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Today’s Tease…Mandy Eve-Barnett

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Mandy Eve-Barnett

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Mandy Eve-Barnett

Title of the book you are promoting:  Am I allowed two?

Rumble’s First Scare – a children’s book about a little monster experiencing his first scaring adventure on All Hallow’s Eve.

The Rython Kingdom – a fantasy for adults set in medieval England following the adventures of a travelling troubadour.

Link to purchase your Books: 

Rumble – http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/retail/books/rumbles-first-scare

Rython – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/214247

http://www.amazon.ca/The-Rython-Kingdom-ebook/dp/B00AUBP2SO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376316600&sr=8-1&keywords=the+rython+kingdom

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Rython-Kingdom-ebook/dp/B00AUBP2SO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376316653&sr=8-1&keywords=the+rython+kingdom

 Genres:  Children   Fantasy

Welcome  MB…I, LH have some questions for you 😉

LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?

MB: My first dream job was working with horses then later an interior designer after attending art college.

LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence; I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?     

MB: I started my writing rather late in life but have always been a veracious reader. Wanting a creative outlet when I moved to Canada, I happened across a leaflet for a writing group and have never looked back. Many of this group’s members have been my main influencers. I read books with a different ‘eye’ now and appreciate the amount of work a novel takes to write.

LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?

MB: I was extremely lucky to find a local publisher, who helped me with both of my books. Dream Write Publishing has a real personal touch and the process was enjoyable.

LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?

MB: My experience with Dream Write Publishing is most probably not the ‘norm’ for a first time author. However, I am open minded about approaching ‘big’ publishing houses, realizing the process will be very different but each endeavor is an adventure. The worse they can say is ‘No’.

LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?

MB: Paul Newman as he was the perfect being (in my eyes, anyway!) I would not discuss his blue eyes.

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors.  Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?

MB: Unfortunately sex and violence seem to be the biggest ‘selling’ points for everything from toothpaste to movies to cars. Innocence has been lost – it is a slippery slope – as a society and species we will sink to a Sodom & Gomorrah or Roman Empire type demise. With the expectation of sex and violence as the vehicle for everything, it is impossible to get relevant attention from backers, if it is not part of the ‘package’. Regrettably, we cannot ‘unlearn’ this behavior so I’m at a loss as to how we can rectify the problem.

LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?

MB: To have humans live in harmony with the natural world and not destroy the flora and fauna that actually make this world beautiful and vibrant.

LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?  

MB: An esthetically pleasing cover will certainly help catch a buyer’s eye but as we become savvier with the online world, I believe reviews and blurbs are becoming more important as well as the ability to define our ‘want’ through search engines.                              

LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?

MB: I have always been creative in one way or another. Painting, pottery, textiles, you name it I tried and enjoyed them all. My writing life began very late – let’s say above 45 and below 50 and leave it at that! However, in the time I have been writing, I have been making up for lost time. My only ‘dip’ into creative writing was when I wrote several short stories for my children when they were small but life deterred me from pursuing it at that time.

LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?

MB: For me it’s how a character will overcome the obstacles and how their personality changes throughout the story.                                                        

LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?

MB: Ideas come to me in many forms. A simple word or picture prompt, a conflict or emotion seen or experienced, or something read that has me go off on a tangent.

LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?

MB: Actually I have several projects that are in various stages of completion. I’m working in collaboration with two friends on a ‘How To’ workbook, editing a children’s chapter book and plotting and planning a new romance novel.                                                                           

LH: I’m working on #6…3 are published and the other 3 are due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?

MB: I have two novels unpublished, and my current chapter book is obviously not published yet.  Published works are an anthology, an ebook and a children’s print book.            

LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?

MB: Most certainly I write for the pure enjoyment of creating a world full of characters, places and conflict. The money may only come in dribs and drabs but no matter how much or little it is, it is the cherry on the top but not necessary.

LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing? MB: Initially, my immediate family did not take my writing seriously at all. It was Mum being awkward and wanting time on her own! I think my extended family thought it was a passing fad. Gradually, they have all come to realize I’m not only totally obsessed but also incredibly happy because of my writing. To put it simply – I experience pure happiness deep in my soul.

LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?

MB: Luckily, I have only had (touches wood) one instance of writers block in the midst of my first NaNoWriMo of all times. I was stressing over how many words I needed to write and all of a sudden there were none. After staring for sometime at the empty word document on my laptop, I wrapped up warm and walked the dog. I’m not sure if it was the extreme cold (it was approximately -34 degrees, I live in Alberta, Canada) or just being away from the laptop, TV noise and stuffy atmosphere or something else but as I walked my characters came back to me and started talking again.

LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you? MB: Believe in yourself. Don’t let other people judge you for doing something that makes you happy. It is a steep learning curve but it is so worth the struggle.

LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

MB:  I’ve pondered this question before – the great ‘what if’ of life. When I explored all the different paths I could have taken, I found that something or someone I treasure would be missing from my life now. So no I would not change anything, even the bad stuff.

LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?

MB: Wow that’s a huge question! If it was possible to advise each nation to respect their neighbors and not conquer each other. Diversity is not a bad thing.

LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?

MB: I’d be absolutely over the moon and would love the opportunity to create the ‘world’ in my head onto the big screen. I would be shouting so loud most people would hear me LOL. In no particular order I would tell, my son and daughter, my Mother and sister and my mentor, Linda.

Thanks for that fun and thoughtful interview MB…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage?  Tea – proper black tea with milk!

Exercise or Bubble Bath? No contest bubble bath

Favorite Color? Purple (or any derivative of it).

Take out or Dine in? Depends on my mood but dine in probably.

Camping or Hotel? Difficult question mainly because I have not gone camping or stayed in hotels. I prefer a self catering cottage by the ocean.

Sports or Chocolate?  Chocolate as long as its Swiss white chocolate.

Dogs or Cats?  Dogs mainly but I love all animals.

Favorite Food? Can I make that foods? Fresh fish and crisp salads are equally favored.

Favorite Song? Have I Told You Lately by Van Morrison although I have a huge list!

Favorite Movie? Good grief, one? I have eclectic tastes so it could be Toy Story, Lord of the Rings, Thelma & Louise or Snatch.

Favorite Car? The first car I bought myself – Ford Cortina Mk11 Saloon

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Chocolate

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?

MB: With no hesitation I would go to Italy, starting in Rome (I absolutely adore that city) and exploring as much of the country as possible. I would take my daughter, my sister, and my two greatest friends. We would go sightseeing, eat authentic Italian food and drink robust wines. Sultry evenings would be spent enjoying the nightlife to the fullest and indulging in a few Italian lovers (each!)

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Mandy Eve-Barnett’s 

Rumble’s First Scare  and The Rython Kingdom

at

http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/retail/books/rumbles-first-scare

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/214247

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Today’s Tease…Barbara C. Rowe

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Barbara C. Rowe

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Barbara C. Rowe

Title of the book you are promoting: Turbulent Sea of Emotions & Muffin and the Junior Guardian angel Posse” Book #1 “The Angel That Couldn’t”

 Link to purchase your Book: 

 Genre:  Poetry, faith-based, life experiences, childrens

Welcome  BR…I, LH have some questions for you 😉

LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?

B.R: When I was little, the thing I wanted most was a home and children.  I grew up being raised by several different families, including my Grandparents.  At 12 yrs. of age I was in an orphanage in Dallas.  Can’t say anything bad about my parents, other than they just didn’t get it. Everything I saw in my grandparents is what I wished for.  As a teenager, I was still wanted a home of my own and to be a good wife.  I did all those things, with no regrets. There were times I dreamed of being an artist, which I became.  The writing just happened.  There were no grand ideas of fortune, but of emotional wealth.

LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?

B.R:  All through my teenage years I wrote poetry and song lyrics. As an adult around 40, I went through a hard time, so began journaling for healing.  Writing with deep emotion is a great thing; it brings out the best in us.  That is how my book, “Turbulent Sea of Emotions” came to be.  It’s a story, in poetic verse, about ones journey through life and all the emotions we feel.  So, my goal is not really to be successful financially with my writing, but more, to make someone’s life better because of it.

LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?

B.R:  My first book was through a Publisher because I wasn’t aware of other options.  I have 5 books coming out this year and I plan to self-publish.  It is the only way to have control.

LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?

B.R:  I would recommend that all new writers do their research for options.  The time is changing and there is a real advantage to being an Indie

LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?

B.R:  lol.  My husband would crack up at this answer.  I would choose Steven Segal, and trust me; we would not be discussing anything at all.  We’d be far too busy.

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest offenders.   Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Which form of media do you think is the worst offender?

B.R:  That has two answers.  One:  We have freedom of choice to do what we want in the privacy of our home and watch or listen to what we want.  If you don’t want to hear it or see it, you have that right, but I believe strongly that we should protect our children from adult topics and allow them to be children as long as they can.  We have all the time in the world to grow old, but not much time to stay young.

Secondly:  I can’t blame one media more than another for the sex and violence.  It’s just out there:  Everywhere.

LH: I’m a huge softie and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?

B.R:  If I could, I would try to make society, meaning families, more aware that our elders are where our wisdom is and they should not be disregarded in any way, because of health or age.  They should be cherished as we would want to be, but unfortunately, we forget that we will be “them” in years to come.  I for one want to know I still matter.

LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?

B.R:  I agree the change of how we get our reading material is drastically changing.  My personal opinion is that I would always wish to have books as well as the other option, but if you like what you see on the cover, you will more likely to look inside.  If the cover is not appealing, then I might look over a potential best-seller, just because I didn’t like what I saw.  On the other hand, once inside, the cover won’t help one bit, if the material is not any good.  But what do I know?  lol.  I’m just the writer.

LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?

B.R:  I’ve always written, since in my early teens.  Romance and fairy tales was my idea of writing:  Female hormones raging to be in love or the thought of it.  I was and am a true romantic.

LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?

B.R:  The plot of the story, something I can relate to, or someplace I wish I could go, is what interests me:  If its sex and romance, then it needs to seem real. If  it’s fantasy, I want it to have a happy ending.  I still scream and pester the heck out of my husband, like a child on what is going to happen next in a story.  Maybe I should have chosen a different profession:  A detective.  Lol.

LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?

B.R:  Some of my writing is about my life or something similar.  You already know how funny I can be, so sometimes I just have to write down all the bloopers I have.  My emotions dictate what I write and how I paint.  If I stay true to that, I usually come out ahead.

LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?

B.R: Thanks for asking, Leah.  Two of my books have just been released:  One being a faith-based children’s book, which will be a series.  It’s called “Muffin and the Junior Guardian angel Posse” Book #1 “The Angel That Couldn’t”.  The second is a faith-based poetry book entitled “Turbulent Sea of Emotions”:  Which is about life experiences, emotions and the struggle we all face in life.  Soon to be released is a hilarious short story book entitled “You’re from the city…Right?”   The book is about adventures of a city girl trying to adapt to country life in the mountains and her crazy ideas of hands on experience.  If my readers think the lady is a total airhead, then it is about someone I know.  If my readers love it and have fun with it, then I’ll own up to the fact; it’s about Me.  lol

LH: I’m working on #6…5 are published and the other is due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?

B.R.: There is 1 book out now, “A Turbulent Sea of Emotions”, which is a collection of life experiences and emotions, written in poetic verse.  I don’t want to label it a poetry book for it is far more than that.  People perceive poetry books to be something you have to try to figure out or what they were exposed to in school.  This one is my life.  10 years’ of heartache, joy, disappointments and expectation’s.

I have 4 books total- 3 Children’s books yet to be published. One hilarious collection of short stories, almost ready to be released within the next month and I’m penning two novels, one that will be ready by the first of 2014, and the other soon after.   Then there is my children’s book series that will continue on as long as I have my great illustrator.  I’ve been dabbling in different genres, hoping to find what I love the most.

LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?

B.R:  I write because it is as much a part of me as my art is: an extension of myself.  There is the deep side and then there is this airhead side to me that comes naturally.  My husband laughs at me, saying life is never dull.  I suppose that’s a good thing.  I’d like recognition for my work, but to become rich is not that important.

LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?

B.R:  I found out the hard way, that no matter what you do, someone is going to disapprove.  My novels are Contemporary Romance; One is the love story I’m living and the other:  In a different time in my life.  The book that is out now, “Turbulent Sea of Emotions” is such a personal book that there are subjects that hit a nerve with my children, but I wanted to be real and honest.

LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?

B.R:  I have never had a lack of words of thought or in print. My mind goes wild with several ideas, all at once.  I can’t shut up the thoughts, like some can’t shut me up.  You, Leah, should know that very well. lol

LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?

B.R:  Yes, I do have advice for new writers.  Write what you want and how you feel and just go with it.  It is in the passion of something you love, that makes you successful, not who buys what you write, although it would be nice to be a best seller.  Someone said, “If someone takes the time to write something, it is worthy of reading.”

LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

B.R: That’s a deep question for me.  I’d not take for granted, that the one I love knows I love them, but rather I would show it every day.  It is an awful feeling to leave important things unsaid; only to find out it is too late.

LH: If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?

B.R:  Ha! Ha!  I would go to someone that was in my early years that told me I would never be anything or anyone important and tell them that they were full of it.  Everyone is important.

LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?

B.R:  lol.  If I were to be approached to make one of my books to be a movie, it would definitely be a surprise, but welcomed one.  I would hope they would pick the funny book to portray:  Something to make people forget their worries.  Besides, I’m considered hilarious to my husband and close friends already.  Other than my husband, who is not only my mate, and lover, he is most certainly my best friend, I would probably tell my best-girlfriend and you already know who that is.

Thanks for that touching and informational interview BR…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Caramel Mocha Cappuccino

Exercise or Bubble Bath?  Bubble Bath-preferably with someone

Favorite Color? I’m an artist, so all except Christmas green are my favorites

Take out or Dine in? Dine Out

Camping or Hotel?  Hotel

Sports or Chocolate?  Chocolate

Dogs or Cats?  Dogs

Favorite Food?  All different Ethnic foods-I’m a gourmet cook

Favorite Song? Soul mate-by Josh Turner

Favorite Movie?  Somewhere In Time-with Christopher Reeves

Favorite Car? Fast one

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉  A lot of both

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?

B.R.: I can’t imagine going anywhere with someone other than my husband.  It took me too long to find the right man.  I always wanted to take him back home to North Carolina, to see the Biltmore House in Asheville.  He is all into Renaissance so to go to a place that is like a castle would make him happy.  But I wouldn’t tell anyone, because I would want him all to myself.  Yes, ladies.  He’s that special.

 

Thank you for spending this time with us today and make sure get your copy of Barbara C. Rowe’s

Turbulent Sea of Emotions

and

Muffin and the Junior Guardian angel Posse” Book #1 “The Angel That Couldn’t”

at

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_12?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=barbara%20c%20rowe&sprefix=barbara+c+ro%2Caps%2C206

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Muffin & The Junior Guardian Angel Posse by Barbara C Rowe

I just published my first children’s book for the amazingly talented author

Mrs. Barbara C Rowe

Muffin and the Junior Guardian Angel Posse Book 1 The Angel That Couldn’t is now available in ebook for at https://www.createspace.com/4368087 and will be available in paperback within the next week!

Muffin and her Junior Guardian Angel Posse will be charged with helping small Children on Earth handle difficulties like bullying, self esteem issues and sharing.

I am privileged to introduce my wildly creative, wonderfully cooperative and extremely gifted Illustrator, Hugo Teixeira of Portugal. He is well known in his country, so it is my esteem pleasure to be able to introduce him internationally.

I hope you, your children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren enjoy reading these stories as much as I have enjoyed writing them and Hugo has enjoyed illustrating them.

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