Nikki Loves Her Hair by Nailah Jones

Nikki is a young girl who loves everything about her natural hair. She loves all of the hairstyles she can do and matching with mommy and friends!

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Nailah Jones is a natural haired girl from Snellville, Georgia. After years of getting relaxers, she realized her natural hair better fit her identity and later decided to go back to her natural roots. She has now had locs for two
years and counting. Nailah thinks that it is important to let other natural girls in her community know how beautiful their natural hair is, so they never have to wonder!

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If you were given the opportunity to form a book club with your favorite authors of all time, which legends or contemporary writers would you want to become a part of the club?

Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston

How big of a part does music play in creating your “zone”?

Music is a huge part of my life and I use it to motivate myself, celebrate big moments, get me through hard times, etc. So it’s definitely part of creating my zone.

Do you need to be in a specific place or room to write, or you can just sit in the middle of a café full of people and write?

I’m pretty good at zoning the rest of the world out, so I think I can write anywhere.

Some writers create a bubble around themselves until they’re finished with their project – how true is that in your case?

This isn’t true for me. I stayed very interactive with family and friends throughout the creation of my children’s book.

Writers usually have a particular Muse, but some also have a different Muse which inspired different books – does that apply in your case?

My inspiration was all of the young black children with natural hair who deserve to feel beautiful and special.

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Heart of Gold by Stephen Ellis Natelson MD

Heart of Gold by Stephen Ellis Natelson MD

This is the tale of an android who works for the NSA told in nine episodes. I have attempted to enhance the reader’s experience by presenting music, poetry, and interesting factual information in context.

Had I the technology, I would provide a button for the reader to push to hear the actual music, with the ability to turn it off or on at will. Instead, there are links to the web, where the music can be enjoyed for free.

Perhaps the whole project would work as a TV series or a film.

 

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Bloodborne Series

Reign Drops (Bloodborne Series Book 1)

A simple Mayan girl. A powerful spirit. A bloodthirsty monster. All leading to a desperate quest.

When the Mayan calendar ended some people scoffed while others joked and a few waited for the end of the world. After living half her life apart from her native people, Dalia no longer believes in the supernatural and monstrous things that the final cycle predicted.
But unbelief is not protection.

Going home draws her into a fight against mythical creatures, limitless power and a battle for humanity’s survival. Can Dalia balance an outsider’s knowledge and tribal wisdom to give the world a fighting chance? Or will she choose to stay blind and let the world collapse around her?

Reign Drops is the first book in The Bloodborne Series, a saga of urban fantasy novels. If you like tenacious heroines, Mayan legends, and new twists on magical beasts, then you’ll love Chris Patt’s spellbinding series.

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Summer Sinks (Bloodborne Series Book 2)

An adept student with a powerful mentor. A diabolical witch huntress . Two friends working to avert a tragic twist of fate.

Dalia and her dragon’s quest for the histories of magic and humanity, and a long lost dragon tribe, lead them to Texas. While building her magical reserves, and satiating the dragon’s need for knowledge, they stumble across a powerful hex.

A curse that could cost her everything she loves.
Battling an unknown enemy, Dalia wonders if she can find the answers before time runs out. Finding enemies close and new allies in unexpected places it comes down to a battle of magics. Will the more powerful witch retain the upper hand, building on her generations of training? Or will Dalai’s faith in others be the end of her?

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Temple Origins show us how the Fate Sisters can turn a promise into curse. a curse that will lead to the Bloodborne Legacy. Follow along as we trace the path of the amulet. Death shows us the way, as only he can.

 

Chris Patt lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, three cats, two dogs and DJ the turtle. She writes as often as she can, but perhaps not as often as she should. According to the husband it is possible she reads too much.

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The Enigma Gamers – A CATS Tale (The Enigma Series Book 7) Audio Book and ebook

The Enigma Gamers – A CATS Tale (The Enigma Series Book 7)

Has today’s technology advanced to the point that the line between the real and cyber worlds has vanished? If so, will this unchecked digital landscape provide new social predators with opportunities to unleash terror and pain on unsuspecting victims, while avoiding detection from anywhere in the world? How does anyone find the culprits holding international cities, big businesses, air traffic, and even emergency systems hostage to terrifying digital ransom demands.

Julie and Juan’s cyber assassin technology services team are immersed in these outrageous cyber-crime events occurring at multiple locations around the world. The CATS team is the next generation of hunters in the find and fix contest of cyber warfare, unlike any seen to date. How will they prove that the of 21st century video game playing has evolved beyond the that simple after-school distraction for children? With Supercomputers, the adage ‘bigger toys for bigger boys’ takes on a whole new definition. These Gamers may be after far more than just points.

George, Ty, Ernesto, Mercedes, EZ, and even Juan—travel to and investigate their respective assignments where they find they are undermined by organization’s leadership unwilling to listen to reason, playing the part of victim. Tampering with automated processes, driven by today’s explosion of technology use, is only the beginning of the competitive nature of these players. Cyber bad guys always think they can’t be caught or stopped.

Award-winning authors, Breakfield and Burkey, take their fans into this grittier story of The Enigma Series to explore virtual hacking within our technology dependent world. Book 7 of the series, The Enigma Gamers, A CATS Tale, is focused on misguided technology using Julie and Juan’s talented and tenacious team of professionals committed to finding and punishing evil achievers in every corner of the real and virtual worlds.

You may find yourself trying to rewrite the ending to match how you see the world, or how it should be.

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The CATS Team, led by Julie and Juan, is committed to avenging and administering justice to evil doers in every corner of the real and virtual worlds.

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Interview – 

  1. What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

What a great question. Breakfield and Burkey began writing technical documentation many years ago. Armed with the technical expertise we delivered many technical workshops all over the world for leaders in technology.

Technical documentation is, well, boring, so we decided to take the best of our technical expertise and leverage it into completing technology-based scenarios relevant to today. The Enigma Series was born. There are ten books currently available in the series, each with a technical focal point like Identity Theft, or how AI steals our future. The first 7 in the series are in audible formats primarily narrator by our amazing voice actor Derek Shoales.

  1. What is the first book that made you cry?

Collectively for Breakfield and Burkey we agreed it was Old Yeller. What’s not to make one cry with a beloved companion of a boy and all the drama this story takes the reader or audience through. Gheez, we still tear up thinking about portions of it.

This is also what we find Derek does with portions of our stories in brining emotions to high alert for humor, reflection or sadness. Our stories have a technology foundation then we layer on travel, intrigue, mystery, romance, and a dash of humor. We have found that migrating the story to audible provides a more immersive story and love it.

  1. What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?

This is such a hard question. Organizations are in business to make money so that’s how they are constructed. The unethical doesn’t seem to come so much from the industry but rather from those bad actors who take advantage of authors who want options on book publishing. There are horror stories are as plentiful as stars in the sky.

As an example, when we started down the paths of investigating audio formats for ours, we had zero experience, as we didn’t even listen to audio books. We had some awesome guidance and then found for us the best connection was via ACX from a quality perspective. The methods for altering the rights is in the fine print, so reading all the documents is key.

  1. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Breakfield and Burkey are both energized by creating compelling stories and then sharing them. We find that offering the books in ebook, paperback, and, yes, audio formats for the first 7, number 8 The Enigma Broker is being produced with delivery in the Spring 2019. What is exhausting is some of the marketing aspects like asking for reviews from listeners and readers to share with others. We have recently earning a Crowned Heart from InD’Tale Magazine for The Enigma Stolen audio, which of course reenergizes us while we are crafting number 11, working title The Enigma A.I. Wars.

  1. What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Traps, hummm. We find the common traps including thinking if we write it they will come. Nothing says just because someone wrote a book everyone will buy it. In fact we find that the 80/20 rule applies significantly for authors in that 80 percent marketing to 20 percent of generating an amazing book. Adding the layer of getting the book transformed into an audio format requires even more marketing. We love to reach out to readers/listeners, but without the reviews and feedback we are never certain who we are successfully reaching.

 

 

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Rise of Prophecy by Abdur R Mohammed

Gods. War. Judgement Day. Novelist Abdur R Mohammed blends ancient myth, religious belief systems, and his deep imagination to create a fantastic new world on the pages of his fiction debut, Rise of Prophecy.

The Age of Virgo ends with an ancient Anuk prophecy looming over the world: peace ushers in prosperity; war brings annihilation. Prince Timon of Atlantis seeks the power of the Anuk star-people to conquer the world, but is challenged by the mysterious Liviana, who attempts to prevent the prophecy from unfolding. She is on a collision course with Alexius, a disgraced noble who inherits a secret from the gods. War is coming. Mortals and gods are in an epic power game in which strength, smarts, and allegiances are tested.

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Interview with Author Abdur R. Muhammed –

“Tell us a little about your book.”
It is a fictionalization of history, created from the flames of alternative-history, following the lives of six main characters, and two gods (Thoth and Persephone).
The story takes place at the end of the age of Virgo, roughly 12000 years ago.  For context purposes, two other periods are covered to paint a richer picture of the universe: before the Great-War, soon after (the beginning of Virgo), and the main timeline.
A looming prophecy details the return of the original Anuk (Visitors from the stars), who will pass judgment on humanity at the end of Virgo – Peace will bring prosperity; war brings annihilation.  The Empire of Atlantis is brewing war with the rest of the world which ensures the wrath of the Anuk.  The Characters are plotting for either outcome.

“Have you published before?”
This is my first book, although it has had two other incarnations.  The titles Chronicles of Atlantis and The Rise of Prophecy served as training wheels to get to this point.
The previous titles were immediately pulled after some lessons were learned, but the story itself of The Anuk Chronicles has remained the same.

“Are you currently working on anything else?”
I am almost finished my first draft of the second volume to The Anuk Chronicles entitled Rise of Villains.
Concurrently, I am detailing my experience with the self-publishing process, which I hope to publish at some point.  This would be a purely subjective expose into the pitfalls and triumphs I have achieved with The Anuk Chronicles series.
In addition to this, I have a concept screenplay I am working on.  Logline: Christmas is thrown into chaos when an accounting error assigns Santa to be Lucifer’s therapist.

“What is your favorite writing snack?”
That is a hard one.  I’d say a bowl of Cheetos.  Although, I have been trying to eat healthy, so celery stalks have been breaking up the crispy goodness from time to time.

“What gets you in the mood to write?”
I can tell you what gets me out of the mood to write: X-box.  I’ve been obsessed with a very popular Ubi-soft title which is providing months of gameplay.  This has been my Achilles heel for the past few months.
When I do end up in front of my fake monitor (32in LED TV), with fingers resting awkwardly on the keyboard, however, I am compelled to open the floodgates and let my imagination flow.
I would admit that once I have translated the first few images and feelings in my soul, then the anticipation to complete a chapter propels me forward; so really, the act of writing puts me in the mood to write.

“Who is your favorite character, and why?”
Another hard question.  As I complete Volume Two’s draft, Liviana is quickly becoming my favorite.  In Volume One she is a notch or two above two dimensional, maybe 2.5 dimensional.  This is done on purpose in order not to take away from the main protagonist, Alexius.  But in Volume Two however, she is demanding a fuller expression of herself.
In Rise of Prophecy, Liviana is a driven, self-confident power-house with purpose.  Nothing it seems could faze her, resembling many people whom we all know that exhibit these traits.  She is at the same time vulnerable to all the things we mortals have to deal with, and this is what seems to be flowing much easier with her, for me, than the rest.

“Favorite book of all time?”
I will have to say Dune by Frank Herbert.  This masterpiece is echoed in small ways in my story – subtle, but it’s there.  I read the novel at age nine or thereabouts.  I couldn’t grasp the totality of the universe Herbert created back then but this would ultimately lead me back to his works in my adolescent and adult years.

“I think breakfast says a lot about a person; what is your perfect breakfast?”
If I were to ignore any dieting strategy, I’d have to say pancakes, medium eggs, corn-beef hash, buttered toast (white bread, not that healthy stuff).  Then there is the untapped coffee, cream with real sugar.

“Do you have a favorite period of time that you like to write about or would like to live?”
I love the past.  Not the recent past mind you, but the ancient past.  There is so much rich culture and beliefs with a refreshing freedom that is lost it seems.  Would I like to live there?  If there was Internet, anti-biotics, quick inter-continental travel, Keurig, and baked goods…maybe there were; we’ll never know.

“Please tell us in one sentence why we should read your book!”
Why suffer Game of Thrones anxiety and withdrawals?  No that’s not it.
While academics argue about alternative history, spend some time in a world they only fantasize about.

About the Author Abdur R Mohammed is from New York City and currently lives in Virginia Beach, VA. He spent 13 years with the U.S. Navy, serving in F/A-18 fighter squadrons, and travelling the globe where his deep-seated curiosity about mythology and philosophy was further stimulated. Mohammed has degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology. He is working on Vol. 2 of The Anuk Chronicles while polishing up the screenplay for Vol. 1.

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*Old flames burn hotter the second time around…*

It’s been four long years since McCrea Coldiron watched Eleanor Mackenna
walk out of his life. He wasn’t ready for the marriage noose then and never
thought he would be. Single, free to do as he pleases, and running the
Promise Point Horse Rescue Ranch are the things that make him sure he was
right to let Eleanor go… This is until she comes back to town with a
daughter he never knew about in tow.

Eleanor knows just how badly McCrea can burn a woman and how persuasive
he can be when he wants something, so she’s more than cautious about
his charming words and cocky grin when she comes home to arrange the
sale of her grandparents’ ranch. But when a flat tire in a thunderstorm
introduces four-year-old Sophie to her daddy, Eleanor knows McCrea’s love
for his daughter is genuine. Can she trust it will be the same for her? As
the icy walls around her heart begin to melt, Eleanor must find the courage
to trust her heart or run away from the man who has always owned it.

Being shown what he lost is a wake-up call for McCrea and he isn’t about to
let Eleanor or Sophie walk away. It’s time to prove he’s a man who believes
in love and happy-ever-after.

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Mina and her husband live on a small farm in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of southern Kentucky. She’s an artist, an avid reader, a dog lover, and a miniature horses enthusiast.

Life in her corner of the world consists of long winter nights curled up by the fire, cheering on her favorite football teams in the fall, enduring March Madness in the spring and walking barefoot through her garden with a cold jar of tea in the summer fireflies at sunset accompanied by a serenade of crickets and frogs, and lazy nights in the porch swing.

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The Lost Children of Andromeda: Zosma by Jason Michael Primrose

ZOSMA IS A POWERFUL PRE-APOCALYPTIC SCIENCE FICTION STORY EXPLORING THEMES OF TRUTH, RESILIENCE, AND DIVERSITY

Zosma opens the series on Earth in 2052 A.D. as Allister Adams, a young superhuman, begins his search for the planet’s possible savior: Zosma Caster. Zosma is an intergalactic refugee and the vessel for an otherworldly energy source from the Andromeda Galaxy. The rogue organization C20 has been interested in Zosma’s power, but are its intentions entirely pure? Allister’s search for an alien becomes a search for truth as the walls, literally and figuratively, are closing in.

Zosma is the first in the series The Lost Children of Andromeda. Inspired by his personal journey of self-discovery, Jason Primrose has created a world in which even superhumans are challenged by the effects of greed, fear, and natural disasters. The apocalyptic tale explores the themes of reality vs. perception, human extinction and climate change, diversity of thought, and resilience.

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Jason Michael Primrose has been creating alternate worlds and characters since childhood. For nearly ten years, he has used his unique storytelling gift to impact the entertainment, fashion, and tech consumer product industries. His experience spans brand strategy, creative direction, retail merchandising, and influencer/celebrity partnerships.

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Try to describe your book in one sentence.

Zosma, the first novel in the Lost Children of Andromeda series, explores the detrimental impact of humanity’s current choices thirty years in the future, and is told through the lens of a young superhuman named Allister Adams and an alien refugee named Zosma Caster.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I believe I was born a storyteller. I always used to make up stories, but there was this distinct moment in grade school when writing took hold of my spirit and wouldn’t let go. We used to have this cool thing where you could draw pictures on paper and type the stories up on a computer. They’d print and bind the books for you. I “published” about five, all of which I still have. (Thanks mom!) The most promising I guess was Dragon Wars, a 15-page illustrated short story. It grew up into the Lost Children universe.

Do you read reviews written about your book?

Yes, I do! I’m all about self-improvement and I love constructive criticism. I know what I set out to accomplish with the theme, the message, and the characters. When readers pick up on that, it’s an amazing feeling. When they don’t, I know that I have a lot more work to do.

Do you have any advice for unpublished authors?

Never give up. Try to have fun. Try not to take yourself or your work too seriously. Continue to grow and always be open to learning and the right kind of criticism. Try alternative methods, be daring, be brave. Celebrate every milestone, no matter how small. Be patient. Let fear bring you courage, not doubt.

What is it you love most about writing? What’s the hardest part of writing for you?

The thing I love most about writing is the process. Building worlds, crafting characters, unveiling universes, it’s all so much fun to me. I tend to really enjoy initial draft free writing, then I tend to loathe the middle of the revision process, then I fall in love again at the end as the finished product is coming to life. The hardest part is the revision process. I normally go scene by scene connecting the dots and linking plot threads. Continuity can be exhausting.

What was your favorite scene?

There’s a scene in the novel where Allister does something completely out of character. Seeing him in that moment, feeling so trapped and helpless that he’s forced to turn against his own values, was very humbling. It made me think about what we compromise for what we think we want and how that can permanently effect our life journey. He’ll never be the same. Neither will I!

How did you come up with your premise for your books?

I was inspired by my love of Dragons and astronomy to build a universe where Dragons were caught in an intergalactic war between two advanced civilizations in the Andromeda Galaxy. Dragon Wars was the original name of the series, and I wrote 8 books out of the 10 I’d planned to write. Leesa and Neight have been consistent characters throughout the 24-year development as have the alien race known as the Uragonians. I changed the title and many of the characters’ names when I decided to rewrite the series back in 2011.

What book is currently on your nightstand? Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.

Absolutely loving it so far, and her personal story is amazing!

How important do you find the communication between you and your readers? Do you reply to their messages or read their reviews?

Community building is essential. I read reviews. I always reply to messages. And, forgive me for the terrible cliché but, “I’m an open book” when it comes to sharing in person. I love one on one or small group conversations. I want to hear about people’s challenges, their questions, and their aspirations. Otherwise, I’m a pretty private person. I don’t engage in social media quite as deeply as I should, so I’m working through that. It just feels like whenever I share I’m shouting through a bunch of noise, asking the world to pay attention to me bragging about my average life. (LOL)

Do you ever run into someone who says “You write WHAT?”

Yes, all the time. I spent so many years as a marketing professional in fields like Fashion and Technology, it’s become quite a surprise that I write anything, let alone science fiction/fantasy novels. People expect me to be a stylist or something like that.

How many more books can we expect in this series?

I have planned for 6 more novels in the Lost Children of Andromeda series. Another is in the works now!

 

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The Werewolf on Lowre Few Lane by Bryce Bentley-Tales

In their hometown in Ireland, thirteen-year-old Colton and his best friend Jade spend their free time investigating a local urban legend about an old abandoned house which seems to be genuinely haunted. At the same time, Colton has developed a crush on American foreign exchange student, Dylan, who is visiting his aunt. Turns out, Dylan isn’t your average American kid–he’s a werewolf. When Dylan’s aunt disappears through a portal inside the house Colton and Jade have been investigating, the three of them set out to save her from the magical realm on the other side of the doorway.

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“I have loved haunted houses for as long as I can remember,” recounts Bentley-Tales. “When I was kid I was hooked on the Scooby crew who were always going into haunted castles, houses, amusement parks, museums. Heck, you name it, it was haunted!” These sweet-scary childhood memories fueled Bentley-Tales’ storytelling in this book, his first YA horror story. And certainly, developing the story through the eyes of a young gay boy allowed the author to offer a special, inclusive point of view. And while masterfully creating tension and fear through the dark fantasy conflict, the navigation of young love is another great strength Bentley-Tales displays. “There’s a part in the story where Erin wants to make Colton jealous by telling him how much attention Dylan is giving her. I get a good chuckle when I re-read it, as it’s such a typical young love triangle!”

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Tell us a little bit about your book.

Thirteen-year-old Irish-Asian Colton barely has time to enjoy his new friendship with the American exchange student, Dylan, whom he also has a crush on, before he discovers Dylan is not just a werewolf, but his aunt is a witch and stranded in a dark realm whom they are going to rescue.

Have you published before?

That’s a tricky question. Yes, I’ve published before – and that includes self-publishing and traditional.

I started out self-publishing stories in 2014, but the catch is that since 2017-2018, I’ve been taking those books down. First books, I’ve been told and now I’ve come to see, are not always your best works, and the amount of investment you need for good editing to make a decent story good, can bankrupt you. And I invested a good chunk of funds in those early books which really hurt the bank, but when you’re a brand new writer, that investment needs to be really substantial for it to work out in your favor and clear out all the “new writing bugs”. If you’re on a string budget, then it’s going to be a rough road.

With time though, taking notes from other writers, I’ve started to get the knack of this writing venture and it’s starting to be more fun and smoother. I published an adult gay book with BookStrands in 2016, and then my adult horror book, Wehr Wolff Castle was also published in 2016 by NineStar Press.

Are you currently working on anything else?

I have three upcoming works – one is my nonfiction work Queer Sense, a guidebook to help us understand how we form attitudes towards LGBT people and gives insight into why we identify within the spectrum of sexual orientations and gender, regardless of whether we’re heterosexual or a variant of the rainbow.

The second is an adult story, a LGBT Sci-Fi Thriller titled Perceptesis and completely finished. Well, I say finished as it’s been professionally edited, but still it’s not ready. It needs to tweaked and reworked in a few places – but the book follows Muslim-American Gavin Rashid who is a specialized elite American soldier who soon finds he has a strange new ability, he can bend other people’s perceptions and he must use it to save his country from bio-terrorist group.

The last story is a YA LGBT Sci-Fi book with a working title of Orion: The PreRobo Era Boy.

Orion is from the year 2221. He and his robot, Blake, fly through a portal that propels Orion into the future, to the year 3021 in fact. Earth is governed by a new species of synthetic humanoids called roboman. Cybernetic humans known as humbots are second class citizens, and humans are an endangered species and most of them are feral animals, with no rights. Not surprising, Orion soon find himself at odds in this new society and luckily crosses path with a roboman, named Kylik, whom he forms a friendship with and even forms a crush on. Orion soon discovers though he shares some odd connection to Kylik that is rooted to a dark ancient history of the robomans.

As far as when these all come out, good question. A tight budget has always been my biggest obstacle. I am taking my time with the YA plot and I’m wanting to outline all of the entire series before I edit and rewrite book one. We will see what 2019 brings.

What is your favorite writing snack?

Pretzels! They’re salty and not horrible in terms of being lots of calories. I normally though just have a bottle of water nearby.

What gets you in the mood to write?

Night time is the best time for me to write.  I’m naturally a night owl. Even so, most of my writing has been at day time and whenever I can sneak in typing several paragraphs while I’m at work. I’ve noticed if I have a good exercise regimen and have socialized with several people, then I’m in much better frame of mind.

Writing is an isolating venture and while I was accustomed at being more solo in my younger life, I also discovered that part of that was because I had been gay during my late teens and young adulthood but never told anyone because of fear of rejection, and such things can cause you to feel alienated. So, in my current life, I try to balance socializing with writing, and I won’t lie, it’s tough.


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AUGUST by Amarie Avant

August Reiss
Seven years ago, the love of my life and my parents died a robbery gone wrong.
Do you know what that can do to a professionally trained hitman?
Now, I work for a government organization, my next assignment is to infiltrate the Marchand’s crew.
The information is vague.
But what takes the cake, is that the family “business” of crooks I’m to investigate, includes a Bajan little sister whose lips are the definition of sex and trouble.
And yet Natalia’s soft curves are off limits—not because her brothers will bash my head in.

 

 

No, she is capable of offing me herself.

Natalia Marchand 
Anything a man can do, I can do it better.
I’ve lived by that credo my entire life, and with my dangerous ‘job’ it’s always been true.
I’m a rich man’s kryptonite, I can pretend to desire you, and then execute a plan to take all you own.
My brother’s and I live a dangerous lifestyle.
Then in walks muscles, murky green eyes, and a cocky smile. August needs a place to stay, and he’s saved my kid brother’s life.
Now, he’s a god to my brothers. Can he really be trusted?
But I’ll put a bullet to his head if he proves my intuition is right.

 

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The first in a series, Storm is a twists-and-turns thriller driven by compelling characters challenged by dangerous forces, both external, internal, and eternal.

Evan Storm had been confronted by his past (an unpleasant one at that) in his dreams, and now in his waking life. He is struggling to reconcile the evil that lurks in his soul. Shadow Hex is his new neighbor, who also fears a dangerous past – her former fiancé who works for the Secret Eye Agency (which is as shadowy and sinister as it sounds). Does Shadow hold the key to Evan’s redemption? Is redemption even possible?

 

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Born and raised in California, Gurpreet Kaur Sidhu always had an insatiable appetite for reading and writing. She would often be reprimanded for working on literary ventures when she should have been paying attention to teachers. In addition to being a highly accomplished writer, Sidhu is a passionate businesswoman, holding a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and running a women’s clothing company with her younger sister.

 

 

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Tell us about your new release?

It’s about Evan Storm who remembers his past life. He has a gut feeling there’s a reason as to why he remembers a life that has no correlation to his current life. As he’s trying to make sense of it all, he meets Shadow Hex, who is escaping from her ex-fiancé, Marvin Stone. When the two meet, he realizes who she is and for him, things begin to fall into place. But Evan has no idea what he’s getting himself into getting involved with Shadow.

Where would you live if you could live anywhere in the world?

Gosh, there are soo many beautiful places that I would want to make my home! I would have to say Florence, Italy because I’ve been there. It’s breathtaking and it’s such a peaceful city. And out of all the cities we visit, Florence had the best gelato! I had it for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Do you read reviews written about your book?

Yes, I do and some of them are not fun to read! However, I have an amazing PR manager, who has made it easier for me to read the reviews. The reality is, not everyone is going to love your work and be interested in it. It’s discouraging but then I remind myself that I can’t please everyone. Even the greatest bestselling authors of our time have had some really bad reviews.

Do you listen to music while writing?

Yes, I do! I will listen to anything that gets me in the mood to write. Sometimes I will listen to sad songs to help me write a sad scene in the book. It’s hard to write something sad when you’re in a good mood.

What do you love about writing?

I love that I can immerse myself in a whole new world where I have control over what happens. I get to bring different types of personalities to life. With writing, I’m in charge and that helps me kind of release any kind of pain or disappointment I’ve had or dealing with. My life didn’t go the way I planned. I question a lot of things that have happened in my life and wonder why they happened. Sometimes we don’t get the answer we’re looking for, and sometimes we do. This particular story helped me grieve and I believe a lot of authors, who write fiction, write from their own experience. The story the world ends up reading is the exaggerated version of the truth. The best way to describe my love for writing is that it’s therapeutic.

Did you know the title before you started writing?

No, I did not. When I wrote the first draft, it was called Eight. I discussed the title with my editor and she gave me her input. When we worked together on the final version two years later, it was called The New Beginning. I had a really hard time coming up with the title for this book. So, when I had people read the book, I wrote down all the suggestions I received and brainstormed all the potential titles that would fit this book. Out of 40 different titles, I finally decided to name this book Storm with the subtitle: It’s a curse to remember. It fits perfectly with what the book is about.

What inspired you to write, you took any ideas from other books, movies etc?

I was inspired by Shonda Rhimes’ show Scandal and the secret organization called B613. In Storm, there’s also a sinister organization called, The SEA which stands for The Secret Eye Agency. Other than that, I’ve always been curious about past lives and reincarnation. I’ve come across people who do know who they were in their past lives and I think that’s just mind-blowing. I don’t have that sort of gift so I decided, why not create a story where the character does remember his past life? And that’s how this story came to be.

Are there any particular books and/or authors that inspired you and continue to do so?

Oh, absolutely! J.K. Rowling has been an inspiration since her first release and continues to be my inspiration. When I wrote my first book in the seventh grade, I had the mindset that if J. K. Rowling could create something so fantastic, so could I. Even now, when I look back at her struggles and how far she’s come despite those struggles, it just pushes me even more to write and not give up. Growing up, I always wanted to be the next J. K. Rowling in the sense that she built an empire all on her own. She had a vision and she didn’t give up on that. She’s a legend!  One of my favorite things about her is that she donated a lot of money to charity which resulted in her losing her title as a billionaire. When I read that, my heart filled with soo much happiness. I really hope one day I can do the same.

Where can readers find your books?

They can find Storm on my website, gurpreetkaursidhu.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kindle, Nook, iBooks, and Google Play Books.

Do you ever run into someone who says “You write WHAT?”

I think it’s not even what I write that shocks people. It’s the fact that I write in general and have written a novel that shocks them. I’m very secretive about what I do when it comes to my goals and ambitions. For me, it’s the questions I’m not ready to answer if I speak too soon. So I keep quiet People do get shocked when they hear about what I’ve written or what the book is about because when you look at me, you wouldn’t expect me to write in this kind of genre. But I guess it’s always good to surprise people and not reveal everything, right?

What projects are you currently working on right now? Would you mind sharing them with us? 

I’m working on the second book for this series. I’m almost halfway done, but I took a break from writing the second book because there is a lot that goes on and I need a break from that world. Even though I plan everything out before writing, it does mentally exhaust you. When you’re trying to keep readers on their toes and create plot twists, you are constantly thinking outside of the box. I’m playing out different scenarios in my head to see which one would get the best result when I’m trying to fall asleep! So, it’s a break I really needed but I feel I’m ready to head back into that arena and finish the story. I’m also working on a screenplay, which I hope to see on the big screen. I’m in the process of editing it before I hand it over to a professional to review it. It’s a totally different genre to the books I write which fall under the psychological thriller category. For the screenplay, I planned out what was going to happen from the beginning to the end, and as I was writing the ending, it took a whole different turn. I actually cried as I was writing the ending. It was so unexpected, but I think the ending is what is going to make the story memorable.

 

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