WOW! (Women on Writing) Blog Book Tour for Author Eric Trant’s Latest Novel “RISEN”

Hello Bookworms.

I am honored and privileged to be taking part in the WOW (Women on Writing) book blog tour for author Eric Trant’s latest literary work Risen. Many of you may remember Mr. Trant from his last novel Wink .

Below is a summary and review of his latest novel , along with links to Amazon.com (where it can be purchased) and the remaining dates for this month’s tour. Enjoy the tour and don’t hesitate to stop by the other participating blogs. Enjoy!!

Eric Trant’s “Risen”

Risen by [Trant, Eric]

Haunted by visions of a demonic angel and sold into servitude by his father, young Alberto battles to survive the horrors of a nineteenth century Sicilian sulfur mine.

Suffering merciless brutality, Alberto must save not only himself but his deformed older brother, both pawns in their father’s mad plan to overthrow a group of wealthy landowners.

Bound by a death-debt to his hunchback master, Alberto discovers a door the miners call Porta dell’Inferno, the Door to Hell, deep within the sulfur mines. When he learns the demon-angel of his dreams stalks the caverns beyond the door, Alberto realizes a strange fate has lured him and his brother to the gates leading to the underworld.

Now Alberto must face the creature from his visions and rise to become the man his father demands him to be, or remain forever trapped in a hellish world where none escape.

Print Length: 182 Pages
Genre: Historical Supernatural Fiction
Publisher: WiDo Publishing (August 15, 2017)
ASIN: B0746P5MTS

Risen is available in print on Amazon.

About the Author:

Eric Trant Head Shot

Eric resides in Dallas, TX with his wife and children, where he writes and manages his own business. His writing combines literary characterization with supernatural elements, all the while engaging the reader’s senses with constant movement and vivid settings. His books are designed to be one-sitters, meaning they can and should be read in one (or a few) sittings, owing to the fast-paced nature of the writing.

 

You can visit Eric at http://www.EricTrant.com, or see his blog at DiggingWithTheWorms.blogspot.com.
Review:

This is the third novel by author Eric Trant that I’ve had the pleasure to read. Risen did not disappoint! If you enjoy truly good story telling with a supernatural element, then Eric Trant is the author for you. He also manages to beautifully weave spiritual undertones into the story, which are subtle, but essential to the plot. I can’t imagine the amount of research that must have went into this book but it allowed him to paint a picture…stunning, terrifying visuals… that will haunt your dreams, for sure

(Courtesy of Darlene Abshier, 2017 Amazon.com)

Remaining tour dates:

Friday, September 8th @ Lisa Haselton

Lisa Haselton interviews Eric Trant about his latest novel Risen. You’ll want to learn more about this supernatural tale of fiction as well as the mastermind behind the dynamic writing.

http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/

 

Monday, September 11th @ Memoir Writer’s Journey

Eric Trant visits Memoir Writer’s Journey and shares his thoughts with readers of Kathleen Pooler’s engaging blog. Today’s post title is: “Setting: Its Role in Storytelling”. Don’t miss this chance to hear from the talented Eric Trant and find out more about his latest book Risen.

https://krpooler.com/

 

Tuesday, September 12th @ Bring on Lemons with Tess Fallier

Tess Fallier is today’s guest blogger with a review and her thoughts on Eric Trant’s Risen. Don’t miss this blog stop!

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

 

Wednesday, September 13th @ Book Santa Fe with Crystal Otto

Reader and book blogger Crystal Otto reviews Eric Trant’s Risen  and shares her thoughts with readers at Book Santa Fe.

http://www.booksantafe.info/

 

Friday, September 29th @ Coming Down the Mountain

Eric Trant is today’s guest author at Karen Jones Gowen’s blog Coming Down the Mountain. Read Eric’s guest post titled “Luck: Its Role in Success” and find out more about his latest thriller Risen.

http://karenjonesgowen.blogspot.com/

 

 

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Pat G’Orge-Walker Q&A

Hello fellow bookies (LOL) , this Anjanette Potter the creator of BOOKWORM. As part of my desire to present you with an honest to goodness blog about all things pertaining  to books, I will posting Q&A’s with my, and your, favorite authors. My first one is with a lady that I’m honored and privilege to have as a Facebook  friend, Mrs. Pat G’Orge-Walker. Before I met Mrs. I was already addicted to her books (I collect them). Her style of  Christian fiction renders the Word of God with a huge dose of humor that will have you in stitches. I ordered my first copy of Sister Betty! God is Calling You!, Again through Black Expressions Book Club and like any good bookie, I’ve hooked on her work ever since.  At the end of this interview I will post info on how to pre-order her latest creation Don’t Blame the Devil.  Enjoy.

  1. I’ve read your bio and noticed that you’re a veteran of the music industry. What made you decide to enter the world of Christian Fiction and Gospel Comedy?

Answer: I am a recording industry veteran of both the entertainment side; singing with various groups, Arlene Smith & the Chantels being one. And, I’ve worked marketing and promotion for Epic, Columbia and Def Jam records. I was also the President of IMB Records, which was an independent label.  As for what made me decide to enter the world of Christian Fiction and Gospel comedy, it is both simple and complicated to a degree.

During the early 1970’s I created the Sister Betty series. It was and still is my intention to shine a light, using humor, on God’s goodness, mercy and grace. It’d started because being a PK (preacher’s kid), I didn’t like going to church, hearing a wondering sermon and then have it snatched away by someone saying or doing something stupid after service. I would go home and write down my observations. I created Sister Betty as God’s Right-hand Gal to thwart the evils of the characters. There were flawed characters such as the Reverend Knott Enuff Money, Deacon Laid Handz, Mother Pray Onn and Sister Ima Hellraiser as the posse of blessing thieves. I also named their place of worship as The Ain’t Nobody Right But Us-All Others Goin’ to Hell church. I always have Sister Betty as the spiritual mirror, yet even she, at times, has a cracked mirror.

Now fast forward to the 1990’s. I’d co-produced an album for Ruffhouse/Columbia Records. The album was for Reggae artist Kulcha don and featured the Fugees. No sooner had a track been released the album was shelved. Wyclef didn’t want to participate in a video and Columbia wanted to release an unknown group named Destiny’s Child. And we all know how that turned out J So after having a pity party with LaJoyce Brookshire (Soul Food), she chided me into putting out one of own stories. I didn’t know that in the literary industry you didn’t release just one short story. I thought it was like the record industry; you have an album and you release a single. I put a twenty-two page short story on the internet and for the purposes of having, enough pages create a book that could withstand a staple in the middle of the cover; I added more content to it and placed it in some stores on consignment. The little booklet was “Sister Betty! God’s Calling You.” It was a hit and a best seller. And, although readers complained that it was too short, they still brought it. Several months later, I released the second short story, “Sister Connie Fuse Makes a Grave Mistake.” Like the first story, the second one took off too. Soon I was in libraries and all over the place. Since it was something new, I also started to again, perform. I went all over the country performing my Sister Betty one-woman show that I’d created back in the 70’s as well. I received a publishing offer from Kensington/Dafina books. They used my Sister Betty series to start their Christian Fiction line. The rest is history.

 2.Where do your characters come from? For those that are based on real people, where are they now?

ANSWER: My characters come from an assortment of areas. Some of them I dream, most of them I know and a few are made from whole cloth or a combination of folks and situations. As for where they are now; the ones I know are for the most part still around. For instance, Sister Ima Hellraiser is based upon my first cousin Myra. Myra lives in Greenville, South Carolina. Sister Betty was based upon an old woman named Ms. Lena who lived in Williamston, South Carolina. Ma Cile was based upon my maternal grandmother who was named Ma Cile and was exactly how I portrayed her in the stories with the exception of having one blue eye. Some of the others are scattered here and about. To me the most interesting thing is that the setting for these characters takes place in Pelzer, South Carolina. Some readers thought it was a fictional place. It is not. It is not that far from Williamston, SC. I chose Pelzer because as a pre-teen; every time I tried to run away someone in Pelzer who knew my grandmother would bring me back home. I’d get my butt kicked. I’d promised myself that one day I would get back at Pelzer. The rest is history and now they’re on the map and loving it.

3. After reading several of your books, I like that they contain situations that aren’t always black and white, do you think Christianity has the answer to the grey areas in a person’s life?

ANSWER: Yes, I do. I believe the Bible is the roadmap. Like any road there are all twists and turns and the pavement is never smooth nor easy. When you have a personal relationship with God He will give you the best route.

4. What new projects are you currently working on?

ANSWER: I’m currently on deadline for my 2011 Christmas story. The title has not been selected as yet but it will bring back Sister Betty and her cast of spiritual misfits J  I’m also working on promoting my new title which will be released on September 1, 2010, Don’t Blame the Devil which is the sequel to my 2009 release of Somebody’s Sinning in My Bed. And, of course, I’m still traveling and performing as well as preparing to celebrate more than thirty-five years of Sister Betty.

5. What are your future plans?   

ANSWER: After battling cancer last year and a more recent thyroid surgery, I don’t have future plans, I have my NOW plans. I believe we make God laugh when we talk about what we will do in the future.  I prefer to let what I do now take care of the future.

Thank you much for this opportunity to connect with you and your readers. It’s always humbling to look back at where God has brought me from… and I’m sure I have yet to reach my destination. 

I personally thank Mrs. G’Orge-Walker for participating in this Q&A for me.  We (I) at BOOKWORM pray for her speedy recovery. Don’t Blame the Devil is available for preorder at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and Book-a-Million

(Pssst Amazon.com has the best deal for those of you, like me, that are true bookies)