Cover Reveal: Guarded by the Warrior by Eliza Knight


Inside the Book:

Title: Guarded by the Warrior

Author: Eliza Knight

Release Date: November 29, 2016
Publisher: Knight Media LLC
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Ebook
A lady in need of protection…Suffering through a short marriage to an enemy of Scotland, Lady Emilia MacCulloch manages to escape just before her husband dies. But the Ross clan will stop at nothing to get her back, for she plays a big part in their plans to thwart Robert the Bruce. She fears for her own family being labeled traitors and for her life. Placed by her king as a governess in the household of a devastatingly handsome warrior, Emilia finds herself drawn to the man, when she had previously sworn off love all together. His passion, charisma, loyalty and strength shake the very foundation she’s built around her heart.

A warrior in need of saving…

Ian Matheson has spent his entire life trying to prove himself. To belong. When his father passes away and his mother takes her vows at a nearby abbey, he is suddenly left in a position he was wholly unprepared for. And then his father’s dozen illegitimate children arrive on his doorstep in need of a father figure of their own. They are adorable and reckless, and he’s certain they’ll drive him mad. Just when he thinks he might actually need to find a wife to help him, Lady Emilia is presented to him by the king. She needs his protection, and he needs her help with the bairns. Ian is tempted by her angelic face, her fiery tongue, and the secrets that surround her. He must resist the growing desire that’s laying claim within him. He must prove to his clan that he is a worthy leader. But maybe, just maybe, he can have the respect of his people, and Emilia, too.


Meet the Author:

Once upon a time, in a land far away, there lived a princess…

Growing up, I was a proficient story teller, with most of my plots encompassing princesses and princes and dreams coming true. Now as an author, some of my stories are still about royalty, knights, duels, ladies, intrigue, betrayal. History fascinates me and I try to bring history back to life in each of my stories.

My favorite time periods are medieval, renaissance and Regency eras of Europe. Growing up, I was lucky to have grandparents who lived in Paris, so many a summer was spent exploring medieval ruins and historical sites.

One of my all time favorite books is Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, and I am of course Jane Austen fan, my two favorites being Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. I love the in-depth, emotionally riveting and intriguing works of historical author, Ken Follett. I am also a fan of Shakespeare, and you will find in a lot of my writing reference to the literary God and his work. Not only Shakespeare, but other period poets and literary notables of history are on my keeper shelf. My love affair with the romance genre started young. I picked up my first romance novel, The Bride, by Julie Garwood when I was in high school, and I haven’t been able to stop reading or writing romance since.

When I’m not reading or writing I am usually doing research for fun. If you love history, come visit me at History Undressed, where we discuss all the wildly fascinating and titillating facts of history! Recently I’ve started to post reviews of historical fiction and romance novels as well.
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Interview with Chris Delyani, author of You Are Here





Inside the Book:
You Are Here
Title: You Are Here
Author: Chris Delyani
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Romance
Format: Ebook/Paperback

All Peter Bankston ever wanted to do was paint.

An aspiring painter, Peter scratches out a pauper’s living in San Francisco, wanting nothing more than to be left alone. Instead, he finds himself getting involved with not one but two very different men.

Like Peter, getting involved with another man is the last thing on Nick Katsaris’s mind. Smart, handsome, and good-humored, Nick’s done more than just survive—he’s positively thriving in San Francisco. But when he meets Peter, what begins as fun and games quickly turns into a game he can’t control.

Miles Bettencourt’s days are filled with longing. For him, San Francisco is haunted by Stuart, his missing ex-lover. Desperate to win him back, Miles wanders the streets in the hope of running into Stuart again. Instead, he runs into Peter—the one man who might hold the key to what Miles is looking for.

These three gay men soon form one very unlikely love triangle. Sometimes, when people break apart and then come together, they learn that discovering that where you are is the key to knowing who you are.


Question1- What was the hardest part about writing your book?

The hardest part about writing my book was making the time to write it. I used to be proud of myself that I’d get up at 5:30 a.m. on weekdays to work on it before heading off to my day job—until I realized I was spending too little time on it.

Question2- Do you have a favorite excerpt from the book? If so, can you share it?

One of my favorite scenes occurs at the end of the book, the scene in which the reader sees the painting created by Peter Bankston, the novel’s protagonist. Lest I give too much of the story away, I present the scene here without placing it into context:


Ben moved into the hallway and used his elbow to flick on a switch. Nick blinked to adjust his eyes to the light while Ben moved further into the hallway, stopping at the stairs and turning to the wall on the other side of the stairwell, across from the banister. Nick walked up to Ben, took the gin fizz Ben held out to him, and looked across the stairwell.

The rectangular canvas, far larger than any of the canvases at the art show, was a swirling mass of blue—aqua, peacock, midnight, and every hue in between. The swirls were denser on the left-hand side where they seemed to crash against the painting’s edge like waves against a sea wall, sparser on the right-hand side where they seemed to unbraid and rebraid lovingly, passionately, draining down to the bottom right-hand corner, which was left blank. Some of the swirls looked delicate, others bolder, still others as thick as if smeared on by the artist’s own fingers. Here and there looped threads of gold, orange, and crimson, the loops woven jaggedly into the blue, the lines tracing figures of people, animals, planets, stars; and near the center of the painting, as if laid onto the surface as an afterthought, floated a single pinkish-purple dot about the size of a dollar coin. Wherever this painting came from, it didn’t come from an old sketch; it came from a newer, wilder, more sensuous region of Peter’s imagination. And the size of it! If Peter were here he’d probably twist his toe into the floor and deny his ambition, but Nick knew better.

“Well, what do you think?” Ben said after a minute or two.

“It’s big.”

“It’s a map,” Ben said. “That was my idea. I told Peter wouldn’t it be neat if he could paint one of those ‘you are here’ maps like you see at the mall, except make it a life map, and that’s what he came up with: a painting called You Are Here. But I never thought he’d come up with something like this.”

Nick stared at the dot floating in the center of the painting and then followed the zigzagging line of the gold and crimson strands.

“I always get a lift when I look at it,” Ben said. “There’s something, I don’t know, ecstatic about it, don’cha think?”


Question3- What do you hope readers will take away after reading the book?

That they have read a believable story featuring people they recognize. The main characters are all gay men, making gay readers an obvious target. But I tried to cast my net wider than that. Hopefully readers of all preferences will be able to see the basic humanity underlying this story.

Question4- Who or what is the inspiration for the book?

I had a couple of inspirations. One was the city of San Francisco, the city I’d moved to in order to devote my life to writing fiction. The novel’s action never leaves the city’s limits. I had met a lot of people, both good and bad, during my first couple years living there, and I wanted to create a portrait that took in the whole picture.

The other inspiration is more literary: Jane Austen’s “Mansfield Park.” In it a vain young man falls in love with the virtuous heroine, but the virtuous heroine won’t have anything to do with him. The young man’s pursuit is what drives that novel’s action—a pursuit that had always captured my imagination. In “Mansfield Park” the heroine is steadfast in her refusal to give in to temptation. In my novel? Let’s just say that the hero’s choice surprised me.

Question5- Have you had a mentor? If so, can you talk about them a little?

I’ve had many excellent teachers over the years, but none I could call a mentor. For my third book “Best Man,” though, I hired the services of Charlotte Cook, an excellent story editor who also happens to live near me. I thought I knew what hard work was until I met her.

Question6- I have heard it said in order to be a good writer, you have to be a reader as well? Do you find this to be true? And if you are a reader, do you have a favorite genre and/or author?

Absolutely! I read a wide range of novels where I am constantly thinking about the choices the author has made to make a scene come alive or take the plot in a certain direction. (In the case of one of Anne Tyler, one of my favorite living authors, the question I often find myself asking is “how does she do it?”) I recently finished “My Brilliant Friend,” by Elena Ferrante, and I’m still marveling at how she’d used mere words to create a gritty Neapolitan neighborhood in the 1950s. I wish I’d discovered her sooner.

I also enjoy reading nonfiction. One of my favorites of the past couple of years was Robert Massie’s biography of Catherine the Great. I swear, if Catherine hadn’t actually existed, I would swear her story was the stuff of fiction. I also read the New York Times every day and try to imagine myself in the shoes of the people I read about—rich or poor, good or bad (but mostly good; sadly, there are some people out there I can’t imagine ever wanting to be). Still, I find most people endlessly fascinating, and a constant inspiration for stories.


Meet the Author:

In 1993, Chris Delyani moved to San Francisco from his native Boston to devote his life to writing fiction—and he’s been at it ever since. His first novel, The Love Thing, was published in 2009. He lives in Oakland, California.



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Book Blast: The Tinfoil Prince of Harlem by Cyril H. Price


Inside the Book:

Title: The Tinfoil Prince of Harlem
Author: Cyril H. Price
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Biography
Format: Ebook/Paperback

By all reasonable calculations, a black child who started life with as many formidable challenges as author Cyril H. Price shouldn’t have prospered to the point of happiness he currently enjoys. In fact, at eight years of age, Price’s policy was to stay out of trouble, eat, and just survive.

Growing up in the heart of Harlem during the Great Depression, Price and his family did what they could to survive. In The Tinfoil Prince of Harlem, he shares the details of his life living in the midst of poverty, hunger, racism, family upheavals, and gangs. From his birth in New York City, to Ethiopia, to Trinidad, and back to New York City, Price tells about the death of his father at the age of forty-three and how his mother barely made ends meet to feed Price and his older sister.

Including details about his schooling, living conditions, and scrounging for bottles to earn money, The Tinfoil Prince of Harlem shares how one African-American boy rose to the challenge. He eventually became a dentist, an author, and a professor and raised a family of his own.

About the Author

Cyril H. Price, a graduate of Howard University, is a retired dentist, professor, and dean of a community college in New York City. He has written three books, including a novel, Confessions of a Crusader. Price and his wife, Doris, have three grown children, and live in Millsboro, Delaware


Cyril is giving away a $25 Gift Card!


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  • This giveaway begins August 15 and ends on August 26.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on August 27.
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Interview with Charles and Irene Nickerson, authors of The Crossroads of Space and Time

Inside the Book:

The Crossroads of Space and Time
Title: The Crossroads of Space and Time
Author: Charles and Irene Nickerson
Publisher: Xlibris
Pages: 262
Genre: Thriller/Suspense
Format: Ebook

Captain Bancroft couldn’t believe this resort. The beaches were pristine. The rooms were comfortable. Everything was so relaxing. The only area off limits was the northern beaches and an area they called the trench. He asked a Mr. Jones why. Mr. Jones told him that since he was head of security. He would take him out to the cliffs and show him the reason. While out there they saw a large sea bird flying over the water. That was when a large shark leaped from the water and snatched it from the air. Mr. Jones pointed out that is why the northern beaches and the trench were off limits. Bancroft decided that was a good reason. The rest of the crew was just having a good time. Mrs. Svedberg ran the resort like a general. The service staff seemed happy, despite the fact that she seemed demanding to work for. He also was confused by the large canus that seemed to have free run of the island. Till he was told they were part of the security detail. Yet, he liked what he saw. These Maxumus were good at what they did. Bancroft decided he was a lucky bear. At the very least his life would probably never be boring. He was going to be right.

The Interview

How has your upbringing influenced your writing? 

I was raised at a time when Faith Honor , hope and family were important

When and why did you begin writing?

After I retired my daughter pushed me to write then joined me in creating the stories we created.

What do you consider the hardest thing about writing? 

Staying true to your characters.

Do you intend to make writing a career?

I have had my careers I write because i want to tell stories.

Do you have a specific writing style? 

No not really. I am a trained Historian. So that might effect my writing.

Meet the Author:

Charles Lansford Nickerson has a Masters of Arts in History from the University of Northern Colorado and a BS in History from Iowa State University. He is also a Veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served as a Missile Combat Crew Member. He also taught History in Christian Schools for 10 years. He has previously published two acclaimed Poems. Irene Jean Nickerson is a graduate of Ankeny Christian Academy in Ankeny, Iowa. She is currently a student at Central College in Pella Iowa.


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Book Blast: The Escape by Mac Kinnon


Inside the Book:

The Escape
Title: The Escape
Author: Mac Kinnon
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Fiction/Political
Format: Ebook

Jack made comments about a prominent political figure when he and his wife, Joanne were living in Las Vegas. Jack lost his job and no employer would even talk to him. Joanne lost her job, too. They were blacklisted. They were informed that a warrant had been issued for their arrest, the charge being terrorism. They hit the road in an act of survival. They spent time in a native-American commune for a few months and then on to Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee.

They were being chased everywhere. Finally, the law in Texas informed them that was never a warrant for their arrest. The whole time they depended on God for their protection as their faith grew stronger with every episode they encountered.

Meet the Author:

Mac Kinnon, currently retired, has 40 years of on-the-job training in the construction industry. He is a talented musician and song-writer. Currently, he has published one book, Breaux, An American Icon. He and his wife presently live in Las Vegas, NV, and enjoy two grown children and two beautiful granddaughters and a handsome grandson


Mac is giving away a $25 Gift Card!


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  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to the e-retailer of your choice
  • This giveaway begins August 15 and ends on August 26.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on August 27.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.

Good luck everyone!


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Interview with Emre Gurgen, author of Don Quixote Explained

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Inside the Book:

Don Quixote Explained
Title: Don Quixote Explained
Author: Emre Gurgen
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Genre: Literary Criticism
Format: Ebook/Paperback


Don Quixote Explained focuses on seven topics: how Sancho Panza refines into a good governor through a series of jokes that turn earnest; how Cervantes satirizes religious extremism in Don Quixote by taking aim at the Holy Roman Catholic Church; how Don Quixote and Sancho Panza check-and-balance one another’s excesses by having opposite identities; how Cervantes refines Spanish farm girls by transforming Aldonza Lorenzo into Dulcinea; how outlaws like Roque Guinart and Gines Pasamonte can avoid criminality and why; how Cervantes establishes inter-religional harmony by having a Christian translator, on the one hand, and a Muslim narrator, on the other; and lastly, how Cervantes replaces a medieval view of love and marriage―where a woman is a housekeeper, lust-satisfier, and child begetter―with a modern view of equalitarian marriage typified by a joining of desires and a merger of personalities.


Question 1- How long does it take you to write a book?

At first, when I was learning how to write a book, when I was absorbing the rules of good grammar, proper syntax, and fitting diction, when I was expanding my vocabulary of concepts—by looking up definitions and applying words to different contexts—the writing process was much slower. During my early years, when I was learning how to write, I wrote, and rewrote, sections of my book, over and over again, so it read more smoothly.  But, now that I am a practiced writer, with a large vocabulary of concepts, and an impresssive mastery of grammar, the actual process of writing is much easier.  It flows more smoothly.  Words just pour out. I do not have to rewrite as much, since my base drafts are better to begin with.  And, though, I am a much better and faster writer today because of all my writing practice, still I am not a particularly fast writer, though, I am not a slow and plodding writer either.  My pace, I would say, is average.  But the quality of my writing, at least the writing I take pride in, is exceptional, primarily because I value quality over quantity in all things, especially writing.  Whether I write a book, a short story, a novella, a piece of poetry, or just an e-mail, I try to write it as imaginatively, clearly, and concisely as I can, since effective communication, to me, is the ruling principle of my writing life.  If my readers understand what I am writing about, then I have done my job as a writer. If they do not, then I need to go back to the drawing board, until they do.

Strictly speaking, then, though writing Don Quixote Explained took me four years to complete, I have written other books that took more or less time, depending on their simplicity or complexity, their longevity or shortness.

For me, a brief, easy book can take 6 months to a year to write, while a long involved book can take multiple years to finish.  Personally, what determines how long it takes me to write a book varies, according to the subject matter of the book, the intricacy of the plot, the simplicity, or complexity, of its theme, its’ narrowness or broadness of topic, and, of course, its length. Is it 150 pages?  300 pages?  800 pages?

Also, for me, writing a book is not merely the mechanical act of actual writing, however rewarding this may be. It also entails a great deal of prewriting consisting of: outlining different plots and themes; writing about my characters beforehand; setting up my scenes.

During the prewriting stage, I detail various natural and man-made settings.  I document the goals of my heroes and villains.  I trace the conflict of my characters. I develop dialogue by tapping into my emotional subconscious.  Then, once all of this pre-thinking and pre-writing is done, I combine all this together into a book.  Then I edit, and re-edit.  And so on.  Until the book is polished and publishable.

So, for me, writing a book is no easy job.  Frequently, books take me years to write.  They take a great deal of research, brain storming, and trial and error, to think of a good story before I actually write one.  For me, writing a book is not just the actual process of fixed writing, (which, can be relatively fast once I have my ducks in a row) but it also includes the prewriting, contemplation stage, which, I find, can take as long as writing the book itself.

I am sure, with practice, I will get faster, over time, so that I can compose one book a year, as most publishers want.  But, for now, I would say that writing my books takes me two years, or longer, on average.

Question 2 – What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

As someone who proudly embraces the title writer and eccentric, I have a number of quirks that probably seem odd to the non-writing world.

I pay attention to everything:  When I see a stranger with a particular walk, or an interesting look, I take mental notes.  When I overhear a fascinating conversation, or experience something wonderful / terrible / awe-inspiring / terrifying, I hold it in my mind for use in my writing.  When I experience different climate patterns, like white-out snows, driven rain, blustery wind, or water spouts, I try to note these weather conditions, in case I need them for my books.  When I am in a bustling city, a developed town, or a sleepy village, I try to note its characteristics, in case I need to explain it later.  I do all this so I can create a plausible mini-world for my readers that corresponds to the larger real world they know.  In my everyday life, I try to focus on and retain every detail I can, no matter how minute:  Since, to me, it is supporting details, that makes a story believable.

By paying attention to everything − I pack my subconscious with a storehouse of useful information − I store of sights, sounds, smells I may use later − I summon images that I have filed away in my mental database for later use.

Because I am a daydreamer, there are few things I think about more than the worlds and characters that I am writing about.  Therefore, my primary writing quirk is to live in worlds that I create even when I am not writing about them.

Question 3 – When did you write your first book and how old were you?

Though, I did not complete my first book until I was 33, currently, I have written two books.  Now, I am conceptualizing a third.

To write my first book, then, I drew from all of my previous writing experiences (i.e. high school essays, college term papers, undergraduate and graduate theses, legal briefs, and various memoranda, as well as e-mails, missives, and notes, I wrote).

Honestly, I wish I had started writing sooner since the longer you write, consistently, on a daily basis, the better you write, explicitly, over time.  In my view, years of early writing practice would have not only enabled me to produce better fiction, right now, in the form of short-stories, novellas, and novels, but also the long established practice of writing everyday, consistently, would have cultivated stronger relationships with people in the publishing world.  In my view, the earlier you begin to write, the more polished an author you become in the long term, since writing, like any cultivated skill, takes practice. The more the better. For this reason, I wish I had started writing poetry, prose, fiction, and non-fiction, from an early age, so that now I could produce creative fiction with ease.  But, I didn’t.  So now I have to work hard to learn the craft.

Actually, what enabled me to write my book(s) was:  my systematic learning of thousands vocabulary words; my voracious reading of many different books (including books on how to write); my methodical study of grammar guides and style manuals; and, most importantly, my systematic practice of writing itself.

The good news is I am still relatively young. So I still have time to improve my writing.  I just have to work hard every day to write a novel that tells a great story, one that others will pay to read.

Question 4 – What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your book?

Surprisingly, I learned that some of my worst writing could produce something greater, if I ignored all those doubts in my head telling me to remove what I had written.  Instead of cutting out what I had written, entirely, sometimes I attempted to improve upon my drafts by rearranging them.

As a novice writer, one of my greatest challenges was building confidence in myself and overcoming self-doubt of writing something wrong.  In other words, writing a lot of awful prose lead me to realize that nothing is ever perfect at the outset, in the first stage.  That it is possible to transform terrible writing into something good, by changing around paragraphs and sentences, deleting unclear or redundant sections, editing a document for word choice, spelling and grammar, and incorporating outside suggestions.

Question 5 – What do you think makes a good story?

A good story, I think, consists of a timely theme, a tight plot line, believable characters, realistic place settings, and believable conversations that are highly probable.  Good writing also has a central purpose, manifest in goal directed actions that can only be accomplished after overcoming a series of hurdles, devised by a main nemesis, an antagonist that makes a protagonist’s accomplishments improbable, and, therefore, impressive.  That all elements in a plot—from character development to personal descriptions to conflict, setting, and dialogue—must be smoothly integrated in a story’s plot, not randomly placed there, haphazardly, for the heck of it.

Question 6 – What would you like readers to know?

That my book sold at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.  That Gerald G Davis, a recent translator of Don Quixote, endorsed my book. That I lectured on the Renaissance in Don Quixote at the 41 st International Symposium of Hispanic Literature. That I have an 11 page personal author website, replete with:  a book proposal; a CV; a blog; a guest book; an annotated bibliography; a u-tube video of my conference presentation; as well as links to my FB fan page, twitter page, account, and books on Amazon.

Meet the Author:

Emre Gurgen, the author of Don Quixote Explained: The Story of an Unconventional Hero, has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Pennsylvania State University. Currently, he lives in Germantown, Maryland, where he is writing a follow-up Don Quixote essay collection and study guide.

Tour Schedule

Tuesday, June 28 – Interviewed at PUYB Virtual Book Club
Wednesday, June 29 – Interviewed at  at I’m Shelf-ish
Thursday, June 30 – Interviewed at Literal Exposure
Monday, July 4 – Interviewed at The Review From Here
Tuesday, July 5 – Guest blogging at My Bookish Pleasure
Wednesday, July 6 – Guest blogging at Voodoo Princess
Thursday, July 7 – Guest blogging at The Literary Nook
Friday, July 8 – Guest blogging at All Inclusive Retort
Monday, July 11 – Guest blogging at A Title Wave
Tuesday, July 12 – Interviewed at The Writer’s Life
Friday, July 15 – Guest blogging at As the Page Turns
Monday, July 18 – Guest blogging at A Taste of My Mind
Tuesday, July 19 –  Guest blogging at Write and Take Flight
Wednesday, July 20 – Guest blogging at Harmonious Publicity
Thursday, July 21 – Interviewed  at Bent Over Bookwords
Friday, July 22 – Guest blogging at The Dark Phantom


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Book Feature: Mark Christopher by Stan Matthews

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Inside the Book:

Mark Christopher
Title: Mark Christopher
Author: Stan Matthews
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Coming of Age
Format: Ebook/Paperback

As Mark Christopher grows up in a small railroad town during the Great Depression, he dreams of doing something special with his life. Instead, he must face one tragedy after the other as war looms. First, his parents die and then his brother while serving in the Pacific.

When the war in Europe ends, Mark’s sister sends him to live with their grandmother and her son. To please them, Mark is baptized in a Baptist church. While enrolled in college, he befriends a Wallabot Indian who unsuccessfully tries to save Mark’s soul. Despite their religious differences, their friendship continues as Mark is offered a post-graduate scholarship contingent upon his admission to the ministry. Although Mark applies, he secretly believes he is unsuited. After he accepts a student pastorate position in a nearby church, he falls in love and marries. But when he shuns church leaders’ advice and leads a group of black migrants to integrate the county fair, Mark is thrown in jail where he is forced to reflect on his life, his choices, and whether what has been done can be undone.

Mark Christopher is the tale of one man’s faithful journey through poverty and war and tragedy and opposition as he searches for his destiny and meaning in his life.

Meet the Author:

Stan Matthews is a veteran investigative reporter and retired pastor who has worked for both Canadian and American newspapers and served as a fund raiser for many institutions, including churches, colleges, hospitals, American Cancer Society, Easter Seals and PBS.

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Interview with Jena C. Henry, author of The Golden Age of Charli

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Inside the Book:

The Golden Age of Charli
Title: The Golden Age of Charli
Author: Jena C. Henry
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Fiction
Format: Ebook/Paperback

Charlotte McAntic spent her thirties, forties, and even fifties in peace and harmony aligning her marriage, mortgage, careers, and children. As she stumbles into a new phase of life—also known as the Golden Years—Charli cannot help but wonder where the gold and her husband, Pud, are hiding.

Pud is happily cruising down the retirement path that, for him, leads straight to the golf course. While Charli spends her days at home cleaning out closets and the basement, she yearns to gaze deeply into Pud’s blue eyes and remember all the reasons why she fell in love with him thirty years ago. Unfortunately, the only thing Pud is eying is the next fairway. Knowing there is more to savor in retirement than silver-hair shampoos, senior discounts, and hernia surgery, Charli embarks on a quest to do whatever it takes to spend retirement in the embrace of the man she loves. But is it too late for happily ever after?

In this humorous novel, a high-energy wife and her solid guy must learn to adjust to a new chapter in their lives and find their way back into each other’s hearts after their retirement begins with a jolt.



Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

I published The Golden Age of Charli- RSVP, the first book in the series in September, 2015. The second book in the series, The Golden Age of Charli-BMI will be released soon! I all ready have the copies- so excited!!
When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

Good question! My writing journey started when I decided to finally try to write what I called “a book-length document.” As I wrote, I began to feel more positive about my product. One day, while I was using the online thesaurus, an ad popped up- “Are you writing a book?” “Yes… YES!” I shouted. I clicked the link and soon received a call from a consultant at iUniverse. After a long discussion and plenty of questions from me, I chose iUniverse because they are a hybrid self-publisher. They offer a large team of professionals and services- all types of editing, cover design, marketing and promotion. This was the best of both worlds for me- I could move forward and achieve my publishing dream, but have access to all the services I would need to produce a high quality project.
How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

Less than six months. I needed heavy editing for my first book- but much less for the second manuscript! Yay!
How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

I was thrilled, satisfied, and excited, and eager to learn more about the book and publishing world. I celebrated by starting to write the second book in the series. I also had a lovely launch party and book signing, complete with a specially crafted Charli cocktail.
What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

Before my book was published, I used to wake up at night and worry about how to market and promote my book. iUniverse offered me a variety of marketing services and I have used many of them. I love marketing my book. The first thing I did, after my launch party, was to take a course in social media so I could start to build my platform. Since my first book was released, I have worked 4-6 hours a day on social media and my website and blog.

Meet the Author:


Jena C. Henry holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Akron, presents writing workshops, and loves good times with friends. Now retired, Jena and her husband, Alan, live in tropical Ohio where they enjoy their two adult children and extended family, friends, and darling dog. This is the first book in The Golden Age of Charli series.


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Book Feature: Palindrome by E.Z. Rinsky


Title: Palindrome
Author: E.Z. Rinsky
Publisher: Witness Impulse
Pages: 384
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Format: Ecopy/Paperback

Private Eye Frank Lamb’s business is simple: He finds things. Be it the world’s hottest pepper seed in a South American dictator’s safe or a pair of Italian art forgers sipping Prosecco in a Miami hotel room, he delivers the goods and collects his check, never with a smile. Work is work, and he doesn’t let it get in the way of the life he’s made for himself and his ten-year-old daughter, Sadie.

But when a staggeringly beautiful woman offers him a small fortune to find a cassette tape, curiosity gets the better of him. It contains, she explains, a recording her sister’s kidnapper made of her last three minutes on Earth. She conveniently fails to mention the unsettling effects the tape is rumored to have on listeners.

Frank takes the case, and enlists the help of reclusive tracker Courtney Lavagnino to pick up a trail that’s been cold for five years. As their search leads them through a horrifying labyrinth of murder and madness, it becomes clear they’re chasing much more than a memento.


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E.Z. Rinsky has worked as a statistics professor, copywriter and–for one misguided year–a street musician. He currently lives in Tel Aviv. More at

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Witness Impulse is giving away 3 print copies of the book!

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  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • Three winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive a print copy of Palindrome
  • This giveaway begins June 21 and ends on July 15.
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Book Feature: The Prevention of Crohn’s Disease by Gilles R.G. Monif, M.D.


Inside the Book:

The Prevention of Crohn's Disease
Title: The Prevention of Crohn’s Disease
Author: Gilles R.G. Monif, M.D.
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Genre: Health
Format: Ebook

Prior to 1936, Crohn’s disease was a rare and unrecognized disease entity. Today, the United States is the midst of a rapidly growing epidemic. It is estimated that between 800,000 and 1.2 million citizens are currently afflicted. The unanswered question is WHY? In the 1990s, circumstantial scientific data inferred a potential causal relationship between Crohn’s disease in humans and mycobacterial pathogen in domestic animals, Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP). When it was documented that MAP survived pasteurization and was potentially present in milk, infant formula, and powdered milk, a global precautionary alarm button should have been pushed by those who govern in the public trust.

PREVENTION OF CROHN’S DISEASE describes MAP’s journey across the zoonotic bridge between animals and humans and the unique circumstances by which it allegedly produces disease.

The Prevention of Crohn’s Disease is available for order at
Meet the Author:

Gilles R. G. Monif, M.D. has served as Special Interest Consultant for Infectious Diseases to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. A world recognized leader in infectious diseases that affect women and their unborn infants, he co-founded the Infectious Disease Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology. His text book Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology, currently in its sixth edition, is the standing reference text for the discipline.

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