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Book Launch Twitter Party for ‘The Fate of Pryde’ – December 3rd from 1 – 4:00pm EST December 2, 2011

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Join us for The Fate of Pryde

Book Launch Twitter Party!

WHEN: Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 from 1 – 4:00 pm EST!

Follow Mary E. Martin on Twitter

Look for the #MaryMartin hashtag on December 3rd on Twitter – it’s that easy!

What to look forward to at the Twitter Party:

Flash Giveaways:

  • 40+ Free eBooks by Mary E. Martin
  • 5 X $10 USD Cash Prizes (sent via PayPal)
  • 5 X $15 Amazon (Electronic) Gift Cards
  • 20+ PDF copies of the Special Story Collection, Rinaldo’s Art Project

Q & A:

  • With author Mary E. Martin
  • With characters from The Fate of Pryde

And so much more – including the link to Mary E. Martin’s blog to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway where you could win a new Kindle!

I hope to see you there!

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

CYBER *MONDAY* BOOK Deals — One Day ONLY! For ALL Mary. E Martin books & eBooks November 28, 2011

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1. BOGO – Buy 1 Get 1 FREE deal on all Mary E. Martin eBooks!*

  • *(Get any one (1) of Mary’s eBooks FREE, w/ emailed proof of purchase)

2. Buy one (1) print book & receive the eBook version of same – FREE!**

  • **(Get same FREE eBook w/ emailed proof of purchase for the print copy of same)

3. With every print or eBook purchase of a Mary E. Martin book, you earn five (5) advance entries into the Twitter Party (Dec. 3rd) Grand Prize Giveaway!***

  • ***(Five (5) advance entries in Grand Prize Giveaway w/emailed proof of purchase)

Stay tuned for Flash Twitter Contests & last-minute Cyber Monday Deals. Don’t miss your chance to win a PDF copy of a Special Edition “Rinaldo’s Art Project” Short Story Collection by Mary E. Martin!

About the Books:

The Drawing Lesson, the first in the Trilogy of Remembrance
(Set in the world of art)
With magical light, Alexander Wainwright, Britain’s finest landscape artist, creates stunning visions of the beyond. His painting, The Hay Wagon, wins the Turner Prize. His nemesis, Rinaldo, a conceptual artist, seeks revenge. Fearing the loss of his muse, he is seized with a vision, he paints ugly, misshapen, humanoid creatures on his canvas.

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The Fate of Pryde, the second in the Trilogy of Remembrance
(Set in the world of art)
A fabulous tale of art, creativity and—betrayal. Alexander Wainwright, Britain’s finest landscape painter, enchants us with visions of the beyond—that which lies behind the everyday world.

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Conduct in Question, the first in The Osgoode Trilogy
(Legal Suspense)
His senior partner has dropped dead. Now,lawyer Harry Jenkins,is free to make his own mistakes. Swept up in a fraudulent land scheme, he is now in conflict with his best client. He finds her,an elderly woman,dead in her bed. The Florist, a sadistic killer with an artistic flair, stalks women in the city. Are all events connected? Can Harry find out before the Florist strikes again?

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Final Paradox, the second in The Osgoode Trilogy
(Legal Suspense)
Love and forgiveness amid fraud and deceit? Years back, George Pappas, a charming thug, scammed a huge sum of money with promises to develop a drug to combat memory loss. No drug was ever made and the money was gone. Harry Jenkins’ elderly client, Norma, demands he find it. When she is lucid, she’s credible, but when she is mad, she just might be evil. A fraud upon a fraud is about to unravel.

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A Trial of One, the third in The Osgoode Trilogy
(Legal Suspense)
The gathering of the ravens presages a deadly disturbance of the natural order. Years ago, in Final Paradox, the second in The Osgoode Trilogy, the wheels were set in motion by a fraud upon a fraud. At last, you will find the answers to all the questions.

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Contact info@nurtureyourbooks.com with Proof of Purchase!

(The Fine Print: all free eBooks will come from Smashwords via special code that needs to be redeemed on the Smashwords site | We reserve the right to change the rules at any time and we may disqualify any entries that are deemed a misuse, abuse or manipulation of these promotional efforts | Unless otherwise stated, all proof of purchase notifications must be dated between 8am-5pm EST on Monday, November 28th, 2011 to qualify | Unless otherwise stated, all proof of purchase notifications must be emailed to us by no later than Friday December 3rd, 2011 at 11:59pm EST)

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Nurture Book Tour – Of Good and Evil by Gerald G. Griffin November 18, 2011

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Author Bio:

Born in Flint, Michigan. Received MA and Ph.D. in psychology from Michigan State University. Set up private practice in Atlanta, Georgia as a Consulting Psychologist, a practice of 18 years doing psychotherapy, counseling, diagnostics and executive consultation. Moved to Gainesville, Georgia to enter writing full-time, at first doing ghost-writing and screenplays before turning back to novels. At present, putting the final touches to A TIME OF RECKONING, the sequel to OF GOOD AND EVIL.

Gerald is a member of International Thriller Writers (ITW) and while in practice in Atlanta he was listed in Marquis Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Personalities of America and Notable Americans.

Gerald is divorced with two grown sons, and is presently engaged.

Synopsis:

Ron Sheffield, a gifted but tormented Green Beret, plagued by suicidal guilt because of his “special” abilities, is discharged from the army for going “crazy.” Immediately, he is brutally beaten and shot by the Mafia, and is hospitalized near death. His life is dramatically saved by Amber Ash, who also possesses “special” abilities, and from there the two are propelled into harrowing ventures against mobsters, terrorists, and a government cell out to kill them over Iraqi documents Ron possesses from his army service. In an ironic twist, Ron becomes a Mafia hit man to save his sanity, targeting only fallen mobsters. This brings Ron and Amber into contact with the powerful and humane gifted secret society, Eros; this contact eventually actualizing Ron’s mental gifts to a point beyond his imagination. Ron is confronted with the imminent nuclear obliteration of a major American city by a suicidal terrorist cell that only he can stop. But against impossible obstacles, will he be able to do it in time?

Of Good and Evil: A Novel
Author: Gerald G. Griffin
Genre: Fiction – Thriller/Suspense
Published by: Eloquent Books (July 27, 2010)
Age Recommendation: 18+ For Mild Sexuality & Some Violence
Format: eBook & Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 978-1609760144
Number of pages: 342

You can find my complete review HERE but here is a snippet:

Of Good and Evil by Gerald G. Griffin is an action-packed ride from start to finish! We are introduced to the main character, Ron Sheffield, in the heat of battle and quickly realize there is more to Ron than meets the eye. After returning home from war, Ron is discharged for having a nervous breakdown but he knows that other forces are working against him. Taking matters into his own hands, Ron makes it his new mission to search for clues and honor his fallen comrades, while trying to preserve his sanity by focusing on the present.

Today is the last day of Gerald’s book tour, but be sure to check out the previous stops HERE to learn more about this wonderful author!

Find and follow Gerald G. Griffin at:

Author Website
Author Blog
Twitter
Goodreads
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Facebook Page

Buy the book at:

Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Amazon.co.uk
Barnes & Noble

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Nurture Book Tour – Of Good and Evil by Gerald G. Griffin + Giveaway November 7, 2011

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Author Bio:

Born in Flint, Michigan. Received MA and Ph.D. in psychology from Michigan State University. Set up private practice in Atlanta, Georgia as a Consulting Psychologist, a practice of 18 years doing psychotherapy, counseling, diagnostics and executive consultation. Moved to Gainesville, Georgia to enter writing full-time, at first doing ghost-writing and screenplays before turning back to novels. At present, putting the final touches to A TIME OF RECKONING, the sequel to OF GOOD AND EVIL.

Gerald is a member of International Thriller Writers (ITW) and while in practice in Atlanta he was listed in Marquis Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Personalities of America and Notable Americans.

Gerald is divorced with two grown sons, and is presently engaged.

I’d like to welcome author Gerald G. Griffin to Juniper Grove today! Gerald has graciously allowed me to interview him as part of his Nurture Virtual Book Tour. Check out his interview below:

Without giving too much away, can you tell us what Of Good and Evil is about?

It is a spellbinding suspense thriller of nobility and humanity in the battle of spirit versus tyranny whereby good and evil are shown in a light that is not thought of. A page-turner story of harrowing action with vivid and vibrant characters, the novel is a hard-charging tale of a gifted Green Beret, Ron Sheffield, discharged from the army for going “crazy,” and from there the fireworks begin. Falling in love, initiating an unusual romance, Ron and his gifted beloved, Amber Ash, are pushed into spine-tingling, gripping ventures, among them: being sought out for death by an unsavory government cell because of secret documents Ron possesses; battles with the Mafia and terrorists; conflicts with a secret society with powers beyond imagination holding the key to their survival; discovering plans of the 9/11 terrorist attacks beforehand, but their warnings ignored; Ron having no choice but to become a special hit man for the Mafia in order to save his sanity; and Ron facing an impossible confrontation with a covert Khalid Sheikh Mohammed terrorist cell at the moment it is about to bring off the nuclear obliteration of a major American city. The reader is engrossed in humanity, villains, hate, love, friendship, and sorrow, all intermixed in one enticing conflict spiting out fire like a Gatling gun and keeping the reader on edge.

How long did it take you to write this book?

Two years, including research, countless re-writes, editing, and “test readers” feedback.

What was your inspiration to write this book?

World and internal events affecting our national security, particularly the 9/11 terrorist attacks. And, too, the unresolved emotional/psyche trauma affecting our service men and women returning to civilian life from the military fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

What does your family think of your writing?

For the most part, my family thinks that I’m a natural writer, sort of a genius at it, feeling I’m excellent with arranging words to express my thoughts and feelings on paper and creating creative characters in spectacular plots. They are constantly astonished with my imagination and its use in developing my stories, and definitely feel Of Good And Evil should be made into a movie.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book?

It is so finely written, so well plotted and paced, its characters and action resonating so perfectly with a spellbinding plot, as to keep the reader glued to the book from start to finish.

How many books have you written so far?

Seven published books, including two ghost-written ones.

What do you think makes a good story?

Vivid and Vibrant characters resonating perfectly with a spellbinding, galloping plot without a dull moment — crisp, clean and clear — hitting the reader hard and fast from the start and leaving him or her on the edge of their seat.

Is there anything you find challenging in your writing?

Yes, the challenge to constantly strive to improve its quality; to make my latest book the best I’ve ever written. No slacking off letting the reader down.

Do you have any writing projects you are currently working on?

Yes, I’m putting the final touches to Of Good And Evil‘s sequel, entitled, A TIME OF RECKONING. The sequel is another jarring, action-packed suspense thriller — with periods of comic relief from two disgruntled FBI agents disgraced in the previous novel, as well as tragic comic relief from an unbalanced, one-sided, impossibly hoped for love relationship amidst impending catastrophe — where secret cells of Al Qaeda terrorists in the U.S. are bent on annihilating 24 American cities simultaneously in suicide missions, pursuing a plan impossible to stop.

What is your least favorite movie that came from a book?

Not As A Stranger. I feel it was miscast.

What does the word success mean to you?

As a writer, to so fascinate my readers with my present novel that they can’t wait to read my next one.

Thank you Gerald for that amazing interview!

Of Good and Evil by Gerald G. Griffin

Synopsis:

Ron Sheffield, a gifted but tormented Green Beret, plagued by suicidal guilt because of his “special” abilities, is discharged from the army for going “crazy.” Immediately, he is brutally beaten and shot by the Mafia, and is hospitalized near death. His life is dramatically saved by Amber Ash, who also possesses “special” abilities, and from there the two are propelled into harrowing ventures against mobsters, terrorists, and and a government cell out to kill them over Iraqi documents Ron possesses from his army service. In an ironic twist, Ron becomes a Mafia hit man to save his sanity, targeting only fallen mobsters. This brings Ron and Amber into contact with the powerful and humane gifted secret society, Eros; this contact eventually actualizing Ron’s mental gifts to a point beyond his imagination. Ron is confronted with the imminent nuclear obliteration of a major American city by a suicidal terrorist cell that only he can stop. But against impossible obstacles, will he be able to do it in time?

Of Good and Evil: A Novel
Author: Gerald G. Griffin
Genre: Fiction – Thriller/Suspense
Published by: Eloquent Books (July 27, 2010)
Age Recommendation: 18+ For Mild Sexuality & Some Violence
Format: eBook & Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 978-1609760144
Number of pages: 342

Be sure to check out  back on November 18th to read my Of Good and Evil review!

You can find a complete list of tour stops HERE but here are the next few in line:

Giveaway Time!

One lucky reader will win an eBook copy of Gerald G. Griffin’s book Of Good and Evil! Giveaway is international and ends at 11:59PM EST on November 17th, 2011.

*GIVEAWAY CLOSED*

Find and follow Gerald G. Griffin at:

Author Website
Author Blog
Twitter
Goodreads
Facebook Profile
Facebook Page

Buy the book at:

Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Amazon.co.uk
Barnes & Noble

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Nurture GALA Book Tour – GG Vandagriff + Giveaway October 31, 2011

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I’d like to welcome author G.G. Vandagriff to Juniper Grove today! G.G. has graciously allowed me to interview her as part of her 4-Book Nurture Virtual Gala Book Tour. Check out her interview below:

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I won a short story contest in 4th grade for “The Ballerina that couldn’t dance.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Do crafts or fight with light sabers with my grandchildren, travel, make scrapbooks for my three children and my oldest grandchild, read, walk up the canyon to the waterfalls, go to lunch with friends, watch my favorite shows on TV, research for future books, sleep.

What does your family think of your writing?

My oldest son thinks “it’s intense”, my daughter is hard to read—she doesn’t give out compliments, so I don’t know if she likes it, tolerates it, or hates it.  My youngest son  has never read it, and my husband loves my mysteries, loves my Crazy Ladies (The Only Way to Paradise), and especially loves The Last Waltz which he did a fabulous website for (http://last-waltz.com). He says that is his favorite book.

How many books have you written so far?

Twelve

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

It was so long ago (1993), the only thing I remember was that I used it as an excuse to buy a fuschia colored blazer to wear for TV interviews (which I did).

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a published author?

The thing that really helped me break through was doing writing exercises.  I pick a trigger and write for 20 minutes without stopping.  A friend and I did this together.  We learned a lot from each other.  One of my writing exercises turned into the first page of my first novel.  Writing exercises are like doing scales for violinists.  They develop your right brain: your imagination, your contact with your subconscious, your deepest thoughts about the universe.  If you do them long enough and frequently enough (everyday) you will experience a breakthrough in your confidence and develop your own distinctive voice, and your writing will cease to be superficial.  You will be able to go deeply into each characters arc—but creating arcs is the next step..

What genre do you find the most difficult to write in and why?

Women’s fiction is by far the most challenging, because instead of relying on a plot to tell you where to  go, you have to “let your characters loose” and go as deeply into their natures and explore every nuance of their relationships.  Then a theme will emerge. I have only written two women’s fiction: Pieces of Paris and The Only Way to Paradise.  I really enjoy the challenge, but they both took a very long time to write as I stretche myself.

What is the last book you read?

Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin.  I admire her tremendously.

Do you have any writing projects you are currently working on?

I have some fun things planned after the workout that The Only Way to Paradise  has given me.  I’m 80 pages into a historical romance, I have the next mystery in my series plotted and researched, I am trying to decide about a really off-the-wall sequel to Paradise, and have been requested by so many readers  to write sequels to The Last Waltz, that I am just waiting for the money I need to research in France and Poland.  We’re hoping to go next year.

What does the word success mean to you?

For me success is changing hearts.  Every one of my books, except Arthurian Omen, is aimed at this.  I think the only way that we will have peace in this world is if we change our hearts so that we have what Plato called agape.  There are many definitions of the word, but it basically means offering the people in you life a nurturing, selfless love.

What is the best advice anyone has ever given to you?

Two things:

1. Do writing exercises

2.) When you are far enough along in your book that you have arrived at your theme and you know your characters well enough that you have a beginning place and an end place for each one, use index cards to construct their arc, scene by scene taking them from the beginning to the end.  Use different color cards for each character.  Then construct your chapters placing each scene chronologically using all the cards for each character.  It is tremendous fun!

Thank you G.G. for that amazing interview!

Cankered Roots by G.G. Vandagriff

Synopsis:

Alexandra Campbell, a spunky young widow, partnered with Brighamina Poulson, an even spunkier, rifle-toting grandmother thinks that as they have begun a genealogy business (RootSearch, Inc.), it is high time she finds out her family secret. Something went wrong in her family during her adolescence, changing her mother from a Chicago North Shore matron into an alcoholic and a doting father into a workaholic. The moment she graduated from High School, she was sent to the Sorbonne in Paris with a generous bank account and instructions not to return.

It is now fifteen years since she has seen her parents, and she intends to lay the ghost that has separated her family for good. However, as usual in Alex’s unpredictable life, things do not go as planned. After an acrimonious fight with her once beloved father, she leaves with only a wallet-sized photograph of a woman she knows nothing about.

That night, Alex’s father is killed. Bewildered and grieved that her family can never be whole again, she soon finds out that she is the chief suspect in the murder. With the unflappable Briggie at her side, she uses all her new genealogical skills, and (with the help of Briggie’s deer rifle) discovers a secret so bizarre that she finally understands why her parents wanted her far away and safe.

Join Alex and Briggie in the first of their hair-raising adventures!

Be sure to check back here on November 24th to read my review of Cankered Roots!

You can find a complete list of tour stops HERE but here are the next few in line:

Giveaway Time!

One lucky reader will win a print copy of Cankered Roots by GG Vandagriff!! Giveaway will end at 11:59PM EST on November 30th, 2011 and is available to the US, UK and Canada Only. Winner will be selected via random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected. To enter, fill out the form below:

Find & Follow GG Vandagriff:

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Twitter
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Facebook Page

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

New Release – Cameo and the Vampire by Dawn McCullough-White October 31, 2011

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Today I am excited to announce the release of Cameo and the Vampire, Book 3 in the Trilogy of Shadows by Dawn McCullough White! I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing the first two books in this trilogy and am excited that the third is now available!

Author Bio:

Dawn McCullough-White writes mainly dark fantasy and horror. Her novels tend to favor the use of anti-authority anti-heroes as the main characters, most commonly with a strong, female protagonist.

Dawn was born in 1969, in Rochester, NY, and began writing prose at age 14. Ms. McCullough-White is married and has a young son. She is fascinated by history and social psychology. She is a vegetarian and animal lover. Her favorite drink is Gewürztraminer. She’s a fan of Alice in Chains, U2, and Stabbing Westward. Her favorite books include The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, A Movable Feast by Ernest Hemingway, and The Social Animal by Elliot Aronson.

Cameo and the Vampire by Dawn McCullough White

Synopsis:

A vampire’s bite tormenting Cameo, she pushes forth on a journey that will find her descending into darkness and at Kyrian’s request she is forced into the confrontation she has been avoiding for over fifty years with the undead that made her…

Be sure to check out my reviews of Cameo the Assassin and Cameo and the Highwayman!

Places you can get Cameo and the Vampire:

Amazon Kindle

B&N Nook Book

If you are interested in winning not one, not two but all three books in The Trilogy of Shadows, be sure to stop by the 2nd Annual Celebration of Authors & Readers where 10 lucky winners will receive all three books in this series! The giveaway for these books will run from December 16th – 21st.

Be sure to follow Dawn on her writing adventures by liking her Facebook Fan Page!

You can also learn more about this amazing author by visiting her Website!

Happy Halloween,

Jaidis

Nurture Book Tour – Relic Defender: Key of Solomon by Cassiel Knight + Giveaway October 3, 2011

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Author Bio:

In a job that pays the mortgage and allows her to indulge in her real passion, writing, Kim Wollenburg, writing as Cassiel Knight, works for Clackamas County in the beautiful state of Oregon. Crazily passionate about the writing industry, Kim published a paranormal romance with Samhain Publishing and has a post-apocalypse novella coming in early 2012 from Lyrical Press. She writes paranormal romances with kick-assitude that blend archeology and mythology – just a few of her favorite things. Kim is the proud current president of Rose City Romance Writers, a feisty bunch of talented writers who are just as passionate about writing as they are about helping each other succeed.

When she’s not writing or doing writing-related things, Kim enjoys spending time with her patient and loving husband of 20 years and thrives with the adorable companionship of her three Shih Tzus, Ginger, Abby and Chloe.

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I’d like to welcome author Cassiel Knight to Juniper Grove today! Cassiel has graciously allowed me to interview her as part of her Nurture Virtual Book Tour. Check out her interview below:

Without giving too much away, can you tell us what Relic Defender: Key of Solomon is about?

The heroine, Lexi, is a lonely archeology student seeking to forget her painful past. Against her will, she is swept into a fierce battle between good and evil and must team up with sexy Mikos, a fallen angel on the path to redemption, to find King Solomon’s legendary book of magic to save the human race.

How long did it take you to write this book?

Much longer than I wanted. Mostly because I had to keep redoing the first chapter. I just could not get one I liked. Or, rather, I wrote ones I liked but they just didn’t show the book well, especially in contests. Even after I finished, I kept going back to redo. Ended up with quite a few discarded first chapters.

What was your inspiration to write this book?

Wanting to write something different then the market was doing and I’d always loved the idea of angels but I didn’t necessarily want to write an “angelic” being so I when I discovered fallen angels then learned King Solomon was said to have been able to control them, I found my story.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

Because Mikos, my fallen angel, is just so darn sexy and delicious.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

It takes me forever to get a character’s name and my critique partners were always getting new pages and kept asking, who is so and so? I’d have to tell them that’s the heroine’s or hero’s new name. It got to be quite a joke. I’m not as bad now but it still takes me long time to settle on just the right name for my characters – all of them – big and small.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Hugging my shih tzus, gardening and reading and I love going to conferences and doing other writing-related stuff.

What does your family think of your writing?

My Mom and sisters are proud and happy for me. My husband wonders when I’ll make enough so he can quit. I tell him, “Honey, if anyone is going to quit because of my writing, it’s going to be me.” Of course, I am nowhere near that yet. :)

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a published author?

Write a good book. Seriously. That’s the key to the whole thing. And then I’d add, and make the book something you believe in because you, unless you are Nora Roberts who has hundreds of books out, are going to be with that book a long time.

What genre do you find the most difficult to write in and why?

Erotica. It’s popular, I’d love to be able to but I can’t quite wrap my head around writing so many sex scenes. I’m very plot-driven and I don’t equate the two in my head.

Is there anything that you find challenging in your writing?

Writing. Yep, the actual writing. And mostly the sagging middle. I do beginnings and endings but it’s all the stuff in the middle that causes me heartache. Usually right around page 100.

Do you ever experience writer’s block and if so, how to you overcome it?

All the time and I haven’t, not really. I just keep pushing and pushing and writing and writing until stuff comes out. And if you’ve ever heard, “The more your write, the easier it is”?, it’s true, so true. I try to write something every day related to storytelling. If I don’t, if there is too many days between writing, it’s like starting all over again. That’s where writing block (for me) comes from.

What is the last book you read?

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones and then the sequel, Second Grave on the Left. Wonderful story! I had a happy, thrilled sigh at the end of the first and sometime near the end of the second; I actually teared up (in a good way). Only one other book ever did that so needless to say, I’m pleased to have found Ms. Jones.

Do you have any writing projects you are currently working on?

Sure do. First, I just finished edits for my post-apocalyptic romance coming out from my new publisher, Lyrical Press, in February. The page isn’t up yet but if you want to read an excerpt, you can visit my blog at www.CassielKnight.com. I’m 200 pages into The Death Skull, book 2 (after Key of Solomon) and I’m revising a third which I like to say is Tomb Raider meets the Librarian.

What does the word success mean to you?

Several things:

Writing full time
Having two to three books out a year
Readers waiting for my stories

If you had to trade lives with someone for an entire week, who would you trade with? Keep in mind that they would be living your life as well.

Well, now, you had me until that last part. I couldn’t do that to someone I liked. I work as a records coordinator during my day job. It is not exciting. Really. I’m not joking.  It would be totally mean to swap my job with someone else and I can’t think of anyone I don’t like. :)

What is the best advice anyone has ever given to you?

Nora Roberts didn’t give this to me personally but it’s still great advice and I think about it all the time. Now, I’m going to paraphrase because I’ve heard it credited to her in several different ways (does anyone know what she actually said?) – I can fix a bad page; I can’t fix a blank page. When I get stuck, this is what I hang on to. I love revising so this works great.

One food you would never eat?

Any raw seafood but especially oysters, clams. Shudder. :)

Thank you Cassiel for that amazing interview! I’m a firm believer in eating nothing that comes from the sea.

Relic Defender: Key of Solomon by Cassiel Knight

Synopsis:

Anthropology PhD candidate Lexi Harrison never bares it all when she belly dances for a strip club crowd. She doesn’t have to—she’s that good. Every performance earns money toward her degree, and restores the sense of power that her painful childhood ripped away.

Something is different about tonight. A man whose silver gaze seems to touch her skin beneath her veils. When a rowdy customer crosses the line, he comes to her rescue with the speed of a falcon—complete with wings.

Mikos Tyomni has never seen anyone dance the raqs sharqi like Lexi. Trust his tormentor, Archangel Michael, to put him in close contact with the cause of his downfall: a mortal woman. Particularly this mortal woman. The Defender. He has only thirty days to win her trust before Hell’s deadliest demons attempt the mother of all prison breaks.

No matter how sexy the messenger is, Lexi’s career plans don’t include some crazy idea that she’s the last line of defense against the forces of evil. Until her university mentor’s murder leaves her holding the key to Hell. And fighting a losing battle against a passion with the unholy power to bring down Heaven…

Be sure to check back on October 28th to read my review of Relic Defender: Key of Solomon and a special excerpt!

You can find a complete list of tour stops HERE but here are the next few in line:

Giveaway Time!

One lucky reader will win an eBook copy of Relic Defender: Key of Solomon by Cassiel Knight! Giveaway is international and ends at 11:59PM EST on October 25th, 2011.

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER HAS BEEN NOTIFIED*

Where you can find and follow Cassiel Knight:

Author Website
Blog
Twitter
Facebook Profile
Goodreads Profile

Buy the BOOK at:

Amazon.com – Kindle
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Jaidis

Nurture Book Tour – I Pray Hardest When I’m Being Shot At by Kyle Garret + Giveaway September 26, 2011

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Author Bio:

Kyle Garret is a writer from the Midwest living on the West Coast by way of the South. He was born and raised in Kent, Ohio, and attended Ohio University where he received his Master’s degree in Creative Writing. After a few years in Atlanta, he moved out West. He now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Nicole, and their two cats. He is currently finishing work on a novel and a young adult book.

I’d like to welcome author Kyle Garret to Juniper Grove today! Check out this interview to learn more about this author:

Without giving too much away, can you tell us what I Pray Hardest When I’m Being Shot At is about?

There are two stories in “Pray.”  One is the story of my grandfather’s life.  He was a retired Major and three war veteran, and he and my grandmother were married for over sixty years.  The other is the story of me writing the story of my grandfather’s life, and all the things I had to go through to write this book.

How long did it take you to write this book?

I started it in January of 2006 and the version that eventually saw print was completed in early 2010.

What was your inspiration to write this book?

My then-girlfriend-now-wife Nicole was the one who finally pushed me to write this book, as it had been on my to-do list for years.  My grandparents were obviously also a big inspiration.  They led such an interesting life together that telling their story was always exciting.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

It’s a true story of love and war.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I have a freakish memory, so my non-fiction work is filled with very specific details that I think helps place the reader in the scene.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I read a lot.  I listen to music as often as possible.  I watch TV and go to the movies.  I read and write reviews of comic books.  I’d love to play video games more often, but they suck up too much time!  I tend to gravitate towards things that can inspire me creatively.

What does your family think of your writing?

My family is very supportive.  Since the book features all of them, there were a few moments where they were a bit worried about how much I said, but in the end I don’t think I revealed anything too bad!  I think they’ve always been impressed by my dedication to writing, even if they don’t fully understand it.

What do you think makes a good story?

Connection.  I think we can connect to a wide variety of stories in a wide variety of ways.  A story doesn’t have to have a relatable plot to connect with the audience.  Some of the most powerful stories I’ve read have been science fiction and fantasy.  Readers will follow good characters almost anywhere.  I think, at its core, a good story offers a connection to the reader, even if it’s not obvious or intentional.

Is there anything that you find challenging in your writing?

Writing!  The act of sitting down and typing words out is hard for me.  I never have a shortage of ideas, but I have to force myself to actually write.  The business side of it isn’t a lot of fun, either – there’s a lot of stuffing of self-addressed stamped envelopes!

What is the last book you read?

Supergods” by Grant Morrison

Do you have any writing projects you are currently working on?

My first eBook, “Unrequited,” will be available everywhere by the time this interview is posted.  It’s another love story, but a very different one: it has zombies!

My in-house editor aka my wife is currently reading a YA book I wrote.  I’m writing a second one as we speak.  I also have a completed novel, but fiction that isn’t YA is just a really hard sell these days.

Do you have a favorite method for writing, getting ideas, working out plots, etc?

I keep a notebook handy at all times.  If I’m working on one specific thing, like when I was writing “Pray,” I dedicate a notebook just for that project, which helps me keep all the plot points in line.  When I write I need to have slow, often sad music on – calms my brain down so I can focus.

If you could have dinner with 1 person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

My uncle so I could hear his side of the story.

If you could travel into the past or future, where would you go and why?

As much as I’d love to do either, I think I’d probably be too worried about messing things up to do any time traveling.  I would worry that going to the past might change my present, and that going to the future would eliminate whatever I see, because I would know it was coming.

What does the word success mean to you?

Being happy.

If you had to compare yourself to an animal, which one would it be and why?

Probably a turtle.  I like to spend a lot of time in my shell, but I’ll come out for the important things.

If you had to have one word or phrase written on your forehead for an entire week, what would it be?

“Happiness through misdirection.”

One food that you would never eat?

Veal.

Thank you Kyle for that interesting interview! I loved your answer for which animal you’d compare yourself too. I think it fits a lot of other writers as well :)

Get your copy of I Pray Hardest When I’m Being Shot At by Kyle Garret on Kindle!

Synopsis:

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, eighteen-year-old Robert Stuart had a decision to make: keep working at the steel mill in Warren, Ohio, or volunteer to serve his country. Anne Davis had a decision of her own to make. The girls in her high school were going to send letters to alumni who were going off to war. She looked at the list of soldiers and saw a familiar name: Robert Stuart.The letters Anne sent would mark the beginning of a relationship that would span sixty years, two marriages, two children, and three wars.Over half a century after those first letters were sent, the Stuarts’ grandson, Kyle, began chronicling their life together. He would discover pieces of a family history that only he dug deep enough to learn. But in the back of his mind, one concern lingered: the story of a person’s life can only have one ending, and his grandfather’s health was deteriorating.

You can find a complete list of tour stops HERE but here are the next few in line:

Where you can find and follow Kyle Garret:

Author Website
Book Website
Twitter
Facebook Page
Facebook Profile
Goodreads Profile

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Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Amazon.co.uk
Barnes & Noble

Giveaway Time!

One lucky reader will win an eBook copy of I Pray Hardest When I’m Being Shot At by Kyle Garret! Giveaway will run until 11:59PM EST on October 5th, 2011 and is International. To enter, fill out the form below:

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Featured Author – Ardie Collins September 16, 2011

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Today I’d like to welcome author Ardie Collins to Juniper Grove! Ardie is here to promote his book Cult Fiction!

Check out his interview below:

Without giving too much away, can you tell us what Cult Fiction is about?

Cult Fiction is a darkly comic novel about a man who, inadvertently and through very little fault of his own, sets up a cult. It is told by a narrator who sometimes gets a little bit distracted.

How long did it take you to write this book?

In total it took around three years, but for most of those three years I wasn’t writing, it was something I would return to in spurts, mostly when I had other things I should’ve been doing. I write best as a productive distraction. I’m some kind of a dreadful rebel.

What was your inspiration to write this book?

I can’t think of a ‘eureka’ moment as such, it was just an idea that occurred to me and I thought it might be fun to try and create a story out of it. I had been doing a lot of writing based on prompts during a Creative Writing module that I was taking in my second year of University and so I think it was a culmination of a few ideas. I also had a few other scrawls dotted around the place that ended up becoming a big part of the finished book. In a way I started writing it before I’d started writing it, if that makes sense. Which, of course, it doesn’t.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

You might end up enjoying it.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Fairly recently. Probably just after I’d written this book and started looking towards getting it published. I’ve written lots of bits and pieces here and there over my time in this strange little place, but I’d never considered them in terms of allowing me to become a writer, they were just things I’d written.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I carve the chapters into fruit first.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I play my guitar an excessive amount. I have a 365 project that I’m undertaking to release an original song online for every day of the year throughout 2011. It’s still going strong.

(The Cooper365 project: http://cooper365.tumblr.com/)

I’m a comedy junkie and love sit-coms and stand-up, I listen to a lot of music, I read and, most importantly, I make time to hang around and do nothing much whatsoever for an afternoon with friends.

What does your family think of your writing?

I tend to keep my stuff to myself, it was a bit of an anomaly that I put this novel out there, and so getting it published was a real surprise. My mum and dad helped with the editing side of things and were really supportive and seemed to enjoy getting a chance to read something I’d written finally. I used to be really secretive with anything I wrote but I’m gradually getting a bit more open about it, and I think I’m going to have to be now that anyone can read my book!

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a published author?

Don’t tell people you’re thinking of writing a novel – write a novel. Keep it a secret and work on it in your spare time. I have a law that states that the more people you tell you’re writing a novel the less of your novel you will end up writing. It’s called ‘Ardie’s Law’. I made a graph. Also, understand that it won’t be fully-formed within two days and that you will have to work on it. Don’t dismiss yourself as rubbish if a sentence comes out wrong – revise it, edit it, delete anything you’re not proud of and make sure the reason that you’re doing it is to create something you will be pleased with. Don’t even think about the publishing process until it’s done and you feel it’s ready.

Do you hear from your readers much?

It’s my first book and it’s only just been released as an ebook, so I wouldn’t call the correspondence an influx of fan-mail. I have had some feedback, though, from people that have stumbled across the book and they’ve always been very complimentary. I’m still figuring out how to react to that.

What do you think makes a good story?

A grand, sweeping idea brought down to a human level which we can relate to.

What genre do you find the most difficult to write in and why?

Anything that takes itself too seriously. My writing process tends to be an outpouring of words followed by some afterthoughts that are constantly cleaning up the end of the sentence with a sprinkling of whimsy and silliness.

Do you ever experience writer’s block and if so, how do you overcome it?

Sometimes, but it’s normally more to do with either the original ideas or with the way the actual plot ties together. Once I have an idea of a scene in my head I tend to be able to finish at least a draft of how I think it should be written without too much trouble. I think I’ve overcome writer’s block a little by realising that part of it is a worry that what you’re about to write won’t be any good, but no one will ever see the first thing you write because it will be rewritten and changed, so it doesn’t matter if the first thing you write isn’t any good. As long as you’re able to be critical of your writing after you’ve given it an attempt rather than before you even start then I think writer’s block becomes a little easier to handle.

What is the last book you read?

Things The Grandchildren Should Know by Mark Oliver Everett. He is otherwise known as the singer-songwriter ‘E’ or ‘Mr. E’ and the man behind the band ‘Eels’. It’s an autobiography which he was reluctant to write, but was constantly encouraged to do so. He has had such an interesting, yet harrowing life that went on to inform his career as a musician. It was beautifully written and made me appreciate his wonderful music and lyrics even more than I already did.

If you could take any book and rewrite it, putting your own twist on it, which book would it be and why?

The Bible. Bit wordy.

Do you have any writing projects you are currently working on?

I’d prefer to keep the details of this a secret (see ‘Ardie’s Law’).

If you could have dinner with 1 person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Douglas Adams. He is my favourite author. He wrote smart, witty and silly books that managed to incorporate the bizarre vastness of the Universe and peculiar nuances of human existence in one swoop. As well as writing incredible books he was also a really clever man that later went on to become an environmentalist, drawing the world’s attention to animals that are frighteningly close to extinction in Last Chance To See. He was an ambassador for science and critical thinking (something that I think to be hugely important and something that still, strangely, seems to need people to back it up), and, from the snippets of information I have picked up about him, he seemed like a thoroughly lovely human.

If you could travel into the past or future, where would you go and why?

If Back To The Future has taught us anything it’s that travelling through time can have serious repercussions for the space-time continuum and I’m just not sure I could live with the guilt of breaking the Universe.

What does the word success mean to you?

Doing what you enjoy all of the time.

If you had to compare yourself to an animal, which one would it be and why?

Homo Sapiens

If you had to have one word or phrase written on your forehead for an entire week, what would it be?

‘Someone made me do this.’

If you had to trade lives with someone for an entire week, who would you trade with? Keep in mind that they would be living your life as well.

Bob Dylan. Mainly so I could look around his house at all of the memorabilia and perhaps play on his guitar.

What is the best advice anyone has ever given to you?

Never, under any circumstances, repeat this to anyone.

Thank you Ardie for that thought-provoking, giggle-inducing interview! You’re welcome back on my blog any time just because of your humor :)

Get your copy of Cult Fiction on Kindle!!

Book Synopsis:

Some people read stories because they offer an escapism that cannot be found elsewhere. Some people read stories because there’s been a power cut. You should read this story because it is very important. It is the story of Stephen Moore. It is also the story of a bench and a fire called Malcolm. Above all, it is the story of the birth of that great religion called Mooranity.

Stephen Moore was a good Christian. He read a small bit of the Bible every evening and went to church every Sunday. He prayed every night that the man in the sky would aid him through his troubles. Then a fire burnt down his house. This did not seem at all fair. As the smoke from the fire drifted away, so did his faith.

To replace the hole left in his life, Stephen formed a support group for those who have lost their beliefs. However, not being a natural leader type, the group began to grow and evolve in ways he had not entirely intended. In fact, it could be argued that it grew in ways exactly opposite to what he had intended. Stephen should have stopped it while there was still time.

Places you can find and follow Ardie:

Twitter
Website
Blog
Cult Fiction Facebook Page

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Nurture Book Tour – This Bird Flew Away by Lynda Martin September 15, 2011

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Author Bio:

Lynda was born in Dunfirmline, Scotland in 1953, emigrated to Canada with her parents as a young girl. She grew up on the vast prairies of Western Canada, and loved the open wide spaces of that wild land. She was educated in Medicine Hat, Alberta, a town in the southeast corner of that province, and spent most of her time riding horses, barrel racing and hanging around rodeos and cowboys.

In 1968, the product of a troubled youth and a dysfunctional family, she found herself on her own at the age of fifteen, two thousand miles from her home, and knows first hand the dangers facing girls on our streets and the predators that prey on them. She was one of the lucky ones. She survived.

Soon, she became an outreach worker who worked with police, social agencies and charities, becoming a respected front-line worker, often initiating first contact with recovered abused and exploited children. Over the years, and in many different jurisdictions, this second career became the driving force of her life, which often took her into law-enforcement, child welfare agencies, prosecutors offices and the courts.

Lynda and her husband Jim make their home in the sunny state of Florida, and in her beloved Alberta. She has two daughters and four grandchildren.

Now retired from child protection work, Lynda is a full-time writer, editor, writing teacher and coach.

This Bird Flew Away by Lynda M. Martin

What is real love? The whole world wants to know. They should ask Bria Jean, because she has it all figured out. Opinionated, stubborn and full of woe, Bria would tell you real love is having one person you can always count on through thick and thin. For her, that’s Jack. And it doesn’t matter to her that she’s nine and he’s twenty-three-not one bit. When, at the age of twelve, Bria disappears, he and his Aunt Mary search for her, and when she surfaces, injured, abused and traumatized, Jack fights to become her guardian with no idea of the trials ahead of him. By then, Bria is thirteen going on thirty, full of her own ideas on how her life should run and with some very fixed notions about who is in charge.

This Bird Flew Away
Author: Lynda M. Martin
Genre: Literary Fiction
Published by: Black Rose Writing (January 27th, 2011)
Age Recommendation: 14+ for Mature Themes & Sexual Assault
Format: Trade Paperback & eBook
ISBN 13: 978-1935605928
Number of pages: 312

Be sure to check back on September 26th when I post my review of This Bird Flew Away!!

You can find a complete list of tour stops HERE but here are the next few in line:

Places you can find and follow Lynda:

Where you can find and follow Lynda M. Martin:

Author Website
Author Blog
Twitter
HubPages Profile
Facebook Page
Facebook Profile
Goodreads Profile

Buy the BOOK at:

Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Amazon.co.uk
Barnes & Noble
Author Website

Happy Reading,

Jaidis