Monday, July 28, 2014

Meet Author Angela Hayes - Interview

Author Angela Hayes
Welcome Angela...I'm pleased to have you as my guest today; and I thank you for taking time from you busy schedule to answer a few interview questions. Why don't we get started with a short introduction...


Angela: I'm a married mother of two. I split my time between bringing characters to life by computer, and yarn to life with needle and hook. You can find me at www.authorangelahayes.blogspot.com,  or email me at author_angelahayes@yahoo.com. I’d love to hear from you. Other places you can find me:

INTERVIEW:
Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing?
Unfortunately I’m a part time writer, with a full time job and motherhood vying for first place. Something that absolutely wreaks havoc with my writing. As much as I try, it always ends up taking a back seat to life. I hope one day to make writing my career- but it will always come second place to family.

What was your favorite chapter to write and why?
Out of the whole book, writing chapter 43- “Just the Facts” is my favorite. It took a lot of emotion to write and I think it turned out perfect. Without giving too much away, it’s the first time since Love confessed to Danton that she was able to see true love, that Love was able to show Danton that have a touch of magic isn’t all fun and game. It always Danton to see the truly human side of Love.

What projects are you working on at the present?
I’m hard at work on book 1 ½ , a short story featuring Melanie and Everett from Love’s Battle, as well as books 2 and 3 in the True Blue Trilogy- Faith’s Forever and Hope’s Wish.

What was the hardest part about writing this book?
Love’s Battle was actually easy to write- everything just sort of flowed and fell into place. This is not the case with books 2 and 3, as I find myself consistently banging my head with a dictionary/ thesaurus trying to find the right words.

How did you come up with the title?
I just love the title and I don’t think another would do. Love’s Battle perfectly sums up Love (the characters’) fight to be with her soul mate- a man who in the beginning distains any thought of love.

What do your plans for future projects include?
In addition to completing the True Blue Trilogy and its subset of short stories, I’ve recently submitted a paranormal romance to TWRP for consideration. I hope then to try my hand at writing a screenplay for Love’s Battle. I would love to see the entire trilogy made into a made for TV movie.



~If love isn't worth fighting for, what is?~


About Angela's New Book:
Love Howard has more than a knack for matchmaking. Born from a forbidden passion and a twelve-hundred-year-old promise, she and her sisters can literally see true love. And while Love has no problem bringing other couples together, her own romantic life could use a little help.

Danton DeAngelo has always been well grounded in reality. So it throws him for no small loop when the woman he’s fallen for believes that she’s been reincarnated eleven times and can actually see true love.

Now Danton is faced with the biggest decision of his life. Accept Love for who she really is, or walk away from her forever.



EXCERPT FOR LOVE’S BATTLE- ANGELA HAYES


The hand Love pressed to her brow was visibly shaking. “There’s something I need to tell you. I just need you to keep an open mind.”

“What is it? Are you sick?” Danton asked.

“No, I’m not sick.” Her voice trembled on a forced laugh. “It’s something else. Something I‘ve been trying to prepare you for. This would be so much easier if you believed in magic. If you could believe that what I’m about to tell you is the honest truth.”

Turning, Love opened the iron chest, the hinges groaning with the effort as specks of rust littered the floor. From its depths she pulled out a clear plastic bag that she held tight to her chest, eyes closed, before handing it to a confused Danton.

“This is my tartan, my plaid. Before it faded and was dinner for the moths, it was once patterned in checks of green, gray, and brown. The purple and white stripes that ran through the hem identified the wearer as part of the royal family.” Love tapped the plastic, her finger pointing out where each color should be. “It was a gift from my father. The first and only time my sister’s and I met him, he was on his deathbed, we were eighteen. A week later our mother died in the same moment he drew his last breath.” Needing the extra air Love drew a breath of her own. “That day was the thirteenth of February, eight-hundred and fifty-eight AD. My father was Cinaed mac Alpin, crowned king of the Picts and Gaels. He was Scotland’s first king.”

“Eight- hundred and fifty-eight?” That couldn’t be right, she was only twenty-five. “Don’t you mean Nineteen-eighty-seven?”

“No. I was born for the first time in Scotland during the middle of the ninth century.”




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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Book Review: SUN POWER by Neville Williams

Genre: Non Fiction
Length: 384
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About The Book:
America is on the brink of a green energy revolution that can save the planet, and increase peace and prosperity, by harnessing the unlimited solar power. After decades of promise, the technology for alternative energy solutions now exists to replace our dangerous addiction to fossil fuels with cheap, clean solar energy.

Neville Williams has been on the leading edge of this revolution for decades and knows from firsthand experience how sun power can transform lives and communities for the better. He has traveled the globe bringing solar-generated electricity to struggling communities throughout Asia, Africa, India, and the developing world. From isolated villages high in the mountains of Nepal to remote settlements in South Africa, Williams has worked to bring sun power to even the most off-the-grid reaches of the planet. He has brought that knowledge and experience back to America where he founded one of the country’s fastest growing solar companies.

If millions of poor families in the Third World can get their power from the sun, why can’t Americans concerned with their rising power bills, dependence on foreign oil, and carbon footprints do the same?

The answer is that sun power is here, it works, and can light up a new era of economic and environmental security—if we have the will to seize this historic opportunity. This book is not about predictions or promises. It’s about what’s happening now, all over the world, and what still needs to done.

Lynda's Review:
This book opened a window on the subject of solar power. It gave me a clearer view of a subject that has always fascinated me. It describes how people worldwide are harnessing the sun's power in countries like: China, Africa, and many more. It talks about solar farms and those odd looking compilation of devices atop many rooftops, especially in the industrial buildings. It raises the question, Why Can't The US Do More To Provide This Type Energy For Its Citizens? If you want to know what's available in this technology and what's happening elsewhere in the world, this is a good read for you. You can read more about this book here.

Friday, July 25, 2014

THE FORTUNE HUNTER by Daisy Goodwin

Publication Date: July 29, 2014
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Length: Hardcover -  480 pages
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About The Book:
Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as "Sisi," is the Princess Diana of 19th-century Europe. Famously beautiful, as captured in a portrait with diamond stars in her hair, she is unfulfilled in her marriage to the older Emperor Franz Joseph. Sisi has spent years evading the stifling formality of royal life on her private train or yacht or, whenever she can, on the back of a horse.

Captain Bay Middleton is dashing, young, and the finest horseman in England. He is also impoverished, with no hope of buying the horse needed to win the Grand National --- until he meets Charlotte Baird. A clever, plainspoken heiress whose money gives her a choice among suitors, Charlotte falls in love with Bay, the first man to really notice her, for his vulnerability as well as his glamour. When Sisi joins the legendary hunt organized by Earl Spencer in England, Bay is asked to guide her on the treacherous course. Their shared passion for riding leads to an infatuation that threatens the growing bond between Bay and Charlotte, and all of their futures.

About The Author:
Daisy Goodwin is an award-winning television producer, writer and founder of Silver River Productions.
A Cambridge graduate and Harkness Fellow, Daisy began her TV career as an Arts Producer at the BBC. Here Daisy devised many highly successful shows, including Bookworm, The Nation’s Favourite Poems, and Home Front.

In 1998 Daisy moved to Talkback Productions as Head of Factual and was quickly promoted to Editorial Director. There she devised among other shows: Grand Designs, How Clean is Your House and The Life Laundry.

Daisy founded Silver River Productions in 2005. Silver River has produced programmes as various asElizabeth Taylor – Auction of a Lifetime; The Town That Never Retired; If Walls Could Talk – The History of the Home with Lucy Worsley; and the BAFTA-winning Off By Heart. New programmes include The Big Allotment Challenge and The World Made by Women presented by Amanda Foreman

In addition to this, Daisy is an editor of numerous poetry anthologies and reviews regularly for the Sunday Times. Daisy’s family biography Silver River was published in 2007 and her first novel, My Last Duchess, was published in 2010 and has sold over 100,000 copies and made The New York Times bestseller list. Her second novel The Fortune Hunter is published in April in the UK and July in the US.

Daisy is married to Marcus Wilford who she met at university. They have two daughters, and three dogs and live in West London.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Book Review: NUCLEAR FARM by Charles C. Anderson

#Political #Thriller #Navy Seal #Terrorism

Genre: Thriller
Length: 282 Pages
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About The Book:
AFTER SEEING THOUSANDS OF DEAD CHILDREN IN THE STREETS OF WAR-TORN MIDDLE EAST, EX-NAVY SEAL ANDY CARLSON USES HIS 4,000 ACRE ANTEBELLUM PLANTATION TO TRAIN HIS PRECOCIOUS TEN YEAR OLD TWINS, JACK AND AVA, TO BE WARRIORS, NOT CASUALTIES.

The U.S. President and the Prime Minister of Britain receive a startling warning. If they come to the aid of Israel in the coming Islamic Jihad against the Jewish state, martyrs hidden in their countries will destroy entire cities with nuclear warheads already in place. Any doubts the U.S. president has about nuclear weapons being in the hands of Islamic Fundamentalists are shattered with a mushroom cloud over the remains of Ras Tanura, a key Saudi oil export terminal near the Strait of Hormuz. One man and his wife have unique skills to address this nightmare. Their brainiac kids join them to track down one nail-biting threat after another.

NUCLEAR FARM is the second novel in THE FARM series by award-winning author Charles C. Anderson.


About The Author:
Dr. Anderson is a retired Naval Officer, an emergency physician, a critical care physician, and a weapons specialist. He is an expert on Colonial Virginia, the Civil War, limestone caves, and military installations in Hampton Roads, Virginia, all key subjects in this novel. The plantation depicted in this book has been his family's home since 1743.

Lynda's Review: 
  ~ "The last time I asked you about school, you said they were ready for Harvard."
   "I also said that Harvard wasn't ready for them."
   "Then they may was well get some on-the-job training before puberty blows us all out of the water," Andy said. ~ Page 162

Nuclear Farm is the second book in the Farm series. It reads well as a stand alone, but I think I enjoyed it much more because I'd already read the first book, The Farm. This book falls into the category of political thriller and stays true to that genre. With a little history and a lot of potential hazards and threats to the U.S. National Security, it will keep its readers turning pages. 


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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Book Review: THE CREW GOES COCONUTS by Carole P. Roman


Length: 25 Pages

Genre: Children's
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About The Book:
There is a storm brewing on the Flying Dragon, and it's not about the weather. When the crew finds themselves parched and not enough juice to go around, blame falls on Matie the goat, Hallie's friend. Divided, they square off, ready for a fight and Captain No Beard must teach his crew that not only is bullying wrong, they must learn to value and respect each and every member of the crew. Watch the crew of the Flying Dragon learn an important lesson about being a true friend.

Breeze's Review:

The pirate gang is back in Volume 6 of the Captain No Beard series. Another great story to add to this collection of books. My daughters love getting to follow Captain No Beard and his crew on their adventures. This story is especially important because it helps teach children that they should never tease or be hurtful towards someone. It teaches them that we should try and look for the good in others. Of course, my favorite part of these books are the illustrations, they are so well executed, fun and creative. Sometimes my daughter and I stay on certain pages for an extra long time just admiring all the little things in the illustrations. These stories certainly inspire my children's imaginations. It's is a great collection of books for any child's library.






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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Book Review: DARKNESS BOUND by J.T. Geissinger

Length: 433 Pages
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Release Date: June 24
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About The Book:
Tough, smart, and seriously ambitious, reporter Jacqueline “Jack” Dolan despises the secretive clan of shape-shifters known as the Ikati—and has become determined to destroy them. After she writes an editorial arguing for their extermination and turns public opinion against them, the Ikati vow to fight back.

Women practically fall at the feet of hulking, handsome Hawk Luna, and Hawk relishes the idea of conquering and destroying the fiery redhead who’s caused so much trouble for his kind. The last thing he expects is to develop real feelings for her, but their liaison awakens a hunger in him that he cannot deny. He kidnaps Jack and brings her to his Amazon jungle colony. As the danger around them grows closer, Jack and Hawk’s forbidden passion may build a bridge between two ancient enemies—or cost them both their lives.

Lynda's Review:
Talk about opposites attracting, this is one of those multifaceted stories you don't want to miss. Strong characters with believable personalities, conflicts, and motivations make this story premise come alive. The author writes so convincingly that it's easy, as a reader, to suspend reality and stay in the fictional world that is so well described.


Book Review - THE STORY OF THE UNLUCKY TEACHER AND HER KOALAS by Nina Johnson

Paperback
Length: 23 pages
Genre:  Childrens / EDUCATION / Leadership


About The Book:
Many teachers and students find themselves overwhelmed and discouraged by our current educational model of high-stakes testing. The Story of the Unlucky Teacher and Her Koalas is a must-read for any educator who believes that all children have the ability to learn and to be successful. The Unlucky Teacher finds herself demeaned by some and pitied by others who do not understand her Koalas who represent students with challenges in America’s public schools: some are poor and hungry, others have learning disabilities or physical impairments, and some have been taught not to believe in themselves. Refusing to be deterred by the judgments and humiliating comments of fellow villagers, the Unlucky Teacher leads her Koalas to a triumphant victory that defies community expectations. Warm-hearted and inspiring, this story illuminates the importance of having teachers who truly believe that all students can achieve high standards of academic success.

Breeze's Review:





I appreciated this story for several important reasons. One is because this book would not only appeal to children but it would also make a great gift for any educator who has at times felt that their students were not given enough support. Another reason I enjoyed this book is because the story line was so powerful. It helped all readers to see that no matter the challenges some people may face, everyone is capable of success. This book also stands out because of the amazing artwork! This would make a great gift for teachers or for any family who wants to teach their children a valuable lesson through reading.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Book Review: THE ZODIAC DECEPTION by Gary Kriss

Length: 496 Pages
Genre: Political Thriller
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About The Book:
Summer, 1942: The con man known as David Walker didn't exactly volunteer, but OSS chief Wild Bill Donovan convinced him that serving his country and the cause of freedom by posing as German astrologer Peter Kepler was a better use of his time than going to prison for impersonating a Princeton University professor. His mission: use his skills in illusion, sleight of hand and deception to gain Heinrich Himmler’s trust and persuade him to assassinate Adolph Hitler.

In a plot that involves German resistance members in high places, Walker walks a tightrope of deceit, playing on the high command's fascination with the occult to penetrate the highest levels of Nazi power in a daring plan to eliminate the Nazi Führer.

In action that takes him from Berlin to Paris to Cairo; from Hitler's Eagle Nest to Himmler’s occult Wewelsburg Castle, Gary Kriss's The Zodiac Deception is a memorable debut, an unforgettable thrill ride through the dark heart of World War II Germany.

Lynda's Review:
With grand deceptions, lots of sharp turns, and plunging descents, this story carries a reader on a journey both adventurous and scary. It's plot is not predictable and has some interesting/weird twists that sneak up on a reader.

“All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players.” This Shakespearean quote is very central to the overall issue of this story. With the character's lives depending on their ability to convince their audience that what is, really isn't, or just the opposite. It's cunning and conning at the most crucial and dangerous political level.

Another thing I enjoyed about this book is the vast number of character's that people the story, some historical and some fictitious, but all interesting and woven into the plot smoothly. It's a challenging read, one that requires focus and retention to keep all the elements in their right place, but it's worth the effort.



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