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I want to share with you all a great new horror book I recently discovered.
Everything changed for Carl and his grandfather, Thaddeus; the day “Rita” came into their lives. Carl is the owner of Lenoir Auto Body. He came to the rescue of a horrific car accident. Before the police arrived on the scene and the driver of the vehicle died, he handed Carl an envelope containing a small black box that held a golden car key. Carl gave his grandfather the keys to an old ‘57 Chevy truck. The same truck that only a few days ago would could have been considered unsalvageable but now looking at the truck, you would never know it had been in any accident. Thaddeus takes “Rita” for a ride. After that, nothing is the same. Thaddeus ends up going for the ride of his life.
OK, so I have not read many horror stories though I love to watch horror movies. As I was reading The Ride, all I could think about was the movie Christine, adapted from a Stephen King novel. Also, I could help feel some elements of Dean Koontz mixed in as well. A book that infuses both classic Stephen King and Dean Koontz into the storyline has got to be a good one. I am happy to report that The Ride is that good. The story started out at a fast pace and kept picking up speed, all the way to the last sentence. Tom Brandner is a first time author for me but after reading this book, I now want to check out his first novel, The Rain.
Check out Mr. Brandner's website at http://www.tombrandner.com/
Violet Parry lived the type of life we all would envy. She is married to a rich, famous rock - and – roll manager by the name of David, has a beautiful daughter named Dot and a large, offensive house up in the LA hills. Unfortunately, Violet would trade you places in a heartbeat. All David can do is complain about what Violet doesn’t do like… clean out the dead gopher in the swimming pool or make sure all his favorite foods are readily available to him. Violet is ready to leave her all of it behind and she does when she meets
Teddy Reyes, a handsome bass player. Teddy charms his way into Violets heart with they love of music and good conversations.
Then there is Sally, who is David’s sister. You won’t be able to tell from looking at Sally that is fast approaching forty years old as she is trim and good-looking. She could have any guy she wanted, so why does she want quiet, awkward Jeremy?
I didn’t realize how much I actually was going to like this book till I started reading it. The writing was simple but flawless. The characters had great personalities, even if I thought Sally was a stuck up diva, Jeremy seemed like he was too quiet for Sally till I found out the reason why, Violet a wild-spirit wanting to be released, David was too self-absorbed and Teddy, an old soul. All in all I thought all the different qualities that these characters brought, worked well with each other. I can see why television shows like Arrested Development, Mad About You and Ellen all did so well. Thanks to first time book author, Maria Semple.
Check out Maria Semple's website at www.mariasemple.com
I want to thank you for letting me interview you.
Please tell everyone about yourself? Also share something about yourself that people would be surprised to learn about.
I’m originally from London, England. I’m a freelance writer and once worked as a publicist for a publishing company. I love to cook and sometimes being in the kitchen helps me work out problems I’m having with the plot or characters in my novel. I’m also an avid gardener and dabble with some photography now and then. You’d surprised to know that after all these years of living in the US, I still have my English accent.
What is your favorite food to eat?
Easy one, chocolate.
Do you have a favorite vacation spot?
Majorca, one of islands off the Spanish mainland. I used to vacation there when I was a teenager. It’s a bit too far to travel to from the US, so my second choice would have to be the Pacific Northwest.
I read that you write everything from Psychology Today to now your first romance novel. Is it easy keeping everything organized?
I worked in PR for many years and was a publicist and you’ve got to be organized or you can mess things up really quickly. I think I’m a very organized person, but right now if you looked at the piles of papers in my office, you’d probably disagree.
How does writing Health and Psychology Articles differ from writing a fiction novel?
It’s very different because with fiction I can basically do what I want, I’m in control. With non-fiction, I have to conduct interviews, do lots of research, and write according to the outline my editors set for me.
You have interviewed yourself so very intriguing people. I was especially intrigued by the woman who played piano for silent movies. What was that like interviewing her?
She was great fun to chat with, and what you’d call young at heart. She had so many great stories and memories to share with me. And when I chatted with her she was about to play the piano for a silent movie at a local senior center.
Please describe your book A Sterling Affair.
It’s a paranormal romance set in London, England. It’s about an American widow whose children attempt to bring their father back to life but things don’t go quite as planned and they accidently bring back a man from the Regency period. It’s a clash of cultures, time periods, personalities, but these two people realize they’re in love and that life has given them both a second chance at finding their true love.
How did you react when you got the good news that your book was going to be published with The Wild Rose Press?
I didn’t react how I thought I would. I’d always assumed that I’d run into the street and shout, maybe even pass out on the floor, but I think I was in shock and maybe even thought I was dreaming. I got the news via e-mail and when I opened it up, I thought, here we go again, they like it, but… When I saw the words I love this story and I’d like to offer you a contract, I thought, it’s not a rejection, I’m finally going to be a published author.
What else do readers have to look forward to from you?
Lots of things. I’m working on three new books right now. Another paranormal, this one set in Ireland. Then there’s a crime novel set in England, and the other new work is a contemporary featuring what I hope readers will think is the sexiest man ever.
What is the one piece of advice you want to give your readers?
I advise them to keep buying my books. No, seriously, if you have a dream no matter how many people tell you it can’t be done; don’t listen to them, listen to your heart and follow your dream.
Thank you again for allowing me this interview. I appreciate it.
Check out Susan's website at http://susanpalmquist.com/
I want to thank Tracee for letting me host.
This story takes place after the Civil War in southern Georgia, particularly the Trevalyan plantation where our two main characters Jenny Mobley and Charles King make their home as they start their married life together. It won’t be easy as they adjust to each other. Jenny forms a friendship with her maid Tacey as well as having an eye for handsome, Alexander Stephens. It is a time when the only thing left to do is make friends.
The Gates of Trevalyan is a historical novel that encompasses some romance, friendship and some very famous figures like Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis to name a few. While I enjoy reading historical novels as that genre was one of the first types of books that I had a pleasure reading. Unfortunately I can’t say this is the case with this book. It moved very slowly throughout the whole book. I did finish reading this novel but had a hard time doing so. Even the characters that should have been interesting, I found to be dull and I never felt a connection with them. It did seem though that author, Jacquelyn Cook did have a good vision and I was able to see part of that vision. So the good thing is that I might someday check her out again.
Ramona Elise Griffen is thirty six years old and a widow of two boys. Ramona teaches English. Ramona was preparing for her class like any other time when he walked in. His name is Leonardo da Vinci. He is Italian like the other Leonardo but that is where the similarities end. Leonardo is a college student and he recently moved to Austin, Texas. Ramona takes Leonardo in as her houseguest. Soon after Ramona and Leonardo develop feelings for each other. Ramona starts viewing the sites and smells of Texas in a whole new light with Leonardo’s help
I thought Dating da Vinci by Malena Lott was a great upbeat and refreshing novel. Here Leonardo was a guy who could barely speak English and knew very little about America; yet he was teaching Ramona how to let go and live again through the power of friendship and love. This Leonardo may not be the famous artist we all know but Ramona’s Leonardo was a painter in his own way. He could paint you a picture and so you the good in everything and everybody. Ramona could have just given up when her husband passed away but instead she stayed strong for her sons as well as for herself. Marlena Lott is a first time author for me. She did a wonderful job with this book. I will read another book by Marlena again.
Seventeen year old Elizabeth of York loved and adored her father. She and him were very close. So she had no reason to doubt that her father's predecessor would be a just and trust worthy man, especially when that man is her uncle. Richard of Gloucester has barely become the new ruler of England and already hings are going very badly for Elizabeth and her family.
First Elizabeth learns that her father was a bigamist; which you can imagine made Elizabeth very irate as she thought her and her father had no secrets between them. With this new piece of information, the problem arises now that Elizabeth, her brothers and sisters are all illegitimate children and now no longer eligible to be considered for the throne. As if being declared a bastard isn't bad enough; Elizabeth's brother are taken into Richard's custody and supposedly killed.
How can Elizabeth ever respect a king who could be so cruel to his relatives? While assisting the Queen in her court, Elizabeth comes to understand and respect her uncle as king of England. Elizabeth matures was more beyond her years to turn into the lovely. beautiful mother to King Henry the eighth.
The King's Daughter by Sandra Worth is the first book I have read by this author. I have to tell you that I was very impressed. I found this book to be very true and accurate to what actually transpired back in that time. The King's Daughter is like reading a history lesson but much more exciting as well as enjoyable. Sandra Worth's writing is so realistic that I felt like I was Elizabeth. As far as historical novels go, The King's Daughter has got to be one of the best I have read in a while. I will be recommending Ms. Worth to all my friends. I plan on check out all the rest of Ms. Worth's books in the Rose of York trilogy.