Upcoming Live Interview with D. L. Blackburne

D. L. Blackburne
Upcoming Live Interview on Facebook

We are going Live with author D.L. Blackburne on Tuesday 8PM CST on Facebook. Watch us live and questions during the live session. We’ll be happy to answer your questions.

D.L. Blackburne is a Connecticut based indie author/artist who began writing in October 2016. His debut book Office Pool: Orientation was later released on November 08, 2019 on Amazon and Apple books. The 20+ year professional artist turned author illustrated all the characters and cover work in the series. With his most recent book in the Office Pool Series now published August 01, 2020 (book #2 Extraction) D.L. is now currently working to complete book #3 the series final installment due out mid 2021. In addition to that D.L. is simultaneously working on another book series. The multi-book vast YA Fantasy Epic will called [Sons of the Severnn]

Q. Describe yourself in five words.
A. Curious observer appreciator of life

Q. What fact about yourself would really surprise people?
A. I really have no idea about that one actually.  It depends on their perceived notions about me or anyone I would imagine. that allows us all to be surprised about others I guess… 

Q. How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
A. By trying new things and failing again and again until the fear of failure and self-doubt is comfortable or gone, the only thing left to experience after that, is success.  

Q. What scares you the most?
A. The current state of the world in general. 

Q. What makes you happiest?
A. I don’t need much besides a quiet creative space, aside from that, being of service to other people, friends, family & strangers in need even. 

Q. Why do you write?
A. It is a very effective outlet for my ideas no matter how big they seem to fit, I enjoy painting for that same reason but some ideas can’t fit on canvases no matter how big they are..

Q. Have you always enjoyed writing?
A. Yes, in my short time doing it writing has been very good to me. 

Office Pool on Amazon

Q. What motivates you to write? 
A. The need to get ideas out of my mind taking up space and to make way for new concepts and ideas.

Q. What writing are you most proud of?
A. My third and final book of my current series although it’s still only halfway completed, I feel content with it so far.

Q. What are you most proud of in your personal life?
A. My children they’re all decent people, they could certainly be worse, I say decent to keep them a bit humble. To use the word wonderful would come off as biased and discourage their pursuit of constant self improvement and growth.  

Q. What books did you love growing up? 
A. I loved the brightly colored picture books with the cats and dogs as everyday people driving the firetrucks, cars, bikes and them going to the market etc.  Those and the Tomie dePaola books were favorites of mine.

Q. What do you hope your obituary will say about you? 
A. That he did the best with what he had or he was a person who helped others.

Q. Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?  
A. I live in, Connecticut, USA in a working class city and a pretty diverse area, not a small town or huge metropolis. I had a diverse group of friends, neighbors and classmates growing up. I’ve lived in different parts of the country. My first purchased home was in a very small rural village/town with a population of about 4800 people. I’ve also lived in a city with a population of about a million people. Each experience was different in weather, activities, density and demographics but the people in each place were overwhelmingly the same. 

Author’s Instagram page

Q. How did you develop your writing?
A. Through trial and error, and watching and reading other more experienced and proficient writers.

Q. What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?
A. Well, I guess that all depends on the individual I suppose, right?  For me I would say writing is a challenge that I enjoy very much, marketing too is something a self published recluse like myself recognizes as a necessity.  If I want to continue to bring and share my work with the public I have to adapt and get better at it as I go.  

Q. What marketing works for you?
A. Not sure yet I’m trying a bit of everything, if I ever become a bestseller,  I’ll certainly share what worked for me. 

Q. Do you find it hard to share your work?
A. No, not really because before its made public I have picked it apart with a few people I trust creatively to be objective. If it can stand up to that group of people and myself, then I’m satisfied that it’s made as well as I could make it. After that I can release it to the world. If it’s accepted I’m of course very, very glad the readers appreciate my best, if that same audience doesn’t,  I can be content I’ve given my very best.

Q. Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?
A. While they don’t anticipate any book releases or anything, they do support me the same way they’ve supported me with my art over the years. They let me focus when I’m in a writing/ creative groove, and some will even read the books.   

Q. What else do you do, other than write? 
A. I enjoy falling off the face of the earth for a few days binging a great new series, or taking on a DIY project, painting, drawing, discovering new food or music, and indulging in rare teas.

Q. What other jobs have you had in your life?
A. I was an art gallery owner, a professional artist/ instructor well, I still produce art to this very day.  A graphic designer for a publishing company, a freelance illustrator, a medical equipment technician in my late twenties & early thirties and many more things.

Q. If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?
A. Probably Oxford or Cambridge I’d say, I would have loved to study abroad. 

Q. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
A. Ushuaia, Argentina the southern most city on earth.  It’s picturesque backed by the mountains, you can see the southern lights and it’s on the sea.  Nicknamed “the end of the world” I’d love to retire there or at least spend some time writing or painting there when it’s all said and done.

Q. Tell us about your family? 
A. In a nutshell they are a large multi-cultured, loving God-fearing group of folks

Q. How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?
A. Laptop at a desk 95% of the time the other methods are used if an idea strikes me, and I’m away from the desk.

Q. How much sleep do you need to be your best? 
A. Roughly 6-8 hours maximum, anything beyond that, for me personally is counterproductive.

Q. Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?
A. My family, friends, readers and reviewers. 

Q. Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success inwriting look like to you?   
A. A decent size catalog or body of work, a slew of critics, and supporters I imagine. 

Q. It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign?  
A. It’s important of course to target the right readers however, seeing how this book is really for everyone ages 9 to 99. On this particular series, the focus I feel doesn’t have to be so narrow this go round.

Q. Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?
A. I wrote the new book in support of the debut book I originally wanted to write. After accomplishing that in 2019, I wanted to see if I could replicate the same quality or better the second time out.  

Q. If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?
A. If we are talking strictly famous people it would be Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, and Leonardo di Vinci I’d spend the dinner trying to convince them all to stay with us, long after dinner. 

Q. When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?
A. Doing something mindless like watching a tv series, sports, movies, my kids grow up, or the sea

Q. What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?
A. I hope they take something positive from the writing, I certainly would hope they are uplifted or entertained in some way. I would hate for it to be a burden or chore to consume. 

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Author Live Chat with Fans – Sunday 16th August featuring author Dawn Airhart Witte – Recipes for BEing: 7 powerful words and how they can positively shape you

Author Live Chat with Fans – Sunday 16th August

Recipes for BEing: 7 powerful words and how they can positively shape you.

Author Live Chat with Fans – Sunday series: Stories from the unsung heroes

Join us on Facebook https://buff.ly/3apM7Fj on 16th August 2020 8.00 – 8.30 PM CST and ask your questions on our live chat via comments.

Featuring author Dawn Airhart Witte, the co-author of Recipes for BEing: The Power of Seven.

About Dawn: Entrepreneur, author, international speaker and philanthropist Dawn Airhart Witte has a mission: to inspire people around the world to find their purpose and live it! She is a certified life coach and the founder of the Desire to Inspire Foundation, a non-profit organization that connects with communities around the world to break cycles of extreme poverty. Dawn has also penned several books, including Be…, which imparts an important message about perseverance, purpose and putting kindness out into the world.

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Live Interview with Filmmaker Richard Rossi and Knight Rider Star Rebecca Holden

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Your Next Page-Turner

An Interview with Filmmaker Richard Rossi and Knight Rider Star Rebecca Holden

16th June 2020 8.00 -9.00PM CDT on Facebook page (International Book Promotion)

Watch the live interview here https://www.facebook.com/InternationalBookPromotion/videos/727900951085423/

Book-to-film adaptations: The art of filmmaking

Canaan Land, a controversial new novel by Richard Rossi, has rocked the church world with its expose of fraudulent healing techniques by televangelists who take advantage of followers in times of world crisis. Filmmaker Richard Rossi’s Canaan Land novel and film addresses such issues as ministers “fleecing the flock.”

Most recently, his novel Canaan Land has now become available on https://buff.ly/3d7iiZC , with a feature film version, directed by and starring Rossi, to be released later this year. The “Canaan Land” novel tells the story of a con man preacher, abused by another preacher as a boy, who falls for a sincere Christian woman and realizes his con game isn’t a game anymore. Both the book and the film are, in part, a reflection on Rossi’s own spiritual journey as a former “faith healer” and the bitter lessons he learned.

His new life ministry is geared towards the spiritual renewal and creative expression of others. Renaissance man Richard Rossi is an American filmmaker, actor, writer, radio host, and maverick minister. His previous books include Stick Man and Sister Aimee.

His films as Producer/Director include Baseball’s Last Hero: 21 Clemente Stories (2013) and Sister Aimee (2006). The Canaan Land film is executive produced by and co-stars Rebecca Holden, co-star of the Knight Rider TV series. The film also includes cameos by TV and film stars such as Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman), Cindy Williams (Laverne and Shirley) and more.

Official Website for Novel and Film: https://buff.ly/3e44TTG

6 Tips on How to Use Live Video for Book Marketing — Nicholas C. Rossis

This is an excellent post by Nicholas C. Rossis. I have to say that the reason why we focus on author branding and video marketing (especially live interviews) is to enhance the engagement between authors and readers.

This is a guest post by Ryan Aslatt. Ryan is a web strategist and blogger. He currently works at Web Design Agency WebAlive. He is used to writing well-researched articles that readers will find insightful, engaging and highly informative. I’m still figuring out how to use video for my book marketing, let alone LIVE video. So, […]

6 Tips on How to Use Live Video for Book Marketing — Nicholas C. Rossis

Author Live Chat with Lissa Oliver, the Chairperson of the Irish Writers Union and the Director of the Irish Writers Centre

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Tuesdays: Your Next Page-Turner

17th December 8PM CST

Guest: Lissa Oliver, the Chairperson of the Irish Writers Union and the Director of the Irish Writers Centre.

Join us to connect with Lissa Oliver to talk about taking writing journeys to the next professional level and weaving stories that are realistic and relatable.

About Lissa, in her own words:

I am a bestselling author of the No.1 Kindle topper Chantilly Dawns, and a freelance horseracing journalist, broadcaster (TV & radio) and researcher, based in Kildare. I am current editor of RACING CERTAINTY and also write features for THE IRISH FIELD, EBN, EUROPEAN TRAINER, INTERNATIONAL THOROUGHBRED and OWNER & BREEDER, and I am the European correspondent for Australian magazine RACETRACK and Hong Kong monthly BLACK TYPE. I also contribute to THE IRISH RACING YEARBOOK and have contributed to my favourite, PARIS-TURF.

I have been nominated for the prestigious Clive Graham Writer of the Year Trophy at The Derby Awards every year since 2008 and in 2010 secured a Special Commendation. I have twice been a finalist, losing to Alastair Down in 2012 and Chris McGrath in 2013.

SAINTE BASTIEN is my most recent novel and is available from the same publisher following a wonderful ‘living’ launch at the Newmarket stables of trainer Ilka Gansera-Leveque. Set in the racing yard of the title, Lambourn trainer Nick Marchant fears he has raised a menacingly amoral son, but does he protect the family name or his members of staff now at risk?

My short stories have been broadcast on radio and included in several anthologies, while my non-fiction reference works include a history of Kilmead and various thoroughbred breeding booklets for the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, of which I am a member.

I take an active interest in the promotion of writers and literature and I am currently on the Board of Directors of the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency; Co-Chairperson of the Irish Writers’ Union; a Professional Member and Mentor at the Irish Writers’ Centre; and a member of the UK’s Horserace Writers And Photographers’ Association. I am also a registered ETB tutor and have facilitated writing courses for a number of years.

Read more about Lissa: http://www.lissaoliver.ie/

Upcoming Live Interview -Luck and skill on the professional backgammon tour: an interview with Robert Wachtel, author of The Backgammon Chronicles.

Robert Wachtel

Currently ranked world #11 on the peer-rated survey “The Giants of Backgammon” and Grandmaster 2nd class by the Backgammon Masters Awarding Body (BMAB), Robert Wachtel has been one of the game’s elite players for the last 40 years. A chess master, Doctor of Philosophy and an options trader, he is the author of two prior backgammon books, In the Game until the End (1993) and In the Game until the End Vol. II (2014), and more than 40 journal articles. Robert was the editor of the US Backgammon Federation’s flagship magazine, PrimeTime Backgammon, from 2011 to 2019. He is the author of The Language of Backgammon: A Player’s Dictionary, a companion volume to The Backgammon Chronicles.

Join us in the live interview with Robert on 15th December, Sunday 8 PM CST on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/InternationalBookPromotion/videos/578910579347355/

Your book is called The Backgammon Chronicles, and it is the story of your adventures on the pro tour. Can you give us some background about backgammon itself and explain how you became a player?

Backgammon is a very ancient game––some forms of it have been found at archaeological digs of the civilizations of Egypt and Sumer––and perhaps the most popular board game in the world to this day. In the Middle East everyone––young, old, male, female, rich, poor––plays.

Backgammon was also well-established for centuries in Europe and America (checkerboards customarily had a backgammon board on their flip side, and feisty backgammon games in inns and taverns were always a favorite theme for European artists) but in the 1920s the Western game was revolutionized with the invention of the “doubling cube”: a feature that, as in poker, allows players to raise the stakes in a game in progress. “The cube,” as it is called, makes this already-excellent game even faster and more skillful. The only problem is that it has proved difficult for it to gain acceptance among the real backgammon masses: the traditional players of the Middle East.

I learned backgammon in my late 20s after emerging from graduate school with an advanced degree but few immediate employment prospects. I was good at it (I had been a bright prospect as a young chess player and the skill carried over); and I discovered to my delight that it allowed me the opportunity to travel, make money, and have just as much mental stimulation as in academia––and a lot more fun––matching my wits with other players.

You say in some of your promotional material that your book is unique because it fills in a gap in backgammon literature. Can you explain?

All gambling games are intriguing, especially for the majority of people who have conventional jobs. The subcultures––underworlds actually––that support that lifestyle have a similar fascination. For example: a 1930s New York City version of such a subculture is brilliantly depicted in the short stories of the journalist Damon Runyon.

Among gambling games, backgammon is one of the very best: as I state in the Preface to my book, “Its unique luck/skill structure––combined with the more recent addition of the doubling cube––generates breathtaking accidents, outrageous turnabouts, and amazing escapes.”

Yet (for various interesting reasons) the last 40 years of backgammon literature has lacked this vital element. When it first became wildly popular in the USA in the 1970s, backgammon was all about the glamor and romance of travel and risk-taking; but since then (to again quote my Preface) “a curious public has mostly been offered a Spartan diet of manuals, quiz sets, and textbooks.” The Backgammon Chronicles is the first book to recapture the sizzle that the game deserves.

I have heard people say that backgammon is a dice game and therefore is all luck. If that is true, how could anybody hope to be a professional? Just by having better luck than others? And by the way, is it true that some people are luckier than others? Please explain.

Backgammon does indeed (like life itself) have a big element of luck. A beginner can beat an expert––and it happens all the time! But it also has a very significant skill element, which means that in the long run––and most of the time in the short run as well––the expert will come out ahead. This feature gives the game an inbuilt “hustle”––for unless you are yourself a skilled player, the luck factor looks as if it is all that matters!

And to answer the second question: yes, of course some people are luckier than others. How could it be otherwise? But that doesn’t mean that luck is something they own, like a designer gown.

You also describe backgammon as a “sport.” Is this really fair? Should people who play games be given the same respect as real athletes?

I think so. Mental competition requires no less dedication, training and talent than its physical counterpart, and produces dramatic episodes that spectators experience with as much joy and excitement as well. Nor are mind sports (though this has only been appreciated recently) purely cerebral; to excel at them for any extended time, a competitor must attend to his or her physical condition with care and discipline, striving to maintain the premium shape which they will require, just like a physical athlete, to be able to execute.

Can a non-backgammon player enjoy your book?

Yes, because it is primarily a memoir, a travelogue, and a storybook. Most of the stories and essays, it is true, incorporate backgammon positions and analysis, but you can understand them perfectly well without the nuances. And the book features hundreds of photos—so if you like, you can just look at the pictures!

Can you tell us about the dictionary of backgammon that you will be publishing this month to accompany your book?

Sure. I would like Chronicles to reach a wider audience than the few thousand hard-core backgammon players who attend major tournaments and who have studied the game for thousands of hours. But when I was writing the book I began to realize that an outsider might find some of the terminology that is second nature to me confusing or even intimidating. So I decided that Chronicles should include a glossary. But once I’d started on that, I couldn’t see the point of not taking the next step and creating a proper dictionary for the game. In the dictionary, called The Language of Backgammon, I’ve tried to strike a balance between the new and the old by clearly defining the statistical ideas that have enabled contemporary players to analyze the game with unprecedented depth and accuracy, while retaining a lot of the slang that that links backgammon to its naughty gambling origins.

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Free slot for Author Live Interview

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I’m looking for a fiction author with an interesting storyline or characters in book to join us for a live interview today 10th December 8PM CST. Email me at info@internationalbookpromotion.com to book the slot.

Live Interview with Dan Bar Hava

The ties between movie-making and writing: author Dan Bar Hava speaks about taking readers to derive stories from unearthed truths.

Author Live Chat with Fans

Watch us on screen live with 3 reviewers here on 13th Dec, Friday 8PM CST https://www.facebook.com/InternationalBookPromotion/videos/502970920308970/

About Dan Bar Hava:

Dan Bar was born and raised in Jerusalem. Creativity was an essential part of Dan’s life early on, with music being the focus during teens and young adulthood and writing thereafter. After serving in the military and phase I of higher education, Dan Bar moved to the US. Dan Bar has co-written the film “Falling Star” (AKA “Goyband”), a romantic comedy, featuring Adam Pascal and Natasha Lyonne and “Brooklyn, All American,” a coming-of-age sports tale. The Thirty-Six Watchers is Dan’s first novel.

Describe yourself in five words

Creative, musical, individual, humorist, foodie

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? 

When I sit down to play the piano

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? 

With positivity, friends and family,

What scares you the most? 

Death

What makes you happiest? 

Life

Why do you write? 

I have a vivid imagination, I keep coming up with stories

What writing are you most proud of? .

The 36 Watchers

What are you most proud of in your personal life? 

The bonds with my friends and with my students.

What books did you love growing up? 

LOTR, With fire and sward, To kill a mockingbird, Catch 22, Tai Pan, The name of the rose

 What do you hope your obituary will say about you? 

That I enriched people’s lives

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live? 

Jerusalem and New York, the two most exciting cities in the world

 How did you develop your writing?

By reading, writing times infinity.

What else do you do, other than write? 

I teach music, write and record

What other jobs have you had in your life? 

Military, moving, business consultant

 If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? 

History

 If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 

Right here in New York City

Tell us about your family? 

My parents and older brother live in Israel, My sister lives in New Zealand,

 How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? 

Lap top, desk

 Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? 

In a perfect world, sell enough books so everything else I do is because I want to, not have to.

 Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?  

It has been in the works for a long time, I had to wait until the beginning came to me, one night on a balcony, overlooking the beach in Tel Aviv, Israel.

 When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? 

Play my piano, good book or movie, drive around with the top down.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?

I hope for people to take interest in the 36 Watchers universe and find themselves in it.

About The 36 Watchers: “It is said that at all times, there are 36 special people in the world, and that were it not for them, all of them, if even one of them was missing, the world would come to an end.”

Listen to his podcast: https://the36watchers.podbean.com/

The latest interview: https://transformulivenetwork.blogspot.com/…/the-36-watcher…

Follow him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-36-Watchers-Book1-106428817505497/

Get the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/36-Watchers-Book-Fall-e…/…/B07RF1G1ZZ

#Bookreview opportunity Friday: Fresh From The Oven – featuring Author Dan Bar Hava

Friday: Fresh From The Oven

Author Dan Bar Hava is going to join us live on screen on 13th December, Friday 8PM CST on our Facebook page. We’re seeking potential paid video reviewers who would like to read Dan’s 14-page book and join us live on screen. Contact us via http://wp.me/P3Z97N-er

About the Author:

Dan Bar was born and raised in Jerusalem. Creativity was an essential part of Dan’s life early on, with music being the focus during teens and young adulthood and writing thereafter. After serving in the military and phase I of higher education, Dan Bar moved to the US.

Dan Bar has co-written the film “Falling Star” (AKA “Goyband”), a romantic comedy, featuring Adam Pascal and Natasha Lyonne and “Brooklyn, All American,” a coming-of-age sports tale. The Thirty Six Watchers is Dan’s first novel.

Blurb:

“It is said that at all times, there are 36 special people in the world, and that were it not for them, all of them, if even one of them was missing, the world would come to an end.”

Was the crucifixion engineered to end Roman rule? Could World War II be avoided? Could the Titanic be saved? The 36 Watchers tells the story of Jenna Berg, a young, professional, carefree NYC dweller, who, almost unwillingly, becomes a member of the most secretive and powerful group that has been protecting humankind from total destruction since the beginning of time.

The 36 Watchers