Monday, May 22, 2017

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About the Book:

Title: RIK’S   
Author: dhtreichler
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 483
Genre: Thriller

“The entire affair began with sheep brains and falafel -- Saddam Hussein's favorite dish.”
It is 1990 and in Baghdad two lovers are separated by the impending First Gulf War. CIA operative Rik Bogart is desperately seeking television correspondent Ingrid Johannson -- but is instead picked up by  Saddam’s Secret Police and thrown into Abu Graib -- the Prison of the Dead. Ten years later, he must make a fateful decision after finally reuniting with her -- one that may keep them apart forever. How far would YOU go for your true love?
This heart-pounding thriller is written by a former international defense contractor who brings incredible realism and arresting insights into the days leading up to Saddam’s invasion of neighboring Kuwait, and provides a chilling account of life inside the infamous Prison of the Dead.
"It's as much a love story as it is a runaway thriller." Midwest Book Review

RIK’S IS AVAILABLE AT AMAZON


Book Excerpt:


Despite the blood flowing from my side and my exhausted condition, we wrestled for control of the weapon.

I rolled him over, coming up on top, and pinned him to the ground as we continued to wrestle for control of the Glock. I pushed his arm down to my left, held his arm with my left hand and punched him in the face, which loosened his grip just enough. I gained control of the gun. Now Tariq stared down the barrel of his own weapon with me on top of him.

“So this is the end, my friend?” Tariq asked as he looked beyond the barrel pointed at his head.

“No, Tariq, this is just the beginning. The ring?”

Tariq nodded in understanding and held his hand up for me to remove my Academy class ring, which I did and slipped it into my pocket.


About the Author

As a defense contractor, award-winning screenwriter and novelist, dhtreichler has wandered the world, visiting garden spots and more.  Having lived and worked with our intelligence agents and soldiers, witnessing the conflicts and the turmoil of recent decades, he paints vivid backdrops for his stories. Like him, the men and women he portrays attempt to make sense of our fast-changing world. He has held a lifelong interest in the profound influence of rapidly changing technology on our lives and relationships. Exploring that power (what has changed and what might come) forms an insightful theme of his novels. His stories also reflect the universal desires and fears of real people everywhere.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

In the Spotlight: Witch Cake Murders by Zoe Arden


Title: Witch Cake Murders
Author: Zoe Arden
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 330
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Witches and humans have always existed peacefully in Sweetland Cove... until now.

Someone is killing humans and drawing unwanted attention to the supernatural residents of Sweetland Cove.

Ava Rose just turned twenty-one, and with her birthday came a few surprises.
One: she's a witch.
Two: she's part owner of a magical bakery she never knew existed.
Three: Someone wants her dead.

The day Ava arrives in Sweetland Cove, murders begin occurring…
Witches and wizards are quick to blame her, but Ava's aunts won't let the town they love turn against her.

But murders follow Ava everywhere.

Soon, she finds herself on the receiving end of the killer's mad spree. With a crazy wizarding sheriff who wants to lock her up, and an even crazier wizarding detective who wants to lock her whole family up, Ava must solve this case alone.

But as the days pass and the only clues point to her, Ava starts to wonder if maybe the sheriff is right.

Maybe she really is the killer.

The only thing Ava knows for sure is that the witches of Sweetland are not happy with her. Especially those witches who have something to hide.
And they all have something to hide.

Can Ava stop the killer before they strike again... even if that killer is her?

Witch Cake Murders is available at Amazon.

Book Excerpt:


"Let me ask you something," Brendan said. "You're a witch. Why do witches like human men?" He was looking at me so earnestly I felt compelled to answer him. I just didn't know what to say.
"Um..." I stammered. "I don't know. I grew up around humans, so I guess I'm just drawn to them." I looked back through the glass patio door at Damon, who was dancing with Megan again. Brendan followed my gaze, looking miserable.
"Love sucks," he said, then shoved the purple stem he'd been twirling into his pocket and skulked off. I turned back to the stars and sighed.
An earth-shattering scream rose into the night, making me jump.
Through the patio door, I could see a crowd gathering around the perimeter of the room. A woman was screaming. I hurried inside. The crowd had opened up, leaving two people in its center.
Felicity stood there, her mouth hanging open. Campbell was dancing around her, his hands flying unnaturally through the air. His head was tilted at an odd angle and his tongue lolled out the side of his mouth, like a thirsty dog. He was making strange grunting noises that almost resembled words.
"He's drunk!" someone yelled.
Campbell swung his hips around and bumped into Felicity, who stumbled away from him.
"All right, all right, break it up," Felicity's boyfriend Lincoln said.
Lincoln was the sheriff of Mistmoor Point, and the crowded parted for him as he came through.  Even if he hadn't been a sheriff, I suspected the crowd would still have parted for him. At six feet tall with bronze hair and blue eyes, he made quite a figure in the middle of a crowd.
"Okay, Campbell. Time to go home," Lincoln said, clamping one hand down on his shoulder.
Campbell yanked Lincoln hard, sending him flying across the room. Everyone gasped. Campbell stopped, looked around, then let out a strange gurgling sound. He fell to the floor. His face was bright blue.
Felicity hunkered down next to him. She gave him one hard shake then looked up at the rest of the room, her mouth gaping.
"He's dead," she cried. "Campbell's dead!"
Who would be next?





About the Author

It was from reading Agatha Christie’s mystery books that inspired Zoe to write cozy mystery novels. Zoe liked the fact that cozy mysteries are able to offer readers a form of escapism that typical detective stories can’t.

Like what Marilyn Stasio, who has been the Crime columnist forThe New York TimesBook Review since the late 1980s, recently wrote: “The abiding appeal of the cozy mystery owes a lot to our collective memory, true or false, of simpler, sweeter times.” It is Zoe’s desire that her writings will evoke that nostalgic memory in all of us; those memories of the good old days.

What sets Zoe apart in her writings is her fusing of Mystery with Paranormal elements, a combination which will bring about fantasies that are intriguing and engaging. Her stories contain unexpected twists and sometimes light-hearted moments that will make one smile at Zoe’s quirkiness, fun and wittiness in her writings.

You can connect with Zoe at Facebook.




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Meet the Author: Daryl-Jarod, Author of Silk: The Complete Trilogy





Daryl-Jarod is an Amazon best-selling author, recording artist, and actor. Born and raised in Hopkins, South Carolina, he always had big dreams of pursuing a career in entertainment.

As a child he'd write short stories and songs, which later aided him in transitioning into the talented storyteller he is today. His writing career all began with a short poem he composed in third grade entitled, "My Teacher is Neat", which was selected to be featured in a publication of poems from talented students throughout the state. The encouragement of his mother, teachers, and peers, pushed him to continue writing.

Years later, he is now the author of Silk, an acclaimed erotic series that debuted atop of Amazon's Best-Seller Erotica charts. With many more book releases in the works, he has also displayed his skills as a singer-songwriter and rapper on his debut mixtape, "The Liberation of Daryl-Jarod". Despite consistently maintaining a busy schedule, he always kept his acting goals in sight as he graduated from Coker College with a BA in Theatre Performance.

Daryl-Jarod is hard at work on various new literary projects and his upcoming EP.

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Title: SILK: THE COMPLETE TRILOGY
Author: Daryl-Jarod
Publisher: Daryl-Jarod Entertainment
Pages: 270
Genre: Erotica

From the vivid imagination of Daryl-Jarod, comes the long-awaited collection of the Amazon Best-Selling erotic series, Silk. Included are all 24 original jaw-dropping erotic stories, along with the brand-new tale, Pink Fortress, which reveals just how outrageously wild things become when an Uber driver falls for a sultry passenger. Sit back, relax, grab a lover and unwind, as Daryl-Jarod takes you on a wild erotic ride filled with unfaithful lovers, lustful thrills and the truly astounding power of romance and love. Caution! Erotica just got hotter!

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What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

I truly believe my mom has always been the inspiration behind my love for writing. As a kid, she’d faithfully read to me every night and I think that helped me appreciate books the way I do now.

At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

In fourth grade, I discovered my talent after my English teacher submitted a poem I wrote to be included in a collection of work. But I didn’t truly realize I wanted to take writing seriously until I reached middle school. I penned a short story entitled, “Trapped”, that centered around the life of a woman enduring an abusive marriage. I ended up passing it around to my English teacher and classmates. Their encouragement really gave me the idea that I could possibly someday become a published author.

Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?

I don’t. I usually take notes at the most unusual times. Sometimes I’ll have a dream about a story idea or a unique character, so I’ll hop up out of bed to jot it down before I forget. Ideas even come to me while I’m driving or in the middle of deep conversations. My brain is always working!

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?

That’s an excellent question!

My first tip would be to never take your first draft seriously. I go through countless rewrites and situations the characters go through tend to change. The draft is just the first step. Just focus on finishing that and revise the story later.

My second tip is don’t be afraid to open up and let others read your work. I used to be so secretive that I wouldn’t allow anyone to even take a glimpse at what I was working on because I felt it was so sacred. But from experience, I’ve learned it can help a great deal if you grant people you trust the opportunity to look over your work. They can catch typos you’ve overlooked and offer advice on how you can make your storyline better. They can easily serve as beta readers or free editors!

My final tip is to write as often as you can! Even if it’s only five to ten minutes a day. As writers, we need to always work on expanding and developing our craft.

What hours do you write best?

I’m a night owl so I’ve discovered I work best at night. Sometimes, I’ll stay up all night just to finish mapping out what’s on my mind.


Are you an avid reader?

Yes! I believe reading as much as you can to be essential if one desires to be a great writer.

What are you reading now?

Right now, I’m currently reading “The Power of I Am” by Joel Osteen, “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale, and “Vengeance” by Zane.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on a new eShort for the holidays, as well as finalizing a full-length erotic romance entitled, “Sweat”.

*Thank you so much for the interview! J


Monday, May 8, 2017

Meet the Author: Mark Oristano, Author of Surgeon's Story



Mark Oristano has been a professional writer/journalist since the age of 16.

After growing up in suburban New York, Oristano moved to Texas in 1970 to attend Texas Christian University.  A major in Mass Communications, Mark was hired by WFAA-TV in 1973 as a sports reporter, the start of a 30-year career covering the NFL and professional sports.

Mark has worked with notable broadcasters including Verne Lundquist, Oprah Winfrey and as a sportscaster for the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network and Houston Oilers Radio Network.  He has covered Super Bowls and other major sports events throughout his career.  He was part of Ron Chapman’s legendary morning show on KVIL-FM in Dallas for nearly 20 years.

In 2002 Oristano left broadcasting to pursue his creative interests, starting a portrait photography business and becoming involved in theater including summer productions with Shakespeare Dallas. He follows his daughter Stacey’s film career who has appeared in such shows as Friday Night Lights and Bunheads.

A veteran stage actor in Dallas, Mark Oristano was writer and performer for the acclaimed one-man show “And Crown Thy Good: A True Story of 9/11.”

Oristano authored his first book, A Sportscaster’s Guide to Watching Football: Decoding America’s Favorite Game. A Sportcaster’s Guide offers inside tips about how to watch football, including stories from Oristano’s 30-year NFL career, a look at offense, defense and special teams, and cool things to say during the game to sound like a real fan.

In 2016 Oristano finished his second book, Surgeon’s Story, a true story about a surgeon that takes readers inside the operating room during open heart surgery. His second book is described as a story of dedication, talent, training, caring, resilience, guts and love.

In 1997, Mark began volunteering at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, working in the day surgery recovery room. It was at Children’s that Mark got to know Kristine Guleserian, MD, first to discuss baseball, and later, to learn about the physiology, biology, and mystery of the human heart. That friendship led to a joint book project, Surgeon’s Story, about Kristine’s life and career.

Mark is married and has two adult children and two grandchildren.

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Title: SURGEON’S STORY
Author: Mark Oristano
Publisher: Authority Publishing
Pages: 190
Genre: Nonfiction Medical

What is it like to hold the beating heart of a two-day old child in your hand?  What is it like to counsel distraught parents as they make some of the most difficult decisions of their lives?

Noted pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Kristine Guleserian has opened up her OR, and her career, to author Mark Oristano to create Surgeon’s Story - Inside OR-6 With a top Pediatric Heart Surgeon. 

Dr. Guleserian’s life, training and work are discussed in detail, framed around the incredibly dramatic story of a heart transplant operation for a two-year old girl whose own heart was rapidly dying.  Author Mark Oristano takes readers inside the operating room to get a first-hand look at pediatric heart surgeries most doctors in America would never attempt.

That’s because Dr. Guleserian is recognized as one of the top pediatric heart surgeons in America, one of a very few who have performed a transplant on a one-week old baby. Dr. Guleserian (Goo-liss-AIR-ee-yan) provided her expertise, and Oristano furnished his writing skills, to produce A Surgeon’s Story.

As preparation to write this stirring book, Oristano spent hours inside the operating room at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas watching Guleserian perform actual surgeries that each day were life or death experiences. Readers will be with Dr. Guleserian on her rounds, meeting with parents, or in the Operating Room for a heart transplant.

Oristano is successful sportscaster and photographer and has made several appearances on stage as an actor. He wrote his first book A Sportscaster’s Guide to Watching Football: Decoding America’s Favorite Game, and continues to volunteer at Children’s Medical Center.

“We hear a lot about malpractice and failures in medical care,” says Oristanto, “but I want my readers to know that parts of the American health care system work brilliantly. And our health care system will work even better if more young women would enter science and medicine and experience the type of success Dr. Guleserian has attained.”
Readers will find all the drama, intensity, humor and compassion that they enjoy in their favorite fictionalized medical TV drama, but the actual accounts in Surgeon’s Story are even more compelling. One of the key characters in the book is 2-year-old Rylynn who was born with an often fatal disorder called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and was successfully treated by Dr. Guleserian.

Watch the Book Trailer at YouTube.

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What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

Writing, and literacy in general, were very important in the home I grew up in. Words were always a part of our lives, written and verbal. From an early age I was heavily influenced by the wit of Groucho Marx.

Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?

When reading, I often take notes. When I watch a movie I want to just let the experience of the story wash over me, and note-taking would inhibit that.

Do you have a day job?  What do you do?

I don’t have a day job per se. I’m a stage actor here in Dallas, Texas, and I also do some portrait photography work. But for the past six years, this book has been the major focus of my work.

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?

1)      Never use two words where one word will do.
2)      Never use two syllables where one will do.
3)      Don’t get it right, get it written.

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing?

Of course. Every so often you have to take time off and go to a baseball game, or take a cruise somewhere. That kind of thing recharges the mind.

What hours do you write best?

From about noon to four pm.

How often do you write?

When I need to.

Are you an avid reader?

You ought to see my Kindle bill!

What are you reading now?

I just finished Stars in Their Courses, Shelby Foote’s history of the battle of Gettysburg. I read League of Denial, which reflects the 30 years I spent as a sportscaster covering the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys. I’m currently reading Hamilton.

What are you currently working on?

Promoting Surgeon’s Story: Inside OR-1 With One of America’s Top Pediatric Heart Surgeons.






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Friday, May 5, 2017

Meet the Author: R.J. Blain, Author of PLAYING WITH FIRE & Enter $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!




RJ Blain suffers from a Moleskine journal obsession, a pen fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warning.

When she isn't playing pretend, she likes to think she's a cartographer and a sumi-e painter.

In her spare time, she daydreams about being a spy. Should that fail, her contingency plan involves tying her best of enemies to spinning wheels and quoting James Bond villains until she is satisfied.

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Title: PLAYING WITH FIRE
Author: R.J. Blain
Publisher: Pen & Page Publishing
Pages: 323
Genre: Fantasy/Romantic Comedy

Warning: This novel contains excessive humor, action, excitement, adventure, magic, romance, and bodies. Proceed with caution.

What do you get when you mix gorgons, an incubus, and the Calamity Queen? Trouble, and lots of it.

Working as the only human barista at a coffee shop catering to the magical is a tough gig on a good day. Bailey Gardener has few options. She can either keep spiking drinks with pixie dust to keep the locals happy, or spend the rest of her life cleaning up the world’s nastiest magical substances.

Unfortunately for her, Faery Fortunes is located in the heart of
Manhattan Island, not far from where Police Chief Samuel Quinn works. If she’d been smart, she never would have agreed to help the man find his wife.

Bailey found her, all right—in the absolutely worst way possible.

One divorce and several years later, Bailey is once again entangled in Chief Quinn’s personal affairs, and he has good reason to hate her. Without her, he wouldn’t be
Manhattan’s Most Wanted Bachelor, something he loathes. Without her, he’d still be married.

If only she’d said no when he asked her help, she might have had a chance with him. While her magic worked well, it came with a price: misfortune. Hers.

When Quinn’s former brother-in-law comes to her for help, he leaves her with a cell phone and seventy-five thousand reasons to put her magic to the test. However, when she discovers Quinn’s ex-wife is angling for revenge, Bailey’s tossed in the deep end along with her sexiest enemy.

Playing With Fire is available at Amazon.



What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

Inspiration can be such a weird thing for me. It varies so much on who or what inspires me, and it’s been so long since I’ve started writing it’s difficult to remember what exactly got me into writing. But that said, if I had to stick the blame on anyone, I would credit two authors: Madeline L’Engle and A Wrinkle in Time for making me want to read in the first place, and Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar for making me want to write.

Those two stick out to me the most.

At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I was in high school when I first started writing stories of any sort as far as I can remember. Before then, I was reading. I didn’t want to become a published writer until long after I moved away from home and started to see the world beyond my front door.

Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?

No, I don’t! When I’m reading, I’m completely immersed, so I almost never take notes on anything. If I’m not caught up in the story, I’ll find something else to do, be it pick a different book or write something.

I don’t watch television or movies. They don’t interest me, and I’m not really a big fan of visual media. (I love art, paintings, and portraits, things of that nature—not really one for movies or shows, though.)

Unless Jurassic Park is on. Then I’m cheering for the dinosaurs and the few humans I like in each film. Mostly the dinosaurs.

Go, go team velociraptor!

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?

No. I was technically functionally illiterate until grade four, which was when I discovered I loved reading. I didn’t start writing until much later.

Do you have a day job?  What do you do?

I count my lucky stars each and every day that writing is my day job. I used to have a desk job working in a marking department, but after the company downsized, I took the opportunity to start writing. I’ve been trying to make a real career out of it ever since.


How often do you write?

Every day. If I don’t write something, I tend to get very persnickety and annoyed. So, I always try to get at least a few minutes in even on my day off, otherwise I’m a bit of a bear. It’s for the good of those around me!

Are you an avid reader?

Very much so! I try to read a little bit of something every day, even if it’s rereading one of the books I’ve rewritten to refresh myself on a story. Reading is such an integral part of my writing process. Every now and then, I take a week or two to just read, recharge my battery, and remember why I love writing so much.

Reading is an adventure I really wouldn’t want to live without!

What are you reading now?

Sadly, I’m between books at the moment. I’m really looking forward to getting my paws on the next Ilona Andrews book, the next Faith Hunter book, and the next Robin Hobb book. Once those three release for sale, I doubt anyone will hear from me for at least a few hours.

I tend to get lost when I start reading a good book.

What are you currently working on?

I have a lot of things in the works right now. I just finished the rough draft of an urban fantasy royal romance, something new I’ve been experimenting with. It’s currently written in two notebooks, which means I have a lot of typing in my future, so it’ll probably sit on the back burner for a few months while I finish editing Water Viper, my next release. I also have the final book of my Witch & Wolf series in the works.

Once Water Viper is finished, I’ll be dedicating a lot of my time to the second Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) book, Hoofin’ It.

I’m hoping to have four or five more books released by the end of the year, but we’ll see how the cards fall.

Thanks so much for having me on your blog!

 

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Book Blast: The Humanist Society by Joseph Sassoon







What accounts for the rise and fall of so many civilizations-especially when some of them held more political power than their rivals? Author Joseph Sassoon tackles this question and many others in this, his second volume on self-actualization. As a missionary for humanism, he explores the social conditions that are necessary for the greatest number of people to achieve self-actualization. In presenting his theories, he reviews the work of major thinkers, including Kurt Goldstein and his landmark book, Human Nature in the Light of Psychopathology; Charles Darwin; Buddha; and many others. Sassoon explores the answers to key questions: • What is society's role in helping individuals move toward self-actualization? • What benefits would society enjoy if more people achieved their potential? • What are the main characteristics of a humanist code? • What can we do to promote humanist values? A third volume in this series will establish the conditions required to bring about a world federalism based on humanism. In a changing world with competing ideologies, it is more important than ever to establish the importance of humanist values. In this study, Sassoon describes a step-by-step social arrangement leading to self-actualization for the greatest number of people in society.



Joseph Sassoon is married with two children and two grandchildren. He is also the author of Self Actualization: Theory and Technology. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Long Island University in New York and is a retired real estate developer. The Humanist Society is the second book in a trilogy on self-actualization.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Meet the Author: Doug Cooper, Author of The Investment Club




Doug Cooper is the author of the award-winning novel Outside In and The Investment Club available October 2016. He has a BS in Mathematics Education from Miami University and a MA in American Studies from Saint Louis University. Always searching, he has traveled to over twenty countries on five continents, exploring the contradictions between what we believe and how we act in the pursuit of truth, beauty, and love. Originally from Port Clinton, Ohio, he has also called Cleveland, St. Louis, Detroit, New York, and Oslo, Norway home. He now lives in Cleveland working on his third novel Focus Lost.

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Title: THE INVESTMENT CLUB
Author: Doug Cooper
Publisher: Rare Bird Books
Pages: 362
Genre: Literary/Upmarket Fiction

Forty million people visit Vegas every year but most never get past the strip. What about the people who live there? What brought them there? What keeps them there?

Told from the perspective of a seasoned blackjack dealer, The Investment Club tells the stories of a self-destructive, dwarf entrepreneur, a drug-addicted musical performer-turned-stripper, a retired, widowed New Jersey policeman, a bereaved, divorced female sportscaster, and a card-counting, former Catholic priest before and after their fateful meeting at the El Cortez Casino in downtown Vegas.

As the five learn the greatest return comes from investing in one another, their lives stabilize and take on new, positive directions. But their love and support for each other can take them only so far before they must determine the meaning and value of their own lives.

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What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

Being a writer evolved for me over a long period of time. When I was in fourth grade, we wrote a newspaper article for the local paper as an assignment. The newspaper editor picked mine as one to run in the paper. In high school, I knew I wanted to be a teacher and won departmental awards in both math and English. But when deciding what subject to study at university, being a seventeen year-old boy, I chose math because I didn’t want to grade all those English papers. Around my junior year at Miami University in the Math Education program, I realized I made a mistake and wanted to write. I stuck it out though and graduated and worked for five years as a math teacher getting a Masters in American Studies and committed to being a writer.

Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?

I don’t go as far as to physically taking notes, but I definitely study what I’m watching and always have the closed caption on to see the dialogue as well. I also read all the message boards after the episodes to see reactions from fans and actively discuss shows with other friends who are into the same programs. I really believe we are in a golden age of television drama. So many good shows on a variety of networks.

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?

I’ve always been drawn to words and dialogue and was quite verbal—probably too much if you ask my mom. (Laughs) I started keeping a journal around twenty-one and kept that up for probably twenty years and have them all on a shelf at home. Nice to look back and follow the journey. Now that I’m actively writing, most of my creativity is directed toward the stories and characters, but I still journal on occasion, more when I travel, and most is done digitally with Evernote.

Do you have a day job?  What do you do?

Yes, I have my own consulting company that specializes in business & creative development and project management called Trubelo (www.trubelo.com), which is short for TRuth-BEauty-LOve. Doing project-based work allows me the flexibility to work my own creative projects in along with the work that is paying most of the bills. My strategy is with each book, the revenue split between books and consulting will shift more toward books until I can solely rely on writing for my income.

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?

1.      Turn off the editor when you’re writing the first draft. Get to a hundred pages then look back.
2.      Collaborate, don’t compete with other writers. We’re all in this together. Support each other and learn from one another.
3.      Find another source of income that allows you to keep being creative until writing will sustain you.

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing?

I’d love to say no and that I write five pages every day. But the truth is some days I get distracted. Not all those days are bad though. Sometimes life presents opportunities that seem unimportant that when you follow, materialize into something fantastic. To take some of the pressure off about this, I set weekly goals of between 10-12 thousand words. This works better for me than a daily quota. That way if life gets in the way or I’m just not feeling it, I don’t feel obligated to force it and can focus on some other aspect of the work. Always something that can be done.

How often do you write?

When working on a new book, I set the goal of 10-12,000 words which is about 20-25 pages. When I’m really in a groove I get 4-5 pages done Monday-Friday and take weekends off.

Are you an avid reader?

I read in spurts. Usually January to May I’ll read a few books a month and taper off as the year goes on. When I’m working on the first draft and creating from the blank page, I read the most. I find it helps sharpen my voice and message and also inspire me. I’m always amazed and impressed by how many brilliant writers are out there.

What are you reading now?

I’m reading two books right now. The Buried Book by D.M. Pulley, a local Cleveland writer I know, and Jennifer Egan’s Look at Me.

What are you currently working on?

My next book, for which I’m doing the final rewriting, is called Focus Lost about when passion becomes obsession for nature photographer Gabe Adams, famous actor Levi Combs, and his agent Eva Florez after Gabe inadvertently captures pictures of Levi with underage starlet Emily James. It’s set in Los Angeles and is loosely patterned after Paradise Lost with Levi representing the devil, Gabe as Adam, and Eva as Eve.

Monday, April 24, 2017

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About the Book:

Title: THE SISTERS: A MYSTERY OF GOOD AND EVIL, HORROR AND SUSPENSE
Author: Don Sloan
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 239
Genre: Supernatural/Mystery/Horror/Thriller

In this book, written in the style of Stephen King, two young people on vacation in a small New England seacoast town battle unspeakable horror and solve a hundred-year-old mystery. Fourteen Victorian mansions whisper dark secrets among themselves, and a dangerous shadow roams up and down the wide, wintry boulevard in search of new prey.

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Book Excerpt:

Snow pellets blow white across the boulevard and up onto the wide, night-shadowed porch of the house just in the center of the block. Inside, past leaded glass doors and heavy oak furnishings, something moves.
Up the polished mahogany staircase, and up yet another flight to the third story something moves that has no breath, no warmth, no life.
There is a narrow passageway to the attic, locked behind a heavy door with steel bands. The shadow pauses at the door only long enough to pass cold fingers over the padlock. It falls heavily to the floor and the door opens. The shadow passes through, as quietly as a midnight breeze in an icy cold forest. Here, no light at all warms the creaking steps. It is darker than the inside of death.
In the attic, the bitter, knifing cold whirls and eddies around shapeless mounds of old memorabilia and the shadow moves silently to a dormer window. Cobwebs—spun by industrious spiders long dead—are brushed aside and a single candle is placed on the sill. And in the darkness a flame is struck.
Outside, the wind falls off to nothing, and snow drifts listlessly to the ground. The candle flickers briefly and catches, burning a pinprick hole in the vastness of the night.
Far out to sea, a single cry begins and then falls silent.
And in the dormer window, where the shadow has settled down to wait, the candle flares brightly and then goes out.

About the Author




Don Sloan is a former journalist for a large metropolitan daily newspaper and also an avid book reviewer, with more than 200 reviews posted on Amazon. His goal with the Dark Forces Series is to present readers with a new and exciting horror and suspense thriller experience. He currently lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina with his wife of 39 years, and, when not writing, enjoys a cold glass of Chardonnay in the evenings, sitting on his back deck.

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