Author Interview - Allyn M. Stotz

Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 11:53 AM
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Hello Everyone!
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Allyn M. Stotz author of The Pea In Peanut Butter and Kailee Finds Magic IN Words.
Hi Allyn, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I married my high school sweetheart 33 years ago and at present; we are living in Baton Rouge, LA. My husband and I grew up five blocks from each other in the small town of Edgerton, Ohio. Our two dogs and fat cat allow us to live with them so we can spoil them rotten.
 I’ve spent over 30 years working in the administrative and/or human resources field but finally woke up one day to pursue something I might actually enjoy, writing children’s books! And I love it.
What were you like at school?
Am I really supposed to remember that far back? I remember myself being quiet, however those that knew me might think differently! Since I lived in such a small town, being popular was really important to me. I’m not sure how successful I was at that though. I’m certainly glad I finally grew up and have more meaningful priorities now, that’s for sure.
I remember back then, I hated reading but now as an adult, I can’t get enough of it.
Were you good at English?
No! But better at it than some other subjects, like Math. There’s no hope for me in the math department.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I want to get more and more picture books published. My dream is to have a gorgeously illustrated hard-back book published. One day I also hope to venture out into writing a novel for the MG or YA genre.
So, what have you written?
(*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
I’ve written one children’s picture book that is published, The Pea In Peanut Butter, and a sequel coming out in March, Kailee Finds Magic IN Words. I also have contracts for four additional picture books and have had several short stories published in children’s magazines.
Where can we buy or see them? (* include American, European and any other relevant links. Free, free promotions or prices can be included)
My book is available on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com or through many other online retailers. You can view a trailer of my book on my website: www.allynstotz.blogspot.com.
What was the hardest part about writing your book?
The hardest part was actually getting up the courage to submit the story to publishers. Like most authors, I doubted myself and didn’t want to look like a fool! But after doing tons of research on how to become a children’s book writer, what the proper processes were, and enrolling in the Institute of Children’s Literature, I was able to gain the self-confidence to do it.

Loren Mathis

Author Interview - Chris Pownall

Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 9:21 AM
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Hello Everyone!
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Chris R. Pownall author of Funny How Things Work Out.
Hi Chris, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Hello Loren - I am a spritely 70 year old retiree, who needed a new challenge and interest following a long career in mechanical engineering and technical sales. I began writing in 2009 and to date; I have published a total of eight books. 
What were you like at school?
I consider myself to be reasonably bright, but I left school before my fifteenth birthday with no academic qualifications whatsoever. My father died when I was nine years of age and I needed a source of income to supplement the family budget. My real schooling began at the age of fifteen when my employer sponsored me through seven years of further education, whilst I was serving an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering.
Were you good at English?
English has never been my best subject, which is something I’ve had to endure. Mathematics was always easier for me as numbers make more sense than letters & words!!
I remember my English teacher at secondary school quoting from Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ after he had read out my end of term examination results. He said, “Some people are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” He then scowled at me and continued, “My dear boy, you were unfortunate.”
What are your hopes for your writing career?
Having attempted a number of genres, my ambition now is to further develop my creative writing skills, and to see my work adapted for the big screen would be the true icing on my cake!!
So, what are the books that you have you written?
I began by writing my memoirs, entitled ‘Funny How Things Work Out’.
Apart from a happy family life, humour and my work has given me much personal pleasure. I have been extremely fortunate in my long career to have had the opportunity to travel to remote places and witness many remarkable things. I have the reputation of being there when things go wrong and this has led to much amusement.

My second book entitled ‘Onwards and Upwards’ is the sequel to my memoirs covering aspects of my life away from work.

Book number three entitled ‘A Long Journey Back’ is a true life story about our 41 year old son Robert, who at the age of 18 years, suffered a near fatal head injury. The book describes what happened following the accident, including life- saving neurosurgery, time in a coma, and a long haul through rehabilitation to regain his life. This proved to be my most difficult work to date, as it triggered past emotions which were painful to bear.

‘Dane Mills Bosley’ is my fourth literary work and it proved to be my most enjoyable writing experience to date. It is an industrial and social history about the two mills in rural England where I served my engineering apprenticeship between 1958 & 1966. The mills date back to 1766 when they were constructed by the famous industrialist Charles Row. I give a brief history of the mills, but my real objective was to capture the culture of the place during the period of my employment. To achieve this I detail many anecdotal stories about fellow employees, with the emphasis on humour surrounding working life.

Book number five entitled ‘This is the Life’ is yet another autobiographical work, covering life’s experiences omitted from my earlier works.

My latest work entitled ‘Spanning a Lifetime’ is a book about bridges with associated stories.
I have always had an appreciation of fine bridges, not only their architectural type and style, but their engineering and constructional design.
Bridges from many corners of the world are featured within the book. They are all bridges that I have visited during my life and each provides a link to an associated story.

All my books are available from the Amazon global outlets, both as paperback and Kindle versions. They are also available from most major high street book shops and they are marketed around the world.      
What was the inspiration behind your first book?
Fellow workers persuaded me to write my memoirs.
What was the most difficult part about writing your book?
Getting started, but once I got going with the structure; the content details flowed from my memory with relative ease.

Loren Mathis

Guest Post - Author Serena Akeroyd

Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 12:01 AM
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Hey guys,

<3 Happy Valentine’s Day!! <3

I’m Serena Akeroyd and Loren has kindly let me loose on you all!  But don’t worry, I’m not that bad.  In fact, I have a giveaway for you all, if you’re interested, that is. But first things first, who am I and what do I do?

Well, I’m a writer and I do erotica.  But it’s my kind of erotica.  We’re not talking endless amounts of sex here, endless amounts of thrusting *coughs*.  Just as and when the story needs it.  My byline is Putting the RAUNCH in Romance and that’s just how it is.  For me, as a lover of romance, the physical connection is as vital as the emotional.  One without the other is like going outside in a snowstorm with one boot on and one left in the hall closet!  Yeah; pointless!

And with that in mind, I created my first series: Naughty Nookie.  The entire series revolves around three, very different women; Mona, Marina and Eddie.  Each woman’s tale told in four parts, Mona’s tale is complete, I’m a third of the way through Marina’s and Eddie’s is very much on the way!  And it’s Mona’s tale that I’m offering as a giveaway today.  All you have to do is connect with me on Facebook, give my page a like and then send me a message.  The third, eighth and the nineteenth person to do so, can nab themselves a copy of Mona’s full story; all four parts for your enjoyment! : )

Just so you know what kind of giveaway you’re entering, here’s the blurb and an excerpt (don’t worry, it isn’t X-rated!)

Simone Barranquet is in a rut.  In fact, her life is one huge rut. Until she falls into Zane Matthews' (The Zane Matthews!) arms and unwittingly finds herself.
But even then, life can't hand Mona a candy bar. There's always something bittersweet to spoil her happiness and in this instance, it's Zane's husband. 
Yeah. Husband!
Can Mona wade through the fallout to find her own Happy Ever After? Or is she destined to lead a Zane-free and love-free life?
If she can grab the bull by the balls, then maybe, just maybe she can. 
But does she have enough cojones of her own to do just that?

EXCERPT OF MONA

“You are a darling, Mona Barranquet!” Hiding another grin, because Meg just can’t pronounce my surname, she always says Bar-in-koo-ett instead of Bah-ran-ket, I round the counter and tie on the apron she pushed into my chest.  “No time for training.  Just do what you can.”  She blew another whistle and again, peace settled over the raucous crowd.  “Now, listen everybody.  Mona’s helping out, so be nice.  If you know, where something is and she doesn’t, give her a nudge.  Thanks everyone.”
To my consternation, everybody nods as though she hasn’t just asked her diners to help out the wait staff.  I can only imagine the average New York crowd if the proprietor of an eatery did that. 
I knew there was a reason I liked this place. 
Grinning, I submerge myself into the job.  And I’m almost shocked when I discover that I like it.
I’m not as much of an introvert as I thought I was either.  I chat to people; honest to God chat.  I don’t shuffle between tables, mumbling behind my order pad.  I talk and flirt and laugh if something funny’s said.  I mop up spills, predict them before they even happen and generally whizz through the crowd with a smile on my face. 
I’m quick on my toes and pick up the layout of the place in no time at all and by the end of the shift, have earned myself thirty dollars in tips. 
Not bad for a newbie! 
Thinking of how many tampons I can buy with that, I pour myself a cup of coffee and sit at the counter and rub my feet.  Because, Christ, they ache like a bitch. 
Meg bursts through the swing hinge doors out of the kitchen and zooms in on me like a fly scenting sugar.
She’s one of those women of indeterminate age.  Somewhere between thirty and fifty with red, frizzy hair that if a straightener ever passed through, would glint gold in the light.  Her eyes are lined with a thick smudge of kohl, but outside of that, she wears no make-up.  There isn’t a uniform at The Pike and she’s dressed in men’s sweats, an oversized T-shirt so large you can’t even make out if she has any boobs, as well as sneakers on her feet.
“You’re a lifesaver, Mona.  Thank you so much, I don’t think I’d have seen the day out if you hadn’t stopped by.  You probably only came in for that cup of coffee, didn’t you?  Didn’t expect to be recruited on to the team.”  She snorts and then her eyes flicker over me.  “You can’t miss the sign on the door, but I’m actually hiring if you’re interested.”  She cocks her brow.  “Although maybe not if you’re looking after those two hunks up on the hill?”
I refuse to blush.  I’m an adult and Jake and Zane are hardly adolescents.  We can do whatever the hell we want behind the privacy of our own doors.
That very little kinkiness has gone down as yet doesn’t matter.
It’s the principle! 
Perhaps she can tell I’ve taken umbrage, because she raises her hands in surrender and says around a grin, “Hold fire, missy.”
Missy?  
Do people under the age of seventy call people that? 
Apparently so.
But then, Meg isn’t your average thirty to fifty year old woman. 
Inwardly snorting, I merely cock my brow to match hers and watch as her grin widens. 
~~~~
I’ll also warn you that I’m a lover of UNORTHODOX HAPPY EVER AFTERS… so, what Meg things is going on between Mona, Jake and Zane… really is! :D
Thanks for letting me hijack your blog today, Loren.  And don’t forget, you can win a copy of Mona’s story.  Just ‘like’ my Facebook page, send me a message and if you’re the third, the eighth or the nineteenth person to do so, then I’ll message you back and ask for your email address to send you the copy!
Here’s hoping I hear from you soon! And down below, you can connect with me on all the usual social network sites as well as find out more info about the Naughty Nookie series.  Don’t forget, Marina’s tale is almost done!
Happy reading, folks!  And have a great Valentine’s.  I hope you received the prezzies you wanted and if you didn’t, no worries.  Just go out and buy it for yourself! :D

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Serena Akeroyd - Website  <-  Grab the first part of Mona’s tale free on my website!

Loren Mathis
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