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By nmurray, Feb 21 2020 03:13PM

Hello Chris, from across the pond, I am so glad that you can be with me today. Please share with us all your words of wisdom about being an author and about your writing journey.

1. What made you want to write a book?

It was back in 1987 when my brother-in-law dared me to write a book. At that time I was becoming a fervent visitor of liquidation sales, yard, tag and garage sales as well as visiting and buying spaces in indoor and outdoor swap meets. He said he'd never seen someone so involved in private sales and secondhand purchases before, and that I certainly knew what I was doing. Garage Sale Mania ended up being the first non-fiction book on the subject and it sold right away to a medium-sized publisher. It became a bestseller in its own right. I'm sure that was the start of my book writing career and I haven't stopped since. Now I write from inspiration and not dares or prodding. Of course, everything now is fiction.

2. Tell us about you and where you live.

I was born in Los Angeles and raised on the beaches of Southern California. It was only until 2009 when I moved in with my twin sister that I relocated in Sylvania, Alabama. It was quite a culture shock to go from the concrete jungle, of sorts, to the the wide expanse of rural living, surrounded by heavy brush and forests. I'm still not a full-blown deep-south resident in heart, but I've enjoyed the transition. I truly live in a "holler" at the bottom of a ravine.

3. What have you written and what are you working on now?

I've written and published 13 books, mostly fiction in various genres, which appear on Amazon. Among those genres are SiFi, YA distopian and fantasy, adult thrillers, paranormal, military espionage, erotic romance and supernatural. I've adopted the pen name Christy J. Breedlove to write all my young adult fiction. I'm currently working on last edits of book number 2 in the Screamcatcher series, which has the sub-title Dream Chasers. Book 3 of the series will come out in the Summer, finishing up the trilogy.

4. How did you come up with the idea of your latest book Screamcatcher: Web World?

It all started with a dream catcher. This iconic item, which is rightfully ingrained in Indian lore, is a dream symbol respected by the culture that created it. It is mystifying, an enigma that that prods the imagination. Legends about the dream catcher are passed down from multiple tribes. There are variations, but the one fact that can be agreed upon is that it is a nightmare entrapment device, designed to sift through evil thoughts and images and only allow pleasant and peaceful dreams to enter into consciousness of the sleeper.

I wondered what would happen to a very ancient dream catcher that was topped off with dreams and nightmares. What if the nightmares became too sick or deathly? What if the web strings could not hold anymore visions? Would the dream catcher melt, burst, vanish, implode? I reasoned that something would have to give if too much evil was allowed to congregate inside of its structure. I found nothing on the Internet that offered a solution to this problem—I might have missed a relevant story, but nothing stood out to me. Stephen King had a story called Dream Catcher, but I found nothing in it that was similar to what I had in mind. So I took it upon myself to answer such a burning question. Like too much death on a battlefield could inundate the immediate location with lost and angry spirits, so could a dream catcher hold no more of its fill of sheer terror without morphing into something else, or opening up a lost and forbidden existence. What would it be like to be caught up in another world inside the webs of a dream catcher, and how would you get out? What would this world look like? How could it be navigated? What was the source of the exit, and what was inside of it that threatened your existence? Screamcatcher: Web World, the first in the series, was my answer. I can only hope that I have done it justice.

5. How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work?

My promotion methods are intense. As of late, I've submitted over 1,650 book review packages to listed reviewers. All of my pitch letters were personally written after having read the bios and guidelines of the review sources. I've received over 160 requests for the book and I'm currently stacking up the reviews on Amazon. I also announce the book on FB, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, GoodReads, AllAuthor, Author's Den, Kindle Cafe, Reddit, and numerous other display sites and writing groups.

I have a promotion manager who uses all of her contacts to get the word out. I have used paid ads many times, and I have to be careful about which ones are productive and those that pay dividends. Many of my promotion methods work, but you have to remember how difficult it is today with the increased number of titles that are now available. You have to be persistent and positive about branding your name and getting any exposure at all. Just recently, I've approached producers and directors for a book-to-movie deal, and have one actress who is interested in being attached to the project.

6. Where can readers find your book for sale?

Here is my Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/Chris-Harold-Stevenson/e/B001K8UUBK

Thank you Chris, I am amazed at the amount of review request you have sent out. I really hope that your hard work pays off and you get lots of lovely reviews.

All the best

Natasha :)

By nmurray, Feb 7 2020 10:24AM

My guest today is Faye Rapoport DesPres her new book Tribbs: The Very Handsome Cat (Writers Coffee Bar Press), book 2 in the Stray Cat Stories children’s book series, will be released on February 20, 2020. The heartwarming book with its charming illustrations is based on the true story of a stray cat who was found on the streets of New York and adopted, after a long wait, into a happy home.

Tribbs: The Very Handsome Cat is authored by Faye Rapoport DesPres and illustrated by Laurel McKinstry Petersen. DesPres donates a portion of the proceeds from her children’s books to non-profit animal rescue organizations. In the following interview, she answers questions about her life, her love for animals, and writing and marketing her books.

Hi Faye, I am glad that you can join me today. Please share with everyone your writing journey.

What made you want to write a book?

I started writing poetry and stories when I was a child, and I pursued writing as a journalist and public relations writer for environmental organizations early in my career. I kept up my interest in poetry by taking courses for a while, but eventually I focused more on journalism and marketing writing, because I had to pay the bills. I had been working as a professional writer for quite a few years when I had a health scare at 41 — a panic attack that felt as if I was having a heart attack. In the few moments when I thought something was really wrong, one of the thoughts that went through my mind was, “I never wrote my book.” In that moment, I understood that creative writing and writing a book was something I needed to put back on the front burner.

I went back to school and earned an MFA in Creative Writing at the Solstice Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College. That two-year degree helped me re-focus on reading and writing creative work. I also learned a lot about craft, because creative writing is a different skill than journalism.

I still work as a professional writer, but now I do creative writing, too.

Tell us about you and where you live.

I was born in New York City, but when I was six years old my family moved to a rural farming town in upstate New York. My love for animals started at a young age. I grew up surrounded by natural beauty, wildlife and family pets. I remember knocking on neighbors’ doors when I was 10 years old seeking signatures on a petition to outlaw leg-hold traps. I had a “Friends of Animals” patch sewed onto my jeans.

I studied English and American Literature in college and Environmental Science with a Communications and Journalism specialty in graduate school before earning my MFA. I always wanted to write about animals, wildlife, and the environment.

I now live in Cambridge, Massachusetts with my husband, Jean-Paul Des Pres, and several cats we’ve adopted from different situations. Tribbs was a real cat who lived with me for almost 20 years, and Little White still lives with us today.

What have you written and what are you working on now?

After earning my MFA, I published a number of personal essays in literary journals. I also published several short fiction stories. In 2014 I finally released my first book, Message From a Blue Jay, a memoir-in-essays published by a wonderful independent press called Buddhapuss Ink. I then turned a true story I felt would be perfect for children into my second book, Little White: The Feral Cat Who Found a Home, which is the first Stray Cat Stories children’s book. Tribbs: The Very Handsome Cat is my third book. The children’s books wouldn’t exist without the wonderful illustrator Laurel McKinstry Petersen.

I am hoping to publish a third book in the Stray Cat Stories series, and I’m currently working on another project, a fictional prose book.

How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work?

It is such a challenge to get books out into the world if you’re not a well-known author backed by one of the large publishing houses. Small, independent presses have to work hard to try to get their books in front of reviewers and bloggers. The marketing for my first book was largely handled by Buddhapuss Ink, which did a wonderful job. The owner of the press, MaryChris Bradley, is a long-time publishing pro with experience in the big houses. She happens to also be the person behind Writers Coffee Bar Press, and she edits and designs my children’s books. For the children’s books, though, I have had to do more of the marketing myself.

One of the things I’ve found very helpful is to share information about the books and the cats through Facebook pages that I help to grow through occasional Facebook ads. Little White has almost 3000 fans on her very active Facebook page.

I also hired an amazing publicist for Tribbs: The Very Handsome Cat — Deborah Bernstein. Having Deb working behind the scenes to help get the word out has been so helpful.

It’s a challenge, but I find the effort worthwhile because I am trying to help teach children (and adults) about the importance of having compassion for stray cats and other animals. Each book has its own message about love and family and life as well.

Where can readers find your books for sale?

Message From a Blue Jay and Little White: The Feral Cat Who Found a Home are available on Amazon at at Barnes and Noble online (BN.com). Tribbs: The Very Handsome Cat will be available on Amazon and at BN.com on February 20, 2020 in paperback, hardcover, and e-book formats. If readers want to support their local independent book stores, they can also walk in and ask the stores to order copies of the children’s books from Ingram.

Thanks Faye, I am sure that Tribbs will be a popular book for children.

Natasha :)x

By nmurray, Feb 2 2020 02:16PM

Hi Susan, welcome to my blog, I am glad that you can join me today. Please let everyone know about your writing and marketing journey.

What made you want to write a book?

I don’t know anything specifically that lead me to writing other than an internal urge. I penned or should I say penciled my first novel, 'More Trouble for Me,' when I was about ten years old. It was complete at thirty handwritten pages.

In junior high I moved on to screenplays for movies of which I would star. My parents worried about me because I spent so much time alone in my room. I never told them I was writing. I’m sure they’d have been relieved, but I wanted to keep it a secret. (I didn’t want to have to edit content.) As I grew older, life, and more specifically boys got in the way and I buried both my writing and acting dreams. I’d nearly forgotten about them until one day while purging clutter, I came across my first novel and was inspired to realize my childhood dream.

2. Tell us about you and where you live.

I work in an IT department for a hospital by day. I’m a hipshaker and writer by night, an artist whenever possible, and an Internet addict. I live in sunny South Carolina with my teenage son and two Cairn Terriers.

3. What have you written and what are you working on now?

My YA Romance novel 'Cherokee Summer' was born while visiting the Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina. My stay prompted a memory of a serious crush I had on a Native American classmate when I was a ‘tween. For the next year I imagined what might have happened had we been older. Once the story came to me, I opened my ever-present laptop and started writing.

My current novel is a YA Paranormal Romance was written prior to Cherokee Summer. I am currently dissecting it and building it back up with an altered plot.

4. How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work?

I’m still learning. My advice to writers is to build an online presence today and nurture it. This could be on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Blogging and Vlogging are great too. Submit ARCs for review prior to publication and continue to seek reviews afterwards. I wish I’d have done more of this prior to publication.

5. Where can readers find your book for sale?

Buy Links Barnes and Noble > https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cherokee-summer-susan-antony/1129952570?ean=9781509223985

2. Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Cherokee-Summer-Susan-Antony-ebook/dp/B07L7GLGRG

3. Itunes > https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/cherokee-summer/id1446915745?mt=11

4. Kobo >https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/cherokee-summer

Thank you Susan, I have added Cherokee Summer's book blurb below as it looks to be a thrilling read.

When Ace leaves home to spend the summer in Cherokee, North Carolina the last thing she expects to find is a boyfriend—until she meets Cherokee Tribe member John Spears. As Ace and John's friendship blossoms, they find their life experiences mirror each other and they fall in love. Despite hurdles thrown by well-meaning family members and jealous frenemies, the star-crossed lovers remain committed to their mutual belief that the universe has drawn them together. However, when Ace sends John a strange text and then suddenly disappears, the two must rely on their trust in each other to save both their lives and their love.
When Ace leaves home to spend the summer in Cherokee, North Carolina the last thing she expects to find is a boyfriend—until she meets Cherokee Tribe member John Spears. As Ace and John's friendship blossoms, they find their life experiences mirror each other and they fall in love. Despite hurdles thrown by well-meaning family members and jealous frenemies, the star-crossed lovers remain committed to their mutual belief that the universe has drawn them together. However, when Ace sends John a strange text and then suddenly disappears, the two must rely on their trust in each other to save both their lives and their love.

By nmurray, Jan 22 2020 10:50AM

Hi Ray, it is great to have you on my blog today. I have a few questions for you.

1. What made you want to write a book?

I used to teach junior high language arts, and it seemed at that time there weren't enough books written with teen-age boys in mind. In those days I rode my bike on the Illinois Prairie Path, a former light rail right-of-way turned into recreational trail.

I made up a story of the Ghost of Jamie McVay to entertain my sons. They enjoyed the story, so I tried it out on my students. When they responded positively, I thought I'd work the ghost story into a coming-of-age tale of a teenager trying to fit in, making new friends, and dealing bullies and problems at home.

2. Tell us about you and where you live.

Like my main character, I grew up on the south side of Chicago. I'm at home now in the setting of my book: a far western suburb of Chicago, a neighborhood partly rural in nature, criss-crossed with bike trails, but at the same time a developing area with small-town roots and legends, modern attitudes, and hopes for the future. Where I live, the front of the house looks out on a typical suburban cul de sac, but out back is a pond, woods and riverbank frequented by typical Midwestern wildlife. It's a private, quiet place to write.

3. What have you written and what are you working on now?

The Ghost of Jamie McVay was my first published novel, but I write poetry and short stories, too. Right now I am writing a literary fiction novel based to a great extent on my own youth on the south side of Chicago in the 1960s. It concerns the adventures and coming of age of three friends in a place and time of change.

4. How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work?

I have modest success selling my book in person at local author fairs and literary festivals. Circumstances prevented me from getting many online reviews, though, so I am presently focused on requesting reviews from bloggers and critics, with hopes of engaging more readers and reviewers.

5. Where can readers find your book for sale?

The Ghost of Jamie McVay is for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com. I am happy to have it on the shelves of a few book stores in Chicago's west suburbs, too.

Brian Krueger has a lot of problems: The death of his grandfather and his father’s alcoholism have led to hard times and a move to a new town, where his nearest neighbor is a pyromaniac and a bully. Brian runs to escape his troubles, but it’s on the gravel jogging path that he encounters the ghost of Jamie McVay.

Brian and his new friend, Sharon, investigate the ghost’s origins. Clue by clue, secrets are revealed as the teens discover the truth behind Jamie McVay’s quest for redemption. Along the way they must deal with teen issues such as school, sports, friends and rivals. Brian also struggles to reconcile with his father, while facing dangerous Pete the Pyro..

Can Brian and Sharon prevent catastrophe on Halloween night? Will the ghost of Jamie McVay find peace for his unquiet soul?

Thank you so much for talking today.

Wishing you all the best

Natasha :)

If you would like a copy of Ray's book then please visit Amazon via this link


By nmurray, Jan 8 2020 10:24AM

Happy New Year Michael and welcome to my blog. Please let everyone know about your journey as a writer and about your great sci-fi books.

What made you want to write a book?

When I was young I loved to read. It opened up a new world for me. A friend lent me some of the books he was reading and introduced me to writers like Kurt Vonnegut and Robert Heinlein. Back then we both said we would write our own books. He went on to have a successful career in writing and I took a more roundabout way. I started writing short stories when the editor of Amazing Stories was kind enough to critique my work. I then got the idea for my first novel, “Subroutine: Heaven”.

Tell us about you and where you live.

My first place, like many young people was a cheap one room apartment. From there I moved upward until I eventually took over my deceased parents property. Unfortunately this was too much for me to handle, being single, so I wound up selling that and bought a small trailer in a nice neighborhood a few miles outside Atlantic City, N.J.

After working a few years at several jobs from developing film to selling tires I wound up on disability from vision problems. Before this I was an electronics technician and assembler. Not having to work gave me the opportunity to return to writing which I had put aside for a number of reasons. Now I am trying to promote and sell several novels which can be seen at www.transporterbooks.com

What have you written and what are you working on now?

My first novel was published in the 1990s. It was titled “Subroutine: Heaven” and was about an android that short circuits and finds he has become a ghost. When I first wrote it, I sent it out in armature competition where it got honorable mention and was told the characters were well developed and the writing style was similar to Kurt Vonnegut. Afterwards, I tried something more serious and tried my hand at writing horror. These weren't as terrifying as they were entertaining, mostly centering around ghosts. Next I decided to try some science fiction again with a cyber sci-fi/thriller. Now I'm nearing the end of a first draft of a sci-fi novel based on the speculations of ancient aliens visiting Earth.

How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work?

That a good question. When “Subroutine: Haven” was released it was published by a small ebook company in California. The internet was still in its infancy back then and there weren't as many online publishers. This company had a limited amount of titles and had already established a customer base. What I did on my part was get in touch with my high school yearbook and several others and took out ads in the back. I also went to Philadelphia and began distributing business cards in the college sections of town and on South Street, a popular gathering place for the young. Something was working. Every time I got a report about my sales from the publisher the numbers were doubling. This went on for a while until the company had to fold because at that time the internet was changing its technology almost every six months and couldn't keep up. Unfortunately, that and some personal tragedies caused me to set my writing aside for a while. As for now, I'm trying to go the usual routs, trying to find reviewer's blogs, setting up social media pages, add sharing on my website. I think I might start another business card campaign sometime soon.

Where can our reader find your book for sale?

Right now, almost all my titles are available at www.transporterbooks.com. There they can be looked at, people can ask questions, or read my bio. I said almost all my titles are available. There are several I've written that need a final edit and a half a dozen crude first drafts. Soon I'll have “Subroutine: Heaven” on the list in the catalog. Over the years my personal copies were destroyed in a fire and I had to get a copy from the Copyright Office, but it was a hard copy and I have to digitize it first.

It was lovely to hear your life story Michael, it just shows everyone that if they have the writing gene in them, then they should never give up creating. There are millions of readers out there wanting a great book to read. It is just a question of finding them.

All the best for 2020

Natasha :)

By nmurray, Jan 2 2020 01:53PM

Hi Phil, Happy New Year. Authors are always looking for new ways to sell their books and your ideas are bound to help others :) Thank you for sharing your book marketing and promotion tactics:

If you’ve exhausted all the usual ways to promote your books—having a pro-looking website, presenting an energetic social media presence, taking part in blog tours, seeking reviews, giving talks to civic and writers’ groups, doing traditional signings, and so on, here are three easy low-cost ideas that have worked well for me and can be effective for you, too.

One: Libraries are of course big book buyers. My four-novel suspense series is set in North Carolina, so I downloaded a list of NC libraries with addresses and librarian names, used my Publisher program to make up an attractive 5” x 7” postcard with color thumbnails of the titles, a few condensed reviews, and a brief appeal, had 100 of them printed on glossy stock at a local graphics shop for minimal cost, and mailed them all over the state.

If you aren’t comfortable with creating graphics, you could instead compose a brief but appealing one-page letter to do the same job. Include a thumbnail of your book cover near the top.

My local library, for example, has 10 of my books in circulation through its branches, each one helping to spread my name and serving as a no-cost ongoing ad to multiple targeted readers, and some of them will buy new offerings in the series.

Two: Another good way to target readers is through book exchanges. Country Inns, for example, have small libraries in their hotels. The books are each labeled with the company logo and a note to take the book, enjoy it, and return it to some other hotel in the chain down the road. I downloaded a list of such hotels in NC and adjacent states, selected those close to beaches or other attractions where vacationing guests are most likely to be looking for leisure reads, and sent each hotel a free signed book at low media postal rates, asking each manager by name to please include it in their library, again serving as ongoing comparatively low-cost advertising to multiple readers, prompting them to buy other books in the series.

Another little-known book exchange network exits in marinas everywhere. Many retired or vacationing boaters are readers, and they often like to borrow a book and leave a book at a marina exchange. I’ve either left free signed books in my travels, with brief notes inside to please pass them on, or mailed books to marina managers by name. You could add a note at the end of each book asking for an Amazon review.

Three: One of the most effective promotions I’ve done is to set up my own unusual outlets. Much of the action in my series takes place in the western North Carolina mountains. A popular independent restaurant there for residents and tourists has a tiny gift shop attached. Several years ago, I talked the owner into trying a few of my novels. She had not stocked any books at all and was initially reluctant, but I promised her a money-back deal for any that did not sell and provided a free stand-up 8½” x 11” display, which I created on my computer. (Clear plastic stands are available at office supply stores and online.) She and members of her staff liked the books, so they began recommending them to guests.

When she places an order, I in turn order books from Amazon at my generous author discount, sign them, and send them on to her at low media postal rates. To date, she has sold over 600 books and we’ve both made a nice profit. The big benefit here is my novels have only minimal competition among just a few titles by other regional authors she has since included. Other mountain outlets I’ve set up include a gift shop offering high quality Cherokee art and craft items, also with little competition from other books and with enthusiastic help from store personnel.

In my eastern NC hometown, a productive outlet has been an old-time hardware/general store that’s a popular stop for tourists. I supplied a free promotional display, and again I’m up against only minimal competition.

Other unlikely but lucrative outlets have been regional farm-and-craft markets. I can rent a space with a table in my hometown market for just ten dollars a day, and the browsing traffic is heavy, especially during tourist season. To make my titles pop, I invested in a black tablecloth and skirt from a party supply. I create my own promotional displays. It’s an enjoyable and profitable way to spend a Saturday. I’ve developed a simple brief, cordial spiel that begins with, “Do you like to read suspense?” If the answer is yes, I hand them a book and let them read the cover blub. Often enough, they’ll buy. I then invite each buyer to provide an e-mail address in a notebook on my table for future book announcements.

You’ve been creative in crafting your work. Be creative in promoting and marketing it.

NOTE: Phil Bowie is a lifelong freelancer. He's sold 300 articles and short stories over the years to magazines including The Saturday Evening Post, Reader’s Digest, Harper’s, Heartland USA, and others. He has four suspense novels out in a series endorsed by top authors Lee Child, Ridley Pearson, and Stephen Coonts. The debut in that series earned honorable mention at the London Book Festival among hundreds of contenders.

He also has a collection of short stories out including several previously published in magazines and an award winner begun by Stephen King.

Phil is an instrument-rated pilot, a motorcycle rider, a licensed boat captain, an inventor, a fiddler, and an amateur astronomy buff. More about him at www.philbowie.com

In his new stand-alone suspense novel Killing Ground, part-Cherokee corporate pilot Zeke Blades learns that his friend and former flight instructor Ben Stone has gone missing while flying humanitarian missions for Global Health Resources in Africa.

Zeke travels to Tanzania in search of Ben. He meets enigmatic beauty Liana Sekibo and a small cadre of anti-poaching vigilantes known as the Mambas.

He soon becomes embroiled in a lethal fight against a vicious poaching gang that channels profits from illegal ivory to al-Isra, an army of jihadis plotting to take over Uganda.

The Amazon link for print or Kindle is: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1079131795

All the best for 2020

Natasha :)

By nmurray, Dec 29 2019 11:39AM

Wayne recently retired from a 40+ year career in IT, mainly as a programmer and developer. The field changes rapidly, to say the least. Now is Wayne's chance to move in new directions. One of those new directions is writing and publishing fiction.

Hello Wayne, welcome to my blog. Please let everyone know about your writing journey.

1. What made you want to write a book?

I have read LOT of fiction over the years. It got to the point where I was giving the author points for style and watching for small mistakes. I decided that I should try my hand at writing, as well as reading. And some of the fiction I have read was fairly bad, and I needed to see if I could do better.

2. Tell us about you and where you live.

I live in Springfield, IL, retired after 40+years working in IT. Now that I am retired I have time to devote to writing. Even though I "am not working" I still find that I do not have infinite time, so it does take discipline to get something done.

3. What have you written and what are you working on now?

The Two Hands of The King is a fantasy, sword and sorcery. I tried to keep the tone from being overly dark in spite of the fact that the heroes are battling "Dark Ones". I have a sequel started but I have decided to devote time to promoting The Two Hands of The King.

Previously I have written a Sci-Fi / Fantasy combo book, a time travel tale and a sort of spoof about a race of space-faring horses that make First Contact with us. So I have tried some different things.

4. How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work?

Right now I am trying to get reviews for The Two Hands of The King. To do this I am contacting a boatload of book review bloggers and asking nicely if they would review my book. A few have agreed to do this, but it takes a while for the reviews to come though. Is all this working? Ask me in 6 months or a year.

5. Where can readers find your book for sale?

Only 99 cents on Amazon.


Also check out my website for a free copy of my time-travel adventure.


Sir Donald and Lord Overton are bitter rivals for the favor of King Phillip deRoyale. But now their world is threatened by evil creatures, who intend to make this world their own. Now the two rivals will be tested like never before when their King orders them to work together to deal with this new enemy. Can these rivals work together? They will have help from Prince Luke, who is the third son of King DeRoyale. Also they will work with a Witch and Wizard who have to sort out their romantic feelings while saving the world.

Thank you so much for joining me today and I hope you have a great 2020.

Natasha :)

By nmurray, Dec 21 2019 11:35AM

Hello Nina, thank you so much for joining me today on my blog. Please let everyone know about your writing carerr and you new book due out in the New Year 'Messages from Meatron - a course in self-transformation'

1. What made you want to write a book?--I've published 6 books; my last book was my autobiography, a powerful story of comeback entitled, "Once The Storm Is Over: From Grieving to Healing After The Suicide of My Daughter" (Big Table Publishing, 2015).

Shortly after that book's publication, I was taking my dog for a walk when I distinctly heard my daughter's voice (the one who had died). It startled me so much that I came to a complete stop. All she said was: "Listen for the voice." I had no idea what voice she was talking about, but I promised her that day that I'd be listening. It was several months later, in the middle of the night, that I was awoken by the voice of Archangel Metatron thundering in my head and He was dictating a message. I stumbled out of bed, sat down at my desk and began to write. This exact pattern of waking out of a sound sleep to take dictation continued on and off for the next 3 years. Occasionally the messages came during the day, but mostly in the dead of night. I was working full time then with clients so I didn't have much time to channel during the day, which is why His messages were delivered at night. The word "angel" is translated as "messenger" and angles, especially Archangels, are characterized as the ones who bring messages from Heaven, in the Bible and many other religious texts. In fact, every religion believes in angels (though they may call them by different names). In those 3 years I wrote down 30 messages, each quite lengthy. When Metatron's messages were complete, I added a study guide so that individuals or groups can study what they have learned and incorporate the lessons into their own lives.

I understand that there are many people who do not believe in angels, nor that angels can communicate with us, but I respectfully disagree. Throughout history, cultures around the globe have received angelic messages of hope, and many people feel they have been the recipient of an angelic intervention or visit. In fact, the majority of Americans believe in the reality of angels. I'm not trying to convince anybody - but I ask that people approach the subject of angels with an open mind. There is more about the universe that we do not know than what we do know, and science can confirm that. "Facts" are always in the process of revision as new scientific breakthroughs are made. While it's fine to be a skeptic (we should listen to science), we should also try and keep an open mind, especially about matters of the afterlife that we know so little about. This book sheds light on not only what happens in the afterlife and what we can expect, but also on what our purpose is in life.

2. Tell us about you and where you live.- I live in the Sedona, AZ area in the USA. It's a breathtakingly beautiful part of the American Southwest known for its gigantic red rock formations. It also happens to be the sunniest place in the USA.

3. What have you written and what are you working on now? - I've written my autobiography (Once The Storm Is Over), and since I have a degree in mental health counseling I wrote a book on recovery from addictions, eating disorders and OCD (Never Enough: A Recovery Workbook) as well as a treatment manual for Borderline Personality Disorder (Challenges, Consequences, and Commitment Therapy: (CCCT) for Borderline Personality Disorder). I've also written a poetry trilogy. My next book is a sequel to Messages From Metatron entitled, "Ten Angels Teach You How to Live an Inspired Life."

4. How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work? - Like most indie authors, I'm a one-woman show, so it's up to me whether a book succeeds or fails. I consider a book a success when it gets good reviews (overall), and when it gets media attention. I believe that any media is good media. Even if your book is controversial (some people like it, some don't), it's successful if it is garnering attention and sales. My marketing method is to keep writing (you should always have a book waiting in the wings), and to ask, ask ask to be the guest on podcasts, the subject of Author Interviews, and to garner as many honest reviews from bloggers and professional reviewers as possible. If your book wins a literary award or a special distinction, make the most of that by posting it on social media. Social media is the main way to spread the word about a book, and I suggest the author pick no more than 2 social media platforms, because managing even 2 is a big job.

5. Where can readers find your book for sale? - Exclusively on Amazon.com being distributed worldwide.

Messages From Metatron is available in January 2020.

Thank you Nina for sharing your author's life and books with everyone. Your new book looks facinating and I look forward to reading it.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Natasha :)x

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