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​And what do YOU have to say? – ELLEN L. BUIKEMA

Due to popular demand, my first author interview series is continuing. I hope it gives you a chance to meet some interesting new authors, or to find out more about the ones whose books you have already read. Today we are joined by Ellen L. Buikema. Thank you very much for your time, Ellen.

Ellen L. Buikema

I am a writer, speaker, educator, and mom. I graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, received a M.Ed. specializing in Early Childhood, and have post-graduate studies in special education from Northeastern Illinois University. I worked as a teacher for 23 years.

During the school year I have the pleasure of being a visiting author, either in person or via Skype. I usually visit with students in Pre-K through fourth grade, although I have spoken with students through eighth grade. For Pre-K through first grade I bring Sock Puppet Tim along to help. He is a well-loved addition to author visits as he is funny and helps maintain students’ attention.

IDENTITY CARD

Name/pseudonim: Ellen L. Buikema
Book(s): Parenting . . . A Work in Progress, The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon series, currently working on The Hobo Code
Genre(s): Self-help, Children’s Fiction, Young Adult Historical Fiction
Day-job: Writer
Likes: Dark Chocolate and wine
Dislikes: Yelling
Favourite virtue: Sense of Humor
Fault: Very Stubborn
Favourite movie genres: Comedy, Suspense/Thriller
Favourite song/band/musician: I have an eclectic taste in music, so there are too many to mention.

INTERVIEW

1. Welcome to Anita’s Haven. Pull up a chair, relax and fire away. Firstly, tell us five things about yourself that you think matter the most.

Patience, persistence, love of children and animals, creative, humorous.

2. ​When you were a kid, what did you want to do in life as an adult? ​Can you remember the moment you realized you had become an author? How did it feel to transcend from that point when you just wrote for yourself to the point when you realized this was what you wanted to do full time?

My mother told me that when I was three-years-old, I lined up all my dolls and conducted school. However, I didn’t become a teacher until after I had my own children and decided that kids are awesome.

I knew I was an author when I held my very first proof in my hand. Until then it wasn’t real. The physical book made it truly real for me. It felt great!

3. Why do you write?What’s the most challenging aspect of your genre? How do you feel when you write? Is there a special ritual to it, a playlist, place, company, technology?

I write to get the ideas out of my head and to keep the characters quiet. I’ve had characters request name changes, as odd as that might sound. One insisted on being named Hugo.

I write on a laptop on our dining room table. A foot tall, plush dragon named Nom Nom, as in nom-nom I just ate another faerie, sits across the table as I write.

Currently, I am writing my first YA historical fiction novel after writing a children’s chapter book series. Two more are written, making it a series of five. I find the change in genre isn’t as difficult as the age change. This genre requires a great deal of research, so I am having fun talking to people all over the country about trains, hobos, and specifics about some cities and towns. I spend an hour on the phone with the owner of a bar in Wausau, Wisconsin, the location of the story’s beginning. She was able to give me details that make a huge difference in the setting for one part of the story. My list of acknowledgements is growing all the time.

4​. Tell us more about your book characters. Who is your favourite character and why?

There is a little bit of me in the majority of my characters. My favorite character in The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon series is Frankie, the worlds most obnoxious goldfish. He is the main character’s pet and a wonderful comic relief. Of the characters in The Hobo Code, so far I am most fond of Hannah. She begins the story as a feisty, eight-year-old who loves art, puts up with her older brothers, and is quite stubborn.

5. We all know typing those special words, the end, gives us a priceless feeling, but that is when the actual work begins. How do you deal with the editing process? Are you your toughest editor and beta-reader or do you rely on someone for that?

Wow! Editing is so important, too much for just one person. I go to two different critique groups, have beta readers, and use professional editors as well. I do not mind editing and find many of my errors when I read the chapters aloud, but I never, ever find all the errors myself.

6. How much do praise and positive reviews help to fuel your creativity and keep you writing? How do negative reviews affect you?

Positive reviews are awesome and appreciated. They do keep me writing.

When I get a negative review, I read it with an eye towards making a better story if the comments are constructive. If the comments are a bit off-the-wall, I read the reviewer’s comments of other authors’ works to see if there is a pattern. Sometimes people don’t like my work, preferring other genres and writing styles, and that is fine. Differences of opinion are to be expected. No one that I know of enjoys all genres and all styles of writing.

7. What do you do when you are not writing books? Any hobbies or projects you are particularly passionate about?

When I have a bit more time, I plan to go back to drawing and painting. I love art in its many forms. I can carry a tune and love to sing. Maybe some day I’ll learn how to play the guitar. Right now I am working on fluency in Spanish. I feel it is important to speak more than one language.

8. What’s the funniest or most interesting reaction you​’ve​ had from people when you told them you were a writer?

I have been looked at in awe and asked for my autograph. A few students have asked me if I am wealthy. I find that amusing.

9.​ ​Would you like to add anything, share a brief sneak peek into your book, or send a message to the readers?

Here is a snippet from The Hobo Code. Most of the story is in Jack’s perspective. This is a Hannah chapter.

John Schmidt opened the front door and herded his children into the largest building they’d ever seen. They entered a cheerless hallway of bare, drab-colored walls. I think if people stared at those walls long enough, they’d lose their imagination. Wooden cane chairs and a few stark benches leaned against one wall.
“Sit here while I speak to someone in charge.” Their father walked into the main office, directly across the hall from the uncomfortable bench Jack, George, and Hannah occupied.
The three children sat together, carpetbags on the floor in front of them, and waited to learn their fate.
“Jack, I think Hannah is right,” said George. “We shouldn’t be here. I feel like we’re being watched.”
The three huddled together, Jack speaking quietly so no one could overhear. “If all of us feel the same way, something has got to be wrong.”
They were being watched. A man dressed in dark pants and a blue work shirt, washing the floors, whisked his mop in their direction with a practiced rhythm. Every now and then he’d flick his brown hair back and sneak a peek. He licked his lips. The corners of his mouth tilted up into a leering grin.
I don’t like how that creep is staring at me. The closer he came, the greater Hannah’s urge to either smack him or to grab her brothers and run.
The creep was a few arm’s length away when John exited the office of the headmistress, followed by a tall, silver-haired woman in a waist-cinching, long black dress that swept the floor has she walked. The creep looked away and mopped in the opposite direction and down another hall.
John held his hat in his hand. “Children, this is the headmistress. She’s in charge of the orphanage.”
They sat frozen on the bench.
The willowy headmistress bent down and shook their hands. It was like shaking a fresh-caught fish—moist, droopy, and cold.
“Welcome to your new home, children. I’ll give you a few moments to say goodbye to your father, then I’ll have someone show you to your rooms.”

QUICK  POP-QUIZ

Dogs or cats Cats
Ice-cream or fruit
fruit
Meat or salad
salad
Fact or fiction
fiction
Music or silence
music
Indoor or outdoor
outdoor
Ocean view or mountains
Ocean view
Books or movies
Books
E-book or print
print 
Teach or learn
learn – this keeps the brain young so-to-speak
Romance or crime
crime

AUTHOR LINKS

Books:

https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Charlie-Chameleon-New-Beginnings/dp/0990897931

https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Charlie-Chameleon-School-Days/dp/0990897966

https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Charlie-Chameleon-Summertime/dp/0990897990

https://www.amazon.com/Parenting-Work-Progress-Ellen-Buikema-ebook/dp/B00R2807X8

Website:

http://ellenbuikema.com

Social networks:

https://www.facebook.com/ecellenb/

https://twitter.com/ecellenb

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ellen-buikema-b289a661/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJugScmUYKs6L3NH9oyYn2A

https://www.pinterest.com/EllenKidsAuthor/pins/

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+EllenLBuikema

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12592731.Ellen_Buikema

https://www.amazon.com/Ellen-L.-Buikema/e/B00THGTSA6/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

(All images and replies provided by author Ellen Buikema herself.)
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Writer’s Gift 4U from Phoenix Rainez

To end this challenging year, there is nothing like having a guest over. A romance author with a kind heart, Phoenix Rainez will make this transition from 2017 into 2018 smooth and gentle! Here she is, sharing with you some of her latest poetry:).

AUTHOR : Phoenix Rainez

GENRES : Romance, Erotica, Poetry

BOOKSITE LINKS : http://www.amazon.com/dp/1501022539

                                http://www.amazon.com/dp/1515302156

SOCIAL NETWORK LINKS : http://www.facebook.com/phoenixrainez2

                                             https://phoenixrainez.wordpress.com

                                             https://twitter.com/phoenixrainez

1. Do you have a favourite winter holiday story?

No favourite winter holiday story, but my favourite holiday film would have to be LOVE ACTUALLY.  I have so many books in my collection still to read, I honestly don’t have time to re-read any of the books I’ve already read.

2. Which character from a holiday story would you like to be?

I think I’d love to be Elsa from Frozen.

3. What is your ideal way to spend Christmas Eve this year?

Curling up with a good book all day in my pj’s and a steaming mug of hot chocolate.

4. If you could travel anywhere this winter, where would it be and why?

I’d love to visit Lapland during a winter holiday season.

5. What would you like to ask your readers?

I’d like to ask my readers if they think a companion novella is a good way to introduce other characters in the story.

Do share a sneak peek into your current work in progress.

My present work in progress is my poetry book.

Give us a riddle to your wip. 

When you need to share a secret quietly you ….

Where can we follow your progress? 

 http://www.facebook.com/phoenixrainez2

What’s the blurb for your work in progress?

No one asks to fall in love, but sometimes it happens, and the timing is all wrong.  So, they wish upon stars for a love they can’t hold, and whisper their love on the wind, across oceans that keep them apart.

Sneak peek, please?

1st poem from my new poetry book:

You’re the whisper on my mind

Wrapped around my heart

I see you in my dreams

And touch you when I sleep

Your love is like a whisper

From a time so far away

Caught in a moment of silence

On the tail of a shooting star

We dare in dreams to share

A whisper of love so soft

Like the feathers on a breeze

Of a lover’s dream in thoughts

Sailing those intimate waves

Of a secret love lost in thought

We touch only in dreams

Our love just a breath

A whispered I love you

MY HOLIDAY WISH for my readers is that they find the time to read all the books they want to, not only over the holidays, but all year through.


Thank you, dear Phoenix. May your 2018 be a happy beginning to a new adventure!

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THE WRITER’S GIFT FOR YOU FROM Michael R. Stern

We are joined today by an amazing history teacher who turns history into amazing time travelling adventures. Enjoy his pre-holiday post. Thank you for dropping by, Michael!

Author: Michael R. Stern
Genre(s): Time Travel

Booksite links: amazon.com/author/michaelrstern

Social network links: https://www.facebook.com/michael.r.stern.5

Twitter @sternmike5

1. What is your favourite winter holiday story you have read and like to go back to, and why? 

A Christmas Carol is an annual tradition in my home. It’s the perfect holiday feel-good story.

2. Which winter holiday character, custom or decoration would you like to be and why? 

A caroler. Nothing puts you in the spirit like an evening of Christmas songs, friends, and egg nog.

3. What is your absolutely the most favourite thing to do during the winter holidays?

Spend time with family. Really.
4. If you could travel anywhere in the world during the winter holiday season, where would you go and why?

Nothing gives me more pleasure during the holidays than traveling through the pages of a good book. I wouldn’t go anywhere if I could avoid it.
5. What would you like to ask your readers?

I would ask my readers to enjoy their own holidays, however they choose to celebrate. (And tell your friends about my books.) Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy choose your holiday, and Happy New Year.)

Sneak peek & riddles:

step 1: I have asked authors to give us a riddle about a character, place or key word in their book

My name is Fritz Russell. Where did I go to college?

step 2: Here is the link where we can follow Michael’s wip progress) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06Y6GZXFD

step 3: short blurb for the story

A North Korean missile launch. A naval base attacked. Does the nation face a new menace? Or is an old one taking a treacherous turn? A plot to destroy any possibility for peace moves into high gear just as the president negotiates an end to war in the Middle East.

step 4: sneak peek “Merry Christmas, Mr. President.”

“Merry Christmas, Fritz. I’m sure you have a busy day ahead, but I wanted to invite you here for New Year’s Eve. You could stay a day and we could look around this place together.”

Michael’s message to you all:

To all you special people who have followed Fritz and friends through the harrowing times brought about by travel through time and space, I want to thank you for your reviews, and your continued support. I send my best wishes for a happy holiday season, and a New Year full of wonder, delight, and friendship.

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THE WRITER’S GIFT 4U FROM Karen J Mossman

The Writer’s Gift is a little present that keeps on giving – my blog feature gift to the authors you should know about, and their gift to you as their (potential) readers. Find out more about some wonderful authors you may not yet have heard about, and enjoy a free sneak peek and riddles for their latest book or even a work in progress. Feel free to leave a comment and share the posts during the upcoming holiday season.

Here is a very kind lady and prolific author – Karen J Mossman.

Author: Karen J Mossman

Genre(s): Multi Genre author

Booksite links: https://magicofstories.net

Social network links: https://www.facebook.com/karenjmossmanauthor/

Chat with the author:

What is your favourite winter holiday story you have read and like to go back to, and why?

I read so much and so many that I don’t have a favourite and I rarely go back to something I have already read. I did read a series of crime cooks by Gillian Hamer recently. They were all divided into seasons and I loved the winter one where everything was frozen. It was set in the area that I live and we don’t get a lot of frost or snow in this part of Wales. So it was interesting reading about it.

I don’t generally take holidays in the winter and it’s usually a lead up to the Christmas season.  

Which winter holiday character, custom or decoration would you like to be and why?

Holiday characters, that’s a tricky question, and I can’t think of something I would like to be. I’m quite happy just being me!  

What is your absolutely the most favourite thing to do during the winter holidays?

Winter holidays, I suppose I could say Christmas because when I was working we would refer to it as a holiday away from work. My favourite thing to do would be getting together with my family, which of course, is tradition during the Christmas period.

If you could travel anywhere in the world during the winter holiday season, where would you go and why?

I’ve never considered taking a holiday during these months. I’m a sun and warm weather girl. I suppose if I did, I would go to see my sister as she lives in Massachusetts.  We have been before and it’s a beautiful place during the autumn season.

What would you like to ask your readers?

Which one of my books is your favourite and why? I always like to know which they like as it makes me think of my reasons for writing it. It’s also good having people discuss us and hearing their interpretation.

Sneak peek & riddles:

I have asked authors to provide a riddle about their book for the readers.

step 1: Sarah has a secret. She is telling no one and won’t even admit it to herself. What is it?

step 2: your book and book link

myBook.to/TTWO

step 3:  Book Description – Kelly needs to escape from her abusive and controlling boyfriend, but she’s terrified to leave. She’s then given a chance to start a fresh, but is the cost for her freedom too high?

Sarah is happy in her life. She has a dream job and a perfect roommate. But when a brick is thrown through the window, followed by a letter containing razor blades, her life starts to spin out of control. Detective Ryan Andrews is on the case and the two quickly form a close bond.

Will Kelly pay that price for freedom? Can Sarah’s secret past be kept from Ryan?

step 4: sneak peek, pls

Did I mention the silent phone calls on the house phone recently? Then, of course, the brick and razor blades and now this; I couldn’t ignore it anymore. It was happening, and I was scared. My stomach twisted and my ears pounded. Not again, I couldn’t do it again.

Karen’s message for the readers:

Enjoy your holidays and enjoy the Christmas and New Year festivities – Karen x

Thank you so much for dropping by, Karen!

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The Writer’s Gift 4U from Paul White

The Writer’s Gift is a little present that keeps on giving – my blog feature gift to the authors you should know about, and their gift to you as their (potential) readers. Find out more about some wonderful authors you may not yet have heard about, and enjoy a free sneak peek and riddles for their latest book or even a work in progress. Feel free to leave a comment and share the posts during the upcoming holiday season.

A man whose creativity and entrepreneurial spirit constantly amaze me is here – author, artist and publisher Paul White has dropped by today.

Author: Paul White

Genre(s): Multi Genre.

Booksite links: http://paulznewpostbox.wixsite.com/paul-white

Social network links:

Facebook,  https://www.facebook.com/paulwhitewriter

Twitter, https://twitter.com/fluffybunnypj

Chat with the author:

1. What is your favourite winter holiday story you have read and like to go back to, and why?

You might call me boring, but I love Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. I like that’s its traditional, in all the senses of the word, and I like the moral of the tale.

2.  Which winter holiday character, custom or decoration would you like to be and why?

I must own up to being a bit of a ‘Bah Humbug’ about the commercialism of Christmas, so I think I should be Ebenezer Scrooge… after the ghosts have visited!

3. What is your absolutely the most favourite thing to do during the winter holidays?

I love putting on a great spread of food, a buffet, on Boxing Day and/or at New Year and hold an open house for family and friends.

4. If you could travel anywhere in the world during the winter holiday season, where would you go and why?

If I could guarantee a very snowy period, I mean deep white fairy tale snow, I would love to spend it in an isolated cottage in the Scottish Highlands. Just my wife and I, hidden away from the world!

5. What would you like to ask your readers?

What kind of story would you like me to write next, and would you like to be a character in it?

Sneak peek & riddle for a WORK IN PROGRESS (yay, an exclusive!)


I have asked the authors to take these 4 little steps for you;), readers, about their latest book or work un progress.step 1: give us a riddle about a character, place or key word in your book.

Sometimes, it is Dark inside you.

step 2: give us the cover and link for the book (if wip, pls share your link where we can follow your progress)

It is a WiP, due out 1st February. http://paulznewpostbox.wixsite.com/paul-white/works-in-progress (scroll down)

step 3: give us the short blurb for the story

This is a collection of dark tales & darker poetry. It is like listening to a sad record when you are feeling down, reading dark tales smothers you in a blanket of comfort… or maybe not?

step 4: sneak peek, pls

Rockabye baby.

Rockabye baby, broken and scarred.

Black rains a ’tumbling, falling hard,

Icy winds blowing, cutting deep,

Autumn leaves swirling into a heap,

She took the knife and held it high,

Cold steel pressed against her thigh

One more slice, deep into a vein,

Bleed out the fear, remorse and pain,

Closing her eyes, breathing out her last,

Sleep is coming, taking away her past,

Naked she lays, sprawled across the bed,

Hushabye baby, you’re almost dead.

Your holiday wishes for your readers, besides world peace, of course:)

Enjoy your friends, family and loved ones company, remember;  Every piece of the universe, even the tiniest little snow crystal, matters somehow.

I have a place in this pattern, and so do you.

Thank you so much, Paul. Best of luck with your work in progress and all your other creative adventures!

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The Writer’s Gift 4U from Jean Gill

The Writer’s Gift is a little present that keeps on giving – my blog feature gift to the authors you should know about, and their gift to you as their (potential) readers. Find out more about some wonderful authors you may not yet have heard about, and enjoy a free sneak peek and riddles for their latest book or even a work in progress. Feel free to leave a comment and share the posts during the upcoming holiday season.
This is just an honour and pure pleasure – one of my go-to authors, in any genre she writes – Jean Gill has found time to visit, although she is right in the middle of promoting her final part of the Troubadours series. 

Author: Jean Gill

Genre(s): Historical Fiction, contemporary teen and adult fiction, a cookbook, memoirs, poetry and translations of French books (so far)

Booksite links: Social network links: #
Sign up for Jean’s Newsletter for exclusive news and offers, with a free book as a welcome. 
Jean’s website http://www.jeangill.com
Amazon author page http://www.amazon.com/author/jeangill
Facebook Troubadours Page https://www.facebook.com/jeangilltroubadours/
Facebook Author Page  www.facebook.com/authorclareflynn
Twitter https://twitter.com/writerjeangill

Chat with the author: 

1. What is your favourite winter holiday story you have read and like to go back to, and why?

I rarely re-read books but I LOVE curling up in a comfy chair with a BIG fantasy or historical read on cold days across the holiday season. I want epic battles of good versus evil, treks through the snow. Dragons are optional but yes, ‘Game of Thrones’ hits the spot.

2. Which winter holiday character, custom or decoration would you like to be and why?

Most answers that come to mind are so sad – a moment of glory then thrown away. I think I’ll be Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, so I can have fun flying, delivering parcels to happy children, and only work one day each year. Also, I have the nose.

3. What is your absolutely the most favourite thing to do during the winter holidays?

Read, with my husband and dogs keeping me company, so if I reach out I can stoke them.

4. If you could travel anywhere in the world during the winter holiday season, where would you go and why?

I’d spend an hour with each of our five children, who are all thousands of miles away. As to why – because I’m close to them in every other way.

5. What would you like to ask your readers?

What would you like me to write next?

Sneak peek & riddles for SONG HEREAFTER

I have asked the authors to take these 4 little steps for you;), readers, about their latest book or work un progress.

step 1: give us a riddle about a character, place or key word in your book

(a key word) What unites people and divides birds?

step 2: give us the cover and link for the book 

My latest book Song Hereafter is available as a paperback and an e-book. http://amzn.to/2xYIS7w

step 3: give us the short blurb for the story

153: Hispania and the Isles of Albion Thrilling conclusion to an award-winning series. Global Ebooks Award for Best Historical Fiction. FINALIST in The Wishing Shelf and the Chaucer Awards. The Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choice.
Dragonetz and Estela: the troubadours. They thought they knew each other but they didn’t even know themselves.
Dragonetz has failed Eleanor of Aquitaine once. Now that she plans to be Queen of England he could make amends. Although prepared to risk his own life on an impossible quest, a knight should protect his lady, or so say the troubadour songs.
   His lady, however, plays to a different tune and she wants partnership, not protection. Estela and Dragonetz fight their enemies, both on the battlefield and in the courts of Christendom, from the sophistication of Zaragossa to the wilds of Wales. Can they win through to song hereafter, together? Or have they broken one rule too many?
   Mystery, intrigue, romance and adventure fill the pages of this magnificent conclusion to an epic series sure to delight fans of Elizabeth Chadwick and Bernard Cornwell. Jean Gill captures the soul of the age and the characters who lived in it.
‘Evocative and thoroughly riveting.  A vividly-written, historical saga.’ The Wishing Shelf
‘Historical Fiction at its best.’  Karen Charlton, the Detective Lavender Mysteries
jeangill.com

step 4: sneak peek from SONG HEREAFTER

And so the evening blossomed in the violet dusk. Three black-haired, olive-skinned women spoke of poetry and song, as the night grew velvet dark with the promise of spring. What was the difference between a Moor, a Jew and a Christian in the privacy of a stone mansion in the wealthy suburbs of Barcelone?
Only my eyes, thought Estela. But for my Christian-coloured eyes we could be a family. Three generations of women. The thought warmed her.’
Extract from ‘Song Hereafter’
 

Your holiday wishes for your readers, besides world peace, of course:)

May your stories be rich and fulfilling.

Thank you, Jean, for finding the time to be here. I hope readers discover the magic in your writing, as I have, in so many genres.

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The Writer’s Gift 4U from B. J. Tiernan

The Writer’s Gift is a little present that keeps on giving – my blog feature gift to the authors you should know about, and their gift to you as their (potential) readers. Find out more about some wonderful authors you may not yet have heard about, and enjoy a free sneak peek and riddles for their latest book or even a work in progress. Feel free to leave a comment and share the posts during the upcoming holiday season.

My guest today is the wonderful author Beverly J. Tiernan, whose novels Standing on a Whale and Yield are among the best I have read and reviewed.

Author: B.J. Tiernan

Genre(s): YIELD – Romance; STANDING ON A WHALE – Psychological Thriller
Booksite links:

http://amzn.to/1PVbc8f

http://amzn.to/2gdtX14

Chat with the author:

1. What is your favourite winter holiday story that you have read and like to go back to, and why?

The Ant and the Grasshopper. I have learned many life lessons from Aesop’s Fables. This is a story that teaches the value of preparation. When a laid back grasshopper plays in the sun a little too long and fails to prepare for winter, he gets the shock of his life when he turns up cold and hungry and wonders what he will do. Aesop gave me parental guidance as a child and I will be forever grateful.

2. Which winter holiday character, custom, or decoration would you like to be and why?

I am Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. I love the idea of those who are different, ending up in a good place even though others may have ridiculed them along the way.

3. What is your absolutely the most favorite thing to do during the winter holidays?

Bake for family and friends.

4. If you could travel anywhere in the world during the winter holiday season, where would you go and why?

I would stay right here where I am. I do not like to travel even on a good day, much less during the hectic holiday times. I travel so much in my writing, I feel I have travelled the world.

5. What would you like to ask your readers?

Which parts of my books resonated with you and/or moved you emotionally?

Sneak peek & riddles from YIELD

I have asked the authors to take these 4 little steps for you;), readers, about their latest book or work un progress.

step 1: Give us a riddle about a character, place or key word in your book.
This is a riddle from YIELD 

Sparks are not flying, but she still says ‘I do.’ He comes back to town, and this person is who?

step 2: Give us the cover and link for the book (if wip, pls share your link where we can follow your progress)

http://amzn.to/2gdtX14

step 3: Give us the short blurb for the story

While the country heads into the Vietnam War, a small town anxiety overtakes Marley Cover, as she desperately searches for the man of her dreams. Marley focuses on her career as a physical therapist and meets her first patient, Peter Rensen. He is the son of a local ranch owner who doesn’t wait long to propose marriage. Peter adores her and he’s a good man, but sparks are not flying for Marley. Longing for a love of her own, she eventually relents and says “I do.” She has every reason to say yes and only one to say no. She meets that reason on her wedding day, but her decision has already been made.

step 4: Sneak peek, pls

The last thing I wanted to do was lead him on, but his moves were so smooth. He took a sip of his wine and kissed the tip of my nose. I looked into his eyes, but I didn’t say a word. There seemed to be no agenda. He was pretty straightforward and I liked that.
He lowered his mouth and brushed his lips against mine. A warm sensation ran through me all the way down to my toes. At first the kisses were gentle. Kissing was my weakness, so when his tongue started to explore every part of my mouth, we were both panting.
“I’m crazy about you, Marley,” he whispered.
“You don’t even know me.”
“I’m getting to know you right now.”

Your holiday wishes for your readers, besides world peace, of course:)

May your Holidays be Merry and Bright and filled with Peace, Beauty, Humor, Joy, Love, Light, and Wisdom.

Thank you very much for your time, Bev. I know you and Wolf Schimanski are busy with your new Tierwolf thriller;).

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The Writer’s Gift 4U from Wolf Schimanski

The Writer’s Gift is a little present that keeps on giving – my blog feature gift to the authors you should know about, and their gift to you as their (potential) readers. Find out more about some wonderful authors you may not yet have heard about, and enjoy a free sneak peek and riddles for their latest book or even a work in progress. Feel free to leave a comment and share the posts during the upcoming holiday season.


Here to start off this pre-holiday series is thriller author Wolfgang Wolf Schimanski.

Author: Wolf Schimanski

Genre(s): Action/Thriller/Romance/Mystery

Booksite links: https://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Schimanski/e/B0094JVA8O

Social network links:
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorWolfSchimanski

twitter: @wolfschim

Chat with the author:

1. What is your favourite winter holiday story you have read and like to go back to, and why?

I just read Robert B. Parker’s Silent Night written by his literary agent Helen Brann because Robert passed away in 2010. Helen did an amazing job and kept Robert’s spirit so much alive.

2. Which winter holiday character, custom or decoration would you like to be and why?

Scrooge, I am not at all like that but it sure would be a wild ride seeing the things he was shown.

3. What is your absolutely the most favorite thing to do during the winter holidays?

To go to Key West. My days of skating, skiing and snowmobiling are long over. Been there, done that.,

4. If you could travel anywhere in the world during the winter holiday season, where would you go and why?

See 3, Why? Because its the greatest place on earth. When Hurricanes are not barreling down on it of course. I am going back to Margate, Florida in early December to spend a bit of working time with my writing partner and her wonderful family.

5. What would you like to ask your readers?

To read all of my ‘Meter’ trilogy so they can really get a full concept of what it’s really all about and to support all of us ‘Indie’ authors as we really do what we do for them….

Sneak peek & riddles for METER OF REDEMPTION

I have asked the authors to take these 4 little steps for you;), readers, about their latest book or work un progress.

step 1: give us a riddle about a character, place or key word in your book

What does the Monster ‘Mikhail’ call adversaries or anyone other than himself?

step 2: give us the cover and link for the book (if wip, pls share your link where we can follow your progress)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1974608093


step 3: give us the short blurb for the story

This completes the ‘Meter’ trilogy, the story of four friends who get entangled with an evil, intrigue, and adventure they never bargained for. The story is based in Toronto, Canada and wraps up the battle with the diabolic Richard Rasmussin, a vicious underworld figure who will stop at nothing to amass wealth and power. Mikhail, the Ninja adversary from the first two books aligns himself with our heroine Angel as they slowly pick apart Rchard’s empire one piece at a time until the final confrontation occurs. Will Angel and Mikhail and their friends survive? Yours to discover…..

step 4: sneak peek, pls

Anyone can click on the book link and take a look inside. And actually that feature is called a ‘Sneak Peek’, but…;) okay I have added an excerpt paragraph from Chapter 22…

The only thing that was left to do was dispose of the reason for them being there in the first place, Herr Eberhart Klingebiel, himself. The dog, even more strangely, stood beside Angel and allowed her to scratch its huge neck while Mikhail calmly walked into the bedroom. Klingebiel was obviously in his deepest sleep, judging by the chainsaw snoring and grunting coming from him. The Assassin put one huge paw around the slumbering sleaze ball’s neck and squeezed the life right out of him in seconds flat.

Your holiday wishes for your readers, besides world peace, of course:)

I wish you all a peaceful and safe time with your families. Christmas is not about presents or commercialism. It’s about love and friendship and comfort and joy and the birth of a very special baby. Cheers!

Wolf Schimanski

Thank you very much, Wolf, for starting off this series of Writer’s Gifts and taking the time to share your thoughts and work with us.
Readers, if you enjoy fast-paced, no-fluff cliffhanger thrillers, drop by Wolf’s site and read all about how he measures justice in his 
Meter series!

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Dogs are miraculous

Presenting a wonderful new children’s book, by a remarkable author, about a very special dog… (All materials provided by Plaisted Publishing.)

Bubba Tails from the Puppy Nursery at The Seeing Eye Written by Patty L. Fletcher Told by, King Campbell Lee – The Seeing

Eye Dog AKA Bubba Autumn 2017

In this magical and love filled tail, King Campbell AKA Bubba travels to the puppy nursery at The Seeing Eye to help ready a group of puppies who are just about to embark on the fabulous journey of learning to become Seeing Eye dogs. Just as he is about to finish his tail, a wee pup becomes very frightened of all that lies ahead, and one frightfully stormy night she runs away! Will King Campbell hear the urgent call from the puppy nursery in time? Will they find her and save her so she can fulfill her destiny?

The use of Tail instead of Tale for story and Magik instead of Magic is intended for these short stories. A great play on words from King Campbell

Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0765BWDJF

Author Bio

Patty Lyne Fletcher in her own words (October 2017)

About me and my crew

I’m a 49-year-old single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom I am very proud. I have a great son-in-law and five beautiful grandchildren. Three girls, and two boys. I hope to be able to write more about them later on.

I own and handle a Black Labrador from The Seeing Eye™ named Campbell Lee—a.k.a. Bubba Lee or King Campbell, to give just a couple of his nicknames.

When and where I was born

I was born on November 9, 1967 in Kingsport, Tenn., where I also grew up.

About my blindness

I was born one and a half months premature. My blindness was caused by my being given too much oxygen in the incubator. I was partially sighted until 1991, at which time I lost my sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. I used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog.

Where I live and work

Currently, I live and work in Kingsport, Tenn.

I used to work for CONTACT-CONCERN of Northeast Tennessee, Inc. I left that position in order to spend time with family and pursue my writing full time.

Why I write.

I wrote Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life to tell the story of how going to The Seeing Eye™ and getting Campbell, learning to love, handle, and work him, then coming home and adding him to my life, gave me true freedom.

I tell of how changing from being a 31-year cane user to being a guide dog handler taught me things about myself I had never known before. I tell of the wonderment I experienced when I finally took that chance.

A major goal of mine is to help others who find themselves in domestic violence situations. I also want to help others learn more about mental illnesses and how different situations and environments can drastically affect those with such challenges.

I tell how training affected me physically as a result of the fibromyalgia I deal with, along with the side effects of the medications I take.

I focus on bipolar disorder, on how it can go horribly wrong and cause a person to behave in ways they normally would not. Another thing I have attempted to show is how, in certain institutional settings, attachments can develop—and how those attachments can become unhealthy for all concerned if they are not handled correctly.

Most simply, I want others to know more about me.

In Bubba Tails From the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye, it is King Campbell Super Seeing Eye Dog A.K.A Bubba’s turn to tell his tale.

While helping to ready a group of pups to go and meet their puppy raiser families, so they too, might one-day become Seeing Eye dogs, he tells of what it was like for him, to grow up and become a Seeing Eye dog.

My hobbies

My hobbies include reading, writing, music, and standup comedy. I also like nature walks, light hiking, tent camping, and fishing. No, I am not afraid to bait a hook.

Music I enjoy

My favorite types of music are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country, as well as some present-day country music. I also like meditation music.

My favorite books and authors

I enjoy fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. I love the books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and many more. My favorite books include Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series.

Links

http://www.campbellsworld.wordpress.com https://www.amazon.com/Patty-L.-Fletcher https://www.facebook.com/Bubba-Tails-196761360863975/ https://www.facebook.com/tellittotheworld/ http://www.twitter.com/bubbalee04 https://www.facebook.com/0404Campbell/ Campbells Rambles https://www.facebook.com/groups/787037261329458/ (Campbells Corner the Comfort Zone. https://www.facebook.com/groups/128710790840540/ Patty & Pals https://www.facebook.com/groups/1092566100770913/ Bob Cat And Friends

Legal Notes THE SEEING EYE® and SEEING EYE® are registered trademarks of The

Seeing Eye, Inc.See: www.SeeingEye.org

 

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In Times of Violence

Karina Kantas never stops – helping push other author’s books, she also writes her own gritty, sizzling, energetic thrillers. What a treat featuring new books for the weekend. Here is another release by Karina Kantas…


In Times of Violence

MC Romance Young Adult Edition

Jade had been sheltered most of her life. Living in an isolated village with only sex and drugs to entertain. Her mother is an alcoholic and her father doesn’t give a damn.

Her only way out is to beg her Aunt to allow her to stay as a guest in their London house.

Jade meets fate head on in the form of Marcus, president of the Tyrants MC. She finally finds a family that loves and respects her and they are not BLOOD. Nothing comes easy to Jade and she is forced to fight to keep her title and status. Then just when life starts to go right, one-night changes everything.

A raw emotional story about love, betrayal and sacrifice.

&In Times of Violence had an addictive storyline. I actually got up in the middle of the night to finish reading it. I loved Jade, although I don’t fully understand her or her motives.&

&Do not miss this book. Jade, Marcus and Dylan will bring out the feels.&

&Remember it’s not always blood relatives that make a family!&


˃˃˃ From the Author

In Times of Violence is very special to me.  Some parts of the book are taken from my own experiences as a young adult. This coming of age story needed to be told. It was thanks to S.E.Hinton’s The Outsiders, that In Times Of Violence was written.

I hope you enjoy the book.
Order and start reading now

http://bit.ly/ITOVYAE


I had to settle things with my parents. I had to sit them both down and tell them my plans, hoping it would be the last I saw of them. I needed to pack up my belongings and say goodbye to my horrid past, once-and-for-all.

Marcus wanted to come along with me, but I talked him out of it. He wanted to see the cursed life I’d lived, and wanted to meet my mother. I had painted such a black picture of her I knew he wouldn’t be civil and I wanted to leave on good terms, despite everything. Even though she’d abused me, she was still my mother. I managed to convince Marcus to stay home and went alone.

What a nightmare! My first mistake was not having Marcus for moral support. Secondly, I’d chickened out and hadn’t told my dad I was coming. I thought I could cope with just seeing Mum, rather than both of them ganging up on me.

Third mistake, I wore my leathers. I think she would have gone easier on me if I had dressed down. Except that wasn’t who I was anymore. I wasn’t ashamed of who I’d become. I was proud to be a member of the Tyrants. I wasn’t going to shout it from the rooftops. I didn’t come home to show off and give the villagers something else to gossip about. I wanted to get in and out without anyone seeing me.

Mum wasn’t home when I arrived, so I used my key and let myself in. The house smelt of stale cigarettes, and damp. No change there, I thought. I’d only been in the room for a few seconds and already wanted to leave. Memories flooded like a wave, trying to drown my good spirits. I didn’t want to remember the unhappiest moments of my childhood. Literally shaking myself from the past, I cursed aloud for putting up with her shit for so long.

I expected her home soon, so I ran upstairs and started packing. I couldn’t take everything, just my treasured possessions. I’d been so busy, I didn’t realise how quickly the time passed. A door slammed shut, making me jump.

“Mum, it’s Jade. I’m up here.”

I didn’t want her to think I was a burglar. Maybe I should have phoned first.

Any loving mother would have run up the stairs and hugged her long-lost daughter, but not my mother. I timed her. It took her a full ten minutes before she came up. I heard the familiar tinkle of ice hitting the bottom of a glass, and the cabinet door being shut. Dutch courage, I wished I had some.

“Well, look what the cat’s dragged in. Decided to come home have you?”

Leaning against the doorframe, she held a glass in her right hand, a cigarette in her left. She looked a sight. Her hair needed cutting and dyeing, and I hate to think how long she’d been wearing the same clothes. She looked thin and haggard and had really let herself go. I turned away, unable to look at her in that state.

“I’ve come for a few things. I’m leaving, but is it okay if I stay the night?” I asked, pretending to be too busy to look at her.

She didn’t answer. Her stare burnt into my back, and I knew she was going to start.

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