Book Trailer Reveal — Emerald Green

I recently had the opportunity to work with author Lindsay Marie Miller and compose a trailer for one of her novels, Emerald Green. Today, I’m thrilled to share said video with you all!

Currently, Emerald Green is available on Amazon for free. That’s right, free! Click here to head on over there and grab your copy today.

To learn more about Lindsay Marie Miller (and to check out what she’s up to) feel free to click here and visit her website.

Author Interview: Nick Abdilla

“Why did they kidnap me? I’m not rich. I don’t have a lot of family to extort. I have certainly not been a police officer long enough to make any enemies. But instead of waking to the incessant ringing of my alarm clock back in my small city apartment, I awoke in the dirt. In the jungle. Naked. What is happening? Where are their demands?

Then I found her; beautiful and graceful, without a mark to show for her life trapped here. Wherever here is. How did she survive in this jungle? In fact, how is she keeping me alive? 14 days now, she has hunted, caught, cooked and provided without ever saying a word. She has listened to everything I’ve said, but never responds. Is she in on it? Am I in some weird experiment, or is it all a dream? But it can’t be a dream, because I keep having terrible nightmares. About bright lights, and pain, and figures at my door their voices in my head. Of jumping off cliffs, being eaten by monsters and hanging myself. How can you have such vivid nightmares inside a dream?

Then there is the X, tattooed on my head. Who kidnaps someone and then tattoos an X on their forehead? What’s it all mean? I’ve had enough! Tomorrow I’m taking control and repaying my debt to this girl. Tomorrow I escape.”

Coffee with Architects of Worlds Afar is delighted to announce that joining us in the virtual studio today is the author of Adam Exitus, Nick Abdilla!

1. When did you start writing?
I originally wanted to be a comic book artist AND writer and I can remember creating my own comics as young as four. Although I imagine the writing was probably not very good back then. It’s fair to say I can remember writing always being a big part of my life. The Game Guy comic strip that was featured in Gameinformer each month was my first published work and that’s when I started to consider writing as an actual career.

2. Why did you start writing?
As I mentioned previously I was interested in drawing as well as writing. The drawing side was clearly from my dad who is an amazing artist, but the interest in writing was uniquely mine. For some reason drawing a single picture was never enough for me. My pictures had to tell a story. I think what is boils down to, is I enjoy entertaining people and imagining new worlds.

3. Do you recall the moment you first conceived the idea for your novel?
I can remember the exact day I created Adam. It was June 6th 2006 which is weird that I remember that because I don’t remember the exact date of any of my other creations. It was originally a comic book, which I decided to turn into a novel ten years later as the story still resonated with me so strongly. My editor Chris Stead helped me flesh out a lot of the concepts for the novel but I’m proud to say the book remains very true to the original.

4. Tell us a little bit about your book’s title.
The original name I was running with for the book was Adam Exodus. But when I was close to completing my first draft, I discovered there was already a book out there with a very similar title. So began a mad search for a new name with me eventually settling on the now preferred Adam Exitus. Exitus: which is latin for “a passage from which one may depart” holds far more significance to the overall story, then the aforementioned exodus. So I guess it all worked out for the best in the end.

5. Does your story have a moral?
The book has a lot of themes but if I had to pick one moral to the story it would be “to never give up”. Adam faces many trials throughout his journey and considers giving in many times, but these hardships ultimately make him a better person and I think that is the point I’m trying to get across to the reader. That the hard times make us better people in the long run.

6. Of the characters you’ve created, which one is your favorite?
That’s easy. Anne is my favorite character and judging by most of the feedback I’m receiving a bit of a fan favorite as well. Problem is I can’t really tell you why without spoiling what makes her special. Sorry:)

7. Using five words or less, describe the protagonist in Adam Exitus.
Adam starts of his adventure very unsure, inexperienced and maybe even a little naive. But at his core he is brave, kind and always puts the welfare of others before his own.

8. What does a typical writing session look like for you?
I like quiet when I’m writing so I mostly do it late at night when the wife and kids have all gone to bed. I have a little corner alcove at home where I do all my writing and drawing.

9. How do you feel about outlines? Are you for or against them?
Not a big fan. I like to work at my own pace.

10. What is your favorite book genre?
Another easy one. Science fiction fantasy. Maybe one day I might explore other genres but for now I’m happy writing books under that category.

11. What are you currently reading?
Star Wars Thrawn by one of my long time favorite writers Timothy Zahn.

12. What is your favorite book?
Too hard. There are so many books I love I can’t narrow it down to just one. The Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks springs to mind of the top of my head though.

13. Any project in the works?
Been super busy working on Adam Exiled, which is the sequel to Adam Exitus.

14. How long does it usually take you to write a book?
A good year for a first draft, with another year of fine tuning.

15. In your opinion, what makes a story ‘good’?
Being able to see aspects of yourself in the character you are reading.

16. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Never give up. There’s a lot of rejection before you get that big break.

And now for a game of “Which Do/Would You Prefer?”
1. Books or movies?
Books

2. Dogs or cats?
Cats

3. Summer or winter?
Winter

4. Cake or ice-cream?
Cake

5. Car or motorcycle?
Car

6. Ebook or physical book?
Physical book

7. Nights out or nights in?
Night in

8. Living in the city or living in the country?
City

9. Having telepathy or having telekinesis?
Telekinesis

10. Being able to travel to the past or being able to travel to the future?
Past

11. Making a phone call or sending a text?
Text

12. Travelling by car or travelling by airplane?
Car

13. Staying in a hotel or going camping?
Hotel

14. Working in a group or working alone?
Alone

15. Losing all of your money or losing every picture you’ve ever taken and every picture that has ever been taken of you?
Money

16. To find true love or to win the lottery?
Love

17. Being Spider-Man for a day or being Batman for a day?
Spider-Man

18. Reading or writing?
Writing

Thank you for joining us, Nick!
Readers: want to connect with Nick? You can find him on Twitter, Goodreads, and Facebook.

Book Trailer Reveal — Cyberhawks Versus Storm Troopers

I recently had the pleasure of working with author Mark Logie to create a trailer for his novel Cyberhawks Versus Storm Troopers. I am excited to share with you all the finished product.

Tada!

If you’re an author in want of a trailer like this one, I encourage you to visit Stellar Book Trailers in order to view my portfolio and learn more about my packages!

To learn more about Mark Logie’s works, please click here.

Author Interview: Rae Else

34393923There are lots of stories about the children of gods. But what about those cursed by the gods, and their descendants…

El, a seventeen-year-old has inherited an ancient and deadly power. She loses control of it, causing a horrific accident, and becomes the prey of a secret organisation, known as the Order.

Forced from her family and home, she hides in plain sight amidst the crowds of London, and is thrust into a world she never knew existed; one full of arete: beings with extraordinary powers like hers.

Arete are beings that can trace their lineage and powers from ancient Greece. They do not claim their inheritance comes from the gods, rather legend says they are descended from cursed beings, such as Medusa.

At the heart of their world is the kerykeion, the symbol that protects them from the humans and the humans from them. El is trapped between two factions, one that has built an empire around the kerykeion and another that is determined to bring it down.

As she is drawn deeper into the conflict, the only way to find the truth is to take matters into her own hands, and the line between friend and foe becomes dangerously blurred.

Sounds extremely interesting, doesn’t it? Descendants is set to be released on 12 April 2017. Joining us today is its author, Rae Else. Please help me give her a warm welcome!

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

  • Where you are from?

I’m originally from a little town called Lanark in South Lanarkshire in Scotland. I went to university in Durham, lived in Newcastle and now live in London. So, I’ve basically been making my way down the UK.

  • Do you have any hobbies?

Other than reading, which I do a lot of, I love to scuba-dive. It’s a great way to switch off from the literary stuff – books and devices tend to get a bit wet if you try and take them into a quarry or the sea! I dive in the UK year round (in a drysuit) but love to get off to tropical reefs when I can.

  • What do you do for a living?

I was a primary school teacher in my twenties and a couple of years ago set-up a dog-walking business so as to have more time to focus on my writing. I can generally be found frolicking with my hounds, who help me sniff out new plots and characters.

  • What did you study in college?

I studied Classics at University, which has given me my love of mythology and ancient worlds which I draw on in lots of my stories.

  • Give us a few fun facts about yourself.

I can do a great Donald Duck impression (as can my brother, much to the dismay of other family members who have sat through many ducky conversations). I did my first Ouija/séance when I was about 7 years old as my dad was convinced we were living in a haunted house…and…struggling for another fun fact. Umm, when I was a kid I really, really wanted to be able to turn into a dog. (Perhaps that’s why I love running around with my pack these days!

2. When did you start writing?
I loved writing creatively in primary school and although I loved reading throughout high school – the creative urge to write waned then. I started writing again towards the end of university though and penned a first series called The Elementals in my early twenties. It was quite a complicated story – a story about reincarnation and with the narrative spanning millennia. At the time, although I got it written down, I didn’t feel that I had the skill or craft to do it justice. I look forward to revisiting it when the time is right. Look forward to, and dread! It will need an extensive re-drafting.

3. Why did you start writing?
The Elementals was the reason I started writing – the idea niggled at me throughout university and had to be written down.

4. Do you recall the moment you first conceived the idea for your novel?
After I finished up teaching, I brain-stormed and jotted down some ideas that had been percolating. Descendants, The Arete Series was the one that dominated. I mapped out the first book, then the second and, I’d like to say the third, but that needs a thorough redrafting too! Lol!

5. How different is the final product (the book) from your original vision? That is, did the structure and content of the novel change with the passage of time?
Yes, very much so. I went through so many iterations of the novel in the past two years. So much has changed, and yet, the themes and the heart of the novel has stayed the same.

6. How did you arrive at your book’s title?
Descendants was the title I knew I wanted when I was sketching out from the beginning stage. I just didn’t know which ancient hero I wanted my characters to descend from. Would their ancestor be Theseus who slew the minotaur? Or was it to be Daedelus, who could fly? I much prefer the fully-developed idea now of a line that descends from Perseus, who killed the gorgon, but inherited her accursed power.

7. Were there other titles which you were considering?
I did play around a while ago, but nothing else stuck. I can’t actually remember them –they will be in a notebook though somewhere. (I’m a hoarder of notebooks.)

8. Does your story have a moral?
Ooo, that’s hard. I never like to think that I’m moralising or being preachy – more that the characters do change over the story and learn along the way. You could take some meaning from that, (which is a moral, haha). I guess I’d say at the heart of the book, and the series, is the moral that you can’t take things for granted – people, expectations…life. Things aren’t always what they seem, or rather we each see things differently.

Other morals of the story are universal themes – exploring loss, love, loyalty…going for alliteration apparently today.

9. Let’s discuss what a typical writing session looks like for you.

  • Do you listen to music as you write?

Yes – generally a soundtrack that I create as the book/short story goes on.

  • What is your preferred writing time? Morning? Afternoon? Late at night?

I write a bit in the morning, afternoon and evening, around the dog pick-ups, walks and drop offs.

  • Do you have a specific location that you go to when you want to write?

Desk in the living room. Occassionally, for a change of scene a coffee shop or in the summer the park with the dogs.

  • Do you prefer writing outside or indoors?

I prefer indoors because I don’t get so easily distracted.

  • Do you like to write in public places, or do you seek out isolation?

A bit of both – the bulk is done inside but it’s so nice to shake things up and have a change of scene. I love going to the Brisitish Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London for a bit of inspiration. Sometimes the Natural History Museum too.

  • Do you set daily goals for yourself (in terms of word count)?

When I’m in the bulk of a novel – planning’s done, I tend to aim for 2000 a day. But it’s different in the redraft and editing time.

10. How do you feel about outlines? Are you for or against them?
A bit of both. I like having a bit of wiggle room, but it’s feel it’s important to have a broad plan sketched out before writing.

11. Which genre do you prefer to read in?
I tend to prefer reading fantasy, some dystopian and lots of classics and some literary fiction.

12. Which genre do you prefer to write in?
So far Urban Fantasy. I did Nanowrimo last year, as well as a writing course and developed the first 2/3rds of a YA Dystopian, which I aim to finish this November during Nano and get out next year.

13. What are you currently reading?
Currently reading Black Inked Pearl by Ruth Finnigan, Mora Goddess of Death by Emrie Vegas.

14. What is your favorite book?
That’s so hard! I can’t pick a favourite. But one of my all time favourites is Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. It’s narrated by a vampire, Louis who tells how he became one and details his relationship with his maker and his life story or “death” story, I guess. Why is it so dear to you? There’s so much in it I love – the relationship between the two main characters, the setting of New Orleans and how the story is steeped in history. Mainly though, I love the idea of immortals who are outside of time, outside of humanity but have to live within it.

15. Any project in the works?
Currently working on book 2 of The Arete Series which will be out this Autumn.

16. How long does it usually take you to write a book?
It’s hard to say as the last one has been in the pipeline for two years, but in that time I also drafted the first draft of the second which I’m currently redrafting and then I have 2/3rds of the YA Dystopian. I’d say about 9 months (like a baby) lol, from planning stage to finished product seems to be the timescale at the moment.

17. In your opinion, what makes a story ‘good?’
For me it’s about balance – I want thrills and intrigue – to be caught up and dazzled in the world within. But I also want to connect to the characters and to think of them even after the book’s finished.

18. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write. Whether it’s at the weekends, in the evenings – writers write and redraft and write and redraft. Other than that – perseverance.

And now for a game of “Which Do/Would You Prefer?
1. Books or movies?
Books!

2. Dogs or cats?
Dogs! (with almost as much emphasis as above)

3. Summer or winter?
Summer

4. Cake or ice-cream?
Ice-cream

5. Car or motorcycle?
Car

6. Ebook or physical book?
Physical book

7. Nights out or nights in?
Night in

8. Living in the city or living in the country?
Country

9. Having telepathy or having telekinesis?
Telekinesis

10. Being able to travel to the past or being able to travel to the future?
Past

11. Making a phone call or sending a text?
Text

12. Travelling by car or travelling by airplane?
Airplane

13. Staying in a hotel or going camping?
Hotel

14. Working in a group or working alone?
Alone

15. To find true love or to win the lottery?
True love

Thank you for joining us, Rae!
Readers: want to connect with Rae? You can find her on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, and Instagram. Also, be sure to check out her author website and blog.

Author Interview: David Allen Edmonds

I enjoy a good mystery read, don’t you? They always manage to keep you glued to the edge of your seat. In the virtual studio today is David Allen Edmonds, author of Personal Pronouns — a mystery novel, as I’m sure you’ve already surmised by reading this post’s intro.

Before we sit down with David to learn more about Personal Pronouns, let’s take a quick look at the aforementioned title’s blurb:

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Joe Lehrer is grieving the death of his wife in an automobile accident, and at the same time blaming himself for it. He manages to keep his life together and return to his job as a teacher, but is rocked again by the suspicious death of a student.

With the help of his colleagues and his own dubious faith, Joe puts aside his sorrow and investigates the connections between the two deaths. He finds the truth, but also a secret, a deadly conspiracy leading from suburban Stradford to the Governor’s Mansion. Now he must decide whether compromising his own values by descending to the level of the guilty is worth the pursuit of justice.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My family moved around a lot when I was a kid, from Milwaukee where I was born, to San Francisco, to Flint, MI, (yikes, don’t drink the water!) and finally to Cleveland.  I’ve planted roots in the Cleveland rea, probably because I didn’t want to move any more; three moves in elementary school were enough.  Now I live in Medina, OH, close to Cleveland and Akron.

2. When did you start writing?
I started writing to explain my life as a teacher, or to clarify what was really going on in schools as I saw it.  Twenty years into my 43 year career as a teacher, I decided to write twenty short stories. As I spent a lot of time in the faculty lounge, I call them The Faculty Lounge Stories. I’ve sold a couple, but now six of them are archived on my web page.  They’re talky and opinionated and political and I believe similar to what happens in faculty lounges in other schools.

3. Why did you start writing?
As I said above, my stories were semi-rants: nobody understood me!  As I got better, the stories were less about me and more about real characters and situations. They began as re-tellings of my experiences and became more creative.

4. How different is the final product (the book) from your original vision? That is, did the structure and content of the novel change with the passage of time?
Personal Pronouns began with the many of the characters that inhabit the stories, but has gone off in a different direction.  The school is still the setting, the characters are more fully developed and varied, and the plot is a mystery.

5. How did you arrive at your novel’s title?
The title comes from my years teaching grammar.  The protagonist, Joe Lehrer, does that too, so it works on that level.  Substituting pronouns for nouns, led me to thinking that the same pronoun, “he” or “she” for example, replaces any specific noun. I believe that ties into the prostitution ring that is uncovered in the book: instead of Mary, or Connie, any “she” will do.

6. Does your story have a moral?
Ah, the moral question.  I believe I was inordinately moral- or theme-driven in my earlier works, so I strove to make the plot and setting more interesting in the novel.  Several themes I believe are present:  Good triumphs over evil, only with effort and never permanently.  A conscience is a guide, but the hero must act on his conscience. There are not always thick lines separating  good people and evil people.

7. Of the characters you’ve created, which one is your favorite?
The last question flows into this one about my favorite character.  It’s actually on of the bag guys, Karl.  He has an interesting sense of humor and a sense of duty and a moral code.

8. What does a typical writing session look like for you?
I like to think I write like Hemingway, his process anyway.  Morning, no music.  I re-read yesterday’s work, make changes, then move into today’s.  Unlike Papa, I sit at a word processor. No goals or word count, I know when I’m done.  To me an outline is broad, a target.  When things are rolling, the characters show me how to get there.

9. Any project in the works?
A sequel is in the works.  I left a couple threads dangling and have several pages of notes, but I haven’t started writing: this publishing thing takes a lot of time!

And now for a game of “Which Do/Would You Prefer?”
1. Books or movies?
Books

2. Dogs or cats?
Cats, and while you’re at it, Geometry, not Algebra

3. Summer or winter?
Summer

4. Cake or ice-cream?
Ice cream and cake

5. Ebook or physical book?
Physical book

6. Nights out or nights in?
Days in, nights out

7. Living in the city or living in the country?
Small, walkable city

8. Having telepathy or having telekinesis?
Telekinesis

9. Being able to travel to the past or being able to travel to the future?
Travel to the past

10. Travelling by car or travelling by airplane?
Any form of travel

11. Staying in a hotel or going camping?
Hotel!!

12. Working in a group or working alone?
Working in a group, Writing alone

13. Being Spider-Man for a day or being Batman for a day?
Batman! Even Lego Batman!

14. Losing your ability to speak or losing your ability to hear?
Lose my ability to speak…I can always write!

Thank you for joining us, David!
Readers: want to connect with David? You can find him on Goodreads and Facebook. Also, be sure to check out his website and author page on Amazon.

Author Interview: Rita Emmett

Farkle Shark was feeling blue. His big sister Sparkle criticized the way he talked. But when Big Bully Boy called him stupid because he can’t climb trees, Sparkle jumped to her brother’s defense. Her advice, followed by a wild adventure, changed his attitude … and his life.

This fun and funny book will bring on laughs, cheers and an understanding of important life lessons about bullies and feeling stupid. (Haven’t we all felt that way some time in our lives?) Four to eight-year-olds and beginning readers will love Farkle’s story.

Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together for the author of Farkle Shark, You Are Not Stupid, Rita Emmett!

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born, raised and still reside in Chicago area, home of the Cubs. Have you heard about them ever?? I am married to a very cool – but slightly goofy – husband and have 5 kids who had the audacity to grow up.

College studies for me was a bit stretched out … in between having and raising kids PLUS the fact that I was The World’s Greatest Procrastinator, I took night classes… occasionally. From start to finish it took 18 years to get a 4 year Bachelor’s Degree. Then I stopped procrastinating. I converted.  Now I am a “Recovering Procrastinator”.

In the next 2 and ½ years, I earned a Master’s Degree in Adult Learning. I still passionately love paying attention to how people think and how they learn.

Next, I wrote a few books that became best-sellers.
The Procrastinator’s Handbook,
The Clutter-Busting Handbook and
Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress.

Now my latest book, Farkle Shark You Are Not Stupid is also my first picture book. It’s not a best-seller …. Yet.

Some of my favorite things to do are traveling, talking and writing. Guess what? I’m a Professional Speaker! People pay me to talk!! And they pay for me to travel to where they are!! And THEN these people buy my books!!! And (this just gets better and better) other people also buy my books. Over 310.000 copies in 32 countries have been bought … and hopefully read. So I am a lucky ducky who loves what I do and am enjoying life.

One more important fact to add to my biography. I rode a mule to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back, then a few years later, I rode a horse to the bottom of the other side. That has nothing to do with my professional life. I just wanted you to know it.

2. Why did you start writing?
When I converted from being The World’s Greatest Procrastinator, the only books on the subject were by psychologists for psychologists. Not helpful to me. Not what I was looking for. Then I kept meeting procrastinators who felt hopeless – that their “putting off habit” was just the way they were born. A personality trait. A character flaw. And could never be changed.

But I had converted, I KNEW they could change and I knew how. So I wrote The Procrastinator’s Handbook — the book I wished was available when first began my journey of change. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who wanted a book written by an “average person”. Others wanted that type of book also. My very first published writing sold 100,000 copies its first year.

3. Do you recall the moment you first conceived the idea for Farkle Shark, You Are Not Stupid?
Yes, for many years, one of my favorite quotes, which is attributed to Einstein, is: Everyone is a genius. But if a fish is judged by how well it climbs a tree, it will live its entire life feeling stupid. The moment I decided to write this picture book (OK, OK – it’s not exactly a novel but it’s my very first fiction) was when I was speaking at a conference for Special Ed teachers and I realized they did not know that quote. I feel it’s important for everyone – including every child, parent, teacher and especially special ed teacher – to hear this quote.

My book, Farkle Shark, You Are Not Stupid is for those kids we’ve all met who think they are stupid because they are not doing well in school, but when they talk about trains or dinosaurs or whatever they are interested in, they are brilliant. Farkle Shark helps them learn to focus on their strengths instead of weaknesses.

4. How different is the final product (the book) from your original vision? That is, did the structure and content of the novel change with the passage of time?
The biggest difference is that since I knew nothing about picture books, I wrote the whole text while still learning. First lesson: “Write to the illustration”. Bummer – that meant my first four illustrations would be the same two fish talking. Boring.

So I went back, re-wrote and had Farkle Shark use odd sayings on each page such as “Holy mackerel mailbox”. This gave the illustrator opportunities for fun creativity as big sister Sparkle Shark mocked his goofy expressions and imagined hilarious images in a cloud above their heads.

In turn, that created a big sister who picked on her little brother but later she helps “set-up” for him to become a hero with the monkeys who have called him stupid because he can’t climb trees. I’ve received many emails about how that has pointed out to kids that siblings can tease and even battle with each other but they are the first ones to defend each other if one is getting bullied or picked on.

5. What does a typical writing session look like for you?
When writing articles, newsletter, things like that, I sit at my computer in my office. Thoughts go from my brain to the keyboard. Not so with writing a book. I never have written any part of a book in the office. The text goes from my brain to paper to the computer. My favorite is to write alone outside but living in the Chicago area, that’s not always possible. So I also write at the airport, on planes, in doctors’ offices, in the living room … anywhere but the office. And no, I can’t explain why because I don’t know why.

My books are all written after 9 at night until the wee hours. Other stuff I can write any time of day.

6. How do you feel about outlines? Are you for or against them?
It seems I don’t think in a linear fashion like they taught us to outline in school. So I’ve used mind-mapping for all my books. Love it.

7. Any project in the works?
Yes, am working on a second Farkle Shark book for kids who feel different or weird. It’s great fun but I have ideas for two other of my “real books” (adult self-help) that will not leave me alone. I’ll start those after this picture book is complete, but yes, I am jotting thoughts and notes about them now.

8. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

  • Read the type of book you’re writing.
  • Do tons of homework. Learn about writing, specific needs of your genre, self-publishing vs. trade publishing, agents. Learn, learn, learn.
  • Have others read your book for comprehension, editing and proof reading and ask for feedback.
  • If only one person doesn’t like something, but several others do, pause and evaluate — who do you want listen to?
  • If you don’t think you’re a good writer but feel called to write, take a writing class.
  • We make time for what’s important to us. Mark “Time to Write” on your calendar and honor it as an IMPORTANT appointment that must not be changed or missed.
  • And most of all — write.

And now for a game of “Which Do/Would You Prefer?”
1. Dogs or cats?
Cats

2. Cake or ice-cream?
Cake

3. Ebook or physical book?
Physical book

4. Having telepathy or having telekinesis?
Having telepathy

5. Being able to travel to the past or being able to travel to the future?
Being able to travel to the past

6. Being Spider-Man for a day or being Batman for a day?
Being Spider-Man for a day

7. Reading or writing?
Writing

8. To find the love of your life (only to find out that you’re not the love of their life) or to have someone declare you the love of their life (note, however, that this someone is not a person whom you are romantically interested in)?
To find the love of my life (only to find out that I’m not the love of their life)

9. Being able to speak and understand every language known to humankind or being able to speak and understand every language known to animals?
Being able to speak and understand every language known to animals

10. To never speak again or to never eat solid food again?
Never eat solid food again

11. Staying awake for forty-eight hours (continuous) or walking for twenty-four hours (also continuous)?
Staying awake for forty-eight hours (continuous)

12. Drinking a glass of expired, curdled milk or eating a bowl of cold, slimy worms? (Note: the worms would be dead, though not cooked.)
Drinking a glass of expired, curdled milk

13. Losing your ability to speak or losing your ability to hear?
Losing my ability to hear

14. To never read another book or to never watch another film?
To never watch another film

15. Spending half a day locked in a coffin (there would be a hole for air, of course) or spending two days trapped at the bottom of a well?
Spending half a day locked in a coffin

Thank you for joining us, Rita!
Readers: want to connect with Rita? You can find her on Goodreads and Facebook. Also, be sure to check out her author website.

New Release Alert & Giveaways: Puppy’s Bubble

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Title: Puppy’s Bubble (the Talking Tales series)

Author: Erica Graham

Genre: Children’s book

Release Date: March 23, 2017

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SUMMARY

When Puppy wakes up from a nap, he sees a bubble. When it disappears, Puppy begins his long journey to find the missing bubble. Will Puppy find the bubble, or has it vanished forever? This engaging story is a fun way to read to little ones while promoting babbling, early words and language skills. It provides over 90 examples of some of the earliest developing sounds in their most common word positions including “p”, “b”, “m”, “n”, “d” and “h”. This book also includes tips for encouraging speech development.

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GIVEAWAYS

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ERICA GRAHAM graduated from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville with her Master of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology. She also holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. As a mother, Erica understands the difficulty caregivers have finding time to work on speech with their children. In her pursuit to create a fun easy way for therapists, children, and their caregivers to enhance speech development while promoting literacy, she has written a series of exciting children’s books. Each book focuses on a core sound used in the English language.

Outside of writing and working as a Speech Language Pathologist, Erica enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and daughters, volunteering with the youth group at church, and a good cup of tea.

To check out Erica’s interview from when she visited Coffee with Architects of Worlds Afar earlier this year, click here.


OTHER TITLES IN THE TALKING TALES SERIES INCLUDE:

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