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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Review of The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil by Victoria Christopher Murray

When the going gets tough, how far would you be willing to go to stay afloat? Well, the Langstons have hit a rough financial spot and temptation was right around the corner with an offer from Shay-Shaunté, Evia Langston’s boss.  This was more of an indecent proposal with a five million dollar string attached to it. The deal was for Evia to agree to have her husband, her own Adonis to spend a weekend with Shay-Shaunté in celebration of her 50th birthday.

Evia balked at the thought but then her husband had to go through with it creating a chasm in their marriage. The dance was whether the Langstons could stand up to Shay-Shaunté who now sued them for breach of contract. Go figure. Then again they were dealing with the devil.

Great dialogue. Great story. Great read.

Some of my favorite lines:

SILENCE. THE QUIET THAT WAS BETWEEN us was like our fourth child. It was always there, and over the past weeks, we’d nutured silence, allowed it to live, allowed it to grow.

Shay-Shaunté was the cause, and now it was all over. There was no need to let silence stay and separate us any longer; the deal, the dance, the devil…it was done.

Rating: 4 stars

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Interview with Annie Rose Alexander, Author of RETRIBUTION

Author’s Bio: Annie Rose Alexander is the author of two published novels, Retribution and Evil In High Places. Her short stories are Murder In The Courthouse, and Eternally Yours. She won, the LOVEY Award for Best PI Novel at the Love Is Murder XIV Mystery Writers Conference in Chicago in 2015, for her novel Retribution. Annie earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Howard University, and a Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law.  She is admitted to the Maryland and DC Bars. She has fifteen years of experience litigating criminal and civil cases. She is working on her third Mystery/Thriller, The President's Assassin.

What inspired you to write your book?
When I read in the news about famous athletes being killed I started wondering what if the same person or persons were responsible and what if the deaths weren't accidents but murders. My imagination took over from there.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
As a child I was influenced by the TV show, Perry Mason. As I got older, I would read one author such as James Patterson and then Robert Ludlum, and the list goes on and on. I may stay with a particular author for a while and then move on to other authors.

Is this your first book?  NO. How long did it take to start and finish your book? I think it took me about two years to finish this book.

Do you write with an outline, or just let it flow organically?
I definitely use an outline.

Do you listen to music when you write? If yes, is there a theme song for this book?
No. I like peace and quiet when I write.

What are the keys to success in getting your book out to the public?
Good question. I think I am inspired by Austin Camacho. He really knows how to hustle and is always on the move with book signings. I wish I could find the time and do more of what he is doing.

What advice would you give to new authors?
Perseverance, and believe in yourself. And read good books in your favorite genre that are on the New York Times Best Sellers.

How about sharing an excerpt from Retribution.
He thrilled at the terror that flickered in Brian's eyes as he tried to push Mary out of the path of the speeding car. But the assassin smashed into them, heard a loud thump, and felt the vehicle vibrate as metal hit flesh and bones. The girl's screams shattered the night as she and Brian were thrown through the air. The assassin sped away, his tires screeching and sliding on the wet pavement.

What’s next for you?
My third novel, The President's Assassin.

Where can readers find out more about you and your book(s)?
  • Website: www.annierosealexander.com
  • Amazon Author Page: (coming soon)
  • Facebook: Annie Alexander Author's Page
  • Twitter: @annieralexander
  • Blog: (coming soon)
It’s been a pleasure having you here with us today. I know my readers will enjoy getting to know you and your work.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Interview with Chris H. Stevenson, Author of The Girl They Sold to the Moon

Author’s Bio: Author Chris Stevenson, originally born and raised on the beaches of southern California, moved to Sylvania, Alabama in 2009 and settled in with his twin sister. His occupations have included newspaper reporter, front-line mechanic and federal police officer. He has been writing off and on for 36 years, having officially published books beginning in 1988. Today he writes science fiction, fantasy, paranormal romance, young adult, adult thrillers and horror.

He has a total of 10 titles appearing on Amazon with nine more in reserve with his agent. He was a finalist in the L. Ron. Hubbard Writers of the Future contest, and just recently took the first place grand prize in a YA novel writing contest for The Girl They Sold to the Moon. He writes the popular blog, Guerrilla Warfare for Writers (special weapons and tactics), hoping to inform and educate writers all over the world about the high points and pitfalls of publishing.

He continues to write because he can’t stop. His agent has just enough steam to keep up with him when she’s not taking care of the rest of her stable.

What inspired you to write your book?
The Girl They Sold to the Moon was a spontaneous quirk. I was riding with my niece, and her daughter was acting up in the back seat. Fed up with the noise hollering, my niece told her daughter that if she didn’t straighten up she’d pawn her at the next gas station for a full tank. I thought wouldn’t that be unique, if in a dystopian society, parents or heads of household could pawn their dependents for huge cash advances and send them off to labor camps. That’s how it started.   

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
The very first piece of writing that caught my attention was a short story in Twilight Zone magazine. I thought, or assumed, I could write every bit as well as that prose and attempted to do so. Reading Poul Andersons’ The Virgin Planet, was the first novel that inspired me and launched my book writing career.

Is this your first book?
This is about my 25th book in total. Nearly have of them have been published, and I still have nine more finished and waiting in the wings for agent submission.  

Do you write with an outline, or just let it flow organically?  
I go solo (seat of the pants) with all of my writing projects. I think I outlined only one romance novel that was set in Martha’s Vineyard because it required intense and accurate research. I don’t like a plot that is confined.

Do you listen to music when you write? If yes, is there a theme song for this book?
Strangely enough, I do not listen to any music while I write. I can’t remember listening to any type of music while writing. I prefer the silence and concentration.  

What are the keys to success in getting your book out to the public?
You have to interact with as many writing groups and display sites as time will allow. No one will know you have a title out there unless they can find mention of it. It takes dedication and persistence, especially in today’s competitive marketplace.

What advice would you give to new authors?
Authors must be persistent and determined. They cannot let any failure, blocks, rejection and depression enter into their creative world. They can always write themselves out of a corner if they choose to. Look at writing as a fun project—no one is holding a gun to your head. Finish your book to the very end and prepare yourself for valuable criticism.

How about sharing an excerpt from The Girl They Sold to the Moon?

Im Reginald Breedlove.  Im here to pawn my daughter.

            Im here to pawn my daughter.  Tilly Breedlove knew they had another word for it—they called them “kickouts”, people who were sold to the establishment to cover debts. She and her girlfriends used to laugh at the K-Span commercial on late night Holoview.  She wasnt laughing now.  Shed never seen so many kids gathered in one spot, except at a school assembly.
The first floor of the auditorium-sized building had at least twenty standing lines and a waiting area filled to capacity. This building area was reserved for the Sunflowers, teenagers who ranged in age from 13 to 19 years-old. At 17 years-old, Till fit right in. 

         Sure, there were sniffles and tearful goodbyes, with an occasional knock-down-drag-out, but the worst scenes were reserved for the six to twelve-year-old kids, the next wing over.  Those kids were on the Daffodil Plan, commonly called Daffys, and their screams pierced through the air conditioning vents. She’d seen the entrance door for the Daffys on the outside of the building, next to the Sunflower entrance, which was her admission portal. The Daffys were hardly equipped to handle the emotions of severing bonds with their parents, and Tilly couldn’t even begin to understand what kind of jobs assignments those kids would have in order to work off a debt for their parents.

What’s next for you?
I just finished my first romance novel and turned it in to my agent, Sara Camilla. She’ll have the line-edits done in a week and then I’m off to redline fever!

Where can readers find out more about you and your book(s)?
It’s been a pleasure having you here with us today. I know my readers will enjoy getting to know you and your work.