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Interview with D. Robert Pease

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Noah Zarc: Mammoth TroubleOVERVIEW

Noah lives for piloting spaceships through time, dodging killer robots and saving Earth’s animals from extinction.

Life couldn’t be better.

But the twelve-year-old time traveler learns it could be a whole lot worse. His mom is kidnapped and taken to Mars; his dad is stranded in the Ice Age; and Noah is attacked at every turn by a foe bent on destroying Earth… for the second time.

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D. Robert PeaseTHE AUTHOR

D. Robert Pease has been interested in creating worlds since childhood. From building in the sandbox behind his house, to drawing fantastical worlds with paper and pencil, there has hardly been a time he hasn’t been off on some adventure in his mind, to the dismay of parents and teachers alike. Also, since the moment he could read, books have consumed vast swaths of his life. From The Mouse and the Motorcycle, to The Lord of the Rings, worlds just beyond reality have called to him like Homer’s Sirens. It’s not surprising then he chose to write stories of his own. Each filled with worlds just beyond reach, but close enough we can all catch a glimpse of ourselves in the characters.

Discover ways to connect with the author by visiting his site at www.drobertpease.com

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Interview with Fr. Bernard Reiser

Father Bernard Reiser was born in 1924. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1949 and in 1964, pioneered Epiphany Parish in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. The parish, which is located on 70 acres of farmland, grew to become one of the largest Catholic communities in the state. In 1996, he traveled to Haiti and what he saw caused him to establish Reiser Relief Inc., a nonprofit relief organization for Haiti. He has since retired from serving the Epiphany Parish but remains the chairman of Reiser Relief. All profits from the sale of Reiser’s Ramblings goes to Haitian relief efforts. The book is a USA Book News Best Book Award finalist. Visit the Reiser Relief website at www.reiserrelief.com.

You established Reiser Relief Inc., a nonprofit relief organization, for Haiti after traveling to that country and seeing first-hand the poverty there. What makes you so passionate about the Haiti cause?

I am very interested in working in Haiti, because thousands of people there are living in utter poverty, looking for water that is drinkable, food to sustain them, and housing to protect them again the elements. So where you matter turn or what you do, there are Haitians every where with great needs far greater any of the needs that we in America face day by day.

After going to Haiti and seeing the extreme poverty of the people, I just knew I would have to do something to relieve their poverty, to ease their life with the various we take for granted, such as food water and housing. To see them so deprive, I couldn’t turn my back on these people and ignore their extreme poverty.

What keeps you going strong in your support for Haiti aid?

When you have witnessed poverty in such a real fashion, it’s a memory I can’t forget. We just need to continue to give, to support, and to help them in their extreme poverty and to make their life a little more tolerable. I feel with Reiser Relief we can give Haitian families a chance to live and provide them with necessary needs of daily life. I can’t sit back and I feel a need to give to my greatest ability and share in every manor possible, to make their life a little better and little more endurable with the food and water we provide.

You have been in the priesthood since 1949. Do you have any regrets?

I have absolutely no regrets; I appreciate everyday of my priesthood and anytime I can give to others what Jesus Christ advises to be done, I need to do it. To can’t stand back and not assist people in their great need, just doesn’t make any sense. I’m a giving and sharing a person and therefore I want to share with others as much as I can. So when people have needs for spiritual sacraments and or need for food, water and housing, I am here to help.

Anything you wish you’d done better?

I can’t think of anything that wished I had done better because in all of my giving to people, I always done my very best. I was raised by my parents to be generous and giving to anyone who has a particular need; therefore, I can’t sit back and do a mediocre job, I need to give to my greatest ability and share in every manor possible.

Reiser’s Ramblings is a collection of columns you wrote when you were overseeing Epiphany Paris in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. What is the main aim of your columns, your main goal when you are writing them?

My main aim was to inspire the people of the parish to give of themselves totally and completely to the needs of others. To know that when they were sharing with other peoples’ needs they were sharing with the Lord himself. “For whatever we do to the least of the Lord’s brethren we do for Him.” I continue to challenge the people of the parish to share with the needy and the poor – to share a reasonable amount with those poor souls, in America, in Haiti or other parts of the world.

Is there anyone in your life who has impacted you so that you are who you are today?

In all my years, my parents have impacted my life the most. My dad was a man of strong conviction and he would not say “we will TRY this” but “We WILL DO this”. So if there was people in need or people that had any particular problem, we just went out and did it. We did not Try but we Did it. My dad was a “Will” man not a “Try” man, he would do and do all his strength, energy and conviction. He indoctrinated into us five kids the need to do and never hesitate to do for others who were in need.

My mother was a very gentle and loving person and I never saw my parents quarrel or fight. They always had great respect for one another and shared with one another. They did the best they could for one another and this was a real inspiration to me, that my parents were a living example – of people who gave and shared for each other without hesitation. As I walked out the door to leave for seminary, my mother said “Bernie don’t ever embarrassed the Reiser name, that whatever you do that it be a source of honor to our family name and name that would be exalted.”

How is a single day in your life now like?

I’m a “retired” priest and my priestly work is not extensive as it once was before when I was the pastor of the parish. From time to time, I fill in on the weekends for various parishes in the area and I love going to these parishes serving them in anyway possible. I have an apartment in a senior high-rise and I thoroughly enjoy spend time reading books. I read a wide variety of books to broaden my education and what humanity is about.

I am reading three various books that tell about the era of Lincoln and another book by Tom Brokaw, an American television journalist. I’m also reading a book on South America which shares about experiences on Amazon. And so I go from one book to another to broaden my experience and to give me a great oversight about the world. I love to learn and absolutely enjoyed all my years in school.

What is your greatest wish and desire in life?

My greatest wish and desire in my life is to bring people to heaven. I’ve had many years of education about ministry and opportunities to serve people. When I go to any parish or to any area is with the desire to bring these people in a closer roll with God, and the serving of God and the betterment of their own life. What ever they do and what they are attempting to do will be done with all their heart. To have them bring others to God and also bring themselves to closer to the Lord God in heaven and joy of the Kingdom to be theirs for all eternity

Can you please tell us a little-known fact about yourself?

My greatest little known about my life is to bring people to heaven. Everything else will someday fade away. Getting people to be a member of God’s Kingdom in heaven to enjoy the glory of the Lord is my foremost and absolute purpose of life and purpose of ministry. It’s not thinking just of what am I going getting out of all of this, but my ambition to help each and every person I encounter to get to heaven in the most beautifully and wonderful fashion. And that may heaven be their outstanding reward for all of their life on earth and their efforts and walking with them through life to bring them to God’s kingdom.

Also, how about my favorite musical movie?

The Music Man is my favorite musical movie and which the 76 trombones came down street playing with all their heart. The Music Man actor was Robert Preston played character Harold Hill, who brought to that town a real sense of music and appreciation of giving their best and playing these trombones with absolute power and dedication. I think it was the greatest musical movie I have ever seen.  Harold Hill came in to town and changed the attitude in town and gave the young people an incentive to do something remarkable, to play the instrument with fervor, devotion and dedication. It just lit of the whole town and everyone responded, followed and clapped for these young people playing that magnificent tune The 76 Trombones.

Update from Evangeline: It is with great sadness that I wish to inform Sugarpeach readers about the going home to the Lord of Fr. Bernard Reiser on December 27, 2011. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

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Interview with Kenneth G. Bennett & Giveaway

As part of this special promotional extravaganza sponsored by Novel Publicity, the price of The Gaia Wars eBook edition has dropped to just 99 cents this week.

What’s more, by purchasing this fantastic book at an incredibly low price, you can enter to win many awesome prizes, including a Kindle Fire, Amazon gift cards up to $100 in amount, 5 autographed copies of the book, and 5 autographed copies of its recently released sequel, Battle for Cascadia. Be sure to enter before the end of the day on Friday, December 9th, so you don’t miss out.

To Win the Prizes:

  1. Purchase your copy of The Gaia Wars for just 99 cents on Amazon or Barnes & Noble
  2. Fill-out the form on Novel Publicity to enter for the prizes
  3. Visit today’s featured event; you may win an autographed copy of the book or a $50 gift card!
  4. BONUS: If you leave a comment on this blog post, you have another chance at $100!

…And I can win too!

Over 100 bloggers are participating in this gigantic event, and there are plenty of prizes for us too. The blogger who receives the most votes in the traffic-breaker poll will win a $100 gift card as well. So when you visit Novel Publicity’s site to fill-out the contest entry form, don’t forget to say that I referred you, so I can get a point in the poll.

The Featured Events include:

Monday, Blogaganza on Novel Publicity! We’re kicking-off on the Novel Publicity Free Advice blog. We’ll ask the writer 5 fun and random questions to get everyone talking. Leave a comment or question in response to the post, and you may win an autographed copy of The Gaia Wars or its recently released sequel, Battle for Cascadia. Don’t forget to enter for the other contest prizes while you’re over there!

Tuesday, Twitter sharing contest! A tweet is tiny, only 140 characters. But on Tuesday, it could win you $50. Send the following tweet across the twittersphere, and you just may win a $50 Amazon gift card. Autographed copies of The Gaia Wars and its recently released sequel, Battle for Cascadia, are also up for grabs. The winner will be announced Wednesday morning. Here’s the tweet: Looking for a YA read that’s full of adventure & intrigue? Check out The Gaia Wars. Reduced to just 99 cents http://ow.ly/7ywpZ #whirlwind

Wednesday, Google+ sharing contest! Yup, there’s yet another awesome opportunity to win a $50 Amazon gift card, and this time it just takes a single click! Visit Google+ and share Emlyn Chand’s most recent post (you’ll see The Gaia Wars book cover included with it). On Thursday morning, one lucky sharer will be $50 richer. Autographed copies of The Gaia Wars and its recently released sequel, Battle for Cascadia, are also up for grabs. Three chances to win! How about that?

Thursday, Facebook sharing contest! Stop by Novel Publicity’s Facebook page and share their latest post (you’ll see The Gaia Wars book cover included with it). It’s ridiculously easy to win! On Friday morning, one lucky sharer will be $50 richer. Autographed copies of The Gaia Wars and its recently released sequel, Battle for Cascadia, are also up for grabs.

Friday, special contest on the author’s site! Win a Kindle Fire or a $100 Amazon gift card, simply by leaving a comment on Kenneth’s most recent blog post. How easy is that? Autographed copies of The Gaia Wars and its recently released sequel, Battle for Cascadia, are also up for grabs.

Remember, it’s all about the books!

About The Gaia Wars: DEADLY SECRETS have been buried in the Cascade mountain wilderness for centuries. Hidden. Out of sight and out of mind. Until today… Warren Wilkes, age 13, doesn’t like what a greedy housing developer has done to his peaceful mountain community, so he vandalizes the developer’s property, flees into the wild, and stumbles upon an ancient human skeleton revealed by torrential rain. More than old bones have been exposed, however, and the curious artifact Warren finds makes him question his own identity, and his connection to an ancient terror. A terror destined to rise again and annihilate all that Warren loves. He must fight or see his whole world destroyed. Get it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

About Battle for Cascadia: When Warren Wilkes, age 13, stumbles upon a mysterious relic deep in the Cascade Mountains, wonder reigns. Brimming with secrets and sentient energy, the relic leads Warren to a fantastic chamber, and to shocking revelations about his identity. Now wonder has turned to dread. A forgotten terror—a demon that knows Warren better than he knows himself—has risen again and is assembling an army; gathering power with a singularly evil goal in mind: to capture and enslave the wild spirit of the Earth itself. As war erupts and the planet slips into chaos, Warren embraces his destiny and finds help where he least expects it. Get it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

About the Author: Kenneth G. Bennett is the author of the Young Adult novels The Gaia Wars and Battle for Cascadia (the second book of The Gaia Wars), as well as the forthcoming Exodus 2018, a paranormal thriller set in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. A wilderness enthusiast who loves backpacking, skiing and kayaking, Ken enjoys novels that explore the relationship between humans and the wild. He lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and son. Visit him on his website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.

Let’s get to know Kenneth better through a rousing Q&A…

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Interview with Adina Senft & Giveaway

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Amelia Beiler, the main character in The Wounded Heart, is a widow. Why did you write a story with widowhood as one of its themes?

When a writer is cooking up conflict for her characters, you want to make life as difficult as possible before they earn their satisfying ending. For Amelia, I wanted the possibility of new romance to add to the conflict and complicate her life. I also wanted her to be a working mother. Since divorce doesn’t exist in the Amish culture, that meant Amelia would have to be a widow. This is also one reason why the title is so apt: she’s still mourning her husband as the book opens, which you can also see on the cover as she touches Enoch’s hat.

Characters in The Wounded Heart did quilting. You do quilting, too. What is the most challenging aspect of quilting?

Amelia and her best friends Emma and Carrie are making a quilt throughout the course of the trilogy, using the Crosses and Losses pattern. I’m making it along with them, because the instructions to make the quilt are in the back of each book and I’m writing them as I go! Compared to some of these Amish and Mennonite quilt artists, though, I don’t have very much skill at handwork, and it’s never more apparent than when I try to load a needle. An Amish quilter can do ten stitches per inch. I’m lucky if I can do half that! My favorite part is the piecing. I just love watching the colors and patterns come together to create order out of chaos.

You grew up in a plain house church. What is a plain house church? How was growing up in a plain house church like?

Plain means modest dressing and inconspicuous living, and a house church is a group that meets in the home on Sundays instead of in a church building. The Amish, for instance, meet in their homes (or barns, as the case may be) while the Mennonites meet in a meeting house. They’re both plain churches, but only the Amish are a house church.

I didn’t grow up Amish, but my church shares a lot of doctrine and philosophy with them, including meeting in the home (from the Bible verse that says God doesn’t dwell in a temple made with hands). Growing up in this church had its positives and negatives. On the positive side, it was a close-knit group where everyone knew everyone, and no matter where you went, you could be assured of a place to stay and a meal. On the negative side, the standards of appearance didn’t really have a biblical basis, and it was very much a case of “salvation by works” instead of “salvation by grace.” Anyone who thinks high school was hell should try it when you belong to a plain church. There’s nothing like having your hems past your knees and your sleeves to your wrists, no makeup, and your hair up in a Victorian hairstyle while everyone around you is in miniskirts and hip-hugger jeans (yes, it was the 70s). It’s not so bad if you have plain friends at the same school to hang out with. But I was the only one. Everyone just thought I was weird. The good thing about growing up this way is that you definitely grow a spine and learn to stand up for what you believe in. Women in plain churches may be humble, but they’re not cowards. Continue reading

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Interview with Richard Denning

richard denning authorRichard Denning works as a General Practitioner in the West Midlands, England. He has had four books published, with two more books to be released in 2012. He is fascinated by historical settings as well as horror and fantasy. Besides writing, his main interests are games of all types. He is the designer of a board game based on the Great Fire of London. Visit his website at www.richarddenning.co.uk.

The Last Seal is somewhat based on the 1666 Great Fire of London. Why did you write a story based off this event?

I have been interested in this great event in London’s history for some time. It had a profound effect on 17th century London and radically altered the city. But when I started to read about London in 1666, I realised there were many other features that could make a good story. England was at war with France and Holland and that created distrust of foreigners and a paranoia about spies. There were omens of doom in advance of the fire. London was recovering from a great plague which had its own effects on the citizens. There was a belief in magic. All that suggested that a fantasy story set in the London of 1666 could be fun to write and – I hope – to read. Continue reading

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Twitterview with Terri Giuliano Long + Giveaway

Announcing the In Leah’s Wake Social Media Whirlwind Tour—WooHoo!

As part of this special promotional extravaganza sponsored by Novel Publicity, the price of the In Leah’s Wake Kindle edition has dropped to just 99 cents this week.

What’s more, by purchasing this fantastic book at an incredibly low price, you can enter to win many awesome prizes, including a Kindle, 5 autographed copies of the book, and multiple Amazon gift cards (1 for $100, 3 for $25, 5 for $10, and 10 for $5 – 19 in all)! Be sure to enter before the end of the day on Friday, August 26th, so you don’t miss out. Continue reading

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Interview with Terri Giuliano Long + Giveaway

Announcing the In Leah’s Wake Social Media Whirlwind Tour—WooHoo!

As part of this special promotional extravaganza sponsored by Novel Publicity, the price of the In Leah’s Wake Kindle edition has dropped to just 99 cents this week.

What’s more, by purchasing this fantastic book at an incredibly low price, you can enter to win many awesome prizes, including a Kindle, 5 autographed copies of the book, and multiple Amazon gift cards (1 for $100, 3 for $25, 5 for $10, and 10 for $5 – 19 in all)! Be sure to enter before the end of the day on Friday, August 26th, so you don’t miss out.

To win the prizes:

  1. Purchase your copy of In Leah’s Wake for just 99 cents
  2. Fill-out the form on the author’s site to enter for prizes
  3. Visit today’s featured event; you may win an autographed copy of the book!

And I can win $100 too if you vote for my blog over on the author’s website. The blog host that gets the most votes in this traffic-breaker polls wins, so please cast yours right after purchasing In Leah’s Wake and entering the contests!

The featured events include:

Monday, Blogaganza on Novel Publicity! We’re kicking-off on the Novel Publicity Free Advice blog. We’ll ask the writer 5 fun and random questions to get everyone talking. Leave a comment or question in response to the post, and you may win an autographed copy of In Leah’s Wake. Don’t forget to visit the author’s blog to enter for the other prizes!

Tuesday, Twitter chat with the author! Tweet with us between 4 and 5 PM Eastern Time, using the hashtag #emlyn. We’ll be talking with the author about her favorite books and best writing advice. Bring your questions about In Leah’s Wake and don’t forget to use #emlyn or to follow Terri @tglong. By joining in the tweet chat at the designated time, you may win an autographed copy of In Leah’s Wake. Don’t forget to visit the author’s blog to enter for the other prizes!

Wednesday, Google+ video chat with the author! Join our hangout between 12 and 3 PM Eastern Time to talk with the author and us via video chat. We’ll be gabbing about great books including In Leah’s Wake and about writing. Did you know that Terri is a creative writing instructor at Boston College? She’s got tons of good advice for aspiring writers. By joining in the Google+ video chat at the designated time, you may win an autographed copy of In Leah’s Wake. Don’t forget to visit the author’s blog to enter for the other prizes!

Thursday, Facebook interview with the author! Stop by Novel Publicity’s Facebook page and ask Terri questions. She’s chosen three of her favorite topics to talk about: writing, parenting, and gourmet cooking. Of course, you’re welcome to ask about In Leah’s Wake too. Leave a comment or question as part of the thread, and you may win an autographed copy of In Leah’s Wake. Don’t forget tolike Terri’s Facebook page or to visit her blog to enter for the other prizes!

Friday, Fun & games based on the book! We want to close this whirlwind social media tour with a gigantic bang, which is why we’ve set-up two interactive book-themed features on the author’s blog. You can take the official Facebook quiz to find out which In Leah’s Wake character is most like you and learn how that character ties into the story. Then try out our crossroads story game. Throughout the course of the narrative, you’ll have several decisions to make. What you choose will affect the outcome of the story. Play as either rebellious teenager Leah or the trampled peacemaker and mother Zoe. Leave a comment or question on any of Terri’s blog entries, and you may win an autographed copy of In Leah’s Wake. Don’t forget to check out the other give-away contests while you’re on Terri’s blog!

About In Leah’s Wake: The Tyler family had the perfect life – until sixteen-year-old Leah decided she didn’t want to be perfect anymore. While Zoe and Will fight to save their daughter from destroying her brilliant future, Leah’s younger sister, Justine, must cope with the damage her out-of-control sibling leaves in her wake. Will this family survive? What happens when love just isn’t enough? Jodi Picoult fans will love this beautifully written and absorbing novel. Continue reading

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