Author Interview Forecast Tour

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I’m interviewing Elise Stephens, author of YA Fantasy “Forecast”. Welcome to my blog, Elise.

Please tell us about yourself.

I’m mama to a one year old boy, I love to swing dance, and my favorite dessert is tiramisu. I write best next to windows with huge amounts of light pouring through them.


Tell us about your book.

Forecast is an adventure story with family drama, romance, mystery, and risk-taking. It’s a story about siblings, growing up, learning to forgive, and trying to fix something that looks unfixable.

What inspired you to write Forecast? 

The truth is, I’m totally obsessed with the future.

It’s the easiest thing to spend way too much time thinking about. Yet, most of us know that the wisest thing to do is live in the present, enjoy the moment, and take each day as it comes. And then we go right back and wonder about the future because we can’t help ourselves. I thought, if I could give someone their wish to see the future, would it really be as good as it seemed? I gave 15-year-old Calvin that desire, and gave him access to a magical door that is supposed to give him all the foresight he craved. Then I showed how crazy his world became. It was so much fun. J
How much time per week do you spend writing / editing your work? 

It’s a tricky balance. Before my son was born, I wrote and edited about 3-4 hours a day. Now that he’s almost one and settled into a routine of naps, I can usually write around 2-3 hours a day, if I utilize his naps fully. My mom helps with him once a week too—and my writing and I both thank her hugely for it!
If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?

Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, and Orson Scott Card! I met Orson Scott Card earlier this month at his literary boot camp in North Carolina. He’s a smart, kind, and encouraging man.


What are you working on at the moment? 

I’m currently working on a children’s fantasy about a twelve-year old boy living in 1950s Ireland who discovers a dragon egg. It has monsters and secrets and mysterious happenings and songs in it. I have a soft spot in my heart for dragons, especially baby ones.

Forecast

Forecast Elise StephensTitle: Forecast

Author: Elise Stephens

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Calvin isn’t a teenager, not really; instead, he’s spent his life trying to protect his mother and sister from his alcoholic father. Calvin keeps a knife close and sleeps with one eye open, even years after his father has left the family. A summer vacation spent at their late grandfather’s estate promises him and his sister the chance to leave their problems behind.

Instead of blissful freedom, they find the old house harbors secrets at every turn, like a mysterious stone door in the forest with rumored powers to give its entrants the gift of future-seeing. When Calvin faces the return of his seemingly-reformed father, he throws himself through the door to receive the gift of foresight. But the door offers more doubt than certainty, and the future he sees is riddled with disturbing confusion. With a revenge-obsessed lawyer hunting him down and a secret society out to control him, Calvin must figure out how to stop what he’s started before he loses what he holds most dear.

As he battles the legacies of his past and the shadows of his future, Calvin must accept help from unlikely sources, give trust he never thought possible, and learn that the greatest challenges lie not in the things to come, but in the present moment.

Author Bio

Elise StephensElise Stephens received the Eugene Van Buren Prize for Fiction from the University of Washington in 2007. Forecast is her second novel. Her first novel Moonlight and Oranges was a quarter-finalist for the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Her short fiction has appeared in the Unusual Stories anthology, as well as in multiple journals.

She lives in Seattle with her husband where they both enjoy swing dancing, eating tiramisu, and taking in local live theater.

Links

http://www.elisestephens.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3413344.Elise_Stephens
https://twitter.com/elisestephens
https://www.facebook.com/AuthorEliseStephens

Amazon : amzn.to/1uYoAxK

Barnes & Noble: bit.ly/1wolB4h

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19192975-forecast

Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for a $10 Amazon gift card, along with these books:

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 Charis: Journey to Pandora’s Jar (by Nicole Y. Walters)

A Kingdom’s Possession (by Nicole J. Persun

Doublesight (by Terry Persun)

Always and Forever (by Karla J Nellenback)

Moonlight and Oranges (by Elise Stephens)

Go here to participate in the giveaway.

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Cover Reveal Party 5 Easy Chocolate Pieces

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We’re hosting the cover reveal today for erotic romance (gay/BDSM) “5 Easy Chocolate Pieces”.

Here is the gorgeous cover…

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About the Book

Troy Pettifer, a broken-hearted chocolate shop worker, isn’t sure what to do next when Richard Belden, a controlling but handsome sadist, walks into his life and gets him on his knees. Richard is nursing his own heart that was broken by a man who betrayed him and the entire BDSM community. Troy’s friends start fixing him up with vanilla guys, but for Troy to fulfill desires he didn’t even know he had, he’s going to have to embrace the beautiful leather man within.

Website: http://www.darkhollowspress.com/#!5easychocolatepieces/c1fln
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LTENBAW

Giveaway

Win an eBook copy of “5 Easy Chocolate Pieces”:

Go here to participate in the giveaway.

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Release Day Party At This Stage

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About the Book

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Author: K.K. Weil

Genre: Young Adult / New Adult Crossover

The attractive man sleeping on her couch was never like a father to her. That would’ve been much easier…

Outspoken seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn Fowler loses her mother, gets taken in by a gorgeous family friend, and discovers her mysterious biological father has always known she existed. All within a few months.

At twenty-three, Jackson Wall lives without a single obligation. That is, until the daughter of his late public relations manager and dear friend is threatened with foster care. Shocking even himself, the rising playwright volunteers to become her guardian. Eloquent and incredibly talented, Kaitlyn comes to mean more to Jackson than he ever imagined. Or wanted.

Jackson struggles with their friendship as it develops into something much more complex. While Kaitlyn can’t deny her feelings, she knows what will happen if she pushes him too far. As they search for Kaitlyn’s unknown father, she wonders if Jackson will reject her, too, or if she can convince him that something wrong to begin with can become right over time.

Print ISBN: 978-1-937070-50-2

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-937070-51-9

Author Bio

IMG_1083K.K. Weil grew up in Queens, a subway ride from New York’s theater district, which had her hooked early on a mix of major musicals and low-budget one-man shows. Weil, a graduate of N.Y.U. and former teacher, now enjoys writing her own dramas. She lives near the beach in New Jersey, where she is at work on her second novel.

Links

http://goo.gl/GPpwM3
https://www.facebook.com/KKWeilAuthor
On Twitter – @KK_Weil
KKWeil.blogspot.com

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Author Interview The Longest Distance Tour

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I’m interviewing David Scott today, author of self-help /personal growth / literary fiction “The Longest Distance”.

Please tell us about yourself.

I was born in the US, and raised in the world. Ever since I was a little boy, I knew there was an explorer in me, one who was destined to traverse the globe (and have a best friend everywhere). I have spent my entire life living my childhood vision. I am perhaps best known for my work in education, building and stewarding large scale schools systems around the world. Everything I have experienced, both personally and professionally, has found its genesis in the relationship – between myself and another, myself with myself, or me with something higher, greater. As with the main character in The Longest Distance, Jeremy Braddock, I have been in constant search of let’s just call it ‘a greater version of me.’ And I have not been disappointed with what lies at the end of that sacred journey, the treasure hunt for the elusive.

Tell us about your book.

The book wrote itself, with me simply a co-creator and beneficiary of the process in its unfolding. I began it in Bogota, completed the first draft in Paris, and, with the help of my editor, polished it into its current form while living in China. The book was a co-creative process with something deeper inside me. It is the story of one man’s search for the answer to ‘our questions’ – about love, life, truth. Jeremy Braddock is shaken and awakened to a new course, a new path in Chapter 1. As is so often the case, however, there exists a great distance between the course we set upon and the experiences required to truly awaken to that which is our destiny – the jewel within. The main character finds himself in a new part of the world in every chapter, gathering clues, collecting the pieces that when woven together provide perhaps the tapestry of a greater knowing, a greater understanding. It is the story of one man’s search for Truth. And with the timely assistance of a host of ‘masters’ along the way, and the guidance provided us all from within, Jeremy Braddock may just get there – discover the ‘one thing’ he came here to know.

What inspired you to write The Longest Distance? 

The Source from within inspired me to write TLD, as it has provided inspiration for so much of what makes me Me. I say this not as someone who floats continuously in the ethereal, but as a quite grounded man who has been blessed with accomplishments in the world in this lifetime. I am quite practical in the ways I go about the world, but have opened up along the way to that which provides for, let’s just call it a more graceful path. My meditations and contemplations have opened up a portal, an awakening of sorts, and I try each day to live in accord, in harmony with what one could call my spiritual heart.

How much time per week do you spend writing / editing your work? 

My time demands are split between my work in the field of education and my work as an author. When I am in my writing process, I would wake up each morning and devote perhaps 4-6 hours per day in the creative zone, and maybe another hour or two in clean up. Due to the nature, the origin of the writing itself, it requires of me that I tap into that special place before anything of value can make its way from source to voice – in this case, to paper. There are days when it just flows so naturally, so gracefully. And there are days when it is best I step back, trust in the process, and re-visit the writing when I have entered that place again. Learning how to let go of what the mind wants to do, and allow the heart to lead, has been critical in the evolution of my writing process – my living process, as well.

If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?

Paulo Coelho would be one. I love his work, the way he tells his story in seemingly such a simple way, yet is entirely effective in delivering ‘the message.’ Another would be Shakespeare. Witty, clever, one who could spin a tale in such a manner it has taken centuries to make greater sense of it, he is a true master of the word, wrought with meanings to be uncovered by peeling back the layers. Finally — if I had to pick only three — I would love to meet Rumi. He was not a writer per se, but his creation in the form of what I consider the most brilliant mystical love poetry and prose moves me with each note upon paper. It beckons me to discover further the Love within the love that he captures with such grace.

 

What are you working on at the moment? 

I am working on a trilogy, the details of which I cannot share at the moment. What I can reveal is that the first book in the trilogy takes us back to an ancient civilization, through reflection; one that made a similar set of choices and experienced a fate for such that is eerily familiar to the current race of humanity. The second book proposes a consequence of current times. The final in the trilogy a presumption of what lies ahead. Of course, there are masters interwoven in this series, as with TLD. It is messaging, revealing. It speaks to the importance of the relationship, how we all form mirrors, windows for one another. And of a Source greater than us that awaits our more awakened state. But this time I am writing in third person, so as to further develop the other characters, their thoughts, and understanding of them. The story, once completed, will be something of a Lord of the Rings meets the superheroes, just with more Light, greater depth.

 

About The Longest Distance

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Author: David Scott

Genre: Spirituality, Self-Help, Inspiration and Personal Growth, Literary Fiction

Part love story, part adventure mystery, part travel guide for the soul, The Longest Distance is a meditation in traveling from our heads to our hearts, and an awakening to what lies within.

Shaken by tragedy in the wilds of Africa, Jeremy Braddock sets off in search of the answers to our questions about life, truth, and the all-too-trying-yet-wonderful emotion of love. From Kenya to Costa Rica – and a host of other venues along the way – the protagonist takes us on a rollercoaster ride and riveting journey that reveals to us the masters, the maniacal beauty of this planet, and the greatest mystery of all––the ‘one thing’ we came here to know. As with life itself, he is not alone in this adventure, with the many supporting characters providing him with mirrored reflections of love in its varied forms, and a windowed view into his soul. Armed with his wit, his will, and an ample dose of healthy humility, our vigilant warrior attempts to summon within himself the courage we must all find to see the face of Truth, and walk the path of a higher Love.

The Longest Distance evokes deeper contemplation à la Eat, Pray, Love with a level of discourse and discovery that will resonate with those who have been touched by the writings of Paulo Coehlo and Neale Donald Walsch. Interwoven within the tapestry of the novel and in between each storied tale is an uplifting dialogue with Jeremy’s higher self — the Friend that points the way. What adds to TLD’s universal appeal is the inspirational guest appearances of a myriad of Masters – from poets to statesmen to those of the cloth – along with each chapter’s unveiling of a key ‘quality’ that, when pieced together, helps to reveal the greater picture at hand — the Love within the love that beckons us home.

The Longest Distance is a sleuth of spirit and treasure hunt of the heart that awakens our soul and provides yet another clue for the curious, a jewel for the romanticist in us all.

Author Bio

David Scott D150_1David Scott was born in the United States, and raised in the world. He currently resides in Singapore, but remains deeply connected to the passion that is Paris, the power shift that finds its new home in Asia, and the movement to co-create and cooperate that had its genesis for him in America; its inspiration both within and throughout.

David has spent his career in the field of education, his life in the field of service. He is perhaps best known for his contributions as an accomplished entrepreneur, investor and leader in education, establishing and stewarding innovative school systems of size and scope in North America, the Middle East and Pacific Asia. He has played both visionary leader and humble student, with each measure of the world his teacher. David’s work in education and support of the life sciences has provided hope for a more advanced, equitable and sustainable means to greater health and life for those he has been privileged in knowing.

 The central theme of both his scholarship as an educationist and his work as an author is the delicate but essential role of relationships. David’s travels have provided a cross-cultural perspective on relationships of a human nature. His discovery of the inner worlds through meditation and study of various teachings has offered a glimpse into the power of the possible that resides within. It is this he seeks to help unveil in all through education and transformative writing.

With a poetic note and romantic view to the worlds available to us all, David Scott’s writing explores relationships of a higher nature, with a particular emphasis on the Masters and their timely messages. His novel The Longest Distance has been called a meditation from the head to the heart, and an awakening to what lies within. It serves as a pathway to the eternal that is ours to claim.

David may be recognized in the world for his contributions to education. Yet, he remains humbled by the many lessons—the gifts—the world has bestowed upon him as his teacher.

He now remains at your service as an author.

Links

Where to buy the book:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Longest-Distance-David-Scott/dp/0991301404/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403016203&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Longest+Distance

Author’s website:

http://www.authordavidscott.com

Social Media Links:

Facebook Fan Page: David Scotthttps://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Scott/286797880734

Twitter: @DScottwriteshttps://twitter.com/DScottwrites

Linkedin: David Scott https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=343774943&authType=NAME_SEARCH&authToken=AzS5&locale=en_US&trk=tyah2&trkInfo=tarId%3A1403016853989%2Ctas%3ADavid%20Scott%2Cidx%3A2-1-2

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Book Review Sister Surrendered

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Author: Darla Grese

Genre: Memoir

When you’re a twin, loneliness is somewhat unfamiliar because you’ve always had each other. So when a twin passes, the other is left unprepared. Our loyalty was steadfast and our devotion to one another, solid. Our love was unconditional no matter what the circumstances. I’m so grateful every day for the memories of the joy and laughter that we shared together. I know the bond that Kelli and I shared is impossible for anyone to replace.

This memoir has become something so much more than initially intended. It’s become a documented journey barely scratching the surface of the love between two sisters. And surprisingly, it’s also become an outlet for me to speak candidly and honestly about my struggles with the cause of Kelli’s death. This is a love story turned tragedy. An exposure of one of the greatest healthcare failures killing Veterans and civilians, and a cry for help to remedy the fiasco.

I’ve stressed about who I would mention in this book, nervous that I would hurt someone’s feelings by not mentioning their names. But I’ve realized that it’s impossible to do. Kelli had so many great friends, some I’ve never even met.

I need each person to know who has taken the time to reach out to me in whatever capacity that if it weren’t for your heartfelt show of support and love, I don’t know that I would be able to muster the energy to even get up each day. Kelli, we did it.

This book brought me to tears. Kelli and Darla, twin sisters, had an unique connection, an unique bond. They were two sides of the same coin, connected forever. The memoir follows their lives as they grow up, go to the military, and carve a future for themselves.

But then, things start to go wrong. A healthcare fiasco takes Kelli’s life, and Darla is left to pick up the pieces of her own life, and to struggle to get past what happened to her sister.

An inspiring, but heart wrecking read.

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Book Review: Master May I

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Author: Salice Rodgers

Genre: Erotic Romance, BDSM

After three years working at the BDSM club Master May I, or MMI to those who frequent it, Lillian is stunned when her Dom suddenly announces that they need time apart. Knowing his reputation as a cold and unfeeling Dom, Lillian expects the worst when she is assigned to “training” with the elusive Brandon, or Master B as he is known at the club.

However, as the two begin working together, Lillian is shocked to discover a side to Master B that she never knew existed. The more time she spends with Master B, the more she finds herself craving to be dominated by his touch.

As Lillian and her new her Master begin to explore their feelings for each other, will they be able to overcome the shadows of their past? And what will happen when Lillian’s former Dom realizes that she is no longer his to control?

It’s been a while since I’ve read a good BDSM / erotic romance story, so Master May I was exactly what I was looking for. Lillian is no newbie to BDSM, but she’s shocked when her old master decides they need some time apart.

She is sent to a new dom, Brandon, or Master B, and it’s the start of a delightful, pleasurable, relationship between the two of them. The writing was great, the story was delicious and highly entertaining.

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Cover Reveal Party Fallen Ashes

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Title: Fallen Ashes

Author: Laura L. Zimmerman

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Publication: Expected publication October 2014

Evangeline, a recent widow who lost her husband in a car accident, suddenly finds herself a single mom of three. When a strange man shows up at their door insisting they come with him or face imminent danger, she must decide if she can trust him with their lives. What secrets is he hiding and what is his connection to her late husband? Why does he seem to have power that marks him as extraordinary… possibly supernatural? As the days pass on their journey together, she can no longer deny the attraction she feels for him… nor his reaction to her, as well. Will he be able to save Evie and her children from those who hunted down her husband? More importantly, will she be able to trust this stranger with her heart?

Author Bio

IMG_1963Laura L. Zimmerman is a homeschooling mom of three, who spends her spare time reading, writing, doing yoga or kickboxing and drinking copious amounts of coffee. You can also find her singing on her church worship team, cooking a new vegetarian meal or watching the latest episode of “The Walking Dead”. She currently resides in Lititz, PA with her daughters, husband and Eliza the cat.

Links

www.lauralzimmerman.com
https://twitter.com/lauralzimm
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00KGJ1QIU
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8199582.Laura_L_Zimmerman
https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/lacrow1040
www.linkedin.com/pub/laura-zimmerman/44/2b0/aa2/

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