Talking to Gautam Mayekar!

Talking to Gautam Mayekar, author of the thriller novel, I’m So Hacked.
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Blurb:

@v! Is a hacker who spends his days working in India’s number one anti-virus company as a security researcher and his nights, crawling through underground hacking forums. He is completely unmotivated and lacks purpose until he receives a letter from M@dR1; a mysterious revolutionary who wants to create a “change” in the world. M@dR1 uses @v!’s horrific past to motivate him, and guides him through various tasks, starting with shutting down the internet services of the entire city. A series of mayhem, manipulation and mystery ensues as @v! Begins hallucinating various events and people from his former life, before he became a reclusive hacker. He is thrown into a barrage of uncertainty and confusion as his perception of reality begins to shift out of focus. Meanwhile, M@dR1 and @v! Prepare for a major cyber-attack that will rock the foundation of the country’s technological unit, with the help of @v!’s friends, $@m and K!LL3R. Will they accomplish their goals? Or will @v!’s increasing delusion lead to their downfall?
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Interview:

1. Tell me (and the readers) a little bit about yourself, including a quirk that you have.

A Haha, quirk would be sarcasm. But I try not to be sarcastic during these interviews. Anyway, I am Gautam and I am from Goa. Professionally I am an ethical hacker and I work in cybersecurity domain helping an American IT firm in securing their software from getting hacked. And oh ya! I also write, occasionally.


2. How did the idea for your book, come about?

A. Well, a few years ago when I was working in an anti virus firm, we were tasked to chase a Russian hacker who was causing nuisance. And during this period I wrote a few blog posts which were liked by my friends and colleagues. I expanded them into a fictional story.


3. What was the most enjoyable and stressful part about writing this book?

A. Well, I enjoyed writing the hacks which are mentioned in the book. I wanted to show hacking as some real thing , you know, and not like some magic as how it is portrayed in most movies and TV shows. It being a thriller (a psychothriller), the stressful part was of course, connecting all the dots and giving away some clues throughout the book about the end, without actually letting too much out.


4. Who was the first person you asked to read your book after it was ready and why them?

A. That would be Chloe Fernandes. And Nikhil Shirdokar. Both of them read and gave me valuable feedback and inputs. Why I asked them?, well, they are big fan of thrillers and they are both voracious readers. Also, I knew they both would give me biased advice.


5. Are you planning to release another book anytime soon?

A. Oh yes, the second book from the Hacker series will be out soon hopefully. With it, I am digging deeper into the underground hackers and their lives. This book also touches the Indo-pak cyberwar area.


6. If you could venture into a different genre, which would you choose to write on?

A. I am also working on an interesting project in the satire genre. I am a huge fan of chuck Palahniuk and his crude, unconventional, minimalist writing style. In our country obsessed with reading Mythological fiction and romance novels, I want to try and present them something different to read and think about.


7. Did you always know you wanted to be a published author/poet?

A. I have been blogging for a long time but I never thought I would be a published author. My friends and early readers, they believed though; and it’s all credit to them for transitioning that belief in my mind.


8. Did you look up to any author or poet while growing up?

A. As I already mentioned above, I loved reading works of Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Ellis and even classics from Harold Robins.
But if I have to name one particular influence and inspiration, I guess, i can say Mark Russinovich. Currently, he is the CTO of Microsoft Azure.
He has written techno thrillers and they are quite amazing.


9. I’ve always talked about this, but if your book was made into a movie, who would you want to play the main characters?

A. Haha, and I have always found this question difficult to answer. But Maybe, Imran Khan. Now, don’t ask me why.


10. Lastly, do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring writers out there?

A. Well, other than the obvious “you should read a lot” advice, one point I would like to mention is that- make use of these platforms such as yourquote, meraki , lettrs, which allow you to write short snippets or quotes and present it to the audience. Writing a book is a long task and you go days/weeks/months and even years, without presenting your work to someone. But, writing snippets from it and showing it to the world will help you, not just for the validation but also for the valuable feedback.
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Links:

Amazon India: https://www.amazon.in/dp/9352011473/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fab_z.UyFbVYTGB1C

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Im-So-Hacked-Gautam-Mayekar/dp/9352011473/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=im+so+hacked&qid=1600319656&sr=8-1

Full Review: https://www.instagram.com/p/B1-6FZuAhF-/?igshid=hvkg84759wuk

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46143805-i-m-so-hacked

Author’s Instagram: https://instagram.com/gautam_author13?igshid=12lvrqotzvm69


Minute Zero (Stronghold #1) Book Release

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Happy publication day, and congratulations to author Chris Jayne on the release of Minute Zero (Stronghold #1)!

Read on for an exclusive excerpt and a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card!

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Minute Zero (Stronghold #1)

Publication Date: September 11th, 2020 (Today 🎉)

Publisher: Inferis Press

When the world ends in a heartbeat, suddenly old secrets don’t matter anymore. But new ones still do, and protecting the ones you love is the only thing that still remains.

Two sisters, one a trendy caterer on the run from a vicious killer, the other a country midwife.

Because of a simple mistake, Lori Dovner must flee from the vicious mafioso Raoul Saldata, and her life goes from routine day to terrifying journey in a single moment. On the road with her two children, her only goal is to get to her sister’s Montana farm alive. But both Lori and Louise have been hiding a devastating secret for years.

Two brothers, one a Navy Seal on leave, the other a good man who wants to do right by his family.

Captain Deacon Hale is taking two weeks to help his brother Roger and his wife Louise on their remote Montana farm. He loved Lori once, but has finally put her behind him. Roger Hale just wants to give his pregnant wife and two young children a good life. He has no idea about the betrayals that have been hidden from him.

Dangerous identity.

Angela Jones is an FBI agent with a terrible debt that she knows she will someday have to pay. And when Raoul Saldata calls in that marker she has no choice but to comply.

Evil incarnate.

Raoul Saldata as a child in Albania, would pretend he was a dhampir, the offspring resulting from the mating between a human female and a vampire. A myth of course, but the evil Saldata practices is anything but. And when he finds Lori Dovner, he intends to do a lot more than just kill her.

“Minute Zero” Stronghold: Book One is an apocalyptic EMP thriller (with a touch of romance) about an ordinary family struggling to stay safe and find each other in the face of insurmountable odds, an abysmal loss of life and the dawn of a new, post-apocalyptic dark age.

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Excerpt

“Roger, I’m in trouble.”

His voice came back, quick and sure. “What’s going on? Where are you?”

“I’m at a rest area about an hour outside of Billings.”

“West or east?”

“West. We’re maybe twenty miles from where we go off the highway and come north to Lewiston. I can’t remember the road number.”

“191,” he supplied. She heard Roger speaking to someone else in the room, his voice distant, as if he was holding the phone away from his mouth. “Top drawer of the desk. Yeah, there. There’s a road atlas in there.” His voice came back into the phone. “I’m think I know where you are, but I’m getting a map. What’s going on?”

“The man who is after me is here. His name is Raoul Saldata and…”

“There? Now? With you?” Roger’s voice, while remaining calm, still carried a note of real urgency.

“No. I saw him just by chance. He didn’t see me. He got into a car and left.”

“You’re sure he didn’t see you?”

“Yes. If he’d seen me, there’s no way he would have driven off.” She quickly shared with her brother-in-law her guess that if it were not for Grace’s illness, they would already be at their destination and because of that, Saldata was no longer looking for them on the road. “Roger,” Lori voice cracked, “he wants to kill me. And he’s not alone. He’s got two people with him, a man and a woman.”

Lori heard what sounded like a door slam and then another voice muffled in the background, the words unintelligible, but it was definitely a male voice, and not her sister.

“How long ago was this?”

“Just a couple of minutes. I saw him, watched him leave, walked back to my car, and then called you.” She did the quick math. “No more than five minutes.”

“So, two hours from here,” Roger stated flatly. Lori got the feeling he was talking to someone else as well as to her. “Is he armed?”

Lori swallowed, her throat dry as dust, thinking about what she’d seem at Saldata’s house. “I’m sure he is. But,” Lori had a sudden thought, “can you bring guns on the plane?”

“He flew?”

“He was in a rental car. I assume he flew. That means he would have had to bring the guns on the plane, right? Can you do that?”

“You have to declare them if you fly commercial. But, if this guy has enough money or influence, he may have come on a private jet. Then he could bring anything he wanted.” Roger paused. “Tell me about who he’s with.”

“I don’t know who they are. I don’t know this man, really, at all. I just did a party for him. But, the first one is some sort of helper. A bodyguard maybe. I saw him at Saldata’s house. The other one is a woman. Young, maybe thirty. Very professional.” Lori envisioned what she’d seen in the restroom and suddenly Lori realized exactly what she looked like. “Like a lawyer or a detective maybe. She saw me in the bathroom.”

“She saw you?” Roger couldn’t hide the shock from his voice.

“Yes,” Lori explained, “but she didn’t recognize me. I cut my hair really short and dyed it black. I look very different. And the kids weren’t with me, thank God.”

There was a long pause as Roger was obviously considering the next steps. “Did you notice the model of the car?”

“No, Roger, I’m sorry, I don’t really know car models. It was a small SUV.” She thought about car models that she knew, ones that she and some of her friends owned. “It wasn’t as big as my Range Rover. Maybe something like a Toyota 4Runner. That size. It was gray. And it definitely had Montana plates.”

“How did he know you were coming here?”

“I don’t know, but…” Quickly, Lori shared with Roger her fear that Saldata had somehow found her employees, Salvadore and Michelle.

As she waited for Roger to respond, she watched her two children with Simone. Brandon had run over to Simone, and, his face turned up, he said something to her. He smiled, so sweet and trusting. My God, she had to protect them, all of them. The silence on Roger’s side of the call grew. “What should I do? Where should I go? I’m so sorry.” She heard her voice rising to shrill, but she couldn’t stop it.

Roger interrupted curtly. “What’s done is done, Lori. You need to hold it together. And the only thing that matters now is keeping everyone safe.”

“I don’t know what to do. Even if I turn around and I didn’t come to you, he’s still on his way there.”

“I want you to stay there.”

“Here? At the rest stop?”

“Yes, I’m going to send someone to get you. Do you remember my brother Deacon? He’s on leave and visiting us for a few weeks.”

For the second time in ten minutes, Lori felt like she’d been punched in the stomach and for a very long moment, she could not breathe. On a day when things could not possibly have gotten worse, they just did. “I met him at your wedding,” she managed to choke out. That flat statement masked a wealth of information. Did Roger notice how strangled her voice was?

Lori remembered Deacon Hale very well, but now was not the time to dwell on it, though why in the name of all that was holy had her sister not mentioned that Deacon was there visiting them? For a brief hysterical second, she wondered if she’d be better off taking her chances with Saldata. And in the next moment, she knew a hard truth, one she had never allowed herself to acknowledge. The main reason she had avoided being around Lou and Roger for the last five years was that Roger reminded her way, way too much of Deacon. She could barely gasp out her next, strangled question. “So, you’re not coming?”

“No.” Roger’s voice was flat and hard. “If what you say is true, I have three people on their way here who are perfectly capable of putting a bullet into the brains of anyone in my family.”

“You think I should just wait here? At the rest stop? What if he comes back?”

“You’re sure the woman didn’t recognize you?”

“Yeah, I’m sure. She just walked right out of the bathroom. I look really different, Roger.”

“Then, they won’t come back,” Roger responded, his voice full of confidence. “Why would they? And even if they’d turn around for some reason, they’d be on the other side of the interstate.” Lori saw the logic in that. “Just sit tight. Deke’ll be there in two hours, give or take.”

In less than three hours she’d see him. See Deke. Could she do it? There was no way. No. Fucking. Way.

The phone went dead in her hand.

And in one instant the world changed forever.

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About the Author

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Chris Jayne is author of the apocalyptic EMP series “Stronghold.”

Jayne is also the penname of a USA Today bestselling romance and thriller author who is has started asking “what if?” What if the lights go off? What if the food supply chain just… stops? The world could become an unfriendly place in a hurry.

Three years ago, Chris began exploring the “prepper” lifestyle, and hopes that if TEOTWAWKI would actually happen, she would be in a position to protect her family and loved ones.

She now spends her days splitting her time between her romance writing and her apocalyptic and dystopian fiction novels. Because what’s more fun than imagining the end of the world from the comfort of your couch? And if the end of the world has a few sexy Navy Seals in it? All the better!

She loves writing stories exploring how ordinary people cope with extraordinary circumstances, especially situations where the normal comforts, conveniences, and rules are stripped away.

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Talking to Matthew Munguia!

Talking to Matthew Munguia, author of the children’s illustrated book, Turtle Tales.
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Review:

The first story is The Shell which talks about two things, one is the importance of feeling good just the way you are and second just because someone has something that you want doesn’t make it or them better.
Second story is The Race which teaches children that everyone may not be be perfect, but everyone has their own individual talents.
And the last The Bad Day acts as a lesson for both kids and parents because it’s only after you’ve been through a rough day do you realize the importance of family.
All of these stories are sweet, charming and purposeful so it’sa great books for children to learn how to be a better version of themselves by understanding and changing themselves from within.
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Interview:

1. Tell me (and the readers) a little bit about yourself, including a quirk that you have.

A) My name is Matthew Munguia. I’m born and raised in Fresno California. I have 2 sons and I love MMA.


2. How did the idea for your book Turtle Tales, come about?

A) Turtle Tales is made up of 3 stories I’ve told to my son’s throughout the years. Each story was inspired by specific moments in their lives where I felt the stories lesson was needed or would be impactful.


3. Are you planning to release another book anytime soon?

A) Currently I have quite a few writing project that I’m working on. The hope is to have another book released by this time next year.


4. Did you always know you wanted to be a published author/poet?

A) Yes. From a very young age I loved writing and telling stories. This is my first published book and having it be a book made for and inspired by my son’s is truly a dream come true.


5. Did you look up to any author or poet while growing up?

A) I’m a big fan of Edgar Allan Poe. As a kid I was a really big fan of the Berenstain Bears books.


6. I’ve always talked about this, but if your book was made into a movie, who would you want to play (or in this case voicing) the main characters?

A) Jonathan Taylor Thomas. He did the voice of young Simba in the original Lion King, my favorite childhood movie.


7. Lastly, do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring writers out there?

A) Take the time to do plenty of research into what publication option you want to pursue, and once you decide go for it! Learn as much as you can and enjoy the process!
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Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51653028-turtle-tales

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Turtle-Tales-Shell-Race-Bad/dp/1620236907/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?adid=082VK13VJJCZTQYGWWCZ&campaign=211041&creative=374001&dchild=1&keywords=Turtle+Tales&qid=1599563592&s=books&sr=1-1&tag=x_gr_onea_bb_sin-20

Author: https://instagram.com/matt.munguia_books?igshid=ei4zwm0k163j

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Murder At First Pitch Tour!

32-year-old Madeline Boucher’s Grandfather instilled a love in the Boston Red Sox into her from an early age and increased that love by purchasing a local Independent League Baseball team, the Abington Armadillos.
After losing her corporate job in Boston, Madeline realizes her best option is to join the family baseball business. As the new “Social Media Director” for the team, Madeline attends her first business function and witnesses an argument between her brother Ben, and a strange man.
A few days later when walking the ballpark during her early morning hours, she finds the body of a man beaten to death with a baseball bat in the Visitor’s Dugout. It was the man her brother was arguing with at the party. Madeline is concerned that her brother would be considered a suspect. Through the local Detectives and Davis – the head of security for the ballpark she learns the victim is Christopher Dailey, a local baseball scout and prior felon. When her brother is arrested and taken to the police station, she realizes she needs to figure out who the real culprit is, so her brother doesn’t take the fall for something she knows he didn’t do.
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Murder at First Pitch is an Adult Fiction Mystrey (Cozy mystrey) by Nicole Asselin (Published by Pandamoon Publishing) that released on 4th September.
The storyline is a pretty interesting one as it’s got mystery with a bit of a contemporary feel to it from time to time which is mainly because this felt more than just a mystery since there was a lot of mentions on how important family is.
However, for me as someone who reads quite a lot of mystrey, it was a little bit predictable and lackluster in the crime part of it and there were times where I felt the story just was getting a bit too boring and needed to move on to the good stuff.
I do, however, like the main character, Madeline, a lot for her intelligence, quick thinking and strong mind. She’s the reason I continued to remain engaged while reading the book because she has an appealing quality to her, especially while trying to solve the crime.
Overall, if you’re looking for a quick mystrey read (it’s 180ish pages), this may work for you.
Rated: 7/10
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BUY LINK: https://bookshop.org/a/11727/9781950627219

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Up for grabs during this blog tour are three digital copies! This giveaway is open to US
+ INTL and will close on September 9th at 11:59 PM CST. Enter to win via rafflecopter!
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Melina L.

Talking to Greg McArthur!

Talking to Greg McArthur, author of Quests and Oddysseys: The Not Quite Chosen One.
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Blurb:

More than two decades prior it was prophesied that the King of Darkness would rise again and reek havoc in the Kingdom of Reverieland and only one person can stop him.
When a drunken Wizard accidentally chooses the wrong ‘Chosen One’, David gets sucked into a realm which he cannot leave for fear of the wrong people finding out the fire mistake.
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Interview:

1. Tell me (and the readers) a little bit about yourself, including a quirk that you have.

I’ve lived in the Niagara Region in Canada for most of my life. I’ve always had a passion for the arts. I work in live theatre. I’ve played in Rock Bands that have toured Ontario in my early 20’s. I have a passion for writing. A quirk about me is that I’ve also being a jokester/prankster. I was the class clown in High School and cottage. I’m known for fun pranks and cheesy puns around work!



2. How did the idea for your book, come about?

I have tried since I was a teenager to create a fantasy story. The story always fell short because it wasn’t original or unique enough. During the last few years I began to write comedic scripts for fun, and the idea hit me to merge my love for the fantasy genre, with my own comedic style of writing. Immediately from there, a story that I was happy with took off.



3. What was the most enjoyable and stressful part about writing this book?

The most enjoyable part about writing this book was getting to know the characters myself. Building these characters up actually changed my idea of where I wanted the story to go. The character Sonya, for example, was only meant to be in this first book, with small appearances moving forward. She will now be a big part of the sequel with David and Murblo.

The most stressful part about writing this book is the self doubt that I imagine most first-time writers get through-out the process. It was important to have good people in my life pushing me as i got closer to the finish line.



4. Who was the first person you asked to read your book after it was ready and why them?

Honestly I was nervous about sharing my working with anyone. I didn’t think it was good enough. Not long before we started dating, my girlfriend Jackie offered to read my first draft. I was anxious to let anyone read it, however, she was surprised by how much she enjoyed the story, and that gave me the confidence to keep going with it.



5. Are you planning to release another book anytime soon?

I’m actually on the 4th draft of the sequel to Quests & ODDysseys. I released book 1 in March of 2020. I’m hoping March of 2021 and 2022 will be the release dates for books 2 and 3 respectively. However, I won’t rush those dates if I’m not comfortable with the quality.



6. If you could venture into a different genre, which would you choose to write on?

I have some ideas for thriller and suspense. Every time I try to focus on them, my mind jumps back into Quests & ODDysseys. I’m not sure I could justify another project until I resolve the one that I’m on now.



7. Did you always know you wanted to be a published author/poet?

I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was 10 years old. I always enjoyed writing short stories. When I became a teenager, I wanted to write a novel. I can’t tell you how many times I would write a chapter or two of something and give up because it just wasn’t good enough, or original enough. Finally at the age of 32, I started writing a story that I fell in love with and suddenly it was easy.




8. Did you look up to any author or poet while growing up?

Throughout my life I feel like my biggest inspirations are fairly common. Tolkien, Rowling, George Lucas etc. I have such an admiration for the worlds that they have created.

It gives me constant motivation to expand on the world that I created. My first book was a very small introduction to a very large world of possibilities that I’m excited to explore. I couldn’t possibly have that without them leading the way.



9. I’ve always talked about this, but if your book was made into a movie, who would you want to play the main characters?

For the Not Quite Chosen One David, I could see Ezra Miller.

For Murblo I like the idea of Mark Hamill in the role. Will Forte could take it in another fun direction.

For Sonya, probably Daisey Ridley.

While those are the first names that come to mind, I chose to avoid discussing skin colour in my character descriptions. In the off chance that I were lucky enough to have a movie made from my stories, I would want anyone who was talented enough for the role to have an equal opportunity.



10. Lastly, do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring writers out there?

Don’t be afraid to write something terrible. Most authors hate their first draft, and I’m no different. However, if you put the work in, your completed first draft will have the skeleton of a story that you can work with, or, great ideas that you can take from it, and place it into a better story. Nothing bad can come from sitting down to write. Your skills will improve – and getting lost in a world that you’re creating can be quite therapeutic. Ultimately… believe in yourself.
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Links:

Review: https://www.instagram.com/p/CCTmzgwAc4K/?igshid=ddm4ipg6sabv

Author’s Instagram: https://instagram.com/gregjmcarthur?igshid=1ktuty3a30mak

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Quests-ODDysseys-Not-Quite-Chosen/dp/B08579P9

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Quests-ODDysseys-Not-Quite-Chosen/dp/B08579P9F1/ref=mp_s_a_1_fkmr3_1?dchild=1&keywords=Quests+%26+ODDysseys%3A+The+Not+Quite+Chosen+One&qid=1599290817&sr=8-1-fkmr3

Amazon India: https://www.amazon.in/Quests-ODDysseys-Not-Quite-Chosen-ebook/dp/B08B459WL6/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Quests+%26+ODDysseys%3A+The+Not+Quite+Chosen+One&qid=1599290894&sr=8-1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53290495-quests-oddysseys

Melina L.🦄

Talking to Dr. Sophia Mattis!

Talking to Dr. Sophia Mattis on her book Christianity 101: The ABCs and 123s of the Faith.
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Blurb:

In this book, CHRISTIANITY 101: The ABC’s and 123’s of THE FAITH I highlight some of the most basic Christian principles. For the staunch Christian, this book will prove elementary but for the babe in Christ and the curious minds, this book is ideal for addressing the fundamentals of the Christian faith.
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Interview:

1. Tell me (and the readers) a little bit about yourself, including a quirk that you have.

A. I am a physician, lecturer, motivational speaker, and currently a COVID-19 quarantine/isolation response professional!

Christianity 101: The ABC’s and 123’s of The Faith was birthed after receiving instructions from the Holy Spirit to teach on the basics of the Christian faith. Shortly thereafter, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Put this in a book”, and so I followed. I gathered the teaching I did on the basics of the faith, added some more information, and transcribed it all into a book.

I love writing and speaking, especially motivating others to become the best them. I absolutely love learning about various cultures and I seize the opportunity to do so while traveling the world. Included in learning about other cultures, I look forward to experiencing their delicacies and traditional foods.

When I’m not writing and traveling, I enjoy watching a great action-packed/psychological thriller/drama with friends or by myself. I also make it a priority to explore various local restaurants.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, quarantine time, I fully appreciate having a little more time to actually read some of the countless books I own. I’ve been able to dust off old manuscripts and decide which ones to edit and publish next. Epistles To Abba: Letters from the Heart will be published in August 2020!

Quirk – always striving to be unique although I know we’re all unique. I also like to surprise myself. Meaning, I like to do the very thing I thought I couldn’t do or said I wouldn’t do. For example, in this photo of me I have blue eyes. My eyes aren’t blue, they’re brown, and although I love all eye colors, I’m a happily born brown-eyed gal! So why do I have blue eyes in the photo you may be wondering. It’s because I opened a video to do a recording and an eye filter popped up called, are you ready for this, “Sophie’s eyes!” Of course I took that as a sign to have some fun and so I took a picture of myself with the blue eyes. I know you asked for something (1 thing) quirky and here I am about to give you another quirk. I often get asked if I’m wearing makeup and what kind. I’m honored. I believe it’s the glow of the LORD they see, because when I look at my face, I see all sorts of things other than makeup…lol. I wear eyeliner, eyebrow powder/pencil, and lipgloss, that’s about it. Lipgloss, ahh, I think I’m addicted to lipgloss! I wonder, is that a quirk? LOL. I promise this is the last quirk. I read a few pages of a book starting at the back, I take exams starting with the last question, and I like to write in my blank journals starting at the back!


2. How did the idea for your book, come about?

A. The idea of my book came about from the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of the Father told me to put this teaching on this subject, which was given by GOD Himself, into a book.



3. What was the most enjoyable and stressful part about writing this book?

A. So the most stressful part, hum, where should I start! LOL. I would say it has to be when my laptop died in the middle of my writing with an upcoming deadline. The most enjoyable would be just hearing the Spirit of GOD instructing me on what to write.



4. Who was the first person you asked to read your book after it was ready and why them?

A. My mom is the first person I asked to read my book because she is a huge supporter of mine. Hey, you all know, mom’s are great for the ego!!! No, but on a more serious note, I asked mom because she recently rededicated her life to Jesus Christ and she was eagerly awaiting this book to help her with some basic fundamentals of the Christian faith.



5. Are you planning to release another book anytime soon?

A. I actually have my 2nd book, Epistles to Abba: Letters from the Heart scheduled to be released in August 2020. I pretty excited about that.



6. If you could venture into a different genre, which would you choose to write on?

A. I would choose to write in the thriller genre because I’m such a lover of a great psychological thriller.



7. Did you always know you wanted to be a published author/poet?

A. I knew I wanted to be a published author once I started grad school. Prior to that, I think I just wrote for the fun of it even when my 7th-grade summer school English teacher told me I should have my writings published! LOL, yes, you heard me correctly, summer school English teacher which means I failed English!



8. Did you look up to any author or poet while growing up?

A. I liked Edgar Allan Poe and Steven King’s style. I always felt they were both very compelling. Poe, I felt was super twisted and King I felt was amazingly gifted. Both were always able to suck me in 100% into their world.



9. Lastly, do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring writers out there?

A. The words of wisdom I can offer to aspiring writers is pray, pray, and pray some more! Set time aside to write as often as you can. I would say daily and give an amount, but that never worked for me so. Don’t be afraid to write what your mind says even if you feel people may not like it. Oh and here’s a big one, don’t stop writing! When you write, don’t stop to make grammatical corrections or anything of the sort. Remain in constant flow and get all your ideas down before it all stops flowing. You can always go back to edit, but you can’t always go back and retrieve that great idea!


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Telephone Road Tour!

Warning: rape and other sensitive topics!
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Marlena caught the eye of one of the richest, hottest guys on campus, Preston. But when her attention shifts, and she falls in love with a hometown boy, Jimmy, she finds out that Preston is also deeply disturbed.
What follows is a life-changing evening out on Telephone Road, and Marlena knows she will never be the same when she takes matters into her own hands.
Justice has a new meaning. It’s called revenge.
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Telephone Road is a thriller novel by Ann Swann and it’s worth your time. With every page turned (or scrolled) things get creepier and creepier. The first parts of the book gave me the chills just by thinking about life with a stalker, and especially one who is influential with power.
Marlena goes through a lot (read the warning above) and even though Preston’s treated her like she’s his property, she does not hold back and wages war against him for what he’s done and in doing so the things that we find out he’s been doing to people even closer to him shows that he’s more than just a “stalker”. Basically, Preston is worse than dirt and deserves to rot in hell.
But there was a particular character who had THE best arc development and by the end stole my heart. (No spoilers so read to find out who 🙈.)
The ending was bittersweet and made me shed a year because it was justice but the cost was too much to bear.
But, the thing that can be taken away the most from this book is the real world implications. Thousands of people out there are being stalked, raped and murdered because they rejected someone. But is justice always received?
This is a brilliantly written thriller with a lot of twists, some of them were unexpected, but it’s definitely worth the read.
Rated 9.5/10
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Excerpt:

That first date with Preston checked all the boxes. We strolled and laughed and acted silly. I did see him take a few sips from a silver flask as we went from bar to bar up one side of Sixth and down the other. But he didn’t seem too inebriated and he didn’t try to force me to drink, either.
Halfway through the night, we morphed into a large group. He wasn’t kidding about some of his friends joining us. We seemed to pick up one or two more at each place we stopped. They were all high or drunk. I didn’t see anyone sober other than us—well, me. Preston may have been sober, but each bar was so loud and jam-packed, conversation became more and more impossible. All I had to go on was how well he could walk.
Some of our group couldn’t even do that.
Lines of people snaked away down the packed sidewalks and away from the entrances to every place that featured music. The whole street throbbed with sound and the entire downtown area felt wrapped in laughter and drenched in lights.

Later, he wanted us to go to the lake to go skinny dipping with his friends. But that wasn’t me. Not at all. “Please take me home,” I said. But he refused.
“Come on,” he said. “It’ll be fun.”
When I refused, he turned on the road leading there anyway.
I insisted he let me out.
He slowed and stopped, calling my bluff.
I took a deep breath, stepped out, and started walking back the way we had come. Though my outside appearance was calm, my insides were like waves white-capping near the shore. It was a long way back to the main road. I hoped and prayed someone I knew would come along and give me a ride. It wouldn’t be Joanna, though. She and Antonio were doing the Zombie Walk again. This time there would be a prize for the best look. How I wished I’d gone with them.
When Preston realized I wasn’t bluffing, he turned the car around and drove alongside me as I strode down the shoulder of the road, arms crossed over my chest.
I could hear him attempting to apologize, but this time his words fell into the gap between us like pebbles dropped into a dry well. “I was only joking,” he said. “You know I would never make you do anything you didn’t want.”
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About the Author
Ann has been a writer since junior high, but to pay the bills she has waited tables, delivered newspapers, cleaned other people’s houses, taught school, and had a stint as a secretary in a rock-n-roll radio station.
She also worked as a 911 operator and a police dispatcher.
Her fiction began to win awards during her college days. Since then she’s published several short stories, novels, and novellas. She’s always reading and always writing, but even if she never sold another story, Ann would not stop writing. For her it’s a necessity, like breathing. Most of the time, it even keeps her sane.

Author Links

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Dueling Fates Tour!

In the world of Erez, three kingdoms share a tentative peace. In the far west, Princess Isemay yearns for much more than frilly dresses and etiquette classes. While her twin sister, Alena, prepares for life as a monarch in a neighboring kingdom, Isemay roams the woods with her loyal cheetah, hunting dagger strapped to her belt. It’s only when two surprising visitors arrive at the castle that Isemay must come to terms with her royal future – and a secret magical heritage. Now engaged to the king of the east, Isemay prepares for a position she never wanted.
After saying good-bye to all that she loves, Princess Alena travels north in trepidation – fully prepared to marry a spoiled prince she does not desire and usurp the throne from his insane father who does not deserve it. But when tragedy strikes at her wedding ceremony and she is wrongfully imprisoned, she can only hope that her hurried plea for help will reach her father in time.
Frantic to save her sister – and against the wishes of her betrothed – Isemay joins the army sent to free Alena. A mysterious encounter with a dragon in disguise leaves her with a warning that her life is in danger – but can it save her from the battle to come?
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Dueling Fates by is a fairytale/fantasy novel by Stephanie M. Allen.
Giving us an enchanted look into a world of magic, this book will take you on a journey unlike any other.
The main characters have a tremendous amount of depth to it, and in some ways reminds me of another magical princess duo (if you know, you know). AND THERE’S ALSO A DRAGON! I mean, it’s such a classic thing, but the implication of the dragon in the story spans across not only what we see in the classics, but gives it a new look. (Is this a metaphor or a real dragon? Read to find out😉)
And the romance….my heart couldn’t take it. It wasn’t cheesy, just pure and “spine tingly”.
This book had me gripped from the very beginning with its intense opening shrouded in mystery and confusion and I couldn’t put if down.
I have an evergrowing love for fairytale based stories and this one did not disappoint.
Rated 9.5/10
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An Excerpt From the Book:

Reaching the first tree, Isemay gently placed her palm on the rough bark and scanned the shaded area directly in front of her. The bright sun made it difficult to see much detail in the shadows, but her eyes adjusted quickly. Golda stood perfectly still next to her, one paw lifted off the ground, the bushy fur around her neck raised higher than normal. Movement to the left caught Isemay’s eye. She yelped in fright at what she saw.
A huge black wolf, larger than any she had ever seen, was standing a mere ten feet away, piercing yellow eyes trained on her. A low rumbling sound was vibrating from its chest and its lips were lifted in a snarl.
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Author Bio

Stephanie M. Allen graduated from California Baptist University in 2009 with a B.A. in English and a desire to share her imaginative stories with the world. She loves to write fantasy, particularly centered around young adults. Aside from writing, Stephanie loves to read, ride horses, and sing. She currently lives in Wyoming with her husband and two children.

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From Then to Now Book Tour!




Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Maggie figures that, with events being so old, it is safe to tell all. Figuring wrong is her first mistake. Downloading the manuscript onto her grown daughter’s computer is her second mistake.
Andrea is dismayed to discover Maggie’s infidelity in her first marriage and shocked to learn of her grandmother’s cloistered pregnancy and forced adoption of her newborn daughter. She uses the Internet to find the people mentioned in her mother’s story, more to satisfy her own curiosity than to bring her mother peace.
It six decades and addresses changes, both individual and societal, in attitude, perception, and awareness. These changes, triggered in part by outside world events, bring about personal understanding achieved only after loss is experienced and enlightenment has been attained.

Excerpt

I must have gone too far on Waialae Avenue because all of a sudden
I was on a freeway and then the freeway turned into a winding road cut
through a sheer cliff. There was no place to turn around so I kept going
and watched in wonder at the water pounding the rocks below and the vast
expanse of blue ocean beyond. I was ten minutes late for my assignment.
This was the road — I recognized it — where they had filmed Blue Hawai`i,
with Elvis. I felt like I had died and gone to heaven. So far all I’d seen was
Schofield, Waikiki, downtown. Now I was in Hawai`i. The assignment
no longer mattered. I stopped at a look-out point called the Blow Hole and
peered down at a rock with a hole in it where the water spouted up like a
whale. I watched, mesmerized, for time indeterminate, enthralled at the
energy of the ocean. I had to see more. Continuing on I drove past a beach
where body-boarders sailed through the surf and flew through the foam,
flipping just in time to escape the fury before the waves crashed straight
down on the sand with frightening ferocity. When I thought I’d seen all
the glory this island could possibly offer, I came to another place where
the road steepened precipitously and the view was more spectacular, if
imaginable, than before. I craned my neck to see what beauty lay beneath
the guard rails but the sharp curves forced me to focus on the wheel. I
turned the bend and there was Sea Life Park on the mountain, or mauka
side of the road as Glen had taught me to say, and on the ocean side, or
makai, was Makapu`u. I drove down, parked, took off my shoes, walked
to the beach. It was so beautiful. I sat on a rock to take in the majesty
and totally gave up on the assignment. I thought of Michener’s words in
the first chapter of Hawaii, the book I was reading, about the creation
of the islands. About the force deep below the sea which built and grew
until volcanic eruptions burst through the surface and left molten deposits
which cooled and became rocks. I thought about the birds, from far
away, flying over, dropping seeds, creating vegetation. I thought about
the marvel of how these islands were formed, then found, and inhabited,
and now here I was, a tiny, insignificant speck on the face of the earth,
sitting on a rock, at the edge of an island, in the middle of the sea, in the
most beautiful place in the world. As I felt the water lap at my feet and
the sun caress my skin I knew, without a doubt, I was the luckiest person
who ever lived.

When I finally got back to my car there was a cop, writing a ticket.

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Links:
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Author Bio:

Mitzi Mensch was born and raised in New England and attended college in Vermont. An island girl at heart, she moved to Hawai’i, where she has lived long enough to be a kama`aina.

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Dead After Midnight Book Tour

Suzie Q is a prostitute and determined to get out of her current line of work and excited for a fresh start with best friend Lucy by her side. Her dreams come to an abrupt halt, when, during a night of turning tricks, she stumbles upon Lucy’s brutally murdered body. Fearing for her life, Suzie runs to her neighbor, Luke’s, to regroup, where she discovers he’s not just a creepy client, but an undercover FBI agent. He blindsides her when he reveals that she’s mixed up in an FBI investigation, and that she’s been unknowingly working for Johnny Stone, New York’s notorious crime boss. Suzie flees from New York, hiding in a quaint seaside town in Maine. She changes her identity and her life. Now she has to survive, to keep the life she has come to love.
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Dead After Midnight us the first book in the Kelsey Woods thriller series by C.P. Daly.
This is definitely a great thriller series but falls more into the crime thriller genre. The story is written in a way that keeps the reader engrossed and all the plot twists are dropped at the exact right moment (and theres A LOT!) and the overall story is definitely a rollercoaster ride.
In a way I feel really bad for Suzie, I admire the way she’s assertive a d can stand her ground, but this wasn’t a situation anyone would want to find themselves in, especially without consenting to it.
Not only Suzie but the other characters like Luke and Lucy have such intense and complex personalities and bactkstories tgat it just adds layers open layers to an already amped up storyline.
The ending did leave me a bit disappointed because there’s a lot of unabswere questions, but given that this a series in looking forward to all of my doubts being cleared sooner or later.
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Rated 8.5/10
Melina L.
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About the Author

CP’s reading tastes are an eclectic mix of thriller, crime, romance, and the occasional fantasy novel. But, when she puts pen to paper, she can’t resist the intrigue of a thriller.

CP has written two novels in The Kelsey Woods series, Dead After Midnight (debut novel, released in May 2020) and Dead Before Sunrise – which is scheduled for release in the fall of 2020.

A true east coaster from beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada, CP is happily married to her high school sweetheart. She’s been blessed with a wonderful family, including six adorable grandchildren.

CP loves hearing from readers, connect with her via email or Twitter.

CP Daly: https://www.cpdaly.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CP_Daly
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