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The Power of Forgiveness #WATWB

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Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Shilpa Garg, Peter Nena, Eric Lahti, Roshan Radhakrishnan and Inderpreet Kaur Uppal


In 1995, Ples Felix’s 14-year-old grandson, Tony Hicks, as part of a drug and alcohol-fueled gang initiation shot and killed Azim Khamisa’s son Tariq in cold blood. Losing his son was perhaps one of the worse tragedies any parent could endure. It could have spawned more hate, more anger which under the circumstances would be expected. However that is not what Azim Khamisa wanted for his life, or his son’s memory. Azim decided that anger would not be the solution, both boys were victims. In the same vein Felix had to face the fact that his grandson was responsible for killing another person, an innocent teen. Both teens had a life ahead of them, that would no longer be. Felix and his grandson met with Azim from there life changed for all of them. Khamisa and Felix both had to travel down paths of deep meditation and prayer to focus on forgiveness, instead of issuing blame and both chose to become part of the solution. In a courageous act of these two men are working together, using their story to cultivate a more empathetic, peaceful and compassionate society showing victims of tragedy that they can grow and heal. They started the Tariq Khamisa Foundation to educate, counsel and support children and teens on how to live life with peace and empathy. The video below tells their story….

“Peace is possible,” Khamisa says. “How do I know that? Because I am at peace.”

Visit The Tariq Khamisa Foundation website: tkg.org

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“It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do about it.”~W. Mitchell #WATWB

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Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Sylvia Stein, Susan Scott, Inderpreet Uppal, Shilpa Garg, Andrea Michaels and Damyanti Biswas.


Meet W. Mitchell a former US Marine, San Francisco cable-car gripman, small-town mayor and now a well-respected keynote speaker. W. Mitchell has endured a great deal in his life but lives and breaths his motto: “It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do about it.”

In 1971 he had a horrific motorcycle accident, the first of two life-altering and tragic events. While driving home he was involved in a blazing motorcycle accident leaving him to cope with devastating burns to over 65% of his body. After a painful rehabilitation, a plane crash four years later left him with a spinal injury, unable to use his legs and confined to a wheelchair.

W. Mitchell didn’t let his challenges stop him, he was determined to gain control, adapt to his new situation, and thrive. Since his accidents, he has become an internationally acclaimed mayor, responsible for saving a mountain, a successful businessman, a highly respected environmentalist, an author and an international keynote speaker. He even continued to be a commercial pilot and a whitewater rafting enthusiast. Today, through humour and compassion his message empowers others to accept challenges, embrace change and take action and is living proof that life is what you make it.

Check out W. Mitchell on YouTube:


You can also visit his website: http://www.wmitchell.com

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Books to Curl Up With ~ Author Emerald Barnes ( @EmeraldBarnes )

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 Read Me Dead 

Read Me Dead

Alexia Wheaton’s problems go far beyond picking a dress and a date for the homecoming dance.

For seven years, Alex has lived with a painful memory – the memory of her parents’ horrific murder. As the sole witness, she has kept quiet about the identity of the murderer to protect herself and her family and friends, but when a journalist over hears her secret and writes about it in the local newspaper, Alex is plagued with fear that her parents’ murderer will soon find her – and silence her forever.

Alex is catapulted into a race against time to save her own life and bring her parents’ murderer to justice. She will face many secrets, lies, and betrayals before the truth about their murder is revealed.

 

 Piercing Through the Darkness 

Piercing Through the Darkness

It’s on the edge of her memory like a word on the tip of her tongue, but Kandi can’t remember what it is to save her life.

Despite being a cop, Jimmy can’t protect Kandi from the one thing that haunts her. She’s in danger and doesn’t even know it. After it happened, her brain repressed her memories of the accident, and now, she’s taking a Biology class under a man who wants to see her dead. The memories have started coming back, and it feels like she’s miles away from him. How can he protect her when she doesn’t even know she needs protecting?

Can these characters pierce their way through the darkness?

Entertaining Angels

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I’ve read many books that tackle the issue of spiritual warfare, but I especially loved this one. Mads was alive and real and jumped off the page! Her character is so strong, she needed strong characters to balance her, and Barnes certainly provided that in the characters of Chase and Zach.” – Author Precarious Yates

This story is beautiful and so profound.” – Author Sylvia Stein

I would recommend Entertaining Angels as a graceful stepping stone to self-acceptance and self-love.” – Author Christine Cunningham

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Madison Andrews can’t face her reflection in the mirror. All she sees is a big, fat nobody. Yet, deep inside she longs for something more, something that’s not skin deep.

Along comes Zach, the new guy in school. He’s smoking hot and totally out of her league. She somehow catches his eye, and he makes her feel beautiful for once. But just as she gets close to Zach, her nerdy best friend, Chase, won’t let Madison doubt her true beauty, no matter how many meals she skips.

Even as Madison begins to realize that she is more than what she thinks, darker forces are at work, darker than the lies and mocking from her peers, stopping her from amounting to her full potential. Can Madison find true happiness in her own skin?

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A Word from the Author

Entertaining Angels is near and dear to my heart. Essentially, it’s my story. I have struggled with my weight issues for many years, and I remember clearly the very first day I fell victim to the word fat

I am more than that label. I am a Child of God, and He wanted me to see that. Making a long story short here, I have began to realize that although I am overweight, it’s not who I am. I am so much more, and He wanted me to share that story with everyone else, especially young adults and woman who need to be reminded just how beautiful they are.

If you do buy Entertaining Angels, I hope that it shows you just how beautiful, or handsome if you’re a guy, you are.

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About Emerald:

Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it.

She mainly writes suspense/thrillers in the YA genre, but she dabbles in other genres and her books are enjoyed by all ages! She’s constantly working on new novels and has more ideas than she knows what to do with. She blogs which takes up more of her time than she anticipates but loves it so very much! She’s also a volunteer at the World Literary Cafe which is amazing, and she is a crazy grammar nazi who proofreads novels!

She’s an auntie to three beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews who take up the other half of her time, but she couldn’t imagine spending her time in any other way!

She’s a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number One in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.

Connect with Emerald:

Website

Blog

Inspiration Blog

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Twitter

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Q and A with Author Chrissie Parker

Recently, the wonderful and talented author, Chrissie Parker took a moment to share and answer a few questions about writing as well as her new release  “Integrate”.  Welcome Chrissie!
Author Chrissie Parker

Tell us a little about yourself. When did your interest in writing begin?

I live with my husband, who is an actor and musician, and two cats (named after Roman goddesses), in London (UK).  I love to listen to music and read books.  I am very passionate about history, and archaeology, and am also a big fan of motor racing.

I have had a varied life in regards to work.  When I was at school I wanted to be either an actress or an archaeologist, two very different career paths.  Things weren’t easy and after much investigation and thought, I eventually settled upon actress.  Partway through training, I decided I didn’t really want to be an actress after all, as I much preferred the technical side of theatre, so I re-trained, whilst working at the Bristol hippodrome Theatre.  I then became a Freelance Production Assistant and later a Production Coordinator, I worked at my local TV station as studio crew, toured with cover bands and worked as a freelancer on feature films, documentaries and a variety of TV programmes.

Over the years I enjoyed re-discovering my love of ancient History and Archaeology.  Recently I completed a six-month course in Archeological Techniques, and a six-month course in Ancient Egyptian History with Exeter University.  I hope to undertake another course with them next year, but not sure which one yet!

Writing is something that has always been with me.  I was always writing short stories at school, and in my teens I also wrote a lot of poetry.  Over the years I tried unsuccessfully to write numerous novels, but could never find my niche.  Despite that, I never gave up, and kept trying.  It is something I love doing and am glad that I have finally succeeded in releasing my first novella.  Last year I was very lucky to have one of my poems ‘Maisie’ read at the Bath Literary Festival as part of the ‘100 poems by 100 Women’ event.

Tell us about your book “Integrate”. What was the inspiration behind it?

“Integrate” actually began life as a screenplay.  I had always wanted to write one and in the 1990’s I began work on something that was slightly dark, that centered on a murder, with a few twists and turns.  It was laced with paranormal elements, namely tarot and premonitions/visions.  I enjoyed working on it, but it never got made into a film, and was resigned to a box in the attic, which is where I re-discovered it a few years ago along with a lot of other half finished manuscripts.  I re-read it and enjoyed the story so much that I decided to turn it into a novella.  I kept most of the original elements of the script but decided to expand the story in a few areas to give the characters, etc. a bit more depth.  I love the connections between the characters and the simplicity of the storyline, even though it does twist and turn a lot!

What do you feel is the most important thing for you when writing?

The most important thing for me is to be able to have large chunks of time to work, time where I don’t get interrupted; I hate sitting down and starting work only to have to stop again an hour later.  I am lucky as I only work part-time, so I am able to have a few full days a week to work solely on my writing.  As most of my future work is set against historic backgrounds and in archaeological fields, research is also very important to me, so I do have to set aside time for that as well.  I am quite an organised person, all of my manuscripts are filed neatly on my computer and backed-up regularly.  I also have a notebook for each book that I write, where I note details on my characters, the place where the book is set, a plot synopsis, and research information.  I also like to try and set deadlines, I like to have something to aim for!

Do you outline/plot or are you a “pantser”? Has your process changed from when you first started?

I would describe myself as an ‘in-betweener’.

I do like to fly by the seat of my pants whilst writing, I like letting the characters decide where we are heading and what is happening in their lives. In some respects I like to lose myself in the manuscript and let what is in my head flow onto the page as much as possible.  But I do also like to plan a little too, with my forthcoming books, there are a lot of archaeological and historical elements involved, which require a lot of planning and research.

I also like to have a brief plot outline before I start, as well as description of my characters etc.  I hate having to stop mid-flow to have to go back to sort out specific or important details later when a little planning could have helped.

Do you ever have times when your writing just isn’t flowing for you?  If you do, how do you work through it?

So far I have been lucky and haven’t had too many periods of this, but if I do find that I am having a day where I get stuck or just can’t get past a particular point, then I stop writing and do some more research, or sit and read a history book, or watch a historical documentary. It may sound a little boring, but for me it is fun and usually helps to get my brain working again.

If I do need to get out and away from the desk completely, then I will either go for a walk and window shop, or go and visit either The British Museum (which I adore and spend a lot of time in), the Petrie Museum, or the Museum of London.  I am very lucky to have such great institutions so close.

What authors and/or books have most influenced your life?

I am a huge reader.  I collect books and I think at last count had about a thousand!  As a child I loved reading series like ‘The Famous Five’ by Enid Blyton, as well as the C.S Lewis collection, and The Wizard of Oz.  As an adult I absolutely love Agatha Christie,  I am only a few books away from having the whole collection.  I also like reading books by Nora Roberts, Belinda Jones and Elizabeth Peters (The Amelia Peabody series).  I also love reading Christmas themed books in November and December, it’s a great build up to the season.

In some way I think every book I read influences my life in some way, I just can’t live without reading.  I have no idea what I would do if they ever banned books…

Is there one character in your book who holds a special place in your heart and who you would want to spend time with if they were real?

That is a really tough question.  In one way I would love to step into both Corinne and Jack’s lives to help them and tell them that life doesn’t have to be so hard, and to tell that even when things go bad, there is always a way out and that things do get better.

However for this purpose, I would probably have to chose Helena. I think her character is wise – she is very like me, slightly quirky, a go getter and someone who likes to have a bit of fun.  She would be a great person to invite to an evening out with friends.  I could see it being a lot of fun!

What is the most memorable feedback you have received about your work?

I think the most memorable feedback I had was during the reading process of ‘Integrate’.  Someone highlighted a twist/red herring in the story, saying it was very clever and worked really well.  I hadn’t even realized that I had written that part of the story that way. Other people have also mentioned it to me since, and I feel quite proud of myself for writing something so clever, without even realising it!

Can you tell us what is coming up for you ?

In regards to what’s coming up next, I am working on two full-length novels that I hope to release next year.

The first is called ‘Wind across the Nile’.  It is set in Egypt and spans 5 generations of a family, who have all suffered with tragic loss.  I don’t want to give too much away at this point, as it will spoil the story, but I can tell you it is a thriller/suspense and it throws you right into the heart of Egypt, its heritage and history.

The second book is called ‘Among the Olive Groves’.  It is set on the Greek Island of Zakynthos, during World War Two.  I love the Island and I wanted to highlight some of what happened to the Islanders during the war.  Some of my research has been a little harrowing, but I am really enjoying writing the book.

I am also working on plots for books set in the following locations:

Italy, (around Pompeii and Herculaneum), with elements of Roman history.

The UK, (around Devon and Somerset) with elements of medieval history.

I am hoping to re-publish a story set in Petra, Jordan, which will be re-named ‘Secrets Beneath the Sands’.

A sequel to ‘Wind Across the Nile’ is also planned.

I would like to take the time to thank you for interviewing me for your excellent blog Belinda.

About Integrate

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“A battered and broken body lies in the road.  A discovery that leaves the local community gripped with fear.  Suspicion as to who killed the woman is rife. Corinne’s peaceful life is shattered by the tragic death, forcing her to struggle daily with overwhelming grief and loss.  A chance meeting with a stranger helps Corinne through the hurt and pain, but can she really trust Jack?”

Summary

Twin sisters Corinne and Helena have always been close, growing up in the same small town.  Corinne lives alone in the house that used to belong to their parents and Helena lives with her husband and love of her life, Jimmy, and their two children.

 Helena loves life, she enjoys spending time with her friends and relishes being a wife and mother.  Corinne lives in isolation, unable to get over the death of their parents.  She relies on the spiritual world, reading tarot cards, surrounding herself with crystals and candles.  She also has to deal with unwanted premonitions that strike when she least expects them.

 During a tarot reading Corinne predicts Helena’s death, and is distraught when she learns that Helena has been murdered.  The grief and sudden loss of her twin sister overwhelms Corinne and she struggles to live day to day.  At Helena’s funeral Corinne falls out with her brother in law and is left feeling alone and unloved.

 At her lowest ebb Corinne becomes friends with Jack, a stranger in town, but the grief remains and whenever she is around Jack, she gets a vision; one that takes her back to the horrifying scene of Helena’s death.   Unable to stop them, Corinne realises the visions may be her only chance of finally understanding what happened to her sister and why.  But will it be the answer she is looking for?

 To find out more about Chrissie visit her website www.chrissieparker.com

Other links:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ChrissieParkerAuthor

Twitter – @Chrissie_author

Blog – http://chrissieparker.blogspot.co.uk

 I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chrissie for taking time out of her busy schedule to share with us.  Please stop by her links to find out more about her amazing work. 

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New Releases from International Best Selling Author ~ Melissa Foster

Now Available

SISTERS IN LOVE   &   SISTERS IN BLOOM

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Love in Bloom Series

Now Available! Books 1 & 2

“A beautiful story about love and self-growth and finding that balance to happiness. Powerfully written and riveting from beginning to end.”  ~ National bestselling author, Jane Porter

“Steamy, passionate, and revealing. Perfect for readers of romances and stories about motivations and impulses that lead to emotional transitions.” ~ Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

“If you are expecting a series of miscommunications and drama before the big payoff, this is not the story for you, for this is the tale of true grown up love.” ~Natasha Jackson, Readers’ Favorite

Danica Snow has always been the smart, practical, and appropriate sister.   As a therapist, she prides herself on making reasonable, conservative choices, even if a bit boring, and as part of the Big Sister Program, she has little time for anything more in her life.

Blake Carter is a player. He never gets bored of conquering women, and with his sexy good looks and successful lifestyle, he has no trouble finding willing participants. When his friend and business partner dies in a tragic accident, he suddenly, desperately, wants to change his ways. The problem is, he doesn’t know how to stop doing what he does best.

When Blake walks into Danica’s office, the attraction between them is white hot, but Danica isn’t the type to give into the heat and risk her career. Danica’s desire sets her on a path of self-discovery, where she begins to question every decision she’s ever made. Just this once, Danica wants to indulge in the pleasures of life she’s been so willingly ignoring, but with her Little Sister in turmoil and her biological sister’s promiscuousness weighing heavily on her heart, she isn’t sure it’s the right time to set her desires free.

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Kaylie Snow has always been the fun, flirty, pretty sister. Now her burgeoning baby bump, hormone-infused emotions, and faltering singing career are sending her into an unexpected identity crisis. Watching her older sister, Danica, glide through a major career change and a new relationship with the grace of a ballerina, Kaylie’s insecurities rise to the forefront—and her relationship with fiancé Chaz Crew is caught in the crossfire.

Chaz Crew has everything he’s ever wanted: a lovely fiancée, a baby on the way, and soon, the film festival he owns will host its biggest event ever. When he’s called away to woo the festival’s largest sponsor—and the lover he’s never admitted to having—secrets from his past turn his new life upside down.
With her baby shower around the corner and her fiancé’s big event looming, the pressure is on for Kaylie to pull herself together—and for Chaz to right his wrongs. In a few short weeks, the couple who had it all figured out will learn things about life and love that may change their minds—and their hearts.

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Melissa Foster

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 Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of four International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on The Women’s NestFostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Awards

Megan’s Way
2011 Beach Book Award Winner (Spirituality)
2011 Readers Favorite Awards, Winner (Fiction/Drama), Finalist (Women’s Fiction)
2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award, Finalist (Spirituality)
2011 New England Book Festival, Honorable Mention (Spirituality)

Chasing Amanda
2011 Readers Favorite Awards, Winner (Paranormal), Finalist, (Women’s Fiction, Mystery)
2011 Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards, Winner, (Paranormal)
Top 10 Books of 2011, Pixel of Ink
Amazon Top 100 75+ Days running
Indie Reader’s Bestselling List That Counts (8 weeks)
Top Books of 2011, The Write Agenda

Come Back To Me
2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Finalist,
2012 Readers Favorite Awards, Finalist
2012 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Books Award, Finalist
2011 Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Awards, Finalist
Top 5 Must Read Books of 2011, IndieReader
Top Ten Books of 2011, Tea Time With Marce
IndieReader Best Reviewed Books of 2011, Huffington Post

Websitehttp://www.MelissaFoster.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Melissa-Foster/240064542695303
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Melissa_Foster
The Women’s Nest, women’s social network: http://www.TheWomensNest.com
World Literary Café: http://www.worldliterarycafe.com
Fostering Success: http://www.fostering-success.com
Facebook Melissa Foster: http://www.facebook.com/MelissaFosterAuthor (Fanpage)
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3023973.Melissa_Foster

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Q and A with Author Carlyle Labuschagne

Recently, the wonderfully talented author, Carlyle Labuschagne was kind enough to take a few minutes to share with us a bit about herself and her brilliant work.

Welcome Carlyle!

Carlyle

Carlyle Labuschagne is a South African Debut Author working her way into the hearts of international readers with her First Young Adult Dystopian Novel “The Broken Destiny. She is not only an author but works as a Sales Rep and Marketing Manager by day. She holds a diploma in creative writing through the writing school at Collage SA. Loves to swim, fights for the trees, food lover who is driven by her passion for life. Carlyle writes for IU e-magazine India, an inspirational non-profit magazine that aims at inspiring the world through words. The drive behind her author career is healing through words. Carlyle is also the founder of the first annual book drive – Help build a library in Africa project.

“My goal as an Author is to touch people’s lives and help others love their differences and one another.”

A firm believer in – YA saves!

When did your interest in writing begin?

I started writing at the age of 12.

Where do you do you find your inspiration?

In life, in love in emotion, in everyday life.

What authors have most influenced your writing and life?

I learn from every, and each book I pick up; reading is an essential part of growing as a writer, especially if English is not your first language.

Do you get writer’s block? If you do, how do you work around it?

You have to walk away, take a moment. Come back to it and push through whatever is keeping you from getting to it.

Do you have any specific rituals or routines when you sit down to write? (i.e. listening to music, working outside your home, working at specific times, etc.)

Coffee. Music. In the summer I like taking a swim before the time. I find waking up in the early morning hours and then hitting the writing or editing really is the best time for me – when the rest of the world is sleeping, so to speak. In the winter I jump on the trampoline, or just recharge in the sun before and in between day time writing.

What tools/methods do you employ when writing a novel? ( i.e. Do you outline or are you a “pantser”? Do you work chronologically or a scene at a time, typing or longhand, etc.) How has this changed from when you started out?

My style is very much the same as it has always been. I keep each chapter more or less to a theme of the chapter heading, but mostly I just write, write, write. After the draft is done I rewrite about twice, this helps to throw out the unnecessary nonsense. But I really do cut a lot out right up until the final days of editing. In total I go through the manuscript about 10 ~ 12 times before I am ready to send it off for publishing.

What is the best advice you have received with regards to writing? What is the best advice you could offer a new writer?

You can never edit enough, take your time. Write every day.

What is the most memorable response you have had about your writing and has it changed the way you write?

Any favourable response I get is amazing; it lifts my confidence tremendously. It does change my writing in a way that it fuels it.

Which one of your characters (if any) would you want to be stranded on a deserted island with?

The heart-throb of my series of course!!! Troy!

Can you tell us what is coming up for you and where can we find you online?

‘Evanescent A Broken Novel’ will be released this November.

Links:

Twitter : http://twitter.com/#!/CarlyleL

Website : http://www.carlylelabuschagne.com/

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12537426-the-broken-destiny-1-in-the-broken-series

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Carlyle-Labuschagne/189835811074342

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Destiny-Book-One/dp/1612048722/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1347131640&sr=1-1&keywords=carlyle+labuschagne

Barnes and Nobles http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-broken-destiny-carlyle-labuschagne/1112448868?ean=9781612048727

Book Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FPWniWsvrk

Blog http://worldsawaybookblog.blogspot.com/

Fansite: http://www.thebrokenseriesfansite.com/

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Broken Destiny

The Broken Destiny

Ava knows much more, and feels much more than she is allowed to. When she starts questioning her origins and the destruction of Earth, things go horribly wrong for her. She is saved by a Minoan boy from an attempted kidnapping on her life – the perpetrators are evil Zulus and their dark ancient magic. Humans and Minoans are forbidden to interact with each other, and as she is taken back to their village she finds out why – they know of her, her kind and her destiny to save a dying race. Ava must rid them from the Council’s ruling and free the galaxy of The Shadow. Her destiny is to rise above the fall, because within her soul is the key to an archaic weapon that has been missing in the mix of a genetic code since the time of the ancients. As the prophecy unfolds she learns of her bloodline – a bloodline that makes her less human than she could ever have imagined. She alone has the power to destroy or save, but the mind-shift is a horrible thing. Ava will become what she hates to save the ones she loves. Beaten, poisoned, possessed and betrayed by her own emotions, she has no choice but to rise above it all… for that is her Destiny. 

 The Broken Destiny was voted #3 on the goodreads Debut list for 2012 : http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/9748.YA_Debuts_2012#12537426

Prologue

All my life, I had searched for something, something I thought I ought to be. I felt like I was living someone else’s life, waiting for the awakening of my own. I felt like an empty shell burning for life. That was, until the day I lay dying in the prince’s chambers. I could no longer feel the pain from the tear in my gut. The only sensation left was a hollowed-out feeling that I had made a huge mistake in assuming that taking my own life, would have stopped the ancestors’ spirit from raging out. I had given up. I didn’t want to see myself killing the ones I loved. I was the Chosen one, but I threw it all away for what I thought would save a life. Could you end a life to save a life? I did, and I have regretted it ever since. I realized then that things like me are not meant to exist. What had been missing my whole life? It was I. To find myself, I had to lose myself in the worst possible way. The consequences of my actions became the legend of The Broken.

Praise for The Broken Destiny

“Carlyle Labuschagne not only writes beautifully, she has proven that she’s an author to be reckoned with; she has shown me that she is more than capable of creating a whole new world; has completely captured my heart with her imagination; weaves a story I want to keep reading; engages me in such a way that I become one not only with the story – but one with it’s characters, and has magically uprooted me from my comfortable existence to the gorgeous planet she’s created – Poseidon. In short, The Broken Destiny is an exciting, thrilling, imaginative, compelling and impressive debut by Carlyle Labuschagne. -An author to watch out for.”

~SS Book Fanatics ~

 

“The Broken Destiny is a masterpiece of originality. The characters are beautifully flushed out, the plot is unique and tasteful. I honestly cannot wait for book 2, which I am hoping will come out soon. Ms. Labuschagne is brilliant. She’s made me fall in love with the color purple all over again, almost as much as I love her writing style. She’s absolutely amazing. I recommend this book for anyone that loves fantasy and adventure.”

~ Author Airicka Phoenix

I know you’ve been very busy and I thank you Carlyle  for taking a few moments to chat! 

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Emerald Barnes’s “Read Me Dead” and “Piercing Through the Darkness”

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Guest Post by Author Emerald Barnes

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is sit down and be creative; to build worlds simply by thinking about them and letting the words bleed onto paper.  I’ve found myself stuck countless times wondering what to do to fix a problem I’m having in my books or to simply finish plotting a novel.  I may not be an expert, but I’ve found some helpful things to do when you’re stuck creatively.

Find a quiet place and just write.  Sometimes, stream of consciousness writing can declutter your mind.  It doesn’t matter what you say or what you think.  It doesn’t have to be related to your project.  It just needs to be whatever is on your mind to take away the racing thoughts that may hinder your project. Sometimes, we need to just write it all down in order to focus our thoughts on what needs to be written or fixed.

Go for a walk or run.  Getting outside and exercising or simply just taking a walk can help get your creative juices flowing again.  The fresh air and sunshine does wonders for your brain.  Get your heart rate up and focus your energy onto something that isn’t your project.

Distance yourself for a whileIf you can pull yourself away from your project and focus on something else for a few minutes (or however long it takes), you can come back to it with fresh eyes.  Sometimes, that’s all you need.  A break.  Don’t be afraid to take one!

Then, face that blank page head on!  Type in “Chapter One” or “Untitled Chapter” and have at it!  Start writing.  Mentally picture your characters doing that thing they do and go for it.  So what if it’s awful?  That’s what edits are for.  Just write!  And write.  And write.  And write.

Don’t worry if your creativity isn’t working like it should.  We’ve all been there before.  We’ve all had issues with feeling creative.  Don’t let it get you down.  Just step back, assess the situation, and handle it with as little stress as possible.  Stress will not get you what you need.  It will only hinder you.  Take a deep breath and keep going.

About the Book ~ Read Me Dead 

Read Me Dead

Alexia Wheaton’s problems go far beyond picking a dress and a date for the homecoming dance.

For seven years, Alex has lived with a painful memory – the memory of her parents’ horrific murder. As the sole witness, she has kept quiet about the identity of the murderer to protect herself and her family and friends, but when a journalist over hears her secret and writes about it in the local newspaper, Alex is plagued with fear that her parents’ murderer will soon find her – and silence her forever.

Alex is catapulted into a race against time to save her own life and bring her parents’ murderer to justice. She will face many secrets, lies, and betrayals before the truth about their murder is revealed.

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About the Book ~ Piercing Through the Darkness 

Piercing Through the Darkness

It’s on the edge of her memory like a word on the tip of her tongue, but Kandi can’t remember what it is to save her life.

Despite being a cop, Jimmy can’t protect Kandi from the one thing that haunts her. She’s in danger and doesn’t even know it. After it happened, her brain repressed her memories of the accident, and now, she’s taking a Biology class under a man who wants to see her dead. The memories have started coming back, and it feels like she’s miles away from him. How can he protect her when she doesn’t even know she needs protecting?

Can these characters pierce their way through the darkness?

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About Emerald Barnes

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Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it.

She mainly writes suspense/thrillers in the YA genre, but she dabbles in other genres and her books are enjoyed by all ages! She’s constantly working on new novels and has more ideas than she knows what to do with. She blogs at emeraldbarnes.blogspot.com
and ebarnes23.wordpress.com which takes up more of her time than she anticipates but loves it so very much! She’s also a volunteer at the World Literary Cafe which is so amazing!

She’s an auntie to two beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews (and another unknown gender coming by the end of 2013) who take up the other half of her time, but she couldn’t imagine spending her time in any other way!

She’s a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number one in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.

Stay up to date with her at her Website, Twitter, and Facebook. You can also find her on Goodreads , Google+, and stay up to date with her releases on her Amazon Author Page.

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Coincidence or Conspiracy? ~ Claude Bouchard

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I’ve always been a stickler for accuracy in details and this certainly applies when I write. A realist by nature, even though I deal in fiction, if it exists, I don’t make it up. If it can’t be done, don’t expect any of my characters to do it. That said, roughly six months ago, while working on the seventh thriller of my Vigilante series entitled Femme Fatale, I wrote the following sentence:

The Boeing 777-300 came to a halt at Gate B59 of Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport’s Terminal 2A at 8:14 a.m. and Air Canada flight AC870 had arrived, sixteen minutes ahead of schedule.

The flight referred to in that sentence exists and the plane is really that particular model. Even the gate and terminal information are accurate. The sixteen minute thing, I made up just for fun.

By now, some of you are probably saying, “Whoop-Dee-Do. What’s your point?” To that, I say, “Hang on a second. That wasn’t the weird part. It’s coming. Chill.” Moving along…

About two months ago, friends from Australia informed me they would be vacationing in Vietnam come spring and suggested we might do the same and hook up with them. My wife and I found this to be a terrific idea and started looking into flight possibilities. From past experience, I knew that flights to Asia from Montreal generally involve connecting in NYC, Chicago or Vancouver then heading west for twelve to fourteen hours over the Pacific. The weird part is getting closer.

After looking at possible flights, effectively going through Vancouver to either Seoul or Tokyo then on to Hanoi, we decided to contact a travel agent to see what she could come up with in terms of flight plans and price. To our surprise, the agent proposed heading east, connecting with our flight to Vietnam in Europe. Flying time would be about the same but we would be waiting a lot less between flights and leaving home a half day later. The price was the same so we went ahead and booked our trip. Now for the weird part…

Recently, while working through a final edit run of Femme Fatale before its release in March, I came upon the above-mentioned sentence and felt a sudden chill… I realized my wife and I would be on Air Canada flight AC870 to Paris in May, on our way to Vietnam…

Coincidence or conspiracy? I’m going for coincidence for now, but when I get on that plane, if I see a gorgeous redhead in a second row Executive First Suite, I’m going to freak…

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About Author Claude Bouchard: I was born in Montreal, Canada, where I still reside with my spouse, Joanne. I completed my studies in human resources, accounting and management at McGill University and worked in various management capacities in the fields of HR and finance for a handful of firms for what seemed like decades, because it was. I should also mention I love pizza, but who doesn’t and, in my opinion, nothing rocks more than cooking on the grill.
My first stab at writing was in 1995, the result being my first novel, Vigilante. This was subsequently followed by The Consultant (1996) and Mind Games (1997), all of the same series. Professional obligations and other creative interests led me away from writing for a number of years but I found myself busy at the keyboard in 2009 with The Homeless Killer after having finally published my first three novels. I then followed up with 6 Hours 42 Minutes in 2011, also part of the Vigilante series born from Vigilante. In July 2011, I released ASYLUM, my first stand-alone novel and Discreet Activities, my sixth Vigilante crime thriller was published in January 2012. In October 2012, I penned and released Something’s Cooking, a faux-erotica parody and cookbook under the pseudonyms Réal E. Hotte and Dasha Sugah. I think I’m really starting to like this writing thing. My eighth novel and seventh installment of the Vigilante series, Femme Fatale, has just been released.
Besides writing, editing and promoting my work, I also spend some artistic energy with my five guitars, oil paints and watercolours. Other passions include cooking (big time with fine wine to go with it, of course), reading, traveling and working out just enough to stay fit. It should also be noted that following several years of practice, I now excel at being cat furniture for Krystalle and Midnight, or so they tell me.

Drop by for a visit anytime at http://www.claudebouchardbooks.com

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