Friday, March 27, 2020

10 Confessions: MaryAnn Kempher Author of Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder

Welcome to the blog tour for MaryAnn Kempher, author of MOCHA, MOONLIGHT, AND MURDER.  MaryAnn is here to give us her 10 confessions from an author's standpoint. While you're enjoying her 10 confessions, be sure to scroll down and find out how you can purchase her new book!

1 Before writing my first book, I’d never written anything beyond school work.
2 My first book, Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder, took me nearly five years to write and get published.
3 My first book is a romantic suspense, but books two through seven are mysteries.
4 I don’t like to write violence or profanity, so have very little in my books.
5 I was in the Air Force for twenty years. Before joining, I lived in Reno Nevada, where my books (except book two) are set.
6 My second book is set on a cruise.
7 I lived in Korea for a year where I learned to love sautéed squid.
8 I’m addicted to Starbucks. For a while I was going six or seven days a week, now I go once or twice.
9 Though Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder is considered a romantic/suspense, it would be more accurate to call it a romantic comedy, with a murder mystery.
10 My books can be read out of order, but you will enjoy them more if you read them in order. A lot of the same characters are in all the books, so they will become like family to you.

For many years, MaryAnn Kempher lived in Reno Nevada where most of her stories are set. Her books are an entertaining mix of mystery and humor. She lives in the Tampa Florida area with her husband, two children, and a very snooty Chorkie.


One night, 28-year-old, Katherine O’Brian, decides to walk to an all-night diner. The only problem? It’s midnight, but Katherine lives in Reno Nevada, a city that never sleeps; she can clearly see the
diner’s lights in the distance. It’s no big deal, until she passes someone’s garage where a man is loading a dead body into the trunk of his car.

And now, she’s in trouble. She outran the man that night, and while she has no idea who he is, he knows who she is. And he wants her dead.

As if attempts on her life weren’t stressful enough, Katherine has gone back to college. She’s determined to finally finish her degree, but her lab partner is driving her crazy. He’s hot, but annoying. And she’s not sure which she wants more—a night of mad, passionate sex or a new lab partner. It varies from day to day.

Will Katherine give in to her lust for her partner or will she give in to her desire to throttle him? If she’s in the ground before graduation, it won’t matter.

Not your typical romance, not your typical mystery.


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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Book Blast: Design Process by Mauro Moro

Title: Design Process
Author: Maura Moro
Publisher: PartridgeSingapore
Genre: Reference/General
Format: Ebook
My design process is not only a handbook full of useful tools and kits. It is also an act of love to design. It is a prayer for design to get back to its glory days when it made sense. It is an appeal to the younger designers! Don’t surrender to the status quo who wants you just as worker ants! Don’t lose your inner voice and your passion for design! Don’t get comfortable in the prevailing conformism! Ask! Seek! Find! Discover new ways, never settle against the pre-cooked solutions, predictable patterns and pre-set goals! Go beyond! Make the impossible!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

10 Confessions with Author Kiran Bhat

Kiran Bhat was born in Jonesboro, Georgia to parents from villages in Dakshina Kannada, India. An avid world traveler, polyglot, and digital nomad, he has currently traveled to more than 130 countries, lived in 18 different places, and speaks 12 languages. He currently lives in Melbourne, Australia. His book is titled we of the forsaken world.

1. I’m an Indian-American queer who has lived in 18 corners of the world, been to 132 countries, and speaks 12 languages.
2. I lived this life because I want to create a literature that belongs to the globe; ie, I want to write books that are as borderless in aesthetic as I am in mind.
3.  I can have sex two or three times in a day with strangers, but I do it because immediately after a boy leaves me, I feel inexplicably alone.
4. I think through my feelings, and feel through my thoughts, and somehow, from that, comes books.
5. I have written properly in five languages so far – English, my mother tongue Kannada, Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin. I’ve written small things in the other seven languages I speak, but
nothing significant.
6. I like to mess with people as if they are characters from my book, but I feel guilty after doing so.
7. This book took six years to write, and yet it is only about 200 pages. I used to imagine it as a book of hundreds of characters, and of many regions, so this amount of cutting shocked me a lot.
8. My favourite city I have lived in thus far is Bombay, which too many people of the First World seem to not understand.
9. I also have a deep dislike for most things related to superficial thinking – though I am trying to figure out why.
10. I wish to connect to every one of the 7 billion people of the planet. I imagine myself as Alexander the Great, about to conquer the world.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

An Interview with Author Paul Martin Midden

Paul Martin Midden is the author of five previous novels, each of which explores different writing styles. He practiced clinical psychology for over thirty years. Paul’s interests include historic restoration, travel, fitness, and wine tasting. He and his wife Patricia renovated an 1895 Romanesque home in 1995, and continue to enjoy urban living.

Congratulations on the release of your latest book, Riley. When did you start writing and what got you into writing fiction?

I started writing fiction about fifteen years ago, and in that time, I’ve produced six novels. I think there were many reasons that I started writing fiction. As a psychologist, I wrote a lot throughout my career: reports, assessments, case notes, other miscellaneous stuff. Definitely non-fiction. I discovered that writing fiction was a whole other kind of experience. Much more right brain than left. And, as I am a left-brain kind of guy, it was and remains a fun trip.

What is your book about? 

Riley is about the eponymous protagonist who is about thirty, a writer by trade, who lives in Washington, D.C. At the beginning of the book, she has left her husband and has undertaken a novel about separation and divorce. She lives in a small apartment in a D.C. high-rise.

The characters in Riley’s novel are also in a marriage that is teetering on the edge. It opens with Adam, her protagonist, trying to decide if he should talk to Suzanne, his wife, about their relationship. He works from home, and he has decided this was the day they would talk. In the end, he loses his nerve and doesn’t say anything. But to his surprise Suzanne is the one who takes the initiative.

Riley’s life and the novel she is writing share many similarities, but there are also major differences. Suzanne turns out to be having an affair with her female boss. Riley’s best friend is a slightly older lesbian who is attracted to Riley but who values the platonic friendship they have.

As the story unfolds, unexpected things happen that challenge all of the characters. Without giving away the plot, the lines between reality and fantasy begin to blur, and each of the characters has to deal with the emotional impact of events as they unfold. 

What was your inspiration for it?

I do not think there was a specific inspiration. When I was younger, I was divorced at about Riley’s age, and I often thought of it as a difficult but growthful time in my life. I do not regret for a moment that entire process, so I suppose respecting it and recognizing its importance were the main reasons I selected this theme. I also think relationship norms are changing in our society, and young people struggle with those.

What type of challenges did you face while writing this book?

Having my wife read the opening chapter. She did not speak to me for a while. I think she took it personally. Actually, I know she took it personally. She is not a writer and tends not to understand how writers work or create. Admittedly, that is a difficult thing to grasp. She got over it and enjoyed the book.

Did your book require a lot of research?

Not a great deal. I am familiar with D.C., as my daughter lives there, and we visit often. As a psychologist, I have had the opportunity to see people up close and learn how we humans function. There is often a big difference between what others see of us and what transpires in our minds. The tension between those two aspects of life is what I wanted to portray in this book.

What do you do when your muse refuses to collaborate?

Stop typing. But I do not blame that on a muse. She is around whenever I need her. I have found her available whenever I sit down to write.

Many writers experience a vague anxiety before they sit down to right. Can you relate to this?

No. Quite the contrary. I feel fortunate to be able to construct fictional narratives that hang together in a way that many people have found appealing. When I sit down to write, I open myself up to a process that I am not sure I understand completely. But none of it is anxiety-producing. Sometimes it is even exhilarating. I do feel a responsibility to engage what I know about the process, such as writing every day.

Do you have a writing schedule? Are you disciplined?

I am disciplined enough to write on a daily basis, but I do not write all day long. I know there are writers who do, and I envy them that ability. I seem to have an internal mechanism that runs about an hour or so and then simply stops. As if it is done for the day. If it is, so am I. Doing this every day will eventually result in a novel-length story.

What was your publishing process like?

I have tried several venues for publication. In the end, I decided to set up my own company to do this. That way I am in charge of costs, production values, and everything related to the process. Editing is one of the most challenging parts. I have been fortunate to have worked with some excellent editors. I also work with talented designers and other professionals involved in the process.

How do you celebrate the completion of a book?

Good question. Besides being enormously relieved, I do not think I have a particular ritual. I notice that I do not write for a while after a book is published. I think this is partly because I am emotionally spent and because so many tasks remain to be done after the actual publication. Such as this interviewJ! As I think back, however, I think there is often some champagne involved.

How do you define success?

Loosely. I enjoy writing. I enjoy seeing my books in print. Early on, I had fantasies of making a big splash or achieving some kind of acclaim. That is not so important for me now. I enjoy the process. It is probably one of the few things I do that is entirely creative that I do for its own sake, and that is a wonderful thing to have in my life.

What do you love most about the writer’s life?

The freedom to write what I want. And to let the lives of my characters take shape as they wish. And the fact that it is both useful and solitary is helpful to me. In general, I enjoy time alone, but time alone writing has a special appeal.

What is your advice for aspiring authors?

Write, read, write, read . . . I think most writers are solid readers, and that is a good thing. For people starting out, I recommend finding one’s own voice. My first four book were distinctly different: one a third-person narrative; the second a first-person story; the next a political thriller, etc. Writing improves with candor and authenticity, and the ability to allow characters the full range of their experience, internally and externally, is a skill to be nurtured with great care. Not unlike the process of human maturity overall.

George Orwell once wrote: “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” Thoughts?

An angel is just another type of demon. While I sympathize with his comments about resisting and understanding, I do not think writing is horrible or exhausting. I think, in fact, that it is salubrious and life-giving. I feel sorry for Mr. Orwell, who, I understand, was a man of many contradictions. Of course, 1984 was not a happy book . . . But even when writing about sad, difficult, or tragic things, I find myself respecting or even cherishing the human experience, wherever it takes us.

What’s on the horizon for you?

In the writing department, probably another book. Or two. We’ll see.

Anything else you’d like to tell my readers?

If some of them do read this book, I would be very interested in their reactions. They can be posted on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or on my website.

Thank you.