Sunday, June 15, 2014

Interview with Justin Bienvenue @JustinBienvenue

The Digital Ink Spot: Please share with the reader who you are.  
Justin Bienvenue: I am Justin Bienvenue and as a writer I am an author an poet. Some days I write poetry and other days I write short stories it really depends on the type of writing mood I’m in. On a really good day I could write both. My inspiration is endless coming from what I see outside and inside around me or what I watch on television and take in, again my inspiration for poems and stories is truly endless and could come from anywhere or anything. As a writer I like to be simple, meaning I write in a way to which the reader can understand, enjoy and even visualize what they are reading without getting confused. I really started writing for a career a few years back when I decided to write a book upon a lazy day in which I felt there was nothing I could do to get myself-esteem going again. My writing roots in the sense of poetry date back to my freshman year of high school in which I frequently wrote poetry on and off. I have a background in creative writing and write in all kinds of forms of poetry such as free verse, rhyme and prose just to name a few. The writer in me is a lot more eager and determined then regular me, every now and then my writer part tries to encourage regular me to get a jump start. When my mind is completely set and I have lots of thoughts running there is no telling what creation my imagination can come up with.

The Digital Ink Spot:  What are you trying to accomplish as a writer? 
Justin Bienvenue: I am trying to accomplish success, I am trying to become an establish and well respected writer. For people to read one of my books and enjoy it so much that they want to read more of my works. As a writer I want to give readers a truly enjoyable story or poem and open up their horizons to my style. I want to accomplish recognition as not only an author but as a poet, since poetry tends to go less noticeable these days I want to try and open peoples eye’s to it and give them a new found appreciation for it.
My latest book is just that, poetry. It is called Like A Box of Chocolates and it is a book of 40 poems within many different genres. For those who like horror, science fiction, mystery, fantasy, romance, bizarre, whatever it may be there is a poem for everyone to enjoy. I came up with the idea after making up poem titles to which I would have friends vote for on Facebook after a while I had enough poems to the point that I decided that a book should be made. I like to consider this book a buffet of poetry because there’s all different types of genres to read and you can read a few and then go back in for more.

The Digital Ink Spot:  When is your newest book available?
Justin Bienvenue: My book is currently available now on Amazon and Createspace. I started writing the poems around two years ago and it wasn’t until back in January that I started putting them together into a book.

The Digital Ink Spot:  Where can readers find you?
Justin Bienvenue: You can find me and my works at several places. Website: http://jbienvenue.webs.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ThePlasmaticWriter Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JustinBienvenue or @JustinBienvenue Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4572127.Justin_Bienvenue Books: Like A Box of Chocolates: http://smarturl.it/LABoC Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/4761325 A Bloody Bloody Mess in the Wild Wild West: http://smarturl.it/ABBMITW3 CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/4241547 The Macabre Masterpiece: Poems of Horror and Gore: http://smarturl.it/MacabreMasterpiece http://smarturl.it/Macabre Createspace: http://www.createspace.com/4561986

The Digital Ink Spot: Why should people read your stories. What sets them apart from the rest?
Justin Bienvenue: People should read my works because they are unique and original. They are my spins on poetry and stories. Chances are when you read my work your reading something you’ve either never read before or you usually don’t read on a regular basis. I try to separate myself from others when it comes to writing and I like to think I have done just that. So the best thing I can say is if you like originality and creativity then you’ll like my works. http://jbienvenue.webs.com/ 'Writing for enjoyment, employment and to remain sane'

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Interview with Deanna Kahler @DeannaKahler


The Digital Ink Spot: Who is Deanna Kahler?
Deanna Kahler: I'm a proud mom and an accomplished writer. I was born and raised in the Detroit, Mich., area. My love of writing began as a young child, and I was often found writing poems, short stories and plays. I've always been creative, sensitive and highly motivated. I hold a bachelor's degree in Communication Arts from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., where I graduated with departmental honors. I've worked professionally as both a writer and editor, and my work has been published in numerous corporate newsletters and magazines across the country. I've written three books so far. My memoir, From Pain to Parenthood, was named a finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Parenting/Family category. I'm quite proud of this accomplishment and the positive difference this book has made on the lives of those who have suffered miscarriages and are considering adoption. When I'm not writing, I love spending time with my family and especially enjoy being outside.

The Digital Ink Spot: What are you trying to accomplish as a writer? What is your latest story about?
Deanna Kahler: My goal is always to touch lives and inspire others. I write to make a difference in the world. My latest book, A Rare Gem, is a children's story about self-worth. The message to kids is that it's okay to be different and that every person is unique and special. The story follows Princess Towonga, a very tiny girl who is the size of a Barbie doll. She often feels left out because she can't participate in the same activities as her friends. Then one day the princess must perform a special task that only she can do. That's when she realizes that she doesn't need to be like anyone else.
I also have an adult fiction paranormal book, Echoes of Paradise, which was released earlier this year. Echoes of Paradise is about the afterlife and the power of love. The main character, Celeste, loses a former love who was also her soulmate. She then starts noticing many strange coincidences that seem to be connected to him. She wonders if his spirit is reaching out to her and embarks on an incredible journey of self-discovery and spiritual awakening. Anyone who has lost a loved one will relate to her grief and emotions. And all readers will be inspired by the touching love story and beautiful imagery.

The Digital Ink Spot: When is your newest book available?
Deanna Kahler: A Rare Gem is available now on Amazon.com. The paperback was released on May 17, 2014, and the Kindle version was available a few weeks prior to that. I'm also now working on Visions of Mortality, which will be a stand-alone sequel to Echoes of Paradise. The book will feature a few of the original characters and also have a paranormal theme, but it isn't necessary to read the first book in order to enjoy it.

The Digital Ink Spot:Where can readers find you, (social media, readings, blogs, your books)?
Deanna Kahler: Readers can find me in various places. All three of my books: A Rare Gem, Echoes of Paradise and From Pain to Parenthood: A Journey Through Miscarriage to Adoption are available on Amazon.com. I also have a web site and Facebook fan pages. And, I'm on Twitter, Google + and GoodReads. I love to hear from readers and always appreciate feedback! Here are the links to my pages: Author web site: www.deannakahler.com Echoes of Paradise Facebook Fan page: https://www.facebook.com/echoesofparadise From Pain to Parenthood Facebook Fan page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/From-Pain-to-Parenthood/516578495046306 Twitter Handle: @DeannaKahler GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author
/show/7087819.Deanna_Kahler Google + https://plus.google.com/u/0/117561617207031495605/postshttps://plus.google.com/u/0/117561617207031495605/posts BellaOnline Adoption Site: http://www.bellaonline.com/site/adoption

The Digital Ink Spot: What sets your stories apart from the rest?
Deanna Kahler: My stories come from my heart and soul. My writing is genuine, and I use my life experiences to craft an imaginative yet realistic story. When readers pick up one of my books, they can expect to not only be entertained but also get a glimpse of who I am. Like I said, I strive to make a difference in the world, so each of my books includes a life challenge or struggle that the main character must work to overcome. For this reason, my stories are universal in appeal and can be enjoyed by everyone.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Email From A Vampire by Nigel Cooper

Email From A Vampire

Givaway free days: May 4th to 8th, 2014
Tania de Pré is an ordinary journalist looking for her next big story. But when she receives an email from the mysterious, erudite and deeply sensual Tristan Syhier Burnel - a man alleging himself to be a thousand-year old vampire who wants her to publish his life story - she is plunged into a world of murder, intrigue and overwhelming sexual desire.

Teaming up with DI Maldini and his CSI team, Tania and Tristan find themselves on the trail of a malevolent bloodsucker, who will stop at nothing to ensure that the secrets of vampirism remain underground ...



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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Review: Tankbread by Paul Mannering

Tankbread

Summary:  Ten years ago humanity lost the war for survival.

Now intelligent zombies rule the world. Feeding the undead of a steady diet of cloned people called Tankbread, the survivors live in a dangerous world on the brink of final extinction.

One outlaw courier must go on a journey through the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Australia. Fighting his way into the very heart of the apocalypse in the desperate search for a way to save the last humans and destroy the undead threat.

His only companion is a girl with an extraordinary secret. Her name is Else, and she's Tankbread.

http://tankbread.blogspot.co.nz/
www.brokensea.com

Review: I've been waiting to read this for awhile and I was not disappointed. It may be a zombie novel but it plays out as a cat and mouse chase story. The cat being a horde of ravenous intelligent zombies, of course. This is a great story of redemption, heroics and what it means to be human, all the elements of a great novel. I enjoyed the characters and every scene of survivors and their attempts at creating a pocket of civilization in the midst of chaos.
Else was awesome. A cross between Leeloo from 5th Element and River Tam from Firefly. She was a perfect mix of innocence and warrior. It was great to see her grow as an individual. I am excited that her adventure does continue in the sequel.
I am happy to report that this book did not disappoint. It is a well executed adventure in the outback. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Review: Promise You Won't Tell by John Locke @DonovanCreed

Promise You Won't Tell?

Summary: “I think something might have happened to me Saturday night. Something bad.”

Private Investigator Dani Ripper’s client list is nuttier than the Looney Tunes conga line, but she diligently solves one crazy case after another, waiting for a game-changer.

Enter Riley Freeman, 17-year-old honor student.

Saturday afternoon Riley quietly placed a little strawberry sticker on her private area and pretended it was a tattoo. She didn’t tell anyone about it. That night she went to a slumber party that featured drinking and boys. Riley fell asleep, woke up the next day with no reason to think anything happened…

…Until Monday, at school, when a classmate called her Strawberry.

Coincidence or crime? Dani agrees to investigate. And the roller coaster ride begins.

http://www.donovancreed.com/

Review: From the very beginning, John Locke delivers this story quick and precise. It is a rocket read from start to finish. Locke does a wonderful job of delivering a mystery and then slowly unfolding it to reveal the pearl of truth at the end. The character dialogue moves the story along and gives insight into each character's personality and motivation.
The main character, Dani Ripper's staff is a odd, wacky and unusually perfect for this line of work of private investigating. They are all fun to meet and watch as they interact with Dani in the workplace. Locke has done an excellent job of developing each character in this story.
This is a great detective story with great characters.