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Never have I read a 400+ pages book in a day.. This is just awesome piece of work.. intense, real and gripping tale..

I just can’t wait to see if one of the two missing girls (Piper and Tash) goes home for Christmas after being taken..

Have you read this book???

Don’t miss it..

Authors Interviews

My conversation with Christina M. Castro

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Tell us a little more about yourself?

 I have lived in Baltimore, Maryland USA all my life, and my Dad is from the Philippines and My Mom is from Portland, Oregon USA with her roots being Irish , Dutch and German. I grew up as the youngest of three, being the only girl. I studied classical guitar and started writing lyrics for songs as young as age eleven. I continue to play guitar and piano keyboard and sing all the time.

Quickly, tell us about your upcoming releases?

I will be publishing a new poetry book called “Confronting Deception”. It is a book focusing on experiences that people have with deceitfulness and how it causes hurt and pain, but offers healing through the Word of God in the Bible offering evidence of such negative behaviors and providing Promise of God’s Healing love. I am also writing my first novel which is called “Living Through The Metamorphosis”; this is a book about two young girls who grow up with different backgrounds but find sisterhood with each other while discovering who they want to become as they mature together as friends. In the fall, hopefully before Christmas, I will be publishing my first Children’s book which is going to be Christmas Adventure Series.

Do you have any specific inspiring incident that turned you out as an author?

I had always wanted to be an author, and my earliest publishing which started 4 years ago was on Hubpages.com. Then when I joined Facebook, I met Deborah Brooks Langford and immediately we became friends. She encouraged me to publish and mentored me through her experiences. Soon after, she introduced me to Barry Mowles who has Destiny To Write Publications.. He has published my first two books of poetry and will continue to publish my next three books.

Who designed your cover art? How did you choose the image?

My publisher, Destiny To Write Publiscations assisted me with the cover art. I told Barry Mowles what I wanted to show on the cover, and he put the cover art together. I have been pleased with all my covers so far.

Do you outline your work before you write?

I do not outline anything until I am ready to type it and prepare for my publisher to read it. Even with my fictional writing, nothing is really outlined. I write as it comes to me.

How do you like spending your leisure hours?

When I am not writing, I usually read, and watch movies, especially with my Mom and Dad. I try to make more time to practicing my music. I love going out with my two children, my daughter, Ally Burgess who is 26 years old, and my son, Dana Burgess who is 23.

Which genre is far more appealing to you as a reader?

I enjoy reading dramatic fiction, Christian fiction and nonfiction and biographies.

What inspires you to write? Is there any level of similarity with the events or characters in your book and in reality? Personal experience does inspire me to write, such as beoing a mother, a nurse and a minister of God’s Word; and if there is a newsworthy story that I hear about that may inspire me to write about.

Which is your current read?

I have been reading the adventure series about Jacky Faber by L A Meyer. He has written a fictional story about a young girl from London who is notorious for crime on the high seas- this is a 12 book series, and I have read 11 volumes. I also just started reading the sequel by Deborah Brooks Langford called Brooke and Nick; I have also just started reading The David Chronicles, Volume I, Rise to Power by Uvi Poznansky.

What, in your opinion is the toughest part while carving your book?

The introduction is the hardest part, because you want to tell people about the topic you are writing about that will grab the reader’s attention.

Share a word of advice with our readers and authors, if any?

Make sure that your topics connect, and that if you write with a timeline in mind as the story unfolds, and if the writer decides to write details of the characters timeline out of sequence, remember to not number your chapters until the characters develops, and the events connect- make sure that you recheck so not to repeat what has been said about the character later in the story.

Share one of your favorites from your music band collection, if any?

I enjoy the most the Music collection from Michael Franti who performs with his band Spearhead; he is an advocate for World Peace.

If you’re a foodie, tell us about your favorite dish?

I love my own Barbecue Chicken Wings and stir fried vegetables and rice. List any giveaways or surprises in mere future? I have not a chance to think on this yet. I am still a newbie to this wonderful world of writers

Where can we find your books?

I am promoting my books on Facebook.com , being sold through the website, www. Lulu.com.

http://www.lulu.com/shop/christina-m-castro/words-from-a-missionarys-heart/paperback/product-21316953.html

http://www.lulu.com/shop/christina-m-castro/hopes-dreams-spiritual-fulfillment-a-poetic-journey/paperback/product-21215770.html

We would love to reach out to you, please share your social media active platform

I am on Facebook.com as Christina M Castro. I am on Twitter as Cmcsings. I am also on Google+.

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Thank you for reading my conversation with Euphonos 🙂 – Christina.

 

 

Authors Interviews

My conversation with Ronnie Strong

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Tell us a little more about yourself?

I write erotica because I like the idea of exploring human sexuality within loving relationships. I like the idea of being able to captivate a reader with a vivid and real seeming intimate exchange so that they feel like they are there. I also like it because it is so different to my studies and work which is concerned with social policy and advocacy.

Quickly, tell us about your upcoming releases?

I am working on part two of Kate Gets Marks which will make it into a full length novel. I am a bit behind schedule but getting close.

Do you have any specific inspiring incident that turned you out as an author?

I turned to writing erotica after listening to published authors talking about their craft on a panel at a Pleasure Salon Melbourne event a few years ago. I went there while I was studying nonfiction writing and intended writing a journalistic piece. Instead, I started writing The Laundromat a few days later.

Who designed your cover art? How did you choose the image?

I have done most of my on covers using stock images and Gimp. Recently I have used Fiverr. I am considering what to do with my new covers and may commission a cover designer.

Do you outline your work before you write?

I do write a chapter outline with some plot notes and a narrative structure. I modify this as I go because the characters drive changes to the story that you did not anticipate when you began.

How do you like spending your leisure hours?

I find it very difficult to read for pleasure because I do so much reading for my paid work. I do read the occasional story in out of the genre. I mainly relax with a good television series like Game of Thrones or True Bloodand Dr Who. I have watched and loved Buffy and Angel in the past. I also like going to Australian Rules football games and support the Sydney Swans.

Which genre is far more appealing to you as a reader?

I love Science Fiction and have read it since my early teen years. My favorite author is Philip K Dick. I really like the crossover with fantasy too and really like authors such as Tim Powers. Dan Simmons and Kurt Vonnegut are wonderful too.

What inspires you to write? Is there any level of similarity with the events or characters in your book in reality?

I do draw heavily on real life to inspire and inform my stories. Sometimes it is just a phrase that some uses. For example, The Laundromat came from a comment by a woman friend who told me she went to her local laundromat and there was a boggle-eyed man there. This is why a fairly controversial scene remains in that story despite many beta-readers and further readers not approving. Kate Gets Marks was commissioned by my very sexy wife who gave me the outline and characters of the story. Its overlap with real life made it emotionally very difficult to write.

Which is your current read?

I am reading about five different stories at the moment but am concentrating on the first book in Game of Thrones.

What, in your opinion is the toughest part while carving your book?

The hardest part for me is finding the time to write and this coinciding with having the energy to write. I work full time and have a young family which does not leave me much time. I can write at night okay but then that cuts down on the time I have to spend with my wife so it is a constant juggle.

Share a word of advice with our readers and authors, if any?

Find your own way of writing that works for you. Other authors will tell you how they have developed productive writing habits. Listen and observe but don’t feel like you have to copy them. An example of a commonly espoused rule is to not mix writing with editing and to keep them separate. I don’t follow this rule at all.I always start writing by doing some editing first, which helps me get into the flow of the story again. But don’t follow my example necessarily. Find your own way. One thing though, a writer must write.

Share one of your favorites from your music band collection, if any?

I am a huge David Bowie Fan. I love Sweet Thing/Candidate from Diamond Dogs, the first album of his that I bought forty years ago.

If you’re a foodie, tell us about your favorite dish?

I prepare a lot of basic meals for my young family but really like cooking a good curry.

List any giveaways or surprises in the near future?

I will be launching Kate Gets Marks, Part Two in the next month or so. Stay tuned for that

Where can we find your books?

My books are at Amazon and all the Smashwords affiliated distributors such as Kobo and Barnes and Noble. My free short story Dolphin Heat is not available from the Kindle Store because it breaches their conditions owing to its content.

Kate Gets Marks

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00C0AUEU4

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kate-gets-marks/id627414823?mt=11

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kate-gets-marks-ronnie-f-strong/1114973099

The Laundromat

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008K4C3C6

http://www.amazon.com/The-Laundromat-Inc-ebook/dp/B008K4C3C6/

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-laundromat/id515651897?mt=11

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-laundromat-ronnie-f-strong/1109801730?ean=9781491084724

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www.facebook.com/rfstrong?ref=tn_tnmn

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@RonnieFStrong

http://www.amazon.com/Ronnie-F-Strong/e/B009HP71D8

http://ronniestrong.com/

 

 

 

 

My Den

Amazing maze morning

I had to kick start my day at the Ashcombe maze & lavender gardens, a place full of beauty. If you admire nature, it is a must visit place when you’re in Melbourne. Just an hour and half or two drive by car.

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