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Brenda Perlin – Author

Throughout her journey, she learned a lot about herself and discovered the meaning of true love. However, that was also when everything erupted around her. To read about Brenda Perlin’s book please visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Home-Wrecker/166853390108387

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This bravely written memoir from author Monica Lee might appeal to true crime fans, too — it’s the story of how a teacher sex scandal topples a marriage: “The Percussionist’s Wife: A Memoir of Sex, Crime & Betrayal.”

To know more about Monica Lee and her books, please click:
http://www.facebook.com/MonicaLeeWriter

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Okay, Halloween is just around the corner. Who’s ready for a scare?

Do you believe in ghosts? Alice and Mark O’Brien didn’t. They bought Hawthorn Grange, a house with stories to tell, like the story of Mick Feeney and the day he moved into The Grange…

It was a gray, dismal day when he arrived. He was relieved to get inside out of the rain. He had been to visit his Aunt Mae, and Uncle Henry, as a child, but never warmed to them or to this house. Therefore, he had no intention of keeping Hawthorn Grange. It was his intention to just look through it to see if there was anything worth keeping, and then sell it.

However, a strange sensation passed over him as he walked from room to room, and something he could never explain made him change his mind and keep it. He had flashbacks to his childhood as he opened each door, and although none of them were happy memories, they nevertheless seemed to compel him to keep the house, to live out the rest of his life there. He couldn’t even put the flashbacks down to a photograph he found of himself, his parents and siblings outside their own home.

Nor could he say that it was from a sense of pride that he had come from such humble beginnings, a small run-down cottage housing ten ragamuffins in tattered clothes, to this grand house that made him want to keep it.

On his first night in Hawthorn Grange he was unable to sleep and got up to get a drink. On the way back to his room with a hot whiskey, he jumped and dropped the drink, splashing himself with it.

He had no time, however, to feel the liquid burn his skin, as what had made him jump made its way across the hall and passed through him, freezing him to the spot. The next morning there would be no burn marks from the splashes of hot whiskey, as the hours of cold from the ghosts of Aunt Mae and Uncle Henry passing through him salved the burned skin.

This experience would have sent most people running for the hills. Indeed, he did fleetingly think about selling the house when he was able to move and think again at dawn. However, something inexplicable made him stay.

The next night he stayed in his room behind his bedroom door, opened just a crack, and watched as the ghosts of Mae and Henry floated up and down the hall.

Watching their ghosts disappear into the floorboards at dawn, he knew that all he would have to do was stay out of their way between midnight and dawn.

As time went on he discovered that more ghosts from the graveyard next door would join Mae and Henry. These ghosts he recognized as friends and family of his aunt and uncle. He assumed that over time they had gotten bored of haunting the house with no results and had beckoned to the other ghosts to come in.

At night he repeatedly dreamt of Mae and Henry burning in the fire that had claimed their lives and saw their skin charring, flaking away from their faces and bodies. Mick stared at their skeletons and felt himself burning alongside them. The dream felt so real that when he woke up in a cold sweat he jumped out of the bed and started rolling on the floor, swatting at himself to put out the flames he felt sure were ravaging his body. Sometimes he looked down at himself in his dream and saw nothing more than a burning skeleton.

The ghosts taking over the hall every night meant that he had to carefully plan his trips to the toilet. As he got older and his bladder got weaker this became more difficult.

He would wait until all of the ghosts had passed by, leaving a clear path from his room to the toilet. Then he would dash to the bathroom and give the ghosts time to pass up and down again until there was once more a clear path to his bedroom. But sometimes he would only get halfway to the bathroom and be frozen to the spot until morning, and when he came to, his stomach would ache from the unrelieved pressure.

Over the years more and more memories came back to him about the visits he had made to his aunt and uncle when he was younger; they had made his life miserable. As he compared his behavior to theirs he began to see that maybe they weren’t such bad people after all, this house certainly seemed to have a strange hold over people, a hold that went beyond the hauntings that had presumably started with his aunt and uncle’s deaths.

Even though he could see that the house was making him behave in a strange, even bad, way, he was powerless to sell up and move away from it. The thought of it caused a strange constricting feeling around his chest and he struggled to breathe, as if it was the house itself that was breathing life into him, enabling him to continue living.

To read more:

http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Dead-Yvonne-McEvaddy/dp/1479325422, http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadows-Dead-Yvonne-McEvaddy/dp/1479325422

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Hi Jessica, it’s great to have you here today to talk about your book.

Jessica A. Kong lives in Somerset, New Jersey with her loving husband of twenty years and teenage triplets. She is an avid reader of fantasy, futuristic, and paranormal. When she is not reading she enjoys arts and craft, puzzles, crocheting, and video games. A Lost Kitten is Jessica’s debut novel. She is currently working on the second installment to the Sea-anan Saga entitled, “A Kitten’s Tale”.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I began to dabble in the art of writing during High School. I was a fan of the then popular singing boy group and created short stories about meeting them. My friends all loved the plots, characters, and dialogue even though I felt the sentence structure needed help.

As an indie author, what has been the most difficult part about being a writer?

The most difficult part for me is marketing. I would rather write and edit my book than market it. But I know without marketing no one would know who I am.

Who are the authors who inspire you?

That’s easy. Nora Roberts, Ann Rice, and Christine Feehan.

Do you plan/sketch your scenes before you write, or do you wing it?

I write outlines of my story then go back and flesh them out.

Do you start writing your scenes as dialog or plot?

Both. While I’m writing my outline, if my character has something to say then I jot the dialog down. If they are only doing something then I write that. I would go back and flesh it out when the rest of the story comes to me.

Please tell us more about the universe in which your book is set?

My book is set in our universe and beyond, in other words, this dimension we live in. In my book, our dimension is called Guildhall. In a distant section of Guildhall, mixed breeds of felines have built a peaceful empire. This empire is under attack, as well as all of Guildhall by a tyrant bent on ruling Guildhall and all the other dimensions.

Who are your favorite characters in the book?

John McCall. I love all the members of the Ruling Clan of Sea-ana. The Ruling Clan is made up of three families that are not related. Each family goes through hardship, starting with the parents, that each member becomes loyal and faithful to one another. Their bonds are strengthened because of all the hardships they endured over the years, creating one large family and a force to be reckoned with.

Tell us more about the book’s theme?

My book’s themes are family loyalty, love, faith, racial prejudice-yes aliens have that issue too-finding one’s soulmate, and the consequences of war.

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

I watch a lot of movies and read a lot of books that give me a lot of crazy dreams. And like all writers, I keep my notebook on my bedside table for the more interesting dreams.

What’s next on your agenda?

I am working on establishing a fan base. I would love to hear from my fans through their reviews of A Lost Kitten and by visiting my Facebook and Goodreads pages and leaving me comments. They can also twitter me. I am also working on the next Sea-anan installment, which I plan to release next year.

To learn more or contact Jessica Kong, go to:

Book Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-World-of-Sea-ana/462338863811603
Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessica-Kong/155150417957328
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AreoMc
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6533956.Jessica_Kong

You can buy A Lost Kitten on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/A-Lost-Kitten-Jessica-Kong/dp/1475143400/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347412932&sr=8-1&keywords=A+lost+kitten

Thank you for joining me today Jessica and I wish you the best of look with your writing.

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What does a prostitute, a corrupt businessman, and a disfigured young woman have in common with a mysterious, old homeless man who carries a green suitcase? The old man gives them visions—visions that even he doesn’t understand. To read more of Dee’s work visit http://www.facebook.com/DeeDoanesAuthor

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Hi Winsome, I’m delighted to have you here today, all the way from Jamaica, to talk about your writing.

What is your book about?

Learn about the ten most fundamental lessons that will forever change your life. Written with openness and honesty, the book provides a refreshing look into how you can follow your intuitions to make better life choices. One of the key points to look for understands the power of visualizing which helps you to change your thoughts and eventually your life. This is a book for both men and women that and can be shared with your friends and family.

How did you come up with the idea for your book?
The idea was born from my own personal struggles. I had written down the first five lessons in 2011 and I felt compelled to add to it. It was not until early 2012 that I decided that I would publish it in a book.

What makes your book different than others in your genre?
My book is short, sweet and is an easy read. It is small but delivers a great message. In short, great things can come in small packages

What strange writing rituals do you have?

Sometimes I listen to music and write. Music helps me to get in touch with my emotions. Another thing I do is that I write better at nights. There is something about the ‘quiet’ that makes me focus more on my work

Is your writing style similar to any well-known writers? If so, which one(s)?

I have not tried to identify with any known Authors but I do write from a place of openness and honesty. I like when it sounds conversational.

What are your hobbies?
Writing first and foremost, going to the beach on the North Coast, Photography, Cooking and Reading.

What are some writing goals for the future?
I am currently working on a personal memoir about growing up in Jamaica. As most memoirs are personal, in this book I have more freedom to express myself in a deeply personal way.

If you were stranded on an island which book would you bring with you?
Jane Eyre…Read it over twenty times

What was the most difficult thing you have learned being a writer?
I learnt that the writing is the easy part but when its published I had to start making time for my family and friends. I am trying to find time to go back to my book, and blog. However, I learned that what it takes is commitment.

Where can we connect with you?

On goodreads at: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6552647.Winsome_Campbell_Green

Where can we buy a copy of your book?

http://www.amazon.com/Ten-Life-Changing-Lessons-ebook/dp/B009N8IY1W

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Imagine slowly being awakened to a world where myths are real, and the rabbit hole goes deeper than you ever could have imagined. Check out Paige Bleu’s supernatural, indie-novel ‘Finding Summerland’ to discover what it would be like to find out everything you thought you knew, was only the beginning.
http://www.facebook.com/PaigeBleuFans

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