Thursday, February 26, 2015

AP Author Spotlight: Clay Cormany



 
 
Clay Cormany
 
 
Twitter ID: @Speechwriter2
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23509776-fast-pitch-love
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fast-Pitch-Love/249475425209772
 
 
 
Describe yourself in three words:

Writer, Parent, Husband
 
Tell us a little about your latest release:

There is no longer anything special about the corner of Fifth Avenue and Olentangy River Road in Columbus, Ohio. In my younger days, however, it was the home of a trucking company that my dad owned and operated with my uncle. Most days for some 30 years, he would go there to his office to dispatch semis and make sure they reached their destinations without mishap. Sometimes there were mishaps. That could mean an early morning call and a lonely trip to a broken down truck on a remote highway.

Today the trucking company is gone. Several years ago, I traveled to where it once stood and found a fast-food hamburger stand in its place. There was no sign, marker, or other visible evidence that my father's trucking company ever existed. Sadness flooded my soul. A hamburger stand hardly seemed a fitting tribute to his hard work and sacrifice at this location. Then I began to ask myself some discomforting questions: What tangible evidence would I leave behind for my time on this planet? What would future generations, inside and outside of my family, ever know about me? That's when I remembered that YA novel – then only half finished – that I had laid aside a month before. Perhaps Fast-Pitch Love could be my legacy, a window that would allow great-great-grandchildren and perhaps others to understand who I was and what I valued.

 

I have no illusions about Fast-Pitch Love becoming a bestseller or winning any prizes. I originally wrote it to entertain readers who might like an amusing story that combines sports competition with some old-but-valuable lessons about romance. Only after visiting my father's former work site did I think of it as a bridge between me and future generations. Will anyone be reading Fast-Pitch Love a hundred or even fifty years from now? I don't know. But if they do, they'll gain some insight to my beliefs and values. For example, they'll realize that I...

- Took a dim view of adults who let their egos ruin children's sports.

- Preferred winning to losing, but not at any cost.

- Believed true romance depends on trust and friendship – not just physical attraction.

- Believed hostility between two people usually diminishes as they learn more about each other.

Fellow writers, I encourage you to see your book in a similar light. Whether you write about pirates, ghosts, spies, detectives, kings or queens, your book will tell tomorrow's readers – as well as today's – who you are and what you believe. It will be your legacy; one with the power to entertain and even inspire those who follow in your footsteps. Some might argue that there are better legacies than a book, and maybe they are right. But one thing is certain: A book beats the heck out of a hamburger stand.

 
What is your earliest memory?

Leaving milk and cookies out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. I was about 2 1/2 years old.
 
What would you consider the greatest moment in your life?

A tie between becoming a father and finally finding the woman of my dreams.
 
What’s the hardest thing in in life you’ve done?

Attend the funeral of my daughter's boyfriend.
 
What have you learned in life so far?
Try not to waste time, you never know how much of it you have left
Keep your promises and commitments, even if you regret making them.
Leave something behind -- like a book -- that will enrich the lives of those who follow in your footsteps.
 
Everyone’s favourite question: if you could invite five people for dinner, who would it be?
Abraham Lincoln
Jackie Robinson
William Shakespeare
Jeannette Creswick Cormany, my great grandmother
Benjamin Franklin
 
 
Chance for our readers - what else would you like to know about Clay Cormany?




Saturday, February 21, 2015

AP Booktrailer: Iris Blobel "Innocent Tears"


 
Becoming a parent can be daunting at the best of times, but for Flynn, a business lawyer in Melbourne, it almost pulls the feet from right underneath him. He’s become a father to six-year-old Nadine literally overnight! He had no idea about her existence, and the news throws him into chaos, even more so when he is asked to take over custody.

With the help of Emma, an employee at the hotel where Nadine and her grandparents are staying, and his parents, Flynn tries to do the right thing. Yet, the right thing in his eyes differs from his parents’, and Emma is voicing her opinion as well. And right in the middle is little Nadine, still grieving the loss of her mother and finding a wonderful friend in Emma. There’s no doubt she’s afraid where and with whom she will settle.

But in the end, it’s a letter Flynn receives that helps him figuring out what to do.
 
 
 

 
 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

AP Author Spotlight: Kay Harborne




Kay Harborne

 

 

Website: http://www.karenking.net
Blog: http://www.karenking.net/blog
Twitter ID: @karen_king
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn&__adt=7&__att=iframe#!/KarenKingAuthor
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/kryski/

 

Describe yourself in three words:

Bubbly, dippy, chocoholic.

 

Tell us a little about your latest release:
Never Say Forever
Blurb
Do you follow your dream or follow your heart?
That’s the decision Kendall McKenzie has to make when she meets hunky businessman Jake Newman. It’s obvious that he’s as attracted to her as she is to him. But Kendall has vowed to never get married – and it seems that Jake, too, is determined to never commit. When the two are together however sparks fly and it’s obvious to everyone except themselves that they’re meant to be together. Can Kendall trust Jake enough to give him her heart? And if she does will she have to say goodbye to her dream?

The idea of this story was triggered of by thinking about what would happen if two career-driven people who were determined not to get married met and fell in love. Would they follow their heart or their career?

 

What is your earliest memory?

My earliest memory is of climbing a fence with my two brothers when I was about five. As I climbed over the top I slipped and my ankle sock got caught on the wire. I was dangling up side down by my ankle when my mum rescued me, much to the amusement of my brothers and their friends. It pretty much set the pattern for the rest of my life, I'm always doing something dippy.

 

What would you consider the greatest moment in your life?
 

There have been so many great moments, when my four daughters were born, marrying my lovely husband Dave two years ago but I think my most memorable was passing my driving test. I thought I'd never do it and made the examiner repeat it three times before I'd believe I passed.

 

What’s the hardest thing in in life you’ve done?

Passed my driving test. It took me years, countless driving instructors, far too much money and  17 attempts. I finally passed in 2013.

 

What have you learned in life so far?

Be kind  and choose your arguments. People get het up over things that don't really matter.

 

Everyone’s favourite question: if you could invite five people for dinner, who would it be?

Julie Walters, Piers Morgan, Simon Cowell, Joanna Lumley and Meryl Streep. I think they'd be an entertaining bunch.

 

Chance for our readers - what else would you like to know about Kay Harborne?




Saturday, February 14, 2015

AP Booktrailer: Leah Sanders "Sacred Ring"


 
 
Nothing in Kynan Murphy's life is going right. His grades are horrible, he's always in trouble, and the girl he likes doesn't know he exists. But things go from bad to worse when his parents tell him they have decided to split up. Angry and confused, he wants nothing more than to lash out against the world. The closest thing he can find, however, is the Saint Valentine shrine during a school field trip. Armed with some fireworks and encouraged by his best friend, Michael Connell, he's all set to vent his frustration with life.

His best laid plans fail when a mysterious priest confronts him, sharing an ancient secret about a hidden ring with special powers. Kynan believes the answer to all his problems and the only way to fix his parents' broken marriage is to find the ring — a task he won't be able to accomplish on his own.

It was easy enough to convince his friend Michael to join him, but the irritating Brianna Collins insists on tagging along. Fortunately, her knack for language and interest in history is a valuable asset in the search. Their quest leads them to the northern coast and into dangerous territory where, in spite of their good intentions, they may lose their own lives.
 
 
 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

AP Author Spotlight: Brenda Maxfield



 
Brenda Maxfield
 
 
Website: www.brendamaxfield.com
Blog: www.brendamaxfield.wordpress.com
Twitter ID: @BrendaMaxfield
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6570620.Brenda_Maxfield
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorBrendaMaxfield
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/brendamaxfield/
 
 
Describe yourself in three words:

Enthusiastic, Energetic, Persistent
 
Tell us a little about your latest release:
 
Lizbet's Lie.  Assaulted and pregnant, sixteen-year-old Lizbet Morgan is shipped off to give birth in secrecy and hand her baby over to strangers. When she returns home to her family’s strict religious community, she is expected to pick up where she left off.
But the nightmare isn’t over. Her friend Johnny isn’t the only one asking questions, and Lizbet fears that the reason for her absence will soon be discovered. She must decide whether to tell the truth or continue to obey a religious system that forces her to tell intolerable lies.

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This story hurt me to write. All the way through, I suffered for Lizbet. The idea for this story came to me through a mixture of experiences my students had faced. It's a bit of a conglomeration plus a bit of  imagination.
 
What is your earliest memory?

My earliest memory is sitting in the backseat of our huge boat of a Buick. My sister had thrown my shoe out the window at the last rest stop, and I was trying to get my dad to go back. My parents didn't believe me at first. Finally, my mom leaned over the seat and searched for my shoe. Sure enough, it was gone!!!  We went back.
 
What would you consider the greatest moment in your life?

Marrying my husband and giving birth to my two kids.  Okay, so that's three moments, but how could I choose among them?
 
What’s the hardest thing in in life you’ve done?

Standing by my dad's casket to say good-bye.
 
What have you learned in life so far?

That so many daily details aren't really important in the greater scheme of life.
 
Everyone’s favourite question: if you could invite five people for dinner, who would it be?

Alexandra Stoddard, Bob Proctor, Joe Vitale, Thomas Jefferson, Eleanor Roosevelt     Now, that would be a fun mix!!!  :-)
 
Chance for our readers - what else would you like to know about Brenda Maxfield?




Saturday, February 7, 2015

AP Booktrailer: Elaine Cantrell "Rest Thy Head"


 
 
Running away from a fiancĂ© who betrayed her, Peyton O’Malley finds employment at a beautiful mountain inn called Rest Thy Head. She didn’t expect to live in the haunted room or to fall for the inn’s owner, a fire-scarred, war veteran who uses the inn to hide away from the world. She didn’t expect her sister to show up at Rest Thy Head either, much less her formidable mother.

Now, thanks to the aid of a friendly ghost, Peyton has a shot at true love, and so does her sister Ashley, provided the guys cooperate of course!  
 
 
 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

AP Author Spotlight: Ariella Moon




Ariella Moon
 

Website: http://www.AriellaMoon.com
Blog: http://www.ariellamoon.blogspot.com
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/AuthorAriellaMoon
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ariellamoon.author
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ariellamoon

 
Describe yourself in three words:

Magical shamanic author

 

Tell us a little about your latest release:

Spell For Sophia

Kidnapped by her lawless parents, Sophia resorts to thievery and arson to escape. Her survival depends on her mastering magic and the supernatural, and guarding her heart against Breaux, a voodoo queen’s grandson. When magic hurls the teens through time, Sophia’s friend Ainslie will risk her sanity to find them. Fate and ghosts await, and conjuring always exacts a price.

The idea for Spell For Sophia grew out of the third book in the Teen Wytche Saga, Spell Fire. Sophia appeared as Ainslie's missing friend, and I knew I had to tell her story.

 

What is your earliest memory?

My earliest memory dates to when I was two years old. My parents had followed the aerospace industry from Mississippi to California. I don't remember the seemingly endless road trip, just my mother saying, "We're here!" I looked out the window from the back seat of our Rambler station wagon, and thought, finally!

Don't get me started on my past life memories, because those go back centuries!

 

What would you consider the greatest moment in your life?

I have had so many great moments in my life! Falling in love. Graduating summa cum laude from college. Seeing my daughter graduate from college. Signing the contract on my first book. My shamanic work has enabled me to experience moments of amazing magic.

 

What’s the hardest thing in in life you’ve done?

Giving birth to my daughter. There is a reason she is an only child!

 

What have you learned in life so far?

I have learned that there are no coincidences, that magic is real, and that everyone in your life has joined you on the journey to offer you a lesson or aid, or give you an opportunity to clear your karma. I've also learned that you will get invited to a lot parties if you know how to make chocolate chip cookie dough brownies.

 

Everyone’s favourite question: if you could invite five people for dinner, who would it be?

Inviting five people to dinner would completely freak me out unless they were my best friends and/or family.  Even then, I would obsess, worry, and drive everyone crazy.

 

Chance for our readers - what else would you like to know about Ariella Moon?