Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Martha Reynolds!


The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

I asked myself the same questions I posed to everyone else!

My hometown: Johnston as a child, then Warwick, Rhode Island. Now in West Warwick.

What are my genre(s) Women’s fiction, literary fiction

What have I written? The Swiss Chocolate series (Chocolate for Breakfast, Chocolate Fondue, Bittersweet Chocolate); Bits of Broken Glass; The Way to Remember; The Happy Ever After series (A Jingle Valley Wedding, April in Galway, All’s Well in Jingle Valley); A Winding Stream; Villa del Sol; The Summer of Princess Diana; I Wish I Had a River

Some of my favorite authors: Roisin Meaney, Camille Pagan, Elin Hildebrandt, Marisa de los Santos, Anna Quindlen

My favorite books growing up: The Yearling, Go Ask Alice, and later, The Thorn Birds, The Color Purple

What do you like best about writing? I love starting out! When everything is possible, when I ask, “What if…?” Even though I generally have a good idea about plot, sometimes the story heads in a different direction, and I follow along happily.

What do find most challenging about writing? The technical aspects (so I pay people to do that for me) and the promoting of myself. I’m rubbish at both.

Where do you draw your inspiration? Everywhere! There is always a kernel of truth in my fiction. Perhaps it’s a snippet of conversation I overheard, a distinct (or sometimes fuzzy) memory, the human condition.

You’ve just been given the chance to collaborate on a book with Roisin Meaney. What’s the title going to be? Oh boy! Well, I’ll need to travel to Ireland for collaboration, and we’ll call the book A Song for Kiernan

Please follow me on Amazon and you’ll never miss a new release! https://tinyurl.com/5c2z7c8j

Here it is, my new novel! I do love this cover. Here’s what USA TODAY bestselling author Jon Land had to say about it: “I Wish I Had a River is a magical journey through love, life, and loss, a quest not for riches so much as fulfillment. Martha Reynolds has fashioned a shrewd and sensitive tale that explores both the breadth and the limits of the human heart to emerge from tragedy. This is literary writing of the highest order, on par with Elizabeth Gilbert, Alice Hoffman, and even the great Joan Didion. I only wish there were more books like this!”

The book should be perfect for fans of Eat Pray Love. One winner will receive a copy (print or digital, your choice) PLUS I’ll name a character after you in my next novel! Here’s my question: Of the four countries featured in this novel (Portugal, Spain, Italy, and France), which one tops your ‘wanna go there’ or ‘already been and loved it’ list?

This is the last day for the RI Authors Showcase – thank you for participating! Remember, the Grand Prize drawings will be held on December 7, and I’m going to try to post the video of the drawings here, but I’ll reach out to you if you win. You have a week to catch up and comment on each of the daily posts. Each day that you comment gets you a chance to win one of the big prizes. Good luck and see you soon!

If you’re local, please stop by the 10th Annual Rhode Island Authors Expo on Saturday, December 3. I’ll be there with about a hundred other local authors – all kinds of genres, so something for everyone. Did you know that signed books make great gifts? I’ll have plenty of my newest.

Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Kelly Swan Taylor!


The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Kelly Swan Taylor

Kelly is our next-to-last featured author, and I had some questions for her:

Where is your hometown? Providence, Rhode Island (although I moved around a lot growing up, so I don’t really have one)

What genre(s) do you write? Contemporary, Sports-themed, Mystery, Thriller/Suspense – Middle grade and young adult (my sweet spot is the gap between MG & YA: upper middle grade/lower young adult)

What have you written? The Winning Ingredient – YA (2021) (holiday novella releasing later this year: Mistletoe & Pandoro); The Wright Detective series – MG (Nancy Drew-inspired mystery series): Book One: The Mysterious Locker Notes (2022), Book Two: The Trophy Case (2022), Book Three: A Haunting in Greeneville (2022)

Who are your favorite authors? Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum series), Melissa Payne (Memories in the Drift), Rebecca Stead (When You Reach Me)

What were your favorite books growing up? Sherlock Holmes, Choose Your Own Adventure, Nancy Drew. And any “teen” series book (these inspired me to write the books that I do)

What do you like best about writing? The first draft process is my absolute favorite part of writing. I am a pantser, so I never plot anything out (even the mystery, thriller stories I write). This allows the story and the characters to develop on their own. I love discovering the plot and seeing how my characters evolve.

What do find most challenging about writing? I’m a perfectionist, so making sure the final draft is as “perfect” as possible is what stresses me out the most about publishing. Over my short time as an author, I am slowly learning to give myself more grace and accept that I am human. In the end, as long as my readers connect with my stories and characters, that is what is important.

Where do you draw your inspiration? Because I am a kidlit author, I draw a lot of inspiration from my own wonderful childhood. I had a lot of freedom to explore my world and be creative. I also moved around a lot, so my circle of friends and experiences is widespread. Most of my novels take place in fictional worlds that I can craft and therefore create deep roots for my characters. I didn’t have those roots as a kid, so I am now able to design them myself from the ground up. Also, I played a lot of sports as a kid and am a runner and marathoner. So, most of my books have at least a hint of sports action in them. This emphasizes teamwork, goal setting, and a positive environment for mentorship—great lessons for kids.

You’ve just been given the chance to collaborate on a book with Rebecca Stead. What’s the title going to be? Rebecca Stead is a Newbery award winner who writes kidlit. Therefore, it would be a dream to collaborate with her. I’m not sure of a title yet because that usually reveals itself during the writing process. But it would be fun to work together on an upper middle grade contemporary story with a bit of mystery, very much like The Wright Detective. What I love the most about Rebecca’s writing is that she always gives her characters the freedom to explore their worlds and just be kids. I once read that she set her Newbery winner, When You Reach Me, in the 1970s because it was a simpler time where kids could safely be on their own and given more freedom. I grew up like this and try to do that with my characters. They are given the space and time to make mistakes and learn from them on their own. As a writer of contemporary fiction, I believe that there is magic in the everyday and that kids can be heroes in everyday life.

Learn more about Kelly and her books by visiting her website https://linktr.ee/KellySwanTaylor

Kelly is giving away both a copy of her young adult novel The Winning Ingredient and Book One in her sleuthy middle grade series, The Wright Detective: The Mysterious Locker Notes (plus bookmarks, etc.). For a chance to win, just answer this question: Who is/was your favorite fictional character you read about as a kid/tween/teen?

Kelly Swan Taylor is the author of the popular young adult novel The Winning Ingredient and the sleuthy middle grade series The Wright Detective. When she’s not concocting unique recipes in her kitchen or hovering over her keyboard, this attorney and former laboratory scientist spends her time as a competitive runner. With experience racing from sun-drenched Hawaii to frigid Iceland, her first publishing credit was in Simon & Schuster’s best-selling book series, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Running for Good, highlighting the historic 2013 and 2014 Boston Marathons. Growing up immersed in beloved “Teen” novels, Kelly now crafts her own sweet stories that bridge the gap between middle grade and young adult fiction that is so often forgotten but so sorely needed in the market today. In fact, she is so passionate about bridging this gap that she founded the imprint Link Press, dedicated to bringing these stories back to young readers. As a believer that there is magic in the everyday, she has a soft spot for the kind and sincere yet flawed character, who tries to do the right thing, stumbles along the way, but eventually becomes a hero in everyday life. Kelly resides in Providence, Rhode Island with her architect husband, Jonathan, and her spirit animal and trusted kitty, Otto.

Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Pat Mitchell!


The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

PLEASE NOTE: If the author contacts you to let you know you’ve won, you must respond within THREE DAYS or we’ll have to draw another winner.

Pat Mitchell

So happy to welcome my friend Pat Mitchell to the blog! She’s got a new book coming out and I couldn’t be more excited. Get to know my pal:

Do you write under your own name or an alias? I write as Pat Mitchell (changed from ‘Patricia L’ to Pat for the new book)

Where is your hometown? Johnston, Rhode Island

What genre(s) do you write? So far I have written a memoir and a middle grade fiction book. I think I’m going to try YA next! I love expository writing too, so nothing is out of the question at this point.

What have you written? A Girl From the Hill – My Mother’s Journey from Italian Girl to American Woman (2013); Goodbye Pound Cake (2022)

Who are some of your favorite authors?Up to 3 favorite authors – new: David Sedaris, Phillipa Gregory, Lois Lowry

What were your favorite books growing up? The House at Pooh Corner, The Outsiders, Stuart Little

What do you like best about writing? The best part about writing is the feeling when someone reads your work and connects with it. It’s like they are connecting to me and it’s both gratifying and humbling.

What do you find most challenging about writing? Creating the initial story. I feel like once I have the general plot it becomes fun to fill in the pieces. But trying to come up with an interesting idea is difficult.

Where do you draw your inspiration? Usually I deal with feelings I have or have had to deal with in the past, and I build characters around them. There is always some part of me or something that’s important to me at the most at the root of my work.

You’ve just been given the chance to collaborate with Phillipa Gregory. What’s the title going to be? The title of the book would be Blood and Dirt, a historical fiction account of the Irish Famine and Queen Victoria.

Inspired by the memory of her mother to register for this year’s Newport Bridge Run, Rhode Island’s most popular long-distance running race of the year, 14-year-old Michelle Natale envisions herself getting fit, sporting a perfect body, and finally silencing the Hyenas and their boyfriends at Apple Valley Middle School who bully her and call her Pound Cake.

But when Michelle invites her best friend Mandy on the journey from overweight outcasts to beautiful winners, Mandy declines. Instead, she takes a different path to happiness, and the two friends nearly destroy everything that’s most important.

Michelle learns from her relationships with her science-nerd father, her obnoxious big brother, her dreamy new running coach, her mini-me dog, and even Elvis Presley bringing messages from beyond, that true beauty comes from family, friendship, healthy choices, and being happy with who you are.

Pat is offering a copy of her new novel, Goodbye Pound Cake to one lucky winner! To be eligible, just answer this question? Did you (*or do you) have a nickname? Share it if you want to!

Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring D.R. Perry!


The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Author DR Perry at the “Big E” exposition

Very pleased to have author DR Perry on the blog today – welcome back! Want to know a little more? Here we go:

Where is your hometown? Salem, Massachusetts

What genre(s) do you write? YA Urban and Contemporary Fantasy. I write books about teenagers with powers and the schools they go to.

What have you written? I’m listing names of series because there are nine to ten books in each of those. I have three completed series in the Revealed World. It starts with Providence Paranormal College (2016), continues with Hawthorn Academy (2020) and Gallows Hill Academy (2021-22). I’ve just begun releasing the third series set in Salem, Messing Psychic Academy, as of November 2022. The first book is called Make Yourself and features Ben, a boy with a psychic talent and a disability he didn’t expect. 

Who are your favorite authors? Jane Yolen, Rick Riordan, R.R. Virdi

What were some of your favorite books growing up? A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Hero and the Crown

What do you like best about writing? Perhaps oddly, I enjoy revisions. Writing is a lonely pursuit and I appreciate the feedback I get from the beta readers and editors working for my publisher. Yes, even the negatives. Their comments keep me on the rails, or remind me to add elements I might have missed. And polishing uncut turns of phrase to make them sparkle is always a joy. 

What do you find most challenging about writing? The difficult part is finding enough energy to get the draft down. My health and mobility has declined over the last five years and we’re still not sure why. The physical therapist was kind enough to recommend a rollator walker, which has been a game changer. I got a red one! Despite this, fatigue gets me in a chokehold all too often, so I’ve had to try some unconventional methods and experiment with adaptive equipment. I have addressed this in panels before, and plan to do so in the future. Maybe even at the RI Author Expo. 

Where do you draw your inspiration? I pick pieces of my experiences in this world up, like seashells from beaches, interesting rocks in the park, lengths of wood on a hike. Yes, I still hike, slowly and sometimes, even with the walker. Mine has wheels like a dirt bike for exactly that reason. 

You’ve just been given the chance to collaborate on a book with Rick Riordan! What’s the title going to be? I’d love to write for Rick Riordan Presents. I’m not sure what to title an idea in such early stages, but the series would be about a first-generation Polish-American Jewish girl who discovers a magical migrating hut in the woods behind her school. It’s got chicken legs and belongs to a certain legendary witch, of course. 

Check out her website at http://www.drperryauthor.com

And you can see all of her books at her Amazon page: https://tinyurl.com/7jrnp2u7

How about this GORGEOUS cover?! The author is gifting a copy to one lucky winner. Just answer this question to be eligible: What do you think about adults reading YA (Young Adult fiction)?

Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Paul Caranci!


The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Paul Caranci

Happy to have my perennial guest and friend Paul Caranci featured today. Here are some questions for him:

Paul, what name do you use as an author? Paul Caranci

Where is your hometown? North Providence, Rhode Island

What genre(s) do you write? History, Religion, True Crime, Political Corruption, How-to books

What have you written?

North Providence (2012); The Hanging and Redemption of John Gordon (2013); The Essential Guide to Running for Office (2014); Award-Winning Real Estate Sales (2014); Monumental Providence (2015); Scoundrels (2016); Wired: A Shocking True Story of Political Corruption and the FBI Informant Who Risked Everything to Expose It (2017); The Promise of Fatima (2017); I Am the Immaculate Conception (2018); Heavenly Portrait (2019); Before the End of the Age (2020); Terror in Wichita (2021); Darkness at Dachau (2021); Ear Candy (2022)

Who are your favorite authors? David McCullough, Nathaniel Philbrick

What were some of your favorite books growing up? The Day Christ Died, Best Evidence

What do you like best about writing? The extensive research and resulting education

What do you find most challenging about writing? The editing process. The research and writing are much eaaaaaasier for me than is the task of editing.

Where do you draw your inspiration? The world.

Visit Paul’s website for news and events: http://www.paulcaranci.com

LinkedIn:

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulcaranci

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/paul.caranci

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/paulcaranci

The Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA): http://www.RIAuthors.org

Perhaps it was fate that brought them together. Five seasoned musicians, all of whom at some point in their individual careers had been close to realizing the dream of virtually every young musician – the ever elusive record deal.

The idea was to form a multi-generational band that would focus on vocally challenging songs from the 1960s to the present. In 2010, two talented young female singers (foxes) joined up with the experienced voices of The Mustangs (fossils). Together, they produced a beautiful harmonic blend that band founder, Tim Purcell, describes as “ear candy.”

Some 12 years later, that band – Foxes and Fossils – has taken the internet by storm. In a short time, they’ve risen from relative obscurity to a number one YouTube sensation. With over 80 million views on their channel (adding about 1.4 million new ones every month), and accolades from artists like Cat Stevens and Graham Nash, Foxes and Fossils have hundreds of thousands of fans in over 40 different countries.

Ear Candy: Foxes and Fossils, America’s #1 Cover Band by Paul F. Caranci and band member Sammie Purcell will take you on a musical journey with five fossils and three foxes. A journey starting from the humble beginnings of each member and culminating in the formation of Foxes and Fossils; a true American success story.

You can win a copy of Paul’s newest book – Ear Candy: The Inside Story of Foxes & Fossils. Just answer this question: What is your favorite band? (Not singer, band!)

Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Julien Ayotte!


The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Julien Ayotte

Perennial favorite Julien Ayotte is back on Black Friday and I’ve asked a few questions!

Where is your hometown? Woonsocket for 68 years, Cumberland for the last 11 years, and now in Lincoln, Rhode Island

What genre(s) do you write? Mostly mystery thrillers, but one historical fiction.

What have you written? Spitting Images: A Harry Esten Mystery (2022), The Treasure (2020), Diamond and Pearls (2020), Code Name Lily (2018), Disappearance (2017), A Life Before (2016), Dangerous Bloodlines (2014), Flower of Heaven (2012), Wealth Building for Professionals (2001)

Who are some of your favorite authors? David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, John Grisham

What were some of your favorite books growing up? To Kill A Mockingbird, The Green Beret, The Count of Monte Cristo

What do you like best about writing?  Creating a story that didn’t exist before. The satisfaction of taking a reader to a place he/she has never been to or may never get to. Each of my novels is totally different, from a priest having an affair and its consequences, to a young girl with reincarnation powers, to the witness protection system, to a WWII heroine, to a female burglar, to a retired colonel with a heart of gold, and to multiple young adults looking very much alike. The satisfaction comes from people who read what I write.

What do find most challenging about writing?  Where my next day’s writing will take me, if anywhere at all. I have no outline, no ending, no idea whatsoever what I will write today or tomorrow, but suddenly it just comes pouring out. It can be frightening, but it always comes together in the end. Some days I can’t write a single word, but I get up the next day to try again.

Where do you draw your inspiration? Success breeds success. My readers are my inspiration, so you could say I draw my inspiration from them. What I thought would be one novel and done, has turned into a mission to continue to satisfy the thirst of my readers, who want yet another book and can’t seem to get it fast enough. I once foolishly made a promise to them that I would write a book a year for ten years. Age and a pandemic have a way to slow this process a bit, but I hope to get to #10 soon as #8 has just been released. I write because I breathe, and simply cannot spend most of my time playing golf and tennis anymore. My wife still wonders where all of this creativity comes from…so do I, but I’m glad I found it! The simplest events can make a great book if you don’t take them for granted. 

You’ve just been given the chance to collaborate on a book with John Grisham! What’s the title going to be?  The Bar Exam

Julien’s website is http://www.julienayotte.com where you can find full descriptions and links to all of his books.

Two bodies are washed ashore, one in Provincetown on Cape Cod, the other on the shore of Boston Harbor. Both bodies look alike and are carrying the wallets of two other people who also resemble the two dead bodies. How can this be?

Follow the trail of leads found by Harry Esten, a former FBI agent, as he and his wife Laura join forces with two Massachusetts police agencies to find the assailant.

The suspense is unending, and the motives are mind-boggling, but the ending is nothing like you would expect.

Julien is giving away a copy of Spitting Images: A Harry Esten Mystery, his most recent thriller. You’ll want to read this book! Do you resemble someone famous? Let us know in the comments!

Please follow Julien on Amazon and check out his other books – as one reader says, “Once you’ve read one of Ayotte’s books, you’ll want to read them all!”

Julien’s website: http://www.julienayotte.com

Julien’s Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001K86YRY

Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Yvette Nachmias-Baeu!


The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Yvette Baeu

I have questions for the wonderful Yvette Nachmias-Baeu!

Where is your hometown? Hope Valley, Rhode Island

What genre(s) do you write? Historic Novel, Romance, Memoir, Non-Fiction

What have you written? Ledicia’s Key (2022), Best Friends (2018), Clara at Sixty (2015), A Reluctant Life (2012)

Who are some of your favorite authors? Toni Morrison, Anne Lamott, John Irving

What were your favorite books growing up? The Secret Garden, Catcher in the Rye, Marjorie Morningstar.

What do you like best about writing?  The freedom to challenge myself and not be interrupted when I am expressing a thought. The solitude and finding out what I am actually thinking about.

What do find most challenging about writing? Getting the right tone, using the right words, developing the story, grammar, developing the form.

Where do you draw your inspiration? What captivates me at the moment.  Life in general, history and my own life as well.

You’ve just been given the chance to collaborate on a book with Toni Morrison. What’s the title going to be? The Last Watch

Yvette’s latest book, Ledicia’s Key, is garnering acclaim! Read what author Cynthia F. Davidson (The Importance of Paris) has to say: “In Ledicia’s Key, Ms. Baeu’s poignant reprise of far-flung family ties, the author strikes centuries of chords across several continents. Here is the full symphony of humanity, played out in the sharps and flats of personal triumphs and political tragedies. The author reaches backwards and forwards through time to remind us of a hard-won intergenerational truth. Such a timely series of stories: about surviving genocide, displacement, armed conflicts, and the madmen of history as we grapple in the present with another modern-day tragedy, another wave of invasions, bombings, war crimes, and millions of refugees. As these tales so richly prove, ancestry is more than a DNA test. It is the preservation of wisdom and the prevention of amnesia.”

Note: I’ve added this one to my TBR list! You should, too. Better yet, leave a comment below for a chance to win a copy! Just tell us what period of time you would like to have lived in if you weren’t alive today.

Meanwhile, learn more about Yvette and her other books by visiting her website http://www.yvettenachmiasbaeu.com

Follow Yvette on Amazon! https://tinyurl.com/28cejzt2

Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Mari Dias!


The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Dr. Mari Dias

It’s my honor to welcome Mari Dias to the blog today. Mari was a guest here last year and had the most engagement of anyone! Here’s a chance to learn more about her:

Mari, what name do you use as an author?  Dr. Mari Nardolillo Dias

Where is your hometown? North Kingstown, Rhode Island

What genre(s) do you write? Nonfiction memoir

What have you written? GriefSPEAK: Stories of Loss, Volumes I and II (2021, 2022)

Who are some of your favorite authors? Irvin Yalom, Chloe Benjamin and John Irving

What were your favorite books growing up? The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright, The Boxcar Children Mysteries Series by Gertrude C Warner and Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene

What do you like best about writing? The catharsis and debriefing it affords me. It is a great method of self-care.

What do find most challenging about writing? The solitude and the aloneness.

Where do you draw your inspiration? From my clients

You’ve just been given the chance to collaborate on a book with Irvin Yalom. What’s the title going to be? Life of Sighs

In Mari’s words: As a Thanatologist, certified grief counselor, and hospice volunteer, I find bereavement and end of life counseling to be my destiny. It is humbling and gratifying; I am privileged to work with grieving a loss (death and non-death), both expected or traumatic, as well as spending the remaining months of an individual’s life with them.

I have worked with people of all ages as they grieve. I use methods based on the cognitive and emotional development of the individual. This includes play, theater, art and storytelling therapies for children, which is modified for teens. When working with adults I use individual and group facilitation with an integrative therapeutic approach.

My website is www.gracepointegrief.com

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GracePointeGrief

Mari is offering a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner. To be eligible, just consider this:

It’s Thanksgiving time. You have an empty chair at the table. Who has passed that you would like sitting in that chair to enjoy this family feast? If you believe in signs, what sign do you associate with this person?

Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Tim Baird!


The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Author Tim Baird

Hey, Tim Baird! Great to feature you today! I’m sure readers would like to know more about you:

What name do you use as an author? Tim Baird

Where is your hometown? Clinton, MA (where I was born) – Holden, MA (where I now type my books)                    

What genre(s) do you write? SFF (Science Fiction / Fantasy)

And what have you written?

The Dragon in the Whites, 2017

Washington’s Dragon Hunter, 2018

Dragon Liberator, 2019

Eggs in Two Baskets, 2020

Good Night Phobos, Good Night Deimos, 2021

The Dragon in the Lighthouse, 2022

Who are your favorite authors?

  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • John Scalzi
  • R.A. Salvatore

What were some of your favorite books growing up?

  • Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen
  • Watership Down, by Richard Adams
  • A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle

What do you like best about writing?   My favorite thing about writing is being able to tell my story in an unfiltered manner. I grew up in a large family, spent a long time competing on different teams, and now work for a large corporation. With whatever I did, there were always people who needed to equally contribute, have their opinions considered, and teammates to share the glory with.

            In writing, for better and for worse, it’s all on you. You can tell your story, your way, without worrying about what others might think. Sure, you can write some crazy story that nobody will want to buy and read, but it’s your right to do so. Add a character, remove a character, choose a setting, and tell what you want to hear… it’s all on your shoulders and you can selfishly craft a story in your own little world as you want to design it. It’s a lot of fun, a lot of creative power, and opens the floodgates of your imagination to just run wild unchecked. I love it.

What do find most challenging about writing? The most challenging thing about writing, at least for a self-published author like myself, is committing the time and dedication to the process. Because I write ‘for fun’ in addition to my day job, I don’t have a boss checking in on me, I don’t have any deadlines, and I have nobody to answer to. While this is really fun and liberating at times (see favorite thing response above), it also means that I’m 100% accountable to myself. If I’m tired, or have other things going on, or sometimes just don’t feel like writing, there’s nobody to be mad at me or encourage me along. Plus, as a full-time engineer, part-time writer, with a house to maintain and family to take care of, the 24 hours in a day get filled up awfully quickly. So, I’ll often write continuously for several nights in a row after my family goes to bed, but then I might not write for a few weeks. The break gets very nice and comfortable and can be hard to get back to work if you don’t have the personal drive to do so.

Where do you draw your inspiration? I tend to draw my inspiration from the world around me and my family. All but two of my novels have taken place somewhere within New England, with the exception of some forays onto Mars and a little backstory in one book in Iceland, thanks to a semester abroad in college. My family and friends have then been turned into fictionalized characters to embody my tales, lending their likenesses and personalities to add a sense of realism to the dialogue and descriptions.

            I also draw from my personal hobbies. I love to hike, just be outside in general, play video games, and stare up into the great beyond outside of our atmosphere. I have put these interests into the personalities of my characters and tried to speak from my own experience through their actions and thoughts.

You’ve just been given the chance to collaborate on a book with R.A. Salvatore. What’s the title going to be? I would partner with R.A. Salvatore to write The Dragons of Waterdeep. In the Forgotten Realms (the story world behind Dungeons & Dragons), Waterdeep has a protective ward placed around it and won’t let dragons in. I’d love to write a story with him about dragons either sneaking in somehow or destroying the ward to enter the land.

Thanks, Tim! Now, to learn more and to check out Tim’s books, here are some links:

Author website: http://www.timbaird.us

Amazon author page: https://tinyurl.com/53f43p8e

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16764471.Tim_Baird

Find Tim on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/timbaird.author

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/timbairdauthor

And on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG0JPeQhzEMZEAvlc-2Ak-Q

For the first time in her life, Maggie is being selfish. When she suddenly finds herself out of work and divorced, she casts aside her life as she knows it and heads north to the seaside village of Bar Harbor. Looking for a fresh start, she goes to work for her longtime friend Sparu while enjoying the single life. That is, until she meets Seamus: a hardworking and quiet dragon living on a nearby lighthouse, with a sorrowful past which he alone can bear.

Will their lust for each other derail both of their plans, or can they find love again in one another and rekindle the fires in their hearts?

What fun! Want to win a copy? Of course you do. For a chance, answer this question: would you live in a lighthouse if given the chance? Why or why not?

Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Maria Kamoulakou!


The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Maria Kamoulakou

I’m happy to welcome children’s book author Maria Kamoulakou to the blog today. Hi, Maria! I have questions for you:

What name do you write under?  Maria Kamoulakou

Where is your hometown? My hometown is Athens, Greece, but I currently live in Springfield, MA.

What genre(s) do you write? Children’s books for ages 7-10

What have you written?

Sky Cloud City: The Adventures of Hope & Trusty, 2016.

Sky Cloud City Activity Book, 2016 and 2018.

Arthur the Fly-Slayer & the Forty Dragons, 2018.

La Cité Sur les Nuées: Les Aventures d’Espérance et Fidèle, 2020.

La Cité Sur les Nuées Cahier d’ Activités, 2020.

Sky Cloud City: The Adventures of Hope & Trusty, 2021 (chapter book edition).

(Who are some of your favorite children’s book authors? Since I moved to the US, I’ve come to appreciate the books by E.B.White, Robert McCloskey, and Jane Yolen.

What were some of your favorite books growing up? During my childhood in Greece, I adored Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey for kids, The Little Match Girl and The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen. I still have the books and browse them from time to time.

What do you like best about writing? The transformation of an idea to a story to an illustrated children’s book. Getting to know my characters through writing and then visually meeting them on paper is a truly magical experience.

What do find most challenging about writing? Making time to write! The endless revisions and rewriting that follow a rough draft. The commitment it takes to turn an idea to a published children’s book.

Where do you draw your inspiration? Greek culture is a huge driving force behind me. Back in 2013, I made it my goal to familiarize English-speaking children with ancient Greek culture, Greek literature and traditional Greek folktales with kid-friendly retellings. My aim is to reach readers from as many cultural backgrounds as possible, not exclusively kids of Greek descent.

Learn more about Maria by visiting her websites: http://www.mariakamoulakou.com and http://www.littlecentaurpress.com

Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LittleCentaurPress and https://www.facebook.com/MariaKamoulakou

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/author_maria_kamoulakou/

And at her Amazon page: https://tinyurl.com/3skhub4v

FIRST GIVEAWAY!

Arthur vs 40 dragons – Great warrior or fool?

Can a hopeless daydreamer save the village from a gang of thieving dragons?
It will take a lot m ore than a sword to defeat them!

Arthur is an apprentice to his father, the blacksmith. His mind constantly wonders off to imaginary adventures. Arthur has no achievements to boast of, except for . . . killing flies!

The family underestimates him. The townspeople tease him. BUT two strangers mistake him for a great warrior . . . and the village is in dire need of a hero.

An absolute must-have for boys and girls who are transitioning from picture books to chapter books.

  • A fun dragon adventure with multiple colored illustrations. 
  • Will keep children entertained night after night!
  • Inspired by an old European folktale.

Kids will ENJOY guessing what happens next! You can win a copy by telling us your favorite children’s book!

SECOND GIVEAWAY!

An award-winning chapter book inspired by an ancient Greek comedy (The Birds, Ornithes) by Aristophanes. When two young friends purchase a pair of talking birds, an adventure set in ancient Greece begins! The two friends -Hope and Trusty- embark on a journey to the Land of the Birds, accompanied by two caged crows and a couple of stray dogs. There they meet a colorful king and address a hostile assembly of birds. With skill, eloquence and courage, the two friends end up uniting the birds in a common goal: to erect a huge city high up in the clouds. The founding of this city shakes up humankind and humbles Zeus and the Olympian gods. It triggers a series of events that benefit the birds and improves their status in the world.

Written by a Greek archaeologist, this fun retelling of a popular ancient Greek play is an ode to friendship and to promises kept. It highlights the benefits of brotherhood, unity, democracy and peace. The story sends out a very positive message to young readers: never hesitate to dream big. Seemingly impossible goals CAN be reached with hard work and collaboration.

The skillful artwork by accomplished Greek artist, Natalia Kapatsoulia, brings the story to life, rendering the book appealing to kids and parents alike.

Sky Cloud City is a short chapter book for ages 7+, grades 2-4 and for the young at heart…

An absolute must-have for the kids who LOVE Greek mythology.

You can win a copy of this delightful book by answering a question: What is your favorite bird?

There will be TWO winners – one for each of Maria’s giveaways.