Wednesday, January 16, 2019

FEATURED AUTHOR: J.C. EATON





ABOUT THE BOOK

Bowled over . . .

Sophie “Phee” Kimball is getting dragged into the drama again at her mom’s Arizona retirement community. A new board member wants to get rid of two golf courses and replace them with eco-friendly parks, and some of the residents are pretty teed off about it. On top of that, her mother’s book club friend Myrna is being pushed out of the bocce league. These seniors are serious about winning, and Myrna’s dragging them down. She’s so bad at bocce, in fact, that when a community mem.ber’s dead body is discovered while Myrna’s practicing for a tournament, she assumes it was one of her own errant balls that killed the woman.

But before Myrna can be tossed off the bocce court and into criminal court, the police find an arrow in the victim’s neck. It looks like this was no accident—and Phee and her investigator boyfriend Marshall will have to team up to bounce a killer into the slammer . . .


Book Details:


Title: Botched 4 Murder

Author: J.C. Eaton (Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp)

Genre: Cozy mystery
Series: Sophie Kimball Mystery, book 4

Publisher: Kensington (December 2018)

Print length: 283 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours









INTERVIEW WITH J.C. EATON


Things you need in order to write:
Jim: Paper and pen.
Ann: Computer, absolute quiet room, chocolate.
Things that hamper your writing:
Jim: Misplacing my reading glasses.
Ann: Noise, Dog needing to go outside the minute I sit down to write, cats bellowing for food whenever I’m at the computer. 


Things you love about writing:
Jim: The freedom to let my mind wander.
Ann: Setting my own schedule.
Things you hate about writing:
Jim and Ann: Editing.


Easiest thing about being a writer:Jim and Ann: Being our own boss!
Hardest thing about being a writer:

Jim and Ann: Juggling our time.

Things you love about where you live:
Jim: The weather.
Ann: Swimming all year long.
Things that make you want to move:
Jim and Ann: Monsoon season in Arizona.

Things you never want to run out of:
Jim: Toilet paper.
Ann: Chocolate.
Things you wish you’d never bought:
Jim: A food dehydrator.
Ann: Wrinkle cream
.

Favorite foods:
Jim: Pizza.
Ann: New York Style Chinese food and calamari.
Things that make you want to throw up: 
Jim: IRS forms and chopped liver.
Ann: Pet messes and asparagus.

Favorite music or song:
Jim: The Band, The Grateful Dead, jazz.
Ann: The Band, The Grateful Dead, showtunes, and Italian Opera.
Music that makes  your ears bleed:
Jim and Ann: Elevator Music, Punk Rock.

Favorite beverage:
Jim: Orange Juice.
Ann: Coke.

Something that gives you a pickle face:
Jim: Garlic bologna.
Ann: Honey.

Favorite smell:
Jim: Spaghetti Sauce.
Ann: Petunias.
Something that makes you hold your nose:
Jim and Ann: The cat litter box.

Something you’re really good at:
Jim: Construction, home repairs, cooking.

Something you’re really bad at:
Ann: Home repairs, cooking
.

Last best thing you ate:
Jim: Deep dish pizza in Chicago.
Ann: New York Style Egg Rolls.

Last thing you regret eating:
Jim: Calamari.
Ann: Peanut Butter.

Things you’d walk a mile for:
Jim: A home-cooked Italian meal.
Ann: Shrimp in lobster sauce
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room:
Jim: Spiders.
Ann: Scorpions.

Favorite places you’ve been:
Jim and Ann: Moscow, Ottawa, Toronto, London, The Caribbean.

Places you never want to go to again:
Jim and Ann: Upstate New York in the dead of winter.

Things that make you happy:
Jim and Ann: Good friends, good books, our pets.
Things that drive you crazy:
Jim and Ann: Grouchy people, last minute deadlines.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done:
Jim and Ann: Hiking back trails in Mexico.
Something you chickened out from doing:
Jim and Ann: Hiking back trails in Mexico again!



ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Ann I. Goldfarb
New York native Ann I. Goldfarb spent most of her life in education, first as a classroom teacher and later as a middle school principal and professional staff developer. Writing as J. C. Eaton, along with her husband, James Clapp, they have authored the Sophie Kimball Mysteries (Kensington), The Wine Trail Mysteries (Kensington Lyrical Underground), and The Marcie Rayner Mysteries (Camel). In addition, Ann has nine published YA time travel mysteries under her own name.

James E. Clapp
When James E. Clapp retired as the tasting room manager for a large upstate New York winery, he never imagined he’d be co-authoring cozy mysteries with his wife, Ann I. Goldfarb.  Non-fiction in the form of informational brochures and workshop materials treating the winery industry were his forte along with an extensive background and experience in construction that started with his service in the U.S. Navy and included vocational school classroom teaching. 


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Monday, January 14, 2019

FEATURED AUTHOR: JOE ALBANESE




ABOUT THE BOOK



These poems leave no doubt in our minds that the poet is a great artist and poet by birth. The poet's mastery of words is remarkable and incomparable. All these poems reveal the concrete and artistic expression of the poet's various moods and emotions.


Book Details:

Title: Cocktails with a Dead Man

Author: Joe Albanese

Genre: Poetry Collection

Publisher: Cyberwit.net (Jan 15, 2019)

Print length: 106 pages












LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT WITH JOE ALBANESE


A few of your favorite things: My family. Awww…nothing?
Things you need to throw out: Not throw out, but last week I donated a bunch of books. I got rid of half, but had to hold on to a lot. I need to donate them too.

Things you need in order to write: Time.
Things that hamper your writing: Unwanted noise.

Things you love about writing: You start with nothing, then create an entire world. There are no rules. Well there are, but most of them can be broken.
Things you hate about writing: Once you hit that spot where you have no idea where to go, the work stops. There’s no progress, not even a little. You hope you can claw out of it, and most of the time you do, but you’re never really sure you will.

Easiest thing about being a writer: I make my own hours, so I can get out of social situations by saying I need to do work. It’s a lie, I never work.
Hardest thing about being a writer: No guarantees, but I guess it’s that way with most jobs. Just different.

Things you love about where you live: I get every season. Sometimes too much of a season, but it’s easier to appreciate the nicer days. I live in a small enough town, with Philadelphia only twenty minutes away. So I get a little of both worlds.
Things that make you want to move: Sometimes it feels like there’s nothing to do around here. There actually always is, but I never want to do any of it, so it’s not like that would change if I moved. I convince myself things would be different.

Things you never want to run out of: Love. Awww… still nothing?
Things you wish you’d never bought: DVDs. That technology got outdated fast. I don’t even think I own a DVD player, but I own a ton of DVDs.

Words that describe you: Well my psychiatrist says I’m—wait, what?
Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t: Needy. Insecure. Paranoid. Obsessive.

Favorite foods: I’m in the middle of a stomach bug and spent the first half of today vomiting, so no food sounds good right now.
Things that make you want to throw up: I’d say my own writing, but I don’t think my publishers would appreciate me insulting the work they invested in.

Favorite music or song: I like like most music, but say ambient music to be different. I’ll say my favorite song, currently, is Njosnavelin by Sigur Ros. That will probably change as soon as I hear a different song.
Music that make your ears bleed: Not all, but most country and rap.

Favorite beverage: Well since my book title references alcohol, my favorite alcoholic beverage is a Tom Collins, though vodka and Red Bull gets me to my destination fastest.
Something that gives you a pickle face: No clue. Side note: don’t Google “pickle face.”

Favorite smell: A bag of fast food.
Something that makes you hold your nose: Oh, many, many foods.

Something you’re really good at: Interviews, am I right?
Something you’re really bad at: Liking myself.

Something you wish you could do: Be better at predicting lottery numbers.
Something you wish you’d never learned to do: Procrastinate.

Something you like to do: Watch sports. Only pro teams. If they’re not getting paid millions of dollars, I don’t care.
Something you wish you’d never done: It would take less time to say the things I’m glad I’ve done.

Last best thing you ate: Sour fruit snacks.
Last thing you regret eating: Whatever made its way through my nasal passages when I vomited earlier.

Things you’d walk a mile for: Exercise.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: My reflection.

Things you always put in your books: A crumpled up bookmark in the wrong spot because my nephews insist on taking it out constantly and crushing it.
Things you never put in your books: I don’t dog-ear them anymore.

Things to say to an author: Where I can I buy your book, handsome?
Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: Have you written anything I would know?

Favorite places you’ve been: Disney is my go-to.
Places you never want to go to again: High school.

Favorite book: I usually say A Clockwork Orange. I feel the least bad about saying that one.
Books you would ban: Books better than mine. So most.

People you’d like to invite to dinner: Tom Hanks. Andrew W.K. They just seem like delightful people.
People you’d cancel dinner on: Insert politician you disagree with.

Favorite things to do: Sleep.
Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: Like most writers, writing.

Things that make you happy: Sleep.
Things that drive you crazy: When someone takes something out of the microwave before the timer goes off, so instead of the time, the display says two seconds.

Most embarrassing moment: Nice try.
Proudest moment: Yet to come.

Biggest lie you’ve ever told: I’m fine.
A lie you wish you’d told: I’m fine.

Best thing you’ve ever done: Be nice to people.
Biggest mistake: Be not nice to people.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done: Looking in the mirror sometimes takes more guts than you’d think.
Something you chickened out from doing: Asking a girl out I like.

The last thing you did for the first time: Gotten a poetry book published!
Something you’ll never do again: Well, I hope I never throw up again.




OTHER BOOKS BY JOE ALBANESE


Caina

Smash and Grab

   




ABOUT THE AUTHOR 



Joe Albanese is a writer from South Jersey. His short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry can be found in publications across the U.S. and in ten other countries. Joe's novel, Caina, and his novella, Smash and Grab, were published in 2018. His poetry collection, Cocktails with a Dead Man, was published in 2019.


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Saturday, January 12, 2019

FEATURED AUTHOR: STEPHANIE BLACKMOORE




ABOUT THE BOOK


Professional wedding planner Mallory Shepard knows her job is challenging under any circumstances. But when the groom is your ex and someone invites murder, there may never be another tomorrow .  .  .

Mallory’s fine—really—handling the wedding arrangements for her ex, Keith. But his fiancĂ©e, Becca, has at the last minute decided to switch from a Japanese-cherry-blossom theme to a Gone with the Wind theme. She wants to honor her ailing grandmother, who owns an impressive collection of GWTW memorabilia—and who is fiercely at odds with the groom’s mother over the nuptial plans.

But among other complications, Becca gets into a fight with an old childhood rival over a replica Scarlett O’Hara wedding gown. She wins the dress—but soon becomes a murder suspect when the other woman is found dead in Becca’s swimming pool. And it’s up to Mallory to solve the mystery behind this unhappy occasion, before a different kind of civil war breaks out .  .  .



Book Details:


Title: Gown With the Wind

Author: Stephanie Blackmoore

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Publisher: Kensington Books (December 18, 2018)

Print length: 336 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours










LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT WITH STEPHANIE BLACKMOORE



A few of your favorite things:
My fluffy purple Sherpa robe, my electric kettle, and my trusty e-reader.
Things you need to throw out:
The voluminous collection of food storage containers threatening to overtake my cabinets. How do socks always manage to disappear, but Tupperware seems to multiply overnight?!


Things you need in order to write:
Coffee, my laptop, coffee, music, coffee, and a long, detailed outline.
Things that hamper your writing:
Trying to write scenes before they’re fully fleshed out in my head, running out of coffee, and working with not enough sleep.


Things you love about writing:
The chance to revisit memories, ponder what my characters want to do next, visit fictional places, and working with words.
Things you hate about writing:
Deadlines and uncertainty.


Things you love about where you live:
I love the cozy, small-town atmosphere of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. I adore seeing the Mississippi River almost daily, the friendly people, and the charming atmosphere.
Things that make you want to move:
Nothing!

Favorite foods:
Razzleberry pie, Mississippi roast, and asparagus.
Things that make you want to throw up:
Eggs. I didn’t realize until my son developed an egg allergy that I probably had one was well growing up.



Last best thing you ate:
A box of Godiva truffles from my aunt. Rich, decadent, and sinfully delicious. Yum!

Last thing you regret eating:
I should have regretted eating the truffles, but I enjoyed every last bite!

Things you always put in your books:
Cats, cookies, and coffee. 

Things you never put in your books:
Never say never. I find myself writing about topics and themes I never imagined I would!

Favorite places you’ve been:
Edinburgh, Scotland; Tallahassee, Florida; Prague, Czech Republic; and where I live now in Missouri. 

Places you never want to go to again:
I’ve pretty much enjoyed most places I’ve visited. I’m not keen, however, to fly as much as I used to. It used to seem glamorous and exiting. But it’s changed so much, and I’d much rather drive, even if it makes for a loooooong trip!

Favorite things to do:
Reading books to my son, cooking, visiting family and friends, and brewing beer (though I haven’t in a while).

Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing:
Laundry!

Things that make you happy:
Going on walks in the woods with my husband and my son, a new book by a favorite author, trying out new recipes, and figuring out a knotty writing problem.

Things that drive you crazy:
Traffic and wet socks.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



A native Pittsburgher, Stephanie Blackmoore now lives in Missouri, with her husband, son and two spirited cats. She was an attorney in Pittsburgh and a librarian in Florida before becoming a writer. Stephanie is a fan of snow, pierogis, and everything black-and-yellow. She is hard at work on her next Wedding Planner mystery.

Connect with Stephanie:
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Buy the book:

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

FEATURED AUTHOR: SANDY GRANATO





ABOUT THE BOOK


Storm of the Soul is a thriller about a woman who relocates to the Bronx with her child to hide from her alcoholic abusive husband.


Debbie Cavagnino lives with her mother Rosa in the Bronx, New York City. Life is tough, but they get by. We follow her and various friends growing up through the years at school, college and the work place; their struggles, sorrows and joys, the schoolgirl crushes, and mainly unreliable boyfriends. Rosa early on divorced her violent and abusive husband; she is strong and has come to terms with it, but at a deep level, Debbie remains emotionally damaged, and is vulnerable, having lacked a proper father figure. Debbie meets Frank, seemingly a good man. He is certainly personable and romantic, and they soon marry, set up house and home and have a baby daughter, Stephanie. But Frank has a dark side; he is unfaithful and he has a drug habit. Debbie's dream life is shattered, but she remains loyal and concentrates on bringing up the little girl. Frank is murdered, apparently by a drug pusher, but what emerges is truly shocking . . .


Book Details: 


Title: Storm of the Soul


Author: Sandy Granato


Genre: Thriller


Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers, Ltd. (November 30, 2017)


Print length: 497 pages








LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT INTERVIEW WITH SANDY GRANATO


A few of your favorite things: Watching TV. Listening to music. Reading. Writing.
Things you need to throw out: My old shoes. My broken printer.


Things you need in order to write: A notebook. A cup of tea. A piece of cake. Chocolate.
Things that hamper your writing: Too much noise and not reading enough.


Things you love about writing: Writing gives me a sense of calmness. I sometimes feel like I’m being transported to a more peaceful place.
Things you hate about writing: I can’t think of any.

Easiest thing about being a writer: Working from home.

Hardest thing about being a writer:
Jealous people.


Things you love about where you live: Living in the country in Piedmont, Northern Italy is peaceful and it gives me creativity.
Things that make you want to move: Gossiping people.


Things you never want to run out of: Chocolate.
Things you wish you’d never bought: Stupid things in which I could have spent my money on better things.

Words that describe you: Kind. Sensitive.
Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t: Anxious. High Strung. Suspicious.

Favorite foods: Chocolate. Mashed Potatoes. Sweet Potatoes. Carrots. 
Things that make you want to throw up: The smell of vomit.

Favorite music: My God! I have so many. Just to name a few:
                                               1. Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics.
                                               2. Frozen- Madonna
                                               3. Imagine – John Lennon
                                               4. AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
                                               5. Beatles – A Day In The Life
                                               6. U2 – One
Music that make your ears bleed: Country music and opera.

Favorite beverage: Coca Cola. Tea with honey and lemon. Hot chocolate
.
Something that gives you a pickle face: Facials.

Favorite smell: Roses and freshly cut grass.
Something that makes you hold your nose: Farts.

Something you’re really good at: Writing.

Something you’re really bad at: Bowling.

Something you like to do: Go on vacations.

Something you wish you’d never done: Being kind to people who hurt me profoundly.

Last best thing you ate: Walnuts.

Last thing you regret eating: Too much bread and too much sugar.

Things you’d walk a mile for: The man of my dreams.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: Zombies,  witches, and vampires.

Things you always put in your books: Some adverbs. (Despite Stephen King being against them.)

Things you never put in your books: Redundancy and incorrect grammar.

Favorite places you’ve been: New York, Texas, Milan. 

Places you never want to go to again: Philadelphia.

Favorite books:
1. It – Stephen King
2. A Time To Kill – John Grisham
3. 1984 – George Orwell
4. 11th Hour – Jams Patterson
5. The Pillars Of The Earth – Ken Follett
6. Echo Burning – Lee Child
7. The Wizard Of Oz –  L. Frank Baum
8. The Shining – Stephen King
9. The Client – John Grisham
Books you would ban: I don’t know any.

People you’d like to invite to dinner: Stephen King, Jon Bon Jovi, Bono.
People you’d cancel dinner on: Those who hate me.

Favorite things to do: Watch TV. Listening to music. Relaxing.

Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: Dusting the house and ironing.

Things that make you happy: Love. My mother. My animals (I have two dogs, two birds, and a turtle.) Writing.

Things that drive you crazy: Tension. Nagging people. Evil people.

Proudest moment: Having my book published.
Most embarrassing moment: Leaving a public restroom with half my behind showing.

Biggest lie you’ve ever told: My age (Which is nobody’s business!)

A lie you wish you’d told: I don’t know.

Best thing you’ve ever done: Moving to Italy from New York. 

Biggest mistake: Not being very happy when it counted the most.










ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Sandy Granato was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. She grew up in the Bronx, where she also attended school. In 1960 her mother migrated from Piedmont, Italy to New York to study fashion design. Sandy's mother worked as a patternmaker at New York City's garment district. Sandy's parents divorced when she was four. It's nine years now that she's been living in Italy. She and her mother relocated there to be closer to the family. Sandy is bilingual. (Italian-English). However, English is her mother language. She started writing Storm of the Soul eight years ago. She's currently working on the final draft of her third book and has already started her fourth one.




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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

FEATURED AUTHOR: KAYA QUINSEY




ABOUT THE BOOK


Valentine Wells returns to Venice. After having visited ten years earlier when she was just sixteen years old, it was where she had impulsively met Lorenzo Dipachio. Her first kiss. Her first love.

Now twenty-six, Valentine is a successful wedding photographer in Chicago. Still impulsive, Valentine is recently divorced after being married for about a minute in Las Vegas. And she doesn't miss the irony of being a divorced wedding photographer. Also dealing with her mother's recent diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's, Valentine's father convinces her that she needs a break.

Now that she is back in Venice, Valentine wants to prove to herself that she's no longer the impulsive, daring girl who got married (and quickly divorced) in Vegas to a man she barely knew. Now, she is living by a new set of rules: planned, cautious, and carefully executed.

But her plan is challenged when she falls (literally) into the path of her first love, Lorenzo. And with Valentine's Day around the corner, will Valentine be able to keep herself from making another big mistake?



Book Details:


Title: Valentine in Venice


Author: Kaya Quinsey


Genre: Sweet Romance Novella


Publisher: Books To Go Now (January 04, 2019)










LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT WITH KAYA QUINSEY


Things you need in order to write: My laptop and a power chord.
Things that hamper your writing: Getting distracted by the antics of my cat, Pumpkin.



Easiest thing about being a writer: Coming up with new plot lines and ideas.
Hardest thing about being a writer: Actually putting those ideas onto the page.

Favorite foods: Fresh raspberries and chocolate croissants. And oysters!
Things that make you want to throw up: Nothing comes to mind! I’m really not a picky eater.

Favorite song: Lately, I’ve been listening to ‘Into the Mystic’ by Van Morrison on repeat.
Music that make your ears bleed: Muzak.

Favorite beverage: Grapefruit Perrier, coconut water, coffee, and champagne! All on their own, of course.

Something that gives you a pickle face: If these drinks were blended together.

Favorite smell: Vanilla, the ocean, and campfires.

Something that makes you hold your nose: When the pancakes get burnt.

Something you’re really good at: Daydreaming.

Something you’re really bad at: Keeping a poker face.


Things you always put in your books: Love and positive relationships.

Things you never put in your books: A tragic ending. 





OTHER BOOKS BY KAYA QUINSEY



A Coastal Christmas





ABOUT THE AUTHOR 


Kaya Quinsey holds her undergraduate and master’s degree in psychology. The author of three books, her work has sold in seven countries. Kaya’s passion for culture, travel, and psychology blend for a reading style that is fun, full of surprises, and easy to read. A romantic at heart, Kaya’s writing offers a contemporary twist to traditional love stories. She hopes to inspire readers through her stories to fiercely chase their dreams.





Connect with Kaya:
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Buy the book:

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

FEATURED AUTHOR: FENGQIN DADSWELL




ABOUT THE BOOK 


One child for life was the law in China.

Dama has raised her three sons in the village, Flying Dragon. Children- boys- are essential to carry on the family line, but her three sons have failed to produce any and now her pregnant daughter-in-law is living in a hidden cellar to avoid a forced abortion. Meantime Fenghua’s only nephew has been kidnapped, probably sold. In a land where people are viciously punished for wanting to be parents, and where the law keeps changing, peasants will go to desperate lengths in order to have a baby boy, legally or otherwise.

Mingming and Fenghua must make a hearbreading decision in order to have the baby they long for. Dingming wants to marry but his lady is elsewhere. Xingming hasn’t yet met a wife. will dam’s offspring be able to carry on their family line?



Book Details:

Title: Fate

Author: Fengqin Dadswell

Genre: non-fiction


Published: Olympia Publishers (August 31, 2018)

Print length: 325 pages










INTERVIEW WITH FENGQIN DADSWELL


Q: What’s the story behind the title of your book?

A:
I worked in Population Research Institute of Peking University, China. I did a lot of investigation about the one child policy in China. I got the first-hand material from my research.

Q: Who are you?

A
: 
I am retired at home.

Q: Where’s home for you?

A:
London.

Q: Where did you grow up?

A:

I grew up in the rural area of China.

Q: What’s your favorite memory?

A:
I was born in a family of 36 people. My grandmother is head. When my parents moved out I was under 7. They left me behind. Every time I wanted to see my parents I had to walk 10 miles on foot. My grandmother companied me to visit my parents. We took food with us. These journey left me a deep memory.

Q: I'll bet. What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned?
A:
English.

Q: What do you love about where you live?
A:
Countryside with vegetable garden.

Q: Have you been in any natural disasters?

A:
Tangshan earthquake in 1976, I was in Beijing, but it affected Beijing.

Q: What is the most daring thing you've done?

A:
When I was lecturer of University, I help poor students a lot, such as gave them money or food, whatever they need help with.

Q: What is the stupidest thing you've ever done?
A:

I left my children when they needed me.

Q: What makes you bored?
A:
Nothing to do.

Q: What is your most embarrassing moment?
A:
When I gave a speech in front of thousands people, but I lost my voice.

Q: What choices in life would you like to have a redo on?

A:
I got to know Ron Amitron in 2016, but would like to know him when he just came out in 2005.

Q: What makes you nervous?
A:
Interviews.

Q: What makes you happy?
A:
Be here and now.

Q: What makes you scared?

A:
One day I took my son to swim, but he disappeared in the swimming pool. I jumped into the pool and rescued him.

Q: Wow! What makes you excited?
A: To see Ron Amitron.

Q: How did you meet your spouse?

A
: The first one was my classmate at University. The second one I met in the library of Exeter University. I asked him how to index by the computer.

Q: What are your most cherished mementoes?
A:
When I got fellowship from UN.

Q: If you could only save one thing from your house, what would it be?
A:
Cash.

Q: What brings you delight?

A:

 When I was working in the field in rural areas I got a news to be sent to study in Peking University.

Q: What’s one of your favorite quotes?
A:
Be here and now.

Q: What’s your favorite line from a book?

A:
"What could the Chinese peasants do about the authorities? Hundreds of years...thousands of years, the world around them had not changed."

Q: How did you create the plot for this book?

A:
When Western started to adopt Chinese girl orphans, I wanted to write Fate, to tell them how noble they were.

Q: Are any of your characters inspired by real people?
A:
The story came from true facts but not one person.

Q: On what real events is your book based?
A
: Nearly 40 years one child policy in China.

Q: Are you like any of your characters?
A:

I like Dama and dama’s three sons and their wives. They were kind hearts.

Q: Who are your favorite authors?
A:
Count Lyof N Tolstoi.

Q: What book are you currently reading and in what format?

A:
Invasion! Constitutional United States of America by Soverein elite Star Command.

Q: What’s one pet peeve you have when you read?
A:
Truth is within your heart, not in the mind.

Q: Do you have a routine for writing?
A:
No.

Q: Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?

A:
I like to write outside, sitting in the grass field if the weather is nice.

Q: Why did you decide to self-publish?
A:
When I wrote Fate 20 years ago, I  tried to publish without money but failed until I got money from my husband. I decided to self publish. I wrote 3 novels, but no publisher to publish without money. I gave up for more than 20 years. When my husband told me that he would like to pay, I was very grateful. I chose Fate to publish. My daughter helped me find my publisher online. It took around 1 year to get published.

Q: What steps to publication did you personally do, and what did you hire someone to do? Is there anyone you’d recommend for a particular service?
A:
My husband and my daughter did editing. the publisher did editing too, but not enough.

Q: What are you working on now?
A:
Retired, not working.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Fengqin Dadswell was born in a small village in northeast China. Her parents could not read or write. She was lucky to enjoy free education, graduated from Peking University. After working 14 years in this University as a researcher she came to study MA degree in Exeter University. She lives in London. Fate is her first book to be published.

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Friday, January 4, 2019

FEATURED AUTHOR: GENE DESROCHERS




ABOUT THE BOOK


Boise Montague’s life in Los Angeles has fallen apart. After his wife dies, he returns to the tiny island where he grew up. Unfortunately, coming home doesn’t bring him the peace he’s looking for.



Things have changed drastically since his last visit. The island has moved on and so have the people he once knew. When Boise tries to find the one friend he thinks he can count on to be there for him, he’s confronted with another death. A murder. A murder that the police did not think important enough to investigate thoroughly.



Boise wants answers. He enlists a local reporter named Dana, who has theories of her own, to help him dig deeper. 

With not much left to lose, a bone to pick with the justice system, and a relentless partner, Boise sets out to do what the police would not: solve the murder of Roger Black.



The island of St. Thomas is a gleaming tropical paradise. Welcome to the Caribbean, where murder is as common as sunshine.



Book Details:


Title: Dark Paradise

Author: Gene Desrochers   

Genre: Mystery/Crime

Publisher: Acorn Publishing (June 25, 2018)

Print length: 337 pages

On tour with: Parners in Crime Virtual Book Tours










LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT WITH GENE DESROCHERS



A few of your favorite things: Tennis; Islands; my wife and kids; reading mysteries; watching The Matrix for the seventieth time; kind people.
Things you need to throw out: Not much, I’m an avid thrower-outer.


Things you need in order to write: Pen and paper.
Things that hamper your writing: Distracting myself with other tasks like writing short stories or reading or washing dishes
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Things you love about writing: Coming up with a new twist or phrase. Reading what I’ve written later and feeling like someone else wrote it. Creating a world out of blank white.
Things you hate about writing: Constantly feeling like it’s not as good as it seems in my head.

Easiest thing about being a writer: The unlimited potential.

Hardest thing about being a writer: Disciplined, daily writing
.

Things you love about where you live: The weather and the unlimited number of things to do.   
Things that make you want to move: The cost of living and arrogant, self-absorbed people.

Things you never want to run out of: Tennis balls, pencils, paper, kisses from my wife.
Things you wish you’d never bought: Rainmaker stock, many other stocks, I suck at picking good stocks.


Words that describe you: Angry, friendly, other-centric, visual, verbal.
Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t: Angry, afraid of success, overly deferential (although maybe changing).

Favorite foods: Pasta with olive oil and parmesan cheese, really any Italian food without eggplant or red meat, any kind of saag, bananas and nuts (together), freshly baked bread, especially croissants, doughnuts, mango smoothies.
Things that make you want to throw up:  Eggplant, maggots, rancid food items, especially lettuce, body odor.

Favorite music or song: Wow, so tough. Concrete Blonde (many songs): The whole self-titled album, and most every other song especially the cover of Leonard Cohen’s Everybody Knows and Only You Can Make Me Cry. The Police: "Tea in the Sahara" and "Do Do Da." Gorillaz: First album. Eminem: "Slim Shady." Muse: "Uprising." Recently, Portugal the Man.
Music that make your ears bleed: That Pop Country cross-over crap.

Favorite beverage: Chai Tea with sugar
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Something that gives you a pickle face: Sauerkraut

Favorite smell: Baking bread or my wife. I also like the smell of cigars.

Something that makes you hold your nose: Body odor.

Something you’re really good at: Tennis and conversation.

Something you’re really bad at: Dunking a basketball, splits, and patience when people stop in the middle of the street even if I’m not in a hurry.


Something you wish you could do: Fly.
Something you wish you’d never learned to do: I’m impatient when people ask me to repeat myself and often sound angry even if I’m not.

Something you like to do: Play tennis, bowling, go to the theater to watch movies (still prefer that to watching at home).

Something you wish you’d never done: Very personal! I once said something very rude to a girl on my high school tennis team who was a nice person after she lost a tennis match.

People you consider as heroes: Gandhi, Colin Kaepernick, Frederick Douglass.

People with a big L on their foreheads: A guy where I work named Jay who brags about having never worked and lies all the time…Reminds me of Donald Trump who also fits this category;
People who are narcissistic and spend every second recounting their accomplishments or talking about themselves without asking anyone else anything; Googlers.



Last best thing you ate: Turkey Soup.

Last thing you regret eating: Too much turkey on Thanksgiving (my stomach hurt).

Things you’d walk a mile for:
Tennis, library, the chance to promote my work, most things (a mile is not far).
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: People who go on about themselves or talk loudly on their cell phone.

Things you always put in your books: Characters who get caught up in their thoughts and don’t listen.

Things you never put in your books: I hate it when people jump into water wearing all their clothes with no regard for what’s in their pockets unless it’s an emergency situation.

Things to say to an author: I loved your main character, they were so complex and nuanced! I think your book would make a wonderful movie / series.

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: I liked it, but there’s too much happening; I couldn’t get past the first page; I liked it except it didn’t make any sense.

Favorite places you’ve been: Peru (sacred valley); Rome (felt like I’d lived there in a past life); St. John; Los Angeles; New Orleans
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Places you never want to go to again: Florida (except the beaches), small southern towns.

Favorite books: Mysteries, Harry Potter (is that now its own genre?)

Books you would ban: What? The Art of the Deal. But really, I don’t think books should be banned.

People you’d like to invite to dinner: Harrison Ford, Sam Harris, Roger Federer.

People you’d cancel dinner on: Donald Trump; Any of his family; Kardashians; Kanye West; John Isner; Rodrigo Duterte; Donald Rumsfeld; Dick Cheney.

Favorite things to do: Play tennis, watch tennis, talk tennis, read interesting stories, edit interesting stories, travel to spiritual locales, watch Friends.Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: Stringing tennis rackets; looking closely at elective plastic surgery; drinking large quantities of alcohol; being around drunk or mean people regularly.

Things that make you happy: People who say hello to complete strangers; a kiss from my wife; playing Settlers of Catan or Puerto Rico with my kids; Ms. PacMan.

Things that drive you crazy: Movies or stories that have people dance for no apparent reason without music; people who stop at yield signs for no reason–especially when there’s a merge lane; technology that actually makes things harder and longer than it did without the technology; fervent, mindless patriotism, especially at sporting events; religious people who push their mythology on everyone else.

Most embarrassing moment: Can’t remember…luckily…maybe ask me later.

Proudest moment: Holding my first novel physically in my hands.

Biggest lie you’ve ever told: If confronted, I generally tell the truth, but as a youth I snuck out of the house often to ride around my neighborhood at night and generally skulk around like I was a spy. Once I had a friend over and we did it together, and we were caught lying about it in my step-father’s Coca-Cola truck. We got reamed out, and I got grounded for quite a while.

A lie you wish you’d told: Can’t think of one right now.

Best thing you’ve ever done: Marry my wife, and recognize how special she is for all these years and somehow manage not to screw it up.

Biggest mistake: Getting involved with the girl I moved to LA with when I knew she was self-centered and depressed, which led to me opening a retail business that she said she’d do the work on, but instead ran into the ground and caused me to lose all my money!

Most daring thing you’ve ever done: Moving to and toughing it out in L.A.

Something you chickened out from doing: Telling someone (several times) I wanted to date them.

The last thing you did for the first time: Attend a Lakers game.

Something you’ll never do again: Invest in Real Estate I don’t look at physically first.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Gene Desrochers hails from a dot in the Caribbean Sea called St. Thomas. He grew up with minimal supervision and free-roaming animals in a guesthouse that also served as a hospital during wartime. He has spent his life steadily migrating west, and now finds himself in Los Angeles with a beautiful wife, cats, and kids. After a lifetime of writing and telling short stories, he ventured into the deep end, publishing his first novel, Dark Paradise in 2018. If you ask, he will regale you with his Caribbean accent and tennis prowess.

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