A Thousand Goodbyes by Ruth Graham / #SpotlightPost #PublicationDayPush @rararesources @CelebrantRuthG

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The Surprising Life Of A Funeral Celebrant

If you liked Adam Kay’s book, ‘This Is Going To Hurt’, you’ll love the joyously life-affirming memoir, ‘A Thousand Goodbyes’. 

When Ruth Graham left the world of stand-up comedy to become a funeral celebrant, she’d imagined a less combative career.  
Over a thousand services later … she knows better.
Probably her most demanding role to date, Ruth has needed every ounce of diplomacy, courage, humour and her wits about her to juggle the daily challenges. From grief-stricken families to amorous widowers through to plate-smashing, warring siblings and even a flock of stoned doves at a Rasta funeral. 

As the story unfolds we witness her new career developing into a
24/7 commitment. Will it break her?
Or will it be the spur she needs to get her own life in order?
Jaw-dropping, informative, moving and hilarious in turn, ‘A Thousand Goodbyes’ is a reminder that nobody is guaranteed a tomorrow; whilst encouraging everyone to seize their day. 

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Thank you, Ruth Graham and Rachel’s Random Resources

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About the author 

Ruth Graham has written for many publications over the years on a variety of subjects.

Initially working for Emap Elan on Period Living and Traditional Homes magazine, she then moved on to freelance for titles as varied as The Evening Standard and The Daily Mail.

A move back to the Midlands in 2000 brought her first big break with her own weekly gossip/opinion column in The Sunday Mercury (Trinity Mirror), where she was billed as ‘Ruth Graham: More Balls Than Your Average Bloke’!

She then went on to launch her own magazine ‘Midlands Homes & Interiors’.

Two years later (2007), came her first series of short comedy books, ‘The Bible Series’ (Know The Score Publishing). One of these ‘The Break Up Bible’ was cunningly launched on Valentine’s day, gaining great publicity, and a spot on GMTV and Channel 5 news!

Since then Ruth has written and performed her own one-woman show (Just Sayin’); become a celebrant; and subsequently collaborated with writer/performer Cat Weatherill on the British Arts Council funded show ‘Unforgettable’ – celebrating the lives of those we’ve loved and lost.

And then came the book ‘A Thousand Goodbyes’ – all about Ruth’s work as a celebrant, the people she meets and the bizarre, touching and hilarious circumstances that constitute the average day, and life, of a celebrant.

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Author Links

Twitter @CelebrantRuthG

Celebrant Website: www.westmidscelebrant.co.uk

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Book Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thousand-Goodbyes-Surprising-Funeral-Celebrant-ebook/dp/B091B8F68F

US – https://www.amazon.com/Thousand-Goodbyes-Surprising-Funeral-Celebrant-ebook/dp/B091B8F68F

Parker’s Choice by Mike Nemeth / #SpotlightPost #BookBlitz @RABTBookTours @nemosnovels @BookBuzznet

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Framed for murder and on-the-run an innocent man is forced to become an outlaw. Hiding from his troubled past in Atlanta, Parker can’t escape his enemies. His former business partner blackmails him and when she’s killed, Parker becomes the chief suspect, but he fears his wife did it. His boss coerces him to commit fraud, but he and his clever colleague, Sabrina, uncover evidence that his elusive birth father is involved in the scheme and Parker’s innate moral code is stressed to the limit. Parker must solve a riddle within a quandary within a puzzle within a mystery to save the lives of those he loves.

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Thank you, Mike Nemeth and RABT Book Tours

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About the author

Mike Nemeth is an Army vet and former high tech executive who lives in suburban Atlanta with his wife, Angie and their rescue dig, Scout. He is the author of the Amazon bestselling and award-winning novels “Defiled” and “The Undiscovered Country.” Creative Loafing Atlanta named him Best Local Author for 2019.

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Author Links

Website: http://mikenemethauthor.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/nemosnovels

Facebook: https://facebook.com/people/mikenemethauthor

Promo Link: http://bookbuzz.net/blog/mystery-suspense-parkers-choice-by-mike-nemeth/

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Book Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Parkers-Choice-Mike-Nemeth-ebook/dp/B08Y3G564T/

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/parkers-choice-mike-nemeth/1138982602?ean=9781970137149

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781970137149

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Danny Mann Super Fan by Ian Slatter / #SpotlightPost #PublicationDayPush @rararesources @slatter_ian

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Danny loves Chadmouth Town Football Club more than anything, but a run of defeats and terrible luck has left them bottom of the table and looking certain to be relegated with time running out.

But then, Danny and his best friend Nelson stumble across a bizarre pre-match ritual that seems to turn their luck around, and his beloved team starts winning again. Is it too little too late though, and can he keep doing everything right before each match, even when he starts finding more and more obstacles in his way and despite the relentless teasing from his classmates? It’s going to come down to the wire.

Does Danny have what it takes to save Chadmouth’s season?

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Thank you, Ian Slatter and Rachel’s Random Resources

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About the author 

Ian published his debut novel, Eco Worrier, in 2020 – a middle grade adventure story with plenty of twists and turns and lots of laughs.

He has also written two non-fiction books for adults – Premier League Legends – the top 10 greatest Premier League players of all time and Incredible Moments in Sport.

Ian wrote for satirical website newsbiscuit.com for ten years, as well as writing for comedy sketch shows on ITV and BBC Radio.

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Author Link

@slatter_ian

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Book Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ian-Slatter/e/B01KP81G2W

US – https://www.amazon.com/Ian-Slatter/e/B01KP81G2W

Little Boy Lost by Ruhi Choudhary / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @RuhiSChoudhary

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Detective Mackenzie Price #3

The clear sky burst into flames of peach and gold, illuminating the small body leaning against the rocks. He looked even smaller than he had in the photos, purple marks blemishing his neck. His eyes were open, staring ahead at the vastness of the still water.

When three nine-year-old boys go missing on a field trip to Lakemore’s annual spring festival, panic tears through the small town. Detective Mackenzie Price and her partner Nick Blackwood lead the search, but no trace of the boys is found—until one of them is found murdered, a note stuffed down his throat.

“Find Johnny’s killer, or they all die.”

Johnny was supposedly a victim of Jeremiah, a serial killer Nick helped put behind bars nearly a decade ago for the murder of ten young boys. But when Mack and Nick pay him a visit, he claims that he knows nothing—and that he remains innocent of Johnny’s murder.

Then a second boy is found, another clue left on his body, leaving just one left alive. Desperate to save the last boy’s life, Mackenzie and Nick comb over Jeremiah’s case, only to discover proof of a shocking cover-up—and a killer who will stop at nothing to right the wrongs of the past.

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This was also one of those books I was looking forward to. The cases Detectives Nick Blackwood and Mackenzie Price had to deal with in the previous two books were very thrilling, but what captivated me maybe even more was Mackenzie’s back story. It was intriguing, fascinating and complicated and I loved it. Now it was time to sit down and find out what was going to be discovered next and of course with cases they were going to have to solve.

Lakemore is only a small village, but killers seem to like it there. You wonder why they just don’t give up? Are they really convinced they can outsmart our fantastic duo? They should better think again.

Some killers deny everything even though there are tons of evidence against them, but maybe they sometimes tell the truth when they say they had nothing to do with that specific one? What do you do when you are the arresting police officer? Do you believe them and dig deeper or do you let go and maybe leave a killer off the hook?

Time goes by and it seems like someone was very busy planning and preparing thoroughly, the annual spring festival appearing to be the prefect place to strike and set the wheels in motion.

OMG never a dull moment with this book, I can tell you that! I enjoyed every bit of it and I was very sad to say goodbye to Nick and Mack for now, but I do understand they more than deserve a bit of rest after what they went through. I am counting the days until I meet them again, refreshed and ready for action once again. 5 stars

Thank you, Ruhi Choudhary and Bookouture.

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About the author

Ruhi Choudhary discovered her passion for writing when she was seven years old and wrote her first Star Trek episode. Being a fan of the dark and twisted, she found her calling in crime thriller.

She likes to write stories that make you a little uncomfortable and characters that you struggle to make up your mind about but stay with you.

She lives in Toronto and spends her days training to be a scientist and wishing it rained more often!

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Author Link

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/RuhiSChoudhary

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Book Links

Amazon: https://geni.us/B08SHMWGFMCover 

Apple: http://ow.ly/x5mx50D65dU

Kobo: http://ow.ly/1h2p50D65bK

Google: http://ow.ly/YMIt50D65gu

The Legacy by Alison Knight / #Interview #BlogTour @rararesources @Alison_Knight59

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An unexpected inheritance. A web of deceit. A desperate escape. 

London, 1969.

James has his dreams of an easy life shattered when his aunt disinherits him, leaving her fortune to her god-daughter, Charlotte. He turns to his friend, Percy, to help him reclaim his inheritance – and to pay off his creditors. But when their plans backfire, James becomes the pawn of Percy and his criminal associates.

Charlotte is stunned when she is told of her windfall. After an attempt at cheating her out of her inheritance fails, James tries to intimidate her. But she is stronger than he thinks, having secrets of her own to guard, and sends him away with a bloody nose and no choice but to retreat for now.

Resigned, James and his spoilt, pampered girlfriend, Fliss, Percy’s sister, travel across France on a mission that promises to free James from the criminals for good. But James isn’t convinced he can trust Fliss, so he makes his own plans to start a new life.

Will James be able to get away, or will his past catch up with him? Will Charlotte’s secrets turn the legacy into a curse?

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Q&A

Did or do you like to read comic books/grapic novels? Which ones?

I haven’t read a comic book for a long time – I don’t think they’re aimed at my generation. The last one I remember reading was a Tintin story, probably in the 1960s. However, one of my writer friends has had one of her romance novels turned into a Manga-style graphic novel, so maybe I should check it out.

Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?

My mother encouraged me and taught me to read before I even went to school. As a result, I won a prize for reading in my first year of infants’ school. In the 1960s I belonged to the Puffin Club – a book club run by the Penguin publishing empire – and received regular book parcels. I also spent my pocket money on buying Ladybird books and built up quite a collection. As my only sister was quite a few years older than me, I didn’t have a playmate at home, so I spent a lot of time reading, losing myself in different worlds and embarking on amazing adventures with fictional friends.

When you need a murder victim or someone you can diagnose with a serious disease or someone who is involved in a fatal accident do you sometimes picture someone nasty you have met in real life and think ‘got you’ LOL?

I don’t think I’ve ever thought of my dying characters as representing a particular person, but I do find it satisfying to make sure someone gets what they deserve. I think my nasty characters represent a collection of selfish, narcissistic people I’ve encountered over the years and I do like to make them suffer. Thankfully, I have met more good than bad people, many of whom inspire some interesting characters in my stories.

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

For my latest book, The Legacy, it was easy because I was using some secondary characters from my previous book, Mine. Sometimes there’s something about a character that points to a particular name. For example, a male character who is a bit of a lad and a joker would be Jack.

But generally, I work out when my character was born and look up the most popular names for babies at that time. I also take into account whether they are working-class or middle class and whether their name is likely to be shortened by their peers. Sometimes, a character’s name can be a hint of something that will eventually be revealed. I can’t say any more than that, because I did that in The Legacy with the main female character and I don’t want to give anything away!

Do write other things beside books (and shopping lists 😉 )?

I have written some shorter autobiographical pieces, one of which was published in an anthology called Body Gossip in 2012. It was called A Flawed Reflection and was about how I feel about my body and why. Another thing I write regularly is a few words in my One Line a Day – a five year memory book, which sits on my desk. It helps me think about what has been the most important thing in my day. I’ve been doing this for years now and it’s interesting to compare the same day in different years. I am also writing press releases to promote the launch of The Legacy, hoping to encourage new readers to pick it up.

But I suppose the most unusual writing I’ve done was during my time as a professional fundraiser for a Christian charity – sermons! I was often asked to take the sermon slot at church services and would link my message with the day’s Bible readings. The most unusual sermon I wrote and delivered was at a church in Wimbledon, where my daughter-in-law’s mother was the vicar. After she invited me to speak there, my son and his wife decided it would be a good day to have their son christened. So, one grandma performed the christening and the other – me – gave the sermon! It was actually wonderful to be able to talk about the kind of world I wanted to see my grandson grow up in.

If your movie or series would be made from your books, would you be happy with the ‘based on’ version or would you rather like they showed it exactly the way you created it?

Ooh, that’s a hard one. If someone wanted to turn The Legacy into a movie or series, I think I’d be happy to let them adapt it as necessary. However, as my last book, Mine, was already based on real events, I would be a lot more sensitive to any changes they made to the narrative. I think it depends on who is creating the movie or series – I’ve been following the progress of a good friend’s book as it is being adapted for the big screen. She’s having a very good experience with it and even managed to appear as an extra in the film!

Who would you like/have liked to interview?

This probably sounds weird, but I would have loved the chance to interview some of the people on whom I based my characters in Mine (some of whom also make cameo appearances in The Legacy). Unfortunately, they are no longer here so I had to rely on research, previous statements and my memories to fit all the pieces of the story together. I’d like to ask them whether they approve of my version of their story.

Do you have certain people you contact while doing research to pick their brains? What are they specialized in?

I have found that special interest groups on Facebook are really helpful. For example, when I wanted some photographs of a particular building in the East End of London which has now been demolished, I got a lot of help  from a group called, We Love Poplar & All the East End. I’ve also joined a group for people who have unexpected results when they take a DNA test as I’m thinking of incorporating a DNA surprise into a future book. I have writer friends who are experts on particular periods in history, others who will guide me when research becomes tricky. I find the writing community is very generous in that respect. I’m also very fortunate to have a cousin who worked as a forensics officer with the Metropolitan Police for over thirty years. He is involved with various groups of forensic scientists and can usually find an answer for me or my writer friends.

Is there someone you sometimes discuss a dilemma with?

Yes, a writer friend called Jenny Kane, who also writes as Jennifer Ash. We run Imagine Creative Writing (www.imaginecreativewriting.co.uk) together to produce courses and workshops for writers and also run writing retreats together on a regular basis. She’s the person I bounce my ideas off and vent my frustrations to and she is endlessly patient and wise.

What is more important to you : a rating in stars with no comments or a reviewer who explains what the comments they give are based on (without spoilers of course).

I don’t know a single author who doesn’t love 5 star ratings! However, I do like to read the comments of my readers. I am thrilled when they love my book, but am also tough enough to take criticism if it’s given in the spirit of helping me become a better writer. I accept that what might appeal to one reader might turn another reader off, so I try not to get upset when someone really doesn’t like what I’ve written. I just hope that they will be kind about it as such a lot of work goes into every story.

Thank you, Alison Knight and Rachel’s Random Resources

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About the author 

Alison has been a legal executive, a registered childminder, a professional fund-raiser and a teacher. She has travelled the world – from spending a year as an exchange student in the US in the 1970s and trekking the Great Wall of China to celebrate her fortieth year and lots of other interesting places in between.

In her mid-forties Alison went to university part-time and gained a first-class degree in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and an MA in the same subject from Oxford Brookes University, both while still working full-time. Her first book was published a year after she completed her master’s degree.

The Legacy is a drama set in 1960s London. Like her previous book, Mine, it explores themes of class, ambition and sexual politics, showing how ordinary people can make choices that lead them into extraordinary situations.

Alison teaches creative and life-writing, runs workshops and retreats with Imagine Creative Writing Workshops(www.imaginecreativewriting.co.uk) as well as working as a freelance editor. She is a member of the Society of Authors and the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

She lives in Somerset, within sight of Glastonbury Tor.

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Author Links

Websites: www.alisonroseknight.com  www.imaginecreativewriting.co.uk www.darkstroke.com/dark-stroke/alison-knight/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/alison.knight.942

Twitter: @Alison_Knight59

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Book Link

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A Brambleberry Manor Christmas by Rosie Green / #Review @Rosie_Green88

 

Little Duck Pond Cafe, Book 14

After the heart-breaking events of the previous festive season, Jenny Wilkes is dreading Christmas. The one bright spot is that her brand new business, ‘Dining In’, seems to be thriving. She’s won a contract to cater for a week-long Christmas house party at Brambleberry Manor, culminating in the sparkling Cinderella Ball, and she’s determined to do a first rate job. Meeting Noah, one of the guests, gives Jenny a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel. But with a stroppy step-daughter determined to stand in the way of her happiness, will love really be able to conquer all?

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It feels great being back in Sunnybrook although it’s not very sunny there at the moment. It’s Christmas time and snow is taking over the village. 

Every time I went to visit, I have met very nice characters, some not so nice ones and of course I reconnected with some ‘old friends’. 

This time the usual gang is put a bit on the backburner and it’s Jenny and Flo’s story that fills the pages of this book. 

Falling in love is great. Being in love is great, but unfortunately the feeling does not last forever for some couples. Falling out of love is part of life and when both partners feel the same, it still hurts. It’s more manageable, but what if it’s not like that? Why can’t people be honest? Maybe talking might help to see things in a different light.? Cheaters often leave more than one broken heart behind…

I believe it’s very understandable you want to close the door in his face when Cupid comes calling, but you do have to keep in mind that people are different and you surely don’t want to throw away you second chance to happiness??

Trying to protect someone is very noble, but when someone does not know you are doing it, it might come back and bite you…

Once again a lovely, heartwarming story about love and friendship. 5 stars

Thank you, Rosie Green

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About the author

Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.

Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’.

Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. 

Rosie has also written a full-length, standalone book, ‘Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage’, out now.

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Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green88

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Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brambleberry-Manor-Christmas-Little-Duck-ebook/dp/B08MXXBJ9K/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3A5Q4TAITH2DO&dchild=1&keywords=a+brambleberry+manor+christmas+rosie+green&qid=1619776539&s=digital-text&sprefix=a+bram%2Cdigital-text%2C173&sr=1-1

Reel To Reel: Movie Mistakes From Hollywood’s Favorite Films by Isla Grey / #SpotlightPost #BookBlitz @pumpupyourbook @IslaGrey1

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Lights, Camera, Action! From the very beginning, the world of cinema has captivated us. We have found ourselves laughing at our favorite comedies, crying when love finally comes to fruition, being beamed to other worlds or battling in the midst of action sequences. While movies might be the perfect entertainment, most have slight imperfections, mistakes, which go unseen, until they’re released and caught by the movie audience. These mistakes don’t detract from the film, and finding them are just as fun as watching the movie.

For the past several years, Isla Grey has written a “Movie Mistakes” column for Bellaonline. “Reel to Reel” is a collection of some of those columns, spotlighting the fun goofs found in some of our favorite movies. Can you spot them? Grab the popcorn, sit back, and happy movie watching!

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Thank you, Isla Grey and Pump Up Your Book

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About the Author

Isla Grey is from Central Virginia and at an early age developed a love of movies. She shared many Sunday afternoons watching old favorites with her grandmother that included everything from “Gone with the Wind” and “Rio Bravo” to “Titanic” and “The Mummy”.

Working as Bellaonline’s Movie Mistakes editor since 2012 has given Isla the opportunity to indulge in two of her passions—movies and writing.

When Isla isn’t writing or watching movies, most of her time is spent with her ever active daughter and her band of cats. She also enjoys good music, reading biographies and ghost stories and taking quiet strolls.

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Author Links

Website: http://www.islagrey.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IslaGrey1

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

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Book link

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3fOiTEz

Reflections from Both Sides of the Glass Ceiling by Stephanie Battaglino / #Interview #BlogTour @pumpupyourbook @StephanieFYH

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Finding My Authentic Self in Corporate America

For Stephanie Battaglino, her lifelong journey of self-discovery closely paralleled her daily grind of trudging up the corporate ladder. Amidst the successes and failures of working as a male in the corporate world, Stephanie finally realized that the only path to career fulfillment was to embrace her true self once and for all. That it resulted in her becoming the first officer in the history of New York Life to come out on the job as transgender is not surprising. What was surprising was her abrupt introduction to that generations-old nemesis of working women everywhere, the Glass Ceiling. What she quickly realized was that her embrace of her authentic self came with a price: the loss of male privilege.

Reflections from Both Sides of the Glass Ceiling: Finding My Authentic Self in Corporate America is part memoir, part cautionary tale of what it is like to experience a career on both sides of the gender divide. Stephanie’s unique and very personal experience provides a powerful trailblazing story of inspiration, self-discovery, and triumph – for ALL women.

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Q&A

When and where do you prefer to write?

I generally write in my home office, which has a nice view out over my front patio. My best times for writing are during the day when my mind is fresh. Although, that said, I have had some bursts of inspiration in the evening.

Do you have a certain ritual?

I do like to have soft instrumental – usually piano jazz music – playing while I write. I keep earbuds in while I’m writing.

Do you like a drink or something to nibble on while you write?

Nope. Just water to stay hydrated. I live in the desert, so it’s very arid.

Do you consider writing a different genre or do you already do that?

Not at this time. I have far too many stories from my journey to my true self to share with the world.

What is/are your favourite book(s)?

The Tales of The City series by Armistead Maupin are wonderful. I am currently reading Brandi Carlile’s memoir Broken Horses – it’s an amazing read.

Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

Not at the moment. The real-life stories I share in my book don’t require me to make anything up!

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

With my spiritual director, Sr. Luisa Derouen. Her ministry to the transgender community, and her positive influence in my life is an inspiration.

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

Nah. I’m old school: I write notes to myself on whatever scrap of paper, chewing gum wrapper or used napkin is around me at the time!

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

I would go to the country of my ancestry, Italy. The origins of my family – at least according to Ancestry.com! – are in the Amalfi coast area. I can easily see myself writing on a sun-washed terrazza in a place like Sorrento overlooking the blue waters of the Mediterranean.

Thank you, Stephanie Battaglino and Pump Up Your Book

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About the author

As the founder and owner of Follow Your Heart, LLC (www.StephanieBattaglino.com) Stephanie is an internationally recognized speaker, workshop presenter, trainer, author and workplace diversity & inclusion consultant. She currently sits on the Board of PFLAG National and is the Chair of their Business Advisory Council.

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Author Links

Website: https://stephaniebattaglino.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/StephanieFYH

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

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Book Links

 
L’Oste Vineyard Press: https://bit.ly/3c5svsA
 

Dancing in the Rain by Diana Crevatin / #SpotlightPost #BookBlitz @RABTBookTours @dianacrevatin @BookBuzznet

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“Life is not about sheltering from the storm, but about dancing in the rain!”

This book is an autobiography/self-help story about my life journey with Multiple Sclerosis. I was diagnosed in 1984, and am currently in a wheelchair, with no function in my arms or legs.

I show how to live life to the fullest, and make the best out of a bad situation, and the self-help section at the end of each chapter offers many useful points.

This book would be suitable for carers, people with MS or other chronic illness, people who want to understand the problems faced, or for those who are just curious.

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Thank you, Diana Crevatin and RABT Book Tours

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About the author

Diana Crevatin has a Bachelor degree in Science (majoring in mathematics and computer science), and really enjoys reading. She likes to play international Scrabble and solve sudoku puzzles. Diana also enjoys cooking (although she can only supervise because her limbs don’t function due to multiple sclerosis), going to the theatre, dining out, going to the movies, and family time. She is married, has 2 children and 3 grandchildren and lives with her husband, Great Dane and 2 cats.

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Author Links

Website: http://www.dianacrevatin.com.au

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dianacrevatin

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100017970135744

Promo Link: http://bookbuzz.net/blog/memoir-dancing-in-the-rain-by-diana-crevatin/

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Dancing-Rain-Diana-Crevatin-ebook/dp/B0719W99QD/

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dancing-in-the-rain-diana-crevatin/1129727570?ean=9781786934444

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/books/dancing-in-the-rain-9781786934444/9781786934444

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To Start The Year From Its Quiet Centre by Victoria Bennett / #Interview #BlogTour @kenyon_isabelle @IndigoDreamsPub @VikBeeWyld

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These poems are an intimate meditation on love and loss, told by a daughter as she cares for her mother through terminal mesothelioma. The poet invites the reader to be witness to the private moments of dying, from the physical reality of caregiving through to the alchemy of death, telling the story of a relationship between women that is transformed through grief. Honest, unsentimental, and quietly uplifting.

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Q&A

When and where do you prefer to write?

As I am a full-time carer and home-educator for my son, writing tends to have to be fitted in around these demands. I don’t so much have a room of one’s own as a corner of one’s own to write in — but I love my little space that I have carved out. I sit at an old pine table, in my comfy chair, surrounded by piles of books. Usually, the cat joins me too and, as he is old, he accompanies my writing with loud snores from the bed where he sleeps.

Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?

Ideally, yes but life isn’t always like that. I wrote a lot of the drafts for To Start The Year From Its Quiet Centre at the side of the swimming pool, whilst my son had his swimming lessons!

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

Joan Didion, or Wendell Berry. Actually, there are lots of amazing writers I would love to co-write books with.

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

Can I be the interesting one? I like characters to have the capacity to be both good and bad, like we all do.

Who would you like/have liked to interview?

I find asking questions quite awkward so the idea of interviewing someone causes some anxiety, but if the interview can be more like getting to know someone, then I think I would have enjoyed getting to know Louise Bourgeois. Or Vanessa Bell.

Where can I find you when you are reading?

Anywhere I can find a space to do so. Bath, bed, sofa. If the weather is warm, then I like to sit outside in the garden under the greengage tree, or by the vegetable patch.

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

Looking after my son. We home educate (even before the pandemic) so we are usually at home or around the local area. We live rurally, so this would be fields or out by the beck. I live with chronic illness, so I don’t tend to get very far. Mind you, no one has gone far this last year!

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

It was very emotional this time, as it told the story of caring for my mother. It was strange, because I felt really proud of having the courage to write the poems but I also wished I’d never had the poems to write, because then it would have meant that my mother hadn’t been sick and hadn’t died.

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

This title came from the last poem, and it felt the right one because, for me, it says a lot about grief — that it isn’t a linear ‘stages of grief’ thing but a cyclical thing — the same as life is. At the centre of all the suffering and the pain, there is the quiet centre of love. That is why I chose this as the title.

How do you pick a cover for your book?

Although I love it, and it fits really well, I didn’t pick this cover — it is a shared cover design for all the Indigo Poetry Pamphlets, and was chosen by the publishers at Indigo Dreams. If I had chosen the cover myself, it would have been from one of my mother’s paintings.

Thank you, Victoria Bennett and Fly on the Wall Press

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About the author

Victoria Bennett founded Wild Women Press in 1999 and has spent the last 21 years facilitating creative experiences and curating platforms for women to share ideas, stories, inspirations and actions for positive change, including the global #WildWomanWeb movement and #WildWomanGamer. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University (2002). Previous awards include the Northern Debut Award for non-fiction (2020), the Mother’s Milk Writing Prize (2017), The Writing Platform Digital Literature Bursary (2015), Northern Promise Award for Poetry (2002), and the Waterhouse Award for Poetry (2002). Her work-in-progress memoir, ‘All My Wild Mothers’, was long-listed for the Nan Shepherd Nature Writing Prize 2019 and the Penguin #WriteNow2020 programme. Victoria is currently undertaking her MRes in Creative Practice at the University of Highlands and Islands (Shetland), exploring narratives of absence within landscapes of personal and ecological loss. She is a director of The Wizard and The Wyld Ltd, creating immersive playable poetry within video-game platforms. A frequent digital collaborator, she interested in how poetry and new technologies can be used to create meaningful and authentic narratives.

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Author Link

http://beewyld.co.uk/

Instagram: beewyld

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Book Link

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Start-Year-Its-Quiet-Centre/dp/1912876388/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=To+Start+the+Year+From+Its+Quiet+Centre&qid=1620125762&sr=8-1