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Andra WatkinsAndra Wakins is a native of Tennessee but calls Charleston, South Carolina, her home for the last 23 years.  She is the author of To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis, a mishmash of historical fiction, paranormal fiction and suspense that follows Meriwether Lewis (of Lewis & Clark fame) after his mysterious death on the Natchez Trace in 1809.

You can visit her website at www.andrawatkins.com or follow her on Google+,Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and Goodreads.

Would you call yourself a born writer?

Writing is a gift. It’s also a muscle. Some people are naturally endowed with greater muscle strength, but if they don’t work those muscles, they will never be strong. I hope I’m a born writer, but I must write every day to become better.

What was your inspiration for To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis?

Meriwether Lewis died on the Natchez Trace when he was 35 years old. I wondered what he might have accomplished if he had more time, if he didn’t die so young. That’s what got me started.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing? 

Family. Roads not taken. What if questions. History.

To Live ForeverHow long did it take you to complete the novel?

It took me a year-and-a-half to get the book ready for readers.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day. 

We all like to think we’re disciplined, but I waste a lot of time. My brain only starts working in the afternoon. I do yoga in the morning and write in the afternoon and early evening.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book? 

Getting people to understand and accept a genre-bending story is a struggle. Historical fiction. Paranormal fiction. Action/adventure fiction. All mixed with magical realism. It was easier to write the book than it is to explain what’s unique about it.

What do you love most about being an author?

Interacting with readers. I really love to meet readers and get to know them.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision? 

Word Hermit Press published my novel. wordhermitpress.com I’m very happy with my decision to go with them.

Where can we find you on the web?

You can email me at readme(at)andrawatkins(dot)com. You can also follow me on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and Goodreads.


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Mind Games
 is the much awaited third installment in the new adult mystery series, Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective. Talented author Christine Amsden keeps delivering a great story filled with interesting characters, romance, mystery, and the paranormal, lots of it.

In this episode, Cassie still doesn’t know why Evan broke her heart two months ago, and the mystery gnaws at her big time. She decides to keep busy and make herself useful at the sheriff’s department. She also meets charismatic mind mage Matthew Blair…much to Evan’s distaste. At the same time, Eagle Rock is teeming with hate from the religious community, a reaction to the recent murder of a much-esteemed pastor’s wife by what the people believe was a sorcerer. The town is about to snap, with tensions between the magical and non-magical communities.

And in the center of all this, is Matthew, whom Cassie finds irresistible. But can she trust him? According to Evan, no way. But then, Evan isn’t the most objective person when it comes to Cassie. Evan and Cassie have a history, as well as a secret connection, that keeps them bound in spite of themselves.

Will Cassie discover the real culprit or culprits behind the pastor’s wife’s murder, as well as the real face behind the anti-magical propaganda and demonstrations? Most importantly, will she wake up and see Matthew for who he really is…and find the courage to face Evan for what he did to her—when she finds out?

I love this series and thoroughly enjoyed this instalment! There’s something about Cassie’s voice that makes her really likable. She has a good heart and is witty, too. But best of all, she is just an ordinary girl next door trying to do her best in spite of everything that happens around her—which is usually pretty remarkable, as is often the case in paranormal stories.

Her relationship with Evan keeps evolving organically and there’s a major revelation in this book about their connection and the secret behind their rival families. Matthew is a great addition to this episode, adding tension with his charismatic personality and inciting sparks of jealousy from Evan. The conflict between the religious and the magical communities is also well done.

Mind Games kept me reading late into the night, wondering what would happen next. If you haven’t read any books in this series before, I urge you to pick up book one first, Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective. The books are best read in order. You won’t be disappointed.

Purchase links: Amazon / Barnes and Noble

Connect with the author on the web: 

Website / Newsletter / Blog / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Google+

My review was originally published on Blogcritics

 

 

 

“Acheson has a gift for being able to bring the grit of poverty to life ” – (Rachel Malone) HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY

 

“TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND JOURNEY INTO THE SLUMS OF WHITECHAPEL, LONDON, DURING JACK THE RIPPER’S BRUTAL REIGN OF TERROR.”

 

 

About The Book:



Catherine, a fifteen year old runaway, stumbles into a seedy brothel-house tavern in the back streets of Whitechapel, London. She hesitates at the scene before her, one filled with low class prostitutes and drunkards, but it is late, and the dimly-lit labyrinthine alleyways are filled with deviant fellows and petty criminals.

Weary and hungry, she meets Eddie, the rugged young tavern boy who shows her to a room for the night. She settles down only to be awoken in the early hours by piercing cries from the room next door. Arising to find the cause of the commotion, she becomes witness to a gruesome abortion.

Filled with revulsion, Catherine decides to flee as soon as daylight arrives, but Eddie quickly soothes her fears and convinces her to stay, arranging for her to meet Madame Davenport, the nefarious brothel-mistress who employs Catherine as a serving girl, under the proviso she begins work ‛servicing’ men once she is settled in.

Difficulties arise, however, when Eddie’s growing romantic affections for Catherine clash with her sudden infatuation for the dashing middle-class gent, Mr Cross. Unknown to Catherine, the lothario is keeping a diary of his affairs with Whitechapel’s whores, with the dishonourable intention of turning his writing into a successful ‛gentleman’s, publication.’ Mr Cross quickly seduces the fresh young virgin, allowing his sexual fantasies to escalate into an unfathomable obsession.

As Catherine tries her hardest to fit into the ways of life at the lodging house, she encounters only jealousy from Eddie, and resentment from the other prostitutes who reside there. Annie, in particular, dislikes the new girl who has blossoming beauty and youth on her side.

Unexpectedly one night, a crime occurs within the narrow landing of George Yard Buildings. Local prostitute Martha Tabram is found brutally hacked to death by a cruel assailant. The police can unearth no explainable motive. The Victorian crime stuns the entire Whitechapel district, causing widespread panic amongst the prostitutes who each fear for their own lives.

Catherine’s anxiety increases when Edward Cross begins to show signs of ‘odd’ sexual behaviour and mental decline, as he brutally tries to expunge the girl of her virtues.

When two more gruesome murders occur in the area, the prostitutes realise that there is no escape from the vicious killer who calls himself Jack The Ripper.

But who is he? And who will be the next Jack victim?


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About The Author

Carla lives in Gibraltar with her family and is a member of the Freelance Writers Association. She works as a book

reviewer and has interviewed and published book reviews and articles for best-selling and award-winning authors. Her articles and reviews have been featured in various press publications, as well as Waterstones Quarterly UK Magazine.

Her debut fiction novel ‘The Last Gift’ released October 2012, is available on both Kindle and paperback.
Carla is also the founder of the Rock Writers Group formed in Gibraltar in 2009.

Music production, singing, reading and writing have always been the main essential ingredients in Carla’s life.

Visit her website: http://www.carla-acheson.com/

Visit her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thewhitechapelvirgin

 

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Being_Christian_Cover_Enhanced.As a young girl growing up in Ohio, I led a pretty idyllic life and was, for the most part, unaware of the vast array of religions and religious practices that have marked humankind. Later, as a college student in Louisiana, I became aware of the growing radicalization of religion in general and Christianity in particular. There was a lot of talk of End Times, Dominionism, and Christian Zionism; unfamiliar terms that would become all too familiar as they took their place in my widening religious vocabulary.

Years later, I would write Being Christian as a novelization, a satire and social commentary really of the real people and events that I saw as having too great an influence on our political system and public policy decisions. The central character of Being Christian is the young John Christian Hillcox. Christian is an amalgam of the many preachers I saw on television and in person. His rise to wealth and political power along with his many falls from grace play out in real life on a daily basis. From the mega-wealthy televangelists that we see every day, to the constant assaults on science and history curricula in public schools, to the War on Women, the long arm of religious extremism is always within reach.

Being Christian is the first novel since Elmer Gantry to deal with the dark side of American religion through story. I was inspired to write my novel because of a general frustration at the ignorance and lack of interest on the subject of religious extremism in the U.S. I felt that through fiction, I could expose the religious flim-flammery and hypocrisy that threaten to tear apart the American social and political fabric. Ultimately, my goal and my inspiration was to shine a bright light on the challenges we face to what should be our inviolable Constitutional religious/political divide.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Being Christian is a dark, psychological novel that provides a voyeuristic look at the sex, lies, violence and debauchery behind one pastor’s ascent in the world of today’s mega-churches. From life as an impoverished young man to the heady world of money and power, John Christian Hillcox, is a “man of religion” who justifies his sins, heedless of the devastation he wreaks upon his loved ones, his community, and the world.

AUTHOR BIO: K.C. Boyd grew up in Ohio and attended university in Louisiana. She is a first-time author and mother to three daughters and first-time grandmother.

AUTHOR WEBSITE: www.beingchristian.net

LINK TO PURCHASE PAGE: http://beingchristian.net/buy-the-book/

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ABOUT SEEING THE JOY IN AFFLICTION

Seeing the Joy in AfflictionTitle: Seeing the Joy in Affliction
Genre: Religious
Author: Michael Shelley
Publisher: iUniverse
EBook: 128 pages
Release Date: October 8, 2004
ISBN: 978-0-59577-656-6

Based on the author’s personal experience with physical and emotional affliction, including terminal brain cancer, Seeing the Joy in Affliction deals with the tough questions:

Why do Christians suffer? Is it a lack of faith?
Is suffering part of God’s plan for us?
How do we respond in obedience to various kinds of suffering?
What is the secret in unleashing God’s power in the midst of our suffering?
How do we minister to others when we are suffering?

Learn the ultimate secret for dealing with these and other essential questions about growing in your faith.

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ABOUT MICHAEL SHELLEY

 

Mike Shelley is a professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology and attends Christian Life Center in Dayton Ohio. He has taught Bible classes for over 30 years. He and his wife Sherry have three children?Maria, Andrew, and Joshua.

 

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ABOUT SO WHAT DO YOU THINK

Title: So What Do You Think

Genre: Self Help/Personal Growth

Author: Clair Swinburne

Publisher: iUniverse

EBook: 112 pages

Release Date: July 28, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-46202-936-5

This psychology guide for teens presents an overview of how the mind works to give you a clearer understanding of how to look after your mental health.

We all need to take care of our mental health. But just how do you accomplish this? In So What Do You Think? author Clair Swinburne helps teenagers understand the natural workings of the mind and uncovers interesting facts about what affects our reality to provide insights into how to achieve positive results in life.

So What Do You Think? examines the attitudes, outlooks, and mindsets that produce success in life. It reviews how the mind works and how it can impact your behaviour, your reality, the things you attract into your life and your body. This analysis will provide a greater understanding of how to look after your mind and it will give you a deeper knowledge about what works for you and what doesn’t.

Using anecdotes and humour, Clair helps you learn new perspectives and strategies that can improve your well-being and produce more positive attitudes and results. So What Do You Think? also outlines ten practical techniques to help you begin looking after your mental health now.

 

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ABOUT CLAIR SWINBURNE

Clair Swinburne is an experienced teacher who has taught in the United Kingdom and Ireland and for many years has worked as a pastoral leader and mentor. She is also a master practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming. Her positive interaction with teenagers prompted her to write the So What …? book series. She currently lives in Ireland.

 

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David BurnsworthDavid Burnsworth became fascinated with the Deep South at a young age. After a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and fifteen years in the corporate world, he made the decision to write a novel. Southern Heat is his first mystery. Having lived in Charleston on Sullivan’s Island for five years, the setting was a foregone conclusion. He and his wife along with their dog call South Carolina home.

His latest book is the southern noir/mystery, Southern Heat.

Visit his website at www.davidburnsworthbooks.com.

Would you call yourself a born writer?

First of all, thanks for the opportunity to reach your followers. As for being a born writer, I guess I have some attributes that help. (I’ve also got a truckload that get in the way, but that‘s another story.) I like to develop stories in my head and like to get lost in books. I love listening to people communicate, both in what they say and what’s implied by how they say it. I’m also very interested in motive. I’m not a great linguist and my wife always knows my motive in every situation, but I try to make my characters quicker and wittier than I could ever be in real life.

Southern Heat 7What was your inspiration for Southern Heat?

The book is set in Charleston, South Carolina. I lived there for five years and the place has never left my head. I began with a ten thousand foot overview of my experiences from that time, created some characters that I thought fit the setting, and whittled them all down to what became the book.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

Environmental and animal abuse—I’d like to contribute more toward conservation and preservation of our land, and protecting endangered species especially from poaching.

Taking advantage of the unfortunate—I believe that those with should be helping those in need, not abusing them.

The underdog—I love the picture from China of the one man facing off against a tank in the city street. That is who I want my protagonist to aspire to be.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

It took six years from the first word until a contract. Thanks to the South Carolina Writers Workshop, I learned how to write. Then Killer Nashville helped me get in front of the right people.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

I am not so much disciplined as more of an opportunist writer. I have to work around a day job and spending time with my wife.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Tying up all the loose ends. Every time I added a plot twist or new scene, I created the opportunity to leave some detail hanging.

What do you love most about being an author?

The vain side of me says seeing my name on the front cover of a book. The better side of me says hearing that people enjoy reading what I wrote.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

My publisher is Five Star, which is a small imprint with Thorndike / Cengage. I am very happy with them. They’ve been great to work with throughout this process, which was entirely new to me.

Where can we find you on the web?

www.davidburnsworthbooks.com

www.facebook.com/BurnsworthDavid

@DavidBurnsworth

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