Cheryl Holloway Celebrates National Military Appreciation Month 2017

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May is 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.

 Some of My Amazing Military Friends and Family!

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

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Guest Author Interview – Paul Hollis

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The Hollow Man Series

Title: The Hollow Man (Book 1)

Genre: Thriller/Suspense/True Crime/Espionage

 Synopsis: A terrorist’s plot, the assassination of a prime minister, holds the key to an apocalyptic plot to destroy Europe’s economy. It’s impossible to stop, but one man doesn’t know enough to think the world can’t be saved. He’s no hero; not clever or capable, talented or tested. The Hollow Man is just trying to survive in an uncertain climate where terrorism is changing the rules of how we live.

 

Title: London Bridge is Falling Down (Book 2)

Genre: Thriller/Suspense/True Crime/Espionage

 Synopsis: In an exhilarating blend of adventure and international intrigue, U.S. field analyst Doc and his partner, Zita, an MI6 agent, are drawn into the harrowing world of espionage where terrorism casts its ugly shadow over innocence. Doc and Zita are the most original characters to appear in years. London Bridge is Falling Down heralds the arrival of a new breed of lightning-paced, intelligent thriller – surprising at every twist, absorbing at every turn, and in the end, utterly unpredictable—right up to its astonishing conclusion.

Paul Hollis, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Paul Hollis. While Paul is an active member of International Thriller Writers and a world tourist, he brings his own unique viewpoint to his thriller series. Welcome to my blog, Paul.  

CH: Can you sum up The Hollow Man Series in two sentences?

PH: In over his head, a U.S. government analyst is no hero; not clever or capable, talented or tested. The Hollow Man is just trying to stay alive in an uncertain world where terrorism is changing the way we live.

CH: Where do your ideas come from?

PH: Finding ideas isn’t hard. Ideas come from our environment and personal experiences that bring them to life. Applying ideas to create believable characters that do what you tell them to do is much harder. And putting one word after another to construct sentences, paragraphs and finally chapters is the hardest thing a writer can do: making it interesting, making it new.

CH: Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept? Did you have to do a lot of research?

PH: I don’t have a particular plot formula. Since my books are based on true experiences, the stories came to me as a whole concept. I lived with the consequences of those times for forty years. With The Hollow Man Series, there was a bit of research to get the facts reset and memory searches to refresh the sequencing of events but the plots were always there.

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

PH: Based on true events during the early 1970’s, The Hollow Man Series traces some of my experiences as a young man traveling in Europe. At the time, terrorism was on the rise and I had been assigned to learn as much as I could about it. Most early acts of terror were specific, personal and damage was focused on a distinct, definable enemy. But terrorism was beginning to change its strategy to the familiar, senseless chaos we recognize today. The death of political figures no longer seemed to bother us, as much as these new, random attacks against our children. Targets of innocence became preferable, because they hit closer to our hearts and the fear inside us grew larger with each incident.

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

PH: The reader won’t find James Bond or Jason Bourne in these pages, but he/she will find a memorable read. I like to say 80 percent of my books are 90 percent true. In conjunction with flawed, yet, identifiable characters, vivid imagery, and nonstop action, The Hollow Man Series was made to be experienced with the senses. Smells and tastes are as important as sights and sounds. And if the reader comes away feeling something too, then I will be satisfied.

It’s important for me to completely immerse the reader, drawing him/her totally into each scene. I want the reader to see what’s going on around them, feel the excitement, and hear the voices. When readers tell me The Hollow Man Series should be on the big screen, I feel like I’ve made the story completely real.

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

 PH: The Hollow Man Series is rooted in my personal experiences, so I’m sure you can guess the characters are derived from real people.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

PH: The terrorist, Chaban, was the most complex character. Though I knew him well, I didn’t know how he thought or what exactly drove him. Not being a stereotypical sociopath, I had to completely separate him from my own memories and feelings then look at him objectively. As I say at one point: ‘He (Chaban) was going to shoot me and go about his day. I peered into his steel-grey eyes and saw something I hadn’t expected. I wanted to see a total lack of empathy. I wanted to see the black bottom of fourth-world paranoia. I wanted to see swamp alligator crazy. Instead, the crystal-clear sanity of reason and right was staring back at me. I saw the calm intelligence he used to calculate and recalculate every brush stroke in his masterpiece. I saw the untroubled conscience allowing him to pull the trigger without another thought.’

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

PH: The main character was easiest to write. He is exactly like me when I was 24 years old. Doc is adventurous, more than a little impulsive, certainly headstrong, and probably reckless, as well.  He doesn’t know enough, to know what he doesn’t know. Doc is just a guy who asks more of himself, than the world believes he can do. But still, that’s not the kind of man we want responsible for protecting us.

Zita also easily came alive on the pages. As an MI6 agent, she is Doc’s counterbalance. She keeps him grounded and adds some sensibility to his lack of focus. She is smart, sensual, sexy, and a trained killer. These skills save their lives more than once in the dark, unfamiliar world of espionage. I left her a bit mysterious, since every woman should have her secrets.

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

PH: I intended to write one book and be done with it. But half way through The Hollow Man, I realized I was going to have a twelve hundred page War & Peace (or more precisely, War & War) epic or I needed to break it up into a series. There was a natural segmentation by country and assignment, so it became easy enough to separate the books into three full novels.

CH: Which book was harder to write Book 1 or Book 2?

PH: For me, The Hollow Man was more difficult than London Bridge is Falling Down. I was new to writing and needed to experiment with voice, characterizations, plot sequencing, phrasing—everything. Rewrites were difficult and plentiful, as I learned the finer points of the tradecraft. I finally found my voice and settled into a workable rhythm half way through the first book. Editing (all 26 versions!) was a struggle as I learned to rewrite and tweak my early experimentation.

CH: What is the hardest part of writing for you? (outline, draft, edit, write)

PH: I’m a pantser—little to no outline preparation. I write from a very shallow sketch, partially on paper and the rest bouncing around my brain uncontrolled. Because my work is mostly character driven, I’ve talked myself into believing this is an advantage. The plot is laid out in chapter boxes using a few sentences to keep the action moving with the characters. As the characters come to life, change, grow, etc., the plot changes in the same way.

Although, I try to remain true to my superficial plot outline, occasionally it strays because of character development. So, my biggest struggle is keeping the characters within the bounds of the hollow storyline. It’s important to me that plot and character exist in sync like words and music. Otherwise, a fully plot driven novel is just a story told without the sound and passion of real life and a wholly character driven novel is at best, characters looking for something to do to give their lives meaning.

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

PH: My message is simple. Get out, see the world, and broaden your perspective. I’ve lived in some exotic places, such as London, Brussels, Paris, Madrid, Rome, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo, Anchorage, and many more. I’ve been fortunate enough to work in all fifty states and almost as many countries. If you’re thinking of your dream vacation spot right now, I have probably been there.

These experiences have allowed me to interact with people within their own cultures, experience their spiritual and political environments, and understand their hopes and dreams. Consumed with an overwhelming fascination to learn something from every person encountered along my journey, I was able to understand the world through their eyes; its animosities, ambitions, and motivations. As a result, The Hollow Man Series has a ring of realism that pulls the reader into the scene with the characters, whether it’s entering a dark alley in Madrid or sitting in a café on the Champs Elysees in Paris.

CH: What can we expect next, is there a book 3 in the making soon?

PH: My work in progress is Surviving Prague, the third installment of the series. A British MI6 agent and an American field analyst are running for their lives after being implicated in the murder of a high ranking government official. Trapped in a Communist country with no way out, the two are forced to find the killer to save their own lives. But the treacherous trail leading through the dark underworld of terrorism takes them right to the center of a plot to dominate Western Europe.

CH: What has been the best compliment you’ve received about your writing of this series?

PH: I have been lucky enough to enjoy many positive reviews and comments about The Hollow Man Series. Most reflect the following sentiments from one of my very first reviews:

“Paul Hollis is a very visual writer. I could see the countryside unfurling from the train window. I could picture the blood spurting from one of the many villains’ carotid arteries. I could picture the ghost, a murdered little girl forlornly gazing into a camera, or into the main character’s eyes.

“Speaking of cameras, The Hollow Man belongs on the big screen. I’m hoping the author ships this novel to either Indie filmmakers or perhaps to the titans in Hollywood. I predict that if this is adapted for film, it will be a mega hit.

“What audience will enjoy The Hollow Man? Fans of literary fiction will appreciate the craftsmanship. Male readers will love the pacing, the action, and the likable lead. History buffs will appreciate the early 1970’s time period, which almost amounts to a separate character in itself. Former intelligence officers will likely chuckle about the author’s take on the spy world. Anyone with a pulse will enjoy reading The Hollow Man.”

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

PH: My books can be found in both electronic and paperback formats on Amazon.com, Createspace.com, and Smashwords.com to name a few. Barnes & Noble also carries the paperbacks. If they are sold out when you ask, they will happily order copies through their regular channels.

 CH: How to find Paul Hollis:

CH: Any Closing Remarks?

PH: Thank you for the opportunity, Cheryl!

CH: Thank you so much, Paul Hollis, 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 Wishes You A Happy Mother’s Day!

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

I’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.

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

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Guest Author Interview – Tiffany Patterson

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****Warning: This is a BDSM romance. ****

Title: My Storm

Genre: Erotica/Romantic/Multicultural

Synopsis: Writing has always been Tasha Edwards’ means of escape. When the world around her was falling apart, and the adults she was supposed to depend on turned on her, it was her vivid imagination and storytelling that got her through the rough times. As an adult, it is this very passion for writing that has made her a New York Times’ bestselling author. She couldn’t ask for much more, with a thriving career and now being reunited with the older sister, who always looked out for her. Tasha’s on the cusp of writing the fourth book in her highly popular series. But what happens when the words stop coming? After months of writers’ block, Tasha looks to somewhat unconventional means to distract her from her inability to write; a distraction by the name of Jeremy Bennett, the very sexy cousin of her new brother-in-law.

Jeremy noticed Tasha the first time he laid eyes on her. He also told himself she was off limits. That look of sadness that always hid deep in those golden-colored orbs warned him that she had an ugly past. It takes one to know one. After one dance with Tasha at his cousin’s wedding, Jeremy promises himself he’ll keep away from the beautiful woman with skin the color of dark chocolate, killer curves, but a dark past. Now, if he can only keep her out of his dreams at night. He manages for a while, but when Tasha initiates the first move, can he turn her away? Is Tasha ready for everything that comes with being Jeremy Bennett; floggers, ball gags and nipple clamps included?

Tiffany Patterson, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Tiffany Patterson.  She writes diverse and interesting stories centering around women falling in love and being loved. Welcome to my blog, Tiffany.

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

TP: My Storm is the story of two people who’ve endured traumatic pasts to find love in one another, in an unconventional relationship.

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?

TP: My ideas come from everywhere. I can have a conversation with a friend and get an idea for a book. Songs are another big motivator of my work. I don’t have a standard formula. Typically, a character will reveal themselves to me and the story develops around who the characters are.

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

TP: I’ve wanted to write a BDSM story for a long time, but didn’t feel ready until now. When I first wrote about Tasha and Jeremy in This Is Where I Sleep, I knew it was time to write this story.

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

TP: Some aspects of the story I took from real life. I’ve read articles about young Black and Latina girls being sex trafficked and it being ignored by the mainstream media for a few years now. I often seek to bring issues that are happening in society into my work, so real life definitely impacts my writing.

CH: Was it hard dealing with the deeply rooted scars of abandonment for Tasha and Jeremy?

TP: It was hard to an extent. When I wrote about Tasha’s background or how Jeremy had to confront his mother, I could feel their pain, which is what I wanted to make it believable. But I was okay with writing the hard stuff because it is going through that, when the true healing can occur, which is what I hope I encapsulated in My Storm.

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

TP: Everywhere: pictures, music, the gym, work, my family, friends, etc. I’m a people watcher by nature, so I can watch a random person and make up a whole story in my head about them. I’ve done that for years, long before I started writing.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

TP: Definitely Tasha’s character. She had been through so much as a child and teen and she was so vulnerable. I was also a bit fearful of doing victims of that type of trauma wrong, so I wanted to make sure I made her character believable and triumphant at the same time.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

 TP: This question is SO hard, but I think little Trudy is. She really has a wonderful spirit despite what she’s been through at such a young age. And I know she’s going to have a great life with Tasha and Jeremy.

CH: Since this is an erotica romance, where do you get inspiration for the passionate encounters in your writing and do you find them easier to write from the male or female perspective?

TP: I get inspiration from my interest in “the life,” as it’s called. I spent a lot of time researching and reading about what makes BDSM relationships work. The female perspective may be a little bit easier just because I am a woman.

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

TP: What I’m learning about my own self and my writing is that I am a teacher by nature. I love learning new things and sharing it with others. So, while you’ll always get a romantic love story from me, you’ll also learn some interesting facts about society along the way.

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

TP: One, I want to make it clear that people who engage in BDSM relationships are not “abnormal” or solely come from “broken” childhoods and backgrounds. Also, I want to make it clear that BDSM is ALL about consent, trust and communication. We all get our pleasure in different ways and what is good for one person, may not be fun for you and that’s okay. But everyone should have their boundaries and pleasures respected, as long as they are not harming anyone else.

CH: Did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

TP: Not particularly. It did make me more aware that people would actually be interested in what I wrote. LOL.

CH: What have been the key factors to your success as a bestselling author?

TP: Hmmm…Giving the readers a good, fun, and interesting story. That is always the goal.

CH: What can we expect next, is there a book 3 in the making soon?

TP: My next book is going to be my first African-American romance which I’m super excited about! We’ll see some characters from past books pop up in that one. Then, I have a couple of series I’m thinking about writing. Lots of ideas percolating, so stay tuned!

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

TP: Amazon. All books are free via Kindle Unlimited.

CH: How to Find Tiffany Patterson:

CH: Any closing remarks?

TP: I would like to thank you for the opportunity to share my books and writing process with your readers. Also, I can be found via my website, on FaceBook as Author Tiffany Patterson, or email at TiffanyPattersonWrites@gmail.com

CH: Thank you so much, Tiffany Patterson, 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 – Peter C. Bradbury

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Title: Burnt

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Synopsis: It was supposed to be a simple kidnapping with a quick exchange. They got the money, but then the kid recognized a tattoo.
It then turned into a multiple rape and murder, but one of the victims unexpectedly survived…Barely.

Horrendously burnt, Tiffany spends years recuperating, hoping to one day return home, and get justice for her family.

Peter C. Bradbury, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Peter C. Bradbury. Peter is an entertaining writer and he is a strong advocate against bullies, human traffickers and those who mistreat other people and animals. Welcome to my blog, Peter.

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

PCB: A kidnapping with tragic consequences, but moving and emotional.

CH: Since this book is about a kidnapping gone awry, where do your ideas come from?

PCB: Mostly from real life, especially, my earlier books. This one though, was because I wanted to do something around a severely burned person. I think they are sometimes forgotten about; yet, what they go through is horrendous and they then are subjected to ridicule from bullies.

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

PCB: No, I don’t have a standard formula or a whole concept. It’s basically just a beginning and then, I take it from there. I’m quite open to changing the end I may have envisaged, if research and the character warrant it.

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

PCB: I do like to use real issues and lives when possible. I’ve done that since my first book, Stonebridge Manor, and continued with that. When I was half way through this story, I came upon a real life event that was very similar in some aspects. What happened to that victim, actually inspired the ending to the book.

CH: Did you have to do a lot of research for this book?

PCB: Quite a bit, yes. The medical issues that a burn victim develops were enlightening. You kind of think that when someone gets burned, that it’s mainly just skin issues. Most of the time, it is, but 3rd and 4th degree burns are something else and way more destructive to the internal body.

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

PCB: I write simply with very believable characters. My readers get hooked from the first page and read the books quickly. Even slow readers confess to reading my books in a record time for them.

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

PCB: I always use real people, but change their names. I also change their descriptions a little, but not too much. It is the same with their characteristics. I usually have a certain person in my head, when I write about them.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

PCB: Tiffany. I’m so happy that a lot of my readers are women, and none of them so far, has said that I messed up with writing about a young girl.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

PCB: Again, Tiffany. I really enjoyed, if that’s the right word, getting into her head and understanding how it feels to be almost destroyed.

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

PCB: To understand that the person you may see, who’s face may have been deformed by fire, is not the monster. Don’t avert your eyes, give them a smile and offer your hand.

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

PCB: I’m getting nothing, but love. They adore how the story evolves and twists. Not to mention the supernatural element!

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

PCB: Just the feedback I get. Hearing how much enjoyment a reader gets from my books is intoxicating, even when they don’t like the ending. (Prospects)

CH: If you could work with any author, living or dead, who would that be and why?

PCB: Either P.G. Wodehouse, so that we could do a Jeeves book together. I’m a butler by trade. Or Dan Brown, who mixes fact with fiction and it’s hard to determine, which is which.

CH: What can we expect next, is there another book in the making soon?

PCB: Yes. I have a lot of readers in the golf club where I work, and a few of them want me to kill them in a book. So, I’m doing a murder or two, at a golf community in a small town!

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

PCB: Amazon

CH: How to Find Peter C. Bradbury:

CH: Any closing remarks?

PCB: My books, according to my readers, are engrossing, fun, and very entertaining. I’m often asked why I’m not a best seller, or why they are not movies. That is the reaction I get all the time. For my part, I just want to entertain and make people aware of some issues that are important.

Cheryl, Thank you kindly for this interview.

CH: Thank you so much, Peter C. Bradbury, 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 – Malcolm Colley

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Title: Gideon: Boer Blood

Genre: Adventure/Historic Fiction

Synopsis: By 1902 the war was over. It has taken three years and 330,000 soldiers to hammer 30,000 Boer men and boys into submission. The British employed a scorched earth policy and removed the women and children on the farms to stop the Boer Commandoes from obtaining supplies. Also with ammunition in short supply the Boers signed the Treaty of Peace of Vereeniging on May31 1902. The Boers were forced to surrender their arms and sign a declaration of allegiance to the Queen. Paul Kruger, the Boer leader, left the country, but prior to him leaving, he attempted to negotiate a deal with Holland and Germany for arms and ammunition in exchange for gold. The arms and ammunition reached the port of Lorenco Marques, but the gold, sent by Kruger, went missing. It never reached the port, so the ships sailed for home.

Into this chaos of the aftermath of the war with men, woman and children trying to make it back to the farms, Gideon Barron, an Irishman born in South Africa is accused of helping to steal the gold and hunted by his fellow Boers for treason. With the help of what becomes his friends, he attempts to prove his innocence. Travelling across, what was then, the Transvaal Republic they follow the path of the robbers. Meanwhile, the true robbers manage to get away with most of the gold, some travelling into the Portuguese Protectorate of Mozambique and some beyond, but some gold is left behind due to a misunderstanding.

This is just one of the many stories about the disappearance of the gold. According to many stories, the gold never left South Africa. Some say the gold was worth £500,000 in the value of that time. Some say that there was no gold, and that the boxes were filled with ammunition destined for the Boer Commandoes fighting on the front.

Malcolm Colley, Author

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CH: Today’s Guest Author is International Author Malcolm Colley. Malcolm’s love of his native South Africa is apparent in the descriptive writing of his fifth book, Gideon: Boer Blood. Welcome to my blog, Malcolm.

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

MC: Gideon Barron is accused of being involved in the robbery of Kruger’s gold. Wounded, but he finally proves his innocence.

CH: Since this book is about history, how much is fact and how much is fiction?

MC: The fiction is interwoven with fact, so approximately 30 percent fact.

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

MC: The disappearance of Kruger’s gold has always intrigued me. There are many stories, myths and legends about the whereabouts of this treasure. In this work of fiction adventure, I have put forward one possibility. I grew up in this area amongst these people, whose stories to their grandchildren in the lamplight around the kitchen table, tell of the gold that may have changed the course of the war, told with the bitterness against the English.

CH: Did you have to do a lot of research for this book?

MC: All the locations were revisited by the author together with Google and book searches.

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

 MC: The whole concept of the story is thought of and the detail is filled in as the story unfolds.

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

MC: I try to keep the story fast flowing with not too much fine detail and short enough to hold attention from start to finish.

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

MC: Having grown up with the type of characters in the story and having spent my teenage years in the bush, the situations were taken from real life and elaborated.

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

MC: Inspiration of the characters came from memories of people that I knew and from my own experiences.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

MC: It was most difficult to write about the females, to try to think as a young lady. I was helped by my female editor.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

 MC: My favorite character is the main character.

CH: If you could work with any author, living or dead, who would that be and why?

MC: I would like to work with any historian because of my interest in most history.

CH: Which writer do you admire most and why?

MC: It is difficult to say which writer I admire the most. For style, I would say Louis L’Amour, and for pure pleasure I would say Lee Child.

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

MC: There is no intended message in the story.

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

MC: My website is not yet set up, so I am not receiving much feedback, except from friends and family, which has been positive.

CH: What can we expect next, is there another book in the making soon?

MC: I have started two new stories. The first one has the Battle of Blood River as the background. The second one, which seems to be progressing, has the South African history of the 1980’s about a young man struggling to save his marriage by choosing between his occupation and family life.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

MC: I am in the process of setting up my website.

CH: How to Find Malcolm Colley:

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

MC: The book is available on all the Amazon sites in paperback and kindle.

CH: Any closing remarks?

MC: My writing comes from my love of history and adventure, at present of the South African bush, but could take place anywhere. Cheryl, thank you for the interview.

CH: Thank you so much, Malcolm Colley, 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 Says, “An Author Website is Your Billboard to the World!”

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An Author Website is Your Billboard to the World!

If you are an author who is serious about your writing career, especially about making it a business and writing more than one book, then you need a website, so you can keep in touch with your readers and they can keep in touch with you. So, if you are a serious author, there is a requirement for you to have a website, because it is your billboard to the world!

Even in this age of social media, having a website is really very important to an author. Yes, having a website is one of the key ways readers can find out about new books by an author. Facebook and Twitter accounts help readers find an author, but in terms of new book discovery, author websites are much more influential and provide author credibility.

Nowadays, if you want to find an author, readers will usually just google their name. When you type in the author name, his or her website is the first thing that pops up. The first result in a Google search is reason enough to have an author website.

This visibility is priceless!

Having your own author website also gives you the opportunity to capture reader’s name and email address, so you can begin building your mailing list for future book releases or to build a newsletter list. The mailing list is extremely important for any author, new or established.  Readers who give you their name and email address are telling you that they are interested in you as an author and want to read your books.

If you have an author website, you can tell your readers facts about yourself that they may be interested in, which are not included in your bio. This creates a bond and friendship between the author and the reader. Today, many readers want connectivity with authors who write books that they love and cherish.

In a future blog post, I will share more information on an author website—a free website versus a paid website. Also, I will share more information on an author website with or without a blog connected to the website.

Just a thought…Authors Need A Website.

Let me know what you think about this topic.

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Cheryl Holloway Celebrates Independent Bookstore Day on April 29, 2017

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                    Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday, April 29, 2017

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.

In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism.  They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service.

A Special Thanks to www.indiebookstoreday.com.

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Cheryl Holloway on International Pay It Forward Day April 28, 2017

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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 – T. P. Miller

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Title: It Should Have Been You

Genre: African American/Romance

Synopsis: Joshua Coleman had it all—a good life, a good job and a great group of friends. The only thing that kept him up at night was the fact that he thought his girlfriend, Nycole, was using him for all she could. It wasn’t until he started looking in another direction when he realized that Nycole wasn’t her.

 

T. P. Miller, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is T. P. Miller. She decided to pick up her pen as a hobby and has been writing ever since. Welcome to my blog, T. P.

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

TPM: I spend a lot of time trying to create realistic characters that go through real life things.

CH: Where do your ideas come from?

TPM: Different places—some come from real life, some come from random ideas, and others come from people watching. It just depends on what strikes me and interests me; and how I can shape the story and the characters.

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

TPM: It depends on the book. Sometimes, I have the whole concept and I just outline and write. At other times, I have to write the beginning and I have to listen to the characters to see where the story goes.

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

TPM: It Should Have Been You was a book that I came up with when I was first starting out. It was very loosely based on my husband and I. We were best friends before we dated and I wanted to show how love could grow.

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

TPM: What I think is different about my writing style is I try to create strong women leads. Women that establish themselves and aren’t afraid to work for what they want. Honestly, most of the characters that I write are strong.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

 TPM: In It Should Have Been You, my favorite character to write would have to be Nycole. She had so many issues! So many false ideas of what love should be.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

TPM: Joshua. This was the first time that I’ve written a book in the male point of view. So, I wanted to try to be as authentic as possible. I asked my husband a lot of random questions to piece together what the character would do.

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

TPM: In this book, my message is love is everywhere—if you take a chance and look in the right places.

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

TPM: Readers ask if there’s going to be more from these characters and I can’t say that I won’t come back to their lives. Any standalone could have a sequel.

CH: You’ve written a few books in different genres. So, what has attributed to your success in your writing career?

TPM: I think being able to write in different genres makes it exciting for both me and the readers. I love coming up with different storylines and seeing how the readers react to them.

 CH: Are there any writers that you consider your mentor? If so, who and why?

 TPM: I do have a few people that I consider my mentor. There are so many to name; however, Leslie Esdaile and KR Bankston are two amazing authors that I can say took time out to answer some of my questions when I first started out. I was fortunate enough to work with KR, so that’s a major accomplishment for me.

CH: Do you have any writing tips for new authors?

TPM: Do what comes natural. Don’t follow the fad and just write what you know and like.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

TPM: I’m working on the sequel to my urban paranormal novel and a book with my husband that we hope to have out this year.

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

TPM:  On Amazon

CH: How to Find T. P. Miller:

CH: Any closing remarks?

 TPM: I hope that your audience will take a little time to live the world of Joshua and Cynthia and enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Thank you so much for having me!

CH: Thank you so much, T. P. Miller, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book, I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – J. T. Hume

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Title: Saturday’s Child: An Emma Parks CPS Novel

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Urban

Synopsis: In her second book, CPS social worker Emma Parker is forced to face her turbulent past as she tries to solve a young girl’s kidnapping; yet, events are not as simple as they appear. Emma’s family is facing their own life and death struggles, but they won’t reach out to her because of their own dark secrets, plus the family’s powerful matriarch is in town demanding Emma’s attention and seeking answers. The worst revelation is the kidnapped girl’s neighbor may be the prime suspect, and he’s one of Emma’s bosses, the city mayor. Could Emma lose her job and her lover in the police department when the truth comes out?

J. T. Hume, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is J. T. Hume. His books are flavored with love and romance. Welcome to my blog, J. T.

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

JTH: Saturday’s Child was written to remind us that while we may be victims of other’s mistakes, we can find the strength and maturity not to be victims for the rest of our lives.

CH: This book is contemporary fiction/urban life. So, where do your ideas come from?

JTH: Like every writer, I draw on personal and professional experiences, as well as, a random imagination that doesn’t quite sync up with the real world. On long walks, I juggle ideas like a circus clown, trying to fit disparate pieces together in some sensible combination. For my first book, Duties Faithfully Executed, it started with two polar opposite concepts: a government employee and the out-of-the-blue idea of, ‘How can a broken person become better than he views himself?’

CH: This is the sequel to your favorite book. Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

JTH: Both books, Hope Knocks Twice and Saturday’s Child, revolve around a newbie worker in Child Protective Services. I was fortunate to be employed in a supporting role to CPS workers, whose great strength and endless empathy for their kids can only be admired. In fact, that first book is dedicated to my former colleagues in CPS. The situations described emulate real-life CPS cases—both local and found on the internet—but are not exact copies of real-life situations, as that would be invasive to the victims.

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

JTH: Not even. I’m still trying to find my writing strength, candidly, so my books are sort of all over the place. One day, someone demanded a sequel to Hope Knocks Twice as a Christmas present, which was a relief. I’m a terrible shopper, and in this instance, it was easier to write the book than spend hours at the mall finding that one perfect gift. So, boom, an unplanned sequel.

CH: How did you decide to make the prime suspect her boss? Wouldn’t that situation make it hard to investigate?

JTH: Without too much spoiling, the main character and the boss have a negative history and quite a bit of unresolved business. This history shaped the main character’s life for years, and sent her down paths best not taken. Does this book resolve those issues? The reader must decide for themselves.

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

JTH: Loved ones, colleagues past and present, acquaintances, the usual suspects. People are complex and multi-dimensional, and they don’t live in books, though that’s where we meet them. They are living, breathing creatures with memories, experiences, and feelings that can be expressed and hurt. My hope is that readers feel the characters’ emotions as they travel alongside the characters.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

JTH: Any of the negative people, I suppose. My worldview is individuals are good people, down to their souls, and that there is something redemptive and positive about everyone we meet. There are those who do not or cannot hear their higher angels, and their actions are ultimately guided by avarice and anger. I cannot relate to these personalities, and sometimes find it difficult to make them believable characters.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

JTH: The main character’s grandmother and family matriarch. I’m not ashamed or embarrassed to admit I used my own grandmother as a guide, as she continues to this day to be a role model for my family. Women of strength and good character should be lauded in print, and emulated in real life, as often as possible.

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

JTH: As I said, my imagination is not quite in sync with the world, and I try to push as much of that chaos into my books. The eternal struggle is to hold the noise down to a reasonable level. I’m a great believer in giving readers facts to believe the words in front of them, but adding enough seasoning so they can suspend their disbelief a tiny bit. I tend to err toward believability, a challenge I continue to work on in my current works in progress.

CH: Is this book considered a novella?

JTH: Technically, yes. The book rings in at a relatively short 202 pages. It’s a Christmas present, not the great American novel. But I caution folks about getting caught up in word counts and such. While I am not a Hemingway by any stretch, The Old Man and the Sea was a novella that changed the modern literary scene and won the Pulitzer. Whenever people start counting pages, they should start with The Old Man and the Sea  to shape the discussion.

CH: You’ve only written four books, so what has attributed to your success in your writing career so far?

JTH: Success is relative to each of us. If you count books and sales, my awesome daughter SM Reine is a far more successful writer than I’ll ever hope to be. My personal vision of success is getting my odd combination of words and phrases out into the public view where they may or may not make some kind of impact. Perhaps someday, I’ll make enough money to have to declare the dollars on my tax form, but for now, I’m content to write, publish, and move on to the next novel.

CH: Do you have a writing partner?

JTH: A partner, a muse, a lover, and a soulmate, all wrapped up in one person, Cassidy Carson, another would-be writer struggling to find her voice. We’ve been bouncing ideas off each other and building mutual memories for thirty-five years now. Saturday’s Child was written for her. Cassidy is stuck with me for the rest of my life, lucky for me.

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

JTH: A month. I’ll usually have most of the book outlined and written in my head before I touch a keyboard. On the other hand, the editing takes three to four months. Editing is far more stressful than writing, and I do employ professional editors. To me, this is the phase that separates the professionals from the amateurs. If readers are going spend time and money on my books, then I believe I must do my absolute best to polish the final product.

CH: What has been the most important thing that you’ve learned about writing?

JTH: There’s no rest for the wicked. Writing is a 24/7 experience, and plot lines and character development are never far from my thoughts, whether I am at work or play. I’ve lost sleep because of ideas pinging inside the old cranium, but I wouldn’t have my writing life any other way.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

JTH: Maggie is a small-town sheriff in eastern Nevada trying to find a balance between life and work, all while trying to solve murders and keep the peace in the lawless West. The drafts of the first chapters are on my web site.

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

JTH: Amazon Kindle.

CH: Where to Find J. T. Hume:

CH: Any closing remarks?

JTH: I’m deeply appreciative of your energy and efforts to give a voice to independent authors such as myself. This is a special service you’re providing, giving your followers a chance to see books and learn about authors who may otherwise be lost in the tidal wave of 21st Century publishing. Thank you and kudos!

CH: Thank you so much, J. T. Hume, 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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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. 

Title: A Closer Relationship With My Father

The young man had gotten into serious trouble and was afraid that his father would be mad at him.

His father saw him upset and crying uncontrollably.

The young man knew that his father would be angry with him—again.

But instead, his father forgave him, and comforted him with a firm hug; after all they had been through a lot.

He put his arms around the young man and told him that they would work it out together.

His dad told him how much he loved him and the young man realized that he and his father now had a better loving and understanding relationship than he had ever imagined.

The young man knew that his communication and relationship with his father was better than ever…his heavenly Father.

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Vote for Miracle’s Destiny By Author Georgette Littlejohn

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Title: Miracle’s Destiny

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Romance

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 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?

Georgette Littlejohn, Debut Author

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Readers preview an excerpt of the book and nominate the book for publication by Kindle Press. If Kindle Press publishes the book, the reader receives a copy of the book FREE. So, if Miracle’s Destiny wins the campaign, you receive a free copy…so go vote now at:
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Thanks for the support! 

The campaign runs from April 12th through May 12th. Please VOTE and share with your family and friends…so they can vote, too!

 CH: Good Luck to my author friend, Georgette Littlejohn.  It has been a real pleasure discussing the book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and you would enjoy this book, please get your vote in before May 12th. I voted on the first day! THANKS. 

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Guest Author Interview – Isabel James

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Title: The Crow’s Nest (The White Pearl Series Book 2)

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Romantic Suspense

Synopsis: It’s a tapestry of self-discovery, woven together with mythological symbolism, raw emotional scars and unvarnished sexuality that surrounds the lives of Jack Cavallaro and Linzi Basset, who, by pure chance, come together to share their crippled lives, warts and all. It is a confessional treatise, a mutual acknowledgement of their own demons. And through the painful process of baring their souls to each other, they unburden their feelings in a story of death, sex and violence.

With their fate now sealed, they have no recourse but to follow the uncharted course that lies ahead. Their destiny was decided before they met when they opened their hearts to each other, resulting in an explosive, white-hot passion that detonated between them until Jack’s past caught up with them and threatened not just their newfound love, but their lives.

Isabel James, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Isabel James. Isabel is a confluence of two imaginative minds. Welcome to my blog, Isabel.

CH: Can you sum up your book for my audience?

IJ: The White Pearl is a journey over a number of books of self-discovery, woven together with mythological symbolism, raw emotional scars and unvarnished sexuality that surrounds the lives of two lovers, who by pure chance, come together to share their crippled lives, warts and all. It is a confessional treatise, a mutual acknowledgement of their own demons. And through the painful process of baring their souls to each other, they unburden their visceral feelings towards each other that unfolds into a tapestry of death, sex and violence.

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?

IJ: The ideas are drawn from a reservoir of personal life experiences. There are no standard plots other than that of the human condition and how it is affected by the evolution of real events. What is written is a composite of real characters who inhabit a particular time and place emotionally and physically.

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

IJ: It’s a combination of fiction and non-fiction embellished with the real and the imagined. The hard part is making it sing.

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

IJ: We wanted to wrap a trilogy into a package containing a series of emerging events, real and imagined, that surround a cast of characters who become engulfed by the powerful imprint of their own emotional past.

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

IJ: No. The first book was a short story to see if we would be able to write a book and once we did, it naturally developed into the next book.

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

IJ: I think the one that will be the hardest to write is book 3, which is now in the beginning stages. It’s a prequel—based on reality—that shines a light on the chaos and it’s after effects.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write? Who was the hardest character to write?

IJ: The two protagonists in the first two books are based on the authors. The hardest part was to re-open and expose emotional wounds from the past to my co-writer and the reader. But the spiritual journey was worth it.

CH: Is this story more about one person than the other?

IJ: This is a story about both authors—warts and all.

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

IJ: Yes. Socrates spoke it and lived by it and it is that the unexamined life is not worth living. Never be afraid to face your inner demons and be open to emotional growth and spiritual enlightenment.

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

IJ: To put the reader into the scene as a spectator using the  power of the written word as a device for them to see and feel the raw, unvarnished and unexpurgated thoughts and behavior of the characters that inhabit the pages of the books.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

IJ: We’re in the process of writing a novella—a paranormal series involving vampires, werewolves, etc.—in the modern world, The Rogue Chronicles and book 3 of The White Pearl is in the beginning stages, as well.

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

IJ: We’ve been able to connect with readers with a writing style that is descriptive, intensely intimate and unashamedly provocative. We openly explore the powerfully sensual and erotic emotions that rule human nature.

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

IJ: This is one five-star review that said it all:

“The narrative is rich and thought-provoking. I think the writers are each other’s Yin and Yang. To really get the essence of this book, you need to dig deep and find that spiritual lilt of mind. The description of the bike ride and how it unfolds is very riveting. The handful of characters are well developed. Written from the POV of both the lead characters, the story is indeed an emotional unravelling of feelings.”

CH: If you could work with any author, living or dead, who would that be and why?

IJ: Shakespeare. Because he was a master wordsmith.

CH: Where else can you be found?

IJ: Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012476927575

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/isabeljames_1

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

IJ: Our books are available on Amazon.

CH: How to Find Isabel James:

CH: Any closing remarks?

IJ: Cheryl, Thank you for the opportunity to share our book with your audience.  To really get the essence of this book, you have to love the written word and want to feel and taste them as they are brought together and used to construct these stories. Readers, be brave and read our story. It is guaranteed to take you on an emotional journey of your own.

CH: Thank you so much, Isabel James, 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 – Jim McDonald, Jr.

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Title: Twilight to Son Shine: The 1st poems (Thoughts Into Poetry) (Volume 1)

Genre: Poetry

Synopsis: This is a book of poetry, describing different times in my life. Ranging from my parents, then through an era of drinking and drugging, while raising my two sons (without their mother), into depression and subsequently, quitting the drink and drugs and surrendering to the blood of Christ Jesus.

Jim McDonald, Jr., Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Jim McDonald, Jr. He recently published his debut book of poetry. Welcome to my Blog, Jim.

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

JM: In a sense, this book of poetry is my memoir and each poem describes an everyday life situation that you might be able to relate to.

CH: What inspires or motivates you to write poetry?

JM: My life has been filled with drinking, drugging and depression, while raising my two sons (Jamie and Billy) without their mother. The three of us made it through all of that with the help of my mom and God.

To answer your question more concisely though: God, mom, my sons and my grandkids inspire me.

CH: How do you begin writing a book of poetry?

JM: I started writing poems to get recurring thoughts out of my head and heart. It became very therapeutic, so I continued to write them. I maintain a running total of new poems for the next book of poems in the series entitled, Thoughts Into Poetry.

A friend read a couple of them and said, “We need to get these published.”

CH: How do you chose which poems will be included in your book?

JM: This particular set of poems are set in a chronological order: early on thoughts of family, the hole that depression pitted me in, some everyday issues, then Twilight to Son Shine ends with the spiritual up lifting, that only God can provide.

CH: Is this book of poetry considered a memoir?

JM: Yes, it is. As you might have gathered from the above questions, my first wife left Jamie, Billy and myself, when they were four and two. I raised them with help from my mom and whatever woman was in my life at the time. I drank and drugged for the next twelve years, until Jesus and Bill Wilson led me out of the fracas and into sobriety.

I lost my home, when I got sick and became a disabled carpenter. Having no desire to become a burden to my family or friends, I bought an old beat-up houseboat and started writing about my life as I floated up and down with the tide and this memoir is what became of it.

CH: Why did you decide to write this book of poems?

JM: The book actually started with doodles on napkins, backs of receipts and on scraps of paper. At some point, I gathered all these up and started putting them on my computer.

More importantly, now it’s a book that my grandkids might read, when I’m not around anymore.

CH: What do most poorly-written poems have in common?

JM: I can’t really say, because I’m new at this, but I think that poetry should make sense and not an abstract set of words—just my opinion.

CH: What do most well-written poems have in common?

JM: Again, this is my opinion, but I would think good poems have a meaningful message in them and pull the reader along with it.

CH: Has your idea of what poetry is changed since you began writing poems?

JM: Yes. In the past, I didn’t know how to read poetry. So, it was difficult to understand. In 2012, I attended the local college, College of Southern Maryland, to learn how to write. I have a lifetime of hard luck stories, but learning how to write them in a clear and coherent manner took some time and I’m still learning.

CH: Do you use social media—facebook and twitter—to help get the word out about your poetry?

JM: I try, but who knows how well it works. The following are my sites.

Facebook –  https://facebook.com/jimmcdonaldjr

Twitter –  https://twitter.com/hats_a_plenty

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-mcdonald-8119b256

CH: What poets do you read?

JM: Langston Hughes, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman….

CH: What genre of books do you read? What book are you currently reading?

JM: Normally, human interest stories. Right now though, I’m writing more than reading. However, I do have a book mark in Brother Against Brother (Civil War) by William C. Davis.

CH: How long did it take you to write your book of poems?

JM: Six months, after I started compiling the notes, but it took sixty-two years to live it.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

JM: I used to play a game with my sons; I would give them three unrelated words and they were supposed to tell me a story using them.

However, now on my blog,  From My Head to Yours, which I’m in the process of upgrading to become my Website, https://jfmcdonaldjr.com/your-three-words-my-little-story, I ask people to give me the words, then I write little stories using them. It’s called, ‘Your three words, my little story.’

I will probably compile that book next. Each story will be accompanied by a picture that I have personally taken. The pictures might not have anything to do with the stories though.

After that, probably another book of poetry.

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

JM: Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

CH: How to Find Jim McDonald, Jr.:

CH: Any closing remarks?

JM: Cheryl, thank you so much for taking the time and interest in my life and book. Also, each poem has a corresponding photo that is meaningful to that particular poem.

CH: Thank you so much, Jim McDonald, Jr., 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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Wishing All of the Readers and Fans A Happy Easter 2017 From Cheryl Holloway

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HAPPY EASTER – May you share this time to reflect on Life, Love, Family, and All of Your Blessings!

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Celebrity Guest Author Interview – Mary Crawford

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Title: Tough: A Hidden Hearts Novel Book 5

Genre: Romance/Inspirational

Synopsis: Savannah Lyons has her secrets. She buried them in the past long ago, and she’d like to leave them there. She never talks about her past with anyone—especially wickedly handsome restaurant owners like the guy next door.

Casey Moore has met women with moves and instincts like hers before but not since he was a teenage runaway. He lost his best friend to the streets, and for once, he hopes his razor-sharp intuition is dead wrong, because there’s just something about Savannah that turns him from a tough guy to a tender heart.

Authors note: This book contains descriptive memories of sexual abuse. It may be disturbing to some.

Mary Crawford, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Celebrity Mary Crawford. She writes because love matters and differences don’t. Welcome to my blog, Mary.

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

MC: You should read my book because it is a fascinating look into the psychology of overcoming.

CH: Where do your ideas come from?

MC: My ideas come from everywhere. It could be a conversation I overhear in the line at the grocery store, from a story-line I see on the news, or a song I like.

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

MC: I am a dyed in the wool pantser. I basically start with characters and a blank sheet of paper—or, in my case, a computer screen—and start from there. Sometimes, I don’t know where my characters are going to take me.

CH: This book is about sexual abuse in Savannah’s past. How did you come up with the premise for writing this book?

MC: The character of Savanna came into being in Love is More Than Skin Deep. In that book, she was more of a minor character with a mysterious past. I started thinking about what would make her be so secretive. Given the set of circumstances under which Shelby and Savannah were brought up, it seems likely to me that she would be naïve enough to fall victim to a predator.

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

MC: My tagline is ‘Because love matters, differences don’t.’ My books celebrate inclusion and diversity. I want to make different more acceptable. Differences between us are more than just race or gender. It’s a disability, body type, age, economic background and life experience. I want my characters to seem like normal people you could meet on the street in your town.

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

MC: How you view yourself is not necessarily how others view you and you are not the sum of your past.

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

MC: To the extent that Savannah is a tough survivor who tends to take blame for things that are not her fault, probably a great deal. However, I am less like Savannah than some of my other characters.

CH: Over the years, you’ve written several books. So, what has attributed to your success in your writing career?

MC: I am persistent. What I don’t know, I try to figure out. I am naturally curious. I write almost every day, seven days a week.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

MC: In the Hidden Hearts Series, Ketki is my favorite character to write just because her response to the world is so unique and different from my other characters.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

MC: It was a little difficult for me to write Savannah’s father. I just don’t share his worldview.

CH: Since this book this is part of a series, do readers need to read the previous books in the series? 

MC: All of my books can be read as standalone novels. It is fun to read the whole series because you can see how characters grow and change, but you don’t need to do so to be able to understand a new book in either series.

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

MC: Generally, the vast majority of the feedback is positive. If someone has a negative review, I try to take any usable information out of the review and apply it to future works.

CH: Are there any writers that you consider your mentor? If so, who and why?

MC: Linda Kage was the inspiration for my career. I started as a beta reader for her and she encouraged me to write my own stories. She held my hand a lot during the first book. She was a phenomenal cheerleader and tough coach.

CH: Do you have any writing tips for new authors?

MC: Yes, write every day and be accountable to someone. Sprints are magic, and start a Story Bible from your first book.

CH: What can we expect next from you? 

MC: Tayanita’s story is next in a book entitled Rectify. It will be released May 16, 2017. Right now, I am working on two novellas for charity anthologies. However after I’m done, I will be telling Katie’s story in a novel entitled Pieces. I expect to publish Pieces sometime in the middle of July.

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

MC: My books are currently available on Amazon, Kindle iBooks, Nook, and kobo. They are also available in paperback. You can find out more by going to MaryCrawfordAuthor.com/books

CH: How to Find Mary Crawford:

CH: Any closing remarks?

MC: It is my practice to name a charity in conjunction with each book to receive 15% of my net profits. If you have a charity which has national or international reach, and you would like to see me highlight it, please let me know at mary@marycrawfordauthor.com. Thanks, Cheryl.

CH: Thank you so much, Mary Crawford, 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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Read These Romance Books by Cheryl Holloway

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Read These Romance books by Cheryl Holloway!

I read books by Cheryl Holloway.

 

I always read books by Cheryl Holloway!

We definitely read books written by author, Cheryl Holloway.

Yes, real men read books…

You damn skippy I’m looking for a romance book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I love writing books that readers enjoy!” Cheryl Holloway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Guest Author Interview – Robert Skuce

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Title: Kiss of Death

Genre: Suspense/Thriller

Synopsis: Homicide detective, Bruno Norcross, is called to investigate the brutal murder of a college call girl. This isn’t just any other crime scene. Bruno has seen this scene before, only the last time, the killer got away leaving Bruno feeling as though his career is incomplete. Nobody escapes Bruno’s grasp twice and when his nemesis arises again, it’s time to bring him in. A serial killer, only known as the Kiss of Death, is back, only this time he made a mistake. A witness, like no other, was left behind and this witness knows the victim better than anyone.

Rosie’s stalker, Ashley Truelove knows everything about her, from what she wears to who she sees. The question isn’t can Ashley help Bruno catch the killer, but will he? With meager and confusing clues, two known victims and time running out, Bruno realizes that the cost of bringing the murderer to justice will be paid in blood. With the police Sergeant on his back to catch this killer and provide justice for the death of his daughter, Bruno is racing against time. Kiss of Death only hunts occasionally and time is running out before he vanishes again. Can Bruno find the evidence to stop him or will he escape his clutches once again?

Robert Skuce, Author

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CH: Today’s Guest Author is Canadian writer, Robert Skuce. After dabbling in different genres, he found himself at home as a thriller/crime writer. Welcome to my blog, Robert.

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

RS: It’s a great mystery that has me challenging anyone to figure out who did it in the end.

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

RS: Honestly, it was just a discussion I was having with my wife. She mentioned I would be good at this kind of story and in the end, I wrote Kiss of Death from an idea that I had that would stump people.

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?

RS: No standard formula or any real structure to my writing. I get an idea in my head, either watching television or in a dream and it develops as I start putting the idea on paper.

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

RS: It was tough to make it realistic. Mainly because of the research that came with it. It was a difficult process, but eventually the story just came together.

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

RS: I get inspiration from the people around me. I take those I meet in real life or see on television and it helps me to put my characters together. I get an idea of what I want and I add real people to the mix and this is the result.

CH: Which character was hardest to write? 

RS: Bruno was the hardest to write. I needed him to be very knowledgeable, very deceptive and he was a difficult character to write. He turned out exactly like I wanted.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

RS: I loved writing Ashley. He is the stalker with true love fantasies and quirky ideals. I really enjoyed developing him.

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

RS: I try to create stories that are believable with endings that are unpredictable. It’s like taking a roller coaster ride and I try to keep that thrill going from beginning to end.

CH: Your book has a lot of ups and downs and potholes and high rises, so do you prefer writing a book with a lot of twists and turns?

RS: Absolutely. I love taking my readers on a ride that will keep them wanting to turn the pages. I watch my wife read and when she is hooked on a book, she can’t put it down. It was my desire to do that for my readers.

CH: Are any of your personal experiences reflected in your writing?

RS: A lot actually. Not in the sense that you can read something and say that it’s me, but more like the concept of things. I like to take things that I have either experienced personally, or experienced through others and put it into my books. It helps make the book more personal and relatable.

CH: If you could work with any author, living or dead, who would that be and why?

RS: Stephen King, for sure. I love how twisted his mind must be to write the books he does and to me that is a mind I would love to pick. It would be a fantastic opportunity to work with him. I have a lot to learn and I know he can teach it to me.

CH: Which writer do you admire most and why?

RS: Once again, Stephen King. I love how detailed his books are and his style. It is what I hope to strive to be or at least come close to.

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

RS: Many are telling me how they didn’t guess what would happen at the end. I like that as it was what I was aiming for.

CH: What can we expect next, is there another book in the making soon?

RS: Yes, I am currently working on another book.

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

RS: You can find my book online in most online retail stores, such as Amazon and Smashwords, etc.

CH: How to Find Robert Skuce:

CH: Any closing remarks?

RS: Cheryl, Thank you very much for this opportunity. I hope those who read my books will enjoy them and I look forward to future projects.

CH: Thank you so much, Robert Skuce, 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 – K. M. Jackson

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Title: To Me I Wed (Unconventional Brides Romance series)

Genre: African American Romance

Synopsis: Have your cake—and true love too…Nightmare bridesmaids’ dresses, tasteless fondant icing, budget-busting wedding expenses—some women just aren’t about it. They’ll laugh off tradition, make their own rules—and find the most outrageous ways possible to flip wedding day lockstep into true love.

She’s done, finished, had it. Between her family’s expectations and being always-a-bridesmaid, Lily Perry is fed up with being nagged to find a husband. She’s happy with her life—and tired of being burned by “nice guys” who demand she fit their dreams. So she’s going to settle the issue once and for all: by marrying herself. And celebrated chef Vincent Caro’s fabulous restaurant is the perfect place for a big-time, blow-out, not-hearing-it-any-more wedding. Lily doesn’t care if everyone—including Vincent—thinks she’s crazy. Especially when his mouth-watering talent and no-commitments style ignites one sizzling, no-strings fling, or two…or more.

But no matter how hard they try to keep things light, their relationship keeps getting hotter. The more Vincent helps Lily tackle unexpected trouble, the more he finds she might be everything he’s ever wanted. Can she afford to forget caution and finally let go? And can they both take a risk to discover if what they have is meant to last long after the dessert course?

K. M. Jackson, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is K. M. Jackson. A few years ago, She took the leap of faith and decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer because she felt that we needed diverse romance. Welcome to my blog, K. M.

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

KM J: First thank you so much for having me here and thank you to your readers for joining us. Now, wow, 20 words or less… here goes… Lily Perry is fed up with being nagged to find a husband. So she’s settling the issue by marrying herself.

CH: Where do your ideas come from?

 KM J: My story ideas come from anywhere and everywhere. I can listen to a song on the radio and it can spark a story idea or a news story can bring on an idea. The funny way I got the idea for Insert Groom Here, book 1 in my Unconventional Bride Series is that I first heard my then pastor say those words during a sermon and I thought it would be a great book title, so I developed a story around it.

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

 KM J: For me no story is standard. They all have lives of their own. If they were standard they would be pretty dull. I don’t always get the whole concept but a grain of an idea and then I build off that. Ultimately though, the characters take the story where it wants to go.

CH: This idea is different—marrying yourself. How did you come up with the premise for writing this book?

KM J: For To Me I Wed, book 2, I got the idea from an internet article I read about a woman who threw a wedding for herself and I was intrigued. With a bit of research I found out she wasn’t the only one.

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

 KM J: Both. Sometimes the title comes first, as it did with Insert Groom Here and sometimes the story comes first. With traditional publishing, you don’t get to always keep your working title, so you do have to be flexible.

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

KM J: I like to think my voice is what sets me apart. I tend to let my characters go and say pretty much exactly what they are thinking on the page. I also don’t go for heroines who are perfect, because I’ve yet to meet those type of women in real life, so I like to show women who are us as we are or like the friends we’d like to hang out with.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

KM J: Now, this is so hard. It’s like picking your favorite child and as a mother of twins I don’t like to choose favorites. I will say I loved writing Lily Perry in To Me I Wed. She’s so take charge but also vulnerable and shows it. I like that about her. But mostly my favorite character to write is the one I just finished writing. LOL

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

KM J: That’s easy. The hardest is always the one I’m currently writing.

CH: Since this book this is part of a series, do readers need to read the first book in the series?

KM J: It’s always nice if readers do read the books that came before because I have other characters who make cameo appearances, but it’s not necessary because the stories are of new couples falling in love, so they can stand alone.

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

KM J: Yes, love can come at you in unexpected ways when you least expect it. Just be open.

CH: What other genre that you haven’t written in would you like to write a book?

KM J: That would probably be historical or mystery. I enjoy reading those genres.

CH: If you could work with any romance author, living or dead, who would that be and why?

KM J: Gosh this is so hard. There are so many authors I admire. I was lucky enough to be in a holiday anthology called Holiday Temptation with Farrah Rochon and Donna Hill and that was such a thrill for me. I’d love to work with either of these women again.

CH: Which writer do you admire most and why?

KM J: For me, I admire any writer that sits in the chair and gets the work done. Writing is a tough job and you don’t know how hard until you make the commitment to sit down and actually do it. I tip my hat to those that persevere and don’t give up because it’s truly not for the faint of heart.

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

KM J: My journey is quite a long one. But the short story is I started writing seriously when I left my job as a fashion designer to be home with my twins after losing our sitter. It took many years and more rejections than I cared to count to finally get picked up by a small digital and POD publisher. I, ultimately, parted ways with that publisher and self-published my work and one of my self-pubbed books, Bounce won a Golden Leaf Award from the New Jersey chapter of Romance Writers of America, which helped me get my foot in the door with my traditional publisher Kensington Books. My story is definitely not one of overnight success.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

KM J: At this time, To Me I Wed Book 2 in the Unconventional Brides series is coming out on April 25th and up for pre-orders now! Yay! The third book in that series The Betting Vow will be released in September.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

KMJ: I can be found on the web and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KmJacksonAuthor/

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

KM J: My Unconventional Brides Series is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Kensington or wherever books are sold.

CH: How to Find K. M. Jackson:

CH: Any closing remarks?

KM J: Once again thank you so much for having me. It has been an honor to be here and meet your readers. Happy Reading everyone!

CH: Thank you so much, K. M. 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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