Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Author Interview with Ben Jackson and Sam Lawrence


Welcome Ben Jackson and Sam Lawrence!

Tell us a little about yourself

Hi, thanks for interviewing us! My name is Ben Jackson, and my wife’s name is Sam Lawrence. We write a variety of fiction and non-fiction books but are focusing on children’s books. We live in a long-distance relationship, I’m from Australia, and my wife is from Canada. We both travel a lot during the year between our two countries and have four children.


Wow talent seems to abound in your family!  That seems like so much fun, getting to work with your wife doing something you love.  What got you into writing?
I have always enjoyed reading, and my wife works as a publisher/formatter, managing our own company Indie Publishing Group! I think it was a natural progression from reading to writing. The children’s books we write are fun and enjoyable and help to encourage children to read and enjoy reading,


The Indie Publishing Group contains a lot of great information for authors.  I would recommend everyone checking it out.  When you read which do you prefer: print books or eBooks?

I love print books. My wife enjoys both, but I find it hard to concentrate on eBooks. I like the smell and feel of a paperback book in my hands and enjoy shopping at book fairs and markets.

I love print books to, but do enjoy the convenience when traveling of being able to read on a tablet. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

We are lucky enough to travel a lot! We travel throughout Canada, Australia, and North America on a regular basis. We both want to travel around Asia and Europe more.

Traveling is so much fun.  I look forward to traveling more.  So far it's been Mexico and the US for me.  I hope to have Italy under my belt soon.  Currently, what are you working on?

We just finished our latest children’s book: The Day My Fart Followed Me To The Dentist! I’m terrified of the dentist and wanted to write a book which makes visiting the dentist a little less terrifying.

I know the feeling.  I finally found a dentist I love and so my fear has eased. Tell us a little bit about your main characters.

Our main characters are Timmy and the Little Fart. Timmy is a young boy, and the Little Fart is his imaginary friend, a little fart! They go on adventures together and get up to a lot of mischief.

How do you promote your books? Any tips you can share?

We promote a lot on social media. Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler, etc. but have also focused a lot on blogs and interviews. I think the tip is just to jump in. You don’t need to spend a lot of money, but you do need to put in some serious hours if you’re doing it all yourself.

Yes I agree.  I have also found I have had better luck with the free promotions than the ones I have spent money on.  Is this a stand-alone novel or part of a series?

We have a series based around Timmy and the Little Fart. We have a book about hockey, soccer, Christmas, the dentist and have many more books planned for the series.

Can you tell us what brought about the idea for your book?

We were both sitting around one night and watching television. I started coming up with stupid and crazy ideas for children’s book, and the Little Fart was born.

It's always amazing where great ideas can come from.  Sometimes without even really thinking something great can take shape. What is your writing process like?  Do you have a routine?

I have a pretty terrible writing routine. I like to watch tv and movies, Netflix, etc. and sometimes end up watching hours without accomplishing anything! I like to enjoy what I’m doing. If I locked myself away I would get more done, but if I’m not enjoying it, what’s the point?

I actually do something similar.  I like some background noise, whether its good music or a tv show on in the background.  What advice would you give someone who is considering publishing? Should they consider traditional or self-publishing?


I have never traditionally published anything, so that’s hard to recommend. Self-publishing isn’t easy and requires a lot of research, time, and effort, but it doesn’t need to be impossible or expensive. If something doesn’t work, look at why and then try again. Don’t give up! 

Thanks so much for being on with us today!  Don't forget to check out Timmy and the Little Fart.
Happy Reading!!





Ben Jackson Social Media Links


Ben Jackson Author Bio
Ben lives in Tasmania, Australia. While working during the week as a Boiler Maker/Welder, specializing in Aluminum Welding, he also writes of a night as a Freelance Writer and Author.

Ben is in a Long-Distance Relationship with his wife Sam, who lives in Canada, she works as a full-time formatting professional, publisher, and author.

Be sure to check out all his books, there is definitely something there for everyone!

As Indie Authors, we rely on our valuable customers to write a review, if you could spare a minute to leave a review of one of our books, we would greatly appreciate it.

He has numerous books in progress so stay tuned for information on those by following this page, connecting with him on Facebook or Goodreads.

Remember, if you enjoyed one of his books, leave a review!

Book Links
The Day My Fart Followed Me To The Dentist
Amazon US link
Amazon UK link

The Day My Fart Followed Me To The Dentist
Timmy and his best friend the Little Fart are back again in The Day My Fart Followed Me To The Dentist! In this beautifully illustrated children’s book you’ll experience Timmy’s first visit to the dentist, losing a tooth, and a visit from the Tooth Fairy.

No child loves the thought of a visit to the dentist. In The Day My Fart Followed Me To The Dentist, Timmy takes a trip to the dentist with his best, and imaginary, friend the Little Fart. Timmy needs to have a tooth removed and then needs to help to try and explain the Tooth Fairy to the Little Fart.

Whenever the Little Fart is involved, hilarity and mischievousness are sure to follow! The authors decided to publish this book to try and help parents and dentists show that the dentist doesn’t have to be a bad experience. In the end, there is always the reward of receiving a visit by the magical and beautiful Tooth Fairy.

If you enjoy reading funny books with beautiful illustrations and love having your child read along with you, then make sure you grab The Day My Fart Followed Me To The Dentist! Discover and giggle along with Timmy, and the Little Fart on their exciting day at the dentist.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Interview with Ken Smith author of Hammer Blow



Welcome Ken!  Thanks so much for taking the time to come and share with us today.  Why don't you tell us a little about yourself.

I am a retired engineer, living in Dorset England with my wife. I call myself an engineer but I have had a wide variety of jobs over the years. None of which involved creative writing.

I am sure all the variety of work over the years has only added to your writing ability.  The more experiences we have the more we can pull from when we write. Ken, what got you into writing?

I suppose it started in the 80s with the personal computer boom. There were a number of magazines around at the time, catering for different brands of computer. The one that I subscribed to forgot to send anyone to a show and asked readers for reviews. I wrote one and they published it.
I continued to write for them until the publication folded. I stopped writing then and didn’t start again until I retired. I started reading a lot of short stories online. I found myself looking back on the story and saying “That’s not the way I would have told it”

That is a plus when writing, you get to plan how it ends.  Some books I have read have left me so frustrated by the end, but with my own, I keep writing until I feel a sense of satisfaction.  Will you share a short excerpt from your novel.  

Both Mike and Becky suited up and went inside. Brian Richards had been right; it was not a pleasant sight. In the chair opposite, the door was a man probably in his seventies. He was tied to the chair with a gag in his mouth. In front and to the side of him was a woman. She was bent over with her knees up near her face. It looked like she' been kneeling and fallen sideways. From her face, Mike estimated she was in her sixties. The back of her head was just a mass of blood and hair. The old man's shirt and face were spattered with blood and there were lines of blood spots up the wall and across the ceiling. Mike turned to Becky, blocking the doorway.
'You know the drill; have a look upstairs see if you can find any signs of a robbery. I'll look around down here.'
As soon as she left, he went back into the parlour.
On the floor between the door and the victims was a tea tray and around it a collection of broken crockery. He counted three cups and saucers, a teapot, milk jug and a sugar bowl. There was an unbroken plate and a selection of biscuits scattered across the floor. The stain on the carpet told him the teapot had been full when it broke. He got up and walked across the hall to the dining room. He saw no sign of a disturbance and moved on to the kitchen. He soon found a handbag that had to belong to the woman. In the purse, he found fifty pounds in notes, two credit cards and one debit. In one of the cupboards, he found a tea caddy containing five hundred pounds. The farm office also showed no sign of anything untoward. The safe was still locked and all the computer equipment was still there.
He returned to the hall and met Becky coming down the stairs.
'Anything up there?'

Ken, have you been given any helpful advice that has helped you in writing?
Yes. I was at a seminar on teaching engineering. A South African university professor was outlining his methods and I was arguing that the British Education system would prevent me using his methods. He said “Apply the Nike principle my friend. Just do it. If you wait for someone to give you permission you will wait forever.”
That’s how I started writing fiction. I didn’t study it or gain a qualification, I Just Did It. When people liked it I did some more. I have studied some since, and that study has been useful, but the important thing for me was actually doing it.


I think that is great advice.  I have had to do that sometimes when writing scenes.  I just write to get through a section.  Then later I come back and clean it up.  Hopefully by then inspiration has struck and I can really make a blah scene shine.  Currently, what are you working on?

Currently working on a follow up to Hammer Blow. The first book was self-contained in that all the stories ended but it left people wondering about the characters It was suggested that I write a series of Inspector Deverson novels so I’m starting on Number 2. The working title is Back from the Living.

I really like that title.  Tell us a little bit about your main characters

Deverson is closing on forty. He is married but the job causes problems in that area.  He is a seeker of justice and has a tendency care a little too much about the victims.  He is proud of being a policeman and can’t understand why not everyone shares his passion. His Sergeant is a Yorkshire man who says what he thinks. Sometimes he is a little too blunt. He is very good at getting Police computer system to produce the good. The female constable is relatively new to plain clothes and admires her boss. She knows that he has come up through the ranks and got where he has by being good at his job. The Chief Inspector is a woman with whom Deverson had a relationship when he was her mentor in the Metropolitan Police (London). She is a graduate/fast track copper and is destined for higher things.  

How did you decide on what to title each book? Sometimes I think this is one of the harder parts of writing.  Some readers only glance at a book for a second and if the cover and title don't grab them, they move on.

That was a tough call.  I started out with something that I thought sounded clever but people told me it was too obscure. In the end, I came up with a number of options and I put them up as a poll on Facebook. Hammer Blow won hands down. In the book the murder weapon is a hammer and Deverson suffers a hammer blow in his private life so it seemed to fit.

Is this a stand-alone novel or part of a series?
It stands alone and is part of a series. What I mean by that is that there will be more books featuring Inspector Deverson, but each one will stand alone. You will not have to read them in order. It is one of my pet hates, to get to the end of a book and find there are no conclusions, just a trail for the next book. I feel that I have been conned. I expected to buy one book but find I have to buy two or three in order to reach the conclusion. To me that is a serial not a series. A series is made up of stand-alone stories with a common thread. Peter May’s Lewis trilogy is a classic example. Each book comes to its own conclusion. They share common characters and setting but each one has a beginning, a middle, and an end.

Who designed the artwork for your cover?  Or did you design it yourself?
Time to fess up. I created it from a free stock image. I operate on a shoestring we don’t have the money for me to spend on my writing. Everything must show a return. The only thing I can squander is my time.


I think that's what a lot of author's do.  We all work on a budget.  My niece designed mine using a free stock image and I love it.  What was your biggest challenge when writing? Did you have any writer’s block?  If so, how did you work your way through it?
My biggest Challenge is dealing with the horrible little man who sits on my shoulder whispering in my ear. Normally he turns up after about twenty thousand words and he says things like, that’s no good, she wouldn’t say that, give up now before you bore us all to tears. Every time I write he shows up, urging me to scrap the story and give up writing. The closer I get to the end the worse he gets, right up to the point that I finish the story and relax for a while prior to trying the first edit. He doesn’t go away until I show someone a draft of the story and start to get feedback.

I totally understand.  I think I am my harshest critic.  I second guess everything.  It's not until several people have given me feedback that I start to relax a little.  Is there something you learned from writing your first book?
I’m sure everyone says this but it really is a constant learning process. From the first one “Worth Fighting For” I learned that if you write across genre it makes it almost impossible to market.

Which do you find more challenging inventing the hero or the villain?  Why?
Oh the hero every time. A villain can be totally evil and people accept it, but a hero can never be totally good. They become sweeter than sugar. Deverson is an example. He is the good guy but he will stoop to a bit of bullying if it gets results.

That makes sense.  Ken, since you wrote in this genre, do you think you will ever write in other genres?
Quite probably. Crime fiction is not the only genre that I enjoy reading so I expect to write in other genre at some time.




Find out more about Ken at the links below.  Thanks for joining us.  Happy Reading!!

Links to Books
               


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Interview with Amanda A. Brooks author of the Brides of Diablo Series



Welcome Amanda!  Thanks for taking the time to join us today. Tell us a little about yourself.

Amanda A. Brooks has been writing romance novels since the age of fourteen. In 2009, she decided to self-publish. Never without a book in her hand or bag, Amanda is an avid reader of romance and true crime (especially of stories from the 1960's). She is always thinking of unique ideas for her stories. Amanda resides in Southern California.

What got you into writing, Amanda?

My love for writing started at the age of fourteen. One of my high school teachers was late for class. When I reached into my bag to pull out my book to read, I discovered that I had left it at home. Frustrated, I opened my notebook to a blank piece of paper, and after thinking, "I can just write my own stories.", I did. I haven't stopped writing since.

Share a short excerpt from your novel.

Paul just stared down at Hazel for a long moment before softly saying, “I never meant for any of this to happen, Hazel.”

 Staring incredulously up at Mr. Ryder, Hazel asked, “You never meant for any of this to happen? You betrayed me!”

 Paul just stared down at Hazel for another long moment before quietly explaining, “My signing your hanging date document was an accident, Hazel. April forced me to sign it without reading it first.”

 Still staring incredulously up at Mr. Ryder, Hazel asked, “April forced you to sign my hanging date document without reading it first?” And then, slowly standing, she asked, “What hold does she have on you?” When he didn’t answer her, she asked, “Are you sleeping with her?” When he still didn’t answer her, she glared up at him once again, and exclaimed, “Go to hell, Mr. Ryder!” 

 And then, walking towards him, she slapped him hard across the face.

Which do you prefer: print books or ebooks?

While I fought e-books at first since I love holding a physical book in my hands, I realized that I would reach/get more readers. Now I love them!

I definitely think ebooks offer great value and reach so many more people.  But I still love to have a book in my hand.


Amanda, currently, what are you working on?

I am currently working on BOOK 8 - BRIDES OF DIABLO:  NAUGHTY ANGEL - WILLA. It's about a woman whose prejudice against and hatred for Indians is tested when she's captured by one. Will she allow herself to fall in love with him?

Tell us a little bit about your main characters.

In the book that I just released on August 16th - BOOK 7 - BRIDES OF DIABLO:  PRISONERS OF LOVE - HAZEL - I wanted to write about the love that a Prison Warden has for one of his prisoners. Would it be enough to save her from her fate, and would he be willing to give up his job for her? The hero is Paul Ryder and the heroine is Hazel Haddon. I especially love that Paul doesn't judge Hazel.

How did you decide on what to title each book?

I don't know what was more fun - titling my books or naming my heroines. Both are like naming your kids - which I don't have. You want/have to pick the perfect one. I usually pick the names first, then the titles. Once I do both, I then come up with the plot. With PRISONERS OF LOVE, it was because both Hazel and Paul were trapped in their Prison surrounding. With NAUGHTY ANGEL, not only does Willa have a naughty side, she was a nurse - an Angel - during the Civil War.


I agree naming characters is so much fun.  Titles are a little more tricky for me, since they embody the whole story.  Amanda, how do you promote your books? 
I just promote them on Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn. And I recently joined Instagram - which is only for Book Promotion purposes. It's OK to self-promote. No one else will do it for you, and no one else will do it the way you want it done.

Those are all great places to start, I also recommend Goodreads.  Is this a stand-alone novel or part of a series?
PRISONERS OF LOVE - HAZEL is BOOK 7 of my BRIDES OF DIABLO Series. It's a twelve-book Series.

Wow that is ambitious!  12 books I think 3 is my limit.  What is the easiest part of the writing process?  What is the hardest?

Easy - Writing
Hard - Editing. I only do one round - a risk. It's not really about the Editing, but about the constant interruptions of life.

 I could never do that.  I need an editor, my grammar just isn't up to snuff. What was your biggest challenge when writing? Did you have any writer’s block?  If so, how did you work your way through it?

My serious Writer's Block brought about my previous Western Romance Series THUNDER MOUNTAIN BRIDES and this Series - BRIDES OF DIABLO. I used to write Darker Historical Romances. One day, I just wasn't happy or something, and couldn't write anymore. And then, I went to see HIGH NOON on the big screen, and my life - and writing path - changed forever!

That's great.  I am not sure I could just jump genres like that.  I am trying, but it is a little harder than I thought.  What are your hobbies aside from writing, if any?

I don't set aside chunks of time to write. Sometimes, writing is done for an hour or more. Sometimes, writing is done for a few minutes. I've even written on my iPhone Notepad when out, and later transferred it to my Word document. I can even write while listening to music. Once I start Final Editing (one round) that's when I need complete silence!


What advice would you give someone who is considering publishing? Should they consider traditional or self-publishing?

Self-Publishing is the only way to go! You have Total Control over your words (your Heart and Soul) and your Sales! Not to mention your covers! CreateSpace lets you publish on Amazon - A Dream Come True! 

Amanda, any last words you'd like to share with us?

Your writing is about your Heart and Soul - not your bank account!

Totally agree, if you are in it for the latter you will probably end up being disappointed.  It takes time to grow a following and get your book out there.  Thanks for joining us.  Happy Reading !!



Links to Books, website, fb page, social media accounts, cover designer (if applicable). 
My books (Paperback and e-book) can be ordered at Amazon.com/author/aab

My Facebook pages for my Series are Thunder Mountain Brides by Amanda A. Brooks and Brides Of Diablo by Amanda A. Brooks

Instagram - wildwestaab

Twitter - augustblue

The THUNDER MOUNTAIN BRIDES Series:

1)The Outlaw Schoolteacher - Edith - December 8, 2010
2)Hidden Secrets - Agnes - June 26, 2011
3)The Devil And The Lord - Danny - May 25, 2012
4)Forbidden Love - Marjorie - March 22, 2013
5)Be Wild My Little Child - Pamela - September 19, 2013
6)Complicated - Marta - February 13, 2014
7)The Rose And The Thorn - Julia - March 11, 2014
8)Who Wants To Live Forever - Eva - May 16, 2014
9)Deadly Love - Callie - October 14, 2014
10)In Name Only - Liza - December 22, 2014

The BRIDES OF DIABLO Series:

1)Stolen Hearts - Eustacia - June 3, 2015
2)The Deserter - Dorcas - November 24, 2015
3)Destined For Love - Bailey - February 10, 2016
4)Bribed By Love - Shelby - September 22, 2016
5)Harbored Love - Helen - January 9, 2017
6)Northern Exposure - Frances - April 6, 2017
7)Prisoners Of Love - Hazel - August 16, 2017
8)Naughty Angel - Willa -
9)Captured Love - Constance -
10)Unlawful Love - Mabel -
11)Caught In The Middle - Ada -
12)Running From Love - Myra -



Friday, October 6, 2017

Interview with Angel Chadwick author of Weeping Well


ST: Thank you so much for joining us today!  Welcome Angel.  Why don't you start with telling us a little about yourself.

AC: Hi, my name’s Angel Chadwick. I’m an avid reader, reviewer, blogger, author and mom of a ten year old who is autistic and making exceptional and steady progress every day.

ST: What got you into writing?

AC: My middle school English teacher encouraged me to keep writing after I wrote a short story for an English assignment. I got an A+ on it.

ST: That's great.  I always love to hear stories of how teachers took the time to help encourage their students.  It looks like you started writing young.  Can you share a short excerpt from your novel.

 AC: Here’s an excerpt from my novel Weeping Well:

Eva smiled. “I think it’s best I focus on my work and being a mother. Goodnight, Othor.”

Mr. Kane sighed, gently letting her hand go and stuffing his hands into the front pockets of his trousers. “Have you spoken to him?”

 “No, I haven’t spoken to him, since.”

“Since, I ruined everything by barging into his flat like a mad man with that file.”

“Don’t feel bad about it. You did nothing wrong.” Eva put her hand on his arm.

“Oh, no, I don’t feel bad for exposing him. I feel just awful what I did hurt you. That wasn’t my intention at all.” 

“You wanted me to know the truth. I appreciate you letting my son take a nap here, in your beautiful home. But I’d better take him home with me now. After this case is over, I don’t think you and I should work together anymore.”

ST: Which do you prefer: print books or ebooks?

AC:I prefer both.

ST: Is the Weeping Well a stand-alone novel or part of a series?

AC:Weeping Well is part of a trilogy, but is written as a standalone. I’m currently writing the next two books for it.

ST: Angel, in your novel, which character is your favorite?

AC: All my characters are my favorites, from their flaws, their strengths and the strength of their flaws. My characters live vicariously through me.

ST: When you read, who are your favorite authors?

AC: Just about anything in literature such as works by Edgar Allan Poe, Bret Harte, Tennessee Williams, John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, to name a few.

ST: What is your writing process like?  Do you have a routine?

AC: Every morning I start writing and I don’t stop until I’m finished for that day. But it can be random as far as the time of day. But I’m always writing daily and consistently. I sit at my desk in my living room and write. The peak hours is when my mind is most fertile between midnight and five a.m. Concept, title, characters and plot come to me like a wave and I’m good at catching that wave and working it into words on paper. This happens daily. I don’t let writer’s block seep in. My mind is constantly on so in my sleep I’m thinking and plotting out my next book, scene, setting, title, characters, etc.  That is my routine. That’s my abnormal normal.

ST: Midnight until 5am!  Do you ever sleep?  LOL. Since you wrote in this genre, do you think you will ever write in other genres? 

AC: I write in mixed genres.  I don’t write singular genres meaning each one of my books has several genres mixed in it. But the only genre I will not write in is erotica.

ST: What advice would you give someone who is considering publishing? Should they consider traditional or self-publishing?

AC: I’ve been in both realms and its best to do what works for you and what makes you happy.  I’m doing what works for me and what makes me happy.

Thanks for sharing. Find out more about Angel at the below links.
Happy Reading!!




Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Interview with Linda Rawlins author of Misty Point Mystery Series




Thanks so much for being here with us today Linda.  Why don't you start by telling us a little about yourself.

Hi, my name is Linda Rawlins. I am a fiction writer of cozy mystery (Misty Point Mystery Series) and cozy religious mysteries (Rocky Meadow Mystery Series). I was born and raised in New Jersey, which boasts beautiful mountains and gorgeous beaches.  

I work in Healthcare during the day and write at night.

When did you start writing?

I’ve always enjoyed reading and storytelling. I started writing my first novel in fifth grade. I had finished all the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boy mysteries and I wanted to write my own. I wrote three chapters and never finished and I wish, to this day, I had saved those three chapters. I would love to see what I wrote in grade school. I wrote various poems and short stories in high school, but I didn’t start my next novel until 2010. My first novel, The Bench, was published in 2011.
I was lucky enough to have someone from Penguin read my first book and encourage me to keep writing as well as learning and practicing my craft. We are always improving. 

My favorite genre is mystery fiction, but also many other types of fiction. I enjoy reading for escape.

Linda, can you share with us a little about your writing process?

I try to write on a steady daily basis with a target of 1000 words/day or 5000 words/week. I normally write early in the morning, approximately 4am or after work/dinner. I have a vague idea of the beginning and end of my proposed novel but I depend on the characters to get me from one end to the other.
My characters are very special to me and are usually reflective of people I have met throughout my life. Occasionally, one character may be a combination of several people. I try to include all the normal emotions they would feel or experience as my story unfolds. My characters have experienced anxiety, depression, and fear but also friendship, joy and love. My novels revolve around situations in which my characters find themselves, so my novels are character driven.

4 am!  Wow that is early, and dedicated.  Can you tell us a little about both of your series?

My first series takes place in a remote location in Vermont. The protagonists are a doctor and a priest who solve mysteries. I love mountains, woods, hiking and nature. I love being able to commune with the natural world around me and get away from the busy pace found in the NY/NJ area. Camp fires at night, the scent of fresh pine, a delicious cup of coffee, and hiking in the woods, preferably near a waterfall or beautiful lake.
My second series takes place at the Jersey Shore. A young woman returns home to take care of her dying grandmother and her childhood Grand Victorian home. She finds many mysteries and secrets and begins to unravel them all.

Who are some of your favorite authors to read?

Some of my favorite authors are Fern Michaels, J A Jance, Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Mary Higgins Clark, Michael Palmer, Harlen Coban, and others.


I can see why you'd like those.  Those are such talented authors.  Tell us a little about your books.

My first book is The Bench –
Rocky Meadow, Vermont, seemed to be a quiet little town until people started dying or showing up in the emergency room under mysterious circumstances. Dr. Amy Daniels is a trauma surgeon, who recently moved to Rocky Meadow after a family tragedy. There she meets Father Michael Lauretta, a psychologist priest who counsels troubled clergy and pastor of the famous Rocky Meadow Retreat House. Together, they save lives and souls and try to solve a mystery before they become the next target of a greedy killer. Will they be able to put a stop to this deadly rampage? The unexpected conclusion awaits in The Bench. 

The Bench
by Linda Rawlins

The Bench
 
by Linda Rawlins 
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My second book of the Rocky Meadow Mystery Series is Fatal Breach - Acting medical examiner, Dr. Amy Daniels and Father Michael Lauretta become entangled in murder at the local soup kitchen in Burlington, Vermont. As their intricate relationship develops, they are drawn into a sinister plot as FBI Special Agent Marcus Cain pursues a deadly internet activist group, known as Shepherd Force. They soon learn, the cybercrime organization will stop at nothing to retrieve an illegal flash drive worth millions of dollars.

Fatal Breach (Rocky Meadow Mysteries Book 2)
by Linda Rawlins
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The third book in the Rocky Meadow Mystery Series is Sacred Gold - An old journal, revealing hidden treasure at St. Francis Church, falls into the hands of acting medical examiner, Dr. Amy Daniels, and tests her faith in life, love, and trust. With the help of the church pastor, Father Michael Lauretta, they try to solve the century-old mystery. Before long, the two find themselves in the company of a trained Italian curator, desperate to ward off her greedy, possessive boss, who follows her to Vermont and intends to steal the treasure. Against the backdrop of snowy Rocky Meadow, Vermont, bustling during the Christmas holidays, the remainder of the St. Francis family try to secure a new soup kitchen, only to find charity cannot escape tragedy. When arson and murder, at the local nursing home, lead to a dark, dangerous chase in the catacombs of the church, they all join together to follow age-old clues and find Sacred Gold, before the treasure and more lives are lost forever.

Sacred Gold (Rocky Meadow Mysteries Book 3)
by Linda Rawlins et al.
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The three books from this series can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other places.

Misty Manor was published in May 2016 and is the first book of the Misty Point Mystery series which takes place at the NJ Shore. The beaches there are beautiful with some very special homes in the Grand Victorian Style. Some were originally built over 100 years ago and have significant historical value.
Misty Manor - Three years have passed since Hurricane Sandy devastated the New Jersey Shore as Megan Stanford returns to her childhood home to find her elderly grandmother and the family Grand Victorian home in a state of shocking neglect. As the town threatens to sue to ensure demolition of the guest cottages behind Misty Manor, mystery unfolds in the once quiet town of Misty Point, NJ. A dead body found in the debris, threatening messages, and vandalism, combined with an eerie sixty year old photograph, bring the investigation closer to home. Megan continues to dig for the truth and unwittingly begins to unravel a decades old secret, which threatens her and the future of Misty Manor.

Misty Manor
by Linda Rawlins
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The second book in the Misty Point Mystery Series (and my fifth book overall) is Misty Point which was recently published in May 2017.


Still reeling from her grandmother’s death, Megan Stanford is shocked when her father, Dean, returns to Misty Manor with real estate developer, Randall Douglas. As Randall’s business partner, wife and assistant arrive shortly thereafter, it becomes clear he intends to sell his mother’s estate at all costs. When a body is found floating in the surf, Megan and her friends realize there is more at stake than the Grand Victorian. Can they work to stop a killer before it’s too late? Or will the sale of Misty Manor be the only closure in the books?
Misty Point (Misty Point Mystery Series Book 2)
by Linda Rawlins
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I would love for my readers to feel as if they know they know my characters as individuals and relate to them emotionally. It is my hope that my readers would come to care for my characters and want to visit with them often.

As an author who has been at it for a while and has several books under your belt, what have you learned that you can share with us?

I finished my first book in 2011 and have learned so much about being an author since then. I had heard many authors speak in my writing club about how they had been submitting their book for years with no results and they decided to quit writing as a result. Good writers and great books were lost due to lack of response by the publishing industry. I was also told that an indie writer can publish and eventually become an hybrid author with both legacy and self-published titles to their credit therefore I self-published my first book and am glad to say it was a fair experience with over 1000 sales for that book. I was lucky to meet professionals in the publishing industry who encouraged me to continue writing while continuing to learn the trade and network as well.
It’s important to write and craft a good story. The story should be polished with good editing of content, grammar, line and formatting. Beyond that, there are many opportunities for authors to let the world know about their book. Traditional publishers seem to have more connections with book clubs and libraries and having an agent is better when negotiating foreign rights.
However, indie authors have many routes available to them as well as long as they are willing to work at marketing which can be as challenging as writing. Indie writers do well when they network with other authors to compare ideas.

Linda, who designs the covers to your books?

I am very lucky as my son, Matt Liotti, designs my covers. He is a film producer, but also works with indie authors as a publishing partner. Whether it is print or cover design, formatting, marketing or strategy, he is a great help. The author keeps all rights and royalties. He has great packages and can be found at www.riverbenchpublishing.com. If you are an indie author and are looking for help, give him a call. He’s a great guy!

Any last words you'd like to share with us?

The best advice another writer gave me was to do something every day! Write on a steady basis, even if it sounds like dreck! Do one thing to promote yourself every day. Send a letter and bookmarks to a library. Post a photo on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. Start following Facebook groups for your genre. Enter giveaways on Goodreads and Amazon. Read, read and read more! Network with everyone and never give up your dreams! Build your platform and tribe!

The next book in the Misty series is underway and will hopefully be released in November 2017. In the meantime, enjoy what’s left of the summer! Happy Blessed Reading and See you at the beach! See the links below to connect with me!!

Thanks so much Linda.  Be sure to check her out Linda at any of the great links below!

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