Friday, June 28, 2019

Playing Book Trivia with Greg Messel, Author of Dreams That Never Were

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Periodically, we scour the Internet for interesting authors who would like to play Book Trivia with us.  By answering our book trivia questions, we get to learn things about the author no one else knows!  So, let’s get ready…let’s play…Book Trivia!
Today our guest author is Greg Messel, author of the new historical fiction, Dreams That Never Were.  



Thank you for playing Book Trivia with us!  Here are your questions:

You have a chance to appear on the hit talent show for authors, American Book Idol, and the mighty judges will determine whether your book will make it to Hollywood and become a big screenplay.  What would impress them more – your book cover, an excerpt or your best review – and why?

I think my book cover would instantly attract their attention. I also think the subject matter would interest them. The assassination of Robert Kennedy seems to be something many people are ignorant about. Also 1968 was a turning point in the history of our country. 

You have five seconds to tell us who the greatest author of all time is.  In your opinion, who would that be?

I just re-read “The Great Gatsby.”  I’m not as fond of some of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s books but “The Great Gatsby” is a true work of art. 

A homeless man was caught stealing your book out of a bookstore.  When asked why he did it, he opened the book and pointed a passage out.  What was that passage?

It is a quote from Robert F. Kennedy that should give a down and out person some hope—“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”  We could all be kinder and more compassionate. 

You have been told your book has won one free year on a billboard in any one state.  What state do you feel would be best for your book and why?

California. The assassination occurs in Los Angeles and the main characters deal with the aftermath and the impact of the Vietnam War when they return to San Francisco. This book will be interesting to everyone but especially Baby Boomers in California

Finally, you just got word that your book has received the 2013 NY Times Bestselling Book Award and you have to attend the ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan.  Anyone who’s anyone will be there and it’s your shot for stardom.  On stage, you must give an acceptance speech.  What would you say and who would you thank?

The first person I would thank would be my wife who constantly encourages me and supports my writing. I’ve spend most of two years working on “Dreams That Never Were.” It is impossible to begin some a comprehensive writing project without having self doubt and becoming discouraged at times. I’m also grateful to the readers of m other ten books who have also been very complimentary and supportive. 

 Book Blurb:



“Some men see things as they are and say, ‘Why? I dream of things that never were and say, ‘Why not?” — Robert F. Kennedy

June 5, 1968:  Senator Robert F. Kennedy, then a candidate for President and victorious in the California primary, was mortally wounded by assassin Sirhan Sirhan as he exited the ballroom at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.  Innocent bystanders were also wounded, including young and idealistic Alex Hurley, a San Francisco reporter.

Swept up in the turbulent events of 1968, Alex is captivated both by the Presidential race and by Vietnam, where he had recently been a war correspondent.  His time in Vietnam had cost him his marriage and bitterly separated him from his own family.

Recovering from his wounds—physical and emotional—a new and surprising love restores his hope.
Part political thriller, part romance, Alex Hurley’s story in “Dreams That Never Were,” captures the turmoil of the day, set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and America’s wrenching response to it. This novel is the latest historical fiction from award winning author Greg Messel.

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About the Author:


Greg Messel grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and lives on the Puget Sound in Edmonds, Washington, with his wife, Jean DeFond. Dreams That Never Were is his 11th novel and is a historical fiction account of a young reporter caught up in the events surrounding the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. Greg has also written a series of mystery novels set in San Francisco in the 1950s. He has lived in Oregon, Washington, California, Wyoming and Utah and has always loved writing, including stints as a reporter, columnist and news editor for a daily newspaper. Greg won a Wyoming Press Association Award as a colunist and has contributed articles to various magazines.

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Let's Play Book Trivia with Paranormal Romance Author Laura Simmons!

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Periodically, we scour the Internet for interesting authors who would like to play Book Trivia with us.  By answering our book trivia questions, we get to learn things about the author no one else knows!  So, let’s get ready…let’s play…Book Trivia!


Today our guest author is Laura Simmons, author of the new paranormal romance, Tough Karma: A Race Against Time. 

Thank you for playing Book Trivia with us!  Here are your questions:


Thank you for playing Book Trivia with us!  Here are your questions:

In the movie Castaway, if Tom Hanks unearthed a copy of Tough Karma: A Race Against Time, how would that help Tom find a way off the island?

Hopefully, he would figure out how to astral travel and send his spirit out to his loved ones via their dreams. He could repeatedly show up in their dreams until they are certain that he is still alive and needs to be rescued. He could also ask for help from other entities he would meet on the astral plane.

Everyone knows Miley Cyrus is now the wild child in the music business.  But she read your book and wants to let you know that it changed her life for the better.  Why did your book give Miley a new lease on life?

Because she learned to astral travel and visited alternate dimensions where she collaborated with unique and different musicians who inspired her to write some great new songs that soared to number one on the charts.

You are being pulled over for speeding.  When the officer asks you for your license and you discover you left it at home, you decide to pull out your book instead.  What do you tell the officer?

That I’m sorry for going too fast, but I’m the author of this great book and will be glad to give him an autographed copy if he’ll follow me home so I can show him proof of my license.

Superman has decided to pull out one of your characters to be his sidekick.  Who is it and why?

Bryce Decker, because he is a martial arts pro and can help him kick ass.

A homeless man was caught stealing your book out of a bookstore.  When asked why he did it, he opened the book and pointed a passage out.  What was that passage? 

“People have reported that they can move through time, but only as an observer. Imagine going back in time and finding out what really happened, a unique form of time travel without a machine. You can spy on your friends (shame on you); visit with your friends who are astrally projecting at the same time as you, meet your spirit guides and angels, talk with deceased loved ones, etc. If you think of something in particular while traveling astrally, be warned that it can materialize instantly.”

You have a chance to appear on the hit talent show for authors, American Book Idol, and the mighty judges will determine whether your book will make it to Hollywood and become a big screenplay.  What would impress them more – your book cover, an excerpt or your best review – and why?

My best review because they will discover what an original story it is without having to read the entire book first.

You have five seconds to tell us who the greatest author of all time is.  In your opinion, who would that be?

Dean Koontz


About the Book
 

Astral travel and a deadly secret make for a gripping paranormal romance from start to finish.

Amber Macklin's world is cruelly shattered when she loses her baby girl three months after her husband's sudden death. Her cousin, Bryce, comes to her rescue, moving her into his home for fear she will kill herself from the grief. He provides solace and a shoulder to cry on, and he has loved her as more than a cousin for a long time. Amber and Bryce soon discover they are not blood relatives, which opens the door for romance as he pulls her through her darkest hours. When Mike, a college friend of Bryce's, stops by to visit, Amber senses a deadly secret behind his nice guy persona. She has a frightening dream that Mike is trying to kill her and recurring sleepwalking episodes where she draws detailed pictures of him torturing her. Deeply troubled, Bryce uses his ability to astral travel to investigate Mike and uncover his terrifying past. Mike has had his eye on Amber for some time, and when he learns that Bryce and Amber have become lovers, he is furious. Mike abducts Amber and takes her to his rural Georgia hideaway, and Bryce must rely on his astral abilities to track her down. But will he be too late?

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About the Author
Laura Simmons grew up in northern Virginia and spent most of her career working for various Department of Defense contractors in the Washington, DC area. She has a fascination with all things metaphysical. She enjoys writing, jigsaw puzzles, adult coloring books, vacationing at the beach with her husband, and studying tarot cards and other types of divination systems.

Website:  http://www.littlebitsofkarma.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LauraSimmons37
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thekarmaseries

Monday, June 24, 2019

Playing Book Trivia with Cherie Burbach, Author of Painting the Psalms

It’s time to play... 
Periodically, we scour the Internet for interesting authors who would like to play Book Trivia with us.  By answering our book trivia questions, we get to learn things about the author no one else knows!  So, let’s get ready…let’s play…Book Trivia!


Today our guest author is Cherie Burbach, author of the new Christian Nonfiction, Painting the Psalms. 

Thank you for playing Book Trivia with us!  Here are your questions:

In the movie Castaway, if Tom Hanks unearthed a copy of Painting the Psalms, how would that help Tom find a way off the island?

Tom would find inspiration looking at all the mixed media art images in Painting the Psalms and this would give him the hope he needs to get off the island. (He’d also enjoy reading the short stories included to Wilson.) LOL


You have a chance to appear on the hit talent show for authors, American Book Idol, and the mighty judges will determine whether your book will make it to Hollywood and become a big screenplay.  What would impress them more – your book cover, an excerpt or your best review – and why?

Since this is a book featuring my art, I’d have to say the cover would pull them in and give me a chance. American Book Idol judges know the value of a good visual when it comes to the written word.


You have five seconds to tell us who the greatest author of all time is.  In your opinion, who would that be?

I’d spend that five seconds telling you that’s not enough time to list all the authors I think are great. I mean, really… the greatest? I can give you a couple I really admire. Mary Oliver, Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes… Do you get the impression I like the poets? ha!

Okay, more seconds please…. I like a wide variety of authors: Elinor Lipman, Barry Eisler, Karen Harper, Philippa Gregory, Pearl Buck, J. D. Salinger, Willa Cather, A.S. Byatt, Lawrence Block… and so many more, I can’t even.

The Arbor Day Foundation has decided to pick one tree in your honor because of your writing brilliance.  What kind of tree is it and why did they choose that tree in relation to your book?

A green olive tree because of Psalm 52:8 which says, “But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.” 
Also, olive trees are inspiring and pretty interesting. They can live for a very long time (thousands of years!), they are hearty, steady producers, and don’t need much water.

Finally, you just got word that your book has received the 2019 NY Times Bestselling Book Award and you have to attend the ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan.  Anyone who’s anyone will be there and it’s your shot for stardom.  On stage, you must give an acceptance speech.  What would you say and who would you thank?

I’d thank God (of course!) because of His constant patience, for loving me for exactly the person I am, and for providing us his inspired word. 

Book Blurb:


In Painting the Psalms, artist Cherie Burbach shares original, mixed-media paintings that contain a positive, faith-filled message. Each painting contains inspiration from the Psalms in some way, through the imagery, words, or emotion contained within the verses. Cherie uses a variety of mediums and techniques to create art that is filled with depth and whimsy. It is her hope that this book will inspire you to look at the Psalms in a new way so you can celebrate your faith and believe in the message. Some of the paintings were created during Cherie’s popular “Painting the Psalms” series of ecourses, where she demonstrates step-by-step progress from start to finish, including all the small details that make mixed media paintings come alive with texture and color.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

📚 Kids Book Read Aloud: THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH by Mo Willems


The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems

Pigeon was looking a little unkempt (who are we kidding, he was looking filthy) and he really needed a bath (badly). The only trouble was, Pigeon didn't want to take a bath! Will he ever be clean again? Come read with me and find out! THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH Words and pictures by Mo Willems Hi there, I'm Awnie! I'm passionate about children's literature and love reading books to kids. I want to make stories come alive for your young ones! Together we can instill a love of learning and teach the joy that books can bring. Thank you so very much for watching! Don't forget to subscribe if you haven't already, and be sure to click the "bell" notification so you'll know when new videos are posted. I love my YouTube channel family! Please support the authors and publishers of these amazing books by purchasing a copy for your home library. There's nothing like holding an actual book in your hand and turning its pages. Whether or not you use the links below, they are books your family will treasure and read over and over again! SHOPPING LINKS (Disclaimer: the following are affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and purchase something, I may receive a small commission. This helps support my channel and allows me to continue to make videos like this. Thank you for your support!): If you don't already own the book, you can find it here: https://go.magik.ly/ml/lvgz/ If you love book character plush toys as much as I do, be sure to check out the fabulous selections they have here: https://go.magik.ly/ml/cyor/ and here: https://go.magik.ly/ml/cyou/ #thepigeonneedsabath #storytimeforkids #kidsbooksreadaloud #readaloud Follow me on: Instagram @awnieshouse Facebook @awnieshouse Twitter @awnieshouse

Guest Post from Sylvia S. Mader, author of A Water Lily Blooms


Inside the Book:



Title: A Water Lily Blooms
Author: Sylvia S. Mader
Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com
Genre: Coming of Age
Format: Ecopy /Paperback

An attractive young woman lies critically injured and comatose in a hospital bed far from home. Images come and go as she struggles to regain consciousness. Is that a tall, dark man beckoning her from a distance? Will she reach him? Or will her life be cut short, denying her a second chance for happiness? How did she get from being a happy, promising young pre-med student to here? And like this?
This coming of age tale follows the struggles of a driven but naive high school graduate. Andrea Bradford leaves her peaceful Martha’s Vineyard home for college, wanting to be a physician — a true professional, just like so many boys in her class. But once at college, she begins suffering the anxieties of homesickness, a blistering schedule, constant disagreements with her mother, and the uncertainty of a possible stage career. Meanwhile, several romances awaken her pent-up sexuality and introduce her to inter-racial realities and even the lure of New York high society.
Episodes of confusion, disappointment, elation, tragedy, and reconciliation all shape Andie, as she grows to become a mature, competent woman by the end of this truly “American” story.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Becoming a Published Author

Just to let you know, I wrote Biology texts before writing my recent novel, A Water Lily Blooms.  Novel publishing is a completely different ball of wax compared to publishing a text. True, I did my first Biology text years ago (don’t ask how many) but the first text is now in its 16th edition! To get my first biology text published, it required only minimal effort to find a publisher and after working like the dickens to get the text done and in good shape, it was immediately published.  The publisher did all the marketing, of course.

So, what 10 things didn’t I know about publishing a novel?

First, I didn’t know that writing the novel would be so much fun. It’s a chance to really be yourself —to be your characters and to feel it like they do and have your reader feel it too. It’s a shared experience between you and your readers —what better way to communicate with man-woman kind than to have shared feelings? True, the private lives of your characters are exposed and therefore the author is exposed but the communicative act is worth it.

Second, I learned that a manuscript has to be polished. I don’t mean making sure words are spelled correctly and grammar and punctuation are correct.  Those tasks can be turned over to editors. Instead, I am referring to making sure the book is a proper length and you have said what you meant to say.

Third, I didn’t know it was customary to get an “agent” and I was amazed to find there are hundreds of “agents”. If an agent decides to take you on, they will assist you in getting a publisher. Selecting prospective agents can take a while before you even begin sending them your manuscript.  And the agents take their time in getting back to you.

Fourth, I don’t know if anyone has tried to estimate the number of budding novelists but I soon got the impression it has to be at least in the thousands. I was absolutely floored by how many competitors I had all trying to get their novel published.

Fifth, I didn’t know the process would require computer literacy.  Since agents are apparently overwhelmed, they are able to dictate how, when, and where they will condescend to review your novel. Even the manuscript has to be available as an electronic file.

Sixth, I found out about the world of “self-publishers”. Just as with agents, there is a myriad of self-publishers and selecting one can be an arduous process. You have to be prepared to do some homework in order to select one for a proper fit. Virtual Bookworm turned out to be a good fit for me and I have enjoyed working with them.

Seventh, I learned if I self-publish, I would have to be assist my publisher in the marketing process and it would be a good idea to do some marketing on my own. There are plenty of sources on the web that offer advice but it’s hard to judge the quality of the advice —they might just want to sell you something.

Eighth, I didn’t appreciate that writing a novel would give me a good reason to connect with members of my extended family and friends both new and old.  It’s a very rewarding experience because everyone cheers you on while you’re writing the novel and wants to help get the word out when you are marketing your novel.

Ninth, I had no idea how much it would cost to self-publish. I am willing to estimate that the entire process of getting a novel self-published and marketed will cost at least a few thousand dollars. However, the royalty rate is generally higher than that offered by a trade publisher.

Tenth, I didn’t realize that after I learned the mechanics of writing a novel and getting it published I would be willing to start again. After all, you don’t want to waste all the knowledge you gained from the first experience.

MEET THE AUTHOR

Sylvia Mader is the author of “Inquiry Into Life, 16th edition;” “Biology, 13th edition” and “Human Biology, 16th edition,” making her one of America’s most successful college textbook authors of the last twenty-five years. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, who taught community college students and wrote most of her textbooks while raising two beautiful children. She lived on Martha’s Vineyard for nearly twenty years, and is now a grandmother, living in Hollywood, Florida. This is her debut novel. She is currently working on a second one.

Playing Book Trivia with Kaylin McFarren, Author of High Flying



It’s time to play... 
Periodically, we scour the Internet for interesting authors who would like to play Book Trivia with us.  By answering our book trivia questions, we get to learn things about the author no one else knows!  So, let’s get ready…let’s play…Book Trivia!


Today our guest author is Kaylin McFarren, author of the new time travel thriller, High Flying.  


In the movie Castaway, if Tom Hanks unearthed a copy of High Flying, how would that help Tom find a way off the island? 


Maybe it would give him the idea of a different escape route. But he would need to fasten some palm wings to his raft and hope for a HUGE gust of wind to carry him through the time portal in the sky.

Everyone knows Miley Cyrus is now the wild child in the music business.  But she read your book and wants to let you know that it changed her life for the better.  Why did your book give Miley a new lease on life?

She might have realized that there’s two sides to every story and sometimes to people as well. Although this might make her less trusting, she might be a bit more guarded in her actions and around some of the shady characters in her life. 

You are

being pulled over for speeding.  When the officer asks you for your license and you discover you left it at home, you decide to pull out your book instead. What do you tell the officer?

I’m working with detectives on solving this mystery and every second counts. He’d most likely call a sanitarium to find out if one of their patients had been misplaced.

Superman has decided to pull out one of your characters to be his sidekick. Who is it and why?

Definitely Skylar Haines. She has a bad ass attitude and, for her, pain is a welcomed distraction. She trained in martial arts and knife combat, never backs down from a fight or the opportunity to protect a friend. She’s also a daring stunt pilot, living on the edge and always on the hunt for the next adrenaline hit.

You have a chance to appear on the hit talent show for authors, American Book Idol, and the mighty judges will determine whether your book will make it to Hollywood and become a big screenplay.  What would impress them more – your book cover, an excerpt or your best review – and why?

An excerpt. I always write with a movie in mind—complex characters, intense, thought-provoking scenes, and twists and turns you never see coming.

You have five seconds to tell us who the greatest author of all time is.  In your opinion, who would that be?


James Clavell, a British (and later naturalized American) novelist, screenwriter, director, World War II veteran, and prisoner of war. Clavell is best known as the author of his Asian Saga novels, Shogun in particular. One of my all-time favorites!

A homeless man was caught stealing
your book out of a bookstore.  When asked why he did it, he opened the book and pointed a passage out.  What was that passage?
 



Roxy enthusiastically nodded, and while she was doing that, it occurred to Skylar that there was probably a woman being hit by a car. Or a man being murdered. Or a child dying of cancer. Or a family being worn down by the ache of starvation. There was also someone else in the world smiling. Perhaps after kissing a loved one, or while enjoying a dinner with close friends. Or while they sat on a beach, watching the waves massage the shore. A poster on the wall above Roxy’s head was only half right. “Smile and some of the world is smiling with you.” The other half was probably suffering. Everyone had to deal with stressful relationships. Well, according to her know-it-all therapist anyway. (This passage would remind our homeless man that he’s not alone.)

You have been told your book has won one free year on a billboard in any one state.  What state do you feel would be best for your book and why?

Oregon. Authors are popular in this state, and with my husband’s product familiarity (Yoshida Sauces), I might be able to take advantage of the connections with his glowing recommendation in bold print.

The Arbor Day Foundation has decided to
pick one tree in your honor because of your writing brilliance.  What kind of tree is it and why did they choose that tree in relation to your book?


A sycamore tree, of course. The term ‘helicopter seeds’ was coined based on the way these seeds spiral through the air during dispersal. In botanical terminology these winged seeds are known as samaras...like “samurai” flyers. Perfect for Skylar Haines and my book, High Flying.

Finally, you just got word that your book has received the 2019 NY Times Bestselling Book Award and you have to attend the ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan.  Anyone who’s anyone will be there and it’s your shot for
stardom.  On stage, you must give an acceptance speech.  What would you say and who would you thank?


I would like to thank my father who taught me at a young age to love flying, my husband who made it possible for me to soar around the world, and my children who have encouraged my imagination to take flight. They all kept me grounded when necessary but have always been there to lift me up when my spirit was low and my energy was running on empty. With their love and support, I find myself dreaming about the next adventure filling blank, hungry pages and the minds of my amazing readers.

Book Blurb:

 


 …ten minutes to survive the past.

Skylar Haines has struggled with personal demons most of her life, going to dark extremes to subdue anxieties rooted in her tragic past. On a perpetual hunt for the next adrenaline hit, she discovers a passion for flying and becomes a hard-edged stunt pilot, verging on obsession. In the sky, following her most daring airshow, she encounters a mysterious storm and almost collides with another aircraft, sending her into a perilous dive. Guided by a mysterious voice, she manages a safe landing but finds herself transported to another time. Eight months before she was born, one week before her father was murdered.

Though baffled by her circumstances, Skylar soon arrives at a single certainty: Before her lies a remarkable chance to change her family’s destiny drastically for the better — or possibly even worse — depending on the choices she makes, before her window of opportunity closes.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Playing Book Trivia with Lee Matthew Goldberg, Author of The Desire Card

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Periodically, we scour the Internet for interesting authors who would like to play Book Trivia with us.  By answering our book trivia questions, we get to learn things about the author no one else knows!  So, let’s get ready…let’s play…Book Trivia!
Today our guest author is Lee Matthew Goldberg, author of the new crime/suspense, The Desire Card. 


Thank you for playing Book Trivia with us! 

In the movie Castaway, if Tom Hanks unearthed a copy of The Desire Card, how would that help Tom find a way off the island?

Hmmm, because of the crazy up and downs the main character goes through, Tom Hanks may be happy to just stay safe on the island.

Everyone knows Miley Cyrus is now the wild child in the music business.  But she read your book and wants to let you know that it changed her life for the better.  Why did your book give Miley a new lease on life?

It tells you to be thankful for what you have and that there are more important things that just money.


You are being pulled over for speeding.  When the officer asks you for your license and you discover you left it at home, you decide to pull out your book instead.  What do you tell the officer?

That I’m sorry for speeding but I’m late for a book event and I’ll sign a copy for him if he lets me go.

Superman has decided to pull out one of your characters to be his sidekick.  Who is it and why?

Naelle is pretty badass so she would make a good sidekick. She wouldn’t take any crap from any of Superman’s nemeses. 

You have a chance to appear on the hit talent show for authors, American Book Idol, and the mighty judges will determine whether your book will make it to Hollywood and become a big screenplay.  What would impress them more – your book cover, an excerpt or your best review – and why?

My Kirkus Review was really good and I know they can be prickly so I would show them that. The cover kicks ass too.

You have five seconds to tell us who the greatest author of all time is.  In your opinion, who would that be?

F. Scott Fitzgerald.

A homeless man was caught stealing your book out of a bookstore.  When asked why he did it, he opened the book and pointed a passage out.  What was that passage? 

There is a scene with a homeless guy singing in the Bronx. Maybe he identified with him.

You have been told your book has won one free year on a billboard in any one state.  What state do you feel would be best for your book and why?

It takes place in NYC so let’s just go with a billboard in Times Square.

The Arbor Day Foundation has decided to pick one tree in your honor because of your writing brilliance.  What kind of tree is it and why did they choose that tree in relation to your book?

I wrote a lot of the book under a tree in Central Park so that one. I think it’s an Elm tree.

Finally, you just got word that your book has received the 2019 NY Times Bestselling Book Award and you have to attend the ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan.  Anyone
who’s anyone will be there and it’s your shot for stardom.  On stage, you must give an acceptance speech.  What would you say and who would you thank?

I’d like to thank all the readers for showing support for the book. We write to get read and if it wasn’t for the readers, then it’s just words on a page.




BOOK BLURB:

Any wish fulfilled for the right price. That’s the promise the Desire Card gives to its elite clients. But if the Card doesn’t feel like they’ve been justly compensated, the “price” will be more menacing than the clients could ever imagine.
Harrison Stockton learns this lesson all too well. Harrison has lived an adult life of privilege and excess: a high-powered job on Wall Street along with a fondness for alcohol and pills, and a family he adores, yet has no time for. All of this comes crashing to a halt when he loses his executive job and discovers he has liver cirrhosis with mere months left to live.

After finding himself far down on the donor list, Harrison takes matters into his own hands. This decision sparks a gritty and gripping quest that takes him to the slums of Mumbai in search of a black market organ and forces him under the Desire Card’s thumb. When his moral descent threatens his wife and children, Harrison must decide whether to save himself at any cost, or do what’s right and put a stop to the Card.

THE DESIRE CARD is a taut international thriller that explores what a man will do to survive when money isn’t always enough to get everything he desires. It’s the first book in a series followed by PREY NO MORE that focuses on other people indebted to this sinister organization, where the actual price is the cost of one’s soul.

PRAISE:
“Careful what you wish for, especially from a nefarious shadow organization, in this gripping start to Lee Matthew Goldberg’s fast-paced, highly compelling, buzz worthy new series. If you love characters morally compromised, richly drawn, and constantly surprising, you’ll love THE DESIRE CARD. I burned through the first book and can’t wait to get my hands on PREY NO MORE to see where this endlessly exciting story takes me next! Loved it!” – Daniel Palmer, critically acclaimed suspense author



 

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Review: It’s Time to Start Living with Passion! My Journey to Self Discovery, by Jean Paul Paulynice


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Title: It’s Time to Start Living with Passion! My Journey to Self Discovery
Author: Jean Paul Paulynice, MBA
Publisher: PAULYNICE CONSULTING GROUP, LLC
Publisher’s contact info: INFO@PAULYNICECONSULTING.COM
Non-Fiction
Genre: Self-help/Inspirational
Publication Date: May 30, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-7330427-9-6 (Hardback)      $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-7335601-9-1 (Paperback)    $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-7330427-0-3 (eBook)           $3.99
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Do you feel as though you’re on autopilot, going through the motions every day—wake up, go to work, come back home, have dinner, sleep, repeat—without real meaning, depth, and purpose in your life?

Even if you have a fulfilling job and earn a good salary, that doesn’t mean you’ve found your passion in life. The problem is, finding your passion can be elusive, especially in our present society where we are constantly seeking external validation from others and are being judged in public platforms more than ever (i.e. social media). Perhaps the wisest statement in this book is that “the moment you start to listen to yourself, you can start shutting out all the noise.” This little book is all about soul-searching, self-analysis, and reflection. Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone and seek out your passions. Sometimes you have to change your mindset and shift your perspective about things in order for transformation and growth to take place. Likewise, it’s also about the choices you make, not so much the major ones but the little ones you make on a daily basis.

In his light, honest, and engaging prose, Jean Paul Paulynice encourages you to do some introspection so you can begin your path toward finding your passion and bliss in life. For those who journal, the reflection questions he asks make very good journaling prompts. A very quick read, under fifty pages, It’s Time to Start Living with Passion! is a little morsel of goodness and wisdom that will help on your journey to self-discovery.