Cover Reveal: The Ganga Shift by Mary Bernsen

The Ganga Shift

Publisher: Parliament House Press

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Life hasn’t been easy for Isabella. She spent most of her childhood in the foster care system, and now at twenty-two she has landed herself in prison on drug charges. Her troubled past is what makes her a perfect candidate for the government’s latest scientific endeavor, Operation Gene Re-sequencing. No one will miss her. No one will question her absence. But, when it’s discovered Isabella is immune to their DNA-changing drugs, she is selected to be used as prey for those who aren’t.

Chase and Brayden couldn’t be more opposite; Chase is calm, reserved, and completely insistent that he will control the changes the virus is causing in his body. Brayden, on the other hand, has always been wild and uninhibited. He welcomes the new animalistic nature coming over him. The one thing they have in common? They both have a taste for the cute little Asian inmate who is now sharing their cell.

 

 

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About the Author

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Mary Bernsen is a Florida native living in North Port with her two beautiful children and a third, much larger child whom she affectionately calls husband. She is the Amazon Best Selling Author of the Villain’s Love series and also writes young adult fiction under her pseudonym, M.E Rhines.

 

 

 

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Beluga Tales – Because I’m Your Mommy by Nanna Elliana Review

I received a free copy of this book for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

A mother’s love comes to beautiful illustrated life in the brand new children’s story Beluga Tales – Because I’m Your Mommy by author Nanna Elliana. Here’s the synopsis:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And Mommy whale expresses her hopes and dreams for a one-of-a-kind relationship with her little beluga daughter. This book celebrates a mother’s love. The books are aimed at children aged 2-6 (picture books), who hopefully will join Valeria in her mini-adventures, and learn something about life and the world around them. In these books the characters share a whole range of experiences, they learn about sharing, about helping each other, and most important, they learn the value of friendship. My vision was to create books with positive messages for children. Simple stories with a valuable lesson or just a joke that could bring a smile to a child. A unique style with a lot of creativity that can bring any tale of imagination and adventure to new heights. ” I hope that you will enjoy my stories and if so please consider leaving an Amazon review since it helps individuals like me to stay motivated in this big and scary market. It would be greatly appreciated.” My books are mostly about friendship. The belugas go on little adventures and find different animals and situations that don’t always go as planned. In my books, I try to give children strategies to help them on how to deal with disappointment, anger, sadness, how to cooperate, share and surpass their difficulties. I believe in respecting children, challenging them, loving them and most importantly empowering them with knowledge. In the end, I aim to make the reader smile and learn something from my books. Follow Valeria in her new adventures. https://www.nannaelliana.com/

This story was heartwarming to say the least. Exploring themes of equality and the love of a mother for her child, the story focuses on the promises a mother makes to her daughter to love her, protect her and show her the world. Showing children the importance of sharing, caring and dealing with their emotions in a healthy way, this story was expertly crafted perfectly for children to learn from and for parents to bond over with their child. The illustrations were gorgeous, bringing the story of a beluga whale and her family to life eloquently and making it feel like watching a family movie.

Overall this was a great story, filled with heart and emotion throughout. An important read for any parent and their child, the story blends the sensational world of the ocean with the connection between a mother and their child, and it’ll have a tear welling up in your eye as you happily go through the story. If you haven’t yet be sure to pick up your copy of Beluga Tales – Because I’m Your Mommy today!

Rating: 10/10

Pseudo Man by Abdul Sami Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

Author and poet Abdul Sami shines a light on the dark truth on the realities of life in today’s world in his book of poetry, Pseudo Man. Here’s the synopsis:

The Pseudoman continues to raze the foundations laid down by our ancestors. His greed and self-contempt are corrupting the true essence of humanity. War, pain, loss and futile quarrels have become our absolute fate. Will we ever wake up? Or will we all volunteer to be a casualty of this self-constructed catastrophe?

Although dark, the poems are beautifully written. A vivid use of imagery brings a harsh light onto the horrors of war, crimes against nature and crimes against humanity. The horrors mankind inflicts upon itself and the inability for man to learn from the past of our ancestors leads poet Abdul Sami to create a unique and creative collection of poetry. Although a fast read, the impact is great as the reader delves into the narrative of the poems themselves and starts to ask themselves what their impact on the world is, and forces us to ask how we can change it.

Overall it’s a great collection. Eloquently written and giving a new perspective on the way we view the world, author and poet Abdul Sami has created a fantastic new book that both educates and inspires us all to aspire to be better than those who came before us, and to work towards a better tomorrow to get out of a dark and hellish today. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy of Pseudo Man today!

Rating: 10/10

 

Interview with Author Steve Conoboy

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself. What made you want to become an author?

 

There are so many reasons why I ended up here, all weaving together to make the destination inevitable. The very short version is that I was always obsessed with stories. I read every magazine and book I could get hold of from a very early age (I was reading from the TV guide at age 4). I couldn’t get enough of video rentals – all the covers looked incredible. Then I began to record my own voice as I read out all the characters in comic books. Soon I was copying the stories I loved the best: further Star Wars adventures in the form of drawn space battles, writing extra chapters for my favourite fantasy books. Stephen King happened. Then I got hold of a typewriter in my late teens, and I loved the clacky sound it made. After that, I simply wrote for the love of finding out what my crazy characters would get up to next.

 

2) What was the inspiration behind Macadamian Pliers, both the book and the character?

 

It was on a journey home from work, many years ago. The bus passed by a brand new set of apartments, and on the opposite side of the road was a very old building, a real dilapidated hunk of junk. It was obvious which one would be haunted. New buildings are never haunted, unless they’ve been built on top of an old burial ground of some kind. So I wondered, was there any other way to make such a place haunted? The next thought came quickly: was there a way that an estate agent (realtor) could sell a family one of these lovely homes, then render it haunted so that they could chase that family out and sell the house again? The kind of character that would do such a thing would have to be a particularly nasty piece of work… and also a little bit crazy.

I started writing it that night.

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3) What theme or message do you hope readers get from this story?

 

No matter how small you think your voice is, you must always speak out against the darkness.

 

4) If you could have a conversation with any of your characters, who would it be and what would you ask them?

 

Probably Misha from my new release A Graveyard Visible. She’s pretty damn peculiar, so it would be a very interesting conversation. She has a pet mystic 8-ball for a start. It gives her advice. Bad advice.

There’s one other character I’d be interested in talking to, but only over the phone: Macadamian Pliers. I’d love to hear his voice, but I definitely wouldn’t want to be in the same room as him. He just can’t be trusted.

 

5) What social media site has been the most helpful in reaching and conversing with your readership?

 

This is a difficult one, as I’ve got a bit of a rough relationship with social media (bad news for me, considering how all-encompassing such sites are now). Twitter’s been pretty good for picking up leads on review opportunities, and people are very quick to reciprocate any kindness – but tweets go by in a flash, and if you don’t keep up constant engagement, it’s all for nothing. Facebook is good for giving out more information, as well as finding decent groups, but my reach there is limited and advertising does very, very little. Also, I feel Facebook has no interest in supporting its users if they have any significant issues as a result of the site and its other users, and therefore resent being on it at all. I kind-of feel like that about all social media, really – I think they’ve encouraged a deep-rooted seam of unpleasantness to bubble up from the masses, and people can be so vile.

I actually find that being on other people’s book blogs and websites is most useful. If anyone is visiting those sites, they have done so for a reason. Far fewer people, maybe, but at least it’s your target audience.

 

6) What matters more to you when writing: developing plot or creating characters?

 

Characters must always come first. No doubt. Anyone who says different is wrong. All story must be driven by the characters actions (or inaction). If plot comes first, then you’re forcing your characters to do things that they definitely wouldn’t do, and readers will pick up on that in a heartbeat.

 

7) What advice would you give to up and coming authors?

 

Do it for the love. Really, that’s the most important part of the whole process. If you’re enjoying what you’re writing, then there’s a chance that someone else will enjoy reading it. If it feels like a slog, something’s wrong. I’ve dumped a couple of novels partway through the writing process because they felt so off.

 

8) What’s next for you in the world of writing? Any new or upcoming books on the horizon?

 

I’m currently gearing up for the release of A Graveyard Visible on 27th April 2018, so there’s a lot of promotion work and pulling together some reviews (which are proving to be very divisive so far – that’s either incredibly worrying or a great marketing tool). It’s being published by Lodestone Books, and the cover and the layout of the paperback look absolutely fantastic, so pleased with the result. On the writing side of things, I’m playing about with a possible tone change for an AGV sequel, as well as being deep into the writing of a story about the political activism of a pig. Yeah, it’s something a little bit different.

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The Haunting of Barry’s Lodge by Annie Walters

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

A modern day classic horror story comes to brilliant life in author Annie Walter’s novel The Haunting of Barry’s Lodge. A blend of old school ghost stories with psychological horror, this book takes readers on a whirlwind journey through one terrifying week in the life of an aspiring writer. Here’s the synopsis:

Alfred, a washed-up author, plagued by failures can’t believe his luck when his father-in-law, Frank, provides him with a chance that he direly craved for:

Seven days alone in an isolated Motel with the task of finishing his upcoming book!

But little does he know about the Motel’s unsavory history. Hidden in the copse of trees and about 400 miles away from his home in the dark forest of Skiddaw, it is a two-storey facade with twisting, malevolent chimneys and an eerie allure.Lack of WI-FI, poor signals and weird set of rules, the dark atmosphere soon turns his seemingly idyllic trip into a living nightmare. Apart from the usual creaks, groans, and moans of the crumbling structure, he soon finds himself face to face with an entity. An urban legend that is lurking in the woods long before the Motel found its existing foundations.

The Motel’s dark and haunting history quickly becomes tangled with Alfred’s life as he frantically searches for answers. Barry, the caretaker is hiding something. But what is it? Is there someone else living in the motel beside him? Or is the caretaker not what he seemingly appears?

Alfred quickly begins to lose his tenuous grip on reality as he sinks further and further into an intricately designed game of deceit and lies that might put his life in danger! Or is he a threat to himself and everybody around him?

The Haunting at Barry’s Lodge is a full-length novel of a riveting ghost story and a third edition by the author, Annie Walters, previously published as Barry’s Lodge A Haunting.

This was a fantastic new horror story. Playing on the classic themes of psychological terror and spine-chilling ghost stories, readers will be on the edge of their seat as they try to find out who Alfred can trust, and what is coming for him in this strange and eerie motel. The book was fast paced and drew the reader in with it’s vivid imagery and haunting backstory. Expertly crafted to paint an image in your mind, the story takes readers through the darkest corners of Barry’s Lodge, keeping the reader on their toes as friends become enemies and salvation may be a trap for Alfred.

Overall this was a fantastic story. Building a modern day classic, author Annie Walters has done an expert job of bringing this story to life. With a shocking twist ending, horror fans will not want to miss this brand new adventure. Be sure to pick up your copies of The Haunting of Barry’s Lodge today!

Rating: 10/10

 

Interview with Author Daniel Blake Smith

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into writing?

I was trained as an historian—was a professor of American history at the University of Kentucky for many years—so early on I was into the storytelling business.  Most of my earlier books, in fact, are works of history:  I’ve published books with major commercial presses (Henry Holt/MacMillan and St. Martin’s Press) on the founding of Virginia (THE SHIPWRECK THAT SAVED JAMESTOWN); The Trail of Tears (AN AMERICAN BETRAYAL:  CHEROKEE PATRIOTS AND THE TRAIL OF TEARS); and a family saga (OUR FAMILY DREAMS).

2) What inspired you to write your book?

I was inspired to write MR. WONDERFUL out of autobiographical motivations.  I began the work as a memoir but soon found that I wanted (and the book needed) to have the freedom of fiction, so I quickly moved beyond my own story (yes, I am a college professor, like the protagonist, Brian Fenton; and yes, I have a son—but not ‘wayward and loopy’, like Danny in the story; and, yes, my father recently passed, a small town Texas doctor just as in the novel) to create something larger, deeper, and more meaningful that takes readers well beyond the confines of my particular experience.  But watching my father go through dementia as he came near the end did serve as the initial spark to write something in honor of him.

3) What theme or message do you hope readers will take away from your book?

I guess I hope that readers come away feeling that they’ve met some real, relatable, flawed, but fascinating characters who struggle with issues—success, manhood, relationships, death, loss, and legacy—that we all must confront.

4) What drew you into this particular genre?

I love first-person narration in novels, especially with the story set in the ‘eternal present tense’ and so this story—narrated (not always reliably) by the father and son, Brian and Danny Fenton—offered the opportunity to show how much point of view matters in understanding how life and our emotional reactions to it unfold and acquire meaning.

5) If you could sit down with any character in your book, what would you ask them and why?

I would love to sit down with at least three characters and ask the following questions:  1) Danny, the wayward son:  ‘what gives you meaning and purpose when you get up every day?  Are you thinking of some goal, some future accomplishment or just living moment to moment?  2) Claire Fenton:  how in the world do you maintain such commitment, devotion, and positive feelings in the face of so much negativity, decline, and loss?  3) Robert (‘Doc’) Fenton:  how could you be both John Wayne and a feeling person who reached out to others?  Why and how did you hide this secret, inner self?

6) What social media site has been the most helpful in developing your readership?

Facebook and Twitter have probably helped me reach out the most to prospective readers—in part, because I built up a pretty significant following through my previous work as a filmmaker.

7) What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?

Aspiring writers need to read as much in the world of writing they intend to work in—novels for fiction writers; history and non-fiction for those wanting to tell ‘true’ stories.  And then you have to write.  Write some every day, just to feel yourself giving expression to images, thoughts, emotions.  Don’t worry if it’s not perfect or ‘publishable’ (it won’t be) at first.  As the great playwright, Tennessee Williams said (but it applies to all kinds of writing): “You don’t write plays; you REWRITE them.”

8) What does the future hold in store for you? Any new books/projects on the horizon?

Next up for me are a couple of film projects I’m trying to get off the ground—BLOOD BORN, a thriller about a down-on-his-luck 20 something young man whose world is turned upside down when he discovers that his blood can cure cancer; and I’ll be turning MR. WONDERFUL into a screenplay and hopefully an actual movie someday soon.  Book project:  I think I’ll do a sequel to MR. WONDERFUL, focusing on the antics and wild story of Danny and Dawn, the next generation, so to speak.

My website (has lots of photos, trailers, and other info about my work as book author and filmmaker):  danielblakesmith.com
Author bio:  DANIEL BLAKE SMITH is the author of several books including, THE SHIPWRECK THAT SAVED JAMESTOWN (Henry Holt); AN AMERICAN BETRAYAL (Henry Holt); and OUR FAMILY DREAMS (St. Martin’s Press).  He’s also a writer/producer whose most recent film, TEXAS HEART, starring John Savage (THE DEER HUNTER) and Lin Shaye (INSIDIOUS), is now available on Amazon Prime and on DVD.  Formerly a professor of American history at the University of Kentucky, Smith now lives in St. Louis where he works as a filmmaker and author.

Interview with Author Simon Williams

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into writing?

 

I was born in Australia and moved to the US after university for what was intended to be a 2-year working holiday. I never made it home. My mother was a prolific letter writer when I was young, and I started writing letters when I moved here to my family and friends. They were essentially just long stories of my life here and I developed a following amongst my friends when I started doing it on email. I was told over and over to put my stories into a book format, so I started writing my first series of books, the TORN trilogy, about a depressing time in my life to get over my sadness. Loved doing it. I mean it was the best bloody medicine I could have asked for. So that is what got me into the effort required to sit at a desk for 5 hours after a ten-hour work day. Of course, being bat shit crazy helped as well.

 

 

2) What inspired you to write your book series?

 

The need to fill up the hours of isolation and I was experiencing at the time 5 years ago. It just starts as a very serious note to my family after one of the most depressing nights of my life. I had a choice, keep writing or jump off my balcony. Thankfully the bloody computer didn’t crash on me (although bugs in Word sometimes does push me to have suicidal thoughts on occasions) I have a very compulsive personality. Once I start something I get my teeth into it and won’t stop till I am finished. So, I wrote for three straight years to finish the series.

 

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3) What theme or message do you hope readers will take away from your books?

 

Don’t give up. Never give up. No matter how f’ing bad life may seem, you could be 2 minutes away from the news that will lift your spirits. You could be a minute away, you could be 30 seconds away. This is the basic tenet of life. If you are a writer, or a runner, or a student, or a patient. The moment you give up, everything you have worked towards is over. Even if it takes 20 years to succeed, suck it up and keep working for 20 years. It is worth it.

 

 

4) What drew you into telling your story as a series rather than one book?

 

Because I when I started the first book I had a hope that the HUGE problem in my life would be resolved by the end of it, and it wasn’t. So, I wrote a second book with the same hope. It finally got sorted out as I was writing the 3rd book. Otherwise I would still be writing that series now. I didn’t really set out with a plan. It was just something I fell into without thinking and then was continually swept along.

 

 

5) If you could sit down with anyone you talked about in your book, what would you ask them and why?

 

I would sit down with the main villain in the series and ask them, what the f@ck were you thinking?

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6) What social media site has been the most helpful in developing your readership?

 

I used Facebook with good success until they banned me from advertising my book for some reason that 10 emails later they still wouldn’t explain. So, I have been using Goodreads website for my promotions lately. But it is a hard slog. I am spending a lot of time working on my next series of books so once they are finished I will be able to have a greater library of work to promote and more time to promote.

 

7) What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?

 

Go back and read Question 3 and the answer over and over until you are sick of reading it. Nothing is going to come easy. Not the writing, not the promoting, not the complaints from your spouse that you want to write on your anniversary and the kid’s birthdays. But don’t stop. If you love doing it and believe in yourself, never give in.

 

8) What does the future hold in store for you? Any new books/projects on the horizon?

 

A 4 or 5 book series on my stories of travelling for 25 years from Africa, to India, Nepal, the USA, Japan and Brazil. Stories of my near misses with police, gangs, injury, death, and girls. All told with a good dose of self-effacing humor.

 

Following that I have a book planned on how the USA Healthcare system is a piece of crap and what to look out for when you go to hospital. If could save your life. That book probably isn’t going to be that funny.

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