Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CONFESSIONS OF A SELF-HELP WRITER by Benjamin W. DeHaven

CONFESSIONS OF A SELF-HELP WRITER
by Benjamin W. DeHaven

#1 Most-Wished-for-Book of 2014 on Indie Bound for over 10 weeks!

Lunge into a funny, audacious, and devastating work of fiction based on factual events. As much a comedy as a tragedy, "Confessions is a unique piece of literature to be remembered for its originality as much as for its significance as a statement about living life in today's harsh reality." Explore the psyche of one of the world's most profound advisors: a Quixotic adventurer who admits freely to lurid depravity, substance abuse, and emotional complexity. Despite personal demons, he's fooled adherents into a unique reverence and might be responsible for saving more souls than Mother Teresa and Gandhi combined.

Hypocrite isn't a strong enough word for someone who writes self-help books purely for profit. Two of the world's ten wealthiest used Enzo as a ghostwriter and while they attribute their status in life to Enzo's words, not a single one willingly admits to knowing him. DeHaven, a patsy in Enzo's schemes and a recurring voice, shares his own perspective and often times paints himself in a very negative light, which adds a layer of credibility to such a fantastical story. Brief moments of compassion and insight are even more powerful and poignant from this perspective.

The most disheartening admission presented is that Enzo would only fall back on his tremendous gift, of writing self-help, as a last act to pay debtors and sustain a ridiculous lifestyle. The reader of "Confessions" is forced to question DeHaven's motivation in publishing this journal. Does he truly want to ruin Enzo's legacy or is this an act of love? Reaching out to someone who is still lost. Enzo, wherever you are, pick up a self-help book and give it a read. Who knows, you may have written it.

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A GUEST POST

Lessons I learned from my hero (heroine/villain).

Never carry baggage
The best things are usually done on impulse.
It’s good to ask questions that make people uncomfortable.
A true friend is someone who accepts your faults and collaborates in their realization.
In the face of perfection, unity is a lost soul
Sometimes you only need a taste of success to realize what you've been missing.
If you second-guess your intentions, she will know.
Don’t trust actors.
Don’t let People you hate conform you
When you feel nothing, only death or incarceration gives you a rush.
Escape is impossible without knowledge.
If you’re not ready to receive the message, you will not hear it.
Ninety percent of success comes from showing up.
Give up control or you will surely fail.
Your reality can be as beautiful as you imagine it.
It’s easy to sell people with a glimmer of hope.
There are signs everywhere. The secret is reading them
Sometimes you feel like you don’t have any place to go, even when you’re home
There are some doors that can’t be shut once you’ve opened them.
If you can’t talk to people, you’ll never get anywhere.
It’s easy to live small when you’re so far from your family. #confessionsofaselfhelpwriter
When you ask others to solve your problems, make sure you have the strength to ask the right questions.
Defending your pride is weakness. Defending someone’s honor is strength.
It's a bad sign when you are less scared of death than someone who is actually dying.
Everything has a loophole.
Peace is found with honesty among wicked men. #confessionsofaselfhelpwriter
If you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose. #confessionsofaselfhelpwriter
A favor that involves money creates change.
Self-destruction is inevitable because existence is a full-time job. #confessionsofaselfhelpwriter
Killing someone’s spirit is worse than murder, but setting someone free is close to divine.
It’s a freeing experience when u realize u teach people how to treat you.
When you bargain with yourself, you always lose
You must accept that your actions hurt everyone @realmichaelenzo
Don’t involve yourself in things that don’t concern you.#puzo#godfather#enzo@realmichaelenzo
Even dogs know how important it is to hear somebody else breathing#confessionsofaselfhelpwriter #milo#loneliness
Beware of people who offer advice about problems that aren’t theirs; they usually don’t know what they’re talking about.
It takes no strength to fall in love, but more than most have to keep it.
You have to let guilt go. It’s your past that makes you who you are.
Not everybody can be what he or she wants to be. Suck it up

ABOUT BENJAMIN

A Graduate of Columbia College in Chicago, Benjamin DeHaven keeps his heart in Chicago and his soul in New Orleans. He holds a MBA from Tulane and a film degree from Columbia. Once ejected from a community college for arguing Frost cried out for acceptance in Birches, he has since written screenplays, traded futures in Madrid, and was Editor in Chief of the Nola Shopper Newspaper, a free art newspaper and the 2nd largest monthly paper in the New Orleans, MSA. . He also has a "shout out" in a Jay "Z" Song.

DeHaven, who currently resides in Las Vegas began his writing career with Stone United, a Chicago based Film Company, which works primarily in independent film. As an unknown fiction writer, he feels the best description of himself, is a sarcastic one and is as follows:

Benjamin W. DeHaven was born on a pool table after a Waylon Jennings' concert in 1977. His personal success is outweighed only by his stunning good looks and adherence to unwritten moral guidelines. He has been described as a thinking man's Tucker Max as well as an idiot's Hunter S. Thompson. His goal is to die from an unwavering commitment to be more like Hemingway.

He and Michael Enzo were friends.

Find Benjamin online:

-website
-Facebook
-Twitter @ben_dehaven
-Pinterest
-Goodreads

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WWW Wednesday 10-1-14

WWW Wednesday

Hosted by Should Be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

-What are you currently reading?

I’m reading Villains by Necessity by Eve Forward, and I’m loving it. It’s a twist on the typical epic fantasy, but it’s epic in its own right. I’m finding that I have a crush on Sam, the assassin, and I’m wondering what it says about me that I find assassin characters attractive. Oh well.

-What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Bad Magic by Pseudonymous Bosch, which is still the coolest pen name ever. It was a great little read.

I also read Higher Institute of Villainous Education by Mark Walden, the first in the H.I.V.E. series. I’m very intrigued by this series and by the last line in the first book in particular.

I also read book 3 in Seanan McGuire’s Incryptid series, Half-Off Ragnarok. I read the first two a while ago and like the first much better than the second. So I was reluctant to pick up the third for a while. I read it over the weekend, and it was a pretty good book.

-What do you think you’ll read next?

Most likely more of H.I.V.E. Sherwood Smith’s Banner of the Damned is also wandering toward the top of my to-read pile.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

PRIDE by Rosie Somers

PRIDE by Rosie Somers
Surge, Anaiah Press

Seventeen-year-old Gabriella Pierce is used to taking care of herself, but she’s about to become responsible for a whole lot more. When she gets a visit from three men claiming to be defenders of fantastical rings imbued with the powers of THE CARDINAL SINS, her life is changed irrevocably.

Gabby is the steward of PRIDE

To make matters worse, she’s falling hard for fellow steward, Grant Barnett, and he hates her guts. Now Gabby has to learn to protect Pride without letting her feelings for Grant get in the way.

Release Date: September 9, 2014

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ABOUT ROSIE
Rosie Somers is a YA author who lives in Florida, soaking up the year round sunshine. She can often be found in her favourite spot on her favourite beach, nose-deep in a good book.

Check out Rosie’s website. Connect with her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter @ProsyRosie.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

SUPERGIRLS by Mav Skye

SUPERGIRLS
by Mav Skye

Sisters Jenn and May have finally found their golden ticket out of the slums. Pervy sugar daddy, Frederick Bells, promises to be an easy score with a big payoff—millions are hidden within his mansion.

The plan is simple: tie up the pig, steal his cash, and skip town. But fate has a different plan, including a villain with a wicked imagination. The sisters resort to playing their childhood game SUPERGIRLS to battle their fears in Bell’s den of horrors.

Will the SUPERGIRLS find their prize or will their heads join the pile behind the black cellar door?

EXCERPT
May’s naked legs quiver. She brings the knife around and holds it with two hands over Piggy’s bulging belly. “Can’t we just off him, like, you know, in the movies. Then we can search the house? I can help you look?”

I dump out another drawer. “No, May, we can’t just off him like in the movies. You aren’t a killer and neither am I.” I stop and look at her. She looks away from me, then glances down at the kitchen knife. Maybe giving it to her was not such a hot idea.

She growls, “You don’t know what he did to me. Maybe I am a killer.”

I slam a drawer. “It’s almost over now. I’ll be able to take care of you. Neither of us will ever have to—“

“He’s a pig,” whispers May, her frail body wavering in the firelight. “An ugly pink pig. And I think the pig needs to be butchered.” The black silk floats from May’s shoulder and lands on Piggy’s face. It makes his throat more prominent. Great rolls of red pink flesh mound up and blubber out.

“Piggy, piggy,” says May, her face changes, hardens. She lifts the knife to stab.

I jump out from behind the desk and snatch the knife. “May!”

She looks at me startled, then back down to the squirming body on the floor. “Oh,” she says and shrugs like it was a joke.

I recognize the look on her face, the illness coming on. She calls it Letting Go. I call it psychosis. Welcome to hell.

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AN INTERVIEW WITH MAV
-What made you want to write?

Stories are like babies, being around them makes you want one of your own, at least, that’s the way it is for me. I love the suspense and mystery of watching a well told tale unfold whether reading or writing it. Writing allows me to be in the story, not just watching it happen, but actually, physically bring it into existence. When I read a great book, I imagine myself with the characters, in their world. As a writer, their world is inside me, and I experience their story so much more profoundly than I do as a reader.

-What draws you to your genre of choice?

My first choice would have to be suspense in whatever genre whether it be horror, pulp, crime, romance, sci-fi, fantasy, bizarre even literary. Flannery O’Connor can freakin’ dish out suspense, baby. It isn’t about genre to me. It’s about a great story told well.

-Name a fun fact you learned researching this project.

For Supergirls, there wasn’t a whole lot of research. I explored taxidermy. The process is eerie to me and helped developed the character called The Whistling Deer Head. It’s a mounted moose head above the fireplace in Fat Bastard’s mansion that speaks to schizophrenic sister, May. The Whistling Deer Head is captivating to me and I can’t let it go. He will pop in and out of my stories for years to come.

I researched daggers, and found this gorgeous crystal carved unicorn dagger. I can’t remember its origins, I’m thinking Persian, but I could be wrong. It was beautiful, a weapon of the gods. On sight, I knew that it would be key in my story.

I also researched Thomas Kincaid. There’s a scene in Supergirls in which one of my characters ponders what evil may occur in the cute little cottage in a Kincaid painting. I must admit, I do the same thing. I wonder if there are little people inside the homes, I wonder if they are good or bad. If there’s something naughty in the closet. A body rolled under the bed.

There’s a fun little hands on project I did with blue lace panties and a gun, but I won’t go into details with that. Read the story, and you’ll learn all you need to know.

-For aspiring writers, any tips?

Sure. I’d say be open to anything and everything. Carve your own path through the universe whether it breaks some fancy pant’s rules of writing, or not. Be brave and put the truth of what scares you, of what hurts you the most in your story. It is this honesty and vulnerability that attracts people. It gives fiction the breath of truth and life.

-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

I’ve learned something over the past five years: never say never. That being said, I have a hard time seeing myself getting into writing vampires. I like to read it, but writing it? I don’t know. If I were challenged to it, I’d definitely give it my best shot. Another genre that I love is steampunk, but for some reason I have a really difficult time writing it.

In general, I like to keep a bring-it-on attitude. I’m hoping no genre will be left unexplored by the time I kick the bucket.

ABOUT MAV

When Mav Skye isn't turning innocent characters into axe murderers, refinishing old furniture, chasing around her spring ducklings, or reading the latest horror novel, she's editing at the almighty Pulp Metal Magazine.

She adores puppies, pirates, skulls, red hots, Tarantino movies and yes, Godzilla.

Especially Godzilla.

She is the author of Supergirls and The Undistilled Sky. Look for her wicked horror romance, Wanted:Single Rose, this fall and the second book in the Supergirls series, Night without Stars, early 2015.

Find Mav online:

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-Twitter @MavSkye
-Goodreads

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MMW September 2014 - FIREBUG by Lish McBride

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Monthly Most Wanted

What book have you waited forever for? What was your most-anticipated release this month? Post it on your blog and then link it up here or leave a comment. Give fellow readers a way to find awesome new releases!

FIREBUG (Firebug, #1)
by Lish McBride

Goodreads Blurb
Ava can start fires with her mind . . . but is it a blessing or a curse?

Ava is a firebug—she can start fires with her mind. Which would all be well and good if she weren't caught in a deadly contract with the Coterie, a magical mafia. She's one of their main hit men . . . and she doesn't like it one bit. Not least because her mother's death was ordered by Venus—who is now her boss.

When Venus asks Ava to kill a family friend, Ava rebels. She knows very well that you can't say no to the Coterie and expect to get away with it, though, so she and her friends hit the road, trying desperately to think of a way out of the mess they find themselves in. Preferably keeping the murder to a minimum.

Other books by Lish McBride
-Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
-Necromancing the Stone

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

GOD'S BANKER by Chris Malburg

GOD’S BANKER
by Chris Malburg

Cardinal David Caneman took just three years to engineer his ascension into the CEO’s office of Vatican Bancorp. His cabal of fundamentalist zealots now quickly moves to seize the world’s largest institution. First by publicly assassinating the Pope. Next by replacing him with Caneman. Finally by giving the masses a common, everyday object—unquestionably used by their savior—to rally behind. For centuries, folklore has claimed the sacred item laid in wait sealed within the Church’s lost treasury vault. Caneman races to unearth the vault—if it exists. He has bet everything that he can find the blessed object, surely buried within. He intends using it to sweep the faithful from their ungodly ways and into his personal standards of piety.

The Taliban took just two years to overthrow Kabul. Armed with over a billion faithful worldwide and a $200 billion war chest—and the sacred Broom Of Formia—Cardinal David Caneman figures it will take him just half that time to conscript the hearts and minds first of Europe, then…

Jackson Schilling enjoys his happy, early retirement. He attends minor league ball games near his home in Elkhart, Indiana. He’s an amateur chef. And Jackson Schilling is a hunter. Then the SEC drafts him. Come on, Jack. One last audit. It’s mandatory after an attempt on the Vatican Bank Chairman’s life. But Jackson Schilling is no ordinary auditor. And it was his Commander in Chief who personally ordered him drafted. Schilling exhaustively uncovers Caneman’s deadly purpose. First he must stop a professional assassin from completing his mission against the Pope. Now the hard part—derail a fundamentalist faction led by a brilliant, ruthless [and some would say] saint to over a billion faithful. Jackson Schilling battles a force growing faster and more deadly than the Crusades, the Inquisition or the Taliban ever were. Legitimate governments will surely topple, becoming answerable to one man and his band of strict fundamentalists if Schilling fails.

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GUEST POST

Using humor

A little humor injected into the story serves a wonderful purpose and raises the entertainment value if done right. I work in the action/adventure genre. My characters are constantly on the run and facing unspeakable evil. Any humor used will slow that action for a bit. So how to reconcile the two—fast-paced action and slower humor. Here’s how I do it.

First, characters—Jackson Schilling, the Pope and Sister Mary Pat for sure—are portrayed to be real people. Real people cannot run flat out without taking a breather. Same thing with the story that is God’s Banker. Same thing with my readers as well. As a writer, I want to give my readers that same breather every so often. I created an often-humorous relationship between the Pope and his good friend, Sister Mary Pat. How often in real life would you imagine a nun actually gets to tell the Pope:

”Oh wow,” said Mary Pat in a mocking tone. “Now that’s impressive. We’re up against four times the armed men, ground penetrating radar and—”

This would not happen in real life. Yet the banter between these two loyal friends gives a welcome break in the action and lets readers see the two characters, as we would like to imagine them.

Placement of the humor is another element. Again in God’s Banker there’s a scene where Schilling and his small band of men are fighting a force four times their size. Things aren’t going so well for Schilling & Co.—at least readers don’t think so at the time. Then in the middle of all this:

“We’d better put a stop to this before someone gets hurt,” said Schilling.

With that one line readers understand a few things: Schilling is in total control of the situation and he’s having fun that he’s reluctant to stop. It’s a funny line delivered on point and with precision timing.

The judicial use of humor gives everyone—characters as well as readers—a much-needed rest. It also adds to the richness of the tapestry I’ve created. I say judicial use because in the action/adventure genre a little humor goes a long way. You can’t let it diminish either your character’s credibility or your credibility as the author.

I work really hard at establishing credibility with my readers right from the beginning of the story. I do this by incorporating as many real facts as possible, and then allow the fictional aspects to revolve around them. Once I have the reader’s trust, I try never to lose it by making a silly mistake—such as using too much humor or blowing the timing of it.

There’s a scene where Schilling is shot and his partner, Smitty, needs to perform emergency surgery. I researched the medical journals and emergency manuals. I wrote the scene as best I could and had it reviewed by ER doctor. Still, I received an email from a real physician complaining about the count of bandages Smitty used. To that reader I had lost credibility. Still, he kept on reading. Fortunately I didn’t make any other mistakes that he found. Because he did go on to say in his note that my error did not diminish his appreciation of the book. Here’s the point: We’re going to make mistakes. Try as I might, I’m not a professional sniper, nor am I a surgeon. I do the best job I can. If I retain the trust of a majority of my readers and still somehow manage to entertain the rest, I’ve done my job.

ABOUT CHRIS

Chris Malburg is a widely published author, with work spread over 11 popular business books--includingHow to Fire Your Boss (Berkley) and Surviving the Bond Bear Market (Wiley, March 2011). In his other life, Chris is a CPA/MBA, a former investment banker and now the CEO of Writers Resource Group, Inc., providers of professional financial literary content to corporations. That’s the professional side of Chris’ career. The fun side began when UCLA’s Writers’ school taught him to transition from biz-speak to fiction. GOD’S BANKER and the first installment in the Enforcement Division series, DEADLY ACCELERATION, both combine Chris’ natural talent for story telling with his professional command of the high-stakes investment world and what money and power do to some people.

GOD’S BANKER came to fruition from Chris’ hospital bed while recuperating from an athletic injury. As a long-time endurance athlete, Chris is no stranger to the surgeon’scalpal. Over 130,000 words later, GOD’S BANKER was complete. “It just poured out me,” says the author. “I carried my note pad to physical therapy; made plot notes during the hours in the gym doing rehab; even while on my long bicycle rides through the hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean where we live. Slowly endurance returned and with it, GOD’S BANKER.”

Chris Malburg lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Marilyn. Their hobby is raising service dogs for Guide Dogs for the Blind. As of this writing, they have raised eight Labrador retrievers and have had three make the cut for placement with their disabled partners.

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WWW Wednesday 9-24-14 (Birthday Edition!)

WWW Wednesday

Hosted by Should Be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

-What are you currently reading?

I started Bad Magic by Pseudonymous Bosch last night. Is that not the best pen name ever? I loved Bosch’s first series (the Secret Series), and so far I’m liking Bad Magic, which features the younger brother of one of the Secret Series’ main characters.

-What did you recently finish reading?

I started Onyx last Thursday. Then I stopped for a few days. Then I finished it on Sunday. It was good. Lux will never be my favorite series, but the stories have a good level of action and suspense.

Skullduggery Pleasant, on the other hand, is my favorite series of all time, and that makes Derek Landy my favorite author. I got the book. I read the book basically in a day. I earned myself a massive headache doing so. I regret nothing. The Dying of the Light was everything I wanted in the last book and even a few things I didn’t know I wanted. There is no better ending for these characters, this world. I want more, but I feel that more would break the fragile perfection that is this series. Well done, Landy. I look forward to reading everything else you write.

I also finished up The Magician’s Nephew last week. It’s a great little read just like the rest of Narnia.

-What do you think you’ll read next?

I haven’t a clue. Lish McBride’s next book comes out this week. H.I.V.E is on my list. There’s also some hardcore epic fantasy I want to sink my teeth into. We’ll see what happens.

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