Exposed by Authoress Terry E. Lyle

Exposed Diary

Reading the book Exposed by Authoress Terry E. Lyle is a little like reading someone’s diary. In the words of Authoress Lyle, “Exposed is a look into those areas that are usually off limits.”

Like two song birds warbling and answering, the poems of Authoress Terry E. Lyle (TL) and her co-author Editor Jim Swettenham (JLS) weave a melody, sometimes jarring, sometimes sweet, always exposed.

Authoress Terry E. Lyle invites you to “Take the journey with me as I keep it real and bring awareness to the ugly side of our emotions.”

All of these poems are full-length, some several enjoyable pages long. For this post, I am using excerpts.

The first song TL sings is called “CELEBRITY CRUSH,” but it speaks of the problem many women and young girls have: obsession with a man or relationship to the exclusion of all else. The poem is almost excruciating to read because it gives the feeling of watching helplessly while a friend goes to the nightmarish length some women will take to get the attention of a man who obviously is not interested.

“I HAVE A CELEBRITY CRUSH AND I’M REALLY OVER THE EDGE

I GOT STRANGELY CAUGHT UP BECAUSE I’VE LOST MY HEAD”

The poem goes on to tell of the ugly consequences of obsessing over someone. And makes the reader wish she could have reached out to stop the madness.

In “YOUR CRUSH” JLS sings back the reality in the aftermath of the woman’s poor choices:

“I HOPE THAT YOUR FANTASY FOR HIM IS

THROUGH

BECAUSE HON HE DOESN’T EVEN KNOW YOU”

The poems “LATE AT NIGHT” and “TOSSING AND TURNING” show the difference between the way a man and a woman think.

The words of “LATE AT NIGHT” speak to an experience that most women have at one time or another.

“WHY CAN’T I SLEEP WHEN I LAY DOWN?

INSTEAD IN BED I TOSS AROUND

MY IMAGINATION TELLS ME SOMETHING’S WRONG

AND THE NIGHT SEEMS TO LINGER FAR TOO LONG

NO ONE AT THIS HOUR THAT I CAN CALL

SO FRIGHTENED THAT I CROUCH INTO A BALL”

The poem goes on to describe the nightmare of being alone and afraid.

 

In “TOSSING AND TURNING” JLS warbles back a typical male response:

“. . .YOU ARE RESTLESS, YOU TOSS AND TURN

COULD IT BE THAT IT IS OF ME THAT YOU YEARN”

That line made me smile. He seems to be saying, “You aren’t really scared; you just can’t sleep because you are thinking about me.”

The man in the poem does go on to offer comfort and advice to the frightened woman in a masculine, reassuring voice.

My favorite melodies (poems) are “IF I COULD MAKE A WISH” (TLS) AND “WISHING” (JLS)

TLS sings:

“IF I COULD MAKE A WISH AND KNOW IT WOULD COME TRUE

I WOULD WISH THAT WE’RE TOGETHER JUST ME AND YOU”

She goes on to describe what she wishes for her love and how joyful it would be for them to be together forever.

JLS responds

“IF WISHES WERE HORSES, BEGGARS

WOULD RIDE

AND I WOULD BE THE BEGGAR THERE AT YOUR SIDE”

I love that imagery and how he echoes the woman’s poem with wishes of his own.

This back and forth poetry continues for 49 honest poems that span the range of human experience from broken hearts and rape trauma to finding sweet forgiveness and refuge in Christ as Savior.

(Author’s note, this book has honest sexuality and an open approach to sensitive topics. I suggest adults read it before allowing their children to read it.)

Enjoy!

You can purchase Authoress Terry E. Lyle’s book on: http://www.terrylyle.com/

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You can listen to my interview with Terry E. Lyle live on Friday, September 26, 2014, between 6 and 8 Eastern Time on her blog talk radio program at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authoress-terry-e-lyle

Quotes taken from Exposed by Authoress Terry E. Lyle. Pages vii, 5, 8, 79, 83, 105, 107. Used by permission.

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Days Remy Broulette

I decided to leave my manger up this year. The Joseph has been slowly turning on its own. In May, I noticed it was facing toward the camel. Now, in late August, it is turned fully backward. True Story. Seriously, Sam and Dean need to come investigate this one.

Speaking of Sam and Dean, they would have a Hay Day in the New Orleans of Hargrove Perth’s Dark Days: Remy Broulette. The mystery of this story and the way it unravels is worthy of several episodes of Supernatural.

Hargrove Perth's Dark Days Remy Broulette

Hargrove Perth’s Dark Days Remy Broulette

Remy Broulette is a Nzumbe. From my understanding, a nzumbe is a person whose soul has been claimed by another and who is under the control of that person, but the Nzumbe also has a free will and can choose to disobey his master or mistress–with dire consequences. The Nzumbe can create the zombies of Haitian lore: soulless humans who mindlessly obey their masters. The manner in which Remy creates this cadre of zombies is at once fascinating and disturbing.

Remy’s true friend is Revel DeMarquis. From the beginning of the story, the fact that staying with Remy will most likely bring about Revel’s ultimate downfall is apparent. When discussing the story with my daughter, I said, “I don’t understand why people stay with people bent on self-destruction.” My daughter said, “Maybe he’s (Revel) loyal.” The story says, “. . .neither of them could begin to fathom how they could explain their existence or how they could exist without one another.” *

The stories of Voudoun Queen Anne Marie Laveau and Voudoun Queen Antoinette Moran, the soulless beings they create, and their unbreakable connection to Remy and Revel add flavor and suspense. The fact that the Nzumbe and Zombies are not the only undead creatures roaming the streets of New Orleans adds the tension of whether or not Remy’s irresponsible behavior will be tolerated because it puts everyone at risk.

Speaking of tolerating supernatural behavior, I  am going to leave the statue alone. At the rate it is revolving, it will be facing forward again by Christmas. That being said, if you do happen to see Sam and Dean, send them my way. The moving statue is a little creepy.

You can find Dark Days: Remy Broulette on Amazon by clicking on (or copying and pasting) the following link: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=dark%20days%20remy%20broulette

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*Quote taken from: Dark Days: Remy Broulette, by Hargrove Perth. ©2014 Hargrove Perth. Ink Smith Publishing. Page 35.

Still Running by James Kerkula

I was in a store last week when the owner, a friend of mine, asked, “Are you still running?” I immediately thought of author and runner James Kerkula. His fascinating book about how he rose from poverty in Liberia, Africa, immigrated to the United States, started running marathons, and came to run an organization that promotes education for the orphans in Liberia has touched and inspired me, and it will you, too.

My interview with James follows.

When you read the book, you will understand why I am laughing while I ask the first question.

Me:  Are you still running?

James:   Yes, I’m still running!

Me:  What is the driving force behind Still Running?

 James:  The importance of understanding/cultivating personal positive-toughness (personal resilience) and relying on the grace of God (divine providence) is the heart or driving force behind the book.

(a)    Positive personal-toughness (personal resilience) begins with taking care of your personal health—body, mind, and spirit.

(b)   Divine providence begins with having a vision of God – i.e. knowing and acknowledging the role of God or infinite intelligence in human affairs

Me: Why is the education of our world so important to you?

James: I will start with this quote (by Horace Mann) on Page 11 of Still Running: Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the condition of men (women), the balance-wheel of the social machinery.

Formal education enhances personal resilience by enabling a person to better see and understand his or her world is connected to a larger national and global marketplace. Being able to navigate the larger marketplace is pivotal to overcoming personal challenges, including poverty. Knowledge is the engine that propels the world in the 21st Century; without it an individual, community, or country will be left behind. K- through-College education will help an individual find his or her own way, even in difficult times. Without it, personal resilience is near impossible. This is the thesis of Chapter Four of Still Running.

Me:  Please tell us about LEI.

James: The Liberian Education Initiative: African School of the Future (LEI) is a proposed K-12 education environment focused on college prep education, sustainable development, and servant-leadership for Liberia, a tiny West African nation founded in the 1800’s by free slaves from the United States. Liberia is emerging from a 14-year brutal civil war (1989-2003) that virtually destroyed the nation’s physical infrastructure and human capital, including its education system.

In addition to obtaining a strong preparation in literacy, mathematics, and science, students will acquire critical knowledge, skills, and attitudes derived from their direct participation in highly experiential alternative energy, science, and small-enterprise development projects.  Furthermore, social and business ethics, an important underlying foundation of nation building, will be integrated as an essential component of the academic curriculum. If successful, the school will eventually expand to a college-level institution—the University of Todee.

Me: How does running help you to achieve all that Christ has planned for you to do?

James: As articulated in Part III of Still Running, physical health is the cornerstone of all achievement, including one’s ability to serve Christ or lead a mission-driven life. Personally, running helped me to overcome a debilitating migraine. It helped me to turn a sick body into a picture of health. Like food for the body, running has become an indispensable ingredient component of my very existence that give me daily energy and fuels my drive to serve Christ and others.

Me:  Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?

James: I run a technical assistance organization – www.communitycapitaladvisors.org – which provides technical assistance to grassroots organizations and small enterprises. We organize K-12 schools and community development financial institutions in distressed communities.

Me: Is there anything else you would like us to know about your book?

James: The title of the book, Still Running may imply a how-to material on running; but the take away of the book is the role of divine intervention and personal resilience in human affairs. It is written from a Christian vantage point.

You can purchase James’ book on Amazon and Barnes and Noble in paperback and Kindle.  To reach them, click on the tabs above or copy and paste the following links:

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Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/still-running-james-kerkula/1119249327?ean=9781490831534

And, in case you are wondering, my answer to my friend’s question mirrors James’ answer to me, “Yes, I am still running!”

Enjoy!

Swept To Sea by Heather Manning

When I was in high school, my favorite book was The  Sword and the Shadow by Sylvia Thorpe. In the story, swashbuckling pirate Captain Crispin Barbican swears an oath to protect Lady Francis from her evil cousin by taking her to the West Indies. Romance and adventure ensue. I think I checked that book out from the school library and read it at least a dozen times. A few years ago, I bought it from a used bookstore.  When my daughter read the back, she made fun of me for reading a book whose main character was named “Crispy Barbecue.”

I have found a new pirate book to love:  Swept to Sea. In this romantic adventure, Lady Eden Trenton stows away on a pirate ship to escape her abusive fiancé.  When pirate captain turned privateer Caspian Archer discovers her aboard his ship, he promises to take her to the Caribbean. He doesn’t plan on what a handful Lady Eden will prove to be. Of course, Lord Rutger, Eden’s fiancé commissions a fast ship to pursue his prize, and when Eden’s friends Ivy and Aimee decide to hire their own captain to join in the game, a high speed race to be the first to find Eden follows.

I laughed sometimes while reading this. My favorite line in the book was: “It was such a sad thing he would grow up to be what she despised most: a man.”

The author, Heather Manning, is really talented at bringing characters to life, giving each one his or her own talents, idiosyncrasies, and flaws. She also has a talent for weaving romance–which is what I love in any novel. I now have two pirate romances to love, and to read over and over again.

You can find Swept to Sea on Amazon in Kindle for $3.99 and in paperback for $11.69.

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Enjoy!

Dark Days Remy Broulette by Hargrove Perth

Fluffy can't wait to see the cover of Dark Days Remy Broulette by Hargrove Perth

Fluffy can’t wait to see the cover of Dark Days Remy Broulette by Hargrove Perth

I have the privilege of doing a cover reveal and interview for Hargrove Perth (a.k.a. Candace L. Bowser) of her book Dark Days Remy Broulette released June 26, 2014.

Remy will have a promotion for the release on June 26th through Hargrove Perth’s publisher Ink Smith Publishing. Anyone who purchases the ebook and posts a review will be supplied the link to Rafflecopter where one lucky winner will get an autographed copy of the book, an original piece of signed art from her design company Dark Water Arts, and several other great prizes yet to be announced!

And, here it is:

Deception Murder Immortality It’s just another night in New Orleans….

 

Dark Days Remy Broulette

Dark Days Remy Broulette

Here is how our interview went with Hargrove Perth

Me:  What was the driving force behind your current novel?

Hargrove Perth: Dark Days Remy Broulette is centered around the Creole Voudoun Queens of early New Orleans at the time of the city’s founding. I have a fascination with the traditional style Creole/Haitian zombies who are born of magic and are not the flesh eating kind. New Orleans, at Remy’s hay day, was the perfect backdrop with the famous Madame Marie Laveau being one of the featured characters. She is the prime example of what a flamboyant, eccentric Voudoun Queen should be! All of my novels which feature immortals are unique in their creation. I wanted to create a new brand of immortal, one not seen in print prior to now, and thought that immortals created by Voudoun who existed on souls to survive would be a fantastic novel, and that is how it all began. Dark Days Remy Broulette will be taking the literary world by storm on June 26th 2014, through my new publisher Ink Smith Publishing!

Me: What personality traits do you most admire in other authors?

Hargrove Perth: Perseverance and having a thick skin are two traits I admire greatly. There can be so many nay-sayers out there – people who just have nothing good to say or take some type of perverse enjoyment out of taking someone’s dream and attempting to crush it. I call them trolls, personally, because they have nothing better to do than ‘troll’ the book world and find authors they can target. A lot of times I have seen it happen, and it has crushed the writer beyond belief – so having a thick skin and wanting to get on with writing despite being targeted is something to be admired.

Me: If you could offer a word of advice to an aspiring author who wants to venture down the road of self-publishing what would you tell them?

Hargrove Perth: Words of advice…well, don’t take criticism to heart, remember it is only an opinion, and every one has one. Don’t think you are going to become this over-night sensation because that just does not happen. You will work your tail off to be a success, and don’t expect success to come if you are not willing to put your blood, sweat, and tears into every book you write. How much you put into the publishing and promotion of a book is exactly what you will get out of it. Unless you can afford to pay some company to represent you, no one is going to do the promotion part for you. There are a lot of avenues out there you can utilize which are free – like Twitter and Facebook but remember to have a human side to it too! Don’t just post about books and what you are writing. Readers want to learn about you and who you are – that is just as important!

Me: Do you find inspiration in the works of other authors? If so, who and why…

Hargrove Perth: I do find inspiration in others, not only the classical writers of yesteryear but also in the modern self-published authors who have found their voice and are not afraid to use it.

Me: How would you describe the method behind your writing?

Honestly, my writing style is so chaotic it is difficult to describe. I have been known to write the end of a book before the middle is even touched. Sometimes I know the premise but don’t know where I want to take it and when that happens, I let the characters write the story. It usually works out the best that way.

Me: Are you an aficionado of any of the great classic authors? Which one do you feel has left their mark in the world of writing and changed the world the most?

Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, Oscar Wilde – they were huge visionaries for their time. Writing in the era in which their books were composed was a time, when even the slightest innuendo was considered scandalous would have been amazing. So when Bram and Wilde wrote Dracula and The Picture of Dorian Gray, they were quite scandalous with their sexual undertones in the world of horror. They really set the road on fire, so to speak, and look at what we have now…

Me: Is there any special preparations you take when you are about to sit down and write?

Hargrove Perth: I drink a lot of coffee…and tend to have a soundtrack to every book I write that sets the tone. I listened to a good deal of Mozart and Bach when writing Remy. It just seemed to fit him.

Me: Which book you have written is your favorite and why? Is there a single character that stands out from the others?

Hargrove Perth: It is so hard to pick just one that is your favorite when you have as many books in print as I do (both under Hargrove Perth and Candace L. Bowser), but if I had to chose, right now it would be Remy. He is the vision of perfection and is half Choctaw and half French, that sleek black hair with green eyes..(swoon), but he is complicated and willful, torn and distraught, vengeful and forgiving. He is my favorite of all the immortals I have put to pen thus far.

Me: Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

Hargrove Perth: Being a writer is amazing, not only because you get to pursue your dream but also because you meet the most amazing readers and authors who become your fans, and without them writing is just writing! So if anyone wants to reach me, stop by my website and shoot me an email because I love interacting with my fans, answering questions, and doing impromptu give-aways!

Author Bio

Hargrove Perth writes dark romance, horror, and young adult horror. Her inspiration comes from the classic authors of the Victorian era who pushed the borders of writing through their semi-erotic dark novels. With a penchant for writing all things dark, her novels are an unusual blend of historical and fictional characters set in the past where her creations come to life in ways un-imaginable. A resident of the Mid-West, she refers to herself as a bit of a gypsy, never residing in one place too long to get bored. She currently has two books published with four more due to be released in 2014 and is an Amazon Top 100 Seller as well as an Award Winning Author.

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Half-Breed by Anna L. Walls

My pupper and I have a special bond. Wherever I am in the house, she is. When I go to bed, she lies down in the crate outside my bedroom door, even if the rest of the family is still awake. We even do sit-ups together. Her flat stomach can attest to the fact that when it comes to ab exercises, she doesn’t cheat.

Anna L. Walls’ novel, Half-Breed, also includes a special human-animal bond. Like a train moving slowly out of the station and picking up speed as it rumbles down the track, Half-Breed carries the reader to a place of rugged landscapes, slave traders, villains, and treachery pitted against benevolent goddesses, mutated humans, and immovable integrity.

Half-Breed begins in a post-industrialized United States ripped apart by a meteorite shower that has plunged society into a primitive existence. A genetically mutated breed of half-human, half-wolf and their Wulven counterparts also survived this natural disaster, along with Angela, the daughter of Brian–the man who cared for them and set them free when the meteorite shower began. Hundreds of years later, Canis, an eight year old who does not know he is a descendant of this wolf race, begins his journey to discovering the secret of his heritage.

When slave master Patro captures young Canis, he has no idea that he has added a deadly force of nature to his traveling caravan. Canis’ inexperience and vulnerable age prevent him from ripping through the group, destroying everyone in his path. Canis will grow, however. And with him will grow a power over life and death that none but he can contain or wield.

In this novel, I love how the half-breeds think like wolves would think. For example:

“Canis watched the tall man as he spoke. It was obvious to him
that Stanton didn’t like him very much. That information came
through in more ways than just what he said. His entire body
language spoke of detest, and his scent spoke of anger. Then again,
the likes and dislikes of other people was only information to be
aware of and filed away.” (Half-Breed, Page 72).

This different perspective adds a flavor to the story that is at once intriguing and delightful.

This story was a lot of fun to read. It is a “figure it out as you go along” story. This kind of story interests me because I like to guess what is really happening and predict what is going to happen. This story also has characters who attempt to hold to a line of absolute integrity and doing what is right, even if they fail, as all humans, and half-humans, do.

Half-Breed is available on Amazon in e-book and paperback formats. You can access it by clicking the blue title or copying and pasting this link: http://www.amazon.com/Half-Breed-Anna-L-Walls/dp/1494986833/ref=sr_sp-atf_title_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401716868&sr=8-1&keywords=half-breed+anna+l+walls

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Wow, Your Mom Really Is Crazy!

Wow, Your Mom Really is Crazy!

Wow, Your Mom Really is Crazy!

When my kids were little, I would sometimes feel beyond crabby. To keep from screaming at my kids when they were doing nothing wrong, I would say, “Mommy is feeling irritated right now. I need you to go into the other room until I calm down.” They would play in another room until I signaled the “all clear.”

One day, we were watching that evilist of all evil shows–gasp–Power Rangers. The dog-like alien commander–Anubis “Doggie” Cruger (Don’t even ask how I know that.), was just yelling at the Power Rangers, and they were getting in trouble for no reason. My youngest daughter said, “He needs to tell the Power Rangers to go in the other room so he can calm down.”

She totally understood what was going on. I was reminded of this story while watching a video interview of Carol Gray. The title of her book, “Wow, Your Mom Really is Crazy!” came about when her son’s friend let slip that her son thought she was crazy.  She was, in fact, suffering from a thyroid condition that took eight years to diagnose.

She has graciously allowed me to copy and paste the following post from her Crazy Thyroid Lady  blog.

THYROID DISEASE DIAGNOSIS – MORE THAN 10 YEARS LATER

I must admit, I have come a long way from being clueless and confused to cognizant and competent, since my autoimmune-thyroid-disease diagnosis more than ten years ago. My approach to taking on this disease has evolved over the years.

Through my thyroid autoimmune disease struggle, here are four things I have learned:

  1. It is MY body and I have to live in it –Finally, I realized no more putting up with doctors who are excessively conventional and lackadaisical in their approach of helping me with my healthcare. I also came to the realization that I should not have to apologize to anyone for not feeling well enough to do the things I could do previously…I cannot help you move, probably won’t be able to babysit your three toddlers all day, Hubby and son, you have to fend for yourself for dinner, Umm…I’m gonna say “no” to the all night kegger.
  1. Living a healthier lifestyle– A mal-functioning, diseased body needs extra care.  This only makes sense, but I have to tell you, I went along with this truth kicking and screaming. Don’t get me wrong, I did not completely make poor health choices, before diagnosis. I exercised regularly, but I never paid attention to how much gut health plays a MASSIVE role in healing and regulating the body. Some of my favorite foods (yet not fit for human consumption) processed meats, Gummy bears, funnel cakes, most of the items at McDonalds…had to bid them a not so fond farewell. And now I feel great!…(OK, I still eat gummy bears from time to time)
  1. Kept educating myself– So little is known about autoimmune diseases, and so few seem to know about the thyroid as well. It dawned on me one day…Hey, I need to figure a lot of this out myself, by listening to my body, instead of putting all my stock into a medical professional who may not grasp the full understanding of autoimmune thyroid healing. I was asking them questions they couldn’t answer. It took me awhile to realize the “answers” I was getting were actually “non-answers” (I think they thought I wouldn’t notice).

And, finally, one thing that’s remained the same over the last ten years is my ability to Go Crazy!

Conserve

Restore

Adding

Zest

In

You

If you or someone you know has a thyroid problem, or you aren’t sure, check out Carol’s blog: http://crazythyroidlady.blogspot.com/ by copying and pasting the link or by clicking here–Crazy Thyroid Lady

Her book: Wow, Your Mom Really is Crazy   is available on Amazon  and Barnes and Noble  in e book and print formats.

I hope this helps you, or someone you know, cope with this baffling condition. Also, please note, it took 8 years for her to get a diagnosis. If you have something wrong with your body, and the doctors can’t figure out what it is, the article above is especially important.

 

Self-Portrait

I drew this picture of myself when I was in first grade.

I drew this picture of myself when I was in first grade. catherinehackman.com

I walk down the street.  Jesus offers to come with. I tell Him, “I’m fine.”

I fall in a hole. I try to get out. it is too deep, and the sides are too slick. I can’t get out. Jesus looks over the side; He offers to lift me out. I tell Him, “I can get out myself.” I cry in frustration; I scream in anger; I lie down in exhaustion.

Jesus looks over the side. He reaches down and pulls me out. I am glad He is here; I offer no resistance.

I walk down the same street. Jesus offers to come with. I tell Him, “I’m fine.”

I fall in the same hole. I know Jesus is up there, waiting for me to ask.

I say, “Jesus.” He reaches down and pulls me out.

I walk down the same street. Jesus offers to come with. I tell Him, “As long as you let me lead.”

I come to the same hole. I peer in. I start to fall.

Jesus pulls me back. We walk around the hole.

I start to walk down the same street. Jesus offers to come with.

I say, “Why don’t you lead?”

He leads me down a different street.

Meet Author Kevin Davison

Author Kevin Davison catherinehackman.com

Author Kevin Davison
catherinehackman.com

I met author Kevin Davison on a Facebook forum. He writes my kind of books, full of fantasy, heroes, revenge, undead, and mythical worlds shrouded in lore and mystery. I am not sure what a “vermin-kissed elf” looks like, but I put a gargoyle or two in my banner because that is what I picture when I read about them.  In the interview below, he refers to Tracy Hickman and JRR Tolkien. I definitely see their influence on his stories.

What is the driving force behind your current novel?

My most current novel, An Assassin’s Revenge,  was rereleased December of 2013 in second edition. What drove us to release the second editions of this series, was the loss of a dear friend and co-creator of several characters in the series, John Bradford. Memorializing him and what he meant to those closest to him was my goal when we discussed releasing the second edition versions of the Athyxian Chronicles Series.

What personality traits do you most admire in other authors?

Other authors either confuse me or grab me tightly with their writing styles. I admire the motivation that goes into writing any book. I respect all authors who are willing to go through the headache of publishing their creative art, (because writing is an art). Once the author’s work has been published, it is on public display to be judged, (and people don’t always play nice). In fact, I have noticed other authors and their faithful servants will go online and post negative reviews about their competition. The entertainment industry is “cut-throat.”

What do I admire most about other authors? I admire the respectful authors who help one another, and don’t feel threatened by other up-and-coming writers who are only trying to make their dreams come true. I admire the mutual respect of all writers who are willing to persevere without being negative towards others.

If you could offer a word of advice to an aspiring author who wants to venture down the road to self-publishing, what would you tell him/her? 

A word of advice to anyone who desired to publish, or self-publish their own wares would have to be never give up. If you have ever worked in sales, there is a saying, “every no brings you closer to that yes.” Keep that in mind as you submit your manuscript to professional publishers or literary agents. When all else fails, there is no shame in self-publishing. In fact, I have done better as a self-published author than I ever did when a large publishing company tried to market me.

Do you find inspiration in the works of other authors? If so, who and why?

My inspiration comes from my own personal creativity and childhood background. If I had to say I was inspired by other writers, then it would have to be those I have read in the fantasy adventure genre. Authors such as Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman; Piers Anthony; RA Salvatore; JRR Tolkien are just a few of my major icons.

 How would you describe the method behind your writing?

Most writing is plotted out, outlined, and or done via critical thinking practices learned in school. This practice does help bring out the story. I use this tactic sometimes, but on occasion I use a style many refer to as “chaos writing.” Basically, I write by the seat of my pants. It works for many, but for some it is too unpredictable.

Are you an aficionado of the great classical authors? Which one do you feel has left his/her mark on the world of writing and has changed the world the most? 

Am I an “aficionado” of any of the great classic authors?  I am. RA Salvatore has been my key author to read since I was in high school. If not for me finding an RA Salvatore book at Powell’s Bookstore in Portland, I probably would have never found the genre I enjoyed reading most. After finding RA Salvatore and noting how much I enjoyed his books, I also tried reading Piers Anthony books. Piers Anthony is the one author I feel has left the biggest mark in “MY” world.

 Is there any special preparation you take before you sit down to write?

Without giving away too many personal secrets, I do like to relax and make personal preparations prior to sitting down to write. I need to be focused. I have to have good music to listen to while I write. I prefer classic rock and sometimes techno tunes.

Which book you have written is your favorite and why? Is there a single character that stands out from the others? 

If I had to pick one of my own works as a favorite, currently it would be An Assassin’s Revenge. I think it shows what family is willing to risk to keep one another safe. There is no character that stands out more than others in my opinion, but a favorite in this particular book would have to be Aleiz Alvraloth. He hides his skills from others well, portraying himself as a mere thief. His friendly banter with Gilthanus is always entertaining to write.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the people who read this interview?

I survived childhood ailments such as epilepsy and cancer. All I had to keep my mind strong was my personal religion, and my imagination. This is where the roots of my writing career began.

Sometimes the deeds of a hero have nothing but good tidings and positive effects in the world. On rare occasions negative repercussions follow. In the case of the heroes of Athyx vengeance follows. The villains who survived the wrath of the heroes plot their revenge. Celeste shows her true colors and power as she makes a pact with enemies of the heroes to aid her in a divine mission she was assigned to complete by her goddess, the Crimson Lady. Things don’t go as Celeste plans and two heroes will be devastated because of this.

Kevin C. Davison had always been an imaginative individual. He enjoyed making up stories ever since he could speak as a child. He wrote a few short stories throughout his elementary school years as well as poetry. During his childhood he had epilepsy and was afflicted by cancer. At times his imagination was all that kept Kevin going. Having spent a lot of time in the hospital writing was pretty much all Kevin had. He survived kidney cancer at the young age of ten and has been in remission. Kevin didn’t conquer epilepsy until he was in his mid-twenties. His afflictions never held him back.

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Links to the books in the Athyxian Chronicles Series:

Reign of Viscus (Book One)

Minions of the Servant (Book Two)

An Assassin’s Reveng(Book Three)

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Autism Awareness Month: A Christmas Prayer a.k.a. A Father’s Prayer

I do not enjoy realistic fiction. And, I especially do not enjoy realistic fiction without a romantic twist.  A Christmas Prayer (Also published under the title: A Father’s Prayer) by Linda Wood Rondeau blew away all of my stereotypes about this kind of story. This book turned out to be a great realistic fiction read with a romantic thread to pull it together. In fact, I eschewed my 8:30 p.m. bedtime and stayed up until 11:00 p.m. to finish reading it.

After her parents die unexpectedly, Alexis Jennings leaves a successful, high-octane newspaper reporter career in Los Angeles to return to her small hometown of Jasper Falls to care for her twelve-year-old autistic brother, Gib. Caring for an autistic child is both physically and mentally challenging. Although her parents handled the difficulties this presented while parenting their adopted son, the job proves to be too much for Alexis to do alone. When the story begins, she faces losing custody. At the same time, country music superstar Ethan Jacobs has chosen to perform in Jasper Falls at a benefit for the local teen crisis center. When Alexis interviews Ethan for the Falls newspaper, romance ensues. Ethan’s secret, that he is Gib’s biological father and intends to take custody of his son, could tear that relationship apart and prove disastrous for all three of them, especially for Gib.

I love a romance, and the interaction between Alexis and Ethan didn’t disappoint. The reader wants them to be together but doesn’t see how that can be if Ethan takes away Alexis’ beloved brother. Honesty is important in any relationship, and I like that Ethan wanted to be up-front with Alexis from the start. A court order prevented him from revealing his true motivations for staging the benefit. Alexis also has a high self-esteem, and although interested in Ethan, doesn’t fall “head-over-heels, will give up anything to have him” in love. I like that in a romance.

This novel portrays how difficult and costly raising an autistic child can be, even if the child is high-functioning autistic like Gib. It also shows how a system, in place to represent the best interests of the child, can actually damage the child because of rules and regulations. Gib is a likeable kid, and the reader empathizes with him, worries about him, and roots for him throughout the book.

A Father’s Prayer is available on Amazon at the following link: http://www.amazon.com/Fathers-Prayer-Autistic-Country-Heartbreak-ebook/dp/B00GM5M1HM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408719026&sr=8-1&keywords=a+fathers+prayer.

Find it on Barnes & Noble at: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-fathers-prayer-linda-wood-rondeau/1118632456?ean=9781941103104 

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