Monday, March 26, 2012

Interview with Jacqueline Corcoran

We have Jacqueline Corcoran here this week talking more about herself and her great writing! Drop a comment below and be entered to win a free pdf of her novel, A Month of Sundays!

WR: Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you write? Why?

J: I mainly write mysteries but also non-fiction. I like mysteries because of the puzzle and the plot, and that’s what I like reading. I’ve had the dream to be a writer since I was seven years old. I loved reading even then and hated turning off the light at night because I couldn’t read anymore.

WR: If you could be any one of your characters, who would you choose?

J: I am my characters already so I don’t have to choose!

WR: What is your creative process like? Do you need music to write? Silence?

J: I need silence, and I write long-hand first, then type it up later. I write a blurb, have a general idea and then go from there. In other words, I am a pantser and a result I get horribly stuck at times, which I find very frustrating until I can dig myself back out again. However, I finish everything I start even though I despair at times.

WR: What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

J: Popcorn and M and M’s, although I’m not guilty about it. I do a lot of reading about craft on writing blogs which sometimes interferes with my own writing.

WR: What inspires you?

J: Writing craft books and blogs.

WR: What is one of your worst pet peeves?

J: I have many of themJ In reading, mysteries written by men. I read primarily women authors.

WR: Describe what a perfect day would be for you.

J: A day when I know where I’m headed when I write and I have lots of plot ideas. The writing then just flows out of me, and I’m able to write 20 pages longhand.

WR: If you could bring any fictional character to life, yours or anyone else’s, who would you pick?

J: When I was a child, I would have picked any main character from one of the many characters I enjoyed then, but alas I’ve lost the magic now.

WR: If you could shape-shift, what animal would you turn into and why?

J: As above, unfortunately, I’ve lost the magic I had as a child and can’t go there.

WR: Where can we find you and your work around the web?


Monday, March 19, 2012

Interview with author Fran Lewis

We have author Fran Lewis here today talking about herself and her writing! Drop a comment below and have a chance to win a free book of hers at the end of the week!

WR: Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you write? Why?

FL: I was born in the South Bronx and grew up in a multi – ethnic neighborhood. Being overweight made it hard for me to join the other kids playing ball in the street and even sledding on snowy days. I got picked on a lot by the other kids and had to toughen up real fast and not allow myself to be bullied by the other kids. I learned at an early age that kids can really be mean and I never wanted to be mean and retaliate in return.

I graduated Hunter College with my BA in classical music and performance. I have a Masters in Education and one in Reading Disabilities. I have another Masters in Administration and Supervision and I worked in the NYC Public Schools for over 36 years. I was the Dean of Discipline and the Reading and Writing Staff Developer. I often consult with my former colleagues helping them write lesson plans and do research for their Master’s Degrees.

When I decided to write my short stories I realized that I had a lot to say about my youth and in both of my books I tell about a ten year old girl named Bertha who learns to deal with real life issues kids face today at home and in school. I am the author of three children's books that are all the online reseller's sites and currently waiting for my book Memories are Precious a book about my mom's journey with Alzheimer's to come out at the end of this month. I hope to raise money and awareness for a cure. Because We Care is dedicated to the memory of my sister who died last year from TBI and my mom from Alzheimer’s.

As a new member of Who’sWho of Cambridge’s Executives, Professionals and Educators I have been fortunate to meet many educators and authors throughout the world. I enjoy reviewing books for authors, upon request as well as reviewing books for, manic readers and I do reviews for authors upon request. I love reading what other author's write and my reviews are honest and open but I feel that every author deserves respect when reviewing their work. I pride myself on giving honest reviews and I always look for the positive in every book review.I am the host of Focus Discussions on Blog Talk Radio on the World of Ink. I host Book Discussions on Blog Talk Radio. My latest release is Faces Behind the Stones. I review for many major publishing companies and I have interviewed many NYTimes best selling authors.

WR: If you could be any one of your characters, who would you choose?

FL: I am one of my characters. I am Bertha. The characters in my children’s book are people in my family. I am Bertha. My sister Marcia is Tillie and the rest are family and friends. My sister, passed away last year and she provided a lot of the fuel for Tillie’s character. She thought this was great and we shared many fun times together and discussed each story and each event before I writing the book.

WR: What is your creative process like? Do you need music to write? Silence?

FL: I write directly on my computer. I never use an outline or have anything preplanned. I decide on the topic or main plot and I go from there. I can write with music or without. If it is music it has to be classical.

WR: What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

FL: My guilty pleasure is shopping. Whenever I need to take a break from reviewing books, the radio show or just writing and I do something special for myself by going shopping.

WR: What inspires you?

FL: I have been writing all of my life. As a reading and writing staff developer I worked with students that were reluctant writers and encouraged them to join me as I wrote along with them. I loved writing short stories and poems as a child and decided when I retired early from teaching to write my first children’s book. I was encouraged to write my first children’s book by my aunt and my third grade teacher who still remains a close family friend. I love sharing my real life experiences growing up and helping children that have been bullied, overweight and low self-esteem deal with these issues and more after reading my short stories. Just knowing that my reviews help another author really keeps me going and wanting to do more. I love sharing my ideas with others and what started out as a hobby turned into a second career. My aunt before she passed away told me to use my skills as a writing staff developer and educator to help kids deal with bullies and to create another avenue for my talents.

WR: What is one of your worst pet peeves?

FL: I really dislike anyone who gets impatient when someone does not understand what they are saying or a parent who loses control. I love kids and when I see parents yelling in the street or using their hands I cannot tolerate it.

WR: Describe what a perfect day would be for you.

FL: A perfect day is going for a morning walk, getting my oatmeal and decaf, spending the day at a museum or concert and going for an early dinner with my husband.

WR: If you could bring any fictional character to life, yours or anyone else’s, who would you pick?

FL: If I could bring any character to life and have a conversation with that character it would be Poirot. I love the way he figures out the evidence in a crime and his powers of deduction are great. Writing mystery thrillers I would love to talk with him to learn more about solving crimes and how he manages to foil the criminals every time. I would love to ask him how he develops his theories, can study the scene and know who did it. I would also love to bring back Perry Mason to get another perspective.

WR: If you could shape-shift, what animal would you turn into and why?

FL: I have been told that I have a strong personality and often can overtake just about anything or anyone that stands in my way of getting things done. I am also an advocate for the elderly after taking care of my mom for ten years. If I had to say I would probably either be dangerous python or cobra.

WR: Where can we find you and your work around the web?

FL: You can find all of my books on Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and all of the online resellers. You can find my reviews on bookpleasures, on my facebook page Fran Lewis’s reviews, mindseye, bookmarketing,ning, booktown and manic readers.

Monday, March 12, 2012

You won't want to miss these titles!

From World Castle Publishing:

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CJ's father, Charles Webber, had been a real bastard all her life. And when her mom died he'd told her that without Becky there to make him acknowledge CJ as his daughter, he was finished with her and she was never to darken his door again. The slap that bloodied her mouth at her mom's funeral had been more than enough to make his point. So she didn't, not even to come home to his funeral

Austin Force wanted the property that the prick Webber owned. He wanted it for his pack and the house for his mom to call hers. But Webber dying had him dancing a jig and contacting the lawyer to make an offer. But finding that the man had a daughter and that she was his mate had Austin at his wits end.

Austin didn't want to be impressed by her. He didn't want to like her. He wanted her to obey him, whelp a few pups so she wouldn't be bored and run his house for him. CJ wanted to do as she please which included maybe murdering the Alpha in his sleep. The two of them coming together is wonderfully steamy and sarcastic wit. Austin and CJ will make great alpha's...or will the

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Dr. Erin Jacobs is making a name for herself in the sports world. Drawing on her own life experiences, she encourages and inspires athletes to recover from career ending injuries. So why would someone want to hurt the good doctor?

Detective Logan Sinclair is determined to find that answer. He’s been mesmerized by Erin from the moment she found him and his partner shot in an alleyway. Since that night their lives have never been the same. Will Logan be able to solve the puzzle of who wants Erin out of the way before it’s too late? And if so, what impact will those answers have on their lives?

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For Nosferatu, to be bestowed the gift of mortality is no small matter, but it also meant De’Anne Marseilles would have to leave her beloved behind. Could she make such an ultimate sacrifice?

De’Anne has spent her mortal years alone and hindered by memories that never reveal themselves, until one night, when Nathan Bothwell returns and threatens to bring her back to their vampiric life of blood and death. Her past finally catches up. But is love strong enough for De’Anne to give up her mortal status for immortality and return to a life drenched in blood and death?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

4.5 Stars for A Christmas Gift by Diane Craver!

SOURCE: Received for an honest review from the author.

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: November 15, 2010
Justin Reeves is a man who has it all: a good job, a loving wife and children who are the center of his universe. Justin also has a secret he’s hidden from everyone his entire life-or so he thought. Quite innocently his small daughter, Debby, stumbles upon his secret and is shocked by what she finds. She confronts her father with the awful truth, and together they embark upon a journey which takes her father from the darkness of shame into the light of victory.
Drawing from true events in her own childhood, author Diane Craver captivates the reader from page one to a stunning climax which will touch your heart and impact your life forever in this must-read story of love’s triumph over adversity.

A CHRISTMAS GIFT by Diane Craver is an inspirational fiction that is based on true life memories. It is a story of love,faith,hope,which is told from real-life experiences and memories. What an amazing journey for a father-daughter. One from shame to victory,the love and pride shared and the secret revealed.”A Christmas Gift” is a wonderful story to be read and shared. Written not only from an writer’s view but from the view of a beloved child about her father. A must read. A story to enlighten your heart and one that will influence you forever. Quick read full of love and memories. Received for an honest review from the author. Details can be found at Whimsical Publication,LLC.,the author’s website, and My Book Addiction and More.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Diana DeRicci in Audiobook!

You won't want to miss this novel, Watching Her Every Move by Diana DeRicci- coming in Audiobook March 16th! It's a best-seller at Purple Sword Publications!

Agent Jonas Dreyer has been working night and day to intercept valuable memory chips before they are delivered into the wrong hands. A happily confirmed bachelor with good reason, he never expects for the woman who is struck by his suspect in a wild foot chase to be the one, his mate.

Neither do they expect her to be targeted as the only person who may know where the vanished chips may be.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Hot New Titles from World Castle!

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When Jared Stone goes undercover to investigate an employee of his father's company he expects to find a man abusing his power and ignoring his responsibilities.

Willow James in neither a man nor an incompetent site foreman. And soon Jared finds himself going undercover of a different sort. Together they must navigate a world of drugs, murder and intrigue.

Can their passion see them through the dark nights and dangerous days? Or will they be pulled apart by the same forces that they are trying to conquer?

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Space Resources, Inc. (SRI) mines asteroids for the riches a populated Earth needs without degrading the planet. Yet there are those opposed to progress in whatever its form such as the Gaia Alliance, a front group for eco-terrorists. During a violent attack on the Moon, the terrorists steal an exploration ship, arm it, and rename it the Rock Killer. Charlene "Charlie" Jones of SRI security is trying to infiltrate the Gaia Alliance's cabal to find evidence linking them to the murder of her fiancé. But a run-in with the law threatens to reveal her identity to the dangerous men of the Alliance. Simultaneously, SRI Director Alexander Chun is traveling to the asteroid belt to bring a kilometer-long nickel-iron rock back to Earth orbit to mine for its valuable metals. Following him and his multi-national team is the Rock Killer. Without armaments, millions of miles from help, Chun must stop those who threaten him and the lives of his crew.

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Noremway Parish, founded 2,000 years ago by the Great Savior Ragas Moilere, is the largest of the small villages in what is known as the Inner-Crescent. The last bastion of humanity after the war with the demons known as the Darkness, or the Chaos, the continued existence of Noremway Parish is imperative to the survival of the human race. But now, the Darkness has returned to claim what it couldn't before, and it starts in the most peculiar way.

The Story Teller, a mythical creature of a bygone age, narrates a tale that is soon ripped from his web of creation and altered by the Darkness. The people of Noremway Parish have no idea that the story they inhabit has just been hi-jacked by forces determined to destroy them.

Mayor Tomias Waterman, the man whose leadership holds the parish together, is killed immediately along with his wife and unborn child. Without Mayor Waterman's guidance, those who would seek power in his place tear the parish apart, allowing the forces of the Dark to circumvent the protection offered by the Great Ragas.

It is up to Brother Decon and Sister Teret to bring the parish back together before its too late. But does their forbidden love undermine all they seek to accomplish?

Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Sneak Peek at Melissa Hosack's Latest Work

Here is a glimpse into the mayhem that is going on in author Melissa Hosack's latest work, 2012.

Lilly reached for a piece of fruit, and her eyebrows drew together in confusion as she watched it dance around in her cup. She frowned and glimpsed up at the restaurant. She knew to be cautious with food from other countries, but wiggling fruit was a bit crazy.

Against her leg, the metal frame of the table began to shake and clatter. She looked down at it in confusion, and then shivered as her feet tingled with vibrations coming from the ground.

She glanced up and around, expecting to see some type of animal stampede. Instead, she saw the similarly confused expressions of others nearby. The ground began to tremble more noticeably under her feet, causing the table to rattle against the stone patio it sat on.

Lilly’s heart leapt to her throat as she realized these were the beginning tremors of an earthquake. She jumped to her feet, but then froze, uncertain of what she should do now. She’d never been in an earthquake before and didn’t have a clue about what to do. Was it safer to be inside or out? She remembered something about getting in a doorway, but that was if you were already inside a building. She wasn’t sure if that still applied if you were out in the open.

She shuffled her feet back and forth in nervous indecision as people around her began to scatter. The ground gave a violent shift under her feet, and she was forced to grab onto her table to keep herself upright. She felt herself starting to panic as people raced past her. Everyone else seemed to have a plan of action while she just stood there. She felt like a deer frozen in the headlights of an approaching car, and that thought was less than comforting. She’d seen the results of what happened to those deer. Anyone who’d ever driven near a highway had seen those results. She didn’t want to be one of those deer.

The ground was quaking constantly now, making her teeth chatter together. She spun in a circle, looking for a sign of what to do, some guidance from the behavior of the others around her. When she reached a full circle, facing the direction in which she’d started, something suddenly slammed into her. She was driven to the ground, and something heavy landed on top of her. The air was driven from her lungs, and her back roughly hit the stones underneath of her.

It took her a moment to catch her breath before she was able to focus and open her eyes. The ground was still trembling beneath her, making her vision waver, but she was able to make out the familiar face above her own. “Tex?” she asked in disbelief. “What the hell are you doing?”
Christian glared down at her for a moment before ducking his head to protect himself as an umbrella from a nearby table crashed to the ground inches from their heads. He stayed silent, his body above hers, protecting her from falling debris and rubble until the earth stopped shaking.

It felt like forever, but the ground finally stabilized underneath of them. A soft rumble swept through the street as everything settled itself after being violently shaken.

When the last tremors subsided, he lifted his head and glared at her again. “My name isn’t Tex. Stop calling me that. I’m going to get a complex…or I’ll start talking with a southern twang, which is something neither of us wants to hear.”

He climbed to his feet and offered a hand to help her up. “As for what I’m doing, that big chunk of building almost crushed your skull into tiny fragments. I saved your ass by knocking you out of the way. Apparently, you’re displeased by this.”

Startled into stunned silence, Lilly let him help her to her feet. She stared in shock at the large chunk of stone that lay smashed against the ground where she’d been standing. “Holy crap,” she breathed. “Wow.”

“Yeah. They’d have been scraping your brains off the patio for a week,” Christian agreed.