Hatty Harry And The Wet Socks by author Jody Meadus

Book: Hatty Harry And The Wet Socks

Author: Jody Meadus

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Language: English

Rating: 5/5

“Hatty Harry and the Wet Socks” is a Children’s Book written by the author Jody Meadus and illustrated by Caroline Miekina. Story features a young man named Harry who found many things scary. One day, he felt like going on an adventure. He went down an old street full of big puddles that wet his feet and socks. Grab a copy of this book and find out yourself how Harry gonna have an adventure as he reaches the travelling circus.

This is a wonderful story. I enjoyed it a lot while reading. Writing style of author is amazing. Pretty illustrations made the story more enjoyable. This book is recommended for kids of age group 3-10 years. I am sure that kids gonna have great time reading this adventurous story of Hatty Harry.

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Mongo by author Jeff Gard

Book: Mongo

Author: Jeff Gard

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Language: English

Rating: 5/5

Mongo is a Children’s Book written by the author Jeff Gard and illustrated by Michael Darjania. Story features an unusual creature Mongo. He lives on a remote island in the middle of the sea. Mongo was the smallest in the tribe with very few muscles. Often people are rude to him because of his height. He wishes to be tall.

Grab a copy of this book and find out yourself will his wish come true? This is a very interesting story that teaches a beautiful lesson to kids. Cover of the book is nice and title is short and sweet. I enjoyed this story of Mongo and I am happy the way I am. I like to recommend this book to everyone because of the wonderful message that this book gives.

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Interview with author Dianne Greenlay

Q1. Hello Ma’am, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.

Thanks for inviting me to chat with you! I’m Dianne Greenlay and I am a physiotherapist (and retired EMT) by day, and by night, I write award-winning action adventure novels for older teens and adults (The Quintspinner series), as well as a brand new children’s picture book series for kids ages 4-8, ( The Grooty Fledermau Series, written in the pen name of D.L.Kruse) and I have also dabbled in the comedy genre with a short story adapted from a one act play I wrote, called “The Camping Guy”.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing your ‘Quintspinner’ book?

Being a prairie girl, I had to do a tremendous amount of research about the workings of eighteenth century sailing ships, (what did sailors do when they needed the bathroom??) and the lives of the pirates, navy men, and privateers (What was a Queen Anne pistol anyway and why was it a favourite weapon?). I even boarded a real three masted tall ship and sailed on it for an afternoon, to “haul sail” to get an idea for what it felt like. And … I even went so far as to make and sample a pint o’ sailor’s grog – just for research purposes you understand! I also had a lot to learn about the 1700’s lifestyle right down to what they ate, wore, and how people behaved. In the end, it was worth it, as the first book in the series won several awards for best historical.

Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

I love Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books, and Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. I was fortunate enough to have Diana Gabaldon do a blue pencil (editing) session, in person, of Quintspinner’s opening chapters.

Q4. What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

I live In Canada, which is one of the largest countries in the world. It takes many days to travel from one coast to the other! However, I really enjoy visiting the city of Vancouver, which is a west coastal city with a very temperate climate. It is lush and green year round, and sits on the edge of the Pacific ocean which laps at its shores.

Q5. Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing a book?

I used to be a pantser – one who writes by the seat of her pants, but in writing books in a series, I soon found that both plotting and using an outline became an absolute necessity so that all the loose ends could be finished up and also so that many twists and turn could be developed in the plots.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘Deadly Misfortune’ book?

Deadly Misfortune didn’t take nearly as long to write as Quintspinner did, because I had already done all of the research, and I used a bare bones outline to keep me steering towards the climax of the story. I write only for an hour or so a day so it took about 4 months.

Q7. On what all platforms readers can find your books to buy?

Because Amazon is by far, the largest book selling platform in the world, and I am so short on administrative time for my writing, I have chosen to have the Quintspinner series available only on Amazon for now. There was a period of about a year that it was also available on a worldwide reading platform called Wattpad, where it quickly amassed well over a million reads, but once I wanted to put it into KDP’s Kindle Unlimited program, I had to make it exclusive to Amazon.

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the cover and the title of your books?

The Quintspinner story has a major plotline about Spinner rings with paranormal powers. I have travelled throughout the Caribbean where there is often a strong belief in magic, voodoo, and superstitions, and spinner rings are very prevalent. It is said that the spinning of an object produces a meditative or trance state during which a person can have desires for good health, love, revinge, or good luck given to them. I couldn’t decide which ‘gift’ a spinner ring in the book should have, so I modified my story to include 5 rings, each with its own special power. Quint ( for ‘five”) sounded a lot more exciting and mysterious than ‘Five spinner” so the title was born. I have since changed the title to ‘Pirates of Blood Bay Island” hoping that it would help fans of pirate books find it more easily. The cover for Book One has been changed 4 times as well, as I try to find an image that will draw readers in.

Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

I really enjoy developing surprises and twists and turns in the plot and in the character’s motivations. That keeps up my own interest in developing the story line and I think it keeps readers turning the pages, too.

Q10. Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?

Why yes, so glad you asked! (evil laughter comes from me as I release the sound of the drums and ominous deep notes from the background music of cello ….) One of the favorite characters doesn’t make it and I’ve had readers say that brought them to tears … can you guess who?

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Silo’s Sadness by author Talya Bruck

Book: Silo’s Sadness

Author: Talya Bruck

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Language: English

Rating: 4/5

Silo’s Sadness is a Children’s Book written by the author Talya Bruck and illustrated by Erin Cooper. Story is set in the Savanna. Story features a young Silo that is sad because he has recently lost his grandfather. Read this story book yourself to find out how El, the wisest elephant in the Savanna will help Silo to process his grief.

This is an emotional read. I loved the memory box creation idea that is there in this book. Cover photo of the book is well designed. Pretty illustrations made the story more enjoyable. Plot of the story is nice and it will help kids to learn about the loss of a loved one, processing grief, etc. I like to recommend this adorable story book to all little readers. Parents could gift this book to their kiddos so they can understand about loss.

Guys Silo is a Lion Club.

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The Travel Adventures of Bella and Anna: Do We Have To Move? By author Natalie Lee Martin

Book: The Travel Adventures of Bella and Anna: Do We Have To Move?

Author: Natalie Lee Martin

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Language: English

Rating: 5/5

“Do We Have To Move?” is a Children’s Book written by the author Natalie Lee Martin and illustrated by Tessa Diane Pray. It is the first installment in “The Travel Adventures of Bella and Anna” book series. Story features two little girls Anna and Bella. Their dad is in United States Air Force. So, their family have to keep on moving after some time.

Bella and Anna’s family told them that they are again moving. But both the girls are not ready to move. Grab a copy of this book and find out yourself will the little girls be ready to move?

I like to strongly recommend this book to children who are a part of a transient family or whose parent is in the military. Illustrations are vibrant and made the book much more enjoyable. Story is well written. It is a multicultural book and kids will have fun and great learning experience while reading this book.

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Interview with author David Hernandez

Book: Outlanders: Malefactor, The First Of The Fallen

Q1. Hello Sir, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.

My name is David. I was born on the 4th of July in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. After graduating from High School, I set out to college. However, after three years, I dropped out to secure a full-time job to help my family in light of economic struggles. But in those three years of college, I was able to flesh out the plot and characters that would be the protagonist of my first book. After working many years in the retail industry, I retook my studies. By luck, two of my professors were caring enough to notice errors in my work and suggested a list of possible learning impairments that had been previously undiagnosed. While working three jobs, and studying I was lucky to pen several comic books, including revisiting characters that were creations of my own. A position as a book store manager piqued my interest in pursuing a career as a book writer. My passion for science fiction, dark fantasy, suspense, and horror continues to be an outlet for my creativity. Although I consider myself introverted, I love to talk and encourage other people to pursue their dreams.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘Outlanders: Malefactor, The First Of The Fallen’ book?

There are significant differences between writing a book and writing a comic book. When writing a comic, there are different approaches; you can give a plot to an experienced artist, and he or she will flesh out the book in a predetermined number of pages. Once the pencils are layout, you can begin to work on the dialog. The comic book panels establish the amount of space you have to include dialogue. In a way, half of the narrative rests on the artist’s shoulder. Creating a book changes your writing style as a whole. In comics, you avoid writing about the action the artist already portrayed, using the limited space provided by exploring the character’s mindset or something not featured on the page, whereas, in books, you need to create a clear portrait in the head of the reader using carefully crafted words. For me, the most challenging was writing about cosmic beings, which is entering the state of consciousness of creatures that are vastly superior to what a mortal being can comprehend. You will inevitably assign them flaws of the human condition so readers can establish a connection with them throughout the story. But in my mind, the interacting banter between them had to be professorial. I couldn’t fathom the idea that deities talk in a jargon akin to ours. You risk alienating some readers when you use that type of vernacular; however, introducing a character that surmises each chapter in a down-to-earth language that anyone can understand helped with that aspect.

Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Orwell, Kahlil Gibran, Tolkien, etc.

Q4. What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

I’ve been fortunate to live in a town that is near the beach. Taking a stroll near the shore is where I usually come up with ideas.

Q5. Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing a book?

Definitely. It depends on many factors, mostly the type of book you are writing. If your story develops in an existing place, fact-checking and an accurate depiction of said place is pivotal. If it is a made-up place, world-building is also essential. “Who are you, and why should I care?” So are often questions the reader asks when reading a book. There is no such thing as a throwaway character. It is important to add details to that character to make your story more solid, even if that character will interact briefly with your protagonist. Nothing occurs by happenstance. A well-developed character will not only resonate with the reader, but it will open an opportunity if you ever run out of ideas. Pay close attention to the people of your community. Chances are their quirks, the way they talk, what makes them who they are, might serve as an early draft of one of your protagonists.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘Malefactor #0: Malefactor’ book?

Fourteen months.

Q7. On what all platforms readers can find your books to buy?

For now, you can find the book in Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08VVW1BMY

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the cover and the title of your books?

It helps a lot when you have experience as a graphic designer and had worked in retail for as long as I have. Marketing is crucial to move a product. Some color combinations may not appeal to the demographic you are trying to reach. Sometimes a well intricate design can catch the eye of an unsuspected buyer, and sometimes a bit goes a long way. Most people are very picky when choosing a product. I should know because I’m one of them. As far as titles go, I like to choose one that apply to several of the characters involved. Those who had read the book might find that the title “First of the Fallen” could be bestowed upon “The Traveller”, “Daystar”, “Logos” “The aspect of Wrath”, and so on.

Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

Death is an aspect of life that is unavoidable. I have no qualms as far as removing a popular character that I feel has overstayed their time. Both the corruption and redemption of characters are fascinating aspects of the human condition to me. Moreover, introducing different characters that are interconnected to a story and yet bring something different to the said plot is always refreshing to see in a sequel.

Q10. Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?

I wrote the book with the purpose to be open to interpretations. That way readers will have the chance to discuss it and give their respected interpretation of the events, incentivizing an urge to revisit it once more. There are several mentions to characters from books that I love and easter eggs of factual events that will seem outlandish. One event in particular place the character of Ru-Vi -Flo” (which is an amalgamation of the three names of the witches in Macbeth) on trial for murder. The judge put the pigs that cause the stampede to testify on trial. This was based on a reported actual trial recorded as having taken place in Europe in the thirteenth century.

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Whole Lot of Hullabaloo: A Twenty-First Century Campus Phantasmagoria by author Christopher Fried

Book: Whole Lot of Hullabaloo: A Twenty-First Century Campus Phantasmagoria

Author: Christopher Fried

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Language: English

Rating: 5/5

“Whole Lot of Hullabaloo: A Twenty-First Century Campus Phantasmagoria” written by the author Christopher Fried is a timeless story. It offers a funny image of the 80s and the 90s. Story revolves around Troy Thomas, a sophomore at Central Ohio University and his best friend Ian Mueller. For an off-campus party Ian wore a costume to look like the Noogman, a character from one of the best shows of eighties Miami Vice.

Even though Ian’s friends thought someone might get offended with Ian’s costume because he was wearing a blackface but Ian didn’t think so. Eventually, a student got offended with Ian’s look and he told administration that he gonna escalate things to local media. Grab a copy of this book and find out yourself will Troy be able to discover his identity and role within this whole messy situation.

Story is different and hooked me till the last page. Cover photo of the book is nice and title couldn’t have been more appropriate. Story is fast paced and I didn’t feel bored anytime while reading it. This is the first book that I have read by Christopher and I enjoyed his writing style. I like to recommend this book to my fellow readers.

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Next Nervous Breakdown by author Jennifer Schroeder

Book: How To Get The Most Out Of Your Next Nervous Breakdown

Author: Jennifer Schroeder

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Language: English

Rating: 4/5

“How To Get The Most Out Of Your Next Nervous Breakdown” is a philosophy book penned by the author Jennifer Schroeder. In this book, author has discussed about the Meaning of Life, Meaning of the Universe and Meaning of Everything.

In this book, author has mentioned about leveling up. I agree with her when she says every time we face a challenge in life, we have the opportunity to grow.

This book has various quotes by different authors that I enjoyed reading. There are some thought provoking questions that will help readers to gain better clarification about certain things. Author wants readers to be first aware of their judgements.

She has also shared how becoming a parent means leveling up for her. Author has used various images in this book to support her point of view. Since this book has stories about author’s life as well, so I would call it a philosophical memoir. It’s a worth reading book.

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Interview with author Jodaea Minor-White

Book: Carful What You Prey For

Q1. Please introduce yourself so that the readers will get to know you better. 

I am a registered nurse by trade and have self-published three novels and currently working on my fourth project. I am a cross genre author of romantic suspense, crime, and mystery/thrillers. I got into writing while going through a difficult time in my life and found that not only was it cathartic, but it was also something I was good at!

Q2. How do you come up with names of characters for your books?

I picture the character in my mind then I start going through names until I come up with one that fits what I feel matches with the character’s appearance and personality. I used to use exotic names but found that readers often mispronounce them when they meet me in person and have questions about my characters. Now, I stick to easy to pronounce names.

Q3. What are your favorite part and least favorite part of the publishing journey?

I think my least favorite part of publishing is the dreaded editing process! It’s a beast. I was once told not to hold onto my words too tight because if things have to be changed for the book to read better it will be hard to let them go. I found this to be very true and useful advice. My favorite part of publishing is doing the book’s layouts and graphics. This is where I can really let my creativity shine!

Q4. What are your hobbies apart from reading or writing?

My favorite hobby is photography. I’ve been a shutterbug since the age of 12. I learned from watching my best friend’s father in their home studio. From there, I learned lighting, backgrounds, settings, etc. I just continued to hone the craft from there and was even able to do my daughter’s senior pictures! Now, I have started studying cinematography and learning more about film.

Q5. Which is your favorite season to write in and why?

My favorite season is Fall. I love to watch the fall foliage and taking in the cool, crisp air of the season! It also gives the most nature has to offer when it comes to outdoor photography especially in the mountains of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Q6. What is your favorite Quote?

“Excuses are tools of the weak and incompetent. They build bridges to nothingness and those who use them seldom amount to much.” – Paul Adefrasin

Q7. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I have authored three novels and two short stories. I would have to say my favorite would have to be CAREFUL WHAT YOU PREY FOR.

Q8. Please tell readers something about your book “Carful What You Prey For”.

CAREFUL WHAT YOU PREY FOR is a story about a young woman who uses her beauty as a weapon on a young man who is battling his own mental, inner demons. This story speaks to the consequences of abuses of power and the effects of unacknowledged/untreated mental traumas in the Black community. We all walk a thin line of sanity vs. insanity every day and all it takes is one minor happenstance to push us over either side.

Q9. Can you share something your readers don’t know about you?

I write my stories backwards. I write from climax to prologue. Then, I write the epilogue and afterword. I don’t use an outline and I write my stories long hand then I type them up!

10. Lastly, who inspires you the most and why?

My husband inspires me the most. He doesn’t let me quit even when I want to. He’s very honest and frank. If it doesn’t read right, he’ll let me know. If it’s reading too fast, he’ll tell me to slow it down. If it’s all wrong, he’ll say “dig deeper”. My husband is my biggest cheerleader. He wants what I want for me and pushes me to my goals.

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Interview with author Jeff Gard

Book: Mongo

Q1. Hello Sir, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.

Jeff Gard grew up in a small rural town in the Midwest in a placed called Dubuque, IA and always had a passion for art and creating things. Ever since he was a kid, he had a mission to travel and see the world. He lived in Alaska for 6 years and got to explore much of that beautiful state. He now resides in Oregon and enjoys the beautiful Pacific Northwest with his family.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘Mongo’ book?

I created this character a long time ago and always wanted to publish but never thought I had the tools to accomplish this task. With the technology that we have today and to fill time during COVID-19, I thought what better time to start and accomplish what I have wanted to do from the past. Though my character was created a while ago, I wrote the book for my kids (Kai, Everest, and Byron). Friends and family liked the book and the message the book offered that it encouraged me to seek out how I can get this book out to audiences. I started researching on how to publish and found many ways about how to complete a manuscript and utilizing tools that allowed me to create the book through Amazon. Mongo is an easy-to-read book and geared towards 2 to 8 age ranges for kids. Kids will enjoy Mongo’s adventure and the illustrations. The hope is if the book does well, it will allow me to continue with a series of more adventures for this character.

Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Dr. Seuss

Q4. What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

For now, it would either be Seward, AK or Homer, AK. These are two small quaint fishing towns in Alaska that are surrounded by mountains and the ocean. My family and I visited those areas many times for camping trips. Pictures can’t do the beauty of these two places justice.
Also, I live in my favourite spot in my country. The Pacific Northwest is the most beautiful place where I get to call home and feel fortunate to be here. Being able to be close to the ocean, mountains, desert, amazing hiking trails, wineries, etc. you cannot go wrong.

Q5. Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing a book?

I created the character a long time ago, but when I start writing I like to dive in and finish.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘Mongo’ book?

I would estimate about a week to write; however, editing, designing the book, and working with the artist took a considerable amount of time.

Q7. On what all platforms readers can find ‘Mongo’ book to buy?

Mongo is a unique creature who lives on a remote island in the middle of the sea. Though surrounded by friends and family, he often feels left out and different. By chance, Mongo gets the opportunity to change himself… does he please others or does he be himself?
The link to the book is below. This is offered in the formats of Kindle and Paperback. One can get a free sample to see if the book will suit their kids.
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Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘Mongo’?

Mongo can be a slang term for “huge” or “extremely.” If you read the book, Mongo, is far from extreme or huge but quite the opposite but he learns a valuable lesson in loving yourself but also being curious about all those “extras” others seem to have. In the end, we are all created imperfectly perfect.

Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

I think creating a character that will interest kids and the story is paramount. Mongo conveys the messages of self-acceptance and self-love. Children will learn to be happy with what they have instead of wishing to have something else or be someone else once they finish reading the story. The message conveyed through the story is positive and uplifting, and is the best way to teach children to accept themselves and be happy with what they have by appreciating their imperfections.

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