Kev’s Author Interviews Presents… Lorna Earl!

•October 18, 2014 • 3 Comments

Lorna's Voice:

Thought you might enjoy this awesome interview with ME! Apparently I’m not the only super-duper interviewer in town (and by “town I mean the world).
Remember the FREE downloads of my books end on SUNDAY.
Back to house hunting!

Originally posted on Kev's Blog:

Kev’s Author Interviews Presents:

Framed photo for promo Lorna Earl

Kev: In a generalized way Lorna, tell us a little about yourself. Where you grew up, siblings, family life, education, and how you got to where you are now.

Lorna: I grew up in the North Eastern part of the U.S., mostly in a very rural part of New York State near the Canadian border. But the only French I speak is “eh?” I’m the middle of three daughters, so I have a classic case of Middle Child Syndrome that I’ve never been able to shake.

My father killed himself when I was four years old. (I don’t think I pushed him over the edge or anything. He was already headed there before I was born.) So I grew up in an all-female household. How the heck was I supposed to stand out in that kind of a family dynamic?

I decided to…

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Free, Free, Free. Did I mention Free?

•October 17, 2014 • 12 Comments
This is worse than when I had dial-up access.

This is worse than when I had dial-up access.

Is your internet slow today?

Well no wonder!

Ka-tons (that is a scientific term for “a lot”) of people should be downloading copies of both of my books FOR FREE.

Starting TODAY (Friday the 17th) and ending at midnight on Sunday, the 19th the only two books I ever wrote are yours, free, in e-book form, on Amazon.

If you don’t have a Kindle, then get yourself a Kindle Ap. I hear they’re everywhere. Amazon offers one for free, go figure.

You want Kindle Ap? We got Kindle Ap.

You want Kindle Ap? We got Kindle Ap. What else you need?

Just don’t miss this opportunity to save yourself some $$$$ and snag some extra-fine reading for your pile of books you’ve been meaning to read.

 

This is a 412 page-turner!

This is a 412 page-turner! So you’re getting your money’s worth.

This is my new novel. It’s serious historical fiction set mainly in Paris (France, not Paris Island or Paris, Texas or Paris Hilton) during the early to mid-1900’s.

Just because it’s based on the real life of my grandmother, don’t think that this is some kind of “chick lit.” Yes, women will love it. But men will enjoy it too. Think Hitler, guys. And sex. Yes. I said sex. I’m not saying that this is like a James Bond thriller, but, men, there’s intrigue, and sex. Did I mention sex?

For your free copy in the US, click here.

For your free copy in the UK, click here.

For you free copy in France, click here.

Although the book is available worldwide, those are really the only markets Amazon gave me links to. If they give me more, I’ll put them on my Never Turn Back Book Page

Still not sure? Let me share one of the 5-star reviews I already have gotten on the book.

“Dreaming of becoming a famous designer, the protagonist, Meri, burns through on the page in a once vibrant Paris bracing for Hitler’s invasion. Faced with a pregnancy by a Jewish man, Meri is intent on keeping the secret and surviving at all costs in an increasingly hostile environment. Never Turn Back is a captivating narrative, a metaphor for the longing and conviction of youth that surmounts horrors and tragedies. In one heart-wrenching turn after another the brilliant writing of Lorna Lee weaves a compelling tale—based on real people—that glues the reader to the page and keeps the imagery of this story in our minds, and hearts, for days after the last page is shut.” Review by Paulette Mauhrin, author of The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap and the newly released His Name Was Ben.

I decided to give away free copies of the second edition of my award-winning memoir because…well, why not?

I'm in the book.  I'm also available for social gatherings. No cats, please. They distract me from my general cuteness.

I’m in the book. I’m also available for social gatherings. No cats, please. They distract me from my general cuteness.

Many of you may not have read it, and, believe me and lots of other readers, it’s one funny yet poignant book.

I mean, how could you resist reading about how this clueless kid grew up to be this clueless blogger?

I mean, how could you resist reading about how this clueless kid grew up to be this clueless blogger?

Just because this book is about me, don’t think it’s not about you–even you guys out there. It’s about how life throws lightning bolts at you (well it did at me–twice), but you have to stop smoldering and get on with living the best life you know how. Okay, if you’ve never, ever, had a bad day or a problem in your life, then this book isn’t for you. Everyone else, you’ll probably find something inspiring in this funny book.

I'm thinking I don't need to read this book about life's ups and downs. I've only ever known the ups.

I’m thinking I don’t need to read this book about life’s ups and downs. I’ve only ever known the ups.

Don’t believe me? Fine. How about this 5-star review from a reader named Doris?

“How Was I Supposed to Know? The Adventures of a Girl Whose Name Means Lost is a story about love, life and second chances.

It was not what I expected; I thought it was going to be another boring memoir; it was not boring at all Lorna is very funny and approached her memories in a different way this made the book very appealing, it seems I was reading a novel not a memoir. The book is beautifully written, easy to read, and the pictures help the chapters as they progress. I was there through the entire ride, her childhood, marriage, the drinking, the pain and lessons.

Please Read this book…The book is about love the kind of love that we often forget but is the most important.”

For your free copy in the US, click here.

For your free copy in the UK, click here.

Go to my How Was I Supposed To Know Book Page on my blog to learn more about the book and for links to other markets.

No free lunches, though, People!

Wha...? Dis ivn't ree? Gulp!

Wha…? Dis foo ivn’t ree? Gulp!

I really need your honest reviews on Amazon. If you do a review on your blog, send me the link via email so I know about it and I can reblog to send traffic to you, okay? You’ll find my email on each book’s page referenced above.

Um. Where's my thesaurus? I need more superlative adjectives for my reviews of Lorna's writing. Frankly, I'm blown away. I have to get these books on the pre-school summer reading list.

Um. Where’s my thesaurus? I need more superlative adjectives for my reviews of Lorna’s writing. Frankly, I’m blown away. I have to get these books on the pre-school summer reading list.

Only I could turn a reminder into a 900 word post. Sorry!

His Name Was Ben and Her Name is Paulette Mahurin

•October 15, 2014 • 35 Comments
You're not gonna want to miss a word of what I'm hearing!

You’re not gonna want to miss a word of what I’m hearing!

Are you ready for another dizzy blonde interview with an accomplished author-blogger?

Too bad. I know you’re already hooked because of my dizzy blondeness and her literary famosity.

A mixture like ours is kersplosive…in a good way.

Hang on! This is no ordinary blah-blah interview.

Hang on! This is no ordinary blah-blah fall-asleep-in-your-chair interview.

I kept this interview short because Paulette is one busy person. Actually, she’s more like three busy people. Just take a gander (look) at her part of her bio:

Semi-retired, she continues to work part-time as a Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County. When she’s not writing, she does pro-bono consultation work with women with cancer, works in the Westminister Free Clinic as a volunteer provider, volunteers as a mediator in the Ventura County Courthouse for small claims cases, and involves herself, along with her husband, in dog rescue.

And she has a fantastic blog, plus she writes award-winning books like The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap and, now, the soon-t-be-award-winning, His Name Was Ben. Which this interview is about.

I bet you're already wondering where you can buy a copy of this beauty.

I bet you’re already wondering where you can buy a copy of this beauty.

Not so fast! Aren’t you wondering what it’s about?

Lorna: Paulette, I know you’re headed out the door to save someone, so I’m going to keep this brief, well, as brief as I can for a retired sociologist who has no one to talk to but a grumpy 13-year-old Scrappy dog who wants to sleep all day. Okay. I’m already rambling. No need to check your watch. I’m a practicing Buddhist. I’m self-aware enough to know how awful I am at certain things. So we know his name is Ben. What else can you tell us about this book?

Paulette: Lorna, thank you so much for stopping me on my way out of the door and for your interest in my new book. You’re a sweetheart. Um. I have an appointment but can spare a few minutes. A few.

Lorna: You have a lovely stoop. Porch stoop, that is. I wasn’t commenting on your posture…

Paulette: Ah, thanks. Back to the book. You wanted to know what it’s about, right? Okay. Hearing the words “it’s cancer,” threw Sara Phillips’ life into chaos, until an unexpected turn of events and a chance encounter with a stranger changed everything—his name was Ben. Based on real events, Ben and Sara discover that when all else fails, healing can come in the most unexpected ways. Chilling and heart wrenching, His Name Was Ben is a triumph over the devastating circumstances and fear experienced when faced with a terminal illness. In this narrative, the power of love conquers shadows and transforms the very nature and meaning of what it is to be fully alive. Yes, that sums it up.

Lorna: Wow. You’re very articulate. Do you take Ginko Biloba? I hear that’s real good for your memory. I need some of that. Are there any herbs that help with dizziness…stopping it, not making you more of it–dizzy that is?

Paulette: I really don’t know. I’m more familiar with pharmaceuticals.

Lorna: Yeah. So am I!

Paulette: I don’t mean to be rude and I’d love to stay and chat, Lorna, but you caught me at a busy time. Was there anything else you wanted to know about?

Lorna: Oh, yes, the book…What prompted you to write this particular book, given that it is so different from your first, wildly successful book. Basically, what’s the story behind this story?

Paulette: Before I went to graduate school at UCLA in their nurse practitioner (NP) program, when I was doing oncology nursing, I met a couple, both with terminal illness, who met and developed an incredible relationship. Then one of them hit upon a miracle. That took relationship to a whole other level. They fell in love and I fell in love with them. They taught me by their relationship, their attitudes, what it is to be alive. Fully alive. They inspired me to write about them and I did when in college, a short story. It won a national award and was published. I didn’t think I had it in me to extend this to a full-length novel until I ventured into novel-writing with my first, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, and, from that, the sparks ignited for this story. From that point on it pretty well wrote itself.

Lorna: Wow! That’s quite a story…and it wrote itself. I’ll say there was more than a few miracles happening around this story. (Wink, wink)

Paulette: Oh, Lorna! You know what I mean. It flowed out of me.

Lorna: Yeah. I was just teasing you. But there must have been times when it didn’t. What was the most challenging part of writing this story and how did you deal with it?

Paulette: (Leaning against her porch railing) The emotions were tough. You know, the downside of having cancer and painful past relationships and how they block our hearts from opening. That triggered some of my own personal issues, growing up with a schizophrenic brother (who I incorporated into this story), and areas of my own sense of inadequacy and painful past rejections. To go deep in this story, I felt my own pain and that was not easy. Then I had to write, rewrite, regurg, all the editing, and it kept stirring it up over and over until it all calmed down. Honestly, I’m glad the write is over and I’m done with the rewrites. That was tough.

Lorna: Did you know I have a Master’s Degree in Counseling. We could set something up if you really feel the need to deal with some of these issues. I’m here for you.

Paulette: (Standing up straight again) Um, thanks, Lorna. I’m good. Writing, as you know, is cathartic.

Lorna: Sure, sure. I was just offering. Things got a bit heavy there. Not every interviewer is equipped to handle these emotional volcanos from the past.

Paulette: Really. I’m fine. All that rewriting took my mind off the emotions.

Lorna: Yeah! If anything will pull you out of one slump and put you in another, it’s all that editing! So, what brought you the most joy while writing this story?

Paulette: Finishing! (Laughing) No really, the joy is that I got to know this couple. I got to experience an incredible intimacy with them, as I do with so many of my other patients. Writing this novel brought back so much of the joy I feel with so many people, all the hugs, looks of appreciation, the little simple things that are so important fill me up. This is a story filled with that heart and it made my heart feel good remembering those aspects of my work. It was an interesting dichotomy, the triggers of my past trauma and the joy of the depth of these beautiful people. And such is life. The Yin & Yang.

Lorna: A humanitarian and a philosophertarian, too. What aren’t you good at? I see that your gardens are lovely and that you’re a snappy dresser. Can you share a fun fact about this book or the writing of it that you haven’t told anyone else?

Paulette: This should make you feel better about your vision of me as “Saint Paulette,” Lorna. The sex parts were a lot of fun to write. I didn’t hold back and that felt good. It was raw and real and I didn’t allow my own inhibitions to edit what flowed out. Also was fun researching some of the legal minutiae with Terry, my hubby, and incorporating it. And then there’s a lawyer joke in the dialogue in the middle of the book that’s pretty funny and I’ve had some hilarious feedback from readers with lawyers in their families writing they want to send them the book just for that one joke.

Lorna: Oh, that does make me feel better. Sex, drugs (Advil counts, right?), and rock and roll! Yeah, Baby! One last question and you can go off on your mission of mercy. What question do you wish interviewers would ask you, but never do? Now’s your chance! Ask and answer it!

Paulette: Can I buy your book?

Paulette: Yes, please.

Lorna: My, my. You are in a hurry!

Paulette: (Hugging me) Lorna: you’re a sweetheart, my cyber writing sister, and I thank you for ambushing me at my front door and for your generosity to share my book with others. All profits are going to help save dogs from kill shelters. I hope that if anyone does pick up this book they are inspired in some way to do an act of kindness to a dog, or cat, or another human being. That’s what will change the world, one decent kind act at a time. Love you!

Lorna: I love you, too, Paulette!

Support this angel among us and no-kill shelters by buying this wonderful book with tons of 5-star reviews (including mine)!

Support this angel among us and no-kill shelters by buying this wonderful book with tons of 5-star reviews (including mine)!

Here’s where you can find His Name Was Ben:

BEN: AMAZON U.S.:

http://www.amazon.com/His-Name-was-Paulette-Mahurin-ebook/dp/B00NTACZ5Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413304938&sr=1-1&keywords=his+name+was+ben

BEN AMAZON UK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/His-Name-was-Paulette-Mahurin/dp/0692264698/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1411271225&sr=8-2&keywords=paulette+mahurin

BEN GOODREADS:

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23255291-his-name-was-ben

BEN SHELFARI:

http://www.shelfari.com/books/38013543/His-Name-was-Ben

BEN FACEBOOK:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/His-Name-Was-Ben/277140049142291

AUTHOR’S BLOGSITE:

http://thepersecutionofmildreddunlap.wordpress.com/

AUTHOR’S TWITTER:

https://twitter.com/MahurinPaulette

 

 

The Wait is Over! “Never Turn Back” is Never Turning Back!

•October 13, 2014 • 51 Comments
Yeah, I'm that happy. Hope you will be, too!

Yeah, I’m that happy. Hope you will be, too!

I’ve been talking about this novel for a long time.

The wait is finally over.

The Kindle version of Never Turn Back is available NOW.

Yes, you heard me. NOW.

If you want to know a bit about the book, check out the new page I put up on this blog dedicated to the book.

Hover your cursor over the picture of the book on the side bar, and you’ll be linked to the Amazon page.

Aren’t I quite the slick marketer?

Now the hard part begins (at least for me). Marketing the book while I’m getting ready to move across the country.

Marketing is hard enough for a highly sensitive person like me. Add the stress of a move, and, well, I’m about as glued together as runny oatmeal.

Ever feel like this? Then you know how I feel.

Ever feel like this? Then you know how I feel.

So, I’m going to ask you blogger buddies of mine a few favors. Okay?

1. Spread the word on all your fancy social media gizmos. I don’t do Face Book or Twitter or the countless other thingies out there that hook people up to each other in the ether world. If you could do that for me, well, I’d be so grateful I would cry. Oh who am I kidding? I’m going to cry a lot in the next several weeks no matter what you do or don’t do.

 

And this is a good day.

And this is a good day.

2. If you buy the book (and I REALLY hope you do because I put so much effort into making this one really good, which is not to say that I didn’t put a lot of effort into making the memoir really great, it’s just that I did a lot of research and stuff for this one–no wonder the book is 412 pages long!) Anyway, if you buy the book PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE write a review on Amazon, Goodreads, your blog, a bathroom wall, anywhere you think others will see it and maybe buy the book. The best way to sell a book is by getting lots of good, honest reviews.

Sure. This new book is way different that her hilarious but poignant memoir, but it's great in a whole new way. You gotta read it. Forget Dick and Jane. I'm tellin' ya!

Sure. This new book is way different from her hilarious yet poignant memoir, but it’s great in a whole new way. You gotta read it. Forget Dick and Jane. I’m tellin’ ya!

3. If you are so inclined and want to showcase my book on your blog, let me know. I’ll find the time to do an interview or whatever (as long as “whatever” is legal).

I'm very photohygenic.

I’m very photohygenic with a great sense of humor.

4. If you know of anyone who does reviews, let me know. I need to network. Put in a good word for me and I’ll take it from there.

Yeah, I'd do a phone interview.

Yeah, If you know her, please put in a good word for me. I’d do a phone interview.

As a reward for all these things I’m asking you to do for me, I’m doing a FREE, yes, FREE book promotion at the end of the week.

From October 17 (Friday) to October 19 (Sunday) BOTH of my books (Kindle version only) will be available for FREE dowdload. Tell everyone about it.

I’ll do a reminder post on Thursday, right before I fly off to Portland with Philip to do our first attempt at house-hunting.

 

Good to know, but does it have a gas fireplace?

Good to know, but does it have a gas fireplace?

Thanks for all your support. What would I do without you?

Keeping in touch with all of you has kept me sane. Can't you tell how happy you make me?

Keeping in touch with all of you has kept me sane. Can’t you tell how happy you make me?

More than “One Part Good”–Interview With Janni Styles

•October 10, 2014 • 19 Comments
Okay, so maybe I'm not quite that popular...

Okay, so maybe I’m not quite that popular…

Anyone who knows me—and why wouldn’t you know me by now?—knows that I’m one of the best blogger buddies in town.

Why?

Because I care. Like Care Bear care.

Uh huh. Who wouldn't wuv me to wuv you?

Uh huh. Who wouldn’t wuv me to wuv you?

So when I found out that Janice of the oh-so-wonderful blog Janni Styles wrote a book, I just had to let you all know about it.

The book, entitled One Part Good, is a collection of short stories, so I thought I’d do a collection of short interview questions and answers with her.

Sometimes I make so much sense that I scare myself.

one part good

But enough about me…

Lorna: Hi Janice, welcome to the most welcoming and comfortable cyber-nook you’ve ever been to. Let’s face it. We’re both highly sensitive people who don’t handle stress very well. We need to chillax, so kick those clogs off and put your feet up. I’m one of those soft-ball type interviewers. Not that I’ve ever been good in any sport, unless you consider ambling a sport. Do you think ambling is a sport?

Janice: Thanks for inviting me to do an interview on your blog, Lorna. It sure is nice and cozy here. I appreciate the relaxed tone you’re setting. Um. Was the ambling as a sport thing your first question? I’m not really sure. And, if you don’t mind, could you call me Janni?

Lorna: Hmm. Don’t freak out, or anything. I just think that maybe I should establish some ground rules, Janni. I ask the questions, being the interviewer and all. That’s just how this interview thingy works.

Janni: (Nodding, wide-eyed and looking a bit worried.) Um…anything else I should know?

Lorna: Nah. That’s it. No biggie. And I got kinda side-tracked on the ambling as sport thing. Consider it a lame rhetorical question to ponder. Let’s both take a deep breath and talk about this great book you wrote.

Janni: Sounds good. (Takes deep breath)

Lorna: (Takes deep breath) Does it smell like wet dog in here? I walked Scrappy in the rain this morning. I thought I dried him off, but…Opps. Side-tracked again! I’m always curious about names and titles. Tell us the story of the title of your book.

Janni: The title of my book came about when I chose one of my story titles that just seemed to fit. Everything in the world tends to be one part good no matter how bad the bad is or how many parts of bad there are in person, place or thing. One Part Good sums it all up for me.

Lorna: Okay. That makes perfect sense. Very philosophical and deep. I was kind of worried that only one part of the book was really good, but that’s kind of a dumb assumption, huh?

Janni: (Opening mouth to answer)

Lorna: Wait! Don’t answer that. I’ll hit my head when a lame rhetorical question pops out of my mouth, okay? Moving on, then…Who would you say is your target audience?

Janni: I think my target audience is probably folks who enjoy reading slice of life fiction. This could be men or women but I think this particular collection of stories is more female friendly because of the characterizations in the stories.

Lorna: Did you say “spice of life” or “slice of life” fiction? Because if you said “spice of life” fiction then I’m thinking your audience pool just overflowed into just about every demographic, especially older men looking for some action, if you know what I mean. (Winking at Janni)

Janni: (Laughing nervously) No. I said “slice of life” fiction. Think of snapshots of lives in all of their ordinary peculiarities.

Lorna: Well, when you put it like that, I would imagine lots of people would be interested in your stories. So, in 20 words or less, convince your target audience to read your book.

Janni: What, are you Twitter now? At least they let you use 140 characters or less.

Lorna: Janni, remember. I’m the one asking the clever questions. You get to give the clever answers, deal?

Janni: Okay, sorry. Here goes: “Raw, real and down to earth, these soulful stories ring true to life with characters and times we all know.”

Lorna: Great! See? That wasn’t so hard. You gotta trust me, Girlfriend! Speaking of trust…when I read the stories, I was convinced they were autobiographical. They felt so genuine and, well, true. But you just described them as fiction. I’m feeling a little confused (which is better than my normal state of totally confused). So tell me, where do the stories in the book come from?

Janni: Sorry I confused you, Lorna, but I’m flattered that they felt so genuine. The settings and “bones” of the stories come from life experiences (mine or others I witnessed), but the characters are all fictional with the odd traits of people in the real world.

Lorna: As a writer of fiction for my new novel, I know how important it is to make your fake characters feel real, so you are totally forgiven. I normally would ask who was your favorite character, but it makes more sense to ask you which story is your favorite and why?

Janni: Gee, that’s tough.

Lorna: Thanks.

Janni: (Looking at me like I have mustard on my nose). I think probably “Littlesome” because it runs the gamut of human experiences and settings.

Lorna: Yeah. I remember that one. You packed a lot of life into those words. Then again, the same could be said of all your stories. You’re a natural-born writer. Was writing a book always a goal of yours?

Janni: Writing wasn’t just a goal for me, it was akin to breathing since the age of six.

Lorna: Yeah. I know the feeling. I wrote a book of poems for my mom when I was about six. Wanna hear the poems? (Hitting my head) Never mind. Go on…

Janni: (Smiling indulgently as if to a small child) Earlier this year, I realized I had several stories that might be worth publishing and got the idea to dust them off and put them in a book. It felt great to get it done and out there. But marketing is next to impossible for me due to the stress and how it exacerbates my PTSD. I had to make a choice–try to make money on the book and risk getting sicker or put the book out there for free and hope readers find it. I chose the latter. I could use the money, but my health and connecting on a heart to heart level with my readers who find my book are more important to me.

Lorna: Whoa! Stop the presses. Marketing a book is a lot of work and stressful for healthy people. I admire how you have found a way to realize your dream while working around a very serious condition. In my opinion, writers write for the love of writing and connecting with readers, not for the money. The money is a bonus most of us rarely see. (Getting up and hugging Janni) You know, the whole comic vibe is ruined now, right? (Hitting head) Totally rhetorical. Let’s try this…Tell us a fun fact about the book.

Janni: I told my boyfriend I needed a photo of a field with trees and a barn or the edge of a cottage and we were going to drive to the country to take some photos for my cover. But I awoke the next day to the cover photo posted by a relative. It was a view from their home and it was so perfect, I asked if I could use it. Of course, I did use it with their kind permission. It still blows my mind that I went to bed thinking about this image and woke up to it!

Lorna: I said “fun” Janni, not Paranormal Files “spooky.” Are you psychic like me? (More head hitting). Almost afraid to ask, but tell us a fun fact about you.

Janni: Oh. I am so not fun. Seriously, I can joke around but it’s usually sarcastic. I like to have fun but not too much, I wouldn’t want to upset my own apple cart. Oh. Does falling down an outhouse when you are three years old count as fun?

Lorna: Again with the questions! And yes, it does. As long as you’re on a roll, ask yourself a question you wished I had asked but didn’t, then answer it.

Janni: Are you working on anything else at the moment?

Janni: No, I need a break but when I am able, I want to tackle a Young Adult work which is also a years old dust collecting story I think I can polish well enough to publish.

Lorna: Why am I even here? (Hand hurts from hitting head so much)

Janni: Because you’re a great friend who really knows how to do a fun interview. I had a blast!

This beautiful soul wrote a beautiful book.

This beautiful soul wrote a beautiful book.

You can get a copy of One Part Good on Smashwords by clicking here. It’s also available on Amazon. I know you will savor it just as much as I did.

 

 

 
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