Monday, September 26, 2016

Book Blast: The Rise of Gideon by Stan Matthews

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Title: The Rise of Gideon 
Author: Stan Matthews 
Publisher: iUniverse 
Genre: Historical Fiction 
Format: Ebook

It is the early 1960s when journalism student Art James first meets Professor Gideon Pratt at a Midwestern university. When Art secures a reporter job after graduation, Gideon summons him, reveals that the university is harboring a Communist cell, and asks Art to write a story about it. Art, driven by his desire to earn accolades, writes the article. But when Gideon’s name is slashed from the story, Art angrily resigns.

Years later, Art lands a job with the New York Dispatch, with help from Gideon who is busy defending an educational foundation from attacks by a little known organization, the Cotterites. After Art reconnects with Gideon and his beautiful colleague/ love interest, Jo Davis, he discovers that feared anti-Communist Harry Cotter once wrote a thesis in praise of Communism—a fact that his former professor Silenus Stoddard eventually verifies. Many stories later that include an interview with Cotter himself, Art learns that Cotter is planning a rally in Madison Square Garden. While Art falls for Jo, an infuriated Gideon who blames Silenus for an embarrassing failure prepares to reveal his true self.

The Rise of Gideon shares the tale of a public relations guru and an ambitious New York reporter as they work together to expose a vicious society of extremists.

Meet the Author:
Stan Matthews is a veteran investigative reporter who has worked for both Canadian and American newspapers, and served as a fund raiser for many institutions, including churches, colleges, hospitals, American Cancer Society, Easter Seals and PBS. He is the author of several books and lives in Florida with his wife, Mary Jane.

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Stan is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 
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Book Blast: Life-Changing ABC Scriptures with Stories by Katherine Dye

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Title: Life-Changing ABC Scriptures with Stories 
Author: Katherine Dye 
Publisher: iUniverse 
Genre: Religion/Spirituality 
Format: Ebook

Life Changing— In the beautiful collection of fictional southern style short stories, set in her hometown, Katherine Dye highlights many nooks and crannies of New Albany, Mississippi, and if you are a native, you will delight in reading about the places you often see. If not … well, you will want to visit this lovely little artisan town and see for yourself the wonders of the pleasant and less complex southern way of life as depicted in Katherine's stories, paintings, and sketches.

The beauty of her short stories is their attraction to the Word of God. Katherine, from a child, was encouraged to memorize scripture verses; and those that became a “lamp unto her feet and a light unto her path” are the ones she has cleverly included. There is a verse for each letter of the alphabet, and she makes clear the need for a two-way conversation between God and his children, the grand and glorious balance of prayer and reading of the scriptures.

The stories are designed for young teens, but if you are a bit older now, you may find yourself slipping back to childhood and teenage years, reminiscent of the days of The Old South. Many of the scriptures Katherine features are those we memorized as children.

We are never too old to learn, but as Katherine explains in the story of Grandy and Jamie, it is much easier when we are youthful and our minds are clear and sharp, unencumbered by years of living and working and loving and playing. It feels good to slip back to those times when our ability to memorize was heightened by virtue of our youth, and the verses we so cherish are those we best remember from childhood.

This collection of stories is timeless. Read and relish youthful thoughts.

Meet the Author:

Katherine Dye was born in Blue Mountain, Mississippi, during the Great Depression. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Art and English from Blue Mountain College and a Master's Degree in Art Education from the University of Mississippi in Oxford. She taught art and remedial reading for many years in the New Albany school system. Katherine is a gifted artist, having illustrated three published children's books. Her art is prominently displayed in her hometown of New Albany where she has lived for many years. In 1979 and ‘80, after researching and mastering the history of her town, Katherine sketched or painted and signed limited edititon prints of the two historical depots, the grand old courthouse, the birthplace of William Faulkner, and other local points of interest. She is affectionately known as “The New Albany Historian.”

Her fictional characters, Grandy and Jamie, are examples of those hometown people who believe it will be an adventure, even an experiment, as Jamie says, “to hold Jesus' hand to see where he might take us next. From my youthful experience, I've concluded that God's way is the best way!”

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Katherine is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 
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Book Blast: I Asked My Father by Dorothy Rice, R.N.

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Title: I Asked My Father 
Author: Dorothy Rice, R.N. 
Publisher: iUniverse 
Genre: Religion 
Format: Ebook

This is a small book of poetry. It was written while the author was close to death from Lupus. Why, then, does pain inspire, and inspiration produce fruits to uplift and comfort. God only knows. But there is knowing here and insights only the heart knows through suffering. If you are suffering, or know someone who is, you may find these poems a salve and solution to why good people have to suffer. For, as the author once said, "The question is not why bad things happen to good people, but why good things happen to bad people; namely, why did Jesus came for me?"

Meet the Author:
Dr. Charles Rice is the husband of Dorothy Rice, R.N. He is a clinical psychologist and Dorothy still helps him in helping couples and families. She is the author of this, small, book of poetry which she wrote when very ill with Lupus before God healed her.

Dorothy and I have two grown daughters and one grandson all living near us in Boise, Idaho.  

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Dorothy is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 
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Book Blast: True Success by Arnold S. Judson

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Title: True Success 
Author: Arnold S. Judson 
Publisher: iUniverse 
Genre: Business & Economics 
Format: Ebook

Whether you work for a business, nonprofit or governmental organization, you’ll find ways to boost organizational performance with this guide that reveals fundamental but often uncomfortable truths about the forces that impact any organization’s performance, and how this can be improved.

Arnold S. Judson, who has been helping organizations of all types for almost seventy years, reveals what makes an organization truly successful.

He describes how to:
 • define what success means for any organization;
 • identify and assess attractive opportunities;
 • generate and implement creative ideas; and
• recognize and address limits on internal capabilities.

You’ll also learn the four key drivers that can cause an organization to be truly successful. Charts and figures are included to make it easier to formulate and execute successful plans. Empower yourself, fellow employees and your organization as a whole to be more effective and boost results with the ideas, tips and strategies in True Success. “Most management books are like instant oatmeal: hot for a minute and ultimately bland and boring. Arnold Judson has found a way to provide plenty of meat, encapsulating his diverse consulting experiences in a thoughtful and thought-provoking set of ideas that any senior manager could use.”—Allen R. Cohen, Distinguished Professor of Global Leadership, Babson College
Meet the Author:
Since 1948, Arnold S. Judson has been helping governmental, business and nonprofit organizations formulate and execute strategies in North America, Europe and the Middle East. He’s also conducted public seminars to help organizations move in new, productive directions. He now lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where he continues to work with nonprofit organizations.

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Arnold is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 
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  • This giveaway begins September 19  and ends on September 30.
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Books To Watch: Othello Greene by Anthony Baltimore


We're thrilled to be hosting Anthony Baltimore and his new scifi fantasy OTHELLO GREENE: THE STORY BEGINS!  Please leave a comment below to let him know you stopped by!


About the Book:

Title: Othello Greene: The Story Begins
Author: Anthony Baltimore
Publisher: JourStarr Quality Publications
Pages: 780
Genre: Scifi/Fantasy

Lt. Othello Greene, the leader of America’s most lethal and efficient elite special ops group is captured, tortured, and mutilated by a ruthless, maniacal terrorist named Genesis and his group, the Global Supremacy Federation (G.S.F), who is hell bent on world domination.
Moments before his execution, Othello is rescued by a centuries old Islamic group intent on convincing him to use his unmatched skills and abilities for the good of mankind.In the backdrop, is the story of Othello’s past and the events which led to his life as an elite assassin.The entire world is racing towards the war to end all wars. Will Genesis prevail or will Othello put an end to his reign of terror?

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  • Othello Greene: The Story Begins is available at Amazon.
Book Excerpt:
Every inch of his body was in pain. Its intensity caused a numbing effect. The stench of blood, urine, feces, and burnt flesh permeated the room. The air was acrid and unbearably hot, making it difficult to breathe. The unfamiliar room was dimly lit, a single flickering bulb hanging from the ceiling. His newly awakened eyes had yet to acclimate themselves to the environment. His head was pounding like a sledgehammer against a wall. Over the clamor of confusion in his mind, he could hear the faint murmur of a sobbing woman.
“Name!” he heard a voice scream in his head.
“Othello Greene,” he answered.
“Rank!” the voice continued.
“First lieutenant,” he mumbled, as his senses began to gain clarity. His heart sank like an anchor at the sight of the severed head of his longtime friend and counterintelligence operative Second Lieutenant Jack Strong. The cloud in his mind completely dissipated when he saw Jack’s nude, mutilated body lying slumped over in a corner several feet from the head. Their termination mission, he realized, had gone terribly wrong.
Othello’s unclothed body lay in a pool of his own blood. A fierce pain exploded through his torso as he stuck the severely burned stub where his right hand used to be into the ground beneath him. The failed attempt to get to his feet caused him to instantaneously collapse, quivering in agony.
He teetered between consciousness and death, staring into the face of his dead friend. Suddenly the eyes of the severed head opened and a menacing expression appeared. “This is all your fault!” it growled. “Look what the hell you got us into! You and all your guts and glory bullshit!”
“This is not my fault. I didn’t put a gun to your head. I didn’t make you do shit!” Othello screamed, blood and drool flying from his mouth.
“Huh,” Jack grunted. “Look at your dear sweet Ramirez over there. What a shame. They’ve been taking turns raping her for the last eighteen hours.” One of the arms on the headless body motioned across the room. 
Othello was horrified to see his intimate friend and partner, First Sergeant Helena Ramirez, lying naked in a fetal position, brutalized and cowering in a corner. She was whimpering like a child. He felt helpless and ashamed, not for himself but for the team he had let down.
“You’re one self-righteous bastard. You knew she would have gone to hell to assassinate Satan with you. Now, because of you, she’s seen more dicks than Kim Kardashian,” said Jack with a sinister grin.
“Shut the fuck up, damn it!” Othello continued to scream. “This is not real! You’re dead!”
“This is very much real, hero. But don’t worry. You’ll be joining me soon. And speaking of Satan, he told me to tell you that he’s keeping your side of the bed warm, and that you and he are going to get real personal when you arrive,” Jack responded with laughter.
“I am not paying attention to you. You are not real,” Othello said, to himself. He tried once again to get to his feet. This time, using his still operable left hand, he pushed himself up but could not feel his legs.
Turning over on his back, he was in shock to see both of his legs severed at the knees. The miasma of burning flesh was his own. His captors had burned the stumps to stop the bleeding. The hopelessness of the situation hit him like a pile of bricks. Despair set in as he collapsed, waiting for the moment of death.
Helena crawled over to him and gently kissed his forehead. The Latina beauty who could make any man risk it all for one night of passion was unrecognizable.
“Othello, I thought you were dead,” she cried.
Helena, I’m sorry,” he replied, looking away, not able to look at her bloodied battered face and racked with guilt.
“Shhh. It’s not important,” she said, with tears flowing, caressing the side of his swollen face. “Baby, I need you to help me.”
“There’s nothing I can do. It’s over, Helena. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.”
“No, don’t apologize. I knew the risks and I loved the ride. But I need you to listen to me. Please,” she begged, turning his face back toward hers. “I need you to help me.
“It’s over, Helena. Only God can help us now.”
“No. That’s not true,” she cried, grabbing his hand and placing it on her throat.
“No . . . No, I can’t,” he sighed, attempting to pull his hand away.
Even under these nightmare conditions, the touch of his hand against her skin brought back a flood of memories. How much he loved her. The thousand times they shared each other, holding nothing back. She grabbed it tightly, with both hands, kneeling her broken, battered, and violated body in the pool of blood around him. “Yes, you can. I’m already gone. Please don’t let them hurt me again. Those bastards did so many terrible things to me. Please . . . Please . . .,” she pleaded, pulling his hand harder against her throat.
About the Author

Born on November 17, 1969 in Washington D.C.. Graduated from Mackin Catholic High School and went on to attend Howard University. He became a successful entrepreneur at an early age, but fell victim to the lure of the streets. He quickly became entrenched in the often violent world of drug trafficking and was consumed by its illusions of power and prominence.
In 2009 over 22,000 individuals were convicted of federal drug charges, less than 25 of those were convicted of 21 USC 848 (Kingpin Statute). Mr. Baltimore Sr. was one of them.

He is now serving a mandatory life sentence at USP Lewisburg in central Pennsylvania.
He utilizes his time fervently fighting his case, furthering his education, and fostering his passion for writing. He is also a loving father and devout Muslim.
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Book Watch: Interview with Deborah Ann Davis, author of 'Fairly Safe'



DEBORAH ANN DAVIS has been writing since she was assigned to keep a Journal in her 5th grade English class. She began to look around for writing inspiration. Lo and behold, she found her world was full of funny stories just waiting to be told. As she grew older, occasionally she could manipulate one into some school assignment, but it never occurred to her to pursue writing, not even when she discovered her flare for telling stories at college parties.

After a string of college majors, she realized she could have a captive audience EVERY DAY in the public school system. As it turns out, teenagers love to laugh, and what could be more entertaining than Biology, Earth Science, and Environmental Science? Then there's the added bonus that once kids know you like to laugh, they want to make you laugh.

Go figure.

In addition to Writing, she is also an Educational Speaker and a Certified Personal Trainer. She taught for 25+ years, although somewhere in the middle of all that educating, she stepped out of teaching for 6 years to do the Mommy Thing, and run the office for their family construction company.

Even though they had followed separate paths, Deborah reunited with, and married her childhood sweetheart, twelve years after their first kiss.  Together they coached their daughter’s AAU Basketball Team, which swept States two years in a row. (Yay!) Then, for several years their daughter and their money went to college.

They currently reside on a lovely lake in Connecticut. She enjoys dabbling with living a sustainable life, writing novels for her Love of Fairs series, dancing, playing outside, and laughing really hard every day. She promotes increasing the amount of movement throughout your day via Wiggle Writer posts on Merry Meddling, her blog at www.DeborahAnnDavis.com. Follow her @DeborahAnnDavis.

Remember, you can do anything if you set your mind to it— including becoming an author at any age— but it’s way more fun if you are grinning back when the Universe smiles down on you.
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About the Book:

Title: FAIRLY SAFE
Author: Deborah Ann Davis
Publisher: D&D Universe
Pages: 356
Genre: New Adult

When Mistaken Identity collides with Secret Identity, who wins?

JACOB HAS COME A LONG WAY FOR AN ORPHANED FOSTER KID. He has a mentor, a great job, and has finally fallen in love. Granted, she mistook him for a stalker when they met, but every relationship has its little problems. Unfortunately, for the past few years, as the object of his affection pops in and out of his life, she has refused to share any personal info, like where she’s from, or her real name. Regardless, Jacob is ready to take their relationship to the next level. Now, if only he can locate her so he can tell her.

CASEY’S FAMILY IS IN THE WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM. Safety has to be their only priority. Their cover has been blown before, so Casey knows at any given time they could be forced to disappear again. Obviously, a shy young man with hopeful eyes cannot possibly be added to the mix. You cannot build a relationship like that. Now, if only she can stop thinking about him.

JACOB’S AND CASEY’S WORLDS UNEXPECTEDLY COLLIDE when Jacob inadvertently helps hide her family. Exposed to their 24-7 vigilance, Jacob realizes he must come up with a plan to keep them out of harm’s way, because this time if Casey disappears, she will be taking with her Jacob’s heart, and his hopes of finally having a family of his own.

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  • Fairly Safe is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.



Thanks for this interview, Deborah.  Can we begin by having you tell us about yourself from a writer’s standpoint?

The Writing Bug didn’t bite me until fairly recently. I took a time-out from my teaching career to deal with Lyme Disease, and made up stories as I recovered. Two years ago I stopped teaching entirely to write full-time, and while I miss it (a lot), I love writing, and learning about writing, and thinking about writing, and writing about writing.


When not writing, what do you like to do for relaxation and/or fun?

I hang with the hubby. We have this routine where we get up early, go to the gym and then sit around an outdoor breakfast cafĂ© for an hour. I’ve been travelling a bit this year, which is not relaxing, but it is fun. I love to dance but unless someone is getting married or it’s a holiday, there really aren’t any options for my age group.

Congratulations on your new book, Fairly Safe! Can you give us the very first page of your book so that we can get a glimpse inside?

Pleased with the level of sleaze verified by her compact mirror, Casey’s entire eighteen-year-old body snapped with excitement. Time to try out her southern drawl.
“Okay, Clarisse, honey, let’s go do a little research.” Batting her makeup-laden, dark-brown eyes, she blew a kiss at her transformed self. “Or should I call you Mata Hari instead?”
She snapped the compact closed with a click. You sure don’t look eighteen anymore. Your own mother wouldn’t recognize you.
This was going to be as easy as pie. She had the perfect disguise, except for the itchy blonde wig. With one last check to make sure her dark locks were not exposed, she exited the public restroom and sashayed toward the convenience store exit. Two weeks of practicing maneuvers in spike heels had paid off. Judging by the double take from the young male cashier, she strutted like a pro. Enjoying the attention, she flashed him her most brazen smile and sauntered toward her car.
Sliding into the driver’s seat, she kicked off the uncomfortable designer heels. As the engine sprang to life, so did Blondie on the radio. Gleeful, she cranked up the volume.
 “Next stop, Lenny’s Livery!”
***
Jacob Kent glanced out the window of the employees’ workroom, catching sight of a frail, elderly man shuffling up the sidewalk. The movement of the old gent was so similar to his grandfather, even after so many years, his throat tightened.
Wow, where did that come from? Filled with nostalgia, he watched the guy make his way toward their entrance. I wonder if he wants a rental? Walk-ins at Lenny’s Livery were unusual. Most limousine bookings came by computer or on the phone. All the same, he was there as the driver on call.
Sighing at the pending interruption, Jacob closed his textbook. And then chuckled. Five minutes ago, he’d been wishing for an excuse to take a break. A healthy twenty-one-year-old male could only be so devoted to his studies on a warm September Saturday.
“Hey, Jacob, our last car rental for the day might be strolling in.” Rita Timmons, the office intern, poked her cheery face into the room. “Neville’s sure going to be happy.”
Clayton Neville—the sniveling, fawning, opportunistic branch manager—bore an unfortunate similarity to Jacob’s childhood caseworker. As the only chauffeur left, booking this last gig would mean leaving Rita alone in the office with their boss. Neville fancied himself a ladies’ man, and, on more than one occasion, had directed his unwanted attention toward her. Despite being rebuffed, he continued to bump up against her when he caught her alone. To Jacob’s annoyance, she clearly did not know how to put a stop to it.
He mentally shook himself. It’s not my job to watch over Rita. It’s not like she’s my friend or anything. He did not do friends at work. As a matter of fact, he didn’t do friends pretty much anywhere.




Would you say it’s been a rocky road for you in regards to getting your book written and published or pretty much smooth sailing?  Can you tell us about your journey?

It all depends on how you look at it. Because teaching is an all-consuming job, I could only write during the summers. To some, that might seem inconvenient, but I always considered myself lucky to have the concentrated time. Publishing had a learning curve, but overall it’s not difficult, however marketing and promotions have been sheer torture. People don’t know about your great books unless you can find a way to tell them.


If you had to summarize your book in one sentence, what would that be?

Mistaken Identity collides with Secret Identity when Witness Protection encroaches on Jacob’s world as he inadvertently helps to hide Casey’s family.


What makes your book stand out from the rest?

According to the reviews:
“[Fairly Safe contains] romance, humor, enigma, intrigue, human frailty and well intentioned deceit …but has the additional ingredients of a genuine criminal threat to the lives of three delightful young people and close knit family involvement. This is a powerful, well mixed recipe and the result is a disbelief suspending roller coaster romp of a read that grabs the reader on page one and whisks [him/her] on a thrilling super fast ride of highs and lows to a gloriously happy ending.”

“…the story-line was original and refreshing… I found her portrayal of family unity and love endearing and realistic. Come along on a roller coaster ride of love, security, and happy-ever-after in this wonderful fairy-tale of love, laughter, family and the Kissing Booth.”


If your book was put in the holiday section of the store, what holiday would that be and why?

The holiday would be Christmas because the sign over The Kissing Booth says “Birthday Kisses; Married by Christmas!” According to the legend of The Kissing Booth, “If it be the anniversary of your birth when you first kiss, that blessed moment over the ancient rune becomes your union of destiny.” Guess what The Kissing Booth is built out of…


Would you consider turning your book into a series or has that already been done?

The Love of Fairs series takes place in different times, with different characters, and different problems. However, The Kissing Booth and its legend sneak into each story, and of course, all of the stories feature a fair or two. The first book in the series, Fairly Certain, is about a computer geek from Connecticut who falls out of a tree, and wakes up in merry old England, complete with an archer outlaw.


What’s next for you?

I have two projects currently, one fiction and one nonfiction. Fairly Obvious, the third in my Love of Fairs series, should be out next year. It’s a story of a newly orphaned family trying to hide in a travelling carnival until the eldest turn eighteen so she can become their guardian. Visit my website at http://DeborahAnnDavis.com to be notified about its progress.

My current project is really cool. It’s a workbook called, Girl’s Guide to Good Guys: The Power of Being Patient and Picky, and should be out in 2016. After 25 years teaching high school, I’ve observed the angst of 1000s of teenagers. So many girls make bad dating choices. They’re afraid of being unpopular, afraid to be alone, and afraid they’ll never find a good guy.

I’ve created fun challenges to help girls become self-appreciating and independent. Now there is an entire guide that teaches them to become comfortable with being single, to live their lives more fully, and to be patient and picky until a healthy relationship comes along.  For more information, contact me at Deborah@GirlsGuideToGoodGuys.com.

Thank you for this opportunity! Make it a sparkling day.
Deborah

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thursday Author Interview with 'Touching Death' Becky Johnson




Books are Becky Johnson's passion and always have been. She used to get in trouble in school for reading during class!

Becky has Master's degrees in social work and history, and for her day job she is a social worker. In her writing she tries to answer a question that is important to both social work and history: Why? She always wants to know why people do the things they do or feel the way they feel.

When not reading or writing she enjoys yoga, photography, cooking, and makes a pretty mean chili!

Her latest book is the mystery/suspense, Touching Death.

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About the Book:

Rachel Angeletti knows things. She always has. With one touch she sees secrets, emotions, lies. Her gift helps her to be the best museum curator in Chicago. It also makes her personal relationships difficult.
Her life is complicated enough when a run in with her ex and an unanticipated vision sends her reeling. One touch and she sees death. One touch and she is thrown into the midst of killer’s dark fantasy. Now Rachel is in a fight for her life against a killer she knows too little about.

With danger stalking her around every turn Rachel is in a thrilling race against the clock. Can she catch a killer before he catches her?

Touching Death will take you on a riveting, page-turning, journey into the mind of a killer and the heart of a survivor.

For More Information

  • Touching Death is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
 


Thanks for this interview, Becky.  Can we begin by having you tell us about yourself from a writer’s standpoint? 

Thanks for having me. When I was a kid I read books like other kids played Mystery Date. Constantly. Voraciously. I have so many stories in my head! Writing was just the natural progression. It feels like what I was always meant to do.

When not writing, what do you like to do for relaxation and/or fun? 

Read. LOL. Obviously I love books. I also love movies, cooking, photography, and yoga. I also have the absolute best group of friends.

Congratulations on your new book! Can you give us the very first page of your book so that we can get a glimpse inside?
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I was eleven the first time I saw someone die.
It was hot. The kind of hot where your shirt sticks to your back and every breath feels thick and heavy. The waistband of my plaid, pleated school uniform was itchy. It was always itchy, but in Chicago in early September with the temperature in the nineties, I could barely stand it.
“Look,” my best friend April gave my arm a sharp and eager tug, “I can’t believe he’s talking to her.”
I looked across the museum where she was pointing. Jonathan Adams. With his dark hair and blue eyes he was the cutest guy in our class. He was talking to Carol, the prettiest girl in our class and our sworn enemy. April had such an intense crush on Jonathan. She had already named their children and when we played the name game she always wanted to get him.
While April plotted revenge on her arch nemesis, I looked across the Ancients room in The Chicago Museum of Anthropology and Archeology to where Billy Masters stood by a glass display case. His hair was unruly and stuck up in odd peaks from his forehead in complete disregard of the rules. His white, button-down shirt hung out over his waistband. Technically, he was wearing the school tie; he just wore it tied around his belt loop, a bright red flag of rebellion. I never wanted to admit it, but when I daydreamed and played the name game, I was always looking for Billy Masters.

Would you say it’s been a rocky road for you in regards to getting your book written and published or pretty much smooth sailing?  Can you tell us about your journey? 

It was a bit of a crash course. I had no idea what I was getting into! I had to learn so much about editing, cover design, publishing, and promoting. I’m still learning, but those first few months were tough.

If you had to summarize your book in one sentence, what would that be? 

When Rachel Angeletti picked up a knife in the store room of her museum the last thing she expected was to witness a murder let alone end up in the crosshairs of a killer.

What makes your book stand out from the rest? 

The characters. I really, really love these characters. They are all so real to me.

If your book was put in the holiday section of the store, what holiday would that be and why? 

That’s easy New Year’s. Touching Death opens with a New Year’s gala.

Would you consider turning your book into a series or has that already been done?  

Touching Death is the first in a series. I have at least three other books planned. There is a lot more for Rachel to do!

What’s next for you? 

I’m currently writing a standalone thriller titled The Taking. Next up will be the next Rachel Angeletti novel which is tentatively titled Just a Touch.


Book Watch: Disinheritance by John Sibley Williams


We're happy to have John Sibley Williams and his new book of poetry, DISINHERITANCE, with us today at The Literary Nook! Please leave a comment or question to let him know you stopped by!


Title: DISINHERITANCE
Author: John Sibley Williams
Publisher: Apprentice House Press
Pages: 98
Genre: Poetry

A lyrical, philosophical, and tender exploration of the various voices of grief, including those of the broken, the healing, the son-become-father, and the dead, Disinheritance acknowledges loss while celebrating the uncertainty of a world in constant revision. From the concrete consequences of each human gesture to soulful interrogations into “this amalgam of real / and fabled light,” these poems inhabit an unsteady betweenness, where ghosts can be more real than the flesh and blood of one’s own hands.

For More Information

  • Disinheritance is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
Book Excerpt: 

Truce A panic of finches rises and tonight the late salmon moon is filled with rivers and old shadows. Reflected, iridescing, an amalgam of real and fabled light. I rub grains of wood and cloud between my hands and stretch from the grass into a grandmotherly story of angels, their necessary demons, and how little it takes for the one to climb or descend into the other. This is what she told me before she climbed or descended. The distance from us was the same. This is how she explained where I’d gone and am going. My hands don’t remember much anymore of where the birds have flown. There are felled trees in the sky. The moon’s face drifts across the river. And I miss the hard geometries of coffins.




About the Author


John Sibley Williams is the editor of two Northwest poetry anthologies and the author of nine collections, including Controlled Hallucinations (2013) and Disinheritance (2016). A five-time Pushcart nominee and winner of the Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors' Prize, and Vallum Award for Poetry, John serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as a literary agent. Previous publishing credits include: The Midwest Quarterly, december, Third Coast, Baltimore Review, Nimrod International Journal, Hotel Amerika, Rio Grande Review, Inkwell, Cider Press Review, Bryant Literary Review, RHINO, and various anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Book Watch: Interviw with Ms. Johnnie Renee, author of 'Living In My Father's Dream: Weep Me Not




Ms. Johnnie Renee is a first time author. She is the mother of an at-risk adult child, so she is accustomed to street life, visions, and dreams. Inspired by the eyes of a dead rapper, Ms. Johnnie Renee hopes that by writing this book (though it depicts street life) that a child's mind can be freed from violence, and drugs.

Her latest book is Living In My Father’s Dream: Weep Me Not.

For More Information
  • Visit Johnnie Renee’s website.
  • Connect with the author on Twitter.
About the Book:

Title: Living In My Father’s Dream: Weep Me Not
Author: Ms. Johnnie Renee
Publisher: JR Perez Imprint
Pages: 426
Genre: Urban Fiction

A powerful love story, not between a man and a woman, but a real father and his Mafia-bred son ANTONIO "SHAWN" PEREZ, JR. The only grandson of a Mafia drug lord, Shawn wanted to become a drug dealer at the age of twelve, but his dad said no. Just to teach Shawn that drugs are a killer, his dad made him sit in a country chair and watch him OD. Twenty-one years later, and still mentally screwed, all Shawn wants now is to be free from the memories of his dad's death, and for his grandfather to stay out of his life. Little did Shawn know, that the day he sat in that chair, his grandfather saw his strengths to watch his dad die, and wanted him as a one-time hitman for the family. Now, in order to be free, he must complete the job assigned to him by his grandfather. His job: To kill the baddest drug dealer in the hood. 
Living In My Father's Dream is available at Amazon.

Thanks for this interview, Ms. Renee.  When not writing, what do you like to do for relaxation and/or fun?

I would have to say, I’m not like most writers, or I should say, I have not reached that point in life that allows for relaxation/fun. Right now, I’m obsessed with writing. I wake up in the morning and turn my computer on. I research all day or write all day. By five a.m., I’m tired. I rest about five, maybe six hours, depending on how tired I am. This is my only relaxation/fun, my six hours of rest. I just have too much to do. I have other stories waiting to be written and to be published. So, I really hate being away from my writings.

Congratulations on your new book! Can you give us the very first page of your book so that we can get a glimpse inside?
CHAPTER 1

SHAWN RETURNS HOME FROM HIS LAST TOUR OF DUTY


Commanding Officer Antonio “Shawn” Perez, Jr. remained calm while the Navy medically discharged him. With all the money his grandfather had, he didn’t care. He walked out of headquarters. He then stilled in disbelief. As the back door of the cab opened, bitterness seeped into his soul. His uncle Donny Perez, a family member he despised, stepped out of the cab. Donny walked up to him with two letters of unknown relevance in his hand.
Naples is beautiful, isn’t it?” Donny said. “My great-grandmother was born here.”
Shawn didn’t look away from the deceit hidden in Donny’s hazel eyes. He searched them for just cause, until he spoke again.
“The family misses you, nephew. It will be nice having you home again.”
Shawn glanced at the idling cab, and then back at Donny. “You came all the way to Italy in a cab just to tell me that?” Shawn refused to adjust his frown causing Donny to view the grounds.


Would you say it’s been a rocky road for you in regards to getting your book written and published or pretty much smooth sailing?  Can you tell us about your journey?

It was most definitely a rocky road. I learned a lot. I went through a lot. However, I didn’t go it alone. I traveled with editors that gave me advice, agents that gave me insights, news feeds that gave me knowledge, writing clubs that gave me support, etc. etc. etc. In addition, I read a lot of road signs along the way. Then one day, I came to a stop in the middle of the road, and I decided that nothing else mattered, and that the goal was becoming a published author. Anything more at that point would have been considered procrastinating, so I sent my book off to the printer. Now, I’m back on rocky roads again, this time trying to figure out how to market the book. .

If you had to summarize your book in one sentence, what would that be?

A powerful love story, not between a man and his woman, but a real father and his Mafia-bred son.

What makes your book stand out from the rest?

It’s mission driven. I’m determined to help make a difference in an at-risk youth’s life, and ease the pain in a mother’s heart. Ten percent of all sales will go to organizations that can make a difference in a child’s life.

If your book was put in the holiday section of the store, what holiday would that be and why?

I would say Martin Luther King’s holiday. The theme in the book is to help at-risk youth realize that they’re free to make choices in life, choices that will make them successful.

Would you consider turning your book into a series or has that already been done?

It is very much a possibility, as I am interested in knowing who kill Richard Douglass “Doug” Jackson”. I wrote the scene but I have no idea who killed Richard. I guess I would have to put it all together in a second book, and figure it all out. Well, that why they call it fiction. Maybe the story will tell on the story. I hope that makes sense.

What’s next for you?

Promise Me A story about a homeless woman (me) finding God, and the truth behind the love between her and her husband of two years.