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Friday, July 27, 2012

An Amazing Exciting Adventure

Nolichuck, TJ’s Wild Frontier Adventure by Jackson Keene is an amazing exciting adventure of a young man named Thomas James Cockrell, called TJ.
TJ is in high school and living the hardest time of his life. He’s in that awkward teenage years, lacks self-confidence, and has no interest in school. His only passion at the moment is drama class and plays.
He has the typical issues at school of being harassed and bullied by the bigger and more popular kids. His misery is compounded by his parents’ divorce, and his beloved sister, Natalie moving away to another city with his mother. TJ feels lost.
The adventure and life changing experience transpires when TJ discovers a green mystical book in his father’s desk. His father’s desk drawers are usually locked up, but on that special day, the drawer was unlocked. TJ’s curiosity won and he opens the drawer to look inside.
This is a very entertaining, exciting and enlightening story of the rite of passage of a young man. The amazing learning experiences and maturity gained by TJ in his adventure. This is a great book for young adults. A good read.

We had the pleasure of also having an interview from author Jackson Keene.

Jackson can you tell us when and why did you start writing?

I've had the "itch" to write for 20 years.  I finally woke up one day and realized that I'd be an old man if I didn't start soon!  I wrote plays and short stories as a kid, and have had several ideas for novels over the years, but never jump-started my writing in a serious fashion until NOLICHUCK came along.
What inspired you to write Nolichuck?

NOLICHUCK was a combination of many things stewing around inside.  I was born and lived in Tennessee as a kid, and knew some of its history.  Like TJ, the main character of our story, I had to constantly fight off bullies in school.  I always loved history, but wanted to write about periods of history that are less written and less celebrated than the great events -- a look at common people living everyday lives, so to speak.  Davy Crockett was a childhood hero, and I wondered what it was like for him as a teenager.  Of course, I originally planned to be a history professor, so naturally one of my characters HAD to be that.  I was never the star athlete in high school, so I emphasize with TJ's disappointments in sports.  Above all, I wanted a story that would deal realistically with the hard life issues that far too many young adults face today:  Bullying, divorced families, struggling with grades, not making the "team", not part of the most popular cliques, mean teachers, boredom, unhappiness, few close friends, lack of meaningful communication with either parent, etc.  
What is the hardest part of writing Nolichuck?

For me, developing strong characters and creating believable dialogue was the hardest part.  Coming up with an imaginative plot with subplots is fairly easy, but fleshing it out with people and interaction that really captures the reader’s attention is what it's all about.

What is your favorite place to write?

In our den with its fireplace, the comfy couch (where I can catnap now and then), and my personal office set up is where I can fully concentrate on thinking and writing.  Although, truth be told, some of my best ideas and plot revisions come to me just as I'm drifting off to sleep at night.  I keep a notepad and pen next to the bed to capture "brainstorms" when they come.
Can you share a little of your current work with us? 

The next book in the YA series is:  Reds!  TJ's Wacky War Adventure.  

Thank you for your visit and your interview. It's a pleasure to learn about your writing habits and skills. I know that your readers will enjoy to learn that your next book is in progress. Warm wishes. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Summer Fun! Summer Book Tour!

News Alert!  News Alert! 

To all readers, alert! Hot mini book tour! 

Oh yeah, lots of great reads!  Check it out! 

Orangeberry Summer Splash

Come and join the fun at Orangeberry book tour where we bring authors and readers together. Join the fun at Orangeberry Summer Splash from 1st August to 31st August! A complete month of Orangeberry Book Tours that will bring you one hundred authors and five hundred bloggers in a special mini book tour marathon.  Visit and enjoy all of the fun, books and all of the authors.


Friday, July 13, 2012

My First Author Interview

Hello everyone,  

I have the pleasure of interviewing Patricia T. Macias. She is a new Indie author with a debut novel, Hot & Spicy, De La Cruz Saga. 

Welcome Patricia, can you tell us a little about yourself?

Hi, I'm Patricia T. Macias and I was born in San Jose, California. I'm married to a wonderful man, Jose Arturo. We have been married for thirty years. 

I have three awesome kids. My eldest is my daughter Erica, and then I have two boys. My middle son is Andres and my youngest son is Ricardo. I'm in love with my grandchildren and enjoy their escapades. I graduated from the University of Phoenix in 1999. 
I have a full time job and I write in the evenings and weekends. I enjoy reading romance and paranormal novels.  I also enjoy spending quality time with family and friends. 

Can you tell us a little about your book?

The De La Cruz Saga is about a close Mexican American family that encounters heartaches, erotic passions, and romance.  Each novel is about one of the cousins love story. The cousins fall in love and in the process overcome obstacles and heartaches before reaching a happy ending. This saga is exciting with lots of action, a thriller, and erotic romance novels. These novels are written in Spanglish (very, very light Spanglish). The glossary is located in the back of the book. I believe it is an enjoyable and easy method to learn basic Spanish. 

Hot & Spicy, De La Cruz Saga is the first in the series. This is a romance novel that has hot tantalizing ecstasy, action, danger, and suspense. The bachelor, Jose Enrique De la Cruz and la familia fight to resist the deadly Mexican Cartel. Jose Enrique has to save his alma gemela (soul mate) and la familia form these ruthless criminals. 

Patricia what has been your biggest challenge? 

My biggest challenge has been the marketing of my novel. I’m learning and thoroughly enjoying promoting, meeting interesting people, and blogging. I truly wish I had started to write earlier in my life.

What project are you currently working on?

I'm currently working on Hot & Forbidden. I'm in the process of copy editing and it is always time consuming. 
Hot & Forbidden is about two of the cousins falling in love. Nicolas De La Cruz and Daniella De La Cruz are the two cousins that struggle with their amor.
The forbidden is always enticing. How do Nicolas and Daniella deal with their forbidden love? Why is their love forbidden? How can they overcome the obstacles without losing their love? 

La familia has a secret. Can this be the key that will set their love free? 

Hot & Forbidden will be available in a few months. 

What is your writing process?

It all began with a dream. I dreamed my story over and over again. I decided to write this novel after several weeks of dreaming about all of these characters. I consider them my new best friends, lol. I started brainstorming and organizing it into outlines. I developed each character’s personalities, interests, and personal love story. I kept on track and was able to create cohesive plots by using a calendar as a timeline. I want to write feasible and believable stories that evolve around events that are transpiring in each cousin’s life in the same period of time.

Where can we find more about you and your books?

You can visit my websites, blog, FB. These sites also have additional sites to follow.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=n5p8k_pZ36A Metacafe 
Twitter @auth_PTMacias
Barnes & Nobles, bookstores

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Crystal's Pixie Dust Blog

Hi I'm Crystal,
I'm new to blogging and I'm looking forward to meeting new and interesting people. I love reading and I also love writing. No I'm not an author, well not yet, lol.
I will have guest spots available on Wednesday's.  Please contact me if your interested. I do reserve the right to decline if I feel  the post is inappropriate. 
I would love to interview authors. I will have a list of questions for the authors to answer. I will post a copy of the book, purchase availability, and authors contact information. Please contact me if you're interested, crystalpixiedust@gmail.com. 
I also would love to do some book reviews. I will keep you posted on when I will start.