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A Gay Man’s Guide to Life - An Interview with Author Britt East

A Gay Man’s Guide to Life - An Interview with Author Britt East

February 25, 2021

BRITT EAST is an author and speaker who uses his experience, strength, and hope to challengeBritt_East_-_Headshot9io84.jpg and inspire change-oriented gay men to get down to the business of improving their lives. With over two decades of personal growth and development experience in a variety of modalities, such as the 12 Steps, Nonviolent Communication, yoga, meditation, talk therapy, and the Hoffman Process, Britt is committed to building a personal practice of self-discovery that he can then share with gay men everywhere. He lives in Seattle with his husband and their crazy dog.

Topics of Conversation

  • Using his experiences to establish a platform to help others 
  • Britt's personal experience growing up gay in the South
  • Using "A Gay Man's Guide to Life" for personal transformation
  • Coming from a place of service for personal growth
  • Realizing your full potential
  • and more...

AGayMansGuideToLife.jpgA GAY MAN'S GUIDE TO LIFE presents an approachable, no-nonsense path for gay men, to set down the excuses and get to the business of improving their lives. No new-age mumbo jumbo or wishy washy self-help jargon. Just real work focused on real results to unleash our true selves and unlock our best lives.

CONNECT WITH BRITT EAST!

Website: https://www.britteast.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brittdawsoneast

Twitter: https://twitter.com/britteast

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/britteast/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTGeWrvrfCAlq4oUPiEBTHQ

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/britteast/

eMail: info@britteast.com

 

 

Supreme Betrayal - An Interview with Author Mark M. Bello

Supreme Betrayal - An Interview with Author Mark M. Bello

February 18, 2021

Mark M. BelloAs an attorney and civil justice advocate, author Mark M. Bello draws upon over 40 years of courtroom experience in his Zachary Blake Legal Thriller Series.

A Michigan native, Mark received his B.A. in English Literature from Oakland University and his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. After working extremely high profile legal cases, Mark wanted to give the public a front-row glimpse of what victims face when standing up for justice.

Combining his legal experience and passion for justice with a creative writing style, Mark not only brings high-quality legal services to his clients but captivating novels to his readers.

When Mark’s not writing legal and political novels, he writes and posts about fairness and justice in the civil justice system on his website, Legal Examiner and Injury Board. In his spare time, Mark enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. Mark and his wife, Tobye, have four children and 8 grandchildren.

 

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  • Drawing inspiration from today's headlines
  • Social justice issues
  • Sexual assault reporting before and after the MeToo Movement
  • Creating characters we love and those we love to hate
  • Writing two novels at one time
  • What's next?

SUPREME BETRAYAL is a dynamic and action-packed journey of injustice, betrayal, murder and revenge as white privilege, partisan politics and greed take precedence over the truth.

 

CONNECT WITH MARK BELLO!

Visit his website: https://www.markmbello.com/

Follow him on social media:

Facebook
Twitter

Watch the book trailer video

Read the Reader Views review of Supreme Betrayal

You’ve Got Some Nerve - An Interview with Author Derryen Plante

You’ve Got Some Nerve - An Interview with Author Derryen Plante

January 5, 2021

DERRYEN PLANTE is a survivor who battled back from a traumatic brain injury and redefined herself in the wake of a horrific attack that altered the course of her life.DerryenPlante.jpg

Derryen received her BS from St. Lawrence University in 2015 (mathematics-economics combined and psychology), her master's degree in criminal justice from Boston University in 2019, and is currently working on her doctorate degree in business administration from Northcentral University. She currently works as a Principal Revenue Agent for the State of Maine, where she resides with her two adorable cats, Kanga and Roo.

She wrote this book to create a connection with others suffering with an invisible injury and to offer them strength to build a new life post-injury. From the broken pieces, she was able to create something beautiful. She hopes she can inspire others to do the same.

To connect and learn more about Derryen visit her website at DerryenPlante.com.

 

TOPICS OF CONVERSATION:

  • The 20-second attack that changed her life forever
  • Writing about her experience as a way to help others
  • How her experience changed her perception of depression, PTSD and other invisible illnesses
  • Recovery - Expectations vs. Reality
  • Coming to Terms
  • What life looks like now

 

YOU'VE GOT SOME NERVE

YouveGotSomeNerve.jpgDerryen Plante knew her destination in life long before she reached it: she was going to be a special investigator for the federal government working on high-level crimes. Every step she took was in preparation for one day achieving that dream. Then, without warning, her dream was shattered.

While completing a unit check at the juvenile prison where she worked, Derryen was violently attacked by one of the inmates. She suffered a traumatic brain injury that sent her into a spiral of PTSD, depression, and multiple medical interventions. As she navigated her life after the attack, Derryen struggled to accept her new reality. She’d built her entire life around a dream that no longer seemed possible. Without that, who was she?

You've Got Some Nerve is Derryen’s real, raw, and honest account of how she redefined her life, navigated the challenges unique to brain injury recovery, and found support in unexpected places. Her journey offers keen insight into how each of us can support those suffering with the long-term effects of an invisible injury.

CONNECT WITH DERRYEN PLANTE!

Visit her website: https://www.derryenplante.com/

Follow her on social media:

Facebook
Instagram
Twitter
LinkedIn

Read the Reader Views Review of You've Got Some Nerve

 

The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola - An Interview with Author Melissa Muldoon

The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola - An Interview with Author Melissa Muldoon

December 4, 2020

Melissa Muldoon is the author of Dreaming Sophia, Waking Isabella, Eternally Artemisia, and MelissaHeadshot.jpgThe Secret Life of Sofonsiba Anguissola.

She is an artist, designer, and creator of the Studentessa Matta Dual-language Blog and Youtube channel. Through her many projects and her programs to study in Italy, Melissa promotes Italian language and culture.

She has a B.A. in fine arts, art history, and European history and a Master's in art history. She studied painting, language, and art history in Florence.

Melissa's four books set in Italy celebrate art and creativity. They tell the stories of women and their journeys of self-discovery to find love, uncover hidden truths, and follow their destinies to shape a better future.

For more information about Melissa Muldoon and her books, visit her website at MelissaMuldoon.com

TOPICS OF CONVERSATION:

  • Her inspiration behind the story of Sofonisba Anguissola
  • Creation of the world's first "selfie"
  • Sofonisba's spirit, independence, and self-worth paves the way for female artists and all women
  • Writing Historical Fiction
  • Writing and marketing during a pandemic.
  • Next for Melissa

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Sofonisba Anguissola was a woman who dared to dream far beyond the limitations set for women during her era – truly a woman before her time. Her story demonstrates the power behind the sentiment, “anything is possible” and her achievements helped pave the way for generations of women to come. That Sofonisba is “the most famous woman you’ve never heard of” as indicated in the subtitle, is representative of the way she left her mark on the world – humbly, through hard work, humility, resilience, integrity, and respect. Through Melissa Muldoon’s exquisite rendition the world can see – 500 years later, that Sofonisba Anguissola was a true heroine and role model for all women on the road to equality.

CONNECT WITH MELISSA MULDOON!

For more information visit Melissa’s author webpage: MelissaMuldoon.com & Amazon Author page

To find Melissa on her other Social Media platforms please visit Linktree where all Social Media links are conveniently compiled for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Youtube, Goodreads and her other websites (https://linktr.ee/MelissaMuldoon)

Read our Review!

Soul Seeker - An Interview with Author Kaylin McFarren

Soul Seeker - An Interview with Author Kaylin McFarren

October 30, 2020

KaylinMcFarren.jpgKaylin McFarren has received more than fifty national literary awards, in addition to a prestigious RWA Golden Heart Award nomination for Flaherty’s Crossing—a book she and her oldest daughter, New York Times/USA Today best-selling author Kristina McMorris, co-wrote in 2008.

Prior to embarking on her writing journey and developing her popular Threads psychological thriller series, she poured her passion for creativity into her work as the director of a fine art gallery in the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon; she also served as a governor-appointed member of the Oregon Arts Commission and currently oversees interior design projects for the Yoshida Group of Companies.

Her self-published books are written in multiple genres and include award-winning romantic thrillers, mysteries, a time-travel adventure, and now, a paranormal fantasy. She hopes that her stories are entertaining and that they linger in the minds of readers long after her final twists are revealed.

In addition to writing, when she’s not traveling between homes in San Diego and Portland or spoiling her two pups and three grandsons, she enjoys giving back to her community through participation and support of various charitable, medical, and educational organizations, and encourages others to do the same.

To learn more about Kaylin McFarren and her work, visit her website

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Topics of Conversation

  • Stepping outside her normal genre – writing about the supernatural world
  • Why she pushes her characters to their limits
  • Bringing relevant social issues into the mix – women’s rights
  • A woman as the ruler of hell?
  • Writing and publishing a book during a pandemic

SOUL SEEKER

Crighton Daemonium arrives in the peaceful town of Lochton, Illinois, searching for wicked souls to add to his count. Benjamin Poe, a devoted husband, father and firefighter, finds himself in a battle of wills against this evil, manipulating demon, while protecting his only son. Ultimately, Poe is tricked into committing murder and Crighton is rewarded with the soul he was sent to retrieve. Following Poe’s execution, Crighton continues his dark malevolent duties, until he's kidnapped by members of The Sovereign Sector. This group of scientists, notorious for experimenting on supernatural creatures, forces Crighton into a soulmate relationship with the very angel he was sent to capture for the King of Hell, Lucifer. With secrets revealed, darkness rules and loyalties shift. The demonic soul-seeker soon becomes the target of Lucifer's revenge, and his journey to redemption and freedom—or eternal enslavement—begins.

CONNECT WITH KAYLIN MCFARREN!

Website: http://www.kaylinmcfarren.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKaylinMcFarren

Twitter: https://twitter.com/4kaylin

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/4kaylinmcfarren/

WATCH THE BOOK VIDEO

READ THE READER VIEWS BOOK REVIEW

Crimson at Cape May - An Interview with Author Randy Overbeck

Crimson at Cape May - An Interview with Author Randy Overbeck

October 8, 2020

Randy_Overbeck8r87g.jpg Dr. Randy Overbeck is a veteran educator who has served children as a teacher and school leader. For more than three decades, his educational experiences and responsibilities ranged from coach and yearbook advisor to principal and superintendent, and he’s lived the roles of many of the characters in his stories.

An accomplished writer, he has been published in trade journals, professional texts and newspapers, as well as in fiction, now with his third published novel.

As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Dr. Overbeck is an active member of the literary community, contributing to a writers’ critique group, serving as a mentor to emerging writers and participating in writing conferences such as Sleuthfest, Killer Nashville and the Midwest Writers Workshop.

When he’s not writing or researching his next exciting novel or sharing his presentation “Things That Go Bump in the Night,” he’s spending time with his incredible family of wife, three children (and their spouses) and seven wonderful grandchildren.

To learn more about Randy Overbeck and his work visit authorrandyoverbeck.com.

Topics of Conversation

  • The paranormal world and believing in ghosts
  • Choosing a new location for each mystery
  • Writing in a different time period
  • Favorite part of research process
  • Centering your mysteries around a social justice issue.

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CRIMSON AT CAPE MAY

No matter how far you run, you can never really escape a haunted past. Darrell Henshaw-teacher, coach, and paranormal sensitive-learned this lesson the hard way. Now, with his job gone and few options, he heads for Cape May to coach a summer football camp. The resort town, with gorgeous beaches, rich history and famous Victorian mansions, might just be the getaway he needs. Only, no one told him Cape May is the most haunted seaport on the East Coast. When a resident ghost, the Haunted Bride, stalks Darrell, begging for his help, he can't refuse, and joins forces with Cassie, another sensitive. As Darrell and the street-wise teen investigate the bride's death, they uncover something far more sinister than a murder. Can Darrell and Cassie expose those behind the crimes before they end up becoming the next victims?

CONNECT WITH RANDY OVERBECK

Website: https://www.authorrandyoverbeck.com/
Email: randyoverbeck@authorrandyoverbeck.com

Facebook: @authorrandyoverbeck
Twitter: @overbeckrandy

Watch the book video

Read the Reader Views Book Review

Betrayal High - An Interview with Author Mark M. Bello

Betrayal High - An Interview with Author Mark M. Bello

July 30, 2020

020gorback-finished.jpg As an attorney and civil justice advocate, author Mark M. Bello draws upon over 40 years of courtroom experience in his Zachary Blake Legal Thriller Series.
A Michigan native, Mark received his B.A. in English Literature from Oakland University and his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. After working extremely high profile legal cases, Mark wanted to give the public a front-row glimpse of what victims face when standing up for justice.
Combining his legal experience and passion for justice with a creative writing style, Mark not only brings high-quality legal services to his clients but captivating novels to his readers.
When Mark’s not writing legal and political novels, he writes and posts about fairness and justice in the civil justice system on his website, Legal Examiner and Injury Board. In his spare time, Mark enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. Mark and his wife, Tobye, have four children and 8 grandchildren.

Learn more about Mark and his work by visiting his website at www.markmbello.com.

 

Just a few of the topics of conversation:

  • School shootings and the root causes
  • Using an author platform to get the news out about relevant social justice issues
  • The Zachary Blake Legal Thriller Series

 

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What does a kid do when it just won’t stop? Kevin Burns has had enough. Today, the bullying stops. Today, he has easy access to his father’s gun cabinet. Today, Kevin exacts his revenge.

Bloomfield, Michigan, an affluent Detroit area suburb, is home to trial lawyer Zachary Blake. Other school districts envy Bloomfield, that is, until Kevin Burns commits shocking, all too familiar, acts of senseless violence. In the aftermath of the tragedy, everyone wonders ‘why?’.

Zack Blake seeks answers, justice for the victims, including his own son. How does a kid get a cache of weapons?

In Betrayal High, a Zachary Blake legal thriller, award-winning author/attorney Mark M. Bello answers these questions and more in this fifth installment of what many readers are calling the country’s best courtroom drama series. Prepare to get Betrayed . . . again.

 

CONNECT WITH MARK M. BELLO!

Website: https://www.markmbello.com
Facebook: @markmbellobooks
Twitter: @markmbello
Instagram: @markmbellobooks

 Mark’s books can be found on his website, Amazon, Goodreads, and all other online retailers. The books are available for reader, in print, or as audiobooks.

Read Our Review of Betrayal High

Writer Get Noticed! - An Interview with Colleen M. Story

Writer Get Noticed! - An Interview with Colleen M. Story

June 5, 2020

ColleenMStoryCroppedaecvh.jpgColleen M. Story inspires writers to overcome modern-day challenges and find creative fulfillment in their work. Her first non-fiction book, Overwhelmed Writer Rescue, was named Book by Book Publicity’s Best Writing/Publishing Book in 2018, and her novel, Loreena’s Gift, was a Foreword Reviews' INDIES Book of the Year Awards winner, among others. Her latest release, Writer Get Noticed!, was a gold-medal winner in the 2019 Reader’s Favorite Book Awards for writing and publishing, and a recent 1st-place winner in the Reader Views Literary Awards. With over 20 years in the creative industry, Colleen is the founder of Writing and Wellness (writingandwellness.com) and Writer CEO (writerceo.com). Please see her author website (colleenmstory.com) or follow her on Twitter (@colleen_m_story).

 Topics of Conversation:

  • About Writer Get Noticed!
  • What is an Author Platform?
  • Using your Strengths to Develop your Niche
  • The Three-Brain Decision Making system
  • On Writing and Wellness

WriterGetNoticed.jpgHave you been writing for years, but feel like no one notices? Have you publishedyour stories, only to gain a handful of readers? Do your marketing efforts feel like shouting into a void?

Veteran writer and motivational coach Colleen M. Story helps you break the spell of invisibility to reveal the author platform that will finally draw readers your way.
There are more books out there than ever before, and readers have many other things vying for their attention. A writer can feel like a needle in a haystack, and throwing money at the problem rarely helps. What does work is creating a platform that stands out, but in a sea of a million platforms, how is one to do that?

Writer Get Noticed! takes a new approach, dispelling the notion that fixing your writing flaws and expanding your social media reach will get you the readers you deserve. Instead, discover a myriad of strengths you didn't know you had, then use them to find your author theme, power up your platform, and create a new author business blueprint, all while gaining insight into what sets you apart as a writer and creative artist.

 

CONNECT WITH COLLEEN M. STORY!

Writing and Wellness (http://writingandwellness.com/)

Writer CEO (https://writerceo.com/)

Author Site (http://colleenmstory.com/)

LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/colleen-m-story-81408034/)

Twitter (@colleen_m_story)

Read our review of Writer Get Noticed!

Pernicious Pursuit - An Interview with Author Gary D. McGugan

Pernicious Pursuit - An Interview with Author Gary D. McGugan

May 26, 2020

Gary_McGugan_2014-small_b3fot.jpgGary D. McGugan loves to tell stories and is the author of Three Weeks Less a Day, The Multima SchemeUnrelenting Peril and Pernicious Pursuit. Whether sharing a vision with colleagues in large multinational corporations, helping consulting clients implement expert advice, or writing a corporate thriller, Gary uses artful suspense to entertain and inform. His launch of a new writing career—at an age most people retire—reveals an ongoing zest for new challenges and a life-long pursuit of knowledge. Home may be in Toronto, but his love of travel and broad business knowledge accumulated from extensive experiences around the globe are evident in every chapter Gary writes.

Topics of Conversation:

  • Writing novels of intrigue
  • Using international settings
  • Incorporating current relevant issues into the plot
  • Creating authentic female characters
  • Interests outside of writing
  • Coming Soon

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Snatched from a safe house in The Netherlands in the middle of the night, Howard Knight finds himself in the crosshairs of a vindictive crime boss relentlessly determined to even old scores. His lover, Janet Weissel, barely escapes the grasp of the unwelcome intruders. Her daring getaway takes an unconventional path to another country, a clandestine outfit, and a new purpose.

With The Organization’s vast resources as a backdrop, Pernicious Pursuit is a tale of survival, cunning schemes and dogged determination with seemingly insurmountable odds—while surreptitiously fighting back against deep-seated misogyny, abuse and the degradation of women by the nefarious criminal element.

Connect with Gary D. McGugan!

Website: https://www.garydmcguganbooks.com
Monthly Blog: https://www.garydmcguganbooks.com/rendezvous-blog
Facebook: @gary.d.mcgugan.books
Twitter: @GaryDMcGugan
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorgarydmcgugan 

Savagery - An Interview with Author Jessica Mehta

Savagery - An Interview with Author Jessica Mehta

May 21, 2020

Mehta.jpgJessica (Tyner) Mehta is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, multi-award-winning poet, and author of over one dozen books. Place, space, and personal ancestry inform much of her work. She’s also the Editor-in-Chief of Crab Creek Review and owner of an award-winning small business. MehtaFor is a writing services company that offers pro bono services to Native Americans and indigenous-serving non-profits.

Her novel The Wrong Kind of Indian won gold at the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs) and at the American Book Fest Best Book. Jessica has also received numerous fellowships in recent years, including the Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship at the Lilly Library at Indiana University in Bloomington and the Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowship at The British Library in London. Jessica is a popular speaker and panelist, featured recently at events such as the US State Department’s National Poetry Month event, “Poets as Cultural Emissaries: A Conversation with Women Writers,” as well as the “Women’s Transatlantic Prison Activism Since 1960” symposium at Oxford University.

She has undertaken poetry residencies around the globe including at Hosking Houses Trust with an appointment at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in England, Paris Lit Up in France, and at the Crazy Horse Memorial and museum in South Dakota. Her work has been featured at galleries and exhibitions around the world, including IA&A Hillyer in Washington DC, The Emergency Gallery in Sweden, and Institute of American Indian Arts in New Mexico. 

Topics of Conversation:

  • About writing poetry
  • Integrating poetry with technology through her "Red/Act" Exhibition
  • Poetry Performance Art and her "emBODY poetry" work
  • How writing serves as a means of trauma management (bibliotherapy)
  • A reading from "Savagery" 

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Poetry. Native American Studies. SAVAGERY joins Mehta's oeuvre as a reflection of what it means to be indigenous in today's increasingly hostile, post-colonial America. Reflecting on self, place, and space and with strong confessional leanings, SAVAGERY joins the ranks of other much-needed indigenous poetry of the era to provide a lens (and mirror) into indigenous issues and disparities while also providing a constant offering of hope. These poems are raw and very, very necessary.

Connect with Jessica Mehta

websites: www.jessicamehta.com and www.mehtafor.com

Twitter: @bookscatsyoga

Instagram: @bookscatsyoga

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