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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to share your home with an unearthly spirit who can’t find closure? Living on the edge of a cemetery with souls dating back to the 1700s would be enough to spook anyone, but Naomi finds it oddly romantic, and becomes inspired to write her next novel. Why not, when her muse, Maggie, calls to her from beyond her own window?

After all, the story couldn’t possibly be as complicated as Naomi’s own love life. Torn between Ryan, the mysterious and seemingly perfect man she just started dating, and Bryce, the sexy single dad who recently moved in next door, Naomi must navigate the tangled web of dating—all while trying to solve the mystery of Maggie’s death.

When things turn dangerous, Naomi quickly learns whom she can trust and, more importantly, whom she can’t. Will she be able to write Maggie’s story and finally give Maggie the peace she deserves?

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Character  Interview for Naomi

DDB- Hi Naomi. It’s a pleasure having you with us today. Let’s get started. Can I just say that you’ve had a very busy time lately! Tell us about it.

Naomi- Hi there. Thanks for having me here. Yes, I guess you could say I’ve been pretty busy. I don’t want to give anything from the story away, but let’s just say that I have recently finished writing the most amazing story AND I helped some amazing people get the justice they deserved.

DDB-  So you’re a writer?

Naomi- Yes, and this particular story will stay with me forever. The past several months have been frightening, heartbreaking and beautiful, if you can imagine that.  Maggie’s spirit came to me, begging me to help solve a cold case and give her peace and closure. How could I resist? Maggie is a beautiful but tortured soul. I simply had no choice but to help and I couldn’t stop until I gave Maggie the justice she deserved.

DDB-  Sounds fascinating. I’ve heard that you met someone recently and fell in love. Is that true?

Naomi- Oh, that’s true. I met someone very special but it took me a while to figure things out. Let’s just say I was confused about the men in my life for a while.

DDB- Oh, come on. Who is it? Don’t leave us hanging like that!

Naomi- Sorry, if you want to find out, you’ll just have to read the story.

DDB-  Wow- you have been busy! Dealing with ghosts, a love triangle and helping to solve a cold case?

Naomi- Well, yes.

DDB- I hope you have a chance to relax now that your book is written and all.

Naomi-  Oh, I don’t think so. I’m starting to find out when you live on the edge of a cemetery, there’s not much chance for relaxing.

DDB- Wait- are you saying there’s more to the story?

Naomi- Let’s just say there might be a little bit more I have to add to my story now.

DDB- Are you saying that you’re working on a sequel to Maggie?

Naomi- (winks)

DDB- I can’t wait to hear more about that. For now, try to take some time to relax and enjoy that new boyfriend.  It’s been wonderful having you here.

Naomi- I’ll try. (laughs)  Thanks again for having me.

 

 

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Mya O’Malley was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, where she currently lives with her husband, daughter and three step-daughters. The family also consists of a boxer, Destiny, and a ragdoll cat named Colby. Mya earned an undergraduate degree in special education and a graduate degree in reading and literacy. She works as a special education teacher and enjoys making a difference in the lives of her students.

Mya’s passion is writing; she has been creating stories and poetry since she was a child. Mya spends her free time reading just about anything she can get her hands on. She is a romantic at heart and loves to create stories with unforgettable characters. Mya likes to travel; she has visited several Caribbean Islands, Mexico and Costa Rica. Mya is currently working on her ninth novel.

 

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Negative Review: Shutter by Laurie Faria Stolarz — Hit or Miss Books

Shutter by Laurie Faria Stolarz My rating: 2 of 5 stars Received: Hachette Book Group Canada Publication Date: October 18th 2016 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative Recommended Age: 10+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mystery, (Bad) Romance, Contemporary BLURB: Seventeen-year-old Day Baker views life through the lens of her […]

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Tour for Rose Delacroix and the Lost Eye of the Serpent

Blog TourAugust 12-23

I know this sounds crazy when I say it, but I think my sister Rose really is Sherlock Holmes.  How else can I credit what she achieved, during that long, strange summer of 1893?  And when she was still only a girl of fifteen, no less?  I mean, who ever heard of a girl of fifteen being a Detective?

The trouble started quickly.  My family and I were minding our own business (that business being the opening of our hotel, the Delacroix), when the Emerald Serpent jewels showed up.  They had come all the way from China, but they weren’t in our hotel safe for even twenty-four hours before somebody stole them.  What’s worse, the blame for their theft fell right on my brother Bill, who was minding the hotel front desk when the jewels disappeared.  Pretty soon, it seemed as though the whole town of Hope Springs was out to get him.  Our hotel business fell right off, what with everybody in the area believing that the Delacroix family was a bunch of thieves.  Dad was afraid we might even have to sell off our hotel.

But then Rose stepped in.  Rose was interested in the Sherlock Holmes stories, and more than anything she wanted to be a detective when she grew up.  Before I even had time to think about it, Rose and I were both trying to find the person who had really stolen the jewels.  It was the right thing for us to be doing, but I knew we’d have to get it done quick.  Poor Bill was already locked up in the town jail, and I had a bad feeling that if he wasn’t freed soon, some town hothead was going to do something a lot worse than wait for him to go to trial…

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Jeremy Phillips has lived and worked in Spokane, Washington for most of his life.  When he isn’t writing or keeping busy being a father and husband, he works as a Respiratory Therapist at several different hospitals.  He lives in Spokane with his wife, children, dogs, and bonsai trees.  This is his second novel.

 

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Blog Tour w/ #Giveaway Young Knights of the Round Table

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TITLE – Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom

AUTHOR – Cheryl Carpinello

GENRE – Middle Grade Arthurian Legend

PUBLICATION DATE –2016/2012

LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 120 Pages

PUBLISHER – Beyond Today Educator

COVER ARTIST – Kaytalin Platt

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Book Blurb

Three friends. Three quests. Three mysterious predictions.

In medieval Wales, eleven-year-old Prince Gavin, thirteen-year-old orphan Philip, and fifteen-year-old blacksmith’s apprentice Bryan are brought together in friendship by one they call the Wild Man. When an advisor to the king is killed and a jewelled medallion is stolen from the king’s treasury, the Wild Man is accused of the theft and murder. Filled with disbelief at the arrest of the Wild Man, the three friends embark upon a knight’s quest to save their friend’s life. To succeed, the three must confront their fears and insecurities, and one of them will have to disclose the biggest secret of all. Join Gavin, Philip, and Bryan on their quest and share the adventures that await them in the land of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

Formats: All eBooks formats and paperback

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I am a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those young-at-heart to read more through my Quest Books set in these worlds.

Also please visit my other sites: Carpinello’s Writing Pages where I interview Childrens/Tween/MG/YA authors; and The Quest Books where I’ve teamed up with Fiona Ingram from South Africa and Wendy Leighton-Porter of Abu Dhabi to enable readers to find our Ancient and Medieval quest books in one place.

 

 

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My Top 10 Ancient and Classic Books in Literature

  1. The Iliad/The Odyssey by Homer
  2. The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides by Aeschylus
  3. The Aeneid by Virgil
  4. Oedipus by Sophocles
  5. Antigone by Sophocles
  6. Shakespeare’s Tragedies
  7. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  8. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  9. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  10. Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Mallory

 

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Book Blast #Giveaway for Tutanhamen Speaks

Book Blast Tutankhamen Speaks

BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – Tutankhamen Speaks

SERIES – The Quest Books Companion to Sons of the Sphinx

AUTHOR – Cheryl Carpinello

GENRE – Historical Fiction Ancient Civilizations

PUBLICATION DATE –Jan. 2014

LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 80 pages

PUBLISHER – Beyond Today Educator

COVER ARTIST – Rita Toews – http://www.yourebookcover.com

NOTE – If this book is part of a series please advise if the book(s) must be read in order or if the book(s) can be read as a standalone.

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2014 EVVY Merit Award for Historical Fiction from CIPA (Colorado Independent Publishers Assoc.)

Long ago the old texts of ancient Egypt alluded to scrolls in which King Tut spoke to the people from beyond the tomb. Many archeologists put this down to an incorrect translation of the ancient Egyptian texts. Others swore to the accuracy of the translation. None of that mattered because the scrolls in question could not be found. Scholars labeled it a hoax, something that never existed. It was ludicrous to imagine someone speaking from the grave. They were wrong on both accounts.

 

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AMAZON KINDLE US –http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E18KH46

AMAZON KINDLE CA – http://www.amazon.ca/Tutankhamen-Speaks-Cheryl-Carpinello-ebook/dp/B00E18KH46/

AMAZON KINDLE UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00E18KH46

AMAZON PAPERBACK – http://www.amazon.com/Tutankhamen-Speaks-Quest-Books-Companion/dp/149615536X

BARNES & NOBLES NOOK – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tutankhamen-speaks-cheryl-carpinello/1118847147

BARNES & NOBLES PAPERBACK – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tutankhamen-speaks-cheryl-carpinello/1118847147

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ITUNES – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tutankhamen-speaks/id833570493?mt=11

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I am a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those young-at-heart to read more through my Quest Books set in these worlds.

Also please visit my other sites: Carpinello’s Writing Pages where I interview Childrens/Tween/MG/YA authors; and The Quest Books where I’ve teamed up with Fiona Ingram from South Africa and Wendy Leighton-Porter of Abu Dhabi to enable readers to find our Ancient and Medieval quest books in one place.

 

AUTHOR FOLLOW LINKS

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE – http://www.amazon.com/Cheryl-Carpinello/e/B002GGGZY6

WEBSITE –Main – http://www.beyondtodayeducator.com

WEBSITE –Shared – http://www.adventurequestbooks.com

BLOG – http://carpinelloswritingpages.blogspot.com/

FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/cheryl.carpinello1

TWITTER – https://twitter.com/ccarpinello

GOOGLE+ – https://plus.google.com/110918922081424857545/

PINTEREST – http://www.pinterest.com/ccarpine/

GOODREADS – http://www.goodreads.com/cherylcarpinello

FREADO – http://www.freado.com/users/26878/cheryl-carpinello

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Landry in Like Blog Tour @KrystenLindsay

 

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Series Info The Landry’s True Colors Series is a clean reads young adult humor series about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, middle school and high school, frenemies, crushes, and self-image. It’s clean reads book so it’s suitable for ages 10 and up.

Things seem to be going well in Landry Albright’s world—she’s getting invited to be on local talk shows to talk about her modeling career, her best friends have her back, and her boyfriend Vladi has becoming someone she can truly count on…and then everything changes.
Suddenly it seems like most of the girls in school are into hanging out at a new teen dance club, while Landry just wants to spend her weekends playing video games and baking cup-cakes at sleepovers. Then, Yasmin McCarty, the most popular girl in school, starts to come between Landry’s friendship with her best friend Ashanti. Things take a turn when Yasmin tells Vladi that Landry is interested in another boy. Can Landry get her relationships with Ashanti and Vladi back or will she be left out and left behind?

 

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Krysten Lindsay Hager is the author of the Landry’s True Colors Series, a clean reads young adult series and the new ​Star Series. Krysten writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, middle school and high school, frenemies, modeling, crushes, values, and self-image in True Colors, Best Friends…Forever? And Landry in Like, as well as in, Next Door to a Star (Star Series). Her sequel to Next Door to a Star will be out March 22 2016.
Krysten is a book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and writes YA, MG, humor essays, and adult fiction. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in Portugal, South Dakota, and currently resides in southwestern Ohio where you can find her reading and writing when she’s not catching up on her favorite shows. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.
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Facts about Landry in Like

The scene where Landry and Peyton are too intimidated to go into the restroom at the teen dance club happened to me, but when I was older and in college. My friend and I were at a club in downtown Flint called The Metro. She opened the bathroom door and all these older girls gave us the once over. She shut the door and we scurried back to our table.

I have a lot of bookish readers, so the bookstore scene where Landry goes wild checking out the new classic covers and all the books and accessories was in honor of them.

I wrote the scene where Landry’s backstage at the modeling shoot getting maced with hair spray and stabbed with hair pins because I really hated going through that for modeling photo shoots. I did get maced in the face before and was freaking out I would go blind from hairspray. I still hate hairspray and the smell of it due to that.

The Skylar Halston computer games the girls are obsessed with are like the Nancy Drew games I used to play—who am I kidding? I still play them. I imagine Skylar as being as sort of a CIA agent type who solves mysteries. Landry and her friends have grown up with this series and are still obsessed with it like I was with book series like: Sweet Valley High, Nancy Drew, etc.

The sleepy puppy pants are based on my sister’s sleepy sheep pants that had little cartoon sheep in sleep caps drinking tea. I called them her “sheepy” pants. She wore them in her college dorm and everyone stared at her and she was so embarrassed she never wore them again…which is how I inherited them. Landry’s embarrassment over them is based on my sister’s.

Landry’s grandma is slightly based on my own. My grandma and I had the same mannerisms and it wasn’t until someone pointed it out that I realized how much alike we were right down to the way we stand. Landry’s middle name is Lilyanne, which is a mix of my grandmother’s and mother’s names.

People always ask if I ever ran into a Yasmin McCarty type in my life. Yup, there were a few times when I was in high school where I had mean girls who would talk about me and cause trouble for me with guys. I knew how uncomfortable Landry felt when having to be around Yasmin in school when writing those scenes.

I wrote about Landry going on talk shows because I did some shows last year. The line where Ashanti tells her to take a cough drop just in case Landry throws up from nerves, came from a friend who joked about Landry’s nervous stomach getting the better of her in book one and she told me to take cough drops. I did and posted a pic of the cough drops on Instagram.

Landry’s hair gets messed up right before she goes on live TV and the same thing happened to me. We both rounded a corner and hit wind tunnel-like winds. It was not cute.

I’ve had people say you can hear my mom and me talking in the scenes where Landry and her mom have conversations. I think there’s also a lot of influence from professors I’ve had in the Mrs. Albright character. You can also hear my dad in the Mr. Albright scenes.

I cried when I wrote the scene where Landry’s grandma makes Ashanti’s grandmother’s macaroni and cheese. When Ashanti cries—oh that got me every single time I read it during the editing process.

 

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Top 10 Favorite Things by Krysten Lindsay Hager

1) My Kindle: I love being able to take over a hundred books with me at once. If I’m being honest, the best part about having a Kindle is that if you check out a library book with it, you don’t have to worry about the same things as you would if you borrowed a physical book—such as if the person who read it before you liked to read while sitting on the toilet.

2) Journals: I can never have enough cute notebooks and journals to write it. Sometimes I decide to devote a journal to one thing, then I rationalize that nothing else but that story can be written in it, therefore I must go buy another new one.

3) American Dad: This show has gotten me through so much. I watch it to escape the bad times and to laugh when I need time off. I catch several episodes of it during the week on Cartoon Network and on TBS. Roger the Alien is my spirit animal. I quote the show more than anything else.

4) Pepsi. It is my headache reliever, my comforter, my soother. I drink the real sugar kind and freak out when the store doesn’t have any in stock.

5) Detroit Lions football: yes, they break my heart every single season and yes, I should have learned from the fact my father and grandfather before him also suffered watching season after thankless season. I have to take some responsibility because it’s me who keeps going back. When I was sad watching the first game that was played after my dad passed my mom said, “Well, we have to imagine heaven is better than a Lions game and if it’s not then we’ve all been seriously oversold.”

6) Pacifica soy candles in Lotus Garden: I’m not sure how many I’ve gone through of these, but this is my favorite scent. I also like pairing it with Sandalwood. I imagine the Sandalwood candle is what Ronaldo would smell like…not that I’ve thought about that sort of thing.

7) Terra Sweet Potato Chips: I can’t have regular potato chips, but I can eat sweet potatoes, so finding these was like finding the holy grail of snacking.

8) Nail polish: In Landry in Like,I say that Ashanti is on the never ending quest to find the perfect opaque lavender nail polish. This is my own personal mission in life. I came close once years ago and then they discontinued that shade. One day…one day…

9) My phone: I’m always on my phone checking Instagram, my messages, playing music, and even reading if I’m traveling. But I hate voicemail. Don’t leave me voicemails. Also, don’t read me addresses or spell things to me over the phone. I can’t stand that. I think that comes from having to do that so much in my journalist days. Just text me, email me the info, or hire a sky writer, but don’t say, “Do you have a pen nearby? Can you write this down?”

10) Diana’s Bananas: I am addicted to these frozen chocolate dipped bananas on a stick. I call them choccie bananas and I cannot live without them.

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The thought of going out on an actual date with Vladi was like a dream, but the reality of it was a little scary. What if I did something wrong or — worse — stupid-

 

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Series: The Masters M.C. Book: #1

Subtitle: Property Of

Author: B.B. Blaque

Genre: M.C. Romance/BDSM/Erotica/Suspense

Release Date: February 9th, 2016


Blurb:
A Riches to Doo Rags Story
Sometimes the wrong side of the tracks is the right place to be.
The Masters M.C. #1-Property Of

Fall in love with Tuesday and Colt…and with the Masters M.C.

Embark on a journey that begins with a dusty pair of boots and a near collision on the side of a foggy, country road.

Meet a different kind of American motorcycle club—part outlaw, part BDSM Master, all code and heart.

Tuesday has been running on empty for years, that changes when she almost literally collides with Colt, the president of THE MASTERS M.C.
A born outlaw, Colt has created something new, and Tuesday finds herself wondering if the
sexy, tattooed biker is a sinner, or saint, as she rides on the back of his Harley,
into a world she could never imagine.

Running from a past she didn’t want, one she didn’t dare know, and fearing for her life. She learns NOT ALL FAMILY IS BLOOD related, and some of the deepest roots are forged in LEATHER, INK & CHROME.

When a suit wearing PSYCHOPATH from the past comes to claim her, she glimpses first-hand the protection her new, leather-clad family has to offer.

WITNESS…
The initial buds form on the family tree, and the brutal, suspenseful ride toward the birth of a new breed of biker.

FEEL…
As the first seeds are sown to grow the sassy, would-be debutante, into the slave Colt knows will make the bloodshed worthwhile.

LEARN…
Along with Tuesday, what both lifestyles are really about, on her journey to becoming…PROPERTY OF
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About the author

I live the BDSM lifestyle, as a submissive, and have for many years, so when I write it comes from knowledge of the subject matter. I have also been involved, in some way, with bikers, and motorcycle clubs since I was a teenager. What I write doesn’t come from research; it comes from living the lifestyles and writing what I know.

I write beautifully flawed characters who ultimately find, perfection is not a prerequisite. Our flaws are what make us unique and some flaws complement each other better than others.

I love BDSM (Male dominant/female submissive.) There’s something that just feels so right about a man wearing the pants (especially when he wears them well and fills them nicely.) I am interested in the psychological aspects of relationships in general and especially when there is a power-exchange dynamic.

My world would stopping revolving if not for heavy rock music (and the wonderfully talented people who make it.) Music and it’s makers will definitely be strongly visible in my work. I listen, I remember…I listen, I’m inspired…to write…to love…to fuck…to live.

I hope I will weave these things together in ways people will enjoy and connect with.

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Not Even Death #1-Eternally Your Master-

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Not Even Death #2-Still Your Master

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Not Even Death #3-Always Your Master

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Pure Blog Tour

BlogTour Pure by Catherine Mesick

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Sixteen-year-old Katie Wickliff lives quietly in the small town of Elspeth’s Grove, unaware of the troubled past that forced her grandmother to flee Russia with her when Katie was only a child. When people in the town begin to disappear, and Katie’s own home is attacked by a terrifying creature, Katie and her grandmother return to Russia to find answers.

Pursuing them is the handsome William – who just might be a vampire. Katie discovers that William is indeed partially a vampire, but he is also one of the Sidh, an ancient clan whose members are gifted with great power – a clan to which Katie’s deceased mother also belonged.

Soon, Katie discovers that her mother’s seemingly natural death was actually murder, and she is forced to confront the question she wants to face the least: Is William her otherworldly protector, or is he the dark creature who killed her mother eleven years ago?

 

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Catherine Mesick is the author of the three books in the Pure series, and she is currently at work on the fourth. She enjoys ice skating, reading Agatha Christie novels, and spending time with her family. Catherine lives in Silver Spring, MD.

 

 

 

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1) What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

The hardest thing was just having the discipline to stick to deadlines and meet my writing goals each day. There’s always something you could do around the house, or an errand you need to run. You have to tell yourself that you aren’t going anywhere or doing anything until you get your writing done. I’ve heard you can tell much a writer is procrastinating by how clean his/her house is.

 

2) If you could meet any one of your characters who would it be and why?

I would definitely like to meet Simon. He reminds me a little bit of one of my friends, and I would like to tell him in a very nice way that he’s a little too stuck in the past. It’s wonderful to have cherished memories from childhood, but there are also good things ahead for him in the future. I’d like to tell him that he’ll miss out if he’s always looking backward.

 

3) How did you come up with the idea for this book series?

I was inspired by two things—Russian folklore and Fabergé eggs. I remember looking at a picture of a red-and-gold Fabergé egg and thinking that it looked like it was actually magic. And that became the basis for the ‘clear fire’ that appears in the books. And I’d always loved Russian folktales—they feature a lot of strong, beautiful heroines who go on dangerous quests. I wanted to bring that same sense of magic and adventure to the Pure series.

 

4) What’s your next writing project?

I’m actually working on two things at the moment. I’m working on the next book in the Pure series, which is titled Ghost Girl, and I’m also working on a series of four supernatural short stories based on the seasons. Once the short stories are done, I’m going to post them for free on my website, http://catherinemesick.blogspot.com/.

 

5) What is the best way for readers to talk to you and stuff?

The best way to contact me is through Twitter (@CatherineMesick), or through my website, http://catherinemesick.blogspot.com/. I’m on both of those every day, and I love to meet new people .

 

Guest Post

Katie’s Russian Tea Cakes

I’ve never been much of a baker, but my protagonist, Katie Wickliff, is actually a very good one—when she gets the opportunity. Her grandmother largely disapproves of sweets . But when Katie’s hanging out with her friend Charisse, they often end up baking a few sweet treats. This recipe for Russian Tea Cakes is one of Katie’s favorites.

Katie’s Russian Tea Cakes

1 cup butter, softened (not melted)

½ cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup chopped pecans

¼ teaspoon salt

Additional powdered sugar for rolling

1) Preheat oven to 350 F.

2) In a large bowl, cream butter, ½ cup powdered sugar, and vanilla. Add the flour, pecans, and salt, and stir until just blended.

3) Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place about 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

4) Bake 10-12 minutes (don’t allow cookies to get brown). Remove cookies from sheet and allow them to cool. Then roll cookies in powdered sugar. Once all cookies are coated, roll in sugar a second time.

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Fragments #Poery Blog Tour

 

Blurb:
LIFE; FEEL IT,
SEE IT, TASTE IT
AND KNOW IT
LET THE MUSIC OF
POETRY BEGIN
AND WALK WITH ME
THROUGH THE PAGES OF FRAGMENTS
 
FRAGMENTS SPEAKS
LIFE, THE SWEETER SOFTER, PEACEFUL SIDE THAT HAS SO MUCH PASSION AND LOVE FOR
LIFE.
 
AND
 
FRAGMENTS SPEAKS
OF THE ANGER, HATRED, JUDGEMENT, LACK OF LOVE, AND COMPASSION SEEKING LIFE WITHIN
SOCIETY….
 
THIS IS THE
PIECES OF FRAGMENTS OF SOCIAL ATTITUDE AT ITS BEST AND WORST


 

Excerpt 1:
 I choose America,
to live in this land
That was built on personal choice,
to live under a Constitution,
Of Liberty & Justice & Freedom
for ALL…
I have witness society corrupt…
Liberty & Justice & Freedom
Respect MY privacy,
as I choose not to walk
With what some call
SOCIETY!!
Some say that mine’s all wrong,
That I must live by their rules,
And not my own…
Liberty & Justice & Freedom
Social Graces,
is the simple fact,
That society can kiss my ass!!


 

Excerpt 2:
Shaking the feeling of
the day’s end, only to find a weary line of poetry. Lines break off and trails
end no-where to be found. Only me and the screen with no words to play, just
struggle to express one’s words of thought. Jumping up, running from the
screen, too scared to write what it all means. Lines break off and trails end
no-where to be found. Writer’s block is the enemy when one wants to express,
between hand and screen nothing more exists. The world continues to spin, my
hands continue to type senseless words, that no-one will read. The weary line
of poetry is my only friend, I can speak of secrets and taunting games of
words, but the screen protects. While the line breaks off and the trails end
no-where to be found….
only one, the screen


 

Bio:
Jeniann Bowers was
born in Whitefish, Montana in 1972. She was raised in Eureka, Montana most of
her younger years. She was the youngest of four children and is the only
surviving girl. Jeniann attended Rexford Elementary School her kindergarten
year and the following year she transferred to Eureka Elementary School where
she graduated from the eighth grade in 1987. She attended Lincoln County High
School until her junior year when she moved from Eureka to Medford, Oregon with
her mother and stepfather. Her mother passed away in January 1991, and Jeniann
soon got married and started a family. She was married for 21 years and had
five children. She lost a daughter to SIDS in March 1994. Jeniann has recently
become divorced and is raising her two boys with her daughter’s help. Jeniann’s
youngest son suffers from Autism. J. also suffers from her own disabilities of
Fibromyalgia, physical chronic pain, neuropathy, chronic depression and anxiety.

 

Jeniann attended college at Capella University throughout most of her
writing career. She made both the President’s and Dean’s list for outstanding
academic achievements.

Jeniann is published poetess. Her books have been in the top ten
bestselling list on Amazon in the past and her current ratings stand at 4.5.
She has published the following books: Expressions on Life Book One,
Expressions and Letters, Phraseology and Letters, Collection of 25 Days of
Christmas Poetry, Poems, Dreams & More, Poetry Is…???, Poetry: The
Lighter Side of Silliness,
The Sound of Nature: Collected Poems &
Other Writings
and soon to be released Fragments, and the re-release of
Expressions, and Phraseology of Love, 25 Days of Christmas Poetry.

Jeniann is the owner of Poetry is…which is a blogging business
of her own personal poetry, teachings of poetry, journals and other writings.
Jeniann is a firm advocate for poetry publishing and writing poetr
y.


 

Author Interview: Fragments
What inspires you to write poetry?
Several things inspire me to write
poetry. Nature plays a large role in most of my poetry. I was raised in the
mountains in Montana and nature was all around me. Different poets inspire me
as well, especially Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson’s poetry. Music inspires
me when I am really sincerely in touch with my emotions. To me, inspiration is
all around me, I just stay in tuned with my surroundings and how it makes me
feel.
What is a measure of success as a
poet?
The measure of success as a poet is
just writing the poem. I don’t measure my success by my readers or by how many
books I sell. I measure my success on each poem I write, how I put the poem
together and how the poem makes me feel as a poet.
Who are some of your favorite poets?
Robert Frost is my all-time
favorite, with poems such as, “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” “Birches,” “Mending
Wall,” “Fire and Ice,” Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening.” Robert’s word
play is what inspires me the most and his thought process of his poetry is unbelievably
amazing.
Emily Dickinson is my hero, she just
wrote poetry and never worried about society likes or dislikes of her work. Her
poems depict this in each one, she wrote from the heart and soul of her
emotions.
Maya Angelou, I look at her as a
teacher in the modern world of poetry. I study her poetry a lot and learn a lot
from her poems and how she displays her emotions through her poetry.  
What advice do you have for aspiring
poets?
My advice to anyone who writes or wants
to write is keep practicing. The more you write the better you will become and
easier the writing process and word play becomes.  
Do the Internet and social media
contribute to the well-being of poetry?
I have mixed feelings about social
media and poetry. Yes, the Internet and social media opens up the door and has
helped bring poetry to new audiences, however, I am choosy about what platforms
I use to promote my own poetry.
What do most well-written poems have
in common?
The specialty and structure.
What book are you reading right now?
I am always reading more than just one book, there can never be just one. The
Poet’s Corner by John Lithgow and Ponderings by Michele Ward


 

What does “being creative” mean to
you?
Being creative to me means that I
can express myself in a new way in which I have never done before. Being
creative means to create a formation of words into a written piece of work that
sheds the specialty of the written word.  
What kind of creative patterns,
routines or rituals do you have?
I use many different creative
patterns. In my Top Ten, I speak about word play and what I call the “Word
Theater;” which is my writer’s notebook that I keep my creative patterns such
as word banks of words that go together or rhyme together.
As for routines, I have to take a
few moments and meditate, go for a walk or journal to get into the motion of creativity.
My biggest ritual of writing is
having my time and my coffee to write.
Which creative medium would you love
to pursue but haven’t yet?
I would love to learn more about
songwriting. I have always had a love and interest for lyrics and for music.
What’s the biggest mistake you’ve
made as a writer?
Trust! When I first started out I
trusted everyone! I was wrong there, I found myself swallowed up by a group of
writers that only cared about themselves and their work   I thought if I helped them promote their
work, they in return would help me. I have learned more about why I call myself
a poet and why I write from this experience. I recluse myself more and only
depend on a small handful of friends for support.
If you had to convince a friend or
colleague to read this book, what might you tell them?
First, I would tell them that poetry
can save your life and then I would ask them their thoughts about life. After
the answer I would tell them exactly what the beginning of my book says “LIFE; FEEL
IT, SEE IT, TASTE IT AND KNOW IT~ LET THE MUSIC OF POETRY BEGIN AND WALK WITH
ME THROUGH THE PAGES OF FRAGMENTS.”
Where does this book fit into your
career as a writer?
This book is far from being a milestone
in my career as a poet. This book stands out from my usual routine of writing
about broken hearts, love and grief. I am very excited and happy with this
book.
What influenced this book?
Life influenced this book. Being in
touch with my surroundings.


 

Tell me about your book.
Fragments has three sections to it,
Fragments of Peace, Fragments of Social Attitude, and Fragments of Love. Fragments
of Peace speaks the softer sweeter side, peaceful side of life and my social
attitude towards it. Fragments of Social Attitude speaks of anger, hatred,
judgment, lack of love and the compassion seeking life within society.
Fragments of Love speaks about the truth I see in love and my feelings about
love at this moment in my life as a whole.