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Naomi- Blurb

Naomi has a knack for attracting attention from ethereal beings—whether she wants it or not. Newly engaged to her sexy neighbor, Bryce, she has little time to celebrate and plan for her upcoming wedding, because no sooner does she wrap up a heartbreaking cold case than she finds herself right back where she started, searching for answers alongside ghostly spirits.

This time, however, Naomi learns that things are not what they seem as a man from her past quickly becomes her worst nightmare. If she’s not careful, this man might crush her hopes and dreams forever as he proves to be her most difficult opponent yet.

Still, Naomi tries to focus on her relationship with Bryce. Can it withstand head games and cruel intentions? Naomi makes it her mission to keep Bryce and his daughter safe from harm, but will true love be tough enough to withstand her adversaries?

Naomi must keep her eyes wide open and question everything— and everyone—in order to survive.

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Mya O’Malley was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, where she currently lives with her husband, daughter and three step-daughters. The family also consists of two boxers; Destiny and Dolce and a ragdoll cat named Colby. Mya earned an undergraduate degree in special education and a graduate degree in reading and literacy. She works as a special education teacher and enjoys making a difference in the lives of her students.

Mya’s passion is writing; she has been creating stories and poetry since she was a child. Mya spends her free time reading just about anything she can get her hands on. She is a romantic at heart and loves to create stories with unforgettable characters. Mya likes to travel; she has visited several Caribbean Islands, Mexico and Costa Rica. Mya is currently working on her tenth novel.

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As an author I get to research a lot of fun, weird, and sometimes scary things to make sure facts are straight or things are possible. This is my top ten research list.


10. How much of the world population would die if Yellowstone exploded. – 1/3 of the population, with more to follow from starvation. (Below the Surface-Short Story)


9. Different kind of raptors – this term didn’t refer to just one kind of dinosaur, I chose to go with the type that were thought to be a bit larger than a dog. (His Name in Rodger, A Case Files of Abigail Collins short story, available in Domesticated Velociraptors anthology)


8. Drug overdose symptoms – shortness of breath, unconsciousness or barely conscious, slurred words, lack of motor skills. (Code Name: Fox, Syndicate Novella Set One)


7. How long it takes for an eye ball to decompose – A couple months give or take (On Torn Wings/ Past Demons –Dark War Chronicles book 3&4)


6. How long it would take the plague to spread through humanity. – The plague can be spread through bodily fluids and would spread quicker in more populated areas and the effects can be seen as soon as 24 hours after infection. (Just a Little Death, Children of the Apocalypse book 1)


5. How to fight with a scythe. – there’s no real way to fight with a scythe, they aren’t meant to be used as weapons. However, there is a royal guide to fighting with them, but it’s more for show. (Just a Little Death, Children of the Apocalypse book 1)


4. How many people Jack the Ripper killed – At least five. (Split Souls, short story)


3. How to make tea in the Victorian era – so very complicated, almost ritualistic (Of Brass and Magic)

2. Poltergeist –  there are some very interesting stories out there on these. (The Trouble with Ghosts, Here Witchy Witchy book 3)

 

1. If it was plausible to keep someone captive in a basement for an extended period of time. – Yes, yes it is, and there are some very modern examples as well as older ones. This was by fare the most terrifying thing I’ve had to research. (The Trouble with Ghosts, Here Witchy Witchy book 3)




Interview

 

How did the idea of these two novellas come about?


Mia and I had been discussing two different, yet similar ideas and we decided to pull together and create a world we could both work in. We’ve worked together before, so we knew we could pull it off. We spent a couple weeks brain storming and coming up with the world and characters.


How does writing with two authors help the these novellas?


Readers get a bit of both writing styles and personalities. Mia is a little more PNR whereas mine is a bit more Urban Fantasy. We also get the advantage of different audiences to help with marketing purposes.


What was the hardest part of co-writing?


Consistency! Making sure the details of the world and story line match up from novella to novella. There was no clashing of personalities or any crazy drama which is nice. Mia is great to work with.


What is the Agency?


The Agency was created by the government to police the supernatural creatures where the human agencies can’t. But they have their own darker secrets and aren’t what they seem.


What is the Vampire Syndicate council?


The Syndicate council is actually made up of many difference supernatural creatures who supervise the mafia on goings of their respected race. They make sure that they stay within the agreements and work towards the goals that the Syndicate has placed on them.

What is the hardest part of write about shifter, vampire and this kind of world?

 

I don’t actually find anything particularly hard about this kind of world. It almost comes natural to me and maybe that’s because I spent my childhood imagining what it would be like for such creatures to exist in our world.

 




Author S.M. Bjarnson

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The Sacrificing Mother dives deep into the world of Laney Rhodes, a 17 year old girl, who loves nothing more than to surf. Laney’s life has never be smooth sailing or easy going. To be blunt her mother is an escort/stripper/sexual favors kind of a woman. Yes, to be exact Rubee Rhodes was quite the scandal, who had an inappropriate relationship with alcohol.
Of course we cannot commence the storytelling process without justifying the backstory and whence it began. So all aboard criminals and lovers let’s enter the winding roads and deserted isles of a girl named Laney Rhodes.
There should always be two types of pregnancy tests. One, being for women who has established themselves in society or who are 30 years of age or older. The other one that is so apparently portrayed in my mind’s eye. Is for all those teenagers, those sweethearts running off to do the act they think will last forever. Guess what in denial tweens, it doesn’t!
So instead of the occasionally two lines or plus sign, for the youth of our nation there should be two replies for breaking the news: For NO it should state in all caps and in bold big blinking letters CONGRATS! As it shoots out confetti. If you happen to be as unlucky as I am, then you would read the equivalent to the overused acronym FML. These three letters do not blink or congratulate you, they stand tall and wide. Your future is carved into a plastic flamingo lawn ornament, instead of an honoree plaque as a college graduate.
Oh, if only I could just take this worry, and surf the angst away. My, wouldn’t everyday be a little bit brighter! So, you’re wondering who the guy is that so kindly invested in me with his sperm. Well, I fell in love for the first time that summer or maybe the second, the second time I am still a little unsure about… Audience members meet the boys; Noah Adler, 19 year old college bound, gorgeous, virgin galore. Briton Clark, 22 year old bodyguard at my mother’s strip club. One night she finds definite disaster in the blue eyes of Briton and pure romance with Noah. The heart throbs have turned tables on her and cupid is now calling her out stupid.
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Growing copious ambitious desires to become a novelist.

Once deliberating self-publishing the best option, her first novella The Tangled Tears was published in 2013. The Circus in Me, published April 2014. The Sacrificing Mother her 3rd book, and first full length novel coming into print October 2014. A young adult novel about the sweet temptations of love and surfing.

Clean of ink stains and paper cuts, she dabbles in scrap-booking & wood crafts, and enjoys cooking. S.M. lives in Idaho with her husband and son.

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S.M. Bjarnson interview with main character Laney Rhodes.

SM– Laney you’ve grown up and experienced the oddest of predicaments. To be honest you have not had the best living situations or easy upbringing!

LR- I think everybody can say they didn’t have an easy channel for maturity. Although not many mothers are hookers, like mine.

SM– Do you ever have regrets in your life, Laney?

LR- Not as many as I thought I would at this point. There have been items in my life that people categorize as mistakes. But I could never justify a human being as a problem, let alone a mistake.

SM– You are quite brave for sharing your story with thousands of people?

LR- I wouldn’t call it bravery, I just see myself as an example rather than a statistic. I evolve from the situations I have placed myself in, and the story I hope translates a journey of overcoming circumstances.

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1. Another Earth
2. Daydream Nation
3.Chicago
4.Milan Rouge
5.Stakeland
6.Mr. Nobody
7. Upside Down
8. Castle in the sky
9. Kiki’s delivery service
10. Spirited Away

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Kat Green “Strings” Blog Tour

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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?

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Kat Green was born Nov 1979 into a military family, and moved around alot 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 nove, 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.’

Kat Green: Interview.

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.

Arctic Monkeys – I wanna be yours

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4NGoS330HE

Paramore – Anklebiters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnZTgYbdMdI

Green Day – Do you know your enemy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IclmVdWNbI

Muse – Hysteria

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwhjlNvF-4Q#t=112

Tonight Alive – Come Home

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lr_8-bAuiko

Marcus Foster – I was Broken

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI_pPEysgYQ

Sam Bradley – Passport

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNO_XMtpUdU

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 – You’re the Only One

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Sabella – Leave

https://soundcloud.com/sabellamusic/leave

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

https://twitter.com/SabellaBand
Pheonix Calling – Bring the roof down

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugW0taTkfTg

https://www.facebook.com/phoenixcalling?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/phoenix_calling

White Clouds and Gunfire – Since you’ve been gone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnhQC2KwfXk

https://www.facebook.com/wcagf?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/wcag_uk

Knaves – Stalemate

https://soundcloud.com/knavesuk/stalemate

https://www.facebook.com/KnavesUK?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/KnavesUK

The Novatones – Living for the weekend

https://soundcloud.com/thenovatones/living-for-the-weekend-2

https://www.facebook.com/thenovatones?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/TheNovatones

Q1: How old were you when you started playing guitar?
LB: I was Twelve. My mum gave me Chloe, my acoustic guitar on my twelve birthday. That guitar is like another best friend, if anything ever happened to her it would be tragic. And, people better hide for a few weeks. I have poured my heart out with her. I think she knows more about me than anyone.

Q2: What was the first song that you wrote? And, Why?
LB: Pink Ribbons was my first song. Chloe, was my first best friend, we meet when we were 5, even then I had an eye for the girls. ( Luke laughs, but then frowns.) She died in a house fire on her seventh birthday, her death impacted on me so much. I was 7 years old and I didn’t understand it, how could she be gone. I had all these things I wanted to say, and I didn’t know how to. So, I didn’t and I locked her away. The guitar came along and suddenly I found an outlet. Turns out, I’m pretty good at it. It was the only way I could move on and accept it. But, without letting her go completely, it was after writing that song I decided to name my guitar after her.

Q3: If Chloe was still alive, do you think she would be your girlfriend?
LB: I often ask myself that. I don’t know if she would have been in my life romantically, but as a friend, Yes. I would do anything to have her back. A part of me thinks she was removed to allow me to meet Melissa, or maybe not. I don’t know, and I guess I never will understand it. Why people do stupid things for fun, and ultimately end a life. She is my little Angel who I believe has always been with me. I’ve never forgotten her. She’s be a riot though, she was funny even at 6, and I know I loved her.

Q4: If you were not in a band or doing anything music related. What job would you be doing?
LB: I would still be working in a petrol station. Dying of boredom. I try not to think about it. I’m doing the only thing I want to do and have any skill in and it’s the best thing in the world. I’m the happiest person in the world when I’m on stage.

Q5: What was it like to go from playing to 20 people in a pub to what you’re doing now?
LB: Mind blowing, insane and I am still in shock. Everyone dreams of it but not everyone gets it. I am so thankful for every fan we have, we have some incredible fans. Some have been with us from the very start. Some have become friends. It’s nice.

Q6: What song is your favourite to perform?
LB: That’s easy ‘Weekend High’ I wrote that when I was twenty after a really bad relationship. It wasn’t really a relationship but at the time I didn’t see it, it was just convenience and there was no love there. Also, the fans go nuts to it.

Q7: Which gig has been your favorite so far?
LB: Now, that is harder to answer because every gig is amazing for all kinds of reasons. I don’t think it would be fair to choose one. That is like saying to one set of fans ‘Oh you were great’ and make other fans feel like you are dissing them. But, for sentimental reasons our third gig at Ruby’s back home will always be special. I meet my Liss there and it was what changed everything for me, and us as a band.

Q8: It’s a Saturday night and you’re not on tour. What would you be doing?
LB: I don’t see my girlfriend very much, so we would either be catching up at home. (Luke winks and laughs) or I would be writing new material. I don’t really have spare time. I feel like I always have something to work on, or prepare for. When I’m on tour that is like my party time, and when I’m home I try to calm down from it all.

Q9: Who is your best friend?

LB: My band are my best mates but the ultimate title goes to Dale. He’s always there for me even when I’m being a dick, we’ve know each other for about 100 years. He’s a fucking ace best friend and he’s not a bad guitarist either.

Q10: What would you like to say to your fans about the gossip that surrounds you?
LB: That most of it is complete and utter Bollocks. If you haven’t heard it from me the chances are it isn’t true. And, Just to clarify the latest story. The band are not splitting up. My girlfriend isn’t sleeping with my drummer, doesn’t have a drink problem and isn’t pregnant. Whoever writes this crap are fucking idiots. I don’t care what they write about me, but I do care when my girlfriend is sobbing because people are calling her all kinds of things in the street or online.

Q11: What annoys you about being in the limelight?
LB: Before I answer this I’d like to say that for band reasons I have no problem with it. Being in front of people with all eyes on me is part of my job. It’s important to my career. What I don’t understand is people’s need to lie. As, I just stated in my last answer. What is the point of it? What is entertaining about making up stories that my girlfriend is sleeping with one of my band, not cool. My band are very close to Melissa, like her big brothers and that’s the end of it. Plus, do you really think Toby would still be in the band? No, he’d be out on his arse if he betrayed me like that. I wouldn’t still be with Melissa either, do people really think I’m a mug and would allow that? No. I wouldn’t.

Q12: Do you have any regrets?
LB: Yes. I would rather not say as it’s something that is causing me issues currently and I wish I could turn the clocks back so I never meet this person. That’s all I’m willing to say.

Q13: What would you say annoys others about you?
LB: I’m a perfectionist. I drive everyone mad at times. We could have completely nailed a song but I will be thinking about making it better. I worry about things more then the others. There have been times where I’m trying to change a set list minutes before a show and that winds people up.

Q14: Would you change anything about the band?
LB: Hell no! We’re in a good place and there’s nobody else I would consider doing this with. They are my best mates and we have a laugh and without them I would be nowhere. Anyway, I don’t think anyone else would put up with me.

Q15: Dale dates Melissa’s best friend and you met each other on the same night. Is it difficult , best friends dating best friends?
LB: Apart from the fact the girls are pretty much joined at the hip, meaning I never get rid of Dale.. Nah, I’m kidding. To be honest the girls are more rock and roll than we are. Beth is great and she makes my BF happy and it’s nice to know they look after each other when we’re on the road.

Q16: You have 48 hours to live. What would you do?
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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

https://www.facebook.com/KnavesUK?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/KnavesUK

The Novatones – Living for the weekend

https://soundcloud.com/thenovatones/living-for-the-weekend-2

https://www.facebook.com/thenovatones?fref=ts

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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Author Interview

Is Landry a tween/teen version of you?

No, but we share a lot of similarities (we both hate math, look bad in navy blue, and have dealt with frenemies), but she has her own personality. She’s a bit more introverted than me, too. We both like soaps and had soap star crushes (my first was on Thom Bierdz from The Young and the Restless and I also had one on the guy I picked for Landry’s dad…check my Pinterest page), we’ve both modeled, and liked some of the same things. People say they can “hear me” when they read the book. I don’t think of Landry as a little sister, or a cousin, or even as my kid. She’s more like the person I want to protect from the world, but at the same time I completely see where she’s coming from.

One more similarity we have— we both hated gym in grade school, however in ninth grade my gym class shared the gym with the junior and senior basketball class…suddenly gym class was my fave. Also, at her age, I was already planning my wedding to George Michael. Lucky for me, I had backup crushes…

What were your favorite books when you were in school?

I loved all the teen/tween series books. I loved the Sweet Valley books (there were more than one series of those: twins, high school, university), the Baby-sitters Club, literally any series that was out at that time, I probably read it.

Have you had issues with frenemies yourself?

Sure have—and still do! As a kid and teen, you internalize so much and wonder what you might have done wrong, but as you get older, you start to realize a lot of it has to do with the people who are treating you badly and that it might be a reflection on them and what they are going on in their life. That’s not to say we shouldn’t stop and see if we did do something to cause the reaction, just keep in mind that real friends don’t try to tear each other down, but support one another. It’s normal to get a little jealous, but to belittle someone’s dream or goals just because you don’t want them to get ahead of you (like Landry getting picked for the next round in the American Ingénue competition), isn’t cool.

Did you ever have your friends turn against you like Landry did?

Sure, not in high school, but when I was younger. Once it happened during a time my grandparents happened to be visiting. I never brought it up to my family (like I said, I internalized a lot back then), but it distracted me from enjoying my time with my grandma and grandpa. My grandma passed away less than two years later. I really regretted not being able to put all that mess aside and really focus on their visit—that’s time I can’t get back. So in the sequel to the book, I have a new friend of Landry’s tell her about going through that very same thing.

What did you do when you found out True Colors had been accepted for publication?

The day I got the contract, there was a bad snowstorm in the area and my husband was stuck at work for hours. He had to help with snow removal in the parking lot, so I couldn’t even reach him on his cell phone and my parents weren’t home either. I wanted them to be the first to hear, so I sat on the news and decorated my Christmas tree until I got in touch with them. I was all anxious and I broke an ornament, too!

What do people not realize about being a writer?

How much work it is and how you really have to love writing and all that this career will entail to pursue it.

Do you have any advice for writers?

Take literature classes and read at least 100 books in your genre before you begin. Also, take creative writing classes to get feedback and critiques. Going to workshops is great and getting into a critique group is a must. If you want to get published then you need to go to conferences to learn about the business and read about it as well. You have to build a foundation before you can begin—it’s a business like any other and you have to find a way to deal with that without letting it impact the art side of it in a negative way. It’s a tricky balance and a learning experience.

Krysten Lindsay Hager

Author’s Bio:

Krysten Lindsay Hager is an author and book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and also writes middle grade, YA, humor essays, and adult fiction. TRUE COLORS is her bestselling debut novel from Astraea Press. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and currently resides in Southern Ohio where you can find her reading and writing. She received her master’s in American Culture from the University of Michigan-Flint.

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Top 10 Facts About “True Colors”

  1. The idea for the story came about originally when I was in the sixth grade. I used to read those YA and middle grade novels about those groups of girls who had the perfect close-knit relationships—the whole best friend forever thing personified. I was in grade school and I saw the cover of the Bangles “Everything” cd and they looked like that type of clique and I wondered what they were like at thirteen/fourteen. As an adult I wrote the story to show how Landry thinks everyone else has these tight groups of friends who never get mad at one another and everything is always perfect and she wants that and hopes to find it with Devon, Peyton and India. However, reality sets it…reality is such a bummer sometimes, isn’t it?
  1. The older actor Devon has a crush on that the other girls make fun of her for is based on my crush on Liam Neeson.
  1. People ask if I had best friend necklaces/bracelets/earrings/etc. when I was growing up. Yup, with several friends. Some I’m still close with, too. The day I told my writing group about my book contract I noticed I was wearing a silver bracelet with a heart charm and it never occurred to me before how much this was like the bff bracelet in the story—or the bracelet Landry’s dad gives her. I took that as a sign and that’s why you see the broken bff heart on the cover dangling off the, “s,” in “Colors.” BTW, one of my favorite gifts is still a thoughtful bracelet from a friend.
  1. Landry’s last name, “Albright,” comes from Madeleine Albright. As a kid I was very aware there weren’t a lot of female role models in my social studies books. I distinctly remember being amazed as a kid seeing Benazir Bhutto in my Weekly Reader at school. So I used the name to pay tribute to a woman who broke through the glass ceiling—the first female U.S. Secretary of State.
  1. The designer, Franciszka T, all the girls are obsessed with got the name because my great-grandmother, two of my great-great-grandmothers, and my great-great-aunt, were all named Franciszka. I picked “T,” because the great-great-aunt used to design and make clothes (she made her sister’s wedding dress and her own bridesmaid’s dress). Her last name started with a, “T.” I also look a little bit like her—we have the same big alien eyes.
  1. When I first saw the possible cover models, I thought the one who ended up on the cover looked like a couple cousins of mine. I knew she was the perfect choice. Months later, the cover model found out about being on the book and contacted me. Turns out she lives in Poland and is from a town next to the city my great-grandpa was from! Crazy coincidence.
  1. I’m not from the city the story is set in (Grand Rapids, MI), but my parents were, so I decided to have Landry and her mom live there. I’m actually from the other side of the state—an hour north of Detroit.
  1. Landry’s name was originally, Sydney, but I changed it because the name was getting overused. My mom suggested the name Landry because she had a little girl in her class years ago with that name. I loved it and what’s funny is she had a student named, “Krysten,” too, and she told me that Landry and Krysten were best friends.
  1. I named the ice cream parlor everyone hangs out at in the story after my great-grandfather. I picture the ice cream place being in Grand Rapids, MI (where the story is set)right near where he lived when he first moved to this country. In case you’re from the area and curious, I picture it being on Diamond Avenue.
  1. Like Landry and Ashanti, I was a big soap opera fan. My favorite was, One Life to Live. I pictured two of the characters, Colin and Lanie, as being Landry’s parents. If you look at the cover model, she really resembles them both.

Book Blurb: 

Every day I walked down the sidewalk to school and wished I were one of the interesting popular girls who ran up with exciting news. Just once I’d like to be one of those girls instead of the being the one who didn’t get invited to things because people “forgot” about me.

Landry gets pushed into trying out for the American Ingénue reality show modeling competition with her two best friends. She doesn’t think she stands a chance, but she advances to the next level in the competition and her friends ignore her when they get cut.

Enter the gorgeous Devon, who also makes the first cut and includes Landry in her clique. Devon becomes the perfect best friend, but can their friendship survive the competition?

Landry hopes her big break could come at any moment, but soon sees there’s much more to modeling. She begins missing out on being with friends and has the chance to have a boyfriend when she meets a boy named Vladi from another school.

Part of Landry wants to be famous (and have her hair look good for once), but part of her just wants to be accepted. She learns about friendships, being true to yourself, and that a good hair conditioner doesn’t hurt.

Character Interview with Landry Albright from True Colors.

What’s the worst thing that’s happened in your life? What did you learn from it?

When my friends all got mad at me—first when Ericka and Tori stopped speaking to me after we all tried out for the American Ingénue reality show modeling competition and I made it to the next round and they didn’t. But I learned who my true friends were after that.

Tell me about your best friend.

I have two or three besties. Tori used to be my best friend, but after she got mad at me over that modeling thing…I just don’t trust her the same way. Ashanti Russell is one of my closest friends. We became closer after getting to know each other better. She always has my back. Peyton Urich is another of my best friends. We met when Tori and Ericka weren’t speaking to me. She’s been such an amazing friend. And Devon and I have best friend bracelets together, but…sometimes she gets a little controlling.

What is one strong memory that has stuck with your character from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?

I was in a dance recital when I was four years old. We were supposed to be little ballerinas and have scarves attached to our tutus, but my mom was still in school at the time and she came home late and forgot to give me my scarves. So all the other little girls pulled out their scarves, and there’s a video of me looking on either side of my tutu for my scarves and then bursting into tears crying “Mommy!” as I ran off the stage. My grandmother said I was adorable, but I don’t think it was any coincidence my grandfather died two weeks later.

What is your greatest regret?

That I messed up my introduction during the American Ingénue competition. All I had to do was say, “Hi, I’m Landry Albright from Grand Rapids, Michigan,” and instead I said, “Chicago, Illinois,” my old state and when I went back to correct it, I totally slammed into the next contestant, made the microphone shriek and embarrassed myself. If I could go back in time, I’d totally choose that moment to change.

Do you ever lie?

Well, I don’t outright lie, but when my dad asks about my math grades, I do point out how awesome I’m doing in English and hope he changes the subject.

What do you like best about yourself? Least?

Best? I think I’m a nice person and a good friend. Least? My hair. I’d much rather have Devon’s dark, curly hair or Peyton’s dark red hair.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

Leftover butterscotch and vanilla pudding from the variety packs my mom and I eat all the chocolate out of.

What’s on your bedroom floor?

Dirty clothes—like my Hillcrest school uniform that makes me look like a dead goldfish, my mom’s favorite sweatshirt that I borrowed and got something blue on (when did I have fruit?), and some magazines.

What’s on your nightstand?

Magazines, YA mystery novels, gum wrappers, and my favorite lip gloss.

Imagine you’re doing intense spring cleaning. What’s easy to throw out? What is difficult to part with?

Did my mom put you up to asking this? I hate cleaning my room, but whatever. I guess the easiest stuff to throw out would be all the candy wrappers and to put my soda cans in the bin to take back for a deposit. What’s difficult to part with would be my magazines. I like to hang onto them and look at them at night before I go to bed. And I would never part with my stuffed animals—especially the blue mouse my dad got me when I was little.

If you could spend the day with someone you admire (living, dead or imaginary), who would you pick?

Talisa Milan, my favorite model who won the American Ingénue competition. She’s so busy that I doubt I could keep up with her, but I’d love to see what it’s like to be her just for one day. She hosts a video show, does makeup and hair care commercials, goes to school, and she’s dating a member of the band, The Puking Baby Dolls.

Are you upset your name is not in the title?

Not really. Krysten almost used it for the title of the sequel, but at the last minute she changed it. She told me she might use that one for the third book though.

Did your story end too soon?

I’m getting a sequel and she’s working on a third book, so I’m okay with it as long as she lets Vladi call me and stuff.

Did you and your author agree on the storyline?

Well, at first she told me I had no say in any of it, but she can’t really control what I say or do. I’m just me and she has to figure out what to do with that. She calls it, “frustrating,” but hey, I told her, “You’re the one who became a writer. What did you expect, genius?” So whatever. She’s got to deal with it.

Book Review:

Heart-touching  Life Story and Great Read!!

When I first started reading Krysten’s book, I thought to myself that she must no everyone’s story at any given time in their life, we have all had to deal with some kind of drama, rumors, judgment, and loss of friendship and hoping to gain friendship.

This book should be read by all tween & teen girls, I believe each one would have some sort of connection to Landry. By the way, I love that name, “Landry!” Every woman worries about how they look and how other people perceive them to be; doesn’t matter if we are tweens, teens, in our twenties, middle-age or older. when we all look in the mirror, we all wonder.

And Krysten, shows this and more in her book and how we all can learn from what she has written. A great story with a great lesson and great morals.

Keep writing, Krysten!!

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