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Returning Injury: empowering women is suspense author Becky Due’s focus

Rebecca’s life just keeps getting better. With Jack away on business, she’s looking forward to four days alone to work on her new client’s PR campaign to help women take back their lives. But her past intrudes. Roy, the man who stalked and assaulted her years before, has been released from prison. Home alone in her big, beautiful house out in the country, Rebecca has to learn to take back her own life while facing her fears and regaining her strength. But will she be strong enough when she faces the ultimate test?

This is the premise of suspense author Becky Due’s new book, Returning Injury: A Suspense Celebrating Women’s Strength (Due Publications).

Becky, like the main characters of her novels, spent many years running from herself, looking for love, crying a little and laughing a lot along the journey of finding herself. Through writing, Due found her passion. She is the author of several books and is currently working on her next novel.

She has been a guest on national radio programs and has been the subject of numerous newspaper and national magazine articles for empowering women through her novels. She has served as a guest speaker at Women’s Resource Centers, Shelters, Colleges and High Schools within the United States. Becky has had extensive training at Victim Services, worked the 24-Hour Sexual Assault Crisis-Line and was a Victim’s Advocate where she offered one-on-one assistance and support to rape victims. In 2007, Becky started, Women Going Forward, the first national women’s telephone support group, which ran for almost two years. After receiving much recognition for her novels, Becky’s focus turned back to her writing and empowering women through her novels.

Becky will be on virtual book tour May 3 – June 25. Visit her official tour page at Pump Up Your Book to find out more about her exciting new release, Returning Injury: A Suspense Celebrating Women’s Strength.

Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.com are the best way to obtain your copies, although it will be available to order in bookstores soon. You can visit Becky’s website at www.BeckyDue.com for more information about the book.

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Interview with Stephanie Rose Bird, author of THE BIG BOOK OF SOUL

Stephanie Rose Bird graduated with honors from Temple University, Tyler School of Art and received her MFA from the University of California at San Diego, where she was a San Diego Opportunity Fellow.  She was Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute in painting and drawing; a Fulbright Senior Scholar to Australia in the field of anthropology, and she has taught at the Chicago Botanic Garden as well as the Garfield Conservatory.  Bird is a professional member of the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (Black Midwives and Healers) and the Herb Research Society of the American Botanical Council. She is also a member of Author’s Guild.  Bird is author of Sticks, Stones, Roots and Bones: Hoodoo, Mojo and Conjuring with Herbs, Four Seasons of Mojo: an Herbal Guide to Natural Living, and A Healing Grove: African Tree Remedies and Rituals for Body and Spirit.  She has been published in the magazines, Sage Woman, the Beltane Papers, WitchVox, PanGaia, Aromatherapy Journal, Aromatherapy Today, Herb Quarterly, Llewellyn Herbal Almanac naturallycurly.com and others. Bird is a practicing magical herbalist and aromatherapist who lives with her husband, family and animal friends in the Chicago area.  You can visit her website at www.stephanierosebird.com.

Q: Thank you for this interview, Stephanie. Can you tell us what your latest book, The Big Book of Soul: the Ultimate Guide to the African American Spirit: Legends & Lore, Music and Mysticism, Recipes and Rituals, is all about?

The Big Book of Soul is all about soul and how it manifests in the healing ways of African descended people in America, Africa and the Caribbean.

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

Well, this is actually my 5th nonfiction work, blessed be.  My work has gotten a lot more complex over the years and it has become a combination of being research-driven and drawing from experiences (mine and those of others) whereas in the past it was largely drawn from personal experience.  I think the work has evolved to become more welcoming to a broader audience than the way it started.

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

I had times when I got stuck and blocked.  I tried to work through it doing other things like making art, dancing, cooking—anything except writing.

The Big Book of Soul by Stephanie Rose Bird (click on cover to purchase at Amazon)

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

Well, the book just released three days ago. I gave a presentation at a local college at an African, Caribbean and Native American Heritage Conference and the response was overwhelmingly warm and receptive.

Q: What is your daily writing routine?

I get up in the morning.  Have breakfast with my family.  Take my little boy to school, feed my animals and then write from about 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. continuing in the late afternoon at times.

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

To relax I like to take walks, do yoga, dance, cook and read.

Q: What book changed your life?

The Secret

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

The Never-ending Stories

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

…that I love to laugh.

Thank you for this interview, Stephanie.  I wish you much success on your latest release, The Big Book of Soul!

Thank you!

Stephanie is presently on a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book.  If you’d like to visit her official tour page, click here.

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Pump Up Your Book Proudly Presents February 2010 Authors on Virtual Book Tour

February 2010 Authors on Virtual Book Tour with Pump Up Your Book
(click on link to see trailer at YouTube)

February ‘10 Authors on Virtual Book Tour include:

Maria Andrade, author of the relationship book, Heart Magic: Keeping Love Alive and Well
Carla Buckley, author of the apocalyptic novel, The Things That Keep Us Here
James R. Goldberg, author of the current affairs healthcare book, The American Medical Money Machine
Angela Henry, author of the mystery novel, Schooled in Lies
Barbora Knobova, author of the relationship book, Tales for Delicious Girls
Susie Larson, author of the inspiration/motivation/devotion book, Embracing Your Freedom: A Personal Experience of God’s Heart of Justice
Alan Markowitz, author of the gritty memoir, Topless Prophet
Kaylin McFarren, author of the women’s contemporary fiction, Flaherty’s Crossing
Judi Moreo and twenty-five other authors of the motivational book, Life Choices: Navigating Difficult Paths
Gary Morgenstein, author of the relationship book, How to Find a Woman…or Not
Ogo Ogbata, author of the historical fiction novel, Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman
Victor Pross, author of the art/humor book, Icon & Idols: Pop Goes the Culture
Misa Ramirez, author of the mystery with romantic elements novel, Hasta la Vista, Lola!
Jay Slosar, author of the psychological book, The Culture of Excess: How America Lost Self-Control and Why We Need To Redefine Success
Kay Marshall Strom, author of the nonfiction book, The Second-Half Adventure: Don’t Just Retire – Use Your Time, Skills & Resources to Change the World
Marnie Swedberg, author of the nonfiction book for writers, eBooks: Idea to Amazon in 14 Days
Michele Wahlder, author of the self-help/inspirational book, Alphatudes – The Alphabet of Gratitude
Bill Walker, author of the soul searching romance novel, A Note From an Old Acquaintance
Chris Wardle, author of the children’s book, The Lighthouse of Mr. Tinfish
Pamela Samuels Young, author of the legal thriller, Buying Time
Vincent Zandri, author of the thriller novel, Moonlight Falls

Click here to see their official tour pages to find out where you can pick up your copy of their wonderful books!

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