Saturday, December 29, 2018

Books: Interview with British Author John Searancke


British author John Searancke gave us the pleasure of an interview. Read on to find more about him and his work!
 
John, tell us where are you from and what's your background?

I come from Ashby-de-la-Zouch, a small market town in Leicestershire. When I moved into hotel keeping in my early twenties, I moved further south, and spent the next 35 years or so running, then owning, a small country house hotel. My background is therefore almost entirely in the hospitality industry, though I do have legal training, which has occasionally come in useful. After retirement, my wife Sally and I moved to live in the Canary Islands.

It sounds like you may have lots of stories to share having spent a life time in the hospitality industry! When did you realize you wanted to write and when did you start writing?

For many years I had in the back of my mind that it would be interesting to write a book. Not until I had retired and moved to the Canary Islands did I realise that I could make the time, and that it really was “now or never”.

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


My three books could reasonably count as memoirs, though Prunes for Breakfast is a researched history of my father’s wartime exploits.

Sounds interesting. Although you already answered below, how many books have you published so far? Have you been published in any other publications or journals?

I have published three books so far. Two concern my life, and one is about my father in WW2.

What is your favorite quote and who wrote it?

Winston Churchill…”we shall fight them on the beaches…we shall never surrender.” It was clearly also in the mind of my father as he landed in Normandy that fateful June day.

Great quote and I'm sure your father shared many stories with you, that you were even able to write a book about it, which is fantastic. Do you have a favorite author? Who? Has this author or his book(s) influenced your writing in any way?

I used to read a lot of classics when I was at school. Now I relax with the likes of Bernard Cornwell and Manda Scott both masters of their trade and such skilled writers. I love historical fiction/non-fiction.

Good choices! If you could be a character from any book, who would you like to be and why?

Not been asked that one before! I suppose that it would be interesting to be in my father’s shoes during WW2 as he had some major adventures. I could perhaps skip the prison camp part, though!

Quite interesting! And what are you working on now?

I am doing absolutely nothing other than promoting my new book, The Reluctant Hotelkeeper, which has just been published. I am so indebted to my US publicist, Margaret Daly, for making things happen and getting the book to Amazon USA #1 in short order.

Congratulations, that's great news! Where can we find out more about you and your writing?

Here are some links:


Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?

I have enjoyed great satisfaction from my writing and if you feel that you have a book in you struggling to get out, then write it!

Thank you for your time and we wish you success in your writing career!

To purchase John's books visit him on Amazon:

  




Friday, December 21, 2018

Books: #Sales, new books, first in series, romance, and #free!


It's that time of the year to get some new books so check out this promotion with the First in Series with reduced prices until December 31st! Click on the link below to browse these fun books!

By the way, Olympian Passion is on sale on this list, so grab it before it's over!


And a get a free book too just by signing up to my newsletter. Click on the link below to claim your free book and enjoy!




  
Happy Holidays!


 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Poetry: Interview with Poet Brian Sluga

Just in time for the holidays, we are interviewing poet Brian Sluga, who just released his first poetry book. Let's find out a little more about him and his work!

Where are you from and what's your background?
 
I'm originally from Peoria Illinois the heartland of America. I grew up an only child living in a good upper middle-class home. As an only child with many friend and was a track and cross-country star in high school. I was on my high school newspaper staff. I attended Bradley University as a public relations major. I graduated in 1997 with the BS. I married the love of my life 7 years ago. We both enjoy traveling the world and seeing all it has to offer.

Fantastic! When did you realize you wanted to write and when did you start writing? 

I realized when at university I had some good articles printed in the university newspaper. 

Nice! What genre do you write and what's your target audience?

I mainly write love, drama and free verse poems. 

How many books have you published so far? 

Not Just My Poetry...It's Your Life, Too: Brian T Sluga: 9781720214656: Amazon.com: Books is out on Amazon now. It is my first self-published book of poetry. 

Congratulations on your poetry book! Have your poems been published in any other publications or journals?

I have been published in the 2017 Poetry Marathon Anthology and the 2018 Word Fest Anthology.

That’s great! What is your favorite quote and who wrote it?

Life is a Beautiful Sport Written by directors/copywriters
Damien Bellon and Gabrielle Attia

Do you have a favorite poet? Who? Has this poet or his book(s) influenced your writing in any way?

Ernest Hemingway and Emerson, are my two favorites. They have made me think more of the written word as it is spoken.

Good choices! If you could be a character from any book, who would you like to be and why?

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I would love to be Charlie an underdog that gets his wish of a lifetime. Makes one think that dreams can come true. Plus, I love chocolate.

How fun, especially for a chocoholic! What are you working on now?

I am currently working on my second book of short stories of cities I have visited in my travels.  The name is yet to be announced.

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

Please check out this site with my latest poems. Please let me know your favorites. The Autoran link lists viewers’ favorites. 

Thanks for sharing! Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?

I have come to the time in life where my mind thinks I am 21, my childish emotions say I am 13 and my body is asking for a month off.
I also am a songwriter. Any groups or bands needing lyrics check my site. I 33 have Pop, Rock and Country lyrics for purchase. See me under My Write on Song bay

https://songbay.co/portfolio/22825



Thanks for stopping by to talk a little about yourself and your writing. Good luck with your writing career!


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Fun: Get #romance #books for free by checking out these fun #giveaways! #holidays #Thanksgiving

It's Thanksgiving time and only a few more weeks till Christmas and New Year!

Load up your kindle for those warm and cozy nights by the fireplace while you're enjoying the holidays.

Here are some great giveaways that have lots of free offers for romance books. Discover new authors, fall in love with new characters, get a new book boyfriend, and visit some cool locations described in these books.

There are plenty of choices, so what are you waiting for?



Offers are good from November 21 - December 21, 2018.



   
Promotions end December 31, 2018

 

Have fun picking your favorites!


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Books: New release: The Gaia Project by Claire Buss


New Book Feature:

The Gaia Project (The Gaia Collection book 2) by Claire Buss:

While Martha Hamble gets to grips with being Governor of City 42, Kira and Jed Jenkins travel to City 15 but they are not prepared for what they find. Corporation are tightening their grip on those who don't conform, threatening to split families and reassign the natural born children. With Gaia weakened, the group of friends must try to find a safe place to live and help the spirit of the Earth recover but everything stands against them. Will Corporation succeed in their tougher regime or can Kira and her friends find a new home?

Here is the link for the book - mybook.to/gaiaproject

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Claire's bio:

Claire Buss is a science fiction, fantasy & contemporary writer based in the UK. She wanted to be Lois Lane when she grew up but work experience at her local paper was eye-opening. Instead, Claire went on to work in a variety of admin roles for over a decade but never felt quite at home. An avid reader, baker and Pinterest addict Claire won second place in the Barking and Dagenham Pen to Print writing competition in 2015 setting her writing career in motion.

The Gaia Effect, a hopeful dystopian novel and winner of the 2017 Raven Award for favorite Scifi/Fantasy novel, was published in 2016.

Tales from Suburbia, a collection of humorous plays, blogs and short stories was published in July 2017.

The Rose Thief, a humorous fantasy inspired by Claire's love of Pratchett was published in November 2017.

Claire has had two short stories published in 2017. 'Underground Scratchings' can be found in the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Tales from the Underground, published by Inklings Press. 'Patient Data' can be found in the sci-fi anthology The Quantum Soul, published by SciFi Roundtable.  


Saturday, October 20, 2018

Books: Interview with Houston writer Carrie Pulkinen

Just in time for Halloween, we have the pleasure of interviewing the wonderful Carrie Pulkinen, who writes paranormal romance (not the scary Halloween horror but the hot, sexy, alpha werewolves!) - so keep reading to find out more about her and her books!

Where are you from and what's your background?

I live in Houston, Texas, with my husband, two kids, and two dogs. Professionally, I started out as a marketing coordinator for a computer company before quitting my desk job to become a high school teacher. I taught high school journalism/photojournalism for eleven years, and then I became a full-time writer.

That's fantastic! When did you realize you wanted to write and when did you start writing?

I was in eighth grade the first time I realized I was good at writing. I was selected to write a short, weekly column about my school in the local newspaper, but I didn't start writing fiction until I was much older. I was at a Twilight convention with some friends (diehard Twilight fan here) and, like all conventions, we spent A LOT of time waiting in lines. To pass the time, I made up stories and told them to my friends. They were impressed with my ability to make things up on the spot (I thought everyone told themselves stories in their heads to pass the time!) and they told me I should write a book. I thought there was no way I'd be able to do it, but I sat at my computer when I got home and tried. Six weeks later, I had my first first draft of a novel!


What a fun way to start your writing career! What genre do you write and what's your target audience?

I write paranormal romance. While I do have one young adult novel published, my primary target audience is women who like a little magic with their romance.

Sounds great. How did you come up with the idea for your newest release? Tell us about it!

My idea for Werewolves Only, and the Crescent City Wolf Pack Series, came to me when I was at a
bar in New Orleans. They had a cardboard sign on the door that led to the kitchen, and it read "Employees and Werewolves Only" written in black marker. I asked the bartender what was up with the sign, and he said an employee made it as a joke because customers said that the bar owner looked like a werewolf. As soon as he told me that, the gears started turning, and the ideas began to flow. I borrowed a pen and scribbled out my plans for the story on a napkin for the next half hour, while my dear husband sat patiently, waiting for me to stop playing with the people in my head.

That's what I'd call getting your creative juices totally flowing! What is your favorite quote and who wrote it?

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”  ~Paulo Coelho

He's one of my favorite Brazilian writers. Do you have a favorite author? Who? Has this author or his book(s) influenced your writing in any way?

I have several favorite authors, and I think they've all influenced my writing in one way or another: Dean Koontz, Heather Graham, Charlaine Harris, and Lara Adrian are just a few.

Wonderful influences. If you could be a character from any book, who would you like to be and why?

I wouldn't mind being the heroine of any romance novel, because I'd be guaranteed a happily ever after! I've always wanted to go to Oz, so I wouldn't mind being Dorothy either!



I hadn't thought about that, and I love your thinking! Happily ever after. What are you working on now?

I am doing the final edits on Bound by Blood, book 3 of the Crescent City Wolf Pack series, and then I'll be starting on book 4!
 
How exciting! Where can we find out more about you and your writing?

All of my books are listed on my website. To get to know me and be the first to hear about my new releases and promotions, you can sign up for my VIP Reader Group (you'll also get a FREE short story as a thank you!)

You can also find me in the following places:
 

Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?

I love connecting with readers, so please don't be afraid to say hello!

Thank you so much for your time telling us a little more about you and your books. Wishing you great success in your writing career and your next release!