My first poetry book

Love Of Coming Age

Pieces of Time {True Love Series}

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Love of coming age that takes you through a swift but promising ride filled with true love and romance. Linda, the protagonist is a perfect reflection of her mother at 27. From the SouthFair, She moves to a small town of Gladstone with her family. Her spirits at awe and roar of imagination with high hopes for meeting the love of her life, Linda’s heart is torn into million pieces.

A prose version of a woman who is head over heels with the unexpected man, a loner on the inside. But, the family tie binds him stronger than ever. Yet, her mind is full of flashes from her memories of high-school handsome.

Magic essence, Time is the only key to her heart destined to find the love of her life. On the whole, Book I is a saga of endless drama of misunderstandings and reconciliation of emotions at an edge.

A story that revolves around Linda, the Protagonist in the town of Gladstone is bound to find the love of her life and live happily ever after. At 27, Linda grows to be a perfect reflection of her mother and a loving daughter of Tom & Claire. The book is a heartfelt thorough ride, a swift but a promising calm one dealing with one’s inner soul until she meets the love of her life.

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Authors

No such thing as Perfect

PreorderperfectThe upcoming release of Sarah Daltry’s new book No Such Thing as Perfect. While this book was inspired by the Flowering Series it is a completely different novel yet one that those who have enjoyed Flowering might enjoy as well. It also addresses different concepts in a way that may appeal to those who liked the ideas behind Flowering while preferring less sex. Although the names in throughout are the same the story is very different. Sarah chose to keep the names the same and remove the Flowering Series from the market in order to uphold the integrity of the story, as a reader that speaks volumes to me about what she wants her readers to truly gain from her writing.

No Such Thing as Perfect is a YA/NA novel, so please keep in mind that there is no actual “on camera” sex in this book. This novel is more about growing up. I feel it touches on pieces of our lives that many of us have lived.  I also felt as though it was inspirational to young women, reminding them to be themselves, and that they aren’t wrong to want themselves and their bodies to be respected.

No Such Thing as Perfect  is currently on Pre-Order and I have attached the links below, as well as a graphic. If you could please over the coming days or weeks share this with your fans on your FB page, Twitter, or even on your blog if you have room  it would be greatly appreciated.

Links: 

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00Q7P1VAK

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/496646

Kobo : http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/no-such-thing-as-perfect

Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/No-Such-Thing-as-Perfect/dp/0692317767/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1417153445&sr=8-2&keywords=No+Such+Thing+as+Perfect+Paperback

 

Authors Interviews

My Conversation with Author Leonce Gaiter

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Tell us a little more about yourself?

I am half of an interracial, gay couple living in a small, Northern California town with a distressingly right wing tinge (California’s anti-gay Proposition 8 was hugely popular here and the town has an ugly, racist history). However, with 2 horses, a California addiction, and little money, we wound up here in one of California’s few simultaneously attractive (to my eye), yet affordable, and easily accessible spots. We’re not far from San Francisco or Sacramento, and we have a sweet little college town just down the hill. We’ve come to love the land, our home, and our friends. Just more proof that you should never let the freaks stop you from doing what you want!

Quickly, tell us about your upcoming releases?

Anybody can read a synopsis, so I won’t bore you with that. But the story reared its head 20 plus years ago when I wrote what turned out to be an interesting, but strangely incomplete screenplay. It was the first thing I had every written in which I felt some pride. After my flirtation with the film industry ended, it wound up in a drawer until I was looking for something to write that wouldn’t hit the mainstream impediments into which my other work ran.

See here: http://astorandblue.com/author-spotlight-leonce-gaiter/
I had never been able to make “In the Company of Educated Men” really work as a screenplay. That’s probably because I am no screenwriter. I’m a writer, who’s been grossly influenced by film. The two media that have had the greatest impact on my writing are the two that writing bears the least similarity to – music and film. Both are visceral and sensual. Writing is the intellectual act of composing abstract symbols for others to decode.

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

I had the idea that I wanted to write as early as junior high school. Over time, I’ve changed what I wanted to write, but the basics never changed.
Who designed your cover art? How did you choose the image?
I spoke to my editor and publisher, who had a talented designer with whom he’d worked successfully. I proposed a broad idea born out of iconic old Blue Note Records album covers. The designer then ran with that and came up with the cover, which I love. It’s most appropriate for a road/memory piece. It hammers home the novel’s sharp juxtapositions—quintessential American landscape, violence, flight, and seeing the past.

Do you outline your work before you write?

As I mentioned, this piece was first a screenplay, which turned out to be a problem. I spent most of the rewriting time trying to erase any vestiges of the screen—making sure that I was communicating fully and not relying on images that would never appear!

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

Just about the only thing I don’t read is modern literary fiction, and modern popular fiction. I’m a freak for Trollope; I love Robertson Davies; I grew up on Faulkner; I sailed through Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Matarin series. I enjoy good science fiction and fantasy. Unfortunately, I just haven’t developed a taste for modern popular and literary fiction. I think it’s because my tastes run toward the impressionistic-expressionistic end of the spectrum, and the modern style that runs toward kitchen sink realism. I don’t want to read about worlds I’m familiar with full of people that I recognize or consider “just like me.” As stated, I’m a black, gay, Harvard graduate who grew up in cities and now lives in the sticks. No one’s beating on that particular drum, so even if I wanted to see myself in fiction, the odds are agin’ it. Perhaps since I fall so far outside the ideal demographic for modern pieces, I find their attempts at representation cloying? I don’t know. When you come down to it, I guess, as always, it’s just taste. I like the larger than life, the extraordinary. I like to read whole worlds, not just people in this one.

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

I think I write about the people I wish I had the courage or foolhardiness to be.

Which is your current read?

Currently finishing the last volume of Taylor Branch’s history of the Martin Luther King years—one of my rare forays into non-fiction.

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

That depends. My last novel had several false starts. Based on a true historical story, I had to slowly grope my way toward the world I wanted to represent. Starting with the 5 characters of the Rufus Buck Gang, each subsequent draft essentially expanded like a balloon, drawing in other historical figures and elements of the zeitgeist until I had a fully-fledged novel.
With this book, it was fully developing the characters that had remained stunted in screenplay form. I think it’s different every time.

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

I listen to a lot of jazz, and when I turn to popular music, I tend toward great songwriters. Joe Henry is one of my favorites, and I quote from one of his songs at the end of “In the Company of Educated Men.” It’s called “Our Song,” and it’s truly an extraordinary piece.

Where can we find your books?

My first novel, “Bourbon Street,” was published by Carroll & Graf, which went belly up a few years ago, so that one’s only available on ebook, and you can get it on Amazon and B&N. “I Dreamt I Was in Heaven – The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang,” is available in paper and ebook at the usual places. As of November 4, “In the Company of Educated Men” is available in paper and ebook pretty much everywhere (I hope!).

What are you currently working on?

Absolutely nothing! I don’t write constantly, only when I have an idea that really grips me. After a point, I go looking for one—but I’m not there yet! Actually, due to recent events, I am considering writing a non-fiction book I’ve been pondering for some time. Following themes that have appeared in a lot of my non-fiction essays, it regards the desperate African-American need to take total responsibility for teaching our history to ourselves because without it, the young descendants of American slaves will never realize that when they are mistreated due to race, it’s not because there’s something wrong with them, but because there’s a long history of something wrong in America.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

My site leoncegaiter.com, contains links about my books and information, as well as non-fiction. I think it has all anybody would want to know about me. Actually, I’m sure no one wants to know anything about me. I’d feel very lucky if they wanted to know more about my work.

Thank you for reading this. Hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.

Random thoughts

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Holy crap.. I am reading “kill me once” by Jon Osborne..

Never read anything so brutal.. simply chilling.. I had plans to just quit reading this stuff.. Nevertheless, I am eager to know how it all ends..

Have you read this???

Authors Interviews

My Conversation with Author Michael La Ronn

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Tell us a little more about yourself?

I’m an indie author who writes “fearless fantasy,” which is what I describe as the only fantasy with the balls to include things like teddy bears and vegetables as heroes. I also write short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, and my specialty is quirky stories and humor.

Quickly, tell us about your upcoming releases?

My upcoming fiction release is a novella that takes place in the world of my series, Eaten. Eaten is about a group of vegetable terrorists attempting to take down an empire of processed foods. The novella is from the perspective of a processed food—a milkshake scientist who has joined the vegetables. It’s fiction, but it’s in the style of a memoir. It leads up to the first book in the Eaten series.
On the nonfiction front, I’m also working on a book aimed at helping poets take advantage of the self-publishing revolution.

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

Absolutely. In 2012, I ate some bad food and was hospitalized with a serious illness. I was in the hospital for a month, and it really changed my perspective on life. It made me hungry to be a writer, and I decided that I didn’t want to leave this planet without leaving behind a big body of work. Ever since then, I’ve been writing like a madman!

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

Kip Ayers did the cover for Eaten: The Complete First Season. He also did the cover for my second novel, Festival of Shadows. He’s an awesome designer, and what’s so great about him is that I can tell him what I want, and he makes it happen. Since Eaten is about vegetables, I figured that it would be best to have one of my characters on the cover—so that readers know exactly what they’re getting. I just gave Kip a brief description of my hero, Brocc, and he took care of the rest. It was pretty amazing, and I’m still in awe at how quickly and accurately Kip pulled it off.

Do you outline your work before you write?
I outline just enough to get the book going. I figure out the main plot and my characters’ motivations, but I don’t know the minor details yet. I can usually crank out the rough draft for a novel in about two weeks, so I will do more outlining after the rough draft, because many times the story takes turns that I never imagined during the first draft.

How do you like spending your leisure hours?

My wife and I have a newborn, so my daughter takes up a lot of my time. But when I’m not taking care of her, every moment of my waking is spent writing or doing something for my writing business. I gave up television and video games years ago to focus on writing and reading.
Which genre is far more appealing to you as a reader?
No specific genre appeals to me more than any other. I’ve always been an adventurous reader. I love going wherever an author will take me, as long as it’s worth the ride.

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

I mentioned before that I love it when authors take me on journeys. I love to create my own journeys, too. For me, I enjoy every part of the writing process—from outlining, when the story is most vivid, to the rough draft when the story becomes real, to the editing, when the story becomes readable, and after I’ve published, when I look back on the book and realize “Holy cow! I wrote that!” It’s an amazing feeling, especially after you’ve written several books. It’s even sweeter when readers come along for the journey, too!

Which is your current read?

Right now I’m reading the Fat Vampire series by Johnny B. Truant. It’s about a fat guy who becomes a vampire—literally! It’s a hilarious satire of vampire novels, but it’s also very serious. I like books that straddle the space between funny and serious.

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

The second draft is the hardest part for me. It doesn’t take much to produce a rough draft—about two weeks for me. But the second draft is where the real work begins. I write my rough drafts fast and very sloppily, so I often have to rewrite entire sections of the novel, do research, and fix major potholes. If readers could see my first drafts, they’d probably laugh at me. But all of those problems disappear after the second draft. For this reason, I never feel comfortable with a novel until I’m done with the second draft.

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

Don’t let anyone define you. Define yourself.

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

I love video game music. I am obsessed with it, actually. My favorites would be Wild ARMS: 2nd Ignition by Michiko Naruke and SaGa Frontier 2 by Masashi Hamauzu.

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

I’m a sucker for red curry, naan, and a nice cold glass of Thai tea. That’s heaven!

List any giveaways or surprises in mere future?

If you join my mailing list and become one of my “fearless readers,” you’ll be able to have a major say in one of my upcoming works for the next calendar year. That’s all I’ll say, and you’ll have to join my mailing list to learn more!

Where can we find your books?

You can learn about all my books at http://www.michaellaronn.com/books

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

I’m most active on Facebook and Google+. I love to connect with new people, so don’t be shy! I’d love to meet you.

Authors Interviews

My Conversation with Author S.L.Stacker

Author Pic 2Tell us a little more about yourself?

I graduated high school as Valedictorian.  Everyone, including myself, had such high hopes for me.  Unfortunately, once I started college, I found I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do when I “grew up”.  I decided I wouldn’t waste my money on classes I was sure I’d use, so I dropped out and enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a Sonar Technician.  After the Navy, I worked in automotive for several years, starting out on the factory floor.  Eventually, I worked my way into the finance department as the payroll coordinator.  Due to the state of the economy, I lost my job.  However, I quickly found another doing mineral right research for a natural gas company.  I worked there for a couple of years, and once again, I lost my job due to the economy.  It was then my husband and I decided I would stay home.  I’ve been a stay-at-home mommy and wife ever since.

Quickly, tell us about your upcoming releases?

My third and final book in the Macyn McIntyre Series, Macyn’s Decision, is set to be released in November of this year.  After having to endure torture caused by the hands of her nemesis, Frederick Marshall, Macyn is finally forced to make the ultimate decision.  Does she die in order to save the ones she loves?

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

When I lost my last job, I found I had a lot of time on my hands.  I quickly became bored and started reading fiction blogs.  After several months, I thought I can do this!  I started my first blog and have been writing since.

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

I actually do my own cover art.  My first two books, Macyn’s Letter and Macyn’s Awakening, were designed from scratch.  Recently, I decided to change the covers because I was never totally satisfied with the originals.  Usually when I’m writing, a particular scene will stick with me, and that’s my inspiration comes from.

Do you outline your work before you write?

No.  I tried outlining once, but my characters didn’t like that.  They LOVE writing their own story.  I feel restricted with outlines.  The freedom from not working with an outline feels great!

How do you like spending your leisure hours?

Leisure time?  What’s that?  Joking!  The majority of my time is spent with my husband and children.  I love to read, and average reading a book or two per week.

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

I can’t say I have a favorite genre.  I write romance/mystery, and I suppose I’m drawn to that over all other genres, but I read everything!

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

I love reading, and I usually get tons of ideas to write about while reading.  I don’t think there are really in similarities in my works and reality.  I suppose I may pick up characteristic traits from people in real life to use in my books, but ultimately, everything is pure imagination.

Which is your current read?

I’m currently not reading anything considering I’m trying to finish my book, but the last book I read was Laugh or Death by Camilla Chafer.  Love those books!

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

Staying focused!  When I sit down in front of my computer, I find myself constantly getting online to check out various social media.  Before I know it, several hours have passed, and I’ve written nothing.  Now, I like to use pen and paper and sit outside somewhere.  I find I focus much better writing in this manner.

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

My advice to readers would be:  leave constructive reviews for the books you read.  Authors count on these reviews.  Your review can be positive or negative, but please ensure it’s constructive.

My advice to writers would be:  keep writing and do it for yourself.  Don’t worry about what others think.  As long as you are writing for you, and it makes you happy, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.

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

I love the Red Hot Chili Peppers!  Definitely my favorite group, but I find I listen to 80’s music more often than anything else.  It’s a close 2nd.

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

Can’t say I’m a foodie, but I love vegetables – especially asparagus! 

List any giveaways or surprises in mere future?

I usually do an autographed paperback edition at each release.  I haven’t really thought that far ahead, yet, BUT I do have a contest going on for free coupon codes for electronic copies of my books after the release of Macyn’s Decision.  I’m trying to reach 300 likes on my Facebook page.  When I do hit the target, I’ll randomly select a winner for the free set of digital books.

Where can we find your books?

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Smashwords

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Authors Interviews

My Conversation with Author Jennifer Beilis

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Tell us a little more about yourself?

I have my Master’s degrees in Education and Deafness Rehabilitation, New York University, Bachelor’s in Psychology form Rowan University and my Associate’s degree in Social Sciences from Brookdale Community College in New Jersey.

Quickly, tell us about your upcoming releases?

My book “Hear” I Am!! was released 4/24/14.

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

I wrote about my life’s experiences with hearing loss and Meniere’s to show that people with disabilities can attend school or work. I also show with introspective questioning to learn about self-growth.

Who designed your cover art?

The publisher and I designed the cover. I feel that butterflies represent change or metamorphosis.

Do you outline before you write?

Yes

How do you like spending your leisure hours?

I enjoy paint by number, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Which genre is more appealing to you as a reader?

I enjoy romantic novels.

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

I write from my heart of my personal experiences.

Which is your current read?

John Updike Rabbit is Rich.

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

The hardest part was coming to terms with the loss of my dad and grandma. Also, it was very hard to accept my diagnosis and obtain treatment but I always show that I work through the problems.

Hope you enjoyed my conversation with Euphonos 🙂

My Den

Meet My Character Blog Tour: Linda & Michael

Heya!!!

I am extremely happy to announce that I am participating in the Blog Hop {Blogging from the Heart Tour} for the first time and especially I would like to thank one of the amazing authors “ROBIN ROWLES” {Author of Anne and Stan’s Magical and Salt Pepper Pot Adventures} who introduced me to this exciting stuff.

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Say Hello to my friend “Robin”!!!

 

Website:  http://robinrowlestheauthor.weebly.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Robin-Rowles/e/B00F54ND1O

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7380378.Robin-Rowles

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/PeepBehindSofa

Next up on the Blog Hop:

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 Mikhail Kerrigan is another outstanding horror writer who would be participating in the Blog Tour on 20th Oct 2014.
Author’s Bio:

I dreamed I would be a writer someday, but life got in the way. A genetic malformation burst in my head (aneurysm) I almost died. It’s funny how life works sometimes; my imaginative nature never left me. Now one of the Wolf’s blood trilogy is scheduled for release in October or November 2014.

Say Hello to the wonderful author here!!!

Blog:

http://viddarr.wordpress.com

Twitter:

Mikhail Kerrigan @wolfblood2012

Now, It is the time to meet my characters:

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What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Linda and Michael, they are both fictional evolved from my mind.

When and where is the story set?

The journey of two wonderful people during the 80’s in Gladstone {Small Town}.

What should we know about him/her?

Linda, the only daughter of Robson’s is a perfect reflection of her mother, extremely sensitive, one among the “amazing women’s” list. She is incredible to be with and a touch of presence of mind and humor makes her character bumpy.

Michael, our big guy does not cry but he is an emotional individual who believes in true love and the one who loves his family. His personality and perception reflect his soul.

What messes up his / her life?

Falling in love and being in love makes them go crazy at first. But, trusting the one you love and keeping it together becomes the biggest question in Michael’s life.

Will Michael ever trust Linda ever again?

Will Linda ever forgive and accept her love beyond the utterly un-reasonable ignorance.

What is the personal goal of the character?

They have more than everything they actually want in their life. So, Linda and Michael on their journey to find “True Love” and strongly believe in all that they go through.

Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

Yes, there is the Kindle Edition available on Amazon. Also, you can read the first chapter from my blog.

http://www.amazon.com/Pieces-Time-True-Love-Series-ebook/dp/B00HVHYBN2

https://euphonosbooks.com

When can we expect new book to be published?

Currently, I am working on “WRITER IN YOU” which will be available on my blog and readers can download it for free. I have “Time & Regrets” releasing during Christmas.

My Den

Inside the mind of a writer – II

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“Do you actually write what you read?” 
“Has this ever crossed your mind?” I am a lover of mystery, crime, thriller subjects although I have great love for classics and children’s books; Now, there’s no scope for Poetry to budge into my life of multi-genres. 

We stand close to the edge but only some of us risk and try. Until we do, we never know where we fit in; Some of us might be reading and writing the same genre; While the rest of us could be exceptionally subjective and entirely reflect the opposite; 

In my notion, reader in every writer doesn’t necessarily be the writer of every book or genre he or she reads; 

 

 

My first poetry book

Sequel, a heightened expectation or myth

ImageI have wondered if writing sequel for any genre, be it the poetry or novels is a piece of cake work. A dilemma I stay in while writing my sequel to my first poetry book, I sit dumb-folded and sometimes end up writing nothing and visualizing nothing, the very reason being the false sense of perception or illusion that gets to me while I write the sequel.

Clear mind as clear as a crystal sky and pen down my thoughts is such a comfort on some days.