Lost In Seattle by Charlotte Roth Book Review

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When I first started this book, I thought it was very cheesy. However, I was still intrigued by it as well. The family dynamic was really intriguing. I wondered if it would be enough to keep my attention on this book. It was and then some. What starts out as a seemingly simple story with no real point or conflict at all twists and turns in the most subtle ways possible. It was beautiful and it was sad.

The characters were very relatable. I connected with them all. Especially our main character, Elanor. Many of the characters in this book are very obsessed with the Beatles. The main character is actually named in honor of them. I only had one issue with one of the characters in one scene in the book. But I think I took it too personally more than anything.

I was very impressed by the narrator. She did a fantastic job with this book. I especially loved her voice for Mrs. T. It was absolutely adorable. I hope that she continues narrating the rest of this series. I don’t think I can imagine any other voice for these characters now!

I didn’t expect to love this book but love this book I did. It’s very emotional and beautiful. It’s realistic and a bit of a stretch at the same time. If anybody had a “this could only happen to me moment”, it’s this family. Hands down. I fully recommend.

Interview With Lannie Sheridan

Where do you get your inspiration?

I get inspiration from all kinds of things. Sometimes a song or a photo might give me an idea. A conversation with a friend may spark a plot, or even I may even dream the entire scene. Ideas come from all over, but not all of them are good ones. Sometimes I silly idea can lead to an amazing scene or plot twist while what seemed like a wonderful idea might not go anywhere but the trashbin.

Can you tell me a little about each book?

Well as far as finished books, I only have two at the moment. The first book, Shadows of the Past, follows Princess Amirilla of Mercury as she takes her new position on the Intergalactic Court. Amirilla, known as Rilla by her friends and family, has oracle blood, which gives her visions of the future.  My second book, Shadows of the Past, is a sequel to the first. The system is in chaos and nothing seems to be going right…  Can’t really say more without giving spoilers. I’m about halfway through writing the third in this series, When Shadows Fall, which will pick up where book two ends.

Once I finish the Shadow series, I have several other series I plan to work on. Sadly I don’t have titles for them yet, but I know the basic plot of all of them. I have a series about a young hunter searching the land for the magical being that murdered her parents. Another series follows a young witch who learns that imaginary friends are anything but imaginary. I’m still working on the details but I am working on a mystery series that follows an investigative reporter looking for her brother. The last one I have is about a lonely girl who winds up being sent back in time after making an innocent wish on her birthday.

What inspires you to write?

The stories in my head need to be told. When my muses start talking I have to write down their tales. Doesn’t matter if anyone else reads them or likes them, I write the stories for me and my muses.

Tell me about how you got started as a writer.

Not really sure how I actually got started. I don’t remember a time that I didn’t makeup stories for fun. Even before I could write I would make up stories and my mom would write them down for me.

When did you first publish? How did publishing make you feel?

I published my first book, Shadows of the Past, in December of 2015. The day I received the first printed copy was the happiest day of my life. Words alone can’t describe the emotions I felt seeing my name on the cover.

What advice can you give future authors?

Never give up. Being a writer isn’t always easy and it’s not a fast way to make money. It takes a lot of time and hard work to finish writing and editing a book. Promoting and selling it is even harder. No matter how hard it gets, never stop and never give up.

What was the easiest book for you to write?

Dancing with Shadows was the easiest so far. It practically wrote itself. Only had a few gaps I had to fill in.

What was the hardest?

The hardest is the one I’m currently working on, When Shadows Fall. There are a lot of fight scenes and a huge battle involving a dozen armies that I have to write. I’m not the best at writing fight scenes so this is quite a challenge for me.

What is your biggest challenge as you’re writing?

My biggest challenge is finding time to write without being interrupted. Its often hard to get people to understand that just because I’m sitting at my computer with music playing or in the recliner with my laptop and reruns of my favorite tv shows playing, that doesn’t mean I’m not working.

What do you think of promoting your work? Do you find it easy or hard?

It depends on the situation. If I’ve got someone who is honestly interested in books then it’s usually pretty easy to sell the books or at least get them to take a business card and possibly follow you later on. People that are looking for a specific kind of book that doesn’t include mine or people that don’t want to read at all, well they’re almost impossible to sell to, but you still have to try and do your best. Sometimes the impossible sale is the most rewarding.

How would you describe your writing style to people who have never read your work?

Hmmm, that’s a hard one….. I’m not really sure how to describe my writing style. I write in the third person because I like knowing what’s going on with all the major players, not just the main character. For me, the dialogue is the easiest thing to write because I actually hear the characters in my head. I’m working on being better with descriptions and details. I don’t think I have set style though. My editor told me after reading what I have of one of my other series that it was like someone else wrote it. My tone and voice change to fit the characters and setting of the story I’m writing. I took that as a huge compliment. I don’t want all my stories to sound the same. If I did that I would be doing my characters a great injustice.

How supportive is your family of your books?

My family is very supportive. My dad bought a dozen copies and gave them to all his friends. My mom insists on being one of the first to read my books once they’re finished.

Have you ever had anybody in your life ever try to discourage you from writing? How did you cope?

I had a few people in college tell me that writing wasn’t worth my time. They thought I should be doing something better with my time. Those same people thought it was fun to get blackout drunk and not remember what actually happened over the weekend. They couldn’t understand why I thought that sitting at home with a good book or a good movie was more fun than a party full of drunks. Needless to say, their opinions mattered little to me and I kept writing.

Do you have a team that helps with your writing process and promotions?

I have two editors, who are both dear friends. One reads for story content and the other fixes my spelling and grammar. The only other people do anything directly for my books would be my cover artists. While they don’t work with me or get paid, my biggest help with promotions are my readers. The people that read my books and leave reviews or tell others about my stories help out more than they realized. Word of mouth is the best advertisement a writer could ask for.

How many drafts do you write before you are pleased enough to publish?

Not sure of the exact number. I probably had close to 30 drafts of book 1 before I was happy with it. For book 2 there were at least 20. I don’t keep track of how many drafts I go through, just how much my book improves with each one.

Are any of your books in audio? If not, is it something you eventually want?

Not yet, but its definitely something I want to do.

What are some of your favorite books and authors?

That’s a long list. First ones that come to mind are Diana Gabaldon, J.K. Rowlings, Stephen King, Richard Castle (yes I’m aware these books have ghostwriters but I still love them), and Sir Arthur Conan Doyal.

Can you tell us about some of your upcoming books?

Well, the one I’m mostly working on at the moment is When Shadows Fall, the final book in my first series. It’ll be a very battle heavy book and I’m certain there will be a few readers that will yell at me for certain parts of the story.

Once that one is complete I plan to work on either the series about the young hunter or the imaginary friend one. I haven’t decided which one just yet. I do know that I will probably jump back and forth between my series and not focus on getting one particular one done first. I did that with my current series and burned myself out on it. I think the writing will be much easier if I just write what comes to me and finish and publish the books as I get them done. Hopefully, it’ll be less stress that way too.

Where can we find you on social media?

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

Twitter: @LannieSheridan

Instagram: LannieSheridan22

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14754570.Lannie_Sheridan

Fanfiction.net: https://www.fanfiction.net/~ladylanniequeenofgoblins

Archive of Our Own: https://archiveofourown.org/users/Lady_Lannie_Queen_of_Goblins

Deviant Art: https://www.deviantart.com/lady-lannie-qofg

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty Book Review (2014 and Now)

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2019 Review:

This book was beyond magical to me. I do not feel like I truly read it fully the first time around. There was so much that just hit me this time that I had no memory of. I know I must have read the book fully the first time. But did I really READ it?! This book makes me want to learn more about Louise Brooks. And I loved getting to see the decades that passed as Cora grew after coming home.

I really do feel like I related to Cora a bit, but in ways, I related to Louise too. I don’t think I’d of been as wild as Louise was, but I don’t think I’d of been as by the book as Cora was in the beginning. I’d like to say I am how Cora was in part 3. That’s all I’ll say about that.

I still recommend this book. I really did enjoy it. There were parts of it that make me glad that I reread the book. Ironically, both times were for a book club meeting. I don’t regret it though. I love books like these. I’d read it again if I didn’t have a huge stack to get through.

2014 Review:

I just finished reading The Chaperone. It is written by Laura Moriarty. It is a book set in the twenties about Louise Brooks going to New York for dance lessons with a chaperone. It is set in the chaperone’s point of view and talks about how the trip and her time with Louise Brooks changes her.

I fully enjoyed this book. I wasn’t too fond of either of the characters at first, but once I got more into the story, I was very fond of the main character. I can’t say my opinion of the other character really changed much though.

I didn’t really like how some of the events were prolonged while others were rushed over. I felt like the writer got bored with some parts of the story or ran out of time and had to rush to get it out. I feel that it was a very beautiful story. It was just way too rushed in some parts.

I fully recommend this book. I especially recommend it to all the people who are interested in the twenties era and in flappers. This book is right up their alley. It is a beautiful and inspirational piece. You will not regret reading it!

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Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates Book Review

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I will start this review out by saying that this book will not be for everybody. It has very dark undertones. It also discusses very heavy subjects. I believe these days they would say that this book needs “trigger warnings”. As an Empath, these books are very hard for me, but I push through because I want to understand. I will always want to understand what makes people do the things they do. The good and the bad. I enjoyed this book very much.

There are three parts of the book. Each of the main characters has their own part in the book. It explains the event that took place from their perspective. I can’t say that I connected with any of the three without giving away major parts of the story. I can say that there is power in perspective and leave it at that.

Despite how heavy and depressing this book tended to get, I really did enjoy the story. It was definitely a book I wanted answers to. My advice is to keep reading. Unless it’s just too hard to keep going. It’s okay to put a book down if it’s too hard. This is definitely a book that things aren’t always what they seem. I can’t say much more than that without giving it away.

First Book Chat With MK Mancos

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How long did it take you to write your first book?

My first book was written in about 1993 (that’s nineteen ninety-three – the font looks wacky here) on a word processor that only showed maybe four or five lines of type at a time. It had a cartridge and ribbon in it and held I don’t remember how many pages of text before I had to put a piece (single) into the carriage and hit print. It was more of a glorified typewriter. So, given that it took me longer to write than you can imagine. I wrote it, but knew it wasn’t good. Nowhere near ready to publish. I completed it in about 3-6 months, maybe. Then stuck it under a bunch of stuff in a drawer and started on the next book. By this time, we’d purchased our first computer that ran Windows 95. What a revelation that was to my craft. I actually could correct as I went and print later. LOL. Flash forward many books and programs later – to about 2004 (?) I was at the New Jersey Romance Writers annual conference and was going to pitch to TOR books. Well, I hadn’t planned to pitch the book I did, but when I got my pitch envelope it said they wanted PNR. I had planned to pitch and epic fantasy. I had to switch gears and fast. So, I pitched that first book I wrote with the understanding that I had to dust if off and rewrite it. And I did. I started from the first sentence, first word and rewrote the entire book in 3 months. I switched things up and condensed a few characters together. That book was passed on by TOR but I ended up signing it with Samhain. It was released in 2006, I think, and was titled By A Silken Thread. It was a mystery/PNR about near-death experiences.

What inspired you to start writing?

I’ve always been a storyteller. To myself, to pass the time. On break between summer and fall I’d sit in my room and type out short stories in junior high and high school. It’s been a dream that I made come true. When I first mentioned it to my fiancé (now husband of 26 years) he encouraged me to make it happen and I haven’t looked back.

How many drafts did you do before you felt it was ready to publish?

That first book – 2. I wrote that first horrid copy, and then the one I sent to the publisher. There had been about a 10-year gap between revisions and I learned so much in that time and had honed and worked on my craft with other books, so it’s hardly a fair comparison.

How did publishing for the first time ever make you feel?

Oddly, the first thing I had published wasn’t the first book I wrote. In between writing By A Silken Thread first and second drafts, I read all kinds of writing publications. Writers’ Journal used to do these writing challenges where they printed the first slug of sentence and the author had to come up with the story behind it. I decided to give it a try. First prize was $50 and first print of your story. The slug I used was “Cars were still going by…” Well, me being me, I couldn’t make that be anything other than dark, so I finished the sentence with, “on the way to the cemetery.” – Thus, the short story “Grave Dancing” was born. I had no idea I’d won the contest until I found a free copy of the magazine in my mailbox one morning. I opened it and there was my printed story with my byline. I was so excited. You’d think I had won a Pulitzer or something. After that I sold an erotic romance novella to Red Sage Publishing.

How different would you say the writing and publishing process is for you now than it was then?

I used to be more of a plotter than pantser. Now, I’m an amalgamation of them both. Publishing has changed completely, since I’m mostly publishing indy now and have only 3 pubs I still have books with. I’ve gotten all my rights back to the other books I had with other publishers.

How many books have you published since then?

Somewhere in the 30s. I lost count. Too many coming and going and republishing and such. I have no head for that kind of accounting.

Interview with MK Mancos aka Kathleen Scott, Kate Davison, and Cassie Sweet

First Book Chat Finale

If anybody knows me well enough, they will know that I’m always inspired to help and uplift people. I am also known to have random ideas. Over a month ago, I had an idea to interview five people at random about their first book. I was going to put all five interviews in one blog to highlight how each one was different. I even wrote out five questions to ask them.

Two things happened. I got a remarkable response and I no longer wanted to pick just five. I also realized that five interviews in one blog would be a very long blog. So I posted all the responses as their own blog. They are listed here for anybody who wants to read them:

Author’s First Book Chats:

  1. Delta James
  2. H. Gorlitz Scott
  3. P.S Bartlett
  4. Laura Hawks
  5. Gryffyn Pheonix
  6. Kyra Dune
  7. Golden Angel
  8. Casey Hays
  9. Christina Lanier
  10. Evelyn Lederman
  11. Artemis Milchon
  12. Cheryllynn Dyess
  13. D.L Pitchford
  14. Lannie Sheridan
  15. Amber Anthony
  16. Lily Wallis
  17. MK Mancos

Writing a book is hard. Publishing and marketing is harder. Feeling under pressure because you think it has to be a certain way or you have to do it a certain way makes things even worse. So seeing the responses and how different they were is a comfort to me. And I hope others find comfort in it as well.

In the end, if nothing else is taken from this experiment, I hope that you realize there is no time line. If you get it done in a week, great. If it takes you years, awesome. Go at your own pace. If you need to put it down for awhile, do so.

There is no amount of drafts you have to write. If you find it perfect after the first draft, good. If it takes you many drafts, that’s fine too. In the end, if you can’t be happy with your work, nobody else can either.

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Olive Ann Burns started her career out as a journalist. She never expected to write fiction, but that changed when she was diagnosed with cancer in 1975. She had begun writing notes about her family history in 1971 that helped fuel her book Cold Sassy Tree. The book was released in 1984. Olive Ann Burns was sixty years old.

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Olive Ann Burns was already working on the sequel to Cold Sassy Tree when her cancer relapsed in 1987. Through her treatments, she kept attempting to finish the book. She passed away in 1990 with the novel unfinished.

If you stick with it and you put your passions into it, it will show. Sometimes great work takes longer to come out than others. Never feel discouraged or overwhelmed. If you do, please take a break. That way you can come back with a clear head. Remember, the power is in your hands and in your mind.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series. I hope that it’s inspired the writers to go on. I also hope that readers have found new authors through this. There will always be hope and inspiration everywhere you look.

*I found the images and quotes on Google Image Search*

Interview With Gary Roen

Where do you get your inspiration?

From people I meet or come in contact with or news stories that prompt me to write something.  For instance, my story S Mode began when I sat in a restaurant and overheard a woman talking about how over tired, she was. Or in my collection Slotski’s World I saw on the news a report about a husband and wife who returned home to find their house completely gone thus the story Traces

Can you tell me a little about each book?

Journey is a series of short stories of science fiction I have written through the years that are in the mode of the Twilight Zone with many twists of endings.  Slotski’s World is a second set of stories with my teddy bear character who has special abilities that help people in unique situations.   

What inspires you to write?

I get an idea and work it through to become a story.  I am influenced by many different things but feel I can tell a story because I have been a book critic for so long that I always said. I can do my own

Tell me about how you got started as a writer.

I wrote poetry for many publications back in the 1970’s then branched out to short stories.  I published a book of poetry Look At Me World that sold very well.  Later I worked for several publishing companies learning the business from many different angles.  I later became a book critic then went back to college at UCF with a bachelors in writing.

When did you first publish? How did publishing make you feel?

My first book was 1976 Look At Me World and I felt fantastic like I had delivered a child.  I have to say I get the same felling every time I see the hard copy edition. 

What advice can you give future authors?

Keep writing, take courses, get involved in writing groups, go to writer events and conventions of all genres in your area.

What was the easiest book for you to write?

Look At Me World because, I wrote all of them in a class of logic I had at Valencia Community College when I had a very boring professor who otherwise would have put me to sleep. 

What was the hardest?

The Forgotten Father Coping With Grief because of the subject matter of the death of a child and what happens to a father

What is your biggest challenge as you’re writing?

To not use the same words throughout the work.  The example I use is And But and Suddenly too many times on a page like Danielle Steel. 

What do you think of promoting your work? Do you find it easy or hard?

I love promoting my work to gain new readers and I have no problem partially because I was a book salesman promotions director for several publishing companies for so long

How would you describe your writing style to people who have never read your work?

I have been told by readers my short stories read like Twilight Zone, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson which I take as a compliment.  The poetry has been compared to E E Cummings. I believe because I do not capitalize, punctuate, or I have words that are combined.  

How supportive is your family of your books?

My family is other writers and they are very supportive in many different ways. 

Have you ever had anybody in your life ever try to discourage you from writing? How did you cope?

Yes Mrs. Cox at Boone High School.  I think it was a good thing because I was more determined to be a writer after being in her class

Do you have a team that helps with your writing process and promotions?

Yes, Gabriel Vaughn and the staff of Legacy Book Publishing and other writers who give me feedback

How many drafts do you write before you are pleased enough to publish?

I know it is too many to count because there are plenty of pages in the trash can.  I like to see it in print not just on the computer.

Are any of your books in audio? If not, is it something you eventually want?

Not in audio at this time but would love to have it as I was on Ron’s Amazing Stories where it was done and it sounded fantastic

What are some of your favorite books and authors?

Richard Matheson, Button Button short story and others Donald E. Westlake, The Hot Rock Ian Fleming, James Bond novels Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Fredrick Brown, Martians Go Home, Robert B. Parker, Spenser Novels

Can you tell us about some of your upcoming books?

Another collection of science fiction short stories so far one day I may try to do a novel but for now am happy as a clam doing the short fiction.  Maybe in the future another collection of poetry.  I am also working on a children’s book.  Have to wait and see how that one turns out.

Where can we find you on social media?

I am on Face Book, LinkedIn and Twitter.  Readers can contact me at any of those places or my e mail address of gsroen@aol.com thank you for this interview. 

Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich Book Review

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I could put this right up there with some of my favorite books of all times! Well, for this series anyways. Outside this series, the tops are just too hard to choose! But that’s another story. This was the normal roller coaster that is Stephanie’s world. It’s less dramatic these days than it used to be. I just take that to mean she’s getting more experienced.

Who couldn’t love this vivacious characters? We have Stephanie who tries her best. She’s under a lot of pressure to meet expectations though. We have Lula who’s going to be who she wants to be despite what people think. We have Grandma Maazur who’s just a hoot and a half! Then we have the wonderful and fearless Ranger and Morrelli. I will gladly call either of these my book boyfriends any day. The other characters are just as great. Some could use more book time. Just saying.

I really enjoy this series. I can’t get enough of it. I reread the first several because I’d forgotten where I left off. I’m so glad I did. I definitely didn’t remember half of what was going on. I remembered the characters. I’m still floored that Rex is still alive! A hamster!! It’s just insane!

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Waiting For Aegina by Effie Kammenou Book Review

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This book continues from Evanthia’s Gift. Both books were incredibly beautiful. They follow Greek families that become one big family over time. The story covers many generations growing up. It highlights the good moments and the bad moments. The beautiful and the heartbreak. It’s one of the most real and emotionally gripping stories I’ve ever followed. I am so ready to continue with book three.

I don’t even know where to begin talking about the characters. They were all so beautiful. It’s hard not to develop a connection to each and every one of them. As you follow their lives, you see each one for better or worse. You see them at their lowest and their highest. It’s really beautiful. I couldn’t get enough.

I was impressed with the Narrator was well. She did a fantastic job. It was very obvious that she was just into the story as I was. I’m convinced that the emotions in her voice actually pulled me into the story more than I already was. That’s saying a lot. She did great in the first book as well.

I really enjoyed this book. As somebody who had a broken family, it was so beautiful to see this big beautiful family always there for each other when you need it. It’s kind of like a fairy tale to me since I don’t know what it’s like to have family like that. Not only that, but this book is so educational. I’ve learned so much about the Greek culture because of these books. They even have some nice recipes scattered through the books. I’ll definitely be trying them.

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First Book Chat With Delta James

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How long did it take you to write your first book?

My first novel began the night I recognized that somewhere along the way, I had lost the part of myself that lived without fear.  I got up off the couch, fired up my computer and opened myself up to the possibilities.  My first heroine stepped forward and said, “I have a story to tell.”  Two weeks later I submitted that story for publication.  Within two months, I saw my first novel appear for sale on Amazon.

What inspired you to start writing?

The recognition that as a younger woman I had adopted the creed that fortune favors the bold, but that somewhere along the way, fear had dulled that edge.  I made a decision to banish fear-based decisions from my life.  That thought was almost immediately followed by the abandoned dream of becoming an author.  I let go of the fear and embraced the possibility of living a dream.

How many drafts did you do before you felt it was ready to publish?

One of the ways I’m kind of an odd-ball is that I edit as I write.  Each day when I begin to start to write, I re-read at least the previous chapter and edit.  Once I have completed the first full manuscript, I re-read the entire thing and send it to my beta reader who sends me suggested edits.  I make those and then re-read it before sending it to an editor.  I get those edits back, make them, re-read the entire manuscript and then return to the editor who either has additional suggestions or forwards to the line-editor.  Once the line-editor is done, I re-send to my beta reader and then I will re-read a final time once she is through.  A long-winded way of saying five to eight times … and still once it’s published you find things!

How did publishing for the first time ever make you feel?

My first book went live about 11:30 PM the night before it was scheduled to be released.  Seeing it appear on Amazon was a thrill.  I squealed loud enough to wake up my three basset girls who were napping in the office.  I was beside myself … they just thought if I was going to be excited and wake them up, I needed to get them a cookie!

How different would you say the writing and publishing process is for you now than it was then?

The writing process is about the same, although I believe I’m a better writer. The publishing process is far different.  I changed publishers. The second/current publisher has a far more extensive and involved editing process, which I just love.  That’s another odd-ball thing about me – I love the editing process.  I always learn things and new skills to improve my writing and my process.

How many books have you published since then?

This Friday, August 2nd, I will release Warlord:  A Dark Shifter Romance, which will be my twenty-first novel (under two pen names) since my debut novel in January 2018.  I published six novels under the pen name Willa Bradley with Blushing Books.  In July 2018, I published my first novel (Brought to Heel) under the pen name Delta James (which I now use exclusively) with Stormy Night Publications.

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