Thursday, December 6, 2018

A Frank and Real Interview with Alison Littman Author of Historical Fiction Radio Underground


Alison Littman lives in San Francisco where she’s a writer by day and standup comedian by night. A former journalist in New Mexico, she covered politics and education while also contributing articles on John F. Kennedy and The Beatles to various specialty magazines. Her feature stories focus on listening to rock 'n' roll behind the Iron Curtain and Cold War politics. Radio Underground is her first novel.


About the Book:

After years of suffering under the communist regime in Cold War Hungary, Eszter Turj√°n—fanatical underground journalist—would sacrifice anything, and anyone, to see the government fall. When she
manipulates news broadcasts on Radio Free Europe, she ignites a vicious revolution, commits a calamitous murder, and is dragged away screaming to a secret underground prison.

Her daughter Dora, then a teenager, cowers in her bedroom as the secret police arrest her mother. Haunted and hurt, Dora vows to work against everything Eszter believes in. But, it’s not that simple.

After nine years, Dora meets a strapping young fan of Radio Free Europe and is unwittingly drawn back into Eszter’s circle. She finds her mother, driven mad by years of torture, is headed for death.

On the brink of losing Eszter again, Dora must decide if she should risk her life to save the mother who discarded her—or leave it to fate.

“A propulsive read and a timely reminder that maintaining our humanity requires courage as much as love.”- Kim van Alkemade, New York Times best-selling author of Orphan #8 and Bachelor Girl

“Littman’s debut novel is a delectable blend of history and heartstrings, sure to please the palates of literature lovers everywhere.”- Selene Castrovilla, award-winning author of Melt and Luna Rising

5 out of 5 star review from Readers’ Favorite

Radio Underground reads like a movie…A revolutionary tale written with style.”- Readers’ Favorite

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What is your name?

Alison Littman

What do you look like?

Like Sarah Silverman – really, it’s true. Very true.

Where are you today and what are you doing?

Today I am in San Francisco and I went to the Hungarian National Dance Ensemble’s production of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 (this is not a joke, I know it is very closely connected to my book!) I also walked a Boston Terrier named Lucky through the Richmond neighborhood of San Francisco, and went to a graduate school class to boot.

Describe the outside of your home.

I live in a shady street in San Francisco, with a wide bike lane and grassy park across the way.

You come face to face with your worse enemy. How do you react?

I’d probably give them a piece of my mind, in a calm tone (this is my fantasy right?), and then walk away before they can respond.

You keep a photo album of memories from your lifetime. If you could only keep one photo, which one would that be?

That’s easy – my grandma and I at my third birthday party when, for some strange reason, we had the same exact smile on our faces. We have very different smiles it turns out, but in that one picture, we look so similar.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Night time!

A police officer stops you for a minor violation. What violation is that and how do you react?

I can’t answer this question – I feel like I’ll get a speeding ticket tomorrow if I do.

What is your favorite piece of clothing?

A nice snug pair of jeans.

Do you have any phobias? What are they and how intense are they? How have they impacted your life?

I cannot stand when people bite into frozen popsicles. My mom used to do it next to me on the couch every night despite me pleading with her not to – the sound alone is just so jarring for me, and then imagining the sensation of frigid ice on teeth…I can barely write about it.

Open your wallet, purse, or briefcase. What do you find?

Not much, I like to travel light.

You move into a new home. What's the first thing you buy for it?

A bed. I need to be comfortable to sleep.

How do you feel about mortality?

I don’t think I understand it.

What scares you?

Losing anyone from my family.

How would your parents describe you?

Hmmmm…I think they’d say I’m ambitious, athletic and it’s probably best not to talk to me when I’m hungry.

What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed at night?

Watch Friends. I think I’m on my third round through the entire series, but I grew up with these guys and they just calm my mind down before bed.

Are you married or in a relationship?

Single lady!

Do you have children?

Nope.

You just woke up to find that war has been declared. What’s the first thing you would do?

Make sure my family is okay. After reading Station Eleven, I started really thinking about this, and I realized I should tell my mom that I’m going to walk to get my grandma first and then I’ll go find them. I’ll make sure my dad stays put as well, and pick him up after. Am I being too paranoid?

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

This. Exactly this.

If there was one thing you could change about yourself, what would that be?

I would love to be able to fall asleep easily. Oh how I envy those people.



Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Book Feature: Vita Antequam Mortem by Brett E. Walker






Title: Vita Antequam Mortem
Author: Brett E. Walker
Publisher: XLibrisUS
Genre: Fiction
Format: Ebook

This story is about a group of friends with very different personalities who party hard, do drugs, and go through life struggles together. Within this group of friends is Chase, who discovers what it feels like to experience true love at its finest. Throughout this tale, he endures undeniable pain both physically and emotionally, comprehends being alone for the very first time, and discovers what it feels like to have death in his family that takes away the meaning of his life. His mental state is tested throughout these series of events, bringing him to the brink of insanity. He is ultimately forced to make a decision that will stay with him for years to come, if not the rest of his life. Come take a hard look inside a weathered, imperfect, but genuinely beautiful mind.

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Brett Walker was born and raised in Poughkeepsie New York. He is a first time author and is very excited about this story he has put together for readers to enjoy. What inspired him to write this story is the ups and downs people go through in life. Brett Walker is one of those guys who you don't expect to make it very far- A product of the hood and the suburbs, the underdog, an everyday example of what it is to be human... but this is what is so appealing about his story. He is just like you, just like the rest of the world. He has fell in love suffered heartbreak, and lost loved ones who meant the world to him, but somehow he has survived. Somehow he has surpassed everyone's expectations, and he has thrived

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Book Blast: The Wicked: Storm Michaels by Linsey Davids



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Title: The Wicked: Storm Michaels
Author: Linsey Davids
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Genre: Romance
Format: Ebook


Emily Richards is a shy young woman who has been a nobody for years, invisible to everyone she secretly wishes would notice her. Now as she and her best friend, Oliver, prepare to start classes at Harvard, they also focus on nurturing their obsession with the rock band, The Wicked. Storm Michaels is a bad boy rocker with brooding eyes and long black hair who has the pick of any woman he desires. One night, after a chance encounter backstage leads him to meet Emily—the woman he never knew he wanted—Storm makes it his mission to capture her heart. As Emily emerges from her shell and transforms from a fangirl to a woman in love with the man of her dreams, she sets down a new path that includes balancing premed classes with jetsetting around the world with her famous boyfriend. But is their love strong enough to endure the spotlight and distractions of the other women who are constantly throwing themselves at Storm? In this tale of love, passion, and self-discovery, a college student and a bad boy rocker must attempt to endure the challenges of a relationship that plays out in front of the world.

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Linsey Davids is a graphic designer by day and a writer by night. She is a cancer survivor who loves trying new things and putting positive energy out into the world. Linsey lives in Cape Town, South Africa. The Wicked: Storm Michaels is her first book.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Book Blast: The Lady with the Purple Hat by Otilia Greco






Title: The Lady With the Purple Hat
Author: Otilia Greco
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: General Fiction
Format: Ebook


Ten years ago, Daisy left her husband, Bernard, to create a new life for herself. But now as their divorce proceedings continue to drag on and Bernard battles terminal cancer, Daisy determines she would rather be his widow than his ex-wife and decides to play with fate.

After she dons an outlandish large purple hat to disguise her face, Daisy glides through the hospital corridors, hell-bent on poisoning her husband to accelerate his death. When she finally arrives at his door and opens it, she is shocked to see a woman sitting by his bedside. With her plan foiled, Daisy rushes out of the room as she transforms from the hunter into the hunted. Still obsessed with ending Bernard’s life, Daisy retreats into her memories, unaware that a surprise is waiting in the shadows. Now only time will tell if fate will intervene to save Daisy or if she will lose her soul to the dark side, where it can never be retrieved.

In this contemporary thriller, a woman intent on ending her husband’s life is propelled on a journey through her memories that leads her to an unexpected truth.

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Otilia Greco was born in the Swiss Alps; was educated in Switzerland, England, and Paris; and is fluent in six languages. She graduated from Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and developed an appreciation for history and cultures.

Otilia and her husband worked internationally, lived for several years in California, and now reside in Switzerland. This is her third book.

  

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