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Friday, April 17, 2015

Interview with Author Lawrence Elliott



Lawrence Elliott was born in one of the beautiful islands of the Bahamas called New Providence. He is married to a lovely lady named Deborah. His passion is to teach the laws of life in a practical way. Presently, he volunteers teaching junior high school boys the word of God, in a group called the Christian Boys Movement. Additionally, Mr. Elliott volunteered teaching ‘at risk’ high school boys, the principles of life at a special institute designed for them.
 
Tell us about your current book. Give a short summary.
Practical Proverbs for Everyday Living is a book that will inspire you to live a life of joy, peace and happiness. This book is filled with proverbs, which are short sayings of wisdom or advice that expresses a basic truth or a practical precept about life. Although, the book is short, it is meant to be read slowly in order to absorb its substance. Each proverb was meant for the reader to reflect on, before moving on to the next one. It will cause you to think about the past, present and future of your life. These proverbs are wisdom keys that will help the reader to live a successful life in every area. The wisdom keys help you to make the right choices when confronted with a problem. The proverbs also teach the reader how to handle relationships respectfully. For example: In chapter three, proverb number twenty seven, it states, “Loose lips destroy friendships. Be careful what you say”. This proverb tells the reader not to randomly say negative things about their friend. Think before you speak, especially if you are in the company of people that you do not know very well. In most situations if you cannot find something good to say about a person, then don’t say anything. The wisdom key is, if something negative said does not bring a positive change, then it is unnecessary. This book reveals pertinent information that the reader can use for the rest of their life, to have good success in every area.  

Can you tell us about your publisher and how the process worked in getting published?
My publisher is a very accommodating lady. She found creative ways to assist me in the publishing process, because of a challenge that I have with my eyesight. The process was very simple. A person first connects with the CEO of the company to discuss your manuscript. After my first discussion with Lisa, she informed me that I can submit my manuscript to a board for approval. Once I was approved, I was sent a contract for my reviewing. A meeting was set up for us to discuss the contract in detail. A few days later, I signed it and we got to work. The process was very smooth because both of us were committed to following the guidelines of the contract. I enjoyed working with Lisa from Halo Publishing.

How did you get the idea for this book?
One afternoon while I was lying across my bed, the Holy Spirit popped a few proverbs into my head. He told me to write a book and call it “Practical Proverbs for Everyday Living”. I replied, these five or six proverbs are not enough to fill a book. The Holy Spirit responded by saying, “if you do not write down the ones that I give you, then how do you expect for me to give you more proverbs”. I immediately jumped up and wrote down the proverbs. That is how I got the idea for this book.

What is a typical writing day like for you?
A typical writing day for me stats at around 9:00am after having breakfast. I would write until about lunch time. Sometimes I would write after lunch. If a proverb comes to me in the evening, I would write it on a scrap piece of paper so that I would not forget it. In the morning I would properly document it.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
I enjoy hearing those proverbs pop into my mind and writing them down to help someone enrich their life.

What is the most difficult part of writing?
The most difficult part of writing for me is remembering my trend of thought when I get distracted by someone.

How has publishing a book changed your life?
Publishing a book has caused me to become more popular. I am invited to more speaking engagements and I am meeting new people.

If your book is based on true events, how has that affected those around you or why made you choose to use historical events?

My book is not based on events. It is based on wisdom keys to help mankind live a life of peace, purpose and fulfillment.

What are your plans now?
My plans are to market the book as much as possible. Afterwards, I plan to write another book.

What is your best tip for aspiring authors?
My best tip for aspiring authors is to write about something that you are passionate about. Once your writing is positive and you are passionate about it, and then trust God to take it around the world.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readership? (Here you can share about characters, historical facts, setting or whatever else you would like our readers to know about your book.)
Practical Proverbs of Everyday Living is a book filled with simple, yet wise teachings about life. The principles in this book will help guide you to a life of peace, good health and prosperity. In a nutshell it is an “abundant life”. A key principle is the law of accumulation. Your accumulative choices brought you to where you are today.  Your accumulative choices now, will bring you into the life that you will experience in the future. The precepts in this book, once applied, will give you the abundant life, GUARANTEED. 

Do you have a website? If so, please give the URL. If not, where can readers go online to learn more about your book(s) and to order?
Readers can purchase my book on Amazon.com, Barnes&Norble.com, HaloPublishing.com and all other major online sellers. Also, readers can following me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/zirconempowerment. There, they can learn more about me.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Inviting animals and iconic images convey the Aussie beachside in vibrant, happy picture book


Let’s go surfing!

In the engaging children’s picture book "Stunno’s Surf Adventure," longtime surfing aficionado Mark Reside reveals some of the lure and lingo of a sport that leaves its participants yearning for just one more chance to seek out a monster set, smack the lip, and enter the green room.
The story begins when Stunno, the surfing echidna (that’s a spiny anteater to non-Aussies), arrives at his favorite beach only to see that the water is "flat" – no surf. He can’t catch a wave, so he drives up the coast and soon finds himself rewarded for his efforts with a huge inviting ground swell.

An excerpt from the book reads as follows: Yeoww! Made it to the reef in perfect time. A huge ground swell, the waves look prime. The wind’s offshore and the tides are right. A wicked day’s surfing now firmly in sight.

Offset by Tina Jacobson’s colorful and captivating illustrations, Stunno’s adventures in rhyme both engage and inspire, and the book concludes with a helpful glossary that defines the different terminology Aussie surfers use.

Reside comments, "I love to surf and collect vintage surfboards. I always said I’d write a book about the boards I collect. I just never realized I’d write a children’s book about surfing!"

Reside is donating a dollar from every book he sells to Surfrider Foundation Australia. To support grassroots groups helping young surfers, he is also donating a thousand dollars to a local Boardriders club for every thousand books he sells. He notes, "We’re three quarters of the way to the first thousand books in seven months!"

"This is a great kids’ book, an easy read, well written with bright and engaging illustrations for the kids. The glossary in the back is good for those of us who don't necessarily get the surfing lingo. I recommend it for all ages, but especially the young to encourage them to read. Great work, Mark and Tina. Looking forward to more of Stunno's adventures." ~ Review by Collin, Oct. 2014

"This book is an awesome Aussie children's book adventure. A great easy-to-read story with bright amazing pictures. Well done, Mark & Tina." ~ Review by Leigh, Oct. 2014

Author: Mark Reside grew up in Gippsland, Victoria. Being near the beach, he started surfing in his early teenage years and has surfed regularly ever since. At the end of high school, he started his own small IT support business, which he managed for eighteen years.

Stunno’s Surf Adventure; Author: Mark Reside; Illustrated by Tina Jacobson; Datakey-Developments; Category: Juvenile Fiction, Picture Book; Paperback: 978-0992547608, $15.00; Availability: Stunno.com.au, Readingss.com.au, Amazon.com

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Curious Prophecy of Birds: Folklore & Mystery Clash in Chart-Climbing Novel

Many people dream of exploring remote Scottish islands, craving the seclusion and mysterious beauty of places a far cry from home. In her gripping new mystery novel, author Amanda Darcy follows two complete strangers who find themselves on the island of Faull for very different reasons. When their paths cross they are drawn into events more dark and terrifying than they ever could have imagined.

‘The Curious Prophecy of Birds’ will have readers redefining many elements of their own lives…

Synopsis:
In the Curious Prophecy of Birds, four stories are woven together in a complex timeline. Fate, coincidence and the secrets of the past conspire to create a final dramatic twist in which the interconnections between strangers are revealed.

The interwoven stories are those of Kate Simmonds, climber and ornithologist; Nick Johnson, university researcher; the islanders of Faull and the mysterious flock of birds that has descended upon the island. 

Kate is drawn to the island by reports of mysterious bird-behaviour. Nick is there to investigate the island’s sinister past.

Kate is drawn into using her climbing skills to help Nick investigate strange carvings and rock symbols. As they begin to unravel the islanders’ secrets they are helped and hindered by the actions of the birds and various islanders. Together they survive several life-threatening situations only to realise that the islanders believe that their gods demand blood sacrifices. A ceremony is due within days. Unable to secure outside help they can only watch the barbaric cliff top ritual. Nick risks his life to prevent the sacrifice taking place. Two of the island elders die but the ceremony is only finally thwarted when a Chinook helicopter arrives, alerted by a suspicious coastguard. 

The islanders refuse to speak of the events of that night. Life on Faull appears to return to normal but the danger is not over yet…..

“While most people don’t recognise it, fate and coincidence mould our lives. This book pushes those influences to the forefront of the narrative, and readers will turn the last page acutely aware of how they figure in their own existence,” explains the author, a passionate photographer who took inspiration for the book’s title from some of her photographic work. “Some entire communities have secrets and this novel blends them with folklore to produce an edge-of-the-seat saga that proves just how quickly seclusion can contort mainstream beliefs and cultures, and how powerless one is in the face of revenge.”

Continuing, “Where do the birds figure? While they are not the epicentre of the narrative, they are essential to the story. The island mythology states that the birds carry the souls of the dead between earth and heaven. They also avenge those souls who are not yet ready to leave. The book has had great early success. It hit the #1 spot for its category during a free download period, is steadily climbing the charts and has remained in the ‘Top 100’ in one of its categories. I was also thrilled to reach the top ten on YouWriteOn.com.”

Readers have also come out in their droves to leave rave reviews. Sara Robinson comments, “A clever, gripping story with a totally unexpected twist at the end. A real page-turner appealing to those who love trying to solve a mystery and an ideal holiday read.”

N. Barstow adds, “A gripping and involving story, the web of important snippets rewards careful reading. Mythology, mystery and a well-crafted island setting provide an intriguing backdrop for the convincing and well-drawn characters.”

‘The Curious Prophecy of Birds’ is available now: http://amzn.to/1FtwhTy.
For the author’s photographs, visit: http://www.amandadarcy.com.

About the Author:
Amanda Darcy lives and works in Sussex, UK. She writes for the pleasure of crafting and telling a good story with the emphasis on mystery, intrigue and fast moving scenes.

Her first novel, "The Curious Prophecy of Birds", is a fast paced thriller, based in a small island community and explores how the past can so often come to haunt the present and define the future.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

A Dream of Destiny, Greeks Bearing Gifts, and Narkazan’s Revenge All Lead to ATLANTIS IN PERIL

Ambition, greed, revenge, sacrifice and love—all figure in T.A. Barron’s ATLANTIS IN PERIL ($17.99, May), the sequel to Atlantis Rising and second book in the Atlantis trilogy. With his trademark action, adventure and suspense, T.A. Barron explores the world of Atlantis and how its residents’ actions sow the seeds of its destruction. A chapter excerpt of the upcoming book is available online: www.tabarron.com.
 
When Promi and Atlanta transformed their native land into the magical island of Atlantis, little did they know an advanced civilization would arise only a few years later threatening their homeland once again. As Promi struggles with his feelings for Atlanta, Narkazan discovers the weakness between the spirit realm and the mortal world and plots his revenge. Will the desire for power win over the power of love to conquer and save all? Readers will toggle between the spirit and mortal world as Promi races to save residents and loved ones in both realms.
 
Booklist summarizes ATLANTIS IN PERIL well stating: “Story lines related to love and family relationships, environmental responsibility and destruction, and good overcoming evil are all in play as readers reach a sinister cliff-hanger of an ending.”
 
T. A. Barron is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of the Merlin Saga, which has sold millions of copies worldwide and was recently optioned for a major motion picture by Disney. He is the winner of the 2011 de Grummond USM Medallion for "lifetime contribution to the field of children's and young adult literature." Always a believer that every child can be a hero, T. A. Barron founded the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, which honors outstanding young people who have made a significant difference to communities and our environment.  He lives in Colorado with his family. For more information, please visit www.tabarron.com
 
 
ATLANTIS IN PERIL by T.A. Barron
$17.99             272 pages        Ages 10-up
ISBN Number: 978-0-399-16804-8
Published by Philomel Books on May 5, 2015
 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Interview with Author Arnold Rudnick



About the Author: ARNOLD RUDNICK has written for many television shows, including THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR, STAR TREK: VOYAGER and THE NEW ADDAMS FAMILY.

Tell us about your current book. Give a short summary. (You can follow this up with any points you hope readers will take away with them)

LITTLE GREEN is about a small frog who wants to be special. He hops around asking “Isn’t it possible?” he can be a goose, horse or koi because of the cool things he sees them do. While the reader learns about animal groups, skills, sound and traits, Little Green learns (spoiler) that he has to be himself. All of the animal teachers say “anything is possible” but I think kids are too savvy to believe that and I believe “Almost anything is possible” is much more empowering. The addition of “almost” opens up dialogue on how to achieve our goals. I hope that one day, “Isn’t it possible?” is as recognized and inspiration as “I think I can” from THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD.  It IS possible J.

Can you tell us about your publisher and how the process worked in getting published?

My boutique imprint Paraphrase, LLC published LITTLE GREEN, so I didn’t go through the traditional process. When self- or indie- publishing, I think it’s very important to work with professionals (illustrators, proofreaders, etc), to make the best product possible. I buy a lot of “traditional books” and find typos or other mistakes, but the review process usually weeds out a lot of issues that may affect readers.

How did you get the idea for this book? 

LITTLE GREEN evolved from a bedtime story I used to tell my daughter. I wrote another book (ESPete: Sixth Grade Sense) for middle graders, and I wanted to have a book for pre-schoolers to second grade, and the more I worked with LITTLE GREEN and my illustrator, Marcelo Gorenman, the more excited I became by the story and message of the book. 

What is a typical writing day like for you? 

My typical day is atypical. I work in accounting – which is why I enjoy the business part of publishing.  And I also write books and screenplays.  I make time to write.  When I’m busy, I usually end up writing more, because the writing time is more valuable. When I have all the time in the world (who has that?), I find I’m not as productive. But I am also thinking of ideas – current projects and new ones.  I write down the new ideas in hopes that they don’t distract me from my current project. That usually works.

What do you enjoy most about writing? 

I love thinking about concepts and characters.  I don’t know if that’s “writing” or creating, but the first drafts are usually the hardest for me. Once it’s on paper – anything is on paper – I love the process of rewriting. I have worked in film and television development, where I quickly learned that anything can be improved.  Some things take more editing than others, but that knowledge, helps me approach rewriting with an open mind.

What is the most difficult part of writing? 

It depends on the project. Conceptually, I think the hardest part of writing is all the choices.  Which project to write. Then, what characters or story to tell.  And in the story, what obstacles to throw in front of the hero and how the hero can get around those obstacles. There are so many choices to make. I love getting to make those choices, but sometimes it can be a challenge. I have learned there are no right or wrong answers, except no answer.

How has publishing a book changed your life? 

I don’t know that it has changed my life.  It is my life. Writing has been a part of me since I can remember. I love stories and words.  Now, I am working with other writers to develop their projects and publish or help them publish their books.  That inspires me greatly.

If your book is based on true events, how has that affected those around you or why made you choose to use historical events?

Little Green is, of course, a fictional character, but all books – good books – are based on Truth.  I am working on several other projects that are based on true events, but what appeals to me in any of them, are the universal truths, the things that we all can relate to.

What are your plans now? 

I am excited to share LITTLE GREEN. I have programs for non-profits that work with children, education and families to help them raise money with Little Green’s Big Green Initiative. I am also working on more projects, both books and film and television projects.

What is your best tip for aspiring authors? 

Write.  Then write some more.  It’s important to learn from each project and move on to another.  And depending on your goal with writing, it’s very important to share your work.  Find a support team who will read your projects and give you honest feedback.  Listen to that feedback, but remember, it’s just one opinion.  As a writer, we have to learn how our projects are read and consider that in our goals.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readership? (Here you can share about characters, historical facts, setting or whatever else you would like our readers to know about your book.) 

If you enjoy LITTLE GREEN, please share it with family and friends. If you work with a school or non-profit, and would like to find out about free copies of LITTLE GREEN for non-profits, please e-mail books@paraphrasellc.com.

Do you have a website? If so, please give the URL. If not, where can readers go online to learn more about your book(s) and to order? 

For more information on LITTLE GREEN, visit isntitpossible.com or twitter @isntitpossible. You can also learn about my middle grade chapter book at espete.com, like me on FaceBook, or follow me on twitter @arnoldrudnick.


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