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‘Latina Authors and Their Muses’ – Paperback available now for pre-order!


As the Hispanic American population of the U.S. increases, with influences ranging from Mexico to Central America and the Caribbean, so does interest in literature inspired by those cultures.

Award-winning author Mayra Calvani has now edited a collection of interviews with 40 Latina authors living in the U.S. and writing in English. Latina Authors and Their Muses is an inspirational and informative book focusing on the craft of writing and the business of publishing, one that provides aspiring writers with the nuts and bolts of the business.

Purchase the ebook NOW on Amazon or B&N

Pre-order the paperback NOW on Amazon or B&N

Official paperback release date: December 15, 2015

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About the Editor

Award-winning author Mayra Calvani has penned more than ten books for children and adults in genres ranging from picture books to nonfiction to paranormal fantasy novels. She’s had over 300 articles, short stories, interviews and reviews published in magazines such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal and Bloomsbury Review, among others. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, she now resides in Brussels, Belgium

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Dora Machado’s Stonewiser award-winning fantasy trilogy to be available FREE on Kindle

Dear Romantic Fantasy Fans,

Mark your calendars!

For the first time ever and for a limited time, Dora Machado’s entire Stonewiser award-winning fantasy trilogy, published by Mermaid Press, will be available FREE on Kindle.

WHEN? From Saturday August 31 to Monday September 2


Stonewiser: The Heart of the Stone

Winner of the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Award for best Debut Novel

Finalist for 2009 Foreword Book of the Year Award for SFF

Between truth and deception, between justice and abuse, a stonewiser stands alone with the stones. Or so begins the stonewiser’s oath. But what happens when a rebellious stonewiser discovers that lies have tainted the stone tales?

In a world devastated by the rot’s widespread destruction, only the tales preserved in the stones can uphold the truth and defend the Goodlands. In this world, stone truth is valued above anyone’s word, and stonewisers are the only ones capable of retrieving the tales from the stones, the only link between past and present, order and chaos.

Sariah is the most gifted stonewiser of her generation, but her talent does not atone for her shortcomings. A survivor of the Guild’s brutal training, she is curious, willful and disobedient. Yet not even Sariah is prepared for what she finds when she steals into the Guild’s Sacred Vaults: A mayhem of lies and intrigues that shatters her world.

Hunted, persecuted, and betrayed, Sariah must make an unlikely alliance with Kael, a cynical rebel leader pledged to a mysterious quest of his own. The fate of their dying world depends on their courage to overcome centuries of hatred and distrust. But not even the grueling journey has prepared them for what they are about to discover. Because nothing is really as it seems, and the truth is more intricate and devastating than they ever suspected….


9780979968242 (2)Stonewiser: The Call of the Stone

Winner of the 2010 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Gold Medal for SF/F

Finalist for the 2010 ForeWord Book of the Year Award for SF/F

Sariah’s reward for revealing the stone truth: a death sentence.

The executioners have arrived and Sariah, the most powerful and controversial stonewiser of her generation, has been judged and condemned to death. For the last few months, Sariah has been hiding in the Rotten Domain, trying to find the elusive tale capable of uniting a divided people teetering on the brink of a catastrophic war. As she is dragged to the nets, where an eel rave has been stirred to maximize her execution’s gruesome spectacle, Sariah knows she cannot escape her sentence. She is guilty of the crimes for which she’s been condemned and no one, not even Kael, the Domain’s foremost rebel leader, can save her from the executioners’ righteous justice.

But Kael is more than just a formidable warrior; he is also a cunning strategist and Sariah’s steadfast lover. Risking all he has, he bargains with the greedy executioners, bribing them into delaying Sariah’s execution, buying her precious time and a last chance to realize the mysterious legacy that the stones have imposed on her. The agreement is hardly a reprieve. It encourages a mob to hunt Sariah for ransom, banishing her from the Rotten Domain and imposing heavy fines on anyone who tries to help her. Worse, it requires her to wear an irremovable, mysterious bracelet. If she doesn’t return to the executioners with the tale in hand when the allotted time expires, Kael and his kin will be ruined and the bracelet will kill her.

Hunted by the executioners, the Guild and the Shield, Sariah and Kael embark on a desperate search. Their journey will take them to the depths of the Rotten Domain, where Sariah must wise a guiding beam out of the wild tale stored in a stone-carved game. The beam will lead them through the warring Goodlands—where the rot is on the move—to the land beyond the Bastions, where a zealous people guard an ancient stone that could hold the key to their search. Along the way, Sariah and Kael must overcome deadly traps, torture, heartbreak, agonizing defeat and devastating losses in a desperate attempt to avoid war and answer the mysterious call of the stone.


9780979968259Stonewiser: The Lament of the Stone

Winner of the 2012 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Silver Medal for SF/F

Finalist for the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Award for SF/F

“Do you know why the stones grieve?” the woman said to Kael. “Not for a soul, I’ll tell you that much. The stones don’t grieve for the passing of a lowly woman or the madness of a smitten man. They don’t mourn death, or lost love, or broken dreams, or loneliness or despair. Yet you will make them wail. For you, the stones will weep.”

In their most perilous adventure yet, Sariah, the rogue stonewiser who stunned the world by discovering lies in the stones and defying the all-powerful Guild, and Kael, the rebel leader who against all odds loves her, must find a stolen child, the only one capable of setting rule upon chaos, preserving the future of stonewising, and defeating the rot ravaging the land. The stakes couldn’t be higher. The coveted child they seek is said to be an abomination. He is also their son.

It’s a daunting challenge. Their child is in the hands of a deceitful enemy who has fled to a mysterious ruler, a rival deity with unfathomable powers pledged to destroy the goddess and eradicate stonewising from the world. Worse yet, the land is engulfed in strife, the rot is spreading faster than ever, and Kael is haunted by a malevolent curse compelling him to kill the woman he loves.

In a dangerous journey fraught with shocking twists, Sariah and Kael must do more than defeat their foes, unravel the mystifying forces vying to control their lives, and discover the mysteries of ages past. They must challenge the stones, defy the goddess and confront their cursed fates. Because only by embracing their destinies do they stand a chance to save their child and their world.

For those of you audio book lovers, the first book in the series, Stonewiser: The Heart of the Stone is now available from Audible. Be sure to check it out!


Dora Tapestry 1 June 2013 (480x640)About Dora Machado

Dora Machado is the award winning author of the Stonewiser series and her newest novel, The Curse Giver, from Twilight Times Books, available July 2013. She is one of the few Latinas exploring her heritage and her world through the epic fantasy genre today. She holds a master’s degree in business administration and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University. She was born in Michigan and grew up in the Dominican Republic, where she developed a bilingual fascination for writing, a love for history, and a taste for Merengue.

After a lifetime of straddling such compelling but different worlds, fantasy is a natural fit to her stories. She enjoys long walks, traveling, and connecting with the amazing readers who share in her mind’s adventures. She lives in Florida with her indulging husband and three very opinionated cats. Visit her at

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Interview with Daren Krupa author of Such a Nice Boy

About Daren Krupa


A native of New York State Krupa grew up in Phoenix and worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, waiter and telemarketer.  At least a dozen novels have presented themselves throughout his life.  Such a Nice Boy is the second he wrote and the first to be published.  Krupa lives in the Sonoran desert.  You can visit him at


Visit his tour page at Pump Up Your Book





Q: Thank you for this interview, Daren. Can you tell us what your latest book, Such a Nice Boy, is all about?


A: A man leads a gay life because he’s afraid of his feelings for women.  He meets a woman and her infant son.


Q: Is this your first novel?  If not, how is writing this novel different from writing your first?


A: Such a Nice Boy is my second novel.  I wrote it seventeen years after my first.  Having written a first novel is a big difference.  Maturity is another difference; I was 35 when I started my first novel, 55 when I began my second.  But MS Word (versus a typewriter the first time) is the biggest difference.


Q: How difficult was it writing your book?  Did you ever experience writer’s block and, if so, what did you do?


A:  Writing Such a Nice Boy was more difficult than I ever imagined but it was also fun, and I discovered I was meant to write fiction.  Writer’s block was never an issue.  I’m sure I had it but I didn’t concern myself with it.  I knew the words would come.  I did other stuff until I was ready to write again.


Q: How have your fans embraced your latest novel?  Do you have any funny or unusual experiences to share?


A: I’m a debut author six weeks into publication.  I’m not sure if I have any fans yet.  The media like the press releases.  I don’t think that makes them fans of the book though.


Q: What is your daily writing routine?


A: I like to start 4-6 a.m.  I take breaks to make meals, do errands and keep appointments.  I keep writing into the evening.  Sometimes I have to make myself stop and go to sleep.


Q: When you put the pen or mouse down, what do you do to relax?


A: I relax when I’m writing, but to answer your question I see friends, do projects around the house and travel occasionally.


Q: What book changed your life?


A: The Catcher in the Rye at age thirteen.  Naked Lunch at age seventeen.  The City and the Pillar and Palimpsest at age fifty five.


Q: If someone were to write a book on your life, what would the title be?


A: I never thought about it, not even a memoir.  How about He Decided He Wouldn’t Decide.


Q: Finish this sentence: “The one thing that I wish people would understand about me is…”


A: I’m a dedicated slacker.  I say I’m an author to sound respectable.


Thank you for this interview Daren.  I wish you much success on your latest release, Such a Nice Boy!

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The Obama Revolution is coming!!!

the-obama-revolutionI am simply ecstatic. One of my buds who now works for Phoenix Books has gotten me a galley of this book over there to the left!

Can you believe the luck????

It’s called The Obama Revolution by Alan Kennedy-Shaffer. Is this my birthday? Christmas? I am so freaking beside myself!

Here’s what it’s about:

The first book to be written by a campaign staffer and offering rare insider glimpses, The Obama Revolution explores how a generation of believers and the politics of hope won the presidency for Barack Obama and changed the world.

The Obama Revolution carefully examines what Obama plans to do as president, how Obama clinched the Democratic nomination and won the general election, and why Obama’s evocative rhetoric inspired millions of Americans to create a political revolution that toppled the status quo and changed the face of American politics forever.

Drawing on both first-hand campaign experience and scholarly analysis, the author delivers everything from personal stories of grass-roots organizing and grueling all-nighters to candid assessments of the Obama campaign’s strengths and weaknesses. Powerfully written and insightful, The Obama Revolution offers an enlightening, annotated, documented overview of Obama’s path to the White House and what it means to every American.

Learn how Obama used policies of change, strategic vision, and the rhetoric of hope to transform the campaign into a political movement. Discover how field organizers (most under 30), using cell phones and the Internet, mobilized and energized a whole new generation of voters. Follow the author as he registers voters, spreads the word and is touched by the people he meets.

Anyone wondering whether America’s flame still burns as brightly needs to read this book and be inspired by the hope, the promise, and the ardor of Barack Obama and “Generation Change”—the future of America—as they work hand-in-hand to fulfill the legacy of change that is the Obama Revolution.

It’s like omg I can’t believe it. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I will be talking about it when it comes to me and then review it. I can’t wait!!!

Read the press release here!

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Great book discussions coming up!

Okay, okay, so I’ve been BUSY. I could only wish we as human beings could have been granted more than two hands. Boy oh the work that could be done then.

I wanted to stop by to mention on Jan. 19 – 21, I’m going to have a special guest come aboard and talk about her book, Amazing Grays: A Woman’s Guide to Making the Next 50 the Best 50. This is one amazing woman and one amazing book.

I blogged about this over at Boomer Chick today so I guess I won’t repeat it here, but the book really makes you think. As a boomer chick, I can relate to what Maggie has written. I’m only on page 9 right now because I’ve had so much work to do, but tomorrow, I’m going inside deeper and discuss some of the main issues of her book.

The week after (Jan. 27 – 30), we will be discussing another wonderful book, Vivian Eisenecher’s Recovering Me, Discovering Joy: Uplifting Wisdom for Everyday Greatness.

Two extraordinary women out there helping us find joy in our lives.  Please stop back by and get ready for some interesting interaction with two wonderful authors!

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Sarah Palin in favor of banned books

There are two things that concern me when I read a recent article in the LA Times concerning the Republican candidate for Vice-President, Sarah Palin. For the record, I have no beef with Ms. Palin, but when I read this article in the LA Times, I could get a sense of what would be in America’s future as far as books were concerned if she had anything to do with it.

According to the article, she walked into a library one day and told the librarian that certain books weren’t suitable for America’s reading palates because they had inappropriate language in them and went against religious morals.

And according to Time Magazine:

“Stein says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. “She asked the library how she could go about banning books,” he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. “The librarian was aghast.” That woman, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn’t be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving “full support” to the mayor.”

The two things that concern me is how much confidence can you put in a woman who is in favor of banning books because they are not within her standards and how is this going to influence the reading public of other faiths?

The librarian was aghast, as she should have been. If I were running a library and someone walked in and told me to take out certain books because they had language that didn’t conform to their lifestyle or was against their religious beliefs, I think I would have not become aghast, but laughed at them. For a woman to run for vice-president for a country based on freedom of speech, doesn’t this tell you a little something about her character? Wouldn’t you be afraid of her at this point?

Like I said, I have nothing personal against her. Until now. Support Banned Books Week beginning Sept. 27 which celebrates the freedom to read. Click here to find out more information or click here to find out what you can do in your community.

And go here to find out what Google is doing to help bring awareness to banned books.

Challenged books included Gone with the Wind, Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Tell it on the Mountain, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, A Clockwork Orange, Of Mice and Men and The Color Purple.

Exercise Your First Amendment Rights – Read a Banned Book!

My question is: Does the government or anyone have any right to tell us what we can read?  Leave your comments below!

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