Friday, March 06, 2015

‘April Snow’ (Dana McGarry Novel Book 2) Now Available for Pre-order!

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April Snow, book 2 in the smashingly successful Dana McGarry series by talented author Lynn Steward, is now available for pre-order!
Pre-order the Kindle edition from Amazon.
While you’re there, be sure to check book 1 in the series, A Very Good Life.
The print edition of April Snow will be available for pre-order next week. Stay tuned!
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Dana McGarry, newly separated from her cheating husband, is laser-focused on her new job as a buyer at B. Altman, a leading New York City department store of the 1970s.  But to achieve success, she must free herself from more than a bad marriage. She must prove to overly-protective family and friends that she can make it on her own and shake up the status quo at the store when her bold new ideas hit a brick wall. No stranger to innovation and risk, Dana is determined to stand her ground. She finds both mentor and love interest in dynamic businessman Mark Senger, who suggests a daring fashion move that will advance her career. Her dreams within reach, Dana’s world is shattered in a New York minute when a life is threatened, a heart is broken, and a secret is revealed.
Steward captures the nuances of 70s life in New York City and provides the perfect backdrop for an independent woman determined to make her mark.  April Snow, the second volume in the Dana McGarry series, is a story that transcends any period.
Official release: May 22nd 
About Lynn Steward
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Lynn Steward is a successful business woman who spent many years in New York City’s fashion industry in marketing and merchandising, including the development of the first women’s department at a famous men’s clothing store. Through extensive research, and an intimate knowledge of the period, Steward created the characters and stories for a series of five authentic and heartwarming novels about New York in the seventies. April Snow is volume two in the Dana McGarry Series. A Very Good Life was published in March 2014.
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In the Spotlight: The Art & Science of Healing - with Light by Dr. Mark J. Rogers with Nike Azoros & Win $50 Amazon GC!

Title: The Art & Science of Healing – with Light
Author: Dr. Mark J. Rogers with Nike Azoros
Publisher: Dr. Mark J. Rogers with Nike Azoros
Pages: 442
Genre: Medical
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Chronic pain has reached epidemic proportions but it is not a disease. Chronic pain is a genuine physical problem and its epidemic is being spread by the very treatments the doctors are prescribing. Over thirty percent of patients across the world present with back, neck, or head pain, the majority of whom are in chronic pain, but all doctors offer is a prescription for painkillers and a referral for intensive physical therapy. The patients never improve, in fact they get worse. Instead of receiving empathy and understanding they are often accused of being dishonest about the severity of their pain. Some are even sent for psychotherapy. 'The Art and Science of Healing - with Light' breaks that vicious cycle. Within it is explained to patients how they developed chronic pain in the first place and how to begin to heal their migraines, back pain, neck pain, tinnitus, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and all forms of chronic pain in general.

Doctor Mark Rogers bases the healing process on his 7 Principles of Healing Chronic Pain. His methods are all based in science, are common sense, pain free, drug free, have no painful exercises, and no 'mind over matter' meditations for coping because the problem is not in the mind of the patients, it is in their bodies at a deep cellular level. The 7 Principles have a conservative efficacy of eighty-five percent. As long as the Principles are followed the patient will heal. It is the medical system that is keeping patients in pain through ignoring the origin of the pain. Pain is not a mystery, it is not a disease, it means you are being hurt. Chronic pain means you are still being hurt. Written in a clear easy to read style with minimal medical jargon it is designed for patients to finally give them understand what happened to them and gain control over their healing processes so they can start healing today.

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  • The Art and Science of Healing – with Light is available at Amazon.
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Book Excerpt:
‘Those who do nothing are inviting shame …(as well as violence). Those who act boldly are recognizing right as well as reality.’  John F Kennedy, 11th June 1963 Address to the American People on Civil Rights
‘The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.’   Albert Einstein
The purpose of this book is to enlighten patients about how they developed chronic pain and how it can be healed. There is no mystery, no mind over matter and in the majority of cases, no medications. The solution is a powerful blend of Nature and Science that is presented in a set of 7 common sense Principles that, when applied correctly, activate and assist the healing processes within the human body.
Patients feel frustrated that in a time where scientific research has brought about many advances in curing diseases, keeping our organs in good health and extending life expectancy, most doctors still can’t fix a bad back or tell you the real reason you get migraines or that permanent ringing in your ears. This book explains why.
The book is in three parts. In Part 1 I introduce the 7 Principles of healing chronic pain. Through them it is explained why chronic pain develops and how the normal processes the body should be carrying out to battle it are actually being inhibited by common mainstream medical practices.
I explain that chronic pain is widespread chronic inflammation, and in the chronic pain patient that inflammation is being exacerbated by the very medical treatments the doctors are prescribing. The more medical treatments the patients have, the worse they get. The result is a very sick patient. The doctors are following established, and unquestioned, guidelines so therefore it must be the patient who is at fault. A vicious downward spiral is created and it is the patient who pays the price in every way.
I have also chosen to include a little of my own story. This was not my original intent but as the book developed it soon became clear that some of my personal history was relevant to my medical work and findings on the treatment of pain.
There is nothing more personal than pain. I was once a chronic pain patient and the search for my own cure led me down an extraordinary path. I share that experience in the interest of revealing how current medical systems for pain treatment are not only ineffective but also defective, to the point where one might begin to feel it’s deliberate.
I am aware my personal story might be of no interest to some readers so I encourage them to feel free to skip the part about me which is in Chapter 1 under the sub-heading of ‘My Personal Experience with Chronic Pain and How I Healed’. After that I talk about the importance of doctors applying science in the art of medicine. I have strong opinions about it but again the reader might prefer to skip over it and go straight to reading about the 7 Principles. Within them I provide an understanding of the importance of cellular health and how chronic pain patients lost theirs.
You will be introduced to Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT). I have developed my knowledge in laser therapy over the last fifteen years. LLLT is also known as cold laser therapy. This is different to the high intensity lasers used in surgery. Cold laser does not cut and is cool to the touch.
While there is much about laser within this book it is not about laser. Don’t feel that because you don’t have anyone near you offering cold laser therapy that you are unable to be helped. This book was designed to guide you through learning all about healing your pain, with or without laser.
I make it clear that Laser is not a panacea. If used alone, without applying the 7 Principles, it will not completely cure your pain. Use the 7 Principles alone and you will heal, slower. Laser and the Principles will accelerate the healing. The combination of the two, Art and Science, works rapid wonders.
You will learn that the adherence to the 7 Principles with or without the scientific application of cold laser therapy will reverse the damage caused to your cells and rejuvenate them to their normal state of full pain-free health. You will become a whole new person, physically and mentally.
Throughout the course of this book it might appear that some forms of physical therapy are being singled out as ineffective. I am vehement that when it comes to chronic pain, they are not only ineffective but dangerous. One of the things the patient will learn is that the so-called strengthening and stretching exercises of physical therapies are a big part of the problem. Most worsen the pain by irritating its source.
Physical therapies have their place, especially in rehabilitation after the pain has healed, but definitely not while it is still present. It will be recommended that physical therapies be discontinued for the duration of the healing process. Once a pain-free state is achieved the patient can return to physical therapies, but only then. Patients will be educated as to why this is the case so they can decide their own course of action.
In Part 2 we discuss the individual conditions. You will learn some facts that will challenge old thinking such as, migraine is a type of neuralgia, and tinnitus is not really a noise, it is a phantom noise. You will also get to meet some of my patients who kindly agreed to be case studies.
Their stories will inspire you, and some of them don’t hold back about how angry they feel towards the current medical system and how it kept them sick, in some cases for decades. Also included are the patients most frequently asked questions.
Part 3 is how to incorporate the 7 Principles into daily activities including sleep, exercise, and even intimacy. Medicine must put the patient first and incorporate more Science instead of blindly following draconian protocols designed purely for legal protection and financial benefit for doctors. When more Science such as LLLT becomes a part of mainstream medicine the benefits to all aspects of society will far outnumber any initial introductory inconveniences to the medical establishment.
There will be less reliance on pharmaceuticals. Insurance claims will resolve much easier, the workplace will be safer, and recovery from all accidents will be faster. Laser is invaluable for healing chronic pain quickly but it is also is an effective modality for preventative medicine. When mainstream medicine incorporates more Science there will be many changes in the way we heal. Chronic pain could soon become a thing of the past.
Chronic pain has long been considered to be an uncontrollable mystery condition. It has been grandly labeled as a complex biopsychosocial condition. Some doctors even consider it to be an incurable disease; others claim it is a result of the patient’s neuroticism. No wonder the patient is confused. The confusion ends now.
Your pain is real and it has a traceable origin. My methods locate that origin, that bull’s-eye, and the laser targets it, fills it with healing light and the body does the rest. The Principles, and the laser, are perfectly safe, pain free, and so simple they are revolutionary. The chronic pain sufferer will finally be able to get off the medical merry-go-round. When mainstream medicine stops disguising its fear of change by shunning cold laser therapy and instead embraces it, in doing so it will enter a new phase of sophisticated and inclusive patient care. Get ready for a long overdue medical revolution.


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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Interview with Rebecca Marie, author of One Month Week Day Hour Minute Second

Title: One Month Week Day Hour Minute Second
Author: Rebecca Marie
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 113
Genre: Self Help/Personal Growth
Format: Ebook
Purchase at AMAZON 

 Abuse knows no boundaries. It doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, old or young. It can enter your life at any time and stay as long as you let it. In One Month Week Day Hour Minute Second, author Rebecca Marie discusses that the key is to release the secrets, talk about the abuse, and take the power away from the abusers. In this memoir, she shares her personal journey surviving sexual and physical abuse, describing how abusive patterns started at a young age, how negative self-esteem continued to grow, and how it ended in her falling in love with a psychopath. One Month Week Day Hour Minute Second narrates how Marie was victimized and lived in daily fear and despair, but discusses how she chose not to remain a victim and took power over her own life. Hoping to break the cycle of domestic abuse one victim at a time, Marie tells her emotional story to call attention to the problem of domestic violence. Her story shows there is hope for others.   amazon  

Question 1. Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

I share my personal story of sexual and physical violence and the patterns that started right from childhood to bring me to the point of falling in love with a psychopath. My intention is to awaken every emotion possible so that no matter who you are, you will be motivated to do your part to stop domestic violence, one person at a time.

In the beginning my feelings and thoughts internally debate. Life with him will be better next month; this turns into justifying that it will be better next week; and with constant disappointment, the hope is tomorrow will be different. Tomorrow never arrives. Now I am held captive by each passing hour, minute, and finally, in a constant state of survival mode, by the second. In living this reality for 10 years, I constantly hear my version of what he should have said for our wedding vows:

“Do you take this woman…? 
...To have and to hit, to yell and scream at, to degrade and humiliate, to destroy sexually, financially and emotionally, until death or total loss of hope?—whichever comes first!”

My book, One Month Week Day Hour Minute Second, is my story of surviving domestic violence, and knowing you can’t do it alone.  It is about breaking the silence and taking the power away from the abusers.  I give a completely honest look into my experience with the hope to help others.

Question 2. What were some of the biggest challenges you faced in writing?

Reliving the memories, the emotions and ensuring that innocent members of my family were protected as they too were victims.

Question 3. Do you plan subsequent books?

Absolutely. My goal is to publish another book that shares 5 other women’s stories about surviving and escaping domestic violence.

Question 4. When and why did you begin writing?

I started keeping and writing in a journal as part of my recovery process once I left my abuser 14 years ago. I formally started writing my book over the past 2 years and published my memoir this summer titled; One Month Week Day Hour minute second. Both forms of writing have been extremely therapeutic.

Question 5.What is your greatest strength as an author?

I could imaging in my head, visualize the story, feel the emotions all over again. As I walked through the story I could relive the events. This made the words flow from my head to the computer, forming the foundation and the essence of my book. Another strength of mine is honesty and when something was really difficult to write about keeping my goal in mind that my words are there to help others and to save lives. That kept me going.

Question 6. Did writing the book teach you anything?

That I am a writer and now a published author. That if you hold on to your dreams and goals that you can make anything a reality. I am proud of my accomplishments.
Rebecca Marie enjoys being a mentor and her goal in sharing her story is to help others see there is hope.

Interview with D.J. Burr, author of I Just Wanted Love

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Darrett “D.J.” Burr is a licensed mental health counselor in the Washington State; national certified counselor and a specialist in problematic sexual behavior. He has been in private practice in Seattle, WA for five years. D.J. is the co-founder, owner, and Executive Director of A.B.L.E. Counseling Services, LLC.

D.J. is the creator of ABLE Affirmations, ABLE Life Recovery, and the ABLE Care Clinic. D.J. published Unfinished: A GLBT Domestic Violence Workbook while completing his Masters in Community Counseling at Argosy University-Atlanta in 2009.

Born in raised in Marietta, GA, D.J. has been known to many as a survivor. His childhood was less-than-nurturing. D.J. spent the majority of his early years tending to other’s needs and wants; not knowing what his were. He kept fighting for more–more understanding of himself.

Unfortunately, D.J. lost focus after being targeted by a sexual predator. D.J. lapsed into addiction to numb the pain of the molestation, broken relationships, dysfunctional family of origin, and loss of his childhood. However, the addiction did not stop him.

Over 15 years later, D.J. has learned to live life instead of surviving life. D.J. found answers to his long unanswered questions, primarily, who loves me? Twelve Step recovery and rigorous honesty saved D.J. from a life of addiction. He can now say, “I love myself.” Loving himself allowed D.J. to stop chasing unavailable people, places, and things. He now focuses on his recovery, which impacts every facet of his life.

D.J. enjoys writing, watching movies, especially horror/suspense. His favorite band is Nickelback. His favorite R&B group is Destiny’s Child. D.J. is also a huge fan of old 80s-90s cartoons like Transformers.

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 I Just Wanted Love

TitleI Just Wanted Love: Recovery of a Codependent, Sex and Love Addict
Author: D.J. Burr
Publisher: ABLE Counseling Services, LLC
Publication Date: December 31, 2014
Pages: 232 pages
ISBN: 978-0692299128
Genre: Memoir
Format: Paperback, eBook (.mobi / Kindle), PDF

D.J. Burr is a man on a mission; successful business owner, highly respected psychotherapist and survivor of a dysfunctional life. At a young age, all he wanted was to be loved, but instead found himself targeted by a sexual predator. D.J. slipped into a life of addiction and clawed his way through broken relationships and seedy sex clubs–looking for love in all the wrong places. D.J. will take readers on a roller coaster of emotions as he details his search for grace and love.

Author Interview

Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life! Now that your book has been published, we’d love to find out more about the process. Can we begin by having you take us at the beginning? Where did you come up with the idea to write your book?

I Just Wanted Love is the story of my recovery from codependence and sex and love addiction. It is the story that exposes every secret I held onto, which subsequently fueled my active addiction. This book is my greatest accomplishment. I no longer have to hide in the shadows of shame, guilt, and active addiction.

Q: How hard was it to write a book like this and do you have any tips that you could pass on which would make the journey easier for other writers?

It was extremely hard to write this book, yet easy at the same time. I knew that I needed to be my most authentic self in my writing. I wanted to cast a light on my problems, with the hope that others would be encouraged to get help for their sexual addiction and codependence issues.

I highly recommend being in active therapy while writing a memoir. I couldn’t imagine doing this really challenging work without having a sounding board that was not a friend, partner, or editor. My therapist taught me to be my own unique self – a person worthy of love, respect, and compassion.

I would also suggest spending a few days alone, if not longer, during the editing and rewriting process. Who needs distractions anyway! Being alone encourages a deep, emotional release that will only propel the writing further.

Q: Who is your publisher and how did you find them or did you self-publish?

I am grateful for the experience of self-publishing. It allows me creative control. I was actively engaged in every last detail of getting this book ready for publication. * I found the editor, cover designer and did most of the marketing myself. I look forward to more self-publishing adventures!

Q: Is there anything that surprised you about getting your first book published?

I Just Wanted Love is actually my second self-published book. My first book, Unfinished: A GLBT Domestic Violence Workbook, was self-published in 2009, through Xlibris while I was still in graduate school.

I was quite surprised by the cost of self-publishing. There are so many financial facets to self-publishing and many can be a bit daunting, especially if you have limited funds – like I had as a graduate student. I am grateful I was able to publish Unfinished and I Just Wanted Love because both books are meant to reach target audiences who need additional resources and support.

A small financial sacrifice for me has helped countless people. I feel tremendous joy when I receive an email from a gracious reader thanking me for being so vulnerable. I have received several correspondences indicating that the reader sought out professional help after reading one of my books. It’s a great experience.

Q: What other books (if any) are you working on and when will they be published?

I am working on a book about the complexities of dating while being in recovery. I am aiming for a release in spring 2016.

Q: What’s your favorite place to hang out online?

I am always on Facebook. I get to connect with my family, friends, and fans! I have to stay mindful of my usage of Facebook though – it can be quite addictive.

Q: Finally, what message (if any) are you trying to get across with your book?

The message is simple: you are not alone. If you feel powerless and your life is unmanageable – get yourself into a 12-Step meeting. We have to help each other get sober and stay sober.

Q: Thank you again for this interview! Do you have any final words?

Absolutely! I would like to thank everyone that has supported me on this journey. I couldn’t have done this without my family, friends, colleagues, clients, and fans! I truly appreciate the opportunity to carry the message of recovery.

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Interview with Miguel Lopez de Leon, author of 'Galadria: Peter Huddleston & The Knights of the Leaf'

Miguel Lopez de Leon is a prolific fiction writer with over 30 short stories published in a variety of international literary magazines and anthologies. De Leon, who prefers to write in the mornings, began working on his first novel as a hobby. That first book blossomed into the Galadria trilogy. “One part of the writing process I really enjoy is writing the first draft of a novel…For me, it’s the time when you can lose yourself in the story the most.” De Leon lives in Los Angeles and enjoys reading historical biographies and collecting vintage comic books.

His latest book is the fantasy novel, Galadria: Peter Huddleston & The Knights of the Leaf.

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Title: Galadria: Peter Huddleston & The Knights of the Leaf
Author: Miguel Lopez de Leon
Publisher: Galadria Worldwide
Pages: 148
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback/Kindle

In book three of Miguel Lopez de Leon’s Galadria fantasy series, GALADRIA: PETER HUDDLESTON & THE KNIGHTS OF THE LEAF, Peter and his family command a mystical cast of powerful, exciting new characters in their war against the blood-thirsty tyrant, Knor Shadowray.
Reviewers of book three of the GALADRIA trilogy praise the author’s stunning artistry and skill:
“A grand finish to a YA trilogy that never fails to challenge audience expectations.”–Kirkus Reviews
“With the close of his Galadria trilogy, Miguel Lopez de Leon packs battles, travel and adventure into a story that’s ultimately about family ties.”–BlueInk Review
“Once again, the writing in this book is superb and the story is fast paced and action packed.”–SPR Review
In book one of the trilogy, GALADRIA: PETER HUDDLESTON & THE RITES OF PASSAGE, 12-year-old Peter leaves his friendless, uneventful life in the suburbs and suddenly finds himself spending the summer chomping down magical chocolates and tossing around an enchanted boomerang at Hillside Manor, the 3000 room home of his aunt Gillian Willowbrook. While there, Peter learns he is the next in line to the throne of a magnificent realm called Galadria where his aunt is queen. His position is being challenged by a ruthless nobleman, Knor Shadowray.

Book two, GALADRIA: PETER HUDDLESTON & THE MISTS OF THE THREE LAKES shows Peter struggling to play the role of a prince. After being accepted as the heir of the Golden Realm, his new challenge is to gain command of Galadrian princely etiquette and survive dangerous adventures with his fearless white tiger, Rune. At a parade held in his honor, Peter and his aunt are violently ambushed by a band of screeching monstrosities and a merciless dark army led by the fiendish Knor Shadowray.

In the final book in the Galadria series, GALADRIA: PETER HUDDLESTON & THE KNIGHTS OF THE LEAF, the story continues where book two left off: Knor Shadowray’s relentless attack on the ruling Willowbrook family. In a desperate attempt to save her kingdom, Queen Gillian Willowbrook sends Peter and his grandfather to the Forests of Fernell to recruit a multitude of diverse warriors to defend the crown. Populated with serpent priestesses, nature-loving knights, magical weapons, paper-thin tree nymphs, and political fairies, the final installment of the Galadria trilogy shows the Galadrian populace at their breaking point as the realm explodes into a full-fledged civil war. A flurry of riotous battles are fought against the villainous Knor Shadowray’s ambitious attempt to capture the crown of Galadria.
De Leon developed the GALADRIA series out of a love of the fantasy genre and the thrill of creating “new worlds, creatures, and story lines…enhanced with magic and otherworldly mystery.” The trilogy also tells the coming-of-age story of a boy as he learns to accept himself and discovers the family he never believed he would have. “The Galadria trilogy is mainly about a lonely boy who, through overcoming obstacles, finds out who he really is. I think everyone has an element of the extraordinary in them, and I hope Peter’s story shows that,” de Leon says.

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  • Galadria: Peter Huddleston & The Knights of the Leaf is available at Amazon.
  • Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
  • Watch his book video at YouTube.

Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Miguel Lopez de Leon. Can you tell us how long you’ve been writing and how your journey led to writing your latest book, Galadria: (Book 3) Peter Huddleston & The Knights of the Leaf.  

A: Hi! Thank you for having me on The Writer’s Life! I’ve been writing professionally for the past six years, and started out writing short stories. After over thirty of my short stories were published in various journals and collections, I wrote my first YA fantasy novel, Galadria: (Book 1) Peter Huddleston & The Rites of Passage. This was followed by Book 2 in the trilogy, Galadria: Peter Huddleston & The Mists of the Three Lakes.

Q: I love your title. Can you tell us why you chose it?

A: Sure! In Book 3 of the Galadria fantasy trilogy, Galadria: Peter Huddleston & The Knights of the Leaf, a civil war is raging in the golden realm of Galadria, and Queen Gillian decides to send her only nephew to the enchanted Galadrian forests to ask the Knights of the Leaf to help him assemble an army. The jolly, nature-loving knights help Peter, and soon, they put together a vast assemblage of serpent priestesses, paper-thin tree nymphs, telepathic birds, political fairies, fierce werewolves, and hypnotic pixies to help save the monarchy!

Q: Why did you believe your book should be published?

A: The Galadria series is a fun fantasy trilogy full of magical chocolates, enchanted weapons, ancient oracles, a powerful queen, a loyal white tiger, a huge array of mystical creatures, and action and adventure around every corner! Not only is it an exciting, easy read with a lot of heart, but at the center of it all is Peter Huddleston, a young, lonely boy who finds out that he is the heir to the throne of another realm! Peter is very identifiable and I knew a lot of readers would relate to him.

Q: We all know that publishers can’t do all of the publicity and that some lies on the author.  What has your publisher done so far to publicize the book and what have you done?

A: It really is a collaborative effort when you work with a publisher. When I worked with a publisher at the start of the Galadria trilogy, I attended all the school events, television interviews and book store readings that the publisher set up for me. The publisher also did their own internet marketing and social media. I, in turn, also worked on my own separate social media, and handled my own website.

Q: What book on the market can it compare to?  How is it different?  What makes your book special?

A: Galadria: Peter Huddleston & The Knights of the Leaf is the final book in the Galadria YA fantasy trilogy. The whole series revolves around Peter Huddleston, a lonely boy from the suburbs who finds out that he is the heir to the throne of a magical realm called Galadria!  Anyone who loves enchanted weapons, mystical chocolates, powerful monarchs, deadly wraiths, screeching harpies, telepathic oracles, friendly white tigers, kooky butlers, and all out action and adventure will love the Galadria trilogy! Readers who enjoyed the Harry Potter series, or the Fablehaven series will most probably enjoy Galadria too!

Q: Open to a random page in your book.  Can you tell us what is happening?

A: Okay! So…Peter Huddleston and his companions are inside the carcass of a frozen, petrified ice dragon! Peter has just realised that his friends are unmoving, and are suddenly in some kind of deep trance. Gazing upward, he sees the forms of fifty floating wraiths, crackling with electric intensity. He is terrified.

Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

A: Galadria: Peter Huddleston & The Knights of the Leaf is the third and final book in the Galadria trilogy.

Q: Thank you for your interview, Miguel.  Do you have any final words?

A:Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy the books! For more information on the Galadria trilogy, go to !

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

A Bookish Conversation with Kevin V. Symmons, author of Solo

Kevin Symmons has a BS and an MBA. He has attended the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music and studied in France. After a successful career in business management and consulting, he returned to his first love: writing. His first novel, a spell-binding paranormal romance titled "Rite of Passage" is set in the chaotic period after World War II. It's received dozens of great reviews and was a RomCon Reader's Crown Finalist for 2013. His second effort is a contemporary romantic thriller set near his Cape Cod home, titled "Out of the Storm." Like his first novel, it is an Amazon Best-Seller and received many 5-star reviews. "Solo", an intense and ambitious women's fiction work, has been released from The Wild Rose Press, his award-winning publisher. It explores the devastating effects of privation and domestic violence on the beautiful and extraordinarily talented young heroine. 

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Title: Solo
Author: Kevin V. Symmons
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Pages: 353
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Jessica Long has the voice of an angel. But Jesse's cold beauty masks a brutal past filled with privation and cruelty. As the talented soprano approaches her final year at New England Conservatory, she is faced with a choice: stay with her striking young lover or accept the offer of a successful Broadway producer. She chooses the latter only to discover that fame can exact a cruel price. After years of yearning, the lovers meet again - at Jesse's ragged homestead on the Maine Coast.

Matt will reveal the benefactor who's followed and protected Jesse as the lovers face a confrontation with the jealous pursuer who's tried to destroy her. One final choice awaits that may cost Jesse both Matt and her life. The Broadway impresario, a mysterious crime lord, and Matt's stunning literary agent head a cast of absorbing secondary characters. Filled with unexpected plot twists, Solo is a classic, leading the reader over a bittersweet tapestry spanning fifteen years.

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Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life!  Now that your book has been published, we’d love to find out more about the process.  Can we begin by having you take us at the beginning?  Where did you come up with the idea to write your book?

Certainly. Solo is a complex novel that deals with classical musical training, musical theater and publishing. All areas that I find both fascinating and alluring. I have written other commercial fiction novels but this is one of those that I simply had to write. Talent and temptation… take the quick easy route or tough it out and stay the course? The real essence of Solo is its exploration of how the difficult choices we make can affect our lives. The tag line (borrowed from Oscar Wilde) says it best: “When the gods want to punish us, they let our dreams come true…” and Jesse Long, my striking, talented heroine will discover the truth of this in an exquisitely painful way! The reason I chose these areas: While I have an MBA I also spent time studying at New England Conservatory and have an undergrad minor in music. So when my heroine is a student at NEC I speak from experience. They were also courteous enough to allow me to do live research there. And of course as a published author who’s been around this business for double digit years I can speak to that as well.

Q: How hard was it to write a book like this and do you have any tips that you could pass on which would make the journey easier for other writers?

Writing Solo was a long, often difficult process. As I said in my first answer this novel was very personal since it dealt with areas close to my heart and experience. I had written several other novels for my publisher while working on Solo. It took almost seven years from inception to fruition. Perhaps the most difficult issue in finishing it was deciding on an ending that did the plot justice… but I can’t expand on that without giving away a spoiler! As to advice, write what you love, what’s close to your heart. Yes, as writers who do this for a livelihood we must write things necessary to pay the bills but while we’re doing that never forget what brought you to the table. And I hope it’s a love for storytelling. If not, you may want to find a new job (LOL!).

Q: Who is your publisher and how did you find them or did you self-publish?

My publisher is The Wild Rose Press in New York. They have been voted best publisher six straight years by P & E. They also won the NYC Golden Apple publisher’s award. I found them by continually submitting work to agents, editors and publishers. Which I would say to aspiring authors… never give up if you want to be traditionally published. Submit, submit and then submit! If your work is good enough you’ll find the special editor out there who loves your work and buys it! I love TWRP. They are author friendly and you can talk to anyone there including the Publisher (with a capital P).

Q: Is there anything that surprised you about getting your first book published?

Yes, the amount of work that goes on around the book that has nothing to do with actually writing e.g. endless time and effort in promoting, selling and social media. I knew little about FB, Twitter, Good Reads, Amazon Author Pages, etc. Thanks to the magnificent Marketing Director at my publisher I can now say that I am very well versed… for example I have more than 1600 FB fans and friends!

Q: What other books (if any) are you working on and when will they be published?

I have just signed a new contract with my publisher for a YA romantic thriller with a working title of Chrysalis (though the marketing dept. has the option of changing that to maximize SEO). The novel takes place during the summer and fall of 2001 (9-11). We begin edits on 2-1-15 so I hope it will be available by late spring/early summer.

Q: What’s your favorite place to hang out online?

My Facebook Author Page and the feed. No question. As you have probably gathered I don’t do well when limited to Twitter’s 140 characters and have the honor and good fortune to have acquired a loyal and fun fan base on FB so we have fun and frankly get off on all sorts of things like today’s Patriots playoff game! Have tried some chats and find them confusing and not that engaging!

Q: Finally, what message (if any) are you trying to get across with your book?

Believe in yourself and your talent! Often times the most difficult road… the road less traveled to use my favorite poets (Robert Frost’s) words is the one you must choose to truly achieve your goal. Always beware of the quick easy “deal!” Stay the course! Remember that all you aspiring authors.
Q: Thank you again for this interview!  Do you have any final words?

No, just a big thanks for this opportunity to tell the story of Solo and my writing experience. I’d love to do it again… anytime!

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Interview with Nathan Chandler, author of Warrior of the Way

Warrior of the WayTitle: Warrior of the Way
Author: Nathan Chandler
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 376
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Ebook
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Civil war is a curse that touches everyone, including King Tashdar of the Mulamar. When he is ordered by a powerful and mysterious stranger to send warriors toward Kanai and Kadisha to slaughter everyone, Tashdar has no choice but to obey. As the Hebari emperor’s palace is invaded, only one man escapes—a captain of the guard to whom the emperor has entrusted the safety of his remaining two children. Moments later, the emperor’s legacy is erased from the face of the earth. More than forty years later, Pasha Nuvahli of the Sashramans tribe, greatest of the king’s warriors, is devastated when his wife is murdered and his son is kidnapped. Overcome with despair as war and a dangerous sorcerer threaten the southern tribes, Pasha soon finds himself in a crisis of faith as he ponders why Daiyu has allowed such sorrow to befall him. But after he learns of an ancient prophecy and his hidden connection to the last emperor of the south, Pasha is sent by King Juktan to seek an alliance with the five other Hebari tribes and lead them against an ancient enemy from the north. Suddenly, his life takes on a new meaning. In this compelling story, a worried king looks to his greatest warrior to unify the south with the hope the young soldier can save his people before all is lost forever.


Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

'Warrior of the Way' is a story set in a mystical Eastern and Africanesque setting full of diverse characters. The story depicts tribes that are in perpetual conflict, who must rise up to confront a challenge that affects them all. The story centers on the warrior Pasha Nuvahli of the Sashraman tribe who by his connection to the last emperor of the South must try to unite these tribes while confronting spiritual problems concerning his faith in the god of his people. Pasha is a very vulnerable character with deep emotional damage which is a result of violent family tragedies and murders which he witnessed as a child and later as a man. Pasha has to reconcile these deep fissures in his emotional health while mustering the courage to lead his people against an ancient enemy who challenges them and could destroy them all. Its a very diverse story with a lot of character introspection concerning the role of faith and spirituality in one's life.

I wrote this book for many reasons. The first has to do with providing more diverse content to the world of Fantasy. My second reason was using Pasha's spiritual introspection as part of my own reflection my relationship with my faith and the needs I had and the challenges I was facing. I wrote the story for those who like stories with spiritual/mystical elements set in diverse far off worlds with complicated characters who we love and hate all at the same time. I wrote the story for men, women. I included strong female characters in the story who are compassionate yet strong willed and serene. I wrote the story people who are spiritual or religious and I wrote it for people who are skeptical or questioning the role of faith and spirituality in their own lives. 

What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?

The hardest part was learning how to structure my story, how to make it flow right and how to set the tone of the tale. I had to learn how to consider the needs of my readers while reconciling their needs with my need to create. That is something my brother Andrew helped me with. 

Do you plan subsequent books?

Yes I plan on writing more books. I hope to make my 'Warrior of the Way' story into a series later on. Right now I'm working on another story that I hope to publish.

When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing when I was 13. I always wanted to create and writing provided me with the best method for doing so.

What is your greatest strength as an author?

My greatest strength as an author is that I'm always reconsidering how I tell the story and figuring better ways to tell it. I never look at what I've writen and remained content with it. I always search for better ways to tell my story until I can't find any. I have a strong imagination and alot of ideas, sometimes I have writer's block but it never lasts more than a day.

Did writing this book teach you anything?

Writing this book taught me how a story should flow in order for your reader to best follow it and understand it. When I started writing I only thought of myself and getting everything in my mind down on paper. That's important but I learned that I needed to respect the needs of the reader as well. 

Nathan Chandler received an associate’s degree in technical Spanish translation from Oklahoma State University–Oklahoma City and currently attends the University of Oklahoma, where he is majoring in international business with an emphasis in Chinese language. Nathan resides in Norman, Oklahoma, where he continues to write.