Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Interview with Fantasy Romance Author Brit Lunden

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.


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Author: Brit Lunden
Publisher: Chelshire, Inc.
Pages: 128
Genre: Fantasy/Romance

Reporter Dayna Dalton’s reputation has been ruined since birth. The daughter of wild child, Becky Dalton, is expected to follow her mother’s footsteps; never given a chance to prove she’s different. Dana’s been in love with Clay Finnes since she was a teenager. Her unrequited love for Sheriff Finnes leaves her empty. He’s happily married and unavailable. Instead, Dayna finds herself stuck in the revolving door of bad relationships. But this is Bulwark, Georgia, a town where strange things are always happening. Dayna is doomed to this loveless life until she can find someone who will appreciate the depth of her character. Can she overcome her fears and look beyond her own perceptions to accept a greater love?



Can you tell us what your new book is about? 

The Devil and Dayna Dalton is part of an anthology about the strange town of Bulwark, where strange things happen. I felt Dayna got an unjust rap in the first book and wanted people to understand life from her shoes.

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

Dayna’s bright and strong. A brilliant Georgetown graduate, she is stuck in her old hometown. Her life is a revolving door of lousy relationships because she’s been in love her whole life with the unattainable Sherrif Clay Finnes.

Becky Dalton- Dayna’s boozy demanding mother who picks on her every chance she gets. She won’t name Dayna’s father. With her history, it could be anyone.

Mrs. Sweetpea- Dayna’s former sitter has landed in the condo next to hers. Something powerful and definitely creepy is going on with her.

The stranger- he could be the answer to Dayna’s needs and dreams.

Your book is set in Bulwark, Georgia. Can you tell us why you chose this location in particular? 

I created Bulwark in my imagination. It is what I think an isolated town would be like in rural Georgia.

How long did it take you to write your book?

Three days.

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

Getting published as an indie, and then being paid to publish with a publisher.

What kind of advice would you give other authors? 

Stay with it. Don’t quit your day job, and enjoy the ride.

Interview with Noir Crime Thriller Author Preston Howard

Preston Howard has retired from his rewarding profession as a labor lawyer, where he represented law enforcement officers not only in Texas but across the country. As a renowned expert, he spoke at meetings and conferences about topical labor law issues not only in the United States, but in other countries as well.  He now lives in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he spends his time writing novels.
His first book, “The Sheltering Palms,” was highly praised. One reviewer said, “…had me hooked right from the start.” Another person wrote, “…storytelling at its best.”

His latest effort, “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied,” tracks his struggles with retirement: a divorce from his wife, alcoholism, and thoughts of murder either of the president or three corrupt police offices he represented ten years before. As he wrestles with these concerns, he also dips his foot into the dating scene, meeting an attractive senior lady. As in his first novel, Preston Howard’s observations about the human condition are hilarious and on point.

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Author: Preston Howard & Anne Howard
Publisher: PHP
Pages: 335
Genre: Noir Crime Thriller

Retired attorney Preston Howard obsesses about the newly elected, bombastic and narcissistic president, and three corrupt Austin police officers whom he represented and saved from capital murder charges and execution ten years before. After his wife divorces him and his drinking reaches gargantuan proportions, Howard’s thoughts turn to murderous impulses as the only way he can stamp out one, or both of his fixations. Howard and his co-author, daughter Anne Howard, tell the story, often with hilarious observations, of compulsion, addiction, love, and in the end, the search for justice.

“I thought Preston Howard’s first book was terrific, but Justice Delayed is Justice Denied is a home run! One of the best books I’ve read in years.” – John P. Davis, Knoxville, Tennessee
“Preston Howard’s writing and insights into politics and the legal system keep getting better and better. Justice Delayed is hilarious and on point!” – Amy Margulies, Austin, Texas

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Can you tell us what your new book is about? 

 Austin, Texas attorney Preston Howard recently retired, his wife divorced him, and his drinking has taken on gargantuan proportions. If that wasn’t enough, he has what can best be described as murder-lust. He fixates about president Trump, whom he believes is a threat to our country. And he obsesses about three corrupt Austin police detectives he saved from a capital murder charges ten years before. The story includes a tense, absorbing trial of the three detectives.   Preston buys a .38 Special, and there are several hilarious scenes at an Austin gun range. But he can’t decide whether he wants to kill the president or the three cops. A love interest spices up the tale considerably. In the end, he makes a decision on how he plans to use the .38, which is the climax of the tale. The book deals with murder, alcoholism, and love; and Preston continues to make sardonic and often lewd observations, just like in his first novel The Sheltering Palms, about politics, news commentators, religion, and the human condition. In addition to Preston Howard and his co-author and daughter Anne Howard, the other main characters are Tony Nelson, his close friend and former investigator at his firm, and George Robards, a lady who is attracted to Preston but refuses at first to become involved with him due to his excessive delight with Pinot Noir and dirty vodka martinis. Other supporting characters include his former law partner Conrad Diamond, his other sons Kyle, Preston Junior, and Don/Dawn, a transitioned man/woman, and his ex-wife Donna.  

Your book is set in Austin, Texas. Can you tell us why you chose this location in particular? 

 The story takes place mainly in Austin, Texas, which is where Preston has lived and practiced law for many years. The city holds a special place in his heart, a vibrant city that developed over the years from a sleepy little town into a megalopolis. Austin was also the location of his first novel, The Sheltering Palms. Some of the Austin landmarks mentioned in the new book are the Texas Chili Parlor (also the scene of Tarantino’s movie Grindhouse-Death Proof, Heroes and Legacies cigar shop (now defunct), and the soon-to-arrive MLS soccer arena and team.  

How long did it take you to write your book? 

My first novel, The Sheltering Palms, took several years, only because I was employed at the time. Being retired now, Justice Delayed is Justice Denied only took about eighteen months. And that was with much traveling to hang out with my brood of children and grandkids. But being an obsessive type, I labored away as often as possible.  

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

I actually wrote three professional books, several monographs, and articles about police unions during my career; and realized during that time that I truly enjoyed sitting down and putting words to paper. So as my retirement loomed, I decided to take a stab at novels, thus my first book The Sheltering Palms became the result.  

 What kind of advice would you give other authors? 

 My first novel was fictional autobiography, but his current book, Justice Delayed is Justice Denied, is a departure from the first one. This story can be best described as a noir crime thriller.   My best advice to aspiring or actual authors is to stick with. Disciple is key, and doubt about where your story is headed will impede your result as well. Finally, when you complete your book, think about the next one. I am already devloping the next novel!

Tetrastatum by Dr. Richard & Tim Smith

Author: Dr. Richard & Tim Smith
Publisher: Epigraph Publishing
Pages: 300
Genre: Time Travel Thriller

In their debut novel TETRASTATUM, authors Dr. Richard and Tim Smith combine heady concepts about the universe with a thrilling science fiction story about the search for a new kind of time travel. The result is a stunning mixture of dense cosmology and old-fashioned storytelling that will appeal to a wide readership, from science professionals to lay fans of science fiction.

“Dr. Richard” and “Tim Smith” are the pseudonyms of Dr. Richard Connor and Marcus Rodriguez, respectively.

TETRASTATUM (‘the fourth state’) is the culmination of my 30 years working in the field of photonics,” Dr. Richard says. “I am an avid reader of sci-fi, and I wanted to create a new type of work that is both educational and entertaining in the genre. TETRASTATUM gives the reader a unique understanding of the existing laws of physics and extends them to provoke further thought from novice readers as well as advanced experts in the field.”

Kirkus Reviews notes that “authors Dr. Richard and Smith … tell their cerebral story with a heady mix of dense theory and absurdist humor.”

The Independent Review of Books declares:  TETRASTATUM is like nothing you have ever read before. This is an impressive work of science fiction …”

The San Francisco Book Review adds that, “These recurring themes of characterization and distortion feed into the concern that is being voiced over the current state of our political climate...The layering of these themes is ultimately what gives TETRASTATUM a relevance that will keep readers turning pages and asking questions.”

“The book ultimately explains how human perceptions alter the future and puts forth a model based on quantum physics to explain ‘reality’,” Dr. Richard continues.  He calls science fiction “the perfect genre to explore socio-political ideas within the context of futuristic technologies and scientific theories.”

Dr. Richard and Smith are currently working with Norith Soth on adapting TETRASTATUM into a screenplay. Mr. Soth has penned work for Justin Lin (“Fast and Furious”), Stephen Chin (“War Dogs”), and Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”).

Book Excerpt:

“Well, Dr. Smith, your colleague…uhm, whom you claim is watching us on some monitor-type device, has quite an imagination.  Images, imagination, create that which brings wonder into the realm of understanding.  I concede that I didn’t contemplate the idea of two spheres and two sets of waves when I derived my equations.  I missed the duality, nature’s constant.  But I confirm that this appears to be mathematically accurate and a plausible theory as to the nature of reality, itself.”  –Dr. Erwin Schrödinger


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About the Author

Dr. Richard has been involved in the field of Photonics for over 30 years. He received his BA in physics (honors) from the University of California Fullerton. He was in a full scholarship PhD program in physics at the University of California Irvine and a PhD program in philosophy at Claremont Graduate School. Dr. Richard completed his two dissertations (involving human interpretations of laser and electro-optical images) while under top secret clearance. He also has an advanced placement teaching credential, an advanced certification (from the University of Wisconsin) in laser and optical design; and other advanced certifications in fiber optics, computer programming, technology business development, financial products, dance, anatomy and physiology. 





Monday, November 11, 2019

Character Guest Post: Sal from William M. Hayes' SAVE HIM

Today is character guest post day!  We have Sal of William M. Hayes' new book, SAVE HIM, with us today. Welcome, Sal!


Hey, Sal here. Wow, look at you Tilly at As the Page Turns, ya hacked a military computer here that's supposed to be secure, asking for a "character guest post written by your author." Not sure why my boss, you know him as William M. Hayes, sent this to me, but the last mission out would make a whopper of a story, one you would never believe. Well, you gone and stepped into some real shit here. I'm a member of an elite military group that neither you— nor the world—has ever heard of before. And never will. So, Tilly, sorry to be the bearer of bad-ass news, but it's kinda out of my hands now. Here's a list of what's gonna happen:

1) You will be tracked down (helicopters are on route, have your position, and you will never hear them when they land).

2) You will be interrogated for months (just messing with you, maybe a day or two tops).

3) Um…you look like you're about to bolt. Yes, I can see you. I wouldn't run if I were you. These guys love it when you run. By car or if you actually decide to run, they will jump out of the helicopters and hunt you down. Yeah, the ones coming for you are all equipped with bodysuits that make you into a sort of flying squirrel.


Yep. You just heard me speaking out of thin air. The voice didn't come from your computer…it came from behind you. Hey, how about that—not only can I see you—I can now talk to you wherever and whenever I want. This one time, we hunted down this terrorist to his location. Not only was he a terrorist, he was also a human trafficking asshole and a black magic/devil worshiper. Triple threat, right? Anyway, we used air-voice (as we call it) and had him think he was being visited by one of the demons he worshiped. A demon called Malik, or Mailt, something like that. I can't remember. It's all fun and games until a real demon shows up for your soul. So this terrorist prick ran around to almost every room in the place he was holed up in to escape the voices and finally soiled himself, I shit you not. The one room he never tried to hide in to escape the voices was inside the bathroom. After that, he was easy to take down—guy was actually relieved to see us when we stormed his place. Sorry, rambling a little…here's what's next:

4) You will be taking a ride tonight to a military lab. No worries, it's all good. The place is awesome. It has all these levels. Three levels alone for the personnel working there to unwind. We are talking hot tubs, ping pong tables, a basketball court—yep you heard me right, a basketball court inside! There's also a room with a stocked bar and a pool table.

5) They are outside your door now. Just stay calm. I'll see you in a bit. We'll shoot some 8-ball before they question you, swap some stories. And don’t stress, you'll return to your normal life. And you won't remember a thing about what has happened tonight or the day or two of interrogations to come. We'll be using one of our wacky projects on you to make you forget everything about your upcoming stay at the lab. Some out-of-this-world technology going on in the remote woods of Masonville at Genesis.

6) Oops, I mentioned the town and the name of the lab. Ah…hell…it doesn't matter. You and your computer will never remember this night again.

See ya soon, your new friend Sal 

Inside the book

Save Him 3
Author: William M. Hayes
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 245
Genre: Military Faith-based Thriller

Rydel Scott, a brilliant scientist working at a secret military lab, accidentally discovers a form of time travel while working on a project designed to save wounded soldiers in the field. Rydel’s sister, a woman of faith, tells Rydel on her deathbed that she has received a message from God. The message—save Jesus Christ from the cross.

And Rydel Scott travels back in time to do just that.

It is believed even the smallest change to the past can cause catastrophic repercussions for future generations. An elite military unit is sent back in time to hunt Rydel down before he can alter history and possibly kill millions in the process.

The unit and its commanding officers, Colonel John Adams and Unit Commander Ray Catlin, become divided. Catlin, a devout Catholic, claims he witnessed a miracle by Jesus upon arrival in Jerusalem and fervently believes in Rydel’s mission. Adams hasn’t believed in God since he was a boy and his only concern is the safety of the people in the present. They must now choose between the fate of Christ and the fate of present-day mankind.

They must decide if they will Save Him.

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William M. Hayes lives with his beautiful family in a small suburb in New York. His passion for writing became apparent in his twenties, and he dreams of retiring to a secluded beach house where he can write all day.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Guest post: "Making Characters Interesting," by Brooks Eason, Author of 'Fortunate Son'

When I started writing my memoir, Fortunate Son – the Story of Baby Boy Francis, I knew it had potential because the story was fascinating. It also happened to be true.

I was adopted as an infant, had wonderful parents and a wonderful childhood, never searched for my birth mother, and never would have. I learned her identity and the story of my birth only because of litigation initiated in four courts in two states in an effort to identify and find me. The lawyers who were looking didn’t know who or where I was, but they knew my birth mother’s son had a potential claim to the fortune left by her grandfather, who owned oil wells all over the country as well as the only facility in the Western Hemisphere that made fluoride for toothpaste.

A week after I learned about the circumstances of my birth, my first grandchild was born under almost identical circumstances. My birth mother got pregnant in the fall of her freshman year of college, my daughter in the fall of her sophomore year. The circumstances were the same, but the times were not. My daughter, unlike my mother, got to keep her baby, who’s grown into an extraordinary young lady.

So I knew I had the makings of a good story. The challenge was to get readers who didn’t know any of the main characters – my parents, birth mother, daughter, granddaughter, and me – to care about us, find us interesting, and feel that they knew us. To achieve this, I decided to include anecdotes about all of us. Some of the anecdotes are no longer than a sentence or two, but I chose them because I thought they revealed something important about us.

My adoptive mother had a wonderful sense of humor, and I wrote that she loved to dress up at Halloween, put on a mask, get down on her knees, and trick the neighbors into thinking she was a child wanting candy.

My adoptive father was the finest man I've ever known and also one of the most modest. I wrote that he said he volunteered for the Navy in World War II because in the Army you had to sleep on the ground, but after the war ended he served as a Boy Scout leader for 60 years and spent more than 1,000 nights sleeping on the ground in a tent.

My birth mother had to surrender me for adoption when she was only eighteen and never saw me again. I wrote about her late-night conversations with her sister years later when she wondered what had become of the baby she had to give away, the baby she knew by then would be her only child.

My daughter, who made the brave decision to have and keep my granddaughter, was mature and fearless from the beginning. I wrote that she modeled children's clothes when she was four, walking down the runway as instructed, and was chosen the same year to be the barker in her preschool circus. No nerves, no fear, and everyone heard every word. She was never a quiet child; still isn't.

My beautiful granddaughter, like her mother, is precocious and inquisitive about the world. I wrote that, exactly 20 years after my daughter was the circus barker, my granddaughter played the same role in the same circus. Not long afterwards, she asked me one day, “Papa, am I taller than a penguin?” At the time she was taller than some but shorter than others, but now she's taller than all of them, even the Emperor, the tallest penguin on Earth.   


Brooks Eason loves stories, reading and writing them, hearing and telling them. He also loves music, dogs, and campfires as well as his family and friends. His latest book is Fortunate Son – the Story of Baby Boy Francis, an amazing memoir about his adoption, discovery of the identity of his birth mother, and much more.

Eason has practiced law in Jackson for more than 35 years but has resolved to trade in writing briefs for writing books.  He lives with his wife Carrie and their two elderly rescue dogs, Buster and Maddie, and an adopted stray cat named Count Rostov for the central character in A Gentleman in Moscow, the novel by Amor Towles.  In their spare time, the Easons host house concerts, grow tomatoes, and dance in the kitchen.  Eason, who has three children and four grandchildren, is also the author of Travels with Bobby - Hiking in the Mountains of the American West about hiking trips with his best friendVisit Brooks online at  WordCrafts Press is an independent publishing company headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. Visit WordCrafts online at

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Interview with Contemporary Romance Author Linda West

Linda West is a multiple Amazon bestseller in clean wholesome and funny romance. Born near Niagara Falls NY Linda knows snow and small towns:)) She loves cats, books and her family.  Her Kissing Bridge Series features six adorable stand-alone holiday romances set in a Vermont quaint mountain town where love and magical recipes are featured.  Her latest release – My Billionaire Fake Fiance is an enemy to lovers Christmas romance that will leave you smiling and clapping. Simply romantic and filled with holiday joy sure to bring a smile to your heart.

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Author: Linda West
Publisher: Morning Mayan Publishing
Pages: 300
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Holiday Romance

He needs a fiance to seal the deal. She needs a Christmas miracle to save her home.
When tree activist Allie Archer is forced to strike up a deal with her nemesis the heir to Somerset Industries, the flurries of fate have a completely different plan than the one she counted on…

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Q: Thank you for this interview. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing background?

I’ve been writing stories since I could hold a pen. 

Q: What fact about yourself that would really surprise people?

I actually came from a hometown just like the adorable Kissing Bridge people want to move toJ

Q: How do you define success in regards to writing and publishing books? 

Getting letters from my happy fans and making a living is a true blessing as a writer. That said, I wouldn’t mind becoming a billionairess like JK so I can help the rainforest.

Q: Can you tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it? 

I wrote the book because I had the characters talking to me. Allie is broken but big hearted and I related to her need to save the world.

Q: When you are not writing, how do you relax?

I surf and read!

Q: Please tell us why we should read your book?

It’s really funny and super romantic, plus from what my Beta readers say they couldn’t put it down until it was doneJ

Q: What kind of advice would you give other authors just getting their feet wet?

Write more and always outline before starting any book.

A Bookish Word or Two: Jennifer Oneal Price Author of EmpowerEd #abookishword @jennoprice

On A Bookish Word or Two, we have a guest post from Jennifer Oneal Price, author of EmpowerEd. Jennifer gives us some very interesting facts about her new book!

EmpowerEd: Using Real Case Examples to Look Deeper into IEP Management is a resource book for parents who are tired of fighting with the school district to get an appropriate education for their child. As an attorney in private practice, I spend part of each day answering telephone calls and questions from parents who are frustrated over what their school is or is not doing for their child’s education. I have a disability rights practice, which includes a niche in special education law. My journey into this area of law, and ultimately the book, began as a prosecutor in the juvenile division.

A typical day in the family courthouse consisted of hallways filled with parents and children, allmwaiting anxiously to have their cases heard. Family dynamics can play a significant role in why a juvenile is actually in the juvenile court system. Another factor that some people don’t realize can be whether a person has a disability. Disabilities can play a factor in the juvenile court process because if a child has a behavioral disability, like ADHD, or a neurological/development disability like autism, certain things throughout the day may trigger conduct from them the teachers feel they can’t handle. Since many schools have juvenile probation officers and/or police officers within the school, it can become that much easier for a teacher to involve law enforcement in the situation, as opposed to trying to diffuse it, alone.

I left a District Attorney’s Office after seeing worst-case scenarios in juvenile court: when learning accommodations were not made, or plans were not implemented for children with disabilities. I realized that while these were similar stories told from different situations, the common thread in all of them was either IEP or 504 Service Agreement management. After I decided to go into private practice to focus on representing children with disabilities, I quickly learned there was a lack of information by many parents and educational advocates. At the same time, there was a constant desire for information and specifically, legal updates. That is why I decided to write this book. It is meant to be a guide and a starting point to understanding how to be a more effective advocate for your child’s educational rights. When I would speak at parent groups, providing legal updates, the parents were grateful but still weren’t sure exactly how to
use the information for their situation. This book was designed to require parents to think more critically and analytically about their situation, as well as understand how the school district is thinking. In understanding things from the school district’s perspective, parents can better strategize how to best advocate to get better results.

The book uses real court case examples to show the practical side of how courts have ruled on familiar issues. In the end, the goal is to set parents up for their child’s educational success. Some of the points the book addresses are: Child Find; Setting up the IEP for success; and Bullying.


About Jennifer

Jennifer Price is a special education attorney in the Pittsburgh metro area who has received awards for her legal skills and advocacy.  As a former prosecutor, Attorney Price is very familiar with the courts and believes in making sure every child has an opportunity to succeed both in school and in life.  Her boutique law firm provides services protecting and defending against abuses of the criminal justice system, as well as the educational systems.  With 10 years of experience, Attorney Price’s advocacy has resulted in successes, including getting criminal charges withdrawn, preventing children from getting expelled out of school and federal civil rights lawsuits. Aa a speaker, she has presented at seminars and workshops and has also made regular television appearances for her legal opinions.


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This book outlines the progressive steps taken to address the educational needs of an exceptional child. From the Child Find process to filing a Due Process complaint, courts have addressed many legal issues. This book goes through court cases on some key issues from 2018 with an included workbook-style composition section after the cases. Parents and educational advocates will be able to read the cases and use the Thought Questions and composition space to take notes to better analyze their own case and advocate for their child’s educational rights.


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