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Author Interview: ‘An Apprentice Dictator in the White House’ by Abner Clerveaux

About the Book:

A young, handsome, charismatic Southern governor is elected president of the United States in a landslide. He was so popular that world leaders were scrambling to attend his inauguration. Among the attendees were the pope, the queen of England, and other royalties.

He had, however, an Achilles’ heel–he was a philanderer. It will not take long for his misdeeds to leak out to the media and the opposition party. While he was being investigated, the noose was getting tighter around his neck.

Pressured by his wife to save his power, he decided to do the unthinkable.

He suspended the Constitution.

He dissolved Congress.

He fired five members of the Supreme Court.

He declared martial law.

How will the nation react to this wannabe dictator?

How long will he last?

Read on.

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Author Interview:

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

Since my teen years, I have been a political junkie. At 23, I started airing political opinion on my radio show up to this day. This is my first book.

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

I write late at night when everyone is sleeping.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I was inspired by the impeachment of President Bill Clinton to write this book.

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?

Originally, I wanted my story to be out as a movie but I realized that I have a better chance if the book is published first.

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

It’s a political fiction. I use fiction because it gives you more freedom to mix reality and imagination.

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

I cannot name anyone, but I’d like to use the best available.

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

I don’t have a particular favorite author but I am an avid reader of history and news magazines like Foreign AffairsMother JonesTime and newspapers (The Miami Herald and Los Angeles Times).

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

History of Civilization by Will and Ariel Durant.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

The Bible because it’s a collection of books into one.

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

They need to have a mentor, especially if they’re going to self-publish because they will encounter hurdles.

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

Website: www.abcbook16.com

Xlibris: www.xlibris.com/bookstore/bookdetail.aspx?bookid=SKU-001103439

Barnes and Noble: www.barnesandnoble.com/w/an-apprentice-dictator-in-the-white-house-abner-clerveaux

About the Author:

Abner Clerveaux is a political observer and radio commentator for the last three decades. Abner Clerveaux brings in this book a unique perspective by allowing the American people to glimpse at what a dictatorship looks like. His vast knowledge of third world politic helps him to combine two opposite political methods into one. A book full of suspense.

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Book Review: ‘Lukas’ by Carian Cole

Title: Lukas (Ashes & Embers Book 3)

Published: 28th July 2015

Author: Carian Cole

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cariancoleauthor

Twitter: @CarianCole

 

Synopsis:

Storm’s younger cousin.
Vandal’s little brother.
You’ve met him in the background.

The sweet one.
The nice one.
The one they can all rely on.

The good one.

He’s a tattoo artist. He plays metal and classical music – on the violin.

He’s got a body built for sin.

He’s 24.

In comes Ivy. She’s a 36 year old single mom who hasn’t dated in 18 years.
All she wanted was a tattoo.

She got a helluva lot more 🙂

Being good has never been so bad.

** can be read entirely standalone, no cliffhanger **

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book you heard about on Goodreads. Three books in and I’m starting to get a bit addicted to these men. They have tortured souls with darker pasts and are just want to find the light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully right next to the woman they want to keep forever.

Ivy gets a shock when picking up her phone hearing her husband Paul say how much he’s missing – and wanting to fuck – someone else. Seems he wanted to have his cake and eat it – dick! The nerve of that guy, you just wanted to slap him, repeatedly. Swiftly leaving it kind of puts Ivy in a bit of a head spin. She is now a 36 year old single mum of two kids – Macy 17 and Tommy 7 – not knowing where to go from there. Seems her friend has a few ideas, namely by getting on someone new. Next ideas are for Ivy to do all the things Paul didn’t want her to. Top of the list being getting a tattoo and with her friend having a winners voucher with a well-known tattoo artist she all but throws it at her to make sure she goes for it. All she goes for is a tattoo but what she gets when she sees the guy whose doing it is a feeling like lightning hitting her with a spark a mile high. She may be getting more than she bargained for.

Lukas is an old soul in a young body, very well toned young body mind you. He’s creative too with all his tattoos and piercings. A body canvas that Ivy wants to never stop staring at. Well when he’s not looking because he’s far too young for her – well that’s what keeps going round her head. Seems Lukas felt the same spark she did and can’t wait to get his hands on her – for the tattoo that is, well maybe more if he’s lucky. With the design he’s done she will have to come back a few times and it doesn’t take long for him to question his own rule about not dating clients. He can tell she is shy but beyond cute in his eyes and with him being such a good listener doesn’t take long to figure out what she might be afraid of. Mainly being hurt again and also their age difference. She might by nervous and shy around him but he isn’t one to give up on what he wants and from the moment he met her he knew she was it.

The chemistry between them is so strong it would be impossible to miss. Once she finally gets the age thing out of her head and gives them a chance she starts on one fun full ride. Talk about heat just getting hot, hot and hotter! Now Lukas can be the sweetest guy at moments – driving all the way to hers to give her a hug because she said he gives the best and she wanted one – but other times it’s like a beast has been unleashed and she just holds on for the ride of her life. They are slowly starting to build something real but you know things are never going to go completely smoothly. Especially with an ex who suddenly realizes he doesn’t like the idea of her being happy. Think he wanted her to be a hermit forever after he left – again complete dick! Then you have her kids thrown in the mix. Tommy was sweet, you just loved him, but just when you think you have a clue about what Macy is like she throws you a curve ball. Ivy and Lukas just need to believe in each other to keep what they have. Soul mates playing a part in bringing them back together when the time was right. Age is just a number and when Ivy and Lukas are together it becomes irrelevant around what they truly have.

I liked that this one intercepts with the other stories so far but also made me sad, as I knew what was going to happen to Vandal. The ending kind of threw me a bit and got me thinking. Are they really never going to tell?? That would be a big can of worms waiting to pop. Also what’s up with those black feathers and how come Asher is always the one to help the women see things a bit clearer? Interesting series so far so on with the next I say. Talon’s should be good but I do want to know more about Asher, he’s very mysterious to me at the moment.

5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Give Me Books for my honest review.

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Book Blitz and Book Review: ‘The Wolfe Experiment’ by R.W. Adams

Title: The Wolfe Experiment

Genre: Thriller

Published: 23rd March 2017

Author: R.W. Adams

 

Synopsis:

What if, as a child, you could move the world with your mind? Think of the possibilities. But what if you couldn’t control it, and buildings toppled in your sleep? Think of the consequences.

Ethan and Tilly Wolfe are special. It’s a cruel, devastating kind of special that causes death and destruction in equal measure. Nobody is safe. Not even those who love them.

Ethan is the older sibling, his telekinetic gift powerful but controllable. But Tilly is young, emotionally fragile and unable to stop the physical and mental damage she unleashes on other people with barely a thought.

And all it takes is a thought.

Pursued by the military, shunned by the authorities and running for their lives, this is the story of a medical experiment gone hideously wrong, and the lives of the two children trying to put it right.

 

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About the Author:

RW Adams had the good fortune to be born in 1978 to a teacher and an editor in a house full of books.

Having graduated in philosophy he realised nobody would pay him to philosophise, so he ended up having to settle for the excitement and glamour of a public sector IT career, which, despite what anybody might tell you, is as exciting as it sounds.

When not working or spending time with his wife and two daughters, he alternates between reading, writing and arguing with people about important things, unimportant things, and everything in-between.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A mystery or thriller. Intriguing right from the start with the way the story leads you and how Ethan and Tilly cope, or in this case don’t cope, with the skills that are growing inside them. Good mix of present day and past events that slowly create the thriller ride you are being taken on.

Ethan’s parents always told him that he needed to protect his sister and above all else keep their secret safe. Ethan and his sister Tilly are special. They have gifts and think that their parents are trying to help find a cure for them but when they die in a car crash it stops there and they don’t know what way to turn. Ethan is older and seems to be able to control his gift but Tilly is so much younger and her emotions take over making it harder to control. Even more when she is asleep and nightmares take hold, which can end up causing accidents without meaning to. After becoming orphans they start to bounce around foster care, homes and back again. They never stay somewhere for long as events and accidents seem to arise around them. Their social worker Sarah seems to easily find a connection with them and they trust her but only to a point, not enough to tell their secret, well not yet anyway. With more incidents occurring closer together they seem to catch the attention of the people their parents were going to work for.

Their parents it seemed were doing experiments on children to help with curing bipolar. The same ones they appeared to be doing on their own children from a young age. This research was what the MoD wanted them to expand on. Seems there were side effects with some of the trials they had children take part in and they thought that these side effects might be able to be used as a weapon. With the telekinetic abilities that the Wolfe children start show, whether they are completely aware of them or not, they pose to be useful to the MoD. They need to be contained and looked into but with being children and in care it needs to be done legally, well to a point.

The main people after them when it becomes clear they have some telekinetic abilities are Dr. Lewis and his superior the Colonel. When the Wolfe children get taken to the facility the tests start and only get more frustrating. Dr. Lewis and his team want to see whether they have abilities, if the parents really did try the meds on them, but they don’t play ball. Seems they needed to push the right buttons to get the reaction they want but the moment its done Ethan knows he needs to get Tilly to safety away from them. They wanted a show of what these children could do and they sure get it when a hole gets blasted through a wall. Escape was the easy bit but surviving is another thing entirely.

Still such young ages living on the streets was never going to be easy. Friends are hard to come by and also dangerous to keep as their safety is always at the front of their minds. With triggers for incidents coming quicker with buildings moving in Tilly’s sleep the trackers close in faster. The Colonel wants the situation to be handled and quickly without a major incident taking place but it seems that the methods Dr. Lewis uses aren’t the best. With these children’s gifts emotions are key and if Tilly gets scared and starts to cry you kind of need to run in the opposite direction as fast as you can. Though with how strong she is even that might not help. Dangers are coming in from many angles and they don’t know which way to turn. The story comes full circle ending in the place it began but it seems they should have been more careful of what they say in front of Ethan. His trigger was always going to be Tilly, he was going to do anything to protect her and once he really tap’s into his gifts he’s the one they need to watch out for.

Kind of leaves the story on a bit of a cliff hanger as you are not 100% clear on what happens with the children. I mean you sort of know what awaits them but with Ethan’s gift on full charge you just don’t know what he would have been capable of. Also a bit of an open end with the epilogue with where the story might go from there and what they really think these children might be capable of. They want them as weapons but when so you have test subjects so young you can’t be sure you can control them. Emotions are key and this thriller puts you through a lot of them.

Good style of writing that hooks you from the start. Suspenseful and thriller ride you are taken on from the very start. The Wolfe children were created but only just coming to realize it. If the can control themselves they can live normal lives but with being seen as weapons they can’t run far without others on their tales. They need to stay one step ahead if they want to get out alive.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Author Interview: ‘Control Freakz’ by Michael Evans

About the Book:

Alone. Abandoned. Threatened. Natalie has lost all hope for a better future. Everything she’s known and everyone she’s ever loved is gone, and it’s up to her to get her old life back. In Michael Evans’s first novel, Control Freakz, Natalie’s journey toward a better life begins.

When Protocol 00 is enacted, Natalie’s family is taken by the government, along with the families of her two best friends, Ethan and Hunter. With nothing to lose, and the threat of government hitmen kidnapping them at any moment, the three must battle to survive in a horrid, post-apocalyptic world run by President Ash and his invasive government. They want answers. And they’re willing to jeopardize everything in desperate pursuit.

Risking ruthless leaders, attempted mind control, and her very existence on the planet, Natalie, along with Hunter and Ethan, will stop at nothing in their quest to regain everything they’ve ever known. Her spirits crushed and her will to live destroyed, Natalie knows everything is dead and gone, and soon she will be, too.

Memories connect us to the past, and can often cause us to long for a better future, but they can drive our minds into a state of hell if a better future is unattainable. Nevertheless, Natalie’s hope for a better a future remains.

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Purchase Links:

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Author Interview:

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

Well my name is Michael Evans, and I’m currently a sophomore in high school! I am extremely passionate about the future and have always loved to read! I can’t say there was a definitive moment when I got into writing, it was more of something I just did for fun since the moment I was able to read. Writing was the gift I was born with, and I have always had an innate desire to express my thoughts on the world around me. Most of the stuff I wrote about as a kid (well I guess I’m a kid now but I mean little kid) was innocent and frankly dumb. I once wrote a chapter book about a talking, flying, super baby, and wrote countless amounts of short stories that were spin-offs of novels I had already read (I literally wrote fanfic before I even knew what the word meant). I have also always loved writing poetry, and still do to this day. What started my adventure on writing novels, however, was my passion for nanotechnology, and the desire to raise awareness of the potential detrimental effects that it may have on society. My purpose was and will always be to help humanity work towards a better future for all.

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

I literally write whenever and wherever my schedule permits me (I have even been known to write in the car on the way to practices/events). However, most of the time I am able to write after school in the library for about an hour. And if I don’t write for at least an hour everyday… yeah it’s not good. It happens.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

That’s a great question that I don’t really know the answer to. My inspiration behind writing or the concept of an entire novel comes from things in life that I’m passionate about, and issues in society that I would love to raise awareness about. But the actual plot of a novel normally pops into my head randomly, and the dialogue of the characters and their emotions is something that I close my eyes and can hear in my head as I’m writing.

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?

It depends. I find that I know where the story is going to end up, but all the little ins and outs of how it’s going to get there is something that culminates in my mind as I’m writing, which is always exciting to see what happens!

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

Young Adult Dystopian is the current genre of my writings, but I will soon be branching out into Young Adult Contemporary novels. What initially drew me to Dystopian novels is the fact that they can convey a world in the near-future that has crumbled from the mishaps of humanity, and by portraying these apocalyptic worlds, I hope to urge those who read it from relentlessly attempting to prevent the mistakes that occured in my fictional society, from occuring in our real society. And of course I write for Young Adults, because I am a Young Adult myself, however as I grow and mature, I still feel that I will always write in the Young Adult genre, because Young Adult authors have the unique opportunity and privilege to impact a next generation of thinkers that writers who direct their work towards other audiences do not have.

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

Wow, another great question that I don’t quite have an answer to. This might be a bad thing but I rarely watch any movies or TV, I mainly stick to reading books, watching the news, and reading scientific articles. From the limited amount of movie stars I know off the top of my head, I can’t see anyone one person playing the in depth, emotional of the specific characters in my book.

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

I read a lot, but I would love to read even more if it weren’t for my voracious desire to write all the time! However my favorite authors all time are John Green, Stephen King, Veronica Roth, Rick Riordan, Alexandra Bracken, Scott Westerfeld, and of course J.K. Rowling.

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

On Writing and A Bazaar of Bad Dreams both by Stephen King.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I have so many books that I love that it’s hard for me to pick a favorite. However, the novel that has impacted me the most is Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. That was the first book that I felt encapsulated by the story, and it was the first novel that inspired me to create my own captivating stories, just like that one.

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

First of all I commend you for having the desire to express yourself in such a raw and beautiful way! Now let me tell you me three writing pro tips:

  • Write about something you’re passionate about. Books are just like people! No one will love you more than you love yourself, and no one will love a book more than the person who created it.
  • Write everyday. I know this is tough, but if you really want to be a writer you have to be decided to hone your craft every day of your life. Writing isn’t a job, it isn’t a hobby, and it certainly isn’t homework, writing is a lifestyle. Embrace it.
  • Write the first thing that comes to your mind. Your first thought is always the most original expressive. If it comes out sounding weird or even discursive, that’s what edits are for!

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

Feel free to connect with me on any of my pages!

Instagram: www.instagram.com/mevansinked

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MEvansInked

Twitter: @MEvansInked

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/17306697.Michael_Evans

Link to website: www.mevansinked.com

About the Author:

Author Michael Evans lives in Charleston, SC, but is originally from Long Island, NY. He has always enjoyed writing, but his other loves include being in nature, and learning about science and technology–and he is fascinated with the future.

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Release Blitz: ‘A Covert Affair’ by Kennedy L. Mitchell

 
Title: A Covert Affair
Author: Kennedy L. Mitchell
Genre: Romantic Suspense
 Release Date: March 29, 2018
Blurb

Agent Lucia Rizzo

A mole within the SEALs and I’m the one to find him.

Simple for someone with my type of ability to read through lies.

Everything was laid out, we had a plan. A good plan.

Go in undercover as a reporter, gather intel, identify the mole and come home.

But it didn’t turn out that way. Not even close. Of course, the Sr. Officer over the platoon in question is a former one night stand who became way too clingy. And to top it off his best friend, and my escort around base, is someone whom I desperately want clinging, without clothes would be preferred. The number of obstacles in this operation are too many to count but I have to find the mole, no matter what, my reputation within the CIA depends on it.

 

Sr. Officer Gabe Wilcox

Who would have thought a quick witted, hot shot CIA agent would be my kryptonite. But is she ever. From the moment, she walked in to CO’s office I was hooked. She a drug and I’m the willing addict doing anything and everything just to get one more hit of her. She says we are a bad idea, that it would complicate things, what does she know. We could be great together. We will be great together. All I have to do is convince her we can play and get the job done too. I want the mole caught but I might want her just as bad.

 

A Covert Affair is a contemporary romantic suspense, standalone novel.

 

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Author Bio

I live in Dallas but I am not a Texan by birth, I am a transplant from Tennessee and married a true Texan so I had to stay. We live in a older home in Dallas proper with our son and goldendoodle (who is roughly the size of a pony).

Writing isn’t my day job, however it is my joy and favorite hobby. I enjoy sending my friends new chapters nightly and hearing their reactions the next day. That is why I write, being published is just a bonus really. My real job is the same every day, but at night I get to be someone else and write about all these fun adventures and sexcapades:) When I’m writing you can find me on the couch, earbuds in and a full glass of wine beside me. Music inspires my stores, at the end of each book I list the playlist that helped me through writing the novel.

When I am not working or writing, I am reading. I go through about 3 books a week and I am 100% sure that I’m that annoying person at book-club that gets on to people when they are not keeping up with the monthly readings or suggest the movie is as good as a book (Sometimes I wish I could vote those people out of book-club like they do on Survivor. “The tribe has spoken”).

My favorite authors that inspire my writing are: Colleen Hoover, Sarah J. Maas, Sandra Brown, and Rainbow Rowell.

 

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