Monday, 15 December 2014

Guest Author Interview - Rhoda D'Ettore

Rhoda D'Ettore joins me for this week's Guest Author Interview to discuss her writing and her latest release 'Newborn Nazi'. Discover more below:

Please introduce yourself, who are you and what do you do?
Hi. I'm Rhoda D'Ettore, a Jersey Girl from the Philadelphia Metro area. I earned a degree in Human & Social Services, come from a large family, and volunteer for community service organizations to help children, Veterans, and animals.

What first inspired you to start writing?
I received a manuscript from a friend, Blood Chain by Jonathan Francesco, and was quite impressed. When I saw that he did the impossible task of writing a book, it inspired me and gave me the confidence to go for my dream.

Where do your best ideas come from?
Family. I have a large family with branches in Germany, Ireland, and Italy. Because of this I have an incredibly interested heritage. Some of my characters are based on the real people in my lives, which I think brings them to life.

Which author do you most admire and why?
David Baldacci. He is fast paced with strong characters. His ideas are new, and I am never disappointed.

What was the last book you read?
Vengeance is Mine by Leon Opio-- what a gory thriller that was! Loved the ending.

What makes your books stand out from the competition?
I want to shock people, and take the book in a different direction than they expect. For example, on one couple's wedding night, the scene is very romantic and you expect a love scene. Instead, a bayonet came through the husband's heart. The father of the woman had been off at war and did not know of the nuptials. He thought he was protecting his daughter.

What is your favourite song lyric?
Free Bird's lyrics. The song always reminds me of my late sister, and I miss her dearly.

What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on two projects. The second book of The McClusky Series, Liam's Longing. This is a family saga about Irish immigrants who come to Philadelphia for a better life and find suffering instead.

The other is entitled: Mob Kids: Growing up Philly Style- This explores the ramifications of children growing up with family who are mafia related. It discusses the violence and a way of life they thought was normal.

Tell us about your latest work and how we can find out more.
I just released Newborn Nazi which started as a Historical Fiction and soon became a suspense. Here's the blurb:

"This family is amazing! A Nazi spy. A future SS officer. A brother in America oblivious to everything. And a sister who would kill us all."

Germany, 1934 -- SS officers entered the house of Hedwig Schultz and ripped her 14 year old brother, Edmund, from her arms. He has been selected for an elite division of the Hitler Youth that will train him for indoctrination into the feared SS.

Horrified, Hedwig enlists the help of her brother in America to thwart Nazi plans regarding the Final Solution of the Jewish people. It becomes a cat and mouse game as the family enters a world of Nazi spies, double agents and the Underground movement. All the while, Hedwig must prevent their brother, Edmund, from becoming suspicious. One report of treason to his Hitler Youth instructors would result in death... or worse.

It can be purchased at Amazon, BN, Smashwords, and other retailers.

Click here to buy Newborn Nazi from Amazon US / Amazon UK

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Book Shout Out - Happy Birthday King BewIlliam

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Happy birthday, King Bewilliam, officially “born” on Dec. 14, 2011 with the publication of “The Lost King, “ 

The seed for the story took root in my writer’s mind many years prior to that but sprouted during my first writing marathon, National Novel Writing Month 2010. Since then he’s continued to grow and thrive in The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam high fantasy series, with Book Two, “The King’s Ransom” and Book Three, “The King’s Redress.” I began “The Redoubt,” Book Four, last month during National Novel Writing Month 2014.
To celebrate and give new fans a chance to enjoy the series at a bargain price, I have created a Kindle Countdown promotion for Book Three, “The King’s Redress,” on Kindle US and Kindle UK, beginning with 99¢ on the king’s birthday.

Dec. 14: $.99
Dec. 15: $1.99
Dec. 16: $2.99
Dec. 17: $3.99
Dec. 18: return to regular pricing at :$4.99
Dec. 14: £.99
Dec. 15: £.99
Dec. 16:£1.99
Dec. 17:£1.99
Dec. 18: return to regular pricing at £3.06

The Twelve Drabbles of Christmas Competition

Calling all drabblists!

The festive season is almost upon us and what better way to celebrate than with twelve of the finest Christmas themed drabbles? I am therefore looking for a drabble for each of the twelve days of Christmas to be posted here on my blog and for each one I post the winner will receive a £10 Amazon gift card.

To enter simply post your drabble in the comments section below. You can enter more than once, but only post the same drabble once. The prize is for each drabble used so you could win more than once. The drabbles should be related to Christmas in some way but can be from any genre - although extreme erotica should probably be avoided :-)

I'll pick the winners and post the first drabble on Christmas Day - so get writing!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Last Week to Enter December's Short Fiction Contest

Attribution: Bobamnertiopsis and Immanuel Giel
We're entering the final week for December's Short Fiction Contest so if you haven't entered yet then now is the time to do so! This month we have a bit of a fairy tale theme with the Hansel and Gretel silhouette which has already inspired some great entries. To enter you just need to write a story of no more than 500 words and submit it through the form provided on the competition page here:

There's no entry fee and the winning story will receive a £50 Amazon or PayPal prize. There are prizes for the second and third place winners as well.

The monthly contest isn't just for writers, readers get a treat to - in the form of some excellent stories. Check out last month's winners to see what I mean:

Friday, 12 December 2014

Drabbles of Art - The Scream by Edvard Munch

As promised in last week's final post in the ABC Drabbles of Death series I have a new series of drabbles. In my monthly short fiction contest I post an image for other writers to create stories from so I thought I would do something similar. This series is an open ended one and each week I'll pick a work of art, some famous and others not so well known and write a drabble based on that work of art.

I should point out that I'm not trying to interpret what the artist had in mind - I'm creating a story I see when I view the work. Considering what I normally write Edvard Munch's 'The Scream' seems like an excellent place to start!

The Scream by Edvard Munch

And so the moment arrives and it isn’t what you’d expected.

You have searched for so long to see me. I’m not the fanciful glory you heard in stories when you were a child. You behold my true self and so witness a magnificence turning the sky to blood and the world to water.

You stare into my being and for the briefest instant you understand what it is you have discovered. You sought a secret and have found only truth – a truth beyond your simple imagining.

And now that you know, is it any wonder that you scream?

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