Sunday, December 28, 2014

Welcome Tara C. MacDonald

Congratulations on your new book release, Tara!
Let's hear a little about it.

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Game On! Never to Part and Never to Love is an ebook with two short stories.  Never to Part features Ryan almost getting run over by Sam at a bar one night.  They see each other again as Ryan's hockey team is hiring her marketing firm in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  What can these two confused overachievers do when love strikes.  Never to Love brings us to Halifax again where James and Sarah bump heads in a business deal to help out his motocross sponsorship prospects.  Will they be able to put business aside and commit to their passions?

Sounds like an interesting couple of tales! Now for an excerpt:
 
From Never to Love

James walked into the sports bar after parking his Harley and ordered a Guinness.  He silently raised his glass to his ex-fiancĂ©e and her cheating ways before gulping it down.

            “Another.”  He tipped the bartender, a man with his eyes on the local hockey channel.

            After the second one he stopped himself and wiped foam from his upper lip as he smelled expensive perfume.  He watched as a blond beauty swung open an office door at the back and he heard her heels click as she descended upon the bartender.  She tossed her hair and gestured wildly but the old man was ignoring her with his arms crossed. His cronies kept their eyes on the game.  James glanced around and realized he was the only one in there.  Maybe she was the waitress?  His stomach growled and he raised his arm.

            “Hey.  What’s a guy got to do to get some food around here?”

            The blonde turned and gripped the bar rails.

            “Sir.” Her voice was like ice.  “I am not the waitress.  Mike here can let the cook know what you want.”

            He frowned at her tone.  “Well, you’re here now.  I’d like some wings.  Hot barbeque.  And a poutine.  You do that here?”

            Her blue eyes seemed to be made of crystal. She took a step forward.  Sensing he’d gone too far but unwilling to show his throat to any female, he watched as she shook in rage.

            “I got it, son.  Sarah, go take a load off, eh?  You’re ruining the game,” said the bartender casually without making eye contact.

            “There’s no point anymore, Dad,” she muttered. Her shoulders slumped as she turned back to the office she came from.

 
Now a little about the author: 

Author Tara C. MacDonald holds a B.A. English Literature from Trent University and has been a member of Romance Writers of America since 2008.  Other writing groups such as Scribe Wenches, Romance Writers of Nova Scotia and other RWA chapters have helped her learn her craft.  She believes in the hope that romance can bring and reads avidly.  Her first published work was as a Co-Author in a non-fiction book called "Succeeding Through Doubt, Fear & Crisis" August 2014 with the eWomenNetwork publishing program.
 




 Tara will be awarding a print of local art by artist Wendy Beaver of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour (North American addresses only).

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:    http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2014/11/book-blast-game-on-never-to-part-and.html
Thanks, Tara!

Monday, December 8, 2014

welcome author Mike Draper

Hello, Mike, congratulations on your new book. Let's hear a little about it.

Baseball goes on strike. There is a great deal of discontent. A chat group is formed, “Friends against the baseball strike.” One member is a terrorist wannabe and he is able to manipulate a gullible man to obey his wishes, strike back against the sport. Baseball used to be the sport of the common man but now with the multimillion-dollar contracts, regular people can’t afford it.  It can cost hundreds of dollars for a man and wife to bring their children to a baseball game and get some food. He decides to take action and kill the highest paid player on each team. Each killing will be in a different way and there will be a message to “end the strike.” After the first killing, the FBI becomes involved and the Baseball Commissioner's Office hires a group of private investigators to show they are proactive. This group consists of a young woman and two men who are in training by a retired state trooper. As more ball players are killed, the trio of private investigators decides to challenge the killer using social media. They put a notice on Facebook to see if they can get the killer to go after one of them, who will be armed. The private investigators work with the FBI to find the killer and stop him before he kills again.

And about your work...

Are you character driven or plot driven?


I would say it’s plot driven but with a strong emphasis on the characters. The plot was the first idea but fitting the characters to that plot was an interesting challenge. If I had a murderer, I studied on the traits of a person who could become someone who would murder innocent people and feel a thrill about it. I also wanted this person to be gullible and could be manipulated by a cunning person who was the force behind the murders.

Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?


It is self-published, because I have lung cancer. I didn’t want to go the agent rejection process. My first novel –Splattered Blood – took over eight years before I decided to self-publish.


Who or what inspired you to write this book?


I was the family storyteller in a family with nine siblings and over forty nephews and nieces. I also was an English major in college and always had a keen interest in reading and gradually developed the goal to write my own novel. When I was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, I found writing was a positive step that kept me motivated.


What advice do you have for your fellow writers/authors about self-promotion and its importance?


Look into many publishers and realize that you get what you pay for so if you aren’t good at marketing, you’d want that in your publishing package. I would also advise a person to do a Google search to see if there are any complaints about a publisher before choosing.


What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your writing?


Mystery and suspense.


What is especially near and dear to you?


My wife, Diana, the love of my life for 48 years. She is a wonderful caregiver and companion. Diana keeps me motivated and shares in my joy of publishing and discussing books. She is currently in two book clubs.

And a mini bio:

I graduated from St. Michael’s College in  Vermont and have a Master’s degree in teaching. I was in ROTC and spent four years in the Air Force, leaving as a captain. Thereafter I was a financial planner for over forty years, selling retirement plans to state and municipal employees. Many of the scenes in my books come from my experience with the law enforcement friends. I would also ask their advice to be sure a scene was realistic.


Selling retirement plans to state police officers enabled me to hear many interesting things that a police officer might experience. I am also an Amazon book reviewer so understand how to analyze character development and plotting. The third thing is that I know how to tell a story that would be interesting and captivating.

LINKS


Three Strikes and You’re Dead is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Xlibris where copies can be obtained by calling 1-888-795-4274 ext. 7879. My web site is www.michaeladraper.com





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