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Heartbroken Promises 2, by Sherry Shumard

Heartbroken Promises2: BLURB:

Vicky Wainright decides to visit Jake’s Island so she can be close to her sister Miranda. She is offered a nanny job by Jordan a very handsome and eligible bachelor who is raising his son by himself. She meets her sister’s waiter Noah and is quickly torn between loving him and Jordan. She gets kidnapped while babysitting along with Jordan’s son Derrick and her sister believes that Noah was one of the kidnappers. How will she feel about Noah after she finds out the truth? Will Derrick and her be rescued or be killed?

Q: Tell us About Your Book:
In Heartbroken Promises 2 the main character Vicky Wainright decides to move to Jake’s Island to be close to her sister Miranda who recently got married to the man of her dreams named Jake. Vicky isn’t so lucky in her love life. She is torn between two men Noah and Jordan. Things are further complicated when she is kidnapped along with a baby named Derrick who she is babysitting. To make matters worse, one of her kidnappers may be Noah. She isn’t so sure who she can trust and life for her isn’t so great when she gets the news that she is pregnant. Will she and Derrick be rescued or be killed? Who are the kidnappers? Being on an island isn’t always a vacation when there’s someone out to get you…

Q: Tell us a little about yourself:
I’m married and I have three teenagers and a cat named Tiger and a beagle named Patches. I love to read and write romance and mystery novels. I’m the published author of: Heartbroken Promises and Heartbroken Promises 2. I’m currently working on Heartbroken Promises 3. I’ve also started writing a book about my personal experience as a sixteen year old runaway. I bought a one-way ticket to Jekyll Island when I was sixteen years old because I was going to runaway and start a new life on an island and all my problems would be over. I was so wrong. I never made it to Jekyll Island. I would like for the book to be inspiring to others because no matter how bad your life is running away will not solve your problems. You should face your problems and deal with them and move on.

Q: Who has inspired you as an author?
I think that Carolyn Keene who has written the Nancy Drew mystery stories has been my inspiration my whole life. I used to go to the local library and check out all the Nancy Drew books that they would allow me to check out at one time when I was younger. I’ve probably read about all of them. I’ve always wanted to be a detective just like Nancy Drew and solve mysteries. Later on, after my Heartbroken Promises series are finished, I would like to write some more mystery stories since I have a lot of ideas on what I want to write about.

Q: What age did you discover writing? What is your earliest work about?
I discovered writing in middle school. I loved to write way back then. I would write short fictional stories in a notebook. My earliest work was of course about a fictional detective who would solve crimes at schools. My best friend and I in middle school vowed that we would be detectives together when we grew up. That didn’t happen but it sounded like a real good idea at the time. Plans change and people take different career paths sometimes.

Q: What’s the most interesting comment you have received about your book?
The most interesting comment that I have received about my book is that it has an interesting plot and that it does have a lot of action in it.

Q: Do you have a specific time or place for writing?
During the day or at night is my best time for writing on my novels. I Definitely don’t write first thing in the morning or late at night. In the morning it takes me awhile to wake up and late at night I’m too tired to think. I like to sometimes sit outside on my back deck and write on my laptop. Also, I will sometimes take a notebook with me to a local park and while my husband fishes, I will write some more on my novel. Other than that, I will sit in the office and type on the computer.

Q: What is next for you?
I plan to write many, many more books. I have a lot of ideas on what I want to write about and I really enjoy writing. It is not a task to me it is like a hobby because I thoroughly enjoy it. I want to inspire others who may think that their life is bad not to give up and that they don’t run away from their problems. Life can be great even though there are ups and downs.

book excerpt for Heartbroken Promises2:

“Well, I don’t care about him and he can propose to someone else for all I care,” she said fighting back the urge to cry. “All he thinks of is only one thing anyway,” she said. “And that’s sex!”
“Miranda laughed. “Most guys do but that isn’t a reason not to marry a guy,” she said looking at her sister. “You’re just young that’s all,” she stated. “Come on,” she said tugging at her arm. “We’re going out for supper.”
“Supper…but what about lunch?” she asked surprised. Miranda laughed. “You slept through lunch silly,” she said tugging on her arm. “Come on…let’s go…” she said pulling her toward the door.


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Meet Ron Adams

Ron has been a good cyber friend for several years now and I am too excited to be able to help him promote a tremendously fun book, Key Lime Squeeze. Here is the interview done with Ron recently.

Tell us about yourself. Please share a short bio with us.

I have always loved a good story. Growing up around an extended family, I learned to appreciate the stories told by my great grandfather of “the old days” in Boston, of the family histories related by my grandparents, by my aunts, uncles and parents. And then there was the assortment of characters that always seemed to be around my parents home. Priests, cops, bar owners, bikers, Marines, cross country hitchhiking cousins, and even international animal rescue workers all provided their own unique stories, and a base for my imagination.

Based on a lifetime of colorful individuals and a love of the mystery and crime fiction genre, I published my first novel, Lake Effect, in 2003. I am active in several online writing communities, and has written several short stories, as well as article on topics from rehabilitation to fitness and health to poker basics. My latest novel, a sequel of sorts to Lake Effect, was just picked up by Charles River Press and is due to be released sometime in mid-2010.

I live in a beautiful town on the shores of Lake Erie just south of Buffalo, NY, with my wife, Trish, and my son and daughter.

Tell us about your book and where it can be found.

Key Lime Squeeze follows Buffalo P.I. Joe Banks as he tracks runaway husband and insurance executive, Robert Boothby, all the way to Key West. But this is no ordinary midlife crisis victim, because he runs away with the money he helped his criminal in-laws steal from his own company, and Banks finds himself saddled with the family’s enforcer for a traveling companion. They discover they aren’t the only ones looking for Boothby, leading to a confrontation with Banks’ old mentor-turned-mercenary who is looking not only to recover the stolen money, but also to blackmail the Cantolinos at the same time. The job becomes a game of cat and mouse with the Cantolino crime family, as allies become enemies, and enemies turn to allies, with help coming from a most surprising source. Even the police can’t be trusted when there’s so much money at stake. The story twists and turns to the very end, as Banks discovers who to trust, and who’s in on the squeeze.

My first novel, Lake Effect, can be ordered through your favorite book store, from the publisher, (PublishAmerica), and from many online bookstores like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, etc.

What age did you discover writing? What is your earliest work about?

That’s a great question. I have been writing all my life, starting with really bad poetry for my wife, my girlfriend at the time. I have written journal articles for a rehabilitation publication, and then really started to take fiction seriously when I turned 40. My first novel, Lake Effect, is about the carjacking and murder of two small children in the dead of winter in the Buffalo, New York area. Private investigator Joe Banks, himself a father of two, is called in to help find out what happened when it turns out the victim’s own family may have something to hide. It was a lot of fun writing this character and his family, and is the start of what I hope will be a successful series.

Who has inspired you as an author?

I have been inspired most by my favorite authors, notably Robert B. Parker, Harlan Coben, Janet Evanovich, and most recently I’ve become a big fan of David Baldacci. I also gain a lot of inspiration from my family, my wife being my biggest supporter, and from my writing friends I’ve met in person and online. I owe a lot of my approach and knowledge of writing, promotion, and publishing to my friends Kim Smith, Henry Gravelle, Stephen Clark Bradley, and Suzanne James.

What’s the most interesting comment you have received about your books?

The most interesting comment I’ve ever received about my writing came from a Marine stationed in Iraq a few years ago. He got his hands on a copy of Lake Effect as part of a CARE package sent from his family and friends. He wrote and thanked everyone for the goodies, and that the book gave him a taste of home. He also told his mother it was the first book he ever read cover to cover, and was planning on keeping it with him as he is re-deployed to Afghanistan. I may never have a bestseller, but that was the best review I could ever hope for.

Do you have a specific time or place that you write?

The truth is I write whenever, wherever. I have note pads I keep close by for ideas and information, and I use a Toshiba laptop to write. It lets me work in my family room after homework and kid’s bedtimes, at the office during my lunch time, at my son’s karate dojo. I guess you could say I am a very opportunistic writer.

What’s next for you?

Primary for me right now is getting Key Lime Squeeze released and out to the public. After that, I have a third Banks novel currently in progress, with a working title of Crossing Midnight. A lot of the characters people liked from Key Lime Squeeze are back as Banks takes on human traffickers, a street gang, and corrupt politicians in an attempt to find a missing Chinese prostitute.

Thanks a lot for the opportunity to share all this with your readers, and I hope they take the time to check out Lake Effect, and look for Key Lime Squeeze sometime this spring/summer.

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Interview with Yvonne Walus aka Eve Summers

Tell us a little about your latest novel and when and where we can get it.

“Murder @ Work” was published by Echelon Press in August 2009 under my own name (Yvonne Walus). It’s set in the “new free South Africa” of 1994, where men are still boss, women still carry handguns for self-protection, and some mistakes can change your life forever. When a body is found during their weekend away with friends, Christine Chamberlain must use her brilliant mathematical mind to prove her husband’s innocence… whether he’s innocent or not. Every marriage needs honesty, but when it comes to your loved ones, is it possible to know too much?

How do you balance the creative process of writing with the demands of public appearances, maintenance of your website, and your family?

In a word, badly. “Balance” doesn’t come into it. Try “run around like mad, dropping the balls and falling on my face with exhaustion”. I have a day job and two children in primary school, so if I want to find time for writing, something has to give – and it’s usually household chores. I look at the dusty furniture, the carpet that has forgotten the loving touch of the vacuum cleaner, the creases on my blouse and I pretend that I don’t care (come to think of it, at 3 A.M. I really don’t care).

One thing I’ve noticed is that I can’t do creative writing and publicity at the same time: it’s either making more pages of my book appear on the word processor, or it’s making more sales happen by blogging, chatting and book signing. Partly it’s due to time constraints, but mostly it’s because my brain can’t switch between book-writing and book-selling fast enough.

Give us an example of a day in the writing life of. Do you stick to a schedule of X amount of hours writing, editing, answering email, etc.?

It’s summer holidays here in New Zealand, so my schedule is disrupted, but I usually have time to write when the children are in bed. When I’m writing the first draft, I like to get about 1000 words a day down – good words, bad words, as long as they are words. It helps when I tell myself I can’t go to bed until I’ve hot target.

About the great ‘rule’ debate: we are told you can’t do this and you can’t write that. But it is stepping outside the lines that gets many authors noticed and eventually published. What are your opinions on the rules?

My only rule is to write responsibly. I try to think of the kind of message I’d like to send to the reader. Do I want to tell them that atheism is ok, or make them think about the wonders of the world? Do I want to be controversial? Do I want to give a potential murderer a great idea on how to use poison? How will I feel when my children read my books? And what do I want to leave as a legacy for the generations to come?

What music do you listen to when you write?

When I need inspiration, I listen to REM’s “Losing my religion” – there’s just something in the beat that fires up my brain. But mostly I need the silence of the sleeping house and the knowledge that nobody will interrupt.
Has a song inspired you to write?

One of my Red Rose Publishing releases, “Safe Sex Incorporated” (written under the pen name Eve Summers), was definitely inspired by Mike Batt’s “Love makes you crazy”. The lyrics go like this:
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I was reading in a history book,
Before the seventh war,
They used to have a thing that they called love,
That we don’t have any more.
I don’t know the feeling,
But I’m told it was an evil thing,
It used to make you crazy and fall down,
No one knows what it could bring.

My book’s all about that.

Do you have a favorite show on TV that helps in moving your muse?

When I write my Eve Summers romances, I always cast Sawyer from LOST as the hero, even if my leading man is black. Sawyer looks good with dark skin and hair….

If you could collaborate with any author, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Anybody famous and bestselling, but I would only do it for their name on the cover, but the book would have to be all mine or all theirs. I can’t write as a joint project. Don’t get me wrong: I love brainstorming, and I think it’s a great idea to get someone in the know to edit my work… but ultimately I need to be the boss of what goes on in my book.

What are your thoughts on promotion for books?

I honestly don’t know. Sometimes I feel as though all the promo effort is wasted, kind of like a tree falling in a forest without making a sound. Other times it looks like the more online presence I have, the better the book sells (“Like a Virgin” is at number 10 at Red Rose Publishing at the moment, and climbing).

Fortunately, I really love talking to my readers, so author talks and interviews are always fun, regardless of whether or not they sell any books.

What advice do you have for authors who haven’t quite gotten their manuscript to the next level, which for most is publishing?

Write the kind of book you’d like to read. Write what you’re passionate about. Write – simply write.

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Meet Pat Brown

LA BONEYARDRecently, Book Madness interviewed author, Pat Brown about her latest release. We are happy to share that with our readers!

Tell us a little about your latest novel and when and where we can get it.

L.A. Boneyard is my newest release. It’s the third book in the L.A. series featuring LAPD homicide detective David Eric Laine. This time around 2 dead Ukrainian women propel David on a journey that takes him and his new partner from the bucolic streets of West Hollywood to the gritty drug warrens of South Central L.A. in search of a human trafficking ring smuggling Ukrainian women into the U.S. and forcing them into prostitution.

Information, links to reviews, excerpts and where to buy L.A. Boneyard can be found at my web site

How do you balance the creative process of writing with the demands of public appearances, maintenance of your website, and your family?

I live alone, so my time is pretty much my own. At this time I make very few public appearance, mostly because it’s difficult to travel. I’m hoping to do more next year. I maintain my own web site and with it in place, adding books or updates to existing pages takes very little time. Since I can write pretty much when I want, I feel free to go out and socialize whenever I’m invited.

Give us an example of a day in the writing life of. Do you stick to a schedule of X amount of hours writing, editing, answering email, etc.?

I don’t have any type of schedule. I will get up, check my email and depending on what I’m working on, I’ll get to it. It might be proofing a ms I got back from my editor, working on a first or second draft. I usually have a couple of stories on the go at any time. I just finished one up that I’m shopping around to agents, I have a sequel I’m working on and I just started a new novel, my second shapeshifter story. And I just took some books out of the library to look over with the idea of doing a story dealing with RCMP officers to add more content to my Canadian novels.

When a story is going really well I will often get up really early – 4 or 5 in the morning and write most of the day, staying up until 2 or 3, then up again early the next day. I get very little sleep when I’m deep in the creative mind-set. My mind literarly won’t shut down.

About the great ‘rule’ debate: we are told you can’t do this and you can’t write that. But it is stepping outside the lines that gets many authors noticed and eventually published. What are your opinions on the rules?

I think rules are often hobbles that can keep writers from stretching. My suggestion is to learn those rules, understand them, then break them when it suits your story. It’s not always easy. Once you start selling, it can be scary to break away and do something bigger or different. I’ve done that with that recently finished book. I stepped way outside my comfort zone. It’s not a romance, it’s not really a crime novel, it has some literary components and is semi-tragic. Plus it’s set in a Latino barrio in South Los Angeles, and deals with a young man and his fragile family that he is struggling to keep safe from the criminal elements around them. He meets up with an LAPD patrol officer and there is romance between them, but it’s only a small part of the story. I’m hoping to get a larger audience for it, which is why I want to go the agent route. Only time will tell if my gamble will pay off. But I’ve taken the chance to write it, even knowing it might never find that audience. Sometimes you can’t stay safe. Take chances.

What music do you listen to when you write?

I’m very partial to rock: Linkin Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Supertramp, Good Charlotte, Nirvana, The Killers, and U2 among others.

Has a song inspired you to write?

Good Charlotte’s song The River inspired me while I wrote L.A. Boneyard. I played it over and over again. I even posted a link to the video on my web site. That and Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Californication which I also linked to.

Do you have a favorite show on TV that helps in moving your muse?

I loved Southland until the idiots at NBC canceled it. I also like Numb3rs and Castle. I enjoy watching various documentaries on different things. I never know when inspiration will strike. I saw a show on the History channel about the underground city in L.A where speakeasies used to operate. But what was really interesting about it was that unlike eastern cities where the mob ran those things during prohibition, in L.A it was the cops and city hall that controlled them. This is the main reason LAPD had the reputation of ‘being hard’ on organized crime. Whenever they tried to break into L.A. they were told by the boys in blue to get lost, this was their town, so it had nothing to do with protection of the citizens, it was protection for their own money making ventures.. The LAPD had their men acting as doormen to keep people from bringing their own booze in. They were all in these elaborately set up rooms under the main city, with secret entrances. The image of all these gin joints being run by crooked cops and politicians fascinates me.

If you could collaborate with any author, living or dead, who would it be and why?

It’s a toss up between Michael Connelly, Joseph Wambaugh or James Ellroy. With Ellroy we could write about those corrupt cops in the 20s.

What are your thoughts on promotion for books?

That it’s hard. The Internet is a great way to find readers and promote all over the world, but it’s also so full of other people trying to do the same that I think a lot of people get burned out with overload. Coming up with ways to get people to notice you gets harder and harder. It’s really important I think to build up a fan base, they’re often the best ambassadors for my books. I love talking to people who have read my books, it’s a lot more satisfying to get an email from someone who just read one of my books and had to tell me how much they liked it. I’ll take that over a good review any day.

What advice do you have for authors who haven’t quite gotten their manuscript to the next level, which for most is publishing?

Read, read, read. Then write, write, write.

Develop a thick skin. Make sure your story as polished as you can make it – and that means you have to get someone to independently review it, someone who can give you an honest appraisal. In other words find a good crit group online or in person. And learn to listen to what they tell you. It does no good to get into a crit group and get defensive or shut your mind to suggestions. If you ever put your story in front of an editor you can’t expect them to be gentle. Nor will they ‘fix’ your book for you. These days that’s your job. The days when an editor would see something good in your manuscript and take it and work with you to make it into a good novel are gone.

Don’t stop at one book. Write another. And another one after that. It’s rare that one’s first book is successful or published. I wrote something like 8 books before I wrote the one that got me both an agent and a publisher. None of those 8 have ever been published. Only one of them still even exists. But with each book I learned. I had some of them critiqued and learned from those critiques. After I had a publishing contract I went on and wrote more. Stories, books, whatever I could. Experiment. Read a lot. Read in your genre. Read outside your genre. Pay attention to what works and try to figure out why it works. Take writing courses if you can afford them. There are some good ones online that don’t cost a lot. Expand your mind with knowledge and your ideas will get bigger.

Thank you Pat for this great interview!


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Brian Sandell


Marvin Simon is the unfortunate recipient of terrible misfortune. He lost his job, his wife, his parents, and now he is forced to raise his small son all alone. One night his misfortune is about to change. He is met by a mysterious guest who offers him a lifetime of happiness, and for a period of time everything his heart desires. This is a wager Marvin cannot refuse; all he has to do is give up his only son in return. Join Marvin in an incredible journey that leads from the utter pit of despair to the top realm of happiness. Many questions arise; does this mysterious stranger want more than Marvin’s son? Unlock Marvin’s story as it takes you into the depths of the human heart. The betrayal, the innocence, the lies, the murder, and ultimately the wager truly allow Marvin Simon to see what happiness is all about.

I am proud to announce this fine Christian thriller author has chosen Introducing WRITERS! radio show to promote his latest work, The Wager.

Brian will be on the show on May 20, 2009 at our regularly scheduled time, 730 pm CST.

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Book Blurbs

Please join me on April 19, 2009 on Introducing WRITERS! for a book blurb show. I will be talking about books I am reading, upcoming guests and their works, and of course, reading blurbs from those submitted to me.

If you want a book blurb done for your work, you can email me at my published email to inquire about the next event.

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Katherine Center

by Katherine Center

by Katherine Center

Everyone once in a while a book comes along that changes your way of looking at books. This one is one of those. I do not recall enjoying a book more since discovering Elizabeth Berg’s works of art a few years ago.

Ms. Center’s book, Everyone is Beautiful, made me laugh, cry, and relive my own parenting of two kids back in the eighties. I think this is one every woman should read.

You can hear Katherine Center talk about Everyone is Beautiful on my radio show, Introducing WRITERS! on Friday, March 13, 2009 at 730 PM central, 830 pm eastern. I hope you will tune in and find out more about this wonderful writer and this awesome book!


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