Thursday, March 26, 2020

Book Feature: Design Process by Mauro Moro

Title: Design Process
Author: Maura Moro
Publisher: PartridgeSingapore
Genre: Reference/General
Format: Ebook
My design process is not only a handbook full of useful tools and kits. It is also an act of love to design. It is a prayer for design to get back to its glory days when it made sense. It is an appeal to the younger designers! Don’t surrender to the status quo who wants you just as worker ants! Don’t lose your inner voice and your passion for design! Don’t get comfortable in the prevailing conformism! Ask! Seek! Find! Discover new ways, never settle against the pre-cooked solutions, predictable patterns and pre-set goals! Go beyond! Make the impossible!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Book Feature: A Man's Late Night Thoughts by J. Richman

By J. Richman

A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS by J. Richman is a creative and life-affirming collection of ponderings that expose the deep thoughts and feelings of a man who has lived a life full of diverse experiences and challenges. This uniquely constructed compilation of more than 300 reflections focuses on several areas of living, including intimate relationships and acceptance of human frailty, as well as the author’s internal conflicts.

A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS homes in on the complications inherent in intimate relationships from the opening pages of the book: “Problems accrue when we confuse how a woman looks with who she is.” Richman brings the perspective of a mature man to the lessons on love presented in the book, including, “Exploitation of another depreciates both parties,” and “The reason we fall in love with flawed people is that that’s the only kind of people there are.”

In addition to offering a brief study of intimate relationships, A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS probes human frailty and offers readers guidance in accepting this fact. “We must learn to be strong enough to be gentle,” brings into focus the need to deliberately work at treating people well. The author also encourages readers to show self-compassion when dealing with their own baggage: “Sometimes it’s difficult to see beyond the wreckage of our lives, but we must! Take heart! We are more than our mistakes.”

In A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS, Richman further challenges readers to take the reins of their lives when he says, “Name those things that you would do if you had no fear then do something about it.” He offers words of caution regarding political rhetoric: “Beware of politicians who whip up emotions to make us suspicious of others unlike us.” And rounds the book out by sharing his internal conflicts: “The world has bent me more than I have bent it”; “too often my logical mind and my emotional mind are hostile enemies”; “every time I look in the mirror, I expect to see a younger man.”

A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS began as a series of notes that Richman wrote to himself. “I found that if I do not write out my true, and often painful, thoughts and feelings, I do not deal with them.” Richman wishes a book like this one had been available when he was a boy because the knowledge enclosed could have assisted him in navigating his teenage and young adult years. He hopes A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS will assure men that they are not alone in their quiet musings. For women, Richman believes the book will provide a window into men’s unexpressed emotions.

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“introspection requires us to be an interested spectator of our own life.” …can this me be a better me…what happens when unimportant me wants to be important me...can anyone understand us and love us anyway…why must we clutch desperately to or fantasy…what happens when we need for from life than is you frolic  and run with the deer in deer hunting season?...not to worry it’s all in the grand plan that you can change anytime.”

Richman is the author of A MAN’S LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS, a collection of thoughts about life, relationships, and humanity.

Richman’s work history includes his service as an undercover intelligence officer in the US Air Force; later, he established a thriving business in real estate investment. For 16 years, Richman owned and operated Modify My Mortgage, a company that worked with homeowners to prevent foreclosures. His business success allowed Richman the time to pursue his passions, which included serving as the president of Nova, a workshop that provided work and life skills training for clients with disabilities; cofounding A Way Across, a drop-in center for teenagers with emotional and substance abuse problems; and fundraising for several more public service groups.

Richman enjoys writing and editing at night after allowing his ideas to blossom and expand during the day. The author is married with three sons and five grandsons.

The Mocking Man by Leslie Georgeson Book Blast & Giveaway!

We're happy to host the book blast for THE MOCKING MAN by romantic suspense author Leslie Georgeson. Leslie is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Be sure to enter on form below and good luck!

By Leslie Georgeson
Romantic Suspense

THE PACT: Two friends. One pact. A dangerous plan with an elaborate deception. In a world where they must rely on each other to survive, how far will each of them go to honor the pact?

The Mocking Man:


Not a word I would have associated with myself fifteen years ago. Back then I was innocent and carefree, a teenage boy with big dreams.

Then my best friend Rafe was kidnapped, and my world fell apart. I foolishly thought I could save him.

I was wrong.

Now my entire life is a web of deceit. My every breath tainted by lies. I don’t like what I’ve become. But it’s essential for my very survival.

My job now is to stay in the shadows and keep Rafe’s sister Isabella safe. She can’t even know I’m here.

Then danger lurks closer. Somehow, I must protect her while keeping my secret.

But I get so caught up in my own twisted game that I eventually make a terrible mistake.

Now she’s a part of the pact. And I can’t let her go.

But what kind of life can I give her if I can never be anything more than the mocking man?

***This series is a romantic suspense duet. Book 1 is Alex’s story, and Book 2 is Rafe’s story. Each is a separate romance with an HEA (and no cliffhangers). However, events from book 1 lead to events in book 2. Therefore, it is recommended that they be read in order to get the full story. These books contain strong language, adult situations, and dark subject matters. Recommended for readers ages 18 and up.***

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Mr. Wilson could be watching me right now through the video surveillance he’d mentioned.
Be very careful, Izzy. You could go to jail if you get caught. 
My boss’s words about being unethical flashed through my mind. What I was contemplating now wasn’t ethical at all. It was dishonest. Wrong.
But I needed to find out if Alex was alive. I needed to find the mocking man. And I needed to do it today. So while Mr. Wilson slept, I was going to quietly snoop while I cleaned, and see if I could find something that might give me answers.
Video surveillance be dammed. If I moved around just right, carrying my supplies and acting like I was cleaning, then he wouldn’t know I was snooping, right?
A half hour later, I’d searched through this entire side of the villa and found no evidence suggesting Alex Davies might live here. Was I wasting my time here? Was Alex truly dead?
I tiptoed back into the kitchen. Then I went around past the sunroom area and down a separate hallway, checking each room. Nothing.
The last door to my right was closed. The sun wasn’t all the way up yet, so it was still a bit dark in the hallway. As I drew nearer, it became apparent the “closed” door actually stood slightly ajar. Just a crack. As if someone had forgotten to close it all of the way.
For some reason, that small opening called to me, saying, “Come check me out. There are secrets in here.”
And I fell for it. Hook, line, and sinker.
I gravitated toward the opening, eager to see beyond, taking no heed to my inner warnings that shrieked, curiosity killed the cat, Izzy. Be careful.
Gently pressing on the door, I pushed it open.
The room was shrouded in darkness, the curtains drawn.
A sense of eeriness crept over me as I tried to make out what I was seeing.
I stumbled back, a scream erupting from my throat.
What the…crap was that?

Leslie Georgeson writes romance and suspense, sometimes with a dash of sci-fi or paranormal tossed in to make things more interesting. She is the author of the military romantic suspense series, THE DREGS, which was nominated for the 2018 TopShelf Indie Book Awards. Her other titles include the UNLIKELY HEROES series, the UNDERNEATH series, the standalone romantic mystery, NO SON OF MINE, and the newly released romantic suspense duet, THE PACT. Book one, The Mocking Man, is now available on Amazon and book two, The Honest Liar, is scheduled for an early June 2020 release. Leslie lives with her husband and daughter on a quiet country acreage in Idaho.



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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Book Feature: UNEARTHING THE PAST by W.L. Brooks

Book Cover Junkie is happy to be a part of Unearthing the Past Virtual Book Tour by romantic suspense author W.L. Brooks and organized by Pump Up Your Book. Scroll down to find out how you can purchase your copy of this exciting new book!

By W.L. Brooks
Romantic Suspense

A single mother and owner of the town diner, Charlie McKay couldn’t be happier with her life in Blue Creek. Taking care of everyone around her is a labor of love, but the secret she’s keeping about her daughter’s parentage lurks beneath the surface. With the scars of the past still not healed, Charlie isn’t interested in adding a man to her life, even if that man is the oh-so-tempting Craig Sutton.

Determined to own his own bar, as his father had, Craig Sutton is a man on a mission. But wanting to enjoy small town life is only one of the reasons he moved to the mountains of North Carolina. Whether meaning to or not, Craig can’t keep from getting involved with the McKay family, and the closer he gets to Charlie and her daughter the more entangled he becomes.

In Blue Creek secrets have always run deep, and someone is now trying to expose Charlie’s in a disturbing way. She isn’t the only one with something to hide, however, and deception threatens a possible relationship between her and Craig. As hidden truths are revealed and danger increases, Charlie must find a way to face the past or lose everything.

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Twenty minutes later, she put the finishing touches on her meatloaf. She
cranked the timer for another fifteen minutes and went to set the table. She had just put out the forks when she remembered the box. Maybe one of her sisters had sent them something. Out on the porch, Charlie took a few minutes trying to figure out how to get the thing inside—it weighed a ton. Finally, she decided to open the package right where it was. From the smell, something had gone bad. There was no way she was bringing it inside her house, much less her kitchen. Maybe if she hadn’t forgotten about the darn thing, it wouldn’t have had a chance to spoil. “It’s freezing out here, so it isn’t my fault,” she told the box. Shaking her head, Charlie used a paring knife to cut the tape. She opened the flaps, wincing at the stench, and looked inside. Charlie rushed to the porch railing and emptied her stomach. She closed the box, her hands shaking. It couldn’t be! Oh, God.

W.L. Brooks was born with an active imagination.  When characters come into her mind, she has to give them a life- a chance to tell their stories. With a coffee cup in her hand and a cat by her side, she spends her days letting the ideas flow onto paper.  A voracious reader, she draws her inspiration from mystery, romance, suspense and a dash of the paranormal.

A native of Virginia Beach, she is currently living in Western North Carolina. Pick up her latest novel, The Secrets That Shape Us- available now!

Monday, March 9, 2020

Q&A with Kiran Bhat Author of WE OF THE FORSAKEN WORLD

Kiran Bhat was born in Jonesboro, Georgia to parents from villages in Dakshina Kannada, India. An avid world traveler, polyglot, and digital nomad, he has currently traveled to more than 130 countries, lived in 18 different places, and speaks 12 languages. He currently lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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Tell us about your book! What is it about and what inspired you to write it?

we, of the forsaken world... came to me in 2011, when I was on a bus between Dubrovnik and Zagreb. A tall, brunette woman with a lingering stare sat down next to me on one of the stops. We began to talk about a host of things I can’t remember now, but the one thing that she told me which did remain in my head was the following: Croatia is one of the poorest countries in the world. Something about that sentence inspired my imagination. After we reached the bus station, I had to sit on one of the metal benches for a few hours, and write. I was starting to imagine different countries, completely imagined in my head. One was a half-rich half poor megalopolis, the sort found in most third-world countries. Then, there was a town that wasn’t so different looking from my grandmother’s place, the southern Indian city of Mysore. There was a tribe in the middle of nowhere, not to mention a town of great touristic importance, destroyed by an industrial spill. I also imagined hundreds of voices. Though, over the course of time, those two hundred-so voices became around sixteen; the most distinct and boisterous of the lot.

Tell us about your publishing process. What was it like? Did you go indie or the traditional way?

The tale of how I got published is equally as much of a complicated one. I had finished the book in 2016. One of my friends, who was an editor at a small press in New York, gave me a list of agents to contact. Most of them responded stealthily and quickly, but after some months, they did not find my book – experimental, ambitious, overtly literary – to be a quick fit for the market. They had to turn it down. After about a year of waiting for these agents to respond, I started submitting to small presses. It was in 2019 that I got a response from an editor at Iguana Books. They were interested in publishing the book. I told them that I was still waiting for some other publishers to respond, so I asked them to wait for some weeks so that I could get some responses. Within two weeks, this same editor emailed me, asking me to follow up. He really liked this book and wanted to publish it. 

Before my work with Iguana Books, I hadn’t had a publisher respond to me so positively. Admittedly, Iguana Books is a hybrid press. This means that they vet every book project that they take on, but they ask the author to take on the financial burdens of publication. This still did not mean that they had to care so much about my writing. They did a lot of work, from the editorial stages, to the design of the cover, and the maps that I asked to have tailored onto the book itself, to make sure that the book was aesthetically enriched. They spent a lot of time with me talking on the phone, making sure all of my needs were met, from last-minute changes to a sentence or two, to having my books flown to Hong Kong or Delhi for the sake of book festivals. I do not think having been published by a hybrid press has downgraded the quality of my work in any way; if anything, I am glad to have had people who believe as fondly in my vision as I do. It makes me look forward to later publications, as well as the future of my career.

How did you choose the title for your book? Did it come to you right away, before you started writing it, or did it come later?  

we, of the forsaken world... is a rightful perversion of the phrase we are the poorest country of the world... I felt that the former title lacked grace, and damned the so-called ‘poor countries’ as something static, submissive. we, of the forsaken world... gives a Biblical and Classical touch to the same concept; and it also gives a lot more space for the ‘forsaken world’ to speak back. What does it mean to be a ‘we’ or a multitude of the part of the world that the rest ignores? What does it mean to be ‘forsaken?’ Is it something that is chosen by that part of the world, or something to be resisted? These are the sorts of questions the title asks; a good state of mind to be in, as one opens the first pages of the book.

Tell us about the cover design process. Did you have a basic idea of what your book cover would be like?   

Yes. When I imagined we, of the forsaken world... I thought of it as a chorus of voices, from different corners of the planet, uniting to tell a tale of global abandonment; a collective protest, if you will. I wanted this multiplicity to be reflected in the cover. I wanted to see hundreds of invisible hands, almost like the broadbands connecting the world to the Internet, sticking themselves out, and reaching for another person in another corner of the world, to join them in their grievance. Unfortunately, though my cover designer tried, this concept was a little too hard to represent in a picture. We eventually settled for something that was a lot subtler, and did the concept equally as well.

Who is your cover designer and how did you find him/her? 

My cover designer – as well as map designer – is Kyle Poirier, and he was found by my publisher.

How was your experience working with the designer? 

It was hard simply because I lived in Australia, and he lived in Canada, and we both had to work on multiple things at once, which the time zone difference certainly made harder. But, he worked really hard, and whenever I told him something of his drawings wasn’t working for me, he was quick to respond. I really appreciated his work ethic and zeal.

Anything else you’d like to say about your book? 

For anyone who likes experimental, literary writing, with globalizing intent, please take the time to look at my book.

The Internet has connected – and continues to connect – billions of people around the world, sometimes in surprising ways. In his sprawling new novel, we of the forsaken world, author Kiran
Bhat has turned the fact of that once-unimaginable connectivity into a metaphor for life itself.
In, we of the forsaken world, Bhat follows the fortunes of 16 people who live in four distinct places on the planet. The gripping stories include those of a man’s journey to the birthplace of his mother, a tourist town destroyed by an industrial spill; a chief’s second son born in a nameless remote tribe, creating a scramble for succession as their jungles are destroyed by loggers; a homeless, one-armed woman living in a sprawling metropolis who sets out to take revenge on the men who trafficked her; and a milkmaid in a small village of shanty shacks connected only by a mud and concrete road who watches the girls she calls friends destroy her reputation.

Like modern communication networks, the stories in , we of the forsaken world connect along subtle lines, dispersing at the moments where another story is about to take place. Each story is a parable unto itself, but the tales also expand to engulf the lives of everyone who lives on planet Earth, at every second, everywhere.

As Bhat notes, his characters “largely live their own lives, deal with their own problems, and exist independently of the fact that they inhabit the same space. This becomes a parable of globalization, but in a literary text.”

Bhat continues:  “I wanted to imagine a globalism, but one that was bottom-to-top, and using globalism to imagine new terrains, for the sake of fiction, for the sake of humanity’s intellectual growth.”

“These are stories that could be directly ripped from our headlines. I think each of these stories is very much its own vignette, and each of these vignettes gives a lot of insight into human nature, as a whole.”

we of the forsaken world takes pride of place next to such notable literary works as David Mitchell’s CLOUD ATLAS, a finalist for the prestigious Man Booker Prize for 2004, and Mohsin Hamid’s EXIT WEST, which was listed by the New York Times as one of its Best Books of 2017

Bhat’s epic also stands comfortably with the works of contemporary visionaries such as Umberto Eco, Haruki Murakami, and Philip K. Dick.

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Q&A with MaryAnne Kempher Author MOCHA, MOONLIGHT, AND MURDER

For many years, MaryAnn Kempher lived in Reno Nevada where most of her stories are set. Her books are an entertaining mix of mystery and humor. She lives in the Tampa Florida area with her husband, two children, and a very snooty Chorkie.



Tell us about your book! What is it about and what inspired you to write it?

Katherine O’Brian has recently moved back to Reno NV, leaving an unhappy marriage behind. She has the unwelcome task of packing up her parent’s home after their recent deaths; her mother a year prior and her father recently. Her sister, who didn’t attend the funeral comes to help; pain and resentment simmers barely beneath the surface. At the same time, Katherine goes back to college to take the last class she needs for a degree
started years earlier. In the class, she’s assigned a partner to work on a class project—his name is Scott Mitchell. He’s tall, dark, and handsome and the attraction is almost immediate. However, they both see the foolishness of getting romantically involved with someone they’ll be spending many hours with for three months. If the romance goes south, so does the project and their grades. Their relationship evolves into a friendship; sure, the attraction is still there, but they both start dating other people, so it’s very much controlled, or so they choose to believe.

One night, Katherine can’t sleep. She decides to walk to an all-night diner three blocks away, at midnight; this is Reno, the city that never sleeps, and she can very clearly see the diner’s sign from her apartment. She is not afraid, that is until she witnesses a man placing a dead body into the truck of his car. The man chases her, but she gets away and hopes that’s the end of it. It’s not. Soon, she starts having “accident’s”, each time she’s lucky, but the accidents start to become more deadly, as if the killer had been playing with her, but now wants her dead, once and for all.

This story has a lot of humor in it, the two main characters chemistry makes for some laugh out loud dialogue reminiscent of older movies with stars like Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant.

At the same time, the reader will see through the eyes of the man who wants Katherine dead.

The ending is one you won’t see coming.

My inspiration? That’s a hard question to answer. The story is dramatically different from the original concept. I was reading a story about Walmart. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but the news was saying that Walmart had been taking out life insurance
policies on their workers and cashing them out years later—long after the employee had left the company. The insurance was called, Dead Janitor insurance.

Tell us about your publishing process. What was it like? Did you go indie or the traditional way?

Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder is book one of a seven book series. It was published through a small publishing company. I was not happy with them, so bought the rights to my book back. I, then, published Mocha and the next six books through Amazon.

How did you choose the title for your book? Did it come to you right away, before you started writing it, or did it come later?

Originally, the book was called Risky Romance, but the publisher changed the name. The name is the only thing they did for me that I liked.

Tell us about the cover design process. Did you have a basic idea of what your book cover would be like?

Keep in mind, this was my first book and first time working with a publisher. I, pretty much did as I was told. The current cover is not the cover they chose, but one I helped design with a very talented cover designer; after I’d bought the rights to my book back.

How was your experience working with the designer?

Awesome. Her price includes unlimited samples, meaning I could have her tweak the cover until I was completely happy. Some cover designers will only give you three goes at it and then you have to choose one of the three.

What has been the readers’ response to your cover?

Very positive. People seem to really like it.

What tips would you give to authors who are looking for a cover designer?

If you’re active on Facebook or twitter and see a book cover you like, reach out to the author. They will very likely tell you who designed their cover.

Anything else you’d like to say about your book?

I consider this book to be a romantic comedy with a murder mystery sub-plot. There is some, but very little profanity or sex.

One night, 28-year-old, Katherine O’Brian, decides to walk to an all-night diner. The only problem? It’s midnight, but Katherine lives in Reno Nevada, a city that never sleeps; she can clearly see the
diner’s lights in the distance. It’s no big deal, until she passes someone’s garage where a man is loading a dead body into the trunk of his car.

And now, she’s in trouble. She outran the man that night, and while she has no idea who he is, he knows who she is. And he wants her dead.

As if attempts on her life weren’t stressful enough, Katherine has gone back to college. She’s determined to finally finish her degree, but her lab partner is driving her crazy. He’s hot, but annoying. And she’s not sure which she wants more—a night of mad, passionate sex or a new lab partner. It varies from day to day.

Will Katherine give in to her lust for her partner or will she give in to her desire to throttle him? If she’s in the ground before graduation, it won’t matter.

Not your typical romance, not your typical mystery.


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Monday, March 2, 2020

On the Hot Seat: Author Paul Martin Midden

Paul Martin Midden is the author of five previous novels, each of which explores different writing styles. He practiced clinical psychology for over thirty years. Paul’s interests include historic restoration, travel, fitness, and wine tasting. He and his wife Patricia renovated an 1895 Romanesque home in 1995 and continue to enjoy urban living.

Tell us about your book! What is it about and what inspired you to write it?
Riley is about the eponymous protagonist who is about thirty, a writer by trade, who lives in Washington, D.C. At the beginning of the book, she has left her husband and has undertaken a novel about separation and divorce. She lives in a small apartment in a D.C. high-rise.
The characters in Riley’s novel are also in a marriage that is teetering on the edge. It opens with Adam, her protagonist, trying to decide if he should talk to Suzanne, his wife about their relationship. He works from home, and he has decided this was the day they would talk. In the end, he loses his nerve and doesn’t say anything. But to his surprise Suzanne is the one who takes the initiative.
Riley’s life and the novel she is writing share many similarities, but there are also major differences. Suzanne turns out to be having an affair with her female boss. Riley’s best friend is a slightly older lesbian who is attracted to Riley but who values the platonic friendship they have.
As the story unfolds, unexpected things happen that challenge all of the characters. Without giving away the plot, the lines between reality and fantasy begin to blur, and each of the characters has to deal with the emotional impact of events as they unfold.
That is what the story is about.
Why I wrote it: good question. There are echoes of my own experience in this book, although those events happened years ago. Major life changes, such as the divorces imagined in this book, are often difficult but growthful times. I remember my own, and it was both growthful and difficult. That is something I wanted to portray in this book.
Tell us about your publishing process. What was it like? Did you go indie or the traditional way?
A few novels ago, I set up my own publishing company, Wittmann/Blair, to oversee the production and distribution of my work. I found it more straightforward than going through other companies, and it allowed me greater control over the finished product.
How did you choose the title for your book? Did it come to you right away, before you started writing it, or did it come later?
The title is the name of the principal character. It started as a working title during the writing. When it came time to select a permanent title, the choice was not difficult. I kept it. I prefer straightforward titles.
Tell us about the cover design process. Did you have a basic idea of what your book cover would be like?
I had no clue. I sent it to my designer to handle that. She is great and has done work for me before.
Who is your cover designer and how did you find him/her?
Peggy Nehmen of Nehmen/Kodner Design in St. Louis. I found her through the St. Louis Publishers Association, a local publishing resource that brings together people from all aspects of writing and publishing.
How was your experience working with the designer?
Smooth. I enjoy working with Peggy a great deal. She is honest, straightforward, and consistently helpful.
What has been the readers’ response to your cover?
I think the final cover has been well-received. However, it came down to two covers, so Peggy posted both on a Facebook group (Indie Cover Project) and solicited and received feedback about which one was more compelling. Clever idea, I think. Pretty much the consensus was the cover we finally chose.
What tips would you give to authors who are looking for a cover designer?
Use Peggy. Or search for someone whose work you respect and who is candid and easy to work with. And who doesn’t charge a fortune. Also, the Indie Cover Project is a fine resource.
Anything else you’d like to say about your book?
The book is a psychological story. I think people who enjoy that sort of thing would like it.