A.L. Tayler, United Kingdom

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Indie Author

Smokey and the Mystery of Rabbitina

  • Children
Fiction
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Synopsis

Smokey and Portia become involved in another exciting adventure at Easter time when a ten foot tall white rabbit with big floppy ears called Snowball arrives in their garden. Portia is kidnapped and within a short time Smokey is grabbed by his ears and carried away too. He soon discovers why he and Portia have been transported to the Island of Rabbitina. The island is sinking and all the rabbits need to be rescued. How will Smokey save them? This is a charming and lovely story for younger children that will delight and enchant in turn. The Smokey Books adventure series are created by Anna Louise Tayler. They are based on her families pets. Smokey who plays the lead character is a white Welsh Mountain Pony, whose best friends are Portia and Balou.

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Indie Author

L.A.'s Last Street Cop: Surviving Hollywood Freaks, the Aryan Brotherhood, and the L.A.P.D.'s Homicidal Vendetta Against Me

  • Biography/Memoir
Nonfiction
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A vivid, true-life tale of service, survival and sacrifice

This gripping memoir vividly recounts Al Moreno's rise as a gifted and fearless Los Angeles police officer, surviving gangs and homicidal situations in brutal urban war zones as he strove to achieve his personal and professional dreams. Packed with unforgettable scenes of both beauty and despair, it culminates in his vocal stand against corruption within the L.A.P.D., and the political retribution that ensued--a dirty internal investigation that unleashed the murderous vendetta of a violent ex-con from the Aryan Brotherhood.

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Indie Author

No More Dodging Bullets

  • Biography / Memoir
Nonfiction

Synopsis

After overcoming a heroin addiction in her teenage years and striving to move forward, Amy Herrig faced an entirely different addiction twenty years later: money. She and her father, Jerry Shults, were thriving as the owners of the Gas Pipe stores in Dallas, Texas, as well as other successful businesses, when a government lawsuit threatened to take everything—their businesses, their money, and their freedom. Accused of crimes she hadn’t committed, Amy spent the next four years fighting to stay out of prison, but that wasn’t all she had to fight along the way. When one life-altering change after another shook up Amy’s world, she gained a new perspective on herself and on what matters most in life. From an exhausting and demoralizing situation came a new outlook of gratitude, but also remorse and humility. Although Amy’s actions in the past had not all been illegal, she had let the allure of money guide her decisions rather than using her moral compass; the shocking turn of events that resulted from those decisions led to profound changes and made a lasting impact on Amy’s life.

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Trimark Press

Dare To Do Nothing

  • Humor
Nonfiction
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We may think that doing nothing goes against all of the teachings of a life well lived; after all, how can one derive satisfaction from having nothing to do? Well, park your boredom at the door. In her new book, Dare To Do Nothing, Amy Minty offers a counter-argument against any urge to become a workaholic: When you do nothing, you have more time for fun! And shouldn’t that be the point? Minty’s book, published by TriMark Press, covers the various over-achiever traps and walks the reader through all the ways to avoid doing actual things. Minty also recounts events in her own life that expand on her beliefs. Would you like to do nothing at work? Covered. Is it important to at least appear busy? Absolutely. Does doing nothing come down to genetics? Read and find out.

Interviewed by Danielle Hampson
Publisher: Indie Author

Better Off Bald: A life in 147 days

  • Bereavement/Grief
Nonfiction
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Adrienne Wilson is a depressed, suicidal teenager—until the day she receives a diagnosis of stage IV liver cancer. Facing the fight of her life, Adrienne discovers how much she wants to live. In Better Off Bald: A Life in 147 Days, Andrea Wilson Woods chronicles her sister’s remarkable life from the time she was born to the day she dies at age fifteen. Written like a journal, Andrea takes the reader inside her and Adrienne’s journey explaining how she gained custody of Adrienne from their mother and how the sisters’ relationship evolved over time. Adrienne’s courageous spirit shines through as she squeezes more life into 147 days than most people do in a lifetime. From meeting Jay Leno to spending the day with Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction, Adrienne makes every moment count. As she lay dying, Adrienne teaches Andrea how to live. 

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Indie Author

Along Came a Soulmate

  • Biography/Memoir
Nonfiction

Synopsis

Along Came a Soulmate, the true memoir by Armenia Jess, tells the story of poverty, survival, faith, hope, grit and pure love. Armenia was born in an impoverished village in Southern Mindanao in the Philippines. Her father passed away when she was only twelve years old, her youngest brother who was only nine years old, became the bread winner and supported her education through college. Later on, she met her husband who significantly changed her (and her family’s) life. The book follows Armenia and her family’s bittersweet life experiences in the Philippines before she made it to the USA. Her family struggled to survive their impoverished living conditions and the cruel circumstances they encountered in a village near her hometown; when they left to live in the town to chase her dream only to be evicted from multiple rental houses they couldn’t afford to pay; and when she unexpectedly met the man who loves her unconditionally and showed her the world.

Interviewed by Danielle Hampson
Publisher: Indie Author

Sudden Widow, A True Story of Love, Grief, Recovery, and How Badly It Can Suck!

  • Biography/Memoir
Nonfiction

Synopsis

Sudden Widow is a book for widows/widowers and everyone in their lives, to help readers make sense of an unbearable loss. Refreshing, authentic, heartbreaking, and funny, it is essentially a love story--validation for widows in a world where many don't recognize the colossal grief and adjustment after suddenly losing a spouse. Reading this intelligent, eye opening memoir, you will laugh, cry, and learn. Perhaps most importantly, readers will feel understood and less alone. This book is a moving, inspiring example of 'powering through'. For more information, go to suddenwidow.com.

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: BookLocker.com

Finding 42: Cut the Rope

  • Adventure
Nonfiction
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Finding 42, at its core, is an amazing adventure series. Book 1, Cut the Rope, begins with the author leaving the familiar, New York City, and flying into the unfamiliar, Moscow, Russia.

The author, Benny Mailman, had just gone through some soulful healing in Denver, Colorado, after having been demoralized and drowning in darkness. He had been brought to the doorstep of hell, and ushered through the door. A proud Marine, a loving son, and a joyful, smiling friend had all been ripped away, rendering him a shell of his former self. He learned a difficult lesson in those darkest days: no amount of his Love could heal his mentally sick friend. The year was 2011.

Finally freeing himself from the clutches of evil energy, Benny sought to rebuild his soul through healers. He sought true freedom. He sought love. It was now January of 2012, the month and year Benny turned 42. As he walked in a winter storm, he knew this year was going to be life changing... he just knew.

On October 4, 2012, he began a journey that had no end date. He just went, determined to be true to his soul and live an extraordinary adventure on his terms, thus creating his own reality. When asked how long he would be traveling, he simply responded "I will know when I am done".

Finding 42 is a letting go of the known and often forced reality. It is about a man setting out to prove that a better reality was there for the creating. Within the journey, spiritual growth flourishes and an ancient knowledge is renewed in the strength, kindness, and beauty of the human spirit.

Book 1 is filled with stories and soulful connections with fellow travelers and locals alike. There is the story of Fire Horse in Mongolia, Tom Waits and Starbucks in Moscow, life aboard the Trans-Siberian Railroad, the Great Wall, and even a magical event in Luoyang, China. Fasten your seat belts! I remind you that this is all true.

The author's new website address as of May 2021:  BennyMailman42.com

 

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Indie Author

The Byzantine Pineapple

  • Government/Politics
Nonfiction
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This author’s interview and book can also been seen on your television screen.  Look for “THE AUTHORS SHOW” app on AMAZON FIRE TV and on the ROKU CHANNEL.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and over again, expecting a different result, so why should anyone believe that either the political right or the political left has a plan to solve the socioeconomic, legal, political (SELP) issues facing citizens around the globe when all they do is the same failing things over and over again? That's insane! The byzantine pineapple applies systems analysis and systems design methodology to propose a redesign of governmental SELP systems, including a new macroeconomic flat tax for the rising class of independents to implement. It is time to wake up from the matrix!

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Indie Author

The Economy of Enough

  • Inspirational/Motivational
Nonfiction

Synopsis

Never put off being kind to yourself again.  What if you could go from feeling like the worst person in the world to stepping into happily ever after?
How about in the time it takes you to read this book?
'You're useless....' 'You're so dumb...' 'How could you be so stupid?'
How many times have you said these things to yourself? Probably multiple times a day, every day of your life, if this describes how you feel about yourself:
- Never have a kind word for yourself
- Easily find ways you could have done something better
- Have a foreboding sense of resignation that you'll never get anything 'right'
- Hold yourself to much higher standards than everyone else
- Nothing you ever do is 'good enough'
In her latest book, award-winning businesswoman Bronwen Sciortino unlocks the secret to happily ever after and shares practical and easy steps to allow you to experience the same love and commitment you give to everyone around you.
From exhausted to exulted, this book reveals just how easily you can infuse your life with outrageous happiness, love and laughter - using an easy to follow process and with loads of ease and grace.
The world is waiting for you to become the magnificent person you were always supposed to be.
Let's be real. There are no 'miracle' cures that work without applying attention. But there are simple and practical steps you can easily take to move your life in a different direction.
Infused with all the 'downloads' you need to catapult your life differently, The Economy of Enough is the golden nugget you've been waiting for to understand exactly what you need to be happy.

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Blossom Springs Publishing

Hope Has a Cold Nose

  • Military
Nonfiction

Synopsis

"To have a service dog like Able should be the medication any soldier is prescribed who has gone out and had trauma of some kind." In Hope Has a Cold Nose, Christine Hassing relays true stories of military veterans and others who rose from the ashes of PTSD and MST with the help of their service dogs. Devoting every chapter to a different human-canine pair, Hassing shares the story of each person with PTSD and their service dog with pathos and creativity. These powerful stories, part testimonial, part author's interpretation using rhythm and rhyme, bring important insights about how service dogs help people with PTSD and MST in countless ways. From sensing a nightmare and waking a veteran before terror takes hold, to placing a comforting paw on someone's shoulder to ward off a panic attack, these dogs play a key role in helping those who've lived through trauma reintegrate into society. Lovingly written, Hope Has a Cold Nose is a unique and compelling collection of survivors' stories for dog lovers of all kinds, for those who've experienced PTSD and their loved ones, and for those interested in how service dogs can help people heal from the deepest emotional wounds.

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Black Rose Writing

A Better Heart

  • Literary Fiction
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"A promising new literary voice." –Kirkus Reviews

For aspiring indie filmmaker Kevin Stacey, it's another day on the set of his first film, but when his estranged father, a failed Hollywood actor, arrives unexpectedly with a bundle of cash, a gun, and a stolen capuchin monkey, he's propelled toward the journey that will change his life.

The monkey, Henry, has been liberated from a research lab by animal rights activists. Inspired by his friend Veronica to reevaluate his relationship with other species, Kevin learns about the pain and suffering inflicted on lab animals as he forges a bond with the capuchin. When father and son embark on a road trip with Henry, Kevin is caught between the egocentric father who abandoned him and the temperamental monkey whose fate is in his hands. With both the FBI and his mother's ghost watching, will Kevin risk his career and his father's freedom to bring the stolen monkey to safety? Meanwhile, Veronica's encounter with an eccentric Catholic priest triggers her own journey toward change.

A heartbreaking yet comic family drama, A Better Heart examines the human-animal bond and the bonds between fathers and sons, challenging readers to explore their beliefs about the treatment of non-human species.

 

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Indie Author

Failure Is Not The Problem, It's The Beginning Of Your Success

  • Inspirational/Motivational
Nonfiction
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What would you do if you had a revolutionary resource to help you become a successful leader, reach your goals, make your life better and propel you to become all that you are meant to be? Sounds impossible? Well, its not! In the “impossible” is the “possible.” And if you want the possibility of becoming successful, U. S. Army Retired Colonel, George Milton’s book, Failure Is Not The Problem, It’s The Beginning Of Your Success is a must read. Most leadership books discuss how to achieve success only, but in life we all fail sometimes. If you want to succeed you must walk through the doorway of this life changing resource; failure. In his amazing book he addresses the challenge of adversity and how failure can motivate you, focus you, and change your life for the better. His inspiring story of growth from a difficult youth to a distinguished career Army combat officer, he shares that it was only possible because he changed his attitude. Not only does he reveal personal triumphs and defeats, he demonstrates in12 easy to follow steps, how you can transform your mindset from negative to positive regarding failure and in the process become successful.

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher:

THE STRESS BOOK: Forty-Plus Ways to Manage Stress & Enjoy Your Life

  • Self-Help
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Are you experiencing so much stress in your life that it is so overwhelming that you feel your life is over? Or are you trying desperately to avoid that condition? Well, look no further!
This book takes a comprehensive approach to stress management and how modifying your lifestyle and taking practical steps can significantly reduce the level of stress you are experiencing. More than forty approaches to stress reduction management and prevention are covered in this book, giving you an in-depth framework applicable to most lives and circumstances.
For example, it helps people struggling with self-destructive behavior, stressful job, having difficulty intentionally making decisions, struggling with toxic relationships, and many other challenging situations.
You will also be introduced to a "new relationship mental disorder called Abstract Kidnapping Disorder – A.K.D."
This book also provides you with many opportunities to simplify the management of stress by using the acronym S.T.R.E.S.S. and incorporating any of the forty-plus actions included. In addition, you are provided with practical ideas, solutions, or options that, when applied, are likely to result in the reduction or prevention of your stress. This book is intended to significantly improve people's lives at any level of society who may be experiencing stress in their personal, business, or professional lives. I trust that it will make a difference in yours.
Thank you for taking the journey to improve stress in your life and for reading this book.

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Covenant Books

Random Thoughts on Life, Love, Laughter and Living for Jesus

  • Christian Nonfiction
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This book was a long time coming. God had to take me through a lifetime of learning to prepare me for writing this book. There are three areas that He impressed upon me to write about.

The first was to write about the life lessons that He has taught me. Things like how to be a better, more loving husband, how to take control of my life by planning for and accomplishing things, and how to use the gifts He has given me.

The second was to make apologetics understandable. Apologetics is rationally and credibly defending the faith. I've has a passion for this ever since I've been a believer. Christianity is not just subjectively true. It's objectively true. It is factually true and can be proven so beyond a reasonable doubt.

The third was to highlight some of the lesser-known Christians and how God used them to make a difference in our world.

I hope the lessons contained in this book will bless you, as they have blessed me in learning them. But even more than that, I hope they will draw you closer to Jesus.

Interviewed by Danielle Hampson
Publisher: Page Publishing

The In-Between Artist

  • Biography/Memoir
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The successes and struggles of influential twentieth century artist Tony D'Orazi are detailed in this first-ever biography, The In-Between Artist: The Story of Tony D'Orazi, from his early years as a child prodigy in Missoula, Montana, to his ascension into an award-winning artist by way of New York City and Chicago and his days working for Disney to ultimately becoming the radio and television personality known as Uncle Tony O'Dare, "the first cartoonist of the air." Tony's personal struggles would repeatedly attempt to derail his artistic ambitions, but the art would always find a way to persevere.

Along his ascent, he would also meet his true love, whom he formed a vaudeville act with, which found them entertaining crowds across America. From there, he became a husband and father of four, who constantly struggled to find balance between his roles as a visual artist and family man, all while battling with severe bouts of mental illness.

This is a portrait of an artist and entertainer which also includes later chapters of his life, in which he went on to become a successful salesman and character actor, all while still pursuing his need to create. In the end, despite all these roles he played and the countless hurdles he faced, Tony remained an artist in between. Ultimately, his story proves that no matter what obstacles he faced, his art always found a way.

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group

Deliberate Duplicity

  • Mystery
Fiction
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One by one, dead bodies are being found at different points along the Constitution Trail, where abandoned railroad tracks once ran through the “Twin Cities” of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. The work of a calculating, methodical killer, each body is posed on the ground with the eyes manipulated so they remain wide open – witnesses who cannot testify to what they’ve seen. David Rohlfing’s debut novel, Deliberate Duplicity explores the twisted, vengeful mind of a serial killer, and follows dedicated detective Sasha Frank, who is hell-bent on solving the mystery behind this string of gruesome crimes. A complicated web of clues leaves Sasha and his team with more questions than answers: What’s the killer’s motive? And how are the victims connected to one another? As the story begins to unravel, the ordinarily calm and collected Sasha begins to feel the immense pressure of the case. Will he be able to solve the mystery before time runs out, and bring justice to all who were affected?

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Indie Author

Why Is Pono not Pono Today? Bring out the best when someone is stressed

  • Young Adult
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Set in Hawaii, this heartwarming book and its lovable characters offer adults and children helpful ways to discuss and handle stress."Why is Pono not Pono Today?" is a book where kids of all ages easily identify with the normally happy Pono the Bull. Pono snaps after others are mean to him. His friend Kuleana notices what happens and helps to quickly bring back the best in Pono.

Here, tough situations end well through love, creativity, and working closely together. When we learn how to work through the toughest situations together, STRESS becomes our SUPERPOWER.

 

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Archway Publishing

Breaking Backbones: Information Is Power

  • Thriller-Techno
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A hacker war seventeen years in the making erupts after GlobeCom takes over the world through human chip implants.

As dozens of hacker strike teams around the world attempt to relieve GlobeCom of its iron grip on humanity through a coordinated attack on its data centers, Cy is gravely injured and her husband is killed in the attack.

At his funeral, Cy learns the hacker clans are now going after her secret spouse, a chief security officer from GlobeCom's China hub who has been anonymously feeding the clans inside information to aid their cause. Without any idea the China hub's CSO is their secret source of information, the hackers leave in the middle of the night to intercept him at the DC hub. Cy realizes they are most likely walking into a turf war between global powers with deep resources and state-of-the-art weaponry. With time running out, Cy must dispatch another team to rescue her secret husband and the clan members converging in DC before she loses nearly everyone she holds dear.

In this exciting cyberthriller, investigative reporter Deb Radcliff tells a gripping story that raises important questions around invasions of privacy in a global bid for power through the use of technology.

Publisher: Indie Author

The Conscious Teacher

  • Education
Nonfiction
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The Conscious Teacher is about all kinds of strategies and techniques educators might employ to become more effective teachers. In an accessible, conversational style, Deborah Nichols Poulos presents unique approaches to teaching that will inspire new and veteran teachers alike. She begins with her personal story of not being able to read all through elementary school. Her early failures convinced her she was dumb. At first, she struggled, but when she still failed, she adopted an avoidance strategy that served her well until junior high. An experience in the seventh grade flipped a switch and started her on a journey to becoming an outstanding student and, later, to applying the lessons she learned as a child to her own teaching


What makes The Conscious Teacher unique are the inspirational lessons that are unlike what most teachers get in their teacher-education courses or student teaching. Ms. Nichols Poulos points out, for example, that from the very first day, it is important that students learn they will be treated with dignity and respect no matter what. And especially helpful are the steps Ms. Nichols Poulos employs to set up a behavior management plan that works. She explains the strategic steps she takes before school starts—how essential it is to get to know each student before they walk into class on that first day. She also illustrates how setting up classroom routines helps students know what to expect and how to make the best use of every minute. And she emphasizes the importance of the parent-student-teacher team and includes many examples of how to communicate with—and involve—parents, even those who may be difficult. Foundational to her program are reading and writing. Among other things, she lays out the steps for students—even as early as fourth grade—to write five paragraph essays and their own student-authored books, and to research and write reports that include bibliographies. When she differentiated curriculum to support all students’ needs, she found their learning accelerated.


All teachers will appreciate her ideas about how to teach the basics of math, as well as advanced math concepts. And her ideas for teaching the arts are inspirational, as she describes in detail how her fourth graders performed Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, Julius Caesar, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She also shows how to integrate social studies with literature and writing. Her experiences taught her that young students are much more capable than many people realize.
The Conscious Teacher is an indispensable guide for all new teachers. Many of the ideas Ms. Nichols Poulos provides will also be an eye-opener for parents and experienced teachers as well. The Conscious Teacher is simply a must have for anyone truly interested in giving young children a positive and solid foundation for their later schooling.

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Indie Author

The Original Wife

  • Contemporary
Fiction
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A thriller. A love story. A cruel twist of fate. Sometimes six-feet under isn't enough to bury someone.

Lanie Spenser endured a childhood of merry-go-round foster homes before suffering an abusive marriage to Dr. Stanley Greystone. After twenty years of suppression by her husband, she musters the courage to divorce and begin a new life. College, trauma counseling, and an exciting career strengthen Lanie into a confident and capable woman. Feeling empowered and restored, she begins a new relationship. Brock Burnham is everything that Stanley was not-kind, tender, and loving. Brock's quest for adventure, sense of humor, and generous affection allow Lanie to feel hopeful about happy-ever-after's for the first time in her life.

On the very day she meets Brock, she attends Stanley's funeral. Her ex-husband's death injects a bevy of baby mamas and discarded children into Lanie's world. As the original wife, she inherits the bulk of his estate as well as a string of clues to piece together the labyrinth of Stanley's lurid activities. His death exposes a tangled web of indiscretions, damaged women, and unspeakable acts of cruelty.

With every new grain of discovery, Stanley's evil continues to reach from beyond the grave. Lanie's life unravels as her past collides with her present and she uncovers the darkest of Stanley's transgressions. Stanley's pre-meditated attempts to implicate Lanie in his crimes takes one ugly turn after another and there seems to be no end to the depths of Stanley's malevolence. Each twist of his manipulation plunges a blade deeper into her soul, not only threatening her cherished relationship with Brock, but also her mental stability.

After Lanie is compelled to recall every moment of her traumatized marriage, she retreats to a reclusive existence. Desperately holding on to happy memories of being with Brock, she prays reflection and self-forgiveness will keep her from tumbling down a dark and bottomless rabbit hole of despair. She eventually emerges from her self-imposed solitude to reclaim what has been there all along-the sunshine she needs. Loving herself. Loving life. Loving Brock. She hopes it's not too late.

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Wings ePress Inc.

Lady of the Play

  • Historical Fiction
Fiction
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Lady of the Play is written in parallel historical and contemporary stories, with focus on the life of Elizabeth Trentham, the other Shakespeare.

The contemporary story begins with the finding of an original page from A Midsummer Night’s Dream hidden in the cover of an ancient Book of Common Prayer owned by an elderly woman, Sudie McFadden. She contacts a history teacher, Cynthia Parsons, to help her prove her ancestor, the original owner of the prayer book, was the true playwright. Cynthia, with the help of a librarian friend, and an attorney, conduct extensive research to prove Elizabeth Trentham was the true playwright and poet.

There is a smooth transition from the modern chapters to the historical. The historical chapters tell of the secret life of Elizabeth Trentham, her innate genius, and how she obtained the necessary qualifications to be Shakespeare. The story begins with her childhood, then the ten years she spent as a maid of honor in Queen Elizabeth I court, her collaboration with Edward de Vere, the Seventeenth Earl of Oxford, and their subsequent marriage. Also, why they hired an actor, Wm Shaksper, as their broker and later allowed him to take credit for the plays. Edward dies in 1604 and Elizabeth continues with the deception until her death in 1612, the same year William Shaksper retires. In her will, she leave money for her “dumb” man to assure his silence. Included is her relationship with John Overall, one of the King James Bible translators. Clues of Ely and Edward’s collaboration are left behind in Psalms 46 and the deVere crest of the female lion. Cynthia faces intrigue, danger, and romance along the way as others try to steal historical documents, thereby thwarting her efforts to reveal the truth. Even though Lady of the Play depicts the fictional life of Elizabeth Trentham, events are based on the actual historical timeline and events.

Lady of the Play will appeal to the general population whether a fan of Shakespeare or not.

Interviewed by Danielle Hampson
Publisher:

How to Become President

  • Thriller-Political
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He dreamed of becoming president as a kid. As a young man he learned the biographies of the most famous Ukrainian and American presidents and got their unique formula for success. According to the formula any man can become president if he does…

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Danielle: Is becoming the President of a country a goal you believe to be out of reach? Welcome to The Authors Show, I'm Danielle Hampson.  My guest today is Dmytro Bondarenko, the Ukrainian fiction author of How to Become President. Okay, so it's fiction, but maybe you will learn something from it that could help you achieve your goal of becoming such a President if that's what you want to do, or simply discover how one goes about it. But first, a quick reminder that selected interviews on The Authors Show are available in our iPhone app, which can be downloaded in the app store, as well as on TV on the Roku channel, Amazon fire TV, and many major podcasting platforms like Amazon music, Apple podcast, Spotify, and many others and our app name on all these platforms is simply The Authors Show. So let's now bring my guest Dmytro in. Welcome to The Authors Show Dmytro.

Даніель: Чи є мета стати президентом країни, на вашу думку недосяжною? Ласкаво просимо на The Authors Show, я Даніель Хемпсон. Сьогодні мій гість – Дмитро Бондаренко, український автор роману «Як стати президентом». Гаразд, це вигадка, але, можливо, ви дізнаєтеся з цього щось, що допоможе вам досягти вашої мети стати таким президентом, якщо це те, що ви хочете зробити, або просто дізнаєтеся, як це зробити. Але спочатку швидке нагадування, що вибрані інтерв’ю на The Authors Show доступні в нашому додатку для iPhone, який можна завантажити в магазині додатків, а також на телебаченні на каналі Roku, Amazon fire TV і багатьох основних платформах для подкастингу, як-от Amazon. музика, подкаст Apple, Spotify та багато інших, а назва нашого додатка на всіх цих платформах — просто The Authors Show. Тож давайте зараз привітаємо мого гостя Дмитра. Ласкаво просимо до авторського шоу Дмитра.

 

Dmytro: Thank you Danielle, I'm happy to be here.  

Дмитро: Дякую Даніель, я радий бути тут.

 

Danielle: Well, I'm happy that you are with me today. Let's dive in immediately to the book. Would you please give us a nutshell, a small synopsis, of your book?

Даніель: Ну, я щаслива, що ви сьогодні зі мною. Одразу звернемося до книги. Чи не могли б ви дати нам короткий зміст, невеликий синопсис вашої книги?

 

Dmytro:  My book How to Become President.  This is a story of a young Ukrainian man nicknamed Hulik. He dreamed of becoming President as a kid.  As a young man he learned the biographies of the most famous Ukrainian and American Presidents and got their unique formula for success. According to the formula, any man can become President. So finally, Hulik decides to try his political career.

Дмитро: Моя книга Як стати президентом. Це історія молодого українця на прізвисько Хмурік. Він у дитинстві мріяв стати президентом. У молодості дослідив біографії найвідоміших президентів України та Америки та вивів їхню унікальну формулу успіху. За цією формулою президентом може стати будь-який чоловік. Тож врешті-решт Хмурік вирішує спробувати зробити свою політичну кар’єру.

 

Danielle: Okay. And who is your specific target audience? People who are already involved maybe in politics, or really the general public who could have an interest in, as I said in the introduction, not only becoming President, but also maybe just learn how the system works?

Даніель: Добре. А хто ваша конкретна цільова аудиторія? Люди, які вже займаються політикою, чи дійсно широка громадськість, яка може бути зацікавлена в тому, як я сказала у вступі, не тільки стати президентом, але й, можливо, просто дізнатися, як працює система?

 

Dmytro: Actually, my book is for wide range of readers.  I think this story would be interesting for all readers from say 12 years old till the oldest people. It's not just a political fiction. So political too, of course, but mostly this is an interesting story and I think most people would like to read it and see something interesting for everyone.

Дмитро: Власне, моя книга для широкого кола читачів. Думаю, ця історія була б цікава всім читачам від 12 років до найстарших. Це не просто політична вигадка. Так само, звісно, і політична, але в основному це цікава історія, і я думаю, що більшість людей хотіли б її прочитати і побачити щось цікаве для кожного.

 

Danielle: So, is there anything specific that inspired you to write How to Become President?

Даніель: Отже, чи є щось конкретне, що надихнуло вас написати «Як стати президентом»?

 

Dmytro:  Yes, thank you. Some people I met during my own life, you know, a lot of people are dreaming about some great achievements. I mean, very, very great achievements, for example, to become a champion of the world in some sports or to win a Nobel prize in some science or something like that. But in real life, only a few of such people are ready to dedicate their whole  lives to the realization of their dreams. Most people usually postponed or forgot about their young dreams, and they just live ordinary lives. But some people don't. And my novel is about one of such guys.

Дмитро: Так, дякую. Це деякі люди, яких я зустрічав протягом власного життя, знаєте, багато людей мріють про якісь великі досягнення. Я маю на увазі дуже, дуже великі досягнення, наприклад, стати чемпіоном світу в якомусь виді спорту чи отримати Нобелівську премію з якоїсь науки чи щось подібне. Але в реальному житті лише одиниці з таких людей готові присвятити все своє життя реалізації своїх мрій. Більшість людей зазвичай відкладають або забувають про свої мрії юності, і просто живуть звичайним життям. Але деякі люди не відкладають і не забувають. І мій роман про одного з таких хлопців.

 

Danielle: So are your characters modeled after people that you know, or did you just simply invent all of them?

Даніель: Тож ваші персонажі створені за зразком людей, яких ви знаєте, чи ви просто вигадали їх усіх?

 

Dmytro: I already said I was inspired by some real people I met during my life. It was interesting for me to see them during that process.  As I am a writer who is writing about people and of course, as an author of fiction, I added to my story a lot of suspense and adventures to have my book, a page turner.

Дмитро: Я вже казав, що мене надихнули реальні люди, яких я зустрів у своєму житті. Мені було цікаво прослідкувати за ними під час цього процесу. Оскільки я письменник, який пише про людей, і, звісно, як автор художньої літератури, я додав у свою історію багато несподіванок та пригод, щоб мати книгу, яка хотілося б перегортати сторінка за сторінкою.

 

Danielle: Yeah, of course. And of course, I have to ask this question: are there any connections between your country's current President, Mr. Zelensky, and your novel?

Даніель: Так, звичайно. І, звичайно, я маю задати таке запитання: чи є якісь зв’язки між нинішнім президентом вашої країни паном Зеленським і вашим романом?

 

Dmytro: Actually, yes, there are.  I wrote this book 10 years before Mr. Zelensky became President. So, it was a kind of prediction, a lot of features. Yes. A lot of features from my book happened in real life later.  For instance, some Ukrainian oligarch helps the main character of my book, Hurik, at the very beginning.  And in real life a similar oligarch helped the President too. And even the name of the oligarch is very very close in book and life, and many readers understand who it is, but it's fiction it's fiction.  Yeah, the action took place in the same region of the country. I mean, […] are a lot of other similar things too.

Дмитро: Насправді, так, є. Я написав цю книгу за 10 років до того, як Зеленський став президентом. Отже, це було своєрідне передбачення, багато особливостей збіглося. Так. Багато моментів з моєї книги відбулося в реальному житті пізніше. Наприклад, деякий український олігарх допомагає головному герою моєї книги Хмуріку, на самому початку  його кар’єри. А в реальному житті подібний олігарх допомагав і нашому теперішньому Президенту. І навіть ім’я цього олігарха дуже-дуже близьке що в книжці, що в житті, і багато читачів розуміють, хто це, але це звісно вигадка, це художній твір. Крім того, події проходили в тому ж регіоні країни. Я маю на увазі, […] є багато інших подібних речей.

 

Danielle: well, I'll have to ask you this: are you sure you are not able to predict the future? I know, that's a stretch but…

Даніель: ну, я змушений вас запитати: ви впевнені, що можете передбачити майбутнє? Я знаю, це натяжка, але…

 

Dmytro: you know, you know, during my writer history I see that a lot of things before was written and then they happened.

Дмитро: Ви знаєте, знаєте, за свою письменницьку історію я бачу, що багато чого що було спочатку написано потім сталося.

 

Danielle: Well, that can be good, but that can also be not so good.  So, okay, moving on.  You obviously must have done a lot of research to write this book. So what type of research did you actually do?

Даніель: Ну, це може бути добре, але це також може бути не дуже добре. Отже, добре, рухаємося далі. Ви, очевидно, провели багато досліджень, щоб написати цю книгу. Тож який тип дослідження ви насправді проводили?

 

Dmytro: Yes, this is a good question.  To write the book I had to make a lot of research in biographies of many famous politicians. It took some time, at least to read some biographies.

Дмитро: Так, це гарне запитання. Щоб написати книгу, мені довелося багато досліджувати біографії багатьох відомих політиків. Потрібен був деякий час, принаймні, щоб прочитати деякі біографії.

 

Danielle: So, has anything that you personally experienced while you researched your books shocked or surprised you?

Даніель: Отже, щось, що ви особисто пережили під час дослідження своїх книг, шокувало або здивувало вас?

 

Dmytro: Yes. That was why I decided to write this book finally. The main thing that shocked and surprised me was that all the Presidents I researched have some features, the same features that help them to achieve success.   They  behaved  all the same, and these things are not so obvious for people.

Дмитро: Так. Ось чому я і вирішив нарешті написати цю книгу. Головне, що мене вразило та здивувало, це те, що всі президенти, яких я досліджував, мають деякі особливості, притаманні їм риси, які допомагають їм досягати успіху. Вони поводили себе дуже схоже, а це не так очевидно для більшості людей.

 

Danielle: And aside from this book, you actually wrote quite a number of books. So how challenging was it to write this book compared to others that you have previously written, or even after ?

Даніель: Крім цієї книги, ви насправді написали чимало книг. Тож наскільки складно було написати цю книгу порівняно з іншими, які ви писали раніше чи навіть після?

 

Dmytro: As I already said, it took some time to write the book.  I mean, I spent more time than usually when I'm writing a book, for I had to read a lot of other sources before I could start with my own novel.

Дмитро: Як я вже говорив, на написання книги потрібен був певний час. Я маю на увазі, що я витрачав більше часу, ніж зазвичай, коли пишу книгу, бо мені довелося прочитати багато інших джерел, перш ніж я міг почати писати свій власний роман.

 

Danielle:  Now, I know that your book is already available in English, which is great for our audience. So, I'm going to ask you now if you could please read a short excerpt from How to Become President in English.

Даніель: Я знаю, що ваша книга вже доступна англійською мовою, що чудово для нашої аудиторії. Отже, я збираюся запитати вас, чи не могли б ви прочитати короткий уривок з книги «Як стати президентом» англійською мовою.

 

Dmytro: Yes.  I will do it with pleasure.

Дмитро: Так. Зроблю це із задоволенням.

 

Excerpt reading.  -   Уривок читання.

 

Danielle: And what is the one message then in your book that you really would like to readers to understand when they read it?

Даніель: А яке послання у вашій книзі ви дійсно хотіли б донести до читачів?

 

Dmytro: First of all, my book is a very interesting story and I did my best to have it so, but the main message of my book is the way to success. Any success is not as obvious as it seems at first glance, this is not straight line.  What do I mean? I mean, for example, you know of course that our President Zelensky was a comic  before he became President. Yeah. Yes. Yeah. But I think you don't know it, but he also was a winner of a nationwide TV show Dancing with the Stars.

Дмитро: По-перше, моя книга – це дуже цікава історія, і я зробив усе, щоб вона була такою, але основний меседж моєї книги – це шлях до успіху. Будь-який успіх не такий очевидний, як здається на перший погляд, це не пряма лінія. Що я маю на увазі? Я маю на увазі, наприклад, ви, звичайно, знаєте, що наш президент Зеленський був коміксом до того, як став президентом. Так. Так. Так. Але я думаю, ви цього не знаєте, але він також був переможцем загальнонаціонального телешоу «Танці з зірками».

 

Danielle: Actually, I did know that because I went on YouTube one time and I researched him a little bit before I started the project with Ukraine.  And I did see.... my goodness the man can dance!

Даніель: Насправді, я знала це, тому що одного разу зайшла на YouTube і трохи досліджувала його, перш ніж розпочати проект з Україною. І я побачив... Боже мій, цей чоловік вміє танцювати!

 

Dmytro: Yes. He then go in the final. Yeah. So yeah, I love tango too.  I love dance so I I'm just dancing, tango and lindy hop, but, okay. So in other words, I mean, a good dancer has much more chances to become a successful politician than a person who cannot dance. So I mean that, not so obvious features are more important in this area.  That’s what most people think . And about this matter also in my book. And you will see that a lot of politicians and famous politicians, they have some, assets that you can imagine would be important. But these assets are very important to be successful.

Дмитро: Так. Потім він виходить у фінал. Так. Так, я теж люблю танго. Я люблю танці, тому я теж танцюю, танго та лінді-хоп, але, добре. Тобто, я маю на увазі, що хороший танцюрист має набагато більше шансів стати успішним політиком, ніж людина, яка не вміє танцювати. Тож я маю на увазі, що не настільки очевидні риси важливіші в цій сфері. І про це також у моїй книзі. І ви побачите, що багато політиків і відомих політиків, у них є певні активи, які ви навряд можете собі уявити, є важливими. Але ці активи дуже важливі для успіху.

 

Danielle: Well, for sure in the US  I can tell you that when it comes to politicians, we always say that they need to be able to dance, and I do not  mean really dance on the dance floor.  But anyway, that's a different conversation.

Даніель: Ну, в США я точно можу сказати, що коли йдеться про політиків, ми завжди говоримо, що вони повинні вміти танцювати, і я не маю на увазі справді танцювати на танцполі. Але в будь-якому випадку це інша розмова.

 

Dmytro: Yeah. Yeah. Yes. It's good.  It's good.

Дмитро: Ага. Так. Так. Це добре. Це добре.

 

Danielle: So, at the end of the day Dmytro, what is really the biggest benefit that you believe the reader will take away when he or she reads How to Become President?

Даніель: Отже, зрештою, Дмитре, яка насправді найбільша користь, яку, на вашу думку, отримає читач, коли прочитає «Як стати президентом»?

 

Dmytro: I hope my book will help the reader to look at the familiar things from some unexpected view. My book will obviously make the reader think in some different way after reading my novel.

Дмитро: Сподіваюся, моя книга допоможе читачеві поглянути на звичне з якогось несподіваного погляду. Моя книга, очевидно, змусить читача задуматися після прочитання мого роману.

 

Danielle: And then with the situation going on in your country now, how have the  current events in Ukraine changed how you get the word out about your books? Because the publishing industry in Ukraine has got to be very very hurt by what is going on as well.

Даніель: І як зараз у вашій країні ситуація, яка зараз відбувається, змінили те, як нинішні події в Україні змінили те, як ви розповідаєте про свої книги? Тому що видавнича галузь в Україні також має дуже сильно постраждати від того, що відбувається.

 

Dmytro: Danielle, I want to thank you very much for your “Standing With Ukraine Literature” initiative.  It's very important for Ukraine and authors. As you know, we always have been in the shadow of big Russian literature. Even more one time, Russia just killed Ukrainian writers, I mean in Stalin’s time.   Later, Russia sent Ukrainian authors to prison just because they were Ukrainian writers.  These days, Russia spends huge money to promote their culture. And of course their books in the world, and we all always have to remember that so called great Russian literature, just killing people now, still Ukrainians, but obviously the Russians are not going to stop just at our country. And it's a very important thing for Ukrainian writers to get a voice and the world.  You know, even now there are a lot of strange and silly things going on. The current events made more interest to Ukraine and our culture, and one American university made some study in Ukrainian literature and the university invited to teach Ukrainian literature. Who do you think?  Yeah a  Russian writer! Yes. Maybe he's not so bad guy.  He is against Putin and blah, blah, blah. But it's nonsense. He's Russian!!  So again and again, the world is getting information about Ukraine through the Russian point of view. That's the problem.

Дмитро: Даніель, я хочу подякувати Вам за ініціативу «Стоїмо з українською літературою». Це дуже важливо для України та авторів. Як відомо, ми завжди були в тіні великої російської літератури. Навіть більше, одного разу Росія просто вбивала українських письменників, я маю на увазі за часів Сталіна. Пізніше Росія відправляла українських авторів до в’язниці лише за те, що вони були українськими письменниками. Сьогодні Росія витрачає величезні гроші на популяризацію своєї культури. І, звісно, ​​їхні книги у світі, і ми всі завжди повинні пам’ятати, що так звана велика російська література, просто вбиває людей зараз, поки що українців, але, очевидно, росіяни не збираються зупинятися лише на нашій країні. І для українських письменників дуже важливо отримати голос у світі. Знаєте, навіть зараз відбувається багато дивних і дурних речей. Нинішні події викликали більше інтересу до України та нашої культури, і один американський університет започаткував деяке вивчення української літератури і для цього запросив викладати українську літературу… Як ви думаєте, кого? Так, російського письменника! Так. Можливо, він не такий вже й поганий чоловік. Він проти Путіна і бла, бла, бла. Але це дурниця. Він росіянин!! Тож знову і знову світ отримує інформацію про Україну через російську точку зору. Ось у чому проблема.

 

Danielle: I understand exactly what you're saying.  Doing some research myself on Ukrainian  literature, I did find a lot about what had been going on for centuries, not just recently and not just the era of Stalin either, but before and for many centuries.  The Russians really were overshadowing Ukraine.  In any case, I am just happy to do what I can to give Ukrainian authors a voice. Okay. So going back to the book. We know now that your book is available in English already.  In what other language is maybe your book available? And of course, are you looking to expand on that through the sale of foreign rights? 

Даніель: Я точно розумію, що ви говорите. Досліджуючи українську літературу, я дійсно знайшла багато чого, що відбувалося протягом століть, не тільки нещодавно і не лише за сталінської доби, а й раніше, і протягом багатьох століть. Росіяни справді затьмарили Україну. У будь-якому випадку, я просто рада зробити все, щоб дати українським авторам голос. Гаразд. Тож повертаюся до книги. Тепер ми знаємо, що ваша книга вже доступна англійською мовою. Якою ще мовою доступна ваша книга? І, звичайно, ви прагнете розширити це шляхом продажу іноземних прав?

 

Dmytro:  My book How to Become  President is available in Ukrainian.  Of course, because it was the original text, and the English translation is available for everybody who wants to read it.  And of course I'm very interested in foreign rights, I want my book could be read by as many readers as possible.  I think it would be interesting for people, yes.

Дмитро: Моя книга «Як стати президентом» є українською. Звичайно, тому що це був оригінальний текст, а переклад англійською доступний для всіх, хто хоче його прочитати. І, звичайно, мене дуже цікавлять іноземні права, я хочу, щоб мою книгу прочитало якомога більше читачів. Думаю, людям це буде цікаво, так.

 

Danielle:  So, Dmytro, what feedback have you already gotten from readers of your book?

Даніель: Отже, Дмитре, які відгуки ви вже отримали від читачів своєї книги?

 

Dmytro: Interesting thing from Ukrainian readers.  I'm getting messages, something like this. I will give the book to my grandson, or son, or cousin after reading this, he would then  understand how to be successful in life.   Even if he doesn't want to become President, he will get some things that's very important for success in any business. Similar feedback I got from my American readers too. And one elderly man wrote me that he wished he had read my book when he was much younger, in that case he would have surely achieved one big dream  he dreamed from his very young years.

Дмитро: Цікава річ від українських читачів. Я отримую повідомлення, щось на зразок такого. «Я віддам книгу своєму онуку, чи синові, чи двоюрідному брату, прочитавши це, він зрозуміє, як бути успішним у житті. Навіть якщо він не захоче стати президентом, він отримає речі, дуже важливі для успіху в будь-якій справі. Подібні відгуки я отримую і від своїх американських читачів. І один літній чоловік написав мені, що хотів би прочитати мою книгу, коли був набагато молодшим, і в такому випадку він неодмінно здійснив би одну свою велику мрію, про яку мріяв з юних років.

 

Danielle: Well don't we all wish that we had done certain things when we were younger,  after we reach a certain stage of our life. So, I agree with the gentlemen statement.

Даніель: Хіба ми всі не бажаємо, щоб ми робили певні речі, коли були молодшими, після того, як досягли певного етапу нашого життя. Отже, я погоджуюся з твердженням джентльменів.

 

Dmytro: Yes, he is very clever man. And he also wrote some books, nonfiction.

Дмитро: Так, він дуже розумна людина. А ще написав декілька книжок, наукової літератури.

 

Danielle: Now Dmytro, is there anything that we have not covered here that you feel is important for people to understand about your book?

Даніель: А тепер, Дмитре, чи є щось, чого ми тут не розглянули, що, на вашу думку, є важливим, щоб люди зрозуміли про вашу книгу?

 

Dmytro: No, it's hard to say. I think the best way is just to read my book and have an interesting time during the reading.

Дмитро: Ні, важко сказати. Я вважаю, що найкращий спосіб – просто прочитати мою книгу і цікаво провести час під час читання.

 

Danielle: Okay. That sounds good. And last but not least: where may readers find out more about you and about your books?

Даніель: Добре. Це звучить непогано. І останнє: де читачі можуть дізнатися більше про вас і ваші книги?

 

Dmytro: My site is  Dmytro-Bondarenko.com. Also, social media like Facebook and Instagram.  And of course my book is available on Amazon. This is a translation from Ukrainian into English. There are electronic and paper versions of my book. So, you can reach this book through Amazon, and you can easily type How to Become President, and you will get it.

Дмитро: Мій сайт Dmytro-Bondarenko.com. Також соціальні мережі, такі як Facebook та Instagram. І, звичайно, моя книга доступна на Amazon. Це переклад з української на англійську. Є електронна та паперова версія моєї книги. Отже, ви можете отримати цю книгу через Amazon, і ви можете легко ввести «Як стати президентом», і ви отримаєте її.

 

Danielle: And when you say Amazon, is it Amazon.com or is there an Amazon in Ukraine?  Because there are a lot of Amazon's out there.

Даніель: А коли ви кажете Amazon, це Amazon.com чи є Amazon в Україні? Тому що там багато Amazon.

 

Dmytro: The amazon.com in any country. Where there  is Amazon like Amazon-UK, Amazon-Canada, Canada. So it's available on all Amazon sites.

Дмитро: amazon.com в будь-якій країні. Де є Amazon, як Amazon-Великобританія, Amazon-Канада, Канада. Тому він доступний на всіх сайтах Amazon.

 

Danielle: Okay. Wonderful. Well, thank you Dmytro  for spending some time with me today to talk about your book How to Become President, and I wish you all the success with it.

Даніель: Добре. Чудовий. Що ж, дякую, Дмитре, що присвятив мені сьогодні час, щоб поговорити про вашу книгу «Як стати президентом», і я бажаю вам успіхів у цьому.

 

Dmytro: Thank you so much. Thank you, Danielle. Thank you for having me here.

Дмитро: Дуже дякую. Дякую, Даніель. Дякую за те, що я тут.

 

Danielle: Dmytro  Bondarenko is our Ukrainian author today and How to Become President is the title of his book. And you heard it, it is available in English.  Still, I do call on publishing industry professionals who deal with foreign rights to consider Dmytro's book for translation in other languages as well, that way he can expand on that beyond just the English world and beyond Ukraine. Dmytro can be reached at his website at Dmytro-Bondarenko.com. And I'm going to spell this for you [spelling] - Dmytro-Bondarenko.com.

Ladies and gentlemen, our goal here at The Authors Show is to help Ukrainian  literature and culture, but we cannot do it alone.  So please, give others the opportunity to discover our guest and his work by sharing this interview with your friends. I'm Danielle Hampson. Thank you for listening.  Until next time with another Ukrainian author and a wonderful book.

Даніель: Дмитро Бондаренко сьогодні наш український автор, і «Як стати президентом» — так називається його книга. І ви це чули, він доступний англійською мовою. І все ж я закликаю професіоналів видавничої галузі, які займаються іноземними правами, розглянути книгу Дмитра для перекладу й іншими мовами, щоб він міг розширити це за межі англійського світу та за межі України. З Дмитром можна зв’язатися на його сайті Dmytro-Bondarenko.com. А я вам це напишу [правопис] - Dmytro-Bondarenko.com.

Пані та панове, наша мета тут на The Authors Show – допомогти українській літературі та культурі, але ми не можемо цього зробити поодинці. Тож, будь ласка, дайте іншим можливість ознайомитися з нашим гостем та його творчістю, поділившись цим інтерв’ю зі своїми друзями. Я Даніель Хемпсон. Дякую за увагу. До наступного разу з іншим українським автором і чудовою книгою.

 

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Hancock House Publishers

Flying to Extremes

  • Biography / Memoir
Nonfiction
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Synopsis

Recalling some of the most memorable escapades ever conducted in the Canadian Arctic with bush planes, Flying to Extremes takes place in the late ’60s and early ’70s from a base at Yellowknife, in the heart of the Northwest Territories. Beyond recounting so many near-mishaps, this book is also about colourful people: the trappers, prospectors, miners, adventurers and gold-ingot thieves who constituted the fauna at the main bar in Yellowknife in those days. For Arctic dreamers, there was always the flight to the Nahanni River, with its Deadman’s Valley, hot springs, tales of lost or dead prospectors, the many airplanes crashed in pursuit of gold, and much more Nahanni lore. This entertaining book recollects Prinet’s adventures as a young man while capturing the humour, beauty, danger and unique culture of northern communities, in the dramatic landscape of the Canadian Arctic. Readers familiar with the region and those who can only dream of visiting it will both find this title a nostalgic and captivating read.

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher:

The Vanquishers of Tyranny: Of Patriots and Priests

  • Historical Fiction
Fiction
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Synopsis

Larger than life, perhaps the greatest patriot that ever breathed, William Wallace gives his life’s blood for Scotland’s freedom. A glorious victory at Stirling Bridge leads to heart-rending defeat at Falkirk and payment of the ultimate sacrifice at the Tower of London. And young, faithful Jamie Maclnnes experiences it all—even to paying a great personal price himself.
Though scarred—like Scotland—Jamie is unconquered. He rallies behind the dynamic Robert the Bruce and follows on the arduous odyssey of defeat, exile and humiliation until it leads finally to glorious victory on the fields of Bannockburn.
700 years later, three adventurous young people follow this spellbinding tale, seeking answers for their own lives and the solution to Scotland’s oldest riddle.

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Indie Author

Thriving In Every Season Of Life With God

  • Religion-Christian
Nonfiction
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Synopsis

Thriving in every season of life with God discusses how you can still thrive, prosper, and flourish even though you are not in the harvesting season of life. Just like in farming as well as life there is a Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer season.

All of us would love to always remain in the fall season because that is the harvest season. Anything that can go well does and we are flying high with all the good things that are happening to us. However, God never promised us a blissful life, but he did promise to always be with us.

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. - Isaiah 41:10.

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." - Maya Angelou

"It doesn't matter if a million people tell you what you can't do, or if ten million people tell you no. If you get one yes from God, that's all you need." - Tyler Perry

Publisher: Indie Author

Miracles of Direction Miracles of Conquest Miracles of Provision Miracles of Purpose

  • Religion-Christian
Nonfiction
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Synopsis

Miracles of Direction, Miracles of Conquest, Miracles of Provision, and Miracles of Purpose delves into biblical miracles that took place while Jesus was here on earth and cross references with miracles that take place on a daily basis now in the 21st century.

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Indie Author

Book of Proverbs: Proverbs for the Modern Day

  • Religion-Christian
Nonfiction
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Synopsis

Book of Proverbs – Wisdom vs. Wilderness delves into the necessity of obtaining wisdom. The primary purpose of the Book of Proverbs is to teach wisdom to everyone. The Book of Proverbs provides intellectual depth and insights and exceptional wisdom on how to live a fortunate and tranquil life, by honoring and respecting God as omnipotent. God wants us to live a life like Christ and to do that we need to aspire to have wisdom. King Solomon was the wisest man that ever lived. God gifted him with unsurpassed wisdom. King Solomon is credited with writing chapters 1-29 in The Book of Proverbs. Book of Proverbs – Wisdom vs. Wilderness discusses all chapters in Proverbs 1-31 and brings insight, clarity, and basic meaning to several verses in each chapter to solidify why wisdom is essential and mandatory in life, so you can have a blessed life versus living destitute, empty, and obsolete.

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Halo Publishing

Change Your Mindset/Save Your Child

  • Parenting
Nonfiction
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Synopsis

As parents/guardians and other adult influencers, we are our children's first and most important role models. What kind are you, positive or negative? Your mindset tells you.

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher:

Harry and the Hooligans

  • Young Adult
Fiction
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Synopsis

Harry was appointed Sheriff just in time to mobilize a posse and catch thieves robbing Pondville’s general store. With daring, wild antics and a few accidents, the posse captures the robbers who soon learn that crime does not pay.

Interviewed by Danielle Hampson
Publisher: Indie Author

The GARDEN and the GLEN, A Fable about Character and the Courage to Be Different

  • Children
Fiction
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Synopsis

"You are all different and all perfect, just as you are. Lately, you have become more than that. Now, you reach beyond yourselves, using your differences to help your friends. That is the magic of belonging."

A tiny blue butterfly is chased out of a yellow garden because she does not blend in.
She flees to the nearby forest glen, where she encounters a colorful band of woodland creatures-all of them expelled from the garden for the same reason-being different. The glen provides safety, friendship, and acceptance. However, it's the garden that holds the blue butterfly's true destiny.

A Queen, a mystical potion, and the fate of their natural world hang in the balance. The blue butterfly, and what makes her different, holds the key.
The Garden and the Glen is about the magic that finds us when we're brave enough to be our unique selves.

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Indie Author

Just Fine Thank You

  • Christian Nonfiction
Nonfiction
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Synopsis

Born in South Dakota at a time when America was reeling from a dust bowl, depression and a second world war, Evelyn Jones Leite lived with Mamma, Edith Jones, a socialite who marries her Daddy, a broke but charming southerner, Lon Jones.

Unbeknown to her the Daddy she adores drinks a little too much, And his Jekyll and Hyde behavior breaks her heart often.

At the age of 5, she moves from a log cabin on a hilltop deep in the woods where she hears mountain lions, to a small town where she lives by a Morgue and encounters her first sexual pervert there.

The second world war has a huge impact on her family as they experience blackouts, poverty and rations.

An often bedridden Mama, is a special challenge that forces Evelyn to help tend her younger brothers. She completely adores her older brother Ted even though he is often mean, she begs for attention in both subtle and overt ways.

When she is 6 years old her Daddy gives away her precious dog and moves his family to a farm on orders from her mother’s wealthy father.

On the farm, she experiences, neglect, a pedophiliac hired man, mind rape and, yet-there are big family happy times when relatives swarm the farm and bring mountains of food.

Evelyn Leite’s true story of growing up in a turbulent family during the 40s and 50s compellingly captures the reader who is captivated by feeling the gamut of confusion and despair, sorrow and tears, then unexplainable hope and optimism.

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Blossom Springs Publishing

Vera's Story: Hidden Scars of War

  • Biography/Memoir
Nonfiction
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Synopsis

A young girl suffers personal loss with the death of her father during WWII and must endure all the hardships living in a frequently bombed suburb of London with her mother.

Displaced from their home, the two were compelled to remain strong and to make the best life possible for themselves whether in an air raid shelter, living in rented rooms, or navigating bombed out streets.

The losses, terror, rationing, and the huge sacrifice of childhood and education, remained with Vera throughout her life.
A popular wartime adage became Vera’s abiding principal by which to live. Keep Calm and Carry On. Based on a true story.

Interviewed by Danielle Hampson
Publisher: Indie Author

Presidential Spirit

  • Biography/Memoir
Nonfiction
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Synopsis

Gina has no intention of marrying again following a disastrous divorce. She wants to focus on raising her son and building a career, not falling in love. But then she meets a spirited airman named David Scheff and everything changes. It doesn’t take long for him to convince her that marrying her soul mate might be a good idea after all. A member of the Air Force, David eventually becomes the flight chief for Air Force One, giving Gina the opportunity to shake hands with presidents William Jefferson Clinton and George W. Bush. It’s a great adventure! Still, once David retires from the military, they’re ready to enjoy a quieter life on a small farm in Ohio. Life has a way of throwing you off-course, though, and when David is diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer, Gina learns the true meaning of standing by her husband not only in health but in sickness too. As Gina struggles to not fall apart as they face one devastating letdown after another, David shows her how to have grace under pressure and that you don’t need actual wings or even a plane to fly above your circumstances. David always knew he had the spirit of an eagle. This story tells how Gina discovered just how right he was.

Interview Transcription

Danielle Hampson: Many women sadly experience the loss of a spouse way too soon. Our book today reflects true love amid such tragedy, and the relationship with a man who served in the air force and became the flight chief for Air Force One. Welcome to The Authors Show. I'm Danielle Hampson. Our book title is Presidential Spirit written by Gina S. Scheff, a wife who learned the true meaning of standing behind one's spouse, not only in health, but in sickness too. Gina, welcome to The Authors Show.

Gina Scheff: Thank you. I'm glad to be with you.

Danielle: Gina, first of all, I am very sorry for your loss and I know too well the agony that you felt. In just a couple of sentences, how would you summarize your book Presidential Spirit?

Gina: I would summarize my book Presidential Spirit as a true story with the highest of highs and the lowest lows of our marriage. It's about my husband David's military service, his battle with cancer. You can read how I almost missed out on the love of my life and soulmate by not taking David serious. David's spirit is a big part of my book and you can read how amazing he was and by the spiritual signs he left in two photographs that were taken.

Danielle: Now, is your book suited for any specific type of reader or can it be enjoyed by all?

Gina: My book would entertain a wide audience. There is something in my book for everyone or adults and teenagers. For someone with interest in the military or fighting cancer, or anyone that wants to be motivated. It will leave you feeling emotional and inspired.

Danielle: How did writing your book help you navigate the grieving process?

Gina: My book left me feeling very emotional, full of pain and many tears and heartache. Reliving the past and his death all over again was difficult for me while writing my book and my heart was full of feelings that helped me put him at rest and let him have peace. As I fulfilled a promise to write this book, it gave me closure to move on in my life and that's what David would have wanted me to do. I will always have something to treasure that is part of us

Danielle: Indeed. How long after he passed on did you start the process of writing the book?

Gina: I took notes while he was doing treatments and it took me probably about five years total to complete it because I would stop, write, and then I'd get upset, and then pick it back up and reliving his past all over again was difficult for me. My heart was full of feelings that helped me put him at rest and peace.

Danielle: I can understand that. Let's talk about your title. Selecting a title is typically quite difficult to do. How did you decide on Presidential Spirit?

Gina: First it came to me because David was the spirit of presidential Air Force One aircraft. He lived it every day and was honored to wear the presidential White House service badge on his uniforms daily. David soared like an eagle of the presidential spirit. It was a perfect title for the man that knew so much about the presidential aircraft Air Force One.

Danielle: Can you tell us a little bit about David's health crisis?

Gina: David's illness started when he could not eat. He just like went off of his feet and we had farm animals at the time, when he started turning a yellow color and itching, and he went to the VA for his yearly physical and they took nine tubes of blood and did an ultrasound of his liver, and the doctor called and said it was grave. He was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called cholangiocarcinoma and Klatskin's tumor at the age of 44.

David had a 13-hour surgery removing 70% of his liver, his gallbladder and all his bile duct. Then during the surgery, the surgeons created him a new bile duct and after the surgery, he did chemotherapy for four months, then two years to the day, he was re-diagnosed and he beat the odds of six years total for his type of cancer, and then he passed away.

Danielle: That must have been a very difficult period for both of you. How was his spirit when he passed on? Obviously, he must have known, he would expected that, but did he retain a positive look at life?

Gina: Yes, he did. He was special because he would always be happy and relaxed, and he always had a big smile on his face. He had the best attitude of anyone I've ever known. David was completely willing to be a scientific study. He knew the chemo trials were necessary if they were ever to find a cure for cholangiocarcinoma and Klatskin's tumor and my husband was using his body for other people to find a cure for this type of cancer, which says a lot about the kind of man that he was.

Danielle: How did you react to that decision of his?

Gina: I had to stay strong for him and it's like, his famous saying was, "Just suck it up and do it." Well, I had to suck it up too. It's almost like you have to psyche your mind out that they can beat it. You're hopeful that they can, but it was a deadly cancer.

Danielle: What big dream is in Presidential Spirit?

Gina: As a young airman, David had read in a airman magazine that inspired him to someday serve on presidential Air Force One. He thought that the Secret Service man the aircraft, but it was the United States air force maintenance. As I took notes along the way, his hard work and dedication gradually paid off and his dream that he read came true. As his wife, I stood right by his side as he achieved his dream and vision and became the presidential flight chief of Air Force One. David always said his spirit animal was an eagle.

Danielle: Now you write also about David as being your best friend. Someone who made you always smile, made you strong, and you say that some heroes wear capes, but your hero has wings. It is obvious that you had a tremendous amount of love for him. In what way did David show his love to you?

Gina: David never thought of himself as romantic, but he was. Once David gave me this crystal world globe with a wooden stand because he said, "You are my world." When I opened the box, I lost it and tears rolled down my face. David was my world too, and the two of us were a mess, crying happy tears. He knew just how to express his devotion for me, and he would get me crying with the way he would show me that he loved me.

He always showed his love to me by giving me heart shaped gifts or rocks that are heart shaped to express his love to me. David was always a shopper and a giver. David would always tell me we were connected because I had his rib and the two of us did everything together. Our communication was great, and we could talk about anything and everything. We were always looking for each other and holding hands.

Danielle: He said he was not a romantic type. If that's not romantic, I don't know what is.

Gina: He was very romantic.

Danielle: Now, since we're on the love matters, the word precious is often used when discussing a love issue. What is very precious about your book?

Gina: I would say the most precious thing in my book would be that David always said that time is precious. Everything is based on time from the day we are born to the day we pass away. You can never stop time, not even slow it down. It's always ticking away. We decide how we spend that time. It's about the moments, the minutes, the hours, the days, months, years. David believed in making time matter by counting his blessings. We both enjoyed our time together up until he passed away.

Danielle: Going back to his work, being the flight chief of Air Force One. How important was that to him?

Gina: David being the flight chief of Air Force One was his whole world and part of all his life. He would put that VC-25 747 aircraft first, which I always understood because it was such an important aspect of the mission for the Presidents of the United States in his military air force career. The aircraft is a symbol of America and always mission ready when the President needs it to fly on Air Force One.

Danielle: Did you get the opportunity to see the inside of the plane?

Gina: Yes, but I never flew on it. Got to walk through it.

Danielle: I can imagine. That's got to be a beautiful sight.

Gina: It is.

Danielle: Now, going back to your book, what chapter or chapters maybe, do you feel that the readers will particularly enjoy and why?

Gina: I think chapter one, our love story, because after reading that first chapter, it pulls you in and wants you to read the next chapter and the next chapter and so on. It lets you read how David and I became each other's Valentines and he made me feel whole again. Then readers will enjoy chapter six, titled Priority One. In this chapter, it highlights my husband's career going full time in presidential Air Force One, and then David always said he appreciated how I stood by his side while working for the flying White House.

Danielle: I'm a big believer in learning at least one thing each and every day, even if just a little thing. What have you learned through the process of writing your book that you did not know before?

Gina: Writing was a long process for me. I would write then step away for a while because it was so hard to relive certain moments in our life together. Doctors would say to David he needed to write a book and my husband would say, "My wife, Gina, is going to write my book." I did write David's book because he always had so much confidence in me, and I realized that I could write a book and become an author.

Danielle: Now, will you read a short excerpt from Presidential Spirit for us?

Gina: Yes. I want to read chapter 28, My Hero. "Sometimes you need a superhero in your life. My husband, David Scheff was my hero. He was my dream, my whole life, my partner whom I looked up to before, during, and after his cancer fight. When the battle started, David was such a fighter. He earned every one of his battle scars from his surgery, and that is when I knew I was married to a true hero. The cure for which we both prayed for did not happen during David's lifetime.

My heart goes out to anyone who is fighting cancer, or who has already won that battle and been cured. When you are a caregiver for someone with cancer, you need to believe that they can beat it, and you do everything possible to help them succeed. My hero was destined to have cancer so that he could play a significant role in finding a cure, and they did just that. As David often said, "Cancer was the card that I was dealt." If you had anything to do with David during his treatment as a caregiver or just as a friend, you know how he touched your heart in some way, and David touched my heart every day.

They say love happens only once in a lifetime, and if that is true, I was married to my hero, and I was honored to be his spouse. David was wonderful to me, and I was a spoiled bride. To have been married to the love of my life is something that I will always treasure. Although David and I will not grow old together, walking arm-in-arm down through the years like two happy lobsters. Until we meet again, I will cherish all the great memories and special times we shared during our life together. David made me happy, and it deeply saddens me that I lost my better half. The person who made me whole is gone, and now I have an empty hole in my art from losing my love, my best friend, and my soulmate."

Danielle: That's a beautiful passage and an absolutely beautiful tribute to your husband as well. Thank you for sharing that with us. Thank you.

Gina: You're welcome.

Danielle: What lasting value do you feel that Presidential Spirit will contribute to the readers?

Gina: People will read that the love that the two of us shared together was special, and not even death could take it away. Readers will feel captivated, and they will find pieces of themselves in this story. David's soaring spirit is an inspiration to so many and it will give them courage and strength. One important message is that everyone can fill their dreams, no matter what they are faced with in their own life.

Danielle: Gina, how have readers responded so far to your book?

Gina: Readers have been touched by reading my book Presidential Spirit. They say that they cannot put it down and stop reading it. My book leaves readers with goosebumps, and feeling captivated, inspired, and motivated. Men say it leaves them with tears and full of emotions. Presidential Spirit so far has a five-star book review.

Danielle: Would you recommend reading it with a hankie nearby?

Gina: Yes.

[laughter]

Danielle: Where can readers find out more about you? By the way, in what format is your book available, and most of all, where can they purchase it?

Gina: My book can be purchased at ginasscheff.com. You will find on my website links to purchase my book.

Danielle: Gina, in what format is your book available? In print, in ebook, in audiobook, what format?

Gina: It's in hardback, paperback, ebook, and an audio CD.

Danielle: Well, Gina, thank you very much for introducing your wonderful husband to our audience today. Memories are precious. You will never forget indeed. May they keep you warm inside always. Thank you for coming and sharing this with us today, Gina.

Gina: It was my pleasure. You're welcome. Thank you.

Danielle: Now, more than ever, love is very much needed. I hope that this review excerpt will inspire you to read this very warm true story of unbroken love between husband and wife.

Quote, "Absolutely loved this book, read it cover to cover in one setting. While the book, an underlying love story perhaps like any great love story has the inevitable ups and downs, the book is on balance so uplifting. Yes, folks, true love still happens, and it can endure through health and through sickness." End quote.

Presidential Spirit is the title of the book by author Gina S. Scheff. Her website is ginasscheff.com. Go and get it today. When done reading remember to leave a review as those are very important to authors and they are very much appreciated indeed. Remember to share this interview with your friends so that they too have the opportunity to discover our guest and her work. I'm Danielle Hampson, thank you for listening. Until next time with another author and another one-

Interviewed by Danielle Hampson
Publisher: Vivat

Almost Grown Up

  • Education
Nonfiction
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Synopsis

My book is for girls teenagers. It is a kind of an essay about becoming adult and being a girl in a contemporary world. I'm writing about gender stereotypes, consent and other issues of growing up. Statistics shows the generation 14-29 years is sharing some values in common, such as the will to success in the professional field and a very open and positive position to the diversity. Ukrainian girls are very tolerant and open-minded. I would like to write this "manual" about being "adult" and "growing up" without stereotypes.

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Indie Author

Blood Feud: Berserker Trilogy, Book 1

  • Fantasy
Fiction
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Synopsis

An epic tale of magic, revenge and power begins. Jaran Saerk is an exile from the North, driven out of his homeland by a sorceress who killed his father. He came of age while serving as a warrior in the armies of the Imperial Shen, but he’s never forgotten his vow to avenge his family and take back what is rightfully his. Recently captured and made a slave, Savarna hides a dark secret and doesn’t plan on staying in chains for long. She wants to escape, slip inside the Golden Palace and kill the Empress of Shen. When she meets the exiled warrior from the North, she finally may have her chance. Finvar the Droll, who claims to be a retired thief, insists he can help Jaran in his quest to regain his kingdom. But whose side is this trickster really on? As mighty nations ready for war, enemies surround the trio on all sides. They must unite not simply to stay alive, but also to fulfill their quest: Kill the witch Sheega before she destroys them all. Blood Feud is the start of a new trilogy set in the world of Ansu.

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Indie Author

My Vietnam: A Gift to My Daughter

  • Biography / Memoir
Nonfiction

Synopsis

"Hey Dad, instead of a gift, would you share your Vietnam experiences with me?" My daughter's request set into motion a journey 50 years into the past as a "grunt" in the steamy jungles of Vietnam. Four months later, with my memoir completed, Naomi asked another question. "Hey Dad, let's go to Vietnam, just you and me?" Could the ghosts of Vietnam past morph into a father and daughter blessing in the present?

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Black Rose Writing

Coercive Relationships: Find the Answers You Seek

  • Self-Help
Nonfiction
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Jennifer Parker, MSSW wrote Coercive Relationships: Find the Answers You Seek to provide a beacon for survivors of partner abuse. The book also appeals to family, friends, and professionals who assist them. Her non-judgmental, empathic voice offers knowledge gleaned from years of working alongside survivors to empower them. Her writing is seasoned with information regarding trauma and recovery. Each chapter contains survivor examples that illustrate coercive control and suggestions for self-discovery and recovery. The book focuses on the answers to frequent questions: • Am I being abused? • Why do they hurt me? • Why do I feel so crazy? • Why do they believe they should control us? • How do I recognize abuse of power? • What can I change? • How do I move forward?

Publisher: Indie Author

The Angel's Daughter

  • Fantasy
Fiction
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A secret lies in Mystic Bay California and only two people know it. First there's Hannah O'Ryan, a tender, curly-headed half-angel. Then there's her father, Gabe an effervescent, teddy bear of a full-blooded angel. And it's up to Hannah to keep the secret safe. But she's made a colossal mistake telling her ex-boyfriend and writing Professor, Sam Blakley. Now he's written a book exposing the secret to the world.

What will happen to her angel father? What can Hannah really do to stop this? With her special tears, animal ESP and a surprising gift she doesn't know she has, will Hannah be able to thwart Sam's efforts? With her new love Josh and her beloved Mystic Bay behind her, Hannah finds her very angelness can make all the difference. Maybe she'll get to fly again like she does in all her dreams.

Publisher: Indie Author

Town of Angels

  • Fantasy
Fiction
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Angel vs. Bully in the town of Mystic Bay, California, where a well-kept secret lies. Angels live as humans there. After angels appeared to three children, all was blissful in the town full of psychics, and ordinary folk. But as brute, Klaus Waxman, comes to town, angel Ken Leighton, a storeowner, must carefully guide his flock of humans not to give in to the bully's efforts. As Klaus opens a store mocking the resident angel sightings, angel Ken guides psychic Justine Greer, and her family to thwart his efforts. And with the help of the indomitable oldest psychic in town, Madam Norma, the bully meets his match through the soft voices and intuitive minds of his neighbors.

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Indie Author

Shafted

  • Thriller-Spy
Fiction
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Synopsis

Back from rock bottom... Trey McCall, an up-and-coming superstar on the golf circuit, staggered past a mirror and gasped at his reflection; horrified, he froze and stared at his pathetic image—sweating profusely through a torn and faded Bob Seger tee shirt, eyes blood red and glazed, hands shaking, mouth dry and scratchy as sandpaper. The disciplined essence of an athlete, a thing of the past—each intoxicated day mirrors the last and the next—lured from his principled sheltered life on The Circle M Ranch by unscrupulous forces in the real world. Suddenly fully aware—he must escape this highway to nowhere—to regain purpose in and for his life. The obstacles were infinite—four truths, his only vehicle: He would need significant help to get there. He must own his past to have a future. Karma is real. Trust is earned. Lucky Richards, his nefarious business manager—a catalyst for disaster—vanishes, leaving in his wake an international trail of egregious felonies implicating McCall and his family. Survival becomes Trey’s primary concern, as golf takes a backseat.

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher:

How to Change a Law

  • Government/Politics
Nonfiction

Synopsis

This book is a do-it-yourself manual for voters, small business owners, lobbyists, and policy advocates who want to take political action, influence leaders and change laws.

This book is for you if you ever

·  Wanted to change a law.

·  Thought a law was unfair or unjust.

·  Felt confused by bureaucracy.

Warning! This book is intended to be used in conjunction with our website; after all, you can’t do it all alone.The three things you need are:1. Clarify your issue. 2. Build a coalition.3. Appeal to a higher authority.Very few advocacy activities encompass all three areas, but you have to do them with other people.So if you really have an issue and want to change a law, you will realize that it takes more than just reading a book. Please let me know if you have any suggestions to improve the process and make it simpler.The book, the website, the worksheets, and the debate writer’s guide are an integral part of the entire process. Once you understand the power of advocacy lobbying, you will be able to improve your community, influence leaders, and impact the world.

How To Change A Law offers insight, actionable tools, and strategies that will lead you to becoming an active Citizen Legislator who realizes that their participation in public policy matters.

You’ll learn:

·  The 7-step process for successfully making a significant change and taking action in just 60 minutes.

·  Common mistakes to avoid.

·  Successfully getting past internal and external roadblocks.

·  Real life policy success stories where someone saw a problem and wanted to implement a solution to make a change.

·  Demystify politics.

·  How to vote on issues, not for candidates.

·  How to use the Political Persuasion Platform™ and the iLobby solution to change laws through crowd funded lobbying.

We are at a turning point in our politics; everyone needs to get involved, come together around issues, build coalitions, fund their initiatives, and intelligently pursue their agenda.

This book is your roadmap.

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Indie Author

Terror Strikes

  • Thriller-Political
Fiction
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Detroit newspaper man Marten embarks to write Terrorist Tracks, a book about Terrorism. Follow him, his family, friend Nic (FBI), visit Nevada, Illinois, Ontario Canada, London Britain, Madrid Spain, Tokyo Japan, as he researches for his book. This is NOT a book about death, but one about LIFE (and Living) and of those (foreign and domestic) that would deprive others of that Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness. This book is intended for all audiences - young, old, and everywhere in-between; male, female, not just for macho shoot-em-up, blood and guts, fare; religious, non-religious; political, non-political. However, it is impossible to address the topics and why they want to kill us without delving into some religious texts and politics. The Torah, the Holy Bible, and the Quran, are all addressed. Terror Strikes is not just a book, but a book within a book as the lead, Marten a newspaper man, is writing a book about terrorism. It is also a blog, within a book, as Marten uses his blog as some source material. Terror Strikes not only acts as a history lesson and warning, but concepts of not just those lost but survivors guilt (and the difficult topic of many having suicidal thoughts) and other related issues surrounding violent acts effecting everyday life. 

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Indie Author

Go In Joy! An Alphabetical Adventure

  • Inspirational/Motivational
Nonfiction
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This revised version of my first book offers readers an inspiring array of essays to read, poems to reflect on and questions to consider. The book gives readers an adventure in consciousness, expanding their understandings, such as why we might forgive our past, embrace who we are and live into expansive versions of ourselves.

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher:

Never Say Never

  • Young Adult
Fiction

Synopsis

After she walks in on her mom doing the horizontal mambo with a man that's decidedly not her dad, Brynn Stark swears to NEVER fall in love. One of her friends--Val-- reveals her true identity--Aphrodite, goddess of love, and promises to show Brynn why she shouldn't lose faith.

But when Brynn realizes she's beginning to fall for Adam, Aphrodite's boyfriend, Brynn's forced to decide if she'll choose her goddess-given fate, or risk it all for the wrong-but-right guy.

One thing's for sure. Love sucks. And it's all about to blow up in their faces.

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Gatekeeper Press

Visions, Values, and Corporate Hypocrisy

  • Business
Nonfiction
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Dr. Kendall E Williams argues that hypocrisy occurs when leaders fail to align their actions with company values, resulting in widespread disillusionment that taints the entire organization. He makes a bold and compelling case for authentic leadership as a legitimate and profitable business incentive, where values are ethically informed and pioneered by diligent leaders. Now more than ever, companies have a duty, and an incentive to reverse the “profits before people” paradigm, focusing instead on a “people first” approach. Visions, Values, and Corporate Hypocrisy calls for greater transparency, accountability, and integrity within the business discourse, starting with leaders whose actions ultimately shape the culture and success of organizations.

Interviewed by Danielle Hampson
Publisher: Stealth Books

Raven One

  • Thriller-Techno
Fiction
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UNARMED OVER HOSTILE TERRITORY...For a moment Wilson froze and looked at the white-helmeted pilot who sat high on the nose of the colossal fighter. Across the small void, he saw the pilot’s eyes peer over his mask. Dark, chilling eyes…Wilson kicked right rudder to slide closer and jam any chance for a bandit gunshot. When the bandit pulled all the way over, almost on its back but in control, he cursed in frustration at what he knew was coming next. The hostile fighter reversed over the top in a negative-g maneuver, his nose tracking down on Wilson like a falling sledgehammer in slow motion. Horrified, Wilson realized he faced an imminent snapshot. With the little air speed he had, his inverted his Hornet to avoid the attack. His aircraft still rolling, Wilson saw that the monster had another weapon at its disposal…

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher:

The Worst Thing I Could Do

  • Women Literature
Fiction

Synopsis

Maddie is a driven F.B.I. forensic researcher following a detailed life plan, until divorce turns her world, and plan, upside down. In an attempt to get her life back, she begins a research project at North Branch Correctional Facility with the determination that the success of the project, and subsequent promotion, is all that she needs to be happy. Enter Jonah, her handsome but off-limits research subject, is serving a thirty-eight-year sentence for armed robbery and assault. Unable to keep herself from doing the worst thing she could do, falling in love with Jonah, Maddie’s life unravels, forcing her on an unexpected journey of self-discovery. Through love, loss, and one spontaneous trip, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a happy life.

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Kat Biggie press

Twentyone Olive Trees: A Mother's Walk through the Grief of Suicide to Hope and Healing

  • Inspirational/Motivational
Nonfiction
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TWENTYONE OLIVE TREES is the author's journey of transformation portrayed as a collection of letters, poetry, and fables she wrote to her son Blaise after his death. Before each of the letters, 21 fable narratives unfold, further illuminating this intimate look at coping with loss and acceptance that intrigues, inspires, and gives hope to readers looking for answers about life and death and those who long to transform their grief into something beautiful.

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Level 4 Press

The Green Cathedral

  • Science Fiction
Fiction

Synopsis

Deep in the jungle lies the deadliest kind of beauty.

As a DEA agent caught in an unwinnable drug war, Abel has spent his life with the ugliest side of humanity. It’s no wonder he’s given in to corruption, bribery, and an illegal side hustle that has him on the run from some of the most dangerous men in South America. 

Then, he stumbles upon an alluring creature—a stranded alien who has made her home under the green canopy of the deepest part of the jungle. Her spacecraft crash-landed a decade ago; his life crashed and burned well before that.

But as this unlikely pair grow closer, Abel will realize that his dark past has tracked him down and threatens to destroy the very beauty he has fallen in love with.

The Green Cathedral is a fast-paced thrill-ride that examines the nature of beauty and the power it has to heal our damaged souls.


"Non-stop action...a real flight and fight to the finish. Absolutely worth a read." - Screencraft


Fans of Monster and The Shape of Water will love this "high-energy, swashbuckling" book. (Screencraft)

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Shanti Arts Publishing

ARTSCAPES

  • Poetry
Fiction
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ARTSCAPES A 78-page collection of ekphrastic poems that dazzle with vivid imagery and expert wordplay. Lee Woodman has chosen to explore works from major museums, including The National Gallery, MOMA, The Guggenheim, The Prado, and the Louvre. Woodman invites readers to walk into paintings, enter worlds triggered by sculpture, and eavesdrop on conversations with artists. She will take you to a roaring boxing ring in Washington D.C., a cave in Indonesia with forty-thousand-year-old paintings, and a harem’s den in Algiers. All is possible in poetry. Information about each artwork allows readers to look at the works online while reading poems that offer a refreshing and provocative examination of the art.

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Chicago Review Press

Being A Singer: the Art, Craft and Science

  • Education
Nonfiction
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Being a Singer: The Art, Craft, and Science provides the solutions you need to make practical, consistent changes in your singing. This book pulls back the curtain on how singing actually works, from cognition to anatomy to your amazing hearing system and even your instincts and emotions. Based on the training approach of Seth Riggs, supported by vocal science, neuroscience and motor learning, Being a Singer offers clear tools and strategies that train your voice, empower you to find solutions, build your awareness, and develop confidence. Stories and interviews will inspire you. Exercises with clear how-to’s, evaluations, and troubleshooting will train your voice, mind, and body. Exercises are available online.

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: BookBaby

2Connect

  • Self-Help
Nonfiction
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The book, 2Connect transforms the way an individual finds a soul mate using a new science of the mind technology for a more compatible, intimate, and long-lasting relationship. The key that unlocks this secret to finding a mate is the understanding of the predictive behaviors of a person and whether they are compatible with yours early on in a relationship and not after the honeymoon period is over and you are living together and married or worst yet expecting a child. The new "aha" described in this book is identifying a person's true self. The big "aha" is that people are born with innate differences. They have predictable behaviors that may or may not be compatible with yours. Individuals of opposite preferences from yours do not offer a comfortable, long-lasting, romantic relationship. 2Connect's new psychographic technology explains why and educates a person on how to find a good match, a soul mate. Until the discovery of 2Connect technology only happenstance and hormones contributed to the romantic relationship where both partners are so immersed in a strong connection mentally and physically. Sex is part of a relationship and can be playful and imaginative, erotic and passionate, pleasurable and exhilarating but needs to be personalized to the different intrinsic motivations of people and those predictable behaviors that affect a relationship for the ultimate sexual experience. The last best-selling book was in the 70's, The Joy of Sex and it only addresses how people experience their sexuality and not the relationship behaviors that contribute to the ultimate in compatibility and intimacy. 2Connect provides a sexual cognofile report that is personalized to your preferences based on how the mind works.2Connect sets the bar for a compatible and intimate relationship by defining the certain magical feel that is possible between soul mates with love that is so strong the chemistry is not explainable and sex is mind blowing. Seventy photographs and illustrations contribute to understanding key learnings.2Connect defines what a romantic relationship can be. How do you know what it is if you have never been there? Love is the center of everything a person does and the synergy that is magnified when two people find their soul mate. Soul mates feel that their souls are connected no matter the distance. Everything blends together harmoniously, conversations flow seamlessly, you feel their touch when apart and their voice echoes in your mind peacefully. A soul mate is your twin, a reflection of yourself, someone that will hold your hand and walk with you in challenging situations. Your soul mate makes you proud and everything he/she does or says you find enlightening. A soul mate completes you and provides a safe environment for exploring your sexuality in order to reach the highest levels built on total trust. It's like a best friend, but more. 2Connect helps in where to find your soul mate, the one person in the world that knows you better than anyone else. It's someone who inspires you. A soul mate is someone who you carry with you forever. It's the one person who knew you, and accepted you, and believed in you before anyone else did or when no one else would. And no matter what happens you'll always love them and have a special connection.

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Indie Author

The SPIRIT Method of Massage for Seniors: Raising the Bar...A Primer for Massage Therapists and Caregivers

  • Health & Wellness
Nonfiction
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A book both practical and spiritual. The care of our seniors takes many skills and natural abilities, but it also takes a deeper understanding of what it means to be a senior. Without that understanding, mistakes are made that are unnecessary and could cause harm. Connections are missed that could make all the difference in someone's life; maybe yours. Magical ahha moments are missed because they just aren't recognized in the daily routine. This book hopes to bring awareness to what and who is before you so that you can offer your best self in the care of others.

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Indie Author

The Buccaneers of St. Frederick Island

  • Mystery
Fiction

Synopsis

What can possibly happen when a crime happens under the very noses of a group of very savvy eighth graders at St. BeSillius’ Catholic School on St. Frederick’s Island? When the money they raised to buy toys for children in homeless shelters in near-by NYC is stolen, the Buccaneers, as they call themselves are outraged. Despite warnings from Father Felix and Sr. Jo, Sprocket, the leader of the Buccaneers, and her determined buddies set out to follow the clues, run down the thief, and get those toys for the homeless kids.  

Publisher: Indie Author

The Mystery of the Lost Avenger

  • Young Adult
Fiction

Synopsis

The wreckage of a World War II plane is found in the mountains of Appalachia. It mysteriously crashed in 1943 on its way to a naval base. Inside the plane is a note, written by Annie Tillery's great-grandmother, Charlotte, who was in love with a fighter pilot. Young Charlotte tested the planes and flew them to naval bases; her fiancé flew the planes in battle.  While investigating the crash site, NCIS finds the note in the plane, which they trace to Charlotte and then to her surviving family members, Annie and her mother Carol. The mystery begins. Why did the plane crash, and what does Charlotte's note mean? Annie and her mother decide to dig into Great-Grandmother's past by way of the aged family attic.  There, they find love letters written by Charlotte and her Navy pilot fiancé. There is a code to be broken in those letters and The Mystery of the Lost Avenger to be solved. As they explore, Annie suspects Charlotte's ghost is reaching out to tell her something, but what? She enlists the help of her boyfriend, newly licensed pilot Ty Egan, but Annie feels she may be the key to her great-grandmother's top-secret life.

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Indie Author

A Spiritual Pathway to Recovery from Addiction, A Physician's Journey of Discovery

  • Self-Help
Nonfiction

Synopsis

A SPIRITUAL PATHWAY TO RECOVERY FROM ADDICTION is the memoir of a group of physicians going through an intensive rehab program for addiction to drugs and alcohol. It is presented as a collection of their stories and the lessons they encountered during their time together. It is a step by step guide to understanding the disease of addiction and how to treat it.

Here you will discover how to overcome alcoholism and drug addiction through the use of spiritual tools-a simple and successful treatment that works for impaired physicians and can be used by anyone.

You will find answers to these questions: Am I an alcoholic? Am I an addict?  How did I get this disease? Can it be cured?  Will I ever be able to drink socially again?

How can I get over this insane craving?  How can spiritual principles help me?  What is a Higher Power, and why do I need one?

Topics covered include: The disease concept of addiction  -  Overcoming the uncontrollable craving  -  Finding the openness, honesty, and willingness to change  -  Dealing with past mistakes and removing character defects  -  Exchanging my old addictive ways of thinking for healthier ones  -  Finding spiritual principles I can live by  -  Living without fear or worry  -  Finding happiness within myself

Addiction occurs among physicians at the same rate as in the general population, about 10%. Unlike the general population, however, an intensive rehabilitation program, geared specifically for their profession, vastly improves their chances of finding long-term sobriety. Over 70% of these physicians will be clean and sober-and practicing medicine-five years later.

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Balboa Press UK

Losing My Identity

  • Inspirational/Motivational
Nonfiction
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Living the perfect life on the outside with a successful business and lifestyle. We were the perfect family. Behind closed doors my husbands behaviour began to change to a Jekyll and Hyde personality. Lies and deceit. His mood swings became darker and darker. Overnight I discovered that he was on Heroin. I was devastated and naïve. My whole world had turned upside down. Which lead to abuse and violence towards myself and my son as I filed for a divorce. One night of terror, a new level of rape and violence, took us to being held hostage in my home, which led to us going to a refuge for safety and protection. Leaving our home and our old life behind ,driving through the night in a police car to safety, never to return again. Rebuilding our lives in a new area with a new identity.

Interviewed by Danielle Hampson
Publisher: The Old Lion Publishing House

A Dream About Antarctica

Nonfiction
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A Dream About Antarctica covers a few stories simultaneously. First of all, it is my personal story on how I made my dream come true and went to the Ukrainian Vernadsky Research Base in the Antarctic Peninsula. I described my adventures in the Drake Passage, in the Southern Ocean, and among dozens of Antarctic islands. You can find stories about penguins, moss, and whales. At the same time, I have created storytelling on how humanity was dreaming of finding Terra Incognita Australis. And actually how people managed to do this and also to reach the South Pole. It was one of the most exciting manifestations of the human spirit. Besides, the research on how Ukraine managed to get a British base previously called Faraday is included. The truth is that Ukraine made a great effort back in the USSR period to develop Antarctic infrastructure and science. Nevertheless, Russia took all property of the former USSR to use it strictly by itself. Antarctica is a specific topic, so everything here is not local but global. Due to this, I have also explained such themes as climate change, Antarctic treaty, astronomy, biology, geophysics, and many more. Byt I am sure that reader will not be confused by the variety of topics. I am a writer with experience in advertising. So I have done my best to write not as a historian or scientist. But as a person who wants to tell the story of Antarctica to my friends. Simple and exciting. I believe that I succeeded because I was there in Antarctica. I saw unforgettable nature and courageous people. Now I want to share the story of Antarctica with you.

Interview Transcription

Danielle Hampson: Has Antarctica ever been on your mind? Have you ever had a desire to visit and if so, wondered how complicated or easy it is to get there? Welcome to “The Authors Show”, I’m Danielle Hampson. And my guest is a Ukrainian writer and journalist. His name is Markiyan Prokhasko, and I hope I did not mess up his name too much.

And he has done just that. Then, he wrote a book about it, titled “A Dream About Antarctica”. But before I turned to him, a quick reminder that selected interviews on “The Authors Show” are available in our iPhone app, which can be downloaded in the app store as well as on TV, on the Roku channel, Amazon fire TV, and many major podcasting platforms like Amazon music, Apple Podcast, Spotify, and many, many more. And our app name on all those platforms is simply ”The Authors Show”. Now onto my guest and his exciting expedition. Welcome to “The Authors Show”, Markiyan.

Ви коли-небудь думали про Антарктиду? У вас коли-небудь було бажання відвідати її і, якщо так, то чи замислювалися, наскільки складно чи легко туди дістатися? Ласкаво просимо на «The Authors Show», я Даніель Гемпсон. А мій гість – український письменник і журналіст. Його звуть Маркіян Прохасько, і, сподіваюся, я не дуже перекрутила його ім’я.

Він здійснив саме це. Потім він написав про це книгу під назвою «Мрія про Антарктиду». Але перш ніж я звернуся до нього, я коротко нагадую, що вибрані інтерв’ю на «The Authors Show» доступні в нашому додатку для iPhone, який можна завантажити в app store, а також на телебаченні: на каналі Roku, Amazon fire TV та багатьох основних платформ для подкастингу, як-от Amazon music, Apple Podcast, Spotify та багато-багато інших. А назва нашого додатка на всіх цих платформах — просто «The Authors Show». Тепер про мого гостя та його захоплюючу експедицію. Ласкаво просимо на «Авторське шоу», Маркіяне.

Markiyan Prokhasko:  Hi, nice to meet you. Nice to be with all of you today.    Привіт, приємно бути на зв’язку. Приємно бути з усіма вами сьогодні.

Danielle:  Markiyan, in just a couple of sentences, how would you summarize your book?   Маркіяне, як би ти узагальнив свою книгу в кількох реченнях?

Markiyan:  This is absolute nonfiction, a book about Antarctica, Ukrainian, and other scientists, nature, law and history.  For example, you can find here a section about the development of communication at the Vernadsky research base, a former British station; how it was 70 years ago at a time when it was a British base, and how it is today. But this book also includes my personal view, what I have felt in the Drake passage or when I saw Antarctica for the first time. I have tried to do my best to explain to readers what Antarctica really is.

Це абсолютний нонфікшн, книга про Антарктиду, українських та інших вчених, природу, право та історію.  Наприклад, тут ви знайдете розділ про розвиток зв’язку на дослідній базі “Академік Вернадський”, колишній британській станції; як це було 70 років тому, у часи, коли це була британська база, і як це є зараз. Але ця книга також містить моє особисте бачення, що я відчув у протоці Дрейка або коли я побачив Антарктиду вперше. Я намагався зробити все можливе, щоб донести до читачів, що ж таке Антарктида.

DanielleOkay. Now, you are using mix genres in your writing. Can you tell us a little bit about that?   Гаразд. Отож, ти використовуєш мікс жанрів у своєму письмі. Чи можеш розповісти нам трохи про це?

MarkiyanFirst readers told me that they cannot remember such an interesting mix of genres in other books, not only Ukrainian books, but also for example, American books too.  In summary, they say it is a mix of reportage, science nonfiction, travel log, and a very personal diary. 

Перші читачі сказали мені, що не можуть пригадати такого цікавого поєднання жанрів в інших книгах, не тільки українських, але й, наприклад, американських.  Підсумовуючи, вони кажуть, що це суміш репортажу, наукпопу, мандрівної літератури і дуже особистого щоденника.

Danielle:  And you have photos in there too, don't you?    А фотографії також є у цій книзі, чи не так?

Markiyan:  Yes. This book includes 40 colorful photos.   Так. Ця книга містить 40 кольорових фотографій.

DanielleOkay, that's wonderful. Now, who is the main character in your book?    Вау, це чудово. А тепер: хто ж головний герой твоєї книги?

Markiyan:  Scientists at the Vernadsky research base always say that people are just visitors in Antarctica. I also had such a feeling, perhaps we never will be at home in that frozen world. So, I would say that the main character of my book is the relationship between humankind and the world of Antarctica.

Вчені на науково-дослідній станції “Вернадський” завжди кажуть, що люди в Антарктиді — це лише гості. У мене теж було таке відчуття, мабуть, ми ніколи не будемо вдома в цьому крижаному світі. Отже, я б сказав, що головним героєм моєї книги є стосунки між людством і світом Антарктиди.

Danielle: And what geography and timeframe does the text in your book cover?   А яку географію та часові рамки охоплює текст у вашій книзі?

Markiyan:  The main geography in this book is that area around the Vernadsky research base and also my journey from Lviv in Ukraine through Rome, to Argentina, Cape Horn and through the Drake passage to West Antarctica. But I also cover a lot of locations that I did not visit personally. For example, I have a chapter about the South Pole and another one is about the South Pole telescope and astronomy. My book covers the period of my summer expedition in 2019, but there are a lot of references to past events.  There are also chapters dedicated to the 1820’s events when Antarctica was discovered, and there also is, for instance, a story about Scott and Amundsen.

Основна географія в цій книзі — це територія навколо дослідної станції “Вернадський”, а також моєї подорожі зі Львова в Україні через Рим, до Аргентини, мису Горн і через протоку Дрейка до Західної Антарктики. Але я також висвітлюю багато місць, які не відвідував особисто. Наприклад, у мене є розділ про Південний полюс, а ще один - про Південнополюсний телескоп та астрономію. Моя книга охоплює період моєї літньої експедиції 2019 року, але є багато відсилок по минулих подій.  Є також розділи, присвячені подіям 1820-х років, коли Антарктида була відкрита, а також є, наприклад, історія про Скотта та Амундсена.

Danielle:  Hm. Now, who do you see as the ideal reader of this book?   Хм… А кого ти бачиш ідеальним читачем цієї книги?

Markiyan:  I have a blog about Antarctica too, and I can say that there are different people among my readers. Among them, there are young and elderly; travelers and home bodies. But all of them are somehow interested in the world. Somebody likes Antarctica, someone likes nature and traveling, someone likes history and is proud that Ukraine has a research base in Antarctica. There are also people who admire that someone made a dream come true. So, I feel that people are very different, but all of them have some passion. 

У мене теж є блог про Антарктиду, і можу сказати, що серед моїх читачів є різні люди. Є серед них і молоді, і старші; мандрівники і домосиди. Але всі вони так чи інакше цікавляться світом. Комусь подобається Антарктида, комусь природа і подорожі, комусь подобається історія і він пишається тим, що Україна має в Антарктиді дослідну базу. Є також і люди, які захоплюються тим, що хтось здійснив мрію. Тому я відчуваю, що люди дуже різні, але у всіх є якась пристрасть.

Danielle:  Right.  Now, and in researching you I found one thing that you said that struck me as being quite poetic.  You said that when in Antarctica, the brain goes into safe mode. That, just as rebooting a computer it will turn off unneeded programs. And you also said that we need to treat the world as if it was our garden. And that if we forget the smell of the wind, the taste of the water, then we may ask the question: why all this?  So, how do you offer the content in your book? Very factual or in a poetic writing.

Зрозуміло. Тепер, досліджуючи про тебе, я знайшла одну річ, яку ти сказав, і яка вразила мене як доволі поетична.  Ти сказав, що в Антарктиді мозок переходить у безпечний режим. Це, як і перезавантаження комп’ютера, вимикає непотрібні програми. А ще ти казав, що нам потрібно ставитися до світу так, ніби це наш сад. І що якщо ми забудемо запах вітру, смак води, то можемо задатися питанням: “Навіщо все це?”  Отже, як ти подаєш текст у своїй книзі? Дуже фактажно або у ж поетичній формі?

Markiyan:  Thank you for noticing such poetic thoughts in my writing. I believe that such piece of writing connects us with the world. It connects readers to the real world, to nature. The author can describe Antarctica and use a lot of facts, but when he or she uses simple little bit of poetic sentences, he can make all this real because human imagination makes it real. [The author must only turn it on] So, I'm trying to fill my writing with [poetic writing], and which I think will be useful for readers to understand the world of Antarctica.

Дякую, що помітили такі поетичні думки в моїх текстах. Я вірю, що такі уривки у текстах зв’язують нас зі світом. Вони зв’язують читачів із реальним світом, з природою. Автор може описати Антарктиду і використовувати багато фактів, але коли він або вона використовує прості дещо поетичні пасажі, він може зробити все це реальним, тому що людська уява робить це реальним. [Автор має лише ввімкнути її] Отже, я намагаюся наповнити свій текст [такими пасажами], які, на мою думку, будуть корисними для читачів, щоб зрозуміти світ Антарктиди.

Danielle:  You did not just write about your adventure. You also conducted some research. Why and how did you go about that research?   Ти не просто написав про свою пригоду. Ти також проводив деякі дослідження. Чому і як ви взялися за це дослідження?

Markiyan:  Now, when we look at past biologist studies, we can see that today such things can make, for example, some good biologist students. This means that past researchers were very good, but they are in the past. Today, biologists must do something else, much more complicated.  The same thing is with book writing, including nonfiction and journalism. We live in a world where children can watch National Geographic, for example. They tell us they know about Antarctica and penguins. If I want to add value to my book today, I must tell a story that has not been told before. Due to this, I conducted my research.  I interviewed a lot of Ukrainian scientists. I read a lot of information, scientific articles in Ukrainian and English languages, and other languages too. I also read about types of [ice] and so I want to understand Antarctica from different point of views and tell a story.

Тепер, коли ми подивимося на давніші дослідження біологів, ми побачимо, що сьогодні такі речі можуть зробити, наприклад, хороші студенти-біологи. Це означає, що минулі дослідники були дуже хорошими, але вони в минулому. Сьогодні біологи повинні робити щось інше, набагато складніше.  Те ж саме і з написанням книг, зокрема нонфікшину та репортажистики. Ми живемо у світі, де діти можуть дивитися National Geographic, наприклад. Вони можуть розказувати нам, що знають про Антарктиду та пінгвінів. Якщо я хочу додати цінності своїй книзі сьогодні, я повинен розповісти історію, якої раніше не розповідали. Відповідно, тому я і провів своє дослідження.  Я брав інтерв’ю у багатьох українських вчених. Читав багато інформації, наукових статей українською та англійською мовами, а також іншими мовами. Я також читав про типи […], і так я хочу зрозуміти Антарктиду з різних точок зору і розповісти історію.

Danielle:  Most writers have something to say in their writing. What are you trying to say through this book?   Більшість письменників мають що сказати у своїх творах. Що ти намагаєшся сказати цією книгою?

Markiyan:  It's a very nice question. Thank you. Actually, I thought about this a lot. Perhaps the main thing that I want to tell in this book is that the world is beautiful. Nature, people, science, traveling, Antarctica, Africa, Oceania. You always can find something to explore and something to visit.  And it's very sad, but we can see that there are millions of people who prefer to destroy countries, kill other people, kill animals and pollute the earth with air strikes and nuclear power plant explosions. So this book, such books will always be useful to tell people that the world is a beautiful place to live, and a very interesting thing to explore. It's better to do this rather than something bad.

Це дуже гарне питання. Дякую. Насправді, я багато думав про це. Мабуть, головне, що я хочу розповісти в цій книзі, це те, що світ прекрасний. Природа, люди, наука, подорожі, Антарктида, Африка, Океанія. Ви завжди можете знайти, що дослідити і що відвідати.  І це дуже сумно, але ми бачимо, що є мільйони людей, які вважають за краще руйнувати країни, вбивати інших людей, вбивати тварин і забруднювати землю повітряними ударами та вибухами на атомних електростанціях. Тож ця книга, такі книжки завжди будуть корисні, щоб розповісти людям, що світ — це прекрасне місце для життя і дуже цікава річ, яку можна досліджувати. Краще робити це, ніж щось погане.

Danielle:   Yes, of course. Yes, I totally agree with you. Okay. Would you like to share an excerpt from your book? Could you read something for us?  And I understand of course it will be in Ukrainian, but that's still what I would like you to do.

Так, звісно. Так, я повністю згодна з тобою. Гаразд. Чи хотів би ти поділитися уривком зі своєї книги? Чи не міг би ти щось для нас прочитати? І я розумію, звісно, що це буде українською, але я все одно хотіла б, щоб ти це зробив.

Markiyan:  Okay. Thank you.   Гаразд. Дякую.

Excerpt reading

Danielle:  Okay. Thank you very much for that, Markiyan. And what benefits at the end of the day will readers receive from reading your book?   Гаразд. Щиро дякую за це, Маркіяне. А які переваги зрештою отримають читачі від читання твоєї книги?

Markiyan:  One of the first readers, my teacher, founder and head of the School of journalism at Ukrainian Catholic University tells me that he sees this book as a personal encyclopedia of Antarctica. I saw only good feedback so far. Perhaps you don't like history or law very much, but you definitely will find a lot of information about Antarctica and global issues in my book. Besides, I wrote about it all, not as a scientist or a historian. I have experience in marketing, so I understand that modern books must be engaging in the first place.

Один із перших читачів, мій викладач, засновник і керівник Школи журналістики Українського католицького університету сказав мені, що бачить цю книгу як персональну енциклопедію Антарктиди.  Поки що я бачив лише хороші відгуки. Можливо, ви не дуже любите історію чи право, але ви точно знайдете багато інформації про Антарктиду та глобальні проблеми в моїй книзі. До того ж я про все це писав не як науковець чи історик. У мене є досвід в маркетингу, тому я розумію, що сучасні книги мають бути в першу чергу захоплюючими.

Danielle:  You're absolutely right. Let's talk for a second about your publisher. You selected the “Old Lion Publishing House” as your publisher. Why?   Ти абсолютно правий. Поговорімо секунду про видавця. Ти обрав «Видавництво Старого Лева» своїм видавцем. Чому?

Markiyan:  First of all, uh, this is a big Ukrainian publishing house that is located in Lviv where I live, and it's an interesting publishing house. I was young writer and I wanted to publish my first book in this publishing house. And it was my fiction book, published in 2018. So, after this experience I thought it would be a good idea to continue our cooperation. I asked them if they would be interested in a book about Antarctica. They absolutely agreed that it's a good idea. They also gave me some money for my expedition, and this cooperation was very fruitful because this book is published, I am very happy and I believe that they also are happy that we did this.

По-перше, це велике українське видавництво, яке знаходиться у Львові, де я живу, і це цікаве видавництво. Я був молодим письменником і хотів у цьому видавництві видати свою першу книжку. І це була моя художня книга, видана в 2018 році. Тому після цього досвіду я подумав, що було б гарною ідеєю продовжити нашу співпрацю. Я запитав у них, чи зацікавить їх книга про Антарктиду. Вони повністю згодилися, що це добра ідея. Вони також дали частину грошей на мою експедицію, і ця співпраця була дуже плідною, тому що ця книга вийшла, я дуже радий і сподіваюся, що вони також раді, що ми це зробили.

Danielle:   That is wonderful. It's what we call in the US a win-win situation. It's a win for your publisher and it's a win for you. Congratulations. Now, Markiyan, obviously your book is available in your language, Ukrainian.  But is it also available in any other language or are you looking to expand on that through the sale of foreign rights?

Це чудово. Це те, що ми називаємо в США безпрограшною ситуацією (*win-win, ситуація “виграш-виграш”). Це перемога для видавця, і це перемога для тебе. Вітаю. Тепер, Маркіяне, очевидно, книга доступна твоєю мовою, українською. Але чи доступна вона також будь-якою іншою мовою, чи ви хочете розповсюдити її через продаж прав за кордон?

Markiyan:   My book was published in the middle of February, just before the war, so yes, it's available only in Ukrainian so far.  But I will be happy if someone would be interested in my book because this is not just about me and Ukrainian scientists. It's also about, for example, Polish sailing yacht Selma, it's very famous in Poland.  It's also about former British base Faraday, about international science, Antarctica and global issues. I will try to do my best to be published in other languages too.

Моя книжка вийшла в середині лютого, якраз перед війною, тож так, поки що доступна лише українською. Але я буду радий, якщо когось зацікавить моя книга, адже мова йде не тільки про мене та українських науковців. Це також, наприклад, польська вітрильна яхта Selma, вона дуже відома в Польщі.  Це також про колишню британську базу Фарадей, про міжнародну науку, Антарктиду та глобальні проблеми. Я постараюся зробити все можливе, щоб видатися й іншими мовами.

DanielleIs there anything else that you would like readers to know about you or about your book that we did not talk about?   Чи є ще щось, що б ти хотів, щоб читачі знали про тебе чи про твою книгу, про що ми не поговорили?

Markiyan:   Maybe a quick update that my readers can find in this book.  Also some benefits. For example, links to my special Antarctica website on Antarctic domain [.aq] or additional photos available online. Or  also for Ukrainian listeners, they can find links to audio series about Antarctica and perhaps they will translate it into other languages too.

Можливо, швидку інформацію, щодо того, що мої читачі зможуть знайти в цій книзі. Також деякі переваги. Наприклад, посилання на мій спеціальний антарктичний веб-сайт на антарктичному домені [.aq] або ж додаткові фотографії, доступні онлайн. Або також для українських слухачів: вони можуть знайти посилання на аудіосеріал про Антарктиду, і, можливо, вони зроблять його переклад і на інші мови.

Danielle:   And where can all the readers find out more about you and your book? I presume you do have a website.   А де всі читачі можуть дізнатися більше про тебе і твою книгу? Я припускаю, що у тебе є веб-сайт.

Markiyan:   I have a blog on Facebook, LinkedIn and my Antarctic website NoPolarBears.aq. In addition, they can find out more at the Old Lion Publishing House on their website.  У мене є блог у Facebook, на LinkedIn та на моєму антарктичному веб-сайті NoPolarBears.aq. Крім того, вони можуть дізнатися більше у Видавництві старого лева, на їхньому веб-сайті.

Danielle:   Okay. And on your website, you have also links, you said you're on LinkedIn and Facebook. You have those links on your website as well, correct?   Зрозуміло. І на твоєму веб-сайті також є посилання, ти сказав, що є в LinkedIn та Facebook. Ти маєш ці посилання на своєму веб-сайті, чи не так?

Markiyan:   Oh, yes, of course.   О, так, звичайно.

Danielle:  Okay. Wonderful Markiyan, thank you so much for spending some time with me today to present your book “A Dream About Antarctica”. Thank you so much and please remain very safe.   Гаразд. Чудово, Маркіяне, дуже дякую за те, що ти сьогодні приділив мені час, щоб представити свою книгу «Мрія про Антарктиду». Щиро дякую і будь ласка, будьте в безпеці.

Markiyan:   Thank you.   Дякую.

Danielle:   A Dream About Antarctica” is the title of the book by Ukrainian author Markiyan Prokhasko. Of course, the book is in Ukrainian and many of you listening will not be able to read it, but think about others in your circle of influence as some may have Ukrainian ties and would be able to read it in its original language. And I also call on publishing industry professionals who deal with foreign rights to consider “A Dream About Antarctica” for translation. Markiyan can be reached via his website and that website again is NoPolarBears.aq, again, NoPolarBears.aq. He can also be found on social media and you will find those links on his website.   Ladies and gentlemen, “The Authors Show” wants to help Ukrainian literature and culture, but we cannot do it alone. So please, give others the opportunity to discover our guests and his work by sharing this interview with your friends, as they just may have Ukrainian ties that you are not aware of.   I'm Danielle Hampson, thank you for listening. Until next time with another author and another wonderful book.

«Мрія про Антарктиду» — так називається книга українського письменника Маркіяна Прохаська. Звісно, ​​книжка українською, і багато хто з вас, хто слухає, не зможе її прочитати, але подумайте про інших у вашому колі впливу, оскільки дехто може мати українські зв’язки і зможе прочитати її мовою оригіналу. Я також закликаю професіоналів видавничої галузі, які займаються іноземними правами, розглянути «Мрію про Антарктиду» для перекладу. До Маркіяна можна потрапити через його веб-сайт, і цей веб-сайт знову: NoPolarBears.aq, знову: NoPolarBears.aq. Його також можна знайти в соціальних мережах, і ви знайдете ці посилання на його веб-сайті.   Шановні пані та панове, «The Authors Show» хоче допомогти українській літературі та культурі, але ми не можемо це зробити самотужки. Тож, будь ласка, дайте іншим можливість ознайомитися з нашими гостями та їх творчістю, поділившись цим інтерв’ю зі своїми друзями, оскільки вони можуть мати українські зв’язки, про які ви не знаєте.   Я Даніель Гемпсон, дякую, що ви слухали. До наступного разу з іншим автором і ще однією чудовою книгою.

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Publisher: Concordis Publishing

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LOGAN VAN HOEHN was at the peak of his profession, with the best job in the United States Navy. He was a seasoned aviator, and his mission as an adversary pilot, what the Navy commonly refers to as a "Bogey Driver," was to play the "bad guy."  As an adversary pilot, Logan trained other naval aviators to be the best pilots in the Navy. In simulated air-to-air combat missions over the deserts of Nevada, he "taught" the good guys, either by training or "killing" them in simulated combat scenarios, and then instructing them on how they might have done better. That is, until the fallout from the widely-publicized scandal known as "Tailhook '91." A small error in judgment ended his career. He found commercial airline work easy, but also uninspiring. He decided that what he really wanted was to be rich. He had a dream. All he needed was an "Angel," someone with seed capital. He found one, and more. SILENT PARTNER is a story about a naval aviator who finds himself unwittingly immersed in the most extensive distribution network of cocaine and heroin in United States history. At a time when Pablo Escobar was at the apex of his power, the war on drugs had just begun. Rumors that the CIA was selling drugs on the streets of the United States ran rampant in the wake of the Iran-Contra scandal.

In a war that seemingly has no end, sometimes even the good guys question whether they are the good guys after all.

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group

Beyond the Miracle, Beyond the Grave: A Medium's True Experiences

  • Spirituality
Nonfiction
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Synopsis

Melissa Gabriel is 17 years past her expiration date.

When she was rushed to the emergency room as her liver failed and her body was pierced with agony, she didn’t think she would see her friends or family again––and fate didn’t plan for her to. But through a miracle from the other side, she recovered and began her second life on Earth, seeing it through new eyes.

After realizing that she was being shepherded and protected by her personal guides and angels, Melissa’s purpose in life changed completely. In Beyond the Miracle, Beyond the Grave, she tells her story of how her miraculous healing awakened her psychic mediumship and set her on a path to enlightenment. By seeking out those who have passed into the spiritual plane, she has been able to uncover her untapped potential that enables her to connect with her psychic abilities and spread healing and hope to those still in our world. In a collection of short stories, Melissa Gabriel recounts the miracles, both large and small, she’s experienced on her incredible and inspiring journey.

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Indie Author

In the Belly of the Bell-Shaped Curve

  • Humor
Fiction

Synopsis

Turk is a frustrated claims adjuster for a large insurance company and has developed a plan that will free him from his boring life and make him rich. If successful, his plan will liberate a vast majority of human beings from the drudgery and monotony of their jobs. Turk hopes to create the Primo-Primate Project and train chimpanzees to operate technology like cash registers or machines used in manufacturing. Consumers would be able to buy the chimps as surrogate workers, in turn freeing humanity from the mundane and dull. Due to his job, Turk has access to the personal information of policyholders. To finance his project, he develops a scheme to embezzle money from the company by creating a fictitious claimant who suffers an injury. Once he crosses the line into white-collar crime, Turk?s life spirals out of control. He wanted excitement and more?and now, he?s got it, as he faces either madness or revelation.

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group

Living Cancer: Stories from an Oncologist, Father, and Survivor

  • Biography/Memoir
Nonfiction

Synopsis

Long days, important decisions, difficult conversations. A doctor’s work is never truly done.

After working as a pediatric oncologist for 40 years, Dr. Michael Weiner has collected a multitude of stories. From the best case scenarios to the worst, Dr. Weiner has chosen to share some of the most memorable and heartbreaking moments of his career.

Always in close contact with pain and heartbreak, his accounts express his willingness to help patients and their families through great times of need. His observations about cancer are further informed when his daughter was diagnosed with cancer as well as his own personal cancer journey.

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Fisher King Publishing

The Eye of The Unicorn

  • Science Fiction
Fiction

Synopsis

On a dying planet two species compete for survival. The San, a people who have been divided into tribes through war, bigotry and hate, their population devastated by a mysterious illness. Their rivals, the Cuc, a hive species who declare all out war on the San. Born into this world are twin sons of the Chieftain of the Warrior Clan of the Chai, Remruc and Curmer. After the death of their father, they are burdened with the task of saving their people. Together they formulate a radical plan which could unite the divided clans. Taking advantage of the race weakened by illness and held together by very tenuous bonds, the Cuc a formidable enemy of the San take them to the very brink of destruction. When all seems lost a secret is uncovered, a secret that may secure the safety of their people but a secret that has a darker side and a high price will be paid for survival. A fast paced action packed adventure that will keep you turning the pages to find the answers and leave you breathless as the legend of Remruc and Curmer unfolds.

Interviewed by Danielle Hampson
Publisher: Indie Author

NOC Three Times: Knock-On Effect

  • Thriller-Spy
Fiction
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"Due to censorship restrictions, a veteran of Britain’s MI6 intelligence service tells a fictionalized version of his covert action experiences" Publishers Weekly

In my days there were five classified UK Eyes Only security clearance levels. The higher you went up the secrecy ladder, the less people knew about you... I held the highest security clearance level a British intelligence officer could reach. This book, the third in the NOC Trilogy covers my last five years in the field being in charge of the 'uncammo' (not in uniform) unit of the special forces, 2003-2007, which encompassed the Iraqi War and being in the field in Afghanistan, Somalia and The Yemen, among others.

For obvious reasons I must remain anonymous. I am a British citizen and a 20-year veteran of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).  I did three tours of duty, first serving in 1971-1983. I was recalled into active duty in 1992-1993 and 2003-2007, and volunteered for one more operation in 2008 after retirement.  Since that time I have been granted political asylum in France, where I now reside.

The first two books are:  “NOC - Non-Official Cover: British Secret Operations and  NOC Twice: More UK Non-Official Cover Operations.

Interview Transcription

Danielle Hampson: As a former member of the Secret Intelligence Service of the United Kingdom, today's author writes under a pen name to protect his true identity, and of course his family. Welcome to The Authors Show®. I'm Danielle Hampson. He goes by Nicholas Anderson. He is a best-selling and award-winning British author who brings us his third book in the knock trilogy titled NOC Three Times: Knock-On Effect but this trilogy has a twist. It is a trilogy of four, four books. Well, why not? After all, a Baker's dozen counts 13, not 12, so why not a four-piece trilogy? And you will find out soon why this is as you hear from Nicholas. Now onto my guest and you will find out more about him at NicholasAnderson.info. Welcome to The Authors Show, Nicholas.

Nicholas Anderson: Hello, Danielle. Thank you for having me.

Danielle: Now for our audience, let's bring in a bit of your background before we dive into the book itself because it is very much relevant to your writing. You grew up in multiple countries, you were a national swimming champion who also played other sports, and you wanted to be a fighter pilot, but you flew a helicopter in the Royal Navy, and you ended up in secret intelligence service training.

You have said that you were born to do what you ended up doing: spying. You indeed became a spy and were involved for many years in covert operations. You speak Russian and you were involved in activities at the time of the fall of communism and the war in Iraq. I know you favor some level of secrecy on who you are, but would you like to add something else?

Nicholas: No, what I can tell you basically is I'm a 20-year veteran covert intelligence officer for the British Secret Intelligence Service known as MI6, who was recalled to active duty three times in my career. MI6 is the UK equivalent of CIA for you guys in the United States.

Danielle: Now you said you wanted people to know what goes on in the world, and you also said, and I quote: "I do believe that the Russians and the Americans could not agree on building a bridge, so they dug a hole for all of us" end quote. How much did that sentiment influence your decision to transition from a spy career to becoming an author of multiple books and especially the NOC Trilogy?

Nicholas: Well, it did. I think basically I wanted closure. It wasn't a financial decision that I decided to become an author. It's just I wanted closure and I had so many stories to tell. In 2007, I decided to group together and put all my stories together. I just started a manuscript, just playing, writing some stuff down as I've always done, and it evolved into these books.

Danielle: So, do tell us a little bit about the storyline in this specific title NOC Three Times: Knock-On Effect.

Nicholas: Well, it's not one storyline, Danielle, basically each chapter is a separate story that actually happened in my career as a covert intelligence officer. Some people say you could write a book on each chapter, but if you read the book, you'll see that each chapter is completely different to the next one.

Danielle: Who is your target audience for this book, or for the entire trilogy I should say?

Nicholas: Well, mainly men interested in real-life espionage events. Some women might like it as well. It's not for kids, but what I would say is be prepared to have your preconceptions changed.

Danielle: And what is the significance of your book title? Obviously, there's a play on word there but what else?

Nicholas: Well NOC or N-O-C stands for Non-Official Cover. Sometimes known as natural cover. It was later changed to non-traditional platform as it is still known as today. NOCs were undercover and covert operations behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War to defeat communism through to operate behind enemy lines, combat in the rise in Islamic militant fascism of today.

Danielle: NOC Three Times is understandably written in the historical fiction genre, but you did mention that you had a lot of stories to tell. So, how close are the stories in your book? How close are they to reality?

Nicholas: Well, all of it is close to reality. It's all that happened in my life. Some names and dates have been changed because I'm restricted by law from telling the truth. The traditional book industry is also rather backwards. It wants to label books as either fiction or nonfiction. In fact, mine states fiction on the cover, because I'm not allowed by the powers that be to say it is nonfiction. I think faction would probably be the best to describe my books. If only the book business opens its eyes to other possibilities. As a way of explaining, I often like to say this: what's right and what's true are different.

Danielle: That is indeed often the case, more than we want to know or want to acknowledge. Let's talk a little bit about the protagonist in your book and who are also some of the characters that we will find.

Nicholas: Well, according to the dictionary, a protagonist is the main character in a novel, which proves my point in answering the previous question.

Danielle: Right.

Nicholas: Nicholas Anderson is my pseudonym. For obvious reasons, I'm not permitted to state my real name. I'm sorry. Other persons mentioned appear briefly mainly as Dave Brennan. Also not his real name, who was my colleague in MI6. He actually became disabled after being duct-taped to a boulder in Nicaragua, after being caught by the Colombian cocaine cartel in the 80s. They rolled him down in a ravine, but he survived, barely survived.

Danielle: Now, what about NOC Three Times sets it apart from other books in the same genre?

Nicholas: Well, I'm told by avid readers that my books are a combination of a British Jason Bourne and John le Carré's work. I've never read any books on 007, but from the promotional film clips I've seen, it seems like it's supposed to be a farfetched comedy. What Bond did in Ian Fleming’s head and what I did in real life are poles apart if you like.

Danielle: On your third book in the NOC Trilogy, NOC Three Times back cover, you detail the five classified UK eyes only security clearance levels. What are those security clearances and which security clearance level did you achieve?

Nicholas: I'm quite happy to read out verbatim from the back cover of the book for your listeners if that's okay.

Danielle: Sure, of course.

Nicholas: I'll add some comments. In my days there were five classified UK eyes only security clearance levels. The higher you went up the secrecy ladder the less people knew about you. Remember too, that if you're in the topmost and highest bracket IA, which is ministerial only top secret, you're either a security committee politician or government head of a ministry. Both report and only to the Prime Minister of 10 Downing street.

The 1B category was reserved for any persons involved in a non-traditional platform, military operations previously known as a non-official cover or natural cover and had an uncommon NATO designation of CTS. Just, by the way, NATO is the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. For some people who didn't know. NATO designation of CTS which is cosmic top secret attached to it as is also known in the UK. I held the highest security clearance level a British intelligence officer could reach. Basically, the most secret of secret intelligence officers.

That's what, Danielle, will separate my book or my story from other people that you may have interviewed or may interview in the future, in regards to intelligence. There are tiers to these things. There's a totem pole of hierarchy to these things and I was lucky enough to be right up there, one under ministerial level, if you like. That's why it's very important that my identity and where we stay state of discrete.

Danielle: Totally understandable indeed. Now, in the prologue, you wrote about everybody in Belize, which is located in Central America, that they knew the open secret of a British citizen who was the middle man paying the South American drug cartels for the cocaine deliveries, which in turn ensured it would be distributed in North America. Now, this same individual instructed that $25,000 be extracted from your bank account in the bank he happened to own. My question is, do you still plan to expose the corrupt official in Belize? If you do, will that be in the format of another book maybe?

Nicholas: I don't know what you mean by will that be in the format of another book. Sorry, but to be sure, I wouldn't exactly describe the British individual as a corrupt official. He's more like the Emperor or the King of Belize if you would, even though there is no such given title there. Various codes of silence exist in the world, but you must understand that all the 54 countries that are under the British Commonwealth of Nations, even though they've been running their governments their way since being granted independence, is still under the thumb of Great Britain in all sorts of ways behind closed doors, a remnant from that day of the British empire, and Belize is one of them.

The UK is the world leader in offshore monies. London is a capital of dirty money. It's also the cocaine use capital too. Those worldwide in the business of finance full well know this. We will always look the other way at the right time when the moment comes. We've done this for centuries and our history betrays this routine fact. People that aren't British should know that the libel laws are rather draconian, simply stated they don't protect any accuser from prosecution.

As a result of this, people like me can only tell our true stories in an inferred way. So, you have to read and write between the lines to grasp what's really going on. To answer your question and in the longish way around, for me to identify such a person publicly at a platform like The Authors Show would expose me to the libel laws of my country so I won't, but the people of Belize know. If you went there and asked the question, "Who is this?" Some may deflect the question, but others would tell you his name. I would add that I once met a well-known investigative reporter from the UK's right-wing rag, which is called The Daily Mail, or some prefer to say the daily fail.

Danielle: [chuckles] I'm familiar with the newspaper.

Nicholas: You probably know it as the daily fail.

[laughter]

It has the biggest daily circulation nationwide in the British Isles, Danielle, and I asked him why he doesn't expose this person we've just been talking about and his answer was, "Why should we? He's on our side." There you have it, really, plain and simple in this partisan world we live in today if you like.

Danielle: Don't we love politics and all of the behind the scenes that's going on? Oh, my gosh. That is explosive what you're talking about and of course, the layman person, the vast majority of people unless they are in the business that you are or in politics as well, they just are not at all aware of all this. Now, there's another fascinating story in your book about working for the new King of Morocco. How did that come about?

Nicholas: Well, I breached the UK Official Secrets Act when I submitted my first book manuscript for clearance. In fact, I had 400 pages redacted from the original 850. I also had two bank accounts closed. Plus, my lawyers were hearing plenty of rumblings about a warrant being issued for my arrest. As you heard earlier in describing how the British Commonwealth works globally, so for a couple of years I deliberately avoided any overseas territory that had a connection to the UK if you like, which is actually 20% of the world's landmass.

France, on the other hand, where I live now and have done on and off for the past two decades, offered me political asylum in return for a good deed I once did for the French government. As a result of this, I stopped to visit in only former French colonies until my UK legal problems are sorted out. This entailed Morocco of course, and at the turn of the century when the old king passed away, his son, who inherited the throne, wanted to modernize the whole caboodle from top to bottom, if you like. That included changing of the guards, literally changing of the guards so I was brought in to train his new personal close protection.

You have to please understand that as we mentioned before, I'm under a lifelong nondisclosure agreement so I can't use names, places, and relay information like the royal palace's layout, et cetera. Over 10 months, I selected young men and women from their armed forces for special training to become bodyguards. At the end of the day, I brought in a handful of girls which blew away the king’s inner circle because they all looked like an Arabic version of Charlie's Angels, especially in their-

[laughter]

-casino garb of long backless evening dresses. It never happened in the history of Morocco. Again, they could professionally take care of any danger in seconds as they all carried a hidden firearm on their being or in their purse. I can still see the open mouths of the ministers' faces when they saw the ladies operational for the first time. They had said that the king himself was very pleased with the outcome. It made Morocco look a contemporary nation, which it is more or less now, I suppose. That was job done.

Danielle: There's also a full chapter on the British attempt to eliminate Osama bin Laden in the mountains of Afghanistan in 2005. Six years before the US claimed to have achieved this in 2011 in Pakistan. Can you elaborate a little further on this and what thoughts were going through your mind as you were leading your men into that hostile environment for the first time?

Nicholas: Yes, I can try and give you a condensed version of that because it would normally be quite a long-winded answer. Basically, my lawyers negotiated with the British government for my return to the UK to answer the charges against me. I arrived at London Heathrow Airport on Royal Air Maroc from Casablanca on the last day of 2002. I was the last passenger escorted off and spent a nominal one day in jail. I do admit to shedding tears of emotion to be home after an absence of many years.

Part of the trade-off to avoid two years of solitary confinement in prison was serving 36 weeks in the field doing hostage negotiation, which is actually a specialty of mine, to be served over a five-year period as needed. The Iraqi war was looming then, so in a way, I repeated my Moroccan experiences as given carte blanche to handpick Special Forces soldiers to protect me in the field in dangerous situations. I chose 30 from 75 individuals who hailed from either the Special Air Service, which is the SAS, or the Special Boat Service, which is known as the SBS.

I don't know what your American equivalent would be. I suppose it would be the US Army Rangers and the Navy SEALs, the waterborne guys. The big difference was that we looked like the locals in appearance and we had interpreters with us. We were active in Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, and one day we found ourselves on a special hush-hush operation in the mountains of Afghanistan's Hindu Kush in 2005, which is really the foothills of the Himalayas.

It basically was six weeks surviving in an extremely hostile environment. The planning was immense. The things that could go wrong, many! Loads of gaps in the intelligent picture, which means we had to improvise as we went along. I don't mind admitting there were times when we each got freaked out. I'm proud to have been chosen to undertake this tasking order, which was to seek and destroy high-value target number one, Osama bin Laden, at what Al-Qaeda called its lion's den.

He had many body doubles and one of my snipers summons me to stare down his telescopic gunsight attached to his long-range high-powered rifle. He and I were convinced it was him. He was perfectly doing the hand and facial mannerisms we were told to look for. It was a goosebumpy feeling. The longest short of their space is guided by us on the ground, a very expensive, secretly developed airborne equipment sort of a giant drone. It should have obliterated that mountain hideout, along with an estimated 100 Al-Qaeda fighters.

There’s no way of knowing from the rubble who survived and who didn't down there. I do know that we informed our allies of the successfully completed operation. Then nothing was heard further from Osama bin Laden. The CIA unit responsible for finding Elvis, in their internal name for him, was shuttered later that same year in 2005. Internally, we British called him the same name as he called himself, which was Abu Abdullah. Danielle, I could go on. There's a lot more to this but it'd be really interesting if people are interested in my books to read this part because there's a lot more detail in it.

Danielle: I think that will be fascinating to read indeed. That's a good segment to lead people to get the book and read all of this because it is indeed fascinating. So, whatever became of your 30 strong British Special Forces operators?

Nicholas: Some, unfortunately I can't answer what I'd like to answer on this program, but some are no longer with us. We must have done something right because the powers that be in the UK, officially in 2005 formed a new special forces unit alongside the SAS and the SBS, called the Special Reconnaissance Detachment known as SPR, which later became a 40-strong Special Reconnaissance Regiment that carries out "very specific tasks" if you like.

Danielle: So, giving all of your exploits if I may use that word, and the predicament in which you are, which is that you really can't talk too much about anything, what was the most challenging part of writing your book?

Nicholas: Well, I suppose the short answer Danielle would be I didn't have any challenges. It was already all in my head. I just wrote what happened. When you read my books, you'll see that everything's backed up. You can look in and have a look yourself and go back in time and research as much as you want. Again, I didn't really have too many challenges because it's already upstairs. It's already inside me.

Danielle: And how would you describe your writing style in this book?

Nicholas: [chuckles] Probably is staccato. Out in the field when things start to happen, there's no time to explain. Basically, you just do it. So, I had to write in the same manner as I lived it and take normal narrative and throw it out the window. This is reality. Reality doesn't fall into pre-arranged sequences. Real-life comes at you from all kinds of angles.

Danielle: I see a lot of pragmatism in the writing of your book.

Nicholas: I'm glad you enjoyed it, Danielle. It sounds like you did.

Danielle: Yes, I did. Tell us what message you are trying to disseminate, if any at all, that you're trying to disseminate to the readers?

Nicholas: Never believe what your government tells you through its cronies in the partisan media. How about that?

Danielle: [chuckles] That is so à-propos right now. We all know that, unfortunately we still do believe them. This is the last book in your trilogy. Could I pick up the third book without having read the other two and still make sense of everything or must I read the others first?

Nicholas: You could do that. Like I said previously, they're all short stories if you like each chapter. But each chapter I could go into more detail and make that a book on its own. I think it'd be best if you start from the beginning with book one and work your way through it. I actually have a fourth book as well as an addendum, as there was just too much to tell, but it's probably best you start from book one. The book one, really, it's quite explosive.

Danielle: You can call it then a trilogy plus one.

Nicholas Anderson: Yes. [laughs] You could.

Danielle: Now, the book we're talking about today was published in 2016. How have your readers responded to it?

Nicholas Anderson: Well, I get lots of emails and reviews. The large majority say they enjoy them. There's some knock it down killjoys, but you'll get that everywhere I suppose.

Danielle: Sure.

Nicholas Anderson: Each book I'm told is better than the previous one. Saying that, I'd actually like to take this opportunity and thank those that purchased my books. I'm very grateful to them. I really am.

Danielle: Well, you just mentioned that you're getting better with each book. So, can we expect another book? Do you have another book project?

Nicholas Anderson: Yes, I'm actually halfway through a fifth, the final NOC book. I'm told by many readers that each chapter could be expanded into a full-length book like I mentioned before, so look out for that one.

Danielle: All right, we will. In the meantime though, while we're waiting for your next project, where can readers find out more about you right now and most importantly, where can they purchase your book?

Nicholas Anderson: Well, all four of the NOC titles can be ordered from all bookshops worldwide or downloaded from the various online service providers. For further information, my website is NicholasAnderson.info. That's NicholasAnderson.info.

Danielle: Okay Nicholas, thank you so much for spending some time with me today. And when you release your next book, will you please come back again and share it with our audience?

Nicholas Anderson: I'd be happy to. I'd be more than happy to, Danielle.

Danielle: Here's a review excerpt that I hope will inspire you to read NOC Three Times: Knock-On Effect. "Nicholas has drawn the minds of his readers to dark and unseen corners. These stories have, at least for myself, provided a diagnostic file on maleficence and misdeeds based off historical events. I'd like to think that all readers of these series can now approach all angles of their life with a healthy amount of critical skepticism, particularly in those areas related in some way to governments and the decentralized power of oversight that people in democratic nations hold over their governments. Educating people in such a way is one of the most noble causes a person can pursue. Thank you for your writing."

NOC Three Times: Knock-On Effect is the title of the book by author Nicholas Anderson. Go out there and buy this book today. It is incredible to read, great stories. Stories although fictional, are based on true events. And when done reading it, please remember to leave a review as those are very important to authors and are very much appreciated. Also, please share this interview with your friends so that they too have the opportunity to discover our guest and his work. 

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Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Indie Author

It's Not That Simple: Helping Families Navigate the Alzheimer's Journey

  • Health & Wellness
Nonfiction
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Synopsis

If your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s, be prepared for anything — it can be a shocking disease. Pam Ostrowski’s guidebook, It’s Not That Simple, walks you through what can happen and prepares you for the challenges you may face. Seemingly small tasks, such as who’s going to attend doctor's appointments or who will bathe them, become overwhelming without proper planning and support. This approximately 3-hour read provides practical tips, coping tools for caring for those with Alzheimer’s, and conversation starters for those difficult talks you may have with your loved one and family members. This knowledge allows you to anticipate and prepare for the future and reduces frustration, burnout, and compassion fatigue. Being a caregiver can be a transformational experience. This book provides a way to look at this journey a bit differently, not as a list of challenges, but as a way to expand your heart and transform the way you treat others. It provides examples on how to embrace the best mindset for dealing with this long-term disease. Your support role and responsibilities over these years are critical to all concerned. This book will help you make the best legal, logistical, medical, and emotional decisions. Learn how to communicate with Alzheimer’s sufferers, handle disagreements so they result in positive outcomes, and understand the stages and behaviors of Alzheimer’s disease. The more knowledge you have, the easier it will be to care for your loved one and offer support to everyone involved.Join Pam as she walks through her personal journey with her mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s, sharing the lessons she learned that expanded her heart and allowed her to embrace the value of compassion, empathy, and dignity over her 14-year experience.

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Indie Author

DAISY

  • Historical Fiction
Fiction
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Synopsis

A gentle family saga, spanning almost 100 years, from 1887 to 1974. Set in Alabama, Harlem and London, it touches on some of the evils of society like poverty and racism, as well as some of the best that life has to offer….family, friendship and love. The sequel to this, “The Second Daisy, was published just a few days ago.

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Indie Author

The Long Tale of Tears and Smiles

  • Biography / Memoir
Nonfiction
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The Long Tale of Tears and Smiles chronicles an oncologist's journey as an immigrant: from Damascus to ‎Aleppo to St Louis to New Orleans to NJ, and then NY; from a medical student to a trainee to a ‎practitioner caring for cancer patients and their families and watching the field of oncology ‎evolves throughout the years. ‎ The tale interweaves the author's life stories with the stories of the patients she cared for. It reflects on ‎how bearing witness to their survival or death inspired her life and changed it and how their ‎anguish touched so closely on her own as she grieved the death of loved ones and watched the ‎devastation of destruction and loss caused by the civil war in Syria.

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Indie Author

Two Roads: The Unraveling of Dark Family Secrets

  • Romance
Fiction
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Synopsis

Sometimes the life we lead is the culmination of a million small moments that we let slip by, pretending they don’t mean anything, until one day they mean everything. The meaning we give those moments will forever determine our fate. Ray Shipman faces losing not only himself but everyone he ever loved. Ever the optimist, however, Ray is determined to live out whatever time he has left- on his own terms- with the love of his life, Allison, and his children Dorothy and Jackie. As Ray slips deeper into the grips Alzheimer’s, he reveals a dark family secret that threatens to destroy the people he spent a lifetime protecting. Ray and Allison now face a reality they avoided since the first year of their marriage and it forces them to question if their 50 year love story was real. Ray’s beloved daughter, Dorothy, struggles to find the truth of who she really is and if Ray is the loving father she adores- or a fraud. With incredible storytelling, new author, Randy Wojnarowicz takes readers on an emotional ride seen through the eyes of three generations of the Shipman family as they grapple with their past, losing Ray and an unimaginable tragedy that no one sees coming. In the end, will love triumph over all or will Ray have destroyed the one thing he cares about most in this world- his family

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Indie Author

From Lockdown to Knockdown, the Fall of America

  • Religion-Christian
Nonfiction

Synopsis

America is falling! Some see a collapse coming that could bring martial law and FEMA camps. Our $1 bill says Novus Ordo Seclorum below the pyramid. What's behind the New World Order? The Bible is the all-time best-seller and it has more information on this than most people realize and it could save our lives, especially if we are Christian patriots planning to fight for our gun rights. When Christ was asked about the end of the world, He said to understand the book of Daniel which has a conflict between a ram and goat. Gabriel said Daniel’s vision is “at the time of the end,” Dan 8:17. Daniel named Grecia as the kingdom to conquer the Medes & Persians 200 years before it happened, Dan 8:21, but history repeats for our time with the Medes and Persians now as Iraq and Iran! This prophecy is half-fulfilled! Daniel wisely opted out of the king’s health plan in Daniel 1. This is also truth about government ‘healthcare’--Dr. Colin Campbell, author of the China Study, Prof. Nutrition at Cornell said our medical system is “rotten to the core.” Here is information that Rx drugs are the #1 cause of illness, death. If you have health problems, start with health in the Appendix--information that's gotten 5-star reviews in a previous book. Richard Ruhling, MD, MPH was board-certified in Internal Medicine before teaching Health Science at Loma Linda University.

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Indie Author

The Smooth River: Finding Inspiration and Exquisite Beauty during Terminal Illness. Lessons from the Front Line

  • Health & Wellness
Nonfiction
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Synopsis

The Smooth River is the remarkable story of how a well-known public relations expert and her husband met her stage 4 pancreatic cancer head-on. With vigor and strength, they deployed all they and medicine had to offer. But, in contrast to narrow conventional approaches, the couple developed a far more expansive view of what strength means in response to a crisis for which there are no medical cures. They called this the Smooth River.

This clear-eyed transcendent perspective was so vital that they wouldn’t let anything disrupt it-not cancer’s lethal march, not the strongest chemos and their failures to work, not the frequent episodes of severe pain, not how society expected them to think or act, not the process of dying itself.

The Smooth River demonstrates how to treat one’s life as bigger-and far more important- than any medical condition, any tragedy, any setback of any kind. With effusive warmth, refreshing candor and practical detail, it describes how to personalize Medical and Life Plans that affirm the value of a patient’s being and guide their loved ones. Its invaluable lessons show how to face the possibility of dying with sanctity and comfort, to view it as an opportunity for personal growth, finding inspiration and intense beauty in the experience-in life itself. There are lessons in the Smooth River approach for everyone.

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Indie Author

Tighten The Lug Nuts

  • Business
Nonfiction
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Synopsis

Each and every day, we face choices.
It’s how we make those choices that determines the kind of leader we can be. In Tighten the Lug Nuts: The Principles of Balanced Leadership, Rocky Romanella uses his over forty years of experience in supply chain, logistics and transportation, retail, sales and operational management at UPS, and his CEO and Director roles, to explore the ways a true leader can add value as a trusted advisor, mentor, and visionary who uses a process approach to lead the organization and its people to new levels of success.

In an engaging, personal, and witty style, Rocky Romanella details how leaders must make their three major constituents equal priority by actively listening to their needs and building strong relationships. By following the steps Romanella lays out, you can truly learn the importance of Balanced Leadership.

Romanella believes the true measure of a great leader is someone who leaves things a little better than they found them. In Tighten the Lug Nuts, you’ll follow Joe Scafone as he demonstrates the importance of small acts of kindness, the power that comes with understanding your role, and the freedom that accepting responsibility affords. Learn how to tighten the lug nuts in your own life to keep from becoming overwhelmed and to take the steps to becoming a truly balanced and valuable leader.

Interviewed by Danielle Hampson
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Sweet Life

  • Short Stories
Fiction
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“Sweet Life” is a collection of stories united by mood and plot spirals. In “Twenty-Five Days” Luka sits in a barber's chair in the émigré district of Berlin. They speak different languages, and the only way to understand each other is through gestures and touches. Their inner language follows them until the twenty-fifth day. In the “Cairo Express”, David travels by transcontinental train and carries a secret cargo to the final station. However, the comfortable course of this journey is under threat. In the “Write-off” the girl is given an urgent task: “After all, who else could be entrusted with this case” she thinks after receiving the order. To fulfil it, she goes to meet with Terracotta. Thirteen stories that nurture inner dramas, experiences, passion, rage, adoration. This book is full of mystery and playfulness, anxiety, but also airy lightness. “Sweet Life” invites you to play, to travel by plane and train, walk through rooms and houses, wonder around cities and continents. It calls for a journey through the boundless, vast space of human nature.

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What do we find inside your book? 

In this book you will find thirteen stories. The plot and characters in each story are different. However, they are all united by a common mood, motives and themes. First of all, these are stories about the relationship between a man and a woman: about the temptation and danger of relationships that have many passions. And there is a lot of geopolitics in these stories.

The collection is built on the principle of an hourglass. Or a reflection: each story has its counterpart - the plot or its mood responds to the other. The sequence follows: the first story corresponds to the last. The second - the penultimate. And so on. And only the seventh story, which stands in the middle of the collection, has no reflection. It is called Dolce Vita, which translates from Italian as Sweet Life. This story gave the collection its name. And at the heart of the plot this story is also about the relationship between man and woman

Що читачі знайдуть під обкладинкою «Солодкого життя»? 

У цій книжці читачі знайдете тринадцять оповідань. Сюжети та герої у кожному різні. Проте оповідання об’єднані спільним настроєм, мотивами і темами. Передовсім це історії про стосунки між чоловіком і жінкою вони про спокусу і небезпеку зав’язків у яких багато пристрасті. А ще в цих оповіданнях досить геополітики.

Збірка побудована за принципом клепсидри, або ж віддзеркалення: кожне оповідання має свого двійника — сюжетно або ж настроєво одне оповідання відгукується в іншому. Послідовність така: перше оповідання відповідає останньому. Друге — передостанньому. І так далі. І лише сьоме оповідання, яке стоїть посередині, не має свого віддзеркалення. Воно називається «Дольчевіта», що з італійської перекладається як «Солодке життя». Саме це оповідання і дало назву збірці. В основі його сюжету також історія про стосунки між чоловіком та жінкою.

 

You mix realistic stories with science fiction stories. Why did you mix these genres?

Literature is a territory of freedom. All the genres it offers give the writer the opportunity to tell his stories. Some stories are best told in certain genres. Science fiction is a wonderful genre. It is extremely flexible. It allows you to add elements to the story that are missing, to tell the story in a way that has not been done before. I'm also a science fiction reader and I know what I'm talking about. I don't have enough knowledge to write big science fiction novels. However, I like to use the opportunities that this genre offers in writing, as Ray Bradbury did, for example. There are two science fiction stories in Sweet Life. Others are realistic stories.

Ти поєднуєш реалістичні історії з науково-фантастичними. Чому ти вирішив поєднати ці жанри під однією обкладинкою?

Література — це територія свободи. Усі жанри, які вона пропонує, дають письменнику можливість розповідати свої історії. Деякі з них краще розповідати в певних жанрах. Наукова фантастика — чудовий жанр. Він надзвичайно гнучкий: дає можливість додати в історію елементи, яких бракує, щоб розповісти її так, як цього не робили раніше. Я теж читач наукової фантастики і знаю про що говорю. Для того щоб писати великі науково фантастичні романи мені бракує наукової обізнаності. Проте я з легкістю використовую можливості, які дає цей жанр, як це робив, наприклад, Рей Бредбері.

У «Солодкому житті» є два науковофантастичні оповідання. Інші — це оповідання реалістичні.

 

Who did you write this for, who do you see as your audience for your book?

This book will appeal to anyone who enjoys listening to stories. Literature is the telling of stories. Everything else that a writer puts inside a book is superimposed on stories. My stories are about people and the world: complex, contradictory. About people and their motivation. About impulsiveness and irrationality.

People's communication is telling stories to each other. Stories everywhere: on TV shows, on TV news, in movies, we tell each other family stories, or stories from work, and literature is the best form for such stories. This book is for those who like to listen the stories. And I, as the author, did everything possible to make these stories interesting to read from the first page.

Для кого ти писав «Солодке життя», кого бачиш своєю аудиторією?

Усіх, хто любить слухати оповіді. Література — це передовсім розповідання історій. Усе інше, що вкладає туди письменник, накладається поверх. Мої історії про людей і світ: складний та суперечливий. Про людей та їхню мотивацію. Про імпульсивність та нераціональність.

Спілкування людей — це процес оповіді історій одне одному. Історії всюди: на телешоу, в теленовинах, в кіно, ми розповідаємо одне одному родинні історії, або історії з роботи  Література ж — найкраща форма для таких розповідей. Ця книжка для тих, хто любить слухати. А я, як автор, зробив все можливе, щоб ці оповідання було цікаво читати з першої сторінки.

 

The events in your stories take place in different countries and on different continents. Why did you involve the whole world in your texts?

At the heart of my stories is humans. And humans in every part of the world are the same, regardless of their national or cultural characteristics. We are all the same - we all love, hate, admire, laugh and cry. The same things bring us joy and sorrow, no matter where in the world they occur. For example, war is scary and painful, no matter where it happens: in Ukraine, Syria, Georgia, or United States. I wanted to show that these stories can happen anywhere in the world and happen to each of us.

In addition, some of the plots that I invented required certain circumstances: political, social, economic, religious or national. Therefore, reading Sweet Life, the reader will be transported from Berlin to Paris, then to Cairo, and then to Kyiv. From there - in New Delhi and back to Kiev.

Події у твоїх оповіданнях відбуваються в різних країнах і на різних континентах. Для чого ти залучаєш у свої тексти весь світ?

В основі моїх оповідань — людина. А людина в кожному куточку світу однакова, незважаючи на свої національні чи культурні особливості. Ми всі однакові — ми всі любимо, ненавидимо, захоплюємося, сміємося і плачемо. Одні і ті самі речі завдають нам радості і смутку, хоч в якому кутку світу вони відбуваються. Наприклад війна — це страшно і болюче хоч не б вона відбувалася: в Україні, Сирії, Грузії, чи Сполучених Штатах. Я хотів показати, що ці історії можуть відбутися в будь-якому куточку планети і відбутися з кожним із нас.

А крім того деякі із сюжетів, які я вигадав, вимагали певних обставин: політичних, суспільних, економічних, релігійних або національних. Тому читаючи «Солодке життя», читач переноситиметься із Берліну в Париж, а тоді в Каїр, а потім в Київ. Звідки — в Ньою-Делі і назад до Києва

 

What motivated you to write this book?

The desire to tell stories. I have always been fascinated by literature. I love reading more than writing. I read constantly. A book is always with me - in long and short journeys. I read every morning: because that's how I imagine the perfect start of  the day.

Since childhood, I was interested in how to create books. I wrote the first stories when I was a schoolboy. And this writing continues to this day. The only difference is that I became much better in this.   

Що спонукало тебе написати цю книжку?

Бажання розповідати історії. Мені завжди захоплювала література. Читати я люблю більше ніж писати. Я читаю постійно. Книжка завжди зі мною — в довгих і коротких подорожах. Я читаю щоранку: бо так я собі уявляю ідеальний початок дня.

Ще з дитинства мені було цікаво: як створюються історії? Перші оповідання я написав ще коли був школярем. І це писання триває аж до сьогодні. З тою лише різницею, що я став значно вправнішим у цьому.

 

How does your book title SWEET LIFE relate to the stories inside?

Life is sweet. This is one of the most controversial statements in history. Yes, it is sweet. But it is also bitter, and it sour. And of course, salty with tears. Although tears do not necessarily mean sadness, there are also tears of joy. But all this mixture of tastes that bring us events that happen to us - they give this unique feeling that life is delicious. All the contradictions of this phrase - sweet life - I have set out in thirteen stories of this collection. In fact, the name is borrowed: this is the name of one of the films by Italian director Federico Fellini. This film I mentioned in the seventh story of the collection. This story is called Dolce Vita. There are a lot of references to pop culture in this book, so this title - borrowed from the movies - seemed appropriate to me.

Як назва книжки — «Солодке життя» — пов’язана з історіями всередині?

Життя — солодке. Це одне з найбільш суперечливих тверджень в історії. Так, без сумніву воно солодке. Але воно також і гірке. А ще кисле. І, звичайно, — солоне від сліз. Хоч сльози не обовязково означають смуток, бо бувають також і сльози радості.

Але вся ця суміш смаків, які приносять нам події, що з нами відбуваються — вони і дають це унікальне відчуття, що жити — це, все таки, смачно.

Всю суперечливість цієї фрази — життя солодке — я виклав у тринадцяти історіях цієї збірки.

А насправді назва позичена: так називається один з фільмів італійського режисера Федеріко Фелліні. Цей фільм згадується в сьомому оповідання збірки. Оповідання називається «Дольчевіта». У цій книжці багато посилань на поп-культуру, тому й така назва — запозичена з кіно — видалась мені доречною.

 

Are your characters modeled after people you know or are they purely imagination?

There are no direct prototypes. Sometimes I combined several people I know into one character. I would call some of these stories, such as Dolce Vita, autobiographical. The events didn’t take place as described, but quite similar. And I'm sure many readers will recognize themselves in this story, and in many other stories in this book.

Герої твоїх оповідань створені за образами людей, яких ти знаєш особисто, чи всі вони вигадані?

Прямих прототипів немає. Інколи це збірні образи. Деякі з цих оповідань — наприклад оповідання «Дольчевіта» — я б назвав автобіографічним. Події відбулися не дослівно так, як описано, але досить схоже. І я впевнений, що багато читачів впізнають і себе в цій історії. А також в багатьох інших оповіданнях цієї книжки.

 

You have said: "Sweet Life" has brought with it many new experiences, mostly unexpected.”  Would you give us one example of such an unexpected new experience?

This feeling is due to the fact that I am a writer now. For example - to see my book on the shelf in a bookstore, or seeing a stranger read it in a coffee shop or on a train. I have always been fascinated by the image of the writers, their lifestyle, their biographies. It was like I was one person before the book was published, and after the publication I became another person.

В одній зі своїх розповідей про книжку ти сказав: «Солодке життя принесло з собою багато нових вражень, здебільшого несподіваних». Чи можеш навести один приклад такого несподіваного нового досвіду?

Це відчуття пов’язані із тим, що я тепер письменник. Наприклад — бачити свою книжку на полиці у книгарні. Або бачити як незнайома людина читає її в кавярні чи в потягу. Кожен мій досвід пов’язаний із хвилюванням деміурга. Ніби до появи книжки я був однією людиною, а після появи став людиною іншою.

 

What type of feelings did you experience while writing, and which part of your book did you most enjoy writing and why?

I love every story from Sweet Life. I wrote each of them with great pleasure. I like the writing process. This work is extremely enjoyable, and even easy - I often surprise myself when I write: often ideas come while writing. If I'm not happy with the story, I put it off and come back after a while - I change something in the plot so that the story becomes the one I like again. I'm that type of person - I can't do what I don't like. And nothing can force me. I love to write. So, I would be lying if I said that I like some of the stories in Sweet Life more than others. The truth is that I like them all equally.

Що ти відчував, коли писав «Солодке життя»? І яку частину книжки тобі сподобалося писати найбільше?

Я люблю кожне оповідання із «Солодкого життя». Кожне з них я писав з великою насолодою. Мені подобається процес писання. Ця робота надзвичайно приємна — часто я сам себе дивую, коли пишу: часто ідеї приходять під час писання. Якщо я починаю писати, але історія перестає мені подобатися, я її відкладаю і повертаюся через якийсь час — щось змінюю в сюжеті, щоб вона знову стала такою, яка мені подобається. Я такий тип особистості: не можу робити те, що мені не подобається. І ніщо не може мене змусити. А писати мені подобається. Я збрешу, якщо скажу, що якесь оповідання подобається мені більше за інші. Правда така, що всі вони подобаються мені однаково.

 

I strongly believe that we learn every day. What lessons have you learned through the process of writing this book?

That persistence pays off. What is very important is to know the goal you are going for. And my heroes, and the stories that happened to them, also taught me a lot. For example, that reconciliation is important, that there are no dead ends in life. After all, that life is sweet.

Я прихильниця ідеї, що ми вчимося щодня. Які уроки ти отримав в час написання своєї першої книжки?

Що наполегливість дає результат. Що дуже важливо знати мету, до якої ти йдеш. А ще мої герої та історії, які з ними відбувалися, також мене багато чому вчили. Наприклад, що примирення — це важливо. Що в житті не буває глухих кутів. Зрештою, що життя солодке, попри всю його гіркоту.

 

Will you please read short excerpt from SWEET LIFE?

TWO MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT - Translated from the Ukrainian by Dominique Hoffman

Ivan stood on the terrace watching the August sun set, huge and crimson like the circle on the Japanese flag, drowning the horizon in red. ”It’s going to be windy”, thought Ivan, although it was hard to believe given the still evening air. He went inside to gather some blankets so they could bundle up in case the wind did blow.

They’d agreed to meet by 10 – right after sunset. Actually, everyone who’d agreed to come arrived early – except for Yakiv, who still hadn’t arrived. Now they gathered together waiting for it to begin.

Andrii leaned over the record player. 

“Look what I brought,” he said, pulling out an album with four cartoon faces in profile of Gorillaz’s Demon Days written on the black square. The album was still tightly wrapped in its original plastic packaging – brand new. Anna and Maria huddled together looking at the pictures.

Andriy tore off the plastic wrap, lifted the needle and put the black disc on the turntable. The words “Are We the Last Living Souls?” poured out as the evening light slowly faded.

“Awesome. I love this album,” said Anna, as she poured wine for herself and Maria. “Every Planet We Reach Is Dead’ is my favorite song”,Andriy nodded.

“Yeah, this is the kind of music we’ll listen to once we fly away and we’re walking around the dead planets.”

“And we’ll dance just like this on those dead planets.” Anna spread her arms, shifting from one foot to the other, as she picked up the rhythm. 

“Do you see them yet?” asked Eva, who was sitting in an armchair off to the side, wrapped in a blanket patterned with deer in a dense forest.

“No,” answered Ivan, looking over his shoulder into the space beyond the terrace.

Прочитай, будь ласка, короткий уривок із «Солодкого життя».

Звичайно. Це буде фраґмент із оповідання - «За дві хвилини до півночі»

Іван стояв на терасі, споглядаючи, як сідає серпневе сонце, велике і багряне, ніби круг на японському прапорі, заливаючи горизонт червоним. Буде вітряно, подумав Іван, хоч у нерухомому повітрі в це важко було повірити, тому рушив у кімнату, щоби про всяк випадок зібрати покривала, якими можна буде вкритись, якщо вітер таки звіється.

Зустрітися домовилися не пізніше десятої — відразу, як сяде сонце. Проте кожен, хто обіцяв, прийшов раніше, крім Якова, якого досі не було, і тепер усі тіснились у просторі, чекаючи початку, хто де.

Андрій схилився над програвачем.

Дивіться, що я приніс, — він дістав зі сумки платівку з чотирма графічними профілями: Demon Days, «Ґоріллаз» — писало вгорі чорного квадрата з поліетиленовою плівкою, що туго його огортала, — платівка нова. Над нею, розглядаючи, схилилися Анна та Марія.

Андрій зірвав поліетилен, підняв голку Іванового програвача і вклав під неї чорний диск; у надвечірньому світлі, яке поволі розсіювалося, залунало «Are we the last living souls».

— Клас, люблю цей альбом, — Анна налила вина для себе і для Марії. — Моя улюблена пісня — «Every Planet We Reach Is Dead».

Андрій кивнув.

— Так, колись ми будемо слухати таку музику, гуляючи мертвими планетами, на які прилетимо.

— І танцюватимемо під неї на цих мертвих планетах, отак, — Анна звела руки і переступала з ноги на ногу, вловлюючи ритм.

— З’явилися? — запитала Єва, яка сиділа осторонь у м’якому кріслі, накритому покривалом з оленями серед густого лісу.

— Ні, — відповів Іван, оглядаючись через плече у простір за терасою.

 

What message – if any at all - are you trying to pass on through your stories?

That the world is a complex matter. But that's why it's so interesting to live.

Яке повідомлення (якщо воно є) ти вкладаєш у свої історії?

Що світ — це складна матерія. Але саме тому так цікаво жити.

 

What is the biggest benefit the reader will take away from reading your book?

I hope it will be a pleasure of oblivion. What I like most about books is that I dissolve into the world I read about. When I read Huckleberry Finn, I find myself on the Mississippi River, when I read Catch -22, I board the plane. When I read Moby Dick, I find myself on the deck of a ship. I find myself in the world described by the author. When I wrote Sweet Life, I did my best to make each story captivate the reader. That at the time of reading for him there no other world than the world of storytelling.

Яку найбільшу користь принесе читачу читання твоєї книжки?

Я сподіваюся, що це буде насолода забуття. Найбільше, що мені подобається в книжках, це те, що я розчиняюся у світі про який читаю. Коли читаю «Пригоди Гаклберрі Фінна» — я опиняюся на берегах річки Міссісіпі, коли читаю «Пастку-22» — на борту свійського літака, Коли читаю «Мобі Дік» — на палубі корабля. Я опиняюся у тому світі, який описав автор.  Коли я писав «Солодке життя», то зробив все можливе, щоб кожне оповідання захоплювало читача у свій простір. Щоб у час читання для нього не існувало іншого світу, крім світу оповідання.

 

Your economy is severely challenged at this time due to the current events in your country; how are you adjusting your efforts to make readers aware of your book?

These are the most difficult and terrible times in our modern history. This is the horror of a neighbor country like Russia. But among this horror there are also opportunities: now the attention of the whole world is focused on Ukraine and our culture. To our literature, music, theater. We speak and the world hears us. I dream that this year my book will be translated into other languages. The Polish translation is ready. The book will be published in September. Some stories have been translated into German and English. I hope that our conversation today will also contribute to this.

Економіка України зазнає у ці дні серйозних проблем через війну. Чи робиш ти щось для того, щоб нові читачі дізналися про твою книжку?

Це найскладніші і найстрашніші часи у нашій новітній історії. Це жах, який несе з собою сусідство з Росією. Але серед цього жаху є також можливості: зараз увага всього світу прикута до України і її культури. До нашої літератури, музики, театру, кіно. Ми говоримо і світ нас чує. Я мрію, щоб цього року моя книжка вийшла перекладах іншими мовами.  Я сподіваюся, що наша сьогоднішня розмова теж цьому сприятиме.

 

Is there anything we haven't covered here that you feel is important for people to understand about your book?

I hope we talked about everything important. Let's leave some intrigue for readers.

 

Чи є щось таке, про що ми поговорили, але що, на твою думку, важливо для розуміння твоєї книжки?

Сподіваюся, ми поговорили про все важливе. А щодо іншого, то залишмо інтриґу для читачів.

 

Where can readers find out more about you and your book?

If you mean to information in English, I recommend my interview for the “Apophenia” magazine — my interviewer was writer and journalist Kate Tsukran. This is the first interview I gave after the book was published: bit.ly/3CvbSkD

Розкажи, де англомовні читачі можуть дізнатися більше про тебе та твою книжку?

Я рекомендую моє інтерв’ю для журналу «Apophenia», де моєю інтерв’юеркою була письменниця та журналістка Кейт Цукран. Це перше інтерв’ю, яке я дала після виходу книги: bit.ly/3CvbSkD

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher:

The Amazing Skin They're In

  • Children
Fiction
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Synopsis

The Amazing Skin They're In book looks at the physical characteristics of animals and the terms associated with appearance. Children are given the means to describe what they see in nature and the ability to make comparisons. They also learn how skins are used in the products humans use daily. Illustrations by Nikki Studio will amuse and delight.

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Indie Author

Learning to Dance in the Rain II - Surviving Grief, Internet Dating and Romance Scams

  • Self-Help
Nonfiction
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Synopsis

“Learning to Dance in the Rain II,” by Shelby Wagner, is a compelling and inspirational story of loss and grief which encourages healing and activity as the means to progress beyond the grief and return to a life of balance and well-being. The author’s seventy-eight years of life experiences are carefully woven into informative discussions about multiple topics of interest including quality decision-making, self-awareness, and lifestyle comparisons so that readers can determine what they want to be “when they grow up.”

Should they decide to date again, Wagner offers the pros and cons of senior dating and internet dating while exposing the techniques of deceitful romance scammers. Wagner knows! She has learned the hard way and shares her knowledge to help raise awareness and educate others so they can protect themselves physically, emotionally and financially. Learn from a master! The life (or inheritance) you save may be your own!

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Indie Author

Quick Fall of Light

  • Dystopian
Fiction

Synopsis

Can A Shocking Resurrection From Extinction Save Mankind?

While the world succumbs to the horrors of a great flu epidemic, a woman vows to protect the perilous fate of a bird whose existence manipulates the destiny of man.

In this suspenseful tale, part Michael Crichton, part Rachel Carson, a global virus sets the tone, but it’s a one-pound bird that determines who lives. . . and who doesn’t. Science collides head-on with the untamed in this powerful novel of redemption.

“A wonderful reading experience... I think anyone who picks up this book will be changed by it.” Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Ph.D., Author of When Elephants Weep and Dogs Never Lie About Love

“Quick Fall of Light shares Rachel Carson’s fears for our planet and exhibits Woodley’s own “sense of wonder,” as well as her sure instincts for mystery and suspense.” Linda Lear, Author of Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature

“A prophetic mystery and an environmental thriller, Quick Fall of Light will keep you reading and wondering.” Brenda Peterson, Author of Animal Heart

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Blossom Springs Publishing

Siegfried and the Vikings

  • Young Adult
Fiction
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Synopsis

One day young Siegfried is fetching water from the river when he receives the fright of his life! A fierce dragon’s head looms through the mist in front of him. The mist clears revealing a longship containing more than forty grim-looking men, covered in chain mail, hefting swords and battleaxes. Who are these men? Why are they here? Siegfried discovers that they are Vikings from Norway and is so fascinated by these warriors and their leader,  Odo the Dragon Slayer, that he stows away with them on their departure. Little did Siegfried know that his life was about to change forever! This is a story of how one young boy, with natural abilities and a nose for treachery, saves the Vikings and finds favour and acceptance with Odo the Dragon Slayer and his mighty warriors.

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Cranthrope Millner

The Hawk and the Raven

  • Thriller-Suspense
Fiction
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Synopsis

Stacey Dighton’s ‘The Hawk and the Raven’ is a mind-boggling supernatural thriller, combining the traditional crime story with the spine-tingling occult in this latest thrill spiller from the UK’s own dark fiction author. No less than five murders for sleuth Luke Raven to solve but he has a paranormal gift to help him track down the killers. Raven battles against the dark forces of the mysterious organisation The Legion who’ll stop at nothing to bring him down, including unleashing the murderous cannibal, The Hawk,

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing

Winning the War on Cancer: The Epic Journey Towards a Natural Cure

  • Biography/Memoir
Nonfiction
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Synopsis

A new breakthrough book.

Winning the War on Cancer: The Epic Journey Towards a Natural Cure reveals the visionary discoveries of a French scientist whose suppressed research led to improvements in the prevention and treatment of cancer...naturally and without toxicity.

This book is a "story within a story" as through its pages, Sylvie Beljanski, the daughter of Mirko Beljanski, PhD, outlines a personal journey of discovery of her father's new, and promising, paradigm for the treatment of cancer. This tale unfolds against the backdrop of the French establishment, determined to obliterate the findings of the world's first green molecular biologist, one who spent over40 years studying the environmental impact on DNA replication and transcription. 

Interviewed by Don McCauley
Publisher: Indie Author

Everything We Had: a Novel of the Pacific Air War November-December 1941

  • Historical Fiction
Fiction

Synopsis

November 1941: War is coming to the Pacific.

In Europe, the Nazis are triumphant. England is under siege by air and sea. France has fallen to the Nazi Wehrmacht, which in turn fell on Soviet Russia. The Red Army is reeling in full retreat, with the Nazis at the gates of Moscow itself.

In the Pacific, Japan has been at war with China since 1937. Her war industries depend upon imports of scrap metal and oil from what are now the Allied nations. When an embargo is placed on imports to Japan, they are left with a year's supply of oil to supply their armed forces.

Japan surrounds American possessions in the Philippines on three sides. The US Army is making a desperate, last-minute attempt to reinforce the Philippines garrison, but the clock is ticking for the Japanese, with their oil running out. The armed forces of Imperial Japan may attack the Philippines at any moment.

Two brothers, Jack and Charlie Davis, are pilots in the US Army Air Forces. They are part of the reinforcements sent to the Far Eastern Air Force, charged with air defense of the Philippines.

For Jack and Charlie, in a time when the US is on the brink of world war, a simple question must soon be answered: what will I do when the Japanese come?

 

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Indie Author

Empty Quiver

  • Thriller-Spy
Fiction
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Synopsis

As the Soviet Union deploys its new SS-20 missile, the US decides to counter by stationing its new Pershing II missile in West Germany. But many Germans are opposed to having the new weapons on their soil, a resistance the Soviet KGB decides to exploit, no matter who they must team with to halt the US deployment. In Washington, NSC staffer Carter Cardwell is sent to find out what forces are at work and what the KGB is up to. He brings with him CIA Analyst Katherine O’Connor, an expert on the Soviet Union with whom he has a personal relationship. Meanwhile, the KGB decides upon a very risky and complicated approach to broaden German opposition against the arrival of the new Pershings. The KGB chief responsible for Western Europe, Dimitry Zhukov, takes personal charge of the Soviet effort. Carter, Katherine and Zhukov have confronted each other before, but now find they must work together before a nuclear confrontation spins out of control as both sides discover they have to confront dark forces from the past in order to create the conditions for a more peaceful future. Will they succeed? Or will nuclear terrorists upset the nuclear balance?

Interviewed by Luc Rensonnet
Publisher: Dudley Court Press

The Other Worlds: Offbeat Adventures of a Curious Traveler

  • Travel
Nonfiction
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Synopsis

“None of it was meant to be: the stories and anecdotes that appear in this book, my travels to far-flung other worlds, being face-to-face with hundreds of strangers. Yet here we are, and there I’ve been, and somehow, strangers became friends.” From the Introduction

Meet Tom Mattson’s friends including Maribel, on a park bench in Havana; Braulio, a silver miner in Bolivia; Chema, a Guatemalan fisherman —- and dozens more around the world. Discover the stories of their lives, their experiences, and their histories, so different from your own.

Be charmed by the Minnesota storyteller who draws you into The Other Worlds with ease and who delights in sharing the sights, sounds, smells, and serendipities of his adventures with armchair - and active - travelers everywhere.

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: BookBaby

Breaking Free from the Ego: A Course in Finding and Freeing Yourself

  • Self-Help Spirituality
Nonfiction
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“Breaking Free from the Ego: A Course in Finding and Freeing Yourself” reveals the secret to happiness and fulfillment which can only be learned through personal experience. Fortunately, Trina Carroll-Houk has had that experience. She can teach you how to break free from what’s holding you back from living a life of inner peace. To live a rewarding life, we need to break free from our ego, and that doesn’t happen by accident. It happens with intention.

Learn how to discover your true identity and embrace your inner spirituality. All of life’s problems are created in the mind―yet the solutions are found beyond the mind! This book will teach you the evolutionary process of living in a higher dimension of consciousness.

Publisher: Blossom Springs Publishing

The Big City Dance

  • Children
Fiction
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Synopsis

Moe Doodle is a country mouse who decides to move to the Big City in search of excitement and adventure. Although he finds plenty of fun, he soon realizes he is homesick and missing his friends. Told in bouncing rhyme and rhythm with incorporated dance movements for young listeners and readers, discover how Moe solves his problems while exploring and living in the Big City. Ideal for children of three years and older.

Interviewed by Linda Thompson
Publisher: Indie Author

Good Morning I Love You, Maintaining Sanity & Humor Amidst Widowhood, Caregiving and Alzheimer's

  • Biography/Memoir
Nonfiction
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Sometimes, we find ourselves in situations where we haven’t much choice. Our heart tells us one thing while our mind tells us something entirely different. And Sometimes…We’re reluctant to admit that the person silently hiding within us is a much better version of our self than we ever realized was possible. That’s what Veasey learned, the hard way, after her husband died in 2017. That’s when she became her parents’ caregiver 24/7, and they both had Alzheimer’s. This is a truthful, personal story that bares the author’s soul as she struggled to find acceptance, forgiveness, and peace. You’ll shed a few tears and laugh along the way. But never forget that this could be you one day, a reluctant caregiver for a loved one. As Vicki states in the introduction, “No one should enter this world of caregiving blindsided, without some idea of what to expect.” Veasey takes us on a behind the scenes tour of the emotional struggles, relentless stress, and daily frustrations she contended with as her parents’ caregiver, while simultaneously trying to come to grips with the reality of recent widowhood. Despite everything, the author never gave up, even though there were many times when she was tempted to. Along the way, Vicki learned more about herself and her relationship with God; an enlightenment that helped her to accept the new chapter of her life as a widow and full-time caregiver. Her story is both spellbinding and honest, passionate and raw. Eventually, she was able to look herself in the mirror at night and say, “I’m an amazing caregiver!” The author doesn’t mince her words regarding her concerns about widowhood, quality of care for our loved ones afflicted with Alzheimer’s and dementia, the quality of life for dementia caregivers, and the need for short-term respite care so caregivers can take a much-needed break from caregiving once in a while. Scattered throughout the book are Caregiving Tips from the Heart. These invaluable bits of information, thirty-six in all, are provided to assist Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers. This book also includes an extensive bibliography and additional resource materials. Someday, you may find yourself a widow, widower, or dementia caregiver, are you prepared? Veasey wasn’t at the time, but she learned the hard way how to make the best of a bad situation and she learned so much about herself in the process. And, rather than turn her back on the experience, she’s embraced it by becoming an advocate for Alzheimer’s, dementia, and widowhood. “No one but another widow can understand what a widow goes through. And no one but another caregiver knows what a dementia caregiver goes through.”