Friday, March 30, 2012

What's Next for Author Susie Kinslow Adams

What’s next for Author Susie Kinslow Adams

What’s next? A best seller, of course! Perhaps a movie contract! Then a cabin by the creek that’s all my own, just for my writing! Ya think? Hmmmm!

Perhaps you need to know something a little closer to today’s “what’s next”.  Maybe that is a little far out there—for now!

The exciting thing about all my regular journaling is the ready supply of super great thoughts and ideas for books and articles. The difficulty is in zeroing in on one area. After all, they are all great!

The working title for my current book project is Never Did like Preachers.  Truth is, I never did like them, or, for the most part, their fancy church folk either. So, thirty some years ago and widowed, God married me to a preacher and life has never been the same!

Another project entitled My February with My First Love may be an online project soon. (I’ll leave you to ponder what this one is about.)

I write press releases for area activities and edit a monthly newsletter for our ministry. I compile reports from our department directors and others as well as write several columns myself.

I have some short stories from my nature walks which have yet to find a home. A part of my office hours includes researching magazines and online places to send some of my work.

Meanwhile, I’m shutting this down now and heading for the woods, pen in hand.  Let me hear from you at Don’t forget to order an extra copy of My Mother My Child for a friend while you can save that postage!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Book Review: Trouble on Earth Day

Trouble on Earth Day

Author Kathy Stemke

Illustrator: Kurt Wilcken

ISBN: 978-1-936021-36-9

Synopsis:  Shelly and the squirrel family learn about recycling and reusing items to protect the environment.

REVIEW:  This is a delightful tale of Shelly a young squirrel as she learns what it means to reused and recycle items you no longer use. She finds a bluebird who has lost the tree where she was to make her nest. And to make matters worse, there were no sticks enough to build a nest in a new place. Where would she make her nest now that her favorite tree has been cut down?

Trouble on Earth Day gives the reader a story with a lesson on the consequences of what we do to our environment- like cutting down the trees. But it also is a fun story about what to do to reuse and recycle what you have on hand. Shelley shares yarn and other fine items to help bluebird make the nest.

Trouble on Earth Day also offers games, activities, and crafts from recycled items. How about a pinecone bird feeder? Maybe you would rather make toilet paper role napkin rings or any number of other fun projects in the book.

This is a great book for classrooms and also for those who home school their children. With the fun learning activiites, students will read this over and over. The author has done a great job of telling an important story in a fun, entertaining, and educational way.

Visit Kathy Stemke at

Kathy Stemke

Award Winning Author/Educator/Freelance Writer

Trouble on Earth Day earned the Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval
Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep won the Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval
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Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep is available through the publisher, and through Amazon, B & N, and other online stores.

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Mrs.Stemke offers great teaching tips and children’s book reviews as well as a monthly newsletter titled, MOVEMENT AND RHYTHM, on her blog.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

BOOK TOUR: Mark Gilleo author of Love Thy Neighbor


TITLE:  Love Thy Neighbor

AUTHOR:  Mark Gilleo

PUBLISHED BY:  The Story Plant


ISBN-10: 1611880343
ISBN-13: 978-1611880342

GENRE:  Suspense

SYNOPSIS:  Clark Hayden is a graduate student trying to help his mother navigate through the loss of his father while she continues to live in their house near Washington DC. With his mother’s diminishing mental capacity becoming the norm, Clark expects a certain amount of craziness as he heads home for the holidays. What he couldn’t possibly anticipate, though, is that he would find himself catapulted into the middle of a terrorist operation. As the holiday festivities reach a crescendo, a terrorist cell – which happens to be across the street – is activated. Suddenly Clark is discovering things he never knew about deadly chemicals, secret government operations, suspiciously missing neighbors, and the intentions of a gorgeous IRS auditor. Clark’s quiet suburban neighborhood is about to become one of the most deadly places on the planet, and it’s up to Clark to prevent the loss of hundreds of thousands of innocent lives in the nation’s capital.
Fast, acerbic, wise and endlessly exciting, LOVE THY NEIGHBOR marks the unforgettable debut of a startling new voice in suspense fiction.

AUTHOR BIO:  Mark Gilleo holds a graduate degree in international business from the University of South Carolina and an undergraduate degree in business from George Mason University. He enjoys traveling, has lived and worked in Asia, and speaks fluent Japanese. A fourth-generation Washingtonian, he currently resides in the D.C. area. His two most recent novels were recognized as finalist and semifinalist, respectively, in the William Faulkner-Wisdom Creative writing competition. The Story Plant will publish his next novel, SWEAT in 2012.

AUTHOR SITES:   Love Thy Neighbor page

Available at,com and


(This part is true.)

In late 1999 a woman from Vienna, Virginia, a suburb ten milesfrom the White House as the crow flies, called the CIA. The woman, afifty-something mother of three, phoned to report what she referred to aspotential terrorists living across the street from her middle-class home. Shewent on to explain what she had been seeing in her otherwise quiet neighborhood: Strange men of seemingly Middle-Eastern descent using their cellphones in the yard. Meetings in the middle of the night with bumper-to-bumper curbside parking, expensive cars rubbing ends with vans and common Japanese imports. A constant flow of young men, some who seemed to stay for long periods of time without introducing themselves to anyone in the neighborhood. The construction of a six-foot wooden fence to hide the backyard from the street only made the property more suspicious.

Upon hearing a layperson’s description of suspicious behavior,the CIA promptly dismissed the woman and her phone call. (Ironically, the woman lived less than a quarter of a mile from a CIA installation, though it was not CIA headquarters as was later reported.)

In the days and weeks following 9/11, the intelligence community in the U.S. began to learn the identities of the nineteen hijackers who had flown the planes into the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon. In the process of their investigation they discovered that two of the hijackers, one on each of the planes that hit the World Trade Towers, had listed a particular house in Vienna, Virginia as a place of residence.

The FBI and various other agencies swooped in on the unassuming neighborhood and began knocking on doors. When they reached the house of ascertain mother of three, she stopped them dead in their tracks. She was purported to have said, “I called the CIA two years ago to report that terrorists were living across the street and no one did anything.”

The CIA claimed to have no record of a phone call.

The news networks set up cameras and began broadcasting from the residential street. ABC, NBC, FOX. The FBI followed up with further inquiries.The woman’s story was later bounced around the various post 9/11 committees and intelligence hearings on Capitol Hill. (Incidentally, after 9/11, the CIA closed its multi-story facility in the neighborhood where the terrorist reportedly lived. In 2006 the empty building was finally torn down and, as of early 2011, was being replaced with another office building).

There has been much speculation about what the government should have or could have known prior to 9/11. The answer is not simple. There have been anecdotal stories of people in Florida and elsewhere who claimed to have reported similar “terrorist” type activities by suspicious people prior to9/11. None of these stories have been proven.

What we do know is that with the exception of the flight school instructor in Minnesota who questioned the motive of a student who was interested in flying an aircraft without learning how to land, and an unheeded warning from actor James Woods who was on a plane from Boston with several of the purported terrorists while they were doing a trial run, the woman from Vienna, Virginia was the country’s best chance to prevent 9/11. To date, there has been no verification of any other pre-9/11 warnings from the general public so far in advance of that fateful day in September.

For me, there is no doubt as to the validity of the claims of the woman in Vienna.

She lived in the house where I grew up. She is my mother.

Mark Gilleo. October, 2011. Washington DC.

* * *

Ariana turned on the nightlight and closed the door to her daughter’s room.  She walked down the carpeted hall towards the light stretching out from the plastic chandelier over the dining room table.  Her husband’schair was empty and she quietly called out his name.  No response. As Ariana turned the corner to the kitchen and reached for the knob on the cabinet over the counter, eight hundred pages of advertising crashed into her rib cage, sucking the wind from her lungs. As his wife doubled over, Nazim raised the thick Yellow Book with both hands and hit her on her back, driving her body to the floor.

“Don’t you ever disobey me in front of others again.”

Ariana coughed.  There was no blood.  This time.  She tried to speak but her lips only quivered.  Her thick-framed glasses rested on the floor, out of reach.  Her brain fought to make sense of what happened, what had set her husband off.  It could have been anything.  But every curse had its blessing, and for Ariana the blessing was the fact that Nazim didn’t hit her in front of Liana.  A blessing that the child didn’t see her mother being punched.  The reason was simple.  Nazim was afraid of his daughter.  Afraid of what she could say now that she could speak. 

The curse was that Ariana never knew when she had crossed the line.  She never knew when the next blow was coming.  She merely had to wait until they were alone to learn her fate for past indiscretions.

Ariana gasped slowly for air. She didn’t cry.  The pain she felt in her side wasn’t bad enough to give her husband the satisfaction.

“When I say it is time to leave, it is time to leave.  There is no room for negotiation in this marriage.”

Ariana panted as her mind flashed back to the Christmas party.  She immediately realized her faux pas. “I didn’t want to be rude to Maria. She spent days making dessert. She is old.  Do we not respect our elders anymore?”

Nazim pushed his wife onto the floor with his knee, a reaction Ariana fully expected.  “You are my wife.  This is about you and me.  Our neighbor has nothing to do with it.”  Nazim looked down at Ariana sprawled on the linoleum and spit on her with more mock than saliva.

“Maria is my friend.”

“Well, her son is coming home and she doesn’t need you.”

Nazim dropped the yellow book on the counter with a thud and went to the basement.  Ariana gathered herself, pushing her body onto all fours and then pulling herself up by the front of the oven.  She looked at the Yellow Book and her blood boiled.  It was like getting hit by a cinder block with soft edges. When it hit flush, it left very little bruising.  As her husband intended.   For a man of slight build,Nazim could generate power when a beating was needed.

Ariana took inventory of herself, one hand propping herself up on the counter.  She had been beaten worse.  Far worse.  By other men before she met her husband.  Her eyes moved beyond the Yellow Pages and settled on the knife set on the counter, the shiny German steel resting in its wooden block holder.  She grabbed the fillet knife, caressed the blade with her eyes, and then pushed the thought from her mind.

Her husband called her from the basement and she snapped out of her momentary daze.  “Coming,” she answered, putting the knife back in its designated slot in the wood.   She knew what was coming next.  It was always the same.  A physical assault followed by a sexual one.  She reached up her skirt and removed her panties.  There was no sense in having another pair ripped, even if robbing Nazim of the joy would cost her a punch or two.

Christmas, the season of giving, she thought as she made her way down the stairs into the chilly basement.

My Review: Excellent, there is no other word. The story is emotional, realistic, heart wrenching, suspenseful, and the plot twists and turns keeping the reader turning the page. The skills used by the author to bring the reader into the story and to care about the characters is riveting and the relationship between fiction and life is heart stopping.  This book should be on every ones list if suspense, crime, and intrigue are the stories you love. You will not be disappointed.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Guest Post on Male Character Point of View: Author Chris Redding

Please welcome Author, Chris Redding to the blog today. Enjoy her guest post on the male point of view for your characters.

Today I want to talk about how men communicate. You can use it when writing yoru male characters.

Communication is about independence and intimacy.

            Men tend to focus on independence. They give orders and tell people what to do. Women crave intimacy. For instance, a man will make plans without consulting his wife. (Not all men) He will see no reason to “ask permission” of his wife. He actually views it that way. He would see it as not being able to act independently of her.  He sees at as being the underling if he has to ask permission. Even though is isn't really asking permission, but consulting the wife about her plans. (Which is how she would see it.)

            Here you can add conflict. The hero makes a unilateral decision be it about a social event or in the heat of running from the bad guys. He doesn’t see why he needs to clear it with the heroine. Of course she wants to be in on the decision-making process so we have conflict between the two. He doesn’t understand why she needs to be part of making the decision.

            It is the same mindset when men go out and spend money. They don't feel they need to “ask permission.” My husband once bought a car without any input from me. He was going through a rough time and I think he needed to assert his independence not so much from me, but from his job. I didn't make a big deal about it, but the next time he bought I car I mentioned it. And of course he had no idea that I would feel that way.  Until I told him.

            Intimacy says we're close and connected. Women bond with each other, especially through talking. In feeling connected, two women feel symmetry. They are equals.

            Independence is connected to status. Men like independence and their lives are about status. So status and independence are asymmetrical. Both people in a contest cannot have the upper hand.

            Imagine someone other than the hero interested in the heroine. There would be an automatic competition between the two men. Conflict! Not huge conflict, but enough to show another side of your hero.

            In ancient societies, men protected women. It is still in their biology to do that. There aren't man-eating animals that women face on a daily basis so they do it other ways. (Quick story: In a bar recently with a mixed group. Someone else we knew asked one of the guys in the groups to help her get this guy off of her. Now he doesn’t even like her, but she was clearly scared of this other guy hanging on  her. So my friend asked the guy to leave. Twice, nicely. The guy, of course, gave him a hard time, and they almost came to blows. My friend was willing to protect this woman merely because she was a woman.)

 A mother naturally protects her children.  But when a woman extends her protection to a man he bristles at it. He sees himself as a lower rank, a child. Since I was a kid in the age before widespread seatbelt use, if my father had to brake suddenly he would put his hand out to protect whoever was in the front passenger seat. I developed the same habit driving.

            Fast forward a few years. I begin delivering pizza and using a seatbelt on a regular basis. I'm driving with my boyfriend (the one who convinced me to wear a seatbelt.) and I have to break suddenly. My arm goes out. He thought that was the most ridiculous thing. He made fun of me for it for awhile. Looking back, it wasn't about me. It was about him feeling as if I'd lowered him in the hierarchy of our relationship.


Chris Redding lives in New Jersey with her husband, two kids and various animals. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism. When she isn’t writing, she works part time for her local hospital.

You can find Chris Redding:

This post is an excerpt from her workshop Show Up Naked: Writing the Male POV.

Back cover text for Blonde Demolition

You just can't hide from the past...

Mallory Sage lives in a small, idyllic town where nothing ever happens. Just the kind of life she has always wanted. No one, not even her fellow volunteer firefighters, knows about her past life as an agent for Homeland Security.

Former partner and lover, Trey McCrane, comes back into Mallory's life. He believes they made a great team once, and that they can do so again. Besides, they don't have much choice. Paul Stanley, a twisted killer and their old nemesis, is back.

Framed for a bombing and drawn together by necessity, Mallory and Trey go on the run and must learn to trust each other again―if they hope to survive. But Mallory has been hiding another secret, one that could destroy their relationship. And time is running out.

Thanks,Chris for great tips and information on your book. It is on my summer reading list already.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Greet Allie Casey, Author of Misunderstood!

Author: Allie Casey   

Book Title: Misunderstood! The Fast Guide to Communicating at Work—What to Say, How to Say It and When to Shut Up

Friday – Day 5 of the Tour- Where to get the book and what's next....

What’s Next with Author…Allie Casey

Allie continues to publish articles for her website She is currently promoting her new telecourse, The SPEAK, SERVE, PROSPER SYSTEM FOR MORE CASH FLOW – a 6 week Program for service-base entrepreneurs, healers, coaches, & authors who want to speak to promote their products and services but don’t like to sell, craft a talk they’ll love to give (and their audiences will love to hear) that is seamless from opening to offer so they never have to turn down a speaking opportunity again.

 Thank you so much for stopping off here and letting our readers know more about where to find you and your book. Best of luck with your courses and your book.  We enjoyed learning more about your work throughout the tour this week.

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Thought Beneath the Thought

Please help me welcome B. A. Chepaitis to the blog today. We are blessed to have a guest post by this great author. Find a comfy chair, grab your morning  coffee, and sit back and enjoy.

The Thought Beneath the Thought

There’s this funny thing that happens when you write.  You make a choice for something small - a color, a town name, a certain kind of house or car - with no conscious idea of why, except that it felt right.  Later, you realize it wasn’t only right, it was exactly right.

I just had that experience with my newest novel, The Green Memory of Fear, fifth in a series of books featuring a woman named Jaguar Addams, an empath and telepath who works in a future criminal justice system where she rehabs criminals by making them face the fears that drove them to their crimes. 

I was talking about the book to a woman I know, explaining the plot when she asked, “And why did you choose the color green?”

That stopped me cold. When I was writing, I never considered blue, or yellow. It was always green, though I didn’t have a clue why.  In fact, green isn’t just in the title of this novel, it also runs through the series, rampantly.  Jaguar has green eyes.  She often wears sage green clothing, a color associated with empaths.

But I never chose that consciously.  It just felt right.  

Since writers are often called on to explain themselves, I knew I’d better give it some thought, and I did. Green, I realized, is a complex color.  It’s used to represent jealousy, or sickliness.  But it also reminds us of the constant renewal of life, the re-greening of the earth after the cold somnolence of winter. It’s the color of fertility and fecundity, growth and life. 


Suddenly, it made sense.  The novel takes Jaguar from her oldest fear to her newest love.  And Jaguar is a woman who walks between death and life on a regular basis - someone who risks her life to save others, but is ready to kill when necessary.  Someone who loves rarely, but completely.  


In his book Blink, Malcom Gladwell writes about the power of knowing without knowing, the part of our brain that quickly decides what’s right, and how truth is often found through intuition instead of logic.  We do so through years of observation and reflection on our own experience and the experience of others.  Then, through years of reading, and writing, of letting words fall out of our hands oddly, and rejoicing in the oddness we create.


Over time we learn to hone and then trust our intuition in even small matters such as color, making ourselves open to the thought beneath the thought.


Barbara Chepaitis is author of eight published novels and two nonfiction books.  Her most recent novel is The Green Memory of Fear, fifth book in the ‘fear’ series featuring Jaguar Addams.  She is also director of the fiction writing program at Western College of Colorado’s Master’s program in creative writing.

Thanks for stopping by, it has been a great day. The post is most helpful and we wish you the best with your newest book.

Friday, March 16, 2012

John C.Littlefield- Author

Due to some computer glitches and life in general, I am late posting this final day of the virtual book tour for John C. Littlefield, author. I appologize for this and hope you enjoy the post he has written for the tour.

Please join me in welcoming, John C. Littlefield, author of Meet America: Stories of the Great American Culture as he takes us for an awe inspiring glimpse into his writing life!
Writing tips from Author John C. Littlefield

If I knew the secret to getting published I wouldn’t tell you; that information is too valuable to give away. But I obviously read a great deal about the subject. The most appropriate suggestion is similar to the one Steve Martin poses regarding getting a million dollars: “You first take a million dollars.”
Here are some of the approaches I’m attempting: contacting a published writer who is in your genre and ask for their advice/recommendation on agents/ publishers to contact(None of the authors I’ve contacted have responded.); carefully study the agents/publishers working with your type of story and use that as a lead to approach a contact (This requires as great deal of research.); do a Willy Loman (Death of the Salesman) approach and get out there and sell the product on the street, book signings, parking lots (Celestine Prophecy author started selling from his car in shopping centers); demonstrate your efforts to market your product for agents/publishers to notice (Do you remember Willy’s last words: ‘I paid-off the mortgage today’.); hook-up with a national organization which feeds into your story and illustrate (cogently) how your story will enhance their image (I may have struck ‘paydirt’ with this one; we’ll talk later).
As the population distribution curve moves to the right, more and more competition is turning to the pen as a final attempt at personal accomplishment and recognition. There were about 400,000 books published in this country last year. There can be no more competitive activity in the universe. This situation calls for very unique marketing. My approach has been to couple the story with video, an expensive add-on which works with my genre of story. My best recommendation is for all of you to stop cluttering the market with your wares so mine will have a better chance. You will be rewarded for your abstinence, if not in this life …

Thanks for being here and we wish you the best for your book and your writing career. I for one will be one of those trying to clutter the market with my words with whatever rewards that will bring in this life and the next.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Please help me to welcome author Angela Joseph to the blog today.

Welcome Angela, what is next for you?  

I have so many goals and plans for the future, that it would be easy for me to become sidetracked if I didn’t do what my coach, Suzanne Lieurance always says – have 3 major goals. Therefore, my goals are:

1.      Complete revision of  Coming Out of Egypt. This is a Christian novel dealing with two sisters who were sexually abused by their father. The older sister kills the father by accident, but with the help of their former teacher and a detective, the girls are able to put their troubled past behind them and begin a new life.

 I’m now doing what I could have done a long time ago – which is taking the advice of an editor I met at a conference. She suggested that I center the story around the teacher and the detective and make my protagonist a minor character. That didn’t sit very well with me at first, but after querying a number of places with no success, I’m turning the story into a romance between the teacher and the detective and really enjoying it.

2.      My other goal is to continue marketing Women For All Seasons through author visits at bookstores, book clubs and church groups.

3.      Query magazines in order to build my freelance writing portfolio.

Thanks to all the fans and readers who have followed the tour. Please stop by often for tips on writing, more great author interviews, and book reviews for both adults and kids.


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