I had a tough time getting my emails to this lovely lady, but I got it together. Avril Somerville is a woman on a mission- in her community, the book community and hopefully the world! She's a mom, educator and author and educator. Her book, A Journey Of Life On Purpose is more than a sharing of essays and poetry, it's life. Trials and victories for the female sex are pressed into the pages of her book and they create inner-strength and confidence. I'd love to see her speak!
Please enjoy my small set of questions; an opportunity to get to know this talented author and motivator. If you can, grab her book- available everywhere!
Please share a little about yourself: I’m a writer, wife, momma of three beautiful souls, friend, sister to many. I was born in the Caribbean in the Commonwealth of Dominica, grew up in Brooklyn and the Bronx, and have lived in the Northeast and Midwest. I enjoy working out and dancing; they both make me feel capable and strong.
Alyssa: When did you know you were destined to not just write a book but to become active. What set you onto this path?
Avril: I’ve always been a reader! Family members always seem to recall me with a book in my hand as a child, but I think I was more enamored with words and their inherent power early on. When I came to the United States at ten years old, I took to writing my thoughts in a composition book. Eventually, many of these thoughts became free verse and poetry. Composition books, for me, was where I found solace and quietude, where I was alone with my thoughts without the judgment and public sneer that comes with knowing you're different and displaced somehow. So, I’ve been a writer for quite a while; however, it was not until 2010 that I began to share my writing publicly. At my 40th birthday celebration, I declared to my friends that I would pursue a career as a full-time writer and I haven’t looked back since!
There’s always a story to be written, and even more to be read. I use my Life experiences and encounters as my canvas for writing material that help others navigate emotions and experiences that are transcendent such as struggles with vulnerability, feelings of inadequacy and/or other insecurities, tenuous relationships with our parents, and so on. These “issues,” while transcendent, are largely misunderstood and overly simplified. Because I believe that we’re more alike than we are different, my goal as a writer is to underscore these commonalities. If I can do this authentically, then there’s a good chance that what I write will resonate with someone needing the same validation.
As soon as I saw the new covers to this fun series, I knew I had to have them. Then when I'd discovered the story was based in an alternate Britain, with a huge chunk of Steam Punk- I definitely had to have them! Thanks to my reaching out to Kate Locke- I will soon have the chance. Till then, I've been reading up on her and the series.
In today's interview, I got to ask a bit about how she put together such a story and Check out her what she says!
Author Interview Series:
The Immortal Series-
Alyssa: What made you decide to become an author?
Kate: "I was 8 years old. My teacher asked us all to write a short story. When we were done, she read them to the class. Everyone laughed and clapped at the end. I remember thinking that I wanted more of that. That was the day I started writing."
My name is Brian Taylor and I’m the author of 12 Blackened Petals. This story is wild ride that is a part of a series. I’ve spent most of my life as an artist, and a fan of comic books and manga. I am also an anime nut. This story has been cooking in my head for probably four years now. It finally got the point where it wouldn’t shut up, so I had to turn it into a series of books.
I have been many things in my lifetime. I have been an artist, athlete, businessman, and now an author. Being a first-time author has been a very scary experience, but a fantastic one. 12 Blackened Petals was definitely a monumental undertaking because it is a story that spans several novels.
How did you come up with such a cool cover?
I’ve been an artist for about 33 years now. I knew that when I was writing this story, I wanted something pretty dynamic on the cover. But I could never figure out exactly what. However, by the end of the story, the writing process that is, I knew I had to start working on something awesome.
So believe it or not I took a picture with my cell phone of a friend of mine (who just so happens to be a world-class freerunner). The image went through several iterations before it evolved into the image that is on the cover now. I self-published through create space, and getting an image that would look good from their printers was kind of tricky. It took a little bit of patience and perseverance but I was finally able to develop a cover that I like.
Quick side note that image has about 50 photoshop layers, and the guy on the front was originally blonde with a man bun.
I introduce to you, Beverly Lee- a sweet friend in London! She's focused, determined and more than anything else- such a fun, lovely lady! After finally getting the time differences figured, we got together , via Skype and chatted for nearly an hour.
Also, she shared the heart and soul of her beautiful book, The Making of Gabriel Davenport. Now for some reason, the sound wasn't quite where it needed to be- so I had to edit the volume. You may want to turn up your sound a bit- or down depending on whether I'm laughing or not. Either way- enjoy the interview and my newest friend!
Hello! Today, you get to meet the wonderful Rhonda Ryde, author of Stella's Awakening! She's from Australia, a mum and a fantastic author who mastered the art of writing in First Person- 'gasp'! You have to read her amazing novel, but until then, find out how she came about such a special story with this interview!
Today's author interview is with the author of Fair to Hope, Sam Reed. I got to ask a few questions on what brought this book to life and her feelings along the way. Take a read
I have no memory of how I came across Jason Werbeloff and his work, but I'm so happy I did. First off, he was offering up audio short stories for review. Any time I can listen to a story while walking, cleaning house or exercising, I'm game! His tales are full of science fiction, horror, gore and curiosity.
He's not just some bloke from across the pond - he's got a PhD in Philosophy and it shows in his work. Just because there are zombies, killer-cyborgs and memories trapped within internet doesn't mean this hottie isn't intelligent. Check out my interview below. He shares a lot!
Hey gang! Glad you're back for more interview of some amazing authors! Today's interview is of Adelise M. Cullens, the author of Dead Bunnies Make All Eight of Me Cry - and more! She's amazing and dealt with me and my unusual circumstance. I had to be at another location that day and ended up using my iPad and iPhone to video our Skype!
It was frustrating because the camera kept moving on me and once uploaded to Youtube, it cut some of my opening picture off! What a bummer, but I couldn't go back and readjust because it too me from 8pm to 1:41 am just to get it uploaded... I kid you not! So I hope you don't get seasick. Below is our initial interview. (Click on Read More)
My second interview is actually with two guys today. I'd like to introduce to you, Angelo Panetta and Tom Dheere- creators of the newest graphic novel, Agent 1.22. This is no ordinary comic and the agent isn't just some chick- it's amazing and if you don't take a look for yourself, you're sure to miss out!
completed an appearance at The Geek Gathering in Sheffield, Alabama- busy, busy, busy!
Below is the mini Interview with Mike. Check him out!
I reached out to Ms. Marsh last year, in hopes of obtaining a copy of this book. I chatted with her and she promised to forward my name to her publisher. Amazingly, she hadn't forgotten me and on July 5th, I was surprised with a copy. Just look at the cover (you know me and book covers!), isn't it amazing? It's even better on my iPad, because of the HD thing. Anyway, the book is called Fear the Drowning Deep, by Sarah Glenn Marsh and you are going to really love this one!
Written with YA readers in mind, the story takes you to another place, almost another time, and fills you with Manx mystery and wonder.
The story takes place on The Isle of Man, in the British Isles. It's about a young girl and her town, plagued by strange disappearances and even murder. Because our heroine is young, crafty and stubborn as an ox, she doesn't stop fighting for those she loves and cares for- even if they don't care much for her!
The story was filled with rich folklore, brought to life, like witchcraft, mythical creatures haunting the nearby shores and curses of the Little Fellas, I was enveloped in the world away from my very own, eager to discover what Bridey would go through next and if her new-found friend was foe or not.
Marsh wrote a story that will have you pleased with the story from the very beginning to its ending. I wasn't disappointed at all with this one, not even concerning Fynn. He was correct when he said, "Nothing from the ocean is meant to survive on land forever."
Check out this beautiful story while I get ready to shower you with interviews from some amazing authors! Be ready tomorrow. 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓out of 5 specs
*Author Interview 2016 is next.
**PDF provided by Sarah Glenn Marsh and Skyhorse Publishing, for an honest review.
Ah the days of carrying the title, debut author or debut novel. I remember it well. It was a total catastrophe, but I had the love and support of all my friends. It was the greatest inspiration and journey, but one I had to learn from. I am happy to be participating with Melka Stansah on her first journey with her debut series, book one The Raven Trilogy: The First Journey. I hope she enjoys her experience as much as I did, but with enormous success.
I was gifted with a copy The First Journey during a busy time, but managed to read, take notes and offer up an pretty cool review on her book. This tale is similar to many in that a young human is set on a mission, long before he's truly ready. His fate was out of his control and his only clues came in the form of two very different colored irises and something called ...
(original banner from http://theraventrilogy.com)
If you've read this book already, then you will recognize I have the wrong colored feathers falling, but this just worked so perfectly! If you have not read The Making of Gabriel Davenport and you're in to paranormal, supernatural thrillers, then you should get it when you take your next book budget for a ride. I can happily say, this book put me in mind of Alfred Hitchcock! There was something going on and it was of demonic nature, but the way it held me... classic!
As many of you know, I get to meet both Marissa Meyer and Leigh Bardugo next month. I'm very excited, because it's my first autograph session for authors alone. I've always met tv or movie peeps, so this is new.
I've been registered and prepared for this event since August. What I wasn't set for was the amazing swag I received- Woohoo! For my reserving Heartless, I got a cool tumbler with the heart logo (in the pic), 20 magnetic, limited edition bookmarks, a poster, straw tags and other items inspired by the book. The box looks so cool, I'm going to reuse it for the giveaway I'm hosting.
So what's the giveaway? I'm glad you asked! Since I am meeting both amazing authors next month, I am giving away the bulk of the items in the box I received, along with a free copy of Heartless. ALSO, if they allow me, I'll get the winner's copy signed, alongside mine! Isn't that cool?! So here's the gist:
On Instagram, are several pics on the "Heartless" giveaway. All you have to do is either tag yourself or share the pics and you're in. On Facebook, just DM or leave your name in the comments. On Twitter, you can reply or go to either FB or IG and do what's required. Those are the only places you can get in.
On the 22nd of September, I will announce 19 winners of the magnetic bookmarks. Those 19 will be entered into a drawing for the book, the poster and the other book inspired items.
And that is that! Be watching my IG, Thursday, the 22nd. The winner could be you!
I was extremely excited to get this book, The Storybook Knight by Helen & Thomas Doherty, for a couple of reasons. One is because it came with another book- book two to one that I've read and reviewed previously. (Hint Hint: the review will be posted tomorrow! and the second reason is because the dragon you see in my banner, came with the book! It's one of those spongy dragon's that is attached to a wire handle so he can bob about. He's actually hanging from my office ceiling! Yes- I didn't give it to my Ewoks lol Oh, I gave them book- Don't Judge Me! Lastly, there's a sweet giveaway!
Max the cat was my first children's book to review. Back on July 23, 2015 I reviewed Max the Brave. It was totally adorable and it came with a cape, a decal for my window and a bookmark, if I recall correctly. I read it to my Ewoks and they couldn't stop laughing. When I saw Ed Vere was coming out with Max at Night, I couldn't let it get away from me. These books are wonderful for me-... er, for the kids. Yeah, wonderful for the kids, is what I meant! Also, get in on this amazing book giveaway!
A spiral into madness, The Newirth Mythology by Michael B. Koep is a ride into madness, a war between Big Brother and the Other Brothers! What do you do when you have to go up against your mentor- a fellow colleague, in a battle of wits? How do you also stay ahead of the police detectives and others who could dome than harm- even in death! These two books take you on a journey far beyond the reaches of mere mortal minds...
I remember when I first met Brittney Stewart. It was on Facebook, and I'd begun documenting many of my horrid experiences and triumphs as an independent author. I was very impressed with her page, her site and her online demeanor. I thought her very professional, yet personal. I liked her from the start. So when she asked me to read The White Rabbit, I was honored.
So what is The White Rabbit? It's a costume. One worm by a serial killer. She's not cunning or enigmatic, she just kills. Every now and then, whenever she can to whomever she feels she wants. It's all about opportunity, but when someone a little strange, she attempts to find what their problem is. Sadly, she discovers, she's their problem! Then the story shifts to another... a man just like her, but he is the epitome of a serial killer. He has a 'thing' and need to set Angels free. But when they find each other in a world apart from the real, the norm, they have to work together to get away... but can they?
When you've stewed in words like vengeful, vexed, resentful, reclusive, and melancholy, death seems like it should be nice, right? Not for Joanna DeAngelis. For her, a new life, born of misery, hatred and jealousy awaits. Some people just can't let go.
In today's book review, The Next, by Stephanie Gangi, a story that should have unwound coils only tightened into a ball of energy so dark and rigid, I wasn't sure what category to place it. It's a psychological, thrilling piece of paranormal, women's literature...
Isn't this photo something to gawk at? I totally love it - and it's just one version of this book's cover. The photo belongs to a book called, The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge. I can't get over the sketching; it's mysterious, curious and almost evil, but does it match the actual story..,
(This photos was found via Google.com. I only added the title.)
If you remember my review of Broken Dolls (March 14, 2016), then you know how much I am a fan of Tyrolin Puxty! First off, her books are like birthday presents to me; they always come out near my birthday. June 2017, the next one will arrive. Also, she's freaking talented! The first book was amazing and I couldn't get over the cover! (You know me and book covers). So I didn't hesitate when Shattered Girls released; I purchased both the ebook and physical. So let's tell it, yeah?
Smoke, by Dan Vyleta is the first book and only book that's sent me edible Book Swag- Yeah baby! And they're from the same company mentioned in the book, not just some off-the-hip goodies. I loved the tin and the cover sent to me over the one that was actually released. Not to mention, the story takes place in London, though not the London we know...
*Both a physical read and audiobook review.
I wasn't sure how this book was going to run when I first received it. Many authors trick you; they make you think it's about one thing and it's really something else. Not too many people write on exorcisms today, but this story... this story was the real deal. It held me with talk of 80's songs and things I remember saying and doing back in 'The Day' and the story was just good. It was freaking good...
are the life source of Indie Authors the tool that creates Best Sellers! I know I do not have that much power, but I can sure add to it!