Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Book Blast: The Day GOD Wore a Hard Hat by Jonathan James


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Title: The Day GOD Wore a Hard Hat
Author: Jonathan James
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Fiction
Format: Ebook/Paperback

Paul Reynolds is a nineteen-year-old college student when he meets what he believes is the perfect woman. But as one night of passion transforms into just friendship, her sister, Lisa, eventually becomes his first love.

After Paul and Lisa marry and begin building a life together, all their grand plans are destroyed when she unexpectedly dies. Left grieving and fearing he will lose everything, Paul is saved from financial ruin when he agrees to provide shelter to Rommel, a Latino gang member set to testify in a future murder trial. Paul, who initially thinks Rommel is a useless hoodlum, soon discovers that opposites attract. But as quickly as Paul and Rommel fall in love, their relationship ultimately disintegrates, leaving Paul to seek normalcy within a passionless marriage. As Paul pursues lust elsewhere, his wife becomes pregnant, causing Paul to realize she has given him what he has always wanted: a family. But as tragedy strikes once again, Paul is left with an agonizing decision with the potential to alter the course of his life forever.

In this contemporary romance, a man desperately searching for love is led on a unique journey where life comes full circle and leads him to discover the importance of always following his heart.

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Meet the Author:
Jonathan James is an average young man who has experienced more than his share of both love and tragedy. His debut novel is loosely based on his own life, loves, and losses. Jonathan lives in Janesville, Wisconsin.


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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Interview with Historical Romance Author A.S. Fenichel

A.S. Fenichel gave up a successful IT career in New York City to follow her husband to Texas and pursue her lifelong dream of being a professional writer. She's never looked back.

A.S. adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up all night to finish a good story.

Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in Missouri with her real life hero, her wonderful husband. When not reading or writing she enjoys cooking, travel, history, and puttering in her garden.



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?

A Lady’s Past is about Jacques Laurent, a Frenchman who has escaped France to live and prosper in England. He finds a mysterious woman (Diana) on the road to London in a snowstorm and unable to leave her behind, rescues her. Then, he can’t seem to get her out of his head or his heart.

Diana is a brilliant scientist like her father. She escaped a French prison where her parents were killed and is just trying to stay alive and out of the clutches of the French. Being found by Jacques and brought to the Everton Domestic Society wasn’t in her plans, but everyone is so kind and she could use a little kindness.

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

Jacques has been burned by love in the past. In fact, he nearly lost his life because of a scheming ex-fiancée. He is not in the market for a love affair, and certainly not one with a woman with a complicated past.

Diana has had a rough go of it. She’s been in places and seen things that nice young ladies should never see. She’s needs some tenderness, but really has no idea how to receive it.

The Everton Domestic Society is a place where women can avoid marriage by taking reasonable and acceptable employment. It’s a safe haven and Lord Rupert and Lady Jane are fiercely protective of the Ladies they consider family.

Your book is set in 19th Century London. Can you tell us why you chose this location in particular?

All the strife with Napoleon is the perfect backdrop to this particular story. Much like Jane Austen’s Persuasion, the war creates a lot of drama and there is so much great history to be pulled from.

How long did it take you to write your book?

In general, writing a book of this length takes three months from plotting to my initial edit. Then it gets sent off to my editor.

What has been the most pivotal point of your writing life?
I was first published in 2011 and that was a really big deal. I think the day I decided I wanted to keep writing Historical Romance and give all other genres was a BIG deal. I love all romance, but writing historical and particularly Georgian is my sweet spot.

What kind of advice would you give other historical romance authors?

Be sure to do your research and know the rules, but also break a few rules. Be clever and don’t pretend you haven’t broken a rule, but make it work within your story.

Friday, November 22, 2019

FREE EBOOK! Every Reasonable Doubt by Pamela Samuels Young




Title: Every Reasonable Doubt
Author: Pamela Samuels Young
Publisher: Goldman House Publishing
File Size: 722 KB
Genre: Mystery/Legal Thriller

When attorneys Vernetta Henderson and Neddy McClain are tapped to take on the biggest case of their careers, they are less than thrilled about working together. Their strained relationship, however, is the least of their problems. Their socialite client—charged with the brutal murder of her husband—is demanding an immediate dismissal of the case. But a ruthless prosecutor is determined to make sure that doesn’t happen. Forced to fight a common enemy, the two women close ranks and, in the process, develop a bond that sees them through the uncertainties of trial, the pain of betrayal and pressures neither could have imagined.


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If Max Montgomery ever had to commit to monogamy to save his wife’s life, she would just have to come back and haunt him from the afterlife.
Max rested his forearm on the registration desk as his eyes anxiously crisscrossed the lobby of the Beverly Hills Ritz-Carlton. He watched as people milled about, dressed in tuxedos and evening gowns. He made eye contact with a short, brown-skinned cutie who sashayed by in a dress so tight he could see the faint outline of her thong. Max smiled. She smiled back. Too bad he was already about to get laid. Otherwise, he definitely would’ve taken the time to follow up on that.
“Here’s your key, Mr. Montgomery,” said a cherub-faced girl with a shrill voice. “You’ll be in room 502. One of our most elegant suites.”
When he reached for the key, his fingertips accidentally brushed her hand and she nervously looked away. She wants me, Max thought. But she was way too young for his taste.
He thanked her and headed for the bank of elevators in the rear of the lobby. Max tapped the elevator button and the car to his left instantly glided open. Some of the tension eased from his body once he was safely inside. He had waited nearly a week for this night and his wait was almost over.
The anonymous invitation to a “private evening of intimacy” had intrigued him and he had immediately decided to accept. No questions asked. A man like Max didn’t make hasty decisions very often. On the rare occasion that he did, it was only because he was banking on a huge payoff.
Max stepped off the elevator, studied the sign directly in front of him, then turned left down a long hallway. He walked with a distinctive, self-assured stride, like a male model taking a slow stroll down the catwalk. He stopped in front of a door near the end of the hallway and fished the plastic card key from his breast pocket.
A huge smile of anticipation spread across his face as he entered the lavish suite. The place was a classy ensemble of muted colors, luxurious fabrics, and calming scents. From the flowing silk curtains to the massive mahogany sleigh bed to the sleek suede comforter, everything in the room spelled class with a capital C. And that pleased him.
Max made his way over to a nightstand near the window, his feet sinking into the plush, caramel-colored carpet with every step. He examined a champagne bottle sitting near an antique lamp. Dom Pérignon, vintage 1995. Definitely his style. He only hoped his host was familiar with some of his more erotic personal preferences.
The sight of a red teddy hanging from the corner of the headboard triggered a twinge of arousal that warmed him inside. He rubbed the soft fabric between his fingers, smiled again, then tossed it onto the bed. On the floor near the nightstand was a large wicker basket with three packages of rose petals, twelve scented candles, two champagne glasses, and a book of matches. He set the basket on the bed and read the fancy gold card inside. It provided additional instructions for the evening.
Max glanced at his watch. He didn’t have much time. He scooped up the basket with one hand, began undoing his tie with the other and proceeded into the bathroom. It was just as dazzling as the rest of the suite. The marble floor, the shiny granite countertop, the extravagant gold fixtures were all symbols of an affluent lifestyle Max knew well.
As the card commanded, Max filled the oversized Jacuzzi tub with water, sprinkled it with the rose petals and positioned the candles about the room. He lit each one, then turned off the lights to admire his handiwork. Yes, yes, yes. He was about to have himself one big ball.
Max ripped up both the invitation and the card and flushed them down the toilet. A married man could never be too careful. Just as he was about to head back into the bedroom, the enormous mirror on the wall directly across from the tub stopped him in his tracks. Max grinned. He would get to watch.
Marching into the bedroom, he stripped off his Hugo Boss suit and draped it over the back of an armchair near the bed, making sure his pants were carefully folded along the crease line. After removing the rest of his clothes, he grabbed the champagne bottle and strutted naked into the bathroom, where he eased into the steaming hot water and waited.
All day long he had tried to figure out who his freaky little hostess might be. He had instantly ruled out Janice. A single parent with three kids didn’t have the time, not to mention the energy, to plan something this elaborate. She could barely escape from her solo law practice for their once-a-week lunchtime romps. That left Paula, a stewardess who had served him on a flight to New York three months earlier, and Natasha, the big-breasted Swede who was temping as a receptionist at his firm’s Newport Beach office. She had straight out boned him with her eyes when he walked up to the reception desk to find out her name. Yeah, both Paula and Natasha were kinky enough to plan something like this.
Max poured himself a glass of champagne and took a slow, satisfying sip. The air jets pelting his back with spurts of water felt great. He closed his eyes and slowly twisted his head to the left as far as it would go, then repeated the move on the opposite side. The muscles along the base of his neck felt like dense, knotted fists. Maybe she would give him a massage afterward.
At the sound of the hotel room door opening, Max bolted forward, causing rose petals to splash onto the floor. He could feel his pulse racing as he waited for his mystery date to appear, and when she did not, he settled back into the tub and tried to calm himself down. She was probably just slipping into that sexy little teddy. He was so hard now he had to fight the urge to jack himself off.
Max reached for the champagne bottle to refill his glass just as a sharp, searing pain attacked his left temple. He hoped it wasn’t another migraine. There was a time when he could almost will them away if he concentrated hard enough. But that wasn’t working anymore. He sat the bottle back down. He would wait and share the rest with her.
Max leaned back, sucked in a long, deep breath, and closed his eyes for several seconds. When he reopened them, he could not focus. A thick curtain of haze had suddenly filled the room. He tried to sit up, but his head felt heavier than a bowling ball and fell backward, slamming hard against the tiled wall. He was now blind, dizzy, and in excruciating pain.
By the time the bathroom door opened, Max could feel the presence of someone else in the room. He could even hear a voice. A voice he was too dazed to place, speaking words he could not quite make out. Max had never had a migraine like this one before. He tried to speak, but his lips spewed nothing but gibberish. Had the champagne been spiked?
Without warning, a powerful jolt of pain pierced the right side of Max’s chest at the same time that his head seemed to explode.
His visitor, hovering over him now, plunged a knife deep into Max’s chest, then repeated the motion. A second time, a third time, a fourth time. The stabbing continued until the rose petals disappeared into a pool of deep, dark red.



Award-winning author and attorney Pamela Samuels Young writes mysteries that matter. Dubbed “John Grisham with a sister’s twist” by one reviewer, Pamela’s fast-paced novels often tackle important social issues.

Her most recent legal thriller, Failure to Protect, takes on the bullying epidemic and its devastating aftermath. Pamela won the prestigious NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction for her thriller Anybody’s Daughter, which provides a realistic look inside the world of child sex trafficking. Her courtroom drama Abuse of Discretion centers around a troubling teen sexting case. #Anybody’s Daughter and #Abuse of Discretion are young adult editions of the two books. A young adult version of Failure to Protect goes on sale in December 2019.

Pamela also writes dangerously sassy romantic suspense under the pen name Sassy Sinclair. Her first foray into the romance genre, Unlawful Desires (2017), was awarded Best Erotic Romance by Romance Slam Jam. Her second book, Unlawful Seduction (2018), was honored as a finalist in Romance Writers of America/Passionate Ink’s Passionate Plume contest in the Best Contemporary Erotica category.

The prolific writer is a frequent speaker on the topics of sex trafficking, bullying, online safety, fiction writing, self-empowerment, and pursuing your passion. To invite Pamela to your book club meeting or to read excerpts of her books, visit and .

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019


Combining a titillating collection of romance tropes, LUSTILY EVER AFTER: THE AUDIOBOOK MUSICAL, created and composed by Stephanie Bentley, and performed by a multitalented musical cast from the Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade, makes a surprising and innovative contribution to the audiobook listening experience. With 20 original songs inspired by ’90s pop music and a spicy story penned by erotica ghostwriter Miranda Ray at its core, the musical parody pushes the limits of sexual innuendo right to the edge before tipping over into the throws of uproarious ridiculousness.

When sassy Raleigh Jackson interviews for a six-week contract to be the fake girlfriend of Trystan Lay—schmillioniare playboy, politician, ex-Navy Seal, songwriter/astronaut, and “the world’s most perfect human”—she knows the outcome will change her life.

A student/waitress/intern living with her obligatory best friend, Kim, Raleigh overcomes her medical condition—chronic clumsiness—and snags the job, thus beginning a whirlwind of extravagant travel and glitzy events.

LUSTILY EVER AFTER: THE AUDIOBOOK MUSICAL covers the span of romance novel clichés from the brooding playboy to the fake romance with sprinkles of paranormal love. The story is sultry, silly, snarky—and hilarious. Chapter titles are sung in harmonies invoking the R&B group En Vogue. The characters voice their own dialogue and routinely burst into song, as they fumble through pillow talk, and relive steamy memories in songs such as “Talkin’ Dirty” and “50 Shades of Lay.”

The creator’s inspiration for LUSTILY EVER AFTER: THE AUDIOBOOK MUSICAL came from her unusual day job. “I’m a romance audiobook narrator by day and a musical theater performer by night. Every day in the booth, I giggle at the same tropes coming up again and again. Then these song lyrics just started coming to me, “The models in my bed don’t keep me warm at night,” for example. I started writing and pretty soon, the whole musical just came tumbling out!”

LUSTILY EVER AFTER: THE AUDIOBOOK MUSICAL has an e-book companion containing the story and all of the lyrics, and there may be plans for a sequel: “I thought we had hit most of the tropes, but now I realize we may have only just begun,” Stephanie says.

Book Info:
Audiobook, $6.95; 2 hours 37 minutes; ISBN: 978-1089023753
E-book, $2.99; 104 pages
Publication date: August 2019
Published by Stephanie Bentley


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Meet The Author

Stephanie Bentley is the creator and composer of Lustily Ever After: The Audiobook Musical, a funny, sexy love story inspired by romantic fiction and ’90s pop music. Stephanie is a musical theater/musical improv comedy performer and audiobook narrator with experience acting in television and film. She studied improv at Upright Citizens Brigade and has performed all over Los Angeles and New York.

Stephanie and her cast are available for live performances of pieces from the book.

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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 

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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