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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Voice for the Silent Fathers by Eddie K. Wright #Interview #Memoir #Giveaway @GoddessFish








Voice for the Silent Fathers
by Eddie K. Wright


BLURB:

In his memoir, Eddie shares his story of becoming a father at 18 years old who realized his son was showing ‘stereotypical’ signs of being gay while still in diapers. Spending most of his adult life engulfed in the street gangster/hip-hop culture where this subject was not only hushed but deeply frowned upon, he gives us the voice for what’s been kept silent for far too long, confronting almost every aspect of this taboo topic. It took years for him to silently accept his son’s homosexuality himself, regardless of all the signs. When his son was five years old, his favorite color was pink and there was nothing Dad could do about it. By the age of fourteen; he was an internet sensation, dancing on YouTube building his fan base to guarantee his success when performing as a drag queen a few years later. Eddie addresses the questions most are scared to ask; Was there anything I could do to stop my son’s homosexuality? When did I know my son was gay? What made him that way? Parents will find comfort in reading that Eddie admits that his son’s feminine behaviors embarrassed him and he seriously contemplated abandonment, a choice that too many fathers feel they have to choose.

He shares witnessing the desperation in the eyes of fathers, from all walks of life, who have pulled him aside, away from listening ears wanting to know the answers to these frequently asked questions, agonizing the possibilities that their son might be gay.



Excerpt Two:

Chapter One Excerpt:

…” My son Drew was born September 20, 1990. I don't know if homosexuality is a biological or mental condition. I never thought Drew would grow up making the conscious decision to be gay, the way other kids were making plans to become firefighters, police officers, or doctors.

When I would ask him what he wanted to be when he grew up, he would tell me all the normal kid choices, he never straight out said, "Dad, I want to be a gay ballerina dancer!" However, as a father with a keen street intuition, I sensed something abnormal was having an effect on Drew.

At a very young age, he began displaying mannerisms similar to his mother. He started sucking his teeth and rolling his eyes. He would tilt his head and alter his voice to imitate a girlish tone and it would get on my nerves. This was happening when he was around four or five years old, and I avoided paying too much attention to those signs for fear of re-reinforcing those flamboyant behaviors.

Around others, especially the women in Drew’s life, I was depicted as "Mr. Macho”. I was the bad guy who was always "over-reacting" when I addressed and attempted to correct certain mannerisms that just couldn't be ignored.

My "Gaydar" was active watching all his behaviors for a "Gayness Alert!" which would make me rush in, like the heterosexual swat team, to stop whatever he was doing and make it more boyish.”…



Author Interview


1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Currently, I'm serving a 45 year sentence as a result of the gangster mentality I used to maintain. I use my time productively and "woke up" to my spirituality after my first year in jail.  I've been incarcerated since 2004. I've been known as the Gangster Turned Guru, since I am the most positive and optimistic person walking the penitentiary yard of Canaan, one of the most violent prisons in America.

2. What do you do when your not writing?
When I'm not writing, I'm working out, cooking, reading or watching Ancient Aliens.

3. Do you have a day job as well?
Although I'm in prison, I have my own little business, making cheese cakes and pizza's that I sell to support myself and help out with child support.  Unbeknownst to those that don't know, it cost a lot to live comfortably in prison, especially if you want to eat healthy.

4. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I first started writing about 12 years ago, a year after I got locked up.  It was like therapy and gave me a sense of freedom. It took me about 6 months to write "Voice for the Silent Fathers" my first published book that was release in 2016.

5. How did you choose the genre you write in?
I write spiritual self-help material.  I write about what I lived and experience, what I've learned and what I share with others.

6. Where do you get your ideas?
I get my idea's based on my life experience.  I'm in prison so the things that I hear, see, or are a part of can't be made up.

7. Do you ever experience writer's block?
It's hard for me to have writer's block in here.  I do make time to detach from writing so I don't burn out.  But I cherish all the time I have to write.

8. Do you write an outline, or just write?
I do both.  I start by just writing and then when I'm a few chapters in I make an outline to help develop where I want to go with the book.

9. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
So many authors come to mind but right off top I would say Neal Donald Walsh and his "Conversations with God" book series.

10. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting you first book published?
The biggest challenge for me, being in prison was working around the lock downs.  In the middle of typing chapters to my publisher, the prison would get locked down for a month at a time.  I would have phone interviews set, that had to be rescheduled and then I have to prepare for the recorded interruptions, while making sure to get all the questions answered in 15 minutes.  On top of that, I only have 300 minutes a month, so yeah there were a few obstacles we had to overcome.

11. If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
The one thing I would change is the proof reading for the typo's.  The spell check doesn't always work as well as we expected it too.

12. How do you market your work?  What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
I have to leave that up to my publishing company.  All I'm able to do is write post.  I have 6 copies of "Voice for the Silent Fathers" on my unit of 120 convicts that circulate around, and on the last page, I wrote a message asking them to request the book to a family member or friend for now.  That's all I'm really able to do, besides phone interviews and things like this tour which is great for me.

13. Can you tell us about your upcoming book? 
Next is "The Evolution of a Gangster Turned Guru" which is based on my spiritual transformation from these last 13 years.

14. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
All my books are based on real life experiences.  All non-fiction so far.  As imaginative as some of the story seem....it's all real.

15. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I guess one of my favorite chapters was when I took the family to Disney World.  The kids were so happy and still talk about that trip.  It was the one real family trip they experienced.  I'm able to laugh at myself and my antic's.

16. How did you come up with the title?
The title just made sense because fathers don't talk about the issue of having a gay son.  We're silent, from being embarrassed, angry, and afraid.  I felt like I was alone dealing with this but I couldn't be since everyone has a father.  I just never knew a father that accepting his gay son.

17. What project are you working on now?
 I'm writing the final draft of "The Evolution of a Gangster Turned Guru", which will be out in the beginning of 2019.

18. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
The toughest criticism was from my mother, who at first didn't like the book because it revealed a side of me she didn't know about or refused to accept.  No matter what, I'm her baby boy.  So when she told me she hated it, I was crushed at first.
The best compliment, was from a friend whose son came out to him a few months after he read my book and he told me that if he hadn't read "Voice for the Silent Fathers" he wouldn't have handled it so well.  He added that he'll be able to love and accept his son.  That was the full intention of writing my story.

19. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Advice for writers is to keep writing!  Don't get discouraged and know that the magic happens in the re-write.

20. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I just want to thank my readers for all the support, and if you've read "Voice for the Silent Fathers, I don't consider you a fan, I consider you a friend.  Thanks you again!


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

First time author Eddie K. Wright is a fitness trainer, Yoga instructor, spiritual motivational speaker and an inmate at a federal prison.  His personal transformation upon realizing the Universal laws and love of life, supports his conviction in his "Gangster to Guru" book series. The premier release "VOICE FOR THE SILENT FATHERS" details the struggle and inner conflict with being the parent of a homosexual child in the day, and a known connected gangster at night. Overcoming his "No son of mine" mentality, by realizing the true meaning of unconditional love wasn't easy, but his deep insight, heartfelt honesty, and 'laugh to keep from crying' attitude, makes for a humorous read for anyone touched by this issue which means it's for everyone!

Visit my Voice for the Silent Fathers website: http://voiceforthesilentfathers.com
Subscribe to my blog: http://eddiekwright.com
Friend me on Facebook: http://facebook.com/eddiekwright
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Follow my GoodReads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/EddieKWright
Visit my Gangster Turned Guru Series website: http://gangstertoguru.com
Visit my Publishers website:  http://mwrightgroup.com

BUY LINKS:  
The Book will be FREE at Smashwords During the Tour
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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER 

Eddie will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

BOOK BLAST: Come Back to Me by Trilina Pucci #Romance #Suspense #Giveaway @GoddessFish











This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. One randomly drawn commenter will receive an author selected package which includes a signed copy of the book, mug, water bottle, and other essentials for the avid reader. The other stops on the tour can be found here: 
 http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2018/04/book-blast-come-back-to-me-by-trilina.html






Mia West is drawn to Cole Parker and she doesn't know why but each time he is around, she can't stop the pull, drawing her into dark secrets and closer to her past. Will she put the pieces of her life back together or just end up in his bed?

When she meets Jack, it's clear he wants Mia as his own but knows that to keep her means he has to keep her away from Cole. She wants to feel the spark with Jack but something keeps holding her back. Is it Cole or is there more to Jack than meets the eye?

When her past and present intersect, both men will give her reasons to run, the question is...whose arms will she run into.

Come Back to Me is the first book in the Forever series duet. The finale, Forever with Me, releases in June.

Enjoy an Excerpt:

“You have a little bit… right, here.” He uses his thumb to brush a spot of chocolate sauce from my lips. The heat from his thumb on my mouth spreads through my body and right to my center. Before I can help myself, the tip of my tongue licks the pad of his thumb. It happens so fast, but it’s as if we are suspended in time. I watch his eyes, suddenly nervous and yet not at all, and a low growl emerges from the back of his throat. He pulls away quickly, not wanting to call attention to us. All I can think of is that I want to suck on that thumb, just as a preview of what else I can do to him!


About the Author:




Trilina is an author, wife, and mama to three rowdy kiddos. When she isn't making grilled cheese sandwiches, she can be found writing saucy novels that titillate and excite her readers.

Social Media Links

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

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39650406

Buy Links

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/come-back-to-me-47

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

BLURB BLITZ: Entrance by J.J. Sorel #Contemporary #Romance #Giveaway @GoddessFish










This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. J.J. Sorel will be awarding copies of the entire series (3 books in all) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.





Clarissa Moone is a young, classy, impoverished art history graduate. Her life transforms when she lands a job working for the enigmatic billionaire, Aidan Thornhill. As the contract stipulates that she reside at his lavish Malibu estate, Clarissa suddenly finds herself surrounded by jaw-dropping art and opulence. A significant step up from the run-down apartment she shares with her best friend.


Aidan Thornhill is a self-made billionaire whose earlier start in life was riddled with poverty and a dysfunctional upbringing. Running away from scandal, he joins the army and works his way up to the Special Forces. Accompanied by haunting memories, Thornhill re-enters civilian life with a million dollars gifted to him by a dying buddy. He travels to Europe where he develops a passion for art. And after many astute investments, he becomes one of LA’s wealthiest bachelors.


Voluptuous, intelligent and sensitive, Clarissa Moone's beauty makes Aidan gasp for air. But with a reputation that is as much invented as true, he has to convince Clarissa that he is not a heart-breaker. Aidan Thornhill’s movie-star looks, love of art and passionate support for the downtrodden, soon wins Clarissa’s heart, soul, and innocence.

After living a life devoted to intellectual pursuits and art, being new to love, she succumbs to her smoldering hot boss, who stops at nothing to pleasure her, sending Clarissa off into toe-curling ecstasy.


Behind the scenes, however, the claws are out. Determined to stir trouble, three characters, one of whom, a spoilt heiress, do everything to reap revenge.


With mutual burning passion impossible to extinguish, the couple's chemistry is so potent that their souls implode when Thornhill’s mysterious past threatens to drive a wedge between them. The former soldier goes into battle determined to have Clarissa even if it means losing everything.


Read an Excerpt:


“Leave it to me, Clary. We’ll have you looking sexy and professional in no time.” She looped her arm in mine and was all bouncy.


“Not sexy, only professional,” I said.


“Don’t lay that virgin crap on me. You’re working for the hottest guy in town,” she blurted so loudly people’s heads turned.


“Tell the whole of LA, why don’t you?” I snapped.


“You’ve got a figure to die for and a face like Natalie Wood’s,” Tabitha said, dragging me along by my hand.


“Tabs, need I keep reminding you that I’m employed as a PA?”


“I know, I know. But there’s no harm in making the most of your assets,” she said, sounding more like an ambitious mother by the minute.


We passed “Yesterday’s Child” my favorite vintage shop. Instincts fully aroused, I headed for the doorway. Tabitha pulled me back. “No vintage, Clary, only contemporary, stylish, and sexy.”


“Vintage can be super classy and fashionable,” I argued. Although she was right, I had a pathological addiction to 1960s clothes. Tabitha said it was because I was trying to emulate my late mother. I couldn’t disagree. My mother and I were so alike in build that I still wore her clothes. It was an obsession that had caused much trouble at college, at least until vintage became fashion. Then the bullies suddenly regarded my Mondrian-inspired mini worn over white patent-leather boots with envy.


“Let’s go there.” Tabitha pointed to an enormous department store. I followed along submissively.


About the Author:






50 Shades of Grey was the first contemporary romance book I’d ever read. Up to that point, I’d spent my entire reading life buried in literature.

But then, one day, I picked up 50 Shades of Grey and couldn’t put it down. Impressed by their heart-felt, down to earth portrayal of love and sex, I quickly developed a voracious appetite for contemporary romance books. I was so inspired by the genre that I decided to explore that world as a writer.

After completing a certificate in Writing Romance with the Australian College of Journalism I embarked on writing three books. All of which are still sitting on my computer.

Then Aidan Thornhill entered my imagination and came alive on paper. From that moment, like all emotional love stories, nothing else mattered. I fell in love. And was compelled to write, almost in a frenzy, every day without fail. I am presently working on my latest novel – The Importance of Being Wild.



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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

BOOK BLAST: His Valentine by Megan Slayer #Gay #Romance #Giveaway @GoddessFish











This post is part of a virtul book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Megan will be awarding a bracelet made by the author and a signed swag pack to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.



Brandon Kidd thought he overcame his demons. He thought he’d conquered his addiction to booze and his need to be promiscuous. He thought he’d left his depression behind. Why? He met and is dating Aydin, the man who stokes his muse. But the depression and his insecurity have come back, and he’s also got to pass his annual review for his fine arts program. He’s got to get through the grueling review, open up to Aydin and have the Valentine’s Day he deserves?


Aydin loves Brandon. He sees the changes in his boyfriend and wants to help, but how do you help when you don’t know the problem exactly? To compound the problem, Brandon’s brother, Benson, has started causing trouble. Benson doesn’t want his brother to be gay, let alone in a relationship. Aydin found the strength to admit he wanted to be with Brandon. Aydin’s come into his own. Will he be enough for Brandon or will the crushing outside influence be too much to overcome?


They’ve come together for Valentine’s Day, but can the romance last?


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©2018 Megan Slayer, All Rights Reserved


Aydin sighed. Instead of focusing on the things he couldn’t change, he centered his attention on dinner. He pulled the ziti from the oven, then once it cooled enough to handle, plated a serving each for him and Brandon. He glanced over at the living room and Brandon on the couch. Until he’d opened up to Brandon, he hadn’t thought he’d fall in love. Geeky guys who cared more about lighting and special effects weren’t the ones who got the hot men. But he’d landed Brandon. If love was possible, then he wanted to fall head over heels with Brandon. Maybe he already had. He wouldn’t have posed for anyone else. He poured two glasses of sparkling cider.


Brandon appeared in the doorway. “Want help?”


“I do.” He paused. “So…do you want to talk about whatever is eating you?”


Brandon picked up the plates. “I noticed the rose on the coffee table.”


“Good dodge.” He scooped up the forks, napkins, and cider glasses. “I know it’s not exciting, but it’s kind of chick-y. I though you could use the rose for a drawing or two after tonight.” He shrugged. “Happy Valentine’s Day.”


“Happy Valentine’s Day.” Brandon hurried into the bathroom. “I’ll be right back.”


Aydin sank onto the sofa. Brandon wasn’t kidding—relationships were hard. More so when one partner wouldn’t talk to the other. He busied himself with arranging the plates on the coffee table. The rose did look striking between the bowls. He wasn’t a connoisseur of flowers, but he liked the fragrance of the rose.


“Are you okay?” Aydin asked. “Do I need to rescue you?”


“I’m good.”


Aydin slid onto the floor and rested his elbows on the coffee table. He wished he were good, too. Maybe he just needed to be patient. Brandon would explain what was wrong, and they could tackle the issue together. A man could hope, right?



About the Author:

Megan Slayer, aka Wendi Zwaduk, is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to LGBTQ and BDSM themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been the runner up in the Kink Category at Love Romances Café as well as nominated at the LRC for best author, best contemporary, best ménage and best anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on Amazon.com.



When she’s not writing, Megan spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice.



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Monday, April 16, 2018

Out Now! Impossible by Allyson Young #Romance @EvernightPub




Blurb:


Both being extremely independent and familiar withrejection, Celeste Hill and Elliot Godwin have a short but intense timetogether, something very special.

She heads off to a coveted job, leaving him to puzzle outhow he might pursue a connection he’d never dreamed of having. And, despitepursuing her dream, Celeste can’t stop thinking about Elliot and what mighthave been.

Returning home before he can follow her, she tells him theyare pregnant. Impossible. Believing he’s sterile, the reason his wife left him,Elliot is devastated—and lashes out. Celeste flees his cruel words, puttingdistance between them, and now determined not to name him as the father oftheir child.

But miracles do happen and men can come to their senses.Elliot follows his heart and Celeste again opens hers for their happily everafter.


Buy Links:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C1SWBFX
                    http://www.evernightpublishing.com/impossible-by-allyson-young/
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                    https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/impossible-allyson-young/1128491858?ean=2940155207184












Excerpt:


Knowing the majority of her response was hormone-fueled did nothing to mitigate themeltdown. How hard had she held herself against the news until now, sharingwith no one but him? Forgoing the acceptance and excitement of her friends andfamily… Doing the right thing, notifying the father first. She sobbed andchoked until she thought her throat would tear and her lungs collapse, hercheeks raw with the deluge. Her baby…She pressed a hand against her abdomen, whispering a heartfelt reassurance. Not about you, sweetheart. I love you.
It felt like hours but was, in reality, a few shortminutes before she wrestled back her composure, albeit as a soggy wreck ofexhaustion.
Impossible. She’dsorted out the reasoning—and ensuing rejection—behind his flat comment in shortorder. But it wasn’t impossible. He was capable regardless of what he believed.
The tiny seed in her belly was living proof.
But it didn’t matter. He thought she’d come to him,pregnant with another man’s child, to cadge… She couldn’t bear to think of whathe thought of her. His opinion didn’t matter either. Asshole.
Fumbling for a wad of tissues, she mopped up whatremained of her makeup and took a shuddering breath, pushing any thought ofElliot Godwin from her head.
A tap on the window drew a muffled shriek as shestarted, turning to stare at his unwelcome bulk hunched over her little car,his handsome face only inches away. His silvery eyes were narrowed, cold andimpenetrable, not at all like the turbulent wash of emotion when he’d been asdeep inside her as any man could be in a woman. Planting their child.
As emotionally drained as she was, she couldn’t help thefaint shiver of that arousing memory before dispatching it. Stupid hormones.
She eased the window down a notch. “What?”
His gaze took inher face and she knew what he saw. She never cried prettily, but then sherarely cried. Make that never. Tears were for the weak. He would know that.
“Are you all right?”
Like he cared. She was a slut, remember? Well, maybenot—Elliot didn’t judge, at least about consenting adults sexing things up. So,what then? What was a woman called who tried to stick a guy with a kid thatwasn’t his? Something far worse in his eyes, for sure.
“I’m fine.” She whirred the window back up and threw thevehicle into gear.
With cautiousregard to his proximity, she drove forward and then guided the car back ontothe pavement, ignoring his tall form in the mirror.


Author Bio:

Allyson Young lives in cottage country, Manitoba, Canada with her husband and numerous pets. she has always enjoyed the written word, and after reading an erotic romance, quite by mistake, decided to try her hand at penning one.

A best selling Amazon author, a hybrid author, as of December 2017, along with her alter ego and three co-authors, she has published four series and several standalones in contemporary, sci fi, fantasy and suspense genres--50 books in total.


Allyson will write until whatever is inside is satisfied, until the heroes man up and the heroines get what they deserve. Love isn't always sweet, and she favours the darker side of romance.





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