Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Win a $25 GC: You Taste Like Whiskey and Sunshine by Kimberly Love

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What inspired you to write this story?

I guess changing my life is what inspired me to write, You Taste Like Whiskey and Sunshine. I had gone through some pretty horrendous things in my life, things that I talk about in the book. I could have let those things, like abuse, haunt me but instead, I accepted the fact that it made me the person I am today and to acknowledge that I didn’t deserve those things. I’ve moved on and now I’m just hoping to help others to get rid of their demons.

What was your favorite part to write?

Every chapter in the book is about a different experience in my life, some of them are hilarious while others are more growing experiences. Each chapter was a joy to write because I got to experience all those things again in my life. Whether it was a good experience or a bad one, it helped me grow.

What was the hardest part to write?

I experienced familial emotional abuse from an older sister while I was growing up. It certainly impacted a huge part of my life. I’ve moved on from those experiences but digging it all up again was by no means an easy ordeal. I prefer my demons tucked away nicely in a locked closet.

How did you come up with your characters?

You Taste Like Whiskey and Sunshine is a memoir, so it’s all people form my life.

Do you have anything coming up and can you tell us about it?

I am finishing up a thriller novel that is going to be a series. The series has the same female detective who’s a very human character, someone who makes mistakes but always finds her way. I’m working with an agent on it currently and we are in the editing stage. So, I’m hoping by the new year we can start shopping it to publishers.

There's an evil queen, a demented father, some amateur boxing and a trailer park story. Even a silver fox makes an appearance. Why wouldn't that entice you?

If you are looking for something different from the rest of the books out there, something that might make you question your sanity then you will love this book.

Enjoy an Excerpt Mom? Are you reading this? Maybe you should have a drink first. Can we get a rum and coke over here? She’s gonna need it...

A lot of people have asked me throughout this process, why I would want to write this book. There are a few reasons why I decided to completely expose myself for the world to see, but certainly one particular moment comes to mind. During a heated argument with my ex-husband, post-divorce, he blurted out that he thought I was incapable of loving another human being. It’s one of those things you hear that is so shocking to you that the argument just ceases. I was speechless, I didn’t know what to say. Normally I would have chalked it up to the fact that he was in fact a disgruntled ex because it wouldn’t be the first time we got down and dirty in an argument, but this time I didn’t. I never forgot that comment, mainly because I wondered for years if it was true. There was just something about the way he said it that made me wonder if I was really that irrevocably screwed up. So, I decided to delve into my past, for my sake as well as my daughters, to find out why I walked out on a relationship that everyone thought was perfect.

About the Author:
Kimberly spend her days writing about serial killers and playing on her blog while trying not to get sucked in by her Facebook notifications or get into the whiskey decanter (just kidding...kinda).

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Friday, December 08, 2017

Win a $20 Panera GC: The Christmas Carriage and Other Writings of the Holiday Season by Alice Jane-Marie Massa

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To celebrate holiday reading, author Alice Jane-Marie Massa invites you to join her on a snowy, imaginary carriage ride featuring her holiday memoirs, short stories, essays, and poetry from her book, THE CHRISTMAS CARRIAGE AND OTHER WRITINGS OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON.

Spanning from Thanksgiving through the new year, this collection includes her remembrances of Hoosier holidays in the 1950s and 1960s. "The Christmas Carriage" (set in Milwaukee) and "The Puppies of New Year's Eve," along with stories about a military family, two holiday weddings, and a homeless person will warm your heart this winter. From "Zoe's Christmas Eve" to "Snow Dancers," Alice's poetry provides merry and memorable reading for both adults and children.

With a beautifully festive cover, this book is one you will want to wrap as a holiday gift, as well as a book that you will want to keep beside your chair while you settle into the sparkle and joy of this holiday season.

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For at least three decades, Mrs. Nevando's Christmas wish was to have a carriage ride through the city on Christmas Eve. She never mentioned this wish to her husband: the idea seemed all too frivolous. Twelve years ago, when she sat beside his hospital bed, Mrs. Nevando dozed periodically and dreamed of a Christmas carriage ride. Each of the past twelve Christmases that she endured with the memories of her deceased, beloved husband, the 74-year-old woman still entertained the thought of a carriage ride, but then routinely dismissed the notion. "An old woman riding in a carriage alone on Christmas Eve! What would people think?" she often found herself wondering aloud--well, in an audible whisper.

In mid-December, Mrs. Nevando was in her usual mode of declining all holiday invitations although she was not receiving as many as she had in earlier years. One son was somewhere in Europe, and the other son was on the East Coast. Of course, they knew their mother was a Midwestern girl--old girl--who did not care to join the masses at airports during any holiday season. After she wrote e-mails to both sons and a few other family members, Mrs. Nevando found herself exploring the website for the city carriage rides. Although she read that carriage rides were available on Christmas Eve, the cost was too expensive for her taste. Nevertheless, she reasoned that one carriage ride was certainly way less money than an airline ticket to Italy or even to Boston.

About the Author: Although Alice Jane-Marie Massa has lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for over 25 years, growing up in the rural Indiana town of Blanford (with a population of approximately 400) influenced the subject matter and style of her writing. After earning master's degrees from Indiana State University and Western Michigan University, Alice, still a Hoosier at heart, taught for 25 years, including 14 years of teaching writing and public speaking at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Having retired from teaching English and grading stacks of student papers, she now focuses on her own writing.

Alice invites you to visit her blog where, since January of 2013, she has posted weekly her poetry, essays, memoirs, or short stories. Her writings on Wordwalk frequently focus on her Indiana hometown of Blanford, her four guide dogs, her Italian ancestors, and writing. Additionally, some of her writing pieces have been published in Indiana Voice Journal, Magnets and Ladders, Dialogue, Newsreel, and The ACB Braille Forum, as well as in the anthology Behind Our Eyes: A Second Look.

Away from her desk, Alice enjoys reading, container gardening, and the television program Jeopardy. Since March 21, 1990, Alice's guide dogs have added sparkle, spirit, and independence to her life. Currently, most of all, she is grateful for her long walks with her fourth Leader Dog, Willow (a black Labrador), who is following very well in the amazing pawprints of Alice's beloved first three Leader Dogs—Keller (a Golden Retriever), Heather (a Yellow Labrador), and Zoe (a Black Lab/Golden Retriever mix).

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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Win a $25 GC: Evolved by Archie Miller

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When did you become interested in storytelling?

From an early age. I wrote plays and skits. As I got older I write radio theater for my University Radio Station. I also loved practicing the older art of storytelling as part of an oral tradition as in a Bard or a Native American Shaman. Both are great around a campfire at night with a bunch of youngsters for an audience.

What was your first book/story published?

This one actually. I had made several aborted attempts at writing a novel but this one was given life beyond my own mind thanks in large part to my Epitome Press family. They believed in me and my gift but also had the understanding of the process in such a way as to make me a better writer.

What inspired you to write Evolved?

Evolved began as a discussion between friends about the future of mankind as we know it. The discussion was how would the human species adapt to different conditions on exoplanets. That was the spark that led me to write story about eight uniquely evolved young people used by a corrupt politician for his own ends.

What character in Evolved is the most/least like you, and in what ways?

Actually I would be Pieter's father Boris. Boris is devoted to his family an a very loving, albeit stern father and husband.

What is your favorite part in Evolved?

I think my favorite part is Michael's Nightmare. Without giving too much away it was the point where Pieter became the acknowledged leader of the group. It's also the scene there we get a look at the backgrounds and personalities of two critical characters.

What was the hardest part to write?

Loki's death. Loki sacrifices himself to save the group. It's Leeann's response to his death that was most difficult to write.

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be an author?

I was love to be a teacher. I admire teachers and what they do for our young people against all odds.

What well-known writers do you admire most?

My DNA as a writer includes Robert Heinlein and Anne McCaffrey.

Do you have any other books/stories in the works?

There are at least two more books in this series in the works. I also have two fantasy books in the pipeline. I am also exploring a story in the romance genre.

Humanity has spread to the far reaches of space with The Golden Door, a planetary colonization monopoly, selling off every desirable and not so desirable planet to desperate settlers.

Each new world comes with new challenges, and to meet that challenge the children are evolving.

When Pieter, and other gifted children like him, become the target of government research they must fight not only for their lives but the future of their kind.

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Pieter’s eyes opened, but it was an exercise in futility. There was nothing but darkness for him to see. He knew he was awake because of the lancing pain running down his back and across his chest; the cover on his head was stifling and smelled of sweat and blood. He was upright in some sort of chair but he was unable to move. The back of the chair was straight and hard, and he was bound to it with his arms pinned behind his back. He struggled to breathe. His chest was stretched as his shoulders pressed into the chair behind him. A cry of pain rose in his throat, but he clamped his mouth tight to hold it prisoner.

As he gasped for air and strained to ease the pain in his chest and back, a voice from beyond the pain alerted him to another presence.

“Suka is awake.”

“Good. I want this suka blyad to remember this.”

With no way of knowing or seeing its approach a hand struck his face, slamming the back of his head against the hard chair. He could stop the scream, but not the tears that rained from his eyes.

“Little boy want to play,” the voice taunted him.

Something hard crashed into his stomach, forcing the air from his lungs. He tried to breathe, but was unable. What do they want from me?

A second fist slammed into the side of his face, whipping his head to the right.

“Don’t kill him,” the first voice warned.

“I won’t. But he’ll wish I had.”

About the Author:
Archer Miller emerged from the East Texas hill country and set his sights on finding the life of which few of his contemporaries dreamed. In 1974, he migrated to Boulder, Colorado to enroll at the Naropa Institute – now known as the Naropa University, a tiny Liberal Arts college founded by the renowned Tibetan Buddhist scholar and lineage holder, the Ven. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1940-1987). Rinpoche was enormously influential in spreading the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism to the West.

Archer earned a degree in herbs and creative writing. He was a four-year Letterman on the Varsity Competitive Meditation Team.

After graduating in 1978, he took a year off to hike the Jack Kerouac literary trail. He became a top freelance gun-for-hire with dozens of ad agencies across the south and southwest. As a way to deal with the proliferation of Disco, he took up Zen Archery.

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