24 August 2018

*Author Guest Post* EMBASSY - A NOVEL by S. Alex Martin

Embassy (Recovery #1)
Publication Date: January 2014
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 330
Arman Lance was supposed to travel the galaxy with his father, not watch him die. He was supposed to experience the adventures from his father’s stories, not isolate himself from the world. He was going to join the Embassy Program, fly across the galaxy, and find Ladia Purnell, a girl from another planet whom he loved years before. Clinging to his fading hopes and dreams, Arman joins the Embassy Program to fulfill that last promise. If he can reach Ladia, he’ll never have to worry, never have to feel alone. But it doesn’t take long for his plan to fall apart when he’s confronted by his fellow Embassy recruit, Glacia Haverns, the ever-smiling adrenaline junkie who decides it’s her job to show Arman there’s more to life than chasing a desperate obsession.

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How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

I’ll actually answer this in terms of writing Embassy (which is actually the fourth book I wrote!) At this point, I’d been writing books for nine years, but I can’t say that as a teenager, my writing style really changed with each new publication. Embassy is where things changed, and both Resonance and Perihelid, the sequels, evolved from the book prior.

On one hand, my dedication to writing completely took over. I see it as a career that’s always going to be with me (at least, for the next 10-12 years or so as I finish writing this current series). But instead of just being a thing I did for fun, I began seeing writing as it should be seen by anyone taking it seriously as a life choice: as a craft, as art. It was no longer a “video game” to me, but a method of expressing myself. That might be the biggest shift in my process over the years, honestly. The transition from “Hi, I’m a kid who writes books!” to “I’m pouring my very essence into this book, and I hope you can connect with it on some level.” And people have, and they’ve told me their own stories, and gone on to do great things, and it’s given me a chance to see the impact you can have on people through words like these.

In another way, each of my recent books has been written in its own form. One reviewer of Perihelid commented on the fact that each book in the series has felt unique in terms of style, tone, and content, despite them all being in the same series, with the same characters, and following the same overarching plotline. I find that to be a strength of mine, and it’s an evolution I’m actively aware of. I want my books to feel different from each other. It’s another depth of realism that fits in well with my books. It shows how life transforms in both the short and long term. Where you were, who you were, and what you’re doing with your life might change slowly or rapidly, even in the course of six months. Most of that, I think, depends on the choices you make. I myself have gone through dramatic changes in several different directions over the course of a few years, and so, too, in my books, are these observations reflected.

The last major changes I think I’ll continue making are how Book 4 is being written, and the point of view of Books 5-7. Book 4 of this series is the first and only book written in third person past, limited, whereas the other six are (or will be) first person present, limited. There’s a reason for that (it offers much more flexibility in this particular volume much better than what first person can offer) and I don’t think it will take people out of the series. I’d rather write a single volume in a way that works well and keep readers through to Book 5, than force it into a perspective that doesn’t work for it, and lose readers all the way to the end of the series. Obviously, time will tell, but I have high hopes for the temporary style shift!

S. Alex Martin grew up fascinated with astronomy and reading Harry Potter. His books reflect his vision for the future of humanity in the way of space exploration. He hopes to help inspire that same love of the final frontier in another generation to do his part to help progress humanity a little further.
In the words of Stephen Hawking: "There should be no boundary to human endeavor."  
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19 August 2018

*Author Interview & Giveaway!* THAT ONE MOMENT by Patty Wiseman


  Genre: Fiction / Romantic Suspense
Date of Publication: May 8, 2017
Number of Pages: 258

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Ricki Sheridan traveled a long way to seek refuge at Wolf Den's Lodge high in the mountains after a devastating betrayal. Heartbroken, she signed up for a survivalist backpacking trip to live off the land and forget. An injury on the first day puts her in the capable hands of the handsome trail boss, Kory Littleton. The attraction is instant, mutual, and terrifying. She trusted her emotions once and vowed never to make the same mistake again. Kory's heart, trampled and bruised, is unprepared to ever love again, until his unexpected reaction to Ricki reveals some things are worth taking a chance on. When evil finds its way back into Ricki's world, their fragile bond is tested, forcing them to face their greatest fear: can a wounded heart ever trust anew? Betrayal. Desire. Revenge. Which one prevails?
Praise for That One Moment: 

Patty Wiseman, as well as anyone and better than most, sure knows how to write the three basic ingredients of a page-turning and unforgettable novel: mystery, suspense, and romance.  
- Caleb & Linda Pirtle ~ Here Comes a Mystery

"It was pure perfection!" 
- Jessa, Amazon Reviewer 

"Author Patty Wiseman does a good job of injecting so much action into just the first two pages that I had high expectations for this story. And That One Moment does not disappoint."  
- Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite


Where did your love of storytelling come from?
Picture a four-year-old little girl hiding under the stairwell late at night listening to her grandmother’s colorful stories of her life as young woman growing up in the Roaring Twenties. Those stories sparked my own imagination and the rest is history.

How does your book relate to your own life path and experiences?
My first book was a direct influence of my grandmother’s life during a time when women really began to step out and pursue careers outside of home and family. I wrote about her strength and determination, but my books going forward have been about women overcoming difficult obstacles in life. That One Moment is different. It’s contemporary and I took elements of my own life experiences and used them in the book. The most prevalent obstacle in the book is learning to trust someone again.

What projects are you working on at the present?
All my books tend to gravitate toward women overcoming obstacles in life. My next book is geared toward older women in the workplace. My character is 56 years old. The book begins deep in the West Texas mountains. Is there romance? You betcha! Is there intrigue? Oh yeah! I’m having fun turning my attention to older women and the enormous value they have in this world today. It’s really fun to write. That One Moment’s Ricki Sheridan was thirty something, I’m stepping it up a bit.

What question do you wish someone would ask about your book, but nobody yet has?
All my books have secondary characters. In That One Moment, the most popular secondaries are Martha and Wolf. Some ask what happens with Martha and Wolf, but none have asked how they met. I’m developing a story on their interesting lives, how they met, their romance, etc.

Award Winning Author Patty Wiseman is a native of the Seattle, Washington area and attended The Wesleyan College in Bartlesville Oklahoma. Northeast Texas is home now, along with her husband Ron.  She is the president of East Texas Writer’s Association, a Lifetime Member of the Worldwide Who’s Who for Professional Women (and named VIP for 2013), and a member of the Northeast Texas Writer’s Organization, East Texas Writer’s Guild, and Texas Association of Authors.
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04 August 2018

*Book Blitz Alert!* THE HOPE OF AZURE SPRINGS by Rachel Fordham

Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance  
Date of Publication: July 3, 2018 
Publisher: Revell
Number of Pages: 336

ABOUT THE BOOK: Seven years ago, orphaned and alone, Em finally arrived at a new home in Iowa after riding the orphan train. But secrets from her past haunt her, and her new life in the Western wilderness is a rough one. When her guardian is shot and killed, Em, now nineteen, finally has the chance to search for her long-lost sister, but she won’t be able to do it alone.

For Azure Springs Sheriff Caleb Reynolds, securing justice for the waifish and injured Em is just part of his job. He’s determined to solve every case put before him in order to impress his parents and make a name for himself. Caleb expects to succeed. What he doesn’t expect is the hold this strange young woman will have on his heart.

Welcome to the charming town of Azure Springs, Iowa, where people care deeply for one another and, sometimes, even fall in love.



“In her promising first novel, Fordham assembles an endearing cast of characters in the rugged Midwest plains for a tale about surviving and thriving. . . .Fordham depicts heartbreaking emotional and physical suffering, while beautifully illustrating the power in simple acts of kindness to foster healing, hope, and happiness.”

Iowa, 1881

     She dead?”
     Em heard a man’s voice from somewhere above her. A strange thumping pulsed through her with each word he spoke. Her throat burned, screaming for water, but she could not cry out.
     “There’s life in her. Not much of it though,” a second, raspier voice answered. She felt a hand press against her throat and then move over her body, gently probing. “She’s bleeding pretty bad.”
     “Gunshot?” the first voice asked.
     If only her eyes would open, and she could see them. Straining, she struggled to pull her heavy eyelids open. Finally, bits of light darted in front of her eyes, but she could not focus. The faces above her were fuzzy and indiscernible.
     Fear swept through her, suddenly waking her battered body. Afraid the men from before had returned, she opened her eyes wide, finding strength that only moments before she had lacked. With thrashing arms, she flailed at the men. Her arms flopped about but offered little defense—she was too weak from blood loss. And then they moved no longer, subdued by large, strong hands.
     “Easy, girl. We aren’t going to hurt you. We just want to help. Take you into town, that’s all. There’s a good doctor there.” The man’s deep voice sounded gentle, but still she did not trust him. Voices could be deceiving. Arms could hurt as well as help. She knew these things well.
     Soon she felt her body being raised above the ground, and moments later the hard planks of a wagon became the resting place for her injured frame. Too weak to move, she lay looking at the sky, wishing there were a way to end the agony, but knowing that for Lucy she would fight on.
     Once the wagon lurched forward, she lost track of everything again. The wheels bouncing over ruts made her pain so intense that everything closed around her and then faded to black.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rachel Fordham started writing when her children began begging her for stories at night. She’d pull a book from the shelf, but they’d insist she make one up. She hasn’t stopped since. She lives with her husband and children on an island in the state of Washington.


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