#Interview Elizabeth Corrigan – Oracle of Philadelphia @ERCorrigan @RAPublishing

Like most bloggers I get a whole host of review requests, with the state of my TBR *insert crying face here* I tend to politely turn them down. But occasionally I receive one that makes me stop and consider it more closely. The email I received from Elizabeth Corrigan was one of those. The blurb for Oracle of Philadelphia was right up my street, and while I don’t have time to read it right now, it went straight onto my Kindle wish list so that I can buy it when I have more time and I asked if Elizabeth would like a guest spot on the blog. We agreed on an interview and I’m pleased to share the interview with you today.

Description

Carrie works at a diner in South Philadelphia, dispensing advice to humans and angels wise enough to seek her counsel. But there are some problems that even the best advice can’t solve.

Her latest supplicant, Sebastian, is unique among those who have sought her aid. He sold his soul to a demon in exchange for his sister’s life, but his heart remains pure.

Carrie has lived for millennia with the knowledge that her immortality is due to the suffering of others, and she cannot bear to see another good man damned when it is within her power to prevent it.

In order to renegotiate his contract, Carrie must travel into the depths of hell and parley with the demons that control its pathways. As the cost of her journey rises, Carrie must determine how much she is willing to sacrifice to save one good soul.

Interview

Hi Elizabeth, Thanks for joining me on my blog today, I’m so pleased to have you and hope you enjoy answering these questions.

Tell us a bit about Oracle of Philadelphia

Oracle of Philadelphia is about an immortal girl named Carrie who can read minds. She owns a crappy diner in Philadelphia and has angel and demon friends. One day, she meets a man who has sold his soul to a demon, but she knows that he is a good person, so she decides to travel into Hell to negotiate with the archdemons for his soul.

Who is Carrie? What makes her tick?

Carrie has lived for 8,000 years with the weight of knowing everyone’s thoughts—and knowing that her village sold their souls to a demon in order to give her immortal life. She tends to be rather sad, both because of this and because of the continual loss of the people she knows. She has two true friends, the demon Bedlam and the angel Gabriel, and she lives for her interactions with them.

Where did Carrie come from? What made you write her?

This one is a little embarrassing. I actually got the idea from the television show Supernatural. At the end of season 2, one of the characters sells his soul to a demon (#spoilers!), and while waiting for season 3 to start, I pondered what would happen next. I came up with the concept of an oracle who would want to save him. The story now bears little resemblance to Supernatural, but it takes place in a crappy diner because in Supernatural, I feel the all-powerful oracle would work in a crappy diner.

How did you come up with the concept for the series Earthbound Angels?

I answered this a bit above, but that only explains where I got the plot for the first book. I decided I wanted to write a series because I got interested in all the surrounding characters I was writing about. At first I thought I would write a book about Carrie, then one each about Bedlam and Gabriel. But the story stretched even beyond that and included even more characters.

The cover art for Oracle of Philadelphia is vivid and intriguing, tell us how it came about.

My publisher’s cover artist, Glendon Haddix of Streetlight Graphics, came up with the cover. He incorporated the symbol of the flaming sword, the oracle, and the city of Philadelphia in what I, at least, think is a beautiful cover. He’s also great to work with! I use him for all my self-published covers as well, and I recommend him to any author looking for a cover artist.

Which song(s) would be the soundtrack for Oracle of Philadelphia?

Oh, so many, and a lot of them are mentioned in the book. Carrie’s theme song is “Human” by Christina Perri, Gabriel’s is “Halo” by Beyonce, and Bedlam’s is “Flagpole Sitta” by Harvey Danger. Some other songs on the soundtrack would be “Hero” by Chad Kroger, “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics, and “Sympathy for the Devil” by the Rolling Stones.

Tell us five unusual facts about Elizabeth Corrigan.

a.) I’m pathologically afraid of bees.

b.) I do a lot of tabletop gaming, to include role-playing games and cooperative board games.

c.) I’m trying to give up Diet Coke, but I miss the caffeine.

d.) I drive a SmartCar (but I might trade it in for an SUV soon-ish).

e.) I have two cats named Mookie and Tiara.

What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser?

I’m somewhere in between? I do a lot of planning in my head before I ever start writing, but I have to write down a basic outline to get my plot sketched out. And when I say basic, I mean really basic. I just write down the chapter title and less than a sentence about what happens in that chapter. For the last book I worked on, I actually had 5 pages of notes, and it was the most I had ever outlined. Which was funny because my friend Mary Fan, who is usually a planner, was writing a book at the same time, and she felt like she was pantsing because she only had 5 pages of notes.

What have been your most memorable reviews?

I try to let the reviews, good and bad, roll off me as much as possible, but there are a few that stand out. My favorite review quote from Oracle was from Random Musings of a Curious Mind: “… filled with laugh-out-loud moments and scenes that will break your heart.” I thought that was such a nice thing to say. Other reviews that stand out are ones where a reviewer whom you never met seems to really get your book. Just a few of those make the whole writing experience worthwhile.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

For my day job, I’m a government contractor who does quality assurance work on data about behavioral health issues. In my spare time, I play a lot of tabletop games, both role-playing games and cooperative board games.

Has writing taught you anything about yourself?

Writing has taught me so much about myself. I learned pretty quickly when I started editing that I am not at all a visual person, which means I don’t generally describe anything. My editor’s notes tend to include things like, “Describe anything” and “Scroll through the senses.” I’ve gotten a lot better at doing this on my own, but it’s still not instinctive to me. Over the long-haul, I’ve come to learn that I really am writing for myself more than anyone else. I used to dream of being famous and successful—and of course, I still hope for that—but I’ve learned that I’m happy just being a little indie writer, and writing to that goal is more satisfying to me in the long-run.

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer the questions and hanging out with me for a while.

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TitleOracle of Philadelphia
SeriesEarthbound Angels #1
Author: Elizabeth Corrigan
Genre: Fantasy | Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication Date: 20 March 2013
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 222
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#Review: Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters @PepperWinters

Description

“My life was complete. Happy, content, everything neat and perfect.
Then it all changed.
I was sold.”

Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility.

For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world.

But lusty paradise is shattered.

Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror.

Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold.

Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?
A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to grief, slavery, and hard to read subjects. A story about finding love in the strangest of places, a will of iron that grows from necessity, and forgiveness that may not be enough.

Review

There is one thing you have to do when you start reading this book, that’s to open your mind, wide. The concept of this book is more than a little terrifying, the outcome of this book is a wonderful idea but honestly more than a little fantastical. I had more than a few moments of “Really?” “That would never happen.” and similar. Then I took a moment, and told myself to just enjoy the story, to let myself get swept up in it.

Tess and Brax leave Australia for a holiday in Mexico. Their relationship is comfortable and Tess is hoping to spice things up while they are away. Brax finds the idea uncomfortable though, preferring their sexual relationship to be straight with nothing unusual to complicate things.

While out exploring they are attacked and Tess is kidnapped, their future ripped from them and Tess’ life ripped from her as she is whisked into a terrifying ordeal as a sex slave. Sent to France, to a mansion, and an owner named Q.

Tess is woman with a lot of strength, she refuses to give in to her situation without giving Q a good fight at every turn. But she finds herself drawn to him, wanting to get to know this man who seems to have a kindness behind his abruptness (see I said you would need an open mind here).

Q is intrigued by her fight, but it also pulls at something deep and dark inside of him. You see him pushing and pulling from her, trying not to turn into the thing he fears most.

There is far more to Q’s story, which we don’t learn until later in the book which helps us to understand his motives, and what Tess is sensing in him and why she is drawn to him. They are an odd match but as their relationship grows it’s a beautiful and erotic story to read.

I loved Brax but he was clearly not a good fit for Tess and even as we revisit him he doesn’t suit her at all and they are more like childhood friends than lovers.

This book contains a lot of sensitive subjects, kidnapping, slavery, violence, rape etc. But it is very well handled, and despite it being a little fantastical it is a wonderfully written novel and a fantastic erotic romance. I’m so glad this is a series because I was so not ready to leave the characters and will definitely be reading more.

Rating

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TitleTears of Tess
Series: Monsters in the Dark #1
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: Romance | Erotica | BDSM
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 30 August 2013
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback | Audio
Pages: 382
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

#Review: Twice in a Lifetime by Kierney Scott @Kierney_S @HQDigitalUK

Description

A second chance at redemption…

A lifetime ago, Sarah and Liam were childhood sweethearts in a dingy Edinburgh block, dreaming of making it in the big wide world. But reality called. Sarah stayed to make a difference in her community, while Liam forged a career in international finance and never looked back.

Ten years on, a friend in crisis brings Sarah and Liam together in Dubai. There’s no trace of the boy she once loved – the man Liam has become is hard, mercenary, infuriating… and arousing. In an opulent desert city far away from everything she knows, can Sarah take the heat?

Review

So I absolutely love and adore Kierney Scott’s books, but there are a few of her earlier books I missed and I’ve been determined to go back and read them. Twice in a Lifetime was her debut novel, so I went into it knowing that some of the things I love about her writing may not have been fully formed yet.

The story revolves around Sarah and Liam, two Scots who we meet in Dubai when Sarah goes to ask Liam for help saving one of their old childhood friends who has been arrested by the Dubai police. Liam has long left Edinburgh and her behind while she works as a social worker completely immersed in the depravity of their childhood.

Liam is a man who went through hell as a child and got out while the going is good, he loved Sarah and wanted her to go with him, when she refused it broke his heart and he walked away. Sarah feels the need to rescue everyone, she has spent her life trying to help everyone including this one friend she is trying to help now, the same friend she stayed to help before.

Unlike Kierney Scott’s newer book’s which have women who are very strong, Sarah is quite an infuriating character, she’s very whiney and doesn’t have the courage of her convictions, she has a type of hero complex, needing to be needed by these people and putting them all first before herself all of the time. She definitely lacked the immense strength that I see and admire in Kierney Scott’s newer characters.

Liam was a wonderful character (I mean just the name Liam for a start!) he’s had his heart broken but he went off and achieved greatness and is living somewhere beautiful and he’s doing some amazing things, the more you learn about what he is doing, the extra things he is doing to help people without taking credit as the book progresses as well it just grabs you’re heart. But he takes no crap, he see’s Sarah’s game when she arrives, and he plays her back, he’s not willing to be used as a mission of mercy and he turns it around on her.

I really enjoyed their story, I’ll admit not as much as The Firing Line trilogy or The Last Dance, but it was still a thoroughly enjoyable read and I’m so glad I went back to the beginning of Kierney’s journey!

Rating

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TitleTwice in a Lifetime
Series: N/A
Author: Kierney Scott
Genre: Adult | Romance | Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Carina
Publication Date: 29 August 2013
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages:  TBA
Buy: Amazon UK 

#BookBlitz: Shades of the Gods by Erin Hayes @erinhayes5399 @XpressoTours #GuestPost #Excerpt #Giveaway

I am pleased to be a part of this book blitz organised by Xpresso Book Tours. Check out more about this book below along with an excerpt and guest blog. This is the first in a new series by Erin Hayes so don’t miss out, given my absolute obsession with all things Greek I certainly won’t!

Description

Caught between life and death, all Callie wants is to live again.

Homicide detective Callie Saunders knows that death isn’t all pearly gates and angels. After being hit by a bus, she finds that it’s the ancient gods and goddesses of Greek mythology who are in charge of everything.

So when Hades offers her a deal, she accepts. If she wants to be brought back to life, she’ll have to figure out who is trying to kill his son. But if she fails, both her soul and the world will be destroyed.

With the odds mounting against her, it’ll take everything she has within her to wake up from death. But the rules are constantly changing. And someone wants her to stay dead.

(This book was formerly titled Death is but a Dream. The covers and titles have changed for The Elysium Legacies, but the content is still the same.)

Shades of the Gods - Erin Hayes

Excerpt

“You’re blackmailing me,” I sneered at him, fury raging within me at the realization. “You want me to do something in return before you allow me to wake up.”

 

He raised his hand in a gesture of supplication. “Not blackmail,” he assured. “I’m looking to employ you for a time.”

 

I recoiled. “Employ me? As what? Muscle? Is this the Underworld’s version of the Mafia?” Now that I thought about it, Hades did remind me of a mob boss. He even looked like some I knew. “I don’t play that, sorry.”

 

Hades grinned. “I want to make a deal with you, Callista. You find out who is trying to kill my son. Give me a name and a motive. And I’ll restore you to life.”

Guest Post

I grew up watching Hercules and Xena on TV, which was my first foray into the world of Greek mythology. In that world, gods and goddesses played with mortals like you and me. There were elements of action, and there were elements of drama. Most of all, I remembered it being fun.

Move forward about ten years. I was in high school, and I was an avid Japanese manga fan. Back then, I wanted to draw my own comics. I drew a character and labeled her as Hades’ daughter. I created an entire world around that character and a young adult story to go with it. This isn’t that story. At least, not in that form. In fact, since then, I’ve evolved that story many times, to where it’s almost indistinguishable from the original idea. It’s never left me though, so ten years after that first drawing, and nearly twenty years after watching my first Hercules episode, I sat down to write this book.

I will say, that while I spent a good deal of time researching Greek mythology to tell this story, I have taken a few liberties in order to create a modern story. Some of the characters are reimagined. For others, I chose the source that met my ends. And then we come to the royal family of the Underworld. A lot of mythology says that Hades, as the God of the Underworld, was unable to produce offspring because Death can’t create Life. Some texts even said that the Furies were his children.

I did find an article that talked about Plutus, the God of Wealth, who was often confused with Pluto, the God of the Underworld, who was also in charge of wealth. Another source said that he actually was Hades’ son, which I honestly found to be pretty cool and a great foil to myths about the Underworld. My wheels started turning, and that character played a big role when I started setting up the plot for this story.

I hope you enjoy this book that is nearly twenty years in the making. I know I enjoyed writing, developing it, and seeing my characters come to life. I hope you like this crazy ride for Callie.

About Erin Hayes

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Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books.

She works as an advertising copywriter by day, and she’s an award-winning New York Times Bestselling Author by night. She has lived in New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Alabama, and now San Francisco with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.

You can reach her at erinhayesbooks@gmail.com  and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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TitleShades of the Gods
SeriesElysium Legacies #1
Author: Erin Hayes
Genre: Adult | Fantasy | Mythology
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 27 September 2013
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 414
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#CoverReveal: Pot Love 1 and 2 by Sylvia Ashby @bysylvia_a @NeverlandBT

I am pleased to be a part of this cover reveal organised by Neverland Blog Tours. I’m on the blog tour for the second of these books later in the summer and can’t wait to read it and let you all know my thoughts. I signed up before having seen the covers and now that I have I’m even more excited to get my reading teeth into this book as I think it will be the ideal summers day read.

So let’s start with a bit about the books…

Description

Pot Love

Ashley Burkе is your average next-door girl. She lives with her boyfriend, loves her work and secretly fancies her boss.

When Ashley loses it all through no fault of her own, well, apart from snogging her boss and getting caught by his fiancée, she needs to act fast to find a new job. A lucrative vacancy comes her way – a spot on a popular day-time TV – but there is a catch. It’s a cookery spot and Ashley can’t cook to save her life.

PRAISE FOR POT LOVE
“I feel like exploding with how much I love this book. I almost didn’t want to read the last few chapters because I wasn’t ready for it to be over. I feel like I made a new best friend and visited England, without ever leaving my house.
If this book were a movie, it would be the biggest romantic comedy of the next five years, and I’d be first in line to pay my $10 for a ticket and $20 worth of popcorn and soda.”

BestChickLit.com
“Like a late night, post-pub cheeseboard or the final few drops of Rosé, it will prove mighty hard to resist.”

“Great characters, interesting plot line and wonderful writing bringing it all together! Well worth the read. Kind of hoping for a sequel.”

Ashley Burkе is your average next-door girl. She lives with her boyfriend, loves her work and secretly fancies her boss.

When Ashley loses it all through no fault of her own, well, apart from snogging her boss and getting caught by his fiancée, she needs to act fast to find a new job. A lucrative vacancy comes her way – a spot on a popular day-time TV – but there is a catch. It’s a cookery spot and Ashley can’t cook to save her life.

PRAISES FOR POT LOVE
“I feel like exploding with how much I love this book. I almost didn’t want to read the last few chapters because I wasn’t ready for it to be over. I feel like I made a new best friend and visited England, without ever leaving my house.
If this book were a movie, it would be the biggest romantic comedy of the next five years, and I’d be first in line to pay my $10 for a ticket and $20 worth of popcorn and soda.”

BestChickLit.com
“Like a late night, post-pub cheeseboard or the final few drops of Rosé, it will prove mighty hard to resist.”

“Great characters, interesting plot line and wonderful writing bringing it all together! Well worth the read. Kind of hoping for a sequel.”

The Sinking Chef (Pot Love Book 2)

Ashley has a YouTube channel, The Sinking Chef. It’s filmed right in her kitchen, so she doesn’t go out much. When James calls with an offer to take her to lunch – the same James that got her fired from her dream job three years ago – she accepts. Against her better judgement, of course.
Now Ashley has all kinds of secrets and things are only going to get worse.

The Sinking Chef (Pot Love 2) is a light, enjoyable and easy to read romantic comedy. With Sylvia Ashby’s gift of humour there is plenty to laugh and smile about, but the book does have its serious moments.

PRAISES FOR POT LOVE
“Oh wow – what a fabulous ending!  I actually had tears pricking my eyes.  I’m so happy for Ashley.  After all she’s been through in the course of the book, all the problems and insecurities… the ending was just perfect.”
Heather Belleguelle

“Captivating read!! I found myself charmed by Ashley- all her flaws and insecurities kept me reading page after page.”
Celeste Rogers

About Sylvia Ashby

Sylvia Ashby - Author ImageThree random facts about me

I graduated university with a Graphic Design degree and spent my twenties working in advertising. Never did it occur to me that my degree would come in handy when I start publishing books.

In my early thirties, I was a shop owner. I owned four shops, one of which was in St. Christopher’s Place London W1. I was doing everything from buying the collections to submitting monthly PAYS. It was madness. I’m so glad the economy crashed in 2008 and I had to give up retail.

Then I started writing. It felt like the first conscious decision I’ve ever made in my life. I felt a sense of belonging. The thought “I could be doing this for the rest of my life” didn’t scare me half to death. Four years and four books later I still feel the same way. This is love, home and vocation wrapped in one.

My first book, Pot Love, was about food and love.
My second, The Treachery of Trains, is about finding love in unlikely places.
The third book I wrote is actually Pot Love‘s second instalment. It’s called The Sinking Chef (Pot Love Book 2) and in it my eponymous heroine Ashley is in even bigger trouble then she was in Pot Love. The two books are standalone and you don’t have to read them in order.
My fourth is The Official Pot Love Series Cookbook and you can get it completely FREE.

Currently, I live in Leuven, Belgium with my family.

Cover Reveal

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TitlePot Love / Pot Love 2
Series: Pot Love
Author: Sylvia Ashby
Genre: Romance | Chick-Lit
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 23 November 2013 / 17 April 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 366 / 301
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#Review: The Darkness of Love by Catherine Green @SpookyMrsGreen

Description

Lord Gregory Stockton is a powerful and respected businessman embracing the modern era of the Victorian industrial revolution. He owns a grand and beautiful manor complete with a repertoire of servants and a charming attractive young wife. The only thing he lacks and desires is an heir to the family estate. Lord Gregory knows he can never produce a child, for he is a vampire, and his wife and servants know nothing of his secrets. However, there may be other ways to provide an heir for his estate. Lord Gregory notices the subtle growing romantic attraction between his wife and the handsome young stable hand Marcus Scott resulting in the humans becoming unwitting pawns in a vampire’s game of lust, love and control.

Review

Lord Gregory Stockton is the typical Lord of the Manor, throwing lavish parties, he has the adoring pretty wife, and a house full of servants. What is different about him is he is a vampire.

Noticing that sparks are flying between his wife Sarah and his stable hand Marcus he decides to start a dangerous game between them in an effort to bring Marcus into his inner circle.

There’s much talk of love in this novel, Sarah talks of loving her husband but also loving Marcus. Gregory talks of loving Sarah, and Marcus talks of loving Sarah. But, everyone is boinking everyone and their Mothers. This book is a lust-filled mess and it’s honestly a bit of a mess to keep up with who has boinked who.

Now we all know I’m no prude with the old boinking and I quite enjoy a good boink-fest but a lot of this felt unnecessary to the story.

We also know I like really strong women, no scrub that strong characters in general. Sarah was what I would refer to as a wet flannel (this is kind of why I avoid historical novels in general) she was completely submissive, and naive and I just found her very frustrating. I would have liked a bit more courage from her, a few more balls!

Overall I did enjoy this novella and it made for interesting afternoon reading.

A huge thanks to Deborah A. Wolf and Titan Books for the ARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

Rating

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TitleThe Darkness of Love
Series: N/A
Author: Catherine Green
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Vampires
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 8 September 2013
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 185
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#BlogTour: The Guardian by J.L. McFadden @JamieLeeMcfadde @UFBooks #GuestPost

I’m so pleased to welcome J.L. McFadden to my blog today, he has written a post about himself and his life with his family as an ex-pat American for us today as part of the blog tour for The Guardian which is book one in The Guardian series.

Description

John a young man from Detroit realizes he has a special bond with a vampire, which gives him special abilities and makes both of them a target; the ancients will stop at nothing to destroy him and his relationship with this unbridled female vampire. Will John’s new found abilities be enough to save her and her coven?

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Guest Post

I have decided to go a bit outside of the conventional blog post and actually talk about myself. Not as an author or about my works, but rather, what sort of makes me a bit unusual. Plus I feel it might give the readers a bit of a better idea of who I really am.

I am an American citizen that has been living overseas for almost a decade. A year and a half ago I was blessed with a little son,  so I have had my eyes opened even more to how things are different in the culture here than back home, and I do mean you realize a lot more when a child is involved.

There are always a difference in the upbringing of a child, even if you had been raised in the same town as your spouse, and doubly so if you grew up with different native languages.

Dave’s mother and I come at loggers heads from time to time but mostly move past it pretty quickly. We are both hard headed people, so this comes and no easy feat, especially since neither of us has a subservient bone in our bodies. Me mostly being Scots-Irish and she being Ukrainian and Russian we both don’t know how to back down from principle; despite all of this we have a very happy baby boy. She and I have had a lot of talks and had to come to an understanding of each other’s reasons.

We have faced some backward bias, mostly from my side of the family, but our son never realizes what has happened. I knew this was coming; even with one of my books, I had people use it as a chance to show their social phobias about Lithuania. The saddest part of one of that situation is the author of the nasty letter proclaimed on her own site that she had a diploma is Sociology. Maybe that was the most humorous part.

Living overseas has not just opened me to another culture and language, it also opened my eyes to a lot of things in my own culture that I had taken for granted. For the longest time, people would have a million questions for me. Some of these questions I had to think about, research, and reflect on later on.  I believe most of us are guilty of this. Ask anyone in any city, “What is there to do?” Most likely they will respond, “Nothing.” Even in this city, people tell this to outsiders and if I have time I will tell the visitor about the parks, amusement parks, and what other spots would be interested in.

I have to admit that it is nice to have been forced to take a step back and really look at what is in my home country. I realized how many things I just simply had not taken notice to and should have. Some are great things, some are not so good, but all in all, it is a little disheartening to realize how many things I had not paid attention to.

One of the best things is watching my son get to experience the holidays from both his mother and me. He gets to have Christmas on the 25th with his American family and once again on New Years with his Ukrainian family. The holiday is celebrated a bit different: Different fictional characters, so he is growing up with Santa Clause and Uncle Frost and his Grand Daughter. Easter on most years are on different days, but this year, it fell on the same date. Here they don’t really color eggs. The parents may color them red and put some sort of graphic on it, but it is not a family event like in America. They do not hide the eggs. We do. Also, the Easter basket with candy and a toy is a strange idea to people here, but Dave’s mom helped me put his together. The largest challenge I face here is spreading Halloween enough to my neighbors to him a good night of trick or treat when he gets a bit older. For the record, Halloween is my favorite holiday. I have a lot of fond memories of dressing up and going to Parker P.A so we could be in the Halloween parade and party at the Fire Station. Children of all ages taking part in games and seeing who had the best costume for their age groups. Other times remembering my older cousins taking me trick or treating in their town. As you can see, this is one thing I desperately want to give my son.

Dave understands us both and speaks to us in our native languages. Dave’s mother only speaks Russian to him (our city speaks Russian) and I only speak English to him. The t.v is mostly Ukrainian and he responds to the cartoons and laughs at the funny stuff. Thus far, he seems to not have an issue with any of the three languages he is surrounded with. His aunts and uncles call him on Facebook Messenger, and at times he calls them, sometimes at times that are really not convenient for them. I am hinting at it being somewhere after 1 pm and my son has gotten his hands on my phone. I feel he is too young to fly. I know a lot of children fly younger than him, but I would rather wait until he is old enough to know why he has to sit still. My son is very active.

We are still torn about where to raise him. Here he has a lot of little cousins and he really loves his grandma. I parents past a while back. Not just countries but where at in the U.S. or Ireland. I spent a lot of my adult life in Los Angeles and Hollywood and a have become closer and closer with my friends and distant family from Ireland.

As you may have figured out most of my thought process is about my son. Might be why I have been writing a lot more for a parenting website than my books lately. Get Connect Dad has been a great outlet for me, but I have crawled back into the writing world. I am thankful for my travels and interactions for they have made it easier for me to write characters that have different backgrounds. As anything else in a writer’s world, my son has added another dimension to how I look at my stories.

I am hoping you all enjoyed this little look into my life. And I hope that you enjoy my books.

J.L. McFadden

About J.L. McFadden

J.L McFadden is an American author that has an European writing style. He is an avid traveller and linguist that uses alot of his experiences in his fictional novels. He also enjoys sports and takes part in international martial communities. McFadden is a paranormal romance author that has a way of spinning tragic romance into stories that stays with his readers.

    

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TitleThe Guardian
SeriesGuardian #1
Author: J.L. McFadden
Genre: Paranormal | Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 31 March 2013
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 147
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