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I knew I was going to call it Galveston, 1900 because the name would be good for internet search engines.  I was over half way through the book when I decided I would have to have a sequel and only intended to write two books as I had others I had started and wanted to finish.  I changed the name of book one several times because I wanted something unique and no more than one or two words.  It hit me in the middle of the night when I was almost finished writing book one.  Indignities was the perfect word and I searched to see it there were any other books with that name.  I found nothing.  I was already into the second book when I decided each book needed it’s own identity.  Book One, The Arrival was their first arrival and experiences in Galveston,  Book Two, of course was the aftermath of the storm and Book Three, The Atonement, was Catherine trying to atone for the sins she had committed according to the Catholic Church.  I grew up Catholic and spent my early years with the nuns in Catholicism.  I had a strong attachment to one of the nuns and a priest.  For my heroin, I used my own mother who married at the age of fourteen and was a widow at the age of twenty with three small children. My mother remarried when I was only five and my two brothers seven and nine.  My step-father was a drunkard and often took his frustrations out on my mother.She divorced him two years later.  While he was not a David Brooks by any means, for fiction to sell you need to paint an ugly picture of your villain so everyone hates him. My mother finally found her one true love and in Book Four, The Affirmation Catherine finds her.  I had not intended to write another sequel but all of my fans want to know what happens when the children grow up so I’m working on a fifth book which may or may not be the last in the sequel.   I think six books would probably be enough.

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Interview with Jamie Eubanks

 

1.     A little about yourself. What is unique about you?

In addition to being a writer, I’m a licensed private investigator who runs an investigations company, and, a Martial artist in training. My first career was in the entertainment industry, where, as a singer and bass player, I played night clubs for a living. It was then – not completely at ease on stage, but thoroughly enjoying the music – when I first decided I wanted to write.

2.     What is your book about?

HIDDEN DOORS, SECRET ROOMS is a paranormal suspense about a woman who, through no fault of her own, becomes the object of a search and kill mission. Thrust from her comfortable lifestyle, Jillian Braedon finds herself living a nightmare of threats against her life, homelessness, and being at the complete mercy of a stranger, as she and her young daughter attempt to evade those who wish them dead.

3.     What inspired your book?

I’ve always loved the paranormal. From the moment when I first read Dean Koontz’s novel, LIGHTNING, I wanted to be able to create a world within our own world, where the traditional rules of nature don’t quite apply.

4. What is the most rewarding part of being an author?

The rewarding part is also one of the most difficult parts: When the story is complete. When the rewrites have been written. When you can read that last page, knowing you gave it your all, and it’s ready to be reviewed by someone else. At that moment, I have such mixed emotions, because it’s also time to leave the characters behind. Having spent so much time getting to know them, it feels like losing a good friend.

5. What has been the most challenging part of being an author?

Writing is an art, it’s something you reach down deep and pull out of your own soul to share with others.  Prior to publishing, I’d believed the most challenging aspect would be the critics. When you bare your soul to the world, you simply don’t know how favorably or unfavorably you’ll be received. To publish a book means to ask the world its opinion of your talent, style, voice. I’ve found that the opinions of my readers are not something to dread, rather a good thing to know, because, as a writer, you need to know and understand other perspectives.

 What I’ve learned, instead, at least for me, is that promoting is the most challenging part. When a writer talks of his or her first book, it doesn’t hold the same sway as when an unbiased reader touts something he or she just read. So building an audience for that first book can be difficult – finding readers who will take a chance on an unknown.

6. What advice would you give a new author writing their first book?

IF writing is your passion, and IF you truly want this: Don’t give up. Write every single day.

7.     Do you have any promotion tips for Indie Authors?

What I found that works best for me is Amazon’s KDP Select programs. They allow you do to a free promo for up to 5 days. It allows the readers the ability to ‘take a chance’ on a new writer.

8. If you could recommend One book for authors to read, what would it be?

Other than my own? Dean Koontz’s LIGHTNING. That story has stayed with me for years. In fact, I think it’s about time I read it again

9.     Any final words?

I’d like to thank you for this opportunity. And, recommend HIDDEN DOORS, SECRET ROOMS to anyone who loves paranormal suspense.

10.  Write about your passion and promote yourself in 200 words or less.

Books that are character-driven are my favorite. My goal is to create characters so genuine that, when you approach the last page of that final chapter, you feel as though you’re about to leave a part of yourself behind with them.

11.  When you finished your novel, did you miss your characters?

When the book was complete, it was a very sad moment. It felt as though I’d lost some of my best friends.

12.  While writing, if you need help with grammar, where do you turn?

I have a good friend who is wonderful with grammar. Also, there was one time when I could not remember enough of how to spell a particular word that I couldn’t even find it in the dictionary. It drove me nuts, because it was the “perfect” word and nothing else would do. So, I called my sister, who asked her husband, and he spelled it straightaway. After, I felt like an idiot, because it was a relatively easy word!

13. When you are writing, do you shut off all social networks?

During the actual writing time, I don’t go online and my phone is in silent mode. But it between writing sessions I love the social networks. I’ve made some wonderful friends there and couldn’t imagine my life without them.

14.  Do you ask family and friends to read your work before publication?

Yes, but only once it is complete. I’ll ask a few family members and/or a friend, hoping to catch the typos before publication, and hoping for a few opinions from people whose opinions I trust.

15.  Where can we go to find more of your work?

HIDDEN DOORS, SECRET ROOMS is my first novel. I do, however, have more that will be coming out in the near future. You can check with my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/JAEubanks1 for any new releases

Interview with Author J. Kahele

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1. A little about yourself. What is unique about you? I am a 46 year old married mother of three girls. I suppose the most unique quality I have, is I write without a plot or reason. I use my eyes to investigate what surrounds me and write it down.

2. What is your book about? My book is about a 22 year old woman, Jenna Kramer who is married to a very controlling and abusive man, 39 year old Senator Benjamin Kramer.

In Jenna’s mind this is how love and marriage is, so she accepts it and takes the punishment that Benjamin hands out to her. Its not, until she meets and an affair ensues between her and 26 year-old attorney, Andrew Carington, that she finds her life can be different.

There is only one problem with the life of happiness that Jenna desires, her husband Ben Kramer, will never let her go and her life plummets into a dark

3. What inspired your book? The judgment of society is that if a woman is abused, seek help. But it is not that easy, sometimes. I speak for the women, who have sought help, yet are still dealing with the abuser, as Jenna has had to. Domestic violence is a problem that needs to be taken care of in the higher courts. As my story explains, people of higher influence, tend to slide out of punishment for their crimes against the innocent.

4. What is the most rewarding part of being an author? Being able to share your words and thoughts and other’s appreciating them

5. What has been the most challenging part of being an author? Attempting to write what your mind is thinking. It is hard to find the right words some of the times to match the thoughts your mind is revealing.

6. What advice would you give a new author writing their first book? Write with honesty. Don’t write to please others, right only to please yourself.

7. Do you have any promotion tips for Indie Authors? Yes. Make sure you use a book promoter who is understanding and patient as I have found with Elite Book Promotions.

8. If you could recommend One book for authors to read, what would it be? Bertram & Gertrude’s Steamy Amsterdam Weekend by William Frederick

9. Write about your passion and promote yourself in 200 words or less. Writing is like breathing, it is something so natural, yet so needed. It is relaxing and fulfilling to read the words you have written, it brings a serenity that only other authors understand. I do not write for recognition from my peers. I do it because I need to. It’s not on a moment’s notice, I write. I write to release the thoughts that fill my head on a daily basis.

I do not use an outline, or think of a plot. It just happens, it comes to me and I write it down. If it is a drive down the road, that billowy cloud hovering above you, or the ocean crashing to the shore. That woman sobbing in the train station, or the little boy crying over his hurt puppy. My mind wanders, just by all of these small incidents, it does not take anything around it for granted. It takes all the natural inner feeling and puts it into words.

 

 

 

 

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About the Author- Lorraine Pestell

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Lorraine Pestell was born in London and has had a successful career as an Information Technology professional in the UK, US, Europe, Singapore, and more recently Australia. Lorraine currently resides in Melbourne, Victoria, with her 13-year-old dog.
Although still working full-time, Lorraine is a passionate volunteer for several organisations, including serving on the Board of Directors of Propel Youth Arts WA, being a mentor for The Smith Family’s iTrack program and providing project management assistance to The School Volunteer Program. She finds that volunteering time and energy to those less fortunate is an effective antidote to life-long depression and the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The idea for “A Life Singular” originated when Lorraine was 14 years old, and the story has continued to develop in fits and starts since then, whenever time and life events permitted. However, three years ago, a new element of the plot triggered a sudden urge to complete the novel, and since then the story has evolved into six separate parts.

 

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A life Singular

A novel in six parts, serialised as e-books and paperbacks, “A Life Singular” tells the story of a successful celebrity writing his autobiography after the tragic loss of his wife. In essence a love story, “A Life Singular” is about dealing with mental illness, the choices we make between right and wrong, and how one affects the other. Some of life’s lessons are harder to learn, and some amazing opportunities easier to take. The trick is always to understand the consequences of our choices, before it’s too late… The series has been written by a sufferer of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with the hope of inspiring other sufferers of depression, anxiety and other related symptoms to rise above them and make a success of their lives. It also aims to inform non-sufferers that it is possible for people with mental illness to co-exist and thrive, with their love and support, instead of viewing these behaviours as strange or dangerous.

A novel in six parts, serialised as e-books and paperbacks, “A Life Singular” tells the story of a successful celebrity writing his autobiography after the tragic loss of his wife. In essence a love story, “A Life Singular” is about dealing with mental illness, the choices we make between right and wrong, and how one affects the other. Some of life’s lessons are harder to learn, and some amazing opportunities easier to take. The trick is always to understand the consequences of our choices, before it’s too late… The series has been written by a sufferer of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with the hope of inspiring other sufferers of depression, anxiety and other related symptoms to rise above them and make a success of their lives. It also aims to inform non-sufferers that it is possible for people with mental illness to co-exist and thrive, with their love and support, instead of viewing these behaviours as strange or dangerous.

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The second novel of six, serialised as e-books and paperbacks, “A Life Singular” tells the story of a successful celebrity writing his autobiography. In essence a love story, “A Life Singular” is about dealing with mental illness, the choices we make between right and wrong, and how one affects the other.

Part Two

Writing an autobiography on behalf of someone else presented Jeff with an interesting dilemma. Did he make assumptions about what Lynn would have included, or should he restrict her contribution to direct quotes from her letters and diaries? He had their kids to protect, and her parents…

As he worked through the huge amount of material available in the press about their life as it had taken shape, interlacing it with highly personal stories, the widower crafted chapter after chapter of memories, both happy and heartbreaking. If this was to be a true account of their partnership, he owed it to the memory of his beautiful best friend to cover so much more than what was already on public record.

When it came to adding his own reminiscences of those early months, about meeting someone he already knew intimately, Jeff had no difficulty in recalling every single, vivid moment. Entire conversations came back to him, sometimes word for word, rushing through his fingers and into the computer.

Photographs prompted him too, as did the treasured possessions that surrounded him, like the old leather jacket he had received on his twentieth birthday. Lynn had left him shortly after that, just like she had left him now. The pull of being together again was unrelenting, but Jeff hung on to the dream that their life singular would one day resume.

Once their story had been told.

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About the Author- Jamie Eubanks

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Jamie Eubanks was born in Blythe, California and has traveled the country extensively, living in various places in the USA, including Vermont, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Louisiana & California. She has enjoyed a wide array of professions, including entertainer (bass player & singer in various night clubs), acquisitions at “The Jewish Community News” (San Gabriel & Pomona Valley issues), and presently runs a small private investigations firm in Southern California. She is also a regular at the Red Dragon Karate studio in Azusa, CA.

 

Books by Jamie Eubanks

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Jillian Braedon possesses a secret so explosive that she must be silenced. On the run with her five-year-old daughter, stranded in the middle of a blizzard and critically injured, Jill sends little Valerie off into the raging storm alone. The child stumbles onto the property of retired musician-turned-recluse, John Mills, begging for help. John soon finds himself caught up in their torment, and face-to-face with the pursuing covert agents, who will do anything to destroy the secret, and silence everyone involved.

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“This is a phenomenal first novel; an excellent read for anyone who
loves mystery, and would-be writers who want to learn exactly how it’s
done.” – KIRKUS REVIEWS
“This brisk and original cat-and-mouse thriller exceeds expectations
with unpredictable results…
Fans of mysteries and thrillers will find that this book exceeds any expectations they may have had going in, primarily due to its unconventional plot line.” – CLARION REVIEW