K. A. Richardson’s Time To Play: Blog Tour

Friday 30th September 2016

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The book I’m currently reading is Time To Play by North East Crime Writer K.A Richardson.

 

I always like

to have a book

to read.

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For those of you who’ve followed this blog for a long time, you’ll recall the days when this was solely about books and writing.

It’s somewhat expanded in the last couple of months but my heart will always be with literature.

Crime and psychological thriller’s tend to be my forte.

 

K. A. Richardson

I used to work with Kerry a few years back and I’ve loved following her writing journey. Back then, she was busy writing her first book, With Deadly Intent (cheeky post plug – read more on my interview with her here).

She was also in the process of setting up her blog too Kerryannrichardson.com

2016 has been a busy yet exciting year for Kerry. Her debut novel, With Deadly Intent, was released in April, followed by I’ve Been Watching You in June and now Time To Play was released on the 22nd of this month.

Back in July, Kerry also won author of the month over at the UK Crime Book Club.

At the time of going to press, I’ve Been Watching You was number 2 in the free Kindle Crime Chart and no 6 in the overall free Kindle Chart.

Pretty impressive achievements while working in a (very important) full-time job.

Biography

Missuswolf K A Richardson Author PictureMy name is KA Richardson, and I am a crime writer based in the North East of England. I write around my other work commitments so am constantly on the go. I love reading many genres, love speaking to people and spend a lot of time people watching in coffee shops, though if I’m honest this is more for the purposes of character building and plotting. I enjoy watching ‘cop’ shows from both the UK and the USA, and am a fan of sci-fi. I began thinking about writing as a career in 2010 and completed my Ma Creative Writing in 2011. I love to be inspired, and enjoy spending time with friends and family, as well as other like-minded folk. My website has some more info on me, if you’re interested pop on over to www.kerryannrichardson.com, or I can be found on Facebook as KA Richardson.

Time To Play …

DI Alistair McKay is still reeling from the ‘one that got away’ but when he is called to deal with a potential murder at the water side, he must put his personal worries aside.

As police diver, Marlo Buchanan, starts pulling bodies out of the water, it becomes clear that something isn’t right.

Someone is torturing young girls and dumping them in the local reservoir.

Then the body of a man is discovered and Mackay and Buchanan are pulled into the seedy underworld of human trafficking.

As the team race against the clock tensions start to run high.

Can they overcome their personal demons to work together?

And will they find the killer before he strikes again?

The team are back in the third novel from the gripping North East Police series.

 

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You don’t have to have read

the previous books

to read Time To Play

Although the book is part of the ‘North East Police’ series, the beauty of Kerry’s work is that the books are stand alones in their own right.

They focus on a different character in each novel and, although they make reference to previous character’s who are bobbing along in the background, this doesn’t distract from the main storyline.

My favourite style in this book is that the sections are snappy; almost like an intertwined diary. In any chapter, the date and destination heading change allows us to follow different character’s; from the police dive team, detective’s and scene’s of crime officer’s to the horror of the human trafficking world.

Interlaced within all that are the sub stories of the police officer’s lives.

The pace is good, it keeps it interesting the technique that Kerry has used.

The topic is very raw and the level of research that Kerry has done on both the subject and the roles of the police teams involved is a real credit.

Richardson’s got a good knack of getting inside the mind of a killer and their thought process to justify their actions.

Chilling,

but thrilling.

I’m not going to give too much away on this one for fear of dropping any spoilers.

The nights are drawing in and what better way to get all snug and cosy than to get your nose in a new book.

Time To Read

Time To Play

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Have you read any of Kerry’s books?

Love Missuswolf xxx

What I’m currently reading – I See You by Clare Mackintosh

I’m currently reading I See You, the second novel by Sunday Times Bestseller Clare Mackintosh.

Clare Mackintosh

You see, I read her first novel I Let You Go (see her interview here) in April last year when I was on a spate of reading psychological thrillers. It was a story so cleverly written that I got to a crucial point (I don’t want to say too much!) which made me fling my book on my lap and gawp open mouthed to myself (no-one else in the room plus hubby doesn’t read -scoff- so he would never get it).

So I’m unbelievably excited to be reading this! Unfortunately I can’t read it as much to my leisure as beforehand (in case you’ve not heard I’ve not long been thrown into motherhood and  yup I seem to use this as an excuse for everything at the mo. Must organise oneself and not harp on about it).I See You

What’s this book aall abooot then?

Check this out:

You do the same thing every day.

You know exactly where you’re going.

You’re not alone.

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation; just a grainy image, a website and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.

Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . . .

Argh I’m terrified already! I’m a few chapters in and I’m looking forward to snuggling under my duvet on this wet and miserable summer evening to read a few more. I’m freaking myself out at the thought of someone watching every move I make …

I See You has been released today so grab yours here I See You

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Love Missuswolf xxx

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Cuppa and a Catch-Up – An Author Interview with … none other than the super fab ‘The Unmumsy Mum’ – Sarah Turner (eeek!)

Sunday 10th July 2016

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I am unbelievably excited that I have the one and only Unmumsy Mum featuring on my blog today! Argh! Sarah Turner is the author of Sunday Times No. 1 Bestseller The Unmumsy Mum, derived from her award winning blog ‘The Unmumsy Mum’.



 

 

Sarah Turner pic 2 Hi Sarah (or Unmumsy Mum – can I call you that? What do you prefer?! Sorry just super excited to have you here!)

Haha! Lady Unmumsy of Mums please. Just kidding, Sarah’s fine.

You describe your blog as a collection of honest outpourings about life as a mum. I was a mum-to-be when I started reading your blog and it was so refreshing to read something that wasn’t sugar coated and well, just real life. What made you decide to voice your motherhood experience on a blog?

Thank you! The slightly airbrushed accounts of parenthood had left me feeling a bit rubbish, like perhaps I wasn’t up to the job, so the blog was really my way of documenting that feeling and hoping (with everything crossed) that others were feeling the same. It turned out they were – in their thousands! – and aside from follower numbers and blog hits and the all the other madness that came with it, the on-going feeling of reassurance that I’m not alone has been the single best consequence of pressing submit on that very first post!

Sarah Turner picHow did you juggle motherhood and writing your book? For all the mothers who write or want to write out there, please let us in on your secret …

I wish I could tell you that there is a magic formula but the truth is ‘juggle’ is exactly the right word. I didn’t always juggle successfully either, some months I felt like I was letting the boys down by not giving them my full attention and other months I felt like I was letting my publishing team down by missing deadlines. The whole process involved a lot of late nights, copious amounts of prosecco and a few tears. It was hard work. That said, it was definitely the most fun I have ever had while working hard.

When you have time (!) to read (or should I re-phrase this to what did you read in your pre-unmumsy days?) Who are your favourite authors?  

I do try to read but it has definitely fallen by the wayside since I started writing my own! The last book I read was The Girl on the Train and before that I was sent a proof copy (author perks!) of A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart which explores the relationship of a dad and his autistic son. It was brilliant, actually. One to watch. 

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Me making Mat Leave look glam – faking the ‘supermum’ (washing on the line and reading in the garden, everything’s under control blah blah) that Lady Unmumsy talks about in her book. If this pic had audio there’d be a wailing baby and I’d be swearing under my breath.

How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurned you on? 

Not a moment as such but it was probably just my dad, who is a (now retired) English teacher. I always loved writing stories when I was little and my dad’s encouragement played a massive part in that. I kept diaries for years, so writing has always been part of my life. I think blogging is an extension of that.

Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world (if you can with small people around!) and are able to let your creative juices flow? 

Interestingly (or annoyingly, whichever way you look at it!) I don’t actually have a desk. With no spare room/office and the boys’ rooms full to bursting I just haven’t ever claimed a workspace as my own. However, I did write quite a lot of my first book at Exeter library and I feel relaxed there. Otherwise, I write on my lap in front of the telly. Not very glamorous I’m afraid!

And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know

Oh god, I’m useless at these. I never know what sort of fact I’m supposed to provide. That I have a phobia of sharks? That I have terrible eyesight? Actually, a more interesting fact that not many people know is that I was a helpline volunteer for a rape and sexual violence charity for two years. It’s not something that comes up in day-to-day conversation but if I ever get the chance to shout about it I do, because the work undertaken by such charities (alongside the inspiring stories of the survivors themselves) is pretty incredible.           

Thank you for being here today Sarah and best of luck with the book.

Pleasure. Thanks for having me.

If you’re one of the few that haven’t read Sarah’s blog or book, check them out here …

Theunmumsymum.BlogSpot.co.uk

Love Missuswolf xxx

Cuppa and a Catch-Up – An Author Interview with … Kristina Gause Stutts

WEDNESDAY 22nd APRIL 2015

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Today, I would like to wish a warm welcome to the lovely Kristina Gause Stutts, author to Amethyst Chronicles: Winter’s Kiss, the first book in a Sci-fi romance series.

~Author Bio~

K.G. Stutts is the author three sci-fi romance series as well as several romance stories. She has a degree in massageKristen author photo therapy. As a contributor to Independent Writers Association (IWA) her insights can be seen regularly there and on her own blog at kgstutts.blogspot.com and her website at kgstutts.webs.com

When she’s not weaving words, she enjoys reading, playing RPGs, hockey, wrestling, and football, and is a big sci-fi nerd. Currently she resides in North Carolina, USA with her husband, Brad.

~Synopsis~

Amethyst is a secret team of genetically enhanced humans which is Earth’s greatest defensive weapon. Leading the team of super soldiers is Ember Wilson, a tough woman with a huge chip on her shoulder. The team gets
their name from the after effect of the Genesis Project which turned their eyes and even their blood purple.

amethyst pictureFor decades, Earth has been ravaged by unpredictable weather which began to cause crops to fail. Most of the planet’s food sources have deteriorated. Dr. Clayton Rudo has proclaimed he has the means to save the soil. He has created a weather machine to regulate and help replenish. But Ember knew the truth. He didn’t want to save the planet. He wanted to control it. Amethyst destroyed the machine, but was placed in stasis. Two years later, Rudo recreated the device and has frozen Washington, DC.

General Tom Blanchard brought Amethyst out of stasis to work with an elite Air Force team, led by Major Liam Ross. Tensions between Ember and Liam rise as they butt heads. Can they work together before Earth is completely under ice?

Grab that cuppa and get settled as we catch up with Kristina Gause Stutts … 

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Hi Kristina and welcome! It’s great to have you here.

Thank you so much for having me!

Where did you get the inspiration behind this novel?

I’m a big fan of Joss Whedon. He writes these incredible, tough, kick-butt women. I wanted to develop a character worthy of that. A woman who can fight as fiercely as she can love. Someone that readers can look up to, inspire to be, and root for. And then came Ember Wilson.

How would you compare writing this book with anything that you have written previously?

Oh, gosh. The Amethyst Chronicles is a bit different than my other books. It’s definitely less science-y than my Mirror series and more action. But I keep the humor and both series are very character driven.   

How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurned you on?

I started writing in high school. Started off with little songs and poems. I began to write fan fictions and plots, but it didn’t reallyMirror Image go anywhere for a long time. I started to have a dream a couple of years ago about a woman who found out she’s actually a clone. I went to bed every night hoping to pick up where I left off and I got really excited. So I started writing it out and that became my first novel, Mirror Image. It’s getting ready to celebrate its first anniversary published.

How do you organise your writing time?

I work in a call center so often times I’ll write in between calls. I always have a notebook with me so I can jot things down when I can. Sundays are a big writing day for me, but I do try to write every day.

Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?

Sometimes it’s just sitting down with a pen and a notebook and write. I don’t have a set place really. Life is too busy to schedule things like that.

And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know.

I used to referee independent wrestling matches on the weekends. Had to stop after a back injury. I’m still at CWF Mid-Atlantic. It’s definitely a passion of mine that I miss, but maybe one day I’ll get in the ring again.

Thank you for being here today Kristina.

Thank you for having me!

~Where to find Kristina~

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Love Missuswolf xxx

Cuppa and a Catch-up – An Author Interview with … Katie Gallagher

WEDNESDAY 08th APRIL 2015

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I would like to welcome back the lovely Katie Gallagher, who releases ‘Forever Love’ the sequel to ‘Stealing Cynderella’ this month.

Katie Gallagher mage~Author Bio~

Katie Gallagher is the author of the young adult novel, Catching You and Stealing Cynderella. She lives in Western PA with her husband and young daughter who graciously tolerate her inability to resist teenage drama on TV and lack of cooking skills. She loves coffee, flip flops and hates cold weather.

~Synopsis~forever-love-bk-2-flat

Cyn Clark never believed in such a thing as fate, but not soon after starting classes, and beginning a  new life away from her parents, she meets James Lucas. She’d never been very good at relationships, but James is different. The two of them quickly fall in love . As soon, as Cyn finally gets used to college life, and is comfortable with James, life throws them a curveball. Now, they are both hiding secrets, that if they don’t come out, the relationship won’t survive.

Now grab that cuppa and get comfy as we catch-up with Katie Gallagher …

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Hi Katie and welcome back! It’s great to have you here.

Stealing Cynderella ImageForever Love is a sequel – did you have an idea in mind for this when you were writing Stealing Cynderella?

I originally wrote this as one book, but right before I got the go ahead from my publisher, I found out that I was pregnant, so I asked if I would  be able to split into two different books, since I didn’t have the energy to do a full book at that time. Now, I’m in the process of writing a third and fourth novel with these characters, but that’s a conversation for another day.

How would you compare writing this book with anything that you have written previously?

The inspiration for this novel came from a real life experience of mine, but I changed names to protect the innocent. It was written before my first novel was published, but I didn’t feel confident to publish it, so I decided to write something else which became my first novel. Now, almost seven years later, I feel better about this novel, so I’ve decided to publish it. I feel good about this novel after my editors glowing compliments about the storyline throughout the whole writing/editing process.

The last time we spoke, you had a five month old and did the bulk of you’re writing in between her naps. How did you organise your writing time for Forever Love?

Not much has changed. Now she’s sixteen months old and the only time that I get to sit down at the computer and write is when she’s in bed. I usually worked on Forever from 7pm-10pm before heading to bed, so that I could get some sleep for the day job the next day unless it was my day off, then I’d stay up a little bit later to write.

 As a reader, what can we expect from Forever Love?forever-love-bk-2-flat

I don’t want to give away any spoilers for readers that haven’t read the first novel, so I’m just going to paste the back cover copy here.

Cyn Clark never believed in such a thing as fate, but not soon after starting classes, and beginning a  new life away from her parents, she meets James Lucas. She’d never been very good at relationships, but James is different. The two of them quickly fall in love . As soon, as Cyn finally gets used to college life, and is comfortable with James, life throws them a curveball. Now, they are both hiding secrets, that if they don’t come out, the relationship won’t survive.

And finally, if you could be another character for the day – who would you be?

I’d have to pick Joey Potter, played by Katie Holmes, from Dawsons Creek. She’s torn between two guys, but  despite that, she doesn’t let love rule her and still lives her own life and pursues her dreams and doesn’t follow the guy around like a lost puppy. She’s a strong woman and I was able to relate to her through all six seasons of the television show. I wish that I could write a character like her in one of my novels. 

Thank you for being here today Katie.

~Where to find Katie Gallagher~

Twitter: @Katie_Gallgher

Facebook

Amazon

Blog

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Forever Love

Out April 10th 2015

Love Missuswolf xxx

Cuppa and a Catch-Up – An Author Interview with … Clare Mackintosh

WEDNESDAY 01st APRIL 2015

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I am delighted to feature on my blog today the lovely Clare Mackintosh, author to the brand new psychological thriller that everyone’s talking about ‘I Let You Go’.

~Author Bio~

Clare MackintoshClare Mackintosh is an author, feature writer and columnist. She has written for The Guardian, Sainsbury’s Magazine, The Green Parent, and many other national publications, and is a columnist for Cotswold Life and Writing Magazine.

Clare spent twelve years in the police force, working on CID, in custody and as a public order commander, and has drawn on her experiences for her début psychological thriller I Let You Go. She is currently writing her second novel.

~Synopsis~

A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn’t have prevented it. Could she?

In a split second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everythingI Let You Go she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever.

Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating . . .

~Thoughts~

2015 has haphazardly seen my reading habits drift toward the psychological thriller. The pleasure I receive for these books toying with my mind is exquisite – I get a kick out of reading material messing with my brain.

And I Let You Go is not one to disappoint.

The story itself is an extremely good concept – however it’s the structure, the style of narration and the writing that make it breath-taking. It’s a book that not only has a great twist, it’s full of surprises.

The depth in which we’re allowed into the minds of the character’s and what makes some of them tick is what makes this such a great psychological thriller. It allows us a greater understanding of the big picture.

We’re even privy to a glimpse into Detective Inspector Ray Stevens life; we get to experience his struggles not only investigating the incident, but within his own family as well. 

The final pages of the story catapult us into an extremely tense and emotional ending. The pace doesn’t give you the opportunity to put the book down – you’re yearning for the next chapter, the next sentence, hell you’re even craving the next word.

I’m on a spate of reading such good psychological thriller’s and I Let You Go is no exception to the rule.

In fact, it’s as if it wrote the rule.

So grab that cuppa and snuggle in as we get to know more about Clare Mackintosh …

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What was the inspiration behind ‘I Let You Go’?

Many years ago, when I joined the police, a young boy was killed by joyriders on an estate in Oxford. It was a terrible crime and the offenders were never caught. I tried to think how it would feel to be responsible for something so horrific, but not coming forward, and couldn’t begin to imagine how the child’s mother felt. The hit and run that starts I Let You Go is very different, and the subsequent story is not at all the story of that boy from Oxford, but I thought of him and his family often when I was writing the book. I wanted to explore what motivates people to commit and conceal crime, and I wanted to create characters that weren’t straight forward.  

How would you compare writing this book with anything you have previously written?

My first book was a romantic comedy called Hot Property. I worked with a great literary agent who really helped me develop the story, but after a year or so it became clear this wasn’t the right book. I had a yearning to write something much grittier, and as soon as I started I Let You Go it felt right. When it was finished I signed with a different literary agent and worked on a rewrite before she submitted it to publishers.   


One thing that impressed me with ‘I Let You Go’ was the structure of the story – I thought it was incredibly clever. Without giving too much away about the storyline, how did you plan this out?

Thank you! I’m obsessed with structure and dissect everything I read, or watch on television. I love seeing how stories are put together. With I Let You Go I started in the middle, where I had a really clear idea of what I wanted the story to do, then I worked out from there. I knew how the book started, and I was fairly certain I knew how it ended, so it was a question of filling in the gaps! With psychological thrillers it’s all about the pace, so I had to drop in pointers that would keep a reader turning the page, without giving away the plot!

How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurned you on?

I’ve always written: I have a diary I kept when I was seven, and a fictionalised account of a family holiday in which I detail our ‘intrepid’ explorations of a campsite in Yorkshire. I wasn’t encouraged to consider writing as a career (and doubt I’d have made a success of it, back then), but carried on writing bits and pieces throughout the years. When I was pregnant I took over as editor of the local NCT newsletter and loved writing columns and putting together features. I started a blog which quickly gained followers, and from that was invited to write a column for a regional magazine. Gradually I began pitching features to other publications until 2011 when I left the police to write full-time.

Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?

I have several! My regular writing space is my office: a very small room in my house where I have my desk, printer, huge book case, a wall planner and two enormous white boards. At the moment I also have a vast map of the London Underground (research for my next book). When the house is empty I can work quite well in there (although am easily distracted by the internet, a beeping washing machine, or a dog needing a walk) but I find it almost impossible to work when the children are in the house, however quiet they ‘think’ they’re being… I sometimes write in cafes, where I feel obliged to be productive because I’ve spent £2.50 on a latte. My favourite place to write is Chez Castillon, a writing retreat in the South of France, where I write four times as much as at home. If only I could live there all the time!

And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know

When I was 19 and at university I wangled an invitation to Downing Street. I was waitressing at a golf club and was talking to one of the guests who was involved in an award ceremony taking place at the PM’s place. I persuaded him to include me on the guest list, and he sent me an invitation the next day! 

Thank you for being here today Clare and best of luck with the book.

~ Where to find the Author~

Website

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Twitter

 Love Missuswolf xxx 

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Cuppa and a Catch-Up – An Author Interview with … Mischaela Advani

WEDNESDAY 13th AUGUST 2014

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I would like to wish a warm welcome to the lovely Mischaela Advani, author of ‘How To Run In Heels’.

~Author Bio~

authorphotosMischaela Advani is a writer, businesswoman, and UN advocate working to advance women’s rights and equality. She studied Business with a focus in Marketing and Finance at the prestigious Indiana University Kelley School of Business. While in college she was the official liaison between the United Nations Association and Indiana University, and the editor of Primary Source, the university’s oldest student run scholarly publication.  She writes for a variety of publications on business development, women in business, and emerging technology. Mischaela sits on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Fashion Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting Chicago’s thriving fashion community and organizing runway shows and fashion events all over the city. She is married to a hectically busy entrepreneur, and resides in the heart of downtown Chicago with her husband and their English Bulldog Sir Wimbledon.

 

~Book Overview~

How To Run In Heels inspires women to “run in heels” in business and in life. Through the life stories of 30 lady moguls, women can bookcovermockadopt the “running in heels” mentality….which boils down to living your life with power and purpose without compromising what makes women inherently powerful. It might still be a man’s world in many ways, but through learning how to “run in heels” women will discover how to harness their unique gifts and lady power to make 10,000 little cracks in the glass ceilings of politics, business, and the world at large. Running in heels means running the world or running your business with the confidence that comes with owning who you are, as a professional and as a woman whether your heels are Prada or Payless…maybe they’re  even cross-trainers (ala trailblazer and filibuster wonderwoman  Governor Wendy Davis). Glass ceiling…meet stiletto

Now grab that cuppa as we catch up with Mischaela Advani.

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Hi Mischaela and welcome! It’s great to have you here.

Where did the inspiration behind this book come from?

The inspiration for writing this book came from a few different places. I have always admired the witty “chick lit” writing of Plum Sykes (author of cult classic Bergdorf Blondes) and have always torn open my letterbox when the latest issue of Vogue was in it just to read her pieces. Ever since developing an appetite for her work, I’ve wanted to write something in a similar vein. On a separate note, as a woman in tech and a businesswoman, I’ve seldom come across books that are substantial and smart as well as stylish and fun …they are always one or the other. So I decided to pair traditional business literature with what is often known as “chick lit” to speak to a generation of Millennial women who are making their own rules in business and in life.

I’m inspired by women who create the world they live in, and these women run the gamut from Madame CJ Walker to Lady Gaga. I wanted to distill their life stories and words of wisdom into a beach read, a light hearted and fun book that women can read on their planes or in their salons.

How would you compare writing this book with anything you have previously written?

This book is definitely a departure from my previous pieces, as I’ve never written anything slightly humorous. I’ve done a great deal of fashion journalism, as a member of the Board of Directors for the Chicago Fashion Foundation and as a writer …but this is my first venture into the business coaching/self-improvement arena. It’s definitely my authentic editorial voice, which was really cathartic to get out …too often I’ve had to write for a more conservative and affluent reader who is a bit older. I’m glad to be able to be a bit audacious in my first book.

How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurned you on?

As a child I was enamoured of writing, and always knew I’d be an author. I’ve written or edited semi-professionally since college. I was the editor of my university’s oldest scholarly journal, Primary Source, a publication that has been around since the 1820s. It was through reading all of the beautifully written research and op-ed pieces that I truly dug into my love of words.. As I said before, Plum Sykes is one of my biggest inspirations in terms of writing. I truly identify with her editorial voice and feel a lot of her influence in my own writing. Through reading her pieces in Vogue and re-reading her novels, the fire within me to write grew bigger and bigger.

How do you organise your writing time?

I tend to organize my writing time based on how creative I am feeling at the time. For me, it doesn’t matter how busy I am or what I have going on. Some days are just “writing days”, as most writers would probably also say. Some days the words pour out like a monsoon, and other days you’d be hard pressed to squeeze out a sentence or two.

Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?

I might be the oddball, but I tend to love to write in public. Give me sidewalk or terrace seating at a little café and I’m set. I think the energy of people working and chatting around me helps me focus on what I want to say. The change of scenery as opposed to the same navy blue walls of my apartment helps me crank out good work. I realize I’m in the minority, as most writers tend to write by candlelight at their wooden desks late at night, but I’m happiest with a cappuccino and a laptop in the sunshine.

And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know.

Not many people know that I’m a speed reader. I can read, on average, about 600+ words per minute and definitely go much faster when I’m in a hurry or very engaged with a book. I’ve finished entire novels in 2 hours or less. In college, it definitely came in handy both at Primary Source and in my coursework.

Thank you for being here today Mischaela.

~Where to find Mischaela~

Twitter: @mischaelaadvani 

Web: http://www.mischaela.mobi/

Blog: http://howtoruninheels.tk/  (the blog ties in with the book)

Book Twitter Handle: @runinheelsbook

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 Love Missuswolf xxx

 

Cuppa and a Catch-Up – An Author Interview with … Sylvia Stein

WEDNESDAY 21st MAY 2014

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I would like to wish a warm welcome to the lovely Sylvia Stein, a fellow GoTeamPIF member who is working on her first solo novella, Closure.

~Author Bio~

My name is Sylvia Stein and I am a native of Brownsville, Texas and I have always loved writing and always dreamt of publishing my own stories one day. I have worked as an educator in Texas and North Carolina. I have also written poetry on poetry.com.Sylvia Stein

In 2012 I joined an Incredible Writer’s group on linked in. Thanks to this group I was able to publish my first set of 4 stories which launched on Amazon in February 2013 Book One, Giant Tales Beyond Mystic Doors and her second Anthology with another set of 4 stories entitled Giant Tales from the Misty Swamp which launched in August 2013 thanks to my Writer’s group 750 started by the wonderful Heather Marie Schuldt.

However, I would also like to add that I would of never kept on pursuing my writing if it were not from the support of authors like Melissa Foster, and The World Literary Cafe (WLC Community) that paves the way for other authors, Melissa’s Awesome Support Team, Sass Cadeaux, Exchange Fan Page, Tammie Clarke Gibbs and Share an Excerpt Virtual e-book fair and last but not least my amazing family and friends and my faith in God. I currently reside in the town of Fuquay, Varina NC with my beloved and supportive husband Jeremy and my three wonderful children.

Closure is my very first novella and I really hope you will enjoy it!

~Synopsis~

Sara James was an only child who loved the world and life. Sadly, her world came to a screeching halt upon the news of her mother’s tragic death.

Devastated by the loss of his wife, Garrison neglects his daughter and turns to the bottle for solace.

Desperate to feel loved and wanted, Sara tries to pickup the pieces of what was left of her family. Sadly, no matter how hard she tried, her father continued his lust for the bottle and spiraled down a dark and abusive path.

Once removed from her home, Sara tries to pickup what was left of her life and begins to live again. She becomes a successful caterer and fights to maintain her promise to never look back.

A phone call threatens to end Sara’s promise.

Garrison is on his deathbed and he is asking for his daughter. Will Sara face her father? Will she reject his request or will she finally fight back and tell him what she really thinks of him?

Closure is a must read journey of the heart. Grab your copy in 2014!

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Let’s find out a bit more about Sylvia …

Hi Sylvia and welcome!!

First and Foremost thank you Gemma for your kind words and so Happy to be here!

Where did the inspiration behind Closure come from?

The inspiration behind Closure came from people I have met through my life that are estranged from one of their family members whether it be a mother, father, brother, sister etc.   I began to write Sara James story in one of my writing classes and then another fellow writer said how great it would be if I expanded this story into a novella.

How would you compare writing this story with anything you’ve previously written?

Writing this story can not be compared to anything I have ever written since the previous were all short stories and Sara’s character and the emotional journey that she goes through was powerful and profound. I think there are many who will relate to her story.

How do you manage your writing time?

I tell you it is not easy being a wife and mother of three. However, I love writing so I make time by working on it late In the night, and in the weekends. I always find some time to write.

How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurned you on? Closure

I started writing as early as 7 years of age. It was a way to create a new world and travel within my characters. I think the book that spoke to me was when I was in High School and I read, “ To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I tell you the message that this book created for me as a reader was something that instilled a passion to want to create stories one day that would make a difference and take the reader on a journey with their words.

Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?

I work best in my office late at night and I need to listen to my music – classical, ballads, rock, etc. Without music I can’t work.

And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know.

I love to sing and I have also written some songs. I do not play instruments but I hear the melody in my head and create music.

Thank you for being here today Sylvia.

Thank you so much for having me!

~Where to find Sylvia Stein~

Facebook

Twitter: @sylvia_stein07

WordPress Blog

Anthologies:

Giant Tales Beyond The Mystic Doors: Four Stories

Giant Tales From The Misty Swamp: Four Stories

Giant Tales Lava Storm In The Neighbourhood: One Story
Closure
 Love Missuswolf xxx

Cuppa and a Catch-Up – An Author Interview with … Michelle Saint-Germain Weidenbenner

MONDAY 19th MAY 2014

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I would like to wish a warm welcome to the lovely Michelle Weidenbenner – Amazon bestselling author of SCATTERED LINKS and CACHE a PREDATOR. Scattered Links is only 99 cents to buy today on Amazon!

~Author Bio~

Michelle grew up in the burbs of Detroit with five brothers. No sisters. Each time her mom brought the boy bundle home from the hospital she cried, certain her mom liked boys better than girls. But when her brothers pitched in with the cooking, cleaning, and babysitting, without drama, she discovered having brothers wasn’t so bad. They even taught her how to Michelle SGW Author Pictake direct criticism without flinching, which might come in handy with book reviews.

When she’s not writing she’s winning ugly on the tennis court. She’s known as “Queen of the Rim Shots.”

No joke. It’s ugly.

Her debut novel, Cache a Predator is a geocaching mystery and an Amazon bestseller in the thriller/crime category.

Scattered Links (initially titled Love is Just a Word) was the winner of the 2013 Aspiring Writers Competition, sponsored by Write on Con and The Reading Room.

Michelle blogs at Random Writing Rants where she teaches and encourages writers how to get published

 

~Scattered Links~

Scattered Links

Book Description:

Scattered Links is a novel that pulls its characters from the gutters and, in the end, celebrates the tenacity of the human spirit.

Thirteen-year-old Oksana lives on the streets of Russia with her pregnant mama and abusive aunt—both prostitutes. When Mama swells into labor, Oksana makes a decision to save herself from abandonment, a decision that torments her forever. When her plan fails and her aunt dumps her in an orphanage, she never has the chance to say goodbye to her mama or tell her the secret that haunts her.

Scattered Links is a story of family and the consequences that come from never learning how to love, of a girl’s inability to bond with her adopted family and the frustrations that follow.

How can a child understand the mechanics of forming a healthy relationship when she never had a mother who answered her cries, held her when she was frightened, fed her when she was hungry, or loved her unconditionally?

Only when the child meets a rescued abused horse, and recognizes the pain in his eyes, does she begin to trust again.

Now grab that cuppa and get settled as we chat to Michelle Saint-Germain Weidenbenner …

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Hi Michelle and welcome today!

Where did the inspiration behind ‘Scattered Links’ come from?

In 1997 we traveled to Russia to adopt our daughter from an orphanage, so some of the story came from what I saw and the families and therapists I interviewed since then.

CACHE-Book-CoverHow would you compare writing this book with anything that you have written previously?

It’s totally different. My debut novel, CACHE a PREDATOR, was a thriller. The other books I’ve written are about kids—some with super powers. This novel is multi-cultural and reads like nonfiction.

How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurned you on?

My parents often encouraged my writing. After we adopted Olivia I didn’t want to go back to work full time so I decided to try my luck at writing for magazines. That was more difficult then I thought. So I attended Taylor University in Ft. Wayne, Indiana—an hour from my home. I had a bachelor’s degree in business, but I wanted to learn more about how to write fiction, too. It was a blast. I love going to college. One of my friends once called me a consummate learner. I want to learn something every day.

Scattered LinksHow do you organize your writing time?

Honestly? Not very well. Ha! It’s always a struggle because I work at home and my family thinks I can cook, clean, and wash their dirty underwear. Sometimes all that living invades my writing time. I’m better if I make goals for myself. During NaNoWriMo I rock the words out, but my family suffers.

Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?

We recently moved into a home that has a large room over the garage. It was used as a play room by the previous owners, but I’m going to make it into my cave so I can go in and shut the doors (there are double ones) and pretend I’m not at home, but in some far-away place where no one can find me.

Also, I’m going to paint one large wall with paint that can be used as a dry erase board. I can scribble with markers on it and wipe it off when I change my mind. Have you heard of this type of paint? It’s different than a blackboard/chalkboard. Won’t that be cool? I will plot my story line on the wall. I love visuals. It’s going to be a blast once I get it all going.

And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know.

I can be mechanically inclined. When I was a teenager my dad made me learn how to change a tire, my oil and filter, and the spark plugs in my car. Back then spark plugs had to be checked and I couldn’t afford someone else to do it for me. (What can I say? I’m old.)

Now when I have to put something together I’m not intimidated. Plus, there’s You Tube Videos that can show you how to do just about anything. I love that!

However, I do have my tech ‘tard moments, but when I look at how far I’ve come in the social media world I think I’m doing better than others. I’m proud of that. We’re never too old to stop learning.

Thanks for being here today Michelle – I love the idea of your dry erase board for a wall it sounds amazing!  

~Where to find Michelle Saint-Germain Weidenbenner~

Blog: Random Writing Rants

Teaching adults and teens how to get published

Website

Facebook 

Twitter: @MWeidenbenner1

Goodreads

Scattered Links

M. Weidenbenner

Young adult contemporary, multi-cultural

 Pages: 256

 ISBN: 978-1494366957 

 Ebook: ISBN: 978-0-9894049-3-8

 Cover artist: Avalon Graphics

 Random Publishing LLC

Buy on Amazon today for 99 cents!

~Endorsement~

“CAPTIVATING!

SCATTERED LINKS takes you down the street of nearly any Eastern European town, arm-in-arm with the orphaned. Michelle has captured the beauty and horror millions of children live everyday. The attention to detail is impressive. Having lived in a post-Soviet country for a time, visiting orphaned children, this fictional account rings with truth, from the heart-wrenching pain of abandonment to the realization of self-worth, and the love family and faith brings. Thank you for such an uplifting book, appropriate for the young reader, as well as adult. May your heart be encouraged, as mine was.”

Kim de Blecourt, speaker and award-winning author of “Until We All Come Home: A Harrowing Journey, a Mother’s Courage, a Race to Freedom”

Reviews

Check out the fab Book Trailer for ‘Scattered Links’ here:

 

 

You can also check out the Book Trailer for ‘Cache a Predator’ here too:

 

 


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Cuppa and a Catch-up – An Author Interview with … Andrea Buginsky

WEDNESDAY 23rd APRIL 2014

I would like to welcome back Andrea Buginsky, a lovely lady who I featured on my blog back in September 2012 and June 2013.  Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer and author. “The Chosen,” a middle-grade fantasy novelette, was her first book, followed by “My Open Heart,” an autobiography about growing up with heart disease. Andrea is currently working on NEW AVALON, a YA fantasy series. Book 1, “Destiny,” is available on Amazon. To learn more about Andrea, visit her on her website.

~Author Bio~

Andrea HeadshotAndrea Buginsky is a freelance writer living with a congenital heart defect.
 
She has enjoyed writing since she was a kid. When she went to college, she decided to turn it into a career, and earned her BA in Journalism. She has been freelance writing for several years now.
 
Andrea has always wanted to write a book, and decided she wanted to write for children. She loves fantasy movies like “The Lord of the Rings” and “Harry Potter,” so she decided to try her hand at writing one of her own.
 
Andrea’s first publication is “The Chosen,” a middle-grade fantasy she worked on for about three years. It was published by Solstice Publishing on December 14, 2010. The second book in THE CHOSEN series, “Nature’s Unbalance,” was published on July 17, 2012. 
 
Andrea is currently writing a new series, NEW AVALON, a YA fantasy. Book 1, DESTINY, is now available. She is currently writing the second, FATE.
 
Andrea has also published , “My Open Heart,” an autobiography about growing up with heart disease. Her hope is that it will give encouragement to young adults growing up with heart disease, or other chronic illnesses, as well as parents of children growing up with heart disease.
 
Andrea lives in the Kansas City, KS area. She grew up in Florida, but.is originally from NJ.
 
To read more about Andrea, please visit her website.
~Synopsis~
Halli thought she was just another dwarf, living a quiet life in Drumple, her village on Phantasma. WhenThe Chosen Cover Final Queen Laurali of the elves shows up, Halli’s entire life changes. She learns the truth about herself, and must quickly adapt to being a Holy Paladin in order to join The Chosen, a group of warriors selected for a mission to save Phantasma.Now, Halli must face her biggest fears and learn to believe in herself, as will her companions. Will The Chosen be able to come together to save their world from the evil that is set on destroying it? Only time will tell.
Grab that cuppa and packet of biscuits as we catch up with Andrea Buginsky.
Hi Andrea and welcome back! It’s great to have you here again.
You’ve been busy since we last caught up where your project at the time was a new YA Fantasy Series. How is that coming along?
Great! The new series is called New Avalon. I released the first book, Destiny, on September 9. I am currently working on the second book and plan to release it later this year.
Which Authors would you say have had an influence on your writing?
J.K. Rowling and Rick Riordan have been the biggest influences on my writing.
What are you currently reading?
Stepping off a Cliff by Doug Dillon.
What’s your next writing project that you’re going to be working on?
I need to start editing book 3 of The Chosen and then start outlining book 3 of New Avalon. I’m also working on developing a new online book group for teens with several other YA authors, Indie YA Books. You can find us on our website: http://indieyabooks.com/ Right now, we’re having a contest for the best My Pet and Me Selfie photo. Details are on the Competition page of our website. We’re also on Facebook and Twitter. Come check us out!
Thank you for being here today Andrea. 
Thank you so much for having me here today, Gemma! I love visiting with you for a Cuppa and a Catch Up 🙂
~Where to find the author~