Books on Tour
In There is a three-part series for middle grade full of accurate historical action while following twelve-year-old Linh through three different eras. Linh must battle the elements handed to her while trying to find the portal that will take her back home, back to real time.
In the first book of the series, Twelve-year-old Linh Roberts has an exciting and adventurous life with her undercover-cop dad. Together they solve mysteries, investigate strange phenomenon, and help those in need. But her adventurous life suddenly screeches to a halt when her dad is murdered. She moves in with her aunt and uncle, and after several months decides to continue down the sleuthing path her father put her on. Her first investigation of a house rumored to have disembodied voices within, proves to be exciting but also intimidating and downright petrifying when she is abruptly tossed through time and ends up in the middle of Hitler’s aggression-inflicted Denmark. She is quickly branded a Jew and must battle her way out before she is exterminated with her new Jewish friends. Her conflicts are many while she hides under docks, in boats, in the forest, and tries to make it to the safety of neutral Sweden, as well as finding a way back to her real home without changing or damaging the course of history.
Book two of the series is due to be released next month! In this second part, the portal tosses Linh into 1899 where she must battle the unkind and insensitive likes of factory bosses who use child slavery and abuse to make their money. Keep your eyes open for number two of the series! It will be on the kindle shelf soon!
JJ’s writing began while in high school, but didn’t take off until 2000 when she became a stay-at-home-mom and had the flexibility to put more time into it. While raising her two boys and spending time with her husband, she produced several stories. She hasn’t stopped since. Other than being a mom, writing is her favorite job. Her boys are grown and have moved out, thus giving her flexibility a bigger push in front of the computer.
JJ balances equally her family and her narratives. Now, she is on the third manuscript of her IN THERE series, revising a book she wrote several years ago to make it into a series, revising a western manuscript, and has begun a western romance which will be none like you’ve ever read.
“Soaks up history like a sponge” is an understatement for JJ. History is her forte, which anyone reading just one of her books can tell. While she writes fiction, all of her books are historically based with
accurate events. She has no problem delving for a week into research just to find the answer to one question.
When dragged away from her laptop, JJ loves all things outdoors, from working in her gardens to camping and fishing. Her friends also take a priority on her list, and she travels with them to historic towns to get ideas for her next written offering.
Any reader will find out how passionate she is about writing. Check out all her books for a historic ride through time. JJ writes mostly historic mysteries, but writes for most age groups. There’s a ride for everyone.
How far can you genetically alter someone before she becomes someone else? Before she loses her soul?
Leading genetic researcher Randolph Macklin wakes up in Malaysia to find a four month gap in his memory, his wife dead, and his daughter in a coma. As he and his psychiatrist Sanantha Mauwad unravel the mystery, they find nothing and no one are what they appear to be. Ancient cults collide with cutting edge science in this tale of too much power driven by too much passion.
Interview with Sanantha Mauwad
JH: Hello and welcome to the program. I’m Jay Hartlove and I will be your host today. I have here in the studio a guest I am truly excited could make it here to chat with us about her adventures in the Isis Rising Trilogy. The first two books in the series are out, The Chosen and Daughter Cell. The third book, Isis Rising, is expected in 2015. Let’s give a warm welcome to Dr. Sanantha Mauwad.
SM: Thank you, Jay.
JH: Dr. Mauwad, you are the detective who solves the mysteries in these books. Did you ever want to be a detective?
SM: No. (laughs) Dear Lord, no. I’m a psychiatrist. I’m trained to solve mysteries of the mind. It’s just that in these two cases, my patients were tangled up in evil plots that had to be unraveled. I fell into the role of detective. I recall joking with one patient about how I wanted to remain his doctor in spite of all the detective work I was doing.
JH: Was that Dr. Randolph Macklin, in Daughter Cell?
SM: Is that the name you gave him in the book?
JH: Yes. For our listeners, when I chronicled Dr. Mauwad’s adventures, I changed the names of her patients and other principles to maintain her doctor’s confidentiality. I must say doctor, I was always taken by how lucky your patients were to have taken you as their counselor. You have an approach that integrates scientific psychological practice with a spiritual context. Given the supernatural troubles they had, they needed spiritual help too. Can you describe that more for us?
SM: Surely. Each of us is one connected person. We have different experiences and influences that shape how we see ourselves fitting into the world around us. When something shakes our place in the world, or our worldview, we need to consider the intellectual, the physical, and the spiritual damage. I’m glad you consider my patients lucky to have me. I’m not always so sure. When things don’t turn out well, I’m left wondering if I could have done more.
JH: Are you referring to Charles Redmond, in The Chosen?
SM: Yes. (sighs) I will always wonder if I did right by him. I did all that I could. What can you do when someone has decided they are not worthy of redemption? You save them anyway you can. Legba help me, I worked with the demon Joseph to drive Sammael out of poor Charles. And in the end, Charles seemed happy with the result. He saved the religion of Voodoo from Silas’ plans to convert it, and he saved it for the people of Haiti that Charles felt he had wronged.
JH: That sounds like redemption to me.
SM: It is. I was just sorry he died in the process.
JH: We should watch the spoilers. Not all of our listeners have read the books yet.
SM: Oh, sorry.
JH: Now, you took a much more hands-on approach with Dr. Macklin’s case in Daughter Cell. How did that work?
SM: Well, I got in on the ground floor of that mystery. Silas Alverado had been moving into position to achieve his goal all his life. Charles stumbled onto the plot nearly at its completion. Now in Dr. Macklin’s case, the evil plot against him had been brewing for several months, but I was brought in right after he recovered consciousness. So I was able to help him figure out what was going on and help keep him stable throughout.
JH: I have heard some comment that you may have taken too strong a hand in that case, that you took control of the investigation and pushed Dr. Macklin into some key decisions. Your boyfriend Dr. Simon Carrera, who is also a psychiatrist, asked you about that at the end of the case. What do you say to those comments?
SM: I admit, I did push. When matters turned continuously from bad to worse, I became worried that I was going to lose control again, like I had with Charles. I was determined to get a better result this time. So yes, I may have stepped over my professional boundaries. I will still defend the result. Desiree deserved to be saved, even if it meant having her father’s psychiatrist step in and push for morality. Sometimes you get a little burned doing the right thing. You try to learn from tough decisions like that.
JH: Do you feel you learned from that episode?
SM: Yes, I did. Holding my tongue was very valuable with the Irish situation.
JH: Sorry to cut you off there, doctor. The Irish situation you mentioned is in the third book, Isis Rising, which has not been released yet.
SM: Oh, I see. More potential spoilers. That’s right, the story in The Chosen took place in 2001, right at the millennium change. Then the story in Daughter Cell was in 2005. The episode in Ireland was in 2009. Wouldn’t your readers have noticed these things in the news?
JH: Actually, what news coverage these events did get just got drowned out by all the other news in the world. The bomb blasts in Khartoum and Miami in The Chosen were just like many others. In Daughter Cell, the car crash in Kuala Lumpur certainly didn’t raise any suspicions. Nor did Dr. Macklin’s weird drug reactions, however public they may have been. News is a vast river of stories. Details don’t get noticed. Now, I want to put a little twist on our first topic. How do you think your integrated approach to therapy changes the old religion versus science question?
SM: Growing up in Haiti, where every decision is guided by religious beliefs, I never saw why science can’t live side by side with religion. I did not have to stop believing in Voodoo when I went to Chicago and learned to be a scientist. The people who insist science and religion are incompatible have an agenda that precludes the one they don’t like. The folks who say evolution goes against what the Bible says have an anti-science bias. Their religious views require the denial of certain facts that science has given us. Similarly, the folks who say you can’t have prayer in public schools are afraid of religious zealots, because if you give an inch, they will take a mile. If you accept that religion is part of how humans cope with the world, and accept that science is going to discover things that writers of ancient texts could not have known, then the conflict evaporates.
JH: You have had your share of encounters with religious zealots, yes?
SM: That’s an understatement. I keep running into these madmen who justify their greed and evil with their religious beliefs. I only found out the extent of Silas’ mayhem in Africa after you shared your research with me when you wrote it up for The Chosen. I also didn’t know about that poor priest in Seoul until you showed me your research for Daughter Cell. It seems there is no depth of depravity, no limit to the evil men will go to once they feel they are supported by God.
JH: That support is hard to argue with when angels and demons show up as proof of divine interest in their plots. How do you deal with the appearance of objectively supernatural creatures and demonstrations of unearthly powers?
SM: Poorly, I am sorry to say. I did not want to believe Charles was doing business with an actual demon in Washington DC. I had a hard time believing that chi energy could be used as a weapon like I saw in Malaysia. Those are the kind of magical beings and powers that aren’t supposed to exist in our world. At some point I had to accept their existence in order to deal with the dangers they brought.
JH: If I may be allowed to comment in an interview, I am impressed with your courage and your levelheadedness in some of the harrowing situations you have encountered.
SM: Why, thank you, Jay. Looking back, I can see what you mean. Facing down a poisonous snake with a sponge mop is actually pretty easy compared with figuring out how to save someone who is slipping away right before your eyes from a cloning virus.
JH: Personally, I feel safer in this crazy world of ours knowing there are brave souls like you out there dealing with the cutting edge craziness and stopping the madmen who threaten the rest of us. I want to thank you very much for coming today to talk about these adventures. You and I have talked many times in private about how to best tell these stories.
SM: I’m glad you invited me to share directly with the readers. It felt good to talk about this with an open microphone.
JH: You and I will be talking again soon about the facts in Isis Rising, which I am working on now. Until then, have a pleasant trip home, and keep up the good fight.
SM: Thank you. And I will.
Jay Hartlove has been writing professionally for over 30 years, starting in the gaming industry with Supergame in 1980. He writes banking compliance procedures by day, he blogs about spirituality, and he teaches seminars on the craft of writing. Two of his short supernatural stories have appeared in the Hugo Award winning Drink Tank. He has posted the research he did for The Chosen at www.jaywrites.com. Like The Isis Rising Trilogy on Facebook.
Everywhere she goes they are there, hunting her down.
Since discovering the magical powers in her grasp, she has fought against members of the Forgotten- those pulled into Darkness willingly- and her friends have fallen into danger. Innocent people have lost their lives and the Shadows have spread. Abbii’s friends have fought to remain by her side, but something inside of her has changed.
She is filled with regret and pain of losing her best friend Jake, though she keeps it hidden well- not even Nate can see the damage. Her lack of emotion pushes him to leave and he is thrown into his own spiralling destiny.
Abbii has a choice- to stay by her friends’ sides and fight to protect their home, or leave the realm she knows and search for those that she has lost. Her heart is broken but her friends cannot help her. She has to choose between searching for Jake in the Dark, or whether to return to Nate’s side and keep the Light burning brightly.
The question is, will Light be able to save her from the Darkness within?
Clemy was born in the UK in 1991 where she still lives, growing up alongside one younger and three older brothers.
Books and writing was an interest that she began to develop from the first years of secondary school, and on her thirteenth birthday, she began to plan and design the idea to write a fantasy novel. She finished secondary school with high GCSE’s and then went on into further education to study English and all aspects of art and design. After six years of writing, planning and overall editing of the book, it was successfully completed, containing over 82,000 words, and self published in the first week of 2011.
With high expectations in herself, she immediately began to write a second novel in the series, while keeping her art and design a part of the process. The achievement of completing the first novel ‘Purest Light,’ allowed the ideas of the second to flow much easier and it was completed by early 2012. As she was writing the third and final book, New Beginnings, at the same time, the series was finished by its publication in 2013.
Writing is now a part of her everyday and she has now started her newest project, The Mirage, which is book two of three.
A Parent’s Playbook for Learning by Jen Lilienstein
In two words? Eye opening.
Where was this book 20 years ago when my babies were babies? I love that the author uses her own past experiences as examples for her informative book, because for moms and dads this makes it more believable. In detail Jen tells and shows us that children’s personalities are different. She makes it easy for us by listing the different personalities and letting the parents decide which one best represents their child.
Then, while skipping certain parts of the book and reading only those which pertain to your child’s character, Jen takes you through small sessions on how to try and maintain an atmosphere that lets your child be who they want to be. Of course a set of morals has to be in place, but because one child is different from another, there doesn’t need to be a carved-in-stone set of rules.
Next in line, the characteristics get broken down into organization, time management, and routine to name a few, which is great because a parent’s schedule can be horrendous. Jen goes on to break down each personality in such a way that can help the parents know what to expect and look for now and in the future. As if all this isn’t enough, the author adds many parent organization tips, problem/solution charts, and activities.
If you’re serious about parenting, and every parent should be, you should pick up this book. Not only do you get to figure out what personality type your child is, but you can figure out what type you and your spouse is. This will domino into you being able to work better with and understand your child.
Jen’s book is win win, and win some more as you learn how to give your child the chance to become a well-rounded and successful individual.
Jen Lilienstein, founder of Kidzmet.com, an online resource for parents and educators.
I firmly believed before I delivered my daughter that I would be a great Mom. So many books had been written on the subject that I thought , like many type A moms, that all I needed to do was read up on the current research, watch all the episodes of SuperNanny and I’d get my M.M. (Master of Motherhood). The truth that the “one size fit all” approach was a myth quickly revealed itself to me via my new moms group. It was honestly startling enough to me that my standard baby shower present has been the book I Was a Really Great Mom Before I Had Kids ever since my eldest was about 4 months old.
When I got pregnant with my son, I thought that the second time through would probably be easier than the first time. Once my son came along, I was once again shocked at just how different he was than my daughter. After all, they shared a gene pool. I tried discipline strategies that worked well with my daughter and, much to my chagrin, they weren’t successful. The same thing went for bedtime routines, potty training, and even playdates. It wasn’t just that different techniques worked for different family dynamics. They weren’t even working under the same roof! After all of this “experiential education” it really shouldn’t have been as much of a surprise to me as the experience would be similar when it came to school and learning. While my husband, son and I all get drained after being around a large group of people, my daughter recharges her batteries with interaction. Out of sight is out of mind for my daughter while my son gets overwhelmed unless he starts a project with a clear workspace. My daughter likes to key into the big picture first while my son is all about the details. I prefer to focus on the human aspects of concepts before delving into other things while my husband prefers to start with the facts and keep emotion out of the equation. My daughter and I had the opposite reactions to Mommy & Me classes and teachers we attended together. Same parents. Same genes. Very different result.
Of course, because I did very well in school, I thought I had the traditional, school-based learning thing all figured out. Boy, was I wrong. I knew my daughter had keyed into different reading strategies than I did before she even started kindergarten and that the ways in which she naturally interpreted math concepts differed, too. Neither approach was wrong—we just came at the same challenges and problems from different angles.
Homework in the first grade started off as a nightmare for all of us. What should have taken 10 minutes was averaging an hour long battle of wills. Then I started layering in personality type concepts and the problems started to go away. Of course, I was also re-teaching a lot to her that she wasn’t getting the first time around in class. We’re not talking about a new teacher, either. The teacher my husband had for first grade was the same one my daughter had 30+ years later. But, as I mentioned earlier, it wasn’t just me that “thought different”—different learning strategies worked for my husband than for my daughter, too. When I started helping her learn the way that came naturally to her, our homework situation started to improve and so did her grades. When she went into second grade, she struggled during the school day and would ask me when we would work on homework together why her teacher couldn’t explain it this way during class. Of course, it’s because in a classroom of nearly 20 learners, teachers need to teach to the middle. It’s our responsibility as parents to make sure that we help our children learn to play to their strengths on the homefront so that they have a good set of tools in their toolboxes when they get back into school and, ultimately, into a career track.
This is why I wrote my book, A Parent’s Playbook for Learning. I wanted to make sure that other parents who were pulling their hair out when it came to schoolwork would have an easy reference guide with respect to how they could help their kids succeed better in school without spending a fortune on tutors. There aren’t just a few ideas for each learning personality type—there are a ton of suggestions that can make a world of difference for your kids. I wanted to help as many kids as possible get excited about learning—even if they didn’t fit the mold that works best in the traditional school system. Most of all, I wanted parents to take hold of their roles as the school’s and teacher’s partners in education—not just from a fundraising or party planning perspective, but from the perspective of helping develop a lifelong love of learning in their kids. And, as with all things parenting, you have to lead by example and show them not only how important learning is to your family, but how interesting and fun it can be, as well.
Jen Lilienstein is the Founder of Kidzmet.com and author of the award-winning book, A Parent’s Playbook for Learning, which can be purchased in paperback or ebook formats on Amazon.com, BN.com, iTunes, and in bookstores nationwide.
A Parent’s Playbook for Learning is available at www.kidzmet.com
In book 1…
Jesca pierced the fold of her reality, setting it askew forever.
In book 2…
Jesca needed to fight to surface the rim of her ever evolving reality.
In book 3…
A veil beyond our universe has been parted and Jesca must ascend that veil in an attempt to save both those she holds dear and a evolving human race on the cusp of global collapse.
In 2010, Venessa Kimball was struck by an idea, a story, that needed telling. Having always been passionate about the written word, Venessa embarked on writing what would become her debut novel, Piercing the Fold: Book 1; a mature young adult/ adult crossover, paranormal, science fiction series. July 2, 2012, Venessa Kimball independently published the first book in the Piercing the Fold series. Book 2, Surfacing the Rim, released March 14, 2013.
In August of 2013, Venessa joined the publishing house, Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly. The Piercing the Fold series will be re-published with them beginning with Piercing the Fold: Book 1 on September 3, 2013. Surfacing the Rim: Book 2 will be re-published on September 24. 2013 and Ascending the Veil: Book 3 will be released for the first time on October 18, 2013. The final book in the series, Book 4 (Title TBD) will release in 2014.
As for the future, Venessa is already filling her Work-In-Progress folder. Two of her future projects are contemporary fiction and will reflect her diversity as a writer in other genres. When Venessa is not writing, she is keeping active with her husband and three children, chauffeuring said children to extracurricular activities, participating in charitable 5k and 10k races(crazy…but she loves to run), catching a movie with her hubby, and staying up way too late reading.
Book Blog Tour
Hate at First Sight by Diana Nixon
Every day of Megan’s life was carefully planned. Freedom and independence had been her best friends for years. Until one day she met Aiden, whose priorities were so much like hers….
What happens when attraction wins?
What happens when poles apart become equal?
What happens when the flames of passion burn everything in their way?
Is there still a chance to resist the power of magnetism?
The walls of inaccessibility will come crashing down. Everything she thought was unacceptable he will turn into pure pleasure….
Dive into the world of Hate at First Sight to see if hate can become something completely different….
A guest post from the author
A few words about Megan Brawley
From the first page of the book readers can see that Megan is a strong-willed and independent person. She knows what she wants, and she will do her best to get it.
Megan is a Leo, and that’s why male attention is one of those things that she never falls short of. But she’s also a career girl, and even though she thinks it’s good, her family doesn’t share her point of view.
Diving into the world of Economics, Megan forgets about her personal life. She is sure that combining the two things is impossible. And that’s why meeting Aiden changes so many things about her attitude to everything, including men. Being a picture of everything she hates about them, Aiden manages to get to the deepest parts of Megan’s soul that reveal a new person living inside her: reckless and passionate. It’s not easy to admit that she does have feelings for the guy, and once again she’s trying to hide behind her career and plans for the future, just to make her heart stop fluttering every time she sees Aiden. Not that it helps of course:)
When the moment of making decisions comes, she chooses stability over love, still being sure that feelings can’t dominate over rational thinking. Will her decision make her happy? No one knows … except for those who will read the book:)
Once again I want to thank Jill for being a part of Hate at First Sight blog tour. Have a great day everyone! I hope you will enjoy the rest of the Tour!
About the author:
Diana Nixon is a poet and the author of fantasy and contemporary romances.
She was born in Minsk, Belarus, where she currently lives. In 2008 she graduated from Belorussian state University. She has a Master of Law degree and speaks several foreign languages, including English, Polish and Spanish.
Official page: http://www.diananixon.blogspot.com/
Buying books: http://diananixon.blogspot.com/p/buying-books.html
Books by Diana Nixon:
Love Lines (Live Lines, # 1) http://diananixon.blogspot.com/p/buying-books.html
Songs of the Wind (Love Lines, # 2) http://www.amazon.com/Songs-Wind-Gift-Lines-ebook/dp/B00AG0VLLG/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1380786065&sr=8-9&keywords=love+lines+diana+nixon