Monday, September 27, 2010

Bex Spenser Aaron discusses "Independence Day"

Author Bex Spenser Aaron stopped by Page Readers to talk about her web series "Independence Day."

Independence Day is a mystery web series that is incredibly engaging.  You have to visit the Independence Day website and see the world Bex has created.  She includes everything to make the town and it's characters real.  You have to check out the pictures of her characters!

It's a wicked tale she's weaving with new chapters being posted on a regular basis.  She's made it easy to catch up and I highly recommend you do!

Visit the official website of Independence Day.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Book Review: "The Big Ten of Grammar," but William B. Bradshaw, PhD

William B. Bradshaw PhD., has created a gem that should be in every writers library. "The Big Ten of Grammar, Identifying and Fixing the Ten Most Frequent Grammatical Errors", was a surprisingly entertaining and quick read. eeverything Dr. Bradshaw explained made perfect sense. As a writer I thought I might pick up a lesson or two, but instead found every chapter to be a problem solver. This is one book I will keep on my desk for easy reference.

Listen to Dr. Bradshaw discuss his work on Page Readers.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Otis Randolf author of "The Frog Pond"

Author Otis Randolf discusses his new book "The Frog Pong" on Page Readers.

As someone who has spent the bulk of his professional life in the entertainment industry Otis has seen many things happen.  He created this story based on real life events taken from the headlines.

Following the lives of three characters, Otis explores hot social topics in today's world, and brings them all together with yet another unfortunate incident.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Another Great Writers Resource Now Available

I've just added another resource to the Writers Resource page.  I hope you take a moment to check out all the books I have there.  They are meant to help all of you wonderful writers!

The newest item available is by Martha Engber author of "The Wind Thief."  Martha was my guest on Page Readers to discuss her novel and gave us a little insight into her book for writers "Growing Great Characters from the Ground Up."

Be sure to listen to Martha talk about both books during her interview on Page Readers.

If you've written a book or report that you feel would make a nice addition to the Page Readers Writers Resource shop, please send me an email at

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Jennifer Walker author of "Bubba Goes National"

Author Jennifer Walking stopped by Page Readers to discuss her newest book "Bubba Goes National"

Jennifer Walker is a lover of the written word.  Her newest book "Bubba Goes National" started out as a challenge to herself.  She had read some other works where the subject matter was another love of hers, horses, and felt that she could write a better story.

So she set out to create a story based on her own life, something authors always tell those who say they want to write.  "Write about what you know."  Having spent much of her life around horses and riding stables, Jennifer puts much of those experiences into this story.

While her characters are fictional, they are in fact based on people she has known in the world of horse training, stables and the people of "the barn." 

Jennifer was kind enough to send me her book for review, and I personally loved it.  As an equestrian lover, and someone who has experienced "the barn" world, I could totally relate to her characters and especially her description of the emotions involved in competing. 

Visit Jennifer on the web and learn more about this wonderfully talented writer!

Sweta Srivastava Vikram discusses "Kaleidoscope: An Asian Journey of Colors"

Sweta Srivastava Vikram stopped by Page Readers to discuss her latest poetry book, "Kaleidoscope:  An Asian Journey of Colors."

First a little about the author.  Sweta Srivastava Vikram is a multi-genre writer and marketing professional. She is the author of two chapbooks of poetry from Modern History Press: “Kaleidoscope: An Asian Journey of Colors” and "Because all is not lost: Verse on Grief”. She is also the co-author of a forthcoming book of poetry titled “Whispering Woes of Ganges & Zambezi” (Cyberwit 2010). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in literary journals, online publications, and anthologies across the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India, New Zealand, and Philippines. Sweta has attended workshops, received scholarships, and held artist residencies in Europe and USA, and worked on collaborative projects with artists from Zimbabwe and Australia. She is a graduate of Columbia University.

Born in India, Sweta spent her formative years between the steel city of Rourkela, the blue waters of North Africa, and the green hills of Mussoorie before arriving in bustling New York.

She now lives in New York City with her husband, too many Apple products, dreams, wine, books, and lots of friends. Aside from writing and reading, she loves dancing, taking yoga classes, playing the piano, traveling, debating with her father, cooking, talking to her two nieces, and entertaining guests.

Sweta was gracious enough to send me a copy of her book Kaleidoscope, which I througouhly enjoyed.  And to have the opportunity to discuss her work and how the poems came about was equally intertaining and interesting.  As a young woman Sweta was emersed in color as they releated to milestones in her life. 

Her favorite poem in the book is "The Talisman."  It discusses her mothers connection to a tea set that Sweta didn't want to take with her as she traveled from her home in India to America.  Sweta knew that she could only take so much of her personal things, and felt the tea set wasn't important enough to take.  As her mother explains the importance of the history of the tea set, Sweta begins to understand the traditions of her people.

Visit Sweta on the web and follow her on twitter @ssvik

Book Information: BOOK INFORMATION: We have all lost a dear one at some point in our lives. Grief, depending on the relationship with the one deceased, affects us differently. The two people whose death has affected the most are my Dada (paternal grandfather) and my Mausi (my mother’s elder sister).

When I was five years old, Dada died of throat cancer. He suffered a lot and towards the end, he had lost all will to live. For the longest time I was scared that I would forget him. But even after two decades, his words have stayed with me. And I still refuse to touch a cigarette. In August 2009, my Mausi passed away, rather suddenly. Until she was alive, she was as interested in my writing as my immediate family and close friends. With her gone, the writer in me feels abandoned. But her encouragement lingers on.

I feel my Dada and Mausi’s absence every single day for disparate reasons. But these two losses have taught me that their time had come. And that life is about celebrating those alive and not just mourning those who have moved on. Optimism and faith are the keys to overcoming the roadblocks life puts in our way.

This book tries to state that there is always hope for anyone coping with grief. No one can tell us exactly how; the voyage has to be undertaken by each of us individually.

On the Web: Website:

Twitter (@ssvik)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Dennis Vaughn author of "The Price of Revenge"

Author and Attorney Dennis Vaughn stopped by to discuss his new novel, "The Price of Revenge."

Dennis had quite the experience writing this first novel.  A friend approached him with the idea and then asked Dennis to come up with the story line.  Then Dennis was asked to do an outline.  Then write a few chapters.  Then he realized that he was going to be writing this story all by himself.

It was quite a lesson in patience and persistence.  Taking over 10 years to complete, Dennis takes pride in knowing he has turned out a quality product.  He knew his subject, or at least the inner workings of it, as an attorney. While he says that none of his characters or story lines come from actual cases, he admits that understanding how a case works helped write the story.

Visit Dennis Vaughn on the web to learn more about his novel "The Price of Revenge."

Thursday, September 9, 2010

NEW - Writers Resource Page

As Page Readers continues to grow, I have to say the best thing about the experience are the wonderfully talented people I meet along the way.

So many of these people are not only creators of tales or books that help us along this journey in life, they are also the creators of information.  As they learn to develop their skills and become experts, they find that sometimes, people are interested in the "how" than the result.

On the new Page Readers Writers Resource Page, I've put together a short list - which I'm sure will grow! - of books or guides written by authors who have been there and done that.  I've even included my own Quick Tips advice to help all of you have successful interviews when you promote your work.  Yes - the book is still coming out!  I just felt that getting these important tips out first would at least give you all something to start with.

And, if you do happen to purchase my Quick Tips, you'll receive a special gift to use when the book is released SOON!

One more thing!  If you have your own how to book available, something that you think other authors should have as a guide, please let me know.  I would be honored to add your product to the Page Readers Writers Resource Page.  Just send me an email at

Thank you everyone for making Page Readers so successful.  Keep reading and keep writing!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Margo Candela author of "Good-Bye to All That"

Author Margo Candela stopped by Page Readers to talk about her book "Good-Bye to All That."

A native Californian and journalism major, Margo Candela started writing early and hasn't stopped.  After many years of learning her craft, she set out to write her first novel.  "Good-Bye to All That" is her fourth novel.

As a writer who works from home Margo is fascinated by the work place.  She loves listening to the stories her working friends tell about co-workers and their employment troubles.  The main character in Good-By to All That, Rachel is struggling with her two worlds, work and personal, as they both begin to fall apart.

The best parts of this interview was Margo talking about the work of being a writer.  She takes her job seriously, has set hours and sets deadlines for herself.  She understands that the only way to get the project done, is to work at it.  She says, "you don't get six pack abs without doing the crunches." So true!

Margo had some even more exciting news to share - one of her books is being looked at as a possible movie project.  Listening to Margo talk about her work with such passion and persistence, I have no doubt we'll be seeing her name in lights soon!

Visit Margo's website at

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Lori Titus discusses "Lazarus" on Page Readers

Lori Titus stopped by for second visit to discuss her latest novella, "Lazarus."

Lori is another repeat guest on Page Readers.  She first joined us back in February to talk about her book "Green Water Lullaby."  Today she joined us to talk about her latest release, "Lazarus."

I had the chance to read an advance copy, and loved it.  It's a zombie story that has a little more "meat" (no pun intended) to it than your usual zombie story.  There's even a bit of a love story - not with zombies, if you want that see the Tonia Brown post! - that shows Lori is able to write about "normal" people too!

Lori also writes a flash fiction series, is an editor at Sonar 4 Publications and runs the Flashes In The Dark

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Tonia Brown discusses her latest "Lucky Stiff"

Author Tonia Brown joined us on Page Readers to discuss her latest book "Lucky Stiff: Memoirs of an Undead Lover."

This interview was so much fun!  Tonia had me laughing the whole time.  Not only does her story give her subject for some pretty funny one liners, her personality is a riot!

Her story, "Lucky Stiff" is about a young man who meets an untimely death and then is brought back to life by his friends who really only had the best of intentions.  Then he discovers that he can stay "alive" though means other than eating humans. And I'll just leave it at that.

You've got to listen to this interview to get more of the story, and more on Tonia!