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Monday, July 21, 2014

Authors' Cave Grand Launch Festival's Newest Passenger!

Authors’ Cave Grand Launch Festival Blog Train - We have a new passenger! Charles Carfagno, Jr.!

Welcome to the Authors' Cave Blog Train!

You are cordially invited to attend the Grand Launch Festival Day!Join us for what is sure to be a blast with the Most Enticing Book Trailer Contest winner announcement, scavenger hunts, giveaways, Google social hangouts, and our kick off for the 1st Annual Authors' Cave Book Awards where you can win $500 cash, a Kindle Fire or Nook, and free promotion of your book for a year at Authors' Cave!

July 22, 2014
(8am to 11pm EST)

Back to the train...Get to know one of the passengers - Charles Carfagno, Jr.!

3 sentences Charles says best describes him -He's a native of Pennsylvania. He's been writing since 2003 and currently writes on nights and weekends. A Demon's Quest is his first book, and he is really excited to share his writing with the world.

   Elevator Speech: Provide 2 sentences to "Sell" your book: A Demon's Quest: The Beginning of the End, is a fantasy novel that weaves together an intricate story line filled with danger at every turn. There are many characters to explore with each playing out their part in this action packed story. 

The first three words Charles would use to describe himself are: Friendly, witty, loyal
I am currently working on this project: Book two of A Demon's Quest.

My favorite thing about Book Review Depot / Authors' Cave...Getting to know other authors and how helpful everyone is.

Thanks, Charles! Here are 3 more books from Authors' Cave my readers might enjoy!

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Answer to Grand Launch Festival Day Scavenger Hunt Question #3: Train

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Author Showcase: Tracie Jules

Tracie, thank you for taking the time to join me!

Q. You are definitely a woman of great talents, how do you possibly find time for it all with five children, three grandchildren, a husband, and a household to run? Just being an author would be challenging enough, but screenwriter, actress, and director, as well? That's amazing!

A. I will admit that my family refers to my housekeeping as OCD. So with that said, yes, I am very busy and I burn the candle at both ends constantly but I wouldn't have it any other way. I love working hard, taking care of my family (cooking is a passion) and cleaning house. Although when I'm editing either my books or my film work I will admit that my house suffers a bit. I had my first child when I was 20, so all of my children are basically adults now. Their ages are 32, 30, 25, 22, and 14.

Ahhh, ok, that does free up a little time, then.

Q. I've read both episodes of LeveL5Cheer, and I have to admit that, although I know nothing about cheerleading, I was hooked! What prompted you to write about this fascinating sport?

A. My daughter has been an All Star cheerleader since she was 11 years old. She made an L5 team when she was only 13 and still cheers to this day at the age of 22. I had been in the industry (film/TV) for some time and when the gymnastics show “Make it or Break it” came out, I realized that there were a lot of the cheerleaders watching this show because there wasn't a “cheer” show on TV. Most the cheer movies didn't represent what actually took place behind the scenes of an All Star team or what it takes to actually make a L5 team and compete in that division. It was based on this idea that I decided to create a web series about real cheerleading and with the encouragement of Tom Townsend I also created the book. I am so glad that I did.

Q. I was a little shocked at how fierce these athletes actually are. When we see them cheer at sporting events, honestly, it looks like a lot of fun, but you show us a behind the scenes look that isn't always so fun. Is it really a lot of blood, sweat, and tears?

A. It truly is and that was what I found was missing from all of the shows that depict cheerleading or the movies that have surfaced. These kids are athletes and they do incur injuries along the way. I have witnessed girls in competition losing teeth to a flyer that came down out of position, then the cheerleader starts looking for her tooth on the mat after the competition. I have also witnessed girls blowing out their knee, breaking ankles or tearing their ACL (most common cheer injury) and continuing in the competition to try and finish their dance. I am not kidding!

At the end of their cheer career is college. Many of these girls and boys will go on to cheer for college but only a few will actually get scholarships. It is a very tough, demanding sport that challenges the athlete to always strive for a new skill either in tumbling, flying or stunting if you're a base. The more gifted the cheerleader, the more opportunities that are waiting around the corner at a D1 school.

Q. From the reactions of some of the parents, it's clear that it's almost as tense and stressful for them at times as it is for their children, maybe even more so.

A. Unfortunately there is the saying in cheer about the “cheer mom” trying to live through her daughter or son. That certainly isn't the case with every child but there are some notorious moms or dads out there. And I believe you have that in every sport, not just cheer. They want their child to succeed, to be the best and some of them will stop at nothing to get there. It's funny but when some of the parents read the book they quickly said they knew a few “cheer moms” like that! I didn't base Patrice on anyone, I just had fun creating her.

Q. Your character building was fantastic, you really eased me right into a connection with them. Are any based on people you actually know?

A. Yes and No. The character Alexa was based on my daughter as she is a tough, fearless competitor but she isn't nasty like that to other cheerleaders, straight forward maybe, but not mean. The inspiration behind Valerie is a beautiful cheer coach that coached my daughter early on in her career and she is sweet like Valerie. For the most part I am a very creative individual that loves to create character's that we somehow see someone we know in them. To me that helps the audience connect.

Q. How many episodes do you have plans for before the electrifying showdown at Cheer World?

A. Honestly to get to Cheerleading Worlds it takes an entire year of conditioning, practice and many local and national competitions to even be considered for a bid. We will follow the cheerleaders to their first national and touch on other local or bid comps as well as get a real, gritty look at what it takes to get that bid. I will keep it as real as possible even though we have made up character's, gyms and competitions.

Q. Something tells me we can look forward to more than one huge upset on that day. Is that right?

A. Just as in life...anything can happen at Cheer Worlds and has happened!

Q. Do you have a release date for LeveL5Cheer, Episode 3, yet?

A. It is ¾ of the way written and I have already outlined Episode 4.

Great! I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what the girls and boys of LeveL5Cheer are up to next!

Q. Aside from the next Episodes for LeveL5Cheer, are you working on any other projects we can look forward to in the near future?

A. I directed a web series that I wrote called Spirit Hunters-The Series. Our series aired on local television, ran for two season, and had a following on YouTube. I have already started penning that series as it follows Hunter, a boy who can see and talk to ghosts, and what his life is like when he becomes the new kid in town.

I can see all kinds of scary plot twists coming from a plot like that! Thanks again for joining me Tracie! You can find Tracie's books here:

       Level5Cheer – Episode 1 FREE                       LeveL5Cheer – Episode 2   $0.99

Authors’ Cave Festival Blog Train

Authors’ Cave Grand Launch Festival Blog Train

Welcome to the Authors' Cave Blog Train!

You are cordially invited to attend the Grand Launch Festival Day!Join us for what is sure to be a blast with the Most Enticing Book Trailer Contest winner announcement, scavenger hunts, giveaways, Google social hangouts, and our kick off for the 1st Annual Authors' Cave Book Awards where you can win $500 cash, a Kindle Fire or Nook, and free promotion of your book for a year at Authors' Cave!

July 22, 2014
(8am to 11pm EST)

Back to the train...Get to know the blogger - that's me!

3 sentences about myself: I'm best known as Chameleon- even in "real life". As should be evident by my many posts here, I like to write, but more importantly, I like to help others write even better. I'm no expert by any means, but I do believe that I can help others not make the same mistakes by giving them any advice I can.

Elevator Speech: Provide 2 sentences to "Sell" your book: This is not your typical romance, so if you're looking for a mushy romance, or a mindless screw-fest, this is not the book for you. Though this book starts out innocently enough, it isn't long before bullets start flying, and people start dying. This book is riddled with action, adventure, drama, humor, secrets, and... oh, yes... desire. ~ ooops, that was 3 sentences, sorry!

The first three words I would use to describe myself are: helpful, curious, highly imaginative
I am currently working on this project: I'm working on two at the moment: Masters of the Game, and Reject Ed Childe
My favorite thing about Book Review Depot / Authors' Cave... Like so many before me, I joined Book Review Depot because I needed book reviews, but what I got turned out to be so much more. I gained friends, a vast amount of knowledge and insight, and 2 special friends that turned into business partners in forming Authors' Cave. With Authors' Cave we will be striving everyday to provide authors with everything they need in one place that will help them make their novels the best they can be. For Readers, it will be a great place to easily find books from Exceptional talent. 

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Enough about are 3 more books from Authors' Cave you might enjoy!

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Answer to Grand Launch Festival Day Scavenger Hunt Question #3: Train


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Author Showcase: Scott L. Collins

Scott, thanks for joining me!
Q. Like so many authors, you have a “day job”, and 2 young boys. I'm sure your wife is a huge help there, but how do you balance writing time with family time?
A. This has to be one of the top two hardest things for me to do as an author. Being pulled in so many directions, I’m not able to write as often as I would like, but maybe that’s what keeps it fresh for me. I write when I can. Sometimes that’s an hour a day, sometimes nothing, but I just keep chipping away.
Q. When you do find yourself with quiet time, how do you get yourself in “the zone” mentally for writing?
A. I grew up reading everything I could get my hands on, so I feel I’ve built up a pretty solid imagination. When I sit down to write, my characters are usually sitting around waiting for me to get to work.
Q. All authors seem to have a hang-up, some little something that can throw them completely off their game. What's yours, and how do you get past it?

A. Anyone talking to me is a huge distraction, so I wait until after the kids go to bed, or are off somewhere with my wife, and then I write.

Q. The one writing flaw that gets me every time is the overuse of commas. What writing error do you find yourself doing even though you know good and well it's not right?

A. Commas are difficult for me as well. I think I’m improving, but every time I get a manuscript back from my editor for the first time, I realize I still have a long way to go. I think that’s important though. Not everyone is perfect, and if you can identify your flaw/s, you can improve. I’m sure by the time I’m done with the series, my comma misuse will be substantially more infrequent (at least I hope).

Q. In hindsight, if you could go back and change anything you've done since writing your first book, what would it be?

A. Being more patient. I tend to rush into things. I would love to jump straight into clicking publish as soon as I finish writing draft one. Luckily, I have some important people around me who help slow me down. Critiques, beta-readers, and editors are all very critical to putting out a good product. You’ve created a diamond, why not give others a chance to shine it up for you?

Q. I recently read Scepter, the first book in the Scepter Series, and found it- dare I say, adorable. I really admired the 4 main characters, and even the ones they came across. Who inspired these characters?

A. Well, Daniel and Aidan are loosely based on my own two boys. Some of their antics and personality quirks are straight out of the lives of my boys. Olivia and Lilly? Good question. I guess they’re blends of some of the friends of my boys. It’s cute though, to watch my older boy get all flustered when talking about a girl. I try to bring that same type of awkwardness to some of the scenes between Daniel and Olivia.

Q. I loved the premise of this book, and I was impressed at how natural everything flowed. You could tell that they really did belong in the world you put them in. Mixing mythological creatures and humans in the same world isn't as easy as it may seem, but you did it flawlessly. Was it difficult for you, or did it really come as easy as it reads?

A. I’m very thankful that, thus far, the writing has come fairly easy. I think it’s helpful that I grew up reading everything I could get my hands on, so I have a rather large universe of creatures and monsters to choose from. World building is difficult, but when you’re shown how it should be done by J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling, among others, it makes it much easier to do yourself. I think the hardest part has just been developing the actual characters, giving them their own unique voice. Sometimes I’m more successful than others, to again, good to have beta-readers and editors let you know when your 9 year old girl is speaking/acting/thinking like a 38 year old man. :)

Q. I haven't read The Emerald of Phaunos, Book 2, yet, but my friend, Lex Allen, has graciously allowed me to use part of his Reader's Favorite review to let readers know what he thought. It's a glowing one, and I can tell you from experience it's no easy task getting 5 Stars from Mr. Allen (laugh). From his review, though, it would appear you were able to carry the magic of the first book through to the second. Was the second book easier to write than the first?

A. I think so. My characters have now started to flesh out in my imagination. It’s now just a matter of keeping up with their adventures as oppose to trying to nudge them along.

Q. There are going to be 5 books in this series? What is the next one coming up, and when will that be available?
A. Book three is written. I’m going through my first round of revisions now. I expect to have everything wrapped up late this year or early next year.

Q. Thanks again for talking with me, Scott, is there anything you'd like to leave the readers with?

A. Just to keep on reading!
Great Advice!
You can get Scott's books here:              Scepter                       The Emerald of Phaunos