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How to Get your Kids to Read


Bette A. Stevens:

Reading with kids ~ It’s FUN-damental! Bette A. Stevens

Originally posted on Nicholas C. Rossis:

GatewaySuccessStory-JeffGunhusFoil._V350981886_I found a lovely post on Amazon by Jeff Gunhus, and just had to share! Jeff details how he started his Jack Templar book series as a way to get his two young boys to read. This is what he has to say:

“My son Jack was smart and outgoing. He got great grades. But he liked reading books about as much as he liked walking behind our two yellow labs on clean-up duty. He was way more interested in movies, TV, video games. At first, I wasn’t too worried. But his vocabulary and writing skills began to slip. I decided to do something.

I created the Early Morning Book Club. That was my name anyway. To Jack, I’m sure it was the Early Morning Torture Club. The plan was that we’d get up early and Jack would read out loud to me for an hour. Luckily for him…

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AUTHORS TO WATCH: An interview with author Bette A. Stevens


AUTHORS TO WATCH interview with Bette A. Stevens about her latest book, PURE TRASH, The Story.

Tricia Drammeh of AUTHORS TO WATCH interviews Bette A. Stevens about her latest book, PURE TRASH, The Story.

FIND OUT ABOUT THE…  Who? What? When? Where? & Why? behind Stevens’s latest book: PURE TRASH, The Story.

Tricia Drammeh of AUTHORS TO WATCH interviews Stevens about her latest book. Read all about it here http://www.authorstowatch.com/2013/10/interview-with-bette-stevens.html

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‘AMAZING MATILDA’ is on the move…

She’s FREE on Amazon this Sunday & Monday, MARCH 24th – 25th!

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Thought-provoking Historical Romance


MEET THE AUTHOR:
Irina Shapiro

Irina Shapiro, author of THE HANDS OF TIME

Irina Shapiro, author of THE HANDS OF TIME, historical romance with a hint of the supernatural and a dash of mystery.


I was born in Moscow, Russia during the height of Communism and “enjoyed” the life of an average Russian child until my family’s immigration to the United States in 1982. We settled in Brooklyn, NY where I finished school and then graduated from Bernard M. Baruch College in New York City with a degree in International Business. Despite my business degree, history and travel have always been my passions and I have tried to incorporate my knowledge and experiences into my stories. 

“I live in New Jersey with my husband and two children.”

Reviewers call Shapiro’s novel, THE HANDS OF TIME, exciting and thought-provoking —

“This was my third book by this author and I wasn’t disappointed. I could feel Valerie’s fear and despair as she found herself trapped in the past and tried to make a life for herself in the 17th Century…” –FRYEHI, Amazon review.

The Hands of Time is a fun and emotional read. Irina Shapiro puts a clever spin on romantic time travel and takes readers’ breaths away… [This book's] story is not yet finished, the sequel will be just as exciting and thought provoking!” – Lovey, Dovey Books, Amazon review.

Welcome, Irina. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your writing life?

I graduated from Bernard M. Baruch College with a degree in International Business and worked in Advertising and Import/Export for years. After leaving the work force in 2007 to stay at home with my autistic son, I began to write, and have written seven novels since then. My latest is coming out in early January.

What about your family?

I live in New Jersey with my husband and two children. My daughter has just started High School, so the fun has begun.

How long have you been writing and what type of writing do you usually do?

I’ve been writing seriously for about five years. I like to write the type of books that I, myself, like to read. My novels are historical romance with a hint of supernatural and a dash of mystery.

Can you give us a brief synopsis of your book?

When a young woman vanishes without a trace from a quaint fishing village on the coast of England, only one person knows the truth, but he remains silent allowing the authorities to search for her in vain.

Meanwhile, Valerie Crane finds herself transported to the year 1605. Terrified and confused, she turns for help to the Whitfield brothers, who take her in and offer her a home. Both Alexander and Finlay Whitfield fall in love with the mysterious woman, who shows up on their doorstep, creating a love triangle that threatens to consume them all. Valerie must make her choice, deciding between the brother who will lead her down the path of destruction, and the one who will give her a love she couldn’t find in her own time.

What prompted you to become a writer?

I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but didn’t think I had the talent or the imagination. After being at home for a while, I needed something to occupy my mind and distract me from the daily stress of dealing with an autistic child. Writing was an escape from reality – time travel of the mind.  I never dreamed of publishing my work, but after getting some very positive reviews from the people who’ve read it, I decided to take a chance and see where it would take me. It’s been an amazing journey.

Do you have a favorite line from THE HANDS OF TIME?

I do, but I can’t share it because it would give away a crucial point in the plot.

Who is your favorite character and why?

My favorite character is Valerie because she is based on me. I couldn’t create her without trying to envision what I would do in her situation and how I would deal with the difficulties that arose.

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

The hardest part is to come up with an original plot; something that hasn’t already been done by other authors.

Do you do anything besides write?

I enjoy anything that requires a degree of creativity. I love pottery, drawing, and photography, as well as experimental cooking, which I inflict upon family and friends. Haven’t poisoned anyone yet.

How can my readers get a copy of THE HANDS OF TIME?

HANDS OF TIME cover

My book is available for purchase at Amazon, as is the sequel: A Leap of Faith. http://www.amazon.com/The-Hands-of-Time-ebook/dp/B006JRO9WS/ref=lp_B0068O1DFS_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1334015717&sr=1-4

 What can we expect next from Irina Shapiro’s hand?

I’ve just finished the third book of The Hands of Time Trilogy. It’s currently with my editor and will be released very soon. I must admit that finishing the story left me desolate. These characters have been with me for so long, that I miss them as if they were real people. It’s difficult to move on to other projects.

 

It’s been great having you with us today, Irina. Historical fiction is my literary cup of tea. Add romance and mystery and your novels sound simply irresistible. I can hardly wait to delve into my copy of THE HANDS OF TIME.   –Bette A. Stevens (www.4writersandreaders.com)

Follow Irina Shapiro’s Book Tour

January 2013 Tour Schedule:
4th Lightning Book Promotion Blog

5th Phaedra @ Identity Discovery

6th Jackie @ Writing for Readers in a .com world

7th Bette @ 4writersandreaders.com

8th Andi @ Radiant Light

9th Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!

10th Drennan @ Speaking of Books

11th Susan @ My Cozie Corner

12th Cara @ Peace, Love, Books

13th Darryl @ Savage Lullabye 

Find out more about Irina Shapiro’s novels:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Hands-of-Time-ebook/dp/B006JRO9WS/ref=lp_B0068O1DFS_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1334015717&sr=1-4

http://www.amazon.com/Leap-Faith-Hands-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B0095LNU3O/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1346860167&sr=8-12

http://www.amazon.com/The-Inheritance-ebook/dp/B005ITYGLW/ref=lp_B0068O1DFS_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334015717&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Precious-Bones-ebook/dp/B0067R48QW/ref=lp_B0068O1DFS_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1334015717&sr=1-2

http://www.amazon.com/Full-Circle-ebook/dp/B005WH3UL2/ref=lp_B0068O1DFS_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1334015717&sr=1-3

http://www.amazon.com/The-Folly-ebook/dp/B007WNTXGK/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1335178325&sr=8-6

http://irinashapiro.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Irina-Shapiro/307374895948375

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13381342-the-hands-of-time

Outstanding SCI-FI Fantasy Series!


Meet the Author:
J. Naomi Ay

J. Naomi Ay, author of the Science Fiction/Fantasy series, The Two Moons of Rehnor

What the reviewers are saying…

”Excellent series! This author sucks you in with the depth of her characters… It is obvious that none of them are perfect, but that’s what brings you closer to them. The character of Senya is a most interesting combination of good, and what we normally think of as evil. One minute, I thought he was heartless, the next minute I changed my mind.  The Senya character is constantly evolving throughout this series. The whole series is a keeper, and worth the price.”


Welcome, Naomi. It’s great to have you with us today.
Tell us a little about you and about your life on the Pacific Coast.

I am fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful areas in the country. In fact, it probably looks a lot like your beloved Maine. I live north of the Seattle area on the Olympic Peninsula on a small bay inlet off of Puget Sound. Dungeness crab season is open again, as we speak. In fact, my husband was just out on the water today dropping pots. Hopefully, that will be our Thanksgiving dinner.


Sounds like the perfect plate to me right now!

Tell us a little about your family.

I have a husband of 27 plus years, three kids and a Pomeranian. My boys are both adults now, one just graduated from the University of Washington and the other is attending, both majoring in Engineering. Our daughter is thirteen and still in middle school; and, a budding actress.


How long have you been writing and what type of writing do you normally do?

Since kindergarten. I write Science Fiction/Fantasy. Basically, I put contemporary normal people in odd situations and surround them with futuristic and not so contemporary people. That makes the stories both interesting and humorous, I think.


Is there a specific age or demographic group that you write for, Naomi?

I thought I was writing for women of my own demographics although that has of course shifted over the years.  As I age, my characters have aged too.  I find that I get the most fan mail from women but surprisingly, men like my series as well.  I’ve had some lovely fan letters from men and my husband has become quite the cheerleader for me.  In fact, in some of my recent novellas he complained that Senya wasn’t in them enough and he isn’t doing enough cool things.  Food for thought as I craft more stories.


Can you give me a brief synopsis of your latest book and series?

The Two Moons of Rehnor series is about a very strange man who is created to be King of the planet Rehnor. The Rehnorian people have spent much of their history killing each other and so the two enemy kings finally figured out that they could stop the wars if they created a single man to rule everyone on the planet. A royal marriage was arranged and a prince was born. The prince turns out to be very different from what the two kings had imagined; and, unfortunately, bad things happen to him. The series follows him from birth to well into middle-age and is all told in first person narratives by the people around him including the love of his life — a normal, ordinary human girl from Seattle. I think what sets my series apart is that even though it focuses on Senya, nobody has a bit part. You will get very involved in the lives of people who are on the periphery of Senya’s life. I like to think of Senya as the hub and all of the other characters are spokes revolving around him.


What prompted you to write your stories?

Boredom or an undiagnosed and subsequently untreated psychological condition. Actually, I started writing the series more than twenty years ago and kept writing and rewriting it. Finally. earlier this year I decided, enough!  After releasing it and coming to the conclusion that I can’t change what’s already published, I’ve been able to actually write something else! It’s amazing how all new characters and all new story lines simply popped into my head as soon as I dumped out that one.


Do you have a favorite line from your latest book?

Yes. In Metamorphosis, book 7 in the series, Senya says:

Sometimes we need to make it snow in June so we will be thankful for normal weather.”


I’ve had that very thought myself a time or two, Naomi…

Who is your favorite character?

Senya, of course. He’s everything — amazingly beautiful, powerful, paranormal, brilliant, rich and vulnerable! (Sigh…) He also says incredibly smart things. It’s nice to channel a wise sage.


What was the hardest part about writing your book?

Originally, I wrote the whole thing in first person present tense. So for 20 years, that’s how I continued. Then I decided to self-publish and read that you shouldn’t use present tense. Uh, oh! I had to go back and change everything to past tense. Lots and lots of editing and lots and lots of mistakes, especially in the Book 1. By Book 4 and 5, I had figured it out and the stories were much cleaner.


Do you do anything besides write?

I do lots of things but the one that keeps me most busy is my sales job in the renewable energy sector.


How can my readers get a copy of your book?

Just about all of them are available at all major book and eBook retailers. Book 1, The Boy Who Lit Up the Sky is available from Amazon at this link:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007B77U8A


What’s next for you, Naomi?

I started another series earlier in the summer called Journey to Rehnor It’s set about 1,000 years before the Two Moons of Rehnor series. Book 1, The New Planet, was released in July; and, I’m currently scrambling to finish Book 2, Aran’s Gift and release it before the holidays. In the meantime, I’m also adding more and more novellas or novelettes to my novella collection. These are about 10,000 word fill-in-the-gap stories, giving more background on some of the characters. They are quick and fun to write, and they each sell for around $1.29.

I’m not done with the Two Moons series although Senya and Katie are hitting their golden years. I think I’ve got another novel or two about them before — well before — you know….

GREAT Adult Science/Fiction Fantasy: GET YOUR COPY TODAY!

Thanks so much for joining us today, Naomi. I am certainly enjoying your books. In fact, I highly recommend your series or individual titles, which can stand alone, to readers who tend to go for contemporary and historical fiction. Your Science Fiction/Fantasy series takes readers like me on a new journey, a welcome change of pace!

Find out more about J. Naomi Ay and her books:

http://www.jnaomiay.com/

www.jnaomiay.wordpress.com

www.facebook.com/jnaomiay

https://twitter.com/JNaomiAy

Author Page on Amazon: www.amazon.com/-/e/B007BN8T7K

DON’T MISS THE VIDEO PREVIEW (click the link):
The Boy who Lit up the SKY and The Two Moons of Renhor Series :

Youtube Channel for trailers:  http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH0P1mSV-OgUmtB8Wc2g4oA/videos?view=0

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