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FLASHBACKS

September 6, 2013

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ABOUT THE STORY

Throughout The Survivalist’s Daughter, Kindra has flashbacks to the FBI raid and the killing of her stepmother. The worst of these flashbacks happens during a school lockdown drill when the tinny intercom voice and the loud banging of chair legs on the floor combine to bring the devastating event back to her.

Kindra is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a mental illness most often associated with soldiers. However, the illness can happen to any person of any age who undergoes a harrowing experience. Read more on the causes, symptoms, and treatment of PTSD on the National Institute of Mental Health website.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in civilians

ABOUT HAZEL HART

hazel cropped copyHazel Hart, a member of Kansas Writers Association and Kansas Authors Club, has won awards for her short fiction, including “Amanda Marie,” published in Kansas Voices, and “Confessions,” published in Words out of the Flatlands.

She has three published suspense novels, The Night before Christmas, Family History, and Possessing Sara and has co-authored two books of short stories, Dark Side of the Rainbow and The Edge of Nowhere, with Bonnie Eaton aka B.J. Myrick, which are also listed on amazon.com.  Visit her amazon author page and preview The Survivalist’s Daughter.

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HAZEL’S HAUNTING SECRET

August 23, 2013

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THE AUTHOR SPEAKS

Through the generations of my family, there have been several members who have had multiple marriages and divorces, bringing about a number of blended family situations. In my own case, I, like Kindra in The Survivalist’s Daughter, was not told the truth about my family. At the age of ten, I found my birth certificate in a box of old photos and clippings and was shocked to see that the name listed as father was someone I had never heard of. The feelings of confusion and betrayal that I felt in that moment haunted me through the years. I tried several times to write a novel about those feelings but was always stopped after the first chapter. Fifty years later, I finally broke through the writer’s block when I made the novel my NaNoWriMo project. After much rewriting and a couple of title changes, The Survivalist’s Daughter was complete. Visit my Amazon author’s page 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hart-likemotherlikedaughter author2Hazel Hart, a member of Kansas Writers Association and Kansas Authors Club, has won awards for her short fiction, including “Amanda Marie,” published in Kansas Voices, and “Confessions,” published in Words out of the Flatlands.

She has three published suspense novels, The Night before Christmas, Family History, and Possessing Sara and has co-authored two books of short stories, Dark Side of the Rainbow and The Edge of Nowhere, with Bonnie Eaton aka B.J. Myrick, which are also listed on amazon.com.  Visit her amazon author page and preview The Survivalist’s Daughter.

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PARENTAL KIDNAPPING: THE SURVIVALIST’S DAUGHTER

August 6, 2013

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THE AUTHOR SPEAKS

In The Survivalist’s Daughter, I explore a number of social issues, including parental kidnapping, blended families, gun control, school security and lockdown drills, and social media. A major issue that runs throughout the novel is parental kidnapping and its effects on the main character, Kindra.

Over 203,000 parental kidnappings occur each year. While most children are recovered quickly, a few, like Kindra in The Survivalist’s Daughter, were kidnapped at such a young age and kept so long that they have no memory of the left behind parent. Even if the left behind parent is remembered, the kidnapped child often distrusts that person. For Kindra, that lack of trust is exacerbated by her suspicions that FBI Agent Epperson is using her mother to get information from Kindra about her father’s gun-selling activities.

For more information on parental kidnapping, check these websites:

http://www.stopfamilyabductionsnow.org/parents.html gives the reasons why children are kidnapped, tells who may be at risk, and includes stories of children who have been kidnapped.

http://www.childfindofamerica.org/information.htm  contains facts and statistics about kidnapped children.

This FBI sithttp://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/vc_majorthefts/cac/family-abductionse, Violent Crimes against Children, defines parental kidnapping and lists the options under the law that allow the FBI to become involved.

http://jeannehannah.typepad.com/blog_jeanne_hannah_traver/2011/08/parental-abduction-emotional-social_cost.html focuses on international parental kidnapping, but the emotional effects of parental kidnapping on children are the same, regardless of whether the kidnapper stays in the United States or takes the child abroad.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hart-likemotherlikedaughter author2Hazel Hart, a member of Kansas Writers Association and Kansas Authors Club, has won awards for her short fiction, including “Amanda Marie,” published in Kansas Voices, and “Confessions,” published in Words out of the Flatlands.

She has three published suspense novels, The Night before Christmas, Family History, and Possessing Sara and has co-authored two books of short stories, Dark Side of the Rainbow and The Edge of Nowhere, with Bonnie Eaton aka B.J. Myrick, which are also listed on amazon.com.  Visit her amazon author page and preview The Survivalist’s Daughter.

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EXPLORING THE RIPPLE EFFECT

March 25, 2013

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At the KWA Scene Conference, I had the pleasure of sitting at the table with Molly Wierman, whose story “A Mother’s Love” placed first in the youth division: fiction of KWA’s 2012 writing contest. Since Bonnie had not been able to attend, I quickly engaged Makayla Yokley as interviewer. However, there was too much background noise, so I transcribed the interview. Keep reading to learn more about Molly Wierman, a talented young writer.

Molly Wierman reads from “A Mother’s Love”

Molly Wierman Interview with Makayla Yokley

Makayla: Molly, you’re a senior at Kapaun. How is that going?

Molly: It’s been great. I’ve had the most incredible year with writing and outside writing.

Makayla: Tell us about your contest entry, “A Mother’s Love.” What place did it get and what was it about?

Molly: I received first place in youth division: fiction. At the time I was writing it, there were a lot of teenage suicides. There were a couple where it wasn’t really people I knew, but it was people I knew who knew them. I thought, “How did the suicide impact the people around them? How did their friends react? How did their mothers feel?” I wondered if people would think, “Oh, you’re such a bad mother.” It was an interesting concept.

Makayla: Yes, you do always see just their (the suicide’s) perspective. You don’t see the family members or the ripple effect. You said something earlier about Transcendentalist fiction. What is that?

Molly: Well, normally, when you think of Transcendentalists, you think of somebody like Thoreau, Emerson, and extreme Romanticism, but I would say Transcendentalist fiction is looking at a person, body and soul, and I like to work with the soul aspect and base everything from that. It’s similar to what I’ve heard described as Catholic fiction, taking the spiritual idea of the world into my writing.

Makayla: So that’s how it plays into the Catholic aspect?

Molly: Yes.

Makayla: You also said something about T.S. Eliot.

Molly: Yes. My English teacher had us do a little bit on T.S. Eliot my junior and senior years, and I was reading his writing and thinking that I almost write the same way. I use symbolism and things like that, but it’s also the whole idea of the spiritual world and bringing in the Anglo-Catholic themes, and that’s how I write, too.

Makayla: That’s a cool way to learn—from other writers—and to see what it is that informs how you work with something similar in your writing. It’s been nice talking to you.

Molly: It’s been nice talking to you.

Makayla: And congratulations on winning first place.

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Now that you have some background, check out the excerpts from “A Mother’s Love.” To read the complete story and the stories of other winners in KWA’s 2012 writing contest,  download the anthology.

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So what’s in the basement?

March 22, 2013

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Hazel Hart, award-winning novelist, reads a suspense-filled scene from Family History.

Picture this: A warm, sunlit day in March, temperatures hovering at 75 degrees–who wouldn’t be  enticed to take advantage of such wonderful weather to shoot the vlog outside? We didn’t count on the camera’s tiny microphone picking up the chatter of children playing in the park and the blustering sound of the gusty Kansas wind.

Enjoy the reading. It’s worth the minor distractions that movie-making outdoors always brings.

 WATCH THE VIDEO AS HAZEL HART READS A SCENE FROM FAMILY HISTORY, A SUSPENSEFUL- MYSTERY

ABOUT THE STORYLINE

A locked house and a strangled woman.
Town gossips say the sister did it.

    Crystal Sands Marshall is furious. The local historical society has chosen another family as the subject for a book on the town’s beginnings. Crystal hires her own writer and then sets off to collect the necessary family records from her eccentric sister, Iris.

     When Iris, who has not left the house since their mother’s death five years ago, fails to answer the door, Crystal breaks in. She finds Iris unconscious on the kitchen floor. Fearing her sister has attempted suicide, Crystal delays the sheriff’s investigation until she can search the house and dispose of anything that might set local tongues wagging. She discovers Iris’s diaries and learns her mother committed murder to protect the family name. As increasingly horrible secrets are revealed, Crystal is faced with the same choice: public ruin or murder.

Is this a case of like mother, like daughter?

See Family History to preview the novel.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Hazel Hart, a member of Kansas Writers Association and Kansas Authors Club, has won awards for her short fiction, including “Amanda Marie,” published in Kansas Voices, and “Confessions,” published in Words out of the Flatlands.

She has three published suspense novels, The Night before Christmas, Family History, and Possessing Sara and has co-authored two books of short stories, Dark Side of the Rainbow and The Edge of Nowhere, with Bonnie Eaton aka B.J. Myrick, which are also listed on amazon.com.  Visit her amazon author page, watch her author video, and preview Family History, a suspenseful  mystery.

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Click image of Family History to read  sample chapters!

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AN ANCIENT CURSE AND AN UNLIKELY HERO NAMED VIOLET

March 22, 2012

Makayla Yokley is a budding young author writing steampunk.  Her novel, The Ruby Curse, is scheduled for e-book publication later this year.  Listen as  she reads her favorite scene from The Ruby Curse.

ABOUT THE STORY

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes… though they’re not usually escaped convicts like seventeen-year-old Violet Seymour, who has a criminal record so thick you could use it as a doorstop.

Since Violet is the only person to ever escape the highest maximum security prison in the steam-and-clockwork powered nation of Arcova, everyone and their mother wants Violet’s head on a plate.

But Violet isn’t the only one with problems. Mages are disappearing left and right—over a dozen in a short amount of time. There are whispers that it’s got something to do with the disappearance of the Ruby Scourge, an artifact from the ancient world. It’s time for Violet to step up and be the hero her ancient bloodline has destined her to be, but she’s more than a teensy bit skeptical about a new career as a hero!

Her primary concern is looking out for number one, and she only embraces this whole “hero” thing when she can get something out of it. But what can she possibly get out of the adventure she’s forced to go on in The Ruby Curse?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Makayla Yokley is a sophomore at Butler County Community College, studying for her Associates in Arts degree. Her hobbies include drawing, painting, baking, and on occasion, needlepoint. One of her favorite books is Bag of Bones by Stephen King, and she states, “I’ve read Memories of a Geisha more times than I can remember.”

Makayla recently finished her first steampunk novel, The Ruby Curse, and it is currently in the process of publication. Look for it in the following months on smashwords.com and amazon.com.

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MY BOYFRIEND IS WHAT?!!

March 15, 2012

B. J. Myrick reads a favorite scene from “Cry Wolf,” a short story by Hazel Hart. This story is part of a collection of short horror fiction, Edge of Nowhere, by Myrick and Hart and is available as a Kindle e-book and as a paperback at lulu.com. Download a free ebook of Edge of Nowhere at amazon during March 18th, 19th, and 20th, 2012.

Darkside of the Rainbow will also be available to download free March 20th.


 

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PATCHWORK FAMILY SEEKS HOME

March 7, 2012

B.D. Tharp reads from Patchwork Family, the sequel to her award-winning novel, Feisty Family Values. Watch the video below and learn why this intimate scene was difficult to write and  what happened to cause this novel about life, love, and family bonds to be searching for a publishing home.

ABOUT THE STORY

 PATCHWORK FAMILY  By B. D. Tharp

It’s been a year since Annabelle’s daughter died and she gained custody of her three grandchildren. The stress of the demands and changes to her life begin to affect her health. To make matters worse, Annabelle receives a call from the children’s dad, who disappeared a decade ago. As a result of the stressful conversation, Annabelle has a heart attack, which leaves her cousin Regina as areluctant caregiver to both Annabelle and the children.

The children’s father, who has been in jail, wants another chance with his children. Annabelle, Regina, and the kids struggle to let go of the past and take a chance on the future, no matter how uncertain it may be.

Regina considers the risks of a second marriage, while Annabelle, who has been dependent on her cousin for the roof over their heads, looks for a way to be financially independent at age sixty-seven.

Patchwork Family shows that the heart of a family is not always about genetics. It’s about family members and friends being there for each other, appreciating what you have, charting your own course and believing you are worthy of love.

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Check below for Bonnie’s secret about Patchwork Family.

Bonnie Tharp was without an agent when she sold Feisty Family Values to Five Star, a Division of Gale/Cengage. The novel was published as a part of Five Star’s Expressions line. Five Star has since discontinued the Expressions line and no longer published women’s fiction, so Patchwork Family, the sequel to award-winning Feisty Family Values, is now looking for both an agent and a new publisher.

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JUST SAY “BLEEP”!

February 24, 2012

B. J. Myrick, author of Out of Control, reads a passage from her favorite scene. She had this to say, “Doyle Riley is a brooding, dangerous man. Although his language is appropriate to his character, it isn’t to mine, so I’ve taken the liberty of censoring some of his words. Bleep, Bleep!

“When I dropped into my dark side,  my predator stepped from the written pages to haunt me.  And so began the power struggle between good and evil.  Once you listen to Doyle’s world view of  humanity, you might just shudder.

“A figment of my imagination? Perhaps, although I shall never forget  the day he escaped to stalk two sisters on vacation, and I began to wonder, who would survive?. . . oh well, just watch the video and listen to Doyle rant. You’ll see what I mean!”

Shhhh…..

 Lean close. Bonnie will whisper her secret to you.

“One night I left my college class with a friend. We walked out together as a safety measure because several women had been attacked by a predator lying in wait. I was glad my friend was with me that night; none of the car doors would open, not even the trunk. My friend and I called the police, and they found toothpicks broken off in all of the  locks. A scary experience. Someone was looking over me that night . . . the Big Guy upstairs!”

Bonnie tells me she now lives with an attack cat. Cats, she says,  can be more vicious than a dog. She brags that her cat can hear someone walking a block away. The cat’s eyes grow round,  and with his ears laid back,  he drops into a crouch and stares out the window. Everyone should have a cat!

BOOTSIE, THE ATTACK CAT, AND HIS FRIEND, SPUGG.

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FEISTY WOMAN RESCUES CAT

February 22, 2012

In this Keyhole Conversations video, Bonnie Tharp reads a favorite scene from her novel, “Feisty Family Values” that centers around a three-legged cat. Her book, available as a hardback or e-book, can be found at amazon.com.   View the video below to listen.

Read below for Bonnie’s research secrets on “Feisty Family Values” and some facts that may surprise you.

Fun Facts relating to Feisty Women & Families:

  • Coffee is a great communication stimulator (not to mention a physical one.)
  • There are 38 million women Baby Boomers in the US (count me in!)
  • Seventy-five percent of US families are categorized as Non-Traditional (the key word here is “families”, regardless of the form they take, they are a unit of people loving and supporting one another, and that is GOOD.)
  • Food & talk unites and strengthens families at meal time (Yes!).
  • 2.4 Million Grandparents have responsibility for grandchildren (G-parents ROCK!)
  • Pets improve family health. More than half the US households have a pet in the family. (Let’s hear a YAY for our critters!)
  • Reading is a great stress reliever (Oh, yes.)
  • More than 80% of women in the US experience a 5year+ survival rate from breast cancer. (Awesome News)
  • There are 6 million cases of elder abuse each year. (This has to stop!)
  • Thirty percent of abused and neglected children will later continue the cycle. (Break the cycle, NOW!)

If you’re wondering what all this has to do with FEISTY FAMILY VALUES then pick up a copy and enjoy the ride.

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