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The Second Coming: A Love Story

“The Second Coming: A Love Story” by Scott Pinsker

Published as… Theological Thriller; Mystery; Contemporary Fiction
Published on… 6 June 2014

Scott Pinsker’s Boom Baby Blast

1. One Random Fact: During the pro poker boom in the early 2000s – back when poker was on TV all the time – I represented Phil Gordon, who was the co-host of Celebrity Poker Showdown on the Bravo Network. Following a celebrity poker tournament that Phil emceed at the Super Bowl (Eddie George beat Jerome Bettis at the final table) I noticed that our media event generated more publicity than any other party during Super Bowl week, sans one: The Playboy Party. That gave me an idea… and as fate would have it, one of the celebrity poker players in our tournament, Kato Kaelin, was working for National Lampoon at the time…

Long story short: I became the creator and executive producer of National Lampoon’s Strip Poker, which was filmed at the notorious Hedonism II nudist resort in Negril Jamaica. The film aired on DirecTV and InDemand PPV… and was absolutely, completely horrible. AWFUL! An utter abomination. (Spending 12 days at Hedonism II for the filming wasn’t so terrible, though.)

2. Fictional Character You’d Really Like to Be: E.T. ‘cause then I could TOTALLY score some free Reese’s Pieces.

3. Your Authorial Theme Song: Well, my two favorite groups / artists are Tori Amos and Iron Maiden. (I keep waiting for ‘em to go on tour together, but they never do.) But given the topics addressed in The Second Coming: A Love Story, I suppose my authorial theme song should be Charlie Daniels’ “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Great tune! (It’s interesting: The Prince of Darkness can steal souls, command Demons and battle God… but for whatever reason, he’s apparently not a very good fiddle player. With all the “evil” rock stars burning in Hell, you’d think someone could’ve given him fiddle lessons…)

4. Favorite Part of Being a Writer: The ability to create worlds, people and brand-new realities. It’s almost godlike! Sometimes you even start to feel detached from the “real world” because the false-realities you create with a pen are preferable. I can’t speak for all writers, but when I’m deeply, fully engaged in my craft, the separation between fiction and non-fiction becomes almost nonexistent.

And that’s when the madness begins…

5. Name of Your First Pet (Can include family or significant others…): My first pet was a German shepherd named Kevin, back when I was very young. I think I also had a cat named Kevin. Maybe even more than one cat named Kevin. (Why the name Kevin? No idea.)

Currently, I have two rescue cats: A psychotic black cat named Jinx, a chubby white-and-gray cat named Leeloo (in honor of Milla Jovovich’s character in The Fifth Element), and a 10-year-old, 220-pound American Mastiff named Leon.

(I also have two kids… who consider me THEIR pet. Woof!)

6. Music, Television or Silence While Writing: No television. Never ever. Too distracting. I mostly write in complete silence (although the Demons in my head occasionally break-out in Gregorian chants).

Sometimes I like to listen to music. To me, music is an emotional bookmark: Just one song or note can instantly transport you to a different time and place. It’s uncanny: If you’re trying to wrap your head around a certain emotion, music is – in the language of gamers – a “cheat code.”

So is alcohol: Music and alcohol both have the power to heighten emotions and lessen inhibitions. Sometimes that’s helpful.

Sometimes it’s not.

7. Early Riser or Night Owl: Let me put it this way: They say “the early bird gets the worm” but y’know who gets the worm even before the early bird? The night owl.

And besides, even though the early worm MIGHT get the worm, it’s worth noting that the late-rising mouse gets the cheese – and the early mouse gets its neck snapped in a mousetrap.

8. Favorite Season: I live in Florida, so I’m obviously a sun-lover. Here in Florida, seasons don’t really mean much; it’s always nice and warm. But calendar-wise, I enjoy winter the most: Football season is underway, my birthday is around the corner (I was born on January 10, which is probably why I’m such a big football fan: I was literally born of first and 10!), and there’s a bunch of great holidays, like Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa (although I NEVER seem to get any good gifts on Kwanzaa).

9. Did You Always Want to be a Writer: Hmm… Is a writer who you are? Or is it what you do? (That’s actually a rather profound question, when you stop and think about it.)

If it’s who you are, then I guess I’ve always been a writer. Even when I wasn’t writing, I was still a writer – hijacking my skill-set for other endeavors. Being a storyteller is a transferrable talent: From high school run-ins with angry teachers to pick-up bars with gullible coeds to PR clients in dire need of crisis communications, there’s a great deal of versatility to storytelling…

For decades, I did my best to avoid being an author of books, however. Lord how I tried! Writing books – at least for me – is an arduous, painful, dreadfully unpleasant task. Speechwriting for others is easy: It’s their life, their story, and I’m happily shielded from the consequences. But writing a book? Telling a story that’s truly a piece of me – and letting total strangers poke around, meet my alter-egos and dissect my inner-most thoughts? Aaahh!! It’s like standing naked on a street corner during rush hour! Writing is a form of exhibitionism… and I guess I’m naturally shy.

I HATE being exposed like this… but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t shake this God-awful compulsion to share these stories…

So more than anything else, I guess I became an author because I had exhausted all other options.

About the Book

A nationally-recognized marketing expert, Scott Pinsker has worked with a vast array of sports stars, business leaders, and Grammy-, Emmy- and Golden Globe-winners, managing everything from crisis communications to PR campaigns. His analysis of publicity trends has been showcased multiple times on FOXNews.com, where he occasionally contributes as a marketing expert. He has also written for the Washington Times, Breitbart and Bulldog Reporter.

Pinsker developed the concept for The Second Coming: A Love Story almost 15 years ago, while attending law school in Washington, DC. As the author tells it:

According to Christian theology, the Devil is thousands of years old and deviously brilliant. I remember wondering one night, if such a creature didn’t want you to know who he was… then how would you know? How could you out-think a creature that’s not only smarter than you, but also thousands of years more experienced and capable of supernatural powers? We get fooled by ordinary people every day – and most of the time, they’re not particularly clever! So what ‘prayer’ would we realistically have to outwit the Prince of Darkness?

Then I had a further thought: If the Devil really wanted to con mankind, he wouldn’t appear with a pitchfork and horns. All those horror movies have it wrong; that’s too obvious. Instead, his best tactical option would be to appear as a holy man – and to attach himself to the faith of his target audience. Because if I were Satan’s publicist, that’s what I’d recommend.

But what if we raised the stakes even further, and now there were TWO self-declared saviors – one who preached to Red America, the other to Blue America? And what if the key characters in the story were all modern day updates of the major characters from the Bible? What would happen then?

Well, you’re about to find out!

For the last 15 years, I’ve been meticulously researching the subject matter, studying ancient texts and combing through the delicate intricacies of Christian eschatology. The end-result is The Second Coming: A Love Story. You needn’t be a theologist to fall in love with this story, although it certainly won’t hurt: I’ve woven-in countless clues and subtle references to the identity of the true Second Coming – and to the identity of Satan – throughout.

No matter your faith, no matter your background, this book will challenge you to reconsider the very nature of existence. And that’s the God-honest truth.”

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About the Author

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Scott Pinsker lives in Tampa Bay, Florida, with his wife, two young boys, two rescue cats and his 220-pound mastiff. This is his debut novel, and it’s the first in a trilogy. The follow-up, Three Days Later: A Revenge Story, will be released in 2015.

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Stephanie Erickson is Visiting! [Tour Stop]

The Dead Room

“The Dead Room” by Stephanie Erickson

Published as… Post-Apocalyptic

Stephanie Erickson’s Boom Baby Blast

1. One Random Fact: I love McDonalds.  Like, love it.  I could eat there not daily, but pretty regularly if I had the option, and I didn’t care if I was 600lbs.

2. Fictional Character You’d Really Like to Be: Hermione Granger.  Even in her lowest of lows, she attacks her life with grace and dignity.

3. Your Authorial Theme Song: Shake it Off, Taylor Swift.  Bad review? Shake it off!  Writer’s block? Shake it off!  Character that won’t cooperate?  Shake it off!

4. Favorite Part of Being a Writer: Writing!  I love creating worlds and characters and seeing how they work through their problems.  I even love typing.  The sound of the keys makes me happy.  #weirdo

5. Name of Your First Pet (Can include family or significant others…): Christy was my first.  She was a cocker spaniel who died when I was 4.  Because I was so little, most of my memories are of her being right in my face.  I always thought cockers were giant dogs because of that.  When I saw one as an adult, I asked my mom if Christy was a giant breed or something.  After she stopped laughing, she explained that I was just little.

6. Music, Television or Silence While Writing: Silence

7. Early Riser or Night Owl: I’m really neither of these.  I need sleep, lol.  If I can I go to bed early and get up around 8:30.

8. Favorite Season: Fall and Spring.  I love having the windows open!

9. Did You Always Want to be a Writer: Yes. Since I read Matilda in third grade. I wanted to be able to make readers laugh out loud, and have real emotional responses to my writing the way Roald Dahl did for me.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog! It’s been so fun! :)

About the Book

322 years after the apocalypse, the world has changed, but her people have not. Secrets, lies, and manipulations endure among a small group of survivors taking refuge on an island in the Northern Pacific.

No one knows what claimed so many lives over three centuries ago, and no one asks, except Ashley Wortham. She can feel the secrets all around her, begging to be uncovered.

But the nine elders who govern the island guard their secrets jealously. They believe the islanders know what they need to, and they hide their secrets behind a ruse of peace. But when Ashley, and her best friend Mason, go down the rabbit hole, no one is prepared for truths they uncover. What will they do when they discover the downfall of humanity lies within their own island, deep inside the dead room?

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About the Author

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Stephanie Erickson has always had a passion for the written word. She pursued her love of literature at Flagler College, in St. Augustine, FL, where she graduated with a BA in English. She has received several honors in her writing career, including recognition in the 72nd Annual Writer’s Digest Competition.

After graduation, she married and followed her husband in pursuit of his dream. The Cure and The Blackout were written to reignite Stephanie’s passion, when she found the time. Now that he is settled in his career, it’s her turn to devote more time and energy into writing.

Stephanie currently has 4 projects planned for 2015. Her latest release, The Dead Room, is a post apocalyptic set on a lonely island 300 years in the future.

Stephanie, of course, loves to read and write. She also enjoys living on the beach on the Florida’s Treasure Coast. Most of all, she and her husband are in love with their baby girl.

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Michael Schmicker is Visiting! [Tour Stop]

The Witch of Napoli

“The Witch of Napoli” by Michael Schmicker

Published as… Historical Fantasy

Michael Schmicker’s Boom Baby Blast

1. One Random Fact: I refuse to try an Ouija board. All in the mind? Simply the power of suggestion? I’m not so sure.

2. Fictional Character You’d Really Like to Be: The globe-trotting Indiana Jones. I love archeology, foreign languages, and ancient history; I spent three years in Southeast Asia as a freelance correspondent traveling by steam train and prop-driven, World War II DC-3 planes; and am fascinated with the Orient’s older gods and cultures.

3. Your Authorial Theme Song: The Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” There’s more to reality than what we see.

4. Favorite Part of Being a Writer: Being a tiny part of that great, glorious, fraternity of writers which includes Dickens and Twain, J.K. Rowling and Agatha Christie, David McCullough and Umberto Eco. True, I’m barely inside the door, but when people ask me “What you do?” I can honestly answer ‘I’m a writer.”

5. Name of Your First Pet (Can include family or significant others…): “Boot Dog” – he was a part Labrador, rescued from the local dog pound. I loved him fiercely. I’ve always had dogs.

6. Music, Television or Silence While Writing: Nature. I live and write high on a mountaintop in Hawaii, overlooking Diamond Head. Outside in the garden, with the door open and the sun shining, I hear a slight breeze in the coconut palms, and an occasional dog bark in the distance.

7. Early Riser or Night Owl: Night owl. When I need a break from writing, I walk outside and look at the stars –Orion in the winter, Scorpio in the summer. In The Witch of Napoli, my heroine Alessandra “pointed her finger at the luminous arc of galaxies that glittered above their heads, her finger tracing its majestic sweep across the zodiac.” I do that often.

8. Favorite Season: Fall – in New England. Hawaii is my home, and I will never move, but when I retire I hope to spend my Octobers in Connecticut, where I lived during my grade school years. I traveled one year to Jakarta on a newspaper assignment with a well-known Swiss photographer who had traveled the globe, from Tokyo to Rio, Paris to Deadhorse. He told me of all the places in the world he visited, he always preferred to spend his autumn in New England. The colors!

9. Did You Always Want to be a Writer: Maybe from birth. I read the newspaper daily as a kid trudging around the neighborhood pushing my bike, delivering the Danbury News-Times. I was writing limericks at seven, and published my first short story at thirteen. National Scholastic Writing Contest. I forget what the plot was about, and I’m sure I’d be embarrassed to read it today, but it put stars in my eyes. I’m in the Principal’s office, St. Peter’s School, Danbury, Connecticut, nervous and excited, flanked by Father Hitchcock and beaming Sister Arlene in her starched nun’s coif. A guy is handing me a small gold key and a printed certificate. My mother, bless her soul, kept the clipping for years in a tin box, and surprised me with it when I scored my first op-ed byline in the Asia Wall Street Journal. Writers have always been my heroes.

Thanks for taking the time to interview me, Mia, and my aloha to you and your readers! By the way, I’m a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society (yes, there is such a group, headquartered in England), and I post my Hawaii sunset shots on my Google Plus page.

About the Book

Italy 1899: Fiery-tempered, erotic medium Alessandra Poverelli levitates a table at a Spiritualist séance in Naples. A reporter photographs the miracle, and wealthy, skeptical, Jewish psychiatrist Camillo Lombardi arrives in Naples to investigate. When she materializes the ghost of his dead mother, he risks his reputation and fortune to finance a tour of the Continent, challenging the scientific and academic elite of Europe to test Alessandra’s mysterious powers. She will help him rewrite Science. His fee will help her escape her sadistic husband Pigotti and start a new life in Rome. Newspapers across Europe trumpet her Cinderella story and baffling successes, and the public demands to know – does the “Queen of Spirits” really have supernatural powers?

Nigel Huxley is convinced she’s simply another vulgar, Italian trickster. The icy, aristocratic detective for England’s Society for the Investigation of Mediums launches a plot to trap and expose her. The Vatican is quietly digging up her childhood secrets, desperate to discredit her supernatural powers; her abusive husband Pigotti is coming to kill her; and the tarot cards predict catastrophe.

Praised by Kirkus Reviews as an “enchanting and graceful narrative” that absorbs readers from the very first page, The Witch of Napoli masterfully resurrects the bitter 19th century battle between Science and religion over the possibility of an afterlife.

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About the Author

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Michael Schmicker is an investigative journalist and nationally-known writer on the paranormal. He’s been a featured guest on national broadcast radio talk shows, including twice on Coast to Coast AM (560 stations in North America, with 3 million weekly listeners). He also shares his investigations through popular paranormal webcasts including Skeptiko, hosted by Alex Tsakiris; Speaking of Strange with Joshua Warren; the X-Zone, with Rob McConnell (Canada); and he even spent an hour chatting with spoon-bending celebrity Uri Geller on his program Parascience and Beyond (England). He is the co-author of The Gift, ESP: The Extraordinary Experiences of Ordinary People (St. Martin’s Press). The Witch of Napoli is his debut novel. Michael began his writing career as a crime reporter for a suburban Dow-Jones newspaper in Connecticut, and worked as a freelance reporter in Southeast Asia for three years. He has also worked as a stringer for Forbes magazine, and Op-Ed contributor to The Wall Street Journal Asia. His interest in investigating the paranormal began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand where he first encountered a non-Western culture which readily accepts the reality of ghosts and spirits, reincarnation, psychics, mediums, divination,and other persistently reported phenomena unexplainable by current Science. He lives and writes in Honolulu, Hawaii, on a mountaintop overlooking Waikiki and Diamond Head.

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Kristy Centeno is Visiting! [Tour Stop]

Payback is Sweet

“Payback is Sweet” by Kristy Centeno

Published as… Romance

Kristy Centeno’s Boom Baby Blast

1. One Random Fact: During my junior year in high school, my family and I moved to a new town, where I eventually found out the Spanish teacher in my new high school was related to me.

2. Fictional Character You’d Really Like to Be: I know this may sound somewhat cliché and all, but there are times I’d love to be Flash just so that I could get all my chores done for the day a lot quicker and have enough time left at the end of the day to write more than a few pages.

3. Your Authorial Theme Song: I don’t have a specific theme song.

4. Favorite Part of Being a Writer: Brainstorming through a book, writing, plotting, coming up with all kinds of possible scenarios that will be both fun and creative.

5. Name of Your First Pet (Can include family or significant others…): My first pet was a puppy we called Benji—after the dog in the movie with the same name, of course. He was a tiny fluff of white hair, big eyes, and short legs.

6. Music, Television or Silence While Writing: Music. I always listen to music while I write. If I’m in the midst of a romance scene I’ll listen to romantic songs. If I’m in a middle of a fight scene I’ll usually end up listening to some rock and roll.

That’s right. I’m into a little of everything.

7. Early Riser or Night Owl: Definitely a night owl. I’m not a morning person at all. I’m usually grumpy in the mornings.

8. Favorite Season: Winter.

9. Did You Always Want to be a Writer: Yes and no. I always knew I wanted to write, but it has never occurred to me to do it full time or make a career out of it. As much as I love writing, career wise I’m thinking of an entirely different direction.

However, it has never been my plan to stop writing. I vouch to always find time for it. Even if it is an hour a day.

About the Book

Janessa Rowe is a twenty one year old college girl with little respect for other people. She’s a rich, spoiled brat of a girl who gets her kicks out of humiliating others. When she discovers that her boyfriend of three years has in fact engaged in a physical relationship with someone else, Janessa will stop at nothing to get a little payback. Even if that means using her new rival’s disgruntled fiancée to get what she wants.

Dakota Blackwater is everything Janessa is not. He’s kind, sweet, gentle, and a stand-up guy all in all, but when his girlfriend’s betrayal hurts more than his pride, he agrees to take part in a plan that will test both their self-restraints and their feelings for one another.

Problems arise, however, when Janessa’s interest for Dakota shifts from being a pawn to achieve her ultimate goal, to potential lover. After having her heart broken in the past, the last thing she wants is to get involved in matters of the heart, but how can she follow through with her plan when the more time she spends with Dakota, the less she cares about getting payback? Sooner rather than later they are forced to confront the reality that their game has slowly transformed into something else and that what seemed like a scheme to exact revenge, now comprises both their hearts in ways neither of them anticipated.

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About the Author

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Kristy Centeno is an author of paranormal romance, young adult, new adult, horror, and contemporary romance.

She has always had a passion for books and after years of being an avid reader, she decided to transform her desire to write into a reality and thus, her first novel was born. In her journey to create memorable reads, she has delved into several genres, creating fictional characters meant to entice readers and captivate the mind.

She is currently working on finishing off the Keeper Witches series among other projects, which include sequels to her published work. When she’s not busy taking care of her five children or holding down the fort, she finds time to sit and do what she loves the most: writing.

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Elizabeth McKenna is Visiting!

Venice in the Moonlight

“Venice in the Moonlight” by Elizabeth McKenna

Published on… 2 October 2013
Published as… Historical Romance

Elizabeth McKenna’s Boom Baby Blast

1. One Random Fact: I fell in love with my husband in high school, though we didn’t date until we were in our mid-twenties.

2. Fictional Character You’d Really Like to Be: Nancy Drew. She had great clothes, drove a convertible, and solved mysteries. What more could you want?

3. Your Authorial Theme Song: Since I write romance, I’m going to go with Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”.

4. Favorite Part of Being a Writer: I love meeting new people through my social media sites. For shy people like me, the internet is wonderful.

5. Name of Your First Pet (Can include family or significant others…): Maggie was the name of the black lab my husband and I bought the month we were married. She died six years ago and I can still cry about it. She was the sweetest dog.

6. Music, Television or Silence While Writing: Silence is the best when I’m writing fiction. In my day job as a technical writer, I often listen to classical music (I find myself too distracted if I listen to other genres).

7. Early Riser or Night Owl: I’m an early riser. My day starts at 4:30 am and ends around 9 pm. I actually don’t like this schedule. I would prefer to sleep until 7 or 8 am – maybe when I retire!!

8. Favorite Season: I live in Wisconsin and get all four seasons, but Fall is definitely my favorite.

9. Did You Always Want to be a Writer: Yes. I was a Journalism major in college, though I didn’t start writing fiction until I was around 40 years old.

About the Book

Considered useless by his cold-hearted father, Nico Foscari, eldest son of one of the founding families in Venice, hides his pain behind gambling, drinking and womanizing.

After her husband’s untimely demise, Marietta Gatti returns to her hometown of Venice in hopes of starting a new life and finding the happiness that was missing in her forced marriage.

When Fate throws them together, friendship begins to grow into love until Marietta learns a Foscari family secret that may have cost her father his life. Now, she must choose between vengeance, forgiveness, and love.

Elizabeth McKenna’s latest novel takes you back to eighteenth century Carnival, where lovers meet discreetly, and masks make everyone equal.

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About the Author

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Elizabeth McKenna works as a full-time technical writer/editor for a large software company. Though her love of books reaches back to her childhood, she had never read romance novels until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene). She had always wanted to write fiction, so she combined her love of history, romance and a happy ending to write her debut novel Cera’s Place. Her short story, The Gypsy Casts a Spell, is available for free on her website http://elizabethmckenna.com/. She hopes you will enjoy her latest novel, Venice in the Moonlight, as much as others have enjoyed her previous works.

Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a sassy Labrador. When she isn’t writing, working, or being a mom, she’s sleeping.

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Freda Hansburg is Visiting! [Tour Stop]

Shrink Rapt

“Shrink Rapt” by Freda Hansburg

Published on… 12 September 2014
Published as… Psychological Thriller

Freda Hansburg’s Boom Baby Blast

1.One Random Fact: When I was in fifth grade In New York, all students were required to submit entries in the city-wide Fire Prevention Essay contest. I managed to win honorable mention and was awarded a medal at City Hall by then mayor Robert Wagner. I guess you could call this official kick-off of my writing career.

2. Fictional Character You’d Really Like to Be: This is a tricky question. Wouldn’t anyone want to be a character whose story ends happily? Lady Chatterley, or the good version of Sarah Woodruff’s ending in French Lieutenant’s Woman? They found love (or at least, great sex) along with integrity and fulfillment. Yet I confess my hankering is to be Scarlett O’Hara. She’s selfish, vain, doesn’t have an easy time of it, nor end up particularly happy. But I admire her feisty determination, resourcefulness and refusal to be a victim. Fiddle dee dee!

3. Your Authorial Theme Song: Glad you asked! It has to be the Beatles’ Paperback Writer. It’s a great parody of a desperate novelist’s pitch letter. It plays in my head whenever I send out a query. Or get back a rejection.

4. Favorite Part of Being a Writer: I’ll admit I lap up people’s admiring reactions when they learn I’ve written and published a novel. It’s heady stuff. But what I love most is getting lost in the flow of the writing process itself – the moment when I look up from the chapter I’ve been working on and have to ask myself what day it is. That sense of being fully in the zone is the best reward.

5. Name of Your First Pet (Can include family or significant others…): First dog was a beagle named Happy. First cat was Poos. That I chose to name my publishing entity Poos Press tells you where my loyalties lie.

6. Music, Television or Silence While Writing: Silence. I’m listening to enough in my head.

7. Early Riser or Night Owl: I’ve always been a lark. I never in my life pulled an all-nighter to finish a paper or cram for an exam. I generally am up at 7 AM, work out, take care of a few chores and do my writing in the late morning and early afternoon.

8. Favorite Season: I used to be a Fall person because of the glorious foliage, but eventually I figured out it invariably led to Winter. These days I go for Spring. It’s like a miracle when nature is reborn each year.

9. Did You Always Want to be a Writer: Yes (see #1, above). I was an English Lit major, active in writing and editing for campus and community newspapers. I briefly attended Columbia J School, until I decided that journalism entailed too much running around. I also worked in publishing, writing jacket copy, press releases, sales scripts, ads, etc. I’ve co-authored two self-help books and some scholarly articles. My dream was always to write and publish a novel – because novels are what I love to read. It took me a long time to do it, but I’m very, very happy that I persisted!

About the Book

Psychologist April Simon finds her career and life on the line after the murder of her arrogant department chairman. When four of her patients, all subjects in the late psychiatrist’s research, begin to violently unravel, April tries to solve the riddle of their transformation. Her quest alarms the killer. Will she be next? The more she learns about her colleagues, the less trusts them. Who do you turn to when no one is what they seem?

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About the Author

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Freda Hansburg is a psychologist who lives with her husband in New Jersey. She is the co-author of the self-help books PeopleSmart and Working PeopleSmart. Shrink Rapt is her first novel.

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John Carenen is Visiting! [Tour Stop]

A Far Gone Night

“A Far Gone Night” (A Thomas O’Shea Mystery, Book Two) by John Carenen

To Be Published on… 9 September 2014
Published as… Mystery

John Carenen’s Boom Baby Blast

1. One Random Fact: My best friend shot me in the head when we were kids.
2. Fictional Character You’d Really Like to Be: Robert B. Parker’s Spenser
3. Your Authorial Theme Song: “Johnny Angel” by Shelley Fabares
4. Favorite Part of Being a Writer: Seeing my imagination in print.
5. Name of Your First Pet: Dudley (English Bulldog)
6. Music, Television or Silence While Writing: I prefer silence. There’s enough noise in my head, I don’t need more.
7. Early Riser or Night Owl: Early Riser. I guess 4:40 AM qualifies for that designation.
8. Favorite Season: Definitely autumn. I mean, colorful trees, college football, and the World Series. What’s not to like?
9. Did You Always Want to be a Writer: No, because when I was a kid I wanted to be a lone cowboy, righting wrongs. Then I wanted to play left field for the Red Sox, but I couldn’t hit a curve ball. So about 10th grade I made up my mind to write. So I did.

About the Book

Suffering from insomnia, wise-cracking tough guy Thomas O’Shea goes for a late-night stroll through the peaceful streets of Rockbluff, Iowa, and finds himself pausing downtown on the bridge that spans the Whitetail River. When he glances downstream, something catches his eye…something that looks like a body. He scrambles down to the riverbank, pulling the body of a young girl from the water. The girl is naked, with two bullet holes in the back of her head. Ever suspicious of law enforcement, O’Shea chooses not mention the bullet holes when Deputy Stephen Doltch, on routine patrol, discovers him at the river’s edge. When the coroner’s report lists the cause of death as “drowning,” Thomas goes into action.

Confronting the coroner, he is met with hostility. But then the coroner and his wife disappear, along with the body of the dead girl. Once again, Thomas gears up to find answers that will reveal who put the bullets in the girl’s head, why she was killed, and her identity, which may hit a little too close to home.

Teaming up with his friend Lunatic Mooning and Clancy Dominguez, an old buddy from his Navy SEAL days, Thomas and the other two men join together to bring justice to the dead girl, a quest that takes them to the Chalaka Reservation in Minnesota, seedy businesses adjacent to the Chalaka Casino, and straight into the world of organized crime.

A fast-paced story, laugh-out-loud moments and familiar, quirky characters from Carenen’s debut novel, Signs of Struggle, contribute once again to the complex world of Thomas O’Shea. Enter…if you dare.

About the Author

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John Carenen, a native of Clinton, Iowa, graduated with an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from the prestigious University of Iowa Writers Workshop and has been writing ever since. His work has appeared in numerous popular and literary magazines, and he has been a featured columnist in newspapers in North and South Carolina. A novel, Son-up, Son-down was published by the National Institute of Mental Health.

His debut Thomas O’Shea mystery novel, Signs of Struggle, was published in October of 2012. A Far Gone Night, the long- anticipated sequel, continues the exploits of the enigmatic protagonist and the quirky characters of Rockbluff, Iowa.

John is currently an English professor at Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina. He and his wife live in their cozy cottage down a quiet lane in northern Greenville, South Carolina. He is a big fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and Boston Red Sox.

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Shelique Lize is Visiting!

Velicious

“Velicious” by Shelique Lize

Published on… 7 August 2014
Published as… Paranormal Romance

Shelique Lize’s Boom Baby Blast

1. One Random Fact: I used to like drawing. I haven’t used that talent in a few years and miss it at times.

2. Fictional Character You’d Really Like to Be: lol, Sailor moon. I love how even though she’s scared of half of the monsters that attack, she still manages to push through her fears to protect those she cares about.

3. Your Authorial Theme Song: Wide awake- Katy Perry

4. Favorite Part of Being a Writer: My favorite part of being a writer is that I can watch the fictional universe I created and characters come to life right before my eyes. Day by day they grow and evolve into their own, lol.

5. Name of Your First Pet (Can include family or significant others…): Anaiah

6. Music, Television or Silence While Writing: Music, I love Calm, instrumental music while writing.

7. Early Riser or Night Owl: Night owl.

8. Favorite Season: I’m allergic to winter, lol. Summer all the way.

9. Did You Always Want to be a Writer: I always had a wild imagination and I wrote from when I was young but I was a closet writer. Publishing my work for the world to read was not a thought, up until 5 years ago.

About the Book

Justice Morel always had her life perfectly planned. Her goals were to graduate from the University with exceptional grades and get into the best law school Canada has to offer.

Then one day, Justice tried to kill herself. Well, not her technically. It may have been Justice Morel’s body, but those actions weren’t intentional and the suicidal thoughts were not hers. Or, so she keeps telling her therapist and family.

Justice is afraid she’s losing her mind and just wants to forget everything. But when her best friend is murdered, another one is being mind-screwed by a Vampyre, and her ex is back in town, looking as scrumptious as ever and very suspicious, maybe she isn’t all that crazy!

Just when she thinks that life couldn’t throw her anymore curve balls, Justice figures out that she is Vampyre Doll and there’s a vampyre who seems very familiar to her, but she can’t figure out from where.

Justice is suffocating and drowning in a dark world she’s been tossed into, forced to survive. It’s a world she never wanted to know about and would love to ignore, like it doesn’t exist. But, with every passing day, she’s pulled deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole, wishing for everything to go back to the way it was.

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About the Author

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Stay at home mother who loves to write about Vampires and the paranormal. Proud Canadian. Inspirational quotes keeps me positive. Music helps me to get away when I need too. I’m an ametuer photographer. Movie holic. Lactose intolerant but loves cheese pizza. Vampires and things of a sort I adore. Shopping is my therapy and i’m an Aries.

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Mary S. Black is Visiting! [Tour Stop]

Peyote Fire

“Peyote Fire” by Mary S. Black

Published on… 25 October 2014
Published as… Historical Fiction

Mary S. Black’s Boom Baby Blast

1. One Random Fact: I like to sit on a rock and have a beer and look at Mexico

2. Fictional Character You’d Really Like to Be: The powerful woman who teaches them to love

3. Your Authorial Theme Song: Cross-town Traffic

4. Favorite Part of Being a Writer: I can do it from home and get up and talk a walk any time I want.

5. Name of Your First Pet (Can include family or significant others…): King Arthur, an orange and white male tabby. He really was quite imperial. Of course he also let us dress him up in doll clothes.

6. Music, Television or Silence While Writing: music. Jimi Hendrix, James Brown or Jack White when it really needs to flow

7. Early Riser or Night Owl: turning into more of a Night Owl lately

8. Favorite Season: Fall. I love crisp, cool weather, wind, and blowing leaves.

9. Did You Always Want to be a Writer: pretty much ever since I saw some kids putting together the school newspaper when I was eleven

About the Book

Deer Cloud is painting the stories of the gods when tragedy changes his life. He is called to walk the shaman path and bring the buffalo through his visionary power. The evil Stone Face will do anything to thwart Deer Cloud’s growing strength. Jumping Rabbit, a lusty female shaman, decides to mentor him and ends up taking him to bed. She introduces him to a powerful spirit plant to counter the effects of the dangerous wolf flower. When buffalo are spotted, Stone Face challenges Deer Cloud to call the beasts with his new power. With Jumping Rabbit’s help, Deer Cloud changes Rain Bringer society forever.

This book brings to life people who lived over 4,000 years ago in the southwest Texas canyonlands known as the Lower Pecos, near the confluence of the Devils and Pecos rivers with the Rio Grande. These ancient people painted over 300 currently known rock art murals, some of which can be viewed today. Archaeologists have also found evidence of a huge bison jump in a small canyon in that region that points to a catastrophic event in the lives of these people so long ago. This book is based on extensive research and is the first novel to examine these events.

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About the Author

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Mary S. Black fell in love with the Lower Pecos more than twenty years ago. Since then she has studied the archaeology and related ethnography of the area with numerous scholars. She has an Ed.D. from Harvard University in Human Development and Psychology and lives in Austin with her husband, an archaeologist, and two cats.

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Victoria Bright is Visiting!

The Daring Assignment

“The Daring Assignment” by Victoria Bright

Published on… 26 September 2014
Published as… Erotic Romance

Victoria Bright’s Boom Baby Blast

1. One Random Fact: When I was a kid, I broke my leg ON Christmas on a scooter I got FOR Christmas. Crazy, right?

2. Fictional Character You’d Really Like to be: Probably Arianna Donatelli from my book, The Daring Assignment, mostly because I want Zane to myself!

3. Your Authorial Theme Song: Probably “Dance For You” by Beyonce. Because I write sexy things, the song makes me feel sexy!

4. Favorite Part of Being a Writer: Being able to fully engage my imagination and having it appreciated is definitely a big perk.

5. Name of Your First Pet (Can include family or significant others…): Midnight! He was a cute, puffy black poodle!

6. Music, Television or Silence While Writing: Music!

7. Early Riser or Night Owl: Night owl definitely!

8. Favorite Season: Spring

9. Did You Always Want to be a Writer: No. Writing is and will always be a hobby for me. The moment it feels like a job, it will no longer be fun!

About the Book

I didn’t mean to hurt anyone, especially him…

I was living the dream. I had a great career as a romance author, a successful boyfriend, and am the daughter to a New York power couple. With my standing, my family groomed me to be perfect. Despite having it all, something was missing in my life.

In an attempt to break away from my privileged, suffocating life, I was in pursuit of finding my own path to happiness. After my literary agent gave me a risky writing assignment, I set out to write a best-seller that took me completely out of my comfort zone and into the arms of another man. He was only supposed to be a research toy, falling in love wasn’t a part of the plan.

As I become tangled into a huge web of lies, I quickly find out that I have a life changing decision to make. Do I choose to continue living a life of comfort, stability, and misery or do I take a chance on the unknown to preserve my happiness?

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About the Author

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Victoria Bright is from a small town in North Carolina and currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina. You can usually find her hoarding bottles of Cool Blue Gatorade, playing The Sims when not writing, or obsessing over Camaros.

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