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Today’s Tease…Sandra Shrewsbury

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Sandra Shrewsbury

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Sandra Shrewsbury

Title of the book you are promoting:  Outside The Addiction – A Mother’s Story

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/Outside-Addiction-Mothers-Sandra-Shrewsbury-ebook/dp/B00ERYQ5RM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1392760977&sr=1-1&keywords=sandra+shrewsbury

 Genre: Non Fiction

 Welcome  SS….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?

SS: I have always wanted to be a nurse, so I could take care of everyone and help make them better.

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

SS: I would have to say it was Author Genevieve Scholl, She has been there every step of the way through this journey. She was the one who told me I needed to write this book.

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

SS: I am an Indie

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?

SS: I really don’t know, I have not dealt with publisher before so I don’t know how it would be.

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?

SS: Vin Diesel and we would not be talking much at all.

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?

SS: I want all the hate and judging to go away. I think if people would love more and not be so judging the world would be a better place.

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?

SS:  I do look at the covers first, if it catches my eye I usually read it. I also like paperbacks to read better then e-books.

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?

SS:  I wrote in a journal when I was young but I never wanted to be a writer until now.

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

SS:  It has to catch me from the beginning or I lose interest and won’t finish it. I love action, romance and paranormal.

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?

SS: Mine are from my life experiences

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

SS: Yes part two of my first book. It will be titled Aftermath Of An addiction. The cover reveal will be on March 7th, 2014 and it will be released in May 2014. I am also doing my first YA book called Spirit Riders which will be out this fall.

LH: I have 6 books out. How many books have you written? How many have been published?

SS:  I have one published and I am working on two now.

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

SS: I have a message I want to get out there to my readers. I am not in this to become rich or famous.

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?

SS: I have and I had to stop writing for a while and then I would go back in a few days and it was back.

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

SS: I would say let nothing stop you, just keep writing.

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?

SS:  I would have to say that if I could change one thing it would be that my daughter never would have become an addict.

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?

SS: I would have to say my father and I would tell him how much I love him because I never did and it was too late after he had past away.

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?

SS:  I would tell my family and I would be shocked.

Thank you for that honest and real interview SS…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage?  coffee

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble bath

Favorite Color? Green

Take out or Dine in? Dine in

Camping or Hotel? Camping

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate

Dogs or Cats? cats

Favorite Food? Seafood

Favorite Song? I have so many

Favorite Movie? Ghost

Favorite Car? 1967 Mustang

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

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

LH: 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?

SS:  I would have to say Ireland and I would take my niece Kathy with me and we would explore everything there. I have always wanted to go there because my family came from Ireland. Maybe find a Irish man to hang out with too.

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Sandra Shrewsbury’s

Outside The Addiction – A Mother’s Story

at

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If “The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself” why do we waste our time fearing anything? I say fear nothing for you only get one shot in life. (and yes…you may quote me 😉

No Fear

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“Shakespeare said “love is blind.”

I say “Love is blind, deaf and unable to smell!” and yes, you may quote me 😉

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Dear Mr. President

Miriam CareyDear Mr. President,

How did you sleep last night in your king sized bed with your Egyptian cotton sheets? Well I hope. I can’t say I slept so well myself. I dreamed I was surrounded by police, guns drawn and shots were being fired into my car. No words were said but as the life ebbed out of my body, I could see cold, dead eyes. They were your eyes sir. You had the same smile on your face that I’ve seen in all of your pictures and on television. Did you have that same smile on your face when the Secret Service called and told you they had murdered Miriam Carey? That is exactly what it was, murder.

I don’t know how many episodes of “Cops” you’ve seen with the endless vacations you take but in every single episode, once they have the vehicle “boxed in” as they did in Ms. Carey’s case, they order the suspect to show their hands, remove the suspect from the vehicle and then arrest them. Maybe then we’d know why she did what she did. Did she have a medical condition? Was she suffering from postpartum depression like her mother said? Did she have some other form of mental illness? We will never know especially in the case of this woman who had a year old baby in the backseat of her car. She was not innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. I was under the assumption that all US citizens were innocent until proven in a court of law. I guess that’s no longer the case. It was shoot first and don’t worry about asking questions…the baby won’t say anything. It’s sickening!

I could say I’m saddened but that is not even close. I am outraged. I am outraged at so many things. I am outraged that we will never know the whole story about anything on your watch. Our media is not allowed to tell us the truth. Our elected figures will not tell us the truth because well, they are politicians and they couldn’t tell us the truth if their lives depended on it and the American people have been blinded to it for so long it’s not funny.

I do want to say that I think the time has come. With you folding your arms across your chest, digging your heals in and refusing to cooperate with the others to keep the government open and benefits and other essential programs running, you have shown us that you want to bully everyone into submission. What would you do if our troops laid down their weapons and went home to their families and got civilian jobs? You can’t kill them and you can’t try them for treason because you will have broken their contract.

What would you do if Americans stopped buying anything, anywhere two or three days a week? That would bring you to your knees pretty quickly wouldn’t it? How about if people refused to work? Business refused to open to show you that “We the people” own this country, not you and your cronies? That might make an impact and show  you that you are directly affecting the lives of the very people who make this country run.

I am the daughter of a Korean Prisoner of War. He was in a hole in the ground eating dirty rice when he got to eat for 2 years and six days defending the country he loved. I’m sure he’s rolling in his grave at what’s going on now. I am also the mother of a US Marine who  is disgusted by what you’ve done when it comes to not taking care of your own in so many ways. I am disabled and cannot get the benefits I am entitled to due to you shutting down the Federal Government. I did notice that Camp David is still open and available for your pleasure. Funny how two faced you really can be.

When you were voted into office I was hopefully optimistic to the change that I thought you’d bring with you. Now I am hopefully optimistic to your replacement undoing the damage and havoc you have caused not only with our country but with the world.

I was a writer until Rheumatoid Arthritis took over my life. I know that you monitor everything I do and say. I know that your “Men in Black” can show up at my door at any time and that I could disappear at anytime. My friends, family, followers and fans all know about this letter and have been instructed to give it to all media outlets if I go “missing.”

In closing Sir, I would like to say, you have no idea how the private sector is doing. We are all worried. We are all struggling. We are all wondering when we’ll be going without food, shelter and clothing. You keep that in mind the next time you get on Air Force One and set off for your next of many vacations. I personally raised 4 strong, smart, contributing members of society with little child support and have never had a vacation.

I certainly hope you take some of my words to heart and stop this ridiculous power struggle and let our government, such as it is, govern.

Leah M. Tate aka Leanna Harrow

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THE Most Awesome Poetry Book I’ve Ever Read!

My dear friend and author Barbara C Rowe has published the most beautiful book of poetry I have ever read.

These poems chronicles the emotions and situations that we have all encountered.

This faith based poetry book is a MUST read.

Thank you Barbara for having the strength and courage to go through all you have and express it in such a touching manner.

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Today’s Tease…M.C. Holman

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

Your Name:  Maria Carmela Holman but my author name is M.C. Holman

Book you are promoting: Hidden Influence: Unveiling the Truth

Where on the web can we find you:

Welcome MCH…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?

MCH: Ha-ha! I was born and raised on an orchard and I hated every minute of it. I think it got to the stage where I was willing to be anything but a farmer or a farmers’ wife. I do remember wanting to be a hairdresser at one stage but that obviously didn’t happen.

LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. How did you decide you wanted to get into promotions?

MCH: My daydreams got me through my childhood. Life was much more pleasant in my own mind back then and when I was told that writing was good therapy I tried it. Decades later, I’m still writing.

LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. How hard was it for you to break into the promotions business? It seems to be very competitive…

MCH: It IS very competitive out there. It doesn’t matter what you get into these days, there are loads and loads of talented people everywhere. Some sing, some dance, others act or play sport and I even know a few who make and decorate amazing cakes. I didn’t realize until just recently how many writers are out there. There are millions! But regardless of the competition, if you enjoy what you do, keep going, no matter what. Persevere, and sooner or later it’ll pay off. I’m sure.

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?

MCH: Okay. Since you’ve already taken Johnny then I’ll invite Hugh Jackman and I’m going to be naughty and say that I wouldn’t talk to him about his wife. (He-he!)

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors. It’s kind of ironic that we’re in the business of selling sex and violence. Ever feel conflicted and if so which media source do you think is to blame?

MCH: I don’t mind a bit of sex in books, movies etc as long as it’s done with taste and it’s not overdone. There’s nothing worse (for me) than being put through, sex scene after sex scene in a book or a movie. It’s like…”Oh god, they’re at it again!) After a while it becomes tedious and I start skipping paragraphs or fast forward to the main story.

I don’t blame anyone. Sex sells, it’s only natural, but as with all things some like it more than others. I guess I’m one of the ‘others’ and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. We’re all different.

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?

MCH: Cancer. Definitely cancer.

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? Have you ever suggested an author rethink their cover or do you stay neutral on those kinds of things?

MCH: I know they say ‘never judge a book by its cover’ but that’s the first thing that readers see. If the cover doesn’t catch the eye then readers may not look twice at it. Even when buying electronic books online, the cover is displayed. Everyone has an opinion about covers.

I was eager to see what the publishers were going to come up with when ‘Hidden influence – Unveiling the Truth’ was being published and I now I’m very excited and keen to see what Eternal Press are going to do with ‘Drifting into the Unknown’. To me, it’s a real buzz.

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

MCH: Yes I am. My next novel is a follow-on from ‘Drifting into the unknown.’ The hint is in the last chapter of ‘Drifting’.  😉

LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…How rewarding is your job?

MCH: I love writing. It takes me out of my mundane life and into my own fantasy world where all of my hidden fears and secret desires lay dormant until I awaken them. It allows me freedom to do whatever I want in my stories without having to deal with the consequences. (If you know what I mean.)  I love driving the story in whichever direction I want it to go, and since I’m a bit of a control-freak, that suits me perfectly. I can’t wait for the day that I can write full time.

LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced any kind of anxiety or mental block when it comes to an event?

MCH: Never writers block. I do most of my thinking on my drive to and from work so when I sit at my computer I know exactly where I’m going.

However, since I am a little bit prudish, writing sex scenes are a little daunting. I need to be totally alone when I tackle them. Alcohol helps. Ha-ha! And when it comes to speaking to crowds, book signings and so forth, I may get a little panicky but that’s normal and I’m sure it happens to everyone.

LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you have any advice for someone that wants to go into promotions or event planning?

MCH: I’m sure they’ve heard it all before. To keep writing and never give up if that’s what you want to do. Even if what you write doesn’t look great, you can fix it later. But you can’t fix it until you’ve written it. So just do it!

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?

MCH: I’m with you. I wouldn’t change a thing about my life. No regrets here. I am who I am because of everything that’s happened to me in the past, everything that I’ve done and every person that I’ve met along the way. If I changed any of that, then I wouldn’t be me. And I like ‘me’ at the moment.

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?

MCH: I had friends who obviously thought that life was too hard. They took matters into their own hands and called it quits, leaving friends and family behind to mourn their loss. If I could go back and change their mindset, then that’s what I’d do. When you hit rock bottom, the only place left to go, is up.

No one should ever feel that the world would be a better place without them in it.

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 say…Michelle Obama calling you and saying she wanted you to promote a book for her? Who would be the first person you told?

MCH: Wow! I’d paste it all over facebook. First line would read something like…OMG OMG OMG!!!! Ha-ha! But I’d have to call my husband first; otherwise he might get a little upset with me.

Thank you for that funny and a little frightening interview (kidding 😉 MCH…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Hot-Coffee. Cold-Coke. Alcoholic-Hmm! Depends on my mood. Can be anything from Bourbon and coke, to midori and lemonade, or kahlua and coke and the list goes on and on.

Exercise or Bubble Bath? If I had a spa bath I’d probably say bubble bath but since I don’t then it’s exercise. Dancing around like a maniac and taking my dog for a walk qualify as exercise don’t they?

Favorite Color? If you look in my wardrobe it’s flooded with black, black and more black. So I guess black.

Take out or Dine in?  I love food especially when I don’t have to cook it myself. So both.

Camping or Hotel? Forget camping. Give me a hotel any day. I don’t like slumming it.

Sports or Chocolate? Ha-ha! You’re speaking to a chocoholic here.

Dogs or Cats?  Definitely dogs. The bigger the better.

Favorite Food? Seafood. I can live on seafood…and chocolate…and cake.

Favorite Song? Dixie chicks – ‘Not ready to make nice.’ Because I can relate to it.

Favorite Movie? Under the Tuscan sun.

Favorite Car? All new cars are nice but a friend bought a Mercedes recently and I fell in love…with the car that is, not the friend.

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Huh! I might plead the fifth on this one if that’s okay. Answering may get me into trouble.

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?

MCH:  Fun time! I could really get into strife for this but hey, it’s all fantasy right?

I’d take Hugh Jackman, (because you’ve already claimed Johnny) to a villa resort somewhere. We’d relax, laugh and chat about everything and anything. We’d have relaxing aromatherapy massages, drink cocktails, feed each other exotic foods, lay by the pool and just chill.

I wouldn’t be able to keep it secret though, so I’d take heaps of photos and post them all on facebook. Ha-ha!

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of M.C. Holman’s 

Hidden Influence:Unveiling the Truth

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Today’s Tease…A.W. Hazzard, Jr.

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease A.W. Hazzard, Jr.

Your Name or Pen Name you use: 

A.W. Hazzard, Jr. is my name.  penbuddy is a pen name that I am not yet published under but use for twitter and in WEbook.com. 

Title of the book you are promoting: 

“The Hassard Zone” is a novel, my first attempt at a novel, that I am currently working on.  You won’t be able to buy it right away, but you will want to when I’m finished with it.  Until then, YOU can purchase a couple books that have a poem within them. 

(I)  The first is “Private Jones’ Reality.”  It is a powerful poem about the reality found in the trauma of death in Viet Nam.  It is my first published piece.  I am very proud of it and would like everyone to read it.  This piece was especially emotionally invested in its creation. 

(2)  The Second piece published was “I Cried Once”, another poem.  This message was about love lost: A common poetic theme with a twist.  It was selected by Outskirts Publishing, being published in an anthology called “Fandemonium” which was sold with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross.  How cool is that? 
(3) Master Koda has selected several of my works for publication in their next anthology called “Literary Treasures ” This link only shows where I was chosen to be included in the publication.  http://masterkodawritingcontest.com/  This project is expected to be published a little later this summer.  I’m excited.  I can’t tell you what works will be in it.  It is a secret until it is in print. Keep an eye here at  https://authorteasereadings.wordpress.com/

 Link to purchase your Book:

  __The Very Best of WEbook Poetry 2009__
http://amzn.to/WEbookPoetry

___Fandemonium_

http://outskirtspress.com/bookstore/9781432770433.html  

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Welcome  AWH…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?

AWH: I wanted to be a preacher, a teacher, a lawyer, a cop, a famous author…I’m sure there was something else. J In some degree, I have done these and more.  This is not fiction, it is fact. But these experiences, albeit some very short lived, have given me a great background for writing.  At least that is what I keep telling myself.

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

AWH: I was well exposed to both classic and modern writers.  I was a “book club of the month” member and that helped me become aware of some.  I really liked Shakespeare…a lot.  I purchased a 33-1/3 rpm vinyl cut of Hamlet with Richard Burton playing the lead.  Short stories interested me a lot in class.  I like the idea of writing about one thing, uncomplicated by a bunch of elements, yet with a simplicity that develops the element being highlighted in the short. Poe always jumps to mind when thinking short stories; but many others have had an influence also. Poems, oh so many including Shakespeare, Frost and so many others have inspired me.  Hemingway jumps to mind when thinking of fiction writers.  Lois Lamoure also inspired me.  These are a sampling of the literary inspiration in my younger days. 

Why did I want to write?  That is the Question. Because it is an art form I could do.  I always loved to listen to a good story teller, and that brings Samuel Clemons to mind.  Now there was a story teller.  My first writing pieces were in HS and college.  I did not get great reviews from my HS English teacher.  There was a little history there which time and space forbids me from embellishing now.  My college professors were more supporting.  Then I became involved with WEbook which has peer interaction.  Authors post projects and other authors comment on those chapters, poems, shorts etc.  This is peer review and their support is very helpful.  MasterKoda.com, WritersWriteOn  and other Facebook groups focused on member support are great places to find encouragement and practical personal experience in publication and promotion.      

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

AWH: I am a published poet and soon to be published prose and poetry author in the Master Koda Select Publishing.  I have thought about self-publication, but never took the step, not the least of which was because of cash. I have a lot of respect for great authors who have went the Independent Publication route.  It is just not for me.

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?

AWH:  I live in the Southern Tier of New York State, just a few miles west of Elmira, NY. This is where Samuel Clemons owned a house and wrote in a garden cottage in his back yard.  I’d love to spend some time in his garden with a bite to eat and a beverage.  I’d talk about anything he wanted to talk about.  There would be no out of bounds area, except for me.  I would be the subject we would not talk about.  Having time with Mark Twain, I can’t think of anyone so egocentric enough to talk about oneself. I’d say “Mr. Clemons, tell me what is on your mind, please.”  I am sure that politics of the day would be included.  Somehow I believe I would like that.

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?

AWH: I totally agree that the seedier side of the human experience is glorified in today’s media.  Hot sex scenes and gory graphic scenes of bodies being blown up, cut up and shot up are not needed. 

The art of imagination is being lost due to the leaps we have made in cinematography and the digital world.  The kids are exposed to too much too fact and too often.  This desensitizes them to the horror of death and dismemberment and often creates addicts that crave that type of stimulation.  Am I surprised to hear about a couple of kids shooting fellow kids in their school or a frustrated college student shooting unarmed movie goers?  Not really. Like the terrorists around the world, the messier the scene, the more body parts flying around the air and louder the screams, the more successful they see themselves. 

The same can be said about sex scenes.  One used to infer events and now they show them.  Our kids don’t need to go to movies, rent them or watch them on cable TV with adult activities, partial nudity or worse and heavy breathing with sweat dripping off their brows.  Adults don’t need to see these things and kids shouldn’t be encouraged by those scenes.  

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?

AWH: I would change the hearts of men and women.  I am a preacher, an evangelist who has gone to Cuba to assist the local churches and to spread the Gospel.  The Gospel of Christ is all about love…love God, love your neighbor, love your spouse, love your children, and love your enemy.  The Gospel of Christ, if accepted would in fact bring about World Peace.  Those like me who have turned in their M-16 rifles for the Word of God know the horror of war and the cause of it as well.  Poverty does not cause wars.  People who want power cause wars.  I don’t care what their politics are, their so called faiths are, the only reason there is war anytime anywhere is because someone wants power over someone else.  Hate and religion or philosophy are tools that the greedy and would be power monger use to get people to fight their wars, but it is the lust for POWER and CONTROL which feed the flames of discontent among the people and then cry to them to take up arms.  It has been the same since Cain rose up against his brother Able.

The greatest moment in my community experiences were when I was able to take a former communist and immerse them in the waters of baptism for the forgiveness of their sins (Acts 2.38)  As a U.S. Marine, I fought Communism with bombs and bullets in Viet Nam.  As a Christian evangelist, I fought Communism with the message of hope found in the Gospel.  The irony is that Islam is called the religion of peace, yet their Koran teaches them to kill the infidel in order to advance their faith.  This is the diametric opposing view of the Gospel of Peace where we are told to love our enemies.

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?

AWH: I spent a lot of time in the Restaurant and Hospitality business to put food on the table while I engaged in those things I loved, like writing and preaching.  I tell you this because PRESENTATION in the industry, food or hospitality, is VERY important. Okay, I’m old school.  You need to establish contact, eye contact to draw the potential buyer to your product, rather than the book next to yours.  Once you have their attention, then the synopsis and pitch is key, but you have to create the interest first.  Titles can help do that, but titles can be so far off the mark when it comes to content and anyone who’s been looking has learned that quickly.  Have a catching image (symbol) creating interest and then close the sale with a great pitch. 

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?

AWH: I’ve touched on this earlier.  Reading opened the world of the book and storytelling to me.  The more of it I did, the more I wanted to write a best seller.  My HS Eng teacher dampened my drive a bit, but he did not shoot the writer down. Time opportunity and appreciation have moved me to write since the mid 1980s and on.  That would be thirty or more years from my birth.

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

AWH: I am very much a humanist as a writer.  The personality and its interaction with other personalities is what I love most about stories. I’ll watch a drama on TV and my wife just doesn’t understand why.  LOL  She will watch Sci-Fi or True Detective shows and I just shake my head.  She and I are different and that is a good thing.  The people, how they feel, what motivates them and their thought process and emotions…that is what trips my trigger as a writer or a reader.

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?

AWH: I have wanted to capture my experiences growing up.  Before that I used to do assignments and write almost a dime store romance novel type short story.  That is where my HS Eng teacher degraded me, calling my work by that description.  I told my college professor that story and he told me I should have kept writing them.  They sell like hot cakes.  When I was in high school writing those stories motivated by youthful passions and classic poems of love, I wrote to express that passion.  Now I try to capture my past, memorable moments in my past, for others to read and enjoy.  I really want to do that for my kids and their kids and so on.  I have a friend on Facebook that responds to my goodnights with “Goodnight John Boy”.  I wouldn’t mind being remembered for those kinds of stories. 

Fiction.  I have mentioned that I am writing my first real fiction story.  Often times some folks say that a fiction novel is a conglomeration of the author’s life.  When I have my first novel, The Hassard Zone, written, it will be just that.  Drawing from myself and my experiences and folks I have known, I put together what I call “Potato Head” characters.  I’ll take something form one person I knew and put it into the character like we used to take plastic parts like ears and eyes and poke them into the potato.  War, crime, investigations, ministry all has a part in the story.  Why not?  They all had a part in my experience. Sometime the story line flows and sometimes it doesn’t.  I’ll get spurts of an idea for a paragraph and write it down and might not get to the story again for weeks.

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

AWH: I am working on the novel, THE HASSARD ZONE
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?

AWH: I have an interesting project involving others which is a collection of prose and poetry, non fiction in nature called “Reflections of the Imperfections of Humanity caught in Insanity”  This project has some whimsical stories/poems and some intense emotional stories/poems, each having been experienced by the authors.  I am trying to decide if I will end up with the other authors’ work or just keep it mine.  They have some great pieces in the project which are worthy of publication.  I’ll focus on that this fall, Lord willing.  Most of all the creation is done in the project and now I need to edit and format but mostly select what I will include.  It would be hard to cut anyone who trusted me enough to include their work with mine and do it with great enthusiasm.  I feel emotionally invested in them.  Maybe this collection can be done in two or three volumes.

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

AWH: I have written for money.  That was as a freelance columnist for a local weekly newspaper.  It wasn’t a lot but it was a great experience while I was working in a factory to pay the bills.  My ‘literature’ is not written for money up to this point in time.  I’d like to reap a few bucks to help in these lean years; but I have something to say and write it for the purposes I’ve mentioned earlier.  I write for ART.  Does that sound high-browed?  I don’t mean it that way.  The skill, the art of word smithing is the challenge, that and telling a good story like Samuel Clemons. These are the things that motivate me.

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?

AWH: I have no problems with my family, any of the generations and now I am the eldest generation.  The rest of the family better have some respect for the old man.  I would only write a “tell all” book in a novel. Again, I wouldn’t put the characters as copies of people I know or myself. I’d mix it up some.  I suppose those who really know me and those I’ve known…wait, most of them are dead.  I’d want to protect the guilty while they are still breathing.

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?

AWH: I haven’t been under the gun to write, except for that freelance gig. Because I haven’t been under a time constraint, I don’t worry about block and I can usually get past a “I don’t want to…” with just a little self-talk, but why?  I did say I’m not under the gun, not yet.

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

AWH: Yeah… I’ve got advice.  Put Pen To Paper.  Pay attention in English Comp (except when your teacher berates you.)  Let others read your stuff and tell you what words you misspelled (oh, spell check does that now.)  Read, read, read and then pick up a book and read some more.  Every writer develops their own style.  Mostly they do that by reading and writing over and over and over again.  Does that sound like work?  It is.  Don’t even think about writing a book unless your really have something to say.  The world doesn’t need another book, just another great book.  The book you write may be that next great book.

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?

AWH: I wouldn’t change a thing either.  No regrets in this heart.  Besides, I never learn from my mistakes, so I’d probably make the same ones again. (thinking of my first wife here. Even that wasn’t a mistake.  We had two great kids and some grand-kids to boot. Love produced them and bad choices broke our marriage up.)

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?

AWH: I think the founding father did it right. It is easy to look back and be critical of their decisions.  The biggest issue that would pop into my mind at the time is the calling a negro 2/3 of a human in the Constitution.  Out of context, that sounds horrific.  The fact is that many didn’t want to give the negro and claim to humanity.  The 2/3rds compromise was a great step forward in their day.  I have had a lot of my ancestors who fought against slavery.  I have some who were slave owners at that time. But I only bring this up because most if not all of the “got it wrong” items the founding fathers are accused of were actually great and bold steps forward for all of mankind.  (Woman suffrage did come in time.  As a free people, we usually will get there.

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?

AWH: I am not sure what you mean.  You can be shy and still have a book made into a screen play.  You would only interject yourself into the process as much as you wanted to.  I would want to insure that the essence of the story was kept in the play.  Other than that, I’d probably give them a pretty free hand. 

Thank you for that well thought out and insightful interview AWH…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Iced tea on a hot day.  Freshly ground coffee made into expresso on a cold morning. 

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Can I pass on both?  LOL  I like to soak in a hot bath when my muscles are sore. 

Favorite Color?  Blue… the color of my eyes blue.

Take out or Dine in? I am a pain as a customer.  I spent some years in restaurant management and I find myself looking for dirt, clean tables and windows.  I was a chef and am exacting on the food.  You wouldn’t want me in your restaurant to eat.  It would be different in your home.  I would be relaxed and enjoy every moment.  I love home cooked and home folk.  My fondest memories growing up was with family around a home cooked meal.

Camping or Hotel? The weather would determine that one.  Camping is cheaper and I love sitting around an open fire with a cold one in my coolie.

Sports or Chocolate? That depends, but I can tell you that I always love Chocolate and only sometimes want to watch sports. 

Dogs or Cats? I love animals.  I grew up with cats dogs and horses.  Had some chickens too. 

Favorite Food? I like all food prepared well and with love.  We hear a lot about comfort food.  To me comfort food is anything that reminds me of a “home cooked meal” and usually means stuff I grew up eating.  “Eggs, bacon, hot cakes with maple syrup and a side of grits.”  That is some good eating.  To change it up, throw in some sausage and/corn mush.   

Favorite Song? How Great Thou Art

Favorite Movie? The Black Arrow (I saw it when a kid, that was the name; but I haven’t been able to find it in the last 40 years.  It was a Robin Hood type but the signature item was the hero’s black arrows.)

Favorite Car? 1969 Camaro or Pontiac Custom S (same car but more classy.)

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Then both it is, but at my age the Chocolate melts to fast and the sex don’t last. 😉 Cuddling can last a long long time.

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?

AWH: I would stay at home, with my wife and have a housekeeper do the chores for a week.  We would cuddle and sit out back listening to the birds sing while we sip on our favorite cold beverage on a hot summer eve as we sat near the open fire pit.  

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Today’s Tease…Charlene M. Martin

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Charlene M. Martin

Your Name or Pen Name you use:   Charlene M. Martin

Title of the book you are promoting:  Unexpected Love (Unexpected Series)

 Link to purchase your Book:

 http://www.amazon.com/Unexpected-Love-Series-ebook/dp/B00CT8YJLM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1370532149&sr=8-2&keywords=unexpected+love

Genre:  Fiction Fantasy, paranormal, coming of age, NA Romance.

Welcome  CMM…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?

CMM: I have always wanted to be a Neonatal Nurse, (the NICU nurse)

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

CMM: I too never wanted to write, but I started reading about 5 years ago and I have read a ton, of great books. I had a great idea for a book and gave it to shelly carne and she said you write it. I said um, NO I can’t write. She told me to give it a try. A few months later with her and my best friends influence I did just that.

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

CMM: I am INDIE

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?              

CMM: I have no idea, I am hesitant, cause I like that I am my own boss. That I decide when I publish and what is published.

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?

CMM: Christian Grey, and the red room of pain..

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?

CMM: I write sex books, so I can say that I love the fact that we have grown into a society that has the ability to talk and read about sex. I like that we don’t have to be ashamed of what we do in the bedroom. As far as the violence, I hate it and wish it were gone forever.

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?

CMM: I would change money. I wish we didn’t need it. I wish everything was free and everyone went to work and had their jobs and health care. We all were responsible and do as we are supposed to.

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?

CMM: I think the cover draws the reader to the book, but I think the synopsis is what hooks the reader. I don’t think it makes a difference that it’s online. If I like the cover then I read the back if  I link both I buy.

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?                            

CMM: Just started this year. I hated to read as a kid, but I was a pretty good story teller when I was a kid.

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

CMM: I always want to be the one that has the wonderful guy that treats her like a princess.

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?

CMM: This was a dream, I woke up and wrote down the start of a book, then the idea came from the words.

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

CMM: Yes, I am working on the book two of this series. Unexpected Destiny

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?            

CMM: Just this one.

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

CMM: I like started writing for fun and I will continue to do so, but I like to see my success too. I use the money to fund the next book so  the money isn’t a big deal to me.

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?

CMM: I know my family is proud of me, but I have some that are very religious and for me to be writing basically a book that has some pretty hot sex scenes. Some of them are not supportive.

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?

CMM: Not writers block, just the writers don’t want to. I did have some trouble coming up with a scene in my next book, but another author helped with that.

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

CMM: JUST WRITE, TILL YOU CAN’T.

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?

CMM: Honestly nothing, because it has made me who I am, but life has always been a challenge for me. I wish for something to just come easy, but you know what they say nothing that comes easy is ever worth it.

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?

CMM: I would tell everyone not to smoke, That tobacco is awful and very harmful. As I work in a hospital and see people die horrible terrible deaths.

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?

CMM: I would call my husband and scream at the top of my lungs. I would handle it very well. I would be thrilled if that ever happened.

Thank you for that interesting and well worded interview CMM Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage?  Dr. pepper

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble Bath

Favorite Color? Um, I have two pink and blue

Take out or Dine in? Dine in

Camping or Hotel? Hotel

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate

Dogs or Cats? Both

Favorite Food? Steak

Favorite Song? Lots I love music.. this week is A thousand years by Christina Perri.

Favorite Movie? Sweet home alabama

Favorite Car? Silverado truck

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Sex over chocolate any day, but both can be fun.

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?

CMM: I would go to an exclusive island with Christian Grey AKA Ian Somerhadler and have a lot of amazing sex. I would take my best friend Dana so when I came up for air we could shop and talk about the Amazing sex I was having..

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Charlene M. Martin’s

Unexpected Love (Unexpected Series)

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