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Interview with Author Sharnel Williams

Today, I’m pleased to introduce Sharnel Williams. She has been featured on this blog in the past, but since her original interview, she has greatly expanded her list of accomplishments. Sharnel’s story has inspired many people and she is a role model to many women. I hope you will enjoy this interview.

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Hi, Sharnel. Welcome back to Authors to Watch. Can you please tell us a little about yourself?

Born & raised in Newark, NJ, I’m a wife, mother, writer, radio host and entrepreneur.

I understand you are hosting a Women Empowerment Luncheon. How did you get the idea to host this event?

I knew it was time to tell my story. One day I posted on Facebook to be a part of someone’s Women Empowerment Conference. I receive a couple of inboxes and they were telling me to have my own. Then the rest was history.

What types of events do you have planned as part of this event?

It would be 10 motivational speakers including myself. This is my first, so I’m going to keep it simple. I’m still learning. Food-Entertainment-Raffle-Gift bags.

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How do you think this event will help and empower women?

It will help in many ways. If one speaker can inspire one person, we have done our job.

Where can my readers go to learn more about the luncheon or to buy tickets?

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/you-are-not-alone-presents-women-empowerment-luncheon-registration-29131287465?aff=es2

What inspired you to begin your writing and publishing career?

It was different for me. My son passed away from leukemia 2 days after his 12th birthday. That’s when my writing started. Yes, I was a late bloomer.

Can you tell us about your published books?

I have several books published. I would love for everyone to support my work. You can go to my website and learn more about me and my books: www.authorsharnel.com

Can you tell us a little about your publishing company, Shar-Shey Publishing?

Yes. Let’s start with the name. Shar, come from Shakil my son and Sharnel. Shey, come from I had a stillborn fullterm in 1992 and I named her Varshey. I started my company because I wanted people who couldn’t afford them high price companies, to be able to get their stories out with an affordable company. www.sharsheypublishingcompany.com

As an author, publisher, and speaker, how do you use your story to inspire others to achieve their dreams?

I look back at my life, never thought about writing a book. Never knew my son was going to pass away at an early age, from cancer. I inspire others by my accomplishments. Meaning, you are going to get Tested in life. You must follow your goals and keep walking straight. Things happen for a reason.

What’s next for you, Sharnel? Do you have any upcoming books, events, or projects to tell us about?

Yes. My son has a memorial park in Newark, NJ @ Branch Brook Park. Every year we have an event around August, it’s free to the public.  We give back to the kids.

I want to thank everyone who has supported me and continue supporting me. God is Good!

To learn more about Sharnel Williams, you can visit the following links:

 

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Autumn Reads: A Glimmer of Destiny

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How can one moment in a young man’s life become the turning point between doom and deliverance for an entire world?

Aiden Finn is an orphan, comfortable in his quiet life working at the School of Breen when everything is turned upside down by a casual bet between two young nobles. One that cause him to use the forbidden Glimmer Stones which create constructs of physical light, and by law only nobles are allowed to touch.

Threatened with death by duchy law and evil forces intent on capturing him and his dark secret, Aiden is forced to learn how to control this emerging power to save all that he holds dear. However, will that which saves him also be his world’s downfall? The dreaded Mourning Lords, beings that came from the dawn of the Cataclysm four thousand years earlier once more walk the land, searching for an answer to their torment. Will Aiden learn how to become a master of Glimmer Steel or will the mystery of the Cataclysm and the destruction of technology drown him as surely as it nearly cracked the world in half?

A Glimmer of Truth, Book 2 of the Glimmer Stone Saga will be available in September 2016. (Chapter 1 of book 2 is included as a sneak peek!)
A Glimmer of War, Book 3 of the Glimmer Stone Saga will be available January 2017.

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Author Bio
It has been a fantastic two months since my first novel has been published. I am on track for book 2 of the Glimmer Steel Saga to be released in September, which I sincerely hope many of you will be looking forward to.

I grew up as an army brat for twenty years and lived in such auspicious places as Japan and the middle of Oklahoma. When I finally moved out, I was living in Hawaii which is a beautiful place filled with friendly spirits. Who can argue with wearing shorts and T-shirts every day? Apparently, I was, since I then moved to Portland, Oregon in 1996. The trees and green were just calling to me, and a friendly, laid-back city is where I naturally find my place. I couldn’t just do things normally, and was heavily involved in the SCA which is a friendly, medieval recreation society where you can pummel your best friends with heavy sticks while wearing armor. Much fun! It is good for sword fighting scenes, as well. Not that Aiden, the star of my current series, IS a fighter yet, but eventually he will get frisky enough.

I am also a single dad, just entering the twilight of my parenthood with one child out on her own, and another at seventeen. Let me tell you, it is an accomplishment and honor to have raised them.

I am also of the school of thought that getting your book out within 3 months is not only do-able, but also slow. If someone ever tells you 1000 words a month is ok, they are lying to you. Push the publish button! You can do it. Enjoy!

Connect with Spencer:

Website: www.spencerpierson.com
Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/b7yV-5
Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Spencer-Pierson/e/B01HCIE04O/

Q&A with Spencer Pierson:

What inspired you to become an author?

Truthfully, I’ve wanted to be an author for many years but have never had the gumption and knowledge to pull it off. Late last year, I had come to a decision point in my life that required me to take a leap of faith. I also ran into an old friend who had done a considerable amount of research into self-publishing. I published my first two short stories on my birthday in November. Now, I am happily writing Fantasy and Sci-Fi, telling stories, and watching people smile.

What was the worst day in your writing career?

The day one of my beta readers told me that I wasn’t a writer yet. They said they could not even get through the first chapter. That was hard. It took me about three or four days to recover. Once I did, I examined some of her feedback and used it in a positive way. It also helped that other beta readers had gone through the book fast and loved it, but that was a hard critique to take.

What was the best day in your writing career?

Pushing the publishing button for the first time. That was a good day.

In your latest book, what was your favorite scene?

In my second book, my favorite scene comes toward the end. One of the protagonists’ companions defeats someone who has been terrible to him throughout his life, and then the girl he’s falling in love with saves him from a side attack, and they kiss.

Tell me what you love to hate about your antagonist?

He’s conflicted. He wants to be defeated, but cannot bring himself to give up. His clothes are also some sort of creature that moves by itself. Fun.

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Author of the Week: Claire Fullerton

Our Author of the Week is Claire Fullerton, author of Dancing to an Irish Reel. Welcome, Claire! Can you please tell us a little about yourself?

I consider myself a Southerner, having grown up in Memphis, Tennessee. It is a source of identification for me, and although I now live in Southern California, I am never far from my roots. I have a particular affinity with Ireland and once lived on its western coast for an entire year. Suffice it to say I am a Southerner, an Irish-American, a lover of animals and long walks in the woods, but what defines me the most is my love of language and words.

When did you begin writing?

I began writing by keeping a journal from the time I was about eighteen. I felt an inexplicable need to document my life: its daily events and the people who impacted me. It was like keeping a running monologue that kept me current with my emotional life. I look back now and realize that I was following an inner prompting that taught me how to write and how to articulate in a clear and concise manner.

What is your chosen genre?

Contemporary fiction because my aim is to write about how I view and experience the every day events that shape a life. I like the idea of human nature being common, as in something that links us all together. Contemporary fiction helps us to see ourselves as we read someone’s story.

Can you please tell us about your most recent release?

I’d love to! “Dancing to an Irish Reel” is contemporary fiction set on the western coast of Ireland. A single American female named Hailey Crossan leaves the Los Angeles record business and takes a trip to the west of Ireland, where she is unexpectedly offered a job that is too good to turn down, so she stays. She is quickly befriended by a group of Irish locals who help her navigate the nuances of rural Ireland, and when she meets a regionally famous Irish musician who is enamored of her but afraid to come closer, it is Hailey’s friends that help he decipher the confusion. “Dancing to an Irish Reel” is about discovering a new land, and also about the uncertainty of new love.

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What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?

I think repeatedly fine-tuning the manuscript after the completion of the first draft is the real work. To me, it is like tightening a puzzle because one has to pay attention to cadence and flow, as well as to continuity. One has to know the entire book word for word as if it were an 800 word essay. Keeping the overview in mind at all times is the trick.

Are there certain themes or lessons you tend to explore in your books?

I like the idea of how much people hide from others as they go about their lives. People like to appear more together than they actually are and always like to save face. I like the idea of how people say one thing when they mean another. I think it is the emotional life of a character that has the real story!

What is your primary goal as an author?

To continue to grow. To aim towards saying things better, more cohesively, more poignantly. It is an effort towards presenting the best book possible in the hopes that it will engage, perhaps enlighten, and always to entertain.

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Which authors and/or books have inspired you as a writer?

Everything Pat Conroy has written, and I am also an admirer of Donna Tartt. Both are masters of language, which I believe writers have to be.

What projects are you currently working on?

I have just completed my 3rd novel.

What advice would you like to share with new or aspiring authors?

My best advice is to remind all writers that writing is a continuous growth process with no “there” to get to! This is the good news! We can all be well into our eighties and still evolving as a writer, which is not something you can say about many occupations. But the pursuit is a process and a build; a marathon, not a sprint, as I have heard it said. It is my opinion that writers don’t seek to be a writer, they simply get in touch with the fact that they are!

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Author Bio: Claire Fullerton is the author of “Dancing to an Irish Reel” (Contemporary fiction) and “A Portal in Time,” (Paranormal mystery), both from Vinspire Publishing.  She is a 4 time, award winning essayist, a contributor to magazines (including “Celtic Life International” and “Southern Writers Magazine”) a former newspaper columnist, and a 5 time contributor to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series. Claire hails from Memphis, Tennessee and now lives in Malibu, California, with her husband and two German shepherds. She has recently completed her third novel, which is a Southern family saga set in Memphis.

Connect with the Author:

Direct Links to Purchase  “Dancing to an Irish Reel”

Direct Links to Purchase ​“A Portal in Time”

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Meet Author Tumika Patrice Cain

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Tumika Patrice Cain is an award-winning author, media personality and publisher whose works centers around uplifting, encouraging and empowering others to live the abundant life.  She is also an accomplished poet; founder of the Say What?? Book Club; and host of the internet radio shows Living Abundantly with Tumika Patrice Cain, In The Spotlight, and Say What?? Author Spotlights.  In addition, she is a respected book reviewer and columnist for PEN’Ashe Magazine, a contributing writer for BLOG and Believe Magazines, and editor for two smaller publishing companies. A champion for indie authors, she works tirelessly to level the playing field to bring exposure to those authors who excel at their craft, but whose marketing budgets are limited.  Inkscriptions, her publishing company, offers a myriad of book publishing services. Living by the motto of each one reach one, each one teach one, Tumika shares her passion for purpose and for life with all who cross her path.  She is the 2013 recipient of a Spoken Word Billboard award for her debut novel, Season of Change (December 2012), a novel that has since been picked up by Shan Presents and will be re-released as When a Man Loves a Woman – A Season of Change in December 2015.  To her publishing credit, she is also the author of After the Rain…a Poetry Collective (March 2014) and The Heart of a Woman (August 2015).  Tumika’s works have been published in numerous magazines, anthologies, newsletters and periodicals.

 Facts about Tumkia

Finish this sentence: I am addicted to…

chocolate, good books and gorgeous shoes!

What advice would you give another author who is struggling with procrastination?

There is always a fear element present with procrastination. I’d tell the author to look deep within and ask him/herself the question “what am I really afraid of?” If answered honestly, the answer will bring the author face to face with one layer of truth in their lives. Sometimes just admitting where we are and what we struggle with is enough to get the ball rolling. Other times, it may require more questions, to which I’d encourage them to ask if they are more afraid of whatever it is (from the first question) or getting to the end of their lives and having not accomplished what they set out to do. Typically, the weight of one will overshadow the other and help the person reach a decision. Thirdly, I’d tell them to look in the mirror and remind themselves how capable and worthy they are. Know that you are more than your setbacks, more than the mistakes you’ve made, and success is a divine right…so embrace it!

What flowers would be in your ideal bouquet?

I enjoy roses (pink and red ones especially), Calla Lilies, Tulips. I also enjoy the simplicity of daisies, and the childhood nostalgia of Cattails.

How do you celebrate a book release?

I like to do a reading and have a book signing, with good food, great company and a creative environment where others can meet, connect and get inspired.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

I’m a part-time writer, however, I am working on one aspect of the literary arena all the time; be it reading & reviewing other’s works; writing articles for my column, blogs or my motivational moments meant to uplift woman, or editing for independent authors or for the publishing company I contract with. Somewhere in the midst of all of that, I find time to write my books also.

Describe your dream date.

I’m a simple pleasures type of woman. A picnic by a body of water (sans the bugs and bird droppings – LOL), under a tree on a scenic grassy patch of land, in the midst of good company would be perfect.

What do you do for fun?

I enjoy reading, hosting small dinner parties, taking my daughter and her friend on play dates, dancing, interior design, exploring the cultural scene and listening to music.

How do you relax at an end of a long day?

I take a long soak in the tub with mile high bubbles or a steamy shower and slip on something comfortable that feels good against my skin, open the windows (even in the winter I open them just a smidgen), burn incense, light candles, cut on some of my favorite music, and eventually crawl into bed with a good book.

How long have you been writing?

I began creative writing at the age of seven when poetry was introduced as a second grade class assignment. I loved the way I felt after stringing together a series of words, and the power writing gave me to express myself when I was otherwise shy and felt voiceless.

What are your pet peeves?

Narcissism/selfishness and Lying!

Connect with Tumika Patrice Cain:

http://www.tumikapatrice.com/

https://twitter.com/tumikapatrice

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/TPCain

https://www.linkedin.com/in/tumikapatrice

https://www.facebook.com/Tumika-Patrice-Cain-254769847981922

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When A Man Loves A Woman

By Tumika Cain

The stars seemed to have been aligned for Avery and Alicia. From the outside looking in, Lady Luck passed their way and left a fortune! They had a whirlwind, fairytale romance filled with all the little things that make dreams come true, a wedding of grace and beauty, and perfectly magical careers that produced almost enough money to burn.  They were the picture-perfect couple.

Unfortunately, time has a way of revealing fissures in what appears to the naked eye as impenetrable. The results send this fairytale romance spiraling out of control.

Avery, as perfect and so right as he seemed, struggles to free himself from his demons. He clings to this delicate relationship that he desperately needs as if his last breath depends on it.  Alicia, on the other hand, struggles to make the necessary corrections that will release her from a prison of unexpected, agonizing turmoil.

A novel of enduring strength, undeniable empowerment, and the compelling ability to overcome incredible odds, Book one in the When a Man Loves a Woman series is a powerhouse that will impact readers long after the last words have been read.

Excerpt From When A Man Loves a Woman

Alicia:

“Tell me what happened last night.”

Somehow through sniffles I managed to relay the events of the day.

“When no one answered the front desk, I began to worry. I’d already tried your direct line six times.”

“Our receptionist leaves at 5:00, that’s why we all have direct lines. During deadline times, we are too busy to answer the phones. That’s the truth.”

“Oh, baby. I’m so sorry I became upset.” I felt myself stiffen at his words. He was more than just upset. He was out of control.

I found it unbelievable that my gentle Avery had the ability to lay hard hands on me with the intent to bring nothing but pain. Lying there with him, I couldn’t bring myself to look at him. His touch repulsed me, but I couldn’t find the strength to loosen the hold he had on me.

Looking back, I suppose I was grateful that the long night was a Thursday. The managers were very lax about giving us time off when we’d pulled overnighters like that. A three- day weekend was just what I needed. Emotionally, as well as, spiritually.

Avery wouldn’t let me loose. Just kept me nestled against him, stroking my back. Eventually, I fell asleep within the folds of his familiar embrace. Upon waking, I made my usual beeline to the bathroom. I really had to go! I’d forgotten that Avery wouldn’t let me go before I went to bed.

Standing at the sink washing my hands I chanced a glance in the mirror and gasped. I was a wreck. Hair all over my head. Eyes bloodshot and nearly swollen shut from all the crying. Cheeks very red from all the blows I’d received. At first I looked in disbelief, then I just hung my head and cried. I lightly touched a tender bruise that had started to form on my cheek. My whole body ached. The pounding in my temples seemed to increase with every movement made. Guess I never realized how much exertion went into fighting.

I gathered my belongings for a bath. There were a million thoughts running around my head, but I couldn’t distinguish one from another. A hot bath is just what I needed. Maybe the steam would permeate my pores and unleash all the bitter feelings I had growing inside. Pear-scented air filled my nose as I lay back in the tub, resting my head on the cold, hard marble. Confusion ran rampant in my mind. I didn’t know what to do. Well, that’s not entirely true. I did know what I wanted to do. I wanted to leave him and never look back.

By the time I exited the tub, my mind was all made up. I was leaving. That is until I glanced in the mirror again. I felt the walls begin to close in on me. I couldn’t leave. Not looking the way I did. I looked like someone had just beaten me up. Of all the feelings I had at the time, embarrassment had to be the most prevalent. I was too embarrassed to tell anyone. Too embarrassed to go into the streets with that bruise forming on my face. Mocking me. Too embarrassed that I had allowed this to happen.

Melancholy settled on me like acceptance does to a prisoner on death row. I was stuck. It wasn’t that I didn’t have anywhere to go. Kate’s doors were always open to me. So were Aunt Gilly’s. But like I said, embarrassment immobilized me.

Avery awoke and his eyes sought mine as I descended from the bathroom. I wouldn’t, couldn’t meet his gaze. I kept my eyes on the floor.

“Good morning, Alicia.” His voice was a soft caress that was almost my undoing.

“Afternoon, Avery.” I was on my way out of the room when I heard him call my name.

“Alicia, come here for a minute. I want to talk to you.”

“I don’t feel much like talking now.”

“Please…”

“Aren’t you listening? I am upset and I don’t feel like talking. Don’t pressure me, Avery!” By this time, I’d spun around on my heels and stood in the doorway glaring at him. I didn’t feel like being hounded. He was the one that opened up this can of worms. Now that they were out of the can, he’d just have to deal with whatever I felt like dishing out until I could make up my own mind. I was not going to be bullied or coerced into seeing this through his eyes. After all, no one told him to put his hands on me.

I heard him say, “I’m sorry…” But that was the last thing I heard because I went to sit on the patio. The condo felt small that day.

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Author of the Week: Laney Smith

This week’s Author of the Week is Laney Smith. She’s here to talk with us about her series, her writing process, and advice for new authors.

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Welcome to Authors to Watch! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am Laney Smith, the author of the Lock Creek: Time Capsule Series. I have enjoyed writing my entire life. I am the proud mother of two wonderful, brilliant and talented young men. I also have two younger brothers. I live in Southern California and I enjoy standing on the beach, listening to the waves breaking against the land.

What is your chosen genre?

Romantic Mystery/Contemporary Romance

What was the most challenging aspect of writing Lock Creek: One Year’s Time?

This one came fairly easily. Each volume gets harder because I have to remember events, names, dates – in some cases, and locations. It gets more and more difficult, but I enjoy the challenge.

Of all your published books, which is your favorite and why?

I love them all because they’re all so different. Each book has it’s own personality. But, if I could only pick one, I would have to say, Lock Creek: Time of Death because there is a scene in that book that made me cry for two weeks. I kept trying to sit and write it and I would have to step away and collect myself. It’s a very strange passion – to mourn the loss of a fictional character. I was a blubbering mess. They all get to me on different levels and to get the most out of Lock Creek: Time of Death, you need the three volumes before it. But, Time of Death almost killed me. I can hear a certain song today and it starts all over again. I love these characters so much. It’s tough to create a world and fill it with people and then pick the people off. But, it’s especially difficult when you, as the author, didn’t know it was coming. However, as I said before, they’re all so different that I love them all for different reasons. Each book builds what the reader needs for Time of Death to do that thing it does. I gets your heart.

Are there certain themes or lessons you tend to explore in your books?

If books could talk, each one of these books comes to me and starts playing out. Usually, there is a title that just happens. Sometimes I understand at the time. Sometimes, it comes later. But, these books name themselves, really. Each title has a different lesson. Sometimes it’s what it means to “love” someone. It may be learning to appreciate people in your life because they won’t always be here. It can be lessons as simple as what you do today can come back and bite you tomorrow. They aren’t preachy. But, there are definitely messages embedded in the story lines.

What is your primary goal as an author?

I have so many goals with this. I would have to say to show my kids that dreams can come true. If you want something bad enough and you go after it, it will happen. I have visions of seeing Lock Creek in film. I enjoy helping other authors find their footing, but I’m fascinated at how much I learn all the time, too. So, it seems there is no end to what you can pick up as you go. I’m thankful for that. I tend to get bored easily. So, the constant change and challenge has proven to be beneficial. I’m loving everything about this!

Which authors and/or books have inspired you as a writer?

I have a huge respect for Stephen King and Nicholas Sparks. I appreciate Stephen King’s style. I feel like he does things his own way and he shows how well that can work. I always find his stories interesting and different from the “norm.” Nicholas Sparks tells a really good love story, as you all know.

What projects are you currently working on?

I have so many things. I could probably fill a library if I could finish all of the works in progress. However, my primary focus at the moment is the fifth book in the Time Capsule Series.

What advice would you like to share with new or aspiring authors?

Don’t try to be like anyone else. Write what you want to say. The world right now embraces everything. So, be originally you. Write your stories. Those others have been written.

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Author Bio:

Laney Smith has enjoyed writing her entire life.  She had her first poem published in 1995.  Since then, she has written multiple stories for local newspapers.  She is the proud mother of two wonderful, brilliant and talented young men. She also has two younger brothers. Though she currently resides in California, she has lived in places such as Arkansas, Texas, Mississippi and Colorado.  This has given Laney an exciting opportunity to experience aspects of life that she uses to create settings, characters, and even ideals.  Through the encouragement of friends and family, Laney has now decided to pursue her hobby on a more serious level.  Thus, “One Year’s Time” was born (the first book in the Time Capsule Series) and it is with great pride that she brings this fun story to you.

Connect with Laney Smith here:

www.authorlaneysmith.com
www.facebook.com/ONEYEARSTIME
Twitter: @OYTLaneySmith
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8411874.Laney_Smith
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Laney-Smith/e/B00LOZDHLO/

You can buy a copy of Laney Smith’s books at the following links:

One Year’s Time: http://authl.it/49k

In Their Own Time: http://authl.it/49l

Derrick’s Time: http://authl.it/49m

Time of Death: http://authl.it/49n

Threshold (horror): http://authl.it/49o

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Author of the Week: Jennifer Renson

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Our Author of the Week is Jennifer Renson! Welcome, Jennifer. When did you begin writing?

I have been writing since childhood. I am not sure how I started writing but I remember being able to create stories since Middle School and as I got older I was able to expand my writing skills.

What is your chosen genre?

My poetry books and Carousel fall under the genres of young adult/mystery/thriller/fantasy/fiction.

I do not have a specific genre that I stick to. Mostly because I want to see how well I can write in a specific genre.

Can you please tell us about your most recent release?

Carousel is my first published book that started easily enough with the villain of the story. I do not usually write stories of this nature and I wanted to see if I could. Needless to say I was more than pleased that Pulse LLC wanted to publish it. Carousel takes places in a alternative Lucca, Italy. Lucca is a tiny Kingdom ruled by a King and Queen. When news of a plague approaches they abandoned their Kingdom to live in the countryside. Their son, Princio, unbeknownst of his past is raised by his grandfather when his parents die and tells him to return to Lucca but never show his face. Upon his return he meets the mysterious doll maker Feletti at the abandoned carousel knowing all about the prince’s past and refusing to tell him. Princio believes him to be a friend until he meets Marian. Young, beautiful and curious she is terrified of Feletti and as her relationship with Princio develops so does the unanswered questions. Feletti knows everyone’s secrets… What happens when Princio uncovers his as well as Marian’s?

What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?

The most challenging aspect I had writing Carousel was deciding how the story should end. I had multiple ideas and in the end I am most happy with the result.

Of all your published books, which is your favorite and why?

It is very hard to choose between all of my works. I love them all equally. Each one is a part of me in some way.

Are there certain themes or lessons you tend to explore in your books?

I like to explore a variety of themes. Though my skills mostly reside in the whimsical, story telling, and mystery, I’ve been trying to explore the more historical and scary.

What is your primary goal as an author?

My goal is to have my stories and poems reach as many readers as possible and be able to sustain a career in writing. Writing is my passion, my life and I want to be able to write forever.

Which authors and/or books have inspired you as a writer?

I’ve been inspires by several writers including J.R.R Tolkien, Oscar Wilde, and Thomas Malory. All three have written some of my favorite books.

What projects are you currently working on?

I am currently putting the finishing touches on the prequel to Carousel titled The Cottontail which will  take readers into the lives of the royals before their abandonment of their kingdom, introduce two new compelling characters and provide further insight into Feletti’s past.

What advice would you like to share with new or aspiring authors?

Do not give up on your dreams and passions. If you want to write, write. Tell the stories you want to tell. Be fearless. Be open to advice and criticism. There is no apology for passion.

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About the Author:

Jennifer Renson graduated from Monmouth University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations/Journalism, with a minor in History. While attending Monmouth University, she was the Managing Editor and then Editor-in-Chief of the Monmouth Review Literary Magazine while participating in Open Mic events.

After graduation, she began writing for Lost Treasure Magazine, covering a variety of topics, including that of Captain Kidd, The Library of Alexandria, Richard III, Cesare Borgia, and The Arthur Stone.

Jennifer acquired a Masters Degree in Counselor Education, with a New Jersey State Certificate for School Counselor. Her passionfor writing continued as her poetry was published into three books: Delightfully Dark: A Collection of Poems and Tales, Eo: Go, walk, ride, sail, pass, travel and Uncharted.

Her first published book Carousel through Pulse LLC, follows the life of a young man, returning to the homeland Lucca he never knew, meeting a mysterious doll maker and befriending a beautiful young woman at the site of the old carousel once belonging to royalty. Fascinated by history, she’s been a volunteer archaeologist. Hoping to turn her passion into a career, she continues to write poetry and stories hoping her works will inspire.

Connect with Jennifer Renson:

Twitter:https://twitter.com/JennyRenson

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/booksandpoetrybyJenniferRenson/info?tab=page_info

Tumblr:http://jenniferdarjeeling.tumblr.com/

Buy the books:

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Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Carousel-Jennifer-Renson-ebook/dp/B010BTQ41S/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/carousel-jennifer-renson/1122546076?ean=2940150889392

Googleplay: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Jennifer_Renson_Carousel?id=Efb3CQAAQBAJ

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Delightfully Dark: A Collection of Poems and Tales:

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Delightfully-Dark-Collection-Poems-Tales/dp/1499285434/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/delightfully-dark-jennifer-renson/1121244971?ean=9781499285437

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Eo: Go, walk, ride, sail, pass, travel:

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Eo-Jennifer-Renson-ebook/dp/B00TOM5NPW/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/eo-jennifer-renson/1120313107?ean=9781500991074

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Uncharted:

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Uncharted-Jennifer-Renson/dp/1514343576/

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Author of the Week: Barbara G Tarn

The Author of the Week is Barbara G Tarn. Welcome, Barb. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I was born in Rome half a century ago and wrote in Italian until the 21st century, when I decided I’d rather explore the English-speaking market. I started with the attempted conquest of Hollywood, feeling it was easier to write screenplays than prose, then by 2010 I went back to my first love, prose, and the following year I started indie publishing, mostly in English.

When did you begin writing?

I spent 8 years abroad in the 1970s – Paris and Geneva, so I grew up bilingual Italian/French, studying English at school – and when I came back I was 13. Not the best time to be uprooted. I hated everything and everyone and started writing stories. I was very prolific and loved to make up stuff (mostly unbelievable and by now unreadable, but I quickly poured out my million words of crap in Italian). Only with the new millennium did I realize there were actually creative writing courses and rules one was supposed to follow… but I didn’t throw away the previous 25 years of writing. I just kept going…

What is your chosen genre?

My favorite is fantasy, but I’ve tackled science fantasy, historical, contemporary, romance, YA (when I was YA and the term didn’t even exist yet) and m/m stories. Currently I have an adult unconventional fantasy world, Silvery Earth, a science fantasy universe, Star Minds, and I’ve just started an historical fantasy series of vampires through centuries. I also have some contemporary stories and magical realism (body switches). And some m/m romance.

Can you please tell us about your most recent release?

Rajveer the Vampire is historical fantasy. The history is real, but vampires… you decide. There are different kinds of vampires in my personal mythology. The western ones don’t need to kill to drink blood and turn their victims by giving them their blood to drink. The Indian ones are more demonic – their bite is poisonous and it either kills or turns the victim. In further books there will be also almond-eyed vampires and black vampires of different kinds.

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What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?

Finding English textbooks on the Indian middle ages. Luckily my wonderful cover artist is very learned and she helped me nailing the culture. I also had to wade through The Element Encyclopedia of Vampires by Theresa Cheung (HarperCollins UK, 2009) – a loan from my offline beta-reader – to try and make up all the various vampires taking things from various mythologies and folklores. But the most challenging aspect was sticking to history and making it real, in spite of the non-historical creatures wandering the country!

Of all your published books, which is your favorite and why?

It’s usually the latest “baby”. I am still quite prolific, and the latest story is usually my favorite. Once I release it, I move on to the next, that will become my next favorite! I’m married to Mr Writing and we have so many children… I have favorite characters, though. Kol-ian and Ker-ris of Star Minds, the group of protagonists of Books of the Immortals – Air, Kurt the left-handed warrior, Lost and Oliver (who are not lovers – and the original story is from 1993), Yash and Ryo (who become lovers), Kilig the Sword… And coming soon my sleeping beau and his savior (Beautiful, a retelling of Sleeping Beauty slashed – or m/m version – will come out as soon as I get the manuscript back from the proofreader, sometimes around mid-November)!

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What is your primary goal as an author?

Keep writing until my hands and eyes (and brain) fail me. And then publish and move on, until I’m able to quit (part-time) DayJob and live off royalties.

Which authors and/or books have inspired you as a writer?

Brunella Gasperini, the adventurous books of Emilio Salgari (might be considered the Italian Jules Verne, that I also read when attending French schools) and a collection of fairy tales from around the world, illustrated, that is still at my parents’ – all read in my teens, when I started producing stories at a steady pace. I’m also influenced by movies, (TV when I still watched it, i.e. until the early 1990s), and comic books (manga, bandes dessinnées, comics or fumetti, whatever you want to call them – including strips).

What projects are you currently working on?

The Sleeping Beauty slashed will be followed by a Snowhite retelling m/m romance + three short stories from openings I wrote for a writing workshop (contemporary stories) + a short story inspired by my trips with tour groups that will be set in the Star Minds universe (aliens visiting future Earth), and then I’ll get back to my historical vampires. I’ve started a novella about two secondary characters of Rajveer the Vampire. So while the other writers are busy with NaNoWriMo, that’s my writing plans for November!

What advice would you like to share with new or aspiring authors?

“Never give up, never surrender.” Don’t look for perfection. Write with your creative brain and don’t waste too much time “polishing”. Write, finish what you write, edit and release. But mostly, have fun! Entertain yourself first, and your readers will be entertained too! Happy writing!

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About the Author:

Barbara G.Tarn had an intense life in the Middle Ages that stuck with her through the centuries. She prefers swords to guns, long gowns to mini-skirts, and even though she buried the warrior woman, she deplores the death of knights in shining chainmail. She likes to think her condo apartment is a medieval castle, unfortunately lacking a dungeon to throw noisy neighbors and naughty colleagues in. Also known as the Lady with the Unicorns, these days she prefers to add a touch of fantasy to all her stories, past and present – when she’s not wandering in her fantasy world of Silvery Earth or in her Star Minds futuristic universe. She’s a writer, sometimes artist, mostly a world-creator and story-teller – stories comprise shorts, novels and graphic novels. Her novella “The Hooded Man” has received an Honorable Mention at the Writers of the Future contest. Used to multiple projects (a graphic novel is always on the side of the prose), she writes, draws, ignores her day job and blogs at: http://creativebarbwire.wordpress.com

Connect with Barbara G. Tarn:

Blog: http://creativebarbwire.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barb-aka-Barbara-GTarn/175559797281

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4717133.Barbara_G_Tarn

Author Central http://www.amazon.com/Barbara-G.Tarn/e/B0050P0R2G

Find the author’s books:

Publisher’s page with info on all the books: http://www.unicornproductionsbooks.com/ (each book has a page with the buy links and sometimes optionals such as maps, character interviews, etc)

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Guest Post by K.C. Tansley

Today, we have a very special guest! K.C. Tansley is here to introduce her new book and to talk to us about her decision to write a novel featuring time travel. Take it away, K.C….

Why I Wrote a Time Travel Novel

by K.C. Tansley

I have always been fascinated by how people’s actions impact each other. Nothing happens in a vacuum. One person’s choice can set off a domino effect across others’ lives. When you trace a consequence back through the actions that led to it, there are always a few places where a few people could have made a different choice and it would have completely altered the outcome.

I wanted to play with the idea that one generation can make a choice that has unforeseen and devastating consequences on another. Time travel was essential to showcase this dynamic in action and have a rich sense of family going back centuries. I think it gave the story a bit of a saga feeling. By having my characters travel 129 years into the past, I could show how the past reached into the present and messed everything up.

What I find fascinating is that even the most researched and thought-out decisions can have a weakness: bad information. There is only so much information available when a decision is being made. Sometimes, what you think is trusted information is actually incorrect, and it brings so many consequences along with it.

We make choices every day. No matter how well thought out they are, the best intentions can lead to the worst outcomes. Sometimes the worst intentions have unexpected results. Many times the effects aren’t visible for years. A decision might seem right for a while. And then the repercussions come around on the next generation. Only then does it become clear that it was a bad choice. A decision made over a century ago can still impact people’s lives today.

In my head, I like to picture all the branches in a decision tree. It’s probably why I often wonder what I would change if I could. So I posed that question to my characters. What if you could go back in time? Would you change things? What if changing things risked your world’s existence? Would you still do it? Those kinds of tough choices show someone’s true nature. And the choices my characters made revealed so much about who they were at their core.

About The Book

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She tried to ignore them. But some things won’t be ignored.

Kat Preston doesn’t believe in ghosts. Not because she’s never seen one, but because she saw one too many. Refusing to believe is the only way to protect herself from the ghost that tried to steal her life. Kat’s disbelief keeps her safe until her junior year at McTernan Academy, when a research project for an eccentric teacher takes her to a tiny, private island off the coast of Connecticut.

The site of a grisly mystery, the Isle of Acacia is no place for a girl who ignores ghosts, but the ghosts leave Kat little choice. Accompanied by her research partner, Evan Kingsley, she investigates the disappearance of Cassie Mallory and Sebastian Radcliffe on their wedding night in 1886. Evan’s scientific approach to everything leaves Kat on her own to confront a host of unbelievables: ancestral curses, powerful spells, and her strange connection to the ghosts that haunt Castle Creighton.

But that is all before Kat’s yanked through a magic portal and Evan follows her. When the two of them awaken 129 years in the past with their souls trapped inside the bodies of two wedding guests, everything changes. Together, Kat and Evan race to stop the wedding-night murders and find a way back to their own time and their own bodies before their souls slip away forever.

About the Author:

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K.C. Tansley lives with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, on a hill somewhere in Connecticut. She tends to believe in the unbelievables—spells, ghosts, time travel—and writes about them.

Never one to say no to a road trip, she’s climbed the Great Wall twice, hopped on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, and danced the night away in the dunes of Cape Hatteras. She loves the ocean and hates the sun, which makes for interesting beach days. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is the first book in her YA time-travel murder mystery series.

As Kourtney Heintz, she also writes award winning cross-genre fiction for adults.

Connect wtih the Author:

Website: http://kctansley.comhttp://kctansley.com

Blog: http://kourtneyheintz.wordpress.com

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/kourtneyheintzwriter

Twitter: http://twitter.com/KourHei

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13530245.K_C_Tansley

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Ignored-Ghosts-Unbelievables-Book-ebook/dp/B00WZOJ028/

 


 

 

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Interview with Stephen Nawotniak

Today’s guest is Stephen Nawotniak, author of Mubu the Morph:

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Go on a rhyming adventure with Mubu as he learns through trial and error the secret to being his best self. Vibrant colors and a playful tone amp up the fun factor in Stephen Nawotniak’s engaging story that’s sure to ignite the imaginations of children and adults alike. Illustrated by Jeffrey Scott Perdziak and published by People Ink Press, Mubu the Morph is suitable for children in grades K to 3 and the people who love them.

Welcome, Stephen! When did you begin writing?

Before the Mubu children’s book series, writing has been more of a journaling process about my internal struggles and dreams that became books such as Generation TreX: MyThoughts and Handbook for Healthy living with a Mood Disorder.  Mubu the Morph took me a year to write and another to find a publishing outlet.

Can you tell us about your most recent release?

This rhyming, rhythmical read along is perfect for the young at heart.  It is a tale of Mubu the Morph as he searches with a bird, dog and fish for his purpose.  In each case, he uses the talents of the animal to help him search for his hearts song.  Its only when he stops looking outside of himself, and turns to self understanding, that he begins to see that his own gifts and talents are what makes him special.  He then begins to understand that he gets to choose how he views his gifts and that personal choice plays a significant factor on how he lives.

An adult message in a child friendly tone, Mubu shows us that while we make take many roles and identities throughout our lives, our true identity is created from the inside out.

Mubu the Morph is written for children in grades K-3 yet lends itself to be a perfect tool for the parent, teacher or leader who wishes to pass on the theme of self image, self confidence and character development to another.  Its prose works well for a smooth easy read as well as multiple teaching opportunities in its use of the English language.  Its images are engaging drawing the reader to connect with the character of Mubu as he navigates his journey.  Its message is timeless and therefore applicable to children and adults alike.

May all readers experience a shift of self value and purpose from external validation or a comparison with others to an expression of their own internal gifts.  First without, then within…are you ready to begin?

How did you get the idea for the book?

The idea for Mubu came more from sketching sounds into rhymes and rhythms then sitting down to write a specific children’s book.  Over time, a story with a message formed that led to the current book, Mubu the Morph.

Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?

Currently, Mubu the Morph is the first published book/character.  With 4 more books written and in the publishing process, there are more characters to come.  My favorite parts about Mubu is that he represents the hope and choice within us all.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?

The most challenging aspect of writing this book, by far, was maintaining the balance of a message, rhythm and rhyme that can make sense to children and provide enjoyment to the adult reading it.  My goal is that the reader is able to interpret the story in a variety of ways based on the perspective that they bring to it.

What is your primary goal as an author?

To provide entertaining books to improve self image through words and its art.

What projects are you currently working on?

I am currently working on 4 other books in the Mubu series including Mubu’s Christmas, Blue Mubu, Kookoo –ah-choo’s flight and Dr. Snoo.

What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?

As uncomfortable the fear of rejection can be, put your work out there.  Both publishers and literary agents say no in very supportive ways.

About Stephen Nawotniak:

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Stephen Nawotniak OTR/L has a Self Designed Masters Degree from Buffalo State College and a Masters Degree  in Occupational Therapy from Utica College.  Steve is also an Eagle Scout.

Starting in May of 2000, Steve completed an 8 month, non-motorized trek from Buffalo, NY to Key West, FL.  He canoed across NY on the Erie Canal, sailed the Hudson River into New York City, hiked the Appalachian Trail to Roanoke, VA and biked to Key West, FL.  Along the way he gave presentations to over 1000 youth on the values of volunteerism and education and completed over 230 hours of community service along the way.  He studied the geology of the Eastern United States as part of his Self Designed Masters Degree.  These studies complimented his Bachelors in Earth Science, Secondary Education.

Two years later, in August 2002, Steve was hospitalized for a week with a major depressive episode and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The next 8 years of his life was spent learning how to live with his condition on the journey from hospitalized patient to licensed healthcare professional. Steve published the book Handbook for Healthy Living with a Mood Disorder sharing the skills and tools he uses daily to live, what he calls, a desired quality of life. Check out his website www.handbookforhealthyliving.com for more information on this book.

Steve has spoken at various events including the International Association of Peer Specialist, The Museum of disABILITY History and various high schools in the Western New York area to challenge the stigmas associated with mental health.

His children’s book Mubu the Morph speaks to the inner journey we all face as we discover our purpose.  Mubu’s concept was generated from Steve’s personal experiences of his bipolar condition with his professional experiences as an Occupational Therapist. Stephen currently lives and practices Occupational Therapy in Buffalo, NY.  Check out his website at www.mubuthemorph.com for more information.

Steve’s desire is to honor a quote by Art E. Berg, wheelchair athlete and motivational speaker, by extending his non-motorized trek around the US to promote volunteerism, education and the abilities of the “disabled.” Art’s quote is“Dreams are never destroyed by circumstances.  They are born of the heart and of the mind and only there can they ever die.  Because, while the difficult takes time, the impossible just takes a little longer.”

Connect with Stephen Nawotniak at the following links:

Mubu The Morph Children’s Book Series

Handbook for Healthy Living with a Mood Disorder

 

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The Perfect Summer: Book Feature

The Perfect Summer

It’s summertime! That means it’s time to sit back, relax and just have fun, right? Wrong! For Marlena Fernadez, Gloria and Valerie James and Max and Mickey Martin. . .summer is all about life lessons in these three page-turning tales about kids in search of The Perfect Summer.

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Synopsis of each Story

A Lesson for Summer by Jackie Lee

Fourteen old twins, Gloria and Valerie James, had the ideal plan to spend their summer vacation. They would spend their summer shopping, talking about boys, and going to the movies. However, when their dad felt the calling of the Lord, they were now going to have to spend their summer moving to another town and volunteering to mentor a bunch of snotty nose seven year olds. The twins do everything to sabotage their parent’s plans for them. However, in the end they learn lessons in life that truly makes this the Perfect Summer for both of them.

Excerpt from A Lesson for Summer

I knew that look meant that my twin sister did not like what she was hearing.

“There you are. We were wondering what was keeping you,” Dad said in a cheerful voice.

I politely smiled and took a seat beside my sister on the sofa. My eyes darted over to the strangers in the living room. The man had fine gray hairs around his bald spot. He wore thick glasses that made his eyes look like a huge red moon. He also wore too much cologne. Whew!

He had the living room lit up like the perfume part of Macy’s. The woman beside him wore this big Kool-Aid smile. She had on a red dress with blue flowers. Her dress was loud enough for my friends to hear her across the street. “I have heard so many wonderful you, young lady,” said the balding man.

The lady with the loud dress just kept smiling.

“Your parents tell me that you are the captain of the church praise dance team and worship leader for the youth. That is wonderful! I love to see our youth active in church,” the man continued.  I just continued to stare at him. My sister elbowed me, so I managed to say, “Thank you.”

My mother jumped into the conversation.

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A Country Summer by Morgan Billingsley

It’s summertime and Max and Mickey are headed to their grandmother’s house. But these two city kids aren’t ready for a Wi-Fi free country summer. But when Max makes new friends, he learns to adapt and have fun. Can he get his twin sister to see that attitude is everything and can determine whether they have the Perfect Summer!

Excerpt for a County Summer

When that last bell rang, signaling the  beginning of our summer vacation, I felt like I’d just been given a Get Out of Jail card. I had been counting down to this day and was looking forward to hanging out with my twin brother, Max, playing video games, and taking daily swims in the pool my parents had built last  winter. You know, just having fun.

I wasn’t expecting this.  I mean, in the fun dictionary, a road trip to a country town was nowhere in the book. Yet,  that’s exactly what we were doing.

“Ugh! Are we there yet?” I asked my dad, who was driving our large SUV like a skilled truck driver.

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Two Big for My Teacups by Gabrielle Anderson

It’s summer vacation time, and the Fernandez family is headed to Disney! Marlena, the oldest, is not excited about riding the teacups, she out grew those long ago. She decides that she is old enough to hang out on her own. With her cell phone in tow, her parents allow her tackle the park alone. It’s no surprise that she learns many life lessons the greatest of which is family love.

Excerpt from Two Big for My Teacups

Six hours, four arguments and three stops later, they made it to the hotel in Birmingham. It was early evening and all Marlena wanted to do was swim. They were staying in a room that had two queen beds and a pullout sofa.

“I call the sofa bed,” Marlena said while putting her bag on it.

“I want the sofa bed,” whined Kyle.

“It’s big enough for the both of you,” her dad said.

Marlena protested. “I don’t want to sleep with him. I called it first.”

Her mother let out a loud sigh then gave Marlena a look.

“It’s been a long ride, let’s go swim,” her father suggested.

“Good idea,” her mom replied. “Get your suits on.”

Marlena and Kyle got dressed quickly. He in basketball shorts, and she in her one-piece. Of course she wanted a two-piece, but her parents said that was out of the question. Not until she was old enough to buy it herself. Marlena didn’t think it was such a big deal, most of her friends had one. While her mom was in the bathroom, she decided to dress Chloe in her suit. She found her little pick suit with ruffles around the bottom and put it on her. Chloe was such a cute little girl. She and Marlena always got along. If her mom wasn’t around, she preferred Marlena to anyone else. Sometimes Chloe even slept in Marlena’s room.

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Biography of each author

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Morgan Billingsley is a seventh grader, who loves writing, acting, swimming and volleyball. She enjoys helping out and making people laugh. Everyone who knows her, applauds her nurturing heart. Morgan can often be found assisting her mother, ReShonda Tate Billingsley at book signings. She is active in her school organizations and serves as secretary for her Teen group in Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Follow her on Instagram @c_momo_b

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Eleven year old, Jackie Lee is a lover of the letters and the arts. She has starred in three theatrical productions produced by Cherie Garland. She portrayed Crystal in “The Christmas Present,” Glenda, The Good Witch in “The Wiz” and the Ballerina in “One Night with a King.” Jackie’s love of arts also extends to church. She participates in the praise dance ministry at East New Hope Baptist Church. She utilizes her musical talents as a clarinet player at Forest Hills Elementary School Band. Jackie can often be found at various literary events assisting her mother and guest authors. She also enjoys journaling and making sketches in her notebooks. She resides in Virginia with her parents and siblings. You can follow her at http://thecreativelifewithjackielee.blogspot.com/

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Eleven year old, Gabrielle Simone attends Pulaski Academy College Preparatory School, where her teachers describe her as hardworking and passionate about learning. She is the student council representative for fifth grade, plays both basketball and soccer and has a personality bigger than life. The confident young writer is also the daughter of young adult author Celia Anderson. Having grown up tagging alongside her mom at book signings and lectures, it’s no surprise that she has become interested in the art. Gabrielle says that one day she would like to attend Stanford University in California, but that may change as she grows older. Currently she resides with her mother in Little Rock, Arkansas, enjoys playing dress up, singing and playing with her American Girl Dolls. She lists both her mother and maternal grandmother, whom she affectionately calls FeFe, as the people who have influenced her the most.

Links to Purchase

http://browngirlspublishing.com/little-brown-girls/

http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Summer-Morgan-Billingsley-ebook/dp/B00VVWMGGW/

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-perfect-summer-morgan-billingsley/1121717750?ean=9781625178701

 

 

 

 

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