Sunday, March 16, 2014

Loving Nate by Janice Ross


Janice was born in Guyana, South America and migrated to the USA in 1980. Although her citizenship certificate now reads the United States of America, she considers herself a citizen of the world. Sure she has not physically been around the world and back, but she's travelled in her mind and dreams. Janice is also the proud mother of teenage boys.

Janice is an author. She enjoys writing about social issues and personal experiences. Janice's debut release was entitled Damaged Girls. She uses the three books in that series to detail the effects of different forms of abuse, discussing issues that are known to be taboo. Her latest release, Jumping Ship, is a dedication to her country of birth and an introductory novella to the Island Hopping Series - due out in 2014. It's poised to be a colorful and emotional experience of life, love and family.

Janice enjoys reading. And is drawn to stories with distinct characters that she can love or hate, characters she can form alliances with or characters that she can swear off and despise. She is also weak for a good cultural tale, preferably in the form of historical fiction. Janice loves to be taken off guard by clever language and settings.

Janice is also a devout supporter and promoter of other authors through social media. She hosts a weekly show, Cultural Cocktails, on the largest social radio network, Blog Talk Radio.


Author Interview:

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Guyana, South America but grew up on the East Coast, of the USA. The time I spent in New Jersey was valuable to me because although I was far from my country of birth, the mixture of the inhabitants was rich in Guyanese and Caribbean culture. At an early age, I learned to appreciate the differences amongst each group. On the other hand, when I moved to Delaware, I immediately noticed a difference in the behaviors and speech of the locals. NJ has a greater mixture of culture than DE; nevertheless, there are distinctive behaviors that I've been able to pinpoint.

When I write, I try to pay close attention to such things. I believe that it is important to recognize that not everyone speaks the same. There are unique characteristics that allow readers to identify with each region.

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing, the minute that I could understand what writing entailed. I would write poetry to express my thoughts. As a child, I was in love with the idea of love, well before I even experienced love. I used to write poetry just about every single day, when I was in elementary school. I'd also work on little episodes and short stories on a weekly basis, and hand them out.

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is creating memorable characters, whether they have good or bad personalities. I believe in emotions and make every attempt to engage readers in the emotions of the individuals I've created. As a matter of fact, to a certain degree, I try to become as close to become these people. In this way, I can truly relate and tell their stories.

What do you read for pleasure?
I read inspirational stories for pleasure. By inspirational, I mean true to life stories about characters conquering fears, making brave choices in life, overcoming adversities and embarking on life-altering journeys. I'm also a sucker for a clearly defined cultural tale, filled with native dialogue.

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Funny thing is, I don't recall reading a tremendous amount of children's books when I was little. I specifically remember reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, well before I could fully comprehend the novel. And so, I dove into this fantastic novel, with a dictionary handy. I would take notes, highlight and make sure that I could understand what was written. I continued this process each summer, until I was able to read straight through without a major hitch. I believe this experience helped me to appreciate literature in a major way.

What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - I was inspired by the novel. It made me want to find my purpose and pursue my deepest desires and dreams.
2. By the river Piedra I sat down and wept by Paulo Coelho - I've read this novel multiple times. It reminds me of the wonderful power of true love.
3. House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday - I love the various scenes, the way that the plot jumps around and the mixture of storytelling with an incorporation of the oral tradition.
4. The Color Purple by Alice Walker - This novel was a remarkable journey, with well-defined characters that I was able to totally love or hate.
5. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway - Hemingway's writing was colorful, especially the manner in which this novel unfolded.

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am a highly motivated person that seeks to tackle every task and learn as much as humanly possible. I love to learn, take on new tasks, and set regular goals. I believed that it was best for me to attempt this journey on my own.

Where to find Janice Ross:                                    Buy Links:

Talk Show                                                                Amazon Kindle

Blog                                                                          Amazon Paperback  

Twitter                                                                      Barnes and Noble


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Denyse Bridger.........The Street Team

New release from award winning author Denysé Bridger. This is a most excellent book previously released through a publisher and now available as a self published. You can get a 40% discount on the price for the next week by using this code PK54K. Check it out!
A 5 star review for Whom Gods Have Favoured:

In the last days of Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius stirs while high ranking men like Lucius gorge on power and pleasure. Lucius purchases Xina, a beautiful slave girl in the market place. He is consumed by passion for her from the start. Jealousy, passion, deceit and danger surround the handsome general and the sensuous young virgin that has become his obsession.

Darkly emotional, Whom Gods Have Favored is an exciting and well-crafted tale plush with historical details that yanked me in until the curtain closed. Denysé Bridger's characters are complex, riveting in their vices and weaknesses. It's fascinating the way she explores the more sinister aspects of the human psyche. Lucius and Xina are lovers and much more in the making. In reading this wondrous story I got into the "making", their evolvement along the course of love. Ms. Bridger paints a somber and visually stunning portrait, hammering out line after line; a gifted wordsmith with a luminous imagination. If you haven't encountered this author before, this is an excellent intro to her style and first rate talent.

Reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed


About Denyse: 

I am a native of Atlantic Canada, born in the country’s Easternmost province, Newfoundland, and raised in Nova Scotia. A lifelong dreamer, I began writing at an early age and can’t recall a time when I wasn’t creating in some artistic form. An active interest in the American West, and to a lesser extent the American Civil War, has been a lifelong obsession. Cowboys have been a love-affair that began at the tender age of three, and eventually expanded to encompass an equally timeless passion for pirates, Greek Gods, and Ancient Egypt. The other side of the Old West intrigue is an affinity for Victorian England, particularly the 1885-1895 part of the century. The other endless love affair in my life is Italia and all its magic, beauty, and dazzling culture.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Authors on the Bay San Francisco Event


A gathering of incredible authors! This event is going to be the absolute event of the year for those who would like to meet some of the best authors in the writing industry. For a very small amount of money, you can rub elbows with these authors. Click the first link for more information!

Welcome to Authors on the Bay

Hosted by Author Rachael Wade

Come and visit your favorite authors at the

Hyatt Fisherman Wharf

Saturday, March 29, 2014

11:00am – 2:15pm

Please note:
Tickets are Limited
Registration is Required
Please Only Register for One Group Timeframe

The Looking Out Foundation


100% of Rachael’s AOTB paperback book sale proceeds will benefit The Looking Out Foundation, an arts-based foundation dedicated to serving a wide variety of causes in need. By purchasing any of her books at the event, you’ll be supporting TLOF’s efforts.

Founded by musician Brandi Carlile, TLOF gives to organizations that support everything from the arts, women, and the environment, to public health and feeding the hungry and the homeless. You can learn more about The Looking Out Foundation here. TLOF inspired the creation of Rachael’s humanitarian and environmental advocacy blog, Lights ON, which features ongoing fundraisers, petition sign-ups, and up-to-date news on causes and organizations in need of support.

When you attend the event, be sure to stop by Rachael’s table to find out how you can help this foundation’s efforts.