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Book Tour: Lord of the Flies: Fitness for Writers

 

~ About the Book ~

 

Title: Lord of the Flies: Fitness for Writers

Author: Ace Antonio Hall

Published: April 25th, 2017

Publisher: Omnium Gatherum

Genre: Non-Fiction

 

~ Synopsis ~

 

I’m not letting age change me, I’m changing the way I age.

Lord of the Flies: Fitness for Writers will show you how to take a day-by-day approach to living a healthier lifestyle. You’ll learn how to unleash hidden energies that can alleviate stress and disease in your life and improve concentration. Finding time to be more active can help you overcome writer’s block and procrastination caused by fatigue. Starting today, you are on your way to doing just that! By adding just fifteen to thirty minutes of physical activities to your day, you not only add years to your life and lower the risk of many common health problems, you’ll improve your focus and concentration and make your mind sharper.

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~ About the Author ~

 

Ace Antonio Hall (born July 4th, 1966) is an American urban fantasy and horror writer. He is best known as the creator of Sylva Slasher, a teenage zombie slasher who also raises the dead for police investigations, which includes novels and short story collections. He was born in New York, but grew up in Jacksonville, Florida with his grandmother, Sula G. Wells. He is the youngest son of artist and jazz songwriter, Christopher Hall and RN Alice Hall (Thomas). A former Director of Education for NYC schools and the Sylvan Learning Center, Hall earned a BFA from Long Island University. While teaching English, he studied to be a certified ACE personal trainer with the Equinox Fitness Club one summer, but never pursued it professionally. Hall currently lives in Los Angeles with his bonsai named Bonnie.

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2017 Upcoming Signings, Panels and Appearances:

April 22nd, Sisters in Crime’s Capitol Crimes Writer’s workshop, Sacramento, CA

April 23rd, LATFOB, USC campus, CA

April 25th book release of Lord of the Flies: Fitness for Writers, Worldwide Release

April 25th World Premiere of 24 Cali Fitness music video featuring Shanti Lowry and Ace Antonio Hall

April 25th Launch of the Fitness4Writers fitness website

April 27th, 28th, 29th Horror Writer’s Association’s StokerCon, Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA

See the schedules of the particular writing conferences for times of Ace Antonio Hall’s panels, signing and appearances.

 

~ Excerpt ~

 

You want to feel better, and everything you’ve tried has not had the results you expect. Perhaps, you want to look better as you age or, while you’re young, you want to be the best that you can be. This book can help you. If you’re an author or you work at a computer, you may sit for half of your day only getting up to make another pot of coffee, grab something to snack on, or to use the bathroom. In other words, you spend most of your time being inactive. Heck, it’s no wonder after you’re done, all you want to do is sleep or veg out in front of the TV.

I went from a pot-bellied two hundred ten pound, thirty-eight-inch waist semislob to a fit-bodied one hundred sixty-four pound, twenty-nine inch waist semistud, but it wasn’t easy. It wasn’t hard, either. It was a process, a slow one. I didn’t rush; I just stayed persistent and created a new lifestyle that was focused on feeling better and dealing with stress more easily.

Talk about late bloomer. I can’t believe it. At fifty, I’ve never felt and looked better! The purpose of this book is to show you how to take a day-by-day approach to living a healthier lifestyle. How amazing will it be to unleash hidden energies that can alleviate stress and disease in your life? You will even have more energy to write! Literally, being more active can help you overcome writer’s block and procrastination caused by fatigue.

 

~ Giveaways ~

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Review: Dance: Cinderella Retold

 Dance: Cinderella Retold (Romance a Medieval Fairytale Book 3)

Synopsis (from GoodReads)

A dutiful daughter. A prince forced to find a bride. If the shoe fits…

Once upon a time… When the Emperor’s army comes recruiting, Mai signs up, seeing it as the perfect escape from her stepmother and a lifetime of drudgery. Armed with her mother’s armour and a pair of magic shoes, Mai marches off to war…only to find herself sharing a tent with the General’s arrogant nephew, Prince Yi. The best swordsman in the Empire, Prince Yi wants to make war, not love, but the Emperor insists this will be Yi’s last campaign before he must marry. Prince Yi has never met his match…until now. Can one woman win the war and the prince’s heart?


Review:

I was happy to see another Asian infused title. And a Cinderella inspired book, with a bit of Mulan thrown in.  It sounded awesome. I started this book picturing the beauty of a Chinese, or even Taiwanese TV drama, as I decided that Taiwanese actor Jiro Wang would be perfect for the role of Prince Yi.

There were some typos. Writers, Editors, and Proofreaders are human, so that wasn’t a big deal. (I actually like seeing that the people behind the books are human.) Some of the dialogue was stilted. I was actually disappointed that it was always “dutiful” daughter, or “dutiful” son. Why not use filial?  The story though was entertaining. I liked Mai/Mao. I liked Prince Yi.

My issues with the book are with the sexual content. I’m of the notion that a YA novel shouldn’t describe sex. Alluding is one thing, and this book alluded to it early on when the Emperor told Prince Yi he had to get married and produce an heir. (It was a bit crass.)  The scene of the women following the soldiers after the battle was ill done. It didn’t make us a party to the act, but it was still ill done. I could have over looked that. But I draw the line with the last chapter. That chapter takes the book from PG13 to R.  Thankfully it was short, and with a few lines deleted, the story would have been much improved.

I truly wish that authors wouldn’t feel the need to stoop to putting smut (adult content/erotic scenes) into a book. Allusion is okay. It’s enough.

Should you wish to read this book, be warned. If you want flinch free books, don’t read the last chapter beyond Prince Yi letting Mai’s hair down.

 

Ruler Master of The Mask Releases OTP Focused 4th Teaser

I’m looking forward to this drama.

Dramas With A Side of Kimchi

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I am so excited for upcoming drama Ruler: Master of the Mask.  You literally could not have filled it with better sageuk actors.  Both Kim So Hyun and Yoo Seung Ho are sageuk veterans, having acted in some of the biggest historical dramas practically from birth…. OK, maybe 6ish or so …. but it is close to birth.  Thankfully, these teasers do not disappoint and you can tell from the latest that they will have oodles of chemistry.

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Mustaches for Maddie

Mustaches for MaddieMustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You will need a box of tissues for this book.

This is an inspiring story.  Based on a true experience about a real little girl named Maddie, who not only overcame a brain tumor, but touched the lives around her.  (You can still see evidence on twitter is you search the hashtag #mustachesformaddie.)

Maddie is an imaginative girl, and I kept thinking of the Bridge to Terabithia as I read. Much of the narrative is Maddie’s imagination, and as she interacts with classmates, you see not only her changing but the kids around her.

I also liked the undercurrent of praying and having faith.

Thank you Shadow Mountain for the ARC copy.

 

Music in the Heart: Julie L. Spencer

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Bio

Julie L. Spencer lives in the central Michigan area with her husband and teenage children. She has a very full life managing a conservation district office, writing grant proposals, newsletters, articles, and book reviews. Julie has been writing since she was in junior high, but prior to publishing her first novel, The Cove, her only published work was her master’s thesis. She loves to read and write New Adult Contemporary Clean fiction, is author of the Buxton Peak series, The Cove, and has several more novels and non-fiction projects in the works.

BUXTON PEAK 1: WHO IS IAN TAYLOR?BUXTON PEAK 1: WHO IS IAN TAYLOR?

Ian just wanted to be loved for who he was on the inside…

When he meets Megan, a small town college girl at church in a remote part of Michigan, he figures out pretty quickly that she knows nothing about him. So he makes the decision to hide his fame from her.

His plan backfires when Megan finds out who he really is and decides she doesn’t want to live her life in his spotlight, with all the baggage that comes with it. She just wants to live a quiet life in rural Michigan with a normal husband and family.

Can she forgive Ian for his deception (and embarrassing her on live television)? Is she willing to give up her dreams in order to follow his? Or will Ian throw away everything he’s achieved to stay in her life?

BUXTON PEAK 2: CENTER STAGEBUXTON PEAK 2: CENTER STAGE

Center stage can’t last forever.

Even a rock band as talented as Buxton Peak can come crashing down.

Protecting his bride from cameras and scandals is the least of Ian’s worries. While he is blinded by love, his band is torn apart by distractions, temptations, and drug abuse.

Will Ian stand beside his mates, letting their problems become his problems? Can they pull together as a band? Or will the pressures of stardom rip them apart?

BUXTON PEAK 3: THE END OF THE BEGINNINGBUXTON PEAK 3: THE END OF THE BEGINNING

In the beginning, it was all about the music…

Even a rock band as talented as Buxton Peak can’t stay on top forever. When drugs, betrayal, and tragedy rip the band apart, the guys find themselves short one drummer.

But front man, Ian Taylor, thinks he’s found the solution…

Nathanial Jackson plays drums for a small Christian rock band, but his talent exceeds theirs. He’ll never make it out of Nashville sitting behind them.

When the remaining members of Buxton Peak show up at Nathanial’s concert, he knows exactly what they want. A knowing glance and a handshake is all it takes to get him into the recording studio.

But starting over isn’t as easy as they thought. Ian believes his passion will be enough to keep his rock band from falling apart. He didn’t count on Nathanial challenging his leadership.

Can Ian and Nathanial set aside their differences and learn to work together? Can they find a new rhythm and recreate the sound fans expect from Buxton Peak? Or will tempers, pride, and outside pressures keep them from finding their way back to center stage?

This isn’t the end for Buxton Peak; it’s only the beginning…


I’ve been sitting on this interview for awhile. (I know, me bad!) But I knew that Buxton Peak 3 was in the works. And now it’s here, and all set in my Kindle to read myself.  What better time is there to learn a bit about the writer who brought Ian and his band to life?

Roxbury Books:  What genre(s) do you write?

Julie:  I write mostly New Adult Clean Contemporary Fiction, most have an underlying Christian theme and a high level of romance (but they don’t follow a typical Romance novel story structure).

Roxbury Books:  That’s what makes them really refreshing to read. What rating would you give the books?

Julie:  Maturity level for most of my stories is PG-13 due to drug references and frank discussions/innuendoes about sex and the importance of waiting until marriage

Roxbury Books: What is your favorite song(s) to listen to while writing?

Julie: While writing the Buxton Peak trilogy, I listened to a lot of One Direction, but now that I’m writing Buxon Peak: The Early Years, I’ve been jamming to 80’s rock songs like Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, and Guns & Roses. I’ve come to the realization that Slash is quite possibly the most talented guitar player who ever lived.

Roxbury Books: What is the first thing you remember writing?

Julie: I wrote my first novel in junior high. It was terrible, but my friends passed the pages around as fast as I could scrawl them into a notebook. I would rip out a page and hand it to the person next to me and keep writing. I’m not sure how I passed seventh grade, or why the teachers didn’t put a stop to it. I just kept writing, and writing, and writing. I threw the manuscript away at the end of the school year. What I wouldn’t give to have those pages back.

Roxbury Books:  At what moment did you feel like you could say, “NOW, I’m an author?”

Julie: I’ve always said that you’re not an author until someone else pays you for your stories. So, the first time I got a commission check, I thought “NOW, I’m an author!”

Roxbury Books: I bet that felt amazing.  I lean towards you are an author the moment you set your heart to it and write.   Do you write using a keyboard, pen and paper, or both?

Julie: I mostly write with a keyboard but I use a lot of sticky notes, too. I also have notebooks that I use to write notes, outlines, diagrams, flow charts and maps. I can type almost as fast as I can think, so I prefer a keyboard. I also have to use an external keyboard because I wear the keys off. My nails are really long and scratch off the letters.

Roxbury Books: I know many writers who cast their stories, so I really want to know the answer to this question. Do any of your character sound or look like famous actors in your head?

Julie: My Buxton Peak guys look like One Direction but sound like a compilation of pre-grunge rock bands like Aerosmith, Guns & Roses, and Bon Jovi

Roxbury Books: Do you write/read every single day?

Julie: I’m an avid reader and often read several novels each week. Thanks to my Kindle Ap on my phone, I can read while walking from my desk to the kitchen, from the restroom to the drinking fountain, walking through the grocery store, while doing the dishes, etc. I also write every chance I get, usually every day. I have a full-time job and I’m a wife & mother, so I’m limited in what I can accomplish. If it were up to me, I’d write all day everyday!

Roxbury Books: What is one of your favorite beverages/snacks while writing?

Julie: I’m completely addicted to Diet Coke. That’s all I have to say about that.

Roxbury Books: Do you have any other creative outlets besides writing?

Julie: I am the Administrator of a local conservation district and I’m very involved in watershed management planning, soil erosion control projects, and wildlife habitat restoration. Very strange departure from writing stories about rock stars, but I’m very passionate about the work we do at the conservation district.

Roxbury Books: Who are your three favorite characters in your book(s)?

Julie: I’m oddly in love with my guy characters to the point that my husband should probably be jealous… except that he is my romantic inspiration, and he knows it! Ian Taylor and Kai Burton are my favorite guys in the Buxton Peak series, and Todd Ramsey is my favorite from my novel called The Cove.

Find Julie on the web:

Twitter: @juliespencer98

Website: Opinions Are Just That

Amazon Author Page

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New Release Alert: Buxton Peak #3

Buxton Peak 3: The End of the Beginning by Julie L. Spencer

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In the beginning, it was all about the music…

Even a rock band as talented as Buxton Peak can’t stay on top forever. When drugs, betrayal, and tragedy rip the band apart, the guys find themselves short one drummer.

But front man, Ian Taylor, thinks he’s found the solution…

Nathanial Jackson plays drums for a small Christian rock band, but his talent exceeds theirs. He’ll never make it out of Nashville sitting behind them.

When the remaining members of Buxton Peak show up at Nathanial’s concert, he knows exactly what they want. A knowing glance and a handshake is all it takes to get him into the recording studio.

But starting over isn’t as easy as they thought. Ian believes his passion will be enough to keep his rock band from falling apart. He didn’t count on Nathanial challenging his leadership.

Can Ian and Nathanial set aside their differences and learn to work together? Can they find a new rhythm and recreate the sound fans expect from Buxton Peak? Or will tempers, pride, and outside pressures keep them from finding their way back to center stage?

This isn’t the end for Buxton Peak; it’s only the beginning…

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Book Review: The Vicar’s Daughter

The Vicar's DaughterThe Vicar’s Daughter by Josi S. Kilpack

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This book both caught my interest, and had me wondering how could it possibly have a happy ending.  I like happy endings.

I didn’t start off loving it.  On the contrary, I had trouble liking Cassie. She had a decided selfish streak, even though she convinced herself she was pretending to be her sister, for her sister’s sake. Yet, but the end, I loved this book. I loved the change in Cassie, and her sister.  And I loved Evan, out of place Evan, honorable Evan.

I like many of the Proper Romance Regencies from Shadow Mountain. (Edenbrooke, anyone?)  Ms. Kilpack sometimes is a bit on the racier side with the steamy kisses (and this book has steam a plenty for our young lovers).  Characters go through tremendous growth. They are very real.

This is a beautiful story about God’s grace, family love, being sisters, and learning to accept your own flaws and limitations.