Monday, November 25, 2013

Dr. Jay D Roberts, MD, author of ‘Break the Chains’

Author Bio:
Jay D Roberts MD is a board-certified physiatrist, specializing in the treatment of physical disabilities with a focus of adding quality to life. He is currently in private practice in California. He is a member and lecturer at national and international conferences related to his specialty, a contributing author to Current Trends in Physiatry, and author of various scientific papers. In addition to his career, Dr. Roberts volunteers as part of a Christian ministry in maximum security prisons. He and his wife, parents of two grown sons, live in Indian Wells, California. Break the Chains is Dr. Roberts’ first book. Following in the long tradition of doctors who combine their passion for saving lives with their passion for writing, Dr. Roberts is currently at work on a novel, concerning children forced to work in mines.

Title:  Break the Chains
Genre:  Memoir
Author:  Jay D Roberts, MD
Publisher:   Tate Publishing and Enterprises, LLC

Tell us about your book:

It is called Break the Chains, Transforming Shame into Forgiveness. Break the Chains has two means: 1.  Stopping the cycle of abuse from father to son.  2.  Breaking the chains that bind your heart with unforgiveness.
Break the Chains is my story—the story of a turbulent lifelong dialogue with God, beginning when I was a child being bull-whipped by my alcoholic father, and my subsequent compulsion to become a pain and wound care specialist. It’s the story of  medical school in a third world country against a dangerous political backdrop, of my return home to deal with the demons I had left behind, of my spontaneous healing from a fatal illness, and of finding the ability in a maximum security prison to forgive the one I hated the most. My book affirms faith in God, the human spirit, and the mysterious power of forgiveness. It is my hope that you will read my book and believe in it enough to help me spread the word. It is my prayer that others can break their chains and be set free.

How long did it take to write the book?

I started about ten years ago. But it was awful. It read like an emotionless scientific paper, so I stopped for a few years. Then I bought books on the craft of writing, attended writing workshops, and started writing again. After a year I stopped again. This time because it was too painful to write of my past shame. I could not write for two years. Three years ago, I surrendered to my burning desire to write and dove head first into my memoir.

What inspired you to write the book?

It began two decades ago in Palm Springs with my some of my friends – Harold Robbins knew some of my story and told me to write a book. I didn’t. A few years later, Sonny Bono told me I needed to tell my story. I didn’t. That same year, Sidney Sheldon echoed their sentiments. I still didn’t. How could I? I can’t write. English was my least favorite subject in school.
Years later, for some strange reason I thought of my friends years ago encouraging me to write. I’d like to think they were screaming at me from heaven. So I wrote, a memoir. It was awful. Read like an emotionless scientific paper. So I stopped.
After I was healed in 1999, I had a deeper desire, passion to write, despite my head telling me not to. I ignored the feeling for a few years, but I could not extinguish the burning flame to write my story. Buddy, who you will meet in my story, kept telling me that I must write, to trust him, that everything would be okay even if I told of my past.

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?

I read books on the craft of writing and attended several workshops. For me, it was necessary. My first attempt at writing, before my studies, read like a medical report void of any feeling. It was awful!
I had a rough outline at the beginning. But as I wrote I went to places I had never planned to go. So there went the outline. I found my best writing was early in the morning, between 3am and 6am, while drinking coffee. I always prayed at the beginning of each day for God to guide me with the right words. After three hours, I would eat and get ready to go to my office. In the evenings I wrote a little, but the next day I would often not like what I had written. I sat in my home office and played the same CD over and over- “Filipino Love Songs in a Classic Piano Mood, volume 4, by Raul Sunico. It always put me in a good writing mood. On weekends I would sit out on our patio to do stream-of- conscious writing, if I was stuck (afraid of digging up an old memory). A few times, I stayed in a mountain cabin to be alone and scream if I had to. I did the more painful writings up there. I went back to the Philippines for forty days and nights to add texture to my story. I wrote and re-wrote and re-wrote some more.

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
Many need to forgive themselves, God, or others who have harmed them. They may also need to ask forgiveness from someone they have hurt or done wrong. I hope that my book will help them with forgiveness, break their chains, and set them free.

Excerpt from book:
Palm Springs, California

My eyes water as I stare at the whirling ceiling fan. The blades blur and transform into bolos (machetes) that slice through the air and my thoughts. The physician in me dissects my infirmity, orders treatment for cure, and demands to be in charge. The Christian in me calls for faith without understanding, to die to self, to surrender to Christ and his will. My medical and religious beliefs battle and clash like opposing bolo blades.
I lay wasting in my bed with muscles, once toned and defined, now atrophied and weak. I am wounded. I struggle to push the opened Bible away from my bedside. Beverly has placed the Bible next to me for weeks. She and I have been married since 1975, after a three-year courtship. I wonder if she wants to reconsider the “for better or for worse” part of our vows. How easy those words flowed from our naive mouths. The Bible falls to the floor. The fight is over. I smile. My inner voice and friend, Buddy, warns me I am wrong to
disrespect the Bible.
I tell him to go away. He does. My eyes close. My brain waves surge and scenes are projected on the back of my eyelids, reflections of my past. I am in fifth grade. It is late at night. I walk like a robot to the kitchen. My pajamas stick to my bottom. The dried blood from the bullwhip lashings holds the fabric to my skin. My father is passed out, drunk. His right hand, with its thick, stubby digits and brownish-yellow stain between the long and middle fingers, hangs over the edge of the couch. He snores with the intensity of a train. I select the sharpest knife and walk over to the bullwhip that hangs on a wall near the living room. I remove it from the wall, walk back to the kitchen, and stand at the table. I methodically cut the whip into small pieces. It takes several hours. I return the knife to its proper place and put all the pieces of the bullwhip into a paper bag. I open the back door and hide the bag in the bottom of the trashcan. I look up and see a million stars, turn, and then walk back into the house. I stop to pee and go back to bed. When I awake later that morning, I try to sit up but cannot. I stand and cautiously walk to the living room. My father is not there. A squished pillow partially hides his body imprint on the sofa cushion. Stale beer odor hangs in the air. I turn and walk over to the wall. The whip is not there. I thought it was a dream. My eyes scan more images from my life. Wounds dominate the picture. I have always tried to heal wounds, others’ and mine. Some wounds are not easily sutured, some impossible.


Monday, November 18, 2013

S.M. Bjarnson, author of Tangled Tears

Author Bio: I began my writing journey at a very young age. Creating the foundations of Tangled Tears in my youth. There began to grow a great desire for the author title. I searched many different venues in making this goal complete. After much deliberation, I delved myself into the self publishing world. Which brought my debut novel into print in January of 2013. Proclaiming myself a dream catcher. With much imaginative power I continue to perfect the written word, with two more Young Adult novels due out this year.

When my pen isn't scribbling down adolescent heart throb, I dabble in paper making and wood crafts. I am married to my wonderful teenage crush K.B. we live in Idaho with our newborn son.

Title: Tangled Tears
Author: S.M. Bjarnson
ISBN: ISBN-13: 9781480165533
Page Count: 126
Genre: Young Adult
Price: $14.95

Summary: Autumn Jazmine (AJ) wakes up every morning wishing she didn't; secretly coveting she was the one who died on those rocks, not her sister. Guilty and accountable of her own father’s regrets, began to embed onto her own accountability. Even a year after the incident, AJ still carries around the hurt of yesterdays sorrow. As she tries to survive this unmanageable loss, while avoiding her aging father’s disappointing glares, she turns her attention to a uncontrollable high-status boy, Jenks, who seems to gravitate toward her no matter what she says or does. Who is Jenkins if truth be told? Why has he taken a sudden liking to this reserved mediocre gal? What does he have to do with the death of her sister and her lovely betrothed, Chatt? When harmless fun turns fatal after a cliff jumping experience it becomes more than just broken bones and lost words. AJ struggles with self-esteem and above everything else self-loathing; turning her world from the obstructing parallel to a negative harmony. When tragedy strikes, AJ has but only two choices as we all do in situations that arise: squander in the misery or enlighten and forgive, and live on.

My book took several years for the real idea to set in. In actually getting it down on paper (the computer) it was only a couple months to put it altogether. 

The inspiration from Tangled Tears came from a some key events in my own personal life. I wrote this book involving such circumstances as a kind of wondering what would happen if this occurred? It eventually evolved into answering a tough love question.

My writing routine is quite bizarre if not erratic. I don't have a solid schedule set in stone, I prefer that when I am hit with a massive heavy flow of inspiration that I just go with it and write hours. 

I hope that readers take away from the story that hope is there. That life gets rough and life gets tough and honestly you will survive. I wrote my book to assist and spark a desire to find true love and believe that it can be real. I want to leave them with everlasting hope.

Excerpt: Silence captivates the air around me, echoing the chilling emptiness. I am alone I know this, but still I try to convince myself it is fabricated. I wait for her laughter to break into my hearing range. I wait for her to come over and tell me about her romantic date with Chatt. She doesn't seem to come up the stairs and I end up hearing nothing. 

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Amos Cassidy, author of Crimson Midnight

Author Bio:
Amos Cassidy - a team of two. Amos is a 29 year old Diva and Cassidy a 36 year old mum of three.
Aside from a passion for writing and a love of reading they also share an addiction to coffee, love anything Joss Whedon and are constantly playing tug of war over Jensen Ackles.
They have been writing together for four years and are currently working on the third book in their Crimson Series. 

Title: Crimson Midnight
Author: Amos Cassidy
ISBN: 978-1490487175
Page count: 482
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Price: £9.42
Tell us about your book:
Cassidy: It’s dark, it’s gritty and it’s set in London , England . The plot centres around Rose –sassy, kick ass female who knows how to handle herself. You will meet a host of characters all of which you get to know and fall in love with. Crimson Midnight is the first book in the Crimson Series.
How long did it take to write the book?
Amos: Around 8 months. We wrote it as a Young Adult book first but weren’t happy with it so rewrote it as an Adult novel. It worked much better this way and we found when we did switch to Adult the story just flowed.
What inspired you to write the book?
Cassidy: A dream that I had was the seed and we watered it until it sprouted into a fully fledged plot.
Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
Cassidy: We write when we can. We both have very busy schedules. I am a mum of three and a housewife so I am always on the go. I slot the writing in when I can and my mum comes over two mornings a week to watch the baby so I can write.
Amos: I am studying for an English Literature degree through the OU at the moment and I work in the evenings too. So I have a tight schedule where I make time for writing.
Cassidy: It can be frustrating though as there are so many occasions where I need to write but can’t due to other obligations. 
Amos: We researched some Irish Mythology but London is in my blood, I know it like the back of my hand.
What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
Cassidy: I hope they are entertained, I hope the characters and the story play on their minds and I hope they are eager to return to the Crimson world.
Where can we go to buy your book?
Amos: Amazon UK and US. The book is available in both kindle and paperback format
Any other links or info you'd like to share?
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

S. Jenny Boyer, author of SpecialT: Nine Lives - Nine Names

Author Bio:
S. Jenny Boyer lives in Frederick Maryland with her husband. She has 4 daughters, and 4 grandchildren.
She enjoys writing true life stories about the little creatures God puts in her life. She is a retired nurse, and has enjoyed the career change.

Title: SpecialT  Nine Lives─Nine Names
Author: S. Jenny Boyer
ISBN: 978-1-61244-074-3
Page count: 97
Genre: Inspirational/ Non Fiction
Price:  $10

Tell us about your book:
The book is about the life of a wonderful tabby cat whose zest for living helped him meet and overcome the challenges he faced. T appeared, I am sure, by divine guidance, in my yard somewhere in the second half of his life which lasted well over 20+ years. As I wrote of our time together, I was amazed at all the life lessons he reinforced for me and others. These lessons alone became one of the reasons that I felt compelled to write and then publish his story. Daily T reminded me that the most important of life's lesson are very simple. It is we who complicate things, and miss out on obvious blessings. Things like baking in the sun, sipping water from a leaf cup, or a stroll through the woods can enrich a day that might otherwise be taken for granted.

How long did it take to write the book?
8 months

What inspired you to write the book?
My stories are all based on what I observed or shared with my little animal friends over the years. My inspiration for SpecialT, the lead character, was my wise and wonderful pet cat. As I learned piece by piece about the 10 years he lived before he was divinely sent to me, I knew I had to tell his story. Many people love animals, and can recognize their pets in T's struggles, and his escape from his valleys to his mountaintops, and identify with the lessons he taught me.

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
I am a morning person, so my writing got underway between 4-5 AM once my husband left for work. I am retired, so the rest of my day was flexible, and I would work anywhere from 2-8 hours. I had made notes on SpecialT's life for years, so a part of my routine included defining chapter content  and order to best tell the story.

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
Cats have a lot of lessons to teach or reinforce for us. After all nine lives give them a lot of chances to get things right. Here are some examples of

Loving is usually not planned –
 it just happens.
Believe God is in charge –
 let Him work.  

Avoidance can sometimes be
 as sweet as victory. 

It is unlikely that a person or an animal
can be loved by too many people. 

Pets, like people, should not be
 taken for granted. 

Companionship is part of
 life's sustenance.  

Excerpt from book: from Chapter 4,    Cat Fight, Lesson Learned
The night it happened was quiet and quite dark. Here in the country we have no street lights. It was the time of a new moon, so shadows were deep and night creatures were hard to see. Cats roamed the neighborhood freely then, and there were few complaints from neighbors about their night adventures while the rest of us were sleeping.
All at once a screech of gigantic proportions woke me from a sound sleep. I sat straight up in bed, then rushed to the window to see what was happening. There in the dark shadows of the driveway I could just make out T face-to-face with Wildcat, the next door neighbor's cat who was so jealous of T that the neighbor had returned T to live with us. The howls went back and forth on different tone levels, each escalating in sound. I grabbed my robe and slippers and literally leaped down the steps to put a stop this fracas, all the while whispering a prayer.
God, please protect T and Wildcat from each other. T is so gentle, I do not think he knows how to hold his own in a fight with Wildcat.
I ran out of the house through the garage just as the physical battle took place. Legs were flying in all directions, gray and orange intertwined like a pinwheel out of control, all accompanied by howls of distress and anger. I turned on the driveway lights and grabbed an old aluminum pot and a small hand rake and began beating them together with all the force I could muster as I ran towards the fur ball action At the harsh banging sounds, the entangled cats split apart, with Wildcat running home, and T lying still on the blacktop.
Oh God, let T be okay.
I picked up T and he looked at me with his calm golden eyes, his body limp, but breathing. I could imagine him asking me, "What just happened, Mom? Wasn't that a cat, isn't he supposed to be my friend?" I searched T's body for a puncture wound, which I knew from past experience with other cats could easily become infected, but with his long hair it was difficult to see down to T's skin. The one thing I did find was a V-shaped split in one of his ears, slightly tinged with blood.
Back we went to the vet when they opened the next morning. No real damage had been done, no puncture wounds to the body, but the cartilage in the ear would never heal together, and could not be stitched together, so T would always sport a natural “V” to remind us and him of his close call with danger. We called it his "victory" notch.

Where can we go to buy your book?
Go on line to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, HALO Publishing International
Signed copies can be obtained by contacting the author at the email address below

Any other links or info you'd like to share?
I am on Facebook. My email address is

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