Have you ever felt the need to honor the last wish of a dear relation? In most cases, it’s a wish from either a father, a mother, an uncle or an aunt. But for Meg and her sisters, it was from their biological grandfather. One that they never got to meet while he was still alive.
For years Meg had buried herself in her advertising career. She never wanted to depend on a man after the love of her life, Scotty, left her on the lurch. When the girls’ grandfather died, Meg was finally able to take a long overdue break from her work. She and her sisters took a trip to Ireland to discover their heritage.
While in Ireland, the girls learnt a lot about their ancestors, and even took a parting gift back with them to the United States.
Call of the Celts is the first book of The Lost Heritage series. It is an adventurous tale full of suspense and wonder. I had it as a bedtime read and it transported me to a magical place each night.
Be sure to check out this book and other books by Jenny Dee. I rate it 5 out of 5, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a romantic historical fiction.
Looking for Alice is a detective thriller about a lady detective newly initiated into the profession. Guvnor, the main character receives a client who wants her to find out if her husband is cheating on her. Her marriage has taken a turn for the worse and she wants to know if infidelity is the cause. For all intents and purposes Mikael is behaving like a cheat. He is restless, always late to get home and is clearly hiding something from his wife. Exposing Mikael’s secret is proving more challenging than Guvnor had expected so she recruits a few helpers for the investigation. What they discover together is shocking and beyond what Mikael’s wife Nadja had expected. The only caveat is that Nadja said she only wants a yes or no answer about her husband’s infidelity. Will Guvnor and her investigative team resist the temptation to delve into further details? Should they? Looking for Alice is a bit of a slow burner in the beginning, but the build up to the climax is so worth it. I recommend this book to anyone who loves detective thrillers. It is full of mesmerizing well rounded characters. I especially loved Guvnor, but there are plenty of amazing characters in the story for everyone to relate to.
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1.What inspired you to write this book? The main character, Gunvor Ström, is in her sixties and has just, reluctantly, ended a career as a surgeon. She is still hungry for life and adventure, so she starts a new career as a private detective. I wanted to create new types of heroes and heroines. Characters who wholeheartedly throw themselves into challenges, but who are not always good at what they do. Characters who struggle and learn along the way. Who risk more than they understand. All with the will to do the right thing. Making a difference.
2.Do you share any similarities with the main character? Not much when it comes to personality and looks. Except that I have pretty grey hair as well these days. I wish that I trained as much as Gunvor. I just don’t, but many years ago I practised Aikido. The main similarity is the place where Gunvor lives. It is inspired by the place where I used to live years ago, when my kids were little, and my friend Aidan lived in the same house.
3.Author’s often find that a change of location inspires their writing, where would you choose to go on a literary pilgrimage? Anywhere. I love to travel. Preferably, to a quiet and beautiful place. Like Limone, right by Lake Garda in Italy. I have also always wanted to visit Scotland. The wild beauty, the powerful nature and the melancholy would most certainly inspire me.
4.Which was the hardest scene for you to write on Looking for Alice? The death scene needed a lot of input from my hybrid publisher, Publish Authority. For which I am very grateful. It was such a crucial chapter for the book, and it was important to find the right tempo and to convey feelings in a credible way.
5.What do you feel about using the services of a detective in real life? I cannot think of any situation that would make me do that. I want to be able to trust people around me. If I were to pay a private detective to spy on for example a partner, it really wouldn’t matter if he was guilty or not – cause the moment I decided to contact the detective my trust would already be gone.
6.What is the most difficult part of your writing process? Time. All these ideas and so little time, I need several hours in a row where I can work undisturbed to really be able to get into the act.
Does your family support your writing career? Absolutely. My two children are grown up and have “left the nest”. I live with my husband. Except for being very supportive and encourage me to take time for writing he has built my website and helps me with technical issues among other things.
Are you working on any other projects at the moment? Yes, I am working on the third novel in the Gunvor Ström Series.
Should we expect a sequel to Looking for Alice? Yes. The second book was published in the original language Swedish in March 6, 2020 and the translation work is underway. To be published in autumn 2020.
How can your fans connect with you? On lunamiller.com are you most welcome to sign up for my newsletter. There is also an email address where you can reach me. There are also links to my accounts on Social Media.
I have been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. Genre did not matter to me. Fantasy. Science Fiction. Romance. Paranormal. Anything I could get my hands on I would read. As I got older, I began to lean more toward the Paranormal and Romance genre’s, and most definitely anything that was a combination of the two. I love reading books that are a mash-up of genre’s, which is how I became an independently published author. There is a quote that reads, “If you don’t see the book you want to read, write it”. And that is how my Haunted America series was born.
I had been toying with the idea of trying my hand at writing before that, but as part of a New Year’s resolution for that year, I finally mustered the courage to take the plunge and start writing. Strangely enough, I got the idea behind Dark Soul from a dream I had. While it was still fresh in my mind, I wrote it down in a notebook and a week later it morphed into an outline for my first book. The series revolves around a group of friends who are paranormal investigators. My protagonist, Hildy James, has the ability to see and communicate with the dead and the series follows her on this journey that tests her own limitations and strengthens the bonds within the group. I weave themes of faith, family, and hope, things that are important to me in real life, while also combining elements of horror, the paranormal, and of course, romance.
So far, I have published five books and am hard at work on the next entry in the Haunted America series. Each book has a unique antagonist but there is also an overarching storyline that centers on hidden secrets and revenge.
It’s centered around Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which is one of my favorite stories in classical literature. I am proud of each book I have published, but out of all of them, I am most proud of Into the Hollow because I took some chances and branched out of my normal comfort zone. For me, writing is my way of connecting with the world and sharing thoughts and feelings that I don’t always verbalize.
Just as reading can be considered a form of escapism, the same can be said of writing. It’s an art form that allows you to connect with people who share the same ideas and interests as you. Reading is usually considered a solitary activity, but in reality, books are the ties that bind us together. They influence us in so many ways, sometimes catching us unaware. That is the power and beauty of books and what drew me to becoming an author. Books are my muse. One day I hope to make the transition from hobbyist to full-time author. Goals are important in any line of work, but that is especially true for writing. I have what I consider a dream board, and each time I hit a milestone, I check that off my list. It offers me encouragement and helps me to keep pushing on when the going gets tough. Publishing is a highly competitive industry, but for me, it’s more than that. Writing is a passion and I do it out of pure love of the written word. That is why I write. Why I hit publish every time I complete a book. It’s for the love of books. And that will never change.
Introverts or Extroverts, every individual has their set of strengths and weakness. It is crucial to appreciate the person for who they are. If you ask an extrovert to cut down all social interactions and sit in a room quietly, they will probably get frustrated with boredom. On the other hand if you ask an introvert to make an important phone call on your behalf, you might be disappointed. Everyone is unique and it takes lots of patience and perseverance to understand that uniqueness.
The people who’ve known me the longest know that I’m a natural born extrovert – outgoing, optimistic, talkative, adventurous and always in action. Over the years, I’ve acquired some traits that introverts possess, but deep down I can’t survive without going out into the world and recharging through social interaction. Nobody is a complete introvert or extrovert, but most people can relate more to one type or the other. Some people have characteristics of both and they’re called ambivalent. The Cardorian Complex tries to explain this phenomenon with an in depth look into the lives of the main characters. Jeremiah and Alicia both start out introverted, but gradually acquire skills that enable them to interact more easily with others. Being an introverted or an extroverted person is a part of the very popular Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. However, their therapist, Tom, uses an aurascope to determine where a person lies on the introversion/extroversion scale.
Being an introvert isn’t always easy, especially in a (western) society where extroverted people are more appreciated or, to be more accurate, are in a much better position since their personality enables them to achieve their goals by leveraging many different social connections and being more assertive among people and organizational hierarchies. I’ve seen many introverts who could achieve much more if they’d develop a few social skills or invest in a competence or two usually assigned to extroverts as a natural strength.
Introversion means preferring the inner world, thinking about ideas and wanting to understand, while extraversion means preferring the outer world, including people, things and a desire for action. When you push yourself to overcome weaknesses of one type or the other at key moments in your life that need characteristics of the opposite side, you may slowly become the ambient type, possessing both introvert and extrovert personality traits; then you can experience the benefits of both types and make your experience and understanding of life much richer and deeper, probably also loving and getting along with more people. If that is your aim, then I highly recommend The Cardorian Complex, more so if you’re an introvert.
Who is John Taylor Baker? I’m a new author who graduated from Western Washington University in 2018 and is currently trying to build an author platform. The Cardorian Complex is my first book and I’m currently working on publishing my second and finding literary representation. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym? Not really. I’m happy to use my real name, although I prefer to use my first initial to keep my personal life and professional life a little separate. It doesn’t make a huge difference but it helps a little. Your book is a wonderful resource for teenagers struggling socially; did you face a similar struggle growing up? Absolutely. When I was Jeremiah’s age, I was constantly looking at myself in the context of how I was being perceived by my peers. Like Jeremiah, I was happy to be alone and off in my own imaginary world when I was really young, but when I entered middle school, something snapped and I realized how much I wanted to be a part of something more than just myself. I wanted my classmates to like but I didn’t have the skills to “win them over” so to speak. I always felt like I had to teach myself good social skills because they didn’t come naturally to me. It was a constant cycle of trial-and-error, and I felt alone constantly. The main character, Jeremiah, goes through many therapy sessions with Tom, the in-school counselor at Pritchard Haven. Who was the inspiration behind Tom’s character? Tom wasn’t inspired by one specific person in my life, which is the problem, because I really could have used someone like him growing up. Tom is a special character to me because he represents both the good and the bad of what it means to be an adult. He’s everything Jeremiah needs in his life, and he’s everything Jeremiah wants to be when he gets older, so he can be that supportive role model for the next generation of children who feel like they don’t belong. It’s not until he gets to Parliss County when he sees how much pain Tom has been hiding for so many years, and even those people we think are infallible still have plenty of regrets.
Do places like Pritchard Haven exist? Not that I know of, but if there is, I’d sure like to go there. Does writing energize you or exhaust you? In all seriousness, I don’t think you would find a single writer who would say the writing process is entirely pleasant or entirely exhausting. We all have days when we think writing is impossible, but eventually we pull ourselves together and find a way to keep going because writing a book is a very rewarding experience, even when it makes you crazy once in a while. My guiding philosophy in life is that we need to learn to take the good with the bad. Nothing will be perfect all the time, but if we quit at the first sign of trouble, we’ll miss out on the millions of great experiences we would have had otherwise. Yes, writing is hard and frustrating a lot of the time, but not writing is even more painful, and I’d never want to give it up. How would you describe your book’s genre? Nowadays I tend to describe The Cardorian Complex as young adult sci-fi. I used to say it was young adult contemporary with elements of science fiction, since all the major themes of the book are grounded in day-to-day internal struggles even though the environment of the story is more fantastical, but I think young adult sci-fi paints the most accurate picture of what my story is. What do you think about the public school system in your state? I don’t think the public school system in my state (Washington) didn’t contribute to the personal issues I had growing up. Adolescence is tricky no matter where you grow up, and I don’t think there’s a secret formula to make it go away. The key is to push through your hard experiences and learn from them, because that knowledge will serve you well in adulthood. That’s my two cents. Should we expect a sequel? I would say a sequel is unlikely. Without getting into spoilers, I think when readers get to the end of my book, they’ll be satisfied with where these characters have landed at the end of their journey. When I write an ending for a story, my goal is always to fulfill the promise of the first few chapters by bringing my characters to the end of their journey, but also leave readers with questions about where they will go once they’ve turned over that final page. I think it’s a very special thing to love a character so much that you think about what they might be doing in a few years after what they experienced in the story, and sometimes that curiosity is better than the answer you’re looking for. That being said, nothing is impossible, so if one day I have the urge to check back in with Jeremiah, we may be going back to Parliss County after all. What period of your life do you find you write about most often? I’m partial to writing books about the young adult age demographic. It’s a really pivotal part of everyone’s life and there’s a lot that goes on at that age, both good and bad. When I think about what themes and lessons I like to convey in my stories, I find they work best in a young adult book because the characters are so young and they can learn and discover the reality of our world the same way we all did, and I think that journey is really special. How can your fans reach you? My Twitter handle is @JTaylorBaker. I check Twitter about 2-3 times a day so that’s probably the best place to connect with me. I also have a contact page on my website http://www.jtaylorbaker.com so that’s a perfectly good option as well.
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The Grave Digger is a thriller based in the late eighteen hundreds. Noah and his son Cap are forced by dire circumstances to engage in the illicit business of selling corpses to colleges. Cap is constantly haunted by his conscience and can’t help but act in ways that prove counterproductive to the business.
There’s no love lost between Cap and Lum, Noah’s employer and partner in crime. Cap only tolerates Lum for his mother’s sake. She has a delicate pregnancy and needs to be tended to by the doctor constantly. They need to pay for her care.
The story has many twists and turns. At first the grave robbing trio carries on like they are the only ones involved in the business, but soon we learn that they are other town’s people involved. The writing is remarkable with a masterfully constructed plot and excellent characterization.
The story moves at a fast pace and there is never a dull moment. I loved everything about this book. The characters were well rounded and believable. Lum and his pint of mooonies made me chuckle. There’s just enough humour to bring levity to the plot.
I rate the The Grave Digger 5 out of 5. It’s my first completed book since the start of the year. I read it at bedtime for several nights because it’s an excellent way to wind up a long day. I have a feeling I’ll be coming back to this one.