Sheila Roberts on Success, Relaxing and Advice for Authors

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Best-selling author Sheila Roberts has seen her books published in a dozen different languages and made into movies for both the Hallmark and Lifetime channels. She’s happily married with three children and lives in the Pacific Northwest. When she’s not hanging out with girlfriends, speaking to women’s groups or going dancing with her husband she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.

Her latest book is the women’s fiction/romance, THE SUMMER RETREAT.

Website Address:  http://www.sheilasplace.com

Twitter Address:  http://www.twitter.com/_Sheila_Roberts

Facebook Address: https://www.facebook.com/funwithsheila/

BOOK BLURB:

Celeste Jones has plans for a perfect summer with her boyfriend (and hopefully soon-to-be fiancé)—until he dumps her to be with the woman he’s had on the side for months. Heartbroken and furious, Celeste resolves to move on. When the going gets tough, the tough…okay, the not-so-tough go to the beach.

As soon as school lets out for the summer, she waves goodbye to her first-graders, packs up her bikini and heads for Moonlight Harbor, where she knows her big sister, Jenna, will receive her with open arms. Jenna could probably use some help at the Driftwood Inn, and Celeste is happy to do chores around the place in exchange for a relaxing summer escape. She just needs something—or someone—to distract her from her troubles.

Finding The One can be tricky, and Jenna is determined to make sure Celeste gets it right this time around. Not that Jenna’s an expert. She’s still trying to sort out her own love life. But if both sisters listen to their hearts, eventually they’re bound to discover that life—and love—is good at the beach.

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Q: Thanks for stopping by, Sheila! Can you tell us a little bit about your writing background?

I’ve been writing stories since I was a little girl. Looking back, I feel sorry for my classmates, who were a captive audience. (My teacher thought I was the next Jane Austen and always made them listen to my stories.) I majored in music in college but took a ton of English classes and loved creative writing. Sold some articles to magazines when my husband and I were newlyweds. And then, somewhere along the way, I got an idea for a book. And that was that!

Q: What fact about yourself that would really surprise people?

I used to own a singing telegram company. Great fun!

Q: How do you define success in regards to writing and publishing books? 

That definition changes throughout a writer’s career. There’s always one more mountain to climb. At first it’s “If I could just get an agent,” then it’s “If I could just sell a book,” Then it’s “If I could just make a best-seller list”… “get a movie deal”… “make more money.” I think for me, now, it’s just, “Have people know who I am.” J Success is an elusive thing. Satisfaction, however, that’s a different animal. Satisfaction comes with having written a story well. Satisfaction comes when a reader tells you how much she enjoyed your book. Satisfaction lies in doing something you enjoy. Every author may not find the success she craves, but every author can find satisfaction.

Q: Can you tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it?

My new book is set in the fictional beach town of Moonlight Harbor, and gives a character who’s made several guest appearances the center stage. Celeste Jones, who’s kissed way too many frogs has run away to the beach. And there, she meets the perfect man. He’s a minister, for crying out loud. They don’t come any more perfect than that. But then there’s “the killer in room twelve.” And the town gossips. And … that’s all I’m gonna tell you.

Q: When you are not writing, how do you relax?

Reading, of course! Traveling with the hubs, hanging out with girlfriends and playing games. Loooove games.

Q: Please tell us why we should read your book?

For fun!

Q: What kind of advice would you give other authors just getting their feet wet?

Wade in hip deep, work hard, and enjoy the experience. This can be a frustrating business, but the rewards of being able to bring characters to life makes it all worth it.

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Talking Craft with Literary Author Dwaine Rieves

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RievesImageDwaine Rieves was born and raised in Monroe County, Mississippi.  During a career as a research pharmaceutical scientist and critical care physician, he began writing poetry and creative prose.  His poetry has won the Tupelo Press Prize for Poetry and the River Styx International Poetry Prize.  His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Georgia Review and other publications.  He can be reached at www.dwainerieves.com.

INTERVIEW:

Q: Congratulations on the release of your latest book, Shirtless Men Drink Free. To begin with, can you give us a brief summary of what the story is about and what compelled you to write it?

A: The book is a work of literary fiction, which I began as a form of a really long poem, one that played out on the stage belonging to a success-driven Atlanta family in 2004.  I…

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Review: It’s Time to Start Living with Passion! My Journey to Self Discovery, by Jean Paul Paulynice

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Author: Jean Paul Paulynice, MBA

Publisher: PAULYNICE CONSULTING GROUP, LLC

Publisher’s contact info: INFO@PAULYNICECONSULTING.COM

Website: https://www.jeanpaulpaulynice.com/

Genre: Self-help/Inspirational

Publication Date: February 28, 2019

Price: (print, ebook, audio)

ISBN: 978-1-7335601-0-8 (Paperback) $12.99

ISBN: 978-1-7335601-1-5 (eBook) $6.99  

ISBN: 978-1-7335601-2-2 (Audiobook) $9.99

Do you feel as though you’re on autopilot, going through the motions every day—wake up, go to work, come back home, have dinner, sleep, repeat—without real meaning, depth, and purpose in your life?

Even if you have a fulfilling job and earn a good salary, that doesn’t mean you’ve found your passion in life. The problem is, finding your passion can be elusive, especially in our present society where we are constantly seeking external validation from others and are being judged in public platforms more than ever (i.e. social media). Perhaps the wisest statement in this book is that “the moment you start to listen to yourself, you can start shutting out all the noise.” This little book is all about soul-searching, self-analysis, and reflection. Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone and seek out your passions. Sometimes you have to change your mindset and shift your perspective about things in order for transformation and growth to take place. Likewise, it’s also about the choices you make, not so much the major ones but the little ones you make on a daily basis.

In his light, honest, and engaging prose, Jean Paul Paulynice encourages you to do some introspection so you can begin your path toward finding your passion and bliss in life. For those who journal, the reflection questions he asks make very good journaling prompts. A very quick read, under fifty pages, It’s Time to Start Living with Passion! is a little morsel of goodness and wisdom that will help on your journey to self-discovery.

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The Inspiration behind ‘One Taste Too Many’ by Debra H. Goldstein

“Write something new” is what agents and editors told me after my second would-be series became my second stand alone when its publisher folded. Great advice to an author who had been orphaned twice, but what should I write?

one taste too manyI knew I wanted to write something in the cozy genre, but I’d already exhausted the two traditional/cozy mystery themes that I was most familiar with. The main ones that were left – handicraft and culinary topics – were things I was neither interested nor skilled in. The reality is, unlike my sister who does everything from scratch, I buy already made arts and crafts things and I either eat out, bring take out in, or make dishes using prepared ingredients.

It’s not that I wouldn’t like to be more like my sister, but I never had an interest in pursuing these things. There were always other things for me to do. For example, while my sister shadowed my mother in the kitchen and learned to be a gourmet cook, I timed emptying the dishwasher, setting the table, saying “hello” to my father, and coming to dinner for when the commercials came on in the Perry Mason reruns I watched every afternoon. The more I thought about the contrast between my sister and myself, the more I realized there had to be other cooks of convenience out there.

And that is where I came up with the idea behind One Taste Too Many, the first book of my new Sarah Blair cozy mystery series from Kensington. Sarah is a cook of convenience like me. Some of her recipes include spinach pie made with Stouffers spinach souffle and Jell-O in a Can. Her twin, Emily, is a gourmet chef who has worked in many fine dining establishments. One Taste Too Many is the first of at least three Sarah Blair mysteries. Besides Sarah and Emily, they feature another major character – RahRah, Sarah’s Siamese cat. RahRah doesn’t have any magical powers, spoken thoughts, or secrets – he is simply a cat that Sarah and readers will love because he’s the real thing.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Debra H. Goldstein is the author of the Sarah Blair Mysteries as well as Should Have Played Poker, a Carrie Martin and the Mah Jongg Players Mystery and the 2012 IPPY Award-winning Maze in Blue, a mystery set on the University of Michigan’s campus. Her short stories, including Anthony and Agatha nominated “The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place,” have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, and Mystery Weekly. A Judge, author, litigator, wife, step-mom and mother of twins, Debra is an involved community volunteer, MWA member, and serves as a national board member of Sisters in Crime, as well as being the SinC Guppy Chapter’s President.

Connect with Debra on the web: 

 https://www.debrahgoldstein.com/blog/

https://www.debrahgoldstein.com/

https://www.facebook.com/DebraHGoldsteinAuthor

https://twitter.com/debrahgoldstein

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/debra-h-goldstein/

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“Are You Being Manipulated?” The Story behind ‘Manipulated’ by John Ford Clayton

The Story Behind the Book

For several years the question was stubbornly clinging to my subconscious psyche. It was far enough below the surface that I didn’t obsess over it, but close enough that I couldn’t forget. “I wonder if I could write a novel?” For 20 years I worked on creative teams in churches helping to write full-length dramas as well as 5-minute sketches. But could I translate this to a full-length novel? I was anxious to give it a try. All I lacked was a story idea.

Manipulated - Cover artFor me to be committed to writing, the story had come from a place of passion. A subject I feel great passion about is our country, the United States of America. Unfortunately, I see our country in difficult times as our political culture has become so toxic that it is tearing us apart. A major source of that toxicity is the degree of manipulation we all…

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The Story behind ‘Secret Agent Angel’ by Ray Sutherland

The Story Behind the Book

I began to write stories when I was in grade school, just for my own entertainment. The earliest I remember was in the sixth grade. I wrote that one on a stenographer’s pad-one chapter per page. I remember being disappointed that when I typed it, it didn’t fill a whole page.

front cover finalI continued writing, off and on, until I began teaching. Nearly all of those stories are gone now. I have a couple left and while they aren’t embarrassing, they aren’t very good. But I had fun writing them.

I have always been a reader of fiction with wide ranging tastes: science fiction, mystery, thrillers, historical fiction, whatever caught my fancy. Once as I was reading a Matt Helm secret agent novel by Donald Hamilton, it occurred to me that if angels are God’s secret agents, as Billy Graham said, there must be some really good stories that could be…

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Spotlight and Filling in the Blanks with Linda Lo Scuro, Author of ‘The Sicilian Woman’s Daughter’

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Genre: Mystery/Women’s Fiction

Author: Linda Lo Scuro

Publisher:   Sparkling Books

https://www.sparklingbooks.com/

Purchase link:

https://www.sparklingbooks.com/the_sicilian_womans_daughter.html

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About The Sicilian Woman’s Daughter

When the novel opens, Maria, the novel’s protagonist is living a charmed and comfortable life with her husband, banker Humphrey and children, in London.   The daughter of Sicilian immigrants, Maria turned her back on her origins during her teens to fully embrace the English way of life.

Despite her troubled and humble childhood, Maria, through her intelligence, beauty and sheer determination, triumphantly works her way up to join the upper middle-class of British society.  But when a minor incident awakens feelings of revenge in her, Maria is forced to confront–and examine—her past.

As she delves deeper into her mother’s family history, a murky past unravels—and Maria is swept up in a deadly and dangerous mire of vendetta.  Will Maria’s carefully-constructed, seemingly-idyllic life unravel?  Expect the unexpected in this outstanding…

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