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Review of “Renegade Heart” – Nina Barrett (Interview Included)

 

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As if Vegas didn’t have excitement enough, December brings the National Finals Rodeo to the city. Heading the Imperial Hotel’s participation as a host hotel, Kerstin Hennepin is rushing to a meeting when a fall sends her tumbling into a stranger’s arms and he’s in no hurry to let her go.

Jake Aaron is a troubleshooter for the rodeo Or maybe he’s just plain trouble. Their attraction is instant and one close encounter leads to another, but Jake comes with plenty of questions. True he’s busy handing the offstage antics of rowdy rodeo contestants, but does his job also include romancing a young barrel rider and carrying a concealed weapon?

With the finale of the Finals approaching, Kerstin needs answers. But when her search for the truth reveals more is going on behind the scenes than on the arena floor, she and Jake are squarely in someone’s cross hairs.


Interested?
Below is a sneak peek of Renegade Heart ‚Äď Let me know what you think.
 Thanx!
 
 

‚ÄúThis way.‚ÄĚ
 
It wasn’t a question.
 
Putting an arm around her shoulders, Jake steered her away from the entry to a shadowed alcove behind a pair of oversized ornamental urns. Droplets of water from the fountain misted the air. He pulled her into the dark recess as if it had been placed there for them. Kerstin flinched as the cold of the stone façade penetrated her thin clothing. The afternoon’s warmth was only a memory now. Before she could shiver, he swept her into an embrace. Her legs braced against his, he trailed kisses down her exposed neck.
 
‚ÄúJake.‚ÄĚ
 
It sounded like she was begging.
 
Was she? Backed against the stone of the Imperial, she was trapped between fire and ice.
 
He captured her head in his hands, his tongue parting her lips.
 
Her breath caught in her throat as she melted into him. The sweetness of his mouth was intoxicating, like drowning in honey.
 
Her hands made their way around him, savoring the tight muscles of his chest and waist. It was December and she was burning up. His thumb flipped the clasp of her bra. Was the Imperial’s director of special events about to be taken up against the wall of the hotel’s entryway? Over the years there’s been similar stories about some of the hotel’s randier guests.
 
Her hands found their way under his suit coat and down his back, feeling the dampness of her shirt. She caught her breath as he cupped her breasts. He was saying something about his room.
 
She jerked her head, staring up at him. Taking both hands, she shoved back against him. Her sudden strength must have caught him off-guard. He took a step back.
 
‚ÄúKers . . .‚ÄĚ
 
She twisted away as he reached for her.
 
His room? His room?
 
She was at the entrance and inside before the doorman had a chance to open it.
 
His room? Not until Jake Aaron could convince her he wasn’t Ginny Mathieu’s lover and explain why he carried a concealed weapon in a back holster Р.40 caliber if she knew her weapons.
 
And she did.
 
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For those who live the rodeo life or have every been to one, I know you’ll appreciate the attention to detail in Renegade Heart. She illustrated beautifully the hard work it acquires to pull off the rodeo. How much time and effort it takes to keep guests, vendors,¬†competitors, basically everyone happy. For the most part, it appeared to be a 24-7 job but Kerstin did it with style and grace.¬†
 
For those not familiar with rodeos, Nina explained certain events in a rodeo¬†without it appearing mundane. BTW, if you haven’t seen a rodeo before, check one out. It’s a helluva thing to witness — intense, on the edge of your seat action! Plus, you can’t go wrong with men or women in chaps. For that alone, I’d buy a ticket.¬†
 
Before I conclude this review, I want to touch a bit on the mystery portion of this western tale. For me, the mystery was boring. It didn’t hold my interest at all. The conclusion of it seemed rushed as well. Actually the last 10 or so pages seemed thrown together because the author needed to ‘wrap it up’.¬†
 
Hey, at least Jake and Kerstin got to ‘ride off into the sunset’ together and that’s all that matters…. Right?
 
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Heart Rating System Р1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
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Hi, I’m Nina Barrett. I’ve been a public school teacher, focusing on early childhood education and am having a blast now writing contemporary romances. I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I was one of those children who loved going to bed at night because you could lie there and make up stories. I’d be out west with Roy and Dale or in Sherwood Forest with Robin Hood. It took time and persistence to gain publication. Winning a scholarship to the Antioch Writers’ Workshop gave me a boost and my forthcoming romance Renegade Heart is dedicated to them in appreciation. Musa Publishing released my first book Marriage Made in Haven in June 2012. The Wild Rose Press published Return of the Dixie Deb in December 2013 and A Man to Waste Time On in January 2015. Its sequel Renegade Heart is available April 27th.

I live in Southwest Ohio. My hometown recently was featured on the cover of Ohio magazine. I enjoy traveling ‚Äď I‚Äôve been to the top of Masada in Israel and the bottom of the great pyramid at Chichen Itza. Advocating for autism research and education is a passion.

I’m on Facebook as nina.barrett.315 and at nina@ninabarrett.net Рlove to hear from readers and fellow writers!

 

Tell us about your background ‚Äď have you always been a writer?

(Nina) At least in my head. My mother was a great reader, reading to me nightly and on long car trips ‚Äď Mother Goose, Thornton Burgess, later introducing me to the classics ‚Äď Heidi, Treasure Island, Little Women. I finished my first complete story in junior high, an Agatha Christie type mystery, and continued writing through high school. College, marriage and a career in education kept me busy, but I continued writing and submitting manuscripts growing more and more discouraged. Winning a scholarship to the Antioch Writers‚Äô Workshop re-energized me and led to the publication of my Western romance Marriage Made in Haven.

 

What lead to the writing of Renegade Heart?

(Nina) I was intrigued by the excitement and explosive energy of Las Vegas. In my previous release, A Man to Waste Time On, Cinnamon Smith is stunned to realize the general manager of the neighboring Imperial Hotel Casino is the waste of time loser who dated and dumped her sister back in their hometown. And he wants to date her. No way . . . but then securing an order from his hotel might prove salvation for her struggling teashop. And he is so good looking.

Doing research and finding out what goes on behind the scenes of a major Vegas property was so captivating it lead to Renegade Heart and Kristin Hennepin’s adventures when the National Finals Rodeo comes to Vegas and Kristin falls into the arms of a rodeo troubleshooter.

Who are some of your favorite writers?
 
(Nina) Jennifer Crusie, of course. She began by writing category romance for Harlequin while teaching English in a local school system before moving on to being the best selling author she is today. Having taken a class with her at Antioch, I can attest to the fact she is unfailingly supportive and encouraging to neophyte writers.

In historicals ‚Äď Dorothy Dunnett; for mysteries James Lee Burke and for fun, Kristen Higgins.

What’s coming up for your readers?

(Nina) My work-in-progress, Deep, Dark, Delicious. And Deadly, continues my Vegas trilogy. When candy heiress Sofie Matthew wakes up from her coma in a hospital bed, there’s a strange man staring at her, a murder to be solved and a ring on her finger. What’s the story with that?

 

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Interview with Brenda Ashworth Barry

¬† ¬† ¬†¬†Welcome, Brenda Ashworth Barry‚Ě£
 
 
1. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?
 
     (Brenda) I started my business in writing, about six years ago. However, I’ve been writing since childhood. I was always a bookworm and loved reading. I think it was my love of reading that lead to my writing my six book saga.  I have always loved, storytelling and creative writing in college. One day after having a dream over and over again about two kids on a railroad track and how they meet. A story was born.
 
2.¬†All writers fear the dreaded ‚Äúblock‚ÄĚ. Please¬†tell us how you handle it.¬†
 
(Brenda) I wish I could. With my Seasons Saga, I never had it, because the story was born in my dreams and I had the entire saga inside my mind. Now, that I’m writing my new book, I am indeed having some blocks. What I do is pretend to know what I’m going to write and just start writing. I think the most important thing is to write something every day, even if you don’t know where it’s going. Pretend you do.
 
 
 
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?
 
(Brenda) Travel, playing with our two dogs, spending time with my parents and getting ready to take a long trip in our RV. I love to swim and workout. And because we eat naturally, that takes time to prepare the meals. My husband and I have a very peaceful life and we are looking forward to traveling in our motor home.
 
4. I know many writers, such as myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?  
 
(Brenda) My family has been wonderful. One of my cousins is a BETA reader, and my friends have been there, working as my street team. It’s been amazing at the support I have had around me. They know my ideas for books as soon as I get them.
 
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
 
(Brenda)  
  1. Louise May Alcott  
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien  
  3. Jack London  
  4. Marshall Saunders  
  5. RaeAnne Thayne (Kam: Good writer.) 
  6. Debbie Macomber (Kam: I ♥ her books.)
  7. Susan Wiggs  
  8. Joyce Sterling Scarbrough
  9. Robyn Carr.  (Kam: She proudly displayed on my bookshelf, too.) 
  10. Nickolas Sparks
6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts? 
 
(Brenda) I would love to see Seasons of Love and War go to the big screen. The main actor would be Thor Knai as Kaylob, who is wonderful and allows me to use his pictures for Kaylob, and Bella Thorne as Beth Ann.
 
 

Seasons Of Love And War Book One, is a historical family saga and epic love story. Childhood sweethearts Beth Ann Rose and Kaylob Shawn O’Brien just want to get married and pursue their dream careers, but the Vietnam War changes everything when Kaylob is drafted into the Army and declared dead. Beth Ann has a complete emotional melt down and starts to have visions of him in the jungles of Vietnam. Is he alive or has she completely lost her mind?

 
7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
 
(Brenda) I’m working on a book called. Finding my Heart. It’s about a young lady who is a two time survivor of breast cancer and it’s come back for a third time. There is so much more to this story than cancer. It’s about love and how healing one’s heart can often heal one’s body. The main character is Starla Moon and she is finding her way in a town that she stumbled into. It’s a romance novel, but so much more. I just signed a contract with, Satin press for that one. 
(Kam: Congrats!!) 
 
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order? 
 
(Brenda) Yes, you can find them at Amazon, Melange LLC, Barnes and Nobles and my website. The reading order.
(Kam: Click on the book titles to be redirected to Amazon)
 
  1. Seasons of Love and War 
  2. December Road 
  3. The Journey of Elizabeth Ann Rose(Prequel) 
  4. June’s Stolen Rose 
  5. April’s Secret Storm 
  6. The Season of Forever (Coming soon in 2016)
 
 
And there may be a book Seven in the next few years.
 
 
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you? 
 
(Brenda) They can contact me on facebook or sunsetsky52@aol.com. Also, www.brendaashworthbarry.com
 
10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
 
(Brenda) Just remember if you are a writer. Never ever give up. It took me five years to get done with my Saga. Almost six. I had no idea how to write a book. So just hang in there and never be afraid to ask a friend or another writer to help you out.  I love writing so much and the only regret I have is, I didn’t start sooner.
 
Kam: Brenda, you have given aspiring writers some great advice. If you have a dream, keep pursuing it until the dream becomes reality. Never stop reaching for the stars!! 
 
Ladies and gents, I hope you enjoyed my interview with¬†Brenda Ashworth Barry. If so, we want to hear from you. Say hi. Ask a question. ¬†Basically, don’t be shy. ūüôā
 
 

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Interview with Teesa Mee

Welcome, Teesa Mee‚Ě£
 
 
1. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?
 
(Teesa) I am the oldest five children and the only girl. My last three brothers were born when I was 14, 16, and 17, so I became their built-in babysitter. I attended the University of Michigan in the pre-med program, but decided I was just not competitive enough to become a doctor. After a bad breakup, I failed to complete one class and forfeited my degree in Experimental Biology. However, I had a job waiting and did not return to college for 36 years. In the meantime, I married, adopted two children, worked in administrative and supervisory positions, and then lost my son to suicide when he was 24. The toll of the grief on my health was devastating. I lost my job in December 2009, and we soon lost our home and a vehicle to bankruptcy. (My husband has been totally disabled since 1999.) When Social Security granted me SSDI to deal with my health, I began to recover and returned to college. I graduated a year ago with a BS in Information Science, specializing in Web Development. However, along the way, I began editing for several independent authors and decided to pursue that instead of Web design. My business is called Indie Editing Services and you can find me on Facebook under that name and my website is www.indieeditingservices.com.
 
I began writing during my teenage years to deal with the angst I was feeling. I wrote poetry and song lyrics, and composed stories to tell my younger brothers.  When I overcame my grief over the loss of my son, I began a memoir on surviving suicide grief. I hope to publish that early next year. I have also participated in several anthologies, published those teen poems in a volume called Looking Back: Poems from the Adolescent Me, and just published my Thesaurus Erotica.
 
 
 
 
 
 
2.¬† All writers fear¬†the dreaded ‚Äúblock‚ÄĚ. Please tell us how you handle it.
 
(Teesa) Sometimes the words just flow. Other times, not so much. I have a novella on the back burner. I have written 5K of it, the beginning and the end. I’m stuck on the middle section and have decided to just let it sit, coming back to it now and again. I find that taking walks and reading other books often helps.
 
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?
 
(Teesa) I have a full-time job as the customer service manager for a start-up software company. The best part is I get to work from home. I also run Indie Editing Services, editing other authors’ books. I enjoy my two dogs and they demand my attention throughout the day. When I can, I spend time with my 11-year-old grandson. He is the joy of my life. Then there’s laundry, grocery shopping, vacuuming, and dusting.
 
4. I know many writers, such as myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
 
(Teesa) I have a pen name to protect my family of birth from my secret career. However, my close family members and friends know that I write and they are highly encouraging of me. Some of my best support comes from other authors I have met on social media.
 
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
 
(Teesa) Thanks for limiting it to ten, or I could be here all day
and night.
 
  1. Edna Ferber, who wrote one of my all-time favorite books, Show Boat, which became America’s first musical!
  2. Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind.  
  3. Andrew Greeley; I love his view of God as an adolescent girl in a huge crush with humanity.
  4. Stephen King, especially Salem’s Lot and The Stand.
  5. Anne McCaffery, all of her Dragonriders of Pern books and her Acorna books.
  6. JD Robb’s In Death Series. The relationship between Eve Dallas and Rourke is HAWT!
  7. Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series
  8. Michael Connelly, especially his Harry Bosch books.
  9. Jane Austen, who doesn’t love her books and she has inspired so many more writers of Victorian romance.
  10. Mason Sabre, my good friend, who writes the most emotionally engaging paranormal stories I have ever read!
 
6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?
 
(Teesa) Ooh, that’s a toughie because many of my faves have been turned into movies. I guess I would go with JD Robb’s Naked in Death starring Scarlett Pomer as Eve Dallas and Tom Ellis as Roarke.
 
7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
 
(Teesa) It’s no secret at all. My current project is a memoir of surviving suicide grief called Who Am I Now? I’m also working on a novella about a family of serial killers and the cop who is hunting them. Then way back, I’m working on a full novel called Mementoes based on the song Lydia the Tattooed Lady.
 
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?
 
(Teesa) In order of publication, but not reading order, I have Looking Back, Poems from My Adolescent Self (Kindle Purchase Link); 
 
Demon Depression (essay) and Sunshine (poem) in This Beautiful Escape Vol. 1 
 
 
Don’t Give Up (essay) and Don’t Despair (poem) in
This Beautiful Escape Vol. 2
  
 
 
 
Two poems in
Warrior Women, Vanquishing with Passion and Path to the Light 
 
Thesaurus Erotica, a reference book for authors of romance and erotica (Kindle Purchase Link); and finally A Samhein to Remember in Detours in Our Destination which will be published in August.
 
 
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?
 
(Teesa) Fans can email me at teesamee61@gmail.com
You can find me on social media in all these places:
 
10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
 
(Teesa) This has been a blast and I just want to give a shout out to all my fans and friends for supporting my dreams, especially Melissa Ann, Mason Sabre, Angela Peters, David S. Scott, Jennifer Cleary Roche, Kathy Ossian, Jan Jimenez, Carmen Meerschaert, my daughter Suzie and her partner Jess, and my hubs Gary, who has the patience of a saint. I love you, Babe!
 
 
Wow, Teesa Mee, you have gave me and our lovely visitors plenty of ideas of what to read next. Now the real questions is…. What shall we buy first? Decisions, decisions……..
 
Before you, my sweet guests, run off to Amazon please take a moment to say howdy to Teesa. Ask her a question. We’d love to hear your thoughts on her responses and the books discussed today.
 
 
Thanks, 
Kam  
 

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Interview with Alice Ross

Welcome, Alice Ross!! 
 

 

 
       1. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?
 
(Alice) Unlike the majority of authors, I’d never had a burning desire to write a book.  I used to work in the financial services industry, writing all kinds of scintillating (?) material about pensions and the like.  Fortunately, one day when nobody was looking, I managed to escape, and to make sure they didn’t drag me back, I moved to Spain.  We looked after a holiday rental property there and people kept leaving all kinds of books which I subsequently read.  Then it occurred to me one day that perhaps I could write a book too.  So I did.  I locked myself away for about six weeks and rattled off a 100,000 word Regency romance novel.  Not having a clue what I was doing, you had to pick me up off the floor when the first publisher I sent it to, replied saying they’d like to publish it in hardback.  That was nine years ago and I’ve since re-edited the book, removing (ah-hem) about twenty-thousand adverbs.  (But don’t tell anybody!) 
 
   
2. All writers fear the dreaded ‚Äúblock‚ÄĚ. Please¬†tell us how you handle it.
 
(Alice)  In the early days I used to try and push myself through it, which was completely unproductive, made me very frustrated, and occasionally reduced me to tears (I KNOW!).  Now I’m much more relaxed about it and while I try and write every day, I accept that some days will be more productive than others.  I’ve also realized with experience that I’m much better writing first thing in the morning, and that if I try to do anything of a creative nature after lunch, I’m wasting my time.  So I just have a snooze instead J
 
 
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?
 
(Alice)¬†¬†It‚Äôs FAR from glitz and glamour. ¬†It‚Äôs a very lonely and isolating profession, which is why I try to¬†balance it by working in the ‚Äúreal world‚ÄĚ for two days a week.¬† My job in the tourism industry basically¬†involves chatting all day (tough work but someone has to do it), but it
provides a healthy contrast from writing.  
I‚Äôm also a complete exercise junkie so I work out for at least an hour¬†a day.¬† I also play the violin in an¬†amateur orchestra ‚Äď badly! But I try and practice regularly as ‚Äď for some¬†unfathomable reason – I have a burning desire to be good at it.¬†
 
      4.  I know many writers, such as myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
 
(Alice)¬†¬†I‚Äôve had eight books published now and, apart from the first¬†one, I haven‚Äôt really told many people about the others.¬† People are usually surprised ‚Äď and, I have a¬†say, a tad impressed ‚Äď when you do tell them. ¬†This year, though, I‚Äôve decided to raise my profile by launching myself
into the world of social media.  It’s been a complete revelation!  But the really good thing is that I’m now in touch with other authors which makes me feel part of something and is making the whole writing experience so much more enjoyable. 
 
 
      5.  Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
 
(Alice)¬†¬†I‚Äôm slightly embarrassed to say that I don‚Äôt actually read a lot of¬†fiction.¬† As a child I devoured all of¬†Enid Blyton‚Äôs books ‚Äď over and over again. ¬†And then progressed into the world of Catherine Cookson.¬† But I then developed a passion for history¬†and now love nothing more than getting stuck into a good book about some dead monarch,¬†or some fifth-cousin-thrice-removed of some dead monarch.¬† I love David Starkey‚Äôs books and keep The¬†Lives of the Kings & Queens of England by Antonia Fraser my bed at all time¬†so I can dip in for a quick fix when required. ¬†(But don‚Äôt tell anyone that either.)
 
 
      6.  If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?
 
(Alice)  I’d love to see A Summer of Secrets on the screen.  It’s my favourite of all my books so
far.  I can just see Tom Hiddleston as Rich, Caroline Quentin as Jenny, and Maggie Smith as Phyllis. 
 
Book 2 in the Countryside Dreams series
 

One long hot summer. Secrets never stay buried for long…

Portia is determined to restore Buttersley Manor, her family’s crumbling ancestral home, to its former glory. Yet she has a feeling that there are a few forgotten skeletons in the dust-covered cupboards.

Jenny has put her life on hold for far too long. It‚Äôs time to finally start living and to dig up those hopes and dreams she‚Äôs kept hidden all these years ‚Äď but is she brave enough?

Rich is happily married with a beautiful wife and lovely daughter. In fact, his world is perfect until a very unexpected consequence of his past walks through the door…

Joe would like nothing more than to travel back in time to when he and Gina were happy. But is it too late to rescue what they once had?
 
One thing’s for sure, nothing’s ever quite what it seems when it comes to life in the country!

 

A perfect, feel-good summer read about love, life and family.

 
 
7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
 
(Alice)¬†¬†Carina launched my Countryside Dreams series in April ‚Äď Book One ‚Äď An¬†Autumn Affair, and Book Two ‚Äď A Summer of Secrets ‚Äď have already been¬†published, so I‚Äôm now working on Book Three. ¬†It‚Äôs set in the run-up to Christmas, which is something new for me as¬†all of my other books have a summery feel to them.¬†
 
 
Book 1 in the Countryside Dreams series
 

Autumn is coming. Anything could happen…

Julia is contemplating an affair with ex-boyfriend Max after a chance meeting in the cereal aisle of the supermarket…and finding that he’s just as gorgeous as ever.

Miranda has got it all: expensive clothes, a huge house and her enormously wealthy husband, Doug. So why does she feel as if something is missing?

Faye is fed up of being treated like a child ‚Äď she‚Äôs a teenager, and knows what she wants! She‚Äôs determined to escape her sleepy life at Primrose Cottage…

Three women, each with two options, needing to make one choice. When it comes to affairs of the heart, nothing is ever simple!

A perfect, feel-good read about love, life and family.

Please note this book was previously published as A Country Affair in April 2015.

  
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?
 
(Alice)  Forty Things To Do Before You’re Forty is an introduction to the village of Buttersley, where my Countryside Dreams series is set.  An Autumn Affair is the first book in the series, and A Summer of Secrets the second. The books can easily be read independently of each other though. 
 
 
 
The truth is that Annie Richards is just too busy to fall in love!

Running a successful cake-making business, acting as caretaker to grand country house, Buttersley, and not to mention single-handedly raising her five-year-old daughter is more than enough to keep Annie‚Äôs (flour-dusted) hands full! So can someone please remind her why she agreed to train for a marathon as a ‚Äė40 things to do before you‚Äôre 40‚Äô pact with her same so-called best friend?!

With every hour of day already taken up, the arrival of crime writer Jake O’Donnell at Buttersley shouldn’t really have any impact on Annie’s day-to-day life at all. There’s definitely no time in her carefully scheduled day for daydreaming about drop-dead gorgeous authors. Is there?

But between whipping up batches of her signature limoncello cupcakes, Annie realises that Jake, and his twinkling dark eyes, can‚Äôt just be ticked off her mental to-do list as easily as she though. Especially when it seems that no. 40 on her list could be creating a truly decadent wedding cake ‚Äď for her very own wedding‚Ķ

 

9. Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?
 
(Alice)  Via Twitter Aliceross22, or my website alicerossauthor.co.uk
 
 
 Closing remarks
 
Fellow bookworms, I hope you enjoyed my interview with ALICE ROSS because I had a grand time learning more about her and her creations. 
 
Speaking of which, we hope the book covers and blurbs enticed you to check out one or all the books discussed above. Oh, be sure to leave her a review on Amazon. It’s how readers show their appreciation to an author, understanding the hard work and time spent to create their masterpieces.¬†
 
On a final note, if you have any questions
or comments for ALICE please leave her a message below. 
 
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Author Showcase / Interview and Review of “Sinful Surrender” – Houston Havens

Welcome, Houston Havens!!
 
 
1. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?
 
(Houston)¬†I’ve always been a writer at¬†heart…but I feel I got my “real” start in the business when I had
an unexpected meeting with Acquisitions Editor Tracy Farrell at Harlequin. I¬†wasn’t a Harlequin kind of writer, but I pitched her because a friend told me¬†too. I was surprised when Mrs. Farrell asked for the first three chapters of my¬†book. So, naturally I sent them. As expected, she sent me a rejection letter,¬†but it’s what she said that gave me the “start” I needed, and made me¬†the writer I am today.
 
Her words told me what I as an unpublished writer¬†needed to know…it’s the day I became an AUTHOR in my mind, not just a writer.¬†Mrs. Farrell’s letter said, “I will say that I never encourage any writer¬†whom I don’t think has talent…keep writing.”
 
In my mind, this was my¬†“start” as an author. I’ll forever be grateful to Mrs. Tracy Farrell.¬†I will say, even after my first¬†book – Sinful Surrender hit bestseller 6 days after it was released…I didn’t¬†FEEL like an author until I held a print copy in my hands…
 
2.¬† All writers fear¬†the dreaded ‚Äúblock‚ÄĚ. Please tell us how you handle it.
 
(Houston)¬†I¬†write through it, even when I know I’ll delete everything I wrote and go in¬†another direction the next day…somewhere in what I write I find the crumb I¬†need to see where the story needs to go. When that fails I talk it through with¬†my friend Elaine and she suggests where she thinks I should be going…and
she’s usually right.¬† ;-D
 
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?
 
(Houston)¬†LOL…when I’m not writing I’m¬†sleeping for those four or five hours, then I get back up and start work¬†(writing).
 
4. I know many writers, such as myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
 
(Houston)¬†Everyone knows I write and what¬†genre’s I write…all are very encouraging.
 
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
 
(Houston)¬†OMG this is like thanking people¬†at the Oscar awards and if you don’t say someone’s name or mention it at the¬†top of your thank you list they get insulted – so I’m going to keep my favorite¬†authors to myself. That said, I will tell you the last book I read and really¬†enjoyed was by Kayelle Allen she’ll be releasing that book soon…and you’ll¬†love it!
 
6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?
 
(Houston)¬†I¬†would love to see my book Sinful Surrender Book one of the Psychic Menage¬†Series on the big screen…because of the many worlds within the story, it¬†would make an awesome film…many of my reviewers have said the same thing.¬†It’s a very visual world I’ve created. Each book introduces the reader to
another one of the worlds.
 
 
 
 
7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
 
(Houston)¬†Ok¬†*leaning in to whisper* I’ve got a box set book coming out soon but because I¬†had to leave the sex scenes out I’m not telling anyone that it’s a book that’s¬†connected to my Psychic Menage series….it’s about the very beginning and how¬†the world in the Psychic Menage series came to be. Once it’s out of the box set,
I’ll add the sex scenes and Promo it as such. *Leans back up for everyone else¬†to hear*. I’m working on book five of the Psychic Menage series and a box set¬†book. * {:-D *
 
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?
 
(Houston) You can find them at Amazon, CreateSpace, and Goodreads 
 
Print books can be bought at https://www.createspace.com/
 
The reading order of my Psychic Menage Series is:
Sinful
Surrender
Phantom
Desire
Exposed
Ecstasy
Intimate
Betrayal
 
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?
 
(Houston)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
        Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/houstonhavens/
 
 
10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
 
(Houston)¬†I’d¬†tell those who haven’t read any of my books not to hesitate to give me a try.¬†Don’t be put off by the genre(s) this series is listed under because this story¬†can’t really fall under any true genre…I’ve had many reviewers who weren’t¬†looking forward to reading this “scifi” series as there were those¬†who didn’t want to read “another” menage…each of them were¬†surprised by this series and glad they read my books, because I’ve done
something very different then what you’ll find in any of these genre…so, dare¬†to give me a try.
 
If¬†anyone would like to keep track of what I’m doing they can join my VIP¬†Lounge¬† new members will get two free¬†book for becoming members. Here is the link for that.¬† http://houstonhavens.com/vip/
 
Thank you Kam for the interview. I hope your readers enjoyed our time together, I know I did.
 
Ladies and Gents, I hope you enjoyed my interview with Houston Havens. If you have any questions or comments for Houston Havens, by all means, leave her a message below. Thank you in advance for your visit! 

However before you do, keep scrolling to check out my review of “Sinful Surrender” and a glimpse into the rest of the Psychic Menage series.¬†
 
 
 
Top psychic spy Fay Avalon saw too much on her latest mind traveling mission and is now on the run from her post-catastrophic dystopian government, searching for the truth and proof. She escapes but is shot down, landing in the arms of the enemy.

In Drakker and Arlo’s world, women are so rare the men have accepted a polyandrous lifestyle. When the brothers stumble upon Fay unconscious in the wreckage of an aircraft, they are immediately attracted to her. Arlo wants to keep her, but Drakker knows they can’t. They must take her to their brother Logan Abán, leader of their people.

Logan struggles with trusting anyone, even himself. When a beautiful, intelligent, and intriguing woman falls into their laps, his denied desires for intimacy challenge his need to trust the spy. He’s frustrated by romantic Arlo’s claims of her innocence. When pragmatic and dominating Drakker defends her as well, Logan refuses to trust his gut.

Can one woman satisfy the diverse desires of three men? Will Logan’s fears be realized by betrayal? Is Fay to be sentenced to death as a spy, suffer a fate worse than death by being returned to her government as a traitor, or will she find a new life and love as the wife of three sexy brothers?

 
 
 
(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 
 
First, I want to note you shouldn’t bypass the¬†prologue¬†because I think the terminology is most¬†beneficial to the reader. Don’t fret if you can’t remember it all — consider it a cheat sheet and peek at it as often as you like. ūüôā
 
Now onto my critique…..
 
Before Sinful Surrender, I admit, I never before heard of Houston Havens. Man, I was missing out on one fabulous, kinky, multi-layered author. I say multi-layered because she had the ability to bring the heat, in and off the battlefield. What I wouldn’t give for a designer to help bring certain aspects of SS to life. For me, this book was a combination of Terminator (robots – battles), Divergent/Insurgent (different class of people), and 50 Shades of Grey – if 50 Shades was about 1000 times kinkier. Maybe a million. Sorry E.L. James but, between you and HH, Houston wins the “Panty Pleasing” award. ūüėČ
 
Now about that kinkery……
 
Fay had sex (made love) to the three men together, two at a time, and then one-on-one. 
 
When it was just her and Drakker or her and Drakker/Logan, they were in a¬†parallel reality. Basically, it’s a no-holds bar, anything goes arena. And folks, anything and everything happened there. Truth be told, Fay wasn’t the only one who needed to cool off. I was feeling rather hot and bothered, too.¬†
 
I must note I did have one issue with the parallel reality scenes. I didn’t mind what they did there. No, that was hot as hell. However, I had issue with her use of the word “boobies” — in each heated encounter. For me, when you are using X-rated word choices such as cock and pussy, boobies seems like an adolescent word choice. IMHO, breasts would’ve made a better choice.¬†
 
Speaking of breasts…..¬†
 
Arlo, Logan, and Drakker really stepped up their game when Fay was¬†ashamed/sickened by her¬†scars. They proved to her it’s not what’s on the outside that matters, it’s a person’s heart – their character – their courage that define them. Fay, she was the¬†ultimate¬†heroine. A most memorable character!¬†
 
 
Heart Rating System Р1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
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BOOK TWO

 

Mind traveler Chandra Lamar is on the run, not only from her post-catastrophic dystopian government but from a past she can’t remember. A psychic vision pushes her to recall her purpose for being, but it’s a ghost that awakens her desires for a life she fears she’ll never have. Both push her to remember the past because it threatens what she wants in the now; the Nodin men.

Andonis Nodin battles to accept his failures. The heavy burden nearly breaks him when he can’t save a loved one from the grim reaper’s grip and questions his desire for Chandra, the woman he blames for the death around him.

Nikias finds true love with Chandra in his arms, but is desperate to stop her from seeking revenge on a mission he knows is a one way trip.

Ortello knows for them to recapture the love they once felt for each other, he must be willing to let her go. But overcoming his obsession to make Chandra his and his alone isn’t easy.

Will Chandra go through with the vengeance in her heart or give it up for love? Who is the powerful woman in her haunting visions and will those revealing apparitions crumble her world with the Nodin clan? Does Chandra find true love in the arms of the Nodin men or does her Phantom Desire forever own her heart?

 
 
 
 
BOOK THREE

 

Daughter of the Dirt Dweller’s ruler; Tessla Reto attempts to escape the Underworld after the mysterious disappearance of her best friend. She knows her untimely death is also near if her father, Landen Reto discovers her part in forming the rebels to fight against him. The two men sent to help her get away are killed and she’s rescued by a handsome stranger…or is she?

Faerydae returns to Earth in search of an inner peace his soul can’t find after the death of his friend Chandra Lamar. Instead, he finds himself in an unplanned rescue of a woman that stirs everything he’s fought a lifetime to deny. Can Faerydae stay focused on his goal to expose his past and true Fae bloodline, or will destiny play her hand?

Shomar’s uncomplicated world is tossed asunder when his best friend, Faerydae, shows up with a stray puppy and a woman who steals the heart of his soul the moment he looks at her. Only to discover Faerydae and the woman claim they can’t stand each other, yet his intuition tells him otherwise. Will Shomar be able to win the woman of his dreams or will Faerydae always have her heart?

Will Tessla find her freedom? Will Faerydae keep his, or will Shomar succeed in his plan to expose them to their hidden ecstasy?

 
 
 
 
BOOK FOUR
 

Kindise Wyatt escapes her Star Rider captor and returns to Earth. With the help of a sexy Old World Mole and his mysterious friend, she’s determined to uncover the whereabouts of her lover. Instead, she finds nothing but betrayal and her captor in pursuit.

On the lam after betraying his evil ruler, ex-Dirt Dweller and drifter Jaden Valenti confirms his name is on a hit list. Finding what he believes will be safety amongst the Airbornes, he recreates himself and hides his past until trouble walks back into his life in the name of Kindise Wyatt, the woman he was ordered to assassinate and didn’t.

Due to the obsessions of a Fae woman Sori gave up his hardearned royal title and left his homeland of Elfame. Love is the furthest thing from his mind until he is sent in Jaden’s place to pick-up some cargo…human cargo in the form Kindise Wyatt. He feels the Fae magnetism of his soulmate in her. Problem is; she’s in love with someone else.

Will Jaden fulfill his orders to kill Kindise and get his name removed from the list, or will his secret be exposed and betray the friendship he has with Sori? Does Sori help Kindise find her lover, or will a love between them have a chance to flourish before a fatal attraction and a determined captor rip their love asunder? Will Kindise find true love or will betrayals at every turn crush the fight out of her? Can she find her inner strengths to keep fighting and lead The Freedom Fighters to defeat the Dirt Dweller elites, once and for all?

 
 

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Interview with Allen Long (Less Than Human)

 
Welcome, Allen Long!!
 
 
1.  For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?
 
(Allen) I began telling stories almost as soon as I discovered them.  In sixth grade, my teacher let me write a short story a week instead of doing the regular English assignments.  I attended a six-week writer’s workshop at Michigan State between high school and college.  I took all of the creative writing courses offered in college.  I earned a BA in journalism, an MA in fiction writing, and an MFA in fiction writing.  After that, I began publishing short stories and memoirs in literary magazines.
 
2.¬†¬†¬†¬† All¬†writers fear the dreaded ‚Äúblock‚ÄĚ. Please tell us how you handle it.
 
(Allen) Knock on wood, but I’m pleased to say I’ve never had writer’s block.  However, the hardest thing for me is to get a new short story off the ground.  In the last year or so, I’ve written the first seven pages of three short stories.  Eventually, I’ll either lose interest in the story or I’ll get a new insight that spurs me on.  If I’m having
trouble with a short story, I stop and write a memoir, which seems to be my natural form.  If you read the author
comments at the back of the O. Henry Prize Stories, you’ll see that many authors started their award-winning stories and then got stuck.  Sometimes years later, they’ve had a flash of insight that allowed them to finish their stories.  So if a writer gets stuck on a short story, it may be that the story needs more time to marinate before it can be written.  By the way, I read the O. Henry Prize Stories every year because I believe reading quality fiction helps a writer produce the same. 
 
3.     Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?
 
(Allen) I read, go to the movies, swim, walk my dogs, hang out with my wife and friends, and stay in touch with my grown children.  I’m also an assistant editor at Narrative Magazine, so I read and evaluate submissions.
 
4.     I know many writers, such as myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
 
(Allen) I have a close circle of friends and relatives who know I write.  They are proud of me and excited when I publish.  Otherwise, I keep my writing a secret.

 
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
 
Ray Bradbury
Raymond Carver
Anthony Doerr
William Faulkner
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Tessa Hadley
Ernest Hemingway
Alice Munro
Richard Russo
William Trevor
 
6.     If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?
 
(Allen) I don’t think I can answer this one.  I never think about how books might be turned into movies.  I’d be thrilled if my book were turned into a movie; however, I’d want the casting experts to work their magic.
 
7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
 
(Allen) I’m writing memoirs and short stories for literary magazines.  Maybe some of this activity will lead to
another book.
 
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?
 
(Allen) Here are some memoirs and short stories that can be found online.  The pieces are not connected and
can be read in any order.  These pieces do not appear in my book.
 
¬†‚ÄúSleepover‚ÄĚ in Ray‚Äôs Road Review (memoir)
‚ÄúFreak Out‚ÄĚ in Verdad (memoir)
¬†‚ÄúThe Poincare Conjecture‚ÄĚ in 42opus (fiction)
‚ÄúCommon Ground‚ÄĚ in Amarillo Bay (fiction)
 
 
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?
 
(Allen) My email address is allenlongauthor@gmail.com. 
 
10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
 
(Allen) Readers may be curious about the alligator on the cover of Less than Human: A Memoir.  This image was inspired by an incident in which our negligent parents encouraged my brother and me, when we were in elementary school, to swim in a Florida lake inhabited by an adult alligator while they visited inside with our grandparents.
 
Readers who are writers may be curious about my process for writing this book.  I took 3.5 years to write the first eight chapters of the book.  Then I hired a professional editor, and I took another 1.5 years to write the ninth and final chapter and complete five more cover-to-cover drafts of the book.  My publisher accepted the book as is, so I highly recommend working with a professional editor and doing lots of revising and polishing.
 
And one final piece of advice to aspiring writers: whatever¬†you are writing, get the story off the ground immediately.¬† I reject so many submissions at Narrative Magazine because the writer¬†‚Äúwarms up‚ÄĚ for seven pages, and then the real story begins on page 8.¬† This is one of the primary reasons I reject¬†stories.¬†
 
(KAMERON) Ladies and Gents, I hope you enjoyed my interview with Allen Long. If you have any questions or
comments for Allen, by all means, leave him a message below. Thank you in
advance for your visit! 
 
 
 
 

In Less than Human, Allen Long tells the story of his often nightmarish childhood in the wealthy suburbs of D.C., the wonders and mysteries of teenage love, his ill-advised journeys into corporate America and a hellish marriage, and ultimate breakdown. And yet, his story is mostly one of triumph. He draws strength from the joys of fatherhood, he finds true love in his second marriage, and through working with psychotherapists and leading a life rich in self-examination, he overcomes both child abuse and the resulting PTSD, finally learning that instead of being less than… he is, indeed… human. Less than Human follows an unconventional path, arranged as much by theme and association as by chronology. These stories take many forms, from driving narrative to lyrical reverie, at times evoking mythic overtones, and this variety, along with an unflinching confrontation with the conditions and consequences of childhood abuse, creates its own form of suspense-in what direction will this book take us next?

 
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Author Showcase / Interview and Review of “Fava” – John Hazen

 
 
Welcome, John Hazen!!
 

1. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?


(John) Writing a novel had always been one of those things I always wanted to do but never got around to do. I‚Äôd always had these ideas floating around in my head that I thought would make great premises (e.g., what would happen if a person stumbled upon one of the 30 pieces of silver given to Judas? Or, how can you compare two diametrically opposed wars like the Civil War and Vietnam? Or, what would happen if one of the ‚ÄúPillars of Islam‚ÄĚ were removed?), but I never acted and used one of these as the basis for a novel. It was about fifteen years ago that I got my first laptop and I decided it was time to put my downtime on the train back and forth to work to profitable use. I started to write. Over that time I‚Äôve completed and published three suspense novels: Dear Dad, Fava and Journey of an American Son. I‚Äôve just submitted my fourth novel, Aceldama, for publication.

 

2. All writers fear the dreaded ‚Äúblock‚ÄĚ. Please tell us how you handle it.
 
(John)¬†I‚Äôve encountered some level of block on each of my novels. I‚Äôm not an outliner. I‚Äôm more of a ‚Äúmake it up as I go along type of guy.‚ÄĚ While I think this approach is right for me and has some advantages such as spontaneity, it also lends itself to going down a path, getting to a certain point and then saying to myself: Where do I go from here? The way I usually handle it is to put the book aside and work on some other project. The blocks eventually resolve themselves. For one of my books, I even had a proverbial 2:00 AM ‚ÄúAha moment‚ÄĚ when I woke up with an idea on how to move forward. Luckily, I had pen and paper by my bedside to jot down the idea so that it didn‚Äôt flee my brain come morning.

3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?
 
(John) Well, I do have a day job in the field of environmental protection to pay the bills, but people don’t want to hear about that, I’m sure. In general, I like doing things with my best friend, my wife Lynn. We love to travel. Paris has been like a second home to us over the years. We also like to play tennis, go for walks and watch TV together. Whatever I do, I’m always on the lookout for new book ideas, I’m afraid.

 
4. I know many writers, such as myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
 
(John) When I first started writing, I did keep it to myself but since I’ve gotten a few books under my belt, I let anyone and everyone know about my writing. Working with a small, independent publisher, I’ve had to do a lot of my own marketing and promotion. With all the Twitter and Facebook self-promotion I do, I’m often surprised if someone doesn’t know that I’m an author. The reactions I’ve gotten range from surprise to pride, but they’ve always been positive.
 
(Kameron) Congrats!!

 

5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
 
(John) My absolute all-time favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I was chagrined that Go Set a Watchman was released, but I don’t hold it against her, instead chalking that up to a greedy publisher brow beating a nearly 90-year old woman into releasing it.
Other favorite authors, not necessarily in this order, include:
J.K. Rowling
John Steinbeck
Stephen King
James Michener
Leon Uris
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Laura Hillenbrand
James Patterson
John Hazen
 

(Kameron) Great list of authors. I love you included yourself. We should always be our greatest champion/supporter.

 

6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?
 
(John)¬†I‚Äôve been told by more than one person that they thought my book Fava would make a great movie. One recent review noted that she loves it when a book makes her go ‚Äú Wow, I didn‚Äôt see that coming!‚ÄĚ That‚Äôs what I like in a film as well. It‚Äôs also topical and current, has great action and believable characters. I‚Äôd go with Eva Longoria for the lead, Francine Vega, Bradley Cooper for FBI Special Agent Will Allen and Johnny Depp for the brilliant but off-the-wall Alan Westbrook. Might as well shoot for the stars, right?
 
(Kameron) That’s a superb cast!!

 
7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
 
(John) Well, as I mentioned earlier I just sent my latest novel, Aceldama, to my publisher with the hope of having it released in the spring. It’s a fantasy/suspense novel with a religious overtone that involves a coin, a curse and a murder. Getting it into publishable shape has been consuming my time of late, although I am also helping a friend write a screenplay of a book he has rights to.

 
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?

 
(John) My books can all be found on Amazon, and no, they are all stand-alone novels and do not need to be read in any given order. The links for the books are:
 
 
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?
 
(John) Probably the best way to contact me is via Twitter @john_hazen. I’m very diligent about keeping up with my notifications and messages so if you reach out to me, I will get back shortly.
 
10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
 
(John)¬†I just want to thank you for this opportunity. As I said, independent authors have to spend a lot of their own time promoting and marketing. The idealistic and unrealistic side of me says that this is not needed. ‚ÄúMy books are good and they should sell themselves,‚ÄĚ I tell myself, but alas, it doesn‚Äôt seem to work out that way. It‚Äôs therefore especially appreciated when I come across outlets like your blog to get my name and my works out there. I hope I‚Äôm able to pique the interest of at least a few possible readers who‚Äôll look me up and give my stories a chance.


(Kameron) Thank you John gracing us with an interview and thank you ladies and gents for poppin by. Before you run off to the real world (again), let’s take a quick gander at one of the books John mentioned above, Fava.

Enjoy!!

 

The biggest story of Francine Vega’s career could end her life…or start World War III. Francine is a rising TV news reporter in New York City. Despite her brains, beauty and a growing following, she is stuck covering local interest stories. That is until her career literally hits the jackpot when the winner of a $450 million dollar lottery tells Francine that he is committed to using his new fortune to avenge his brother’s killing at the Pentagon on 9/11. His seemingly crazy plan is backed by more than just money-he is in league with a ruthless and powerful Army Colonel gone rogue, religious extremists and co-conspirators in the highest levels of government. Francine teams with FBI Special Agent Will Allen, one of the few people who believe the threat is real, in a desperate race across three continents to stop the plot before it’s too late.

 
 
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(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 
 

As I was reading the first several chapters of Fava, I kept thinking it was coming across as a hate book. Alan Westbrook, Reverend Malcolm McKenzie, Colonel Lawson and their followers set out to eradicate Mecca for their own personal reasons. They were condemning/punishing an entire country/race/religion based off the horrendous actions of the few. 
 
Reverend McKenzie’s motto “No Cheeks Left” went viral and his “sheep” began taking matters into their own hands while Alan and Lawson used Alan’s lotto earnings to plan their own¬†vengeance. This is where the plot unfolds and the TRUER MESSAGE is unveiled and I realized this WAS NOT a hate book after all. Thank goodness for that!!¬†
 
I believe the point of  Fava is NOT to spread hate but to reinforce the idea of not punishing the whole for the actions of the few. 
 
I think you can agree/hope innocent people SHOULD NOT be sentenced to the same fate as the guilty parties. 
 
Think about this….. If we laid down the hammer on an entire nation/race/religion based off the actions of a group of people then imagine how many people would be left walking the Earth.¬†
 
Not many, I tell you that. 
 
Ponder that a moment and then read this book. 
 
 
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Interview with Elaine Calloway

Urban¬†Fantasy ‚Äď With a Twist¬†
Q&A with Amazon Bestselling Author Elaine Calloway
 
 
 
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself and your books.
 
A: Thanks for having me here! I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. Journals in elementary and high school gave way to short stories and novellas in college and beyond. Then one day I wanted to try novel-length fiction and I’ve never looked back.
 
As far as genre(s), I write paranormal & urban fantasy books, but with a twist.
 
Q: Intriguing! Can you explain?
 
A: I follow most of the rules of Urban Fantasy. Lots of world-building, a confident hero/heroine, a very specific task to execute. But instead of killer vamps or dark hunters, my characters are a bit more human. My Water, Fire, Earth, and Wind Elemental protagonists have super powers just like many in the genre do. However, it was never my intent to write a comic-book themed story, so I added a twist to ratchet up the tension: My Elemental
characters do have super powers. Yet they cannot show their powers in public. This adds a layer of conflict as they must rescue innocent humans.
 
Q: How did you come up with the idea for Elementals?
 
A: I‚Äôd been toying with a good vs. evil tale for a while.¬†Then ‚ÄúThe Fifth Element‚ÄĚ came on TV one night. I‚Äôd also read a recent article¬†about how readers were loving books with fallen angels in them. That was when¬†everything came together. So many stories come alive by nuggets of tales having¬†the time to marinate before they gel together. So my Elementals are the good¬†guys, protecting humanity from the evil fallen angels who want to take over.
 
Q: You’re working on Book Five now? Will there be any more in the series?
 
A: Maybe. I think Book Five ends on a good note, so any additional books in the series would really be offshoots of the main series. I’m also busy writing my other series, The Southern Ghosts Series, and I have
ten planned for it. Only three are out now, so that keeps me busy typing and writing!
 
Q: Are your books available at all retailers?
 
A: Yes, all except Google Play. My Elemental Clan Series is four separate books (with the first one being free) or you can purchase the boxed set of four books for a discounted price. Links are below.
 
 
 
Get Water‚Äôs Blood for Free (Book 1) ‚ÄstLinks to all Retailers on my Website
 
 
 

 

Get the 4-Book Set  Рhttp://amzn.to/1LhbNF8
 
 
 
Q: Tell us about your other series.
 
A: It’s called the Southern Ghosts Series. Part humor, part romantic suspense, part ghost stories, part humor. Readers seem to really enjoy the characters in each one. So far books 1, 2, and 3 are set in Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana, respectively. Book 4 will take place in Texas and I’m outlining that now. For more info, go to my website here: http://www.elainecalloway.com/books/southern-ghosts-series/
 
Q: How can readers get in touch with you if they want to know more?
 
A: I love to hear from readers! My website is www.elainecalloway.com and has links to all my books and info. You can also sign up for my Readers list here and that gets you access to sneak peeks, cover reveals, and
discounts that the general public won’t have access to.
 
Thanks again for having me here, and I look forward to meeting new readers!
 
 
Kam: As always it’s a pleasure having you on my blog. I just know readers will love this interview, love your works, and you’ll make many more fans. ¬†Best of luck on all your projects.¬†
 
Until next time…….
 

 

 

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Author Showcase / Interview – Katie Oliver

 
 
1. Welcome, Katie Oliver. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?
 
(Katie) I’d be happy to introduce myself to your readers. My name is Katie Oliver and I’m currently a writer for Carina UK/Harper Collins.
 
I realized my dream of getting¬†published a little late in the game. Like a lot of women, life got in the way ‚Äď
love, marriage, kids ‚Äď and there was a full-time job to contend with as well. ¬†But with the kids finally grown and flown from¬†the nest, I knew it was time to quit dreaming of ‚Äėsomeday‚Äô and get serious¬†about writing.
 
In 2011 I began jotting down some story¬†ideas on a legal pad. The US economy was tanking and ‚Äėausterity‚Äô was the new buzzword¬†in England. Businesses closed on a daily basis, department stores among them;¬†at the same time, Gordon Ramsey‚Äôs ‚ÄėKitchen Nightmares‚Äô was a wildly popular¬†television program.
 
Putting the two concepts together, it got me to thinking…what if a very old, family-owned British department store is facing closure? What if a sharp business consultant is brought in to whip things into shape? And what if the very spoilt daughter of the current department store owner butts heads with said austerity-minded consultant?
 
I knew as I rapidly filled up notebooks¬†and my laptop screen with words that I was on to something. Prada and Prejudice was the result, and¬†a year later it became my first ‚Äď and thus far my best selling – book.
 
2.¬† All writers fear¬†the dreaded ‚Äúblock‚ÄĚ. Please tell us how you handle it.
 
(Katie) All writers hit that dreaded wall now and then. I think that when your creative muse fails, you need to give yourself a break from writing. Go and watch TV. Go for a walk. Eat a sandwich. Anything that’ll get you out and away from your laptop is good. Oddly enough, I get some of my best writing epiphanies while I’m in the shower, or walking on the treadmill. Go figure. But it works…because it gives your brain a much-needed break and a change of scenery.
 
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?
 
(Katie) Darling, my life is a non-stop glitzy, glam party! At least, in my head it is…
 
Seriously, though, when I‚Äôm not writing? I‚Äôm doing boring¬†things like laundry, or grocery shopping, spending way too much time in the stationery aisle, or reading cookbooks for¬†pleasure. (Don‚Äôt judge ‚Äď it‚Äôs fun. I don‚Äôt cook anything, I just look at the¬†recipes and say, ‚Äėsomeday, I will make this.‚Äô My husband and I both know this
for the lie that it is.)
 
4. I know many writers, such as myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
 
(Katie) Oh yes, my family knows all about my writing career by now, in tireless detail.  They’re proud of me,
but also a little puzzled. They don‚Äôt quite know what to make of having ‚Äėa¬†writer‚Äô in the family. I suspect they think I sit home all day and watch game shows¬†and soap operas while quaffing diet soda and potato chips. I swear, I really am writing, you guys!
 
They always know when I‚Äôm on a deadline, though, because I¬†disappear into my office and become more antisocial than Greta Garbo.¬†Nonetheless, they‚Äôre a pretty understanding bunch, on the whole. I love ‚Äėem.
 
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
 
(Katie) This is a tough one! Let’s have a stab at it.
 
1. Charlotte Bront√ę. Jane Eyre. Enough said.
2.  Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice. A perfect book.
3.  James Lee Burke. Lyrical, gritty, haunting stuff.
4. Sarah Waters. The Little Stranger. Classic spooky tale.
5.  Sadie Jones. TheUninvited Guests. A ghost story you won’t forget.
6. Helen Fielding. Bridget Jones’s Diary. Unrivalled romantic comedy.
7. Mary Kay Andrews. Her books are a Southern hoot.
8. Marian Keyes. The Mystery of Mercy Close. A funny, moving book.
9. Paul Torday. SalmonFishing in the Yemen. A truly gifted writer.
10. Anne Rivers Siddons. Downtown. A gem setin the 1960s.
 
6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?
 
(Katie) Well, I could lie and be nice and say I’d choose someone else’s book…but honestly? I’d love to see Prada and Prejudice make the big screen one day. Or even the little screen. I’d cast Felicity Jones as Natalie Dashwood and either Gerard Butler or James McAvoy as Rhys Gordon. (I don’t want much, do I?)
 
DATING MR DARCY series
 
 

7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secretinformation. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.

 
(Katie) And the check’s in the mail, right? Lol.
 
I‚Äôve written two romantic ‚Äėdramedy‚Äô books ‚Äď one finished,¬†one half finished ‚Äď the first set in Baltimore and the second in New York. I¬†had to put them aside to write, edit, and promote the Dating Mr Darcy and¬†Marrying Mr Darcy series for Carina UK, and now, for my upcoming ‚ÄúJane Austen¬†Factor‚ÄĚ series coming in January 2016.
 
The new books are re-imaginings of three beloved Austen novels, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility. My modern-day retellings are titled What Would Lizzy Bennet Do?, The Trouble With Emma, and Who Needs Mr Willoughby? Carina’s art department came up with gorgeous pop art covers based on vintage designs. I absolutely love them.
 
That said, I’m itching to get back to my American manuscripts and hope to have three books completed by early next year.
 
 
 

 

When your name is Lizzy Bennet, and the object of your affections just happens to have the surname Darcy, it seems fitting that life should imitate art, and you should end up together ‚Äď right?

So when a film crew arrive to shoot Pride and Prejudice at the Darcy estate next door to the Bennet home, and Hugh Darcy arrives home after eight years away, Lizzy knows that their time has finally come. Until, that is, he introduces her to Holly ‚Äď his fianc√©e‚Ķ

What is Lizzy to do? It can’t hurt that Holly knows nothing about country life, and that her ex-boyfriend and film star Ciaran Duncan just happens to be the main star of the new movie. And it’s clear that Lady Darcy does not approve of Holly either. Lizzy knows Holly isn’t right for Hugh, but can she make him see that and get her Austen ending after all?

 
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?
 
(Katie) My ebooks are available online at Amazon, Google Play, Kobo, Apple, and all major US/UK digital retailers. Prada and Prejudice is also available in trade paperback.
 
Ideally, readers should start with the Dating Mr Darcy¬†series ‚Äď Prada and Prejudice, Love and Liability, and Mansfield Lark ‚Äď and then move on to the¬†Marrying Mr Darcy series (And the Bride¬†Wore Prada, Love, Lies, and¬†Louboutins, and Manolos in Manhattan).¬†But they can be read as stand-alone books as well.
 
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?
 
(Katie) Gladly! Visit my website at www.katieoliver.com/ko/blog or:
 
Follow me on Twitter (@katieoliver01)
 
10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
 
(Katie) Thank you, Kameron!
 
It‚Äôs been a whirlwind and slightly unorthodox trip from¬†unpublished to published writer. It involved lots of hard work, some sacrifice¬†(TV shows? What TV shows?), and the discipline to meet deadlines head-on and ‚Äėget¬†‚Äėer done.‚Äô When Carina UK bought my first three books I was still working full¬†time; I had a lot to learn and had to¬†find a way to make it all work. Somehow, I did.
 
And you know what? I’d do it all again in a heartbeat. Thanks so much for having me over…great questions, I’ve enjoyed it! Hope you have, too.
 
 
(Kameron) Katie, I absolutely adored your book covers above. They came across as retro/old school which happens to be my favorite form of art. I’m sure others will find them quite charming, too. With that said, ladies and gents it’s time to hear from you. Ask a question, say hello, rave about her…… Just leave us a comment! ūüôā

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Author Showcase / Interview and Review of “Desert Son” – Glenn Maynard

 
Glenn Maynard has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Connecticut, and a degree in Communications. After spending 4 years living in Denver, Colorado, he returned home to Connecticut and now resides in Wethersfield. He has a 14 year-old son named Andrew. He was a travel correspondent for three newspapers while traveling through the United States, Canada and Mexico during his one-year journey. He had a total of twenty newspaper articles published. His story was captured on the evening newscast upon his return.

 

 
1.    Welcome,Glenn Maynard. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?
 
(Glenn) My¬†writing career took off when I took off, which was after I got married.¬† We quit our jobs, sold our cars, bought a¬†used RV and travelled through the 48 continental states for an entire year. I¬†needed something to write about, so I created something. I was a travel¬†correspondent for two local newspapers and published twenty articles along the¬†way. I published my first book, which detailed the people and places along the¬†way, entitled ‚ÄúStrapped Into An American Dream.‚ÄĚ
 
¬†All writers fear the dreaded ‚Äúblock‚ÄĚ. Please¬†tell us how you handle it.
 
(Glenn) If I have writer’s block, I will stop writing and do other things while I think of where I want to go next in my story. Sometimes resolutions come quickly and sometimes they can last for a day. I have a weekly writing quota of 5000 words, so no matter how you slice it, I know I have to resolve my block within that week, and I have
yet to miss my quota.
 
3.    
Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?
 
(Glenn) I work at an insurance company for a full time job, and I get down to the business of writing at night. Writing is my main interest, so I am working extremely hard to break through. I have two published books. I am editing a third for a January release, and more than halfway through writing my fourth. I love the Rhode Island beaches, playing guitar, Red Sox baseball and travelling.
 
 
I know many writers, such as myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?

(Glenn) Everybody knows I write. There are no secrets there. Books sell through word of mouth, so I’m not going to be quiet about that, and being an author is what I’m most proud about in my life.

 
5.    
Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
 
(Glenn) I can’t give you ten, but I do like Stephen King, Wally Lamb, James Patterson, and Glenn Maynard
 
6.    
If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?
 
(Glenn)¬†I would like any of¬†my books to hit the big screen, but ‚ÄúStrapped Into An American Dream‚ÄĚ is my¬†travel book that I first envisioned going to the big screen with Tom Cruise¬†playing me. My wife will be played by Jennifer Aniston. However, since I‚Äôm not¬†married anymore, I would play me and Jennifer would stay in as my wife.
 
 
Paperback
Hardcover
Kindle
 
7.    
Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
 
(Glenn) create a wall with his hand on one side of his mouth as he whispers): I am currently writing my third novel of a trilogy, which has yet to have a title. This is part of the Desert Son series (Glenn’s hand drops from his mouth).
 
8.   Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?
 
(Glenn)¬†My first book is a¬†Non-fiction travel book entitled, ‚ÄúStrapped Into An American Dream.‚ÄĚ My second¬†book is a Fiction book entitled, ‚ÄúDesert Son,‚ÄĚ which is the first in the¬†trilogy, so read that book first. My second in the series will be ‚ÄúWayward¬†Soul,‚ÄĚ which is set to be released January 7th, 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
 
9.    
Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?
 
(Glenn) Facebook, website, LinkedIn or Twitter:
https://www.linkedin.com/pub/dir/Glenn/Maynard
https://twitter.com/usatraveler
 
 
10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
 
(Glenn)¬†I hope you enjoy my fictional interpretation of the out-of-body experience, dying, and the process of coming back to life. Everybody wonders if there is an afterlife, and I take you there. Some of my readers, who have lost close relatives, really enjoy the thought of what it would be like to reconnect with them one more time. One reviewer stated: ‚ÄúWell written, with a tight plot and characters you can really relate to, this book will have you questioning your beliefs. Reincarnation and a near death experience are just part of this gripping story. It’s a romance that reaches out from the grave and grabs your heart. Love, devotion and friendship will make people do many things. I recommend this book to everyone.‚ÄĚ
 
 
Now that you’ve met the man behind Desert Son, let’s check out his creation, its first chapter, Youtube trailer, and of course my thoughts on it.¬†
 
 
 

Carter Spence is a 26 year-old accountant out of Boston who has an out-of-body experience following a car accident that kills his parents. He views the chaos from above the scene of the accident, then passes through the tunnel and reunites with relatives who have long been dead. A woman he does not recognize approaches him and says, “Welcome, son.” Her message to him is that he needs to be aware of his true identity and should follow signs that will lead him there. She mentions mountains, but Carter is jolted back into his physical body before she can finish. After burying his parents, Carter heads west and meets a free-spirit named Brenda, whom he is drawn to on many levels. She becomes his travelling companion and leads him to Boulder, Colorado, and to an old white house of an old man named Martin. Diaries, hypnosis, and past-life regression reveal a bizarre connection between these three. Carter discovers that the truth to his identity can only be found by pursuing the answer to whether he is the reincarnation of his biological father in what is shaping up to be a love affair rekindled beyond the grave.

 
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Warm weather streaked through Boston for a cameo on this late March afternoon. Mid-70’s usually did not emerge from hibernation until April, but none of that mattered much for Carter Spence. No temperature could affect him now. Temperature usually made all the difference in the world to Carter, but now springtime’s rebirth seamlessly transpired.
 

Carter’s mood elevated, but temperature played no role. For a split-second, he thought perhaps his mood had a calming effect on his body, but only because his 175 pounds felt fluffy, like he’d been influenced by helium. Just to contradict this sensation, he remained still. He felt silly even testing. This feeling had only captivated him while running around the bases at the baseball fields near his home, or even when he was a tad tipsy at the bar, but this still overpowered those other times.

Carter questioned reality. As a recent college graduate, he‚Äôd¬†dabbled in binge drinking, even though not nearly as frequent as¬†his ‚Äúcrowd‚ÄĚ did. In fact, every so often, Carter would be the one¬†strong enough to volunteer himself as designated driver. Carter¬†was able to glance beyond the average college student in an¬†attempt to supersede peer pressure, and assume responsibility for¬†his actions. He always was the responsible type.

As Carter found himself suspended in a position enabling him to oversee earth, he knew this transcended a typical mood swing. He unquestioningly went along with whatever life threw at him, even in this extreme case, surprising even himself.

Surveying the earth below, feeling not an ounce of care in the world, Carter continued wafting like a loose sheet of paper in the wind, drifting inch by inch, contentedly, as he began keying in on an object. He seemed more preoccupied with this new attraction than with his sudden participation with the solar system. It would have been cataclysmic had both his feet mixed with the earth’s dirt, but that wasn’t the case.

As much a presence that this altered state should have been, Carter began battling a continual attraction to the object. This diversion was enough to cloud the reality and incomprehensibility of the situation. He finally stopped moving, involuntarily; no further elevation. He awaited the presence of normalcy, but this delay only lengthened his journey.

He sensed that he had no encasing. He felt that he was just a feeling, or that his existence was just a thought. He couldn’t see his body, but never really cared to check, either. He just had a gut feeling that his thoughts were in a mind of their own. He felt like a breadless sandwich. However, he did not care one way or another.

Carter astonished himself when his focus zoomed in like human binoculars. This felt so empowering, so controlling, so consuming, and he felt that the sky was the limit. For a 26-year-old guy who had felt so powerless in the city of Boston, this certainly boosted his confidence, but he only wished he could have this focus and earth simultaneously.

He began reflecting on the bullying that he’d received as a child on his school playgrounds. He wished he could find those punks now, even though he since had learned to defend himself fairly well. Nobody much messed with Carter once he hit the 10th grade and began pumping weights vigorously. Nobody was going to offend him, and in the city it was sink or swim. He had taken it upon himself to get in a position where he could defend himself. He looked at it as survival of the fittest.

He did not get revenge by beating the hell out of those bullies who had previously roughed him up. No, that was not Carter’s style. Rather, his presence became his revenge. And with this new image came a certain macho sex appeal that ushered in his debut in dating. He discovered that the two scenarios were intertwined, and that did not pose a problem for Carter Spence.

Carter did love women, but he could not be in love with them. He believed that he had just never found the right girl, but deep down wondered if he even had the ability to love. This disturbed him greatly, making him, for the most part, uncomfortable around women. He had convinced himself that he was just very picky when it came to women.

During his peak conditioning, the one-time bullies would look¬†up at Carter in the high school hallways, acknowledge his presence¬†with a nod, and then humbly mumble, ‚ÄúWhat‚Äôs up, Carter?‚Ä̬†Although Carter considered this sufficient sweet revenge, the¬†thought of toying with these bullies from above did tickle his¬†imagination.

Carter eventually determined that the object on the ground resembled a body, but it wasn’t moving. Then his focus zoomed in some more, and quickly the body took on an eerie familiarity to him. The scene below grew chaotic. Cars jerked to the highway side. Doors swung open, remaining that way while people flocked to this object, which was a body lying face down in an embankment. Carter watched this scene unfold before him as if he was watching a movie on television.

The first man to arrive shouted in panic to an unresponsive body. He carefully turned the body on its back, eased down by the second and third man to arrive. Carter continued to zoom in on the victim because he felt as if he knew this man. He recognized the strong face attached to the muscular frame. He recognized the worn denim jeans with the oddly-shaped tear just above the knee, and even the tan polo shirt, which by now had absorbed blood. The shoes that had detached from the man’s feet were familiar, as were the blue Gold Toe socks on his feet. His eyes moved back up the body to the face, and saw that it was his body.

Carter felt indifferent while observing his poor, lifeless body. I look so pale, he thought, aside from the streaking blood on his face. Carter couldn’t believe it was really him. He would have been hard pressed to select that body out of a lineup if asked to identify him. However, he barely was able to recognize his own facial features below. Just how observant and aware of his own self was he, Carter pondered. It seemed interesting to Carter, more than anything else, to see himself from another vantage point, yet treat the situation so matter-of-factly.

Between the lanky frame and the short, light brown hair, he thought that it had to be him. But why, he wondered, confident that there would be no dream to awake from, or no Allen Funt to emerge out of nowhere to tell him about a camera. Besides, if this was a dream, he wouldn’t be wondering if it was a dream. He didn’t think he’d be wondering if it was a dream, but what he wouldn’t give to test this theory of his.

Carter zoomed to within about a telephone pole’s length away, even though he felt like a satellite in space. He noticed the traffic really starting to jam. Cars could no longer pass by. One woman screamed hysterically after discovering an upended automobile streaming fuel onto the ground. She placed both hands on her head and let out a series of chilling wails. Carter watched emotionlessly.

 
Some good Samaritans flocked to the car to help, while others ran from the danger. Most drivers rubbernecked their way past. Carter shifted his attention to directly above the car, where a solid oak shook off contact. A penetrating scar splintered the tree, which was evidence of a speedy impact. Carter faced all four wheels, witnessing the last tire as it finally slowed to a stop. This all happened so suddenly that this new scene before him appeared almost before the previous scene had ended. A dirty, scraped arm flopped outside of the car, limply touching the ground, and a thin tornado of smoke rose through Carter.

 

Carter could see that tire marks had blackened the highway, and then dirt marks continued off the side of the road to where the car rested. He did remember getting into his parents car, but he could barely make a positive identification of that car. It had rolled and wrapped itself around the tree at the roof. The smell of gasoline enveloped the air and the potential danger was incalculable. However, good people still stopped.

Gas dripped at a steady rate from the gas tank vicinity. Streams of smoke billowed from under the hood. Carter hoped the smoke and the drips didn’t merge, but when there’s smoke, there’s fire, and within minutes the car flickered flames. Carter felt helpless to try to save those inside. He wondered if it even mattered as he saw that the car’s front bumper meshed with the dashboard and the roof the car rested on met up with the bottom of the windows, which were smashed all around.

He knew those inside hadn’t a chance, and then Carter positively identified the car as his parent’s car, so it was his parents who were trapped inside. My God, Carter thought. This isn’t happening. They could die. This thought flashed through him, but he was emotionless.

Emergency vehicles nudged a path to the wreckage, and a few heartless people took advantage of this path to better their positioning. This was the city life, and nothing was going to spoil the day of some people. Cars edged closer to neighboring cars on the left, while cars in the far right lane eased off the road, some entirely. Sirens blared, while red and blue lights flashed through the light of day. Carter took notice of numerous police cars, ambulances and fire trucks.

Carter knew his parents had expired, but what about his body? Where was he now? Was he dead? Paramedics swarmed his physical body below, and he wondered if he would ever be reunited with it. He wanted badly to be able to help himself, but he could only watch, unsure if it was his unwillingness or inability to intervene. He felt like an actor watching his own movie, but he certainly possessed more peacefulness above than what was being transmitted at the chaotic scene below.

Firefighters in yellow coats squelched the flames with foam, but the people who had jumped from their cars to throw mud at the flames controlled the spreading. These people will be the ones dubbed heroes, but will refuse the tag on the local newscast. Carter could envision this before it even happened. He wasn’t being disrespectful to those trying to help his parents, but he felt his folks stood no chance by the looks of things. Maybe the car wouldn’t burn to a crisp, but if they did survive the impact, any fire would be enough to finish the job.

Carter believed his ejection from the car came prior to impact because of his distance from the vehicle, and then it occurred to him how he had gotten into the situation he found himself in. His thoughts moved away from the chaos momentarily, zooming out of that scene and into another.



(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 
 
¬†Many scenes were so vividly written it felt as if I wasn’t just reading a story but actually there, living the ordeal with Carter. Case in point, the wreck – out of body experience – the reemergence into his body, watching his parents’ spirits float onto Heaven.¬†
 
Those of us who believe in Heaven and Hell assume Heaven would be beautiful so it didn’t surprise me Glenn described it as such. I did like the idea of being able to think of a loved one left behind and POOF you can see them in real time. Interesting concept and one I hope proves true when I reach the great beyond.¬†
 
As good as the beginning of the story was though, I have to point out it begun to drag after the funeral of his parents. It really didn’t pick back up until close to the end (during the hypnosis section).¬†
 
As for this section, I didn’t really believe a person could learn to hypnotize a person within minutes or it was as simple as following an instructional sheet. Man if that is the case, why aren’t there more¬†hypnotists¬†in Las Vegas and where the heck is my cheat sheet. ūüôā
 
I will say this and only this about that scene, Glenn created a nice twist and really didn’t see coming at all.¬†
 
I think you’ll have to have a bit of faith to believe what he suggests is plausible.¬†
 
 
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