Blood Moon Rising Event

I bet you’ve all heard of the Blood Moon that’s going to be happening overnight? I know I’ll be up to watch this rare phenomenon that won’t happen again until 2033. But what about Blood Moon Rising the event?

Are you a fan of horror, sci-fi or fantasy? Do you love reading? If so, this event is for you. I’m taking part in a social event hosted on facebook whereby 31 authors will get to talk to you over the course of the month of October to tell you about themselves and their work. It’s a great chance to meet and greet some new authors and find some new reading material. I know I’ll be tuning in every day to see who I can meet!

I’ll be taking part in this wonderful event on 11th October where I’ll have the full day for a Q&A and you will be able to get snippets of my current work in progress. Interested? All you have to do is follow this link: Blood Moon Rising Facebook Event

I hope to see you there so I can connect with you all!

Rayme Michaels on writing Screw the Devil’s Daiquiri

I would like to start off by thanking Alice J. Black for this opportunity of promoting myself as a writer and author, along with my work, on her blog. I greatly appreciate it and would also like to say hi to her followers and fan base. Hi, everyone, and thanks for reading! Cheers!

After high school, I studied Theater Arts Performance and Radio Broadcasting in college, and then, as an undergrad, majored in Philosophy with a minor in Psychology. I then went on to get a Master’s Degree in Comparative Philosophy while working as a teaching assistant. Screw the Devil’s Daiquiri is my first full-length novel, but it is my third book, my other two being novellas released in 2012. My first book was a quirky, bawdy comedy entitled Incorrigibility. My second one is a dark, gory, romantic vampire thriller called Red Love, which won Honorable Mention right at the top of the list for General Fiction in the 2014 London Book Festival.
I became a bookworm at the age of eight and have been influenced by, and continue to enjoy, a wide variety of writers that range from the solemn to the satirical, the serious to the jovial, both in fiction and non-fiction, contemporary and old. This invariably comes out in my writing, since my literary interests are very broad. As an existential thinker, I am fascinated by the human mind and the human predicament, yet, as a Rabelaisian human being, laughter and joy are the reasons I get up in the morning. Well…that and sex, of course. Oh, and my first name is pronounced with two syllables, by the way. The “e” is not silent.
I am pleased to announce the promotion of my dark, urban comedy drama, Screw the Devil’s Daiquiri. Here’s the synopsis:

When womanizer, and possible schizophrenic, John Hazel, is suddenly offered a serious job promotion by the CEO of his company, David Wall, under the condition that John help him kill his wife, John finds himself between a rock and a hard place when Mr. Wall’s wife, Victoria Wall, asks John to do the same for her.

John, an office temp, photographer and university teaching assistant of philosophy, has more than enough on his post-traumatic, hyperactive mind, without something as absurd as this weighing down on him, not to mention that he is haunted—well, annoyed more than anything—by either the spirits or imaginary spirits of Giovanni Boccaccio, Francois Rabelais and a she-devil named Sabrina. Influences such as these do not help with John’s very prurient but fascinating mind, which his psychologist tries as best as she knows how to get to the bottom of.

His life-long existential crisis, having two hit men on his back, a bad-to-the-bone best friend named Alex, and a manic, sex-crazed, power-hungry, confrontational co-worker named Jackie, who happens to be Mr. Wall’s mistress, certainly do not help matters either. Life does not seem to want to let up on John. Will he make it through this very bizarre time of tribulation, or will he end up behind bars, stone-cold dead, or simply cracking under the weight of it all?

Screw the Devil’s Daiquiri is available in both print and eBook formats.

Book Details:
Screw the Devil’s Daiquiri
By Rayme Michaels
Publisher: Melange Books
ISBN: 978-1612359311
ASIN: B00LBBLZCE
Pages: 224
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Urban Comedy, Drama

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Divergent: A Review

<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13335037-divergent&#8221; style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img alt=”Divergent (Divergent, #1)” border=”0″ src=”https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328559506m/13335037.jpg&#8221; /></a><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13335037-divergent”>Divergent</a&gt; by <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4039811.Veronica_Roth”>Veronica Roth</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/866386653″>5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
I have to say that from the moment I picked this book up, I found it so hard to put down. I was immediately sucked into the world of the Factions. I went along the journey with Beatrice as she went to the Choosing Ceremony and picked the Faction she would spend the rest of her life with. I was with her when she changed her name to Tris and became tougher and fought the Abnegation thoughts that kept creeping back. Despite the fact that Tris had a lot of self-doubt, she was a smart girl and she did what she thought was right. She’s a very strong, independent woman and I like that about her.<br><br>The budding relationship growing between her and Four moves at a great pace and left me in anticipation for them to finally get together. Their relations were described brilliantly and the author let the reader into Tris’ mind so we could understand where she was coming from the whole time.<br><br>The world of the Factions is built really well. Everything has been considered and I found myself immersed in the factions wondering which one I would have chosen.<br><br>A brilliant book. I can’t wait to start the next one!
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Nancy Pennick: Waiting for Dusk Series

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Cinnamon bread. Coffee. MiMi biscuits. All part of my childhood. My grandparents were immigrants from Sweden and although I never met my grandfather, my grandmother filled her home with Swedish traditions.

When I began to write this young adult series, my Swedish roots took hold and called out to be written into Waiting for Dusk. I grew up hearing stories about my grandmother and grandfather coming to America, separately, and meeting here. My grandmother found a job working as a maid in a mansion where the lady of the house helped her learn English. My grandfather eventually opened a grocery store.

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The character of Carl Johansson is based on this brave man who came to the U.S. at the age of sixteen. Carl travels farther than my grandfather ever did, ending up at the Grand Canyon back in 1927. He meets his wife in an unusual way—through time travel. She continues his Swedish traditions by filling the kitchen with wonderful scents.  Katie, my main character, ends up back in time and that kitchen is one she grows to love.

The kids in our family had a running joke that our mothers swore they didn’t know the language until it was Christmas or they wanted to talk without us knowing what they said. We learned a few words along the way but like all children, we didn’t want lessons. Now we wished we paid attention! So, of course, I had to include a few words in my novel and have Katie learn their meanings.

Waiting for Dusk is more than a Swedish lesson. The story revolves around a teenage girl living in the modern world who learns what’s important in life. She has some growing up to do and by the end of the series becomes her own woman. Along the way she learns to cherish friends and family, knowing they are the ones who will always be there for her. She meets her true love and they face more problems than the typical teen couple. Time being one of them.

I never had the privilege of knowing my grandfather but I hope my tribute to him bodes well. In honor of both grandparents, I hold my Swedish coffee high in the air, as a toast. Waiting for Dusk is for you both.

Waiting for Dusk is the first of the series. Call of the Canyon continues the story and ends with Stealing Time. Broken Dreams is a prequel to the series, following the lives of two girls Katie meets at the canyon. Taking Chances is a free short story from Drew’s perspective.

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Here are links to books –

Fire and Ice http://www.fireandiceya.com/authors/nancypennick/index.html

Amazon – http://bit.ly/waitingfordusk

Amazon – FREE short story – Taking Chances http://amzn.to/1KxA0QL

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Amazon – Broken Dreams – http://amzn.to/1J7qwLP

Amazon – Call of the Canyon http://amzn.to/1frzv1Q

Amazon –  Stealing Time http://amzn.to/1J6CHuC

Norb Aikin talks about his Poetry

Norb Aikin

Name: Norb Aikin

Age: 40

Where are you from? I was born in Buffalo, NY, but I’ve been a resident of Cortland (which is just outside of Syracuse, NY) for almost three years.

Tell us a little about yourself ie. education Family life etc. After graduation from high school I studied Communications and Journalism for a year, and I recently went back to further my education in Computer Information Systems. In between those stints, I spent the majority of my career in Retail Management, which can be a fruitful resource for many authors…not in terms of money, but for anecdotes and generally dealing with people.

When and why did you begin writing? I started writing as a teenager- poetry, primarily. It was and still can be an excellent source of relief, and it’s great for saying things which in certain moments you might find yourself unable to get out. It’s a way of finding closure.

Do you have a novel/collection published? Would you like to tell us about it? That, I’m still working on. I’m in the process of going through my old notebooks- over twenty years’ worth of poems- and archiving them in my Writing.com account. I started with a collection from about fifteen years ago called Cabin Fever, which I think is my first solid, front-to-back piece of work I felt comfortable sharing in its entirety. I’ve received a good amount of positive feedback on it so far, which has encouraged me to keep digging through everything else I have. When I’m settled on what I want to do as far as publishing, Cabin Fever will be what I’m looking to promote…but I’m still in the “gathering information” phase.

What inspired you to write your first book? A lot of times with poetry, it just boils down to experiences and what you’re going through at the given moment. With Cabin Fever, it was a lot of life changes happening around the same time…including learning to deal with different kinds of adversity as an adult for the first time. I was in my mid-twenties, and was sort of forced into learning a new reality…something that’s scary and carries a sense of the unexpected, no matter how old you are.

Do you have a favourite character from your book? If yes, who is it and why? No…most of it is written from a personal perspective. And in retrospect I wouldn’t say I was all that fun to be around most of the time back then!

Is your book part of series? If so what can readers expect to find in your series? It wasn’t conceived that way; not at the time. But the more I read through items I’ve written after that, I’m noticing a bit of a pattern. There’s a relation in the overall themes. I haven’t totally figured it out yet, so I can’t say I’m on to some kind of non-traditional trilogy…but down the road, with time maybe that’s how I’ll remember that period of writing the best.

Do you have a specific writing style? I don’t; at least I don’t think I do. I know what people have said in the past as to who I reminded them of, but I don’t put much stock in that. More often than not, everything starts with a random sentence that’s been rolling around in my head, or a potential title, and a tempo more than a specific form. I’ve always hated the constraints of traditional poetry forms…I think you lose emotion when you can’t use the words you want because they’re a syllable or three longer than you’re allotted in a line. And I’ve always been sort of turned on by rhythms that are unique.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Conveying the emotions I’m experiencing properly to the reader. Even though I prefer free-verse, it’s not always easy to get your point across as intended. I know everything’s open to interpretation, and that’s a good thing, but it can be frustrating when someone reads an item and it hits them in a manner completely opposite from what I was feeling at the time.

What are your current projects? I’m slowly touching up a collection right now called Ribmeat Of The Family Tree, which picks up sort of where Cabin Fever had left off. It’s growth by extension, I guess…I’ve never gotten comfortable with doing the same things over and over, and there’s a slightly more mature focus in Ribmeat. As I suppose happens with age. In addition to that, I often take on little projects at Writing.com, and I try (admittedly, not hard enough) to maintain a blog, Still Figurin’ Out Who I Think I Am. I’d like to think of that as more of an outlet for daily life and humor; a lighter side compared to poetry’s more emotional depths.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? My blog is available to anyone publicly at www.writing.com/authors/fivesixer/blog. I’m trying to work on updating it more frequently, but I’ve also learned not to force myself to squeeze out words that aren’t there.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Probably 90-95% of everything I’ve written, either in my blog or in my poetry, is based on my own personal experience. It’s that age-old mantra: “Write what you know!” I have a hard time with fiction…I mean well, and I get very gung-ho about ideas for a day or two, maybe a week, and then I get bored with it and give up. It’s not as instantly gratifying as completing a poem, or hitting send on a blog entry. I don’t have to invent a plot or flesh out details from thin air…I just have to hope my memory holds up!

What books have most influenced your life most? Do you have a mentor? I don’t have a mentor, but I feel like I’ve been influenced a lot by many of the bloggers I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with on Writing.com…and not just from a technical standpoint or in the writing process. To be able to see how others react in certain situations, and what they go through if we happen to be covering similar topics, is a tremendous resource. And confidence…another author’s confidence can be contagious, especially if you’re unsure of your own work at the time. Writing.com is a great community for that…sure, people are willing to lend assistance with spelling and grammar and whatnot, but it’s the moral support that really helps people find their own voice.

Have you ever been able to travel in regards to your books? What was it like? I’m sort of the other way around still regarding travel; I haven’t been fortunate enough to go anywhere simply because of my writing, but my travels have wound their way into poems and blog entries. However, I did once take a train trip to New York City for a long weekend to visit a fellow Writing.com author, which was a really fascinating experience.

Do you have any advice for other writers? I feel like it’s the same things everyone else says…just keep doing it! And make time to read and interact with other writers…hearing their voices can be just as important as finding your own.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? I can’t begin to express how thankful I am for the support and encouragement I’ve received over the years…it truly means a lot. From page views and advice, down to the simple “Thank you for sharing this!”, it all registers on a level as something so important and immeasurable. Without that, what are we? Just a kid in his bedroom, venting frustrations. To go from that to knowing people look forward to what you have to say, I can’t really explain how awesome and humbling that feels. I’m very grateful.

What book are you reading now? Right now, I’m rereading The Hawkline Monster by Richard Brautigan…an old coworker turned me on to him years ago, and I’m absolutely in love with his attitude and demeanor in his narration. He may not be for everyone, but I definitely recommend giving any of his works a shot, especially if you find yourself in a rut artistically and are maybe looking to inject a change of direction in what you’re doing. I also recently installed the Goodreads app on my tablet, and I’m starting to grow a virtual to-be-read pile there as well.

Do you remember the first book you read? If not tell us what your favourite book is and why. Wow…I don’t remember that far back! I remember getting my first library card, and taking out a stack of books that I’d tear through during summer breaks from school. I was a fan of the Choose Your Own Adventure series, as well as the Hardy Boys books…we didn’t have Harry Potter growing up. And as far as favorites go now, I’ll again bring up Richard Brautigan and In Watermelon Sugar. His portrayal of the fictional town is so colorful under what seems to be dreary circumstances, and I can appreciate how well in ways it relates to society almost a half-century later.

Other than writing do you have any hobbies? I find myself doing a lot of miscellaneous reading on the internet…there are millions of rabbit holes you can find yourself being sucked down that are so full of random bits of information, obviously. I have a short attention span, so it’s not hard for me to start reading up on one topic and an hour or two later I’m overlooking something at the opposite end of the spectrum. It’s not only enlightening, but it can stimulate a dormant thought that winds up becoming a blog conversation or a poetic topic.

Do you have a day job? If so, what do you do? Right now, I’m in a middle place of sorts…I’ve been dealing with a bit of a disability issue, which has been making me rethink working in retail anymore. On the plus side, it’s given me an opportunity to explore different avenues with writing. The downside, of course, is everything that comes with being unemployed.

What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching? I don’t actually own a television! I haven’t for the majority of my adult life; for so long, the airwaves were devoid of witty programming that I could sit down and enjoy and feel like I was gaining something from. But with the explosion of cable, satellite service, and streaming options, there’s so much out there now that if I choose to watch something, I don’t feel like I’m wasting my time staring at a screen. I’ve always leaned toward sitcoms, so I’m catching up on Arrested Development (again) before the next season drops (which hopefully will in 2016). Friends has always been a guilty pleasure. And over the last two nights I watched a bootleg link (shhh!) of the movie Straight Outta Compton, which brought back a lot of memories from when I was just a kid. I don’t watch a ton of movies- I can’t sit still and pay attention for that long- but that was one I knew I’d see eventually. I do the majority of television and movie watching late at night…I still can’t get over the stigma I’ve placed upon myself that I could be doing more productive things with my time.

Favourite foods /Colors/Music. It’s taken me a long time to reach this level of understanding, but pizza will always be there for me and will never let me down. I wish I could say the same about tacos, but if you’ve had a bad taco it takes awhile to recover from the emotional torment of having your heart broken by it. Tacos are like the bad boys of food…everyone wants one until they break your heart. Pizza will always be there to comfort you, no matter how many times you friend-zone it.

Colors? I’m preferential to black and dark blue. And music…I grew up on the oldies, and then gravitated toward hip hop and then grunge. I have a large collection of just about every genre…it’s the other constant in my life besides writing.

 

Links: http://www.fivesixer.writing.com/

Blog: http://www.writing.com/authors/fivesixer/blog

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/norb.aikin

Twitter: @Fivesixer

Jessica Rhodes talks about her Debut Novel

Name: Jessica Rhodes

Age: 24

Where are you from? Ramsgate, Kent.

Tell us a little about yourself ie. education Family life etc.

I was born and raised in Ramsgate, and have always loved writing. My highest achievement to date is a BA (Hons) in Music from the University of East Anglia, which I received in 2013. I have a lovely baby son called Charlie, and I’m marrying my fiancé Josh in August 2016. We are also the proud owners of 3 gorgeous cats, who are mad as hatters but lovable with it!

When and why did you begin writing? I started writing in my GCSE year, so about 2007/2008. I did a piece about human grief in which the protagonist’s daughter passes away, shortly followed by her mother. It got a high grade and sparked my interest in the human psyche.

Do you have a novel/collection published? Would you like to tell us about it? I am currently publishing my debut novel, Lady Cannibal, with Immortal Publishing in America. It’s the first in a series of books, which is pretty exciting.

What inspired you to write your first book? I got the opening line for Chapter One of Lady Cannibal at 2 am! It was weird to wake up and have that line going round my head, but once it was down on paper that was it.

Do you have a favourite character from your book? If yes, who is it and why? My favourite character in my book has to be Serena Raymond. She’s feisty on the outside, but on the inside she’s fragile and hurting a great deal. Exploring her is one of my favourite things to do.

Is your book part of series? If so what can readers expect to find in your series? It is, and people can expect to find a lot of darkness, depravity and sexual tension as well as every range of emotions possible.

Do you have a specific writing style? Not really. I suppose my “style” is simply to sit down and ask the book what its story is. It sounds weird, but I literally think to myself “What does this book want to tell me? Whose story am I telling? What’s the story here?”

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Starting a book! Once I’ve started a book, I’m away, but looking at that blank page is the most daunting thing I will ever face.

What are your current projects? I’m working on my second novel, Prison of the Angels, and editing my fiancé’s book Shadowborn.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? That would be telling! No spoilers!

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? A lot of them are based on my own life experiences and events that have happened to me, especially the experiences that shape Serena. She is, to all intents and purposes, my twin. Just with a far better job!

What books have most influenced your life most? Do you have a mentor? I think it would be better to say which authors influenced my life! They are Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, Kate Rhodes, P D James, J K Rowling and the wonderful Sir Terry Pratchett. As for a mentor … I have a lot of friends who kick me up the backside when I’m slacking!

Have you ever been able to travel in regards to your books? What was it like? I’ve had the opportunity to travel, but not in regards to my books. Travel is a huge passion of mine, even though I’ve only been to Europe, and I hope to take my son abroad when we can afford it.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Always listen to yourself. Don’t listen to people who say you should write in a specific style, or with a set number of words, because it’s all a matter of opinion. As long as you are being true to the book and true to yourself, nothing else matters.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Other than enjoy the book, nothing really!

What book are you reading now? I’m reading The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman for a website I review for. Juggling that and a baby is certainly fun!

Do you remember the first book you read? If not tell us what your favourite book is and why. Hmm … my favourite book has to be Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I just love how feisty Jane is, how firm she is in her moral outlook, and how she stands by her decision not to marry Rochester and make him a bigamist. She is the older sister I wish I had.

Other than writing do you have any hobbies? I like keeping fit through a mix of Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred and martial arts, and I love cooking and baking. I also love reading when I get a chance, although playing with my son on his playmat is far more fun!

Do you have a day job? If so, what do you do? I used to work for the NHS as admin staff, but I’ve applied for Kent Police as an officer. I’ve passed shortlisting so just have vetting and medicals to pass before I can potentially be an officer!

What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching? I love Strictly Come Dancing and the Great British Bake Off, as well as Masterchef and Celebrity Masterchef. As for films … if I listed them all we’d be here all day!

Favourite foods /Colors/Music.

Foods is a hard one – I’m pescetarian so I love a lot of Asian flavours, and I also love a good Sunday roast! Just with fish rather than meat. Colours-wise, I like dark colours such as purple, red, black, blue and green. I’m not one for pastels and floral prints – you’re more likely to see me in jeans and a t-shirt than a fashionable dress! Music – again we’d be here all day! At the moment I’m loving Pentatonix, Peter Hollens, Evynne Hollens and Lindsey Stirling as well as Nathan Alef and Merlin Showalter.

Links: www.writersedit.com – Writer’s Edit, the site I do freelance reviewing for.

Blog: thehomegrownmum.blogspot.co.uk – my parenting blog.

theliteraturewhisperer.wordpress.com – my book review website.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/somethingtosaytoyou – author page.

www.facebook.com/theserenaraymondnovels – the book series page.

Twitter: @JLRhodes91

Instagram: jessica.rhodes91

Bio: I was born and raised in Ramsgate, and have always loved writing. My highest achievement to date is a BA (Hons) in Music from the University of East Anglia, which I received in 2013. I have a lovely baby son called Charlie, and I’m marrying my fiancé Josh in August 2016. We are also the proud owners of 3 gorgeous cats, who are mad as hatters but lovable with it!