Sunday, March 12, 2017

Book Review: Batgirl at Super Hero High

While listening to this I thought what a cute, enjoyable read. With many different characters and something for everyone to like. But then there was a scene in chapter 18/19 that hit me hard. Batgirl is saving an old man and he says something, along the lines as don't save me I want a real hero not a girl saving me. Back in his days girls weren't superheros. My eyes started watering because of that. The idea that I don't personalty see the world the way the elder of this world do, is crazy to think of. The idea that a young girl can't be a superhero because she's female stabs me in the heart. But I love how Barbara handles this. She still saves the man, and does the best she can not to let this get her down. I love how the author slipped this in, with out it unrolling the whole story. This is a story I think more young girls should read. It has many lesson wrapped up in a kick butt story.  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Interview with Author Jane McGarry

Reading was always a big part of Jane’s life. Over the years, creating stories developed out of this love. Unexpected Rewards is the sequel to her debut novel, Not Every Girl, released in May 2015.
She lives in New Jersey in a house full of boys, including one over-indulged cat. When she is not running around with her family or writing, she can be found curled up with a good book and said cat
You can visit her online at: .

Does a big ego help or hurt writers? Most writers I know do not have big egos. There is something about sending your work out into the world that makes you rather vulnerable. I don’t think that would mix well with a big ego. The publishing industry can be a very humbling place. There is a lot of rejection which tends to keep your ego small.

Why do you write Young adults? I read a lot of genres and YA has become my favorite. The stories have creative plots with relevant themes and vividly portrayed characters. Many books I have enjoyed over the years have had a strong female protagonist. I wanted to write a feisty, resilient heroine who didn’t spend her time waiting to be rescued by the hero. Girls need positive examples of characters with strength and courage to help them feel empowered in life. Hopefully, Olivia achieves this in some way.

With Valentines almost here, what would be Olivia do on Valentine’s Day? Olivia is not the overly romantic type. She would likely be happy to just spend the day with Liam sparring or riding horses. He is the more romantic one in the relationship, so probably he would surprise her with some well-thought out gift.

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?  The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, It is the story of King Arthur and his court as seen from the female perspective. The book is rich in archetypes and symbolism and told in a lyrical way that is quite poignant. It is one of my all time favorite books.

How do you balance making demands on the reader with taking care of the reader? Reading is like life, sometimes things happen that are painful and hard, but they wind up being pivotal moments in a person’s development. There are times something befalls a character that the reader may not be happy about, but it is essential to drive the story forward.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?  My spirit animal would be a cheetah – I have bursts of really creative energy and then I need to slow down for a while.  And like cheetahs, I enjoy catnaps. LOL

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? Most of the research I do is on the Internet. Usually, there are some preliminary searches before writing, but most occurs as the need arises while writing. For example, in Unexpected Rewards, Niobe uses herbs for various remedies. I had a basic knowledge of herbs, but had to research more in depth for what she would specifically use in a given situation.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Code Name: Fox and Mind Games

If you'd like to give this playlist a listen I've got it up on my YouTube channel.

Mia Bishop
What's was the writing process like for these two novellas? The writing process was very smooth. We brainstormed the novellas in less than a month, wrote them during November, and luckily for us when one of us gets an idea it’s very easy for the other to jump right in and know exactly what needs to happen.

What was the hardest part of co-writing? The hardest part, I’d say, is keeping everything that might crossover consistent. But we share a OneNote file where any relevant info is shared, we keep a running tally of descriptions, locations, and lore that the other might need to know so it was fairly easy.

What is your favorite part of write about witch, werewolves and this kind of world? World building and Lore building is my favorite part of writing anything paranormal. I love magical, strong females, and wild alpha males.

What is the hardest part of write about psychic? I think the hardest part is trying to balance what is happening in the mind versus what is or isn’t happening at the same time in the physical world.

How are these two novellas different from each other? Since each novella is written by a different author I’d say the writing styles are the main difference. According to our editor, Mind Games is more PNR and Code Name: Fox is more UF with romance mixed in.

A.L. Kessler

How did the idea of these two novellas come about?

Mia and I had been discussing two different, yet similar ideas and we decided to pull together and create a world we could both work in. We’ve worked together before, so we knew we could pull it off. We spent a couple weeks brain storming and coming up with the world and characters.

How does writing with two authors help the these novellas?

Readers get a bit of both writing styles and personalities. Mia is a little more PNR whereas mine is a bit more Urban Fantasy. We also get the advantage of different audiences to help with marketing purposes.

What was the hardest part of co-writing?

Consistency! Making sure the details of the world and story line match up from novella to novella. There was no clashing of personalities or any crazy drama which is nice. Mia is great to work with.

What is the Agency?

The Agency was created by the government to police the supernatural creatures where the human agencies can’t. But they have their own darker secrets and aren’t what they seem.

What is the Vampire Syndicate council?

The Syndicate council is actually made up of many difference supernatural creatures who supervise the mafia on goings of their respected race. They make sure that they stay within the agreements and work towards the goals that the Syndicate has placed on them.

What is the hardest part of write about shifter, vampire and this kind of world?

I don’t actually find anything particularly hard about this kind of world. It almost comes natural to me and maybe that’s because I spent my childhood imagining what it would be like for such creatures to exist in our world.

Top Ten Paranormal TV shows

I love tv, movies, books, and all matter of entertainment. It doesn’t have to be deep or philosophical, it just has to be entertaining. In our house, we love mindless TV crack that we can escape to during a lunch break or while my family and I are unwinding after a long day. Since I write Paranormal romance I thought I’d give my list for the Top Ten Paranormal genre (non-reality) TV shows.

10) Vampire Diaries- it gets the ten spot because I did eventually just stop watching. I really liked the first season, and then as time went on I lost interest.

9) Grimm- I know it’s lost viewers and is in its final season but I still love me some Nick.

8) The Magicians- I’m just getting into this one, so it might eventually move up on the list, but so far so good.

7) Angel- Just a few pegs below Buffy, but still just as good.

6) Constantine- Oh my goodness, I loved this show. It needs to be brought back.

5) Preacher- Tulip is my spirit animal.

4) Buffy- You can never go wrong going Old School

3) Lucifer- Lucifer in a suit, yes, please!

2) Supernatural- This show breaks my heart and yet I keep coming back. Plus, Sam and Dean without their shirts can rival any PNR book cover model.

1) Teen Wolf. Seriously this hits all the beats that make my little Paranormal Romance loving heart go pitter patter. Hot guys, beautiful and strong females, monsters, humor, lots, and lots of humor. Also, Parrish. Just Parrish. He’s all I need.

There is my list, what makes it onto your Top Ten for Paranormal TV shows?

Top Ten Internet Searches

As an author I get to research a lot of fun, weird, and sometimes scary things to make sure facts are straight or things are possible. This is my top ten research list.

10. How much of the world population would die if Yellowstone exploded. – 1/3 of the population, with more to follow from starvation. (Below the Surface-Short Story)

9. Different kind of raptors – this term didn’t refer to just one kind of dinosaur, I chose to go with the type that were thought to be a bit larger than a dog. (His Name in Rodger, A Case Files of Abigail Collins short story, available in Domesticated Velociraptors anthology)

8. Drug overdose symptoms – shortness of breath, unconsciousness or barely conscious, slurred words, lack of motor skills. (Code Name: Fox, Syndicate Novella Set One)

7. How long it takes for an eye ball to decompose – A couple months give or take (On Torn Wings/ Past Demons –Dark War Chronicles book 3&4)

6. How long it would take the plague to spread through humanity. – The plague can be spread through bodily fluids and would spread quicker in more populated areas and the effects can be seen as soon as 24 hours after infection. (Just a Little Death, Children of the Apocalypse book 1)

5. How to fight with a scythe. – there’s no real way to fight with a scythe, they aren’t meant to be used as weapons. However, there is a royal guide to fighting with them, but it’s more for show. (Just a Little Death, Children of the Apocalypse book 1)

4. How many people Jack the Ripper killed – At least five. (Split Souls, short story)

3. How to make tea in the Victorian era – so very complicated, almost ritualistic (Of Brass and Magic)

2. Poltergeist -  there are some very interesting stories out there on these. (The Trouble with Ghosts, Here Witchy Witchy book 3)

1. If it was plausible to keep someone captive in a basement for an extended period of time. – Yes, yes it is, and there are some very modern examples as well as older ones. This was by fare the most terrifying thing I’ve had to research. (The Trouble with Ghosts, Here Witchy Witchy book 3)

Friday, February 3, 2017

Interview with Author Phyllis Morneau

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

To be honest, although I loved reading books as a child, I didn't have a passion to write until I was 51 years old in 2004, when my husband was stationed in Iraq. I wrote to my husband faithfully every day, either by email or by letter, sharing news of life back home in West Hartford, CT. It was therapeutic for me to write creatively from my heart in a positive and humorous manner. It helped me to continue to be optimistic and lighthearted during a difficult year when my husband was so far from home.

What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
I am a Christian and I am convinced that it was the Lord that put the desire in my heart to write to my husband words that would be uplifting and inspiring. In order to do that, I needed to keep a positive outlook. I found that the words I wrote had the power to help me stay hopeful and cheerful in the daily grind of life and also had the power to encourage and bless my husband as he looked forward to reading news about family and friends back home.

Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?

Most books of fiction that I have read are entertaining but I found "The Pilgrim's Progress" by John Bunyon not only enjoyable but also very inspiring. It is an allegory about the journey of a person called Christian from his home to the Celestial City or Heaven. He encountered much hardship along the way that threatened him many times and made it difficult to remain on the right path. I could relate to it as a Christian in my own life and was encouraged and inspired in my own walk with the Lord.

What is your favorite childhood book?

Although I enjoyed reading the Nancy Drew mystery books as a child, I think that my favorite childhood book is "The Diary of Anne Frank". It had a deep impact on me. I loved how she wrote so honestly from her heart about her daily life. When I first read the book, I was probably about the same age as Anne Frank when she wrote it. I could relate to her when she shared the mixed emotions she was having as an adolescent. And, In spite of the terrible conditions of her daily life, she wrote these profound words, "Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart." That statement really touched my heart.

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
When I am in the flow of writing, I lose all sense of time and can easily write for hours. When I wrote my 1st book "From My Heart to Yours: A Legacy of Love" I spent many hours at a time sitting in my recliner using my laptop computer to write. I remember one time that I was literally sitting for hours writing and found that, when I finally did stand up, I was so stiff that I actually had trouble walking. :) So, for me, the most difficult part of the artistic process is to be patient, pace myself, and take breaks periodically.

Where is your favorite place to write?

My favorite place to write is sitting in my recliner with either pen and paper or my laptop computer. And my favorite time to write is during my quiet time with the Lord in the morning. That is usually when the Lord places an idea about something on my heart. For example, my 2nd book "My Season of Writing: Bible Bedtime Stories, Poems, Prayers, and Songs" was written during my morning quiet time with the Lord. That is when I first got the deep desire to write some bible bedtime stories and prayers as nursery rhymes for my grandchildren to read at bedtime. After many months of writing, I decided to have the collection of poems published to share not only with my grandchildren but with my family and friends. I am currently writing essays about the importance of "hope" in different situations in life and posting them on my Facebook Community Page called "Hope for the Daily Grind: Morning Meditations on God's Word".


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Review of Coffee and a Classic Box

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Coffee and a Classic book subscription is great for any book lover!

Where do I start? This has everything a bookworm needs! This box has a classic book, a snack and comes with a hot drink either Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate. For the box I got in January it was The Three Musketeers. I LOVE The Three Musketeers, I've seen movies, shows, re-telling-ish and so on. I haven't read the classic story, so now that I have this beautiful book, I NEED to read it now.
Along with this wonderful blue cover book, is a candle, I enjoy white candles there a nice classic feeling to it and it smells good; for me its smells kind of classic. I get an old english-ish tint to it; overall enjoy it.
Next, I pulled out the jar. It's amazing! It's a hand painted jar. It took me a few days to work out what I wanted to use it for and then it hit me, I'll use it to hold my tea. So, I have tea I DON'T share and the jar is perfect to hold a few bags of tea that I plan on using for that week, looks great too! The box also has a bookmaker, simple yet fits the story, has The Three Musketeers logo, like it. The string it nice, don't feel weak and looks great! The candy bar, 3 Musketeers, (I never had a full size only the little ones I get around Halloween so it was yummy!) it also came with three chocolate covered pretzel! (By the way, those are one of my all time favorite sweets!) There was also a tea, that smells so good. Haven't tried it yet, I need to get tea bags. Last but not leas is it comes with a little notebook. I write all the time, so whenever I can get another notebook, I will! For this notebook, it's a simple black print but I LOVE it!
Over all, I love this box! This is great for any bookworm. A subscription that brings a classic and bookish goodies to your front door! All the info is right down below so you can go and order February's box for yourself, or maybe even a friend!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Free Promoting as A Thank You!

Double Decker Books has been going since June 2014 as a thank you to all the Authors, Poets and Readers who have been supporting, sharing, following, liking and so on. I wanted a way to thank this community. From now and until September 1st I'll be promoting all Authors & Poets on this blog for FREE! I won't be doing events, tours or book blast but below you'll find all the different kind of posts I will be offering to post on this blog.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Tour of Legend with Author Cheryl Carpinello

TITLE – Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom
AUTHOR – Cheryl Carpinello
GENRE – Middle Grade Arthurian Legend
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 120 Pages
DISTRIBUTOR – Bublish, Inc.
PUBLISHER – Beyond Today Educator
COVER ARTIST – Berge Design
Formats – paperback, ebook

Answer the hero's call to Adventure with the Young Knights of the Round Table on their Quest.

Three friends. Three quests. Three mysterious predictions.

In medieval Wales, eleven-year-old Prince Gavin, thirteen-year-old orphan Philip, and fifteen-year-old blacksmith's apprentice Bryan are brought together in friendship by one they call the Wild Man. When an advisor to the king is killed and a jewelled medallion is stolen from the king's treasury, the Wild Man is accused of the theft and murder. Filled with disbelief at the arrest of the Wild Man, the three friends embark upon a knight's quest to save their friend's life. To succeed, the three must confront their fears and insecurities, and one of them will have to disclose the biggest secret of all. Join Gavin, Philip, and Bryan on their quest and share the adventures that await them in the land of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.


Prince Gavin

Gavin’s gaze was drawn back to the castle’s battle-scarred walls and the heavily armed guards. The evil emanating from the structure surrounded and held him captive, like a lone deer surrounded by hungry wolves in the dead of winter, unable to move, its eyes glassy with fear, its limbs frozen by the hypnotic gleam of the wolves’ yellow eyes. Even knowing its life was ending, the deer wouldn’t break and run. So Gavin sat frozen in front of the castle.

The enormity of his quest enveloped Gavin and he sighed. Continuing on meant he might save the Wild Man, but he might put himself in danger as well. King Edward was his father’s enemy and possibly responsible for Aldred’s murder. If Gavin were caught, Edward wouldn’t treat him kindly. The young prince summoned his courage and focused on the Wild Man. It had seemed so simple last night in the company of Bryan and Philip.



Looking at the stack of chopped wood, he smiled sadly. Two years ago he would never have dreamed he’d be here, chopping wood for food and a dry place to sleep. He shook his head at his thoughts, his shaggy, ill-cut black hair falling unevenly across his forehead. Two years. It seemed like forever.

Two years earlier, he had lived with his parents and baby brother on their small farm up north. His parents worked hard to put food on the table and to pay off the farm. Philip’s main job was to watch baby Benjamin while his mother helped his father in their small field. When Benjamin fell sick, Philip helped his father clear the old stalks and rocks from the soil while his mother nursed the baby. He helped his father carefully plant the winter wheat and barley for harvest in the spring.

As autumn slipped into winter, Benjamin hadn’t gotten better. His tiny body burned with fever. Those last few days when Philip held him, the heat coming from Benjamin threatened to slowly engulf him like the embers of a dying fire.



In the five years he’d been James’s apprentice, Bryan had learned a lot. He made a sturdy sword, so James said. Two years still remained in his apprenticeship. Two long years.

Like most sons of tradesmen or farmers, his family had secured this apprenticeship early on. At eleven, he and his father had made the three-day journey south to the Pembroke Castle blacksmith. At first, the prospect of being away from home, on his own, and learning a respectable trade, was exciting. More importantly, it allowed him to see and talk with real knights.

He spent every day learning how to forge stronger swords, tougher armour, how to shoe horses, and even make pots and pans. It was a satisfying trade and one that would ensure him a livelihood. But Bryan didn’t want just a livelihood. Even now, only two years away from completing his apprenticeship, he still couldn’t see himself working with metal for the rest of his life. As long as he could remember, he had wanted only one thing: to be a knight like Sir Lancelot.

Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom

Double Decker Books Questions and Quotes

1. Do all the stories you write have a history feel?

Yes, they do. I’m a lover of the ancient and medieval worlds. This came from my college classes and then teaching the literature of these worlds for 25 years.

2. How is Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom different from or similar to your other stories?

Young Knights differs only in the setting from my ancient Egypt stories. All my books for middle grade and YA readers have protagonists who—in the course of looking for who they are—take readers on an adventure that at times can be dangerous and even life threatening.

3. How is Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom inspired by King Arthur?

Young Knights takes the concepts—loyalty, friendship, courage, honor, and justice—at the heart of Arthurian legend and allows readers to explore those ideas in themselves just as the characters do.

4. How are the three main characters alike?

All of them—Gavin, Philip, and Bryan—have dreams for their futures, and are afraid that they may not be able to realize those dreams. They share many of the traits found today’s pre-teens and teenagers: they are fiercely loyal to each other and The Wild Man; they are reckless in that their decisions are not fully thought out; and they desperately want to belong to their world in some way. They have all found that friendship with The Wild Man fills up a hole in their lives.

5. How are they different?

Each of them approaches life from very diverse backgrounds. Gavin is a prince; Philip is an orphan; and Bryan is learning to be a blacksmith so that he can help support his family and himself. This colors how they look at their life. Gavin knows what is expected of him, but fears that he will fall short of his family’s expectations. Philip has lost everything and is trying to survive day-to-day. Bryan harbors a secret hope for his future that he fears will never happen because he doesn’t have the means to make that happen.

6. How did you develop the world?

The world of Arthurian Legend was already there—the castles, the knights, the honor code, the lifestyle—just waiting for my story to drop in with its adventures and characters.

7. How is this fantasy, magic story different from others?

I’ve built unique relationships between my three characters that would not be found in the Medieval Ages. That a prince, an orphan, and an apprentice would form such a strong bond of friendship would have been prevented because of the social structure of that time period in England. However, for today’s teens, I don’t believe this would be the case even in England, which still holds onto the old ways in many instances.

8. Would you please tell us a bit about what you have planned for Book II?

In brief, one of the main characters goes missing and a new character joins the adventure and danger. No more for now!

9. What was the hardest part of writing Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom?

For me, the hardest part of any of my stories is getting the story in my head down on paper the way I want. In the case of The King’s Ransom, I had the story done, and then realized that I had a major problem with one of the main characters. I had to go back in and completely rewrite every section that character appeared in!

10. What do you hope readers take away from Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom?

For my Middle Grade readers—and adults who read this—there are two things: How important it is to work together to accomplish the most difficult of tasks; and how important it is to be yourself and trust in who you are, even if that differs from who you thought you were.

I am a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Tales & Legends for Reluctant Readers set in these worlds.



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