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Book Tour- Trust in the Unseen (The Edge of the Known Book 2) by Seth Mullins

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Trust in the Unseen

(The Edge of the Known Book 2)

by Seth Mullins

Touring December 18th – December 22nd, 2014

Genre: Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Metaphysical

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Dec. 18th

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 Dec. 20th

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Fancy You Stopped In

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Author Spotlight – Hailey Rose Barrett

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Today we are going in depth with Hailey Rose Barrett, Author of Changing Lanes: From Hell to Heaven

How do you feel about your family, now that you’re an adult?

I value my sisters more now than I did growing up. Inherent life lessons and maturity have brought us closer as we have all become more tolerant of each others differences. My mother is no longer alive and I choose not to have a relationship with my father.

What do you want from life?

I want “me” time. It seems that my life’s destiny has been to care for others at great sacrifice to my own needs and desires. I also want to share my story and inspire others.

If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?

World Peace, an end to racism of all kind, for me and my children to live in the same city.

What three things would you take to a Desert Island?

Bottled water, sunscreen, instant coffee with a heating element.

What, in the outside world, is preventing you from getting it?

Money and that one “connection.”

What, in yourself, is preventing you from getting it?

Nothing, I am ambitious and I will eventually “get it.”

What must happen before you overcome this?

More exposure and continue to acquire broad brand awareness.

In your relationship with others, how are you different with family than you are with friends?Why?

I am very generous and I accept my family members unconditionally. I may not approve of their life style or life choices, but we are still family. As far as friends go, I choose them wisely and I choose people who are uplifting and “non takers.” As I get older, I have less tolerance for whiners and free loaders, and I choose not to associate with them.

How do you fall in love? At first sight?

Over a long period?I think it is a little of both. Something usually grabs my attention about the person that makes me want to pursue them. As I get to know the person,  it is either a connection or it is not, and then I move on.   This can be a romantic relationship or a friendship; it applies to both.

What parts of loving come easy for you? Hard?

The part of loving that comes easy to me is giving everything (almost to a fault). I usually put others needs before my own. The hard part about love is truly accepting that person unconditionally through good times and bad. I was not too good about accepting during the bad times when I was younger.  Instead I chose to walk out.

How do you decide if you can trust someone?

I think you know if you can trust someone through  consistency of  behavior over time. If they “usually” come through on things they promise, are  compassionate and caring even without you having to say anything,  and they anticipate  your needs and help when you really need it. How do they treat others and what are their relationships like with family and with strangers? All of these interactions help build trust and reveal a great deal about ones character.  First impressions for me are usually correct. I have a sixth sense that I rely on when it comes to trusting strangers. I am more trusting than most because I tend to believe that most people will do the right thing even when no one is looking.

When you walk into a room, what do you notice first? Second?

What I notice first is the ambiance and the colors of the room. Is it a warm comfortable setting or is it cold and stringent as it can be in  a professional work place. The second thing I notice are the people in the room. Am I drawn to them or am I indifferent towards them.

When you walk into a room, what do you expect people to notice about you?

That I am approachable and friendly.

Describe yourself to me.

A leader, a doer, helper, ambitious, self-driven, health conscious, generous and dependable.

Is one sense more highly developed than another? (Are you more visual, or audial, etc, or do you rely on the famous sixth sense?)

I have very sharp intuition. I am very visual person. If I see something I tend to recall it better than if I just hear it.

Did you turn out the way you expected? The way your parents predicted?

Yes and no. My parents did not expect anything from me and therefore my life had little direction as a  young adult. That being said, I would not be able to share the trials and tribulations of my life, and the lessons I learned , if that had not been the case.

What really moves you, or touches you to the soul?

Any kind of abuse or discrimination sets off  a visceral reaction for me. I cannot tolerate these types of behaviors and I will always fight for what is right and humane.

What’s the one thing you have always wanted to do but didn’t/couldn’t/wouldn’t? What would happen if you did do it?

Becoming a physician was a goal of mine for a long time. I believe I would have been a wonderful doctor and I could have contributed  a great deal to the underprivileged of society as a physician. Maybe next time.

What do you consider are your strengths?

Drive, dependable, predictable, knowledgable, leader.

What do you consider are your weaknesses?

Inpatient with people sometimes. I have little tolerance for inept situations and incompetent individuals. I need to practice patience.

What is one physical attribute you are proud of?

Not sure proud is the right word, but my hair is my best feature. It is thick and I don’t have to fuss too much to get it to look good.

What one physical attribute would you change?

My noise.

What do you consider your special talent?

Analyzing problems and coming up with solutions.

What do you wish your special talent was?

I wish I could sing. I would go on American Idol.

What are you most proud of about your life?

My children. I am so proud of the young men they turned out to be. They are both hard working and compassionate people.

Is there anything you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t done? What would happen if you did it?

I think secretly I’ve wanted to just pack up and move to a different unknown city and get a new job and live there for a while. I would repeat that a few times until I was tired of moving. Not sure my husband would agree to this lifestyle.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done? Why?

I married my second husband knowing that it was not a good decision. I should have thought that out a little better.

Describe your ideal mate.

A man that treats his mother with utmost respect as well as women in general. An honest, easy going, intelligent, and driven man. Someone who believes that they have a gift to share, and then they share it.

What are you most afraid of?

Getting fat during Menopause.

What’s the most important thing in your life?

My children.

What do you value most?

My health.

How do you feel about your life right now?

I am in a good place. I have a wonderful husband, my children are healthy and happy in their adult life, I have a good job, I have my health.

What, if anything, would you like to change?

I have been a nurse for 30 years. I am ready for a job change outside of the hospital setting.

If you could be an animal, what would it be? (You can adapt this question to fit the character ie/make it what kind of car, plant, whatever.)

I would be a champagne color Mercedes convertible.

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Book Tour- Your Invincible Power

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November 18th – November 22nd, 2014

Title: Your Invincible Power: Open the Door to Unlimited Wealth, Health, and Joy

Author: Pamela Hamilton (Author), W. T. Hamilton (Author)

Publisher: Balboa Press

Release Date: February 5, 2014

Genre: Religion & Spirituality > Spirituality

Self-Help > Happiness

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Nov. 18th

A Moment to Share

Artemis J. Jones

Fancy You Stopped In

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Nov. 19th

 Sam’s Reviews

DJ Gatsby @ 6:30 pm Eastern Time

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Nov. 20th

Carol Avila

Kisha Green

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Nov. 21st

Pebble In The Still Waters

Sacred Solace

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Nov. 22nd

Pebble In The Still Waters

Erik Christian, Author

 

Author Interview with Sheena Binkley

 

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Sheena Binkley is an author specializing in African-American and Multicultural Romance. She is the author of two great series: In Love With My Best Friend and Love, Life, & Happiness. Each book from both series has been on the Amazon Best-Seller’s list.  Her latest project, The Way We Were, which is the fourth book in the Love, Life, & Happiness series, will be available on September 26th.

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1. What career did you plan during your education days?

When I was in high school and college, my dream was to be a reporter. I wanted to either do newspaper or television. I even majored in Broadcast Journalism in college, but I realized that’s not want I wanted to do, so I switched majors (to Corporate Communication to graduate) and started to pursue my career in writing.

2. What is your biggest source of inspiration in life?

My biggest inspiration would have to be my faith in God and my family. Being able to go through this journey is a blessing, so I’m fortunate to have such a great support system with my family and for them being there for me.

3. What is the biggest challenge you have faced? How did you overcome it?

The biggest challenge I faced was criticism. When I first started writing, I was not used to the negative comments from people with my stories. Whether it was the storyline or the characters, I couldn’t take the criticism well and it almost made me not write again.  I overcame it by having a tougher skin. In this industry, people are going to voice their opinions, so that’s something that I would have to live with. I’m not going to make everyone happy, but I will do what I can to produce great writing to readers and hopefully they will enjoy it.

4. When did you start writing? What is the purpose of your writing?

I started writing at 9 for a project for school.  After I wrote the assignment, I realized how much I enjoyed creating a story that I continued to write more. Later, I began to write short stories before expanding into full length novels. My purpose for writing is being able to produce quality work for people to enjoy. I love to create new stories and characters that I hope readers can relate to, which I hope I can continue doing for years to come.

5. Which of your work has been published so far? Would you like to share a synopsis of your work?

My latest novel, The Way We Were, is the fourth book in the Love, Life, & Happiness series, and this is Monica and Donnell’s story. With Monica, she has done a lot of crazy things in previous books, so hopefully readers will be able to relate with her and sort of root for her once the story is over.

Here is the synopsis:

Monica:

I’d always been unlucky with love. No matter how much I’ve tried to experience it, something always happens to make me turn away. When I was with Donnell Patterson, I believed I finally had a chance at it, but I ended up destroying it by being selfish. Now, I have a second chance with Zack Hall. He’s a woman’s dream – smart, generous, and sexy as hell. But now that I’m with someone else, why does Donnell keep coming back into my thoughts? Should I let go of the past, and start with someone new, or go back to the person that I’ve always considered my one true love?

 

Donnell:

Monica Taylor and I have had our shares of ups and downs. Honestly, we had more downs than ups. But no matter what we did to each other, we always found our way back to each other; but she did the unthinkable when she tried to hook up with Marcus Walker. Now, I’m with someone new, who makes me really happy. Dominique Sawyer is amazing; not only is she smart and beautiful, but she’s also drama-free. But if she’s so perfect, why do I keep thinking about the person who has continuously broke my heart?

6. What are you working on next?

I’m currently working on the fifth book of the LLH series, Love Always. This is another story about Riana and Shawn, which they are going through a lot of situations throughout their relationship. They will have to realize is their love strong enough to make things work in their relationship.

7. What are your future plans?

I have three new series coming soon. Two are spin-offs from my current series,In Love With My Best Friend and Love, Life, & Happiness, while the other is a brand new series titled Resisting Temptation.  The spin-offs will be available next year, while the first book in the Resisting Temptation series will be available in December.

8. How much real life goes into fiction writing?

For me, there may be some scenes in a story that I will depict my real life into. With Love Unbroken, although majority of the story was fiction, there were scenes that described my relationship with my husband. In the new story Love Always, there will also be scenes that will explain a little to how my husband and I dealt with the birth of our son. In other words, for me, it’s okay to put a little of your life into a story, that way it can be more believable to your readers.

9. What is the last book you finished reading?

The last book I read was Reality Check by Camisha Almonor. The story is about best friends whose lives changed after an unexpected night together. I really loved the story. It kept me interested throughout the entire story.

10. What is the current book you are reading?

Currently, I have A Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Christina Jones next on my Kindle. I really want to read this book, but since I’m writing, I haven’t had a chance to yet.

11. Your Favorite book and why?

Anything by Carl Weber. I just love him as an author because he knows how to deliver the drama! I especially love The Choir Director. I haven’t started on the sequel yet, but I know it will be just as good as the first book.

12. Are any of the characters like you? In what ways?

I think there’s a little in me in all of my characters, especially with Camille (In Love With My Best Friend) and Riana (Love Unbroken). With Camille, I tend to be shy and reserved sometimes like her, but can also be a bit bold when I need to. With Riana, she has a spunky personality, in which I can relate to. She is also the peacemaker of the group, which she does a lot of between Cheryl and Monica.

13. If you were a celebrity, who would you be? Why?

I haven’t really thought about being someone else, but if I had to choose, it would probably be Kerry Washington. She has a grace about her and seemed pretty down to earth. Also, I love her as Olivia Pope on Scandal!

 

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