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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Winners of A Change of Heart

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The winner of the print book is Laurean Brooks

The winner of the e-book is Linda Weaver Clarke


Monday, June 17, 2013

Looking Out the Window: Sweet Romance Author Larry Hammersley's a Chemist, Science Fiction Writer and Amateur Radio Buff. He Talks about his Latest Book, A Change of Heart.

Larry will give away one print copy and one e-book copy of A Change of Heart. To enter to win, leave a comment with your email address. To receive a free download of Larry's short story, "Ice Rink Romance," scroll down to "A Free Read."

Welcome, Larry. First, tell us a little about yourself.

I just turned seventy-five; married to Sue for fifty years, have two children and five grandchildren. I enjoy writing, amateur radio, jogging, occasional woodworking and being active at our church. I have a BS and MS in chemistry. I’ve been writing short science fiction (SF) stories for the past thirty-eight years. More recently I’ve delved into sweet romance writing and have several short stories on the internet as well as the new book, A Change of Heart.

What an interesting background to draw from for your writing. Lots of writers liked to read as children. How about you?  Yes. What did you read? Science fiction and fictional stories about animals, dogs and horses.

And now you're writing science fiction. Why do you write? I love the storytelling part about writing. It helps keep my mind active.

Tell us about your sweet romance,  A Change of Heart.
It’s about Leroy and Jody, who have had unhappy relationships in their childhood days. Both resolve to avoid getting hurt again. When they meet in college Leroy rethinks his resolve whereas Jody sticks to her convictions and is unwilling to let Leroy into her life. Leroy is in love with her and pursues her throughout college and in the workplace. At the end of six years Jody realizes Leroy should be in her life but he’s quit his job and has left.

What inspired you to write this particular book?
These characters first appeared in a historical short story, "Lab Partners," with Wild Rose Press. It was my first accepted story. I liked the characters and decided to cast them into modern times and give them closure.

That's great. I've heard of other writers expanding their short stories. Where do you get ideas for your books?
The short romance story ideas come from my college days although I had no romance to speak of in college. I use my experience in the academic aspects of college when I attended back in the 1950s.

In three words describe your style of writing. Descriptive, emotional, character-driven.

Does your faith affect your writing? Yes. How?
I keep my characters clean, although they must battle temptations. They overcome all obstacles in their path, be it seeking their love interest or dealing with dangerous situations such as in my science fiction writing. I’ll work in some spiritual truths here and there in my stories.

Do you put yourself in your books?
To some extent. I make my male characters the person I want to be. They are sympathetic, caring and have some outstanding ability.

Ah, that's great, Larry. What are you working on right now?
I recently finished a science fiction novel that will come out in October with Champagne Books.

What would you be doing if you weren’t writing?
What I have to do and what I want to do when not writing are two different things. I have to clean up some areas around and in our house. Also, my mom’s old place, which my son-in-law and young grandson are living in, is left to me to take care of. What I want to do is create a place where I can write and have my library for relaxing and reading, alone and isolated from TV, telephone, etc.

I think lots of us can relate to that. What is the coolest, wackiest, most risk-taking thing you’ve ever done?
Two things come to mind, one long ago as a kid and the other more recently. As a kid I talked Mom and Dad into letting me go sleigh riding in the dark down our country road. Well, the moon was shining. The ride started at the school house, went down past Jo and Louie’s house, around a right angle turn, down past our house and another turn then down toward our barn. The other more recent experience (2003) was participating in an international foxhunting competition. Mind you this isn’t the furry creature but a hidden transmitter hunt competing against men and women from the US and foreign countries. These transmitters were hidden in the deep woods of Ohio on one day and the deep woods of Indiana another day. I managed to take home bronze medals.

Wow! Two cool events. Congratulations on the medals!

Blurb for A Change of Heart
Leroy Doyle and Jody Stinson suffer unhappy relationships in school and plan to avoid that when they get to college. Leroy scraps that resolve when he meets Jody, but she won’t let him into her life. It takes her six years to wake up, but is it in time? Leroy has quit his job and left.

A Change of Heart excerpt

“I know your policy of avoiding men still holds…” Shocked, she stared at him. Could he read her mind? He added, “I came here with the intent of avoiding women, but I’ve recently rethought that.”
Jody wanted details and couldn’t hold back. “Somebody hurt you, didn’t they? I’m sorry—I broke my own rule of getting personal.”

“That’s okay and I’ll not ask you to reciprocate by revealing your reasons for avoiding men.” He drew a deep breath and continued. “Sarah and I liked each other from grade school into our senior year when some new guy came in and swept her off her feet.”

“I’m sorry, Leroy.” Jody really was. Her jilting was different but she knew how he felt. Well, maybe, because her reaction was anger while Leroy’s seemed to be sadness.

“Thank you. That means a lot,” he answered in a subdued tone. “But I’m over her now,” Leroy added with an upbeat voice.

She witnessed his deep breath, knowing he was about to say something of great importance. His inhaling outdid others.

“I’d like to be your friend and I don’t mean like, well, you know a boyfriend type relationship. I know you’d turn thumbs down on that. How about it?” he asked. What was she to say? She knew a “no” would hurt him and at the same time it would keep him at arm’s length.

Reviews of Larry's Short Stories

"Small is Beautiful"
I enjoyed this tender romance between Brad, the basketball player and Judy, the petite chemistry major. The way Brad took up for Judy made me long for a simpler time when men were Kights in shining armor who rescued their damsels in distress, and cherished them.

The chemistry between Brad and Judy is real enough to be felt. Mr. Hammersley has a gift for vivid description, whether it's a scene or the character's facial expression or his/her stance. I look forward to reading more of this talented writer's work. By Laurean Brooks (on Smashwords)

"Photo Beautry"
Smitten with the modeling pictures he's seen of blonde beauty Gena, Dave Canter pays three grand for one dinner date with her. For the Indianapolis wood crafter, that's a large sum. But no amount of money is too much to just meet Gena.

Gena's attitude is cool at first and Dave's nervousness is apparent. But he remains the perfect gentleman.

It doesn't take long for Gena to realize that Dave's interest in her is genuine. Between Gena's flights to Paris, and other job-related trips, the two find time to be together.

Their relationship blossoms. Still, Dave hesitates to pop the question. What would a glamorous lady like Gena want with an ordinary wood crafter?

The story holds several surprises. I am impressed with Mr. Hammersley's unique ability to tell a story and his use of vivid description. As a reader I could envision every facial expression and movement. I was pulled into every scene and felt the attraction between Dave and Gena.

If you aren't a Larry Hammersley fan yet, you will be. His stories just get better. I highly recommend this sweet romance, "Photo Beauty." Laurean Brooks (on Smashwords)

"Motorcycle Woman"
My only complaint is that it was so short! I loved this story and wish it had lasted longer! This was a sweet clean romance with motorcycles thrown in! Such a nice story and the characters were enjoyable and you can relate to them. It was a short story but you got enough history to feel empathy for the characters and understand what was going on in there heads. There was suspense and it just kept me interested and reading! Really would recommend this book! By Shannon (on GoodReads)

Links to more reviews of Larry's short stories
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Larry Hammersley’s seventy-five, married to Sue for fifty years, has two children and five grandchildren.  He has a BS in chemistry from Purdue University and a MS from Indiana University. Writing for thirty-eight years, he has several short romance stories as well as a sweet romance novel, A Change of Heart, on the internet.  He began his writing career selling short science fiction (SF) stories and has a new science fiction book coming out in October with Champagne Books. When he isn’t writing, he enjoys jogging, amateur radio, occasional woodworking, and church work.

Larry's Buy Links

A Change of Heart, go to Author Search and Click on H, Larry's Short Stories, Motorcycle Woman. stories on Wild Rose Press, Small Is Beautiful, Photo Beauty


Ice Rink Romance

Saturday, June 15, 2013



Monday, June 10, 2013

Looking Out the Window: Heidi Glick Tells Us about Her New Book, Dog Tags, a Suspense Novel with Love and Faith.

Welcome, Heidi. First, tell us a little about yourself.
I’m the youngest of three children, married, and have a son and two dogs. Fiction is my passion, but technical writing and editing currently pay my bills.

Lots of writers enjoyed reading as a child. How about you? If so, what did you read?
I was an avid reader as a kid. When I couldn’t sleep, my family gave me books to read. I enjoyed reading Sugar Creek Gang books.

Tell us about your latest book.
Dog Tags is a suspense novel set in two fictional towns, Beaumont, Ohio, and Riversdale, California. In it, a former Marine determines to protect the woman he loves at all costs, and yet his own secrets might turn her against him forever.

Ahh, a noble hero. What inspired you to write this particular book?
I took a romance novella I'd written and revamped it to make it a suspense novel. The suspense version made for a better story.

I wanted a villain with certain weaknesses that might help lead to his demise, but at the same time, I wanted the villain to be able to capitalize on the weaknesses of the hero. Also, I wanted a strong female as my heroine.

I used my husband as part of my inspiration for my hero. My husband is quite the history buff and can spout off trivia facts at random. Also, one of my dogs served as the inspiration for the dog in the novel. And like the heroine, I'm a free spirit.

Sounds as though you've got lots of interesting characters in Dog Tags. Where do you get ideas for your books?
I get my ideas from everyday life and experiences.

In three words describe your style of writing.
Humorous, scintillating, and suspenseful.

What a great mix. How do you get to know your characters?
I tend to put myself in my stories, and so that helps me to get to know my characters. I also get to know my characters through research. Hero Mark Graham is a former Marine, and so I read parts of three books on Marines written by Marines in order to get inside Mark’s head.

What themes do you write about?
Death, grief, and forgiveness, to name a few.

What is your writing schedule and where do you write?
I don’t have a set schedule. With a full-time job, grad school, and a newborn in my house, I write whenever I can find time.

Do you have to juggle writing with a job, family responsibilities or other obligations? How do you balance it?
In the past, I’ve juggled writing with a full-time job and graduate school. As of late, I’m trying to balance writing and spending time with my newborn. He takes precedent over writing, as he should. I balance it by getting help from my family, especially my husband. Also, I use every available minute. I try not to waste time.

Are you a plotter or a pantzer?
I’m 80% plotter and 20% pantzer.

Does your faith affect your writing? How?
My faith influences my writing. I write stories that adhere to the principles of my beliefs. I try to encourage others in their faith through my writing.

Do you put yourself in your books?
I do tend to put myself in my books. The heroine of Dog Tags is a free spirit, and that pretty much describes me.

What are you working on right now?
I like to work on several stories at once. I’m working on a sequel to Dog Tags, a series about EPA CID agents, and a romance novella set in Mexico.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Be open to learning more about writing and learn all you can.

What is the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you?
When I graduated from college, I taught high school science. During the first week of school, I slipped on the floor and fell in front of the entire class.

Oh no. Thanks, Heidi 

About Dog Tags
When disabled ex-Marine Mark Graham reconnects with his best friend’s sister, he finds himself falling in love. But Beth Martindale’s presence is a constant reminder of events he’d rather forget. Mark wants to move forward, but the secrets surrounding her brother’s death as well as his own confinement to a wheelchair threaten to tear them apart. When a psychopath who calls himself The Knight fixates on Beth, Mark is determined to give her the protection he failed to give her brother on the battlefield, yet he discovers that a wheelchair isn’t the only impediment he has to keeping Beth safe. Will terror win or can Mark find the strength of mind and body to rescue Beth and find his own redemption?

What others are saying about Dog Tags:
In Dog Tags, author Heidi Glick, composes a provocative and compelling novel. This gripping suspense story has well-developed, realistic characters, and a scintillating plot line. I couldn't put it down until I'd finished it! - Marcy G. Dyer, author of Down and Out.

Breakout author, Heidi Glick, scores with a brilliantly fast-paced romance infused with a mystery that has twists and turns you'll never see coming.
~ Suzanne Hartmann, author of Fast Track Thrillers, Peril and Conspiracy

Heidi Glick accomplished her mission with Dog Tags. Her debut novel is a great mix of suspense, mystery and romance. Mark and Elizabeth are both authentic and delightful as they navigate through secrets and danger on the way to love. Well-researched, beautifully told, Dog Tags is a winner.
Carole Towriss, In the Shadow of Sinai, November 2012 (DeWard Publishing Co.)

Heidi Glick has a B.A. in biology, a minor in Bible from Cedarville University, and a passion for writing Christian fiction. She has over seven years of technical editing experience, a certificate in technical writing from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, and is working towards her Master of English at Utah State University. Additionally, she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and has written two articles for Intercom. When not working, Heidi spends time with her husband, son, and two dogs, Cocoa and Sparky. She attends Grace Chapel in Mason, Ohio.

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