Author Interview with Atticus Krum

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I’m interviewing Atticus Krum, author of middle grade novel “The Taming”. Welcome to my blog, Atticus!

1) What’s the hardest part of being an author?

Oh that’s easy. The hardest part of being an author is the time spent waiting, especially throughout the writing and pre-publishing process. You can hardly wait for others to meet and develop a relationship with the characters that you have already come to know so well.

 

2) Can you give us a short synopsis of The Taming?
When a mysterious Creature appears just beyond the Hollow bearing a shiny object, it is urgent news for those living within the Refuge, especially the Council of the Glade. However, for a young shrew named Thutter, and his three friends, it becomes the occasion for an ill-advised adventure. As it is, to leave the Glade is to break the ancient Code and to surrender the protection of the unseen Elders, Rulers of the Refuge.

All the same, the four critters begin their quest with a common goal: to see a real, live Solkreat up close. As they near the strange, two-legged Animal, however, one of the travelers reveals an altogether different agenda. He wants the magic hogseye, the “hero-maker” which dangles from the Creature’s neck. According to legend, young Thutter is the only one who can steal it for him.

But the tiny adventurer isn’t the only one coveting the enchanted object. The Beastmonger, a powerful and wicked slitherer, will stop at nothing to get it, even murder. Fortunately, the Elders know this, and they too have a plan for young Thutter.

For Their plan to succeed, however, the tiny shrew must believe in Them, learning to listen for Their Voice. Otherwise, in the face of great betrayal and tragic death, the tiny shrew will lose all hope. He will fail to protect his family and the Glade from grave danger. More so, he will fail to discover his all-important role in the ancient conflict between Light and Darkness.

 

3) Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?

Yes, the book is a part of a trilogy, The Refuge Chronicles. The Chronicles will ultimately serve as a sort of prequel to another series, The Last Storykeeper Saga. Central to both tales is a magic key which immediately affects the destiny of both protagonists.

 

4) How many hours per day do you spend writing?

I spend anywhere from 2 to 5 hours a day writing, when I am working on specific project.
5) What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?
Well, it all depends on how far we narrow down the genre of my book. If we are speaking on broader terms of children’s fantasy, then without question my favorite tale is C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia (the entire series). If we are talking strictly animal fantasy, then I would have to say Richard Adams’ Watership Down.

 

6) What are you working on now?

I am currently writing books 2 and 3 of the Refuge Chronicles. I am also working on the follow up series to this trilogy, The Last Storykeeper Saga, a series of tales which tell of a young boy’s experiences with the very same magic key that will become the object of Thutter’s pursuits in the Chronicles.

 

The Taming

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Author: Atticus Krum

Genre: Middle Grade

A forbidden journey. A secret agenda. A mysterious object.

When Thutter McClutter, a young Glade-dwelling shrew, willingly decides to break the ancient Code and cross into the shadowy darkness of the great Woode, he is certain that seeing the mysterious Solkreat is the goal. But as he and his friends near the curious Creature, an altogether different agenda is exposed. One of his fellow adventurers wants the magic hogseye. However, the powerful and wicked Beastmonger also covets the enchanted object, and he will stop at nothing to get it—not even murder.

A story of true friendship, lasting faith, and willing sacrifice, The Taming is the first installment of the Refuge Chronicles—an adventurous trilogy about a young shrew, his newly-discovered purpose, and the ancient conflict between Light and Darkness.

 

Author Bio

Krum5Atticus  never intended on becoming a writer; however, he eventually would come to realize that Magic’s stories were meant to be shared. He now spends most of his time putting pen to paper readying the tales he’s collected for publishing. Mr. Krum resides on a small farm in the Midwest with Albi, his albino ferret. He travels only when absolutely necessary. He does not care to be photographed and almost never smiles. What’s more, he dresses almost exclusively in black. He says that the latter is for simplicity sake, but those who know him are certain that he is just color blind. To learn more about Atticus, please visit his website: www.atticuskrum.com.

 

Links

Publisher:   www.huntlyhouse.com

Author Website:   www.atticuskrum.com

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgqmQ1PIrXdgNMyYSWGq6FQ

Buy the book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Taming-Atticus-Krum/dp/0988534916

 

 

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Book Excerpt from The Age of Amy: The Thumper Amendment

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I’m hosting a snippet today from YA contemporary “The Age of Amy: the Thumper Amendment”. Enjoy!

Book Excerpt

— EXCERPT #1 —

Chapter 1

BULLY

“Somebody help me!” I cried, knowing that my plea would go unheard over the clamor of school children at recess. Two large boys held my arms tightly behind my back, laughing as I struggled to get free. A third boy circled me, like a wolf taunting its helpless prey, his cold stare never leaving my face. Elementary school was supposed to be a wondrous place to learn and grow, to discover reading, writing, and finger painting. But for naïve school girls like me, we sometimes get more education than we signed up for.
The pacing boy stopped and faced me, then held a large, rubber ball up to my nose. “Looking for this?” he said. An out-of-bounds pass in a friendly game of four square caused me to chase the ball behind the cafeteria. How was I to know that I had wandered into enemy territory?
I took a futile swing at the boy’s shins with my foot.
“A real hellcat, we got here,” said the leader of the band of juvenile delinquents. Then he tossed the ball over a chain-link fence, where it was immediately flattened by city traffic.
A sharp pain shot up my spine, as the boys behind me pulled my arms back even harder. My shoulders felt like they would pop out of their sockets at any moment. “You’re hurting me!” I shouted.
The boy in front of me grabbed the back of my hair and pulled it down. My head lurched backward. I could smell the potato chips on his breath as he leaned into my face.
“What are those train tracks doing on your teeth?” he said, staring at my braces. I didn’t want to grow up with crooked teeth, so I agreed to have those ugly things put on. Now I was starting to wonder if I would live to see them taken off.
Then the boy’s eyes shifted to the charm I wore on a gold chain around my neck. Gold letters spelled out my name: AMY. It had been given to me by my grandfather, who taught me never to back away from confrontation. He also taught me a few self-defense moves that, had I not been restrained, would have my captors reeling in pain.
Clenching his fist around my charm, the cold-hearted boy yanked it clean off my neck, then tossed it over the fence, where it suffered the same fate as the rubber ball.
The school bell signaled the end of recess.
As the playground emptied, the boys that had held me captive released me, and ran off to resume their roles as elementary school students. Their leader remained behind.
I stood there, as the sound of children at play faded into silence. What had I done to deserve such abuse? I rubbed my neck where my cherished medallion had been, and wept.
“Tell anyone about this, little girl, and I’ll box your ears!” was the last thing that bully said, before he joined the others.

   He was a 6th-grader.
I was in the 3rd.

 

About The Book

amy2_coverTitle: The Age of Amy: The Thumper Amendment

Author: Bruce Edwards

Genre: YA Contemporary

Congress has lowered the voting age to 14! Not one to refuse political involvement, 16-year-old Amy patriotically joins a campaign to elect the next President of the United States. Her real reason for participating, however, is much more personal: the opposing candidate’s son bullied her when she was a 3rd grader. Thwarting his father’s bid for the presidency would be the perfect way to get even with him!

Campaign reform laws now require presidential contenders to face off on a TV reality show. The “race” for the White House has become just that! Absurd challenges await the candidates as they speed cross-country toward Washington. But the campaign trail turns bumpy, when their buses take an unexpected detour into fantasy world! There they are confronted by half-human creatures, haunted by dead presidents, and rocketed into an economic dystopia of the future—all while being viewed by a worldwide television audience.

Amy is on board for the journey, as her grade school nemesis rides on the competition’s campaign bus. But along the way she develops second thoughts about avenging the boy. Her brutal offender has changed in the last seven years, becoming thoughtful and compassionate. (And cute!) Amy’s contempt for him surprisingly turns to affection. Is she falling in love?

Author Bio

amy2_bruce_edwardsAward-winning author Bruce Edwards is a former Hollywood film animator, and brings the whimsy of a character artist to his stories. A music major in college, he is also an accomplished musician and composer. His other creative endeavors include a stint as a puppeteer and performing magic at Disneyland. Bruce’s thought-provoking books for young adults are never short on fun, fantasy, and imagination.

Links

AUTHOR LINKS

AgeOfAmy.com
Book Trailer
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Twitter

PURCHASE LINKS

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Author Interview with Yasmin Shiraz

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I’m interviewing Yasmin Shiraz, author of YA novel “Accused”. My questions are bolded, and Yasmin’s responses are in regular font.

1) What’s the hardest part of being an author?

The hardest part of being an author is dividing writing time and marketing/engagement time. As an author you want to write books, but if no one knows about your book, you don’t feel good about that. So, marketing time is a definite priority. Engaging my readers and the supporters of my books is also very important and I realize that I must do that more and more.
2) Can you give us a short synopsis of Accused?

 

Attacks on a college campus. Co-eds Drugged. High School Girls Breaking Curfew.

 

When Tashera and Ahmed left Washington, DC for the fun and free college life to be found at Georgia Atlantic University, they had no idea of the difficulties that they would face.

 

Their lives get turned upside down when Ahmed is accused of a crime that he didn’t commit.

 

Young women are being drugged at Georgia Atlantic and afterwards they are waking up in strange places. By their bruises and their attire, the young women know they’ve been sexually assaulted. But, by who? The attacker is clever in implicating Ahmed and determined to destroy his life.

 

Unless Tashera discovers him first.

 

Determined to save Ahmed and protect other young women, Tashera is committed to stopping and finding the serial rapist before he hurts anybody else.

 
3) Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?
Accused is the 2nd book in the Retaliation series. Retaliation is a young adult novel. Accused follows the main characters of Retaliation, Tashera and Ahmed as they go off to college. As an author who reaches high school students, I was excited about the opportunity to write a 2nd book in which the characters have graduated high school and are now experiencing college.

 

4) How many hours per day do you spend writing?

I spend 4 hours per day writing. I used to write 8 hours a day, but I found that I must spend time finding my inspiration. So, when I’m not writing, I’m reading, exercising, doing yoga, listening music–basically doing things that I love. Doing the things that I love to do help me to be an inspired writer.
5) What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?
I can give you two favorites.

 

I love Burned by Ellen Hopkins. Her love affair with words really draws people in. I am inspired by how she uses prose to tell her stories. She also is fearless when tackling serious issues.

 

I love The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake. Many girls have all kinds of self-esteem and body image issues. This author confronted young women’s issues head on in a truly engaging way.

 

6) What are you working on now?

I’m writing more books and finding new ways to reach my readers.

 

 

About The Book

ACCUSED 3DBOOKTitle: Accused (A Retaliation novel #2)

Author: Yasmin Shiraz

Genre: YA – real life

An easier and more peaceful life seemed to be destined for Ahmed and Tashera when they left Washington, DC and entered Georgia Atlantic University.  But when Ahmed is accused of a crime that he didn’t commit and begins to be tried in the media, his popularity plummets, his self-esteem suffers, and his dreams of playing college basketball disappear.

Meanwhile, there is a serial rapist on campus who has been attacking freshman girls at record numbers and forcing them to keep silent. As Tashera learns about the girls, she begins to close in on the rapist. But is the attacker too crafty to be caught? Will the state prosecutor ignore key evidence to instead focus on the fame that comes with convicting a high profile basketball star?

 

Tashera is beyond stressed as she divides her time between trying to find enough evidence to clear Ahmed while at the same time stopping the rapist who roams the campus of Georgia Atlantic.  Ahmed and Tashera’s journey into a new life away from home is more challenging than they ever thought that it would be.

An Amazon Top 500 Book Reviewer had this to say about Accused:

“I recommend it for teen readers… Shiraz has a knack for writing in the voice of teen characters without having to resort to obscenities. It’s an important and worthwhile YA novel.”

 

Author Bio

Yasmin Shiraz is an author and filmmaker. She has written several other books including Retaliation (A YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers,) The Blueprint for My Girls and Exclusive. She is a screenwriter and film director who produced the Can She Be Saved? documentary and the Sources web series. She resides in the suburbs of Washington, DC.

 

Links

https://www.facebook.com/StillEyeRiseMedia

http://www.yasminshiraz.net

 

 

 

Author Interview with Nicole Persun

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I’m hosting an interview today with Nicole Persun, author of fantasy novel “Dead of Knight”. My questions are bolded, and Nicole’s responses are in regular font.

1) What’s the hardest part about being an author?

Rejection. A lot of readers don’t realize what it takes for an author to get their book published. You have to send books out to agents and editors, and rarely do you get a book picked up right off the bat. That means that a lot of the time, authors are getting their work rejected. Which can be really hard. You become connected to your characters and work months on a book, only to have someone tell you they don’t like it. But then again, this difficulty in being a writer also makes the reward—publication—so much sweeter. A few bruises to the ego are worth having your books out there in the hands of readers.

2) Can you give us a short synopsis of Dead of Knight?

King Orson and King Odell are power-stricken, grieving, and mad. As they wage war against a rebel army led by Elise des Eresther, Orson’s daughter, it appears as though they’re merely in it for the glory. But their struggles are deeper and darker.

3) Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?

Dead of Knight is the first in a trilogy, but it can be read as a standalone.

4) How many hours per day do you spend writing?
When I was writing Dead of Knight, I was spending about 1 ½ to 2 hours per day writing. Since then, with college and all, that number has gone down to about one hour per day (though, on my days off from work, that number could go up to 5, depending on my writing assignments for school). However, I graduated recently, and am really excited about writing a regular two hours per day again!

5) What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?

Oh jeez, that’s a really hard question. I’m currently reading Alice Hoffman’s The Museum of Extraordinary Things, which is not technically a fantasy, but has fantastical elements. I’m really enjoying it. Her use of setting and language really enhances the magical and intriguing premise.

In the epic fantasy genre, same as Dead of Knight, Sharon Shinn’s Twelve Houses series come to mind. Those books were very inspiring to my writing of strong-willed and adventuresome female characters. I also liked Guy Gavriel Kay’s Tigana, for his use of world-building.

Also, it’s not in the fantasy genre, but my favorite book of all time is Lily Tuck’s I Married You for Happiness. It’s a beautiful, amazing, literary fiction novel.

6) What are you working on now?

I’m working on a few things right now. One is a book about my father, Terry Persun, and his writing—an ongoing project that was part of my thesis for my Bachelor’s degree. Another is a collection of short stories and poetry all centered around a bakery owner named Elle. Yet another still is the second installment in Dead of Knight. Other than that, I have spare short stories and poems that I’m always working on. It’s never-ending.

Dead of Knight

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Author: Nicole J. Persun

Genre: Fantasy

After a night of turbulent starfall—a grievous omen—six individuals begin an intersecting journey that even the gods could not have predicted.

King Orson and King Odell are power-stricken, grieving, and mad. As they wage war against a rebel army led by Elise des Eresther, it appears as though they’re merely in it for the glory. But their struggles are deeper and darker.

Author Bio

nicoleNicole J. Persun started her professional writing career at the age of sixteen with her young adult novel, A Kingdom’s Possession, which later became a finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award. Aside from novels, Nicole has had short stories, flash fiction, poetry, and essays published in a handful of literary journals. Her inspiration is drawn from the latest studies and findings in biology, astronomy, archaeology, psychology, and any other form of scientific, historical, or artistic discovery. She often speaks at libraries, writer’s groups, and writer’s conferences across the country. Currently getting a degree in creative writing, Nicole lives in Washington State. For more information, visit Nicole’s website at: www.nicolejpersun.com.

 

Links

Website: http://nicolejpersun.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicolejpersunauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nicolejpersun

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18230006-dead-of-knight?from_search=true

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolejpersun

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/nicolejpersun/

Purchase the book:

http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Knight-Joined-Trilogy-1/dp/1620151561/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1375124913&sr=1-1&keywords=dead+of+knight+nicole+j+persun

Release Day Blood Moon

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We’re celebrating the release for new adult paranormal romance novel “Blood Moon”. Happy release day!

About The Book

BloodMoon_Tolles_EBOOKTitle: Blood Moon

Author: T. Lynne Tolles

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

The gang finds themselves up to their eyeballs in family history when  clues are revealed that suggest an evil curse is hidden within the O’Rielly Book of Shadows. An old family diary divulges the O’Rielly family was an integral part in stymying a power hungry witch that took the lives of thirteen young girls and clues to spells whereabouts seem to suggest they’re in the O’Rielly Book of Shadows.

One by one young women are reported missing from neighboring towns when two mysterious women show up in town. Is it coincidence? Or has someone come back to complete the unfinished spell from the past? No one knows but when Allison’s life is in the balance, the gang pulls together to find a way to stop the past from repeating itself.

Author Bio

T. Lynne Tolles can be found most days, juggling one of two cat muses and a laptop, tripping over an ancient Newfoundland dog and washing a never-ending pile of laundry. When life doesn’t get in the way, she writes paranormal romances for new adults.

Her passion for witches, ghosts, and vampires together with a light-hearted wit are reflected in her loveable characters and the adventures of mystery they unravel to find their happily ever after.

Links

Newsletter: 

 http://tinyurl.com/tltnewsletter

https://www.facebook.com/T.LynneTolles.Author

https://twitter.com/tlynnetolles

http://tlynnetolles.me

http://www.amazon.com/T.-Lynne-Tolles/e/B003X3AV7I

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4132968.T_Lynne_Tolles

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Book Excerpts from Coulda Woulda Shoulda Song

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I’m hosting two excerpts today – one from interracial romance / comedy “This Could Have Been Our Song!” and one from the sequel, “This Would Have Been Our Song”! Enjoy.

Book Excerpt This Could Have Been Our Song!

LUCIA

“The meeting is now adjourned. We’ll meet again in two weeks’ time to discuss and finalize the hen party.” She (Axelle) pours herself another glass. “To D-Day minus one hundred and five!” she tells us, raising her glass. “Luce, be a dear and order another pitcher or two.”

I order the pitchers as well as a dirty martini for the bride-to-be.

Axelle turns to me, her glass in her hand. “So…what’s new? And you look fantastic, honey!”

“Hey, I look good too!” Noor scowls.

Axelle laughs and turns to Noor. “Oh my God! Did I just compliment the wrong sister? You’re Nooradine?”

“Jealousy is not a good color on you, Noor,” I sneer back, filling myself another drink.

“Please, you’re dieting,” she tells me. “She’s dieting, Axelle!” she says even louder and finishes her drink.

“I’m so not. I’m doing a cleanse and some yoga.”

“The one with Beesly,” Axelle says, serving Noor another glass. “I’ve heard of it. You have to do a lot of stretching with it.” She blows me a kiss. “Good for you, Luce, and shame on you, Noor.”

Nice try, Noor. My turn now. I pour myself another margarita. How many have I had so far? Three or four glasses? Do I even care? I feel warm and tickly. “Andrew is holding out on Noor…sexually.” Bam!

“You don’t say,” Axelle giggles. She finishes her drink and pours another. “What did you do to shift the balance of power?”

“I don’t want to have the suburban house and baby talk right now. It has only been a week.” She empties her drink. “Thanks, big mouth.”

Liar, liar, shorts on fire! “You told me five days,” I tell Noor. I turn to Axelle. “Anyway, did I tell you I was dancing again. Just for fun of course. Not like you or Noor.”

“Oh, I’m so happy!” Axelle gets up and hugs me. “So are you shagging anyone?”

So, I guess we’re back on me. I finish my drink. “Nope.”

“Why the bloody hell not? Isn’t that Marcus bloke still in town?” she asks. And another drink.

“She doesn’t know what she wants,” Noor interjects. Another drink there too. “Greg or Marcus.”

“Greg was in town? Don’t you dare break that young man’s heart…again!” She raises her glass to me and wiggling her finger.

“I never broke his heart!” I tell Axelle. “Greg is one of my closest friends. And I don’t have a lot of those.”

“Hey…you have us,” Noor says.

“My point exactly, Noor,” I say.

“That poor kid was so in love with you back at the dancing academy and he’s still in love you.” Axelle gives me the most loving look. “Who could blame him? My baby is breathtaking.”

“Aw, I love you too, Lelly.” I give her a kiss. “But I’m not going to sleep with Greg. Ever.”

“Right.” Axelle winks at me.

“Your loss. That man is ravishing,” Noor says.

I know he is, inside and out. Let’s change the subject. “Lelly, do you have a dress for the launch party?” I innocently ask.

“Yes I do. An original Renee G creation. She sent it to me earlier this week,” she proudly says. Of course anything for Mrs Anderson. “So… Are you bringing someone?”

Where did this come from? I look to Noor for cover, but she’s too sloshed to be of any help.

“Well are you?” Noor asks.

“Can I bring Beesly?”

“Are you going to be shagging her after? I thought she was married. And straight? And so are you. We were thinking about a man,” Lelly tells me, laughing.

“No! Gosh, Lelly… Marcus then,” I say and I can’t take it back.

“Are you going to be shagging him after?” Noor asks.

“It’s good PR for us. There will be no shagging! Please stop asking or saying it. Understood.” I’m losing my buzz. Another drink it is.

“Okay,” Noor chuckles.

“Right,” Axelle giggles.

“Somebody needs to take that stick out of her butt, or just–” Axelle says.

“Enough!” I clumsily get up. My buzz hasn’t gone after all. “I’m going home…in a taxi…I think.”

“I was just going to say–” Axelle continues.

“It has been months after all since–” Noor says at the same time.

“I got the picture, thanks. Bye.” I’m ready to leave.

“Please stay. We’re sorry,” Noor begs. “We just want you to get some because we care.”

“And you can’t leave yet. We haven’t played refugee African princesses yet,” Axelle begs.

I do like to play that bar game. Axelle is the best story teller. “One more drink and then we go home,” I say sitting back down.

“Okay,” Noor chuckles.

“Right,” Axelle giggles.

Our fourth pitcher arrives and Axelle fills our drinks.

“I don’t have to deal with that kind of shit when I drink with Beesly,” I say, sulking.

“She’s your soul sister. We’re blood and, Luce, it’s thinker than water and wine,” Noor literally burps out. She looks around. “We should get some wine!”

“We’re not going anywhere anytime soon are we?” I say, smiling at my crazy sisters. Let the game begin. We’ll worry about getting home later – much, much later…

Book Excerpt This Would Have Been Our Song!

IV. Marcus – Out of love and air supplies…

“Nosy much?” I say sitting next to her. “I just wanted to be left alone and Mary isn’t always good at taking ‘no’ for an answer.” She looks lovely. No she looks wonderful. There’s been something so different about her since her arrival. I still cannot put my finger on it.

“Yes, I’m nosy you cheeky boy! Leaving Doddy and Patrick on their own downstairs! I came to check up on you. Now stop being rude. It doesn’t really work on me.” She puts her head on my shoulder and takes my hand. “I did the same thing on my dad’s funeral. People keep asking if you are fucking all right! I was just eight, idiots, I felt like I would never be all right again.” She lightly kisses my palm. “I promise you, you will Marcus,” she whispers.

“Luce…” I whisper back and kissing her palm. She’s this close to bolting out of here or retrieving into her shell. “Fancy a pity shag?” I say with a sad smug smile.

She knocks her elbow in my rib cage and winces. “That hurts! What have you been doing with yourself?” She asks me rubbing her elbow.

“Hitting the gym, takes the frustration out.” And I have been a frustrated lad.

“Not even my usual friendly nap today Sir! But I have something for you.”

“I said I would not touch you and I have been pretty good so far haven’t I?” I plead with my best puppy dog stare. Lucia has been falling asleep on my bed three times over the last two days. Jetlag…but last night she fell asleep in my arms…my bed smells of her intoxicating smell, it’s pure torture.

“Your mum gave me this. She completely forgot about this picture,” she smiles and hands me the photo. “You lied to me Marcus,” she adds.

“What?” She couldn’t know about The Plan…could she? I look at the photo and flip it. Mercutio and Lucia 1983. “Is this real?”

“Is your real name Mercutio?” she shivers with fake disgust.

“Yeah. I never liked it and wasn’t able to say it properly,” I shrug. It’s a two-year old me nicely kissing a very tiny cute baby. “Is this you?” I point at the baby in the photo.

She nods, “Mercutio…Cushion of course! I always thought that Cushion and a long stretch from Marcus. So…Mercutio, you kissed me first!” she laughs.

“Hey, I was two! It doesn’t count,” I laugh back.

“I don’t know about that. Doddy said that you wouldn’t stop snogging me and they had to take me away. You cried when you went out of the room… aww your first crush,” she smirks.

“You sassy–,” I laugh, I just can’t stop laughing. I haven’t laughed in days… “–how long–“

“She gave it to me when I arrived from London. I thought it would cheer Mercutio up,” she says a bit embarrassed. She’s finally letting her guard down and she knows it.

“I love you Luce.”

“Marcus don’t. You promised,” she says getting off my bed.

“What did you expect me to say or do after that?” I haven’t let go of her hand yet. The hand with the giant engagement ring.

“Let’s go back downstairs with the others.” She pulls me up.

“You’re avoiding the conversation,” I say following her.

“And you sound like a broken record Mercutio. I’m engaged, remember?”

“Yes, how can I forget? But I love you and I’m not ashamed of my feelings. So… pity shag is really off the table?” I ask when I close the door behind us.

She waves her ring at me. “Again, engaged!”

“Right, that you certainly are.”

But The Plan is working.

About The Series

 

Series name: Coulda Woulda Shoulda Song

Genre: Family saga/ chick lit/ interracial romance/ romantic comedy

First Publication: January 2013

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This Could Have Been Our Song! A coulda woulda shoulda ballad… – Book One

This Could Have Been Our Song - Book CoverLength: 93000 words/ 400 pages

Release date: January 18 2013

 

Book One:


Love can be such a “coulda, woulda, shoulda” song sometimes…

Lucia Mpobo-Riddell could have been a dancer like the rest of women of her family but instead she chose music. Marcus Grant could have been a doctor like the rest of his family but instead he chose music. She also could have not fallen for Marcus on her birthday but she did. And Marcus, he could have told Lucia the truth about his real reason for being in Toronto that night, but he didn’t. Now they have to deal with big reveals and consequences: Marcus almost stealing her job and being force to work on an album together. Marcus, because he couldn’t swallow his pride, leaves Toronto and goes home to London. Lucia, because she just couldn’t give up on her first amazing opportunity to produce a whole album. And to complicate the situation further, the band they’re working for is not the easiest one. Mary Gillis, Marcus’ on and off flame, still has a hold on him. Greg McMullen, Lucia’s close friend and former dance partner is back in town and has been in love with her for years. Then there’s Marcus and Lucia, in the middle of their own a professional and personal tug-of- war with each over and the rest of the world. But maybe things could still work out… All things considered, this could have been one heck of a love song!

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This Would Have Been Our Song! Catchy tunes and dancers’ tales – Book Two

This Would Have Been Our Song - Book CoverLength: 90000 words/ 350 pages

Release date: January 18 2014

 

Marcus, Greg and Lucia are back in the second part of their journey to their perfect love song… will they finally find it?

Book Two: This would have been their perfect love song…

It has been two years since Lucia Mpobo-Riddell has made her choice between the two men in her life. She and her beloved would have been perfectly happy if it wasn’t for… the constant distractions from her past, her sister Noor’s complicated life, her own doubts and fears. Maybe there wasn’t such a thing as perfection and this was a lesson that Lucia was going to learn the hard way. Greg McMullen and Marcus Grant’s lives had been affected by Lucia’s choice that day in Glasgow two years ago. Since then one had been fighting to keep her when the other had been relentlessly trying to get her back. It soon became apparent to them that she wasn’t the Lucia they met and fell in love with anymore. Her life and priorities had completely shifted. To even consider keeping her or just getting her back, they would have to accept it or they would have to let her go. But would they ever be able to do either?

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Meet Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba The Author, The Blogger, The Cheeky Reviewer

author“My life journey is like my playlist, amazingly unique but full of contradictions with surprising joys with every song…”

 

In the past two years, while living in Canada, England and France I wrote four novels: This Could Have Been Our Song! A coulda woulda shoulda ballad… (Book one) currently available on amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Barnes and Nobles and Smashwords. The sequel This Would Have Been Our Song! Catchy tune and dancers’ tales has been in January 2014. Bird Of Prey, my first mystery romance novel has been released in October 7th, 2013 and its first sequel The Plot Thickens (a novella) in December. The second one Polliannah Got Married! will be released in April 2014 or earlier. I’m currently residing in Paris, France.

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Book Review: King of Cups

Chess/ Wooden chessboard with black and white checkersTitle: King of Cups

Author: Alex Flyn

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Shy and young, Sarah dreams of working in a fashion magazine, but due to circumstances ends up doing what she never thought she would be doing. Not only she needs to find her way back, she also finds herself in the middle of the British football love drama, with a crazy champion title chase on top. And the Romeo and Juliet of the football world aren’t going to make her life any easier.

King of Cups: Love. Football. Love for football.

Sarah is desperate for a job. She lives with her aunt and uncle – a short term arrangement – and solliciting for jobs hasn’t been easy so far. But her aunt and uncle threaten to kick hero ut if she doesn’t find a job soon. The job position at Musique, a music magazine in the same building as Bloque, her dream job, sounds like the only way she can save her future. But when the interview fails, and she gets offered another job she never expected nor never thought she’d do, things turn intriguing very soon. She’s to write a column on WAGs, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends and children of popular football players. It’s not her dream job, but it’s better than getting sent back home.

Thrown into the middle of British football love drama, Sarah struggles to keep her head above water in this brand new world filled with opportunities, and possibly even romance.

This is a short novella, the first half of a book, and it ended on an interesting note, so I’d definitely read the second half when it’s released. Sarah needs to grow as a character, but she starts of from a position where it’s easy to grow, and become more mature in her decisions, so I’m hoping that’ll happen in the second book as well.

There are colorful characters, the plot is fresh, and the writing was okay.