Archive | April 2018

Author Interview: Patrick Bowmaster

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Summary:

Career convict and con artist Ed Hubbard and his accomplice Willie Roberts, a young and attractive prostitute, set out to play a long game against the farmer Pleas Burns, who owned a spread on the Spring River in Arkansas. But Willie grows tired of waiting and pressures Hubbard to “fix the old man.” Even with a backstory of multiple marriages, extramarital affairs, an incompetent judge, an extremely messy divorce, a death sentence, two jail breaks, incest, a connection to one of the most infamous criminal gangs of the 1930s, three murders, a terrible miscarriage of justice, and two sensational murder trials, the most fascinating part of the story is an amazing and heroic canine.

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Author Interview:

What made you want to be a writer? 
I believe that the ancient Greeks were correct to define happiness as doing what you do best to the best of your abilities.
 
Tell us a little about your book. 
My publisher, Pulpular Media of Hamilton, Ohio, has come up with what I think is a great description of my book: “Career convict and con artist Ed Hubbard and his accomplice Willie Roberts, a young and attractive prostitute, set out to play a long game against the farmer Pleas Burns, who owned a spread on the Spring River in Arkansas. But Willie grows tired of waiting and pressures Hubbard to “fix the old man.” Even with a backstory of multiple marriages, extramarital affairs, an incompetent judge, an extremely messy divorce, a death sentence, two jail breaks, incest, a connection to one of the most infamous criminal gangs of the 1930s, three murders, a terrible miscarriage of justice, and two sensational murder trials, the most fascinating part of the story is an amazing and heroic canine.
 
Who’s your favorite character and why? 
My book is a true crime work and so nonfiction. I can tell you who I enjoyed writing about most. It is Jim the dog. He was one incredible animal and so I think that any person who enjoys true stories about loyal and faithful pets will love my book. I believe the appeal of my text goes beyond fans of true crime.
 
What genre do you write?
I have written history and true crime.
 
What’s your favorite color? 
blue
 
What is your favorite book?
I have listed the same book below cited according to various style manuals.
Coffman, Edward M. The Old Army: A Portrait of the American Army in Peacetime, 1784-1898. Oxford University Press, 1988.
Coffman, Edward M. (1988). The Old Army: A Portrait of the American Army in Peacetime, 1784-1898. Oxford University Press.
Coffman, Edward M. The Old Army: A Portrait of the American Army in Peacetime, 1784-1898. Oxford University Press, 1988.
Coffman, Edward .M., 1988. The Old Army: A Portrait of the American Army in Peacetime, 1784-1898. Oxford University Press.
Coffman Edward M. The Old Army: A Portrait of the American Army in Peacetime, 1784-1898. Oxford University Press; 1988 Dec 8.
 
What inspires your writing? 
I think there is nothing more fascinating than people. I am thrilled by researching and writing on people’s lives.
 
Any advice for other writers? 
Just about everything in our lives is predicated to some degree on communication. You should write because doing so hones your communication skills. Don’t worry about whether you get published or who reads what you write.
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About the Author:
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Patrick Bowmaster is an experienced freelance historian and writer who has written for both scholarly and popular audiences and published widely. His writing has been cited in at least thirty historical works including four books published by university presses, two Ph.D. dissertations, two scholarly bibliographies and one foreign language title. Patrick’s unpublished research and graduate student writing can be found in the collections of several leading research universities and other prominent repositories. He has been mentioned in the acknowledgements of nine historical works. Patrick is a career archivist and records manager who holds both an M.L.I.S. and an M.A. in History. He is a native of New York who now lives with his wife, child and a cat in Massachusetts.”

Find Patrick at these places:

Website: https://patrickbowmaster.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @PBowmaster
Facebook: Facebook profile

For info on my publisher see: https://pulpular.businesscatalyst.com/

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Author2Author Q&A: Candace Robinson

Gerardo Writes

I had the privilege of sitting with the talented Candace Robinson, author of countless novels, for a Q&A session about Bacon Pie, a quirky YA contemporary book we co-authored.

She welcomed me wearing her BACON PIE mask:

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The session started

How does it feel to have an amazing writing partner?

It means I get to nap for half the book, and I get to have a helper along the way. Sort of like how Santa has little magical helpers.

While working on Bacon Pie, how did you communicate with this amazing writing partner?

Well, through FB messenger and then through comments in our chapter rotations that we would send back and forth to each other after completing a chapter.

How many times you battled over story ideas?

I’m not recalling any battles. That’s probably because I can win at anything! Lol!

Sadly, I can confirm I lost all…

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Review: Dance of Thieves

Title: Dance of Thieves

Author: Mary E. Pearson

Date of Publication: August 7th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

A new novel in the New York Times–bestselling Remnant Chronicles universe, in which a reformed thief and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty lock wits in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.

When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger.

At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.

My Review:

I absolutely love Mary’s writing. Just like with the Kiss of Deception, Dance of Thieves sucked me right in from the get go! Also if you read the last trilogy, there is a glimpse of a few of the people from it! So I was fangirling about that!!

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My favorite aspect of this book was the bond between Kazi and Jase—they were a bucket full of cuteness. Or course being on opposite sides of things caused disagreement and secrets, but it made the story more addicting. Kazi made me frustrated at times, but I understood how she worked because of the way she grew up. However, I also loved her for how she was. Although, Jase was my favorite!

The side characters were great and the world building was excellent. I seriously can’t wait to read the next book and see what happens. I can already tell some serious stuff is going to go down!

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Review: Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced + Giveaway

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About the Book:
Title: NOCTURNAL MEETINGS OF THE MISPLACED
Author: R.J. Garcia
Pub. Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher: The Parliament House

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Summary:

Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where fifteen-year-old Tommy Walker and his little sister are sent to live with relatives they’ve never met. Tommy soon makes friends with Finn Wilds, a rebellious local who lives with his volatile and abusive stepfather, who also happens to be the town’s sheriff.

Finn invites Tommy to late night meetings in the woods, where Tommy gets to know two girls. He forms a special and unique connection with both girls. The meetings become a place where the kids, who don’t fit in at school, or home can finally belong. As the group of friends begin to unravel clues to a cold case murder and kidnapping— they learn the truth is darker and closer than they ever imagined. Even if they live to tell, will anyone believe them?

My Review:

I was first drawn to this book by the awesome cover! Skulls are just so alluring! When I started this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I got a whole lot of awesome.

My favorite kinds of books are character driven, and this book had it! It’s also told in first person and dual POV from two boys, which was very cool because I never see that! Tommy and Finn felt incredibly real. They acted like teen boys, made mistakes like teen boys, and grew their characters grew throughout the story.

What also had me turning the pages was the mystery of it—the dialogue and writing were on point! And yes, there are some twists and turns that were utterly great! Overall, a unique story that I wish there were more of out in the world!

About R.J.:

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I’m a writer, avid reader, and HufflePuff, who wants a re-do at the sorting hat. I am a wife and proud mom, too.

I’ve earned my MSW and have worked with foster kids. Writing has been my other great love.

I have published several non-fiction pieces about teen issues and wrote short stories since I was a kid. A longer story began keeping me up at night, and I finished my first novel! I am now thrilled to announce that this story, Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced has found a home at The Parliament House!
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Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced (81,000 words, mystery, suspense) – Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where a group of teens must unravel secrets in order to expose the town’s dark past.

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1 winner will receive a finished copy of NOCTURNAL MEETINGS OF THE MISPLACED, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
4/23/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt
4/24/2018- Literary Dust– Review
4/25/2018- The Underground– Interview
4/26/2018- Literary Meanderings– Excerpt
4/27/2018- BookHounds YA– Interview

Week Two:
4/30/2018- Malanie Loves Fiction– Review
5/1/2018- Owl Always Be Reading– Excerpt
5/2/2018- Novel Novice– Guest Post
5/3/2018- A Gingerly Review– Excerpt
5/4/2018- K.L. Knovitzke – Author- Spotlight

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Cover Reveals: The Bride of Glass + Two Thousand Years + Giveaway

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The Bride of Glass (Glass Vault #2)

Publisher: Parliament House Press

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Perrie Madeline is trapped in the clutches of Vale, a demon of the Underworld. In order to gain strength, Vale intends to send human souls to the Glass Vault, where Perrie was once trapped. After dying in the Bride of Frankenstein exhibit, she is alive once again—and his. Can Perrie escape Vale’s hold on her?

After breaking free from her mental prison, Maisie Jaser is on a rescue mission to retrieve her cousin and best friend, Perrie. Together, she hopes to bring down Vale and rid the world of the destruction he has caused. Yet, will she even be able to find Perrie? Or will Vale prevail?

Find Out About Other Books by Candace Robinson at https://authorcandacerobinson.wordpress.com/

 

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About the Author

Candace Robinson spends her days consumed by words. When she’s not writing stories, she maintains a book review blog. Her life consists of avoiding migraines, admiring Bonsai trees, and living with her husband and daughter in Texas—where it can be forty degrees one day and eighty the next.

Contact Links:

Twitter: @literarydust

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Two Thousand Years

Publisher: Parliament House Press

Two thousand years ago, the Prophecy of Fire and Light foretold the coming of the Queen Empress who would lead the Empire into a time of peace and tranquility. But instead of the coming of a prosperous world, a forbidden love for the Empress waged a war that ravaged the land, creating a chasm between the factions, raising the death toll of innocent lives until the final, bloody battle.

Centuries later, Alexandra, a twenty-two-year-old barista living in Boston, is taken to an unfamiliar realm of mystery and magic where her life is threatened by Reylor, its banished Lord Steward. She crosses paths with Treyan, the arrogant and seductive Crown Prince of the Empire, and together they discover how their lives, and their love, are so intricately intertwined by a Prophecy set in motion so many years ago.

Alex, now the predestined Queen Empress Alexstrayna, whose arrival was foretold by the Annals of the Empire, controls the fate of her new home as war rages between the Crown Prince and Lord Steward. Either choice could tear her world apart as she attempts to keep the Empire’s torrid history from repeating itself. In a realm where betrayal and revenge will be as crucial to her survival as love and honor, Alex must discover whether it is her choice – or her fate – that determines how she survives the Empire’s rising conflicts.

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About the Author

M. Dalto has been Featured on Wattpad.com and her debut story, TWO THOUSAND YEARS, won the website’s coveted Watty Award in 2016. Since April 2017, she has volunteered her time as a Wattpad Ambassador, where she continues to engaged new writers and help them achieve their writing goals. Having received her B.A. in Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she spends her days as a full-time residential real estate paralegal, using her evenings to hone her craft.

When she’s not writing,she enjoys reading fantasy novels, playing video games, practicing yoga, and drinking coffee. As a Ravenclaw, she hails to House Targaryen while residing in the Night Court. She currently lives in Braintree, MA, with her husband, their daughter, and their corgi named Loki.

Contact Links

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MDalto/

 

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Cover Reveals: August Prather Is Not Dead Yet + Shadows at Starlight + Giveaway

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August Prather Is Not Dead Yet

Publisher: Parliament House Press

Katherine Garnet is a writer who has never cared much about much, making it awfully difficult to create new content. Despite the fact she has the “edge” of being trans (according to her cis male editor) she is not looking to capitalize on her own personal story. Garnet tries to sneak a peek at her rival, August Prather’s, latest fantasy manuscript about a quest for the elixir of life. While reading, Garnet gets accidently dragged into a bizarre cross-country road trip that may or may not have a purpose and begins to see parallels in the story of the manuscript and the reality of their journey. Along the way, they encounter a parade of equally troubled individuals, including ghost-hunting priests, a robot magician, a discarded piece of furniture, a runaway teenager, and a Japanese rock star. As Garnet confronts her past, she begins to understand why someone might want to live forever.

Find Out About Other Books by Danielle K. Roux at https://www.dkroux.com/

 

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About the Author

Danielle K. Roux is a writer, teacher, and historian. She has a BFA in Architectural History from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), an MA in Architectural History from the University of Virginia, and an MS in Elementary Educational Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Danielle has always loved reading and telling stories – especially stories with adventure, mystery, humor and at least a little bit of spookiness. While living in Savannah, she worked as a ghost tour guide which meant she got paid to tell local history and lore to people and walk around at night looking at cemeteries and gorgeous old buildings that were probably haunted.

Danielle has been writing fiction since she was nine, after getting tired of reading from the perspective of white, straight male characters in fantasy novels. Her first written story involved a group of middle school girls who find necklaces used by a dead witch that give them supernatural powers. It was written in notebooks in purple and green gel pens and may or may not still exist. She is inspired by travelling to new places and reading about the stories tied to the landscape. She has at least three novels building in her brain (or wherever novels come from) and wishes she was writing them all right now….

Danielle lives with her wife and loud, orange tabby cat in Baltimore but dreams of places with mountains and cool air. Her bookshelves are full of true crime, ghost stories, architecture books, graphic novels, and the Harry Potter series. Her favorite book she has read in the past year is H is for Hawk because it combines biography, history and memoir. Now she really wants to learn falconry. Her dream library would be accessed through a secret door and look something like the library in the animated Disney Beauty and the Beast, although it would also have a cute barista or sentient coffee machine that once was said barista.

When she isn’t writing or thinking about writing, Danielle is building houses in the Sims, listening to podcasts, or taking Buzzfeed quizzes to find out what kind of salad she is based on her birth month. She is constantly re-watching Arrested Development, Murder She Wrote, Doctor Who, Archer and Sherlock. She is also a big fan of Orange is the New Black even though they killed her favorite character and Game of Thrones even though they will probably kill all her favorite characters. In an ideal world, she would go outside more and walk around, but there are bugs out there and nature makes her sneeze. She wishes she could learn to knit, grow a garden, and make her own cheese but there are only so many hours in the day. She is a Slytherin but usually feels like a Ravenclaw. She likes red wine and coffee but not at the same time. Her favorite pizza is pizza made in a brick oven with fresh mozzarella.

 

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Shadows At Starlight (Soul Seekers Series) – Book Five

Publisher: Parliament House Press

As Soul Seekers flourishes and Peyton continues her streak of sobriety, she and Olivia are called to a small independent cinema, The Starlight. At first, she thinks the manager’s a little kooky, but once she views a chilling documentary, she realizes the true danger that The Starlight and all of its patrons—including her—are in.

It’s a race against time to figure out the mystery of The Starlight before it’s too late.

Find Out About Other Books by Alice J. Black at https://www.facebook.com/alice.j.black.doors/  & www.writers.com

 

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About the Author

Alice lives and works in the North East of England with her partner and slightly ferocious cats! Alice has always enjoyed writing from being a child when she used to carry notebooks and write stories no matter where she went. Nothing much has changed and she writes all manner of fiction with a tendency to lean towards the dark side. Most of her work is rooted in darkness, her inspiration coming from a macabre selection of reads as well as the dreams that frequent her sleep.

Her debut novel, The Doors, was released three years ago and her next novel release, A Shadowed Beginning, the first part in a series of seven, was released in autumn. Several of her short stories have been included in anthologies with various presses and she is always working on more. When she’s not writing, she always has a book in her hand and will read from whatever genre suits her that day.

Contact Links

Facebook: www.facebook.com/alice.j.black.doors

Twitter: @alicejblack

Blog: https://alicejblack.wordpress.com/

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Cover Reveals: Of Stars and Monsters + Wheels Gone Cats + Giveaway

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Of Stars & Monsters (Of Light and Darkness #3)

Publisher: Parliament House Press

After narrowly surviving a near-death experience from yet another showdown with Aiden Price and the Light, Charlotte awakens inside the forsaken, crumbling walls of the Regime Palace. Though she finds herself surrounded by her closest friends, she is conflicted by her feelings for the sudden absence of her Vampire guardian. Where has Francis taken Valek?

With new friend Nikolai there to console her, Charlotte cannot shake the undeniable chemistry she feels for this familiar stranger. But they are running out of time. Charlotte’s peculiar ailment will return, and she will die unless they are successful in finding a cure.

Charlotte, Nikolai, Sarah, and the rest of their tribe of misfits travel to the underbelly of Prague to search for Valek, but what they discover are secrets darker than they could have ever imagined. Charlotte must overcome her mortal limitations to save the life of the one she truly loves and escape the gates of Abelim with her throat intact in this enthralling, highly-anticipated third installment of the Of Light and Darkness Series.

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About the Author:

With over a decade of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries, Shayne Leighton is a creative professional with edge and quirkiness. Her debut novel, Of Light and Darkness hit Amazon’s coveted Top 100 overall bestsellers list once during the fall of 2015, and again in the summer of 2016, reaching the #4 spot. Having a background in film science, Shayne has produced book trailers and marketing materials for New York Times bestselling authors and major publishers such as Cynthia Leitich Smith (Tantalize, Candlewick Press), Alex Flinn (Towering, Harper Teen), and Kimberley Griffiths Little (When The Butterflies Came, Scholastic Press). She strives to be the Guillermo del Toro of the publishing industry, knowing what works visually and creatively to make stories a stunning experience that is visual, just as it is intellectual. She spends most of her time working on things that excite her, drinking coffee, traveling to the Czech Republic where she always finds new inspiration, and discovering hole-in-the-wall bookstores and coffee shops on her random adventures. Shayne is a Libra and a Ravenclaw. Her favorite book is The Night Circus (though soon it may be Six of Crows). Her wand is made out of Hazel wood with a Unicorn hair core 12 1/4″ long and reasonably supple flexibility. Her patronus is a robin.

 

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Wheels Gone Cats

Publisher: Parliament House Press

From Amazon bestselling author, Beaird Glover, comes this dystopian dose of dark humor and far-flung science fiction. 

In a future where violence is encouraged and duels are required by law, Dathin Long has the answer: devolution. He proposes a medical procedure that will restore humanity to the state of primal bliss—to pure reptilian instinct, before guilty consciences intruded.

When a boy’s grandmother is admitted to the hospital for pneumonia, he learns the procedure will be forced upon her. To save her, the boy enlists the help of Lee Bellows, a member of the hospital staff, to search the records and find his grandmother. But the deeper Lee looks, the more horrible things he finds, until the controllers start looking back at him. His conscience needs adjusting, and soon the procedure may be forced upon him.

In a flooded New Orleans in the end days, the only hope is a hero who’s lost his memory and is just trying to get by…

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About the Author

Beaird Glover grew up on a farm in rural Tennessee. He graduated from The Evergreen State College of Olympia, Washington, with a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing. He then moved to Southern California and wrote Secret Ciphers of the 1876 Presidential Election (Aegean Park Press). He has traveled extensively and lived in eleven of the United Sates, and Taipei and Buenos Aires. His poems have been published in the New York Quarterly and his chapbook of poetry was selected by the Austin Chronicle as one of the Top 10 Best of 1994. More recently, he acquired a Bachelor of Science degree from Long Island University in Brooklyn and has worked as a physician assistant. Beaird lives in New Orleans with his wife Kim and their cats.

 

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