Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Book Feature: Moses & Mac by Franca Pelaccia


MOSES & MAC by Franca Pelaccia, Action/Adventure/Mystery/Women's Fiction, 303 pp., $14.99 (paperback) $3.99 (Kindle)

Title: MOSES & MAC
Author: Franca Pelaccia
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Pages: 303
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Adventure/Mystery

On her dismal 30th birthday, unassuming Victorian scholar Mackenzie Braden receives a mysterious package from her Aunt Sara, urging her to locate Moses’ rod. The most powerful weapon in history will start global chaos if it lands in the wrong hands. Sara was an agent for the top-secret Vatican Archaeological Service. She has also been dead for 30 years and the agency dormant for just as long. Mackenzie’s only clue is a souvenir figurine of Moses, and except for hunky ex-military pilot Eoin Reilly, her allies are as inept as she is.

But nothing is going to stop Mackenzie from recharging her lacklustre life, fulfilling her mission, finding answers about her aunt, and making Eoin her birthday present. Armed with the figurine, Mackenzie sets off with Eoin for the Middle East. There she has to fend off a Ph.D. candidate turned terrorist, a dysfunctional family of treasure hunters, a fake Mossad operative, a manic former VAS agent, the underground tunnels of the Gaza Strip, and a whole lot of rocket launchers. But this is training for the ultimate confrontation with her aunt’s and now her greatest foe, a charming deposed Saudi prince with world domination on his mind.

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A birthday no one remembered was outright unforgivable. A birthday that would change all those to follow was downright insane.

It was a changing of the guard birthday. The one when everything went thicker—face moisturizers, waistlines and mindsets, and the absence of a credible man in my life was tossed around me, over me, behind me, and in front of me by all my loved ones. But, instead of a “Happy Birthday, Mackenzie” call from a mother who was never supposed to forget. Or a “You thought your old man forgot, didn’t you, Mackie?” from a father who pretended to forget. Or some form of birthday sympathy from any of my three older sisters, I got a call from ancient Father Somerville.

Father Somerville saw through my god-forsaken soul, or made me believe it, even now in my supposedly all-powerful thirtieth year of life. In his sixty-year-old seasoned pulpit voice, he declared I had received a package from my Aunt Sara. A package from her would have been great on a birthday no one remembered, if Aunt Sara hadn’t vacated her office and neglected her duties as lecturer of biblical archaeology over thirty years before and been declared dead twenty years ago.

Aunt Sara was my father’s youngest sister. She was also my godmother. Along with my Uncle Tony, she had held my tiny head over the baptismal font thirty years before. She had posed for pictures with every relative on the Irish side of the family and wisely followed that up with everyone on the Italian side. She enjoyed the seven-course meal at my Uncle Gianni’s restaurant, left to catch a plane to Cairo and was never heard from again. Unless there was delivery from heaven or as both rosary-touting grandmothers would say, from that other place that can’t be named, the package had to be a joke from one nasty person.

But, heck, it was my big 3-0 birthday. Maybe this was some ploy, although on the dark side, to get me to a big birthday bash.




Franca Pelaccia is the author of Moses & Mac, a fast-paced and lively action/adventure/mystery and the first book of the Vatican Archaeological Service series published by Solstice Publishing. The second book is tentatively entitled Mac & the Crusaders. Under the pseudonym of Kirsten Paul, Franca is the author of two romantic comedies for the Calendar Men of King Court series. The first book, The Hockey Player & the Angel will soon be published by the Wild Rose Press. The second book, The Detective & the Burglar is in progress. Writing as Francesca Pelaccia, Franca self-published The Witch’s Salvation, a historical paranormal novel, which won the Beck Valley Reviewers’ Choice Award for 2013. An avid reader, Franca reviews novels for the Historical Novels Society.

Website Address: https://francapelaccia.com/
Blog Address: https://francapelaccia.com/blog/
Twitter Address: https://twitter.com/FrancaPelaccia
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Franca Pelaccia is the author of Moses & Mac, a fast-paced and lively action/adventure/mystery and the first book of the Vatican Archaeological Service series published by Solstice Publishing. The second book is tentatively entitled Mac & the Crusaders. Under the pseudonym of Kirsten Paul, Franca is the author of two romantic comedies for the Calendar Men of King Court series. The first book, The Hockey Player & the Angel will soon be published by the Wild Rose Press. The second book, The Detective & the Burglar is in progress. Writing as Francesca Pelaccia, Franca self-published The Witch’s Salvation, a historical paranormal novel, which won the Beck Valley Reviewers’ Choice Award for 2013. An avid reader, Franca reviews novels for the Historical Novels Society.

Website Address: https://francapelaccia.com/







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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

10 CONFESSIONS: MIKE MARTIN AUTHOR OF SGT. WINDFLOWER SERIES @mike54martin @pumpupyourbook

10 Confessions from Authors is our newest feature!  Here you will find authors from all walks of life and all genres telling us their top ten confessions.  Our guest today is Mike Martin, author of SGT. WINDFLOWER SERIES.

About the Author



Mike Martin was born in Newfoundland on the East Coast of Canada and now lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. He is a long-time freelance writer and his articles and essays have appeared in newspapers, magazines and online across Canada as well as in the United States and New Zealand. He is the author of Change the Things You Can: Dealing with Difficult People and has written a number of short stories that have published in various publications including Canadian Stories and Downhome magazine.

The Walker on the Cape was his first full fiction book and the premiere of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series. Other books in the series include The Body on the T, Beneath the Surface, A Twist of Fortune and A Long Ways from Home, which was shortlisted for the Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award as the best light mystery of the year. A Tangled Web was released in 2017 and the newest book in the series is Darkest Before the Dawn.

Website: www.sgtwindflowermysteries.com
Twitter: @mike54martin
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheWalkerOnTheCapeReviewsAndMore/


1.      I sometimes use real people’s names in my books. It’s not really them, just their name.
2.  
    A relative is sure that she is one of the characters in the books. She is not, but I have contemplated killing that character.
3.      I truly don’t know how the book will end as I’m writing it. I think that’s more fun.
4.      I thought I’d be dead by 50. Lifestyle choices. So, I didn’t make a retirement plan. Now I’m scrambling.
5.      I love my fiction/creative writing. But 90% of my income comes from business/freelance writing.
6.      I always wanted to be a politician, except I couldn’t keep my mouth shut at the right times. And those lifestyle choices, again.
7.      I wanted to be an Olympic athlete, but I wasn’t very good at sports. That was a problem.
8.      I never read my books after they are published. I’m afraid I’ll find a mistake.
9.      I didn’t plan on writing a series, I just didn’t know how to end the first book. Somebody told me I could write a sequel. Really?
10.  I sometimes take my book off the shelf in the Mystery section and put it at the front of the section with all the famous writers. Maybe it will rub off.

 About the Series:
The Sgt. Windflower Mysteries are a light mystery series set in Newfoundland on the east coast of Canada. These cozy-like books follow the adventures of Sgt. Winston Windflower, a Cree from Northern Alberta as he finds a new life and new loves in the tiny village of Grand Bank. There are crimes and mysteries for the Canadian Mountie to investigate and solve but the Sgt. Windflower Mysteries are more about family, friends, good food and good times.

The recurring cast of characters include the love of his life, Sheila Hillier who keeps him well-fed and grounded in reality. There’s also his fellow Mounties like Corporal Eddie Tizzard and a long list of bad actors, both local and just visiting, to cause havoc in their sleepy little town. Windflower brings his native background and traditions with him and finds ways to use them to help himself and his friends through difficult times. Rounding out his life are his collie, Lady, who often has adventures of her own and some new additions to his family that appear in the latest book, Darkest Before the Dawn.

 

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Interview with Rosalind Abel, Author of the Lavender Shores series


Rosalind Abel grew up tending chickens alongside her sweet and faithful Chow, Lord Elgin. While her fantasy of writing novels was born during her teen years, she never would have dreamed she’d one day publish steamy romances about gorgeous men. However, sometimes life turns out better than planned.

In between crafting scorching sex scenes and helping her men find their soul mates, Rosalind enjoys cooking, collecting toys, and making the best damn scrapbooks in the world (this claim hasn’t been proven, but she’s willing to put good money on it).

She adores MM Romance, the power it has to sweep the reader away into worlds filled with passion, steam, and love. Rosalind also enjoys her collection of plot bunnies and welcomes new fuzzy ones into her home all the time, so feel free to send any adorable ones her way.

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BookBub Page: http://bit.ly/2E5fgUe
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Rosalind Abel Website:  http://www.rosalindabel.com
Rosalind Abel Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2v6iuXI
Lavender Shores Website:  http://www.lavendershores.com
Twitter: @rosalind_abel



Lavender Shores is a charming little California town enclosed by the Point Reyes National Seashore. It has forests, wildlife, cliffs, beaches, and ocean views. At the center of it all is a fancy downtown of picture perfect restaurants and shops, surrounded by Victorian mansions and craftsman cottages.

The town was designed to be a safe-haven in the 1940’s by five families. The series follows the descents of those five founding families as they discover romance, redemption, passion, adventure, and love. Like all small towns, everyone always knows everyone else’s business. And when you’re ‘founding family royalty’ all eyes are on you, and that can make things… interesting.

While each novel is guaranteed to have you laughing, crying, sighing, and fanning yourself as you reach every happy ending, there will always be twists and turns along the way. Lavender Shores is pure storybook quality (of the grown-up variety) and the ultimate place to fall in love.


Title: The Palisade
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 230
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction

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Title: The Garden
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 264
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction

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Title: The Veranda
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 258
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction

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Title: The Shipwreck
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 292
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction

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Title: The Hideaway
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 258
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction

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Title: The Glasshouse
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 304
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction

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Title: The Alcove
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 312
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction

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Title: The Wilderness
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 298
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction

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Title: The Victorian
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 336
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction

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What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

The first inspiration to write was when I was fifteen. School had never been easy, a constant challenge in nearly every way. But during my sophomore year in high school, Ms. Hungerford assigned some short stories to write. I fell in love. She was sweet and encouraging, and it was the first instance where school wasn’t stressful or painful. Twenty-five years later, I’m still writing.


Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?

I don’t. While I do try to learn the craft of storytelling from every movie and book that I watch or read, there are times where I’ll pick up on a particular aspect that I think works really well or not at all, in the midst of watching or reading. Typically, however it’s more of a reflection afterwords, trying to figure out why I enjoyed it so much so that I  can incorporate those bigger principles into my own craft, or parceling out why a particular story didn’t work for me so that I don’t repeat those same mistakes. For me, taking notes or analyzing too much while watching a movie or reading a book would steal some of the enjoyment and the fantasy and romance of it all. I feel like I would risk turning this long fought dream into a job instead of a career if I did that.


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

I don’t! And I’m praying that remains true. I was a special ed teacher for fifteen years,  as I sought publication, and while that was wonderful, it was time for that to be over. There was a little bit of fear that once I became a full-time writer I would discover it wasn’t everything I dreamed it would be. Thankfully, the opposite is true. It’s even more wonderful than I could ever have imagined.  Granted, it’s full of terror, as there are no guarantees, and trying to pay bills while living your dream is a…  special sort of challenge, let’s say. But other than that, I am so very grateful, humbled, and ecstatic that I get the privilege of doing what I love most in the world.   I owe that to single person that gives my writing a chance,  there’s not enough thanks to be said!

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

1.       Make sure you truly want this as your career, and that it’s not just a passing fancy or  a romanticized idea of being a writer.  If it’s something you’re willing to give everything to, then go for it and don’t let go. It’s worth it!
2.       Make sure you love your characters. Make them imperfect, fallible, flawed, dark, whatever, just make sure you love them.  If you have evil characters, maybe you don’t love them, but make sure you understand them. Both of these things will come through in your writing, make it stronger, and help the reader connect with and care about the characters.
3.       Write!  Read! Work!   You’re putting words, lives, entire universes out to the world.  There will always be  negative reviews,  but if you create a novel that you’re proud of, then you can stand behind it no matter what. It doesn’t matter if only one person reads it or thousands over the next many years, writing / publishing is  a privilege and an honor. Treat it as such.

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing, what hours do you write best, and how often do you write?

Though this is my dream career, I treat writing very much like a job. I get up at the same time I did when I was a teacher, I have set work hours every day, which, though spread out, add up to much, much, much more than forty hours a week. I’ve gone from writing one book a year to writing eleven.  I discovered that the more I write, the more ideas I have.  The more planning and devotion I give to the craft, the more inspiration comes my way. I have fought a long, long time for the privilege of having a writing career, it’s time to nourish it and help it bloom!

Are you an avid reader?

I am!  Though, as stated before, school was never easy for me, and that includes reading. I’m still a slow reader.  I read the old-fashioned way every night,  but throughout the day, I listen to countless audiobooks. I tear through them as I do house chores, workout, walk the dogs, drive here and there. I go through hundreds a year.  My love for the written word has only grown.

What are you reading now?

Currently, I am reading and/or listening to:

Be Fairy Game, by Meghan Maslow
Hiding in Plain Sight, by Bru Baker
The Witches of New York, By Ami McKay
Becoming, by Michelle Obama
Wedding Cake and Woes, by Agatha Frost

Waiting desperately for the newest JR Ward, JD Robb, and Kelley Armstrong installments.

And, of course, the Harry Potter series is a constant re-read


What are you currently working on?

I am working on the last two novels of the Lavender Shores series. Book 10, The Lighthouse, and Book 11, The Refuge.

Thank you so much for having me stop by today, and thank you to all of you for reading this interview and giving the Lavender Shores series a chance! Much love!


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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

10 Confessions from Ken Malovos, Author of Sweet Justice



Ken Malovos has been practicing law in Sacramento for over forty years. He spent twelve years with the Public Defender’s Office and twenty-five years as a business litigator. He now serves full-time as a mediator and arbitrator. He has written three previous Mike Zorich novels and has been recognized by Chanticleer Book Reviews as a First Prize Category Winner in the legal genre of the Mystery and Mayhem competition and as a finalist in the Thriller and Suspense competition.
You can visit Ken’s website at https://kenmalovos.com/.




1.      My first novel took five years to write. My next novels have taken progressively shorter times to write. Sweet Justice only took one year.
2.      I have written to many possible agents (maybe 60) asking for representation but have struck out, so far.
3.      All four of my four novels were both easy and hard to write. Easy because I love to write but
hard to fit in all of the facts and characters in a consistent and coherent way.
4.      I have discovered some typographical errors in my first three novels, after publication. They are a major source of embarrassment. I cringe when a reader points out an error to me.
5.      All of my characters are an extension of myself, in some manner or form. Woody Allen said this about his writing and I believe it to be true.
6.      I love writing from a female point of view, from time to time, just because it is a challenge.
7.      I am waiting to be discovered by some Hollywood type, who wants to make my story into a movie.
8.      When I am in a true writing “groove,” I will start in the late morning and then casually look at the clock in my room and discover that it is 5 p.m. Time just flies. This has happened many times and I end the day with a deep sense of accomplishment, even if what I wrote is still in need of a lot of editing.
9.      Speaking of which, I am absolutely amazed at the number of “errors” I make in my initial drafts that I catch in editing. Mostly, they are errors of consistency, where I deviate from my story line with some detail and then write a different detail for the same thing, later in the story.
10.  I confess I absolutely love the positive feelings I get from anyone who has read my novels and then gushes to me about how much they loved them.

About the Book:

Title: SWEET JUSTICE
Author: Ken Malovos
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 461
Genre: Legal Mystery

BOOK BLURB:
Judge Robert Tilson is a retired judge now working exclusively as a private mediator and arbitrator. One night he is murdered. The police focus on criminal defendants who appeared before him and past clients. They also are interested in litigants who have appeared before him when he was serving as an arbitrator. But progress is slow and the judge’s daughter, Kathy Lamb, decides to investigate on her own. She makes friends with David Powell, who is quite upset with Judge Tilson for an intended arbitration award that favors his siblings in the division of their parents’ estate. David is acquitted through the efforts of Mike Zorich, trial lawyer. But Kathy finds out that her father had been carrying on an affair with his court clerk for many years and she suspects the clerk’s husband is the one who killed Judge Tilson. She is right.

Meanwhile, Judge Jim Hansen is still dealing with the ordeal of being accused, arrested and charged with murder in the first degree of Alicia Obregon, a woman who had been blackmailing him over an incident in Amboise, France, 30 years ago, when he was accused of raping a fellow student. The jury could not make up their mind and eventually the prosecution decides not to retry him but to dismiss the charges. The other judges in the courthouse shun him. He seeks help with a counselor. He has not been truthful at his trial or with his wife. Further, he threw a case before he became a judge, when he was a deputy district attorney because of the fear of blackmail from Alicia Obregon. Anthony Obregon, Alicia’s husband is then tried for her murder but he is acquitted. It turns out that the husband of the woman who made the charge of rape against Judge Hansen 30 years ago is responsible for Alicia’s murder.

Mike Zorich is in the center of the effort to find the real killers,who are eventually arrested, tried and convicted. Anthony Obregon is the connection between the two cases as he was accused of killing his own wife and he was asked to kill Judge Tilson, but refused to do so. His information and the efforts of Kathy Lamb and Mike Zorich lead to the righteous killers. 

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Monday, February 4, 2019

10 Things You Didn't Know About Douglas Baign, author of From Straight-laced to Cross-dressed


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Title: From Straight-laced to Cross-dressed
Author: Douglas Baign
Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com
Genre: Biographies/Memoirs
Format: Ecopy /Paperback

From Straight-laced to Cross-dressed tells the story of a disturbed adult in therapy seeking to understand and prevent his desire to commit suicide. Douglas starts by knowing that it has something to do with sex but soon discovers that he can't talk about his sexuality without first discussing his religious beliefs and drift away from strict Christian Fundamentalism.The overlapping issues dredge up a confused morass of anger and love, abuse and sex.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Author Or The Book.

Writing this book was definitely a form of therapy. I was going through normal talk therapy while writing it anyway, but there were several times when I had to lay aside the book while I worked through issues. Once done, I incorporated them into the book. The entire process was emotionally grueling. I wept several times while keyboarding and talking or writing about it now still brings an ache to my heart. The abuse and self-abuse the book describes was actually much worse in reality. In fact, my editor refused to work with the original manuscript because she thought the material was too sensationalist. I had to censor it quite a bit before editing even began than we toned it down further at least twice more before the final draft. The 1975-80 dates are real, as are the love letters and I still have the pen-and-paper originals. Yup. I really did cart all this stuff around every time I moved (lots) for 30 years under the theory that I'd need it someday to write a book. I did and I did. I keyboarded everything from 1975-80 into the computer to use as reference material. This ran into a hundred pages or so, which means I was very selective about what actually got included. That material still exists, so I suppose I could use it somewhere else. But it’s doubtful I tampered with most dates written after 2000. I wrote this material piece-meal, one entry at a a time in no particular sequence then shuffled the pieces into different pictures as I drafted. I tried tracking this but gave up, and simply re-dated everything once I completed a draft. The only person in my family who knows I've written this book is my wife. She commented that she was glad she didn't play a large part in the book and that I respected her privacy when she comes on stage. The book contains several 'easter eggs' - hidden puns or references. Sorry! I won't tell you what they are. My test readers caught most of them but there's at least one they didn't catch and it may well stay hidden for a looong time. I prefer to stay anonymous for two reasons. The most important is that the book is deeply personal and discusses my mental illness. I don't want to be pointed at or singled out as crazy. I have enough problems dealing with crowds as it is now. Secondly, these are real people in the book. There's no reason to violate their privacy. I avoid participating in writing groups partly because I'm crowd adverse and partly because I don't feel like my viewpoint is close enough to share. BTW, the success of the writing classes I took as an undergrad depended more on the teacher and on my fellow students than on the subject studied (poetry, short story...).



MEET THE AUTHOR
Coming from a long line of teachers, Douglas Baign has a Masters degree in Education but spent his career testing and documenting low-level software. He likes looking at anything basic then challenging assumptions. Doug also has a BS in Cognitive Psychology and a deep and abiding interest in History and Physics.

Douglas' super-power is breaking things, especially computer code, but he prefers to create books, poetry and music. He also enjoys travel and photography.

Tour Schedule

Monday, February 4
Guest blogging at Confessions of an Eccentric Bookaholic

Tuesday, February 5
Book featured at Lover of Literature

Wednesday, February 6
Interviewed at As the Page Turns

Thursday, February 7
Guest blogging at The Literary Nook

Friday, February 8
Guest blogging at The Dark Phantom

Monday, February 11
Book reviewed at A Title Wave

Tuesday, February 12
Guest blogging at Bent Over Bookwords

Wednesday, February 13
Interviewed at Review From Here

Thursday, February 14
Book featured at The Zen Reader

Friday, February 15
Guest blogging at Harmonious Publicity
Book reviewed at C'est La T

Monday, February 18
Guest blogging at She Writes

Tuesday, February 19
Guest blogging at Write and Take Flight

Wednesday, February 20
Book reviewed at Voodoo Princess

Thursday, February 21
Interviewed at Literal Exposure

Friday, February 22
Guest blogging at The Revolving Bookshelf

Monday, February 25
Interviewed at Straight From the Author's Mouth

Tuesday, February 26
Guest blogging at Inkslinger's Opus

Wednesday, February 27
Interviewed at The Writer's Life

Thursday, February 28
Book reviewed at I'm Shelf-ish