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Serpents and Doves

by G. Lloyd Helm


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GENRE: Literary Fiction





About the Book

Stephen Mitchell did not know what he was getting into at a small church college in Tennessee. Sex, protest, friendship, and Civil rights. The title “Serpents and Doves” comes from the warning Jesus gave to his disciples as he sent them out to preach the gospel, knowing the dangers they were going into. He said “I send you out as sheep among wolves, therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” Stephen Mitchell learns first-hand what that warning means when he goes to a Tennessee church college in the midst of the turbulent 60’s. He learns about friendship, war, protest, the sexual revolution, and civil rights.


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Ethan’s suicide rocked the school, but not nearly as much as Stephen expected. The New Jersey and New York folks mostly didn’t know anything about Ethan or the BSU so they noted the suicide as a bit of news, but it didn’t affect them much.  There was some anti-homosexual noise and the inevitable nasty jokes, but Ethan Patrick’s passing caused no more than a ripple for the most part.

There was some noise and protest from the Mason First Baptist Church when Billie Jo asked them to hold the funeral service, but finally they said they would bury him, but not in the church cemetery. They ignored the fact of his suicide and the reasons for it and held a small service. Stephen debated with himself whether he should go.   He had about decided not to when Cathy Powell cornered him and asked if he would go with her.  “I really don’t have the strength Steve,” she said. “I’m just a wreck. Can’t you please come with me?”

Stephen seriously thought about saying. Why don’t you go ask David Hall? But didn’t say it.  “All right. I’ll meet you at the church.”

She smiled sadly, but Stephen thought he saw just the smallest glimmer of triumph in it.

The coffin was set across the aisle in front of the altar. Closed. It was silvery gray and looked more like a large tin can than a coffin. The congregation was small, mostly people from the BSU but a few from Beacon’s faculty including Dr. Conners and Dr. Marchant. Having the Pope there was no surprise. Probably here to make sure the sumbitch is really dead, Stephen thought, and then felt bad about thinking it.


Author Q&A

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Room With Books, Mr. Helm!

Please tell us about yourself.

My CV–Born 1948, Little Rock Arkansas. 6′ 3″, 270lbs. Gray hair and beard. Married 45 years to the same woman. Two sons, one grandson. Ne’er-do-well scribbler.

Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

Maybe I did always want to write, because the first time I remember thinking I needed to write a book was when I was in 7th grade. I also had some visions of being a professional soldier–Marine Corp, but I never made that. I considered it at the time this book, Serpents and Doves is about, but there was what I considered an unnecessary  and immoral war going on at the time so I didn’t volunteer. Then my draft number came up at about 340 so I didn’t worry much about getting drafted.

How long have you been writing and who or what inspired you to write?

I’ve been writing since 7th grade but I didn’t really consider myself a writer until I reached college. As for inspiration there were several, John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath was one influence. It was about my people both the Okies and the Californians. But then there were less lofty writers like Robert Heinlein, and Ross McDonald.

Do you do a job in addition to writing and would you tell us more about it?

Not at the moment–I mean I am the chief cook and bottle washer, and manager for the family but I don’t get paid for that except in food and time to write. But I have had a mess of jobs down the years, everything from ditch digger, to dock walloper , store clerk, night guard, actor, radio DJ, and cab driver. None of them ever really had my heart except maybe cab driving. I liked that job. The pay was lousy but it was an adventure every day.

How would you summarize this book in less than 20 words?

Naivety gains wisdom through hard knocks education.

Now, let’s talk about writing and how you came to be a published author.

I first got published in my college paper. I had some poetry in there and then I wrote a couple of articles. The best one upset the administration enough that the dean attacked it from the podium at a general assembly. It was an article questioning where student tuition and fees were going. That’s a question that is still being asked and attacked from various podiums around the country. Then I had some short stories published in various anthologies, the biggest most important at the time was CITIDEL the literary magazine from Los Angeles City College. Lots of really fine writers started there. But, truth be told I had to put together a publishing company to publish my first novel. Mouse Prints Publishing. I published my first novel Other Doors myself, and had to do my own sales and distribution, too. That is the hardest part of publishing a book. But I am very proud of that little book. It is a story about a man who can stop war by simply saying stop. Having been associated with the US Air Force through my wife MSGT. Michele Helm (retired) I have sold hundreds of copies on various military bases around the world. Since it came out in 1996 my little book about peace has gone to every war zone in the world. A few years later, another publisher picked up the book and re-published it. They have published almost everything else I have written. Rogue Phoenix Press. God Bless ’em. But  Mouse Prints is still alive. It went on to publish the Antelope Valley anthologies, which was gatherings of local writers works. We published them for nine years. Mouse Prints has also published several other things, mine and other peoples.

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

I wrote my first real “story” when I was in college. It was lousy and a couple of English teachers told me so, but it was too late. I was infected with the writing sickness. But I didn’t really consider myself a “writer” until I began submitting to magazines and anthologies in the very early 70’s.

How long did it take to get your first book published?

See the above answers. I wrote articles and stories for various publications but it was more than 25 years until I got a book published and I had to do that myself. I have since published five more books including this one.

How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to “The End”?

Depends on the book. Other Doors took a couple of years but I was having to work full time. Second book, Design, took about a year. I was doing the chief cook and bottle washer and raising kids at the time and doing as much touring all over Europe as I could. It was mostly written in the library of Rhein-Main Air Force Base in Frankfurt Germany. Technically I guess it was really my first book but Other Doors got published first because it had my heart. Serpents and Doves, on the other hand, has taken me forty years to write. I started it several times and ended up with a couple thousand pages that didn’t really hang together much. One day I mentioned to my wife and patron that the damn thing was just burning a hole in my soul and she said “Well, shut the hell up about it and go to work on it.” which I did. From the thousands of words I pulled the novel and when she read it she said, “It’s the best thing you have ever written.” This isn’t just a wife telling her husband what he wants to hear either. She has been very vocal in her dislike about some of my other books, especially one called Sometimes in Dreams. That one took about six months to write.

What can we expect from you in the future? More of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

So far I have written a fantasy, Other Doors, a soft science fiction Design, a sort of a bent romance Sometimes in Dreams, another kind of fantasy, World without End, and now a straight ahead Literary Novel, Serpents and Doves. I also have a volume of short stories called Train Wheels, Flying Saucers, and the Ghost of Tiburcio Vasquez. Those are bar stories. They start in bars and end in bars. As to the future, I am working on a screen play for Other Doors as well as a second novel with the same kind of theme. Peace. We have been at war one way and another since the end of the 19th Century. A century and a quarter of war. That’s enough. It is time for the world to grow up and live together.

Who is your favorite character from your books and why are they your favorite?

I always answer this in a way that upsets people. I love all my characters. You see, I consider that in my books, in the universes I create I am god and I love all my creatures, even those who aren’t righteous. If I have to kill some of them off I freely admit that I cry. That being said, one of my favorites is Ben Fordham from Other Doors. He is a poor schmoe that got sucked into a world he didn’t understand, and was burdened with a power he didn’t really want; the power and the need to speak peace to those fighting, and have them stop instantly, thereby infecting them with peace so that they had the same power and need.

What is your routine for writing?

When I am working well, I just plop down in front of the computer and begin. I try to get a thousand words a day. Some days it is easy. I can crank ’em out in an hour. Other days it ain’t so easy and I work at it for hours at a time.

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?

I have done both. Serpents and Doves sort of came as the book developed, back on that thousand pages of junk I talked about earlier. For “Train Wheels…” I had no idea until Arlo at Rogue Phoenix asked what I was gonna call it and I just said “Well it’s about train wheels, flying saucers and the ghost of Tiburcio Vasquez, so why not call it that if it isn’t too long.” and he did.

Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books?

Yes. The ongoing message in all my books, even in Train wheels is that there is a God, that he wants us to live together in peace, and that just because there is a God you can’t blame him for your own stupidity.

Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?

Any of them. Personally I rather like hard bound books, but they are so bloody expensive any more that I get a stomach ache every time I look at one. Paperbacks are great because you can just stick one in your back pocket and go. I remember once having an argument with someone who said, “How do you know?” I was fortunate enough to have a book about the subject in my back pocket so I whipped it out and said “Cause I read.”  and that was the end of that argument.  I don’t have an ereader. My Wife on the other hand won’t read anything unless it is on her ereader. She humors me to read my manuscripts but her regular reading is on her ereader. She says it is because she can carry fifty books at a time and can make the print as big as need be.

What is your favorite book and why is it your favorite? How many times would you estimate you’ve read it?

That’s a real hard one because I have a lot of books I have worshipped and read many times. I’ve read the Ring Trilogy and the Hobbit several times each, and I have a complete collection of Ray Bradbury and Robert Heinlein, again having read them until they are ragged. I have said in the past that my favorite is The Grapes of Wrath  and that is kinda true on one level, but it all depends on what is going on in my life and where my mind is. I read voraciously and have for many years so this is a really impossible question to answer.

Do you read all the reviews of your books?

When I can find them I read them, but it ain’t like everybody in the country wants to review my books. I don’t take the ones I do find to heart, either the good ones or the bad ones.

That’s enough of the serious business. How about a handful of fun questions?

What is your favorite food? Food. I’ll eat it if doesn’t crawl off the table and if it does crawl it better crawl damned fast. I like Mexican, and Italian, and Sushi, and steak and, well see the above quote.

Who is your favorite singer or group? That one is easy Beatles Forever. Once when I was a radio DJ I locked myself in the studio and played nothing but Beatles all night until the manager finally came with a key and threw me out. People were calling and saying “Play more Beatles G. Lloyd! Play more Beatles!” All that being said, I am generally a music lover, including classical and jazz.

What is your favorite color? Green, like money and trees.

What is your ideal getaway dream vacation? Don’t really have one. I’ve been so many places around the world and loved them all with a couple of minor exceptions. Loved Hawaii and we are aiming to retire there when my wife retires from her teaching job.

What final words would you offer to our readers?

Thanks for listening/reading what I had to say here and I hope you enjoy Serpents and Doves.

Thank you for spending time with us at Room With Books, Mr. Helm. I appreciate your time and wish you the best with Serpents and Doves. I hope you will come back again!

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Meet the Author

G. Lloyd Helm has been writing for 40 years, having published poetry in a wide variety of magazines and newspapers including “The New York Poetry Anthology,” “Stars and Stripes News,” “The Los Angeles Times,” “The Antelope Valley Press,” and “The Antelope Valley Anthologies,” among others.

… Has published short stories and memoirs both in the US and in England in such journals as “Pilgrimage” which published the memoir “Football” in spring 2005, and a second memoir “4 April, 1968” in the winter of 2008.  He has published short stories in “Citadel” the literary magazine of Los Angeles City College,” “Delivered Magazine,” which is based in London, “Short Story Library,” The University of S. Illinois’ “Eureka Literary Magazine,” “Tales as like as not,” and London’s “Black Gate Magazine.”  Recently published “Even Up” a Civil War Ghost story at, an English on line magazine, and the short story “A Lovely Elephant” in “Delivered Magazine” an English fiction journal. “The Other Fellows Shoes,” Pulp Empire III, Metahuman Press, Cedar Rapids, IA Nov. 2010. Is being published in an on line experiment from Alfie Dog Publishing in England. May 2012.

…Has published three novels in the F&SF field, 1) OTHER DOORS, From MousePrints Publishing, and 2) DESIGN from American Star. 3) WORLD WITHOUT END from Rogue Phoenix Press,  OTHER DOORS, originally published in 1997, was published electronically by Rogue Phoenix Press in July 2010. Also Published a literary Romance novel called SOMETIMES IN DREAMS, from Siren’s call. Most recently a volume of short stories called TRAIN WHEELS, FLYING SAUCERS, AND THE GHOST OF TIBURCIO VASQUEZ. Many of these stories appear on the Alfie Dog site.

…Is in process of publishing an adult literary novel called SERPENTS AND DOVES with Rogue Phoenix Press, which will be out in May 2016.

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by Jeremy Flagg


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GENRE: Sci-Fi (Dystopian)



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Twenty-six-year-old painter Conthan Cowan takes art to a shocking frontier…

His debut exhibit features the transformation of his high school friend, Sarah, as she went from a shy, soft-spoken girl to a Child of Nostradamus—an individual gifted with extraordinary abilities. Living in a society where the Children of Nostradamus are captured by the government, Conthan’s exhibit draws attention from officials and protesters alike.

A government psychic may be dead, but that doesn’t stop her from manipulating the future…

The deceased White House aide is only remembered for her failed assassination attempt on the president decades before Conthan was born. Foreseeing her own death, she scribed letters to bring together specific Children of Nostradamus on a mission that will change the world.

On the night of the gallery exhibition, Conthan receives one of those letters…

Whispers from the past direct him to visit Sarah, the subject of his paintings, who like many Children of Nostradamus, is being detained in a government research facility. It’s there he finds himself aligned with a rogue group of Children on a mission to prevent a dark future.

As a dark future unfolds, there’s only one hope to stop the destruction of the world…

The Children of Nostradamus.

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“…Seabrook, New Hampshire is gone. If you’re just tuning in, the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant has just exploded. We have no word yet on what caused the explosion, but we do know there was a catastrophe resulting in failure of the systems at the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant.”

“God help them,” said the woman at the news desk.

He could hear Elizabeth gasp at the announcement. His mind was moving a million miles an hour. His wife, still covered in sweat and grime from giving birth, his newborn son, his office calling him to alert him to the news, all of it caused his head to swim. He was unsure of what his next move would be.

The television flickered and turned to static. Mark reached up and smacked the side of the box. The static began to take the shape of a person. He stepped back to see the solid outline of a man on the TV.

“United States of America,” said a voice through the static, “land of the free and home of the brave. We are calling out your discreet operations. We know all about The Culling. Individuals who for years have been in your employ, using their more-than-human abilities to further your goals, will not die in vain. Killing empaths, slaughtering clairvoyants, and the genocide of telepaths will be responded to in kind.”

“Eleanor,” he said in a hushed voice as he realized what they were talking about.

“The United States has declared war on the wrong people. We can see you coming. We can hear your plans. We will not be eliminated. You’ve seen our reach.”



Meet the Author

MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_NighthawksI’m high school graphic design and marketing teacher, at a large suburban high school in Massachusetts. Working as a high school educator and observing the outlandish world of adolescence was the inspiration for my first young adult novel, “Suburban Zombie High.”

My inspiration for writing stems from being a youth who struggled with reading in school. While I found school assigned novels incredibly difficult to digest, I devoured comics and later fantasy novels. Their influences can be seen in the tall tales I spin.

I took the long route to becoming a writer. For a brief time, I majored in Creative Writing but exchanged one passion for another as I switched to Art and Design. My passion for reading about superheroes, fantastical worlds, and panic-stricken situations would become the foundation of my writing career.

I participated in my first NaNoWriMo in 2006 and continue to write an entire novel every November. Now I am the NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison to the Massachusetts Metrowest Region. I also belong the New England Horror Writer’s Association and to a weekly writing group, the Metrowest Writers.

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Queen of Likes

by Hillary Homzie


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GENRE: middle grade / tween contemporary fiction



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Like everyone at Merton Middle School, Karma Cooper’s smartphone is almost another body part. She’s obsessed with her LIKES on Snappypic. When her parents shut down her social media account and take away her smartphone, Karma’s whole world crumbles. She has to figure out what she actually likes and how to live life fully unplugged. This book will jumpstart conversations about how social media is changing the ways tweens are growing up.

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A song, QUEEN OF LIKES, was written just for the book. It’s a wonderful song.

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“So we’re come up with a new punishment,” says Dad. “Something that will get your attention.”

Dad looks at Mom and Mom looks at Dad and I can tell that they are a united front against me. “We’re going to close your Snappypic account,” states Dad.

“What?” My stomach dips as if I’ve just dropped from highest part of a roller coaster. I want to flop against the nearest car in the parking lot. “You can’t do that. It’s my account. It’s private. You can’t.” Every day, I get smiley faces and hearts and balloons and LIKES. All of the time. Waking up and not being able to se what my followers are up to? Being totally cut off like that? My parents might as well send me to Antarctica because I’m going to be frozen out of everything. “This must be some kind of hallucination,” I say. “The parents I know would never do this to me!”

“Karma, I’m sorry,” says Mom. “But I think you are over-reacting. You knew the rules.”

“Please.” I clasp my hands together. “Please, please. Please. I’ll do anything. I’ll babysit Toby as much as you want. I’ll clean the house every single day. I’ll make dinner I’ll—”

“It’s a final decision,” says Dad.

“But I’m like… a professional. I have more followers than some companies.”

“Exactly our point, Karma,” says Mom. “You’re not a company. You’re our daughter and still a kid. And I don’t really love this obsession of yours.”

The parking lot is practically spinning. “You just don’t want me to grow up!”

I fling up my arms. “Please,” I beg. “Don’t do this.”



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Author Q&A

It is my pleasure to welcome Hillary Homzie, author of Queen of Likes, to Room With Books!

Please tell us about yourself, Hillary.

I write entertaining books for tween girls that reflect their everyday concerns, especially when it comes to friendship squabbles. My books are fast-paced and funny but definitely each one has a takeaway.

Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but along the way I also wanted to be a sketch comedian (which I did in NYC in my twenties for a few years).

How long have you been writing and who or what inspired you to write?

I’ve been writing novels for about 25 years! Wow! I was inspired to write because making up stories just makes me happy! As a kid, my favorite activity was storytelling with my Barbies, paper dolls and during let’s pretend games.

Do you have a job in addition to writing and would you tell us more about it?

I teach children’s writing at Hollins University in their summer graduate program in children’s writing and literature (in addition, they have an illustration program). This is an amazing program where students spend six weeks immersed in children’s literature and writing in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Hollins is beautiful—there’s even a horse farm right on campus. It has incredible legacy of producing of children’s book authors. Margaret Wise Brown of Goodnight Moon fame graduated from Hollins. I also teach online, interactive writing classes at the Children’s Book Academy, which is fabulous nurturing community.

How would you summarize this book in less than 20 words?

A tween girl addicted to social media must learn to thrive without her phone when her parents take it away.

Now, let’s talk about writing and how you came to be a published author.

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

I first considered myself a writer when my second grade teacher, Mrs. McCrone, said I was a writer. She was such an amazing teacher! I first became published author when I wrote a short story about learning how to pitch a baseball. It made into a baseball literary journal, Fan, and then it was anthologized in a book about baseball called Mudville Diaries!

How long did it take to get your first book published?

Um, it was pretty fast. Maybe a year. I pitched an idea for a chapter book to an editor at Simon & Schuster. He loved my voice but didn’t think that book was quite right for his list so we ended up working on another idea together, which became Alien Clones From Outer Space, my chapter book series.

How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to “The End”?

Depends on the project. I’ve written chapter books in a matter of months but typically my middle grades take about two years.

What can we expect from you in the future? More of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

More middle grade and also some contemporary chapter books, for sure. Although I’m working on an upper middle grade that’s science fantasy right now!

Who is your favorite character from your books and why are they your favorite?

I love Karma Cooper from Queen of Likes. She just wants a lot of likes on social media because she’s looking for affirmation and I can relate!

What is your routine for writing?

The morning is all about dealing with my kids: breakfasts, making lunches, the clean-up of morning madness, then I take a walk and around 9:30 ish I settle into write. I probably write for an hour or so and then often do a check-in with my critique partner. Lunch. Then more writing. Then attending to some administrative stuff. Then the afternoon is all about carpooling my kids around!

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?

Hmm, great question. The concept usually comes to me first so title/concept first—yup!

Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books?

In Things Are Gonna Get Ugly (MIX/Simon & Schuster), I want girls to think about how it’s cool to be smart, in The Hot List, I hope girls will see that it’s okay for your friends to widen their circle of friends and in my newest book Queen of Likes, I want girls to see that when they post on social media, it’s important to post what you like versus what you think others will like. Posting should not be about validation.

Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?

Paperback. I just love the feel of the paper. But eBooks are great for the convenience!

What is your favorite book and why is it your favorite? How many times would you estimate you’ve read it?

Pride and Prejudice because it’s funny, romantic and I love the social satire. I’ve read it a half-dozen times, maybe.

Do you read all the reviews of your books?


That’s enough of the serious business. How about a handful of fun questions?

What is your favorite food?  Popcorn

Who is your favorite singer or group?  Secure the Sun

What is your favorite color?  Teal blue

What is your ideal getaway dream vacation?  Tropical near a beach with calm water

What final words would you offer to our readers?

Take care of yourself—when you’re feeling happy and healthy you can be more loving to those around you!

Thank you for spending time with us at Room With Books. I appreciate your time and wish you the best with your book. I hope you will come back again!

Thanks for interviewing me!




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MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_QueenOfLikesHillary is the author of the tween novel, THE HOT LIST (Simon & Schuster/M!X) which Booklist says “captures the angst of young teen friendships and fragile identities.” She’s also the author of the middle grade novel, THINGS ARE GONNA GET UGLY (Simon & Schuster/M!X), a Justice Book-of-the-Month, which was just optioned by Priority Pictures, and the forthcoming  QUEEN OF LIKES (Simon & Schuster/Aladdin M!X, April 2016), which is about social media, as well as the humorous chapter book series, ALIEN CLONES FROM OUTER SPACE (Simon & Schuster/Aladdin), a Children’s Book-of-the-Month Best Books for Children. Emmy-nominated Suppertime Entertainment developed the books to become an animated television series and it was sold to ABC Australia. Hillary’s young adult fiction has been published in TEEN MAGAZINE and anthologized (MUDDVILLE DIARIES, Avon Books). She has sold non-fiction and fiction projects to Klutz Press/Scholastic Books, The Learning Company and John Muir Books. With her frequent writing partner, Steven Arvanites, she has had film projects developed by Brooklyn Weaver’s Energy Entertainment. Hillary got her start performing and writing sketch comedy Off-Broadway, and was a Heideman Playwrighting Award Finalist. Hillary holds a master’s degree in education from Temple University and a master’s of arts degree from Hollins University in children’s literature and writing. Currently, she’s a visiting professor of children’s literature and writing at Hollins University.

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To Win Her Heart, Dreaming August And Pass Interference Book Tour @MacCrowne @desireeholt @pumpupyourbook

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To Win Her Heart

Title: To Win Her Heart

Author: Mackenzie Crowne

Release Date: April 12, 2016

Publisher: Lyrical Shine

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: Ebook


In order to protect her, they’ll both have to let their guards down…

Country music’s It Girl Jessi Tucker is fed up with her family’s stifling security measures. The threat of a dangerous stalker has gotten the men in her life—including her football star cousin, Tuck Tucker—monitoring her every move. To get the freedom she yearns for, Jessi hatches a plan to recruit Max Grayson, Tuck’s sexy brawler best friend, to play the role of her new boyfriend. But if her scheme works, will she be forced to hide her true romantic feelings for the sake of her independence? Or will she finally steal the heart of her dream man?…

Max has been pining for Jessi for years and would do anything to protect her, but a professional cage fighter with too many skeletons in his closet has no business being with one of America’s sweethearts. Yet while Max does his best to keep Jessi at arm’s length, the Tucker family persuades him to accept her offer.

Max believes he can keep Jessi safe from danger, but can he shelter her from his own dark secrets, the media’s unforgiving spotlight—and a mutual desire that’s harder to resist each day…


Meet the Author

Wife, mother and really young grandmother, Mackenzie Crowne shares her home with her high school sweetheart husband, a neurotic Pomeranian, and a blind cat. She calls Arizona home because the southwest feeds her soul. Her love of the romance genre has been a lifelong affair, both as a reader and a writer. A bout with breast cancer sharpened her resolve to see her stories shared with others. Today, she’s a seven-year survivor, living the dream. Her friends call her Mac. She hopes you will too.


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Dreaming August

Title: Dreaming August

Author: Terri-Lynne Defino

Release Date: April 12, 2016

Publisher: Lyrical Shine

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: Ebook


Welcome to Bitterly, Connecticut, hometown of one wistful widow with a very big secret….

She should have been off-limits. After all, Benedetta “Benny” Grady is his best friend’s widow. But in the space of a whirlwind week, Daniel Greene went from strong shoulder to lean on to Benny’s ardent lover. Now Dan is determined to make Benny his bride. He hasn’t waited this long for love to let it get away so easily. But first, Benny has a few ghosts to contend with…

When Benny finds herself pregnant with Dan’s child, telling him should be easy. After all, she’s fallen hard for the wise-cracking bachelor. But how can she love another while remaining true to her late husband’s memory? Could the past hold the key to their future happiness?


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Author Defino

Writer, cat-wrangler, sparklequeen. My first fantasy novel, Finder, was published by Hadley Rille Books in October, 2010, followed by: A Time Never Lived in 2012, Jingle in 2013, and Beyond the Gate in 2013. October 2015 will see the release of Seeking Carolina (first in The Bitterly Suite) from Lyrical, an imprint of Kensington Publishing, my first step into contemporary romantic fiction.


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Pass Interference

Title: Pass Interference

Author: Desiree Holt

Release Date: April 12, 2016

Publisher: Lyrical Shine

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: Ebook


No Rules. No Limits.

Party girl Tyler Gillette has just one rule: no football players. As the daughter of the owner of the San Antonio Hawks, she grew up in the shadow of the sport and her father’s enormous wealth. She was even named Tyler because he wanted a boy. Life couldn’t have drawn up a better play for turning her into a wild child—until that same life is threatened by someone from the past . . .

Former Hawks running back Rafe Ortiz has a few rules of his own. First, no weaknesses. Second, no babysitting spoiled football princesses. But his new career as a bodyguard means he’s responsible for protecting the beautiful Tyler Gillette from her mysterious stalker. But keeping his hands off her might be harder than keeping her safe . . .


Meet the Author

Author Holt

Known to the world as the oldest author of erotic romance, Desiree Holt proves every day that she is more than the sum of her years. She is a winner of the EPIC E-Book Award, an Authors After Dark Author of the Year and winner of the Holt Medallion. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The London Daily Mail and numerous other national and international publications. She enjoys football and reading and her three cats, who are her constant writing companions.

“Get out the ice water and fan…Desiree Holt delivers smoking hot alpha heroes and red hot romances.” — Lea Franczak, USA Today Happy Ever After blog!/desireeholt



Tour Schedule

Tuesday, April 12 – Books featured at Literal Exposure

Wednesday, April 13 – Books featured at Voodoo Princess

Thursday, April 14 – Books featured at Bent Over Bookwords

Friday, April 15 – Books featured at Room With Books


Monday, April 18 – Books featured at The Review From Here

Tuesday, April 19 – Books featured at I’m Shelf-ish

Wednesday, April 20 – Books featured at A Title Wave

Thursday, April 21 – Books featured at Harmonious Publicity

Friday, April 22 – Books featured at Write and Take Flight


Monday, April 25 – Pass Interference reviewed at Becky on Books

Tuesday, April 26 – Books featured at The Literary Nook

Wednesday, April 27 – Books featured at Quest for More

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Friday, April 29 – Books featured at My Bookish Pleasures


Monday, May 2 – Books featured at All Inclusive Retort

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Wednesday, May 4 – Books featured at E-Romance News

Thursday, May 5 – Books featured at Inkslinger’s Opus

Friday, May 6 – Books featured at From Paperback to Leatherbound


Monday, May 9 – Pass Interference reviewed at Reads andReviews

Tuesday, May 10 – Books featured at Deal Sharing Aunt

Wednesday, May 11 – Books featured at The Bookworm Lodge

Thursday, May 12 – Pass Interference featured at Dawn’s Reading Nook

Friday, May 13 – Pass Interference reviewed at Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm



Cold-Blooded Book Tour @Lisalregan @GoddessFish


by Lisa Regan


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GENRE: Mystery/Suspense


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Fourteen years ago, high school track star Sydney Adams was gunned down in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. The investigation yielded useless clues, and the case went cold. But homicide detective Augustus Knox never gave up on finding Sydney’s killer. Now, retired from the police force and with only months to live, he enlists the help of private investigator Jocelyn Rush to clear the case once and for all. Armed with little more than a theory as to who murdered Sydney, Jocelyn tries to lure a killer into the open. But unraveling the mystery means facing off against a cunning psychopath whose ruthlessness knows no bounds. When more bodies start to pile up, Jocelyn has to decide just how far she’s willing to go to catch a cold-blooded killer.

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Cash waited until the door closed behind her before stepping toward Jocelyn. Her heart rate ticked up a beat. She made a conscious effort not to back away from him. She’d killed more formidable foes than him, she reminded herself. Plus Inez, Anita, and Trent were right inside.

“How could you do that?” he asked.

Jocelyn kept her face blank. She stood perfectly still. Calm. “I’m sorry?”

He paced before her, gesturing wildly toward the restaurant. “The photo,” he spat. “My wife is here with me. My wife!”

“Mr. Rigo, I’m not sure I understand what’s going on here.”

He threw his arms in the air, still pacing rapidly. He glanced behind her as if to make sure Francine wasn’t approaching. “My wife,” he said. “She doesn’t know. Sydney and I—we—” He broke off.

“Your wife doesn’t know what, Mr. Rigo?”

He froze and looked down at the ground as if considering something. When he looked back up at her, he seemed calmer somehow.

“You’re not with the police, right? I mean I know the police are here. Don’t try lying. I saw that man back there by the bathrooms. He’s a detective, I bet. Here from the police. But you, you’re not with the police, right?”

“I’m a private investigator,” Jocelyn answered.

He drew closer, his voice quieter. “If I tell you something, you can’t—you can’t, like, do anything about it, right?”

“I’m not a priest, Mr. Rigo.”


Book Review

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Cold-Blooded from Lisa Regan in exchange for an honest review.

It is my pleasure to have the opportunity to read and review Cold-Blooded by Lisa Regan.

I absolutely love getting myself lost in the midst of a great mystery novel and seeing if I can figure out the who and the how before I get to the end and have my investigative skills validated, or in the case of Cold-Blooded, completely discredited.

Ms. Regan has written a novel that is filled with great writing, loads of action and plenty of suspense. My attention didn’t wane while I was dashing from page to page to see where Jocelyn Rush and her associates would take me next in the solving of a fourteen-year-old cold case.

Cold-Blooded is a truly appealing novel and I was very reluctant to put it down from the moment I started reading.

I highly recommend Cold-Blooded by Lisa Regan and give it five steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee.




©April 10, 2016

Patricia, Room With Books


Author Q&A

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Lisa Regan, author of Cold-Blooded, on Room With Books!

Hi, Lisa, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Please tell us a little about yourself and your background.

I am a wife and mother. I work full time as a legal assistant. I have a Bachelor Degree in English and a Master of Education degree, both from Bloomsburg University. I live in Philadelphia and I am the author of four crime novels. I have a major sweet tooth and I love romantic comedies. I watch Friends reruns obsessively, and I could eat pizza every single night of the week, but I don’t cause that would be very bad.

What were you like at school?

I was very quiet and reserved. In grade school and high school, I was horribly, painfully shy. Petrified of speaking in front of people. By the time I got to college I was over that. I was always a good student. When I got to college and got to take all those awesome English courses, I really became passionate about school.

Were you good at English?

I don’t like to be a horn-tooter but I would have to say yes. In my senior year of undergrad the English faculty voted me the Most Outstanding Student in the Major of English, which was pretty awesome.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I just want to write good books that readers will love.

Which writers inspire you?

Karin Slaughter, Dennis Lehane, Gillian Flynn, John Connolly, Jennifer Hillier, Michael Infinito,Jr., Nancy S. Thompson, Gregg Hurwitz, Carrie Butler, Dana Mason. Those are just a few. There are so many amazing writers out there!

Give us an insight into your main character, Jocelyn Rush. What does she do that is special?

Jocelyn Rush is very tough and assertive. She says just whatever is on her mind and doesn’t feel the need to filter or apologize. I love that about her. She has an extremely strong sense of justice and she doesn’t bend for anyone.

What are you working on at this time?

I’m working on a sequel to my first novel, Finding Claire Fletcher. It’s called Over The Edge. It’s about a woman with a seemingly perfect life who crashes a car full of children into a river and the investigation that ensues.

Which actress would you like to see playing Jocelyn from Cold-Blooded?

Alexandra Daddario, Minka Kelly, Emilia Clarke or Brie Larson

What made you decide to sit down and actually start writing?

I’ve been writing since I was eleven years old. I used to keep all these notes in folders and one day one of my parents came home with a typewriter. I never stopped writing. I think it was that typewriter.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

No special time. I get up, get my daughter ready for school, try to catch the first fifteen minutes of the Today Show. I always have my notebook there and tell myself I’ll write a few words, and I always fall asleep. I go to work. Sometimes in the car I will use a dictation app and I’ll speak a scene on my way to work. Sometimes I try that and it’s an utter disaster. I work eight hours. Sometimes I will have to go to the post office so while I’m waiting in line, I will take out my notebook and scribble something down. Sometimes I’ll have a doctor’s appointment. Those are the very best. The wait times are ridiculous which means I get a lot of writing done. I get home from work and we have dinner. Then it’s homework time. Depending on how engaged my husband and daughter are in other things, sometimes I can get a few words down after dinner. Then it’s bedtime for my daughter. I used to get a lot of writing done during her wind-down time but not so much anymore. Now I try to stay awake long enough after she is asleep to scribble something down. But I also like to actually spend time with my husband at the end of the day so that’s hard too. Although if he falls asleep before me, then I write. On Saturdays, my daughter usually has art class which is three hours long so I get a lot done then.

Where do your ideas come from?

What-if scenarios. I’m always asking myself: what if this and what if that? I extrapolate from there and often a story is born.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I see where it takes me first and then if it seems viable, I’ll do a bit of outlining, then some writing, then more outlining and pretty soon, I’ve got a book.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Quieting your insecurity. Putting words on the page can be easy but not when you’ve got that little inner critic whispering in your ear about how badly you suck.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors.

Karin Slaughter, Dennis Lehane, Gillian Flynn, John Connolly, Jennifer Hillier, Michael Infinito,Jr., Nancy S. Thompson, Gregg Hurwitz, Carrie Butler, Dana Mason

For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

eBooks. I’ll still buy paperback books but I prefer ebooks cause I can really read anywhere, even on my phone.

What books are you reading at present?

I am re-reading some Dennis Lehane books and also reading The Last Breath by Kimberly Belle

Tell us about the cover and how it came about.

I knew I wanted something dark with a figure lying prone and something with a forest in it. I just kind of threw that at my cover artist, Carrie with Forward Authority Design with a bunch of vague instructions on how I wanted it to feel and somehow she came up with this incredibly awesome cover. I love, love, love what she did with the flashlight beam coming from behind the title. She is truly amazing. I will never understand how she takes my vague and inarticulate thoughts and makes them into awesome covers! I love her work so much.

Do you think that giving books away free works and why?

Of course. The best way to get readers is still word of mouth, if you ask me. When you give someone a free book, you hope they’ll read it and then lend it to someone else who will read it, like it and recommend it and so on. I’ve often given away one of my books only to have that person love it so much, they went out and bought all the others. What I want are fans and the only way to get fans is for people to READ your books. So a giveaway is never a waste. I’ve even experienced scenarios where the person I gave it to never read the book, but their friend or relative did and that person loved it and began recommending it to others. That’s a fabulous thing.

How do you relax?

A hot bath. I love hot bubble baths!

What is your favorite quote?

I think it’s a zen proverb of some kind but it goes: “Leap and the net will appear.”

What is your favorite movie?

Tough call. Probably Man On Fire with Denzel Washington or The Italian Job with Mark Wahlberg

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Check out my website at It will have all the other links you’ll need!

Any final words?

Just thank you so much for having me. I really appreciate it!

Thank you very much for taking the time to take part in this interview.



Meet the Author

Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime/suspense novelist.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.  Her debut novel, Finding Claire Fletcher won Best Heroine and was runner up in Best Novel in the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards for 2013. Her second novel, Aberration won Best Twist in the 2014 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent Book Awards. Her third novel, Hold Still was released by Thomas & Mercer in 2014 and has been translated into German. She is at work on her fifth novel. Find out more on Lisa’s website:

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The Productivity Book Virtual Book Tour @michaelbrecht @GoddessFish

The Productivity Book

by Michael Brecht


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GENRE: Non-fiction/time management


About the Book

Ever wondered what the secret is to productivity? Here’s a hint: there isn’t just one. Introducing the Doodle Productivity Book! Containing in-depth interviews with 30 of the world’s top productivity & time management experts, this book lifts the lid on the industry’s best kept tips and tricks. The result? An engaging and practical guide that will help you find your natural pace, so you can work smarter—not harder.

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Since the questions we asked opened a window into a day in the life of a productivity expert, we wanted our final conclusion to reflect this. So, here’s our summary of what a productive day should look like.

The perfect day starts the night before. Outline your goals. Whether this is a simple to-do list or time blocking, make sure tomorrow’s objectives are clear. Then sleep on it.

Everyone needs a different amount of sleep. Know what works for you and structure your schedule around that. Nearly all of our experts cited adequate rest as essential to maintaining productivity.

Wake up bright and early. Leave enough time to spend at least an hour and a half preparing for the day. Whether it’s reading, yoga, Pilates, running or simply thinking. Follow this with a healthy breakfast and you’re good to go.

Get to work. Now that you’ve prepared mentally, it’s time to take on the day. This period is when you’re at your most productive, so use it wisely. Let the calls go to voicemail, put your cellphone on silent and don’t answer emails. Emails are rarely worth your most energized and motivated moments. Unless it’s a creative meeting, don’t take it.

If you need time constraints, use a timer! Or the Pomodoro Technique.

Once you’re into the afternoon, time block to focus on admin and less important tasks like responding to emails and taking meetings. This will stop you from getting distracted and help you to focus on one thing at a time.

Because your brain is slower, this is the best part of the day to incorporate technology. So, start up your favorite tried and tested apps and use them to help you take notes, see your reminders, book appointments and whatever else is important. And remember, saying “no” can be more productive than “yes”.

By this point, you should have had a highly productive day. So, use the evening to relax with friends or family. But remember: A little planning the night before can go a long way toward having a successful, fulfilling tomorrow.


Book Review

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of The Productivity Book by Michael Brecht for the purpose of an honest review.

What a great book to read for someone like me who has difficulties with time management. I am a wife, church member, best friend, active “gramma”, reviewer, tour host, and would-be author. I am involved in two weekly Bible studies, training a service dog for my current and future needs, multiple doctors’ appointments, walking several times a week and those are just the highlights. I used to have a full-time job and I have no idea how I manage to get anything accomplished!

Reading through the interviews with different perspectives on how to manage productivity gives me so many, almost too many, things to think about, but the interview that most speaks to my life is by Andrea Feinberg. This piece of the interview fits so well with my life’s priority.

“Do you measure your productivity? If so, what’s your metric?

This is easy—I like to end each day recounting everything I accomplished to my husband. This helps me recall all the victories and advances.

Michael Brecht (2015-10-12T22:00:00+00:00). The Productivity Book (Kindle Locations 784-785). Doodle AG, Zurich. Kindle Edition.”

My biggest challenge now is weeding through the productivity tools and finding the ones that best suit me and my desired work load! What a wonderful job Mr. Brecht has done in compiling the ultimate learn “how to” book in The Productivity Book.

If you, or someone you know, needs real life examples of how others manage their priorities and the tools that help, this is definitely a book you’ll want to pick up.

I give The Productivity Book by Michael Brecht four steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee.



©March 13, 2016

Patricia, Room With Books



About the Author

MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_TheProductivityBookI am a serial entrepreneur, have more than twenty years of experience in IT and Digital Media and have held several international leadership positions in Europe and AustralAsia.

Since the beginning of 2014 I am CEO of Doodle – the world’s favourite online scheduling tool. Together with my fantastic team we have integrated Doodle into the Digital Portfolio of Tamedia AG, Switzerland’s largest media company. Our focus is to grow the business into a global application while strengthening its product offerings and continuing its successful monetisation. Doodle AG is a highly profitable business with offices in Zurich and Berlin.

My experience ranges from founding a start-up to various exits to multi-national corporates and subsequent integration. I enjoy topics of digital transformation and the leadership of highly innovative teams with a particular focus on growing a business internationally.

Now that digitalisation is increasingly becoming a topic for all businesses from start-up to large corporate, I have decided to start my own blog. Here you’ll find information on productivity topics, quotes about personal and professional efficiency, my reviews of awesome apps I use myself and I am trying to present a few stories that aren’t meant to be too serious too.

In my private life I am married and our home comprises of four children and our dog (an Australian Labradoodle). We are currently living in five different countries and I myself carry a German and an Australian passport. I enjoy sports, in particular football, swimming, tennis and all kinds of outdoor activities and I am passionate about the discovery of great wines.

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Horizon Book Tour @tlordauthor @GoddessFish


by Tabitha Lord

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GENRE: Science Fiction/Fantasy


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Caeli Crys isn’t living—she’s surviving. On the run after the genocide of her empathic people, she witnesses a spaceship crash near her hidden camp. When she feels the injured pilot suffering from miles away, she can’t help but risk discovery to save his life.

Commander Derek Markham awakens stranded on an uncharted planet. His co-pilot is dead, his ship is in ruins, and he’s only alive because a beautiful young woman is healing him with her mind.

As Derek recovers, Caeli shares the horror of her past and her fear for the future. When Derek’s command ship, Horizon, sends rescue, Derek convinces Caeli to leave with him. But his world is as treacherous as hers—full of spies, interplanetary terrorist plots, and political intrigue. Soon the Horizon team is racing to defend an outlying planet from a deadly enemy, and Caeli’s unique skills may just give them the edge they need to save it.




“Caeli, is everything okay?” he asked while they sat by the fire and she prepared their food.

She didn’t look at him but nodded. “It was a small group of Amathi soldiers. They were on the other side of the river coming through a pass, but heading in the opposite direction.”

“Do you think they might be looking for my ship?” Derek asked, a knot of dread forming.

“It’s possible,” Caeli acknowledged hesitantly.

“Shit,” he cursed under his breath.

“Or they could just be looking for ore deposits. Anyway, it would take some effort for them to get to this side of the river. It’s why I chose to make camp here. We’re okay. At least for a while.”

I don’t want to run anymore. Caeli didn’t speak out loud, but Derek heard her as clearly as if she did. Her face held a haunted look he hadn’t seen before, and despite her reassuring words, he knew she was more worried than she was letting on.

She passed him a bowl but didn’t take one for herself. Anxiety poured off her, and he didn’t have to be empathic to feel it.

Carefully, he put his bowl aside and turned to face her. “Caeli, how did you escape from Novalis?”

She looked in his eyes and then dropped her gaze to the ground. “I didn’t.”

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Author Interview

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Tabitha Lord author of Horizon.

Hi Tabitha, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Please tell us a little about yourself and your background.

Thank you so much for hosting me today! I’m married with four kids, a dog and a cat. Before writing became my full-time career, I worked in admissions at the Meadowbrook Waldorf School, and I taught Latin in the middle school for over a decade. At one time, I wanted to be a doctor, and I even began medical school. But med school with small children was, for me, an impossible task, and the timing was never right for me to finish.

What were you like at school?

I was a good student, and although I wasn’t too fond of high school, I loved college. I started as an English major and then switched to Classics. The Classics department at Holy Cross, my alma mater, is truly world class! I enjoyed the sheer academic rigor of the major, and the experience of immersing myself in the ancient cultures and languages.

Several years later, I started thinking seriously about a career in medicine and I went back to school to complete my pre-med requirements. While I’d always been a strong student in the humanities, I’d previously struggled with science. But once I tried again as an adult, my experience was totally different! I aced those science and math classes and was accepted into medical school.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

My greatest ambition is to tell good stories. I hope my readers fall in love with my characters and lose themselves in the plot. I hope to keep writing for as long as I’m able.

As a more practical answer, when I started down this path, I asked myself what it would look like to be a working writer. What would be my definition of success? I think my definition of success may change over time, but I do feel like a working writer! Currently, in addition to completing my science fiction series, of which Horizon is the first installment, my short story “Homecoming” will be released this summer in the anthology titled Sirens by World Weaver Press. I’m also a contributing writer for the blog where I have the privilege of interviewing fabulous authors and reviewing amazing books, and I host my own author blog which focuses mostly on parenting, writing craft, and some personal musings.

Which writers inspire you?

Wow! How do I choose? Diana Gabaldon for sure. She created one of my all time favorite series and her work is both smart and emotionally charged. I covet J.K Rowling’s expansive imagination and skill at world building. Isabel Allende is one of my old favorites for her stunningly beautiful prose. And of course, the great Stephen King! Ask me this question next week, though, and I bet I’ll have another whole list!

Give us an insight into your main character. What does Caeli do that makes her special?

My female main character, Caeli, is an empathic healer. Not only can she sense emotions and actually read thoughts but she can repair the human body with her mind. If I’m never going to become a doctor, at least I can create one with awesome skills!

What are you working on at the minute?

I’m currently drafting Horizon’s sequel. It’s about one third of the way finished, with the rest pretty well outlined. In Horizon, Caeli leaves her world just as it’s on the brink of another major uprising. In the second book, she’ll return and re-join the resistance movement.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead characters from Horizon?

I can imagine Lily James as Caeli. She portrayed such a lovely, resilient Cinderella! I’m not sure I can choose a Derek, though! I have a not-so-secret crush on him, and I’m not ready to turn him into a “real” man yet!

What made you decide to sit down and actually start writing?

As my children got older, and the dynamics of my family shifted, I began to consider changing careers. While I pondered what was next for me professionally I took on a yearlong writing project at work thinking it would give me the change of pace I needed. Turns out it was one of the most satisfying things I’d ever done in my career. Since I was in the habit of writing every day for work, I challenged myself to write creatively every day as well. Lo and behold, when the report was finished a year later, so was my first manuscript. And honestly, it was the joy I found in writing that finally allowed me to let go of the dream of becoming a doctor.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

I write every day, but what I’m writing and when I write varies. I’m obsessive about planning my time, so every Sunday I look at the coming weeks and determine if I have any blog posts due, author interview deadlines, or reviews to write, and I plan those first. If I’m in the middle of a draft, I make sure to work on that project a little each day, even if it’s only to reread what I wrote the day before, so I can keep the flow of the story going. I also plan time for reading every day.

Some days I check off everything on my to-do list, and sometimes I don’t check off a thing! But, my habit of structuring my time, and writing something every day, is a good discipline so I at least stick to that part of it.

Where do your ideas come from?

Sometimes my stories begin with a character. They will often appear fully formed, complete with names, occupations, and personalities, and I will see if they have a story to tell me. Other times, I have a concept or a scene that I’ve been playing around with in my mind and I’ll sit with it for a while to see if a story forms around it. Sometimes I’ll be doing regular things, like grocery shopping, or having dinner at a restaurant, and I look at the people around me and think, “They all have a story.” I may not get to tell all their stories, but I get to be a storyteller, and that’s an honor and a privilege.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I’m a loose outliner. Generally, I have the concept for the book well worked out before I dive in, but I leave plenty of room for interesting plot twists. During the first draft, I write mostly sequentially, but if a later scene just won’t leave my head, I’ll jump to it and spend some time on it.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Finding long, uninterrupted hours to work!

For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

I prefer traditional hard covers or paperbacks. But I like my e-reader for titles I don’t want the kids to see!

What books are you reading at present?

I just finished an ARC title The Two Family House by debut novelist Lynda Cohen Loigman. It was absolutely phenomenal! For one of my book clubs, I’m reading Etta and Otto and Russell and James. I’ll also be interviewing anthologist Rhonda Parrish next month, so I am reading one of her short story collections titled B is for Broken. And last, I’m reading Jonathan Kellerman’s latest book Breakdown for fun!

Please tell us about the cover and how it came about.

I’d love to give a big shout out to Horizon’s cover artist, Steven Meyer-Rassow. He is incredibly talented and amazing to work with. You can check out Steven’s website here:

One of the first things we talked about was how Horizon crosses genres. I’ve been asked to describe my book in ten words and here’s what I came up with: science fiction meets romance meets survival fiction meets military thriller! The cover, therefore, needed to have wide appeal. It needed to be intriguing and eye-catching enough for non sci-fi readers to pick it up, yet stylistically still fit in with its main genre. Steven accomplished this brilliantly.

Horizon is the first book in a planned trilogy, and we also discussed “branding” the series somehow. So in addition to amazing cover artwork, Steve created a title treatment that will carry through and give all the future Horizon books a cohesive look.

Do you think that giving books away free works and why?

I’m not a fan of giving away books. Writers work so hard to bring their stories into the world, and indie writers often have to fund their projects themselves. This should be worth something to readers. I understand deep discounts as a marketing strategy, but on principle free doesn’t seem fair, even if it works as a promotional tool.

How do you relax?

With a cup of tea and a good book!

What is your favorite quote?

“Do or do not. There is no try.” –Yoda

What is your favorite movie?

Star Wars! I even wrote a blog post about it! I was seven years old when I saw the movie for the first time and it impacted me in countless ways – from my toy collection, to the books I chose to read, to my later love of astronomy. And of course it influenced my decision to begin my writing career with sci-fi. In my opinion, Star Wars is still the most epic space opera ever to grace book or film!

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Readers can find me all over the web!

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Twitter: @tlordauthor




Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.

It was a pleasure! Thank you so much for having me.



About the Author

Tabitha currently lives in Rhode Island, a few towns away from where she grew up. She is married, has four great kids, a spoiled Ragdoll cat, and lovable black lab. The house is noisy and the dinner table full! She holds a degree in Classics from College of the Holy Cross and taught Latin for years at a small, independent Waldorf school. She also worked in the admissions office there before turning her attention to full-time writing.

You can visit her blog at where she posts author interviews, hosts guest bloggers, and discusses some favorite topics including parenting and her writing journey. Horizon is her first novel.

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Hidden Chamber of Death Book Tour @GoddessFish

Hidden Chamber of Death

by Hawk MacKinney

The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series, Book One


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GENRE: Mystery/Suspense


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Hidden Chamber of Death is a compelling tale of intrigue, murder, deception and suspense that leads retired Navy SEAL/part-time private investigator Craige Ingram in search of the connection between seemingly random murders and a banking conspiracy.  Working with the local homicide investigator, who just happens to be a former Navy buddy, Craige Ingram’s attempts to protect a lonely widow and solve the case before another person dies are only thwarted by a psychotic killer whose motivation is based on pure depraved pleasure.  In this first book of the MOCCASIN HOLLOW MYSTERY SERIES, the instincts and skills Ingram and his buddy acquired as Navy SEALS are tested to their limits.


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The battered, green side door with its peeling, leprosy paint framed one small window with smudged shattered wire-glass. The door cracked just enough for a pair of bright blue eyes to peek out at him.

A voice said, “That you, Mister Craige?” The grey head was hardly visible.

“Yes,” Craige said. “Sallie Mae, that you?” Got no answer, and she didn’t come out.

The door left ajar; rusty hinges squeaked as Craige pushed against it and stepped into a vacuous, black void, the air heavy with a peculiar, stale warmth. He was more than queasy. It had the makings of a perfect ambush layout. Talk about the perfect setup. If Zeb hadn’t OKed the time and place, he would’ve been out of there. Except for jumbled, grimy clutter and vague outlines in a trashed yawning interior, he could make out no details. As his eyes adjusted, Craige found himself facing two frail figures who’d been standing there the whole time.

“Sallie Mae?”

With a fragile movement Sallie Mae said, “Right here. A’gatha Ruth here’s not too pleased about Zeb tellin’ you where to find us.”

“Don’t like this a darn tootin’,” Agatha said. “Nobody’s bizness.” She was testy. “Plenty robbin ‘n ‘killin’ to be took care of ‘stead of cops pokin’ in folk’s private matters. Botherin’ folks what druthers be left alone.”

“I don’t work for the police,” Craige said.

Agatha continued, “Fiddle-de-dee, who you think you’re foolin’? Tain’t a mite of difference twixt you and MacGerald ‘cept he calls it what it be—cop.” She had wizened, bottomless eyes. “Claimin’ we make corn squeezin’s.” Her ire rose. “Don’t try puttin’ no lyin’ to me. I know what the likes of you is after. Them bunch of scallywags wants you to help take away Sallie Mae’s croup potions.” Wiped her mouth with her hand. “That’s what, you’re after Sallie’s makin’s.” She didn’t care for him one bit.

“We been run out from lots’a places,” Sallie Mae said. “Lord knows, these old bones don’t take up much room, and these empty buildings ain’t no use fer nothin’ much.”

Craige interrupted, “Zeb told me you saw the killing in the bank’s garage.”

“Both of us seen it,” Agatha said. “What you want to know for anyhow? We ain’t talkin’ to no cops. Might as well git that out on the table right now. They throw us in jail, say we the ones what did it till we tell where our still wuz.”

“You see who did it?” Craige asked.

“‘Course we seen the man who done it,” Sallie Mae said. “Didn’t see no face, saw his big black car, the kind what rich folks drive.” She shook her head. “Lordy mercy, that poor woman didn’t have no chance.”

Agatha nodded, “Skeer a body plumb to death. Gives me chill blains jus’ thinkin’ on it. Like some animal, like he wadn’t mad. Jes took o’nry mean pleasure beating her.”

Craige asked, “You know it was a man?”

“Jesus my all!” Agatha Ruth spit snuff juice into a paper stuffed big peach can. “You ain’t much good at detecting if you cain’t tell whether a body be man or woman. Maybe you need readin’ glasses. Gettin’ a mite blurry myself, but I don’t have to see a body close-up to tell it was a man, and sure didn’t want that one close-up no how. Tell by the way he hit. He was hefty enough he didn’t have to put much swing to it. Kept whackin’n’whackin’, blood everywhere. Even after she mostly quit moving, he kept hittin’n’hittin’, her legs just’a jerkin’.”

Craige made a mental note to check with Fred if any clothing, gloves, anything showed DNA different from any of the victims.

“Awful!” Sallie Mae shivered. “We hunkered down so he wouldn’t see us.” The filtered light framed Sallie Mae’s dignified, wrinkled face, ancient beyond years with a proud reserve.

Agatha said, “Even after the police got there, we never told them what we seen.”


Book Review

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Hidden Chamber of Death, Book One of The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series, by Hawk MacKinney for the purpose of an honest review.

It is my pleasure to have had the opportunity to read and review Hidden Chamber of Death by Hawk MacKinney.

This is the first book of Mr. MacKinney’s that I have read, but not the first I have heard of his writing. He has been a frequent visitor here on Room With Books. And an author that it has been my pleasure to host time and again.

I was not disappointed for a moment with Hidden Chamber of Death. I love the way Mr. MacKinney writes his characters, real enough you can hear them talking in your head as you read along and so alive you could almost reach out and touch them.

The search for a psychotic (no, TRULY psychotic) killer makes this first book in The Moccasin Trace Series an absolute thrill to read. I know I consumed Hidden Chamber of Death without hesitation once I began reading it.

I highly recommend Hidden Chamber of Death, Book One of The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series, by Hawk MacKinney and encourage you to pick up a copy right away. I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed with it!

I give Hidden Chamber of Death by Hawk MacKinney five steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee (the first cups I’ve given since learning how to use my new Keurig ;-).)



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Q&A with the Author

Do you have any relation to a homicide investigator?

Not on a regular basis. I do know investigator(s) on specific cases, the `professional’ who eyes the bizarre with a keen mind and keener paranoia/suspicions lurking in the human animal.

Are your characters based on or inspired from real people?

All of them…people-watching is fascinating. Zoo-animals studied in airports, restaurants, malls, shopping centers, rest stops, freeway drivers with their “smart” phones, driving with their feet. Anywhere one can observe Pavlovian behavior that often has to be cleaned up before painting murder & mayhem with words…chaos WAY beyond sordid X-rated.

Which was the hardest character to write?

”Hardest” doesn’t describe the wrap enclosing complex character(s), but they’re the most exciting to bring to life. The more difficult a character is to create, the more the reader enjoys it. Gimme a good character, and I can take a reader anywhere…even across the galaxies. Don’t ever forget the reader.

My most difficult character in Hidden Chamber:

The complexities of the Bergamot character…Zebulon embodied divergences & personality facets that let him turn on a dime, yet ones that couldn’t be loosed to the reckless…a guarded character who never took anything for granted…except Grannie’s kindness & hero-worship of the protagonist.

Which was the easiest character to write?

”Easiest” is simple. The victims of felony foul murder OR the connivers who delude themselves into believe no one knows what they’re doing. It’s the oldest of trip-ups that can derail a PI on the trail/hunt, or trap the most devious.

My easiest character in Hidden Chamber:

It was Terri. Coming from families of strong, voluptuous, warm, fascinating, determined, creative, utterly feminine Southron women, her character was practically pre-written for me before I could walk. With her opposites also part of the gene pool bloodlines, contrasts between polar opposites make great examples. Luved ‘em all…well…most of ‘em.

What is the last great book you’ve read?

Boots On The Ground. Nonfiction, gruff & gritty about the sweat, tears, sordid, sad, success of some of our finest special forces, and how much we ALL owe them, as well as the hog pen stench of cover-ups by the higher-ups…military & civilian.

Do you schedule a number of book signings per year; budget for advertising and marketing; and attend conferences or other writers’ events?

The publishing/marketing/editing team members often suggest things throughout the year–often a year or more in advance. It never becomes a priority with this writer. BUT advance scheduling it’s a good managing road map, mainly for managing time, but for eliminating unexpected time-eaters as well.




About the Author

Internationally acclaimed author and public speaker, Hawk MacKinney began writing mysteries for his school newspapers. Following graduation, he served in the US Navy for over 20 years. While serving as a Navy Commander, he also had a career as a full-time faculty member at several major state medical facilities. He earned two postgraduate degrees with studies in languages and history. He has taught postgraduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem, Israel.

In addition to professional articles and texts on fetal and adult anatomy, Hawk has authored several novels that have received national and international recognition. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel, was nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award. This was followed by the Craige Ingram Mystery Series. In a change of direction, October of 2012 saw the release of Hawk’s first science fiction novel, The Bleikovat Event, in The Cairns of Sainctuarie series. Volume II in The Cairns of Sainctuarie series, The Missing Planets, was released in 2014 with Volume III in the works.

Hawk’s latest project focuses on The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series. Book 1 in the series, Hidden Chamber of Death, was just released, and Book 2 in the series, Westobou Gold, will be released in the fall.

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Hunters of the Dream Book One: The Gathering Book Tour @HuntersTheDream @GoddessFish

Hunters of the Dream Trilogy

Book One: The Gathering

by Ingrid Koivukangas


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GENRE: YA Fantasy


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When the summer holidays begin, Aurora thinks she’s just a normal teenager about to have another boring summer. Then, for her seventeenth birthday, Nana Brin gives her a long-silent Oracle that has been passed down through their family for generations. The mysterious Oracle soon awakens in response to the creeping Darkness that is escaping and destroying all worlds. Aurora must quickly find the courage to come to terms with her calling as the Huntress of the Dream.




As the Bone Seer began to pick up another bone, she hesitated, cocking her head from side to side, as if listening to someone speaking. She breathed in sharply, surprised, and suddenly frightened, and in a high pitched voice began singing:

The wise one will read the signs,

As the all seeing one awakens,

When the drum woman travels,

And the compass unravels,

And he, who swims between worlds,

Joins the one who sparks and twirls,

The broken wing is set free,

The wolves howl and protect thee,

Gathering under a double moon,

Agreements hewn,

The Huntress is born again,

As Darkness slips its chains.

Looking directly into Aurora’s eyes she hissed, “The Darkness is waking, Aurora. There are many teachings you must complete, and amulets and allies to gather in preparation for the battles ahead. You must find your fellow hunters before the Darkness escapes and finds you, or all will be lost.


Author Interview

It is my pleasure to welcome Ingrid Koivukangas, author of Hunters of the Dream, to Room With Books.

Thank you for being here to answer questions and interact with our readers. First I have a few questions to ask about yourself.

Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

I wrote my first story when I was seven years old, and a novella at twelve years old–I was hooked, passionate about becoming a writer. Then I discovered art and design and got side tracked, but I always continued writing: journals, haiku and poetry.

How long have you been writing and who or what inspired you to write?

I don’t really remember at time when I wasn’t writing something. I think I was inspired to write by reading great books, by stories that deeply affected me. The Chronicles of Narnia made a huge impression on me when I was seven years old.

Do you do a job in addition to writing and would you tell us more about it?

I am self-employed. I’m an environmental artist and designer, as well as being a writer. As an environmental artist I work intuitively with dreams and site energies to create work that connects the viewer to a specific natural site. In this magical space I walk between worlds – entering a world of wonder where I communicate with the Earth, the Spirit world, and the Animal, Insect and Plant worlds. I work in a similar manner when I’m writing. Hunters of the Dreams weaves together the way that I work as an artist, with the magic of writing – calling forth characters and stories to reconnect readers to their innate memories of ancient mysteries and our deep connections to all beings, both seen and unseen.

Now, let’s talk about writing and how you came to be a published author.

How would you summarize this book in less than 20 words?

Sorry I tried but can’t make my response less than 28 words: Aurora’s a normal teenager, then she’s given an Oracle that awakens in response to the Darkness. Will she find the courage to lead the Hunters of the Dream?

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

I’ve always been a writer but I didn’t consider myself a ‘real’ writer –an author– until I held the first print copy of Hunters of the Dream in my hands.

How long did it take to get your first book published?

It took a year for the entire process – from sitting down in earnest to write, to finished book. But the characters for Hunters of the Dream began arriving six years ago, when I first moved to Salt Spring Island.

How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to “The End”?

It takes me six to eight months to finish writing the book that I send to my editor, and then another 3 to 4 months for the editing process.

What can we expect from you in the future? More of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

I’m currently working on Book Two: Darkness Approaching of the Hunters of the Dream Trilogy.

Who is your favorite character from your books and why are they your favorite?

I don’t think I have one favorite character. I like all of them for different reasons, even the ‘bad’ guys.

I like Aurora for her honesty and bravery; Beaumont Seabring for his chivalry; Ronan Havelock for his grit; Eirwen for her, seemingly, naive cheerfulness; Nana Brin for her wisdom; Vaadin for her healer’s sensibility; Nodin for his bumbling goofiness, and Thanatos for having a glimmer of light at the center of his dark, dark, heart.

What is your routine for writing?

I like starting early in the morning and write for a couple of hours. Many times I go back to writing in the evening, especially if the story won’t let me sleep!

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?

The title arrives somewhere during the writing process, sometimes during dreams.

Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books?

The underlying message I hope to share is that we are each far more powerful than we believe we are. And magic is alive and well in our world, we just don’t recognize it because we have forgotten how to listen–and it’s never too late to learn how.

Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?

I read eBooks if I want to get a book quickly, but I prefer paperback books.

What is your favorite book and why is it your favorite? How many times would you estimate you’ve read it?

I have a few favorite books, from different genres. I’ve read most of them more than twice. The common thread they share is just simply: excellent storytelling. They are:

Stephen King: The Stand

Dostoyevsky: Crime and Punishment

C.S. Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia

J.R.R. Tolkein: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit

Do you read all the reviews of your books?


That’s enough of the serious business. How about a handful of fun questions!

What is your favorite food? Japanese!

Who is your favorite singer or group? Too many to just choose one.

What is your favorite color? If I have to choose just one: purple

What is your ideal getaway dream vacation? Just quiet time away from ‘work’ with my husband.

What final words would you offer to our readers?

If you harbor a dream of becoming a published author don’t give up on your dream.  Just keep writing.

Thank you for spending time on Room With Books. I appreciate your time and wish you the best with Hunters of the Dream. I do hope you will come back again!



About the Author


Ingrid Koivukangas, BFA, MFA, is an award winning environmental artist, writer, designer, Reiki Master and educator.

As an artist Ingrid works intuitively at sites creating new works in response to sites and their energies and histories both natural and human. Her work encompasses many media including site specific ephemeral, large scale public works, writing, video, photography, sound, web, sculpture, painting, drawing and printmaking.

Ingrid’s artworks have been exhibited in Canada, the USA, Europe and Asia. She’s been featured as an artist in residence on CBC-TV; has had numerous gallery exhibitions; has many site specific ephemeral works left in situ and large scale permanent public art projects.

Ingrid’s artworks have been included in many publications and books including: Art in Action: Nature, Creativity and Our Collective Future, published by the Natural World Museum and the United Nations Environmental Programme and Art + Science Now: How scientific research and technological innovation are becoming key to 21st-century aesthetics by Stephen Wilson, Professor of Conceptual and Information Arts at San Francisco State University. One of her favourite publications to be included in is Scholastic Book’s Now See This! Art That Influences.

Ingrid has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with Distinction, from the University of British Columbia Okanagan and a Master of Fine Arts, Environmental Sculpture, from the University of Calgary. You can view her work at:

Ingrid lives on Salt Spring Island with her husband Robin, two dogs, Lucy and Scout, and a fierce cat named Hunter.

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I’d Rather Wear Pajamas Virtual Book Tour @chelseaflagg @GoddessFish

I’d Rather Wear Pajamas

by Chelsea Walker Flagg


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GENRE: Humor/Memoir


About the Book Everybody has the awesome opportunity to find their own strength and path through life. Some come about their self-discoveries through studying and working hard. Others (Chelsea) spend their time nearly burning down kitchens and driving around the country with a car full of hangers.

Chelsea grew up wanting to be “strong.” She thought arguing her way through childhood and becoming a world-class attorney would get her there. But, through a series of humorous, and only slightly embarrassing events, Chelsea comes to realize that maybe her strength is meant to shine in different ways.




“I tried to contain my excitement when my second grade teacher announced that our school’s Professional Day was coming up and we were all encouraged to dress up as what we wanted to be when we grew up. Now, just try to picture what your local veterinarian looks like and what they might wear on a daily basis to stand out from other occupations. You can’t, right?

Some parents had it easy; I mean how hard is it to make your child look like a firefighter or a member of middle management? My poor mom had a bigger task at hand. That’s why my costume ended up including a white bathrobe which I think was supposed to be a labcoat and an old pair of tortoise-shell sunglasses (lenses removed). In one hand I carried one of my million stuffed animals and in the other, a clipboard. I’m not entirely sure how a clipboard was going to prove that I was a veterinarian, but I was confident that if the clipboard didn’t give it away, the broken sunglasses definitely would. In a low childhood moment for me, not a single person – student or teacher – could guess what I was.

Even with the setback, I still knew I’d be the world’s best vet. My favorite animals by far were cats. To give you an idea of how in love with cats I was, imagine the person or thing that you love more than life itself, and then times that love by 100. I think it’s fair to use the word obsessed.

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Chelsea was once obsessed with cats, longed to live in a big city, didn’t think she would ever have children, and aspired to be an attorney. She now lives in Boulder, Colorado as a stay-at-home mom and comedic writer with her husband and three daughters. She has no current plans to own a cat.

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