Archive | June 2013

Please Welcome Author Brenda Perlin!!

Brenda Perlin

Brenda Perlin

NOTE: For a short time, it’s only .99 on Amazon!!!!  Here’s the link: http://dld.bz/cFcEy

We are so excited to have Brenda Perlin with us today!!  She is a dear friend and wonderful author.  Brenda writes adult contemporary fiction and has the kind of gift in her writing that literally evokes emotional responses in her readers by using a provocatively unique writing style. Her latest book, Home Wrecker, captures the soul-wrenching conflicts of a personal struggle for emotional fulfillment.

Brenda says that ever since she was a child, she has been fascinated with writing; drawing her biggest inspiration from Judy Blume. Both K.R. and I are fans of Ms Blumes too.  Once she was old enough to go to coffee shops alone, Brenda recalls losing herself in the world of writing, all while documenting her ideas on paper napkins.  She says that there is really no creative process, she just writes.  And she does it well!!

Brenda’s first book, Home Wrecker, was published with Master Koda Select Publishing (that’s our publisher too, woot!!)  Brenda has managed to develop a strong fan base in a very short time.  And, it is continuing to grow as this book both entertains its readers and leaves them in a state of profound thought. This book is truly unique in it’s ability to cause you, the reader, to reflect on any and all major decisions you have ever made in your life.  In the near future, Brenda would like to have Home Wrecker expanded into a trilogy in order to tell the untold stories of her characters.  Personally, we cannot wait for this to happen.

Well, let’s get this interview going!  Brenda, it’s so wonderful of you to take time out of your busy schedule and be with us!!

Oh, I am so glad to be here.

Well, let’s start with the book.  What is the title of your newest release?

 

Home Wrecker

 

 

What an awesome cover! Those eyes just draw you right in.  Brenda, tell us, what are you currently working on?

Book two in the series Home Wrecker: The Brooklyn Chronicles

Wonderful, we cannot wait for it to come out.  But, let’s learn a bit more about you, the person.  Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

I love spending time with my boyfriend and his 100 pound German Shepherd, Heinz. I love going to concerts and listening to music and I also love trying new restaurants and new adventures. No hiking please!!!

Oh, no hiking, well, what about zip lining?  We are both addicted to it!  Lol!!  Ok, we’ll talk about that later. Brenda, if you would have time travel abilities and could meet anyone from any time, who would you like to meet?

I don’t know, the first person that came to mind was John Lennon so I am sticking with that answer. I loved that he stood for peace even though he did not receive a peaceful ending.

Very true, his ending was far from peaceful.  What is your all time favorite movie?

Cinema Paradiso. Have you seen it? It is so touching!

No, we haven’t seen it.  We’ll have to check it out.  Let’s see, oh, if there was one author you could meet with and learn from, who would that be?

Pat Conroy. I think he would have a lot to say.

Yes, we agree.  What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Like Nike, JUST DO IT!!!

LOL! Yes, JUST DO IT!!!  Can you give us any tips that you learned along your path of picking up the pen to having a published novel?

You have to learn how to market your book. You can be a great writer and write a great story but you need exposure. That being said, be honest, be giving, and be out there!

Well, we know from experience, that’s exactly what you do. You are one of the most giving authors we know!  So Brenda, do you plan on being a full time writer, or do you have other career plans?

Right now there is NOTHING that I would want to more than writing.

We can identify with that passion ourselves.  What do you write? Specific genres, ages groups, etc.

I write fiction that I think is meant for adults only although I have noticed a lot of young people have read Home Wrecker and have enjoyed it. I would not recommend it though.

Yes, we can see why.  It’s not a subject to be taken lightly.  So do you prefer Ebook, paperback, or hardcover?

I am just starting to love Ebooks. It is so convenient. I used to be so old school (last week) but now I am getting used to not turning pages. I still love a paperback.

This is one of our favorite questions to ask.  We know that each author has their own unique way of sharing a story.  What do you think makes your writing unique?

I think more than anything, my writing is a real reflection of who I am. I really try not to be like anyone else and I think that comes across. It is nothing fancy but what I write is always from the heart.

Do you have any writing rituals like a particular treat, good luck charm, etc?

It depends on my mood but nothing crazy. Sometimes I like music and sometimes I need complete silence. I like to have water and sucking candies. That is always a must!!!

That’s fun. We prefer the drone of a coffee shop while we write.  Oh, and unlimited soda refills never hurts, lol!! Do you have a set writing schedule or do you write when the fancy hits you?

The fancier the better! Yes, I write whenever the mood hits me.

Thank you, Brenda for being such a fun guest. We have enjoyed getting to know a bit better and know that our readers have too. 

 

Here’s the inside scoop on where you can connect with Brenda and get her amazing book, Home Wrecker.  Oh, and for a short time, it’s only .99 on Amazon!!!!  Here’s the link for that: http://dld.bz/cFcEy

 

Amazon author page

http://www.amazon.com/Brenda-Perlin/e/B0088M542Q/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1363974786&sr=1-2-ent

 

Goodreads

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6468331.Brenda_Perlin

Find me on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/brenda.perlin

https://www.facebook.com/HomeWreckertheBook

https://www.facebook.com/HomeWreckerTheBrooklynandBoChronicles

 

Website

www.homewreckerthebook.com

 

Blog

www.homewreckertheblog.com

Author bio

I live in Orange County, California. I have spent most of my working life in the physical fitness arena. I love the gratification that comes with helping people achieve their fitness goals and I love the fulfillment that comes with having a healthy body.

I moved from the Los Angeles area where I was raised to Orange County in the Spring of 2005. During that time I was a housewife with a couple of dogs. Now I am not. Instead I am writing my adventures for all to read.

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Well, thanks for joining us today!!  Remember, get Brenda’s book today, it won’t be .99 for long!!  Here’s the link again: http://dld.bz/cFcEy

Blessings,

K.R. and T.L.

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Please Welcome Author Armen Pogharian!!

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Please help us welcome author Armen Pogharian!  In todays interview, we will learn a little of what inspires him as an author.

Where are you from?

I grew up in Virginia, but school, a stint in the military, and career moves took me through six other states.  Eventually, my wife and I tired of the moving and decided we wanted to settle down.  For reasons not entirely clear to me, we chose to settle in upstate New York, just outside of Rochester.

Why did you begin writing and what inspired you to write your first book?

I don’t come from a typical writing background, in fact quite the opposite.  I have an engineering degree and spent most of my professional life in the high-tech industry.  I did a fair amount of technical writing, but other than some marketing spin, nothing too creative.  After making some career decisions that left me with more free time I decided to try to connect with my creative side.  My children are tireless readers, but they showed little or no interest in writing, which bothered me.  So one night I went down into our basement and banged out forty pages.  Most of it subsequently fell to the editor’s pen.  I think the prologue and a few early bits of the first Misaligned book is all that remain in the published book.

We understand about those first pages when an author begins the writing journey.  Still, very valuable experience.  So, tell us, what genres do you normally write?

It’s hard to give a straight answer to that one, because I have a habit of mixing my genres.

Oh, what do you mean by that?

My first novel, Misaligned:  The Celtic Connection, is a good example.  Broadly speaking it’s a Young Adult fantasy, but it’s got a strong underpinning in historical and science fiction.  The idea for the book sprang from the question:  What’s the relationship between science and myth, specifically String Theory and the origins of Arthurian legend.  That’s the basis for the story.  Along the way, I add historical elements, ranging from Hammurabi’s Code to King Henry VIII’s appropriation of church lands in the sixteenth century and quite a few tidbits in between.

That’s an interesting approach.  Is that how you start all of your stories?

In short, yes.  The second Misaligned story, The Silver Scepter (due out in late June) uses the same basis as the first, but I spin it with some Egyptian and very early British history, as well as a tie in to a proto-Iroquois civilization.  In my other series, The Warders, which is due out later this year, I went a little lighter.  My daughter really wanted me to write a straight High Fantasy, with dwarves, elves, and dragons.  I’m a big fan of that genre, but it’s a very well-trodden field.  I tried to come at it from a non-traditional angle.  So I started with a question:  What if a James Bond-like story took place in a High Fantasy setting.  Magical items replace M’s high-tech gadgets and fantastic creatures and sorcerers serve as villains and Bond’s exotic allies.

That is an unique approach, love it.  Tell us your latest news?

I’m actually working on three things right now.  I’ve just finished writing the sequel in the Misaligned series, and I’m going through the last of my feedback.  I’m also promoting the print edition of The Celtic Connection.  I have my first book signing scheduled for September at a local book store.  Finally, I’m in the early stages of writing a second book to my soon to be published series, The Warders.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I don’t mean to sound too commercial, but even after finishing my first book, I didn’t feel like a writer until I received my first royalty statement.

Do you choose the titles and covers of your books?  How important do you think they are?

My publisher needs to approve both the title and the cover, but it’s a very collaborative process.  I suggest a few titles and we banter them about until we come up with something we both like.  For the cover, I send my ideas to the publisher, who assigns an artist to work with me.  We go through a few iterations and when we’re happy, we submit it to the publisher.  I think it’s hard to underestimate the importance of both the cover and the title, especially as a new author.  It doesn’t matter how great your writing is, if you can’t get them to open the cover, they’re not going to read (or buy) your book.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

My target audience is 10-14 year olds.  My main goal is for them to enjoy my book and enjoy reading.  If they find the history or science elements interesting enough to dig a little deeper, great, but I’m not going to delude myself into thinking it’s about anything more than that.

How much of the book is realistic?

It is a fantasy, but one that’s grounded in science and history.  For The Celtic Connection, I spent a decent amount of time researching String Theory, Mesopotamian culture, as well as using the early Welsh names for the Arthurian characters.  I took a few liberties with some aspects of the story, but everything has at least some, albeit tenuous in many cases, connection to reality.  Even in The Warders I try to make sure everything is as realistic as possible.  It’s a fantasy with magic and fantastic creatures, but it’s also got to be believable enough for the reader to suspend their disbelief.

That’s a rather fine line to toe, don’t you think?

Absolutely!  I’m not saying I don’t err here and there.  Great stories need an element of surprise, but I think too many fantasy writers succumb to the temptation of popping a dragon in to save the day without an inkling of the possibility.  To me it’s just poor story telling.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life, or are they a figment of your imagination? (i.e. – is your hero/heroin you? – is your ‘bad guy’ you or someone you know?)

Some of the names come from my own experience, but none of the characters is explicitly based on anyone I know.  I wouldn’t want to annoy a significant portion of my audience.

What are your current projects?

Besides finishing up the projects I mentioned above, I’m starting the process of creating the story for the second Warders book.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Rosanne Catalano.  She’s an editor I found through the internet, who not only gave me great editorial help, but supported me through some of the difficult early stages of the process.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? (a short excerpt would be great)

Misaligned

Sure, I’d love to.  Here’s where we first meet Penny’s best friend Duncan and her mentor Mr. Myrdin.

 

~~Duncan O’Brien walked up the Prestons’ steps and rang the bell, just like he did every school morning.  He and Penny and were best friends, but this year they only had two classes together, both with new teachers.  The first was science with Mr. Myrdin, who also served as the class counselor.  He was tall and grandfatherly with thinning grey hair, pale blue eyes, and a nose that was a bit too large for his face.

 

His hair seemed to have a mind of its own.  It started each period neat and orderly, but throughout class individual strands would defy gravity and stick out at odd angles.  Several students turned it into a game, betting on how many hairs would escape.  Mr. Myrdin never made the connection between his unruly hair and the occasional sighs from the losing students.  The other constant in his classroom was the faint smell of lemon, from his ever-present mug of Earl Grey tea.

 

According to Mark Chapman, who thought everything was a conspiracy of some sort, Mr. Myrdin was a genius scientist from England who just finished working on some top-secret codebreaking computer system at the Monroe Institute.  The real reason the school hired him was to install undetectable software on the school computers to track the students’ every move.  Penny didn’t see how someone who looked like her grandfather could be a computer hacking genius, much less why one would work as an eighth grade science teacher.

 

He wore a strange silver ring with five different colored stones set in a pentagon shape.  Gene Shoemaker, always one to ingratiate himself with the teachers early, asked about it.  Mr. Myrdin replied that it was a family heirloom.  Penny noticed that he absent-mindedly twisted it whenever he was in deep thought. ~~

 

Thank you, that will make our readers want the book all the more.  Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

In general, I like the whole process.  I enjoy creating a rough outline for the story, writing the story, fleshing out characters, leaving hints along the way, everything.  I even enjoy editing – it keeps me humble to see all of the mistakes I’ve made.  That said, I’m not always able to block off big chunks of time for writing.  It often takes me 20-30 minutes to get in the groove and even little interruptions can derail me.  I wish I could turn it on and off with a snap, but I just can’t.

This is one question we get asked a lot: what is your particular writing quirk?

I don’t know if you’d call it a quirk, but I have a fondness for strange facts and numbers.  In the Misaligned series, almost every number in the book is a prime number.  I made exceptions for awkwardness, where I use a round number like 500 or 1,000 instead of the nearest primes (499 and 997), but as long as the prime number doesn’t detract from the flow, I use it.

Oh, T.L. really likes that, she is a math major herself and knows the importance of numbers.  Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

No.  The Misaligned series is based in upstate NY and most of the scenes outside the area are historical.  For those that aren’t I rely on past visits and some internet research.

Who designed the cover(s)?

Laura Redmond.  She’s an artist, web page designer, and author from the UK.  We do everything through the internet.  I was a little leery about it at first, but I really enjoyed the process – not to mention I loved the cover.  I’ve asked my publisher to work with Laura again.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Given the amount of research I do, I learn uncounted new things with each book.  One of the more interesting was the life-cycle of the Monarch butterfly.  The butterflies here in upstate NY are the result of a nearly two thousand mile multi-generational migration.  No one understands how they do it.  I decided to use that as an example of multi-dimensional development in nature.  I liked it so much, that I even worked it into the second book.

That is fascinating about the Monarchs. We both love the history we learn as we do research for our historical novels.  It’s great to add in historical facts that are used to enhance the story.  Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Just keep reading.  With all of the changes in the industry, there’s literally never been a better time to start reading than now.  You may not like everything, but there are plenty of options.

What do you do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies or party tricks?

Outside of writing, my wife and I own several franchised Great Clips hair salons.  We both also volunteer coach the local YMCA swim team several nights a week and I coach my younger son’s soccer team.  I still swim two to three times a week, and while I no longer compete in meets, I do keep track of my workouts.  My goal for this year is to swim more than 500,000 yards, or about 300 miles.  I’m also a very occasional painter, just basic landscapes for now.  Other than that, most of my time is spent with my family at kids’ activities or bopping around local events.  We like hiking, cross-country skiing, family game night, and reading together.  Basically, I’m not that exciting.

Wow, that is wonderful.  It’s great to hear that you have such a full and well-rounded life.  We both believe that a well-rounded life helps an author to write great novels.  How can our readers connect with you?  

http://armenpogharian.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/91/

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorArmenPogharian?fref=ts

http://synergebooks.com/ebook_misaligned.html

http://synergebooks.com/bio_pogharian.html

http://www.amazon.com/Armen-Pogharian/e/B009GLPJ96/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Thank you so much for being with us today.  We wish you all the best!!

K.R. Hughes and T.L. Burns

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Please Help Us Welcome – Author Jane Carroll!!

Jane Carroll

We have a special guest with us today, Jane Carroll, the author of the awesome “Bertha Size Your Life” book. We have known Jane for a few years now and are just so pleased to have her here. Jane’s warm wit makes her a joy to hang out with! And, of course, having Bertha around is always a hoot!!

Well, let’s get the show on the road, shall we? We’ve got some great questions so that you the reader can get to know the creator (Jane) and her muse (Bertha)!

~~Hi Jane and welcome!! Tell us what is the title of your newest release

Bertha-Size Your Life! is currently my only release. I hope sequel will be out this year but the title isn’t set in stone yet.

~~Do you have any books in the works?

Bertha has a sequel that is at the publishers…standing in a queue line…waiting on edits. Shhh…don’t tell Bertha…she thinks she’s at Disney waiting on Thunder Mountain.

~~ We cannot wait for the next book. We laughed and cried all the way through the first.  Okay, we know you are so busy being a nurse, author, etc, but when you read, what is your favorite genre?

I love reading spiritual, mystical, self-help, and personal growth books. I went several years without reading fiction at all but I do enjoy a light contemporary now and again.

~~Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

I love cycling when the weather is pleasant and I’m a bit of a porch gardener. I’m not a gym rat…but I do try to get there a few times a week.

~~ Gym rat, that’s funny.  We would like to be gym rats, but much prefer walking and hiking outdoors ourselves.  Jane, if you would have time travel abilities and could meet anyone from any time, who would you like to meet?

I would go back in time to meet Og Mandino. His books inspired me so much and his writing style inspired me to write Bertha the way that I did.

~~That’s interesting. We always did wonder about what inspired you.  Tell us, what is your all-time favorite movie?

It’s a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed…love…love…love that movie.

~~That’s one of K.R.’s favorite movies too.  If there was one author you could meet with and learn from, who would that be?

I would love to have been able to meet Og Mandino. His books encouraged me so much and his writing style inspired me to write Bertha the way that I did. I know there was a low point in his life when he contemplated suicide…then he read a book that changed the direction of his life. Years later he became one of the most motivational writers of all time.

~~It’s so healing to find another author with a story similar to our own.  Jane, what advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Write…write…write. Get up every day and write something even if it is a grocery list…just write. And if you think you don’t have anything to say…write that down.

~~LOL, love it, a grocery list.  T.L. loves lists!!  We agree with you, that’s the best advice to give to another aspiring writer.  Do you plan on being a full-time writer, or do you have other career plans?

I tried that a few years ago and found that it didn’t pay my bills at the time. So I’ll probably be working until I can retire in a few years…but I’m counting down the days!

~~That’s wonderful.  Do you prefer Ebook, paperback, or hardcover?

They all have a place in my heart. My bookshelves are overflowing with books…so the Kindle saved my home from looking like a hoarder’s paradise. I also love that I can decide that I want to read a book and download it instantly…no waiting for shipping or driving to the bookstore. But I definitely like print copies of non-fiction books that I refer to frequently.

~~That makes sense.  Sometimes you just need a book to hold, mark in, book mark. Whatever.  Okay, let’s see.  Do you have a set writing schedule or do you write when the fancy hits you?

I blog every weekday morning…other than that…it’s a fancy kind of thing.

~~That’s wonderful.  Do you have any writing rituals like a particular treat, good luck charm, etc?

Not really…I wrote most of the original Bertha in longhand in my journal and I still enjoy writing longhand from time to time but I generally just sit at the computer and type until something worthwhile comes out.

~~Oh, Jane thanks for letting us find out more about your world! It’s been a joy having you with us.

Here’s how you can connect with Jane Carroll (and Bertha, and you should, they both rock!!)

Jane Carroll Bio and Links:

Website: http://www.janecarrollauthor.com

Amazon: http://tiny.cc/zgaafw

Facebook: https://facebook.com/janecarrollauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/janecarroll10

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Such a great cover, so Bertha!!

Book Synopsis:

Bertha-Size Your Life! reads like a series of humorous short stories but it is so much more. Bertha, a zany redhead, mysteriously appears into the narrator’s life while walking in the park. Quicker than a man can hand off a baby with a dirty diaper, she has moved into her new friend’s empty nest and the fun begins.

Bertha is always up to something and delights in standing on a soapbox while dispensing down-home wisdom and perky advice. She explains The Law of Attraction in a refreshing, humor-filled, practical way that has you going hmmm instead of humph.

Throw in a conniving nemesis, an antagonistic cat, lime green spandex, and high-heels and you’ve got a book that’s sure to tickle your funny bone and leave you wearing your thinking cap as you read and reread each vignette.

Who knew personal transformation could be so much fun? “Bertha, that was a rhetorical question. Get off your soapbox…”

Bio:

Jane Carroll, Author of Amazon Bestselling Bertha-Size Your Life!, is a Life Coach, Registered Nurse, Reiki Master, Mother, Grandmother, and long-time student of life. She has seen the focus of her over 30 year nursing career change from illness to wellness to wholeness, a philosophy that permeates everything she does. While she enjoys all aspects of her life, writing is her passion and she is currently working on Bertha’s latest adventures.

Bertha-Size Your Life! recently received the MK Traditionally Published Best Book of 2012 Award.

Thanks everyone for joining us today!!  Make sure to check out Jane’s Facebook page and connect with her! Also, go and buy her book on Amazon!!  It’s on sale for a short time!

Blessings,

K.R. and T.L.

Website: http://www.kandtproductions.com

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Digitus 233

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Have we got a wonderful treat for you today!  Over on MasterKoda (affectionately known as the Kodas) on Facebook, we are joining together to honor one of our own. She is the creator of MasterKoda on Facebook – a one of a kind group that truly supports one another. The group is comprised of authors, artists, editors, etc. in varying stages of our careers. Well, truth be told, we are more like a family than just a group.
Kim is the fearless leader of this special family. She is truly one of the greats! And get this – she not only supports authors, editors, and artists – she is one herself!  Her book Digitus 233 is a fantastic YA that captures hearts from ages 10 to 100! K.R. and I simply loved the book and cannot wait for book two in the Digitus series to come out.

As if being an author and the leader of a nearly 900 member group is not enough, she also runs Master Koda Select Publishing, an online, full service publishing and book promoting firm. We highly recommend you check her website out at:

http://www.masterkoda.com.

As K. R. and I like to point out, she IS an author’s BEST friend! (Koda Kazoo’s for everyone!)

Here’s a bit about this wonderful lady:

Author Bio: Author, KD Emerson was born (or is that hatched) several years ago. We won’t go into how long it has been because she has this fantasy that she is still a teenager off to conquer the world. She has a passion for the written word and assisting other writers in becoming the best they can be. She also loves to promote others and cheer them on to victory. Follow her on twitter @MstrKoda or you can find her at http://www.masterkoda.com and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kimmutch.emerson

Digitus Cover Dec 3

Kim’s newest release, Digitus 233, is out now!!  This book is the first in the Digitus series and we simply loved it!  You can get your copy today, links are below. 

We asked Kim to share some of her favorite Young Adult Authors with us.  Take it away Kimmey!!

I have taken a slightly different path with this one because I know so many authors personally and couldn’t pick just ten out of that list, so I have picked ten favorites that I do not know personally and in this way I will avoid hurting anyone’s feelings.

As I started my list I found that most of the books are stories that cause a person to stop and reflect, stories that change a person, make a person better in some way. I prefer books that have an impact on the world; they fit into all kinds of genre’s (fantasy, action, coming of age, etc), but they speak of the courage and strength of the human spirit. While they are all entertaining they do something more – they leave the reader a better person in the end for having read them.

Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls – (Family Saga) This book speaks of love and loss and the healing from loss. It was the first book anyone ever read aloud to me. I was five. It was during the reading of this book that I had a realization that I was destined to become a writer. This book changed everything about my path on earth.

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak – (Historical Fiction) A girl caught in the middle of war-torn Berlin during the second world war. It speaks of how we, even as small and insignificant we may feel, can make a difference in someone’s life.

The Hobbit – J.R. Tolkien – (Fantasy) I love a fantasy world and love a story where good prevails against evil.

Whale Song – or anything by Chris Crutcher – (Coming of Age/Family Saga) his works are about young people who come up against hardships and abuse and how they overcome it.

Hatchet – Gary Paulson – (Adventure) a boy finds himself stranded in the wilderness and survives by his will power and his “never give up” attitude.

Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card – (sci-fi) Young Ender is selected into the soldier’s camp and trains for a space invasion. He battles loneliness, fear, rejection and self-doubt in a science fiction backdrop.

Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson (Coming of Age/ True Friends) The story of two friends who create a world for themselves outside of the bullying of their school. It deals with death/grief and healing.

I Am the Cheese – Robert Cormier (Psychological Thriller) The first time I read this book it punched me in the gut. Stirring, disturbing, but I feel I am a better person for having read it.

The Hiding Place – Corrie ten Boom (True Story/Memoir) Although this is not a book written for young adults I feel it is a book that should be read by every young adult. The story of the ten Boom family who were captured in WWII and placed in concentration camps for helping Jewish neighbors and friends to escape. It is a life changing book of love and forgiveness.

Homecoming – or anything from Cynthia Voight (Family Saga) The story of four children left abandoned and how the oldest, thirteen year old Dicey Tellerman, faces the fear and pulls them together. A story of courage and strength.

If you’ve read to this point you will see that I want to believe in the adage that good will prevail. Most of the books listed deal with darkness and hardships, in some of them there is no happy ending, but in most of them somewhere there is hope and strength. In my own novel, Digitus 233 there is darkness and hate, bondage and slavery, and yet there is also laughter, loyalty, and hope of something better. My desire is that a spark will ignite for my readers and they will open their eyes to freedom and what it takes to find the freedom from the things that hold them captive.

May you all live your dreams and in living your dreams you will have happiness – K. D. Emerson, author of Digitus 233, the first in the Digitus Series

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You see what we mean? She is a one-of-a-kind, rare jewel.  Love you Kimmey!!!

Here’s where you can connect with her:

I love to connect with people! Find me on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/kimmutch.emerson
The website and personal blog for my Digitus Series is here: www.digitus233.com
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