Sunday, 21 May 2017

Farkle Shark You Are Not Stupid by Rita Emmett

Rita Emmett is a best-selling author of several books including The Procrastinator's Handbook and The Clutter-Busting Handbook.

Her books are published in 32 countries and have sold over 310,000 copies world wide.

She wrote her first picture book, Farkle Shark, You Are Not Stupid because she knows tons of children who might not be smart in school but they know a lot about trains or insects or they can fix things or they have determination to stick to a hard job or they can make people laugh. Yet often --- because someone bullied them or made fun of them --- they are convinced that they are stupid. She based this book on an Einstein quote: "Everyone is a genius.But if a fish is judged by how well it climbs a tree, it will live its entire life feeling stupid".

Rita hopes that this book will ignite in children the understanding that everyone is a genius. Twice Rita rode mules to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back. This has nothing to do with her book. She just wanted you to know that.

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“Everyone is a genius. But if a fish is judged by how well it climbs trees, it will live its entire life feeling stupid." ~This quote, attributed to Albert Einstein, is the theme of Farkle Shark, You Are Not Stupid.

Farkle Shark was feeling blue. His big sister Sparkle criticized the way he talked. But when Big Bully Boy called him stupid because he can’t climb trees, Sparkle jumped to her brother’s defense. Her advice, followed by a wild adventure, changed his attitude … and his life.

This fun and funny book will bring on laughs, cheers and an understanding of important life lessons about bullies and feeling stupid. (Haven’t we all felt that way some time in our lives?) Four to eight-year-olds and beginning readers will love Farkle’s story.

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Why did you decide to be a writer?


For many years, I wanted to be a writer but kept telling myself I don’t have the time. “Maybe next year”.

Finally I realized I was afraid I “wasn’t good enough” so I plunged in -- joined a group, took classes, attended webinars, posted sticky notes with encouraging quotes all over my house (including the bathroom mirror)… and started to write. I didn’t know if my writing would be any good or not, but I didn’t want to go to my grave wondering “what if”.


Do you have a "day job"?


Yes.

What do you do?


I am a Professional Speaker covering the topics of my books: Procrastination, Clutter and Stress. It’s like a perfect circle – the success of the books helps me get hired to speak and when I give a talk, many people in the audience buy the book.

Sadly, that way of promoting books doesn’t work for my most recent one, Farkle Shark You Are Not Stupid (which is my first picture book). I can read it for a gathering of children, but that doesn’t compare to speaking in front of several hundred people who like my topic and buy the book.

What genres do you write?


So far, I’ve been successful in writing “self-help books” including The Procrastinator’s Handbook, The Clutter-Busting Handbook, The Procrastinating Child and Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress.

Farkle Shark, You Are Not Stupid is my first venture into writing for children with a picture book. This has been a whole new learning adventure. Great fun. Am still learning a lot and loving it.

What inspires you to write?


Each of my books was inspired by recognizing a problem and figuring out valid, helpful was to solve the problem.

Farkle Shark, You Are Not Stupid is inspired by a favorite quote which is attributed Einstein that says: Everyone is a genius. But if a fish is judged by how well it climbs a tree, it will live its entire life feeling stupid.

It's for those little kids we've all met who think they are stupid because they are not doing well in school, but when they talk about trains or dinosaurs or whatever they are interested in, they are brilliant. Farkle Shark helps them learn to focus on their strengths instead of weaknesses.

I wish every child and ever teacher (especially Special Ed teachers) knew that quote, so I was inspired to “spread the word” through a shark named Farkle.

What is the oddest thing you've ever researched for one of your books?


Are baby seahorses really born from their dads? Do male seahorses actually carry and deliver the babies? You might not care about this but Farkle Shark will in his next book.

What is the most difficult thing you've ever researched?


When writing the book The Procrastinating Child: A Handbook for Adults to Help Children Stop Putting Things Off, I began research by interviewing children who procrastinate. That didn’t work. They actually “put off” sticking to the subject, and had NO insights on the why or how of it all.

So I ended up interviewing over 500 adults who procrastinated as children. Not surprising – most were still putting off everything at the time of our interview. The one thing the majority had in common was the observation “Nobody taught me a different way to be.”

If you could choose an author to be your mentor, who would it be?


Emma Walton, author of The Very Fairy Princess series


When did you first consider yourself an author?


When I held my first book in my hand. And again there is that thrill and delight every time I finally see an actual book of something I’ve been writing and working for ages. It’s not quite the same overwhelming joy as holding my newborn child … but it comes mighty close.

What is the biggest obstacle you face as an author and what do you do to overcome it?


This is my first picture book and writing it was fun but learning to promote it has been slow. To promote my “adult self-help books”, I give talks, write articles and do radio interviews. None of that works for a picture book. So I am studying, reading books & taking webinars – learning all I can. But the biggest help is I’ve hired someone to promote my book on social media. Am still learning about and overcoming the challenge (no longer obstacle) of promoting a picture book.

Have you ever had a particularly harsh critique? How did you handle it?


Yes, the first week my book Farkle Shark, You Are Not Stupid was released, I sent copies to several people who were interested in it or might be influential in telling others about it.

Six members of a Mother’s Group who met by phone read it. Nobody liked it. They said it was pointless, the children were not interested in it and the names of the main characters (Farkle Shark and Sparkle Shark) were confusing.

I was crushed. It broke my heart. Before I had a chance to ask them how it could be improved, I heard from several others who loved it and had opposite opinions of it. I reminded myself that you can’t please everyone and tried to stop thinking about that first “evaluation” I’d received.

Since then, never have I received such negative, harsh comments about Farkle. But yes, once in a while the comments of that group cross my mind and bring me down for a moment or two. Then I simply shake it off.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Mail Order Mystery (Chance City Series Book One) by Robin Deeter

Writing has been a passion of mine since I was in high school. I attended Full Sail University, where I honed my craft. I live in Pennsylvania and I’m an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. I enjoy singing and performing in theatrical endeavors when I’m not writing. I'm currently writing two series: The Chance City Series (Sensual Western Historical Romance) and The Paha Sapa Saga (Sensual Native American Romance).






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Leigh Hawthorne, a widow and local farmer in Beckham, Massachusetts, answers an unusual letter from former Pinkerton detective, Cyrus Decker, who wants to marry a woman with ranching expertise. Cy hopes that Leigh is the answer to his prayers. Brought together by necessity, will Leigh and Cy find love or will their romance meet with disaster? Join the Chance City adventure as its citizens battle opposing forces and mayhem in their searches for love and a brighter future.

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Where were you born, and what was it like growing up there?


I was born in 1838 in a Comanche village. As a child, I was taught respect for others and Mother Earth. The adults were all very indulgent and gently guided us into growing into responsible, considerate adults. We never had to worry about having enough to eat or a warm place to live. I wish all children could be so lucky.

Do you have a close relationship with your family?


Yes. I have always been close to my family.

What is the happiest memory from your childhood?


Listening to the elders' stories about the origins of our people and their fierce battles.

Who is your enemy?


The military. Need I say more?

Who do you most admire in your world?


Wheels Ellis.

Why?


He was only a young man when he was paralyzed. He could have become bitter and angry, but he overcame great adversity and made the most of his life. He's an intelligent, kind person who is a living example of what a man should be.

Tell us a little about your world, and where you fit in?


I live outside of Chance City, Oklahoma. My family escaped going to one of the reservations when I was twenty-seven winters old. My wife and children passed away before we escaped and I've never remarried. I'm happy entertaining lonely ladies and helping my family with their various businesses. I have three nephews and one niece. I'm the fun uncle who doesn't care what other people think about me.


Where is the best place to visit in your world?


Two of my favorite places are the Chowhound Saloon and Big Benny's Saloon. Both places have dancing and gambling, but only the Chowhound has soiled doves.

What places should visitors avoid?


Avoid the church. Pastor Clem is a stubborn old fool who wouldn't know "nice" if it bit him on the...behind.

Do you have any hobbies?


Does helping my nephew Det. Cy Decker track down criminals count as a hobby? If so, that is mine.

Do you have a secret you've never told anyone?


Even though I enjoy being a "ladies man", I would rather be married again. I am just too scared to lose someone I love so much again.

What kind of clothing do you prefer to wear?


Buckskin or cotton (no pun intended).

What is your favorite food?


Roasted Bison

What do you own that would be hardest to part with?


My father's weapons.

Why?


He was a skilled hunter and brought down a lot of game with them. They have great power and losing them would be a big blow.

What was your greatest achievement?


Learning how to live in another culture that's so different than mine.

Name some of your bad habits.


I sometimes drink too much and I seduce women.

What is your greatest virtue?


Honesty.

Why do you think this is so?


I was taught by my elders to be honest no matter the cost. There is no place in our culture for lying, cheating, or stealing.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Black Lines - Dodgy Pills by Olly Cunningham

Olly Cunningham was born in Dublin, Ireland. He is the writer and illustrator of Black Lines, an adult comic book series. All the images are drawn with pen and ink, the art is dark and grungy, and the writing style is twisted and humorous, suited to its noir genre.

He currently lives in the country with his wife, three kids, two tortoises, cat and dog.

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A story of sex drugs and social deprivation, based in Dublin, Ireland. Drug dealers Tommo and his father-in-law Jimmy have received a new batch of pills from a very different source to their usual guy, they go about testing them out and get literally blown away. Things don’t go too well and get very strange indeed.

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

A Rebel Among Us by J.D.R. Hawkins

J.D.R. Hawkins is an award-winning author who has written for newspapers, magazines, newsletters, e-zines, and blogs. She is one of only a few female Civil War authors, and uniquely describes the front lines from a Confederate perspective. Her Renegade Series includes A Beautiful Glittering Lie, winner of the John Esten Cooke Fiction Award and the B.R.A.G. Medallion, A Beckoning Hellfire, which is also an award winner, and A Rebel Among Us, which has just been published. These books tell the story of a family from north Alabama who experience immeasurable pain when their lives are dramatically changed by the war. Ms. Hawkins is a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the International Women’s Writing Guild, Pikes Peak Writers, and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. She is also an artist and singer/songwriter. She is currently working on a nonfiction book about the War Between the States, as well as another sequel for the Renegade Series. Learn more about her.

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David Summers never expected any of this… not in a million years. He thought for sure he was a goner.

After leaving Alabama and enlisting with the cavalry, his delusion of chivalry was suddenly quashed when he saw for himself the horrors of battle. Now, after being shot and ending up at a strange farmhouse, he’s found himself being nursed back to health by four beautiful girls, and has learned that his Confederate brethren have deserted him in Pennsylvania after fighting at Gettysburg. It’s more than he can fathom. On top of that, he’s been presented with an even bigger dilemma. He knows he’s falling in love with the older sister, Anna, and she has enticed him with an interesting proposition. However, her scheme goes against his principles, and the reasons why he enlisted in the first place – to avenge his father’s death and defend his sacred homeland.

To David’s dismay, he must make a decision. Should he stay and help Anna with her underhanded plan, deceiving everyone around him by pretending to be a Yankee? If discovered, he would be considered a traitor to the cause, and she could be in jeopardy of treason. Or should he leave the farm, say goodbye to her, and risk certain capture? Either way, his perilous situation doesn’t seem to offer an encouraging outcome. If that isn’t bad enough, Anna’s neighbor, a Union officer, is in love with her, too, and he would stop at nothing to have David arrested … or worse.

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Within an hour’s time, Maggie returned, and Anna knew he was with her. Patrick’s jovial laughter infiltrated the air. She went downstairs to greet him. He had already dismounted his horse and was assisting Maggie down from Alphie when she reached them.

He turned to see her. “Well, there’s me bonnie lass!” he exclaimed in his melodic Irish brogue and gave her a hug. Releasing her, he said, “Your lovely sister, Maggie, has informed me there’s a party here this very morn, so I brung along some refreshment!” His green eyes twinkled with amusement. “But I’ve never known ye lasses to indulge in spirits so early in the day, and on the Sabbath, no less!”

“Don’t be silly, Patrick!” Anna laughed.

With a wink, he handed her a bottle of whiskey.

The two little girls came out of the barn. “Patrick!” they screeched, running toward him.

He picked Abigail up and twirled her around, causing her to squeal with delight before he set her back down.

“We haven’t seen you in so long, Patrick,” she said. “Where have you been?”

“Why, workin’, of course.” He gave Claudia a hug. “‘Tis a busy time with the crops right now, lass. I’m sure you’re well aware.” Turning back to Anna, he pulled the cap from his head, revealing thick, brown hair. “So, how might I be of service to ye fair maidens?” he asked.

“We have something to show you,” Anna said, “but you have to swear not to tell a soul.”

Patrick raised an eyebrow and smirked. “Well now, if I agree to it, will ye be fixin’ me a fine meal in return?”

“Of course,” she replied, taking his hand. “Come with me.”

She led him into the farmhouse’s back door, through the kitchen, and up the staircase to the second floor. Stopping at the doorway at the top of the steps, she turned to look at him.

“There’s somethin’ ye want to be showin’ me in your father’s bed chamber?” he asked, comically raising his eyebrow.

Anna bit her lower lip. She turned the knob and pushed the squeaky door open. “We found him in the barn the night before last with a bullet in his shoulder,” she explained.

The three other girls followed behind.

“He’s a Confederate soldier.”

Patrick’s jaw dropped slightly. “Saints preserve us,” he partially whispered.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Engadine Aerie by Bluette Matthey

Bluette Matthey is a 3rd generation Swiss-American and an avid lover of European cultures. She has decades of travel and writing experience. She is a keen reader of mysteries, especially those that immerse the reader in the history, inhabitants, culture, and cuisine of new places. Her passion for travel, except airports (where she keeps a mystery to pass the time), is shared by her husband, who owned a tour outfitter business in Europe.

Bluette particularly loves to explore regions that are not on the “15 days in Europe” itineraries. She also enjoys little-known discoveries, such as those in the London Walks, in well-known areas. She firmly believes that walking and hiking bring her closer to the real life of any locale. Bluette maintains a list of hikes and pilgrimages throughout Europe for future exploration. She lives in Le Locle, Switzerland, with her husband and band of loving cats. Bluette can often be seen hiking in the Jura Mountains along the Swiss-French frontier.

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Engadine Aerie takes place at the annual Skimarathon in glitzy St. Moritz, Switzerland (imagine 13,000 skiers in one race!), where Hardy gets embroiled in a tangle of murder, falconry, weaponized drones, and arms-smuggling. Hardy agrees to help a friend launch her cross-country ski tour business in St. Moritz, and gets way more than he bargained for. His first day on the job he is smitten by an exotic from the Mideast who skis over a corpse buried in the snow. No stranger to murder and other intrigue, Hardy takes point in the following police inquiry (as a bystander, of course), but he is soon enmeshed in preventing another murder. Then comes the not-inconsequential matter of a terrorist attack on the finish line of the Skimarathon. Hardy's past relationship with the French Foreign Legion gives him an entree to working with TIGRIS, Switzerland's elite tactical police unit, to thwart an illegal arms deals he stumbles into, and his meddling puts him in the cross-hairs of a sadistic anarchist who excels at poisoning her victims.

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My Life as an Author by Bluette Matthey


I’ve been hooked on mysteries since third grade, and travelling about as long. My dad was forever getting us up at two or three in the morning to start off on a trip to Florida, or Canada, or to head out West. So, I decided to merge my two passions and began writing the Hardy Durkin Travel Mystery series with Hardy Durkin as my hunky protagonist.

Instead of the London-Paris-Rome circuit (all fantastic places), I chose to use less-known locales as settings for my mysteries. My books are heavily researched for authenticity, which includes a boots-on-the-ground approach, so I get to enjoy visiting and exploring all the places I write about. I’ve had some amazing experiences, eaten wonderful regional foods, met lovely people, and taken some pretty interesting treks.

Hardy Durkin owns an outfitter business that specializes in European treks, so I’ve made a point of duplicating many of his easier hikes (I’m not as fit as he is). I hiked into the Hermitage of San Bartolomeo near Roccamorice, Abruzzo, Italy, aware I was the only human around for miles as I trekked through the Majella National Park. Animal scat along the trail reminded me there were bears, wolves, and other beasts present. I also climbed to the top of Rocca Calascio, built in the 10th century by the Romans as a watch tower and the highest fortress in the Apennines. This was for my second book, Abruzzo Intrigue.

Dalmatian Traffick took me to the Balkans, where I visited Croatia, Montenegro, and Albania. I didn’t hike to the Ostrog Monastery, but took my life, literally, in my hands and drove there. Mostly one-lane, snaking up the mountain of Ostroška Greda with the mountain wall on one side and a drop-off that increased at an alarming rate on the other, and no guard rails, anywhere. Perhaps a row of rather insignificant rocks placed beside the road, or an occasional tree, but nothing substantial to keep you from plummeting over the edge into eternity. The guide books tell you to hire a taxi, but driving in Montenegro is almost a blood sport and I opted to control my own fate, so I drove slowly and steadfastly, praying that no cars would come from the other direction.

Exploring the traboules of Old Lyon, France was part of stepping back in time with the Knights Templar in Engadine Aerie. I also was a guest at the annual Engadine Skimarathon last year, which features prominently in Engadine Aerie. Dangerous conditions at the time prevented me from hiking in to the Morteratsch Glacier; I hoping this year I’ll be able to explore the eternal ice of the glacier when I return to snowy St. Moritz, Switzerland, and the Skimarathon for a book promotion of my latest Hardy Durkin Travel Mystery, Engadine Aerie.

Sigh! Someone’s got to do it …

Friday, 28 April 2017

Centurion (The Guardian League Book Two) by T.K. Lawyer



Welcome to TK Lawyer’s world-

TK Lawyer has always had an interest in the strange and unusual and she’s a romantic by heart.

She writes passion-filled paranormal romance with Angels and Wolf Shifters- weaving tales of alpha males willing to do anything for the one feisty, curvaceous, strong-willed woman who has won their heart. Her alpha males will go to any length to please their mate, in and out of the bed.

She invites you to enter her world and be entertained. After all, she writes for you.

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Centurion has it all. A talented charge, ladies at his disposal for a single encounter or more and access to all the coffee he wants once he lands on Earth. Plus, he’s second in command of the volunteer band of angels called the Guardian League. The one thing he never wanted was an intimate relationship with a human beyond the usual angel-charge boundaries.

So when he finds a woman as strong and hot as the human beverage that tickles his fancy, what else can he do but pursue her until he figures out what to do with her.

April loves her enticing, hunky angel but he’s a lot to handle. He’s cocky, unpredictable but most of all… incorrigible. What is she to do with a male who lives life by his own schedule?

Can April and Centurion form a compromise and allow love to bind them together? Or will Centurion’s inability to commit wedge them apart, forever?



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She turned to the strange male. “I’m sorry, uh–¬uh…”

“Centurion,” he said, holding some earrings up toward the overhead light.

“I’m not sure when I’ll be done.”

“Don’t worry. I’ll wait.”

He was tenacious, she’d give him that. There was some reason he kept hanging around but it wasn’t to buy jewelry and she wasn’t interested in dating. She hadn’t found the right man yet and she doubted this Greek god, this Thor among men was the one. He was probably “full of himself” expecting all women to cater to his needs because he was good-looking and desirable, just like her ex. He was in for a rude awakening.

She was finally able to break away. “Listen, mister.” She walked up and called out to him at the same time.

“Centurion.”

“Are you really interested in jewelry or are you interested in something else?” She placed her hands on her hips. He was laughing. How rude.
“I really like this one.” Centurion pointed to the first necklace he looked at. It was part of a set.

“What do you like about it?”

“The name of it is intriguing. Serenity, an Angel’s present. Tell me, do you believe in Angels?” Centurion leaned over the table.

What a strange question to ask and a personal one. She kept quite a few things private. Delving into her spirituality and her beliefs were not something she was comfortable with. Talking about them was only something she did with a select few individuals she trusted. Then again, she’d never see this man after today. It was probably safe to answer his question.

“Well, sir.”

“Centurion, please.”

“I’m sorry, Centurion. What a different name. I’ve never heard it before. I’m sure it’s hard for you to find anything with your name printed on it, huh?” She chuckled. “But, I’ve gone off the subject and you asked me about Angels. That’s not something I usually talk about out in the open but yes—yes I do believe in Angels. Do you?”

There was that stellar, one of a kind grin again. “I kind of have to.”

She extended her hand out to Centurion. “By the way, I’m April. Take one of my cards.”

“It’s very nice to meet you, April.” He pushed the card into a side pocket. He pointed across her table. “So, why jewelry?”

“It’s creative, it’s fun and I really like making beautiful things.”

“Like yourself?”

“Oh.” She shied away. “You think I’m pretty?”

“Very.”

There went her heart again but this time, it rolled instead of flip-flopped. She took a few deep breaths. “That’s kind of you but—”

“It’s the truth.”

“Wow, you’re very direct.”

“I’m honest. I’m sorry if I’m scaring you. I don’t mean to do that. I just wanted to ask you out for coffee.”

She squirmed and fiddled with her fingers. Coffee? Was he kidding? Holy cow, this guy liked her? She pinched herself, sure that she was dreaming. She wasn’t.


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

What Human Remains by S. M. Sevón



S. M. Sevón is a technical writer and translator who for the past few years has been a working-at-home-mom of two, living with her part Danish family in the heart of Finland. Her career as a writer of fiction already spans two decades, but "They Wait in the Woods" is her first official publication. The story of the book is continued in her second novel, "What Human Remains".

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Man is the cruelest animal.

Bonnie Parker has been through living hell. Having lost her friends and the life she knew to the horrors of the River Valley Dam, she is trying to come to terms with what she has become.

But the past is already back to haunt her.

Chased by shadows that seem to follow her every move she finds herself a prisoner of those who claim to help her. Trapped in a nightmare of ruthless experiments, she soon discovers that humans are far worse than the monsters they are hunting.

In order to survive, she must put her trust in the man who has tried to kill her—twice.




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What is your writing process?


The first draft of almost any book is written almost completely as it flows, very train-of-thought, and then the following drafts are more structured, better considered, edited, re-edited, dissected etc. until there is a copy that can be called a 'final draft'. Proportionally speaking, the initial draft doesn't take all that much time. It's the edited and re-written versions that follow that take the most time.

Do you write in first or third person, past or present tense?


I write in third person, past tense. It feels the most natural to me and I also prefer it in the books I read.


Are you a pantser or outliner?


Both. I'd love to be more spontaneous, but I do have to get very structural at times, especially since I am writing a book series. My flowcharts are legendary by now.

How long does it take you to write a book?


On average, a couple of years per book. My work does overlap, though, so I may be working on two books at the same time.

How do you come up with the titles for your books? 


The titles of my books are the result of endless brainstorming sessions.

Do you find it difficult?


Yes, coming up with a good title is hard work!

Do you write about real life experiences, or does everything come from your imagination?


Both. My writing is a mix of things that I know and that are real and things that I have either come up with or have taken an artistic license with. I also spend a lot of time on background work, studying new things or just deepening my knowledge on things I already know about whether professionally or just because of personal interests.

Do you ever base your characters on people you know?


Not directly, no, however, there are moments in the books that reflect real life.

What are you working on now?


I am currently working on the third book in the Bonnie Parker series.

What inspired your current work?


I originally wanted to write a paranormal suspense story that would deal with familiar themes in a new, perhaps more minimalist way. I wanted to create a story that was both classy and believable, creating an "it could happen" feeling for the reader, as well as exciting, entertaining and creepy in just the right places without gratuitous gore.

I wasn't supposed to write a book series, but when I finished my first book, "They Wait in the Woods" I had this strong feeling that my characters weren't done telling their story and so I decided to continue with them even though I was suppose to start a completely different project. Considering that I am now writing the third book in the series, I suppose I was right. I have this feeling I've just gotten started!

What was the hardest part about writing your latest book?


Keeping all the plot bunnies under control and bringing it all together through the entire series so far - with later volumes in mind.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

They Wait in the Woods by S. M. Sevón



S. M. Sevón is a technical writer and translator who for the past few years has been a working-at-home-mom of two, living with her part Danish family in the heart of Finland. Her career as a writer of fiction already spans two decades, but "They Wait in the Woods" is her first official publication. The story of the book is continued in her second novel, "What Human Remains".

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Shortlisted for Literary Lightbox Indie Spotlight in 2016


The woods are lovely, dark and deep.

Four university buddies go out to the Lewis family cabin near Tahoe for a few days of outdoor sports and hard partying. The stay has a horrible end, however, when three of the young men are found brutally murdered while the last one of the party has gone missing, presumed to be responsible for the killings.

Their best friend may be the prime suspect, but was he really responsible for the murders as evidence points to something far more sinister, something more beast than man?

Fueled by concern over the welfare of their best friend and tormented by all the unanswered questions, Bonnie and Eric decide to take a late-night drive to the cabin and take a look at the scene of the crime for themselves. The plan is simple: a quick look around and a return home before morning classes start.

But they have no idea of what savage secrets wait for them in the woods.

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Why did you decide to be a writer?


I already tried my hand at writing as a kid, but I found my proper voice and writing groove during my student years.

Did you have a hard time sharing your work with the public?


Yes, I am very private, but it was my husband - who is my everything - who apparently saw talent, inspired and encouraged me to write and eventually got me to publish. I also feel I have the best editing team a writer could ever ask for. They have given me the support, critique, inspiration and faith in my work to do what I do.

Do you have a "day job"?


I'm a translator and a technical writer. I have a master's degree in translation and interpretation.

What genres do you write?


Many different ones. I have some unpublished fantasy, cyberpunk and sci-fi material, however, I've currently focused on paranormal suspense with elements of horror.

What inspires you to write?


My crazy, overactive imagination that doesn't know how to be quiet.

How often do you write?


Every day. Sometimes more, sometimes less.

How long does it take you to write a novel?


On average, a couple of years.


What is the quirkiest thing you've ever done while writing?


I write listening to music - and I mean always. The writing starts only once I have my headphones on. I also have a tendency to listen to specific types of music when working on a specific genre - and the choice is not a conscious one. I just get inspired by a specific type of music and I start writing. The combinations can be a little strange at times. As an example, I wrote fantasy to heavy metal. The Bonnie Parker books were written to EDM (especially nu disco). Go figure.

What is the oddest thing you've ever researched for one of your books?


There are so many! In my work as a translator, I specialize in both medical and technical materials, so the definition of "odd" is probably not the same for me as for others. I think my browser search history is very interesting indeed.


When did you first consider yourself an author?


When I held a paperback copy of my first book in my hands. Reading the title text on it and seeing my name was just something incredibly special.


Does your family support you in your writing, or are you on your own?


Yes, my family supports me even though I am sure that my long hours at the keyboard can be annoying at times.

Do you feel the support of family and friends is helpful to you as an author?


I am where I am thanks to my family's support.

What are you working on now?


I am currently working on the third book in the Bonnie Parker series.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

The Redemption Games (A SciFi Thriller Short Story) by Renee Scattergood



Renee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She has always been a fan of fantasy and was inspired to become a story-teller by George Lucas, but didn't start considering writing down her stories until she reached her late twenties. Now she enjoys writing dark fantasy and paranormal thrillers.

She is currently publishing her monthly Shadow Stalker serial, and she has published a prequel novella to the series called, Demon Hunt. She is also working on a new series of novels, A God's Deception.

Aside from writing, she loves reading (fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her daughter. Visit her site for more information and a free copy of Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6).

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Jillian is a teenage runaway. She has survived on the streets for over a year, but when a man shows up promising her a better future, she ignores her instincts and goes with him. Now she finds herself on an alien world in a last-man-standing competition that she has no hope of winning, unless she can find an ally.

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There was no sound. Jillian was sure she outran them this time. She was smart though. Too smart to move this early and give up her location. The last time she did that, they nearly got her. She crouched in the shadows of a dumpster and waited. About twenty minutes passed before she dared to move, and even then it was only to move further into the alley where she could eat in peace.

"All this for a box of cereal," Jillian whispered to herself. She squeezed through the small opening in the boarded up doorway of the abandoned building she called home. After climbing to the second floor, she barricaded herself in a small room that she was sure had once been an office. Probably where the boss sat in his cushy chair while the people worked their butts off in the sweat shop below.

After opening the box, she shoved handful after handful of cereal into her mouth until she couldn't swallow another bite. Leaning back she sighed. It had been days since she had a full belly.

Jillian didn't realize she had started dozing until a noise woke her. She wasn't alone in the building. She heard the soft clang of boots on the metal stairway. She was trapped. She hid behind some boxes and old furniture that had been left behind just in time for someone to force their way through her barricade. She froze. For a moment there was no sound.

"I know you're here," a male's voice called out.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Nika by D.H. Gibbs

With an active imagination and a love of art D.H. Gibbs has chosen to combine her talents by writing and illustrating books. She weaves tales for both New and Young Adults and plans to publish more soon.

D.H. Gibbs hails from the Caribbean where in her free time she reads, paints and travel when she can.







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Taken off the streets Nika is thrown into an unknown world where she’s held captive. As an orphan, she has been on the run and must find her way out before they discover her secret. But these people held the knowledge of her family and who she is. Will she be able to find out before her secret is reviled?

After hundreds of years, Demyan has finally found the rightful ruler of his race. Unfortunately, she doesn’t know who she is and is doing everything in her power to escape him. Time is running out and Demyan has to convince Nika to take her rightful place otherwise the battle will be lost and his race extinguished.

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Where were you born, and what was it like growing up there?


I was born on the Island of Seychatka but I did not grow up there. I grew up in the Regular's word.


What are your goals? What would you like to achieve?


I would like to bring peace to the two races on my island without blood shed.


What is the most important lesson you've learned about life?


That people fear what they don't understand.

What is the strangest situation you've ever found yourself in?


Kidnapped off of the streets, then to be told I'm not human.


Where is the best place to visit in your world? 


You would have to ask my cousin Alex. I have been stuck on the Konstantinos compound since I got here.

Do you have any hobbies?


I love swimming, horseback riding and learning about history.


Do you have a secret you've never told anyone? Would you tell us?


Yes I do and if I tell you then it wouldn't be a secret.


Have you ever been in love?


Yes I have and I wound up being experimented on. So I would have to say it didn't work out so well.


What kind of clothing do you prefer to wear?


Anything that's comfortable.


What do you regret most in your life?


I regret not knowing my mother because she would be a better Queen than I am. Being guided by her is something that's irreplaceable.

Would you ever or have you ever lied?


Oh I'm a terrible. My face or body language is a dead giveaway. And I hate when people lie to me, usually because when they do, they are up to no good.

If you had one day left to live, what would you do with your last day?


I would try to meet with my brother in the hopes of being a family again.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Gnarled Bones and Other Stories by Tam May

Tam May was born in Israel but grew up in the America. She earned her college degree in English before returning to the States. She also has a Master's degree in English and worked as an English instructor and EFL teacher before she became a full-time writer. She started writing when she was 14 and writing became her voice. She writes psychological fiction that explores emotional realities informed by past experiences, dreams, feelings, fantasies, nightmares, imagination, and self-analysis.

Her first work, a short story collection titled Gnarled Bones And Other Stories is out now in paperback and ebook. She is currently working on a novella series set in a Northern California resort town. The series explores the crumbling relationships among the wealthy San Francisco Alderdice family.

She is also working on another book titled House of Masks about a woman who, mourning the death of her father, breaks free of isolation and loneliness when she is drawn into the lives of her two neighbors, one eccentric and one embittered. For more about Tam and her work, feel free to check out her website.

She currently lives in Texas but calls San Francisco and the Bay Area home. When she’s not writing, she’s reading classic literature and watching classic films.

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Gnarled Bones and Other Stories explores five tales of loss, fear, and guilt where strange and spooky events impact people’s lives in ways that are profound and unchangeable.

In “Mother of Mischief”, a newly divorced woman goes back to school to begin a new chapter of her life only to find herself circling back to where she started. In “Bracelets”, childhood nostalgia mingles with brutal fear during a circus outing for a mailroom secretary and her friends. In “A First Saturday Outing”*, a lonely woman ventures out of her isolated apartment one quiet Saturday afternoon to an art exhibit that leaves an eerie impression on her psyche*. In “Broken Bows”, a middle-aged violinist reveals the mystery behind his declining artistic powers to a lonely woman on a train. And the title story, “Gnarled Bones”, paints a portrait of the complex bond between an orphaned sister and brother through journal entries and first-person narrative. For these characters, the past leaves its shadow on the present and future.

* This story was featured on Whimsy Gardener’s Storytime With Whimsey.


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Why did you decide to be a writer?


I decided to become a writer because when I discovered writing at the age of 14, I had no real voice. I grew up in a very overprotected family and I was very shy and introverted. I was taught to keep my feelings hidden and my opinions to myself. I realized through starting a journal and writing fiction that my real voice could emerge through writing.

Do you have a "day job"?


I'm fortunate enough to have been able to quit my day job last year. I worked right out of college in clerical/administrative work and then went back to school to get my graduate degree. After that, I worked as a college English instructor and later, as an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher and tutor.

What genres do you write?


I write psychological fiction, which is a subgenre of contemporary/literary fiction, as well as a subgenre of several other categories (like suspense, thriller, and horror). But the fiction that I write is more psychological drama. I wrote a guest post explaining what psychological fiction is and why I write it here.


What inspires you to write?


Everything! Seriously, if something seems out of place or curious or quirky, I can find inspiration in it. It could be a strange image I see on the internet, a character from a movie that intrigued me, a conversation that I overhear at Starbuck's. Anything.


Do you have a daily word or page count goal?


I don't do well with daily word or page count goals, as I always feel like I'm just writing to fill up space. The exception is when I participate in National Novel Writing Month :-). However, I do try to write for a certain amount of time most days. I have concentration issues so I can't sit for long stretches of time, but I sit for 45 minutes or 1 hour and write continuously during that space of time. If I'm lucky, I squeeze in two writing sessions during the day.

What authors/books have most influenced you?


The author that has most influenced me is Anais Nin and the book that really changed my entire view of fiction was her book of short stories, Under a Glass Bell. I discovered the book on a bookstore shelf in Israel among the eclectic books written in English. The book is quite experimental with lyrical prose and it was my first exposure to that kind of writing. I was amazed not only by the beauty of the language but also by the way Nin could take a character and completely turn him or her inside out. I wanted to do that with my fiction, but in my own way and my own style, of course.

When did you first consider yourself an author?


Honestly, I only began to consider myself an author when I got the proof copy of the paperback version of my book, Gnarled Bones and Other Stories, in November of last year. It was holding the book in my hand, seeing the cover and the words written inside that were mine that made me feel I was really an author. I was always a writer, but that was the first time I started identifying myself as an author.


What is the best compliment you've ever received as an author?


The best complement came from a woman in my critique group. She commented on my story "Gnarled Bones" that my writing always made her feel comforted, no matter what the context was. That was a huge thing for me because I do tend to write dark psychological fiction, so my stories and characters are definitely not shiny happy people in sunny situations. But I do try to offer rays of hope in my stories and redeeming characteristics for my characters.


What do you enjoy doing aside from writing?


I love reading, obviously! I've always been fascinated by the past so I love reading classic literature. I'm also a huge classic film fan. I love the black-and-whites!


What made you decide to self-publish?


I loved the idea of being master of my own career with self-publishing, even though I knew it would mean a lot more work and perhaps less respect from the so-called literary establishment. I also knew that what I was writing was going to be a hard sell to publishers and literary agents. My style is more character-based and I love writing shorter works, like novellas and short stories. Those aren't readily published by publishers.


What are you working on now?


Right now, I'm working on several different projects. I'm nearly finished with the first round of revisions for the first book of my Waxwood series, The Order of Acateon and I'm submitting chapters to my wonderful critique group to help me with round two of revisions. I'm just about to begin the first draft for Book 2 of the series, The Claustrophobic Heart. I'm also working on another book titled House of Masks which I started during NaNo last year.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Shadow Stalker: The Beginning of the End (Episode 19) by Renee Scattergood



Renee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She has always been a fan of fantasy and was inspired to become a story-teller by George Lucas, but didn't start considering writing down her stories until she reached her late twenties. Now she enjoys writing dark fantasy and paranormal thrillers.

She is currently publishing her monthly Shadow Stalker serial, and she has published a prequel novella to the series called, Demon Hunt. She is also working on a new series of novels, A God's Deception.

Aside from writing, she loves reading (fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her daughter. Visit her site for more information and a free copy of Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6).

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Auren is coerced into returning to the Dark Isle, but when Makari is betrayed and forced into hiding, she knows she can’t stay. Will Kado stand in her way?

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"Let's move," he whispered.

He turned towards the mountains to lead us on a more difficult path. So much for taking the easier route through the pass. It wouldn't likely slow the dogs, but it might slow their handlers and the dogs wouldn't stray far from them. By the time we started up the mountain, the dogs were getting closer.

"Keep going," Kado told me. "I'm going to lead them away from you and I'll catch up."

Kado strode off. Jade watched him with panic in her eyes.

"Don't worry. He'll be back soon," I assured her.

"Yeah, but what if they come after us?"

Sunday, 2 April 2017

11,984 by Scott T Evans

Author of Foxavier & Plinka


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Can a family of scientists from a totally peaceful society build a spaceship without killing each other?


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It starts with an explosion so big, our puny minds cannot comprehend its size--millions of times larger than our entire planet It keeps erupting for billions of kilodays, over and over . . . blazing . . . flaring . . . giving all Burning so hot, matter disintegrates to the 14th subatomic level Do you have any freaking idea how hot that is?

It generates multitudes of electro-gravito-psychic particles and waves(such as alpha, gamma, photonic, subphotonic, limbaugh holes, and malala fields) which radiate out to the cosmos

And travel 95 million kiloflivvers, and cool 2 million degrees rambo, before reaching us

The earth rolls out of bed each morning, and showers in this cosmic bouillabaisse we call "day"

The sun rises today, as usual, but on this 93rd day of eightuary, in the kiloday 4377[year 11,984 in our system] it's red

As if it were pissed off about something

It lets loose like a dropped sack of flour and all is rosy Copper light spreads along the coast, that stretches like it has all the time in the world An army of rouge photons barrages the rolling hills, lush with trees, studded with emerald crystal boulders, beside the roaring waves, crashing an ecstatic symphony of white noise Seagulls provide entertainment, dive bombing fish, and squawking over scraps All of it, as if the paint from an amateur watercolor landscape bled

A dome sits on top of one nicely proportioned hill, breaking the natural asymmetry, as unnecessary as a pearl on a neck, peeking through the foliage, glassy as an eye, with a perfect view

This hemisphere, shiny and transparent as a soap bubble, can hold 500 comfortably, but has an occupancy of only 7 The floor reflects like a flat round mirror, composed of the same infinitely thin, smooth, and immovable material as the walls, plasticineum 293 Light bounces around it, making it sparkle like a ruby

Seven dark doorways line an inside length of the curved wall In each shadowed recess stands the shriveled remains of what appears to have been a person at one time The crimson gently caresses these warped cadavers, covered in dents, as if vacuum packed The cosmic color carves every wrinkle in their gnarled skins

The first mummy stands tall and calm in is cubby hole, with no distinguishing features except for a serious face, a bald head, and the general appearance of something that shriveled up and died a megaday ago

The second specimen towers over the first at 1.29 flivv (29% taller than average) and has more meat on er bones, for a corpse Er nerf ball of white hair shines bright

The third taxiderm crouches down in an eternal struggle with constipation Is stasis tube conforms to is short, skinny shape, rusty, somewhat normal looking, for a sarcophagus

The fourth mannequin has blue hair, which sprouts up and to the side Er petrified frame is petite, and thin as a starved carcass E holds both er arms forward, like frankenstein

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Angel Fire by M.G. Marshall

Mary Marshall has always loved story telling. She started in the second grade in Cincinnati, Ohio, inventing stories and telling them to her friends when bored during recess. By high school and college she had essays and book reviews published. Assuming “that no one can earn money as a writer”, she graduated from Xavier University with a degree in psychology.

Mary moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan after college, where she lives today with her husband and daughter. She finally succumbed to her passion for writing, soon after her daughter was born. Her professional work experience, in social work, as a hospice team member, and as a probation officer -- these experiences have all enriched her writing. Mary finds inspiration everywhere.

“Real life is often filled with suspense, love and hate, and people who surprise us by their acts of kindness, heroism in overcoming adversity, and sometimes by cruel betrayals," Mary says. "The joy of my life is writing fiction. Perhaps all readers love the places a writer can take us. Through fiction we escape ourselves and our limitations and can discover new realities where our spirits can explore, adventure, and even find the spiritual peace we crave.” Mary wants to entertain her readers with meaty characters and suspenseful plots. She says “The best stories reach us in our gut, beyond pricking our senses and imaginations.”

Her first novel, Angel Fire, was published as a print book and is now also sold as an eBook. The sequel is actually a whole series— Face the Lion Chronicles. Book One of Face the Lion will be published in 2017.

Mary loves one quote by George Bernard Shaw; “Some men see things as they are and ask ‘Why’? But I dream things that never were and ask ‘Why not”. Yes.

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Richard Saxon-Sorn carries a secret with him that transcends both space and time. Through a desperate act of war 1400 light years away, he finds safe haven on a newly discovered planet named Earth.

His only real goal, save himself, mend his damaged starship, and return to his home planet, Tethra.

One sweet September night, he meets Selina, who pricks his aching loneliness. She seems beautiful and harmless, a young nursing student. He is smitten.

Selina is instantly drawn to him, tall, quietly handsome and endearing. He says he is a University professor.

A comet flashes by in the silent sky as nature notes the bond between them. Their relationship is destined for a purpose beyond either of their imaginations. They cannot know this in the beginning. But they quickly discover they are under attack by both human and demonic forces. ROSET (the Research Organization for the Study of Extra-Terrestrials), Natas, a powerful demon, Max Traytur, a pawn of both Natas and Selina’s father, Damien Devon, all of whom are bent on destroying Selina and Richard. Enemies seem to be everywhere. And the enemies often do not have names and faces.

But they are not alone.

Guided by the fierce mercy of angelic warriors, the two humans must risk their lives in a race against the future and the past-- to save two worlds, the one Saxon-Sorn just discovered and the one he left behind.

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How often do you write?


I would write every day if I didn't have a day job. I prefer to write in three hour time blocks. My writing process develops when I set aside at least three house so that I can become part of the characters and the stories. In this way I immerse myself in their worlds and can know what they are feeling, thinking, choosing. Otherwise my writing can be hollow. I can meet deadlines if I must. But if I don't have a deadline, I go with the flow.


What is your day job?


Most of my professional work has been in hospice and social work. I have also worked as a television writer. Television writers earn good pay but it is completely different than novel writing. TV is the final product of a thousand players. The TV writer positions taught me a lot but I found that I much prefer being the sole author by writing fiction novels.

Did you have a hard time sharing your work with the public? How did you build up the courage?


I started my story telling in the second grade when my friends and I got bored at recess. When I saw that friends loved my stories, it encouraged me to try to share them with teachers. My fourth grade teacher encouraged me to become a writer and so I gained more courage. I wrote book reviews and essays that were published in high school and college. I wrote my first novel several years ago and it took me six more years to find a book publisher. I am motivated by the stories and the fire inside that drives me to write. Trying to break into the big publisher's world was more frustrating and time consuming than the writing itself.

What is the quirkiest thing you've ever done while writing?


I have never been a smoker. But in the middle of writing one story, I bummed a few cigarettes from a friend and went outside to smoke a few times. It helped me to feel like my character and tapped into something unexplored inside myself. But I hate smoking and never developed the habit and didn't inhale.

If you could be one of your characters for a day, who would it be and why?


I would like to be each of my characters for a day, but I haven't tried that exercise. It would help me to get more deeply into their minds and skins and would probably be fantastic fun, though maybe dangerous.

What is the oddest thing you've ever researched for one of your books?


The daily life and times of an ant.

What is the most difficult thing you've ever researched?


Quantum theory, inter-planetary travel and the bureaucracy of the CIA

What authors and books have most influenced you?


William Shakespeare; The Bible; David Maine, especially his first novel, The Preservationist; Orson Scott Card's books especially the Wurthing Saga, Isaac Asimov, anything, Chaucer, etc. etc.

What is the best compliment you've ever received as an author?


"Your novel somehow changed my life."

What is the worst writing advice you've ever received?


"Writing is a waste of time and you won't earn any money at it."

What do you enjoy doing aside from writing?


Spending good times with friends and family. Praying. Swimming, walking, watching good movies, and of course, reading good books.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, and you could only have five books with you, what would they be?


Survivors Guide to Living on a Deserted Island, The Bible, The Complete works of William Shakespeare, two large blank books that I could write myself.

What made you decide to self-publish?


My first novel, Angel Fire, took me a year to write. It took over six years to find a commercial publisher who paid me a book advance. I decided it was time to self-publish the ebook version of my print book. I like the creative freedom of self-publishing. It bothers me that the aim of big publishers is to earn immense amounts of money quickly rather than look for excellent writers with great stories and ground breaking genre's. At least this is true with USA publishers, agents and editors. Self-publishing is the "new horizon" in publishing. Writers can create in ways that they have never been "allowed" to create at all, they can write their own stories and seek their own readers without needing to go through the big publisher route.

Would you recommend self-publishing to other authors? Why or why not?


If a person knows they have talent, has time and money to attend annual writer/editor/agent conferences and is really patient with waiting for agents, editors and publishers to read their books, they should try to find a publisher who is a match for them. If a person has talent, wants creative freedom, wants to invent new genres and frontiers and does not want to be squeezed into other people's boxes, they should self-publish and work really, really, hard at it.

What are you working on now?


I am working on writing and polishing three books in the FACE THE LION series. The first in the series. FACE THE LION Book One, will be published this year. The rough drafts for the other novels in the series need polishing. My first novel Angel Fire, is it's own story, but in many ways it is the "prequel" to this series.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Greg's Third Adventure in Time by C.M. Huddleston

Connie M. Huddleston loved history and dreamed of writing a book even as a child. However, she got sidetracked. She became an Army wife, a mother, an elementary school teacher, an archaeologist, and an historic preservation consultant, before publishing her first book! In 2016, she published her seventh and eighth volumes, all dealing with her first love, our nation’s past. While three are written for children under the name C.M. Huddleston, her other works are histories for adults on a variety of subjects. Currently she is researching and writing about President Theodore Roosevelt’s ancestors.

Connie resides in a log cabin near Crab Orchard, Kentucky, with her husband and their Australian Shepherd Katie. They all enjoy the quiet of rural Kentucky. Except when Katie barks at deer, turkeys, and of course, the UPS truck!


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Greg’s time traveled twice before. In both adventures he met American Indians, some friendly and some not so friendly. Recently Greg’s learned his dad and several others are TTIs—time traveling individuals. Now an evil time traveler keeps threatening Greg’s family at their new home in North Dakota. Can Greg and Rose save his mother from the Pirate? Can a future President help?

This fun-filled third installment in C.M. Huddleston’s Adventures in Time series provides middle-grade readers and readers of all ages with an accurate romp through history while entertaining with humorous escapades and time jumps to remember! Come join Greg and Rose as they jump into the American Revolution, the 1904 St. Louis’ Louisiana Purchase Exposition, and have even more encounters with American Indians.


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My name is Greg, and well, I’m sure I have mentioned it before. I talk. I talk all the time—when I’m awake and even sometimes in my sleep. Whatever runs through my head comes out my mouth in these long run-on sentences that force anyone unfortunate enough to be listening to concentrate to find the important part of what I have just said. Unless I am scared out of my gourd, then I become silent, almost mute. And I’ve been scared a lot in the last two years. You see, I time travel. Didn’t know I could time travel until I accidentally went back 3,000 years to prehistoric times and met prehistoric American Indians when I was twelve. I became really quiet during that adventure. The very next year, I time traveled again, back to 1778 in Kentucky—more Indians and this time they were NOT friendly.

I like to record my time travel adventures after I return to our time—you know now, today, 2015. But well, this time Dad showed up in Boonesborough in 1778, during my latest adventure, and well, I’ll simply tell you what happens as we go along.

Poor Dad, he was the only listener that day in September of 1778 when we rode out of Boonesborough. You must admit, I’d just been through a tremendous adventure involving a siege by hundreds of Indians and even a few French officers. I had fought in a frontier battle—you know, part of the Revolutionary War. Can you imagine? Me? A patriot? Anyway, Dad had to listen to my adventure, every single detail, and answer my questions. And I had one million questions, actually, truly, one million questions. Important questions. And I WANTED ANSWERS!

“Okay Dad, are we riding this one horse all the way to wherever we are going? Are we going home? Where is Mom? Why didn’t you ever tell me you could time travel? Why is Rose—she is my friend, who happens to be a girl, and was supposed to be in Idaho with her aunt and uncle—with Mom? Where have you been? What do you mean held up by history? (Held up by history had been Dad’s explanation of why he arrived in Boonesborough after the siege.) Really, what is that supposed to mean? Was that sarcasm? I don’t need that right now. I could have been killed because you forgot to tell me I could go home anytime I wanted. Really, really Dad? Start talking.” And I breathed.