Thursday, May 29, 2014

Author Spotlight - Cheryl Carpinello

 Cheryl Carpinello 

It is the legends and tales that call even the most reluctant of us into the world of books and adventure.

As a retired high school English teacher, I have a passion for working with kids. Reading and Writing are essential skills for everyone, but especially for kids as they grow into their adult lives. I conduct Medieval Writing Workshops for local elementary/middle schools and the Colorado Girl Scouts. Medieval Legends and Ancient Tales mirror everyone's quest for adventure, self, honor, friendship. I have joined with two other Tween authors to present the best of these adventure-filled books to Tween and YA readers. Join us at our new web site (which is still getting tweaked) to view all of our books. The Quest Books span centuries and take readers inside the marvelous civilizations of the Ancient and Medieval world Cheryl loves to travel, and so her other job is with a major airline. Her favorite trip was a two week visit to Egypt with her husband that included traveling by local train from one end of Egypt to the other. Some of her favorite books are: "The Hobbit," "The Lord of the Rings," Golding's "Lord of the Flies" and "The Once and Future King" by T.H. White was all written to offer hope to a world embroiled in another world war. "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens illustrates how unselfish true love enables people to offer the supreme sacrifice to preserve that love, while Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment" shows how circumstances can cause people to do despicable acts. The one book that connects of all of these texts as well as a multitude of others is Joseph Campbell's "The Hero with a Thousand Faces." The journey of the hero, depicted by Campbell, is a universal theme that never dies out.  

Cheryl’s Writings: Cheryl’s first book 'Guinevere: On The Eve Of Legend' introduces young readers to the timeless King Arthur Legend and Guinevere the girl as she struggles with growing up and fulfilling her destiny. I hope young readers develop an understanding of the girl Guinevere, how she is like them today. Everyone has to grow up; everyone has unpleasant choices to make; and regardless of when we are born or how old we are, we don't always get our way. And when that happens, we have to accept it and move on. Good lessons for any age. "King Arthur's Story" is a short excerpt cut from "Guinevere" in the final editing. Only available as an e-book, it gives readers a brief glimpse into Arthur's reasons for seeking marriage with Guinevere.

The Legend of King Arthur continues to transcend the Centuries and All Age Groups because:

(1) The Legend is packed with adventure. Tales of knights fighting knights, rescuing damsels in distress, and the quest for the Holy Grail are found in vivid detail throughout the unending array of stories.

(2) The Legend is about heroes, the Knights of the Round Table: Lancelot, Tristram, Percival, Galahad and the many others. Specifically it is about the main hero, King Arthur.

(3) The Legend is about magic and mystery. Merlyn, the most famous magician ever, lives backwards in time!

(4) The Legend is about women and love. The regal Guinevere; the mysterious half sisters of Arthur: Morgan le Fay, Morgause, and Elaine; the witch Nimue who tricks Merlyn into revealing his secrets and then encloses him for life in a cave. The one thing all these women have in common is that they are misunderstood. Writers can't even cast them into the same mold, especially the sisters.

(5) The Legend is about Hope. Arthur and his kingdom are essentially a utopia; a perfect world, at least in the beginning. There is a definite line between right and wrong. Chivalry rules the day. Arthur is the ruler who works not for himself, but for his people. In the time period that "The Once and Future King" was written (WWII), the Legend offered a safe haven for people's dreams. It continues to do that and that is why she loves it.

News: Cheryl has just started publishing my children's picture books under the series Grandma's Tales. The first one is “What if I Went to the Circus and Came Home with?” Her current work-in-progress takes her readers out of Medieval England and back to Ancient Egypt for a visit with a famous pharaoh! Stay tuned. She loves to hear from her readers of all ages. Please contact her and let her know what you think of her books. You may contact her through her web site Beyond Today: (http://www.beyondtodayeducator.com).  

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Interview:

What, or who, inspired you to become a writer? I loved reading stories that sent me to another place and time (and I still do). I have always wanted to create my own stories. However, I started to write in earnest after my years as a high school English teacher. I want to inspire reluctant readers to become readers.  

When did you begin writing with the intention of being published? Probably about 20 years ago.  

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and why? Yes. As a high school teacher, I came into contact each year with students who did not like to read. I wanted to reach those students before high school in hopes of making readers out of them. I found the King Arthur Legend to be a great vehicle for this.  

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? A little of both. I knew from the beginning with “Guinevere” that I was going to give readers an insight into Guinevere before she married Arthur. So adding “On the Eve of Legend” just felt right from the start. With my next book I planned on titling it “Young Knights of the Round Table,” but didn't add “The King's Ransom” until nearly half the book was finished.  

Why do you write in the genre(s) that you’ve chosen? I chose Children's Literature because elementary school is where students become readers. Also, I still love to read that genre!  

What has been your most rewarding experience while in the writing process? The creative process I go through with each story is very rewarding. I loved being able to share my journey with my students.  

What has been your most negative experience while in the writing process? I really haven't had a negative experience, but I did have to go back to “Young Knights” once I thought I was finished and totally rewrite one of the characters.  

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Learning, learning, and learning!

What has been your most negative experience in your publishing journey? It's just frustrating at times, like learning any new skill.  

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Keep positive and believe in yourself, your work, and your vision.  

Who is your favorite author and why? This is a hard question. Probably J R R Tolkien. He was a fabulous storyteller who managed to include morality in his books that stayed with the readers.  

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? I do writing workshops for elementary schools and the Girl Scouts. In addition to reading, I believe that all kids and adults can learn to write. It is a matter of building confidence in the prospective writer and that is what we work on in the writing workshops. I guess that once a person is an educator, that teaching and encouraging nature stays with them.

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Tutankhamen Speaks - by Cheryl Carpinello 

Featured Book: Tutankhamen Speaks – by Cheryl Carpinello 

Hundreds of years ago, scrolls that would alter the view of Ancient Egypt’s most famous pharaoh were lost. Rumors through the ages said the scrolls told of a time that the Pharaoh Tutankhamen spoke from beyond the grave. No one who heard of these scrolls believed that the scrolls had ever existed. Then following the Arab Spring in 2011, S. L. Wood, an Egyptian scholar, made an amazing discovery in the basement of the Cairo Museum. Read the story from the lost scrolls that recorded the Boy King’s words from beyond the grave.  

Message From The Author: “Tutankhamen Speaks is the basis for my current Work-in-Progress Sons of the Sphinx. Ancient Egypt has always fascinated me, as it has thousands of others. When my husband and I visited Egypt in 2008, we traveled on our own. After arriving in Cairo, we explored the Giza Plateau. The Sphinx and the Pyramids took my breath away. Touching the blocks of Khufu's pyramid connected me to the builders of that pyramid over 3000 years ago. We traveled the length of Egypt twice by train. I could talk for hours of the magnificent monuments we explored: the temple at Abu Simbel, Luxor and Karnak temples, the Colossi of Memnon, the Valley of the Kings and of the Queens. I would return in a heartbeat to that magical land. I lost part of my soul to that ancient land. Since then, I've read all that I can, fiction and non-fiction, set in or dealing with ancient Egypt. When the King Tut exhibit was in Denver in 2010, I went three times! We also went to hear Dr. Zahi Hawass' lecture.

Some Of My Favorite Reads:
Beneath the Sands of Egypt by Archaeologist Donald P. Ryan
Non-fiction Omm Sety's Egypt By Dorothy Eady
A memoir Discovering Tut-ankh-Amen's Tomb edited by Shirley Glubok
Non-fiction The Lost Army of Cambyses by Paul Sussman; fictional series”

Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction  

Amazon Customer Reviews  
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Please Visit Cheryl Carpinello Author’s Page At Cold Coffee Press

Sunday, May 11, 2014

New Book Release: Discovery - by Ginger Simpson


Discovery-–-by-Ginger-Simpson

Seven stories in one novel; each one with its own plot and lead character: a stewardess who discovers her judgment may be a little flawed, an older divorcee who finds something far more interesting than sandals at a shoe clearance, a bride-to-be thinking she has a valid reason to call off her wedding, a pudgy ex-wife with a fear that a medical apparatus will make her look like Jacques Cousteau, a newcomer to Florida expecting fair weather and experiencing her first hurricane, but not alone or scared, a daughter in mourning, pursuing the meaning of three tarnished bars held together by a black ribbon, and a doctor who discovers something totally unrelated to medicine that heals a heart problem.

“Throughout these stories, facets of each person’s character are revealed, layer by layer, often with a punch of the Ginger Simpson sense of humor. Delicious! I can think of no better way to spend an evening or lazy afternoon than wrapped in the comfort of her words.” ~ H. Haven

Genre: Romance, Contemporary  



About Author Ginger Simpson: The “working” Ginger Simpson retired from the University of California as an advocate for students. While there, her involvement in editing and creating publications/forms led her to believe she could write a novel similar to those historical romances she loves so well. And guess what! Ginger’s debut novel was published by small press in 2003. Since then, she has written many more novels and novellas, all but one contracted for publication. Writing is in her blood.

Some of her works has been nominated for awards and recognized as yearly best reads on well-known romance sites. The reviews she has received have been extremely favorable, until trolls starting leaving obvious non-read reviews to hurt those they believe are credible authors. Her debut book received four stars from the Romantic Times Magazine, back when they weren’t known for their openness to e-books. That set the tone for her continued creative juices.

She strives to promote herself in as many ways possible, she maintains membership on Linkedin, Goodreads, Twitter, Triberr and Facebook. She recently added Pinterest to the lot because it garners lots of attention. Despite rumors that men don’t pay attention to Pinterest, her John Wayne board has almost a thousand followers with 99% of those being male. Besides her own website and blog, she strives to find guest slots to help keep her name in the reader’s memory. It’s her belief that promotion is never-ending and the essential key to success. She recently said “if I have to tweet, I will, although I don’t quite understand the entire process”.

Born and raised in California, Ginger never planned to leave, but at an early age, her grandson (Spencer) was diagnosed with developmental delays, and she moved to Tennessee. She used to be his caregiver, but since his Mom switched jobs, she doesn’t see him nearly as much. Some days, she feel like part of herself is missing, but she has to admit that listening to Spongebob, Thomas the Train, and Ninjago music isn’t as inspiring as the smooth jazz she generally enjoys. She takes great delight in knowing she is making a difference in Spencer’s life. Ginger’s husband, Kelly, is a wonderful supporter and her biggest fan. He brags that he is the inspiration behind the romantic scenes in her books. She refuses to confirm or deny his claim.

Ginger truly recognized a dream with the publication of her first book, but her real hope is to see her work more readily available to the general public. With the sudden growth of e-books, she feels encouraged. Now a true senior citizen, she reminds herself that a person is never too old to achieve their goals. Grandma Moses is her heroine.

Author Ginger Simpson’s Websites, Blogs and Related Links:
http://www.gingersimpson.com
http://mizging.blogspot.com
http://cowboykisses.blogspot.com
http://www.manicreaders.com/GingerSimpson/

http://www.facebook.com/mizging
http://www.bookswelove.net/gingersimpson.php

http://askdavid.com/search/Ginger-Simpson
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http://www.amazon.com/author/gingersimpson

Please Visit Ginger Simpson Author’s Page At Cold Coffee Press: http://www.coldcoffeepress.com/ginger-simpson/

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Book Spotlight: Headwind – by Christopher Hudson

   Headwind-by-Christopher-Hudson

Featured Selection: Headwind - by Christopher Hudson

If you're on vacation, fly coach. If you're on business, fly first class. If you're on a mission, fly with Mickey. Tony Boccaccio is after a bag of cash that he believes is his. Max Burke thinks otherwise and has hired two couriers to take the money to California. Mickey Soto is a commercial pilot hauling freight and instructing students from a small, Florida airport. Tony hires Mickey and his airplane to go after the couriers. Mickey thought his days of flying illegal cargo were behind him, but the lure of easy money and his policy of 'don't ask/don't tell' cause him to add to his history of poor decisions. Tony's cousin, Gina, jumps in to help, and the three of the end up in a desperate cross-country race that leads to a West Coast pier and a fateful decision by Tony that impacts their lives in ways that none of them could have foreseen.

Genre: Mystery Thriller Suspense  

Book Excerpt:
http://www.northerncrossonline.com/www.northerncrossonline.com/Headwind_Chap_1.html  
Amazon Customer Reviews:
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Barnes and Noble Purchase Link:
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Northern Cross - by Christopher Hudson 


Northern Cross - by Christopher Hudson


Private pilot George Ashton seems to have it all: the dream job, the beautiful wife, the lovely home...and twenty-five years of guilt from a college caper gone murderously wrong. When his past catches up with him in the sinister form of Brady Keyes, it's all too clear that the visit is about more than just sharing old times. Brady is looking for a pilot to fly a very special--and highly illegal--mission. Manipulated and exploited, George piles betrayal on betrayal in a desperate attempt to reclaim his life--and as the stakes escalate, he discovers that to challenge the forces ranged against him, he must dare as he never dreamed.

Genre: Mystery Thriller Suspense  

Amazon Customer Reviews:
http://www.amazon.com/Northern-Cross-Christopher-Hudson/product-reviews/1905605099/ref=dpx_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1  
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Barnes and Noble Purchase Link:
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Christopher Hudson  

Quote From Author Christopher Hudson: "As on-and-off denizen of cubeville, I have written and produced many corporate videos and marketing projects. As an author, I have two published books, NORTHERN CROSS and HEADWIND, and a couple of screenplays."  

Author Christopher Hudson’s Website and Blog:http://www.northerncrossonline.com/www.northerncrossonline.com/Welcome.html
http://soc-awkward.blogspot.com/  

Please Visit Author Christopher Hudson At Cold Coffee Press:http://www.coldcoffeepress.com/christopher-hudson/  

Author Spotlight - Christopher Hudson


Christopher Hudson 

Quote From Author Christopher Hudson: "As on-and-off denizen of cubeville, I have written and produced many corporate videos and marketing projects. As an author, I have two published books, NORTHERN CROSS and HEADWIND, and a couple of screenplays."
Interview:
 
What makes you proud to be a writer from Michigan? Well, writer or no, I’m a proud Michigander. I just like being from a place where you can use your hand to indicate a location.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? Finding myself unemployed with no other marketable skills.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I had written the manuscript for my first book, Northern Cross with no particular goal in mind, until my sister read it and thought I ought to look into getting it published. That led to a long, strange and frustrating trip ... but we managed to get ‘er done.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and why? Not so much my environment, but I’d have to say my upbringing (and later life situations) did. My parents were creative folks who encouraged that element in me. Then there was my ‘day job’... I wrote a lot of videos and other training materials for the corporate world. As uncomfortable as I was in that role, I have to say it honed my writing skills and taught me how accept criticism about my work without taking it personally.

Do you come up with your title (s) before or after you write the manuscript (s)? After ... and no easy task, I might add.

Tell us why you write the genre (s) that you write? Fun stories and interesting characters are my idea of entertainment in fiction ... so, that’s what I try to write. I figure if I’m entertained, maybe someone else will be too.

Tell us your most rewarding experience while in the writing process? I’m not sure how to answer that question ... writing for me is hard ... not tarring a roof on a 90 degree day type of hard ... but a finish your homework before you can go out and play ball type of hard. I’d usually rather be playing ball. That said, I do enjoy creating the dialogue between my characters ... I really don’t know what they are going to say or do until they are responding to something somebody said or a situation ... that part is fun.

Tell us your most negative experience while in the writing process? Forcing myself to focus for extended periods of times ... I’d usually rather be playing ball ... well, now of days, that be watching a ballgame.

Tell us your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Seeing my books in print (and, later on Kindle).

Tell us your most negative experience in your publishing journey? Marketing. I hate it, and, either because of that or some other innate deficiency, I’m terrible at it.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Write about stuff you enjoy and stick to it ... even kicking out few hundred words a day. Sooner or later you’ll end up with a book. Hey, if I can do it, anyone can.

Who is your favorite author? That’s a tough one ... kinda like choosing your favorite child ... but if pressed, I’d have to say Elmore Leonard (Hey, he’s from Michigan too ... hmmmm).

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? When I’m not writing (or watching a ballgame), I’m messing around with music. I play guitar and sing (well, I call it singing) whenever I get the chance.

 
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Headwind-by-Christopher-Hudson

Featured Selection: Headwind - by Christopher Hudson

If you're on vacation, fly coach. If you're on business, fly first class. If you're on a mission, fly with Mickey. Tony Boccaccio is after a bag of cash that he believes is his. Max Burke thinks otherwise and has hired two couriers to take the money to California. Mickey Soto is a commercial pilot hauling freight and instructing students from a small, Florida airport. Tony hires Mickey and his airplane to go after the couriers. Mickey thought his days of flying illegal cargo were behind him, but the lure of easy money and his policy of 'don't ask/don't tell' cause him to add to his history of poor decisions. Tony's cousin, Gina, jumps in to help, and the three of the end up in a desperate cross-country race that leads to a West Coast pier and a fateful decision by Tony that impacts their lives in ways that none of them could have foreseen.

Genre: Mystery Thriller Suspense  

Book Excerpt:
http://www.northerncrossonline.com/www.northerncrossonline.com/Headwind_Chap_1.html  
Amazon Customer Reviews:
http://www.amazon.com/Headwind-Christopher-Hudson/productreviews/1453744533/ref=dpx_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1  
Amazon Print Purchase Link:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1453744533/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1453744533&linkCode=as2&tag=colcofpre-20&linkId=DD3BZLXLPRLCZEZ5  
Amazon Kindle Purchase Link:
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Audio Audible Audio Edition Purchase Link:
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Barnes and Noble Purchase Link:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/headwind-christopherhudson/1030259232?ean=9781453744536

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Northern Cross - by Christopher Hudson

Northern Cross - by Christopher Hudson

Private pilot George Ashton seems to have it all: the dream job, the beautiful wife, the lovely home...and twenty-five years of guilt from a college caper gone murderously wrong. When his past catches up with him in the sinister form of Brady Keyes, it's all too clear that the visit is about more than just sharing old times. Brady is looking for a pilot to fly a very special--and highly illegal--mission. Manipulated and exploited, George piles betrayal on betrayal in a desperate attempt to reclaim his life--and as the stakes escalate, he discovers that to challenge the forces ranged against him, he must dare as he never dreamed.

Genre: Mystery Thriller Suspense  

Amazon Customer Reviews:
http://www.amazon.com/Northern-Cross-Christopher-Hudson/product-reviews/1905605099/ref=dpx_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1  
Amazon Print Purchase Link:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1905605099/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1905605099&linkCode=as2&tag=colcofpre20&linkId=SVZNIG7YYOEQ7KID  
Amazon Kindle Purchase Link:
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Barnes and Noble Purchase Link:
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Author Christopher Hudson’s Website and Blog:http://www.northerncrossonline.com/www.northerncrossonline.com/Welcome.html
http://soc-awkward.blogspot.com/  

Please Visit Author Christopher Hudson At Cold Coffee Press:http://www.coldcoffeepress.com/christopher-hudson/