Friday, June 27, 2014

Interview with Jean Hackensmith, author of Identity Crisis


ABOUT IDENTITY CRISIS

Identity CrisisTitle: Identity Crisis
Genre: Detective
Author: Jean Hackensmith
Publisher: Inkwater Press
Language: English
Pages: 260

When rumors of how Dan Hamilton actually died reach the Cheyenne Chief of Police, Brian Koski is forced to resign his position as captain of the Sixth Precinct and go into business for himself as a private detective. His partner? A mahogany colored Belgian Malinois named Sinbad. A former NYPD police dog, Sinbad is vicious when need be and reliable to a fault–unless a train goes by or there’s a thunderstorm, then chances are he will turn tail and run. Brian’s first clients are Jeff and Melody Patten. He’s an explosives expert for a local demolitions company, she’s a stay-at-home Mom. Both are devoted parents to their young daughter, Angela. The problem comes in the form of one Collin Lanaski, an unstable ex-Air Force lieutenant and Angela’s second grade teacher, who suddenly starts insisting that Angela is his daughter—the same daughter who died in a tragic car accident four years earlier.  What does Collin base this incredible revelation on?  Dog tags and car seats.  Brian is convinced the man has suffered a psychotic break. He’s delusional and dangerous, and it becomes the P.I.’s job to protect Angela from a madman.

How have you been able to use social media (Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, etc.) to help market your book? 

I’m totally new to Twitter, so haven’t quite figured that one out yet.  I do have an active Facebook account, however, (both personal and an author page) and am constantly posting new information on my books.  Release dates, pricing, availability, etc.  I have also run several ads on Facebook, with great success.

Do you have any advice for new authors looking to promote themselves on these sites? 

I tend to try and keep updates on my writing restricted to my author page on Facebook. There, I know my followers are interested. I hate to bombard my regular “friends” with constant talk about my writing. I will announce a new release, post a trailer, or post a link to my website when warranted, but I try to keep it to a minimum.

What type of writing routine do you have? Any tips you can share about it? 

As strange as it may sound, my normal writing time is from like 10 p.m. to around 2 or 3 in the morning.  I got into this habit when my children were small.  The only time the house was quite, which is essential for me when I write, was at night.  It kind of stuck.  I try to be very diligent.  I treat my writing time as a regular job and tend to be very protective of it.  I won’t answer the phone, have the TV on, or even listen to the radio.  For me, distractions easily make me lose my train of thought.

How has it been trying to balance your writing with your day job and/or family life?  Is there anything you would change?

I’m lucky in the fact that I don’t have to work outside the home and can devote as much time as necessary to my writing.  I’m also a widow and live alone so, again, I have a much easier time balancing my family life with my writing than most authors do.  When my kids and grandkids come for a visit, I set the book aside and spend that precious time with them.

Setting is an extremely important aspect in grabbing your reader’s attention.  What made you choose to set your book in Cheyenne, WY?

I was fortunate enough to visit the Cheyenne area years ago when my sister and I took a trip west.  I absolutely fell in love with the area and felt it would be an ideal setting for a book.  Well, in this case, it will be the setting for many books.  It was especially ideal for Identity Crisis, since some of my characters needed a place to hide out.  What better place to do that than in the mountains?

What types of books do you read?  How do you think they have influenced your writing?   

I got hooked on Kathleen Woodiwiss books years ago.  I absolutely loved her writing style and, in fact, kind of patterned my first books after hers.  As time went on and I developed my own style, that changed somewhat.  I added action and adventure to my romance novels, and then a touch of sci fi when I began the Passage Time Travel Romance series.  After a while, I felt that I needed to challenge myself more.  Never wanting to known for writing in just one genre, I moved on to romantic suspense with Checkmate and then pretty much abandoned the romance all together in Identity Crisis.  My taste in reading has also changed.  I’ve become a huge Dean Koontz fan and have read virtually everything he’s written.  Maybe that’s part of the reason that I’ve found myself flip-flopping genres in my own writing.  You never know what to expect from Dean, and I want my reader’s to experience that same excitement when following my writing.  So far, it seems to work—or at least they haven’t abandoned me yet!

ABOUT JEAN HACKENSMITH

I have been writing since the age of twenty.  (That’s 37 years and, yes, I’m disclosing my age.)  I am the proud mother of three, stepmother of two, and grandmother to twelve wonderful children.  I lost the love of my life, my husband Ron, in November of 2011 when he died in an accident at work.  He took my heart with him and, for a time, my desire to write.  Time, as they say, heals all wounds, and I have again discovered my passion for the written word.  In fact, I find it strangely comforting to delve into the intricate webs that are my character’s lives and immerse myself in their existence instead of dwelling on my own. Next to writing, my second passion is live theater.  I founded a local community theater group back in 1992 and directed upwards of 40 shows, including three that I authored.  I also appeared on stage a few times, portraying Anna in The King and I and Miss Hannigan in Annie.  I am sad to say that the theater group closed its final curtain in 2008, but those 16 years will always hold some of my fondest memories. My husband and I moved from Superior five years ago, seeking the serenity of country living.  We also wanted to get away from the natural air conditioning provided by Lake Superior.  We moved only 50 miles south, but the temperature can vary by 20-30 degrees.  I guess I’m a country girl at heart.  I simply love this area, even though I must now enjoy its beauty alone.  I love the solitude, the picturesque beauty of the sun rising over the water, the strangely calming effect of watching a deer graze outside your kitchen window.  Never again, will I live in the city.  I am an author, after all, and what better place to be inspired than in God’s own back yard.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Wonder-N-Wandering in a Zoo by JR Holbrook Book Blitz - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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Title: Wonder-N-Wandering in a Zoo
Author: JR Holbrook
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Pages: 29
Genre: Kids
Format: Kindle
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My name is JR Holbrook, and I am a 2012 USA BEST BOOK AWARDS finalist and a 2013 San Francisco Book Awards honorable mention, as well as, other credits. I am also a graduate of Sullivan University, graduating in 2008. My book Wonder-N-Wandering in a Zoo is my third book, and it tells of the many adventures a group of teenagers get in wandering further from home in what is to be described as a magical zoo.   amazon   My name is JR Holbrook, and I am a 2012 USA BEST BOOK AWARDS finalist and a 2013 San Francisco Book Awards honorable mention, as well as, other credits. I am also a graduate of Sullivan University, graduating in 2008. My book Wonder-N-Wandering in a Zoo is my third book, and it tells of the many adventures a group of teenagers get in wandering further from home in what is to be described as a magical zoo.  

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Making Lemonade with Ben: The Audacity to Cope by Katherine Perreth Book Feature - Win a Kindle Paperwhite!



With deftly wielded humor and heart-wrenching candor, Katherine Perreth vividly recounts the myriad physical, mental, emotional and spiritual repercussions stemming from her son’s massive brain hemorrhage. Seven-year-old Ben suffers numerous disabilities and, later, mental health challenges. Yet, love wins. Making Lemonade With Ben is a compelling Cinderella story tracing sixteen years of Ben’s life. It begins with the night a University of Wisconsin Hospital neurosurgeon saved Ben, and follows Ben through young adulthood. Although he encounters years of substantial obstacles, in 2011 his never-say-die cheery attitude and uber-outgoing ways ultimately carry him to Washington D.C. There he represents the Madison Children’s Museum, his employer, at a national award ceremony. Wearing his ankle-foot-orthosis with a smiley face on the back, Ben juggles one-handed everywhere he goes, accomplishing his life goal: “Make humanity smile.” Universal themes of perseverance and compassion encourage readers to contemplate contemporary issues: mental illness treatment, recovery and stigma, the role of intentional employers in the lives of those with disabilities, and the success that can occur when a community values all of her citizens.

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Katherine PerrethKatherine holds UW-Madison Social Work and Sociology degrees, is a reporter for her hometown newspaper, the Middleton Times Tribune, and conducts a class on reminiscence writing. In addition, in her role as administrative staff with WESLI (an ESL school on Madison’s capitol square), she deals in chalk. And paper. Oodles of paper. She recently took an EmptyNester Victory Tour with her husband of 28 years, but hasn’t yet changed the locks on their home. Their three kids can still get in. Her latest books is Making Lemonade with Ben: The Audacity to Cope Drop by to pay her visit at: www.katherineperreth.com.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Just an Accident by Amy Montgomery Book Blitz - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Just an AccidentTitle: Just an Accident
Author: Amy Montgomery
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Pages: 229
Genre: Biography/Memoir
Format: Kindle

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There was no blood at the scene, not even a cut on his body. Yet on May 25, 1999, when the top of a massive beech tree snapped off and slammed into 33-year-old, Adirondack logger Scott Remington, his bones exploded. The terrain was unforgiving and the area too remote for cell phones. So the fact that medics reached him is a miracle. So is the aftermath of a freak accident that felt like death to a woodsman who could never sit still. More than the story of one man, this is also about a small town that rescued Scott from despair, and, by accident, discovered the meaning of life. In this well written and extremely compelling book, Amy Montgomery draws us into the essence of living with a spinal cord injury through Scott Remington’s moving story. Her portrayal of his struggle to survive and live a meaningful life makes us care as much as the members of his family. In an instant both Scott and I became members of a club that neither of us would ever have wanted to join. But instead of self pity, Scott has demonstrated relentless energy, drive, and willpower that no disability can diminish. Montgomery has captured not only the drama of an accidental tragedy but the power of the human spirit to overcome it. Christopher Reeve Amy donates 10% of her $9.38 per-book royalties to the Christopher Reeve Foundation.

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Amy Montgomery is an EMT and New Jersey-based freelance writer, who has worked primarily with corporate clients across a range of industries. She has also worked as a radio reporter, press secretary, and adjunct instructor at the University of Michigan.  She has a BA from Wesleyan University and an MA from the University of Michigan.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

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  Peace and Love
Title: Peace and Love
Author: Leland Bedford
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 114
Genre: Religion/Inspirational
Format: Kindle
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Peace & Love is a celebration of truth like none before, and like none that will be after, truly one of a kind! The selections within are a reflection of thought that is like a seed to the brain of every man, woman, and child, to be watered by life, and grow into an existence where love is the end result of new found peace. The lie has no home with in the pages of this book, because the lie holds no truth, like a World created by God that holds no peace nor love. In time we live, and in time it is promised that we will forever be, so in time Peace & Love has been placed to collectively bring them that are unconscious to a new consciousness of life, death, truth, lie, good, evil, victory, defeat, success, failure, hope, eternal hope, God, Jesus, and the Devil, you, me, and we. To all that search for understanding and are a student of inspiration, with in this book holds a gift of sincerity, with the purpose to build and destroy, to build a new idea that is the antithesis of all that has kept us in the dark, all that has kept us from one another, and destroy all that has shined light on that which we are not that has made are sunshine like Hells fire, rather than the warmth of Gods love. Opening this book will open your eyes, though you have never been blind, and will breath new air into the lungs that were given by the Father to live, like any food for nourishment the knowledge within can do no harm, only feed the soul. Like anything all may not see what is shown as “one mans treasure, is another mans trash”, but as trash is unwanted so is the absence of peace and love in a World were Christ is King, and we live, in search of life, life everlasting, this I believe is like motivation to grow with out digression and to digress through progression. Inspirational words, thoughts, and ideas live with in the pages of Peace & Love, thoughts of happiness and joy, pain and agony, victory and defeat, good and evil, God and the Devil, Heaven and Hell, hope and despair, with the purpose to discover truth that will bring clarity to the chaos which can cloud the mind, soul, spirit, and body of any man, woman, or child, letting all whom may journey through its pages know that all are apart of the collective conscious that defines who we are, and that we can only be we, if there is peace and love.
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 Leland Bedford is from Louisville, Ky., and was born in Houston, TX., he and his family relocated from Texas when Leland was still a baby. His childhood home was located in a suburb located just outside the Louisville city limits, and he enjoyed a happy upbringing with himself, his older sister, and his parents. Upon completion of high school he applied, and was accepted to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. where he majored in English literature. While attending Morehouse Leland enjoyed the freedom of being away from home and excelled in the beginning of his college matriculation, however as he matriculated through college he began to fall victim to the pitfalls of big city life and being away from home. His troubles lead him down many different paths, which extended his matriculation and caused him much mental, physical, emotional, and economical hardship. Through it all however, Leland continued to pursue a B.A. in English literature from Morehouse, and received his degree in 2005. Upon completion of college he entered the work field full-time and worked while mending all his wounds from his time in college. After graduating from Morehouse he relocated back to Louisville, Ky where he currently lives. His time in college helped strengthen him as a man, and gave him love for the written word, and knowledge as a whole. It was in college that he found deep interest in self, and thusly all that helps define him as a man . His time at Morehouse was very beneficial and enjoyable, and left him with a seed to water, and grow, into something that would hopefully add to the greater good of humanity. “Peace & Love” is his first published book, and is a child of his life relationships, and experiences that lead him to know that his only hope is peace and love.  

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