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Catching up with #AmazingAuthor MaryAnn Kempher( @MaryAnnKempher )

I recently had an opportunity  to catch up with a familiar face on this blog, Author MaryAnn Kempher! MaryAnn is  extremely busy but was kind enough to take a few moments to answer some questions for us. Welcome Back MaryAnn!  

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I understand you’ve got a new book out…Play Dead: A Detective Jack Harney Murder Mystery (Under the Moonlight, Book Four) tell us a bit about it.

 

Jack Harney is a former police detective turned Private Detective. Jack was introduced in my first book, Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder, but became the main character in my second book—Forever Doomed—a murder mystery set aboard a cruise ship where two people have been murdered. In my third book, Sweet Mystery, he and an old Army buddy open up their own agency in Reno NV and investigate the murder of Jack’s ex-girlfriend. In Play Dead, business is slow and money is tight. Jack reluctantly agrees to find the missing dog of a very wealthy woman—and to investigate, unofficially, the murder of an elderly man, whose body was found at a local park and who also was friends with the elderly man who lives above the detective agency.  Nene and Gaga Albright, two sisters who first appeared in book two, Forever Doomed, are back to provide comic relief. This book is another murder mystery and like the others, has an ending you won’t see coming.

 

Every great writer has critics. What has been the toughest criticism you’ve received about your writing? What was the best compliment? What did you learn from each?

 

I always feel a bit stabbed in the heart when they call my writing boring. Thankfully, that is rare. The best compliment I can ever get is when they say they did not see the ending coming and that they were totally taken by surprise. Also, one reader compared me to Agatha Christie. Now, that’s not me, I didn’t say this—she did—and I’ll take that compliment and relish it forever. I greatly admire Agatha Christie.

 

Which character do you most enjoy writing about?

 

I’m happiest when I’m writing from Jack’s perspective. When I’m writing the mystery, the twists and turns, that is a lot of fun for me. On the other hand, Nene and Gaga Albright are funny ladies, and fun to write too.

Your characters are very well developed; where do you start when creating your characters? Are they based on people you know or even yourself?

Thank you. I appreciate that compliment. Nene and Gaga Albright are loosely based on my mother and aunt; my mother’s nickname was Nene and my aunt’s nickname was Gaga—pronounced Guga. My personality comes through most in the character of Katherine. She’s the “star” of my first book, Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder. The characters of Jack and Curt are my idea of perfect men; handsome, strong, sexy, flirtatious—but always gentlemen, never vulgar.

 

What if you were to meet Jack and Curt in the “real world”, what would they think? Would they be friends with you, their creator or fear you (insert evil laugh)?

 

Let’s assume that they don’t know I’m their creator. Curt would be reserved, but courteous. Jack would flirt and charm me. I’d giggle, blush, and then we’d make mad passionate love. I don’t look at Jack as one of my children, trust me. 😉 He’s way too hot for that.

When writing a story, do you stop to consider how readers will react to certain plot twists and changes to characters?

Yes. Twice, a main character has died in my books—but the reader never knew—because I reconsidered and that character got to live.

You have a military background, how do you feel that lends to your writing and/or writing process?

I’d like to think that my background has made me very detail oriented. This is a good thing when writing mystery; sometimes it’s the little things that turn out to be the most important.

 

As far as your process, now that you have four books under your belt what changes (if any)  have you made to the way you work? Any advice you could offer other writers just starting out?

 

I’m more organized and have more self-discipline. Some writers are called Plotters, they create a very detailed outline—they plot the book—from start to finish and all that’s left to do is actually write it. Other writers are called, Pantsers. They just sit down at the computer start writing. I am a little of both. I have a hard time writing a detailed outline. When I write, things just come to me. On the other hand, I brainstorm a lot before I start, and take a lot notes once I have started. It’s also important to set a daily word count goal. If you’re just starting, start low. For instance, say to yourself—today I’ll write 500 words. Gradually increase that number. I have a friend who can write 10,000 words a day. I’m lucky if I can do that in five days. The important thing to remember is that it takes dedication, determination, and self-discipline. It’s up to you to get it done, the book won’t write itself.

 

Are there any authors you would recommend to fans of your books, possibly that you love yourself?

 

I’m a big fan of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels. I’ve read them all, twice.

Are you working on your next book?

Yes. I’ve started brainstorming book five, another Jack Harney/Curt Noble murder mystery.

Thank you Belinda!

 

Play Dead

Under the Moonlight series #4

PlayDead ebook LIGHTENTED Version

Play dead. It might just save your life.

When Jack Harney and Curt Noble opened their detective agency, they expected to investigate the occasional cheating husband or minor theft. Instead, they’ve somehow found themselves, once again, investigating not one, but two grisly murders.  

Nene and Gaga Albright; one sweet, one sour, both suspicious of the new tenants above. Strange things are happening in the apartment across the hall. Are the new tenants eccentric, or just plain crazy?

Can Jack and Curt find the killer before he kills again? Will Nene find out what’s going on behind door number two, or die trying?

Purchase Link:  Link to Amazon Page

About MaryAnn:

MaryAnn Kempher writes mystery novels with a dash of humor.

She is the author of three other books in the Under the Moonlight series: Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder; a romantic mystery set in Reno NV. Forever Doomed, a mystery set aboard a cruise ship, and Sweet Mystery—another “I did not see that ending coming.” mystery. All three will make you giggle, and keep you guessing until the very end.

Her influences include Janet Evanovich and Agatha Christie.

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If you’d like to connect with MaryAnn Kempher, that will be easy:

Website: http://mkempher.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaryAnnKempher

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMaryAnnKempher?

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/maryannkempher/boards/

Read more posts about MaryAnn & her books from my sites here!

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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:

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Blog

Inspiration Blog

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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!
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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. 

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!

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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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Evanescent cover reveal event! #giveaway http://worldsawaybookblog.blogspot.com/2013/07/evanescent-cover-reveal-event-giveaway.html?spref=tw

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! 

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

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.

For more stops on the tour visit: http://www.emeraldbarnes.us/on-tour.html

Read Me Dead
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Piercing Through the Darkness

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