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Friday, October 23, 2015

Monster Mash Book Blitz: Day 11 Jonathan Patrick

 Julie Folk, Jewels to her friends, has a problem. As a newly hired computer systems analyst at a brand new government agency, she and her team have little or no support in their efforts to determine who is attacking America's missile defense systems. In a race against time to determine whether it's the Iranians out for some payback or the Chinese making a power play, Jewels must convince America's powerful national intelligence leadership that the threat against America is both real...and imminent.

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Jonathan Patrick is a retired U.S. Air Force veteran (21 years) who lives with his wife and two children in the Carolinas. His military career took him to many countries around the world and exposed him to the inner workings of several key intelligence agencies and programs. During his career he had the privilege of working with the U.S. Navy as well as the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
He has recently begun work on his second novel "Archers Paradox" a sequel to his debut novel "Checkmate."

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Ready for some great interview questions?

1- When did you know you wanted to write books?  
The question always seems to come up, “When did I know I wanted to write books?”
     For me, however, it’s not a simple answer. I have always loved reading books and knew, like most people, that I probably had a book “in me,” that given the proper motivation would emerge.
     My “motivation,” for lack of a better word, showed up just over two years ago when I saw that my kids seemed to be tentative on breaking out from their comfort zones. Being a lead-by-example dad, I announced, “I’m writing a book.”
     I decided I liked writing books the first day into the process when my own pulse accelerated as I wrote the story.  This feeling was amplified tenfold when my kids loved what I was writing and kept asking, “What’s next?”

2- What does your writing process look like?
I would say my writing process closely resembles how a forensic pathologist reconstructs a face by using just a recovered skull. I have a picture in my mind of what the final form should look like and begin slowly adding layers. As the process progresses, I will perhaps tweak the cheekbones or the jaw line to fit my changing perspective of the story or of one or more characters.

TEN Favorite Things:

1. Family
2. Everything about big dogs!
3. I love to grow orchids (visit my FB page)
4. Reading! (When I’m not actually writing myself)
5. Fixing things
4. Volunteering at schools
7. Sharing movies of my generation, like Top Gun and Big, with my kids and their friends.
8. Grilling almost anything
9. Antique shopping
10. Rock-N-Roll music from the 80’s and 90’s

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Monster Mash Book Blitz: Day 10 Luccia Gray

 Twenty-two years after her marriage to Edward Rochester, Jane Eyre is coping with the imminent death of her bedridden husband. while Richard Mason has returned from Jamaica, revealing unspeakable secrets once again, and drawing Jane into a complex and malevolent conspiracy. 
Experience the mystery and magic of a Victorian, Gothic Romance set in Eyre Hall, the mansion Jane Eyre rebuilt after her marriage to Edward Rochester, and rediscover the allure of the mature Jane Eyre. You will encounter suspense, secrets, lies, villains, love, ghosts of the past, and a sinister sin-eater in this absorbing narrative. 

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Luccia Gray was born and brought up in London, where she graduated in Modern Foreign Languages. She currently lives in the south of Spain with her husband and her dog. She has three children and three grandchildren, who visit often. When she's not reading or writing, she's teaching English at an Adult Education Centre, or lecturing at the UNED (Spanish Distance University).

Q and A with the Author

Is there a message you would like readers to get out of this book? What is it?

I want my readers to travel to the 19th century and visit a world where there were candles instead of light bulbs, hearths instead of radiators, people told stories and read aloud instead of watching TV, they wrote long letters instead of phoning or texting, and carted water from wells instead of using taps/faucets! A five mile trip was an adventure, and a sea journey was like a space odyssey. Magic flickered in every shadow, every full moon disclosed a secret, and seeing a lady’s ankle or wrist was sensual and forbidden. A simple infection or a pregnancy could mean death, and periodic fatal epidemics were expected. There was plenty of raw passion and adventure, because every minute was precious and every feeling authentic. I’d also like my readers to feel curious enough to want to read or reread 19th century authors, such as the Brontes and Dickens, who are the real masters of the novel.    

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Top Ten Interesting Facts about the Author

  1. I live in the south of Spain
  2. I love swimming in outdoor pools in summer
  3. I make a great paella and tiramisu
  4. I’ve been dying my hair with henna for 23 years
  5. I reread Jane Eyre regularly, like every other day!
  6. My favourite 20th century novel is Rebecca
  7. My favourite museum is the Tate Modern
  8. My favourite place to go for a walk is along the South Bank 
  9. I auditioned for the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama when I was 18
  10. I speak four European languages

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