Interview With Author Tasha Madison

Tasha Madison has a B.A. from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University, an M.B.A. from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and a J.D. from Seattle University’s School of Law.

She is a Huntsville, Alabama transplant from Seattle, Washington. She loves all things Jane Austen. She is also a sucker for Shakespeare and Sherlock Holmes.

As a Communications professional with over 15 years of experience, she has been a desktop publisher, a journalist and a copy editor.

Now that you’ve been introduced to Tashsa, let’s get to know her a little better.

Hello, Tasha, welcome to Angel Kiss Publications.

Thank you for having me.

What inspired you to be a writer?

I’ve always had a hearty appetite for the written word, even from a very young age. I was a very avid reader as a child. I would stay up late at night, trying to read the next chapter with my flashlight, long after my mom told me it was time for bed. My love for writing started with poetry and prose, and quickly blossomed into a passion for storytelling.

Is writing your full-time profession?

Not yet, but I hope it will be one day.

How long have you been writing?

I first started writing in the third grade. By the fifth grade, I wrote my first novella. I still have it! By the eighth grade, I wrote my first novel. So, I started writing pretty early.

How many books have you written?

Fabric of a Generation is my debut novel.

Which genres do you write? 

YA and historical fiction.

What do you find most challenging writing for these genres?

YA fiction is challenging because I like to tackle important issues in my writing. So, my endeavor is to thread valuable YA discussions and experiences into the pages of my writing while maintaining authenticity.

Historical fiction can also be intimidating, especially if you are writing a novel based on a true story or inspired by the lives of historical actors. Authors of historical fiction bear the burden between remaining true to the story/time period and true to themselves and the creativity of  their craft. The two don’t always coexist peaceably, so it is important to find balance.

What are you working on now?

My work-in-progress is a historical fiction novel about an ancient civilization.

Where do you find inspiration for your characters?

I find inspiration from so many things … my personal experiences, people I know, have met, or simply observed, locations I’ve visited, activities I enjoy, etc. Bits and pieces come from a multitude of places and then I weave them together to create an interesting character.

What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work? 

I recently had a young adult reader say that she loved my book and tell me that she stayed up all night so that she could find out what happened next. She said she read my book in 24 hours. There’s nothing more satisfying than having your target reader understand and appreciate your work.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

Research! Research! Research! Research your novel’s topic. Research your craft. Research the publishing industry. Writing is fun but, after the manuscript is finished, it has to be edited and refined. Then, it has to be formatted, distributed, and marketed. Writing is only one small piece of the puzzle. So, do your homework!

Is there anything else you’d like your readers to know about you?

Apart from the fact that I own the entire collectible set of Lord of the Rings, complete with my very own Gollum statue? No, not really.

What message are you sharing in your books?

My characters face serious and often daunting obstacles. So, my message boils down to hope. Hope for the future … hope for the possibility that something great can still happen in spite of past struggles, failures, and fears. I want to share hope with the world!

What are your favorite books?

I was completely obsessed with the Nancy Drew mysteries growing up. Now, I read across several fiction genres as well as nonfiction. As a result, my favorite book is usually whatever I am reading at the time.

If you could create an author’s group with writers from any time period, who would you invite?

Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Carolyn Keene, Agatha Christie, Maya Angelou, and Langston Hughes.

Who has influenced your writing the most?

Definitely Maya Angelou. The ability she had to use her pen to empower and move people beyond words should be every writer’s goal.

When you’re not writing where can we find you?

In the craft store buying scrapbooking and cardmaking supplies!

A movie producer wants to turn your book into a movie and you get to make a cameo. What would you do in the movie?

I’d totally be the Stan Lee “extra” in my movies … a part of the movie but only a quick, humorous addendum to the storyline.

An elf named 12-25 approaches you. He’s sneezing, wheezing, coughing and there’s a strange tattoo of a snoring dog on his cheek. What do you do?

First, I would ask if he was okay (because I’ve got manners after all), and then I would inquire about who he is and from where he came.

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

Yes, you can reach me online here …


Instagram: @thetashamadison

Twitter: @theTashaMadison


Where can we find your books?


Barnes & Noble:

… and practically anywhere where books are sold …

Thank you, Tasha, for spending time with us and sharing your story. We wish you continued success and lots of luck!

Miranda dreams of disappearing. That and torturing her younger brainiac of a brother. To sidestep the risk of personal vulnerability (and her much-hated history class), she plays soccer or skips school by escaping to her favorite magic shop whenever she gets the chance.

As her truancy creates a rift between her ambitious TV producer mother and misunderstood stay-at-home dad, Miranda begins to covet the unknown destiny of strangers and questions whether she will ever have one of her own worth living.

Miranda’s relationships are laced with the strychnine of blame, envy, and doubt. So, when she finds a mystical shawl in the attic, she thinks all her dreams have come true! Her discovery initiates a free fall through time. As she navigates through the hilarious, treacherous, and heartbreaking road to maturity, the strained relationship between her and her mother ignites a troubled path to selflessness and compassion.

Can she use her present circumstances to help redeem herself from her past mistakes? If Miranda cannot find her way back home, she might be forever stuck in time.

Anyone seeking a coming-of-age tale with an addicting family saga that explores life lessons on money, love, and relationships will enjoy the rabbit-hole adventures of this book.

Buy this historical fantasy today to discover Miranda’s journey through time!

I Should Have Written A Book By: Tom Grannetino

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Book Summary:

William Grannetino served in the US navy during World War II. From the day he landed on Omaha Beach to the morning he sailed out of the Pacific theatre for the last time, he was surrounded by violence, trauma, death, and a comradery unparalleled in civilian life.

Through the pen of Grannetino’s son, readers are provided a glimpse of a sailor’s gut-wrenching realities of war as he relates details about little-known landings that happened ahead of the initial D-Day assault and unique facts somehow lost in history.

Compelling descriptions of street to street fighting in the city of Caen, the urgency of rushing military support to the Battle of the Bulge, and the terror of Kamikaze attacks in the Pacific, transport readers right to the battle zone.

From the jubilation over the end of hostilities to the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Tom Grannetino has captured his father’s stories and crafted an historical and deeply personal account of one man’s experiences in the Second World War….

About The Author:

Tom Grannetino credits his father, William, for his strong work ethic and technical abilities, which have brought him great success in the construction industry as a craftsman and construction superintendent.

He also spent years listening to his dad tell stories about his experiences in the US Navy during World War II. After hearing his father lament numerous times, “I should have written a book,” Tom decided to write the book himself for his children, grandchildren, and anyone else with an interest in military and US history.

Tom describes himself as a religious person who is committed to his church, where he occasionally fills in for his Pastor leading worship and delivering the sermon.

He and his wife, Kathleen, live in Palmerton, Pennsylvania, and have two daughters and five grandchildren, with whom Tom loves to share quality time with. Tom enjoys studying theology, traveling, hunting, fishing, and watching both golf and football.


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Book Tour: The Red Pearl By: Chloe Helton

“The Red Pearl is a delight. Meticulously researched, it transports the reader to the inns and backstreets of Boston in 1778. Lucy Finch’s personal tragedy spurs her on to take an active role in the revolutionary war, despite the immense danger it brings to herself, her family and friends. Ms. Helton’s characters are warm, living beings with gifts and flaws. Their relationships are altered — broken or strengthened — by the battles on distant fields and the evil of individuals closer to home.” – Carrie Bedford, Author of Nobilissima

There’s something peculiar about the small group of men who have begun to frequent The Red Pearl, the tavern that has hosted a variety of Boston’s men since before the Revolutionary War began. In a rebellious city that does not tolerate Loyalists, men could come here and speak freely without fear of the repercussions — and Jasper Finch, the tavern-keeper, has always been proud of that.

But now the war is in full force, and Lucy Finch — the tavern-keeper’s wife — is growing nervous about The Red Pearl’s most loyal customers. Their clandestine meetings and hushed whispers suggest dark secrets — secrets which may threaten the safety of Boston, and the future of the war itself.

Lucy struggles to stay loyal to her husband’s wishes while grappling with the surprising truths of America’s war for independence. When a terrible assault makes her ache for revenge, she must make a choice: Will she keep quiet about the explosive secrets she has learned, or will she expose them and risk her marriage and possibly her life?

Set in the wild and unpredictable world of the Revolutionary War, fans of historical fiction will fall in love with Lucy Finch, who faces impossible choices that may change the fate of a nation.

When I started to move, Jasper mumbled something. He wasn’t much of an early riser, but the sun was splashing through the windows now and we couldn’t let the guests wake before us. It had become my responsibility to make sure of that. “Up,” I urged, nudging his shoulder. “Imagine if Robby gets in the kitchen before we do.”

Now he blinked. Robby, our hired boy, was an honest worker, but he was useless without direct and clear orders. If he tried fiddling with the pots and pans without my direction, they’d all be broken before we even made it downstairs. “Didn’t we just fall asleep?” he groaned.

“Oh, enough. You’re terrible in the morning.”

“Come back down,” he said, wrapping an arm around my waist to pull me. “Lay next to me just a minute longer.”

I couldn’t have resisted, really, even if I wanted to. He was too strong. I brushed a hand through his clipped black hair. There had been days when I yearned for another kind of man, shaggy blonde hair and sharp blue eyes, but although he crossed my mind every day, almost, he was now little more than a ghost swirling in the morning fog. I was here with Jasper, who was dark and quiet and excruciatingly clean-shaven. There was drink to brew and mouths to feed here and I wasn’t a girl anymore.

“Jasper,” I said. I hadn’t been planning to mention this, but he was the one who pulled me back down to bed. “Are you planning to let those Tory meetings go on long?”

“What d’you mean?” he mumbled, his eyes barely open. “If they pay for it, they can have their meetings. And you shouldn’t call them that.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Chloe Helton is the author of four historical fiction novels, including And the Stars Wept and the Wattpad favorite A Thousand Eyes. Her readers have journeyed with her from the shores of Elizabethan England to the stormy battlefields of the Civil War in search of the often-hidden stories of women who made history.


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Chloe Helton will be awarding $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Interview With Author John Riddle

John Riddle is a freelance writer, author, ghostwriter, editor and donut eater. As the author of 34 books (for traditional publishers), he has also worked as a ghostwriter on numerous projects. His byline has appeared in major publications all across the U.S., and he has written articles for over 200 Websites.

Since 1996 he has been working out of his home office in Delaware as a full time freelance writer. For nearly 15 years he taught at Christian and secular writing conferences throughout the United States.

Now that you’ve been introduced to John, let’s get to know him a little better.

Hello, John, welcome to Angel Kiss Publications. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.

Thank you for having me.

What inspired you to be a writer?  

When I was 17 years old I was watching an episode of “The Flying Nun.”  I felt inspired to become a writer, and prayed to God to please bless me with the gift of creative communication.

I felt that my prayer was answered, and proceeded to write an 8 page episode of The Flying Nun using an old Royal Typewriter with a few bent keys.  I showed it to my English teacher the next day, and asked him to read it overnight and give me his opinion. 

The next day he did.  He threw the manuscript at me and suggested that I “pursue a career in manual labor.”  Right then and there I vowed to see my name on multiple book covers (35 to date), and to travel the country, inspiring people to become writers (I have spoken at nearly 100 conferences and events across the U.S.).  I still have that copy of the manuscript!

Is writing your full-time profession? 

Yes.  Since 1996 I have been working out of my home office in Delaware as a full time freelance writer, author, ghostwriter and donut eater (anything to keep from getting a real job, LOL!).

How long have you been writing?

Since I was 17.  I graduated from high school a few months after the Flying Nun episode, and then enlisted in the Navy (the Vietnam war was on, and I didn’t want to get drafted).  During my 4 years in the Navy, I discovered Writers Digest Magazine, and eventually started getting published!

Have you won any awards?

Yes.  At several conferences, and awards from various schools who loved my “I Love To Write Day” event that I launched in 2002.  I wanted people of all ages to practice writing every Nov. 15.  (I had a website until a few years ago; will relaunch hopefully in 2020!)

How many books have you written?


Which genre do you write?

Mostly non-fiction in the areas of business, health, self help, religion, education, and about a dozen children’s titles.  I have worked as a ghostwriter on both nonfiction and novel projects.

What do you find most challenging writing for these genres?

Actually, I LOVE the challenge of researching new information!

What are you working on now?

A new children’s project that deals with “fear, confidence and hope!”

What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work?

Besides cashing the checks, LOL?  The “feel good” feeling you get every time a new book is released!  But it’s my 35th (and first self published title) that has been bringing the most rewarding experiences.  “The Flying Nun, Oprah and Me: 40 Years Making Money as a Freelance Writer (Hey, You Can Do It, Too!)” 

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

Follow your heart.  Don’t take rejections personally.  Not every editor knows what is best for readers.  Read a lot, write a lot, and NEVER GIVE UP!

Is there anything else you’d like your readers to know about you?

I love to write, and I want everyone else to try writing…

What message are you sharing in your books?

That anything is possible!

What are your favorite books?

The Stand by Stephen King is by far at the top of my list.  I also enjoyed reading Robert B. Parker’s mystery/detective series that he wrote when he was alive.

What has influenced your writing the most?

Reading and researching new information.

When you’re not writing where can we find you?

At the beach, at the movies or just siting and relaxing.

A movie producer wants to turn your book into a movie and you get to make a cameo. What would you do in the movie? 

I would bring the donuts!

An elf named 12-25 approaches you. He’s sneezing, wheezing, coughing and there’s a strange tattoo of a snoring dog on his cheek. What do you do? 

Hopefully, I would wake up, LOL!

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

Here is the link to my Amazon author page:

Here’s my Linked In profile:

Where can we find your books?

At Amazon, Barnes and Noble, E-bay and your local used bookstore. 😊

Thank you, John, for spending time with us and sharing your story. We wish you continued success and lots of luck!

Cover Reveal and Pre-Order: Rule By Author Via Mari


Rule The Larussio Legacy by Author Via Mari.

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Katarina Larussio Prestian, left to fulfill her father’s dream after a mafia hit leaves him incapacitated, must first overcome her Italian family’s opposition. It will not be easy. They do not trust her, they have traditions, and they have rules!

Chase Prestian, one of the wealthiest men in the world, has vowed to protect his wife and submissive, but can he allow Katarina the freedom she needs to fight for her father’s legacy after everything he has learned about the Italian don and Katarina’s cousin, Giovanni?

Serena Moretti has lived her life in fear of the Larussios, but when she finds herself in Giovanni Larussio’s employ, the racing of her blood is all consuming, hot and molten. Will she be strong enough to resist the desire coursing through her veins or succumb to the man that has cost her and her family absolutely everything?

Giovanni Larussio, next in line as the Italian don, finds himself caught between mafia family interests and conflicts, personal obligations, and the longing that surges through him every time Serena is near. Will he be able to balance the complexity of his responsibilities and deal with his own personal convictions and desires when he learns the family’s darkest secrets and must take charge to bring order to the family?

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