Archive | March 2014

Please Welcome Author Jennifer Loiske!

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Hi everyone!!

We have the pleasure of having Jennifer Loiske dropping by today! She has some great books out and one of them, Black Diamond, is FREE on 25th-28th of this month. Normal price $2.99!! So, mark your calendars.

Let’s jump right in and get to know this wonderful author!!

BIO:
Jennifer Loiske lives in Finland in Naantali, which is a small sunny town on the southwest coast. She has written seven books, which can be found on Amazon worldwide. She has three different series, Shape Shifter series for YA readers, Immortal Blood series for Mature YA readers and McLean Twins series for Teen/YA readers. Jennifer is a workaholic author who is always writing. If she’s not writing blog posts to her own blog, guest post to other blogs, articles to the magazines or her novels she can be found in the forest with her two dogs. She’s also very keen on charity work and a big part of her royalties goes to the charity; mainly to help families with epileptic children but also to the epilepsy units in the hospitals. She is also part of the author alliance, Authors For Charity, and an active team member of Epilepsy FI.

Links:

Blog: http://jenniferloiske.wordpress.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JenniferLoiske

FB Author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJenniferLoiske

Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Jennifer-Loiske/e/B0054QIXPY/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1394471017&sr=8-1

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=jennifer+loiske

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=jennifer+loiske

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5821849.Jennifer_Loiske

Google+ : https://plus.google.com/+JenniferLoiske/posts

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Since she has so many books here are a couple of synopses.

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BLACK DIAMOND for age 12 and up readers

Part One of McLean Twins Series

After her mom’s sudden death, twelve-year-old Shannon McLean has to move from the US to the English countryside to live with her mysterious father, Connor McLean, whom she hasn’t seen since she was a baby. Soon she discovers that he doesn’t want her around and her moving into his huge manor, Greyman Hill, is nothing more to him than a compulsory deal. But if he does not exactly give her a warm welcome, his servant Robert is most likely an incarnation of evil. He runs the house with an iron touch and makes everyone who works there his little puppets.

Weird things start to happen and the whole place scares the crap out of Shannon. Her dad can control her just by looking at her. The walls are full of secret passages and apparently she has the talent to awaken the ghosts in them. Every day is worse than the day before and she wants badly to run away but discovers it’s impossible. If she wants to stay alive she has to do exactly as her dad says or else she will not only jeopardize her own life but also the lives of the people around her.

While Shannon struggles to find the magic inside her, Connor is slowly turning into a demon. One carelessly spoken word from her could either save or destroy them both. In the end she has to decide whether to save herself and her loved ones, or lose her dad to the darkness and evil that threaten to eat his soul.

What readers say about BLACK DIAMOND:

“This was a great read and held my attention without a problem. I loved all the different aspects of the plot. The story was very easy to follow and all the characters were well-developed. I really couldn’t’ stand the father in this story at all, you would think that he would have been more caring towards his daughter and it just bugged me that he was so cold. Great book for teen readers and would recommend to anyone.”
Black Diamond moves at a pace that can only be described as whirlwind. This is one impressive book. The storyline of this book is unlike anything else that I have ever read. Jennifer Loiske is an author who has the ability to move her readers. I truly cannot wait to see what Loiske has in store for us next.

“Jennifer has presented a fresh idea with a delightfully independent and strong female protagonist that will keep you cheering for her throughout the story. The story line is decent as well. It kept me guessing until the end. It’s not all that predictable and the author keeps some semblance of suspense up until the very end. The descriptions in the story were very well written. The emotional rollercoaster that plays throughout this novel is one of a kind. Talent is evident in the ability to portray intense emotion without making the story seem cheesy or unrealistic. I am impressed by the ability of this young author, and cannot wait to see what she has in store for the future.”
“The beginning of the story briefly reminded me of my trip to England and I became very intrigued by the main character’s father, whom she was about to meet for the first time. Everything spiked my curiosity, from the moment Shannon stepped into her new home, followed by what she discovers about herself and her family, right up until the end. (Don’t want to divulge anything) Everything was very nicely written and did not require too much thinking. I could just sit back and get lost in the excellent story. I enjoyed the book from start to finish.”

An excerpt of Black Diamond:

“Shannon,” Connor said from the doorway. It looked like he had been waiting for her.
Shannon said nothing and tried to pass him.
He blocked her way but didn’t touch her. “Shannon,” he said again, but this time danger lurked in his voice.
She swallowed. Connor’s eyes were so dark and something horrible gleamed behind them. She froze. She could’ve tried to push past him, but his eyes warned her not to even try anything like that, so she lifted her head and met his eyes. “Connor,” she said, and was proud that her voice didn’t shake.
Connor sighed heavily. “Shannon, Shannon, Shannon. What am I going to do with you?”
“You could start by letting me go,” she suggested quietly.
Connor shook his head. “Can’t do that.”
“Can’t or won’t?” Shannon asked and felt the courage coming back to her body.
Connor was quiet. The air around him seemed so dark. Almost like he was a black hole that absorbed all the light around him. He was dressed all in black and looked more like a devil than a human.
Shannon could see Robert grinning wickedly behind him. Her mind was screaming that she should be deadly afraid of this man in front of her, but she wasn’t. She was more afraid of the man behind him and somehow Connor seemed to be the safer choice. There was nothing human in Robert. It was like he was waiting for Connor to strike her down and feast on her dead body. He stared at them with his small, cold, mean eyes and seemed to be encouraging Connor to harm her.
Connor did nothing. After a very uncomfortably long time he shooed Robert away with his hand. “Both,” he said and moved out of her way.
She had almost forgotten what she had asked, but when Connor moved, she moved as well, carefully, from the outside to the inside of the house. He followed. She was scared of him, but there was something so vulnerable in him just then that she couldn’t leave him alone. After all, he was her dad. Robert was gone, thank God, so she dared to speak to him more openly than she had thought possible. “What do you mean? This is your house and I’m your daughter. You can do whatever you want,” she said and hoped she hadn’t gone too far.
“I know. It’s just that I’m no good with little girls like you, and it’s been so long since I remembered what it feels like to be a—” He stopped and looked at her like he was suffering.
“To be what?” Shannon whispered, afraid to hear the answer.
Connor stared into her blue eyes and everything vulnerable was gone from him. He looked even scarier than before. The candles burned brightly around them and when he spoke, their flames flashed like someone had thrown something into them. “Never mind. Just stay away from me and obey my orders. If I tell you to eat, you’ll eat and so on, okay?”
“No! It’s not okay!” Shannon shouted. Tears burned behind her eyes. “You can’t tell me what to do! I’m not a baby anymore!”
“You’ll do what I tell you to do or you’ll be sorry for the day you were born!” Connor thundered and something touched Shannon’s hair. It felt like a spider web but it was really cold. It could’ve been somebody’s bony fingers as well, but whatever it was made her scream.

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CLUB NUMBER FIVE for age 18 and up readers
Part One of Immortal Blood Series

Samantha Green wanted nothing but to be normal, have a shallow life with smoking hot Jonathan Blake and an unforgettable senior year at Regents East High. But one morning she wakes up as a vampire. She has no idea who bit her or why. All she knows is she didn’t want it. Now her new life is full of secrets, deceit and fear, not to mention raw meatballs and red nectar that is definitely something else besides strawberry juice. Samantha tries to act normal. She pretends to like her mom’s chicken salad, goes to school and learns how to survive on her own, but what can she do when she finds herself inside of a devious conspiracy, strikingly fast hunters, secret clubs and mouth-watering gorgeous boys and the only food she can catch is her best friend, Kate Walker’s, wrist?

What readers say about CLUB NUMBER FIVE:

“This book was not what I was expecting, it was so much more. This book was amazing and filled with humor. I read this book in one sitting because I could not put it down. Samantha is obsessed with fellow classmate Jonathan. She stalks him and then everything changes. She wakes up as a Vampire with no one to teach her the rules and way of Vampire life. Sam chases Jonathan around for answers suspecting he’s the one that changed her, but what happens when a stranger appears and seems to know more about her than what she expects. Does he hold the answers she’s seeking? She learns who she can trust and the rules of Vampire life the hard way. This book Sam’s journey to learning who she is and how to deal with it. I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a good read and laugh. This book will not let you down. I look forward to the next book in the series, Jennifer Loiske has done an amazing job.”
“I am a middle-aged man who has never read a book about teenagers and vampires. The wrong person to review such a book, you may think … or perhaps the best. I had no idea what to expect and took it all at face value. I do have some experience in the genre though. I was once a teenager myself and I have a teenage daughter the same age as the main character Samantha. I know how hormone-driven teenagers with big ideas and an inwardly-focused approach to life, crave adventure and acceptance in any world other than that represented by their parents. Jennifer Loiske follows this theme and skillfully uses the vampire scenario as a vehicle to give a tired old subject vibrancy and bite. It could have been drugs, sex, alcohol or gangs. Jennifer chose vampires. Her subtle style (I stared at him, stunned, and tasted the word “friend” in my mouth) is easy to read and helps convey difficult emotions to the reader. The finest quality of any writer is to paint a clear picture in their readers’ minds. Jennifer does this. I thoroughly recommend her book to people of all ages.”
“Club Number Five (Immortal Blood) by Jennifer Loiske is a fast read surrounding a young girl, Samantha Green, who one day wakes up to find she is a vampire. Quite a surprise, Sam muddles her way through her new life, seeking answers that no one seems to want to answer. When she does get some answers, it’s not what she (or the reader) expected, and leads her on a journey.

I can say this is the first book that officially pissed me off in a good way. Why? It ended. Not only did it end, it concluded on such a hook that I kept flipping the page back and forth wondering if I missed something. Of course, no more words appeared on the next page, except the Acknowledgement. I wanted to scream at the author that she forgot something…namely the ending to that cliffhanger…but knowing there is another book published so I can read on, I think I can forgive her.

Don’t let the cliffhanger stop you! I have never experienced such a great hook, which by saying I’m still a bit miffed at the author is the highest possible compliment I can pay. I totally recommend this book to lovers of all things paranormal.”

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An excerpt of Club Number Five:

A quiet knock woke me from my miserable thoughts. I opened the door, sighing, and watched Kate rush onto the couch and look at me with her eager eyes. I sighed again. I could tell she was bursting but I didn’t know how to start. Should I just blurt it out or should I smoothed the edges and tell her gently? Oh God! Why did this have to be so difficult? I glanced at her and saw how she was struggling not to talk. Not to ask anything, like she wanted to prove she was worthy of my trust. Oh, what the hell. I decided to spit it out.
“I think I’m a vampire.”
Silence. Kate’s eyes widened and she opened and closed her mouth in turns. “You think you’re a vampire.”
I nodded and she lifted her finger. She formed questions like what, when, who with her lips but nothing came out. I nodded again and saw an angry flash in her eyes.
“And that’s why you dragged me here in the middle of the night?” Kate’s voice rose alarmingly.
“Shh,” I hushed. “I don’t want to wake my parents and neither do you.”
Kate got up and paced back and forth. “You don’t think you’re a vampire, Sam. That kind of thing you know.”
“Okay,” I sighed. “Let’s assume I know I’m a vampire. Will you help me or not?”
“What kind of help are we talking about exactly?” Kate asked suspiciously. I licked my lips. I couldn’t help it, but just the thought of her blood made me crazy. “Oh, no,” Kate backed away. “I’m so not going to let you bite me. Besides, what evidence do you have that you are a vampire besides your new gorgeous look? I thought you didn’t believe any supernatural crap.”
“I didn’t,” I admitted. “But something happened to me.” I opened my scarf and let her see the small fang marks on my neck. “I got bitten.”
Kate leaned over and looked at my marks. I couldn’t help but sniff her heavenly smell and reveal my fangs. She glanced at me weirdly and I felt embarrassed. “Okay,” she said slowly. “So, you have fangs. What other proof do you have?”
I laughed nervously. She hadn’t run yet and that was a good sign, right? “I don’t have any pimples anymore.” I raised my brow.
“Right,” Kate’s mouth tugged. “Anything other than what Clearasil won’t cover?”
“My eyes hurt in the daylight and I look like a supermodel,” I grinned. “And I’m hungry.”
Kate went pale. “How hungry?”
“Don’t worry, I won’t jump on you. I can perfectly control myself.” I think, I added in my mind.
Kate sat down again and eyed me warily. We didn’t speak for a while. I pressed my knees together with my hands as if my life depended on it and tried to ignore my ever-so-growing hunger. Five minutes had passed and I couldn’t even look at her anymore. My throat was like sandpaper and my fangs hurt.
“Don’t lie to me,” Kate said quietly.
“I’m not lying,” I managed to hiss. “I won’t bite you. Scout’s honor.”
“You’re no Scout,” Kate sneered. “Tell me exactly how bad it is.” I glanced at her and shook my head. “Honey, your eyes are already reddish and I bet in a minute or two you’ll drool,” she said gently and moved closer to me.

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IMMINENCE for age 16 and up readers
Part One of The Shape Shifter Series.

What if you woke up one day and noticed that everything you ever believed has been a lie? Your mom is not a human, but something way more dangerous. Something that shouldn’t exist. And she’s not alone. Your sister is deathly sick and she’s getting worse day by day. A dangerous predator, a guy who is exceptionally good-looking, wants you and has this nonsensical obsession to get you no matter what. A merciless hunt begins and nothing is safe. Not even your hidden dreams…

Is your mom strong enough to protect your family? Can she escape her dark past or will it destroy her? Change is about to come and she is willing to do anything to spare her loved ones. Even murder if needed…

What readers say about Imminence:

“FINALLY! There is a shape shifter book that doesn’t involve vampires! Whoop! What’s more it sticks to the true fable of shape shifters and their abilities to transform into more than just one facet. Even the love triangle Ms Loiske included was well written, real and messy and complicated, not one of those whiny twilight teenage relationships. (In saying that I’m team Gunward all the way though…)The plot continued along at a good pace and the character development was thick and heavy – just the way I like it.”
“The way that Miss Loiske writes is so natural and alluring. There is poetry in her words with no signs of even trying. That is why I use the word, natural. There is an ease in the dialog and the words just seem to fit together flawlessly. It is easy to get captured by anything this author writes. It all feels so real as if the scenes in her books really took place though I doubt that since she writes paranormal stories. These just don’t feel made up or follow the same route that most of these stories do. There is just an authentic feeling that I get when I read her books. I guess that is what a gifted writer can do. Pull you into a story that requires no effort from the reader. There is a comfort in her stories even when the story line is anything but comfortable.

Imminence is special and I instantly connected to the characters and plot.”
“This was the first shapeshifter book I have read and the author did a good job at making them seem a real part of the world. The love triangle and the growth of her children is an integral part of the story, keeping it interesting. The story moves along quite nicely and the second book in the series (Seduction) takes right up with the story.
All in all both books are very good!”

An excerpt of Imminence:

There, in front of the brown-black beast, she shifted into a beautiful young woman, with hair the color of her magnificent coat, light golden brown and naturally curly. Her body was slender and beautiful and her golden eyes were filled with laughter.
Sofia was absolutely certain that the wolf would run away and she nearly choked when he transformed into a handsome young man, whose dark shoulder-length hair was exactly the color of his coat, and his eyes … his eyes were indeed the challenging golden-brown eyes of the wolf! She drew a sharp breath. Unbelievable! She didn’t know there were other shape shifters nearby, besides her pack. Shouldn’t she have sensed the skill in him at once, the moment they met?
The man grinned boldly and pulled her close. He kissed her roughly on the mouth and her mind went blank. Every cell in her, every part of her body responded to that kiss. Her body was screaming for his touch and she entwined herself with him tightly, yearning for more. She had waited for this moment from her birth and, she knew, so had he. They fitted perfectly. She knew that from that moment on her life was tied to his, whether they wanted it or not. And they really wanted it. From the first touch it was difficult to keep their hands off each other and they found themselves gorging on each other. They touched and kissed in wonder and only the wolf rules of propriety stopped them from coupling right there on the wet moss. Every touch brought such enormous pleasure that she could do nothing but sigh with contentment. They laughed and basked in their newborn love. They needed no words, as their senses had now opened to each other and they shared each other’s minds. Their thoughts ran between them as if moved by a gentle breath of air.

Wow!  Thank you so much for sharing with us today Jennifer!  Some great books!  Remember that Black Diamond is FREE from the 25th-28th of this month and that part of her proceeds always go to charity.

Thanks for joining us and remember to check out Jennifer Loiske!!

Blessings,

K.R. and T.L.

 

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Why Jack Ruby was probably part of the Kennedy conspiracy

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Greetings all!!

We just read a great article on Jack Ruby and thought we would share it with you.  Here’s the link:  http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/14/why-jack-ruby-was-probably-part-of-the-kennedy-conspiracy/

Blessings,

K.R. and T.L.

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Please Welcome Author Yasmin Correa!

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Hi everyone! Yasmin Correa is here with us today!  She is sharing her latest book!  Her info and links follow.  Enjoy!!
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 Author Bio:
Hiya All!
As far back as I can remember, I’ve loved the art of literature. I’ve enjoyed many a story in many different genres, my favorite being Romance. More specifically, Paranormal Romance. A couple of years ago, I decided that I wanted to try my hand at writing a story of my own. And when I made the choice, there was no going back. My passion for reading, became my passion for writing. With that, my own personal style developed along with my writing genre of choice – that being “Interracial Paranormal Romance”. I do however, intend on trying my hand in many different genres in years to come.
I come from humble beginnings. Brought up in the “ghetto”, I made a choice long ago, that I would not let my past define my future. And, I’ve been lucky to accomplish many things in my life – but I have got to say, that the one thing that sparks a fire in my soul like nothing ever has, is Writing. I feel as though my characters are my very best friends. It’s a feeling beyond compare, and an amazing journey each and every time. Withal, my only hope is that when someone reads my stories, they too are elevated into that world and taken on that journey.
Regards always, Y. Correa

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Synopsis:
The year 1585. The Anglo-Spanish War. England’s greed for Spain’s crops, land, and supplies gives birth to the inertia of intolerance on both sides. Yet, even then, Love surges forth.
MarcoAntonio, a Spanish gentleman and knight, defied all boundaries of color and culture, when setting eyes on the English lady Amaryllis. Although to others, he may be a bit reserved, he dares to lower his defenses solely for her.
Amaryllis is an English lady. One with an open heart, gentle spirit, and shining eloquence. She knew that she should not desire MarcoAntonio. Still, a love feeling so right couldn’t be so horribly wrong!
Travel with MarcoAntonio and Amaryllis as they duel with internal and external forces threatening to tear their powerful love apart. In the midst of troubles the likes of which have no compare, MarcoAntonio and Amaryllis find themselves having to fight the most unexpected of adversaries, just for the right to love each other.
Discover why their LOVE is the result of ALL things conquered!
Excerpt:

It was still dark, but it did not matter. MarcoAntonio was certain that his brother would provide him help. Pulling up to his brother’s home, Marco called out, “Damian!” The lights inside were out, but upon his call Marco heard some movement, so he tried again. “Damian, despertad. He llegado en necesidad de vuestra ayuda, hermano.”

You know that I do not require much of anything. However, t’would be nice if you would at least give me the respect of speaking in English.” Rye spoke ironically as he did so well.

Alright,” Marco responded with a tiny smirk, as he walked towards his brother’s dormitory door and knocked. He could already hear his brother up and about. “Damian, my brother, I’ve come in search of you because I need your help.”

Yes. Yes. I’m coming!” he heard Damian call to him from inside. Suddenly, a female voice giggled from behind the door. Marco and Rye heard Damian hushing someone “Shhh… behave, Ma’ Lady. I’ve company. ‘Tis my older brother. Now behave.” Marco heard Damian speak to the lady in question lightheartedly.

The female voice replied, “Alright, but only if you gift me first, a kiss.”

Oh, Ma’ Lady… naughty, naughty.” The female laughed.

Rye was appalled and disgusted. “Really, Marco? This playboy ’tis the man that shall help us?”

Yes.”

Fine.” He crossed his arms on his chest.

In just seconds the door flew open. Behind it stood a statuesque man of about MarcoAntonio’s height, weight, and color, and as strong as well. His curls were looser than Marco’s. His eyes green, as opposed to Marco’s brown, and he bore no facial hair. He resembled Marco quite a lot. He fought to put his shirt on properly.

Rye’s face went blank. His skin went pale, eyes opened widely. Then Damian spoke. “Ah, my dear brother. How may I assist you?” Finally adjusting his shirt in the right place, Damian made space through the door way, and extended his hand out to his company. “Come in. Come in.”

Brother!” MarcoAntonio said with glee, and gave him a big hug.

Marco. ‘Tis been way too long.”

Yes. Indeed.”

Both Marco and Rye walked in. Rye was practically mute. Something about this man, not only resembled Marco, but also reminded him so much of Fonso. He was flabbergasted.

Damian, this is my assistant, Rye. Rye, this is my younger brother, Damian.”

Damian extended his hand offering Rye a shake. Rye moved slowly and awkwardly, offering Damian his. “’Tis a rather small man, brother.” Damian told MarcoAntonio in an odd tone, as if Rye were not standing right in front of him.

Shaking himself back into reality, Rye spoke. “We gypsies have no need for size or strength. We’ve speed, agility and intelligence in our favor,”

Touché!” Damian replied. “Well, ’tis nice meeting you.”

Damian’s conquest for the night peeked around the corner of the wall, which divided his living room from his bedroom, and she assessed the men in the room. Then glancing over at Damian with coquetry she queried with a flirting delivery. “Damian, will you have me waiting all night?”

Damian looked back at her, and then at his visitors. Lifting a single finger in their direction, he hinted to them to wait a moment. “Ah. Ma’ Lady, I’ve something for you.” He jumped towards a shelf and grabbed something, then jumped back in her direction. “Ma’ Lady, please accept this trinket of my affection. And know that the rarity of this represents the rareness of my sentiment for you.” Then he placed the small box in the palm of her hand. “Now Ma’ Lady, I must tend to my brother and his companion, and I am forced to ask you to relinquish our venture for the night.” He took hold of her hand and kissed the back of it softly and winked. The girl sighed with a mixture of disappointment and rapture.

What reviewers are saying:
“A story well worth of reading and something I will warmly recommend for all paranormal romance readers who likes medieval stories!”    Jennifer Loiske
“The romantic part of me believes in love at first sight.”     Brenda Perlin
“The plot pacing is well done – quick, to the point, and keeps you wondering what will happen next.”   Andrea Houtsch
Here are her links where you can connect with her and find her book:
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Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your work with us!! 
Blessings,
K.R. and T.L.

Please Welcome Author Brenda Perlin!

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Brenda Perlin

 

Hi everyone! We are so glad you could share a bit of your day with us today.  We had a good friend of ours, author Brenda Perlin, stop by for just a minute.  We just have to say, isn’t she beautiful!!!!  She is SO CRAZY BUSY, so this is a wonderful treat.  We were able to ask her some great questions.  It’s great to learn about the back story of an author and their work.  Let’s jump right in.

 

Where are you from?

I am a Valley girl from North Hollywood, California. I lived in the same place all through my adolescence.

 

A little about yourself (ie: your education, family life, hobby, etc.)

Thank you for asking. My first passion was photography and later decided that I was hiding behind the lens when I should have been in front so I started taking acting classes. I am what you would call a shy-extrovert. I am not as good one on one as I am with large groups. Privately my soft side comes out but most of the time I am quite the ham and love to act silly.

I was a personal trainer for many years and that was where my bossy side came out. Bossing people around came natural to me. It has kind of stuck with me as I tend to be a bit of a controller.

 

Tell us your latest news?

I have a trilogy in the works. The third book in the series, Fractured Vows is just about ready for editing. I am excited for that one because it’s the first story that is coming from a males point of view. It’s also the first story that is not based on my life. What a relief. I have been in the hot seat long enough, I would say!

I am also working on a children’s book, Ty The Bull with the brilliant K.D. Emerson. She has been able to turn this sad story into one of inspiration. It’s about bullies and divorce. Two really tough subjects for all of us, no matter what age. Here’s the Facebook link so you can keep up with the latest on this book: https://www.facebook.com/Tythebull

 

When and why did you begin writing?

In my earlier years I wrote every single day. I would go to neighborhood coffee shops and sit there for hours writing on paper napkins. I wrote for hour on end. Funny, I can’t ever remember getting kicked out for over staying my welcome. I think when you are young you can get away with a lot more.

 

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I guess that happened when my book was first released on amazon.com. To me, that was a BIG deal.

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Shattered Reality was Brenda’s first book

 

What inspired you to write your first book?

I am  just an Orange County Housewife without a husband. I had a husband after moving to  Orange County but things changed for the worse. Before moving  we lived in Los Angeles with our dogs. I was a personal trainer for many years and never really thought I would start writing again. That was something I stopped years before I planned to get married. When I was engaged and set to be a bride that was when I started writing again.

It was then that I felt I had something interesting to write about. The wedding business seemed like such a joke and I wanted to show in my story what a farce it all was. Telling my story was pretty liberating and I decided to make it my coming of age story that really wasn’t going anywhere so I put it down some months later after the wedding. It wasn’t until I was going through this nasty divorce that I realized that NOW I really have something to write about. I had a story to tell and I didn’t care who would disown me, resent me or even hate me.

 

Do you have a specific writing style?

Style, not at all. Raw is what I hear a lot it seems. That is because my works not polished. I pretty much write how I talk although I talk way too fast trying to get all the words out and when writing I get the luxury to go back and clean it all up.

 

How did you come up with the title? 

The original title for this trilogy was Home Wrecker instead of Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles. The new titles only came out when I got sick of the judgment that I faced with such a bold title. Now I think people can read my stores and decide if they want to judge, or not.

 

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

More than anything this is a story of inspiration. This is a modern-day survival story. Maybe a bit unorthodox but it was written from my most honest place. I love stories that are able the human existence with real struggles. No one should feel alone in their hardships. I take a lot of pride when I learn that someone has read one of these books and have related or got what I was trying to say. It’s the best feeling ever!

 

How much of the book(s) is/are realistic?

100% if you exclude the names.

 

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?)

The first two books, Shattered Reality and Burnt Promises are both based on my life. Shattered Reality is my real life coming-of-age story. I tried hard not to leave out any of the important moments. The third book, Fractured Vows is a coming-of-age story based on my boyfriends life. I still can’t believe he agreed to open himself up to the ridicule. Originally when I asked him if I could write his story (since it’s such a compelling one) he refused. Perseverance goes a long way!

 

What books have influenced your life the most?

Judy Blume’s book by far influenced me the most when I was a pre-teen and feeling like an outcast. Her book “Are You There God It’s Me Margaret” blew me away. I related to the main character and through this book I found a place where I could relate and not feel so alone.

 

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I think I have worked the closest with John Emil Augustine. We work very well together. He is brilliant and I have the time. Haha!!! I have also really enjoyed working with Arlene R. O’Neil. With Shattered Reality we went back and added dialog. Arlene would add things and I would play with what she did. It was so helpful to learn that I could get my feet wet, not fear it and just make it conversational. These two people are awesome. Wildly inspiring and a God-given gift to me. I can say the same thing about Kim Mutch Emerson but I have just given her room to do her magic and what she has done with the Ty The Bull story is magical. Can’t wait for you all to read this one!

 

What book(s) are you reading now?

I just finished reading Second Hand Stops: Book I: Black Moons by Katie St. Claire which was brilliant. It’s a YA and there is nothing about this story that isn’t cool. From the awesome cover, great title, and the sharp writing. It’s a winner, for sure.

I read a ton so that can change on an hourly basis but the next book I am starting is a Master Koda book.

 

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

There are many. Here you go just to name a few.  T. L. Burns, K. R. Hughes, John Emil Augustine, D.W. Davis, Kim Mutch Emerson, Arlene R. O’Neil, Jennifer Loiske, Karen Magill, Tricia Drammah, Lisa Day, Melanie Toye, Jessica Kong, Jane Caroll, Mark Barry, Mary Ann Bernal, Ngaire Elder, Anne Maro Slanina, Joey Paul, Katie St. Claire, K.S. Brooks, Jerrid  Edgington. It’s a long list. I could just keep going and going. Shall I?

 

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

John Emil Augustine, Natalie Walker Idrogo, Kim Mutch Emerson, Rebbekah White, Arlene R. O’Neil, Jennifer Loiske, Karen Magill, Tricia Drammah, Lisa Day, Melanie Toye, Jessica Kong, Jane Caroll, Mark Barry, Mary Ann Bernal, Ngaire Elder, Anne Maro Slanina, Greta Burroughs, Vickie Johnstone, Ed Drury, both you girls and the list goes on. It takes a village and I am a part of one!

 

If you could pick any celebrity to star in the movie version of your book, who would it be?

This answer has been well thought out. Take a look… http://www.pinterest.com/brendaperlin/brooklyn-and-bo-chronicles-movie-cast/

 

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I hope not because my books have been a real work in progress. If I could go back, and I might I would play a bit more with Shattered Reality. This story I started writing almost twenty years ago. I have matured and my writing has since evolved.

 

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

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~~This is from Burnt Promises (Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles: Book Two)

 

On the day that I left for good, I remember getting into my car like I always did. While driving out of the garage I watched our dog Grace watching me drive away. I knew it would be for the last time. Fortunately, she wouldn’t remember any of it. As for me, I wouldn’t be able to get that image out of my head. As I drove away, tears filled my eyes. The guilt that I felt at that moment was insurmountable. Those tears that I cried were the only tears that I shed throughout that entire time period. Never once did I cry for my husband.

 

What is your particular writing quirk?

I am pretty quirky but the first thing that comes to mind is I like to start too many sentences with “I” or “I feel.” I am working on changing that. It is a bad habit. Also, I use just and really too much. I have all kinds of bad habits.

 

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part was publishing this book. The first time around with a vanity press was the worst experience ever. Almost made me want to call it quits and then Master Koda Select Publishing picked me up and has turned everything around.

 

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

There have been many lessons learned. Most of all I have learned that anything is possible. If you want it bad enough don’t put your dream aside. Go after it.

Also, before you sign any contracts be sure to get some legal advice.

 

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Be true to yourself. Don’t settle or compromise if you don’t have to.

 

Please share your blog/website/facebook/twitter here with us. 

 

BRENDA PERLIN’S AUTHOR PAGE ON AMAZON  http://www.amazon.com/Brenda-Perlin/e/B0088M542Q

SHATTERED REALITY (BROOKLYN AND BO CHRONICLES: BOOK ONE)  http://amzn.com/B00CKBWWIU

WEBSITE http://www.brooklynandbo.com

BLOG http://brendaperlin.com

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/BrooklynandBoChronicles

TWITTER https://twitter.com/BrooklynandBo

SHATTERED REALITY (BROOKLYN AND BO CHRONICLES: BOOK ONE) BOOK TRAILER  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjvDi8OIQ5U

BURNT PROMISES (BROOKLYN AND BO CHRONICLES: BOOK TWO) BOOK TRAILER http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Iy9vDNLhgU

 

Blessings,

K.R. and T.L.

 

Please Welcome Author John Augustine!

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John Emil Augustine

Hi everyone!

So glad to have you with us today. We are so honored to be highlighting a good friend and author, John Augustine.  His first book, From the Abyss, was an excellent read.   

Synopsis:

24-year-old John Augustine is looking for a lasting, loving relationship and finds one hidden where he least expects it. Knowing that no relationship is perfect, he walks in with eyes wide open but is unable to see the future swirling with hell and heartache. During the struggles of a new marriage, John begins to realize his wife is far different than the woman he thought he married. Her mental illness soon drags the new family past the point of no return. As a man, John struggles to be strong and tackle their problems single handed, though the marital foundation is eroding before his eyes. When his wife files for divorce, he finds himself in a free-fall.  You can find this heart wrenching book on Amazon.

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Amazon Link: http://dld.bz/djTdu

John’s second book, From the Abyss II, is out now.  Check it out!! 

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Synopsis

Having survived an abusive marriage, thirty-year-old John Augustine finds himself venturing into new territory. A girl with a son of her own lives far away but decides to uproot her life and make the move to be with John. However, John’s ex looms in the wings, and her fears of John’s new family situation threaten John’s relationship with his new wife, her son, and even his own son. A greater threat is John’s lack of time, as working two jobs and taking night classes leaves John’s new wife feeling alone and vulnerable in a strange town. Relationships will take dangerous turns, and chances will not return when John is faced with a crossroads for which he could never have prepared.

Links

Website:

http://www.johnemilaugustine.com

Release Party:

https://www.facebook.com/events/437482066386882/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/johnemilaugustine.author.musician

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/JohnEmilAugust

Amazon Author Site:

http://www.amazon.com/John-Emil-Augustine/e/B00HAJULQM/

Amazon Artist Site:

http://www.amazon.com/John-Emil-Augustine/e/B00IGE8ZT0/digital/

Reviews:

“I loved the first book and this one did not disappoint. John Emil Augustine’s writing style is just so smooth and easy to fall into. Right away I felt like I knew the characters. His books are quick reads that, as a reader, I didn’t want to put down. I can’t wait for his third book to come out. That will make it a perfect trilogy. This book is very realistic, bold and heartbreaking at the same time. I so enjoyed the honesty and the rawness of this story. I didn’t want to put it down because I NEEDED to know what was going to happen next. I am so happy to have come across such a great writer. I hope he becomes very famous one day. I could see that happening as his talent should be shared with the world.”

“Brave, Bold, and Intense! In John Emil Augustine’s second book you read and feel his love, anger, thoughts, and decision for family, friends, career, and financial security. His provocative and evocative detail intensify his journey. At times it is abrasive and seemingly insurmountable. Augustine holds the attention of the reader as he questions, searches, and moves forward. He grows from a kitten in the first book to a cat securing his territory in book two. The book did not end, I wanted more, and see the possibilities for book three. Excellent writing and read.”

“The second book of John Emil Augustine pulls you into his life from where he stopped in the first book. A biography of his struggles about life, God, marriage, relationships and intimacy. Meeting a woman and her son to begin their own family. It will shock you in many ways. His frankness and blunt, no-nonsense way of writing bring a tale of sorrow, survival, and love and make it a great read.”

Bio:

John Emil Augustine grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and toured in his twenties and early thirties with local and national acts; writing, arranging, and performing with notable jazz, blues, gospel, reggae, post funk, prog rock, and folk groups. John has also been a landscaper, mail carrier, English professor, and forklift operator. He currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife and four boys. John is the author of the From the Abyss book series and has also recorded the album Chants for Renewal, Presence and Awareness.

Excerpt:

Lindbergh Field

My plane touched down in San Diego, and I immediately texted two words once my phone rebooted: “Just landed.” It was a Thursday evening in May, 2005. The captain thanked us for flying as the plane taxied across the sunny pavement. The scene from my window a few minutes before had been beautiful as we made the final turn onto the runway below. The city sitting on the edge of the ocean looked a lot like Minneapolis, though Minneapolis was a river town. But the size of San Diego’s downtown, and the sparse reflective skyscrapers reminded me of my own city. Only the extra presence of the ocean, blue and sparkling through my tiny airplane window, reminded me that I was not in Minneapolis.

What was I doing? I hadn’t been on an airplane since I was a kid. I didn’t travel. People with established lives traveled. Business people like the ones in the cheap suits surrounding me, the uniform of self-proclaimed importance, traveled to places like San Diego. I did not. This was not me at all. No one even knew I was doing this. My family didn’t know I was gone. My ex-wife and my son knew nothing of my trip. Only my buddy Roland, whose house I was living in while he waited for the new occupants to take possession, knew of my trip. I was otherwise homeless, and he wanted his house to be occupied, so
it was a mutually helpful arrangement. Except that I would be away for five days. So I had to let him know I would be gone. He was the only one who knew anything of my trip.

I sat in my seat watching everyone scramble for their carry-ons in the overhead compartments. Mine was up there, my only bag, but I wasn’t in a hurry to get to a rental car or go find a second suitcase in the baggage claim. I didn’t need either. So I just waited. A reply to my text came back: “I am here.”

“Still on plane,” I replied.

This was crazy. Like something out of a terrible movie with a plot I abhorred. One minute, I had been tallying the final grades for my last class of the semester, the next I was sitting on a plane in San Diego texting someone I had never seen in person. Was I insane? Stupid? Completely gullible? What ridiculous turn of events had put me here? Like a fading dream, I almost couldn’t remember. I should have learned my lesson by now, by age thirty. I should have been wise to the trickery I was perhaps subjecting myself to. Why wasn’t I smarter than this?

John is having a book release party on March 23, 2014 starting at noon.  Here’s the link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/437482066386882/

Thanks for joining us today.  Be sure and check out this fabulous author for yourself.

Blessings,

K.R. and T.L.

Great Books On Sale!!

Hey folks!

 

Just wanted to share some awesome books with you that are half price this week.  They are all best sellers on Amazon!!

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Make sure and get them this week!!

Blessings,

K.R. and T.L.

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