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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.

Website: chloeheltonbooks.com

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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?

35

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: https://www.amazon.com/John-Riddle/e/B001JOYNXG?ref_=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000

Here’s my Linked In profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-riddle-753566149/

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

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Rule The Larussio Legacy by Author Via Mari.

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Blurb:
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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Interview With Historical Author Emma Lombard

By way of introduction to Emma Lombard, here’s her bio.

I am an Australian author living in sunny Brisbane. I was born in the UK and I called Zimbabwe and South Africa home for a few years before moving to Australia in 2000.

Before I started writing historical fiction, I was and still am a master goat wrangler—in other words: a mother to four teenage sons! 

In my past life, I was a freelance editor in the corporate world and lent my editing prowess to various industries including aviation, aquatic ecology, education and the world of academia. But now, I am a full-time writer.

I am an active member of Twitter’s #WritingCommunity where I love welcoming new writers to social media and helping them find their voices. It is what inspired my blog series Twitter Tips for Newbies.

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

Hello, Emma, 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?

I produced my first hand-drawn book at age nine. I completed my first full manuscript at age fourteen.

Little did I realise how lucky I was at the time that through a friend, my raw manuscript was placed directly in front of an editor at a major publishing house (oh, what I wouldn’t give for that opportunity now!)

Having learned more about the publishing process, I now understand what a privilege it was for me to get that personalised rejection letter full of encouragement and advice—but at the time, it hurt so much!

Then life got in the way for a while and it wasn’t until later that I had the time and willpower to sit down and write seriously again. 

Is writing your full-time profession?

In 2018, I bit the bullet and gave up being a freelance editor in the corporate world to write full time.

I began treating my writing career seriously, investing time and resources into it as you would any new business.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing my current historical fiction series since 2016. I wanted to get a few manuscripts under my belt, not only for the experience but also to have enough material available should publication of my first book go well.

I love reading a book series, so it felt natural to write a story with series potential.

How many books have you written?

I have a four-book series under my belt. The first book, Discerning Grace, is fully polished and edited, and is currently in the querying trenches looking for an agent.

I’m busy revising and re-writing my second book. The other two are completed manuscripts that have been beta read several times but still need some polishing.

Which genre do you write?  

Historical fiction. Not only did my story find its origins from a true story back in the 1800s, but I prefer having a wealth of source documents to research in order to build the world in which my story takes place.

I take my hat off to science fiction and fantasy writers who create whole worlds from their imaginations!

What do you find most challenging writing for this genre?

Interestingly enough, there were several scenes I wrote based on factual events or characters that today’s modern audience (aka my beta readers and my editor) found implausible.

So, I had to find that sweet spot between toning down some of the more colourful events and keeping the plot going while still maintaining the historical flavour.

I also unearthed how much of an influence popular culture has on historical events that have been inaccurately portrayed over the years either through fictionalisation or screen adaptation. 

As a historical writer, you want to ensure you get all the facts straight but sometimes there comes a point in your story where creative license kicks in and certain events have to go a certain way to keep your readers engaged and entertained.

Some historical authors stick strictly to the facts, and kudos to them because this requires an extraordinary amount of research! But I have enjoyed bending the rules a little here and there to keep my story flowing.

Here’s an incredible blog post by historical editor, Andrew Noakes, who gathered the Top Tips on Writing Historical Fiction From 64 Successful Historical Novelists.

What are you working on now?

I have just signed up for a historical fiction writer’s group in which we will share, collaborate with and critique each other’s manuscripts. I honed my first book to be ready for querying by extensively using beta readers, professional manuscript assessors and an editor.

For my second book, I am trying a different approach by also using critique partners. Of course, I’ll still use my loyal beta readers who are all so wonderfully passionate about my story and my characters.

And my book shall not see the light of day until my editor has thoroughly picked it apart and helped me sew it back together again.

Where do you find inspiration for your characters?

My inspiration came from my grandmother who told me a juicy bit of family gossip!

This is what her letter said, ‘Your GGG grandmother was only 16 when she ran away from home to marry a sea captain… her family cut her off and she sailed the seas with him…’

As my grandmother put it, they were ‘… obviously a very enlightened couple, and she a very, very liberated woman.’ I knew right away I wanted to write that story—though mine is purely fictionalized.

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

Although I haven’t published my books yet, I have had the happy accident of publishing a blog series that took off—much to my utter surprise and delight! 

During my authoring journey, I researched the importance of having an author platform and one of the key elements of this is social media.

I had successfully dodged the social media bullet until that point, having not much interest in it for personal use. When I then dived into the deep end and re-launched my dormant Twitter account, I was hopelessly lost and overwhelmed.

However, I persevered, researched and experimented, and slowly I got the hang of it. I started a blog series called Twitter Tips for Newbies, mainly to document my bumbling journey into social media as a newbie, but it has gained a life of its own.

Clearly, it resonates with many other new-to-social-media users out there!

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

There is SO much conflicting advice out there, even from publishing gurus, book marketers, editors, literary agents and published authors!

I scoured hundreds of social media accounts and blogs to find a handful of these professionals whose advice I liked, and whose advice fitted in with my long-term plan, and whose voice I enjoyed reading and learning from.

You don’t have to go on this adventure alone but pick who you want on your team and then filter out the rest of the noise to focus on achieving your writing and/or publishing goals.

Here are a few of my preferred go-to professionals (all of whom I follow on social media too):

Publishing guru: Jane Friedman

Book marketer: Shalya Raquel

Writing coaches: Angela Ackerman and Meg La Torre

Editors: Andrew Noakes and Maria Tureaud

Literary agents: Janet Reid (aka The Query Shark) and Eric Smith 

Published authors: Delilah S. Dawson and Diana Gabaldon

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

To combat my chronic fear of heights, I climbed the Eiffel Tower TWICE! Gulp! Not sure that it cured me altogether, but it has helped lessen some of the terror!

What message are you sharing in your books?

The themes in my first novel, Discerning Grace, include:

an independent woman

the importance of love over money

appearances can be deceiving

love can conquer all

triumph over adversity

What are your favorite books?

The books I first fell in love with as a teenager were Wilbur Smith’s historical-adventure-family-sagas, particularly the Courtney series!

The first book that ever made me cry was The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay.

My current passion is the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I’m definitely Team Jamie!

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

All three of the authors mentioned above!

Who has influenced your writing the most?

I have drawn on Wilbur Smith’s galloping historical adventures that don’t shy away from sweeping the globe and diving into other cultures.

Diana Gabaldon’s epic historical tomes are a brilliant source for learning how to use all your senses as a writer to build the old world, and for painting deep and meaningful relationships between characters, despite their human flaws.

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

In the car, ferrying teenage boys to and from work.

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?

Ooo, isn’t this every writer’s dream!

Due to the nature of my story aboard a 19th century Royal Naval tall ship, there aren’t that many female characters, though I could play no role on the ship since I get hideously sea sick!

I would have to stick with a role that is safe on land, perhaps one of the guests at the debutante ball in my opening scene—flouncy gown and all!

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?

I’d send a letter to Santa at the North Pole informing him that one of his elves has gone rogue, and that he should send Mrs Claus with the med kit!

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Where can we find your books?

Alas, they are not out yet but in the meantime, folks are welcome to pop over to my website to meet some of my characters or subscribe to ‘By the Book’ Newsletter for some light authorly chats and to keep up-to-date with my book release news.

Thank you, Emma, for spending time with us and sharing your story as well as all the informative author links.

We look forward to seeing your books on store shelves one day. We wish you and Twitter Tips For Newbies continued success and lots of luck!

Trick Or Treat By: Ellwyn Autumn and Noel Cedric Harrison

Trick or Treat,

Rhyme and reason,

It’s the spooky

Hallow season.

Trick or Treat,

You and me,

What a wicked

Sight to see.

Trick or Treat,

Truth or dare,

We intend to

Stomp and scare.

Trick or Treat,

Poison and potion,

Eerie things

Are set in motion.

Trick or treat,

Round and round,

The dead are

Rising from the ground.

Trick or Treat,

Up is down,

Zombies shamble

Through the town.

Trick or Treat,

Witch or Were,

Steamy cauldrons

In the Square.

Trick or Treat,

Black and blue,

Come with me and

Stir your brew.

Trick or Treat,

Black and white,

Ghosts and goblins

Haunt and fright.

Trick or Treat,

East Meets West,

Scaring people

Is the best.

Trick or Treat,

Here and there,

Hags on broomsticks

Fill the air.

Trick or Treat,

Night and day,

Ghouls and wraiths

Have come to play.

Trick or Treat,

Bells and buttons,

Vampires are

Bloody gluttons.

Trick or Treat,

Bats and cats,

Be careful

Of rabid rats.

Trick or Treat,

Frick and frack,

Go away and

Don’t come back.

Trick or Treat,

Big and small,

Happy Haunting

To one and all!