#BookTour #EmilyTheBookNerdsBookTours @Lifeofemilyxoxo / #Excerpt : The Love Virus – Eleni Cay @EleniCay

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Today I’m on the ‘The Love Virus’ booktour, organised by Emily The Book Nerd’s Book Tours.
To promote this book I have an excerpt for you, but first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

B1e+6+fOkvS._US230_Eleni Cay is a Slovakian-born poet living in the UK and Norway. Her most recent poems appeared in Acumen, Atticus Review, The Cardiff Review, and Poetry Ireland Review. Eleni is known for her filmpoems and dancepoems, which have been screened at international festivals and featured on Button Poetry. Her award-winning first collection was published by Parthian Books and her pamphlets were published by Westbury Arts Centre and Eyewear Press. Her debut novel ‘The Love Virus’ was described as a ‘novel that quietly changes lives’.

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Title: The Love Virus
Author: Eleni Cay
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Stavanger Poetry Society
Published: April 2020
Pages: 493

51gxCVZi9uL._SY346_When Katie finds out that her increasingly unresponsive legs and extreme fatigue is due to Multiple Sclerosis, she rides an emotional rollercoaster – anger, denial, and fear – when faced with a wheelchair-bound existence. She puts her studies at Oxford on hold, and she splits up from her fiancé, Mark, even though she still loves him. While undergoing treatment, Katie is diagnosed with MS2 – a virus that paralyzes the mind. In the hospital, Katie has to cope with her irritating bedfellows who argue constantly, and where she is treated by Dr Andrews, a handsome psychologist. The closer she gets to him, however, the worse her pain becomes. Compounding Katie’s struggle is Mark, who returns to her bedside day after day. Once Katie begins Dr Andrews’ new experimental MS2 treatment, Mark can’t recognize her anymore. He begins to wonder if Katie will ever be cured.

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Today I’m on the ‘Start of the Storm: Trails of Transcendence’ blogtour, organised by Emily The Book Nerd’s Book Tours.
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About the Author :

20116296M.A. McComas grew up in Western Pennsylvania and went to school for teaching. However, his real passion has always been for stories. He started reading before he began Kindergarten, completed his first chapter book, “The Great Dog Disaster” by Denise Pomeraning, in the first grade, and has never been without a book in his hands since. It wasn’t until a seventh grade field trip to see “The Fellowship of the Ring” by J.R.R. Tolkien, however, that he first discovered the fantasy genre. He read a smattering of fantasy series in high school, but didn’t truly fall in love with the genre until he read the “Sword of Truth” series by Terry Goodkind in college. There likely isn’t an author he’s read who hasn’t had an influence on his writing, but several have had a larger impact than others. The worlds crafted by Christopher Paolini (Alagaësia) and J.R.R. Tolkien (Middle Earth) heavily influenced his creation of the world of Stonorial in his “Trials of Transcendence” series. And while innumerable authors have no doubt helped shape his style and voice, it was the writing of Steven Erikson that taught him how to use the perspectives of many characters to craft scenes and build emotional ties between the characters and their readers. His first book, “Start of the Storm: Trials of Transcendence Volume I” was released in March 2020 and he is currently hard at work on Volume II. Follow him on Goodreads or on Facebook at Transcendent Publishing House and on Twitter @TranscendentPH and watch for special behind the scenes looks and sneak previews in the coming months.

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Title: Start of the Storm: Trails of Transcendence Volume I
Author: M.A. McComas
Genre: General Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery Fantasy
Published: March 5th, 2020
Publisher: Transcendent Publishing House
Pages: 520

9798622002786_p0_v2_s550x406For the first time in æons the future looks bright for the unification of the fractured and segregated continent of Transcendence. Lethelas, prince of the elves, questions the veracity of his people’s historical records and shakes off the xenophobia of his father. Down in Qaagire, Corguul, the youngest son of an orc chieftain, dreams not of slaughter and endless warfare, but instead of traveling the world, meeting the menagerie of peoples who inhabit it. And King Bræman of the dwarves sits his throne in Resonate Hall, aching to develop trade partnerships that will allow his people to showcase their labors across the land. But the unexpected, storm-blown arrival of High Commander Terrin Korsing and his fleet of humans threatens to jeopardize any hopes of unity. Eræn, however, the Ranger charged with the care of the continent of Transcendence and all its peoples, will not have it! He may be the only one with a chance to bring them all together despite their determination to wipe each other out. And with a larger, darker storm looming to the south, intent on sweeping them all from the face of Transcendence, will he bring them together in time? For generations the fantasy genre has been populated by a landscape of unique, carefully built worlds–worlds full of mythic and magical races. And in these worlds, humans are often presented as the newcomers, the younger race in a land they did not inherit. Authors often allude to a time æons past when humans first made their way to these lands, but readers are left pondering what that time looked like. What events brought the humans here? How did the races already inhabiting the land respond? What heroes and legends rose up out of the æther as a result? Start of the Storm is the first volume of a two-volume story in which readers are finally given this tale.

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#BookBlitz #EmilyTheBookNerdsBookTours @Lifeofemilyxoxo / #PromoPost : The Painter of Time – Matthew O’Connell

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Today I’m on the ‘The Painter of Time’ blogtour, organised by Emily The Book Nerd’s Book Tours.
To promote this book I have a some ‘basic’ information for you.

About the Author :

B1KIuomhSnS._US230_I’m not exactly sure when I decided to become a novelist, but I have always loved fiction. I read it slowly, a plodder in fact as I delve into the dialogue, the descriptions, the scene, and setting. While my tastes are pretty eclectic, I am definitely drawn to books that push the limits of reality. I recently sold the company, Select International, that I co-founded in 1993. We started the company in Guadalajara, Mexico where my wife Mari and I lived and worked for a little over two years with a wonderful group of employees. It was a phenomenal experience; we both learned not only to speak the language but also to embrace the Mexican culture and people. In the past twenty years, I’ve written over a hundred white papers, journal articles, book chapters, and even a book, Hiring Great People. But writing technical papers is far removed from writing fiction. There are more constraints — the need to back up your text with results or references and the format is usually clearly outlined, and frankly, somewhat rigid. Fiction, though, is truly a blank page, which is both liberating and terrifying. Almost ten years ago I got the idea for The Painter of Time, my debut novel. Then, of course, it was just a concept that needed a lot of fleshing out. It meant a lot of research on art history and art restoration, neither of which I had any formal training or experience. But I love doing research and learning new things so it was a natural fit. What I didn’t realize is how hard it is to actually write a good novel. There’s much more involved in the actual craft of writing than I ever expected. I recently finished my second novel, Spirit of the Fox, which takes place in Japan. It is now available on Amazon! Mari and I split our time between Incline Village, NV (essentially Lake Tahoe) and San Diego, CA, both of which are phenomenal locations, both beautiful in their own way. We share our lives with our two dogs, and two cats.

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Title: The Painter of Time
Author: Matthew O’Connell
Genre: Historical Mystery
Published: December 19th, 2015
Pages: 272

unnamedContemporary/Historical Suspense set amid the art world of modern day NYC and the dawn of the Renaissance in Italy.
Bronx born and bred, Mackenzie Ferrara is both nervous and excited to begin her career as a restorer of fine art at the prestigious Cloisters in New York City. The star of the restoration team is a handsome and reserved Italian, Anthony Bataglia. On loan from the Ufizzi, he is renowned for his ability to bring pre-Renaissance treasures back to life. Despite a rocky start, the two form a close working relationship, which Mackenzie hopes will blossom into something more.
But as she works with him she begins to notice peculiar patterns and unexplainable similarities in all of his restorations. Something is clearly not what it seems to be with the dashing Mr. Bataglia. Mackenzie — with help from her father, a retired detective — is determined to uncover the truth, regardless of the consequences.

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#BookBlitz #EmilyTheBookNerdsBookTours @Lifeofemilyxoxo / #PromoPost : Thirst Trap – Zachary Ryan

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Today I’m on the ‘Thirst Trap’ blogtour, organised by Emily The Book Nerd’s Book Tours.
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About the Author :

14028362Zachary Ryan grew up in a black-and-white box in Maryland, before moving to Chicago to start a new life. There, he found that he was accepted for his misfit status—and learned that it’s perfectly normal to spend your twenties feeling lost and confused. After a disastrous sexual encounter, Ryan stumbled on a group of true friends, or “soul cluster,” that he connected with. Through his writing, he hopes to help other broken souls out there find comfort amid the chaos.

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Title: Thirst Trap
Author: Zachary Ryan
Pages: 210
Publisher: Kingston Publishing Company
Published: November 4th, 2019
Genre: New Adult LGTBQ

9781645332183Tragedy comes in all forms, and you never know how you’ll deal with it. Four friends have all dealt with their fair share of struggles. Dillion, an aspiring writer with writers block because of his brothers sudden death, Jesse the emotional stunted drink thanks to his boyfriend’s suicide, Ivan the abused victim just looking for a place to call home, and Leo the stubborn romantic trying to get his friends to open up, while keeping his issues close to his chest. With these four friends, they avoid all their elephants in the room like a death card agreement between Dillion and Jesse, Ivan completely hoping his abusive lover with change or even Leo focusing on his friend’s problems instead of his own. Can these four friends learn to embrace and accept their own tragedy or will they be stuck in the past? Thirst Trap is a humorous coming of age novel dealing with sexuality, tragedy, substance abuse, and the most beautiful insane friendships. #LGTBQ #Dating #Social #Bookstagram #Friends

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#BookBlitz #EmilyTheBookNerdsBookTours @Lifeofemilyxoxo / #PromoPost : The Stonegate Sword – Harry James Fox

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Today I’m on the ‘The Stonegate Sword’ blogtour, organised by Emily The Book Nerd’s Book Tours.
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About the Author :

7070007Born on a ranch in Western Colorado. Now lives in New Mexico. Fond of elk hunting, travel, reading, and grandchildren.Vietnam veteran, retired military. Conservationist and retired natural resource manager. Fond of green chiles and Mexican food. Enjoy walking in the desert and viewing the Organ Mountains.Traveled widely; spent nearly five years in Asia.

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Title: The Stonegate Sword
Author: Harry James Fox
Genre: Fantasy Christian Romance
Publisher: Foxware Publishing LLC
Published: February 12th, 2015
Pages: 458

25312178 (1)Do you love historical fiction, knights in armor and romance? How about a tale with all of these set in future North America? Escape to a passionate world of danger, love, war, and redemption — the world of Stonegate. The Old Empire is gone. But tales still tell of marvels from long ago-flying machines and devices run by the power of lightning. Now grass grows in the streets and rusted hulks are all that remain of the proud machines. A new time of troubles now threatens. The free towns of the rugged mountains and plains are in the path of conquest. The Prophet’s armies are coming, filled with hatred and armed with terrible, rediscovered weapons. Donald of Fisher, outcast and alone, is in the path of the march, searching for Rachel, who has been captured by the Raiders-minions of the Prophet. But how can he find and rescue one small captive in a wilderness teeming with enemies? And even if he succeeds, should he wield his sword beside the tiny band of defenders? Is Donald to become yet another victim, or is he, just possibly, the deliverer promised in prophecy? What can one person do in the face of a war that will shape the future of a continent?

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#BookBlitz #EmilyTheBookNerdsBookTours @Lifeofemilyxoxo / #PromoPost : Stuart Duffelmeyer and the Masters of Plagues – Dewey B. Reynolds

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Today I’m on the ‘Stuart Duffelmeyer and the Masters of Plagues’ blogtour, organised by Emily The Book Nerd’s Book Tours.
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7142404Dewey B. Reynolds is an author, screenwriter, short filmmaker, and computer expert. He began writing short stories and poetry in high school. Several of his works have appeared in local and national magazines and newspapers. Mystery, Thriller, Sci-Fi Fantasy, and True Crime are the genres in which he writes in. Dewey currently lives in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri.

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Title: Stuart Duffelmeyer and the Masters of Plagues
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Publisher: Author Reputation Press
Published: October 2019
Pages: 306

51-B08tP-6LEver been bullied? How about badly mistreated? Meet Stuart Duffelmeyer. He knows what it feels like to be treated like trash. Brilliant, quiet, nerdy, and kind-spirited best describe him. He is an NYU student whose classmates target him for total humiliation. Fooling with him was their ultimate mistake. Stuart suffered severely as a result of their malicious behavior. He harnesses the power of nature to serve a dish of revenge that is best served cold to them.

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#BookBlitz #EmilyTheBookNerdsBookTours @Lifeofemilyxoxo / #PromoPost : Passionate Oversights: A True Crime Story – Charles W. Massie @CharlesWMassie

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Today I’m on the ‘Passionate Oversights: A True Crime Story’ blogtour, organised by Emily The Book Nerd’s Book Tours.
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About the Author :

14630480Charles Massie, the oldest of four children, grew up in upstate New York. After finishing high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served a total of six years at various ports around the world. Returning to civilian life, he continued his education at Syracuse University. Upon graduation, he worked for a number of engineering firms before finding his calling in the sales field. Having an entrepreneurial spirit, he decided to go off on his own and has been instrumental in overseeing such companies as Massie Engineering Associates, InfoTech Consulting, LLC, and CaterCats Catering. The call of creative expression has always been in the background of his life and over the years, he has submitted articles and stories to Twilight Zone Magazine, Readers Digest, Analog Publications and others. His hobbies, when he is not writing, include progressive rock music, computers, and other toys, traveling and enjoying the gifts that he has been blessed with. He loves animals, humor, exotic cars and practicing random acts of kindness. He lives in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and New York State and maintains his website at www.charleswmassie.com.

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Title: Passionate Oversights: A True Crime Story
Author: Charles W. Massie
Genre: true-crime, domestic violence, public corruption
Publisher: Starshow Publications
Published: September 4, 2019
Pages: 569

49384146._SX318_SY475_ (1)This is a true story of seduction and corruption. All the events occurred in the town of Burkesville, a small farming community in South Central Kentucky. Charlie Mason is a happy, retired gentleman living in Syracuse, New York; one of the snowiest parts of the nation. He yearns to move to a warmer climate such as Tennessee or Georgia. A romantic relationship in his life would be nice also since he has been alone for a long time. He meets a woman on the social media platform Craig’s list, who appears to be everything he desires. She is a beautiful redhead; a business owner who is smart, funny and vibrant. She owns a horse farm and is part owner of a construction company. Her name is Patricia but most people call her Patriche. After many email and phone conversations, she invites him to visit her at her home in Kentucky. He takes a chance and travels by bus to her location. Their first meeting is absolutely magic. Charlie has always had a penchant for redheads and Patriche is gorgeous. Overall, Charlie is impressed by her industrious nature. They seem to have so many things in common, including the fact that she is originally from upstate New York. Charlie believes he may have met his soul-mate. Their days are filled with love and laughter as Patriche shows Charlie the beauty of the Kentucky landscape as well as the local sites. But the real fireworks happen in the bedroom. Even though neither of them are ‘spring chickens’, their sexual responses to each other can rival couples half their age. Charlie and Patriche decide to travel to upstate New York in order to pick up their various possessions, visit friends and return to Kentucky to begin a new life together. Their is only one problem. This lady is a deadly Black Widow in disguise. Through their nightly conversations, Patriche discloses several events of her past that shock Charlie. She was responsible for the death of her oldest daughter, she is estranged from her children, she had her ex-husband deported to Canada, and her last lover put a shotgun in his mouth and blew his brains out. The story now becomes a painful voyage into perdition. Suffering at the hands of a sadistic lover is only the beginning. Patriche has Charlie arrested for a heinous crime for which he is innocent. While he is incarcerated, Patriche takes her possessions, as well as Charlie’s, and moves back to upstate New York. Charlie is convicted and sentenced to a 5 year term in Federal prison. Physical and emotional abuse from a corrupt judicial system could possibly lead to his death. In the face of overwhelming odds, Charlie fights to save his life, his honor, and his sanity. Throughout this journey, the reader will come to see how one man used every single ounce of his being to survive. Passionate Oversights offers a glimpse of domestic abuse from the male point of view and is a ‘must read’ for anyone considering an Internet-Based relationship.

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#BookBlitz #EmilyTheBookNerdsBookTours @Lifeofemilyxoxo / #PromoPost : Body Language – Marylee MacDonald @MaryleeMacD

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Today I’m on the ‘Body Language’ blogtour, organised by Emily The Book Nerd’s Book Tours.
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3945329Marylee MacDonald writes classic short stories that read like mini novels. Tracy Fisher, a reviewer for Readers’ Favorite, said this. “I simply cannot get over how fantastic this book was! Anyone who knows me knows that I love short stories in general. Being able to pick up a book and read a complete story as I’m riding the bus to work or sitting in a waiting room for an appointment is simply a delight. But when I started reading BONDS OF LOVE AND BLOOD, I found a completely different experience. I simply could not put this down.” When she’s not writing, Marylee MacDonald is walking the beach, strolling through a redwood forest, or hiking in the red rocks of Sedona.

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Title: Body Language
Author: Marylee MacDonald
Genre: short stories, literary fiction
Publisher: Grand Canyon Press
Published: April 17, 2020
Pages: 220

41Vlu+MO9GL (1)Life-changing moments. Impassioned encounters. Twelve stories at the crossroads of heartbreak and desire. When a long-lost love comes knocking, a loyally wedded rancher is tempted by old passions. A bartender wrestling with sobriety is pushed to the edge by a familiar barfly. After her husband’s death, a famous composer struggles to write a single note. From international flights to hidden grottoes and a nude beach, twelve wayward souls seek to satisfy their deepest hungers and escape their fears. Body Language explores our often-misguided quest for happiness and connection. If you like vulnerable explorations of carnal cravings, challenging moral quandaries, and transformative self-reflection, then you’ll love these heartbreaking and unforgettable portraits of people yearning for the solace of human touch. Read Body Language to embrace all that binds us today!

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#BookBlitz #EmilyTheBookNerdsBookTours @Lifeofemilyxoxo / #QandAs : Bonds of Love & Blood – Marylee MacDonald @MaryleeMacD

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Today I’m on the ‘Bonds of Love & Blood’ blogtour, organised by Emily The Book Nerd’s Book Tours.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Marylee MacDonald writes classic short stories that read like mini novels. Tracy Fisher, a reviewer for Readers’ Favorite, said this. “I simply cannot get over how fantastic this book was! Anyone who knows me knows that I love short stories in general. Being able to pick up a book and read a complete story as I’m riding the bus to work or sitting in a waiting room for an appointment is simply a delight. But when I started reading BONDS OF LOVE AND BLOOD, I found a completely different experience. I simply could not put this down.” When she’s not writing, Marylee MacDonald is walking the beach, strolling through a redwood forest, or hiking in the red rocks of Sedona.

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Title: Bonds of Love & Blood
Author: Marylee Macdonald
Publisher: Grand Canyon Press
Published: October 31, 2018
Pages: 248
Genre: Short Stories

Twelve stories of wayward travelers. Twelve stamps on the passport of the soul. Walter struggles to see past his disfigurement, but a trip to Thailand and a mysterious woman may challenge his quest for perfection. Married to a workaholic, Leslie is accustomed to solitude until her overbearing Indian mother-in-law turns her kitchen into a verbal battlefield. A woman looks for the perfect souvenir in the Turkish Bazaar and instead finds a passionate love affair. From ice storms in Maine to swimming pools in Vera Cruz, errant souls must grapple with past baggage to forge profound connections and a new sense of direction. At home and abroad, solitary travelers embark on journeys that take them where they never expected to go. Bonds of Love & Blood is a poignant collection of award-winning stories featuring life’s unexpected arrivals and departures. If you like intimate accounts of lives at the crossroads, vibrant portrayals of global locales, and elegantly-crafted prose, then you’ll love Marylee MacDonald’s compelling tales of travel. Buy Bonds of Love & Blood to embark on a heart-wrenching journey of love, loss, and redemption today!

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What inspired the book?
I have always enjoyed classic, American short stories. I love to read them because they’re typically a “slice of life” rather than a whole life. Often, when I’m traveling, I’ll strike up a conversation with a stranger or see something that makes me think, “Aha, that should be a story.” I view the twelve stories in this book as mini-novels–just enough background so that the incident captured in the story ripples out into the rest of that person’s life.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
In fourth grade. I had a story published in my hometown newspaper, The Redwood City Tribune. I suppose I must have imagined writing was something I could be good at.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
I have a Master’s in Creative Writing and have been a Writer in Residence for the Mesa, Arizona Public Libraries, and when I’ve taught beginning writers the one thing I stress is that writing is often a far messier–and nonlinear–activity than almost anything else I can imagine. Even if you try to create a plot, that plot often falls apart midway through a book. Characters are unruly. They want to do things their way, not ours. Thus, writing is more life finger-painting, and writers need to just put in a smock to keep their clothes clean. Then, get in there and play.

When did you start writing your book?
I started writing this book about fifteen years ago. All the stories were published in literary magazines and won awards. However, I found that there’s often more story or a deeper story, and so some of them underwent additional massaging before I put them in the book.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I’ve been writing seriously since I was a freshman in college, and after my undergrad degree, I went back for a Master’s. So, yes, I suppose I must have always wanted to be a writer. For many years I earned my living as a carpenter, and I chose that career because it did not compete with my writing.

How do you handle writer’s block?
I set a kitchen timer or go to a coffee shop. Sometimes, just writing at a different place is enough to break the logjam.

What time of the day do you usually write?
I start writing at 8 am, then break for a water aerobics class or a long walk at noon. In the afternoon, I edit or write an article for one of my blogs.

What was your favorite part, and your least favorite part, of becoming a published author?
My least favorite thing is marketing, but learning how to do a good job on that has helped my sales. Now, I view this once distasteful task as an opportunity to connect with readers.

What is your favorite book?
Of the books I’ve written, I’d say that MONTPELIER TOMORROW is my favorite. It’s my debut novel, but it’s about a subject I care a lot about–the stress on family caregivers–and I felt that in that book, I was offering some insight into what a family faces when confronted with a long-lasting, terminal disease. The challenge for me was to write a book about impending death that was also leavened with compassion and humor.

What is your favorite thing and least favorite thing about writing?
Undoubtedly, what I enjoy the most is the writing itself and the revision. I love to “re-envision” a scene and try to make it more vivid. 

What is the key theme and/or message in the book?
I think that fiction with a “message” is a sure way to kill a reader’s appetite for reading. I don’t even like to “sermonize.” I’d rather present people with their good points and bad. However, what does tie all the stories in  BONDS OF LOVE AND BLOOD together is my sense that we’re all looking for people we can connect to. Sometimes, those are family members. Other times, they’re strangers we meet in the oddest places. The story “Almost Paradise” is a good example of that. The main character is a guy with a horrible wine-colored birthmark that he’s ashamed of and attempts to hide with thick makeup. When he goes to Thailand with his cousin, it’s not his cousin he connects with. Instead, it’s “Lady-Man.” In life, we often don’t know who’ll really “get us” until we meet that person. Then we know. There’s a heart connection.

What do you hope your readers take away from this book?
I hope they’ll be entertained by the stories and feel that they’ve lived vicariously through the experiences of folks they’re never met.

Do you write listening to music? If so, what music inspired or accompanied this current book?
I love listening to music, particularly music from Cuba and Cape Verde. Cesaria Evora and Fantcha are two Cape Verdian singers I particularly like. When I listen to their songs, I can hardly stay in my chair. I want to get up and sashay around the room and smile until my face cracks. Needless, to say, I don’t dare listen to their songs while I’m trying to write.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it?
Gosh, hard to say, simply because my short stories are about people of all ages and of both sexes. Also, there are several different racial groups, from African-American to Japanese.

Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?
I’m finishing up another story collection called BODY LANGUAGE, a companion to BONDS OF LOVE AND BLOOD. The stories in the new book are all about people are making decisions based on how their bodies are reacting. They’re infatuated, hungry, fearful, cold, and frightened. A while back I got interested in our “flight or fright” responses, and I wanted to see if I could write stories where the characters are firmly grounded in their body-driven impulses.

What are you reading now?
I’m reading SHADOW OF THE WIND by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, a book my grandson gave me for Christmas. It’s terrific.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I like to hang out with my kids and grandkids or go for a hike in the hills near Santa Rosa. If I want to drive a little further, I can reach the beaches north of San Francisco, and that’s a favorite summertime activity.

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Today I’m on the ‘Like a Shag on a Rock’ blogtour, organised by Emily The Book Nerd’s Book Tours.
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About the Author :

Vaughan Humphries was born in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, and has spent the better half of his life to date staying as far away from the place as possible. After a string of successful columns in local newspapers, he was coerced into writing a feature-length book, some of which might have made it into the final cut you see before you. He currently lives in rural Oxfordshire and has developed a taste for Guinness and old cars.

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Synopsis :

Title: Like a Shag on a Rock
Author: Vaughan Humphries
Pages: 293 pages
Publisher: Albury Books
Published: April 6, 2014

Tom is having second thoughts about his relationship with Janice. She’d been so carefree and eccentric when they’d fallen in love. Now he feels trapped in a poisoned relationship. She’s taken all the fun out of life with her militant vegetarianism, organic whines—err, organic wines and homemade aphrodisiacs. Now she’s just crazy – and her kooky friends are no better.
But the craziness in Tom’s life only truly begins when she kicks him out and he hastily answers a room advertisement for what appears at first to be the perfect escape – a bachelor pad in the heart of Oxford. When the door is opened by his mysterious acquaintance, John, it seems as though fate has stepped in, and Tom quickly settles back into a life of blissful carnivorous freedom. Although Tom is no longer under Janice’s control, he unwittingly remains the victim of manipulation – this time from John – who wields far more influence over Tom’s personal life than he is aware of. Between their girlfriends, the weird smell in the front of the house, John’s secret agenda and police escapades at the neighborhood grocer’s, eccentricity and crazy take on an entirely new meaning! This wonderfully hilarious coming of age story is just what the doctor ordered…with a pint and fish and chips, of course! Get your copy today and laugh your troubles away!

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