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Interview & Book Review with Author Paulette Mahurin

Interview & Book Review with Author Paulette Mahurin
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Author’s Corner – Interview & Book Review with Author Paulette Mahurin

It was an honor to read Paulette Mahurin’s novel, His Name Was Ben and find out what inspired her to write the story story and what advice she gives to new writers. Below you will find my honest review and the interview.

About the Author

(Copied from author’s page)

Paulette Mahurin is an international best selling literary fiction and historical fiction novelist. She lives with her husband Terry and two dogs, Max and Bella, in Ventura County, California. She grew up in West Los Angeles and attended UCLA, where she received a Master’s Degree in Science.

Her first novel, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, made it to Amazon bestseller lists and won awards, including best historical fiction 2012 in Turning the Pages Magazine. Her second novel, His Name Was Ben, originally written as an award-winning short story while she was in college and later expanded into a novel, rose to bestseller lists its second week out. Her third novel, To Live Out Loud, won international critical acclaim and made it to multiple sites as favorite read book of 2015. Her fourth book, The Seven Year Dress, made it to the bestseller lists for literary fiction and historical fiction on Amazon U.S., Amazon U.K., and Amazon Australia. Her fifth book, The Day I Saw The Hummingbird, was released in 2017 to rave reviews.

Semi-retired, she continues to work part-time as a Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County. When she’s not writing, she does pro-bono consultation work with women with cancer, works in the Westminster Free Clinic as a volunteer provider, volunteers as a mediator in the Ventura County Courthouse for small claims cases, and involves herself, along with her husband, in dog rescue. Profits from her books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.

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Book Blitz: Her Desert Prince by Marie Tuhart

Book Blitz: Her Desert Prince by Marie Tuhart - Virtual Book Tour

Book Tour  -Book Blitz: Her Desert Prince by Marie Tuhart

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Marie Tuhart will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. Continue reading “Book Blitz: Her Desert Prince by Marie Tuhart”

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Book Review – THE ROOSTER BAR by John Grisham

My Bookclub’s Review – The Rooster Bar – by John Grisham

Book Review - THE ROOSTER BAR by John Grisham
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The book club I belong to at our local branch library has just finished reading The Rooster Bar by John Grisham. We discussed everything from the cover, the plot, characters and also compared it to his other books. I’ve posted our review along with questions you may want to ask at your own book club.

About the Author

Long before the days of becoming a New York Times Best Seller, Grisham worked as a lawyer at a Southaven Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time to write early in the mornings and during courtroom recesses. Continue reading “Book Review – THE ROOSTER BAR by John Grisham”

A day in my Life

Memories of a Father Missed

July 12th Stirs Memories of a Father Missed

July 12th, 2010 – A date set in stone

 Dad, I remember the phone call like it was yesterday. It was one of the worst days of my life. Eight years ago today the caller told me you had passed. I fell to my knees and sobbed. We had just talked the day before. We had laughed and joked and I had hung up the phone feeling proud to call you my father. Within twenty-four hours you were taken from me and I kept asking myself why? Continue reading “Memories of a Father Missed”

Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers

Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers

Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers

Wise words for the mind

Who doesn’t love quotes? Here are some of my favorite inspirational quotes for readers and writers.  For me, they serve as daily reminders as to why I like to read books and write. Sometimes they can be inspirational. Giving me a little nudge when needed. Other are humorous and make me laugh.

I like pining my favorite ones to my mirror so it’s the first thing I see in the morning or the last thing at night. Others have a place around my desk so I see them every day. It’s hard to pick just one, I have so many favorites. All of which I can relate to. Becuase I have so many favorites I decided to make a wall out of them. But I didn’t want it to be just the quotes alone. I wanted them to be displayed in an attractive way and appealing to the eye. Adding an image that somehow relates to the quote does the trick.

Welcome to my wall of quotes. Every week I find a quote that uplifts me, dress it up and add to the wall.

They can also be found on any of my social media accounts. Feel free to follow me.

https://www.facebook.com/Tina.Hogan.Grant.Author/

https://www.instagram.com/tina_hogan_grant/

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/11947664-tina-hogan-grant

https://www.pinterest.com/tinahogangrant/

https://mix.com/122c2tinahogangrant

Do you have a favorite quote? Let me know in the comments below. Maybe I will use it on this wall.

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Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers by famous authors

Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers by famous authors

Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers by famous authors

Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers by famous authors

Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers by famous authors

Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers by famous authors

Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers by famous authors

Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers by famous authors

Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers by famous authors

Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers by famous authors

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Author's Corner

Interview and Book Review With Author Debralynn Fein

Interview and Book Review With Author Debralynn Fein – Author of Aaron and Me, Works in Progress

Interview and Book Review With Author Debralynn Fein

I had the pleasure of reading Fein’s latest novel. Below you will find my honest review and an interview with the author. The interview is entirely in the author’s own words.

About the Author

Interview and Book Review With Author Debralynn Fein

(Copied from the author’s page.) I’ve been writing professionally since 2002. My articles and stories have appeared in The Wee Ones Magazine, and Hackwriters.Com, run from Falmouth College of Arts. I also published a short story in the Greenwich Village Literary Review, entitled Family Pictures and articles in Early Childhood Examiner. I attended Stony Brook University in 1978 and 1979 with a major in English Literature, and, also earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Queens College, City University of New York, in 1987. I have a fresh voice, readers will enjoy. Continue reading “Interview and Book Review With Author Debralynn Fein”

"Reckless Beginnings" Journey

What is a Book Aesthetic? And why I made one for my novel

What is a Book Aesthetic?

What is a Book Aesthetic?

A book aesthetic is a group of pictures/photos that relate to a story or even possibly tell the story. Basically, this collage of pictures represents the aesthetic of the story you are trying to tell. But it doesn’t have to be about the entire story. You could do a collection of aesthetics, each representing a character in your story. Or maybe a scene in your book. Aesthetics are a great way to add visuals to your novel and bring aspects of your book to life, not only to yourself but also to your readers.

Ideas for Book Aesthetics

Once you begin thinking about different types of aesthetics you could create for your book, the list can be endless. Here are a few ideas.

  • Create one for each character in your book
  • A city/town where the story takes place
  • A business/dwelling/building
  • vehicles used in the book
  • Hairstyles & clothes worn by the characters
  • An action scene
  • The mood of the book
  • Tell the whole story in pictures (This is a fun one)

Character Aesthetic for “Reckless Beginnings”

Here is the aesthetic for my main character Tammy Mellows. I had a lot of fun with this one and I plan on posting other character aesthetics in the upcoming months, prior to launch day.

This one shows Tammy at the young innocent age of fourteen when the reader first meets her. With a strong desire to move to America, she takes on a waitress job to try and save for what she called the America Fund. Over time life becomes a roller coaster of ups and downs but one thing keeps her grounded. I tried to capture each of these emotions in the Aesthetic. I also included a quote that expresses Tammy’s life at some point in the book.

When making an aesthetic, you not only want to capture images of possible look-a-likes but also the moods. Look for facial expressions, quotes that set the mood. Even colors will set a mood.

The fun thing about these is that you can keep adding to them. When I come across images or other quotes that describe Tammy, I will add them to the collage of pictures.

What is a Book Aesthetic?
Main Character Tammy Mellows – “Reckless Beginnings”
Raymond, Tammy’s forbidden lover. She couldn’t escape his eyes. They had to keep their affair a secret. Her father could never find out. Fascinated by the drug, Tammy was willing to try it. But would she go through with it?

 

How to Make a Book Aesthetic

The first thing you’ll want to do is gather pictures that reflect your story. You could use your own or use stock photos off the internet. All of the photos I use are stock photos. There are three sites I use solely for this purpose. All of them are free to use and have a great selection of photos to choose from.

Once you have your pictures saved on your computer, you’re going to want to organize them into a collage. For this I use  Canva. The site is easy to use. and you can upload all your pictures on to their site. Pick the template “Picture Collage” and have fun, arranging your photos on the blank template provided. The best part is. It’s free!

When it comes to adding a quote or adding more pictures to the board, I use Pinterest. This site is a wealth of information and there are some wonderful ideas that are great for this project. Oh, and the best part is, I can link each image that I save to my Pinterest board to this site. How great is that?

So there you have it. If you are an author, I highly recommend creating some of these for your books. Give your readers visuals of your story and characters. Use Aesthetics to promote your book. People tend to remember images rather words.

Over the next month, I plan on making more aesthetics for the other characters in my book. I hope you will check back to see what I came up with.

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Book Review- The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn – A Bestseller

Book Review- The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

I belong to the Frazier Park Branch Library book club. We read one book a month and meet every other Tuesday. We have just finished reading The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn and thought I’d share our review with you.

Book Review- The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

About the Author

(Copied from the about author page) THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW has been sold in 43 territories around the world and is currently in development as a major film at Fox 2000, starring Amy Adams, directed by Joe Wright, written by Tracy Letts, and produced by Scott Rudin. I really want a cameo in the movie, in case anyone asks.

I spent a decade working in publishing in both New York and London, with a particular emphasis on thrillers and mysteries. Authors I published or helped acquire over the years include Robert Galbraith (aka J. K. Rowling), Agatha Christie, Patricia Cornwell, Carl Hiaasen, Sara Paretsky, and Nelson DeMille.

Now I write full-time, to the relief of my former colleagues. THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW was inspired by a range of experiences: my lifelong love affair with suspense fiction, from the Sherlock Holmes stories I devoured as a kid to the work of Patricia Highsmith, whom I studied at the graduate level at Oxford; my passion for classic cinema, especially the films of Alfred Hitchcock; and my struggles with agoraphobia and depression. The result, I hope, is a psychological thriller in the vein of Gillian Flynn, Tana French, and Kate Atkinson, among others.

Stuff I love; reading; swimming; cooking; dogs; ice cream; travel. (Note that third semicolon. It’s crucial. I do not love cooking dogs.) Given the chance, I’d seriously consider cloning my late yellow Labrador, Tugboat (2001-2012) — one of history’s few truly perfect creations. I collect first-edition books and divide my time between New York and London.

The Synopsis of “The Woman in the Window”

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

My Review

Book Review- The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

This was a page-turning, nail-biting unable to put down thriller with so many twists and plots that it had me guessing through the entire book.

The main character Dr. Anna Fox, a depressed psychologist with a drinking problem and also suffering from agoraphobia, spends her days looking through her binoculars at her neighbors.

Separated from her husband and daughter, but the reader has no idea why until later in the book, but we know she talks to them often

Because of her illness she is cut off from the outside world, her only connection is what she sees through her binoculars. One day while watching the family across the street she witnesses something terrible happen but Anna has a hard time getting anyone to believe her but she’s determined to get to the bottom of what she saw and prove that she isn’t crazy and just imagined it.

Overall all this was a fantastic read and one that was hard to put down. I highly recommend it.

My Overall Rating

Book Review- The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

 

COVER DESIGN – 5 STARS – Great eye-catching colors that grabs the readers attention. 

CHARACTERIZATION – 5 STARS – Each character was well developed and had their own distinguished quirks.  Anna especially was excellently written. How her illness was portrayed was spot on. 

STORY & PLOT 5 STARS – Couldn’t put the book down, The plots and twists had me kept turning the pages and the ending was a huge surprise.

OVERALL RATING – 5 STARS 

Questions to ask at Your Bookclub

Book Review- The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

Do you belong to a Bookclub? Are you planning on or currently reading The Woman in the Window?  Below are a set of questions you may find helpful pertaining to the book.

1- What did you think of the main character; Anna Fox? Did you like her, if not, explain why?

2 – At what point were you drawn into the book?

3 – When you find out the truth about Anna’s Family were you shocked?

4 – How do you think the author portrayed the illness agoraphobia? Did you know much about it before you read the book?

5 – Do you think the author purposely dropped red herrings to distract the reader. What do you think about them? Which was the biggest?

6 – The title The Woman in the Window – do you think that refers to Anna or the woman she saw in the window?

7- What was your favorite part of the book?

8 – Did you guess the ending? Was it satisfying?

If you have read this book I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

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Press Releases – Tina Hogan Grant – Author – Reckless Beginnings

Press Releases - Tina Hogan Grant - Author - Reckless Beginnings

Debut Novel Reckless Beginnings Press Releases

The release date for Reckless Beginnings by Tina Hogan Grant is now October 4th, 2018. All press releases regarding this event can be found here.

PR Tina Hogan Grant will be this Year’s, Grand Marshall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Tina Hogan Grant,

Phone: 310-822-1355, Email: tinahogangrant@gmail.com 

Author Tina Hogan Grant will be this year’s Grand Marshall at Frazier Park Fiesta Days

Grant’s debut novel Reckless Beginnings, was published in October 2018 and is based on true events that have happened in the author’s life. Focusing on the flip side of addiction and how the loved ones of addict’s lives are affected

 

Tina was born in England and moved to the United States in 1979. She is the youngest daughter of science fiction author, James P. Hogan. After moving to California, she became a commercial fisher-woman and spent ten years fishing off the southern coast of California with her husband Gordon. After retiring from fishing, they moved to Frazier Park and spent the next ten years building their dream home, doing most of the work themselves.

 

he loves being a part of this small community and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. “This is and always will be my home,” Grant says. It is an honor to be the Grand Marshall in the parade this year. Thank you, Frazier Park, for your continued support.

 

Grant will be holding a raffle. The prize includes a signed copy of her book, a signed poster, a magnet and a $20.00 Amazon gift card.

 

Grant will have signed copies of her book available for purchase at a discounted price.

 

Link to the Event:

https://frazierfiestadays.org/pages/grand-marshals/

Grant is currently working on a sequel, titled, BETTER ENDINGS.

Press Kit  – Contents – Author’s photo, contact, publisher info, book blurb, Book trailer and book cover.

Recent Interviews include: KBAK Channel 29 News

Hometown Santa Clarita Radio (KHTS)

                                                Central Valley Radio (KVPR)

                                                Voyage LA Magazine

                                                                       

The author is available for interviews to discuss the events at Fiesta Days and her novel

 

CONTACT:
 Tina Hogan Grant, Phone: 310-822-1355 Email: tinahogangrant@gmail.com

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PR #1 Released – 6/12/18

Author Focuses on the families of Addicts

Frazier Park CA – Author Tina Hogan Grant’s debut novel “Reckless Beginnings” to be released October 4th, 2018, reveals what it’s like to be living with an addict.

Women’s Fiction, based on true events, Hogan Grant shows us how these family members of addicts have become the silent and forgotten ones.  

In the media today, we hear how drug and opioid addiction continues to spiral out of control and how drug-related deaths are at an all-time high. But we never hear about the spouses, partners, or other family members of addicts and how their lives have been affected, Hogan Grant explains.

Written from the author’s own experience, Hogan Grant puts the reader into the shoes of the main character, Tammy Mellows. A woman shadowed by her boyfriend, Steven who is also the father of her child and struggling with heroin addiction. Eventually, Tammy loses her identity as Steven’s addiction spirals out of control.

Like Tammy in my book and myself who lived with an addict, so many women live in fear every day. Each day is a fight for survival. Normality doesn’t exist. As the addiction intensifies, so does the violence and abuse, Hogan Grant says.

“Reckless Beginnings,” tells one woman’s story. How she found her strength and took back her life when she realized she didn’t have to settle and had choices.

Review – Readers’ Favorite – 5 stars “Reckless Beginnings by Tina Hogan Grant is engaging and riveting, a well-written story injected with a lot of realism and pathos. Told in a strong and mellifluous tone, this is a story about family and a woman’s search to make sense out of the chaos of her life. The theme of family stands out in the narrative and the author does an incredible job in exploring the conflict within the family context. The characters are well-imagined and developed with skill. Tammy is young and naïve when we meet her, but as she evolves through the story, some of her fantasies begin to fall away as she faces the crude reality of life. Reckless Beginnings demonstrates a great character development curve and readers will be pulled in by the emotional intensity of the story. Tina Hogan Grant has a great sense of storytelling and she succeeds in keeping readers engaged through each page of her gripping story.”

Cover – to be revealed     Release date – October 4th, 2018 (ARC copies sent by request)

Press Kit  – Contents – Author’s photo, contact, publisher info, book blurb

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PR #2 Release date 9/10/18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Tina Hogan Grant,

Phone: 310-822-1355, Email: tinahogangrant@gmail.com 

Local author invites the community to a book launch and signing event.

Longtime resident, Tina Hogan Grant wants to share in the celebration of the release of her debut novel, RECKLESS BEGINNINGS. Publication date October 4th, 2018.

The event will be held at the Frazier Park Library, 3732 Park Drive on Saturday, October 13th at 3:00 pm. Admission is free. Snacks and beverages will be served. Grant will discuss her book, read an excerpt and answer questions. All attendees will receive event souvenirs. A raffle will be held at the event. Prizes include An Amazon Fire 7, a $20.00 Amazon gift card, A Cavey’s Pizza gift card, and other small prizes. Books will be available for purchase for $15.95. Cash or check only.  In appreciation for hosting the event, Grant will be donating $1.00 from each book sale to the library.

Twenty-five years in the making; Grant’s novel, Women’s fiction, based on true events, shows the flip side of addiction. Focusing on the families and loved ones of addicts and how they become The Silent and Forgotten Ones.

Written from the author’s own experience, Grant explains; even though these events took place decades ago, today drug and opioid addiction continues to spiral out of control and is at an all-time high. Heroin usage has hit a record high because it’s much cheaper than prescription drugs and can be easily bought on the streets.

We hear about these numbers all the time, but we never hear about the loved ones of addicts and how their lives have been affected. Every day is a fight for survival. Normality doesn’t exist. As the addiction intensifies, so does the abuse and violence.

Grant’s novel, RECKLESS BEGINNINGS is one woman’s story, (Tammy Mellows) trying to make sense of the chaos surrounding her life and fighting to gain it back. Her journey shows that anyone in these situations has choices and that they don’t have to settle.

Grant, commercial fisherwoman turned author was born in England and came to the States in 1979. After moving to California, she spent ten years fishing off the southern coast of California with her husband Gordon. After retiring from fishing, they moved to Frazier Park in 2003 and spent the next ten years building their dream home, doing most of the work themselves.

Grant is currently working on a sequel, titled BETTER ENDINGS.

Press Kit  – Contents – Author’s photo, contact, publisher info, book blurb. Book trailer.

CONTACT:
 Tina Hogan Grant, Phone: 310-822-1355 Email: tinahogangrant@gmail.com

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Author's Corner

Interview & Book Review with Author Debbie A. McClure

Interview & Book Review with Author Debbie A. McClure

Author’s Corner – Interview & Book Review with Author Debbie A. McClure

It was an absolute pleasure to read Debbie A. McClure’s book The King’s Consort – The Louise Rasmussen Story.  Below you will find my honest review and the interview with Debbie which is entirely in her own words.

About the Author

Interview & Book Review with Author Debbie A. McClure

Copied from Author’s page – Debbie McClure Lives in London. Ontario, Canada with her husband and is the author of paranormal romance and historical fiction novels. a contributor to several international non-fiction anthologies, a motivational speaker and writing workshop host/facilitator. In addition, she frequently interviews other writers from around the globe for a popular third-party blog.  Continue reading “Interview & Book Review with Author Debbie A. McClure”