Monday, October 29, 2018

Book Blast: Ben Abdul-Malik Akran by Sotonye Sagbe Boyle

Title: Ben Abdul-Malik Akran
Author: Sotonye Sagbe Boyle
Publisher: AuthorHouse UK
Genre: Fiction
Format: Ebook
When Akran suddenly surfaces out of the blue to cart Ben away to London, like a puppy in a chain, he knows things will never be the same for him again. ‘I don’t like white people,’ Ben tells his father, whom he sees as an ingredient in their evil manipulation. His classroom teacher teaches him, ‘white people perpetrate all the crimes in the world,’ a philosophy which implants in him, and earns him many adversaries–an orgy of killings. Ben joins the deadly Al Qaeda Network to seek for justice when his rivals kill his friends–Amafor, Dandy and beautiful Omar. For him, ‘justice delayed, is justice denied.’ But for his association with the Al Qaeda Network, death means nothing to him anymore...



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Friday, October 26, 2018

Book Blast: Helping Hands by Ken Saik

Title: Helping Hands
Author: Ken Saik
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Fiction/Romance
Format: Ebook

Jill Kreshky is recently divorced. She is doing her best to reclaim her life. After an accident causes her to spend six weeks alone in a hospital, she is haunted by the awareness that she must find a way to once again become part of her children’s lives. Unfortunately, Jill doesn’t have a car, her job is temporarily on hold, her bank account is empty. There is no question that Jill needs encouragement from someone she can trust. After she learns that a church friend, Bill Wynchuk, has been more loyal to her than she ever realized, Jill decides to invite him for supper. As he relies on his faith and skills as a psychologist to lovingly lead Jill to appreciate her inner strength and need for the Lord, she gains insights that propel her down a path of reconciliation that helps her mend relations with her son and return to Ontario to face her greatest fears about her family and unveil a deeply buried secret. In this inspirational story, a woman attempting to reclaim her life is led on an emotional journey, with help from a devoted friend, that ultimately reveals the truth and prompts her to seek forgiveness.


Ken Saik is a committed Christian who retired after thirty-one years of teaching social studies to pursue writing fiction and poetry. To date, he has published three novellas and a novel, Baggage Burdens. Saik currently resides in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada.



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  • Winners will be contacted via email on November 3.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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Ken Saik is a committed Christian who retired after thirty-one years of teaching social studies to pursue writing fiction and poetry. To date, he has published three novellas and a novel, Baggage Burdens. Saik currently resides in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Blog Tour: Interview with Philip M. Fishman

At 79, Philip M. Fishman has a dual role since his wife's stroke ten years ago.  The main one is as a caregiver; but when he is not busy with her, he is a writer.

He loves to blog on Face Book; but he has also self-published four books.  The first was a memoir of a brief teaching career after retirement, titled, Teacher's Gotta Dance.  The second was a rebuttal to Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.  His title is A Really Inconvenient Truth- The Case Against the Theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming.  For that book, he relied on his scientific background as well as a lot of research.  His third was a near future political novel, titled, Secession- A Republic Reborn.  Several sub-plots include the subject of his previous book as well as some innovative approaches to dealing with Islamic terrorism, our drug problem, immigration, and tax reform.  His latest is his most controversial of all, titled, Aren't the Emperor's New Clothes Grand.  It's a       
satirical critique of our President and is a take-off of Hans Cristian Andersen's fable, The Emperor's New Clothes.  The reference is to Trump's cult-like following, which seemingly ignores all his lies and broken promises.  Fishman gives an iron-clad guarantee that if you like Trump; you will hate his book.



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

Certainly.  Probably, most of the authors on your page have been at it a long time; but I'm a late bloomer.  After a long successful career in sales and marketing, I first tried consulting; but that was not very fulfilling (or rewarding).  I was sixty-five at the time; when our daughter suggested I try teaching.  At first, I thought I was too old; but I thought I would give it a go.  I decided to get my feet wet first before jumping in and began substitute teaching high school chemistry and math, since my degree was in chemistry.  As I got more comfortable, I started subbing in German and then in various other subjects.  The one subject I refused to substitute for was physical science after a disastrous session, which I discuss in my first book, Teacher's Gotta Dance, a memoir of my brief teaching career.  Otherwise, I had no problems and was really enjoying myself.  At that point, I was ready to get serious and enrolled at UAB Birmingham for graduate work in the School of Education.  At the age of sixty-six, I was old enough to be grandfather to most of my classmates, and father to my professors.  Nevertheless, I felt comfortable and did very well in class work.  Eight months later, with 21 credit hours, I was ready to take the plunge and become an actual teacher.  In Alabama, under The No Child Left Behind Act, an individual with an undergraduate degree who was enrolled in an education graduate program could begin teaching (provided, of course, that the person would be hired).  I was soon to learn that last part was easier said than done.  I began taking interviews for teaching high school chemistry  in early August; but despite my educational background, all A's in my graduate studies, and what I thought were excellent interviews, I was batting zero.   Two or three days after interviews, I would call to find out if a decision had been made; and the responses were so similar that they could be the lyrics of a sad song that I could sing by heart.  “Sir, I am sorry, but that opening has already been filled.  However, with your resume, you should have no problem in finding a suitable position.”   By this time,  it was late August, and most of the schools were into their second week.  I was frustrated and angry, and ready to give it all up; but in one final act of desperation; I called my advisor who was also the professor of the first course I had taken, “Teaching Methods”.  We were at lunch when I asked him, “Why didn't you or someone tell me that no one would hire someone as old as me?'  He told me that my search had been too narrow; that I needed to consider middle school science and math.  I was sure it was too late; but I made a few inquiries at nearby middle schools. Lo and behold, one day later, I got a call from a principal asking me if I could come in for an interview the next morning.  The rest of the story is in the book, I alluded to above, after my wife's stroke.  Since then, I have written and self-published three more.  First, was a rebuttal to Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.  My title is A Really Inconvenient Truth- The Case Against the Theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming.   My next, which is my favorite, is a near future political novel, titled, Secession- A Republic   Reborn.  My latest is a satirical critique of our President.  I am hoping he sees a copy, since I think he would give me more publicity than I could buy..

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

 My wife and I are huge Auburn fans; so from September to early January we are watching college football.  Until my wife's stroke ten years ago, we were big travelers.  Now, we stay pretty close to home.  She watches TV in the daytime; At night, my TV fare is mostly politics unless a good old movie is on.  Fortunately, our daughter and so-in-law live close; so we are frequently over there.

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

          In Hans Christian Andersen's tale, The Emperor's New Clothes, two unscrupulous tailors appeal to the emperor's vanity by offering to make him a suit of clothes that would be woven of such fine fiber that it would be invisible to all those who were unworthy of seeing it.  (And, I guess so light in weight that the wearer would not be able to feel it.) When the proud emperor  paraded out in his birthday suit; his subjects exclaimed how grand the emperor's new clothes were.  All except a young child who stated the obvious.
          The tone of the story suggests that the people were not deceived; but only went along with the ruse.   What is notclear is if Trump's followers are likewise undeceived at his  
obvious equivocating, and are consciously apologizing for   him; or if they have somehow succumbed to a  type of  mass hypnosis. 
          It may be akin to mass hysteria, which is well  understood.  When someone shouts “Fire” in a theater;  whether true or not, otherwise rational people, almost  spontaneously, begin to act irrationally.  Typically, many  more people are injured and killed than if people evacuated the premises in an orderly manner.
           A book written by a German psychiatrist in 19331 is eerily prescient of what appears to be going on today with respect to Trump's cult.  Trump stated during the campaign that he

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? 

No.  I think it may have been the easiest.  One might say that Donald Trump was my co-author.

Can you tell us about your journey? 

 The journey started back in June 2015, when he declared that he was running for President.  At that time most people, including me, gave him no chance to be nominated, let alone elected.   But, until August of that year during the first Republican Presidential debate; I had not firmly decided to write a book.  What clinched it was Trump's refusal to pledge support for the eventual nominee.   I was  angry at Trump; but probably more so at the Republican National Committee for letting themselves be intimidated and not banning him from future debates.  If he had been banned; I think he would have then run as an independent and most likely lost.  What I think horrified the committee was the thought  that a great many Republicans would have joined him in defeat.  So, with the other sixteen candidates cannibalizing each other's support, it was easy sailing to the nomination.  In the meantime, my co-author was making sure that I was no lacking for material.  After the  election, I continued to take notes; but at the same time was organizing them.  Finally, in mid-May of 2018, the book was published.

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

It's a satirical critique of a man I view as a real danger to our Republic.

What makes your book stand out from the rest?

A humorous book that is dead serious.

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

Perhaps, Halloween.  That may surprise some people since it is satire; but despite the humor, there is a serious message; and it is scary.

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

Since I am a political junkie, I will give you a political answer.  I hadn't planned on it; but one never knows how things might turn out.

What’s next for you?

I've started a book, tentatively titled, Does God Exist?  -A Debate with an Atheist.

Book Description:

If you love Trump, sorry, this book is not for you.  If, on the other hand, you are horrified at what this man is doing,  I think you will enjoy it.   I read a very interesting book recently that discussed despots and their common characteristics. What, then, are the characteristics of a despot? They attack free
speech and the press. They threaten political opponents with prison. They scapegoat certain minorities to rally their base and divert attention from other problems. They engage in nepotism and use their office for personal and family enrichment. They attack and vilify the judiciary, legitimate law enforcement, and essentially anyone in government who is not considered absolutely loyal.  And, through a type of mass hysteria, they create a cult following.

Does any of this sound familiar? No, our President is not a despot..yet; but individuals do not become despots spontaneously- they evolve. My  book, AREN'T THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES GRAND, is a satirical critique.   As a satire, the book is humorous; but the subject is dead serious. Without hyperbole, I truly believe Trump is a threat to our Constitution and Republic; and I think if you read my book objectively, you will probably come to the same conclusion.  


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New Book! Darkest Before the Dawn by Mike Martin

Author: Mike Martin  
Publisher: Ottawa Press and Publishing  
Pages: TBA  
Genre: Mystery

Darkest Before the Dawn is the latest adventure of Sgt. Winston Windflower, a Mountie who finds himself surrounded by a new family and a new life in tiny Grand Bank, Newfoundland. There are signs of trouble that may disturb his pleasant life, including a series of unsolved break-ins and the lack of supports for young people in the most trying time of their lives. But there are always good friends, good food and the sense that if we all pull together, we can find a way to get through even the darkest days.

Ghosts, mysterious deaths, and a new character enliven the pages as Windflower and Tizzard and the other police officers awaken the secrets that have been lying dormant in this sleepy little town. The deeper they dig the more they find as the criminals they seek dive deeper behind the curtains of anonymity and technology. But more than anything, this is a story of love and loss, of growing up and learning how to grow old gracefully. It is also about family and community and looking after each other. Of not giving up hope just before the dawn.



Winston Windflower was surrounded by women. Literally
and figuratively. At home, his beautiful wife, Sheila Hillier,
was busy minding the new joy of their lives. Amelia Louise was just
over a month old, and she was the most beautiful thing that the
RCMP sergeant had ever seen. Right in front of him was a gaggle
of ladies from the Grand Bank United Church Women. He was
finishing up the latest in a series of seminars the local Mounties
were conducting on how to make your home safer.
The sessions were in response to a series of break-ins around
the Burin Peninsula in recent months. There had been ten reported
in Grand Bank alone. This was concerning to the locals who were
used to living in a community where you never had to lock your
doors at night. It was disturbing to the RCMP as well because they
had no idea who was behind this latest crime spree. Usually, that
was the easiest part of their job.
Break and enters were often carried out by drug users looking
for quick money for hits or professionals who would stake out a
home or business that had particularly valuable assets. There were
random robberies for other reasons, too, but ten in one small town
was more than unusual. What was even stranger was that houses
had been broken into, and nothing appeared to be missing.
That had startled the RCMP and scared the local women
who had come out tonight to hear about double bolts and security
“We never had to lock our doors around here,” said Mabel
“Who is doing this, Sergeant?” asked Rachel Mahoney.
“Is it drugs?” asked Barb Pritchard.

Windflower was trying to respond but the questions kept

“They don’t know yet,” came a voice from behind him. Wind-
flower turned to see who had come to his rescue. It was Betsy

Molloy, his administrative assistant.
“The whole detachment is working on it, and they’ll find them,”
continued Betsy. “The Mounties always get their man,” she stated
That seemed to assuage the gathered women, who parted to
let the RCMP officer slip through. He nodded and smiled as he
politely refused all offers for coffee and cake and squeezed his way
out of the church hall.
Outside, he exhaled a sigh of relief and breathed in the first
warm night air of spring. It was early June, but the weather had been
unseasonably cold for this time of year. There’d even been morning
frost up until a few nights ago. Tonight was calm and beautiful and
mild. Windflower hoped that would be a harbinger of warmer days
ahead. But he had learned from living in this part of the world that
unpredictable was the norm when it came to weather. The good
news was that if you didn’t like the weather at the moment, you
only had to wait about an hour and it would be different.
He didn’t really care about wind or weather tonight. He
couldn’t wait to get home to see Sheila and their baby. He drove
home quickly and was welcomed by yet another female in his life,
Lady, his five-year-old collie. She was still a puppy at heart despite
her age and wanted to jump and play with her master. Windflower
pacified her with a pat on the head and a Milk-Bone biscuit and
ran upstairs.
Sheila was putting a new pink onesie on the baby who was
looking at her mother.
“She knows who you are,” said Windflower, creeping in behind
her. The baby moved her eyes towards him.
“I think she knows you, too,” said Sheila. “Come and say hello.”
Windflower sat on the bed next to Sheila and grazed his baby’s
cheek with his finger. Then, he touched her tiny fingers, and it felt
like she was trying to grab on to him. It may have been reflex, but
Windflower was overjoyed at her reaction. Maybe she does know me, he thought.
As he was pondering this question, Amelia Louise closed her
eyes and was soon fast asleep.
“Put the kettle on, and I’ll be down in a minute,” said Sheila,
who picked up the baby and carried her to the bassinet next to the
“Okay,” said Windflower. “I’ll take Lady out for a quick spin
Windflower went downstairs where Lady was waiting none too
patiently for him. Her spirits lifted when he grabbed her leash after
plugging in the kettle.
“Let’s go girl,” he said. She didn’t need to be told twice. Lady
was quite happy to sniff and snort her way all along the roadways
in Grand Bank. She did her business and barked at dogs on the
route to let them know that she had the best master in town. She
was disappointed when Windflower took the short way back home.
But once there, she was quite content to lie at his feet as he sat in
the living room with Sheila.
“So, tell me all about your day,” said Windflower.
“It’s not very exciting,” said Sheila. “Eat, poop, sleep. Repeat.
But I’m not complaining. We have a beautiful, healthy baby girl.”
Windflower smiled. “Well, I couldn’t be happier, with her and
with you.”
“Thank you, Sergeant. What’s happening out in the big world
of Grand Bank? How did your meeting go at the church?”
“They’re worried. Can’t say as I blame them.”
“It’s a big shift. Especially for those who have lived here all of
their lives. What is going on?”
“Don’t know yet, but as Betsy says, we always get our man.”
Sheila laughed. “Good thing Betsy was there. She’s always
helping out with the church ladies.”
“She certainly helped me out tonight. We’ll figure it out. We
always do. In the meantime, lock the doors when I’m not around.
I don’t want anything happening to my two favourite ladies in the
“Make that three,” said Sheila, laughing again, as Lady pushed
herself up against Windflower for one more rub.

He started to stroke her when his cell phone rang. “Boss, it’s
Jones. We’ve got a situation. We got a call about a shooting up near
the seniors’ club.”
“Injuries?” asked Windflower.
“A teenager,” said Jones. “I’m on my way.”
“I’ll be over in a sec,” said Windflower.
“Bad news?” asked Sheila.
“I’ll call you,” was all he said back.

Sheila didn’t ask any more questions. They liked a layer of insu-
lation between his police work and their personal lives. He gave her a peck on the cheek and patted Lady as he left to drive to the
seniors’ club, hoping for the best and fearing the worst.
The reality was somewhere in between.

Mike Martin was born in Newfoundland on the East Coast of Canada and now lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. He is a long-time freelance writer and his articles and essays have appeared in newspapers, magazines and online across Canada as well as in the United States and New Zealand. He is the author of Change the Things You Can: Dealing with Difficult People and has written a number of short stories that have published in various publications including Canadian Stories and Downhome magazine.

The Walker on the Cape was his first full fiction book and the premiere of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series. Other books in the series include The Body on the T, Beneath the Surface, A Twist of Fortune and A Long Ways from Home, which was shortlisted for the Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award as the best light mystery of the year. A Tangled Web was released in 2017 and the newest book in the series is Darkest Before the Dawn.




Monday, October 22, 2018

#BlogTour #CodeBlue Interview with Jamell Crouthers, Author of Code Blue @aquarianmind1

Jamell Crouthers is a poet, author, blogger and podcaster who has taken on a journey of writing in the prime of his life. He has been writing poetry since the age of 13 but never thought he could utilize his talent to tell stories and write books. He is not the traditional author as he writes his books in poetry format with a focus on storylines and societal issues.

After publishing 11 books (so far), his goals and plans are to continue writing books on taboo subjects that aren't discussed enough in today's world and bringing those main subjects to the forefront. Jamell's blogs tackle societal issues, how he writes his books, his journey as an author and some motivational blogs that will get you to focus on your goals. His goal and moniker is, "to change the world, one book at a time."

Jamell’s Code Blue series can be purchased at Amazon.

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About the Series:

The Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun series chronicles a police officer named Gary who has been on the force for a few years. He soon is entrenched in a lot of lies, corruption, racism and agendas being pushed by his superiors. The question throughout this series is whether he as a good cop becomes part of the corruption or does he report it?

Part of this series features his son Gary, Jr who is a young teenager wanting to be like his father and go into the police force. He soon learns through the news daily that the police force is not what it really is. Gary ends up having to share the truths of what goes on at work and the relationship between him and his son changes because of it. Now it becomes up to Gary what he is going to do about what goes on at work.

Author: Jamell Crouthers
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 87
Genre: Poetry prose/literary fiction


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Author: Jamell Crouthers
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 89
Genre: Poetry prose/literary fiction


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Author: Jamell Crouthers
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 99
Genre: Poetry prose/literary fiction


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Thanks for this interview, Jamell.  Congratulations on your new book! 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's been a rocky road, thinking about what I wanted to write about was the start. Then when I thought about social issues of the world, next came all of the major things that are going on around us. I have changed book covers to a series of books 3 times, finding people who see your vision and aren't just after your money has been tough. I've made a few bad investments and I wouldn't change it.

If you were to pen your own autobiography, what might the title be?

The Growth and Journey of Jamell Crouthers

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

I watch my favorite TV shows, watching Netflix when I can, going running, playing basketball, watching sports or listening to music.

What makes your book stand out from the rest?

My books are written in a poetry prose format, they're character driven and more in the realm of literary fiction. My books don't fall into one specific category. I've always been great at storytelling in poetry format so I utilized that and was able to write books with a message.

Can you give us the very first page of your book so that we can get a glimpse inside?

Police Chief Bulletin #1
My fellow police officers, thank you for your hard work,
Putting your life in the line of duty every day.
This will be the first of many bulletins that I will be sending,
Your supervising officer will be having meetings about my bulletins.
I want to address an issue that’s been going on in our community,
There have been too many minorities driving in our neighborhoods.
I’ve been told by residents that they’re scared and afraid of them,
I don’t know exactly why as I am not in the streets everyday.
In order to get control of our community again we must pull over cars,
Any car that is expensive and they look out of place, pull them over.
Find a reason to pull these cars over, whether it’s a tail light,
Or they can be driving too slow, too fast, failure to signal when changing lanes.
There are certain cars to look for, especially tinted windows,
Ferraris, Bentleys, Mercedes Benz, Lamborghinis, you get my drift.
You know the procedure, asking for a driver’s license and registration,
Make sure that you’re assertive in your behavior and taking control of situations.
I want officers to be partnered up in the cars while you’re on duty,
We need to conduct these pullovers between 7pm and 5am daily.
It seems to be that at night these minorities are driving through our neighborhood,
Even if you recognize cars and know who these people are, pull them over.
I can’t have our citizens of our community constantly calling me about this,
So let’s clean this up as soon as possible and I want it tracked how many you do.
I want three done a week amongst partners and body cams will show that,
If you have to agitate a driver to escalate a situation, do it.
Cars swerving means they must be drunk or high so sniff out the car,
Find a purpose and reason to search the car without a warrant.
I appreciate your time in reading this bulletin,
If you have any questions or concerns, please consult your supervising officer.
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If your book was put in the holiday section of the store, what holiday would that be and why?

I would say Labor Day because police officers do sacrifice their lives daily and it fits into the narrative of this series.

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

I've already turned the book into a series. Three are currently available on all major bookstores. The last two books of the series will be released in December.

When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?

I definitely didn't see writing as a career. I always wrote poetry for fun sharing things that go on in my life or thoughts that were on my mind. Now I want this to be something I do full-time as a profession (I have books planned out through the end of 2022) and hopefully it turns into speaking engagements, writing screenplays based on my books and delving into other projects I want to do in the near future.

Did any of your books get rejected by publishers?

When I start my writing journey, I knew I was going to self-publish so getting a publishing deal was never a big goal of mine.

What is your view on co-authoring books; have you done any?

Co-authoring is cool but because of the format I write in, it would be hard to collaborate with someone. I haven't done any and I don't see myself doing that in the future.

What’s next for you?

The end of the year will be Code Blue Parts 4 & 5 being published. I have 7 books planned for next year and I plan on getting back into script writing based on my books. I will be working on podcast content for the rest of this year and for next year. I definitely want to get back to recording audio books and posting that on my website. Also I want to move to Los Angeles next year and go to some more book festivals to meet people in the industry and also readers.