Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Interview with Emilio Corsetti III

Emilio Corsetti III is a professional pilot and author. Emilio has written for both regional and national publications including the Chicago Tribune, Multimedia Producer, and Professional Pilot magazine. Emilio’s first book 35 Miles From Shore: The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980 tells the true story of an airline ditching in the Caribbean Sea and the efforts to rescue those who survived. Emilio’s latest release Scapegoat: A Flight Crew’s Journey from Heroes to Villains to Redemption tells the true story of an airline crew wrongly blamed for causing a near-fatal accident and the captain’s decades-long battle to clear his name. Emilio is a graduate of St. Louis University. He and his wife Lynn reside in Dallas, TX.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website Address: https://www.EmilioCorsetti.com
Blog: https://www.35milesfromshore.com (dedicated website)
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmilioCorsetti 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Emilio.Corsetti.III

About the Book

On May 2, 1970, a DC-9 jet departed New York’s JFK international airport en route to the tropical island of St. Maarten. The flight ended four hours and thirty-four minutes later in the shark-infested waters of the Caribbean. The subsequent rescue of survivors involved the Coast Guard, Navy, and Marines. In this gripping account of that fateful day, author Emilio Corsetti puts the reader inside the cabin, the cockpit, and the rescue helicopters as the crews struggle against the weather to rescue the survivors who have only their life vests and a lone escape chute to keep them afloat.

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Can you tell us what your book is about?

The Titanic meets The Perfect Storm but in an airplane.

Is it hard to publish a nonfiction book?

Getting any book published today is a difficult task. I used to think that if you wrote a good book, the offers would come flooding in. The truth is that it is all about the numbers. Before any publisher will take on a book, they must be convinced that sales of the book will exceed their expenses. Take a book like Forrest Gump by Winston Groom. I don’t think that book sold more than 5,000 copies before the film. If the marketing department can’t guarantee sales of at 50,000, the book has little chance of being published by a traditional publisher. There aren’t a lot of first-time authors who can generate those kinds of numbers. That’s why you see book deals going to people who have large social media numbers or individuals involved in the public eye.

Which author(s) do you admire?

Michael Lewis, Mark Bowden, Hampton Sides, Nathaniel Philbrick




What do you like the most about being an author?

There is nothing cooler than being the first person to tell a story that no one has ever heard before.

What kind of advice would you give other non-fiction authors?

Pick a subject that interests you. Writing a book is a long process. If you get bored, the reader will get bored also.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Interview with Alison Neuman

Alison Neuman is a writer, author, choreographer, and dance artist, who is passionate about sharing underrepresented voices. She holds a Bachelor’s of Applied Communications Degree, a diploma in Professional Writing, and a Master of Arts degree with a focus on Educational Studies.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website: www.alisonneuman.ca
Blog: http://www.alisonneuman.ca/blog/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Alison_Neuman
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/alisonneuman.ca
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4375290.Alison_Neuman


About the Book

Fluffy, the cat, knew the minute she met Levi that he would become fast friends with the friendly mouse using a special wheelchair. In the third installment of their adventures, join Fluffy, Levi, and his family on their final leg of adventure to find their forever homes together.

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Can you tell us what your new book is about?

My new book, Home, explores the journey of memories and friendships as Fluffy brings her friend Levi and his family back to the safety of her family home.

Can you tell us a little about your main and supporting characters?

Fluffy, the cat is based on my mom’s childhood pet and my admiration for people who live through kindness but don’t compromise their individuality due to peer pressure. Levi is a mouse experiencing a disability and is the literary character I wished I had to identify when I was a child experiencing a disability.



Your book is located in the outdoors in Edmonton and the surrounding areas.  Can you tell us why you chose this location in particular?

Some advice I was given in my writing process was to include what I know and that is how I chose the locations. I chose the industrial field where the mouse family lives because I have seen vehicles parked on those properties. The warehouse was based on a place where a member of my family worked. The bus stop and the park were based on areas where I would go with my mom when I was a small child.

How long did it take you to write your book?

Home took me two months to write and a few weeks to edit.




What has been the most pivotal point of your writing life?

The most pivotal point of my writing life was the day when the first children’s book, Don’t Eat Family, in the Friends and Family Series was delivered, and I gave my mom a copy. Despite dementia stealing my mom’s words, the smile on her face, and her reaching out to grab and hold her copy of Don’t Eat Family communicated her love and appreciation.

What kind of advice would you give other children’s authors?

My advice for other children’s authors would be to read a lot of books in the genre and to spend time writing and rewriting your work. Also, if you have any children that can read your drafts and tell you what they think, that is always an excellent idea.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Character Guest Post: Josephine Mann of Rie Sheridan Rose's THE MARVELOUS MECHANICAL MAN #characterday



Today is character guest post day! We have Josephine Mann from Rie Sheridan Rose's THE MARVELOUS MECHANICAL MAN. Enjoy!


Well, this is an honor, I must say. Most of the time I’m being told to be quiet...how refreshing to be asked to speak.

My name is Josephine Mann. I reside in New York City, born and bred. It is 1874, and the world is full of amazing things at the moment now that the War is over and the country beginning to heal a bit.

Life has been...interesting, to say the least. I don’t really remember my parents. They were lost to cholera well before the War started, and I was raised by the Good Sisters in Our Lady the Star of the Sea convent. What headaches we caused the Mother Superior growing up!

I left when I was fifteen, and have been fending for myself since. I’m a restless soul though, and have never really found a position that utilized my talents to their fullest. Until lately, that is. The moment I laid eyes on Professor Alistair Conn, I knew I’d found my true calling—making sure the man was fed and dressed properly! No, that isn’t quite fair.

Alistair is the smartest man I’ve ever met. He simply doesn’t think about things like matching socks and brushed hair. He’s thinking about so much more important matters, like creating a being that can do the more dangerous jobs our firefighters and policemen have to expose themselves to. To be honest, sometimes he humbles me with his dedication. Anything I can do to help is a blessing to him, I know...even if he forgets to mention it.

I’ve met some lovely people through my position as Alistair’s assistant. For example, our landlady “Ma” Stark. She’s already become a second mother to me—very welcome since I have so few memories of my own. She’s been such a dear about my cat, as well. I truly feel that Priss and I have found a real home at last, and I can’t wait to see what adventures the future holds!

The Marvelous Mechanical Man is the first book in a Steampunk series featuring the adventures of Josephine Mann, an independent woman in need of a way to pay her rent. She meets Professor
Alistair Conn, in need of a lab assistant, and a partnership is created that proves exciting adventure for both of them.

Alistair’s prize invention is an automaton standing nine feet tall. There’s a bit of a problem though…he can’t quite figure out how to make it move. Jo just might be of help there. Then again, they might not get a chance to find out, as the marvelous mechanical man goes missing.

Jo and Alistair find themselves in the middle of a whirlwind of kidnapping, catnapping, and cross-country chases that involve airships, trains, and a prototype steam car. With a little help from their friends, Herbert Lattimer and Winifred Bond, plots are foiled, inventions are perfected, and a good time is had by all.

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Rie Sheridan Rose multitasks. A lot. Her short stories appear in numerous anthologies, including Nightmare Stalkers and Dream Walkers Vols. 1 and 2, and Killing It Softly Vols. 1 and 2. She has authored twelve novels, six poetry chapbooks, and lyrics for dozens of songs. These were mostly written in conjunction with Marc Gunn, and can be found on “Don’t Go Drinking with Hobbits” and “Pirates vs. Dragons” for the most part–with a few scattered exceptions.

Her favorite work to date is The Conn-Mann Chronicles Steampunk series with five books released so far: The Marvelous Mechanical Man, The Nearly Notorious Nun, The Incredibly Irritating Irishman, The Fiercely Formidable Fugitive, and The Elderly Earl’s Estate.

Rie lives in Texas with her wonderful husband and several spoiled cat-children.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website: https://riewriter.com/  and https://theconnmannchronicles.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RieSheridanRose
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheConnMannChronicles/

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Free eBook for Limited Time: DRAWING FREE by Elena Aitken

Drawing Free
By Elena Aitken 
 A powerful and stirring read: With her work-obsessed husband, temperamental five-year-old, and moody teenager, Becca is overwhelmed. A split-second decision sends her to a cabin in a small mountain town — where she may rediscover her own identity.

Available now free at Amazon!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

A Bookish Word or Two: J. Richman Author of A MAN'S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS #abookishword


On A Bookish Word or Two, we have a guest post from J. Richman, author of A MAN'S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS. Enjoy!

A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS is a one and only creative, life-affirming collection of ponderings that expose the deep thoughts and feelings of a man who has lived a life full of diverse experiences and challenges. This uniquely constructed book is a compilation of  344 SHORT CONCISE reflections, which focuses on several areas of living, including intimate relationships and acceptance of human frailty, as well as the author’s internal conflicts.

I home in on the complications inherent in intimate relationships from the opening pages of the book: “Problems accrue when we confuse how a woman looks with who she is.” I bring the perspective of a mature man to the lessons on love presented in the book, including, “Exploitation of another depreciates both parties,” and “The reason we fall in love with flawed people is that that’s the only kind of people there are.”

In addition to offering a brief study of intimate relationships, A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS probes human frailty and offers readers guidance in accepting this fact. “We must learn to be strong enough to be gentle,” brings into focus the need to deliberately work at treating people well. The author also encourages readers to show self-compassion when dealing with their own baggage: “Sometimes it’s difficult to see beyond the wreckage of our lives, but we must! Take heart! We are more than our mistakes.

I further challenge readers to take the reins of their lives when I say, “Name those things that you would do if you had no fear then do something about it.” I offer words of caution regarding political rhetoric: “Beware of politicians who whip up emotions to make us suspicious of others unlike us.” And rounds the book out by sharing my internal conflicts: “The world has bent me more than I have bent it”; “too often my logical mind and my emotional mind are hostile enemies.

I wish a book like this one had been available when I was a boy because the knowledge enclosed could have assisted him in navigating his teenage and young adult years. I hope A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS will assure men that they are not alone in their quiet musings. For women, I believe the book will provide a window into men’s unexpressed emotions.

What do I like about being a author -----I am compelled look for truths helpful to all and complete a thought using only a few words that carry great meaning----people may read a thought 20 words but not 1000 ---



About J. Richman


Richman is the author of A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS, a collection of thoughts about life, relationships, and humanity.

Richman’s work history includes his service as an undercover intelligence officer in the US Air Force; later, he established a thriving business in real estate investment. For 16 years, Richman owned and operated Modify My Mortgage, a company that worked with homeowners to prevent foreclosures. His business success allowed Richman the time to pursue his passions, which included serving as the president of Nova, a workshop that provided work and life skills training for clients with disabilities; cofounding A Way Across, a drop-in center for teenagers with emotional and substance abuse problems; and fundraising for several more public service groups.

Richman enjoys writing and editing at night after allowing his ideas to blossom and expand during the day. The author is married with three sons and five grandsons.



About A Man's Late Night Thoughts


A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS by J. Richman is a creative and life-affirming collection of ponderings that expose the deep thoughts and feelings of a man who has lived a life full of diverse experiences and challenges. This uniquely constructed compilation of more than 300 reflections focuses on several areas of living, including intimate relationships and acceptance of human frailty,
as well as the author’s internal conflicts.

A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS homes in on the complications inherent in intimate relationships from the opening pages of the book: “Problems accrue when we confuse how a woman looks with who she is.” Richman brings the perspective of a mature man to the lessons on love presented in the book, including, “Exploitation of another depreciates both parties,” and “The reason we fall in love with flawed people is that that’s the only kind of people there are.”

In addition to offering a brief study of intimate relationships, A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS probes human frailty and offers readers guidance in accepting this fact. “We must learn to be strong enough to be gentle,” brings into focus the need to deliberately work at treating people well. The author also encourages readers to show self-compassion when dealing with their own baggage: “Sometimes it’s difficult to see beyond the wreckage of our lives, but we must! Take heart! We are more than our mistakes.”

In A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS, Richman further challenges readers to take the reins of their lives when he says, “Name those things that you would do if you had no fear then do something about it.” He offers words of caution regarding political rhetoric: “Beware of politicians who whip up emotions to make us suspicious of others unlike us.” And rounds the book out by sharing his internal conflicts: “The world has bent me more than I have bent it”; “too often my logical mind and my emotional mind are hostile enemies”; “every time I look in the mirror, I expect to see a younger man.”
A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS began as a series of notes that Richman wrote to himself. “I found that if I do not write out my true, and often painful, thoughts and feelings, I do not deal with them.” Richman wishes a book like this one had been available when he was a boy because the knowledge enclosed could have assisted him in navigating his teenage and young adult years. He hopes A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS will assure men that they are not alone in their quiet musings. For women, Richman believes the book will provide a window into men’s unexpressed emotions.

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Free eBook: LOVE ON TRIAL by PC Zick

Love On Trial

by PC Zick
Romance

Two lawyers on opposite sides of the aisle despise one another...at first. When Jude Crandall fights for justice, she is a formidable opponent. Malik Moore may hate his job as an attorney for a prestigious Chicago law firm, but he stands up to the force of prosecutor Jude in the battle of opposites. 
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Interview with D.W. Richards

D.W. Richards first introduced the protagonist, Alexandra, to the world in his novel, “Pairs,” which spent two weeks on the Amazon U.K. Best Seller list for humor. Alexandra’s story continued in the graphic novel, “Alexandra Forever: 2337”. In addition to creative writing, D.W. Richards has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Carleton University and is a Certified General Accountant.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:



About the Book

Would you risk erasing yourself from ever existing to save the immortal soul of a beloved friend?
Two middle-aged sisters, Nadenka and Anastasiya, travel to a remote northern mountain where they must contend with their notorious, and seemingly immortal grandmother, Alexandra, in their quest to save an aged and frail member of their coven, Terra, from demonic possession. Deep family wounds need to be addressed before they can do what is required for the exorcism. But time is running out. The woman they are trying to save is dying. As the clock is ticking down, an evil legion emerges to stand between them and saving Terra’s immortal soul.

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Can you tell us what your new book is about?

Although “Alexandra Forever: Beginnings” is an occult-fantasy spanning three generations of a coven, at its core, the story is essentially about starting the process of healing longstanding familial wounds with forgiveness.

Can you tell us a little about your main and supporting characters?

Alexandra, as the title of the book might suggest, is the pivotal character of the story. When we meet her, she is chronologically just over a century old, but physically has all the trappings of being in her mid-twenties. She has a hard edge to her personality that lends itself to her profession as a bounty hunter.

Her daughter, Lindsay, is on the verge of eighty but looks half her age. At the beginning of the story she still bears the emotional scars of her childhood and laments her own failures as a mother to her two daughters, Nadenka and Anastasiya. Of these two sisters, it is primarily Nadenka’s journey which carries the theme of compassion.   


Your book is set in Canadian Rockies.  Can you tell us why you chose this location in particular?

One word, isolation. I knew at the outset that the story was going to be focused on Alexandra and her granddaughters. Without these ladies being trapped by weather and a demonic siege, they would never have spent time together, let alone consciously chosen to revisit a painful past in hopes of reconciling their family differences.

How long did it take you to write your book?

I don’t actually recall, precisely. Being a novella, I do remember that it felt quick relative to other projects that I’ve worked on. Perhaps three months.

What has been the most pivotal point of your writing life?

It occurred while writing my first novel length manuscript. It was the moment I realized that I was actually going to finish the story. I even recall where I was and who I was with.

What kind of advice would you give other fantasy authors?

In fantastical situations, fleshed out characters and the genuineness of their interactions ground the story and make it accessible. Believable people reacting believably can sell a very unbelievable scenario.