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5 04, 2011

Interview & Giveaway: Geraldine Brooks, author of Caleb’s Crossing

By | April 5th, 2011|Categories: Authors, Genre Fiction, Historical, Interviews, Literary, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , , , , , |157 Comments

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Please welcome Geraldine Brooks, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the new novel, Caleb’s Crossing!

About the book

Caleb’s Crossing is inspired by the life of Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College in 1665. Brooks first learned about him during her time as a Radcliffe fellow at Harvard in 2006. Caleb was from the Wampanoag tribe of Native Americans who lived on Martha’s Vineyard and this year Tiffany Smalley will become the second Vineyard Wampanoag to graduate from Harvard. There is little official information on Caleb’s life and Brooks’s novel is an informed imagining of what he might have gone through.

Interview

Caleb Cheeshahteamauk is an extraordinary figure in Native American history. How did you first discover him? What was involved in learning more about his life?

The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head/Aquinnah are proud custodians of

29 09, 2010

Interview with Phyllis Good, author of the Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbooks

By | September 29th, 2010|Categories: Authors, Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |8 Comments

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Please welcome Phyllis Good, author of the Fit-It and Forget-It cookbooks, as she answers a few of our questions!

Check back for our reviews of the new Fix-It and Forget-It Kids’ Cookbook and Fix-it and Forget-it Christmas Cookbookand an opportunity to win these titles and a slow cooker!

Who do you test your recipes on? Friends and family? At some point, do they get sick of slow cooker dishes or are they good sports?
PPG: I test some of the recipes, but not nearly all of them. We test hundreds, sometimes thousands, for one cookbook. We have a group of testers who test for us, and we ask them to prepare the food at home—because that’s where the users of the cookbook will be making the recipes.

2 09, 2010

Interview & Giveaway: Elizabeth Chadwick, author of For the King’s Favor

By | September 2nd, 2010|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Historical, Interviews, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |278 Comments

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Please welcome Elizabeth Chadwick, author of For the King’s Favor!

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Probably the most obvious question to ask (given your research in into William Marshal, the early Plantagenets, and subsequently Roger Bigod) is why you do not touch upon the growing Robin Hood tales that arise from this time period? Do you feel that the Robin Hood of legend is based upon Marshal or Bigod or not based upon anyone in particular?

Elizabeth: I actually do touch upon the possibility of the Robin Hood legend in my novel Lords of the White Castle, which is about the Shropshire outlaw Fulke FitzWarin. Fulke is thought by many historians to be one of the originators of the Robin Hood legends that were later brought together from various sources.

22 08, 2010

Interview: Claire Avery, author of Hidden Wives

By | August 22nd, 2010|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |13 Comments

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Please welcome sisters Mari Hilburn and Michelle Poche, pseudonym Claire Avery, as they answer a few questions about their new book, Hidden Wives!

Hidden Wives (check out my review) was my favorite book this summer, if not all year, and I jumped at the chance to learn more about Mari and Michelle! They will also be participating in our Blogmania event in September!

For more information please visit www.claireaveryauthor.com.

Interview

The back of Hidden Wives says that you grew up in a Fundamentalist Catholic community, and later became interested in other extreme religions. Was your upbringing the main influence behind the subject of the book? Why did you pick Fundamentalist Mormons in particular?

Claire Avery: The whole theme of religious extremism was derived from personal experience, and we certainly feel that our childhood background was the catalyst

22 07, 2010

Interview: John R. Coats, author of “Original Sinners”

By | July 22nd, 2010|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |4 Comments

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Please welcome John R. Coats as he answers a few questions about his new book, Original Sinners: A New Interpretation of Genesis!

John R. Coats holds his master’s degrees from Virginia Theological Seminary and Bennington College Writing Seminars. A former Episcopal priest, he was a principal speaker and seminar leader for the More To Life training program in the United States, Great Britain, and South Africa and an independent management consultant. He lives with his wife in Houston, Texas.

For more information please visit www.JohnRCoats.com and connect with him on Facebook.

Interview

What inspired you to write a book based on the book of Genesis?
John: I wanted to do something different, to write a commentary on Genesis that took the conversation above the tiresomeness of the “is too,” “is not” squabble over whether the Bible is history. And

30 06, 2010

Interview (& Giveaway) with Ashlyn Chase

By | June 30th, 2010|Categories: Giveaways, Interviews, Paranormal, Romance|Tags: , , , , , , , , |186 Comments

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Please welcome Ashlyn Chase, author of Strange Neighbors!

A multi-published, award-winning author, Ashlyn Chase specializes in characters who reinvent themselves, having reinvented herself numerous times. Among her many day jobs, she has worked as a psychiatric nurse, run blood drives for the Red Cross, and now uses her degree in behavioral sciences to avoid writing exhaustive character sketches. She lives with her true-life hero husband in beautiful New Hampshire. For more information, please visit http://ashlynchase.com.

Check out our review of Strange Neighbors!

Interview

I noticed you have a degree in behavioral science and worked in the medical field as a psychiatric RN as well as for the American Red Cross. Where did you find the time to write and what inspired you to even try your hand at being an author?
Ashlyn: A true writer

23 05, 2010

Review & Interview: Family Constellations: A Practical Guide to Uncovering the Origins of Family Conflict by Joy Manne

By | May 23rd, 2010|Categories: Authors, Health, Mind, & Body, Interviews, Nonfiction, Philosophy, Relationships, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , , , , |4 Comments

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Reviewed by Erin N.

Dr. Manné, Buddhist Psychologist, has written a guide detailing the method of therapy created by Bert Hellinger: Family Constellation. This method operates on the premise that all behavior patterns are the result of the families we are born into.  The constellation method claims that each family has an “energy field” and that everyone within it holds a unique position. This position determines our ability to cope with stress, feel happiness, engage in healthy relationships, etc. This energy field that holds all the family members in place is created by the family’s history, thus the actions of previous generations (even if there had been no direct contact) influence an individual’s place in this energy field.  The constellation method helps clients discover their place in the

15 03, 2010

Interview: Lynn Weingarten, author of Wherever Nina Lies

By | March 15th, 2010|Categories: Authors, Interviews|Tags: |2 Comments

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wherever nina lies book coverPublisher’s Summary

Nina was beautiful, wild, and adored by her younger sister, Ellie. But, one day, Nina disappeared. Two years later, everyone has given up home that Nina will return, but Ellie knows her sister is out there. If only Ellie had a clue where to look. Then she gets one, in the form of a mysterious drawing. Determined to find Nina, Ellie takes off on a crazy, sexy, cross-country road trip with the only person who believes she’s got a chance—her hot, adventurous new crush. Along the way, Ellie finds a few things she wasn’t planning on. Like love. Lies. And the most shocking thing of all: the truth.

Interview with Lynn Weingarten

12 01, 2010

Author Interview: Coppola: A Pediatric Surgeon in Iraq by Chris Coppola

By | January 12th, 2010|Categories: Authors, Interviews|Tags: |1 Comment

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CoppolaCoverPublisher’s Summary

Dr. Coppola, author of Coppola: A Pediatric Surgeon in Iraq, had reservations as he left behind his wife and three sons for a war he did not understand. But Dr. Coppola would fulfill the promise he made to six years of service in exchange for a military-issued medical scholarship that allowed him to pursue his dream of being a pediatric surgeon. Twice-deployed to the 332nd Air Force Theater Hospital in Balad, Dr. Coppola bore witness to some of the most appalling aspects of war, including soldiers and children battered and mutilated in the crossfire. Shaken by what he saw, he passed sleepless nights writing letters to friends and family. Coppola: A Pediatric Surgeon in Iraq draws on the pain of these letters, revealing an uncomfortable side of the war yet to be told.

Author Interview

How did you decide which surgeries/patients

9 01, 2010

Review: Live It Love It Earn It by Marianna Olszewski

By | January 9th, 2010|Categories: Authors, Business & Investing, Interviews, Motivation & Self-Improvement, Nonfiction, Personal Finance|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

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Live_It_Love_It_Earn_It_FRONTIt’s a new year, it’s a new decade. It’s time for you to stop thinking about what you want in your life and actually make it happen. As women and as moms, we are always busy, always tending to the needs of our kids, our husbands, our partners, our households, our families, our friends, our jobs. But what do you really want out of life and how can you be empowered to live the life of your dreams?

Please welcome Marianna Olszewski as she answers a few questions about her new book, Live It, Love It, Earn It. Marianna teaches women to be empowered – to live the life you want, to get control of your finances, to let go of stress, start your business, reach your goals and enjoy richer, happier lives.

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