Thursday, June 15, 2017

Authors in the Spotlight 6/15

In today's Authors in the Spotlight, we have author T. L. Hayes!

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Name: T. L. Hayes

How long have you been published? I have been published for 1 year now.

What's the worst part about being published? The marketing and promoting can be a little challenging at times, but I love everything about being a published author.

What's the best part about being published? I am excited about others being able to read my books. I feel like I am living in my dream.

Are you self-published or did you go through a publishing company? Self-published

*What are the highs, if any? I enjoy traveling and attending different author events. I also enjoy meeting new people and interacting with my readers.

What is the name of your book(s)? Kinky Tales Volume 1 and Kinky Tales Volume 2

Was it/were they an easy write for you? Yes, absolutely! I enjoy writing erotica.

What's the hardest part about writing a book? I don’t find it hard at all but it is very time consuming and requires lots of patience.

What's the easiest part about writing a book? I have the freedom to be as creative as I want to be.

Where can interested readers purchase their copy of your book(s)? My website, Amazon, Barnes and Noble.

Do you have any future projects in the works? Yes, I do. Several, under lock and key for now.

Do you have any social media sites that you would like to share with my readers? Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Authors in the Spotlight 6/13

In today's Authors in the Spotlight, we have authors Tina Susedik and Maria Hocking!

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Name: Tina Susedik
 
How long have you been published? My first history book was published in 1998, my first romance in 2013, my first children’s book in 2015.
 
What’s the worst part of being published? Promotion. I absolutely hate it. It takes so much time away from what I love – writing. I finally hired someone to help me.
 
What’s the best part of being published? Seeing what’s in my head in book form and having a reader tell me they loved my story or thought it was funny.
 
Are you self-published or did you go through a publishing company? I’m what they call a hybrid. I write for to publishers, but also self- publish. With a publisher, they do all the work of formatting, creating covers, and getting the books on various sites. With self-publishing, you have to do all that yourself. Learning to format has been a real challenge for me. With both you still have to do self-promotion.
 
What are the names of your books? These are just my romances: As Tina Susedik: Riding for Love, The Trail to Love, A Photograph of Love, Never With a Rich Man, Operation Santa (In Sizzle in the Snow Anthology), The Valentine’s Proposal (In My Sexy Valentine Anthology). As Anita Kidesu: Surprise Me, Surprise Me Again, South Seas Seduction, Double the Surprise
 
Were they easy for you to write? Each book had some struggle, but once I learned to listen to what my characters want, it became easier. 
 
What’s the hardest part of writing a book? Editing and re-writing. Once my first draft is done, I just want to get on to the next book. I also have a hard time coming up with character names and titles. I usually change at least one character’s name several times throughout a book.
 
What’s the easiest part of writing? Coming up with an idea. I have enough ides to last me a life-time and beyond.
 
 Where can interested readers purchase their copy of your book(s)? All my books can be found on Amazon.
 
Do you have any future projects in the works? I have two books coming out in November. I’m currently sworking on both. One is part of the Chandlerville Series and the other is another story for Sable Hunter’s Hell Yeah! Kindle World series. I’m also working on another children’s book and a short story.
 
Do you have any social media sites that you would like to share with my readers? Social Media links: Wordpress, Twitter, My Website, Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest, and My Newletter

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Name: Maria Hocking
 
How long have you been published? For 6 months.

What's the worst part about being published? I’ve yet to find a worst part!

What's the best part about being published? Knowing that my dream came true, and knowing that I can change lives with my words worldwide.

Are you self published or did you go through a publishing company? I used www.alisonjones.com, so self published but with massive support and perks. I keep all rights to my book, but it’s looked after by Alison, so I get to spend my time doing what I’m really good at, which is changing lives.

*What are the highs, if any? I have kept the rights to my book, and had more freedom with choice of cover, typesetting, design etc. I felt in control of the process.

*What are the lows, if any? I had to remind myself to stick with my instinct, and go with what I believed in regarding title, cover etc. It’s easy to be influenced by others, and I think it’s important to listen to the opinions of others, but never compromise your passion as a result.

What is the name of your book(s)? Strip Naked & Re-Dress With Happiness, How To Survive & Thrive Through Personal Challenge

Was it/were they an easy write for you? I wouldn’t say easy, because it took a lot of work. It became easier when I realised that I needed to be flexible and go with my creativity, whenever it arose....even at 3am!

What's the hardest part about writing a book? Starting it, and commiting to it. Making time every day to take one step towards it. Eventually momentum builds and it becomes more natural and much easier, but the start is the hardest part!

What's the easiest part about writing a book? It’s when you are in the ‘writing zone’ and hours and days pass with words flowing effortlessly from your fingertips. It feels amazing!

Where can interested readers purchase their copy of your book(s)? Amazon (.co.uk and .com), and my web-site.

Do you have any future projects in the works? I have another self help book in the pipe line!
 
*Is there a tentative release date? Not yet

Do you have any social media sites that you would like to share with my readers? Twitter and Facebook
 
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Join me on Thursday as I bring you author T. L. Hayes!

 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Authors in the Spotlight 6/8

In today's Authors in the Spotlight, we have authors Jessica M. Chittester and Kamau Mahakoe!

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Name: Jessica M. Chittester

How long have you been published? 4-5 years I would say. I published my first novel shortly after college when I was between the ages 19-20.

What's the worst part about being published? The learning as you go part. Being an author doesn't come with an instruction manual. It's a bit of a sink or swim experience - there's no one that can tell you what's the best way to get to shore. You just gotta get your bearings and work your way there.

What's the best part about being published? Seeing your work, your words, in print. There's no better feeling or experience quite like seeing a copy of your book in print. I love that part.

Are you self published or did you go through a publishing company? A little bit of both. My first book I wanted to try and go through 'proper' channels to get in published and I wound up stuck with a vanity press. It was a terrible experience. Front then on out I self published the rest of my work. For that I go through Amazon's Createspace. Self-publishing is a lot of work but it's very satisfying.
 
Highs: getting to be a part of the creative process. I love every minute of it.
 
Lows: it's a lot of hard work and often a lonely one. But, luckily, I'm part of several wonderful writing Facebook groups. They are a blessing and a big help.

What is the name of your book(s)? Ice Fortress Book One: The Chronicles of Eden (a fantasy novel)
Copper: The Giant (a non-fiction children's book)
Diarrhea of the Brain (a poetry book)

Was it/were they an easy write for you? My children's book and my poetry book were the easiest for me to write.

What's the hardest part about writing a book? Actually sitting down and writing is, for me, the hardest part of the writing/author process. Time, energy, and motivation are hard to find sometimes. But, if you want to call yourself an author, you gotta do the time and write.

What's the easiest part about writing a book? Probably coming up with the ideas for my books. I seem to have very over reactive creative mind and I can create story idea after story idea with little issue.

Where can interested readers purchase their copy of your book(s)? Amazon is by far that best way to find my books. Interested readers/reviewers can easily type in my name or book titles and they should find them without any problem.

Do you have any future projects in the works? *Is there a tentative release date? Yes! I'm in the beta reading process of a post-apocalypse novel titled 'Today I Am'. I've loved writing this book. I don't have a release date yet but I'm hoping to get it published in the next few months.

Do you have any social media sites that you would like to share with my readers? I'm terrible at social media. I haven't been able to create a proper author site on anything. It's in my to-do list. At least I hope so in the near future.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to reading more from you in the future! Thank you for interviewing me.

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Name: Kamau Mahakoe

How long have you been published? I published my first book in 2000; However, most of my fourteen books have been published since 2014. All my books have been self-published, through Createspace. Where I live in Jamaica, there is not much opportunity for authors to get published through regular channels.

What's the worst part about being published? The worst part about being published is that I live in a country where reading is not a popular past time of most people, and so majority of my sales comes from overseas. I would love to see my people read more and appreciate literature with deep plots and messages, as opposed to sensational fiction that are a dime a dozen!

What's the best part about being published? The best part about being published, particularly being self-published, is the autonomy and pride that comes with it. I feel like I have complete control over not only the content but the design. I love seeing my books in print and knowing that I brought all these characters to life, so others may learn from them and/or be entertained by them.

Are you self published or did you go through a publishing company? I am self-published, through Createspace.

*What are the highs, if any? Createspace is a wonderful medium for self-publishing. It is very user-friendly from the get-go straight through to the finished product. The support team responds almost immediately and are very helpful.

*What are the lows, if any? There is still a stigma out there that self-published books are of inferior quality to mainstream-published books, which is not necessarily so. Some competitions, for example the Booker Prize, don't accept self-published work. Given, the market is flooded with dollar-novels but there are real gems among the "authorpreneurs"!

What is the name of your book(s)? Barefooted and Clean; I Love All My Wives: Yellow and Me; There's Something You Should Know About Leroy; I Choose My Men The Same Way I Choose My Jewellery; Good Morning, Mr. Daye! Please Clear The Way and Let Me Pass; Landed Gentry; Keep The Change: The Untrained I; Spotty Dopey; Prayer to the Motivator; The Fighter In the Family; The Student's Master Plan. (14!)

Was it/were they an easy write for you? Writing flows out of me. It is never hard. I always say, I don't have writer's block; I have writer's barrage.

What's the hardest part about writing a book? For me, the time factor, because I teach and attend college as well. I am a mother and a martial artist and many other things, and many times all I wanna do is write, but it has to be put on the back burner.

What's the easiest part about writing a book? The easiest and most enjoyable part is the prose, just developing the prose and letting the characters come through it. I love that. I also love structuring the dialogue. This is very important to me.

Where can interested readers purchase their copy of your book(s)? My books are available at Amazon and on Kindle.

Do you have any future projects in the works? *Is there a tentative release date? I certainly do! I am working on several novels concurrently, to be released this year.

Do you have any social media sites that you would like to share with my readers? I am on Facebook at Kamau A. N. Mahakoe. I also manage six other Facebook pages. Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, and Page 6

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Authors in the Spotlight 6/6

In today's Authors in the Spotlight, we have author James Stoddah!

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Name: James Stoddah

How long have you been published? My first book was published in June 2014.

What's the worst part about being published? I wouldn’t say there’s a worst part. The marketing is harder than the writing, that’s what I find the most frustrating.

What's the best part about being published? There’s a feeling of fulfilment and I love the kindness of people who genuinely enjoyed reading your books.

Are you self published or did you go through a publishing company? Self-Published, though I co-own the publishing company and we release works from other authors.

*What are the highs, if any? *What are the lows, if any? The struggle to get the book into bookstores is the main frustration but otherwise I enjoy having the control of my time and creative direction.

What is the name of your book(s)? A Parallel Trust (2015) and Ring of Conscience (2014)

Was it/were they an easy write for you? They both involved plenty of research but the writing was enjoyable. I found myself connecting to the characters better with A Parallel Trust and I am proud of the book. It’s been received well, even from people I expected criticism from.

What's the hardest part about writing a book? Revising and editing. Sometimes, I’m made aware of something that doesn’t work so well but have to make sure I keep continuity with the mystery. I spend most of my time re-reading what I’ve written and that’s what takes most of my time. Other than that it’s finding the time!

What's the easiest part about writing a book? The original idea. I have dozens of ideas that I write down in a notebook and expand over time. I get excited when that happens as well. Often the problem is choosing which idea to work on next.

Where can interested readers purchase their copy of your book(s)? Most online bookshops, including Amazon.

Do you have any future projects in the works? *Is there a tentative release date? I am in the early stages of writing a new book. As yet, it’s untitled but will be the third book in the Riley’s Investigation series. I hope to release it by the end of 2017.

Do you have any social media sites that you would like to share with my readers? Yes I do. My primary sites are: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest. I also have a website with mailing list.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to reading more from you in the future! You’re welcome. Thank you for the interview.

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Join me on Thursday as I bring you authors Jessica M. Chittester and Kamau Mahakoe!

 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Authors in the Spotlight 6/1

In today's Authors in the Spotlight, we have authors Reana Malori and Nicola Matthews!

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Name: Reana Malori

How long have you been published? Since May 2009! Whew, that’s a long time!

What's the worst part about being published? Every time I publish a new story, I have anxiety. The thoughts of “will readers love / hate this story” is a constant pressure. An author is only as good as their last book and readers have long memories. So, we have to always bring our “A” game. It can be nerve-wracking.

What's the best part about being published? Realizing how much readers love my stories. Getting a note from a reader telling me how much they enjoyed one of my stories is the best feeling in the world. I never thought how it would feel to have readers come up to me and say that they’ve read every book I’ve released. It’s a feeling unlike anything else and I absolutely love it and I’m humbled by their faith in me.

Are you self published or did you go through a publishing company? Self-Published
 
*What are the highs, if any? I have much more control over my work, including the cover art. I know some authors who publish through a publishing company who don’t get to select their own cover. They don’t get to specify their vision of what story the cover should tell. I like being able to give my readers a glimpse into the story through my cover. Plus, I get to set my own timeline, which is great.
 
*What are the lows, if any? There aren’t many…but, since I control everything related to my own work, the editors, cover artists, promotions, etc. are all my responsibility. I don’t have a company helping me with that. So, with self-publishing, there’s a risk. I’m absolutely okay with taking on that burden, but it’s something I always have to consider.

What is the name of your book(s)? My most recent book is Flawless. It’s part of the F’d Up Fairy Tales collaboration that several authors decided to work on. It’s a retelling of The Ugly Duckling, with a definite twist. I think readers will enjoy the story, but be prepared. It is not your mother’s fairytale. Some of my other fan favorites include Weekend Fling, Finding Faith and Conall.

Was it/were they an easy write for you? It depends. My characters speak to me when they’re ready. They’re kinda moody and fickle. LOL! But, when they’re ready to tell me their story, the words just flow out of me and into the story. When that happens—when the words are flowing—that’s such an incredible experience and that makes it easy for a story to come together.

What's the hardest part about writing a book? When I try to force the characters or story in a direction that I want, but not how the story should be written. The characters will stop talking to me! It seems funny, but it’s so true. Or, when I’m writing sex scenes. I love sex scenes once they’re all done, but when I’m trying to put it into words, I sometimes get all shy about the words I’m going to use. I know, I know, it doesn’t make sense at all. LOL!

What's the easiest part about writing a book? Knowing when the bring in the angst of a story. That scene that’s going to break the readers heart is always so good for me to write. I love those scenes. I live for those scenes. Since I usually listen to slow jam music when I write, I can usually put on a song that puts me in the moment and that’s when all the goodness comes out.

Where can interested readers purchase their copy of your book(s)? My books are available in ebook/print on Amazon and in ebook format only on iBooks, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.

Do you have any future projects in the works? *Is there a tentative release date? I have several books that will be coming out beginning August 2017. I’m hoping to get a few stories that have been swirling in my head down on paper, but we’ll see how that works.

Do you have any social media sites that you would like to share with my readers? Absolutely and I love hearing from readers. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Name: Nicola Matthews
 
How long have you been published? I first started sending out query letters to agents and publishers nearly thirty years ago. However, I started researching self-publishing back in 2004. I created my own publishing house and officially published my first book in 2006. My works became available through Amazon in 2011 and now everything is available through all major retail outlets.

What’s the worst part about being published? When I first started publishing, I was making a decent living off of my sales. These days I’d have to say the worst part about being published is the market saturation. There are so many new books hitting the shelves each month it’s becoming harder and harder for an author to build up a reader base and their brand. It’s also very difficult to find time to balance writing and marketing and promoting with regular jobs, family, and everyday life.


What’s the best part about being published? Being read, hearing from my readers. I write to be read, so getting new reviews and hearing from my readers is the absolute best.

Do you self-publish or go through a trade publishing company? I’m a hybrid author so I’ve done both. Between the two, I much prefer being indie published. While they both have their own pros and cons, I much prefer being indie. I prefer having the control over the final product and writing under my own deadlines. I knows authors would rather just hand over a manuscript and not have to worry about anything else, but after seeing what a trade company offers in terms of acceptable cover art, marketing, etc., I much rather keep the control and the royalties than not have any say-so in how my book turns out.

What is the name of your book(s)? I currently have eight books in publication. Temptation is an erotic anthology. I have two books out in the Before the Sun Rises Series, The Red Fang and Immortal Sins. Book three, Clan of the Claw, is scheduled to release sometime in the next year. I have three books out with my co-author, Angel Scott, in the Sweet Seductions Series – The Taming of Andy Savage, Collaring Ash, and Jinx’d! I also have two standalone novels, Vindictus The Dark Lord and Hell’s Ballad. I am currently working on four new manuscripts and hope to have the next one out around the first of March.

Were they an easy write for you? Nothing in the Before the Sun Rises Series has been easy for me. These characters are incredibly dear to my heart and I have agonized over each and every word I have put to paper. I have seven books planned so far in this series and it’s taking me years to write each one. The rest of my work has been written in a matter of months for each book, but the BTSR Series is such a rich world, I’ve been forced to take my time with the books.

What’s the hardest part about writing a book? For me, it’s finding the time since I work full time, and finding the inspiration. There is so much which goes into being an indie author that it can all be overwhelming. I’m having to balance regular work with family, kids, doing graphic art work for others as well as formatting. Then there’s marketing and promoting my own work. I get burnt out fairly often and each new release brings a fresh batch of anxiety over how well it will fair in the industry. It’s nerve wracking and yet greatly rewarding at the same time.

What’s the easiest part about writing a book? Writing itself isn’t really easy for me. I’d have to say the easiest part is coming up with ideas. I have so many ideas and plot lines floating around inside my head at any given time it’s crazy. I just wish I had the time to write them all.

Where can interested readers purchase copies of your books? My works are available at all major retailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, and Smashwords.

Do you have any future projects in the works? Oh my yes. I usually have two to six manuscripts going at once so I definitely have some new books coming out this year. I’m currently getting ready to release an erotic romance called Micah’s Ember. It’s slated to be released in early March. I also plan to have book 3 in the Before the Sun Rises Series, Clan of the Claw, out towards the end of the year. I’m also hoping to have a follow up novel to Vindictus ready sometime this year as well.

Do you have any social media sites you would like to share with my readers? My website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Authors in the Spotlight 5/30

In today's Authors in the Spotlight, we have author Jennifer Musgrave!


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Name: JL Musgrave (Jennifer L. Musgrave)

How long have you been published? I had some poetry and other small items published years ago, but have only been “book published” for a little over a year.

What's the worst part about being published? Marketing, hands down. I love to write, but find that I do not enjoy self-promotion.

What's the best part about being published? Watching my dreams coming true. I have always loved writing and it is pure joy to see others enjoying the stories I create.

Are you self-published or did you go through a publishing company? I have used several publishers including KDP, ACX, CreateSpace, NOOK, etc.

What is the name of your book(s)? I have seven published books currently, The Immortal Legacy Series is a set of four books titled: Unreal, Unearthed, Unchanged, and Unholy. The Hadrian’s Wall time travel trilogy has only had the first book published thus far titled: All Roads Lead to Rome. Photographic Adventures in Scotland is a set of photography books titled: The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond and Caerlaverock Castle.

Was it/were they an easy write for you? Over all I find writing fiction stories to be a joy, but like many writers I have moments of struggle to end a story properly in a way that leaves the reader fulfilled.

What's the hardest part about writing a book? I find that the story tends to write itself if I give my imagination free rein, but I do get concerned with making sure the endings do the book and my audience justice.

What's the easiest part about writing a book? The characters take a life of their own and I find this to be a fun and easy part of writing.

Where can interested readers purchase their copy of your book(s)? All my published works can be found on Amazon.com in print, audio, and e-book format at Amazon. Print and e-book can also be purchased online at Barnes and Noble. For a signed and personalized print edition you can find my pages on Etsy and EBay.

Do you have any future projects in the works? Yes, I have several projects in the works including the sequel to All Roads Lead to Rome: Hadrian’s Wall Book One, titled The Reiving Rogue. I will also be releasing Lorili’s Angels: An Operation Dinah Novel soon.
 
*Is there a tentative release date? Summer/Fall 2017

Do you have any social media sites that you would like to share with my readers? I have Facebook Author Page, Facebook Magazine Page, Magazine Website, Twitter, and YouTube.
 
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Join me Thursday as I bring you authors Reana Malori and Nicola Matthews! 


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Authors in the Spotlight 5/25

 In today's Authors in the Spotlight, we have authors L.D. Carroll and Anna Brentwood!

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Name: L.D. Carroll 

Tentative date for first publication? As soon as I get signed by an agent, hopefully! 

Will you self-publish or go through a traditional publisher? I am going to try the traditional route first. 

*Why? Was making that decision a difficult one for you to make? For now, it’s all about the marketing – marketing is expensive and very time-consuming. But I will consider self-publishing too. 

What is the name of your book(s)? “The Door to Anloriath” 

Was it/were they an easy write for you? The first draft was easy, but it was a bit all over the place (!) 

What's the hardest part about writing a book? Revising and trying to figure out what to keep and what to throw out. I threw out six chapters and added two, plus a parallel plotline. The current book I’m writing is harder for me, it’s in the first person from the viewpoint of two different people. It didn’t seem to work in the third person. Also, the first book was a YA fantasy and this is a YA Sci-Fi novel (I’m not that familiar with Sci-Fi writing).

What's the easiest part about writing a book? It’s easy for me to come up with fantastic things because I have a vivid imagination, ha ha. If I get stuck, I just think, “What is the craziest thing that can happen?” and then I write that down. 

Where will future readers be able to purchase their copy of your book(s)? I can’t say yet, as I need to get an agent first. But I’ve had a few TV writers, a script reader plus a producer say that my work is very good and that I write like Ernest Hemingway (only in a more positive, upbeat way!). 

Do you have any other projects in the works? Yes, a YA Sci-Fi novel – the protagonist is a girl and she’s pretty funny. It takes place on two different worlds, it’s a bit film noir with some romance. 

Do you have any social media sites that you would like to share with my readers? Facebook

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Name: Anna Brentwood

How long have you been published? Since 2013

What's the worst part about being published? The need to continually market yourself & the pressure to produce more books faster.

What's the best part about being published? Having people read your books and like them. The writing, reading community.

Are you self published or did you go through a publishing company? Self but also through an author cooperative. 

*What are the highs, if any? Control over your work, more money in your pocket, knowledge. 

*What are the lows, if any? Must learn the ropes and be active in many areas aside from writing.

What is the name of your book(s)? Sapphire Songbird Series; The Songbird With Sapphire Eyes, Mermaid’s Treasure. Windtree Press Anthology, The Gift of Christmas.

Was it/were they an easy write for you? Would never say easy though my second book Mermaid’s Treasure was created and produced in 6 months.

What's the hardest part about writing a book? The discipline to commit to the daily, weekly time it takes to finish it through all its many stages.

What's the easiest part about writing a book? Again, I’d never say easy, each aspect of the process takes work but launching a finished book is a great pare of the process.

Where can interested readers purchase their copy of your book(s)? My books are available in print and digital on almost any on-line venue; Amazon, D2D, Barnes and Noble, etc. Also, carried in many local shops and indie bookstores.

Do you have any future projects in the works? Yes, I am diligently working on the sequel to the other two books, entitled Anthony’s Angel.

*Is there a tentative release date? Summer 2017.

Do you have any social media sites that you would like to share with my readers? Sure. Would love likes to my page and/or to connect on Facebook or Twitter.

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