Interview

Meet the Author…

My name is Tamara Ellis I’m 31 years old. I’m from Jacksonville, NC. I’m the author of Betrayal In Its Rarest Form. I’m signed to Soulja Choc Presents.

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The Face behind the pen.

hat made you start writing?

I have always loved to read and with the encouragement from my best friend I decided to give writing a try.
Q2. How long have you been writing? I published my first book in June of 2017 and it took me 8 years to complete it.
Q3. What is the hardest part about being an author?

The hardest thing about being an author is finding the time I have a full-time job a daughter and a fiancée so every extra minute I have I try to spend writing.
Q4. What lessons have you learned about being an author?

I have learned many lessons, but the fact that you can’t please everyone has to be the one that has taught me the most I’ve also learned that you can’t compare your success to other authors.

Q5. What is the best part of being an author?

Telling my story and hearing someone loved it or could relate to it.
Q6. Does the cover play a significant role in buying process?

I believe it definitely does, because the cover is what catches the reader’s eye.

Q7. Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it?

My publisher has many designers that he chooses from.

Why did you go with that particular image/artwork? I thought the artwork went well with the story.
Q8. Please describe what the story/book is about.

My book is a about a husband and a wife her name is Kimani and his name is Torrin they have ups and downs in their marriage but they are able to get through them until Torrin does the unforgiveable.
Q9. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Kimani is my favorite character because she is the type of woman I aim to be despite everything she goes through she bounces back and lands on her feet.
Q10 Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book? What makes your endeavors unique? My intended audience is men and women ranging from the ages of 24 to 35. I think my intended audience should read my book because the things that happen are things that they can relate to.
Q.11 Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

I think Toya Wright should play Kimani and or Rasheeda from Love and Hip Hop.
Q12 Is there any more projects you are currently working on and what were your past works?

I am currently working on the second book in the Betrayal In Its Rarest Form series and an anthology with my pen sisters and brothers. My other book is my debut novel Love Gone Broke.

Q13. What advice would you offer an aspiring author?

I would just say study your craft and all aspects of the business as well, if you sign with a publisher do your part to make your career all it can be. Don’t sit back and expect the publisher to do all the work, because we only get out what we put in, tell your story and have fun, but also be prepared to work.

 

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This week’s Hot Read.

Maya Initiate 39…The Long Walk To Destiny

Maya: Initiate 39 is an adult work-piece that explores the ordeals of Maya Isaacs. An over-protected single child, a victim of a broken home, Maya was raised singlehandedly by a man whom she knew as her father, Samuel. He had divorced his wife, Cynthia, years ago on grounds of infidelity before Maya turned three years old. Growing up in Durban was a heady mixture of good, bad and ugly for Maya.

Through the influence of wrong peers, Maya went into the underworld endeavors of stealing, drug trafficking and prostitution, under the cover of a very perverse juvenile assembly, called the Alternative Lifestyle Club (The ALC). She joined the club in the pursuit of what she called her “destiny” and became popular among many top-notch Southern Africans.

After several disappointments, Maya thought she could use her connections to bite the fingers that fed her, by carrying out the assignments given her own way – a way of letting the organization know that she was no push-over. But that was not the case! Consequently, Craig and Ms. Diana, the active players of the club, led this juvenile to her doom. They set her up and the police did the rest. The long arm of the law landed her in prison in Johannesburg. It was while she was in the prison that she realized that changing for the better would be the only way to save herself.

Through a favor from Van Brussels, a rich gold merchant, school owner and chairperson of the Louisville Shipping Company, against whom she had committed a crime in the past, Maya was released from prison before the stipulated sentence was up. She was sent to the United States for secretarial studies, worked for Van Brussels’ company for a couple of years, and then returned to her native Durban home in South Africa with her husband, Daniel Young, to find her father, whom she had left years before.

 

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Giving my Heart and Soul to the Realest

By Chanique J.

All Monee knew was DeWhite, her high school sweetheart and first love. With over ten years invested to their on again and off again relationship and two kids, Monee tried to stick it out for the sake of her family. Good just wasn’t good enough for DeWhite and the family life just wasn’t the thing for him. After trying time and time again to make things work Monee realized she was trying to revive a situation that was long gone. She finally walked away when she realized her first love didn’t have to be her only.
When Monee met Kilo she never expected him to be the man she would give her heart to. Agree to Disagree is pretty much what she did when she allowed him into her world. Being from two different lifestyles you would think they’d clash but suprisingly they didn’t.
Kilo has always been the ladies type of man never once settling down with just one. Keeping it real and doing what he feels is what he did best with the women he came encounter with. Kilo thought he had the game all figured out until he came across Monee.
Being fresh out of a long-term relationship that left her with nothing more than the two kids they conceived, Monee wasn’t ready for what she Kilo had to offer. Witnessing all the trials and tribulations her sister encountered loving Kilos best friend, Monee begins to wonder if she bit off more than she could chew.
Everybody heard Monica’s story and how she loved a boss through it all. Now it’s time to take this journey along with Monee and see exactly how she fell in love, then gave her heart and soul to the realist.

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This weeks Hot Read

Crimson Killers by Alyss J. Anderson

 

The world is full of people and creatures that crave something. Vampires crave blood, and Zombies crave brains. Some monsters crave certain acts like stealing and murder. There are people who crave more than one thing. This isn’t a story about vampires though it may seem like it is, that is why Nick and Sheri are a unique kind of Crimson Killer…. Nick and Sheri Glass are concerned about people, that is why they opened a blood bank. They want to help those who need blood donations, or are they the ones who are in need? What really goes on behind the doors of the Charity Blood Bank? Could Heinous crimes really be happening there? Is Nick and Sheri responsible for so many missing persons reports? Are those missing persons reports really unsolved murders?
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This Weeks Hot Reads

Who’s the Best I have what you Dream About
by Mona Altidort
Love is never simple, nor can it be arranged or put on a schedule. Real love happens naturally, but can catch you off guard and enter your life when you least expect it. Have you all types of confused. Revamped anything you ever thought love to be. That is that chemistry love. That knock you off of your feet love. You feel it in your heart, soul, and in the treasure between your legs. Simplicity has no room for that kind of love.
Sexy, cocky, Haitian-born, Jacob Charles is many things, but simple is not one. Complexity reflects in his existence and the world around him. Possessing a “special ability” will bring a change in his life he will not see coming and introduce an unusual attraction neither he nor his fiancée, Marcel Dejour will be ready for.
Vibrant, out-spoken, Charisma Addison is your typical drop dead gorgeous sexy vixen. She owns a body that never quits and a personality to match. Sex, as opposed to love, rules her body, mind and heart. Charisma, however, will bring new meaning to the phrase, more than what meets the eye. Unfortunately, for the current man in her life, Michael, he will be cheated out of learning the very best part of her, for he is not the chosen one. And because of his own secret, it will be vice versa.
Come take this ride in this intriguing, romantic, and erotic paranormal tale with Jacob and Charisma, as well as the individuals in their circle, as they struggle with love, sex and passion woes where they will seek who the very best is in Who’s The Best: I Have what You Dream About.
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This week’S hot Read.

A Warrior’s Umbra

Chris Dinsmore

After waking up in a spaceship with no memory and wires running through his skin, Jester learns he will be making a crash landing. With the temporary help of a voice filling his head with information and survival tactics, Jester must learn how to survive on his own at just age five. Though he is young, Jester can do things most could not imagine. Upon crashing he learns of his strength and speed when he compares it to that of the Histainites. Jester meets these giant ape-like creatures soon after he lands. The three beasts were scared at first, but the largest, Ozar, accepted him.

Jester is introduced to the tribe and place he will call home. Jester meets Mora and Paki, both of whom are a part of Ozar’s family. Soon after being introduced, Jester uses a method of transportation called the wind tunnel and finds himself lost when he gets off on the wrong floor. This small adventure on the lost floor urges Jester to never use the wind tunnel again, and instead he opts to take the ramps lining the main room’s perimeter.

Paki shows Jester his home and informs him he will be hunting with Ozar the next day.

During the night Jester has his first dream and meets six shadow figures. Each of these figures only reveals their eyes.

Before the hunt Jester meets Dargon, a Histianite with a temper and large black streak lining his arm. Dargon complains to Ozar that Jester is a replacement for Mozen.

During the hunt, Jester finds he is incapable of killing even though he easily subdued the attacking beast. Unlike the Histianites, Jester feels sad seeing the beasts die and ends up walking off a cliff near the hunting site. Jester had a long fall but was never injured. Ozar noticed this and told him to keep his special abilities such as this secret from the tribe.

When Jester returns, Mora talks to him about her son Mozen who died by the hands of a monster named Tenebris. It was the same one who injured Dargon, Mozen’s best friend. Mora explains that Ozar was so accepting of Jester because of his lost son. Mora also expresses that she looks at Jester as a part of the family.

For five long years Jester is able to conceal his abilities. While Jester hides his abilities, he also is reminded that he is different from the Histianites. This causes him to wonder more about who he is. At the same time, he develops a loving relationship with his family, Ozar, Mora, and Paki.

Over the years, Dargon became more aggressive and jealous. During a Histianite climbing event, Dargon even tried to commit suicide due to the loss of his friend. When Dargon made this suicide attempt during the climb, Jester revealed his abilities to save him.

The Histianites became fearful, forcing Jester to speak to the tribe elder about the incident.

When Jester returned inside his home, he became exhausted and decided to use the wind tunnel once more. When he did, a voice called him back to the place he had gotten lost one time before. Jester followed his instinct and reached a room where he met what seemed like a Histianite ghost. The ghost told Jester that he might be the warrior of Histianite legend.

Jester also met with the elder who informed him he should seek guidance from the deity, Caigo.

Jester leaves his family heartbroken, acting under the instruction of the tribe elder and the ghost. He climbs Histian, the mountain, to meet Caigo.

Once atop the mountain, Caigo informs Jester that he is most likely the warrior of Histianite legend. Caigo gives him a look into his destiny beyond the Histianites and states that there is someone who will arrive when Jester is thirteen. Caigo says that this being will threaten the lives of every Histianite. Caigo explains why and how Jester must train to defeat this adversary.

Over the next three years Jester is trained. At the same time, he has visions of the six shadows from his first dream and of the thing he will fight.

Jester’s training comes to an end with a final battle between Caigo and Jester. After the battle Caigo falls over in pain and tells Jester the beast has arrived, but it is too powerful for Jester. Caigo believes the only way for Jester to stand a chance is for him to donate his power to Jester. Once he forces Jester to take his power, Caigo dies.

Jester returns to Histian to find his family and all of the Histianites have been killed by a possessed Dargon. Jester struggles in battle against Dargon, but comes out on top. Though Dargon died, Jester still felt the dark power. Outside of Histian stood Tenebris, the murderer of Mozen. Jester hopelessly fights him and nearly dies. On his deathbed Jester sees energy manifestations of all the Histianites led by Caigo. Jester receives words from Mozen and the rest from beyond the grave ending with Caigo telling him to return to the structure on top of Histian.

Using the energy of all the Histianites, Jester is able to fight Tenebris in an epic battle while he moves toward the structure, under Caigo’s instruction. Jester is able to defeat Tenebris after using all of his energy.

Jester begins to think about meeting the six shadows and seeking out the rest of his destiny. He sits up to find a humanoid cloud where Tenebris once was.

Jester struggles to move back to the structure, but before he makes it, the evil entity passes through him ripping his life away.

Much later, Jester wakes up and finds the structures power had nursed him back to health. He gets up, recognizing Caigo saved his life, and journeys beyond the mountain chain. Jester sees a man walking alone across the plain. He follows the person to an underground facility.

From the underground facility, Jester learns others like him landed all around the world at the same time he did and a man recently came to power and threatened to kill them. Jester realizes the others are the six shadows and the man in power is the entity who was once Tenebris. Jester makes this connection and discovers his true destiny is to save his race from this evil entity.

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Meet the Author

Hello, my name is Scott Meehan. I am a retired Army veteran of twenty-five years; teach Business at a local college; published author; married for thirty-six years; have two grown children and four grandchildren. We are members of a local church and Disney World : )

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Q1. What made you start writing?
My background, which consisted of thirteen different schools growing up across the United States and three other countries. After graduating from high school, I traveled the country and world even more until I joined the Army in 1980. I served a tour in Berlin while the wall still stood and did four tours to the Middle East. So, my vast diverse experience across the globe serves as the backdrop of my writing since I kept a journal and wrote down my experiences.

Q2. How long have you been writing?
Since middle school (the seventies), however, my first published book was seven years ago in 2011.

Q3. What is the hardest part about being an author?
Finding enough time to sit, be alone, and jot down all the flooding stories swirling through my mind.

Q4. What lessons have you learned about being an author?
Writing is the easy part for me…marketing, or I should say, convincing readers that my books are good and that they should pick one up is the hardest part.

Q5. What is the best part of being an author?
The development of characters coming to life and the connection with readers.

Q6. Does the cover play a significant role in buying process?
Most definitely. For me personally, any time I walk into a bookstore, I am immediately attracted by the best covers first.

Q7. Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
I began looking for those who advertised book cover art and chose the least expensive. I also tried those who were more expensive. Sometimes there was little difference. Since I teach computer courses in my Business classes, I have learned to design my own covers…some good and some not so good. The bottom line now is that I have recently signed a contract with Creativia Publishing and they will do my covers. I am more than happy with that because the result of their first cover was absolutely stunning, in my opinion. The cover epitomizes the storyline. See for yourself: http://mybook.to/LoveWar

Q8. Please describe what the story/book is about.
I have written several books but the first one published by Creativia Publishing is about a Green Beret soldier, Ron Hawkins, a dedicated, compassionate man who finds his calling in the Army Special Forces. Like his father, who served on Delta Force, Ron fights for principle – a cause beyond his personal interest.
But when Ron is sent with his team to Afghanistan after the 9/11 terror, he faces a life-changing decision. After he rescues the beautiful Afghan girl, Sarah, from a Taliban execution, Ron finds out that the girl has her own plans of escaping the war-torn land that is keeping her from living her dream.
Love in the House of War is the epic story of America in the 21st Century, told through the lives of a career soldier and his family, spanning the tumultuous war on terror years from Afghanistan to Iraq while facing both the Taliban and ISIS head-on. It is a modern day tale of the life-and-death struggle of physical and spiritual, good versus evil, in today’s dynamic warfare.
Interesting is the fact that I wrote this book back in 2014 and this month, the movie 12-Strong just came out. Both stories are from the same war and battles.

Q9. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Well, I identify closely with Ron Hawkins. We had similar paths except he went to Afghanistan and I went to Iraq. Also, he met the love of his life in Afghanistan and I met the love of my life in the jungles of Ecuador.
Q10 Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book? What makes your endeavors unique?
The intended audience is anyone associated with: the military (including family members), world travelers, multi-cultural people, coming-of-age young adults (and teens), romance (females), suspense, war (Males), a bit of fantasy, and religion—basically, everyone. The uniqueness comes from my first-hand experiences across many cultures around the world.

Q.11 Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Definitely Chris Hemsworth (Ron Hawkins) and Gal Gadot (Sarah Rajiv-Hawkins) would be perfect for Part 1 and 2 while the addition of Emily Carey (Asha Hawkins) would be perfect in part 2 as the daughter. Maybe Romeo Beck (Caleb Hawkins) and Levi Miller (Seth Hawkins) would be good child actors for the roles in part 2 as Asha’s brothers and Asin Thottumkal could play the role as Miriam, the rescued Iraq girl and adopted sister.

Q12 Is there any more projects you are currently working and what were your past works?
Here is the list of past published books and current projects:
PUBLISHED
• Prince of Babylon-Epic Novel (Co-authored)
• All I Could Be-Memoirs
• Stone In A Sling-Memoirs
• Love in the House of War-Epic Novel
• Millennial Girl-Sequel to Love in the House of War
• Duty Recall-Military Time Travel
• Girl Alone-An American soldier and an Iraqi Refugee (Short Story)
• Cold War In Berlin-Espionage (Short Story)
• Crossroads-Coming of Age devotional (Short Story)
CURRENT PROJECTS
• Desert Rock Café-Insights from the war zone (Short Story)
• Millennial Girl 2: Betrayed (Sequel to Millennial Girl)
• Wasteland-(Mystery)
Q13. What advice would you offer an aspiring author?
Just write! Write, write, and keep writing.

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