Monday, December 29, 2014

Rebecca’s Writing Services Presents Adelita’s Secret Virtual Book Tour

Adelita's Secret 

Rebecca’s Writing Services is pleased to bring you Christopher Cloud’s young adult fantasy romance novel, Adelita’s Secret. Cloud will be on virtual book tour Oct 20 – Dec 12, 2014.

About Adelita’s Secret   

Lost in a superficial world of materialism and social status—and ashamed of her Latino heritage—seventeen-year-old Adelita NoĆ© is loved by two men, two men separated by a hundred years and vastly different stations in life. One man owns little more than the shirt on his back. The other, a poet at heart, is heir to a vast fortune. Their love for Adelita serves as the backdrop for the Latino girl’s quest to better understand herself and her Mexican roots.

Adelita’s Secret tells the story of a teenage Latino girl who has lost her moral compass. She is ashamed of her Mexican heritage. Quite by accident, she finds a diary written by her great grandmother. The diary provides a portal for Adelita to travel back in time. She finds herself immersed in the Mexican War of 1910, a war pitting Mexican farmers against the corrupt land barons. Adelita joins the soldaderas, a band of warrior women, then meets and falls in love with a Mexican soldier, Diego Santiago. Her love for Diego serves to bring Adelita closer to her Mexican roots. 

Read Chapter 1 – 4 on Amazon
Title is available at Amazon kindle or paperback
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About Christopher Cloud
Award-winning author Christopher Cloud writes middle-grade and young adult novels. He began writing fiction full time at the age of 66 after a long career in journalism and public relations. Chris graduated from the University of Missouri in 1967 with a degree in journalism. He has worked as a reporter, editor, and columnist at newspapers in Texas, California, and Missouri. He was employed by a major oil company as a public relations executive, and later operated his own public relations agency. He created the board game Sixth Sense in 2003. Chris lives in Joplin, Missouri, and enjoys golf and hiking.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

See What Reviewers Have to Say about The Book of Zev

The Book of Zev Book Tour  

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 his plans to destroy the UN and Israel.

Click here to read an Excerpt of The Book of Zev  

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See What Reviewers Have to Say 

Part wish-fulfillment romantic comedy, part edge-of-your-seat end-of-the-world action thriller: it’s as if Nora Ephron wrote The Bourne Identity, but even she probably wouldn’t have handled this mix of genres with the dexterity of Horowitz. In fact, her storytelling —twisty, sexy, smart -- is so skillful; it’s hard to believe this is her debut novel.
--Sam Neal

Book of Zev in completely engaging - a rare read, from the smells of rosemary challah to the rushed cab rides through New York City. The characters are well-developed with tangible traits and actions you can see, hear, taste, smell and feel throughout the whole ride.

The suspenseful twists and turns take you on a winding emotional journey, perfectly balanced with the humor and irony needed to endure life's trials. The rich and flawed characters call for compassion and understanding as they build tension and require patience.

The contemporary political story makes you consider the biggest questions of our existence: what is your relationship to God, would you risk your life to stop evil/save many, what is your identity and can you change. True to Marilyn's teaching, which I have benefited from immeasurably, her efficient prose make it easy to read and engross you effortlessly as the story unfolds. It's a great read to enjoy, and warm up your winter break, on the beach or in front of a fire.
--Audrey Huzenis 

A great read! Well researched, thoughtfully written, asks the question what would ordinary people do when placed in difficult potentially historic circumstances. The book pulls you in and doesn't let you go. This is a great start to what I hope will be a long writing career for this author!!
--Stephen Mahood 

About Marilyn Horowitz 

Author Marilyn Horowitz
Marilyn Ida Horowitz is a producer, writing coach, and award-winning professor of screenwriting at New York University. From her books on her trademarked writing system—now standard reading at NYU—to her appearances at Screenwriters World and The Great American Screenwriting Conference & PitchFest, Marilyn has guided the careers of literally hundreds of writers. She is currently featured in the Now Write! Screenwriting Anthology (Tarcher/Penguin) and in the upcoming The Expert Success Solution (Morgan James). Her production credits include And Then Came Love (2007), starring Vanessa Williams.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

The Things That Go Into The Making of A Story

About The Unholy
 "A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, the Unholy is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision." 

 Why I Wrote This Book
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 the unconscious mind, while information in nonfiction self-help books stays on the level of the conscious mind. Only by accessing healing images and symbols at the level of the unconscious mind, such as through stories like The Unholy, do people who have been injured by the dark side of religion begin to heal. And as they heal, they are able to free themselves from the effects of a shame-based spirituality and instead embrace a soul-based spirituality.

Book Information 

Name: Paul DeBlassie III
Book Title: The Unholy
Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Publisher: Sunstone Press

About the Author
PAUL DeBLASSIE III, PhD, is a psychologist and writer living in his native New Mexico. A member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association, and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, he has for over thirty years treated survivors of the dark side of religion.  

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Lessons Learned on the Way to the Top: A Q&A with Deirdre Thurston

Deirdre is the author of the collection of short stories Caught. Writing Daze caught up with Deirdre recently and asked her some questions On Writing. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by her answers. 

About Deirdre Thurston

A mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend, confidante, Deirdre Thurston has been an observer of people her whole life. Sifting through the debris of quotidian angst, Deirdre gently excavates its relics and dusts off their funny side.

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About the Book: CAUGHT

Caught is a collection of stories that explore the deeper human themes: expectation, desire, loss, hope, fear, joy, redemption. And while the collection as a whole is relentlessly empathic, each retelling is colourful and sharp; here acidic and humourous, there bittersweet with pathos.

In this era of increasing social disconnection – in which technology is replacing intimacy and life occurs at a pace that challenges our ability to stop, observe and interpret our own existence and its relationship with those around us – Caught’s celebration of the everyday experience offers nourishment for the harried soul.

Book Excerpt

The young woman stood between the old gateposts, which were the only reason the rickety wooden fence, paint peeled almost entirely off, remained standing . . . on a precarious lean.
            In her arms she cradled a brown cat, soft tummy up, round body topped with a small round head like a chocolate pudding. Lifting its head, the cat popped out a fuchsia-pink tongue and delicately licked the woman’s small chin. She placed a kiss on his sun-warmed head.
            They were comfortable together this morning, going nowhere.

On Writing:

Q:  What motivated you to write the book?
       A lifelong dream I’d had. I was always searching for that ‘something else’ in my life. It is writing. When I sit to write – whether it be scribbles of nothing or an idea, I am in my happy place. It is what I love to do. The world seems at rights.

Q:  What is the single most useful thing you have learned and how has it helped you as a writer.
Write from your heart. Don’t worry about what people will think. Let it flow out.

Q:  What would you say are your main literary influences?
In my genre: David Sedaris. He makes me laugh. Always a good thing don’t you think? His  un-PC approach is refreshing and hilarious but he can still show pathos.
I love many authors and each book is a treasure.

Questions for Fun

Q: What’s your favorite color?
Q: What’s your favorite author and why?
In my genre it is David Sedaris. He is un-PC, witty and hilarious.
I love Ian McEwan. His stories and style capture me each and every time.

Q: What are three things that your fans don’t know about you?
I’m an insomniac.
I stoop to pat every animal I come across.
 I hate people wearing shoes in the house.

Thanks Deirdre for stopping
It was my pleasure, thank you. 

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