Wednesday, October 2, 2019

"The Secret Life of a Career Wife" by Mariah R. Embry

Dear Readers:

Have I found the perfect fall book for you and just in time. Whew! Everyone loves a good story that picks up from a cliffhanger from the first novel, and that is precisely what I am going to introduce you to today. Today's author is Mariah R. Embry and her sequel novel "The Secret Life of a Career Wife." Read about Mariah and the book below in today's author interview section.


  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 grew up about forty-five minutes from San Fransico. I still live in my home town, yet I don't spend much time at home. I'm always on the go, and if I am home, then I'm writing. I went to Granada High School in Livermore, CA and then Las Positas Community College, and San Jose State. Safe to say, I'm over academics and enjoy writing. When I'm not working, I like to hike, hang out with friends, family, or the husband and kitties. I'm also a very spiritual person, so I tend to meditate every night before bed.

    What inspired you to author this book?
    I was inspired to write this novel by Lisa’s character. Initially, Joyce’s story was going to be a sole project. Yet, I decided to write a little intro for The Secret Life of a Housewife in Lisa’s point of view, and that intro turned into the missing piece of Joyce’s story. Plus, Lisa’s life and secrets are worth being exposed.

  3. Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
    Oh gosh! I don't remember. I was fooling around in one of my classes years ago and created it. Then when I went back to it, updated it a little and yeah.

  4. Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
    I've found that my fellow writers are the greatest influence. Back in my community college days, I took a creative writing class, and they gave me fantastic feedback for The Secret Life of a Housewife. I've found that just being around other writers does wonders for my work and other's pieces too. Something about sharing that energy: also, my family and friends, the support system I have are amazing.
  5. What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
    The hardest part for writing Lisa’s character was, by far, channeling that dark energy. For a good majority of the novel, Lisa is depressed or doing something majorly demented. I am a happy, bubbly person, so writing for her character was a challenge. Sure, I might have a bit of a dark side but nowhere near that evil.
  6. Tell your readers about your book.
    The Secret Life of a Career Wife is the sequel to The Secret Life of a Housewife. It tells the same story but from Lisa's point of view. This book answers all the questions that were left unanswered in Joyce's story. Then it picks up at the major cliff hanger in the first novel.

    Both tell the story of a marriage that's headed for divorce. Lisa, a shady lawyer, finds herself losing the love of her life and tries in vain to keep her. When the distance is finally awarded to her wife, Joyce, they both find that their love overcomes all the pain they caused each other.

  7. Who is your target audience, and why?
    Anyone who likes dark romantic suspense is my target audience. This novel is not for the faint of heart.
  8. What do you consider your greatest success in life?
    I look at everything as a success; waking up, brushing my teeth, putting my shoes on the right foot. However, if I had to choose one thing in my long list of successes, I'd say publishing my novels. It's hard work creating a story and putting it out to the world to critique.
  9. What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
    Every story I tell has a bigger picture. A subliminal message, if you will. I infuse a little piece of my beliefs into my work through each character. Essentially, I put a bit of personality into my novels. What you are reading is a part of me.


Monday, September 30, 2019

"Mya the Mermaid" by Helen G

Who doesn't love a cute book for three to eight-year-olds? I know that one of my favorite things to do as a grandmother is to cuddle up with them and read a book or two. I'm not sure who gets more out of reading together, but one thing for certain, it is fun and provides quality time. As a retired educator with a Ph.D., I know the importance of reading to and with children. The fun part is when you come across a book that is so captivating, well-written, has a message, and gorgeous illustrations and that is exactly what I found in "Mya the Mermaid" written by Helen G. It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to my newest author.

Helen G


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 was born in Penang, Malaysia but grew up in Sunny Singapore, from one island to another island country. Currently, I reside in Singapore with my three active children. I earned a Master of Science in marketing, a postgraduate diploma in Education, and a degree in psychology. Love of learning has always been my passion in life.

What inspired you to write this book?

My children are my inspiration. I have always wanted to write a book, and because I love the charming and inspirational side of children storybooks, I decided to dedicate a book each to my three children and my nephew. I wanted to keep true to their characters and yet, integrate certain life lessons in the stories. On top of that and most importantly, I wanted to show them that as long as you put your heart into it, you can achieve anything (well, most things! :D).

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

Mya the Mermaid loves to sing, so the cover is most appropriate. We have always called our daughter the singing baby from the time she was a baby! She loves the cover! 

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

Personally, I have to say my parents and my husband have been my main pillars of support. Their faith in me allowed me to venture into writing, amidst many other commitments.

In regard to writing, I have always loved literature. Believe it or not, William Shakespeare is one of my most favorite writers of all times! There’s so much to learn in his literary works -- they give us so much insight into the cultures and societies, historical events and even how characters and their nuances are perceived in those times. His works are full of passion, full of elements that we as readers are passionate to discuss. His contribution to the literary world is timeless.

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

Due to my work and family commitments, “Mya the Mermaid” project was shelved for almost a year. On top of that, I am quite a detailed person, so Celine, my illustrator was very patient with me while we worked on how to best represent the story. I am so glad to finally place it out there in the literary world.   

Tell your readers about your book.

Mya the Mermaid is about embracing diversities and the kindness of those who helped her realize her dreams. She was able to run along the shore, travel the world, and play with other children because she met kind, helpful people everywhere she went. Mya also realized that no matter where she went, children of the world with different customs, cultures, and beliefs are ultimately, the same -- and she was enchanted.

I wanted to depict a world free of prejudice and discrimination, full of dreams and hopefully, inspire young readers to grow up with a healthy, positive mindset and the determination to fulfill their dreams.

Who is your target audience, and why?

Three to eight-years-olds are my main target audience; or anyone who loves a feel-good, charming story.

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

I always believe that books are meant to open up our mind and horizon. By vicariously going through the adventures with Mya the Mermaid, I hope its positivity and its messages can reach our young readers and inspire a better world “tomorrow.”

At the same time, parenting journey can be quite a challenge. I hope this can be a tool for parents to bond with their children, so I included a discussion page at the end of the book. Hopefully, we can bring up positive-minded, great attitude, children with grown mindset together!

You have a second book that you published at the same time as the first. Tell me about that book.

Ayden the Astronaut is dedicated to my youngest son. It’s about an astronaut boy Ayden who lives on the moon with his family and friends. His grandparents moved to the moon many years ago because they felt that Earth was so badly polluted that it was no longer feasible to live there. Burning with curiosity, he set off for Earth with his friends. 

As a parent, I want a habitable world for the world’s children, say, fifty years from now. This book calls for our attention to the effects of real global issues such as global warming and pollution.  I also hope it can be a fun book to read and enjoy!

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

I don’t really have a specific example. I would have to say my determination to fulfill my goals. The recent launch of my picture books are also personally, one of my own goals.

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

I think with the passing of some friends and family members; it made me realize that we should not take things for granted. It also fueled my determination to finish my list of important things to do, and that is to share positivity and do something for children of the world. Consequently, I also try not to look back and regret anything that I’ve done.

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

My end goal was not to publish one or two children’s picture books. I hope to connect with parents and educators and hopefully build a community of people who are willing to work towards a common goal together -- bringing up positive-minded children in a world worth inhabiting in the future free of harmful pollutants and filled with hope.

Currently, I am also launching a website www.helengauthor/resources that provides free printables of parenting and educational materials in cute infographic format as well as a Youtube channel which will also share similar materials in a fun and visual manner!  The Youtube channel and the website will be launched on the 1st October 2019.

Little Gamer with Big Dreams on Youtube

Good morning everyone. I don't know about you, but yesterday's NFL games were bizarre and at the same time amazing outcomes. For me, I was inside the Superdome cheering on my beloved New Orleans Saints and by the time it was over, I felt like I had run a marathon. My heart pounded deep within me. Good grief Saints, stop it. I'm kidding. I would rather have an exciting game where my team wins than to lose. So, congratulations to the defense on this huge win over Dallas. Who's the big D now? Saints' Defense!

Follow Little Gamer on Youtube Here
Speaking of games, this brings me to a very talented and ambitious young man I want to introduce you to. Yes, young man, because he is nine-years-old. For obvious reasons, I won't reveal his true identity but I will call him Wonder Boy Gamer or as his parents call him Little Gamer. I don't know about you but when I come across a child with ambition and vision I admire not only the child but also the parents. In this case, Little Gamer's parents support their son's efforts to start a YouTube channel of his own. One of his parents said, "I'm so proud of my Little Gamer. He has a really creative mind. Most of the videos are his ideas. I help him out with writing scripts and researching but he comes up with the ideas and topics. He just wants the viewers to smile and laugh."

Little Gamer came up with the idea to do angry fail moments video which was one of his first and can be watched below. Take a look.

He then filmed another video of him playing one of his favorite games.

"As a parent, I did not want the viewers to see his gaming failures so it was my idea to edit a bunch of awesome gameplay moments and we released this one today," said his father.

Now meet the young man we call Little Gamer.

Tell your readers a little about yourself.

I’m nine-years-old. I love playing Fortnite the most. I love playing other games as well. I love to sit and relax and play on the weekend because during school days I’m not allowed.

 What are your hobbies?

Well, I like recess at school and I like lunchtime because that’s the time I get to talk to my friends the most. After school, I go to my Taekwando class. I’m a blue belt and I also love hanging out with my friends there. I love competing at Taekwando competitions and playing games there. Sometimes I go out jogging with my dad. I love playing video games and helping my dad make YouTube videos.
What inspired you to start your Youtube Channel?

I wanted to start a channel because I think I’m good at playing video games. I just wanted more people to see me play. I also want to make people smile and laugh.

What types of videos do you plan on offering to your subscribers?

I love making funny videos. They can expect funny gameplay, funny moments. I’m learning and my dad is learning so as we learn, we plan to make how-to videos and we want to share what we learn with other people that are thinking about starting up a channel.

Who has been the biggest influence on you?

My dad, my mom and also my Taekwondo instructor Master Jesse from Kugar Taekwondo. My mom and dad wake up early every day for work.

What were your struggles to get your YouTube Channel started?

Probably convincing my mom and dad to even get a channel started but finally, they said yes. Trying to learn how to edit the video. It has been really slow learning but I think we're getting there. It makes us feel good when we upload a new video all the hard work editing and rerecording voice-overs trying to get the scripts to sound just right.

 Do you have a gamer idol? If so, who and why?

I like Dan TDM. He looks cool. He is so funny and he has pugs. He has cool hair.

What is your favorite video game to play and why?

Fortnite because it's fun. I get to play with my friends. I love trying out different costumes (skins). It's just so much fun playing with friends or playing alone.

Tell me anything else you would want my readers to know about you.

I love going to the beach in the summer. I like grilled cheese sandwiches. I love to make people smile. And that’s it.