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VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR–The Experiment by Cindy C Bennett, Sherry Gammon, and Jeffery Moore

5 Sep

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The Experiment, a new novel from the imaginations of Cindy C Bennett, Sherry Gammon, and Jeffery Moore!

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Time is running out for the Collaborative’s oppressive rule of the remote world Senca One. The government attempts to suppress the escalating riots, even while seeking to further their experiments. When their parents are taken, triplets Juliet, Cilla, and Emiah Tripp set out to locate them, and soon discover they are at the center of a hunt to capture them.

Evading the Collaborative across Senca One’s harsh terrain, they’re confronted with the trials of survival. They also discover something that changes the very core of their reality: they’re morphs. Struggling to adapt to the strange new ability, they question what they really are . . . and why. Are the rumors of experiments done on children true? Did their scientist parents have anything to do with it?

Their quest brings them to the capitol city of Brighton, which is on the verge of revolt. While searching for information about their parents, the Tripps align themselves with the very people fueling the rebellion. They unwittingly spark the revolution they want no part of and discover something more dangerous than they suspected.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Jeffery Moore

Jeffery Moore

Moore was born in Germany. As a military brat, much of his childhood was spent abroad, growing up in Germany on military installations. He subsequently enlisted in the military and served for ten years as an army pilot. While in the military, he lived in Italy and South Korea and deployed to many European countries. He has traveled to Australia, Japan, Singapore and most European countries. His experiences and contact with many different cultures helps form some of the elements in his stories. He currently works for a global IT company and lives in Massachusetts.

Find more about Jeffery and his work at http://www.jefferyemoore.com

Sherry Gammon

Sherry Gammon

Unlovable was Gammon’s debut novel and quickly rose to many top seller lists on Amazon. She is pleased to announce that Unlovable is currently being made into a movie. She has added two more novels to her body of work. Not so Easy, book one of the Souls in Peril series, is the poignant story of Max Sanchez who is on a journey to help the struggling JD Miller survive high school, and Pete & Tink, a fun, light-hearted novella of a manga-loving geek and a five-and-a-half inch fairy. Gammon and her husband, along with their children and a couple of crazy dogs, call Upstate New York home. It is where she spends her nights writing instead of sleeping.

Find more about Sherry and her work at http://www.wordpaintingsunlimited.com

Cindy C Bennett

Cindy C Bennett

Bennett is the YA author of several books, including Geek Girl, Rapunzel Untangled, Enchanted Fairytales, and Heart on a Chain. She lives in Utah and has six kids (two of which are daughters in-law). She loves gooey cookies, dark chocolate, and cheese popcorn. She hates housework and cooking, and has no plans to become a domestic goddess. She occasionally co-hosts a geek podcast with her son, called Geek Revolution Radio. Her favorite pastime is riding her Harley.

Find more about Cindy and her work at http://www.cindycbennett.com

Read an excerpt here.

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Winners LDS Authors Giveaway…

18 May

Lauren Mackesy  

April Hays 

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Sherry Gammon + Unlovable = YA novel turned into movie

15 May

As promised in the beginning of the LDS Authors Giveaway Hop I have an interview with Sherry Gammon, author of Unlovable.

Sherry is not only a very talented, promising author of young adult novels, but she’s also a very dear friend of mine. Sherry’s work is so incredible, she recently signed a movie contract for her first novel Unlovable. How cool is that?

Sherry–thank you so very much for stopping by. Congratulations on your movie contract, I can’t wait for the premiere. I’m curious about your work and your journey through publishing.

For me, getting a bad review gets me through several phases (from I-can’t-believe-is-happening-to-me, to I’m-so-done-writing, to not-even-God-can-possibly-satisfy-everyone’s-preference to I’m-so-ready-to-prove-them-wrong). How do you react to a bad review?

Luckily I haven’t had very many, nor have you, but at first I was devastated. You pour your heart and soul in to a novel and someone trashes it. Then I noticed that the people who give one and two stars are USUALLY (not always) the people who rate most novels poorly. Their reviews are less about critiquing and more about trashing the author and the author’s work. For me, the 3 star ratings are much better at honestly critiquing novels and I learn more from them. I may not agree with everything they have to say, but I do find them more helpful. Now when I want to buy a book to read, I read only the 3+ star reviews. I no longer read the 1 and 2 star reviews of my work or any author’s work.

Family and friends were all eager to buy my books. Sold all the hardcopies I had in less than a week. I thought, “This is piece of cake!” I remember receiving a notice from Amazon telling me in the next 5 days I will receive X amount for my sales. I went to Outback with my family to celebrate. How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

I didn’t! I don’t know why I haven’t, but with 6900 copies now sold, I think I deserve the Outback. Oh, Honey… ;}

Take pictures and frame them as “Celebrating Unlovable’s Fabulous Sales”.

Scenes pop in my head like popcorn in a microwave, triggered by as little as a gesture, an image, news headline or even random dialogue I hear down the street. Where do you get your inspiration for your stories?

Everywhere, same as you. I’ve been disturbed by an article I read that talked about what seems to by the growing rate of teen subside. I am currently working on a book that deals with this very topic tentatively titled Soul in Peril.

I’m not identifying myself with any of my characters, yet each one of them has a part of me. Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

No. Again, like you I try and put a piece of myself in each one. I feel, for me, this helps to identify with them better. I understand why they do what they do, and what they would do in a certain situation.

The best advice I give anyone who wants to become a writer is edit, edit, edit. When you think you’re done, edit some more. What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

Edit and read your genre. Get a good feel for your target market.

 Aside from writing I have a few other hobbies, the strongest one reading. What are your interests outside of writing?

I love to decorate, being with my family, and I enjoy bubble bathes!

Promoting your work is as time consuming as any other regular job, if not more demanding. What do you do to promote your books?

Book blogs and giveaways have been the most successful for me. I also respond to every comment I get and I thank people for positive reviews.

I used to work on one story at the time. Lately I have multiple stories. What projects are you working on and when should we expect another release?

I just finished a fun short story for an anthology for Prose by Design due out in June titled Pete and Tink. It’s about a very geeky boy whose mother wishes on a star for help. And boy, does he get it in the form of a 6 inch . . . I mean, 5-and-a-half inch faery. I’m also working on the story I already mention titled Soul in Peril.

In a few words what is this story about.

Soul in Peril is about a kid named Max who has it all: handsome, star baseball player, dating the head cheerleader. Until tragedy strikes. It’s also about a kid named JD whose life is the opposites of Max’s. He’s the school nerd, overweight, tragic home life and he’s nicknamed Lumpy Larry by some of the kids at school. These two come together to help each other survive in a very unique way. It’s a bit of a tear-jerker, for me anyway. I want to hold both of these two and tell them it will be okay.

Thanks for sponsoring this! I’m really excited.

With only a few days left in the LDS Author Giveaway Hop your chance to win either an e-copy or a paperback of Unlovable is only a click away. Fill out the form below and you’re all set.

Good luck everyone!

 

LDS Authors Giveaway Hop

11 May

Kathy @ I’m A Reader Not A Writer had another great idea for a blog hop, this time to promote LDS Authors. Her helper today is Lexie @ The Book Bug. Thank you ladies for another great hop!

Since I have quite a few author friends who are LDS Authors I took the opportunity to promote one of them, the lovely and so very talented Sherry Gammon. Sherry’s first novel UNLOVABLE is not just any YA novel. It’s so good she recently closed a movie deal for it. Is that incredible or what?

I will have an interview with Sherry halfway through the giveaway, but until then please enter the form below for a chance to win one paperback AND one e-copy of UNLOVABLE. Have fun!

Interview @ Wordpaintings Unlimited

5 Mar

It’s a brand new week and after a relaxing weekend I start my book tour in full force with my dear friend Sherry Gammon, Author of Unlovable. Beginning of my tour Sherry had graciously reviewed A World Apart for which I’m forever grateful.

Today we sit down with a nice cup of coffee and chat about books, life and everything in between… Come join us at Wordpaintings Unlimited. But wait, this is not all… yes, there is also a giveaway for an e-copy of A World Apart.

What a great way to start the week!

“Random Acts of Kindness” Winners announcement + Stop @ Mare’s Place

22 Feb

Busy, busy, busy and I love every minute of it. The “Random Acts Of Kindness” Hop just ended and I have the winners to announce. But before I do that I’d like to mention that during this hop another dear friend of mine decided to make a generous donation toward helping victims of the snow storm hitting Romania. Her name is Sherry Gammon, an incredible talented author (debut novel Unlovable, clean romance, young adult) and as I said, a very dear friend of mine.  Can’t thank Sherry enough for her charitable heart! I raised a total of $360 and I’m beyond grateful.

Now to the winners:

A World Apart: Ronda Noel
Hidden Heart: Julie Lutz

Congratulations!

Moving on to my book tour please stop by Mare’s Place to say hi and see A World Apart featured along with lots of interesting posts, photos and helpful reads.

Why do you write? Guest Sherry Gammon

11 Nov

When you meet someone, you know there are people you click in an instant with or people you know a lifetime but never really have much in common. You know some people step into your path of life, some entering and leaving your life as fast as a comet. Others are here to stay.

Several months ago we added a new member to our group, Sherry Gammon. She was quite shy I’d say, her too nice reviews reminding me of myself when we first formed our group. Back then I didn’t know how to say things for fear I’m going to hurt my critique partners’ feelings (that is long gone, when we realized we needed to be completely honest in our reviews, pushing each other to become the best writers we could possibly become). We kept teasing her until she showed her true face—a funny, spontaneous and caring person.

And yes, Sherry is here to stay. Not only in our critique group, but I hope in my life as a dear friend I’m going to share the good and the bad on my writing journey.

Sherry is my second guest in the cycle “Why Do You Write?”

Why do I write?

Hmm. Good question. For me, writing started as a child. I had the misfortune of witnessing some things that rocked my ten-year-old world. I really struggled with it, trying to make sense of why and how this happened. It haunted me, if you will. About six months later I was reading my favorites magazine … (Highlights magazine for kids!!) … perusing and absorbing each and every page … I mentioned it was my favorite magazine, right? ;} Anyway, while I was enjoying the poetry section, I decided to try and write one of my own.

I wrote a poem about what I had witnessed. It did not answer my questions as to why it happened, nor did it give me any other answers to my heartache, but it did ease my confusion and pain, exponentially. Why? I’m not sure, but I’m glad it did.

A love of poetry was born. I continued to write poems; fun, happy, sad, silly, it didn’t matter. In seventh grade my English class required that we write a poem and submit it in a book along with a collection of published poems we liked. A classmate submitted one of mine. The teacher loved it!

Fast forward to college. While thumbing through a yearbook of one of my roommates, I came across a large photo of a boy. It was an In Memorial photo. When I asked my roommate what had happened to him, she told me he had killed himself. She went on to explain briefly what led up to the death, and how he had chosen to end his life.

As you can imagine, the story was very traumatic for me. The photo haunted my thoughts, and I reflected on it often. I worry for this poor boy, prayed for him, but found no relief for my sorrow.

A year later I took a writing course in college, and we had to write a story as one of the requirements. I chose to write about the boy. I built a story around what few details I knew and added what I didn’t. My teacher loved the story and she encouraged me to publish it.

I learned something about myself that year. Writing helps me to deal with the things I tend to internalize. I am a very private person, which I already knew, and because of this I seldom share my deep thoughts or feelings with others. Writing gives my heart and soul relief that most people get when they talk about what bothers them. I guess I really should keep a journal!

My novel, “Unlovable”, was also taken from my life. It is the story of a young girl trying to overcome a very difficult life. Maggie, the girl in the story is, again, based on two girls I knew growing up. When it was finished and published, I felt such a peace to have their story out there. It was a closure that I really needed.

This is why I write. For the peace. For my peace. For the joy. For my joy. I love writing.

For more information about Sherry Gammon and her books visit http://www.wordpaintingsunlimited.blogspot.com/