S.K.GREGORY – Who Introduced Me to Kindness & Horror


I first met the fine, amiable author, S. K. Gregory––or Samantha Gregory, as she is also known––through my former publisher, Mockingbird Lane Press. Even though our genres were vastly different, we reached out to one another, and I’m so glad we did.



She pens YA Horror, and it was through her excellent writing that I discovered an important fact. No matter the genre, if the characters are appealing, the plots page turning, and the prose well versed, that’s all that counts. As a fellow writer, that was a great lesson for me.


After a couple of years, I left Mockingbird Lane Press, but she continued to reach out to me, reading a couple of my books and reviewing them, then featuring me on her blog. So thank you, Sam, for your kindness and your talent!




I am a journalist, blogger and writer. I write horror, fantasy and YA novels. When I’m not writing, I offer free reviews through my website and paid promos for authors.


















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MARTA MERAJVER KURLAT: An Insightful Writer With a Warm, Global Reach

I met the lovely Marta Merajver Kurlat from Argentina about four years ago, through the support group ASMSG. Warm, generous, this author/professor not only fascinated me with her book, JUST TOSS THE ASHES, an insightful psychological study of grief, I was also very grateful for her reaching out to me. Being a relatively new writer and certainly a newbie member of this group, I was thrilled that she promoted my first two books and together with Jon Byk, gave me my first radio interview experience. Then, the more I found myself ‘learning the ropes’ on FB, the more I realized just how lovely she also was to so many people around the globe.

So thank you, dear Marta, for including me in your wide umbrella of love and support.

Her BIO:

I’ve always been reluctant to release my bio.

My motto is that a writer should speak through her works. However, I understand that you may be curious about the woman who became a writer. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I spent my early youth in Europe and America, studying and working, intent on feeling the pulse of life in countries very different from mine.

Greek mythology, in the shape of a book my father gave me on my eighth birthday, became my passion. From there I approached other ancient religions and discovered how humankind finds answers to appease its fears of what cannot be known.

With a degree in Translation and another in English Language and Literature, I experienced the joys of teaching high school in Argentina. At the same time, I had a long and most rewarding career at the Asociacion Argentina de Cultura Inglesa (Buenos Aires), where I was in charge of Cambridge examinations and lectured in Language, Contemporary Literature and Drama, Linguistics, Literary Translation and Simultaneous Translation.

San Diego State University G-TELP examinations for foreign students were my shared responsibility in Argentina and Uruguay from 1990 to 2003. In my thirties, I enrolled at the School of Psychology, Universidad de Buenos Aires, and was soon fascinated by the psychoanalytic approach. Several prestigious psychoanalytical associations have invited me to guest-lecture.

My love of languages drove me to learn French, German, and Italian. As an addict to reading, I enjoyed reading my favorite authors in the original versions. I have translated countless books and papers from and into English. Translation involves the rewrite of a text, and offers excellent lessons in self-discipline and conciseness. When I started writing, all of the above stood me in good stead.








SUSAN TARR – A Truly Kind Lady With a Seriously Droll Wit

Having met Susan Tarr in both ASMSG and eNovelAuthorsAtWork, I have not only  appreciated how many times she has FB shared and tweeted about my books, interviews, and features, but also all she has done for so many other authors as well. In short, she is always there for us. I have also admired how she was able to write such a powerful and heart wrenching book as When The Rollercoaster Stops then switch gears to pen the hilarious Jack: Just an Ordinary dog in the Dog House, and never miss a beat.


But more than that, what I’ve come to treasure are our private FB conversations, where her fine, dry sense of humor usually runs rampant (on more than one occasion she has made me laugh so hard, I’ve almost choked on my coffee) and her great compassion for people in general always shines through. Our easy back-and-forth banter and discussions about life have always made me feel safe enough to discuss absolutely anything with her. So thank you, dear Susan, for your kindness, your insights, and your marvelously droll, New Zealand sense of humor that never fails to raise my spirits and simultaneously, center me. OOPS! Dear me, I meant to write humoUr, with that British “U”!










Her Bio and Amazon Page

Susan Tarr has been writing for 25 years, drawing on her international travels, work within the NZ tourism industry, and her work in various psychiatric hospitals within New Zealand.

She lived in Kenya, East Africa, for some years where she began her family. Although she writes from personal experience, she also uses anecdotal information from conversations and other peoples’ stories, resulting in her characters taking on a life of their own and becoming larger than life. She enjoys a wide variety of personalities.

Susan says, “As I write their stories, my characters will often lead me to places I couldn’t imagine. So I relax and let them form as they will. I am passionate about my writing and I usually have three books on the go at any one time.”

New Zealand Creative Arts Awards 2012

2016 1st prize Literary Fiction award.






Gotta Love Those GIVEAWAYS! “Listen to Your Heart Event” June 16th & 17th

LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Event, organized by the Best Selling Award Winning author, UVI POZNANSKY  WHEN? Friday, June 16th and Saturday, June 17th, 2017!

IN HER OWN WORDS: “My author friends have joined forces with me to bring you amazing stories. Looking for a something to read on a spring night? Come listen to these audiobooks. You may win one of them!”


Click on the picture to go to the FB Page where you can see which audio books are being offered




Click on the picture on your RIGHT to get a TASTE of my audio book, SEWING CAN BE DANGEROUS and Other Small Threads


Here it to BUY on AUDIBLE:





The afternoon dragged on. Sasha found that by concentrating only on the rhythm of the sewing machines, she could block out her misery, at least for a little while. Closing her eyes and listening intently, she could almost hear the tapping of a marching band: click, click, slam-slam-slam, whoosh- whoosh, rattle-rattle went the machines. Soon, the entire factory room pulsed.

By 4:45 p.m., the whistle blew as if by magic, signaling the end of the workday and going home to face another round with Moshe. Turning off her machine, Sasha stood up, took a deep breath, and steeling herself, tried to remember the good people in her life, like Irma and Gladie, and of course, little Jacob.

Three steps forward, she smelled smoke.

Girls on the opposite end of the floor next to the windows were beginning to scream in a panicked chorus and someone, suddenly streaking past her, cried out, “Fire! Fire!” Still, she remained paralyzed, her arms and legs like lead, her mouth filled with a bitter, chalky taste. Then the adrenaline hit her and she broke into a dead run.

Dark gray swirls of smoke were seeping in from under the doorway cracks while dozens of girls stampeded past the sewing room, heading towards the elevator shafts or stairwells and ending up crushed together against the in-going only doorways. Hysteria rendered each girl strong. No matter how hard she tried, Sasha couldn’t push her way through the group of flailing arms and legs, so she about-faced to explore other escape routes.

Outside on the street, a man walking by pointed upward and shouted, “Look at the smoke coming out of the Triangle building!”

“Yeah, it looks like it’s comin’ from the top floors! What’s that coming outa the windows? Looks like bolts of fabric! Old Man Blanck must really want to save his precious cloth!” a woman chimed in.

“Yeah. Wait! Wait a minute!” the man continued. “That’s not bolts of fabric—they’re—they’re—oh, God in Heaven!”

The cynical woman let out a blood-curdling shriek.

As a large crowd gathered, all eyes were glued towards the 9th and 10th floors in time to see several blackened girls in smoldering dresses hurling themselves towards the ground to join the six bodies already strewn across the sidewalk, limp, broken.

Engine Company 72 clanged around the corner and ground to a halt, but the mounting piles of corpses made it impossible for the hose wagon to get close enough to be effective. Desperate firemen started handing out bucket after filled water bucket to the foreman, some male tailors, and anyone else available, so they could run back into the building to douse out the flames. When all twenty-seven buckets were emptied, it became all too painfully obvious; the fire was completely out of control.

A few soot-streaked firemen tried to stretch out a safety net to catch one girl’s fall, but before all four corners were taut enough, three more girls had jumped seconds behind her, the weight of all four ripping the net as they landed hard against the pavement. The stunned men grabbed a nearby horse blanket to try to cushion the fall of another girl, but she, too, flew down with such force, her charred body split the blanket in two, hitting the cement with a loud thud.

Up on the tenth floor, more and more girls were desperately trying to scramble down the fire escapes. Gripping the iron ladders, terror made them ignore the steam hissing out between their fingers until suddenly, yelping in pain, they let go, gliding like flying squirrels towards the ground.

Inside the building was pandemonium. Clouds of thick, bulbous smoke blinded Sasha, stinging her eyes and rendering her throat raw until she got down on her hands and knees and managed to crawl towards the elevator shaft, praying both Joe Zitto and Joe Gaspar might still be on duty. Sure enough, the elevator was working, but it kept stopping on the eighth floor below her. She could hear Joe Zitto frantically working the metal levers, shouting up to anyone within earshot, “I can only get to the eighth floor! The ninth and tenth floors are blocked off! Get to the eighth floor and I’ll take ya’s down.”

She managed to get to the eighth floor using one of the few stairwell exit doors not engulfed in flames, but once there, found too many crazed girls jammed together, calling out for the elevator. Joe Gaspar came up next, but could only squeeze in twelve to fifteen girls at a time. Between the two men, they made fifteen to twenty trips each, but with each trip, the girls’ clutches and cries weakened as their coughing from all the smoke inhalation overwhelmed them.

“Come on, Sasha, come wid me to da westa door. We can getta through dere!” She recognized Irma Delacina by voice only. The girl covered in head-to-toe soot and sizzling clothes standing next to her, looked nothing like the kind, smiling girl she had hugged just hours before. She attempted to reach out and grab her, but Irma was already halfway across the hallway, heading toward a door that Sasha knew to be locked. She called out after her friend, but Irma either wasn’t listening or couldn’t hear over the din of howls.

Careening around the corner from Great Jones Street, Engine Company 33 shuddered to a full stop in front of the burning building, drawing hurrahs from a crowd that naturally assumed any back up would bring miracles. But their cheers soon turned to cries of horror when everyone realized the hoses could only reach the seventh floor, leaving the upper floors of the factory engulfed in flames.

Back on the tenth floor, Sasha viewed her options. She could see three male cutters across the room running towards an open window, and decided to go with them. She didn’t get far. Oxidation from the fire had turned the tenth floor into a time bomb, and as bolts of fabric imploded into popping blazes, she was knocked off her feet and onto the floor.

Dazed, she tried to get up, then fell back, unable to move.

Hope you enjoyed the excerpt. I am happy to give away free copies of the complete audio of SEWING CAN BE DANGEROUS! Hope you’re one of the winners!!


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P J FIALA – The Motorcycle Mama with a Big Heart

Several years ago I met the best selling, motorcycle packing author P J Fiala–once again, through the support group, ASMSG. Her great character-driven books were not only highly absorbing, they were also my first foray into the world of steamy romance. In hindsight, I realize now how much reading her books had me spoiled. Never overly done nor ultra poetic like so many of the books of that ilk, she writes from the heart, and in doing so, manages to write explicit love making scenes that are authentic, touching, and sexy!


But it was also some of her other qualities that I came to highly value. She not only read and reviewed all of my books, she invited me several times onto her blog and was always there, ready to support me as well as many others, in whatever we needed. In addition, I have also much appreciated our mutual interest and discussions about the 1930s, when gangsters and their molls ruled supreme. So thank you so much, Patti, for having such a big, welcoming heart. Now, go out and ride that motorcycle of yours!!



Amazon Bio:

Top 5 Best Seller.
I am a wife of thirty years, a mother of four grown children and the grandmother of four lovely grandchildren. When not writing a new story, I can be found riding my motorcycle and exploring this fabulous country of ours. My writing revolves around people anyone would love to spend time with. No self-absorbed billionaires for me.
Earning my Bachelor’s Degree later in life fulfilled a dream for me. Then, I found the courage to write and I haven’t looked back. I have several published books and continue to write daily. I have served as the VP of Communications for WisRWA and devote a large amount of my time to helping other authors slog their way through this thing called publishing. I love to hear from fans, so look me up and touch base.
I come from a family of veterans. My grandfather, father, brother, two of my sons, and one daughter-in-law are all veterans. Needless to say, I am proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given.

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EFFROSYNI MOSCHOUDI: WGAS (Warm, Giving, & Supportive)

I first met this lovely, eclectic literary author through the support group, eNovelAuthorsAtWork. From the start, I was taken by her warmth and kindness to people there. She was even gushier than I am! Then, after having read and reviewed one of my books, she reached out and invited me onto her blog. At the time, I was tickled when she INSISTED that she wanted photos of not only of me and my books, but also from my varied background––my art quilts, my calligraphy, my craft angels, and my current cat, “June-bug”. Not only was that inclusive of her, I will be forever grateful for it. Why? It reminded me that although I was a relative newbie in the publishing world compared to many of the authors I was being exposed to, I realized that I had, indeed, been creative for most of my adult life. So thank you, dear Fros, for that and for all the support and love you radiate throughout the world from your native Greece!!

Amazon Bio: 

Effrosyni Moschoudi was born and raised in Athens, Greece. As a child, she loved to sit alone in her garden scribbling rhymes about flowers, butterflies and ants. Today, she writes books for people who love all things Greek. Her historical romance,

The Ebb, is an ABNA Q-Finalist. Her novels are Amazon bestsellers, having hit #1 several times. She lives in a quaint seaside town near Athens with her husband Andy and a naughty cat called Felix, but her mind forever drifts to her beloved Greek island of Corfu.

What others say about Effrosyni’s books:
“Effrosyni layers her words on the page like music.”~Jackie Weger, author of The House on Persimmon Road
“Very few writers have such a gift for realism.”~Kelly Smith Reviews






















Effrosyni is the MASTER of great, step-by-step information, as well as helpful resource links. Here is her site for AUTHORS. Check it out:


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**Visit her FREE online guide to Corfu:

http://www.effrosinimoss.wordpress.com (Greek recipes and books!)

Amazon page: http://Author.to/Effrosyni












ANGEL SEFER – Chock Full of Generosity, Greek Style

Once again, being a part of ASMSG also brought me in contact with best selling Angel Sefer. It started with my simply enjoying her exciting romance thrillers, all of which had me on the edge of my seat. But then, the more I started to communicate with her online, the more I appreciated her generosity of spirit, true support of other authors, and great willingness to feature me on her blog and share any new book of mine.

I also have much enjoyed our “private chats,” where we discovered we both have the same way of unwinding—looking at adorable animal pictures! Angel, thank you for all that you do! So glad we connected…


Multiple award-winning, bestselling author Angel Sefer was born in Athens, Greece and has studied and worked on both sides of the Atlantic. She holds a degree in Economics and divides her time between the corporate world and her true passion: writing mystery, thriller, and suspense romances where passion flares and danger lurks around every corner.

Angel lives in Athens, Greece, with the two loves of her life – her son and her husband – and is a member of several writers groups.

The Greek islands – alluring destinations that cast a spell on the visitor from the very first moment – are among her favorite settings. She has written a series of standalone mystery romance novels – The Greek Isles Series – each taking place on a different island.

In this series, dark mysteries mingle with sizzling romances while the exquisite beauty of the enchanting Greek Islands will steal the reader’s heart away.

Award-winning, bestseller Spellbound in His Arms is the first novel published in The Greek Isles Series. In this suspenseful tale of murder, deceit, and political cover-up, sexy investigative reporter Jackie Alexander ignites the fury and stirs the passion of mysterious police detective Michael Apostolou. The action unfolds on majestic Corfu in the dazzling aquamarine waters of the Ionian Sea.

Bestseller Deadly Secrets is the second novel published in The Greek Isles Series. Stunning Helena Sistakis and seductive Captain Dimitris Nikolaou confront each other – and make sparks – in this suspenseful tale of murder, betrayal, and forbidden love. The action unfolds on picturesque Mykonos in the sparkling sapphire waters of the Aegean Sea.

The Heiress of Santorini is the third novel published in The Greek Isles Series. The startling truth about her billionaire client drives breathtaking insurance manager Alexandra Stewart over the edge. But it cannot quell her desire for sinfully handsome and off-limits Mark Taylor. This suspenseful tale of non-stop action, conspiracy, and forbidden love unfolds in Atlanta, New York, and on the awe-inspiring island of Santorini – a precious gem in the Aegean Sea that is still an active volcano with spectacular rock formations, impressive lunar landscapes, and breathtaking red and black sand beaches.

Award-winning, Dark Shadows of the Past is the fourth novel published in The Greek Isles Series. Dazzling Christina Connors is caught in a deadly game of conspiracy, vengeance, and murder while desperately trying to conceal her real identity. Seductively handsome police detective Dan Mallory puts his job and life on the line to protect this feisty enchantress from the threat hovering over her. The non-stop action and sizzling romance unfold in Atlanta, the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Georgia, and the island of Kefalonia – the fascinating setting of ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ in the amazing aquamarine waters of the Ionian Sea.

Lethal Web of Passion is the fifth novel published in The Greek Isles Series. Startling legal assistant Eleanna Welsh has a secret… Ever since her father was forced to walk out on them, she’s been training in martial arts to confront the evil mind who destroyed her family. Now the time has come, and Eleanna finds herself with an inheritance of a luxury resort on the Greek island of Skopelos – the breathtaking setting of ‘Mamma Mia’ – and a powerful and seductive partner, Stephanos Ioannou. As danger and passion collide, the mystifying island seems to hide far more secrets than Eleanna expected. A mystery man, a ruthless assassin, an authoritative Contessa and her lifelong enemies weave a lethal web, full of danger, betrayal, and passion.

Harbor in the Storm is the sixth novel in The Greek Isles Series. Stunning Natalie Asimakis returns to Atlanta from a trip to find an anonymous letter that tore her peaceful life apart – her husband, reporter James Cassidy, has been kidnapped. Danger, betrayal, and deadly secrets of her husband’s revealed double life place Natalie’s life in jeopardy. The only one she can turn to for help is Daniel McKenzie – a prominent attorney with powerful connections. But there is a problem… Natalie and Daniel had a stormy love affair that left scars burned indelibly in her body and soul. The non-stop action unfolds in Atlanta and the amazing Greek island of Skiathos – a paradise with lush pine forests and crystal-clear sapphire waters. Harbor in the Storm will be available Fall 2016.






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AMY METZ: The Kind Queen of Southern Wit & Charm

Four years ago, through the support group ASMSG, I met the delightfully funny cozy mystery writer Amy Metz. Reading her first book, MURDER & MAYHEM IN GOOSE PIMPLE JUNCTION, turned me onto great characters, a well-conceived plot, and southern wit and charm. Being a northern gal, with a touch of the Southwest, it was a real education to take in all of these qualities, highlighted by her playful southern phrases. Yet she turned out to be so much more. In spite of my being a newbie at this whole writing business, she invited me onto her blog as a feature/interviewee. I was so ignorant back then, I didn’t even know how to write a thank you comment on her blog! But she didn’t seem to care. She continued to put out her welcome mat to me, asking me back onto her site a couple more times and reading and reviewing my books. At one point when I asked her to beta read one of my books, in spite of her being very busy with family, she managed to read my WIP and squeeze in good, insightful comments to boot!

So thank you, Amy, for all your kindness, and for helping the term “Southern Hospitality” ring true!



Amy Metz is the author of the Goose Pimple Junction mystery series. She is a former first grade teacher and the mother of two sons. When not writing, enjoying her family, or surfing Pinterest, Amy can usually be found with a mixing spoon, camera, or book in one hand and a glass of sweet tea in the other. Amy lives in Louisville, Kentucky and loves a good Southern phrase.



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Olga Nuñez Miret – A Gentle Altruism

Yet another ASMSG member, when I first came across this fine author/reviewer/blogger, what immediately struck me about her was her kindheartedness, evident from the various gracious and caring comments she made to her fellow writers on Facebook. That same quality of hers soon turned in my direction. To my surprise, she not only reviewed several of my books, she also kept offering to have me featured on her blog, without my applying or even asking. Then, as I got to know her better–when we started to have some private messaging back and forth– I learned more about her, including her views on people and the world at large. From her detailed book reviews to her blog features; from her great author support to her translation services, her decency and kindness has always shone through. Thank you so much, Olga. It is an honor to know you!

Her Bio from her AMAZON page:

My name is Olga Núñez Miret and I’m a writer. I also do translations of other author’s work. What else? I was born in Barcelona, Spain, but have lived in the UK for a long time. Over the years I’ve done many things and had other lives but however far I wander I keep coming back to books and stories, my two earliest loves. When reading was no longer enough, I started writing. My first book was published in 2012 and my publications span different genres, from literary fiction to romance, Young Adult and psychological thrillers. I plan on writing more novels in the same genres and if my imagination so dictates, I will explore others. I love to connect with readers, so don’t hesitate to get in touch. Thanks for reading!

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COLLEEN CHESEBRO: A Great Twitter Surprise!

About two years ago, I met this wonderful blogger/reviewer/author on Twitter. I do occasionally exchange messages on there, but for some reason, when Colleen and I started communicating, we simply clicked. One thing led to another, and not only was she reviewing my books on her blog, bless her heart, she was featuring me as well. And, in spite of her extraordinarily busy schedule, she always kept in touch with me, asking me about my work, how I was doing, etc. As each new book came out, there she was, waiting in the wings to read and review. So, thank you Colleen for your open arms…and your open heart.

Oh, I suppose I should also thank Twitter, for bringing us together!

Her Amazon Profile:

Colleen M. Chesebro is a writer of cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy series called, “The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy,” was published January 2017.

The book reveals the story of Abby Forrester, a 14-year-old orphaned girl who is entrusted with saving a community of fairy nymphs from certain ecological destruction. Along the way, Abby learns about friendship, love, and what it means to actually belong to a family.

Colleen’s writing explores ecological situations in the multicultural world of today. She combines real-life historical events into her writing to create experiences that will continue in the hearts and heads of her readers.

A veteran of the United States Air Force, Colleen is also a retired bookkeeper. She has an Associates Degree in Business Administration, and another Associates Degree in the Arts, which she uses to combine her love of writing with her passion for all things creative.

When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, children, and grandchildren. When time permits, she also loves gardening, cooking, and crocheting old fashioned doilies into works of artistry. She lives in the United States with her husband and her two Pomeranians, Sugar, and Spice. You can learn more about Colleen and her writing on her website: colleenchesebro.com.








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