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Blog Tour: Bombshell by Mike Faricy

Bombshell by Mike Faricy

About the Book:

Dysfunctional, bumbling, crazy babe-magnet Dev Haskell, P.I., becomes the envy of every guy with a heartbeat when he’s hired to watch over a team of gorgeous English roller derby stars. Though he’d rather be standing guard in the shower room, he suddenly finds himself under arrest and found guilty before he’s even charged. He’s got an attorney who drinks too much, a beautiful woman with a bad attitude, a feisty team of females ready to kill him – and no answers.Bombshell is another fast paced, engrossing suspense thriller from Minnesota’s master of the bizarre, Mike Faricy.

Mike Faricy

About the Author:

Mike Faricy is the award winning author of mystery suspense thrillers woven together with a rich strain of humor and even some romance. He and his wife live in Saint Paul, Minnesota and Dublin, Ireland.

His entertaining tales are populated with the sort of quirky, oddball characters we’d all like to know more about, but wisely prefer to keep at a distance. They serve not so much as examples as they do warnings to the rest of us. None of his characters will be saving the world from terrorism, international banking conspiracies or coups to topple the government. Rather, they’re individuals inhabiting a world just below the surface of polite society. The difficulties they find themselves in are usually due to their own bad decisions, but then, bad decisions make for interesting tales.

All of his books are stand alone, read them in any order you wish. Russian Roulette introduces the bizarrely devilish Devlin Haskell as a PI with a foot on both sides of the law. Dev’s adventures continue in Mr. Softee and the soon to be released Bite Me. Mike is currently working on his latest top secret project. He graduated High School from St. Thomas Academy and earned a BA in history from St. Norbert College.

His latest book is the crime fiction, Bombshell.

Connect with Mike: Twitter Facebook | Goodreads

Purchase Bombshell: Amazon Barnes & Noble

Pump Up Your Book Presents: Bombshell Virtual Blog Tour

Blog Tour & Book Giveaway: Dancing at the Shame Prom: Sharing the Stories That Kept Us Small

Dancing at the Shame Prom: Sharing the Stories That Kept Us Small

Title: Dancing at the Shame Prom

Co-Editors: Hollye Dexter and Amy Ferris
Genre: Anthology

Synopsis:

Whether it was the one-night stand you always regretted, the family secret you never revealed, or the emotional abuse you endured in silence, there are some things you are so ashamed of you keep them hidden for a lifetime. Shame can hold you back from what you love, diminish your sense of self-worth, and prevent you from fully being who you are. But what happens when you finally relent and share that secret burden?

 In Dancing at the Shame Prom: Sharing the Stories That Kept Us Small (September 18, 2012, Seal Press), editors Amy Ferris and Hollye Dexter encourage readers to confront this powerful emotion head-on. They gather together 27 gifted and talented writers who reveal, explore, and embrace the root of their shame, in the process demonstrating the strength that comes from defeating their demons.

In a brilliant display of bravery, these writers share their darkest fears, offer up their most vulnerable moments, and reveal jaw-dropping secrets.  Journalist Nina Burleigh discusses the shame she felt at being coerced into posing for “artsy” naked photos in “Year of the Rat.” In “Playing Dead Under the Family Tree,” Monica Holloway shows how her husband’s infidelity initially isolates her with the shame of being alone. Meredith Resnick’s story “Original Bra” weaves together her complicated feelings about body image with her quest to buy her first bra. From spilling long forbidden secrets to revealing their innermost faults, these authors openly share poignant and life-changing moments of humiliation, embarrassment, and despair, along with the wisdom they learned from letting go of the shame that’s been weighing them down.

Freeing, provocative, and audacious, Dancing at the Shame Prom is about divulging the secrets that have made you feel small so that you can stand up straight, let the shame go, and finally—decisively—move on with your life.

About the Co-Editors:

Hollye Dexter recently completed a second memoir, What Doesn’t Kill You. Her essays have been published in anthologies (Chicken Soup For the Soul, Answered Prayers, and Character Consciousness) and in many online publications. She writes regularly for iPinion Syndicate and AOL Patch News. A singer/songwriter with four albums out, she also founded the award-winning nonprofit Art and Soul, running workshops for teenagers in the foster care system. In 2007 she received the Agape Spirit award from Dr. Michael Beckwith (from The Secret) for her work with at-risk youth. Together, with Amy Ferris she teaches writing workshops, helping others to find their authentic voices. She is on staff for the San Miguel Writer’s Conference and a visiting author at UCLA extension. She lives in Southern California with her husband and three children, where she hikes, plays music and blogs about living an authentic life at www.hollyedexter.blogspot.com

Amy Ferris is an author, editor, screenwriter and playwright. Her memoir, Marrying George Clooney, Confessions From a Midlife Crisis (Seal Press) is off-broadway bound, CAP21 Theater Company, March 2012. She has contributed to numerous anthologies, and has written everything from Young Adult novels to movies and films. She co-wrote Funny Valentines (Julie Dash, Director), and Mr. Wonderful (Anthony Minghella, Director). Funny Valentines was nominated for a Best Screenplay award, and numerous BET awards. She co-created and co-edited the first ever “all women’s issue” of Living Buddhism magazine. She serves on the Executive Board of Directors at The Pages & Places Literary Festival, Peters Valley Arts, Education and Craft Center, and is on the Advisory Board of The Women’s Media Center. She is on faculty at The San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference. She is a visiting teacher at the UCLA Writers Workshop (extension). She contributes regularly to iPinion Syndicate. Her number one goal, desire, dream: Is that all women awaken to their greatness. You can find her blogging in the middle of the night at www.marryinggeorgeclooney.com. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ken.

Interview with Book Contributor: Robyn Hatcher

1. When did you fall in love with books?
 
I’ve loved reading ever since I was a very young girl. My mother subscribed to the children’s book of the month club and it was always so exciting to get the new Dr. Suess or other equivalent in the mail. I can picture the school libraries in both my elementary school and my high school because I spent countless hours there. I was a REALLY shy child so reading was my way of escaping into other realities. Reading helped me feel as though I was connecting to people, characters and situations that in my real life, I was too shy to explore. This is probably dating me, but I remember my first serious love affair with books was the Little House on the Prairie books and Nancy Drew. I read everything in those series.
 
2. When did you realize you wanted to write?
Because I rarely spoke as a child, (I was that shy) I used to express myself through note writing. Probably from the time I first learned how to write. One of my aunts kept a collection of very funny and imaginative notes that I would leave in my grandmother’s mailbox after every visit. And believe it or not, I started writing my first book when I was about 8 years old. I filled numerous legal pads and notebooks with my “novel” about a set of blonde-haired twins that lived in a picture-perfect suburb. Being an African American girl who lived in Philadelphia, this was the opposite of writing what you know. It was a case of writing what you see in the media (which I partly refer to in my essay in The Shame Prom.) Writing my totally unrealistic book, however, was a way for me to explore my imagination and a great excuse to escape to my bedroom or our attic alone; something that made me very happy. I realized then that writing was always going to be a part of my life. At the time, I never even considered that it could be a career.
3. Tell us about yourself. 
I was born and raised in Philadelphia and moved to New York over 30 years ago. Even though my early reading and writing habits were a direct result of my intense shyness, I ironically ended up in a career that calls on me to be the polar opposite of shy. In order to overcome my shyness, I auditioned for a school play in high school and consequently decided to pursue a career as an actor. I went to college for theatre and have had a fairly successful career as a professional actress in NYC for the past 30 years. I have done a lot of television commercials, off-Broadway plays, voice-overs and have appeared in soap operas and episodic dramas like Law & Order and Criminal Intent. I also spent two years writing both scripts and breakdowns (story outlines) for the ABC soaps All My Children and One Life to Live. And for the past 16 years or so, I have been growing my own business of teaching public speaking, presentations and face-to-face communication skills. I help business professionals elevate the way they communicate and I love every minute of it because it combines all the facets of every career I’ve ever had.
On the personal side, I’ve been married to the same man for 27 years. We live in Manhattan and are two of the proudest parents in the world. Our only child, my 21 year-old son, not only went to Yale where he has excelled socially and academically, but last summer he was selected in the Major League Baseball draft by the Cincinnati Reds and is now a professional baseball pitcher in the minor leagues.
4. What are your favorite books?
I can’t say that I have a favorite author. I’ve been in a book club for the past 15 years or so and we have read everything from Edith Wharton to Jonathan Franzen. I love some of the classics like Anna Karenina. I found Wharton’s “The House of Mirth” absolutely delicious but was also incredibly entertained by first time author Amor Towles’, Rules of Civility. I also love contemporary fiction writers like Walter Mosley and Lee Child and I spend a lot of time reading non-fiction philosophy, psychology and science books about myth, communication and the brain because I am fascinated by the way people think and what makes them tick. I guess I always have been because I remember independently trying to tackle Freud as a high school freshman.
5. What would you like for readers to get out of Dancing At the Shame Prom?
Dancing at the Shame Prom is such an important book and I hope it sparks a series of anthologies about people speaking their shame. I would like readers to first, let go of their fear around the very word “shame” and open the book and begin to read. It is a powerful and ultimately positive anthology that shows that no matter how major or trivial our shame seems, human beings are all so courageous and creative in the ways in which we learn to cope with, acknowledge and heal ourselves. I want people to realize that by naming and addressing their shame, they can begin to kick it to the curb. When you name your shame and then shine a light on it, it ceases to have power over you. Many people are not aware that sometimes it is the tiny things that we feel shame around that are keeping us from being the incredible powerful beings that we are meant to be. I would like the readers of Dancing at the Shame Prom to unearth any secret shame they have been shoving into a corner and dance with it. Then politely sit it down and tell it to stop ruining your life.
6. What makes you unique as an author and what sets your book apart from other books in the same genre?
A quality that I believe, makes me somewhat unique as an author and very unique as a coach, is my ability to add humor, authenticity and blunt honesty in a simple and engaging way while sharing and revealing some pretty heavy and or serious information. I think all of us in the Shame Prom have been able to do that in one way or another which sets this book apart from other “woe is me” personal essay books which leaves the reader feeling more depressed than when they started. I believe Shame Prom will fill the reader with hope, courage and a sense of the universality of the human experience.
7. What is your writing process?
Honestly, I was a much more disciplined writer when I was working on my first novel at 8 years-old. Now, without a deadline, I’m pretty sadly undisciplined. My favorite and most natural process is to allow my mind to play around with what I think I might want to write about. I spend lots of time walking down the street or in the shower ruminating on what I need to write. I write whole sentences and paragraphs in my head and then keep repeating them over and over so that I will remember them. Then as a deadline approaches or when I start to fear that my mind is about to overflow, I will sit down and start putting ideas down on paper (actually in computer) Then hopefully I’ve left myself enough time to let the new material sit and marinate for awhile while I spend a couple more days in my head thinking about what I just wrote. My favorite part is re-writing and editing which I will do ad nausea until either I am satisfied or until it needs to be turned in. I’ve tried all sorts of other more disciplined processes but with very little success. Of course with a large project and/or a looming deadline, this process needs to be sped up and I am capable of doing that.
8. Are you currently working on anything new? If so, please give a brief synopsis and when should we expect it?
I’m in the process of looking over the final edit to my business book about presentations called Standing Ovation Presentations. – Discover your Actor Type and let it Shine. It is being published by Motivational Press and in it I have combined all of my experience from acting, writing and coaching to help readers define their “Actor Type” (the specific communication style that they embody based on their body language, vocal tone and personality) Then I give extensive tips and techniques to help each type become more effective communicators and teach all readers how to create more powerful and engaging presentations. The book should be available in the early Spring of 2013.
 
9. How can readers connect with you?
Website: www. SpeakEtc.com
Twitter: @SpeakETC
Amazon Pages: For: Dancing at the Shame Prom
FOR: My SpeakEtc. Vocal Workout. CD
Giveaway:
Enter for your chance to win a copy Dancing at the Shame Prom: Sharing The Stories That Kept Us Small here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/NGJmNTE4OTM4ZGUwYzZmNjMwMjhlMzdhZTgwMmU4OjE=/. The contest ends on January 11, 2013
Good luck!

 

Spotlight: Absolute Obstruction by C. Elizabeth

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Being lonely isn’t anything new for 45 year old Rose Terrance. After all, that’s what she signed up for when she married beautiful, 33 year old movie star, Michael Terrance and in spite of her loneliness, their love stays strong. However, their love, nor Michael’s vehement overprotectiveness, can shield Rose from a threat that is beyond Michael’s comprehension, one that annihilates his heart and lines his soul with guilt.

Michael has murderous intentions that lead him to a place he has already asked Rose to forgive him for, taking the phrase “I would die for you” to the extreme.

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C. Elizabeth lives in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada and during her short writing career she’s learned a lot about herself, sometimes to the point that she wonders how the heck she got this far in life and know so little about herself.

For the majority of her life she dabbled in many things, such as drawing, photography, sewing, only to find that after a while, she would lose interest, but writing is a different story – it found her and continues to be an addiction, as well as a most wonderful, incredible passion.
Not only does she write novels, but she does whatever she can to hone her craft. Such as attending the New York Pitch Conference, seminars and the like, as well, she writes for online magazines on the topic of… you guessed it, writing.

You can learn more about C. Elizabeth at her website at http://www.celizabeth.ca.

Blog Tour & Review: The Blood Done Signed My Name by M. Ann Ricks

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About The Book:

Are the sins of the father and mother visited upon their sons and daughters?

Undoubtedly damaged, Honey Lamb, like many, is a descendant of an unfortunate legacy of molestation, addiction, murder and bad decisions. For as long as she could remember, she believed the unhappiness she experienced was somehow bequeathed to her. The blood that surged through her veins seemed to be tainted and she often wondered about the DNA she possessed. Experiencing more than her share of misery at the hands of her mother, an alcoholic; the source of all her woes, Honey believed she’d overcome her seemingly checkered path all by herself when she met and married, Mason; a man she loves beyond her own understanding. Unfortunately, unsettling memories emerge to crack the veneer of her seemingly happy existence. Feeling unable to escape what she believed to be her destiny, Honey makes a decision that may have ruined her life. Not realizing God places people in our lives for His purpose, she reluctantly embarks upon a journey that will open her heart to a divine inheritance. Will she accept what God has already given to her or will she shun the invitation of salvation and allow her familial carnal legacy to continue to the next generation? Will she come to understand that Jesus’ blood redeemed us from a self-defeating existence because He became the sinful inheritance for us while at the same time eradicating it forever, giving us a spiritual blood transfusion that would change us all?

My Review:

M. Ann Ricks writes an uplifting and inspirational tale in The Blood Done Signed My Name. The main character, Honey Lamb, is burdened with going through life carrying the sins of her mother. Honey Lamb had a childhood that makes you want to root for her in hopes that she will overcome all of her struggles.

The Blood Done Signed My Name is a book that will stay on your mind long after you put it down. I stopped short of giving this book 5 stars because there are a few parts of the story that are drawn out especially that the ”betrayal’ was not revealed until almost the end. Overall, this was a very good read and lesson on deliverance and how Jesus is the only one that has the power to change our lives. 4 Stars

About the Author

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M. Ann Ricks, (Melissa Ann), is a Christian Fiction novelist residing in Bear, Delaware with her excellent husband and two awesome sons. She is a graduate of Rider University and formerly a national accounts insurance executive. M. Ann is also what one may consider a motivational/inspirational speaker but she prefers the term, “Godspirational” as one may only be truly inspired, transformed and receive true revelation when hearing the uncompromised word of God. M. Ann also continues to utilize her group insurance knowledge as a Benefits and Network Consultant. Lastly, M. Ann is a Group Fitness instructor as she is determined to keep her natural “temple” fit and ready for the Master’s use! M. Ann is the author of Awesome Wonder: The Gift of Remembrance ,The Son. the much acclaimed, third novel, THE BLOOD DONE SIGNED MY NAME.

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Blog Tour Review & Interview: Bud’s Christmas Wish by Ashley Nemer

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Blurb:

If a dream is a wish your heart makes, can it hear those things we want even if we don’t know what they are? When sorrow brings young Lucy home to a land full of mystery, steeped in tradition and colored with unspoken magic, she finds herself reevaluating her life and her own place in it. Things are never what they seem, and people are seldom what you THINK them to be if all you base it on is what your eyes see and not what your soul speaks. There’s a fine line between destiny and duty, but when both are blended with love, who knows what miracles can occur at Christmas?

Review:

Bud’s Christmas Wish by Ashley Nemer is a sweet and short holiday story. It is based around Lucy who has moved from America to Ireland to be with her aging grandmother. Lucy meets Bud, Bud falls in love with her, and after their first date, she falls in love with him too. The story was a little far-fetched to me but it was cute and a quick read. 3 Stars

Meet Ashley Nemer

1. When did you fall in love with books?

Probably easiest to pin point would be in high school, I read VC Andrews and a few other young adult authors until my friend introduced me to Ashes to Ashes by Tami Hoag that’s when reading became a real true hobby.

2. When did you realize you wanted to write?

Writing is something I’ve enjoyed for a long time. I was on the Journalism team in 8th grade then the debate team all through high school. All we did was writing. In college I loved researching and writing papers and even had a poem or two published in a book.

3. Tell us about yourself.

I am a very social person and enjoy sharing laughs and life with everyone. Obviously reading and writing are my hobbies. I have two dogs and a wonderful Husband. Coming home to the three of them every night is perfect. I’m the oldest of 3 and I was born in Kansas and moved to Texas when I was 11. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a minor in Political Science. I’m also a 2nd degree decided Black Belt in the American Taekwondo Association.

4. Who are your favorite authors?

So many! #1 hands down is Tami Hoag and Catherine Counter comes in a close second. Kay Hooper, Linda Howard, J.R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Richelle Mead, Kim Harrison, Angela Knight, the list goes on and on….

5. What are your favorite books?

My favorite Book is Dark Paradise by Tami Hoag and my favorite series is the FBI Thriller series by Catherine Coulter staring Dillon Savich and his wife Sherlock, then Kay Hooper’s Bishop/SCU Series.

6. Are you currently working on anything new? If so, please give a brief synopsis and when should we expect it?

I have the sequel to Blood Purple, my Debut Novel coming soon, Blood Yellow. It’s currently in the editing process. Zayn and Nikole have to tackle more than just the physical enemies hounding their family. They have to battle and overcome their internal struggles and demands. I’ve started the third book in the Blood Series, Blood Green. I also have a Young Adult series I just started writing called Maverick’s Touch staring Nadia Maverick who is a reporter in Cedar Rapids. She constantly ends up getting into random bouts of trouble. I also have a Poetry book that’s currently under review with my publisher that I co-authored with two girlfriends of mine.

7. What makes you unique as an author?

I have been told my writing style is unique and different than the typical author. I try hard to not do what the reader expects and to keep everyone guessing. I like to be different and I think the way I go about it is refreshing.

8. Why should readers pick up your books?

Because when you read my books, you will be taken away on an adventure. You will feel my characters; you will identify and root for them. I also write a killer bad guy. I think those are my best characters. I make you want to have the bad guy come out on top.

9. How can readers connect with you?

Website: http://www.ashleynemer.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ashleynemerauthor
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ashleynemer
Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/Ashley-Nemer/e/B009GGWMYQ

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Meet Veronica Tower: Author of Rock Idol

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Thanks for having me on your website today. It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to talk with readers and celebrate my book, Rock Idol.

When did you first fall in love with books?

Some of my earliest memories are reading Dr. Seuss books with my mother. I think that was even before I started attending kindergarten. Once I could read on my own there was no stopping me. I’ve been reading voraciously ever since.

When did you realize you wanted to write?

I started creating stories just about the same time I started reading them for myself (maybe even earlier, my memories of my early childhood are rather vague). I’ve been putting pen to paper ever since and don’t plan to stop until I’m dead and in my grave.

What authors do you read?

This changes over time because I read more broadly than I’ve written thus far. I’m currently loving a lot of the paranormal literature—authors like Patricia Briggs, Eileen Wilks and Charlaine Harris. Their heroines are strong females who attract equally strong and capable men. These couples struggle with their relationships, trying to figure out how to communicate and when to compromise while remaining true to themselves. It’s both exciting and beautiful and it may be the subconscious reason I wrote my own paranormal romance, Healing, which is coming out from Red Rose Publishing in February 2013.

Why should readers pick up your books?

If you’re interested in exploring how relationships are born and how they develop, I’m the author for you. I’ll take you from those initial pulse pounding moments of boy meets girls through the excitement of falling in love. And in my series books, I’ll take you farther, showing how love can stay strong as relationships evolve and mature.

In my new book, Rock Idol, my heroine, Ember Blaze, was a teen idol who fell from grace over sex and drugs. She’s rebuilt her life and career as the judge on the popular reality show, Rock Idol. She’s not looking for love and she’s not interested in risking her rebuilt career, but as the contest advances week by week she has more and more difficulty fighting her attraction to hot young contestant, Rick Rogers. If you’re interested in a romance where the attraction is broader than great sexual chemistry, you should give Rock Idol a try.

How can readers connect with you?

Website: veronicatower.com

Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/Veronica-Tower/e/B002ZXI8IQ/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

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Blog Tour & Review: The Christian Alphabet by Tracy Sands

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ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN ALPHABET

In 1999, the Lord inspired me at a church choir event. As I sat in the back pew, listening to the awesome Christian music, an incredible urge to draw came over me. Being an art teacher, I had experienced this feeling, but never with such intensity. I had a pen in my pocket, but the only paper available was the program I received at the door. In the empty space of that program, I sketched like crazy. I felt as though I would pop if I didn’t get the ideas out of my brain immediately.

I will never forget that experience. I felt peaceful yet energized. God was just getting started with me. Over the next nine months, God and I created this alphabet.

MY REVIEW

The Christian Alphabet by Tracy Sands is a beautiful and unique way to teach your child not only the alphabet but also about Jesus, the Bible, and prayer. There are beautiful illustrations on each page which symbolize something significant in the Bible and it includes an explanation guide so an adult is equipped to answer any questions that a child might have. The Christian Alphabet by Tracy Sands is very creative and I would highly recommend to anyone who has young children in their lives.

ABOUT TRACY SANDS

Tracy Sands is from Peachtree City, Georgia, where she lives with her husband, Albert, and their three sons, Chase, Gabe, and Adam. Tracy taught art and “church school” to all ages for many years. She now spends her time caring for her active family and working on The Christian Alphabet™.

To find out more, please visit her at
http://www.thechristianalphabet.com

Meet Susan Berliner: Author of The Disappearance

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1. When did you fall in love with books?

I fell in love with books when I was a young child listening to my parents read to me. I remember especially enjoying fairy tales. Then, once I learned how to read, I continued my love of fiction—reading about intriguing characters in stories that transported me to wondrous imaginary places.

2. When did you realize you wanted to write?

I’ve always been a writer. In elementary school, I wrote plays. At least I started to write them. I’d list the cast of characters and maybe write the first scene, but I never finished any play. As an adult, I thought I wanted to be a teacher. When that didn’t work out (I only taught for a year), I switched to newspaper reporting and I’ve been a professional writer ever since. However, I only became a novelist a few years ago.

3. Tell us about yourself.

I was born in London, but moved to New York as a young girl, grew up in the Bronx, New York and graduated from Queens College. My first writing job was covering men’s retailing for Daily New Record, then the “brother” newspaper of Women’s Wear Daily.
After my children were born, I switched to freelance writing—mainly in education—publishing several book series dealing with editing skills, language arts, and standardized testing. I also created teachers’ guides, student activity sheets, and test passages and served as project editor for a national science magazine for elementary school students. Later I worked as a freelance reporter for the North County News, a weekly newspaper in Yorktown Heights, New York, covering board meetings.
When I returned to work full-time, I became the promotion manager of the Yorktown PennySaver, a position I held for 20 years. I live in Yorktown Heights with my husband, Larry. We still do freelance educational writing, creating reading passages for standardized tests.

4. Who are your favorite authors?

I love Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon, and most of Stephen King’s work. They write in the same genre as I do—supernatural thrillers—and have the wonderful knack of creating real characters whom readers can empathize with, something I try to do. And of course, these authors are great storytellers.

5. What are your favorite books?

From the above authors: Watchers by Koontz, Swan Song by McCammon, and The Stand by King—all good versus evil sagas. Some of my other favorite novels are Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons (a horror classic about mind vampires); Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford, The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough, and The Source by James Michener.

6. Are you currently working on anything new? If so, please give a brief synopsis and when should we expect it?

I will soon be editing my fourth novel, Corsonia, which deals with mind control, one of my favorite fictional subjects. In this book, two New York teen girls on a cross-country vacation stumble across a very strange town in the remote hills of northeastern Nevada. I’m targeting a publication date of late next year.

I’m also writing my fifth novel, The Touchers, a doomsday story, another of my favorite topics. It’s told in the first person by Erin, a teenage girl. My version of the world’s demise isn’t one of the typical forms of annihilation—alien attack, meteor, nuclear explosion, or deadly disease. I won’t give away my method of mass destruction, but I will tell you that it starts with bubbles.

I thought I had finished the first draft, but my characters are insisting they’re not done so I may have to write a sequel, or at least a second part. The Touchers probably won’t be available until 2014.

7. What makes you unique as an author?

Readers have told me that my books appeal to a wider spectrum of people and age groups than most novels. Women, men, and teens all seem to enjoy DUST, Peachwood Lake, and The Disappearance so my readers’ ages span a huge gamut—from 11 to 100. A few months ago, I sold a copy of DUST, which is about an evil miniature tornado, to a 100-year-old lady named Dorothy (as in The Wizard of Oz)—during a tornado warning!

8. Why should readers pick up your books?

I think I tell a good story. And the themes of my novels are atypical. DUST and Peachwood Lake, both supernatural thrillers, are nevertheless based on real phenomena: dust devils and a jumping fish (the gulf sturgeon) while my new novel, The Disappearance, offers a different take on time traveling.

My novels are fun—fast-paced, easy reading—and most readers say they “couldn’t put the book down.” Isn’t that what we want from the novels we read—for them to intrigue us, entertain us, and hold our attention?

9. How can readers connect with you?

Website: http://www.susanberliner.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susan.berliner.7
https://www.facebook.com/groups/96392594143/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Disappearance-by-Susan-Berliner/467514786615660
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Peachwood-Lake-by-Susan-Berliner/239389866123117
https://www.facebook.com/pages/DUST-by-Susan-Berliner-A-Supernatural-Thriller/221513797862521

Twitter: n/a

Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/Susan-Berliner/e/B006VYYCU8/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Blog Tour & Review: The Disappearance by Susan Berliner

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ABOUT THE DISAPPEARANCE

When Jillian Keating is arrested for the murder of her missing boyfriend, Ryan Cornell, she has two immediate questions: Why did he frame her-and where is he hiding?

Using her own ingenuity, plus the help of a resourceful lady lawyer and a dashing young private investigator, Jillian discovers the surprising-and disturbing-answers. Her boyfriend is not what he appears to be. The real Ryan, consumed with hate, has devised an ingenious scheme to destroy her while he escapes into the past via a hidden time travel portal. But even knowing all this, Jillian is left with a more difficult question: How can she capture Ryan and bring him back?

Filled with memorable characters, bizarre twists, and riveting suspense, The Disappearance culminates with an elaborate sting operation as Jillian and her friends travel through time to lure Ryan into their clever trap. If they succeed, she will go free. But if they fail, Jillian will surely face murder charges for the death of Ryan Cornell.

MY REVIEW

The Disappearance by Susan Berliner is a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat. One day Jillian is leading a normal life and the next she finds herself as the main suspect in her boyfriend’s murder. The Disappearance is not only written very well, but it is full of creativity, and it pulls you completely in. This was my first time reading Susan Berliner but it definitely won’t be my last!

ABOUT SUSAN BERLINER

Susan Berliner, author of the supernatural thrillers, “DUST,” “Peachwood Lake,” and “The Disappearance,” has been a nonfiction writer for nearly her entire career. She had originally planned to be an elementary school teacher, but left after a year to become a newspaper reporter for Fairchild Publications. She covered men’s retailing for Daily New Record, a men’s wear/textile trade newspaper, which was the “brother” paper of Women’s Wear Daily.

After Susan’s children were born, she switched to freelance writing-mainly in education-publishing several book series dealing with editing skills, language arts, and standardized testing. She has also created teachers’ guides, student activity sheets, and test passages. During this time, Susan was the project editor for a national science magazine for elementary school students and edited subject-related manuscripts for children in grades 7 and 8. In addition, she freelanced as a local reporter, covering board meetings for the North County News, a weekly newspaper in Yorktown Heights, New York.
When she returned to work full-time, Susan became the promotion manager of the Yorktown PennySaver, a job she held for 20 years. She created many original weekly contests-Phony Ad, Rhyme Time, and PennySaver Prophet.

Susan lives with her husband, Larry, in Yorktown Heights, where she’s editing her fourth book (Corsonia), and writing her fifth novel (The Touchers).

Blog Tour & Review: Rock Idol (Reality With a Twist Series) by Veronica Tower

 

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Synopsis:

Ember Blaze had it all and lost it—teenaged pop star turned middle-aged loser—but all of that changed when she became a judge on America’s new hit talent show, Rock Idol. Now she has wealth, fame and respect again—everything she’s been missing for the past two decades—but a hot young contestant is turning her world topsy turvy.

He’s got blond hair, blue eyes and a smile that has half the women in America swooning—and he wants Ember even more desperately than she wants him. But after working so hard to get back on top, can she really risk everything for a few moments of stolen passion and the chance to learn to love again?

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About the Author:

Veronica Tower was married to her high school sweetheart for five deliriously happy years and ten far less wonderful ones. Now she is taking the time to make up for lost opportunities. In addition to returning to school to pursue a degree in psychology, Veronica has committed herself to fully exploring her fantasies, both in writing and in person…

 

Excerpt:

Someone knocked on Ember’s dressing room door. It was twenty minutes before the start of the show and a bad time for interruptions. Hans had finally finished applying her makeup but couldn’t decide what to do about her hair.

At the sound of the knock, Hans threw up his hands in despair. “What is it now? Do they not know that there is an artist at work in here?”

He stormed across the room to the door and flung it open. “What do you want?”

Rick Rogers stood in the hallway with a single red rose in his hands and the same terrible striped shirt that he had worn in last week’s competition. “I, um, need to speak to Ember for a minute.”

 

“And I need sixty more minutes to finish creating perfection. He glanced at the rose in Rick’s hands and grinned. “But you probably think her perfection comes naturally. You may have three minutes and then I shall play God by once again creating angelic beauty with these two hands.”

Hans stepped out of the dressing room and closed the door behind Rick.

Ember stood up. “What’s on your mind?”

Rick crossed the room to join her. “I wanted to bring you this,” he said, “and to thank you again. You really helped me pull out all the stops last week. And I,” he handed her the rose, “thank you.”

“You didn’t have to bring me flowers,” Ember said. In truth she was slightly uncomfortable that he had done so.

“It’s just one rose,” Rick told her.

But it was a red rose, Ember noted, red for love and passion.

“Well, I’m sure you’re going to do even better this week,” she told him.

“I hope so,” Rick said. “I’ve worked hard, but the competition is fierce. It’s good to know you’re pulling for me.”

Where was Hans? Ember wondered. He needed to get back here and end this awkward conversation. “Would you like another piece of advice?” Ember asked.

“Of course,” Rick told her. “I’ll do anything you tell me.”

“Lose that shirt,” she said. “It makes you look-”

“This shirt?” Rick interrupted. “I can’t do that. It’s half my luck!”

The bad half, Ember wanted to say, but what came out was something else entirely. “What’s the other half?”

“This,” Rick whispered.

He leaned close and kissed her—his lips pressing gently against hers, warm and tender.

Taken completely off guard, Ember shocked herself. She didn’t pull away. She didn’t slap him. She closed her eyes and kissed him back, opening her mouth to let his tongue greet hers.

His strong hands gripped her waist as hers slid of their own accord around his back.

A knock sounded on the dressing room door, startling Ember into stepping back from Rick and breaking the embrace. She was breathing hard and her heart was racing—but whether with passion or fear of discovery she wasn’t certain.

The door opened and Hans reentered the room. “I cannot give you another minute. Even God, Himself, must have some time in which to work his miracles.”

Rick pulled himself back together. “I’ll be singing for you tonight,” he whispered, then turned and hurried from the room.

Hans watched him go, admiring his backside until the door closed behind him. “It is such a shame that boy is straight,” he said.

Then he turned back to Ember. “Sit down, dear, we only have fifteen minutes to finish making you radiant.”

Ember sat down in her chair—her mind a jumble of confused thoughts and sensations.

“You’ve dropped your rose,” Hans noted. He stooped down, picked it up and handed it to her. “And is that a smudge on your lipstick?”

He picked up the lipstick tube and set about correcting the flaw. “Perhaps it’s not a shame the boy is straight after all, hmm?”

My Review

Rock Idol by Veronica Tower was like having a behind the scenes look at any of the reality shows that are currently on television. I must admit that I was quite surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Tower does an excellent job in creating and developing characters that are believable and even though they are celebrities they are quite relatable. This was my first time reading this author and I will add her to my list of authors to continue to read. Rock Idol is the perfect read if you have an afternoon to lose yourself in a book! 4 stars

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