Monday, January 26, 2015

Anna Othitis, Author of "My First Travel Book" **Top 10 Favorite Travel Destinations**

Today we are visited by an incredible author that writes lovely travel books for children and adults. I'd like to present author, Anna Othitis' Top 10 Favorite Travel Destinations


New York City – USA
The Statue of Liberty, Museums, Arts, fashion
Niagara Falls – Canada
The Falls, Great lakes, frozen wine farm tours, fine cuisine
Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe, Africa
The mighty Falls, wild life site seeing
Kenya –Africa
Serengeti Park, wild life site seeing, beaches, mountain climbing.
Athens – Greece
The Acropolis, historical sites, Arts, beaches, wine food, Greek Islands
France
- The Eiffel Tower, Historical sites, French cuisine, fashion, the Riviera
Rome – Italy
Coliseum, Historical site seeing, beaches wine, food
London – UK 
- Big Ben, Bughingham Palace and the royalty the Historical castles, London Bridge
Alaska
- the Northern Lights, the Whales
Brazil
- Rio De Janeiro, festivities, food wine and beaches

Biography:
Anna Othitis lived and was raised in the beautiful land and country of Zimbabwe, Africa (home will always be home. She left all of her life long memories, endless charity work and good people behind vowing that she will continue supporting the needy children in her land Zimbabwe, Africa and beyond. After traveling long and short distances from the East coast to the West coast twice she and her family eventually found their sense of belonging and final settling destination in New Jersey, USA.

Her husband George, sons Johnny, Elia and Frankie encouraged her to write her first children's book titled "My First Travel Book", inspired by Frankie (Captain Frankie), who is graduating from his Masters degree in Aeronautical Science and beginning his career as a professional pilot. Anna's favorite saying is "Be Bold Be Brave".

She was inspired to write her children's books with a vision to link up the children Africa and of the world on Angelic Airlines to so many beautiful places of interest and popularity on our wonderful planet Earth with all its beautiful some natural and some man made creations and resources. One of the beautiful natural wonders featured in her books is in her birth land of Zimbabwe "The Mighty Victoria Falls" All of her books educate our children and widen their scope of interest in the amazing surroundings, creations and nature to appreciate and look after our environment for many generations still to come.


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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

An Interview with Vampire Fantasy Author, Michael Holman

An Interview with Vampire Fantasy Author, 

Michael Holman


Q1:  When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
A1:  In 2009, I watched a DVD in my collection where a supporting actor asked the lead one "So, did ya ever write that book?"  It wasn't just the reply of "No.  No, I never got around to it," that galvanized my decision, it was the facial expression too, the haunted expression which accompanied the dialogue.  The idea came and smacked me upside my (literary) head:  if I write my own stories and DON'T become the next best-seller on that New York Times List, so what?  What's the worst that can happen, my former English teachers from Salem-Keizer School District 24J converge on my position so they can pelt me with chalkboard erasers, perhaps chase me around with brandished wooden rulers?  Somehow, I doubt that, and I've got to at least give creative writing another shot.

Q2:  Is there anything difficult about writing or publishing?
A2:  I go through periods where so many ideas zing through my head at once it's hard to choose one central idea for a story and follow up with the process of writing it, then there's also the polar opposite difficulty, when "Stand By" may as well scroll across my forehead, because my brain is doing a dead battery impression--click, click, click. 

 But even worse is publishing.  I'll NEVER, repeat NEVER use ANY publish-on-demand company AGAIN.  The cost is too high, and the return is too low.  Hindsight is always 20/20.

Q3:  Who is your favorite author?
A3:  This response may look odd, coming as it does from a paranormal romance fiction author, but I gotta go with Tom Clancy.  Readers lost a great author when he passed away.

Q4:  Favorite book?
A4:  "Patriot Games".

Q5:  Do you have a favorite quote?
A5:  When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. --  EDMUND BURKE

Q6:  Your books deal with vampires and humans.  What do you like about vampires?  If you had the choice, would you become one?
A6:  I suppose the main thing I like about vampires is their supernatural strength.  So many times, I've seen jerks who are just plain arrogant and lazy, with no disabled placard visible (which is mandatory by the Oregon Revised Statutes, by the way) park in designated zones for people like my sister Tricia, who have a medical need to park close to buildings.  I'd like to heave vehicles of scoff-laws into the Willamette River, then say something like, "Dang, your warranty expired?  Whoa, that's a bummer, dude."  I wouldn't want to become a vampire, though--when my time's up, my time's up.  I just don't see the benefit of roaming the Earth if my family and friends can't. Plus, every race I've ever run (and there have been a LOT) start in the morning.

Q7:  What are you working on now?
A7:  I'm alternating between writing short stories (I've written four in less than a month) and writing my third novel entitled "Escalation".  On February 20, a bit more than a month from now, I'll attend a writer's workshop in Portland Oregon.  In addition to the all-day conference, I'll also have an opportunity to pitch my paranormal horror/thriller about a supernatural British World War 1 tank versus a telekinetic guy having a for-keeps confrontation in Silver Falls State Park to a literary agent for ten minutes.  I'm bringing a one-page synopsis of the story with me, and I'm considering offering the agent I speak with a copy of it when my pitch is over.  I'm thinking that I'll put those short stories in one compilation book when I have more of them written.  I haven't made a final decision what title to put on the cover of that collection, but I'm kicking around the idea of using "Lace 'Em Up, Rock And Roll".

Q8:  Do you have a specific writing style?
A8:  My first two novels, "Resolve And Retribution" followed by its sequel "Returns And Reunions" were both written in first person, but to make "Escalation" work, I'm writing that book in third person.  Talk about an adjustment...wow.

Q9:  Is there anything that you want to say to your readers?
A9:  After I finished "Resolve And Retribution", my brother-in-law took me aside and confided that he usually doesn't even bother reading fictional material--doesn't have time for it in most circumstances--but once he'd read the first page, he was drawn further in.  He said he had to see what would happen next.

Ideally, that's what I'd like EVERY reader to experience, no matter what the plot is.  I also want them to take sides, get emotionally invested.  But, because all are unique, I won't please everyone.  That's impossible.  What I CAN do is make my best-faith effort to write a story that's capable of enticing most to keep reading word to word, line to line, page to page.  You have my promise I won't forget what it's like to be a reader that wants to relax for awhile, escape into a world of imagination, and enjoy a story so much the clock gets ignored.

Q10:  If you could go back in time, what time period would you go to?  What would you do there?
A10:  I'd go back to the 1950's and test drive every DeSoto, Edsel, Nash, Studebaker, and Packard I could persuade dealerships to let me get behind the wheel of...maybe swing by a few drive-ins and watch the pretty car hops work their magic on those roller skates as I make those malted milk shakes last as long as possible.

Naturally, at some point, I'd have to bust out my Nikes and go for one doozy of a training run.  


About Michael's Latest novel, Returns and Reunions:


At the conclusion of "Resolve And Retribution", Ben declares Tabitha, Jane, and himself are all finishers, and that's true enough.  But Tabitha has another enemy, Victoria, who wasn't there when Lilith got neutralized in Bush Park.  The problem is, Victoria has access to alien technology she intends to use for the creation of a new, human-hostile Council of Thirteen.  There's no question of the traitor's intent of carrying out her ancient Roman vampire mistress' ultimate plan, because, as Ben knows, an alien serum Lilith obtained is already in Tabitha's bloodstream, thanks to the evil undead pair attacking his girlfriend right in front of him to send their message.  Well, Ben has a message, too:  Bring on the next finish line.  He's seen how blatantly wicked Victoria is, and he's not the same human who once balked at terminating a vampire who wanted him dead.  He knows what the grim score is once Victoria rejects his attempt at making peace.  That's when a line gets drawn in the sand of "Returns And Reunions".  There will be no more quarter asked nor given.  The vampire civil war brought by Lilith to Ben's home turf in Oregon's Willamette Valley isn't over.  And...there are those who won't walk the Earth by the time it's done, human and vampire alike.

Author Biography:
  
Michael W. Holman is a bachelor who has spent his life in the Pacific Northwest.  He lives in Salem, Oregon.  His favorite activities include distance running, reading and writing fun, short fiction for FanStory.com when more serious, longer writing projects need to be set aside briefly for his own sanity, and playing strategy board games with his nearby immediate family members on Friday nights.  His second book, "Returns And Reunions", is the sequel to his first novel, "Resolve And Retribution".

Connect with Michael:

Twitter:  Michael Holman @runnernovelist
Facebook:  Michael Holman (Works at ODOT, lives in Salem OR) 
Google:  Michael Holman (mholman0301@gmail.com)



Monday, December 29, 2014

The V V Inn series, from the USA Today & New York Times Bestselling Author, C.J. Ellisson **Blog Tour**



99 Cent Sale for Bestselling Vampire Novel, "Vampire Vacation!"



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The V V Inn series, from the USA Today & New York Times Bestselling Author, C.J. Ellisson:


Meet Vivian. She's a 580-year-old vampire who exudes sex, has a talent for drama, and is passionate about two things: her human husband, Rafe, and their resort for the undead. Her ability to project physical illusions has created the perfect vacation spot—a dark, isolated Alaskan hideaway where visitors can have their wildest fantasies come true.
Vivian knows the best performance requires perfect timing, but the powerful vamp is put to the test when she discovers a corpse in a locked guestroom minutes before the next arrivals. Always cool-headed, Rafe hides the body, convinced he and Vivian can find the culprit without disturbing their guests.


Juggling the increasingly outrageous demands of their customers while tracking a killer isn't easy. Will their poking and prodding give them the answers they need, or will it uncover secrets Vivian would kill to protect?

Warning: This book contains adult content (violence, blood, and sex) and is not intended for readers under 18.


The V V Inn, in reading order:

  • Death's ServantFirst Prequel Book (Jon's Tale) FREE READ for a limited time!
  • Vampire Vacation, Book 1
  • The Hunt, Book 2
  • Big Game, Book 3
  • Death Times Two, Book 3.5  A Grim Reality and V V Inn novella co-authored with Boone Brux
  • Blood Legacy, Book 4 (Available for pre-order now: http://amzn.to/1uUsNmy)



About the Author:

C.J. Ellisson isn’t your average author – she never dreamed of becoming a writer and had no formal training when she decided to give it a try. What she did have was an extensive background in sales and marketing. C.J. worked for over a decade in wholesale banking as an Account Executive, Regional Sales Manager, Sales Trainer, and later ended her office career as a corporate trainer. From there she became a Realtor and opened her own small company as a property manager.

In the four years since she typed “Chapter One”, her experience in marketing, art, sales, and a basic grasp of computers helped her to start two small presses, create the paranormal covers in her bestselling V V Inn series, mentor dozens of writers at various stages of their career, launch several successful Facebook Pages, and hit the USA Today and New York Times bestsellers list.


C.J. will always write, but at the encouragement of her peers, has recently designed a coaching program to walk authors through what she’s learned along the way. She is proof positive that with a lot of hard work and dedication, anyone can make their dreams of writing full-time come true.



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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Greatest Sin by, Lee French & Erik Kort Blog Tour


The Greatest Sin Lee French & Erik Kort

Blog Tour

Book Feature


The Fallen 

For hundreds of years, the Blaukenev clan has wandered across Tilzam, from one end to the other and back. Each wagon carries history, love, laughter, pain, sorrow, and secrets. Their greatest secret of all may be Chavali, the clan Seer. 


Spirits claim/use/save/damn her. 

With her gift/curse, nothing surprises her anymore, no one keeps secrets from her. She, on the other hand, has more than enough secrets to keep. Secrets of her own, secrets of her clan, secrets of the world, secrets she even keeps from herself. 

There are always people who want secrets. 
Some will do anything to get what they want. 

The Fallen is the foundation of the story of The Greatest Sin, of a world adrift from its God that desperately wants Her back. Chavali's comfortable, predictable life will be ripped apart and burnt to ashes as she's forced into the middle of that struggle. Change, she hates it passionately. It hates her right back.


Harbinger


Adjusting to her new life as a soul-bound agent of the Fallen has Chavali pushing herself harder than ever before. Between learning to fight, dealing with idiots, and climbing stairs - lots of stairs - she has little time to waste on thoughts of the future. Or the past. 


When another agent fails to report in, Chavali is sent on the mission to discover her fate. Ready or not, she saddles up for a new adventure with new dangers. 

The search takes her to Ket, a coastal city slathered in mystery. There, she faces ghosts from her past and demons of her future as she seeks answers. All she seems to find are more questions. 

Plague, murder, lies, espionage...this city harbors much more than meets the eye, and maybe too much to handle.


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 Lee French lives in Olympia, WA with two kids, two bicycles, and too much stuff. She is an avid gamer and active member of the Myth-Weavers online RPG community, where she is known for her fondness for Angry Ninja Squirrels of Doom. In addition to spending much time there, she also trains year-round for the one-week of glorious madness that is RAGBRAI, has a nice flower garden with absolutely no lawn gnomes, and tries in vain every year to grow vegetables that don't get devoured by neighborhood wildlife.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

New Release Available for Pre-Order **The Second Captive by, Maggie James**

New Release Available for Pre-Order 

**The Second Captive by, Maggie James** 



Stockholm syndrome: the psychological tendency of a hostage to bond with his or her captor.
What happens when you love the man you should hate?
Beth Sutton is eighteen years old when Dominic Perdue abducts her. Held prisoner in a basement, she’s dependent upon him for food, clothes, her very existence. As the months pass, her hatred changes to compassion. Beth never allows herself to forget, however, that her captor has killed another woman. She has evidence to prove it, not to mention Dominic’s own admission of murder.
Then Beth escapes…
And discovers Dominic Perdue is not a man who lets go easily. Meanwhile, despite being reunited with her family, she spirals into self-destructive behaviour. Release from her prison isn’t enough. Can Beth also break free from the clutches of Stockholm syndrome?
A study of emotional dependency, The Second Captive examines how love can assume strange guises.



About the Author
Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.

The first draft of her first novel, entitled His Kidnapper’s Shoes, was written whilst travelling in Bolivia. Maggie was inspired by an impending milestone birthday along with a healthy dose of annoyance at having procrastinated for so long in writing a novel. His Kidnapper’s Shoes was published in both paperback and e-book format in 2013, followed by her second novel, entitled Sister, Psychopath. Her third novel, Guilty Innocence, like her first two, features her home city of Bristol. She has recently published her fourth novel, The Second Captive.

Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!





Thursday, November 13, 2014

RELENTLESSLY SUSPENSEFUL DEEP-SEA ADVENTURE! "Death by Blue Water," Blog Tour

Death by Blue Water

By, Kait Carson

Blog Tour

Kait Carson's Top Ten Favorite Things to Do!


Write  - OK, that’s a given
Scuba dive – what a surprise
Fly
Travel – not necessarily the same thing as flying
Lie (lay?) in a hammock with a good book
Ski
Hike
Cook – anything from gourmet meals to one pot surprises
Pottery
Catch up with friends

About Death by Blue Water:

RELENTLESSLY SUSPENSEFUL DEEP-SEA ADVENTURE…

“KAIT CARSON’S FLORIDA IS DEAD ON IN THIS ACTION-PACKED MYSTERY! THE ENVIABLE SETTING, COMPELLING CHARACTERS, AND THE AUTHOR’S EXPERTISE ON DIVING MAKE FOR A FRESH PLOT AND AN INTRIGUING STORY MASTERFULLY WOVEN INTO A SATISFYING CONCLUSION.” – KRISTA DAVIS, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE DOMESTIC DIVA MYSTERIES


Sub-Genre Keywords: Suspense, Women Sleuths, Murder Mystery Books, Whodunnit
Paralegal Hayden Kent knows first-hand that life in the Florida Keys can change from perfect to perilous in a heartbeat. When she discovers a man’s body at 120’ beneath the sea, she thinks she is witness to a tragic accident. She becomes the prime suspect when the victim is revealed to be the brother of the man who recently jilted her, and she has no alibi. A migraine stole Hayden’s memory of the night of the death.
As the evidence mounts, she joins forces with Officer Janice Kirby. Together the two women follow the clues that uncover criminal activities at the highest levels and put Hayden’s life in jeopardy while she fights to stay free.

PRAISE FOR DEATH BY BLUE WATER:

“Dive in! This compelling, timely, and relentlessly suspenseful deep-sea adventure—with its undercurrent of chilling secrets—won't let you go! Readers won't come up for air until the very last page.” – Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, Daphne, and Mary Higgins Clark Award-Winning Author of Truth Be Told

“The highlights of this debut novel are the beautiful descriptions of the underwater dives as well the complicated details involved that protect the divers’ safety. The author achieves in making the appeal and beauty of recreational diving worth risking the many dangers surrounding it, strengthening the heroine’s character and making her a protagonist the reader will want to succeed.” – Kings River Life Magazine

“You get drawn into the action almost as if you are watching it in real time. I found it difficult to stay with the current story and not turn to the end to find out the conclusion. But all the twists and turns are worth it, and don’t give in, because you’ll enjoy the ending more if you wait. A great book, highly recommended.” – Any Good Book

BOOKS IN THE HAYDEN KENT MYSTERY SERIES:

  • DEATH BY BLUE WATER (#1)
  • DEATH BY DOUBLOONS (#2) Fall 2015
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all…

Kait Carson has been writing mysteries since the fourth grade when she penned the words, “pop, pop, pop, here comes the cop” for a story poetry assignment. She opted for a career as a paralegal practicing in the area of probate, tax, and probate litigation. When she’s not writing, you can find her scuba diving or in the air with her pilot husband. Kait lives with her husband, eight (count ‘em) rescue cats, a conure, cockatoo, and a harlequin macaw at an airpark in Fort Denaud, Florida.

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Twitter:  @kaitcarson 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Celia Kennedy's Charlotte's Restrained Blog Tour!

Celia Kennedy's Charlotte's Restrained 

Blog Tour!


About Celia Kennedy!

Celia Kennedy was born in Wurzburg, Germany on an American Army base. Her parents' penchant for traveling the world, via a Volkswagen Minibus with a Porsche engine, sparked her imagination. Staring out the window, sometimes through fog and rain, at other times at sunny blue skies, she began to make up stories for the places and spaces they passed by. The in-between time, the most fascinating to her.

The imagined world has always fascinated Celia. She has studied Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Interior Design, and pretty much every other subject matter. Like her childhood, it was the ride that was the most entertaining, arrival at a degree, not anywhere as important.
Mark Twain said, "Write what you know." When combining this concept with her unusual life experiences (working at a nuclear submarine base when Chernobyl blew, testing software Bill Gates kept close tabs on, travelling extensively while quite broke, or falling in love with her boyfriend's close friend) thinking of what to write about isn't challenging; there just needs to be more hours in the day.

Celia published Charlotte's Restrained, The Accidental Stalker in December of 2012 andVenus Rising in August of 2013. Look for Kathleen's Undressed, The Accidental Enigma, a companion novel to Charlotte's Restrained, to be published in November 2014.
Currently she lives in Washington State with the loves of her life.

Charlotte's Restrained


Charlotte's Restrained, a comical fictional tale of what happens when the paths of a celebrity god and a mere mortal collide. 

While vacationing, Charlotte has a chance encounter with a celebrity famous for his lead roles in romantic comedies. Unfortunately for Charlotte, lighthearted banter develops into tabloid fodder. With her career, friendships, and new found romance all impacted, Charlotte sets about dealing with the fallout of her fifteen minutes of fame.

Reviews!

5.0 out of 5 stars Charlottes Restrained....an enjoyable read! January 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Interesting, memorable characters. An intriguing, captivating storyline with an international flair. Covers romance, betrayal, friendship, love, fame, excitement, travel, work and how they all intertwine.

I would recommend this book to friends and family.

Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Loved this book! I wish these women were my friends. They are funny and smart. Celia Kennedy has created a group of strong smart women that are also vulnerable and at times fragile. They are real women that we can cheer for, cry for and at times feel embarrassed for. I look forward to see if there are more books in the series.

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Twitter: @KennedyCelia
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