Author Interview Forever There For You

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Author Interview

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing from the time I was about six years old.

 

Is this book part of a series?

No, it’s not. There’s no sequel, either. However, I’m scheduled to release the first trilogy of a series in the summer of 2017. The series is aimed at teenagers and the titles of the first three books are “Summer Party”, “Summer Camp” and “Summer Job”.

 

What did you find the most challenging about writing your book?

Writing about abuse. It was pretty harrowing.

 

Which aspect of writing do you enjoy the most?

It’s a toss up between getting my thoughts or my message out, and knowing that the message has found the right target. I remember a woman I haven’t met, sent me a message after she read “Forever There For You”. She had been in limbo for 17 years in a bad marriage (including abuse) and she was scared to leave, especially because of the way that people from church would look at her – which is something that one of the characters in “Forever There For You” goes through. But this woman read the book and went, “I want my life back. I’m going to file for that divorce.”

 

Do you have any works in progress?

Absolutely! I mentioned the trilogy scheduled for a summer release, earlier. I’m also releasing a collection of short stories on my birthday – 13 March. And this book is called “Because Home Is …” and it’s literally about coming home, finding home and being home even ‘being’ as a person. Because ‘home’ is a person, place or thing we can be naked and unashamed.

About the Book

ftfy-front-coverTitle: Forever There For You

Author: Chioma Nnani

Genre: Romance

When NADINE is confronted with the reality of her failing marriage, her first instinct is to work it out. She has had it drummed into her that marriage is ‘for better, for worse’. Walking out is just not an option – her faith would condemn her and her culture would make her a pariah.

The combination of Nadine’s background, education, social standing, friendships, faith, experiences and past relationships is meant to equip her to become a success. Failure is alien to her and love means forgiving at all cost.

As she tries to survive and make the most of the curves that life has thrown her, she discovers that ’success’ is a subjective term, and ‘happily ever after’ is something that you have to discover and define for yourself …

Author Bio

ftfy-author-picChioma Nnani is an award-winning author, who also contributes to business, lifestyle and literary publications. One of Africa’s most fearless storytellers, she is a 2016 CREATIVE AFRICAN Awards finalist in the category of “Best Fiction Writer”, and a DIVAS OF COLOUR 2016 finalist. Chioma has also been nominated twice for a UK BEFFTA (Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts) Award in the “Best Author” category. A talented ghost-writer who is known for “being able to get into your head and under your skin, before writing down exactly how you’re feeling”, Chioma has been named “One of 100 Most Influential Creatives in 2016” by London-based C.Hub Magazine.

She holds a Law (LLB) from the University of Kent and a Postgraduate Certificate in Food Law (De Montfort University, Leicester). She is the founder of THE FEARLESS STORYTELLER HOUSE EMPORIUM LTD (a premium storytelling outfit based in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, where she lives), typically contributes to lifestyle and literary publications, and runs the “Memo From A Fearless Storyteller” blogazine at www.fearlessstoryteller.com for which she won the 2016 BEFFTA (Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts) Award.

 

Links

Amazon (Kindle): United StatesUnited KingdomGermanyFranceSpainItalyNetherlandsJapanBrazilCanadaMexicoAustralia and India. It is also available on SmashwordsKobo, Apple, Barnes & Noble (Nook)Okadabooks, and major online stores. Okadabooks is mainly for buyers in Africa.

As a paperback, Forever There For You is available from Amazon in the  United StatesUnited KingdomGermanyBrazilCanada, and India.

Book Review Eidolons

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Author: Harrison Fountain

Genre: Literary Fantasy

Rating: A

When TK dies in a car accident, the Grim Reaper gives him a second chance at life, but he says it’s more fun being a ghost. As he haunts his small Iowa town, his sleek shell of sarcasm cracks to a terrified lonely inner self. Find out why he’d rather be dead.

I loved this book!! I felt so sorry for TK, not just for dying but ofr why he’d rather stay dead. After he passes away, he meets some interesting people (read:ghosts) that give him more insight into himself, and the world around him. The story unfolds slowly, but I liked that too!

Book Review Sunset Reads: Damian & Layla

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Author: D.C. Triana

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Rating: A+

One year.

It’s been one year since Agent Damian Trent left for Washington without a word.

One year since he’s seen her beautiful face.

One year since he’s heard his name on her lips.

He’s been recently called back to New York City on assignment, to catch a criminal who’s trying to infiltrate Sunset Reads. The last thing he expects is to work side by side with the woman he turned his back on.

Having her close is an unwanted distraction that he’s more than willing to ignore, if only she wasn’t so damn tempting.

Everything seems under control, until a night of feverish passion has him abandoning all thoughts of reason. Now, he will do everything in his power to get her back, and even more so to protect her.

Layla Reece wants nothing to do with the man who left her a year ago.

The man who took her heart with him, leaving her broken.

After a year of trying to forget Damian Trent, she is finally ready to move on.

But trying to forget him becomes a tedious task when he suddenly reappears in her life.

Although she fights to stay away, his magnetism is too strong and she finds herself giving into the deep timbre of his voice, and the strength and safety of his arms.

Staying away from Damian turns out to be futile, especially when his kisses consume her and his heart shatters the walls she spent so much time building.

Finding herself in danger, she now has to turn to the only man she trusts to keep her safe, but can she trust him enough to give him her heart once again?

Starts out as a typical romantic suspense about lovers who drifted apart and now meet again, but quickly turns into so much more. What a romantic, sizzling, passionate read. It has lots of action, steamy scenes, it’s very hot, it has spies, agents, you name it. Damian is so hot! And he’s soooo into Layla. I was jealous of Layla, actually. I wouldn’t mind a hot FBI agent all over me.

Book Review When Blood Reigns

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Author: Barbara Custer

Genre: Horror / Science Fiction

Rating: A

Marked for death, Alexis accompanies her lover, Yeron, and four survivors of a zombie invasion on a search for the renegades who created a chemical that induces a zombie-like state. On the way, ravenous flesh-eaters attack Alexis’s team; one survivor turns on her. She realizes too late that the renegades have been tracking her every move. When officials capture her, she becomes deathly ill. Can DNA splicing save her? Will Yeron’s attempts at rescue jeopardize all their lives?

Another zombie apocalypse book, but quite different from the ones I’ve read before since it mixes horror with scifi. I quite enjoyed this one. Alexis was an interesting protagonist. I didn’t like Yeron as much as I liked Alexis, although I can’t really explain why. The writing was good, fast-paced. Best part for me was the unusual mix of zombies and aliens.

Author Interview Eidolons

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How long have you been writing?

It must’ve been 1st grade. The moment I could write words and recognize my own spelling, I was making stories for that Scholastic Books contest they’d do every year. I never won. My first one was an amalgamation of the Human Torch and the Silver Surfer, but it lost to some plagiarist with loving parents who copied If You Give A Mouse a Cookie. Nothing I did was any good until I was about 19 and learned to write though.

What was the most challenging part about writing Eidolons?

TK is a character built around deflecting conflict and yet he is the story, so it really took some doing putting him around characters who would drag out his personal crap, however forcefully, from the his vault booby-trapped with sarcasm. It didn’t always work. There were chapters I cut while editing and chapters I heavily reworked to add conflict, but I think the book and TK are better for it.


What do you enjoy the most about being an author?

The introspection. Writing as therapy and working to craft the story and characters in a way people can relate or sympathize. Eidolons started as a blog when I was studying abroad in Wales. Every weekend I’d travel to a new city or landmark. I had joined the university boxing club. I was in a high adventure program where we kayaked and did gorge scrambling throughout luscious Welsh scenery and I got class credit for it. It was the first time I was happy in my college career as a senior across the pond from Pella, my college town, and yet, Eidolons is set entirely in Pella—slightly fictionalized. Being in a new place let me pick apart the town and the environment that made me unhappy and look at the issues in myself that I’d lugged on over to the UK, no extra customs fee. Midway through, about the time I came back to America, I went on an apology tour to friends I’d been critical of and that in turn made me even happier and life really swung up thanks to writing this book. I even met my lifelong lovely because she started reading the book when it was a blog online. She’s who it’s dedicated to with a very romantic linear equation.

Is this book part of a series?

No. Originally I had a writing philosophy called Literary Drift based on web comics like Questionable Content where things happened but there was no end in sight, which worked well when Eidolons was a blog people read week to week, but the second book fizzled halfway through due to other projects being more exciting and an actual job being more pressing. In editing, I nixxed those extra chapters.

Do you have any works in progress?

I’m always doing short stories as part of my daily writing exercises, usually chiseling out one a month that I’m proud of, and I have a dozen shelved projects that were good starts but the second act of any story is where people generally get bored, even the writers. My big in-progress project now is a Romeo & Juliet with online romance where the lovers are kept apart by US-Middle Eastern visa racism and a family that supports the Saudi Arabia dictatorship for its horrid human right scores. The current back cover:

Thank you for letting me share this story with you. It’s something I want to tell you, but only in the private between covers. It’s the story of how I got engaged to an Arab girl I still haven’t met. It’s why I’m up every morning at 7 when I work 3. It’s why I sometimes leave when my phone chirps in that weird way and why I’m not a good kisser and haven’t been on a date in 4 years. It’s why I’m always sad. This is the story that broke me.

The first chapter(orangepeals.com/short-stories/typos) and a few more (orangepeals.com/untitled) work standalone so those go on my site. Each chapter is an exercise in writing as therapy. I recognize that’ll overwhelm some readers looking for entertainment, but in dark places you find some comedy. Grieving on the phone with Mom and when the sobbing settles, she gives updates on the family dog. And if that still sounds maddening, I agree, which is why for my own personal health I’m also writing a sci-fi dystopian Western set on floating islands featuring giant robots that cast magic amidst duels between cyborgs and political assassinations and a pretty potent love story.

About the Book

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Author: Harrison Fountain

Genre: Literary Fantasy

When TK dies in a car accident, the Grim Reaper gives him a second chance at life, but he says it’s more fun being a ghost. As he haunts his small Iowa town, his sleek shell of sarcasm cracks to a terrified lonely inner self. Find out why he’d rather be dead.

 

Author Bio

eidolons-author-photoThese author bios are generally in third person, right? That’s a little weird for me so—

Harrison Fountain said, “In Kindergarten, Mrs. Augustson sent me to Special Ed because of my speech impediment, the result of a 4-year-long ear infection that garbled the input and so a few letters needed the pronunciation corrected. I had to work on my Ss, Cs, Ks, Ws, Rs, Bs, Ps, Ts, Qs, Ds, Xs, Ls, and Ns.

Every year in elementary school, Scholastic gave students a hardback book with empty cream pages for us to scribble in as part of a school-wide contest. I never won. The kid in my grade who did plagiarized If You Give A Mouse a Cookie and those biased, paid-off judges didn’t even mention my amalgamation of the Silver Surfer and the Human Torch.

Still, I kept writing, finishing my first novel in my 7th grade Physical Science spiral notebook where the narrator’s best friend was an orange alien with green hair named Carrot. My next novel about a boxer, I started in high school before I’d ever even watched boxing, and fighters called out their moves (“The Double Rocket Upper—no, wait! It’s a TRIPLE ROCKET UPPERCUT!!!”) like they were Pokemon.

No one taught me to write until my second year at college when Mr. Johnson called me to his office as he did with all his creative writing students and then he bloodied my first draft of a character sketch claiming his marks were “just ink.” I almost cried. A few visits later, I’d written a character sketch about my sister’s divorce and the family dog. He crossed out a lot like usual. Told me why. Then he scrawled an A at the top. It’d be my first published short story (http://www.orangepeals.com/short-stories/loving-a-mutt/).

The pride felt earned for once.

While studying in Wales without satellite TV or an Xbox, I started a blog called Nothing Fazes a Ghost, where I posted weekly chapters. Those 10,000 views with ad revenue earned enough for a pizza. After a few years and a few drafts, it became Eidolons.

I also teach English to adorable Korean kids who, in turn, teach me cutie poses.”

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Book Review The Convenient Escape

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Author: Robert Downs

Genre: Thriller

Rating: A

To Veronica Baird, escaping from an underground dungeon and racing through the woods, is anything but convenient, even as her captor in rubber mask attire proves rather persistent in his continued pursuit. Despite her apparent independence, she considers a partnership, albeit reluctantly, with a former classmate who may still have feelings for her.

Pete Nealey still has flashbacks to Iraq and, with the bottle as his eternal companion, tends to fall off of barstools at the most inopportune moments or pass out face down in the tavern parking lot. But what he may lack in cheerfulness, he more than makes up for with his steadfast loyalty to the cause, even when he ends up handcuffed to an air conditioner in a shoddy motel.

But unless Veronica can learn to trust Pete for more than just intermittent intervals, the slipshod relationship, and her freedom, won’t last…

I love thrillers, especially on long, cold winter nights, so The Convenient Escape was a perfect read for me during this time of the year. I enjoyed the plot and characters, in particular Pete, and how it all connected in the end.

Author Interview Murder at Midnight

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How long have you been writing? 

I have been writing since childhood. I have always kept a personal journal. Writing is cathartic and exhilarating. There was no conscious decision to become a writer. Writing has always been a part of me.

What was the most challenging part about writing Murder at Midnight? 

I had no major challenge writing the book. Although I had to stay true to the characters I had created. The characters took on lives of their own and the plot took a different direction. The story turned out differently from what I planned from the beginning.

What do you enjoy the most about being an author? 

It is fun doing what you love.

Is this book part of a series? 

I would like to bring back some of the characters in my book ‘Murder at Midnight’ in another book sometime in the future. They are like old friends. There will be a sequel.

Do you have any works in progress? 

Yes, I am working on a detective thriller. It is a testimony on the bogey of love-life amidst confusion and value misjudgements. It affirms the point of duty on young men and women to make the right choices with their eyes open.  The story is a saga of love, pitiful criminalities, investigations, assumptions and deceits.

About the Book

murder-at-midnight_front-coverTitle: Murder at Midnight

Author: John Ukah

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Alex Simpson, an ex-police officer, decides after a bout of typhoid fever to take a break in a serene and therapeutic environment. The last thing he expects is to be called upon to solve a murder at the Kinging Guest Lodge. But that is what happens, when the delectable and vivacious Maria Marshall is found dead in her bedroom at midnight.

The gallery of characters living at the guesthouse and thrown into the mix, do not make his task of solving this chilling and brutal murder any easier …

Author Bio

murder-at-midnight_author-picJohn Ukah is a seasoned banker and Associate of the Institute of Capital Market Registrars (ACMR). He is a graduate of Business Administration from the University of Benin, where he was listed as University Scholar. He also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA).

Links

Purchase “Murder at Midnight” on Amazon: United StatesUnited KingdomGermany, FranceSpainItalyNetherlandsJapanBrazilCanadaMexicoAustralia, and India.

It is also available on SmashwordsKobo, Apple, Barnes & Noble (Nook)Okadabooks, and major online stores.

Okadabooks is mainly for buyers in Africa.