Sunday, May 24, 2015

Author Interview: Aurora Zahini

1) Tell us about yourself! When did you start writing? Why? Who inspired you?

I’ve always loved language and characters and writing is such a wonderful way to
express yourself. When a person reads a story it becomes a shared human
experience where they get to walk into someone else’s world for a while. I
wanted to be a part of that. I have been writing in some shape and form my
entire life, but just a few years ago I took the plunge into novels after
reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson back to
back for the umpteenth time.
2) What is your newest release (Or upcoming)? Tell us a little
bit about it.

My latest release is one of my oldest work! I co-wrote a wonderful teen superhero series with my good friend J. Rose Alexander and we finally cleaned it up and set it free on the world! It’s called Apathetic Avengers and part of the Faction series. It really is a bright and fresh take on a genre that tends to be written with a cookie cutter and just gets better and better. I myself am super excited to see how it all ends.

3) What is your favorite part about being an author? 

I love being a god in my own universe, yet having so little control.

4) What is your least favorite part about being an author? 

The constant struggle to find time to dedicate to the craft.

5) Are you an Indie Author, Hybrid, or Traditional? What lead
you to this choice? 
I’m a hybrid I suppose. I publish through a small publisher where I know everyone as a friend so I get the best of both worlds.

6) Do you have any other hobbies? 

I write and play music, sometimes with my band that I always threaten to get back together.

7) Do you work on a schedule? Are you better working under

I just write whenever I can, fitting it around my “real life.” I generally work better under pressure but try to avoid it as much as possible.

8) Where do you see yourself in five years as an author? 

I would just love to have a few readers who are as immersed in my world as I am. I live
to serve the readers.

9) What is the craziest idea that you’ve had?

To write three novels that are all tied together with deep and intricate throughlines that can be read in any order and tell a different story each time… and I totally half-assed did it!

10) If you could chose any of the ‘realities’ you write to live in, which world would you choose?
Heller Park, NJ of course. J it is already a pastiche of places I know and love.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Blitz: Turnstiles

Turnstiles Book Blitz

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Book Title: Turnstiles 
Author: Andrea McKenzie Raine 
Genre: Literary Fiction, Mystery, Triller 
Release Date: December 2013 
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

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Martin Sourdough is a homeless person who has chosen to turn his back on the corporate, material world; Willis Hancocks Jr. is a barrister, an alcoholic philanderer, and a misogynist; and Evelyn (aka Yvonne) is a prostitute. Turnstiles speaks to these social problems through the smaller scope of each character's individual trials. There is a struggle that exists between the need to serve one's own needs and the expectation to participate in the larger social scheme. Martin and Willis are both trying to fit into the world, but on their own terms. They are naïve, searching for an Eden-like state of being. Through a broader experience of personal fortune, misfortune, travel, and social interactions, they each learn to accept their path and take control of their own destinies.



As Willis rounded the corner, he almost tripped over a grungy looking young man sitting on the pavement. The man looked as though he had walked across the continent. The blue of his startled eyes as he glanced up looked lost and old. The young man’s expectant hand emerged from his jacket sheepishly and wavered open before him. Willis hesitated for half a second and then pulled out an executive-looking leather booklet from his inside pocket. He then pulled a pen out of his shirt pocket and began scribbling furiously inside the booklet.

“Here, chap, here’s a big fat cheque, and all you have to do is authorize it. I hand you the keys to my palace,” Willis said. He roughly stuffed the piece of paper into the other man’s waiting hand and hurried off, jamming both of his empty hands into deep pockets.
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Andrea McKenzie Raine was born in Smithers, BC and grew up in Victoria, BC where she still resides. She was enrolled in the Creative Writing program and earned a B.A. in English Literature at the University of Victoria in 2000, and completed a post-degree Public Relations certificate program. She has attended the successful Planet Earth Poetry reading series (formerly known as Mocambopo) in Victoria, BC since 1997, and participated in the Glenairley writing retreats led by Canadian poet and novelist Patrick Lane in Sooke, BC. In 2005, she published her first book of poetry, titled A Mother’s String, through Ekstasis Editions. Her poetry has also appeared in Mocambo Nights, Canadian Literature journal, Quills, Borderlines anthology (Ascent Aspirations magazine), Tempus anthology (Rubicon Press), Poems from Planet Earth (Leaf Press), Tongues of Fire anthology, and several Glenairley chapbooks edited by Patrick Lane (Leaf Press). She has also written book reviews and articles for local magazines, celebrating the work of her peers. Andrea lives with her husband and two young sons and, by day, is employed as a correspondence writer for the provincial government. Turnstiles is her debut novel published by Inkwater Press.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Blitz: Our Chance by Brandace Morrow

Our Chance Release Day

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Book Title: Our Chance 
Author: Brandace Morrow 
Genre: Military Romance/Contemporary (Novella) 
Release Date: May 22nd, 2015 
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You know those fights you have in high school with your sweetheart? The earth shattering variety that changes everything? I instigated one, and it started me on a course that would change the rest of my life.

After seeing Brody with so many girls, I turned to Sebastian --the new kid in town-- to help me forget. When he enlisted after graduation, I married him. Then one day a knock on the door changed my world.

I stayed in that little Army town in Alaska for five more years, sleeping in our bed, washing our dishes in the same house that he last walked out of, until my gran called me home.

Imagine my surprise when the first thing I see after stepping out of my minivan, is Brody Denton.


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I am a full time mom of four, and stationed overseas with my sexy soldier. My current obsessions are Maroon 5, rum and coke, and reading in no particular order. Despite being terribly awkward with social media, I'm everywhere. Frequently subjecting the public to pictures of my minion's messes, and everything that is Momdom in my house.

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