BLOG TOUR: Nora’s Wish by John Mc Caffrey

Today The Flipside is featuring an interview with author John Mc Caffrey, who’s recently seen the release of his debut novella Nora’s Wish.

Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions John. Tell me, what does your significant other and family think of your writing career?

My wife Karen, has been supportive from the beginning. She takes a very active role in my writing, proofreading, and offering editing advice when I’ve completed a manuscript. If not for her, Nora’s Wish may never have been published. After completing it, I felt it was a bit too far outside my usual genre, but she encouraged (okay, encouraged is a bit too soft, she demanded) that I submit it.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

I’m fortunate to have a wonderful proof reader in my wife Karen. I’ve never really needed more than her attention to detail.

What one word best describes you?

Non-conformist. I’ve always followed my own path, whatever that may be. I’m not easily swayed by the traditional values of society. I hate television, find sports boring, have tattoos covering both arms, and ride my Harley to the Opera. I pretty much do what I like, regardless of what other people might think.

Is there a writer you idolize? If so who?

If I had to choose only one (and there are many) I would have to say Tolkien. The immense imagination required to create Middle Earth and all its lore still amazes me. I’m also a fan of King, Koontz, Matheson and Herbert.

Entice us, what future projects are you considering?

I have taken a break from writing short stories and am concentrating on larger manuscripts. I am currently working on a supernatural horror thriller that I hope to complete by spring, and have a fantasy partially outlined to begin once the current manuscript is finished. I was asked to collaborate on an anthology of horror stories next year which I’m still considering due to time constraints. It would be fun, but I’m uncertain if I can commit to it as of yet.

What are you passionate about these days?

Passion is the province of the young. I’ll settle for moderate dedication these days. However, on the days I can find enough energy and time, I’m passionate about my writing. I’m always looking for ways to improve it, and I find ways in the most unlikely of places: from observing people, to watching a movie or even quiet meditation. Writing is like playing a musical instrument, it requires years of practice.

Who is your favourite character in Nora’s Wish?

Ben, without question; his bitterness and cynicism barely hides the warmth that still exists in his heart. In the face of the tragedies of his life, he still holds on to his sarcastic humor. Nora sees through his façade, and not so much enables him to be the man he used to be, but to become the man he was always meant to be.

What was the hardest part of writing Nora’s Wish?

Besides finishing it? I would have to say exploring the loneliness that exists within older people. Not all, granted, but with many, far more than I realized before I began writing it. I dropped by a few retirement facilities while I was writing Nora’s Wish to get a feel for where Ben and Nora lived, and the sadness was obvious in the many faces I saw there. I didn’t know any of those people, but I hoped they weren’t forgotten the way Ben and Nora were in Nora’s Wish.

If you could tell readers one thing about Nora’s Wish that you think would interest them in reading it, what would it be?

That love can be found even when you’re certain it no longer exists, and that the greater part of magic is nothing more than the human spirit.

Using 10 words or less, tell me about Nora’s Wish.

Nora’s Wish is the story of two wasted lives saved.

Thank you John. Here’s some information about Nora’s Wish

 

NorasWish_JohnMcCaffrey_FrontCover_Promotional.pngBen Jameson is a bitter retiree residing at Willow Manor, a home for the aged or those in need of care, and has nothing more to do than await the inevitable conclusion of a life wasted. Forgotten by his family, his days are marked by the solitary existence of books, loneliness, and regret.

A chance meeting with a terminally ill resident named Nora, and her unshakeable optimism in the face of her eventual demise, rekindles emotions he was certain were gone forever. Nora reawakens his ability to love, and with her compassion and her companionship, he comes to realize that even a life as wasted as his own can be salvaged and, given the right incentive, is still worth living.

As Nora’s health declines, they both dare to hope that the magic of a strange pendant Ben purchased from an antique shop as a gift for Nora will overcome the odds, offering them more time with one another.

Nora’s Wish is available on:

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AuthorPhoto_JohnMcCaffrey.pngABOUT THE AUTHOR — John Mc Caffrey writes tales of horror, the supernatural, science fiction, and fantasy. He was born in Illinois and grew up on the south side of Chicago. While still in grade school, he developed a passion for reading through the works of Tolkien, Poe, and Lovecraft as well as being addicted to watching Hammer Film’s at the local Saturday matinee. Today he lives in Northern Indiana with his wife where he writes in his spare time.

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BOOK BLAST: Ground Rules by Renee Swann

Ground Rules

The Lovers Trilogy, Book 1

Renée Swann

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As best friends, Bec and Rob support each other through choppy times; are each other’s confidants and allies. As lovers, they have maintained a steady friends-with-benefits relationship for eleven months, without a hitch. But then Bec’s psycho BDSM-wannabe ex returns, and he will stop at nothing to destroy her perfect little world.

After several failed attempts of trying to win back her heart, Martin’s true colors bleed through. But who is he really after?

Bec and Rob’s friendship is changing—can they keep their benefited friendship from morphing into something else, something they both desire?

Life is never easy for Bec, but it’s about to become considerably worse. And only one person can stop it all. Read on to find out who.

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ReneeSwann.jpgABOUT TE AUTHOR – Renée is a full-time writer who lives in Sydney, Australia, with a crazy pooch named Abbey and a boisterous, somersaulting rescue budgie named Kaleb. Her days are spent living in her fictional worlds and consuming way too much caffeine. She has an (unhealthy?) obsession with all things cupcake- and coffee-related plus Kerouac and YA dystopia/fantasy books. Renée can often be found surrounded by books, marathoning crime shows and munching on vegan goodies, on Twitter, Pinterest, or dancing in a rainstorm.

Renée hopes to one day visit Rio and is currently learning Brazilian Portuguese.

Renée Swann is a pen name for Renée Shearer, who also writes young adult fiction as C.J. Hart.

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4 ebook copies of Ground Rules

 1 Ground Rules ebook + swag pack

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BLOG TOUR: Dragon Born by @ElaLourenco | #YA #Fantasy

Thank you for stopping by The FlipSide today. I have a special treat for you in the form of an interview with Ela Lourenco, author of the YA Fantasy book Dragon Born. If you’re not yet acquainted with Ela, let’s take a few moments to get to know her…

BioPictureElaLourencoEla Lourenco lives in Scotland with her two daughters and husband. She has been an avid reader since childhood and has long enjoyed mysteries, mythology and anything related to the paranormal/supernatural/mystical/science fiction. She loves nothing more than making up stories about faraway people and places (helped somewhat by a mind that just won’t grow up!). When she isn’t nose deep in a book or writing herself she can be found dancing around the kitchen whilst baking. Her biggest wish in life is to infect others with a passion for reading.

Welcome Ela! Tell me, what does your significant other and family think of your writing career?

They are very supportive. In fact, Dragon Born was inspired by my daughters!

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

Yes, the most demanding… my two daughters! Also a few close friends who don’t mince their words!

What one word best describes you?

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Anything is possible!

Is there a writer you idolize? If so who?

There are too many to count!! I am thankful to each writer whose books I have read for giving me moments of true unadulterated pleasure! (To name but a few; Richelle Mead, Kim Harrison, Jennifer Estep, Nalini Singh…)

Entice us, what future projects are you considering?

Well, the next four books of the Dragon Born series have already been written. And I am currently working on another YA series (I am on book three!).

What are you passionate about these days?

My family, my kitten, reading, writing and the creative writing workshops for children that I run… everything in my life actually. Happiness is the little things.

Who is your favourite character in Dragon Born?

Aside from the four protagonists who are based on and named after my daughters and nieces, it would have to be Deedee, the wonderful, weird and eccentric shop owner… but is that all she is? (I know, that’s just mean of me!!)

What was the hardest part of writing Dragon Born?

Not having enough hours in the day, or days in the week!!

If you could tell readers one thing about Dragon Born that you think would interest them in reading it, what would it be?

Well, Dragon Born is a fantasy adventure and it is filled with magic and rituals, prophecies and legends. But what really makes it interesting are the many twists and turns the story takes, the ‘whodunit’ factor and mystery.

Using 10 words or less, tell me about Dragon Born.

Fantasy, adventure, magical, mystery, surprise, friendship, past becomes present.

Thank you Ela! Now for a little information about Dragon Born…

ElaLourenco_DragonBorn_FrontCover_For_PROMO.pngFar in the distant reaches of the universe is a world called Azmantium. A planet with lilac skies, jade green seas and fiery red suns. A planet where everything, from the tides of the sea to life itself, is rooted in magic. Children are assessed at an early age and trained according to their unique magical talents.

Lara, an orphan who has no memory of her true origins, is unaware that she has a vital role to play in the ancient prophesies that are about to begin coming true. Older than most who are just beginning their magical training, Lara will soon find out that destiny waits for no one, especially when the fate of the world rests on their shoulders.

With the help of her new friends, Lara will learn that in order to save the future, she must journey into the past – to a time when Dragons ruled the world!

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Dragon Born is available on:

Amazon: US | UK | Canada | Australia | Germany | France | Spain | Italy | Japan | Mexico | Brazil | India | The Netherlands

Amazon Print: US | UK | Canada | Germany | France | Spain | Italy | Japan | Mexico | Brazil | India

Barnes & Noble (Print & eBook)

Kobo

iTunes

Smashwords

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