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Interview with Tyler Colins, Author of Forever Poi

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Tyler Colins, author of Forever Poi.

Please enjoy.

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1)    What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?

My author name is Tyler Colins and currently I reside in Canada (Toronto, to be exact), but my aim/wish/desire/plan/intention/dream is to live in the great U.S. of A.  🙂

 

2)    What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?

My latest book is Forever Poi, which is the fourth in the Triple Threat Investigation Agency series.  The mysteries fall in the cozy realm—with grit.

 

3)    What is the book about?

The three female private eyes—JJ, Rey, and Linda—set out to determine who torched two Chinatown art galleries (and left a couple of bodies in the rubble).  They soon discover there are a sundry of potential culprits … with dark histories and not-so-nice secrets.

 

4)    Where did you come up with the idea?

I had written a TV script (never sold) years ago about an insurance adjuster who solves mysteries/murders.  Instead of letting it collect dust in a drawer, I thought, hmmm, why not take some of the scenes and create a “case” for the TTIA gals to solve?

 

5)    How long did it take you to write it?

A year and some (I have a full-time job and Mom-care, so finding time to write can prove challenging).

 

6)    Did you learn anything from the project?

I did in terms of the research component—about insurance, arson, and the art world.  I also “learned” that I really want to do this full-time.

 

7)    Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?

My blog is A Writers Grab-Bag – https://thewritersgrabbag.com.

 

8)    Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?

Success tips?  Hmmm.  I think the most important thing is to keep the faith—do what you love and let that passion guide you.  There are so many ways to promote yourself now: blog tours, for example, are an amazing way to get your book seen by different people.  I’d also suggest joining different author communities; there are some good (supportive) ones on Facebook.

Editors?  LOL  Currently, I edit 2-3 books for a publisher, so I’m biased (coz I think I’m pretty good).  Because my books are with a publisher, I no longer have to worry about covers or finding an artist to do them.  I used to have one, but she’s no longer in the business, so I can’t provide her name.  For those in the market for a cover artist, I suggest looking at books to start. Get an idea of what you want.  Reach out to the author for a name and/or advice (they’re quite accessible and many are very happy to help).

 

9)    What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?

I love mysteries, of course, but intrigue makes for enjoyable escapism, too.  I would definitely read new authors and happily do the odd review (given time constraints).

 

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?

I have a lot of favorites . . . hmmm . . . today, I’m going to go with To Kill a Mockingbird.  It’s a wonderful book that pulls you into another time and place.  The twists and turns, and believable (well-crafted) characters make for an extraordinary read.

 

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?

I used to have cats.  I love animals!!!  Right now, given Mom-care, it’s not doable.  One day, though, I’d like to have a potbellied pig.

 

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?

I don’t.  LOL   You know, I love books—the feel and smell of them.  Turning pages is pleasurable.  I guess that makes me rather “old school”.  Ah well.  So be it. 🙂

 

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Interview with Mike Yarbro, Author of Children Alone

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Mike Yarbro, author of Children Alone.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Mike Yarbro—-Mississippi during winter—-North Carolina mountains during summer.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
Children Alone—-Non fiction
3) What is the book about?
A brother and sister at ten & eleven years old who were kicked out of the family house and farm by an evil stepmother on a bitter Tennessee Winter in the 1880s and never allowed to return the rest of their lives. They raised themselves in the forest and became sucessful and pillars of the community.
4) Where did you come up with the idea? It was told to me first hand by the characters themselves who were my grandfather and his sister when I was young and a teenager. I knew the facts of the story like the back of my hand.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
One year.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Yes. Times and situations change, but people never change. There isn’t much difference from the way people acted 2,000 years ago and today.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
This book was just made into an Audible audiobook and was released last month. I have Amazon author central and Smashwords bio pages.
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Get in a quite remote area to do your work. Write and rewrite as many times as necessary your rough draft. Then write and rewrite your story. Try to make your cover stand out and depict a part of the story if possible. Steven Walker is one of the best editors out there. My cover artist lives in Brazil.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I like non fiction and occasionnaly fiction. Yes I will review other authors work and leave reviews.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
The bible. It is the only operators manual of how we should live our lives.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
No pets now, but use to own hundreds of horses and a few dogs.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
Yes. A Kindle. It is wonderful and seems to be the way of the future. Plus, it brings the book costs down.

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Retrospect by Bryan Deminico

A novus hit squad is chasing you, and they are getting closer…

In the year 3421, human, novus, and alien races coexist through political strife perpetuated by daily United Planetary Congress interactions, the foundation of political theater. An encrypted code, capable of crippling a newly developed artificial earth planet, is stolen from an atmospheric control outpost orbiting Atlas.

Agent Jonah, Galactic Interpol Society top-priority agent, must immerse himself within the violent shadows surrounding his new mission as he enters the Revised Washington District. A novus crime lord leading a reputable novus terrorist organization lends aid to a powerful political figure pulling the strings. To further complicate Jonah’s investigation, a rogue galactic agent bites at his heels every step of the way.

Follow Agent Jonah through vivid action sequences and futuristic locales to find out if he can overcome all obstacles and save Atlas from an evil politician’s plot for power dominance in the galaxy.

Army combat veteran Bryan DeMinico gives readers a Sci-Fi world full of hi-tech spy activities, sleek technologies, socio-political interactions spanning across two earth planets, mix in a new humanoid race, colonized space worlds, and add a dash of discovered aliens on Planet Amephirous.

 

 

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Wolf The Explorer in Old Belgium by Leen Lefebre

At the beginning of the New Era, after the Great Disaster, the youngest survivor Wolf is chosen by the Village Council to go explore the Unknown. After all, food supplies are dwindling each day and time is running out. In “Wolf in Old Belgium” the Chosen One gets a chance to start a quest for food with his Air Rover. But first he must travel eastward to find an atlas, which can show him the World.

BOOK SERIES “YOUNG EAGLE”
WOLF, THE EXPLORER – SHORT MISSIONS in a NEW WORLD

After the end of the Old Times, Wolf is on a voyage of discovery in a New World. Feel free to join him on one of his short missions:
#0.5/ Karabas in Old Turkey (Prequel)
#1/ Wolf in Old Belgium (Prologue)
#2/ Wolf in New Morocco
#3/ Wolf in the New Dominican Republic
#4/ Wolf in New France
#5/ Wolf in New Madeira
#6/ Wolf in the New Azores
#7/ Wolf in the New Netherlands
#8/ Wolf in the New United Kingdom
#9/ Wolf in New Rhodos
#10/ Wolf in the New Land of the Sami
#11/ Wolf in NewTurkey
#12/ Mr. Eagle in New Belgium (Epilogue)
#12.5/ Hold on Tight! (Song of Hope)

 

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Find That Perfect Gift by Lia Manea

Your Roadmap to Success and Great Relationships

“Find That Perfect Gift!” is a practical and fun to read guide to finding remarkable gifts for any occasion. Written for busy people, it describes the exact steps to be followed for coming up with an awesome gift idea for your girlfriend, your wife or husband, parents, friends, neighbors or even that person who has everything.

The book explains the reasoning and psychology behind an unforgettable gift. You’ll find the Why, the How and the What of great gift-giving. No more aimless trips to the shops or mediocre gifts.

Change your mindset and perspective when it comes to gifts, ask yourself the right questions and you will surprise everyone on your list.

Save time and money and be admired for your great gift-giving skills!

This step-by step guide teaches your how to find perfectly customized gifts for everyone in your life:
* Wife or girlfriend
* Husband or boyfriend
* Parents
* Sister, brother
* Best friends
* Co-workers, neighbors
* Kids, babies and teens

Find out from this 1 hour read:
* how to actually spend less on gifts, with the help of a few preemptive habits
* why regifting is ok
* what not to do and how to avoid bad gifts
* the proven 3-steps method for offering a truly remarkable gift
* how to avoid the Christmas Craze and tackle Secret Santa
* about my bulletproof list of gifts that you cannot go wrong with

By improving your gift-giving skills you’ll be able to:
* surprise everyone with well-chosen gifts
* make your loved ones happy
* be appreciated and admired for your creativity and insights
* improve your relationships by showing people that you understand them
* build connection and trust. Don’t we all like people who understand us at a deep level?

* become more empathetic and attuned to the feelings of others
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From Longbourn to Pemberley with Love by Margaret Lynette Sharp

Follow the fortunes of our favourite couple and their extended family as the calendar turns. Will the remaining Miss Bennets find true love and happiness? Who will win the heart of the shy but talented Georgiana Darcy? Is romance in the air for Lady Catherine herself? And what adventures will befall the next generation?

 

 

 

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A Fatal Exception by Scott Finlay

In a bleak future where daily smog warnings are routine and the politicians are dirtier than the environment, the people of Chicago turn to private investigators like Seven Sinclair when they want a case solved right. Seven isn’t like most detectives since he’s an android. He’s not like most androids either. He’s quirky and brazen and he’s not chained down by the government-imposed privacy regulations.

Sergeant Antonio Rizzo is a good cop in a corrupt town, and he’s getting too old for the job. He despises technology, and the robot is like the personification of his object of hatred.

When Seven’s investigation into a simple hack leads to murder and all evidence points to him, he’s forced to catch the true killer while he tries to stay out of Rizzo’s crosshairs.

 

 

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