Welcome to Day 11 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors June Series! @MauraBeth2014 #TheEdgeOfFear @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC

#RRBC founder and president, Nonnie Jules, was kind enough to interview me for her series, 12 Days of Authors. Check it out here, and follow her blog. Hope you follow mine, too!

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12 Days of Authors Maura Beth Brennan

GIVEAWAY:

At the end of this series, 1 lucky visitor will win a (12) Kindle e-book pack which will include a copy of each book featured in this series + a $10 Amazon gift card + a book trailer, courtesy of 4WillsPublishing!  Simply leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing!

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On the 11th day of the June “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…

AUTHOR, MAURA BETH BRENNAN!

Author bio:

I grew up in the 50’s in what, I think, would now be called an “exburb.” We were really far out from everything and from other kids, and so I learned early on to use my imagination. I went to an all-girls Catholic high school, married young, had a daughter, got a divorce, remarried and eventually got a job writing job descriptions and other materials for the Department of Defense. I had gone…

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A new painting

Writer Robbie Cheadle introduces us to a wonderful artist, Smitha Vishmanath and her painting of the sun rising over a snowy scene. Refreshing in all this heat! Bonus – a link to a gallery of more paintings to brighten your Sunday:

Robbie's inspiration

My blogging friend, Smitha Vishwanath, started painting at the beginning of the pandemic last year. I have been watching her improve and stretch her creative wings with oil paints and watercolours and I am amazed by her progress and talent.

A couple of months ago, one of her paintings caught my eye and I bought it from her. Smitha was very obliging and arranged for the painting to be couriered to South Africa from Mumbai in India.

This painting of a group of barren trees in the snow really spoke to me.

I chose this painting as I love the contrast of the stark and bare trees in their snowy setting with the rising sun. The darkness of the tree trunks and branches and the bluey greys of the snow and shadows make the gorgeous brightness of the yellowy sun creeping up into the sky all the more warm…

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Developing Your Villain

Love creating villains for your readers to root against? Read this post from best-selling author, Staci Troilo, about adding depth to your characters.

Story Empire

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Ciao, SEers! I’ve been talking to you about some of my favorite character types the last couple of times I was with you. We’ve already gone over sidekicks and red herrings (if you missed them). Today, I’m sure it’s no surprise that I, the writer who delights in killing so many of her characters in so many different ways, is talking to you about the villain.

I feel like I could write a book on the subject. Many writers already have. Today, however, I want to focus on three points: power, motivation, and success.

Power

A villain needs to be a worth adversary for your hero. By worthy, I mean he needs to be slightly more powerful. Yes, more powerful. Not equal, not less. More.

If he’s too strong, he’ll never be beaten. Too weak…

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The other sister

Check out this fun and informative post by writer C.S. Boyack

Story Empire

Hi gang, Craig with you again today. We’re going to talk about something that could really help in your stories. I’m going to use the analogy of two sisters.

We all know Suspense. She’s pretty, gets invited to parties, and can carry a story all by herself. Readers are drawn to her like bees to honey. “Any more at home like her?” Funny you should ask. She has a sister.

This sister can really fill in the gaps in your tale, but she’s hard to get close to. She takes a bit of practice. Her name is Tension.

Tension

Your first attempts to talk with her might feel clumsy and forced, but it’s worth struggling through. She’s a powerful friend if you take the time.

She works like this: Things shouldn’t be comfortable for your main characters. Suspense can make them flip the pages, but if everything between the turning points…

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Welcome to Day 1 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors (June) Series! @Sharrislaughter #OurLadyOfVictory @RRBC_Org #RRBC

Here’s an author with an impressive history of activism and community involvement as well as fabulous books – Shirley Harris-Slaughter:

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12 Days of Authors Shirley

GIVEAWAY:

At the end of this series, 1 lucky visitor will win a (12) Kindle e-book pack which will include a copy of each book featured in this series + a $10 Amazon gift card + a book trailer, courtesy of 4WillsPublishing!  Simply leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing!

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On the 1st day of the June “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…

AUTHOR, SHIRLEY HARRIS-SLAUGHTER!

Author bio:

Shirley Harris-Slaughter is someone who means what she says and writes it down if she is inclined to. That is how she became the author of Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community which was written to address a need to preserve Catholic history in her local community.

“During my graduate studies I prepared an Applied Research Project to address the deplorable condition of our train station, in downtown Detroit…

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Book Reviews by Mae Clair: The Edge of Fear by Maura Beth Brennan #domesticthriller @maurabeth2014

The excellent author and book reviewer has given my book, The Edge of Fear, a five-star review and included it in her blog today! Here it is:

From the Pen of Mae Clair

Striped kitten lying on open book, eyeglasses resting on pages. Book and kitten on white blanket

It’s pool weather, which means I’ve been doing a lot of reading. It won’t happen often, but, yes this is my third book review post this week. My husband and I are traveling this weekend, leaving Friday to attend a family wedding. I won’t be visible after tomorrow until some time next week, so decided to share this today.

I always love when I discover the work of an author I haven’t read before and it resonates strongly with me. Today, I have the pleasure of sharing my review for The Edge of Fear by Maura Beth Brennan. Not only is this a fabulous story, but the character relationships alone kept me flipping pages!

BOOK BLURB:

When youhave everything you always wanted, you have everything to lose.

After years of struggling to overcome her tragic childhood, Hattie has the life of her dreams—a husband, a baby daughter, a beautiful home…

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Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – June 1st 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Alexa and Hell

How about a little humor for your day? Many thanks to Smorgasbord Blog Magazine:

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to laughter lines with some gems Debby Gies has discovered online and a few bits of humour from Sally.

If you have not discovered the non-fiction books by D.G. Kaye:Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK Blog: D.G. WritesGoodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads – Twitter: @pokercubster

Check out Debby’s column here on SmorgasbordD.G. Kaye Explores the Realms of Relationships 2020

Now something from Sally

For those of you who are not sure what to expect!!!

Is Hell Exothermic?

Actual question on a University of Washington chemistry midterm: “Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)? Support your answer with a proof.”

Most of the students’ proofs involved Boyle’s Law (gas cools when it expands and heats up when compressed) or some variant.

One student, however, wrote the following:

“First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing…

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Welcome to Day 11 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors (May) Series! @NonnieJules #NoPedigree @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC

Don’t miss this fun interview of the founder and president of RRBC:

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12 Days of Authors Nonnie Jules

THIS IS DETAILED BUT YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS ANY OF THE INFO!

GIVEAWAY:

At the end of this series, 1 lucky visitor will win a (12) Kindle e-book pack which will include a copy of each book featured in this series + a $10 Amazon gift card!  Simply leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing!

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On the 11th day of the May “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…

AUTHOR, NONNIE JULES!

Author bio:

I’m lazy, so I’m going to use the simple bio from my Twitter account:  Mommy, Wife, RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB President. Goal: To instill the importance of Professionalism & Reputation in the literary arena.

NJ:   Well, hi, Nonnie!  I’m so pleased I get to interview you, of all people, today!  Since you’re having a conversation with yourself in this interview, let’s jump right into it and entertain…

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Welcome to Day 7 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors (May) Series! @OverbeckRandy #CrimsonAtCapeMay @RRBC_Org

If you love a ghost story mixed with your mystery, the works of Randy Overbeck are made for you! Read a bit about him and his latest novel here:

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12 Days of Authors Randy Overbeck

GIVEAWAY:

At the end of this series, 1 lucky visitor will win a (12) Kindle e-book pack which will include a copy of each book featured in this series + a $10 Amazon gift card!  Simply leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing!

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On the 7th day of the May “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…

AUTHOR, RANDY OVERBECK!

Author bio:

Dr. Randy Overbeck is an award-winning educator, author and speaker, capturing state and national accolades for his work. As an educator, he served children for more than three decades in a range of roles captured in his novels, from teacher and coach to principal and superintendent.  As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Dr. Overbeck is an active member of the literary community, contributing to a writers’  group, serving as a mentor to emerging writers and participating in writing…

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Welcome to Day 3 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors (May) Series! @KaceyKells #Kellcey

Read about Kacey Kells, a fascinating and brave woman who is sharing her story to help.others.

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12 Days of Authors Kacey Kells

GIVEAWAY:

At the end of this series, 1 lucky visitor will win a (12) Kindle e-book pack which will include a copy of each book featured in this series + a $10 Amazon gift card!  Simply leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing!

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On the third day of the May “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…

AUTHOR, KACEY KELLS!

Author bio:

I only wrote and published one book: Kellcey. ATM I’m working on my thesis, but I will hopefully write and publish more books later. However, for more information, I would recommend you to read this short article: “KELLCEY by Kacey Kells… my story and my book explained”:  https://www.readersmagnet.club/kellcey-by-kacey-kells/ 

NJ:  Hi, Kacey!  Is your author name a pen name or your birth name?

Kacey:  Kacey Kells is my birth name

NJ:  How long have you been…

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