Author Spotlight: Theresa Hodge

Theresa Hodge

It is my pleasure to present to you this Alabama-based romance writer. The author of sixteen novels and a gifted poet, Ms. Hodge is an Alabama native – loving mother, wife, sister, aunt and friend. She is at her best when she is able to bring happiness to others. This author loves to read almost as much as she loves to write fictional stories. She finds writing to be therapeutic at times, especially during the loss of her oldest sister from breast cancer, which birthed her “Ask Me Again” Series. This was her first but this compilation led to her writing several other books.

Additionally, Theresa has a love affair with poetry. She began writing poetry at an early age and it served as a catalyst for her growth as a writer.

If Theresa can bring a smile to your face and encourage someone else along her journey, she considers it a blessing beyond measure.

Her works:

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Noelle’s Rock: A BWWM Holiday Romance is the first in a highly-rated trilogy.

The Official Blurb:

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I love him enough to let go.
I hope Beau doesn’t take this the wrong way. I just want him to think about the words I’m about to say. I’m pregnant with another man’s child. A fact we seem to forget when we get caught up in our own little universe. I will start to show pretty soon and I don’t want to worry about a reporter popping out of the bushes every time we are together…I think we should end things now before I get hurt in the crossfire of his lifestyle. I have to concentrate on having a healthy baby and being the best mother I can to my baby.
‪#‎Beau‬
I will never let her go. Ever.
I hold Noelle tight and squeeze her like I never want to let her go. I don’t give a damn if she’s pregnant by another man. Her baby is a part of her, and I will love every part of her. I will be there for her baby in a way that that sorry excuse of a man, Victor, could never man up to be. I love Noelle and her unborn child. I have no qualms about being with her forever, and I didn’t even believe in long-lasting relationships before Noelle. Now that she’s my woman, I don’t ever want to hear her talk about leaving me, ever again.

What would you do if the man you loved threw you out into the night, after you told him you were carrying his child? Would you fight for the love you once had, or walk away and begin to pick up the pieces of your life? Luckily for Noelle Winters, the meeting of a stranger puts her in the right place at the right time to take her out the cold and into the warmth of Rockstar Beau Barringer’s heart. The question is, will this unlikely connection survive color lines, distrust and the skeletons from the past.

A Few reviewer comments:

“Ms. Hodge uses this method of telling with an immediacy that is at once thrilling and deep. Seemingly simple. it is psychologically on target”-Francine Craft

“This author captured my attention from the very beginning in this book. Very well written!”-Marquetta Henderson

“This was a good read. I liked the romance aspect and the fact that two unlikely characters could fall in love against all odds.”-Tanith

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Ask Me Again (Second Chance Book 1) is the first in another highly rated trilogy. The blurb:

It took twelve long years for Alyssa Darden to come home. A place she promised to never revisit again. The loss of a dear friend sent her back to a place of old hurts that she must confront before she can truly live again.

Drake Peterson knows he was the cause of so much pain to the only woman he ever truly loved. He wants to set things right and he’s not going to lose the one opportunity to prove that a love like theirs will never die.

Alyssa has moved on with her life. She has a man who loves her, a career and friends in a new city that she calls home. She must fight Drake’s charismatic sway to try again…to open up her heart to the possibility of loving him again.

Will fate drive two hearts to open up to love again? Can past hurts and betrayal be healed through loving again? Or, will forgiveness open the door to second chances?

Some reviewer comments:

“Drake and Alyssa were so in love and so HOT together and I was rooting for them to get it together. The ending blew me away…what a surprise! I can’t wait for part 2, so I hope you’re writing it now. Kudos on such a refreshing love story”-Veronique

“Ask Me Again proved to be everything I thought it would be. This writer is not only polished and very good, she is gifted and I hope she fully realizes it.”-Francine Craft

“I absolutely loved this story!!! Having been touched by cancer in my family, that issue in this book really tugged at my heartstrings and made me grateful for the miracle of life.This book had it all. drama, passion, and love”-Amber N.

You're the one for me

You’re the One For Me is the first in another romantic trilogy by Ms. Hodge. The blurb:

Anne-Marie Johnston never stopped loving Damon Williams Jr. after his parents tore them apart just before they went to college. She has a blazing fire that sparks whenever she thinks about her first love who is now Pastor Damon Williams Jr. She attends Mt. Hill Missionary Baptist Church every Sunday morning just so she can be close to the young and restless pastor.

There was a time when Damon Williams Jr. knew for sure he had the one, but he respected his father’s opinion enough to put his feelings aside and leave Anne-Marie behind. Years later, he has stepped into his father’s shoes as pastor and is expecting his first child by his lovely first lady. However, he finds it hard to resist the pull towards Anne-Marie Johnston.

Will their sins ruin Damon’s parent’s legacy or will true love stand the test of time?​

Some reviewer comments:

“This is a page turner. First time reading this author.. will not be my last”-SGRho soror

This is a great book. Keep up the good work the characters seem so real….its just amazing!“-Jessica

Theresa Hodge has a great way of blending passion and romantic tension and pushing you just to the edge of your seat! I am definitely a fan!“-Jamesha Henderson

 

And this is just a sampling of the works by Ms. Hodge. Please visit her Amazon page to find the complete set. She can also be found:

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theresa.hodge.10

On Instagram and Twitter: @Poetic__Life

On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6927856.Theresa_Hodge?from_search=true&search_version=service

 

 

Author Spotlight-Andy Peloquin

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In honor of his novel The Blade of the Destroyer being free this weekend, I am featuring the APC awesomeness that is Andy Peloquin. An active member of Authors-Professionals Co-op and an all-around cool guy, he is definitely worth getting to know.

Andy Peloquin–a third culture kid to the core–has loved to read since before he could remember. Sherlock Holmes, the Phantom of the Opera, and Father Brown are just a few of the books that ensnared his imagination as a child.

When he discovered science fiction and fantasy through the pages of writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs, J.R.R Tolkien, and Orson Scott Card, he was immediately hooked and hasn’t looked back since.

Andy’s first attempt at writing produced In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent. He has learned from the mistakes he made and used the experience to produce Blade of the Destroyer, a book of which he is very proud.

Reading–and now writing–is his favorite escape, and it provides him an outlet for his innate creativity. He is an artist; words are his palette.

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Blade of the Destroyer (which is free this weekend-don’t forget to snag your copy!) is a dark fantasy novel. Here is the official blurb:

The Hunter of Voramis is the perfect assassin:

Ruthless, Unrelenting, Immortal.

Yet he is haunted by lost memories, bonded to a cursed dagger that feeds him power yet denies him peace of mind. Within him rages an unquenchable need for blood and death. When he accepts a contract to avenge the stolen innocence of a girl, the Hunter becomes the prey. The death of a seemingly random target sends him hurtling toward destruction, yet could his path also lead to the truth of his buried past?

 

Some reviewer comments:

1. “Creative, gritty, and beautifully dark…fantasy addicts will love it!” — Peter Story, author of Things Grak Hates
2. “The fantasy world has a compelling new antihero…the Hunter will terrify and captivate you.” – EJ Bouinatchova, author of Soothbound

In the Days

In the Days: a Tale of the Forgotten Continent, according to the blurb, is “a tale of the last days of the great Empire–an Empire that the world forgot. One man is shown a glimpse into the future–a future that could be, or the future that is destined to come?
This is the story of Atlantis, in the days when it ceased to be.

According to some reviewers:

“Fantastic character development and a roller-coaster plot!”-Peter J.

“It’s classic, good, adventurous fun that rolls you along effortlessly from beginning ’till end”-Eve’s Folly

“Great detail, rich world-building, and a pace that kept my focus all really stood out to me with this book.”-Marie T.

 

To connect with Andy, you can find his website at http://andypeloquin.com. He can also be found on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andyqpeloquin

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndyPeloquin

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8038662.Andy_Peloquin?from_search=true&search_version=service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog Tour – Illusional Reality

Please check out this hot new release from a very talented author.

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Fab  new release by Karina Kantas –

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Blurb – Nobody expects to stare death in the face only to find out your entire life is a lie. Rescued by Salco, marketing executive Becky finds herself in an unknown magical world filled with happy people that try to forget their land is on the brink of destruction.

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Author link – http://author.to/KarinaKantas

Facebook –

Twitter –

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And a short excerpt on soundcloud:)

Go check it out.:)

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Special Announcement: A Merchant’s Tale

Michael Dellert is a multitalented author, blogger, and editor. Check out his latest novel, A Merchant’s Tale, today! Available for pre-order: http://www.amazon.com/Merchants-Tale-Second-Matter-Manred-ebook/dp/B01BO57OU8/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1456421925&sr=1-2&keywords=michael+dellert

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A Merchant’s Tale:

The Second Tale in the Matter of Manred

by
Michael E. Dellert

Available for Pre-Order TODAY!

Corentin, a young foreign trader of the House Pelan arrives in the uncertain lands of Droma, tasked to deliver a mysterious chest to a far-away sage in a remote corner of the kingdom. Accompanied by his mercenary bodyguard, a young local priest, and their native scout, Corentin sets out on a journey that will change his life forever.

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A Merchant’s Tale is the second installment in The Matter of Manred Saga, a new cycle of medieval romances, action adventures, heroic fantasies, mysterious priests, and their dark and forgetful gods, brought to you from the fiction workshop of Michael E. Dellert.

This is no shiny happy fantasy of noble knights
on noble steeds
acting nobly.

“The land and every man who steps foot onto it are in a fight for existence…

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Heckled.

Meet Author Valarie Kinney. I’m looking forward to digging in to her new release, Heckled!

Organizing Chaos And Other Misadventures

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Heckled released late last night, a bit earlier than I had expected. But we got the cover design perfected, and then the editing went fast, and then Amazon went fast, and so, here we have it.

I am beyond excited.

This book means a lot to me, and I wanted to give you a little bit of insight as to how the idea for Heckled got started.

When the world lost Robin Williams, I cried. That week and the weeks shortly after, we saw a lot of things in the news and on social media referencing the end of the life of a man many of us had grown up knowing as Mork. There was such an outpouring of love and understanding by so many people.

There was also quite an outpouring of…something else.

Something mean-spirited and ugly. People who chose to view those who spend each day fighting mental…

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Yesterday’s Cover Reveal

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Around 60 people came out for the cover reveal of#TheSolomonProject, my second novel.

The Solomon Project is  a fiendish social experiment that begins in 2047 and is conducted by the Conference of Independent Nations (CIN). Every baby boy not born on a day ending in 0 or 5 will be sterilized. Eduardo Jose Ruiz, born January 5, 2047 just after midnight, is the first “Solomon.”This is his story…..

About three millennia ago, a lustful king summoned a beautiful woman to his castle, knowing her husband was off fighting a war. What happens next has been a source of speculation to the present day. Her name is Bathsheba, and 3,000 years after her natural death, she is Eddie’s spiritual guardian. This is her story…..

Together, Bathsheba and Eddie must stop the looming crisis that’s beginning in Southeast, as CIN has resorted to murder to hide a part of the Project that has failed.  The team they gather, all handpicked by Bathsheba, will give CIN the fight of their life.

Cover Reveal for The Solomon Project

Good morning, and I would like to extend an invitation to join me as I launch my second novel, a paranormal dystopian/historical fiction combo called “The Solomon Project.” I started this novel for NaNoWriMo after carrying around the idea for years. I don’t think I’ve ever had more fun writing a book.

The novel revolves around Eddie Ruiz, one of the so-called “solomons” who, under a cruel social experiment called The Solomon Project, is one of the approximately 15% of males spared mandatory sterilization at birth. He is also a medium who can summon the spirits of the dead. When the inevitable consequences of The Project start to surface–jealousy and resentment that divides families, the spread of a deadly disease, and the wicked one-world government’s horrific attempt to hide The Project, Eddie, along with his spiritual guardian Queen Bathsheba, uses his powers as a medium to summon The project’s namesake to defeat the world powers and put an end to the Solomon Project.

The novel is scheduled for publication February 6.

The cover reveal party is Saturday, December 12. There will be swag and prizes awarded, and other authors will be present to showcase their work as well. You will also meet Mr. Paul White, the talented artist who designed the cover.

I hope you can join in the fun. If you can help spread the word by inviting friends, I would be grateful as well. http://www.facebook.com/events/962729123773696/

 

 

 

 

 

Reflections by K. Meador

Veronica Del Rosa

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Pre-order today!

Reflections is a sixteen-story devotional designed to draw yourself closer to God. Experience Him through each unique story, which will let you know He is alive and involved in your life. Reflections will help you cut through life’s distractions and rely on the one thing that is truly important – a relationship with God.

Reflections serves as a refreshing reminder of God’s love and grace during difficult times. The world wants you to place your trust in your circumstances, success, talents and opinions of others, but God has called you to rise above and put your full trust in Him – to believe and apply what He’s promised in His Word more than anything else.

Experience the life-changing power of God’s words as you journey through life assured that God is concerned about you.

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Interview with Kirsten Campbell

(*This interview was conducted via a blog tour coordinator*)

While in the midst of reading Blood Master by Kirsten Campbell, a few themes and issues piqued my interest. I decided to ask the author directly about them. Here is the interview:

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Kirsten Campbell-Author of Blood Master – Book 1 of The G.O.D.s Series

 

  1. When did you first decide you wanted to be a writer?

 

I was nine years old when I wrote my first story/poem and my teacher put it up in the hall for all to see. Ms. Laport started me on my quest to become a writer.

 

  1. What drew you to the dystopian genre?

 

I love thinking about the future and all the possibilities therein, especially after some type of great disaster has enveloped our world and almost destroyed mankind. I love to believe that mankind will carry on and go forward with new abilities and go further with a positive agenda.

 

  1. Can you describe your writing process?

 

Yes, I believe I can.

I write for hours, write until I am finished and then I go back and look at the whole story. I make sure that the ending matches the beginning in some way and that there is growth with each of the characters. I then go through the manuscript and add color, smells, shapes, tastes, and all types of sensory stimuli that I can think of. After that, I give it a once over for grammar and then give it to my beta readers. I have 3 men and 3 women. Every one of them give me feedback and then I answer any and all questions that they ask and deal with suggestions. I then go through it with a fine tooth comb and give to my editor, who then kills me. LOL… 

No, she doesn’t kill me. She deals with things in my manuscript and cleans things up for me.

 

  1. Do you do a lot of research in preparation for writing?

My god, I do a lot of research. I research and when I think I’ve got things just right, I do even more research. I write first, and then research everything medical, physical, mental, and even research certain scientific theories and thermal dynamics because even though I write Urban Paranormal fantasy there must be plausibility in the mix. Only then can things remain sustainable in a fantastic world. Also, I travel for my research. I went to Atlanta, GA and measured out certain areas of Underground Atlanta and measured the areas around the GA. Freight Depot. I reimagined how the area would look if earthquakes hit and even checked out the underground for large pillars that would hold things together if an earthquake hit. I drove around and around Highway 285 to find the perfect area for the fortress and I went into the city, off Peachtree Street, and found the Guild Main Office. I had to actually see where I was putting my characters and how they would move through certain situations in buildings and the underground.

 

 

  1. Where do you get your inspiration?

I draw inspiration from just about anything. Sometimes it’s a song that makes me think of something Griffin might do or say. Sometimes it’s a smell that affects me and I figure it would affect Griffin or Tassta a certain way. I also draw on things that I have gone through and/ or things that are going on in the news or even real life situations.

  1. Blood Master explores the topic of selecting people with certain genetic characteristics (in this case, albinism) for scientific experimentation, yet seems to offer no stance on the ethics surrounding this. What are your thoughts, and were you inspired by any specific historical event in which involuntary experimentation occurred?

 

Well, I was very particular when I chose albinos. I considered all races, all ethnic people and I looked for a common genetic trait that popped up sporadically, yet one that was also what I considered interesting and unusual. After that, I thought about the past, and remembered all the times in school that I was shown different labs that would in fact use albino mice for experimentation. I also thought long and hard about the mystique surrounding albinos and how some people, even now, look at them with significant relevance and consider them either too outside the norm or very exotic. I myself believe that albinos are beautiful and unusual and I do know that in fact, in some cultures they have been revered and even sought out as magical beings. In Africa, the albino population is hunted and many have been mutilated as people seek to acquire an arm or leg for magical remedies with hope for a cure from AIDS or a host of other maladies. Of course, Blood Master takes this premise a step further, but it is fantasy, and there are things going on behind the scenes that cannot be explained until the next few books in the series.

 

  1. It seems that in the far future, especially in times of a crisis, gender would be irrelevant if a person was qualified to do a specific job. Although Penn’s intentions are good, he doesn’t want Tassta as a Guardian just because she’s a female, even at one point saying her task was to have babies. Some readers may read this as gender discrimination. Do you have anything to say in Penn’s defense on this matter?

 

There isn’t gender discrimination, at least not to me. It’s more like-there’s a lack of people, especially viable, healthy females. Remember, the first line in the blurb on the back of the book is, “The Great War, the Clover Virus and the Death Plague have killed off two-thirds of the human population.” Hey, that’s a lot of people. It affects people to go through that much death. It affects people in ways most will never understand and even though things have gotten a bit better with time, there are still preconceived notions of how things are supposed to be. And yes, there are chauvinists in the future. LOL.

Also, let’s not forget the fact that Tassta is pretty young in the first book. She is seventeen and yes, she turns eighteen, but she has been coddled and spoiled most of her life and has had it easy at the fortress. Also, since there are much less people, that means much less women of childbearing age. Turns out most need the females for lots of different jobs that are available at the fortress and they are also needed for conception. (BTW, it is mentioned by Waylene in the Underground that the Brotherhood is dying out, Penn and Tassta are the youngest.)

 

And yes, Penn is a caveman, but he’s a lovable caveman. Tassta is Penn’s twin sister and she is the youngest. He knows she has a lot of duties at the fortress and he doesn’t want to see her overextend herself. She’s already a library assistant, a Medical Assistant and she helps with the children in the fortress and also practices Martial Arts and her Blade Maneuvers. Now she wants to become a Guardian and he just wants his sister to have an easy life, or at least what he considers an easy life. LOL. He comes across as harsh, but he does have her best interest at heart. He just doesn’t know how to verbalize what he feels and it comes across as being behind the times.

 

  1. Your protagonist, Griffin, is the sole survivor of a particularly nasty epidemic. In our lifetime, we’ve seen Ebola, AIDS, deadly strains of influenza, and other lethal viruses that seems to have spread unchecked and had a mortality rate of nearly 100%. What, in your opinion, should the world do to prepare for the possibility of a new, as-of-now undiscovered pandemic?

 

I believe we need to take the possibility of a deadly pandemic more seriously and be more resourceful with what we have already discovered. There is proof of all kinds of medicinal herbs and spices that can actually cure certain types of cancer and push our lifespans way past the 70 – 80’s mark, which are now considered the norm. People in general could be a whole lot healthier if the preconceived thread of life wasn’t to drink and drug away our teen years and our twenties, with hope that once we hit thirty, we could somehow turn the clock back, suck all the poison out of the millions of cells that have been so rudely taken advantage of.

 

Now, as far as the possibility of a pandemic hitting with global ramifications that could possibly kill millions? You must remember that there is a preconceived notion that there is

a 1 to 5 percent chance that there will be someone who is immune to the pandemic, or at least a belief that said disease won’t kill that 1 to 5 percent. The government needs to step in and take the blood from those people in particular, the survivors, and create an antivirus from their blood. It can be done, quite effectively, if we get the resources and step in quickly.

 

Also, here’s my rant on aging:

People as a whole should be more aware of all the changes that their bodies go through with every decade they live. Certain chemical changes occur in a person’s body with each decade of life that they live, and these things need to be taught to teens and then to adults, and to society as a whole, so people are not caught off guard when things start changing inside and outside of their bodies. Aging is not a mistake, it’s a natural biological occurrence. Our bodies suck in pollution and dirt, exhaust fumes and toxic gases, chemicals additives and colorants and yet we think our bodies are not going to change? That’s ridiculous, and this silly preoccupation with looking young even though your insides are falling apart is preposterous and it’s making people desperately go under the knife. Why not eat properly from the beginning and deal with aging from the inside out, and grow old gracefully. Each generation could eventually grow stronger and when a new deadly pandemic emerges, our bodies will be able to deal with it, hopefully.

9. love for the city of Atlanta is evident in Blood Master. What is your connection to Atlanta?

I moved to Atlanta when I turned 16 and lived there for twenty-one years. I met my husband there and had my children there. I love Atlanta and hope to retire there. I now have lots of family that live there. I go to family reunions every year in Atlanta, GA.

  1. Your character development in Blood Master is superb. What advice do you have for other writers on how to properly develop characters?

Thank you so much! I worked on and with my characters for many years. I believe that when writing a character, you must first see your characters and then hear their voices. I also make a chart that tells me their height, weight, hair color, eye color, birthdate and zodiac sign, favorite color, food and different abilities. I then write what’s interesting about the character, pet peeves, goals and I write down all their positive and negative attributes. Yes, even innocent people with goodness in their hearts have bad thoughts once in a while and they have melt downs and failings. We are all human and yes, we must make our characters as human as possible.

Time for the Lost Cover Reveal

Check out Calla and Valcas’ adventures in this cool trilogy about time travel and timeless friendships. Also don’t forget to swing by Chillin’ with Chess next Saturday, a Facebookk event to honor Ms. DeSalls and her work. https://www.facebook.com/events/698864766913435/

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TFTL Cover RevealCalla’s disappearance leads her family and friends to suspect that she’s lost. In a desperate attempt to find her, Valcas seeks help from a man he betrayed. A new search begins, one that sounds promising, even if it forces Valcas to confront his past.

The travel team reunites for a mission they never saw coming: a journey to a world caught between life and death, and hidden within the deepest recesses of time. Ivory rediscovers a friend and Ray learns the meaning behind his tattoo. But the connections they make between travelers and the lost may twist the core of the Time and Space Travel Agency inside out.

Time for the Lost is the third installment in The Call to Search Everywhen serial series.

Catch up with Calla and Valcas’ adventure before the third book releases in February 2016!

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