Interview with Diane Doniol-Valcroze & Arthur K. Flam, authors of ’41 Strange’

Diane Doniol-ValcrozeDiane Doniol-Valcroze was born in Paris, France. As a young girl, she developed a passion for writing from her father, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, co-founder of the New Wave magazine CAHIERS DU CINEMA, and from her grandfather, French filmmaker André Cayatte (original THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES). She earned a B.A. in English literature from the SorbonneUniversity, and an M.F.A. in film from New YorkUniversitywhile apprenticing on the Lauren Hutton show. She has co-written screenplays for such films as Lionsgate’s PENNY DREADFUL, starring Mimi Rogers, and MGM’s HIT AND RUN, helmed by Enda McCallion and starring Kevin Corrigan. 41 STRANGE is her debut book. She lives in Los Angeles.

Arthur K. FlamArthur K. Flam was born in New York City and graduated from JohnsHopkinsUniversity with a B.A. in writing, and from New YorkUniversity with an M.F.A. in film. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Johns Hopkins’s oldest literary magazine, ZENAIDA, and worked as a journalist for the BALTIMORE CHRONICLE. He started in the film industry as an assistant on Abel Ferrara’s vampire film, THE ADDICTION. He has co-written screenplays for the films PENNY DREADFUL and HIT AND RUN. 41 STRANGE is his first book. He lives in Los Angeles.

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What made you decide to become a published author?

DDV: I’m a screenwriter and the chance to do something very personal was very appealing and liberating.

41  Strange 2Would you consider your latest book, 41 Strange, to be a one of a kind? How so?

AKF: After doing research, we realized there wasn’t an e-book yet that was devoted exclusively to short-short stories of the strange and horrifying. It was exciting.

Where is your writing sanctuary?

DDV: In a corner away from windows and outside distractions!

What do you believe a writer should not do as far as getting his or her book published?

AKF: I don’t think a writer should compromise on the prime content of a book; for instance, the end of a story, which carries the point.

What inspires you?

DDV: Film is a major inspiration. Especially Tod Browning’s Freaks and The Unknown.

What is one thing you learned about your book after it was published?

DDV & AKF: It’s a long process! Patience is truly a virtue.

Why do you love to write suspense-horror stories?

DDV: Hopefully to shock, shake the reader!

You’re concocting a recipe for a best selling book. What’s the first ingredient?

DDV: 357 Mad Dog Hot Sauce. A killer sauce that takes your breath away…

AKF: The cob with no corn.

What’s one fun fact about your book people should know?

DDV & AKF: The “41” comes from Hitchcock’s North by Northwest. Cary Grant is attacked by the airplane at Prairie Stop on Highway 41.

Did any real life experiences find their way into your book?

AKF: I hope not. That might be gruesome!

Aside from writing, what’s your passion?

DDV: Film noir. Alpine skiing.

AKF: Film noir. Chess. Biathlon.

What’s next for you?

DDV & AKF: Among other things, the next volume. Thanks for having us!

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Ten Things To Know About Anvil of God #historical #books

J. Boyce GleasonWith an AB degree in history from Dartmouth College, J. Boyce Gleason brings a strong understanding of what events shaped the past and when, but writes historical-fiction to discover why. Gleason lives in Virginia with his wife Mary Margaret. They have three sons.

His latest book is the historical fiction, Anvil of God, Book One of the Carolingian Chronicles.

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Anvil of God 2It is 741. After subduing the pagan religions in the east, halting the march of Islam in the west, and conquering the continent for the Merovingian kings, mayor of the palace Charles the Hammer has one final ambition—the throne. Only one thing stands in his way—he is dying.

Charles cobbles together a plan to divide the kingdom among his three sons, betroth his daughter to a Lombard prince to secure his southern border, and keep the Church unified behind them through his friend Bishop Boniface. Despite his best efforts, the only thing to reign after Charles’s death is chaos. His daughter has no intention of marrying anyone, let alone a Lombard prince. His two eldest sons question the rights of their younger pagan stepbrother, and the Church demands a steep price for their support. Son battles son, Christianity battles paganism, and Charles’s daughter flees his court for an enemy’s love.

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  • It is based on a true story. In 741, after conquering most of Europe for the Merovingian Kings, Charles the Hammer had one final ambition. He wanted to seize the throne for his children. Only one thing stood in his way. He was dying. He tried to establish a plan to hand over power to his three sons, but the only thing to rule after Charles’s death was chaos.
  • The two main characters are women. They drive the two primary plot lines that frame the novel. Charles widow Sunni rushes to protect her 14-year old son from his two older half-brothers. And Charles’s daughter Trudi flees his court in the dead of night to escape and arranged marriage for love amongst his enemies.
  • Trudi’s flight takes the reader on a 500-mile journey from Quierzy, France (northeast of Paris) to Regensburg, Germany with stops in Reims, Connstatt (Stuttgart), Metz and Danauworth.
  • Sunni rallies her allies in Laon, a walled city on a hill that still thrives today in Northeast France. You can stand on the wall of the city and picture the arrival of the siege armies on the plains below.
  • Religion provides a constant undercurrent for the novel. Although most of Europe is officially Christian by the eighth century, much of the history revolves around quelling pagan practices. Anvil explores the use of religion as an avenue to power and the costs it incurs.
  • To bring the pagan faith to life, a number of religious practices were created based on myths and practices banned by the Church through penitentials (books proscribing penance for sinners) written in the Dark Ages.
  • One of the book’s main characters is now a Saint. St. Boniface was a missionary sent to the eastern Germanic nations to convert the pagans and ultimately served as the family priest to Charles the Hammer and his children.
  • Many of the nation states of Europe that we recognize today can be deciphered from the names used in the eighth century. Francia (France), Allemannia (Germany), Austraisia (Austria), Bavaria (Bavaria), Burgundia (Burgundy).
  • The rise of the Carolingian Kings and the influence they held over Europe set a standard for despots throughout modern history. Napoleon specifically imitated Charlemagne – who was crowned by the Pope on Christmas day in the year 800. Nearly a thousand years later, Napoleon repeated the ceremony, but took the crown from the Pope to place it on his own head (signifying that his power was greater than the Pope’s or that of Charlemagne’s). Hitler’s “Third Reich” was also in part patterned after the Carolingian empire.
  • The story of Charles the Hammer’s grandson and his great grandson are the subject of a current hit musical on Broadway called, “Pippin.”

 

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Down Among the Dead Men by Claire Baxter Book Feature – Win Prizes!


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Author: Claire Baxter
Publisher: Entangled Ignite
Pages: 210
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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When Caitlyn ventures into the rough, tough world of the South Australian opal fields on a mission to find her estranged father she instead discovers a half-sister she knew nothing about and learns that her father is missing and suspected of a crime.

Dale is a former city lawyer-turned-lapidary hiding out in Minagoona after death threats endanger him and his daughter. When Caitlyn approaches him for help finding her father, he’s reluctant, but attracted by her determination to right the wrongs dealt to her family. His sense of justice is very much like hers, but when his daughter’s life was threatened by men who wanted him to break the law for them, he fled to protect the child he loves.

Still the more Dale gets to know Caitlyn, the more he realizes he can’t let her go up against organized crime on her own—which is exactly what she proposes when she sets out to clear her father’s name. No matter what, he’ll do his damnedest to keep her safe—even if it means exposing himself and his daughter to the men who want to kill them…

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Claire Baxter writes contemporary romantic fiction of all lengths. Her short stories have been published in commercial women’s magazines around the world, while her novels have been translated into 20 languages and have finalled in the Romance Writers of Australia’s Romantic Book of the Year Award, the Booksellers’ Best Awards, the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards and the Cataromance Reviewers’ Choice Awards.

Before following her passion to write full-time, Claire was an award-winning corporate communications manager. Earlier, she worked as a translator and a PA.

Claire grew up in Warwickshire, England, but for more than 20 years has called Australia home. She considers herself lucky to live near one of Adelaide’s beautiful metropolitan beaches where she loves to walk and think up stories.

Her latest book is the romantic suspense novel, Down Among the Dead Men.

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Widows 101 by Susan Barber Book Blitz – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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Widows 101Title: Widows 101
Author: Susan Barber
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 108
Genre: Self-help
Format: Kindle

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Becoming a widow isn’t like becoming a wife. Becoming a wife requires major planning. But becoming a widow is often a surprise, and even with advance planning some people are still stunned. It’s difficult to prepare for widowhood. In Widows 101, author Susan Barber uses her personal experience with her husband’s death to provide practical tips for surviving the death of a spouse.

Delivered with a gentle, lighthearted approach, Widows 101 touches upon core elements widows will need to address after losing their husbands, such as remaking yourself and redefining what you want;

dealing with grief;
making adjustments in your personal and social life;
handling your spouse’s personal effects;
attending to the details of your new life alone;
communicating your wishes for your own funeral.

Widows 101 helps you prepare for the changes in your life as you confront widowhood. Learn how to make the changes work for you instead of against you as you navigate one of life’s most difficult periods.

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Susan Barber and her husband owned their own business for thirty years. They raised four children in a small Utah town. When she became widowed, she sold her business to her son. In order to retain her business relationship with her clients, she serves the community through the Rotary , the Chamber of Commerce and other civic organizations. Her friends and family keep her very busy. Susan is often still surprised at the misinformation people have about widows. ” Our husbands have stopped living, we haven’t.”

 

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From My Heart by Randolph Baltimore Book Blitz – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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From the HeartTitle:
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Author: Randolph Baltimore
Publisher: Xlibris
Pages: 34
Genre: Poetry
Format: Ebook

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“From My Heart” is my first publication, my labor of love I have worked on for many years. It is the fruition of the many trials, tribulations, ups and downs that life has dealt me over the years. May you be inspired and enlightened by the words on these pages.

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My Angelic Journey by Evangelist Patricia Kinard Book Blitz – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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362160_frontcoverTitle: My Angelic Journey
Author: Evangelist Patricia Kinard
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 148
Genre: Religion/Inspirational
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For many years, evangelist Patricia Kinard lived a life of illusions. She soon realized that life wasn’t about her plans, but rather those of the Father, who defines a purpose for every situation. In My Angelic Journey, Kinard narrates her journey after she discovered the true purpose God had for her.

In this memoir, she details her transformation from a child with a measure of faith into a teenager with increased faith, and finally into a mature woman with undoubting faith who was blessed with a vision and later instructed to become an evangelist. It shows how her trials and physical and emotional losses were replaced by joy when she put her faith and trust in God.

A powerful, firsthand testimony, My Angelic Journey offers a look into the life of a sinner who, after receiving a call from God, walked from a life of darkness into one of glorious light. It shares the story of one woman, chosen by God, who now guides others into a life of prosperity, dignity, love, and goodness based on a Christian foundation.

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Patricia Kinard is an evangelist for Faith in God Ministries, a nonprofit organization. She earned a bachelor of science degree in multidisciplinary studies, focusing in theology and accounting, from Liberty University and has worked for the government for more than twenty years. She lives in Montross, Virginia.

 

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Iraq Dreams by Gerard R. D’Alessio Book Blitz – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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Iraq DreamsTitle: Iraq Dreams
Author: Gerard R. D’Alessio
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 222
Genre: Fiction/Romance
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Even before he is fully awake in his bed at Walter Reed Hospital, United States Army reservist Rick Garcia knows it is going to be a very bad day. It is November 2004, and as if having his leg amputated during an extended tour in Iraq is not bad enough, Rick is about to receive a letter from his wife, Coralee, telling him she is divorcing him and taking their two children from their home in New Jersey to Oklahoma to live with her mother.

Now forced to re-invent his life, Rick decides to do his rehabilitation in a V.A. hospital near his children. While dealing with terrifying nightmares and flashbacks, feeling vulnerable and alone, Rick falls in love with one of his nurses. But when Rick’s children witness a murder that puts their lives in jeopardy, Rick chooses to work with Coralee to protect their children from further danger—a decision that changes everything.

Iraq Dreams is the compelling story of a wounded veteran who must reevaluate his life as he and his family battle to overcome the psychological damage that resulted from the war.

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Gerard R. D’Alessio was a licensed psychologist for thirty-seven years. Now retired, Dr. D’Alessio lives with his artist-wife, Susan, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he writes fiction that focuses on psychological conflicts and passions of intimate relationships and family dramas.

 

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The Fair Dinkum Economy by Robert Gibson Book Blitz – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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The Fair Dinkim EconomyTitle: The Fair Dinkum Economy
Author: Robert Gibson
Publisher: Trafford
Pages: 170
Genre: Business/Economics
Format: Ebook

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“The Fair Dinkum Economy offers an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand economic guide for everyone. It explores the recent decline in the living standards of developed countries and negative effects of the swing in the balance of power to the Asian and Indian regions. Author Robert Gibson maintains that the way this economic change is happening will not benefit any country.

What’s more, there is an alternate path we can take that could lead us to a better, more equal world. It is not a nice thought that the twentieth century may have seen the peak in the status and strength of Western Nations. If we keep going the way we are, however, that is what history may record. We need to be encouraged to present our ideas because debate is healthy. New ideas stimulate thinking along different lines, about different possibilities.

The Fair Dinkum Economy presents an idea—a plan that is not just about what is good for the richest nations, but that instead works with the global trading system for the betterment of all mankind.”

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Robert Gibson is an accountant with forty-five years of experience in a variety of industries, from retail to steel to farming. He has witnessed the sad decline in business in the developed countries over the last thirty years and offers ideas to stem the demise in The Fair Dinkum Economy.

 

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A Kiss For You! by Dianne Powell-Eddings Book Blitz – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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A Kiss for YouTitle: A Kiss for You
Author: Dianne Powell-Eddings
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 92
Genre: Poetry
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This book of poems is targeted for ages 13 year olds to Adults. Most women find comfort in A Kiss for You!  Between each page Is encouraging thoughts of wisdom, unity, awesome power, bringing nations, communities, families and young people together to share in an awesome experience of A kiss for You  is sweeter than honey on a honeycomb.

This book also includes my true love story about My Million Dollar Man I met in the Detroit Dollar Store.  It invites you to become an Organ and Tissue Donor in your state or support organ and tissue donation by purchasing a license plate with Donate Life on it in your state.

This book also includes my true love story about My Million Dollar Man I met in the Detroit Dollar Store. It invites you to become an Organ and Tissue Donor in your state or support organ and tissue donation by purchasing a license plate with Donate Life on it in your state.

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Dianne Powell Eddings is a retired teacher with Detroit Public Schools.  An advocate with Donor Alliance Colorado.  She has won poetry contest, spoken at numerous events, weddings, conferences, funerals and other special events throughout Colorado, Detroit and Florida.  Her ministries are registered with the state of Colorado named Poetic Ministries.  She enjoys baking and Zumba.

 

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Secrets, Sex and Lies by Claire Miles Book Blitz – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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9781466991743_COVER_FQA.inddTitle: Secrets, Sex, and Lies
Author: Claire Miles
Publisher: Partridge Publishing
Pages: 360
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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“Twelve years ago, a predator terrorized Detective Denise Davidson’s community. In the space of a few months, three young women vanished, and the case remains infuriatingly unsolved. Years of intensive police investigations have yielded no information, no hope—and no killer brought to justice.

Although fear gripped the community just after the killings, time has healed some wounds. Many residents have moved on with their lives, and the names and faces of the lost women are fading into memory. But Davidson refuses to let complacency triumph over justice. She’s not about to let go of her quest for answers.

One evening, she takes note of a man sitting alone, watching women entering a popular night spot. His actions intrigue Davidson, and intrigue quickly evolves into suspicion. What is this man hiding?

As her understanding of this man and his motives improves, she forms a dangerous bond with him. But even she cannot predict how that bond will lead to one horrific, fearful night when her world will be ripped apart at the seams. She then learns that he has a secret—one he’s held close for twelve years.

Together, they will plunge into the murky world of horror, lies, and sex. Now these unusual collaborators must unravel the mystery of the dramatic and terrible results of years of sexual deceptions. Are they clever enough to solve the riddle?”

 

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