Author Interview Your Crossroads. Your Choice.

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How long have you been writing?

For as long as I have memories. I remember laying on the floor of the kitchen filling in mm baby book when was five. Yes, you read that right, I was five.

Is this book part of a series?

I am working on a sequel chronicling the next phase of the journey. When you finally make the choice, how do you quiet your inner resistance and awaken your inner resilience so that change can occur?

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

Tackling the fear. When I started writing this book, I felt fear about admitting my true feelings. When it was accepted at Page Publishing, I felt fear that I was making a huge mistake, that I was some kind of fraud unworthy of having my work out in the universe. And when the book went public I felt fear. Fear that everyone was now going to have access to my innermost thoughts along this broken, staggered journey I am on.

Which aspect of writing do you enjoy the most?

I really enjoy the fact that writing forces me to keep my eyes open in life. If ever there was a poster child for write what you know, I am it! I am not the girl who will create the next dystopian society, it’s just not in me.

Do you have any works in progress?

I am currently working on a PG-13 version of this book – I would love to be able to provide something that both kids and parents can read. Bridge the gap and give families a common ground to have a discussion.

About the Book

Title: Your crossroads. Your choice.

Author: EJ Apicello

Genre: Self-help

Welcome to my diary, my journey, as I tripped and crawled through the darkest time in my life- when I witnessed  people that I held incredibly close to me shatter my very existence with their words and actions. The things within this book spine are extremely raw and exceptionally real. You and I are going to get very close, the details in this book, although oddly general, are incredibly specific. Yes, I realize what I just said and as you read my words you will see what I mean. As you silently gasp and mentally bitch slap me, please be kind because my story is just that – my story. It is not any more or less special than yours. In fact the only difference between our stories are the choices we made at each of the crossroads in our lives. For most of my life the choices I made were not based on my happiness but on everyone else’s. This book describes what I have experienced in my journey to finding my happiness and hopefully never letting it go. Sadly, it took me thirty six years to find the strength I need to detoxify my life and self view and find someone who is worthy of my awesomeness. Thirty six years to shatter the negative foundation I had built shatter the ultimate representative I created to hide behind and begin the process of building a new foundation. Only this foundation will be built on strength, confidence and above all, happiness. So take a minute or thirty and sit with my story for a while. You never know what you might find out.

 

Author Bio

Welcome to my real, crazy, emotional, probably too honest journey. I am an everyday girl in this everyday world trying to keep my head above water and within the pages of this book you will learn about the things that have broken me down  and the steps I am taking to build back up. You will see, my new friends, that this story is written in a unique, general, conversational voice, which was my choice. I want you to be able to picture yourself in my shoes, relate my trials and tribulations to yours and see that you too can find your happiness. Even if you don’t realize this yet, every single one of us possesses things inside of ourselves that we didn’t know were there. It took my life taking a crazy right turn and dumping me at the lowest possible point before I could see the strength within myself. We are not defined by what we do, we are defined by the choices we make. I decided when I put pen to paper that I want my choices to start defining me as strong, confident, secure and above all else, happy. So, who am I? How about I tell you who I was – a self loathing shell of myself who put everyone else’s happiness before my own. Herein lies my story to find that happiness and all of the ups and downs along the way. See who I was and who I am trying to become and maybe, somewhere in there, you will find out a little about yourself too.

 

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Promo Right Text Wrong Number

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Title: Right Text Wrong Number

Author: Natalie Decker

Genre: YA Romance

High school juniors Layla and Tyler are complete opposites. Sure she’s a cheerleader and he’s a football player, but she thinks he’s the biggest jerk in the school and he thinks she is too high on her horse to even be worth of a second glance from him. And when the two of them are near one another, sparks fly in all the wrong directions. They are NOT interested in speaking to one another, let alone date.

But when Layla unknowingly sends Tyler a smack-down text meant for the girl sending naked photos to her then-boyfriend, Adam, Tyler has no idea it’s Layla and decides to play along. After all, Tyler cannot resist messing with the pissed off girl firing off texts about junk pictures, cheating, and girl code.

As the fallout from Adam’s sexting scandal plays out in front of the entire school, Tyler and Layla secretly continue to text one another using fake names. But as days and weeks pass, things take a turn for the serious between them, and suddenly, their texts mean more. They both begin to consider revealing their true identity to the other and taking the relationship from texts to dates, then kissing and maybe more.

They say there’s a thin line between love and hate. Can reality live up to the fantasy, or will Layla and Tyler be forever offsides?

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Author Bio

Natalie Decker is the author of RIVAL LOVE series and the Scandalous Boys series. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn’t her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She’s a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she’s not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she’s off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!
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Book Excerpt Your Crossroads. Your Choice.

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1.    As you are sitting with your feelings, seeing how my words make you react, try and do it without judgement or immediately attempting to fix or change whatever you may be feeling.

2.    If you can begin to accept who you are it makes it easier for others to begin do the same.

3.     we are all products of our upbringing, and the choices we have made at each of the crossroads in our lives

4.     the key to handling mistakes or so-called failures from your past is to take them, reflect on them, understand them, and then use the knowledge you have gained to strengthen the choices you make at future crossroads.

5.    Remember we can’t change who we are, that is a lesson in futility. We can only change how we choose to react to what life throws at us

About the Book

Title: Your crossroads. Your choice.

Author: EJ Apicello

Genre: Self-help

Welcome to my diary, my journey, as I tripped and crawled through the darkest time in my life- when I witnessed  people that I held incredibly close to me shatter my very existence with their words and actions. The things within this book spine are extremely raw and exceptionally real. You and I are going to get very close, the details in this book, although oddly general, are incredibly specific. Yes, I realize what I just said and as you read my words you will see what I mean. As you silently gasp and mentally bitch slap me, please be kind because my story is just that – my story. It is not any more or less special than yours. In fact the only difference between our stories are the choices we made at each of the crossroads in our lives. For most of my life the choices I made were not based on my happiness but on everyone else’s. This book describes what I have experienced in my journey to finding my happiness and hopefully never letting it go. Sadly, it took me thirty six years to find the strength I need to detoxify my life and self view and find someone who is worthy of my awesomeness. Thirty six years to shatter the negative foundation I had built shatter the ultimate representative I created to hide behind and begin the process of building a new foundation. Only this foundation will be built on strength, confidence and above all, happiness. So take a minute or thirty and sit with my story for a while. You never know what you might find out.

 

Author Bio

Welcome to my real, crazy, emotional, probably too honest journey. I am an everyday girl in this everyday world trying to keep my head above water and within the pages of this book you will learn about the things that have broken me down  and the steps I am taking to build back up. You will see, my new friends, that this story is written in a unique, general, conversational voice, which was my choice. I want you to be able to picture yourself in my shoes, relate my trials and tribulations to yours and see that you too can find your happiness. Even if you don’t realize this yet, every single one of us possesses things inside of ourselves that we didn’t know were there. It took my life taking a crazy right turn and dumping me at the lowest possible point before I could see the strength within myself. We are not defined by what we do, we are defined by the choices we make. I decided when I put pen to paper that I want my choices to start defining me as strong, confident, secure and above all else, happy. So, who am I? How about I tell you who I was – a self loathing shell of myself who put everyone else’s happiness before my own. Herein lies my story to find that happiness and all of the ups and downs along the way. See who I was and who I am trying to become and maybe, somewhere in there, you will find out a little about yourself too.

 

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Book Excerpt The Unexpected

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    I was trying to walk towards this interesting object that I saw that was very odd and intriguing. But the principal had told us to stand still and listen to his speech about the school.  “Hello my name is Troy Johnson and I’m the principal of this school. Here at Illinois Tech we have you do projects that you would like to do in your field. This will make your feilds understand the knowledge of tech”. The principal voice was so strong and heavy, which makes sense that he is the head principal because he as leadership. His skin was black with hazel brown eyes. You can tell he was around his 40s or 50s and you can tell that his height is 5’6. His hair was gray like when the President of the United States leaves offices due to their term.

About the Book

Title: The Unexpected

Author: Travon Toussiant

Genre: YA mystery / thriller

A young man named Anthony finally gets his dream he always wanted, a tech company. But his company starts to fall down the drain, thanks to Spencer. Throughout the story, Anthony runs into shocking hurdles and painful moments that he never expected. Will Anthony be able to handle this when he finds out?. Or will things get out of hand?.

 

Author Bio

Travon is a young teenage writer who is excited to write more books throughout his writing journey. He was born September 25, 2001 in Chicago, IL at Saint Joseph Hospital. This is his first book he has ever wrote. He lives in Chicago, IL and he will be making the next sequel for the The Unexpected series soon. Travon has earned many medals in sports and honor roll certificates in school, he has graduated from John B. Murphy Elementary school. Travon was inspired from his grandmother Stella saying “Travon you should write a book”. It gave him the idea to go for it. Travon gone through so many tragic scenes in his life that push him more to achieve. Up into now his life has been looking very pleasant for him.

 

 

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Book Excerpt The Aeon Star

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“Good afternoon gentlemen,” she had meant to say — but didn’t. As soon as she saw him, all she could do was stare. She couldn’t help herself. Even more remarkable was the fact that he was staring back. They were all staring at her actually, but he — the gorgeous stranger with deep brown hair and exquisite grey-green eyes — was all she could see. He was sitting in the furthest back corner of the booth in jeans, a t-shirt and a hoodie. His hair was on the long side of short, long enough that a couple of unruly strands fell over one eye. His features were strong yet soft, his lips the most kissable shade of pink. Oh but his eyes — she’d never seen anything quite like them. She could fall into those grey-green jewels and happily become lost forever.

He was not at all the kind of guy that Jenny Taylor would have been allowed to be interested in. Or the kind of guy who would have been interested in Jenny Taylor, she reminded herself. He could’ve been one of Davin’s friends though…

She saw herself standing half naked in front of a window overlooking the ocean at night, his tall, gorgeous form stepping in close behind her, tracing his hand over her back, her arms, kissing her shoulder, embracing her, kissing her neck.

Erin elbowed her in the side, breaking her free from her fantasy.

“Sorry,” Jennifer said, feeling flush, she pulled her gaze away from Tall-Dark-and-Handsome and decided it was in her best interest to avoid looking directly at him — at least until she could manage to control her thoughts a little better.

Jennifer did a quick assessment of the other the two. The blond’s features were narrow and sharp, as was the rest of his look. The other was a light-haired brunette. He was heavyset and looked like he hadn’t shaved in a few days, but he was put together well. “What can I get for you — you guys,” she tripped over her words. “What can I get for you guys?”

“Do I know you?” asked the one with light brown hair, sitting next to Gorgeous.

She couldn’t deny the odd sense of familiarity she had to the small group, but considering her decidedly sheltered history, she was sure she’d never met them before. Besides that, the gorgeous creature sitting in the corner and the reaction she was having to him was definitely not someone she was likely to forget — or have forgotten. “I don’t… think so.” Her focus switched to the unshaven guy, though she could still feel the pull of Sexy in the corner.

There was something definitely familiar about this other guy. Like they did know each other — like they’d always known each other — except they didn’t. He was a complete stranger.

“She’s new. Just moved here.” Erin pitched in. “Still training. Brand new. That’s why I’m here.” It was odd the way Erin was talking. In. Short. Clipped. Sentences.

“New girl huh?” The blond snorted and rolled his eyes.

Erin laughed nervously. “Uh-huh.”

“I’ll have the usual,” the blond said.

Familiar guy scoffed.

Gorgeous shook his head.

“Uh” Erin started nervously.

“Okay,” Jennifer cut her off — she could handle it. She pretended to write down what he’d said, with much thought. “And what about for you guys?”

She glanced only briefly at Tall, Dark, and Handsome. He was so gorgeous; she couldn’t help but gush, in the form of a huge smile. He was watching her pretty closely. He looked amused and sexy. She avoided direct eye contact as best she could.

“Roast beef on wheat, and a Coke,” said Familiar guy.

“Have you had the sweet potato fries with that?” she asked. “They’re so yummy.”

“Mmmm,” he considered. “No thanks, Cupcake.”

“I’ll have the same on sourdough, with an iced tea,” said the Hot Babe in the corner.

She really should stop objectifying him like that. “You want lemon?”

“Yeah,” he smiled and she smiled back as she imagined herself climbing across the table and kissing him full on the lips — his soft, sweet lips.

Stop it; she scolded herself. He had been saying something, but she hadn’t caught it because she had been fantasizing. “I’m sorry, my brain just… Could you say that last bit again?” she grinned sheepishly.

“Sweet potato fries,” he repeated.

Sweet potato fries, his voice was so yummy it sent intense, tingly, butterfly sensations coursing through her. She grinned, hopefully not too much like and idiot, turned abruptly, sidestepped around Erin who looked unreasonably concerned, and hurried back to the kitchen. Erin followed a short distance behind.

 

About the Book

Title: The Aeon Star

Author: Lauren T. Hart

Genre: New Adult, Sci-Fi

Jenny has never wanted for more than the simple, normal life she has; helping her parents care for her seven younger siblings, working for her dad at his church, going to college someday – hopefully in the fall. And one day, settling down with the boy next door to start a family of her own…

There’s just one problem. Jenny was never meant to have an ordinary life. She can ignore the nightmares, her parent’s overprotective natures, and even the sense that she doesn’t really belong. But try as she might, she can’t escape her destiny and when the dangers and secrets of a past she can’t remember come hunting for her, her simple life doesn’t just crumble it shatters.

Nick Grace is a researcher looking for a way to destroy an ancient evil – one that sounds hauntingly similar to Jen’s nightmares. Nick says he wants to help her find answers, but can she trust him? The inescapable pull she feels toward him whenever he’s near only makes her more unsure.

As the danger looms ever closer, she will have to make a stand against her enemies as well as her friends in this compelling urban-sci-fi page turner, with just the right amount of romance, that will keep you guessing up to the very last plot twist.

 

 

Author Bio

Don’t you just hate it when authors write about themselves in third person? I do. So, for this “about the author” you get me, talking about me.

I’ve always loved stories. I began my writing career in the entertainment industry where, as one does in that field, I held a number of other job titles as well: director, producer, actor, voice actor, and on and on… But none of them could hold a candle to the joys and frustration of staring at a computer screen for hours on end, daydreaming, researching, constructing and reconstructing sentences that would ultimately be nixed during editing. Writing, some like to call it. Some say crazy, some say passionate. It’s probably a bit of both. And I love it! As for me, just me — I love to learn, to laugh to read, to write. I love to lounge about with friends and family and music. I have nerdish tendencies and overuse the word awesome. I love words and artistry and intangible magic. I think a lot– it’s one of my favorite pastimes. I’m prone to repeating myself and I loathe taking things too seriously. Some of my broad term areas of interest (at the moment) include: writing, reading, grammar, language, the human condition, creativity and the creative process, science fiction as well as science fact, the supernatural, animals, art, culture, the pursuit of happiness and the interrelatedness of all things.

 

I was born and then raised throughout the mountainous desert state of Utah, located in the western part of the USA, where I currently reside with my partner in life and love, our 3 sons and some dogs. Life is good.

Happy Reading!

 

You can find me online at these exotic locations:

Facebook.com/laurenthartwrites

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Twitter.com/laurenthart

 

 

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New Release: Secret Love

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About the Book

Guarding a secret and playing with fire has never been a good combination.

Four years ago, Holly Scallenger embarked on the most difficult journey of her life. As if being a single parent isn’t already stressful enough, Holly also attended med-school, in hopes of helping other pregnant women in a way she wasn’t helped. But things don’t look so good as she has to embark on a new journey – a journey that would take her back to Boston, back to the man who broke her heart and discarded her and her babies.

Sworn to never fall for him again, Holy is put to the test once more when a chance encounter reunites them.
Secret Love is the second novel in the 4Ever series by Isabella White

 

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Imperfect Love is only $0.99 until the end of the month!

At 24 years old, Holly Scallanger has the perfect life. Everything a girl could want; a beautiful man, a stunning home, as well as being in the midst of preparing for the wedding of her dreams. This all vanishes the night she catches her fiancé, Brandon Morgan, in bed with her worst nightmare, Donna Sinclair, just a week before Holly is set to walk down the aisle.

Attempting to recover from his betrayal, Holly swears off the affections of men in order to pick up the pieces of her crumbling life. Unfortunately, meeting Jake ‘Hooligan’ Peters is not part of her plan. The tall, dark-haired and handsome as hell med student, sweeps Holly away from the pain of her past and reveals to her the bright future that lies ahead. That is, until she falls pregnant just as Jake begins his internship at P&E; his family’s hospital.

Will this love at first sight lead her to the fairytale she has always craved? Or, will she fall victim to a betrayal of the heart yet again?

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Promo Post The Hooligans of Kandahar

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About the Book

Title: The Hooligans of Kandahar

Author: Joseph Kassabian

Genre: Nonfiction / War Memoir

During the peak years of the Afghanistan War, a group of soldiers is dropped by helicopter into the remote mountains outside of Kandahar City. Mismanaged and overlooked by command, how they survive is largely up to them. In the birthplace of the Taliban, some men lose their sanity, others their humanity. They are The Hooligans.

Written in the months and years following his deployment, Joseph Kassabian recounts his time in the isolated and dangerous country of Afghanistan. Pulling no punches, The Hooligans of Kandahar is a sobering, saddening, and often sarcastic first-hand account of America’s War on Terror.

 

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