Wednesday, April 12, 2017

NUDES by Author Sarah Robinson

NUDES: 

A Hollywood romance standalone from
bestselling author Sarah Robinson!
Release Date: May 22nd

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Blurb
Ben Lawson is making a comeback...
After a few tabloid headlines, they think they know me. They don't know a damn thing.  As CEO of a movie production company, I'll show them who I really am when we hit it big at the box office. My ex thought her smear tactics would ruin me, but I'm unbreakable. Rising from the debris, I swore I'd never let a woman distract me like that again. But then, my leading actress walked on the set and changed everything.

Seductive, sexy, and unapologetic, Aria Rose could break me. I wanted to help her, protect her...love her. Instead, I destroyed her.

Aria Rose is baring it all....
I knew better.  I knew not to trust another Hollywood heartthrob with a reputation like his. He was my boss and became my ruin. I should have stayed far away from him. Ben Lawson promised me the world.  He even promised me his heart.

But he destroyed everything--my heart, my career, us.
About the Author
Sarah Robinson is a native of the Washington, DC area and has both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in clinical and forensic psychology. She is married to a wonderful man who is just as much of an animal rescue enthusiast as she is. Together, they own a zoo of rescues, as well as volunteering and fostering for multiple animal shelters.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

THE MAGICIAN'S WORKSHOP Volume One & Two

About the Books:

The Magician’s Workshop, Volume One

Authors: Christopher Hansen, J.R. Fehr
Published by: Wondertale, California
Publication Date: November 8, 2016
ISBN: 1-945353-11-2
ASIN: B01MQGHGBH
Genre: Coming of Age, Fantasy, Magic
Ages: 12 and up.
Length: 85,000 words / 290 pages


Book Links:
Amazon * Goodreads

  Synopsis:
Everyone in the islands of O’Ceea has a magical ability: whatever they imagine can be brought into existence. Whoever becomes a master over these powers is granted the title of magician and is given fame, power, riches, and glory. This volume of books follows the journey of a group of kids as they strive to rise to the top and become members of the Magician’s Workshop.

Layauna desperately wants to create beautiful things with her magical powers, but all she can seem to do is make horrible, savage monsters. For years she has tried to hide her creations, but when her power is at last discovered by a great magician, she realizes that what she’s tried to hide might actually be of tremendous value.

Kai just wants to use his powers to have fun and play with his friends. Unfortunately, nearly everyone on his island sees him as a bad influence, so he’s forced to meet them in secret. When one of the creatures they create gets out of control and starts flinging fireballs at their town, Kai is tempted to believe that he is as nefarious as people say. However, his prospects change when two mysterious visitors arrive, praising his ability and making extraordinary promises about his future.

Follow the adventures of Kai, Layauna, and a boatload of other characters as they struggle to grow up well in this fantastical world.



The Magician’s Workshop, Volume Two

Authors: Christopher Hansen, J.R. Fehr
Print Length: 273 pages
Publisher: Wondertale
Publication Date: November 22, 2016
ASIN: B01N988TW7
Genre: Coming of Age, Fantasy, Magic
Ages: 12 and up.


Book Links:
Amazon * Goodreads


Synopsis:
Return to the world of The Magician’s Workshop: Where Dreams Become Reality.

In Volume Two, the Festival of Stars has finally arrived, and the Color Ceremony is about to commence. As children from all over the islands gather to stand before a puller, one question remains: who will have a Color, and who will be found void?

Rejoin your favorite characters as they step forward and receive a label that will have the power to dramatically alter the course of their lives forever.

About the Authors:

Christopher Hansen

The first glimmering Chris Hansen had that there was far more to reality than he had ever imagined occurred six days after his ninth birthday. “Christopher!” cried a wise, old sage. “Life is full of deep magic. Miraculous things happen all the time and all around us, if you know where to look for them.” Full of expectation and childlike optimism, Chris began searching for this magic, prepared to be surprised and amazed by it. And he was: he found Wonder! Now he’s chosen to write stories about it.




J.R. Fehr

When J.R. Fehr popped out of the womb, he knew there was more to the world than the four boring hospital walls that he was seeing. “Zango!” his newborn mind exclaimed as he saw people appear and disappear through a mysterious portal in the wall. As a child he found life wowtazzling, but as he grew older the cold water of reality hit him, and the magic he once knew vanished. After spending some wet and shivering years lost in a joyless wasteland, he once again began to see magic in the world. He writes because the Wonder of true life is far grander than anything he ever thought possible.




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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Shattered Vows by Author Natasha D. Frazier

Write Now Literary is pleased to announce Shattered Vows by Natasha D. Frazier Virtual book tour.  February 1-28, 2017.

Genre: Christian Fiction
ISBN-10: 0988452197
ISBN-13: 978-0988452190
ASIN: B01MZ5IQMR
Book Release Date: January 31, 2017

Rico gambled with his marriage when he cheated on Chloe. Breaking his vows and risking everything for temporary pleasure, he lost his wife’s respect and trust. Rico returns to God, searching for a quick fix to win Chloe’s heart back, but his heart is the one that is changed. He is a self-proclaimed changed man, willing to go the extra mile to restore his marriage, but he just may be too late. Has Chloe given up on him? She has forgiven him before, but this is different. "I’m sorry" isn't enough when vows have been shattered. With the law and the Word of the Lord on her side, she finally gathers enough courage to walk away. But then tragedy strikes. Is it enough to make Chloe stay, or will she start a new chapter in her life?
Since graduating from Jackson State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Accounting, Natasha earned a Masters of Science degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University. Aside from being an author, Natasha is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Natasha has authored three devotional books. Her first book is The Life Your Spirit Craves (released November 2012), a 30-Day devotional and journal that encourages readers to seek, accept and pursue their God-given assignment. The Life Your Spirit Craves won the Readers’ Choice Award at the Christian Literary Awards November 2013. Her second book, Not Without You: 365 Days in the Lord’s Presence (released March 2014) encourages readers to make devotion a part of their everyday life by seeking God every day. Not Without You has been nominated for the Henri Award. The Henri Award recognizes excellence in Christian literature. The Life Your Spirit Craves for Mommie s is a 52 week devotional for mothers that encourages them to see God at work in their lives through their role as a mother. Natasha has also began a fiction series that focuses on real and relevant issues in today’s society, such as sex, adultery, blended families and more! Her debut series contains three titles - Love, Lies & Consequences, Through Thick & Thin, and Shattered Vows (January 2017 release). With a love for God’s people, especially women and children, Natasha channels her passion through writing and participating in SASSy, an organization whose focus is to inspire and encourage women to take second steps and become the person God has called them to be. Each month, women participating in SASSy select a different cause and give our time and resources by volunteering in the community. We have volunteered at women’s shelters, Kids’ Meals, Inc. and have performed random acts of kindness throughout the Houston, TX area. Natasha resides in Missouri City, TX with her husband, Eddie Frazier, Jr. and their three children, Eden, Ethan, and Emilyn. Her greatest joy and commitment is to her family who she hopes to inspire above all else. One of her many mottos in life is: Faith removes limitations.

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Rico let out a low whistle as Chloe descended the stairs with her matching camel-colored clutch under her arm. She was beautiful and he made sure she knew it.
“I’m the luckiest man in the world to have you on my arm tonight. You look beautiful, sweetie,” Rico complimented as he took her hand when she descended to the last three steps. When she made it to the bottom, he lifted her hand and brushed her wedding band with his fingers before planting a kiss on her hand.
“Thank you.” Chloe blushed a little and returned the compliment. “You look nice, too.” She noticed that he was wearing her favorite cologne as well, but didn’t make mention of it. Rico placed her hand around his arm and escorted her to the car. Their drive to the Improv was filled with chatter from Rico about what they did on previous anniversaries. She didn’t add much to the conversation, only nodded and smiled mostly. She had to admit that those times were nice, but this one was much different. In her mind was the insurmountable obstacle in front of them.
Rico had purchased their tickets online so they walked straight past the ticket booth to the entrance, where they were greeted by a hostess and shown to their VIP table near the stage. Noting the dim lighting, soft R&B music and the newly renovated facility, Chloe remembered their first date at the Improv, where they saw the comedian Arnez J in standup. They laughed until their stomachs and throats were in pain. She was hoping she would get another whiff of that tonight, although she didn’t know who the comedian was going to be. She just knew that she could use a laugh right about now. And not just any laugh, but a magic laugh that would take away all of the pain that she was feeling and trying so hard to push aside. The type of laughter that would somehow wipe the slate clean for the two of them. She was sure there was no such thing, but she was ready for the magic she hoped the night would bring for her.
She ordered a Caesar salad and he ordered buffalo wings to enjoy before the show started. On cue, the show began when the waitress came to take away their empty plates. They were tickled a little by the warm-up acts but nothing like what she was waiting for. However, she was feeling more relaxed and her body didn’t stiffen as it did earlier when Rico pulled her chair closer to his and put his arm around her.
There were still a few residual laughs from the crowd as the host appeared onstage to announce the headliner for the night—Will the Thrill. Chloe didn’t recognize the comedian’s stage name, so she knew she hadn’t heard any of his jokes before. New material. Great.
Will the Thrill jumped straight into his routine after the round of applause subsided. His first joke was about dating and how he wasn’t ready to commit to his girlfriend by getting married.
“C’mon now men. Y’all know how much extra work it is to hide the side woman when you get married. Gotta put all these codes in your phone, use aliases and lie, lie, lie. Even when you get caught, stick to the lie. Ain’t that right my man?” he joked as he gestured toward Rico.
Her anticipation waned at those jokes. In fact, they weren’t funny at all. Bad choice in her mind. What began to tick her off was that Rico was doubled over in laughter . . . clearly, something he shouldn’t have been laughing at given the situation they were in.
“What in the hell is so funny, Rico?” she sneered, leaning to the side to look up at him wiping tears from his eyes.
“What?” Rico asked, clearly confused.
“So cheating is funny?”
“Sweetie, these are just jokes. C’mon now.”
“I’m glad you think ruining our marriage and our lives is funny. I’m getting out of here!” Chloe scooted away from the table, snatched her purse and walked away with Rico following close behind.
“Looks like someone got caught doing what I just said not to do!” the comedian joked to their retreating backs as they exited the room, causing an uproar in the crowd.
Rico grabbed her hand and she spun around. She yanked her hand back and folded her arms across her chest. The look she gave would have killed him if looks could kill. Infidelity was a sore spot with her and definitely not a laughing matter. Rico couldn’t understand why she took it so seriously. Everyone in the room, except her, knew that those were only jokes. There was no reason to get upset over nothing. But to Chloe it wasn’t nothing; it was the reason her life was turned upside down.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Grow Up Messy! By Author: Paromita Goswami


Title of the book: Grow Up Messy!
(A Hilarious Coming of Age Series Book1)

Author: Paromita Goswami
Genre:  Middle School, Teen and YA
Publisher:  Ficus India

The Blurb: 
Childhood is considered to be the best time of one’s life. What if you get a chance to live it once more with a five-year-old? 
Misry, a naughty five-year-old girl, lives with her parents in a B.S.F border outpost near Indo-Bangladesh border. But with no schools and friends she feels very lonely. She tries to befriend some local village kids. But they find her incompetent in their rural antics. They nickname her Messy as most of the time she messes up their plan. Can Misry really be a part of the gang? 
Set in the early eighties, join Misry in the adventures of her life.

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Short Excerpts:
1. The smell of chocolate was making Bheeru drool but he maintained his indifferent straight look.
“You can test me now,” he said.
Misry looked up and down the dirt road. Something was going on in her mind. She gave a wicked smile at Bheeru and said, “Okay! Shut your eyes.”
2. “Misry. Keep the toys back in the box and come for lunch.”
No response.
“Misry. Did you hear what I said?”
Still no response.
“Are you coming or should I come there?”
“I am coming, Ma.”
3. With all the time in her hand, she sat down on the stool, closed her eyes and licked the toothpaste from her index finger. The peppermint flavor transported her to a different world.
“Mashi see, Misry is eating toothpaste again!” Raju shouted, having caught her red- handed.
“Misry!!”
Before Madhavi appeared from her room, Misry ran out of the house.
4. Once lunch was over, both of them went for an afternoon nap. Misry closed her eyes pretending to sleep as Madhavi crooned a lullaby, patting her gently.
Five minutes. No sleep.
Ten minutes. No sleep.
Twenty minutes. The crooning stopped and eventually the gentle patting stopped too. Misry was sure Ma was fast asleep now. She peeped through her left eye.
Madhavi was asleep beside her. Misry opened both her eyes.

About the Author:
Paromita Goswami is a writer and storyteller by passion and a rebel by choice. She says the world is full of stories and as a writer she loves to pen them down. Her work is not genre specific. From literary fiction to children book to upcoming paranormal thriller and women fiction, Paromita Goswami‘s books offer the variety of life to her readers. Grow Up Messy! is her second book. She debuted in 2015 with Shamsuddin’s Grave, a literary fiction. Besides writing, she is also the founder of reading club that enhances book reading habit in children. She lives in central India with her family.


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Thursday, February 2, 2017

LADY LAZARUS by Author Cheryll W. Crane

LADY LAZARUS

Book title: LADY LAZARUS

Author bio:
Cheryll W. Crane, a playwright, novelist and screenwriter, is also a former educator and Federal Civil Rights Investigator. Her stage play, Mattie Moon, a winner of the San Francisco Bay Guardian Screenwriting Award, had staged readings at PlayCafe in Berkeley, CA. and at Barnes & Noble in Oakland, CA. Her screenplay, Mattie Moon, was a finalist and semi-finalist in the Mooondance and Cinestory Screenwriting competitions, respectively, and it finished in the top 10% of the Nicholl competition.

Brief synopsis of your book:
Mattie Moon, a young African American woman, tells the story of how, when on the verge of committing infanticide and suicide at Eloise Lake, she was saved by the mysterious Stranger Woman and assisted by members of her community. Mattie, who had suffered from issues of abandonment and loss, shows how she grew up, came to the point of despair and is now taking steps toward the hope and faith that may sustain her.

What moment or event sparked the inspiration for your novel?

I had written a short play about a young girl living with her eccentric overly religious mother, when I saw an article about a woman who had drowned her children. She said that she had reached for her infant, to save him, but it was too late. She looked devastated. I remembered also the Susan Smith saga. She and other desperate and/or mentally ill women have harmed their children. I wanted to write about a woman at the edge, who is saved, whose children are saved.

What would you say that you found to be the most difficult part of your writing process?
While writing Lady Lazarus, I worked a full time job, was a mother and wife, so making the time to write was challenging.

Were there any issues you dealt with in real life that influenced your novel?
My parents separated when I was very young. I wanted to live with my father. We had been very close and I missed him. Although we reunited as a family a few years later, I could relate to Mattie’s daddy issue, to the impact of her sense of abandonment. Also questions of religious faith and the lack thereof were on my mind.

What main words of support would you offer to those dealing with emotional illness in their family?
It is important to be patient, to show unconditional love and to seek help.

Genre/Author/Reader and the process:

What genre and age group does your book fall into?
 

The genre is literary women’s fiction for adults.

What was the most difficult part of delving into such emotional issues where a person contemplates infanticide and suicide?
For me the most difficult part is to not be overly sentimental or judgemental and recognize the fragility of the character’s emotional state.

How many books have you written? 
Two.

Are there any precautions you must take in writing an emotional book such as this?
It was important to me not to write too closely to real people and situations that I have observed, to respect their privacy and instead “make stuff up” and not to, aside from the fantastical aspect, to indicate that problems are solved easily.

What are your thoughts about the decline of the printed novel?
I enjoy reading printed novels and read them primarily, but I think it is good that people who read eBooks are able to access them easily and relatively inexpensively.

Do you have any ideas for your book and Hollywood? Actors, directors, music?
For both of my novels, the printed one and the one being completed, I have written screenplays.

Which book to movie conversion is your favorite?
There are many. Wise Blood, Beloved and Pride and Prejudice are among them.

What do you hope readers will come away with, after reading your story?
A sense of compassion for this single mom and other women who are experiencing mental health issues. And the realization that sometimes we really can help one another.

If you had one do over in life, what would it be?
I would have been with my father more often during the time of his illness and thanked him more for all he did for me.

What and who first inspired you to write?
My extended family, especially my mother’s siblings, aunts, uncles and friends.

Current book or project you’re working on: 
My second novel, Back In The Day

Personal info:

Favorite:

Drink
Water, Champagne
Food
More than dark chocolate? Fruit Vacation Paris, Guadeloupe
TV shows
Homeland, Insecure, The Affair
Song Back in the day, a tie between The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face and Your Precious Love; more recently Love On the Brain. A pattern exits.

How can people connect with you? cwc1306@gmail.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cheryll.crane.3

Where can readers find your book?
Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/LADY-LAZARUS-Cheryll-Crane-ebook/dp/B006Z3YYKI/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1486070575&sr=1-6&keywords=lady+lazarus

Barnes&Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lady-lazarus-cheryll-w-crane/1008508977?ean=9780595406081 

iUniverse:  http://bookstore.iuniverse.com/Products/SKU-000107359/LADY-LAZARUS.aspx

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Chameleon by Author Zoe Kalo



~ Cover Reveal ~
Chameleon by Zoe Kalo

Genre: YA/Gothic/Ghost/Multicultural
Word Count: 55,000 
Release Date: February 2017

Premise:
Kicked out of school, 17-year old Paloma finds herself in an isolated convent in the tropical forests of 1970s Puerto Rico, where she must overcome her psychosis in order to help a spirit and unveil a killer.


Blurb:
An isolated convent, a supernatural presence, a dark secret…

17-year-old Paloma only wanted to hold a séance to contact her dead father. She never thought she would be kicked out of school and end up in an isolated convent. Now, all she wants is to be left alone. But slowly, she develops a bond with a group of girls: kind-hearted Maria, insolent Silvy, pathological liar Adelita, and their charismatic leader Rubia. When, yet again, Paloma holds a séance in the hope of contacting her father, she awakens an entity that has been dormant for years. And then, the body count begins. Someone doesn’t want the secret out…

Are the ghost and Paloma’s suspicions real—or only part of her growing paranoia and delusions?

About the Author:
A certified bookworm, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. Reading led to writing—compulsively. No surprise that at 16, she wrote her first novel, which her classmates read and passed around secretly. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has stayed with her, so now she wants to pass her stories to you with no secrecy—but with lots of mystery…
A daughter of adventurous expats, she’s had the good fortune of living on 3 continents, learning 4 languages, and experiencing a multicultural life. Currently, she’s working on a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature, which she balances between writing, taking care of her clowder of cats, and searching for the perfect bottle of pinot noir.

Connect with Zoe Kalo on the web: 
www.ZoeKalo.com / Facebook / Twitter

Sunday, January 1, 2017

LEAVING THE HALL LIGHT ON by Author Madeline Sharples

LEAVING THE HALL LIGHT ON
Interview with Madeline Sharples
Author bio: During her 30-year professional career, Madeline Sharples worked as a technical writer/editor and proposal manager in the aerospace business and wrote grant proposals in the nonprofit arena. She started to fulfill her dream to work as a creative writer in the last few years. Her memoir, Leaving the Hall Light On: A Mother’s Memoir of Living with Her Son’s Bipolar Disorder and Surviving His Suicidewas released in a hardback edition in 2011 and re-released in paperback and eBook editions by Dream of Things in 2012. 
She also co-authored Blue-Collar Women: Trailblazing Women Take on Men-Only Jobs (New Horizon Press, 1994), co-edited the poetry anthology, The Great American Poetry Show, Volumes 1, 2, and 3, and wrote the poems for two photography books, The Emerging Goddess and Intimacy (Paul Blieden, photographer). Her poems appear online and in print magazines, recently in the Story Circle Network True Words series, the 2016 Porter Gulch Review, and the Yellow Chair Review’s 2016 ITWOW (In the Words of Womyn) anthology.
Madeline’s articles have appeared in the Huffington Post, Naturally Savvy, Aging Bodies, and PsychAlive. She also posts at her blog, Choices and is currently writing a novel. In addition, she produced a CD of her son’s music called Paul Sharples at the Piano, as a fundraiser to help erase the stigma of mental illness and prevent suicide. It was released on the fifthteenth anniversary of his death in September 2014.
Madeline studied journalism in high school, wrote for the high school newspaper, studied journalism at the University of Wisconsin, and received a B.A. degree in English from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Brief synopsis of your book: Leaving the Hall Light On is about living after loss: first and foremost that she chose to live and go on with life and take care of herself as a woman, wife, mother, writer. It is about the steps Sharples took in living with the loss of her son, including making use of diversions to help ease her grief and the milestones she met toward living a full life without him. She says, “to let ourselves grieve is to feel the depth of our love. For those whose children have died, that may take the rest of our lives, but we will discover the gifts of our loss in the process.”

Leaving the Hall Light On shares several aspects of her son's illness and how she and her husband, and their other son, Ben, survived Paul's suicide, as it:
·      Describes the frustration, anger, and guilt of trying to care for an adult child with mental illness
·      Gives mothers and fathers who have experienced a child's death ways to get out of the deep dark hole they are in
·      Tells people the realities of mental illness
·      Describes the steps Sharples took in living with this loss; the first and foremost that she chose to live and go on with life and take care of herself as a woman, wife, mother, writer
·      Shows readers that grief is love in action. To let ourselves grieve is to feel the depth of our love for as long as it takes. For those of us whose children have died, that may take the rest of our lives, but we will discover the gifts of our loss in the process.

Book title: Leaving the Hall Light On: A Mother’s Memoir of Living with Her Son’s Bipolar Disorder and Surviving His Suicide

What moment or event sparked the inspiration for your memoir?
My son’s bipolar disorder that resulted in his suicide at age twenty-seven. I journaled about my experience of losing my son to suicide and wrote about it ad nauseum in a workshop I started attending shortly after his death. The encouragement I received from my instructor and other workshop attendees finally convinced me that I needed to get my story out to the public.

What would you say are three things that you found to be the most difficult part of writing a memoir.
1) Writing about the other characters in the book: my husband and surviving son and my deceased son’s girlfriend
2) Being respectful of my son’s memory
3) Writing our story about my son’s mental illness and the mental illness that ran rampant in my family in the most honest way I could

Were there any issues you dealt with in real life that you hesitated to discuss in your memoir?
My memoir is pretty raw. I told the whole story in vivid detail.  That’s what I think is important about memoir. It shouldn’t be a glossed over account like so many celebrities write these days.

What if any lessons did you learn writing this book?
No matter how much advice and editing help I had throughout the process, I realized in the end that this was my book and I could accept or reject the help as I saw fit.

What is probably the most difficult thing you overcame as you grew up?
I was very chubby from the ages of four to twelve. Fortunately my baby fat disappeared naturally during my puberty.

Was there any warning signals that you or family learned to be alerted to?
I would say no. My father and brother ridiculed me and called me names, and my mother didn’t buy me clothes that looked good on me.
 
What main words of support would you offer to those dealing with emotional illness in their family?
Don’t tell people who are grieving how or how long to grieve. Everyone grieves in their own way and in their own time. For some the grieving is never over.

Genre/Author/Reader and the process:
What genre and age group does your book fall into?
Memoir for teenage and up.

What was the most difficult part of sharing such an emotional experience and loss?
It was hard for me to even read what I wrote. When my second publisher asked me to review it one last time for typos, I did it kicking and screaming. It was one of the hardest assignments of my life.
However, I felt if my book helps just one family get through what my family has been through, it was worth it.

Could you recommend three places or links where people could go to look for help?
1) Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services—transforms lives by providing quality mental health and substance abuse services in communities where stigma or poverty limits access
4760 S. Sepulveda Boulevard Culver City, CA 90230
310-390-6612 
2) National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)—dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness
3803 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington VA 22203 
3) The Compassionate Friends—for bereaved families and the people who care about them, following the death of a child
900 Jorie Boulevard P.O. Box 3696 Oak Brook, IL 60522-3696
877-969-0010 
Suicide Prevention and Stigma Prevention Blogs
Active Minds
Never Lose Hope: Keep Holding On, Love
Sources of Strength
Connecting Peers and Caring Adults
We All Want to Help
Time to Change

How many books have you written?
See bio.

What would you tell others about acceptance instead of blame?
I felt a lot of guilt after my son died. I couldn’t help blaming myself for not doing something to prevent his suicide. But looking back – and I think people will see this in my book – I really did help him as much as he would let me. It just takes a lot of time to accept what is. Even now after over seventeen years, I still blame myself. I know for sure this and my grief will never go away.

Are there any precautions you must take in writing a memoir, such as sharing too much or sharing not enough?
Be careful about writing about other people beside yourself, especially if you’re going to use their real names. I changed names for some people I wrote about in my memoir and gave others drafts to look at and approve.
I am also an advocate of sharing a lot of the details. It certainly wouldn’t have been worthwhile to write my memoir with less. However, my niece remarked after reading my book that there was too much information for her – she probably was referring to the intimate material I wrote about my husband and me.
I had other issues as well since I chose to include quotes from others. It’s important to get permission to use them, and that takes a lot of time. And in one instance I had to pay to use a quote.

If you were to recommend anything to someone planning on writing a memoir, what would it be?
It Takes a Village to Write a Book: Even though writing is a lonely business, a village of resources helped and nurtured me from the time I started writing my memoir, Leaving the Hall Light On. I started with journaling, at first sporadically and later, after reading and doing the exercises in The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron (Putnam’s Sons, 1992), I wrote my morning pages, not missing a day of keeping my fingers moving across the pages of my journal.
After amassing about three years worth of journal entries I began to think about turning them into a book. But, I was not a creative writer. My writing experience consisted of writing, editing, and training engineers on reports and proposals in the aerospace industry. So I went back to school to learn.
I took fiction, essay, and memoir writing classes through UCLA Extension Writer’s Program. The people from my first fiction class formed a writing group, meeting monthly, sharing and gently critiquing each other’s writing. 
A member of that group spoke lovingly about Jack Grapes of the Los Angeles Poet’s and Writer’s Collective, who taught classes in the living room of his family home. Three months after Paul died I enrolled in Jack’s level one method writing class, and for five years I worked my way up the level ladder, ending with a poetry editing class. Many of the poems I wrote in the Grapes class are also in my memoir.
When I finally amassed enough material, I had no idea how to put it together. Luckily my son Ben introduced me to a former literary agent who reviewed my work, gave me writing prompts, and suggested I structure my book based on the sequence of poems in my poetry manuscript. Though the book went through several changes later on, her suggestions formed my book’s organization. Because I based my book on my list of poems I was adamant that my poems appear in the book, and fortunately my publisher agreed and even asked me to add more.
Once I had a draft manuscript – edited by a woman referred to me by one of my memoir-writing instructors – I started querying. Again through an introduction from Ben, a CEO of a small press critiqued and advised me on my query letter and book proposal – I used How to Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larsen (Writer’s Digest Books, 1997). And once I found my dream publisher, I spent months revising my book. I relied on techniques I learned while working on proposals and a group of readers, editors, and reviewers who worked with me until my book was published.
My village generously helped me write my book.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned, either in the self-publishing or traditional publisher, route?
Be perseverant. Don’t give up. I sent out 68 query letters before I found my publisher – a small press. Also be confident in your writing. You are the last red pen. You have the last say about its content. You’ll know when you’re finished and ready to market it. Good luck.

What part of the writing process do you enjoy the most?
I like the organizing and the actual writing. Revision and marketing are much harder to do and take more time.

What are your thoughts about the decline of the printed novel?
It makes me sad. I love reading real books – either hardback or paperback. And I regularly buy books at our local independent bookstore, Pages. Even though I have an eBook version of my memoir for sale for $2.99, I still would rather go to book signings and sell printed copies of my book. That said, I do buy eBooks as well. Especially when I’m asked to review books for virtual blog tours of my fellow authors.

Do you have any ideas for your book and Hollywood? Actors, directors, music.
Jane Fonda as the main character (me), and my son Ben, who is an actor, playing himself. My deceased son Paul was a very talented jazz composer and pianist. I would want his music as the theme song with sprinkles of John Lennon, Miles Davis, and J.S. Bach throughout the film.

Which book to movie conversion is your favorite?
Gone with the Wind

What do you hope readers will come away with, after reading your story?
I think these few testimonials will answer this question:
“Anyone who wants to learn how to live with children or adults with bipolar disorder, must read this book.”
“I could imagine that this book might be helpful for those dealing with bipolar disease or suicide in the family, but for those of us fortunate enough not to have yet experienced those problems, it also provides a very real look into how good but human people deal with the cruelty of fate.”
“I am still struggling with the passing of my son, Justin, 34 weeks ago and this book offered me hope that my grief can soften and my life can continue on.”
“As the mother of a suicide I can relate to so many of her comments. I hope her book will become a source for others who are attempting to cope with bipolar disorder and what suicide does to the family left behind….”
“I highly recommend this to anyone who is ready to explore their deepest feelings.”
“The book is incredibly moving and has much to teach anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Or suffering any kind of losswhat she learns along the way can be applied to so much that people go through.”

What lesson do you think we can all learn about love?
Love doesn’t die when a loved one dies. My memories and writing them down have helped keep my son and my love for him alive.

If you had one do over in life, what would it be?
That I had given Paul a big hug the last night I saw him alive. Maybe that would have produced the serotonin he needed to bounce out of his depression and not kill himself.

What and who first inspired you to write?
I’ve been a writer of some sort since grade school (inspired by my seventh grade teacher), although I only began concentrating on creative writing in the mid 1990s. I wrote for my high school newspaper, studied journalism in college, and worked for years and years as a writer and editor on reports, brochures, and proposals, and most recently websites in the aerospace industry. I also have written many funded grant proposals. But creative writing is my love – especially poetry. That began almost spontaneously during a writing workshop at Esalen in Big Sur, CA, in the late 1990s, and I’ve been writing poetry ever since.

Current book or project you’re working on:
I’m working on a historical novel. An editor is currently reviewing it. I’m hoping to get some good constructive advice on how to proceed with it or else be told I should shelve it and start something else.
And recently I put together a poetry manuscript and a chapbook to submit to contests.
I always have articles to write for my own blog and the Naturally Savvy website where I’m the Over 60 editor.

Personal info:
Favorite:
Drink – red zinfandel wine
Food – avocado
Vacation – African safari
TV show – Downton Abbey
Movie – The Red Shoes
Animal – None
Sport – Tennis
Song – Unchained Melody
Comedy – Veep
Struggle – erasing the stigma of mental illness and helping to prevent suicide

How can people connect with you?
Website/Blog: http://madelinesharples.com
Twitter: @madeline40
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/madeline.t.sharples; https://www.facebook.com/Madeline.Sharples/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4541179.Madeline_Sharples

Where can readers find your book?
Pages a bookstore (Manhattan Beach)