Author Interview: Bird in a Snare by N.L. Holmes

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Bird in a Snare (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 1) by [Holmes, N.L.]Bird in a Snare (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 1) by N.L. Holmes  

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Publication Date: March 21, 2020

Genre: Mystery

When Hani, an Egyptian diplomat under Amenhotep III and IV, is sent to investigate the murder of a useful bandit leader in Syria, he encounters corruption, tangled relationships, and yet more murder. His investigation is complicated by the new king’s religious reforms, which have struck Hani’s own family to the core. Hani’s mission is to amass enough evidence for his superiors to prosecute the wrongdoers despite the king’s protection—but not just every superior can be trusted. And maybe not even the king!

AUTHOR INTERVIEW  

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on? I once visited Dante’s house in Florence. He was one of the most sustaining writers in my life. But then I found out that it wasn’t really his house at all! I’ve seen Turgenev’s house in Paris as well.

Does writing energize or exhaust you? It definitely energizes me. Once I get into something, I hammer away, whether I know where I’m going or not. And it’s usually not: I’m a “pantser.” My husband’s out-of-town relatives recently spent a month and a half with us, and I found writing to be my happy place, my defense against loud conversation and all sorts of distraction.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers? I can’t imagine that a big ego helps any human endeavor, because, after all, it’s based on falsehood. On the other hand, a healthy sense of one’s own worth is necessary to weather the bruising criticism and rejection that is sure to be heaped on one along the way. But taking criticism well is really humility, not ego.

Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym? I do write under a pseudonym. As a professional in the history of the ancient world (archaeologist), I wanted to make a distinction between historiography and fiction writing—in my own head, if nowhere else. The novelist is constantly making different choices than the historian. So I do research like Niki and write like N.L.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want? I write what I want to read. Setting my story in the Bronze Age may be the kiss of death to book sales, but I feel there are stories to be told there about people who were like us under all the differences. Admittedly I undertook the Egyptian mysteries in the hopes that it would appeal to a broader audience. I know those people are out there, because they used to throng my class. If there’s one thing I hated about querying agents, it was the demand to say “This is like X book meets Y book.” Who wants something that’s trying to cash in on the success of something else?

Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly? I suppose there are novels that are more cerebral or plot-driven which don’t demand such passion from the author. But the novels I love to read are those with strongly crafted characters and intense emotions. One of the worst criticisms I can think of is to say a book is bland.

Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book? My work falls into two series and two kinds of series. The Empire at Twilight series is loosely connected, all set in the same world. I have taken a peripheral character from one book and then told their story in the next. Sometimes that means we revisit an event from several viewpoints. The Lord Hani Mysteries is a more conventional series, in which the protagonist remains the same throughout. In addition to the arc of each book, there are overarching arcs for various characters.

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niki head shotAbout the Author: N.L. Holmes is the pen name of a professional archaeologist who received her doctorate from Bryn Mawr College. She has excavated in Greece and in Israel, and taught ancient history and humanities at the university level for many years. She has always had a passion for books, and in childhood, she and her cousin (also a writer today) used to write stories for fun.

The inspiration for her Bronze Age novels came with an assignment she gave to her students one day: here are the only documents we have told us about a certain royal divorce in Ugarit in the 13th century. How much can we say about what happened? It quickly became apparent that almost anything we might come up with was as much fiction as historiography!

Today, since their son is grown, she lives with her husband, three cats, and a dog. They split their time between Florida and northern France, where she gardens, weaves, plays the violin, dances, and occasionally drives a jog-cart. And reads, of course.

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Release Tour: GUILTY? by Christer Tholin

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Guilty? (Stockholm Sleuth, #4)GUILTY? by Christer Tholin
 
Publisher: Christer Tholin 
Publication Date: March 15, 2020
Genre: International Mystery & Crime
  
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Stockholm: From one day to the next, 16-year old Hanna just vanishes without a trace. Her worried parents hire detectives Lars and Elin to find their daughter. The two of them do just that and very quickly. However, Hanna’s problems are far from over – she is trapped in the clutches of a “loverboy”. Just a couple of months later, the two private detectives are asked to help once again, because now Hanna is facing a much more serious issue. This difficult assignment pushes everyone involved to their limits …

GUILTY? is the fourth, standalone book from Christer Tholin’s Stockholm Sleuth Series.

If you like fast-paced action and surprising twists and turns, then you will love Christer Tholin’s sleuth series.


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IMG_0068 (3)About the author: I grew up in the North of Germany, Schleswig-Holstein. I studied biology and after that worked for 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry which led me to live in several European countries. Today, I live with my family in Stockholm, Sweden. As a long-standing crime-story afficionado, I’ve always wanted to write detective stories of my own, set against the backdrop of the natural beauty of Sweden, giving readers an opportunity to see Swedish society through the eyes of a foreigner.

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Spotlight: Mediterranean Diet For Beginners 2020 by Elisa Rossi 

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Mediterranean Diet For Beginners 2020: Step by Step Practical Guide For Beginners to Lose Weight, Be Long-Lived and Live in Health. Simple and Fast Recipes With a 21-Day Action Plan. by [Rossi, Elisa]Mediterranean Diet For Beginners 2020: Step by Step Practical Guide For Beginners to Lose Weight, Be Long-Lived and Live in Health. Simple and Fast Recipes With a 21-Day Action Plan. by Elisa Rossi   

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ARE YOU SOMEONE WHO LOVES TO PREPARE OR DINE ON FLAVORFUL CUISINE?

Better yet, are you someone who loves delicious food but prefers to keep their health in mind? Then the Mediterranean diet is the perfect meal plan for you. Slowly building its reputation in this decade, this diet will introduce you to new and diverse food groups, healthy ingredients, and of course, tasty meals that will keep you coming back for more. The best part is, the food will fill you up, but not weigh you down.

Many culinary treats are filled with excess sugar, salt, and fat, leaving you feeling drained and bloated. With the Mediterranean diet, this will not be a major concern. You will always have plenty to eat, while also building up a healthy body intolerant of chronic illness.

Are you ready to learn how to make this wonderful diet a part of your everyday life? In the Mediterranean Diet for Beginners, you will learn all you can about the tasty meals that exist within this plan. I have provided detailed descriptions, along with the many ingredients and recipes that you can start incorporating now.

For guaranteed success, I have included a sample, 21-day meal plan to act as a guide in the transition process. If you are ready, TURN the page!

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Spotlight: Dream Riders by Taylor Kole

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Dream Riders by [Kole, Taylor]Dream Riders by Taylor Kole   

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Corey and Marci Padesky manipulate the client’s dreams using lights, sounds, and physical manipulation. Well, that’s what they tell people. They actually enter dreams metaphysically. They discover a Being inside Walt Zimbardo’s disturbed mind. The quest to understand this Being and their dream influencing abilities is thwarted by Walt’s obsession with controlling them and their talent. That may be the least of their worries, as it becomes increasingly clear the Being is malevolent, determined to wipe them out, and possibly in control of Walt

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Taylor KoleAbout the Author:  (from Amazon Author Page) A science fiction author aiming to help people expand their faith in humanity and our potential. The aim is to have broad appeal, starting with science fiction, adventure, young adults, and the newly emerging litrpg crowd. I enjoy Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, the Red Rising trilogy, Ender’s Game, Ready Player One, and Games of Thrones, as far as recent titles. My all times are Dean Koontz, Jack London, Harlan Coben, and perhaps most of all, Michael Crichton. 

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Spotlight: Tales From The Eastern Wind: A Collection of Short Stories by Thaine Chase

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Tales From The Eastern Wind: A Collection of Short StoriesTales From The Eastern Wind: A Collection of Short Stories

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#supernatural #horror #scifi #fairytale #fantasy #tragedy #espionage #romance 

TALES FROM THE EASTERN WIND by Thaine Chase is an exceptional contemplation on the mysteries of life, death, and what lies beyond the veil.

The author weaves through genres with a masterful hand, dancing between supernatural horror, science-fiction, fairytale fantasy, wartime tragedy, espionage, romance, and everything in between.

Chase’s prose is rich with emotion, making for a deeply sensory experience, rife with empathy; you laugh, cry, panic, and fall in love along with Thaine’s despairing protagonists, even as you root for their success, often against the sinking realization that nothing will turn out as you hope — and yet, every so often, Chase rewards you for your loyalty, proving The Eastern Wind still favors the pure of heart.

TALES FROM THE EASTERN WIND is one of the most heartfelt short story collections ever compiled. Thaine Chase has captured the cornucopia of human emotions in a mason jar and released them into the twilight of life, like lightning bugs taking flight.

So rest your weary soul at the way station between realms with this wonderful selection of storytelling magic.

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Thaine ChaseAbout the Author: Thaine Chase’s love for word-craft began early in his childhood years, manifesting in the form of short stories and imaginative skits he would read aloud or perform for his parents.

However, as his young years moved forward, Thaine’s want to pursue fictional narratives as a career couldn’t overcome his uneasiness with the possibility of failing to help better his financial struggles, so his endless imagination became relegated onto the mental ‘back-burner’.

Even though he was repeatedly encouraged by both his teachers and parents alike, Thaine resisted the temptation to walk the road of the ‘writer’, fearful an artistic life was too much of a risk in a world driven by job security, so instead, like others in his family — he chose a blue-collar career and the guaranteed paycheck.

Now, more than five decades later, Thaine is finally surrendering to his insatiable fondness for storytelling, choosing now to take a serious stab at fictional writing and possibly a new career path.

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Spotlight: Best Body Naturally by David Edwards 

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Best Body Naturally by [Edwards, David] Best Body Naturally by David Edwards 

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Wish you can get the beach bod you’ve always dreamed of having??

Achieving your dream figure is no easy feat. Getting the best body is more than lifting weights and hitting the gym daily. Maybe you’ve seen people who work out every day with little or no progress and find it disheartening.

You’ve seen plenty of books and guides on how to do proper exercises, but are they your best bet? Can they help you build the foundation of an active lifestyle while looking out for your nutritional needs and emotional mindset?

Build a healthy lifestyle and sport your dream figure with David Edwards’ Best Body Naturally!

Edwards discusses the foolproof and efficient ways on how you can build muscle and lose fat. This book reveals the best techniques on how you can maximize your gains with limited budget and time. It’s tailored for people who can’t afford to buy expensive equipment and for those without a lot of time.

Learn how nutritional requirements play an integral part in your fitness journey. Edwards will guide you into an educational process of a health-oriented approach in life by developing an active and sporty lifestyle. Debunk workout myths and know how to activate the hardest muscle groups to target with his guidance.

Edwards guide tackles on how you can develop strength and power. His methods are perfectly suitable for all ages, gender, and workout experience. This book explores on the science of bodybuilding and how you can maximize every second of your exercises.

In this book, you’ll encounter!
Practical tips on how to train your muscle groups safely and efficiently.
Best-kept secrets on how to maximize your muscle gains and fat loss with suggested diets.
Varying levels of exercises for all weightlifting and bodybuilding enthusiasts.

Get your dream figure in no time!

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Spotlight: The Fire Within by Ruta Ropati – Peterson

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The Fire Within: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 by Ruta Ropati – Peterson  

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Publisher: Independently published (March 12, 2020)

Genre: Memoir

If you don’t know Jesus is real, you’re going to know it by the time you finish this book! Walk with Ruta as she details the events of her life and how God directed her to begin ministry in a state where she knew no one, caused her to leave behind family, career and a steady paycheck, and left her no choice but to face fears that had previously stopped her. Ruta’s is a life lived “walking by faith and not by sight”, taking each direction from the Lord step-by-step not knowing where the next one would lead. Watch how the power of the love, expressed as obedience, has healed and delivered not only Ruta but also the lives of the many she has touched. If you’re afraid of surrendering fully to God or if you just haven’t for whatever reason, this book may be just what you need to get down on your knees and say, “God use me for Your will, for Your glory.” The events of Ruta’s life will make you say, “Oh my gosh!”, “No way!”, Praise God!” and “That’s a miracle!” and will inspire you to die to self in a way that causes you to cross the Jordan’s of your own life trusting God in such a way that the precious satisfaction of intimacy with God transforms you as you walk in a greater purpose, greater love and the deep satisfaction that only knowing Jesus can provide. Read this book and you’ll see that faith that goes forward triumphs!

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Ruta Ropati - PetersonAbout the Author:  Evangelist and Faith Strategist, Ruta Ropati-Peterson, MA, is the co-founder of R.A.W. (Real. Anointed. Word.) Movement established 2016, and author of the transformational course, Pulling Down Strongholds.  A sought-after speaker and mentor, Ruta is passionate about serving the lost and broken, strengthening leaders, and preaching the unadulterated Word of God. While Ruta continues to mentor women through a discipleship/mentoring community established in 2018, she also conducts deliverance sessions via telephone as well as at group gatherings. Her most recent endeavor, the Healing Hearts Coaching, involves one-on-one coaching that is focused on restoring identities so that God’s people can walk in the power and authority ordained by Him.

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