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Interview with Kathleen E. Stauffer

Interview with Kathleen E. Stauffer

What genre do you write and why?  

After thirty pages into my first book, writer’s block raised its gutsy head, and I somewhat facetiously said a prayer, Dear God, if I am to write a book, I’m going to need some help. “Help” came in interesting and unpredictable ways, and my genre was established: inspiration fiction--with a mix of suspense, psychological intrigue, a little humor, a little romance, and scripture.

Interview with Kathleen E. Stauffer
Tell us about your latest book.  

Do Not Be Deceived is the story of Cassandra Walwyn, a young child, who awakens in the middle of the night to watch her mother and older sister escape in an unfamiliar car. She is left a shattered soul, living with her abusive father in a dilapidated house at the edge of a small town where everyone seems to know everyone’s business. She awaits for their return as days stretch into weeks, then months, then years. Driven by loneliness, she grabs at every lifeline and eventually visits the only two buildings in her rural neighbourhood—the tumbledown shack across the road and a little country church beyond the brambles and bushes. Clinging fiercely to the God she barely knows, she weathers the storms of adolescence and struggles to sort out the good from the bad. As she enters adulthood, she begins to realize that her shame because of abandonment and abuse can be turned into something good for God.

What marketing methods are you using to promote your book? 

Marketing and promoting are difficult for most authors, it seems, whether one publishes with a traditional company or publishes independently. I write a bi-weekly blog called Stauffer Thoughts and post it to facebook.

What advice do you have for other writers?

Most writers are pulled to write; it’s like a calling. I would also speculate that most good writers don’t necessarily choose their subject manner. Sometimes, this “message” is more radical than one they would personally choose it to be. Writing requires transparency whether the writer is telling his or her own story, someone else’s story, or making it all up. And even with the “making it all up,” a person needs a starting point, in that, there is always a cross between fiction and what is real.

So my point is, if you’re called to write, write! And, don’t give up when others criticize or question what you’re doing or why you’re doing it. It will take a while, but eventually, you will be comfortable telling people, “I’m a writer.”

What's the best thing about being a writer? 

If you have a lap top, you can write; if you have a pencil and paper, you can write. If you’re awake at night, you can run story starters through your head. And, on the really lucky nights when you cannot sleep, the plot you’ve been waiting to evolve, pops into your head. Eureka can happen at any time.
The best think about writing for me is that it fills the empty spaces during my retirement years. Can’t sleep? Write. Don’t want to clean the house? Write. And, also, and more importantly for me, because I write inspiration fiction, it enables me to be a witness for my faith in an Almighty God.

Interview with Kathleen E. Stauffer
Where can people find out more about you and your writing?

I write a bi-weekly blog (http://tinyurl.com/staufferthoughts) with links to amazon.com and barnes and noble sites where my books will pop up. Tate Publishing is establishing a website for me this month.

Who is you favourite character in your book and why?

Cassandra Walwyn, protagonist in Do Not Be Deceived, is my favorite character because in spite of everything that happened, she refused to give up. What happened to her (abuse and abandonment) didn’t kill her. Nor, did it allow her to be bitter or filled with hatred. Instead, it turned her into someone who rose above it all, someone who chose to forgive and love.

Why do you think readers are going to enjoy your book?

I’ve received these comments about my book: “intense,” “I couldn’t put it down,” “it was hard for me to read it,” “…one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.”  If a reader likes suspense and psychological intrigue, she will like this book. I’ve also been told, “When I finished it. I started to read it, again.”

Who inspires you?

I read God’s Holy Scripture every morning. I could study His Word for the rest of my life and never get to the bottom of it. Depending on my circumstances, my attitude, and the fact that they vary on a daily basis, God’s Word speaks to me. There are hidden treasures, and if it is in scripture, it has something to say to me.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

My husband and I are fortunate, in that, during retirement we can spend more time with children and grandchildren and are able to travel as we choose. I enjoy the usual routines of a day without having to be rushed—whether it is baking a pie, taking care of outdoor flowers, biking, exercising, or reading a good book.

Book Showcase: The Wish Rider by Barbara Casey

Book Showcase: The Wish Rider by Barbara Casey

Book Details:

Title:  The Wish Rider (Book 2 of The F.I.G. Mysteries) by Barbara Casey
Category:  YA Fiction, 160 pages
Publisher:  Gauthier Publications
Content Rating: PG-13

About the Book:

Seventeen-year-old Dara Roux and her two best friends, Mackenzie Yarborough and Jennifer Torres, the three collectively referred to as the F.I.G.'s (Females of Intellectual Genius) because each has an intelligence quotient in the genius range, have just returned from Frascati, Italy. It was there that their much loved teacher and mentor, Carolina Lovel, discovered that her birth parents were gypsies, and that she had a connection to the Voynich Manuscript, the most mysterious document in the world.

Now, with graduation from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women behind them, Dara asks her friends to help her locate her birth mother when she learns that she might be living in New York City. Relying on Dara’s gift for speaking and understanding foreign languages, the black and white images that stir musical cadences in Jennifer’s mind, and Mackenzie’s mathematical calculations that normally provide numerical solutions and answers to life’s most difficult questions, the determined young women tirelessly go from one address to another in search of Dara’s mother.

Their determination turns to desperation, however, as they encounter a dark hidden society more dangerous and terrifying than they could have imagined. It is there that
Dara hopes to find out why she was abandoned in a candy store all those years ago.

About the Author:  

​Barbara Casey is the author of several award-winning novels for both adults and young adults, and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. In addition to her own writing, she is an editorial consultant and president of the Barbara Casey Agency, established in 1995, representing authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan.

In 2014 Barbara became a partner in Strategic Media Books Publishing, an independent publishing house that specializes in true crime and other cutting-edge adult nonfiction.

​Barbara lives on a mountain in Georgia with her husband and three dogs who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix, Fitz, a miniature dachshund, and Gert, a Jack Russel terrier of sorts.

Connect with the author:  Website

Book Review: Love At First Date by Susan Hatler

Book Review: Love At First Date by Susan Hatler

Title: Love At First Date
Author: Susan Hatler

Purchasing link: http://amzn.to/2b63741

About the book:

Ellen’s figured out that finding the right guy is all about compatibility. That’s why she signs up for Detailed Dating—the local online dating scene in Sacramento. They ask men the hard questions, compare their answers with hers, then she filters through the profiles of each provided “match.” After numerous email exchanges, she narrows it down to two promising candidates she’s excited to meet in person. 

When Ellen’s best friend asks her for a favor, dog-sitting leads to disaster and Ellen ends up at the local vet where she meets a man she can’t get out of her mind. Henry isn’t a logical choice, but she finds herself paying for dog obedience class to spend more time with him. 

Ellen knows that in order to have a lasting relationship, she should take the safe route and go for one of the pre-screened guys. But, how can she think with her head when her heart keeps begging her to give Henry a chance?

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Excerpt: The Veritas Deception by Lynne Constantine

Excerpt: The Veritas Deception by Lynne Constantine

Title: The Veritas Deception
Author: Lynne Constantine
Purchasing link: http://amzn.to/2b5k5kY
Excerpt: The Veritas Deception by Lynne Constantine
About the book:
There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
Proverbs 14:21
Days after U.S. Senator Malcolm Phillips changes his vote on a bill he sponsored, he is murdered and his death disguised as an accident. He contacted one man before he died: investigative journalist, Jack Logan. He left Jack a single clue to help him uncover the truth and keep Phillip’s widow, Taylor, safe. But safe from whom?
Jack and Taylor’s desperate hunt leads them to a vast network of corrupt authority controlling everything from social media and television programming to law enforcement and US legislation. The key to unraveling a complex web of lies is a set of ancient relics, dating back to the time of Christ. But what do these relics have to do with a senator’s death?
Allies turn to foes when Jack and Taylor discover that those closest to them are part of the conspiracy, and that they too have been manipulated. How long has a puppet master been pulling their strings—and will Jack and Taylor trust the right people long enough to win what becomes a colossal battle for souls?
Chapter One
Jack Logan had ditched his Catholic upbringing but kept the guilt. He hadn’t planned on blowing his entire afternoon listening to the woman he was interviewing talk about her dead daughter, but he didn’t have the heart to tell the grieving mother that he already had enough for the story. So instead, he bought her lunch and dinner, listening as she painted a picture of the girl she had loved and had failed to save. Now he was behind schedule and would have to work all night. Man, he hated the pieces involving kids. The parents got to him every time, and his attempts at comforting them were as effective as a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound.
His phone was ringing as he approached the door to his apartment, and he jammed the key in the lock. Pushing the door open, he rushed over and snatched it, upsetting the bottle of Bass Ale and spilling the dregs on the table.
“Great.” He clicked the green button. “Yes?”
“Could you sound any more annoyed?” It was his editor.
“Sorry, Max. What’s up?” He sunk into the worn leather sofa and ran a hand through his hair.
“Tried your cell. Went right to voice mail.”
“I was interviewing one of the mothers.”
The sound of papers rustling came over the phone. “You already did your piece on the decision. What’s the angle on the follow-up?”
“The fall out, the casualties left in the wake of the decision to let the show go on.”
A sharp intake of breath. “You’re not saying they should have censored it?”
“No, no. Of course not. But their voices deserve to be heard.” This had been a particularly difficult assignment for him. He wasn’t much of a television watcher, but when the class action suit involving the production company behind Teenage Wasted reached the Supreme Court, he’d tuned in. At first it looked just like another of the ubiquitous reality shows jamming the airwaves—an eclectic group of teenagers allowing the cameras behind the scenes into their world. Within the first five minutes of the show, Jack had sat open-mouthed while a young man retrieved paraphernalia from under his bed, pulled up a porn site on his computer, and began doing what your average adolescent boy did behind closed doors. Cheap shock value but not much in the way of entertainment. It wasn’t until he put the noose around his neck that Jack’s shock turned to horror. So that was what erotic asphyxiation looked like up close and personal.
The blogosphere went nuts the following day, and YouTube videos of other kids demonstrating their own secret hobbies began to appear. When kids started turning up dead, that’s when it hit the fan. A class action suit was filed against Omega Inc., the entertainment giant responsible for the new show. The Supreme Court decision had been handed down a few weeks ago, and the parents were still in shock that they’d lost. The show went on—more popular than ever. Omega won under freedom of speech protection, which Jack couldn’t argue with, but still, what they were doing was disgusting—perverting the first amendment for their own profit. He was happy to do his part to help tarnish their reputation.
“All right, email it when you’re finished. You still coming tonight?” Max asked.
Jack grimaced. Sally Goldman’s retirement party. He had forgotten.
“Wish I could, but I’m too jammed up with this.” Sally was a great gal. He was sorry he’d have to miss it. He’d send her some flowers tomorrow.
He’d better get to it. He opened up his laptop and began to organize his notes. He was starving; he’d barely touched his dinner earlier. He picked up the phone to order a pizza when the doorbell rang. He made no move to answer it. Maybe if he ignored it, they’d go away. It rang a second, third, and fourth time. He slammed the phone down, jumped up and strode to the door, ready to tell whoever it was to beat it. The words died on his lips when he opened the door. Probably best not to piss off a United States senator.
From the first time he’d met Senator Malcolm Phillips, something about him struck Jack as off. He couldn’t put his finger on it exactly: the guy’s manners were impeccable, his background impressive. Phillips was perfect. A little too perfect. Everything about him was so well rehearsed that Jack could almost believe there was an invisible teleprompter feeding him his lines. What surprised Jack most was how Phillips’s wife, Taylor, failed to see he was all wrong for her. Of course, he kept this to himself. His opinion didn’t mean anything to Taylor anymore.
He opened the door, and Phillips walked in.
Going no farther than the hallway, he began. “I won’t waste time with pleasantries. I need your help.” His voice shook, and his face was ashen.
“What is it?”
“I scuttled the vote. It was supposed to be a good thing. But he added a gateway. He has to be stopped.”
“Whoa, what’s going on?”
He handed Jack an envelope as he spoke in an uncharacteristically nervous rush. “Take this. You’ll need it to convince Taylor. I didn’t believe it. He told me he would do it. I didn’t believe him but…they’ll kill me.”
This was insane. He hadn’t seen Phillips in years—and now here he was, rambling like a crazy person.
“What are you talking about? Slow down and tell me what’s going on,” Jack said.
“No time. You’re the only one I trust. You’ve got to find Jeremy. Get Taylor to him. They won’t hurt her now, but later…I was so stupid…”
Phillips was pacing now, and sweat had broken out on his forehead.
“Who’s Jeremy? You’re not making any sense,” Jack said.
“Go to Taylor and show it to her.” He pointed to the envelope. “It’s a sealed letter, so she’ll know it’s real. Get Taylor and take her to the cabin.”
How did he know about the cabin?
“I’m the last person Taylor wants to see. She’s not going to go anywhere with me.”
Phillips grabbed his arm.
“They own me. And Brody Hamilton too. You’ll see when they kill me. Then you’ll know.”
“When who kills you?”
Phillips backed away.
“Promise me, you’ll get her to Jeremy.” He handed Jack a remote control. “This will get you into the garage. I’ve taped our address to the bottom.” He wiped his forehead with the back of his hand. “Remember, Jack, no matter what it looks like, I’m not suicidal nor prone to accidents.”
He was gone before a flabbergasted Jack could respond.
Jack shut the door, began to walk away, then turned back and engaged the extra deadbolt. His eyes narrowed as he looked around, half expecting a phantom to appear.
What was Phillips talking about? Did someone really want him dead—someone powerful enough to own two senators? His head began to pound, and he leaned forward to massage his temples. What had Phillips done? Maybe he was nuts, early onset dementia. Jack could only hope. And now he expected Jack to play the hero to Taylor? He wouldn’t blame her if she slammed the door in his face.
He would do some digging. Try and make sense of what had just landed in his lap. He threw the envelope on the table, opened his laptop, and set a Google alert for Senator Malcolm Phillips.

Excerpt: The Veritas Deception by Lynne Constantine
About the Author:

Lynne is a twitter addicted fiction writer always working on her next book. She is the coauthor of Learn More About CIRCLE DANCE on Amazon, a family saga spanning three generations, that received an endorsement from Olympia Dukakis. She is also a social media consultant and speaker, working with authors to build their brand platforms. Lynne teaches at various workshops and has spoken at the Thrillerfest conference in New York. She is a monthly contributor to SUSPENSE MAGAZINE, and a contributing editor to THE BIG THRILL magazine.

Author links:

Lynne Constantine's website http://lynneconstantine.com/

Lynne Constantine's twitter https://twitter.com/LynneConstantin

Lynne Constantine's facebook https://www.facebook.com/LynneConstantineauthor/

8 Benefits of self-publishing

8 Benefits of self-publishing, guest post by Jasmine Demeester

Self-publication is the process of producing, marketing and delivering a book, or any written material by one’s self. This process is a bit different from traditional publication because the writer acts a publisher himself. Here, the author is also responsible for being a proofreader, investor, marketer, advertising agent, and distributor.

It is really hard to approach a good publisher, convince them for investment and promotion of your book. Also, another fact is that many of the self-published books had received success and popularity. So, self-publication is also an option for writers.

In this article, you will be reading about some worthy benefits of self-publication.

1) Print or Electronic Self-Publishing

Before pitching your book for publication you need to decide on the medium. Two of the ways are printed books or E-books.

Though it’s an age of internet but still readers love to enjoy books in printed form. Many like to keep the collection of books in their study rooms or shelves. The fact is that printed publications have a much inclusive audience than E-publications. Physical book charm is still valuable to readers.

But E-books require less investment. Some readers want free/ low-cost material or easy excess material and E-books are good options for all of them. An e-book may exist as nonentity more than a software file that can be sent to the customer via e-mail, or downloaded from a website. Even if you choose to deliver the book on a disk, your production expenses are still less than that of a printed book.

2) Print on Demand

Self-publication was having a drawback that what if the published number of copies of any book will not be sold?? But now it is no more a problem. The Print on Demand (POD) technology is that copies are not printed unless they are ordered. So the investment, however, remains safe. This has made self-publication more attractive for authors.

3) Variety of Selling Means

As the command is in your own hands so digital, audio, e-book, printed copies or rights on TV any of the selling way can be adopted. Infect you can go for both self-publication and traditional publication at a single time. This phenomenon is called the hybrid author.

4) End to Chase for Agents/ Publishers

You have to put your efforts in writing best material, visualizing the final design, publishing and marketing your book. These efforts are for more worthy than running after an agent or publisher.

Basically being a self-publisher is also being an entrepreneur. This can teach you many great life lessons. The final product will not be inspired version of agents or publishers. It will going to be the real author`s effort and will be sounder in terms of originality of material.

It is more work to do everything yourself as an indie author, but if you’re an entrepreneur at heart and can learn to be disciplined to wear all these hats, you’ll be a successful indie author.

5) Publication Speed

This is the most amazing merit and most likely aspect of self-publication procedure. You really don’t have to wait for 1 or 2 years to market your book. 

Printed books can fairly be delivered to market within six months including all the work. E-book publication is even faster than prints. The only a couple of weeks is required to complete the process of publication.

6) High Designing

Font style, spacing, cover page design, stylization, binding type etc. all can impress the reader a lot. The typical publishers usually do for mainstream or traditional draft of designing. In self- publication you can hire a designer to reflect best of your ideas through the cover page and modeling of the book.

7) Graphically Strong

Many of the books involve pictures and graphical contents. Supporting your material through photography, graphs, illustrations and diagrams are impressive and it also increases the understanding level. Self-publication provides you a ground to strengthen the graphical context of the book. High-class photography and illustrations can make a book more catchy and wonderful.

Comic and design books actually enjoy the best advantage of this sector of self-publication.

8) Controversial Discussion

Many authors complain that publishers don’t allow highlighting controversial points in the book as they don’t want to take any risk. They either edit all such material or ask the writer to change it. This is actually a compromise between publishers, writers, and readers.

So there is no more need to sacrifice on the originality of thoughts and material. Self-publication only needs sensor approval in such cases and highly controversial topics can be delivered uncut through this mean.

Jasmine Demeester works for an academic consultancy which is one of the most popular dissertation writing service in the UK. Moreover, she writes guest articles for many websites.

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