Cover Reveal for Southbound, by Jason Beem

I’m excited to show you the cover reveal for “Southbound,” by Jason Beem. Jason is an up-and-coming writer from Portland, Oregon. His novel is set to release on March 31, 2014 from Pandamoon Publishing.

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Do People Read Anymore?

I’ll admit it: I used to hate to read. Back in high school, I would skim through books and only read the bold sections in textbooks. It wasn’t until around age 20 that I fell in love with reading. I have a heavy religious background and found my love for reading in theological books. Many of these were people’s journeys, their stories.

But now, as my second book has been published, I find myself wondering if people read anymore. Book sales have been fine, don’t get me wrong, but it amazes me how many people simply do not read. The excuses are endless: no time, too much work, family stuff, etc… The fact is, however, that we make time for what we want to make time for. We make time for those things that we truly care about.

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It’s a shame that reading is no longer one of those things for the majority of people. Reading opens up a new world that otherwise would not exist. It allows us to create and explore. It expands our imagination and enables us to escape from reality. How many writers out there have family and friends who have never read their books? I’d guess that the majority of family and friends have not read them.

Why?

It’s not because they don’t like you or because they don’t care about what you do. People have forsaken the art of reading. I say art because it is an art. It’s a special gift that we have, one that lights up a child’s face when they discover how to put letters together and make a word. Sadly, many people would rather sit in front of a TV than open up a book. I watch TV, and enjoy it, but nothing compares to a good book.

So, how do we encourage people to start reading again? I’ve got one idea, though I’m not sure it’s the best: buy someone a book. Pick a book that you’ve already enjoyed, one that has stuck with you, and give it to them. A few books I would consider giving to people would be….

Them, by Joyce Carol Oates

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz

Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston

The Shack, by William P. Young

Indian Killer, by Sherman Alexie

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, by Mark Twain

Meet the Author: Tatyana Kasima

Enjoy getting to know, Tatyana Kasima.

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Thank you for joining me today. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your writing.

It is short.

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

“Throw the lumber over, man! Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need – a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing.” Jerome K. Jerome “Three Men in a Boat”

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?

I cannot imagine not writing again, it seems what is the point of having one bestseller if you are not able to progress and develop.

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?

It would definitely be the second option, even now I live in a small town with opportunities to travel and that’s why I have chosen it. That’s where my heart belongs. So this question is easy to answer.

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

Actually, I love amusement parks, they are both fun and creepy. We have this make shift amusement park in my city, I went their this summer and the owner spoke a language I have never heard before… so it added even more mysterious air around it. As for the airport, well, traveling to the airport is a beginning of a journey already, so if you mean, if it is ok that it is not in this small town I live in, it is all right. Btw, the place where I live has an aiport.

And how about Australia or Scotland?

I would love to go to those places and to live there for some time and write. I would love to hear different English accents and learn more about the culture.

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

Haha, I am not thinking about those 90’s bands. I grew up in Ukraine, so my culural backgroud is different in this respect. Red Hot Chili Peppers?

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

Good question. Lately, I have been listening to more music that I normally do. I actually think Madonna but as for a band…

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

Friends.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

I am constantly picking up ideas for short stories, everywhere I go. Currently, I am working on a story about a cat in an Italian church, and a story about a girl who is trying to get out of he comfort zone. I hope these were mysterious enough.

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

Joanne Harris, Erin Morgenstern and Alexander McCall Smith. I would absolutely love to meet them and have a casual conversation just talking about the weather because it is not about what you are talking about with a write it is how you are talking about it.

Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Ocean

Yogurt or ice cream? Yogurt

M & M’s or Skittles? M&M’s

The Daily Show or The Colbert Report? The Daily Show

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Happy ( this was difficult)

Beer or wine? Wine

Flying or driving? Hmmmm driving

Hemingway or Twain? 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?

People is a difficult question. I would love to be my friend Jenny there for sure. So, my best friend. As for things, I would refer you to the paragraph I quoted in the beginning of the interview, but maybe a box of matches and a book would be good.

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?

Interesting. I would rather meet at his/her house. Who the person is, yesterday I watched a movie about Lady Di, I would have loved to meet her. Yet again, it is not important what you talk about as much as how you are talking about it and how you talk about things in general.

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

Time. I am not sure what I mean by it but time.

Connect with Tatyana below:

Tatyana’s Blog

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Meet the Author: Morgan Jane

Today, we’re sitting down with the highly-intriguing author, Morgan Jane. Take off your shoes, open up a new tab in your browser, and prepare to buy one of her amazing novels.

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You are a new author with fantastic covers. Tell us the name of your two books already published and the one on its way.

Thank you! The covers were made by my husband W. Solomon Mitchell. He painted Sanguis City’s cover on canvas before he worked his graphic art magic and it is hanging on my wall. The Education of Lilanoir Rue and My Name is Noir are both novellas that are prequels to my upcoming paranormal series Sanguis City. They aim to tell the main character’s story before she is living in the city of blood.

Oooh, I love novellas!

So you’ve got a chance to make two wishes but they can’t have anything to do with you. What would you wish?

I would wish to stop all wars (forever) and eliminate poverty. I suppose, I am wishing for a utopian society.

If you could write your next novel in any country in the world, which one would you choose?

I would spend the year in a chateau in France writing the second in the Sanguis City series but then I would have to come home. I like the United States just fine.

What is your favorite one hit wonder (I’m thinking Chumbawamba)?

If I have to pick one, I would say “White Horse” by Laid Back. I was so little when I heard it, I had no clue that the lyrics were talking about drugs. It is the beat I love and that song influenced Prince to write Erotic City.

What can we expect from you over the next twelve months?

Sanguis City is coming out in July and the second in the series in December. I have so many books in the works, all half finished. I don’t know which one it will be but I will be releasing an unrelated book too. I have a goal of 50K twitter followers by next year. I plan to take over the world!

That’s awesome! I love someone who is ambitious.

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

Even with all the brouhaha over Charlaine Harris latest book, I will still call her my favorite. I would love to know why she wrote about “Literary Fangbangers” in her latest book. She seemed to be putting down people who are obsessed with reading and writing vampire books. Even though the author only had her main, beloved, character have the opinion, a lot of readers have taken it as a slight to us, her fans. I would love to know if she meant it that way. Because that is how I took it and it hurt! 

 Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Ocean, just because I have been in the mountains for years.

Chicken or steak? Steak, I love animals, with ketchup! I just lost vegan fans everywhere. Can I say that it is cruelty free, grass fed beef?

Popcorn or chocolate? Chocolate!

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Happy, but I want to work for it… angst!

Beer or wine? I would say wine but I just had a Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale and I would drink one over wine any day!

Flying or driving? I just flew to NYC and I say fly, if the plane is big…drive if the plane is small.

Biographies or historical fiction? I have read so many biographies that I will take historical fiction. Give me Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter please!

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You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take only three things with you. What are you bringing?

A boat and 2 paddles!

You’re able to sit down with any president in United States history. Who would you choose and what would you talk about?

Bill Clinton, who would talk? No seriously, we would talk… I used to be a political blogger so I have a list ready for the next time I see him. It’s not that I wouldn’t love to talk to Abraham Lincoln or JFK but I am more interested in current history.

Morgan Jane is:

A Pioneer Blogger and ex-political wingnut gone fan fiction writer, now I am working on my upcoming Paranormal/ Urban Fantasy Series. I love graphic design, painting, knitting, quilting, gardening, cooking, writing, taking beautiful photos but have never taken my creative side seriously until now.

Author website/blog: http://www.themorganjane.com
Author Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/themorganjane
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Author Goodreads Profile page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6984554.Morgan_Jane_Mitchell
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Book website: http://www.sanguiscity.com