Doubt By Anne-Rae Vasquez
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Harry Doubt, a genius programmer and creator of the popular online game ‘Truth Seekers’, has a personal mission of his own; to find his mother who went mysteriously missing while volunteering on a peacekeeping mission in Palestine. His gaming friends and followers inadvertently join in helping him find her; believing that they are on missions to find out what has happened to their own missing loved ones. During Harry’s missions, Cristal and the team of ‘Truth Seekers’ stumble upon things that make them doubt the reality of their own lives. As they get closer to the truth, they realize that there are spiritual forces among them both good and evil, but in learning this, they activate a chain of events that start the beginning of the ‘end of the world’ as they know it.fictionfrenzy.tv), a VLog channel featuring indie artists and authors. She also freelances as a journalist for Digital Journal, an online magazine Other works include: Gathering Dust – a collection of poems, Salha's Secrets to Middle Eastern Cooking Cookbook published by AR Publishing Inc. and Teach Yourself Great Web Design in a Week, published by Sams.net (a division of Macmillan Publishing).
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It's my pleasure to have with me this week Linda weaver Clark.
Let me start with asking you to tell us a little about yourself.
I travel throughout the U.S. teaching people how to write their family history and autobiography. I have been to 17 states and taught over 450 workshops. I believe it’s very important to teach our children their heritage. Our children need to be proud of their ancestors. It’s up to us to write these experiences down. This is a subject very dear to my heart. After writing my ancestors' and parents’ stories, I couldn’t stop writing so I turned to sweet romances and mysteries. I’m the author of 5 romances, 4 mystery/adventure novels, a children’s book, and a new cozy mystery series.
What is The Shamrock Case about?
Amelia Moore, the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but she always solves the case. With the help of her partner, Rick Bonito, the business is flourishing.
When Amelia is hired to search for her client’s grandparents, the case takes them to Ireland. Kate must learn about her heritage. Who are her grandparents and could they still be alive after all these years? Why did her parents leave Ireland suddenly and move to America? Is there more to this case than meets the eye?
What inspired you to write The Shamrock Case?
I believe it’s important to understand our heritage, which is the subject of this novel. The inspiration for this book was my great grandfather Daniel Gamble who was from Ireland. His family disowned him because he joined a new religion that they did not approve of. Daniel’s father died when he was only eighteen. So when his mother and brother disowned him, he decided to go to America. I imagined the broken hearts when they finally realized their mistake in disowning their son and brother, simply because of pride. I wondered if his mother and brother ever regretted what they had said and done. My great grandfather never saw them again.
What is the main thing you hope readers remember from this story?
I want my readers to realize the importance of knowing our heritage. We are the people we are because of our ancestors, our grandparents, and our parents.
What is your favorite scene/chapter?
I love how Rick helps Amelia accomplish a few things on her bucket list such as taking her to see a couple of castles. I love the last chapter when Amelia figures out the real secret about her client’s adoption. When Amelia introduces Kate to her grandparents, I had to keep wiping the tears from my eyes as I wrote that last chapter.
Do you have a blog?
Yes, I do. I interview authors and have book giveaways every week. You can visit me at http://lindaweaverclarke.blogspot.com.
Where can readers find you and your novels?
My website is www.lindaweaverclarke.com.
My novel can be ordered from any bookstore or online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. All my books are available as ebooks, as well.
Thanks Linda for giving us a peek at you novel.
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Meet Brooke Williams
Brooke Williams is an award-winning author and freelance writer. She began her career in radio, both on the air and behind the scenes. She did a brief stint in TV news and then took on her most challenging job as a stay at home mom. During the few quiet hours in her day, Brooke writes articles for a number of clients as well as fiction creations such as “Someone Always Loved You.” Brooke has also written “Beyond the Bars,” a thriller, “God in the Kitchen,” a Christian novel, and “Taxi Delivery,” a Christian Romance. Brooke looks forward to the December 9th release of “Wrong Place, Right Time,” a romantic comedy and the February 2015 release of “Accept this Dandelion” inspired by the Bachelor TV show. Brooke has been married to her husband Sean since 2002 and has two daughters, Kaelyn and Sadie.
Brooke tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a former radio announcer turned freelance writer/author. I spend 12 years in radio both behind the scenes and on the air. I even did a brief 5-month stint in TV news as the on-air traffic reporter at a local station. That was a pretty big disaster since I don’t like make-up, don’t care about my hair, and am rather directionally impaired! Most importantly, I have been married to my husband Sean since 2002 and have two beautiful daughters: Kaelyn, 5, and Sadie, 18 months.
Why did you write “Someone Always Loved You”?
I have always loved to write and I always thought I had a book in me somewhere. When I graduated from college and began my career in radio, I quickly realized that I missed one particular aspect about college life…writing papers! I was still writing, but 60-second scripts for radio are a whole different world from long form writing. I have had an idea in the back of my head to write a book that included a character in a coma in order to examine what she hears and thinks. When I came up with the prologue for a book…a scene that caused a woman to fall into a coma…I HAD to write it. Once it was written, I had to know what happened. I couldn't NOT write it!
Do you spend a lot of time plotting?
No, hardly any at all. I like to just sit and write and see where things take me. I might have a general idea, but what I write today would be different than what I would have written yesterday. Any plotting I do when I’m not actually sitting and writing would change by the time I sat down so I try not to think about things too much when I’m not at the computer. Sometimes I can resolve issues I have created for the characters and they are always in the back of my mind, waiting for attention again!
Which character is your favorite in this book?
I’m attached to all of them in a number of ways, but the obvious choice would be Jordan. She’s one of the main characters and she happens to be in a coma for most of the book, but we still get to know her rather well through her memories and the thoughts she has as well as the conversations she overhears. A lot of her memories are things that happened to me growing up. That being said, a lot of the things about her are completely made up as well. She has a lot of characteristics I admire as well, such as her self-less nature.
As a mom of two, how do you find time to write?
Good question. I sometimes wonder that myself! I attribute my writing time to the fact that I have been stringent about naptime! My older daughter is 5 and she doesn’t really nap anymore. But she is still okay with going to her room for an hour or two when the baby naps. We still call it naptime, but we both know she’s not sleeping in there! The strangest things happen in her room and surrounding areas during “nap” time. But it’s all the time I have to write, so I cling to it! That gives me 1-2 hours a day to work on writing items. Freelance writing is my career so I often have client deadlines and so forth. Novel writing is my true passion and I do that work as often as time allows. I have carved the time out because I will always be a mom first and foremost, but the writer in me cannot be held back! I know my girls will be in school and away for much of the day soon enough. I enjoy every moment I have with them now. I will have more time to write than I know what to do with soon enough. Until then, I take my hour and my fingers fly!
Do you have any Works in Progress?
Too many to count, really! “Someone Always Loved You” is a self-published novel that I have never been able to let go of, but I have several novels under contract that I AM letting go of to publishers! “Wrong Place, Right Time” is a romantic comedy that comes out December 9th. “Accept this Dandelion” is slated for a Feb 2015 release. And “Mamarazzi” comes out in August 2015. All of those novels are clean romantic comedies…what I like to call cute little love stories. I even have a children’s book under contract for Feb 2016 called “Baby Sheep Gets a Haircut.” I couldn’t be more excited about any of those ventures and I look forward to writing more as soon as possible!
Have any advice for aspiring writers?
The best advice I can give is to keep at it. When I first wrote “Someone Always Loved You,” I actually tried to get it published and failed. I gave up on writing and didn't go back to it for a full decade. Now I feel like I wasted a lot of time. Getting something published feels like a needle in a haystack scenario. But if you don’t keep looking for that needle, you will NEVER find it! You need to write because you love it. If you love what you are doing, you already win! As for getting published, it will never happen if you don’t try. Keep trying and you’ll find the avenue that’s right for you.
Someone Always Loved You Summary
His first day on the job, ambulance driver Jay has a horrible accident. The victim of the crash is thrown into a coma and Jay keeps vigil by her side. As their lives, past and present intertwine; a story of love through time unfolds. An intricate drama including adoption, love, suspense, and plenty of questions, Someone Always Loved You is a novel that keeps the mind churning and the soul alive.
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Lou is a Seventy-five-pound boxer friend. I don’t need to worry about him finding me at my worst, nor does he care if I walk around the house complaining. He just looks at me with love in his eyes.
Lou’s the kind of dog that makes you feel like a queen. His human “mommy” can do no wrong.
He can be scary looking to others. All the elementary kids on the bus call him Vampire Dog, but he’s a baby. There’s nothing he enjoys better than climbing on your lap for a nap. Yes, all seventy-five pounds of him.
The house is never boring with Lou around and he’s too smart for his own good.
One day, he mastered the art of ringing the doorbell. It didn’t take Lou long to learn that when the music plays, someone opens the door. At first, I’d go to the front door, and no one was there, except Lou. He’d look back at me on his way inside as if to say, “thanks Mom.”
Finally, we caught him in the act of standing on his hind legs and pressing the chime. One afternoon Hubby and I came home. We walked into the house to an odd smell. Upon investigating hubby found that the doorbell was stuck. He had to undo the electric wire to the ringer. That day was rainy, so we figured Lou was tired of being outside. His constant pounding on the bell made the button stick, burning the motor out.
Lou is adventurous. He discovered that if he stands (again) on his hind legs, and the wooden door is open. He came hit the handle on the storm door with his paw and open it, and then run outside. If only, I could teach him to grab the handle from the outside and let himself back in! He runs to investigate every sound, and then when he’s satisfied the noise isn’t threatening he wants back in, usually five minutes later.
When I’m on the couch and Lou is cuddled beside me, I think back to the day we brought him home. Up until Lou, I must admit I didn’t know much about dog breeds and the dogs I have had were pocket pouches. Hubby and I were out enjoying a warm February 14. We stopped at a flea market, and there he was; the cutest little brindle colored puppy I have ever seen. I glanced at Hubby with my, Oh it’s cute. I’ve got to have this, expression. Hubby said, “You know this is a boxer.” I shook my head. In my mind, a Boxer would grow to be about thirty pounds. On the way, home my husband explained that my cute little puppy was going to be a seventy-pound dog.
Seventy-five pounds later, I still wouldn’t take anything for my Valentine.
I've nicked-named him baby boy. Hum.... might be an idea for a novel.
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