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About the Book

Title: After Gardens

Author: Katharine Coldiron

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Maya, a weekend at a hot springs with her boisterous friend Rhondey is just what she needs to move forward after her divorce. For Rhondey, it’s an opportunity to help Maya cut loose a little, shed some of her inhibitions. Maya doesn’t see the need to shed anything, and she’s not looking for a teacher. But the more Maya clings to her privacy, the more difficult it is for her to recognize her true teachers…and the right moment to step free.

 

Author Bio

Katharine Coldiron’s work has appeared in Ms., the Times Literary Supplement, the Rumpus, the Manifest-Station, horoscope.com, and many other places.

Find Katharine at kcoldiron.com or on Twitter @ferrifrigida.

 

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Author Interview Decanted Truths

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1) How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing professionally for (gasp) 40 years. Most of that was ghost-writing (nonfiction) for think tanks. But I started jotting down silly little stories not long after I learned to read. They were pretty bad, with lots of clichés. Looking back, I find it interesting, however, that even my childhood scribbling was character-driven and had a sense of duality (as in, the heroine was not necessarily what she seemed at first glance).

2) Is this book part of a series?

No, this book is not part of a series.

3) What did you find most challenging about writing your book?

Of the four novels I’ve written, this was the most challenging, because it took a long time to find its focus. I started it 20 years ago, with the idea of crafting a fictionalized account of my slum-born grandfather’s ability to pull himself up by his bootstraps. But it just wasn’t coming together, partly because I didn’t feel that much of a connection to him (he died when I was 4). Then the focus shifted to my grandmother, but it still wasn’t right. Things started to come together when (A) I split the venue between Boston (where I never felt comfortable) and Manomet (a place of many happy childhood memories); (B) when the wholly fictional character Leah just popped into my head; and (C) when I decided to use the Waterford decanter as the link connecting the three disparate immigrant families that would have such an impact on each other’s lives.

4) Which aspect of writing do you enjoy the most?

For me, the happiest aspect of writing is when a character takes off. Often that doesn’t happen until halfway through the book. But once the character has been fleshed out to some degree, she starts writing herself and my job is to keep pace. The writing just flows then. When I get off the right path, the characters let me know. First of all, the flow comes to an abrupt halt. Then, the characters disrupt my sleep in the wee hours, let me know they’re unhappy and show me where they should be going.

5) Are you working on another book at the moment?

I’m working on two new novels, at the same time. One focuses on French Canadian immigrants to New England in the 19th century, folks who shunned the typical path of working in Francophone mill towns. The other features a Virginia spinster who works as a school crossing guard and lives a lonely, dreary life, while she tries to manage distressing mental problems – or maybe she really does have psychokinetic abilities and a link to the goddess Hecate.

 

About the Book

Title: Decanted Truths

Author: Melanie Forde

Genre: Literary / Women’s Fiction / Family Saga

For Irish immigrant families like the Harrigans and Gavagans, struggle has been the name of the game since they arrived in Boston in the nineteenth century. For twice-orphaned Leah Gavagan, who comes of age in the Depression, the struggle is compounded by bizarre visions that disrupt her daily life — and sometimes come true. She has difficulty fitting in with her surroundings: whether the lace-curtain Dorchester apartment overseen by her judgmental Aunt Margaret or the wild Manomet bluff shared with her no-nonsense Aunt Theo and brain-damaged Uncle Liam. A death in the family disrupts the tepid life path chosen for Leah and sets her on a journey of discovery. That journey goes back to the misadventures shaping the earlier generation, eager to prove its hard-won American credentials in the Alaskan gold rush, the Spanish-American War, and The Great War. She learns of the secrets that have bound Theo and Margaret together. Ultimately, Leah learns she is not who she thought she was. Her new truth both blinds and dazzles her, much like the Waterford decanter at the center of her oldest dreams — an artifact linking three Irish-American families stumbling after the American Dream.

 

 

Author Bio

Raised in a Boston Irish family, Melanie Forde knew her life was infinitely easier than that of her ancestors, refugees from the Potato Famine. The storytelling skills of her elders kept ancestral triumphs and tragedies alive, so that the Potato Famine and the Easter Rebellion felt as real as the Cold War. Inheriting the storyteller gene, Ms. Forde is the author of three earlier novels, her Hillwilla trilogy. She now lives far from her roots, on a West Virginia farm. She still maintains a potato patch—just in case.

 

 

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Author Interview Just Like The Bronte Sisters

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How long have you been writing?

I started when I was a little kid in grade school. I’ve always loved writing and growing up, I spent lots of weekend voluntarily sitting in my room, writing short stories or plays. In college, I majored in theater, and while acting was my first love, I took as many writing classes as I could. Later, when I was in my twenties, I wrote sketches for the comedy groups I performed with in Minneapolis. But once I started teaching high school fulltime, I retired from my comedy career, and novel-writing became my creative outlet instead. That was around fifteen years ago.

Is this book part of a series?

No, it’s a standalone. I’d been writing about the same set of characters for the last few years, so I wanted to try something new.

What did you find most challenging about writing your book?

Just Like the Brontë Sisters rotates its focus between four characters, and in my first draft, all the chapters were written in first person POV. Then I realized it would work better if some chapters were written in third person-limited POV instead. I’m not used to writing in third person, and revising those chapters was definitely a challenge! Also, getting the male character’s voices right took a lot of second guessing.

Which aspect of writing do you enjoy the most?

I like it best once my first draft is done, and I can go back through and improve what I’ve already written: adding clever lines, heightening the emotion and suspense, or becoming more descriptive with the imagery.

 

About the Book

Title: Just Like The Bronte Sisters

Author: Laurel Osterkamp

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Sisters Skylar and Jo Beth adore skiing and they virtually share the same soul. After an accident, Jo Beth flees to Brazil, leaving Skylar behind in Colorado to obsessively read the Brontë sisters. While abroad, Jo Beth meets Mitch and her life takes some unexpected turns, until tragedy leads free-spirited Mitch right into Skylar’s empty arms. With their Heathcliff/Catherine romance in full swing, Skylar wants to trust Mitch, but did he harm her sister? Loving Mitch could make Skylar lose everything. Just Like the Brontë Sisters is an unconventional romantic page-turner inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel, full of magical realism, literary references, a ghost, and some healthy doses of suspense.

 

 

Author Bio

Laurel Osterkamp is a Kindle Scout/award-winning author of women’s fiction and suspense. Her “day job” is as at Columbia Heights High School, where she teaches creative writing, college writing, and AP Lit. She resides in Minneapolis with her husband, two chatty children, an overweight cat, a gecko, and a hissing cockroach (don’t ask). Her other loves include chocolate, jogging, and boots.

 

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Book Promo: Until Ray

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Title: Until Ray

Author: Cheryl Robinson

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Two people in the same city but worlds apart.

Until Ray is an unconventional love story of how two young people transitioning into adulthood find each other and develop a bond that will be tested through three decades.

HE IS LOST…

Ray lives in northwest Detroit in a four-family flat with his mother. When he’s not at home, Ray’s either at the mall selling women’s shoes or in the club. In both places, he’s focused on one thing—picking up women. Dissatisfied, dysfunctional, and leagues behind his peers, Ray’s ready for a change but isn’t sure how to make it happen.

THEN SHE ARRIVES…

At twenty-four, Sarita has an MBA, is a CPA, and works in upper-level management at GM. But all that success comes at a cost: she’s lonely and craves the one thing she’s never had—attention from men. Until now. Dr. Graham Emerson wants to marry Sarita, and her parents expect her to, but Sarita isn’t convinced he’s the one for her. On a blind date, she meets Ray Saint and is immediately drawn in by his good looks and sense of humor. But his reputation for being a ladies’ man raises several red flags. Ray swears he’s changed. Is giving up a sure thing for a maybe worth the risk?

Set in the mid-eighties, Until Ray explores life and love through the lenses of colorism, classism, and family dysfunction.

Author Bio

Cheryl Robinson was born in Detroit, Michigan, the youngest in a family of five. She grew up in Palmer Woods, a residential historic district that is now one of the settings in her forthcoming novel, Until Ray. For the past fifteen years, she has been busy writing contemporary women’s fiction. For Penguin/NAL, Cheryl wrote six novels: If It Ain’t One Thing, It’s Like That, Sweet Georgia Brown, In Love with a Younger Man, When I Get Where I’m Going, and Remember Me. Cheryl is now an independent author and the owner of Rose Colored Books. With her company, she has published The One, Like Mom, and the forthcoming Until Ray Trilogy.

Cheryl currently resides in Florida.

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About the Book

Title: Until Ray

Author: Cheryl Robinson

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Two people in the same city but worlds apart.

Until Ray is an unconventional love story of how two young people transitioning into adulthood find each other and develop a bond that will be tested through three decades.

HE IS LOST…

Ray lives in northwest Detroit in a four-family flat with his mother. When he’s not at home, Ray’s either at the mall selling women’s shoes or in the club. In both places, he’s focused on one thing—picking up women. Dissatisfied, dysfunctional, and leagues behind his peers, Ray’s ready for a change but isn’t sure how to make it happen.

THEN SHE ARRIVES…

At twenty-four, Sarita has an MBA, is a CPA, and works in upper-level management at GM. But all that success comes at a cost: she’s lonely and craves the one thing she’s never had—attention from men. Until now. Dr. Graham Emerson wants to marry Sarita, and her parents expect her to, but Sarita isn’t convinced he’s the one for her. On a blind date, she meets Ray Saint and is immediately drawn in by his good looks and sense of humor. But his reputation for being a ladies’ man raises several red flags. Ray swears he’s changed. Is giving up a sure thing for a maybe worth the risk?

Set in the mid-eighties, Until Ray explores life and love through the lenses of colorism, classism, and family dysfunction.

Author Bio

Cheryl Robinson was born in Detroit, Michigan, the youngest in a family of five. She grew up in Palmer Woods, a residential historic district that is now one of the settings in her forthcoming novel, Until Ray. For the past fifteen years, she has been busy writing contemporary women’s fiction. For Penguin/NAL, Cheryl wrote six novels: If It Ain’t One Thing, It’s Like That, Sweet Georgia Brown, In Love with a Younger Man, When I Get Where I’m Going, and Remember Me. Cheryl is now an independent author and the owner of Rose Colored Books. With her company, she has published The One, Like Mom, and the forthcoming Until Ray Trilogy.

Cheryl currently resides in Florida.

To learn more about Cheryl and the Until Ray trilogy, please visit http://www.untilraytrilogy.com

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Author Interview and Book Review Nothing is Lost in Loving

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How long have you been writing?

 I’ve been writing with intent for fifteen years. Before taking my passion for storytelling to the page I told stories in letters, and before that, I was a raconteur. Prior to joining the inner sanctum of the writer’s circle and considering myself a member of the secret society, my writer sophistication was limited to reading. I devoured books. I had never examined the motivation behind the novel nor what propelled a writer to write the story, where the ideas for the stories came from, or what was involved. I must have presumed there was magic involved.

What was the most challenging part about writing Nothing is Lost in Loving?

It was my first, and like falling in love the first time there is so much you don’t know. Declaring yourself a writer is on par with taking the plunge and giving your heart away to a lover you have long wanted. Both delight and intrigue but they also terrify and pose unquantifiable risks, which would frighten even the bravest of souls. Giving your heart in love is as difficult as tearing a page from your journal and sharing it with the world. For this novel, in particular, the three biggest challenges were:

  • It was my first, and there were mistakes aplenty.  The first draft came in at 147,000 words. Yikes!
  • I had to find myself as a writer.  Who was I on the page?
  • Finally, listening to everyone but myself.  When someone suggested I write in third person, I started over. When another urged me to write in first person past, I did. I stopped listening to others when I found my writer self.

What do you enjoy the most about being an author? 

I like knowing I can do it–write a story from start to finish. I like knowing my writing has vastly improved from the first book. I love knowing this is my passion and so long as I keep my ego at bay and kick the evil Mr. Doubt to the curb should he knock upon my door, I don’t see myself giving up anytime soon.

Do you have any works in progress you’re working on?

I have two completed novels and third half written, the finished books are vastly different from Nothing Is Lost In Loving. One is a story about a young Wicca, who only aspires to be as average as Jan Brady, but she’s the daughter of a witch who regularly appears on late night talk shows, and there is the sudden appearance of tall, dark, and oh so tasty adding to her problems. And the other story starts at the altar and sees the heroine embroiled in international intrigue as she follows her dashing urban price to London.

I am spending the summer editing the finished books and hoping to work on the uncompleted novel a page a day kind of thing. I don’t know if this is possible but since I just declared it here it looks as if I’ve made a commitment to myself.

About the Book

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Author: Brenda Moguez

Genre: Women’s Fiction

When Stella Delray unexpectedly loses her job a week before Christmas, which is also the anniversary of her husband’s death, she is forced to stop talking to his ashes, come to terms with her loss, and get her life back on track for her young son’s sake as well as her own. She never expected that posting an ad on Craigslist would send her into the arms of not one but two men, one of whom is her former boss. Now she’s working as an admin for a retired Broadway star, bookkeeping for an erotic video production company, and writing love letters for the mysterious “Oaklander.” Adding to the craziness of her new life, her monster-in-law resurfaces and the father-in-law she never met shows up on her doorstep. With the guidance of her best friend, Bono, Stella will learn to redefine the rules she’s always lived by.

Author Bio

Brenda Moguez writes the kind of stories she loves to read–women’s fiction, starring quirky, passionate women who are challenged by the fickleness and complexities of life.

She’s particularly drawn to exploring the effects of love on the heart of a woman. She has aspirations for a fully staffed villa in Barcelona and funding aplenty for a room of her own. When she’s not working on a story, she writes love letters to the universe, dead poets, and Mae West. Her second novel, Nothing is Lost in Loving, is set to release April 2016. You can find her at http://www.brendamoguez.com  where she explores passionate pursuits in all its forms.

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Twitter: @BrendaMoguez

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Stella loses her job the week before Christmas, on the anniversary of her husband’s death. She realizes she has to face reality again, and has to get her life back on track. An ad on Craigslist brings her into the arms of two men, and if that isn’t hectic enough, her mother in law comes back to cause some more trouble. I LOVED the writing! The characters were just so realistic, especially Stella; my heart broke for her, but I felt really happy when I saw her pick up the pieces. Very entertaining, and almost made me cry.

Author Interview Dust Book Tour

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How long have you been writing?

It’s rather cliche, but I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. My first book was in 2nd grade for a school project and I wrote about a leprechaun who fell off a rainbow.

What was the most challenging part about writing Dust?

Writing about a place I had never been to – Wyoming. Eventually we moved here and that’s when things started speeding up. It’s beautiful country out here and certainly a place that needs to be experienced if a writer is going to attempt to do it justice.

What do you enjoy the most about being an author?

I love doing Meet The Author events and being able to inspire writers who come to them. Most recently, I did a book tour in Sheridan, Wyoming and had the opportunity to encourage two young writers to continue pursuing their craft and not be intimidated about finding a publisher.

Is this book part of a series? 

That’s the plan. I’ll be spending much of this summer writing the follow up novel to Dust and then there is a third to cap off the trilogy.

Do you have any works in progress?

Oh tons! I have the follow up to Dust and then the third novel of that trilogy floating around in my head and I have another project that’s completely different that I will eventually get to that is a paranormal comedy.

About the Book

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Author: Beaux Cooper

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Some people seek marriage counseling; others find wisdom in horse manure. Austen St. Johns has taken up a shovel.

When her marriage transitions from blushing newlyweds to people who merely co-exist, Austen realizes perhaps she’s responsible for her misery.

Desiring change, she leaves Oregon for the open plains of a Wyoming ranch where she discovers through love of self how she can save her marriage.

Author Bio

mirandalsober.2015.jaymeemcdaniel-5078Beaux Cooper is a writer, explorer, and wife. Much of her writing is pulled directly from life experiences, revelations, and lessons which seem to come in spurts if given enough time to formulate. As a fresh transplant to the bluffs region of Wyoming from her home state of Oregon, Beaux has grown to appreciate just how small she really is compared to the rest of the earth.

Wyoming skies can do that to a person.

Beaux craves adventure, travel, and fish tacos. She hoards knowledge like a magpie after carnival and watches entirely too much British television. Surprisingly, Beaux’s weekends are filled with all things quintessentially Wyoming: national parks, cattle brandings, rodeos, and the Oregon Trail. But only because she seeks them out.

Beaux shares a household with her husband, two dogs, and two cats – in no particular order.

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Release: Nothing is Lost in Loving

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About the Book

Moguez_NothingIsLostInLoving_jpgTitle: Nothing is Lost in Loving

Author: Brenda Moguez

Genre: Women’s Fiction

When Stella Delray unexpectedly loses her job a week before Christmas, which is also the anniversary of her husband’s death, she is forced to stop talking to his ashes, come to terms with her loss, and get her life back on track for her young son’s sake as well as her own. She never expected that posting an ad on Craigslist would send her into the arms of not one but two men, one of whom is her former boss. Now she’s working as an admin for a retired Broadway star, bookkeeping for an erotic video production company, and writing love letters for the mysterious “Oaklander.” Adding to the craziness of her new life, her monster-in-law resurfaces and the father-in-law she never met shows up on her doorstep. With the guidance of her best friend, Bono, Stella will learn to redefine the rules she’s always lived by.

Author Bio

Brenda Moguez writes the kind of stories she loves to read–women’s fiction, starring quirky, passionate women who are challenged by the fickleness and complexities of life.

She’s particularly drawn to exploring the effects of love on the heart of a woman. She has aspirations for a fully staffed villa in Barcelona and funding aplenty for a room of her own. When she’s not working on a story, she writes love letters to the universe, dead poets, and Mae West. Her second novel, Nothing is Lost in Loving, is set to release April 2016. You can find her at http://www.brendamoguez.com where she explores passionate pursuits in all its forms.

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Author Site: http://www.brendamoguez.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrendaMoguez

Twitter: @BrendaMoguez

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Author Interview RUN Ragged

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Author Interview

How long have you been writing?
I’ve always loved writing, and have been one of those journal-keeping, poetry-writing types since childhood. As an adult, however, I worked for the U.S. Geological Survey as a geohydrologist for eight years, and my writing was focused on scientific papers and articles. It was an eye-opening experience to have a very strict scientific editor keeping me in check. Turns out the government didn’t want my flowery poetry. I remember there were plenty of papers I would get back with almost more red pen on them that black typing! It taught me to be much more focused in my writing, and to use the fewest words possible to get my point across.
I started writing serious fiction in 2012, when my oldest daughter started kindergarten. My first novel, Women’s Work, sprang from a story that had been brewing in my mind for a long time. I loved sitting down to write again, and loved the freedom of fiction. Book clubs and readers have loved that book, and so many people asked me to write a sequel, I decided to continue the story with RUN Ragged. But I still need a good editor.

What was the most challenging part about writing RUN Ragged?
The antagonist in RUN Ragged is a real piece of work. She’s insane. She’s a terrible person. She does terrible things and gets away with it because she has power over the inmates at The Center. A few of her scenes were difficult for me to write because she made me want to scream about injustice, and harassment, and cruelty. I’m not a fan of gratuitous violence, and I don’t think anything I’ve written in RUN Ragged will be considered graphic or over-the-top, but I needed to reveal a sufficient amount of horror through both implied and direct descriptions to get across the main point of the story: it doesn’t matter if a man or a woman is in charge — having absolute power over another person or group is a slippery slope to oppression.
 
What is your favorite part of being an author?
Writing! If I had unlimited free time, a personal chef for my family, a housekeeper, a chauffeur, a shopper, etc., I would have so much time to write! There is something meditative and therapeutic about writing. 
 
I have three young children. When the oldest started Kindergarten and the younger two were in preschool two mornings per week, I had a whopping 6 hours of complete freedom each week! I knew I wanted to spend that time doing something I loved, instead of something I had to do, like the never-ending laundry, house chores, grocery shopping, or bill-paying. The story of Women’s Work had been in my brain for a while, and I knew with certainty that I wanted to turn it into a novel. 
 
As I would drop off all my kids, my heart rate would quicken, my eyes would sparkle, and my steps would lighten. I was so excited to sit down and write, for three hours straight, without any children around! Writing became the emotional release and the mental stimulation I had been craving for all those baby years. It thrilled me to dive into Kate and Michael’s world in Women’s Work, to write about angst and struggle, and toil that was not my own. 
 
It took my the entire school year to write Women’s Work, another year to write RUN Ragged, and I loved every second of it. It didn’t matter that I made my first visit to an optometrist during that time, that my right shoulder became achy, or that my butt got bigger (I’m assuming that. As a general rule, I never look at my own butt). It was the first time since becoming a mom that I was doing something only for ME. Myself. My soul.
 

Will this book be part of a series?

RUN Ragged is book two in the Women’s Work series, but isn’t truly a sequel. I wanted RUN Ragged to be a stand-alone story — you don’t have to read Women’s Work to love RUN Ragged, but if you’ve read the first, you will really want to read the second. It was challenging to leave behind a lot of the characters from the first novel and come up with a different direction and different antagonists. Rhia was a minor character in WW, but was a very compelling person. A lot of readers asked me about her and wanted to learn more.
Rhia is an independent and intelligent sea captain who knows how to utilize the broken world around her to survive. In RUN Ragged, we find her working for the government, struggling to keep her head down while she does her job. She can see the inherent problems in the system, and worries that it doesn’t matter if a man or a woman is in charge; power corrupts everyone, male or female. Through a terrifying twist of fate, Rhia becomes the reluctant hero who refuses to back down in the face of evil. Run Ragged will leave you questioning the very idea of equality and show you a deranged world of misinformation and torture in the not-too-distant future.

Do you have any works in progress you’re working on?
RUN Ragged launched in November, and I like to take a few months off before I start writing a new novel. I’ve been so engrossed in RUN Ragged, I need a little time to process it and promote it before I start my next story. It would also be nice to read some of the growing pile of books on my shelf!
 
As with Women’s Work, RUN Ragged is a gripping, thought-provoking story about a society that has swung the pendulum of gender politics too far in one direction. In addition to being a suspenseful page-turner, it sheds light on the injustice of our current system by reversing roles and switching assumptions about the labels we put on people. RUN Ragged will break your heart at the same time it restores your faith in the human spirit. It’s such a timely and fascinating story readers will want to have discussions about its themes and characters. I love talking to Book Clubs, and can Skype with people around the world, so let me know what you think!

About the Book

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Author: Kari Aguila

Genre: Suspense / Science-Fiction / Women’s Fiction

Would anything change if women ruled the world?

In a devastated country, those in charge rule by fear, inequality, and oppression. Rhia, a strong and independent sea captain, just wants to keep her head down and do her job, unitl she finds herself trapped in a re-education facility designed to help people fit into the rules of the New Way Forward. The warden claims to be guiding those in her care, but Rhia quickly sees the cracks in the system. As she is faced with torture and brainwashing, those cracks become gaping holes that threaten to pull her down into the depths of despair. Can Rhia resist the slow subversion of re-education and become the reluctant hero the new world needs?

RUN Ragged is the thrilling second story by the award-winning author of Women’s Work. This brilliantly imagined novel is both a scathing satire and a profoundly poignant look at the price we are willing to pay for peace and what we are willing to ignore to keep our conscience clear.

Author Bio

KariPhotoRunRaggedKari Aguila was the recipient of an IndieReader Discovery Award for her first novel, Women’s Work. Her stories are gripping and thought-provoking looks at gender stereotypes and relationships set in a dystopic future. She is also an avid gardener, geologist, outdoor enthusiast and mother of three. Aguila lives in Seattle with her family. RUN Ragged is her second novel.

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Website: www.kariaguila.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WomensWorkKA

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7422555.Kari_Aguila

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Guest Post Confessions of a Failed Environmentalist

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Today I’m hosting a guest post by Jennifer Ellis, author of romantic comedy “Confessions of a Failed Environmentalist”. Welcome, Jennifer, and thanks for guest blogging on Bedazzled Reading!

Why I Write

I love writing, but a question that I often ask myself is why? Why do I write? Why do I keep writing? What is it that I like about writing?

It is certainly not for the money, at least not in the short term. I hope to make a living from my writing some day. But with the average annual income for fiction writers in Canada (both traditionally published and self-published) hovering around the $500/year mark, I have my work cut out for me on that front!

In a 1946 essay, George Orwell claimed that there are four basic motives for writing: sheer egoism (fairly self-explanatory), aesthetic enthusiasm (you love beautiful language and a perfect plot), historical impulse (you want to record history for posterity’s sake), and political impulse (you have a message to share).

Ego fulfillment is a curious motivation for writing. While the highs of positive reviews and sales associated with writing are great, there are too many difficult days of sitting alone in my sweatpants pushing cats out of the way of the computer screen for egoism to be a primary driver for me.

I definitely write because I love complex and perfectly interwoven plots and unique and fresh language, so I guess I am in part driven by aesthetic appreciation. American writer, Edmund White, likened writing to building a sandcastle or a Lego tower. And that is how I feel when constructing a novel, trying to find just the right piece to fit in each part, creating cool and complex characters, and hoping that the whole thing doesn’t collapse at the end. It’s an intense process and I often think of Sarah McLachlan’s “Building a Mystery” as I write (although in reality sometimes it’s more mess than mystery in the initial stages).

I also have some political impulses. I don’t feel very comfortable expressing my opinions in an actual political forum (or even on Facebook), so I write them in my fiction. My middle-grade series, which starts with the novel, A Pair of Docks, is about a fourteen-year-old girl who is a genius, and has a particular interest in physics and chemistry. When I was in high school, I was at top of my class in physics and chemistry and won a four-year science scholarship. I planned to become a physicist. But, in case you hadn’t already guessed, I didn’t become a physicist. University science proved harder than I thought it would be and being constantly surrounded by hundreds of scientifically inclined men (some of whom looked down on women) was less fun than you might think. I also didn’t understand that many perfectly good physicists got B’s in university. I wish I had stuck it out, but I didn’t. A Pair of Docks is not intended to convince girls to study chemistry and physics, but to try to make it cool and exciting if they decide they want to.

Confessions of a Failed Environmentalist is a bit politically motivated too, although it is also lots of fun with romance and a crazy cast of characters. These days there are lots of somber non-fiction books about the environment, and there are also lots of very dark post-apocalyptic tales like Cormac McCarthy’s The Road or Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood that explore what might happen if we don’t change our environmental ways (although the precise reason for the apocalypse in The Road is left unsaid). I wanted to take a different approach and look at where a lot of us are with respect to the environment right now: trying to do our best, but often failing at least somewhat along the way, and some of the funny situations that arise as a result. It takes a more satirical look at eco-hypocrisy (like the Simpsons Movie), but still features a strong environmental theme and tries to look at all sides of the environmental debate.

But in the end it is probably about wanting to tell a story that makes people fall in love with my characters, makes them laugh and think, and keeps them turning pages late at night. I’m not sure where that falls in Orwell’s schema, but that for me is where the real joy of and motivation for writing lies.

About the Book

dfw-je-coafe-cover-largeTitle: Confessions of a Failed Environmentalist

Author: Jennifer Ellis

Genre: Romantic Comedy / Women’s Fiction

Alana Matheson always tries to do the right thing for the environment, even when it means boycotting school meatball day, forgoing the use of makeup, or getting entangled in a bet with her non-chicken-loving ex-husband over which of them can be the most environmentally conscious.

So when a mining company proposes developing a mine right in the middle of the community watershed, well, of course Alana is going to be on the front lines opposing the development.

Except she isn’t. To her own shock and dismay, she finds herself taking a job… with the mining company. Worse, she finds herself drawn to her attractive and mysterious boss, Nate: a capitalist mining executive. The enemy.

Alana struggles to do right by the community, deal with her feelings for Nate, and maintain her own environmental morals. But as the conflict over the mine heats up, it gets increasingly difficult to be on the “wrong side,” and both Nate and Alana are cracking under the pressure.

Part satire, part serious, Confessions of a Failed Environmentalist is about the cast of characters who seem to pop up in all environmental disputes, and how all of us fail sometimes to do the right thing for the environment, in both big and small ways.

Author Bio

Jennifer lives in the mountains of British Columbia where she can be found writing, hiking, skiing, borrowing dogs, and evading bears. She also works occasionally as an environmental researcher.

Jennifer writes science fiction, romance and dystopian fiction for children and adults, including Apocalypse Weird: Reversal in Wonderment Media’s Apocalypse Weird world and A Pair of Docks, which was a bestseller in children’s time travel fiction. She has also contributed to several anthologies, most notably Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, which hit #16 in the Kindle Store.

She may or may not have a Ph.D. and dabble in tarot card reading and cat sitting.

You can subscribe to her blog for the latest book news and industry insights at http://www.jenniferellis.ca. She tweets about writing, cats and teenagers at @jenniferlellis.

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