Monday, June 26, 2017

Andrea Kaczmarek ~ an interview and her novel ~ There's a Stinky Goblin in the Shed

Andrea Kaczmarek

TITLE: There’s a Stinky Goblin in the Shed
RELEASE DATE: March 10, 2017
AUTHOR: Andrea Kaczmarek
CATEGORIES: Early Middle Grade/Fantasy
ISBN: 978-1542805629
IMPRINT: Sunquills

Born in Wales. Teacher training in Weymouth - married with two grown up children - and now grandmother to three amazing and clever kids.

I was a Town Councillor for many years in Hamm with a great interest in integration and education. Today I still work on the Committee for Special Needs and I am Chair of the World of Reading - Lese Welt Hamm - bringing books and stories to children!

I still organise art and English projects at my old school  - great fun working with children from many different backgrounds.

Children who enjoy stories and reading have a good start in life! 



Q: How would you describe yourself as a color? Think personality here. Are you a light and airy pastel person, or more of a deep, dark, sultry and mysterious color?
A: I’m green with a touch of yellow. Those are the colors that I like to have around me or wear. A green person is optimistic too – so, I’m green.

Q: Tell me one thing about each of the four seasons you like. It can be anything.
A:        Winter = Christmas time, candles and comfort, I’m a bit of a romantic.
            Spring            = Blossom and the smell that is in the air as nature gets started up.
            Summer = Blue skies and the feel of the sun on my skin, at long last.
            Fall = The color of the trees turning and the peace and tranquility.

Q: Bedtime, relaxing so you can sleep sounds. Is your preference, white noise, TV, soft music, ocean waves, forest or meadow sounds, babbling brook, or something else?
A: Soft music and a good book, is there any other bedtime ritual? Don’t answer that!

Q: Did you like school when you were a child?
A: I loved school. Not everything of course, certainly not math. But my school was full of books, reading, writing and painting. I became a teacher and am very saddened when kids hate school, they shouldn’t. School is your start in life, and mine was happy – apart from math – so, I look back fondly. My husband hated school because of awful teachers – that shouldn’t happen, but it did. Maybe the type of village school I went to is a thing of the past, pity.


Q: When did you start writing and why?
A: At school, creating little stories, we were encouraged. But I have always ‘scribbled’, as my husband calls it. But I have only had time to really work on my writing in the last 10 years. Before that, family, teaching and local politics too up so much time. But I always wrote in the summer holdays.

Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: They usually pop into my head in the early early morning. And then the work starts with jotting down the ideas, walking to figure things out, and bouncing my almost finished stories onto my grandchildren- very critical.

Q: How did you come to write your genre of choice?
A: I have no idea why middle grade took over, it just did. I am trying to write stories for younger children at the moment, but find that very hard. I really admire writers who can tell a brilliant story under 1,000 words, and if they can do it in rhyme, I’m really impressed.  Middle grade is easier because you can go more into detail. But still you have to cut things out, and I find that hard, too.

Q: Which element of book writing is the  most difficult for you?
A: The correction phase. I usually do this after a month or two, because I have fresher ideas after putting the story away ‘to rest’ for a while. I do that with all my stories – this is good for me AND the story.

Q: What is your favorite part of writing?
A: When the idea is newborn and fresh and the story develops itself, so to speak. With the Stinky Goblin story, the grubby goblin seemed to take over and that was fun.

Q; Now your least favorite part?
A: Correcting, editing - Cutting out what isn’t necessary to the story. Re-reading, correcting and being tough on cuts.

Q: Describe your favorite heroine? (This doesn’t have to be one of yours.)
A: Perhaps not my all-time favorite, but at the moment I am reading a Flavia de Luce ( Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mewed) , a 12 year-old detective with a love of chemistry and set in the 1950ies.  Very well written and transforming the reader to a by-gone age.
My favorite childhood book was the Secret Garden

Q: Describe your favorite hero? (This doesn’t have to be one of yours.)
A: Harry Potter, well, this is/was Middle Grade at its very best. And Harry took everything that was thrown at him. I have to admit I loved the books, but never really got into the films in the same way. Yes, they are good, but the books have a special something.

Q: Who's your favorite author?
A: After praising Harry Potter, I have to say Joanne Rowling, she did so much to get middle grade reading back on track. But, that said, I have to say Roald Dahl, I hope Joanne will forgive me – but he was the best, and his books still are.

Q: Your favorite title?
A: So many, but I’ll settle for Mathilda, one of Roald Dahl’s best, I think.

Q: Would you ever consider a joint project?
A: Yes, I’d love it. I can’t imagine with whom.

Q: Which of your own releases was your particular favorite?
A: My favorite is There’s a Stinky Goblin in the Shed, because I had fun writing it and it took on a life of its own!


Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
 A: I have just finished a story for younger children- Zola’s Spooky Specs-  here’s the blurb: How did Zola find those Spooky Specs? That’s easy, they found her. It was a party game and the girls all put on crazy hats and funny specs for mad photos. Except Zola – she ended up with big black ‘nerdy’ specs! But those specs turned out to be a bit spooky. Zola started finding lost things… Zola and her Spooky Specs always knew where to find things – and people are always losing things!
Until Zola decided to lose those Spooky Specs, why should she always help people to find things – they shouldn’t be so careless anyway. Until Zola lost something very special herself.
I am very pleased with it, but who knows?

Q: Do you have a new book coming out soon? Tell us about it.
A: Maybe Zola’s Spooky Specs will be the next project, as I said, just finished, so it is too new to plan.

Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?
A:  Yes, I do. Here are the links. ~ If you would like this line to read another way – please fill it in.   


KEYWORDS: Fantasy, Adventure, Fun, Goblins, Monsters, Middle Grade, Magical

Looking after a goblin is not easy, ask the twins Jerry and Jacob who stumble across a lost goblin, and foolishly help him out. Hiding and feeding him are bad enough – but when his sister goblin turns up – the boys are in deep trouble again!

Jerry and Jacob clean out Gran’s old garden shed to make a den, but on their first late-night walk in the woods behind it, they come across a very strange, grubby little person and their problems begin. A small pile of rags that can talk! The boys want to run away fast, but they take pity on the strange creature. They promise to try and get it back to its own world – GoblinLand.

Hiding a goblin in their den is a full time job. But in the end they find out that Hob had upset an elf, could that be the clue they need? But if the twins think that helping out their grubby goblin friend is the end of the story – they are very very wrong! Once you have let one goblin into your life…..the goblin door has opened!

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Kathleen Rowland ~ presents ~ Unholy Alliance

Out Now
Unholy Alliance 
by Kathleen Rowland 
(@rowlandkathleen) #romance #suspense #giveaway

Blurb—Unholy Alliance (2nd book in the Donahue Cousins series)

A decade ago, Tori Rourke, and her cousin, Vivienne, ran from the Irish mob after witnessing a brutal murder. Tori was framed by the mob, and while she served time in prison, she worried that the killer, Seamus McGinn, had kidnapped her missing cousin.

Attorney Grady D. Fletcher, defender of the wrongly condemned, appeals Tori’s case and wins her release. Now, going by Victoria Morningstar, she runs a food truck from a seedy waterfront neighborhood, hoping to find her cousin's kidnapper.

When Grady agrees to defend a new client, Samuel Peterson, who’s been accused of beating to death the wife of a noted professor, the evidence mounts. The professor is missing, as well as his laptop that contains data dangerous to national security.

And Seamus McGinn is back, and rumors of a massive annihilation is about to begin. As they race to assist the FBI, the bonds between Grady and Tori are about to be tested. It becomes clear Grady and Tori are falling fast for each other, but what to do about it is a different story. He’s a divorced dad who wants more time with his kid. She brings danger to his front door.

Grady has questions of his own; Is Vivienne at the center of the mob’s operation? How much will it cost Tori before she learns the truth? All Grady knows is the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.

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“Don’t let the anxiety of freedom consume you.” Attorney Grady Donahue Fletcher clenched his teeth and rehearsed what he’d say to his client, Victoria Morningstar. He’d won her appeal and drove to pick her up at Gladstone Penitentiary. “At least you won’t be placed in solitary.” That was worse.

Six months earlier Grady had phoned a reporter at the Los Angeles Globe. "Drew Barker. Grady Fletcher here.”

“Ah, the lawyer. Calling about a tip?”

“I am. Here's something you can investigate. Tori Morningstar, did she murder Irene Brennan?"

"I wrote that story many years back," the journalist had said. “I assume you have new discoveries.”

"Fraud, illegal testimony. Do you want the story first?" A second passed. "Otherwise, I'll call the Orange County Guardian."

"Okay, okay. We want it."

Three days later Grady had a hand in writing the first article in Drew Barker’s column. "The public labeled Tori Morningstar as an undesirable. Not black and poor, but disfavored, accused, incarcerated, and wrongly condemned. Her cellphone has been recovered. Her call to 911 identified her voice and substantiated screams of the victim in the background. Could she have beaten someone while speaking to dispatch at the same time?"

The reporter had written the second article. "People who get their ideas about criminal lawyers from TV probably would be disappointed in Grady Fletcher. He lacks flash but stands up straight, his posture neither ramrod nor slouched. He doesn't smoke, doesn't wear thousand dollar suits. His voice is soft and low, one of his assets. He speaks truth with a voice inviting confidences."

As nice as that was, Grady’s stomach cramped over pressure and strain from Drew Barker’s final article with the headline, Tori Morningstar, Released Today. Picked up by the online service, Newser, KTLA, and CBS Los Angeles, they planned to broadcast his arrival to escort his client from Gladstone.

Tori’s decade-long prison sentence ended today but with a sobering fear over tomorrow.

When was a July morning this hot? Grady balanced her release papers on his lap as he rolled up one sleeve then the other while gripping the damp steering wheel. Sweat blossomed on his throbbing forehead, wrapped like a python’s grip. He adjusted the dial for the AC and embraced the challenge of helping another client get back on track. Embrace and conquer. Or at least sound like it.

Author Bio:
Book Buyers Best finalist Kathleen Rowland is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high-stakes suspense with a sizzling love story sure to melt their hearts. Writing a romantic suspense Irish American series for Tirgearr Publishing, Deadly Alliance is followed by Unholy Alliance. Bittersweet Alliance is in the works. Keep an icy drink handy while reading these hot stories.

Kathleen used to write computer programs but now writes novels. She grew up in Iowa where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and raced her sailboat on Lake Okoboji. Now she wears flip-flops and sails with her husband, Gerry, on Newport Harbor but wishes there were lightning bugs in California.

Kathleen exists happily with her witty CPA husband, Gerry, in their 70’s poolside retreat in Southern California where she adores time spent with visiting grandchildren, dogs, one bunny, and noisy neighbors. While proud of their five children who’ve flown the coop, she appreciates the luxury of time to write. If you’d enjoy news, sign up for Kathleen’s newsletter at

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