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Interview with Emilia Rutigliano, author of the Layers of Veronica series

Emilia RutiglianoEmilia I. Rutigliano scored fiftieth percentile on her SATs… and on her LSATs… and on her BAR…Sigh…

But she nevertheless survived, and seems to be doing OK. She practices Law read lore) in Brooklyn, New York (read Nu Yawk). She was born in the former Soviet Union, and emigrated in 1979. She is happily married to the same crazy Italian she’s been with since college, who suffers from a severe addition to travel (still in acute form). Together they are doing a somewhat passable job with their three precious darlings (who are now teenagers, thus elaboration is not necessary).

Which is why Emilia writes about Veronica. Veronica, though… is interesting. And Emilia knows interesting.

So she weaved the tale about the interesting characters, places and events from her own life. It is remarkable how if you choose to view a subject objectively, it becomes downright artistically gorgeous. So Emilia views and shows Brooklyn Russians as gorgeous, and the Barese intricacies as gorgeous, and she even tolerates Paris, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia for the reader’s interests.

Thank you, dear reader, for tolerating these scenes….

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Her first book in the Layers of Veronica series is Napoleon.

Visit Emilia Rutigliano’s website at www.layersofveronica.com.

Napoleon 7What made you decide to become a published author?

Emilia: I’m a good storyteller, so I told good stories.  Friends started passing the stories around, but the format of Word documents, blogs and converted files was becoming tedious… Kindle Direct Publishing came to the rescue.

Would you consider your latest book series, Layers of Veronica, to be a one of a kind?  How so?

Emilia: Layers is different in that it wasn’t targeted to the main-stream, and yet regardless of who you are, you recognize a part of yourself in every character.  It is a mix of “it could happen” and “it DID happen” in such a way that you want to be part of that world.  The reason the book series stands out is that it doesn’t go in one direction and with only one guide, thus the layer theory.  In each situation there is character growth as a parent, a lover, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist and as a friend.

Where is your writing sanctuary?

Emilia: LOL.  My writing sanctuary is anywhere I can sit down with a laptop.  If there is internet, well then I’m in Shangri-la.  I write sitting in my car waiting for my kids to finish their extracurricular activities, in court waiting for assignment to see a judge and in front of the TV with my family.  The story is usually already written in my head,  I just need to get the words on the screen.

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

Emilia: Do NOT follow the tried and true.  There is no such thing for a writer.  Just because ‘it’ worked for so and so, it may not work for you.  Do get yourself educated in everything there is out there.  There is a plethora of information… but you don’t need to take every one of those roads.  Also, if you believe in your work and there is no traditional publisher willing to give you the attention, start with self-publishing.  The cost is minimal.  It’s definitely a good “start.”

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

Emilia: I was shocked to find the demographic attracted to the book.  I though the book would only be popular with the 35-40-year-ol NYC immigrants. I was absolutely wrong.  Veronica intrigues and inspires people all over the world, and of all ages.  Women in their 50s, 60s and 70s have written to me to let me know the book is exactly what they were waiting for.  I have never been so happy to be wrong.

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

Emilia: Absolutely.  The book is fiction through and through, but it is also a scrapbook/journal of my own experiences in the world… particularly with people I know and the places I’ve visited.  Because my main point was to develop characters that were credible, I gave them all backgrounds of people I know.  Veronica, for example, has my history.  It isn’t a memoir or an autobiography, but if I did it, ate it or experienced it… Veronica was able to draw from those experiences.

Aside from writing, what’s your passion?

Emilia: I like traveling and seeing different cultures.  I love watching people interact.  My husband laughs that if he leaves me alone for ten minutes someplace, I’ll usually strike up a conversation with someone nearby – regardless of which continent I am on or what language the conversation would be in.  I also enjoy all the other ambits of my life – I’m a wife, a mom, a trial attorney and a friend.  Each of the layers is my passion.  I enjoy them all.

What’s next for you?

Emilia: More traveling, more writing, more living… While the last two books of Layers of Veronica are receiving some TLC at the editor’s, I’m working on another book series called Alexandra’s Order.  There’s a lot of research and fun to be head before the book is completed.  There’s also a lot of living to do.  J

 

 

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Pump Up Your Book Announces Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue’s After the Ending Book Tour

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Join Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue, authors of the apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic romance novel, After the Ending, Book One of The Ending Series, as they tour the blogosphere May 6 – May 31, 2013 on their first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!

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ABOUT AFTER THE ENDING

After the Ending cover artThe Virus spread. Billions died. The Ending began. We may have survived the apocalypse, but the Virus changed us.

When people started getting sick, “they” thought it was just the flu. My roommate, my boyfriend, my family…they’re all gone now. I got sick too. I should have died with them—with the rest of the world—but I didn’t. I thought witnessing the human population almost disappear off the face of the earth was the craziest thing I’d ever experience. I was so wrong. My name is Dani O’Connor, I’m twenty-six-years-old, and I survived The Ending.

The Virus changed everything. The world I knew is gone, and life is backwards. We’ve all had to start over. I’ve been stripped of my home, my dreams…all that is me. I’m someone else now—broken and changed. Other survivors’ memories and emotions haunt me. They invade my mind until I can no longer separate them from my own. I won’t let them consume me. I can’t. My name is Zoe Cartwright, I’m twenty-six-years-old, and I survived The Ending.

We’ve been inseparable for most of our lives, and now our friendship is all we have left. The aftermath of the Virus has stranded us on opposite sides of the United States. Trusting strangers, making sacrifices, killing—we’ll do anything to reach one another. Fear and pain may be unavoidable, but we’re strong…we’re survivors. But to continue surviving in this unfamil-iar world plagued by Crazies and strange new abilities, we have to adapt. We have to evolve.

And more than anything, we have to find each other.

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ABOUT LINDSEY FAIRLEIGH AND LINDSEY POGUE

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Lindsey Fairleigh lives her life with one foot in a book—as long as that book transports her to a magical world or bends the rules of science. Her novels, from post-apocalyptic to time travel and historical fantasy, always offer up a hearty dose of unreality, along with plenty of adventure and romance. When she’s not working on her next novel, Lindsey spends her time reading and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. She lives in the Napa Valley with her loving husband and confused cats. You can visit Lindsey’s blog at lindseyfairleigh.blogspot.com.

Lindsey Pogue has always been a little creative. As a child she established a bug hospital on her elementary school soccer field, compiled books of collages as a teenager, and as an adult, expresses herself through writing. Her novels are inspired by her observations of the world around her—whether she’s traveling, people watching, or hiking. When not plotting her next storyline or dreaming up new, brooding characters, Lindsey’s wrapped in blankets watching her favorite action flicks or going on road trips with her own leading man. You can visit Lindsey’s blog at lindseypogue.wordpress.com.

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Book Spotlight: The Moses Quilt by Kathi Macias

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ABOUT THE MOSES QUILT

The Moses Quilt is a contemporary novel that bridges racial and generational divides. With a realistic and compassionate look into a twenty-first-century dilemma, multiple award-winning author Kathi Macias introduces readers to a confused and apprehensive young woman, Mazie Hartford. Facing major decisions about the love of her life and her future, she must also wrestle with a nagging question about her family’s past. She finds the answer to her questions in a most unexpected way—her great-grandmother’s Moses quilt. As her great-grandmother begins to explain how each patch represents a story of courage and freedom, Mazie must decide if she has the courage and freedom to overcome her own personal fears and prejudices.

“The Moses Quilt will hold you mesmerized until the final page…”

–Anne Baxter Campbell

Watch the trailer on YouTube!

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ABOUT KATHI MACIASKathi Macias photo

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored nearly 40 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences. She won the 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) and was the 2011 Author of the Year from BooksandAuthors.net. Her novel set in China, Red Ink, was named Golden Scrolls 2011 Novel of the Year and was also a Carol Award Finalist; her October 2012 release, Unexpected Christmas Hero, was named 2012 Book of the Year by BookandAuthors.net. Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband.

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The Moses Quilt Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

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Monday, February 4th

Book spotlight at Cheryl’s Christian Book Connection

Tuesday, February 5th

Book giveaway at The Busy Mom’s Daily

Thursday, February 7th

Book trailer featured at If Books Could Talk

Friday, February 8th

Guest blogging at Freda’s Voice

Monday, February 11th

Book trailer spotlight at The Writer’s Life

Tuesday, February 12th

Book spotlight at WV Stitcher

Wednesday, February 13th

Book spotlight at Jody’s Book Reviews

Thursday, February 14th

First chapter reviewed at The Book Connection

Friday, February 15th

Guest blogging at Literarily Speaking

Author interview and giveaway at ASC Book Reviews

Monday, February 18th

Book spotlight at The Borrowed Book

Tuesday, February 19th

Book teaser at 4 the Love of Books

Wednesday, February 20th

Book reviewed at S.A.G.A.

Thursday, February 21st

Book reviewed at Rambles of a SAHM

Friday, February 22nd

Book reviewed at By the Book

Monday, February 25th

Book reviewed at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Book reviewed at ASC Book Reviews

Tuesday, February 26th

Book reviewed at Deco My Heart

Wednesday, February 27th

Guest blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

Tuesday, March 5th

Book reviewed by Café Lily Book Reviews

 

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Christian Contemporary Women’s Fiction ‘The Moses Quilt’ by Kathi Macias on Virtual Book Tour

The Moses Quilt coverThe Moses Quilt is a contemporary novel that bridges racial and generational divides. With a realistic and compassionate look into a twenty-first-century dilemma, multiple award-winning author Kathi Macias introduces readers to a confused and apprehensive young woman, Mazie Hartford. Facing major decisions about the love of her life and her future, she must also wrestle with a nagging question about her family’s past. She finds the answer to her questions in a most unexpected way—her great-grandmother’s Moses quilt. As her great-grandmother begins to explain how each patch represents a story of courage and freedom, Mazie must decide if she has the courage and freedom to overcome her own personal fears and prejudices.

“The Moses Quilt will hold you mesmerized until the final page…”

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored nearly 40 Kathi Macias photobooks and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences. She won the 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) and was the 2011 Author of the Year from BooksandAuthors.net. Her novel set in China, Red Ink, was named Golden Scrolls 2011 Novel of the Year and was also a Carol Award Finalist; her October 2012 release, Unexpected Christmas Hero, was named 2012 Book of the Year by BookandAuthors.net. Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband.

Visit Kathi online at www.kathimacias.com 

Kathi is taking with The Moses Quilt on a virtual book tour from Feb 5 – March 5.  Follow her tour at http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2013/01/18/pump-up-your-book-presents-the-moses-quilt-virtual-book-tour/

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Win FREE copy of Sharon Bially’s new women’s fiction novel, ‘Veronica’s Nap’

Pump Up Your Book is having a free book giveaway for Sharon Bially’s new women’s fiction novel, Veronica’s Nap!

Giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada only please.

Visit http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2011/10/03/pump-up-your-book-chats-with-sharon-bially-win-copy-of-veronicas-nap/ to find out how you can win!

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