Saturday, November 23, 2013

J. A. Carlton - Book Spotlight



Soul Hunter - by J. A. Carlton




Twenty years ago, in the town of Sedalia, serial child murderer Eddy Jay was killed. Now, on the anniversary of his death, he's back to finish what he started over forty years ago. Justin Sanders hunts ghosts, demons, and things that go bump in the night, it's in his blood. When the spirit of Edward Jacob Simons returns to claim 'the one that got away', the young psychic finds himself embroiled in a supernatural game of cat and mouse that started decades before he was born.

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Books Available To Purchase Now:
Broken (psychological thriller)
Fortune's Tide (Third - Freedom Fighter Series)
Into The Fire (Second - (Second - Freedom Fighter Series)
Nick, Of Time (First -Heroes Of The Line Series)
Second Hand Heroes (Second – Heroes Of The Line Series)
The Third Race (Third - Heroes Of The Line Series)
Soul Hunter (psychological thriller)
Wednesday's Child (First - Freedom Fighter Series)


Award Winning Author J. A. Carlton blasts through genre barriers, first with her horrifying psychological thrillers ‘Broken’ and Soul Hunter. With a penchant for epic series Jill has published ‘Wednesday’s Child’, ‘Into The Fire’ and ‘Fortune's Tide’ of her ‘Freedom Fighter Series’. ‘Nick, Of Time’, ‘Second Hand’, and ‘The Third Race’ are the first three installments of her ‘Heroes Of The Line Series.

Jill currently lives and writes in Austin, Texas. She is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Speaker, Author and Screenwriter.

Jill’s Mission:
Entertain as many people as possible!
Inspire others to achieve their dreams!
To explore the human condition creatively!
To learn and share!

Jill is now working on the fourth book in her ‘Heroes Of The Line Series’. She also promises us a new sci-fi- drama short story series called ‘Avalon’. She describes each short installment as self-contained (about 100 pages) pertaining to the whole. She states that the synopsis is something like this:

Station Commander Ava London has been charged with the onerous task of transporting Serian Nine, "purveyor of malicious mayhem across the galaxy" to P.E.X. where he'll be turned over to the authorities for execution. While en route the transport shuttle and its inhabitants are sucked through a breach through interspace, (the zone between hyperspace and normal space) and are hurtled, along with an unknown passenger to twenty first century Earth.

Mere moments after Serian escapes Ava's custody, the first of a series of grisly murders makes its way into her mind via the witness link she shares with her captive. Convinced Serian has gone on a spree Ava ingratiates herself to Austin P.D. Detective Mike "call me Sully" Sullivan, hoping to garner his help to catch a killer out of time.

Please Visit Author J. A. Carlton At Cold Coffee Press

J. A. Carlton - Author Spotlight






Award Winning Author J. A. Carlton blasts through genre barriers, first with her horrifying psychological thrillers ‘Broken’ and Soul Hunter. With a penchant for epic series Jill has published ‘Wednesday’s Child’, ‘Into The Fire’ and ‘Fortune's Tide’ of her ‘Freedom Fighter Series’. ‘Nick, Of Time’, ‘Second Hand’, and ‘The Third Race’ are the first three installments of her ‘Heroes Of The Line Series’.

Jill currently lives and writes in Austin, Texas. She is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Speaker, Author and Screenwriter.

Jill’s Mission:
Entertain as many people as possible!
Inspire others to achieve their dreams!
To explore the human condition creatively!
To learn and share!


Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from Austin, TX? Austin has an absolutely incredible and supportive arts community. There’s an openness and appreciation for so many different mediums here.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? My mom. She’s the one who instilled a love of reading and literature in me. She’s the one who taught me to find the bliss within the pages. From there, writing I suppose was a natural progression.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? When I was twelve. Though I was in my mid thirties before I believed that what my characters had to say had validity.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and why? Absolutely. My mother was an English teacher who instilled in me a love of literature and the myriad worlds that could be mine if I only dared to believe and open my mind! I grew up with a family that cherished education and imaginative expansion.

Do you come up with your title (s) before or after you write the manuscript (s)? Usually the ‘logline’ holds the title. I also write screenplays, so once I have the concept, a working title comes relatively quickly.

Tell us why you write the genre (s) that you write? I like things a little spicy so work mostly with Thrillers and Supernatural themes.  I tend to think of genres as ingredients in a recipe, so I love mixing and blending their elements in the hopes of creating a unique flavor to my particular story telling voice. Also, exploring human behavior in relationships is utterly fascinating and employing multiple genres gives a far more well-rounded view of a character and how they interact with the world on different levels and under different circumstances.

Tell us your most rewarding experience while in the writing process? The moment when you know your characters will prevail in spite of, AND because of whom their experiences have made them.

Tell us your most negative experience while in the writing process? The doubt. As a writer there is horrific doubt, are the characters real enough? Is the story compelling? Are the voices individual enough and the motivations true? Is everyone being true to who they are? Is the story cohesive? (I could go on... but let’s not.)

Tell us your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? The day a client told me she was going to start a small press so that she could put my works out there in the world. She believed in me so much that she started a press geared toward getting new authors with unique voices a chance to be read.

Tell us your most negative experience in your publishing journey?  Form rejections. I have a file cabinet full of them. They hurt, deeply.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? If writing is what you love, don’t ever stop. Learn from others, how to run a business, learn to network. (I don’t mean slamming the keys at the local coffee shop... meet people, join writers groups. You will suck many lemons before you find the right people to work and grow with but when you do, it’ll all be worth it.).

Who is your favorite author? The first author who made me pursue her works was Marguerite Henry.

Books Available To Purchase Now:
Broken (psychological thriller)
Fortune's Tide (Third - Freedom Fighter Series)
Into The Fire (Second - (Second - Freedom Fighter Series)
Nick, Of Time (First -Heroes Of The Line Series)
Second Hand Heroes (Second – Heroes Of The Line Series)
The Third Race (Third - Heroes Of The Line Series)
Soul Hunter (psychological thriller)
Wednesday's Child (First - Freedom Fighter Series
                 
What Format (s) are your books in? Print and e-book both of course! Something for everyone!

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? Yes. Please, if you love to write do it! Invest in an editor, one you can meet with face to face. Believe in your voice BUT... understand your market. Do you have a point? If so, stick with it. Do you want to be the next Rowling? Meyers? Koontz? Learn the art and structure of story then as you write consider both the market and yourself. It can be a beautiful compromise! Just understand what you want and why.

Featured Book: Soul Hunter - by J. A. Carlton




Twenty years ago, in the town of Sedalia, serial child murderer Eddy Jay was killed. Now, on the anniversary of his death, he's back to finish what he started over forty years ago. Justin Sanders hunts ghosts, demons, and things that go bump in the night, it's in his blood. When the spirit of Edward Jacob Simons returns to claim 'the one that got away', the young psychic finds himself embroiled in a supernatural game of cat and mouse that started decades before he was born.

Amazon Print Purchase Link:

Amazon Kindle:

Barnes and Nobles Print Link:

Jill is now working on the fourth book in her ‘Heroes Of The Line Series’. She also promises us a new sci-fi- drama short story series called ‘Avalon’. She describes each short installment as self-contained (about 100 pages) pertaining to the whole. She states that the synopsis is something like this:

Station Commander Ava London has been charged with the onerous task of transporting Serian Nine, "purveyor of malicious mayhem across the galaxy" to P.E.X. where he'll be turned over to the authorities for execution. While en route the transport shuttle and its inhabitants are sucked through a breach through interspace, (the zone between hyperspace and normal space) and are hurtled, along with an unknown passenger to twenty first century Earth.

Mere moments after Serian escapes Ava's custody, the first of a series of grisly murders makes its way into her mind via the witness link she shares with her captive. Convinced Serian has gone on a spree Ava ingratiates herself to Austin P.D. Detective Mike "call me Sully" Sullivan, hoping to garner his help to catch a killer out of time.

Please Visit Author J. A. Carlton At Cold Coffee Press

Monday, November 18, 2013

Vaughan Rapatahana - Book Spotlight



Featured Book: English Language as Hydra: Its Impacts on Non-English Language Cultures (Linguistic Diversity and Language Rights) – by Vaughan Rapatahana


English Language as Hydra argues that, far too often, the English language industry has become a swirling, beguiling monster, unashamedly intent on challenging local lingua-diversity and threatening individual identities. This book brings together the voices of linguists, literary figures and teaching professionals in a wide-ranging exposé of this enormous Hydra in action on four continents.

Review: A wonderful and rewarding collection of contributions which critically examine how English can take over the language curriculum in schools throughout the world, almost always at the expense of other languages. Andy Kirkpatrick, author of English as a Lingua Franca in ASEAN: A Multilingual Model English Language as Hydra is both poignant and honest in its reasoned and passionate evocation of this language's entrenched link with some of the ills of the world and its impact on speakers' subjectivities. Ruanni Tupas, author of (Re) making Society: The Politics of Language, Discourse, and Identity in the Philippines English Language as Hydra opens our eyes to how empires and imperialism operate through linguistic ideologies and discourse strategies as powerful tools of domination - often with the active participation of the leaders of subaltern peoples and minorities. Rainer Enrique Hamel, author of Language Empires, Linguistic Imperialism and the Future of Global Languages

Dr. Vaughan Rapatahana’s Books:

Bride Price Two
China As Kafka
'Comments on Boredom' and 'Evolutionary Humanism and the New Psychology': two unpublished essays (Colin Wilson Studies)
Developing Skills: Poetry And Song
English Language As Hydra
English Through Poetry: Book A
English Through Poetry: Book B
English Through Poetry: Book C
English Through Poetry: Book D
Home Away Elsewhere
Introduction to 'The Faces of Evil': an unpublished book (Colin Wilson Studies)
Karon Beach
Philosophical (a) Musings
Schisms
She Was No Good Anyway
Teaching Poetry – A Bilingual Approach
Toa
Unmasked
Wilson As Mystic


Author Dr. Vaughan Rapatahana Publishes In A Variety Of Genres Including His Critique Of English Language Called English Language As Hydra.





Vaughan was born in Patea, Aotearoa-New Zealand. He has a doctorate from the University of Auckland and he has worked as a teacher in the Republic of Nauru, Brunei Darussalam, the United Arab Emirates, China and Hong Kong. He has written widely in a variety of genres, and is the author of several books, collections of poems and poetry teaching resources.


Vaughan is Māori (Te Ātiawa, Ngati Te Whiti) who lives & works in Hong Kong, with a house in Te Araroa, East Coast, Aotearoa-New Zealand. He is married to a lady from the Philippines – where they also have a home. Living now over 14 years in various parts of Asia, including Brunei Darussalam for five years, and also in P.R. China and many other locales.

Published in variety of genre worldwide. Ph. D Existential Literary Criticism, University of Auckland. Poetry editor Māori and Indigenous Review Journal until the end of 2011. Semi-finalist inaugural Proverse Prize in Literature, 2009. Two collections of poetry published end of 2011 – Home Away Elsewhere (Proverse Hong Kong) and china as kafka (Kilmog Press, Dunedin, Aotearoa) and poems published in many publications, such as Asia Literary Review, Orbis, Acumen, Landfall, Otholiths, Taj Mahal Journal, Shot Glass Journal.

2012 has seen the publication of the important critique of English language agencies – English Language as Hydra (Multilingual Matters, U.K), two part-collections of poetry, Karon Beach and Bride Price Two (Good Samaritan Press, Thailand) a collection of essays and reviews of the work of Colin Wilson, entitled Philosophical (a)Musings and an e-book of newer poems entitled Schisms (Stonesthrow Poetry, Nevada, USA.)

2013 has seen publication of Toa, a print version of Schisms and an updated Phoenix version of china as kafka; as well as two short story collections entitled She Was No Good Anyway and Unmasked plus two new books containing my Introductions to two newly discovered - by me - works by the esteemed English author, Colin Wilson (author of the famous The Outsider) entitled Comments on Boredom and Introduction to the Faces of Evil.

In addition to all of the above, my poetry has also been now published in London Grip, Main Street Rag, Southerly, Cordite, The Journal, Penduline, Asian Cha, JAAM, Poetry Salzburg, Mala, among many others internationally and I was the featured poet in the most recent issue of erbacce, including a long interview.



Please Visit Author Vaughan Rapatahana At Cold Coffee Press