Guest Author Interview – Tarah Scott

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Title: Claimed

Genre: Historical Romance

Synopsis: Sometimes, the hero must be the villain…Fourteen months ago, Lady Rhoslyn lost her husband and infant son to a fever. Now, by order of King Edward I, she is yanked from the healing tranquility of a convent to marry the king’s favored bastard knight. Rhoslyn has no intention of returning to the home where her husband and child died. Neither does she intend to hand over her fortune to the ‘Dragon’—no matter his sweet promises and warm kisses.

Talbot St. Claire tires of war. Seventeen years is enough. King Edward will never release him from service, but the king promises Talbot will find some peace in front of his own hearth. Talbot expects to find a horse-faced, hostile woman in the Scottish heiress Edward commands him to marry. Instead, he discovers a fiery Highland beauty worthy of a man’s respect…and love. Talbot determines to do anything to win his new bride’s acceptance. Anything except the one thing she demands: betray his king and embrace his Scottish heritage.

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Tarah Scott, Author

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CH: Today’s Guest author is the award-winning celebrity, Tarah Scott. Welcome to my blog, Tarah. It is a pleasure having you join us today.

CH: Can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book?

TS: If you like high adventure, intrigue and poignant romance, then Claimed might be for you.

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

TS: One of the cover artists I use created a premade cover. I instantly fell in love with the cover and the story Claimed was born.

CH: Why did you decide to write about the Scottish heritage?

TS: I like the way the Scots break the rules.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

TS: That’s a toughie. I like both the hero and heroine. Of course, the hero is quite handsome. That doesn’t hurt!

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

TS: ROFL (rolling on floor laughing). I hope I’m smart and witty like the heroine. (But I suppose that answer depends upon who you ask.)

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

TS: The inspiration for the hero came from the cover. The heroine had to be a woman he could love, but would thwart him as often as possible. So, she kind of grew as I got to know him better.

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

TS: Yes. This is the first full length medieval romance I’ve written, so I had to do a lot of new research. As the hero was raised in England, I specifically had to research the political relationship between Scotland and England.

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

TS: Life is always my inspiration. It was common for kings to marry English and Scottish nobility and knights, so it wasn’t hard to guess what some of the challenges might be that the couples would face.

CH: You have quite a few reviews, so what kind of feedback are you receiving?

TS: Readers have found Claimed to be very romantic and poignant.

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

TS: Yes. I’m a huge fan of Philippa Gregory and Sharon Kay Penman. I like the gritty edge to their historical novels.

CH: Who is your favorite Scottish Heritage author? Why?

TS: Liz Carlyle. The woman can write!

CH:  How long does it take you to write one of your books?

TS: Between six months and two years.

CH: Is there an overall message in your books that you want the readers to grasp?

TS: Of course! Love conquers all.

CH: What can we expect next from you as a writer?

TS: I’m currently working on the next book in the MacLean Highlander Novels, The Highlander’s Courtesan.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

TS: Yes. www.tarahscott.com

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

TS: The digital version of Claimed is currently only available on Amazon. You can buy the paperback at Amazon, B&N and most other online outlets. Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1TvAHkm

CH: Any closing remarks?

TS: Thanks so much for having me, Cheryl. It has been a real pleasure.

CH: Thank you so much, Tarah Scott, it has been wonderful discussing your book with my audience.  

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Guest Author Interview – Elissa Brent Weissman

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Title: Nerd Camp 2.0

Genre: Children

Synopsis: Gabe’s happily headed back to Nerd Camp—but can he handle a cool-kid invasion?

For Gabe, the equation for summer bliss equals six glorious weeks of rigorous learning immersion at the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment—aka, Nerd Camp. Last year was amazing, and this summer will be even better.

At least, that’s what Gabe thinks…until a new variable is introduced. Zack, Gabe’s cool stepbrother, was supposed to attend a camp nearby, but in the aftermath of a recent wildfire, Zack’s camp and nerd camp will be sharing territory. As these two very different worlds collide, can both camps—and both stepbrothers—survive the summer?

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Elissa Brent Weissman, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Elissa Brent Weissman, an award-winning children’s author. Welcome to my blog, Elissa.

CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less about sleepaway summer camp?

EBW: Tension and highjinks ensue when nerds and cool kids have to share the same campground—with stepbrothers Gabe and Zack on opposing sides of the battle.

CH: What inspired you to write this charming children’s book?

EBW: Nerdy Gabe and his cool stepbrother Zack earned a lot of fans when the first Nerd Camp came out in 2011. I was excited to write about another summer with Gabe and his geeky friends, and to give Zack more page time.

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

EBW: My book ideas usually come from a kernel of something that happens to me or that I see or hear about. I don’t have a formula, though I’ve internalized the standard plot arc, which means I have a sense of what needs to happen emotionally as the story goes on, just as most readers do. I usually start with a character and a situation and just go from there. I often have no clue where the story will take me, and I know a book is working when my characters find themselves with problems I don’t know how to solve.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your children stories?

EBW:  I like to think that my books have a good balance of substance and kid appeal. They’re fun and funny with lots of dialogue, but they still make readers think.

CH: Since this book is a sequel to Nerd Camp, when you wrote the first book, did you realize you would write a sequel then?

EBW: Nope. I thought Nerd Camp would stand alone. I had the idea for a sequel a few years later, and fortunately my publisher agreed that the first book had sold well enough to make a sequel viable.

CH: Was it hard finding the right illustrator for your stories?

EBW: The only illustrations in the Nerd Camp books are on the cover. Nerd Camp 2.0 also has maps inside, which were created by an illustrator. Like many people who publish with large houses, I didn’t have any say in who the illustrators were, but I’m very happy with the way all of it came out. I especially like the scientific look of the cover drawings.

CH: What inspired you to begin writing for children?

EBW: I’ve always loved to read, and it was books I read when I was between 8 and 12 that really got me fired up about writing. When I got to my creative writing classes in college, I’d turn in stories that I thought were for adults, and everyone in the class would say, “Kids would love this!” I might look grown up, but I guess I’m secretly still 11.

CH: Which children’s writer do you admire most and why?

EBW: Oh, there are so many, but I especially love authors who can make me laugh out loud. One of my favorites has always been Louis Sachar. His concepts are so clever, and I’m blown away by the way he manages to convey so much character, humor, and emotion with such sparse language. On a sentence level, I also swoon over J. M. Barrie. I’d argue that Peter Pan is not really written for children, but it is written so beautifully, with sentences so original. yet perfect, they take my breath away.

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

EBW: It didn’t until I had children of my own. I can still tap into what it is/was like to be 10 or 11 fairly easily, but now that I’m a mom, I feel a strange urge to make my characters behave like little angels, or to instill lessons in my books. The writer in me knows that nothing kills a good story quicker than a moral, so it takes work to keep the parent in me in check.

CH: What do you find to be the hardest part of writing for children?

EBW: I find the business side of writing to be the most difficult. Publishing, for any audience, requires an endless amount of patience and a very thick skin. When it comes to publishing, I’ve had my fair share of rejection, frustration, envy, and heartbreak. Luckily, the positives outweigh the negatives, and I still love to write.

CH: Since you have written several children’s books, as far as accolades or achievements, what would you say has been your greatest writing achievement?

EBW: I’m a big fan of NPR (National Public Radio), so it was a thrill to be interviewed nationally about my book, The Short Seller, on “Here and Now.” I was also proud to have Nerd Camp win the Cybils Award, which is chosen by kid lit bloggers. Those bloggers read everything, and they really know their stuff, so it meant a lot that they chose my book for that honor.

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

EBW: It’s probably the same message that pervades most books, children’s or otherwise: Be yourself.

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

EBW: In general, it seems like kids have been happy to spend more time at Nerd Camp, and teachers and parents have been happy to see another celebration of geekiness. My favorite kind of feedback, though, is when kids tell me what they thought was the funniest part of the book. I met one kid who started laughing so hard just thinking of the funniest part that he couldn’t get the words out. That was priceless.

CH: What was your favorite book when you were a little girl?

EBW: Sixth Grade Secrets by Louis Sachar.

CH: What’s next for you as an author?

EBW: I’m editing a super cool anthology called Our Story Begins. It contains stories children’s authors wrote when they were children, plus drawings illustrators did as children. I’ve got a phenomenal lineup of contributors—25 of today’s best authors and illustrators—and their childhood work is funny and sweet and fascinating to see. Look for it summer 2017 from Atheneum/Simon & Schuster. I couldn’t be more excited.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

EBW: Yes, it is www.ebweissman.com

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

EBW: Everywhere! If it’s not in stock at your local bookstore, they can always order it, or you can buy it online. Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1MRtTOU

CH: Any closing remarks?

EBW: Thanks for inviting me to your blog, and thanks for all you do to spread a love of books!

CH: You are welcome. I really enjoy spreading the word! Thank you so much, Elissa Brent Weissman, it has been a real pleasure discussing your book and your publishing journey with my audience.  

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Guest Author Interview – LaShawn Vasser

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Title: The Right Side of My Pillow

Genre: Multicultural/Interracial

Synopsis: Cricket Anderson and Cole Thornton were throwaways. The outside world didn’t have room for them. Yet, from the tender age of nine, all they had was each other…until they didn’t. Not only were promises broken, but so was Cricket’s heart.

Focused and driven to create a life made of dreams, Cole Thornton succeeded only to be left feeling empty and alone. Ten years later, a chance encounter brings him together with the one person he’s ever felt connected to—an angry, disconnected and broken woman.

They say time heals all wounds. But, can two damaged souls discover love and mend their hollowed hearts?

For mature audiences only.

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LaShawn Vasser, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is LaShawn Vasser, who wants readers to escape into a sizzling world of love and romance. Welcome LaShawn Vasser.

CH: Tell us a little bit about your book. Where did you get the premise for this story? 

LV: The Right Side of My Pillow is a sweet, but sensuous romance.  At its core, it’s about two people who have felt disconnected from a world that has been more than hard for them—until they found each other.  At the tender age of nine and eleven, their souls connected.  Lies, life and circumstances kept them apart for more than ten years.  However, everything has a way of coming full circle.  This book is about them discovering and re-discovering each other.

I’ve often said I can find inspiration in anything—a touch, a sound, or smell.  In this case, it was inspiration from a newspaper article that sparked the basis for Cricket and Cole.

CH: You enjoy writing interracial romance (IR) stories. What got you hooked on writing them?

LV: I’ve written African American, as well as, mainstream stories and love romance, in general.  However, most of my work has been in the IR genre.  I fell in love with a character from an IR book that I’d read in 2013.  That character spoke to me in such a powerful way that it was then that I found my voice and wanted to put it in my own writings.

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

LV: All of the above.  It is my hope that all of my work has a different feel to them, so there are a couple of my books that do have a standard formula (with a bit of tweaking—LOL).  Some characters speak louder than others, and I immediately know the beginning, middle, and end.  At the end of the day, I mostly write what I want to read.

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

LV: I’m not sure what makes me different or exciting.  I write stories from my heart, always giving a piece of myself in every book, and I’ve been very fortunate that readers have connected to that.

CH: Since your title ties in with the story, when you start a new story, do you have a title for it? Or does the story trigger the title?

LV: It depends.  Sometimes the title comes first.  Other times, it’s the concept for the story or the character.  In most instances, my books are built around the female character.  I do my best to make the next heroine entirely different from the previous one.  My titles will always tie into the story—LOL.

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

LV: Yes!  My last books, The Storm Series, were so full of angst, drama, and a bit of mystery that my intent for The Right Side of My Pillow was to stay completely focused on the hero/heroine’s path to each other.  However, there are so many other directions my characters wanted to take me.

CH: Growing up in a group home is a different topic. Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

LV: The group home idea started from an article I’d read in a newspaper. The loneliness, isolation, and thought of not having another living soul care about you was gut wrenching. The hurt and harm that my research uncovered from this particular group home was so startling and sadly more often the norm, than the exception, cut me to the core.  So much so, that I needed to make this story beautiful as a way to deal with the harsh realities of that life.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

LV: I would say Jade/Cricket was the hardest to write.  There are many parts to a story, specifically her story that never make it into the final pages of a book.  Delving deep into that character was more than a little challenging.

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

LV: In terms of her life, none of it was based on me.  However, the emotions of what I think I would feel in her situation was all me.

CH: How long did it take you to write this novel?

LV: It took me six months on and off.

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

LV: I’ve been writing for most of my life, but I’ve been writing professionally for the last two and a half years.  I celebrate three years on May 24th!

I had been heavily involved in politics in 2012, and after the election was over, there was nothing to fill that very intensive void.  I opened up my laptop and started writing.  Several months later, I’d finished my very first novella, Out of Nowhere.  I never intended to publish it until family and friends encouraged me to do so.  After doing a bit of research on self-publishing, it became my very first published work and one of my most successful books to date.

CH: Most of your books are short stories or novellas. Have you written any full-length novels?

LV: That’s an interesting question.  What constitutes a full-length novel has changed over the years—LOL.  I’ve written several books that are more than 50K words, in my mind and as a member of the professional organization, Novelists, Inc. (NINC) that’s considered a novel.

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

LV: For the most part, the feedback has been great!  Most readers really enjoyed that I kept the focus on the hero/heroine’s path to finding each other and not delving too much into the many other areas that could have come from this book.

CH: You have quite a fan base, how did you build a large group of fans?

LV: I respect my audience, and I don’t take them for granted.  They spend their hard earned dollars on something I created.  So, if they want to reach out to me via social media or my website…I ENJOY chatting it up with them about books.  And, while every book is not the same, I give them my best with every single release—that will always remain the same.

CH: What’s next for you as an author?

LV: My next full-length novel under the LaShawn Vasser name will be released in June or July of this year currently titled It All Begins Today.  I’m very excited and hope it’s received well.  I also have a couple of novellas being released EXCLUSIVELY on my website under an alter pen name, Londyn Vasser, entitled The Rules According to Gina and Behind the Mask.  For those who are not familiar with Londyn Vasser, she (it’s strange talking about myself this way) will write books from the perspective of some of my most popular female antagonists from other books I’ve written.  My readers always seem to ask about these characters.  It’s a way for me to stretch as an author and to show my most loyal readers my appreciation.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

LV: My website is www.lashawnvasser.com 

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

LV: My books are sold at most eBook retailers:  Amazon, iTunes, Nook, Kobo, All Romance Ebooks, as well as my website.  Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1SBDhp4

CH: Any closing remarks?

LV: Thank you so much for sharing my work with your readers!  I hope everyone was able to learn a little bit more about me and my writings. It has truly been a pleasure chatting with you and thanks again for the opportunity.

CH: Thank you so much, LaShawn Vasser, it has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  

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Seven Sentence Sunday with Cheryl Holloway

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Most of my readers enjoy Seven Sentence Sunday and often request the short stories.

I write a short story using only seven sentences. I also use this as a writing exercise in the writing workshops that I present. This one, of course, was inspired by an unnerving true incident! 

Title:  What Was He Thinking??

We were eating a late dinner in a family restaurant with a bar section, when a father walks in and sits down at the bar with his four-year old son.

The man looked like he was intelligent and the child was well-dressed in his Lightning McQueen pajamas and matching slippers.

Obviously, the father was a highly irresponsible parent to bring a child into a bar and it was past the child’s bedtime—after 11 pm.

The poor child was sleepy and sat with his head down on the bar and almost fell off the stool as he nodded.

We were thinking, what the hell is he thinking, a bar is an adult environment, as we watched the situation evolve.

The father had the audacity to ask for a drink and was appalled when the bartender refused and pointed to the “No Minors Allowed” sign.

The father said, “All I need is one night cap!” as the bartender called the police.

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Title: A Doubly Stupid Father!!

After the father and child left the restaurant and we were still discussing the father and baby-in-the-bar incident, a gentleman approached our table and said. “Miss, I can top that story.”

The stranger said, “I’m sorry, but I just wanted to come over and tell you just how stupid some fathers really are.”

He began telling us his story, “Well, I was in line outside a strip club, where we were going to celebrate my single buddies 50th birthday.

A guy walks up to the door pushing a stroller with twin baby girls, who were about 9 months old.

He became upset when the attendant called the bouncer, who refused him entry with the babies in tow.

What is the world coming to when a fight almost breaks out because the father cannot take his twins into a strip club?

In my opinion, parents should not need to be told that an adults only environment is obviously not a place for kids!”

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Guest Author Interview – Joyce M. Holmes

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Title: Visual Effects

Genre: Romance

Synopsis: Drey Winston is a fierce competitor who enjoys challenging her mind and body. But when it comes to her heart—no one ever gets close enough to compete for it. Having grown up believing she was an unwanted burden to her parents, she prefers to keep her feelings well hidden. Just when her hard-fought goals are finally within reach, the audacious Jesse Devlin comes along to breach her carefully guarded defenses.

After a disastrous marriage early in life, Jesse Devlin prefers strings-free relationships. Confident and outgoing, he gets along well with women, but his natural charm can’t seem to penetrate Drey Winston’s aloofness. While attempting to win her over, he’s the one who ends up losing his heart.

Can this commitment-phobic bachelor convince the stubbornly independent woman he loves that his feelings—and hers—are the real deal?

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Joyce M. Holmes, Author

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CH: Today’s Guest is Joyce M. Holmes, an acclaimed author from British Columbia. Welcome, Joyce.

CH: Can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book?

JMH: If you love emotional reads that tug at the heart strings, you’ll want to read Visual Effects.

CH: Why did you decide to write about an emotional firestorm?

JMH: I love to read and write emotional stories. I’m a big fan of taking an emotionally charged issue and cranking it up a notch, to see how the characters react. What Jesse and Drey go through, in Visual Effects, is quite devastating and some couples wouldn’t recover from it.

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

JMH: My ideas come from many different sources. My own and others’ life experiences, something I saw on TV, a news article… I take that initial idea and put my own spin on it. I don’t have a standard formula, nor do my stories come as whole concepts (I wish they did!). I’m more of a pantser than a plotter, and the storyline slowly evolves from that original spark of an idea.

CH: How did you decide to put a commitment phobic bachelor and a strongly independent woman together?

JMH: It’s kind of a “What’s the worse thing that can happen?” scenario. Take a woman who’s deathly afraid of needing anyone and make her fall for a man known for being non-committal. Not only does she not want to care for anyone, she’s afraid this person she’s started to care for will walk away once he gets bored. Take that same man, and have him unexpectedly fall in love with a woman who appears to want nothing to do with him. He’s used to easy, strings-free relationships and when he finally realizes he wants a real relationship, there’s nothing easy about it. He has to work hard to convince her that, despite everything they’ve been through, they’re meant to be together.

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

JMH: I don’t know about different or exciting. My type of writing appeals to readers who like emotional stories with real people and real love. My characters could be the lady who lives next door, or the guy you see at the office. They have their emotional scars; they might be carrying around some baggage (I do love to torment my characters more than just a little bit), but they want someone to love—even if they don’t always realize it—and they deserve their HEA (happily ever after).

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues with this topic?

JMH: Not at all. In this particular story, my female character goes through a similar, although different, situation that I have personally experienced, so it was painfully easy to draw on my own emotions while I wrote this story.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

JMH: My male character, Jesse. He’s a big beautiful male, brimming with self-confidence and talent. With someone so well-rounded, it’s harder to come up with a convincing GMC (goal, motivation and conflict) for him.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

JMH: Besides putting my female character, Drey, through a crisis similar to one of mine, she also has many of my own characteristics, so I felt I knew her the best. So from a writing standpoint, she’d be my favorite.

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

JMH: Pursue your dreams, no matter the obstacles in your way. If it’s something (or someone) you really want, it’s worth fighting for.

CH: Your debut novel, Show No Weakness, won a 2012 RONE Award, as well as, It’s Complicated, won as a finalist in the 2015 RONE Awards.   So, did these books set the bar high for your other writings?

JMH: I call myself the imperfect perfectionist, so my bar is always set as high as I can reach, lol. So, as much as it was an honor to win the award, that’s all it was, an honor. That’s not saying I wouldn’t love to win more with my other work.

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

JMH: No. This particular book is what I call the story of my heart. It came from me.

CH: How long does it take you to write one of your books?

JMH: I’m a slow writer—very slow.  I edit as I go and can’t move on if I’m not happy with what I’ve written. I also tend to write long, then have to edit out the unnecessary bits. And I can’t work on more than one story at a time, so have to constantly set aside the work-in-progress for edits and rewrites on the project under submission. But taking into consideration just my actual writing time, I’d say it takes about six months from start to finish.

CH: Is there an overall message in your books that you want the readers to grasp?

JMH: I like to tell stories of two imperfect people who happen to fall in love with each other. Before they can get that HEA, they have to grow and learn, which is often a painful process. I think that’s what we all want and deserve.

CH: What can we expect next from you as a writer?

JMH: My first two books are no longer available because that publisher has gone out of business. I’m in the process of looking for a new home for them, along with the third book in the series, which I’m still writing.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

JMH: Gladly. https://joyceholmes.wordpress.com

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

JMH: My book is available at The Wild Rose Press and on Amazon. Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1MGe25A

CH: Any closing remarks?

JMH: Thank you very much for hosting me today, Cheryl. It’s been a pleasure.

CH: Thank you so much, Joyce M. Holmes, it has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  

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Guest Author Interview – Beaird Glover

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Title: Unconscious Knowledge

Genre: Serial Killers

Synopsis: Growing up poor and within a troubled family, Marcy Harris takes a job at a hospital cafeteria, and the monotony is killing her. Then, on Christmas Day, she meets Syd McComb, a jet-cool punk rocker recently returned from a ten-year stay in Mexico, and Syd looks like all the trouble she’s been dying to get into. Together they are as explosive as dynamite, and once the fuse is lit, they vent their frustrations with style, taking vengeance where it’s due and staying one step ahead of the disgraced cop who’s seething to catch them. And they don’t feel guilty, doing what they do, because bad people should die—that’s just unconscious knowledge.

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CH: Today’s Guest Author is Beaird Glover. This interview is a little off the beaten path. Welcome to my blog, Beaird.

CH:  Can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book?

BG: If you have ever been curious about the meaning of life, the answer is in Unconscious Knowledge.

CH: Why did you decide to write this book about serial killers?

BG: Conflict—serial killing brings a lot of conflict to the table.

CH: This is a difficult topic to discuss. Did you find anything challenging while writing this book?

BG: The greatest challenges are like personal adversaries, I slit their throats when they rise against me.

CH: Does it disturb you as a person to write about gruesome situations?

BG: But who would mourn the death of a mosquito? For he who slappeth God’s Own Creature knows gruesome murder far better than I.

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

BG: My writing is guided by voices when my own thoughts lay still. Sometimes they speak in foreign languages, and I’m like, “What?” But the stories must only remain true to themselves. My meddling would make them ring untrue. There is actually some Spanish dialogue in Unconscious Knowledge, and I don’t even know what it means—but the character who said it does.

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

BG: I bring punch to the party, and leave it all on the dance floor.

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

BG: I don’t question what the voices say; I am but a vessel.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

BG: The house that Douglas Cheatham lives in.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

BG: The one who smokes dope all the time and listens to heavy metal music, while riding around in his truck.

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

BG: As Cat Stevens said, “The answer lies within, so why not take a look now.”

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

BG: Readers are universally awash in jubilation and say they shall never want again.

CH: In this book, it is fast-paced and violent, and it seems like nothing is impossible. What do you think is the universal scare factor for most people?

BG: Death—I think dying is the greatest fear that most people have; and secondarily, the unconscious knowledge of what happens next.

CH: What is next for you as an author?

BG: Something about bones in a cave, and hoodoo.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

BG: Thanks for asking, but I’ve never actually gone through the trouble of making my own website. I probably should, and appreciate your encouragement. I do have an author page on Goodreads at http://bit.ly/20U9qLB

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

BG: Sure, on Amazon. Amazon link: http://amzn.to/1SqwL4c

CH: Any closing remarks?

 BG: Satire is revealing in its own way, and I hope you’ve enjoyed this interview as much as I have. Thank you very much for having me and I wish you and your readers all the best.

CH: Thank you so much, Beaird Glover, it has been an experience discussing your book with my audience.  

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Guest Author Interview – JeDonna Mathis

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Title: When The Tables Turn

Genre: Urban

Synopsis: Jordan Mickens is a 29 year-old successful, black, married sister. She grew up in the hood of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Jordan didn’t let the hood take her down, but the man she married becomes her downfall. Jordan and her husband have a two year-old son named TaShunn. Her life takes a turn when her husband, Sincere, cheats on her and makes a baby. She has been with him a total of ten years, but has been married to him for four of those years. The woman he is seeing on the low is attractive, devious, and one crazy bitch. Her name is Cherish Montana. This woman almost makes Jordan lose her whole world. Welcome to When the Tables Turn.

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CH: Today’s Guest Author is JeDonna Mathis, a debut author. Welcome to my blog, JeDonna.

CH: Can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book

JM: Its gives me a chance to share reality on paper in different aspects and points of view.

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

 JM: I got the ideal of this story from everyday situations. It’s always a man who thinks he can have his cake and eat it too, until the tables are turned.

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

JM: I always start a new story with a title first. I create the story around that. It actually brings the story together well for me. Like it allows a light bulb to pop on in my head.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write? 

 JM: I would have to say Jordan. I say Jordan because throughout the story she is constantly faced with obstacles, but faces them with grace. She reaches a breaking point through some tragic times and she bounces back on top.

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

JM: I just wrote about personalities I have encountered, as well as made up some characters. I mixed personalities with a little creative input.

CH: Which character was hardest to write? 

JM: I actually didn’t have too much of a hard time writing any. It was quite an adventure creating them.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your audience of urban fiction readers through your type of writing?

JM: I’ve always been the one to imagine and daydream all day. I would even shock myself sometimes at the things I would think of. I have seen and experienced enough to gain the attention of those who have gone through it. I’m going to be the one to bring it to readers from just my point of view.

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

JM: Yes! Writers block is real. There were a few times that I couldn’t think of anything to write. I had no ideas, even lost interest for a moment. So, I just kept re-reading what I already had. 

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

JM: It did have a few challenges from time to time. Once I thought of the issue I wanted to create, I then elaborated on some real life situations. Nothing personal, but random situations that happen in life around the world. Somewhere in the world, there is a Jordan Mickens going through the motions with her unfaithful man.

CH: Where are you from? Does your background have any influences on this book?

JM: I’m from and currently living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Yes my background does have an influence on this book. I say this because I never intended to publish my book. You know how some people may use a journal or diary? Well, I wrote stories to ease my mind. It also shows my daughter that no matter what, you should follow your dreams. We only get one shot at bringing your purpose to light.

CH: Are there any writers that you consider your mentors?

JM: Honestly, I haven’t read in a while to be familiar with a lot of great authors of today. But when I was younger, my favorite writers were Sistah Souljah and Nikki Turner. I really enjoyed reading their books. I think I need to start back though because there are so many creative people with big imaginations just like me and I love that.

CH: Is this your first book? How long have you been writing?

JM: This is actually the second book I have written. I just decided to release this one first. I have been writing off and on for about ten years. I started when I was 16 years old, writing poems. I would write poems about any and everything. By the time I was 18 years old, I had written two urban fiction novels.

CH: Have you taken any writing classes to enhance your craft?

JM: No I haven’t yet, but I plan to one day. 

CH: Do you have plans for a new book?

JM: Yes I do. I plan on releasing my second novel by the end of the summer. I’m also currently working on releasing a children’s book very soon, as well.

CH: Can you tell my audience your website address?

JM: My website is currently under construction. However, you can find me on Facebook.com/AuthorJeDonna Mathis and on Twitter at “Author JeDonna Mathis”

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

JM: Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. It’s available in Kindle, Nook, or Paperback format. Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1U0I6KJ

CH: Any closing remarks?

JM: I would like to continue to prosper in God’s eye to becoming a National Best Selling author, one day. Also, to create a better living sake for my daughter and I. Thank you to everyone who has supported me. Thank you, as well, Ms. Holloway for taking interest in my book, When The Tables Turn.

CH: Thank you so much, JeDonna Mathis, it has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  

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The Bane Bath Salts

Cougar Tales: Father and Son Book 1

Cougar Tales: The Italian Basketball Player Book 2

Cougar Tales: Jamaican Love Book 3

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Guest Author Interview – Inge-Lise Goss

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Title: Tegen Justice (Tegens Book 2)

Genre: Thriller/Suspense/Dark Fantasy

Synopsis: After embracing her new Tegen existence, Sara Jones is determined to destroy her ex-lover’s organized crime empire, one link at a time. Along with her newly acquired skills of spider-climbing agility, self-healing powers, and the ability to eject poisonous needles came the haunting need to consume blood and flesh tainted by Tegen deadly spiders.

Armed with her skills and using the alias Sally Jablon, Sara has tracked some nefarious associates of her ex-lover to Baton Rouge. But before she can fully execute her plan to wipe out that criminal element, she is faced with her former lover, an out of control Tegen, and the repercussions of disobeying Tegen rules. Death and mayhem ensue as Sara tries to outrun and outsmart an enemy she knows all too well.

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Inge-Lise Goss, Author

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CH: Today’s Guest Author is Inge-Lise Goss, an International author now living in the United States. Welcome to my blog Inge-Lise.

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

ILG: Armed with Tegen poisonous spider abilities, Sara Jones plans on wiping out her ex-lover’s organized crime empire.

CH: Most people hate spiders, why did you decide to write a book about deadly spiders and crime?

ILG: As I began formulating the first book in the Tegen series, The Tegen Cave, I wanted it to be a dark fantasy with a frightening villain, and deadly spiders came to mind. They can move about often unseen, squeeze through the smallest of openings, and most people feel uncomfortable in a spider infested place. Deadly spiders became a key element in my novel, and a major component in creating Tegens, human-like individuals who also have the power to release poisonous venom. When I wrote that book, I did not know that the story would unfold to include organized crime. That became a new twist that my muse threw in.

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

ILG: My muse and the world around me.  New stories keep popping into my head. I wish a day consisted of more than 24 hours, so I could get more of them down on paper.

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

ILG: A new breed of paranormal people. I have never read about, or heard about a human-like creature that has the ability to eject poisonous venom. Tegens also possess self-healing powers, the ability to climb like spiders, and are immortal.

CH: What inspired you to write a fast-paced novel?

ILG: I didn’t intentionally set out to write a fast-paced novel. My muse just kept dictating the story and flashing pictures through my head, so that’s how it turned out.

CH: How long does it take you to write one of the books in the series?

ILG: If I spend about eight hours a day on writing the manuscript, I can complete a rough draft in a month. But that is a very rough draft that needs a significant amount of editing.

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

ILG: No. I only want readers to enjoy the journey into the paranormal web of mystery, crime, romance, and horror.

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

ILG: I’ve received very positive feedback from individuals who have read one or both books in the series. I’m honored that some have taken the time to write reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Right now the messages I’m receiving through my website, Facebook, and twitter are asking when the next book in the series will be available. I’m hoping to have that novel, Tegen Punishment, ready to be published later this year.

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

ILG: When I’m heavy into writing a manuscript (the draft), I focus all my attention on that project and try to limit distractions. I don’t read other books while I’m in that mode.

CH: Who is your favorite author? Why?

ILG: I have many favorite authors. My dark fantasy/horror favorite is Anne Rice. She has a great imagination and knows how to bring that to life in her characters and rich prose. Reading her Mayfair witches chronicles, made quite of few of us in a little literary club want to become witches. In addition to Anne Rice, my other favorite authors are Charlaine Harris, Suzanne Collins, Stieg Larsson, John Grisham, Robert B. Parker and so many more. Unfortunately, Stieg Larsson and Robert B. Parker are no longer with us.

CH: Do you read in the same genre that you write?

ILG: To date, I have written in two genres: dark fantasy and mystery/thriller. They’re also the genres I enjoy reading the most, but I read all genres.

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

ILG: Yes. Before I started the Tegen series, I did research on spiders and learned some fascinating facts about various spider families’ predator abilities. The magnificent spider sets silk traps with a pheromone that mimics a moth’s. Believing a female moth is close by, male moths are lured to the trap and becomes a nutritious meal. Ant spiders imitate ants by using their front legs to mimic antennae. A trusting ant is soon devoured. Female flower crab spiders can blend with flowers by changing their colors from white to yellow. They spread their sticky web and wait patiently for pollinators. The Hobo spider is one of a small number of spider species whose bites are painful and medically significant. The venom is so strong it sometimes causes necrosis, the death of cells and tissues around the injected area of the body.  The name Tegen was derived from their binomial name, Tegenaria agrestis. The spiders in the Tegen series are mutant Hobo spiders.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues?

ILG: The entire book is fiction. As the story played out in my head, I tried to capture it all while I enjoyed the journey with my characters.

CH: What can we expect next from you as a writer?

ILG: I’m working with an editor and putting some final touches on Compelled. That novel will be released sometime this summer. It’s about a hard-wired, no-nonsense New York police detective being forced by a dead woman’s spirit to find evidence that will free her wrongly imprisoned husband for her murder in San Diego.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

ILG: http://www.Inge-LiseGoss.com

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

ILG: Tegen Justice ebook is only sold on Amazon.com. The paperback is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online booksellers. Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1XjrDQM

CH: Any closing remarks?

ILG: I’d like to thank you, Cheryl Holloway, for spotlighting Tegen Justice on your blog. I would also like to thank everyone who has read any of my novels. I feel honored that you took the time.

CH: Thank you so much, Inge-Lise Goss, it has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  

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Guest Author Interview – C. L. Ryan

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Genre: Biography/Memoir/Occult

Synopsis: Based on a true story, Secret Demon relates the astonishing, and often harrowing, childhood of a girl whose life is beset by abuse and demonic activity.

We follow Megan as her idyllic early years in rural Ireland are abruptly ended when she is taken from her grandmother’s care to live with her parents in England. While struggling to adapt to a new culture and being bullied at school, Megan’s life is dominated by the unpredictable behavior of her troubled mother, Patsy. When her much loved father moved away to work, Megan is left to look after her siblings, as Patsy’s life becomes engulfed by demonic possession and alcohol abuse.

Well-meaning social workers place Megan in an outwardly respectable home, only for her and her brother, to suffer horrific abuse at the hands of their foster caregiver.

Upon returning to Patsy, Megan becomes increasingly aware of the demonic presence in her home, which seems to be particularly focused on her. She learns to cope with the demon and embraces her true nature – finally harnessing it to take on her playground tormentors.

Secret Demon is a supernatural story of one little girl’s battle against abuse and neglect. It is the first of a series which follows Megan as her physical and spiritual lives unfold. 

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C. L. Ryan, Author

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CH: Today’s Guest Author is C. L. Ryan, who has written her memoir in her debut novel. Welcome to my blog, C. L.

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

CLR: My dealings with my beautiful angelical friends, and the dark side of either, which I can never escape from.

CH: Why did you decide to write this book about abuse and demonic activity?

CLR: I have been trying to write this book for the last 20 years, it only came apparent to me when I cleared out a cupboard 3 years ago. I had saved all the A4-size writing pads.

I usually take them with me on holiday to scribble in when I get bored, there was one book dated 20th February 1996, again and again, everything I had been writing all pointed to a book, I knew then that I had to write it.

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

CLR: I am actually writing other books at the moment, but Secret Demon, although written about a fictional family, is based on true-life experiences.

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

CLR: At the beginning of the book, it’s written through the eyes of a child, as she gets older, the writing gets stronger. My mentor and editor, Ben Smith, is telling me that it’s quite noticeable.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues with this topic of abuse and demons?

CLR: No, not at all, I have had to get used to these issues and situations. I write what I have experienced, what I see, and what I know. I know, I will have to deal with all this for the rest of my life.

CH: Was it painful to revisit some of the situations that changed your life?

CLR: VERY MUCH SO! At times, I was crying and laughing—at the same time—whilst I was writing.  Memories can be funny, and also very painful.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

CLR: Arthur was a very evil character, and absolutely like that in real life. He will come back in book 4. I think, he was really even more evil than I have portrayed him—you’ll know in book 4.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

CLR: Daisy, the Donkey!  Our very much beloved pet—her and Margaret are having a book all of their own!

CH: Your book has a lot of ups and downs and potholes and high rises, so was it difficult to remain on course or do you credit it to your guardian angels?

CLR: The angels have most definitely kept me on track, keeping me focused, and constantly reminding me of things I had forgotten. This book would never have happened without them. Thank you, Angels!

CH: Do you think your near death experience provided additional insight to write this book?

CLR: Yes, absolutely, it let me see into a world where we go, when we pass. I don’t worry about death now! My beautiful friends are there, I miss them so much.  One day, we will all be back together.

CH: Since this is the first book in the series, how did you realize it would be a series of six books?

CLR: When I sat down with my editor and talked about my book, I showed him everything I had written, over 3 years, I had amassed about 300,000 words—books and books of writing.  So, we decided, then and there, that this should be a series. There will also be off shoots, as well, I am just finishing writing books 4, 5 and 6. They just have to be put together and polished.

CH: Is there anything in particular that you would like to add about your story of abuse?

CLR: I tried to blot it out for years, but it just would not go away, and definitely caused me mental and physical pain and anguish.  By writing it down on paper, I can actually deal with it now. I will never forget it—it’s part of my past! I would like to help others who have suffered like me, but I know my experiences have probably helped make me the person I am today! Eventually, there will be a cook book to accompany the series. I am working on that now.

CH: Since this book is based on real-life events, is there an overall message in your book that you want the readers to grasp?

CLR: Yes, the book is a message. Already people are contacting me that have suffered abuse in their early years, and are actually finding comfort by reading Secret Demon. They realize they are not alone, and it didn’t only happen to them. Actually talking about it helps. If I can get through it and survive; honestly, anyone can.

CH: Since this book is part of a series, what is the premise for the next book?

CLR: Book 2, Bad Demon, is a continuation. We follow Megan and the Murphy family through more mayhem, emotional and demonic challenges, through to a near house eviction, a rogue demon, a cooking exam, and the constant abuse of the family by the church and a nasty police officer, who knows the families secret. I loved writing this book. I hope my readers will love it, as well.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

CLR: www.angelicalskies.co.uk/

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

CLR: Amazon in paperback and Kindle. It will soon also be available as an audio book. Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1S3Osto

CH: Any closing remarks?

CLR: Thank you for your interest in Secret Demon. It’s been a hard and harrowing story to tell, but I have loved every minute of it, and there is so much more going on in the rest of the books in the series.

CH: Thank you so much, C. L. Ryan, for bringing this topic to my audience. It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  

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Guest Author Interview – Karin Bosman

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Title: Spitting on Hans’ Tosti: How It Feels to be Groped and Preyed Upon By Your Boss

Genre: Sexual Harassment

Synopsis: Sexual harassment at work, the real life story about unwelcome and unlawful behaviour in the workplace. The intimidations of sexual harassment unwittingly pull you into a world of sadness and loneliness. This story gradually reveals how an apparently stray kiss leads to degrading harassment.

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CH: Today’s Guest Author is Karin Bosman, whose debut novel is about workplace sexual harassment. Welcome to my blog, Karin.

CH: Can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book?

KB: You should read this book because it shows and clarifies the devastating effect of sexual harassment in the workplace.

CH: Why did you decide to write this book about sexual harassment at work?

KB: I decided to write this book when people approached me after reading my blog about my experiences with sexual workplace harassment. I had never imagined that there were so many victims, women, young girls, and also man from different professions and ages who would recognize themselves in my story and find recognition. They empowered me to write this book and so my voice became our voice. In my book, Spitting on Hans’ Tosti, I describe the process on how a harasser claims his victim by making them powerless—my story shows the gap between theory and practice.

CH: This is a difficult topic to discuss. Did you find anything challenging while writing this book?

KB: I realize that it’s a difficult topic, I always say, ‘Sexual workplace harassment, it’s not a sexy subject.’ Writing about the actual sexual assaults, how I experienced the humiliations and how that made me feel wasn’t easy. In fact, it made me feel very vulnerable to share my honest and deepest emotions on how my employer harassed me and how his emotional blackmail kept me silent for almost two years.

CH: Since this harassment made you sad and lonely, did writing about it lift your spirits?

KB: Absolutely, that’s why I try to inspire other victims of sexual workplace harassment to speak-up. Not only, so that employers, employees, counselors, lawyers, etc., will learn from it, but mostly because speaking-up has a healing effect. Writing about my experience with sexual workplace harassment also taught me to except that it happened and it wasn’t my fault, because that’s what Hans told me over and over again. It can really happen to everyone.

CH: Did you have anyone to discuss the situation with at work?

KB: The main aim for a harasser is to keep you silent, the longer you’re silent the more power the harasser gains. So, it took me some time before I found enough courage to confirm to my colleague that our boss sexually harassed me. When I showed him the evidence I had saved on my iPhone, my colleague convinced me to inform the counselor of our office about this situation.

CH: This book is based on real-life events. Was it hard coming up with believable fictionalized situations for the book?

KB: Every situation has happened, so I didn’t have to create fictionalized situations. But the only real name I have used is Hans. The names of my employer and other people who were involved like colleagues, counselors, Hans’ wife, my family, lawyers, the judge etc., are described by their characters. The code name for the office is theater because it felt like I had the lead role in a bad play. So, Hans is named in the title, but in the book I call him ‘Mr.’, or the director, or orchestrator of the theater.

CH: What made you decide to write this book?

KB: Like I mentioned before, other victims who showed me that by sharing my personal experiences they (sometimes finally) felt recognition. And by seeing what had also happened to them put down on paper, made it so real. Besides that, accepting and creating awareness for this growing problem—what we apparently can’t eliminate for our work environment—made me decide to publish my blog into a book version.

CH: How did the real harassment begin? 

KB: The harassment started with an apparently stray kiss when I was saying goodbye for a short holiday leave. Hans came over to wish me a good vacation and gave me 3 kisses, the last one he planted on my mouth and I felt stupid. I thought it was my fault…

CH: How did the real harassment escalate?

KB: Sexual harassers target their victims and keep these victims systematically silenced. So, between the stray kiss and the physical sexual assault, some time had passed. One day, after being brainwashed for 1 ½ years by all of his psychological harassment, he sneaked up on me when I was in the kitchen. It was early in the morning on a rainy and grey day. Suddenly, he stood behind me and he pushed me to the fridge. Then I felt his whole hand under my skirt (which wasn’t a short one) his hand moved upwards and he tried to push his fingers inside me. I froze…

CH: Was it painful to revisit that the situation that changed your life?

KB: Yes, it’s painful to re-live that period of sexual workplace harassment, but it also has a healing power. Victims of sexual harassment are finding it difficult to accept what happened to them. They think the same, about humiliation and the isolation. Sexual workplace harassment is a traumatic experience. You have to learn to deal with all different kind of emotions.

CH: Who is the book aimed at, or who is your target audience 

KB: The book is intended for a wide public, for victims but also for bystanders of sexual workplace harassment. I know that counselors are using Spitting on Hans’ Tosti to better understand the process of this harassment. It gives them information on how to act and which steps are necessary to inspire victims to break with the vicious circle (cycle). Of course, this book is aimed for everyone who wants to learn more about what sexual harassment actually does to victims, to bystanders, to the work environment, and what it could do to you.

CH: Is there anything in particular that you would like to add about sexual harassment at work?

KB: There is so much I would like to add about sexual workplace harassment, that’s why I travel around the world to share my experiences and findings about this topic. The most important thing that you need to know is that you are not alone and we all need to speak-up. Sexual workplace harassment is not about sex; it’s about power and control.

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

KB: On the website of Barnes & Noble and Amazon you can find reverences of my book. The feedback in my direct surrounding is very positive and some are also shocked that harassers, when they are employers, seem to be immune for personal prosecution within the labor laws. Besides that, people are also shocked about the assaults and the web carefully spun by harassers. That made it so hard to break out of, but it also made them understand why victims need help. Some people can see the humor I tried to weave in with the metaphors I used, because after all that’s also a powerful emotion against it. Like believing is a powerful word to combat against sexual workplace harassment and that’s what readers do, they believe sexual harassment unwittingly pulls you down into a world of sadness.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

KB: My website is: www.aboutworkplaceharassment.com and www.spittingonhanstosti.com People are welcome to contact me via these websites.

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

KB: This book Spitting on Hans’ tosti is available via Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1SBvh4C

CH: Any closing remarks?

KB: I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to bring this topic to the attention of your audience and I hope that by sharing my personal experiences, we create more awareness and empower people to speak-up.

CH: Thank you so much, Karin Bosman, for bringing this topic to my audience. You never know when you can help someone. It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  

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Cheryl Holloway Encourages You to Celebrate National Library Week April 10-16, 2016

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The 2016 National Library Week theme is “Libraries Transform.” 

Fact: National Library Week was first sponsored in 1958.  National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries—school, public, academic and special—participate. Award-Winning graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang will serve as Honorary Chair of National Library Week 2016.

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

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

I participate in various library programs, such as the Author Reception at the Waldorf West Library, Accokeek Women’s Writing Group, and I provide free writing workshops at local Maryland libraries throughout the year. I am a staunch supporter of libraries across the nation.

I encourage you to celebrate National Library Week!

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