Q&A with Irene Woodbury

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hi Everyone!

I am excited to be here today to bring you a Q&A from author, Irene Woodbury! :) I hope that you will check out the post below and her book pop-out girl.


What inspired you to write the story?

Pop-Out Girl is my third novel. While I was writing my second, I sometimes went to Las Vegas to work and get in a little relaxation. As I walked around the Strip, I got this idea about a man who comes to Las Vegas and meets a beautiful, sweet showgirl. She’s his biological daughter from a long-ago relationship with his first love in high school. But he doesn’t know that and neither does she. She ends up getting involved with a colleague of his. I thought it would be interesting to explore what happens to all of them, including the showgirl’s mother, as the relationship unfolds. And of course the father (Matt) ends up getting shot by the showgirl’s ex-boyfriend, who’s really aiming for her new boyfriend.  It’s wonderfully complicated.

Who is your favorite character?

Brandi, the mother of the showgirl whose name is Jen. As an eighteen-year-old girl, Brandi was engaged to Jen’s father, Matt, back in San Jose. But she leaves town with another guy four days before the wedding because of problems in her family and Matt’s. At the time she has no idea she’s pregnant. It’s really a tragic situation that sets the entire story in motion. Brandi is fragile but strong. I feel sorry for her and admire her at the same time.

What is your daily routine for writing entail?

I like to write from 8 A.M. to about 10:30, and then in the afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30. Just four or five hours a day, but it’s very concentrated and focused. Once I’m in front of the computer, I don’t move.

If you could change the book in any way, would you  and if so, how?

I wouldn’t change anything about Pop-Out Girl. I would have made changes to my first and second novels, but not this one. I’m sure there are flaws, but it all works.

Anything you would like to tell the world about this book?

Pop-Out Girl is an exciting novel with vivid characters and compelling storylines. It was hard to stop writing it, and I hope readers will find it hard to put down.


Thanks for answering my questions! :) 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Of Jenny and the Ailens

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week I am excited to feature a book that looks interesting to me. 

Of Jenny and the Aliens
Author: Ryan Gebhart
Release Date: August 1, 2017

Summary from Goodreads:When boy meets girl meets alien, the angst of first love gets an extraterrestrial intervention in a tale both outrageously funny and full of heart.

Ten years after Earth sent messages out into deep space, there has been an answer. Music from a distant planet has reached the world’s radios. Are aliens about to invade? No one knows, and almost-eighteen-year-old Derek doesn’t really care, because at a wild end-of-the-world party, Jennifer Novak invited him to play beer pong, and things, well, progressed from there. Derek is in love. Deeply, hopelessly in love. He wants it all — marriage, kids, growing old on a beach in Costa Rica. For him, Jenny is the One. But Jenny has other plans, which may or may not include Derek. So Derek will try anything to win her — even soliciting advice from an alien who shows up in his hometown. This alien may just be the answer to Derek’s problem, but is Derek prepared to risk starting an interstellar war to get his girl? Just how far is he willing to travel to discover the mysteries of the universe — and the enigma of love?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Good Summer-y Reads

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are well! I am stopping by today with another Top Ten Tuesday. This week's topic is another freebie that is centered around Summer. Today I am featuring books that I think are good summery reads. I hope you will enjoy them too! 

Have you read any of these? What did you think?

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Week 1 Check In: Over the Rainbow

Monday, May 22, 2017

Check in time! Week 1 has come to an end. 

How has your reading gone this week?

Made any progress on the challenges? 

Let me know in the comments below! 

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Guest Post: Bette Lee Crosby

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Hi Everyone! 

I am excited to be here today to bring you a guest post from Bette Lee Crosby. She shared with me the information below. I hope you will give this post and her books (featured above a read!).


Lately I find myself drawn to books that have a touch of magic in them. I’m not talking about the ghastly creatures of the Grimm’s Fairy Tales I read as a child; no I’ve moved on from there and now spend most of my time in an adult, real-problems, difficult-choices world. But every now and then I like to imagine how a certain bit of luck—good or bad—touched one person and not another.
These thoughts, the ones that made me wonder if maybe there is a bit of magic in our lives and we’re just too preoccupied to take notice of it, are what inspired me to write the Memory House Series.
It began with the concept that when we move on and leave things behind, we also leave our memories embedded in the objects we’ve held dear. It could be a jewel box given to you as a child, or a book with the pages finger-marked and worn. In the first Memory House Book there were a number of such objects, but the most important one was a bicycle that held enough memories to carry a young woman to her one true love.
Of course one small sliver of magic inevitably leads to another, and in Silver Threads it became the small stones of happiness and sorrow that are dropped onto each person’s scale of life. I fell in love with the thought that a rosy-hued stone of happiness would follow each stone of sorrow and a broken life could be restored.

Apparently I wasn’t the only one enchanted by such an idea, because Silver Threads won the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Chick lit.
Rather than give you a synopsis of the story, I’d simply like to share the opening paragraphs and let you decide for yourself… 

On the day Jennifer Green was born, a pile of stones was placed alongside her scale of life. A few were the dark gray of sorrow, but most were a pale blush color. The largest stone was the rose hue of a sunrise. That one would be placed on the scale the day she married Drew Bishop.
Even more brilliant but a wee bit smaller was the pink stone glistening with specks of silver. That one would bring Jennifer a baby girl named Brooke. The Keeper of the Scales smiled. Seeing such happiness laid out before him was pleasing to his eye. 
Since the beginning of time the Keeper alone has been challenged with the task of keeping each person’s scale in balance. A bit of happiness and then a small stone of sorrow, until the lives he has in his charge are measured evenly.
You might think such power is universal, but it is not. There is a silver thread that crisscrosses the landscape of scales and connects strangers to one another. Not even the Keeper of the Scales can control the events traveling through the thread. The only thing he can do is try to equalize the balance once it has been thrown off.

Like Jennifer Green, each of the Coggan twins was also given a pile of stones at birth. Tom Coggan used up the blush-colored ones in his early years—wasted them on frivolities like Patsy, the blond stripper who worked at the Boom Boom Club. During those years the Keeper tried to balance Tom’s life by dropping one gray stone after another onto the scale, but the weight of whiskey and good times far outweighed the gray stones.
Before Tom’s thirty-fourth birthday, only a single piece remained in his pile. It was neither a blush-colored stone nor a gray pebble but a large black rock. The Keeper of the Scales gave a saddened sigh, lifted the rock and dropped it onto the sorrow side of Tom’s scale.
With a resounding thud Tom Coggan’s scale came crashing down and landed on the silver thread that connected him to the woman who had ten years earlier become Jennifer Bishop. 

Have I hooked you yet? I hope so. If you’d like to join me and add the sparkle of magic to your reading time, snag Memory House, Book One in the series while it is still at its teeny-tiny First-in-a-Series price. Trust me, once a bit of magic has enticed you to explore the world of wondering…what if? ...I think you’ll find it hard to turn back. I know I did. I’d love to have you join me as I wander along the path of magical realism.

Find out more about Bette Lee Crosby and her magical stories at:
http://betteleecrosby.com  or catch her on Facebook, Goodreads or Instagram.

Thanks for sharing with us! 


Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby brings the wit and wisdom of her Southern Mama to works of fiction—the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away.

“Storytelling is in my blood,” Crosby laughingly admits, “My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write.”

Crosby’s work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. Since then, she has gone on to win numerous other awards, including The Reviewer’s Choice Award, The Reader’s Favorite Gold Medal, FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal and The Royal Palm Literary Award.

Crosby originally studied art and began her career as a packaging designer. When asked to write a few lines of copy for the back of a pantyhose package, she discovered a love for words that was irrepressible. After years of writing for business, she turned to works of fiction and never looked back

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Guest Post: A Quest for Healing by Dr. Raymond

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Hi Everyone!

I am excited to be here today to bring you a guest post from Dr. Raymond.  Please help me with giving him a warm welcome.


My first son, Jun Hyeong, was born the day before I was to defend my doctoral thesis in Chemical Engineering. He was beautiful and perfect, everything my wife, Suk Young and I could have hoped for. We didn’t know what the near future would hold for our son and for us. Expecting parents can never be prepared for their child to have a physical or emotional challenge and Suk Young and I were no exception. We were both working long hours and living with my parents who helped care for Jun most of the time and so the early warning signs escaped us until he was nearly five and could no longer go undetected. Our son showed symptoms of autism and further testing confirmed it. In the midst of our shock, upset and self-blame for not having noticed sooner and gotten Jun help, we were faced with trying to find help for Jun as well as raising our two other sons, Ji and Chae who had joined our family in Jun’s first few years of life.

Around that same time, Jun and my third son, Chae, developed severe cases of atopic dermatitis. Ironically, my career path had led me to the research and development of a skin solution to treat conditions such as atopic dermatitis safely, without prescription medicines and which was geared toward actually healing the skin barrier. My formula was in the clinical testing stage and I used it on both children with amazing success. Both boys’ atopic dermatitis cleared up and did not return.

The beauty of that success was that not only had I been able to help heal my children of an affliction, but I was in a position to offer that same healing to the world at large. After some more development and clinical testing, Atopalm came into existence and helped heal atopic dermatitis, rosaecea and overall dry chapped skin. Further experience began to reveal that autistic children had a higher incidence of atopic dermatitis and, determined to understand, I began to delve into the possible causes. The research would take a long time and I wanted to be able to do something to bring relief to these children as soon as possible. My solution was to sponsor large-scale events for autistic children and their parents at my company. A program called “Happy Happy Life” was born, a day of exercise, socializing and a barbecue for everyone.

At the beginning of the event, my team and I would check the skin condition of all the children participating, and then check them again at the end of the day. After the exercising and social interaction, we noticed that not only did the boys and girls and their parents become much happier, beginning to smile and talk due to the social connection, fresh air and community of supporting each other, but the actual condition of their skin had improved in one day.

Since then I have been working on developing an early warning system for parents of autism in children that uses the skin’s condition to measure the possibility of autism developing. If the autism is detected early enough, parents can get their child all the developmental help needed as soon as possible. I never want another child’s symptoms to go undetected for any length of time if I can do anything to prevent it. Nor do I want another parent to suffer the added guilt and self-recrimination of thinking they did not help their child when they could have.

A Quest For Healing is, in part, an account of this journey. A book is a crucial way to get a message out to the world and I wanted to tell it as a parent for other parents because we all love our children so much and only want what’s best for them. But this book is also meant to be a gift for my other two sons who have been so supportive and loving of their older brother and who have faced many difficulties because their parents were so preoccupied with their brother’s welfare that we were often absent. That is also a great pain for me as a parent and I have wanted to heal my relationships with them as well. . By sharing with them the challenges I had growing up with my own father, and how I have come to understand my own mistakes as a parent, I hope this book is a way of their understanding how much they have been loved all along and to tell them about all they couldn’t see or know these past years.

Thanks for sharing with us your story and being on the blog today! 
Happy Reading!

Guest Post: Rich Israel

Friday, May 19, 2017

Hi Everyone! 

I am excited to be here today to bring you a guest post from author Rich Israel. Be sure to check out the post and his book! Check out here to get more information!

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Rich Israel | Why I Wrote My Book

In my memoir, Groovin’: Horses, Hopes, and Slippery Slopes, I write about my wacky experiences during the late 1960s. Fresh out of college and eager for adventure, I was lured by the infamous call “turn on, tune in, drop out.” Whether hitchhiking across the country, exploring the West Coast in my hippie van, or riding on horseback through the Rockies, I pushed forward with a combination of passion, sensitivity, and reckless abandon. Along the way, I stumbled upon one unforgettable character after another, not allowing the occasional heartbreak to slow my stride.
The ’60s were such extraordinary years for me that I wanted to share with people of all ages what it felt like to be there. I also wanted to joggle a few memories for those who were fortunate enough to catch that fantastic wave.

The Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and a generation’s thirst for self-exploration created the hippie phenomenon, which began as a brotherhood of love, compassion, discovery, and rebellion. This shift in consciousness caused an evolution of our society that continues to influence our lives today.

There has never be anything like it—every day filled with freedom, excitement, revelation, and growth—a time when my moral compass was right on point. It is said, “If you remember the ’60s, you weren’t there.” Believe me, I was there and indulged, but I also used enough discretion to preserve a fair number of functioning brain cells.

Luckily, without having kept a journal or taken a single photograph, I can still recall vivid stories from that era. They are personal treasures. When you read them, be prepared for an honest if sometimes youthful portrayal of my actions, thoughts, feelings, strengths, and inadequacies.
Books are designed to transport us to different periods and places. They are also meant to plunge us into the minds and hearts of interesting characters. This is what I wanted to accomplish when I wrote Groovin’. Plenty of books cover the history of the ’60s but few offer the chance to know what it was like to live on the front lines.

Writing my memoir has been an adventure in itself. It took me fifteen years to turn all my stories into a manuscript and then another two years to edit. During this later period, I would often wake in the middle of the night and relive events from my past. With a pen and paper I kept next to my bed, I recorded my feelings at the time so I could accurately convey them. Feedback has confirmed that this practice achieved the desired effect.

My greatest wish is for my readers to step into the pages and visualize the surroundings, taste the excitement, and experience the spirit and emotions. I’m pleased to find that people are enjoying more than a few chuckles from my goodhearted romp.

Thanks for the insight and stopping by!