Here is the review AND interview for Ms. Rosen’s latest book that I promised y’all last week (my apologies). Please make Ms. Feel welcome, like y’all ALWAYS do. Ask lots of questions and comment all you like. Tap on the picture below to hear my review:
And here is the interview:
Q: What made you choose this subject matter?
A: The inspiration for this novel came from a story my sister-in-law told me while we were sitting on the beach in Hilton Head Island. She was getting her mother’s house ready for sale and there was a painting that had hung in the living room her whole life. No one in the family wanted it and my sister-in-law didn’t want to simply throw it away. Instead, she decided to search for the artist and, if alive, return it to her. I thought that was a great premise for a story. And, since I’ve always been fascinated by family secrets, though as far as I know my family doesn’t have any, I created one around the painting. The storytook off! It wasn’t until I was on one of my later drafts that I realized the definition of family was a major theme. I had been focused on secrets and lies, which are also themes in the novel. My personal feelings of what makes a family influenced me, without me realizing it, as I have an extended family, not all from blood.
Q: What made you choose writing as a profession?A. I’m smiling as I answer this. I wish I could call writing my profession though I came to it much later in life after many years of owning a fitness business, teaching group classes and doing personal training. In looking up the definition of profession, I found: “a principal calling, vocation, or employment” so, I suppose, writing is my new profession since it is my calling. It is what I love to do. It chose me.
Q: Do you have any advice for future writers? Especially women?A. Keep at it. Don’t give up your dream. Hone your craft. Revise, revise, revise. Claim the title of writer – you are a writer as long as you are seriously writing, whether or not you’ve been published.
Q: Use this space to give yourself a shameless plug about this work/any other works/your website(blog)?
Thanks so much for the opportunity to talk about The Disharmony of Silence. You can find out more about the novel and me on my website www.linda-rosen.com. There are links to short stories I’ve had published as well as other interviews and to my blog, The Literary Leotard, which I promise myself and my readers I will get back to. The road to publication, as well as being stressful, has been a joy, especially when one of my favorite authors, Kristin Harmel, wrote “Linda Rosen spins an intriguing tale of long-held family secrets…”. And, a review in Indie Reader thrilled me with stating,“Generally, it’s thought that honesty is always the best policy, so it’s interesting to see a character grapple with the idea that this truism may not, in fact, always be true. The ending gives the reader a lot to think about in those terms, and it’s an interesting and somewhat unexpected question for a novel to raise.” I hope you and your readers will agree.
The Disharmony of Silence is perfect for book clubs with suggested questions posted at the end of the novel. If any of your followers are in book clubs, I’d love to meet with them either in person or via Skype. Contact me on my website.
I hope everyone is taking care of themselves during this crisis. BookWorm is participating in another blog book tour for author Carrie T. Usher’s latest work Seduced intoDarkness. April 11 is our date to participate (I’ll be reviewing). I’ve postponed today’s review for Linda Rosen’s The Disharmony of Silence until the 28th of March (along with my interview with her). Here’s the press kit for Ms. Ishee’s book:
WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING TOUR OF
Carrie T Ishee’s
Seduced Into Darkness
Tour Begins March 23rd
Seduced Into Darkness: Transcending My Psychiatrist’s Sexual Abuse is a vivid and captivating story of hope for survivors of abuse as well as a case study in a skilled manipulator’s tragic exploitation of his professional power.
This poignant memoir chronicles the traumatic psychological abduction and sexual exploitation of depressed college student Carrie Tansey at the hands of her psychiatrist, Dr. Anthony Romano―thirty-one years her senior. For three years, their secret “affair” was carefully calculated and controlled by Romano, as Carrie’s mental and emotional health continued to deteriorate, bringing her closer and closer to the edge.
Their dual-relationship―clinical and clandestine―finally came to light when Carrie’s suicide attempts landed her in a world-renowned psychiatric hospital. Gradually, she began to reclaim her power, reported Romano to the state licensing board, successfully sued him for malpractice, and testified before the state legislature to help pass a law aimed at curbing such abuses.
As Carrie tells her tale, it is a journey paralleling that of the mythical archetype Persephone, the naive innocent who was abducted into darkness, reemerged and regenerated herself, then fearlessly returned to the prison she had fled, this time to help free others. Today, Carrie Ishee is a widely respected art therapist and life coach as well as a teacher specializing in the issues of ethics and boundaries for mental health professionals.
Carrie Ishee has been a student of healing, human potential, and consciousness for more than 35 years. Her quest to know herself began in college when a severe health crisis compounded by her psychiatrist’s seduction and sexual abuse shattered her physically, emotionally, and spiritually. After doctoral studies in clinical psychology, she worked as a behavioral therapist, pursued a master’s degree in art therapy, and later completed a two-year training program in life coaching. Her work today is focused on helping victims such as she once was break free from the suffocating shroud of trauma.
What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Stop by the Women on Writing blog The Muffin as well celebrate the launch of the Seduced Into Darkness blog tour. Read an interview with author Carrie T. Ishee and enter to win a copy of the book.
Visit Madeline’s blog today and read a poignant guest post by author Carrie T. Ishee. She talks about the signs of a healthy relationship versus a toxic relationship and how to set boundaries to see if a person is safe for you.
Visit Amber’s blog today and you can read author Carrie T. Ishee’s guest post. She talks about women’s intuition and paying attention to cues that arise from within. You can also enter to win a copy of the book Seduced Into Darkness.
BookWorm is participating in yet another blog book tour. This month’s offering in author Linda Rosen’s latest work The Disharmony of Silence. It’s a novel about family secrets, reuniting, and tragedy. Here’s the preview and tour dates.
WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING TOUR
The Disharmony of Silence
Tour Begins March 2nd
In her desperate quest for family, Carolyn Lee is determined, against all advice, to reveal the shocking eighty-four-year-old secret she uncovered…until she realizes that “family” means more than blood.
In 1915, jealous, bitter Rebecca Roth cuts all ties with her life-long friends, the Pearls. Eight years later, Rebecca’s son and young Lena Pearl begin keeping company in secret. Rebecca agrees to a truce when the couple marries. But the truce is fragile. Rebecca’s resentments run deep.
In 2010, Carolyn Lee, fitness instructor and amateur photographer, must come to grips with the fact that her mother’s imminent death will leave her alone in the world. While preparing her childhood home for sale, she realizes for the first time that her mother’s antique brooch is identical to the one pinned to the lady’s dress in the painting hanging above the fireplace. Coincidence or connection? Carolyn is determined to find out. What she discovers has the potential to tear lives apart or to bring her the closeness and comfort she longs for. It all depends on how she handles her newfound knowledge.
“Linda Rosen spins an intriguing tale of long-held family secrets, an emotional search for identity, and a painting that may just be the key to untangling the complicated past. The bittersweet mystery kept me reading rapidly until the last page!” —Kristin Harmel, bestselling author of The Winemaker’s Wife
Rosen paints a vivid picture of a family torn apart then shows us what true family means. – Pamela Taylor, author of the Second Son Chronicles
A wonderful novelist . . . Ms. Rosen’s writing is both tender and inspiring. The Disharmony of Silence unfolds with emotional and wise insights. – Bunny Shulman, author of After Aida
“A family torn apart by jealousy and reunited by love is devastated again when tragedy strikes. A poignant and moving debut novel about the fragility of life, the power of love, and the cost of keeping a secret.” Gina Sorell author of Mothers and Other Strangers
About the Author, Linda Rosen
Linda Rosen, fitness professional turned writer, lives with her husband splitting their time between New Jersey and Florida. She was a contributor to Women in the Literary Landscape: A WNBA Centennial Publication for the Women’s National Book Association and has had stories published in Foliate Oak and Crack the Spine, both in their online magazine and print anthology. Follow her at www.linda-rosen.com.
— Blog Tour Dates
March 2nd @ The Muffin
What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Grab your coffee and join us as we celebrate the launch of Linda’s blog tour The Disharmony of Silence. Read an interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book too!
Stop by Lori’s blog today and you can read a fitness inspiring post by author Linda Rosen! She shares some tips about strength training while reading audiobooks. You can also enter to win a copy of Linda’s book The Disharmony of Silence.
Today, BookWorm is participating in WOW’s (Women on Writing’s) Blog Book Tour for Valerie Nifora’s latest work, I Ask the Wind, a collection of poems about love, loss, and healing.
Today I’m my review and an interview with Ms. Nifora. As always, feel free to comment all you like, her feel welcome (like y’all always do), ask her as many questions as you like.
Unfortunately, because I had difficulty uploading my video to this blog site, I’m installing this link for y’all to click on and listen. Click here
Q: What made you choose this subject matter?
Love is the underlining reason why we do anything in life. It’s what drives most of our decisions: conscious and unconscious. People spend an entire lifetime seeking love, whether it’s love and acceptance of self, finding your one true love, finding the thing you love to do. Mostly, I wanted people to realize that wherever they are in their journey in love, that they are not alone. The book is arranged in three parts, so you can choose which part you’d like to read, and it follows an arc of most romantic relationships including falling in love, out of love, or having lost love.
Q: What made you choose writing as a profession?
I think writing has chosen me. It probably started in my youth when I was handed a diary with a lock as a birthday gift. It was pink with little hearts on it. And I thought to myself, well, what am I supposed to do with this? So I opened it up and started writing. I haven’t stopped since. And believe it or not, I still have that journal.
Q: Do you have any advice for future writers? Especially women?
Write whatever is true to your heart that you are willing to share. And just know that once you share it, it will no longer be your own.
Q: Use this space to give yourself a shameless plug about this work/any other works/your website(blog)?
Today is part two of my participation WOW (Women on Writing) blog book tour for Jackie Rod’s book “Georgia Stories on My Mind “. This leg of my participation in the tour is the second part my book review, the author’s guest post, and Ms. Rod’s answers to my interview questions. Me. Rod will be stopping by so make her feel welcome and ask lots of questions. Also, make sure to enter your information to win a free of her book. Love y’all ❤️❤️❤️, enjoy your weekend.
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Interview Questions from BookWorm
I enjoy literary fiction more than commercial work. Therefore, I write across genre lines. My subject matter of strong women growing towardtheir maximum potential and discoveringthemselves in the process is close to my heart. As a Georgian who has traveled extensively, I wanted to tell others about my state. I grew up in Atlanta but wanted to write stories of small towns made up of people with hearts of gold.
Writing was not my first profession. I’m a History, Psychology, Sociology teacher who retired after thirty years of teaching delightful students. I began writing ten years ago when my husband received a promotion that took us to another state. I didn’t want to be bored, so I enrolled in a college Fiction Writing Class. After the first quarter I was hooked. I have written lengthy short stories in ten anthologies. This is my first stand-alone book.
My advice to future writers would be to write your unique story, the story that no one else can write. Read in your genre, write most days, learn the craft, take every writing class and workshop you can, review your grammar skills, join a writing group, know your audience, set goals, hire a good editor, use social media, and learn marketing skills. Writing a book is about ten percent of your task. Selling your book is ninety percent of the process. Be patient and stay positive.
On his blog today, Anthony Avina gave my book, Georgia Stories on My Mind, a 10/10 review and a 5 star review on Amazon. He captured the feeling for the characters I hoped all readers would. I want readers to identify with the experience of love, loss, heartbreak, and happiness we encounter in our lives. It’s what makes us who we are. Although I’ve written lengthy short stories in ten anthologies, my most recent ones areChristmas Roses and Forever and Always. The setting for the first is the Gardens of the American Rose Center, and the setting for the second is a historical Bed & Breakfast. I’m honored to have the privilege of writing with New York Times best sellers and authors who write for Harlequin, Wild Rose, and Hallmark. My next two books will be out soon, Driven in the summer, and Bittersweet in the fall.
BookWorm is participating in another blog book tour after the second leg for Jackie Rod’s book “Georgia Stories on My Mind “ (February 8, 2020). The Name of the book is “I Asked the Wind” and it’s a collection of romantic poems by author Valerie Nifora. Today I’m posting the press pack and tour dates (part of 2020 vision for 2020, 😁) for this tour. See y’all February 8. ❤️❤️❤️
WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING TOUR
I Asked the Wind: A Collection of Romantic Poetry
Tour Begins February 10th
I Asked the Wind: A Collection of Romantic Poetry is a journey into romance, love and loss through poetry. The poems published in this collection span over 15 years of writing. Often starting with short rhythmic patterns, each poem’s lyrical tone is filled with inspired words to express the deep emotion experienced in the intricacies of romance.
Handwritten in a journal and hidden away until this publication, the poems chronicle the journey into and out of love. Written in three parts, the book enables the reader to transverse the intensity of romantic love, from the first moment of falling in love, to the intense pain of heartbreak.
Beautiful and powerful in its lyrical and simple verse, the reader is immediately immersed in a world of sensuality, passion, desire, and innocence; all woven together into a tapestry of human emotion. Each poem transports the reader to a story through the art of poetry. Drawing on natural elements such as the sun, sand, wind and moon, this collection explores the light and darkness of romantic love, leaving the reader questioning if love was ever real at all.
Praise for I Asked the Wind: A Collection of Romantic Poetry
“….a breathtaking compilation of tender poetry .“
– Jessica Tingling, The San Francisco Book Review
“Valerie’s poetry evokes images of tangled butterflies caught in a breeze, leaves falling too soon, and speaks with a deep, deep tenderness.”
– Troy Turner, Poet
“A beautiful tribute to reflective thoughts of love and losses suffered…this was well done… ”
– Wanda Firman-Cooper, Reviewer
“Valerie’s poems are not only magnificent to read, but they stick with you.”
– Robert Robinson, Executive Producer, The Dinner Salon
“In today’s age of fast-food thinking, attention-deficit scanning, and thumb scrolls past click-bait, it’s refreshing to find a relatable, digestible read that harkens back to an era of leather-bound literature’s reign in terms of meter and word choice.“
– Amaani F. Lyle, Military Journalist
“Val’s poetry goes deeper…into a mosaic of sensuality that leaves you hearing love as if it were a song.“
– Myra Jo Martino, Writers Guild Award Winner for Ugly Betty
About the Author, Valerie Nifora
Valerie Nifora was born and raised in New York to Greek immigrant parents. For over twenty years, Valerie was Marketing Communications Leader for a Fortune 50. She served as a ghost writer for several executives and has executed award-winning campaigns using her special gift as a storyteller to inspire. Her first book is a collection of romantic poetry that explores innocence, sensuality, passion, desire, heartbreak and loss through the lens of her personal experience spanning over 15 years. Her beautiful and powerful voice immediately calls forth a time of leather-bound books and invites the reader to find a comfortable chair and begin their journey through the powerful human emotion of love. Valerie holds a B.A. in Communications from Emerson College and an M.B.A. from Fordham University. She is married and a mother of two amazing sons.
What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Make sure you stop by WOW! Women on Writing’s blog today and read an interview with author Valerie Nifora as we discuss her book I Asked the Wind: A Collection of Romantic Poetry. You can also win a signed copy of her book!
Here’s is part one of my review of Ms. Rod’s book, Georgia Stories on My Mind. Please make Ms. Rod feel welcome (like you always do), ask all the questions you want, and comment away. I forgot to mention that WOW is sponsoring a book giveaway . Ask how you can receive a free copy of Georgia Stories on My Mind.