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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Jorie and the Magic Stones


Jorie and the Magic Stones is the first book in a new chapter book series, by A. H. Richardson, that follows one heroic nine-year-old girl on an unforgettable adventure. Children everywhere are loving this adventurous tale of Jorie and Rufus, two orphans from very different walks of life, who meet by chance and discover a mystic book about dragons, that soon leads them on a quest through a magical world unlike anything either of them have ever experienced… 
Praise:

“An easy to read chapter book that can be enjoyed of children of all ages, Jorie and the Magic Stones succeeds at creating an extraordinary world full of memorable characters and dangerous villains. In Jorie and Rufus, the narrative follows the blossoming of a friendship, while exploring the strengths of each of these two main protagonists. Weaving in morales about important ideals like loyalty, bravery, and what it means to be a good friend, the story shows younger readers how important it is to do the right thing, no matter the costs. With rich descriptions, realistic dialogue, and settings you feel as if you are truly immersed within, this is the start to a promising new fantasy series...” - Red City Review

“Jorie is inquisitive, brave, and wise beyond her years, and yet still a child at heart… she is everything a heroine should be... All this, coupled with a one of a kind plot and an exceptional setting, brought to life an amazing fantasy tale.” - 5 Stars, Readers’ Favorite

“If ever there was a children's book that was meant for children of all ages, this would be that book. From page 1, you instantly fall in love with the Jorie, the heroine. The storyline flows wonderfully. It makes you feel as if you're there with the characters feeling the excitement, fears, and joy that they feel as they go on an incredible adventure.” - 5 Stars, Matthew and Alicia Lucy

“I absolutely love this story! It just carried me away and I couldn't put the book down!! I loved all the different characters... The author did a wonderful job describing all of them and my imagination kept on going!” – 5 Stars, Amazon Review

Synopsis:

When Marjorie went to live with her frosty maiden aunt, she couldn’t imagine the adventures she would have with dragons — good and bad — and all the strange creatures that live in a mysterious land beneath the Tarn. The spunky 9-year-old redhead forges an unlikely friendship with an insecure young boy named Rufus who lives with his crusty grandfather next door. When Jorie — for that is what she prefers to be called — finds a dusty ancient book about dragons, she learns four strange words that will send the two of them into a mysterious land beneath the Tarn, riddled with enchantment and danger. Hungry for adventure, the children take the plunge, quite literally, and find themselves in the magic land of Cabrynthius.

Upon meeting the good dragon, the Great Grootmonya, Jorie and Rufus are given a quest to find the three Stones of Maalog — stones of enormous power — and return them to their rightful place in Cabrynthius. Their mission is neither easy nor safe, and is peppered with perils in the form of the evil black half-dragon who rules the shadowy side of the land. They have to deal with a wicked and greedy professor, the tragic daughter of the bad dragon, caves of fire, rocky mountainous climbs, and a deadly poisonous butterfly.

Jorie must rely on her wits and courage to win the day? Can she do this? Can she find all three Stones? Can she save Rufus when disaster befalls him? Can she emerge victorious? She and Rufus have some hair-raising challenges, in which they learn valuable lessons about loyalty, bravery, and friendship.

Excerpt
Once in the quiet of her room, Jorie closed the door and retrieved the book carefully hidden under the floorboard. She didn’t know why she felt it so important to hide the book, but her instincts told her that this was a very special book that needed to be carefully guarded. Before settling down to study it, she went to open the window in order to hear the sound of the horses when her aunt returned from her errands. In that way, she would have time to put the book back in its hiding place.

Perhaps because of the rain and damp, the window was stuck and refused to open. Although Jorie pushed, it appeared that it was well and truly stuck shut. Jorie returned to her book and opened the pages oh-so-gently. She didn’t understand the words in front of her, even though she was an excellent reader. They were faded and seemed to be written in another language. Jorie spoke quite good French, but this was certainly not French. She thought it might have been Celtic, because there were c’s, and w’s and y’s, and they all seemed to run together.

She found one phrase that caught her attention, and carefully pronounced it under her breath. “Cwythr ogan mosdrath kiranog. I wonder if that is how it is pronounced.” Then in her most dramatic voice she called out, “Cwythr ogan mosdrath kiranog,” and felt a shiver run through her. No sooner had she said this than the window flew open. Jorie’s hand flew to her mouth. She inhaled, staring hard at the window. “That window was stuck and wouldn’t budge an inch, even under my tugging.”

As she regained her composure, Jorie decided she needed to memorize these words. She had always been good at history and could easily remember dates of battles, when kings were crowned, and where, and all the things they make you remember at school. She turned the four words over in her mind, a bit afraid to say them aloud again. What if something else happened? Could it be a spell? Could it be a curse? Was it someone’s name? Although it would be a really long name. Of course, it could just as easily be a recipe for a jar of marmalade! Jorie giggled. They probably didn’t have marmalade back in those days, and why would they put it under a picture of a flying dragon? No — that didn’t make sense.

Jorie studied her new wonderful find for most of the afternoon. After that, she lay back on her bed, her hands clasped under her head, and turned things over in her mind. She thought about the window; now that had been very, very strange! She was sure that Aunt Letty had no idea that the book existed, for had she known, she might have given it to a museum or a library for old stuff. If she had known about it, she wouldn’t have put it under old floorboards, covered with dust and cobwebs.

Jorie didn’t care much for spiders, but she had plucked up her courage and plunged her hands into that space, perhaps sensing that there was a treasure there.

She wondered what her new friend Rufus might think of it. Should she tell him? Could she trust him? Might he not tell grownups, who she believed would take it away immediately, never to be returned? She couldn’t take that chance.

She needed to give her new friend a chance; perhaps Rufus would keep it their secret, and maybe the two of them could put their heads together and find out a little more about this book. Jorie felt that this discovery of hers had more to do with the history of Dunham and its mysterious past than it had as a mere fairy story.

About the Author:

A. H. Richardson was born in London England and is the daughter of famous pianist and composer Clive Richardson. She studied drama and acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She was an actress, a musician, a painter and sculptor, and now an Author.

She published her debut novel Jorie and the Magic Stones in December 2014. At the request of those who loved the first ‘Jorie’ story, Richardson has written a sequel titled Jorie and the Gold Key, and she is currently working on the third book in the series.

She is also the author of Murder in Little Shendon, a thriller murder mystery which takes place in a quaint little village in England after World War Two, and introduces two sleuths, Sir Victor Hazlitt and his sidekick,  Beresford Brandon, a noted Shakespearian actor. She has more ‘who-dun-its’ planned for this clever and interesting duo… watch for them!

A. H. Richardson lives happily in East Tennessee, her adopted state, and has three sons, three grandchildren, and two pugs. She speaks four languages and loves to do voiceovers. She plans on writing many more books and hopes to delight her readers further with her British twist, which all her books have.


To learn more, go to https://ahrichardson.com/
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Monday, January 16, 2017

Waking Lazarus Receives Oscar Winner Endorsement

In this latest novel, Williams has written an epic global adventure filled with riveting characters and page turning twists and turns. It is a brilliant follow up to his previous novel, The Disillusioned, that garnered the praise of Hollywood's elite, including Judith McCreary, Co-EP, Law & Order: SVU, Criminal Minds, and CSI, who said, "The Disillusioned is a fast-paced mystery...you won't put it down until you've unlocked the secrets and lies to find the truth.”

With the release of Waking Lazarus, Williams is once again capturing the attention of industry veterans including Peter Anderson (Oscar Winner, Cinematographer), who has already endorsed this latest adventure, “Waking Lazarus is a captivating visual story with a colorful narrative. Once I started reading, it was hard to put down.”

Waking Lazarus (Synopsis)

Jake Harris’ life hasn’t turned out the way he planned. Battling his addictions, and the shattered pieces of his family, he is hired to ghostwrite a memoir. From the 1920’s story of a controversial evangelist, to the present day mystery of a former District Attorney, everything changes when his search for the truth leads to an atrocity hidden from history. With a past he can’t remember, he begins to discover that he is not the person he believed himself to be. Rather, he is a threat to a secret society that has remained in the shadows for nearly a century. Jake is drawn deep inside a world he never knew existed that brings him closer to his own extraordinary destiny.

This latest novel is accompanied by a full soundtrack. Williams has worked alongside composer, Jené Nicole Johnson, to create an enhanced reading experience that has not been done before in book publishing. The soundtrack has been customized to fit readers of all kinds, whether they read fast or slow. It is a groundbreaking addition to the series that is already receiving rave reviews.

Currently based out of Los Angeles, Williams continues to add to his producing and directing credits of more than 350 episodes of broadcast TV syndicated worldwide by developing new projects for television, film and print.

About Author
Executive Producer, Director, Author
With the DNA of a world traveler, D.J. Williams was born and raised in Hong Kong, has ventured into the jungles of the Amazon, the bush of Africa, and the slums of the Far East. His global travels have engrossed him in a myriad of cultures, and provided him with a unique perspective that has fueled his creativity over the course of a twenty year career in both the entertainment industry and nonprofit sector.
In this latest novel, Williams has written an epic global adventure filled with riveting characters and page turning twists and turns. Think Jason Bourne meets Homeland. It is a brilliant follow up to his previous novel, The Disillusioned, that garnered the praise of Hollywood’s elite, including Judith McCreary, Co-EP, Law & Order: SVU, Criminal Minds, and CSI, who said, “The Disillusioned is a fast-paced mystery…you won’t put it down until you’ve unlocked the secrets and lies to find the truth.”
With the release of Waking Lazarus, Williams is once again capturing the attention of industry veterans including Peter Anderson (Oscar Winner, Cinematographer), who has already endorsed this latest adventure, “Waking Lazarus is a captivating visual story with a colorful narrative. Once I started reading, it was hard to put down.”
Currently based out of Los Angeles, Williams continues to add to his producing and directing credits of more than 300 episodes of broadcast TV syndicated worldwide by developing new projects for television, film and print.

https://djwilliamsbooks.com/
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Exposed in Darkness (In Darkness Book One) By Heather Sunseri

Now Available

About:
Just days before the running of the biggest thoroughbred horse race in the world, an act of bioterrorism kills Kentucky’s lieutenant governor, and former FBI Special Agent Brooke Fairfax receives a video of the murder from her long-time anonymous source. When Brooke discovers domestic terrorists are actually after the governor—her late husband’s brother—and that the radicals are eyeing more targets, she heads to Kentucky to stop the threat.
Shortly after the political assassination, the FBI zeroes in on one person: international mogul Declan O’Roark. Though Brooke has been out of the game since her husband was murdered, her former boss thinks she is the perfect candidate to connect Declan to the crime.
Despite the FBI clearly establishing means and opportunity, Declan remains unfazed; his motives have nothing to do with murder, but with getting closer to Brooke Fairfax. And Brooke finds the case becoming even more unclear as she falls for the FBI’s number one suspect.

About Author:
Heather Sunseri is a recovering CPA who began writing novels in order to escape the mundane life as a muggle. After twenty years in the corporate world, Heather decided to use her business savvy and curious mind to start a publishing business anchored by fictional stories. She is proof that one can be a numbers person and a creative… And that it’s never too late (or too early) to get a do over. She’s married to the love of her life, mom to two amazing kids, and caregiver to the best golden retriever and one very, needy cat. When she’s not writing, she’s making homemade pizza and drinking Kentucky bourbon.



Interview:
Welcome to my blog Heather.  Please tell me and my readers about your new book and work?

Q:
Tell us about your latest worktitle, genre, etc. and why you wrote it?
A:
Exposed in Darkness is the first book in a new romantic suspense series. I wrote a story about terror at the Bluegrass Derby because terror seems to be all around us these days, and I wanted to tell a story about an event that I know and love and what would happen if terror struck during that event.
Q:
What draws you to your genre(s)? Why is this type of story compelling to you?
A:
I love fast-paced, thrilling and suspenseful stories, but I also like my stories to have a little romance. This is the type of story I like to read, and therefore the type of story I enjoy writing.
Q:
What is your writing process like? Do you map the whole thing out or do you just let it unfold?
A:
I like to know all the major plot points, including the ending, before I start. Everything that happens leading up to each plot point comes to me as I write it.
Q:
What kind of research was involved?
A:
Extensive research was required for Exposed in Darkness. Everything from researching the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, state and federal Homeland Security, police and bomb squad procedures, and issues surrounding bioterrorism and the type of chemical agent a terrorist might use.  I also researched more fun items like aerial silk artists and the logistics of how they might perform at a large charity event. The list goes on and on.
Q:
How much of YOU makes it into your characters?
A:
I’m willing to admit there’s a little bit of me in every character because they came from my mind and heart. However, in order to make my characters interesting and deeply emotional, I have to put them in situations I’ve never been in and see how they work their way out. I also give each character their own set of personality traits and histories that make them who they are. They’re definitely going to do things I would never do because they have a completely different background, skill set, and completely different motivations. For example, I’m not and never will be motivated to become a terrorist. The challenge for a writer is to figure out “why” every character does what they do, and stay consistent.
Q:
How do you balance the need to have time to write with the needs of family, society, etc.?
A:
That’s assuming that I’ve found that balance. J

I sit my butt in a chair and write almost every day. But my family always comes first!
Q:
Have there been any authors in particular, that inspired your writing?
A:
Too many to name. Every writer I’ve ever read has influenced me in some way. I’m also influenced by the writers I’ve met at conferences, signings, and most recently, at Writers Police Academy. (Yes, that’s totally a thing and it is so much fun—Disneyland for Writers!)

Q:
Is there a story you want to tell behind or about your work(s)?
A:
I’m a big believer in do-overs. My writing career is my do-over in my professional life. I didn’t enjoy my first career, and for many reasons I was looking for a more creative outlet, but I also needed to help put food on the table and a roof over the heads of my family. Writing was my do-over.
Q:
What other projects are you currently working on or about to start?
A:
Cut in Darkness, Book 2 of the In Darkness series is in the final stages of editing and I’m already plotting books 3 and 4. This series is scheduled to release very quickly in 2017.

Also, all eight of my young adult books are in production for audio. This is very exciting for Mindspeak and Emerge fans.

I invite anyone and everyone to sign up for my newsletter at http://heathersunseri.com to stay on top of all news in my world. I’ve also been known to give stories away from time to time. (Hint: Sign up to see what I’m currently offering.)

Q:
Could you share some of your marketing strategies?  Which ones are the most effective in your opinion?
A:
1. Write the next book.
2. Always be building your personal list of readers, and always be working on something new for those readers.
Q:
What would be the top five, (or 3 or 1 or however many) things you would tell aspiring authors?
A:
1. Read a lot. Write a lot.
2. Always remember why you love writing. When other aspects of the publishing world try to squash that love, don’t let them.
3. Don’t worry about the things you cannot control. That’s wasted time and energy—time and energy you could be spending on writing and reading (see #1).
4. Get a good editor that you trust, and listen to him/her.
5. Don’t compare yourself to other writers. You are on your very own path.
Thank you very much Heather for your great interview and sharing your work with us.  Good Luck!

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