Author PhotoAuthor Bio: Katie St. Claire

I live in the Northern U.S. with my husband and son. I’m an avid reader and researcher, particularly drawn to the inner lives of my characters. More than anything, I love developing complex personalities, and plots that twist and turn. Readers often say, “I didn’t see that one coming.” That’s my goal.

Some of my passions include gardening, photography, crafts, reading, and the Caribbean. Atypical by nature, I enjoys exploring topics that stray from the beaten path. Well known for my sense of humor, sensitivity, and deep philosophical sides, I’m an old soul who will forever remain a kid at heart.

The Van Buren series is urban fantasy with a science fiction flare, and appeals to young and old alike. Readers describe these books as fun, entertaining page-turners, and hard to put down. 

 

It’s rare today to find an author who does nothing but write for a living. Do you have a ‘real’ job other than writing, and if so, what is it? What are some other jobs you’ve had in your life?

I have a part-time job, but it would be impossible to be a full-time writer and full-time wife, mother, and everything else. There is so much involved, and marketing takes a huge chunk of time.

What compelled you to write your first book?

Second Hand Stops Readers FavoriteDivine inspiration I think. Characters and plot twists seem to appear out of thin air sometimes.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I think I always wanted to be an actress. But since I’m not an outgoing extravert, writing is the logical choice.

What compels you to be a writer?

I’m not sure. I love to explore and I’m a creator at heart. To create fictional characters and compelling plots is what drives me.

Tell us a little bit about your book/s. What are their titles; which is your favorite if you have more than one, and briefly let us know what they are about. Pay particular attention to your most recent book and/or your first book:

The Van Buren series is urban fantasy but has elements of speculative fiction, mystery, romance, and the paranormal. It fits into many categories, appealing to a broad audience. Second Hand Stops is just fun. There are some deep themes in all three books, but the first one in particular gives readers an idea who the characters are and what type of role they will play in future books. Fast Forward, my latest release, has an apocalyptic conclusion in both the world and the personal lives of the Van Burens. The books are a natural progression as I grow these character up from teenagers all the way to the ends of their lives.

Are you currently working on any writing projects our readers should watch for release soon?

I am working on a psychological thriller, dystopian, science fiction and a YA paranormal romance with elements of magic.

Have you ever won any writing awards? If so, what?

I received a Readers Favorite five-star review and was a Publisher’s Weekly star of 2014.

Do you belong to any writing forums or organizations that have helped spur your career as a writer? If so, tell us about them and how they’ve helped you.

At one point in time I belonged to the Romance Critters critique group. It’s where critique partners find each other.

How did you feel the day you held the copy of your first book in your hands?

I remember thinking how talented my cover artist, Ava Glass is. The cover is gorgeous on a print book.

What type of music, if any, do you listen to while you write?

Sometimes I listen to music to capture a particular mood for a scene. I included a playlist at the end of Fast Forward.

What inspires you and motivates you to write the very most?

The love of the art and wanting to entertain my readers.

What one thing are you the most proud of in your life?

I didn’t give up. There were many obstacles thrown in my path over the years and I weathered the storms, always persistent.

What about your family? Do you have children, married, siblings, parents? Has your family been supportive of your writing?

I am married and have a teenage son, and black lab named Maggie.

The main characters of your stories – do you find that you put a little of yourself into each of them or do you create them to be completely different from you?

For my first series, written in first person, I wanted to take some of my own character traits and experiences and work them into the plot. They play a minor role, but it lent to a believable and relatable character.

Is there an established writer you admire and emulate in your own writing? Do you have a writing mentor?

My writing style is quick paced and dialogue heavy. I wanted to hold the reader’s attention because it’s hard to do in such a hectic society. Charlaine Harris is the writing style that comes closest to mine. Cassandra Clare is my favorite author, and I love the beautiful worlds, plots, and characters she creates. They are stunning.

When growing up, did you have a favorite author, book series, or book?

I loved Shel Silverstein’s, Where the Sidewalk Ends. Other than that, I wasn’t a big reader when I was little. I played outdoors and cast all the neighbor children in my plays and musicals.

What about now: who is your favorite author and what is your favorite genre to read?

Cassandra Clare of course, and I love paranormal romance the best.

Hey, let’s get morbid. When they write your obituary, what do you hope they will say about your book/s and writing? What do you hope they will say about you?

I hope they were entertained. That is my only hope. Oh. And I hope I taught while I entertained. There are deep themes running throughout all three books.

Location and life experience can sprinkle their influence in your writing. Tell us about where you grew up and a little about where you live now.

I live in the country. No influence on my writing whatsoever. Plant me anywhere, and I’ll write.

Bring us into your home and set the scene for us when you are writing. What does it look like? On the couch, laptop, desk? Music? Lighting, handwriting?

That’s a funny one. Kitchen table, couch, bed, outdoors on the patio furniture. Anywhere I curl up and get comfy.

Do you watch television? If so, what are your favorite shows? Does television influence of inspire your writing?

I love Game of Thrones, The Tomorrow People, The Carrie Diaries, Gossip Girl.

What about movies? Same as above.

Pride & Prejudice is my all-time favorite movie. Although a literary plot from a time when life moved at a slower pace, I love the theme and the characters with all my heart. Brilliantly written and executed.

How long did it take you to write your most recent (or first) book? When you started writing, did you think it would take that long (or short)?

It took me two years to write the entire series. That included mountains of editing and re-writes, professional editing and cover design, and marketing.

Is there anyone you’d like to specifically acknowledge who has inspired, motivated, encouraged or supported your writing?

My husband. He has kept the home fires burning while I worked hard to bring this series to life. Books are like sparks. It starts with a spark before it catches fire.

Is there any one particular book that when you read it, you thought to yourself, “Man, I wish I’d written that one!”?

Pretty much everything Cassandra Clare has written.

Thinking about your writing career, is there anything you’d go back and do differently now that you have been published?

Plan ahead. I’m a panster turned plotter.

What is your main goal or purpose you would like to see accomplished by or with your writing?

I want to entertain readers. I don’t write for myself, I write for an audience and I really want them to enjoy my work. There are themes running throughout the books I would like readers to pay close attention to because it’s wisdom I’ve gained over a lifetime.

How has having a book or being published in a book changed your life?

It is a lot of hard work. Readers can’t even imagine how hard authors work, and the process behind each book. Piracy keeps us from making a living, and most authors are far from rich. Before a reader downloads a pirated book, they should ask themselves how they would feel working two years without pay, expecting a paycheck at the end, only to have their hard work go up in smoke.

 BookLibrary is a pirating site. People pay a fee to join, thinking the authors are reimbursed. Unless you purchase my books from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, or Google Books, it was stolen by a criminal. Support authors, not the criminals who steal, refuse to work, and profit from extremely hard working authors.

Many authors have said that naming their characters is a difficult process, almost like choosing a name for their own child. How did you select the names of some of your lead characters in your book/s?

After awhile, I settled on the names I had been throwing around for awhile. They just fit.

Have you ever had a character take over a story and move it in a different direction than you had originally intended? How did you handle it?

I create my plots in a way that I never paint myself into a corner. They can go so many different directions and that is what I love about my brain. It thinks ahead.

Is there any lesson or moral you hope your story might reveal to those who read it?

I talk about abandonment, navigating the waters of love, family secrets, ethical dilemmas, and sociopathic behavior. Those themes are consistent in all three books. The second and third book tackle love and loss, as well as death and the afterlife.

Do you have any book signings, tours or special events planned to promote your book that readers might be interested in attending? If so, when and where?

I will be at The Great Lakes Book Bash in Kalamazoo, Michigan October 10th, 2015. There will be a signing, meet and greet, and after party open to the public.

It’s said that the editing process of publishing a novel with a publisher is can be grueling and often more difficult than actually writing the story. Do you think this is true for you? How did you feel about editing your masterpiece?

Wow. No words ever rung truer than that statement. Editing, re-writing, refining, and sending it off for professional editing and critiquing, and then editing some more. Yes! It is the hardest and most grueling part of the entire process besides marketing afterwards.

Now that you are a published author, does it feel differently than you had imagined?

Nope. I’m exactly the same person I have always been. I’m super down to earth and nothing could ever change that about me.

Now, use this space to tell us more about who you. Anything you want your readers to know?

My books can be purchased at all fine retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Google Books. I have sample chapters listed with many books sites, and readers can get a feel for my writing, characters, and plot.

You can find me at: www.katiestclairebooks.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/katiesaintclaire

Twitter: @katiestclaire

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image005NOT TOO COCKSURE, by Marc Freden
Sunstone Press, Trade Paperback: $19.99 retail
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT GAY HOLLYWOOD DOES BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, READ THIS BOOK!

An unflinching, candid, and scandalous look at Hollywood: A world of secrets, sex and celebrity, where dreams can come true for those who have the ambition and willingness to leave their moral compass locked in the closet.

Mica Daly is an aggressive, ambitious on-camera entertainment reporter. Chad Martin is a strikingly handsome cater-waiter and ambitious, driven aspiring actor. When their two worlds collide at what ultimately devolves into a debauchery-fueled bacchanal disguised as a dinner party in the Hollywood Hills, Mica and Chad’s lives — and bodies — become inextricably intertwined in the first book in author Marc Freden’s “Bright Lights” book series titled Not Too Cocksure.

Author Marc Freden has been privy to Hollywood’s scandals for over 30 years and is now ready to reveal those secrets to his readers through his alter-ego Mica Daly. Mica is a fixture on the red carpet circuit but is hungry for more—a hot story that he can really sink his teeth into. Chad’s meteoric rise to stardom is that hot story. Caught between love and ambition, business and pleasure, both Mica and Chad navigate Hollywood’s treacherous waters to keep their relationship a secret. That is until a series of revealing pictures surfaces of Chad with a mystery man, kicking the Hollywood rumor mill into high gear. Lydia Gray, Mica’s unscrupulous boss, sees an opportunity and assigns Mica to find out who this man is in Chad’s life. Forced to choose between outing his boyfriend and saving his career, or risk everything to keep their secret, Mica discovers that even taking the high road may lead him down a path paved with deceit, heartbreak, jeopardy, and even death. Not Too Cocksure is an unvarnished look at celebrity and the blatant sexuality of those caught in its decadent web.

image006“It has been said that my novels have all the steaminess of a ’50 Shades of Gay’ and the Hollywood-insider deliciousness of Jackie Collins, which I consider a compliment,” says Freden. “All my characters are drawn from, or are a pastiche of, real Hollywood personalities. People have asked me if certain incidents in the book have really happened. And the answer is yes!”

Freden, a producer and on-camera entertainment journalist for over 30 years, is an easily recognizable on-camera fixture of entertainment programs and televised red carpet events. His critically acclaimed first novel, REALLY!?!—A Memoir and Other Observations From a Man Who’s Lived Life ‘Not Quite Famous Enough, in which his witty and sardonic anecdotal life story was praised by Publishers Weekly: “Freden’s energy, charisma, and honesty are admirable . . . readers will come away rooting for him to become ‘famous enough.’”

Author’s Amazon Page.

 

 

A story unique in American History is that of an 85-year-old working physician in Wisconsin who admits to having been part of the Underworld, a system that began as the Cleveland Syndicate and subsequently became the prototype of the Mafia in America.
A Touch of The Underworld by Dr. David Trucker, the pen name of Dr. David Florence, is an historical document pointing out the ingeniousness and violence, which led to many economic and cultural developments in America by the underworld and the role of his family and himself in the process.
Incorporating both the history and humor in a unique fashion makes this read a cliffhanger, along with Dr. Florence’s interactions with many celebrities from Hollywood and around the nation. Read the rest of this entry »

Imaginary Things (pub date 4/15) by award-winning author Andrea Lochen.

From Andrea Lochen, award-winning author of The Repeat Year, comes an enchanting tale about family, love, and the courage it takes to face your demons and start over again.Burned-out and completely broke, twenty-two-year-old single mother Anna Jennings moves to her grandparents’ rural Wisconsin home for the summer―her four-year-old, David, in tow. Returning to Salsburg reminds Anna of simpler times―fireflies, picnics, Neapolitan ice cream―long before she met her unstable ex and everything changed. But the sudden appearance of shadowy dinosaurs awakens Anna from this small-town spell, and forces her to believe she has either lost her mind or can somehow see her son’s active imagination. Frightened, Anna struggles to learn the rules of this bizarre phenomenon, but what she uncovers along the way is completely unexpected: revelations about what her son’s imaginary friends truly represent and hidden secrets about her own childhood. Read the rest of this entry »

cover-smallGame of Love by Ara Grigorian On Sale NOW!

 

In the Game of Love, Winner Takes All

 

Love in tennis is nothing, but in Life it is Everything

 

Game of Love, by Ara Grigorian [Curiosity Quill Press, May 4, 2015, $16.99] is set in the high-stakes world of professional tennis where fortune and fame can be decided by a single point.

Gemma Lennon has spent nearly all of her 21 years focused on one thing: Winning a Grand Slam.

After a disastrous and very public scandal and subsequent loss at the Australian Open, Gemma is now laser-focused on winning the French Open. Nothing and no one will derail her shot at winning – until a heated chance encounter with brilliant and sexy Andre Reyes threatens to throw her off her game.

Breaking her own rules, Gemma begins a torrid affair with Andre who shows her that love and a life off the court might be the real prize. That is, until their secret affair is leaked to the press, making headlines across the globe, putting Gemma and Andre in the crosshairs of the swarming paparazzi and Andre in danger of losing a lucrative consulting contract.

With time running out and their relationship threatening to implode, Andre uses his expertise to expose the betrayer – and discovers that Gemma may not be the real target, after all.

In the Game of Love, winner takes all.

 

“This is a beautiful, fun, outstanding novel by a deeply dedicated and talented novelist. Readers will love Game of Love and they’ll love the many books he writes in the future,” says New York Times bestselling author, Michael Levine.

Six-time Romantic Times Award Winner, Laura Taylor, adds, Game of Love is a powerful, beautifully-crafted, and compelling novel guaranteed to delight readers.”

Passion, betrayal, intrigue, fame, family and love make Game of Love a story that will satisfy readers of all genres. Compelling characters, a tightly-wound plot, suspenseful elements, exotic and breath-taking locations, and a satisfying ending make Game of Love one of the best first novels to be published in a very long time.

Visit the author’s website at www.AraGrigorian.com.

 

Curiosity Quills Press (CQ) is a small hybrid publishing company specializing in genre fiction of the highest quality. They have over 150 titles in their catalog to date, and will launch approximately 6 new books each month They work with major retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Audible, among others. Founded in 2011 by Eugene Teplitsky and Lisa Gus, CQ was initially a resource portal for writing and publishing, created in an effort to help writers, survive the publishing industry. After rapid success, CQ morphed into publishing press that over time has solidified its place in the market.

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ABOUT ARA GRIGORIAN:

 

Armenian by heritage, born in Iran, lived in Barcelona, and escaped New York until he found his home in Los Angeles. Ara’s first eleven years were both busy and confusing. The fruit salad of languages would slow down his genetically encoded need to tell stories. Until then, an alter ego would be required.

He received an engineering degree from California State University Northridge and earned his MBA from the University of Southern California. 

Today, he is a technology executive in the entertainment industry. True to the Hollywood life, Ara wrote for a children’s television pilot that could have made him rich (but didn’t) and nearly sold a video game to a major publisher (who closed shop days later).

But something was amiss until his wife read him the riot act. “Will you stop talking about wanting to be a writer and just do it?” 

So with her support (and mandate), and their two boys serving as his muse, he wrote stories.

Fascinated by the human species, Ara writes about choices, relationships, and second chances. Always a sucker for a hopeful ending, he writes contemporary romance stories.

Short stories encourage celebrating differences and enjoying life

Life enthusiast records stories of people she’s met over the years

TORONTO – There will always be a reason why you meet people. Either you need them to change your life or you’re the one that will change theirs. Madeline Sheehan, author

In her new book “Condos and Condoms,” author Eva M. Alexander chronicles the people that have come in and out of her life through real-life short stories of family, friendship, humor, pain, happiness and love.

“These stories are real, and I wrote them so others can enjoy them right along with me,” Alexander said.

Alexander is a Condominium Real Estate Agent with a passion for writing short stories that celebrate life. “Condos and Condoms” rejoices in each person’s unique story and life path.

These stories explore themes such as the balance of family and career, relationships and more.

Alexander has had the opportunity to meet many interesting people and considers herself lucky to learn about their lives and be a part of them.

“We only live once, at least this life is the only one that’s for sure,” Alexander said. “Live to the fullest, do what you must do for yourself and others. Love this life!”

Condos and Condoms
By Eva M. Alexander
ISBN: 978-1-48081-421-9
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Archway Publishing

About the Author

Eva M. Alexander is a real-estate Broker and a Toronto Luxury Condominium professional with a passion for short stories that celebrate life. She was born in Budapest and later moved to New York City with her family. She attended Indiana University where she studied Speech and Theater, Literature and English. Alexander is a member of the Real Estate Council of Canada and the Toronto Real Estate Board, and she loves to work, teach dance classes and throw parties.

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blindspotFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Burn-out Detective Teams with Blind-Deaf Teen

In Terrifying, Occult Struggle to Survive

 

“Chandler McGrew [is] showing us how to scare the pants off readers with [Blind Spot].”

The Chicago Tribune

 
“What starts out as a crime thriller quickly turns into a horror novel that is so scary, the audience will read with all the lights left on… This is horror fiction at its most chilling, making Chandler McGrew a worthy successor to Stephen King.”
Harriet Klausner

 
Astor + Blue Editions is proud to present Blind Spot by critically acclaimed horror novelist, Chandler McGrew (ISBN: 978-1-941286-41-8; Thriller / Supernatural / Horror / Suspense / Mystery; March 2015).

In a small Maine valley, thirteen-year-old Pierce Morin, born blind and deaf, possesses a terrifying gift: He can hear evil whispering. And now he knows an elusive, deadly force is stalking the people he loves.

Meanwhile, Detective Jake Crowley, who’d long ago run away from the valley, has returned. A bizarre shootout in Galveston, Texas, finally draws him back Maine—to a woman he can barely face, to the unsolved mystery of his mother’s murder, and to a township that’s fallen under the spell of a serial killer.

For Jake, redemption lies in unlocking the mystery of Pierce’s gifts, and hoping the boy can show him a way to stop the terrors that plague him. But while young Pierce can begin the search, only Jake can finish it—by looking evil in the eye, and claiming a terrifying birthright.

 

Blind Spot is a fast-paced, horrifying tale that will keep you turning pages all night—with the lights on! McGrew sets the tone for a new generation of terrifying literature.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chandler McGrew is the author of four critically acclaimed suspense novels, Cold Heart, Night Terror, In Shadows and The Darkening. Self-reportedly, McGrew writes ten to twelve hours a day fueled by liberal doses of coffee, Pepsi, and the occasional swig of single-malt scotch.

McGrew holds the rank of Shodan in Kyokushin Karate, and is trained in Aikido. He lives in Bethel, Maine, a proud husband and father with four remarkable women in his life–Rene, Keni, Mandi, and Charli.

MEDIA CONTACT
 

Shelby Howick

showick@astorandblue.com

(301) 998-6129

indexFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2015

CLEMSON, S.C. – Nightclub dancers, a murderous plot and a race against time. These are just a few plotlines in The Sketching Detective, Jack McCormac latest novel since leaving the world of civil engineering to write mystery thrillers.

“This is a detective novel for the 21st century, full of surprises, wit and intelligence,” McCormac said. “Jack McKay, a university professor, is going to put his unlikely detective skills to use once again after solving the case of the murdered showgirl-and almost ending his marriage.” Read the rest of this entry »

Author Short Biography

Sarka Miller Author PhotoSárka-Jonae Miller is an award-winning novelist, publicist, and journalist, among other “ists.” Her novel writing career began with Between Boyfriends, an edgy chick-lit book for women who’ve been ‘between boyfriends,’ which is much cooler than being single.

Sárka-Jonae is a graduate of Syracuse University. Before writing full-time, she was a personal trainer and massage therapist, helping people tone up, slim down, and chill out. In her free time, SJ loves to dance in flash mobs, in music videos, on speakers, or at home in her underwear. She practices kung fu and yoga, was briefly a Buddhist nun, and travels extensively for “research.” She is also published under the name SJ Miller.

Author Interview with SJ Miller

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If I Was A Bird…What Kind Of Flock Would I Fly With? Lessons For Living Right

New York, NY, February 9, 2015 – Teaching kids to accept others is a lesson no one can afford to ignore. If I Was A Bird…What Kind Of Flock Would I Fly With? (DoctorZed Publishing) by Peter Sacco offers a light touch on a serious topic.

Tragedies resulting from bullying seem to be multiplying, and intolerance of cultural and religious differences is all too common. Author, professor and therapist Peter Sacco asks teachers, parents and counselors, how will this negative phenomenon ever change?

Simple: Through kids!

In If I Was A Bird, Billy is taken on a journey, encountering many different birds, their habits, their lifestyles, and their own unique quirks. Eventually Billy himself is transformed into a canary and learns the skill of empathy. This experience helps Billy choose wise and sincere friends, while at the same time learning tolerance for those who are not like he is. In the end, Billy learns who you “flock” with says much about you.

Kids ages six to twelve are encouraged to think about and discuss building self-esteem, self-confidence, and develop strategies for saying “no” to bullying. If I Was A Bird will be printed in five different languages to benefit children’s programs at the Center For Abuse Awareness, an organization highlighting the true cost of neglect and abuse, and supporting abuse-related organizations in the U.S. and Canada, including children’s services, victims services, shelters and other agencies that deal with children, women and men whose lives have been affected by abuse.

Peter is the author of many popular international books and more than 700 magazine articles. He has received the Award of Excellence in Teaching and lectures at universities in both the U.S. and Canada. He currently hosts a weekly radio show, “Matters of the Mind” which features celebrities with whom he discusses mental health, relationship and addiction issues. He is also an award-winning executive producer and host of documentaries on relationships, psychological issues and children’s issues. To learn more about Peter or his work, please visit: http://www.petersacco.com.

www.bullyingisforthebirds.com

If I Was A Bird…What Kind Of Flock Would I Fly With?
DoctorZed Publishing
ISBN #978-0-9942084-8-4
Price $2.99

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