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Book Blitz and Author Interview: ‘Smuggler’ by Nicholas Fillmore

Title: Smuggler

Author: Nicholas Fillmore

Publisher: iambic Books

Genre: Memoir / True Crime

 

 

About the Book:

When twenty-something post-grad Nick Fillmore discovers the zine he’s been recruited to edit is a front for drug profits, he begins a dangerous flirtation with an international heroin smuggling operation and in a matter of months finds himself on a fast ride he doesn’t know how to get off of.

After a bag goes missing in an airport transit lounge he is summoned to West Africa to take a voodoo oath with Nigerian mafia. Bound to drug boss Alhaji, he returns to Europe to put the job right, but in Chicago O’Hare customs agents “blitz” the plane and a courier is arrested.

Thus begins a harried yearlong effort to elude the Feds, prison and a looming existential dead end…. Smuggler relates the real events behind OITNB.

 

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Author Interview:

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

I had a pretty “normal” childhood: house in the suburbs, mother and father, two sisters. I was the first in my family to go to college, but that sort of culture shock was mitigated by four years in prep school. I remember writing strange, quasi-spiritual stories in the fifth grade. I was kind of wild about David Carradine’s character in Kung Fu. And seemed to persevere on variations of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol … which kind of perplexed Mr. Choiniere, who was good enough to bite his tongue. “Thanks, Bob!”

In high school I began to experiment with some florid prose, though I was really into History more than English, and recall more than a few K.I.S.S. comments on my papers. It wasn’t until sophomore year in college that I changed majors to English. A good part of that, I think, was that that was real life. You read a Raymond Carver story with Jim Crenner and discussed it like adults: alcohol, infidelity, depression, whatever; whereas political philosophy and the like, while, intriguing, seemed a million miles away. There seemed to be a clear path one might take to becoming a writer, rather than say a politician. Senior year Prof. David Weiss turned me onto Charlie Simic’s poetry, who I would wind up studying with in graduate school.

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

I’m a total night owl. I don’t think anything happens until after everyone’s in bed and the moon is riding.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

That depends on what I’m writing. Smuggler is memoir. While I originally started fooling with screenplay, the thought of fictionalizing my experience seemed like so much extra work. The real work was selecting and of course analyzing events that were already fairly dramatic.

I’m working on something new called Sins of Our Fathers, which attempts to piece together real events in our family history and to reimagine what might have happened in those interstices where, say, my grandfather was off drinking after work. Maybe you’d call that personal historical fiction. It’s kind of tricky but, again, why should one make up new names for everyone and begin taking lots of liberties? Maybe a little of my poetry training comes in here: the desire to make art out of the available materials of one’s experience, like that W.C. Williams poem about a paper bag blowing down the street.

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?

No. (Though of course you do know when you’re writing from real life where the story ends, I don’t know where I’ll end it.) Screenwriters will tell you that you need to know your ending before you can write the beginning, all the set-ups and foreshadowing. I’ve found a lot of that stuff happens unconsciously; those are the golden moments when you really get into the writing and you recognize suddenly how events connect to one another. Or might. For instance, both of my grandfathers were amateur boxers, (though my father didn’t know his biological father). The idea that they might have fought kind of hit me right in the face. (I still haven’t written that scene and am not sure how I’ll manage it, but it informs the writing; in Sins my grandfather is always shadowboxing, soliloquizing, and stalking this nemesis).

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

Yeah, memoir. A desire to make sense of things. To work with personal material without asbestos gloves.

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

Oh, dear. Who’s tragic-comic? A young Tim Roth, maybe.

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

I’ll read like a madman and then take time off. Let me say that the writers who directly influenced Smuggler are, in no particular order: Camus, Babel, Nabokov, Orwell, Richard Wright, Martin Amis, and Raymond Chandler. Of course you read writers for different reasons; you read Faulkner differently than Richard Yates. Back when I was a poet I loved Stevens and Frost equally, despite their very different temperaments. (Frost was reputed to have called Stevens’ work “bric-a-brac.”)

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

Chandler, The Long Goodbye again, for fun, and Joan Didion, The White Album. (I’m afraid I’m not a very adventurous reader; there’s just so much canonical work to read. I admire these writers who’ll tell you about some obscure work by an aboriginal writer. But there’s may be an inherent danger in reading one’s contemporaries, I’m not sure.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Probably Conrad’s Heart of Darkness … because I have a heart of darkness.

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

Read, write and find a job that doesn’t drain you creatively and physically.

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

I do a lot on Facebook. Also, that’s a question that I’m currently trying to figure out!

About the Author:

Nicholas Fillmore is a poet, publisher, journalist and professor of English. He lives on windward Oahu with his wife, daughter and dachshunds.

He attended the graduate writing program at University of New Hampshire, was a finalist for the Juniper Prize in poetry and co-founded and publishedSQUiD magazine in Provincetown, MA.

Fillmore is currently at work on Sins of Our Fathers, a family romance. He is a reporter for Courthouse News Service, lecturer in English at Hawaii Pacific University and publisher of iambic Books.

Social Media Links:

Website: www.nicholasfillmore.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Nicholas.Fillmore.10

Twitter: @nicholasfillmor

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Book Blitz: ‘Starlight’ by Samantha Jane

Title: Starlight
Series: The Order of Orion #3
Author: Samantha Jane
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: December 3, 2018
Blurb

When love and superpowers collide…

Isobel Stone, aka The Resurrectionist, may be the most powerful Starborn ever born. Will Hamilton may be the most wounded. Riddled with physical and emotional scars, Will must protect Isobel, whose powers are worth millions on the black market.

Can Isobel go into hiding when all she wants is to heal people?

Can Will overcome his traumatised past and keep her safe from evil Noctem?

Starlight, the thrilling third book in The Order of Orion series, gives readers more of what they want— a wild ride of action and romance set in a captivating paranormal world like no other.

 

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Excerpt

God, why couldn’t his heart slow the fuck down? Despite his fog-filled brain he registered her look of disappointment. This was exactly why he avoided people. They were needy and messy. He rubbed his left leg, wishing he could hit his thigh instead. That always snapped him out of the cloud of panic wanting to swallow him whole.

He turned away from her and stared out to the bay, concentrating on the smell of the ocean and the sounds of the tiny town; the distant call of a gull, a pickup driving down the street. He walked off and took a few slow deep breaths.

Isobel trailed behind him for a while before she caught up. “I’m not sorry for leaving the truck.”

“Why isn’t that a surprise?” He clenched his fists. “You risk a lot more than your own skin, you know that, right?”

“I kept my hair covered. I didn’t tell anyone anything.”

“Not everything is about you.”

She grabbed his arm. “I needed to feel free. To feel like a human being.” Her fingers tightened around him. “But I am sorry for mucking you around.”

“I’ll have a phantom sister to deal with after you leave.
I’ve been under the radar for a year in this town and you’ve set fire to everything.” He pulled away from her touch and apology.

She tugged on his arm refusing to let him go. “You’re insane if you think you’ve been keeping a low profile.” Her brown eyes flashed as they ran the full length of him. “Any woman with a heartbeat will have noticed you.”

His chest tightened. “I think you’re forgetting something.” He pushed his hair aside from his face. “This.” His voice trembled. “This keeps people away.”

 

Reviews for the Series

“I have absolutely loved this series from the get go and have been DYING for book 3. Starlight did NOT disappoint, I devoured this book. Samantha Jane’s Order of Orion series is so wonderfully unique, I love that each book goes deeper and deeper into the Starborn world and has the perfect blend of paranormal, romance and action.” – Amazon reviewer

 

“This series just keeps getting better and better! Starlight will have you on the edge of your seat all the way to the end.” – Amazon reviewer

 

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Author Bio

 

Samantha Jane is a die-hard fan of both romance and action-adventure stories, and when the two genres combine, she’s in heaven. Samantha lives with her superhero husband and two daughters who wish they could fly and shoot laser beams from their fingertips. Juggling a family, a day job and writing novels is her own action-adventure story. Because life is too short not to aim for the stars.

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Book Blitz: ‘The Forked Path’ by T.R. Thompson

Title: The Forked Path

Wraith Cycle Series Book 2

Author: T.R. Thompson

Genre: Dark Fantasy / Horror

 

 

About the Book:

Future and past entwined.

Despite the victory over Cantor Cortis, the dark power still spreads. Nightmare creatures are wiping out villages all along the southern edge of the wild Tangle forest, causing a stream of refugees to flow into the capital of Sontair in the hope of finding protection.

All who helped overthrow the Nine Sisters of Redmondis have been touched by what they experienced and those they lost. Dark visions sap Petron and Daemi’s strength even as they try to heal the rifts within Redmondis and forge a new path for the wielders, crafters, and guards who make up its three main schools.

Wilt must enter the Tangle to seek out the source of the power that calls to him. Visions of the past seen through other eyes haunt his days, and he finds it harder and harder to resist the pull of his wraith form.

The Guardian is old and weak, and the Tangle is no longer secure…

 

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Excerpt:

Shade had to admit it. He was lost.

He hadn’t thought it possible. He’d spent all his life in the Tangle, wandering its paths, listening to its low murmur and avoiding the random cruel tricks the Others liked to play. Now though, none of the surrounding trails seemed familiar. As soon as he found one worthy of pursuing, it seemed to curve around on itself until he was somehow back where he started.

He’d even tried climbing some of the trees, though they too resisted his efforts, bending themselves out of his way and shifting branches and boughs suddenly out of reach. Finally he’d glimpsed the late afternoon sky and got a sense of direction, but as soon as he was back on the forest floor, the trees seemed determined to shepherd him away from his chosen path. After only a few steps he’d be faced with an impossible solid wall of trees that even his thin figure was unable to squeeze through. And so he’d be forced to turn around and try to flank them, but the forest always seemed one step ahead.

And the Others, their voices much clearer now, as though they too were all converging on this one spot. Their conspiratorial whispers seemed to leak out of the shadows to fill his ears.

A challenge!

So soon?

Long overdue. Look how weakened we are.

But none have succeeded. Even the strongest of us.

And little Shade hopes to succeed?

He squeezed his eyes closed and tried to ignore them. Nurtle had warned him about this as soon as she’d seen the cloak the Guardian had gifted him. How it would open certain doors, certain paths that normally remained closed.

Future and past entwined.

The words on the clasp that had held it. The words forced out of him. Had he brought this on himself? Or was it the Guardian, drawing him ever deeper. Was this what Nurtle had feared?

Time to climb, little Shade.

Climb for your life.

Or your death.

It’s all the same to us, you know.

Shade let their words wash over him, not paying attention to their meaning. His mind was buzzing, as though the forest’s song itself had grown in strength. Their words were just another breeze in the leaves. He kept his eyes closed and let the voice of the forest hum his heart into stillness.

When he opened his eyes again, he was deep in the forest, the light dim, the high sun blocked out by ranks of close-growing trees. The air was thick and muggy, heavy with moisture and the warmth of rotting things, making it hard to breathe.

He was standing in front of an enormous trunk, easily twenty feet across. It was the biggest tree he’d ever seen.

The Challenge Tree!

How high can little Shade climb?

How fast?

Not high or fast enough.

Not a runt like you.

Hurry up and start, boy.

About the Author:

T.R. Thompson is an Australian speculative fiction author. He lives in Belgrave on the outskirts of Melbourne with his wife and two young sons.

When not writing or reading, he spends too much time gaming and taking long meandering walks through the forest that always seem to end up at a tavern.

Website: www.trthompson.com

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Book Blitz: ‘Traveling Light’ by Nisha Paul

Title: Traveling Light

A Self Reflective Journey

Author: Nisha Paul

Publisher: Friesen Press Books

Genre: Self Help / Motivational

 

 

About the Book:

On this journey of discovery, we strive to understand what motivates us while exploring our true personalities. We reflect on situations that have brought about our greatest learning. It is within these answers that we discover our own fulfillment.

Although the truth lies within each of us, we may be too scared to peel the layers away to discover the real person beneath. It is only through this real understanding that we can accomplish that feeling of bliss that we all seek.

Traveling Light is the self-reflective journey that I share with you in the hope that you open yourself up to an adventure of your own. It is meant to help you create and reinforce your own safe zone of discovery. I assure you it will be a trip worth taking and will be filled with learning that will reflect in multiple areas of your life.

So start this journey today with me. While you make the commitment to invest valuable time in yourself, I encourage you to notice the successes that you begin to create through your own actions and new awareness….

 

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About the Author:

Nisha Paul is a psychologist who has spent the last two decades focusing on people and organizational development. Born in Mumbai, India, she has traveled and lived in different parts of the world and currently calls Vancouver, Canada her home.

Having studied at the University of Mumbai, India and the University of Nottingham, U.K. she has gained a global academic perspective to complement her valuable life lessons.

Along the way she has discovered what truly makes her happy and has created a life for herself that she finds enriching. Nisha also enjoys photography and has used her photographs to illustrate this book.

Motivated to seek opportunities to give back to her community and society at large, she decided to share this literary journey, which is her first. While encouraging her readers to reflect on their own life journeys, she aims to contribute to the collective awareness in our world today.

Nisha can be reached at travelinglight.thebook@gmail.com

Social Media Links:

Website: www.hillelearningassociates.com/traveling-light

Facebook: www.facebook.com/travelinglight.thebook

Twitter: @nishapaul10

Amazon page: www.amazon.com/Nisha-Paul/e/B07HQYH7YG

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Book Blitz: ‘The Sailors Tiller’ by Noël Wolf

 

Title: The Sailors Tiller

Something to hold on to

Author: Noël Wolf

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Sub-genre: Steamy, humour

 

 

About the Book:

How did the most embarrassing date of my life turn into the most amazing sex of my life? Sometimes dating feels like a job and sometimes it has major benefits. Right now it’s paying off in a rocking orgasm. The boat I’m on is pitching to a different rhythm than the thrusting of my date’s hips and its making my body feel like it’s on fire.

The irony of all this heat building up while I’m surrounded the Pacific Ocean isn’t completely lost on me. Neither are the penetrating brown eyes and bulging biceps of my modern day Sailor. Unfortunately, when we return to the marina tonight, I’ll be taking a very embarrassing item home with me in a to-go bag. And I’ll need to restart my Tinder search for happily-ever-after tomorrow. How exactly do people make love work when at our foundation, we’re all human?

 

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About the Author:

Noël Wolf loves beaches, boys and birds. The order changes on any given day but you’ll find all three in her books which will probably make you fall in love too.

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Website: www.noelwolf.com

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