Cover Reveal for “The Earth Bleeds Red”

The cover for my debut novel was released today and I’m excited to share it with you all! The book will be released in just about a month and here it is:

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Win a FREE Manuscript Review From a Publishing Company!

Win a full substantiative review of your manuscript tomorrow (Saturday, September 21st Noon Est)  at the Pandamoon Publishing party. It’s worth $3,500! Plus, there’s around 65 prizes ready to be given away. Click on the photo below:

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I Need You!

So here’s the deal:

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My debut novel, THE EARTH BLEEDS RED, is coming out around the end of October (Pandamoon Publishing). We are releasing the cover at the Pandamoon Party, this Saturday, September 21st. I could use your help in doing a cover reveal by posting it on your blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest etc… Whatever works well for you would be a huge help for me. If you’re interested in helping, like this post, and shoot me an email at jackson.paul.baer@pandamoonpublishing.com

I’ll send you the photo to use for the cover as well as a synopsis for the book.

Thanks in advance!

Meet the Author: Marquis Bey

Enjoy getting to know, Marquis Bey.

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You’re the first poet I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your writing. 

Thematic, volatile, and iconoclastic (I guess that’s technically four words, haha)

Share your favorite passage from your book in one paragraph or less.

That’s a difficult question, but I guess I would say my favorite is a line from the middle of the story: “1,369 lights and still a man bereft of light.” It really captures what I am trying to get at throughout the entire story and is also an allusion to one of my favorite books, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author but can never write again or write forever but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

The opportunity to write forever is much more tempting for me. Writing is how I organize my thoughts, how I determine what I want to say and how it must be said. It’s therapeutic. Screw writing a bestseller. I write primarily for me; I write the stories I want to read. As the brilliant, phenomenal, kickass author, critic, and scholar Toni Morrison has said: “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” So I write the books I wish to read. I don’t write to be famous.

If you could live on a college campus, and never leave, or in a small town, but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

This is tough. I mean, I live on a college campus right now and I don’t mind it at all; however, I do see a great benefit in traveling and seeing the world. I’ll go with living in a small town and traveling because my primary concern is gaining knowledge. I can accrue so much knowledge by traveling and yet still have a sense of place.

Okay, how about in an amusement park or an airport?

Amusement park, hands down. Roller coasters are awesome.

And how about Australia or Scotland?

Australia. Their accents are pretty cool 🙂

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

I’m not a band person (nor was I anywhere near music savvy in the 90s—I was born in ’92! Lol).

Ouch 🙂

Is there any good band out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?

Sadly, not that I know of. I’m a hip-hop kind of guy. I love hip-hop because I love language, and the way hip-hop artists mold and shape words, how dexterous they are with similes and metaphor and wordplay is phenomenal to me. If it were up to me, I’d love to see people like Brother Ali, Childish Gambino, and Common Market world famous and legendary in 50 years.

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is The Office)?

South Park, no doubt.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

Yeah, grad school apps lol

 Me too!

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

TONI MORRISON!!! (I’m sorry, I get excited every time her name comes up.) I only have one question for her: may I hug you?

Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Mountains

Yogurt or ice cream? Ice cream

M & M’s or Skittles? Skittles

The Daily Show or The Colbert Report? Colbert Report

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Sad, I hate happy endings and happy people in novels (misanthropic much?)

Beer or wine? I don’t do the whole alcohol thing

Flying or driving? Driving

Hemingway or Twain? Twain

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take two things with you as well as two people. What and who are you bringing?

Two things: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (my favorite book) and a fan (I imagine it’ll be pretty hot on the island. Two people: my wonderful girlfriend and whoever else wants to come lol

You’re able to sit down with any leader in world history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him over to your house or meet at their place of royalty?

One, I resent you assuming the male pronoun when referring to world leaders (sorry, that’s what ya get when you interview a feminist), but I don’t think my pick would be considered a “world leader” by many people. I would want to sit down with Sojourner Truth and just listen to her. I don’t even have to talk, I just want to listen to her speak. And certainly I’d have her over my house.

You can wish for one thing and one thing only, not world peace and no more wishes. What’s it gonna be? 🙂

I’d wish to never stop learning.

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Marquis Bey is a Philadelphia native finishing his senior year at Lebanon Valley College studying philosophy, American studies, and English. This feminist, social justice advocate, and scholar plans to attend graduate school to pursue his Ph.D. in African American literature as well as obtain a graduate certificate in women and gender studies. His scholarship  and research is in the field of African American culture/literature, race, and gender/sexuality, and he posts regularly on his blog: http://reademandteachmarquisbey.wordpress.com/about/

You can purchase his latest work “Incredibly True Tales of Make Believe People” here right now! https://www.createspace.com/4243461

Meet the Author: Karla Tipton

Today, we’re talking to a writer who likes to play with time. She’s recently released a novel that involves time travel and she likes to pull at the heartstrings. Enjoy getting to know, Karla Tipton.

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You’re the author of RINGS OF PASSAGE, which was just released in August. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your book. 

Love trumps history.

Share your favorite passage from your book in one paragraph or less.

She took the ring off – but did not take it off – and she slipped it onto his left hand. And then there were two. But in truth, there was only one.

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author but can never write again or write forever but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

Best-selling would be nice, but it’s not why I write. I write because I have to. I would go crazy if I couldn’t.

If you could live on a college campus and never leave or in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

I would live in a small town and be able to travel. I love road trips in my 1967 Mercury Cougar. Also, I have family who live across the country, whom I miss and visit regularly.

Okay, how about in an amusement park or an airport?

Living in an amusement park would be fun, if I had it all to myself. On the other hand, that would be kind of creepy after awhile. I certainly wouldn’t want to live in an airport!

And what about America in 2013 versus America in 1776?

I think I would give 1776 a try. I love the idea of time travel, and being presented with the opportunity to live in another era is something I could not turn down.

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

Nirvana. I didn’t “get” them in the ’90s, but in 2008, it was like a bolt of lightning struck me and I listened to them for two months straight.

Is there any good band out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?

The Rolling Stones. They just did a very successful tour this year for their 50th anniversary. They released songs as good as anything else released this year. They’ll still be talked about in another 50 years.

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is The Office)?

I don’t watch American primetime TV or sitcoms. There are some BBC comedies I watch on Netflix: “The IT Crowd” and “Black Books.”

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

The novel I’m working on now is “Dangerous Reflections,” a time-travel-fantasy-historical-murder-mystery romance, set in 1910. The love story is between a long-lived-but-ageless wizard Alastor, and a modern post-grad psychology student, Martie, who suddenly learns she’s a wizard and can time travel through mirrors. It’s Harry Potter for adults. There’s a magical and very hot romance at the heart of it.

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

Charles Dickens. If he could be aware of our modern era when I asked him my question, it would be this: How do the evils of Victorian England compare to those of the 21st century?

Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? It used to be mountains, but now lately I’ve started yearning for a rocky coast by the ocean.

Yogurt or ice cream? Coffee ice cream.

Chocolate or sweet candy? Dark chocolate.

The Daily Show or The Colbert Report? I have never watched either one.

Happy or sad ending to a novel? At the age I am now, I prefer happy endings, most definitely. However, in my younger years I would have opted for a “poignant” ending.

Beer or wine? It depends on what I’m having for dinner.

Flying or driving? Driving, definitely. I have 1967 Mercury Cougar that is a pleasure to take a road trip in, cruising to my rock tunes.

Whitman or Poe? My mother handed me a book of Edgar Allan Poe when I was about 10, and I’ve never looked back.

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take two things with you as well as two people. What and who are you bringing?

An mp3 player with Rolling Stones music on it and my acoustic guitar. I have a couple of good friends I could be stranded with for long periods of time without wanting to do harm to them, haha.

You’re able to sit down with any leader in world history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him over to your house or meet at their place of royalty?

Richard III, of course. I would ask him about whether he knew who killed the Princess in the Tower. I already know it wasn’t him.  I’d definitely want to meet at his castle.

You can wish for one thing and one thing only, not world peace and no more wishes. What’s it gonna be? 🙂

Forget the world, I’m going to be selfish here: That my life, and the lives of my family and friends, be long and healthy to the end.

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Karla Tipton cut her literary teeth on gothic romances, Edgar Allan Poe and the vampire soap “Dark Shadows.” Long before there were sparkly vampires roaming through the cultural consciousness, she wrote about ordinary women time traveling through history and falling in love with powerful men of myth and magic. “Genre-bending” came naturally. Despite publishing industry advice to find a genre and stick with it, Karla shamelessly mixed it up, blending history, paranormal, time travel, fantasy and mystery into her novels. When she became fascinated with Richard III, she made a research trip to England, so she could lend authenticity and historical detail to her novel about a romance between a modern woman and her favorite medieval king.

“Rings of Passage,” a time travel romance set in medieval England, is Karla’s first published novel.  Time travel and magic are also at the heart of the project she’s just wrapping up, “Dangerous Reflections,” a romance about a twenty-first century post-graduate student and an Edwardian-era wizard.

Karla is a member of Romance Writers of America, and her writing has earned top honors in several RWA chapter competitions.

When not at her government job or writing novels, Karla plays guitar in a classic rock band.

Rings of Passage is published by LazyDay Publishing at lazydaypub.com

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Meet the Author: Heather Jacobs

Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to a fellow Pandamoon author. She’s bright, she’s inspired, and she’s ready to take the world by storm. Find a comfortable seat in the living room and enjoy getting to know, Heather Jacobs.

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You’re an author who is just now coming onto the scene. Tell us your favorite part about writing and your greatest struggle.

Time management. Like many others out there I have to maintain my full time gig. It’s sometimes hard to fit in the writing I have to do in order to finish a manuscript. I’m struggling with that right now on book two of my series. I’m so busy with the currently paying gig I can’t find the time to write.

My favorite part is easy. I love transporting myself into a whole different world and immersing myself in my characters’ lives. I love every character (even the villains) I’ve created. They are an extended family almost. I get to go places I never can/could outside of their worlds.

Share your favorite passage from your book in one paragraph or less.

One paragraph is hard, but this is one of my favorite parts. The entire scene is my favorite.

         “People say that your life flashes before your eyes before you die, but they’re wrong. It’s not your life that passes before you, it’s the regrets that do. It’s the regret you have for not telling that someone in your life just how important they are, and just how much you love them. It’s the regret that you didn’t live your life better. Or how you didn’t take that job.  It’s the regret that you weren’t a better person. Regrets. That’s all that flashed before my eyes as the line of rifles blasted off their rounds.” – Chapter 19

Youve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author but can never write again or write forever but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

Wow, you ask some really tough questions! LOL. I’d have to say never be a best-selling author and write forever. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember and to be without it would be like losing a piece of my soul. I don’t need to sell thousands of books. I want to, but it’s not necessary to keep me writing.

If you could live on a college campus and never leave or in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

Small town. I grew up in a small town and just knowing I can travel is enough for me. While I love learning and enjoyed college, I hated living on campus. So to be stuck on one would be horrible to me.

Okay, how about in a zoo or in a museum?

Simply because I fear being eaten by one of the animals because I accidentally fell into their enclosure I’m going to go with the museum. I also adore history so I’d never be bored.

And what about Alaska or Hawaii?

Alaska. But this was a very hard question. I want to visit both, but just knowing I handle cold better than heat, I went with Alaska. There’s also more available men.

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

Cowboy Mouth, but really only for their song “Jenny Says.” I used to sing that song all the freaking time. I also owned the Aqua CD. 🙂

Is there any good band out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?

I’m really in love with Hugo (@HugoOfficial) right now. His song Bread and Butter was used in a Castle commercial and his version of 99 Problems is in the end credits of the new version of Fright Night (where I actually was first introduced to him). He’s active on social media and really responsive to fans. His album Old Tyme Religion is a must download. I enjoy all his songs. Apparently he’s working on finishing a second album right now.

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is The Office)?

Confession time for me: I’ve never seen The Office. That out of the way I’d have to say my favorite comedy is New Girl. I love the humor and I can totally relate to the characters as I’m in the same place in my life right now. Pushing 30, wondering what I want to do with the rest of my life.

Never seen The Office? 😦

Is there anything youre currently working on?

I’m currently working on the second book in the We the People series called Self-Evident Truths. I’m also working on a new story. Haven’t gotten very far into it, but I love the narrator Etta to pieces already.

Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Mountains

Yogurt or ice cream? Ice Cream

Milky Way or Twix?  Can you really choose between chocolate like that? Ok. Twix.

The Daily Show or The Colbert Report? The Colbert Report

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Sad

Beer or wine?  Both. I drink wine more.

Flying or driving? Driving

Hemingway or Thoreau? Hemingway

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take two things with you as well as two people. What and who are you bringing?

Since my dog, Titan, acts like a person, he’ll be one, and my good friend Ashley would be the second. And I’d bring diet coke and a good book.

You’re able to sit down with any leader in world history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him over to your house or meet at their place of royalty?

I’ve always wanted to meet Julius Caesar. In middle school and high school I was into Ancient History, particularly the Roman Empire, something fierce. Caesar was a military mastermind and I would just love to have a chat with him. Since I’ve also always wanted to go to Rome we’ll meet at his place. LOL.

You can wish for one thing and one thing only, not world peace and no more wishes. Whats it gonna be?

This is a tough one. Not that I want more wishes or world peace (ok I do, but I wouldn’t wish for it. It’s something to be earned). Hmmm. Financial freedom. I don’t need to be wealthy just without bills is all. The freedom to travel and not worry about the expenses. 

 

Heather is a writer from Minnesota, USA with a penchant for penning political thrillers. Born and raised in the Midwest she has a deep appreciation for good television and good books to stave away the cold during those long Minnesota winter nights. Her debut l, We the People, will be out April 2014 from Pandamoon Publishing . She’s a fan of the television shows Grimm, Once Upon a Time, Bones, and Alias among others.

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Meet the Author: Amanda Holden

Today, we’re talking to our first children’s author, Amanda Holden. She’s driven, talented, and lives in the great state of Texas. Enjoy getting to know a bit more about Mrs. Holden.

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You’re the author of AZYEA’S GIFTS. Tell us what made you write this book and a little bit about being a children’s book author.

I have always wanted to become a children’s book author since I was in school. I wrote a story and sent off many submissions to publishers, and when that did not pan out the way I wanted, I decided to self publish on create space. Really, the main goal was to finish what I started…to accomplish a dream I hoped would turn into a career. That meant I had to get off my hind end and start working…and I did. 

When I wrote Azyea’s Gifts, Mother’s Day was approaching and I decided to write a Mother’s Day themed children’s book. I had no illustrator, so I did it all myself and it took a few days finish. The day I received my first copy in the mail, I was so happy. It was a big moment for me. But then I thought, I could do more! I could do better than this and write better than this!

As a children’s book author, I have learned so much about the process of writing a children’s book as well as the process of publishing. I found that the more knowledge I obtained in this sort of business, the more I knew that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author but can never write again or write forever but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

To be honest, I think becoming a best-selling author, because then I am free to work on more important things in the world. 

If you could live on a college campus and never leave or in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

Live in a small town and travel. I hate being stuck in one place. I like to explore and I am always willing to move some where else. 

Okay, how about in a zoo or in a museum?

I would live in a museum, I am sure there are many more things in a museum to learn from than there is in a zoo. Besides, I do not care much for animals…not that I am an animal hater. I just prefer that animals live away from me.

And what about France or Sweeden?

I guess Sweden. Don’t the French dislike Americans? I am not about to put up with that.

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

Honestly, I am not sure. 

Is there any good band out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?

Josh Ritter

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is The Office)?

As much as I love The Office, I will have to say New Girl.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

I have two. I have a new book currently being published through Tiger Dynasty Publishing. So if you stumble upon the book on facebook, please like and share. It is called Captain Sam Sails Across the Sky. The other book I am working on is called the Prodigal Princess, which is also on facebook. The illustrations are currently underway by a very talented artist. 

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

C.S. Lewis. I would ask, “What inspired you to write the Chronicles of Narnia?”

Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Ocean

Peaches or plums? Peaches

Snickers or Butterfinger? Snickers

The Daily Show or The Colbert Report? The Colbert Report

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Happy Ending

Beer or wine? I hate alcohol

Flying or driving? Flying

Hemingway or Thoreau? Thoreau

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take two things with you as well as two people. What and who are you bringing?

Knife and lighter, Husband and Dad. 

You can wish for one thing and one thing only, not world peace and no more wishes. What’s it gonna be? 🙂

I would wish that everyone would live for Jesus. Is that too close to world peace? Too religious? 

 

Amanda R. Holden (Punzalan) (1989) was born on the island of Guam to Frank Punzalan and Mary Lujan and is the youngest of six. She now resides in Columbus, Texas with her husband, Ethan Holden.

Amanda started writing at a young age and is now the author and illustrator of her first children’s picture book, Azyea’s Gifts.

She currently works a full time job as a dental receptionist and helps out from time to time at her local church. In her spare time, she also provides guitar lessons for children and adults while she continues to work at her craft as a writer.

She is quite dedicated to reaching goals that seem far beyond her reach and is always willing to help other authors in need of support and advise regarding their projects.

Amanda is also musically inclined and loves to sing and play guitar. Karaoke won’t get her too far, but she hopes to use her music abilities for something big.

“Follow your dreams, because your dreams won’t follow you…” -Amanda Holden

 

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