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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 😉

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And For Our Final Spooky Story…A Ghost Story by Kathryn Meyer Griffith

A Ghost Story

by Kathryn Meyer Griffith

Because most of us are terrified of dying and death, of losing all we know so well in this mortal plane, we want to know: is there life after death? Do ghosts walk the earth? Vengeful or benevolent spirits? Immortals such as vampires and werewolves? Does good always win against evil? As human beings we’d love the answers to these questions and if we can’t find them, prove them, well, then we’ll invent, create, worlds where we can.

Now I must say that I can’t be considered a true skeptic when it comes to the supernatural because at the tender age of sixteen I saw a ghost, or what I believed was a ghost. My great Aunt Mary had died two days before. Not unexpectedly. She was old, had been in a nursing home for months, and we knew it was coming. Before the nursing home, though, she’d lived ten years with my maternal grandmother, whose name was also Mary, and had been happy there. The night before the funeral I’d been sleeping in my bed and something – to this day I don’t know what it was – woke me and I wandered down the dim hallway to use the bathroom.

And there was my dead Great Aunt Mary standing at the end of the hall in an eerie pulsating ball of light. She looked so real, as if I could reach out and touch her and my fingers would feel flesh. She was gesturing excitedly to me and rattling off a string of words that had to be German because I couldn’t understand a word of it. The old woman had been an immigrant who’d never learned our language, which is one of the reasons she’d been so content living with my grandmother; they’d both spoken German. The only word I could understand was Mary as she kept repeating the word over and over. I assumed my aunt was calling for my grandmother, as if my aunt were lost, and looking for her favorite niece. It’s the only explanation I have for the visitation.

Why she appeared to me, I’ll never know, but she did. I remember thinking: It’s Aunt Mary. Oh my God! But she’s dead. Dead. When it finally hit me, I was so frightened I turned and scurried back to my bedroom and dived beneath my bed covers. To this day, my mind swears I didn’t see what I thought I saw…Aunt Mary’s spirit…but my heart and my senses chide me and say, yes, you did. You saw a ghost. A real ghost. So there.

Since that day I’ve never been able to laugh at the possibility of the paranormal existing. The thing is, because I consider myself a down-to-earth realistic person (even though I’m considered basically a horror writer even with the other genres I write) , if someone asks me if I believe in ghosts and such I often as not hesitate before I admit that I might have seen one. Might. No one wants to be thought of as unbalanced. Seeing spirits is only one step above seeing little green men or pink elephants.

I want to be taken seriously. I mean, I’m a writer, not a nutcase.

All toll I’ve been a writer of paranormal fiction for forty years and proud of it. I’ve written about spirits, benevolent and malevolent; ghosts; angels; demons and all manner of vampires and unexplained creatures; and even, once, a possessed gun, and a woods haunted by an entity that was an eternal killer. Can’t get more spooky than that, can you?

Happy Halloween!

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Kathryn Meyer Griffith has been a writer for over 42 years and has had 18 novels, 2 novellas and 12 short stories published with Zebra Books, Leisure Books, Avalon Books, The Wild Rose Press, Damnation Books/Eternal Press since 1984; and now also Amazon Publishing and Amazon Kindle in the horror/romantic horror/suspense/time-travel and murder mystery genres. And her romantic end-of-the-world horror novel The Last VampireRevised Author’s Edition was a 2012 EPIC eBook Awards Finalist Nominee.

Her books (most out again from Damnation Books and Eternal Press): Evil Stalks the Night, The Heart of the Rose, Blood Forge, Vampire Blood, The Last Vampire, Witches, The Nameless One short story, The Calling, Scraps of Paper, All Things Slip Away, Egyptian Heart, Winter’s Journey, The Ice Bridge, Don’t Look Back, Agnes novella, In This House short story, BEFORE THE END: A Time of Demons, The Woman in Crimson, The Guide to Writing Paranormal Fiction: Volume 1 (I did the Introduction), Telling Tales of Terror (I did the chapter Putting the Occult in Your Fiction). Dinosaur Lake; Four Spooky Short Stories; Human No Longer; Scraps of Paper-Revised Author’s Edition  and All Things Slip Away are all for sale on Amazon Kindle Direct. ***

All Kathryn Meyer Griffith’s Books available at Amazon.com here: http://tinyurl.com/mqfmyq8

My Audio Books (try Four Spooky Short Stories, Witches-Revised or The Last Vampire-Revised for Halloween) with great narrators now available at Audible.com here: Witches: http://tinyurl.com/ltsx963

Four Spooky Short Stories: http://tinyurl.com/lbsy3bd

The Last Vampire-Revised: http://tinyurl.com/n2e73zl  

And soon, April 2014, ALL 18 of my novels will be in Audio Books!

My Websites:

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http://www.authorsden.com/kathrynmeyergriffith

http://www.goodreads.com/profile/kathrynmeyergriffith

http://www.bebo.com/kathrynmeyerG

http://tinyurl.com/ma58spm  (Amazon Author Central)

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Today’s Tease…Jami Deise

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Jami Deise

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Jami Deise

Title of the book you are promoting:  Keeping Score

Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E6GHQYM

Genre:  women’s fiction (humorous)

Blog: http://www.jamideise.blogspot.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jamideiseauthor

Twitter: @JamiDeise

Welcome  JD…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?

JD: An actress and a doctor. I still sometimes get an acting itch, but the doctor one died rather early on, when I realized I couldn’t do math or science.

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

JD: Laura Ingalls Wilder. The Little House books were the first ones I was obsessed with, and I started writing Little House fan fiction in grade school. Of course, I didn’t know that was what I was doing…  I don’t think they called it fan fiction in 1975.

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

JD: 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?

JD: There are definitely benefits to being with a traditional publisher, and I think the biggest one is the validation the writer receives having an outside company putting the seal of approval on your writing. But as an indie, you get to make all the decisions yourself – what goes on the cover, the plot points, what you’re going to write next.

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?

JD: Hillary Clinton. And I would not bring up any scandals starring her or her husband.

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?

JD: I believe there’s a market for it, and it’s Hollywood’s job to make money, and you can’t really blame the industry for going where the money is. Parents, of course, are going to be more concerned about sex and violence than people who don’t have to worry about the next generation. A few years ago I had to sit my son down and tell him of the negative consequences of watching pornography, and that was not a conversation I was happy I had to have.

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?

JD: Reversing climate change would probably be helpful!

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?

JD: I felt that way too before I had to hire a designer. Now that I have a book and a cover, I do think the cover is still important, but in a different way. You want something that is attractive and eye-catching as a thumbnail; because that’s the way most people are going to see it. I have sent out the JPEG of my cover so many more times than I had thought I would. I’m really glad I found a good designer and we worked hard, together, to get the cover right.

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?

JD: I started at the age of 8 or 9. I didn’t want to write; I just wrote. It wasn’t until adulthood that I started to think about what I was writing and plan out my plots. That was also when I finally started finishing the projects I started.

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

JD: Yes, definitely – if it’s a situation or a character I can identify with. My story takes place in a hypercompetitive, upper middle-class suburb, and I love to read those types of stories, too. At the same time, I’ve always been a fan of mysteries, and I have nothing in common with your standard female PI; nor have I ever stumbled across a body!

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?

JD:  I don’t get the whole movie; I just get the logline. Then I try to figure out what’s going on in the beginning, middle, and end. Then I start writing. Then I stop because I got stuck on a plot point. Then I start back up again. My writing process is like a teenager learning to drive…

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

JD: I’m actually a draft or two away from completing a manuscript about a vampire assassin who works for the FBI. That’s one of the benefits of being an independent author; I don’t have a publisher telling me what I can or can’t write.

LH: I’m working on #6…5 are published and the other 3 are due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?

JD: Keeping Score is my first.

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

JD: There are people who make money from this?

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? JD: The rest of my family has been very supportive, but my husband and son don’t read fiction, and they’ve refused to read my book! So that’s annoying.

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?

JD: Yes, I have – not knowing what comes next from a plot perspective. It’s extremely frustrating. There are a few projects I’ve abandoned because I wasn’t able to figure out what came next. When I have overcome it, it’s been due to a lot of brainstorming and sometimes just taking a break and hoping other parts of my brain come up with the solution.

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

JD: Concentrate on writing. Finish the project. Send it out to beta readers, and hire a professional editor if you can afford it. Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite. I know too many new writers these days who, thanks to indie publishing, rush through their books and don’t care about getting it right because it’s so easy to get it published. Self-published writers need to put out the best product possible. Don’t set your blog tour before you’ve written a second draft.

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?

JD: I would have worked harder in high school. People with better grades have more options in life.

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?

JD: I would tell myself to go ahead and have a second kid!

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? Y

JD: You would? Why? Not sure where shyness would come into play. You’d sell the rights and maybe if you’re really lucky you’d get first crack at the script. You’d write and make money. You could do it in hiding if you want. How would I handle it? I’d demand the right to write the script!

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

Favorite Beverage? Sparkling Ice flavored water.

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Exercise

Favorite Color? Pink

Take out or Dine in? Dine in… unfortunately my son really likes me to cook for him.

Camping or Hotel? A three-star hotel is camping.

Sports or Chocolate? Watching sports while eating chocolate

Dogs or Cats? Love cats, but have a dog.

Favorite Food? Ice cream

Favorite Song? That changes week to week. Right now, Katy Perry’s “Roar.”

Favorite Movie? Dirty Dancing

Favorite Car? One that never breaks down.

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Both at the same time.

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?

JD: I hear George Clooney has a house in Italy. He should definitely take me on a tour of the entire country. I can’t imagine anything better than a week in Italy with George.

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

Keeping Score

at

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E6GHQYM

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Today’s Tease…Irene Chain Kalinowski

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Irene Chain Kalinowski

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Irene Chain Kalinowski

Title of the book you are promoting:  My Body MY baby

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/Irene-Chain-Kalinowski/e/B00CP0EJ4Q

 Genre:  Women’s Health, Pregnancy, Childbirth

Welcome  ICK….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?

ICK: A singer but I only managed to sing in the bath and listening to that you would know why that never happened.  I wanted to write but growing up with a family who did not speak English and I came bottom in the class in my English. First in German and French.

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

ICK: My Students who wanted me to share my experience ‘You hold so much experience and knowledge you should be changing the world of Midwifery’. So I wrote The Heart and Soul of Midwifery. Then my women told me exactly the same and it was painful to see so many traumas around childbirth when I had been practicing so differently and know that women should never be traumatized after childbirth. so I wrote my body my baby and then because I have had a life time of stories and sharing experiences I wrote Let it Be.  Which I am currently finalizing the editing and it will be released in a few weeks. And I have started my 4th book. ‘With Woman with Midwife with Me’ and there are plans for book number 5. That is all within 18 months. The words just flow and that is probably because I have lived those experiences and the knowledge I have acquired through motivation to analyze everything.

I find writing to be quite healing and more so when what I write about makes a difference.  I had completed two books and Jonathon Cainer sent my horoscope ‘You should be an Author’. I was travelling to the UK and met an Expatriate who looked over my shoulder as I was reading my body my baby ‘Can I see?’ he asked.  ‘My goodness that book will make a difference because it is full of the realities and real life experiences’ I didn’t even know him.

I don’t know if you believe in destiny, but my makers had plans for me.

‘Life is like a musical Jigsaw puzzle and when you play the pieces together and share them you can create a symphony and that can change the world’

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

ICK: No I am self-published, my first company didn’t see the difference I was about to make and I felt they were selling packages that did not suit my book. The came Marcus Winters and Book whirl. They just picked me off the shelf. I am so pleased that they did because I want women all around the world to celebrate birth.

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?

ICK: If I get a published author it would be good I have invested my savings some $100,000 to make a difference for women globally and I want to raise funds to build a birthing unit for women. It just takes one that makes that difference and then the rest will follow, that is my dream.

You know I like being with bookwhirl and I like to have the freedom just like women need freedom to make choices around childbirth. I have learned that in life if you become attached to an institution you freedom goes and I value my freedom too much because if my freedom goes then does my ability to make a difference. Hope that makes sense.

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?

ICK: Princess Diana and I would not discuss Charles I would talk about her meeting with Dodi as in my book Let it be Janet and Dianna are alike, actually I am Janet and I tasted the forbidden fruit whilst working in Bahrain.

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?

ICK: Actually yes the American imports. I have a polish background and there is no violence on Polish television. I suppose I am a homeopath and I wonder if childbirth traumas have a lot to do with what we generate. The foods we eat do and we know we carry synapse genes so if births are rushed or forced I wonder how that child grows up.

I have a friend and his niece is studying film in London and the only practical advice given to her was to do Horror movies as they bring most money.

I went to the UK and my friend’s daughter was 16 flipped schools and she was on the legal highs. Whilst visiting I saw she was lost so I brought her to New Zealand where we spent 6 weeks sharing stories and by doing that she had grown and matured. She returned back to school and from a family torn by divorce and drugs, they are now together, no drugs and have hope of a future.

School dinners where you would sit around and learn to communicate were the best but they have gone and so have the regular meal times around the table. So have the community centers where kids go with parents. I learned sensible drinking and who loves vodka better than the Poles. My parents taught me about being sociable without getting pissed!

Sometimes I look at the 26 some cultures here in New Zealand and my Indian community’s value family traditions far more than Europeans. My polish background I was never exposed to drugs or violence and I guess that the values are missing from some ethnicities. Let’s face it Hollywood had gone too far and it is running out of Ideas.

Anything is addictive and sex becomes addictive when there is too much of it and relationships breakdown as sexual desires are not fulfilled. Let’s be realistic not everybody fulfills the road perfectly. I remember a colleague visiting me her daughter had two boyfriends do I marry the one who is good at sex or the one that can provide me with a future.  I remember going to polish functions and people would have fun dance and Polka, people were not groping on benches and having sex in front of your eyes,

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?

ICK: I would want to make a huge change and if I could jump back in time I would change the differences with the prince and paupers I would remove the colonial influences that brought slavery and greed. We would be an integrated world that would hug and kiss one another and respect on another. The world would be full of sharing and caring

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?

I don’t I think that the soul of the author tells everything. YOU ONLY HAVE TO LOOK AT u TUBE AND SEE PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT CHILDBIRTH. I fall asleep as the academia has lost humanity.

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?

ICK: I tore my tendon in Bahrain and I was in a hospital bed for 8 weeks with a typewriter and I wrote poems. My friend stole them and sent them to be published I had 4 published and I thought nothing of it. Actually I plagiarized a 1959 Judy annual for my English and got a grade D so I never bought that book again. My nephew had to write a poem and I wrote about the woods in autumn He got an A. I then began to believe in myself.

Ok so one of my first poems went something like this

Them old age pensioners store it in jars,

Them that’s stole gets crammed behind bars

Them that’s just spent it is in debt to their ears

Them that’s invested it can’t touch it and burdened with fears

Them that’s worked hard for it

It is divided by three

We in the middle need more than a bit

This bloody government thinks we are all thick

Show me the man who invented money

It’s no joke, not even funny

I’ll put his neck through a wringing machine

And just like the pound I’ll watch him turn green.

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

ICK: Actually my name Irene is derived from the Greek goddess of peace. So she becomes the character in the books sharing real life stories bringing forgiveness, laughter, tears and humanity what else can I say

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?

ICK: Life’s experiences and the people around me. I had my friend’s daughter just sixteen and her stories would make a good movie, or the grandmother at a home I visit. I am lucky because every home I go to puts a movie in my head. Be it a student from Afghanistan or Somalia. I have so many stories that the world needs to know about.

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

ICK: My next book will be called I did it my way. It’s a story based on the life of my parents escaping from Poland and with the traumas come the funny stories of adapting to a new country, hard work, struggles and optimism.

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?

ICK: Two books on childbirth and midwifery then let it be starts as two young children and Janet goes through the heartaches and fairytale’s of live through many continents.

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

ICK: I write to make a difference and it is fun. I could have been very rich but money is just a vehicle and if there is enough to pay the bills and enjoy friendships that is enough

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?

ICK: Some comments about the stories they sometimes laugh at me and sometimes give me their insights. I have given them copies of the books but to be truthful they are in their own world. I don’t know if they read all the way through the books. My family is in England and I love them dearly but they live in their much closed world. I grew distant as I travelled. I go to visit them every two years and enjoy being with them but I have changed. There is nothing we wouldn’t do for one another if we needed support but dad let us grow to be individuals. I think that you need to be inspired by your freedom and your own soul and you need to feel free to do that. I am Janet in Let it is and it doesn’t worry me what they say. It’s a bit like I don’t go and make comments about their homes or the way they live. I love them just the way they are and they have learned to love me for being the black sheep of the family. Sometimes I go home and let my hair down. “How could you possible hold such a responsible job? They would ask.  It’s not easy with siblings but as we grow older we do become closer.

I took the best man out to dinner from my first wedding, last time I was home and I just told them it was my life and I wish that they could enjoy it the way I do.

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?

ICK: I have started something and all going to plan and then the chapter doesn’t feel right so I close down the computer and take a day off then I trust the universe and incidents happen that put me back on track. It’s having faith I think.

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

ICK: A midwife was considering doing her PHD or writing a book she asked me how I planned mine. I had to say that I just wrote what came into my head. Of course I am very practical so writing is not an issue.

I would like to say if someone was going self-published they really need to know who their audience is and they need to know what they want to promote as I fell for the trap of being sold marketing that didn’t suit my needs.  I certainly learned a lot about business and the politics of the publishing industry.

When I look for a publishing company they need to have just as much enthusiasm as I hold. They need to be able to talk with me and not at me.

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?

ICK: Nothing as it has been full of adventure, fairytales and heartache. I have met so many wonderful people, and with my work it is never ending. I visit almost 26 ethnicities in a year. I was president of the Auckland Polish association. I have met so many young artists, politicians, dancers, and cultures. I managed to raise some $70,000 in grants from communities and I have even cooked dinner for 100 people to raise funds.  My life has taken me from England to America, to the Middle East and to New Zealand. I have visited most countries but I must go to India and that is on my Bucket list. I am going to do some work in Fiji in August to help reduce maternal mortality rates and I hope to go to the Philippines in March.

When I asked that question to my father he said exactly the same he would change nothing yet his life was working to build a home for each child. He was rich with his family and bestowed his wisdom to me.

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?

ICK: I would tell the medical profession to go back to basics and start again with a more humanistic and individualized approach. I’m saying that now with my books. ‘Doctors bungle births too!’

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?

ICK: My openings started a long time ago when I studied homeopathy, I was very shy and would not speak out. I inherited synaptic genes from my father and the war. That was fixed by one homeopathic remedy. Then I had to teach midwives how to use it safely. I had a quiet voice so I looked up a Radio presenter her in NZ. The Late Marie Stoddard and she videoed me presenting. An elephant had more grace than I had, but she worked with me. Then I took elocution lessons to throw out my voice and I never looked back. In my field of work I am the voice of a woman who does not have one that means sometimes overturning decisions and challenging peers.  Don’t worry if it is to make a difference I would be right out there. If I start something I must finish it. That’s Polish pride.

Thank you for that heartwarming and heartfelt interview ICK…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Used to be Bacardi and coke or Wbrowka polish vodka but now I am mature the body can’t take it so it’s a lovely cup of tea with honey.

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Lots of bubbles when I get the chance. I park my car on the road and walk up and down the hills here visiting women. Other than that cleaning the Polish club floors if we can’t afford a cleaner.

Favorite Color? RED

Take out or Dine in? I love my polish food wrapped cabbages, green bean and potato soup. I have lived my life in 5 star restaurants and hotels so I like to be at home with family.

Camping or Hotel? Used to be camping when I was in the Middle East the heat and the star filled skies. Too many mosquitos here in NZ. Usually hotels where I can meet people just like me don’t need the 5 star anymore.  Took the Kiwi Backpackers bus to do a tour of the south island. ‘Aren’t you a little too old for this?’ the tourist guide asked. ‘Watch me” I replied

Sports or Chocolate? Neither I used to play all sports and eat chocolate, but I lost my bowel now I am very savory.
Dogs or Cats? Cats my cat gave birth to her kittens on my bed she trusted me and I trusted her. I’m like a cat really can want lots of love and warmth but can give it up to do other things.

Favorite Food?  Polish Sausages

Favorite Song? Bruce Springsteen out in the street

Favorite Movie? Mental

Favorite Car? Anything that gets me from A to B

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Love hugs and cuddles and a loving relationship then the above. My husband is much older than I. we can write better books than Jackie Collins between the two of us all a part of history

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?

ICK:Mexico, Acapulco, there is a small village Caletta which stands on the hill. You can find beautiful villas on the internet. We would drink corona under the mango tree. We would visit parador Del sol. I would take my husband.  We would lounge on the hammocks drink coco locos by the Pacific Ocean, watch the stars at night. Eat the fresh seafood take a boat on the lagoon. Then out to the sea where we would see the dolphins. We would dance to the Mariachis and play with the children on the streets and mix with the locals. I would take money and treat the kids there.

I have been to many beautiful places in the world but Acapulco was and is my favorite.

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Check out the Reviews for “A Beautiful Liar~Book 1 of the Maggie West Series”

“Maggie’s Men~Book 2 of the Maggie West Series” Releases today!

You’ll need to read “A Beautiful Liar~Book 1 of the Maggie West Series” first..here are the Amazon.com reviews for it!

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Hot! Hot! Burning Up!, May 9, 2013

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Title: A Beautiful Liar
Author: Leanna Harrow
Review Rating: Five Stars
Reviewer: Linda Hays-Gibbs
Genre: Erotica Contemporary/Heat level (HOT)
Hot! Hot! Burning Up!
Maggie West has an unhappy past with men. They abused, molested, raped, lied and deserted her. The thing she found the
most offensive though was lying. She had decided to give up on men forever.
However; she decided to try an online dating service. It could be safe and she knew all men were liars anyway. She responded to this handsome blonde and got a response. She knew he had to be a beautiful liar because all men were liars. His response was very interesting and he asked for a webcam but he couldn’t show himself because his laptop was in the shop. She knew he was lying so she broke it off and swore to never speak to him again.
Later, she felt guilty and decided that she was unfair and everyone deserves a second chance. She told him she was sorry but he had to never tell her another lie. He agreed and he wasn’t a blonde but not a bad looking fellow.
Things progressed and before she knew it they were having all kinds of steamy sex all the time online.
She decided she was in love and had to meet him overseas and have some real time hands on physical steamy sex.
Maggie tells her family she is going to have a vacation and leaves to continue her torrid affair.
I will not tell you what happens but it is very different than you would expect. I suggest.. no…I totally recommend that you run don’t walk to buy this book. It has some serious issues it addresses and some very hot steamy physical bits. I found myself laughing at the way the heroine laughs at herself and her own personality.
It is a definite sexy jaunt.
I gave it Five Stars out of Five. Just a word of warning to the readers. Turn the AC up and put the fan on you and get a large glass of ice tea before you settle down to read this book.
Sincerely,
Linda Hays-Gibbs
Author and Reviewer with The Romance Reviews
(TRR)Reviewer

 

5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful liar, August 5, 2013

I started reading `A beautiful liar’ late at night, after my kids and husband went to bed, knowing very well that I needed to get up early in the morning. What a mistake that was! I didn’t want to put it down. I wanted to keep reading.
I saw so much of me in 46 year old, Maggie West. It was almost as though Leanna Harrow wrote about my life. No! I’m not telling you which parts. (I’m grinning very cheekily here, right now.) There were a lot of internal thoughts and questions in Maggie’s mind which many middle aged women, and perhaps even younger, would relate to. Negative thoughts of self image and confidence. Something we all, at one point or another, battle.
The story is about a woman who seems tough and unbreakable on the outside while all along, on the inside she is very fragile. She yearns to be loved and treasured and because of what she has been through in her life, she is big on honesty. Actually HUGE! Which is why she does what she does in the end. (Which I still can’t believe she did.)
Although she loves her children and grandchildren immensely, she is looking to fill the void in her life. That’s when she meets a man online and the fun begins.
There were a couple of scenes which surprised me. One was at the airport in Rome, where the initial meeting in person with the man who she spent months having an online affair with, did not turn out the way I expected it to. And I was very surprised at the ending when Maggie found out the truth about Amir. She did the complete opposite of what I would’ve done in her situation. It totally surprised me. I found myself thinking…No! She did not just do that! Even though I understood why she did.
I loved the way Leanna kept her chapters short, some of them were only a couple pages long. And some parts got me so heated that my face felt hot and my reading glasses fogged up. I’ve read a few erotic novels over the years and cringed, but this wasn’t the case with `A beautiful liar’. It all flowed smoothly, was easy to read and I wouldn’t hesitate at all to recommend it to others. If I had to rate it out of 5, I’d give it 4.8. That’s .2 short of a perfect score because I still can’t believe, that Maggie did what she did in the end. (Ha-ha) I can’t wait to read more of Leanna’s work.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars A steamy read!, July 20, 2013
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This review is from: A Beautiful Liar (Paperback)

A beautiful Liar is a hot,steamy story about Maggie and all her failed relationships. She finally finds someone she wants to love and trust. He is keeping a huge secret from Maggie. Will her Love for this Beautiful Liar overcome it all? Read it and find out!!

 

5.0 out of 5 stars whew!, June 10, 2013

This was hot and steamy with a heat rating of about 9 and let me tell you I was so disappointed because I want to know what happens next! I sweated through every single page waiting to see what would happen and was shocked in the end. WOW doesn’t even come close to my feelings about this book. I literally had to scrape my jaw up off the floor when it was over. Well first I had to convince myself that my Kindle App was not malfunctioning that it really was the end of the book , then I scraped my jaw off the floor. I rated this a 5 out of 5.

 

4.0 out of 5 stars Leave you wanting for more!, May 4, 2013

The main character in A Beautiful Liar is one that I imagine a lot of people can connect with. Being single yet trying to find someone in this day and age a lot of people go to the internet. But the reality is, some of the people are liars.
I really enjoyed how Leanna was able to put a “real life” feel on this story. Maggie’s character was very well written, the attention to details were well done as well. I do have the say the sex parts of this book, were so well done that it was just wow!
At the end of this book, I was upset with Maggie but so proud of her as well! I can’t wait to read more of her story!

 

4.0 out of 5 stars If you like 50 Shades of Grey you’re sure to love this book, May 14, 2013

In this book you meet Maggie.. Poor girl seems to have the worst luck ever with guys. I mean really 3 failed marriages countless wrong relationships and four kids to show for it. Unlike most storie, Maggie isn’t the young naiive girl looking for love like in most books. I’d place her in her early to mid forties. This in itself is a bit refreshing since the author has drifted from the norm that all main characters need to need to be young, beautiful and rebellious.
The is a flaw in Maggie’s reasoning concerning the beautiful liar… If he was lying to her before, what made her think everything he said to her after wasn’t just more lies? The possiblility that the beautiful liar never once crossed Maggie’s mind after she’d had him promise to tell her nothing but the truth.
The storyline was an interesting one.. Though for as intelligent as Maggie claimed to be she couldn’t grasp the importance of the one lie the beautiful liar told her and in the end what did her being stubborn get her?
I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who loves erotica.. As many of you know, I’m not a big fan of the genre. This book had entirely too much sex in it for my liking..but the actual storyline for how little of it there is, was a beautiful tale.
I give this book 4 of 5 paws

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S.Cu’Anam Policar
Freaky Fiction Writing Author
Around the Universe Book Tours Apprentice
Fae Books Tour Host/Reviewer
Girls ❤ Books Tours Host
LadyAmber’s Book Tours Host
B3 Book Tours Host
I Am A Reader Not A Writer Blog Tour Host

 

4.0 out of 5 stars Addictive Prose, May 26, 2013
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I was given an advance copy in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. Maggie West is a tough woman who doesn’t know her own value. She gives endlessly until there’s nothing left. When she discovers a “catfish” online, she decides to have a little fun. This story is not only fun and sexy, it’s real and enthralling! It’s highly recommended it and I cannot wait for the rest of the series to see how “Maggie” handles the rest of the story.

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15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Day 14

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Day 14

This post is day 14 of the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge that I accepted.

God grant me the time and serenity to continue through the next  day!

Check out the challenge here.

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Good Books And Good Wine

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge Day 14

My top 5 deal breakers on blogs are..

Religion

Politics

Peoples Pets

Gourmet Food

Wines & Spirits

That’s pretty much it…I love to read and reading is learning so…It’s all good…except as noted above 😉

 

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Today’s Tease…Shelly Arkon

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Shelly Arkon

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Shelly Arkon

Title of the book you are promoting:  Secondhand Shoes and The Partners’ Progeny

 Link to purchase your Book: 

Secondhand Shoes, Book 1, in the Lila’s Journey Series is available for 99 cents, for Kindle.

 http://www.amazon.com/Secondhand-Shoes-Lilas-Journey-ebook/dp/B00B1ZNQAO/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1372550852&sr=8-1&keywords=Secondhand+Shoes%2C+Shelly+Arkon

And

The Partners’ Progeny is available for 99 cents, for Kindle.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Partners-Progeny-ebook/dp/B00DF8K072/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1372551117&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Partner%27s+Progeny

Both books are available in all countries

 Genre:

Secondhand Shoes is paranormal/suspense/thriller with some humor and romance- NO EROTICA!

The Partners’ Progeny is chick lit/drama-NO EROTICA!

Welcome  SA…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?

SA: First, I wanted to be a nun because I though their outfits were cool. But my grandfather spoiled it for me. Lutherans don’t have nuns. After that, I wanted to be a flight attendant.

By the time I turned nine, I wanted to be a writer. That stuck with me all through life. Even after I became a wife, a mommy, a divorced single mom twice, a waitress, a hairdresser, a paralegal, a collection agent…you see where I’m going. At about the age of forty-two, I plopped my butt into my chair and began the journey to finish my first novel, Secondhand Shoes.

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

SA: I loved everyone I read. But I’d have to say it was the old movies that moved me to write. Especially, the vampire movies with Christopher Reed and Bella Lougasi.

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

SA: I’m Indie all the way.

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?

SA: I prefer to control my own destiny. Although, I would consider a publisher. I don’t believe in putting all my eggs in one basket.

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?

SA: You’re asking a Libra girl to make a decision. Next question…

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?

SA: According to history, sex and violence have been around for thousands of years. It’s not anything new. Television brings it center stage into our living rooms if we so choose. That’s why there’s an on and off button. The same with the books we choose. If we have anyone to blame, it would be ourselves for inviting in such media.

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?

SA: Here we go again, asking a Libra to choose something. Good luck with that. World peace, poverty, GMOs, cancer, homelessness, etc. Or people who lose everything in disasters, such as Moore, Oklahoma. William Kendall, Norma Beishir, and I put together a book bundle raffle for 10 dollar donations to the American Red Cross.

People  can visit this sight here to make a donation and pick a bundle:

First bundles:
http://writersofmassdistraction.blogspot.ca/2013/06/raffle-bundles-1-3.html

Here’s the second one:

http://writersofmassdistraction.blogspot.ca/2013/06/raffle-buncles-4-6.html

Or they can check us out on Facebook for more  info: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorsForOklahoma

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?

SA: Hmm…well…um…I believe its very important. The cover is the first thing they see. If they like that, they’ll read your blurb.

When book 2 comes out in the Lila’s Journey Series, the first cover will have to be changed because I’m going with a shoe theme. Killer Stilettos will be the next book in this series.

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?

SA: I began writing at nine despite my mother’s nagging to stop. She told me I had to be special to be published and that no one would ever publish me. Obviously, I didn’t take heed to her suggestion.

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

SA: In Secondhand Shoes, Lila to some degree is a lot like me in many ways, except I don’t see dead people, or have a germ phobia. She had a lot to deal with. An overbearing mom, a creepy groom and his moronic friends. Bigotry is a part of this story as well. Lila’s in love with a boy from Venezuela who happens to be very dark skinned. In my lifetime I’ve dated a Puerto Rican, a Thai boy, and am now married to a Jewish man. I understand what its like to be an outcast and unacknowledged for who you love. Lila’s mother threatens her over and over until she makes sure Lila’s love goes away and stays away.

Not to mention, Lila grew up missing her real father. Lila’s mother craftily kept them separated. Something I’m all too familiar with.

I also touch on sibling rivalry. Something most of us know about if we have sisters and brothers. Sadly, the rivalry can lead into adult lives.

There’s also an issue with her crazy mom-in-law. The religious nut who sees nothing wrong with running and pushing drugs. Not to mention, she sees nothing wrong with her creepy son, Max, either.

In The Partners’ Progeny, Monica Bowman is the MC. Victoria Sheek is the antagonist, the bully. I’m sure we’ve all worked under someone like her. I have. The good thing is, Karma does come.

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?

SA: Characters begin having conversations. I write them done in a tablet. There are lots of great beginnings to many stories waiting for me to write.

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

SA: Killer Stilettos, Book 2 to Lila’s Journey Series. I’m also getting ready to publish another short story at the end of August, Time on Her Side, a cozy sci-fi.

I’m also working on another series, White Trash and Pill Heads. The first book to that one should be out sometime next year.

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?

SA: I’ve written three. Only one book is published. The other two I’ll keep hidden for now until I decide what to do with them. Characters sometimes get out of control. That happens to pansters, I guess.

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

SA: I write for fun, but some money would be nice. No one can go into this thinking they’ll come out a millionaire…well…not over night anyway.

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?

SA: I get absolutely no moral support, except from my hubby and Dad. The rest of my family could care less. They came around for their free signed copy, and I haven’t heard from them since.

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?

SA: Never. I never have that issue.

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

SA: If you really want to write, then do it. Don’t just talk about 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?

SA: I would’ve finished my first novel at thirty. Not in my forties.

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

SA: I would want to visit myself and say follow your heart.

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?

SA: I’m not sure how I would handle it. But the first peeps I would tell…well…that would be Sir Poops, my Chinese Crested, and Hair Ball, my Malti-poo. They’re my writing buddies.

Thanks for that awesome and entertaining interview SA…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage?  Water and hot tea.

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Both.

Favorite Color? Blue and purple.

Take out or Dine in? Take out.

Camping or Hotel? Either one.

Sports or Chocolate? Definitely chocolate.

Dogs or Cats? Dogs.

Favorite Food? Chocolate.

Favorite Song? Anything by Phillip Phillip

Favorite Movie? Once again, you’re asking a Libra. We could be here all day.

Favorite Car? My Jetta.

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Um….its that Libra thing again.

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?

SA: I’d go on a cruise around the world and do all kinds of things. But Sweetman is afraid of boats so I’d go by myself.

Thank for spending time with us. Make sure get your copy of Shelly Arkon’s

Secondhand Shoes and The Partners’ Progeny

at

http://www.amazon.com/Secondhand-Shoes-Lilas-Journey-ebook/dp/B00B1ZNQAO/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1372550852&sr=8-1&keywords=Secondhand+Shoes%2C+Shelly+Arkon

 

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