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Author Interview: ‘D.O.G. Executive Order’ by Robert Barlow Jr

About the Book:

To save his presidency and assure re-election, an arrogant, power-hungry president must end his illegal connections with a terrorist leader before that leader follows through on his threat to make public their relationship. Gunnery Sergeant Zach Hinson and Sergeant First Class Jason Jones, sniper team D.O.G., are ordered to assassinate the terrorist leader, but for the president, it is not enough.

Fearful the sniper team will let slip their involvement, the president agrees to the mission to kill the terrorist leader on the condition the two snipers do not return home alive. But, his effort to save his presidency becomes a war when it is learned the man with whom he has dealt with to kill team D.O.G. has failed to act on his agreement.

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Author Interview:

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

My first venture into writing occurred when I couldn’t sleep. A single line kept turning in my head. To erase it, I got up and started typing. What started as a line became my first book, At the Water’s Edge. That line was originally the opening sentence, but it was eventually edited out. I continue to write because I love creating the story, and enjoy the research component.

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

I don’t have a favorite time. Between work and night classes, my available writing time is limited to weekends, and not every weekend is viable.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Various places. Time Passed was the result of something I experienced in a dream. I woke, having remembered the dream, and developed the story around it. D.O.G.: Executive Order was the result of a conversation I had with someone following the 2008, presidential election. It resulted in the creation of the sniper team. The historical fiction novel I’m currently writing came from the desire to write a novel based on early, American history.

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 don’t plan or outline my stories. When I have an idea, I start writing. As the story progresses, I think ahead to try and improve the story, and I do a lot of rewriting while writing the original draft.

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

Three of my five have military subjects. It’s possible my military service is the reason for this. My sixth, still in the works, has nothing to do with the military. It is historical fiction set in the 1800’s. I love history and wanted to incorporate that into a novel.

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

Zach – Chris Pine, J.J. – Jeremy Renner, The President – Denzel Washington or Ed Harris

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

I don’t read as much as I once did, except to reread my manuscripts. My job and attending night class occupy my time, and I use what free time I have working on my own manuscripts. I still purchase books that I wish to read, and one day I’ll have more time to get caught up.

My favorite authors include: Allan W. Eckert, Ian W. Toll, Erik Larson, David McCullough, Tom Clancy, Dan Brown and J.R.R. Tolkien.

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

My wife recently bought me Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution. I may have to make the time to read this one soon. I love books on the American Revolution, especially those about the war in the south. (I believe the efforts in the south saved the war which allowed us to be the greatest nation ever.)

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I have three favorites, two fiction and one non-fiction. One fiction favorite is The Alienist, by Caleb Carr. I love period movies and television shows, and as it turns out, period books. Mr. Carr does a wonderful job of telling the story and incorporating some of the science that is taken for granted today.

The other fiction book is Lonesome Dove. It’s the only Larry McMurtry book I’ve read, and I can’t get enough of it. The characters are wonderfully crafted and the dialog flows so well with the story.

The non-fiction book is The Frontiersman, but Allan W. Eckert. It is the first book in the Winning of America Series, which is a great series. It is non-fiction but is so easy to read. I’ve read it multiple times and listened to the audiobook.

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

Write because you love the story. Remember, you’ll have to re-read and rewrite your book. If you don’t like the story, rewriting will be difficult.

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

My social media is limited to Facebook – www.facebook.com/Robert-Barlow-Jr-and-His-Books

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Author Interview: ‘Heir’ by Jeremiah D. Davis

About the Book:

After the death of one of the eight kings on the continent of Libertas, three brothers are pitted against each other for the throne, but none know the true heir, and they don’t know how much their lives will forever change. Read and see the struggle in choosing between family and power.

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

I was born in Chicago, and at a young age moved out of the city to Homewood, Illinois. There, I started to write, but I never published any of my works; I read a lot as a child and this made me want to write. I was a dedicated member of my schools book club and I read anything, long or short. When I moved back to the city, I had stopped writing; I was still reading, but not as much due to school. Then, during the December of my junior year, I watched an anime called, “Toradora”, that inspired me to create something of my own. From then on, I started up writing again and haven’t stopped.

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

I like to write at home, but that is only because I am at peace at home and I am able to stop and start at my own will. I have no preferred time currently, mostly because I could sit up all night and write if the ideas flow from my head as such.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Most of my ideas just pop into my head and then I develop them into something more. Sometimes, something I’ve seen or experienced will also help me turn an idea into something greater. I have an expansive imagination and I try not to constrict it.

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 usually have a beginning and a good sense of an ending, but what happens in between is always subject to change. I try not to be too formulaic because I believe it can hinder the creative process.

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

All of my books are in the genre of adventure and action, mostly due to the fact that I love action movies and books that have a high paced story. I am also starting to develop a fondness for romantic media and have incorporated that into my books as well, but I doubt I would write a romance novel any time soon.

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

That is an interesting question because I honestly don’t know. If I had a rough idea of who I would want to play a role in a movie about my book, “Heir”, a couple names I would think of would be: Al Pacino, Ben Kingsley, Charles Dance.

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

I haven’t been reading as much as I should, but when I was younger, my favorite book was, “Leviathan”, by Scott Westerfeld.

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

Currently, I am not reading any books, which saddens me a little.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

“Leviathan”, by Scott Westerfeld. I enjoyed the book because it was such a large world, set in such a devastating time, and yet it was done so differently. The book centered on World War 1 and the son of Archduke Ferdinand, as well as a girl who illegally enlists in the British military as a boy. The book has great characters, interesting concepts, and a great vibe. It also has a few pictures that allow the reader to imagine the world just a bit more than if they were not included.

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

Just do it; honestly, it’s that easy. If you have a story, start writing it, no matter what you think someone will say. Take it a step at a time and when you reach the end, look back and marvel at what you’ve created. Never let the thought of writing make you feel afraid; everyone has a voice, and everyone deserves to be heard.

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

I primarily use Facebook and Instagram to market my books, but my email is always available as well for anyone with questions.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JerryDavidDavisBooks

Instagram: www.instagram.com/jerry_author_davis

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Book Blitz: ‘Charming’ by Chris Leite

Title: Charming

Author: Chris Leite

Genre: Thriller / Contemporary Fiction

 

About the Book:

After getting dumped and publicly humiliated by her boyfriend on her birthday, Ashley begins to hear a voice in her head, and gets haunted in the mirror by an incendiary reflection that convinces her to hold her ex hostage, while Ashley torments his new girlfriend. The innocent girl fights back and tries to save her man, but doesn’t realize that she’s walking straight into a trap, she’s just a puppet in Ashley’s hand.

CHARMING is a YA/thriller about a hopeless romantic kidnapping her ex, and actively making his new girlfriend’s life a living hell. It takes place in high school, but it’s a story about us all.

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About the Book:

Jack Lemon is a schizophrenic with zero empathy and a twisted sense of humor. The sociopath experiences guilt and accountability for the first time after he accidently kills the only woman he’s ever loved. Jack plummets deeper into the abyss of insanity, and copes with his grief in the only logical way: by blaming and killing anyone who catches his fancy.

Clementine is a sweet teenage girl that’s being held captive by a deranged man (not Jack), who believes that the key to Clementine’s heart is to chain, threaten, and woo her in his cavernous basement. Clementine suffers from Stockholm syndrome and she finds her imprisonment romantic in a masochistic way. She also finds her captor’s devotion and chilling authority to be sexy. Both Jack and Clementine must separately fight their self-inflicted torment, and embrace that there’s no escaping who they really are.

When life gives you lemons, kill somebody.

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Book Review: ‘Masterpiece’ by Xavier Neal

Title: Masterpiece (Adrenaline Series Book 3)

Published: 28th August 2015

Publisher: Entertwine Publishing

Author: Xavier Neal

Facebook: www.facebook.com/XavierNealAuthorPage

 

Synopsis:

As Merrick McCoy, legendary street racer and infamous criminal, approaches the biggest moment of his life, he will have to make one final decision. Will he turn the dark tragedy his life has become into just another court statistic or will he take this chance to turn it into a Masterpiece?

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a car chase in it. Well our boy Merrick is a legendary street racer so you now there has to be at least one time he gets a little fast behind the wheel. But is it a street race or someone chasing him? Either way you know he won’t get caught anytime soon.

Well I still don’t know whose ass to kick yet for Ben but I do know who needs to be taken care of so they can’t hurt my McCoy boys no more – none other than The Devil himself. Let’s see where his deeds take our boys and if they can get out unscathed.

So the McCoy’s are struggling to cope with Ben’s death. No matter what the police report says they know there was nothing wrong with his car to cause the accident. Someone just wants to make it look like it. Very emotional side you see of all of them, Knox (who I class as a McCoy anyway), Jovi and Halie also. They want answers but it seems that will have to take a back seat when the Devil comes back on the scene with unfinished business.

Jovi is getting ready to leave for college so is starting the pack up. She is trying to grow and find herself without living with her father’s restrictions. When she finds out about Ben’s death she knows she is going to the funeral. She just doesn’t expect her father to know anything about it. Seems he knows about the accident and is all for blaming the driver Ben McCoy. Thinking him no good. This just gets right on Jovi’s nerves and she just snaps at him. Letting it slip that she knew Ben and in the process letting Nadie in on the real identity of Merrick, Ben’s cousin. You know with him being a McCoy and all.

Having issues with her father is the least of her problems when Jovi spots a picture of the infamous Ghost in a photo in her fathers case files. Seems Ghosts build and the car he is in reminds her of a certain someone – namely her fiancé. To say this news doesn’t go down well would be an understatement. This would also be the moment the devil strikes.

To save his girl Merrick is willing to do anything, no matter the cost. How similar will our classic twist on Romeo and Juliet go? With the devil at their heels it’s all to play for. This might be the end to their story, which I have loved, but it’s the beginning for the rest of the family. I loved all the McCoy’s and can’t wait to check out their stories and get inside their heads. Loved the author’s style of writing with the different POV’s talking direct to the reader. Makes it a bit more fun with the journey you are taken on with them.

5 out of 5 stars

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

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Author Interview: ‘South of Main Street’ by Robert Gately

About the Book:

Henry Wolff regularly climbs out of his upstairs bedroom window. The neighbors think it strange that a grown man enjoys a Tarzan like swing from the roof, but then again, they all think Henry is a little strange. Recently widowed, Henry is an emotionally challenged father being sued by his daughter for financial control of the estate. Henry must prove he is normal – not an easy thing to do when you are not. Henry is different, not quite normal, not quite special. Rumors explaining his behavior run from PTSD in Vietnam to losing his son to SIDS. But Henry has a special gift. In a town divided by the have and have-nots, Henry alone can inspire and touch even the most jaded lost soul. But when tragedy strikes, can he unite his own family?

“A dynamic book set in small town Pennsylvania which explores the intangible ties that form a family, a community and the influence that one man can make crossing social and economic lines. Readers will fall in love with Henry.”

 

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

I guess I’d have to journey back to 5th grade to explain to you why writing is such a big part of my life. We had to read a book and write a synopsis if as a task my fifth-grade teacher gave us. These ‘book reports’ would then be graded as if it were a ‘contest’. Winner-take-all. That’s when I discovered the flap — a brief outline from the publisher, those beautifully written words that perfectly captured the emotions and the essence of the story. For a 5th grade boy trying desperately to rise from the sleepy world of his imagination, I did a despicable thing. I used the flap in writing the synopsis, paraphrasing as best as a fifth grader could, and submitted the paper into the contest. As fate would have it, I won the competition. I was embarrassed, humbled at receiving an award I didn’t deserve. That day was the beginning of my writing career where a little flame burned in my soul to be able to express myself with some degree of grace where I would never have to rely on someone else’s words to express how ‘I’ felt. That desire turned into something else. I learned later it was called passion. I was going to be a writer.

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

Time: the morning is when I did my creative writing, and in the afternoon is when the logical part of my brain kicked in when I do my editing. Place: usually, I do my writing in my computer room, but I really can step out of reality and write anywhere.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Who knows. They could come from a dream, watching a movie, or a sound-bite at a barbeque. I might generate a whole story-line in one sitting. The real issue is when they come they don’t leave until I pay homage to the character or the story. It may take a single day, or a lifetime.

My most recent book came from watching a movie (Being There) where the main character captured my imagination 30 years ago. The hero of my story just wouldn’t leave me along and I wrote a novel and a screenplay to keep my sanity. Another story I ‘saw’ (The Longest Yard’) became an inspiration for writing a similar story, only it was basketball, not football. Other stories came from slug lines, sound-bites and certain experiences I had in life that just sat in my brain and wouldn’t leave me alone until I flushed them out. Actually, one non-fiction book (Fillossofee: Messages from a Grandfather) I wrote came from the desire to inspire my progeny. With social networking, I felt they weren’t getting the mental nourishment I got from history, the sciences, or philosophical thinking, not that I’m anything special, but my grand-daughter being billed for 13,000 text messages was what inspired that 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?

I sometimes have a plan. But,  like the story that came from a dream, it was laid out for me and I just followed my intuition. I knew why I was laughing when I woke up, but I just couldn’t explain it in 5 minutes without sounding ridiculous. Interestingly, that writing project was written in a month, which I’m forever editing, and it won 11 writing contests. It became my showcase writing project for everything that was to follow: stage plays, novels or screenplays; even non-fiction works.

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

That dream project was my only comedy. And my latest book started out as a comedy when I saw “Being There” with Peter Sellers, the movie, that is. The book was written by Jerzy Kosinski. I never read that. The important point here is that the character in the movie morphed into my character in the book and he took hold of me and wouldn’t let go until I finished the book. That project lasted for over ten years. What a journey that was! I’m forever grateful.

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

Wow! That’s a loaded question if I ever heard one. Since there are 12 characters that our hero affects in the most wonderful of ways, I’ll just address the main character, our hero, which is a male who is 55ish. Not that all my stories center on male characters. I co-wrote a stage play whose four lead characters are female. For my latest book, however, my favorite actors are a bit older than the hero, so I’m forced to think of thespians today who can fit the role. Maybe a made-up Leonardo DiCaprio. Same holds true for Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise.

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

I read a lot (online stuff), but not too much for novels. However, I’m forever remembering the classics written by Joseph Heller, Philip Roth, Charles Dickens, and the like.

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

Just one: Godless, by Ann Coulter.

9: What is your favorite book and why?

Wow! That’s an impossible question, so I’m going to have to go with that book I read in 5th grade, whose name I forget. It put me on a journey that I’m still following.

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

Make sure you have the passion to write, and that you’re NOT doing it for the money or fame. One will enrich your being and the other two will cause you to lose you hair.

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

Probably … Goodreads or Facebook.

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/1672362.Robert_Gately

Facebook: www.facebook.com/robert.gately.5

 

About the Author:

In 1998 Robert gave up a lucrative career with a large telecommunications company to write full time. Since then, he wrote 8 screenplays, two stage plays, and a novel. He has won grand prize or first place in several competitions, not the least of which are First Place in comedy in FADE IN Magazine, Telluride Indiefest, Woods Hole Festival, Split-Screen, Hollywood Scriptwriting Institute, plus more. In all Robert has placed in over 90 competitions such as Chesterfield, Writer’s Network, Cinestory, Writer’s Digest, New Play Project (Backdoor Theatre), Festival of New Plays (Stage 3 Theatre), plus much more. Robert has also been acting for the past few years. His most notable acting credit was the lead in FRAME which won top drama, short film category, in the 2002 Houston Worldfest – the same award Speilberg won in 1972 for AMBLIN. Robert has settled into a home in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with his wife Lois.

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