Victim Souls by Andrew Terech

Victim Souls Andrew TerechImmoral. Victim Souls centers on Sam, a young criminal with a loose set of morals. Lucky for him, he’s paired up with his ruthless brother, Johnny, and Johnny’s psychotic girlfriend, Ash. Three characters that would easily fit into the antagonist role, but here they’re the ones you’re rooting for.

Relentless. Victim Souls forces you to root for the bad guys because the alternative is something far worse. Once the trio hits the road, the plot barrels forward never letting up, never allowing you to come up for air.

I wrote the book with those two concepts in mind. Once Sam finds himself mixed up in a battle against an inhuman, evil force he has no choice but to fight headlong or die trying.

The story gives a nod to almost every sub-genre of horror, explores elements of my own true fears, and contains enough violence to plant its foot in the action genre as well.

Prepare yourself to be taken on a journey through hell with characters you’d probably hate if you ever met them. I just hope you have fun along the way. Continue reading

Excerpt from Linda Kage’s Perfect Ten

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A Perfect Ten (Forbidden Men Book 5) by Linda Kage

Book cover Perfect TenSynopsis

Let your hair down, Caroline, they said. It’ll be fun, they said.

I know I’ve closed myself off in a major way in the past year, ever since “the incident” where I messed up my life completely. It’s past time I try to live again or just give up completely. But this is quite possibly the craziest thing I’ve ever done. In a last ditch effort to invigorate myself, I’m standing outside Oren Tenning’s bedroom, I just peeled off the sexiest pair of underwear I own, and my hand is already raised to knock. My brother would disown me for doing anything with his best friend, and he’d probably kill Oren. But if I play my cards right, no one will ever know about this. Not even Ten.

Maybe after tonight, I’ll finally get over this stupid, irrational crush I hate having on the biggest jerk I’ve ever met. Or maybe I’ll just end up falling for him even harder. Maybe I’ll discover there’s so much more to my crude, carefree hunk than meets the eye. Continue reading

Snack Foods Brokerage Firm

I’d like to welcome the Senior Vice President of Snack Foods Brokerage Firm, Rick Gergley. If you’re curious about Snack Foods Brokerage Firm, read all about them below.

Thanks Rick for your time and visiting us at Plain Talk, we’re glad to learn about your company. Please describe what your company does.

Snack Foods Beverage LogoSnack Foods Brokerage Firm –  locates thru our vast network of Food, Beverage, and Bakery manufacturers co packing options for clients that have decided to utilize a Co packers services, because they have outgrown their current production facilities or no longer want to produce their own products lines. Enabling them to increase their profit margins and set their company’s focus on marketing.

We also assist the manufacturers find clients for their open production time and advise them on what Co packing opportunities would be a fit for their current structure within their company.

  • We are Brokers/finders for co-packing, out sourcing, and private label company’s needs.
  • We consult clients and manufacturers on production, ingredients, packaging product development, sales and marketing strategies. The most important thing that we do is build long term relationships.
  • Snack Foods Brokerage Firm is made up of some of the leading world experts in Sales & Manufacturing Consulting specializing in custom manufacturing & sales problem-solving operations range from manual to fully automated cooking and baking facilities up to 500,000 square feet.
  • Our consultants streamline all manufacturing & sales components from fresh to frozen sets with their expert knowledge of modern and old-fashioned cooking and baking processes and machinery lines.
  • We develop customized sales and marketing plans designed to increase sales and market penetration. Our strong relationships with buyers and decision makers at national supermarket and restaurant chains, club stores, hospitality companies, and distributors are at the center of our business, allowing us to introduce new and existing product lines to the marketplace using e-commerce, direct store sales, and distributor sales.

We have a mutual friend, Ricardo Cordero. How did you guys meet?

Ricardo Cordero our CEO & President and I started out as competitors. We worked for different companies and met while calling on Starbucks. We stayed in touch and started to work on different opportunities.  Ricardo worked on the operations manufacturing side and I worked the sales side. Continue reading

Haunted Love Book Promo

Haunted Love Book coverHaunted Love by Jessica Frances
Publication date: February 23rd 2015
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance

Synopsis:

My name is Thea Bell and I was murdered.

I always assumed that death was the end. So when my life was cruelly taken away from me, I never thought I would get a second chance to say what I needed to.

But then I was given a choice, a choice that allowed me to see the people I had left behind, and I knew I had to take it.

I wanted to say a proper goodbye. I needed justice for what happened to me.

But even in death, things rarely go to plan.

I never expected to meet him. I didn’t anticipate falling in love. I hadn’t considered the repercussions of coming back. I never realized I would put another person in danger.

I didn’t know my actions were going to haunt us forever. Continue reading

Conversing with Sandra Brown

I have been running this blog for the last two years and I have had many wonderful authors come and chat with me. Today I am truly humbled to welcome Sandra Brown, author of over 60, you read it right 60 New York Times Bestsellers! I have been a fan of Ms Brown for as long as I could remember, so naturally I jumped at the chance to be a part of her blog tour.

Here’s my interview:

Photo Sandra BrownWhat made you switch from writing thrillers to writing a heartwarming story like Rainwater?

The characters of Ella and Rainwater wouldn’t leave me alone!  They kept coming around every few months, insisting that I tell their story.  In between contract books, I began writing, and before I knew it, I had a first draft.  I put it away, wrote another thriller, took it up again.  I worked on it that way for about a year and half before I sent it to my agent, who had no idea I’d been writing it.  She liked it and sent it to my editor.  I’m pleased it was received so well.  Their story deserved to be told.

When you started writing did you ever think you would make a full time living off of it?

That’s a yes and no question.  From day one, yes, I wrote with the intention of being published.  I knew that if I approached it as a hobby, something to dabble in, I’d never make it.  So I treated the writing like a job, “going to work” every day, although it was only a commute to the spare bedroom where I’d set up a typewriter on a card table!  Did I think I’d ever write over 75 books, be a bestseller, be published worldwide?  No.  But I’m so grateful to have been afforded the opportunity to do what I love doing and making a living at it.

The publishing industry has changed a lot since you started your career. What are your thoughts on the changes and how have they affected you?

I think we in the industry are still on the learning curve of the changes and how they affect us!  Publishing is evolving.  What I love about the introduction of electronic books is that it has enabled me to grow my audience. Readers on every spot of the globe have access to my books.  The disadvantage to it is that readers on every spot of the globe also have access to me! Constantly feeding social media requires a lot of time. It’s a juggling act to allocate time to it, without sacrificing time that should be spent writing.  Writing a good book is the best thing I can do for my reader.

What was your biggest challenge when you first started writing?

Not so much the writing itself (because I had dozens of stories basically outlined in my head and couldn’t wait to put them on paper) but combining my new “habit” with daily life.  Fortunately, I had a good husband, who knew how badly I wanted to write, and was willing to help with kids and all the craziness that family life entails. We ate carryout a LOT!

What is your biggest challenge now?

What it’s always been: Writing a story that people want to read. I still approach each day with a healthy dose of FEAR. Is this character compelling?  Will this plot excite and engage the reader?  This self-doubt is actually beneficial. Complacency would be deadly. Continue reading

Weed and Water by Ian Dexter Palmer

Today’s guest post is by my good friend Ian Dexter Palmer.

Weed and Water iconI am a scientist….actually a physicist who has spent years studying cosmic rays and fracking. I have a granddaughter who is 16, and a grandson who is 13. They are in the challenging years, so I chose to write about the lure of sex and drugs (call it Weed). These kids also know about faith in God (call it Water). I wanted to write about the tension within many teenagers as they are sucked back and forth by the Weed and the Water.

The Water is offered by a mysterious figure who rescues a boy and his mentor from drowning. The mystery is multiplied when the figure returns again and again to provide wisdom to the teenager at his lowest ebb. I have always been fascinated by the intersection of science and faith. Especially when in a pub in Ireland a native claimed with astonishment that he knew no other scientists who had an active faith. So I wanted to write about the positives of doing science and knowing the God of faith.

Last, all my life I have been an adventurer, and I wanted to include in this book a canoeing accident on a flooded river, a hike to find petroglyphs in the badlands of New Mexico, hiding from a tornado in an underground shelter in Kansas, and water-moccasins while water-skiing.

What’s the takeaway? Teens are influenced by outside forces: peer-pressure (wanting to be cool and popular), sports heroes, rock stars, parents, the church, et cetera. The choices teens make can land them in a swamp or in a garden. The book explores the choices made by a star high-school athlete…..for good and for bad. It’s a story of pain and hurt…..inflicted on the boy and by the boy on his mother, a single parent struggling to do her best. But it’s also a story of hope in the possibility of redemption. And the role of God who takes a special interest in the boy from Albuquerque. Continue reading

Growing Up Multi-racial in America

My name is Haze Christopher Lyndon and I was born in Madison Wisconsin, to an African American mother and Irish American father. Do I have an identity crisis? Nope, I know exactly who I am and what I stand for. Growing up I had a great life in the confines of my parent’s home. Outside that, life was different…

When I was a kid, going out with my mom, people often mistook her for my nanny. On the other hand when I went out with my dad, he was met with sympathy or admiration for adopting a black kid. At school I was either not “black” enough or “white” enough. I never understood what that meant, I’m 22 now and I still don’t understand what that means. As a result I never fit into any groups. I thank my parents. Why should anyone have to fit into a group?  Continue reading

Meg Donohue Presents Dog Crazy

Dog Crazy A Novel of Love Lost and Found by Meg Donohue
Release date: March 10th, 2015

Dog Crazy book coverSynopsis

The USA Today bestselling author of How to Eat a Cupcake: A Novel
and All the Summer Girls: A Novel (P.S.) returns with an unforgettably poignant and funny tale of love and loss, confronting our fears, and moving on . . . with the help of a poodle, a mutt, and a Basset retriever named Seymour

As a pet bereavement counselor, Maggie Brennan uses a combination of empathy, insight, and humor to help patients cope with the anguish of losing their beloved four-legged friends. Though she has a gift for guiding others through difficult situations, Maggie has major troubles of her own that threaten the success of her counseling practice and her volunteer work with a dog rescue organization.

Everything changes when a distraught woman shows up at Maggie’s office and claims that her dog has been stolen. Searching the streets of San Francisco for the missing pooch, Maggie finds herself entangled in a mystery that forces her to finally face her biggest fear-and to open her heart to new love.

Packed with deep emotion and charming surprises, Dog Crazy is a bighearted and entertaining story that skillfully captures the bonds of love, the pain of separation, and the power of our dogs to heal us. Continue reading

A World At School – Syrian Education Crisis

I am sharing this from A World At School. The wonderful organization that seeks to make sure that every child around the world has the opportunity to go to school.

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Last week, I was in Lebanon. I spent most of the week with refugees from the crisis in Syria. As I talked to the children, their teachers and their families, I kept returning to one fact: a generation of Syrian children are about to start school who have known only conflict.

The children born at the start of this crisis are now four years old. Elsewhere in the world, they’d already be at nursery, and getting ready to start “big school” in the next couple of years. But they’ve spent their earliest years in refugee camps, along with many of the other 14 million children impacted by this conflict.

But between the creativity of the refugees and the support of local communities, plans are being made to help make sure these children get the skills the need to build their a future. During my trip, I visited a ‘double-shift’ school where school buildings are shared between local Lebanese children in the morning and refugee pupils in the afternoon.

The communities affected by the conflict have the ideas for addressing the problems - but not the resources. Can you add your support to the UpForSchool petition to get international support for refugee children’s education – and then ask your friends and family to join in too?

Children Crisis in Syria

Photo credit A World At School

While I was in Lebanon, one little girl I met explained that when the conflict arrived her family fled to the next village, then the war arrived and they fled to the next village and this pattern continued until they had left Syria. The only small glimmer of hope is that she is now in school. But due to lack of funding only 100,000 of the 400,000 refugee children in Lebanon are getting an education.

Nothing changes without pressure. Sign and share the #UpForSchool petition that we will take to world leaders demanding action for funding for education in conflicts. We know education changes lives, setting people free from poverty, ill health and early parenthood. Now we must provide this opportunity for every child that has had to flee their home.

 

Be part of the Up For School campaign here: www.upforschool.org

 

 

Impervious with Heather Letto

Heather LettoHeather Letto talks about the re-release of her novel Impervious (Book 1 of The Ascension Series)

You said re-release? Tell us about the Impervious journey.

Impervious first launched last year (almost to the day… wow!), by Bookfish Books. (Waving to friends at Bookfish!) They were a great team, and I’m so grateful for the springboard they lent me last year.

However, we did part company in the fall of 2014 when we realized we were heading in different directions with The Ascension Series. So, after kicking around the idea for a bit, I decided… “What the heck..let’s go indie!”

Indie, huh? What do you think of independent publishing.

Although Indie publishing wasn’t originally on my bucket list, I can now say I’m happy to have gone down this path. The experience wasn’t as technically challenging as I feared it might be, and to be
honest, learning to manage the ‘guts’ of the biz has given me extra nugget of satisfaction in my book.

One thing, I must admit, however… Sailing the immense Literature Ocean in a tiny self-made boat is a bit daunting (and lonely?). Therefore my advice to anyone seeking this path would be surround yourself with professionals and pick their brains… a lot!

Be honest… is there any Heather Letto in your main character? Continue reading