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Young Adult Feature and Interview: The Trouble with Family by Heather Hobbs @HeatherHobbs01


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Young Adult


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Molly Anderson just found out her dad is getting married to a woman she’s only met once.

Fourteen-year-old Molly had planned to spend the summer before high school reading books, eating junk food, and napping. Instead, she’s forced to spend her days juggling four new family members, a grumpy older brother, a crazy grandmother, and Max, the new boy next door. Having lost her mother in a car accident a year before, she’s not sure how many more changes she can take before she hits her breaking point.

The Trouble with Family tells the tale of a girl trying to make the most of her summer, not just survive it.

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Excerpt:

The courtroom smelled like burnt popcorn. Holding my breath, I shifted in my seat, making the hard wooden bench creak under my butt.

“This is taking forever,” Ben hissed into my ear.

I ignored him and glanced across the aisle my soon-to-be step-siblings. Clara cut her icy blue eyes at me without actually turning her head. She sat beside her brother Sam, stiff and plastic-looking with perfectly highlighted blonde hair, only reinforcing my initial suspicion that she was, in fact, a living Barbie doll. Sam, on the other hand, actually looked over at me and offered a slight nod.

Children of the Corn,” Ben whispered.

I rolled my eyes and faced forward. “Just because they’re blonde-”

“Blonde and creepy,” he interjected.

The doors at the back of the room opened and Judge Newton walked in, followed closely by Dad and Susan.

Dad wore a dark grey suit; the only one he owned. He looked nervous but happy as he smoothed the back of his dark brown hair, making sure it was in place. Susan wore a short, lacy, white dress that accentuated her long legs and blue wedge sandals that matched her eyes. Her poorly-dyed orange hair was pulled back into a chignon. They held hands tightly and walked slowly down the aisle until they were standing directly in front of the judge.

“The scandal of Oak Lake,” I muttered.

Ben looked at me quizzically and I shook my head. Never mind. That’s what I’d overheard Ida Miller call the wedding yesterday. In a town of five thousand people, I suppose a recently widowed man marrying a relative stranger is something worth talking about.

Judge Newton was an older gray-haired woman with small glasses and an air of indifference. She gave a tight smile, looking around at all of us. “We are gathered together in the presence of these witnesses to join this man and this woman in matrimony.”

Oh Lord.

Reality hit me like a ton of bricks. The smell of popcorn mixed with the fact that my father was marrying a woman I’d only met once made my stomach churn uneasily.

Beside me, Ben’s head fell into his hands. “I can’t believe he’s doing this, Molly,” he mumbled.

My heart pumped faster; suddenly this was too real.


About the Author:

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Heather Hobbs was born and raised in Michigan and currently lives in Colorado with her husband and two sweet but poorly-trained dogs. She has a BA in English Literature and a MA in Library Science. She is hard at work on her second book.

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Interview:

What was your favorite book as a child? As a teenager?
When I was young, I was obsessed with Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl. I particularly loved The BFG. As a teen, I loved (and still love) Harry Potter, Little Women, Pride & Prejudice, and To Kill a Mockingbird, among many others.

What about your favorite character or characters? Which characters from your books do you think readers will really feel a connection to?
One of my all-time favorite book characters is Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. She is perfectly imperfect. I hope that readers feel a connection to Molly, the main character in The Trouble with Family. I think the changes she’s dealing with will be relatable to readers.

What can readers expect from you next?
I hope to release a novel titled Spark in late 2016. The sequel to The Trouble with Family will be released in 2017. It’s titled Wooden Nickels & Elevator Passes and covers Molly’s first year of high school.

Nobody knows your books better than you! In your opinion, readers of what genres will enjoy your books the most?
The book is a contemporary YA title. It deals with topics including stepfamilies, siblings, and coming of age.

Now that we’ve talked about the books, let’s get to know you as the author! What are your favorite books now as an adult? Television Shows? Movies?
I enjoy reading a wide-range of genres. I still read a lot of YA, even as an adult. I recently read Outside by Nicole Sewell and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. I’m also about halfway through Dennis Lehane’s Kenzie and Gennaro series, which I’m really enjoying. As far as TV shows, my all-time favorites are probably Gilmore Girls and Lost!

What is your favorite place to visit?
I love to travel so that’s a tough question! I enjoy visiting Michigan, where I grew up – I miss the water! I’m always up for a trip to Las Vegas or Chicago as well.

What words do you live by?
I’ve always enjoyed this quote by Eleanor Roosevelt – “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Anything else you would like to share with readers?
I hope you enjoy the book!

Thanks for the awesome interview, Heather!


Fiction Feature: Unvarnished Truths: Beyond the Pole by Laura McClure @love3083


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What do you get when you put a hair dresser, a hotel manager, a religious drunk, a sex-crazy widow, a secretary, and a stripper in the same room? One heck of a dream team.

Six different women from six different walks of life coincidentally meet at the same hair dresser secretly pondering the same question. Is this all life holds for me? What happened to my dreams, my goals, my aspirations? What am I waiting on? Dive into this page flipping story of heartache, suspense, pole dancing, marriage, and success. Find out how one stripper completely transforms the mundane lives of five women forever.

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On Wednesday night , after working twelve long  hours, Helen had taken her bath and gone to bed.
David, her husband, was not  home.  She had tried to stay awake  but was so tired she fell asleep. She awoke startled, feeling
Hands all over her body.  David had come in and was kissing on her.  She tried to wake up and respond to him, but she was so tired.  She kept falling back to sleep.
He got upset and started beating her about her face and head with his fist. She tried to get out of bed, but he had her pinned down.  She could smell alcohol on his breath.  The smell and the weight of his body were suffocating her.  The pain in her face and head was unbearable.
“Please, David”, she pleaded with him to stop hitting her,  She was groggy from sleep, but she finally got away from him and ran out the room.
She saw her car keys and purse on the table.  She grabbed them and ran out to her car.
She felt blood running down her face.  She was shaking so bad she could hardly start the car.

In the rearview mirror of her car, she saw David coming out of the house. She was so afraid. She locked the doors to the car and hurried
To get it started.  Just as he approached the car, she got it in drive and sped away.


About the Author:

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Laurelia McClure is a seasoned author, entrepreneur and motivational speaker who writes under the pen name, Laura McClure. She is married to Robert McClure, and the two have been united for 55 years. Laura is the proud mother of six, grandmother of sixteen and great- grandmother of thirteen (and counting).

Iver the course of her life, Laura found a home in the hospitality industry as she worked for the very best of hotels in Alabama. She later moved on to become the Director of Environmental Services at Lake Shore Hospital in Birmingham, Al.

In 2009, Laura lost her daughter to HIV/ AIDS. She was thirty- nine years old and a single parent to one child. To ensure the legacy of her daughter and to bring awareness to the virus, Laura, and her family started The Dotes Foundation. Since it’s start, The Dotes Foundation has raised funds to help build a clinic for children and Aids patients in Swaziland, Africa—a country that has been plagued by HIV/AIDS.

Laura always wanted to be a published writer, but she always had a fear of stepping out and making her dream a reality. At the age of seventy, Laura finally won the courage to pursue her dreams of being a published writer. Laura credits this shift in her mindset to the teachings of her minister, who taught her that she should be “all that she wants to be” in life. In addition to her church family, Laura’s family has been one of the driving forces behind her success.

On October 8, 2014, Laura’s first book “Angel in the Midst” was released. Four months later, Laura released her second book, “It Ain’t Over Yet!” And on September 28, 2015, Laura’s third book “Unvarnished Truth, Coming Clean”, was published. Over the course of one year, Laura released three books! Laura’s soul is on fire with purpose, and she does not plan on that fire dying down anytime soon. The sky is the limit for Laura; it’s just the launching pad!

Words from Laura:

“I will tell anyone that if God has given you a dream, then you need to make that move. He will not give you a dream that He won’t supply the means for you to accomplish it. Just remember that you can do all things through Jesus Christ. I am just like Nike, “I just do it,” and you should too!”

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New Adult Urban Fantasy Feature: Stricken by A.K. Morgen @akmorgen


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New Adult Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance


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It took only four months to bring the angels to their knees…

With a virus ravaging the fallen angels on earth, mankind’s symbol of love and hope is at risk of extinction.

Centuries ago, a group of angelic warriors known as The Fallen risked everything to save themselves and carve a future for their kind. Hope slips away as The Fallen and their kin are cut down by an ancient menace, LaMorte Nera—and no one saw it coming.

Only one immortal can save them, and only one mortal can stand in his way…

When Nephilim warrior Killian St. James sets out on a quest to find a cure, he and his blade-brothers discover nineteen-year-old Aubrey Carter—a human with a past as dark as it is mysterious—cowering in an abandoned house in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee.

The corrupted races are chasing her, and Killian is determined to find out why…

But neither he nor Aubrey are prepared for their attraction to one another, or for the frightening truths lurking in the shadows. The painful childhood memories Aubrey has buried hold precious answers. Answers that threaten to tear Killian’s world apart.

With her life hanging in the balance, Killian must choose between the future of The Fallen, and the human girl he’s pledged to protect.

Demons are rising, and this time they plan to win the war for dominion once and for all.

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Killian stepped forward, forcing her to tilt her head back to look up at him. He still seemed so big to her. He still overwhelmed her. But he didn’t frighten her anymore.

You look tired.” She fought the urge to lift her hand to touch his gorgeous face.

I am,” he said, the corner of his lips turning up in a half smile.

Oh.”

He stared down at her, his half smile slipping. A dizzying parade of emotions swirled through his eyes. She couldn’t read them all, but she understood enough. He felt as torn as she did.

Will I remember you three years from now?” she whispered, her heart aching with the fear that she would forget him as she had so much else…and with fear that she would remember him. That she would survive this nightmare and he would haunt her for the rest of her days like so much else did.

Do you want to remember me?” He took another step in her direction.

I don’t know.” She frowned, confused. “You make me feel like maybe the world isn’t so bad. Like maybe I’m safe with you. I don’t think I want to forget that.”

Killian tucked a strand of hair behind her ear and cupped her cheek gently in one big hand. “You are safe with me. I won’t let anyone hurt you, Aubrey.”

She stared at him for a long, silent moment. He’d promised before that he wouldn’t hurt her, but even then an unspoken fear had stood between them like a wall. A little voice whispered that if she got too close, he would hurt her as badly as the things in her past hurt. That voice had stopped whispering when he’d kissed her today, and wasn’t that odd?

You hurt me today.”

He bowed his head, letting his hand fall away from her face. “I’m sorry.”

Her heart ached a little at the agonized way he said it. As if it shamed him to know he’d hurt her. As if, maybe, he cared more than he should too.

Why did you?” she asked, not accusing, but curious. She wanted to understand him. No, she needed to understand him on some level she couldn’t even explain to herself. “You wanted me, didn’t you?”

His gaze sought hers, honesty shining from his angel-bright eyes. “More than you know.”

Aubrey took a deep breath, letting her lungs fill with air even as her heart filled with his confession. And just as quickly, the buoyant feeling vanished. “It doesn’t change anything, though, does it?” she whispered.

Do you want it to?”

She hesitated for a long moment, unsure. And then her shoulders slumped, the breath she’d taken expelling in a long sigh. “I’m sorry.”

Killian gave her a sad smile and reached for her again. He swept a finger beneath her eye, collecting the teardrop she hadn’t even realized had fallen. “No apologies,” he whispered, bringing his finger to his mouth. He stuck out the tip of his tongue and lapped that single bead of moisture from his fingertip. “You owe me nothing.”

If that was true, why did she feel like crying?


About the Author:

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A.K. Morgen is the Amazon Bestselling author of the Ragnarök Prophesies series. She lives in the heart of Arkansas with her childhood sweetheart/husband of twelve years, and their five furry minions. When not writing, she spends her time hiking, reading, volunteering, causing mischief, and building a Spork army. Ayden graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology in 2009 before going on to complete her graduate degree in CJ and Law. She currently puts her education to use in the social services and CJ field. 


Ayden also writes New Adult and contemporary romance under the penname Ayden K. Morgen.


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Contemporary Romance Feature: Choices by Michelle Lynn @AuthorMichelleL


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Contemporary Romance


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Everyone makes lots of little decisions from the moment they wake up until they sink back into sleep at night. Decisions that have no consequences or expectations. But, what about the rare choices that could change everything? How do you know what is right for you?
Happiness is something you have to choose again and again, each day.
Michaela Matthews wants that more than anything. Standing in her way is a family pushing her down a specific path and the man she loves preventing her from choosing anything different. When she moves to the city for the next step in her parent’s plan, she starts to figure out what she wants – or more importantly, what she doesn’t want. She thinks she has to leave her old life behind to discover a new one. This throws every choice she has made into question. It isn’t until tragedy strikes that she learns that sometimes there is no choice at all. Sometimes you can have it all.
Jason Marks has had the kind of life where things have seemed to just happen to him, no choice involved at all. It’s a struggle for him to keep the past at bay while he tries to move forward. He is no longer the unwanted foster kid. He is a business owner, surrounded by people that love him. But, he isn’t in love. He’s not even sure he believes in it. Not anymore. At least, not until a heartbroken girl falls apart in his arms. It’s enough to make him a believer. Make him a dreamer. Enough to force him to answer that question. Do you give all of yourself to someone who might not choose you in return?
Yes. Yes, you do.

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“You have to understand something about where I come from,” she went on. “My family is kind of a big deal in Connecticut. My dad’s a lawyer, but it’s more than that. My mother’s family is very old money, and there are expectations that come with that. Ethan’s family is just like mine. I would’ve been expected to stay at home, have kids, plan parties, and go to charity events. I couldn’t bring myself to do it.”

“Then why’d you date him for so long if that isn’t what you wanted?” Jason asked carefully.

“I loved him,” she shrugged. “I probably always will. I thought I’d have time to make my own life before we got engaged. But then he proposed to me in front of everyone we knew. Let’s just say, he wasn’t happy. Chris ended up punching him.”

Jason started to laugh uncontrollably. “I’ve never even seen Chris get angry,” he said when he caught his breath.

Michaela started laughing too when she pictured it. “Ethan deserved it.”

“What is it about you that makes nonviolent people throw punches?”

“I don’t know,” she leaned back into the couch. “Now that I’ve bared my soul to you, can I ask you a question?”

“Shoot.”

“Chris told me you never date.”

“Is there a question in there?” he asked, a hint of amusement in his voice.

“He also said there are a lot of girls who’d be happy to change that. I don’t understand. I mean, you’re good looking and nice. Why don’t you go out more?” There, she asked. It was out. The question that had been bugging her since Chris told her all of that.

Jason didn’t answer as he considered her words.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to pry,” Michaela said after a while.

“It’s okay,” Jason responded thoughtfully. “I have an ex too. It took me a long time to pick up the pieces of my life when she left. The bar was just getting off the ground so I threw myself into that, and I guess I haven’t really come up for air.” He stopped and looked at her for a long moment, considering his next words. “It’s more than that, though. I don’t even know why I’m telling you this.” He scratched the back of his head and looked away.

“Like you said,” Michaela said softly. “You can talk to me.”

“I guess I just believe that when you first talk to someone, you know right then if there could be a future. You just know. And I don’t see a point in dating people without that knowledge. I haven’t met many women like that.”

“Like love at first sight?” she asked.

“No. It’s not about sight or really even love. You can’t love someone without truly knowing them. It’s more about the possibility that you could fall for them one day. You meet someone and think ‘hey, this is someone I could love.'”

“That’s beautiful,” Michaela breathed. “You’re a romantic.” She couldn’t take her eyes away from him as the blush crept up his cheeks.


About the Author:

michelle lynn

Michelle Lynn fell in love with reading when she was a kid. Every kind of book gripped her imagination. As she got a little older, she got into series like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Currently, her favorite is the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

Michelle is an escapist. She believes that a book can take you anywhere and get you away from what’s going on in your own life. You can disappear inside the pages and become a different person. Growing up, this became more and more important for her as her life changed dramatically due to an illness. It started when she was young and got worse over the years. Reading is what helped her get through it. She’s still getting through it but it isn’t as hard, mentally, as it once was. Like reading, writing provided her a needed escape. Her dream is for her books to be able to do that for someone else. Life is hard but this just makes it a little bit easier.

Reading and writing aren’t Michelle’s only vices as she deals with the illness that has now become disabling. She’s also an avid hockey fan. She lives in Florida but never misses a Columbus Blue Jackets game on TV.

Michelle also spends a lot of time with her family – parents, two sisters, brother in-law, and niece. She’s also constantly surrounded by animals – dog, 2 cats, a bird- that provide much needed comfort and inspiration.

She has a college degree in business, economics, and accounting but has to decide how to tie that to writing because that’s where he passion lies now.

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Historical Fiction Feature and Interview: Full Circle by Ronnie L. Richards @ronnielrichards


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Mae Miller, suffering an aneurysm-induced coma, lies in a hospital bed. Clarence, her husband of fifty-four years, is at her side. For Mae, this is only one of many times she has had to battle death, beginning with the loss of her mother and infant brother to a tornado that tore their small tenant farmhouse apart. The tornado ripped seven-year-old Mae’s infant brother from her arms and ripped a hole in her heart. Years later, drought devastates the family farm and drives a wedge between a teenage Mae and her dad. Mae moves west to live with her grown sister.

Clarence, a sharecropper’s son, is driven to not be a hard, cruel man like his dad. Again and again, life throws obstacles his way that test his resolve. Clarence, faced with the choice of moving back to the hated family farm and his cruel father or finding work elsewhere, migrates west to work under the desert sun.

Mae and Clarence meet in the cotton fields of Arizona in 1938 and marry soon after. Together they raise a family while tackling life’s obstacles head-on.

Full Circle has all the pathos and sorrow of a John Steinbeck novel surrounded by the full fury of an Oklahoma tornado. Out of the conflagration, the Miller family finds their way through more than fifty years of dust and dirt and an uncertain future.

 


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“Kingfisher, Oklahoma, May 1944

Mae paced the living room floor. She had had a feeling of dread all morning and she could not shake it. She walked out onto the front porch and looked up at the sky. Far off to the west near the horizon, thunder heads were beginning to build.

Must be a storm coming up, she thought, that’s why I am so jumpy.
She had feared storms all her life. Having narrowly escaped the storm that led to the death of her little brother and indirectly her mother, Mae just knew that someday a bad storm would once again try to do what it had failed to do so many years ago. And she lived through each storm season day by day, fearing that day had come.

Mae took one last look at the far off clouds, decided that the storm would not be a real threat anytime soon, and went back into the house. She tried to sit on the couch and relax, but the feeling of impending doom would not ease up. After a few stressful minutes, she got up and decided to feed her goldfish. As she was bending over to get the fish food from the shelf below the fish bowl, a knock at the door scared Mae and she shrieked.

“I’m sorry Mrs. Miller,” the mailman said, looking through the screen door. “I didn’t mean to startle you. I have a letter here you need to sign for please.”

Mae set the fish food down next to the fish bowl and signed the mailman’s clipboard before taking the letter from him. She walked back into the living room and looked at the registered letter. There was no return address only an official looking government seal in the upper left hand corner of the envelope. She shook the contents down to one end then tore off the other end of the envelope. She pulled out the single page that was inside and began to read. Mae’s face froze, her jaw started to tremble, the letter dropped to the floor. Tears formed as she walked over to her goldfish. They both swam to the front of the fishbowl when they saw her approach. Her hand shook involuntarily as she sprinkled food on top of the water in the fishbowl, causing the eager fish to receive much more than she normally fed them….”


About the Author:

ronnie richards

Ronnie L. Richards was raised in rural Oklahoma. During his brief 60 years on this planet he has worked as a farm/ranch hand, at a full service gas station, as a convenience store clerk, as an electrician, as a construction laborer, as a crane operator, as a fireman and EMT, spent 22 years in Oil & Gas operations starting as a roughneck and working his way up the ladder, worked as a bouncer in the largest Gentleman’s club in Oklahoma, drove an 18 wheeler, and currently works in Information Technology. He received his BSB from Oklahoma City University in 1993 – graduating magna cum laude. Mr. Richards resides in Oklahoma City with his wife and daughter. He can’t wait to see what the next 60 years or so of life will bring him as he adds author to his resume.

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Interview with Ronnie L. Richards:

When did you start to have a love for books?

When I was young (about 8 or 9), I started going with dad to work every Saturday morning. I’d help him with his electrical and plumbing work until noon. While he and his coworkers hung out for a while after work, I would walk down the alley to the library on the same block. I would check out as many books as they would allow then read them during the week, repeating the process every Saturday for several years.

What was that turning point that changed you from a reader to a writer?

My Senior year in college, I took a Creative Writing class and fell in love with writing.

Inspiration can often be found in the oddest people, places, and even situations. In the past, what has inspired you?

My grandmother’s death in 1993, the same time I was taking the Creative Writing class in college, got me to thinking about all of the stories I grew up with, as told my her and my grandpa. The memories fostered the idea of a book based on events in their lives. Other inspirations have come from everywhere – a newspaper article about a “John Doe” who was tragically ran over by a train when he laid down on the tracks in front of the oncoming train inspired a short story, my current book project was inspired by witnessing a childhood friend trying to survive an alcoholic, physically abusive dad. Life is full of writing triggers.

What about your favorite character or characters? Which characters from your books do you think readers will really feel a connection to?

The Miller brothers in my book Full Circle: A Life Story are two of my favorite characters and the most fun to write about. My readers seem to love them as well. I am planning another novel featuring them.

So far, what has been your greatest moment in your writing career?

Getting to tell my grandpa, two weeks before he passed away, I had completed the novel about him and granny. His pleasure in knowing it was done was so important to me.

What can readers expect from you next?

A very emotional book about a young man trying to survive his alcoholic and physically abusive dad during possibly the toughest summer of his young life. Readers will laugh, cry, and cringe.

I am also working on a murder mystery set in the late seventies in my small hometown. And, a follow novel about the Miller brothers from my first novel Full Circle: A Life Story.

Nobody knows your books better than you! In your opinion, readers of what genres will enjoy your books the most?

Fiction, Historical, Literary, Biographical, Romance

How would you describe your life in ten words or under?

Blessed to have had such a diverse past.

What is your favorite place to visit?
The mountains of Colorado. A place where peace, solitude, and rejuvenation can be found.

What words do you live by?

If it is worth doing; it is worth doing right.

Thanks for the awesome interview, Ronnie!