Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Blog tour: Massive Black Hole has a new make over: new edition and new cover!

Welcome To The Relaunch Tour!!!
Presenting The New
 "Massive Black Hole" 
by 
Award Winning Author Andrea Barbosa
Available at the Introductory Price of $1.99
(Limited Time)
At 18, Cibele, a student from Rio de Janeiro, dreams of a life in New York and moves to the big Apple, where she meets precocious Amy, a young scholar whose goal in life is to study sciences and astrophysics.

When she visits the Art Museum, Cibele is

impressed by a particular work of art depicting hell. Her horror of the painting grows when Amy introduces her to astronomy, and she associates the fearful black hole as an entrance to hell. Lost and confused about her life, she meets ambitious Agatha from Texas, who is in New York to succeed as a fashion model, and they become inseparable.

While trying to survive and achieve their goals, the three friends question the meaning of life, death, and the existence of hell, and their friendship ultimately turns into a maze of betrayal, jealousy, and selfishness.

Embark on a spiraling journey through Rio de Janeiro, Texas, and New York to discover the ambitions of three young women looking for the meaning of life. Through a series of events that prompt them to play with each others' destiny, they will face their ultimate challenge: is hell real?

Get Your Copy Here: http://bit.ly/MBHPurchase
Andrea Barbosa is an award winning novelist and poet.

Her poetry collection, "Holes in Space" is the recipient of the 2015 Silver Medal Award in Poetry from Readers' Favorite, and is featured in the 50 Best Books of 2014 at ReadFree.ly website, voted top 5 in poetry by readers. It has been rated as a #1 top seller poetry book in the UK and was ranked within the 5 top sellers in poetry in the US.

Massive Black Hole, her contemporary women's fiction novel, is listed as one of the 50 Self Published Books Worth Reading for 2013/2014 (reader voted top 5 in literary fiction) at ReadFree.ly website. The new edition with new cover was published in April 2016.

Her short story, "The Match" features on the Eclectically Criminal anthology, by Inklings Publishing, released on March 2015. The third volume in the Eclectically series, Eclectically Vegas, Baby!, features her short story "Time".

Awards:
2015 Readers' Favorite Silver Medal for Poetry: Holes in Space - A Poetry Collection.
2015 Honorable Mention Award for the Spider's Web Flash Fiction Contest from Spider Road Press.
2015 Honorable Mention Award for the Houston Writers Guild Contest from Houston Writers Guild Press' Mystery Short Stories.

Her work has been influenced by contemporary authors Paulo Coelho, Fernando Sabino, Sylvia Plath, Erica Jong and Joyce Carol Oates, among others.

She currently serves as Author Event Director for the Houston Writers Guild.

She also writes romance as Andrya Bailey and is currently working on the second book in the Olympian Love trilogy. The first book in the series, Olympian Passion, has received the 5 star seal from Readers' Favorite.
Blog
 http://massiveblackholenovel.blogspot.com/
Andrya Bailey Amazon page (romance)
http://www.amazon.com/Andrya-Bailey/e/B01667R2D8
Andrea Barbosa Amazon page (fiction non romance)
Twitter 
Andrea Barbosa Is offering A Special Giveaway!
When You Purchase her novel "Massive Black Hole", she will send you, "Holes In Space: A Collection of Poetry" for FREE!!!
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Books: Interview with talented Non-fiction Author Tara Woods Turner

Today we're interviewing talented author Tara Woods Turner, and we'll get to know a little more about her and her newly published book, Beyond Good Manners - How to Raise a Sophisticated Child - which sounds very interesting.

Tara, please tell us where you are from and what's your background?

I was born and raised in North Carolina and currently divide my time between there and New York City, where I live with my husband and our hyperactive puppy, Catherine. I graduated with a degree in Political Science and International Relations with the intention of heading off to law school but soon realized that was not the vocation for me. I am a certified etiquette professional, a writer and a publisher, which blends almost everything I enjoy doing!

That sounds intriguing! When did you realize you wanted to write and when did you start writing?

I wrote my first short story in the 4th grade. It was a story about the conversations and relationships between all of the toys in Santa’s sleigh. This was decades before Toy Story so the concept was fun and different at the time. My teacher asked me if I would like to read the story to the second graders during their Christmas party. I was thrilled and said yes. It was a lot of fun and quite fascinating to see the effect one’s words can have on others. I was hooked. I was 18 the first time I was paid for my writing. I wrote an article for Contemporary Christian Magazine and was paid $300 - a fortune at the time. I felt unbelievably lucky.

Yes, but unbelievably lucky, unbelievably talented - even now getting paid that much for an article is awesome. What genre do you write and what's your target audience?

Currently I write non-fiction and the target audience for my last book “Beyond Good Manners: How to Raise a Sophisticated Child” is definitely parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nannies - basically anyone tasked with the upbringing of a child.

I'm sure a lot of caregivers can benefit from such a book. How many books have you published? Do you have a favorite?

I have only published one retail book. My other titles are curriculum based - I write and publish etiquette guidelines, manuals and teaching modules for schools, churches and other non-profit organizations. The sequel, more or less, to my first book comes out this fall.

You have a lot of experience teaching etiquette. What is your favorite quote, and who wrote it?

My favorite quote is by A. A. Milne:
“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
"Pooh!" he whispered
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing" said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw.
"I just wanted to be sure of you."
To me, this quote is simple and sweet but says something about the power and beauty of truly meaningful friendships and the connections we form with one another.

That's a very sweet quote, indeed. And with deep meaning. Since we're talking about authors, do you have a favorite one? Who? What's your favorite book? Has this author or book influenced your writing in any way?

My favorite authors are Charlotte Bronte, Laura Kinsale, Shakespeare, and Mary Renault. It is really hard to narrow down what my favorite books are but the ones I turn to time and again, reading them every year or so are Jane Eyre, Flowers From the Storm, Romeo and Juliet, and The Persian Boy. Those are some of the most powerful books I have ever read because of the emotional drive behind the actions of the characters. When characters in a book do things that seem organic to who they are - for better or for worse - and the writer is not afraid to tell their truth with honesty and emotional investment I find that those are the books I respond best to. When I finally do find the time to write fiction I want to tell my stories with the same honesty and thoroughness. I believe if you do that a great story will follow.

Excellent point. Looking at your favorite books and authors, are you optimistic/hopeful/romantic?

All of the above! I think you almost have to be as a writer. Of course that is not true across the board but most authors write because they know that their words will affect people in some way or on some level. I don’t think you would want to do that or even care unless you were a bit of an optimist at heart. I became legally blind at the age of 38 so, yes, sometimes life gives you a chance to see what you’re made of - and I eventually realized that no matter how bad things can get I am a natural optimist at heart. So I decided to just keep hope at the center of my life and just roll with the rest! I am a romantic, I think, although maybe not overtly. I love wonderful dinners and flowers and candy as much as the next person but relaxing with my husband on a Friday evening with snacks and an audiobook we’re both enthralled with is the epitome of romance to me.

What are you working on now?

 Currently I am working to the sequel/follow-up to “Beyond Good Manners: How to Raise a Sophisticated Child” that focuses on a different age group but sticks to the same themes. I’m also working on a companion piece/teaser for my first book.

And now that we know a little more about you, where can we find out more?

You can find out more about me here:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tara.turner.5249

Twitter: @ohtaratara https://mobile.twitter.com/account

Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/111329352319531953601

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/edit?locale=en_US&_mSplash=1

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tara-Woods-Turner/e/B01CSCQB7I/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1460403850&sr=8-1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15080453.Tara_Woods_Turner
 
Great, thanks for sharing your social media. Is there anything else you'd like to share with the readers?

I just want to thank you and your readers for all you do to promote and support indie authors. it is very much appreciated. Also I want to share my new site with your readers who may also be writers. It is called BlurbPerfect and offers editorial services to writers who want to perfect their front matter - title, blurb, copyright tags and author bios. I have assembled a small team of seasoned editors and my packages start at $6.99 - perfect for every budget! http://www.blurbperfect.com

That sounds great! Thank you so much for taking the time to introduce you and your books to our readers. We wish you lots of success with your book and future endeavors!




Friday, April 1, 2016

Books: Interview with Award Winning and Bestselling Writer Pamela Fagan Hutchins

We have a great interview today with award winning and bestselling writer Pamela Fagan Hutchins. She has just released a new book, Hell to Pay, a pulse-pounder full of humor and heart from the What Doesn't Kill You romantic mystery series.  

Pamela, tell us a little about our background and where you are from.  

I was born and raised in Texas, but I’ve also spent ten years in the U.S. Virgin Islands, significant time in New Mexico, and a short stint in Minnesota. My husband and I split our time now between Nowheresville, TX and Snowheresville, WY. I’m a lawyer who turned into an investigator who turned into a writer, and, along the way, the lucky wife of Eric, Momela to five offspring (birth and step), and enthusiastic hiker and karaoke singer.

That sounds like a life full of adventure! So from lawyer to investigator to writer, when exactly did you realize you wanted to write, and when did you start writing? 

I started writing seriously in my 30s, but my third grade teacher told my parents I would be a novelist when I grew up. Eric and I took her to dinner during a recent book tour to thank her! I didn’t actually finish a novel until Eric started prodding me. It’s a scary thing to go for your dreams. Before you try, you have your dreams. After you try, if you fail, what will you have, you know? But reality has turned out far better than I had ever dreamed it would.

What a way to make your dreams come true! Great story! What genre do you write and what's your target audience? 

I write smart, funny, romantic mysteries in a series called What Doesn’t Kill You. It features a revolving lineup of kick ass female protagonists who are connected to each other in a million ways in my make-believe world. It always shocks me how many men love my books, because I assumed that my readers would all be women 25-75. While that is my core demographic, it’s definitely not limited to them.

I'm sure you have readers of all ages! How many books have you published? Do you have a favorite?

Hell to Pay is my seventh novel in the What Doesn’t Kill You series, and I also have six nonfiction books. Hell to Pay is my favorite, seriously. Before that, it was Finding Harmony. My husband’s favorite is Going for Kona. To each his own, I guess. Or, put another way, my series has something for everyone!

Awesome! What is your favorite quote, and who wrote it? 

Well-behaved women seldom make history. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

Perfect, and I guess you use it as an inspiration to your female characters! If you could name a favorite author, who would it be? And what's your favorite book? Has this author or book influenced your writing in any way? 

Pat Conroy, and my favorite book of his is The Great Santini. Pat’s amazing description, setting, and emotion created such authenticity and depth. He is really unmatched, and his writing had a profound impact on me as a person and on my writing.

I love that book too! And since you write cozy romance, do you consider yourself an optimistic, hopeful and/or romantic person? 

I am pragmatic and realistic. My husband is the optimistic, hopeful romantic of our relationship.

That's why you two are perfect for each other! What are you working on now?

I am currently at work on the 8th novel for the What Doesn’t Kill You series. It will feature Michele as the protagonist, and it’s a mystery that dips into the art and political scenes.

Sounds like a cool plot! Tell us where can we find out more about you and your work.

You can buy my books anywhere and they are available in paperback, ebook, and audio. I have more information on the books and me as well as links to all the sales sites at http://pamelafaganhutchins.com/publications/fiction.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

I LOVE to meet with book clubs, in person or via Skype. I also do a lot of speaking for women’s and writers’ groups, so please invite me for your next event!

Follow Pamela at http://eepurl.com/lq-bP and get her exclusive free e-book Puppalicious and Beyond. Visit her at http://pamelafaganhutchins.com (where you can discover which of her novels she’s currently offering for free download) or drop her a note: pamela@pamelafaganhutchins.com.

Thank you so much for stopping by and chatting with us today, Pamela. Wishing you success with your new book and your upcoming releases!