Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for March, 2014

Michael GoffinetMichael Goffinet was born and raised in Southern California. After earning his Masters of Health Administration degree, he worked in the health care industry for the last two decades.  He currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife of twenty years and his teenage son. He is an avid golfer and when he’s not reading or writing he can be found on the golf course.

His latest book is the action thriller, They Call Me Superman.

Visit his website at www.michaelgoffinet.com.

They Call Me Superman 7Would you call yourself a born writer?

Definitely not. I never thought about writing a novel until later in life.

What was your inspiration for They Call Me Superman?

I became consumed with action thrillers fifteen years ago. I found myself constantly thinking about different book plots and characters. I developed Marcus Evans on a sleepless night and he grew from there. I finally found the courage to put pen to paper.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

I don’t have set themes I write about. I try to include heroism, death, and a little love.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

I wrote the first draft in six months. It took me another year to revise, edit, and publish it.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

My discipline changes at different stages of the book. During the first draft, I try and write about 5,000 words a week, although some scenes are more difficult than others.  The revision stage goes a little faster on a word count basis, however, I go through the book four to five times, continuing to critique and revise.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Making sure the novel flowed properly. There are numerous actions scenes occurring in several different countries.

What do you love most about being an author?

I love developing the plot as well as the characters. Dialogue is my favorite part to write.

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? 

I published with a small press. The process was time consuming, but they did a good job. They have a five point edit process, which is very good, however, I wouldn’t do it again. Unless you are a very successful author you have little control over you book.

Where can we find you on the web?

Michaelgoffinet.com. Go there and request my free short story “Karma’s A Bitch.”

Read Full Post »

ABOUT THE AMBITIOUS STRUGGLE

 


The Ambitious StruggleTitle:
The Ambitious Struggle
Author: Yasin Kakande
Genre: Autobiography
Publisher: Florida Academic Press
Pages: 282

Purchase at AMAZON

The book includes many anecdotes about my work as a journalist in Dubai. Many readers might be unfamiliar with how the media operate in one of the world’s most progressive and economically developed nations. There are many similarities to mainstream media in other parts of the world but there also are some unique elements which emphasize just how precarious, fragile, and delicate the media’s professional commitments and ethics are amid the omnipresent shadows of press censorship and the opaque nature of official spokespersons who aggressively protect Dubai’s intricately constructed status quo. These tensions are most frequently observed in the day-to-day coverage of crime, business, public meetings and other routine events that constitute the bread-and-butter of local media throughout the world. Some of the most illuminating insights come from stories about immigrants, signaling themes that easily could apply to similar stories in virtually any other part of the world. In summary, the book explores many topics – how the coverage of crime and police matters, public health concerns (e.g., HIV and AIDS), racism and racial profiling, governmental accountability, corporate responsibility in accidents, and other reporting beats proceeds against a backdrop of tensions that pit an enlightened cosmopolitanism against the strict cultural, social, and religious mores closely associated with the region.

The book also seeks to cover several potentially dynamic market emphases that have become more visible recently among diverse groups of readers. One includes journalists and students who are morally courageous Muslim professionals and leaders advocating for press freedom and who are committed to challenging the limitations of political correctness, intellectual conformity, and censorship. Another focuses on immigration, ethnic and racial diversity, and multiculturalism in building responsible democracies. This is significant as an informative counterpoint to some mainstream media portrayals of the Muslim faith and its religious practices. Yet another focuses on Ugandan culture and the importance of education in breaking through difficult barriers preventing individuals from achieving economic mobility. Meanwhile, the book is ideal for others looking for different views other than Western media regarding the politics of Uganda and the long dictatorship of Yoweri Museveni. Finally, and equally if not more significant is the book’s entry into a growing market of nonfiction releases dealing with Dubai, especially those manuscripts which challenge the widely popularized perceptions of the cosmopolitan utopia in Dubai and its neighboring emirates.

 

amazon2

 

ABOUT YASIN KAKANDE

A native of Uganda, Yasin Kakande has been a Middle East journalist for nearly a decade. He currently works for the Abu Dhabi-based The National newspaper as the correspondent for the northern Emirates. He also has worked as a news producer for City 7 TV in Dubai, a features writer for the Khaleej Times, and as a reporter and assistant editor for the Bahrain Tribune.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and a master of business administration degree in marketing from the United Arab Emirates branch of the U.S.-based Preston University. He is fluent in English, Arabic, Swahili, and French.

 

 

FACEBOOK

 

Read Full Post »

The Montana Gallagher Collection Book Boost & Giveaway!
“Where words, romance, and adventure meet.”
About The Collection
BOOK ONE – Gallagher’s Pride
She was on a quest of discovery. He was on a quest for revenge. Together they would discover a second chance. Brenna Cameron travels from Scotland after losing someone she loves in search of family she didn’t know existed. Alone now in the world, Brenna makes an arduous journey, following the trail of discovery to Briarwood, Montana. Here she meets Ethan Gallagher, and the rest of the Gallagher clan. Only with their help is she able to discover lost family, heal old wounds, and embark on a treacherous confrontation with a man who destroyed her family. As head of the Gallagher clan, Ethan has more than enough to occupy his thoughts and time he didn’t need the complication of Brenna Cameron and he certainly didn’t need the trouble that came with her. Ethan takes on the unwanted duty of self-appointed protector to the headstrong Scot, only to discover there is such a thing as second chances and more to life than revenge.
BOOK TWO – Gallagher’s Hope
She sought a new beginning.He sought what he didn’t know was missing. Together they would discover hope in unlikely places. Isabelle Rousseau must escape New Orleans and the memory of her family’s tragic loss. With her younger brother in tow, she accepts a position as the new schoolteacher in Briarwood, Montana. Desperate to keep what’s left of her family together, Isabelle joins her life with a stranger only to discover that trust and hope go hand in hand. Gabriel Gallagher lived each day as it came believing he had everything he could possibly want . . . until a determined woman and her brother arrive with a little luggage and a lot of secrets. It will take a drastic choice to protect her and give them both hope for the future.
BOOK THREE – Gallagher’s Choice

He finally had a family to call his own. She now knew what it meant to risk it all. Together they had a chance to find peace at last. Eliza Gallagher is tough, resilient, and rides a horse like she was born in the saddle. All necessary qualities for someone who runs a cattle ranch. She had more to avenge than any of them and she was counting on those skills to finally find the justice they all sought — until she realized it could cost her everything and everyone she loved. Ramsey Hunter finally knew what it was to have a family and what it took to keep that family together. He knew coming back wouldn’t be easy, but he never imagined what he would have to risk to keep it. Eliza got him home; now Ramsey has to do whatever it takes to save her life and help bring peace to Hawk’s Peak.

About The Author
MK McClintock published her first novel, Gallagher’s Pride, in July 2012, and followed one month later with the release of her second book in the same series, Gallagher’s Hope. Her third novel, Alaina Claiborne, was published in January 2013. Gallagher’s Choice, the third book in her Gallagher Series, was released in August 2013. She is now working on her next story.

McClintock dreams of a time when life was simpler, the land rougher, and the journey more rewarding. With her heart deeply rooted in the past and her mind always on adventure, she lives and writes in Montana.

McClintock is a member of Romance Writers of America, Montana Romance Writers, and Women Writing the West.
Connect with MK!
ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!
The author is giving away these fabulous prizes!
Prize 1 – $50

OR
Prize Two
*Any entrants for the gift card. For the book set and blanket, US winners only.*

Read Full Post »

P. Christina Greenaway

Christina Greenaway grew up in Cornwall, England in a small fishing village. One of her favorite pastimes as a child was to write a story, stuff it in a bottle, toss it into the sea, and imagine all her characters – pirates, kings, and others – come to life. Her life twisted and turned, however, in so many ways that she never ventured into writing until now, many years later. Her novels include themes generated from her life experiences including: trust, the fantasy parent, empowerment, work and travel and spiritual power.

Christina has worked at BBC radio in England, a NYC high-powered ad agency, as assistant to the president of a perfume company in France, as a partner for a frog farm in Costa Rica, and numerous other venues. She has traversed the globe.

She is the author of Written in Ruberah, published by Girl by the Sea Publishing, and Dream Chaser: Awakening, published by Girl by the Sea. You can visit Christina at www.christinagreenaway.com or her blog at http://christinagreenaway.wordpress.com.

 

Would you call yourself a born writer? 

Yes. I loved to write stories when I was a young child. I was never so happy as when I sat on the cliffs, stared into the sea and dreamed up tales of lost lands and princesses waiting to be rescued from one monster or another. I’ve written in fits and starts throughout my life, but it wasn’t until I came to that crossroad—that moment when you realize forever no longer lights up your future, that I settled into writing seriously. Should I have done it earlier? No. I’ve explored the world, met a wide range of people, tried my hand at different careers, loved and lost and loved again and again.  These experiences form the well from which I draw my characters and stories. 

What was your inspiration for Written in Ruberah

I wanted to set a story in Cornwall, UK, where I was born and raised. I felt the lush countryside, the moors, and the rugged coast would feed my imagination. They did. Lovers came to mind—lovers who must time travel to the ancient past to heal a rift that prevents them from being together.  I needed an immortal—a guide who would help them. I turned to an old Cornish legend that fascinated me as a child: the legend of the beautiful nymph Tamara and the giant brothers Tavy and Tawridge. Tamara’s father forbids her to meet the giants. Tamara disobeys him. Her father catches her with the giants and punishes her by turning her into a river of tears. Tamara forms the River Tamar. As a child, I travelled back and forth to boarding school by train crossing the River Tamar. I imagined Tamara as a water spirit who helped people.

Written in Ruberah is the first book in my Age of Jeweled Intelligence series about people who lived in the Time of Ruberah who made sacred promises to one day make amends for the disaster that brought about the end of that land. They tossed those promises into the River of Life. Many of those souls are alive on the planet today. As their promises come due they float into the River Tamar. Tamara, the luminous spirit of the river, guides those who come to fulfill them.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?Written in Ruberah  Cover

In my first novel, Dream Chaser:Awakening, I explore forgiveness. Sara Jensen opens her own ad agency with a goal to become a woman of capital before she turns forty. Sara lands the dream client Ross, head of a Hollywood studio. Love ensues. Love that draws Ross close to an early death. Love that asks Sara to risk her own to save his. Love that begs forgiveness. 

Written in Ruberah explores what lies in the chasm that sometimes keeps lovers apart. American lovers Miriam and Mitch travel to Cornwall for a romantic getaway. Miriam feels hard-wired to be in a committed relationship with Mitch, but she can’t realize that love due to a debt she carries from ancient Ruberah. 

How long did it take you to complete the novel? 

Five years.  It took many drafts to weave together the history of ancient Ruberah, the story of Tamara, and the present day dilemma between Miriam and Mitch. The second book in the series is moving along at a much faster pace.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

I am disciplined. I give thanks to my years in boarding school for that. I write every morning for about three hours, and I edit in the afternoons. While doing other things like yoga, hiking, going to the grocery store, I listen to the dream of the story whispering in my head.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Keeping the characters grounded in their worldly aspirations while whisking them into the astral spheres of the jewel kingdoms or the Black Heart, Dark Master’s seat of power beneath the ocean.   

What do you love most about being an author?

The addage is, write what you know about. I write what I want to know more about. I treat writing as an act of trust. I come to the page and work with the story until that something greater than me kicks in. I write for the joy discovery.

Where can we find you on the web?

www.christinagreenaway.com

WRitten in Ruberah banner

Read Full Post »

ImageOur path through life, right from the beginning is composed of a series of small events. These, sometimes imperceptibly, cause change and each of these seemingly insignificant junctions cause a ripple effect, the results of which shape our lives. Sometimes, these junctions are hidden innocently, impossible for foresee and with no apparent ability to affect our future.
 
The story, which Elodie Arnaud recounts, starts innocently enough with her sister Monique’s fascination with the quaint English bridal tradition of something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Soon to be married to Gerard Thiebaud, the determined Monique convinces her sister Elodie to go with her into the attic and find their grandmother’s trunk. Monique reasoned that surely, there must be something, which she could use; however, nothing could have prepared them for the repercussions that simple action caused.  
 
Their grandmother, Marie Lafond had lived in Montauban, a large town in the Tarn-et-Garonne region of France during WW2, and during the war, she had been only a teenager, with a teenager’s perspective on life. The decisions she made and events in Oradour-sur-Glane, a village in the department of Haute-Vienne, are the substance of this book.
 
The Oradour-sur-Glane lived in today, is new, and built on the orders of Charles de Gaulle after WW2. The original village, which Marie would have known, stands as a permanent memorial and museum to the 642 men, women and children, slaughtered by the 2nd Panzer Division of the German SS on the 10th June 1944.
 
If you live in a rural community anywhere in the world, you accept that they are very close knit, with memories which are carried down through the generations. I live in rural France where the war is still so apparent both in monuments and remembrance days in every village; the horror of their lives through occupation and the work of the resistance, are very plain to see, even now.
 
This book is a beautifully written chronicle of the life of one family through three generations. The author, through meticulous research has given the reader a wonderful insight into what it would have been like to grow up and live in France under occupation.
 
Through Elodie and Monique’s discoveries and reflections, we learn how the outlook of modern generations has changed, on the surface, but then memories for some people, run deep.
 
Lest We Forget…  
 
Reviewed by Susan Keefe 
 
 Available in Paperback from Amazon

Read Full Post »

Soon from Twilight Times Books!

LuthiersApprentice_med

Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840), one of the greatest violinists who ever lived and rumored to have made a pact with the devil, has somehow transferred unique powers to another…

When violinists around the world mysteriously vanish, 16-year-old Emma Braun takes notice.  But when her beloved violin teacher disappears… Emma takes charge. With Sherlock Holmes fanatic, not to mention gorgeous Corey Fletcher, Emma discovers a parallel world ruled by an ex-violinist turned evil sorceress who wants to rule the music world on her own terms.

But why are only men violinists captured and not women? What is the connection between Emma’s family, the sorceress, and the infamous Niccolò Paganini?

Emma must unravel the mystery in order to save her teacher from the fatal destiny that awaits him. And undo the curse that torments her family—before evil wins and she becomes the next luthier’s apprentice…

Read Full Post »

ABOUT PIECES OF THE PAST


Title: Pieces of the Past

Genre: Family & Relationships

Author: Bree Matthews

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 268

Language: English

Format: Ebook

Your first love. Everyone remembers that special person and time in their lives. Sometimes first love lasts a lifetime, but more often than not, it is just your introduction to what could be waiting with the next open door. Anne and Joshua were swept up in the wonderment of first love as teenagers, never believing they would part; and, yet, they did. Broken hearts, wounded pride, even a scandal would prove to be an impenetrable roadblock in their path to ‘happily ever after’. Now decades later, Joshua’s unending search for Anne has brought them back together to relive the pieces of the past. All the ghosts hiding in a long sealed Pandora’s Box have been released to play havoc with the present, and even tinker with their futures and all those around them.

AuthorHouse

\

ABOUT BREE MATTHEWS

Bree Matthews is a true Southerner having lived her entire life in the beautiful countryside near the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Having been an English major, writing has always been a passion for her. ‘Pieces of the Past’ is the first novel of the “Pieces” trilogy; with its publication, Bree has only eight items left on her ‘Bucket List’.

Pump Up Your Book and Bree are teaming up to give you a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Terms & Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • This giveaway begins March 3 and ends on March 14.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on March 15, 2014.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.

Good luck everyone!

ENTER TO WIN!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Read Full Post »

« Newer Posts - Older Posts »

%d bloggers like this: