Promo Post The Noise Beneath The Apple


About The Book

1-TNBTATitle: The Noise Beneath The Apple

Author: Heather Jacks

Genre: Performing Arts & Music

The Noise Beneath the Apple® is a limited-edition, 200-page deluxe collector’s edition art-style book full of high quality photographs and intimate stories from 35 groundbreaking musicians in New York City’s underground music scene. It also comes with a very special eleven track vinyl record, which features the original music of a select number of participants. The audio component was mastered by Academy Award winning  engineer Reuben Cohen.

This book is a BOTYA winner.

Author Bio

Headshot-for-RH-580x537Heather Jacks was raised on an Indian reservation in southeastern Oregon, until age fifteen. Jacks was the first ‘experimental exchange student’ to Australia with an organization called YFU, Youth for Understanding, where she spent 10.5 months in 1982. Once she returned, she received her B.A. from USF and followed that with two years of study at UC Davis.  She has worked in the music industry in various capacities, since the eighties; radio, production, A&R, booking and most recently as a music journalist.  She recently won a Book of the Year Award for her multi-media project, The Noise Beneath the Apple®, which was inspired by her love for street music, busking and the people who make it.


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Character Interview Omega in the Shadows Tour


Today we’re also hosting a character interview for the book tour for gay shifter/paranormal romance “Omega in the Shadows”. Enjoy.

You travel a lot. Where’s your favorite place to visit?

Italy. Wonderful food and excellent fashion. Despite my upbringing, I was made for the finer things in life. I’d buy an apartment on the Amalfi Coast if I ever felt like settling down. Who am I kidding? I’d get bored within a month.

What’s the best memory from your childhood?

Oh, my childhood didn’t have good memories. Swimming the the lake with my little brother was good, if the rest of the pack left us alone.

When you’re not working, what’s your favorite thing to do?

Wine. Sex. Rinse. Repeat.

What’s your favorite part about your job?

Killing people who deserve it. And everyone I kill deserves it. Oh, making them suffer first is just an added bonus. Also, I get to travel! It’s a win-win.

You’re an omega. How do you feel about alpha wolves?

I used to say I hated them, then I met Rowan Gregor. He’s the best alpha – even if we got off to a rocky start. I guess a few others aren’t so bad.

About The Book

Lost wolves 1Title: Omega in the Shadows (Lost Wolves Book One)

Author: Zoe Perdita

Genre: Gay Romance / Shifter Romance / Paranormal Romance

Rowan Gregor is a CIA agent who vows never to get close to another wolf after his pack is brutally murdered by hunters. Enter Elijah Kane, an efficient and shadowy omega assassin on the run from the CIA. When Rowan is tasked with hunting down Kane, he ends up at the mercy of a wolf with nothing left to lose – a wolf who is sure Rowan is his mate – even when Rowan is sure he’s not gay.

Elijah Kane is hell bent on proving he’s stronger and smarter than every alpha he meets – including the alpha CIA agent sent to kill him. But Rowan lights a fire of lust that Elijah can’t ignore. They share a rare connection – a mate connection – and he’s not going to give up on Rowan until the man sees it too.

Trapped in a snowy wilderness and besieged by hunters, desire sizzles between Elijah and Rowan. Can they overcome their differences, and their pasts, and forge a bond to save their future?

Contains graphic gay sex scenes.

Author Bio

P1010504Zoe Perdita writes gay shifter romance because the only thing better than one hot shifter dude is two hot shifter dudes making out. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with a fluffy orange cat and a lively roommate. When she’s not writing, Zoe likes to travel, read and play video games.




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Author Interview The Age of Amy: Channel ’63


I’m hosting an interview today for the tour for “The Age of Amy: Cannel ’63”. Enjoy.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I outline everything before I write. I need that guide map to show me where I’m going. Many authors use the straight-ahead approach — to be surprised by the ending just like the reader would experience it. I find that no matter how complete my outline is, there are always plenty of surprises left over to jump out at me.

Where did you get the inspiration for The Age of Amy: Channel ’63?

The 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination was recently observed, and American life was examined before and after this tragic event. The Kennedy years were a simpler time. Amy is a character who is not at all pleased with the times she was born into. She looks at the world and all of its problems and asks, “is this the best you can do?” The early 60s would have been a perfect time for her — before hackers, frackers, and terrorists.

Is this a series?

“Channel ‘63” is the third book in this series for young adults, with more to come!

What is your daily page or word count record?

I don’t have a very structured writing schedule. The day to day word count varies. The software I use shows that during the end-of-the-book crunch period, I write about 2000 words a day.

Please tell us a little about your book.

Love blossoms in this story of a lonesome girl and an enchanted TV, that lets you talk to people in 1963. When 16-year-old Amy meets a charming boy in the 60s, her lonely days are behind her. But falling for someone 50 years in the past through a TV set comes with a painful limitation: They can show and tell but never touch.

What is your favorite story of all time?

My favorite book is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The author’s mix of prejudice, poverty, and ultimately human kindness projects an optimism we should all possess. It’s one of those stories that takes you to another place, then stays with you after you come back to reality.

What are you working on at the moment?

Book #4 in The Age of Amy series is subtitled “Behind The Fun Zone,” and deals with how easily people are manipulated into making bad choices. It’s actually a modern-day retelling of the Pinocchio story. It should be out by Summer, 2015.

About The Book

amy3_coverTitle: The Age of Amy: Channel ‘63

Author: Bruce Edwards

Genre: Young Adult

What if you could tune your TV to the year 1963, and watch—live? A new theme park attraction allows visitors to not only observe, but talk with the people of that turbulent decade. For 16-year-old Amy, it’s the perfect escape from her own time, and the hardships of teenage life in the 21st century.

Things get complicated when Amy falls for a teenage boy in the 60s. Trying to build a relationship across time proves maddening, especially when computers bleep any language that might impact the future. Happily, Amy acquires a “magic clicker” which defeats this annoying restriction. But gaining the ability to speak freely comes with a heavy responsibility: Amy now has the power to alter history!

She struggles to be mindful of her speech, but finds the temptation to reverse the mistakes of the past irresistible. It is November, 1963 on the other side of the TV screen, and President Kennedy is about to be assassinated. Knowing the details of that tragic event, Amy hatches a dangerous plot to save the 35th president, unaware of the deadly consequences facing her long-ago friend, who must carry it out.

Author Bio

amy3_bruce_edwardsAward-winning author Bruce Edwards is a former Hollywood film animator, and brings the whimsy of a character artist to his stories. A music major in college, he is also an accomplished musician and composer. His other creative endeavors include a stint as a puppeteer and performing magic at Disneyland. Bruce’s thought-provoking books for young adults are never short on fun, fantasy, and imagination.




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Author Interview A Different Kind of Safari


I’m hosting an interview today with Helen C. Hipp, author of children’s book “A Different Kind of Safari”.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I definetly lean more towards being a panster and enjoy the different ways each creative work unfolds.

Where did you get the inspiration for A Different Kind of Safari?

It all began in Africa when my family spotted a pod of hippos and one was pink. My son Ray fourteen at the time immediately named her “Rosie”.  Curious and wanting to learn more about this hippo my family asked the guide many questions about hippos and hippo behavior. Specifically I wanted to know why she stood so far outside of her pod? The familiarity of the guides answer took me by surprise, he explained that “Rosie” was tolerated but not necessarily accepted by the herd because of her differences. As a parent of a child with special needs I immediately felt inspired to weave this experience into a children’s story that celebrates differences and helps children understand themselves and others.

What is your daily page or word count record? 

I write when I can and where I can and do not worry about the count as keeping the writing process enjoyable is my first priority.

Please tell us a little about A Different Kind of Safari? Is this a series? 

At this time there are no plans to turn this book into a series. A Different Kind of Safari is a unique tale that celebrates differences. This is a children’s adventure book for ages 9 -12 year olds. Engaging and fun the storyline’s universal message brings fun and inspiration to both the reading and listening audience. Full of teachable moments that help children by allowing them to make personal connections with the characters handling of similar fears, interests, and concerns that they experience.

A Different Kind of Safari opens doors for discussions

with students and children regarding:


Self-acceptance -What about me, what do I see?

Encouraging one’s potential

Problem Solving – Learning to respond with an open-mind creating a common or workable solution

What is your favorite story of all time?

It is difficult to pick one story as a favorite but I think I can narrow it down to two, my book  “A Different Kind of Safari” and “Black Beauty” written by Anna Sewell.

A Different Kind of Safari

bookcover_smallTitle: A Different Kind of Safari

Author: Helen Hipp

Genre: Children’s Books

Has a book ever changed your life? Not just inspired you but helped you to see you’re life differently? In a tale that celebrates differences “A Different Kind of Safari”  addressing the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities. Engaging and fun young children begin to figure out how they are the same and different from other people, and how they feel about the differences. Full of fun and enjoyable teachable moments that move children and allow them to make personal connections with the characters handling of similar fears, interests, and concerns that they experience.

Author Bio

Hip9860_7x5final150dpiHelen Hipp’s experience raising a special needs child led her to an M.A. in clinical psychology and certification as a life coach. She began her career as a psychotherapist to help people find answers for their life problems. Her work eventually evolved into a coaching practice, WithinU Life Coaching, focusing on individuals with special needs and their families. Helen uses her 13+ years of counseling experience and 20+ years’ experience as a successful advocate for individuals with special needs by helping them reveal their innate ability to solve difficult situations. Her debut book ” A Different Kind of Safari” puts into words the essence of Helen’s teachings addressing the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities.


For more information, visit the books official website and to see a picture of the real Rosie the real life pink hippo that inspired this story, go to

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Book Review The Music Book

coverTitle: The Music Book

Author: Dave O’Leary

Genre: Literary Fiction

Rating: 9/10

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What does music mean? Can it be more than the sum of its notes and melodies? Can it truly change you? Rob, a musician turned reluctant music critic, poses these questions as everything important in his life appears to be fading—memories of lost love, songs from his old bands, even his hearing. He delves into the music of others to find solace and purpose, and discovers that the chords and repeated phrases echo themes that have emerged in his own life. The music sustains him, but can it revive him?

The Music Book is a story of loss, of fear and loneliness, of a mutable past. But most of all it’s about music as a force, as energy, as a creator of possibility. What might come from the sound of an A chord played just so? Rob listens. And among other things, he finds surprising companionship with a cat; another chance at love; and the courage to step on a stage again and finally, fully comprehend the power of sound.

I’m a fan of music, having played in several bands myself, so I went in thinking I’d like this book. What I didn’t know was that I wouldn’t just like it – I’d love it.

Rob used to be a musician but is now a reluctant music critic. He wonders about the meaning of music while everything else he ever held dear in his life seems to be fading, including his hearing. He finds solace in the music of others, exploring the Seattle music scene.  The author brings in real locations from Seattle and real bands, giving the book an authentic and realistic fear.

The book is quite deep, literary, sometimes even philosophical. The author does a great job on the writing, and on making the characters shine and stand out.

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Author Interview with Wiliam J. Warren


Author Interview

Q: Where did you get the inspiration for Hard Love?
A: Hard Love is based on true events and is happening to someone near you, maybe it’s you. ” My young brother’s today want to be in a gangsta zone but in a world full of gangsta no one live that longs.

Q: What is your favorite poem in he collection?
A: My favorite poems in the collection are why do fool fall in love on the hard side and heart on the love size.

Q: Which poem did you struggle with the most?
A: The poem I struggle the most is likely the longest one, the most personal and hurtful: “The Break Up” as this was not a poem that I made out of thin air.

Q: Are you working on something at the moment?
A: Currently, I’m working on my next two books and app.

About The Book

14406471Title: Hard Love: The Pleasure and the Pain

Author: William J. Warren

Genre: Poetry

A poetry collection by author William J. Warren

Author Bio

William J. Warren resides in Florida and has won several awards throughout the years in honor of his creative writing.


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Book Review Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse

Book CoverTitle: Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse

Author: Lee Herrmann

Genre: YA Horror / Dystopian

Pages: 180 pages

Publication Date: August 2014

ISBN Number: 978-0-620615-92-1

Rating: 8/10

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South Africa has been infected. The army and police failed. Government fell. And now the dead roam the streets.

Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse is a post-apocalyptic story set in South Africa, 2 years after a mysterious outbreak has ravaged the country. No one seems to know how it started, but the reality is that most of the rainbow nation is mindless, walking zombies and it’s survive or be eaten.

After their supplies run out, 16 year old Kon, his brother and father leave their Pretoria home and embark on a journey for a new home. They Come across Kat and Dirk, two fellow survivors on a mission to reach Robben Island, a reputed safe haven. Together they embark on an epic journey across the country. Along the way they befriend other survivors, and face an unrecognizable new world filled with new, unpredictable dangers.

Oh, and there’s lots and lots of zombies.

Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse is a coming of age story in a very different South Africa, and chronicles one family’s fight for survival against the walking dead.

I’m a fan of zombies, and the Walking Dead kind of zombie in particular, which means no meaningless hack and slash, but a story with characters you actually care about, and focused more on their survival than on anything else, but also with interesting character dynamics running in the background.

Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse provides just that. The focus is on Kon and his family as they embark on a journey to a new home. They find a few fellow survivors who join their group as they travel across the country, fleeing from the zombie horde. In this new world, with danger lurking around the corner, they learn more about themselves than they ever thouht possible.

Heavily character driven, and set in South Africa, this is an unique and entertaining books, and I’d highly recommend it to all zombie fans.

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Book Excerpt from Ruby’s Letters


Book Excerpt


That was the only word Emma could think of to describe how she felt. Never before when she’d suffered an especially bad migraine had she felt like skipping from room to room while humming “Spoonful of Sugar.”

Okay, this Mary Poppins kick Sheila has me on is going to my head. Next I’ll be flying kites and kicking my knees up to “Step in Time.”

The house was quiet, the crew out getting lunch. Emma walked from room to room, her head free from pain. Relief coated her like a warm blanket.

Not even stepping into the damp, dreary cellar could ruin her mood. She didn’t know what it was, but it had something to do with Ryan Atkinson.

Dragging her mind off her G.C., she studied the recorder Sheila had lent her. She felt like an idiot, but if she was ever to get over her fears, she had to do this. She pressed the record button and held her hand out into the room.

“Is there anyone here?” She walked the perimeter of the room juggling the voice recorder and flashlight in one hand while taking arbitrary pictures with the other. She was never a good juggler, but since the vandalism in the master bedroom, Ryan had closed and chained the hatch. The only light came from her flashlight.

“What’s your name? Can you show yourself?”

This is ridiculous. There’s nothing here.

The air was cool, not icy, and she certainly didn’t sense another presence.

No, wait. She did feel another presence. Something that made her heartbeat quicken and her lady parts tingle. Something that brought with it that wonderful woodsy scent that smelled like—

“What are you doing down here?”


Emma had to do a fancy little dance and rather impressive juggling act—and she’d thought she couldn’t juggle—to avoid dropping all the items in her hands. Her heart accelerated even more, but she knew it had nothing to do with Ryan’s sudden appearance.

Surreptitiously, she hid the gadgets behind her back.

“Well?” he asked expectantly.

“I…uh, I was feeling much better so I thought I’d get some work done.”

Ryan crossed his arms in a suspicious gesture. He looked so strong and dangerous. God, he was sexy.

“What do you have to do down here? There are no fireplaces or heating systems, nor is the coal bin in any real need of major—what are you hiding behind your back?”

Thinking quickly, Emma held up the camera, hoping the small recorder was invisible in her palm. “I was taking pictures. For my company’s website, so people can see what a real nineteenth century Brooklyn brownstone looks like. I asked Mrs. Morris, and she said it was okay.”

Ryan’s stance didn’t relax a bit. “You were taking pictures?”


“In the dark?”

“Well, I—” Emma gasped when he clutched the wrist that had the camera cord wrapped around it. With his eyes locked on hers, he pulled her toward him. Breathing was impossible as he inched her closer to his rock-hard body. His impressive height dwarfed her, making her feel small and vulnerable and very, very feminine.

Please kiss me. I so want to feel those incredible lips against mine.

Instead of kissing her, the bastard, Ryan turned her hand over and took the recorder from it. He didn’t say a word. He simply held up the damning evidence, his eyebrows raised, waiting for a response.

Emma’s shoulders slumped and she swallowed her pride. “Okay, okay, I was doing a little bit of ghost hunting.”

“With a digital camera and a voice recorder?”

“Yes.” She raised her chin, daring him to belittle her.

Ryan studied the small device, turning it over as if to reflect the thoughts he turned over in his mind. “Can I help?”

Emma couldn’t have been more shocked than if he’d declared he’d been born a woman. “What, you—you want to help me?”

“Yeah, sure, why not?”

“It doesn’t seem like something you’d waste your time on.”

He gripped the recorder. “Look, there’s something going on in this house. If there’s anything here that could harm Betsy Morris in any way, I want to know about it.” He stared, his eyes boring into her. “So, can I be your ghost-hunting partner?”

Oh, thank God. She so didn’t want to do this alone. She swore it had nothing to do with the electricity emanating from him, pulling her in like opposite sides of a magnet. “Yes, please, I’d really like the company, and a witness to the fact that I’m not crazy.”

With a hesitant hand, Ryan reached out and stroked her temple. “How’s your head?”

Instinctively, she reached to brush his hand away, but instead she dropped her arm to her side. “It’s perfect. Thank you so much for what you did.”

His hand didn’t move, but his thumb brushed over her skin. His lips parted, eyes lowered. The air grew heavy with the tension that seemed to follow them everywhere, waiting for an opportunity to make itself known.

Suddenly, he jerked back and gasped for air.

“Ryan!” she called in alarm. “What’s wrong?”

Cold seeped into her bones and prickles erupted over the skin on her neck. Ryan heaved long deep breaths, like puffs of smoke in the air.

“I don’t know.” His voice was a bit frazzled. “Something pushed against my chest.” Stretching out his arm with the recorder in his hand, Ryan asked, “Who’s here?”

She didn’t hear anything, but from what Sheila said, she wasn’t supposed to. Electronic voice phenomena, or EVPs, could be heard only over an electronic device. What she’d heard yesterday was a disembodied voice.

The only sound came from the clicking of her digital camera.

“What’s your name?” Emma asked.

Ryan scanned the room. Still they heard nothing.
The smell of musk attacked her, making her gag.

Emma waved the flashlight from side to side. “Show yourself.”

Ryan stood beside her and gripped her hand as they waited for something to manifest. Her nervousness was apparent from her trembling hands and heavy breathing.

About The Book

Ruby's Letters CoverTitle: Ruby’s Letters

Author: Maggie van Well

Genre: Contemporary / Paranormal Romance

You never know what you’ll find behind the wall of a closed up fireplace.

Emma Hopkins is a recently divorced chimney sweep trying to make it in a man’s world. When she wins a huge job in Brooklyn Heights , she finds more than she bargains for; a sexy general contractor who makes her blood boil and an evil spirit who wants her dead.

Ryan Atkinson struggles to keep his once-successful general contracting business alive, but horrors in his past have made him a shell of the man he once was. Now he has to face those fears to save Emma from a murderous ghost hell-bent on revenge.

Together, Ryan and Emma become ghost hunting partners, hoping to solve the mystery behind Ruby’s letters. What they uncover is a one-hundred year old murder and a budding love that can’t be denied.

Author Bio

Maggie lives on Long Island with her husband, four insane children (no idea where they get that from) and three entertaining Italian greyhounds; Rosie, Stripe and Santa’s Little Helper (yes, that’s his real name). She also has two ringed-neck doves, because, ya know, who doesn’t like getting woken up at 2 in the morning by cooing?

She loves the ocean, and feels blessed to be able to go to the beach whenever she wants. She is addicted to café mochas, Godiva chocolate, and hidden object games. Seriously, there’s an intervention in her future.



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Book Review All The Pretty Bones

23201655Title: All The Pretty Bones

Author: Camela Thompson

Genre: Paranormal Thriller

Rating: 7/10

Buy: Amazon

After ten years of living in the shadow of her stalker, a diagnosis of terminal cancer pushes Olivia Kardos to take matters into her own hands. Her final days will not be spent isolated from the world nor hiding like a hunted animal. It’s time for Mark Porter to die. Going against a trained killer alone would be foolish, but the handsome arms dealer who offers to help her has a dark secret of his own.

Homicide Detective Sean Howard has tried to push his ex out of his mind, but his next case brings her crashing back into his life. A woman is found exsanguinated and brutally stabbed in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood and she could be Olivia’s doppelganger. As more women are murdered and the similarities grow, Sean can’t shake the feeling that Olivia is next.

In a world where demons and vampires lurk just beneath the surface, what you don’t know can kill you.

Olivia Kardos has spent the last decade of her life running away from her stalker. But now she wants to take matters in her own hands, kill the man responsible for ruining her life and spend her final days enjoying life.

On the other hand, the book also follows Sean Howard, a homicide detective, who tries to solve a string of similar murders on several women, and who feels Olivia is next.

It’s a paranormal thriller, so it involves vampires and demons and what not, but not in a typical way. The way vampires are portrayed here was engaging, and they have plenty of background story and history too. The world-building was all right, and the characters were entertaining.

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Book Review: Cursed Heroes The Beginnings

beggins-cover-kendleTitle: Cursed Heroes: Beginnings

Author: William D.  Ollivierre

Genre: Science-Fiction / Fantasy

In a universe where technology and the bad guys have gotten out of control, and a place where the destruction of a planet filled with people to test a weapon is the best way to show its power. Something must keep the balance of power, so the universe doesn’t fall into chaos. But when all forms of police and law keepers fail these heroes known as the Brothers Will stand tall.

Cursed by faith or maybe something much more powerful. Theses heroes fight risking everything in order to protect the universe they live in. Asking for nothing in return not even recognition, or so it may seem. These cursed souls are cursed to wander the universe forever protecting it against their own will.

Come see where they came from in this epic telling of just a few of their stories.

In a parallel universe almost destroyed by greed, the villains rule and they’re not afraid to show off their power in the worst ways imaginable. Nobody seems capable of stopping them – nobody except the Brothers Will.

The Brothers Will are cursed to protect the universe, against their own will, with nothing to get for it in return. It’s a fight almost impossible to win, but one they must fight nonetheless.

An intriguing and engaging mix of scifi and fantasy. I’d like to know more about these cursed heroes.

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