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Michael Stewart is obsessed with finding something that was hidden in the basement of an old church. He also faces his own demons, worried he isn’t being a good enough father to his teenage daughter Elizabeth and punishing himself for his belief he failed his wife before her death.

 

Unfortunately, nobody else seems to believe this hidden secret exists. And how could they? They believe he is crazy, his talk about travelling to the past through a tunnel in the church basement the delusions of a man who is not coping with reality. But Michael knows it is real because he has gone through it before.

 

 

When Michael re-discovers the hidden passageway through time he vanishes. Realizing what happened; Elizabeth is determined to follow her father. Elizabeth finds the passage and emerges in Jerusalem centuries in the past just as she hoped, but her father is nowhere to be found.

 

Michael returns to the present to find Elizabeth missing. He can only guess what happened to her, that she had followed him through the tunnel. The world that was Jerusalem centuries ago is a dangerous world ruled by Roman soldiers and brutality.

 

Michael immediately realizes the danger his daughter in. He has to find the way back. He has to find her and bring her back!

 

But the tunnel has vanished and Michael cannot find it. Complicating things more, he is everyone’s suspect in the disappearance of his daughter Elizabeth. The three women in his life make it even more difficult. His deceased wife’s friend blames him for her death and is convinced he is to blame for his daughter’s disappearance. His sister and a woman who seems caught between being his friend and wanting more are both torn between his craziness, being unable to decide if he is guilty or innocent, and the need to help him find his daughter.

 

With the FBI investigating and following him, and the three women holding him back, it doesn’t seem that Michael will ever find his daughter. The more Michael tries to convince those around him that his daughter is trapped in time; the more convinced they are that he is crazy and has done something to her.

 

His only real ally is his friend Dennis, the priest of the church who has his own reasons to believe this passage to the past exists.

 

While Michael fights his own battles in the present, desperate to find a way to return to Jerusalem in the time of Christ, Elizabeth faces the greatest danger of her life centuries in the past. She reconnects with Leah, a woman she and her father met on their previous visit to Jerusalem in the time of Christ. With no one who can save them the two women fight for their lives against a sadistic Roman soldier determined to own and control them both in his prison of savage cruelty.

 

 

Everybody’s Daughter mixes religion with the paranormal in a blend of miracles and sacrifice and the lesson that faith in the unbelievable is sometimes the only answer. Michael John Sullivan treats the reader with a story of hope and despair, and finding salvation, all in a story that any reader can relate to.

 

Everybody’s Daughter is published by The Story Plant.

 

 

Today I am pleased to present a guest to the blog.

 

Joan De La Haye

 

Fellow author Joan De La Haye joins us to in a blog interview. Pull up a chair and your favourite cup of tea, glass of wine, or whatever, and let’s join Joan for a few questions.

 

Joan has written Burning, Requiem In E Sharp, and Shadows.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Is there an author or book that inspired you to write, whether to become a writer or just to write a specific story?

 

      That’s a tough question. I grew up in a household full of books. Both my parents were avid readers and I grew up with a love for books and stories. My Grandmother once said that I was writing stories before I could even walk properly. Writing was something that I always wanted to do. When I was about 12 or 13 I wrote a fairytale and forced everybody in my class to read it. But I couldn’t really tell you who or what really inspired me to be an author, I think it was just every book on the shelf that I read and loved that made me want to be able to take others on those sorts of journeys as well.

 

 

  1. burning-cover-1What is your last story and what made you want to write it? What was the inspiration, the drive that started the idea for it?

 

      My last story is called Burning. It’s about a witch who takes drastic and dangerous steps to improve her love life with deadly consequences. It started off as my failed attempt at writing something romantic and erotic, because everybody kept telling me that I should. So I did and failed. Burning ended up being anything but romantic. My publisher did however come up with the label ‘erotic horror’ for it, so I guess I at least did succeed in writing the erotic bit, just not the romantic bit.

 

 

 

  1. It is the age old debate: scene setters vs. seat writers. What is your writing process like? Do you outline extensively, carefully mapping out your story ahead, or do you just go with the flow writing as it comes to you?

 

         I don’t map my stories out at all. I start off with a basic idea of how the story starts and where it might end up. But it just builds from there. It’s almost like watching a movie in my mind which, unfortunately, sometimes hits the pause button while my brain and the characters argue about where the story is going to go.

 

 

  1. We all know names hold a certain amount of power to give us all a pre-judged idea of what a person is like. You want to hate someone just for having the same name as a despised ex, a strong sounding name makes you think they must be strong, and a name like Poindexter, well you get the idea. How important are your character names to you? What resource would you recommend for someone having trouble finding names?

 

      It all depends. Sometimes people will ask me to name a character after them. Sometimes I name a character after an ex-boyfriend, like in Burning (although he did ask me to do that). Sometimes I’ll name a character, especially a character that’s going to die really badly, after someone I really, really don’t like. And then there are times when I’m at a complete loss and I have to consult a baby name book which also gives you the meanings of the names which comes in handy when trying to figure out if a name will suit a specific character or not.

 

 

  1. Each writer has their favourite type of scene, the kind of scene that just flows naturally for them. Is there a certain type of scene you find hard to write?

 

      Sex scenes! I find getting the balance in them just right is a little difficult. You don’t want it to be just a boring blow by blow sort of thing and you also don’t want it to end up being overly flowery, romanticised twaddle that won’t turn anybody on and will only result in uncomfortable giggling.

 

 

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6.    If you could give only one piece of writing advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?

 

      Just focus on writing that first word, then the first sentence and the next sentence. Before you know it you’ll have the first paragraph and then the first page. Writing is sometimes like walking, you just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Also read extensively in all genres.

 

 

 

  1. What is your best do or don’t marketing tip?

 

      Don’t spam. The thing that will stop me from ever buying an author’s book is if they friend me on Facebook with the sole purpose of messaging me to tell me to buy their book or getting me to like their author page. If you haven’t bothered to interact with me on any other level there isn’t a snowballs chance in hell that I’m going to rush out and buy your book because you begged me to do so on Facebook or twitter.

 

 

  1. What is your pet peeve when it comes to writing? It could be about any part from the writing process to publication, marketing, fans, etc.

 

      It’s the self-entitlement that I’m seeing amongst some newbie and aspiring writers that gets to me. The fact that they think other published authors owe them something confuses me. If you want to get published write a good story and submit it and keep submitting it. You have to pay your dues like the rest of us. You don’t just private message a published author and say ‘Hey! I want to be a writer, so you have to help me.’ We don’t have to do anything of the sort. There are plenty of books and online resources available for newbie writers; they really don’t need to demand it from other writers who have deadlines to meet and books to write. And what really gets to me is how rude some of them are when demanding it. One so-called aspiring writer even went so far as to try and get my home phone number so they could harass me at home. That kind of attitude boggles my mind.

 

 

  1. Reviews can drive writers to distraction; looking for them, yearning to get them, and scared of getting them. At the same time it takes a certain kind of reader to put themselves out there and actually post a review. How do you go about encouraging your readers to rate your books or stories and post reviews? How do you respond when you get a negative review?

 

      I must admit I’m rather bad at getting people to review my books. I try to every now and then put a little note up on twitter or Facebook to ask that if they read the book and enjoyed it, that a review would be greatly appreciated but I don’t hound people for reviews, which is probably why I don’t have that many reviews on Amazon.

 

      As to how I deal with a bad review … well … I think it depends on just how bad the review is and whether it’s constructive and fair or not. If it’s a fair review I process what the reviewer said and implement it in my future works. And by process I mean glug a glass of red wine and eat a slab of chocolate. But if it’s just a particularly nasty one where you can see that the reviewer wasn’t actually interested in writing a fair review or if it just wasn’t the sort of book, no matter how well it was written, that they would enjoy there’s not all that much I can do about it. Those sort of reviews you have to just shrug off, hard as that may be, because those tend to be more about the reviewer than about the book.

 

 

  1. And finally, the question every author’s fan wants to now: What are you working on now? What is your next published project going to be?

 

      I’m busy working on a full length novel called Fury which is due for publication in June 2016 by Fox Spirit books. I’ve also got a couple short stories coming out in anthologies. The first of which is European Monsters due out in November.

 

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You can follow Joan and her writing here:

Website: http://joandelahaye.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoanDeLaHaye

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Joan-De-La-Haye/e/B002CJBAWY

 

 

The Trouble With Self Promotion

 

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After years of work, a great deal of time spent writing, re-writing, abandoning, taking up again, and endless rounds of editing, self doubt, and convincing myself that no one will like it, I finally took the big plunge and queried, accepted a contract, and had a book published.

 

Now what?

 

Self promotion, that’s what.

 

No matter the size of the publisher, or if you go the traditional publisher route, small independent press, or self publish, nobody is going to know about or buy your book without promotion and a lot of it. The smaller the company, the smaller the promotional budget they’ll have. But regardless of the size of the company the bulk of the promotion will fall on the author’s shoulders. It’s expected that you will take up that burden and run with it. After all, who has your self-interest at heart more than you? That means you, the writer, have to do a lot of work to promote yourself as an author and your book.

 

My first attempt at bulk/multi self promotion can be summed up with one word. It’s not a good word so we’ll just say “Oh crap!” and leave it at that.

 

The trouble with self promotion, my trouble to be specific although guaranteed I’m not alone, could probably have been helped a great deal with being more prepared and organized. But in such a big task it takes a lot of time to be prepared and organized in that huge world of promotion and, like writing a novel, that will be an ongoing work in progress.

 

Anger and frustration. Those are two good words to describe my experience. The biggest challenges working against me: poor internet connection, a less than stellar working mouse (okay, its more dysfunctional than functional), and starting out already tired and frustrated, with an overdose of wild hyper kids to reduce any attempt at concentrating to a slathering glob of damn I wish I had a glass of wine and a quiet place.

 

So this is lesson one in How To Be A Writer – Promote Yourself & Your Book:
- Distractions are a killer just as much here as when you are trying to write
- Tired and grumpy? Let’s find our happy place before we start.
- Preparation and organization ahead, yeah let’s work on that.
- A good internet connection and reliable computer are huge pluses, essential even.
- Spending four hours or more fighting with the internet, computer, distractions, et al to post a measly 8 quick past and post attempts to promote your book sucks the big one and was probably a huge waste of time.

 

Do you know #WhereTheBodiesAre ?

Do you know #WhereTheBodiesAre ?

First I would like to thank Beth Fehlbaum for inviting me on this blog tour.

Beth Fehlbaum is the author of Big Fat Disaster (Coming from Merit Press in March, 2014!) and The Patience Trilogy (available for acquisition!).
Chapter previews of all her books are available online.

Beth is also the founder of UncommonYA.com, “a group website of traditionally published authors who tell it like it is.”

Beth Fehlbaum
Author websites:
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On this blog tour authors are asked to answer four questions:
1) What am I working on?
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
3) Why do I write what I do?
4) How does my writing process work?

Who is L.V. Gaudet? L. V. Gaudet is a Canadian fiction writer who writes mainly the darker forms of fiction. L.V. Gaudet’s writing is influenced by growing up with a love for thrillers and horrors, sneaking down as a kid to watch old Vincent Price movies and devouring thriller novels.

I am a fiction writer with flash fiction and short stories scattered about the web. Also, the short story “Falling” published in the murder/mystery anthology Mystery in the Wind published by Second Wind Publishing.

1) What am I working on?

It might be easier to ask what I am NOT working on. My husband likes to tease me about my level of multi-tasking in everything I do. Right now I am working with the publisher Second Wind Publishing on getting my debut novel Where the Bodies Are published this summer.

In addition to getting this novel out, my ongoing projects include:

 Editing Garden Grove. Something sinister is behind the strange events happening at the new Garden Grove Meadows community being built in a cozy little bedroom community. With a string of petty vandalism, the poisoning of the work crew, and strange human bones being planted around the job site, what could they possibly have in common?

 Nicely aging and waiting their turn to be edited are these completed works:

 The Gypsy Queen. The era of the paddlewheel boats is coming to an end and two intrepid young men looking to strike it rich come up with a plan after sneaking on board a gambling paddlewheel boat and finding themselves overwhelmed by the opulent richness surrounding them. They find a decommissioned old paddlewheel left rotting up a dried up river tributary. Purchasing the boat for a song, bringing her back to rebuild the one famous Gypsy Queen proves to be a bigger stake than they bargained for. Up against a mafia mentality shipbuilders union and the wealthy owner of the only riverboat casino, who is not open to the idea of having new competition, the young men find themselves quickly in over their heads. To add to their troubles the Gypsy Queen is haunted and she wants her revenge.

 Forgotten Princess (working title). In a long ago time where debtors were arrested and placed in workhouse prisons to pay off their debts, many lived in poverty, and few owned the land which so many lived and worked on, children were often left orphaned by circumstance. This is the story of the survival of the orphaned children brought to one of the vilest orphanages in the country. A darkness poisons this orphanage from deep within its walls.

 The McAllister Farm. This is the prequel to Where the Bodies Are. Once you have read the first book you will be filled with questions. Here you will find answers.

 Works in progress include:

 Blood. This is my 2013 NaNoWriMo novel based on the flash fiction story of the same name. I surpassed the 50,000 word goal; however the story did not end there. Death is real and he is dead tired. He has brought across to his world a younger man to become Death’s unwilling apprentice. Is this possible? Can Death be replaced? And will the young man escape Death’s clutches to return to his world?

 Unnamed. In the dark ages where superstitions were believed true one man is obsessed with eradicating the evil he believes plagues the world, the eaters of souls.

 The Men of Twelve (working title). The queen dies of a mysterious ailment, poisoned! Blinded by grief, her husband, the king, rides out in search of his own swift end. His men at arms rush to follow, to protect their king, but can he be protected from himself? Wallowing in the dark pool of his loss, the king charges recklessly into danger only to return at last with something even more dangerous; a new queen. The strange woman brings with her her own stranger servant and dark purpose, putting the king’s daughter in peril.

 The Illopogas. Based on the flash fiction stories of the same name, Ghost Ship (The Illopogas) and Ghost Ship 2: Return The Illopogas, this is the story of The Illopogas, a ship that is a ghost itself, created by the evil that once filled its hull.

And for the kids, to be published under the name Vivian Munnoch are these tantalizingly scary works in progress:

 The Latchkey Kids. These are the tweens and early yeas teens too old for daycare but still young enough to be considered kids. With working parents they have the responsibility of getting themselves off to school and home again, to wait alone at home until their parents come home. Alone they each have their own little world of problems. Brought together by unforeseen circumstances they are pulled into a bigger problem, a danger that lurks beneath them, coming into their homes through the basement at night.

 The Wishing Stone series. This series of books explores the adventure Madelaine is forced into when she is kidnapped from the tent where she sleeps with her family. Only Mocha knows how Madelaine vanished and she can’t tell. Mocha is Madelaine’s little dog. With a bravery bigger than her size, Madelaine’s younger sister runs away with Mocha in search of her sister.

 Butterflies in the Garden series. There are butterflies in the garden, but they are not what they appear.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I’m not sure how I can say my work differs from others of its genres. While the stories all share a certain darkness, they bring together elements of multiple genres to create a range of reading experiences. Some are more fantasy, others mystery, and some more of a supernatural thriller.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I have always had a love for the dark stories. I grew up sneaking downstairs in the night to watch old Vincent Price movies, absorbed the old Tales from the Dark Side and Twilight Zone shows, and Ray Bradbury Theatre. I devoured every horror book I could get my hands on.

4) How does my writing process work?

My writing process works through unadulterated creative drive. I write what the urge strikes me to write, throwing myself into the writing, letting the writing flow drive itself. If it isn’t working for one story I move on to another.
I usually start with little more than a vague feeling or scene and the story grows from there, driven by its own purpose to become whatever it will be. The story metamorphoses and turns as if with a life of its own. Even I don’t know where it will go when I sit down and start writing. I outline as I go, creating a roadmap of where I’ve been as a reference tool when I need to double back for the sake of consistency.

I will let a story sit and quietly age for months or more between writing and editing, and each edit.
When I edit I want to look at the story with a fresh mind, an outsider looking in. Those early edits bring with them additional depth as scenes that were hurriedly jotted down to move on with the thread driving me are revisited and rewritten. Characters grow deeper personalities and events a personality of their own.
It’s the later edits that can be a story killer, when I start obsessing whether I edited it enough and risk editing the life out of the story. There is a wealth of writing advice out there, a deluge that will drown you if you are not careful. The best advice I can give any writer is to devour that glut of advice. Devour it, absorb it, learn it, and know when to ignore it. For the most part it is good advice, but creativity cannot be set down to follow a strict set of rules. No piece of advice and no writing rule fits every story.

I’m one of though people who just are not content to have one project on the go. If I find myself stuck with nowhere to go on one project that usually means I’m missing something in the big picture. The best cure for that is to take a step back for a while and approach it again later with a fresh mind. But that does not stop the urge to write or the flow of ideas.
If one story is stuck in the mud with no ideas there are a hundred more waiting to be written. And even when I am making an effort to push myself to finish one particular story and find myself stuck, moving on to write something else gets the creative juices flowing and opens the floodgates that will get me back on track with finishing the other project.

Samples of my work can be found on my blog:
The intangible world of the literary mind
What secrets of the mind lurk beyond the mist enshrouded bridge?

http://lvgwriting.wordpress.com/

Follow on Facebook (author page):
http://www.facebook.com/LVGaudet.Author

Coming soon:
Where the Bodies Are
Tentative publishing date: July 1, 2014
through Second Wind Publishing, LLC

http://www.secondwindpublishing.com/

I invite you to join Susie Kearley on her blog as part of the blog tour – My Writing Process.

Susie has written two books on ‘Freelance Writing on Health, Food and Gardens’, and ‘Healthy Sustainable Living, God’s Way.’

http://susiekearley.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/blog-hop-my-writing-process.html

The Sock Kids Meet Lincoln by Michael John Sullivan and Susan Petrone

 

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It’s Saturday in the Sock Kids’ house and that means its wash day.  The Socker family is scooped up and put in the wash where Stretch plays until … he gets whirled around so fast he had to close his eyes and felt like he was falling.

 

Stretch opened his eyes to find himself on a strange man’s leg.

 

That man was Lincoln.  Stretch has gone back in time!

 

Stretch meets the sock on the other leg, a black sock named Meade.

 

The Sock Kids Meets Lincoln offers a quick lesson in history, just right for the young age group (my daughter even went back to check the year again!) and gives a good opening for a discussion on who Abraham Lincoln is.

 

After a quick adventure with Lincoln, Stretch finds his way home again.

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The Sock Kids was entertaining and full of action for such a short story.  My youngest picks the easiest and quickest books to read to avoid real homework reading, but most quick reads also tend to be too easy.  You can typically see the struggle between Mom making her do the required school reading vs. the distractions that pull her away from the books she is bored with.  The Sock Kids was easy enough for a struggling reader without being boring.

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There were no distractions here.  She read The Sock Kids through without pause and was excited about it when she was done, instantly demanding more.  Heck, she tried to find how to get more on my phone! (Good thing purchases are password protected!)

 

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If you are not sure whether your kid will like this book; just read my own daughter’s review after reading it herself.

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Book Review by Robyn Gaudet: The Sock Kids Meet Lincoln

 

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The Sock Kids Meet Lincoln can be bought on Amazon and The Sock Kids can be found hanging out here on WordPress.com.

 

 

 Michael John Sullivan The Sock Kids Meet Lincoln - CoverGuest blogger Robyn Gaudet, 8 years old (ok, less than two weeks to 9 years old!) shares with us her review on:

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The Sock Kids Meet Lincoln by Michael John Sullivan and Susan Petrone

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 I read a book called The Sock Kids.  The sock kids are sock people and why I like it is because it is so FUNNY I just wanted to read all the books over and over!

A little sock named Stretch met Lincoln.  Lincoln put Stretch onto his feet and Stretch met a black sock named Meade.  They became good friends then Stretch went home.

My favorite part about the story is when Stretch got whirled from the bath tub and got into 1863 and that’s when he met Lincoln.

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The Sock Kids Meet Lincoln can be bought on Amazon and The Sock Kids can be found hanging out here on WordPress.com.

Nancy A Niles Vendetta - CoverPaul Faraday made a big mistake and he blamed it all on himself.  He and his wife came to the city in the desert where he took a job as controller of the Desert Dreams Hotel and Casino and he had an affair with his secretary, Darla, causing his wife to storm out of their mansion furiously jealous.

Now Anna was missing; kidnapped.

He would not have the opportunity to make any more mistakes.

The kidnapper, a man calling himself The Fixer, saw to that.  Paul and his wife were murdered in retaliation for another mistake Paul Faraday had made, one he didn’t even know about.  The fixer was seeking revenge for his son’s death.

The fixer wasn’t done yet.  He has a Vendetta.

Tina Munroe works catching cheaters at the Oasis Hotel and Casino.  Between the hours she works at the steady Casino job she works for Bernie Phillips, a private investigator.

Her boss as the casino, Billy “Hutch” Hutchins is The Fixer’s next target.

Pulled by a sense of protectiveness over her old friend, The Fixer’s next target, Tina is drawn deeper into the mystery of The Fixer.  Everyone becomes a suspect, including Lex Bruenner who Tina finds herself unavoidably attracted to.

As Tina gets closer to the truth she puts herself into deeper scrapes and those around her in greater danger, digging herself deeper into the darker underground world behind the Casinos and into The Fixer’s path.

The truth has to lie somewhere in the one thing Hutch and Faraday had in common, running casinos and living submerged in the gambling world.  The question is whether Tina can find The Fixer’s identity before he kills her or someone else close to her.

At times Nancy A Niles’ Vendetta has the feel of the old style gumshoe, but with a big twist – the stereotypical private eye hero is a woman.  You can’t help but like Tina Munroe as you find yourself rooting for her as you wonder how she’s going to get out of this jam she’s in.

 Vendetta is published by Second Wind Publishing, LLC.

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