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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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Giants within

This is a poem which appears in the international antibullying ebook Inner Giant  created for an antibullying charity by educators from all continents. It is like a lullaby or prayer for a troubled child.

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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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Misplaced

No, no, no, I know.

This is not where I belong.

They don’t see my painting,

They don’t hear my song.
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Not lost, just misplaced,

by myself or fate.

Not lost, but misplaced.

Time to change or too late?
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I don’t feel the people,

I can’t share their joy.

I am out of place,

Not stuck-up or coy.

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Not lost, just misplaced,

Can I be me elsewhere?

Not lost, but misplaced.

I can grow, I care.

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Eaten up by guilt,

As I struggle with self.

Knowing who I am,

this is not my shelf.

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Not lost, just misplaced,

Look into my face.

Not lost, but misplaced.

Can I make this my place?

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Calm

There is something magical about snow. 

As if time stops

And gives you a minute to breathe,

To quiet your mind,

Cleanse your thoughts

And fill your soul with new hope.

#winter #inspiration

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​Pacing Myself

Let me be.

Please.

Just let me retreat.

I am not gone,

not leaving, not conquered.

I am retreating

into the shade of darkness tonight,

I have nothing

to offer or share.

 

My shell is emptied and fragile and cracked,

But it’s not broken, shattered or lost.

I need to recover, refuel, recharge,

And I can’t do that,

Not in light,

Not in sight.

I am tired off pain,

I am tired off weakness,

And my breathing is slow,

My heartbeats so hushed.

But I am still here,

Observing from my haven,

Keeping a watchful eye.

 

So let me be, please.

Just let me lay low,

Let me breathe in this silence

And the cool air of night.

Time will help,

Time will heal,

And all love will prevail.

I’m just tired,

Not beaten,

Still here.

This is a poem from my first poetry collection Versus Verses – Feel.  Written so long ago, every once in a while it becomes so true for me. Like right now. 

Recharge, refuel, rekindle, revive…

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