Cuppa and a Catch Up – An Author Interview with … Nora Garcia

SUNDAY 28th APRIL 2013

 

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I would like to wish a warm welcome to the lovely Nora Garcia Author of ‘The Lightbearers’, a book which I am currently reading.

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Jean Crystal is held captive on a laboratory table by a motion sensitive laser directed toward her central nervous system. Unaware of her invisible prison,
upon awakening from a narcotic sleep induced by Dr. Natas, she attempts to move and finds herself wracked with a mind numbing pain. By astrally projecting herself she is able to overcome the pain and investigate her circumstances. George Martinez, her husband, has already been assassinated and while awaiting her own demise, George pays Jean a visit in the lab, assuring her of their eternal vow to each other. Dr. Natas has developed a school run by robots and computers and Jean and George have discovered the use of a protein computer chip fed to the children at his school. After Jean is assassinated their spirits reunite to plan their return. They agree upon a place, a time and a signal by which they can find and identify each other in their next lifetime. They plan to meet on the first Monday of October, 2024 outside the UCLA Computer Science building. She’ll find him sitting under a tree with a guitar strumming and singing “Imagine”. The reunion takes place 20 years later, but not without a hitch.

 Hi Nora and welcome! It’s great to have you here.

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I would have to say it’s a combination of my belief in reincarnation, my faith in the spiritual world and my fascination with ancient Egypt.  They all came together one evening and it was as though someone was piping something into my ear.  Oddly enough, the end came first, it was just a seed of an idea, two weeks later, the middle and the beginning came, again as seeds of an idea and it took off from there.

I had a very other wordly experience in the NY Public Library when I began my research.  I was walking through the Egyptian section and there was no one else around when suddenly a book fell off the shelf and landed at my feet.  It was the story of Akhenaten, about whom I eventually created a fantasy.  He was light years ahead of his time and he and Nefertiti, his wife, became my inspiration.

How would you compare writing this book with anything you have previously written?

I also write feature films and the process is very different as you have to pack a lot in with very few words compared to what you can express yourself in a book.

How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurned you on?

Many years ago, I read a book that I thought would make a wonderful movie and decided to adapt the book to a screenplay.  I did not reach out to the author until I finished it I wanted to see if I could see it through and I did. Unfortunately, the author himself was also a screenplay writer and was in the process of trying to market  the script.  He was very complimentary to me and encouraged me to continue writing.  It was at that point that I decided I would have to write a book.

How do you organise your writing time? 

I have to work around my day job, so I write mostly in the evenings and on the weekend

Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow? 

I have an office in my apartment  where I can write.  It’s not the ideal situation, but it works.

 And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know.   

I am able to tap into my dreaming mind to reveal to me solutions to writing challenges when I cannot  make something work.  If I meditate on it and ask my dreaming mind to reveal a solution, it usually provides me with one.  I’ve also experienced out of body experiences where I projected myself astrally.  You see I really believe that if we tapped into our minds on a higher plane, we are all capable of astral projection, telepathy and psycho-kinesis.

 Thank you for being here today Nora.

~Where to find Nora Garcia~

Twitter

Amazon

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Author Spotlight – Melissa Foster – Have No Shame

HAVE NO SHAME

When civil rights and forbidden love collide

Have No Shame

 

“This book will resonate with readers who enjoyed Kathryn Stockett’s, THE HELP, Julie Kibler’s, CALLING ME HOME, John Grisham’s, A TIME TO KILL, Sue Monk Kidd’s, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES, and Kathleen Grissom’s, THE KITCHEN HOUSE.”

 

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Within moments of starting to read, you will be transported back to the Arkansas of 1967 – hot, dusty, utterly rural and edgy. Poor white farmers dependent upon cheap black labor who, due to their superior numbers, are constantly suppressed, living on the wrong side of town, ghettoised and terrified. You will remember scenes from `In the Heat of the Night’ and `Easy Rider’; you will remember that, less than fifty years ago, if you were black, you could be beaten for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And if you died at the hands of a white youth, justice would almost certainly be denied you.” Author Roderick Craig Low

 

~SUMMARY~

Alison Tillman has called Forrest Town, Arkansas home for the past eighteen years. Her mother’s Blue Bonnet meetings, her father toiling night and day on the family farm, and the division of life between the whites and the blacks are all Alison knows. The winter of 1967, just a few months before marrying her high school sweetheart, Alison finds the body of a black man floating in the river, and she begins to view her existence with new perspective. The oppression and hate of the south, the ugliness she once was able to avert her eyes from, now demands her attention.

When a secretive friendship with a young black man takes an unexpected romantic turn, Alison is forced to choose between her predetermined future, and the dangerous path that her heart yearns for.

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“A gripping and poignant novel dealing with a subject once taboo in American society.” Hagerstown Magazine

 

“Have No Shame is a powerful testimony to love and the progressive, logical evolution of social consciousness, with an outcome that readers will find engrossing, unexpected, and ultimately eye-opening.” Midwest Book Review

“A historical novel of love and its triumph, told with a unique and compelling voice.” Bestselling Author Kathleen Shoop

“Have No Shame is a delightful eye opener and a rather poignant book that everyone everywhere should put on their must-read list.” Readers’ Favorite

“A dynamic and heartwarming tale of young love, giving testament to those who struggled so we can live in an integrated society.” Author Rachelle Ayala

 

“[HAVE NO SHAME] Perfectly catches the South at the dawning of the Civil Rights Movement. Melissa Foster takes us on an adventure that twists and turns unpredictably to a tense climax that renders this novel a true page-turner. This is undoubtedly the best novel I have read in a long time.”  Roderick Craig Low, Author of ‘Promises of Love and Good Behaviour’

“This book is not just a story; it’s an experience.” Author G.E. Johnson

 

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INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Melissa Foster

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Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of four International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

 

Visit Melissa on The Women’s NestFostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

 

~Awards~

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2011 Beach Book Award Winner (Spirituality)
2011 Readers Favorite Awards, Winner (Fiction/Drama), Finalist (Women’s Fiction)
2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award, Finalist (Spirituality)
2011 New England Book Festival, Honorable Mention (Spirituality)

 

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2011 Readers Favorite Awards, Winner (Paranormal), Finalist, (Women’s Fiction, Mystery)
2011 Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards, Winner, (Paranormal)
Top 10 Books of 2011, Pixel of Ink
Amazon Top 100 75+ Days running
Indie Reader’s Bestselling List That Counts (8 weeks)
Top Books of 2011, The Write Agenda
Come Back To Me

2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Finalist,

2012 Readers Favorite Awards, Finalist

2012 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Books Award, Finalist

2011 Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Awards, Finalist

Top 5 Must Read Books of 2011, IndieReader
Top Ten Books of 2011, Tea Time With Marce
IndieReader Best Reviewed Books of 2011, Huffington Post

 

 

Website: http://www.MelissaFoster.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Melissa-Foster/240064542695303

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Melissa_Foster

The Women’s Nest, women’s social network: http://www.TheWomensNest.com

World Literary Café: http://www.worldliterarycafe.com

Fostering Success: htto://www.fostering-success.com

Facebook Melissa Foster: http://www.facebook.com/MelissaFosterAuthor (Fanpage)

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3023973.Melissa_Foster

Love Missuswolf xxx

Cuppa and a Catch Up – An Author Interview with … Lori Verni-Fogarsi

SUNDAY 21st APRIL 2013

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I would like to wish a warm welcome to the lovely Lori Verni-Fogarsi,  a fellow #GoTeamPIF member, who has just released her fab new book ‘Unexpecting’. I am so thrilled and honoured to be taking part in her blog tour.

Visit the Blog Tour Page to find more features, book giveaways, and enter to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

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I’m excited to introduce a hot new release by Lori Verni-Fogarsi! The novel, “Unexpecting,”  is about a couple of almost-empty-nesters who, preparing to embark on their new, quieter lifestyle, receive the shock of their lives when a pregnant teenaged girl shows up on their doorstep and announces that she’s the daughter they never knew they had! Professionally edited and published by Brickstone Publishing, the book is available in paperback or Kindle. The author, Lori Verni-Fogarsi, is a two-time award winning novelist for “Momnesia”  and the author of “Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies and Adult Dogs,” one of the most highly acclaimed books in its genre since 2005!

There is a huge online celebration, including a blog tour, book giveaways, and the chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card. Go HERE!

Learn more about Lori at her website www.LoriTheAuthor.com.

You can purchase “Unexpecting” here.

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Lori Verni-Fogarsi has been an author, speaker, and small business consultant since 1995. She has been featured in media including “Lifetime Women’s Network,” the “My Carolina Today Show,” and “Boston Globe Forums Live.” Her public speaking has occurred at many prestigious venues including “North Carolina State University,” “Nassau Community College,” and many more. She has received two awards for her novel, “Momnesia,” and her nonfiction, “Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies and Adult Dogs,” continues to be one of the most highly recommended in its genre since 2005. Lori is a happy married mom of two, step mom of two more, and has two cats, both rotten. She is very excited about the release of “Unexpecting,” and enjoys getting to know her readers via social media and in person. She invites you to learn more at http://www.LoriTheAuthor.com.

~Lori’s Books~

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“Unexpecting”: Shelley and David are a couple of almost-empty-nesters preparing to embark on the next stage of their lives. They just ordered white furniture and planned the vacation they’ve waited their entire lives to take when Alexandra, seventeen and pregnant, shows up on their doorstep and announces that she’s the daughter they never knew they had!

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Momnesia”: Feeling invisible under all the responsibilities of caring for her family, a suburban mom sets about finessing a new version of her old vivaciousness… seeking balance between her “momminess” and her “sexiness!”

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“Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies and Adult Dogs”: Whether you have a puppy who is first learning, an adult dog with ongoing confusion, or simply want to teach your pet to use a designated area, this book answers literally every housebreaking question!

Now let’s get sipping that cuppa and catch up with the author …

Hi Lori and welcome! It’s great to have you here. Unexpecting-Cover-Smaller-198x300

Thank you! I’m so excited to get to know one another!

Where did the inspiration behind Unexpecting come from?

 I basically started with my worst nightmare and built from there! LOL! But seriously, I’m at a stage of life where my kids are starting to go off on their own, one-by-one. (They are 20, 18, 15, & 12.) I’ve enjoyed each stage of their lives, and am very much enjoying the preteen/teen years, but there is no part of me that would want to start all over again with a baby!

How would you compare writing this book with Momnesia and Everything You Need to Know About House Training 336-pix-Momnesia-194x300Puppies & Adult Dogs?

I would definitely say that “Unexpecting” has been the most difficult, because it is purely fictional and based upon experiences that I imagine, but have never had. It involved a lot more research and interviewing of people, whereas “Momnesia” was more a fictional/embellished account of things I had actually gone through. As for the dog training book, it was more a matter of taking my knowledge and experiences as a Certified Master Dog Trainer and putting it into a sensible, easy-to-use format.

How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurned you on?

Strangely, my writing career wasn’t even planned! It kind of developed on its own, beginning with a newsletter I started for my dog training business back in 1995. I was surprised when I started receiving requests from other publications asking me to write for them too! Over the years since, I’ve written for magazines, newspapers, a weekly syndicated column, three books, my blog, and more!

How do you organise your writing time?

This is probably not what I’m “supposed” to do, but it works for me: I don’t really organize it at all! Instead, I set aside time each day that is for “my writing career,” overall. If the book is flowing, I follow my muse and just keep writing. If not, instead of freaking out about it, I’ll go back and do some editing. If I’m just not feeling it at all, I may use that time to work on my website, write a new blog post, or even just play around on social media a bit more than usual. I find that by not pressuring myself, I actually get more done—and certainly enjoy it more!

Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?Picture

 There is no doubt about my answer to this one! It is at our second home, on Lake Gaston. I can sit in that seat, next to the lake, and just write and write and write. There are no distractions and when I need to clear my head, I just look for heron and other birds!

Wow, that is an amazing writing space! Perfect to escape and immerse yourself in writing a book.

housebreaking-book-cover-correct-196x300And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know.

My mind is constantly coming up with new business ideas. Over the years I’ve fully researched at least 18 different businesses that I never ended up doing, and I probably have at least four websites for things I didn’t decide to pursue!

A girl after my own heart – my mind never stops either and I have made a start at business plans in the past which have been pushed to one side.

Thank you for being here today Lori.

Thank you for having me! It’s been a pleasure chatting with you and I look forward to getting to know your blog’s followers, too!

~Where to find Lori~

Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Lori’s Website

Like other social media? Look for her at LoriTheAuthor everywhere!

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I have read my copy (review here) … now get yours!

Also – entered here to win a Barrage of Books (including a copy of my book The Ruby of Egypt)

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Love Missuswolf xxx

Cuppa and a Catch up – An Author Interview with … John Mulhall

SUNDAY 14th APRIL 2013

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I would like to wish a warm welcome to the fabulous John Mulhall, author to horror story Geddy’s Moon.

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Geddy’s Moon is John Mulhall’s debut novel. In addition to being an award-winning video and event producer, John is also the author of several short stories, plays and a collection of poetry. He began developing Geddy’s Moon more than twenty years ago at age nineteen, but he promises his next novel won’t take quite so long. He lives in Newbury Park, California, where he is the President/CEO of a creative agency.

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~BOOK SYNOPSIS~

 

Tyler is an amnesiac, drifting aimlessly across the country, struggling to regain his lost memories. When he arrives in Geddy’s Moon, a sleepy town in the middle of the Kansas wheat fields, fragments of his past begin to resurface. But as he establishes new relationships in town, and spends time with the local librarian and her son, he finds himself tormented by nightmares that grow more unsettling each night. What horrific events took place before Tyler arrived in Geddy’s Moon? And could he have brought a terrifying – and possibly supernatural – danger along with him? As the pieces of his fractured memory begin to fall into place, he fears that it may already be too late to keep himself, and those he’s begun to care about, safe from a vicious evil.

Now get all snug with that cuppa as we meet John Mulhall …

 Hi John and welcome! It’s great to have you here. 

It’s my pleasure, Gemma. Thanks for asking me.

Where did the inspiration behind Geddy’s Moon come from?

Geddy’s Moon has actually been gestating for about 20 years now, from the time I was in college. I was taking a psychology class and we were studying psychogenic fugues – now more commonly called dissociative fugues. These are basically a form of amnesia where someone forgets past events in their life and just wanders away, sometimes creating new events that never actually happened, a whole new life. While rare, it is most common in highly traumatic situations. I began wondering what event could be so horrible that it would make someone just delete their past, and my mind tends to answer those types of questions in creepy ways. [laughs] Anyhow, that was really the original inspiration. At the beginning of the novel, Tyler, the main character, has no memories, and he’s fighting for a recollections of his past.

How would you compare writing this book with anything that you have previously written?

Well, nothing I’ve previously written is novel length, so in that respect it’s very different. Honestly, I tend to write very differently depending on the medium. The poetry I’ve written have been very “spoken word,” grounded in reality, whereas the fiction tends to be supernatural or horror. I tend to gravitate toward genre writing, particularly the fantastical. I think it’s an amazing canvas to paint on. Not being completely bound by the “rules” of nature grants a writer a lot of latitude.

 How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurned you on?

Well, seeing the original Star Wars in a theater as a boy was really a pivotal event for me. It really opened my eyes to the power of myth and story. So, “storytelling” is really something I started doing from childhood, and something I’ve continued doing my whole life. So, on some level, I knew that I’d probably tell stories for a living, but I don’t think I realized that I’d be a “writer” per se. I dabbled with writing early on, but I didn’t really sit down to do it seriously until I was already out of high school. And even then, it took me a while to really get going. In this case “a while” means over twenty years. [laughs]

How do you organise your writing time?

I feel like I give the most boring answers to these types of questions! [laughs] I really have no routine, honestly. I have no rituals. I just…write. I’m not a writer who writes daily, I never have been. I tend to process for a long time, breaking down the story in my mind. So, when I finally start putting my ideas on paper, that’s when I know it’s getting real. At that stage, I make goals, and then I just sit down and do it. Sometimes it’s a beautiful experience, and sometimes it’s downright ugly. [laughs] “Don’t get it right, get it written.” James Thurber said that, and I’ve really taken it to heart.

Wow that is really good advice, it makes sense to get it all written down – once it’s all down on paper you can always go back to make it right.

Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?

I actually write in a variety of places. Like I mentioned, no rituals for this guy. [laughs] Sometimes I’m on my couch, sometimes at the kitchen table, and other times I’m in public or at my office, which is quite noisy. I’m really able to fairly easily tune-out once I get writing, and I like variety, so the change of scenery is a good thing for me.

And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know.

Well, my friends know this, but I’ve never really talked about it in interviews. I have arachnophobia. I mean, I’m horribly afraid of spiders. I can write about things that go bump in the night, but a tiny little eight-legged creature freaks me right out! [laughs]

Thank you for being here today John.

Absolutely! It’s been my pleasure.

 ~Where to find John Mulhall~

Website

Amazon

Facebook

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Spring Fever Giveaway

FRIDAY 12th APRIL 2013

Spring Fever Giveaway

 

Hop on over to Kym Grosso’s blog for the chance to win four e-books over on her blog (including The Ruby of Egypt). There is also a grand prize to win a Kindle Fire!

Check out the Facebook page, which lists all participating blogs, for the chance to win over 45 e-books.

Good Luck!

Love Missuswolf xxx

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