Thursday, September 5, 2019

BROKEN BLUE SKIES - THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY


My Mother and Me
I woke up this morning to the strangest dream ever. It is so bizarre, I can't wrap my head around it. When I say, that it was surreal, people changed into Bengal cats, goats and others as shapeshifters, that is putting it mildly. Umm. Is there a fantasy novel for me brewing in the dark recesses of my mind? Oh, of all people, guess who else was in it? The actor James Woods, he turned into a lion, Rob Patterson, not as a vampire, but as a goat, yep, and Lilly Tomlin, the comedian, who changed into a hummingbird. As for me, I changed into an eagle and soared anywhere I wanted to go with the hummingbird on my back telling me constant jokes. I must admit, it was pretty exhilarating to soar above oceans and mountains, even if it were only a dream. When I landed, I landed into my precious mother's backyard, along with the hummingbird. I quickly changed into my human form. My mother and I enjoyed a cup of coffee as the hummingbird entertained us. I told you this dream was weird.

Nothing is nothing weird about this next author from New Zealand, best known as the frontman of the alternative rock act IVY BLUE  I am going to introduce you to. I hope you enjoy reading about him and his book. Meet James Brodie and learn about his autobiography book in his author interview below. Enjoy!

JAMES BRODIE



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 an entertainer from Te Aroha, New Zealand- best known as the face of alternative-rock act Ivy Blue. I am also an author, mental health advocate, speaker, and actor- having worked with the Future Te Aroha Trust on various projects, including participating in countless productions as a member of ACTA for close to 2 decades- having also produced a film with them called "One Day Soon" in 2012. Throughout my life, I have also battled mental health issues and neurological disabilities Autism and ADHD. Despite this, I have continued to be creatively active and defying my critics, having performed in countless seasons at Future Te Aroha (including some of the biggest musicals in the world) since 2001, releasing new music with Ivy Blue regularly since 2014, and performing live both in New Zealand and overseas with my music and continuing to share his stories both on and off stage.

What inspired you to author this book?

I've been asked a few times to work on a book like this and I've been working on this on and off since mid-2013 (before Ivy Blue was even formed). What made me really want to kick things into gear was a combination of people starting to wake up from the dream that "Everyone's doing OK all the time and the world is always filled with Roses." But I also had a close-call with death as a result of heart problems and that woke me up and got me to consider seriously writing things down and telling the stories that I wanted to tell in the hope that it can help people and I can introduce people to my shadows in a way that is positive and useful to the world.



Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

I did a painting a couple of years ago where I imagined that my head was finding its place in a galaxy of color-filled stars and clouds. This painting proved very influential in my intentions for the front cover, so a digital version was created, and this is how the front cover came into existence. The guy who created it took my painting and made it better than any of my wildest dreams could have imagined.

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Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

As a writer- I would have to say that I look to musicians more than authors (just because I'm more used to writing songs than books), but I did read several autobiographies from a range of fields including "Big Blue Sky" by Peter Garrett, "What Does This Button Do?" by Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, Chloe Lukasiak's "Girl En Pointe", "The Madde Diaries" by Maddie Ziegler, Kenzie Ziegler's "Rules For Life", and a few other bits and pieces as well. My writing tutor at Wintec is someone I really look up to and she's been really helpful too. But as for my personal life, my biggest influences are my friends and family (several of whom I've written about in this book and several of whom have gone on to be successful in their own rights). I view those people as brothers and sisters and there's no way I could have got here without them. I could never thank them enough and I'm always here for them if they need me.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

The biggest challenge I had faced during the writing of this book was having to revisit some of my dark moments and the lowest points of my struggle with mental health, anxiety, anger, and a few other issues. Looking back on some of those moments- I was a version of myself that I never wanted to be, and I am very thankful that I am not that person anymore. But to write about my journey- and to do so honestly; I had to revisit those shadows and write about them very honestly. I could not do this any other way.

Tell your readers about your book.

Within my book, I talk about my journey in detail for the first time with no holds barred and offering an insight into my life not previously available as I have continued to fight his demons and work in the creative fields. I have been notoriously private over the course of my life but to educate people about Autism and ADHD and mental health from my own perspective, I'm talking about his private life for the first time and opening up about the insanity, the regrets, the demons, and every subject that I can possibly cover in an effort to help others with their journeys by sharing my shadows along the mutual road of life.


Who is your target audience, and why?

My target audience for this book is anyone who's been through mental health issues and neurological disability (or maybe going through it right now), but it's suitable for ages 12 and up (and if you're under this age- you're going to learn a few new words that your parents won't like and I take no responsibility for any consequences that you may get into). This book is very raw a very open, so some parts may be disturbing to some readers, but I make no apology for the raw nature of the story as the only way to tell my story is to tell it honestly- warts and all.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

It depends on what area of my life you're referring to. I've worked in so many areas of work that I can't just pick one. So if I may take your question in another direction, I'll give you a highlight from each of the areas I have worked in to give you an overview of the work I have done in my life:

Music: Releasing 8 Ivy Blue albums and performing a sold-out outdoor three nightstand in Munich, Germany at Stoke Travel's Stoketoberfest.

Acting: Working with the same 4 people for the better part of a decade doing some of the world's biggest shows together and somehow still maintaining some kind of friendship with them for 20 years while everyone has continued to work in their own ways.

Work In Mental Health: Consulting with several New Zealand politicans (including Prime Ministers and ministers of cabinet) to help put together a plan for addressing mental health in New Zealand and improving our services to meet world standards. There is still a lot of work to do and we're nowhere close to perfect, but the foundation has been laid and it's time to build the house on top of it.

Personal Life: Pulling myself out of hell and taking myself away from the 14-year-old nightmare that I had become because of not only my own neurological issues and mental health issues- but other outside factors that sent me to my lowest depths of what I could handle; and turning myself around to become a better friend, son, brother, workmate, castmate, and in general a human being that can not only exist in the world, but truly live.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

I'm another person with a story to tell and there are a lot more popular things to talk about than mental health issues and such- but what sets this apart is that I'm talking about my journey with mental health issues as well as my neurological disabilities and the creative journey I have taken since I was a toddler (nearly 20 years) and I'm talking about it from my perspective. There are plenty of books out there for those who want to learn about Autism, ADHD, and mental health issues; but they don't really come from the perspective of someone with those issues- but more from people who have researched them over many years. My experiences are things you can't discover in a neurological study and I hop those experiences from my perspective will help your readers who may be in similar pairs of shoes. If you like a good read, then this book is also for you.









A.D.A.M. THE BEGINNING OF LIFE


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Meet Dr. Sandra Eve Bradford, an astrobiological researcher in charge of the A.D.A.M. Extraction Team who discovered a microbe which thrives off of arsenic on the bottom of Mono Lake in California. General Anbar, Chief in Charge of the U.S. National Defense, orders his team to confiscate the samples and her research. Dr. Bradford enlists her fellow researchers, Dr. Gregory Peterson, and her undergraduate assistant, Jessica Parker, to retrieve a new sample setting off a series of events and consequences. In a government research facility, the microbe transformed into something alien. Once it becomes apparent to General Anbar the life form presents a national security risk, he orders his men to kidnap Dr. Bradford and holds her captive in an underground facility to continue her research. The life form over a seven-day stretch morphs into a humanlike life form aging every moment toward death. His journey makes him question - What is life? What is love? What is hate? And, is there a God? This a story of possibilities and raises the questions - Are we alone in the universe? 

What else could be out there?



THE KEYSTROKE KILLER: TRANSCENDENCE

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New Orleans - 2058 - MATTHEW RAYMOND, a private detective, locked into a maze of deceit and deception uncovers the truth of Project Transcendence. A gripping page-turning thriller serial killer novel in the tradition of "The Silence of the Lambs," "Darkly Dreaming Dexter," and "Misery" that demands to be read. One part suspenseful thriller of 'who done it,' one part science fiction and one part sizzling erotica that makes "Fifty Shades of Grey" look PG, "The Keystroke Killer: Transcendence" is an impressive debut for Caudle as she weaves her characters into a dark and twisted journey to uncover a deranged and utterly immoral serial killer who controls a weapon of mass destruction. Set in the backdrops of political corruption and scandal in 2053 New Orleans, the novel follows Matthew a tortured private investigator as he tracks down a violent and dangerous serial killer who is destined to become one of the most genuinely chilling serial killers in fiction.For Matthew Raymond, his job as a private detective is personal. Very Personal. After the disturbing 2053 murder of his sister, Livia, rage filled him igniting a search for her killer and answers to the mysterious questions that lurked around her death. Now, three years later, Matthew realizes his problems just went from bad to worse as he discovers himself immersed in a city where the wealthy and corrupt politicians rule. With his sister's murder still his main focus, he plunges himself into a cunning game of cat-and-mouse when he stumbles across the Keystroke Killer exposing a secret device that makes him capable of sending people to the fourth dimension without a trace. Project Transcendence becomes Matthew's new fixation as he searches the Deep South for answers which uncovers dark family secrets, lies and corruption which makes him a target of the Keystroke Killer. Will Matthew be able to survive the threat of extinction? Will he untangle the mystery of Livia's death? Find out in this powerful twisted and dark tale. "The Keystroke Killer" is unforgettable and grisly disturbing you will not likely forget. This novel is not for the feint of heart, but it is a must read. Only if you dare!

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

VESSEL: LIGHT OF BALANCE BY DERREL COCKERHAM


Boy, do I have a new book and author for you to learn about. Do you like scary things that bump in the night? Meet author Derrel Cockerham and learn about his book VESSEL: LIGHT OF BALANCE. You won't be sorry that you took the time.





AUTHOR – Derrel Cockerham
 

Vessel

Light of the Balance





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 grew up in a small town called Greenwood in north Florida, and I currently reside there. I grew up in a small town and attended a small school named Grand Ridge.  I started with a love for great stories as a child preferring short series such as The Odyssey rather than digital games. I began writing poetry in high school which gradually grew into stories, but not just any stories. These stories had to mean something. I loved seeing how what we go through and where we come from impact how we see the world and everyone around us. I joined the Marines fresh out of high school, and everything went on hold, but the love for what makes me happy never left.



What inspired you to write this book?

Balance is something I believe in deeply.  Today, our lives are so busy that we often lose sight of the things that are most important. Balance is necessary for work, time with our families, and even in our relationships.  This book embodies the same principles with a twist on what Balance truly is.




Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

The book cover is a crucial part of the story. I believe that the cover can tell the reader precisely what the story is about. The inspiration came from the story itself. The throne in the center is a metaphor of the conflict between two opposing sides and clearly lets the reader know from the first glance what is at stake. Perhaps the most appealing is the Flower of Life pattern that glows on the cover. This pattern is crucial to the philosophy and foundation of the story which will be expounded on later in the series.


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Who has been the biggest influence on you personally and as a writer?

The biggest influence on me as a writer has been life itself. The journey of life is what makes it special. I want to create stories that are realistic of actual people. Sometimes life is not a straight shot, there are obstacles, and it is these very obstacles that make us who we are. Sometimes you have to go to one place to get to another.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

Conceptualization was the biggest obstacle of getting the book written.  The eastern philosophy had to be translated into a plot that is not uncommon. However, it is this philosophy that brings more to the book than the traditional plot of this kind of story.


Tell your readers about your book.

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The main character of this book is named Aerofer. Although young and naive, Aerofer is a pure-hearted young man who wishes only to travel and see the world as the world that he grew up in is closed off from other nations.  However, he is chosen by the Balance, an entity that exists to keep the world we live in existing in perfect Balance, to become its Vessel to preserve the continuum.

The second main character of this book is Parsicus. Parsicus is a bastard son of the king who has earned the admiration and respect of the entire nation during his years of military service.  Upon his father’s death, he returns home to see his step-brother itching for the throne as their father lies upon his death bed. Things turn ill quickly for Parsicus as rumors spread that he is chosen to ascend to the throne rather than the legitimate heir.  What follows is a heartbreaking story of two brothers desperately trying to preserve their bond of brotherhood as their paths inevitably lead them into two separate directions.

The lives of these two main characters inevitably intertwine as not only the throne of a kingdom but the fate of the world rest on both their shoulders.






Who is your target audience and why?

The target audience of my book is young adults, but it is an enjoyable story to people of all ages. There are mythical creatures, supernatural forces, and political intrigue that will connect with people of every age and nearly every interest.

If you were going to give one reason for anyone looking at your book to read, why should they buy it?

This book will help any reader that buys it learn more about themselves. They will learn the importance of balance, the strength of bonds of brotherhood, and appreciate the growth in themselves.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

I consider my greatest success in life to be becoming a father and passing on my love of stories on to my son. Like me, he already writes mini novels and comics and nothing feels better than having your son look up to you and admire you for creating something you both love.


Everyone has life lessons to learn, tell your readers one or two of yours, and how they make you the person you are today.

Probably the greatest life lesson I learned was from joining the military. The military gave me discipline, mental fortitude, and taught me how to earn something. If I hadn’t joined the military, it could have taken me years to learn these values.

Another life lesson that I have learned is patience. Growing up with scoliosis, I have learned through exercise therapy more patience with my body, which translates into more patience with work, family, and friends.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

What sets me apart from other writers in my genre is the character development devotion. A great deal of time was spent giving the reader the foundation of three main characters.  Although it made the book more lengthy, the reader will know exactly where all three of these characters come from, understand their differences, and will build a personal bond with each character.

Tell your readers anything else you want to share.

There were many different places that I got inspired to write this book from.  Taoism, Meditation, and eastern philosophy played a big role as well as blockbuster films such as Lord of the Rings and Braveheart that also played a part. Most important for me was the character connection with the reader. I want the reader to have a genuine interest and care for each of the characters

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A storm is coming to Earthos. Bringing terrors as numerous as its raindrops. Its most powerful kingdom must unite to weather the storm. Aerofer is an adventurous youth that wants nothing more than to explore the world. When an abrupt and mysterious illness lands him in a coma, his world is turned upside down. Aerofer embarks on a journey of self-discovery to find Balance within himself so that he can save his newfound friends and all of Earthos from utter destruction.

When a decorated war-hero and bastard of the king returns home, he gets more than he bargained for. Loved by all and respected by all, Parsicus returns home to find his father on his deathbed, a jealous step-brother as heir, and his beloved country falling to decadence and corruption. To save it, he will have to go against his own family. Branded a traitor and betrayed by those closest to him, one man will risk it all to save his country.

Two different paths, two different destinies.

The throne of a kingdom and the fate of the world lies in the Balance. When the End is near, which will matter most? Family or country?

Find your inner Balance




Neuro Confinement by Sophie White


Good morning! In fact, it is a great morning. I woke up this morning with my cat on my chest hugging my arm. She missed me while I was away on my cruise. I feel so loved. My sister, Robby, and I had a fabulous time. Since returning home, I have been very busy finishing up Sophie Marie White's upcoming novel, NEURO CONFINEMENT, that launch in two days. Yes, two days! I want to tell you about the novel now. 



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Imagine a drug that imprisons convicts inside their minds where seconds turn into days and days into years.

NEURO CONFINEMENT is a Sci-Fi thriller, written by Sophie Marie White. A young idealistic scientist, Dr. Casey Palmer, developed a revolutionary new drug, D-214, that imprisons convicts inside their minds.  His discovery promised to replace the skyrocketing incarceration problem by shortening sentences. One day in Neuro Confinement equals one year, whereas a thirty-year sentence is served in thirty days saving the penal system hundreds of billions of dollars. There is one major side effect -- users experience a living, breathing, Daliesque world, where side effects such as psychotic breaks and violent rampages erupt hours to years after the drug has been administered. Will this new wonder drug be the savior of the American penal system? Or, will prisoners be trapped eternally in their minds forever?

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ABOUT SOPHIE MARIE WHITE

Sophie Marie White is a native of South Louisiana. She is married with three kids. She draws from her varied experiences as an actress, filmmaker, Director of Photography, Chiropractor, EMT, firefighter, race car driver, and boxing promoter to inspire her writing. She has been seen on television shows such as Chicago Med, and Tell Me Your Secrets, and in movies such as We All Think We’re Special and Hummingbird. Her screenplays have won ISA New Orleans Writers Award 2017 and placed at Table Read My Screenplay (New Orleans, London, and Sundance), Final Draft Fellowship, ISA Fast-track Fellowship, and New York International Fright Fest. Her films have won or placed at numerous film festivals including AMFM, London Independent Awards, Imagination Lunchbox, and New Zealand Film Awards, Imagination Lunchbox and New Zealand Film Awards.
     Sophie’s next book, A Girl in the Mirror, will be published October 16, 2019, by Absolute Author Publishing House. Follow Sophie on her blog: www.sophiemariewhite.com



Tuesday, September 3, 2019

"Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit" by Lyndell Williams


Today, I want to introduce an author who has written many books. Isn't that exciting? Lyndell Williams has a new book, "Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit," that will release on October 1, 2019, but is available to pre-order on Amazon which gives you enough time to check out her other books and fall in love with this author while you wait on that release. Drum roll... Meet Lyndell.

Lyndell Willilams - Author

SWEET LOVE, BITTER FRUIT


  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.
    I write at a computer in the corner of my bedroom, in a house too small for my family busting at its walls. We love and want to kill each other at the same time and constantly swing between extremes of being miserable and having a blast. That's the way it is with large families. I knew what I was getting into. My husband, the oldest of two, had to adjust.

    I have a bunch of balls in the air every day, juggling them until I pass out at night to start it all over again in the morning. People often ask how I do it all. I don't. I just do as much as I can, writing along the way.
  2. What inspired you to author this book?
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    Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit wasn't supposed to be a book. I expected Marcus and Toni to be good little secondary characters and fade into the background, but readers had such strong responses to them, especially Marcus. They either loved him or thought he was crazy. A character like that always demands their story be told.

    Readers kept asking if I was going to write a book about Marcus and Toni, and the characters clamored in my head. I knew that their struggle with infertility wasn't going to be an easy topic to address, but it had to be. I needed to show how something so heartbreaking can impact how two people deeply in love negotiate it. How they are imperfect and real but still hot for each other.
  3. Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
    I wanted the cover to convey the layers of connection Marcus and Toni have. Their love progressed beyond the passionate first stage to generate fulfilling emotional ties strengthening their bond. They can't wait to see each other at the end of the day to brighten it for one another—hence the bright yellow and green clothes. They make each other shine.
  4. Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
    I read a ton a romance as a teen, exclusively by White women authors. When I got older and someone gave me a Beverly Jenkins novel, my world lit up. It was so liberating to see Black women as the primary love interest and not the sassy best friend, servant, or slave. When authors like Zane and Alyssa Cole came on the scene, that just changed everything.
    Their writing gave me the confidence to write romance not simply with Black female protagonists, but with a love plot that reflects the lives of Black women. Romance can be culturally-specific, and there are now a lot of Women of Color authors who are showing the world the myriad of ways people navigate love and romance.
  5. What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
    There were two main obstacles—one external and the other internal. Time is rarely on my side when it comes to writing because I have so much of it to do. In addition to writing novels, I am a professional writer. So, I spend a lot of my days fulfilling deadlines. I also home school my three youngest of six children and teach. Etching out enough time to flesh out Marcus and Toni's story was a challenge.

    I also struggled to really connect with Toni. It may seem weird, but not every character opens up right away, even though they are a product of the author's imagination. Toni's struggle with infertility and longing for a baby brought up a lot of the feeling it took a long time to bury. Yeah, I mentioned six kids earlier. They came after five years of trying, failing and falling apart. Having to write about the agony that emerges from infertility was not easy.
  6. Tell your readers about your book.
    Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit, is the second book in the Brothers in Law series. It features Marcus and Toni Kent. Readers have already expressed their interest in knowing their stories after meeting the loving duo in book one, My Way to You.

    Marcus and Toni are deeply in love but struggle with infertility. After a couple of failed treatments, Toni wants to try again but Marcus is staunchly against it. The impasse, as well as some other turmoil, threatens to destroy everything they've built.


  7. Who is your target audience, and why?
    I enjoy a spectrum of readers. When I meet new ones, they often say, "I don't usually read romance..." It's wonderful that my writing opened people to such a fantastic genre. There are a lot of misconceptions about romance. Some people think it lacks depth, but there are romance authors out there writing some profound stuff about love and relationships.
  8. What do you consider your greatest success in life?
    My greatest success is without a doubt the family I built with a wonderful husband for over twenty-eight years. I have spent most of my life with him, and we are raising a house full of kids, ages ranging from 7 to 21 years. As I watch my two oldest head out the door for college while their little sisters read from the same book they did when they were their age, I feel so fulfilled and accomplished.
  9. What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
    I often joke that I am a unicorn. I am a covered Muslim woman writing romance. In this country, that's a rarity. I work hard to open up tightly-closed minds about the genre and the inclusion of sensual and sexual content, not an easy feat in a cultural environment filled with Puritanical notions about what Muslim authors should and should not write.

    I like to integrate social commentary in my books from my social identities. Yeah, other authors do it, but I am a trifecta of unique social perspectives as an African American Muslim woman in an interracial relationship with a Man of Color. I try to show some of the ways societal issues can impact how people love each other.

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