Saturday, June 25, 2016

INTERVIEW WITH AUDRINA LANE

I am so thrilled to have Audrina Lane as my guest on this week's blog. She is an accomplished author, artist, and active member of Rave Reviews Book Club. I am delighted to share her interview with all of you.




       What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book “Where Did Your Heart Go? was actually based on a book I wrote back in 1992 when I was still struggling to get over the break-up of my first relationship. I was 19 at the time and the original story was called Take My Breath Away. But at the time I was too scared to send it off to any publishers so I filed it away in a box file. Then in 2013 as I was tidying up the attic I found my manuscript. It was also the start of my 40th Birthday year and I realised that time was running out to achieve some of the things I’d always wanted to do – write and publish a novel. So with some of the initial story still intact I started writing and pressed the publish button in July 2013 before my birthday in September.

2     How did your come up with the title?

Initially I was going to retain my original title of Take My Breath Away, but a quick search on Amazon revealed that there were literally 100’s of books with this title. I wanted my book to stand out as much as it could so I started to look through the story at all the songs my characters loved and so it became Where Did Your Heart Go? which is a lesser known Wham song. The lyrics completely fit with the storyline of first love and love lost.

3     Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

A big Yes to that question! The story is very firmly based on my first love affair at the tender age of 16. It felt like the obvious story to write as I looked back on a love that has never really died for me. I was always filled with “what if’s?” and “can you go back?” The novel was my way of exploring these thoughts. I have to confess that I did use the actual first name of my first boyfriend as that of the leading man. He did find out and was flattered. Oh and the first kiss scene in the novel between Stephanie & James is my actual first kiss, in the very same place!!

4      What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological and logistical) in bringing the book to life?

Well, having not written anything except reports for work since leaving school it was quite scary just sitting down and starting. Luckily I shared the first 10 chapters with a friend of mine and she was quite blunt and told me that I didn’t get into my flow until Chapter 7 so I should consider going back and re-writing the start. I took her advice as re-reading it I could see the same thing! It was also quite difficult moving from first person as my character Stephanie and then third person to get her daughter and other characters stories to fit together and give a complete view. I didn’t need to do too much research except for a few dates for films and songs to ensure they were around at the right time in the flashbacks to the 80’s.

5      Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I guess looking at the era that we live in now in comparison to when I was growing up I feel there is a big pressure over teenagers to grow up and perhaps take certain steps that they are not ready for. I just remember that with my first boyfriend he was aware of our age difference and never pushed me to do anything I wasn’t ready for.
Still being a romantic I guess that the other message is that True Love never dies and is worth waiting for the right person before you give your heart. (Sorry if that sounds a bit smaltzy!)

6      What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Having to stop writing and just carry on with real life and work. My characters kind of took over my life and head and I just wanted to sit and let their story come out. I still do now!!

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

I always loved writing as a teenager and I would pen short stories to read to my younger sisters. I had a whole book of them, along with being an avid diary writer through those years! I still remember a story called The Return of Mr Tibbs, which was a story of a family’s cat that disappears and returns as a ghost to show the children where he died so they could bury him under his favourite apple tree.
But I guess since writing my first book and now being about to release my 4th book I guess taking that step in 2013 made me realise that writing makes me happy.

8     What books have most influenced your life?

Now that’s a tough question as I have grown up with books all my life from being read to as a child to devouring anything and everything (and currently work for the Library Service).  I think the first book would be Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. My Nan read it to me when I was about 7 or 8 and then bought me my own copy of it and the rest of the series. I adored the 4 girls in the story but Jo was my favourite.
Next up it would be discovering Stephen King in the Library aged 13 when I found Carrie, and I was completely hooked on his style and depth of writing. I still am a huge fan of his and I always read everything he brings out. But I guess my all-time favourite book of his is The Stand, as it’s truly epic in size and breadth of topic. He has such a great way of making you feel for the characters.

Considering I write Romance I guess another influence is Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell. For me it has breath-taking descriptions, sweeping staircases, beautiful dresses and the story of a civilisation changing with war. Scarlett is the ultimate heroine but I also spend much of my time reading it and shouting at her to just choose Rhett!! There are many more books I could wax lyrical about like Riders by Jilly Cooper, The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness and The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simmons, but that’s a whole other interview!!

9      Are there any new authors who have attracted your interest?

My absolute favourite is Sarah Michelle Lynch, who is also my editor!! I adore her gritty style of writing and her last trilogy reduced me to a 2 week book hangover as I was so invested in the characters in The Sub Rosa Series. She’s my number 2 author after Stephen King (I told her that!) Since starting to write I have become more open in my reading and generally I just read other indie authors. I am great friends and a fan of Louise Scoular, who lives just up the road from me. Clara Grace Walker, Merritt Kelly, K L Shandwick and I’m loving the poetry anthology Catching Snowflakes by Laura Diaz.

1    Do you see writing as a career?

I’d love nothing better than to write all day as I have at least 3 more ideas for books and am hoping to do some collaborations with other authors in the future. But unless I become a bestseller then I think I’ll have to just stick with the day job and keep writing on the side.

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

I enjoy my daily dog walks with my two black Labradors Rael & Lily. I find they help if I’m ever suffering from writers block! I love listening to music with my favourite era being the 80’s and my artists of choice George Michael, Rick Astley and Darren Hayes. But I enjoy listening to all sorts of music as my partner plays guitar in a rock band so it’s great to go out for the evening. Finally I love to dance, always have, so I’m lucky enough to be involved in a group that gets together once a month for a session called “Barefoot Dancing” it’s nearly 2 hours of dancing to different types of music from all over the world and all genres. It’s a very liberating experience to be able to shut off from the stress of daily life and have fun.

1      Please give us an excerpt from your book.



     Here is an excerpt from Where Did Your Heart Go? and it will always be my favourite scene.

Saturday 16th January, 1988
Its two weeks since I first saw James and I can’t believe I am now lucky enough to call him a friend. However, I still want more – I want to add boy to that friend.
Earlier, I met Sarah at the corner of her road and we huddled under my umbrella, sheltering from the rain. After a quick browse around some of the shops, Sarah dragged me to the library so she could hand in her books.
“Look Sarah, they need a Saturday assistant,” I said, reading the small advert.
“That sounds good, I’ll ask at the desk,” she said.
With the application form tucked safely into her bag we walked to the pool. I could hardly wait to see James again.
As we wandered onto the poolside, I saw him up at the deep end, his blond head next to a dark one in conversation. I grabbed Sarah’s arm.
“There they are,” I said.
“I like a man with dark hair,” Sarah replied, squeezing my arm as we slipped into the cool water and started to swim towards them. James moved aside a little so there was space for us to hold onto the side.
“Hi Steph, hi Sarah,” he said. “This is Chris,” he motioned, who turned and nodded.
We spent an enjoyable hour splashing around together, laughing and joking. James gave me some pointers on my diving technique before showing off with a somersault. Then as we took a breather on the side, he motioned to me.
“Steph, why don’t you go under the water and close your eyes”
“Why?”
“It’s a surprise,” he said, grinning. I smiled back and ducked beneath the surface. As I waited for something to happen, I felt his hands on my waist and I almost opened my eyes. He pulled me closer and I felt his lips on mine in a brief kiss.
Startled, my eyes sprang open and I felt the heat of my skin burning like fire. I looked directly into his eyes for a second and then he pushed up to the surface. I was only moments behind him as I reached out for the side. My heart was pounding and my whole body was trembling as I tried to keep control of my spiralling emotions. I felt faint as I clung to the side, I didn’t have the nerve to ask him what this kiss meant. Instead I watched him streak off down the pool and back, racing against Chris.
“So?” she exclaimed.
“He just kissed me,” I replied. “I’m still in shock.” My lips were engrained with the feel of his lips on them. Everything felt new, exciting and wonderful.
 James made no mention of the stolen kiss and I was too nervous in case I had imagined it. As we parted, the guys waved and we waved back, then we walked in different directions. Saying goodbye to Sarah at the end of the road, we paused.
“So what do you think the kiss meant?”
“That he likes you a bit more than just as a friend.”
“God, I hope so.”
“Chris was nice but a bit quiet.”
“You like him?”
“Oh yes, he has something about him.”

I’m now lying in bed watching the clock tick away. It’s gone midnight and for some reason I can’t sleep. I can still feel his lips pressed against mine and the feel of his hands on my waist when they pulled me close enough. His lips on mine were soft and firm against the liquid coolness of the water that surrounded us and held us both. We were suspended in a timeless moment. I’m now going to shut my eyes and dream of kissing James again.


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Friday, June 24, 2016

BOOK TRAILER FOR NOVY'S SON

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                  BOOK SYNOPSIS: The story of one man's journey
searching for his father's love and acceptance. What happens when a father does not know how to teach his son how to be a protector, provider, a leader? In other words, to be a father. Unfortunately the son sometimes chooses a path of antisocial behavior and this is the loss of the Iron John principle.  Such a phenomenon is relatively common in society.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR JOY NWOSU LO-BAMIJOKO

It is my honor and with great excitement that I present today's blog by Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author, Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko. She is an accomplished author, active member of RRBC, and blogger. Please leave comments, purchase her books, and follow her. She is a very inspirational woman.


THIS IS ALL ABOUT BOOKS


DAY TWO

Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies



Nigerian Death Legends
Come Alive in ‘Legend of the Walking Dead’

The world of the traditional Igbo society of Nigeria is a world in which the dead visit and interact easily with the living. It is also a world in which most of the time the living are at the mercy of the gods.
When 15-year-old Osondu goes missing, his mother searches for her son and faces the same fate. Now they are both missing. There is a thin line dividing the land of the living and the land of the dead, so thin that spirits from both lands coexist. And sometimes in the story, it is difficult to differentiate between the living and the dead. Both have bodies, with the living existing in their bodies, while the dead use borrowed bodies.
Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies is a fascinating journey into the mysteries of life and death of the Igbos. The book draws readers into the Igbo people’s ancient and traditional beliefs of life and death.

Summary of:

LEGEND OF THE WALKING DEAD: IGBO MYTHOLOGIES

In the Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies, the author talks about Igbo ancient and traditional beliefs about life and death. There is a very thin line dividing the land of the living and the land of the dead, so thin that spirits from both lands coexist.
The gods are ever present, in control, and minister to the both the living and the dead. This is because the gods minister to the spirits, and not the bodies that harbor them, and so, to the gods, the spirits of both the living and the dead are ever alive.

(Excerpt from the book)
Part 1
On the Banks of Ezu Lake

Osondu’s friends said they went to the banks of Ezu to play and fish, and he wandered off by himself. One minute he was there and the next minute he was gone. They called him and searched the bushes to no avail.
“Ezu has taken him,” one of them said, and they ran home to inform his mother.
“I’m finished!”  cried Gloria, Osondu’s mother, when she heard the news, then she sent for the women of the Gathering. These women received a lot of calls from people who needed prayers or help for one thing or the other. This time, the call was from one of their own.
While she waited, Gloria paced, wrung her hands and fought back tears, her dinner prepa-rations forgotten. “I will see him again. We will get him back,’ she muttered repeatedly to herself until some semblance of calm returned.
That evening, the twelve members of The Gathering walked along the narrow paved road, built by early missionaries, to the clearing in the park near Ezu’s bank where Osondu’s friends had last seen him.
Tree logs, placed like bridges over the deep gullies, bordered the lake side of the road, and high stone walls and German mango trees lined the other side. The children with their man-go-filled baskets had all gone home by the time the women walked by. A few travelers passed going in the other direction: a family on foot, a man on a bicycle and one lone car they had to make way for.
Keen to get started, Gloria lead the party into the park. She walked across the lush green grass and stared at the lake nestled in a huge crater and surrounded by thick forest.
Though deep blue and calm on the surface, dark, murky water filled the depths below. Ezu was notorious for swallowing things—even humans. People had dived into Ezu and never returned. No one knew how many people had tried to retrieve something from Ezu and in the process, disappeared. No one swum in Ezu.
The seemingly placid lake had no outlets so did not flow, but at night, the water rumbled and spat waves high onto the banks. Anyone near ran the risk of being taken by the waves and pulled into the depths of the lake. Gloria took a step back. The lake was suspected to be the gateway to another dimension.
She turned her back on the monster and joined the women to pray and make supplications for the return of Osondu.  She stepped into the last space in the circle of women and, with great passion, added her voice to the others.  Each woman shouted their prayer of authority over and against the evil forces in Ezu.
Their voices rang through the park and grew louder, but Osondu did not re-appear. Gloria stood facing the lake, and though she willed it to release her son, the water did not even move. Her frustration rose with the sound until she could bear it no more. She left the circle, walked right through the bushes on the edge of the lake and stepped into the water. The lake could not refuse her here.
She cast her voice across the lake, aiming to bind the dark forces and command the water to release her son. With each chant, her voice became stronger, and she stepped deeper into the water.
 “Nne Osondu, step back!” one of the women yelled, fearing for Gloria’s life. No one knew exactly where the bottom fell into the depths.
But Gloria continued to advance, until suddenly it seemed that she just dropped out of sight. The women screamed and fired more power-filled prayers. Some dashed forward but were  afraid to go close to the water. Someone ran off to get help and returned soon after with men who threw long ropes into the water.
But Gloria did not take the rope.



Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

Joy’s Bio
Joy Nwosu was born in Enugu, Anambra State of south-eastern Nigeria. Her parents were Charles Belonwu and Deborah Nwosu. She is the fifth in rank of the seven children of her parents. Joy was born into a music family.
Joy, now retired, was a music teacher, trained in Santa Cecilia, Rome, and obtained her Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Michigan, USA.
She has written and published extensively on national and international scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers.
Her short story I Come from Utopia was published in African Voices, Spring/Summer, 2007, pg. 18, and her first English novel; Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women was published in 2011, and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Contest in 2012. She has also two books published in the Italian language.
Joy is a trained musician, and taught music for 35 years.  She writes, performs, and record folk songs.
Her new book: The Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies, which has just been released, is a journey into the mysteries of life and death of the Igbos of Nigeria.  She loves reading romances and mystery stories.

Buy the Kindle version at Amazon:-
Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies
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Buy the B&N e-Pub version at:-
 Legend of the Walking Dead:Igbo Mythologies
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Buy Mirror of Our Lives…Amazon Link:
http://www.amazon.com/Mirror-Our-Lives-Women/dp/1450278965

Barnes & Noble Link
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mirror-of-our-lives-joy-nwosu-lo-bamijoko/1102630079?ean=9781450278966

Link to my Author’s Website
sbprabooks.com/joynwosulobamijoko/

YouTube Link the Book’s Trailer
https://goo.gl/eiXLMj

My Blog Address
http://goo.gl/L967yq

Links to my FB Pages
https://goo.gl/iADV30


Link to my “Who Is Who On The Shelf”
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My Interveiew on UTube (Italian Book)
https://youtu.be/2xpEZXwSshY


Twitter Handle: @Jinlobify

Monday, June 13, 2016

A RAVING HAPPY MEMBER OF RRBC

                    LET'S BE CLEAR...I AM NOT RAVING MAD...JUST RAVING HAPPY!


           Rave Reviews Book Club has changed my life as an author and avid reader. 
                            
                                        "How is that possible?" you might ask.


Here are some things RRBC has done for me...and can do for you:

          1. It put me in contact with other authors who are "just like me." We are independent
              authors, who have talent and love to write.

          2. The books (hundreds) that are available cover a wide range of subjects.

          3. There are interviews, writing contests, author recognitions, and blog support.

          4. There are opportunities to be:
                               Member of the Month
                               Book of the Month
                               Pushweek Winner 
                               Spotlight Author, and so many more.

           5. The members of RRBC are there to support one another, not compete. We use social
               media and our blogs to spread the word.

           6. We buy each others books and write honest reviews, not just what the author wants
                to read.

           7. Go to their website and learn more: https://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com


Since being a member I have been interviewed twice and named Book of the Month for March
of 2016. 

I have my three books in RRBC's catalog. I participate in the various radio shows. I hosted three amazing authors for their tours at the same time others were hosting me.

My book blog tour for my first novel, Novy's Son was June 5-11, 2016 which you can see by scrolling down to the previous blogs.  Thank you www.4willspublishing.com and RRBC.

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All three of my books are available on Amazon. Check them out for Kindle or paperback.

Friday, June 10, 2016

CHARACTER INTERVIEW


Shirley Harris Slaughter is the hostess of today's blog tour...the final day. Ms. Slaughter is the author of the book Our Lady of Victory Church, The Saga of an African-American Community. She claims she never intended to be an author but here she is today a successful and recognized member of the writing community. I am honored to have her be my hostess today.

Today's blog takes you deeper into the book, Novy's Son, The Selfish Genius which is based on a true story. When there is a breakdown between a father and a son, when the father is unable to teach his son how to be a man, then a cycle of unhappiness happens. It is known as the loss of the Iron John principal popularized by Robert Bly. 

                  Today you will read the interview of the main character, Murray Clark.

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                 opportunities to promote your book, be interviewed, or write a 
                 guest blog. 




                   Available at 0.99 at amZn.to/25HsWky  OR  amzn.to/1X8GtMR  (UK)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

PROMOTING & SELLING--BLOG TOUR DAY #6


 I am honored to have A. M. Manay  hosting my blog tour today. She is an author of paranormal fantasy and an active member of Rave Reviews Book Club. If you like to read about vampires, werewolves, and fairies then you will enjoy Ms. Manay's books.                   


                      PROMOTING & SELLING A BOOK ARE THE MOST DIFFICULT
                                AND CHALLENGING PARTS OF BEING AN AUTHOR


                                       OR AT LEAST THEY ARE FOR ME!


Come visit my blog for today at https://4willspublishing.wordpress.com/upcoming-events/join-the-blog-tour-author-kareningalls1/


                 THERE ARE PRIZES TO BE AWARDED, SO DON'T MISS OUT.

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Novy's Son, The Selfish Genius is now available at amzn.to/25HsWky and for Great Britain amzn.to/1X8GtMR at the reduced price of 0.99 on Kindle. 

It is a story about one man's journey to gain love & acceptance from his father. There are life lessons here from which we all can learn.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

THE EDITOR & DAY #5 OF BLOG TOUR

I am happy to introduce Janelle Jalbert a member of Rave Reviews Book Club and is hosting today's blog tour. Janelle is an award winning author and her philosophy is "celebrating the magic of everyday living." 

           A Good Editor Is The Most Important Person In Producing A Book

                                       (Or One Of the Most Important!)

Before I became a published author, I did not realize how important an editor was in the process. I had a vision of someone with a red pencil circling and highlighting a story...it always looked quite intimidating.

                            My editor is quite efficient, smart, and NOT intimidating at all.

                                                        Read my blog at https://4willspublishing.wordpress.com/upcoming-events/join-the-blog-tour-author-kareningalls1/
                    and learn more about the role of the editor.
        



                   NOVY'S SON, THE SELFISH GENIUS, it went through several rewrites. 
                        
                      
                           I invite you to sign up and follow me at www.kareningalls.blogspot.com. 
                               Want to do an interview? Promote your book? Write a guest blog?
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                    Novy's Son now available on Kindle for 0.99 at      
        
                                amzn.to/25HsWky   
                                            amzn.tot.1X8GtMR  (for Great Britain)                           

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

BLOG TOUR DAY 4--BOOK COVERS

Regina Joseph is my hostess for day four of the blog tour. She lives in Ohio, a practicing lawyer and respected author. A member of Rave Reviews Book Club she is an active participant. Thank you Regina for hosting me today.

When the artistic talent comes together and captures the essence of the book in the book cover, one has a successful and meaningful book cover. I have been so blessed to have two such great artists for designing the covers for my three books.




For my book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, Jill Blum brought together the peaceful, powerful, and spiritual message of the book.  Though the book is about such a negative experience as cancer, the deeper message is how to outshine this or any other challenge in life.








Jay Monroe was the designer for Novy's Son, The Selfish Genius. Each chapter starts with a quote from Herman Melville's book Moby Dick, because I saw a parallel between Captain Ahab's troubled soul and that of Murray Clark. Their reasons were different, but the results were the same. The colors and turbulence of the water reflects perfectly what the main character's life was about. 





My third book's cover shows serenity, love, and a spirituality which is so well shown in the bust of Davida. Once again, Mr. Monroe captured the beauty and mystery of this woman's life. Davida: Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens is based on the true story of the forbidden love affair between America's premier sculptor and his model.     




                         Visit each blog post on the tour. Prizes available. 
               https://4willspublishing.wordpress.com/upcoming-events/join-the-blog-tour-author-kareningalls1/


                                   Want to be interviewed? Write a guest blog?            
                       Contact me at www.kareningallsbooks.com 

                Novy's Son is now available for 0.99 in Kindle at amzn.to/25HsWky or for Great Britain amzn.to/1X8GtMR

Monday, June 6, 2016

TITLES--BLOG TOUR DAY 3

                                                  BOOK TITLES


                     What goes into the author's thinking as he/she selects a book title?

                             Does the title come easily, or is it a difficult process?


This is the subject of today's blog tour and I am grateful to have Jan Sikes as my hostess. She is an award winning author of three books and a member of Rave Reviews Book Club.
                                             Did the titles of her books come easily?

Novy's Son, The Selfish Genius was a title for which I struggled. I also knew there would not be many, if any other books with a similar name. I believe this title lets the reader know the premise of the story.

             So you might be asking, "Who is Novy?' or "What is Novy?"

Here is a short excerpt from the book that will answer your question:


I wanted the bronze medallion of our dad when he was a young child. The medallion was known as Novy, the endearing name my grandfather gave my dad. Biographies about my grandfather often refer to it. When I was a student at the University of New Mexico, I had it framed as a Christmas gift to Dad. From his words and the look in his eyes, I knew for once I had done something of which he was very proud.

I invite you to go to amzn.to/25HsWky where you will find Novy's Son at the reduced Kindle price of 0.99 from June 6-13.

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