Monday, May 22, 2017

Rik's Book Trailer Blast!






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.




Zoe Arden is giving away 7 cozy mystery paperbacks by Amanda M. Lee, Agatha Frost, H. Y. Hanna, Joanne Fluke, Leighann Dobbs, Gina Lamanna and Lilian Jackson Brown. BONUS: All entries will receive a free copy of Cozy Mystery: Cake Spell Disaster by Zoe Arden.


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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.