Today, we’re shining the book spotlight on the psychological/paranormal novel, The Unholy thanks to Rebecca’s Writing Services. Paul DeBlassie is an International book awards winner and he shares his motivation to write about his experiences working with trauma survivors in a fiction novel rather than a self-help book.
by Paul DeBlassie
Writing The Unholy was motivated by my work treating survivors of the dark side of religion for over thirty years. The dark side of religion generates a shame-based spirituality, and when people experience the dark side of religion their unconscious minds are profoundly violated. Rather than writing a self-help book for people who have encountered the dark side of religion, I decided to write a novel because images and symbols in fiction affect the unconscious mind in ways that information in nonfiction does not; they move straight into
Please welcome Marilyn Horowitz, author of The Book of Zev, as she answers a few of our questions!
The Book of Zev is a political thriller that tells the story of two gentle people who change the course of history. Zev Bronfman, a strapping 32-year old-virgin, angry atheist, refugee from a religious Jewish life, and former engineer for the U.S. Patent Office in Alexandria, Virginia, drives a cab and sleeps around in New York City. After a bitter divorce, Sarah Hirshbaum, a beautiful, redheaded, depressed, God-hating kosher chef, seesaws between yoga and too much red wine. Independently, the two consult the same psychic who inadvertently sends Sarah Zev’s session tape. When Sarah contacts Zev to pick up the recording, a series of events forces them to connect with a powerful terrorist in order to thwart
Please welcome Jessica Bacal, editor of Mistakes I Made at Work, who took the time to answer our interview questions!
What inspired you to write Mistakes I Made at Work? What are you hoping the readers get out of it?
I direct a leadership center at Smith College, and as I was getting it off the ground four years ago, I was anxious to do everything right. Still, I made mistakes – sometimes taking the wrong tone in meetings, stepping on colleagues’ toes. When I attended leadership conferences as part of my professional development, I would hear women asked to talk about mistakes on panels, and they always spoke in very general terms, saying how they’d learned from their mistakes – but never actually saying what the mistakes were. I thought: I’d like to know what those mistakes were,
Please welcome Lori Soard, author of Dear Viking!
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Favorite Books and the Recipes that Made Them, by Lori Soard
Writers love to incorporate all the senses into their stories and that often includes a delicious meal or two. If you’ve ever read The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis or if you pick up my book Dear Viking, you may hear of foods you’ve not tried as the first is set in England and the second in the Middle Ages.
If you want to share your love of books with others, you can serve themed meals or even a single dish based on these books. It will be a good topic of conversation as well.
Example of Tea Time
Hannah is holding a huge giveaway for readers! She will be giving away 15 x signed hardback copies of The Echoes of Love; 3 romantic Venetian masks; and lots of fabulously colourful Murano glass goodies: 16 pendants, 2 bracelets, 2 paperweights and a vase
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For the Love of Legends, by Hannah Fielding
For me, researching a book is just as enjoyable as writing it. I set each of my novels in a passionate, romantic country, and so that I can really transport my readers there, I immerse myself in the setting: its history, its scenery, its cuisine, its culture. Top of my research list are
Please welcome Elene Sallinger, award winning erotic romance author of Reflection!
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Why I Write, by Elene Sallinger
Why do I write? This is not an easy question to answer though it might seem like one on the surface. In fact, the answer to that question has changed over time. Had you asked that question in 2004 when I took my very first writing class, I would have told you that I write to entertain. My writer’s journey began with children’s stories that I told to my daughter and then wrote down and illustrated prompting me to take my first class to get some structure on how to do it well. I just wanted to tell a good story.
In 2008, the answer would have
Please welcome Anne-Marie Casey, author of No One Could Have Guessed the Weather!
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We asked Anne-Marie Casey:
What was your favorite part of being a transplant in New York City? What did you like about it? What did you hate about it?
This is what I love about New York City: in no particular order (although I find myself starting with food): breakfast at Balthazar, lunch at Momofuku, dinner at Bar Pitti or a splurge at Babbo; Chris Botti at the Blue Note over Christmas; the High Line; the Temple of Dendur at the Met; the Morgan Library; the Imagine Memorial in Central Park; the portraits by Whistler at the Frick; coffee at Abraço in the East Village; the Third Street Music School Settlement; the
Please welcome Kat Lieu, author of the novel My Cup of Tea!
And don’t forge to enter the giveaway below – Kat is giving away 5 e-book copies of her last novel, Maid for Me, 5 e-book copies of My Cup of Tea and 1 paperback copy of My Cup of Tea.
by Kat Lieu
In 2006, I won third place in Seventeen Magazine’s Annual Fiction Contest. My winning short story, “The Bike Ride”, was about a silly girl named Sara and her first love Ian. I expanded upon the short story and wrote a first version of My Cup of Tea, published it on fictionpress.com and gathered a fan following. I also created a popular game based on this story, which can be found on my website, nummyz.com.
During my three-month maternity leave, while my sumo son, Philly (he’s super chubs – photo
Joe loves Kit. Everyone thinks she’s dead. Joe knows she’s not.
If you lost the love of your life, how far would you go to get them back?
Detective Joe McNeil would do absolutely anything.
When Joe breathes life into a crime scene victim, he discovers what anything really means.
Nell will use whatever is necessary to ensure she survives, including Joe. Is she really a victim or merely the weapon being wielded by a much more cunning foe?
Against the background of a multiple murder investigation, Joe struggles between his love for missing Kit and his growing obsession with the enigmatic Nell. Plunged headlong into a spiraling nightmare of kidnap, murder and betrayal, his relentless search for the truth jeopardizes his career, his sanity and his life.