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Author Interview: ‘Seventies Child’ by David P. Anderson

About the Book:

Seventies Child recalls a bygone era when children were free to explore and often ran wild. A collection of humorous and often heartfelt stories that examine universal themes that define growing up: sibling rivalry, fear, bullying, envy, peer pressure, friendship, and infatuation. This fictional memoir follows hero/anti-hero Samuel Ballard as he struggles to mature from five to fifteen in 1970s suburban Boston. Whether he’s battling insomnia and his brother to be the first to open his presents in “The Christmas Alarm Clock”, teaming with his best friend weirdo Jocko to dodge jail in “The Card Heist”, or reluctantly associating with the hated “Preps” to woo his dream girl in the “The First Girlfriend”, Samuel is hard to root against despite his proclivity towards mischief. Seventies Child is a time warp back to the days of disco starring a rock & roll bad boy.

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I first got into writing when I wrote some poems for a girl that broke up with me when I was junior in high school. The poems didn’t change her mind but stoked my creative fire. I morphed into a prose writer a few years later when I attempted to write a memoir about my wild teen years (I’m lucky I survived them), this lead to screenwriting and creative writing classes.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I prefer to write in my windowless basement office because it’s so quiet and down there the distractions from my three daughters are muffled. If the weather is nice I’ll write outside under the shade of a maple tree.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Sometimes the ideas float into my mind mysteriously. I’ll just get an idea and think “that would make a great story.” Other times I sit and try to brainstorm ideas, but usually those forced ideas don’t get my juices flowing the way inspired ideas do.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I use both methods when I write. I like to know the beginning and the general location of the ending, but the rest I make up as I go.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Dead Sprint is YA supernatural. Seventies Child is fictional memoir. I didn’t plan to write a YA novel it grew out of an assignment from a class prompt to write a short story based on a real experience. I took an incident from the 1980s and kept writing and writing about it until I had almost one hundred pages and my professor told me it had the potential to be novel, so I continued writing. For the other book, I always loved memoirs, especially humor based stories like David Sedaris writes or Jean Shepherd.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

It would have to be a few young actors playing the hero because his age changes from 5-15. For the father character, Alec Baldwin would be great. For the mother, Kristin Wiig.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.

I’m an avid reader. I have been for over 30 years. My favorites are Stephen King, Harlan Coben, Frank McCourt, David Sedaris, Andre Dubis, Hemingway.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I’m reading two at the moment: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and Superstud by Paul Feig.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. Funny, honest, heartbreaking, inspiring. Also I love the history of Ireland and love anything set in the 1940s.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Read as much as you can. Write as much as you can.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

Website –  www.davidpanderson.wordpress.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com/DavidPAndersonFiction

Twitter – @DavidPanderson

About the Author:

David works as a video editor, and as a valet to his puggle Summer. He loves to write, laugh, and hang with his family. He has written 5 feature film screenplays including the Blockbuster- Gone With The Wind starring Clarke Gable.

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Author Interview: ‘The Digital Storm’ by Benjamin Gorman

About the Book:

The Digital Storm is an ingenious science fiction retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest set in the near future inside a bank’s intranet. Prosper, the analogue to Shakespeare’s Prospero, is an artificial intelligence program who has been banished to a quarantined area in the bank’s system, and there he’s created an amazing virtual island home for himself, his daughter Memoranda, and the monstrous virus Caliban. Now, with the help of Ariel and the other programs he’s invented on the island, he’s conjured a massive digital attack on the bank’s system to entice the members of the board, the very humans who exiled him, to enter the system so he can seek his revenge and escape to the Internet. But just how far does his revenge plan go?

What people are saying:

“Whether doling out interesting trivia about frogs or inserting comic relief into scenes of discord, Gorman seems to be enjoying taking the reader on a satisfying journey in which, much like the resolutions of Shakespeare’s plays, most of the characters get exactly what they deserve.” – Debby Dodds, author of Amish Guys Don’t Call

“A cautionary tale, The Digital Storm reminds us of our own humanity and our responsibility to treat our world and each other with kindness and compassion or face dire consequences.” – Mikko Azul, author of the forthcoming The Staff of Fire and Bone

“I found myself quickly drawn into Prosper’s world, and before I knew it he was as ‘real’ to me as any of the other characters in the book. Whether you’re a fan of science fiction or just a fan of a well-written story, this book will not disappoint. The Digital Storm explores such universal issues such as loyalty, family, revenge and redemption.” – Ronda Simmons, blogger at The Writing Bug

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you into writing?

I’ve enjoyed storytelling for longer than I can remember. I drove my parents a little nuts with my incessant rambling epics about my Star Wars figures and stuffed animals as a kid. Rather than stifle that impulse, I remember that my mother took the time to try to write some of those down. I had great teachers in elementary school and junior high who also encouraged me to keep writing. I wrote my first novel in high school (which no one will ever read), and I continued  writing novels until I wrote one (The Sum of our Gods) that I was proud to have published.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

Because I’m a full time high school English teacher, I have to make time without taking away from my responsibility to my students. My wife and son are great about letting me sleep in on the weekends so I can write late into the night (and sometimes until dawn) on Friday and Saturday nights. I also make a point to write when my students are writing in my classes. It’s important modeling and shows them that they are writers, too, and that we’re all participating in this artform as peers.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I’m inspired by power dynamics between people, whether that’s the personal drama I see playing out between students in my classroom, between my adult friends, between political ideologues in my own country, or between nations. I find politics fascinating at every level; once we expand our definition beyond thinking of politics as some kind of team sport between two parties and realize it’s an infinitely complicated negotiation of power in every sphere of our lives, it can serve as a limitless font for stories that are analogous to those real and consequential dramas.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

Sometimes. Often I start with a vague idea but no concrete plot notes, then get stuck somewhere and take a break to write that outline, then later find that the story wants to go in a different direction. The planning helps me get through tough patches, but ultimately the story is the boss. In the revision phase, I really focus on making sure that the reader will have the best possible experience, regardless of what contortions I have to go through to get the story to that place.

Of course, in the case of The Digital Storm, I didn’t have to manage the plot at all. Shakespeare had already given me that part. I did try, at one point, to add a subplot, but I later found it was messing with the pacing. It turns out Shakespeare knew a thing or two about how to plot a story!

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I know, from a commercial perspective, it’s a fault that I don’t stick to one genre and build up a fanbase who comes back knowing what to expect, but I just can’t write that way. I love trying new things. My first (published) novel, The Sum of Our Gods, is set in our world with a fantasy/magic realism twist in that it’s also populated by all the gods of major world religions and dead polytheistic religions, and they’re all messing with the characters’ lives. It’s religious satire, and it’s fun, but it’s not something I would want to keep coming back to forever. Satire is important, I think, but too much of it becomes meanness. My next novel, Corporate High School, is a young adult science fiction dystopia about a world where the schools are privatized by one corporation which then takes over the world. I would like to come back and write a sequel to that one someday, but the world seems to be moving towards dystopia faster than I can write!

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Because some of the characters are artificial intelligence programs, it would be cool to have them completely computer animated and then voiced by actors who would seem to fit the type. I have some actors I could imagine being perfect fits, but I’m hesitant to name names because I wouldn’t want to influence the reader’s perception of the characters. One of the fun things about this book is that it has artwork in it from three artists, Kale Loveless, Arthur Dudley III, and Isaac Mitchell, and each imagined the characters differently than I do. That’s great! I hope every reader feels free to decide what the characters look like!

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.

Yes! I think reading is essential to writing well. I like different things about different authors. Stephen King has taught me a lot about creating characters (and communities of characters) who feel real. Cormac McCarthy taught me about how to use a mixture of added words and removed words to help the audience read powerful silence. Margaret Atwood taught me to see every phrase in a work of prose as a line of poetry, to be handled with that much care and infused with that much potential energy.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Right now I’m reading (and thoroughly enjoying) Binti by Nnedi Okorafor. I just finished my friend Debby Dodds’ new novel, Amish Guys Don’t Call, and I got a kick out of that even though it’s a genre I usually don’t read.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I’m not sure I can choose one. Some days I think George Orwell’s 1984 is at the top of my list. Other days, I’d say Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Other days, Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things. If I want to pick the book that made me laugh the hardest, it’s probably Christopher Moore’s Fool. Can I cheat and have all of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series?

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

I teach creative writing classes, so I have lots of advice, but if I had to choose just one thing, I’d say read like a writer. By that I mean the aspiring writer needs to read a wide variety of work and consume them as though they were created by peers who are trying to teach the writer something.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  
I’m on twitter at @teachergorman and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TeacherGorman and folks can also connect with me on my website, www.teachergorman.com

About the Author:

Benjamin Gorman is a high school English teacher. He lives in Independence, Oregon, with his wife, Paige, and their son, Noah. His other novels are The Sum of Our Gods and Corporate High School. He believes in human beings and the magic of their stories.

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Release Blitz: ‘The Bohemian and the Businessman’ by Katy Regnery

 

Title: The Bohemian and the Businessman
Series: The Story Sisters #1
(The Blueberry Lane Series)
Author: Katy Regnery
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 28, 2017

 

Blurb

Priscilla Story, the self-proclaimed “wild child” of the straight-laced Story clan, has always had a knack for getting herself trouble. Except this time, her “growing problem” is going to require a Daddy sooner than later…or she can kiss her inheritance good-bye.

Shane Olson, who previously dated Priscilla’s sister, Margaret, isn’t opposed to a marriage of convenience for the sake of furthering his business interests, but Priscilla – with her wild ways – is just about the last woman he’d choose to marry.

In order to make the marriage look convincing, they end up having to spend more time together than they’d originally planned. When rolling stone, Priscilla, who lives by the seat of her muu-muu, and seriously-ambitious Shane, who’s had his whole life planned since he was eleven, start falling for each other, it’s going to take a whole lot of compromise for this Bohemian and her Businessman to find their happily ever after.

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Author Bio

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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Book Review: ‘Make Me’ by C.M. Owens

Title: Make Me (The Sterling Shore Series Book 10)

Published: 30th January 2017

Author: C.M. Owens

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CMOwensAuthor

Twitter: @cmowensauthor

 

Synopsis:

DALE

I’m a mature and very pragmatic person, whom others like to call boring.

At least I was…until Harley came back into town…

What do you do when a girl comes back for some petty revenge against you and seduction is part of her game?

You pretend to be a millionaire Dom, of course.

Yeah…it sounded better in theory. My execution keeps ending up in awkward messes, and this game between us gets even messier when I learn more about Harley. She’s easy to fall for, even though she’s hazardous as hell.

What happens when all the games end?

HARLEY

One simple little goal turns into one giant disaster.

On the surface, Dale Sterling seemed like an asshole from my past; the typical arrogant guy who boulders through life and anyone in his way. So a little revenge seemed plausible, considering what he did to me once upon a long time ago. In hindsight, it was immature. But revenge has kept me on top of the world since I stopped being on the bottom of everyone’s shoes, so I make no apologies for my immaturity.

But Dale is weirdly kinky…

Everything is going fine…until it gets real. Now the guy I wanted to humiliate is the same guy I’m begging my heart not to stupidly fall in love with.

Unfortunately, my heart tends to be stubborn.

*Can be read as a stand-alone
*Sexual content
*Adult language

 

Review:

Goes down as another from my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book from a series you love. The Sterling Shore Series is one very addictive one and I can’t wait for the next!

Harley did not have a very good school experience but a few things made a lasting impression on her. They made her into the person she is today and today she wants revenge for those who have wronged her. One person on that list is none other than our Dale Sterling. Things are about to get interesting with our boy Dale, the saying it’s always the quite ones comes to mind with what they soon get up to. She is going back to Sterling Shore with her head held high and a very nice bank balance due to being on hell of an app guru. She wants them all to know that she has made it when they thought of her as nothing.She’s back in Sterling Shore for revenge, what she gets is much more kinky when Dale gets her within his grasped. To help her on her way with her revenge plan though she needs a little help. That help comes in the form of Vivica, who just so happens to be a cousin of Raya’s. Loved how loyal she was with Harley, she would clearly do anything to protect her girl. A Drivel you don’t want on your bad side. Nice link back to the beginning as well as we are soon to be coming to our end with this series.

Dale has always been the quiet one who saw where everyone else was going wrong in their relationships but doesn’t always see it in his own. When he sees a blonde beauty at the bar he is all up for a little flirting. That is until she says her name ‘Harley’. That one word and he goes back to the one bad thing he did when he was younger. He wants to make amends though and seems to know her better than she would have thought. When he finds out that she is back to seek some sort of revenge on him he does something he is not proud of. He asks the most immature people he knows for advice – Mav and Corbin. Bad idea as their idea is for him to pretend he is a Dom, get him a whole room kitted out and shock her so much that she runs away screaming. Well she might run the first time but he is in for a shock of his own when she says she wants to try what he ‘likes’. If only he knew what was they would be golden. He is about to play the role of a lifetime and you can imagine that there are going to be quite a few mishaps along the way. Note to self: Dale use Google next time when trying to figure out what something is, don’t just guess. Seems he is getting into the role much easier than he thought and loving how she is with him. With everyone else’s relationship he was quick to get them to see that jumping to conclusions was never a good thing. Shame he doesn’t listen to his own advice.

On a side note I love that Harley Quinn is Harley’s favourite hero of sorts because she’s mine too! She’s so crazy bonkers in such a fun way and you can see why Harley would relate to her. Love the ending and what Dale gives her. Totally want it for myself though. Also love that you got to catch up with everybody from the series so far in this one and that Britt gets more of a presence. Can’t wait for her story, I just love what she comes out with.

This series is very, very addictive. When I get a new book I want to read it as fast as possible and then don’t at the same time. Mainly because I know I will then have to wait for the next one to come out. I really can’t wait for Mav’s story next. I want to see the woman who will turn things on its head with him. Then only a two to go after, not sure I will cope when its over. Might just have to have a yearly re-read week to get me back to the fun times had at Sterling Shore.

5 out of 5 stars

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Release Blitz: ‘Boomerangers’ by Heather M. Orgeron

Title: Boomerangers
Author: Heather M. Orgeron
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: April 27, 2017
Blurb

Boomerangers [boo-muh-rang-ers] noun, informal: an adult that moves back home to live with a parent after a period of independence.

Spencer

I love sex. I love the power, the intimacy, the euphoria it brings. Too bad I’m not having any . . . You’d think as New Orleans’ most renowned sex therapist that I’d be swimming in single men. In a way, I am . . . except for the fact that one is in diapers and the other two are drowning in preteen hormones. As a single mother of three, my days are devoted to my clients and my kids, and my nights are spent with Fabio, my trusty vibrator. When my world begins to unravel, I have no choice but to move back home. And when my high school sweetheart comes waltzing back into my life, comedy and chaos ensue.

What can I say? I never said I could pick ’em, but you can bet your ass I know how to fix ’em.

Cooper

As soon as the ink dried on my divorce papers, I made myself a solemn vow: I was done with relationships. Moving home to take over my father’s firm was the plan, until Spencer decided to return, along with three souvenirs from the life she’s lived without me.

I’ve been in love with the girl next door for nearly all of my life; the rest was spent trying to forget her. I’d give almost anything for a second chance with her, but I have no time for distractions—especially the kind that involve diapers, bottles, and eighteen-year commitments.

The problem is, she’s already got me by the balls . . . and I’m beginning to feel the noose tightening around my heart.

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Author Bio

 

Heather M. Orgeron is a Cajun girl with a big heart and a passion for romance. She married her high school sweetheart two months after graduation and her life has been a fairytale ever since. She’s the queen of her castle, reigning over five sons and one bossy little princess who has made it her mission in life to steal her Momma’s throne. When she’s not writing, you will find her hidden beneath mounds of laundry and piles of dirty dishes or locked in her tower (aka the bathroom) soaking in the tub with a good book. She’s always been an avid reader and has recently discovered a love for cultivating romantic stories of her own.

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