Friday, 4 December 2015

BLOG TOUR + Giveaway - Beating Cancer by Dr. Melinda C. Hill


Book Genre: Health, fitness, wellness, healing
Publisher: Createspace
Release Date: October 30, 1015 and Oct. 18, 2015 for the ebook
Buy Link(s): Hard Copy | Amazon

Book Description:

Beating Cancer is a powerful illustration of God's healing power through the eyes of one of His favored daughters, Melinda Hill. This book is for anyone who is in the fight of their lives and wants to experience victory, discover their true identity, and achieve great success in their health, both physically and spiritually. Use the action steps in this book for living a healthier life, walk in your God-given authority, and live the life that God intended when He sent His son to bore our sicknesses. TAKE UP THY BED AND WALK! I won my fight and I continue to battle on a daily basis to remain cancer-free. In this book, I will share how the combination of faith, favor, and fulfillment can cause you to win your battle.

* Actions steps for living a cancer-free life.
* Discover God's promises and keys to unlocking your inheritance.
* How to develop a winning mindset.
* 5 ways to beat cancer every day.
* American Anti-Cancer Institute's number one recommendation for natural products
* What to do while waiting on the next doctor's appointment.
* And much, much, more!

Blog Post
The hardest part of this journey, when I really got down, was during the week of doctor visits. I had to really work hard during that week to reframe my doctor visits as a time of celebration, a time when I would get good news to affirm that God is good and that God is a healer. These were days when I really had to get in the scriptures and really encourage myself as David did in 1 Samuel 30:6. I had to preach to myself and be my own cheerleader.  Like David, I placed very little confidence in men. I didn’t have anyone who knew what I was going through.
I would be fine the whole three months in between my visits, however, the week of and the day of the actual visit took a toll on me. It took me about two years to stop dreading doctor visits and to start looking at them as an opportunity to give thanks because good news was coming. With each report, with each test, I knew this was just confirmation that I was still cancer-free.   It was during these times that I felt the battle between my spirit man and my flesh.  The battle was real for me around these doctor visit days. I really had to battle my flesh.  I didn't have anyone to talk to.  I didn't have anyone who had already been through what I was going through.  I didn’t have anyone who would understand that inside turmoil that happens on doctor visit days or the week of the visit.  
So what do you do?  This journey is continuous.  The fight doesn’t end.  Even though I am cancer-free, I just had my 3-year colonoscopy this week along with blood work as another confirmation that God is a healer; the fight doesn’t end.  Every day is a fight for my life.  I am most successful when I combine my faith with knowledge and action; it’s a powerful combination.
       Throughout the chapters in this book, I have provided several references to weapons in my arsenal of fighting cancer.  Now, I want to share the research and information with you so that you, too, can be armed with weapons to fight.  In between doctor visits, whether it is months or years, you must continue to fight to win.  There cannot be a time of relaxation because you’ve received a cancer-free diagnosis.  You can’t eat whatever you want, put anything and everything in your body, neglect taking preventative measures, or fail to exercise to clean out the lymph system.  This is a fight and while waiting, you have to “be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). 
       My weapons of mass destruction against cancer are my faith in God, favor over my life as His child, and the fulfillment of promises He has made to me.  Along with my faith, I have to have action.  Here are my favorite actions steps in winning this battle and where you can find weapons to add to your arsenal.

Author Bio:

Melinda is a coach, author, researcher, and cancer survivor.  Melinda is an ordained minister; however, it’s not a title she uses because it is every Christian’s role to minister; licensed or not.  Melinda's educational background has been focused in the areas of business, coaching and counseling. She holds a doctorate in higher education and organizational change, a master’s degree in counselor education and a bachelor’s degree in organizational management. She is also a graduate of the Executive and Professional Coaching Program from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Working primarily in the health care, communication and education arenas, Melinda has devoted herself to helping individuals meet their goals; whether it is personal or professional.
Partnering with people for success is her mission. Leading an ethical, balanced, purposeful life while living your dreams are guiding principles for Melinda.

As a coach, Melinda is supporting and encouraging. She has a unique ability to support her clients while holding them accountable for their desired outcomes. She is known as a change agent.

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Monday, 19 October 2015

BLOG TOUR + Giveaway - Developing Minds; An American Ghost Story by Jonathan LaPoma

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Review - Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins




Summary from Goodreads
Bad boy Kaidan Rowe has never wanted for anything—money, popularity, musical talent…hot girls—but seducing them is part of his duty as a Nephilim, slave to the demon Dukes. As the son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan has learned his father’s ways, becoming a master of passion, a manipulator of chemistry. Disobeying his father would mean certain death. Thankfully for Kaidan, he’s good at his job. And he enjoys it.

Until he meets Anna Whitt—sweet, smart, feisty, and inexplicably good—the one girl seemingly immune to his charms. The daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, she has a certain power over him, one that makes him wish for more than he could ever deserve.

Determined to save all the Neph from their dark lives as the influencers of sin, Anna joins forces with Kaidan to overcome the demons’ oppressive ways. In the light of her affections, Kaidan must undergo his toughest test of all, a battle of the heart.

Sensual and swoon worthy, this companion volume to the acclaimed Sweet Evil series from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, told from the perspective of the irresistibly sexy and mysterious Kaidan Rowe, gives readers revealing insights into his struggle, his intense connection to Anna, and most of all, the true emotions that drive him.

Author Note:
Sweet Temptation will encompass the entire trilogy in a condensed version, beginning with Kai's life before he met Anna, and taking readers through the epilogue of Sweet Reckoning. Sweet Temptation is a companion novel, not meant to be a stand alone story. It will definitely be a richer experience for those who have read the original trilogy.

My Review
Every moment of being in Kaidan Rowe's head was pure bliss. Every single word was magic. I have never been more in love with someone as I am with Kaidan. Thank you so much Wendy Higgins for creating such awesomeness. This book deserves an infinity of stars.

It's my favourite book!

Monday, 12 October 2015

BLOG TOUR + Giveaway - Tillie's Tale by Mindy Mymudes


Genre: Middle Grade | Urban FantasyPublisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Book Description:

Who is the mysterious ghosty haunting puppygirl Tillie? And why? George, the magical basset hound familiar is on the trail. 

Author Bio: I've worked in a hazardous waste lab, where under the sign for the Right To Know law, was added: if you can figure it out. I've been a metals tech, a bakery clerk, a professional gardener, and taught human anatomy and ran two university greenhouses. Along the way I picked up my Master's Degree in Biology, specializing in the population genetics of an endangered plant. I’ve also been a top breeder, handler, and trainer of English springer spaniels under the prefix of Muddy Paws. We three in the equivalent of the National Club's (ESSFTA) hall of fame. Every time I think I know dogs, another dog comes along and proves my beliefs are totally wrong. The truth is, the Muddy Paws Pack walk all over me.

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Twitter: @GeorgeBasset



Giveaway: Ecopy of George Knows & $10 Amazon Gift Card
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September 27 - Introduction at VBT Café Blog
September 29 - Interviewed at Author, CA Milson's Blog
October 2 - Interviewed at Avenue Books
October 2 - Spotlight at Cherry Mischievous
October 5 - Spotlight at 4Covert2Overt A Place In The Spotlight
October 7 - Reviewed at Voluptuous Book Diva
October 9 - Interviewed at Writers Revolution
October 12 - Interviewed at SolaFide Self-Publishing and Book Blog
October 12 - Guest Blogging at Bellevue Book Reviews
October 16 - Reviewed at Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock
October 19 - Spotlight at Jody's Book Reviews
October 21 - Review & Guest Blogging at Teatime and Books
October 23 - Review & Interview at Deal Sharing Aunt
October 23 - Guest Blogging at Lori's Reading Corner
October 23 - Spotlight at My Book Tour
​October 23 - Guest Blogging at Infinite House Of Books 

Friday, 9 October 2015

BLOG TOUR - Universal Scams and Fraud Detection by David Snow

Genre: Non-Fiction
Release Date:
Buy: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book Description:

Fraud and Scams are a costly menace to society and global industry. Learning from experience is the best way of developing skill and knowledge. This book will assist you in preventing fraud and financial crimes against you and your business. The book will teach you the tricks used by scam artists in modern society and give you the edge and ability from falling victim to fraud. Explore the many aspects of fraud, including; identity theft, retail scams, fraud against the elderly, insurance scams, employee theft and more. Learn how to conduct elaborate investigations including cross border and gathering of valuable evidence. If its too good to be true, then it probably isn’t true. Learn to trust your feelings from experiencing the different real life cases and scenarios. Don’t fall victim to fraud, learn how to protect yourself.


David Snow has been working in the private security and financial investigation arena since 1989. He was one of the first graduates and members of the Institute of Irish Investigators. He obtained the "youngest student award" from the Institute in 1989. In 2013 he was awarded Investigator of the Year by the Europe Middle East and African chapter of the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators. He was also presented with the International Investigator of the Year Award in Denver Colorado by IAFCI – North America and donated his winnings to the Wounded Warrior Project, which supports American troops injured at war.

He was initially employed by Sleator Carroll Investigators and then Pinkerton Security & Investigations. Pinkerton is the world’s oldest and largest Private Detective and Security agency with operations on every continent. He joined Pinkerton in 1993 and became the General Manager of the Irish operation in 1996, leaving in 2001 to pursue a career within insurance fraud investigation.

Today he is employed as the Head of Special Investigations for the Irish operation of a multi-national insurance company. He is a member of the International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU), the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators (IAFCI), the Association of Irish Risk Management (AIRM) and was one of the first Europeans to obtain the Certified Insurance Fraud Investigator (CIFI) from North America. He has lectured on identity theft and financial crime in Ireland, North America and Europe. He is also a member of the Irish charity A Little Lifetime Foundation, formally known as ISANDS, obtaining an award in 2012 for his efforts in the prevention of the identity theft of dead Irish baby’s.

He lives in Dublin, Ireland with his wife and two children Olivia and Sarah.




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Saturday, 29 August 2015

February 29th - Frank McCaughey




Summary from Goodreads

February 29th is a quirky and chaotic tale of twin brothers.

Frank & Jimmy are 12 years old. Their simple lives start to unravel when Frank’s big stupid mouth gets them in trouble with a mysterious shop keeper. They get drawn deeper and deeper into a mysterious world which forces them to face their worst nightmares. Nothing is as it seems.

“It is a gift to you but what it gives it takes. And if your greatest dream comes true then your nightmares will surely come true too. The portal has great power. Be mindful of your dreams and your fears here. Be mindful of everything.”

My Review

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

I give this book 4 stars. Okay, where do I start? This was one chaotic story! It's about Frank who tells his and his twin brother Jimmy's story and it's not in a chronological order. And definitely not what I expected. I thought the book would be about the lives of two kids who did something wrong. But I couldn't be more mistaken. This is a book about time travel, portals, magic marbles, loss and grief.

So, when I thought that I finally had the story sorted out, I was wrong once again. The end blew my mind. It was the very last thing I expected. I was surprised and sad because it was tragic. The ending was my least favourite part, because I don't like depressing things.

Overall, this is book is surprising. Very surprising. The characters aren't flat at all. And that is what makes it so real.

Thank you Frank McCaughey for letting me read your book and have a wonderful experience.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Blog Post - Lucien and I by Danny Wynn

Book Genre: literary fiction
Publisher: Bright Lights Big City
Release Date: Late August 1994
Buy: Amazon

Book Description:

Be Careful What You Wish For…

What if you had the chance to relive your twenties the way you really wanted them to be?

Thirty-nine-year-old David is presented with that opportunity by Lucien, a charismatic young Englishman. Ranging from downtown Manhattan to Istanbul, Majorca, and the Hamptons, the two of them live a life of excess—drugs, beautiful women, and adventure—and forge a strange but great friendship.

But with every journey, there comes a price; and in every paradise there lurks a temptress. For David, will his quest for excitement lead him to betrayal and loss?

"Wynn immerses readers in psychologically rich studies of his characters and their quiet but fraught interactions. The prose is subtle but vivid, intellectually engaged but never arid, as the author provides readers with a flurry of glittering snapshots that gradually coalesce into a picture of tarnished longings. An engrossing and vibrant...meditation on friendship and the deep currents that run beneath its surface." 
—Kirkus Review

Author Bio:

Danny Wynn is a full-time fiction writer, and before that, he was an executive in the record industry and part-time fiction writer. He has lived in New York City, Los Angeles, and London, and now makes his home in the West Village with his wife and two children. His other favorite place in the world (after the West Village) is the island of Mallorca, Spain

He is currently finishing two novels.

Danny describes himself as a creature in search of exaltation. In addition to attending the original Woodstock Music Festival, some of the other great concerts he’s been to include: Roxy Music on the Avalon Tour at Radio City, Bon Iver at Town Hall and subsequently at Radio City, The National at BAM and later at The Beacon, and The Waterboys at the Hammersmith Palais, Bruce on his solo tour, U2 on Zooropa and later tours, Dylan on the right night, and Van on the right night.

Among his favorite movies are: PerformanceBad TimingMcCabe and Mrs. Miller, and Withnail and I. His favorite novels include: The New Confessions by William Boyd; A Flag For Sunrise and Dog Soldiers by Robert Stone; The Magus by John Fowles; Legends of the Fall by Jim Harrison; andThe Comedians and The Quiet American by Graham Greene.

He derives enormous sustenance from his close friends.



Late August 1994

It was around three in the morning in a pulsating Istanbul nightclub when I caught Lucien’s eye. The club was called Twenty-Nineteen—written 2019—and we were dancing with the exquisite Azine, Lucien’s Turkish ex-girlfriend who lived in the Eurasian city—light brown hair, golden skin, stylish, the epitome of feminine elegance as far as I could see. We were moving loosely, sweat-drenched, Lucien in that whirling, psy­chedelic dervish way of his. I was in a transcendent state, one of those all-too-rare moments when the pure act of dancing makes you high, fills you with euphoria. I caught his eye and shouted above the blasting tech­no-soul, “I’m alive!”
He nodded and grinned his grin. He knew.
That’s the way he made me feel. He enhanced my capacity to enjoy life, made the good times better. And the most acute thread of the feeling was the sensation of living life to the full, which I yearned for like a parched plant with long twisting roots seeking moisture. The sensation was a drug for me, just a notch or two below the jolt of ego-juice a guy gets when a sexy woman looks at him with desire, or better yet, succumbs. Some of my many demons.
I was a creature in search of exaltation.
There was, however, an element of desperation in my quest, and in the moments, or longer times, when I was in the sought-after state, the heady pleasure was bolstered by a strong sense of relief at having made it to that elusive place.
In a way, the trip to Istanbul was the peak of my friendship with Lucien and the night at 2019 the high point of the expedition. Not in any exact sense. It’s just that when I look back, Istanbul seems like the pinnacle of our bond, and the night at the club the time we soared the highest. The experience of connecting, of shared good times, was distilled to its very essence. And yet the stain was already there, dark and spreading.

10 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer. 

1.  Always tell a story.  Telling stories is the essence of the dramatic arts, and don’t let any idiot ever tell you plot isn’t important. 

2.  Become a close reader of the books you  read for pleasure, read slowly and see what the sentences accomplish, both via their actual words and the inferred information and meaning they contain; 

3. When you read other writers, stop and think how they are accomplishing what they are accomplishing (e.g., how did they convey the story or progress the story other than  by just telling you, the reader. 

4.  Take workshops – they are an inefficient, painful way to learn, but they’re the best method we have. 5.  do your best to find workshops led by people that treat leading a workshop as a skill, rather than something any writer can do. 

6.  Try to find workshops with writers who are as good as you or better. 

7.  Open your mind to input from others – yes, you will get a lot of feedback that reflects a failure to get your work, or is just stupid, but you will also occasionally get input that you initially disagree with that gradually makes some sense to you (and you can only get this benefit if you allow for the possibility that you are wrong on the point concerned – always consider that possibitity).  A highly successful workshop will give you input, 10% of which is helpful; some workshops fall far short of that; be happy if you get a 10% workshop. 

8.  Learn your craft – all the little things good writers do to make their writing professional (e.g., learn POV rules, how to create a pause and add a telling a detail at the same time, learn about the aversion to adverbs and the aversion to “ing” words, learn what you can leave out – nothing is more amateurish than including words containing info a close reader would naturally supply for you. 

9.  Extremely unoriginal advice, but show don’t tell- let the reader see and hear things for themselves and form their own conclusions – e.g., don’t tell them someone is brave; show them being brave. 

10.  Understand that you will have to write in the face of tremendous self-doubt most of the time – you will regularly think your stuff is crap and that you are deluding yourself to think you can write a decent dramatic work.  Accept that tremendous self-doubt is part of the process, and don’t let it stop you, however close it comes to making you quit your efforts.  Do everything possible to preserve the tiniest flame of inspiration you have in the face of constant criticism from others and their lack of belief in you.  Very, very few people thought, based on my early efforts, that I could write a good book, but I continued to make a lot of effort to figure how to write well, and I got better, and I have written some very respectable works of fiction, and the best is currently in the works

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Book Blitz - Love In The Gilded Age (Fissure Chronicles, #1) by Saruuh Kelsey

Love In The Gilded Age (Fissure Chronicles, #1)
Release Date: 10/28/14

Summary from Goodreads
Once in a hidden queendom…

There is an ocean: In the infinite distance, between one hidden world and the next, is an unmeasurable expanse of twenty seas. One sprawling edge of the world to another is filled with waters as beautiful as they are deadly, as miraculous as they are fraught. Treasure and treachery litter their ocean beds, sleeping side by side with adventurers whose travels ended abruptly, lives caught and held under a wave until all breaths fled. 

There is a land: Tucked into a corner where four oceans fold together, land rises up illustrious in a jagged slash of mountains and forests, with secrets and wonders as plentiful as any water. 

There are chronicles: Not of the twenty savage seas but of the fissure of land and the people who sigh life into it.

In an original epic fantasy world, Love In The Gilded Age reimagines the heroes and heroines of Grimm fairy tales as ethnically diverse, LGBT, disabled, and gender flipped. 

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Xanna drove herself forward, leaning into the run to propel them along. Her mother was trailing behind her but didn’t have an option except to follow as Xanna leapt from the last bit of land and crashed into the pond. She heard Koal’s strangled shout as she broke the surface, gasping and paddling wildly. She fought every bit of tiredness in her muscles as she dragged her mother from the depths of the water; she emerged spluttering and angry. “He will kill you for that,” her mother said without emotion. No fear for her daughter’s life, no regret, no anger, just a blank statement of facts.
“No,” Xanna hissed. “I won’t be the one dying today.”
“Three souls will pass in this last fight.” Her mother dissolved into the senseless chanting of before, only repeated the ominous three souls will pass in this last fight. At least she had the good sense to pump her legs and move her arms to stay afloat.
Xanna had to get the rope off them if her plan was going to work. She pulled at their bound wrists, fearful and frustrated, and the vine uncoiled as if in response to her wish at the same moment the Wolf reached the edge of the pool and leapt in. It loves my mother, Xanna thought, but found she didn’t care. She gripped the rope in a fist as she put three lengths between her mother, watching the Wolf wade sloppily through the water to the woman it loved.
She didn’t have long. Xanna had to act, and she had to be both quick and quiet about it—a impossibility now that her every movement made a splash. Still, she had to try. Koal was shouting at her from the clearing but she blocked out his warnings.
The Wolf only noticed her presence when she wrapped the vine around its neck and pulled it taut. Growling, it fought to face her but couldn’t spin and remain afloat at the same time. Xanna kicked her legs faster, unable to use her arms to keep her from a drowned death as she strangled the animal. She was slipping, on the verge of sinking. Without warning, the Wolf dipped underwater, testing her grip on the vine. She lost the rope.
Xanna looked around for it desperately. It was her only weapon.

The vine didn’t resurface but the Wolf did.

About the Author
Saruuh Kelsey is the author of several novels for young adults, including the free Lux Guardians series and The Legend Mirror series. Her latest releases include THE BEAST OF CALLAIRE, the first novel of a new YA fantasy series, and a collection of diverse fairy tales in LOVE IN THE GILDED AGE. Find her online at

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Thursday, 9 July 2015

BLOG TOUR + Giveaway - Not Every Girl by Jane McGarry


Not Every Girl
by Jane McGarry 

Release Date: 04/27/15
Clean Reads
275 pages

Summary from Goodreads

Olivia Davenport’s plan is destined to fail.

She is going through with it anyway, of course. After all, it is the chance of a lifetime. The unreasonable rules of others should not stand in her way.

In her small kingdom of Stewartsland, Olivia trains with the squires and harbors a secret dream. She longs to become a knight under the command of the Master-of–Arms, who just happens to be her father. He has indulged her passion so far, but they both know a simple fact – girls may not attain knighthood. Dismayed by the constant discouragement of her ambitions, she makes an impetuous decision to disguise herself as a boy in order to sneak on a mission. The consequences are not at all what she anticipated.

When her deception is revealed, she is sent home in disgrace; however, an unexpected turn of events puts her at the center of a dangerous plot against the King. The ensuing adventure finds her grappling with mercenaries and outlaws, yet these pale in comparison to her newly awakened emotions. She finds not only her life at risk, but also her heart, when the aloof Prince Liam begins to affect her in ways she never thought possible. In the end, it is her courage and unique spirit which must guide her through the challenges she encounters both physical and emotional. 

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"I came to offer the young lady one of my guards as an escort home."


That is not part of my plan! And besides, my father could not seriously consider sending me off into the woods with a strange man, royal guard or not. It takes every ounce of my restraint to not jump up and protest.

"That is gracious of you, Your Majesty," my father answers. "However, I am concerned about the propriety of that arrangement. Not," he adds hastily, "that I would expect anything less than the highest scruples from one of your men."

Good. So Father has a grasp on the situation. Sending me back with any strange man and no female chaperone is entirely inappropriate. And there are no other women on the trip. Too bad Puck isn't here; my father would trust him with me. Now, they will all have to work out the only viable option—that I continue on the trip. I merely sit quietly and wait for them to come to this inevitable conclusion.

"Well, I certainly understand your feelings. Especially since the young lady in question is your daughter," King William agrees. "I am sure if I had a daughter of my own, I would feel much the same way."

They discuss me as if I am not sitting right here, as if I have no capacity for thought—or hearing. I am actually quite capable of taking care of myself and could get home without help from any man, thank you anyway. Not that I will suggest this as an option, of course.

Time drags into a prolonged silence. Birds chatter in the trees, the river bubbles happily by, the men are all packed and ready to go. They stand in a huddled mass waiting for instructions from their superiors. Come on guys, surely one of you can figure out the answer. My father must be aware of the only solution, so why isn't he saying anything? Perhaps he is waiting for the King to suggest it, so it appears he thought of the idea and can take credit for it.

"If I may make a suggestion, Sir Jack…" Prince Liam begins.

I am so happy someone is finally going to state the obvious, I don't even care that it is coming from his egotistical mouth. But then, he decides to become the next person to throw a wrench in my plans.

"Why don't I accompany the young lady home along with one of the guards. I give my word that everything will be handled with the utmost discretion."


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About the Author

Reading was always a big part of my life. Creating my own stories developed out of this love. Finally, I decided to try my hand at writing a novel and that was when Not Every Girl was conceived.

I live in New Jersey with my husband, two sons and an extremely spoiled cat. When I am not running around with my family or writing, I can be found curled up with a good book and said cat. It is my belief that a good book, a loyal pet and anything made of chocolate can brighten just about any day.


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Author Interview with Jane McGarry
1.      Where did you get the idea for Not Every Girl?

Stories about knights, castles and adventure were always favorites of mine, so that was the jumping off point. First, I had the idea of this strong female protagonist and what her experience would be in a world full of men. I wanted her to be strong, but have enough self-doubt to resonate with readers as authentic. Of course, both character and plot evolved in different ways as I wrote, and not always in the manner I expected. But, the end result is more or less what I originally imagined.

2.      What inspired you to become a writer?

I’ve always love to read. When I was young, I might imagine a story had a different ending or plot twist. Eventually, I started creating my own stories, but always thought the idea of publishing a book was just a dream. Over the years, I read voraciously and found that I enjoyed the young adult genre. The idea for Not Every Girl developed and I finally decided the time had come to give the “dream” a shot. 

3.      Of the writing process, what do you enjoy most?

I love the limitless possibilities to create stories and worlds. The excitement when you start a new project and all the elements are half-formed waiting to be hammered out into something that does the idea in your brain justice. (Of course, that’s when the hard stuff starts!)

4.      What is your top writing tip for new writers?

I am asked this a lot and my answer is simple—write.  There will never be a perfect time, life will always try to get in the way.  But, if you write something—anything—you can always go back and edit it. You can’t edit a blank page.  If you just manage to get a small bit down every day, over time it will add up to something substantial.

5.      What are you working on right now?

Right now I am working on the sequel to Not Every Girl. Now that she has proved herself in battle, Olivia has some new troubles to work through with Liam. It is exciting to be able to continue their story and I look forward to sharing it with everyone.



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