The Bridge by J.S. Breukelaar / #Interview #BlogTour @meerkatpress @jsbreukelaar

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Meera and her twin sister Kai are Mades—part human and part not—bred in the Blood Temple cult, which only the teenage Meera will survive. Racked with grief and guilt, she lives in hiding with her mysterious rescuer, Narn—part witch and part not—who has lost a sister too, a connection that follows them to Meera’s enrollment years later in a college Redress Program. There she is recruited by Regulars for a starring role in a notorious reading series and is soon the darling of the lit set, finally whole, finally free of the idea that she should have died so Kai could have lived. Maybe Meera can be re-made after all, her life redressed. But the Regulars are not all they seem and there is a price to pay for belonging to something that you don’t understand. Time is closing in on all Meera holds dear—she stands afraid, not just for but of herself, on the bridge between worlds—fearful of what waits on the other side and of the cost of knowing what she truly is.

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Q&A

When and where do you prefer to write?

Ideally in the mornings either in my office or at a co-share space nearby.

Do you need peace and quiet when you are wrting?

Depends. I don’t like household noise, but café noise is good for my focus. And I like writing, but not editing, to music.

If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

I’ve collaborated on a book of folklore-inspired flash fiction with the great French-Danish author Sebastien Doubinsky, which is coming out next year, and I’m currently co-writing a novella with the magnificent Angela Slatter, so I’m pretty much in the zone of bliss with both. Other than that, one day I’d like to collaborate on a graphic novel with any number of fantastic illustrators out there, one of whom is my son.

Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?

You mean the hero or the villain? I’d say, thanks but no thanks. I’d say let me know if there’s a wisecracking ghost or a stripper with a heart of gold, or a cute but disenchanted waitress or a gender non-conforming teenager or a large dog waiting by the gates of a maxim security prison, and my name is all yours. Those are the kinds of stereotypes I can work with. I like the idea of a big ol’ bull mastiff bitch called J.S. Breukelaar waiting for her death row owner, just waiting and waiting . . . I imagine the wardens feed her from time to time, which she likes, come out for a smoke and tickle her being the ears. She likes that too.

Who would you like/have liked to interview?

My grandmother, Ella.

Where can I find you when you are reading?

In the kitchen stirring the spaghetti sauce.

Where can I find you wen you are not writing/reading?

In the kitchen stirring the spaghetti sauce.

What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?

This time was different. This time I thought, ‘and this took you how long?’ Better get onto novel number four.

How do you come up with a title for your book?

It comes out of the story. I’ve never had to change a novel title in my life. Oh wait, yes I have. The first title for Aletheia was something quite different and only one person in the world knows what it was and I can only hope that he’s forgotten, except he probably hasn’t because it was memorably bad.

How do you pick a cover for your book?

My wonderful publisher does all of that. We will talk about it, about artists I like, vibes we’re going for, important thematic elements to render visually, although not always literally. I’m in love with the cover for The Bridge. Tricia Reeks of Meerkat Press sought out Luke Spooner, whose sought-after work is dark and lyrical but accessible and who gets the authors he illustrates. He previously illustrated a story I published in the late great Gamut Magazine set in the same world as The Bridge, and he came through again for the novel. I love the way the blue lights of the bridge slant upwards and below in the swirling darkness lurks a mysterious winged figure. No one does wings like Luke Spooner.

Thank you, J.S. Breukelaar and Meerkat Press

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About the author

J.S. Breukelaar is the author of Collision: Stories, a 2019 Shirley Jackson Award finalist, and winner of the 2019 Aurealis and Ditmar Awards. Previous novels include Aletheia and American Monster. Her short fiction has appeared in the Dark Magazine, Tiny Nightmares, Black Static, Gamut, Unnerving, Lightspeed, Lamplight, Juked, in Year’s Best Horror and Fantasy 2019 and elsewhere. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia, where she teaches writing and literature, and is at work on a new collection of short stories and a novella.

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Author Link

https://www.thelivingsuitcase.com/

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Book Links

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Disarming the Wildest Warrior by Helen Cox / #Interview #BookBirthdayBlitz @rararesources @Helenography

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1725, Williamsburg.

No more English tea parties with her father’s medical colleagues for Gilda Griffiths. She left those behind for the open Virginia plains and plans to leave the East Coast too before a violent figure from her past catches up with her. When Williamsburg bully, Emmett Lawson assaults an elderly Shawnee chief however Gilda feels compelled to use her medical background to nurse him, despite the vocal protests of his embittered yet devastatingly handsome son.

Blue Sky knows his destiny is written in blood. If his father dies it will fall to him to keep the Shawnee people alive and safe from the cruelty of the white settlers who slaughtered his mother. Nothing can distract him from his duty until Gilda hustles her way into his life. How can this woman penetrate the armour he spent so long constructing with a single glance? And why is he tortured by thoughts of making her his?

While Gilda and Blue Sky grapple with their forbidden attraction, the dark threat Gilda fears most moves ever closer across the Atlantic. Can Gilda and Blue Sky put their pasts behind them and ride together towards a future neither of them believed could be theirs?

10% of all profits from this book will be donated to the Native American Heritage Association on an annual basis.

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Q&A

– When and where do you prefer to write?

We finally bought a house by the sea in Sunderland last year. Most of our friends bought their bricks and mortar in their twenties or early thirties but we turn 40 this year and have only recently got around to getting into that amont of debt with the bank. As such, I now have a writing desk in an actual study. If it’s a warm day, I’ll take my laptop down to the sea front for a bit and write there, the view is always inspiring. Writing is now the top professional priority in my life so it’s always job one and spend the mornings writing. Over the years however I have written on buses, in bars, and on trains, in whatever scrappy notebook I had on me, for ten minutes during my lunchbreak or for an hour before bed. I don’t think it’s too healthy to get attached to the image of sitting at the perfect writing desk – definitely not in the beginning. If we want to write, it’s prudent to just go for it whenever the opportunity arrises.

– Do you have a certain ritual?

I like to be surprised by myself, my writing and my life. So I don’t have any particular ritual. Just that I’ll reach whatever wordcount I’ve set that week by the end of the week. I’ll still write anywhere and anytime if the mood takes me and I get the opportunity.

– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?

I have been a self-confessed Diet Coke head for many years now. So if I’m still writing a bit later in the day, there will definitely be a Diet Coke on the go. But I started intermittent fasting at the beginning of the year to improve digestion. It’s worked like an absolute charm but it also means no snacking until my eating window is open. So, I guess the short answer is not usually. But if I’m on deadline for a book chocolate is a life essential.

– What is your favourite book?

The Princess Bride by William Goldman. I’ve read it every year since I was 21. I think I will read it every year until the day I die.

– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

I’m always open to writing in new genres because I love a new challenge but I’d probably do it under a slightly different pen name. I write mystery under Helen Cox and romance under Helen Louise Cox because I wouldn’t want my mystery readers picking up one of my romances and being uncomfortable with the sex scenes. Several have told me they would be and have thanked me for differentiating the books. I am currently dabbling in a bit of fantasy adventure behind the scenes. Not sure if that story will get finished but it’s great craft practice and, most importantly, fun.

– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

Not really. And not just because you can get into quite a lot of trouble for that! I know people are very focussed on ‘realism’ when it comes to fiction but that’s always baffled me because it’s fiction. It’s supposed to be a fictive dream. So as far as possible I always make my characters and situations a flight of the imagination. The realistic element is the emotional and intellectual responses to what’s happening, which are based on my own experiences and the different kinds of reactions I’ve seen from other people over the course of my life. I do believe fiction needs that emotional heart to hook a reader. But when it comes to the actual situations and characters, I keep challenging myself to make bigger leaps in terms of inventiveness and imagination.

– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

At least one. And several pens. In different coloured inks. Writers are not well-known for travelling light and I’m afraid on that score I absolutely bow to stereotype. Once or twice I’ve left the house without a notebook and dashed into the nearest corner shop to buy whatever scrappy bits of paper they can sell me.

– Which genre do you not like at all?

Hmmm. Wow. I don’t know if I have one. I don’t read hard horror because I am a total wuss. But if something has a horror element, like Frankenstein for example, it still completely stirs my imagination. The key thing for me is that a story gets going as fast as possible. I am so terribly impatient and there are so many books to read. I can’t wait seven chapters for things to rev up. I need the action to start in the first chapter. Even better if it’s in the first page or the first line, unless the writer is setting up a long-running series, in which case I understand that the need for a bit more exposition.

– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

I would really love to work with Ursula Le Guin and get an insight into her writing process.

– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

Trips to America have inspired much of my fiction in the past but if I was choosing one right now I’d choose Crete. The history of the Minoan civilization is so rich and full of stories. I’m already scribbling a little something in the background and hoping to visit there once the pandemic has been thwarted.

Thank you, Helen Cox and Rachel’s Random Resources

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About the author 

Helen Cox is a Yorkshire-born novelist and poet. After completing her MA in creative writing at the University of York St. John Helen wrote for a range of publications, edited her own independent film magazine for five years and penned three non-fiction books. Her first two novels were published by HarperCollins in 2016. She currently lives by the sea in Sunderland where she writes poetry, romance novellas, and The Kitt Hartley series alongside hosting The Poetrygram podcast.

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Author Links

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Helen-Cox-Author-1626798034237466/

Twitter- https://twitter.com/Helenography

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/helenography/

Readers wishing to sample my writing for free can also receive a free ebook copy of my steamy pirate novella Surrendering to the Gentleman Pirate by signing up to my mailing list here: https://www.subscribepage.com/helencoxbookclub

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Book Links

US – https://www.amazon.com/Disarming-Wildest-Warrior-historical-romance-ebook/dp/B087ZR3WDM

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Disarming-Wildest-Warrior-historical-romance-ebook/dp/B087ZR3WDM

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The Pact by Tom Durwood / #Interview #BlogTour @maryanneyarde @TDurwood

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The Illustrated Colonials, Book One

Six international teens join the American Revolution.

Coming of age and making history.

They went into 1776 looking for a fight. Little did they know how much it would cost them…

Six rich kids from around the globe join the Bostonian cause, finding love and treachery along the path to liberty.

A new perspective on one of history’s most fascinating moments.

Amply illustrated edition of a young-adult historical fiction novel.

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Q&A

 

When and where do you prefer to write?

Mornings, for sure. Afternoons and evenings are for editing and research, and late night is for opening up the imagination to new scenarios. I am not a gifted writer, but if I pay attention to my characters, over time I can carve out a decent story.

Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?

Yes! Music helps. If I try to write during a semester when I am also teaching, the writing turns out fragmented and shallow.

If you had the chance to co-write a book, whom would it be with?

Louis L’Amour. His writing has a compelling, page-turning quality that mine does not.

Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?

The good one! I am conventional in most ways. “Game of Thrones” was a shock to my storytelling system.

Who would you like/have liked to interview?

I interviewed an amazing writer and thinker named Jane Tompkins for my online journal, Empire Studies Magazine. Her book “West of Everything: The Inner Life of Westerns” is filled with useful insights into literature. Very accessible ideas. This is still one of my favorite interviews.

Where can I find you when you are reading?

At the sunlight end of the sofa.

Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?

With my kids, in the gym, or walking in one of the parks nearby.

What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?

A chapter of my life has now closed. A new one is about to begin.

How do you come up with a title for your book?

I look for the least bogus, most accurate phrase for that story.

How do you pick a cover for your book?

Well, most of my books are illustrated, so I can choose from several compositions. The striking, graphic images always catch my eye. My colleagues and reviewers often prefer more traditional cover images.

Thank you, Tom Durwood and The Coffee Pot Book Club

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About the Author 

Tom Durwood is a teacher, writer and editor with an interest in history. Tom most recently taught English Composition and Empire and Literature at Valley Forge Military College, where he won the Teacher of the Year Award five times. Tom has taught Public Speaking and Basic Communications as guest lecturer for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group at the Dam’s Neck Annex of the Naval War College.

Tom’s ebook Empire and Literature matches global works of film and fiction to specific quadrants of empire, finding surprising parallels. Literature, film, art and architecture are viewed against the rise and fall of empire. In a foreword to Empire and Literature, postcolonial scholar Dipesh Chakrabarty of the University of Chicago calls it “imaginative and innovative.” Prof. Chakrabarty writes that “Durwood has given us a thought-provoking introduction to the humanities.” His subsequent book “Kid Lit: An Introduction to Literary Criticism” has been well-reviewed. “My favorite nonfiction book of the year,” writes The Literary Apothecary (Goodreads).

Early reader response to Tom’s historical fiction adventures has been promising. “A true pleasure … the richness of the layers of Tom’s novel is compelling,” writes Fatima Sharrafedine in her foreword to “The Illustrated Boatman’s Daughter.” The Midwest Book Review calls that same adventure “uniformly gripping and educational … pairing action and adventure with social issues.” Adds Prairie Review, “A deeply intriguing, ambitious historical fiction series.”

Tom briefly ran his own children’s book imprint, Calico Books (Contemporary Books, Chicago). Tom’s newspaper column “Shelter” appeared in the North County Times for seven years. Tom earned a Masters in English Literature in San Diego, where he also served as Executive Director of San Diego Habitat for Humanity.

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Author Links

Website: https://boatmansdaughter.com

Website: http://www.mycolonials.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TDurwood

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thomas.durwood.52/about

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-durwood-542bb422/

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Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Tom-Durwood/e/B00935QAQ6

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5462355.Tom_Durwood

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Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone / #Review #BlogTour @The_WriteReads @WriteReadsTours @ScribnerBooks @C_L_Johnstone

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Twelve years ago my life began again.

But it was a lie.

With the startling twists of Gone Girl and the haunting emotional power of Room, Mirrorland is the story of twin sisters, the man they both love, and the dark childhood they can’t leave behind.

Cat lives in Los Angeles, about as far away as she can get from her estranged twin sister El and No. 36 Westeryk Road, the imposing gothic house in Edinburgh where they grew up. As girls, they invented Mirrorland, a dark, imaginary place under the pantry stairs full of pirates, witches, and clowns. These days Cat rarely thinks about their childhood home, or the fact that El now lives there with her husband Ross.

But when El mysteriously disappears after going out on her sailboat, Cat is forced to return to the grand old house, which has scarcely changed in twenty years. No. 36 Westeryk Road is still full of shadowy, hidden corners, and at every turn Cat finds herself stumbling on long-held secrets and terrifying ghosts from the past. Because someone—El?—has left Cat clues all over the house: a treasure hunt that leads right back to Mirrorland, where she knows the truth lies crouched and waiting…

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Review

When I read the blurb, I was very intrigued. I had the impression that I would be in for a great read and was I?

At the beginning I have to say that I was not really in to the story. I found it a bit strange and I was not convinced it would be my cup of tea. But how can I give my honest opinion if I don’t push through? 

What was my problem? I don’t like fantasy and this book was a mixture of the real world and an imaginary one. But boy oh boy, I am happy that I did not give up. Little by little the author reveals everything and I started to see how brilliant it all was. It shows that giving up is often missing some great things. 🙂

This story is a wonderful way of proving how deep sisterly love can run. No wonder people flee toward a world of make believe and pretending that if something did not happen it actually did not happen. Unfortunately it does not work that way. It’s sometimes hard to imagine in what kind of cruel world some live and what they have to endure…

It’s a dark story that had me gasping from time to time. 4 stars

Thank you, Carole Johnstone and Write Reads Tours 

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About the author

Carole Johnstone is an award-winning writer from Scotland, whose short stories have been published all over the world. Mirrorland, a psychological suspense with a gothic twist, is her debut novel.

Having grown up in Lanarkshire, she now lives in the beautiful Argyll & Bute, and is currently working on her second novel: a very unusual murder-mystery, set in the equally beautiful Outer Hebrides.

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Author Link

https://carolejohnstone.com

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Book Links

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mirrorland-twisty-Gothic-literary-suspense-ebook/dp/B08FWRQ9TH/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1DMPWBOVHUQ08&dchild=1&keywords=mirrorland+carole+johnstone&qid=1623326398&s=digital-text&sprefix=mirrorland%2Cdigital-text%2C167&sr=1-1

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Harry Harambee’s Kenyan Sundowner by Gerald Everett Jones / #SpotlightPost #ReleaseBlitz @RABTBookTours @superscribbler1

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Intrigue on the white sands of the Indian Ocean. From the award-winning author of Clifford’s Spiral.

A lonely widower from Los Angeles buys a tour package to East Africa on the promise of hookups and parties. What he finds instead are new reasons to live.

Aldo Barbieri, a slick Italian tour operator, convinces Harry to join a group of adventuresome “voluntourists.” In a resort town on the Indian Ocean, Harry doesn’t find the promised excitement with local ladies. But in the supermarket he meets Esther Mwemba, a demure widow who works as a bookkeeper. The attraction is strong and mutual, but Harry gets worried when he finds out that Esther and Aldo have a history. They introduce him to Victor Skebelsky, rumored to be the meanest man in town. Skebelsky has a plan to convert his grand colonial home and residential compound into a rehab center – as a tax dodge. The scheme calls for Harry to head up the charity. He could live like a wealthy diplomat and it won’t cost him a shilling!

Harry has to come to terms with questions at the heart of his character: Is corruption a fact of life everywhere? Is all love transactional?

Harry Harambee’s Kenyan Sundowner is an emotional story of expat intrigue in Africa, reminiscent of The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene and The Constant Gardener by John le Carré.

Praise for Clifford’s Spiral (Independent Press Awards 2020 Distinguished Favorite in Literary Fiction)

We’ve seen and noted the comparison of this author by other reviewers to literary giants like Roth and Vonnegut. And we can’t disagree. Yet we feel there may be yet another strata for Gerald Everett Jones, who arguably is doing the best work of his career. We predict that he lacks only a mention in the The New York Review of Books or, better yet, Oprah, to become a nationwide best-selling author. Five-plus stars to Clifford’s Spiral, a true literary novel if ever there was one. We say in all seriousness that if you only read one novel this year, this should be it. – Don Sloan, Publishers Daily Reviews

Preacher Finds a Corpse (NYC Big Book Awards 2020 Winner in Mystery, IPA 2020 Distinguished Favorite in Mystery, Eric Hoffer 2020 Finalist in Mystery)

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About the author

When I was in high school, my chemistry teacher approached me and asked with a sly grin, “You interested in mining?” I told him absolutely not. I was going to be a writer. Little did I suspect that he wanted to send me to a student conference on metallurgy where I could seek the fellowship of like-minded teens on a minimally supervised road-trip to the Big City. Undeterred by my abrupt negative response, he grumbled, “Well, you’re interested in mining your own business, aren’t you?” And he sent me anyway. Now I realize I should’ve listened more carefully to everything he said.

I write mystery-thrillers and literary fiction for adult readers who seek insight, fascination, and delight in the adventures of their own lives.

I’ve been a professional writer all my working life. I host GetPublished! Radio and I’ve been a regular book reviewer on KRLA-AM in Los Angeles. My book reviews have been syndicated by Splash Magazines Worldwide (splashmagazines.com), and I’m a top reviewer at Goodreads.com. I am a member of the Writers Guild of America, the Dramatists Guild, and the Women’s National Book Association, as well as a board member of the Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC.org) and a Film Independent (FIND) Fellow. I hold a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the College of Letters, Wesleyan University, where I studied under novelists Peter Boynton (Stone Island), F.D. Reeve (The Red Machines), and Jerzy Kosinski (The Painted Bird, Being There). I’ve also studied screenwriting with John Truby and Lew Hunter (UCLA), and my screenplay Christmas Karma was honored by the WGAW Diversity Program in 2016.

In 2020 I won six book awards: New York City Big Book Awards Winner and Independent Press Awards Distinguished Favorite as well as Eric Hoffer Award Finalist in Mystery for Preacher Finds a Corpse, NYC Big Book Awards Distinguished Favorite for Preacher Fakes a Miracle, Eric Hoffer Award Finalist in Business for How to Lie with Charts, and IPA Distinguished Favorite for Clifford’s Spiral in Literary Fiction.

The third novel in the Evan Wycliff series will be Preacher Raises the Dead, which will deal with issues of euthanasia and near-death experience.

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Author Links

Website: https://geraldeverettjones.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/geraldeverettjones/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/superscribbler1

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/geraldeverettjones/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/28851.Gerald_Everett_Jones

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08ZV9ZPG6/

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The Last Stop by Patricia Street / #SpotlightPost #ReleaseBlitz @RABTBookTours @PublishingAcorn

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The true story of a son’s battle with addiction and a mother’s struggle with loss.

David is only fifteen years old when he first feels morphine flow through his veins after his foot is crushed in the hydraulics of a Bobcat. From that moment on he chases the feeling for the rest of his life. Alcohol, marijuana, cocaine – he goes through drugs like candy, but it isn’t until he finds heroin that he is satisfied.

Through his personal correspondence and essays, David’s story unfolds as he goes from being an average American kid who loves sports, racing around on his skateboard, and writing stories, to being a heroin addict. His heartbreaking journey deepens as he takes his family with him down the dark and dangerous road of heroin addiction. 

In 2014, David loses the battle, leaving his mother, Pat, to cope. Grieving a death from addiction is two-fold. After already losing her son to addiction, Pat has to find a way to grieve his death.

The Last Stop reveals intimate and detailed scenes of living the life of an addict and explores the mistakes and ways for families who love the addict to cope. David’s story gives hope for families immersed in the life-altering aspects of active addiction and empathy for those left behind when recovery stops being a choice.

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About the Author

In 2002, Pat graduated from George Mason University with a bachelor’s degree in International Legal Studies. When her graduate writing project won her college’s highest award, she realized how much she liked to write.

In late 1999, Pat learned that her son, David, who was 25, had become addicted to heroin. Her life was changed forever. For the next fifteen years, David rotated in and out of active addiction, recovery, and relapse. In August of 2013, David was diagnosed with vertebrae osteomyelitis caused by his drug use, and at the age of 39, he lost his battle with addiction. 

Wanting to help other moms who are living the nightmare of addiction with a loved one, Pat gathered the emotional courage to compile her son’s story, The Last Stop, with his short stories, poetry, and essays.

Addiction changes the addict and those who love the addict. Pat is a different person today, but she still enjoys a good book, a lively tennis match, the clicking of Mah Jongg tiles, weaving baby blankets, and long walks with her little terrier mix who rescued her two years ago. 

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Author Link

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/patricia.street.1974

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The Girl With Flaming Hair by Natalie Kleinman / #Interview #BlogTour @rararesources @NatKleinman

 

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Sophie is plagued by the shadows of the past…

While driving his curricle, Rufus Solgrave, Earl of Luxton comes across Sophie Clifford lying unconscious in the road, having fallen from her horse.

Not too far from home, he takes her back to Ashby, his country seat, leaving her in the care of his mother, Elizabeth, Countess of Luxton, and his sister, Lydia. Under their kindly supervision, Sophie soon begins to recover.

Upon discovering that Sophie has never mixed with London society, Elizabeth invites her to accompany the family to town for Lydia’s come-out. Unhappy with her homelife and eager to sample the delights of the season, Sophie accepts.

However, her enjoyment is marred when talk of an old scandal surrounding her birth resurfaces. What’s more, her devious stepbrother, Francis Follet, has followed her to London, intent on making her his bride.

Sensing Sophie’s distress, Rufus steps in to protect her from Francis’s unwelcome advances.

And although neither Rufus nor Sophie are yet thinking of marriage, both soon begin to wonder whether their comfortable friendship could blossom into something warmer…

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Q&A

– When and where do you prefer to write?

        I can be found at almost any time during my waking hours with my laptop on a cushioned tray (intended for food I think but works beautifully with the laptop) and mostly sitting in the unhealthiest of positions. I have one of those wonderful armchairs where the feet come up, you know the sort I mean? I do set a timer to encourage me to get up and walk around at intervals but if I’m honest I’ll work straight through if I’m in the middle of something and don’t want to lose the flow.  

– Do you have a certain ritual?

       Only in so far as I have to get the daily jobs out of the way before I start writing. By those I mean checking my emails, and replying if necessary; spending some time on Facebook and Twitter and allowing myself one game of online solitaire before settling down with my wip. I find it impossible to focus while these things are sitting on my shoulder. Once they’re done I can plough on with a clear head. 

– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?

            One hot chocolate mid-morning. Otherwise it’s tea.  

– What is your favourite book?

              That’s a tough one because it often depends on what I’m reading at the time. Then there are those full of childhood memories. My own and my children’s as I liked nothing better than to read to them when they were little. They had an illustrated book on mythology called Gods, Men and Monsters that I love to this day. Jane Eyre which I did for O Level and still read again. Agatha Christie – I couldn’t possibly name just one. Having said that, I return to my favourite author, Georgette Heyer, many times during the course of a year and of all her wonderful Regencies I think The Unknown Ajax might be THE one. The denouement is nothing short of genius. 

– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

          Yes, if only to see if I can. I love cosy crime and I’ve started a contemporary cosy crime novel which is a world away from the early nineteenth century in which I usually write. Commercially, who knows, but I’m having a lot of fun with it and I love my main character. It’s a ‘watch this space’ at the moment. 

– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

           Not to my knowledge, nor do I recognise any of them after they’ve been written, but I suspect some character traits are there all the same. Possibly a flick of the hair or a certain way of holding the head. Personality-wise though, no, I don’t think so. My characters are all very real and individual to me, not a shadow of someone else, possibly because they tend to lead where for the most part I meekly follow. I do have to rein them in sometimes or I’ll lose the plot, in more ways than one! 

– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

          Just a tiny one, maybe 5” x 3”. One reason being that even at rest my handwriting is illegible so if I’m one the move or leaning the pad on someone’s shoulder or in the palm of my hand the likelihood is that I won’t be able to read it when I get home. If something really important occurs to me I’ll record it on my phone. 

– Which genre do you not like at all?

         It’s funny how one’s taste changes over the years. I used to love reading horror and many are amazingly well-written, but they began to give me nightmares. Even now I remember with dread some of the things I read years ago, so these days I steer well clear which is a pity because I know I’m missing some fantastic books. I can’t watch films in the genre either. 

– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

              I’m in awe of people who are able to do this. I’m not one of them. 

– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

         It was customary as a rite of passage in the 17th and 18th centuries for upper-class young men to undertake what was known at The Grand Tour, a journey through Europe to discover the cultural and other delights of the Continent. Imagine what fun that would be! 

Thank you so much for having me on the blog today.

Natalie

Thank you, Natalie Kleinman and Rachel’s Random Resources

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About the author 

Natalie’s passion for reading became a compulsion to write when she attended a ten-week course in creative writing some sixteen or so years ago. She takes delight in creating short stories of which more than forty have been published, but it was her lifelong love of Regency romance that led her to turn from contemporary romantic fiction to try her hand at her favourite genre. Raised on a diet of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, she is never happier than when immersed in an age of etiquette and manners, fashion and intrigue, all combined into a romping good tale. She lives on the London/Kent border, close to the capital’s plethora of museums and galleries which she uses for research as well as pleasure. A perfect day though is when she heads out of town to enjoy lunch by a pub on the river, any river, in company with her husband and friends.

Natalie is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists.

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Summer of Hopes and Dreams by Sue McDonagh / #SpotlightPost #PublicationDay @ChocLituk @SueMcDonaghLit

The Art Café #4

Can “Dozy Rosie” spice up her life and prove she’s not boring?
Rosie Bunting has spent her life caring for others, often at the expense of her own hopes and dreams. But when she overhears somebody describing her as “boring”, she decides it’s time for a change.
Little does she realise that the outdoor pursuits weekend brochure handed to her at the local Art Café will kick start a summer that will see her abseiling down a Welsh cliff face in “eye watering” leggings, rediscovering her artistic side and unexpectedly inheriting an old fire engine. It also involves meeting hunky outdoor instructor, Gareth Merwyn-Jones – although of course he’d never be interested in Dozy Rosie Bunting … would he?
One thing’s for certain: Rosie’s path to achieving her hopes and dreams might not be smooth, but it’s definitely not boring.

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Thank you, Sue McDonagh and Choc Lit

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About the author

Sue McDonagh’s career as a policewoman for Essex Police was cut short when she was diagnosed at the age of twenty-four with ovarian cancer. After a successful recovery and a stint working as a Press Officer she moved to Wales.

In Wales her love of art evolved into a full-time occupation and she made a living teaching and sketching portraits at shows. In 2014 she was a regional finalist for the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year. She now works exclusively to commissions from her art gallery.

In 2009 she learned to ride a motorbike, and now helps run Curvy Riders, a national, women only, motorbike club. Her joy of motorbikes and her love of writing inspired her to write the Art Café series. Sue, granny of two little girls and proud mum of two stepsons, lives a mile from the sea in Wales. She can often be found with her border terrier, Scribbles, at her art gallery. Scribble thinks the customers only come in to see him. Sometimes, Sue thinks that too.

When she’s not painting, she’s writing or on her motorbike. She belongs to a local writing group and the Romantic Novelist’s Association.

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Blog: http://suemcdonagh.co.uk/

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Princess and Country by Emmanuelle Snow / #CoverReveal @SnowEmmanuelle @Shalini_G26

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Her love and her best friend

A passion that can’t be shared

A friendship that needs no words

A record deal that takes her all over the world.

And one fateful night that stops her world.

Country superstar Dahlia Ellis finds herself loved by both her best friend and his brother. Without leaving too many broken heart pieces behind, she must find a way to traverse through her own feelings and live her life with the one she was meant to be with, even if it means breaking a heart that loves her the most.

But life has its own game plan ready for her. Despite her best intentions, she will be sucked into a tornado of love and loss that will hurt her and the people she loves the most.

3 lifetimes…

One night will change the rest of her life

One loss will shatter everything she has ever known

And one encounter will give her the courage to dream again.

Fame, love, success aren’t enough to protect her heart from bleeding.

Will Dahlia be able to survive after everything she has ever known crashes and burns?

And just how many heartbreaks can she actually survive?

Princess and Country is the second book in this small-town, soulmate, country music romance series.

It’s full of raw emotions, sizzling moments, heat, banter, and chemistry.

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Cover Reveal

Thank you, Emmanuelle Snow and Shalini Digital Reads Blog Tours

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About the author

Smart, Sexy, and Sassy Love Stories

Emmanuelle Snow is a contemporary author of mature YA and New Adult love stories, who likes to give life to strong characters who’ll fight with all they have to reach their life goals and find their own happiness.

Emmanuelle is in love with love. Especially those complicated, deep, and passionate feelings that make a relationship extraordinary and complex, all at the same time.

In her spare time, when she’s not writing or reading, Emmanuelle likes to go on road trips—with her four kids and her own soulmate—watch movies, paint, or do some DIY, always with a cup of green tea in her hand and listening to country music.

She splits her time between beautiful Canada and the small US towns she adores.

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Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B094GR5ST4 Website: http://www.emmanuellesnow.com

Book link on website: http://www.emmanuellesnow.com/princess-and-country

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Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Princess-Country-Pink-Book-ebook/dp/B097YRWCJM

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The Watchman by Rob Parker / #Extract #BlogTour @LoveBooksGroup @robparkerauthor @lume_books

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One last mission for an old friend. What could go wrong?

It’s sold as an in-and-out jaunt to The Big Apple, to pick up a harmless envelope. But when Ben Bracken is offered the assignment, he’s a little hesitant. He’s a family man now, with a duty to stay alive for his loved ones.

But, with the request coming from fellow former military man and trusted friend William Grosvenor, not to mention the eye-watering payout, one last job can’t hurt, can it?

So begins his American road trip, one that takes him from the city that never sleeps to the misty swamps of Florida. All in pursuit of one highly coveted envelope. Because it turns out, this job isn’t the walk in Central Park it was promised to be.

As he’s pursued by New York’s most dangerous mobsters, factions of federal law enforcement, and American Intelligence, Ben’s hunch is that their joint quarry must hold something of international significance.

He’s not wrong. The contents that’s slipping through these influential fingers contains evidence of the world’s biggest cover-up. Evidence that will rewrite history books and incriminate one of the most powerful men on the planet.

It’s probably best it winds up in the right hands.

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Extract

It had just gone 10.00 pm when the grand planes landed south of the Brunei river, on a dirt airstrip surrounded by trees that seemed impossibly tall. There was no fanfare, nor any grand welcoming committee for the three Blackburn Beverleys as they descended from the soft clouds above, packed to the rivets with two companies of soldiers from the British army’s 1st Battalion. 

As soon as the planes were still, those soldiers disembarked with caution. They weren’t expecting any resistance at the airfield, not yet, as the militia was yet to arrive and forcibly swallow it – like they had the other two airports in Brunei. Sinclair followed his brothers in arms out of the cargo door onto the dirt, and he took a look around. In the distance, rising imperiously over the treetops, stood a number of smoke columns; dark, thick smears against the light pollution of Brunei’s capital, Bandar Seri Begawan. Dogs barked somewhere, howling at the night in impotent warning. 

Sinclair let the warm air hit him – then got moving. He and a band of Gurkhas had separate orders from the main bulk of I

soldiers, who were heading off to the bottom of those smoke-stacks. He left the throng and hopped on the back of a bus that waited a hundred yards from the paused aircraft. As soon as he sat down on the front seat, his flopping thatch of blond hair was ruffled from behind. 

‘Easy, junior,’ said a voice behind him. ‘We’ve got the special assignment.’

At just nineteen years old, Sinclair was used to all the ribbing and paid it no heed, although he did take note of the second part of the ruffler’s statement. Special assignment. To where, and what, he didn’t yet know – only that they had indeed been picked for it. 

The roads were jammed with a confused public as the bus wound its way through the streets, sounding its horn and veering up onto pavements. Orders were barked by a senior officer who loomed at the front next to the driver, swaying with bended knees to match the bus’ movements and, as he spoke, Sinclair was suddenly very aware that him being appointed there was unique. This was no ordinary appointment and instruction. They were on their way directly to the palace, while the rest of the city combusted around them, to extract the Sultan of Brunei himself. 

Thank you, Rob Parker and Love Books Group

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About the Author

Rob Parker is a married father of three, who lives in a village near Manchester, UK. Author of the Ben Bracken series A Wanted Man, Morte Point, The Penny Black and Till Morning is Nigh, The Watchman, and the standalone post-Brexit country-noir Crook’s Hollow, he enjoys a rural life on an old pig farm (now minus pigs), writing horrible things between school runs. He writes full time, as well as organising and attending various author events across the UK, while boxing regularly for charity. Passionate about inspiring a love of the written word in young people, Rob spends a lot of time in schools across the North West, encouraging literacy, story-telling, creative-writing and how good old fashioned hard work tends to help good things happen.

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Author Link

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