BOOK REVIEW – MAKING PEACE WITH SUICIDE by Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D. @Adeleheals

Making Peace with Suicide

by Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D.

Publisher: White Flowers Press (Oct 28, 2014)
Category: Self-Help, Mental Illness, Grief, Psychology
Tour dates: Oct/Nov, 2017
ISBN: 978-0982117620
ASIN: B00S46SGFI
Available in Print & ebook, 232 pages


Making Peace With Suicide

Insightful, compelling, and compassionate, Making Peace with Suicide: A Book of Hope, Understanding, and Comfort takes a good hard look at the world-wide phenomena of suicide. This book is designed for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide and felt that sucker punch of grief; for anyone who is in pain, walking unsteadily, and considering suicide as an option; and for anyone who works with, guides, or counsels those feeling suicidal and/or suffering the profound grief from a suicidal loss.

Making Peace with Suicide includes stories of courage, vulnerability, and steadfastness from both the survivors of suicidal loss as well as the unique perspective of the formerly suicidal. It offers shared wisdom and coping strategies from those who have walked before you. It explores the factors leading to suicide and the reasons why some do and some don’t leave suicide notes.

Making Peace with Suicide sheds light on the phenomena of suicide vis-à-vis our teens, the military, new mothers, as an end-of-life choice, and asks if addiction is a form of slow suicide. It provides a seven-step healing process and opens the door to consider suicide and the soul, the heart lesson of suicide, and the energies of suicide.

If suicidality has impacted your life, Making Peace with Suicide is a must-read. You will be guided through the unknown territory, given insights to allow understanding, stories to help you heal, and ways to make peace with a heart wide-open. Making Peace with Suicide is good medicine for the body, mind, and soul.

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BOOK REVIEW

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of “MAKING PEACE WITH SUICIDE” by Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D.  for the purpose of an honest review.

Suicide and books about suicide are anything but pleasurable topics for me. I have been on both sides of this issue for the past 30+ years. My first experience with suicide was in high school when a boy I knew was threatening to kill himself and the crisis line called because he said he would talk to me. I didn’t know what to say to him! I worked a hotline when I was going through college, majoring in Social Work, in the 80s. I wasn’t any better equipped to take those calls either!

I have seen first-hand the destruction that suicide leaves in it’s wake as I watched my own family try to deal with my near successful suicide attempt. I grieved when my husband tried to take his own life as he laid in the ICU and I didn’t know if he would survive. I held my five-year-old grandchild as she sobbed uncontrollably for the father that was suddenly gone because he wasn’t feeling right in his head. We couldn’t explain it to her then, and I hope, after reading “MAKING PEACE WITH SUICIDE” by Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D that I might be better equipped when she is old enough to start asking the questions I know will be coming!

“MAKING PEACE WITH SUICIDE” by Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D is very readable. From the very beginning, Dr. McDowell makes certain that the book would connect to every person who might pick it up. The language is intended for the layman and the professional alike! She offers insights into some wonderful healing methods for those that have been left in trauma and pain!

I do take exception to the talk of reincarnation as it comes up in the latter part of the book. This is a personal belief for each person and is something that each reader must take in along with that belief system about death and the afterlife.

I give “MAKING PEACE WITH SUICIDE” by Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D four cups of steaming hot Room With Books coffee and I get a copy for yourself!

©November 3, 2017

Patricia, Room With Books

Praise for Making Peace with Suicide

“As a minister/therapist for more than thirty years as well as a wife who lost her military husband to suicide, I have never found a more compassionate, effective book on suicide and its aftermath. This book serves many needs and highlights the myriad ways in which suicide changes one’s life direction. I cannot say strongly enough how powerful and helpful this book is.”–Rev. Colleen E. Brown, Unity minister

“The loss of a loved one by any means is traumatic. When the loss is by suicide, in addition to the grief of the loss itself, survivors are often left riddled with guilt, anger, shame, and endless questioning, by both themselves and by others. In Making Peace with Suicide, Dr. McDowell gently and brilliantly weaves vital suicide survivor education with comforting and inspirational thoughts and quotes, all designed to direct the reader on a path of healing, resolution and peace.  A must-read for anyone who has been touched by the tragedy of suicide and left to answer the question, ‘Why?’ ”—Carole Brody Fleet, award-winning and bestselling author of Widows Wear Stilettos…; Happily Even After…; and When Bad Things Happen to Good Women…

“Finally. A book that explains—in the simplest of terms, in a non-sensational, non-academic manner—the phenomenal, worldwide epidemic we call suicide. If you read one book on mental illness and how it affects our world, READ THIS ONE!”–Ginny Sparrow, Editor, American Association of Suicidology

“No topic could be more timely than suicide. This remarkable book addresses people who have contemplated ending their lives as well as those who have to deal with the aftermath of those who succeeded. But it will also be invaluable to mental health workers and military chaplains, especially those who deal with young people who have been bullied and veterans with PTSD. For such a complex topic, Dr. McDowell’s writing style is reader-friendly and the stories she presents may well evoke tears. Her wise recommendations include teaching self-mastery techniques to help people cope with the stress of a success-oriented society. I have read many books on this sensitive topic, but none with the breadth and scope of Making Peace with Suicide.”–Stanley Krippner, PhD; Co-author, Personal Mythology: The Psychology of Your Evolving Self and Haunted by Combat: Understanding PTSD in War Veterans

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How do we help a loved one who has lost someone to suicide?

 by Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D.

Suicide is often a sudden, unexpected death. It leaves loved ones reeling with shock, confusion, heartbreak, anger and whole panoply of emotions.

When word gets out about a death by suicide, there is a ripple effect. The loss moves out in ever-widening circles and whoever hears or knows anyone impacted by the loss wants to do something. Bake lasagna, make the calls, organize logistics, walk the dog, help with the service, be a shoulder, lend an ear. They want to feed you, nourish you and hold you. They want to help you stay afloat when you are drowning in heartbreak. They feel your loss, and your loss becomes their loss.

Loss is primal; we all feel it. And this is especially true when we hear of a suicide, and especially, the suicide of a young person with their unfurled life before them.

It is hard to see our loved ones doubled over in grief and pain. We want to do something – anything — to help ease their misery.

What can we do when someone we care about loses a loved to suicide?

  1. Stand there.

I know that might sound funny, but what I mean is that you stay grounded, are present and don’t head for the hills. You do not shy away or avoid the reality before you. It is the truth that is in the middle of the room. You bring your fully present, open-hearted self into the room. Presence – and that includes acceptance, non-judgment and compassion — are the greatest of gifts.

  1. Expect the unexpected.

Death can bring out the best and the worst in people. Death by suicide can become a trip-wire for some. Their unconscious, what-were-you-thinking criticism, inappropriateness and nervous chatter can surface and stun a room for all the wrong reasons. Try not to react and let it go.

Conversely, death can imbue a person with a sensitivity, gentleness and strength that soothes the soul. These people bring a loving, other-focused attendance that knits together the emotional safety nets for the bereaved.

Further, every one expresses their grief in their own unique way — whatever their style, be it get-up-and-go or shut-the-door-on-the-world. Grief is an idiosyncratic, winding road of a process. There is no calendar. There is no right or wrong. It takes as long as it takes as each person ploughs through their own murky waters to find sturdier footing.

  1. Speak from the heart.

Suicide is not an easy conversation. People get tongue-tied. They don’t know what to say or they’re afraid of saying the wrong thing.

Please withhold the shoulda/coulda/woulda’s and any form of judgment or criticism. Avoid peppering the bereaved with questions asking for all the suicide details.

Listen. Be kind. Offer specific help.

More than likely the bereaved is overwhelmed and exhausted. Go gently. Don’t take anything personally. Simply be there and speak from your heart. You do not need perfect words. You only need to share from your heart. Who knows, you may cry together, hold hands, sit in silence or giggle momentarily at something absurd.

Going forward, please note that many survivors of suicide find “committed suicide” to be insensitive as suicide is no longer illegal in the Western world. You might try “died by suicide.”

  1. Tell stories; remember and honor.

One of the best gifts you can give the bereaved is to tell stories of their deceased loved one. Parents, especially, never tire of hearing stories of their lost child. They appreciate his/her name being mentioned. Their child will always be in their thoughts and in their heart.

If bereaved loved ones are joining your holiday table, consider a small candle lit in the deceased’s honor or, perhaps, a toast…Let’s raise our glass to Sam who always made us laugh or Here’s to Sarah, we sure miss her – and her pumpkin pie, too.

  1. Give some latitude.

This grieving business is not easy. Everyday can be an effort to put your feet on the floor and take a step. Survivors of suicide are awash in complicated grief. Suicide leaves the survivors in an emotional muddle.

Further, suicide is a trauma. And, be aware, that survivors of suicide are at high risk for suicide themselves due to the broken taboo, the overwhelming grief, guilt and relentless replay of their lost loved one’s life and wondering if they could have done anything to change the outcome. It requires enormous fortitude to walk this particular path of grief. Go gently.

There are times when we all need a little help from our friends, and most especially when there has been a death by suicide.

Jungian analyst, poet, and cantadora (keeper of the old stories), Clarissa Pinkola Estes tells us that the wise, elder women of her family would say, “The only miracle medicine we have is each other.” Indeed.

 

About Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D.

Described by one of her smaller clients as “The Feelings Doctor,” Award winning author, Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist with 35+ years’ experience who likes looking at life through the big view-finder.

Dr. McDowell has worked with suicide, domestic violence, and sexual assault crisis hotlines; survivors of Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, the Joplin Tornado, and the Newtown shooting; and clients struggling with addiction as well as those moving through profound life changes such as loss and health challenges. Her work focuses on helping clients find hope, balance, and peace in the face of crisis, trauma, abuse, and grief.

Dr. McDowell is the author of Balancing Act: Reflections, Meditations, and Coping Strategies for Today’s Fast-Paced Whirl. The suicide of a fellow psychologist led to the creation of her second book, Making Peace with Suicide: A Book of Hope, Understanding, and Comfort.

Adele — a Texan by birth and pioneering spirit — lives in Connecticut where you will often find her driving along the highways and byways, singing loudly in her car.

Adele is a frequent blogger on suicide and loss for the Huffington Post Canada. She has won two awards for ‘Making Peace with Suicide’:
-IPPY (Gold) in the Psychology category (Independent Publisher Book Awards)
-Living Now Award (Bronze), Books for Better Living from IBPA (Independent Book Publishing Association)

Websites: www.AdeleRyanMcDowell.com
www.MakingPeacewithSuicide.com
www.AdeleandthePenguin.com
www.channeledgrace.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adeleryan.mcdowell
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Adeleheals?lang=en

 

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Onyx Webb

by Andrea Waltz and Richard Fenton

Andrea Waltz and Richard Fenton

 

Publisher: Courage Crafters Inc. (March 17, 2015)
Category: Paranormal Suspense, Paranormal Romance, Supernatural Thriller
Tour Date: August & September, 2015
ISBN: 978-0990751816
ASIN: B00VIP8KLC
Available in: Print & ebook,  264 Pages

 

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About the Book

The Onyx Webb series follows the unusual life of Onyx Webb along with a central group of characters in various locations and times. The billionaire Mulvaney family, piano prodigy Juniper Cole and her brother Quinn, paranormal show hosts Cryer and Fudge, and a few others make up the core of the series.

Written like a book version of a supernatural soap opera, each character’s story moves forward with most every episode. It may appear that the characters are entirely unrelated and yet episode by episode, the connections will become clearer. Like being an inch away from a spider web, with each book, the web will move further and further away revealing the full story of every character and most importantly, the stunning conclusion for Onyx Webb herself.

Excerpt

Lake Ponchartrain, Louisiana

September 1927

The first event was the Great Flood, a disaster that decimated the bayou and surrounding area for hundreds of miles, setting in motion a mass exodus—including many of Onyx’s friends and neighbors—cutting the region’s population in half.here were three events that made 1927 a memorable year for Onyx Webb.

The second thing was an explosion of artistic creativity that possessed Onyx with a constant need to express herself—writing, drawing, painting, poetry, photography, singing—and any other art form imaginable. It was exactly what Onyx’s mother, Jofranka, said would happen.

“Onyx is half-ghost, Andre, the child of a human and a ghost,” Jofranka had told Catfish. “When the time comes, her need for energy will be insatiable—you must help her feed that need every way you can, for creative energy is the source of life.”

Catfish Webb did not want his daughter to be a half-ghost, whatever that would entail. He wanted Onyx to be 100 percent human—100 percent alive—like him.

Though he’d been warned, Catfish found himself in an ongoing state of denial, as if ignoring the truth would not make it so. So, when—at the age of twenty-nine—Onyx began begging Catfish to buy her pencils, paper, and other art supplies, he balked at the requests.

“A young woman needs to be out of doors,” Catfish told her, “in nature, child, not cooped up inside.”

“That’s the thing, Papa! I want to draw trees and deer and streams and rocks and birds and glorious sunsets!” Onyx exclaimed, twirling in circles in the old houseboat. “I want to capture every beautiful thing in all its majestic glory, Daddy, please please please please please!”

Catfish continued to avoid his daughter’s requests until one day she began ranting about wanting a piano.

“Fine, fine,” Catfish said. “I will get you some paints and a drawing canvas or two, but there’ll be no piano. A heavy thing like that could fall right through the floor into the swamp.”

There was something else that happened in 1927 that would have a profound impact on Onyx…

She met Ulrich.

Onyx was sitting on a stool with a canvas and her paints, directly across from the Tchefuncte River lighthouse on the northern shore of Lake Ponchartrain, when she saw him. Even from forty yards away she could tell the man was handsome, his bronzed muscles gleaming in the southern sun.

He was also suspended a hundred feet in the air from a rope tethered to the railing atop the lighthouse, a bucket of whitewash hanging by his side. The irony that they were painting the lighthouse at the same time—even if painting it in different ways—was not lost on her.

“I’ve blossomed into a woman of marrying age, Daddy!” Onyx had declared to her father years earlier. “It’s time for me to find a man, bear children, go places, and have a life of my own.”

Every time Onyx broached the subject, Catfish simply put her off.

“What’s the rush, child? The right one’ll come along, and when he does, you’ll know. The right one just ain’t appeared yet is all.”

Onyx felt she’d waited long enough.

This was the one.

She just knew it.

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 “There isn’t a page that doesn’t hold our attention.“-Grady Harp, Amazon Reviewer Hall of Fame

“There’s only one problem with the book Onyx Webb – it was over too soon. When I finished the last word, I was ready for the next book, but it’s not out yet – bummer for me and all the other readers who enjoyed this story!
The authors’ writing style is descriptive and visual, which makes the story flow well, and the characters are interesting and well developed. The author does a good job of capturing the essence of each time period so that the reader knows where and more importantly when the characters are living. The story so far covers the 1900s, 1970s and 2000s, so there are marked differences in most aspects of the characters’ lives. Even with the different years represented it’s not confusing for the reader, possibly because each character is so distinct, which lets the reader identify character with time period.
While this is billed as a ghost story, it’s more than that since the characters are so interesting, and I think this will appeal to a wider reading audience than just ghost story lovers or mystery lovers.
I will be eagerly awaiting the next installment to this compelling story.”- Robin Surface, Amazon Reviewer

“I loved this book! Couldn’t put it down. Great writing and totally believable characters. The story lines move along so well and in some form or fashion begin to tie into each other. I am anxiously awaiting the next book.”-Alicia, Goodreads Reviewer

“Wow! That’s an understatement, though. Onyx Webb is one of those books that you just don’t want to put down because it grabs you from the beginning and keeps you wanting more. Not only do you get one story, you get three! And they are all told in different times, like the 1900s, 1970s, and in the current, 2000s. So you get three different points of view, and at first you’re thinking “What does this have to do with that?” But then you see it, and it’s like, WHOA! Of the three different story lines, they all connect in some way, and it’s pretty cool to see how it does.
This is such a good book!! You just have to read it. It’s really cool how authors Waltz and Fenton bring all of the story lines that span over time, together to all fit.
I highly recommend this book! And it’s just Book 1, so I’m really hoping Book 2 is already in the works because I am anxious to see what happens next!!”-Ella Marie, Reading Is a Way Of Life

Amazing! This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time!“-Melanie, Fang-Freakin-Tastic Reviews

About the Authors

Andrea Waltz and Richard FentonRichard Fenton & Andrea Waltz are best known as the authors of the #1 Amazon Sales & Selling book, Go for No!  They are professional speakers who travel internationally speaking to audiences about how to overcome fear of failure and rejection.  Although they have written several business books over the last fifteen years, Onyx Webb is their first fictional series.

They are married and manage to write to together while staying happily married, a fact they are very proud of. Richard and Andrea live in Central Florida along with their cat, Courage.

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Sonar the Cyclone

by B Truly

 

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Publisher: Kindle Publishing (July 17, 2015)

Category: New Adult, Fantasy, Sci-fi/Romance, Space Opera

Available in: eBook, 271 Pages

 

About the Book

Is your destiny determined by what the future has foretold? Or is fate deemed in the hands of what you behold?

The Royal 4 are now back on their home territory of Nazari, determined to get things back to normal. Syira’s forbidden love is being held captive. She is hell-bent on fighting for him despite the immense obstacles. She must find a way to convince her race that Kadeem is not dangerous. Their threat lies from deeper within.

Shiray has accepted her past and is moving forward with her life, but it comes back to haunt her tenfold. That all changes when she stumbles across the truth. Now, she must pick up the pieces of her shattered life.

They are in the calm but know when they approach the dirty side of the Cyclone storm, terrible things will unravel. The future is revealed and they get a glimpse of Fate’s course. Time is not on their side. They must attempt to change their destiny or their world will be doomed.

 

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Sonar The Cyclone

Chapter 22 (Excerpt #4)

The storm came upon us swiftly. We barely got our net up. The ship staggered. It was hard to comprehend that the tides were forming so high. Then another element doomed us. Three Polar ships hovered above.

“The Polars are here!” I screamed.

“What!” Kadeem yelled and the golden glow around his irises pulsated. Nazar began firing our ship’s lasers at them.

It was almost impossible to move with the ship rocking so hard from the pressure of the wind. Conan activated the force field. We received a few hits as we waited for the shield to go up. We hadn’t managed a direct hit to them, but their shields were up. This was an endless dance with the ship’s force shields. We needed to fire our laser canyon, which had more power to break through it. The fire canyon was activating too, but we didn’t have time to use it. Within seconds the storm came in full force. A huge tsunami plowed toward us. Nazar tried to dodge it, but he wasn’t fast enough.

“Holy…!” Was all I could get out as the wave slammed into us and took us down. The gravity from the fall made everyone somersault. I couldn’t grab on to anything.

“Syira!” I heard Kadeem shout. Once we hit the water we started to sink. Kadeem fired the laser he retrieved from his waist at the dashboard. Conan and John joined in. After a few blasts the windshield gave. I understood the logic of this, but my stomach was in knots.

“Everyone, prepare yourself,” John commanded.

My eyes were bulging. The water would be freezing. The windshield cracked, then the lilac-colored water gushed inside at an accelerated rate. Kadeem dashed to my side. I cringed as I saw blood seeping from his head wound. The water circled around my feet and ankles. It was just as cold as I’d imagined.

“Everyone get through the opening in the windshield now!” John yelled.

Then the water consumed us as we descended further into the ocean. Kadeem grabbed my hand and I took a deep breath. I clutched Kadeem’s hand as we swam through the opening. It was a scary sight as I took one last look at my ship continuing down. I kicked hard and we headed for the surface. Kadeem was a strong swimmer and pulled us upward.

It seemed to take forever to reach the top. I gasped for air once we finally did. I hoped all of my crew members had made it out. Another wave hit and ricocheted all around us. I lost the grip on Kadeem’s hand and went under. I was pushed down several feet and fought my way back to the surface. Kadeem pulled me closer to him as we treaded to stay afloat.

“Are you all right?” Kadeem asked.

“I’m okay,” I choked. The tides were fierce and coming non-stop. Nile’s ship lowered its net.

“They lowered the net. Get to it quickly!” I yelled. As we started to swim toward it, another gigantic surge manifested. It was so high that it took one of the Polar ships down as it lurched into them. When they hit the water the force of impact caused the waves to rise up and took several of us under. I tried to hold on to Kadeem’s hand but couldn’t. This seemed hopeless. I was beneath the freezing water again and my powers were useless. I managed to get to the surface. I saw August, Nazar, Conan, and John.

“Where’s Kadeem!” I screamed.

“I don’t know!” they yelled.

“We have to get to the net. The cyclone won’t hold at bay much longer,” John shouted.

Some of the Polars surfaced, but I still didn’t see Kadeem.

“I have to find him!” I yelled. “Get to the net. I’ll meet you guys there.”

Before anyone could object I dove under. I turned on the light on my holster belt to see clearer. I searched for a while, but there was no sign of him. I went back to the top for air. This time I swam further down. My heart raced. Please God, help me find him.

What Others are Saying

“Oh my gosh! This book is definitely a must read. I loved the whole story. The whole plot was completely interesting and kept me on the edge of my seat and biting my nails. The guys in this book were completely and utterly swoon worthy and the romance was satisfying!”- Robin Hartloff, Where Books Lead Us

“This was a wonderful book full of action and romance. I couldn’t seem to read it fast enough. This is one of those books that the rare moments you put it down, you are wondering what’s next. I am so excited for the second book. This being the author’s debut novel was shocking. I am not only looking forward to the next book in this series, but the many other books this author should (and will) undoubtedly write.”- Melissa, Amazon Reviewer

“This is a great book! If you love Sci-fi and romance I highly recommend. It is an easy read once you get into the story I was done with the book in 3 sittings. At the end of the day it’s a great story and I cannot wait until the sequel to find out what happens. The author is a wonderful storyteller with a lot of potential and I cannot wait to see what else she has in store for her readers and fans.”- Deana Simpson, Goodreads Reviewer

 

About B Truly:

B-Truly-212x300B Truly has wanted to be an author since she was fifteen years old and grateful to have accomplished this dream.  She has very vivid dreams and a wild imagination. She likes to read, watch tons of TV shows, and movies. She is addicted to romance and get a thrill out of action and suspense. She writes New Adult Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Paranormal-Romance.

In the Sonar series, B Truly said “it was fun to explore different elements of Sci-fi romance and create various realms of powers for my characters. I want to show my readers that Sci-fi can be fun, but also traumatic. I hope you guys enjoy the Sonar Series.”

B Truly has three wonderful children and a husband who defines the person she is today. She works full-time as an Ultrasound technologist in Sugarland, Texas.

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Monday, Sunday

by Fenton Grace

Monday Sunday Tour

 

Publisher: Hanover Press (May 4, 2015)
Category: Women’s Fiction, Literary, Contemporary, with a Noir edge
ISBN: 978-0-9961534-0-9
Tour Date: August/September, 2015
Available in: Print & ebook, 287 Pages

 

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Set in a small town in Colorado, Monday, Sunday tells the enthralling story of Laney Secord.  She is a 32-year-old single mother who finds herself attracted to a 16-year-old Eagle Scout, Christopher.  Unable to accept her feelings, Laney becomes involved with Christopher’s father, Bill.  In the course of a week, a romantic triangle envelops the trio and changes their lives in ways in which none of them could have imagined.

A gripping story of a complex woman at a crossroads in her life. A woman who is determined to rediscover herself.  She becomes powerfully aware that every decision she makes could mean life or.. death.

“In this beautifully written and compelling novel, author Fenton Grace explores the consequences of flawed choices, the nature of betrayal and forgiveness, and the boundaries of sexual attraction.” Noah, Book Reviewer

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Fenton Grace was born and raised in New England.  She graduated from Brown University with a degree in French.  She enjoys playing piano, tennis, and keeping in shape with Pilates.  She’s worked in the entertainment industry at several television and movie studios in a variety of business services roles.  Happily married for 17 years, she is the proud mother of two kids and currently lives in beautiful Southern California.  Monday, Sunday is her first novel.

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At the Sharp End of Lightening Book Tour

At The Sharp End of Lightning

by NR Bates

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Publisher:  NR Bates (January 30, 2015)
Category: Epic Fantasy, Magic Realism, Literary Fiction, Celtic Mythology,  History
Tour Date: May/June, 2015
Available in: Print & ebook, 239 Pages

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AT THE SHARP END OF LIGHTNING is the tale of family, of loss and sacrifice, of unexpected gifts and coping with disability and new abilities set against the backdrop of climate change occurring across parallel worlds.

The intertwined worlds of Oceanlight and Earth are no longer hidden from view of each other. In one realm, Yalara Narika, a winged Sea Sprite, searches for her family and she encounters a deadly blue haze at sea. Escaping the poison makes her realize that her world, Oceanlight, is experiencing sudden and catastrophic environmental change.

Meanwhile, in the safe suburban normality of North Wales, Einion Morgan Alban, a restless youth with haemophilia, is nearly murdered by a man in a white suit who intentionally shoves him off a cliff. If Yalara and Einion don’t uncover the connections between their worlds and near-deaths, it will have dire consequences for the worlds they live in. Book one of the OCEANLIGHT series.

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Praise for ‘At The Sharp End of Lightning’ by NR Bates

“What a fantastic book, the author takes you into another realm. I couldn’t put the book down, a real page turner. Seeing as this is book 1 I can’t wait for the next one to be written.”-Scotialassie, Amazon.UK Reviewer

“British author NR Bates makes his novel writing debut with AT THE SHARP END OF LIGHTNING, Book 1 of the OCEANLIGHT series. He has indeed written extensively which explains why his command of the medium is so secure: he has published more than one hundred and twenty scientific papers on ocean chemistry, climate change and ocean acidification as a Senior Scientist at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and Professor of Ocean Biogeochemistry at the University of Southampton, UK. Bates’ passion for the ocean and environmental sciences has proven a successful driving force in both his scientific mind and his fantasy creative mind. The result, as we read it here, is `true’ Science Fiction fantasy!

Bates opens his book with a map/diagram called The Interfaces – the meaning of which will be explained throughout the novel, but whose information offers hints and suggestions of codes to be solved. And at the end of his book he discusses Welsh history that informed this story as well as the biology and biogeochemistry of the Sargasso Sea, further influences. The author provides an outline of the story that assists the reader immensely: `The interwoven fantastical tale of family, of loss and sacrifice, of unexpected gifts and coping with disability and new abilities set against the backdrop of climate change occurring across parallel worlds.

Bates’ writing style can only be called `elegant’ – he is unafraid to challenge the reader with a rich vocabulary that somehow enhances the characters we encounter. This is obvious form the opening paragraph:

`As the streamer of lightning harmlessly discharged through her body into the palm of her hand, Yalara Narika noticed many things at once. There was fright and surprise as adrenaline raced through her body. The words “I’m alive” came to mind, accompanied by an overwhelming relief when the forked sharpness passed out of her. Then came the reflex response– her call to Calymene, Mother Earth– that she had despite her doubt. A hurried glance brought the reassuring thought “I’m still in the sky.” Simultaneously, she returned to her search– for the “lost”– which was set against the immensity of the seas. And interwoven amongst these reactions were thoughts of that moment in the distant future, at the end of her life, when she’d fly up into the tumult, clad in a cuprous woven fabric, and upon the flash of electrica, her constituent parts would disassemble in an instantaneous coruscation of energy.’

This is our first encounter with being struck by lightning.

As with most fantasy/sci-fi books it takes a while to adjust to the strange names and the references to places of origin, but Bates’ language makes that journey of discovery a rewarding one. He does offer a helpful Sprite Glossary and Human Glossary at books end. This is a strong debut, well worth the investment of mental energy.”- Grady Harp, Amazon Hall of Fame & top 100 reviewer.

Ambitious and enchanting, At The Sharp End Of Lightning by author N R Bates proves a rich and original foray into the realms of fantasy fiction. Compelled by a commanding narrative that readily enthrals the imagination, the magical intrigue simmers throughout as Bates renders his fantasy world in rich hues. A world parallel to our own yet retaining a time worn familiarity that makes it feel immediately authentic. It’s an intricate, intrigue-laden telling, which plays to the best in this popular genre and it’s clear from the start that Bates is in his element.

“There’s certainly much to enjoy here. From cleverly contrived and vibrant scenes to a captivating blend of magical mysticism, he ably manages to avoid prescriptive tropes whilst a certain descriptive economy and a tight word count brings a penetrating levity to his dialogue. Both timely and well observed, he notably avoids the trite mutterings of mediocre characterisation to create genuine depth and emotive resonance, which in turn ensures the reader becomes fully invested in the trials and tribulations of his characters.

Beautifully written and undoubtedly the start of an exciting new series, At The Sharp End Of Lightning proves a fine example of fantasy fiction. Definitely deserving of a place on your bookshelf, it is recommended without reservation!”-Book Viral

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He was resolutely careful when climbing the quarry’s cliff face—three limbs were always firmly connected to the rock face, only one arm or leg moved at a time, and he always made sure there was a firm footing or handhold. He was always careful, remembering the danger and the newspaper reports of a cliff fall by a teenage boy off the Little Orme. Unfailingly, there were one or two of those accidents each year. Such pursuits of seabird-egg trophies were crazy, Einion thought.

“It’s too soon to go home,” he said quietly, and he deviated from the path and made his way to a cliff within the wood. It was an outcrop he knew very well and only ten feet high—if that. The diminutive cliff was limestone and had a wealth of cracks and fingerholds and toeholds. He’d even climbed it, in his able state, a few days before, between bleeds. His knee felt fine, and he wanted to feel the touch of the rock in his hands. Climbing in miniature reminded him of freedom and escape—of possibilities. Besides, the cause of his most recent knee bleed coincided with his last visit to this small cliff. He was stubborn—the cliff needed to be overcome again.

He climbed up and down the short cliff a couple of times. The problem happened on his third climb up. Einion nearly reached the top when a man in a white suit with a white tie and a white hat suddenly appeared, standing at the top. The man, his pale-blue eyes shining, held out his hand, proffering it as an offering of aid for Einion to complete the short climb. Einion reached out to grasp the man’s hand and then felt an immediate sharp blow to his shoulder. He felt himself tumbling backwards, and the next moment, he lay on his back in a pile of leaves and twigs. A large piece of the outcrop came to rest next to him, and his wrist twisted awkwardly beneath him. A sharp pain infused his knee, which had borne much of his falling weight and twisted on impact. He looked at the loosened rock beside him—it had been the firmest handhold that jutted out from the rock face—and grasped it. As he did so, he winced with pain. Stunned, he felt sharp pain in this knee again. He lay back and glanced upwards to see the man in the white suit.

“F__k,” he said angrily at the man.

The man in the white suit at the top of the cliff grinned, and then, without warning, he jumped down into the hollow of the quarry where Einion lay. It shocked Einion. The man jumped down ten feet, and he landed gracefully—like a ballet dancer—almost without a sound. Einion was astonished, but then he caught sight of what the man held—a glint of steel. Einion found a long blade pointed at him. He couldn’t move—he was defenseless. He hastily threw the piece of rock at the man in the white suit but missed his target. He felt the acute and penetrating kick of a boot into his abdomen, and he turned a little in pain. The man laughed, and when he tried to kick Einion again, his foot deflected as Einion twisted to avoid the blow. Einion started to scramble away, but he felt his arm suddenly wrenched out from beneath him and his palm held up into the air by a gripping hand. Einion and the man stared at each other.

“I will have what is mine,” hissed the man in the white suit. A surprisingly smooth, taut, stretched face and piercing blue eyes were Einion’s instantaneous impression of the face of the glaring man.

“What the hell are you doing?” came a shout. As Einion and the man in the white suit turned their heads in response, an elderly man, breathless and wheezing, ran along the path towards them, a waving stick in hand. A small dog trotted at his heels. “Leave him alone,” the newcomer said in a loud and aggressive voice.

The man in the white suit swore at Einion and at the approaching man. As Einion freed his wrist from the vice-like grip, his good leg found a purchase on the ground, and he retreated from his attacker. He saw the man in the white suit hesitate. The man yielded his stance and, as he withdrew a few steps, swatted at a shimmer in front of him. He retracted his arm quickly as blood emerged from a wound in his wrist.

“I’ll see you again; don’t worry about that.” He swore at the elderly man, who had nearly reached them; then he picked up his hat with his injured arm, turned around, and ran off along the path with the little dog chasing him. He disappeared into the greenery, and the sound of his flight through the woods diminished to silence. The dog soon trotted back, as if satisfied, and sat next to its master. It growled in the direction of the disappeared man in the white suit.

About the Author

NR BatesNR Bates was born in London, grew up in Wales, and lived in Canada and Bermuda. He shares his life with his wife,seven cats, one dog and the tropical wildlife of lizards, wolf spiders and ant colonies that seek out a better life indoors. He is an oceanographer and scientist, and has published more than one hundred and twenty scientific papers on ocean chemistry, climate change and ocean acidification.

He is a Senior Scientist at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and Professor of Ocean Biogeochemistry at the University of Southampton, UK. His novels focus on epic fantasy and magic realism, and inspired by his deep love of the ocean and environmental sciences.

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Pleasant Day Review Tour

Vera Jane Cook

Publisher: Moonshine Cove Press  (February 1, 2015)
Category: Contemporary Fiction/ Women’s Fiction/ Southern Fiction
Tour Date: February-March, 2015
Available in: Print & ebook,  285 Pages

 

About the Book

With murder in common friendship is inevitable.

As fifteen year old Pleasant Day struggles with her mother’s distance, her father’s infidelity and the death of her best friend, she draws closer to Clarissa, an older woman with the secrets to heal her. But Clarissa has struggles of her own as she faces betrayal and seeks to come to terms with old wounds. With her unpredictable but psychic ability to ‘read people’ Clarissa uncovers the answers to a deadly crime and to Pleasant’s true identity. In the end, both Pleasant and Clarissa’s worlds are transformed by the truths they’re forced to accept.

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“Absolutely unputdownable, a real page turner. Be prepared to clear your schedule for the day. You’re going to read this one straight through! This is Vera Jane Cook’s best one yet!” – Wall to Wall Books

“A beautiful blend of past and present with loveable, memorable characters and a page turning pace, I was sorry I couldn’t read it in one sitting.” – Jenn Doyle, Books & Life. 

“A beautiful piece of southern fiction…a great page turner…this book is filled with delightful characters, charm, warmth, love and last but certainly not least, wonderful humor.”- Arlene Uslander, Editor and writer.

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It is my pleasure to once again read a work by Vera Jane Cook. Thank you to Ms. Cook and Virtual Author Book Tours for the chance to read and review Pleasant Day.

What a pleasant day to sit back and read a nice book with a very pleasant name, right? Wrong! Pleasant Day by Vera Jane Cook is a murder mystery filled with plot twists that will keep you on your toes. And “Pleasant Day” isn’t what you’ll experience, but who as she is a very complex character. So often I “had it all figured out” only to find that I was having to rearrange my thinking to fit with the newest piece of information.

Ms.  Cook is a very skilled author and utilizes her talents to write believable characters with great depth.  Pleasant has seen too much during her limited years and it leaves her with a story that needs to be heard. Clarissa is the older woman who befriends her and with her psychic ability she will take us on a journey to solve the mysteries of Pleasant.

With a unique style of writing, Ms. Cook has once again scored big with me and I give Pleasant Day five steaming hot cups of coffee and I highly recommend Pleasant Day to those who enjoy a great murder mystery!

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Patricia, Room With Books

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Winner: Eric Hoffer Award for publishing excellence and the Indie Excellence Award for notable new fiction!
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Vera Jane CookVera Jane Cook, writer of Award Winning Women’s Fiction, is the author of The Story of Sassy Sweetwater, Lies a River Deep, Where the Wildflowers Grow, Dancing Backward in Paradise and Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem.

Jane, as she is known to family and friends, was born in New York City and grew up amid the eccentricity of her southern and glamorous mother on the Upper West and Upper East Side of Manhattan.

An only child, Jane turned to reading novels at an early age and was deeply influenced by an eclectic group of authors. Some of her favorite authors today are Nelson DeMille, Calib Carr, Wally Lamb, Anne Rice, Sue Monk Kidd, Anita Shreve, Jodi Picoult, Alice Walker and Toni Morrison. Her favorite novels are too long to list but include The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, Cheri and The Last of Cheri, The Picture of Dorian Grey, Wuthering Heights, Look at Me, Dogs of Babel, The Bluest Eye, The Art of Racing in the Rain, Body Surfing, Lolita, The Brothers Karamazov, She’s Come Undone, Tale of Two Cities, etc., etc., etc.

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Vera Jane Cook’s Website: http://www.verajanecook.com/

Vera Jane Cook on Twitter: https://twitter.com/verajanecook

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Fluency Book Tour

Fluency

 

Publisher: Blue Bedlam Science Fiction (June 18, 2014)
ISBN: 978-0990479826
Category:  Science Fiction: Space Opera, First Contact, Action-Adventure, Alien, Romance
Available in: Print & ebook, 373 Pages

 

About the Book

NASA discovered the alien ship lurking in the asteroid belt in the 1960s. They kept the Target under intense surveillance for decades, letting the public believe they were exploring the solar system, while they worked feverishly to refine the technology needed to reach it.

The ship itself remained silent, drifting.

Dr. Jane Holloway is content documenting nearly-extinct languages and had never contemplated becoming an astronaut. But when NASA recruits her to join a team of military scientists for an expedition to the Target, it’s an adventure she can’t refuse.

The ship isn’t vacant, as they presumed.

A disembodied voice rumbles inside Jane’s head, “You are home.”

Jane fights the growing doubts of her colleagues as she attempts to decipher what the alien wants from her. As the derelict ship devolves into chaos and the crew gets cut off from their escape route, Jane must decide if she can trust the alien’s help to survive.

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“Author Jennifer Wells’ writing genius comes from her vast knowledge of the highly technical subject matter and her ability to put the reader in the middle of it without losing him/her in technical jargon while creating characters that seem completely natural and believable.”Jean Fisher for Independent Publisher News

“With her first novel, Jennifer Wells adds a fresh voice to the sci-fi genre and distinguishes herself as an author to watch.”Theresa Kay, author of Broken Skies

“One of the runaway sci-fi hits on Amazon this year has been Jennifer Foehner Wells’ space thriller Fluency and quite frankly it’s a welcome addition to the genre.
Fluency moves at a breakneck pace in a very cinematic fashion,  the narrative mostly linear with some minor flashbacks to fill in gaps in the back story. Wells does a fine job of dealing with the technical side of proceedings without resorting to complicated jargon (I know I know, some geeks love the jargon but not this one!) The human technology is believable and the alien technology while advanced, is also impressively practical.
While the strong female character has become a bit of a cliché in sci-fi over the past few years, it’s worth noting that many of these female characters have been written by men. What makes Fluency so refreshing is that Holloway’s character develops in a much more believable fashion given her circumstances. Sure she has to eventually toughen up and fight, but she’s much more than that. She’s a brilliant mind faced with a life-changing event and not just her life but the entire planet’s and her decisions will have monumental consequences. Her ability to focus is paramount and though it may seem she is being manipulated at times, she quickly takes control of her relationship with Ei’Brai. As the story reaches its gripping conclusion it also lays the groundwork for an exciting continuation of this rapidly unfolding saga.
Littered with plenty of nods and winks to classic sci-fi and some clever pop culture references, Fluency is a thrilling, bumpy ride that rarely falters and firmly cements Jennifer Foehner Wells’ standing in the indie scene as an innovative and refreshing new voice in modern sci-fi.”Eamon Ambrose, Eamo The Geek

“A book that is just as appealing to women as it is to men. I’ll admit, I saw the beautiful cover and thought it was going to be old-school, hardcore sci-fi with lots of technobabble and women in service roles rather than command ones. By the time we got into space I was hooked, and only got more engrossed the further I went.
There’s no flab in this book. It starts out strongly and each scene is carefully considered in how it develops the characters and advances the plot. The pitch rises gradually until leveling off at the end, just as it should.
The prose is straightforward and lets the reading just flow. Dialogue made sense and there weren’t too many narrative sequences. Again, Jennifer Foehner Wells has taken care in crafting a balance of elements.
This is a pretty special book. It’s a modern take on sci-fi, and has a lot to offer. There’s a light romantic subplot, a first-contact scenario, and a high-stakes situation that seems unclear, then clear, then unclear again. This story isn’t predictable and it doesn’t rely on any timeworn tropes. Fluency is something new in fiction, and that always excites the hell out of me.”Zen, Women of Badassery

My review of Fluency by Jennifer Foehner Wells will be added at a later date. ~ Patricia, Room With Books

Author Interview

Name: Jennifer Foehner Wells 

Age:  42

From whence do you hail?  I grew up in rural downstate Illinois. Now I live in Indiana.

Tell us about yourself (ie: education, family life, etc).

I went to college at a small liberal arts college in rural Illinois, called Monmouth College. I studied biology, chemistry, and Spanish while there. After college I worked as a lab technician for a while and then helped manage the store of a locally owned greenhouse for a few years. After that I stayed home to raise children for over a decade—by far the hardest of the jobs I mentioned. When my youngest was getting close to being old enough to go to school full time I had already started using the extra time I was beginning to have to write. I decided at that point that if I could make the same amount of money writing that I would make at a part time job while my kids were at school, then I’d rather stay home to write. That gamble worked. I’m now a full-time writer.

What is your latest news?

I just released a novelette called The Grove. It was originally published in an anthology called The Alien Chronicles. The Grove is a prequel to another book I’m writing called Druid (hopefully that will be out in early 2016). I also was recently asked to write the foreword for an anthology of some up and coming scifi authors called No Way Home. That anthology was released in early March.

When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing all my life. Who knows why we are compelled to do such things. I think it’s just innate sometimes. I’ve always dreamed of being a writer, but kind of always thought that was just a pipe dream. For years I searched for creative outlets. I had moved away from writing and tried several different textile arts, but when I returned to writing a few years ago, that was when I realized that it was my true creative home.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I was obsessively writing every day, I considered myself a writer. That would be in late 2010, early 2011. I didn’t consider myself an author until Fluency began to sell well.

What inspired you to write your first book?

Boredom. I was a stay at home mom and I was going absolutely bonkers. I created dishwasher loading protocols and laundry sorting rules…just to cope with the day to day mindlessness of the never ending chores. One day I realized I had to find something else to occupy my brain during the long days at home with small children. I needed an intellectual pursuit, something really challenging, to make me happy. That was how it began. I began writing a story that day and I haven’t stopped four years later.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I would say that I do. I wouldn’t know how to classify it myself, but I’ve been told many times by various unrelated people that my writing has a cinematic quality to it. I’m not sure what that means, but it works for me.

How did you come up with the title?

I honestly don’t remember. I think it just came to me very early in the conception of the book and it never changed. It seems to have worked well.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

We are all capable of heroism. We can all rise to whatever challenges we face.

How much of the book is realistic?

Some parts are based in reality—the astronaut food, the size of the capsule, the training. All of their wearable gear: from the adult diaper, to the cooling suit, to the Nomex flight suits, were all based on current NASA gear. The orange space suit I describe was one that had been in development for the Orion program that was originally intended to go to the Moon. At the time that I was writing, that mission had been scrapped. It has since been revived but I don’t know if that suit is back in the mix now.

Some of Jane’s backstory is loosely based on a real linguist. Some of her backstory was taken from internet searches of news articles.

There were some areas where I took liberties in order to make the story more interesting. For example, astronauts are generally unflappable, patient and always reasonable. Therefore I felt a story about 6 real astronauts, all with very similar personality types, would not have been exciting—a bunch of people being very cautious, never losing their cool, and never making mistakes makes for some dry reading. So I had to make my crew deviate from reality in that sense.

What book are you reading now?

I’m reading Foundation by Isaac Asimov right now. This is really a book of ideas and there’s a bit more political stuff than I usually prefer. There isn’t much focus on character. But I’m staying the course. It’s a classic for a reason and I suspect I’ll be pleasantly surprised by the end.

Are there any new authors that have piqued your interest?

I have several indie authors that I’m watching with interest now. Autumn Kalquist, Susan Kaye Quinn, and Lucas Bale are the first three that come to mind. I expect that all three of them will be hitting it big sometime in the next few years.

What are your current projects?

Right now I’m working on the sequel to Fluency. It’s called Remanence. I’m hoping to have it done by June 2015, but this winter has been really hard on my writing schedule.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

The biggest support that came from outside of my family was my local speculative fiction based writing group called Working Title. I joined this group of about 12 writers in December of 2012 and they have been a source of encouragement, inspiration and excellent critiques of my work. I’m very luck to have them.

Do you see writing as a career?

Writing is most definitely my career now.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Speed. I hear of other writers that write as much as ten thousand words a day. I push and push myself but I can’t seem to produce more than a couple of thousand words per day at most. They are good words. But I wish I could get more speed going.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

If a career at writing is your goal, you have to be willing to work harder than anyone else. That means writing every day. Writing lots and lots of words. It’s true what they say about thousands of hours of practice being required to become good at anything. Talent isn’t enough. If you only write when you’re inspired, you’ll always be a writer, never an author. Authors write every day no matter how they feel.

Do you have any hobbies?

I have had a lot of hobbies over the years. I have made homemade soap. I’ve knitted, quilted, sown, and made hand-hooked wool rugs. Some drawing, painting in watercolor and acrylic. Origami. I gave nearly all of that up to write full time. I’ve been trying to get back into knitting a little bit, just to relax more.

What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

We don’t watch a lot of television. What we do watch normally has an element of SciFi or Fantasy. Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead are two that we don’t miss. We regularly go see whatever SciFi films are playing no matter the ratings. Jupiter Ascending was the most recent film we enjoyed. Interstellar was an epic tale that we really enjoyed too.

Favorite foods/ Color/ Music?

My favorite foods include sushi and Thai green curry.

My favorite dessert is my own homemade chocolate/butterscotch chip cookies.

My favorite color is purple.

My favorite music is in the category of Electronic Dance Music. I like to listen to it when I’m working.

If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

In another life I can imagine myself as a food scientist.

Do you have a blog/website?

Yes! http://www.jenniferfoehnerwells.com

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you for the support!

It has been my pleasure hosting you here on Room With Books, Jennifer. 

 

 

About the Author

Jennifer Foehner WellsJennifer Foehner Wells lives an alternately chaotic and fairly bucolic existence in Indiana with two boisterous little boys, a supportive husband, a mildly unhinged Labrador retriever, and three adorable pet rats as housemates.

Having studied biology, Jen’s possessed with a keen interest in science and technology. She’s 100% geek and proud of it.

FLUENCY was Jen’s debut. It spent weeks in the Kindle Top 100, going as high as number 4. It remains prominent in several Science Fiction categories. It has garnered 848 five star reviews, to date.

Connect with the Author

Website ~~ Twitter ~~ Facebook ~~ Google+

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Mindful Musings Mar 5 Review

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Paranormal Romance Mar 6 Review

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Reading Romances Mar 9 Review

The Book’s Buzz  Mar 10 Review

What U Talking Bout Willis? Mar  11 Excerpt

Joy’s Book Blog Mar 12 Review, Interview, & Giveaway

Paradise Found Mar 13 Review, Interview & Excerpt

Literary R&R Mar 17 Review

The Goode Word Mar 18 Review

Pinky’s Favorite Reads Mar 18 Interview & Giveaway

Cassandra M’s Place Mar 24 Review & Giveaway

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TrulySimplyPink Mar 27 Review & Excerpt

Deal Sharing Aunt Mar 30 Review

My Tangled Skeins Book Apr 1 Review, Guest Post, Excerpt,& Giveaway

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Mary’s Cup of Tea Apr 7 Review

Books and Quilts Apr 8 Review

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Jonah Book Tour

Jonah

by Vince Lane

Vince Lane

Category: Supernatural, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction
Release Date: January 2015
Available In: ebook, 280 Pages

About the Book

“Jonah” by Vince Lane is a work of literary fiction, a period piece written in accented vernacular. The story is staged in small town Louisiana in the 1930’s during the great depression.

An elderly black hobo “Jonah” shows up begging at the door of two ladies humble shotgun shack. Though they are poor, they feed him. So he returns the kindness doing a couple of odd jobs to repay them. They take a somewhat mystical trusting, and immediate liking to Jonah and offer him a job.

Throughout their time together many amazingly good outcomes happen for the ladies and their families as they are touched by turmoil after turmoil. The story unfolds a murder and cover up involving a prominent Judge who turns out to be responsible for the hit and run death of one of the ladies husbands.

There is tragedy and death involved, but in the end, the human spirit is triumphant when they realize, only after Jonah has left their midst, that he had been an angel sent to help them through some otherwise horrible times.

Purchase Link

Amazon

Book Review

It’s true  that not every book is suited to every person’s taste, but Jonah has many different elements that it should appeal to a wide audience.

I enjoyed reading Jonah and caught myself falling back into a time of great distress in America’s history but it was such a simpler time and when I read a period piece from the Great Depression I often wonder if I wasn’t born in the wrong era. Mr. Lane’s writing is very conducive to wandering back in time. His writing style is very fluid and his characters are written with great depth. My only challenge was reading the vernacular of the time. I do prefer to develop the characters’ voices in my own way in my head.

The story itself, although historical in it’s setting, is filled with mystery and hints of the supernatural. It is a great book to read and I recommend you pick it up.

I give Jonah by Vince Lane four steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee and I am looking forward to reading the next novel by Mr. Lane!

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Author Interview

It is my pleasure to welcome Vince Lane, author of Jonah, to Room With Books!

What do you do when you are not writing? 

Inasmuch as I have not yet hit the best sellers list I have not had the luxury of quitting the day job.  I am a building engineer living and working in the Austin Texas area.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult? 

JD Salinger, John Grisham, Steven King

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published? 

The major challenge after writing the book and self-editing is of course to sell the book.  I had many… like over 100 rejections before I got a bite.  The infamous query letter is key.  It is a one or 2 page howdy letter that introduces you, the story, your influences, what authorizes you to write such a story, what other stories it may be likened to; all accompanied by a stellar bio, and all written flawlessly.  Once you achieve that it’s a piece of cake.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose? 

The super power to make mountains of money for my grandkid, because she deserves everything!

What was your first job? 

Delivering TV sets.

Out of all of your characters, which is your favorite?

Why, Jonah of course.  By the time you find out his secret and realize all the wonderful things he did for you, he’s gone no thanks expected.  What’s greater than that?

What does your writing schedule look like? 

Any stolen moments of time I can muster when I can shut out the world, sit down at the keyboard, open the floodgates, and let it flow.

Do you use your OWN experiences?

No, but I intertwine my own philosophies and beliefs into my properties.

Was it easy to pick the title for your book? 

Titles for me just happen amidst the work, so yes.

If you could pick one profession other than author, what would it be? Why does it appeal to you? 

A professional singer song writer…because I’m really good at it, just ask!

What are you currently working on? 

The life of a serial killer from birth to the gas chamber entitled “Basti-Ani-mal / A Kind Cruelty”

 

Fun Facts

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Jamocha almond fudge.

Night owl, or early bird? Night owl.

Coffee or tea? Tea.

Roller Coasters or Water Rides? Water rides.

Swimming in the ocean or a pool? Definitely pool.

Walking or fitness club?  Walking.

Any last words? 

Only to thank you for the opportunity to be here.  It was quite enjoyable J

Thanks you for chatting with our readers and for allowing Room With Books to be part of your success!

 

About the Author

Vince LaneVince Lane has been writing most of his life, he first began seriously writing literary material around 1980. At the time he was a musician, singer/songwriter, poet, and professional entertainer living and working in Los Angeles, California.

As a writer Vince Lane has always maintained an unabashed style, paying little if any attention to convention. Unlike many writers, he has never settled down into any particular genre having written sci-fi, horror, supernatural, literary, mystery, action adventure, justice, and experimental fiction in iambic pentameter.

“I have enjoyed writing what I like, what I want, the way I want, and I stay true to that artistic freedom to this day.”- Vince Lane

Connect with the Author

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VinceLaneBooks
FB: https://www.facebook.com/VinceLaneBooks
Google +: https://plus.google.com/115586990110647359289/about

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The Book Diva’s Reads Apr 7 Excerpt

Victoria Simcox’s Blog Apr 8 Excerpt

Pinky’s Favorite Reads Apr 15 Review, Ex, & Giveaway

Cassandra M’s Place Apr 21 Excerpt & Giveaway

Room Without Books Is Empty Apr 29 Review

Unshelfish May 4 Review

Second Book to the Right May 5 Review

StoreyBook Reviews May 12 Review

Deal Sharing Aunt May 15 Interview & Giveaway

Lisa’s Writopia May 20 Review

What U Talking Bout Willis? May 29 Review & Giveaway

 

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Twinkle Book Tour

Twinkle

 

Publisher: SJ Parkinson (July 14, 2014)

Category: Science Fiction, Thriller

Available in: Print & ebook, 600 Pages

About the Book

In the newest book from award winning author, SJ Parkinson, the richest man in the world wants to celebrate the July 4th holiday as never before. In a bid to get into the record books, a global fireworks show is staged from orbit. Satellites drop pyrotechnics into the atmosphere, thrilling everyone from the Arctic to the Antarctic with their rich colors and massive explosions in every time zone.

The next day, people around the globe begin to lose their sight. Governments crumble, society degenerates, and infrastructure falls into chaos. Humanity finds itself stumbling in the dark and losing all hope.

A few fortunate individuals retain their vision. Attempting to deal with the growing despair around them, they come together to discover the true purpose and origin of the affliction. They race to find a cure before the world is subjugated under an invading power.

This book is rated PG. This is what SJ said about the rating, “I don’t incorporate overt sex, profanity, or extreme violence in any of my writing. I prefer the story to be the main focus and want my novels to be accessible by all mature readers.”

 

Book Trailer

 

Excerpt

Linda Krause awoke in her hotel suite, relaxed and happy. She stretched, moaning contentedly as she sat up and the luxuriously soft sheets fell away from her. The mattress of the king-sized bed felt like a cloud, and she had slept blissfully. It felt as though she was on vacation.

She got up to look out the window, straightening the long pink T-shirt she’d used as a nightshirt for years. The sun was just rising over the horizon, and the abandoned streets of Boise stretched out before her.

She turned to look at the room, which she had only briefly seen by flashlight the previous evening. It looked much better in the daylight. The king bed had a teak headboard with matching nightstands, and brass lamps were secured to the wall above. An unpowered alarm clock sat on the right-hand nightstand, beside her watch and the glass of water she had poured herself the night before. The building power was out, but the water pressure seemed unaffected for some reason. The flush toilet was appreciated, but she was not looking forward to a cold shower.

Beside the bathroom, the door to the adjoining room was wide open. The matching door leading into the other room was closed but unlocked.

Knowing Blake was in the other room made her feel safe and that, at least in part, had contributed to her sound sleep. He had been a perfect gentleman. Remembering his broad shoulders, his strong arms, the way his green eyes would focus on only her… she started to feel warm inside. She took a deep breath, closed her eyes, and sighed lightly.

The heavy knock at her hotel room door sounded like someone kicking the door, which struck her as strange. Blake would use the adjoining door between the rooms, wouldn’t he?

The Berber carpet had a thick underlay, and her bare feet sunk into it. “Yes?”

“Linda, it’s Oscar. Open up, please.”

She undid the lock and chain on her door then opened it to reveal Oscar, holding a huge steaming pot with oven mitts.

“Back up. This is scalding hot.”

She retreated to let him enter.

He carried the pot into the bathroom and placed it on the sink. He took a bath towel, folded it, laid it on the counter, and moved the pot onto it. “Don’t want to burn the surface. There you go. I can’t provide a hot shower, but that should help.”

“How did you get hot water with no power?” Krause moved to close the door.

He took off the oven mitts. “There’s a barbecue outside. Didn’t take long at all. Oh, wait! I forgot.” Blake went out into the hall and retrieved a paper bag and Styrofoam cup. He handed them to her. “It’s just instant coffee, yogurt, and a couple of ripe bananas, but breakfast is served.”

Krause was floored. She had expected nothing, and he delivered both breakfast and hot water to wash. “Thank you. That was sweet.” She gave him a hug, which he returned. Her thoughts began to wander to things she hadn’t thought of in months. She began to blush and became self-conscious about holding him while wearing only a T-shirt. She released him. “Now, you’d better go. I need to get dressed.”

“Sure. I’ll see you down at the bike in thirty minutes. We’re making good progress so far. If we push, we can be in Colorado tonight.” He smiled and went out into the hallway. She glimpsed at his backside and muscular legs as he left.

The door closed, and she placed her back against it before blowing out slowly. Whew, maybe that cold shower is a good idea after all.

Interview

It is my pleasure to welcome S.J. Parkinson, author of Twinkle, to Room With Books.

What do you do when you are not writing?

I have many outside interests. I scuba dive, have dinner out with friends, and love to travel. My wife and I just got back from a long romantic weekend in Puerto Rico a week ago. When at home, I watch documentaries, read books, maintain my website and social media presence. Plus, my wife always has a ‘Honey-do’ list handy if she feels I am otherwise unoccupied.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

Frederick Forsyth, Michael Crichton, Bernard Cornwell, and Tom Clancy all inspired me deeply. Forsyth’s plots are so realistic you can imagine them coming from a newspaper headline. Crichton takes existing science and brings it one step further. Bernard Cornwell sets his fictional books against actual historical events and Clancy’s ability to create tension is unparalleled. I try to use elements of each in my writing.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

The first novel I published, The Legionnaire: Mask of the Pharaoh, took four years to get into print. Once that book was written I realized I knew nothing about the industry, publishing, standards, or what was involved. Most of the four years was spent doing two things: Educating myself on self-publishing and making the manuscript as good as I could through editing and proof-reading. I also didn’t tell anyone I was writing a book. My fiancée at the time, now my wife, had no idea I’d written a book until I gave her a paperback copy as a gift.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

My power would be the ability to look back on historical events as they actually happened. I suspect quite a bit of human history has been skewed and manipulated over time. The phrase that the victors write history is quite accurate. However, a lot of our records have been lost and destroyed over time. Being able to see history as it actually evolved would probably be quite eye-opening.

What was your first job?

My first paying job was cutting grass on a property with a thirty-five degree slope in the backyard. I was ten and it was a tall hill that took me two hours to do. All I remember is the hot sun, drone of the mower engine, a continuous thirst, and aching muscles. I made $3 an hour and my first pay envelope had $6 in it. I recall considering it as a lot of money at the time.

What types of books do you write?

I believe I can sum up my novels by saying they describe ordinary people being cast into extraordinary situations. My Legionnaire mystery-adventure series describes a soldier from the French Foreign Legion being forced to fake his own death and run from despicable men. Predation is a science fiction tale of a battle on a distant planet highlighting how different people react to combat. Twinkle is a tale of characters who retain their sight after a global blindness pandemic. It shows how they fight against growing chaos to try to find a cure. To me, the genre is secondary to the story and how I can tell it most effectively.

Who’s your main audience?

My readers are typically in the 18-65 age range. I don’t use overt sex, profanity, or extreme violence, but I do write for a mature reader. I thought the Legionnaire series would primarily appeal to men, but the majority of fans for the trilogy are female by a wide margin.

Out of all of your characters, which is your favorite? Why?

I have a young Japanese lady named Masumi in the Legionnaire series who has to be my favorite. As a middle-aged man, writing about a twenty-five year old female student is certainly challenging. Reaction to her character has been overwhelmingly positive and at book signings she is the most discussed character. They speak of her as if she is a real person and that is rewarding as a writer to see that level of affinity with the readers.

What does your writing schedule look like?

Roughly half my time is spent writing. The rest of the time is spent marketing existing titles’, editing, talking to graphic artists about book covers or banner ads, coordinating advertising campaigns, corresponding with readers and doing research. I discovered a long time ago that the skills needed to market a book are completely different from writing one.

Do you use your OWN experiences in your novels?

To a point, yes. I’ve been lucky enough to have visited most of the places where my books are based and that lets me describe a location quite effectively. I had a career in the military, a civilian career in IT, and am a divemaster with over 500 dives. During my time in the military, I served in war zones and peacekeeping missions in several countries. All of those experiences help when writing or fleshing out a character / scenario. Then there are the thousands of people I have encountered through the years. That helps inspire me when I need a character.

Was it easy to pick the title for your book?

Finding a decent title is one of my hardest challenges. With something like 2.2 million ebooks on Amazon alone, finding a title that has not been used is difficult at best. I usually name a book during my research phase before writing of the novel begins. However, several times now I’ve finished the book only to find some other author has taken the title I chose in the meantime. That forces me to re-examine my choice. However, often I end up with a better title, so it does work out in the end.

Pick one profession you would choose if you were not an author. Why?

Secret agent – astronaut – billionaire comes to mind. J  Seriously, if writing was not a part of my life I’d probably have a career in Information Technology (IT). I have an affinity with computers and over the last thirty years I’ve encountered the vast majority of operating systems and hardware from personal systems all the way up to corporate server farms. IT is an area I feel very comfortable with.

What are you currently working on?

My sixth novel is a return to the mystery-adventure genre. It’s the story of a thief in modern day New York City who is set-up for a murder he was not responsible for. The story revolves around him and his partner finding the real killer before the police arrest him. I’m also developing book four in The Legionnaire series and another pair of science fiction novels. Beyond the writing, I’m looking into getting my novels translated into other languages and working on screenplays to get them turned into movies.

FUN FACTS:

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Rocky road with hot fudge and sprinkles.

Night owl, or early bird? I am definitely not a morning person. I sleep in whenever possible and can be up until four AM if necessary.

Red, or white wine? Neither, I don’t drink. In my life, I’ve had a sip of beer and a glass of champagne at my wedding. I never felt the need to drink and saw many people in the military overdoing it. I am in no way anti-alcohol. My wife works for an international liquor company and we have bottles of wine and spirits all over the house. I simply choose not to imbibe as a personal choice.

Roller Coasters or Water Rides? Water ride. I enjoy being in and on the water so that’s an easy choice.

Swimming in the ocean or a pool? Yes! No bad choices there. I’d be in a pool or on the beach every day if I could.

Walking or fitness club? Walking is my way to relax and stay fit. At one point I lost sixty pounds walking. It is a low stress exercise and gets you out into the world. I used to go out in almost any weather, but must admit I’m not as active as I would like to be today. Too much Rocky Road with hot fudge and sprinkles and not enough walking. I’m addressing that issue now.

Any last words?

On my website is my promise to always put out the best quality novels I can. I employ professional editors, graphic artists, and formatters to ensure my readers get the same or better quality as traditional publishing houses. If anyone has an issue with one of my books, they can contact me directly through my web site and I’ll correct the problem.

I feel validated in my approach as my novels have sold in fourteen countries, won international awards, and are highly rated. I also have a dedicated group of readers who are incredibly supportive of my work.

Thank you for the opportunity to connect with your members. I hope you have a productive day.

Thank you for chatting with our readers and for allowing Room With Books to be part of your tour.

About the Author

SJ ParkinsonMr. Parkinson was an Air Force avionics technician, a decorated veteran of the Persian Gulf War, and several United Nations peacekeeping missions. He has lived overseas in numerous countries and travels extensively. His novels have been praised for their realism and sold in fourteen countries, winning multiple international awards.

Awards:

Three “Outstanding in Genre” Gold Seal awards from Red Adept Publishing and Kindle Book of the Month award Oct 2013 by the People’s Choice Book Awards.

Connect with the Author

Website: http://sjparkinson.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SJ_Parkinson

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/SJ-Parkinson/228716213898027

Google+:  https://plus.google.com/104993789048415208166/posts

 

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Praise for SJ Parkinson’s Predation:

“A mesmerizing streak through a galactic war that had me with the action at every step of the way. Proud soldiers and excellent aliens. Haven’t enjoyed tech sf so much in a long time and Predation is definitely on my recommended reading list.” – LK Ststimelimg, Lynn and Library

“As a lover of science fiction adventure, I give Predation 6 stars. A very well written book of war between two species with the conflict taking place both on planet and in space. The characters (both alien and human) are well developed so I found myself cheering for the humans and hoping the evil aliens would quickly “get theirs.” The combat is so vividly written that I was there in my mind and almost breathless on numerous occasions.

Those who like science fiction adventure are sure to like Predation. It is the best book of its type that I have read in many years. I have not had such pleasure in sf reading since Clark, Campbell, Bradbury and other masters of decades gone by.” – Thomas E. Bennett, Amazon Reviewer

“If you love Tom Clancy and Sci-Fi, you’ll love this. Well written with excellent world building. The author clearly put a lot of research and thought into this story. Just the right mix of science, action, strategy and character development.” – Mark Heber, Amazon Reviewer

“Attention holding, plausible, futuristic conflict between humans and reptilian aliens. Well worth reading.

SJ Parkinson (one of the authors) was an Air Force avionics technician, was in the Gulf War and has other experiences which clearly add authentic perspectives. The book is well researched and written, on how the special ops as well as regular marine infantry go to battle against the “crocs” on land as well as in space above the atmosphere.

Characters on both sides, as well as the Drakk’Har politics and jockeying for position are well developed and keep the story interesting, even personal.

No typos, grammar or formatting problems that I noticed, the presentation of the Kindle version is good, and the story is excellent.” – Allan M., Amazon Reviewer

“Stargate SG-1 Meets The Shooter. I’m a huge fan of good Sci-Fi, and I believe it’s a difficult genre to write well. Parkinson does a great job of it. I was hooked from the beginning. The story is focused to one main event, as opposed to some other novels where the story goes all over the place and the author gets lost trying to over explain their created world.

Here there are enough mentions of how life is, but not so much that it gets boring. I loved the tactical military details. They forced me to slow down and get into the groove of snipers and special ops, etc. I also loved how you get to read from the bad guys’ side as well. The raptor-like creatures were well developed and not so out-there that they were unbelievable. The battle strategies were well laid out, and it felt nice to kind of guess where the story was going without it being completely given away. There’s drama and action, and just an all-around great story. It would make a cool movie, or sci-fi series.” – Maria Rasmussen “kittybaby13”, Amazon Reviewer

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