Blog Tour with Author Kat Green

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What inspired you to write your first book?

I’ve always wanted to write a book. I penned my first when I was 11, no idea what happened to it, but I do remember elements of it are in Strings. The story isn’t the same in the sense of it being about a rock band, or fame but the Amber part was. Losing my mum 4 years ago made me realize life is short and it was about time I did what I really wanted to do before it was too late. Sometimes there isn’t a tomorrow.

How did you come up with the title? 

The name changed 4 times until I decided on Strings. There are lots of different events in the book that are surrounded by being tied to something, or a form of Strings being involved. Amber said ‘No Strings attached.’  Guitars have Strings, the boys signing a contract which ties them into something. I just thought it was a perfect name.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

It didn’t start of that way. As the story unfolded I began to see a message. Everything has a price. If something is worth the fight, you fight hard for it. And, that even boys in bands can fall in love. There is a stigma attached to being a ‘Rock Star’ that it’s all sex, drugs and groupies. I know a lot of bands and it really is not the case for all. I know lots of people in bands who are in committed relationships, they gig and they go home. Of course, I am not saying it doesn’t happen, we all know it does.  My main one is the power of friendship. True friends can conquer anything together. And, so can true love but you have to be willing to take the bad as well as the good. And, that fame isn’t what people think it is, it can be a very lonely place.  Famous people are human to and they had bad times and money doesn’t buy you everything. Money was no good to Melissa when Luke went missing, it was useless.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? 

I think every writer thinks they could have done it better or changed this or that. I did that for a long time, and eventually you just have to let it be. Once I was finally able to sit back and say ‘Yes. It’s ready’  It was time to let it go. I could change things, but I have no desire to do it.

What’s the best thing you enjoy about writing?

Creating people and building a world  all of my own.

Do you have any advice for other writers? 

Be brave. Write what is in your heart and soul. Be at peace that your book won’t be liked by everyone and not to take it too much to heart. It’s a big world out there and everyone has different taste. Be grateful for those who do like it and support you. Focus on that and don’t let it knock your confidence.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Yes. Thank you. You’re all Awesome for giving my book a chance. It means a lot to me.

Which Character/s did you create first?

Melissa and Beth were always in my mind, and they never changed. Well, apart from Melissa whos name change twice before I settled on Melissa. She was Stephanie at one stage. Names always seem to be important to me they have to be just right.  Then Luke was created, who was actually Dean at the very start.

How important is music to you?

Music is a massive passion of mine. I love finding new bands and going to gigs.

What are you working on at the moment?

The sequel to Strings, and planning the third and last one.

Author Bio:

Kat Green was born Nov 1979 into a military family, and moved around a lot during her childhood. This shaped her into the person she is today. At ease with meeting new people and adapting to new surroundings. Her family roots are from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Kat now lives with her husband and son on the south coast of England, Portsmouth. She doesn’t pretend to be the best, and is still growing as a writer and having fun along the way. She loves books and has a busy imagination. Her love for music plays a big part in her first novel, Strings, and she can be found mainly at gigs around the UK. In 2010 she lost her mother to blood cancer and it was time to put her words on a page and stop worrying about what people might say, ‘Life is too short and precious to waste’ is her motto. Writing is her passion and her escape. If you like what she does, she says ‘Thank you!’ For those who don’t, she says ‘Thanks for giving her a chance.’

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Blurb:

The rise of the Black Eagles was meteoric, from band practice in the garage to global stars almost overnight. And Melissa Webb, the beautiful girlfriend of the front man, appeared to have it all. But when Luke Black disappears without a trace and Melissa wakes up in a hospital bed after a savage attack, her perfect world is shattered and their lives are plunged into a potentially deadly crisis.

Where is Luke, and can he be found before it is too late?

Book Soundtrack:

Arctic Monkeys – I wanna be yours

Paramore – Anklebiters

Green Day – Do you know your enemy

Muse – Hysteria

Tonight Alive – Come Home

Marcus Foster  –  I was Broken

Sam Bradley – Passport

Kat says, “The following Bands are who I have/will feature on my blog. They are mostly unsigned and I really think people should hear them.”

Sabella – Leave

https://soundcloud.com/sabellamusic/leave

https://www.facebook.com/sabellaband/timeline

https://twitter.com/SabellaBand

Knaves – Stalemate

https://soundcloud.com/knavesuk/stalemate

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https://twitter.com/KnavesUK

The Novatones – Living for the weekend

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https://twitter.com/TheNovatones

Pheonix Calling – Bring the roof down

White Clouds and Gunfire – Since you’ve been gone

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Blog Tour E.W. Brooks

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E. W. Brooks is an Army Wife, Devoted Mother, Student, and Author of The Mafietta Novella Series. Brooks is the eldest of three sisters from a small North Carolina town with only two stop lights. Brooks graduated and went on to study Management at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Human Resources Management at Fayetteville Technical Community College, and is currently in her senior year at Ashford University where she is studying Project Management.

Despite her background in business, E.W. has always had a love for writing. She began writing professionally in 2011 for Monique Coleman of Disney’s, “High School Musical.” Brooks wrote for “Gimme Mo” for one year before establishing her own blog.

Brooks wrote and self-published her first novella entitled, “Mafietta,” in March of 2013. She followed with Mafietta 2: A House Divided a year later, in May of 2014. She also maintains, “The Mafietta Movement” a blog designed to explore the essence of womanhood and reveal how women define themselves on their journey to self-fulfillment. Both the book and blog address women’s issues while offering alternatives to these less than optimal situations.

When asked about her goal for Mafietta, Brooks responded: “My goal as an author is to have people that don’t normally read or don’t like to read – pick up my books and love them. My dream is to share the magic of words with those who love them and especially those who don’t understand their power.

This is why I write. This is why I created#Mafietta!

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Mafietta follows Clarke, a woman tired of bankrolling her suitors, entertaining a man she normally wouldn’t consider – a man from the underworld. Errol, the head of the Bellow Brothers, is tired of the opportunistic women that find their way into his path. He was done with love, but meeting Clarke changed all of that. Their perfect love story falls apart when a tragic turn of events sends Errol behind bars and forces Clarke to run the family business. When a good girl turns mafia queen, she is forced to choose between the love she’s always wanted and a lifestyle she’s grown to hate.

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LOVE, JAIL, or DEATH ON ONE HAND, I USED MY BUSINESS ACUMEN TO TRIPLE PROFITS FOR THE FAMILY, BUT I NEVER IMAGINED WHAT WOULD AWAIT ME ON THE FLIP SIDE OF THIS COIN. MAFIETTA 2: A HOUSE DIVIDED TO BE RELEASED MAY 12

E.W. Brooks is a dynamic and profound novelist who draws you onto an adrenaline rollercoaster via her “Mafietta” novella series.” MAFIETTA 2 : A HOUSE DIVIDED” is a brilliantly entertaining and captivating novel that demands your attention as the story unfolds and Clarke, the story’s protagonist, is left to take control of the scandalous underworld Brooks has created.

“For the smiling faces around me; Independence Day symbolized freedom. As for me, I couldn’t be more trapped.” – Clarke, Mafietta 2: A House Divided
E. W. Brooks is the founder of the Campbell Sisterhood, an organization geared toward supporting and empowering Army Wives. As a result of her love for the Military family; Brooks will donate 10% of the novel’s proceeds to the Military Matters Project. While Brooks’ novels may depict a woman empowered by her dealings on the wrong side of the law, it doesn’t negate the face that Clarke’s path to self discovery is one all women can learn from.
“Buckle your seat belts and hide your kids because “Mafietta” is one relentless thrill ride from beginning to end. Female empowerment is boasted proudly in this fast paced novel. Brooks doesn’t hold back as she challenges the characters’ mental and spiritual development throughout the book. “Mafietta” is a highly recommended book club favorite.” – M. White, Author…

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