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Monday, August 20, 2018

Eve Gaal's Second Book About Penny!!


Though it’s a standalone sequel, Penniless Souls is the second half of a two-part journey called the Lost Compass Love Series. Follow Penny and John through the Mojave Desert to Las Vegas, Nevada where old dreams and dark nightmares intertwine, colliding with the bitter truth. Is Penny up to the challenge? Is she willing to bet her last cent?





Here’s a snippet from Chapter One:

“Can you trust me?”
Quietly, she nodded and placed her head back on his shoulder.  “I have so far,” she mumbled without conviction.
It felt like a white flag of surrender.  The type of submission that reminded her of submissive
women in advertising campaigns of the fifties.  Without a job or money, she had only one thing left.  Fortunately, it was something valuable, something called love.
 
Buy it by clicking here and don't forget to write a short review!
http://mybook.to/PennilessSouls

If you'd like to see the beginning of Penny's journey, buy Penniless Hearts! Buy both to get the entire series!



Kenna's paranormal fantasy trilogy, Den of Dark Angels, is available on Amazon worldwide! 
Buy it here:


5 star review by Mara: "This is a fun read right off the bat!! I finished the first novella hysterically laughing at everyone's ill fate. George and Bernice will be missed!!!"


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

A Children's Book featured with a recipe for Lakota Fry Bread

Karen's Killer Fixin's


I'm honored to have been featured on Karen Docter's blog.

For those readers who love bread and fried stuff, I've included a recipe for Lakota Fry Bread. It's great hot out of the pan, but also good cold. My First Nations friend said she makes tacos with it, bison or ground beef on top with tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, and sour cream. Yum.

I don't measure and don't have the recipe handy, but here is how I make it:

2 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
1 cup water to make soft dough
oil for frying

Form dough into a ball and divide into quarters, then flatten and fry for a few minutes on each side, turning when the first side is brown.


You can find different recipes on line but this is the easiest I have come across, and it's delicious!

Here's a little teaser from our children's chapter book, the wonderful Benjamin and Rumblechum!





Sister and brother Katie and Jacob travel across Canada and back with their two eccentric aunts, Kathleen and Mary, in a minivan named Rumblechum, with Benjamin, their stuffed monkey, sitting between them.
Rumblechum transports them through Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the huge province of Ontario, and finally back to their little grey house in Edmonton, Alberta.  Their dear calico cat Freedom is at the door to greet them, meowing with excitement and joy, and a mysterious parcel is opened.
A chapter book, the first of a planned series of young reader stories suitable for ages 3 to 12 years old. Fictional, but based on true traveling experiences.




Saturday, June 23, 2018

AN INTERVIEW WITH THE FASCINATING EVE GAAL!


Eve Gaal
It is my pleasure to welcome you to my blog today, Eve. We’ll start out with a few questions. If you choose not to answer any question, please feel free to skip it, and if there is anything that I’ve missed, you’re welcome to add a comment.

Let’s get started.
1)  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m the author of Penniless Hearts which you read and reviewed. My husband and I were married in Hawaii so it naturally became a great setting. The second time we went for our first Anniversary. For some reason, I began noticing things about Hawaii that made me see things without rose colored glasses. Hawaii is gorgeous, but people still go to work. Crime happens. Even the prettiest bouquet of tropical flowers will someday wilt. The contrast of beauty and crime made me have fun with my characters. I enjoyed researching Pele, helicopters and lava flows. It was a fun book to write.


Thank you, Kenna. I appreciate your kind words about my book.  Here’s a link to your wonderful review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/RQBJBHKN5G5DD/ref

2)  As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

My third Christmas, I received a small baby grand piano. I think I drove my parents crazy pounding on the delicate keys. Though I always loved music, it wasn’t meant to be because the following year, my father made sure I had a child’s typewriter. That’s when my storytelling began. My tiny, illustrated books were primitive but somehow, each one had a basic plot.
 I hung out in the school library and read books during recess. During summer, I signed up for the reading programs and checked out tons of books. I had a thirst for good stories and I still do. I also believe that if you don’t find the book you’re looking for, it might be your turn to write it.
I wrote poetry as a young girl and sent them off to magazines like McCall’s. Of course, I received many, many rejections. My high school yearbooks published a few of my poems which encouraged me to continue writing. My diaries and journals mention my future as a writer.

News items sometimes bother me enough to also end up as part of my books. A few months ago, there was an actual story about a child who was stuck in a furniture store overnight. It really made me wonder about the parents, the store security, the managers and the fears that the child must have gone through. That little tidbit is mentioned in my upcoming novel when Lani goes missing, her mother thinks back to the time she hid in an armoire, in a furniture store, to read a book. 

3)  When did you first start writing?

I started those poems at age nine but the rough little books came a bit earlier.

4)  When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I always knew it.

5)  How long does it take you to write a book?
Two to three years when I’m not suffering from some bizarre malady.

6)  What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
1-5 most days.

7)  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I prefer complete solitude and will go to almost any length to achieve it. I even moved to a desert home in La Quinta for eight years and when that wasn’t quiet enough, I pulled a desk into a closet. While in the desert, I finished Penniless Hearts and The Fifth Commandment, which is a short, faith-based novella.  I don’t live in the desert anymore, but still like having privacy in a closet. I use a laptop that isn’t wired into the internet so there are very few distractions. Of course, with two Chihuahuas around, distractions are inevitable.

8)  Where do you get your information and/or ideas for your books?
That’s an interesting question because The Fifth Commandment came to me in a dream. So, I felt compelled to write it. A higher power guided me through that small novella and I’m hoping He helps me with a few others. That particular book has hit the Creativia bestseller list and did very well in Australia.
The action scenes in Penniless Hearts and Penniless Souls came to me when I’m waking up. Basically, I listen to my heart. I feel all stories come from a good place. Even bad stories are meant to teach us something.

9)  What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I enjoy swimming, walking my pups and crocheting beanie hats for chemo patients.

10)                 What does your family think of your writing?
My husband is very supportive. I have an international family that reads in many languages. It’s like the United Nations. Almost everyone is bilingual. Some read books in Spanish and they are not that interested in reading my books written in English. There is however, a Spanish version of The Fifth Commandment available.  Other family members prefer reading in Filipino or Greek and even Hungarian.

11)                 What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating books?
That even my thirty years of marketing and advertising experience cannot help sell my books. I am most surprised that people openly admit that they don’t read. Reminds me of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

12)                 How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I have written three books but one of them is a new release that will be coming soon.
Guess I don’t have a favorite because they are all unique.
I like Penniless Hearts for being lighthearted and fun. It takes people on a journey of the Hawaiian Islands and gives them a sort of bird’s eye view of Kauai and the Big Island. I pull readers into dream sequences and various hallucinations because my main character runs from tough situations through her imagination. I imagine Penny running around in one of those famous Escher prints where the stairs run up and down and there doesn’t seem to be any escape.

Penniless Souls made me reflect on philosophical ideas such as the multiple types of determinism, fatalism, subjectivism, deism, I Ching, compatibilism, even quantum physics.   Have you ever wondered where you get your good luck? Your bad luck? The story touches on the dark side of Las Vegas and human trafficking. It’s about coincidence and a mother’s love. How far would you go to save your child? It was an interesting book to write and I can’t wait for others to read it.  


I like The Fifth Commandment because those pages are certifiable proof that I’m sorry for being a difficult kid.  

13)                 Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
There are so many books on the market and they have so many choices that I am always flattered when I hear they liked my novel. Usually they say they enjoy the action and the dialogue but honestly, I don’t hear from them much.

14)                 What do you think makes a good story?
That depends. I like many types of books. My favorites usually consist of a journey. The Alchemist by Paul Coelho or Life of Pi by Yann Martel or The Wizard of Oz, Robinson Crusoe, etc. If you’re writing a book--take me on a trip--let me see things through your eyes.

15)                 How did you choose what genre to write in?
I’m not really sure because Penniless Hearts is part adventure and part romance and I don’t think I can push it into any genre. Maybe it’s a contemporary romantic adventure? Is there such a thing? Penniless Souls is more of a romance but it’s also an adventure. The Fifth Commandment is more of a Christian fantasy.  I just write. There is no plan other than a basic outline.

16)                 Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Yes, it happens all the time and unless it’s a medical problem or a bereavement, there are ways I overcome it.

17)                 Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
How can I pick one?
Many books influenced me growing up, especially the Bible.
 I think of Willa Cather and the tree she went to hug in the middle of the prairie in O Pioneers. I remember the confidence of Templeton in Charlotte’s Web. The fox telling The Little Prince about how it is only with the heart that one can see clearly. How about Scarlett in Gone with the Wind telling the reader that she can cry tomorrow? What a great point! Kahlil Gibran reminding me that by knowing my deepest sorrow, I can appreciate my deepest joy and Harold and his Purple Crayon telling me that I can do anything.

18)                 Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published? 
      I had to self-publish due to an emergency. Seriously. It’s a long story. Maybe I’ll write about it someday.

19)                 What was your favorite chapter or part to write? Why? In Penniless Hearts my favorite part is when she’s in the Waipo valley and takes a nap on the beach after hiking straight down through a forest of guava trees. The wild asses roam through there and eat the sticky, fallen fruit. She wakes up to getting sloppy kisses from a member of the roaming herd. (I’ve made that hike and seen the animals. They are super cute with long eyelashes and no, they didn’t kiss me. My husband kissed me under a macadamia tree.)

20)                 How did you come up with the title?

It came to me one day. I kept wondering why myself. Later, I thought it might sell a lot of books because people might confuse penniless with penile. Penile-less. And no, it’s not a story like that but I thought a few people might take a second look. LOL

21)                 What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment? The toughest criticism usually has to do with my short chapters. I pull the reader into action and pull them out rather suddenly. It’s the same way I talk. You can talk to me face to face about something and my mind might wander. A few minutes into the discussion, I might compliment your sweater or ask for a drink of water. I usually go back to the subject at hand, just as I do in my novel. (I had a college English professor tell us to write the way we speak. It’s not always a good idea, but I must have taken it to heart.)
The best compliment is that my books aren’t boring. Nothing worse than a boring book.


22)                 Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
I mentioned it a few times up above. Longer chapters, more straightforward and more drama. I hope you like it.

23)                 What projects are you working on now?
I really want to get back to writing more commandment stories. I’ve started writing The Tenth Commandment already.

24)                 Will you have a new book coming out soon?
Yes, yes, yes!! Penniless Souls

25)                 What famous person, living or dead, would you like to have lunch with? Why?
I know this sounds strange, but I’d pick the lovely Melania Trump or any of our lovely First Ladies. I received a letter on White House stationary from Mamie Eisenhower when I was born, welcoming me as a new citizen of the United States of America. I’ve always been in awe of everything the First Lady has to do.

26)                 What would you serve?
A fancy salad with mixed greens, arugula, dried cranberries, goat cheese, fresh chopped red peppers, chopped green onions, a bit of cucumber and balsamic vinaigrette dressing served with fresh multiple grain bread and butter and a tray of delicious cakes for dessert.

27)                 If you had a magic wand to grant any wish, what would that be?
Peace, love and happiness to all.

28)                 Is there anything more that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Thank you for choosing my books to read. I know there are endless options. Most of all, follow your heart.


https://twitter.com/EveGaal



Thank you, Eve! It's been a pleasure having you on my blog. I would encourage your readers to pick up a copy of Penniless Souls! 

Have you tried Kenna's supernatural fantasy trilogy -- dark but quirky humor!



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5 stars: "Dark and Twisty People"
"This is a fun read right off the bat!! I finished the first novella hysterically laughing at everyone's ill fate. George and Bernice will be missed!!!"



Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A Brief History of Weed in Canada

As many of you may know, I am a Canadian and I live in Edmonton, Alberta. 


Here in Canada, recreational marijuana is well on its way to becoming legal in all of the country.

Marijuana can be purchased from a vending machine in Vancouver, I hear. You're more likely to be arrested in Saskatoon. 

Weed was legal in Canada until 1923, and indeed, the US didn't make the bud illegal until 14 years later.

Marijuana's medical benefits were being touted in the late 1990s and 2000s and medical marijuana became available in Canada to those with a prescription, from a medical marijuana dispensary.

Notwithstanding the suspicious sweet smell of pot hovering about downtown in my area of the city and in the lobbies and hallways of this building and others, recreational weed is still illegal in Canada and probably will be until September 2018 at least.

As well, the legalization of weed in Canada is incumbent on international treaties that our country has signed with other nations, and until those are sorted out, it is likely that the status quo will remain and consumers will continue to be busted for possession.

The finale for the story of marijuana in Canada has still to be written.

Consumers continue to light up and wait for the completion of the 2015 Liberal platform to give them the golden key or, as Timothy Leary in my generation might have said:


Turn on, Tune in, Drop out
Timothy Leary





Thursday, May 31, 2018

We Interview Author Kerry Watts today!

Today we're presenting an interview with the inimitable Kerry Watts.


Kerry Watts
Kenna: Hello, Kerry. Welcome to my site. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.

Hi Kenna thanks for inviting me along. I was born and brought up in a small town in the East of Scotland where I still am today. I started writing over twenty years ago when my daughter was a baby after reading Isla Dewar’s Giving up on Ordinary. It was then that I thought – I’d love to do that – so I did.

Kenna: What genre do you generally write and what have you had published to-date? What do you think of eBooks?

I generally write crime fiction but have also written a couple of childrens books which was fun. I also have a short romance novella available to buy from Amazon too. I love ebooks! I wouldn’t be without my kindle now. I love all the free books!
  
Kenna: Have you self-published? If so, what led to you going your own way?

I began my publishing journey as a self-publisher which meant I was able to create a profile and a readership which makes an unknown more saleable to a publisher. I would recommend this route to someone starting out.
  
Kenna: Do you have a favourite of your stories or characters? If any of your books were made into films, who would you have as the leading actor/s?

My favourite book so far is called Into Darkness which is due to be released on June 14th. The main character is the flawed yet strong Detective Inspector Joe Barber. In a movie it would have to be someone tall, blonde and handsome to play him. Would be fun to audition the candidates I guess.

Kenna: Which authors did you read when you were younger, and did they shape you as a writer?

As a child my favourite book was The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis. I loved Narnia and wished I could get there through my own wardrobe. I wouldn’t say it shaped me as writer as much as a reader instead. I loved reading as a consequence of Narnia. 
  
Kenna: Do you manage to write every day, and do you plot your stories or just get an idea and run with it?

I try to write every day but in reality it isn’t always possible, and I definitely plot but it always bends and changes. It’s never set in stone. People have died, and it’s been as much of a shock to me as it is the reader.

Kenna: Do you do a lot of editing or research?

Editing sucks but it must be done, and I find without google for research and being able to quiz Facebook friends I wouldn’t be able to write much. My background is in Psychiatric nursing, so a lot of my books incorporate a mental health issue.


Kenna: What point of view do you find most to your liking: first person or third person? Have you ever tried second person?

I write in third person which is where I’m most comfortable. I have tried first but can’t sustain it so avoid it. Second person is just a nonstarter for me.

Kenna: What’s your favourite / least favourite aspect of your writing life? Has anything surprised you?

Favourite part is the buzz of a new idea and watching it blossom. Making notes and expanding on it is something I love! Least favourite is persuading people to buy my books. Not a skill I have acquired yet! What’s surprised me the most has been the development of my stamina. Being able to write four thousand words in a day amazes me.

Kenna: If you could invite three people from any era to dinner, who would you choose and what would you cook (or hide the takeaway containers)?

Brilliant question. I would invite a Viking, a Roman and an Egyptian because all those eras fascinate me, and I would like them to each bring a delicacy from their own time. I will provide the dessert! I would like to read them an extract from one of my books to just to see what they think, and I would leave the washing up until morning because hopefully at least one of them will bring a nice bottle of wine….or two.

Kenna: Are you involved in anything else writing-related other than actual writing or marketing of your writing?

I’m having a go at a script too which I’m enjoying. I have no idea what I’ll do with it when it’s done.

Kenna: Are there any writing-related websites and / or books that you find useful? (please include links where you can)

Recommend – Stephen King – On Writing. Fascinating.

Kenna: What are you working on at the moment / next?

I am currently writing Book 2 of my DI Joe Barber series which is becoming a little more gruesome than anticipated but I’m loving it all the same. I have another couple of projects lined up too.

Kenna: Where can we find out about you and your writing?

I have a website kerrywatts.simplesite.com and I can be found on twitter -  twitter.com/@Denmanisfab also I have an author page on Facebook where readers can chat and interact with me which I am always happy to do. https://www.facebook.com/KerryWattsAuthor/


Look out for my latest book due out on June 14thhttp://mybook.to/intodarkness - Book 1 in the DI Joe Barber series.
  
If you would like to include a short synopsis of your latest book here feel free.

http://mybook.to/intodarkness - available to preorder
After an uncomfortable dinner with his severe father, retired Chief Superintendent Charles Barber, recently divorced Detective Inspector Joe Barber comes to the aid of young Lizzie Reynolds whom he witnesses being attacked by a man named Billy Gifford. A passionate relationship blossoms from this but Joe is immersed in the investigation into a series of gruesome murders of young women who work as dancers in a club called Sal’s. Lizzie’s connection to the club and to the women horrifies him.
When a suspect is discovered through DNA evidence inside the stomach of one of the victims neither Joe or his colleague DS Sylvia Mason are convinced of his guilt. He just doesn’t fit the profile. Samuel Slaski, Sal Slaski’s twenty something son is poorly educated and disorganised in stark contrast to the man Joe believes they are looking for. Big Sam as he is called because of his height denies he is connected to the crimes and looks to his lawyer, Paul Gregory, for help. When a search of Sal’s produces a sinister notebook, Joe gets closer to the truth. When Sam indicates the author of the hand writing contained inside is that of Paul Gregory, the race is on to stop him.
A gruesome discovery at Gregory’s childhood home further exposes his guilt. With nowhere left to run Paul Gregory introduces Joe and his team to The Darkness. Dr Dianne Cook recommends further assessment in a secure mental health unit until he is fit to be interviewed. Paul Gregory’s manipulation of his own lawyer, Mia Fairlie, allows him the chance to escape the facility. After murdering Lizzie’s roommate he kidnaps Lizzie and tells Joe he must meet him to talk if he ever wishes to see her again. Joe then must choose between saving Paul Gregory to force him to face justice for his crimes or an unconscious Lizzie when Paul slices his own throat right in front of him.



Don't forget Kenna's Timothie Hill and the Cloak of Power! 5 Star review from Laurie Woodward: 

"An adorable adventure for kids of all ages. And a fun read aloud to boot!"





Tuesday, May 22, 2018

GROANERS and the benefits of MODERATE alcohol use!!

What happened to the frog's car when his parking meter expired?


It got toad!!

What do you call a frog that crosses the road, jumps in a puddle, and crosses the road again?
A dirty double-crosser!

What's green green green green green?
a frog rolling down a hill

What is a frogs favorite time?
Leap Year!

Why did the frog go to the mall?
Because he wanted to go hopping.


What's your favorite groaner? Post it here!

Or did you write a frog story for children (or adults?)? Post it here!

Have a great week, everyone! HUMP DAY TOMORROW!!


THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF DRINKING ALCOHOL



That means one drink a day for women, two for men. Imbibe more than that, and your risk for health problems goes up! Not to mention alcoholism, which no one wants to live with, believe me!



Tuesday, May 15, 2018

AN INTERVIEW WITH THE UNIQUE D.M. CAIN, CREATIVIA AUTHOR


Why are the Light and Shadow Chronicles unique?

My immersive fantasy novels A Chronicle of Chaos and The Shield of Soren are part of a dark, epic series called The Light and Shadow Chronicles. This series features warriors, epic battles, angels, demons, magic and people with incredible powers.

So what makes it any different from countless other fantasy series? Read on to find out...



The world of the Light and Shadow Chronicles is in a state of eternal turmoil. Alcherys and Meraxor have been at war for thousands of years, trapped in a stalemate that is manipulated by forces greater than any of the characters realise. In order to emerge victorious, each army must recruit greater forces to fight for them—angels, demons, armies of the underworld and magical creatures.

Each of the books in the series focuses on a significant character and their role within the eternal war. Every story lays a building block for the epic finale but the books are written out of order. One story may feature a character in his adulthood, the next is set before he is born, the next after his death. Putting the order of events together is up to the reader.
 The reader may choose their own journey through the saga. If they feel connected to a certain character, they can follow that individual’s story first. And if they join the series after book 5 is released, there is no need to read books one through four first.

So the series truly is individual, and a reader may navigate it as they see fit. So, with new books being released all the time, the choice is up to you. Catch up on A Chronicle of Chaos and The Shield of Soren first or read them afterwards. It will make no difference to the understanding of the series as a whole.

And if you fall in love with the series, you won’t have long to wait – more stories are on their way!

Genesis of Light and Origin of Shadow – two complementary novellas will be released this year, and the next full-length novel, The Sins of Silas, will be coming in 2019.



D.M. Cain Biography

D.M. CAIN
D.M. Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for Creativia Publishing. The Light and Shadow Chronicles series features a range of books which can be read in any order. The series instalments to date include A Chronicle of Chaos and The Shield of Soren. D.M. Cain is working on the next novel in the Light and Shadow Chronicles series, The Sins of Silas, as well as two complementary novellas entitled Genesis of Light and Origin of Shadow.

Cain has released one stand-alone novel: The Phoenix Project, a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future. The Phoenix Project was the winner of the 2016 Kindle Book Review Best Sci-Fi novel Award.

D.M. Cain is also a member of the International Thriller Writers and one of the creators and administrators of the online author group #Awethors. Her short story The End was published in Awethology Dark: an anthology by the #Awethors.

Cain lives in Leicestershire, UK with her husband and two young children, and spends her time reading, writing, reviewing and indulging in geek culture (Marvel, GoT, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Final Fantasy).  



Links
Website: www.dmcain84.com
Mailing List: http://eepurl.com/XevZH

Amazon: Author.to/DMCain84


I hope you've enjoyed the journey through D.M. Cain's fantastical mind and series. Be sure and pick up a copy on Amazon today!

And don't forget Kenna's latest superhero fantasy about a caped crusader hair stylist who lives in Edmonton, Alberta! This eBook will be on sale for 99 c in the UK and USA May 30-31, 2018. Be sure and check out Timothie, the superhero hair stylist!