Saturday, June 30, 2018

Confession of a Writer Mom

On May 10, my son was born. I have to admit, it's been hard finding the time to write, but I don't mind because he's perfect and I am loving each and every moment with him. He sure has kept me busy! But I love him to the moon.

 Here is my boy, Brenden Milo Cahill:

   Ain't he precious? Now, for my writing confession:  
  1. If I am not going out to work on my book, I wear pajamas all day long (love it!)
  2. I've learned to write to music that my boy loves. Disney tunes like Moana and the Greatest Showman are a few. Though he does enjoy epic music like me as well.
  3. Sometimes I don't notice my glasses are super dirty until I'm looking at the computer screen. Who knows what's on them? Fingerprints, water, milk. Hopefully that's it, hahaha.
  4. I'm more easily distracted now, especially when it concerns social media. I don't know why, I can't seem to stop checking it while I try to work on my books. It's like I've become a little ADD. But that's okay. I call it multitasking!
  5. To be honest, only once did I have poop on my shirt without realizing it at first. Don't worry, I was at home at least (though we were just about to facetime Oma and wish her happy birthday, that would have been embarrassing if I hadn't noticed!
  6. I have learned how to pump and work on my computer at the same time. This has come in handing for my #AuthorWouldYou twitter games and other images or posts I need to make.
  7. Truth, the amount of coffee I've been drinking has significantly increased... I love coffee so much that when it's time to go to bed I'm super excited because it means when I wake up I get to have my coffee. And let's just say, I'm a writer that enjoys my caffeine while I work.
  8. Attempted to write at Barnes and Noble, which I think was a success. But to the cafe employees and the other customers, sorry for smelling like breastmilk and baby formula. Oh, and the spit up all over the floor... sorry about that too. But don't worry, I cleaned it up!
  9. I have mastered typing with one hand, holding Brenden with the other arm, and using my chin to hold the bottle. Haza!
  10. In my sleep deprived state I have edited the same paragraph multiple times without realizing it at first. It's felt more like a dejavu. At least it will be one damn good paragraph. :D
So, writing? Yeah, it's a little slow going. I think the important thing though is that I'm doing it when I can and how I can. And I love, love, love being Brenden's mother.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Guns, Ration, Rigs, and the Undead: Guest Post

Guns, Ration, Rigs, and the Undead By K.E. Radke

Edited by Audrey Moran
Genre: Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic
Date of Publication: May 1st 2018
Pages: 239
Prepping was his way of life. Lincoln realizes it’s every man for himself when the big cities are swarming with the military and the law disappears in the tiny town of Dessarillo, Texas, causing chaos to erupt. People Lincoln’s known for years were attacking their friends and family with their minds set on eating them limb by limb. He’d been prepared for this exact moment, waiting for disaster to strike so he could take a front row seat to society’s self destruction. As an outcast, he learned to rely on no one. Until he unexpectedly finds his life in the hands of his neighbor, Wyatt, the man proving to be trustworthy. Together they try to carve out a safe place while people are turning into flesh eating monsters, decaying from the inside out, and destroying humanity one bite at a time.
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Zombies are always popular in the horror genre. I actually participated in one of the zombie walks they have during October in Las Vegas and we walk along the strip terrorizing the visitors and businesses. I think they might be the reason they stopped doing it... But it was an awesome experience and the crazy expressions people had as we passed inspired a lot of the questions I had about what people would do if they saw someone actually eating another human being right in front of them. I think I would run. It’s better to be the idiot that ran than the idiot that stays and is eaten.
In this book I didn’t struggle too much because I had a team of people I worked with that gave me honest feedback. And while I cursed their names for ten minutes grumbling under my breath, at the end of the day I took all their advice. Insightful critique is the most important, even if that book is your baby and you know for a fact it’s perfect. If you have the right people, guess what . . . it can be even better.
Settled in Southern Nevada, Kendra spends her time trying to convince her two Yorkies to stop staring at her while she eats. She is a proud spouse of a Veteran and mother of two boys. When she’s not writing about the next adventure for her readers, she’s traveling on her own.Check out her blog

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June 26th | Just Books | Excerpt
June 26th | The Faerie Review | Review
June 27th | Sci-Fi & Scary | Excerpt
June 27th | A Booklion's Hideaway | Author Interview
June 28th | Rebecca R. Cahill | Guest Post
June 28th | Queen of My Fairytale | Review
June 29th | Descendant of Poseidon Reads | Guest Post
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Harsha Sheelam

Today we welcome Harsha Sheelam on the blog! Harsha is a lovely writer from India. Be sure to check her out her work and visit her websites!

Tell me about yourself
I am Harsha Sheelam, living in Hyderabad, India. I began professional writing in 2016 and launched my first book in 2017. I am a student of masters in business administration. Apart from this, I am an amateur embroidery artist and sitarist.

What first inspired you to start writing?
My grandfather encouraged me to write. He had always been an avid reader and he will always be an inspiration.

Where is your favorite writing spot?
Somewhere tranquil. Porticos are my favorite currently.

Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
My characters are the fragments of my imagination, though certain actions or experiences of the characters are inspired by real people.

What author has most influenced your writing?
Jane Austen, Enid Blyton, Ronald Dahl, and J.K Rowling have influenced my stories. Their work is genius.

Tell us a little about your plans for the future. Where do you see yourself as a writer in five years?
I want to do a 4-line couplet book of poems. People who love to read poems from Rupi Kaur, Atticus, RM Drake, etc, would like these. I also plan on another book of short stories for children named ‘Poppydown Pals’ in upcoming months.
I don’t want to seem boastful, and I don’t know when and how, but I wish to be an award-winning, and globally acknowledged in 5 years.

Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?
Claire Austin from the novel ‘Good Exists in all that Exists’ is my favorite. She is like any other 14-year-old, demure and coy, but at the same time curious and adventurous.

What literary world would you love to visit for a day?
Hogwarts! I don’t think a day would be satisfying. But, I would as like to visit the world I created, Crystalice.

What do you love most about the writing process?
You find out what you’re capable of. When you write, you realize that you can create more than what you expect out of yourself.

If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Terry Atterberry is this little kind from Green Orchid. I would love to spend time with him and his days are quite adventurous, so I might as well be a part of one. For the first day, he would probably show me his little town near Apple Coast Castle while cycle around town.

What are some tips you can give other aspiring writers?
Every writer should write for the love of writing. Writing brings peace to your mind, continue to do what pleases you, and don’t think about numbers.

What inspires you to keep writing?
All the good emails, and messages that I receive from reviewers, parents, and teachers, it’s overwhelming sometimes. It’s very sweet of them to write to me and it a source of motivation to continue doing it.

What are you working on now?
I have finished with my short stories book ‘Poppydown Pals’.

Can you leave us with an excerpt?
The stories are about Poppydown’s 8-year-old children, Pratt, Lili, Maitri, and Kush. The book traces the life of Poppydown’s pals and provides contemporary morals for children. These morals will help children grow to their best potentials.
Poppydown is a small town near Apple Coast Castle. It is well-furnished with houses, park, school, playground, market, and town hall. Pratt, who is a resident of the town, is the main protagonist in the book. He is chubby, kind, and honest, but he makes mistakes like all children do. Positively, he never fails to learn lessons from his blunders. Pratt learns to be body positive, work hard, staying away from stealth and greed, essence of festivals, loving others who are different from us, understanding that appearances are deceptive, loving and respecting elders, protecting those who can’t protect themselves, appreciating hard work over beauty, and understanding that useful things are of more importance than ornamental. His friends and family play a major role in empowering and motivating Pratt.
‘Poppydown Pals’ captures ten different stories from the life of four friends. Full of freshness, humor, and insight; Poppydown’s tales endorse hard work, honesty, and perseverance.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us before you go?
Well, if any readers would like to find me on social media oe get to know more about my work, then the best place to find all the information is

About the Author:

Harsha Sheelam always had the passion for writing. In the year 2016, she practiced writing more extensively. This led to her recognition in newspapers, magazines, blogs, and digital content. She possesses versatility in writing stories, debatable topics, politics, social, fashion, entertainment, reviews, fashion and lifestyle. Today she is a children’ book author, she debuted in 2017 with the book ‘Beautiful Inside and Out’ which is a collection of short stories. She launched it with the aim of empowering young girls and boys. She has the dedication to her craft which makes the children believe that they are beautiful inside and out. Same year her juvenile fiction novel, ‘Good Exists in all that Exists’ released. As the title suggests, the book is based around the theme of ‘good overpowering the bad’.  There is a hidden meaning for every action. The book does not fail to enhance the enchanted experience of the reader.

Beginning of a new year, in 2018 ‘The House of Terry Atterberry’ made it to book-selling portals. Terry’s tales champion hard work, perseverance, honesty and compassion. The riches that kids gain through this book are overcoming fear, not undermining people, understanding no one is perfect, knowing your true friends, and more. The book is a collection of 15 inspiring fables from the life of a fictional character.

Today, 3 books old, and anticipating more, this is Harsha Sheelam for you.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

When It All Goes Still: Excerpt and Giveaway

When It All Goes Still by Allison Mullinax
Time Traveler Romance Fiery Seas Everlasting May 15, 2018
Book Summary: 

Traveler is arrogant, rebellious, and the most skillful Observation Agent within the division. His refusal to follow the agency rules finally catches up to him and a girl witnesses him time-travel.
Johanna Martin is a witty adventurous runner recovering from the tragic loss of her parents. Confused by the dark-faced stranger and what he was doing at the local state park, she is unable to ignore the effects it has had on her. With his life and reputation at risk, Traveler must choose... Johanna or his life?


WHEN IT ALL GOES STILL by Allison Mullinax

Excerpt from CHAPTER 6:

What in the world is MB thinking? She meets this stranger for all of five minutes, and she’s ready to throw me at him like meat to the wolves. The shower rain momentarily drowns out the sound in my ears as I wash away the Alabama heat.

I step out of the shower, toweling off, and smother my skin with my favorite grapefruit lotion. The smell reminds me of the trip to Florida we took when I was thirteen years old. We drove for miles through the state of Alabama to the Florida panhandle, stopping along the way at road-side shops and farmer’s markets. One of my favorite pictures of my mother was taken on that trip. I can still see her standing underneath the branches of a grapefruit tree, laughing candidly at my dad holding the camera. The wind manipulating her dark curly hair, and her eyes full of happiness.

I swaddle my body in a terrycloth robe and run a comb through my hair. I decide that a cool glass of Pinot Grigio wouldn’t kill anyone, but maybe it will kill the ringing in my ears. I’m already anticipating the cool wood under my bare feet as I hit the stair landing.

It isn’t the humming in my head, but the loud rapping on the front door that startles me. My foot slips, and it sends me sliding down the steps on my stomach like a five-year-old on a slip n’ slide. I scream out in pain as the last step catches me directly in my side. Rolling onto my back, I’m unable to take a deep breath from the throbbing.

“Hey. Johanna?” I hear someone calling from the other side of the front door. I’m lying flat on my back on the floor, staring at the wooden door, absolutely certain that it was Traveler’s voice on the other side. “Are you okay?” he shouts, his voice sounds panicked.

I want to say something back, but I can’t breathe. I want to tell him to just go away. I don’t understand why he is here, or how he found here to begin with.

“I’m opening the door,” he yells as a warning. I’m completely frozen. Mary-Beth is going to be so mad at herself when she finds me murdered on the original oak floors of this house. Serves her right! I try to call out to him to say, “No,” but all that leaves my lips is a rush of whispery air and a whimper. Perfect.

I see the front door cautiously being opened, his black boot pressing into the doorframe, and then the caramel skin around his green eyes creasing as he sees me on the floor.

“Oh Fuck. Are you all right?” His deep voice reverberates in my chest as he comes closer. I’m wheezing for air, so I can’t get any words to formulate.

“What happened? Are you alone?” He’s asking me questions and looking around, but just like in the store, I can’t think straight with the buzzing. He’s kneeling beside me, his face directly over mine.
He places a hand underneath my neck, causing my wet hair to sizzle, and then he lazily lifts me to a sitting position on the bottom step. Is my hair burning? “Slow breaths. I asked you what happened?”

His hand is still wrapped around the back of my neck. I look at his face, and then the humming is gone. The room is quiet and still, as though an invisible vacuum has sucked the sound waves away.


  North Alabama native, Allison Mullinax, grew up in the small lake town of Guntersville, AL. She discovered the escapism and addiction of writing at an early age. Today she remains a lover of reading, all things outdoors, and spending time with her husband and three daughters.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Writers Club

Today I get to introduce to you all the Writers Club organized by author Ryan Lanz! It's a great opportunity for authors filled with tons of resources. Be sure to check out the interview below for more information! For more information about Ryan's work and media use the links below.
First, tell me a bit about yourself Ryan:
Well, I'm 34, was born and raised in Hawaii, I used to sing professionally, and I'm a die-hard Survivor fan.
How long have you been an author and what books have you written?
I've been an author since 2015, although I've dabbled in writing before that. I've written a handful of novels/novellas that will never see the light of day and some I've published both under my name and a pen name. The genres covered is fantasy, horror, science fiction, and non-fiction.
Tell me about the Writers Club:
I started AWP Writers Club last year and relaunched it this month. It's an exciting group of people, both members and writing-related service providers who support the group.
What inspired you to launch the Writers Club?
Basically, I realized how expensive it is to self-publish. The Club is for both self-published and traditionally published authors, but the general cost of publishing certainly leans on the self-publishing side. Anything from coaching, editing, book cover design, formatting, can all add up. I created the Writers Club to offer tips and support to writers, but also to offer collective bargaining in the form of recruiting discounts and free services from writing-related service providers for the benefit of our members.
One person isn't enough to ask for 50% off an editing service from a professional service provider, for example, but a group (or club) of them can through their membership.
How can an author benefit from joining the Writers Club?
We have a range of free services, such as free portioned editing, proofreading, book cover design, book coaching, and one-sheets for your book. That, and the Club offers up to 50% discounts on over 50 writing related services. Our discounts even cover lesser thought of services, such as narration, logos, and interior book design.
What kinds of discounted services do you have available for authors?
Here's a list of the discounted services the Club currently offers. This is aside from all the free services.
Will experienced authors benefit from your services as well as new authors?
I've heard from authors that range from brand new to seasoned veterans who've said they've benefited from their club membership. Really the only people who wouldn't benefit much from the group are writers who haven't written anything, published or unpublished, yet. But with the writing tips articles we come out with, once a person has started writing something, we help get the ball rolling.
Is the Writers Club geared towards a certain type of author or can any writer find your services helpful?
I can't think of a type of author who wouldn't benefit from something the Club offers. Every type of writer needs some type of writing related service at some point, and the writing tips articles we post are wide enough to encompass virtually every genre and type.
How much does it cost to join the Writers Club?
The AWP Writers Club membership is simply $1 a month. There's no further paywall than that. That membership gets you all of the Club's benefits. The payments are automatically charged to a credit card or Paypal; however, there is no lock-in. A person can cancel at any time.
How do you become a member?
A person can become a member by going to and clicking the red "Become a Patron" button.
If a member is looking for a particular services, how do they go about accessing it?
Good question. When a person signs up to be a member, they receive an automatic message that lists all their immediate benefits, which include member-only links to the discounted and free services pages.
Do you also offer writing tips?
We do! We offer weekly writing tips articles. There are also opportunities for the members to mingle and swap strategies and tips with each other.
Let's say I was a new author that has just finished writing my first novel, with your services, what should my next steps be?
For a new author, I'd recommend checking out the free services first. Services like editing and book coaching will likely be the most valuable. That, and the writing tips articles, which will help a new author navigate this new epic hobby/passion/career that he/she has just picked up.
Before you go, is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I want to thank you, Becca, for giving me the opportunity to be with you all today. The writing community is filled with some fantastic people, and we love sharing our message and support with as many people as possible.

Ryan Lanz was born and raised on the island of Oahu in Hawaii until he was a teenager and then lived in California for a time. He enjoyed a brief experience with film before becoming involved in the performing arts, touring with a music performance group as a vocalist to a dozen countries on three continents over the length of five years. His first published work was Unknown Sender, and he looks forward to many more in a variety of genres. He also enjoys blogging about the culture of writing and brings on guest authors to share their writing tips. For more information, go to or @theryanlanz on Twitter.
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Monday, June 4, 2018

Second Star Cover Reveal

Second Star J.M. Sullivan Published by: Bleeding Ink Publishing Publication date: March 5th 2019 Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Peter Pan has never been one to follow the rules. Abandoned as a child, he was adopted by the renowned Captain Hooke to join the crew of the starship Jolly Roger. But when Peter finds out that the elegant Captain is not as upstanding as everyone believes, he has no choice but to sabotage the ship, alienating him from the crew, the fleet, and the only family he’s ever known. Wendy Darling has worked her entire life to rise through the ranks of the prestigious Londonierre Brigade. Now as a Captain, she has everything she’s always wanted, including a ship and crew of her own. But when the Brigade receives a strange transmission from the legendary James Hooke, lost a hundred years earlier in uncharted space and presumed dead, Wendy is willing to risk it all to rescue her hero from the planet known only as Neverland. But there is more to Neverland than meets the eye, and more to Hooke than what was written in history books. When Wendy crash lands on the ominous planet, she quickly discovers Neverland’s dark secret; a malevolent being known as The Shadow that’s looking for a host body to escape its eternal prison. To fulfill her mission, Wendy must decide whether to trust the dashing Hooke or the mysterious Fleet mechanic who goes by the name of Pan–and she has to decide quickly… Before the darkness consumes them all.
Author Bio: An avid reader and hopeless fangirl, J.M. Sullivan shamelessly fantasized that this was, in fact, her AUROR bio, but has since determined AUTHOR bio to be the next best thing. An almost Arizona native, she was raised in Phoenix, but when asked, she will tell you her formative years were really spent in the land of make-believe, where she passed countless hours with her favorite characters in their own worlds, Wonderland included. Eventually, society informed her that she had to grow up, so she experimented in retail, music, and business careers before realizing her passion for kids. She now works in Abu Dhabi as a middle school science teacher who fosters a love of science, literature, and learning in her students. Although known to dabble in adulting, J.M. is a big kid at heart who still believes in true love, magic, and most of all, the power of coffee. When she isn’t busy writing or caught in a daydream, she spends her time at home with her husband, their two cats, three kids, and a whole lot of madness. And she wouldn’t have it any other way.