15 August 2016

Meet Author Lynn Steward


Title:  What Might Have Been
Genre:  Literary fiction/women’s fiction
Author: Lynn Steward
Website: www.LynnSteward.com  

As a fashion buyer at one of New York’s most glamorous department stores, Dana McGarry is a tastemaker, her keen instinct for fashion trends and innovative ideas coupled with a razor sharp business sense. But like the elegant and conservative store that employs her, Dana is caught between two eras—between being liked and standing her ground, between playing by the rules and being a maverick. Dana is sensitive and beautiful, but what you see is not what you get. Behind the cool and attractive facade, Dana is both driven by her need to control yet impeded by her expectation of perfectionism. As she competes to replace women at the top of their game, she is challenged by jealous colleagues. And when a wealthy love interest wants to open doors and support her ambition, she embraces Coco Chanel’s mantra of “never wanting to weigh more heavily on a man than a bird.” As the women’s movement paves the way, Dana finds a path to the career she wants at the expense of happiness that was not meant to be. 

Steward captures the nuances of 70s life in New York City and provides the perfect backdrop for an independent woman determined to make her mark. What Might Have Been is a story that transcends any period.



When did you decide to become a writer?
I started writing five years ago, when I began developing a TV series.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I would like The Dana McGarry Series to be a TV series, and I am working on the pilot script. 

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
As a fashion buyer at one of New York’s most glamorous department stores, Dana McGarry is a tastemaker, her keen instinct for fashion trends and innovative ideas coupled with a razor sharp business sense. But like the elegant and conservative store that employs her, Dana is caught between two eras—between being liked and standing her ground, between playing by the rules and being a maverick. Dana is sensitive and beautiful, but what you see is not what you get. Behind the cool and attractive facade, Dana is both driven by her need to control yet impeded by her expectation of perfectionism. As she competes to replace women at the top of their game, she is challenged by jealous colleagues. And when a wealthy love interest wants to open doors and support her ambition, she embraces Coco Chanel’s mantra of “never wanting to weigh more heavily on a man than a bird.” As the women’s movement paves the way, Dana finds a path to the career she wants at the expense of happiness that will have to wait.
Dana is an underestimated over-achiever but she is likeable, and the readers root for her.  She is strong yet vulnerable; determined but not quite sure how to get where she wants to be. 

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I do my creative writing and thinking early in the morning, often as early as 4:30 a.m.

Where do the ideas come from?
The story was influenced by my career and knowledge of the fashion industry, and my life in New York.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I started this project by researching the period and I knew where I wanted the story to start. Once I started writing the outlines, the characters and plots quickly developed. As they say, “Write what you know,” and it clearly made this a pleasant writing experience for me. 

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Go for a walk, a movie, dinner with friends!  Get away from the blank screen!!

What can we expect from you down the line?
I’m working on the pilot script for The Dana McGarry Series. If your readers would like to see Dana and her story on the screen, I would love them to tell the world if they write a review on Amazon!




Lynn Steward, a veteran of the New York fashion industry and a buyer on the team that started the women’s department at Brooks Brothers, created the Dana McGarry series, set at a transformational time in the 1970s world of fashion and in the lives of multigenerational women. What Might Have Been is the second volume in the series. A Very Good Life, Steward’s debut novel, was published in March 2014. 
LynnSteward.com
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Twitter: @LynnStewardNY



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05 August 2016

Book Trailer - The Conspiracy at Meru by Shatrujeet Nath


The Conspiracy at Meru (Vikramaditya Veergatha # 2)



VICTORY IS TEMPORARY. THE BATTLE IS ETERNAL.

Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine have fought valiantly to repel the rampaging hordes from Devaloka and Patala – but Avanti has been brought to its knees. Ujjayini lies battered its citizens are scared and morale is badly shaken. Meanwhile, the barbaric Hunas and Sakas are gathering on the horizon and cracks are emerging between the allied kingdoms of Sindhuvarta.

The only silver lining is that the deadly Halahala is safe. For now.

Bent on vengeance, Indra is already scheming to destroy Vikramaditya, while Shukracharya has a plan that can spell the doom for the Guardians of the Halahala. How long can the human army hold out against the ferocity and cunning of the devas and asuras? And will Vikramaditya’s love for his queen come in the way of his promise to Shiva?




The deadly Halahala, the all-devouring poison churned from the depths of the White Lake by the devas and asuras, was swallowed by Shiva to save the universe from extinction.
But was the Halahala truly destroyed?
A small portion still remains – a weapon powerful enough to guarantee victory to whoever possesses it. And both asuras and devas, locked in battle for supremacy, will stop at nothing to claim it.
As the forces of Devaloka and Patala, led by Indra and Shukracharya, plot to possess the Halahala, Shiva turns to mankind to guard it from their murderous clutches. It is now up to Samrat Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine to quell the supernatural hordes – and prevent the universe from tumbling into chaos!
A sweeping tale of honour and courage in the face of infinite danger, greed and deceit, The Guardians of the Halahala is a fantastical journey into a time of myth and legend.

About the Author
Door-to-door salesman, copywriter, business journalist & assistant editor at The Economic Times; Shatrujeet Nath was all this before he took to writing fiction full-time. He debuted with The Karachi Deception in 2013, followed by The Guardians of the Halahala and The Conspiracy at Meru, the first two books in the Vikramaditya Veergatha series. At present, he is writing volume three of the series. Shatrujeet lives in Mumbai, but spends much of his time in the fantasy worlds of his stories.



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04 August 2016

"BONDED" - Nightshade Novel Book #5


Author Brenda Tetreault is in the SPOTLIGHT! 
Today we talk about the books of this wonderful lady, 
her life and her loves. 

First of all I want to tell you all that Brenda has a new book coming out soon! 
"BONDED" - Nightshade Novel Book #5
We are so excited about Brenda's newest accomplishment.


We hope you will also attend the event for the release of 
"Bonded" on August 26th, 2106. 
Mark your calendars with this link: 


We asked Brenda some questions as an
impromptu interview, please take a look: 

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I can’t pinpoint the exact moment I decided to write. I just picked up a pen one day and that was it.

How long does it take you to write a book?
About 6 months to a year.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I work 30-40 hours a week, then write in the evenings after cooking and eating dinner with the family. On weekends, I get up early and write while my family is asleep.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
A lot of authors listen to music while writing. I actually prefer to have a football or baseball game on!


How do your books get published?
I’m an Indie author, so I publish through Amazon’s KDP program.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
It always starts with the question What If. From there, any research that I need gets done as I need it.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I wrote my first book and published it in 2008-2009. I was 38 years old.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I like travelling and going to the beach. I go to the movies a lot with my husband and do a lot of reading.

What does your family think of your writing?
They’re all for it! They’re extremely supportive and often tell people about my books.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That Snotlings have six toes on each foot but only four fingers on each hand! LOL Actually, learning about all the different creature of myth and legend has been the funnest and most surprising things. I mean, I knew a lot about traditional creatures- vampires, unicorns, Sirens, etc., but some of the lesser known creatures have been true revelations!

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
With the publication of Bonded (Nightshade #5) in August, I will have published 11 books! As for which one is my favorite, that’s like asking a mom which one is her favorite kid! I have a special place for each one in my heart.


Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
BE FEARLESS! Write the story YOU want to write, and don’t worry about anything anyone says to try and discourage you!

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Every now and then, I might get a message from a reader. Usually it’s to let me know how much a certain book touched them, or helped them through a difficult time in their lives. It really means a lot to me when I get those messages.

Do you like to create books for adults?
Yes. I enjoy writing books that help adults leave behind the stresses and worries of the real world  for a brief period of time.


What do you think makes a good story?
Heart. You’ve got to love your characters (even the not so likable ones!), and you have to have an empathy for what they’re going through. 
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Believe it or not, I wanted to be a wife, mom, and writer!

Any books in the works?
I’m currently putting the finishing touches on Bonded (Nightshade #5)! If you love tall, dragon-shifting Viking, you’re going to LOVE Karas! 

What are your plans for the future?
After Bonded, I’ll start work on a new Christmas Novella, titled Nightshade and Mistletoe that will be the lead-in to the next Nightshade Book. If you’ve read the series, you know I like to blend and mix multiple story lines throughout each book, so you can expect lots and lots of surprises! 


Here is a Holiday Novella 
It’s Christmas time in the City. 
A time of wonder and magic. 
Only Sabrina Arceneaux is beginning to wonder if the magic is gone from her marriage to Roman. She can feel the distance growing between them, and she’s worried that not even her Christmas surprise will be enough to hold them together. 
Roman Arceneaux wants to make Christmas a special time for his beautiful wife, but to do so, he has to work long hours away from home, leaving Sabrina alone and unhappy. Can he pull off a Christmas miracle before there’s nothing left to save? 


"The Bounty Cove Chronicles " 
starts off with Book 1 The Witcher Legaxy - After a nomadic childhood with her mother, Melissa Witcher is ready to put down roots, despite the ghosts that haunt not only her new home but her family history as well. 
Michael Kemper never saw her coming, and from the moment he meets Melissa Witcher, he finds himself ready to do whatever it takes to stay by her side. 
When evil threatens not only their happiness but also their lives, Michael and Melissa will find themselves fighting for everything they hold dear. 
Can love conquer all, or will the evil that sleeps deep within the old Witcher home destroy it? 


Would you like to follow Brenda Tetreault? 
Well here is her books buy link on Amazon and  all of her social links: 



Twitter: @BooksofBounty





Author Brenda Tetreault Bio:


Brenda grew up on the southern Oregon coast and all through school she wrote, but put it aside when a school counselor informed her that, while she had a nice little hobby, she'd never be good enough at it to pay the bills. After a short stint in the Air Force, during which she met and married her husband, Brenda settled down to be a military wife and the mother of a precocious little boy. She began writing again in her mid-thirties, and in 2009 her first book, The Witcher Legacy: Book One of The Bounty Cove Chronicles, was finally published. Today, Brenda is enjoying a small amount of success, and has even managed to pay a few bills with her writing, thus proving her high school guidance counselor wrong!


In 2012, Brenda completed her first paranormal romance series, 'The Bounty Cove Chronicles'. She is currently writing on an entirely new series, and on September 23, 2013, 'Tempted', the first book in 'The Nightshade Series' was published and released through Kindle Direct Publishing. Then on May 16, 2014,Brenda published the second book in the Nightshade series, 'Salvaged',and on October 27, 2014, the third book in the series, Beloved, was published, completing the first trilogy of the series.

While she is unsure of how many adventures there will be in this new series, Brenda does promise that it will feature all of the fun, adventure, love, steamy sex, and happily ever afters that have been the hallmarks of her writing from the beginning!


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