Thursday, August 3, 2017

Music: Interview with German Musician and Songwriter Mister Tetzentheil



To find out more about this musician who's constantly creating new music, read below. And don't forget to subscribe to his youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDCzd6blNRcZVRHb0xZcidw

Please tell us a little about your background and where you are from.

I grew up in Munich, Bavaria, Germany without father and without siblings. School was horror to me. They either picked on me or wanted to make use of my achievements copying my homework and stuff. I finished High School and then studied medicine. But due to my health, I had to break up with that dream.

When did you realize you had a calling for music?

About two years ago, I had everything at home that a studio needed and was unemployed. My brain shot out new lyrics every day, and I would play with the chords on my guitar until they’d fit them. I started to breed the impossible-seeming dream I could break through with my music.

Seems like a big change in career paths. Who was your greatest influence to follow in the music career? Why?

Discovering my mentor Captain Schwilly. He’d promise nothing, but seemed to be everywhere at the same time. He gave me tons of encouragement and had the parole: "The music industry is full of sharks! Take ownership of your own career!” And he showed me a functioning concept on how to gain fans without any record deal. Which I partially yet have put into practice.

That’s interesting! Do you also write the lyrics and compose the songs?


I have an allergy against covering. This only happened once, but it was a friend of mine who sang and played guitar in that piece. Otherwise, my lyrics and my riffs are 100% my own ideas. Ideas that sometimes frighten me because they are so perverted (not in the sexual sense).

It’s great to be creative and full of ideas. When was the first time you performed live and how did you feel?

It was back in 1998 when I had to sing a Greek song by Mikis Theodorakis on a school concert. I was so nervous I’d visit the next church and pray 30 min ahead of the gig. But as I saw, from the corner of my eye, my old Latin teacher swing along as I was playing, I lost concentration for a second and that second was too much. We messed the end of the song up. (“We” was my first band!).

I’m sure you were a nervous wreck! Is there a specific performance you feel was your best so far? If so, where and why?

My best performance was in a hospital ward. My co-patients gathered around me and listened and even suggested for me to participate in the "Deutschland sucht den Superstar" (similar to “America’s next top singer” in Germany). They said I was so shy and an introvert, but as they watched me perform, this perception was eradicated…

Sounds like a great experience. What do you enjoy the most between your interactions with the fans?

The sudden cordiality and leaving people behind in a good mood and somehow united.



Indeed, music can bring people together. How do you draw inspiration to write your music? 

I’ve lived such intense life and often swayed in my 39 years, but all detours in my life enrichened me. You could lock me up in prison and I’d still write, I have a big treasure box inside.

What are you working on now and what are your plans for the future? Where can we find and buy your music?

I’m working on Mailerlite to get a reasonable squeeze page and thus get to collect E-Mail addresses of people who I’m engaged with. “Fans” is a dumb word. Either best friends or super fans ;-) You can find over 70 partially embarrassing pieces on youtube by “Mister Tetzentheil” or by mister_tetzentheil on Sound cloud. Or visit my URL mistertetzentheil.com. I’m planning to upload at least one good rated song onto Spotify in order to get noticed by more than just music industry representatives who are out mostly to scam you and charge money in advance, later telling you what you’ve got to wear and what to sing...

Good luck with your music! Is there anything else you'd like to add?

I’d just like to add that you please not mistake me for arrogant. Yesterday, I was so moved by an unsigned young rap singer that I offered him the top position on my URL´s front page. Not to patronize him, but for the win-win situation. And I don’t want to patronize and despise anyone. I love networking with colleagues, but soon will have to ride a more sober trail since philanthropy doesn’t get my fridge filled...

Thank you for your time telling us a little about you and your music!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Event: Indiepalooza - Indie Writers' Conference in Houston, TX

Indiepalooza 2017


September 15-17


The Houston Writers Guild is proud to present the 3rd annual Independent Writers’ Conference!


The opening session begins Friday evening with Stuart Horowitz’s workshop “Organize and Revise any Manuscript with the Book Architecture Method,” followed on Saturday morning by keynote speaker, Shanalee Sharboneau, nationally and internationally awarded children’s author, who will talk about Initiating Positive Book Momentum.


Breakout sessions include: 
Writing Organizations in Our Community; 
Trademarking and Copyrights; 
Contracts: Watching out for Hidden Clauses; 
Effective Cover Design; 
Writing and Selling Your Romance; 
The Real Expenses of Indie Publishing;
 Audiobook Creation and Distribution; 
and much more!


Wrap up on Sunday with B. Alan Bourgeois, Director and Founder of Texas Authors Association, sharing on marketing tips and strategies.


Manuscripts consultation will also be available.


If you're in the Houston area, this conference is a must. 

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Books: Interview with Historian and Byzantinologist Konstantinos Karatolios



We had the pleasure of interviewing a Greek historian and expert in Byzantine history, who is also a writer, Konstantinos Karatolios. Read more to find out about the fascinating history that he brings to life in his book.

Living in Greece, you’re breathing history. Did your surroundings make you passionate about history?


You can say that. People in Greece love history. It is a topic to be discussed not only by experts but almost by everyone. 


Yes, your country is a live museum, so rich with culture and history. When did you realize you wanted to write and when did you start writing?


I’ve always wanted to write. Writing is about expressing yourself. Whether it is history, literature or just a letter to your beloved one, it can be creative and fun. Of course writing about science has its own rules, but I still enjoy it as much.


I agree. Writing is a wonderful form of expression. What is your favorite quote, and who wrote it?


Τον άρχοντα τριών δει μέμνησθαι: Πρώτον ότι ανθρώπων άρχει. Δεύτερον ότι κατά νόμους άρχει. Τρίτον ότι ουκ αεί άρχει. Αγάθων (Agathon), 450-400 b.c.. It means that those who rule must remember three things. That they rule over people, that they rule according to the law and that they will not rule for ever. I think that if all rulers followed his advice, our world would be a much better place to live in. 




That's for sure. A very interesting quote indeed. Who is your favorite historical figure? Why? 


If I had to choose one I would pick Constantine the Great. He was the founder of Constantinople and one can argue that with him starts Byzantine History as well. So in a way, we can say that he can be used as a symbol for this great civilization. 


That shows that you're totally into Byzantine history. What inspired you to write your book on Greek Fire? How did you research the topic? What is your target audience for the book?

The mystery surrounding this secret weapon and the fame it had gained through history was enough to intrigue me. I love researching Byzantine History, but this was a real challenge. I like working with the sources. I believe that it is the closer we can get to how the Byzantines actually thought. Of course you can’t just ignore what other researchers have wrote on the subject and I certainly didn’t. Although it is a scientific book, it is also written in a way that a wider audience that doesn’t know much about the era can read it too without difficulty.


It's a great book, and well researched. Readers who are familiar with "Game of Thrones" might also take an interesting in finding out more about this interesting topic. Why do you think it’s important to learn history? How do you think history impacts our lives and the world around us?


Everything around us is a product of a historical process. To understand our world is to understand how it has come to be this way. I think that History is a real brain opener.




There's so much we can learn from history. It's always been one of my favorite subjects. If you could choose a historical period to visit as a time traveler, where would you go and why?


I think that you already know the answer. Byzantium would be my target. It would be a chance to know if what we say is true, and I would be able to learn so much more. For now, the only time travel machine we have is called books though.


I'd have guessed this answer. With your extensive knowledge of historical periods and the Byzantine world, do you have plans to write fiction or historical fiction?


That would be nice. Time is always an issue, though. We don’t live long enough to do everything we like.


You could certainly write a very accurate time period fiction book! What are you working on currently and what are your writing plans for the future?


I’m working on a PhD regarding the education of the byzantine princes in the Middle Byzantine period. If we know what and how they learned it we might be able to know more about these future emperors.




It sounds like a fascinating topic. Is there anything else you'd like to share with the readers?


My book on Greek Fire is available in English and in Greek. It will also be available in Spanish and Portuguese soon. I hope it becomes an introduction for more people to get to know Byzantium. 

Congratulations! We wish you sucess with your PhD research and hope you write more books that tell the fascinating history of the Byzantine period.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Blog Tour: Medical Thrillers New Release! First Time Together In One Set! Available Today for #99cents! RT @JudithLucci #ASMSG #RPBP

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A multi-dimensional medical thriller series featuring Virginia-born nurse/attorney Alexandra Lee Destephano, Commander Jack Francoise of the New Orleans Police Department, and Dr. Robert Bonnet, Alex’s former husband and a prominent New Orleans surgeon. These thrilling books center on the characters as they encounter murder, malpractice, the supernatural and a serial killer in The Big Easy’s most famous hospital. Crescent City Chronicles, Alex Destephano Medical Thriller series, blends hospital drama, murder, romance, political intrigue, terrorism, and the grisly work of a serial killer.


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Chaos at Crescent City Medical Center (Book 1)
It's Mardi Gras in post-Katrina New Orleans. Thousands of tourists have flocked the city, paralyzed traffic and jammed the French Quarter with drunken crowds and garbage. City officials expect record crowds and the biggest boost to the Crescent City economy since the big storm. Alexandra Lee Destephano, legal counsel for Crescent City Medical Center, anticipates her third Mardi Gras Ball with her date, dashing art historian Mitch Landry. Things change quickly. Alex is stat-paged to the hospital and learns the wife of the Governor of Louisiana has been found unconscious and covered in blood in her hospital room. By the end of the day, murder and mayhem are the only things on Alex’s mind. 

The Imposter (Book 2)
It’s hotter than hell in New Orleans and Police Commander Jack Francoise is battling horrific crime in the Vieux Carre. At the Psychiatric Pavilion, nurses are doling out Thorazine Slurpees to the criminally insane and viciously psychotic patients in the South. Alexandra Destephano, legal counsel for the hospital, is troubled by safety issues and is working hard to protect patients and staff. The violence escalates and brutal beatings and murder become the order of the day as life in the Big Easy becomes uneasy.

Viral Intent: Terror in New Orleans (Book 3)
With POTUS and members of Congress in the Big Easy for a political convention, an unidentified killer virus in the Crescent City emergency room has physicians baffled, hospital staff frightened, and the CDC on their way to assist. When the first death from the virus is a Secret Service agent guarding the President, a terrorist attack is feared. Matters get worse with the murder of a prominent politician in the French Quarter. Alex and Jack join the CDC, FBI, and Secret Service to save the streets of New Orleans from disaster. 

Continue your Crescent City Medical experience with Book 4, Toxic New Year: The Day That Wouldn’t End & Now you can preorder Book 5, Evil: Finding St. Germaine as well.  


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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Music: Interview with Rock Star Ed Richwood

I often say that one of the coolest things about this blog is having the opportunity to meet and interview so many talented artists, and I'm really excited to introduce you to Ed Richwood, a rockstar whose voice reminds me of Chris Cornell's. Read on to find out more about him and listen to his music!

Please tell us a little about your background and where you are from.
I was born and grown up in Spain. And I basically spent most of my life surviving as a musician. A few years ago I moved to Berlin, here the art scene is really interesting.

That's cool! When did you realize you had a calling for music?

I was 9, it was a Saturday morning. I was listening to the radio laying on my bed, and then I heard a guitar riff (from The Cult). That sound just made me jump out of the bed with excitement, I was sucked into a vortex of excitement. Since then, I'm still hypnotized and high on that thrilling emotion of rock music. 

Wow, that's amazing. Since you mentioned The Cult, who was your greatest influence to follow in the music career? Why?
That's a really tough question. Honestly I don't know. When you love music you feel attracted and continually fascinated about many music. Still, it would be fair to say that I'm strongly influenced by Seattle's grunge (Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Nirvana...).



And your voice reminds me of Chris Cornell's... as I mentioned before. Do you also write the lyrics and compose the songs?
Yes. I just have fun doing it. I improvise the music most of the time and the lyrics are just words that feet the sounds. I don't have any ambition of writing great songs or lyrics, it's just a game. 

You're very skilled; improvising music is not that easy! When was the first time you performed live and how did you feel?
I was probably 13, and it was a really small town with my first band, which was actually pretty bad. But we had fun. Still, it made me realize that this thing of becoming a musician was harder than I thought. So it felt pretty sad. But I never could actually stop trying. We thrive in challenges.

I'm glad you feel this way. Don't give up, you're very talented. Is there a specific performance you feel was your best so far? If so, where and why?
Well, at the time with my project "Ed Richwood" I'm not performing. It is a studio project although I'll be starting touring at some point soon. 
But I really enjoyed playing with bands when I was 18-20, in small clubs. The music was terrible, but we just played each gig as if it the last one. I have some amazing memories out of that crazy nights. 

I bet you had a lot of fun doing that. What do you enjoy the most between your interaction with the fans?
Well, having someone listening carefully to my music is always an honor. So when I see that someone has been listening and saved my music on Spotify/iTunes/youtube...that feels real. It makes me very happy to see that I may be inspiring another's day. 
In the other hand, I have people who just cheer me up every time I post or share, with heartfelt comments. That's priceless!

Yes, it's priceless indeed, when you're recognized for your talent! How do you draw inspiration to write your music? 
I just surrender. The songs are there somewhere. So to me it feels a lot like fishing. I just sit there, with patience, and sooner or later the beauty appears. Instead of being an activity, it's more like being open an receptive. I don't try to write songs, it just happens. So, I actually don't write any song in some way. I wouldn't describe me as a creative person. I don't even understand what people really mean by that, because when music happens there is no personal intention of playing.

What are you working on now and what are your plans for the future? Where can we find and buy your music?
Well, I'm recording song #11 of my 7th album that will be released on July this year. Actually you can find my music on Spotify, I-tunes, Apple Music, Google Play, and Amazon.  I try to share the process with my friends on Facebook, twitter, and Instagram.



Click on the links below for music:


Besides that, if anyone wants to support my music, rather than buying it, I would prefer people to tip me when I finish a song. https://www.patreon.com/edrichwood.

Thanks for sharing your music! Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Well, first to thank you for this opportunity. I believe that people like you change the paradigm, so I wish you the best with this blog! =D

Thank you for your time; we wish you much success with your music and next projects! Keep singing because you have an amazing voice!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Books: Interview with best-selling author Joshua Dowidat



We had the pleasure to interview Joshua Dowidat, a talented writer, and Amazon best-seller author. Read on to find out more about his life, writing, and books!

Hi, Joshua, where are you from and what's your background?

I live outside the town of Vail, Arizona, just southeast of Tucson. I grew up in the hills of the desert country and have been there most of my life.

I started my career in construction but since then went back and finished my Bachelor’s Degree and I am currently pursuing a career in Green Energy and Renewables or Sustainability.

That’s interesting, so when did you realize you wanted to write and when did you start writing if your career is not related to writing?

I always liked writing, actually I liked story telling. When someone asks me if I am a writer I tell them I am in a way. I am the author of a book and soon to be more but I may be more of a storyteller. The writing comes at ease but the editing is very helpful. I would have a bit of a struggle if it wasn’t for my editors.

As far as when I knew I wanted to pursue writing, well it’s a funny story. I never really did know.

I had some random writings sitting on my computer one day that I was compiling into a story to pass the time that I don’t sleep at night. My younger brother read it one day that I had accidentally left it on the computer. I wasn’t really ready to show anyone. He thought it was good and asked about it. I told him about it and he suggested I take it to someone. I did some research over the next few months and decided that it was time to take it to a publisher. Now I hope I can eventually pursue this as a second or primary career as I enjoy it.

Awesome choice. What genre do you write and what's your target audience?

My target audience is yet to be determined. However, the first book is 12 and older. I like this age
group because the child imagination is still present enough but you can also turn up the eeriness of the story without concern of frightening a kid too much. I plan on writing some that are more adult-oriented as well to expand my style and to see what genre and age group I tell the best stories in.

I prefer an eerie genre as my style of writing. That area right between horror and fantasy that still is enough to send shivers down your spine but with leaving enough up to the reader’s imagination.

Sounds exciting.  How many books have you published so far? Have you been published in any other publications or journals?

So far I have only published the first book. Although I say “only” I do not mean that it is a minor accomplishment. It was such an exciting moment and learning experience publishing my first book. The second is in the making.

I have not been published in any journals or other publications yet except for some minor mentions and the like on social media. I look forward to the day that someone asks me. Fingers crossed.

By no means, it’ not a minor accomplishment at all! And you’ll soon be publishing the second!  What is your favorite quote and who wrote it?

My favorite quote is not a quote per say, but more of a few lines from a book. The book is Forever Odd, by Dean Koontz.

“When we hope, we usually hope for the wrong thing.
We yearn for tomorrow and the progress that it represents. But
Yesterday was once tomorrow, and where was the progress in it?
Or we yearn for yesterday, for what was or what might have
Been. But as we are yearning, the present is becoming the past, so
The past is nothing but our yearning for second chances.”
     
These lines remind me that we need to focus on the future but remember the past and not dwell on it.

Excellent quote, and very appropriate.  Do you have a favorite author? Who? Has this author or his book(s) influenced your writing in any way?

I would have to say that my favorite author at this time is Dean Koontz. I randomly picked up his book Forever Odd one day and read it. I was in a “down” mood and this was a book I read for no other reason but to read a book. From then on I kept reading and buying his books. I then got back into some authors that I read at one time in my life, whether it was for school or another reason. I have since followed many authors and expand my readings as the time goes by. One thing is certain is that I do judge books by their covers. I never heard of Dean Koontz before that book and if the cover didn’t appeal to me, I would have never picked it up that day.

Since you picked a quote from him, I’d be guessing you’d choose him as your favorite author. And if you could be a character from any book, who would you like to be and why?

Such a hard question because you have to wonder if the character will define the story that the character is bound to. So imagining that this is how the question works I would have to choose Sherlock Holmes.

I would choose Holmes because he is educated, lives a good life as a respectable detective but has an adventurous lifestyle. He can be down and dirty and blend with the most prestige of the social classes. He gets to travel but still works for his living. He has a brotherly companion that would follow him to the end of the world and a heart that still searches for true love but also fears it. He is thoughtful yet a stubborn mule at times and has a knack to be eccentric above most.

I like your choice! What are you working on now?

I currently am working on a second book that I cannot fully reveal yet because it might be a spoiler for some. I did have to put it on hold for some time while I finished marketing the first and worked with a production company on a Treatment for my first book.

I have however just finished the second proofreading on it and it is ready to go to the editors as soon as I get a little more free time. It’s been a busy year so far.

Congratulations!  Where can we find out more about you and your writing?

For more information, you can check out my web page at www.joshuadowidat.com. My book is for sale on several websites in paperback and several eBook formats. I also have an author page on Amazon and can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/joshuadowidat and on twitter @joshuadowidat. Another good place to find me as well as many other authors is on GoodReads.

Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
    
Yes. I think that everyone should try things and take a risk at some point in their lives. I never would
have thought I would be doing what I am doing right now with the book and the other areas it has taken me. My goal was to get a book published when it was brought to my attention. The rest is all extra now. I pursue it with a free spirit but with a realistic approach. I understand what could possibly happen but understand that nothing might. Still, I push forward seeing how far it will take me, I constantly learn and develop new skills. Skills I have been able to apply elsewhere in life.

So, plain and simple. You never know what will happen if you don’t take a chance. Life is full of regrets but try to live without ever regretting taking a chance that might broaden your horizon.

Thank you so much for your time sharing a little bit of your life and work with our readers. We wish you success with your upcoming release and in your writing career!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Blog Tour: Get Your Scare On for 99cents! Mister Jones Mystery Series by @macmillanjones #ASMSG #BookBoost #RPBP

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The Showing

His visit to the house has awoken that which was sleeping: how many must be taken before IT can be laid to rest?’

For Sale again is Mister Jones’ family home: a house he had known and feared since his childhood. On a nostalgic whim he decides to visit the house, with disasterous results. The house reacts to his appearance and the estate agent who is showing him around vanishes. Shortly afterwards the next agent appointed to handle the sale of the property also disappears.

Mister Jones wants nothing to do with the property. His visit has awoken old memories for him, and the memories are not pleasant. But it is clear that something else has also been awoken by his visit, and when he is begged to help find the young agent who has vanished, he can no longer avoid the responsibility of facing his legacy of evil, and dealing with the curse laid upon the house.

But what will happen when he faces IT, and who will emerge alive?

If you knew just how much of this story is true, how well would you sleep tonight?

Portrait Of A Girl

Does lightning ever strike twice? It would seem so for the unfortunate Mister Jones. After a harrowing encounter with the paranormal in The Showing, once again he again finds himself in mortal danger on the borders of that shadowed world.

An antique painting holds a strange fascination for him - and others. What does the girl in the portrait want from Mister Jones and from the others who become entranced by her beauty? And can she be stopped before she unleashes her ancient evil into our modern world in a lake of blood?

‘This is a great read. I literally devoured it in less than 24 hours. If you liked The Showing... it's better. Spooky. It reads a bit like Sheridan LeFanu or Guy de Maupassant. Awesome. Classic horror short story, except this isn't short. It's a full novel. Just wanted to clarify, it READS like a classic horror short story. Tight, spare and invoking tons of imagination.’

The House Next Door

Mister Jones thought that he was finished with the world of the paranormal: but the paranormal world hadn’t finished with him… His next door neighbour is attracted to a statuette and takes it home. Shortly afterwards, her mother is brutally murdered, - and that isn’t the only death. As the casualties mount and the dead roam free, can Mister Jones stop the tide of evil?

When Sheila Balsam finds herself compelled to buy a genuine antique in a strange little shop, she didn’t bargain for what came with the statuette - and Mister Jones finds himself once again drawn into the dangerous world of the paranormal : this time via the house next door.

An ancient evil has found a way to break from his enchanted prison and the only one who is going to stand in his way is the unfortunate Mister Jones, who seems destined to live in interesting times.

The Curse Of Clyffe House

It was supposed to be a holiday, time away whilst his friend and neighbour wrote a book about their last adventure. But as soon as Mister Jones arrives at the holiday cottage things start to go wrong, and waking up to find a skeleton in his bed is only the start. Terror stalks this cottage and before long Mister Jones discovers an ancient Evil is plotting to wreak devastation across the land; and it plans to start with his death.

Poison, fear, and a horrific Shadow from long ago stand between their survival: can Mister Jones and his friend defeat the Curse of Clyffe House and live?


Coming In The Summer Of 2017
Demon's Reach

Mister Jones discovers more about his family in this fifth novel about his adventures. A relative he had never known appoints him both executor of his estate, and the beneficiary should the main beneficiaries have died before him. Surprised and curious to learn more about his family and their past, Mister Jones journeys to the mist haunted eastern coast of England, and the village of Hawkstowe.

There he finds that his family have an unsavoury reputation locally for their dealings in black magic, and that his arrival is viewed with fear and horror. So scared are the locals that Mister Jones might herald a return to the dreadful times they experienced many years ago that they decide to burn down the house in which he is staying.

Mister Jones must confront demons, monsters, and members of his family both living and dead to escape with his life and his sanity intact.
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Meet The Author ​Will Macmillan Jones


Will Macmillan Jones lives in Wales, a lovely green, verdant land with a rich cultural heritage. He does his best to support this heritage by drinking the local beer and shouting loud encouragement whenever International Rugby is on the TV. A just sixty lover of blues, rock and jazz he has just fulfilled a lifetime ambition by filling an entire wall of his home office with (full) bookcases. When not writing, he is usually lost with the help of a satnav on top of a large hill in the middle of nowhere.
He writes Dark Fantasy, fantasy he fantasises is funny, and books for children. Some of his pieces have won awards but he doesn’t like to talk about that as it draws attention to the fact that other pieces haven’t.
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