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Interview With Author Robin Goldblum

By way of introduction, here is Robin Goldblum’s bio:

Robin Goldblum has had her nose stuck in a book for as long as she can remember, and crafting words in to stories followed.

During her formative years, she won a National Scholastics Award and had the honor of reading her story at the Library of Congress.

As the editor of her college literary magazine, she found organizing writers to be much like wrangling wendigos!

Robin had to take a difficult break from writing as she fought through the rigors of veterinary school and developing her career. She won for being the Best Veterinarian in Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 2019.

Yet, when the urge to write overwhelmed her, she let the words pour out of her. Today, she lives with her wonderful husband and their three beautiful, but rambunctious, children and a library packed with books.

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

Hello, Robin, welcome to Angel Kiss Publications and thank you for agreeing to do this interview.

Thank you for having me.

What inspired you to be a writer?

It all started with a love of reading and stories. It was very exciting when I discovered I could craft my own stories.

Is writing your full-time profession?

No, I’m a veterinarian professionally.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since I was a kid, and I even attempted to write a novel in middle school! In college, I was the co-editor and contributed numerous pieces to the campus literary magazine.

I had to put my writing on hold during veterinary school and as I established my career, but the urge to write returned several years ago.

Have you won any awards?

I won 2 awards for short stories in high school. One of them was first place in the National Scholastic’s Writing Contest and I got to read my story at the Library of Congress.

That’s amazing!

How many books have you written?

One full length novel and one novella

Which genres do you write?

These two are western horror romance stories.

What do you find most challenging writing for these genres?

I had to do lots of research on the Wild West!

What are you working on now?

A science fiction/romance novel that jumps between the dreams of an unconscious man living in our world of the past and the woman he loves trying to protect his sleeping body in an apocalyptic world invaded by aliens.

Where do you find inspiration for your characters?

Real life heroes, characters in books, movies and TV, and a little bit of myself.

What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work? Holding my printed book that I’d worked so hard on for so many years in my hands.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

Just keep plugging away. It is so much work to write a book, but it is so satisfying once you get to the end.

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

As well as being a writer, I adore being a veterinarian. I won Best Veterinarian in Bucks County, Pa.

Congratulations!

What message are you sharing in your books?

Keep away from wendigos!

What are your favorite books?

So many! The Stand by Stephen King, Watchers by Dean Koontz, Star Trek: TNG- Imzadi by Peter David, My Life by Golda Meir, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton and more!

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

Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, Robin McKinley, Peter Beagle, Mary Shelley

Who has influenced your writing the most?

Dean Koontz, because he started me on my love of horror books. I love his writing style of switching between different characters to tell the story.

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

Playing with my children.

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 want to be a wendigo!

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 feel like this is a trick or inside question that is going over my head, but I’ll roll with it. I’d start with a physical exam.

As I am unfamiliar with the species, I’d hope the patient would fill me in on details of afflictions that would cause his clinical signs and possible remedies to treat him.

Of course, I’m a curious person and would ask about the snoring dog tattoo. I could tell this elf all about snoring dogs and ask if they have Pugs and Bulldogs where he comes from!

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

www.Robin Goldblum.com

On Facebook, find me at Robin Goldblum’s Books

Where can we find your books?

All of my links are available on my website, as well as the link to my free novella. The main location is on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Dangerous-Kisses-Gruesome-Bites-Romance-ebook/dp/B07VCLSHNH.

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

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Sheriff Bill is horrified when he finds a viciously mangled corpse just outside town limits.

Jane is busy keeping her students calm while hysterical rumors blow through Morely like tumbleweed. The local tribe claims the dead are being possessed by cannibalistic demons called Wendigos. Calvin is skeptical until a Wendigo tries to eat his brother. Then it’s not just a myth anymore.

The whole town begins to panic.

Calvin and Jane desperately try to find a solution together. Townspeople fall prey to deadly bites, jealousy and fear. The inconvenient passion between Calvin and Jane could prove just as dangerous as her husband’s drinking sprees.

Shots are fired, friendships are shattered and love is found. As the danger comes closer, the townsfolk need to band together for their survival. Or are they already doomed?

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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 …

Website: www.TashaMadison.com

Instagram: @thetashamadison

Twitter: @theTashaMadison

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

Where can we find your books?

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2JlQtAe

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2KXDOGO

… 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.

Website: chloeheltonbooks.com

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