Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Author G.W. Jefferies: Apolo Drakuvich

Author G.W. Jefferies Sharing his new book 
Apolo Drakuvich (Psst! We love the Final Cover!)

The Book
The Blurb
The Man

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The Book:
----- (Review from Free Book Reviews)
Jefferies grabs you with this book and refuses to let go until you see it his way or no way. They say Texas is raw and gritty and this writer shows this truth in his writing. The story is mesmerizing and refuses to let go until it is finished with you.

Point of View: Jefferies is direct with the point of view and really grabs the attention of the reader.

Voice: The voice again is direct in an entertaining way but the story itself is what draws you in.

Character Development: You can not help but feel for Apolo and empathize with him throughout the book.

Plot: We all know that a corrupt system exists and we all know this HAS happened in some form or another.

Dialogue: Gritty, fast paced and delivered flawlessly.

Pacing: Imagine the open expanse of the Texas Country Side fit inside of Rhode Island and that is how the plot moves. Meaning it feels wide open but the author finds a way to fit it all in between the pages he allowed. WOW!

Setting: Again we all know this could or did happen somewhere in some fashion.

Continuity: The bow is a little skewed but the author does a nice job of making it tied and in place.
-Albert Robbins III of Free Book Reviews
The Blurb:
G.W. Jefferies' Apolo Drakuvich captures the life of a petty criminal on a strange ride ranging from bizarre and senseless to utterly tragic. Revolving around parasitic journalism, media and government corruption, and a ruthless, conniving judge who milks the citizens out of millions of dollars, Apolo Drakuvich can be described as a compilation of untamed and sheer madness--captivating the readers' attention from beginning to end. With its raw descriptions, penetrating dialogue and crisp writing, this book is like no other.

Within all the madness that so epitomizes the life of Apolo, G.W. Jeffries presents a life of regret in epic proportions. Sitting in a jail cell, Apolo reflects, "One thing is for sure, I let it all slip many opportunities lost." Apolo sadly examines the events and decisions of his life, and the paths he took and should have taken. Apolo seeks peace of mind and justice, but flashbacks of his past continuously haunt him; moreover, he seems to be victimized by a corrupt justice system everywhere he goes.

As an offender, Apolo discusses pertinent issues of today's society, where it is next to impossible for offenders to live normal lives, despite the desire to do so. Essentially, law enforcement and authorities seem to systematically destroy the offender by placing constraints on the offender such as restrictions on where to live, GPS monitoring, registering as offenders on websites, and more.

Apolo Drakuvich is a microcosm of numerous real-life issues encompassing the wild, the bizarre, and the tragic.

Author blog/website:

The Man:
1. Tell us about yourself and how you came to be a writer / poet.
I’m a native Texan and I write contemporary and dystopian fiction.  The themes of counter-culture and dystopian views are usually included in some form in my works.  Some of my literary influences include Hunter S. Thompson, Chuck Palahniuk, William S. Burroughs, George Orwell, and Kurt Vonnegut. 

2. What's currently on your Kindle / Nook / eReader?
I just bought my Kindle last week but I have some books by Vonnegut and Hunter S. Thompson.  I also have works by some indie authors: Melissa Smith, David Gaughran, Jack Wallen, etc….too many to mention.

3. What's next up in your Netflix queue?
I have about 200 hundred movies and tv shows in the que at the moment but I think I’m going to watch the Twin Peaks tv series.  I’m in the mood to freak myself out.

4.  From the description, Apolo Drakuvich seems to be a story about the cyclic nature of a criminal life—how increased scrutiny from law enforcement and the stigma of being a criminal create a spiral that prevents any kind of normal life and in fact perpetuates further criminal activity. Is this a fair assessment? What prompted you to write such a book?
I think that is a fair assessment but I would add to the mix a corrupt justice system and now we have real chaos.  How can people expect criminals to better themselves when the system in play is just as bad as the criminal activity?  Apolo Drakuvich was written to help bring awareness to all sides of the issue.  Let’s stop and really take a look at this system. 

5. You had a post on your blog last week about a badly written, poorly-rated book you found that has made fairly constant appearances on the Kindle bestsellers list. Your conclusion was, cheap sex sells. As an artist struggling for the attention of a wider audience, does it discourage you to see the bestseller lists filled with books that seem so shallow on the surface?
Cheap sex sells…this will never end.  Kudos for the authors making a few extra dollars.  It’s a little discouraging but if this is what the people want, let them have it.

6. Is it fair to say that you've noticed an overall theme in your work? Something that follows you from piece to piece? If so, what is it?
I only have a novella, a short story, and poetry currently published but I would say the themes are dark at the moment.  They are dystopian stories that deal with some form of corruption.  I wouldn’t say this is my overall theme for all of my works but just the theme that is available to the world…if that makes any sense.  I’m interested in character/human/individual growth and I always try to put those type of character traits into my works.

7. What message do you want the world to see in your writing?
Don’t always believe what you see or read.  Be a free thinker.

8. If you could change the world right now, what would those changes look like?
People would be free to make their own choices so the world would probably look more or less the same.  Well, I guess I would like to add…let’s play nice.

9. PC or Mac?
I use both but I write on a PC.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Guest Blogger: Romance Author Sarah Woodbury

Historical Romance Author Sarah Woodbury stopped into day with a wonderful History lesson!
 As you know, I love history and am tickled to death to have her visit!

Sarah has several wonderful titles. Today she is sharing Daughter of time, only .99, just in time for Cyber Monday!

Women in Celtic Society

It is a stereotype that women in the Middle Ages had two career options:  mother or holy woman, with prostitute or chattel filling in the gaps between those two.  Whether we like it or not, for the most part this stereotype is accurate and the status and role of women in that era revolved around these categories.

This is one reason that when an author sets fiction in this time, it is difficult to write a self-actualized female character who has any kind of autonomy or authority over her own life.  Thus, it is common practice to make fictional characters either healers of some sort (thus opening up a whole array of narrative possibilities for travel and interaction with interesting people) or to focus on high status women.  Such women may or may not actually have had more autonomy, but their lives didn’t consist of drudgery and child care from morning until night.

This is not to say that men in the Middle Ages weren’t equally restricted in their ‘careers’.  A serf is a serf after all, of whatever gender.  Men as a whole, however, did have control of women, of finances, of government, and of the Church, and thus organized and ruled the world.  Literally.

There are obvious exceptions—Eleanor of Aquitaine, anyone—but women such as she were one out of thousands upon thousands who were born, worked, and died within five miles of their home.

At the same time, within Celtic cultures, women at least had the possibility of greater personal autonomy.  In Ireland, where the Roman Church had less influence, women had a viable place both within the Druid religion and within the Celtic/Irish Church.  Wales too was less subject to the restrictions of the Church.  There, women had a higher status than in Christendom as a whole, including the right to divorce her husband and societal acceptance of illegitimate children. 

The Laws of Women (part of the Laws of Hywel Dda) included rules that governed marriage and the division of property if a married couple should separate. Women usually married through contract, but elopement was allowed, with the provision that if the relationship lasted seven years, a woman had the same entitlements as if she’d been given to her husband by her kin.

My book, Daughter of Time, tells the story a young widow, Meg, who falls through time into the Middle Ages—and into the arms of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the last Prince of Wales.  One aspect of the book that I found very interesting to write was her reaction to the status and role of women in medieval Wales, and how a modern woman might deal with it.  


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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Contest! Enter to Win A Signed Print Copy of Chase the Moon

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Chase the Moon is the latest Historical Romance from Lynn Hubbard, 
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Amelia is enraptured by Chase’s charm and his touch. 
Will she fit into his world? Or, will Chase give up everything 
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Set in Mississippi 1886 

Meet Chase Stafford. Chase inherited his mother’s Comanche blood and his father’s sense of humor. After receiving a wedding invitation from his brother Brock, he heads off on a train to Mississippi. Along the way, he runs into Amelia. Half asleep, he mistakes her flowing alabaster hair for that of a banshee. After starting off on the wrong foot can Chase’s charm persuade her to give him another chance? 
Amelia’s initial encounter with Chase was unsettling to say the least. The glamorous city girl was taken aback by Chase’s forwardness. Nevertheless, she is bound and determined to awaken the sensations that only he can unleash. 

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday-Free ebook

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Black Friday is one of my favorite days of the year!  I love the blue tint my nose turns while waiting outside for the stores to open. 
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Laura Yirak's thoughts on Thanksgiving!

Counting down the days! 
Thanksgiving is upon us and Author Laura Yirak 
is here to Share her thoughts.  

The Yirak Turkey!
I always get a fresh turkey for thanksgiving---this year I'm doing it up early, so I bought a FROZEN turkey.  That was all they had---OMG, a FROZEN turkey you say.  Yes, I do say!

Yesterday I put the solid sucker in the fridge.

Neurotically, I wonder, how long will it take to defrost?  Will it defrost in time?  Should I put it in water, leave it on the counter?  I have been checking and poking and examining it every few hours---yes, I'm crazy.  Though I check and though I peak, it's still as hard as a poultry brick.

A table full of starved guests, I open up my fridge and pull out my FROZEN solid turkey and place it on my table, "I thought this year that we would celebrate Thanksgiving symbolically."  I could put a bow on top for added decor.

And as I light some candles, I will pull my plate of chicken nuggets from the microwave and serve them up steaming HOT, with some chilled cranberry sauce.  "Thank you all for coming and traveling so far to be here with us on this day.  I hope that you will all enjoy the meal."  And I will warmly smile.

I still have two days left :)
Happy turkey day!!!

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Christmas is Coming! Are you Naughty or Nice?


Christmas is just around the corner. 
One of my favorite times of the year, I am getting into the Christmas Spirit early!  
I wrote a short Christmas story to share with you. If you love Americana, history or me, you will enjoy this book. 
I was inspired to write A Christmas Crossing after visiting Yorktown, VA. I have always been enamored by the Revolutionary War and wanted to share my love for history with my love for Christmas. The ebook is .99 on Amazon, or if you need  a good gift get the full color print version. Take a peek below! I hope you enjoy it.

Feeling a bit Naughty this year?

Then pick up a free copy of my twisted Fairy Tale. Download Free!

The Gingerbread Man 
A Scrumptious Erotic Fairy Tale

Need a quickie? 

This is an adult fairy tale. Some, sugar, some spice,
 and a pinch of lust. 

Hope you enjoy

Leave a comment below (Naughty or Nice) so Santa knows what to bring you!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Interview with Author Laura Yirak

Laura Yirak is here to discuss her latest book Delivered to Eternity, An Alesta the Vampire book
Welcome Laura! I was reading your bio over at Amazon and found it fascinating.

 A haunted boarding school, would be a great setting for a book! Did you see any ghosts while you lived there?

St. Michaels was a fantastically old Catholic school.  It sat over on a cliff with a view of the River Clyde.  I never saw a ghost, but certainly imagined that they were going to get me all the time.  There was the Headless Nun that wandered the halls of the dungeons--the dungeons being the lower levels of the school.  And then there was the Hairy Hand that might get you while you were going to the loo.  There were many other stories as well!  Maybe I should do up some short stories about it J

Do you believe in ghost, vampires or creatures of the night?

Of course I do!  I believe in ghosts as I have had my own encounter, but that was in the U.S a few years ago.  I stayed in a cabin out in the lower foothills of the Cascade mountains and found out after a week there that it was haunted.  The cabin was new, so I was not expecting it.  I guess ghosts have no preference.

 What inspired you to write a vampire book?

I love vampires.  They totally freak me out, that and I like their immortality.  I played with the idea of the ‘soul’ in this book.

 Who is your target audience?

I have a wide range of ages in my book, from mid twenties to sixties, males and females.  I would like to capture a wide range.

 Do your vampires sparkle?

Vamps in Kilts---WOO.  My vampires do not sparkle, they hide in dark places and follow you into the shadows, take a nip while you are sleeping and vanish when you wake.  They are of the more traditional variety and they are steamin HOT, especially in kilts!

 Tell me about Alesta.
Laura Yirak
 Alesta means, ‘Savior of Mankind.’  The decision to be a vampire was made for her and she struggles with this through the book.  She works as a nurse by night and runs a Manor House.  This is where she has her supper. J

What is your next project?

I am working on three projects:  another children’s book, a psycho-thriller, and a book of poems for fun.

 Where can we get your book?
I am on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and many other online sites. 

How can your fans contact you?

All of my book links are here!
I’m also on Twitter:  @laurayirak

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I hope you enjoy, Delivered to Eternity! 

 Be sure to check out Laura's book!

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