Monday, April 6, 2020

Interview with A. Keith Carreiro

Keith Carreiro is the author of a planned nine-book series called The Immortality Wars. The Penitent—Part III is the third book and the last installment in the series’ first trilogy.
Carreiro is an adjunct professor at Bridgewater State University and Bristol Community College. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Acting on his lifelong love of storytelling, Carreiro began writing The Immortality Wars series in 2014.



About the Book

THE PENITENT—PART III Completes the First Trilogy in The Immortality Wars Series as the Battle between Good and Evil Explodes onto Urban Terrain

THE PENITENT—PART III, the third installment in author A. Keith Carreiro’s Immortality Wars series, brings Pall Warren, an elite warrior touched by the hand of God, into a new battle that pits the forces of good against those derived from the evils of man and beyond. As the final book in The Penitent trilogy, Pall joins with former enemies and comes closer to fulfilling his purpose of overcoming the corruption threatening humanity.

In THE PENITENT—PART III, Pall Warren recovers from another bout of the suffering that has plagued his life by helping his friends bury their family members who were killed by a supernatural being with an insatiable appetite for humans. He travels to Gullswater, West Fündländ, in search of John Savage—the accomplished bowman—who was once his foe. The men forged their friendship in combat against Commander Gregor Mordant and his Marauders.

While Pall searches for his friend, Savage meets with his employer, Braucus Peredurus, the King’s minister of affairs, to report his observations of mystical events and otherworldly creatures and then reveals that he has been tracking Commander Mordant, who, as he learns from Peredurus, is a key member of the King’s intelligence service network.

Mordant is loyal to Kosem Mungadai, the respected head of the Church of Equity in the City of Seascale and a practitioner of the occult arts. Savage suspects Mordant is working against the King’s agenda and wants to detain the Commander, but Peredurus orders him not to; however, this command does not stop the bowman from surveilling Mordant. Meanwhile, Pall encounters Merek, a former member of the Marauders and crossbow expert. Merek suggests that Savage has gone to Seascale in search of Mordant.

As tensions rise in the city, Mordant, Mungadai, and Savage cull together fighters to engage in urban warfare during a torrential rainstorm. As the battle begins, Pall and Merek stealthily contribute to Savage’s efforts. While the warriors relentlessly brawl throughout the pitch-black night, Mungadai conjures a squad of supernatural beings to assault Savage and his warriors with the ultimate goal of overthrowing the kingdom and empowering the evil forces he serves.

In writing THE PENITENT—PART III, Carreiro’s goal was to create an epic story that brings Pall closer to fulfilling his destiny by posing the question, “In his quest for meaning, can virtue be used to combat and overcome evil?” For the reader, Carreiro hopes THE PENITENT—PART III offers a sense of “the mystery, wonder, and grandeur that is in this world and beyond that is available to us in the time we are placed here, despite the suffering and challenges each of us faces in our own lives.”


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Can you tell us what your new book is about?

The Penitent – Part III is the third book of a planned nine–book series called The Immortality Wars. It concludes Pall Warren’s search for John Savage. Pall is an elite soldier who is a gifted combatant in close quarter fighting. Savage, also being almost seven–feet tall, is a fierce and indomitable warrior known for his accuracy with a longbow and fierce fighting prowess. Unknown to Pall, Savage is working for the High King and Minister of Affairs’ intelligence network. Savage was sent by Minister Pereduras to investigate strange rumors about supernatural creatures being unleashed against the people of West Fündländ, as well as to learn more about an alarming increase in raids being conducted along the western coast of the Realm.

After first meeting Savage close to a deadly field of combat in Part I, both men become separated from one another as a result of a pitched battle they have against Commander Gregor Mordant and his Marauders at a nearby abandoned farm. Added to the mix is a demon named Ünger whose sole purpose is to destroy “breathers” (i.e., humans), for whom he has an insatiable appetite. Pall’s pursuit of Savage brings him to Gullswater. Here, he learns from Merek, a former Marauder who helped torture Pall at the farmstead, but is now allied with him, that Savage has most likely gone east to the coast of the Sea of Fáelán.

In Part III, Pall’s quest for understanding what is happening around him brings him to the port city of Seascale, the summer residence of the High King’s court. Pall becomes involved in a deadly running battle between the High King’s forces and those of a renegade priest named Kosem Mungadai. A thaumaturge of the 13th level of the occult arts, his origins are unknown. He is capable of great feats of organization and oratory. Considered a savior by his followers, he is also respected by almost everyone in Seascale where he has a monastery called the Church of Equity. However, his sole purpose is to defeat and overthrow everything around him for the sake of investing all power into himself and the powers he serves.

The forces arrayed against the High King, his kingdom and army become further entangled with the war being waged between Mungadai, Commander Mordant and his Marauders and the spiritual forces unleashed by the priest against Savage and his companions. Combat swirls relentlessly throughout the city at night in the middle of a torrential downpour of rain.

In search of John Savage, Pall Warren encounters the destructive power of evil arrayed against him. Even though loss ekes a toll upon his life, he summons the strength and courage to continue his quest for meaning. He discovers that the role he must play in determining who he is forms an integral part in the destiny of everyone around him.

Evil unleashed. Goodness embattled. A spellbinding story erupts onto the pages of the concluding novel of the Penitent trilogy.

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

Pall Warren was raised in a small village in West Fündländ by David and Lucia Warren. Pall becomes one of the finest young warriors of his time. He is especially gifted in hand–to–hand combat with the quarterstaff, falchion sword, and fighting knives. He has been deeply touched by the hand of God.

John Savage, also known as “the bowman,” or “the archer,” plays a major leadership role in King Ranulf Ealhere’s intelligence. Savage works directly under the command of Braucus Pereduras, the King’s Minister of Affairs.

Evangel Greatworth was found by her adopted grandfather, Matthew Greatworth, who gave her this name. As her name becomes known, she is also called “the Lady from the Wood,” or “the Lady of the Fields and Forest.” Matthew accidentally found Evangel when she was a baby. Her mother hid Evangel in a ditch for safety from outlaws. Both her parents and the members of their caravan were brutally murdered. Her given name is Evangel Blessingvale. She and Pall meet one another in a vision they share with one another.

Known as “the Priest,” or “the Father of us all,” Kosem Mungadai is a thaumaturge of the 13th level of the occult arts. His origins are unknown. He is capable of great feats of organization and oratory. He communicates with what he terms “the darknesses” and divines what needs to be done in this world to satisfy their demands upon him. The priest has attained and been given the power to create magic, spells, and demonic creatures, as well as summoning these darknesses into his scrying chamber set within a secure room in his monastery. He is considered a savior by his followers. He is well respected in the port city of Seascale where he has his monastery called the Church of Equity. However, Mungadai is a nihilistic spokesman, prophet and leader of a terrorist organization seeking to destroy all norms of government, including religious, monetary, military, and economic societal orders.

Your book is set in the Western Isles and West Fündländ.  Can you tell us why you chose this location in particular?

The book is set in this location because it is where the main action of the story takes place. The time period that it occurs in is similar to the European Middle Ages. I chose this setting in particular because I wanted to experiment with the tropes used by other fantasy writers about this era, but I wanted to do so in a unique way. The genre(s) it is written in also includes science fiction. As the story’s premise is based on science fiction, the setting becomes an integral part of the plot.

How long did it take you to write your book?

In 2014, once I came up with the idea for The Immortality Wars, I wrote every day starting on May 26th through October 9th. When I stopped writing the first trilogy I had a manuscript containing over 168,000 words in its first draft.

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

On New Year’s Eve of 2014, I resolved to completely edit and revise my poetry. It was scattered on napkins, envelopes and note paper, even on the back of manilla folders. Some of it had been written on manual and electric typewriters, while others had the technological blessing of being created on computers. January turned into February; and at the end of March I completed revising and editing almost all of my poems.  I not only had brought them up to date but added annotational notes and information about many of them in case I would read from them publicly. Bringing this project to a close gave me additional satisfaction because I had put together a legacy of my writing that I can pass down to my children and grandchildren.

In April of that year, I read Neal Bascomb’s (2009) book, Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World’s Most Notorious Nazi. Bascombe’s story inspired me to write a long poem about Eichmann and the holocaust entitled “Send down the Master in person.” It is a phrase taken from Reichsführer–SS Heinrich Luitpold Himmler’s order to Eichmann, as Bascomb relates, “to comb Hungary from east to west of its Jews. Those who were physically fit were to be delivered to labor camps for ‘destruction through work’; those who were not were to be exterminated immediately. Eichmann’s mission was a secondary, but critical, one in the invasion of Hungary.” This poem became a tribute to my parents and the members of their generation who fought in World War Two.

In looking back at my writing productivity of the first four months of 2014, I felt that I had the energy and drive to write and, finally, to complete a novel. Up to this time in my life, I had not succeeded in writing a fully developed, fictional story. I started many stories that never saw their completion. This time, I developed a momentum I had never experienced before in my writing. When I started writing the first trilogy in my series I wondered whether or not I could complete it. I employed a writing strategy I had never used before based on advice Stephen King shared with me over 50 years ago when we were fellow students at the University of Maine in Orono.

What kind of advice would you give other scifi, fantasy authors?

I don’t believe I am at the point in my fictional writing life to give advice to other authors. However, I do believe it is important that authors communicate with one another about their writing journeys, and that they consider advocating for those of their contemporaries who are also scribbling away in like manner.

In 1974, I wrote Thornton Wilder (1897–1975) a heartfelt letter about the impact his book, Theophilus North (1973) had upon me. Much to my delight and surprise, he wrote a handwritten letter to me. He advised that I surround myself with three kinds of people if I hoped to lead a fulfilling life. He believed it is important to be able to teach those who seek your advice and knowledge. At the same time, it is important to be with your peers in order to share the knowledge you have accrued with them. Likewise, it is important to be with individuals who have attained mastery of their art and work. You have much to learn from them.

I would like to apply Wilder’s concept of human flourishing to be the basis for sound advice to other authors.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Interview with Kathleen Stone

Kathleen Stone has been a freelance writer since 1999 and now writes full time. Her work has appeared in Doll World Magazine,, The Lake County Journals,; USA Today (travel), (lifestyle), Essortment, eHow, Answerbag,, Suite101 and YahooVoices. She is the author of Whispers On A String and the Head Case Rock Novel Series, which includes Head Case and its sequels, Whiplash and Haven. She also has short stories published in the Secrets: Fact or Fiction I & II anthologies.



About the Book

What happens when your soul is bound to another before you were ever born? Lonny and Roo have been best friends since they met in high school in 1975 at the age of fourteen. Same last name, same birthdate, they were attached at the hip; rarely was one seen without the other. Together they navigate through their emotional high school years, but nothing prepares the naive teenagers for the real world ahead of them. Now on the cusp of their fiftieth birthday, Lonny finds Roo broke and alone and convinces her to leave with him on a cross country road trip from New York to Las Vegas, hoping to set her on a new path in life. Told exclusively by Roo, follow the friends back and forth through their unique relationship — experience the loss of innocence, career and life choices that separate and unite them, and unspeakable events that nearly destroy them. It’s a love only they understand, as well as the unbreakable bond that forever ties them together. Is it possible they are only capable of loving each other?


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Can you tell us what your new book is about?

My new book, Whispers On A String, is about the lifelong friendship between Lonny and Roo, who met each other at the age of fourteen just entering high school in 1975. Their souls are bound to each other, best friends with the same birthdate and same last name. Nothing prepares the naive teenagers for the real world ahead of them, and many things fight to keep them apart, but they always find their way back to each other. Fear and insecurity keeps them from revealing their true feelings for each other, and unspeakable events nearly destroy them, but they share an unbreakable bond that forever ties them together.

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

Lonny and Roo are shy, awkward teenagers when they meet at the age of fourteen. Roo is a redhead covered in freckles and Lonny is a long-haired guitar player who only plays in his room. They both come from nice, wholesome families and are unprepared for the real world ahead of them. As best friends they share everything together — their insecurities, their fears, their deepest secrets. But the one thing they’re too fearful to share is their feelings for each other, and it haunts them for most of their lives.

Your book is set in Chicago and Los Angeles. Can you tell us why you chose this location in particular?

Whispers On A String is set in the suburbs of Chicago and Los Angeles. I chose the Chicago area because it is one that I am familiar with, growing up in its northern suburbs, and Los Angeles was chosen because that’s where Lonny’s career path takes him when he joins a rock band to become their lead guitarist.

How long did it take you to write your book?

I began writing this book in August 2018 and finished in March 2019, so seven months total. It’s the first book I wrote as a full time writer and it was refreshing to have something written so quickly. When I was working full time I would squeeze writing in whenever I had free time, so it seemed to take years to finish anything.

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

Quitting my job of twenty-three years to become a full time writer was the scariest thing I’ve ever done, but it was definitely pivotal in changing my writing life. While it’s still scary and unpredictable, I have the freedom to write all day every day and that’s all a writer ever really wishes for.

What kind of advice would you give other fiction authors?

No matter what, never give up!  Never stop writing and never be too fearful to put your work out there. There will always be an audience for your unique piece of art, and with hard work you will gain your own personal following who can’t wait for your next novel.

Friday, March 27, 2020

A Bookish Word or Two: 5 Things You Should Know About Monsterland by Michael Okon

5 Things YouShould Know About Monsterland
By Michael Okon
1.      I came up with the idea of Monsterland – a theme park with real werewolves, vampires and zombies – while watching a\ classic movie marathon one weekend with my kids. I figured if they made a theme park with dinosaurs, why haven’t they done it with zombies. I called my brother and he said is has to be all the monsters. I started writing that night.

2.      Monsterland was originally self-published in 2015. It was later chosen as my first published book with WordFire Press. The self-published version and published version are very different.

3.      Monsterland was optioned by Kerner Entertainment, the same company that produced The Mighty Ducks and Smurfs franchises. They hired two Disney screenwriters who pitched me their take on Monsterland. After 2 years, the option ran out.

4.      Monsterland is the first book in series of 6 books. The sequel Monsterland Reanimated came out in 2018. The third book, Monsterland Beneath is currently at 100k words, the largest of the series. I’m currently working on book 4. 

5.      The Monsterland series has every monster possible. The first book is werewolves, vampires, and zombies. Monsterland Reanimated has The Glob, mummies, and a reanimated monster.  Monsterland Beneath has The Kraken, Killer Clowns, and Giants.

About the Author
Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.
Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.


About the Book:
Welcome to Monsterland—the scariest place on Earth.Wyatt Baldwin’s senior year is not going well. His parents divorce, then his dad mysteriously dies. He’s not exactly comfortable with his new stepfather, Carter White, either. An ongoing debate with his best friends Melvin and Howard Drucker over which monster is superior has gotten stale. He’d much rather spend his days with beautiful and popular Jade. However, she’s dating the brash high-school quarterback Nolan, and Wyatt thinks he doesn’t stand a chance. But everything changes when Wyatt and his friends are invited to attend the grand opening of Monsterland, a groundbreaking theme park where guests can interact with vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by werewolves on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.With real werewolves, vampires and zombies as the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?


“Michael Okon crafts a fabulous novel with unique, unforgettable characters. …The world building was done fabulously. There were believable backgrounds that explain how it could be possible for there to be a world that had not only vampires, but also werewolves and zombies, excuse me, the vitality-challenged. It all comes together seamlessly as the plot lines converge to make for an explosive ending.” – Devouring Books 2017, blogspot

“I can assure you of this: you will not be disappointed. Nor will you sleep well at night for a while, either. But isn’t that the mark of a master storyteller! Hat’s off to Michael Okon” – Theodore Jerome Cohen, Author of “House of Cards: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Martelli NYPD, #2)”

“As this book deserves not only top of the New York Times bestseller list but on the big screen as well. The moment I began to read my world was transformed and I was living through the novel.” – Carey Hurst, Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero Mom

“First rate YA fiction with a monsterous twist. Highly recommended.” – Richard Schwindt, author of “The Death in Sioux Lookout Trilogy”

“Okon does a fantastic job of creating distinct personalities for the different monsters. The vampires are sly and cunning while the werewolves are weary and brooding. Even the zombies have some personality, albeit it’s only shown through thoughts they struggle to string together.” – Alejandro Ramos,

“I enjoyed the beautiful prose, the great characters, and the exciting plot. It’s hard to read this novel without getting emotionally involved.” – Divine Zape, Readers’ Favortie (Five Star Review)

“I think MONSTERLAND provides something different for the YA category that really isn’t otherwise present, not only in type of story but in teen/adult relationships.” –, Blog Tour

“This book has a charm often lost in supernatural stories. Michael Okon sets a brilliant scene where you can hear and see the world coming to life before your eyes. You don’t read this book, you live it. .. Monsterland makes for a fun yet harrowing horror read, with injections of comedy, and masterful execution.” – K.J. Simmill (5 Star Review)

Monsterland Awards

  • 2017 Readers’ Favorite Five Star Review
  • Feathered Quill Book Awards 2018 – Science Fiction/Fantasy – Second Place
  • Feathered Quill Book Awards 2018 – Teen Fiction, Graphic/Anime (13-18 years) – First Place
  • The Feathered Quill, The Write Companion Award for Best Overall Top Pick
  • 2018 Shelf Unbound – Notable
  • 2018 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner in the Young Adult – Horror genre
  • 2019 International Book Awards – Fiction: Fantasy – Finalist
  • 2020 Feathered Quill Book Awards – Gold/1st Place – Best of Backlist


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Monday, March 23, 2020

Book Blast! THE MOCKING MAN by Leslie Georgeson

We're happy to host the book blast for THE MOCKING MAN by romantic suspense author Leslie Georgeson. Leslie is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Be sure to enter on form below and good luck!

By Leslie Georgeson
Romantic Suspense

THE PACT: Two friends. One pact. A dangerous plan with an elaborate deception. In a world where they must rely on each other to survive, how far will each of them go to honor the pact?

The Mocking Man:


Not a word I would have associated with myself fifteen years ago. Back then I was innocent and carefree, a teenage boy with big dreams.

Then my best friend Rafe was kidnapped, and my world fell apart. I foolishly thought I could save him.

I was wrong.

Now my entire life is a web of deceit. My every breath tainted by lies. I don’t like what I’ve become. But it’s essential for my very survival.

My job now is to stay in the shadows and keep Rafe’s sister Isabella safe. She can’t even know I’m here.

Then danger lurks closer. Somehow, I must protect her while keeping my secret.

But I get so caught up in my own twisted game that I eventually make a terrible mistake.

Now she’s a part of the pact. And I can’t let her go.

But what kind of life can I give her if I can never be anything more than the mocking man?

***This series is a romantic suspense duet. Book 1 is Alex’s story, and Book 2 is Rafe’s story. Each is a separate romance with an HEA (and no cliffhangers). However, events from book 1 lead to events in book 2. Therefore, it is recommended that they be read in order to get the full story. These books contain strong language, adult situations, and dark subject matters. Recommended for readers ages 18 and up.***

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Mr. Wilson could be watching me right now through the video surveillance he’d mentioned.
Be very careful, Izzy. You could go to jail if you get caught. 
My boss’s words about being unethical flashed through my mind. What I was contemplating now wasn’t ethical at all. It was dishonest. Wrong.
But I needed to find out if Alex was alive. I needed to find the mocking man. And I needed to do it today. So while Mr. Wilson slept, I was going to quietly snoop while I cleaned, and see if I could find something that might give me answers.
Video surveillance be dammed. If I moved around just right, carrying my supplies and acting like I was cleaning, then he wouldn’t know I was snooping, right?
A half hour later, I’d searched through this entire side of the villa and found no evidence suggesting Alex Davies might live here. Was I wasting my time here? Was Alex truly dead?
I tiptoed back into the kitchen. Then I went around past the sunroom area and down a separate hallway, checking each room. Nothing.
The last door to my right was closed. The sun wasn’t all the way up yet, so it was still a bit dark in the hallway. As I drew nearer, it became apparent the “closed” door actually stood slightly ajar. Just a crack. As if someone had forgotten to close it all of the way.
For some reason, that small opening called to me, saying, “Come check me out. There are secrets in here.”
And I fell for it. Hook, line, and sinker.
I gravitated toward the opening, eager to see beyond, taking no heed to my inner warnings that shrieked, curiosity killed the cat, Izzy. Be careful.
Gently pressing on the door, I pushed it open.
The room was shrouded in darkness, the curtains drawn.
A sense of eeriness crept over me as I tried to make out what I was seeing.
I stumbled back, a scream erupting from my throat.
What the…crap was that?

Leslie Georgeson writes romance and suspense, sometimes with a dash of sci-fi or paranormal tossed in to make things more interesting. She is the author of the military romantic suspense series, THE DREGS, which was nominated for the 2018 TopShelf Indie Book Awards. Her other titles include the UNLIKELY HEROES series, the UNDERNEATH series, the standalone romantic mystery, NO SON OF MINE, and the newly released romantic suspense duet, THE PACT. Book one, The Mocking Man, is now available on Amazon and book two, The Honest Liar, is scheduled for an early June 2020 release. Leslie lives with her husband and daughter on a quiet country acreage in Idaho.



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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Character Guest Post: Penelope (Poppy) Arrington of A.S. Fenichel's THE EARL NOT TAKEN #characterday

Today is character guest post day! We have Penelope (Poppy) Arrington from A.S. Fenichel's THE EARL NOT TAKEN. Enjoy!

Thank you for having me here today. My name is Lady Penelope but my friends all call me Poppy. I thought I might tell you a bit about myself. I’m one and twenty years old. At the age of fifteen, my bad behavior caused my parents to send me away to finishing school. I spent three years at The Wormbattle School for Young Ladies. I thought this would be the end of life as I knew it, but it turned out to be the best thing. I met three other girls who have become my closest friends. Mercy, Aurora and Faith are like sisters to me.

Aurora’s brother, Rhys is helping me with a bit of a problem at the moment. You see, Faith is about to be married off to someone we know little about. He’s a duke, but that doesn’t make him a good man. We learned that after Aurora’s terrible marriage. I’m afraid that’s a story for another time. My issue is that Rhys grates on my nerves. He is arrogant and far too good looking for anyone’s good. I don’t see how we can possibly work together with what I know about him. I’ve seen too much to ever believe Rhys Draper a good man. However, I must find a way, because we must save Faith if she indeed needs saving.

The other issue is that this duke who is arranged to marry Faith is quite elusive. He keeps things very close to the breast, and we can’t seem to find out what he’s been up to these last few years. Rhys asked questions at his men’s club, but no one knew a thing. I plan to interrogate the Duke of Breckenridge and find out all his secrets before I’ll allow my dear friend to marry him.

That might sound a bit forward for a lady, but it’s what must be done and I won’t let anyone stand in my way.

Left standing on the side while their contemporaries marry into society, four young ladies forge a bond to guard each other from a similar fate . . .

Finishing school failed to make a proper lady of Penelope Arrington. But as a Wallflower of West Lane, Poppy has a far more vital role—she and her three best friends have made a pact to protect each other from the clutches of dangerous, disreputable men. So when one of them is about to be married off to a duke sight unseen, Poppy makes it her mission to divine the prospective husband’s true character. If only she didn’t require the aid of London’s most unsuitable rake.

Rhys Draper, Earl of Marsden, has known the headstrong Poppy since she was a young girl, naïve to the ways of men. To her eternal chagrin—and to his vague amusement—they have been at odds over the memory of their embarrassing first encounter all these years. Now, with his services in need, Rhys sees a chance to finally clear the air between them. Instead, he is surprised by the heat of their feelings. If the two do not tread carefully, they may end up in a most agreeably compromising position . . .


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A.S. Fenichel gave up a successful IT career in New York City to pursue her lifelong dream of being a professional writer. She adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in Missouri with her real-life hero, her wonderful husband and two temperamental cats.


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Character Guest Post: JB Straton of Brit Lunden's THE KNOWING #characterday

Today is character guest post day! We have JB Straton from Brit Lunden's THE KNOWING. Enjoy!

Host- Hi JB, how’s it going?

JB- Been hard since my wife passed. I can’t seem to get interested in much right now.

Host- Yes, that’s a common problem when you lose somebody. But there is so much going on in Bulwark right now.

JB- Nothing new there. Bulwark’s been a hotbed of weird activity for as long as I can remember. Strange things going on, but Sheriff Finnes ‘s got a good handle on it. I’m not worried.

Host- What happened?

JB- Crazy couple stalled their car in a puddle of goo. I went to the trouble of hauling their sorry butts out and then…(face gets mad and he’s angry)

Host- Yes?

JB- They had the nerve to call my dear, sweet Ellie a witch!

Host- What? A witch? Care to explain?

JB- L:ook, I’m not saying there’s not something strange happening down Linden Lane way. Always told my kids to stay away from there. But a sweeter woman this side of the Mason-Dixon line you’ll never meet. That was my wife. She was a Northerner, you know. Moved here from Connecticut during high school.

Host- That must have been hard for her, what in the sixties?

JB- You bet. She didn’t mix well, but I gotta tell you, the minute I first saw her, well… I knew we were supposed to be together. I had the Knowing, you see.

Host- Actually, I don’t. Just what is the knowing?
(Wolves begin to howl in the background. The reporter shifts uncomfortably.)

JB- Darn wolves. I don’t know where they came from, but they’ve been popping up all over town recently. Told Sheriff-

Host- JB, the knowing?

JB- Oh, yeah. the knowing. My grandma told me about it when I first met Ellie. It’s this feeling, like you’ve been there before, or you know someone. The minute I saw Ellie, our eyes met, and I knew she had it too.

Host- That’s beautiful.

JB- I’ll tell you what’s beautiful, my friend. Finding your soulmate and beating the odds to be together.

Host- Was it hard for the two of you?

JB- That’s what the story is all about. Everyone objected. I was a dirt-poor peanut farmer, she came from wealth. We were not from the same world, yet, we both had the same dreams, as if we had lived together before.

Host- Can you tell me about them.

JB- It’s a short book! Go read the story and tell me if you’re not moved!
(Knocking at the door.) Look, I gotta go. It’s that nosy reporter Dayna Dalton. I’m not talking anymore to anyone else!

Inside the book

Bulwark- a wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth from the outside world. Bulwark, Georgia, isolated, hidden. Who knows what strange things can happen when the rest of the world can’t see you? JB Stratton is alone in the world, and all he has left are the memories of his beloved Ellie. Dirt poor JB and wealthy Ellie feel an instant connection that is as intense and primal as the blood red earth of their home. Unseen roots connect them, pulling them into an impossible relationship. Will the memories of past lives help or hinder the path of their love? Based on the original novella Bulwark, by Brit Lunden, The Knowing continues the story of a town isolated from
the rest of the world where the impossible becomes plausible, and logic is determined by reality.
“THE KNOWING is a wonderfully written romance, a time-hopping supernatural mystery, and an all-around good time–a worthy addition to Brit Lunden’s Bulwark anthology.” – Lisa Butts for IndieReader
“Lunden’s characters feel real, and their interactions make the story work quite well. Her plot is engaging and suitably dark, making this an entertaining urban fantasy tale. The Knowing: A Bulwark Anthology is a well written and engrossing read. It’s most highly recommended.” – Jack Magnus, Readers’ Favorite
“Romance devotees looking for a quick, colorful read should consider The Knowing, which might spark interest in checking out the preceding novella and other installments in the Bulwark Anthology, all of which are currently available in paperback and ebook.” – BlueInk Reviews
An interesting read and wonderful first addition to what seems to be an anthology with much promise. – Insatiable Readers (blog)
The skillful storytelling brings the characters to life and provides a highly immersive reading experience… I strongly urge you to read Brit Lunden’s original novella Bulwark as well, which sets the stage for all the characters in the anthology and offers more excitement for fans of paranormal thrillers. – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest (blog)

The Knowing, as its title suggests, makes a compelling pull in such a short space of pages, absolutely filled with emotion and conveying a powerfully romantic story line in sharp contrast to the previous book, but also very fitting of the town and its tone. Readers seeking an immersive new series where they can experience all different story types within the same, dark mysterious world are certain to love The Knowing and the Bulwark Anthology in general.” – K. C. Finn, Readers’ Favorite
“The story is brief yet impactful as the details included and the images they paint are emotionally evocative. The wisdom of characters such as Bear Bryant shines through and adds a beautiful touch to the already delightful love story. The intensity of JB and Ellie’s relationship plus the paranormal aspects of their story makes it even more enthralling. The Knowing by Brit Lunden is a well-told tantalizing read.” – Edith Wairimu, Readers’ Favorite
“It is a beautifully written love story encompassing the present, past, and even past lives. It is a romance with a hint of the supernatural. It is well written with a level of area building and character development often unseen in shorter books. It was easy to read this in one sitting; the story is sweet, intriguing, and sometimes moving. It has certainly piqued my interest in other books by this author, especially the Bulwark, from which this story stems. ” – K.J. Simmill, Readers’ Favorite
“The engaging tale’s centerpiece is the teens’ romance, with a Southern setting the author masterfully captures… The unadorned prose and concise descriptions make for a quick read all the way to the bittersweet ending… A short but undeniably charming love story.” – Kirkus Reviews 
“When two people find each other and then lose each other, it sometimes takes extraordinary happenings to bring them back together. “The Knowing” is a quick little story underwritten with the paranormal, and this keeps readers guessing. What could possibly go wrong in this strange world?” – Long And Short Reviews
“For those readers looking for a fast-paced paranormal mystery novel with excellent, vivid descriptive elements, this is a great choice for you. I believe that Brit Lunden’s works are destined to become a classic in paranormal short story fiction.” – Patricia Lynn Dompieri, Lemon Bee & Other Peculiar Tales


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meet the author

Brit Lunden is a prolific author who’s written over 50 books in assorted genres under different pen names. Bulwark was her first effort in adult fiction and was chosen by several of her fellow authors as the basis for a new series, A Bulwark Anthology.  Using her characters, they are creating new denizens in spin-off stories to this bizarre town. Brit Lunden lives on Long Island in a house full of helpful ghosts.


Monday, March 16, 2020

A Man's Late Night Thoughts by J. Richman

By J. Richman

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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“introspection requires us to be an interested spectator of our own life.” …can this me be a better me…what happens when unimportant me wants to be important me...can anyone understand us and love us anyway…why must we clutch desperately to or fantasy…what happens when we need for from life than is you frolic  and run with the deer in deer hunting season?...not to worry it’s all in the grand plan that you can change anytime.”

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.