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Pump Up Your Book Chats with Elan Golomb, author of Unloved Again

  Inside the Book: Title: Unloved Again Author: Elan Golomb Publisher: iUniverse Genre: Psychology Format: Ebook/Paperback Love can be hell. It is not an accident which moves us to love the wrong person or to hate the right one, over and over again. Most of us remain unaware of how to escape this perpetual cycle of bad relationships. • Do you continually fall for the wrong person? • Do you find yourself driving the right person away? • Do your relationships quickly switch from blissful to tortured? • Do you criticize unreasonably or find yourself being criticized disproportionally? In Unloved Again, Dr. Elan Golomb identifies the crux of emotional and
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Pump Up Your Book Chats with H.O. Tanager, author of Autograph Penis

  H. O. Tanager is an adventurer, performance poet, and psychologist… but not all at the same time. Slammaster of Boise, she has reached National Poetry Slam, Individual World Poetry Slam, Group Piece, and Women of the World Poetry Slam Finals stages as a competitor, backup dancer, emcee, and opening act. She has also made top four at the NUPIC underground indies, been featured as part of the Slam Legends Showcase, and has been Haiku Deathmatch Champion. Her first full-length work, Autograph Penis, was published in 2014 and tells the tale of the National Poetry Slam with prose Kirkus Reviews describes as “funny, vehement, self-deprecating and gorgeous.” For More
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Pump Up Your Book Chats with Seth Mullins, author of The Edge of the Known Trilogy

Seth Mullins first conceived of his dream to write novels in his early teens, and this one desire has stayed with him throughout all the other myriad twists and turns of life. His inspirations include methods of inner exploration such as dream-work and shamanism and his experiences as a songwriter and performing musician. He studied creative writing at Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico and Lane Community College in Oregon. Seth has lived in Connecticut, New Mexico, Oregon and (currently) Vermont. For More Information Visit Seth’s website. Connect with Seth on Twitter. Title: What Casts the Shadow Author: Seth Mullins Pages: 240 Genre: Metaphysical Format: Paperback/Kindle A troubled young rock
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Pump Up Your Book Chats with M. Street, author of Prophase: A Present Tale

Title: Prophase: A Present Tale Author: M. Street Publisher: Mitchel Street Pages: 334 Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy Format: Kindle Become swept away into a world of light just beyond our perception. Piper Walker, a high school senior, has seen her share of hard times. At a young age, she lost her mother to breast cancer shortly after her brother Charlie was born. Raising her baby brother under the wrathful eye of an abusive and alcoholic father, she relies heavily on her small, but tight core of friends. Lisa, her best friend from kindergarten, and Chris, her longtime boyfriend, help to keep her above water. Along with her friends, Piper’s elderly
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Pump Up Your Book Chats with Sands Hetherington, author of Night Buddies Go Sky High

Sands Hetherington, creator of the Night Buddies series of chapter books, credits his son John for being his principal motivator. Sands and young John developed the Crosley crocodile character in the series during months of bedtime story give-and-take. They collaborated many nights on escapades starring John and Crosley, until eventually it occurred to Sands why it was that Crosley was bright red. That was when the first book came together. Sands raised his son as a single parent from the time John was six. He read to him every night during those formative years: all of the classic children’s stories from Aesop through the Grimms, Lewis Carroll, Frank Baum, Tolkien and
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Pump Up Your Book Chats with Marilyn Horowitz, author of The Book of Zev

Marilyn Ida Horowitz is a producer, writing coach, and award-winning professor of screenwriting at New York University. From her books on her trademarked writing system—now standard reading at NYU—to her appearances at Screenwriters World and The Great American Screenwriting Conference & PitchFest, Marilyn has guided the careers of literally hundreds of writers. She is currently featured in the Now Write! Screenwriting Anthology (Tarcher/Penguin) and in the upcoming The Expert Success Solution (Morgan James). Her production credits include And Then Came Love (2007), starring Vanessa Williams. Follow Marilyn at her website, www.marilynhorowitz.com @marilynhorowitz Connect with Marilyn on Facebook   Thank you for this interview, Marilyn. Did something specific happen to
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Pump Up Your Book Chats with Ed Grizzle, author of It’s Your Decision

Ed Grizzle started a ministry called It’s Your Decision that helps addicts, prostitutes, and others who face difficult circumstances. He and his late wife, Mary, raised two children. Grizzle currently lives in Illinois. Can you tell us why you wrote your book? I wanted to share my life with people and how accepting and living for Jesus Christ made my life truly worth living. Which part of the book was hardest to write? Basically it was all easy to write because it was on my personal life. Does your book have an underlying message that readers should know? I guess I would say the underlying message would be that living
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Pump Up Your Book Chats with Juan Carlos Marcos, author of Warriors at the Helm

Juan Carlos Marcos was born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States in 1962. He spent almost four decades in leadership roles in human resources in the corporate world, including experience in multiple industries. Among the companies he worked at included Saint Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, in Madison Wisconsin, Graber Industries Inc., Boston Market and McDonald’s Corporation. Now retired and working as a consultant, he took the time to fulfill his dream of writing his first book. Juan holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Northern Illinois University and a master’s degree in business from the University of Wisconsin. Juan lives in Evergreen, Colorado, with his wife Randi.
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Pump Up Your Book Chats with Steven Fujita, author of Toe Up to 10K

Steven Fujita was born in Los Angeles and raised in Torrance, California. He attended college in Washington, D.C., and currently lives in Long Beach, California. Listen to Steven Fujita’s interview on the Book Club with John Austin, which aired November 2, 2010, about his novella, Sword of the Undead, a re-telling of Bram Stoker’s vampire novel, Dracula. http://www.internetradiopros.com/bookclub/?p=episode&name=2010-11-01_zbookcub_for_110210_1st_segment_steven_fujita.mp3 His other book, $10 a Day Towards $1,000,000, is available on Kindle. This book promotes the idea of using time and savings to build wealth. His new book, Toe Up to 10K, was released in September 2014. This book chronicles his recovery from spinal cord injury he sustained in 2012. Visit
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Pump Up Your Book Chats with Sujata And Subhash Kommuru Authors of the Children’s Picture Book Chatur

About Sujata & Subhash Kommuru Subhash and Sujata hail from India. They migrated to the United States along with their memories of childhood and youth. Now that they are parents, just like every immigrant they crave to introduce their child to the culture and values of their upbringing. Yet it is challenging to teach something while you are in the midst of adjusting to a different culture yourself. Subhash and Sujata both work in different disciplines and have different styles and backgrounds, but it is the upbringing of their son that brings them on the same page. That exact place where they meet is captured and reflected in their
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Pump Up Your Book Chats with Natsuya Uesugi, author of grydscaen

  Title: grydscaen Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy Author: Natsuya Uesugi Publisher: Xlibris EBook: 288 pages Release Date: July 21, 2011 Follow the lives of the main characters as they come together in the backstory to grydscaen:retribution, the first volume of the grydscaen saga. Faid is tired of life on the run in the Echelons, trying to keep his psychic power in check, he founds the Packrats establishing a safe haven for psychics. As a hacker he uses his jack to support his neurocyne habit. Lino is recruited by the Psi Faction and is sent on a mission to kidnap Faid. Riuho, Lino’s half brother becomes a prisoner of the Elite military and they experiment
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Pump Up Your Book Chats with Jean Hackensmith, author of ‘Identity Crisis’

I have been writing since the age of twenty.  (That’s 37 years and, yes, I’m disclosing my age.)  I am the proud mother of three, stepmother of two, and grandmother to twelve wonderful children.  I lost the love of my life, my husband Ron, in November of 2011 when he died in an accident at work.  He took my heart with him and, for a time, my desire to write.  Time, as they say, heals all wounds, and I have again discovered my passion for the written word.  In fact, I find it strangely comforting to delve into the intricate webs that are my character’s lives and immerse myself
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Pump Up Your Book Chats with Jermaine Gadson, author of ‘Tactics, Trends, and Traits of the Enemy’

Jermaine Gadson is the Senior Pastor of Faith Ministries, Inc., a non-traditional church located in Birmingham, AL. Prior to starting Faith Ministries, he served as an associate minister, youth minister, and pastor for local churches and ministries in the greater Birmingham area. While, growing up in the Baptist church, he gave his life to Christ at an early age, and is a third generation minister of the Gospel. He holds a B.A. in Religion with a Concentration in Congregational Studies and a Minor in Classics from Samford University, and a Master of Divinity from Beeson Divinity School of Samford University. He is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at
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Interview with Cheri DeGroot, author of Dear Friend

ABOUT DEAR FRIEND     Title: Dear Friend Genre: Non-fiction humanities Author: Cheri DeGroot Publisher: iUniverse Pages: 60 Language: English ISBN – 978-1-44016-146-9   Are you looking for a way to meet new people from all over the world, make new friends, and help others? The solution is simple and affordable—become a pen pal. In Dear Friend, author Cheri DeGroot shares the joys and rewards of becoming a pen pal and provides tips on sharing friendships through handwritten letters. Based on fifty-three years of personal experience as a pen pal, DeGroot details how her lifelong passion for pen palling began and how her friendships with people from all over the United
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Pump Up Your Book Chats with David Vermont, author of The Last Confession of the Vampire Judas Iscariot

Born and raised in New York City, David now lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife and four kids. An attorney and accomplished litigator at one of Washington D.C.’s top law firms, he began writing about religion when he was asked to author a series of articles explaining the Catholic faith on the popular blog 52 Prayers.  He now writes regularly about his faith as the leader of an online Bible study group. About The Last Confession of the Vampire Judas Iscariot Of all the people who ever lived, surely Judas Iscariot, history’s most notorious betrayer, must be in hell. Or maybe not. After watching the crucifixion of Jesus,
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Pump Up Your Book Chats with Deirdre Thurston, author of Caught

A mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend and confidante, Deirdre Thurston has been an observer of people her whole life. Sifting through the debris of quotidian angst, Deirdre gently excavates its relics and dusts off their funny side.  About Caught A collection of short stories, literary sketches and vignettes each capturing a moment in the life of someone a lot like you. Each story delves into human themes: expectation, desire, hope, loss, fear, joy, peace, suffering, redemption. The narrative is filled with subtle irony, humour and touching observations. The stories highlight our era of increasing social disconnection, in which technology is replacing intimacy and life occurs at a pace that challenges people’s
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Pump Up Your Book Chats with Gulten Dye, author of ‘Semi-Coma’

Gulten Dye was born and raised in a small town in Turkey and moved with her family to Istanbul as a small child.  It was there that she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and worked as a nurse at a local hospital before moving to the Philippines with her boyfriend. After being there a little over a year, they got married and a short while after that moved to Shreveport, Louisiana where she immediately began her studies to be able to work as a Registered Nurse. While studying for her boards, she was allowed to work as a scrub technician in an operating room at a nearby surgery
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Q & A + Book Giveaway with P. Christina Greenaway, Author of ‘Written in Ruberah’

The PUYB Virtual Book Club hosts P. Christina Greenaway, author of the paranormal romance novel, Written in Ruberah, and Dream Chaser: Awakening. Visit our Virtual Book Club to ask questions of and leave comments for the author for your chance to win a digital copy of Written in Ruberah. The giveaway runs from now until March 23, 2014. ABOUT THE BOOK New York real estate broker Miriam Lewis takes off for a brief getaway to a remote inn on the rugged cliffs of Cornwall. Rest and romance with her boyfriend seem like the perfect cure for a life that appears to be going nowhere, and too fast. Entering Cornwall, Miriam crosses the River Tamar
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Pump Up Your Book Chats with Brine Books, publisher of ‘My Whispers of Horror’

  We are thrilled to be able to talk with Brine Books about their latest release, ‘My Whispers of Horror’. We are an activist publishing company established as a partnership by a husband and wife in Ontario, Canada. The mission of this business is bring awareness for serious human rights issues around the world, while raising funds to expand our capabilities and to help fund non-profits and charities whose purpose is to better the world. Our main purpose as a company is to find ways to better the world. We feel that if we fail in this mission then we fail as a business, so we will not give
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Pump Up Your Book Chats with Jo Kessel, author of ‘Weak at the Knees’

We’re honored to be chatting today with Jo Kessel, author of the new adult contemporary romance, Weak at the Knees! Jo is a journalist in the UK, working for the BBC and reporting and presenting for ITV on holiday, consumer and current affairs programs. She writes for several national newspapers including the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, the Guardian and the Express and was the anonymous author of the Independent’s hit column: Diary of a Primary School Mum. When Jo was ten years old she wrote a short story about losing a loved one. Her mother and big sister were so moved by the tale that it made them cry.
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Pump Up Your Book Chats with Deborah Rix, author of ‘External Forces’

Deborah Rix’s favourite position for reading a book is head almost hanging off the couch and feet up in the air with legs against the back of the couch. She’s been reading too much from Scientific American for research and ideas and needs to get back to some fiction. She has a long standing love of science fiction, some of her favourite authors include William Gibson, Philip K Dick, Kurt Vonnegut Jr, Douglas Adams, Iain M Banks. A bit old school. Deborah enjoyed a successful career in entertainment publicity, live music promotion and event management. Which means she slogged through muddy fields for music festivals, was crammed into concert
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Pump Up Your Book Chats with Marlene Morgan, author of ‘Sleeping with a Wall Street Banker’

Marlene Morgan is an author, and a Barrister-at-law. She also holds a master degree in taxation and administration law from Kings College London. Having recently passed the New York Bar Exam she is currently seeking admission to the New York Bar. She can be contacted through her website at www.marlenemorgan.com Q: Can you tell us why you wrote your book? I was living in New York City at the time and had a number of encounters with different people coupled with the fact I observed so many complicated lives everywhere: the gym, Starbucks, studying to take the bar exam. It seemed everywhere I turned a saw drama filled lives. I
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Pump Up Chats with Kim Hilton, Author of Closet Words

Kim Hilton, MCC, PCC, has a master’s degree in Christian counseling. Founder of Closet Words Ministries Foundation, Kim is a teacher on prayer and listening to God. An avid writer of several books, Closet Words was chosen as the first book to be published with the proceeds going to Closet Words Ministries Foundation. A sought-after speaker and Bible Study leader, Kim has spoken at both national and local events. She resides with her husband on a farm and enjoys spending time with their six grown children and grandchildren. For more information on Kim Hilton or her work, please visit: www.KimHilton.org. ———— INTERVIEW ———– Thank you for this interview, Kim
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Pump Up Your Book Chats with ‘Champagne Lies’ Wendy VanHatten

Wendy VanHatten is a published author, Editor of Prime Time Living Magazine, professional editor for authors, and contributing writer in additional magazines. Her children’s books, the Max and Myron series, teach children to read as they learn how to become good citizens with positive character traits. She has taught writing at the college level and travel writing for continuing education workshops. Currently, she documents travel advice and photos in her blog,  www.travelsandescapes.blogspot.com. More information about Wendy and her books may be found at www.wendyvanhatten.com. Her books are available on Amazon or from her website. Q: Can you tell us why you wrote your book? I have always wanted to
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Pump Up Your Book Chats with ‘Into the Crossfire’ Cindy McDonald

For twenty-six years Cindy’s life whirled around a song and a dance: she was a professional dancer/choreographer for most of her adult life and never gave much thought to a writing career until 2005. She often notes: Don’t ask me what happened, but suddenly I felt drawn to my computer to write about things I have experienced (greatly exaggerated upon of course—I’ve never been murdered!) with my husband’s Thoroughbreds and happenings at the racetrack. Viola! Cindy’s first book series, Unbridled, was born—there are four books to that series so far. Cindy is a huge fan of romantic suspense series, and although she isn’t one to make New Year’s resolutions,
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Pump Up Your Book Chats with Chick Lit Author Greta Bondieumaitre

Greta Bondieumaitre is from St. Lucia, a small but lively island in the Caribbean. She started writing love stories between classes in high school to amuse her friends at lunch time. Ten years later, she published her first novel, “Her Heart’s Desire”. She later published, “Play Me A Love Song” and recently, “‘Til I Find You“. She describes writing during her post-high school years as, “self therapy”. Visit her blog at www.gretabondieumaitre.blogspot.com. About the Book: No one knows how bumpy the road to love is more than Tisha Cole. After years of excruciatingly embarrassing dates, the 25-year-old receptionist is ready to hand in her dating license, but her cynical
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Pump Up Your Book Chats with Christopher Cloud Author of Voices of the Locusts

About Voices of the Locusts   Sixteen-year old Jack O’Brien has never known the bittersweet stint of love, and romance is the farthest thing from his mind as he and his family arrives at a remote U.S. Air Force outpost in Japan where Jack’s father is base commander. The year is 1948. Jack’s life changes after a chance encounter with Fujiko Kobaysi, a beautiful and enchanting 17-year-old Japanese girl. Jack is immediately smitten. Fujiko’s traditional parents are overly protective and monitor her every move, and Jack and Fujiko meet secretly at her garden, located some distance from her village. There is a good reason why Fujiko’s parents are so
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Pump Up Your Book Chats with Sarah Renée, Author of The Saderia Series

Sarah Renée has loved writing from an early age. She has been writing short stories since the age of 4, and at the age of 10, she came up with the idea for The Tiger Princess. She wrote the novel when she was 12. She is fascinated with wild animals and the wild world outside her home, and has an obvious great love of tigers. She enjoys spending time with her cats, reading, drawing, and playing her violin when she is not writing. In her free time, she is constantly daydreaming about her many characters, creating new ones, and coming up with interesting adventure story ideas. She is now
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Pump Up Your Book Chats with Historical Fiction Author Mike Hartner

Mike Hartner is a father, son, author, patriot, geek (ret), and husband. His love of all things genealogical led him to writing, and writing has now led him to fiction and a large epic saga. He lives in Vancouver, BC with his wife and son. His latest book is the historical romance, I, Walter. Visit his website at www.accidentalauthor.ca. Q: Can you tell us why you wrote your book? To learn about myself and others. Q: Which part of the book was the hardest to write? The ending Q: Does your book have an underlying message that readers should know about?   Just that each person is unique and
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Pump Up Your Book Chats with Raquel Whiting Gilmer, author of ‘Crumbs Aren’t Enough’

Hi, my name is Raquel Whiting Gilmer and I am a wife, daughter, aspiring mother (I don’t have any kids yet but I want them.), sister, friend, small group leader, lawyer, entrepreneur, confidant, advisor, blogger, twitter attempter, soon to be published author, and accepter of crumbs. Well, a recovering crumbs accepter. What’s a crumb accepter? Is it as bad as it sounds? It’s bad, but it’s preventable and curable. Freedictionary.com defines a crumb as a small fragment, scrap, or portion. And it defines accepter as one who accepts. So a crumbs accepter is one who accepts small scraps. No bueno, right? How did I get like this? Well, I
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