Thursday, August 22, 2019

Confessions of a Probverbs 32 Woman by Kerri Pomarolli

Hello everyone. It is getting real for me as I get closer to helping a friend launch her two new books. I can't wait to show you everything we have planned. If you want to be a part of her launch team, use the contact form on the sidebar and let me know. Also, while you're there, subscribe to my new blog for all things from me.

The Neon Jungle by Tim Smith

Tim Smith
The Neon Junge

Tell us your latest news?

In addition to promoting “The Neon Jungle,” I’m finishing my next holiday romance for Extasy Books. I’m also working on the books I plan to release next year. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of blogs and interviews to promote this new book, including a rather unique YouTube interview. A friend from my writer’s group conducts an interview while you ride along in her RV as she travels the countryside. It was so different I just had to do it.  

What inspired you to write The Neon Jungle (Nick Seven Book 6)? 

I wanted to write a Nick Seven story that would send him undercover to run a sting operation on the villain. The entertainment industry provided the perfect backdrop for the kind of story I wanted to tell. I’ve had some experience with the music business, and I’ve profiled a lot of musicians who work in bars and clubs. There are some less than glamorous things that go on behind the scenes, including questionable accounting practices. There are also some unethical people involved in that racket. It was an ideal combination for an urban thriller. 

How did you come up with the title? 

I’ve always been drawn to classic film noir crime capers, and “The Asphalt Jungle” is one of my favorites. When I chose to set a crime story in Miami and South Beach, “Neon Jungle” seemed like an apt description. Everything is bright gaudy lights splashing against art deco buildings, but there’s a feeling of something sinister behind the flashy façade. There are a lot of well-dressed predators roaming the streets, and danger where you least expect it. If that doesn’t describe a jungle, I don’t know what does!    

How much of the book is realistic? 

I strive to make all of my stories realistic, even though they are works of fiction. The characters are all composites, based on a different personality or physical traits I notice about people, with enough detail to make them lifelike. The locations are based on places I have visited, and I strive to make them realistic and believable. I don’t want someone who lives in an area where I based a story wondering “Has this guy ever been here?” There’s nothing more embarrassing than claiming to be knowledgeable about a place and having someone point out that I got it wrong.  


What books have most influenced your life? 

When I was first introduced to literature in high school, I was blown away by Ernest Hemingway’s “The Killers.” He managed to pack more story into a few pages than most writers do with a few hundred. That made me want to read more of his work. About that same time, I discovered Raymond Chandler and company. I think the ones that influenced me the most, though, were Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mysteries, and “Dr. Doolittle” by Hugh Lofting.  

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

I’m a member of a local writer’s group, with a wide range of experienced writers. It’s a very supportive group, no competition, and everyone is willing to share their knowledge and ideas. The roundtable discussions are always productive and interesting. I also get feedback from an online group consisting of authors who work for the same publisher I do. If any aspiring writers reading this have the opportunity to join a writer’s group, by all means, do it. 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 

When you write a contemporary mystery or thriller, getting the forensic details correct is always a challenge. It’s easy for someone to do their own fact-checking online and if you don’t get it right, they’ll call you on it.  Devising intriguing characters that step off the page can be challenging, and so is using dialogue and references that are current. Plotting can present a problem, especially when I come up with a really unique detail later in the story, and realize I have to go back and reference it. This is called writing myself into a corner, and it drives me crazy when it happens. It’s also embarrassing when my editor catches it before I do. 

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? 

I like to travel to locations I plan on using so I can be accurate when describing them. Using actual locations and landmarks has become a hallmark of the stories I write. I like it when a reader tells me they felt like they were standing in the scene next to the characters. That means I’ve done my job as a writer.  

What was the hardest part of writing your book? 

I think the hardest part of writing “The Neon Jungle” was being careful to separate fact from fiction. Many of the things I depicted were based on personal observations. I took great pains to fictionalize events, and the supporting characters. To paraphrase a popular old TV show, “The names were changed to protect the guilty.” The other challenge with this book was keeping the action at a fast pace while juggling the romance story that is interwoven in the plot. This one is actually a crime thriller first and a contemporary romance second. 

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

I hope they have as much reading “The Neon Jungle” as I had writing it. If they like this one, there are five others in this series, among many other books on my backlist.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

I am Alive by Ashley Lloyd Shaw

Meet Ashley Lloyd Shaw and his  book I AM ALIVE. This book is about a mother and son who both get diagnosed with cancer at the same time, combined with the quote "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain" - (Vivian Greene) "Could it be true your life is the conversation you are about it?"

Ashley Lloyd Shaw

I Am Alive

FB: Ashley Lloyd Shaw

Instagram: @ashley_lloyd_shaw

  1. Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
    Hey, I'm Ashley and I'm a big fan of self-expression. When I'm not acting or writing I'm coaching; helping men and women in their dating lives and self-expression. I'm a big believer in keep things simple and following your heart as much as possible. I'm currently living in London where I grew up but have also lived in America for a little bit both in New York and LA. Growing up it was mainly me and my mum and my gran. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when I was thirteen which at first seem to be a 'curse' but during the process of dealing with it, I came to realize it's actually a blessing in disguise and part of my guidance system for Life.
  2. What inspired you to author this book?
    The idea of wanting to act in a film that could be meaningful and encouraging.

    My mother having been diagnosed with ovarian cancer when I was 21 (I'm now 33) and the quote I saw on Facebook when I was living in LA. "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass it's about learning to dance in the rain".

    I thought to myself what could a story look like if both a mother and son were diagnosed with cancer at the same time combined with this quote which I find very powerful.

    Real-life events, what's possible and my imagination are my main 3 ingredients when I'm writing or just being creative for that matter.

  3. Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
    My cousin is a creative digital art designer so we worked together with our imaginations and this is what we came up with.

  4. Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
    Ooooh, that's a tough one. There have been very few people who have significantly influenced me. I would say my mum is one of my top role models due to the strength, courage, and resilience I have watched her have and use throughout her life. My gran is another big influence for being such a calm, loving and peaceful human being.
  5. What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
    Having to relive some of the moments when my mum was diagnosed with cancer. As well as just continuing to show up to the pen and pad or laptop even if I didn't think I had anything more to write.
  6. Tell your readers about your book.
    The book is a very simple but powerful story about a mother and son who both get diagnosed with cancer at the same time. Combined with the quote - "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass it's about learning to dance in the rain".

    The book is written as a film script/screenplay vs your traditional book.
  7. Who is your target audience, and why?
    12+. Both male and female. Because anyone and everyone can find encouragement from reading this book if you are, ever have or ever will deal with life's challenges.
  8. What do you consider your greatest success in life?
    Not giving up. Not giving up...

    On dealing with Crohn's disease.

    On my mum with certain health issues, she had to deal with in life.

    On staying on my Acting and creative journey.

    On me in moments when it could have been very easy.

    And being able to contribute to others through the coaching I do. It is one of the most rewarding things I could do with my life.
  9. What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
    I'm not sure if it sets me apart but when I write I don't write as a writer. I write as an actor as if I am acting as I write. As if I am playing that particular character as I write.

The Poetry of Azenth Rose

Now I want to introduce you to another author and their poetry. When I was a child, I wrote poetry almost every day. I loved it. As I became an adult, I stopped writing poetry, although I love it. That is why it pleases me to showcase Retzde Brooks' book THE POETRY OF AZENITH ROSE.


Are you feeling down and it seems like no one can turn your frown upside down? 
You have gone all out of your way and yet nothing ever brightens up your day? 
You just don't get it and you feel like you just want to quit? 
Let the poetry of Azenith soothe your soul and spirit.

  1.  Retzde Brooks
                                                                                    The Poetry of Azenith Rose

    Other: Instagram: azenithrosethewriter


  2. Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
    I am a very passionate, risk-taker and a stubborn person when it comes to something that I want, I can’t stay in one place so I move quite often. That’s why I love my life being a freelance language coach where I can do my job anywhere in the world and write at the same time as much as I can. Fascinated by the beauty of the Alps, Austria is the place I see myself raising a family. It has caught my heart. I have a degree in Business Administration and an undergraduate in Law at the behest of my loving parents.
  3. What inspired you to author this book?
    Truth be told, I started writing at the age of nine but I put the dream of being a writer on the back burner because times were tough, I needed to help my parents raise our family at a very young age. I held a huge responsibility so I told myself, once things are settled with them, I will come back to this dream and so here I am, fulfilling a promise I made to my 9-year-old self.
  4. Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
    The cover of my book is inspired by how beautiful it is to turn our back on things to find inner peace, that there is beauty in silence. What they call boredom is actually freedom. Noise is temporary, silence is our sanctuary. My short-lived marriage taught me that- there is beauty in TURNING OUR BACK on things that will never happen no matter how hard we try. We just have to let go and let life take over sometimes.

  5. Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
    Personally and as a writer, I can't point out one specific person because every person I meet has their story and I truly believe we all have stories to tell and so each of them has influence in me as a person and in my writing. I am a patient listener and a compassionate one. So each person that comes and goes in my life, they hold a spot and they influence me one way or the other.
  6. What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
    Crisis of confidence and the lack of support from people around me. When I told my family and close friends that I will soon publish my book, my family was not really thrilled about it and that I should keep my day job and focus on what keeps the finances afloat. They sort of thought I was kidding. I know they mean well but that really made me doubt myself a lot, but I did what I wanted anyway. So here I am publishing my first book, stubborn as I can be.
  7. Tell your readers about your book.
    I wrote this book not for the market but for the people who need encouragement and inspiration when the world no longer makes sense. Some of us have huge responsibilities, sometimes too much is just too much and we have no one to turn to but we can't afford to be weak because a lot is expected from us. This book is intended for those people who carry the world on their shoulders. I wish someone told me those words I have written on this book when life kicked me in the gut and left me crawling on the ground alone- yet no one did, no one came to my rescue so I decided to be my own hero. I then wrote this book hoping no one will ever feel the same way I feel when life seems unkind. That is my simple words and chapters, one can find a companion and a friend in the form of a poem.

  8. Who is your target audience, and why?
    People who have no choice but to be strong, people who burn themselves just so they can give light to others, the single mothers, parents, those who wanted freedom from the chains of life and lies, those who won't take off their mask and let go of disguise, those who are tired, those who give up their lives so others may live- this book is for all of you. To let you know somehow that you are appreciated, loved and that you are not alone. My verses will take the journey with you.
  9. What do you consider your greatest success in life?
    Seeing my siblings with their diplomas, reach their dreams, seeing my parents happy as it is my turn to take care of them and my little mini-me growing up in the right path as a very fine adorable little girl despite the fact that I have to raise her alone by myself is my greatest success. No amount of money or recognition can ever replace that. I may have achieved academic or work-related recognition but these pale in comparison to the joy of seeing the people that I love contented and free from the worries of this world because I got them, I got their back.
  10. What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
    I believe that there is nothing to lose in doing what I love. I write without borders, I write from the deepest desires of my heart. What makes me different is, being a writer for me is not a label. I write for the readers, that's why I keep my lines simple and relatable because I am one of the masses. I am one of the readers, I just happen to hold the pen.