Release Day Party The Best of Jonathan’s Corner

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About The Book

the-best-of-jonathans-corner-front-coverTitle: The Best of Jonathan’s Corner

Author: CJS Hayward

Genre: Creative non-fiction / many genres / religion and spirituality / Eastern Orthodox

The Best of Jonathan’s Corner, newly expanded ​ after getting five star reviews​, is a collection of varied works of Eastern Orthodox mystical theology. It spans many topics and many different genres of writing, but it keeps coming back to the biggest questions of all. It is inexhaustible: the works are independent, and you can read a few, many, or all of them to suit your taste. Fans of CS Lewis and GK Chesterton will love it.

Author Bio

wardrobe_fullChristos Jonathan Seth Hayward wears many hats as a person: author, philosopher, theologian, artist, poet, wayfarer, philologist, inventor, web guru, teacher.

Some have asked, “If a much lesser C.S. Lewis were Orthodox, what would he be like?” And the answer may well be, “C.J.S. Hayward.”

Called “Jack of all trades and master of many” by one boss, he also wears many hats professionally: open source / IT generalist, front end developer, JavaScript programmer, back end web developer, Pythonista, PHP and Perl user, Django developer, end to end web developer, Unix/Linux/Mac wizard, LAMP guru, SQL generalist, Unix shell (both using existing shells and implementing a new shell), system administrator, researcher, technical writer, usability advocate, UI developer, UX/IA enthusiast, and more.

Hayward has lived in the U.S., Malaysia, England, and France, and holds master’s degrees bridging math and computers (UIUC), and philosophy and theology (Cambridge).

Links

http://tinyurl.com/best-of-jonathans-corner

http://CJSH.name

http://amazon.com/author/cjshayward

http://JonathansCorner.com

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Book Excerpt from She Who Fights Monsters

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About the Book

SheWhoFightsMonsters_2frontTitle: She Who Fights Monsters

Author: Kyoko M.

Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance

Jordan Amador. 23. New Yorker. Waitress. Investigator for souls with unfinished business, also known as a Seer.

Michael O’Brien. 25. New Yorker. Lead guitarist. Commander of Heaven’s Army.

The dynamic supernatural duo is in the middle of trying to solve a deadly case. Someone is methodically hunting down and murdering Seers one by one. After six months with no leads on the killer, Jordan and Michael are forced to work with their worst enemy—the archdemon Belial: a self-professed Prince of Hell who is dead set on stealing Jordan for himself. However, with the archdemon’s help, they pick up on the trail of the serial killer and plan to stop him no matter what the cost.

When the shocking truth behind the murderer’s identity is revealed, Jordan begins asking herself if she is still fighting for the good guys or has she become one of the monsters she is desperately trying to stop?

Author Bio

Professional portrait of me copyKyoko M is an author, a fangirl, and an avid book reader. Her debut novel, The Black Parade, has been on Amazon’s Bestseller List at #5 in the Occult Horror category. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Lit degree from the University of Georgia, which gave her every valid excuse to devour book after book with a concentration in Greek mythology and Christian mythology. When not working feverishly on a manuscript (or two), she can be found buried under her Dashboard on Tumblr, or chatting with fellow nerds on Twitter, or curled up with a good Harry Dresden novel on a warm central Florida night. Like any author, she wants nothing more than to contribute something great to the best profession in the world, no matter how small.

The Black Parade, the first novel in the series, is free from August 22nd, the starter date of the tour.

Links

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/She-Who-Writes-Monsters/161227150647087

Tumblr: http://www.minaminokyoko.tumblr.com

Website/Blog: http://www.shewhowritesmonsters.com

Book Excerpt

PROLOGUE

There was a stranger in my house.

I knew it wasn’t Trent and Marie. They had taken a father-daughter trip to the beach. My duties as a kindergarten teacher didn’t allow me the luxury of a three-day vacation, nor did the ridiculous cold I’d caught, and so I had stayed home by myself.

Normally, I would just shake it off as house-settling noise, but there was one slat in the kitchen’s hardwood floor near the stove that made an unmistakable creak if you stepped on it. No way in hell I could shake that off, not when I was home alone.

I slipped from beneath the comforter and knelt beside the bed, my fingers finding the cool metal of my trusty baseball bat. My daughter was only seven years old and I wouldn’t let Trent bring a gun into our home, so we had agreed to this as our form of protection. Ears straining, I opened the bedroom door, praying the hinges remained silent, and tiptoed to the stairs. Silence. A normal person would go back to their room and sleep, but there was a cold feeling in my chest that whispered something was wrong.

The carpet was soft under my bare feet as I crept down the steps one by one. The staircase spilled into the foyer and from where I could see, the front door was still locked. No broken glass or muddy footprints. I turned to the left and peeked around the corner to see into the living room. Every shadow looked like an intruder. I knew it was just my paranoid brain going into overdrive so I ignored it and carefully maneuvered past the den to the dining room. Nothing here either. That left the kitchen.

I pressed my back against the wall, closing my eyes and saying a quick prayer that I was just a hyper-vigilant crazy lady before darting around the corner.

The kitchen was empty.

I licked my dry lips and snuck over to the double doors that spilled out onto the patio and the backyard. I pushed the curtain aside. Darkness greeted me. Nothing more. False alarm. I was indeed a hyper-vigilant crazy lady.

I started to lower the bat and turn around, but then I felt something cold and wet on the bottom of my foot, between my bare toes. Confused, I knelt to touch it with my fingertips. As soon as I was close, the smell hit me even through my stuffy nose.

Gasoline.

Then the floorboard creaked again.

I whirled around. A man stood there swathed in shadows and black clothing, but that wasn’t what caught my attention.

He was holding a gigantic scythe.

I screamed as he swung it at me and threw myself into a forward roll. The enormous blade crashed through the window in the back door, sending glittering shards all over the floor. I scrambled backwards on my hands and knees until my back hit the legs of the table and then got up.

I brandished the bat at the intruder. “Who are you? What are you doing in my house?”

His voice was so soft I almost didn’t hear it. “I am sorry, but your death is necessary for the safety of mankind. Please forgive me.”

 

 

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Author Interview Spring Blessings Tour

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I’m interviewing S.C. Houff, author of urban fantasy “Spring Blessings.” Enjoy the interview.

Author Interview

Q: Please tell us about yourself.

I grew up in the Appalachian mounts of Virginia. My folks were both transplants from other parts of the country. I’m the youngest of three which means that I learned very early on to try to stand out. I’ve been telling stories since I was really, really young. I didn’t start writing for fun until I was much older. It sounds clichéd but I’ve done about everything from in-home care for the mentally and physically disabled to telemarketing and things between.

I’m currently working on a Masters in American History. I’ve been married to my best friend who is a boy and probably one of the best writing partners that I’ve ever had for almost six years. If I’m not writing then the two of us are working on his podcast which we’re hoping to launch in earnest very soon. I also care for my brother who has Down Syndrome who might be the best editor I’ve ever had outside of my editor who is pretty darn awesome.

 

Q: Tell us about your book. 

Spring Blessings is the start of a seires. We all it from the Department of Arcane sort of like the Naked Gun movies series. Its about a world where not only is magic real but its regulated by the federal government. Spring Blessings focuses around the story of a man named Asher Stone who is the vessal for a major magical being but never knew. So instead of having the training of many other people like him he spent a few years kicking around in addiction. Now that he’s recovered and living a pretty normal life he gets thrown into a weird little world.

Q: What inspired you to write Spring Blessings?

I got sober. That sounds silly but a lot of Asher’s transformation is sort of mine. I had started this story before I got really bad mentally and then stopped. I started working in earnest once I got my life back in order and started being treated for a lifelong battle of mental illness. While it’s a fantasy novel the theme is there; finding a level of value in yourself after recovering from a life of self-destruction. I’m not saying that I’m an awesome super hero….far from it. I wanted to be valued as a person with gifts after I got clean like Asher.


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

A lot. I spend I would say at least 35 to 40 hours a week doing nothing but writing and personal editing. I’m also notorious for sending text messages to my husband if for no other reason so I can remember a plot point I need to make at some corner of the day.

 

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

That is little bit of a loaded question. But I would love to meet Kurt Vonnegut, Arthur Miller and Charles Beaumont. That list is some of the biggest names that influenced my love of writing and storytelling especially Vonnegut. My grandmother met him when she was still living in Indiana. According to the family story, he was dating her roommate who might have also been her cousin at the time. My grandmother thought he was a weird guy. I’ve always felt a little bit of love for the man because of that story.

Q: What are you working on at the moment?

I am in the second draft of my second novel. It’s a continuation of the Department of the Arcane story. This one is about vampires.

 

About the Book

BookCoverImageTitle: Spring Blessings

Author: S.C. Houff

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Asher Stone didn’t want to be a hero. After spending two years recovering from an isolating drug habit, his life was getting on track. He had a girlfriend who he loved very much. He was holding down a job and had a repaired relationship with his mother. One day, Asher was attacked by a manticore that escaped the clutches an order of magi and his world gets turned upside down. Now, Asher is dealing with old temptations and new problems and a destiny that he has to embrace or the fate of the world will crash down on him. The only thing Asher can hope is that Blessings and Hope do spring eternal in this first book in a series.

Author Bio

             315439_10100462943504723_608551138_n   S.C. Houff was born in the backwoods of Southwestern Virginia to a small town lawyer and a recovering radical.  She has been a telemarketer, a part-time educator and occasional bodyguard but now is working on writing.  She has started working on her very first novel which is fun for everyone.  When she is not writing she’s perusing her other love which is history.  She also is an avid fan all things nerdy and fun.

                While she’s not received any accolades for her writing, S.C. Houff is a two time Geography B champion.

Links

www.cahircus.com
https://www.facebook.com/doapropaganda
https://twitter.com/Citizen_artzen
http://cahircus.wordpress.com/

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Author Interview Where The Moths Dance

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I’m interviewing Kristah Price, author of YA fantasy “Where The Moths Dance”. Enjoy the interview.

Q: Please tell us about yourself.

I am a forty-something introvert who loves to make up stories. Over the years I have worked as a deli assistant, a fiber tester, a data entry operator, an apple picker, a home help, a despatch worker, and an administrative assistant, all the while dreaming of the day I could quit work and write full time. Now, with a wonderful and supportive partner, I am lucky enough to be able to stay at home and write.

When I’m not reading, or dreaming up stories, I love to do crafts, especially ones that involve paper or fabric, such as scrapbooking, art journaling, mixed-media art, patchwork and quilting. I also enjoy gardening, baking, and spending time with family.

I live with my partner, Nick, in Napier, New Zealand, a town that was destroyed by an earthquake in 1931 and rebuilt in the art deco style of the times. We love to go for long walks with our very mischievous puppy, Finn, a Jack Russell/Foxy cross.

 

Q: Tell us about your book. 

Where the Moths Dance is a paranormal ghost story with a little bit of magic and a little bit of romance.  Sixteen-year-old Jessie Hale has always believed in the afterlife. She loves to spend time in the graveyard above the cottage where she lives, talking to dead people, so she is not entirely surprised when she is confronted by the spirit of a dead boy. But when she learns that her sanctuary has been invaded by something more sinister, she is determined to protect those she cares most about at all cost. With the help of some unlikely friends, she sets out to banish the evil that threatens to destroy everything she cares about.

Q: What inspired you to write Where The Moths Dance?

My partner, Nick, and I often used to take our dog for walks through an old graveyard near where we live. It is very atmospheric and I always thought it would make a great setting for a story, and so it became the inspiration for Gum Tree Hill Cemetery in Where the Moths Dance. I have always loved ghost stories, tales of hauntings, and anything to do with paranormal phenomena, and wanted to write a story that explored the afterlife and what might exist in other realms.


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

I spend about 25 hours a week writing/editing, although I spend many more hours going over the story in my mind while I am doing other things. Usually when I sit down to write each day, I have already planned out in my mind what to write. I find that ideas flow when I am doing things like cooking, doing the dishes, walking the dog, and if I am stuck on something, the answer will often come when I am not actually sitting at my desk, writing.

 

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

Jodi Picoult, Alice Hoffman, and Catherine Ryan Hyde.

Q: What are you working on at the moment?

At the moment I am in the final stages of the second book in my Wattle Lane series, of which Scrappy Cupcake Angels is the first. The second book, The House in Wattle Lane, is about a young woman who joins a heritage scrapbooking class and is inspired to trace her family history, turning up some dark family secrets along the way. Although it has some of the same characters as Scrappy Cupcake Angels, The House in Wattle Lane is a stand-alone novel.

 

About The Book

Where the Moths Dance book coverTitle: Where The Moths Dance

Author: Kristah Price

Genre: YA Paranormal

Sixteen-year-old Jessie Hale lives in the caretaker’s cottage at the bottom of Gum Tree Hill Cemetery. She feels more comfortable surrounded by the dead than the living, and the graveyard is her sanctuary, a place to escape from her troubled home life and from her mother’s despicable boyfriend, Conrad.

Elliott Rossi has found a way to come back from the dead. He needs to warn Jessie about a demon who can also access the living world and has his new prey firmly in his grasp.

When Jessie learns who has become the demon’s latest victim, she must enlist the help of her friends to battle the evil that has invaded her sanctuary, turning her life upside down and threatening to destroy everything she cares about.

Then there is the small matter of falling in love with a dead boy.

Author Bio

Kristah Price Author PhotoKristah Price has always loved books and dreamed of being a writer since she was a teenager. After much dreaming, and writing in her spare time, she eventually took a year off work to write a novel. Although that novel remains hidden away in a box on the top shelf of a wardrobe, she went on to have several novellas published in magazines in Scotland, and her first full-length novel, Scrappy Cupcake Angels, was published in 2012. Where the Moths Dance is her first novel for young adults. When she is not reading or writing, she enjoys scrapbooking, quilting, mixed-media art, and organic gardening.  She lives with her partner, Nick, and their puppy, Finn, in the Art Deco city of Napier, New Zealand.

Links

www.wherethemothsdance.wordpress.com
www.kristahprice.com

Goodreads

Purchase links:  Amazon US

                        Amazon UK

                        Barnes & Noble 

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Author Interview with Johanna Parkhurst

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I’m interviewing Johanna Parkhurst, author of YA mystery “Every Inferno”. Enjoy.

Please tell us about yourself.

Hmmm. Let’s see. I’ve been a middle school educator for over ten years, so I read A LOT of young adult books. I love teaching just as much as I love writing. I watch a lot of football and I love to be outdoors (usually skiing or hiking, since I live in Colorado).

Tell us about your book.

Every Inferno is the story of JJ Jones. His parents were killed in a fire when he was very young, and he feels like he can never move past that event: it affects every day of his world. Then he starts having dreams about the arsonist who sets the fire…and he begins to wonder if finding the arsonist is only way to fix the problems in his life.

 


What inspired you to write Every Inferno?

That’s actually a bizarre story. I had a dream one night about a boy climbing out of a window because of a fire. The dream ended up inspiring the initial premise for Every Inferno (minus the window).

Lots of people have asked me why I decided to bring the topic of sexual identity into this book. Several years ago, when I was bringing more and more literature with LGBTQ characters into my middle school classroom, a principal I was working with made the following plea to me: “Please don’t just bring in stories where the gay kids get beat up and bullied and commit suicide all the time. I feel like that’s all kids see these days. I want them to know that not everyone’s story is like that.”

I’m not saying these types of stories shouldn’t be there, and neither was my principal. These stories are vitally important to those teens who need to see the worst possible consequence of this type of behavior. They are also vitally important to those teenagers who have had such an experience and need to know they are not alone. But when I was writing Every Inferno, I decided I wanted to create a high school that leans more towards the end of the spectrum of acceptance and inclusion. So I created the character of McKinley, a gay 16-year-old who enjoys huge popularity in his high school.


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

Not nearly as much as I’d like, that’s for sure! I try to write for a few hours every weekday, but very often life gets in the way—and when that happens, I try to make up the time by doing what I call a “binge write” on the weekend.

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

Such a tough question! There are so many. Probably Harper Lee, because To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite novel of all time. I’d love to meet Sherman Alexie, because Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian has very heavily influenced my writing. My last choice would probably be Frances A. Miller. Her books have been out of print for years, but they were my favorite when I was a teenager.

What are you working on at the moment? 

I’m in very early stages on my newest project, so right now there’s not too much to say about it. I will say that it’s got the first female main character I’ve written in quite some time, and right now she’s a blast to work with. I hope we keep getting along so well.

About Every Inferno

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Author: Johanna Parkhurst

 Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, LGBTQ

Depressed. Defiant. Possible alcoholic. These are just a few of the terms used to describe fifteen-year-old Jacob Jasper Jones. Lately, though, JJ has a new one to add to the list: detective. He’s been having strange dreams about the fire that killed his parents ten years ago, and he thinks he finally has the clue to catching the arsonist who destroyed his family.

A murder investigation isn’t the only thing the dreams trigger for JJ, though. They also lead to secret meetings with his estranged sister, an unlikely connection with a doctor who lost his daughter in the fire, and a confusing friendship with McKinley, a classmate of JJ’s who seems determined to help him solve the mystery.

All JJ wants is to shake the problems that have followed him since that fire, and he’s convinced he must catch the arsonist to do it. But as JJ struggles to find the culprit, he sees there’s more than one mystery in his life he needs to solve.

 

Author Bio

johannaparkhurstJohanna Parkhurst grew up on a small dairy farm in northern Vermont before relocating to the rocky mountains of Colorado. She spends her days helping teenagers learn to read and write and her evenings writing things she hopes they’ll like to read. She strives to share stories of young adults who are as determined, passionate, and complex as the ones she shares classrooms with.

Johanna holds degrees from Albertus Magnus College and Teachers College, Columbia University. She loves traveling, hiking, skiing, watching football, and spending time with her incredibly supportive husband.

 

Links

Amazon page: amazon.com/author/johannaparkhurst

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7370437.Johanna_Parkhurst

Website: http://www.johannaparkhurst.com

Twitter: @johannawriteson

Tumblr: http://johannawriteson.tumblr.com/

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Author Interview The Blue Effect

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I’m hosting an interview for the book tour for adult urban fantasy / scifi “The Blue Effect”. Enjoy.

Please tell us about yourself.

What’s to tell? If my life were as exciting as my books, I wouldn’t be a writer! Seriously, though, there’s not a lot to tell. I’m always super busy, but it isn’t very glamorous. I work a day job 4 days a week, usually spend the other three days working on writing stuff. Manuscripts, my blog, social media, the boring business side of being small business and being an independent author.

Which doesn’t mean I don’t ever have fun. For instance, just last night my husband and I went to dinner and a show with some friends. We pulled on our Tyvek suits and went to Evil Dead the musical, whereupon we sat in the “splatter section” (look for the pictures with the cast on my author page on Facebook). I can’t remember the last time we laughed so hard.

Tell us about your book.

The Blue Effect is my way of paying homage to science fiction and comic books/graphic novels. I love the genre. I think I like the idea of what could be, what might be, the
possibilities beyond what we know. I like the idea that we can be greater than we are now, that the sum of our parts can be something fantastic and fantastical. This book has superheroes, antiheroes, a maniacal villain, battles, humor, romance and, I hope, enough humanity for all of us to relate to the people in the story.

What inspired you to write The Blue Effect?

This story started with a dream, which got me thinking about a book I read as a teenager called ‘Harry and Hortense at Hormone High’ by Paul Zindel. It’s about a boy who believes he’s Icarus. That thought led me to wondering what if there was a boy who believed he was a superhero and no one else believed it? And what if it turned out that he really did have powers? Of course, The Blue Effect is nothing like that original idea, but that was the genesis of it.

It still has superheroes, and someone that vaguely resembles that boy, but that’s about it!

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

I work a 9-5 job as well, so I’m pretty busy. I probably spend a couple hours in the evening working on book “stuff,” which turns out to be so much more than just writing when you’re an indie author. I spend 8-10 hours on Wednesdays, and the same on weekend days, although I’ll admit to taking a day off sometimes. Even when I’m not working on book stuff, I’m thinking about it. It’s kind of an obsession at this point.

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

Stephen King, because he’s so imaginative and prolific. I’d love to pick his brain and find out how he’s able to be so organized and motivated. J.K Rowling, simply for her world building skills and the scope of her story. I’d like to know how she planned the whole series, and/or if there was some real fly-by-the-seats-of-her-pants going on.

Finally, and I really had a hard time picking a third for some reason (probably because it was so hard to narrow the list down to three!), I’d go with Jean Auel. Her research is insane. I’d like to talk to her and learn about her research process and how she uses that information to inspire her stories.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on the rest of the Renegade Heroes series, which is a trilogy. At least at this point. I have some ideas for “prequels,” but haven’t mapped out those stories at this point. The first book is written from the perspective of the main Blue Brennan. It gives the reader an opportunity to hear her inner thoughts and emotions. I thought it would be interesting to get the same depth and insight in other characters, so the second book is from the perspective of a different hero, Kasimir Korsak. His story will give us a more in depth look at his childhood than we got in book one. We’ll see him going through changes and confronting the ghosts of his past. The third book will be from the perspective of yet another character, Avery Anderson. We’ll meet new heroes in each book, learn the secrets to our heroes abilities, and find the answers our heroes seek. I won’t tell you anymore, you’ll just have to wait for the books!

The Blue Effect

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Author: Rose Shababy

Genre: Adult Urban Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Blue Brennan is jaded and bitter despite her pinup girl looks and quick wit. Night after night, she scours the Seattle club scene looking for someone or something to fill the emptiness inside.

When she meets the mysterious Kasey, her world stops… literally. He claims she has the ability to control time and stuns her even further when he reveals his own gifts.

Blue is inexplicably drawn to Kasey and reluctantly enters his world filled with a new breed of humanity. They’re misfits like her, blessed or cursed with powerful abilities, struggling to hide their differences from the rest of society.

Then the group discovers a nameless, faceless sociopath with nightmarish powers; and he’s coming for Blue. She’s left reeling when they discover her gifts are the key to defeating his terrible evil and saving them all.

Now she must race against the clock to harness her own powers and save her new friends. Can she be more than a renegade? Can she be a hero too?

Author Bio

author photoRose Shababy and her family reside in eastern Washington State. Rose grew up in the Northwest but swears she’s going to move to warmer climates someday. She’s claimed this for over 20 years, however, and has yet to move more than 75 miles away from her mother.

Rose has a deep love of all things Star Trek and yearns to travel the heavens, as well as an intense desire to be bitten by a radioactive spider. Unfortunately she sucks at science and math so she hasn’t been able bring her dreams to life, instead living vicariously through books, comics, television and film. She hopes to someday make a million dollars so she can afford to buy her way to the international space station, but she’d settle for being able to fly around the world and leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Rose also loves to cook and worked for years in a gourmet Italian grocery and deli where she learned to hone her skills. She prepares culinary masterpieces for her family, but fervently wishes the dishes would wash themselves. Especially now that her dishwashers/children are nearly grown and only one still lives at home.

Rose likes to use her free time wisely. For instance, she likes to daydream, will often read for hours until she falls asleep on the couch with an electric blanket and a warm tabby cat curled up on her hip, as well as spending cozy weekend days watching Syfy movies like Sharknado and Mega Piranha with her husband.

If Rose were a cartoon animal, she’d prefer to be a wise old owl or a sleek and sexy jaguar, but in reality she’d probably be a myopic mole with coke-bottle glasses.

Links

Website: http://roseshababy.com

https://www.facebook.com/rose.shababy

twitter: https://twitter.com/RoseShababy

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6063741-rose-shababy

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Author Interview with Corbin Lewars

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I’m hosting an interview with Corin Lewards, author of non-fiction divorce guide “Losing HIm Gaining You” today. Enjoy the interview.

  1. Please tell us about yourself.

  I’ve worked in the Sonoma Desert counting red squirrels, at a clothing option facility, and in a one room school house in the woods, but I gave up these illustrious careers when I was thirty in order to follow my true passion writing. I knew I wanted to be a writer since the age of five, it just took me a while to believe I could have what I wanted. I’ve written many books that never lived a life past my computer, but I am also the author of the Washington State Book Award and PNBA nominee Creating a Life: The Memoir of a Writer and Mom in the Making and  Losing Him, Gaining You: Divorce as Opportunity, which was released in February of this year. My essays have been featured in over twenty-five publications including Mothering, Hip Mama and several writing anthologies and I currently blog for the Seattle PI. I work with emerging writers as a developmental editor and writing coach and moonlight as a mother of two fabulous children, ages 8 and 11. We call rainy Seattle our home.

  1. Tell us about your book.

Losing Him Gaining You serves as a woman’s divorce buddy. If you are considering a divorce or experiencing a break up of any kind, you need a divorce buddy. The book honors your phases of grief, reassures you that you and your children will be fine (better than fine actually, you’ll thrive), and then just like a true friend, tells you to take off your natty old bathrobe, stop watching Law and Order reruns and get out. Go dancing, go hiking, go on a date, go get a massage, it doesn’t matter what you do, but do something with and for yourself. This is what divorce buddies do for one another, while pouring each other hearty glasses of wine.

  1. What inspired you to write Losing Him Gaining You?

When I started reading divorce books, I did not find myself or my friends depicted in the texts. I was younger than many of the women discussed in divorce guides (I was thirty-eight), but more importantly, I didn’t hate my ex or want to seek revenge on him. He didn’t cheat on me, abuse me, or betray me in any way, we merely weren’t compatible anymore. And yes, I was sad, very sad, to break apart my family, but I was also a little bit relieved. And I wanted to find myself again, because I had lost part of myself in marriage and motherhood. I met many other women with inspirational stories about life after divorce and I wanted to share these stories with a larger audience, so I started writing.

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

It depends. Sometimes, zero hours. I recently handed my novel in to my editor, so have been loving having a break from it. While editing Creating a Life, I holed myself up in a cabin in the woods and probably spent thirty hours on it in four days. On average, I would say about six hours a week. It doesn’t sound like much because here’s a secret: if you think you’re going to spend eight hours a day writing, most likely you’ll spend eight hours checking your email and staring out the window. So instead, write for a couple of hours a couple of days a week, because in that time, you’ll actually write.

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

Lorrie Moore to see if she is as interesting and off-beat as her characters. And ten I’d want to sit down with Chris Cleave (author of Little Bee) and ask him all about how he wrote from women’s perspectives so well.

  1. What are you working on at the moment? 

Other people’s books, but soon I’ll be finishing my final revisions to my novel Swings, which explores the question, “Can women really have it all, or are we merely harming ourselves by thinking we can?”

About The Book

Losing Him Gaining YouTitle: Losing Him Gaining You: Divorce as Opportunity

Author: Corbin Lewars

Genre: Non-Fiction, Divorce Guide

Losing Him, Gaining You is a refreshingly honest and uplifting guide through divorce. Based on research and her own experience, Corbin Lewars coaches her readers through tough territory with a direct, straightforward step by step approach to divorce. With inspiration and a large dose of humor, Corbin offers a way forward that will help others trust themselves and make wise choices for their new life.

Author Bio

Corbin Lewars is the author of Creating a Life: The memoir of a writer and mom in the making, which was nominated for the 2011 PNBA and Washington State book awards. Her essays have been featured in over twenty- five publications as well as in several writing and parenting anthologies. For the past fifteen years she has worked with other writers as a developmental editor, coach and writing instructor. She lives in Seattle, WA with her two children and very large cat.

Links

Social Media Links:

http://www.corbinlewars.com

http://blog.seattlepi.com/singlewritermama/

Facebook

Twitter: @CorbinSeattle

Find the Book:

Amazon: amzn.to/1o74pcE

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/losing-him-gaining-you-corbin-lewars/1118672196?ean=9781620153444

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