Sunday, July 17, 2016

Interview with Eric M. Gore, author of Vengeance Obtained

An exclusive interview

with author Eric M. Gore


Doodles, doodles everywhere congratulates author Eric M. Gore on the release of his latest novel, Vengeance Obtained! Let's welcome him on the blog for an interview with DDE today. Read on!


1. How did you decide to write Vengeance Obtained?

My then two year old daughter, Logan, was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and regurgitation. She was admitted to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and put high on the donor’s list for a new heart. In the months she was confined to the hospital, I used to pray almost every night for God to help my baby. One night I realized that in order for Logan to live, it meant someone else’s child would have to die. I asked God then to change reality so that no children would have to die, including Logan. We got her christened in the hospital a few days later and that night, a great donor family had been found. The experience made me think of a story in which God would change reality itself.


2. Can you tell us what kind of research went behind Vengeance Obtained?

I researched many different things. I wanted it to be authentic. I’m a World War II buff, so that part was just a little easier than the others. I serve The Lord, so I know alot of the Bible and the angelic heirarchy. I researched The Book of Genesis when one-third of the angels in heaven rebelled against God. I also researched physics, the many worlds theory which entails alternate universes. I researched string theory, M theory, Einstein’s theory of everything and discussions on dark matter. I also researched a theory  in physics called fictional reality, which surmises that everything seen in movies, or read in books, or even in dreams must exist somewhere in reality.  I also researched tax law.


3. Who's your favorite character from the book and why?

Marcel, definitely. I like how resourceful he is. He never seems to be flustered no matter what odds he is facing. But then we learn that he does feel fear when he admits being afraid to Turk when they’re facing the other and his crew. He exemplifies exactly what I talked about in the press release. He isn’t afraid to do what needs to be done to serve God well in the final hours. He’s a great fighter, and even though he’s highly capable of  defending himself, he doesn’t relish violence or fighting. He just recognizes that sometimes it’s unavoidable. He isn’t proud or boastful, just strong, and he’s always willing to do what he feels must be done to effect the desired outcome, even if it means his own death.


4. How did you celebrate the first sale of this book?

My wife and I took Logan to dinner and saw Captain America, Civil War. It was great!


5. Tell us about some of the learning experiences or biggest challenges you faced throughout the writing and publishing process.

Wow, where do I begin? I learned that editors and beta readers are supremely important. You can’t do it yourself, no matter how many times you scour a book for grammatical errors, you’re going to miss something. Before you release your book, it has to be perfect in your eyes. It has to be absolutely flawless, because it can never be flawless, and readers will always find the flaws that you will inevitably leave. Even with all of that, not everyone is going to like your work. A rule I try to go by is if you love a book, others will like it. If you like it, others will think it’s okay. If you think it’s just okay, others will hate it. People will only like your work a fraction as much as you do, so you have to make it absolutely perfect in your own eyes before you put it in front of others. No matter how good a book is, not many people will want to part ways with their cash for an unknown author. You just have to believe you wrote a good story and trust that others will read it and have the same experience. Actually I already knew alot of this before even publishing the book. I just like to share what little I do know. Never, ever take offense and attack reviewers who may not like your book. What you have to realize is the reviewers serve the reading community, not authors. So if they encounter a book that they don’t think their readers will enjoy, they have a duty to let them know so they hopefully won’t buy it. The same goes for if they feel a book is good, a reviewer has the duty to let their readers know what books are good to read. That’s how reviewers build trust in their audience and an author really has no place in that relationship. I myself am just grateful for anyone who is gracious enough to sacrifice their time to give me an honest review. And the last thing people have to remember is that it’s just a book. Sorry, but it is. It’s just a book, and if any of us were starving, we shouldn’t be writing books to feed ourselves.


6. Do you get creative blocks or burnouts? How do you get out of those, if and when you do?

Yes, I get both. When I get a block, I usually just do something else. I might watch some good television shows, or go outside and do something else for awhile. It usually goes away. Burnouts are easy to fix. I just take a nap, and then stay away for probably the whole day. I can even feel the ideas beginning to come back after I’ve rested, but let them simmer until the next day and then write them down.


7. Tell us something personal about you that your readers may be surprised to know.

I am heavily involved in early child education. Alot of my time at the hospital was  spent teaching Logan anything and everything I could, since we didn’t have much else to do. She speaks English, Spanish, and Traditional Mandarin Chinese. I only speak Spanish and some English. She’s been reading since three and she can solve math equations, she does sign language and has a good base of encyclopedic knowledge. I love teaching kids anything I can. I believe the earlier you start teaching a child the better.


8. What do you do when you are not writing or reading?

I buy, fix up, and sell or rent distressed properties. It keeps me pretty busy. I go to the movies alot. Pretty much every weekend if there’s a new movie out. I also like to box. I don’t really spar anymore, but I hit the bag and shadow box. It keeps me in pretty good shape. Other than that, it’s the beach, amusement parks, museums--whatever I can think of.


9. What's next?

Hopefully, Vengeance Obtained II, which may be called Unnatural Omnipotence, and III. I’m also working on an anthology called Funny Strange. It’s a compilation of short stories dealing with paranormal subjects. I also have a spin off from Vengeance Obtained in the works. It’ll center around Roderick, the owner of the Hard Rock Cafe where Stephano and his crew meet with General Massey. I also write some erotica. I have a couple of short stories published online, and there’ll be more of those on the way.


10. Lastly, any special thoughts for the readers?

Thanks to anyone who reads Vengeance Obtained, and if you enjoyed it, please consider posting a review. Also, I will gladly gift a copy to anyone who may want to read it. I just ask for an honest review in return. Just email me eric.goreEG@gmail.com. And I would like to thank the personnel at Doodles Doodles Everywhere for this opportunity. Thanks!




Vengeance Obtained

by Eric M. Gore

Published: May 9th 2016
Publisher: Green Ivy
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy





Marcel Dekrey, angel of The Lord and nine-hundred year old vampire, is a double agent in service to The Most High God.

Marcel is charged with a clear mandate; observe and report to the heavenly host events as they unfold in the dangerous world of anomalies--vampires, werewolves, witches, warlocks, demonic creatures, and variations of each--which exists within our own, and intercede if and when necessity demands.

Necessity does indeed demand when Marcel learns a recent attack against him was orchestrated by his ancient enemy, Stefano the Gouge. The assault is part of his enemy's plan to use Marcel's duel nature to enact a ritual derived from a powerful artifact which has been in the possession of the human military since the end of World War II; The Book of the Dead.

This ritual will reprise the devil's first fall from grace when one-third of all the angels followed him to the pit, ushering in a new demonic world order and humanity's final day. Marcel must use his skill in swordsmanship and hand to hand combat, honed to their most ardent degree in nine hundred years of unlife, to stop Stefano before The Heavenly Host descends to Earth to carry out God's will and puts an end to reality itself.


Buy the book



About the author



With a number of short stories published online under the pseudonym Marcel 7, Eric M. Gore was inspired to write vengeance obtained while waiting inside children’s hospital of Philadelphia for a donor heart for his one year old daughter. 

The Lord blessed Eric and his family with a wonderful donor family on September 8, 2013, the same day Logan had been christened. Eric is a faithful Christian soldier of God. A native of Philadelphia, he is a former Philadelphia police officer, and he is presently a firefighter, husband, and father.











Thursday, July 7, 2016

$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway | Chasing Fireflies by Taylor Dean


Chasing Fireflies

Chasing Fireflies

by Taylor Dean




My sisters think I’m crazy.

But, I’ve never forgotten the mysterious woman from my childhood who told me Paul is the name of my one true love.

She told me to search far and wide for him.

I haven’t stopped looking ever since.

When I stumble across an article about a successful American entrepreneur named Paul who lives and works in China, I’m intrigued. When the opportunity to teach English in China presents itself on the same day, I know it’s not a coincidence.

It’s destiny.


My sisters say I’m chasing a dream.


Just like the fireflies we tried to catch on the warm summer evenings of our youth, the dream seems beyond my grasp. Will my quest for the elusive Paul always be just short of fulfillment?

My sisters tell me it’s a fool’s errand.

Until I remind them of the day we saw the Red Bird.

The memory silences them.

The Red Bird Incident remains inarguable—and proves my search for Paul is not a silly fantasy.

I will find Paul . . . I will.



Praise for Chasing Fireflies


It was like Taylor Dean left a trail of chocolate chips leading to a plate of delicious cookies at the end. Yummy! I had to eat every single one and now I’m full and feasting on the satisfaction of a well written story.
-Author Charissa Stastny

Taylor Dean is such a creative and skilled author that she has the ability to make the unusual and the unthinkable seem real.
-Lisa, Goodreads Reviewer

As always I loose myself in Taylor’s books, experiencing rather than reading the story, from that first glance and butterflies in my belly, to the inevitable heartache, to the amazingly captivating events that lead us to the blissful happily ever after.
-Mylissa's Reviews and Book Thoughts


Excerpt


“Savannah, you’ll always be my baby, even now when you’re twenty-six years old.” Her voice wavers unsteadily as she tries to express herself in her weakened state. “You were a surprise to us all. I thought my child bearing years were over, and then along you came, ten years junior to my youngest child. You were a joy to raise. Quiet and unassuming, content to spend your time watching your sisters and their crazy antics. But it’s your time now, my dear sweet girl. No more watching.”

“Mom . . .” I whisper, angst evident in my tone.

“Life will happen for you, Savannah. I know it will.”

The defeated feeling that sometimes besieges me must be etched in my features because Darling Emma lifts her head off the pillow with strength she doesn’t possess, ready to object.
“Don’t give up, Savannah. I know life has thrown you some hard knocks. But you are strong, stronger than you think. I know you’ll find your special someone, I know you will. Keep searching. I want you to have love in your life, a love like I have known. It’s my greatest wish for you, the utmost desire of my heart. You are a special girl, Savannah. Never doubt your worth. Promise me you’ll never give up on life. Promise me you’ll demand a life that requires all the love inside of you, a life that reaches inside of you and squeezes out every ounce of love from your heart. Only then will you find happiness.”

I have no idea how to find that kind of life for myself.

Mom doesn’t mention my obsessive search for Paul, even though I know she’s never approved of my determination to find him. Instead she’s doing as she’s always done, kindly leading me by the hand toward another path.



About the author


taylor dean
Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it’s paranormal, contemporary, or suspense—you’ll find all sub-genres of clean romance in her line-up.



Giveaway


$100 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 7/21/16

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway | Fresh Starts by Kimberly Krey


Fresh StartsFresh Startsby Kimberly Krey


Bree has had her fair share of difficulties. The loss of her parents, a not-so-recent divorce, and the disruption of her life caused by a stalker now who’s serving jail time. When the determined criminal finishes his sentence, Bree is sent into hiding. And while she’s doing all she can to steer clear of this frightening piece of her past, an old acquaintance enters the scene, determined to be part of her future.




Praise for Fresh Starts

"Fascinating characters, heartwarming and steamy romance, and chilling suspense make for one incredible read!” Reviewer, Ruth Josse

“…all that you hope for in a gentle tug and pull of fearing the past and daring to hope for a better future. Kimberly Krey is masterful at helping us feel Bree's experience... Fresh Starts will keep you reading page after page until the heart stopping culmination.” Author Christene Houston

“...believable and intriguing. And as always...steamy and clean!” Jamie Lynn


EXCERPT



Her brother’s footsteps sounded down the hall. “You about ready to go?”

Bree gulped, trapped in the mental mud of her mind. The part that held memories of her terrorized years. “Almost.”

If the clock Mom gave her were still on the shelf, Bree would hear it in the quiet moment. The absence of it held a significance all its own. One she wouldn’t focus on then.

“Come here, sis.” Braden draped an arm around her shoulder, pulling her in for a sideways hug.

Bree hugged him back and stepped away before she could cry, squeezing her eyes shut to trap the tears. Tears from leaving the home she loved. Leaving the only sibling she had. Leaving her very own kids.

“I wish there was a better way to ensure your safety.”

His words were laced with a sense of burden that put a rock in Bree’s gut.

“We just don’t know what Carl Ronsberg is capable of.” He glared down at the floor. “Or maybe we do.”

Or maybe we do… Four words. Four words that – when used separately – were as harmless as a stray kitten. But when used with that name they were enough to shoot ice through her spine. Carl Ronsberg – the stalker she’d help put behind bars. The stalker who’d be out in just fourteen days.



About the author



Kimberly KreyKimberly Krey specializes in writing "romance that's clean without losing the steam!"

She's a reader of good, clean romance, a lover of family time and Diet Coke, and the ultimate hater of laundry. She discovered her love for writing in college when given a creative writing assignment. She still remembers sitting in the lamplight's glow, crafting words to depict the vision in her head. That assignment sparked a passion within her. It took years to return to that passion, but now that she has, she counts it among her greatest blessings.

Krey is author of the top-selling Sweet Montana Bride series, as well as its companion series, Second Chances.




Giveaway


$100 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 6/30/16

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Ratings and Recommendations by outbrain