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Title: Streetcar Sandwiches
Author: Curtis Orloff
Publisher: Authorhouse
Genre: Performing Arts/Screenplay
Format: Ebook/Paperback/Hardcover

 

 

Streetcar Sandwiches is a screenplay showing the efforts the owner of a sandwich shop in Uptown New Orleans undertakes to keep her business running. Not only does she have to deal with a menagerie of all types of employees, she has to comply with onerous and often conflicting regulations from several government bureaus. How she handles what turns into an ordeal threatens to change her naturally optimistic and pleasant personality. It leads directly to an outcome that could only have occurred in the Big Easy.

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  • This giveaway begins November 18 and ends on November 29.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on November 30.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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Title: A Penny For Your Thoughts
Author: Penny Johnson
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Genre: Poetry/General
Format: Ebook/Paperback

 

 

Poetry is the song that poets sing to beautify the world. In A Penny for Your Thoughts, contemporary American poet Penny Johnson presents verses about nature, love, life, death, philosophy, and religion. She considers American life in the present day. With her writing, she hopes to teach, fulfill, entertain, heal wounds, and show the beauty of the world. Johnson offers her work as a gift to anyone longing for the uplifting and nourishing experience that poetry can provide. This poetry collection explores a wide range of themes and seeks to provide inspiration and satisfaction while enhancing the natural splendor of the world. A Special Joy On Thursday morn, a colt was born To everyone’s delight As our gaze met, how his eyes did shine and the last thing I thought when I looked at him was, I wish that he were mine.

 

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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 November 18 and ends on November 29.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on November 30.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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Brooks Eason has practiced law in Jackson, Mississippi, for more than 35 years but has Brooks Eason - photoresolved to trade in writing briefs for writing books. He lives with his wife Carrie and their two elderly rescue dogs, Buster and Maddie, and an adopted stray cat named Count Rostov for the central character in A Gentleman in Moscow, the novel by Amor Towles. In their spare time, the Easons host house concerts, grow tomatoes, and dance in the kitchen.

Brooks, who has three children and four grandchildren, is also the author of Travels with Bobby—Hiking in the Mountains of the American West, about hiking trips with his best friend.

Congratulations on the release of your book, Fortunate Son – the Story of Baby Boy Francis.

When did you start writing and what got you into nonfiction?

I’m a lawyer, so I’ve written for a living for more than 35 years. I’ve written off and on for pleasure even longer than that, from inappropriate limericks to short stories to books. My first serious nonfiction project was my first book, Travels with Bobby – Hiking in the Mountains of the American West, which is about six hiking trips with my best friend. We had so much fun on the trips and saw such magnificent places that I decided I needed to write about them. It was very rewarding.

What is your book about?

It’s about my being adopted as an infant and the wonderful life my parents gave me, about learning the identity of my birth mother and the circumstances of my birth one week before my first grandchild was born under almost identical circumstances, about how I nearly got rich but didn’t, and how times changed from when I was born until my granddaughter was born, which meant that my daughter got to keep and raise her baby. I won’t brag on the quality of the writing because my parents taught me not to brag, but it’s an amazing story.

What was your inspiration for it?

Fortunate Son front cover (3)I love to write, and an amazing story that needed to be written fell into my lap when I learned my birth mother’s identity. I was found as a result of litigation in four courts in two states initiated because I was a potential heir to a fortune from her grandfather, who owned oil wells all over the country as well as the only facility in the Western Hemisphere that made fluoride for toothpaste. There are lots of teeth in the Western Hemisphere.

Who is your target audience?

Anyone interested in a good family story or the subject of adoption should enjoy it. People who just want to read about good people should appreciate it as well. The parents who adopted me were as good as they come. My father was a Boy Scout leader for 60 years. He was the finest man I’ve ever known. My daughter, who made the brave decision to have and keep her daughter and has accomplished a great deal more, is one of my heroes. 

What type of challenges did you face while writing this book?

The principal challenge was that I kept learning things I had to add all the way to the end. When we were in final production, I learned that my best friend’s mother handled the paperwork and logistics for my adoption and kept it a secret from me for more than sixty years. I said stop the presses, interviewed her – she was almost ninety-two – and added a chapter.

What do you hope readers will get from your book?

I hope it will underscore the importance of family. There has been a breakdown in the family in recent decades, and that has been very harmful. I also hope people will come to the conclusion that more unwanted pregnancies should end with an adoption instead of an abortion. Even those who are fervently pro-choice should be able to agree with that. If I had been conceived after Roe v. Wade was decided, there’s a good chance there would be no me and my three children and four grandchildren would not exist. And my grandchildren make the world a better place.

Did your book require a lot of research?

A fair amount, but it was fun. I did some internet research about both my families, birth and adoptive, and travelled to meet my birth mother’s family, which is now mine too. They were all kind and generous with their time and some with more than that. They gave me two portraits of my birth mother, one painted when she was fourteen and one on her wedding day in 1964 when I was in the fourth grade. I also tracked down some of her friends and her first husband, all of whom were generous with their time. Unfortunately, I never got to meet her. She was beautiful, rich, and smart, but she had a short and tragic life. She was married twice, divorced twice, was in and out of rehab, and died of cirrhosis at forty-seven, eighteen years before I learned she was my mother. I was her only child.

What was your publishing process like?

It was pretty easy. I decided to try to find a small, independent press after doing some online research and getting some advice from other authors. One of them recommended WordCraft Press, I completed the submission, they said they wanted to publish my book, and we signed a contract the next day.

What is your advice for aspiring authors?

Write for the love, not for the money, because there’s a good chance you won’t make any. If you do your best and the work fulfills you, and if people appreciate what you’ve written, then you’ll be a success even if you never make a nickel.

What has writing taught you?

To be more observant, to keep my eyes and ears wide open, and to see the potential stories in everything around me. I like to think that writing has made me more interesting. Writing has also taught me that I really love to write.

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Deborah Serani is an award-winning author and psychologist who has been in practice for thirty years. She is also a professor at Adelphi University and is a go-to media expert for psychological issues. Her interviews can be found in Newsday, Psychology Today, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The Associated Press, and affiliate radio programs at CBS and NPR, among others. Dr. Serani has also been a technical advisor for the NBC television show, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The recurring character, Judge D. Serani, was named after her.

 

★WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS★

 

Website:  https://www.drdeborahserani.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DeborahSerani

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dr-Deborah-Serani-227062310643715/

BOOK BLURB:

Dr. Alicia Reese, a recent widow and a CODA – a child of Deaf Adults, takes on a new patient. Lucas Ferro reveals the reason for his consultation is that he wasn’t really open with his previous therapist. After gaining Reese’s trust, he shares aspects of his life that are clearly disturbing – experiences that create anxiety and panic, but also reveal horrifying psychopathology. Instead of referring Ferro elsewhere, Reese chooses to continue working with him, feeling reinvigorated by the challenge of his case.

As sessions progress, and Ferro’s disclosures become more menacing, Reese finds herself wedged between the cold hard frame of professional ethics and the integrity of personal truth – and learns just how far she’s willing to go, willing to risk and willing to lose to do the right thing.

★★★★★ORDER YOUR COPY★★★★★

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Would you call yourself a born writer? Mmmm, no. I think I fell into writing by choice and became better at it as time went by. I don’t think I’m a natural writer as much as a person who loves to write.

What was your inspiration for THE NINTH SESSION? I wondered what a person would do in an unwinnable situation… would professional ethics or would moral truth be the victor. And how would one live with such a choice.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing? I like exploring different cultures, showing the inner workings of psychology – and how trauma effects people.

How long did it take you to complete the novel? It took about a year to write the novel. Getting it published took many, many, many years.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day. I’m not a scheduled writer. I write when I can, which is just about every day. Usually in the morning or late at night when everything’s quiet.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book? THE NINTH SESSION was the easiest book I ever wrote write from first page to last page. What was difficult, however, was building the tension and pacing the suspense as the story unfolded. That took a lot of effort. And time. And edits.

What do you love most about being an author? I enjoy words – and love how certain phrases and sentences move me. So, it’s nice to read or hear how my writing has touched a reader’s life.

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 originally had an agent for this book and went the traditional publishing route. I was younger at the time, and found my voice as a writer was being edited by both the agent and the publishing houses. The book lost its uniqueness – and after talking with more seasoned authors, I fired my agent and left the traditional publishing route. It was really hard to bounce back from that experience, but in time, found my momentum again. I turned to Indie publishers – and found that experience so much more supportive and encouraging of my work. I’ve been published independently for almost a decade now, with many books in different genres.

Where can we find you on the web? Readers can find me at my website https://www.drdeborahserani.com

 

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Preston Howard has retired from his rewarding profession as a labor lawyer, where he represented law enforcement officers not only in Texas but across the country. As a renowned expert, he spoke at meetings and conferences about topical labor law issues not only in the United States, but in other countries as well.  He now lives in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he spends his time writing novels.

His first book, “The Sheltering Palms,” was highly praised. One reviewer said, “…had me hooked right from the start.” Another person wrote, “…storytelling at its best.”

His latest effort, “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied,” tracks his struggles with retirement: a divorce from his wife, alcoholism, and thoughts of murder either of the president or three corrupt police offices he represented ten years before. As he wrestles with these concerns, he also dips his foot into the dating scene, meeting an attractive senior lady. As in his first novel, Preston Howard’s observations about the human condition are hilarious and on point.

★ WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS: ★

Website → https://prestonhowardauthor.com

Facebook →  https://tinyurl.com/y4qhror8

BOOK BLURB:

Retired attorney Preston Howard obsesses about the newly elected, bombastic and narcissistic president, and three corrupt Austin police officers whom he represented and saved from capital murder charges and execution ten years before. After his wife divorces him and his drinking reaches gargantuan proportions, Howard’s thoughts turn to murderous impulses as the only way he can stamp out one, or both of his fixations. Howard and his co-author, daughter Anne Howard, tell the story, often with hilarious observations, of compulsion, addiction, love, and in the end, the search for justice.

Praise:

“I thought Preston Howard’s first book was terrific, but Justice Delayed is Justice Denied is a home run! One of the best books I’ve read in years.” – John P. Davis, Knoxville, Tennessee

“Preston Howard’s writing and insights into politics and the legal system keep getting better and better. Justice Delayed is hilarious and on point!” – Amy Margulies, Austin, Texas

★★★★★ORDER YOUR COPY★★★★★

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Interview:

Would you call yourself a born writer?

I am not sure anyone is a born writer, even Steven King (sorry, Stevo). My view is that you need the foundation of reading as a child and adult, have a love of books, and finally, a passion for writing. And I mean writing, writing, writing. Anytime I am not writing (or going to movies, another passion), I spend reading all genres: biographies, crime and spy thrillers, serious novels (just finished Fowles’ The Magus…damn that guy uses so many words I have to look up!), or as Sarah Palin says, “I read everything.’ LOL

But what, there’s more! With the exception of Steven King, who churns ghoulish stuff out of his brain with little or no effort, and maybe a few other writers, life experiences are important as well. I have a reservoir of events and moments over the course of my many years that show up in my novels. It’s so easy to transpose something that happened to me into a scene in my book, making the story funnier, emotional, etc.

What was your inspiration behind your book?

My inspiration for Justice Delayed is Justice Denied was November 8, 2016, the day when Donald Trump was elected. After the topsy turvy Republican campaign and his election, I knew that he was fodder for a book; I just didn’t realize how much of a target he would be for insult and comical relief. Then, I thought it might be a clever idea to juxtapose the possibility of assassinating the president or instead, three corrupt Austin TX police detectives who my alter ego, Presto Howard, saved from a capital murder charge ten years before.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

In my first novel, The Sheltering Palms, the absurdities of religion, politics, and history were explored at length. In my current novel, these themes are discussed and even expanded, such as the Episcopalian priest who left the Catholic church so he could marry, oddball political figures like Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert, and the hypocritical commentators who cover the news and only preach to their own choirs.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

This one took only eighteen months. I was pretty driven to finish it, primarily because I wanted to complete it before the end of President Trump’s term, or maybe even impeachment and conviction. I had many things to say about the president and the current state of our politics and our country, much of which is not in any way complimentary. Our country is at the precipice of serious trouble; and the divide between people whose views tend toward the right or left exacerbate my concern.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

I am reasonably disciplined, but not to the extreme. I normally work out in the morning and then write in the afternoons, sitting on the deck of my condo overlooking scenic Hamilton Lake in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The location is quiet—just a bunch of older, retired people, sorta like me—–and it is easy to achieve solitude and think without a bunch of interruptions.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Just doing it! As I have said before, discipline is the key to writing, and without it, the end result will take forever, if at all.

What do you love most about being an author?

I enjoy most the solitude, of being totally isolated from the world (other than my lovely wife interrupting me from time-to-time wondering when the hell I will get off the porch!). I enjoy getting inside my head and figuring out the right ideas, words, phrases, and so on.

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 have self-published both novels. A local colleague and author tried a publisher and found the experience frustrating, basically losing control over the final product. So far, I have been satisfied with this approach.

Where can we find you on the web?

I am on Facebook at Preston Howard author, on the web and blog at prestonhowardauthor.com and authorprestonhoward@gmail.com

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Writer-actor-singer Leonard Bassed was born in the town of Middleburg, Mpumalanga and raised in Johannesburg.  He started taking vocal lessons at age eight and studied drama throughout his high school years.  A mentor encouraged him to pursue an acting career.  Leonard went on to complete acting classes in both South Africa and later Los Angeles.  Currently, when not writing or singing, Leonard continues to study acting techniques with the renowned Margie Haber Studio in Hollywood. In his free time, he enjoys travel, reading and movie going.  His latest book is The Witch Port Video Game.

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Website: https://leonardbassed.com/

Facebook page for author: https://www.facebook.com/leobassed/

Twitter page for author: https://twitter.com/LeonardBassed

BOOK BLURB:

Leonard Bassed had no plan to write a novel titled THE WITCH PORT VIDEO GAME when he set out to create a movie script with a similar name.  “I had written the pilot script first and I kept the same ending for the novel…everything from the script I wrote found its way into the finished book version of ‘The Witch Port Video Game,’ said writer-singer-actor Leonard Bassed.  “I was able to spend more time developing the characters and their world…the whole thing was just such an organic experience and extremely enjoyable, creative for me.”

THE WITCH PORT VIDEO GAME tells the story through the lives of three ordinary teens who live in the fictional town of Cradle Creek, USA – a small town they hope to one day escape, attracted by the bright lights and promise of the Big City.  All three are students at a prestigious performing art school with hopes of one day making names for themselves in the entertainment world.

Mr. Bassed continued about his story, “A chance encounter the three have with a girl named Bianca Morris threatens to derail their plans. Bianca introduces them to an enticing video game, ‘The Witch Port Video Game’.  This encounter, coupled with the arrival of the MacQuoid brothers sets in motion a series of bizarre events that spins their lives into chaos and disarray as the three head into a world of sorcery with an ultimate fight for survival.”

As a young boy growing up in South Africa, Leonard dreamed one day of working in the arts.  He wanted to write, to act, to sing.  While drawn to acting and song writing, he was also a good story teller.  “The auditions I would go out for as an actor were never reflective of the kinds of roles I was after to play. It was this realization that led me to writing the pilot script which I planned to pitch to TV and movie producers.  But, once I finished the script I’d grown too attached to the characters and the wonders of their world that ultimately led the script into the shape of a full novel,” he went on to say.

PRAISE

“While the book’s final moments leave us with a rather sudden, enigmatic ending, an end note does indicate a sequel Witch Port Igniting the Coven on the horizon. For those who enjoy the entertaining literary chemistry that results from inquisitive teens and their foray into the mysterious world of sorcery, Bassed’s venture should prove an intriguing reveal.”

–Pacific Book Review

 

“Filled with cheeky references to famous pop-culture stories of sorcery and mixed with some classic teenage angst, this book is a fast-paced, suspenseful story. The novel’s premise that some teenagers gain special powers through a video game is an updated, modern take on magic and suits the story quite well for a 21st-century setting. The author sets up the story mechanisms so that everything that happens through the students’ video game play also happens in real life. The author states that this novel was originally a screenplay, and those elements shine through, from the descriptive settings to the fast pace in which the action occurs on the page. It will be interesting to see how the protagonists grow with their powers in the sequel.”

–The U.S. Review of Books

Book can be purchased at the author’s web site at www.leonardbassed.com

Interview:

  1. Would you call yourself a born writer?

I’ve always enjoyed writing; it’s always been my way to make sense of the world around me. I’m very interested in people and what makes them tick. I guess that’s also what drew me to acting.

  1. What was your inspiration for The Witch Port Video Game?

I have always been intrigued by magical realism. I had the idea to write the Witch Port Video Game script in June of 2014 after I returned home to South Africa from Los Angeles, California, in the USA. While in the US I took classes at the Acting Corps, a place where I got the chance to meet and interact with interesting people from different places and settings. This resulted in me writing a pilot script that I planned to pitch for film/TV. Upon its completion I’d grown too attached to the world and characters I’d dreamt up. This ultimately led my story into the shape of a novel, the first in the series. I am currently writing the sequel.

  1. What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

I gravitate towards universally relatable themes such as the reluctant hero, the under dog that would normally fade into the background being called to greatness. Themes such as good vs. evil, power and corruption, and love specifically unrequited or forbidden love.

  1. How long did it take you to complete the novel?

It took me about six months to complete bearing in mind it was first adapted from a pilot script I wrote by the same name.

  1. Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

I’m fairly disciplined when it comes to my writing, but the caveat to that is you have to personally connect to the subject matter. A typical writing day for me is being holed up in my room taking frequent caffeine breaks. I definitely have some clichéd writer habits and idiosyncrasies.

  1. What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

The most challenging aspect of writing this book was definitely the fact that it’s written in a first-person account. When writing a book, one wants the characters to remain in discovery, and not come across as these all-knowing and indestructible beings.

  1. What do you love most about being an author?

I love the title author it sounds very prestigious [he jokes]. I guess I like the freedom it gives me. Knowing I’ll always have a creative outlet to express myself.

  1. 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 self-published my novel. The whole thing was definitely a huge learning curve and the mistakes costly, but I’ve learned a lot through the process. I’m quite proud of the end product, more so because I know what went into it.

  1. Where can we find you on the web?

Please check out my website: www.leonardbassed.com, all up dates will be posted here.

 

 

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Inside the Book:

Title: The Day GOD Wore a Hard Hat
Author: Jonathan James
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Fiction
Format: Ebook/Paperback
Paul Reynolds is a nineteen-year-old college student when he meets what he believes is the perfect woman. But as one night of passion transforms into just friendship, her sister, Lisa, eventually becomes his first love.



After Paul and Lisa marry and begin building a life together, all their grand plans are destroyed when she unexpectedly dies. Left grieving and fearing he will lose everything, Paul is saved from financial ruin when he agrees to provide shelter to Rommel, a Latino gang member set to testify in a future murder trial. Paul, who initially thinks Rommel is a useless hoodlum, soon discovers that opposites attract. But as quickly as Paul and Rommel fall in love, their relationship ultimately disintegrates, leaving Paul to seek normalcy within a passionless marriage. As Paul pursues lust elsewhere, his wife becomes pregnant, causing Paul to realize she has given him what he has always wanted: a family. But as tragedy strikes once again, Paul is left with an agonizing decision with the potential to alter the course of his life forever.



In this contemporary romance, a man desperately searching for love is led on a unique journey where life comes full circle and leads him to discover the importance of always following his heart.



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Meet the Author:

Jonathan James is an average young man who has experienced more than his share of both love and tragedy. His debut novel is loosely based on his own life, loves, and losses. Jonathan lives in Janesville, Wisconsin.

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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
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