Sunday, January 23, 2022

Interview with Larry Landgraf, author of The Adventures of Ollie Orangutan

 In the beginning, all animals were born wild and free. Ollie, however, was born in a cage and has spent his entire life in a zoo. Everything he knew, he learned from his mother and through the bars of his confinement. His life was totally dependent upon humans. He always had plenty to eat and it was fun watching the humans who visited daily, especially the little ones. Life was comfortable and Ollie grew up soft.
But as fate would have it, that is all going to change. Ollie is thrown into a completely new environment of which he knows nothing. Ollie will have to learn new things in order to survive without the help of humans. He will make new friends, but the real world is wild. He will also find those who would hurt him. Can he toughen up and make a new life for himself?

About Larry Landgraf

Larry Landgraf was born and raised on the Guadalupe River Delta on the Texas Gulf Coast.
 They say a picture is worth a thousand words. That being said, I have created two video slide shows set to music. They are "Who Am I?" and "Life in My Swamp". They are in the videos (positions #1 and #2) in the slideshow to the right. Know me first and you'll know why I write what I write. Thank you.

Interview with Larry

How difficult was it writing this book?


The stories I write always flow like water. That voice (muse) has been with me for six years. I would never tell him to go away. He's been a great friend and writing partner. I wrote a poem about him called "A Voice in My Head". I'll read it to you if you'd like.

 

Did you ever experience writer’s block and, if so, what did you do to overcome?


I've never had writer's block. I've lived long enough and extreme enough that I have a million stories. I'll never tell them all. I think caffeine (iced tea, soda, etc.) keeps my muse happy.

 

How long did it take you to write The Adventures of Ollie Orangutan?

 

I think I finished the first draft in about a month. It took another two months to polish, get it edited, re-written, and proofed. It didn't seem like a long process as with some of my really long novels.

 

Who is your publisher and how did you find them or did you self-publish?

 

I'm considered self-published but I go through Fresh Ink Group to get everything done right. They are a group of authors who write and help others get everything finished properly.

 

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

 

Drink more caffeine and don't worry about waking up in the middle of the night. Keep a pen and pad next to your bed but if the story that comes to you late at night sounds like something others would be interested in, do get up and crank up the computer. Also, live a great life... have adventures, work hard, and generate those stories. When you finish the story, re-write. Then edit, edit, edit, at least one by a professional, and a final outside proofreader

Miami Underground

As a young boy his parents were murdered in an explosion in London. Alone and orphaned, Jake Kelly attempts to escape his heartbreaking reality and stows away on a cargo ship bound for Boston. Raised in the harshest of Boston neighborhoods, and by a longshoreman, Jake learns to steal what he can, and he does it all in the name of survival. As an adult he leads a small crew of professional thieves, and they’re very successful at lifting priceless jewelry, paintings, and even cold hard cash. Life is good until he’s commissioned to steal a treasure to save his beloved, Amelia. And he has to take it from one of the most iconic homes in all the world, The Villa Casa Casuarina, also known as the Versace Mansion. What happens next: a heartrending revelation that will prompt an already wrathful Jake to carry out an unprecedented act of revenge beginning in Miami and ending in Boston.

Marc Zappulla

Marc Zappulla is an American author from the Boston suburb of Medford, Massachusetts. He has worked as a ghostwriter for celebrity figures such as Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Gerry Cheevers, and TV personality and host of NESN's Charlie Moore Outdoors, Charlie Moore a.k.a. The Mad Fisherman.

He was inspired to write his first novel The Last Longshoreman by his father's thirty-year career as a longshoreman. Zappulla currently lives in Boston and is busy working on his next book. 

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Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PF7T4HN/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_d_asin_title_o00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Twitter: @MarcZappulla  

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Saturday, January 22, 2022

Winter's Verdict: Grace Restored Series - Book Two

 Winter's Verdict, the second book of the Grace Restored Series, continues Katie MacKenna's story. Even though her roommate in college was murdered right before break, Katie chose to stay on the nearly deserted campus. During that time, she is approached with an opportunity that may affect her aspirations to be an FBI agent. With the challenges ahead of her, will her heart experience a winter thaw or will she continue on as the Ice Queen?

About C.J. Peterson


I was raised in a Christian military home, but it was far from tranquil. Like many young people, I left home as soon as possible, and went my own way, thinking I knew better. To me anything was better than where I was. Unfortunately, some of the choices I made led me away from the Lord, and sometimes that path was a dangerous one.
God is faithful, even when His children are lost and wandering. When I needed Him most, the Lord was there for me. He led me out of that danger and into a new life...a life where I am loved and appreciated. He taught me what 'real love' is, and what it's supposed to look like through my family and wonderful husband.
Who knew that "Prince Charming" actually existed? I hoped and prayed he was out there, and I found him! He is a 24 year Navy veteran and the love of my life! With his encouragement, I rediscovered the creativity I thought I had lost a long time ago, and have begun to publish the books I have written through the years. The words in these books helped me through my struggles, and my prayer is they will help others.
The way in which I write my Christian Books, is unique to say the least. I am a realistic Christian. People are people, they stumble, they fall, they trip, but God continues to dust us off, and set us back on the path again, if we just learn to trust in Him.
The challenges faced in my past give me a perspective on the realities of living the Christian life that some people may never see. There are times we wander away from God...there are times when we draw closer to Him. In our arrogance we think we can make it on our own. However, the One who made this world, and who made you, has the answers, and thankfully, He forgives our impudence and petulance and loves us through it all. God is a God of love, mercy, grace, and guidance. He loves us and only wants the best for us.
Those who have read my books, describe them as encouraging, frustrating, and a wonderful read all at the same time. The same character that could have you crying one minute, will have you cheering the next! One of my editors, stated that 'she was so into the story, that she forgot to edit, and had to go back to do the editing'.
I pray you will enjoy my books as well!

While the stories are fiction, the journey is real.

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The Perfect Moment in Peril (The Perfect Moment Trilogy, Book 2)


 The mind-blowing second installment in the Perfect Moment Trilogy has arrived!

The crew of the starship Encounter have returned to Earth to discover the shocking truth. They are the last five humans on Earth, and they've been tasked with saving humanity's future. But humanity's future is bleak. Terrified that they will be the last humans to walk the face of the Earth, they embark on a journey to a mysterious planet in a desperate attempt to bring life back to their world. But something insidious is waiting for them, a race of malevolent beings that will stop at nothing to destroy their way of life. The future of Encounter's crew is so dark that Emily Díaz, a being of pure consciousness who can see into the future, is terrified by what she cannot see. She cannot see a future for her friends, for herself, for humanity.

 About Kenneth Preston

Kenneth Preston is the author of "The Perfect Moment Trilogy" and "The Clone Problem." He was born and raised on Long Island and studied English at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. From literature to television to film, the myriad tales that painted his cultural landscape inspired him to begin writing his own stories. His first novel, "The Passing of Each Perfect Moment (The Perfect Moment Trilogy, Book 1)," was published in 2015. 
 Links
Twitter: @Encuentro73
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kennethpreston

 

Friday, January 21, 2022

Crown of Ravens: Book Two of The Heart of Light Trilogy

 The Fire Falls....
Elaine has lost everything she cherished and loved. Her home is in ruins, her family lies cold in their graves, and the man she loves has disappeared and could possibly never return. Battling both despair and grief, Elaine is forced to put aside her own inner turmoil and rally for the sake of her country and the entire realm. As the power of the Azmordan is unleashed and darkness begins to spread across the skies, Elaine looks to the tales behind the Crown of Ravens and the source that gave rise to the legend. With little hope of success or guidance and trying desperately to hold onto her faith, she and her friends begin a dangerous journey into the accursed Shadow Forest—a journey Zar’ul himself is determined to stop.

Darvir has faced more than any man can endure. He’s survived the Death Circles, slavery and mental torture under Ruval, The Brotherhood of Hallomon, and even a deadly hound of the Shadow. But separated from Elaine and faced with the possibility of never returning to her could be the breaking point. Journeying to the homeland of his father, he is confronted with the decision to either accept his destiny and the One behind it or allow himself to fall into the Darkness waiting to engulf him.
Since he was toddler, J.M. Christian has been a lover of fantasy fiction and passionate about writing. Armed with God and a laptop, he finally decided to attempt to create a story, which grew into the epic series, The Heart of Light Trilogy. An avid bookworm and enthusiastic graphic artist, J.M.'s goal in life is to use the stories he has been given to spread God's glory and encourage others to always lean on the greatest Father of all.
To find out more about upcoming books or other author news, visit J.M. on 

Fall Again Lost Boy: Marc the Interim Years 1989-2010

The Fall Again series continues…

The worst day of Marc Guiro’s life was the day Lauren Phillips walked out of it.
After a stressful visit home to Montreal, Marc is anxious to return to New York City. When he learns that Lauren has left New York for good, he’s devastated, but knows he must move on with his life. But that life will test him time and time again until he’s compelled to go in search of professional and personal fulfillment.
Over time, he becomes a better artist, son, brother, and more importantly, a better man. With a support team behind him, he unknowingly begins an arduous journey to find himself and ultimately finds the woman he never forgot.
Fall Again: Lost Boy Marc the Interim Years (1989 – 2008) is the second novel in the Fall Again Series.

"I could truly not wait to continue a chapter and plunge myself wholeheartedly back into these characters lives. The situations are real. The triumphs are great. The disappointments stingily real.”- Amazon Review

 

About Donna Figueroa

Donna Figueroa is an actor living and working in Los Angeles CA where she has worked on stage and on the big and small screens. Her credits include several television commercials and voiceovers for animation, commercials and industrial projects. She is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston MA where she majored in Dramatic Arts and Speech.

Donna is a producer and performer at Story Salon, Los Angeles's longest running storytelling venue where she has developed and performed three one person shows.

She is an athletic shopper always in search of the ultimate bargain.

Donna lives in the Hollywood with her husband writer/comedian Tony Figueroa, and their three neurotic cats.
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Thursday, January 20, 2022


 Linda Bennett's dreams of happiness have always eluded her.

Five years ago, she moved to Florida from New York to escape heartache. The Dead, an evil group of vampires, ruined any hope of peace for her and the small town of Oasis. Since then, Linda has learned to live among vampires and human vampires, finding finds solace in her bookshop. Then one morning, Oasis goes dark, and an explosion rocks her store and any future dreams for a happy ending.

News of a vampire presence at an exclusive club in Disney World prompts Todd and Sam, hybrids, to go undercover as members. Linda and her best friend, Shana, join them as trophy wives. Disaster follows in their wake as vampires fight for control. A devastating surprise waits for them in the tunnels beneath Oasis and then at a tree island in Florida's swamplands.

Can Oasis survive the battle between good and evil?

Will Linda find her happy ending?

 About Susanne Leist 

 
A career in writing has been an enormous leap for me. Accustomed to the number-crunching field of budgeting and the hectic commodity markets, I left my first career and M.B.A. in Finance behind to pursue my dream. However, I do not regret my foray into literature for one moment. I write every day and have even tried my hand at poetry. So don't let anyone tell you it's too late in life to try something different. It is never too late to follow your heart.


THE DEAD GAME SERIES brings fantasy and surrealism to the classic murder mystery with dead bodies, suspects, and clues. In addition, it offers vampires and a touch of romance to spice the motley mix.

MEET ME IN MAINE, the first book in THE BLUE HARBOR SERIES, provides the backdrop for murder, mystery, and romance in a seaside town. Love falters and flourishes as the residents fight the persistent evil plaguing their small-town lives.

Sit back, put up your feet, and let me bring mystery and romance to your lives.

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