with each book, as he ages and becomes mellower.

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

SNB:  Absolutely not. It was my first attempt at being an author and I felt I would write one book and get discouraged, then give it up.

CH: Since this book deals with the Russian Mafia, did you run into any challenges while writing this book?

SNB:  I knew very little about this facet of crime and it became necessary for me to read articles and books on the topic, especially the operational details of the organization.

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

SNB:  As I read government reports, media reports, and books, I focused on the presence of the group in South Florida.

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

SNB:  The main character, an aging retired cop, who works as a PI, tells his story through monologue and dialog and speaks like a person in his profession would. No standard TV tough guy persona, no six foot three inch pretty boy…just an older guy, who believes in seeing justice done.

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

SNB:  Without a doubt, Michael Jerome in The Case of the Miami Vigilante. Here is a man, who lived a clean life and due to emotional issues that overcame him, killed nine people. The book is a psychological autopsy done through presentation of his unedited diary. There is a psychiatrist who works with the detective to analyze the killer, and it was difficult to write him.  In fact, as I wrote I had to switch roles from killer, to detective, to psychiatrist. This was a challenge.

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

SNB:  Michael Jerome. Cops I get. Psychiatric evaluations I get since I worked in the field during my career in the public education sector. Vigilante killers who work alone driven by inner demons are rare and tough to know much about.

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

SNB:  In all of my adult books in the series, the message is Murder Will Out. You can’t get away.

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

SNB:  It seems a time and place come into my life when something clicks and I say ‘This could be a story.’ I could be driving in traffic and stop at a light and see something. I could be looking out the window at home and see a person do something that nobody else would pay much attention to. When the light goes on, I sit and write. If there could be a crime story in it, I go to work.

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

SNB:  Writing crime stories are easy for me. I have no outlines, I never count words. I turn my boy, Detective Lavender, loose and he takes me where I need to go. The hardest part is editing.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

SNB:  I have a soon to be published fifth book in the series, The Case of the Small Town Coroner. This crime story takes place in a small town in Central Florida and the plot concerns an official cover up of two murders by the local medical examiner and police.

CH: How to Find S. N. Bronstein:  

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

SNB:  My books are available in ebook, paperbook, and hardcover formats on Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. Also on most online book sellers, and they can be ordered directly from me on my website.

CH: Any closing remarks?

SNB:  I appreciate the opportunity to discuss my books with your readers. I appreciate all readers who have or will read my works. For authors I say; keep at it and never, never, never give up on what you believe in. Cheryl, thanks for having me on your blog.

CH: Thank you so much, S. N. Bronstein, 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 Interviewed by C.A. Asbrey

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Today, please enjoy my Guest Author Interview on C. A. Asbrey’s Blog.

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Cheryl Holloway Celebrates National Military Appreciation Month 2018

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Cheryl Holloway Celebrates National Military Appreciation Month

May is National Military Appreciation Month and we want to give a shout-out and say THANK YOU to all of the men and women in uniform serving our country.

National Military Appreciation Month is celebrated every May and is a declaration that encourages U.S. citizens to observe the month in a symbol of unity. National Military Appreciation Month honors the current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those who have died in the pursuit of freedom.

As most of my readers know, I am from a Military family. My dad served in the Navy during World War II; my brother and my nephew (his son) both served in the Army for 20+ years; my ex-husband and two of my uncles served 30+ years in the Air Force. Several of my cousins have served in various branches of the Military.  One of my female cousins is currently serving in the Military. Several of my friends and their husbands also served in the Military.

So, as you can see, I love the Military and honor them for their service and sacrifices.

Let someone in the Military know that you just want to say Thank You!

God Bless our men and women in service—their dedication will never be forgotten.                                                                   ~Cheryl Holloway

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Cheryl Holloway Says Take Action and Write Your Book!

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Take Action and Write Your Book!

Deciding you want to write a book takes a very short period of time. However, actually writing the book takes action.

As an Accountability Writing Coach, I tell my clients, “Don’t let time go by without taking action on your book. I’m going to talk about three of my writer friends and how they procrastinated over the last year (or more).

Friend #1 She wrote 50,000 words in the NaNoWriMo (not once, but twice) and hasn’t published her first book, yet. All she had to do was edit the book, get some beta readers to give her feedback, get a cover and publish it! Since both books are similar, she could have had 2 books in a series. At least one book should have been—PUBLISHED.

Friend #2 She wrote a book and had the cover designed. All she had to do was edit the book, get some beta readers to give her feedback, and publish it! I can’t understand why she’s waiting to finalize her book. It should have been—PUBLISHED.

Friend #3 She is writing a book with stories from various people and she has a cover. All she has to do is edit the book, get some beta readers to give her feedback, and publish it! And she has a very famous person to endorse the book. I can’t understand why she’s waiting to finalize her book. It should have been—PUBLISHED.

I love my writer friends, but…the only way to go from writer to author is to Publish your book.

If you have a book idea, pursue it. Act. I have three very good plans for writing your book in one year. Email me at: AuthorCherylHolloway@gmail.com and I will send you three plans to write your book.

My thoughts are this, “I don’t care when or how much you write, as long as you write and you recognize that ‘Writers Write’ and Take Action.”

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Cheryl Holloway on International Pay it Forward Day April 28, 2018

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International Pay It Forward Day

Today is International Pay It Forward Day and I pay it forward 365 days a year. I am Cheryl Holloway, author and writer, and I am always in the Pay-It-Forward spirit of gratitude,

As most of you know, I have been paying it forward to other authors for well over a decade. I began to pay it forward with the internet radio show, Just About Books Talk Show, where I provided a one-hour live interview with authors about their books. I started the show in 2005 because I had a hard time getting the information out about my book, A Forgotten Negro League Star: A Personal Look at Al Burrows.

Then, I started my blog in 2013 to promote my romance books: Cougar Tales: Father and Son; Cougar Tales: The Italian Basketball Player; Cougar Tales: Jamaican Love; The Proposal: A Leap of Faith; and A Sisterhood of Women Living Life: A Short Story Collection Book 1.  So, once again I decided to pay it forward with Guest Author Interviews for any author from unknown Indie authors to well-known celebrity authors.

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/

Remember: Every act of kindness creates a ripple effect that spreads from person to person with no end in sight.

So, on my 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.

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Guest Author Interview – Elle Wright

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Title: It’s Always Been You (The Jacksons of Ann Arbor)

Genre: African American Romance/Romantic Comedy

Synopsis: Newly minted Dr. Lovely “Love” Washington plans to devote her medical career to helping women. But her own happy ending eludes her. Then one morning she wakes up in a Vegas hotel under the sheets with the very familiar and extremely charming Dr. Drake Jackson. The longtime best friends didn’t only become overnight lovers. They got married, even if neither remembers tying the knot. And Love is tormented by sizzling memories of the passion-filled night they shared.

Matters of the heart have always fascinated Drake. Now the aspiring cardiothoracic surgeon and in-demand playboy must confront his growing feelings for his oldest, most alluring, off-limits friend. Amid a disastrous family reunion and the unwanted attention of Love’s persistent ex-boyfriend, the newlyweds are digging themselves deeper into a deception that has to end. Or does it? Has Drake finally found what’s been right in front of him all along—the true Love of his life?

Elle Wright, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Elle Wright. Elle writes edgy Contemporary Romance and Women’s Fiction with unforgettable characters, steamy love scenes, humor, and a dash of scandal. Welcome to my blog, Elle

CH: This is a good friends-to-lovers story. Why should we read this book?

EW: Thank you! It’s Always Been You holds a special place in my heart. I started this book a long time ago, while sitting with my mom in the hospital. It was a trying time for us, and I needed to think about something lighthearted and funny. Love and Drake’s story is refreshing. It is a feel-good story about two people who discover that they are each other’s safe place, not just in friendship, but in love. If you’re looking for a funny, heartfelt, steamy romance, this book is for you.

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

EW: Love and Drake just crossed a line on a trip to Vegas. Can one night turn into forever?

CH: This type of romantic situation typically happens in real life. So, how did you come up with the premise for this book?

EW: I am a fan of accidental marriage stories. I spent a lot of time at the hospital with my mother, and I started thinking about the doctors and residents. I was wondering what their lives were like. Dr. Lovely Grace Washington appeared in my mind’s eye. I thought she would be very serious, while the people closest to her were not so serious. I wanted to take her outside of her comfort zone and thought, why not put her in this situation?

And since I’m also a huge fan of the friends-to-lovers trope, I figured her best friend would be the man she always wanted but didn’t know it. That’s when Dr. Drake Jackson materialized. I wrote the “morning after” in one sitting ad that’s when I knew I had a book.

CH: This book is the first of two books in a short series about the Jacksons of Ann Arbor. Where did you get the idea for the series?

EW: Initially, I didn’t plan on a series. In my original outline, El and Lana were a happily married couple and really close friends with Drake and Love. But something pulled on me to expand Drake’s family. Eventually, I made El Drake’s uncle. And since I was on a role, I figured why not throw in two brothers a little sister.

I’m from Michigan, and I attended the University of Michigan. It made sense to set the series in Ann Arbor, at Michigan Medicine.

CH: Since the couple are both doctors, did you have to do any special research to write this book?

EW: Oh, yeah. LOL  I had to make sure any medical jargon was correct. I also spent a lot of time researching residency programs around the country. I interviewed medical school residents. I wanted it to be realistic.

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

EW: I always use real life as a basis for situations and tweak them a little. My imagination can often run wild, so it becomes hard to narrow down ideas or cut some things out that aren’t necessary.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

EW: Love is one of my favorite characters ever! I loved her so much, I actually inserted her into my second novel, His All Night. I had already started It’s Always Been You, and wanted the readers to meet her.

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

EW: I would say Dr. Law. I’m also writing and publishing another series, The Wellspring Series. Both series feature controlling fathers. The difference with the Jacksons of Ann Arbor series is that Dr. Law will eventually learn his lesson and become a better man. I needed each of his son’s to put him in his place. With each “come to Jesus” moment, he realizes that life is about so much more than money and status.

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

EW: Sometimes what you need is right in front of you. You just have to take the time to look…and listen.

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

EW: I’m so surprised by the outpouring of support. It’s been such an awesome journey to hear reactions to my characters, to know that readers are enjoying Love and Drake. And I love that readers are laughing. That was one of my main goals.

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

EW: I get inspiration from real life, from stories I hear, from people I meet. I always tell my friends and family that whatever they tell me could end up in a book.

CH: Do you write in any other genres?

EW: I’m dabbling in Women’s Fiction and Suspense. I’m too much of an ID (Investigation Discovery) Channel junkie to not want to delve into domestic suspense or thrillers. I love a good heart-pounding book.

CH: This book is a Harlequin Romance novel. Have you written for them before? Can you tell us about writing for Harlequin?

EW: The Jacksons of Ann Arbor is my first series for Harlequin. It had always been a dream of mine to write for the Kimani line. I’m SO thankful I had the chance to do that before they close the line. It has been so awesome writing alongside authors that I’ve read and admired. I feel extremely blessed.

Each publisher does things a little differently, but not so different that I couldn’t catch on quickly. I enjoyed the “Harlequin” process. I hope to someday write for another Harlequin line.

CH: What is your favorite romance book? And why?

EW: Indigo by the fabulous, Beverly Jenkins. It is still my favorite book. And here’s why…My mother brought the book to me after I had my daughter. I was sick and dealing with a newborn and I needed an escape. She knew it, I didn’t. In fact, I took one look at the cover and told her I didn’t want to read it. She assured me it wasn’t what I thought, and challenged me to give it a try. I’m SO glad I did, because it changed my life. If I had never read this book, and fallen in love with Galeno Vachon, I would have never written a romance novel.

CH: Where is your book sold?

EW: You can find the book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Google Play and Kobo.

CH: How to Find Elle Wright:

CH: What is your next writing project?

EW: I’m currently working on Book 3 in my Jacksons of Ann Arbor series. It features Dr. Ian Jackson. Also, my Wellspring Series kicks off in May with Touched by You. If you think Dr. Law was bad, wait until you meet Parker Wells, Sr.

CH: Any closing remarks?

EW: Cheryl, I’d just like to thank you for inviting me! I truly appreciate all the love and support readers have shown and I hope to keep writing page-turners. I wouldn’t trade this journey for the world. Thank you so much! And Happy Reading!

CH: Thank you so much, Elle Wright, 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 – Kianna Alexander

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Title: A Love Like This (Sapphire Shores)

Genre: African American Romance/ Multicultural

Synopsis: ‘Tis the Season for everlasting love…

All Devon Granger wants for Christmas is a peaceful, low-key escape to his North Carolina coastal hometown far from LA. But how is the injured Hollywood action star supposed to rest with Hadley Monroe tending to his every need? His caring childhood friend has blossomed into a stunning, self-possessed woman who’s making her amorous feelings known…and lighting a fire Devon has no interest in putting out.

As the youngest in a family of overprotective brothers, Hadley has to work twice as hard to prove herself. The heiress to the Monroe real estate dynasty plans to transform Sapphire Shores, while preserving its small-town charm—a vision she shares with Devon. Until the media and Hollywood camera crews descend on the beachfront community, putting their love to the ultimate test. With suspicion and mistrust dividing them, will Hadley and Devon ring in the New Year…together?

Kianna Alexander, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Kianna Alexander. She tells everyone that she writes like her life depends on it. And, frankly, she doesn’t know how to live without writing. Welcome to my blog, Kianna.

CH: This book is the first of two books about a holiday romance at Sapphire Shores. Why should we read this book?

KA: I set out to write a Christmas romance that had holiday cheer, but didn’t allow that to overpower the love story. I think readers will find this tale has a very nice balance of those elements. Plus, you’ll get introduced to the Monroe family, who will return in several more books.

CH: An injured Hollywood action star goes to his North Carolina coastal hometown to recuperate and meets his childhood friend. So, how did you come up with the premise for this book?

KA: I took inspiration from the actor Michael Jai White for my hero, Devon. I just let my mind wander. Michael does a lot of really physical work on screen, and I let my imagination answer the question of what he would do, if he were prevented from doing his job.

CH: Since this is a short series, where did you get the idea for the series?

KA: I always wanted to write something set on the Crystal Coast, and I’ve been visiting there since I was a child. This series also lets me indulge my curiosity and interest in the film and television industry. I’ll be exploring various perspectives, from actors/actresses, directors, producers and crew members.

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

KA: I researched stunt work, injuries that are common to stuntmen and women, weather patterns and geography along the NC coast, and the real estate industry.

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

KA: I don’t think it was too hard. Injuries in stunt work have been talked about for years. I thought back to accidents I’d heard about or seen. Check out the blooper reels to the Rush Hour films and you’ll see Jackie Chan took quite a few bruises doing his stunt work. As far as creating the backdrop of a small town, living in North Carolina is my reality every day—although I don’t live on the coast.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

KA: Hadley’s friend Belinda. I loved her straight-shooting voice of reason personality.

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

KA: Probably, Hadley. Her relationship with her family is very complex, and being the youngest Monroe makes it seem like she has three fathers, at times.

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

KA: That you should trust your inner voice, no matter how many naysayers there are. Both Hadley and Devon, know deep inside what they want, but they have to learn to trust their inner voice before they can pursue it.

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

KA: The feedback has been very positive, and I’m grateful for that. There’s also a good amount of excitement for Campbell’s book, which his coming in September 2018.

CH: Will the next book in this series be centered around a holiday?

KA: No. My editor asked me to set A Love Like This at Christmas, but that wasn’t my original intention. Campbell’s book takes place in the fall. It’s titled Love for All Time.

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

KA: Dreams, overhead conversations, films and television, but mainly from music. Anyone that knows me, knows I’m a #Wildheart, aka a ‘HUGE’ fangirl for the singer Miguel. I’m listening to his music, most of the time, when I write. I also love Ro James, Trey Songz, and Mint Condition. That’s what makes up my writing playlist.

CH: Do you write in any other genres?

KA: I’ve written historical romance, erotic contemporary, paranormal, and women’s fiction/suspense.

CH: This book is a Harlequin Romance novel. Have you written for them before? Can you tell us about writing for Harlequin?

KA: This was my fifth published book with Harlequin. Writing for Harlequin/Kimani Romance means writing tightly, keeping subplots to an absolute minimum, and being flexible with edits.

CH: What is your favorite romance book? And why?

KA: Night Song by Beverly Jenkins. It’s just a fantastic book. And it was my gateway drug to romance.

CH: Where is your book sold?

KA: You can find my books at all major retailers: Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and iBooks. You can also find them at Walmart, Target, and other big box or chain stores, though you may have to order them online or do a little digging.

CH: How to Find Kianna Alexander:  

CH: What is your next writing project?

KA: My next Kimani Romance, A San Diego Romance was released in print on yesterday, April 22, 2018.

CH:  Any closing remarks?

KA: I’d like to thank my readers so much for their support! It means the world to me. Cheryl, thanks for having me on your blog.

CH: Thank you so much, Kianna Alexander, 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 – Jenny Jackson

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Title: The Silence of Knowing

Genre: Crime/Thriller/Mystery/Historical

Synopsis: 1952 – a small Kentish village seemingly little affected by the war years. Eleven-year-old Josie, dumb from birth and who communicates through her writing, is on the verge of puberty and life in the wider world. It is a time of childhood innocence. She and her twin brother, Mitch, are thrilled when an American teacher arrives at their village school, suspecting him of being their long-lost father. Together with their two best friends they set about collecting evidence for their suspicions but soon find themselves embroiled in deeper, darker secrets which land Josie in a life-threatening situation. As childhood recedes and mature thought begins to surface, Josie, who tells the tale, realizes that she is not the only one who has been unable to speak.

Jenny Jackson, Author

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CH: Today’s International Guest Author is Jenny Jackson. She belongs to a writing group and this is her debut novel. Welcome to my blog, Jenny.

CH: Can you sum up your historical mystery novel in 20 words or less?

JJ: A mute girl and her twin brother, searching for their unknown father, stumble across life-threatening adult secrets.

CH: Your book deals with a mute girl, who communicates through writing and secrets. So, how did you come up with the premise for this book?

JJ: I wanted to tell the story from the child’s perspective.  Having her mute from birth would mean that she would naturally take to writing down her thoughts and ideas.  Similarly, it is easier to hide secrets in a journal rather than talking about them.

CH: With that in mind, was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

JJ: The book is set in 1950’s southern England, where I grew up so much of the background is taken from memory. However, the main plot came about because I needed an excuse to bring an American teacher to a small village school.

CH: Since the twins are looking for their long-lost father, did you run into any challenges while writing this book?

JJ: Whilst researching the background for the story I discovered that some servicemen posted abroad did permanently desert their families. I had a childhood friend, who was told that her absent father had to ‘go to live in another country’.

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

JJ: I tried to be as accurate as possible within the period I was writing about, so I had to check and re-check my facts and not rely entirely on memory.

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

JJ: I am most comfortable writing a book that can be read by anyone of any age without embarrassment. Ask me to write about something steamy and you’ll most likely get a description of my husband’s model railway. Also by keeping the chapters short, I could include several cliff hangers which adds to the excitement.

CH: Which character was hardest to write and develop?

JJ: Probably, the American teacher, as I have no American acquaintances!

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

JJ: I loved writing about the tramp. His character was taken from real life, based on an actual person from my childhood. The incident with the telephone box really did happen.

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

JJ: At the back of my mind, I was aware of highlighting tolerance and acceptance.

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

JJ: Very positive—children like it as a pure adventure story and adults for the history aspect, as well.

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

JJ: Chatting to friends about childhood or other memories will often trigger ideas, as well as, listening to radio interviews with older people.

CH: Can you give my audience your website?

JJ: As a part-time writer, I don’t have a website, as yet.  I can be contacted via publishingpush.com

CH: How to Find Jenny Jackson:

CH: Where is your book sold?

JJ: On Amazon in paperback and eBook.

CH: What is your next writing project?

JJ: A longer novel this time of the same genre.

CH: Any closing remarks?

JJ: Thank you very much for taking the time to read my book and inviting me on your blog, Cheryl.  It was a privilege.

CH: Thank you so much, Jenny Jackson, 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 – Roxy Wilson

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Title: My Guardian Vampire: The Novel

Genre: Romance/Paranormal/Vampires

Synopsis: Can his love for her stand the test of time?

On a night that should have been an ordinary one, curvy BBW Lacey Parker is accosted by a knife-wielding mugger, but is soon rescued by a charismatic stranger. Not even 24 hours later, Lacey’s life is once again at risk and her rescuer of the previous night snatches her from the jaws of death.

Vampire Aric Thornton knew Lacey from the moment of her birth. His existence revolves around watching her every footstep and protecting her from the enemies she knows nothing about. He loves her with every fiber of his otherworldly being, but the crazy thing is she didn’t even know he existed… until one night in the darkened alley.

Lacey can’t stand it; one minute Aric is all over her, can’t get his hands off of her, and the next he is giving her the cold shoulder. It doesn’t help that Damian is also vying for her affections. Can she and Aric defeat the forces that are conspiring against them and still have the love of a lifetime before it’s too late?

Roxy Wilson, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Roxy Wilson. She is a self-professed book junkie. Welcome to my blog, Roxy.

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

RW: A sexy-as-sin vampire and an I-don’t-give-a-damn heroine, Aric and Lacey, face many challenges on their road to love. 

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

RW: I just wondered what it would be like if a vampire fell in love with someone he knew and even protected, since she was a baby.  He would definitely have internal conflicts, as he wrestled with the very adult/romantic feelings he has for her; yet, having the paternal instinct to continue to protect her.

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book or is it all imagination?

RW: It was all in my imagination.

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

RW: I’m an educator by profession and I like to think that I give my readers the opportunity to learn something new, or at least look at a particular issue in a different way. For example, Smitten highlights the possible effects that gentrification can have on a community; Work It Out touches on how some single mothers handle raising a child with autism. The Baby Proposal examined the real issues that a surrogate mother can face. In fact, it was inspired by a true story!  Then there is Ms. Perfectly Imperfect in which the heroine has alopecia!  Can you imagine reading a romance about a bald-headed heroine? And even though My Guardian Vampire is a paranormal romance, I wanted readers to learn (if they hadn’t done so before) that you can’t force love; if you are meant for someone, there’s no thing or no one that can stop you and that special someone from being together. I’ve written dozens of books, so I won’t be able to elaborate on all of them; however, I guess by now you got the picture. 🙂

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

RW: I enjoy reading and writing romance. Period. I’m also fascinated by real-life stories of people who’ve faced seemingly insurmountable challenges, but still found the love of their life in the end. These stories inspire my own writing; so, my answer is yes and yes.  In other words, it’s not particularly hard to create believable situations and issues, and there are times that I take them from real life and put my own spin on them.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

RW: None of the characters were particularly hard to write.  I loved them all. It was just a matter of me ensuring that each of them had a distinct voice, and a distinct personality.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

RW: I certainly enjoyed writing Lacey Parker’s character.

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

RW: I’ve got to admit that I didn’t get many reviews on this book, but the average rating is 4 stars.

CH: Is this the only genre you write?

RW: No.  I write Jane Austen Fan Fiction (JAFF) under two pen names: one for the sexy JAFF and the other for the clean, Regency JAFF. I also write WWWM bad boy romance under another pen name. I wish to keep these pen names a secret. Roxy Wilson is my most popular pen name, however.  Check out Roxy Wilson and perhaps, you may see something that may satisfy your reading palate. 🙂

CH: What is your next writing project?

RW: I’ll be re-releasing my first romance.  I’ve got a new cover and have given it a new title, as well.  Please permit me to reveal my cover to your readers. 🙂

Isn’t it lovely?  This is book one of a 4-book series. Also, I’m collaborating with a new author. It will be her first romance, so I do hope that when our book hits the shelves, so-to-speak, that you guys will show her some love. 🙂

CH: How to Find Roxy Wilson:

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

RW: You can purchase My Guardian Vampire on Amazon.

CH: Any closing remarks?

RW: I’m glad you asked. 🙂

It’s always a lovely feeling for authors when readers support them by not only buying or borrowing (if it’s enrolled in Kindle Unlimited) their book, but also by leaving a review. Reviews don’t have to be long, but they do bring visibility to the author’s work. These days it’s becoming harder and harder for many authors to break even when they release a book. Things have become such a challenge that many authors who were once writing full-time are now looking for gainful full-time or part-time employment in order to make ends meet. So, dear readers, don’t get mad when your favorite authors are taking longer than expected to release the second, third or fourth book in a series. Some of them are trying to meet their monthly obligations and have very little time to reserve for writing nowadays.

Finally, I love and appreciate every one of you who set aside a few hours of your time to read one of my books. I don’t take it for granted. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of authors, who write the same genres that I do; therefore, I’m delighted when you see value in reading my books. Much Love. Cheryl, thanks for having me on your blog.

CH: Thank you so much, Roxy Wilson, 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 Ahern

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Title: Madam Tulip And The Bones of Chance

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Synopsis: A surprise role in a movie takes actress Derry O’Donnell to a romantic castle in the Scottish Highlands.  But romance soon turns to fear and suspicion.  Someone means to kill, and Derry, moonlighting as celebrity fortune-teller Madam Tulip, is snared in a net of greed, conspiracy and betrayal.

A millionaire banker, a film producer with a mysterious past, a gun-loving wife, a PA with her eyes on Hollywood, a handsome and charming estate manager—each has a secret to share and a request for Madam Tulip. As Derry and her friend, Bruce, race to prevent a murder, she learns to her dismay that the one future Madam Tulip can’t predict is her own.

Madame Tulip: And The Bones of Chance is the third in a series of thrilling and hilarious Tulip adventures in which Derry O’Donnell, celebrity fortune-teller and reluctant amateur detective, plays the most exciting and perilous roles of her acting life, drinks borage tea, and fails to understand her parents.

David Ahern, Author

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CH: Today’s Guest International Author David Ahern. He writes mystery thrillers with some humor. Welcome to my blog, David.

CH: This book is the third book in the Madam Tulip Mystery series. It is about the out-of-work actress Derry O’Donnell. Why should we read this book?

DA: That depends on who you are.  If you’re bored with implausible action heroines, you’ll like that Derry O’Donnell is completely believable. If you’re tired of dark and gloomy crime, Madam Tulip has lots of laughs.  If you like cozy mysteries, but wish they were page turners as well, then…

CH: This time Derry is in a movie, instead of a play. How did you come up with the premise for this book?

DA: It would be a spoiler if I told you, but let’s say the movie business is about money and not much else. And where there’s money, there’s greed and there’s crime.

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

DA: Nothing so complicated. Scenes just play out for me, and the characters do whatever they do.

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

DA: I’ve had some experience with almost everything in the story (except the criminal parts, I’d better say.)

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

DA: I like a book that’s an easy read, but not dumbed down in any way.  All the best performances look easy.

CH: Which character was hardest to write? 

DA: I never have trouble with characters.  They just walk on and start talking.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

DA: Can’t say I have any favorites, but I love writing the scenes between Derry’s divorced parents—an Irish artist father and her wildly successful art dealer mother. They’re hilarious, and I really do laugh out loud writing them. Readers seem to agree with me; they love Jacko and Vanessa.

CH: Where did you get the inspiration for the characters?

DA: Like I said, they really do just walk on and start talking. I don’t plan them at all.

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

DA: Yes. I knew straight away that I’d want these characters around me for a long time.

CH: Will there be any more books in this series?

DA: Lots, I hope.  Book #4 is in the writing now.

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

DA: I’m not a message kind of person. But I do love my heroine Derry O’Donnell (aka Madam Tulip) and I like what she’s made of.

CH: This book was just released. What kind of feedback are you getting from ARC readers of this book?

DA: I never know what to think of a book when I’ve finished it, so I’m surprised that everyone is saying it’s even better than the last.  Nice if that’s true, but only readers can judge.

CH: What is your next writing project?

DA: Madam Tulip #4. I know what it’s called, but I’m not telling.

CH: How to Find David Ahern:

CH: Where is your book sold?

DA: The paperback and eBook were on Amazon presale from March 12th, and it was published yesterday, April 12th.  The book will be exclusive to Amazon for a little while, but then more widely available.

CH: Any additional comments?

DA: I hope people enjoy reading Madam Tulip stories, as much as I enjoy writing them.

CH: Any closing remarks?

DA: Thanks so much for the chat. Next time, I’ll bring the cake.

CH: Thank you so much, David Ahern, 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 – Annemarie Neary

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Title: The Orphans

Genre: Psychological Mystery/ Thriller/Suspense/Family Life

Synopsis: Eight-year-old Jess and her little brother were playing at the water’s edge when their parents vanished.

For hours the children held hands and waited for them to return. But nobody ever came back.

Years later, Jess has become a locker of doors. Now a lawyer and a mother, she is determined to protect the life she has built around her. But her brother, Ro, has grown unpredictable, elusive and obsessive.

When new evidence suggests that their mother might be alive, Ro reappears, convinced that his sister knows more than she claims.

And then bad things start to happen.

Annemarie Neary, Author

International Author on Cheryl Holloway’s Blog

CH: Today’s Guest International Author is Annemarie Neary. She has been inspired to write a number of short stories. Welcome to my blog, Annemarie.

CH: This book is about abandonment and loss. Why should we read this psychological mystery?

AN: The book would interest those fascinated by family dynamics, and by the secrets families keep. It is a suspenseful mystery, but the drama of the orphaned siblings, Jess and Ro, is at the center of the book. As young children, Jess and Ro found themselves seemingly abandoned on a beach in Goa, India, at that time a kind of New Age paradise. As adults, they have been indelibly marked by that experience in quite different ways. When their mother’s passport is found and it appears that she may have survived that Goa beach and left India soon afterwards, the plot is set in motion.

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

AN: Actually, the premise was inspired by a story I was told by a friend who had met someone who’d experienced something similar. I’m interested in orphans in fiction, of which there are very many—Superman, Jane Eyre, Pippi Longstocking, the Baudelaire family—to name just a few. There are (very broadly speaking) two basic fictional types—the orphan figure who yearns for structure and a conventional place within society, and the adventurer or outsider. I played around with these ideas when conceiving the characters.

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book or is it all imagination?

AN: I did quite a lot of research on Ro’s psychology. He is the more damaged of the two siblings, and his actions are what drive the plot. A couple of decades on, he is still following up random sightings of his mother, convinced she is still alive and has decided to live her life without him. He is burdened by a compulsion to tell and re-tell his story in the hope that one day he might remember a detail that might provide the key to the mystery. I also researched the life-style his parents would have experienced in the commune, mainly through anecdotes told on New Ager reunion sites.

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

AN: I think my readers will be the best judge of that, but I’m aiming to grip the reader, move her/him, and evoke time and place.

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

AN: Apart from the initial set-up, the story is entirely imagined. However, most of the book is set in London, and is inspired by the Common where I live. I don’t know that you have many Commons in the US, but in London they are large areas of open space, some wilder than others, which are remnants of ancient wilderness in the heart of the city. This lends them a certain mystery and I thought it would be a good place to play out a drama made up of absence and memory and threat.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

AN: I didn’t find any particular character hard to write. They are all hard!

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

AN: I suppose Ro is the closest to a ‘baddie’ in this book, and I think they are always the most fun to write. He is very far removed from me—different gender, personality, preoccupations—and I found it fascinating to try to wear his shoes.

CH: Where did you get the inspiration for the characters?    

AN: I don’t tend to consciously base my characters on real people. These are amalgams of aspects of people I’ve imagined, met or read about. I listen hard, though…

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

AN: Not really, other than that childhood trauma can have terrible consequences, and that we should be alive to that.

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

AN: I think most readers find it atmospheric and suspenseful, and a sharp portrait of a certain kind of London family. I hope some of them also feel empathy for its characters, too. A lot of people love the Common (as do I)!

CH: Since this is your third novel, can you tell us a little about the other novels?

AN: My first novel, A Parachute in the Lime Tree is a wartime story about love and neutrality and the consequences of war told from the points of view of four people, Irish and German, in 1941. My second, Siren, is a post-Troubles thriller set partly in late 1970s Belfast and partly on a remote Irish island about 15 years ago with a strong female protagonist, who is both perpetrator and victim. It’s about identity, revenge, redemption, and how someone is always watching.

CH: What is your next writing project?

AN: I’m about to deliver the first draft of my fourth novel to my agent, hopefully next week!  It’s a thriller set at the shadowy margins of the oil industry in contemporary Algiers—full of skullduggery and intrigue. At the center of the book is an alliance between two women, a young Anglo-French geologist, who stumbles into a web of corruption, and her much older Algerian interpreter.

CH: How to Find Annemarie Neary:

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

AN: All three books are available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble and other US booksellers.

CH: Any closing remarks?

AN: Many thanks for having me on your blog, Cheryl. Happy to answer any other questions your readers might have via Twitter or on my website messaging service.

CH: Thank you so much, Annemarie Neary, 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 – Jenny Xu

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Title: Rich Bedroom Poor Bedroom: Secrets of Feng Shui – Key to Wealth, Health, Romance and Prosperity

Genre: Hobbies/Home/Decorating

Synopsis: Simple ways to create a fortune in any room. This lavishly illustrated guide explains the principles of Feng Shui in a comprehensive and aesthetic way, combining the secrets of Chinese wisdom with wise design tips to promote health, wealth, romance and prosperity. In this book you will discover authentic Feng Shui design principles, guiding you to confidently create an aesthetic bedroom by balancing the natural and human-made environments. It also explains how, by making changes to your surroundings, you can cultivate good health, nourish relationships and attract prosperity both at home and in business. More than 70 images illustrate the essential guidelines for you to create a beautiful bedroom that perfectly reflects your style and personality.

Jenny Xu, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Jenny Xu. She has a degree in Architecture and Interior Design, with a special emphasis on Feng Shui. Welcome to my blog, Jenny.

CH: Why should we read your book on Feng Shui in the bedroom?

JX: Feng Shui is about being in balance and in harmony with the energies around you. We spend approximately 30% of our time in bed every day. The bedroom is one of the most important areas in the home. Feng Shui principles are the same. That is the reason people should read this book.

It would be unfortunate for you not to know the secrets of good Feng Shui when so many other people from all walks of life are taking advantage of it. It is that helpful. When you follow good Feng Shui principles, the bad days seem to disappear and you feel that your life has become more and more enjoyable.

When you practice good Feng Shui daily, you will be able to enjoy a life filled with health, fortune, wealth, prosperity and happiness.

CH: Can you tell us about Feng Shui history?

JX: Feng Shui has more than five thousand years of history in China. Historically, Feng Shui principles were employed only for The Imperial Palace or a noble family resident. The most important concept in Feng Shui theory is “Air” which means “Qi” or “Life-Force Energy.” When your home is surrounded with good Feng Shui Qi, it can promote harmony, balance, health, prosperity and a long life. Water means prosperity in Feng Shui. That is the reason why most of the houses along a lake, beach or ocean are more expensive. It is the same as humans not being able to live without water and air. This book will not go into a lot of detail about the history of Feng Shui, because it is so extensive, but it will explain in detail how to apply the principles to reflect the best design for your personal space and bedroom.

CH: What made you decide to write this book?

JX: I received a degree in Architecture and Interior Design from UCLA Extension, with a special emphasis on Feng Shui. I have long been fascinated by this five thousand year old Chinese study of the impact of architecture and design on people and the environments in which they live and work. I recognized that some of my friends were suffering financial loss and illness and came to the conclusion that it was due to an unbalanced, bad Feng Shui house. As a designer, I feel like I have to share the secrets of Feng Shui with everyone. I am committed to making sure that everyone has a comfortable living space. In addition, my friend Stephen Rivele, producer and writer, best known for his work on the film’s ‘Ali’ (2001) and ‘Nixon’ (1995, Academy Award Nomination), encouraged and supported me in writing this book.

CH: There are 5 basic Feng Shui elements to create balance and energy. Do you incorporate these into your designs?

JX: Yes, I do incorporate Feng Shui elements into my designs. Each design that I complete creates an aesthetic space by balancing the natural and human-made environments. I make changes to the surroundings in order to help my clients cultivate good health, nourish positive relationships and attract prosperity, both at home and in business.

CH: Can you give us an example of designing a bedroom with Feng Shui?

JX: Here’s is an example: I had a client who was missing the Metal Element, which is one of the elements in Feng Shui. I designed a piece for his bedroom which was located in the southern sector of his home. I placed a metal vase with 50 pounds of pennies in his bedroom. This was in 2017. Without this remedy, there was a greater chance that he would have suffered illness and financial loss.

CH: Can you tell us why we should use Feng Shui in our bedrooms?

JX: Believe it or not, Feng Shui works for many people, including billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Li Ka-shing, Oprah Winfrey and Jack Ma, whose company, Alibaba, is set for the largest U.S. IPO in history. All of these business magnates, whose careers have been examined, have been either intentionally or accidentally aligned with the ‘correct’ Feng Shui elemental designs. All of the businessmen, whose failures and misfortunes we have seen, have been aligned with the wrong Feng Shui elemental designs.

CH: Are fortune and prosperity what most people want?

JX: I would like to think that people want prosperity in some form or another in their lives. Fortune or wealth, I think, is something some people want, while others just want to be content, balanced and at peace. We all deserve a healthy, fortunate, happy, peaceful and prosperous life. It doesn’t matter how big or small your bedroom is, everyone is capable of achieving this themselves in order to improve their life.

CH: Are pets a part of good Feng Shui?

JX: Animals have naturally positive Qi energy, which is beneficial in achieving balance in people’s lives and homes. If you are an animal lover, you may have pets in your home, so you should be aware that cats and dogs are very sensitive to their environments. They can instinctively feel imbalances in your space. Too much clutter, too many chemicals, too many toxic substances or blocked doorways can cause Qi energy to become stuck and/or stagnant. Watch where your dog or cat spends the most time or which area they tend to avoid. This could give you a big clue as to what areas in your home are ‘blocked.’

CH: How do colors and shapes fit into Feng Shui?

JX: Colors have an enormous impact on us psychologically, emotionally and even physically. Ultra Violet is the Pantone color of the year for 2018, but if your bedroom is located in the north sector of the home, it cannot be painted purple in the bedroom in 2018, otherwise it has the potential of causing illness, arguments and financial loss. Purple, red, orange and pink are Fire Elements in Feng Shui theory. Those saturated colors tend to trigger your stress response and make you feel more anxious. Only lighter shades calm you down in the bedroom. Balance is the key. Rectangles and squares are the perfect shape for the bedroom because they tend to create a smooth energy flow without any of the hassles. Any irregular shaped bedroom can create unstable, stagnate Qi.

CH: What is the best direction for the bed?

JX: Everyone has their own individual auspicious Feng Shui for their bed placement. It depends on their personal Feng Shui Element. For example, if the person belongs to the Fire Element, her headboard should face toward the South wall, as well as placing the bed against the wall.

CH: Any specific tips you can offer my audience?

JX: Absolutely! Here are a few tips to keep in mind. Never place a mirror opposite, next to, or over the bed. It will cause energy to bounce around the room and interfere with your rest. Reflective surfaces, such as mirrors are thought to magnify problems and worries. Wrongful placement in a bedroom could negatively affect health and wealth! When a large mirror is placed in a bedroom, year after year, the cumulative effects may bring the occupants inexplicable feelings of dizziness, depression and sadness. It may develop into other cognitive illness, such as depression. That is one of the reasons why someone may not have a good night’s sleep. Another helpful tip: Avoid full-sized animal images in the bedroom, because they can create Sha Qi (negative Qi) in the room. The sleeper may soon find that he or she is depressed, stressed, argumentative and experiencing a diminished ability to do daily work, together with damage to his or her relationships.

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

JX: The feedback has been amazing! There are so many people I have encountered who have no idea of the proper balance and designing with Feng Shui principles, and how they can make such a huge difference in their daily lives. Within the first week of its release, Rich Bedroom Poor Bedroom, shot to the #1 Bestselling position on Amazon with fifteen 5-star reviews.

CH: What is your next writing project?

JX: My next book will be titled, Successful Office Failure Office. It will be centered around the benefits of applying Feng Shui principles to your work space.

CH: How to Find Jenny Xu:

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

JX: Currently, Rich Bedroom Poor Bedroom, is available on Amazon in both paperback and eBook. It is also available through Barnes and Noble. In the next few months, the book should be available in bookstores across the U.S.

CH: Any closing remarks?

JX: This book is appropriate for everyone. It doesn’t matter the size of your bedroom—you can apply Feng Shui designing principles. Everyone deserves a good quality of life. Every house has a ‘trigram’ or life essence, that determines the ebb and flow of Qi. Each house has its own unique Feng Shui element and magnetic orientation. Each house has a unique style. This means that it is necessary to do a thorough analysis of a house to ensure that it embodies the best possible Feng Shui. This comprehensive analysis includes not only the interior design, but also the location, materials, colors and furnishings, with a full Feng Shui interpretation to promote comfort and a high-quality lifestyle. You can learn how to do this yourself. Rich Bedroom Poor Bedroom will teach you how. Thank you so much, Cheryl. I greatly appreciate this interview.

CH: Thank you so much, Jenny Xu, 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 Remembering Dr. King on the 50th Anniversary of His Death

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On Apr 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on the balcony of room 306 at the Lorraine Motel at 6:01 pm, and he was pronounced dead at 7:05 pm at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Many American people were upset over the assassination of Dr. King. There were riots across the country as the news of his death spread. Dr. King advocated justice for all people.

A Historic Anniversary – It’s been 50 years since his death.

Yet, the United States of America is still struggling with racism!

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