Wednesday, September 28, 2016

One-Way Ticket Home by K.C. Hardy



Title: One-Way Ticket Home
Author: K.C. Hardy
Publisher: Casbury Lane Press
Pages: 262
Genre: Christian Inspirational Fiction

Days before boarding the plane to Italy for her daughter’s wedding, Julie Whitaker receives an unexpected phone call from her past. The memory of Mark Jennings, a handsome and charming Top Gun pilot, had haunted her for decades. Their fairy tale wedding was everything she’d ever dreamed of, but it quickly turned into her worst nightmare.

Starting a new a life without Mark proved to be much harder than Julie had imagined. But in her darkest hour, God revealed Himself in a miraculous way, giving her the strength she needed not only to battle depression, but to face a diagnosis of breast cancer that threatened to cut her life short.

Now, amidst the splendor of the Italian Alps, on the eve of her daughter’s wedding, Julie’s thoughts are catapulted back to Mark and the reason for his call.  After thirty years, will Julie have a chance to see him once again? And would she even want to?
Based on true events, One-Way Ticket Home will take you on an unforgettable journey of love, loss, hope and forgiveness. With grace, candor and an indomitable wit, K.C. Hardy reminds us that it is often in our darkest hours, that the strength of the human spirit shines the brightest.

For More Information

  • One-Way Ticket Home is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
Book Excerpt:

An out of the blue and totally unexpected call from Mark the following week, only served to punctuate the tumultuous feelings I’d been experiencing over the past few months.  It had been five years since I’d last heard from him and I was surprised by how quickly old wounds were ripped open.  Wounds I thought had healed so well that the scars were now invisible to the naked eye. Those first couple of years after leaving San Diego there hadn’t been a day that passed by without thoughts of Mark.  And yet, after marrying Tony, he’d almost become a rare afterthought.  A memory only conjured up when Roberta Flack’s soulful voice carried across the radio waves or when I subconsciously detected a faint hint of Mark’s favorite aftershave, English Leather, as a stranger breezed by in the mall.  But now I realized that the wounds hadn’t completely healed after all.  The countless shaky first steps in my new life—as a wife, a mother—now seemed futile. Just as an earthquake can level in seconds a grand old city that was centuries in the making, just the sound of Mark’s voice was enough to erase the last three years.

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Anokhi Dosti Book Blast



We are excited to be hosting Subhash Kommuru's ANOKHI DOSTI Book Blast today! Leave a comment or a question in the comment section of this blog to let her know you stopped by! 

About the Book:

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Title: Anokhi Dosti (The Magic of Friendship)
Author:  Subhash Kommuru
Publisher: Kommuru Books
Pages: 42
Genre: Children’s Fiction

Mom's Choice Award GOLD Recipient

Does a smile or a laugh have trans-formative power? It does in a special place called Tadoba. Anokhi Dosti is a book written in Hindi and is a remarkable tale of the trans-formative power of companionship, particularly for someone who is lonely and never really had the gift of laughter.

Guaranteed to get a giggle out of kids, Anokhi Dosti also provides plenty of opportunities for readers to connect with the characters in richly detailed, mesmerizing illustrations.

This Award Winning picture book is perfect for read-aloud fun and is also appropriate for beginning readers. This book is written in Hindi using Hindi script.

BUYING INFORMATION:

Annokhi Dosti is available at Amazon or pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble


About the Author

Subhash and Sujata hail from India. They migrated to the United States along with their memories of childhood and youth. Now that they are parents, just like every immigrant they crave to introduce their child to the culture and values of their upbringing. Yet it is challenging to teach something while you are in the midst of adjusting to a different culture yourself.
Subhash and Sujata both work in different disciplines and have different styles and backgrounds, but it is the upbringing of their son that brings them on the same page. That exact place where they meet is captured and reflected in their stories, where Subhash can express in words, and Sujata can illustrate them beautifully. Where he puts it in black and white, she adds color to it. You get the idea!
These stories are their attempt to share a glimpse of their childhood days with their son. He is their inspiration to write short stories that have meaning to them and provide teaching in some shape or form.

Shobhan’s latest book is the children’s book, Anokhi Dosti (The Magic of Friendship).
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

PUYB Virtual Book Club Chats with S.P. Aruna, author of 'Girl Within Girl'



Half French, half Khmer (Cambodian), I'm a woman whose head is filled with fantasies and intriguing stories, and who wants to share them with others.

S.P. Aruna’s latest book is the erotic thriller, Girl Within Girl: An Erotic Thriller: Book 1: Unraveling.

Visit the author on Facebook.
About the Book:

Katrina is never alone. She is bound to others inside her, tighter than
any Siamese twins could ever be: Cherry, the freewheeling photojournalist, Anisa, the covert spy-assassin, and others as yet unknown, all sharing her body and mind as she goes about her work in a psychiatric hospital. But she is starting to unravel, and her sole hope is the handsome Dr. Sean Paisley, the only one who can make her whole again.

Girl Within Girl is a dark erotic thriller that wanders through a sensual maze of mind control and torture.

For More Information

  • Girl Within Girl is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Before you started writing your book, what kind of research did you do to prepare yourself?

Since my book centers on a woman with multiple personalities, I was compelled to read books on this subject. Not only did I find out that this condition can be induced through trauma, but I also discovered that many psychiatrists and doctors associated with hospitals and universities were conducting cruel experiments on people using funds from the CIA. This program was called MKULTRA, so I had to read up on that as well, including books written by survivors of such experiments. The key book which prompted me to write Girl Within Girl was The Control of Candy Jones, a story of a famous model and pin-up girl who was hypno-programmed to be a spy under a different personality.

Did you pursue publishers or did you opt to self-pub?

Because my book is dark erotica, I felt the best route to go was to self-publish.

If self-published, did you hire someone to format the ebook version for you or did you do it yourself?  Can you tell us what that was like?

I used the BookBaby publishing platform and they do everything from formatting the book to distributing to all the major eBook vendors.

If self-published, how did you determine the price?

The book is just under 200 pages, and I wanted to make it affordable since it is part of a series. I also did some research on other eBooks on Amazon and came up with the price of $2.99.

Did you purposefully choose a distinct month to release your book?  Why?

I originally wanted the publication date to be mid-September, when the kids go back to school since I anticipate that my audience would be stay-at-home moms, but I fell behind schedule. It will be published in mid-October instead, not really good timing since it is too close to the holidays, but I'm anxious to get it out and since it is the first book in the series I can always publish the second one at a more favorable date, perhaps during the dead of winter to warm up those cold nights.

How did you choose your cover? 

I worked with a guy called Cal Sharp of Caligraphics, and we came up with a design that visually evokes the concept of ghost-like alter egos emanating from a central character.

Did you write your book, then revise or revise as you went?

I usually write a chapter or two then revise, revise, revise. At some point I had to stop editing what I had written or the book would never have been published. Despite that revising, I'm sure I'll read the published version and say to myself, gee, I wish I could change that.

What’s your opinion on giving your book away to sell other copies of your book?

I feel this is a must because I believe word of mouth is the ultimate selling device.

What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do before their book is released?

Publicize, expose, promote, market.

What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do after their book is released?

Publicize, expose, promote, market again. At the same time, start writing the next one.

What kind of pre-promotion did you do before the book came out?  

I setup an FB page and a Goodreads page. I plan to be quite active on Goodreads. Now, I'm getting involved in blog tours, which will last for two months.

Do you have a long term plan with your book?

This book, Girl Within Girl Book One: Unraveling, is the first of the series, so I plan to write at least two more novels in the series before it ends.

What would you like to say to your readers and fans about your book?

The book is dark erotica, yet a thriller at the same time, and the story weaves in and out of three lives of the same woman, each one full of unknown consequences, keeping the reader on edge as to what is going to happen next. In short, there is an entertainment element above and beyond the sex scenes in glamorous situations - there is a strong plot, something not easy to find in erotica novels.

Another aspect of the story which would appeal to many readers is the ability to escape out of the ordinary humdrum of our lives.
Each of us has multiple sides to our personality. On top of that, many people have fantasies of being someone else and of doing things that go outside the boundaries of our day-to-day existence. For Katrina Novak, she can accomplish these things through her alter-egos of Cherry Cummins, the freelance photojournalist who travels to exotic places and meets many famous people, and Anisa Grant, a kick-ass spy assassin who succeeds in her missions through cold calculation and ruthless execution.

I hope everyone enjoys reading it as much as I did writing it.

Friday, September 16, 2016

PUYB Virtual Book Club Chats with 'Friend of the Devil' Mark Spivak



Mark Spivak is an award-winning author, specializing in wine, spirits, food, restaurants, and culinary travel. He was the wine writer for the Palm Beach Post from 1994-1999, and was honored by the Academy of Wine Communications for excellence in wine coverage “in a graceful and approachable style.” Since 2001 he has been the Wine and Spirits Editor for the Palm Beach Media Group, as well as the Food Editor for Palm Beach Illustrated; his running commentary on the world of food, wine and spirits is available at the Global Gourmet blog on www.palmbeachillustrated.com. His work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Robb Report, Men’s Journal, Art & Antiques, the Continental and Ritz-Carlton magazines, Arizona Highways and Newsmax. From 1999-2011 Spivak hosted Uncorked! Radio, a highly successful wine talk show on the Palm Beach affiliate of National Public Radio.

Spivak is the author of two non-fiction books:  Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History (Lyons Press, 2012) and Moonshine Nation: The Art of Creating Cornbread in a Bottle (Lyons Press, 2014). Friend of the Devil is his first novel. He is currently working on a political thriller set during the invasion of Iraq.

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About the Book:

Title: Friend of the Devil
Author: Mark Spivak
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Pages: 325
Genre: Culinary Thriller

In 1990 some critics believe that America’s most celebrated chef, Joseph Soderini di Avenzano, sold his soul to the Devil to achieve culinary greatness. Whether he is actually Bocuse or Beelzebub, Avenzano is approaching the 25th anniversary of his glittering Palm Beach restaurant, Chateau de la Mer, patterned after the Michelin-starred palaces of Europe.

Journalist David Fox arrives in Palm Beach to interview the chef for a story on the restaurant’s silver jubilee. He quickly becomes involved with Chateau de la Mer’s hostess, unwittingly transforming himself into a romantic rival of Avenzano. The chef invites Fox to winter in Florida and write his authorized biography. David gradually becomes sucked into the restaurant’s vortex: shipments of cocaine coming up from the Caribbean; the Mafia connections and unexplained murder of the chef’s original partner; the chef’s ravenous ex-wives, swirling in the background like a hidden coven. As his lover plots the demise of the chef, Fox tries to sort out hallucination and reality while Avenzano treats him like a feline’s catnip-stuffed toy.

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Before you started writing your book, what kind of research did you do to prepare yourself?

Friend of the Devil contained a great deal of autobiographical material, so research wasn’t necessary to get the story primed. As I progressed, there were lots of historical references that I needed to verify. Thank God for the Internet!

Did you pursue publishers or did you opt to self-pub?

The book was released by a small, boutique press in the Pacific Northwest---my first two non-fiction books had been brought out by a mainstream publisher, and I wanted a kinder and gentler publishing environment. I don’t believe in self-publishing, except in certain unusual circumstances.

If published by a publisher, what was your deciding factor in going with them?

As stated above, I was fed up with larger publishers---generally, they seem to feel that publishing would be a wonderful business if they didn’t have to deal with writers. I was seeking an environment where I would have more input and feel more valued.

If published by a publisher, are you happy with the price they chose?

Amazon is selling the book for $13.49. I think that’s about right for a trade paperback.

Did you purposefully choose a distinct month to release your book?  Why?

I didn’t have as much control over the release date as I would have wanted (it was May 27), but it turned out not to matter much. I think writers tend to get hung up on whether they have a spring or fall release. In fact, unless the publisher plans a heavy promotional campaign, I don’t think the date is very important.

How did you choose your cover?

Black Opal Books allowed me to design the cover, which I really appreciated---with the larger houses, writers typically aren’t involved at all. I had some definite ideas of what I wanted it to look like. A friend of mine who owns a marketing and PR company volunteered to do it, and we worked with her designers. I think the finished product is eye-catching, and it reflects the culinary theme.

Did you write your book, then revise or revise as you went?

Friend of the Devil went through numerous drafts over a period of 7-8 years. It was a difficult story to deal with, for many reasons. It also went through two rounds of editing at the publishing house, which I was grateful for.

Did you come up with special swag for your book and how are you using it to help get the word out about your book?

No, I haven’t done that yet. I’m not sure that bookmarks or t-shirts really help get the word out.

Did you consider making or hiring someone to make a book trailer for your book?  If so, what’s the link?

I did have a trailer for my first non-fiction book, and it was well done, but it didn’t have a lot of impact. I thought the money could be spent more effectively elsewhere.

What’s your opinion on giving your book away to sell other copies of your book?

I’m open to it, but don’t quite see how giving books away would stimulate sales.

What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do before their book is released?

It’s really helpful to sit down and draw up a comprehensive marketing plan on paper. Black Opal required one as part of the submission process, and I refined it as I went along. Obviously you need a website, and in today’s world a strong social media presence is crucial.

What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do after their book is released?

I’m a believer in blog tours, because that’s where the eyeballs are. If you’re fortunate enough to know people involved in radio/tv/newspapers/magazines, harass them until they either give you some publicity or run away from you. Sticking to the plan is important, since book promotion is a marathon rather than a sprint. You have to promote relentlessly on a daily basis.

What kind of pre-promotion did you do before the book came out?

I wasn’t able to do as much pre-promotion as I wanted to, since I didn’t have a firm publication date until shortly before the book was released. I set up the Facebook page and made sure the website was up to date, and otherwise just kept honing the marketing plan.

Do you have a long term plan with your book?

I’ll always be promoting Friend of the Devil.

What would you like to say to your readers and fans about your book?

One of my readers said she had never read anything quite like Friend of the Devil, and that may be true. The Faust story certainly isn’t new, but the twist is unique---it tells the story of America’s most celebrated chef, who has cut a deal with the Devil for fame and fortune. To anyone who liked the book, I’d recommend reading it twice. There are a number of layers that don’t come through the first time around, particularly if you’re reading for plot.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Cover Reveal: A Honeyed Light by Freddie Milano


Inside the Book:


Title: A Honeyed Light
Author: Freddie Milano
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal

Kunal, relative newcomer to the strange town of Harmony, has his hands full preparing for Diwali. That should be enough to keep anyone's mind pre-occupied, but Kunal can't really ignore that he's nearly thirty, single, and still buried in the closet.

Out of town at a gay club one night, he bumps into Oscar, proprietor of Harmony's only sex shop, and figures his secret is now officially out. What he doesn't expect is a slow seduction, or to have to decide what it is he really wants in life.

Links: 
Cover design: http://www.aisha-o.com
 

MEET THE AUTHOR

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Freddie Milano lives with her partner-in-crime, two adorable and devilish cats, and far more ideas than she really has time to set down on (electronic) paper. She's been writing since she could hold a pen, though most of the embarrassing stories thankfully never made in onto the internet, and can stay safely buried.

She loves wine, Korean pop music, tea, chocolate, coffee, mythology, and both video and tabletop gaming. An ESFJ surrounded by introverts, Freddie has learned the art of socialization in moderation. Besides, staying in just leaves her more time to write. Find more at freddiemilano.com.
 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Friend of the Devil by Mark Spivak



Title: Friend of the Devil
Author: Mark Spivak
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Pages: 325
Genre: Culinary Thriller

In 1990 some critics believe that America’s most celebrated chef, Joseph Soderini di Avenzano, sold his soul to the Devil to achieve culinary greatness. Whether he is actually Bocuse or Beelzebub, Avenzano is approaching the 25th anniversary of his glittering Palm Beach restaurant, Chateau de la Mer, patterned after the Michelin-starred palaces of Europe.

Journalist David Fox arrives in Palm Beach to interview the chef for a story on the restaurant’s silver jubilee. He quickly becomes involved with Chateau de la Mer’s hostess, unwittingly transforming himself into a romantic rival of Avenzano. The chef invites Fox to winter in Florida and write his authorized biography. David gradually becomes sucked into the restaurant’s vortex: shipments of cocaine coming up from the Caribbean; the Mafia connections and unexplained murder of the chef’s original partner; the chef’s ravenous ex-wives, swirling in the background like a hidden coven. As his lover plots the demise of the chef, Fox tries to sort out hallucination and reality while Avenzano treats him like a feline’s catnip-stuffed toy.

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Book Excerpt:
Several years after the opening of Chateau de la Mer, the triumvirate of Avenzano, Walsh, and Ross appeared to be one big happy family, although there were rumors of strains in the relationship.
One night, at the height of the Festival of Champagne, there was an incident. Ross, a notorious womanizer, was sipping Cristal with a redhead at the restaurant’s corner table.
His wife slipped through the front door of the mansion, unannounced. Walking slowly through the dining room, past the Medieval memorabilia and dramatic cast-iron griffins, she strolled up to Ross’s table, took a revolver from her evening bag, and calmly shot him through the heart.
The ensuing chaos did more to establish Joseph Soderini di Avenzano in the American imagination than his designer pasta, his Bedouin stuffed poussin, his recipes transposed from Etruscan or Old Genoese, or his library of ten thousand cookbooks.
This was more than a good meal, after all. This was sex and death in Palm Beach. Even more intriguing was the chef’s refusal to comment on Ross after his death, except for informal and effusive eulogies in his famous baritone.
“Watch that Cristal,” David’s friend Bill Grimaldi told him before he left Manhattan to do an assigned story on the twenty-fifth anniversary of Chateau de la Mer. “It’s a killer.”

Thursday, September 8, 2016

PUYB Virtual Book Club Chats with 'Killer Pursuit' Jeff Gunhus



Jeff Gunhus is the USA TODAY bestselling author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year-old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 30 on Amazon, have been recognized as Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists and reached the USA TODAY bestseller list.

After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active life in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel or on JeffGunhus.com.

His latest book is the thriller, Killer Pursuit.

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About the Book:

When a high-society call girl is murdered in her Georgetown home, investigators find two cameras hidden in the walls of her bedroom. One has its memory erased, presumably by the murderer. The second is connected to the Internet through an encrypted connection...and no-one knows who's on the other end.

Special Agent Allison McNeil is asked by beleaguered FBI Director Clarence Mason to run an off-the-record investigation of the murder because of the murder's similarity to a case she worked a year earlier. Allison knows the most direct path to apprehending the killer is to find the videos, but the rumors that the victim's client list may have included Mason's political enemies has her worried about the director's motives. As she starts her investigation, she quickly discovers that she's not the only one pursuing the videos. In fact, the most aggressive person racing against her might be the murderer himself.

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Killer Pursuit is available at Amazon.
Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Before you started writing your book, what kind of research did you do to prepare yourself?

Killer Pursuit takes place in and around DC and I enjoy weaving in historical facts and stories into my narrative. For this story, I knew I wanted to set a meeting in Arlington National Cemetery, one of my favorite sites to visit. I’d been on tours before but online resources gave me even more details to use. For a scene with a tattoo being cut out of a dead body, I called a local tattoo parlor. The tattoo artist on the other end was a little too into the conversation!

Did you pursue publishers or did you opt to self-pub?

I self-pubbed this book even though the first was through Thomas & Mercer. I really enjoyed designing my own cover and working directly with my editor.

If self-published, did you hire someone to format the ebook version for you or did you do it yourself?  Can you tell us what that was like?

This is my 10th novel and I’ve self-pubbed many of them. I used to outsource the conversion but a few books ago I started to use a program called Vellum. It’s easy, intuitive and creates a great looking ebook.

If self-published, how did you determine the price?

It’s the same price as book #1. $3.99 is still a value to the reader while still valuing the work. The .99 promotion price for this tour is a fun way to get more people introduced to the series.

Did you purposefully choose a distinct month to release your book?  Why?

I try to space my books for adults in the alternative 6-month period to my books I publish for kids. It helps me wear a different hat and and keep them separated.

How did you choose your cover?

I worked with Carl Grave of Extended Imagery. We worked on several ideas and wanted to give both a sense of place (Washington, DC) and a sense of the sensuality and danger in the book. I like how it turned out.

Did you write your book, then revise or revise as you went?

I typically do a first draft straight through, allowing myself to be as bad as I want. I was once told that the first draft is the pile of manure out of which good things will grow. The fertilizer draft. Then I write a second, send to my editor, write another draft, let friends read it, then copy edit, then other friends… and then out into the world.

Did you come up with special swag for your book and how are you using it to help get the word out about your book? 

I did some signed giveaways and blog tours to reach out to new readers.

What’s your opinion on giving your book away to sell other copies of your book?

I’m happy to give copies of my books to people willing to give my them an honest review. I’m in this to be read. I’ll even take negative reviews as long as it’s something they didn’t like about the book because it means the work still got them thinking. (Reviews like: “the book arrived two days late” drive me a little crazy.) I think folks who check out one of my books do tend to read the others so I think it’s a valid way to get the word out.

What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do before their book is released?

1)      Perfect editing. Pay for talent to catch all the errors. After than, offer your beta-readers a candy bar for every typo they find. There are always a few that sneak through even the pros.
2)      Love your cover. Test it with your readers. Give them options.
3)      Reviews. Whether a blog tour, your most avid readers or a local book club, make sure you have 25+ reviews ready to go. They can post on Goodreads until your book is live on Amazon. 

What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do after their book is released?

1)      Write the next book.
2)      Limit your social media “marketing efforts” to less than an hour a day.
3)      Write the next book.

What kind of pre-promotion did you do before the book came out? 

Author page, splash page, FB ads, blog tour.

What would you like to say to your readers and fans about your book?

I hope you enjoy spending time with Allison McNeil. If this is your first time meeting her, you can start here or read Killer Within first. I think you will enjoy it either way. Please reach out to me and let me know what you think. I respond personally to emails and Facebook messages. Talk to you soon!




Tuesday, September 6, 2016

PUYB Chats with Lindon King, author of 'What's In Your Barn?'



Lindon J. King was born in Jamaica West Indies and migrated to Toronto Canada in 1992. Lindon is a former student of Fair Prospect Primary and Secondary Schools and Prospect College in Jamaica and a former student of Ryerson University in Toronto Canada. Lindon is the author of "The Wounds Have Healed. ...The Scars Are Bleeding" which was published in 2009.
Lindon’s latest book is What’s In Your Barn?

About the Book:

What’s in your barn… reminds us of who we are as created beings and inspires a purpose filled way of life. We are not deserving of the gift of life or of the benefits it brings but instead we should count ourselves privileged and blessed for God’s unmerited favour. The decisions we make create our path
and influence a way of life for others. We should therefore be reminded that the path of life is for every one and comes with no detours; this path is inevitable and takes us all from "the cradle to the grave.

You can pick up your copy at Amazon.


Welcome Lindon! Before you started writing your book, what kind of research did you do to prepare yourself?

Life’s experiences prepared me for this book. The daily conversations with people from diverse background along with stories told and shared by others of their experiences provided the material for this book.

Did you pursue publishers or did you opt to self-pub?

My first book The Wounds Have Healed. …The Scars Are Bleeding was done by a publisher. I was talking with a client who happened to be an author who advised me to look at other options. I went online did my research and opt to self-publishing with Kindle Direst Publishing (KDP) and with Create Space. …I am glad I did.

If self-published, did you hire someone to format the ebook version for you or did you do it yourself?  Can you tell us what that was like?

Getting my ebook done with KDP was an amazing experience. The staff was amazing to work with and provided assistance every step of the way. The process was so easy, I made a few changes along the way with no help whatsoever, I highly recommend KDP.

If self-published, how did you determine the price?

KDP determined the price by providing a range of which I made the selection

If published by a publisher, what was your deciding factor in going with them?

The paperback version was self-published with Create Space, they have an amazing staff and it was a very pleasant experience interacting with them.

If published by a publisher, are you happy with the price they chose?

I am happy and satisfied with the overall services offered by KDP and Create Space.

Did you purposefully choose a distinct month to release your book?  Why?

I did! What’s In Your Barn? …Only Time Will Tell! was written in 2009 and should have been published in 2010. I decided not to instead I waited and decided to get it published one way or another in June 2016.

How did you choose your cover?

The cover design was my idea and was designed by my son Lindon Jr. A. King. We discussed other options, had a few debates on two other designs until it was noticed that this design gives an insight of the contents.

Did you write your book, then revise or revise as you went?

I revised as I went.

Did you come up with special swag for your book and how are you using it to help get the word out about your book? 

We have decided to go with t-shirts and coffee mugs, this idea is still in the making.

Did you consider making or hiring someone to make a book trailer for your book?  If so, what’s the link?

No, I have not considered making a book trailer or hiring someone to do so.

What’s your opinion on giving your book away to sell other copies of your book?

Giving the book away to sell other copies is a good idea but only if the books are being given to discerning readers.

What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do before their book is released?

An author should ensure that 1. Local marketing of the book is done 2. Online marketing is done and 3. Consult with book reviewers.

What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do after their book is released?

An author should ensure that all the steps taken to get the word out before the book is released get updated. Inform the marketing source of the release, update online marketing sights, provide copies to the reviewers and arrange for a book launch.


What kind of pre-promotion did you do before the book came out? 

A pre-promotion on FB page was done, jamaicacaana@gmail.com

Do you have a long term plan with your book?

I do. My objective is to get this book into every aspect of the community, into local churches and school boards.

What would you like to say to your readers and fans about your book?

I would like to say to all my readers and fans that this book should not be taken lightly, this should be a way of life. There is nothing written in the book that is new, these are reminders of the little things that we have taken for granted. The changes we so desperately need can be obtained if we invest our time and go back to the basic.
No one can change us but ourselves, someone can tell you about the contents of this book but you will have to read it for yourself and apply to your lives the things that are written on the pages.


Thank you.



PUYB Virtual Book Club Chats with 'Storm of Arranon' R.E. Sheahan



I have always been a reader. I love books. When I’m not able to read, I listen to audio books. I started writing while working as a Paramedic/Firefighter in Northern California. Trust me, it’s not like it appears on TV. There was plenty of time for books, mostly reading them. I didn't seriously start writing until I moved to my ranch in Oregon. While waiting for lambs to be born in the middle of the night, I would head back to the house for an hour or two and sit down at the computer. Before I knew it, I had a manuscript. Not a good one, but a start.I joined critique groups and attended writer's conferences. I was on the fast track to learning. 

In 2013, I received an honorable mention in Writer’s Digest’s Self Published book awards for MG/YA. I guess I am learning something!

Ideas from dreams follow me into warm sunny days or the quiet of falling snow. “What ifs” feed a vivid imagination. Even mistyped phrases may lead to an "aha" moment. Brain storming sessions standing in windy, dark parking lots with fellow writers release thoughts that pry at the corners of my mind, grasping for purchase. Sometimes the ideas pursue me, with persistence.

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 A forbidden birth. A remarkable young woman. A marauding alien society. The battle begins.
 A brutal alien society invades Korin and Arranon, intent on destroying the two worlds that make up Cadet Erynn Yager's home. Forced to expose her strange abilities and reveal her forbidden birth, a guarded web of secrets unravels.

Stranded on an unfamiliar planet of eternal winter and predatory wildlife, the mysterious living consciousness of Arranon intervenes, leading Erynn on a mystical journey. 

Aware of Erynn's potential, the alien enemy pursues her. She struggles to gain control of her growing powers while in a constant race to elude the invaders, and join the forces preparing to fight a mounting occupation. 

Erynn’s secret may be her worlds' only hope, but at the cost of her life. Swept up in a chain reaction of events, Erynn's dedication extends far beyond service and duty. She learns the true meaning of sacrifice. 

Along with courage and hope, Erynn finds something unexpected on her journey of awareness and growth.

Love.

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Welcome R.E.! Before you started writing your book, what kind of research did you do to prepare yourself?

No research. I did look up languages, and chose Gaelic, then created a variation of Gaelic for my books. Most of my preparation included and still includes learning the craft of writing—and coffee—and maybe an occasional cupcake.

Did you pursue publishers or did you opt to self-pub?

I queried agents and publishers. I pitched to agents and publishers at writer’s conferences. After several months, I decided to self-publish. I continued to submit to agents and publishers and was told by a fellow author as long as I’m self-published, they won’t consider my work. I’m not sure this is true. Encouraged by another author friend to submit my manuscripts, the publisher loved my work and offered me a contract.

If self-published, did you hire someone to format the ebook version for you or did you do it yourself?  Can you tell us what that was like?

I did try to do the formatting, but I’m easily frustrated, so I hired someone. It’s not expensive. Quick and simple for those that do eBook formatting routinely, and I don’t turn into Kylo Ren throwing a temper tantrum.

If self-published, how did you determine the price?

Three authors in my critique group had first books coming out at the same time. We talked about pricing with each other and the group. We considered prices of books in the same genres and word count/pages. I have changed the prices of the eBooks a couple of times and may again in the future.

If published by a publisher, what was your deciding factor in going with them?

As of June 2016, I did sign a contract with a publisher for book four and they have a first option on book five. I spoke with staff members, making a heart choice as well as an intellectual decision to sign. Their company is small, but in business for over five years and growing. I read and had friends and author friends read the contract. A standard contract similar to the large, (big five), publishers, except my royalties are higher. Woo Hoo! In the future, we will talk about the first three books in the series. Like maybe a boxed set? For now, I’m looking forward to this experience while working with a positive and encouraging publisher.

If published by a publisher, are you happy with the price they chose?

We aren’t there yet.

Did you purposefully choose a distinct month to release your book?  Why?

No. When they’re ready, I publish.

How did you choose your cover?

My neighbor is a retired Hollywood illustrator that worked on movies like Alien and Predator. He volunteered to create my cover! We got together a few times, he asked me questions about the book, and came up with what I believe is the perfect cover.

Did you write your book, then revise or revise as you went?

Oh my gosh. Both!

Did you come up with special swag for your book and how are you using it to help get the word out about your book? 

I tried bookmarks, didn’t really work. I’m open to swag suggestions!

Did you consider making or hiring someone to make a book trailer for your book?  If so, what’s the link?

I made a short trailer. I also paid to have a couple of others made.


What’s your opinion on giving your book away to sell other copies of your book?

I think it’s a great idea. I have free days on kindle and send print books often. I’ve had to stop sending international though, it just costs too much.

What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do before their book is released?

Have your book edited, professionally.
Have your book proofread, professionally.
Send your book through beta readers.

What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do after their book is released?

Have a contest to give books away, like on Goodreads.
Schedule free days on kindle and promote those days.
Take the book to libraries and bookstores and provide them with copies.

What kind of pre-promotion did you do before the book came out? 

I did do a lot of this, but after the fact. This was all new to me. I’m still on the learning curve when it comes to promotion and marketing. Much more demanding and time consuming than writing the book!

Do you have a long term plan with your book?

Just keep writing the series. Well, actually that seems a bit out of my control. The characters won’t let me stop until their stories are told.

What would you like to say to your readers and fans about your book?

My book is pretty basic. Good Vs evil. I write what I see—like a movie in my mind. I write what I would like to read. My characters aren’t perfect, but they believe in each other and what they’re doing. Their choices aren’t always the best, or correct, but their decisions are from the heart.





PUYB Virtual Book Club Chats with '23 Minutes Past 1 A.M.' Robert J. Dornan



Robert J Dornan is someone who wishes to leave a better world to his children. He realizes that the odds are slim but he will do whatever he can to increase the probability of success.  He is always open to discuss new and innovative ideas and hopes someday to see the building of a functional solar city as well as a fair and community-driven compensation system.

Robert’s latest book is the historical fiction, 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M.

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In the early morning of her sister's wedding day, Mila Kharmalov stared in stunned silence at the coloured sparks streaming from Reactor Four of the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant.  At that very moment, her life and the lives of everyone she knew changed forever.

Years later and on another continent, Adam Byrd was writing biographies for everyday people looking to leave their legacy in book form. When the woman he loved phoned from Kiev offering him the chance to write the story of a lifetime, he jumped at the opportunity not realizing that his voyage would be a bumpy ride through a nations dark underbelly. With the help of his friend's quirky cousin, Adam is nudged into a fascinating adventure of love, greed, power and psychotic revenge, culminating with a shocking finale.

23 Minutes Past 1 A.M. is a work of fiction based on factual events from Chernobyl and villages throughout Ukraine.

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Before you started writing your book, what kind of research did you do to prepare yourself?

Hello everyone.  I did a substantial amount of research; well over four hundred hours by my estimate. 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M. is a historical fiction therefore taking any literary liberties would be akin to running into a burning house.   I consider myself an environmentalist so I found Chernobyl fascinating on so many levels.  Researching was never a chore and in fact, whenever I found something I believed to be unique, I treated it as a win.

Did you pursue publishers or did you opt to self-pub?

I opted for self-pub because I have no idea how to pursue traditional publishers nor do I wish to wait six months to learn yea or nay.   I understand and fully accept that I am not a prime candidate for most publishing houses so self-publishing has been a godsend.

If self-published, did you hire someone to format the eBook version for you or did you do it yourself?  Can you tell us what that was like? 

I hired someone to do it for me and she was a delight to work with. I liken an author formatting his or her own E-book to a major league baseball player carving his own bats.  It doesn’t happen except in Robert Redford movies so why do it for my books? She was a total pro and when it came time to upload my e-book, I had zero errors.  Zero!

If self-published, how did you determine the price?

I followed Amazon’s recommendations.  I want readers to enjoy my book and in order to do so I have to dangle a carrot, which in this case is a lower price but not a ridiculously low price. 


Did you purposefully choose a distinct month to release your book?  Why?

Oh…sore spot.  April 26, 2016 was the thirtieth anniversary of the Chernobyl accident and I missed it.  I was dependent on a book cover artist who wasn’t in as much as a hurry as I was.  After that, I just decided to take a deep breath and simply ensure that the book cover and formatting were fit for publishing.

How did you choose your cover?

I love this question.  An amusement park was slated to open in Pripyat on the May 1st long weekend.  The accident happened on the 26th and the town was evacuated thirty-six hours later so most articles and books state that the rides were never used.  On the other hand, there are articles that the park rides were open for a few hours in order to appease or distract the worried citizens. The empty Ferris wheel is a symbol of missed opportunities and hopelessness.

Did you write your book, then revise or revise as you went? 

For the most part, I revised as I went but during the final edits I added and deleted based on further research.

Did you come up with special swag for your book and how are you using it to help get the word out about your book? 

No.  In all honesty I am uncomfortable with this form of book marketing. 

What’s your opinion on giving your book away to sell other copies of your book?

I don’t mind giving away copies of the E-book.  Readers can be critics and also positive reviewers. 

What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do before their book is released?

1.      Edit until it hurts
2.      Most of us have heard the expression, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? It may have some relevance, but like it or not, a good book cover gets you in the front door and into the hands of readers. Find something intriguing before you hand it over to a qualified cover artist.
3.      Book PUYB two months ahead of your release and get as many positive reviews as you can.

What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do after their book is released?
1.      Don’t panic if the book hasn’t sold a thousand copies on day one or year one. Enjoy the experience.  If your book holds any weight, it will eventually be noticed.
2.      Answer reader emails
3.   Don’t let your family read your book or Christmas dinner could get weird.

What kind of pre-promotion did you do before the book came out? 

The beauty of self-publishing is that you can do anything at any time.  I can revise and re-publish and I can remove the book if I so please.  The same applies to promoting.  My book projects will be ongoing and I suspect that I’ll get around to alternative marketing schemes before the year end.  23 Minutes Past 1 A.M. is historical fiction with an equaling interesting present day story so I’m not worried about it becoming passé.

Do you have a long term plan with your book? 

I’m an environmentalist so the nuclear accident theme plays into my wheelhouse. I would like to leverage this book into speaking engagements at high schools to inform young minds on alternative energies as well as vertical farms.

What would you like to say to your readers and fans about your book? 

The obvious response is thanks for reading; it is very much appreciated.

23 Minutes Past 1 A.M. may be a work of fiction but it touches upon the real and horrific after effects of a nuclear disaster.  Families and lives are forever changed or destroyed.  Years after an accident, radioactivity claims victims of all species.  I truly believe that this is a story that will educate but it is also a story that you will never forget.

23 Minutes Past 1 A.M. also speaks to the lives of Ukrainian villagers in the USSR era. Oppression breeds depression which in turn, breeds hard and desperate people. Although this has been taken to an extreme with the Valeri Markov character, the acrid smell of hopelessness and despair is valid.

Folks, there is absolutely no need for nuclear power plants.  None.  

Be good my friends.  I can be reached at jackcityguy@gmail.com.  See ya