Friday, August 7, 2015

Quick Fire Q&A with Dr. Robert G. Williscroft

Quick Fire Q&A with Dr. Robert G. Williscroft


1.       Coffee or tea? Coffee
2.       Favorite book? Heinlein - The Past Through Tomorrow (but I have other "favorites" as well)
3.       If you could have lunch with one famous person (past or present), who would it be? Ronald Reagan (or Thomas Jefferson)
4.       Favorite quote? "I am the captain of my ship and the master of my fate."
5.       If you could live in anywhere in the galaxy, where would that be? 

No way to answer this. I probably would choose a place, and then we would discover another place that is more appealing, etc.

Dr. Robert G. Williscroft served twenty-three years in the U.S. Navy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He commenced his service as an enlisted nuclear Submarine Sonar Technician in 1961, was selected for the Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program in 1966, and graduated from University of Washington in Marine Physics and Meteorology in 1969. He returned to nuclear submarines as the Navy’s first Poseidon Weapons Officer. Subsequently, he served as Navigator and Diving Officer on both catamaran mother vessels for the Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle. Then he joined the Submarine Development Group One out of San Diego as the Officer-in-Charge of the Test Operations Group, conducting “deep-ocean surveillance and data acquisition” – which forms the basis for his Cold War novel Operation Ivy Bells.
In NOAA Dr. Williscroft directed diving operations throughout the Pacific and Atlantic. As a certified diving instructor for both the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) and the Multinational Diving Educators Association (MDEA), he taught over 3,000 individuals both basic and advanced SCUBA diving. He authored four diving books, developed the first NAUI drysuit course, developed advanced curricula for mixed gas and other specialized diving modes, and developed and taught a NAUI course on the Math and Physics of Advanced Diving. His doctoral dissertation for California Coast University, A System for Protecting SCUBA Divers from the Hazards of Contaminated Water was published by the U.S. Department of Commerce and distributed to Port Captains World-wide. He also served three shipboard years in the high Arctic conducting scientific baseline studies, and thirteen months at the geographic South Pole in charge of National Science Foundation atmospheric projects.
Dr. Williscroft has written extensively on terrorism and related subjects. He is the author of a popular book on current events published by Pelican Publishing: The Chicken Little Agenda – Debunking Experts’ Lies, now in its second edition as an eBook, and a new children’s book series, Starman Jones, in collaboration with Dr. Frank Drake, world famous director of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe and the SETI Institute.
Dr. Williscroft’s novel, Slingshot, is in preproduction. It is a prequel to The Starchild Compact, and tells the story of the construction of the World’s first Space Launch Loop. He is currently working on The Iapetus Federation, a sequel to The Starchild Compact, that tells the story of the World falling under the rule of a planet-wide Islamic Caliphate, where the Founders establish the Iapetus Federation, a loose federation of free off-world communities that operates under an updated model based on the U.S. Constitution, and carries on the traditions of free enterprise and individual accountability throughout the Solar System.
Dr. Williscroft is an active member of the venerable Adventurers’ Club of Los Angeles, where he is the Editor of the Club’s monthly magazine. He lives in Centennial, Colorado, with his wife, Jill, whom he met upon his return from the South Pole in 1982 and finally married in 2010, and their twin college boys.
Twitter: @RGWilliscroft
Facebook: robert.williscroft


Friday, June 26, 2015

An Interview with Author, Mia Dymond


An Interview 

with Author, Mia Dymond


Where are you from? 
I’m from the great state of Oklahoma!

What inspired you to write your first book?  
I’ve had a great passion for reading since I was a teenager.  Once I started reading contemporary romance novels, I was drawn to spin stories of my own.

Do you write full-time or part-time? How do you balance your writing life with your family/work life? 
I write full time and balance my writing life with my family/work life very carefully!  I write during stolen moments during the day and then I schedule certain hours to write on weekends and at night.

How did you come up with the title?  
I came up with the title of my first book in the SEALs, Inc. series after attending an Aerosmith concert.


Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?  
There is still real, true honest love in the world.



Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? 
Yes, but I choose not to elaborate for my own safety!

What are your current projects? 
 I am currently working on Book 2 in my Alpha Four series, Tame Me.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?  
No, other than expanding the story a bit.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?  
Tame Me is the story of Kat Abbott and Jace “Chaos” Taylor, introduced in Book One, Treasure Me.  Kat is a fiercely independent woman who might have just met her match in Sgt. Taylor.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?  
Description!  Since I am a speed-reader, it is hard for me to “slow down and smell the roses”!

Who designed the covers? 
My covers are designed by Dara England, who is also an author.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? 
You can’t please everyone all of the time.

Do you have any advice for other writers? 
Keep writing, no matter what and ignore anyone else’s negativity.

Do you have an agent or publisher? How did you go about finding one?
No, I do not have an agent.  I am self-published on Smashwords.  My books are also marketed on Amazon.com, iBooks, BarnesandNoble.com, and Kobo.com


If you could live anywhere, where would it be? 
St. Thomas, USVI


If you could have any super power, what would it be? 
I would be able to “think” my book onto paper!

Check out Mia Dymond's SEALS INC Series!



Brains before Beauty, that's Rachel Newberry's motto, especially when her quiet, orderly life is interrupted by international rock star, Jaydon Hawke. And true to her word, brains take center stage when she discovers Hawke has a lot more on his mind than beautiful music. Targeted by a madman, Rachel puts her trust in Hawke, a move that may cost both their lives.



Handbags, stilettos, and spa dates -- not retired SEAL Max Sterling's usual m.o. Until Cameron Tremaine. Duty bound, Max tolerates her sass and smart mouth until she pushes too far.


Cameron doesn't need a bald, bossy bodyguard, thank you very much. Especially one oh, so delectable as Max. Except, when someone decides to silence her for good, Cameron realizes bold and brassy go hand in hand.




Former Navy SEAL and private investigator Brett Steele didn't realize there was a politically correct term for stripping until he met Holly London. Initially drawn to her long legs and curvy, toned body, Brett soon learns there is more to the "sensual dance" instructor than he thought.


Holly has a colorful secret: psychic ability allows her to read aura through color. Believing she is a freak of nature, Holly avoids personal relationships and ignores her curse, rendering it a nuisance. Until the atmosphere warns her she has become the target of a madman. 

Faced with exposing her secret, Holly must risk trusting Brett in order to stay alive.



Claire Steele has spent her whole life dodging shadows. Psychic since birth, she uses her talent to chase the evil lurking in the recesses of her mind. 


For years, Lt. Malcolm "Shadow" Windsor has walked the fragile boundary of friendship, silently waiting for Claire to acknowledge her love for him. An ex-Navy SEAL and expert tracker, he knows patience is the key to her surrender. Until sinister forces threaten to eliminate her. 

Caught between love and death, Claire and Shadow must combine both talent and skill to survive.




Tess Michaels, bookkeeper and human calculator, keeps business at The Cathouse clearly profitable - until the numbers begin to fade. Matt Brooks, former Army Ranger and newest member of SEALS, Inc., agrees to investigate, immediately intrigued and aroused by her numerical ability. Yet when Tess becomes his prime suspect, he must do calculations of his own to prove her innocence.


Connect With Mia Dymond:



Twitter @miadymond




Monday, May 18, 2015

Blind Influence by, Linda Riesenberg Fisler **Guest Post**

Blind Influence 

by, Linda Riesenberg Fisler  

**Guest Post**




Blind Influence Guest Post 
Feminism and Nicole.

Back in 1979 the feminist movement was gathering much steam.  Being a female working at a consumer products company with a large number of engineers, a field at that time dominated by men, discrimination was something I experienced often.  Anyone who knows me would tell you that it takes a lot to intimidate me.  I remember sitting in my interview and being asked where I wanted to be in five years.  I knew I couldn’t say Hollywood directing movies, so I answered that I saw myself managing people and projects.  The HR Director stated flatly that would never happen because I didn’t have a college degree. So, strike one—female and strike two— “uneducated”.  My answer was “We’ll see about that.”  In the years that followed I endured many discriminating comments from my managers from being told I had no thinking process, to being forced to solve math problems to prove I could indeed think and being told that maybe I should go back and try high school again.  After enduring many bad managers, there were a few years (count then as a handful in the twenty six years I worked at this company) when I had supportive managers.  One saw the many benefits of my work and forged ahead to have me promoted to the management ranks without the college degree. The was something rarely done.  When I left this company, I had accomplished the one thing that HR Director said I would never do. 

The road was a hard one and there are a ton of emotions and situations that I can draw upon for the character of Nicole. While today’s strong women seemed to be depicted as badasses with guns and the strength of an Amazon Warrior, most of the strong women that I know don’t arm themselves with guns or other weapons. Most of the women I know are facing what I have faced.  Intimidation accompanied by arbitrary limitations or labels by men in the workforce.  Discrimination and unequal pay for similar jobs held by men. These men supposedly out-perform their women counterpoints on every level.  These women arm themselves with knowledge, perseverance, and a very thick skin on their long hard journey to accomplish the goals that they set out regardless of the obstacles in front of them.  We owe the trailblazers, the women who forged the path in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s a huge debt and gratitude.  While the starting point of a woman’s career has gotten easier, inequality still exists.  While a woman can choose just about any career, there are still injustices.  The prejudices of childbirth, expectations that she must work twice as hard to garner admittance to the “old boys club” and discriminations once that “status” is granted by men still exist.   As much as we don’t like to admit it, there is a force to be reckoned with as the vile head of discrimination and inequality rises once again. We need to continue to strive for the simplest accomplishments.  Small, confident steps will make a huge difference for the generations to come.

Blind Influence

Successful, sexy attorney Nicole Charbonneau feels content with her life and career as a star at a powerful law firm in Washington, DC. She is blind, however, to the circumstances that will put her at the center of a web of deceit, murder, power plays and conspiracies. Across the ocean, British MI-6 Agent Sean Adkins is tracking a cold-blooded assassin known as the Serpent, who’s been hired to kill President Andrews. The Serpent cares only for the millions he’ll get, not why the powerful group of men wants Andrews killed.
The Serpent, a master of disguise, completes his job, but will it be his last? Sean will stop at nothing to get revenge, which includes setting a trap. Nicole, through her work and her connection with Robert Jenkins, a powerful young senator who happens to head the Intelligence Committee, pieces together who hired the assassin. Will the senator reveal to the public all he knows, or will revealing the identities of the powerful businessmen, politicians and government officials be too much for a country already in a fragile state?
Blind Influence, set in 1979 when the United States was on the brink of its second oil crisis, takes readers on a wild ride of political intrigue and personal discovery.

AUTHOR BIO

When Linda Riesenberg Fisler isn’t working on her next book she is painting in her studio or riding her Trek bicycle along the many bike trails of Ohio. The former Fortune 500 consumer products manager explores art through her worldwide Internet radio show, “Art Chats with Linda Fisler”. Linda has been creative since childhood, writing stories and scripts of movies and TV shows to entertain friends. She discovered oil painting in the 1990s and began trying to express words visually.
Writing Blind Influence helped Linda realize she had been blind to letting others run her life, so she began to transition to the more artistic life she has today. In addition to The Blind series of books, Linda has created a fantasy book based on her exploration of spirituality. She hopes readers will learn how to open their own eyes instead of blindly following the expectations of those around them.

Teaser:

Then it started. The siren was the first thing to warn him something was wrong. The golden light turned dark. The bittersweet taste of adrenaline began in his mouth, and he swallowed, trying to quell it. A red flashing light accosted his eyes, and he could see himself running to his home—
their home. He ran into the house, unable to catch his breath. He tried to wake himself from the nightmare. He didn’t want to live this again.
Game:
Who would you cast to play the Characters in Blind Influence?

If you are like me, when I read a book I end up casting an actor or actress in the part.  So let’s do this too.  

1.        Who would you cast to play Nicole Charbonneau?
2.       Who would you cast to play Sean Adkins?
3.       Who would you cast to play Robert Jenkins?
4.       Who would you cast to play the assassin—the Serpent?
5.       Who would you cast to play Tony Shafer?
6.       Who would you cast to play Carol Gartner?
7.       Who would you cast to play Ahnah?
8.       Who would you cast to play Jerome Bailey?
9.       Who would you cast to play Kevin Thompson?
10.   Who would you cast to play Norman Sipes?


Links
Blind Influence Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/BlindInfluence
Personal facebook account:  https://www.facebook.com/lindafisler
Twitter page:  https://twitter.com/lfisler   (@lfisler)
Personal website:  http://www.lindafisler.com
Blind Influence website:  http://www.lindariesenbergfisler.com

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Para-Portage of Emily Book Blitz, Giveaway, and Exclusive Excerpt!

The Para-Portage of Emily Book Blitz, 
Giveaway, 
and Exclusive Excerpt!

The Para-Portage of Emily
The Shadow Seduction Series
By
Muffy Wilson
@SexyMuffyWilson


Emily Macque, a young, beautiful junior partner in her father’s law firm, is but a heartbeat away from love or destiny. Duty brings Emily to a frozen Island estate two hundred and fifty miles north of Chicago. Devotion requires she delve into the property history to settle an estate probate. Death lures her into the arms of the shadows seduction created by the flickering light and dark shadows.

What flames the timeless passions spanning the decades? Love, desire or obsession?

Colin Jorgenson, once a Great Lakes mariner, is a strong man haunted by love and loss. How long will he return each night, gripped by desire, hoping to find the woman he has loved for a century?

Beneath the pristine Island beauty, passions hungered, lingered in the ardent darkness. His passions, fueled by decades of loneliness and longing, could no longer be denied. Will they face eternity together or love in secret as dark things are to be loved between the shadows and the soul?
I just finished The Para-Portage of Emily. Quite the page-turner!! 
I was gifted a free copy by the author and found it to be a cleverly woven plot with descriptive characters you won’t soon forget. I’m not one to give out spoilers, 
but if you like paranormal intrigue, hot romance, and mystery, you will love it. Looking forward to more works by Muffy Wilson as I’m sure they will be just as brilliant. 



It looked like a magical castle rising from the mist in an enchanted forest. Oh, it was enchanted, all right, Emily thought to herself. And so very beautiful. It must have felt wonderful to be loved by such a man who honored his love, his wife, with such magnificence.
“To be adored like that is how dreams may come true, if one truly believes.” Emily said aloud, to no one but Barkley who looked at his love adoringly. “Yes, your love is constant, but the love of a man like that, took a woman like Amalya. Those days have passed with the centuries. Men and women are not like that anymore, Barkley. Love is a fleeting convenience, now, between professional people needing healthy sex. Ah, Barkley…but we can dream, can’t we?”
They mounted the steps to the massive carved oak front door. Emily leaned against the hand twisted and tooled wrought iron railing, just to catch her breath. The door was etched and carved with such majesty. She ran her glove-covered hand over the heavy wood, dipping her fingertips into the plumed design. And what dreams would you tell if you could talk, of the love and lovers that lived behind your protection? Emily thought as she scolded herself for waxing acting so nostalgic when she had a great deal to do.
She opened the door, only to see what she took as a shadow move into the library. Barkley stood starkly still when his usual pursuit was the kitchen to eat. His low quiet growl alarmed Emily—her eyes had not deceived her. No one had come down the drive, nor had she seen anyone but the man from the jetty walking the grounds. Barkley had not alerted to anything unusual so it could only be someone else who had come in the back of the house while she walked the mile and back to South Point. She was shaken at the prospect someone was in the library, but cast off the thought as nonsensical. Who would want to hurt her? It all passed through her head quickly, in but a second of reasoning.
“Hey, there, who are you? What are you doing here?” And with that, Emily’s brazen personality surfaced. She subordinated any marker of fear, and took control by walking boldly into the library. When she strutted into the library, there was no one there, just she and Barkley, who was standing decidedly well behind the protection of her feet. Barkley jumped upon the couch and claimed a higher vista around the room. But, in the same amount of time, Emily determined she was alone—starkly alone. But, this could not be. She was quite certain she had seen someone or something, a form or a shadow of a man moving within the foyer to the library. She was intent on finding what it was, but found nothing. There were no footprints, no melted snow droplets, nothing askew. It was perplexing.
There was no doubt about it and it gave way to her questioning herself and her confidence. And then she realized something…she still had her sunglasses on. Of course, coming in from outside created a margin of fog on her lens, creating the suggestion of a shadow.
Silly woman, she thought to herself as she saw Barkley curl into a completely unthreatened curl of fur on the library sofa. She was certainly taken by her clever imagination. There had certainly been a lot of fodder to stoke her creative imagination and it certainly had fueled it, indeed. She straddled the armrest and petted her little friend in an effort to regain her composure.
Yes, of course, that was it.



This is a story to savor. Ms. Wilson's descriptions are poetic and enthralling, 
placing the reader in the midst of the story, and the relaxed pace of the story does not lessen the power of suspense. Shrouded in mystery, romance, and eroticism, "The Para-Portage of Emily" is a treat for the senses, 
a haunting indulgence. Despite hints throughout, the ending still surprised me, and though satisfied, 
I regretted the literary journey's end. Highly recommended. I look forward to more from this promising series. ~ By Jordan Stringfellow



Muffy, author of erotic, romantic stories about love, sex, hope and passion, was born in San Antonio, Texas, to traditional parents. With two older brothers, she was the youngest, the family "princess," indulged and pampered. She adored her older brothers, following them everywhere and was surrounded by love, stimulation, and pets. Her father was a career Colonel and pilot in the U.S. Air Force which required the family to travel extensively. The family lived in most points between Alaska and France. Muffy spent her formative years in Europe and came of age in France.

Returning from France with her family, Muffy finished high school in Northern California and attended the University of California, Davis, and majored in Business Management. 

Muffy entered the work force, independent with a fierce work ethic, and retired at 39 from IBM as a Mid-West Regional Director in the Real Estate and Construction Division. She and her husband moved to a small Island in northern Wisconsin where they owned a historic tavern, restaurant and resort business which they since have sold. They now live a charmed life by the water in SW Florida. Muffy pretends to be a serious real estate business person but, in real life, indulges her private interest in writing sexy novels and sensual romantic literotica ~ Live, Laugh, Love with Passion.

                  I really enjoyed the Para-Portage of Emily
I really enjoyed the Para-Portage of Emily... a skillfully and imaginatively told tale of love, lost and found. Mysterious twists kept me turning the pages until the end. 
Love conquers all, AND it was hot! 




Previously Published:
Secret Cravings, Oysters & Chocolate, Decadent Publishing, Ravenous Romance, Yellow Silk Dreams

Coming Soon:
Moonbeams of Unintended Consequences ~ TBA Spring 2015
Cheerleaders in Heat ~ TBA Summer 2015

Other Novels and Contributions:

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Should John Grisham and EL James have a secret love child, she would no doubt pen legal thrillers with a luscious layer of the erotic. They would name their child Muffy Wilson and send her to Stephen King for some pointers in the paranormal.
Wilson, in the obliquely titled "The Para-Portage of Emily", interweaves these three diverse genres into a compelling, magic carpet of a novel that takes Emily Macque from Chicago to a bitter island estate two hundred miles north in the frozen sea. Emily is the striking junior partner in her father’s law firm, her mission, to settle the probate on an estate, her destiny to fall into the arms of Colin Jorgenson, a seaman haunted by a past love that torments his life.
Intelligent, well-written, with fully fleshed out characters and a story with more twists than a spiral staircase, "The Para-Portage of Emily" had me gripped until the very last page. 
~ By Chloe




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