Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Q & A with India R. Adams

Serenity
Forever #1
by India R. Adams

To say I know where this story begins is to say I  remember what lifetime started it all…and why. What I do know is this lifetime is hard and cruel…maybe like the rest. That is until I meet him–the light that shines and guides me. To where, I don’t know, but my soul chooses to follow regardless. I believe my soul has done this before. I believe I will follow him…forever.

"The toll on my spirit had slowly broken me down—day by day, night by night, drink by drink, hit by hit—to the limp, fragile, lost girl that Dereck Hamilton . . . carried away."

A destructive home life silently destroys Serenity, a 16-year-old girl, until her broken spirit is given a gift in the form of an old journal that sends her a visitor in the night. The cloaked woman teaches Serenity that the lingering feeling of missing a part of her soul may not be a figment of her imagination, and with these words, Serenity’s journey, of this lifetime, begins.

"Away from the sun I close my eyes
and release myself into the unknown
I hope she is there
I hope she is there…" 

Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published July 26th 2016

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Read It & Reap:  November 14, 2017

India R. Adams is an author/singer/songwriter who has written YA and NA novels, and the music for the Forever series.

Being a survivor of abuse, has inspired India to let others know they have nothing to be ashamed of. She put her many years of professional theater background to the test and has written fictional stories with a shadow of her personal experiences. She says, “I’m simply finding ways to empower perfect imperfections.”

Another cause India feels needs change, is Sexual Slavery. She has joined forces with jewelers to design beautiful ways to raise money for non-profit organizations.

Even though India writes about serious subjects such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, and Human Trafficking, she has a magnificent sense of humor, as do the characters she creates. Perfectly balanced between laughter and tears, her readers see how to empower their own perfect imperfections.


                                                            Connect with India

Q & A with India R. Adams 

Tell us a little bit about your main characters. 
In the first novel of the Forever series, we have Serenity—a more reserved seventeen-year-old (because of the abuse she endures) who is gifted with reading light around one’s body.

Skyler, Serenity’s best friend, is tiny but mighty with lots of fight in her. She is a fav in reader’s heart and mine.

We have Joshua Dukes who seems overbearing at first but truly means well taking care of his Shorties—Serenity and Sky.

There is Dereck Hamilton, Serenity’s love interest and SO MUCH MORE. Just a fabulous young man.

Rocco, the smartass Italian football player who will steal your heart (as he does Sky’s).

And Jolene, the mother hen of the group who watches over them ever so carefully, putting her own needs last, always. I respect her highly.

Who designs the covers for your books and what is that process like for you as an author? 
So far, I only use Procovers but the owner is no longer accepting new clients. Just too busy now. The process with designing a cover has been different for me. With the Forever series, 6 books in total, I knew what I wanted and how they will become the final cover in the 6th cover. There are hints to what is happening within the series in each of the covers. The colors have meanings too. I’m excited for the final cover!

Describe your ideal writing spot. 
Wherever my laptop is, lol!

What is the best advice you have been given?
Believe it or not, the best advice has been to “write”. Just write, and then write some more. You become better just by experimenting… and writing.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A singer. Singing brings me the most personal pleasure outside of my family, writing a very strong second.

Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks? 
Paper. Back. ALWAYS. I love how they smell and feel. I love the sound of flipping a page. Is that weird?

If you could have any supernatural power, what would you choose and why? 
Fly. I want to soar in the beautiful blue sky. My husband jumped out of a plane once. He said it was one of the most liberating experience of his life. Not only did he just jump-out-of-a-plane, lol, but he said it was so peaceful and quiet on the way down. He was so at peace with himself. I’m jealous because I am afraid of heights and may never know what he speaks of.

What book are you reading now? 
My own. Editing is never over with all my books.


Friday, 5 May 2017

Q & A with Jake Remington

Wretched
By Jake Remington

Bruce Mclean has experienced more tragedy and blessing in his forty-five years than most people would over several lifetimes.

Orphaned at six when his mother died of a heroin overdose, he was fortunate enough to be adopted by a loving and caring couple - but tragedy returned to strike again at twelve, when his adoptive mother died of cancer, and yet again in high school, when his adoptive father was killed in a car accident.

Bruce enters adulthood completely alone in life and haunted by dreams of a mother he barely remembers.

Both exceptional and flawed in many ways, Bruce perseveres and marries a beautiful woman with whom he fathers a daughter. He goes on to build a successful business empire and considerable wealth.

But fate isn’t anywhere near finished with Bruce. Years later, divorced, he makes a lifestyle choice to relocate to a small idyllic mountain town. He is determined to move on to a new phase in his life.

There he meets Tara, a very sexy and very dangerous woman, Bruce is suddenly thrust into a web of sex, lies, deceit, and betrayal that threaten not only his business and wealth, but everything he holds dear.

Like Bruce, Tara is extremely active, and after a few sessions of tearing up the mountain bike trails as well as ravaging each other, Bruce is completely under the spell of this alluring woman.
But all is not what it seems, for Tara is from a different world than Bruce. As an ex-marine and mercenary, she is a very strong female - she is also a psychopath.

Bruce soon finds that to protect his loved ones, he must navigate through the impossible odds stacked against him by those who would seek his destruction, while at the same time dealing with his own inner demons and a tragic past that seems determined to follow him.

Caution: Novel Contains some graphic sexual content.

Kindle Edition: 350 Pages
Published Feb, 2017

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Read It & Reap:  October 17, 2017


Jake Remington is a new indie author.

New in terms of being an author – middle aged, Jake is by no means new to this world and has lived a lot of life.

Still young at heart, Jake is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to ski, mountain bike, climb & hike.

Living in a small mountain town in British Columbia is heaven on earth for Jake.

He has worked many years in business in leadership roles and postings have had him living in Indonesia, China, South America and the U.S. as well as traveling all over the world but British Columbia has always been home.

Jake loves reading psychological thrillers particularly of a twisted & sexual nature and as such has taken to writing as a new outlet to explore his darker side.

Be sure to check out Jake’s new novel Wretched which is a multi-dimensional psychological thriller set amidst a backdrop of both the business world and an active mountain lifestyle.

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Q & A with Jake Remington

Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
Bruce Mclean is the protagonist in Wretched - Bruce has had a tragic past, losing his (single) mother to a heroin overdose when he was just six and again suffering the loss of both his adoptive parents before he graduated from high school.

Heroin addiction will manifest heavily later in Bruce’s adult life and in the novel.

But Bruce is a strong, fiercely intelligent individual and despite the hardships fate throws at him, he builds a life for himself – an interesting and active life – a good life - that is until he meets Tara.

Tara is beautiful, sexy, and athletic – a former Marine and a mercenary Tara does what Tara wants to do.

I wrote Wretched with Bruce as the protagonist and Tara as the antagonist but Tara took on a life of her own. I’m not sure now if Tara might not be the main character – certainly there would be no question in her mind.

Tara is a psychopath – she knows it and embraces it.

Jenn – Jenn is Bruce’s ex-wife – once the love of his life, they grew apart but Bruce still feels they will end up together again in the end – that is until he meets Tara.

Jenn is a surgeon and like Bruce had a difficult start in life, losing her parents in a car accident when she was young – Jenn once joked that Bruce and herself are ‘damaged goods’.

Clare – Clare is Bruce and Jenn’s daughter. Clare is a tortured soul much like Bruce’s deceased mother – she also shares an addictive gene with Bruce’s mother – and the same choice of poison.

To Bruce, it appears Clare has seen much more than her young years would suggest.

Who designs the covers for your books and what is that process like for you as an author?
 
I’m a self-published author and as such I designed my own cover (Wretched is my first novel).

I wanted the cover to reflect to a certain degree on the story and feel the cover of Wretched does just that – in fact it could easily be a scene from the novel.

Describe your ideal writing spot.
I’m a weird guy.

I don’t take baths (I do shower in case you were concerned) but I love the sound of running water – I find it relaxing.

So, I sit in the tub with the water running but the drain open so the tub does not fill – I wrote all of Wretched this way sitting in the tub with my tablet – water running.

My wife thinks I need psychological help.

What is the best advice you have been given?
 Let it go.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Funny, I don’t have a recollection of wanting to be anything when I was a child.

Now, I’m still no-where near grown up yet and still trying to figure out what I want to be – maybe that’s why I started writing novels.

I just know I don’t want to be grown up.

Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks?
 Paperbacks, as they’re the most mobile and easy to use – beach, hiking, on a flight – whatever.

If you could have any supernatural power, what would you choose and why?
My ten-year-old always asks me this.

He’s reading a series of books right now called Captain Underpants so I guess if being Captain Underpants can be considered a supernatural power, I’ll go with that.

Kind of fits in with the whole not growing up thing as well.

What book are you reading now?
 I’m a really busy guy – I run a company, have a family, and mountain bike, ski & climb.

I’ve always loved to read and always read a little bit every night before bed – when I decided to try writing, something had to give, so I have been using my reading time to write.

I’m currently writing a sequel to Wretched so right now I’m not reading anything – and it’s a huge sacrifice.


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