Sunday, April 6, 2014

Introducing Canadian author: Lissa M. Cowan

Lissa M. Cowan is the author of Milk Fever and founder of Writing the Body. She speaks and writes about storytelling, creativity, work-life balance and creative spirituality. She is a Huffington Post blogger and writes regularly for Canadian and U.S. magazines and newspapers. 
She is co-translator of Words that Walk in the Night by Pierre Morency, one of Québec’s most honoured poets. She has been writing and telling stories in one form or another since she was six years old and has received awards for her writing from the University of Victoria’s Writing Department and from The Banff Centre. She is an alumna of The Banff Centre and The Victoria School of Writing. She has had some wonderfully talented teachers along the way such as Nino Ricci, Jane Rule and Daphne Marlatt who have helped her hone her writing craft.
Lissa believes that inspiration for writing can come from anywhere and that lifelong creativity begins by cultivating a deep awareness of ourselves, and the world around us. She coaches her students to develop the skills to tune in—rather than wait for the muse—and to trust their intuition. She believes that true creative work begins with a loving relationship to self and spreads outwards to encompass all living beings.
When she’s not writing or teaching, you can most likely find her in a cafe working on one of her stories or book ideas. She just started work on a creative non-fiction book, though it’s too early right now to spill the beans on that one!
She holds a Master of Arts degree in English Studies from l’Université de Montréal and lives in Toronto, Canada.
Here is a description of the Bastille, a Paris prison, which is one of the settings for Milk Fever. In this excerpt, the protagonist searches for Armande, the wet nurse.

The passage was dark and wet. Water droplets fell from the ceiling and onto my shoulders and hair. The only light came from a chain of small, narrow windows. Close to the wall, I looked over my shoulder to make sure nobody trailed me. After walking through a series of passages that veered sometimes right and sometimes left, I came upon a heavy wooden door that opened easily. The echo of my walking sounded through the passage as I climbed heavy stone steps.
The woman I saw outside the prison the other day sang a tune that seesawed this way and that. The passages had that same strange and troubled rhythm, I thought, as I wandered through them.

I breathed in the damp. My heart felt cold and heavy while my hand felt the shape of Armande’s diary in my pocket, the thickness and weight of it. To know it was still there, gave me comfort. After walking along the passage to a higher floor, I saw a door with a tiny window. Inside was a room with a chair and a table covered in dust and cobwebs. Past that were other doors. The chambers were dark and empty, and I began to feel that there was nobody in that stinkhole but me. Past a large arched door, I found myself in a courtyard overgrown with ivy. In the middle was a statue of a child, its face blackened with moss. After crossing the courtyard, I reached another arched door, which led to another tower where I heard a faint sound like a woman whimpering. I ran up the stairs after the sound but it faded as quickly as it came.

A light appeared at the far end of the passage, and then I saw a figure holding a lantern. His footsteps echoed and grew louder as he approached. Quickly, I dashed to a door nearest me. Once inside the chamber, I crouched under the little opening and waited for the man to pass. The room was no bigger than a store cupboard and had a fancy chair in it of red and gold that seemed out of place next to the dust, stench and cobwebs. In the far corner were tapersticks and a row of books. I sat down in the chair and then realized that my feet hurt, the bandages the doctor applied to them, were coming undone, much like my prospects of finding Armande alive.

I walked along the passage to a different tower. Yet this time, instead of looking in every chamber, I said her name, in a low voice, though high enough so somebody might hear. Perhaps I was going mad just as the doctor suspected when he saw my knotted hair, dirty clothes and feet. “Armande,” I called out again. Another voice joined my own.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Finding new authors

A hostile takeover, an irresistible man and unexpected lust.
What else could go wrong? Erin Cameron can’t imagine . . . until she falls for the very man who would take her livelihood from her without a qualm.
In her longtime gallery manager disguise as Cam Boucher, Erin Cameron’s senses are overwhelmed when a sexy, charming, and somewhat ruthless billionaire strolls into Cameron Gallery in Greenwich, Connecticut, as though he owns it. Taken aback by her immediate and intense desire for Tristan Forsyth, Erin finds she can’t get him out of her mind.
With Tristan’s continual interruptions, veiled threats of adding her gallery to the increasing number of world-wide galleries he already owns, Erin is worried she’s met her match. Mrs. Hardy, housekeeper and matchmaker at the Cameron estate, isn’t much help when it comes to Erin’s attempts to avoid Tristan. Erin finally faces him down at New York’s Metropolitan Museum, and sparks fly. Will they both be consumed by the scorching fire between them that is undeniable? Can Erin allow him to take all she holds dear for one night of sex? Painted into a corner, Erin searches her heart for a way to deal with the dangerous problems facing her.
J.M. Griffin/Dana Stone grew up in rural Maine. She relocated to Rhode Island and lives in the north western part of the state with her husband and two cats. J.M.'s first published novel For Love of Livvy, began a series of humorous mysteries featuring Lavinia "Vinnie" Esposito. J.M. has also written a romance under the pseudonym Dana Stone.
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

What if you could interview the main protagonist in your book?

Title: Stepping Off A Cliff
The St. Augustine Trilogy: Book II
Author: Doug Dillon
Length: 321 Pages
Genre: YA Paranormal
Released: November 11, 2013
Presented by: As You Wish Tours

Doug Dillon Interviews fifteen-year-old Jeff Golden
(Location: The Athena Restaurant, St. Augustine, Florida)
Doug: Jeff Golden! Good to see you. Have a seat. Want anything to eat?
Jeff: Nah, nothing for me thanks. I’ve only got a few minutes. Gotta meet Carla over at the research library. So what’s up, author man?
Doug: Oh, I just wanted to get your views on the paranormal now that you’ve had a lot of experience with it. I’m starting to write Book III of The St. Augustine Trilogy and . . .
Jeff: Oh no! Come on, Doug. To be honest, I’ve had way to much experience with that stuff.  You really piled it on me and Carla in Books I and II. I really don’t want to talk about it right
Doug: Mmm, OK, I understand but I don’t want to misrepresent your outlook.
Jeff: Just as I figured. You’re going to add tons more paranormal crap in your next book and put Carla and me in even more danger.
Doug: Uh, well, that’s kind of the idea in fiction.
Jeff: Yeah, great. Easy for you to write it that way but hell on us. Did you ever think about that?
Doug: But you’ve both learned so much from Lobo and your paranormal powers keep
increasing. Doesn’t that make you feel less afraid and stressed out no matter what happens?
Jeff: You just don’t understand. To you, the scary fictional situations you create in these novels
are reality to us. We actually live it. Did you ever think about that?
Doug: Sounds like you resent me even creating these novels at all.
Jeff: It isn’t that. You’ve given us life but then you ignore that we truly have our own reality.
Doug: I never thought about it that way.
Jeff: OK, so think about it now, please. I’m sitting here talking to you, right? I’m not just a
made-up piece of your imagination any more.
Doug: So does Carla feel the same way?
Jeff: Yes and no. She doesn’t like it any better than I do but she says you’re just doing your job.
Doug: I see. So then, Jeff, what would you have me do differently in the last book of the trilogy?
Jeff: I don’t know, really. I guess I would just ask you to remember that you truly do create the
reality that we, your characters, have to endure. We can feel it when you don’t.
Doug: Really? And how should I do that?
Jeff: It’s what’s in your mind that counts. You don’t actually think of us as real. What you don’t
get is that by creating us we truly exist in a parallel universe. Otherwise, I couldn’t be sitting here
Doug: Uh, you’ve got me there.
Jeff: Good. Maybe that understanding will shake you up enough to treat us as equals instead of
some kind of subhuman beings.
Doug: Ouch! Guess I deserved that.
Jeff: Just work with us, Doug, that’s all we ask. Sorry I didn’t answer your question. Let’s set up
another interview and we’ll try again.
Doug: Will do. You’ve given me a lot to think about. Thanks.
Jeff: Cool. Gotta go. Carla’s waiting.

Stepping off a cliff by Doug Dillon
An otherworldly, evil and dangerous force infests America’s oldest and most haunted city, St. Augustine, Florida. Everyone living there, or visiting, is at risk in ways too horrible to imagine.
Standing between this invader and the people of St. Augustine are teenagers Jeff and Carla, the mysterious Native American shaman, Lobo, and Lyle, the homeless guy.
In their quest to save themselves and all the inhabitants of this ancient, Florida city, Jeff and Carla uncover lost parts of St. Augustine history, push past the limits of space and time, and
encounter what they come to realize are the true walking dead.

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A former award winning educator, Doug writes about things paranormal and historical. His interest in the paranormal comes from personal experiences as detailed in the nonfiction adult
book he and wife wrote titled, An Explosion of Being: An American Family's Journey into the Psychic. Out of those events and extensive historical research, he then created Sliding Beneath the Surface for young adults, Book I of the
St. Augustine Trilogy. Doug set his trilogy in the oldest and most haunted city in the United States, St. Augustine, Florida.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Spring Madness! Bookmark these free book deals!

I'm not sure if it is the warm weather, blue skies or onset of Spring, but many of my kindle books will be going on Free Promotion at Amazon in the next few days.  Please share this with your friends and mark the free promotion dates on your calendar.  If you download one of my books, please be so kind as to leave a review on Amazon.
Free Promotions - Children's Books
The Lost Keys - free from 29th to 31st March 2014
Fighting Fisi - free from 29th to 31st March 2014
The Midnight Mouse free from 28th to 29th March 2014

Free Promotions - Novels
Defective - free from 28th to 31st March 2014
C U @ 8 - free from 29th March to 1st April 2014

Free Promotions - Travel Diary
The Great Mountain to Mountain Safari - free from 30th to 31st March 2014

Kindle Countdown Deals
Hush Baby will be 99c from the 24th to 27th March; and $1.99 from the 27th to 31st March 2014.

Fear, Phobias and Frozen Feet will be 99c from the 27th to 30th March; and $1.99 from the 30th March until the 2nd April 2014.

Friday, March 21, 2014

How do authors choose their genre

Introducing J.M. Griffin - Mystery Writer
When I decided to take a blog tour, I wasn’t sure where I’d stop and who I’d meet. Since I’m not shy, I figured I’d make some new friends along the way, and possibly find a bunch of new readers. Thanks for having me here today to talk a while with you and your followers. It’s such a pleasure to meet you all.
It never really came to mind when I first started writing, that it would be a hard, yet joyous job. Something I was always meant to do, but took forever figuring out that I should do it. As with most crafts, (and writing is a craft, by the way), one must hone their skills, which can take a lifetime. When I first began writing, I though romance was as good a place as any to start. WRONG! There’s a theory that says “Write what you know”. Very true, by the way. I know mystery. I live, eat, sleep and breathe it. I watch it on television, at the movies, read it, talk about it in forums, etc. Yes, I should have known I ought to write mystery, but I finally figured it out and here I am, enjoying myself immensely and entertaining the public every chance I get.
Cozy mystery novels are my fave, but honestly, any mystery, other than blood and gore, will do nicely for my own personal entertainment. I do, however, like stories that make me laugh so hard that I lose my place and have to read the same paragraph two or three times. These are the type of books I enjoy writing, ones that make you smile, giggle, snort, and laugh out loud. I believe I manage to do that, at least my publisher says so. J
The Deadly Bakery series was first proposed when my publisher called and asked for a themed series of novellas. I’d been toying with the idea of a bread bakery owner who had a tiny shop, with a dragon of a landlady who was hated by most of her tenants. When she was ultimately killed, she was then left in one of their shops on the row of eight housed in an antiquated building in the historic section of Providence, Rhode Island. When the baker, her tarot reading bff, a handsome Scotsman and the other tenants get together, you can be sure there will be mayhem. Toss in a gnome-like grandmother who walks on the edge, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
I’ve lived in Rhode Island for years, find the people here colorful, full-on characters that make a great storyline even more interesting. This is what I’ve done with this series. I’m a people watcher who scribbles notes on anything I find in my purse when something strikes my fancy. Walking through the historic district of Providence’s east side offers glimpses of stately homes from the days of shipping magnates who ran the city, along with Rhode Island School of Design, and Brown University. Both campuses abut one another, though the students couldn’t be more different no matter what. Using these areas as backdrops was fascinating and extremely enjoyable for me as a writer, though the bakery doesn’t really exist, except in my own imagination, most of the other places do.
I guess that about covers things, I hope you’ve had as good a time here today as I have. Thanks for stopping by, it’s been great to be here. You can visit my blog, and find me on Facebook and twitter, too.
                                                Best regards,

Who said life was simple, complacent, and boring?

After the man of her dreams, Scotsman Aidan Sinclair, walks into her bread shop, Melina Cameron immediately realizes her life has taken a sharp left turn.

Finding her ill-tempered landlady murdered, only complicates matters. 
Melina's seventy year old grandmother has chosen to take a walk on the wild side of life, and Detective Graham, lead investigator from the Providence Police Department, has taken a fancy to Melina. Too many issues and too little time to adjust to the implications of them all, leaves Melina floundering to keep her business, The Hole in the Wall Bakery, open and running smoothly.

Excitement and danger ramp up when a fellow tenant, in the string of shops in
Melina's building, is found murdered in the same fashion as the landlady. Who
would be cruel enough to incriminate Melina, along with her BFF and neighbor,
BettyJo Seever, in the crimes? Who's next on the killers list, and why?

The answers are beyond her reach. Melina finds she's out of her depth and drowning ever so slowly in the deaths that surround her. Can she and BettyJo prove their innocence before Detective Graham charges them both with conspiracy to commit, murder resulting?   
Will they reveal the culprit and find the proof needed to put these deaths to rest?

It's only after Aidan joins the hunt, that Melina comes face to face with the person responsible for the killings. Fearful that she's about to become victim number three, Melina takes the killer head on.

J.M. Griffin/Dana Stone grew up in rural Maine. She relocated to Rhode Island and lives in the north western part of the state with her husband and two cats. J.M.'s first published novel For Love of Livvy, began a series of humorous mysteries featuring Lavinia "Vinnie" Esposito. J.M. has also written a romance under the pseudonym Dana Stone.
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Catchup March 2014 volume 1

Catchup March 2014 volume 1

This took me most of today to do.  Seemed simple at the start, had frustrating moments but finally it was done!  Persistence pays.  Well that's what I kept telling myself.


Monday, March 10, 2014

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