10 Statements – Kate Tilton

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Kate Tilton has been in love with books for as long as she can remember. A relatively new voice in publishing, Kate has been serving authors behind the scenes since 2010. Founder of Kate Tilton’s Author Services, LLC, Kate works as an author assistant, social media manager, and speaker with the mission of connecting authors and readers. Kate is the creator and host of #K8chat (Thursdays at 9pm Eastern on Twitter), a contributor to BadRedhead Media, and has appeared on popular media such as Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, The Book Designer, Kobo Writing Life and Rafflecopter. A cat-lover and fan of many geeky things, Kate can likely be found curled up with the latest Doctor Who episode, plotting world takeover, or connecting authors and readers in any way she can. You can find Kate on katetilton.com.

 

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My personal motto:

“My goal for the longest time has been to help authors. Make their life better because they make my life better. You are my rockstars.”

10 statements
  1. A typical work day begins with… petting my kittens and lighting a candle. It is the perfect way to start the work day.
  2. I lose track of time… when I’m focused on a project or story. I love to get lost in the work I am doing or the story I am consuming!
  3. I have always… loved helping people. There is something completely magical about being able to make someone’s day just a little better. When I leave this Earth I hope to have left it better than when I arrived.
  4. I have never… been to Disney World or Disney Land. As a huge Disney fangirl this is a dream of mine. Hopefully one day soon I’ll be able to realize that dream!
  5. Home means to me… a place where I can be with my kitties and books. Home is a safe place where I can always come back to.
  6. I am inspired by… stories, art, beauty, animals, fish… Haha! I find many things to be fascinating on this planet. Seeing someone help another, just because the other was in need. Watching the fish swim by at an aquarium. Reading a story in a beautiful fantasy world. I’m inspired by so many things. In business I’m inspired by those who are helping others every day: Brian Clark, Joel Friedlander, Rachel Thompson to name a few.
  7. I would like to meet… Brian Clark! Haha! That makes me sound like a fangirl but Brian has been a huge inspiration for my business over the last year. He was able to make something but focusing on what matters: helping others. Instead of throwing ads everywhere Brian focused on creating content that mattered to the audience he wanted to help. I inspire to do the same everyday.
  8. My worst character trait… I am a perfectionist and workaholic. I have set rules for myself to help curb the workaholic tendencies I have, but the perfectionist nature is something I struggle with. It means I expect a lot from others and even more from myself. So I’ll often have to remind myself we are all different and all imperfect and there is beauty in that.
  9. My best character trait… I am proud of who I am and not concerned with other’s opinions of me. Now, I do care (I want people to think well of me) but I’m not afraid of those who would judge me for the things I like. I’m a cat loving, geeky girl and if someone wants to judge me for something like what clothes I wear or the type of shows I watch, well, should their opinion matter all that much?
  10. The best advice I was given… “be kind to yourself” as someone with workaholic/perfectionism running in her veins being told that it is okay to take breaks, okay to have days where you do nothing but watch TV on the couch, was important. Sometimes we can be our own worse enemy. So if you find yourself getting upset with where you are and what you have accomplished, take a moment to be kind to yourself. Don’t compare yourself to others. Remember where you have been and where you are going and take it one little step at a time.

 

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10 Statements – Alyssa Cooper

Alyssa Cooper

 

Alyssa Cooper is a Canadian writer with a graphic design diploma and a passion for story telling. She collects old books and antique typewriters, and has a preference for the darker side of fiction.

Alyssa is the author of three traditionally published books, Salvation, Benjamin, and Cold Breath of Life, as well as an independently produced collection called Whispers, and her first self-published novel, The Witches of Armour Hill: Switch.

She’s currently living in Kingston, Ontario with her cats, her cacti, and her personal library, while she works diligently on The Witches of Armour Hill, Book Two: Twisted.

 

Find me…

Website:  http://alyssacooper.ca/

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/alyssacooperlit

Tumblr:  http://alyssacooper.tumblr.com/

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6467653.Alyssa_Cooper

 

My personal motto:

In honour of my newest release:  “We must always remember we are born of flame.”

10 statements
  1. A typical work day begins with… apple-sauce through a straw; it’s my version of coffee.
  2. I lose track of time… doing pretty much anything. I have a terrible sense of time.
  3. I have always… been obsessed with the strange and unusual.
  4. I have never… wanted to do anything but write.
  5. Home means to me… somewhere I can cook breakfast in my underwear.
  6. I am inspired by… epic world-builders, like J.R.R. Tolkien and George R.R. Martin.
  7. I would like to meet… a real witch someday.
  8. My worst character trait… I can be horribly pessimistic.
  9. My best character trait… I can also be wonderfully optimistic.
  10. The best advice I was given… why pay the publisher when you’re the one doing all the work?

Switch (The Witches of Armour Hill, #1)

Switch

Release Date: July 20, 2015

Review


Review:  The Motel Room

10 Statements – Andy Oldham

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Andrew “Andy” Oldham

 

 

My name is Andy Oldham. Growing up in Louisiana has been a blessing. Like most southerners there is nothing more important than family. This bond allows one to spend time together and come to a full understanding of who you are. Family not only consist of those you are blessed to call Mom and Dad, or brother or sister, or even friend, but all those whom you love. Because family is so large, there are many stories to share. I have collected my own adventures, and those of others, my entire life. This romantic ambiance ushers, with age, a nostalgic memoir so vast that it could never be written in anything but small slivers of life

Finding the story requires dedication and more than just the facts. It goes to who I am and why I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost, forever, to weeds and indifference and saying I can’t let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us so that we might be born who we are, that we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family, and the story of me, and the stories of others. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take their place in the long line of family storytellers. So this is what I do on a daily basis–write memories, and stories heard, for my great grandchildren.

In my book, EVERLASTING CRONIES you will enjoy a heart-warming, coming of age story about a trio of racially diverse boys who experience joy, loss, conflict, and redemption during the rural Louisiana summer of 1949. There is beauty, romance, and the racial animosity of the Deep South during that pivotal period. Ample local color, the ghost of the old mule jail, a snake dance, and a traditional Southern funeral, punctuate the drama that teaches the boys profitable life-lessons about faith, trust, loyalty and betrayal. This one unforgettable summer moves this threesome to the cusp of manhood and cements an enduring friendship.

My blogs:

http://christiangrandfather.com/

https://andyoldhamphotography.wordpress.com/

My book Everlasting Cronies:

Kindle version

Paperback version

Signed version available at andrewoldham1@gmail.com

 

My personal motto:

Love God, Love Family, Love Neighbors = Love life

10 statements
  1. A typical work day begins with… I am retired, Hallelujah! So my days are no longer considered work.  A typical day begins by waking somewhere between 4:30 and 5:00am. I start the coffee and head to my office. I read for about and hour and then start writing memoirs, short stories, and my next book. Some mornings I skip the reading and writing and head out with my camera for a peaceful trek outdoors.
  2. I lose track of time… while writing because I am usually in another world conjured up just like I want.
  3. I have always… enjoyed my quiet time.
  4. I have never… lived on a farm, but would like to.
  5. Home means to me… a place of comfort and solitude to be enjoyed by all who live here and visit.
  6. I am inspired by… those who share life stories form the heart.
  7. I would like to meet… Rick Bragg for a sit down conversation.
  8. My worst character trait… is staying organized. You should see my desk. Well, I am a writer after all.
  9. My best character trait… is meeting and making new friends in person and on the net.
  10. The best advice I was given… was by my grandfather. “Always stay young at heart, laugh things off when you can, and when you turn 80 dream a new dream.”

Everlasting Cronies

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Release Date: January 7, 2015

Review

 

10 Statements – Ian Probert

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Ian Probert has been scribbling down words ever since he learned to spell the phrase: ‘Once upon a time…’. He is the author of Internet Spy, Rope Burns and a bunch of other titles. Internet Spy was a bestseller in the US and made into a TV film. Rope Burns is a book about why books shouldn’t be written about boxing. Ian has also written things for a shed load of newspapers and magazines. When Ian was a student he used to write lots of letters to the bank manager.

 

Find me…

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/716683635030173/

Twitter:  @truth42  https://twitter.com/truth42

 

My personal motto:

You’ve gotta be in it to win it.

10 statements
  1. A typical work day begins with… a two-and-half mile walk across Waterlow Park. Frozen ponds, dogs, harassed parents. These are the sights I see.
  2. I lose track of time… when I’m playing musical instruments. I play clarinet and classical guitar. Very seldom at the same time.
  3. I have always… tried my hardest to be perceived as normal. But the harder I try the less I’m believed.
  4. I have never… flown a plane, skied, eaten frog’s legs, cheated on my wife.
  5. Home means to me… a concept by which we measure our sofa.
  6. I am inspired by… Bill Nelson, Egon Schiele, Modigliani, Peter Blake, Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, Howard Devoto, Ian Curtis, H R Todd, my daughter, my father.
  7. I would like to meet… nobody at all. I’ve met them all.
  8. My worst character trait… A bad temper that is inadequately masked by an apparently sunny disposition.
  9. My best character trait… Well I shouldn’t say this but others tell me I’m generous. I, however, am aware that material generosity is merely a means of obscuring the fact that one is unable to be emotionally generous.
  10. The best advice I was given… “Always take a photo with a person in the foreground.”

 


Johnny Nothing

Genre:  Children

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Review:  Johnny Nothing


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“Great new kids book alert! My two are in hysterics reading Johnny Nothing by Ian Probert (and I am too).” Jane Bruton, Editor of Grazia

“Oh, Wow! Dark, sordid, grotesque and hilarious are only a few words I can conjure up to describe this hilarious book.” Lizzie Baldwin, mylittlebookblog

Critics are comparing Ian Probert to Roald Dahl. And Johnny Nothing we have a modern successor to Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

Johnny Nothing is best-selling author Ian Probert’s first ever children’s book – although adults are enjoying it too. The story of the poorest boy in the world and the nastiest mother in the universe, the book is earning rave reviews. Children and grown-ups are all laughing at this incredibly funny kids book.

Take a look for yourself:

http://geni.us/3oR8

To celebrate the paperback launch of Johnny Nothing we are offering a free Kindle copy of the book to the first 100 people who Tweet the following message:

@truth42 I’m reading Johnny Nothing by Ian Probert. http://geni.us/3oR8 #YA #Kindle #kidsbooks

The first ten readers who answer the following question will also receive a signed print of one of the book’s illustrations.

Q: What is the tattoo on Ben’s arm?

Send your answers to truth42@icloud.com

Links

Amazon http://geni.us/3oR8

iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/johnny-nothing/id908777441?mt=11

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WordPress http://ianprobertbooks.wordpress.com


JOHNNY NOTHING – EXCERPT

Bill had a shaven head and was wearing a blue tracksuit. He was almost seven feet tall and built like an outdoor toilet made of brick. Bill didn’t realise this but he was a distant descendent of Neanderthal Man. He had only one eyebrow – one long bushy eyebrow that reached right across his forehead. He looked like what you might get if you force fed a member of Oasis with a half-tonne black plastic sackful of steroids.
And if you were brave enough to be present when he took off his tracksuit you would discover that his back was so covered in hair that he was able part it with a comb. If Bill had had more of an interest in fashion, he might even have considered giving it a curly perm and perhaps a few extensions
On his right arm, Bill had a tattoo which simply read ‘Bill’. This was in case he woke up one morning and forgot who he was. This was actually less unlikely than you might imagine because standing next to him was his twin brother. His name was Ben and he was identical to Bill in every way except that the tattoo on his arm read ‘Bin’ (the tattooist was either South African or not a very good speller). He was wearing a red tracksuit.
Bill gave Mr. and Mrs. MacKenzie the tiniest of smiles and managed to grunt ‘hello’. Ben gave the couple exactly the same tiniest of smiles and also managed to grunt ‘hello’.
The two men were standing protectively close to Johnny. They were so large that in the confines of Johnny’s bedroom they looked like giants, which they were. They were so enormous that each of them had their own postcode. They were so gigantic that they had their passport photos taken by satellite. They were so humungous that you could spend all day thinking up rubbishy jokes about how big they were and never adequately describe just how indescribably, earth-shatteringly ENORMOUS they were. By no stretch of the imagination could you call them small (unless, of course, you were a lot bigger than them).
The pair of Goliaths were having to stoop slightly so as to avoid head-butting the ceiling, which actually even looked a little scared itself. They were a terrifying sight. Even scarier than a school trip to a Weight-Watcher’s nudist camp.
There was a long, pregnant silence in the room like this:

This eventually gave birth to an even longer post-natal silence, which, in the interest of preserving the rain forests or the battery on your Kindle, I shan’t demonstrate.
The four grown-ups eyed each other nervously. Bill and Ben looked at the Mackenzies like they were looking at insects that could be squashed into pulpy insect juice any time they so desired.
The Mackenzies looked at Bill and Ben like they were looking at two giant skinhead Neanderthal bully boys who had just appeared from nowhere in their recently and unexpectedly decorated council flat.
Johnny looked a little scared.
Finally Billy Mackenzie managed to get his mouth working a little and spluttered: ‘Who are you?’ And then: ‘What do you want?’
There was another long silence – let’s call it a pause – while Bill and Ben looked at each other as if trying to decide who was going to answer. Finally Bill spoke: ‘You the boy’s parents?’ he demanded in a voice that sounded like an angry rhino with horn-ache. Although if he was clever enough he would have realised that this was a rhetorical question.
There was yet another long silence (you’ll be relieved to hear that this is the last silence you’re going to get in this chapter) before Billy Mackenzie mumbled ‘Yes’.
‘We’re Johnny’s bodyguards,’ continued Bill. ‘We’re here to make sure that everything’s hunky dory.’
‘Hunky dory?’ Mrs. Mackenzie suddenly found her voice. ‘What do you mean ‘hunky dory”?’
Now Ben spoke: ‘What my brother means to say,’ he explained. ‘Is that we’ve been – how shall I say – contracted – to make sure that this young feller’s affairs are in order.’
‘Get out of my house!’ interrupted Mrs. Mackenzie, suddenly feeling a little braver, although she had no idea why.
Bill and Ben looked at each again for a moment. They did this almost as much as your mum looks in the mirror. Or you dad looks at websites that he shouldn’t be looking at. ‘First of all,’ said Bill, ‘This isn’t a house – it’s a flat.’
‘And second of all,’ said his brother. ‘We ain’t going nowhere. And neither are you.’
‘Johnny who are these men?’ Mrs. MacKenzie asked her son, ignoring the two giants.
‘I’m sorry mum but…’ Johnny started to speak but Bill cut in like a pair of scissors that chops sentences into bits.
‘…What the young feller means to say is that the fun’s over.’
‘The fun’s over?’ repeated Felicity MacKenzie numbly.
‘That’s right,’ continued Ben. ‘You’ve had a right old time. You’ve been spending his money like it’s your own. You’ve been ripping the poor young feller off. And we’re here to put a stop to it. From now on things are gonna be different.’

‘I’ve had enough of this,’ said Mrs. MacKenzie. ‘Nobody speaks to me like this in my house…’
‘Flat,’ corrected Ben.
‘Nobody speaks to me like this in my flat. Billy, call the police!’
As usual Billy MacKenzie did as he was told. He reached into his pocket for his mobile phone. Before he had the chance to even turn it on the gigantic frame of Bill was towering over him.
‘That an iPhone?’ asked Ben.
‘Erm… Yes,’ said Billy, who could only watch as the huge man took it from him and with one hand crushed it into a chunk of buckled metal and shattered touch screen.
‘I think it’s broken,’ said Ben. ‘You ought to take it back to the Apple store. Tell ‘em that you’re not getting a decent signal.’
‘Right!’ cried Mrs. MacKenzie. ‘We’re leaving! You’ll be very sorry you did that. I’ll fetch the police myself!’
Now the giant frame of Bill was standing in front of her. He was holding something in his hand that looked a little like a child’s toy space gun.
‘Know what this is?’ he asked. Although once again he wasn’t clever enough to recognise that this was a rhetorical question.
Mrs. Mackenzie regarded the object for a moment. Then she shook her head. Whatever it was she guessed that it was not intended to provide pleasure, happiness or fulfilment. Anything that has a trigger and a barrel and goes ‘bang!’ seldom does.
‘Come on Billy!’ she said. ‘We’re leaving!’
Bill stood in front of her blocking the doorway. ‘Not so fast,’ he said, not so slowly. ‘It’s called a Taser. See this little trigger at the front? If I press this it’ll give you a small electric shock. It won’t hurt you…Well not too much anyway.’
Bill raised the object and gently touched Mrs. MacKenzie on the arm. There was a loudish bang and a flash of blue neon light and Mrs. MacKenzie collapsed groaning to the floor. She was conscious but wasn’t able to move her arms and legs
‘Oh my gawd!’ said Billy Mackenzie bravely charging out of the room in terror. He got as far as the stairs before there was a second flash. He, too, crumpled to the floor. Bill dragged him back into the bedroom by the scruff of his neck.
Johnny Nothing got to his feet and stood over his two parents. He looked anxious. ‘Are they… Are they… OK?’ he gasped.
‘Don’t you worry yourself,’ smiled Ben. ‘Give em a few minutes and they’ll be right as rain.’
‘But they’ll think twice before they try to run off again,’ said his brother.


JOHNNY NOTHING – GALLERY

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10 Statements – Marigold Deirdre Dicer

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I’m an avid explorer of all things fictional. I like all mediums, but if I could only pick one I’d pick books.

Born and raised in Brisbane, Australia, I can’t stand the cold and love lounging about with a good book. I also love travelling (my major financial indulgence) and I always try to travel to places with colourful history and mythology.

I graduated uni with a science bachelor, went to work in the mines for five years, and now I’m back at doing a postgrad course to become a high school teacher.

I like my cozy mysteries to be about the mystery, and my paranormal fantasies to be about the magic. I will give most books a try, and am currently accepting indie books in exchange for an honest review. Please check out my blog for details.

I’ve been writing for ten years and have just self-published my first novel, a new adult urban fantasy called The Black Swan Inheritance. Please check it out! Also, if you would like to receive a free copy of my ebook in exchange for an honest review, I will be very happy to comply. Please email me at nogaku89@gmail.com

 

Find me…

Blog
http://versusblurb.wordpress.com/

Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9923087.Marigold_Deidre_Dicer

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004694956418

Twitter
@MarigoldDicer
https://twitter.com/MarigoldDicer

Google Plus
https://plus.google.com/u/0/104687927537300041783/posts

Amazon US Book:
http://www.amazon.com/Black-Inheritance-Marigold-Deidre-Dicer-ebook/dp/B00QAM87X4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418963267&sr=8-1&keywords=the+black+swan+inheritance

Smashwords Book:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/497280

Kobo Book:
http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-black-swan-inheritance

My personal motto:

Work out what makes your happy, then work out what you’re willing to do to get it.

10 statements
  1. A typical work day begins with… procrastination, usually involving the internet. I’ll sit down at my laptop intending to work, and then somehow I end up on Facebook, WordPress, Goodreads…
  2. I lose track of time… when reading a good book. The sensation doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I’m a little spooked. Even when I’m wasting time, I have a good sense of how much time has passed by habitually checking my watch. Somehow, some books suck me in and I sort of ‘wake up’ and panic because I have no idea if I’m meant to be somewhere.
  3. I have always… daydreamed – all kids are encouraged to imagine, I just never stopped. My favourite thing to do is nothing, because then I can think, dwell, and explore inside my head. Whether it was as a passenger in long family journey by car, during particularly dull assemblies at school, or a quiet moment at home, daydreams are powerful, supportive imaginings. I love being able to create inside my head.
  4. I have never… done something I thought could be dangerous. I am a boring person, and that’s the way I like it. Having said that, my perception of danger has changed as I’ve gotten older, which is part of the reason I quit my job in the mines, and why I am now afraid of heights.
  5. Home means to me… family, although the city I was born and raised in will always feel like home. I love my mum, my dad, and my little brother. As long as I stay connected to them, I know I’ll be alright.
  6. I am inspired by… moments of peace. If I’m struggling with something, I go for a walk. The action really does ‘clear my head’. Every time I felt I’d run out of ideas, I’d go for a walk through the neighbourhood and come back with renewed creativity. Maybe it has something to do with getting the blood flowing to brain, or maybe it’s because when you are walking, you can’t just flick on the TV or check your phone. There are no distractions in a quiet neighbourhood, only inspiration.
  7. I would like to meet… Leiah Cooper from soireadthisbooktoday.com, my friend, fellow blogger, and editor! I have no idea when I’d be able to get to America, but I promise when I get over there I’ll make a beeline for her house.  🙂
  8. My worst character trait… My shyness. I’ve always been shy, and I recognise that if I were more outgoing I’d be professionally more connected, but I accept who I am. I don’t actually want to change it, but I know an outgoing personality could open up more doors.
  9. My best character trait… I like to think it’s my honesty, but that can sometimes be a flaw. I like to think I’m a kind person, but it doesn’t always work out that way. I aspire to kindness – I suppose that’s my best trait.
  10. The best advice I was given… “No one gets through high school unscathed.” My dad told me that, after I’d finished high school. I pass on that little gem  to anyone who will listen, and one time this guy told me that high school was the best days of his life. I told him I didn’t believe him, but he was adamant about it. I actually feel really sorry for him. If high school’s the best days, then everything’s goes downhill after that!
    Yeah, I didn’t really like high school. I have no regrets though, because I’m happy with the person I’ve become, and that couldn’t have happened without all the experiences I had. BUT if someone gave me the option to do it all again, I would run like hell. I do not want to be a teenager again!

 


The Black Swan Inheritance (Book 1, The Black Swan series)

Genre:  Paranormal, New Adult

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Review:  The Black Swan Inheritance