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Character Interview: Bianca from Gabriel Valjan’s mystery-suspense novel, ‘Corporate Citizen: Roma Series Book 5’

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We’re thrilled to have here today Bianca Nerini from Gabriel Valjan’s new mystery-suspense novel, Corporate Citizen: Roma Series Book 5. Bianca is a forensic accountant living somewhere in Italy.It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so for this interview, Bianca.  Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

5-ccFair? Hmm. In Corporate Citizen, I got called out on some things and by more than one person, which didn’t sit well with me at the time, but that’s life, isn’t it? We can wish for roses, but we learn more about ourselves when we are forced to hold the stems and deal with the thorns. Gabriel was kinder with me than I would’ve been with him had the roles been reversed.

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

I think Gabriel was fair. I’m not an easy person to get along with because I’m guarded, but Gabriel did a great job showing that I have both a strong and vulnerable side to me in Corporate Citizen. I may not have always liked what he says about me, but he is truthful.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

My analytical mind is my best trait, which is frustrating because if a man possesses the same quality, he’s objective, but if a woman has it she’s a….

Worst trait?

Trust doesn’t come easy to me. I think readers know that of me, but this fault comes to the forefront in Corporate Citizen. I had to deal with a lot and from so many angles.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book were made into a movie and who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

Interesting question, but I would have to say either Charlize Theron or Angelina Jolie should play me, or better — Charlize Theron should play me and Angelina Jolie should direct. I don’t think a male director should be behind the camera.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

I have two and it’s complicated. I’ll leave it at that.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

I get nervous every time Alessandro has a new girlfriend. To say that he has bad luck with women is an understatement, but I think there might be something to his pairing with Erica. Fingers crossed. My nerves don’t often get frazzled, but the mere mention of The Magician makes my hair stand on end.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

I wouldn’t want to be Nick. He has done his dance of pain for more than one lifetime and people have used and misused him. I admire him. I fear him and in my own way, love him, but, like me, he keeps people at arm’s length for good reason. I can relate to that and respect it. He has made me look into the mirror at myself. I’m uncertain as to how I feel about the reflection.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

The final page packs a surprise and it’s a game-changer. All I can say without spoiling it is that the Roma Series is headed into new territory and Gabriel provides the first chapter of my next adventure in London: Crunch City.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if he decided to write another book with you in it?

Gabriel should let readers see how brilliant Silvio is in the next book. I think we all underestimated the man. Oh, and there’s another character we meet in Corporate Citizen – a new one and Gabriel has to go there. I insist.

Thank you for this interview, Bianca. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

Yes. Readers will see me in London next with Crunch City: Roma Series Book Six. My life becomes a nightmare. Fun fact for your consideration: The British Security Industry Authority (BSIA) has 5 million cameras, or one for every fourteen people in place throughout Great Britain. I’ll leave you to imagine just how many of them are in London.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Corporate Citizen: Roma Series Book Five

Genre: Mystery-Suspense/Thriller

Author: Gabriel Valjan

Website: www.gabrielvaljan.com

Publisher: Winter Goose Publishing

Purchase link: http://amzn.to/2b9E2qE

A call for help from an old friend lands Bianca and the crew back in Boston. On a timeout with Dante, due to revelations in the aftermath of the showdown in Naples, Bianca is drawn to a mysterious new ally who understands the traumas of her past, and has some very real trauma of his own. Murder, designer drugs, and a hacker named Magician challenge our team, and Bianca learns that leaving Rendition behind might be much harder than she thinks.

About the Author:

Gabriel Valjan is the author of the Roma Series from Winter Goose Publishing as well as numerous short stories. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where he enjoys the local restaurants, and his two cats, Squeak and Squawk, keep him honest to the story on the screen.

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Connect on the web:

Twitter: @GValjan

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gabriel-Valjan/291400997547203

Talking Books with YA Scifi Author Robynn E. Sheahan

robynn-e-sheahanI have always been a reader. I love books. When I’m not able to read, I listen to audio books. I started writing while working as a Paramedic/Firefighter in Northern California. Trust me, it’s not like it appears on TV. There was plenty of time for books, mostly reading them. I didn’t seriously start writing until I moved to my ranch in Oregon. While waiting for lambs to be born in the middle of the night, I would head back to the house for an hour or two and sit down at the computer. Before I knew it, I had a manuscript. Not a good one, but a start.I joined critique groups and attended writer’s conferences. I was on the fast track to learning.

In 2013, I received an honorable mention in Writer’s Digest’s Self Published book awards for MG/YA. I guess I am learning something!

Ideas from dreams follow me into warm sunny days or the quiet of falling snow. “What ifs” feed a vivid imagination. Even mistyped phrases may lead to an “aha” moment. Brain storming sessions standing in windy, dark parking lots with fellow writers release thoughts that pry at the corners of my mind, grasping for purchase. Sometimes the ideas pursue me, with persistence.

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A forbidden birth. A remarkable young woman. A marauding alien society. The battle begins.

A brutal alien society invades Korin and Arranon, intent on destroying the two worlds that make up Cadet Erynn storm-of-arranonYager’s home. Forced to expose her strange abilities and reveal her forbidden birth, a guarded web of secrets unravels.

Stranded on an unfamiliar planet of eternal winter and predatory wildlife, the mysterious living consciousness of Arranon intervenes, leading Erynn on a mystical journey.

Aware of Erynn’s potential, the alien enemy pursues her. She struggles to gain control of her growing powers while in a constant race to elude the invaders, and join the forces preparing to fight a mounting occupation.

Erynn’s secret may be her worlds’ only hope, but at the cost of her life. Swept up in a chain reaction of events, Erynn’s dedication extends far beyond service and duty. She learns the true meaning of sacrifice.

Along with courage and hope, Erynn finds something unexpected on her journey of awareness and growth.

Love.

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  • Storm of Arranon is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

 

Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Robynn.  Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

I have three published books, Storm of Arranon is the first in the series, the fourth is scheduled for release later this year or early next year.

Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

I submitted to agents and traditional publishers, but after a year of rejection letters, I decided to self-publish. I continued to query publishers and earlier this year, I signed a contract with a small press for book four in the series. They also have a first option for book five.

Q: How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

We still have edits to go through, but they are confident if the process continues with no glitches, as early as three to six months.

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

When I held that print copy in my hands for the first time, it was an incredible feeling. I’d done it! My critique group threw a little celebration every time one of us published a book complete with sparkling cider and cake.

Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

I started with a Goodreads giveaway and queried blogs and websites about reviews. Just getting the book out there any way I could.

Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?

I have learned so much and continue to learn. There’s more to an author’s career than writing books. Next comes marketing and promotion. It all takes time and effort, and giving up when it gets difficult isn’t an option. The biggest area of growth for me would be confidence in my writing and in myself.

Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?

It’s challenging to even get your work looked at by agents and publishers. I do understand they have stacks of manuscripts from thousands of aspiring authors to slog through and there’s no easy answer. I’m sure it’s frustrating for both sides.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?

Wow! That rush of excitement and feeling of achievement when someone enjoys my books and they can’t wait to read more.

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

Write. Read. Read books on writing. Attend writer’s workshops and conferences. Get involved with a critique group or two. Always be willing to learn. Have your work professionally edited and proofread. And most important, have fun with your writing.

 

 

 

 

Character Interview: Lark Chadwick from Bullet in the Chamber, a thriller by John DeDakis

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We’re excited to have here today, Lark Chadwick, from author John DeDakis’ new thriller, Bullet in the Chamber. Lark is a 28-year-old journalist living in Washington, D.C.

It’s a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so much for this interview, Lark.  Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

Nope. I think John “gets” me. 

Do you feel John did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

Hmmmm. To me, “colorizing” implies airbrushing.  I’m a just-the-facts-ma’am journalist, so I prefer authenticity – an honest portrayal, warts and all. I expect the truth (but rarely get it) from the people I interview, so it’s only fair that I should be willing to have the reader know me from the inside out.

Cover art Bullet.jpgIf, on the other hand, colorizing means showing one’s true colors, then I think John nailed it.  He shows my red-hot anger, he shows me when I’m green with envy, and Lord knows, I get the blues a lot. But if there’s anything I’m not, it’s yellow (but I feel like it sometimes).

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

I think, at my core, I’m a strong person.  That comes from being orphaned when I was an infant.  My parents were killed in a car accident.  My dad’s sister – my Aunt Annie – raised me.  But she, rest her soul, was a bit of a nut case. Very unstable.  So I had to dig deep inside myself to find my own sound foundation. 

I think I’m also courageous.  I know that might sound like bragging, but there’s plenty of inner terror that goes along with it.  Circumstances have forced me to move forward in spite of my fears — which are legion.  I define courage as fear in action.  If I’d allowed fear to paralyze me, I’d be dead by now.

Worst trait?

That’s easy: I’m impulsive.  And I have a short fuse.  My bullshit meter is well calibrated, but sometimes I jump to conclusions.  That usually complicates my life (but makes for a good read, I guess).

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

Well, when John first created me, he had Lynda Carter in mind, the buxom brunette who plays Wonder Woman on TV.

Nowadays, there are some younger actresses who might fill the bill, people like singer-actress Selena Gomez; Ron Howard’s daughter Bryce Dallas Howard; Rashida Jones (“Parks and Recreation”); Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”); Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”); and Krysten Ritter (“Breaking Bad”).

Others I have my eye on are two of John’s friends: Beth Keener Dent, a young actress in Atlanta; and Jenna Bourne, a television reporter at WJAX, the CBS affiliate in Jacksonville, Florida. John and Jenna are actually collaborating on a pilot for a TV series featuring, um, me.

Do you have a love interest in Bullet in the Chamber?

Oh yeah!  He’s Doug Mitchell. 

I met Doug in John’s previous novel, “Troubled Water.” Doug and I worked together at a daily newspaper in Georgia. He was my photographer when I had to interview the parents of a young girl who’d been murdered.  (I actually discovered the body, but that’s another story.) 

Doug and I didn’t hit it off right away.  He’s a hunk, but he’s also a player, so I have mixed feelings about him.  We both ended up getting jobs covering the White House for the Associated Press.

When “Bullet in the Chamber” begins, Doug’s been radio silent on me for 48-hours, sixteen minutes, and thirty seconds (not that I was keeping track, or anything), then he shows up all jovial on my first day on the beat.  I’m pissed. But, when the White House is attacked and the president is missing, all that personal relationship stuff gets put on hold.

There’s a lot I could say about Doug.  A LOT. [Here Lark’s voice cracks and she chokes back tears]. But I don’t want to say anything more right now other than to say it’s complicated.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

[Laughs] – Before John even began writing it. No. Seriously.  And that nervousness stayed with me all the way through to the last paragraph.

DeDakis had the damndest time trying to figure it all out.  And if he was  vexed, just think of what a burden it was for me?  Usually, John’s a meticulous planner. He always seems to know where he’s going with the story.  But “Bullet” was different. About half way through the book, when he’d begin a chapter, he had no idea how it would end.  It was all up to me.  Geez. Talk about pressure!

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

That would have to be Rochelle Grigsby. She’s the deputy bureau chief at the A.P. – my immediate supervisor. And nemesis. I swear — it feels like she’s made it her personal mission in life to set me up to fail.  It would turn my insides into a pretzel if I had to be like her. We are polar opposites.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

By the end of the book, I was pretty emotionally and physically spent, but I think I come away from the ordeal as a stronger person. And definitely more introspective.  This is the fourth time John DeDakis and I have worked together, but this time, he shook me to my core.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if he decided to write another book with you in it?

I reaaaally like working with John. I’m probably him if he’d been a woman. He’s already got another book in mind with me as his protagonist. If I could tell him anything, it would be to plead with him, “Dude! No more drama!” But, just as he knows me so well, I know that my plea will fall on deaf ears. He just loves to throw stuff at me to see how I’ll react.  Hmmmmm. Maybe I could write a book in which I make my author’s life a living hell.  Yeah. I like that.

Thank you for this interview, Lark Chadwick.  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

I certainly hope so.  And maybe you’ll hear me, too, on the audio book version.

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John DeDakis, a former editor on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” is a writing coach and novelist living in Baltimore.  His fourth, and most recent, novel in the Lark Chadwick mystery-suspense series is “Bullet in the Chamber.”www.johndedakis.com

A Conversation with Robert J. Dornan, author of ’23 Minutes Past 1 A.M.’

bob-dornanRobert J Dornan is someone who wishes to leave a better world to his children. He realizes that the odds are slim but he will do whatever he can to increase the probability of success.  He is always open to discuss new and innovative ideas and hopes someday to see the building of a functional solar city as well as a fair and community-driven compensation system.

Robert’s latest book is the historical fiction, 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M.

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Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Robert.  Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

I have published a few times and am forecasting another three books to be released in the next twelve months.

Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route? 

23-minutesI’m not a young, up and coming novelist with years of book writing ahead of me.  Few, if any, mainstream publishers would take a risk on me.  I realize the notion of being published is exciting or even romantic but unless you’re an old school author, your books will get limited shelf time in corporate bookstores that have turned their attention to more profitable items such as greeting cards and lattes.  You’ll end up marketing your own book just as I am doing right now but unfortunately for a smaller margin.

Self-publishing is an art form to itself and allows someone like myself to control my own destiny.  I don’t fear failure and I don’t write stories to make vats of money.   For someone like myself, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and the like, are perfect partners.  There was no better option.

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

There is a temporary feeling of elation and relief the first time you see your novel on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  I would love to say I celebrated but I didn’t.  I was working seven days a week and writing at night when my children were sleeping so any popping sound would have been popcorn and not Champagne.

Q: What was the first thing you did as promotion when you were published for the first time?

I went the Facebook route, thinking that my friends and acquaintances would spread the word.  That was an unmitigated disaster and somewhat hurtful at that moment.  I realize now that most people are uncomfortable selling something they know nothing about and probably hoped I wouldn’t bother them.

Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?

I will always push “research” as the secret to good writing.  When I first started as a writer I wrote whatever was in my head and paid little or no attention to detail.  Writing a book like 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M. required a vast amount of research and it helped with my creativity too.  I realize now that extensive research is the key to a successful novel.

Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?

I’ve been surprised by how many dime store Publishing Houses exist and wonder how they exist and how much longer than can exist.  This is just a recent discovery.  I spent an entire weekend researching different publishers in North America.  Some were scams but most were small businesses trying to carve out a niche.  Other than that, the sheer volume of authors trying to ply their trade can be intimidating but competition should mean more quality novels.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?

Sharing my novels with my children.  My daughter is eighteen now and can read books like 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M.  She is loving the new novel and has learned a lot.  Other than that, getting email from readers who have loved reading your book is an absolute thrill.

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

Stop dreaming and do.  Just remember that as soon as you edit your book based on how others – family and friends – will feel, you should power off your computer and find another hobby.  Good luck to all.

 

Book Excerpt 3: Fairly Safe by Deborah Ann Davis

fairly-safeTitle: FAIRLY SAFE
Author: Deborah Ann Davis
Publisher: D&D Universe
Pages: 356
Genre: New Adult

When Mistaken Identity collides with Secret Identity, who wins?

JACOB HAS COME A LONG WAY FOR AN ORPHANED FOSTER KID. He has a mentor, a great job, and has finally fallen in love. Granted, she mistook him for a stalker when they met, but every relationship has its little problems. Unfortunately, for the past few years, as the object of his affection pops in and out of his life, she has refused to share any personal info, like where she’s from, or her real name. Regardless, Jacob is ready to take their relationship to the next level. Now, if only he can locate her so he can tell her.

CASEY’S FAMILY IS IN THE WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM. Safety has to be their only priority. Their cover has been blown before, so Casey knows at any given time they could be forced to disappear again. Obviously, a shy young man with hopeful eyes cannot possibly be added to the mix. You cannot build a relationship like that. Now, if only she can stop thinking about him.

JACOB’S AND CASEY’S WORLDS UNEXPECTEDLY COLLIDE when Jacob inadvertently helps hide her family. Exposed to their 24-7 vigilance, Jacob realizes he must come up with a plan to keep them out of harm’s way, because this time if Casey disappears, she will be taking with her Jacob’s heart, and his hopes of finally having a family of his own.

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Jacob peered into the brush as he strode back and forth, trying to spy their location. Hands on hips, he glanced at the collection of litter with disgust. It was, in fact, a mass of old clothes, apparent escapees from the back of someone’s pickup truck.

William’s in the hospital, and I’m checking out recyclables? He blew an impatient breath as he peered at the array of bushes and vines. I’m outta here.

“Hello?” he yelled one last time.

The pile of rubbish near his feet shifted.

“Whoa!” Jacob jumped back. He nudged the heap with his foot, uncovering a third boy. This one was older, a teenager perhaps. A matt of tangled blond hair and several days’ worth of grime obscured his face. He was breathing, but he was laid out cold.

Jeez! What the…? Maybe it was a hit-and-run.

Crack!

Jacob whirled around to find a bullet-sized hole in his passenger window. He didn’t need military training to recognize an attack. He scrambled behind his car and hunkered down into a poised-for-action squat near the front tire.

“Stop it!” A small boy burst out of the bushes, clambered up the embankment, and ran around the car toward Jacob. “He can help us.”

Angry howls from the underbrush followed him as he hurled himself at Jacob then clung to his neck. Off balance in his squat, Jacob threw one hand behind him for support while securing the weeping missile with the other. They landed in the middle of the street. A series of pinging and cracking noises claimed the other side of his car. He shifted position to wrap both arms around his slight bundle, and rolled them toward the protection of the front tire.

I need to get us inside the car and out of range of…pebbles? Since when does a pebble put a hole in a window? “Hold on!” he shouted. “I’m not going to hurt anyone.”

The pinging stopped.

“I told you so,” intoned a muffled voice in the vicinity of his chest.

“Let him go, get back in your car, and leave!” ordered one of his hidden attackers with an unfamiliar accent.

“You’re squishing me,” complained the squirming body in his arms.

Jacob loosened his grip to find a tear-stained face staring back at him. “I won’t hurt you,” he murmured.

“I know,” sniffled the child. “You’re gonna help us.” He patted Jacob on the cheek.

That hadn’t happened before. An odd protective reaction to the boy’s hand on his face curled in the pit of his stomach. “Don’t worry. I’ll get us out of here.” Satisfied there were no signs of panic in the young face, Jacob focused on the situation.

The assailants might not have a gun, but whatever put a hole in his window sure could put a hole in him. He wasn’t even sure whether they were attacking or protecting the unconscious boy. “I’ve got to get that kid out of range.” He craned his neck to see what kind of cover the other side of the street provided, further loosening his hold on the child.

“I’ll make ’em stop,” declared his bundle and, with a determined wiggle, he squirmed free.

“Hey, get back here,” Jacob hissed, making an unsuccessful grab at the slight figure scampering toward the exposed front end of the car.

Eluding him, the youngster shouted, “I said he’s gonna help us. Quit messin’ with him.”

A moment of silence greeted his announcement, followed by a clamor of comments. “Are you sure?”

“How do you know?”

“We don’t need his help.”

“Get back here.”

How many of them were there? Was he about to be rushed by some kind of gang? And what the hell are they doing in the woods in the middle of Connecticut?

With an exaggerated roll of his eyes, the kid bent to inspect a bug bite on his leg. “I’m sure,” he shouted. “Stop it or you’ll hurt him. He’s not gonna help us if you hurt him!” He looked over his shoulder at Jacob and raised his palms with indignation. “You see what I have to put up with?”

The murmuring resumed in the underbrush. Jacob inched over, intent on retrieving the flea-bitten kid before he got injured.

“Hey, back off!” Another ping on his car accompanied the shout from a deeply accented voice in the brush.

The small boy straightened in surprise. “He’s not gonna help us if you keep doing that!” he admonished shrilly into the brush. Bug bites forgotten, the boy ran back to Jacob. He grabbed his hand and tugged him over to the unconscious bundle on the side of the road.

 

About the Author

DEBORAH ANN DAVIS has been writing since she was assigned to keep a Journal in her 5th grade English class. She began to look around for writing inspiration. Lo and behold, she found her world was full of funny stories just waiting to be told. As she grew older, occasionally she could manipulate one into some school assignment, but it deborah-ann-davisnever occurred to her to pursue writing, not even when she discovered her flare for telling stories at college parties.

After a string of college majors, she realized she could have a captive audience EVERY DAY in the public school system. As it turns out, teenagers love to laugh, and what could be more entertaining than Biology, Earth Science, and Environmental Science? Then there’s the added bonus that once kids know you like to laugh, they want to make you laugh.

Go figure.

In addition to Writing, she is also an Educational Speaker and a Certified Personal Trainer. She taught for 25+ years, although somewhere in the middle of all that educating, she stepped out of teaching for 6 years to do the Mommy Thing, and run the office for their family construction company.

Even though they had followed separate paths, Deborah reunited with, and married her childhood sweetheart, twelve years after their first kiss.  Together they coached their daughter’s AAU Basketball Team, which swept States two years in a row. (Yay!) Then, for several years their daughter and their money went to college.

They currently reside on a lovely lake in Connecticut. She enjoys dabbling with living a sustainable life, writing novels for her Love of Fairs series, dancing, playing outside, and laughing really hard every day. She promotes increasing the amount of movement throughout your day via Wiggle Writer posts on Merry Meddling, her blog at www.DeborahAnnDavis.com. Follow her @DeborahAnnDavis.

Remember, you can do anything if you set your mind to it— including becoming an author at any age— but it’s way more fun if you are grinning back when the Universe smiles down on you.

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Character Interview: Maxine Ford from Sally Fernandez’ political fiction ‘Climatized’

character interviews logoWe’re thrilled to have here today Maxine Ford from Sally Fernandez’ new political fiction, Climatized.  Max is a 45-year-old private investigator living in Washington DC.

It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so for this interview, Max.  Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

I wasn’t thrilled with sharing some of my darkest secrets, but on the other hand, I suppose it was necessary to keep the series moving and the readers entranced.

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

climatizedbookimageOn the whole my persona was captured accurately. I’m fortunate that Sally thinks and acts as I do in many ways, even though I consider myself a bit more of a risk taker and certainly more acerbic. However, I assume I’m still in the development stage.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

My intelligence and decisiveness.

Worse trait?

My intelligence and decisiveness…it oftentimes gets me into messy situations.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

Megan Boone. Currently, she plays Elizabeth Keen in Blacklist. Once she dyed her hair blond she resembled me. Now she is back to being brunette, but her attitude…that’s me all the way.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Mmm, of course. An old one and a new one. Stanton was my ex-lover and still is a dear friend who would protect me with his life. Then there’s Noble, the love of my life. Before that he was my boss. Life sometimes takes unpredictable turns.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

We weren’t even half-way through the book before I had two attempts on my life from a world-renowned assassin. So what do I do? Head off to Italy on a hunch, with a broken ankle. Don’t ask. It’s a long story.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

Did you notice the book title? It read a Max Ford Thriller. I’ve finally made it to the top and I’m not trading places with anyone.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

I’m not completely out of danger, but all ended well. Antonio is safe and Noble and I are together. However, the president was left in a bit of pickle.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?

Start writing and keep me true to form. But don’t forget to ask me for advice along the way.

Thank you for this interview, Max.  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

I’m just getting started and I can only imagine what Sally has in store for me.

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Title: CLIMATIZED

Genre: Thriller

Author: Sally Fernandez

Websitewww.sallyfernandez.com

Publisher: Dunham Books

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She’s been an analyst, a spy, an investigator, and the deputy director of the States Intelligence Agency. After resigning her post at the SIA, Max Ford formally declares her independence when she bursts onto the Washington DC scene as a private investigator. While her new incarnation as PI indulges her penchant for sleuthing, her style remains unchanged. Seems Max is still brash, tenacious, tough—and unwilling to bow down to anyone, including elite and powerful politicians. Right out of the starting gate, Max finds herself embroiled in an unseemly web of mystery, murder andintrigue. When Senator Sherman Spark, a prominent Republican from Florida, is found dead in Lincoln Park, the police quickly rule the death a suicide. But Isabelle Spark, the late Senator’s wife, isn’t buying it and hires Max to prove there is something more sinister at work. Max quickly finds suspicious circumstances surrounding the Senator: two world-renowned scientists died days before they were scheduled to testify before the late Senator’s investigative committee on climate change initiatives. But when she realizes the connection to global warming, big money, deceit, and treachery, Max’s investigation accelerates in a most dangerous way.  No sooner than Max starts to unravel the mystery, a third scientist dies under questionable circumstances. Then a fourth scientist goes missing—and this missing scientist could be the key to unearthing the motives behind the deaths. Against the backdrop of a ticking clock, Max and her partner, Jackson Monroe, launch a pulse-quickening quest to find the missing scientist, and find the truth. This twisty, circuitous path leads them to the powerful organization behind the killings.  But Max Ford might find herself on the wrong side of a lot of powerful people, because what she discovers could have devastating, worldwide implications. And when that evidence is presented to the president, he will be forced to make a crucial decision:  cover up a diabolical plot, or bring down a multi-trillion-dollar worldwide economy…

Suspenseful, spellbinding and sensational, Climatized delivers red-hot action, a sizzling storyline, and a scorcher of a plot.   Briskly paced, steeped in facts, and resplendent with political intrigue,Climatized is an extraordinary—and extraordinarily provocative—thriller.  Sally Fernandez turns upthe heat in Climatized, a tale that will leave readers breathless.

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Sally Fernandez is a world traveler and political junkie with a vivid imagination. She and her husband divide their time between their homes in Florida and in Florence, Italy.

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Halloween Special: One of Windsor: The Untold Story of America’s First Witch Hanging Book Blast!

 

About the Book:
Title: One of Windsor: The Untold Story of America’s First Witch Hanging
Author: Beth M. Caruso
Publisher: Ladyslipper Press
Pages: 358
Genre: Historical Fiction
Alice, a young woman prone to intuitive insights and loyalty to the only family she has ever known, leaves England for the rigid colony of the Massachusetts Bay in 1635 in hopes of reuniting with them again. Finally settling in Windsor, Connecticut, she encounters the rich American wilderness and its inhabitants, her own healing abilities, and the blinding fears of Puritan leaders which collide and set the stage for America’s first witch hanging, her own, on May 26, 1647.
This event and Alice‘s ties to her beloved family are catalysts that influence Connecticut‘s Governor John Winthrop Jr. to halt witchcraft hangings in much later years. Paradoxically, these same ties and the memory of the incidents that led to her accusation become a secret and destructive force behind Cotton Mather’s written commentary on the Salem witch trials of 1692, provoking further witchcraft hysteria in Massachusetts forty-five years after her death.
The author uses extensive historical research combined with literary inventions, to bring forth a shocking and passionate narrative theory explaining this tragic and important episode in American history.

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Book Excerpt:

NEW WINDSOR, BERKSHIRE,
ENGLAND, 1615
The infant was soon to enter the world. Alsie’s increased labor pains and a sudden wave of panic made a swift announcement of her baby’s imminent arrival. Gwendolyn, the midwife, motioned with a wise smile and nod to Alsie’s cousin. Mrs. Mary Merwin Tinker and her daughters were to make the final preparations for the newborn. The lines embedded under Gwendolyn’s eyes, eyes still bright after many years of life, were a testament to her wisdom and experience.
“Girls. It’s time. Quickly…Sarah, bring the rest of Gwendolyn’s supplies to the bedside table. She’ll need the string and knives shortly. Little Mary, come and support Alsie’s back. You too, Ellen. Assist Mary. Margaret, make sure the linens are warmed and everything else is ready for the babe! We must all give our support to cousin now,” spoke Mrs. Mary Tinker, their mother.
“Yes ma’am,” they replied in unison as some sisters hurried about making sure everything was in place for the birth, and the remaining sisters stayed at Alsie’s side to comfort her.
Despite the excitement inside, a branch softly and hypnotically continued to hit the leaded glass window of the thatched cottage in a steady cadence. Alsie had already been in a trance for the past hour, the trance a woman’s body and soul become held in toward the end of labor.
About the Author

 

Beth M. Caruso grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and spent her childhood writing puppet shows and witches’ cookbooks. She became interested in French Literature and Hispanic Studies, receiving a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cincinnati. She later obtained Masters degrees in Nursing and Public Health.
Working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, she helped to improve the public health of local Karen hill tribes. She also had the privilege to care for hundreds of babies and their mothers as a labor and delivery nurse.
Largely influenced by an apprenticeship with herbalist and wildcrafter, Will Endres, in North Carolina, she surrounds herself with plants through gardening and native species conservation.
Her latest passion is to discover and convey important stories of women in American history. One of Windsor is her debut novel. She lives in New England with her awesome husband, amazing children, loyal puppy, and cuddly cats. .

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