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THE INVISIBLE AUTHOR

Many independent authors feel invisible. They write, publish and promote their books as well as they can, but they still can’t get sales, can’t find readers and can’t get reviews. In this episode of Behind The Pen, I chat with Mark Anthony Tierno. This is an author that has been writing and publishing for years. With over 30 books to his name and the size of these novels are enormous. We’re talking close to War and Peace size. But don’t let the size of his books put you off. The magic, the characters and the world building in his series Maldene, could rival the epic fantasy adventure, Lord Of The Rings.

Let me introduce you to Mark Anthony Tierno

Please help Mark become a visible author, by sharing and even reading his work.

-Website: www.maldene.com
-Amazon: author’s page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007PTKI74
-Amazon- Maldene order: https://www.amazon.com/Maldene-One-Mark-Anthony-Tierno-ebook/dp/B07KWRXZZN
Maldene II: https://www.amazon.com/Maldene-Mysteries-Mark-Anthony-Tierno-ebook/dp/B07B3S5B11
-Amazon- Cyberdawn: https://www.amazon.com/Cyberdawn-Beginnings-Mark-Anthony-Tierno-ebook/dp/B08LHLLQF4

Time For A Musical Break

I had the opportunity to chat with young and upcoming rap and hip hop artist 7o BENZO (pronounced seven o benzo)

His latest album Hood Quote which was released in February this year has a mixture of styles from freestyling to collaborations with other rappers. However, what makes 7oBenzo and this album more amazing is that he produced, mixed and made this album by himself whilst in lockdown. Using his small make shift studio in his living room and beat pad for his instrumental sounds, this whole album was created in lockdown and produced by just one person.



You can listen to the tracks on the album here.
Some of the songs are raw with emotion and energy, others are a little bit more laid back, however, all the tracks use explicit language and many of the lyrics refer to violence. So that’s the only warning I’m going to give.
I found 7oBenzo to be polite, and just talking to him displayed how much passion he has for rap and making music and being able to pull off making an album in his living room, just goes to show how talented he is.
Please watch this interview and get to know the man Behind The Pen.

Who is Jackie Bertolette?

I will tell who is is NOT. She not an editor of a magazine that talks about dieting and how to lose weight, advertising stick thin models and promoting how we all should dress and ignoring the real women and men out there. Ignoring diversity.

Jackie Bertolette is a women on a ‘Mission’. She has opened up a platform that allows a never before seen, designer a place to showcase their work, a makeup artist that has never had the opportunity to work with catwalk models. For models of all shapes, sizes, race and sexual orientation . Everyone is included. Diversity is a must for Jackie and her volunteer staff of Haute Ohio Magazine.


This magazine may centre around Ohio and the Mid-West. but it’s download and shipped world-wide. Sadly it hasn’t reached the shelves where the top editorial magazines sit.

But it really should.

Jackie is such an awesome person for what she doing, that other magazine editors and creative directors should sit up and take notice. Things have changed and Jackie is embracing this change with open arms.

I get the opportunity to chat to Jackie about Haute Ohio Magazines and all the small business she owns and is involved in.
This is a must watch interview.

Enjoy.

http://www.hauteohio.com
http://www.discoveredmodel.com
http://www.lunadreamwear.com
http://www.jacquelinejphotographicarts.com

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Fantasy vs Sci-fi – friends chat


Wesley Britton is an author of the Beta Earth Chronicles and short story collection in sub-genres. He’s also been my client for many years now. As Wesley is blind he relies on me to handle most of his business to do with his books. I take care of his monthly newsletter, I’m his PA, VA, graphic designer, social media manager. I handle the marketing and promotion, I narrate, I’ve done book trailers and the list goes, on.
Wesley emails me at least 3 times or more every day, (even on my weekends off) and we talk on the phone 1/2 times a month, more if needed. So we know each other and the books we both write, very well.

This chat was hosted by Jasveena, from International Book Promotions. It was fun and many will find it informative.
The best thing about the video is that she has split it up into small parts so you can watch and listen to which part interests you, or you can watch the full video.
Enjoy.



Coronavirus Expose 2020 – UK

 

Today we go to the UK today to find out what is happening over there and the measures the government is talking to tackle the virus and stop it from spreading.

#coronavirus #staysafe #UK #Spydahweb #AuthorAssist #KarinaKantas #Quarantinechill #stayhome #Covid19 #stayhomestaysafe #lockdownnow

Coronavirus Expose 2020

I have been having chats to natives of the countries that are unfortunately being plagued by the Coronavirus. These are accounts from the people who live in these countries.

WE GO TO GREECE

We go to Greece today to find out what is happening over there and the measures the government is talking to tackle the virus and stop it from spreading. #co…

Join me on today’s show. I’ll be chatting to NYT Bestselling author, K.J.Howe

My first guest on today’s show is the wonderfully talented KJHowe author of the NYT bestseller, The Freedom Broker. We will be chatting about her latest novel Skyjack and June’s Thriller Fest.

Praise for The Freedom Broker.

“Unparalleled storytelling by K.J.Howe. Filled with excitement that never stops. I wish I could write as well.”

~ Clive Cussler #1 NYT Bestseller.

“The Freedom Broker combines terrific thriller writing and fascinating re=search about hostage rescues. This is fact and fiction at its best!”

~ James Patterson

Boradcasting live, worldwide. Today Fri 11/05 1pm EST.
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ARE YOU GOING TO TUNE IN?

Are you ready for July’s show? It’s gonna be a big one. I’ll be focussing on Going Indie. What that means to authors and how do readers feel about an indie author.

I have Sheri-Lynn Marean, author of fabulous dark fantasy, Dracones. And the first book is FREE. so go download it now. *warning* Ths book is graphic and explicit. (Just so you know)

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https://www.amazon.com/Dracones-Awakening-Book…/…/B01B5BJLZC.

After, we have Mr GoIndieNow. The man himself, Joe Compton will be here to talk about his own amazing thriller Amongst The Killing and about his website and youtube channel Go Indie Now.

Joe Compton

http://goindienow.com

So if you have any questions for my two guests, send them in now and as always send me your questions and problems you’re having with marketing and promotion.

Anyone can tune-in on their smart phone, wi-fi radio, tablet, laptop, or any internet device anywhere in the world by clicking: http://lin1.ash.fast-serv.com:7988/stream.mp3.m3u or logging on to http://www.artistfirst.com/kantas.htmand clicking on the “On Air” button.
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Stone Cold feature

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STONE COLD YA supernatural thriller

 

Reviews:

Interesting storyline, well crafted. The author has the ability of gaining the readers attention and never letting go. Not my usual reading genre but was recommended by a very good friend – I’m glad she did!!

An intriguing YA thriller, “Stone Cold” presents the truly ugly side of bullying, whether it is as simple as older children demanding a younger child’s lunch money, or more complex such as backbiting and hurtful gossip, or even more maximal, such as crimes against persons and against property–all in the name of “looking out for number one,” and let the rest of the world-all the victims and potential victims-suffer. In this story, the tables are turned, and for once a lifelong victim of bullying finds she-or someone like her-has the upper hand and the power to influence change.
“Stone Cold” is also a story of moral values, and of justice vs. retribution, mercy vs. vengeance, and friendship vs. the need to be part of a clique. I think it will find a wide audience, because there are very few who haven’t been the victim of at least some form of bullying, gossip, betrayal, at some point in our lives. Yet not many of us would go to the extent Billy does to solve her problems, and to prove herself superior to her detractors.

 

 

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One moment, Billy was on her way to the bathroom, the next she was standing outside the hostel covered in mud. She couldn’t remember having a shower, let alone going outside.

Why on earth would I go outside in my pajamas, barefooted? Billy wondered bewilderedly.

The iced chill of the air stabbed through her clothes like daggers. She’d never felt so cold before. She was about to make her way back, only after taking one step, she stopped. A sharp pain pierced the bottom of her left foot. When she lifted it up to have a look, she was surprised to see the sole bleeding.

“How on earth did that happen?” She said aloud.

Billy limped her way back to the hostel, but stopped when she reached the front door.

If I walk through the main entrance I’ll have the supervisors and Professor Brian on my case, and I don’t particularly want to answer their questions.

The last thing Billy wanted was for everyone to know about her sleepwalking escapades, if that was what it was. So she decided to enter from the back. Luckily, her dorm was not far from the backdoor.

It appeared that everyone was asleep, and she managed to creep past without waking anyone. Carefully sitting on the edge of her bed, she lifted her foot up to have a closer look.

“Where have you been?” Susan whispered loudly, making Billy jump. “Jesus what happened to you?”

“Ssh, I don’t want to wake the others,” Billy answered. “Listen can you swipe some dressings and antiseptic and meet me in the bathroom in five minutes? Don’t tell anyone, okay?”

“Sure,” Susan agreed and climbed out of bed.

Billy grabbed clean nightwear and then limped to the bathroom. She noticed her toiletries lying on the floor under the bathroom mirror. As she bent down to retrieve them, she caught a glimpse of her reflection and couldn’t understand how she’d gotten into such a state. Dried mud covered her pajamas and most of her hair. Maybe I decided to have a mud bath instead, she laughed at her joke.

Billy took a quick shower and reflected on her dilemma.

So far, only Susan knows about the incident. I hope it stays that way. I can’t get it straight in my own head, let alone having to explain it to anyone else. How am I supposed to explain why I was outside in the first place without sounding nuts? I’m glad Susan knows, though, as I really need her help.

Dressed in clean nightwear, Billy waited patiently for Susan, and giggled when she turned up minutes later with her hands full of first aid products.

“What did you do, raid the box?” Billy laughed.

“Well, I didn’t know what you’d need,” Susan replied uncomfortably. Dying to know what had happened, she held her tongue until Billy finished cleaning and dressing the foot.

“So, where have you been?” Susan asked impatiently.

“Don’t laugh, but I was sleepwalking,” Billy said.

“You couldn’t have been sleepwalking; you haven’t been to bed yet.”

“I know. I fell asleep in the bathroom.” Billy smiled falsely

“No!” Susan laughed.

“I guess all the hard work and fresh air has finally caught up with me. I’m totally shattered.”

Billy was relieved that her explanation had worked. Actually, Susan had quite a giggle at her expense. Luckily, she didn’t question her any further.

Billy got through a restful night without anyone else finding out about her little escapade, and in a couple of days, she totally forgot about the incident. That was, until it happened again. In fact, it happened twice.

 

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