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Title: War Ready

Author: Mary Lou Darst

Publisher: iUniverse

Genre: Biography

Format: Ebook/Paperback

“Her memoir is seen through the eyes of the girl living it, not at decades removed, which gives it both freshness and ache.” By Kirkus Indie For young Mary Lou, life was an adventure. Her father served in the military, and she traveled the world with him and her family. His assignments took them to Alaska, Virginia, Japan, Texas, and Germany, as part of the US Army’s responsibilities in policing the world. This candid memoir recounts her family’s life in new places and cultures following World War II. What was it like to be a child living in Japan seven years after the war? What was it like to be a thirteen-year-old living in Germany twelve years after the war? What was it like to grow up moving between cultures? This is the story of one family bound to service in the military at a time when the world was being redefined. For a young girl, it was the adventure of a lifetime as she learned the secrets of finding her own way in that new world. The author’s story was informed by reading her father’s diary, which offers up intimate and candid insight into the life of a typical soldier in a time of war. His entries describe his time serving aboard a battleship built for 800 soldiers—but carrying 6,000 to war. His tales—told from the perspective of a young soldier in southern England, Wales, and Scotland from 1943 to 1945—are glimpses into a life many will never know firsthand.

Meet the Author:

As a child, Mary Lou Darst traveled the world with her military family. She earned a BA in literature, an MS in multicultural studies, and a BA in visual and applied design. She taught English language arts and English as a second language.

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Julie Ann James lives in Sarasota, Florida. Her passion for words came at an early age and has inspired her to literally plant seeds all over the globe. She is the founder of the Peppertree Press book publishing company and The Pepper Tree Literary Magazine, an avid public speaker, a published children’s author and novelist.

Q: Congratulations on the release of your latest book, Irish Jewel. To begin with, can you give us a brief summary of what the story is about and what compelled you to write it?   

A: Irish Jewel is about a young executive woman who meets the love of her life on a business trip.  Amy Reid, about to turn 29 falls in love with her soul mate, Michael Cambridge. He is handsome, charming and extremely wealthy and well known by all that live in the heart of the antiquated and historical Dublin, Ireland.  He sits in the power chair as the CEO of a jewelry store chain called Irish Jewel passed down from his father and his father before him.  She says yes to his proposal and then they plan a destination wedding in Dublin.

It doesn’t take long before her dreams of becoming Mrs. Michael Cambridge take a turn for the worst and the deep dark family secrets that were once buried in the Ireland dirt come to the surface for all to see.  The intrigue, the mystery and the danger Amy will find herself in will captivate the readers and leave them with an unforgettable ending right down to the last word.

I had an opportunity to travel to Dublin Ireland and even though I was writing another novel at the time, I was truly inspired by this beautiful country and the idea simple popped in my head. The antiquated cemeteries, the architecture and the overall history in Ireland were breathtaking.  I ended up putting away the novel I was working on and writing the premise to Irish Jewel while on the plane.  It is interesting as I typically come up with the title first and then the idea and that seems to work for me best.

Irish Jewel JpegQ: What do you think makes a good mystery thriller.  Could you narrow it down to the three most important elements? Is it even possible to narrow it down?

A: I would have to say making certain you have interesting characters and always give them a back story to keep your reader interested.  Make certain there are not too many characters as the reader is reading for enjoyment. If they have too many characters to keep track of you might just lose them and they could put your book down for good.  Make certain you leave the reader with a cliff hanger so they will want to turn the page.

Q: How did you go about plotting your story? Or did you discover it as you worked on the book?

A:  I know there are many writers that will plot out the entire book and outline each character and each scene down to the finest detail.  For me, I write as I go along and sometimes surprise myself on the “who done it” in the end because I really have no idea what is going to happen. It could take a very twisted unexpected turn for the greater good and that is the fun aspect of writing fiction.

 

Q: Tell us something interesting about your protagonist and how you developed him or her. Did you do any character interviews or sketches prior to the actual writing?

A:  I envisioned my character to be a certain way in the beginning process of my book, however the more I developed him the more I liked him.  Did I want him to be charming and mysterious or did I want the reader and the characters that surrounded him to question his integrity and his motives throughout the book. Was he an all around good guy and the prince charming that Amy Reid was about to marry or did his past hold the secrets to who he really was as a person.   I am confident that the reader will like him no matter what.

Q: In the same light, how did you create your antagonist or villain? What steps did you take to make him or her realistic?

A: My antagonist was an extremely fun character to create and I so enjoyed seeing him develop and turn into the psychopath that he so deserves to be. It is truly a love hate relationship and I love to hate him.

Q: How did you keep your narrative exciting throughout the novel? Could you offer some practical, specific tips?

A: I wanted to keep my reader on the edge of their seat. Okay, I realize that is a cliché thing to say, however it was my goal as a fiction writer. I wanted to surprise them with every twisted turn of the page and I think I succeeded in doing so. I absolutely love describing the scenes that surrounded my characters but also wanted to give my reader the ability to use their imagination as well. It was important to me to not give too much away.    This is the beauty of writing fiction and reading fiction you can be anyone and let your imagination take you anywhere.

Q: Setting is also quite important and in many cases it becomes like a character itself. What tools of the trade did you use in your writing to bring the setting to life?

A: Since I had the opportunity to visit Ireland, it was easy for me to be there in the middle of the antiquated cemetery and describe the tomb stones and the creepy grounds they were sitting on.  It was easy for me to describe the food in Ireland since I ate the food.  The experience itself was my research and helped so much in the end result.

Q: Did you know the theme(s) of your novel from the start or is this something you discovered after completing the first draft? Is this theme(s) recurrent in your other work?

A: As I said before, I did not know the themes of my novel. It was a surprise to me how my writing took a turn and that is a thrill for me the writer and it is my hope for the reader.

Q: Where does craft end and art begin? Do you think editing can destroy the initial creative thrust of an author?

A: I often give advice about editing as I learned the hard way from my own experience after writing Irish Jewel. I had it copy edited in the beginning, however once reading it back decided to take it a step further and have my book content edited.  It was the best thing I have done in my writing career and I would suggest it for all writers. I don’t think editing can destroy your book unless the editor takes liberties and removes the voice of the writer.

Q: What three things, in your opinion, make a successful novelist?

A:

Tenacity and a good plot that will keep the reader interested.

The will to take criticism and use it for the greater good and learn from it.

To use characters that are relatable.

Q: A famous writer once wrote that being an author is like having to do homework for the rest of your life. What do you think about that?

A: If an author thinks writing feels like homework (work being the key word) then they are not having fun being a writer. A writer should write because they have a love for writing and creating, not because they have to.  Unless its actual homework.

Q: Are there any resources, books, workshops or sites about craft that you’ve found helpful during your writing career?

A: I think the best classroom you can be in is learning from other writers. Finding a writers group, a book club or an association is going to help any writer along the road.

Q:  Is there anything else you’d like to share with my readers about the craft of writing?

A:  Always read your manuscript outloud and if someone is willing to listen, then read it outloud to them. If you stumble over your words, then your readers will stumble as well.

Title:  IRISH JEWEL

Genre: Suspense

Author:  Julie Ann James

Websitewww.peppertreepublishing.com

Publisher: www.peppertreepublishing.com

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About the Book:

When Irish Jewel opens, bride-to-be Amy Reid is living out a fairy tale.  She’s engaged to be married to the love of her life, Michael Cambridge, an Irishman. Michael, a member of one of Dublin’s most  prominent families and heir to the Cambridge precious gem business, is everything a girl could dream of—and more.   He’s handsome, loving, charming, smart, successful, and, as icing on the wedding cake, Amy and Michael will be married in an elaborate ceremony in Dublin. This lavish, spare-no-expense event will be an exquisite dream-come-true-affair—a beautiful beginning to their lives together.

But this dream-come-true quickly turns into a nightmare:  what begins as a vague threat quick escalates into something much more sinister. On the eve of what should be the happiest day of her life, Amy is quickly swept up in an insidious web of danger, kidnapping, and murder.

When long buried truths emerge and dark secrets come to light, this fairy tale will be irretrievably fractured.  Nothing is as it seems—and the only way to win this deadly game is to get out alive. But the odds are stacked against Michael and Amy.  Will they even live to see “till death us do part”? Expect the unexpected in this twisted tale…

 

 

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Inside the Book:

Title: The Guest House
Author: W. Jacqueline Johnson
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Biography
Format: Ebook

As a healer, author W. Jacqueline Johnson knew a cancer diagnosis could be a gift in one’s life, bringing valuable life lessons and even transformation. But nothing prepared her for her own diagnosis and the debilitating effects of chemotherapy and radiation. In The Guest House, she narrates the story of her diagnosis, treatments, and the surprising aftermath.

Johnson shares how, as a healthy woman who only saw the doctor for checkups, she is thrown into the medical system’s maze, having tests she never heard of and accumulating enough insurance receipts to fill a large notebook. Her progress is as slow and unpredictable as an upstate New York spring.

In Guest House, she tells how she lost all faith in the healing process. But one day something happened as she danced beside a flowing stream, and she felt the subtle energy returning to her body. Slowly, bit by bit, the healing process worked within her in ways she never thought possible as she experienced the liberation of vulnerability and doorways opened through pain. She learned lessons during the journey that led her to believe that cancer is, indeed, magical.

 

ORDER INFORMATION
The Guest House is available for order at
amazon

 

Meet the Author:

 

W. Jacqueline Johnson is a former educator who has devoted her retirement years to inner work and a deep study of healing. She and her husband David have three adult children and two grandsons. They live in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York with their cat Gia.

Giveaway

W. Jacqueline is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 

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  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to the e-retailer of your choice
  • This giveaway begins March 14 and ends on March 25.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on March 26.
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Inside the Book:

Title: SufferStone
Author: Stella Atrium
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Sci-Fi/Space Opera
Format: Ebook

On Dolvia the women of the savannah serve under the burka, but Kyle Le was denied that covering by tribal leaders. Only her gift of second sight and the mortgage on her father’s land protects her and her three sisters. Kyle Le meets Brian Miller, a Softcheeks who teaches her about offworld politics and accumulating wealth while she teaches him the words of power from Mekucoo. Working alongside the warrior Cyrus, they labor against the mining enterprise that robs the savannah of it mineral wealth and leaves the tribes with only the scarred and suffering land.

… an intriguing tale. The struggle to overcome oppression, to preserve a way of life, to maintain compassion in a cold and hateful conflict, is always interesting and involving … Atrium has a flair for creating and maintaining an atmosphere of mysticism and mystery … she stays true to the situation, never slipping out of the frame she has set.
— Lisa DuMond, online reviewer of science fiction

 

ORDER INFORMATION
SufferStone is available for order at
amazon

 

Meet the Author:

 

I was a great science fiction reader as a young person, but I began to wonder why the protagonist in a sci-fi or fantasy story was always a man, even when the writer was female. Where were the stories that presented a woman as the problem solver?

I was encouraged to write a story that was unique and built on my own struggles. I thought a sci-fi story with a girl as the protagonist might be fun. A real heroine cannot call on armies to follow her, or pay assassins for special work. She may have children already, so adventure is out of the question, and family must be secure before she can enter the public square where she has no voice.

So how does a story shape if the young hero must solve problems that girls experience in ways that females address problems? I could find no books that started with this premise, so I had to write some. And that was my first reason to write.

Website at http://www.stellaatrium.com
Writer blog at http://www.speakingincommunity.blogspot.com

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  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to the e-retailer of your choice
  • This giveaway begins March 14 and ends on March 25.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on March 26.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.

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Games of Mind

Title: Games of Mind
Author: Dennis Quiles
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Suspense
Format: Ebook

When former naval intelligence officer Jack Steele opens a letter from his aunt, he makes an immediate decision to head to Nome, Alaska. Although he hasn’t seen Marie in twenty years, he’s concerned when she tells him her husband, Uncle Jimmy, is in trouble. From the moment Jack picks up that envelope, he knows he’s about to enter a situation better left alone. But loyalty to family is stronger than a gut feeling.

Jack, a private investigator with Connor, Steele & Harrison Private Investigation Agency lands in Nome and discovers that Lindberg Research Corporation has been using the people of that city as guinea pigs to perfect mind-control research. He has stumbled onto a massive conspiracy that has held hostage the noble people of Nome. The plot threatens America’s way of life, the life of the vice president of the United States, and Jack’s own survival.

Alone and without his usual resources and special equipment, Jack is overmatched and is nearly killed before he can even scratch the surface of what’s really taking place in Nome. Jack must elude an ex-Special Forces Green Beret—a man who has sworn over his dead son to kill Jack—and work around local law enforcement and other mysterious forces in order to save the people of Nome and the vice president of the United States.

ORDER INFORMATION
Games of Mind is available for order at
amazon

 

 

Dennis is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 

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  • 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 Gift Certificate to the e-retailer of your choice
  • This giveaway begins March 14 and ends on March 25.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on March 26.
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Inside the Book:

Title: Fly Away Free
Author: Anne Turner Coppola
Publisher: Xlibris
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Format: Ebook

The story begins when Tessie Farrell, an older woman living in South Florida, is walking her dog and rescues a baby osprey whose parents are killed by three young boys raiding the osprey’s nest to steal the baby ospreys. Taking the rescued baby osprey home, Tessie contacts the police to report what happened. After caring and feeding the baby osprey and building a cage for the bird, Tessie finds herself exhausted. Lying down to rest, Tessie is transported back in time, when she was a ten-year-old girl living with her parents on a dairy farm in northern New York. Devastated to learn that she is adopted, Tessie is taunted by her classmates as she struggles to understand why she was unwanted by her biological parents. In her isolation from children her own age, she creates her own fantasy world with the help of Dolly, a horse that is boarded at the farm and whom Tessie adopts as her pet horse, and two pet geese, raised and nurtured by Tessie as hatchlings. While Tessie roams her fantasy world with Dolly, she meets and befriends an older woman, Maudie, who will play a very important role in helping Tessie find herself as she learns to accept who she is and to find acceptance by those around her. This is a story of courage, self-discovery, and love, and a young girl’s struggle to overcome the pain of being adopted.

ORDER INFORMATION
Fly Away Free is available for order at
amazon

 

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Anne is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 

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  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to the e-retailer of your choice
  • This giveaway begins March 14 and ends on March 25.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on March 26.
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Inside the Book:

Title: My Journey In and Out of Community
Author: Katherine Zyczynska
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Religious
Format: Ebook

After Kata’s father dies in a car accident when she is just eleven and a half years old, she continually searches for parental love. She makes bad choice after bad choice and looks for love in all the wrong places. When she’s eighteen years old, her family decides she needs a change.

The idea of moving to California sounds exciting to Kata, but she knows leaving Michigan will be difficult, especially being separated from her mother. Kata understands she must leave the past behind and look forward. In California, she joins a Christian commune where people gather to become closer to God. She stays for thirty-two years.

In My Journey in and out of Community, author Katherine Zyczynska shares a fictionalized account of her personal experiences in a religious community. She narrates how Kata becomes a new person, willing to be led easily by those in authority, which almost ruins her life. But God held her in the palm of his almighty hands as she experienced the highs and lows of her walk with Jesus.

ORDER INFORMATION
A Sojourn Among the Avatars of Wisdom is available for order at
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Meet the Author:

 

Katherine Zyczynska lives in Vista, California, and is a live-in caregiver. She also works as an instructor of cake decorating and is on staff at her church as lead sacristan/kitchen manager. Based on facts from her life, this is her first novel.

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Katherine is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 

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