Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Featured Author: Scott Berger


Scott Berger has been writing since 2006 when he got the writing bug after reading a chapter of a co-worker’s story. The previous 40-something years were spent gathering experiences or imagining them. Scott lives in the Greater Toronto Area with his wife Rita and a 100-pound Rottweiler named Puppy.


Scott was kind enough to stop by my blog and answer a few questions about his writing process. Enjoy! 

Why do you write?  
I write because……

Which writers inspire you?  
Sidney Sheldon and Stephen King

What is your favorite book and why?  
Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat. A true story so implausible that if I wrote it, calling it fiction, no one would believe it. So well written I felt like I was there.

What do you think is the easiest thing about writing?   
Coming up with new ideas. What is the most difficult? Editing. It's like counting the brush strokes on the Mona Lisa.

From books that have already been published by other authors, which book do you wish you had written?   
Good question!  Anything by Stephen King, I guess. His stories are classics, but I also learn about writing when I read him.

How do you market your books?
I'm new at it, so it's blogs, websites, and word of mouth. My wife makes a wonderful press agent. She actually helped make a sale from a swimming pool in Niagara Falls!

Any new release? If yes, what is it about?  
I do have a new release. It's actually my debut novel, Quite The Catch. It's about a Columbian woman who meets a vacationing doctor from Alabama when a cartel blows up her family's deep-sea fishing boat. She survives only because he pulls her from the sea and rushes her to a hospital. When she realizes she has amnesia, he knows he can't leave her. When another attempt on her life fails, the two find both the cartel and police on their trail. They realize the money the cartel claims her brother stole from them may be the key to their future ... if they have one.



Book blurb
When a Colombian cartel blows up her family’s fishing boat looking for their stolen money, Gabriela ConcepciĆ³n faces a new world. Her father and brother are dead, and she would’ve been were it not for a vacationing Alabama doctor, Royce Haddon. But when she kills two cartel gunmen, their situation goes from bad to worse.

Now on the run from the police and the cartel, Gabriela and Royce decide the stolen money, if it exists, is the key to ending their nightmare. But can they find it before they are found? And what if they do? Then what? Where do they go from there?

You can also connect with Scott:


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Saturday, 19 September 2015

Featured Author: J.C. Hannigan

J.C. Hannigan lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband, their two sons and two dogs.
She writes contemporary new adult romance and suspense. Her novels focus on relationships, mental health, social issues, and other life challenges. She was kind enough to share her thoughts on her writing process. Enjoy :-) 



Why do you write?
I write because it's in my blood. It's something I've always done, and always enjoyed doing. Story weaving comes naturally to me, and it feels right.

Which writers inspire you? 
J.K. Rowling inspired me when I was younger. I couldn't believe that this struggling single mom made her a dream a reality, and the success she saw as a result of her hard work. Now I'm inspired daily by writers and women balancing their home, their jobs, and their passion for words.

What is your favorite book and why? 
I have so many books, honestly picking one is like asking me to pick a favorite child LOL. How about I go with my recently read favorites... To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han, Unfractured Souls by Tillie Cole, and Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott.

What do you think is the easiest thing about writing? 
The easiest is letting the words flow out, watching them turn into a story.

What is the most difficult? 
The revising and editing of that first draft. The first draft is basically where you've expelled all your thoughts and are left with a mess that you get to clean up. 

From books that have already been published by other authors, which book do you wish you had written? 
I honestly don't have an answer for this question...I couldn't imagine writing a book better than what the author did. There can be a billion concepts (example: time travel, or a student teacher romance) and each author has a special tone and voice that they bring to the table. 

How do you market your books? 
I talk about them, like a lot. But I also don't JUST talk about them, I talk about a billion other things. Basically, I don't stop talking. I try and form connections with my readers, so that they know I'm a real person too and I'm just as invested in the characters they fall for as well. I try to be myself and be real online. 

Any new release? If yes, what is it about? 
Yes - I literally just released the first book in the Damaged Series, Damaged Goods! Damaged Goods is about a 17-year-old girl who's been in love with the untouchable, unreachable bad boy for years. She used him as a security blanket to avoid doing intimidating things. This is her final year in high school and she's done sitting around waiting for him. She's determined to experience all the things she's missed out on. 



Book blurb:
Everly Daniels can’t seem to fall out of love with Grayson Dixon.
Five years after locking eyes with him, Everly is drawn to him like a moth to a flame. He has a pull on her that she can’t seem to break, even if she wanted to. Grayson may be the love of her life, but he doesn’t make it easy. He has built walls around himself that only Everly can breach. But Grayson knows he is not the good guy. He is reckless and careless, and even if Everly brings a little color into his life, he worries he will destroy her, and cares too much to let that happen.
She has always been the shy wallflower who is afraid to participate. But senior year, all that is about to change.
This captivating new adult novel will take readers on a riveting journey of emotion and growth.

Book excerpt:
"Where are we going?" I asked, pausing by the side of his truck.
"Away from here," Grayson replied shortly, his jaw clenched. He was angry and avoiding eye contact.
"Why?"
Grayson sighed heavily. He dropped his hand, stepping towards me purposefully. "Because I need to keep you from making any more bad decisions tonight."
"What makes you think you need to keep me from making bad decisions?" I frowned, my words slow, clogged with alcohol. He raised a brow, and I flushed with shame as I thought about my behavior. I crossed my arms, narrowing my eyes at him. "And you're somehow the better decision?" I asked hotly.
Grayson grinned mischievously as he stepped toward me. My heart jumped in response to his sudden nearness. He raised his hand, catching a long strand of my hair as the wind gently blew it about my face. "In this case, I am," he replied. His voice was low with hidden meaning. Desire laced his words.
My eyes fluttered as his face came closer to mine, his hand snaking around the back of my neck, his grip tightening on my hair ever so slightly. Not enough to cause pain, but enough to keep me rooted.
It was Grayson who kissed me this time. His lips gently pressing against mine, the cold hardness of metal was a startling contrast against the warmth and softness of him.
My lips parted in response, and Grayson let out a primitive growl that made the blood surge in my veins. His body boxed me against the side of his truck, and I moaned as his tongue sought entrance.
I gave it to him willingly. Kissing Grayson was explosive, intense, and everything that kissing Kyle hadn't even managed to come close to. Grayson made me forget all my insecurities. Kissing him made me want all the things that I feared. He had a power over my mind, heart, and body...and I knew that it was unbreakable.
Only Grayson didn't want me. At least, not completely. I could feel his desire against my lower abdomen, but the words he'd said time and time again rattled around in my brain. I can't feel that for you. I'm not boyfriend material. I can't be what you want me to be.
Still, my body responded to his as if I didn't have a choice. I wanted to go with him, wherever he wanted to take me...for however long. It was better than the silence; better than not being with him at all.
"Let's get out of here, please," I whispered, shivering from the cold and his touch. I didn't want to go back to the party, back to Kyle. Grayson nodded, pressing his lips to my forehead before he released me. 

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Monday, 14 September 2015

New Release: Desolate World by Rashmi Pluscec

Rashmi Pluscec is the author of poetry books Chaos and Desolate World, and a poet on anthologies Threads, Passages, Ballads and Word Fest


An active member of Poets of G+, her work has been featured on Dagda Publishing, CommuterLit, Yahoo Contributor Network, and Amazon. Rashmi was nominated for the 2014 Mississauga Arts Council Award for Literary Arts.

Book Blurb - Desolate World 

Welcome to discord and discontent, to a hideous beauty and an enraged calm, to uninhibited anguish and unbridled fury. Welcome to a desolate world.

Book Excerpt

Wish Upon a Star

from the womb of the farthest

space, fell a brilliant star in a

smudge of dizzying colours. It

revelled in the primordial

memories crowning an ancient

universe. it gloried in the

surreal knowledge upon which

a world was built. and it carried

in its heart, the seed of a whole

new creation. perhaps an Einstein’s

mind or a Beethoven’s heart. Or

perhaps – just perhaps – it was

a god particle,

watching as it showed

teaching as it learned.

Book Links

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All the best Rashmi! 

Monday, 7 September 2015

Featured Author - Ian Stout

Ian Stout is a writer and a traveler. He has visited over 40 different countries, walked the Great Wall of China, sat in Rome’s Coliseum and stood on the roof of Hitler’s Fuehrer-bunker in Berlin. He's seen the ruins of Machu Picchu, wondered why the Leaning Tower of Pisa doesn't fall over and has looked in wonder at Napoleon's home on Elba. His ideas come from his various experiences and travels. The characters he creates have traits and manners akin to the hundreds he has met and connected with, be they a waiter in Montmartre or a cab driver in Mexico City. 



A full time writer, Ian does not consider writing his hobby but an act of love, a passion, and a joy.  Ian was kind enough to share his thoughts with me. Enjoy :-) 

Why do you write?

I write because that’s what I am, a writer. When I left home at age eighteen for a walk-about in Europe I wrote long letters back to my parents and grandparents telling them how well things were and what a great time I was having. This was my first effort at fiction and it worked quite well.

After eighteen months I returned home and wrote a series of travel columns for the Dundas Star. After that I wrote columns for the Hamilton Herald, the Recorder Group and finally for the Brabant chain of papers in the Niagara Peninsula. During that time I also had items published in the Readers Digest, several magazines and the occasional feature in a daily.

Writing is something I do, like breathing, and I don’t question it or try to  analyze it too carefully for fear of screwing things up.

Which writers inspire you?

No writers inspire me. There are some I admire and whose skill I appreciate, but inspire? I don’t need inspiration because I am a writer. I certainly do like many authors but have no desire to be like them. They had their stories to tell in their way and I have mine. I may love reading Joseph Conrad, James Clavell, Stevenson or Hemingway, but I don’t to write like them or be like them. I am, and always will be, Ian Stout.

What is your favorite book and why?

Shogun, by James Clavell. I love the way he took a part of Japan’s history in the fifteen hundreds, a part we know little of, and built a story on that history. His attention to detail, his descriptions of historical events and his refusal to be politically correct in his depictions of life in those days is to be admired.

What is the easiest thing about writing and what is the most difficult?

The easiest thing about writing is accepting accolades and compliments. All the rest is damn hard work. It is a lonely business. Unlike painting, where you can see where the painter is going, or sculpture, where a figure slowly reveals itself as the artist chips away, a written work is a complete unknown and cannot be judged until the last page is completed.

The hardest part of writing is believing that what you are in the process of producing is actually worthwhile.   

Which book do you wish you had written?

The Gutenberg Bible. All I’d have to do is sell one and I’d be set for life.

How do you market your books?

My books are published by Fifeshire Press, a small boutique publisher in the east end of Toronto, and printed and distributed by Ingrams in the United States. They make it available on over 70 web sites worldwide including Barnes and Nobles and Books A Million in the US, Angus and Robertson in Australia and the Book Depository in the UK. It is available in New Zealand, India and South Africa as well. Ingrams ships copies directly to retailers, wholesalers and libraries anywhere in the world. I also, in co-operation with Fifeshire, actively contact libraries, retailers and wholesalers across the continent, do book signings wherever possible, speak at libraries and make myself available for readings, interviews and functions.

Any new release?

My third novel Murder Unedited is now out and available. It is the story of a ‘near retirement’ police detective who is attempting to solve the murder of a book publisher in Hamilton. The detective, William Law Deas, is a Scot who views the world somewhat differently from most homicide investigators.



The official launch of Murder Unedited is on the 5th of October 2015 at 7 pm in the ballroom of the Hampton Inn on Bronte Road at The QEW. It’s free, the wine is quite good, and the nibblies by the hotel’s catering people are just great.


Contact the publisher:   info@fifeshirepress.com
Contact the author:       gian@writerstout.com



Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Timeless Honor (Mirrors of Time Book 3) by Amber Daulton

After Emma's journey to the 16th century in the Mirror of Love by Samna Ghani and Maggie's journey to the 18th century in Time to Love by Angela Ford comes the third book in the series - Timeless Honor by Amber Daulton. 



Book Blurb

Jaye Ramsey decided to prove to her eccentric grandmother that time travel only existed in movies by vacationing in Bolivia with her friends. When she woke up in Hawksatter, England, 1735—the same town her grandmother supposedly vanished from as a young woman—Jaye found refuge at a hunting lodge but the strapping, reclusive baron who took her in reminded her all too well she was a lone woman at his mercy. 

Accused of murdering his newly-wedded wife a decade earlier, Lord Lucas Kenway closed the family farm and shut out the world. He never expected the little spitfire he claimed responsibility for would turn his quiet life upside down. Pushed together by fate and his meddling servants, Lucas wanted Jaye on his own terms and refused to surrender his hardened heart.  
Then a mysterious wise man offered Jaye a way home. 

Should she return to the future and the only life she’d ever known, or stay in an uncertain past as a stranger in a new world? 


Book Trailer 


My Review

The third book in the Mirror of Time Series, Timeless Honor, is another great romantic adventure. Set in the eighteenth century, Ms. Daulton has written a terrific love story between a man who's not willing to open up and a woman who is not sure if he ever will. Jaye Ramsey, the main female character is skeptical about time-travel but when it happens to her, she decides that not only will she survive but will also get the man of her dreams. Delightful characters (you've got to love Lord Lucas Kenway :-), great dialogue and an engaging story line make Timeless Honor a great read!

Book Links 

Barnes and Noble - http://bit.ly/1PZdox8
Smashwords - http://bit.ly/1hd4Vu0

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Unleashed Love by Jackie Marilla

Jackie Marilla writes contemporary romance from the Hawaiian Islands and beyond. She and her husband live on a macadamia nut farm on the island of Hawai'i where they feed a clowder of cats and a flock of hodgepodge chickens. In a past life, she was an elementary school teacher.

Jackie's latest book is called Unleashed Love. Here's a glimpse :-) 




Blurb: Unleashed Love (Sheltered Love Series, Book 1)

Glenda Weber is tired of roaming around her big empty house alone. Her volunteer work at the local animal shelter in Cedar Grove, Iowa is satisfying, but she’d give anything to have a companion and a few pets. Too bad her loyalty to her deceased husband prohibits bringing pets into the house and her insecurities about finding new love complicates matters. 

When Glenda meets Loman Cejka at the animal shelter and he invites her for supper two times in one week, she starts to gain confidence that she can build a relationship and maybe even fall in love.
Glenda and Loman agree their grown children need to be comfortable with their relationship, so when all four children are home for the town’s 4th of July Celebration, Glenda and Loman make plans to introduce everyone.

Loman is sure his grown kids will love Glenda. She’s friendly and smart and loves animals, including Bert, the family parrot. When his daughter hatches a plan to reunite her divorced parents, Loman has to make a difficult choice—alienate his daughter or give up on his relationship with Glenda.

My Review

This is a sweet tale of love and companionship for people who have loved and lost and are looking for something new and something fresh. Both Glenda and Loman are extremely likeable characters and their attraction to each other is really believable and welcoming. Ms. Marilla spins an engaging tale of two people who would like nothing more than to be together but how complications created by others make it difficult for them to attain their dream. Loman has a tough choice to make and the question is: will he make the right one? Read this story to find out. It is a heartwarming tale of love and romance when you're really not sure you will ever find it again. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Buy Link:  amzn.to/1Jt5NBC

Happy Reading!