Author Interview My Maker’s Keeper


  • How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing ever since I was a kid. Of course, back then, it was just journaling, but I eventually expanded to real stories over time.

  • What is your favorite genre to write?

That’s a tough one! Honestly, I’m torn between paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

  • Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?

Probably dystopian.

  • Please tell us about your book.

My Maker’s Keeper is about an 18-year-old girl who gets turned into a vampire against her will. She tries to start fresh in a small town, but she ends up falling for a local boy who ignites her thirst for blood.

  • Which character was your favorite, and why? Which character was your least favorite, and why?

Lucas was probably my favorite to write. He’s this sexy and dangerous vampire with a chip on his shoulder. Funny enough, his sister, Vivian, was probably the hardest to write. She’s just a major hothead. That’s so not me, so it really was tough writing her character.

  • What was the hardest part about writing your book?

Probably finishing it. Ha! There was always some type of distraction that pulled me away from writing (my family, specifically). So I really had to carve out time to finish this book.

  • What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

Generally, I always outline my book first. This includes the story and the characters. This is a must for me. Once the outlining process is done, I jump into writing, then rewrite and rewrite and rewrite. Ha! After I get to a good place, I bring in my beta readers and rewrite based on their comments. When the product is done, I send it to my editor.

  • How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

It literally took me years to write this book! Somewhere along the line I had a baby, so that took me away from the story. Eventually I was able to get back to it and finish it.

  • Can you tell us about your editing process?

I send the book off to an editor to do all the dirty work.

  • Is this book part of a series? If so, how many installments do you have planned?

I do plan on making this part of series (at least I left the ending open). Most likely this will be a trilogy.

  • Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Write – even when you don’t want to.

  • Why should everyone read your book?

Because the main character, Hannah, isn’t some damsel in distress. She’s a teenage vampire with real issues (that doesn’t always revolve around boys). At the same time you still get a lot of romance and fun mystery sprinkled in.

  • If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?

Tom Robbins, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling

  • What inspired you to write your book?

Honestly, I’ve always been a big fan of vampire lore, so I’ve been dying to write something about vampires. I was lucky to think up this story.

  • Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

I’m working on an urban fantasy novelette right now. It’s about this cynical and sarcastic woman who doesn’t believe in the supernatural – only to discover she is supernatural and has to team up with a hot guy to rid the world of monsters.


tcurrent-my-makers-keeper-coverHannah Clark used to be an ordinary girl. She used to be a lot of things. Until she was bitten.

Five months ago, Hannah woke up in the middle of the woods as a vampire. She didn’t know how it happened or who turned her. She just knew she wasn’t safe in her hometown anymore.

Fort Wayne was supposed to be her fresh start. Her chance to finish high school without any other incidents. But then she met Jackson. Their attraction was instant and awakened something deep inside of her. Her thirst for blood.

Things only got worse when her maker, Lucas, came to town. He might have been sexy, but he was one dangerous vampire. And if Hannah wanted to keep Jackson safe, she had to protect him from Lucas’ ravenous ways. Even though she found herself excited by them.

But Lucas wasn’t there for her. Something sinister was happening in town. Vampires were going missing, and if Hannah didn’t want to be next, she had to work with Lucas to solve the mystery. But could she trust him? Or should she trust Jackson? She had to make a choice—and her life might just depend on it.


tiffany_currentTiffany Current earned her Bachelor’s degree in dramatic writing from Drexel University. Her first book, the self-help relationship guide How to Move in with Your Boyfriend (and Not Break Up with Him), was published by Turner Publishing in 2011.

Tiffany writes paranormal romance, young adult, urban fantasy, and self-help books. In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys reading books, watching trashy action movies, and eating chocolate.



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Book Review: The Failure of University Education for Development & What To Teach Instead

frontcover-the_failure_of_university_education_for_developmentTitle: The Failure of University Education for Development & What To Teach Instead

Author: Samuel A. Odunsi, Sr.

Genre: Nonfiction, education, economics

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Finally, a New Big Idea that Solves Our Toughest Problems.

New book by Samuel A. Odunsi, Sr. defines the problem of tacit cultural knowledge in education and how to solve it.

University education may benefit the individual, but it has not led to overall economic development.  For many developing countries, the hope behind university education far exceeds the results. The ideas and solution presented in this book provides a way to equalize the results of university education with the hope and unrealized expectations behind it.

  • Education cannot teach everything about development. The most crucial aspects of development are tacit in nature and cannot be directly expressed or taught. Instead, they are acquired passively in culture.

  • Liberal Education has struggled with this problem. While its lofty goals are well defined, they cannot be met without the tacit knowledge for development, which it can barely define, much less teach.

  • The concept of “Cultural Diversity” recognizes that there are differences between cultures, including tacit cultural knowledge.

  • The tacit knowledge needed for development is not specific knowledge. Instead it is the connection of the elements of the western economic model, that may be learned in school, to the language capacity that all human beings already possess and use for creatively expressing the spoken language.

  • This is why expatriates from the West and the developed countries of Asia often perform successfully as managers and entrepreneurs in the developing countries, despite the constraints of underdevelopment. To them, the elements of the economic model are merely vocabulary to be expressed as management, administration, or entrepreneurship, using the language capacity.

  • The purpose of university education should be to connect technical knowledge about economic development with the language capacity that students already possess. In the same way that the human language capacity can be repurposed for the use of a second language. Graduates can then express the economic model with the versatility and creativity they already use for expressing the spoken language.

  • The means for achieving this purpose is now available and presented in the book and on this site:

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In The Failure of University Education for Development & What To Teach Instead, the author explores why university education on its own doesn’t work or help underdeveloped countries – the university graduates fail to perform as effectively as expatriates from the West, or from Asia, even after having received a university education. While these countries now have many people with a university degree, development is still waiting to happen – competences that are required to help development, are still lacking. So why does university education fail to help development? Where does it go wrong?

The book explores various reasons why university education fails to help development. It puts the blame not with people, nor the quality of education, but explores other reasons. I was quite happy to read chapter six, that says nothing is wrong with people – I’ve heard it all too often that people get blamed for their education being ineffective. If it is ineffective not for one person, but for multitudes of people, hundreds, thousands, that inherently something must be wrong with education.

The book looks for reasons in culture, diversity, language, lack of common ground between the West and the underdeveloped countries, and even provides a possible solution.

Although short at only 37 pages, the book holds a vast amount of knowledge and insights, and really made me think about a topic I’d scarcely considered in the past.

Guest Post The Image Yoga: Holistic Guide to a Flawless Self-Image

Please welcome author Libelle Royce to my blog, who talks about beauty today.

Guest Post: Beauty – A myth, a perception or is beauty the beast?

“He fell into despair and lost all hope…for who could learn how to love a beast ~ The Beauty and the Beast”

I remember reading the very popular fairy tale written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve “The Beauty and the Beast! It is a classic tale describing how we make most of our choices based on visual appeal rather than instinctive wisdom. Even though the beast turned into a handsome prince in the end, still if it were to me I wouldn’t have ended it the same way. I wouldn’t have catered to the mass appeal by beautifying my protagonist just to sell it. That’s the upside, commercialization is extracting in today’s world too. They make people think that anyone can look beautiful rather than assuring them that they already are!

The highest form of service is to uplift someone’s state of mind”

So many philosophers have defined their own versions of beauty and I admire each one of them for braving against the norms. I really hope, bit by bit we all resolve to change the definition of physical beauty which I feel is the greatest curse to the mankind and banish body shaming that is spreading like an epidemic. Especially the most vulnerable and impressionable of all, acutely affected by this are young children who witness this prejudice every single day and lose their self-esteem to the ruling pseudo mandates of the society.

Here is my definition of beauty that is truly heartfelt and hope it changes at least one opinion out there…

Beauty is in the unbiased adoptive nature of darkness that makes everything obscure and incomprehensible. Beast is in the discriminating nature of light that illuminates everything only to be judged later. Beauty (light) is the beast; Beast (dark) is the beauty!”

Beauty is in the ‘Acceptance’ and beast is in the ‘Prejudice’! I sincerely wish that the generations to come learn more about appreciating each other and unconditionally accepting their nascent selves rather than becoming a hollow versions of the ones propagating this morbid prejudice on the first place!

Best Wishes,

Libelle Royce

About the Book

imageyogaTitle: The Image Yoga: Holistic Guide to a Flawless Self-Image

Author: Libelle Royce

Genre: Personal Development and Self-Help

 Do you know your Soul color or your dominant Chakra? Do you know your body type well enough to be mindful of this knowledge while shopping for clothes? Do you know that to heal your personal image, you first need to heal that closet of yours? Have you ever wondered that there is a certain pattern in everyone’s clothing style and fashion propensities that is closely centred around various fashion archetypes. Do you know your fashion totem, a constant reminder of your true nature that has the power to shift your mood instantly for better well-being? To know all these answers get hold this personal grooming and style development handbook. The Image Yoga is an earnest attempt to help the reader find their true inner self and make wiser fashion choices. It is really unfortunate when most of the women simply follow what is in trend without knowing whether or not it resonates with their inner persona, image, character or fashion archetype. This book marks the journey of your Image transformation with the help of five basic Image boosting techniques listed as Image Asanas, a unique (never been written before) and holistic approach, that would not only help you look good but most importantly make you feel good as well. The book uses guided visualization technique which is an ancient yogic tool that helps the yogi bring their inner most aspirations and essence to the surface from the sub-conscious with astonishing answers, they never knew existed within themselves.

Author Bio

imageyogaauthorLibelle Royce (pseudonym for Deepti Prashanth), is an Image Consultant and Wellness Coach by profession living in New Delhi, India. She aspires to help women of varying age groups boost their self-image and self-confidence with her words. She loves writing about spirituality and motivational Zen philosophies. She is an active blogger who is married and has a son. She loves travelling and is a huge fan of Deepak Chopra’s writing.






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Book Review The Sailweaver’s Son

front-coverTitle: The Sailweaver’s Son
Author: Jeff Minerd
Genre: MG/YA Fantasy
Age Group: Middle Grade and Up
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

The Sailweaver’s Son combines traditional fantasy with a dash of steampunk and takes young readers to a unique world—Etherium. A world where mountains rise like islands above a sea of clouds and adventurers travel the sky in sail-driven airships.

When fifteen year-old Tak rescues the survivor of an airship destroyed by one of the giant flammable gas bubbles mysteriously appearing in the sky of Etherium, the authorities react like a flock of startled grekks.

Admiral Scud accuses Tak of sabotage and treason. Tak’s father grounds him for reckless airmanship. Rumors spread that the bubbles are weapons devised by the Gublins, a race of loathsome but ingenious underground creatures. The King’s advisors call for war, hoping to win much-needed Gublin coal.

To clear his name, solve the mystery, and prevent a misguided war, Tak must do what anyone knows is suicide—visit the Gublins and find out what they’re up to. When the wizard’s adopted daughter, an oddly beautiful and irksomely intelligent girl from the Eastern kingdoms, asks Tak to help her do just that, he can’t say no.

The adventure will take Tak from the deepest underground caves to a desperate battle on Etherium’s highest mountaintop. It will force him to face his worst fears, and to grow up faster than he expected.

When I was a child, I once read a fantasy book about airships. It was amazing, and for years afterward, I fantasized about a vast world where people could travel in airships, and cities existed in the clouds. The Sailweaver’s Son brought those memories back to me, and reminded me of that fantasy world I had once imagined – except this time around, it has some steampunk elements, and it’s called Etherium.

World building is one of the toughest aspects about writing fantasy novels. The sky is the limit, but if you provide no science as to why suddenly ships would be able to sail on the air, or why empires in the clouds exist, that will leave a void in your book. The author handles this well here – the reasons are explained without being too scientific. It’s kept simple and understandable, and gives the world, despite being a fantasy world, a certain sense of realism. The author also provided sufficient background on the history of Etherium without straying too far from the story.

Tak is an intriguing character. He’s accused of sabotage after an airship gets destroyed. If he wants to clear his name, Tak will need to visit the Gublins, ingenious creatures who dwell underground, find out how they’re involved in the air crash he got accused of, and what their ultimate plan is. Luckily, Tak isn’t alone on his journey, but it will force him to face who he truly is, and what choices he’s capable of making.

I liked Tak, but I also enjoyed the secondary characters, in particular Brieze. The writing was fluent, the story creative and imaginative, and I would definitely recommend this book to all middle graders, young adults, and even adults who enjoy fantasy fiction.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)

I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for contemporary romance / erotica “I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)”. The tour runs from October 24 to October 31. Stay tuned for my review at the end of the tour!

Tour Schedule

October 24th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

October 24th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Romance Writers Behaving Badly

October 27th: Book Excerpt @ Books, Dreams, Life

October 28th: Guest Post @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

October 30th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Silver Dagger Scriptorium

October 31st: Book Review and Giveaway @ I Heart Reading

About the Book

el_iwontsayiminloveTitle: I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)

Author: Evee Lamb

Genre: Contemporary Romance / Erotica

After being stuck in a dead end relationship with her abusive ex-boyfriend, Zelda wants to say goodbye to relationships and say hello to no-strings sex. Preferably with a man who owns a lingerie collection larger than her own. So when Pytor Valentine pings into her inbox after Zelda decides to navigate the world of online dating, Zelda thinks she’s found the perfect man. He’s everything should could as for: handsome, well-read, owns an extensive collection of lingerie, and is looking for unattached sex.

But after seeing Pytor wrapped up in silk, all of his hard muscles and sharp curves trimmed with lace, Zelda isn’t sure one night of white hot passion is enough. But with Derek muscling his way back into her life and Pytor not looking for a relationship, Zelda doesn’t know if she’ll ever get more than sex.

If Zelda wants to survive with her heart in tack, she can’t fall in love. Too bad she’s pretty sure she already is.

Author Bio

Evee Lamb lives in Columbus, Ohio with her two cats Mo and Cheedo. She publishes male x male romance under the penname Evelyn Shepherd. Between writing and working as a graphic designer, she spends her free time expanding her library and traveling.


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Release Blitz: War Town by Mitch Goth


About the Book

WarTowncover finalTitle: War Town

Author: Mitch Goth

Genre: New Adult Thriller

For Olly Rourke, War Town’s opening day is a joyous occasion. He is one of a thousand people selected to be the first players in the world’s largest paintball arena. But as he soon finds out, the game he enters into is far more sinister. Two equal teams, locked in the massive arena together, and presented with an armory of real ammunition and a time bomb powerful enough to kill them all. The only way out is to eliminate the other team, by any means necessary.

Author Bio

Mitch Goth currently resides in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he attends Antioch College. When not writing, he spends his time investigating the paranormal and indulging in a good book or movie.


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Book Review Keys to the Sun

m-feldmar-keys-to-the-sun-coverTitle: Keys to the Sun
Author: Marcel Feldmar
Genre: YA Supernatural
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

In a city built on legends, the truth is hard to find.

This is a novel-length fantasy based in modern-day New Orleans and inspired by The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, with maybe a little bit of The Goonies and Scooby-Doo.

Keys To The Sun is a mystery tale about three teenagers on vacation in New Orleans who find more than they bargained for when they discover a secret attic in an old mansion.

Lucas and Parker Chance, with their new friend Nicole Wells, find an old map and mysterious clues that promise to lead them to a long lost pirate’s treasure. With the help of their enigmatic Aunt Ruby they begin to search through the French Quarter, but soon realize they are not alone in their quest, and find themselves caught between the forces of good and evil as the treasure turns out to be the location of the legendary House of the Rising Sun.

The Keys to the Sun remnids me of a fun mix of Scooby-Doo meets The Originals. The Originals because it features vampires, the supernatural, and New Orleans, and Scooby-Doo because the main characters are self-proclaimed sleuths who want to find a long lost pirate’s treasure. Three teens and aunt Ruby face off against the powers of good and evil, as the treasure turns out to be much more than they could’ve ever imagined.

So, I have to admit, I was kind of jealous. Lucas and Parker Chance get to stay in an awesome, ancient house, along with their new friend, Nicole Wells, and then they get to go treasure hunting. Isn’t that every kid’s dream? It sure was my dream when I grew up, to find a treasure, and then suddeny find myself on a quest to saving the world.

Either way, the story is imaginative and creative, and the author did a great job describing the characters and making them feel like realistic human beings. I also loved the explorations of the city, New Orleans, and the French Quarter in particular. I’ve always wanted to visit the city – and now I could, in my imagination, at least.

I would recommend this book to just about anyone who enjoys the supernatural, and everyone who’s ever wanted to go on a treasure hunt.


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Book Tours: Promo Post My Junior Year of Loathing

mjyol-ebook-finalJunior year is supposed to be tough. Exams, term papers, homework, college tours, and participation in extra-curricular activities can all add up to non-stop stress. But Melinda Banner has goals to achieve and dreams to make real. This year, she’ll be unstoppable. But even over achievers need a break.

While walking in the woods to take a break from the stress of it all, Melinda meets a boy named Connor. After a few more run-ins, the two settle into an uneasy friendship, if you can even call it that.

But Connor’s closed and mysterious. Whenever Melinda asks too many questions, he suddenly has to go or is no longer interested in talking. When they’re together, she’s torn between wanting him to open up and running away as fast as she can. Still she can’t seem to shake her budding interest in him.

Connor has his own way of looking at the world, and his views often conflict with Melinda’s practical nature. Can you like someone and loathe them at the same time? Is he even worth the emotional tug on her heartstrings or distraction from all things Junior year?

And, as if she needs another project right now, Melinda starts to obsess over the abandoned estate she passes on the way to school each day. Between Connor and the old estate, Melinda’s beginning to think she’s taking on too much.

But Melinda’s smart. She finds a way to indulge her interest in the estate and fulfill her obligations. She will uncover the truth behind the aging edifice for an epic article in the school newspaper.

But when her investigation reveals a connection between Connor and a tragedy long-since forgotten, Melinda has a choice: put off her junior year achievements to save a local landmark and a boy who constantly pushes her away or put them both out of her mind for good and focus on making the grade.

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Jennifer DiGiovanni is the author of the School Dayz Series. When she’s not writing or reading, she likes to try new sports and activities from archery to ballroom dancing, with varying degrees of success.





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Book Review: The Adventures of Fawn Book 3: Far and Yet So Near

far-and-yet-so-near-coverTitle: Far And Yet So Near (The Adventures of Fawn Book 3)
Author: Al E. Boy
Genre: Children’s Books, Fantasy
Age Group: Children’s Books
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

The Adventures of Fawn continue as the young reindeer, Bunny, Doctor Weather and friends trail Santa’s reindeer after they come under the control of a mysterious stranger, and suddenly, mindlessly march off together. “Far And Yet So Near” sees the group led to an underground cavern where they learn the mystery man intends to steal the team of reindeer. Santa and Wajic turn up in the nick of time…and it looks like everyone is rescued. But the stranger has a few tricks up his sleeve, and explosions unexpectedly rock the cavern as he makes good his escape. But not before he ‘reindeer-naps’ Fawn. She soon finds herself a pet in an English manor house near London. Will Fawn ever return to the North Pole? Will anyone ever be able to find her? Did Santa, Wajic, Doctor Weather and the reindeer perish in the explosions? Read “Far And Yet So Near” to find out!

In the third adventure focusing on Fawn, Far and Yet So Near, Santa’s reindeer are being controlled by a mysterious stranger and mindlessly march off together to an abandoned cavern. Santa comes to the rescue, but in the heat of the moment, Fawn is reindeer-napped, and ends up in an English manor house near London. Will she ever return to the North Pole? Will her friends find her? And who is the mysterious stranger who wanted to kidnap the reindeers?

This is my favorite Fawn adventure so far. As with the other books, the writing is clear, fast-paced, and immediately pulls the reader into the story. Fawn has grown and changed as a character throughout the books, and I’m amazed by how different she is from book one, yet still somehow, she’s still the Fawn I’ve grown to care for.

The book is imaginative and suspenseful, and my favorite of the series so far. Kids will love this, especially now winter and Christmas time are coming up.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party The Power of Mortals


I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for paranormal romance “Spirit Vision 3: The Power of Mortals”. Enjoy the tour!

Tour Schedule

October 21st: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

October 23rd: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Silver Dagger Scriptorium

October 24th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

October 25th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Romance Writers Behaving Badly

October 27th: Author Interview and Giveaway @ Kirsty Loves Books

October 29th: Book Excerpt @ Books, Dreams, Life

October 30th: Guest Post @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

November 1st: Book Excerpt @ Books are Forever

November 2nd: Book Excerpt @ The Bookworm Lodge

November 3rd: Book Excerpt @ Fanatical Paranormal Romantical

November 4th: Book Review and Giveaway @ I Heart Reading

About the Book

spirit-vision-3-official-coverTitle: Spirit Vision 3: The Power of Mortals

Author: Morgan Straughan Comnick

Genre: Paranormal Romance

“You are the beacon of the Lord’s two worlds, but how can you protect them when you have lost your shining light?
When Stary Moon, the Spirit Warrior, awakes on the lunchroom floor of her school, battered and bloodied, she cannot recollect how she came to such a state.
Stary ignores the concerns of her best friends, Chloe, Rin, and Lauren, and continues to go on with her life, but no matter how normal her days and Spirit Warrior duties are, she feels a lingering sorrow like someone is missing from her life. Her friends discover some shocking truths about Stary and realize they’re the only ones who remembers Umbra—Stary’s boyfriend who has mysteriously gone missing. Stary’s universe crashes around her and the fate of the world rests on her shoulders. Her objective is clear, but when she leaves on this mission, there is no turning back, and she will lose one of her worlds—the mortal world of her family and friends, or the spiritual world of her duty and missing someone, for good. Still, Stary has a point to prove to this dark presence that is threatening to consume the planet: there is power from those one least expects, and Stary is prepared to risk everything on this claim.”

Author Bio

Educator of young minds by day, super nerdy savior of justice and cute things by night, Morgan Straughan Comnick has a love for turning the normal into something special without losing its essence. Morgan draws from real life experiences and her ongoing imagination to spark her writing. In her spare time, she enjoys doing goofy voices, traveling to new worlds by turning pages, humming child-like songs, and forcing people to smile with her “bubbliness.” It is Morgan’s mission in life to spread the amazement of otaku/Japanese culture to the world and to stop bullying; she knows everyone shines brightly.

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