10 Statements – Beth Aldrich

 

Beth Aldrich’s non-fiction book, Real Moms Love to Eat (Penguin/NAL, 2012), won a Nautilus Book Award, and four Beverly Hills Book Awards. She published For Her Information, a Chicago magazine for women, and produced/hosted the PBS-TV series, For Her Information, in sixty markets across the United States, in addition to distribution in Israel and Turkey. She’s a proud member of Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Chicago Writer’s Association, and Chicago Off Campus Writer’s Workshop. Like her debut fiction protagonist, she studied culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago and her dogs are always at her side. Her author website is BethAldrich.com.

Find me…

http://www.BethAldrich.com

http://www.PinkSlipsNovel.com  (on this site, you’ll find my book trailer and buy buttons for iBooks, B&N)

https://www.facebook.com/bethawrites

https://twitter.com/BethAld16

https://www.instagram.com/bethaldrichwrites/

https://www.pinterest.com/bethaldrich/  (soon I’ll be posting ideas for my holiday book)

Amazon – Beth Aldrich

 

My personal mottoes:

“If you take care of yourself, you can better take care of others.”

“Before your feet hit the floor in the morning, thank God for your blessings–Give Gratitude.”

“Think Positive…everything is possible.”

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… waking up at 6am, getting my sons out the door/dogs walked, write, write, write, walk the dogs, social media, email, lunch, write, write, write…workout (maybe)…make dinner, write, write, write, walk the dogs…fall in bed.
  2. I lose track of time when I’m sitting outside working; and when I’m with my sons.
  3. I have always…loved running, ever since 7th grade cross country.
  4. I have never… been to China, but really want to go. I love the culture.
  5. Home means to me… watching movies and eating popcorn with my husband and sons.
  6. I am inspired by… women who adore their kids!
  7. I would like to meet… Debbie Macomber. I just love her books!
  8. My worst character trait… tenacity. I know that’s a good trait, but it keeps me up all hours of the night…I never want to quit.
  9. My best character trait… finding the best in every person I meet, even if it’s just a cute pair of shoes.  😉
  10. The best advice I was given… “Don’t take anything personally. It’s usually not about you.”

Pink Slips

Betsy Ryan is pregnant with her third child, and receiving threatening notes from an anonymous person. During what should be a joyful time in her life, she’s forced to face a decade old memory, and relive one of the most devastating nights of her life.

In order to uncover the mystery behind the threats, she enlists the help of an unlikely, but oddly reliable source, her dog Barney. As the menacing notes continue to arrive, her husband is called out of town for work, and she struggles to keep her composure while shielding her two young sons from danger. She trusts no one except her parents, best friend Misty, and her extraordinary dog—who has proven to literally understand everything she says. Is this person out to harm her? And how do they have so much personal information about Betsy? She can’t help but think it’s the same person who attacked her at the train station almost a decade ago, and changed the course of her life forever. To save herself and her unborn child—Betsy must face her fears and find her strength, to reveal who is after her and most importantly…why.

Print length:  267 pages

Published:  2017-06-09

Buy links:  books2read.com/u/mgKA9z

 

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10 Statements – KM Fortune

 

KM Fortune first decided to write an epic post-apocalyptic novel in a serial format when her favorite nephew begged her to write him a science fiction book “with lots of characters and cool stuff but don’t make it too long.” Trying to accommodate the millennial’s psyche, she created a dangerous new world filled with heroines and heroes, mutants and monsters. Drawing on her years of professional business writing experience, the intrigue and adventure quickly unfolded onto the pages of her exciting, short novel, Awakening – Book I: The Forever Winter Chronicles. KM Fortune lives in Salem, Oregon with her family.

Find me…

Twitter

Facebook

Amazon

Goodreads

 

My personal motto:

Both are writing related at the moment. I have them on a sticky note beside my bathroom mirror.

“It takes time.”

“And it all adds up.”

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… a 5 AM wake up so I can knock out an hour of writing while the house is quiet, followed by the feeding of our multiple litters of foster kittens.
  2. I lose track of time 2. working in the yard or one our house remodel. I tend to let my mind drift to plot twists for novels further down the line on my series and lose myself completely.
  3. I have always… been a huge fan of Stephen King horror novels. I have been reading his books since I was very young and was inspired to be a writer by his book The Stand.
  4. I have never… seen the Northern Lights. I have travelled to a number of places on the planet, but so far the timing has never been right. It is on my bucket list.
  5. Home means to me… curled up on the couch with a warm blanket and a good book.
  6. I am inspired by… music. All kinds. It speaks to me and I listen to it constantly, especially when I am writing.
  7. I would like to meet… Oprah Winfrey. If I were meeting her, it means I have probably made it as an author, plus her interviews are always such fun.
  8. My worst character trait… fretting. I worry about everything and for absolutely no reason. My life is wonderful and I am so blessed.
  9. My best character trait… kindness, or so I hope. I believe it is the greatest gift we can to each other.
  10. The best advice I was given… “Live in the moment, don’t wish your life away.” My mom still reminds me regularly.

Awakening – Book 1

Book I: Awakening is the first installment of the serial novel “The Forever Winter Chronicles”.

The world is an empty wasteland where only the strongest and most cunning survive.

A woman’s body is pulled from the ice, preserved for generations. Believing she may have lived before the great plague, a scientist pleads with the council within his colony for permission to revive her. If the woman can be reanimated, the genetic treasure she carries within her could save humanity.

But not everyone believes humans are worth saving.

Book I: Awakening is the beginning an epic post-apocalyptic story written in the serial novel format. If you like a quick read filled with intrigue and adventure, mixed with conflict and heroism, then you will love KM Fortune’s new page-turning book. Explore the world of “The Forever Winter Chronicles” today and begin an unforgettable journey with Book I: Awakening.

Print length:  118 pages

Published:  2017-04-27

Buy links:  books2read.com/u/m2XWN1

 

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10 Statements – Angela Bennett

Angela Bennett grew up in Minnesota and received her BSN from Mankato State University. After graduating, she decided it was time for a scenery change and moved to sunny Southwest Florida, where she began her nursing career.

Seeing firsthand how short life can be, she began working towards her desire of becoming a writer one day. In 2011, she took the leap, changed gears and began writing full-time.

Falling in love with the people, the arts and energy of New York City, she and her husband split their time, living in the Big Apple and the Sunshine state.

Her psychological thriller, Dark Road Home, captures the complexity of family dynamics, the unconditional love parents have for their child, and the bond between a father and daughter that is tested and broken by lies, deception and family secrets.

 

Find me…

Website:  http://www.AngelaBennett.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AngelaBennettAuthor/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AngelaBauthor

 

My personal motto:

“No pain, no gain.”

“Attitude is everything.”

 

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… coffee and a five mile walk.
  2. I lose track of time daydreaming and listening to music.
  3. I have always… wanted to live in Italy and always been a sap for romantic comedies.
  4. I have never… found an excuse NOT to drink wine.
  5. Home means to me… family, cooking, solitude, and wine.
  6. I am inspired by… those who confront and conquer their fears.
  7. I would like to meet… Clinton Kelly from the CHEW . . . I’m a foodie and he cracks me up. Viola Davis, she rocks as an actress, and authors, Lisa Jackson and Linwood Barclay—they’re my current addictions.
  8. My worst character trait… impatience.
  9. My best character trait… compassion for others.
  10. The best advice I was given… when it comes down to it, the only person who needs to believe in you, is YOU.

Dark Road Home

Victor Simone, head of a hit man organization, murdered Belle McBain’s corrupt father. Following in her dad’s career footsteps, Belle becomes an attorney, but she can’t seem to move beyond the whispers of her crooked father’s corruption or his failures to his family. Instead of building a career in law, she escapes to a life of drugs and lives off her trust fund.

Unable to cope, Belle attempts suicide and is soon admitted into a rehab clinic where she tries to heal. However, her wounds run deep, so the healing takes time. Once released and three years sober, Belle begins a new life as a private investigator in Jersey City with the help of a friend in law enforcement. Sixteen years have passed … until everything changes.

One of Victor Simone’s cronies is in FBI custody and makes a deal. He says he’ll tell where the fugitive Simone is hiding if Belle agrees to meet with him. When she does, she begins to wonder if her father was ever a dirty attorney at all. As she searches for answers, Belle discovers more than she bargained for, including something more unbelievable than she could have imagined.

Print length:  254 pages

Published:  2017-03-08

Buy links: 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-road-home-angela-bennett/1125937775

https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Road-Home-Angela-Bennett/dp/145822077X/ref

http://www.indiebound.org/search/book?searchfor=DARK+ROAD+HOME+ANGELA+BENNETT

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34569256-dark-road-home

 

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10 Statements – Lisa Manterfield

 

Lisa Manterfield is the award-winning author of A Strange Companion and I’m Taking My Eggs and Going Home: How One Woman Dared to Say No to Motherhood. Her work has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Los Angeles Times, and Psychology Today. Originally from northern England, she now lives in Southern California with her husband and over-indulged cat. Learn more at LisaManterfield.com.

 

 

Find me…

Website:  http://lisamanterfield.com/

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4475622.Lisa_Manterfield

Instagram:  @lmanterfield

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLisaManterfield/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/lisamanterfield

Amazon:  Lisa Manterfield

 

My personal motto:

“Leap and the net will appear. If it doesn’t, flap your arms like crazy.”

 

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… Coffee…before anything else. I try to exercise in the morning, too, but some days I just want to get to my writing. I actually like writing in bed. With my coffee, of course.
  2. I lose track of time when I’m in a scene with my characters and I really understand what they want and why it matters so much for them to get it. When that happens, it takes a while to readjust back to the real world.
  3. I have always… been curious. My mum says I never slept as a baby in case I missed something. I’m interested in lots of different things. I’m definitely a jack of all trades.
  4. I have never… had a speeding ticket. I hope I didn’t just jinx myself.
  5. Home means to me… wherever I lay my cat, that’s my home. I’ve always been “geographically flexible” and I’ve moved around a lot. As long as I can cozy up with my husband, cat, and a good book, I’m home.
  6. I am inspired by… nature. Being outdoors changes my whole demeanor and fires up my creativity. I especially love visiting my family in the UK and getting back out into the hills near where I grew up.
  7. I would like to meet… Sir David Attenborough. He has such a respect for the natural world and such a gentle, but inquisitive way of teaching. In another life, I might have followed in his footsteps.
  8. My worst character trait… time optimism. I’m a chronic over-scheduler. All these years and I still can’t seem to get a grasp on how long things take.
  9. My best character trait… tenacity. I am very determined about whatever I set my mind to. All sorts of talent deficits can be overcome by sticking with something for long enough.
  10. The best advice I was given… Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Just be yourself and forge your own path.

A Strange Companion

Kat Richardson isn’t running away from grief; she’s just hiding out in a gloomy Welsh university town until she’s sure it’s gone. Now, one year, nine months, and 27 days after the climbing death of her first love, Gabe, she thinks she’s ready to venture out into the relationship world again. And Owen—a cake-baking, Super Ball-making chemistry student—appears to be a kind, funny, and very attractive option.

But the arrival of Kat’s newly adopted niece, Mai, forces her home to northern England, where she runs head first into all the memories of Gabe she’s tried to leave behind—and discovers that Mai stirs up an unnerving feeling of déjà vu. Before long, Kat’s logical, scientific beliefs about life after death are in battle with what she feels to be true—that reincarnation is real and Gabe has come back to her through Mai. The question now, is why?

Taking on the topics of love, loss, and how we deal with grief, A Strange Companion is a twisted love triangle among the living, the dead, and the reincarnated.

Print length:  342 pages

Published:  2017-04-04

Buy linksbooks2read.com/u/mdKJ8Z

 

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10 Statements – Brent Jones

From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the story was about. Seventeen years later, he gave up his freelance career as a social media manager to pursue creative writing full-time. The Fifteenth of June is his debut novel.

Jones is working on his sophomore release from his home in Fort Erie, Canada. He’s a bearded cyclist, a mediocre guitarist, (mostly) vegetarian, the proud owner of two dogs with a God complex, and a devoted “Instagram husband.” Subscribe to his newsletter or follow him on Twitter.

Find me…

Website:  http://authorbrentjones.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBrentJ/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/authorbrentj/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AuthorBrentJ

My personal motto:

“You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take.”  (Wayne Gretzky)

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… A bike ride, a cup of coffee, and a bowl of sugary kiddy cereal. I tend to be most alert and creative in the morning, but for some reason, I often don’t get to writing until the afternoon. I need to change that.
  2. I lose track of time When I’m revising my own work. I’ll finish my first draft of a chapter, then lose track of the rest of the day going over it again and again, making small changes in word choice that no one but me will ever notice.
  3. I have always… Enjoyed playing the guitar, even if I only know like four songs, three chords, two scales, and have no sense of rhythm.
  4. I have never… Had any desire to jump out of an airplane, no matter how much fun my friends tell me skydiving is. I don’t like zip lines, either, for that matter. Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure I’m just scared of heights.
  5. Home means to me… Funny, the concept of ‘home’ is a central theme in my second novel, which I hope to have published by August. Home, to me, is the place where we are set free.
  6. I am inspired by… Fantastic works of fiction. There are times when I will read a story and say to myself, “Wow. If I ever create something half as good as this, I’ll feel so accomplished.” That last happened to me reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I imagine the larger-than-life titles we hope to emulate vary from one author to the next, but it’s those humbling experiences that keep me writing. We never know how good our work might be until we put the proverbial pen to paper.
  7. I would like to meet… If we’re talking about authors, I’d love to have a chat with Stephen King. I would find it hard to believe that he’d ever be short on stories to tell in person—we’d have an interesting conversation, I’m sure. But if we’re talking about the general population, I think I might choose Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She’s an author, too, I guess, but I tend to think of her more as an outspoken activist and overall badass. Her story is incredibly inspiring.
  8. My worst character trait… I mean, I’m a bit of an arrogant know-it-all sometimes. I tune people out when they’re talking, although not on purpose. My mind wanders constantly and I’m a bit self-deprecating. And I have a bad habit of chewing my fingernails. Do I have to choose just one?
  9. My best character trait… I’m pretty driven. When I set my mind to do something, I keep working at it until I get it done, no matter how many times I fall down along the way.
  10. The best advice I was given… When I was growing up, my father often told me that “nothing is forever.” On the surface, it sounds a bit negative, right? But the thing is, I’ve come to understand what he meant—that life is full of opportunities to try something new, and that’s exactly what I’ve spent most of my adult life doing. Trying new things, turning new corners, and figuring this whole life thing out as I go.

The Fifteenth of June

Can we lose a loved one without losing ourselves?

Twenty-eight-year-old Drew Thomson is haunted by a troubled past. After struggling for years with alcoholism and antisocial behavior, he ends a stable relationship with his girlfriend and finds himself without a home, job, or purpose.

Just as he learns that his father is terminally ill, he meets a stranger who offers him a flicker of hope for a better future. But is he ready to bury the past?

Rich with dark humor and a keen insight into the human condition, this debut fictional release from author Brent Jones delves into life’s most pressing trials—destructive relationships, love, loss, and pursuing happiness.

Print length:  224 pages

Published:  2017-02-21

Buy links:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WVSFZHM/


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