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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Hello Bookworms,

I know it has been a while since I blogged but I’m getting BOOKWORM back up and running and hope to have fresh content on a regular basis again. As I promised before this blog is about ALL THINGS BOOKS. That means content about books, authors, and anything other current events in the book, writing, and publishing worlds. In keeping with that promise, today I’m featuring a Q&A from well known author and advice columnist (as well as fellow blogger)Deborrah Cooper. I have been a follower of her YouTube channel and advice column for a few years now and I hope you will this Q&A as informative as I did and want to check out her blog  AND buy a book.

Q: I made your acquaintance because of an article you wrote that made the national news (I saw it on Michael Baisden’s Facebook page). The name of the article was “The Black Church: How Churches Keep African American Women Single and Lonely”. You also wrote a book on the subject called The Black Church: Where Women Pray and Men Prey, which I read and found very interesting. Your background is as a relationship expert. What made you decide to tackle this subject?

My primary market is African American women. And over the years I’d noticed a consistent pattern with the women who came to my AOL and web pages who were single – the majority were frequent church goers and said they believed in the word of the bible. Connecting the dots between the things the sistahs were telling me they were being told in church by their pastors, and the high number of single black women looking for their God-sent husband to be a church goer too – it was easy to see that they were being duped by the millions into believing in and hoping for something that was never gonna happen.

Black men, unless gay, married, damaged, very young or very old (and undesirable for marriage by a woman seeking a husband and children), are the only men up in churches. I wanted to point out the contradictions in the messages being given to single black women and the reality of the church environment. I also wanted to highlight the benefits that black pastors received from having hundreds or even thousands of single black women in their churches. Ultimately though, whether a black woman decided to go to church is her business. My goal was simply to point out that what you believe something is about, is not always what it really is.

Q: Can you expound a little more on your education and expertise in the area of relationship advice? What made you decide to become a relationship coach?

My major in college was communications, with a minor in psychology. I’ve always been a great listener – able to hear what people say as well as what they don’t say, and then ask some really hard-hitting questions that dug deep and get to the root of people’s issues within just a few minutes. That’s a skill set I’ve had since I was five years old my mom and aunts say, so I can honestly say I was born with this expertise. I believe that our path in live is fate. I didn’t choose to be a relationship coach – it chose me. People came to me for help, understanding, support, encouragement and guidance. I was able to provide it, and to do a really good job of understanding not only their problem, but how they got themselves into that mess in the first place. Based upon their belief systems, experiences, the mental messages they fed themselves, socialization – all kinds of things come into play to make us desire the things we desire, and make the choices that we make. My goal has always been to guide people, especially black women, to take a look at their choices with an open mind and ask themselves why. Who told you this was the best way to do things? The right way? Who told you that you had to say, look, act, talk, walk wear these things to get approval? Why do you feel you need others okay to be who and what you are? These and many other very probing questions form the basis of the advice that I give.

Q: I see that your latest book is about the vegan lifestyle. Can you describe it and discuss what made you transition into that lifestyle?

Hey my name is Ms. HeartBeat! Whether that heart is beating from love, or beating from health – the fact remains that the heart is central to the health and longevity of the body. I help guide sistahs to a healthier lifestyle in two ways – through diet and exercise (I was a nationally

certified Senior personal trainer for 13 years), and through education and advice about their interpersonal relationships. To me they tie together, as health encompasses the entire body our hearts and our minds. Black people are killing themselves with greasy, high sodium fast foods and chemically laden packaged imitation food products. Our ancestors never ate like that! Look at how many of us have high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, cancer, and diabetes! Look at all the kidney dialysis companies in black neighborhoods! We are killing ourselves with food and I thought it was high time to bring this to the attention of women who cook for their husbands and families. You cannot in good conscience keep giving them that garbage food and calling it love. I wanted to provide black people with options for eating an animal free diet with flavors that their palate was used to. That’s why I took a lot of my grandmother’s and aunt’s recipes, removed the salt pork, butter and bacon fat, and made them vegan. They taste very similar but have zero cholesterol, one-third or less of the sodium, and all of the flavor of the originals.

Q: If you would like to, you can use this space to promote one your works or your advice blog (shameless plug)

LOL! I would like to invite single women looking to understand why they’ve chosen the men they have and how to make better choices going forward to visit my blog and You Tube channel.

The blog, Surviving Dating (www.survivingdating.com), is designed for mature singles 30+. There is info for dating after divorce, as a single parent with one or more children, how to avoid becoming a “baby momma”, and how to figure out what it is you really NEED in a man vs what you’ve been wasting time with.

My You Tube channel was dormant for a few years while I wrote books, but I’ve finally revived it this past summer. I created a series of 25 videos exposing The Games Black Men Play to Make Black Women Jump Through Hoops. I talked about everything from why black men promote that “give a broke brotha a chance!” Mess to the men who manipulate women’s minds and behavior by holding marriage out as a carrot. Find all 95 of the videos on my channel at    http://www.youtube.com/debsterism.

Guest Post: Author Eric Trant

Hello fellow BOOKWORM’s. Today’s post comes courtesy of guest author Eric Trant. In the following post, Mr. Trant discusses writing about topics that contradict your deepest beliefs. The author gives some useful information about how to successfully make this transition and keep your writing believable. Below that is a summary of Mr. Trant’s latest work “Wink”. Read, comment, and most of all enjoy.

Is it possible to write somethingthat contradicts your deepest beliefs? I mean, something that really flies in the face of those instincts that form your core being, your spirit or soul or your lack of one or your karma or energy or whatever it is you call it in your system of choice, because whatever your choice for religion (or un-religion), it is not just part of you, it ~is~ you. Now, can you write something that is ~not~ you?

For instance, let us start with the Atheist, whose core belief system is that we are material creatures no more mysterious or complicated than the bubbling fizz of your Diet Coke. To them we can be reduced to a chemical
reaction initiated at conception and terminated at death, and there is no before or after the reaction, only during. They are in philosophical terms called Materialist Reductionists, because they believe there is nothing outside the realm of material things that can be measured with physical devices and studied with physical science. There is no un-physical or spiritual world to the Atheist.

Now, can this person who believes only in material
things write a book about ghosts and spirits? Can they abandon their belief system and introduce God and gods and angels and demons and supernatural, immaterial beings?

Let us now consider the Christian, for no other reason than that is my system and is the one with which I am the most familiar. There is this set of rules associated with Christianity that vary between sects but more or less remain the same for the vast majority of believers. We embrace this mixture of physical and spiritual beings, that in the present sense we are physical, but there is a second and non-physical world beyond this one that is not subject to the rules of the physical realm. In philosophical terms we are categorized (as are most religions) as Dualists, meaning we believe in not one, but ~two~ worlds, that our nature is not simply a chemical reaction, but is a mixture of a physical and non-physical presence.

Can this person betray those beliefs and write a story void of spiritual elements, that relies only on science (materialism) to solve the riddles of the universe? What about writing in an opposing religion, for instance a

Christian whose hero employs witchcraft, or who is embedded in a world full of Pagan creatures such as trolls and fairies?

It all comes down to this — can you suspend your disbelief? That is what you are asking of your reader, that they suspend their disbelief, and they will sniff out your insincerity if you cannot suspend yours. Part of this is allowing your characters to be themselves without imposing your beliefs upon them. The other part is achieving enough of an emotional separation from your
story and characters to allow for a full suspension of your disbelief.

I find this is easier if the worlds are far-fetched. For instance, I don’t think writers of any faith, whether that be in God or science or spiritualism or materialism, have trouble writing high fantasy or futuristic sci-fi. These are so far removed from our daily lives that the suspension of disbelief is placed many levels beyond where any of our core beliefs lie.

That changes if you are writing realism, which is where I base my fantasy stories. I have to distance myself
from the characters and let them express their own beliefs with as little interference from my own as possible. I may not like their beliefs, but I must resist the urge to belittle or degrade them, because many of my readers will side with my character and not with me. In other words, my belief system has nothing to do with the story.

While I do not believe it is possible to entirely separate your beliefs from the story, it is possible to achieve enough of a separation to warp the story into something that is not immediately recognizable as your core beliefs, and may in many ways contradict your deepest faith. You simply need to suspend your own disbelief and allow the story to be what it was intended to be, which is fiction-based written entertainment.

What about you? How do you suspend your disbelief when writing fantasy? How do you keep from imposing your beliefs on your characters?

This is Eric’s Bio

Eric Trant Head Shot

Eric W. Trant is a published author of several short stories, including “Apple Tree” and “One Small Step,” and the novels Out of the Great Black Nothingand Wink.

Eric is an advocate for organ donation and lost his 18mo son in May of 2012. Eric and his wife courageously donated their son’s heart, kidneys, and liver. The couple went on to begin a foundation to support organ donor families. Eric speaks openly about this emotional journey on his blog and the topic of organ donation is very close to his heart.

Find out more about the author by visiting him online:

Author website: http://www.EricTrant.com

Author blog: http://diggingwiththeworms.blogspot.com/

Author Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/eric.trant.9

This is the summary for Wink (#WINK)A moving, fast-paced and incredibly emotional story about love, friendship and transformation.

WINK  Eric Trants book coverIn this thriller set in a rural Gulf Coast town, Marty Jameson finds refuge in the attic from his mother’s abusive rages. But only during the day. At night the attic holds terrors even beyond what he witnesses in his home. With a family made up of a psychotic mother, a drug-dealing father and a comatose older brother withering away in the spare bedroom, Marty feels trapped.
Next door, wheel-chair bound Sadie Marsh obsessively watches Marty’s comings and goings from her bedroom window, despite her mother’s warning about the evil in that house. Evil which appears to Sadie as huge black-winged creatures.

Marty, emotionally torn by the violence and dysfunction in his family, is drawn to Sadie and her kindly mother. But if he is to save his new friend from the supernatural horror threatening them all, Marty must transform himself from victim to hero. And to do so, he must first confront what lurks hidden in the shadows of his attic.

Wink is a thriller that captivates readers and leaves them longing for more. Trant is a talented author whose character descriptions go far beyond the physical.

WOW (Women On Writing) is advertising a chance to win a free copy.

Paperback: 275 pages

Publisher: WiDo Publishing (May 7, 2013)

ISBN: 193717834X

ISBN-13: 978-1937178345

ASIN: B00CE4OP1K

Twitter hashtag: #WINK

Wink is available as a print and e-book at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

WOW! Women On Writing Issue 48: A Writer’s Action Plan

This is for my fellow authors. I already have one book self- published and now want to finish my second one during my summer break from school. For those of you who, like myself, need a map, here’s a little something to help you get started. Enjoy!!!WOW! Women On Writing Issue 48: A Writer’s Action Plan.

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)