Blog Highlight: Barbara Ann Mojica’s Blog

Barbras blog reviews and talks about childrens books!

A bit about Ms. Mojica;

Barbara Ann Mojica is an historian and retired educator living in New York State. She holds a Bachelor’s and
Master’s Degree in History. Barbara spent more than 40 years teaching  in NYC and holds New York State teacher certifications in Elementary, Special Education, and Administration. She also spent several years
as a Special Education Administrator and principal of a special education preschool for developmentally delayed children. Barbara, although retired from teaching, is staying busy: along with her forthcoming series of Little Miss History travel books she writes historical pieces for The Columbia Insider, Pat Fisher and Ed Pollack Editors, under the banner “Passages”. Marrying her love of history and teaching, Barbara hopes her Little Miss History character will inspire children to learn about historical people, and visit landmarks such as the one covered in this book, Mount Rushmore.

You can find her blog here: http://bamauthor.me/

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OFFICIAL RELEASE!!!! Dragon Twins

 

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The Blurb:
Separated at birth…reunited by murder.

Behind the gates of an exclusive Lake City neighborhood, prominent businessman Don Chu’s housekeeper has been brutally murdered and his teenage daughter taken. The high-profile case has the Mayor himself sending the case across Detective Stan Brookshire’s desk. He barely has time to digest the details of the two sinister crimes before he’s called to yet another disturbing scene.

This time, at the other end of the city, another murder and attempted kidnapping ring out with a similarity too convenient for coincidence. As the clues fall into place and the evidence mounts, Stan starts to see a pattern emerge. A DNA match, and the two cases now become one. With the help of an unexpected young ally, Stan begins his search for a victim that may still be alive. It’s a race against the clock and across the globe that will test his skills to the absolute limit. Two murders. Two kidnappings. Twice the danger.
The Excerpt:
A loud noise startled Jade from her slight doze. As she straightened up in her chair, she glanced at the clock on her bedside table across the room that held her textbooks. Eleven thirty-five.

Leaning back at her desk, she reached over and felt the bowl of soup Wei-Lee, the family housekeeper, had brought. It had been piping hot but now it was tepid. She estimated she was out less than half an hour.

Another crash came from the direction of the kitchen. What on earth was Wei-Lee doing at this time of night to make that much noise?

Jade started to get up when the door to her room flew open and two almost identical Asian men burst into her room. Grabbing her before she could make a sound, her feet lashed out and knocked the books to the floor as they dragged her toward the door.

“You’re coming with us,” one of the men said in a thick, Chinese accent. “You can either come quietly or we’ll drag you out.”

“There’s no way I’m letting you take me anywhere!” she yelled, struggling against them. Their grip loosened and this time she racked her nails across one man’s cheek. Crying out in pain, he released her arm to protect his face.

She ran out of the bedroom and down the stairs hoping to find Wei-Lee or something to defend herself. Jade heard them running after her. Chancing a glance over her shoulder, she saw they were right behind her as she raced through the house trying to get to the kitchen.

She was almost there when a man stepped out of the doorway, into her path. He was Asian but what caught her attention was the knife in his hand. Red liquid dripped from it onto the tile floor. She managed to duck around him and into the kitchen where she was halted at the sight of Wei-Lee. She lay dead in a slowly spreading pool of blood.

A hand grabbed her shoulder and tried to spin her around. Her reflexes drove her forward, jumping over the housekeeper’s body she dove for the cordless phone to dial 911. She managed to dial two digits before the phone was knocked out of her hand and it went flying across the floor.

Rough hands grabbed her and tore her clothing as she tried to get away. It was useless. They were too strong. It was too much for her. The sight of the dead housekeeper, the men in her house…the blood. There was so much blood.

A hand reached up and put a cloth over her mouth, she fought against it but it was no use. She had no strength left. As her world faded to darkness the last thing she heard was, “Do not hurt her. Ling will not be happy if she is harmed.”

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Q & A with Rachel Sparks

Our victim this week comes from the opposite end of the country as our guest last week. Shes no newcomer to interviews either 🙂 Please welcome Rachel Sparks!

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photoWhat would your bio say?

Rachel Sparks grew up in South Carolina. With a degree in Early Childhood education and one in social work, she brings those skills to the table to write stories involving strong female characters, current social issues, a sprinkling of romance and powerful storylines.

On the 2007 Preditors and Editors Readers Poll “Factor Of Love” ranked 14 out of 201 romance novels.

Rachel has appeared on WGGS-TV 16 Dove Broadcasting in November of 2006, February 2009 and March 2010

Also in March 2008 Rachel appeared on Your Carolina WSPA-TV 7.

 When did you start writing and why?

I have been writing since I was 7 years old…poems and little stories. I have always had stories running around in my head. My mom was a reader and she taught me to love to read and books.

 If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?

Well my son is 22 now and he also has 3 published novels.

Who is your favorite author and why?

Amanda Quick…I love she has mystery along with romance in her books

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

That my books will help someone and also will enjoy a little romance and suspense too.

Traditional or Self publishing? Why?

Self-publishing because I keep the rights to my books and control everything.

Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing

After finding traditional publishing with too many rules and so forth, I discovered Lulu. They are some wonderful people and publishing was a so fun and exciting.

Tell us about your book (s)

I have 8 published novels. Innocent Hearts Of Courage, Unconditional Love, Factor Of Love, Rochelle’s Life, The Invisible Child, Faith To Love Again, A Reason To Love, Love Heals The Broken…some are based on today’s time and historical

What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?

I love romance, mystery and suspense

Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?

My main characters are average people who go through some tough situations. I want readers to love them and root for them and sometime get mad at them.

Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?  

I listen to dvds when I write.

 

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Thank so much Rachel for joining us this week! You can follow Rachel on her blog  or Facebook. Her books can also be found on Amazon and Lulu.

Blog Highlight: Jo Robinson | Writer

A lovely collection of shorts by Ms Jo Robinson.

A bit about Ms Robinson;

I live in Zimbabwe with my husband, dog, and a feathered flock. I’m a writer currently published on Amazon, ardent supporter of human and animal rights, lover of the written word in all its forms, and art in all its form.

You can find her blog here: http://africolonialstories.wordpress.com/

Q & A with Scott Richards

Our victim this week comes from sunny California! This is his first public interview so please give a warm welcome to Scott Richards!

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What would your bio say?

Here’s the bio in the back of my book:

Scott is a California-based author where he is forced to live with all of the characters in his head. Despite what you may hear shrieked into the night air, he is a sad, crazy little man.

He is maintained by those familiar few for the rare nuggets he spouts on occasion. These mad ramblings are recorded, then dictated back to old, retired shoe-cobbling elves that have retired, but still like to “keep themselves busy” as stipulated per their Retired Original Union Group Home (R.O.U.G.H.) contract agreements.

When did you start writing and why?

I was actually slow to the whole writing gig. You’d think it would be a natural fit, seeing as how even as a child I would lie awake and make up stories. When it’s your everyday, you tend to not notice it.

I didn’t actually write my first big thing until maybe five or six years ago. It’s a book that will only ever exist in the bottom drawer of my desk. What it taught me, however, was that I love to write… and that I was terrible at it. I’ve spent every bit of time thereafter improving my grasp of the craft.

bts_e_oneIf you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?

Not a parent yet, but I will be this coming August. My plan is to stay flexible, prioritize my time, and write when I can. As it is, my writing routine is pretty fluid, and I’ve been able to write dozens of short stories and three books, so it’s effective enough for me and the way I function. Could I recommend it to other people? Likely wouldn’t. I believe every writer needs to find what’s best for them. Every writer has a method and a style. Some do best with a scheduled routine, and can’t write outside of that because they just can’t be creative. That would be death to my work. So, in the end, I guess we’ll just see how much a baby changes things, and I’ll let you know!

Who is your favorite author and why?

Brandon Sanderson, big time. That man has earned my trust. Everything I’ve read of his resonates with me so much as a reader, that when I hear he has a new book out, I don’t need to know anything about it; I know it’ll be great and I’ll love it.

His grasp of character building, unique magic systems, and the way he interweaves politics and religion into his plots is not only remarkable, but he does so without useless info dumping or making the reader suffer through dry political rants or religious sermons.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

My ultimate goal with writing is to do it for a living. I wish to be able to sustain myself with my writing. I’ve no dreams of fame or fortune, simply to write as a job.

Writing is my zen, stories are how my brain is wired. Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life, right? I guess we’ll see what happens!

 Traditional or Self publishing? Why?

I’m actually planning a hybrid career. I enjoy the immediacy and control of self-publishing, but traditional offers an avenue that I – at the moment – am unable to reach.

Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing

Hah, my journey is so fresh and so clean, clean! Despite all that I’ve written, I’ve only just recently begun to put my work out there for public consumption. Episode one of my serial Before the Shroud just went up a couple of weeks ago, and episode two comes out June 3rd. Too early to really tell success, but I’ve done my homework, made plans, studied how others have done it, so I’m hopeful. I just hope no one realizes how terrible a writer I am.

Tell us about your book (s)

I’ve got quite a few stories going on right now, so in the interest of not confusing people, we’ll stick with the serial.

Before the Shroud started as an ongoing serial on my blog. I still post to it every Monday, but I’ve begun putting the parts together into episodes and have them on a weekly release schedule starting June 3rd. Six episodes in a season, and a break between seasons.

The serial is part of a larger whole, but can be read on its own without knowing anything else about the lore or history. It follows the path of three characters as each discovers their purpose, and how they fit with one another. Each is believed to be a monster in their own way, but life has other plans.

 What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?

I’ve always been a sci-fi and fantasy buff, but when it comes to writing, I just construct the story that comes in my head. I don’t sit and think of stories, they come to me. I have two sci-fi books I’m editing and preparing to release on Amazon, I’m shopping a YA urban fantasy novel to agents at the moment, while I have a collection of short stories in this same world that can take place anywhere from 1980s America to a varied steampunkish other world with guns, nobles, and fencing.

Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?

Aldester would be the primary main character in Before the Shroud. As the writer, I’m a fan of his limitations as a character. He’s young, and has had to steal to survive. That means relying on cleverness, and not so much martial clout. When it comes time for him to fight, he has to think of other ways to solve his problems. I don’t know why anyone would hate him, but readers can surprise you! I’ve had readers tell me they enjoy his antics and attitude, but as the story progresses, we’ll see if opinions change.

Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?

Now there is a question. I’d say pick any Two Steps From Hell album, and you’re good.

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Thanks Scott for being a part and answering some questions for us! You can follow Scott on his website and pick up his book on Amazon!

BLOG TOUR: Twisted Bloodlines

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Welcome to the blog tour of Twisted Bloodlines! This amazing debut novel is being republished through Moon Rose Publishing  on the 5th June 2013, and is one worth picking up. Were-creatures, horror, romance, suspense, this book has it all! Why not scroll down and find out why you may have a new series obsession…

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What would your bio say?

Well, I usually go with something along these lines when I need to add a bio but it does vary from time to time:

I live in London with my husband and children. I’ve always had a love of books ranging from different genres throughout the years. I used to love writing stories in my younger years but art had always been my main passion. Only in the last few years have I decided to return to writing again which has resulted in my new series Twisted Bloodlines.

When did you start writing and why?

As I mentioned in my bio, I have always loved to write. Nothing quite beats being able to create your own little world, filling it with characters that you have molded and brought to life.

If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?

Yes, being a parent does tend to affect my writing. It can be tough sometimes trying to juggle the kids and find time to fit in my writing, especially when I get into the zone and my kids are jumping up and down in front of me trying to gain my attention. I can also become quite withdrawn when writing and completely oblivious to everything and everyone around me so sometimes when I take a break I find my house looks like a tornado has whipped through it leaving a trail of toys and dirty dishes in its wake.

Who is your favorite author and why?

Hmm, I have loads but to pick just one it would have to be Sherrilyn Kenyon. I absolutely love the Dark Hunter series and also her league series. I love the way she writes and despite having over twenty books in the series, I never get bored of them if anything they only get better.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

I really don’t know what I hope to accomplish. I love to write and have enjoyed creating the series, I can only hope the readers will enjoy them as much as I do.

Traditional or Self publishing? Why?

I’m actually under an indie publisher and as for the why, well I think she is brilliant. I admire her talents and she does have many. She also makes me feel at ease and I know that I can go to her with anything and she will be happy to help me out no matter what the problem is.

Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing

Before I was lucky enough to be taken on by my publisher, I did take the self- publishing route and it was hard work. I chose to go with Amazon, between me and a friend we spent many frustrating hours trying to work it all out. Formats, covers and editing all done by us. Let’s just say it was not a very successful attempt and the eventual outcome was not very good at all. It still gives me nightmares now, it was definitely an experience and I’m just glad my publisher is there to help me out with all that stuff and now my book is professionally done with a totally amazing cover.

Tell us about your book (s)

There will be six books in the series. The story follows Megan and her newly extended family through a journey of fear, devastation and heartbreak. They strive for survival against the beast that is never far behind them. Megan’s world has become full of creatures that she had never thought possible and the fear that has haunted her entire life is about to get very real and a whole lot scarier than she could ever imagine.

What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?

I’m often asked this question and there really wasn’t anything that inspired the storyline, it just popped into my head one day. Having said that, a tattoo actually inspired some of my characters which then led to me writing in the paranormal genre. Originally, I had planned to write the series in the horror genre.

Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?

I think you should love Megan. She has had so much upheaval in her life which is also full of terror and dread. Despite this, she continues to remain strong no matter what is thrown her way and she isn’t exactly a tough chick despite her new found heritage.

Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?

My book doesn’t have a soundtrack. I did listen to a lot of music whilst writing as I always do. It was mainly R&B that I listened to although this did vary depending on my mood.

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Blurb

Megan has never had what most would call a normal life.

Her childhood and teen years were spent on the run with her family, hiding from a horror so great it defines their world. Friends and homes are traded at a moment’s notice to escape from their worst nightmares.

Years pass, and her mother settles down with her new step-father, a kind man who does his best to protect them. Life lulls into a safe pace, and Megan finally feels as though she has control of her future for the first time in her life. But that peace is shattered with the arrival of a new family member, one that bears a striking resemblance to a savior of her past…

Confused by her deep emotional connection to him, things unravel fast. She learns that the people she lives with, even her own family, are not what they seem. Her only friend who helped her piece her life back together changes overnight, and she is left dealing with the fallout on her own…

As events unfold, Megan finds herself face to face with the horror that has haunted her since childhood. But will she be able to escape from her twisted bloodline?


More About The Author

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I was born and raised in London, which is where I still live now with my husband and children. As a child I always had my nose stuck in a book. I started out reading mysteries such as Nancy Drew and then soon moving onto Agatha Christie. I then found a love of the horror genre, Richard Laymon being my favourite author among a few others. When a friend introduced me to the paranormal romance/fantasy genre I soon became hooked, building myself a very impressive to read pile and a long list of favourite authors. I would say both of these genres have influenced in the way I write and combining them is where I came up with the idea for my book.

 

 

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