Monday, October 26, 2009

Daughter of Narcissus by Lady Colin Campbell

Daughter of Narcissus is a stunning analysis by Lady Colin of her own dysfunctional family positioned at the heart of upper class Jamaican society from the middle of the 20th century to the present day. Covering the end of the British Colonial Age and the rise of a liberated generation, whilst addressing the narcissistic personality of her mother, the author brilliantly interconnects the sociological, political and personal. As she dissects the family dynamics lying beneath the appearance of wealth and power, Lady Colin’s understanding of personality disorder is revelatory: compelling the reader to comprehend the destructive and tragic reality concealed by rational language and behavior.

Set against a backdrop of glamour, wealth and fame, this compulsive book is both a fascinating history of one socially prominent family, and a uniquely detailed analysis of narcissism, its manifestations and how to survive them in order to lead a purposeful and affirming life.

Interview with Lady Colin Campbell:

Why did you write the book?

Daughter of Narcissus
was not my idea. The suggestion that I write it came from the eminent American psychoanalyst Dr. Erika Freeman. She thought that I could make a contribution of value to a subject, narcissistic personality disorder, that at the time (three or so years
ago) had been little addressed by professionals much less by those who had lived through it.

At first I baulked at the prospect, not only because I am not a professional psychoanalyst/psychiatrist/psychologist, but also because I felt it would violate my mother in writing a book about her. Erika convinced me that there would be no disloyalty in writing the truth about my mother, for she was already dead, and the experience I had gained as a result of her problems might help others who were living through or trying to recover from what I had survived and managed to turn into something psychologically and spiritually enriching.

What is your favourite part?

I cannot say I really have a favourite part. The book needs to be taken as a whole, for it is an amalgam of so many varied traits, qualities, blessings, curses, failings, and it covers such a wide spectrum of experiences and periods that the sum of the whole is greater than any of the parts, in my view.

What was hardest to write?

One must remember that I am a professional writer who has written many books, so writing comes as naturally to me as typing does to a secretary.

On a more personal front, because I had been through therapy many years ago, and had therefore buried all my ghosts, there was no one part of Daughter of Narcissus which was particularly hard to write.

I do feel, however, that it would have been impossible, rather than merely difficult, to write the book had I not been through the cathartic process which good therapy is.

Personality disorders are very damaging to everyone who encounters them, and I cannot conceive of any writer doing justice to a subject that is so complex, conflicting, contradictory and turbulent without first having gained a degree of emotional distance and serenity through therapy. I would go as far as saying that personality disorders are not fit subjects for writers to use as cathartic vehicles, for the damage they can do to others as well as themselves can be great indeed, unless they are in command of both themselves and their subject. And such command does not come through off-loading one's pain on a reading public which will often be vulnerable, but in healing yourself and understanding not only what you suffered, but what your perpetrator also suffered. In a word, compassion rather than judgementalism or emotional dumping will ultimately be more productive not only for the writer but also the reader.

What do you hope readers get from your book?

I hope they gain knowledge they did not possess before they started to read the Daughter of Narcissus, as well as confirmation for the instincts they have or have had when dealing with people who suffer from narcissistic personality disorder and its related personality disorders. NPD is quite a difficult disorder to cope with, and I hope that by being as honest and open as I have been, readers who might be in positions that are similar to that which I and my siblings and other relations were in vis-à-vis Gloria, will somehow benefit from my experience. I don't pretend that dealing with NPD is easy, or that it is painless, but I do hope that by the end of the book those who are locked into relationships with NPDs will have gained sufficient tools to lighten their load and maybe even to begin the process of liberation.

It may not be possible to have a truly good relationship with an NPD, but I found that it was possible, if one drew the lines very definitely and faced what one was dealing with constructively and positively, that I could have as good a relationship with my NPD as her disorder allowed. So instead of it always being dreadful, or of her usually making me feel dreadful, one could draw what little good existed out of the relationship, while minimising the inevitable discomfort.

What's next for you?

Daughter of Narcissus
is the second book in a row I have written about an anti-heroine, the first being Empress Bianca, about a double murderess who evades being tried for her crimes but finds that public odium for her actions is so great that the world instead of a cell has become her prison.

I think a change of pace is appropriate as well as desirable, so after I have promoted Daughter of Narcissus I shall be embarking on two separate projects. The first is an intellectual indulgence which will most likely make me not a penny, but will bring such pleasure that I will not mind. It is editing an eighteenth century memoir of a French royal who had strong views on how Louis XV1 and Marie Antoinette reacted to as well as mismanaged their responses to the Revolution, with a foreword which will explain the characters involved and their significance in what has already gone down in history as the first great revolution. In my view there has been far too much partisanship in considering the French Revolution and its main players, and now that sufficient time has elapsed for consideration to be given to each participant in an even-handed way, thinking people should be able to digest and incorporate the facts and contradictions without becoming so polarised that they adopt unnecessarily pro-royalist or -republican positions.

My second project will be the indulgence of another interest. I
suspect it will have far greater general appeal. I have been
commissioned to update and expand my 1986 Guide to Being a Modern Lady.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Eden Fell by Lily

A dark and modern fairytale that chronicles Eden's life as she falls from grace. Following a stream of consciousness, she journeys with her constant companions, the snake and the rhinoceros, through her life as an abstract painter to the end of the world. Together, the three of them encounter zombie marionettes, a frost prince, a winter sprite and a diligent gardener. Without the snake and the rhinoceros, there is only a punk kid, a clerk at a convenience store, an agent and a smattering of acquaintances. Watch... as Eden falls.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Zombie Cookbook by Kim Richards: Reviews

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Mini Review by Karina:

I'll post other reviews below, but thought I'd put in my two cents. Light on the horror and heavy on the fun, this book has a lot of imaginative stories and cover the gamut of interests. "A Hard Message to Deliver" is very well done horror, while "A Zombie's APB" will make you snort out your brains. "The Secret Ingredient" has a "cozy mystery" feel to it, as did "Brain Food." I could see "Brain Salad for Dummies" featured in Zombieland. "A Zombie Named Clete," "Beer-Battered Brains," and "Quick and Easy Zombie Pastie" are cute, fun reads, while "Express Cuisine" never stops with the action. (I won't comment on "Wokking Dead" or "My Big, Fat, Zombie Wedding," except to say I was laughing for hours after I wrote them, they were such fun.)

I will warn you: a few of these stories have excessive profanity, IMHO. I don't recommend this for kids because of that.

Wrap of of Reviews!

The Zombie Cookbook helps, what really keeps the idea of zombies “fresh” in the mind of readers around the globe is its collection of stories, poems, sketches and recipes which orbit around a subject everyone can sink their teeth into: Food!
--Trent Kinsey,

As you can imagine, all of these stories are written tongue-in-rotted-cheek. So if you want a fun collection of writing that mixes humor, horror, and a dash of cilantro, pick up The Zombie Cookbook.
-- Sean McLachlan, cot 5

"Are you a fan of rotting flesh, drooping eyeballs, dismembered bodies, romance? Romance? Yes, The Zombie Cookbook has something for everyone whether your reading tastes lean toward the gruesome or the romantic. Kim Richards has put together an eclectic collection of zombie tales and recipes... Interspersed with these delectable tales are eye-popping, finger-licking good illustrations provided by the talented George Silliman"
Penny Ehrenkranz,

The Zombie Cookbook is kick-ass, 'pee-your-pants' funny, and definitely worth checking out! For those with a dark, twisted, sick sense of humor, GET THIS!! 5 Stars!
--Shaun Collins, Purple Raven Reviews:

If you’re a fan of zombie fiction, I would definitely recommend picking this up. Don’t try the recipes at home, though, unless you’ve got a shambling dead to feed.
--Muse's Block, Sinai Enantia,

...well-written. ...When the collection hits its high points, in stories like The Right Recipe and My Big Fat Zombie Wedding, you end up discovering some short stories that have a lot of depth and world-building done to them in addition to the puns and slapstick humour that pepper the book. ...definitely worth checking out.

Ryan Harron,

The Zombie cookbook puts a totally new twist on the lives or rather lack thereof, of such creatures.
--Ron Berry,

full of surprises--a wonderful break from the traditional Halloween-type horror stories
-- Books and Authors,

Monday, October 19, 2009

CSFF Presents: Haunt of Jackals by Eric Wilson


When Jesus was resurrected, ancient scripture says many rose from the grave. Today, 36 from this group of undead remain. Known as the Nistarim, they are here to watch over the world.

When Judas hung himself, his blood mysteriously gave rise to another group of undead: the unholy Collectors. Now very much alive, they feed on souls and human blood.

Both groups of immortals still walk among us in an eternal struggle. Now both are after a single target--a boy named Pavel who may possess the key to the Collectors' unlimited power...or ultimate downfall.

Gina, a woman fleeing for her own life, is determined to protect the boy at all costs. She has survived one battle with the undead already, but has no idea how long she'll be able to stay a step ahead of them.

The Jerusalem's Undead Trilogy takes readers on a riveting journey, as imaginative fiction melds with biblical and archaeological history.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Dead Science, by Anthony Giangregorio et al.


The human intellect knows no bounds because of them.
We’ve built cities and nations upon them.
We’ve stopped the spread of terrible diseases because of what we’ve learned from them.
Lives have been saved . . . but lives also have been lost.
Now those lives have returned from the grave, seeking revenge.
Sometimes . . . science goes wrong.


Featuring the terrifying tales of 13 authors, Dead Science brings you stories of the undead unlike any you’ve ever read before. Prepare to go behind-the-scenes and learn about the causes of various zombie uprisings and the havoc these creatures wreak upon the living.

Stories by:
Gustavo Bondoni, Eric S. Brown, Michael Cieslak, Lorne Dixon, Anthony Giangregorio, Glen Held, Becca Morgan, Mark Onspaugh, Gina Ranalli, Vincent L. Scarsella, Jason V. Shayer, Ryan C. Thomas and Adam J. Whitlatch.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Zombie Cookbook Featured Chef Lin Neiswender

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Lin Neiswender does a turn-about is fair play story with "The Right Recipe."

Lin knew from childhood, with the rich language of her Alabama surroundings firing her imagination, that she was destined to be a writer but lacked the courage to follow through on her dreams until her later years. She now lives in Central Florida and the climate must agree with her, as she has finally blossomed into a bonafide writer. Her work has appeared in Flashshot and will be in the upcoming anthology "Vicious Verses and Reanimated Rhymes: Zany Zombie Poetry for the Undead Head," with more work to follow. Lin spends her spare time collaging, cruising the Internet, and playing with her Shetland Sheepdog who thinks it is his job to try and kill the mailman. She can be reached though her website Land of Lin at

Why did you write this story?

I started chuckling when I read the title, so I knew it was the project for me.
Not being an especially blood and gore kind of gal, I thought humor mixed in
would be just right for that anthology. I couldn't resist sending the call for
submission on to Carla Girtman, also published in the anthology. I knew she
would appreciate the unique juxtaposition of zombies and recipes. It turned out
to be a zombie year for both of us.

What was your favorite part of writing the story?

Working in the humor was the most fun; leavening the gruesome aspects was
important to me. Can't have a zombie without the dangling body parts, but I
wanted a different spin to it with the humor.

Do you like zombie tales? Why or why not?

I can't say that I was a great reader of zombie fiction. In fact, I had to go
brush up on my zombie facts and mythos to write the story. Then I made my own
vision of the creatures-- what any writer is expected to do.

What else do you write?

I write speculative flash fiction and poetry, and have several novels in
progress. I recently joined a crit group which I hope pushes my boundaries and
helps expand my publishing credits. I'm a closet literary fic gal so that may be
my next venture.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Zombie Cookbook: Featured Chef Carla Girtman

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Carla Girtman brings a twist to zombie domestic bliss with "Brain Food."

Carla lives in Central Florida with her family and two cats. When she isn't working undercover at an international airport or teaching online, she manages to write speculative flash fiction and poetry. She has successfully participated in National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) for three years. Her work has been published in Clockwise Cat, Flashshots, Demonic Tome, Flashes in the Dark and a poem will appear in the soon to be released anthology Poems of the Dead. Carla is currently working on "Wordscapes" a collection of her published and unpublished work. (Her cats claim they write better than she does and want their work included.) She hopes to have her website up and running by the end of the year.

Why did you write this story?

This story started off as a prompt from the Speculative Flash Fiction writing group. Then my friend Linda (also published in this anthology!) sent me the call for submissions for Zombie fiction and well, the Zombie muse said "Hey, you got one. Submit that one!" Of course there's nothing like waiting until the night submissions close. I am frantically editing using the critiques I got from the group and trying to meet deadline that is just seconds away. The Zombie muse breathing down my neck, "It's fine! Just submit the d*** story!!!" Less than fifteen minutes later, my story was accepted!

What was your favorite part of writing the story?

Crafting words into a well written story is always my favorite part of any story. When I do write zombie fiction, I try to put a different spin on the zombie world besides the "must eat brains" mentality.

Do you like zombie tales? Why or why not?

I don't go out of my way to read zombie fiction, but I will give it a fair shot once in a while. Piers Anthony wrote an interesting novel involving the Zombie King trying to find a wife that was pretty good. A lot of the zombie fiction I've read seems to dwell too much on the violent aspect of the Zombie world. I'm more into Greg Bear, Joan Vinge, or Robert Jordan's fiction. My all time favorite book is Kiln People by David Brin.

What else do you write?

I am the editor for my church's bi-monthly newsletter as well as being an online instructor for contemporary communication. Grading papers has taken away more of my writing time than I had ever expected. But when I find time to write, I focus on short speculative fiction every chance I get with the great prompts from our writing group's moderator, Michael Kechula. He and the group have spearheaded my confidence as a speculative fiction writer. As a direct result of their help and feedback, my list of publications continues to grow!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Zombie Cookbook: Featured Chef Lisa Haselton

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Lisa Haselton bring culinary assassination to the Zombie Cookbook with her story, "The Secret Ingredient."

Mystery lover at heart, Lisa's writing was influenced by Stephen King at an impressionable age. She enjoys writing flash and short horror, as well as mystery and other genre pieces. Her fiction has been published in Mysterical-E, The Fiction Flyer, Pen Pricks Micro Fiction, and Flashshot. Lisa's first historical time-travel romance was published in June by Red Rose Publishing under a pseudonym. She's a full-time independent editor and freelance writer. There's nothing more satisfying than playing with words. Lisa Haselton has been writing since her youth. She's written in many genres including horror, mystery, and fantasy, and has several short stories published. Some stories have won or placed in contests. Words are like oxygen to her; she needs to write every day. She hopes her stories are as enjoyable for others to read as they are for her to create. She loves creating a perfectly good world and then twisting it out of proportion.

Why did you write this story?

I wanted to write a story to go with the poem “A Zombie Named Clete”. The poem came to me in a rush, and I thought it would be great to have a story to go with it. It took me quite a while to decide on the setting for the short story which turned into “Secret Ingredient”, but once I figured out the setting, the story developed for me.

What was your favorite part of writing the story?

Doing a little bit of research on zombies so my story would be based with zombie ‘facts’.

Do you like zombie tales? Why or why not? – in general I’m more of a vampire and werewolf person, but I like to try new subjects, and when the zombie one came along I thought I’d give it a shot.

What else do you write?

I write a lot of mysteries and horror. I was definitely influenced by Stephen King. I can be writing a happy-go-lucky story and then it’ll twist into something I never expected. I love that part of the process – when the story takes off and I’m along for the ride instead of trying to figure out the roadmap.

Where can we find you online?
I can be found at and

Is there anything in your story based upon a real life event? If so, tell us about it. – The setting is based a bit on a WY dude ranch I spent some time at this year. I liked the idea of having a ranch because it is set off from the general population. Serving meals and having a non-meat-eating zombie who loved to cook just made me giggle, so I had to work with it.

When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

Since my very first journal when I was a young girl. I have always enjoyed reading and exploring (I grew up with very few neighbors and lots of land to explore), and I’d make up stories as I was out in the woods. There is a long family history with my home and so I tried to imagine what other generations experienced on the same property. My mind has always been awhirl with stories. I have to write to get them out and make room for new stories.

Have you ever written something that you’re afraid to let other people read? Why?

Absolutely. My dark side scares me at times. I have a couple of stories that I’m not sure anyone will ever see.

What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it?

The toughest part for me is deciding when a piece has had enough editing. Deciding when it is as good as I intended it to be. I get past it by eventually telling myself to stop editing and move on to my next piece. I believe I average about 5 rewrites for short stories now. It’d be so easy to keep tweaking and changing and rewriting.

About the rest of the contributors:

Kim Richards, Editor: Co-founder and CEO of Damnation Books, she's also on staff for Writer's Chatroom; writes columns for and Writers and Readers of Distinctive Fiction; and blogs at The Write Brigade bi-monthly. Her website featuring her own writing is at Becca Butcher: Becca Butcher lives in western North Carolina with several family members who frequently give her strange looks. She can be found scribbling into a notepad while working the day job, singing loudly with the radio while driving, or online both writing and flirting, for research purposes of course. Becca writes fantasy, humor, romance, erotica and personal blogs on everything from writing to relationships. More info can be found at, and

Carla Girtman: Featured Oct 9.

Cinsearae Santiago, contributor and cover artist: A digital artist and still-photographer, Ms. Santiago is Editor/Publisher of Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine--a 2nd place finalist in the Preditors & Editors Readers Poll for 2008--having created this publication to give new and unpublished writers and artists of the genre a chance to shine and see their names in print, preferring unique, edgy stories that are out-of-the-box. She also received the Author's Site of Excellence Award in December 2007 from P & E, and is a Cover Artist for Damnation Books. She is also author of the dark, paranormal romance series, "Abraxas", found here: An avid fan of 'old school' horror movies (Freddy, Jason, Michael, Pinhead, etc.), Halloween is her favorite time of the year. She attended Community College of Philadelphia, majoring in English, with interests in creative writing and Theater. Ms. Santiago enjoys the Vampire/Goth scene and can be found haunting Philadelphia's "Dracula's Ball" from time to time, or roaming cemeteries and state parks. She has always been drawn to the flipside of life--the supernatural, odd, bizarre, Gothic, and 'darkly beautiful' always being an inspiration to her. She can be reached through her website, She did the awesome cover for The Zombie Cookbook!

Dawn Marshallsay: Dawn is a vegetarian writer, journalist and artist, whose fascination with zombies began after watching Night of the Living Dead as a child. She draws inspiration from natural beauty and decay in her local Kentish woodland. Find out more at

George Silliman, artist: George is a 36 year old self taught artist living in New York. His specialty is horror. He confesses to having an endless passion for drawing and painting and is willing to try anything that allows him to experiment and further his boundaries. George's fondness of horror influences every piece of his work. "Imagination is the key to a great horror illo." George currently is on the art staff of DAMNATION BOOKS and his artwork has also been published in such magazines as RAZAR, Black Petals, The Corpse, Writers post Journal, 'Opinions' Magazine, Hoodz and Kopfhalter. He has also had his works appear on the website REVOLUTION SCI FI. George also does private commissions and frequently sells finished pieces.

Karina Fabian: Karina Fabian suffers from an overdeveloped sense of humor and a twisted imagination. Little wonder, then, that she enjoys writing quirky stories for anthologies like Zombie Cookbook. In addition, she writes novels about a dragon detective working in the Mundane world. People have been warned not to read her DragonEye, PI, stories and books in the library. When she's feeling more serious, she writes and edits faith-filled science fiction and fantasy. Visit her website at Check out DragonEye at (Twitter: @karinafabian Facebook: Karina.Fabian)

Kate Sender: Kate Sender wrote her first short story as a child in response to her dad's encouraging challenge; that if she really wanted something, and worked hard for it, she was bound to attain her dreams. She sharpened her pencil with prose and poetry until, decades later, she realized one dream with publication in Falling Star Magazine. Encouraged now by the writing community where she is a moderator and monthly editor of Mystery and Horror Newsletters, Writing.Com, and the versatile, creative authors at Writerspace.Com, Kate continues the journey prosaic and poetic. While realizing her other dream, of being the first mortal female starship commander, required more math than she cared to master, she never lost her desire to explore physical and ephemeral wonders. Her stories and poetry are inspired by the natural world in its myriad manifestations, obvious to the discerning writer's eye.

Lin Neiswender: Featured Oct 10.

Scott Virtes: Scott Virtes has had over 400 stories & poems published since 1986. His works have appeared in Nature (June 2009), Analog (July/Aug 2007, Jan 1997), Space & Time, Ideomancer, Star*Line, Cafe Irreal, Illumen, and many more. He has two story collections and 5 poetry chapbooks available. You can watch him die in "Master and Commander", but he's okay now. Home page:

The Zombie Cookbook: Yes, the band called The Zombie Cookbook. Hailing from Amsterdam, these five rockers love zombies as much as we do, so we're honored to have had them write our introduction. If you like metal music, they're online at: Be sure to tell them Damnation Books sent you!

Sunday, October 04, 2009

The Zombie Cookbook by Kim Richards

For the next couple of days, I'll be touring The Zombie Cookbook, edited by Kim Richards. I have two stories in it: "Wokking Dead," where zombies invade a Korean restaurant, and "My Big, Fat, Zombie wedding."

Brain-Teasing Stories and Recipes to (un)Die For!


A Hard Message to Deliver by The Zombie Cookbook (the band): Who would have known writing an introduction would be so dangerous?

Wokking Dead by Karina L. Fabian: It's war and love when zombies invade a Korean restaurant.

Secret Ingredient by Lisa Haselton: There's a zombie in the kitchen! That may be the case, but when spaghetti-eating zombie Clete takes a job as the assistant chef at the L-Double-J ranch, he's not the one you need to watch out for. It's a tale of catering and culinary revenge. Would you have added the secret ingredient?

A Zombie Named Clete by Lisa Haselton: A little poem in honor of the twice-deceased Clete. Was this on his tombstone, or did he carry a copy in his pocket?

Beer-Battered Zombie with Butternut Squash by Becca Butcher: What's a cookbook without a recipe? Not for the faint of stomach, though with a few substitutions, it might actually make a good meal. (Not everyone's a fan of squash, after all.)

The Right Recipe By Lin Neiswender: Zombie culinary aficionados had better watch out! The zombies are not pleased to be eaten, as the editor of the Zombie Cookbookery Publications discovers in this tale of turnabout-is-fair-play.

Quick & Easy Zombie Pastie by Kate Sender: A no frills, four-ingredient full course meal will satisfy both your Zombie's cravings and nutritional needs.

Express Cuisine by Dawn Marshallsay: Zombie attack on a speeding train--is there really any escape? Fight, hide, jump--none of it can stop you from becoming...Express Cuisine.

Brain Food by Carla Girtman: Ah, domestic zombie bliss! It's the Undead Cleavers mixed in with a little Arsenic and Old Lace. Can't tell you much about this story except that the ending will surprise you as much as it did Thelma!

Brain Salad for Dummies by Scott Virtes: The practical guide for that zombie invasion. Your own little zombie poison recipe, combined with practical advice. As Scott says--Follow his advice and you might get enough sleep at night to stay two steps ahead.

A Zombie's APB by Cinsearae Santiago: A zombie decides to give a "Hear ye, hear ye!" to the human race after getting fed up with the lack of "good food" these days. All he wants is some good, organic humans--is that too much to ask?

My Big Fat Zombie Wedding by Karina Fabian: So what if he's undead? That won't keep Vida from marrying her true love--and neither will challenges from prejudice to unusual dietary needs stop the wedding of the decade!

It's the Zombie Cookbook Virtual Book tour!

Check out the invasion schedule:

October 5 Virtual Book Tour de Net  info + tour schedule

October 5 Midlist Writer   review

October 5 It Came From Ryan's Brain; Goodreads review

October 5 Goodreads  review

October 6 New Book News  information

October  One Writer's Journey  review

October 7 Unwriter  review, interview

October 7 One Writer's Journey  interviews

October 8 Virtual Book Tour de Net  interviews

October 8 Joyce Anthony information

October 9 The Writer Apprentice  Interviews

October 9 Lily's News, Reviews and Interviews interviews +

October 9, 10, 11 The Writer Apprentice  interview of ZC authors

October 9, 10 Joyce Anthony interview

October 11 Joyce Anthony  review

October 12 Word of Fennatia review

October 12 Virtual Book Tour de Net  review

October 12 Yes We Can! interview

October 1: If You Give a Girl a Pen Guest blog

October14  Chelle Cordero's XANGA Blog  Interview with Kim Richards

October 14 The Writers Chat Room  guest blog

October 14, 8-11 pm Eastern: The Writers Chat Room join the chat to talk about writing for anthologies

 October 15 Kim Richard's Blogs

October 17: If You Give a Girl a Pen  Review and Interview

October 17: Trent Kinsey Review

October 18  Rites of Romance Reviews information, reviews

October19 Chelle Cordero's XANGA blog  book promo  

October 20 Virtual Book Tour de Net  wrap-up of reviews

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

It's Not About Him by Michelle Sutton

When Susie discovers she is pregnant, she has no idea who the father is. She considers having an abortion, but decides to place her baby for adoption instead. Following through ends up being more wrenching than she'd imagined, but she's determined to do the right thing for her baby.

Interview With Michelle Sutton:

Is this a sequel to "It's Not About Me"?

Most definitely.

What can readers expect from this book?

Readers will participate in the emotional journey with Susie (the heroine) that parallels her decision to place her infant for adoption. Instead of having an abortion, she decides to have her baby but knows she can't take care of it. So she does an open adoption. Most people are only familiar with closed adoptions. This story is about a covenant agreement between the birth mother and adoptive family and the way and open adoption (done correctly) should look. This is an option that more teens could take if they were aware it existed.

What's your favorite scene?

My favorite scene is probably the one where Tony approaches Jeff (hero) the first time about his desire to be intimate with his girlfriend and his emotional/physical struggle with doing the right thing. I love how these guys discuss the particulars. That was fun to write.

Who's your favorite character?

In every book it's Tony. I love him because he is real, he's honest, but he's also human and frustrating. He's fun to abuse, too. I admit it. But that makes him loveable to me because he is always searching and like St. Paul, he asks himself "Why do I do the things I don't want to do and not do the things I should?" Though in much of book one he's just an idiot, he does change over time, but still struggles like we all do.

What's next for you?

Coming in Sept 2010 is It's Not About Her, the final book in the series. This is Tony's story, and in my opinion (as well as several other people who have read it), the best book of the three. Why? Because you finally see the world from his perspective. Up until this book all you know about Tony is what other people hear and think about him. By this time readers really want to see Tony happy. I show how difficult that is to achieve for him, but how much more rewarding it is as well - because he worked so hard to get there.