Interview of Gregory Erich Phillips, Author of Love of Finished Years

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Award-winning author Gregory Erich Phillips
Love of Finished Years
Genre: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction
Publisher: SillanPaceBrown
Publication Date: January 3, 2018
An Immigrant Girl’s Powerful Journey of Aspiration and Love in Early Twentieth Century New York
Pre World War One, Elsa came to America with her eyes wide open, realizing it was up to her to make a life for herself. Surviving a sweat shop in lower Manhattan, a chance job with a Long Island elite family opens up her world. Invited in up to a point, she unwittingly, albeit precariously, crosses the social divide with her now open heart, which puts all she had worked for in jeopardy.
Grand Prize Winner
Chanticleer International Book Awards and Chaucer Historical Fiction Book Awards
A wonderfully satisfying reads.
– Chanticleer Reviews
“What a truly wonderful story! I’ve read it three times, and with each reading I find myself caring about the fabulous characters and their lives even more.”
– P.J. Alderman, New York Times Bestselling Author
“I do hope the author has a sequel in the works…a beautiful novel that is set in a fascinating time in our nation’s history.”
– Linda S., Boulder, Colorado



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Interview with Kaylin McFarren, Author of Twisted Threads (Plus Excerpt!)

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Kaylin McFarren
Series: Threads Book 4
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Creative Edge Publishing LLC
Publication Date: November 20, 2017
The only thing sweeter than a secret is revenge
Twisted Threads
A family becomes an assassin’s target after a crime lord’s sister is brutally murdered in Kaylin McFarren’s latest erotic, psychological thriller, Twisted Threads.
Akira Hamada, a beautiful Japanese geisha, failed at killing Kaito Mitsui two years ago – the same yakuza gang leader who destroyed her lover and forced her to become an assassin. Now, with his sister’s murderer traveling to the Caribbean on a cruise ship, Akira has ten days at sea to identify her target and complete her assignment as her penance, or face her own death.
Devon Lyons, unaware that his aunt and uncle could be singled out and murdered, brings Akira into their lives. In searching for evidence to justify Mitsui’s revenge, she soon discovers that no one is who they seem to be. All the while, Devon is drawn into the mystery of mounting deaths on board the ship, putting his own life at risk.
With killers on the loose and no avenue for escape, tension is ratcheted to a breaking point, forcing everyone to choose between love and loyalty – or deeply held honor – in order to survive.

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Please tell us something unique about you that we can’t learn from your bio.

I’ve had numerous careers during my lifetime, including: fashion modeling, legal secretary, real estate sales, public relations, art gallery director, and marketing my husband’s products, properties, and services—ranging from Yoshida’s Sauces and Collins Lake Ski Resort at Government Camp to Oregon International Air Freight and Bella Vista Wines in Sonoma, California…along with fourteen other companies. I also enjoy skiing, golfing, boating, interior design, oil painting, gourmet cooking and dining, discovering new wines, gardening, international travel, reading, watching movies, and spending time with my three grandsons and two lovable puppies: Oreo and Lady.

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Exclusive Interview with Loree Lough, Author of 50 Hours

From Bestselling and Award Winning Author
Loree Lough
Based on a Screenplay by Kevin James O’Neill
“This is the kind of book that wins Pulitzer Prizes.”
– Catherine Lanigan, Author of Romancing the Stone


Today, we have Loree Lough with us, who has just published her newest book, 50 HOURS, an amazing and unforgettable novelization of the movie of the same title. If there’s one book that should be on your bedside table this July, this is it.

1. Please tell us something unique about you that we can’t learn from your bio.

I’m a bit of a tomboy, so much so that I have my own toolbox–and power tools. If it breaks fingernails and gets me dirty and/or sweaty, you can be sure I’ll enjoy the task!

2. What’s your favorite part of writing?

It’s cool watching characters come to life. I start out with these skeletal, vague shapes of a person: Height, weight, eye and hair color, noticeable scars… And end up with people that work hard, that have stellar character traits, hopes and dreams…and flaws. When they start moving through the story, and interacting with other characters, it’s sorta like watching a made-just-for-me movie. And with the price of theater tickets skyrocketing these days, who wouldn’t like a chance to watch, for free!

3. What’s the strangest thing you’ve learned while researching a book?

That I’m not equipped, physically or emotionally, to fight for my country. How do I know that? Because to write one of my books, I needed to research the Air Force’s F-16 fighter jets. Lucky me. I got a chance to fly with a pilot, who treated me to loops, rocket-speed drops in altitude, flying upside down, and more. You know, the everyday stuff our soldiers are trained to do in order to defend us, should the need arise. I have to admit, it was a thrilling experience. A once in a lifetime experience, if you get my drift!

4. If you could live in one of your stories, which one would you choose and why?

I’m kind of already living in 50 Hours. About halfway through the creation of the story, I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma (incurable bone/marrow cancer). To that point, I was relying on interviews and research to help me identify with Aubrey, one of the two main characters, confined to a hospice center when doctors told her there was nothing more they could do for her inoperable brain tumor. While my situation isn’t quite that bleak, I was able to share some deep–sometimes dark–reactions to walking the cancer walk.

Thank you so much, Loree! 50 HOURS will surely resonate with readers all over the world. Take care.

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Exclusive Interview: Stormy Weather by Glen Ebisch

From Multi-Published Mystery Author
Glen Ebisch
A mysterious death involving a meteorologist…
Can she weather the storm brewing in the horizon?
  1. Along with being a writer, you’ve long worked as a professor of philosophy. Do you find philosophy working its way into your stories often?  Or are they two entirely different passions?

I never begin a story with an explicitly philosophical theme or intend to teach anything in the course of the book.  But often when I am done and going over the first draft, I find that broadly philosophical ideas have worked their way into the story as they probably wouldn’t for someone with different training.  I like to think this gives the book greater depth than it otherwise would have had.

  1. Your novel Stormy Weather is one of over twenty you’ve had published in the past two decades. Where do you get all your inspiration?

I think that’s a challenging question for any writer.  It’s something of a mystery to all of us where exactly our inspiration comes from.  For me, I will frequently think of a particular character with a fully realized voice and go on to find a suitable plot. It’s like being introduced to someone and then imagining where you’d like to go with him or her.  Over time, a lot of characters differing in age and gender have appealed to me and generated ideas for stories.  The best I can say is that it’s something that just happens.

  1. What was your inspiration for writing Stormy Weather?

There were several inspirations.  I wanted to write a story about a woman in a very public profession, and since so many television meteorologists are women, I thought that would be a good choice of profession.  I also wanted to write a story where one character was particularly religious and the other was not.  I thought that would be an interesting tension to explore as their relationship deepened.

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Exclusive Interview with Roberta Franklin, Author of The Professor and the Bird (w Giveaway)

Love between two different worlds, two different generations

1. Please tell us something unique about you that we can’t learn from your bio.
The Professor and the Bird
I ‘commute’ between Athens, where I live with my daughter, and London, where my boyfriend lives.

2. What’s your favorite part of writing?

When I get a new idea into my head and plot it out, and then ‘divide’ it into chapters.

3. If you could live in one of your stories, which one would you choose and why?

Well, so far I’ve only published one story…

4. What’s your inspiration for writing The Professor and the Bird?

Ancient history and exotic places combined, where people of all nationalities work together. A chance encounter that develops into everlasting love.

5. From the title, I assume “the Professor” is your hero, Professor Nikos Angelopoulos, and “the Bird” is your heroine, Sally. Why do you use the bird to symbolize her?

“Bird” is a bit of a rough term men use for an attractive girl. Sally is a biker, so it is the sort of term her former boyfriends would have called her, and the young men at the camp do the same. In connection with the Professor in the title, though, people will wonder at first if it is about a biologist…

6. What is one characteristic of your hero that would endear him to the readers?

He is a bit muddle-headed, a sort of absent-minded professor who is totally absorbed in his world of history and archaeology; many women love a man like that.

7. What about your heroine? Why would readers sympathize with her?

Sally is fresh, self-confident and modern, but she is still quite innocent for her age in many ways. She is always optimistic, and she loves without any reservations.

8. What’s up next for you?

I’m currently writing the sequel to “The Professor and the Bird”: during their first holiday together in Crete, Nikos and Sally find the wreck of an ancient ship and get mixed up in a local vendetta…

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Character Profile of IAN SYLVESTRY from The Man She Knew by Loree Lough

From Bestselling and Award Winning Author
Loree Lough
Don’t they both deserve a second chance?

I was kinda intrigued by this hero. What happened 14 years ago? What was that one reckless act that cost him everything? How did that act change him in the intervening years hence?

So, here’s the author, Loree Lough, to tell us all about Ian Sylvestry:

On the night of his sixteenth birthday, Chicago born and bred Ian Sylvestry’s parents made an announcement that threw his well-planned life into chaos: They intended to divorce; his mom introduced him to her fiancé, and when his dad’s job transfer was finalized, Ian would go with him to Baltimore. During the next eighteen months, Ian’s resentment simmered, and the boy whose academic and athletic prowess earned the attentions of Ivy League recruiters began making bad choices and keeping bad company, disappointing his parents and Maleah Turner, the one constant in his now-troubled world. On the eve of his mother’s wedding (which he refused to attend), Ian borrowed his dad’s car and took his pals on a joyride; while the guys were in the neighborhood convenience store buying snacks, he called Maleah, who yet again warned him about associating with the older, troubled teens. Hurt, angry, and tired of other people trying to control him, Ian hung up on her…moments before his wide-eyed frenzied pals piled into the car and demanded that he put the pedal to the metal, fast! Continue reading