Seven Questions for Author Iyana Jenna

Thank you very much, Livia, for the chance to be featured on your blog.
Hi, my name is Iyana Jenna and I’m a writer of several short stories published by Silver Publishing, Prizm Books, Evernight Publishing, Alfie Dog Fiction, and Ether Books. They are mostly M/M stories for adults and young adults. You are welcome to check out my work on my blog HERE. I’m from Jakarta, Indonesia, and in real life I teach English to kids and adults.
Now I’m going to try to answer Livia’s questions. 🙂
1. Are you a reader? What are your favorite books?
Yes, I am a reader. I don’t know what I’d do in my spare time, aside from writing, that is. My favorite books include work by Paulo Coelho, Jeffrey Archer, John Grisham, Sandra Brown, Carla Neggers, and many more, with books such as The Fifth Mountains, A Prisoner of Birth, A Matter of Honor, etc.
2. What is your path to publication?
I like writing and I’ve been writing for more than ten years. At first I never planned to go to publication even if it irked my friend who saw how I did nothing about my stories. LOL. But then an online friend started to publish her stories and I thought how cool it was if I tried doing that with mine. I sent one short story last year to a publisher. They accepted it and it was released in March this year. That was my very first published story ever. Since then my days have changed totally.
3. How much time do you spend writing each day/week?
I try to write every day even if I can only write 500 words or less. I usually write into my cell phone on my way to the office and back so it’s not too much time.
4. How do you work? Are you an island unto yourself? Or part of a larger community?
In writing, I prefer to work alone. I’m usually lost in my head and I’m afraid to let others know about what I have until I’m finished with it. But I’ve been involved in larger communities when it comes to sharing and spreading word about our work, and I enjoy it.
5. What is your favorite thing about writing? Least favorite?
Well, what is my favorite thing? I just like doing it. It helps me go away from the problems in my daily life, including my work. I like thinking about the characters and what they do and say. My least favorite is the slowness in writing. I write so slowly while my muses keep chasing after me. I wish I could just pour everything onto paper/word pages once I thought about a story.
6. Are writers born, taught, or both?
I think they are born. Someone should be interested in writing to be a writer. If you don’t have any interest in writing, you just can’t make yourself sit and write. One can’t teach you. Yes, you can learn to be better writers, but it has to come from yourself.
7. What would you tell younger and less experienced you if you could?
Just go on and never stop. Keep writing and keep sending your work out there. Experience the process of writing and promoting. Connect to other writers. Help others and they will help you back. You are not alone but it has to be a take-and-give process.

Well, I hope I made sense of myself here. ^__^ Thank you again for having me, Livia.

Welcome Joan Porte – Author of Signs of the Tines: The Ultimate Astrological Cookbook


“The perfect gift with great recipes for the holidays!” 
~BK Walker, Author of Wolves of Shadow Falls Series


The 295-page book with more than 120 recipes is written to celebrate a unique pairing of food and astrology.
Discover why:

• 
Scorpios have a craving for pasta puttanesca
• 
Librans feel grounded when they dig into a chocolate mousse parfait
• 
Cancerians stand tall with their bowl of Brunswick stew
• 
Virgoans set aside their healthy-conscious habits when faced with chocolate raspberry ramekins
• 
Aquarians respond to the sustainable fish used in Pollock with berry prosecco sauce
• 
Pisceans beat a common ailment when feasting on quinoa with roasted root veggies.

“These recipes are taken from a number of sources; some are family gems, others I’ve concocted and tweaked over the years,” says author Joan Porte.

The home cook will discover how astrology as a source for new food ideas and new ways to entertain friends. And the astrology enthusiast will discover how cooking can be a new use for astrology as a way to add more meaning to the daily ritual of eating we perform to survive and thrive.

About the Author – Joan Porte

Joan started “playing” with Astrology when she was in grammar school. She always had a fixation with the planets – Pluto being her favorite (surprise she is Scorpio Sun!) Yes, Pluto is still a planet to her! She put her astrology “toys” away when she grew up and went into the “real world,” sadly convinced that it was time to do more important things. The universe and her North Node in Sagittarius woke her up in her mid-thirties after which she began an intensive study of Western astrology.

According to Joan, “Modern Man takes for granted the Sun and how its energy propels and sustains life. Moon energy controls the tides yet we ignore the other more personal influences it has on our bodies and lives. We have lost the art of appreciating and reading the stars as messengers from the god and goddess. Humanity has disconnected from its source
and consequently suffers emotionally, spiritually and physically.”


“Each person is born with a map – a soul map – that is his or her astrological chart. It is a map through the maze of life that shows the karma we need to balance our soul’s desire for a life that leads to enhanced soul growth. I simply read the map – illustrating where you have been and where you are going to make your journey through life less bumpy.” With this cook book Joan is combining her astrological knowledge with her lifelong love of cooking in her own inimitable way.


She is the author of the blog
Karmic Astrology.

Her other book is Fortyish: Lessons For the Ages From a Baby Boomer.

Website| Signs Of The Tines FB | Karmic Astrology by Joan Facebook | Blog

Watch Media Videos with Joan

Genre: Astrological Cookbook
Publisher: Soulsign Publishing Company Ingraham Press
Release Date: April 2013
Amazon

A new breed of cookbook that combines personal astrology with a love for preparing and sharing delicious meals. Astrologer and gastronome Joan Porte brings a new, fun twist to cooking by showing anyone who loves to cook how to personalize a menu for your family and friends. Beautiful photographs complement the more than 120 featured recipes organized by zodiac sign. Choose a dish or plan a multi-course meal with selections from: Appetizers, Soups, Pasta, Veggies & Fruit, Meat & Fish, and Dessert for each of the twelve signs. SIGNS OF THE TINES is a heart-warming and mouth-watering invitation to eat in alignment with our stars!
Adam Gainsburg / Soulsign


Tomatoes Stuffed With Artichokes & Feta

Taurus is a bit confusing when it comes to color. Bulls are drawn to the color red; however, the color associated with Taurus is emerald green, symbolizing the pastures in which they love to laze comfortably. Therefore, I offer here a very red veggie dish with a dash of green.
One of the first dishes I made when I was a kid were tomatoes stuffed with chicken and tuna salads. I thought they were just the neatest things. As I grew as a person and a cook, I encountered many recipes that stuffed tomatoes with some kind of creamy spinach messes or ones that were all breadcrumbs and cheese.

This recipe is my grown-up version of the stuffed tomato that embraces the artichoke as well and is easy enough for the sometimes lazy Taurus to make. (Did I say lazy? Oops. I hope they don’t stampede.)

6 large firm tomatoes*
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 14-ounce cans un-marinated artichoke hearts, diced
3 shallots, diced
3 garlic cloves, diced
Juice of ½ lemon
½ cup pitted Kalamata olives, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon fresh oregano, minced
10 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
6 big basil leaves

Serves 6

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the stems off of the tomatoes and scoop out the pulp, leaving the shell. Set the pulp aside in a small dish. Drain the artichoke hearts in a colander.

Heat the oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Rough chop the tomato pulp and add to the pan; cook down until most of the moisture of the tomato is gone. Add the shallots and garlic and sauté until soft – about 2 minutes. (You may have to drizzle more olive oil into the pan to keep the veggies from sticking.)

Remove the cooked vegetables to a small dish to cool and add the artichoke hearts to the pan. Cook until they begin to turn golden brown. Squeeze the juice of the lemon in a small dish (watch the pits) and pour over the hearts. Let the lemon juice cook down and add the olives. Stir in the oregano and remove immediately from the heat. Add all of the vegetables together in one dish and let the mixture cool to the touch.

Fill the tomatoes ½ way with artichoke mixture, add a layer of feta, fill the tomato to the top with more artichoke mixture and top with more feta. Place a basil leaf on top of each tomato.

Place tomatoes on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. The cheese should be melted and lightly brown.

Serve warm.


*Depending on the size of your tomatoes you may have some artichokes left over. The mixture is great reheated and used as a topping for steaks or salads.




Welcome Joan Porte – Author of Signs of the Tines: The Ultimate Astrological Cookbook


“The perfect gift with great recipes for the holidays!” 
~BK Walker, Author of Wolves of Shadow Falls Series


The 295-page book with more than 120 recipes is written to celebrate a unique pairing of food and astrology.
Discover why:

• 
Scorpios have a craving for pasta puttanesca
• 
Librans feel grounded when they dig into a chocolate mousse parfait
• 
Cancerians stand tall with their bowl of Brunswick stew
• 
Virgoans set aside their healthy-conscious habits when faced with chocolate raspberry ramekins
• 
Aquarians respond to the sustainable fish used in Pollock with berry prosecco sauce
• 
Pisceans beat a common ailment when feasting on quinoa with roasted root veggies.

“These recipes are taken from a number of sources; some are family gems, others I’ve concocted and tweaked over the years,” says author Joan Porte.

The home cook will discover how astrology as a source for new food ideas and new ways to entertain friends. And the astrology enthusiast will discover how cooking can be a new use for astrology as a way to add more meaning to the daily ritual of eating we perform to survive and thrive.

About the Author – Joan Porte

Joan started “playing” with Astrology when she was in grammar school. She always had a fixation with the planets – Pluto being her favorite (surprise she is Scorpio Sun!) Yes, Pluto is still a planet to her! She put her astrology “toys” away when she grew up and went into the “real world,” sadly convinced that it was time to do more important things. The universe and her North Node in Sagittarius woke her up in her mid-thirties after which she began an intensive study of Western astrology.

According to Joan, “Modern Man takes for granted the Sun and how its energy propels and sustains life. Moon energy controls the tides yet we ignore the other more personal influences it has on our bodies and lives. We have lost the art of appreciating and reading the stars as messengers from the god and goddess. Humanity has disconnected from its source
and consequently suffers emotionally, spiritually and physically.”


“Each person is born with a map – a soul map – that is his or her astrological chart. It is a map through the maze of life that shows the karma we need to balance our soul’s desire for a life that leads to enhanced soul growth. I simply read the map – illustrating where you have been and where you are going to make your journey through life less bumpy.” With this cook book Joan is combining her astrological knowledge with her lifelong love of cooking in her own inimitable way.


She is the author of the blog
Karmic Astrology.

Her other book is Fortyish: Lessons For the Ages From a Baby Boomer.

Website| Signs Of The Tines FB | Karmic Astrology by Joan Facebook | Blog

Watch Media Videos with Joan

Genre: Astrological Cookbook
Publisher: Soulsign Publishing Company Ingraham Press
Release Date: April 2013
Amazon

A new breed of cookbook that combines personal astrology with a love for preparing and sharing delicious meals. Astrologer and gastronome Joan Porte brings a new, fun twist to cooking by showing anyone who loves to cook how to personalize a menu for your family and friends. Beautiful photographs complement the more than 120 featured recipes organized by zodiac sign. Choose a dish or plan a multi-course meal with selections from: Appetizers, Soups, Pasta, Veggies & Fruit, Meat & Fish, and Dessert for each of the twelve signs. SIGNS OF THE TINES is a heart-warming and mouth-watering invitation to eat in alignment with our stars!
Adam Gainsburg / Soulsign


Tomatoes Stuffed With Artichokes & Feta

Taurus is a bit confusing when it comes to color. Bulls are drawn to the color red; however, the color associated with Taurus is emerald green, symbolizing the pastures in which they love to laze comfortably. Therefore, I offer here a very red veggie dish with a dash of green.
One of the first dishes I made when I was a kid were tomatoes stuffed with chicken and tuna salads. I thought they were just the neatest things. As I grew as a person and a cook, I encountered many recipes that stuffed tomatoes with some kind of creamy spinach messes or ones that were all breadcrumbs and cheese.

This recipe is my grown-up version of the stuffed tomato that embraces the artichoke as well and is easy enough for the sometimes lazy Taurus to make. (Did I say lazy? Oops. I hope they don’t stampede.)

6 large firm tomatoes*
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 14-ounce cans un-marinated artichoke hearts, diced
3 shallots, diced
3 garlic cloves, diced
Juice of ½ lemon
½ cup pitted Kalamata olives, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon fresh oregano, minced
10 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
6 big basil leaves

Serves 6

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the stems off of the tomatoes and scoop out the pulp, leaving the shell. Set the pulp aside in a small dish. Drain the artichoke hearts in a colander.

Heat the oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Rough chop the tomato pulp and add to the pan; cook down until most of the moisture of the tomato is gone. Add the shallots and garlic and sauté until soft – about 2 minutes. (You may have to drizzle more olive oil into the pan to keep the veggies from sticking.)

Remove the cooked vegetables to a small dish to cool and add the artichoke hearts to the pan. Cook until they begin to turn golden brown. Squeeze the juice of the lemon in a small dish (watch the pits) and pour over the hearts. Let the lemon juice cook down and add the olives. Stir in the oregano and remove immediately from the heat. Add all of the vegetables together in one dish and let the mixture cool to the touch.

Fill the tomatoes ½ way with artichoke mixture, add a layer of feta, fill the tomato to the top with more artichoke mixture and top with more feta. Place a basil leaf on top of each tomato.

Place tomatoes on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. The cheese should be melted and lightly brown.

Serve warm.


*Depending on the size of your tomatoes you may have some artichokes left over. The mixture is great reheated and used as a topping for steaks or salads.




Welcome Chrystalla Thoma – Author of Azure Drowning in You


IFB will be hosting the Chrystalla Thoma Azure Review Tour on Nov. 18-22. See schedule below:


NEW ADULT ROMANCE-Contains mature content. Ages 17+


Azure (Drowning In You)Release date: September 2nd, 2013
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:

A terrible mistake haunts college student Olivia Spencer. To escape the past, she travels to the Mediterranean island of Crete, hoping for the courage to start anew.




By the sea, she meets sexy and enigmatic Kai. But there’s more to Kai than meets the eye — and nobody wants to talk about it. The locals shun him, accusing him of magic. Kai, apparently, belongs to the sea, no matter how crazy that sounds. 




Kai isn’t free to be with her or live his own life, and this is how he will stay, unless Olivia can break his curse and save him — in doing so atoning for those she failed in the past.

Chrystalla ThomaAbout the Author

Greek Cypriot with a penchant for dark myths and good food. Chrystalla Thoma has proven her tendency to settle down anywhere but at home by having lived and studied in France, England, Germany and Costa Rica, before returning to Cyprus two years ago.


Chrystalla likes to write about fantastical creatures, crazy adventures, and family bonds. She lives in Cyprus with her husband and her vast herds of books. She’s currently working on a few novels, including a vampire novel set in Cyprus, an epic fantasy trilogy, and a YA science fiction series.




Welcome Chrystalla Thoma – Author of Azure Drowning in You


IFB will be hosting the Chrystalla Thoma Azure Review Tour on Nov. 18-22. See schedule below:


NEW ADULT ROMANCE-Contains mature content. Ages 17+


Azure (Drowning In You)Release date: September 2nd, 2013
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:

A terrible mistake haunts college student Olivia Spencer. To escape the past, she travels to the Mediterranean island of Crete, hoping for the courage to start anew.




By the sea, she meets sexy and enigmatic Kai. But there’s more to Kai than meets the eye — and nobody wants to talk about it. The locals shun him, accusing him of magic. Kai, apparently, belongs to the sea, no matter how crazy that sounds. 




Kai isn’t free to be with her or live his own life, and this is how he will stay, unless Olivia can break his curse and save him — in doing so atoning for those she failed in the past.

Chrystalla ThomaAbout the Author

Greek Cypriot with a penchant for dark myths and good food. Chrystalla Thoma has proven her tendency to settle down anywhere but at home by having lived and studied in France, England, Germany and Costa Rica, before returning to Cyprus two years ago.


Chrystalla likes to write about fantastical creatures, crazy adventures, and family bonds. She lives in Cyprus with her husband and her vast herds of books. She’s currently working on a few novels, including a vampire novel set in Cyprus, an epic fantasy trilogy, and a YA science fiction series.




Welcome Author Christine Amsden – Author of Secrets and Lies



Secrets and Lies
by Christine Amsden


About The Author:
Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams. (You can learn more here.)

In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children, Drake and Celeste.

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Twilight Times Books

Release Date: November 15, 2013

Book Description:

Cassie Scot, still stinging from her parents’ betrayal, wants out of the magical world. But it isn’t letting her go. Her family is falling apart and despite everything, it looks like she may be the only one who can save them.
To complicate matters, Cassie owes Evan her life, making it difficult for her to deny him anything he really wants. And he wants her. Sparks fly when they team up to find two girls missing from summer camp, but long-buried secrets may ruin their hopes for happiness.

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Release Date: May 15, 2013
Book Description:
Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.
Praise for the Cassie Scot Series:

From Publisher’s Weekly:

In this entertaining series opener, Amsden (The Immortality Virus) introduces readers to the eponymous Cassie, a decidedly mundane member of a magical family. …Readers will enjoy Cassie’s fish-out-of-water struggles as she fights magical threats with little more than experience and bravado.”

Kim Falconer, bestselling author of The Spell of Rosette, Quantum Enchantment Series, had this to say:

When sorcerers call the shots, what’s a girl without powers to do? Get ready for a ripper of a murder mystery full of romance and intrigue, where magic potions bubble, passions spark and vampires are definitely not your friend. Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective grabs you by the heart and won’t let go until the very last page. Well written, immersive and unputdownable. This is urban fantasy at its best. More please!”

Welcome Author Christine Amsden – Author of Secrets and Lies



Secrets and Lies
by Christine Amsden


About The Author:
Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams. (You can learn more here.)

In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children, Drake and Celeste.

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Twilight Times Books

Release Date: November 15, 2013

Book Description:

Cassie Scot, still stinging from her parents’ betrayal, wants out of the magical world. But it isn’t letting her go. Her family is falling apart and despite everything, it looks like she may be the only one who can save them.
To complicate matters, Cassie owes Evan her life, making it difficult for her to deny him anything he really wants. And he wants her. Sparks fly when they team up to find two girls missing from summer camp, but long-buried secrets may ruin their hopes for happiness.

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Release Date: May 15, 2013
Book Description:
Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.
Praise for the Cassie Scot Series:

From Publisher’s Weekly:

In this entertaining series opener, Amsden (The Immortality Virus) introduces readers to the eponymous Cassie, a decidedly mundane member of a magical family. …Readers will enjoy Cassie’s fish-out-of-water struggles as she fights magical threats with little more than experience and bravado.”

Kim Falconer, bestselling author of The Spell of Rosette, Quantum Enchantment Series, had this to say:

When sorcerers call the shots, what’s a girl without powers to do? Get ready for a ripper of a murder mystery full of romance and intrigue, where magic potions bubble, passions spark and vampires are definitely not your friend. Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective grabs you by the heart and won’t let go until the very last page. Well written, immersive and unputdownable. This is urban fantasy at its best. More please!”

Welcome Carolyn Holland – Author of Seeds Of Transition: Book One – The Genesis Project

Seeds Of Transition: Book One – The Genesis Project
Carolyn Holland and co-author, Kef Hollenbach
About The Author
Carolyn Holland grew up during the 70’s in the coastal wetlands of North Carolina in a

small, rural fishing village. She married right after high school and started her family, in the same community where she grew up. Though life took her to other places, she lived in the Appalachians for a time and later in Alabama, she found herself drawn back to her roots in Coastal North Carolina. With her three children grown now, she resides there still with her husband James Holland, a retired US Marine.


Carolyn has been a writer for many years. In 2009 she began work as a freelance writer and ghost writer and worked on many works in the science fiction genre. Her own personal interest in agriculture, the environment and our effect upon it prompted a lot of study into the effect of weather patterns brought on by climate change on our food and water supply.

In 2012, Carolyn was invited by publishers; Books, Authors and Artists, to write and publish the trilogy titled The Genesis Project. The first book in that series is titled, Seeds of Transition and will be available at most online book stores in E-Book and Paperback form on July 19, 2013.

About The Book
Editor: Sherry Thoman
Release Date: Jun 7, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction/General,
Fiction > Science Fiction > Apocalyptic, and
Fiction > Science Fiction > Utopia and dystopias
Published by internet marketing KY, LLC. d/b/a Books, Authors And Artists

(Amazon Kindle) ASIN:B00DB7UERS
(CreateSpace) ISBN-13:978-1482657647
(Smashwords) ISBN: 9781301089505

Book Sell-Pages on Amazon, CreateSpace and Smashwords:
https://www.createspace.com/4189905(Paperback at CreateSpace, $7.87 USD.)
http://amzn.to/11XdFGu(Amazon Paperback.)
http://amzn.to/10dOySi(Kindle ebook, $3.77 USD.)
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/330174(Smashwords ebook, $3.77 USD.)

Contains (limited) ADULT content.

Seeds of Transitionengulfs the reader with riveting adventure, emotional thrills, and conflict from beginning to end.
As the world’s population approaches 10 billion people, severe weather extremes diminish crop and livestock production, driving the demand for and price of food to new heights. The American government, as well as other powerful organizations, turns to the world of academia in search of gifted, albeit unlikely heroes.
Dr. Jarod Farra is one of those unlikely heroes. An assistant professor of agriculture at Cornell University, Farra quickly finds himself at the forefront of both his longstanding dreams, and perhaps, some of his worst fears. Dread of the developing global food shortage and ever-worsening weather extremes cause cultural turmoil, political turbulence, population shifts, and economic havoc. Jarod and a range of characters come together to perform an experiment that will change the world, and provide new hope for generations to come with the most radical agricultural undertaking that society has ever seen.

Excerpts
Chapter 5
The Genesis Project
A.D. 2057
Vision without action is a day dream; action without vision is a nightmare.”
~Japanese Proverb~
. . .
Jarod swallowed hard and continued down the ramp where the waiting soldiers immediately proceeded to wave a hand-held metal detecting device across all of the surfaces of his body. He obeyed when one of them politely asked him to raise his arms to the side and spread his feet two feet apart. Hilder stood to the side and let the soldiers do their work; Farra noticed that Hilder was not asked to submit to a scan.
One of the suited guys stepped forward, all business for sure and asked quite professionally, “Please place your hands on top of your head Dr. Farra and stand with your legs slightly apart.”
Jarod turned to Hilder who casually waved his hand and gave Jarod a reassuring nod. “Just a formality Dr. Farra.”
The man patted him down thoroughly, or at least Jarod thought of it as a thorough pat down, he had never been asked to submit to one before now. After he was finished, the searcher stepped back a few feet.
Dr. Farra, may I ask you to remove your Internet-2 device, your I-2D, from your forearm?”
Jarod hesitated but a reassuring look from Hilder and he decided to comply. He quickly unstrapped the transparent device and handed it over. He held it up for Farra to see and said apologetically, “We’ll hold onto this for you Dr. Farra, I assure you nothing will happen to it.”
Annoyed now, Jarod opened his mouth to protest, but the other guy opened the rear passenger door of the SUV and asked him to please have a seat inside the vehicle. Hilder climbed in behind him and the door was closed tightly.
Jarod turned to Hilder and said wryly, “Well, I suppose we’re off to see the wizard finally.”
Hilder, who seemed to be quite amused, smiled and said, “Yes indeed Dr. Farra, yes indeed.”
They traveled about a mile down a very dusty stretch of blacktop, and then slowed, turning to the right onto a well traveled dirt road which they followed for another couple of miles. Jarod, extremely curious, scanned the landscape as they passed. Other than an occasional military vehicle, there seemed to be no sign of life, just dry desert plain as far as the eye could see. His attention was redirected toward the front when the SUV slowed and merged slightly to the right in order to allow three tractor trailers to pass on the narrow road.
When the semis were past them and the dust from their wake had subsided, he saw it for the very first time. He would remember this moment for many years to come and retell the story many many times. His jaw dropped at the site before him, he could not pull his eyes from it. “Oh my God!” were the only words that would form on his lips. Hilder had been waiting for this very instant, and guffawed with delight.
He exited the vehicle before anyone could open the door for him, the target of his focus lay dead ahead, so absorbed was he by the sight that he missed the exchange of knowing smiles between Hilder and the driver, and he didn’t notice the limo parked just 100 feet away either.
His eyes were locked upon the most amazing thing he had ever seen, so amazing in fact that his mind was having difficulty soaking it up. What Jarod perceived was a twenty story oasis of lush, living green! It was a massive complex; a virtual epicenter of activity. Workers were moving about, going about their activities as ifthis were a perfectly normalsetting, as if thiswasn’t a miracle!
Jarod only vaguely heard the familiar voice beside him softly ask, “Astounding isn’t it?”
As he turned toward the speaker, he heard Hilder from behind his right shoulder say, “Dr. Farra, may I introduce you to the President of the United States.”



Welcome Carolyn Holland – Author of Seeds Of Transition: Book One – The Genesis Project

Seeds Of Transition: Book One – The Genesis Project
Carolyn Holland and co-author, Kef Hollenbach
About The Author
Carolyn Holland grew up during the 70’s in the coastal wetlands of North Carolina in a

small, rural fishing village. She married right after high school and started her family, in the same community where she grew up. Though life took her to other places, she lived in the Appalachians for a time and later in Alabama, she found herself drawn back to her roots in Coastal North Carolina. With her three children grown now, she resides there still with her husband James Holland, a retired US Marine.


Carolyn has been a writer for many years. In 2009 she began work as a freelance writer and ghost writer and worked on many works in the science fiction genre. Her own personal interest in agriculture, the environment and our effect upon it prompted a lot of study into the effect of weather patterns brought on by climate change on our food and water supply.

In 2012, Carolyn was invited by publishers; Books, Authors and Artists, to write and publish the trilogy titled The Genesis Project. The first book in that series is titled, Seeds of Transition and will be available at most online book stores in E-Book and Paperback form on July 19, 2013.

About The Book
Editor: Sherry Thoman
Release Date: Jun 7, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction/General,
Fiction > Science Fiction > Apocalyptic, and
Fiction > Science Fiction > Utopia and dystopias
Published by internet marketing KY, LLC. d/b/a Books, Authors And Artists

(Amazon Kindle) ASIN:B00DB7UERS
(CreateSpace) ISBN-13:978-1482657647
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Seeds of Transitionengulfs the reader with riveting adventure, emotional thrills, and conflict from beginning to end.
As the world’s population approaches 10 billion people, severe weather extremes diminish crop and livestock production, driving the demand for and price of food to new heights. The American government, as well as other powerful organizations, turns to the world of academia in search of gifted, albeit unlikely heroes.
Dr. Jarod Farra is one of those unlikely heroes. An assistant professor of agriculture at Cornell University, Farra quickly finds himself at the forefront of both his longstanding dreams, and perhaps, some of his worst fears. Dread of the developing global food shortage and ever-worsening weather extremes cause cultural turmoil, political turbulence, population shifts, and economic havoc. Jarod and a range of characters come together to perform an experiment that will change the world, and provide new hope for generations to come with the most radical agricultural undertaking that society has ever seen.

Excerpts
Chapter 5
The Genesis Project
A.D. 2057
Vision without action is a day dream; action without vision is a nightmare.”
~Japanese Proverb~
. . .
Jarod swallowed hard and continued down the ramp where the waiting soldiers immediately proceeded to wave a hand-held metal detecting device across all of the surfaces of his body. He obeyed when one of them politely asked him to raise his arms to the side and spread his feet two feet apart. Hilder stood to the side and let the soldiers do their work; Farra noticed that Hilder was not asked to submit to a scan.
One of the suited guys stepped forward, all business for sure and asked quite professionally, “Please place your hands on top of your head Dr. Farra and stand with your legs slightly apart.”
Jarod turned to Hilder who casually waved his hand and gave Jarod a reassuring nod. “Just a formality Dr. Farra.”
The man patted him down thoroughly, or at least Jarod thought of it as a thorough pat down, he had never been asked to submit to one before now. After he was finished, the searcher stepped back a few feet.
Dr. Farra, may I ask you to remove your Internet-2 device, your I-2D, from your forearm?”
Jarod hesitated but a reassuring look from Hilder and he decided to comply. He quickly unstrapped the transparent device and handed it over. He held it up for Farra to see and said apologetically, “We’ll hold onto this for you Dr. Farra, I assure you nothing will happen to it.”
Annoyed now, Jarod opened his mouth to protest, but the other guy opened the rear passenger door of the SUV and asked him to please have a seat inside the vehicle. Hilder climbed in behind him and the door was closed tightly.
Jarod turned to Hilder and said wryly, “Well, I suppose we’re off to see the wizard finally.”
Hilder, who seemed to be quite amused, smiled and said, “Yes indeed Dr. Farra, yes indeed.”
They traveled about a mile down a very dusty stretch of blacktop, and then slowed, turning to the right onto a well traveled dirt road which they followed for another couple of miles. Jarod, extremely curious, scanned the landscape as they passed. Other than an occasional military vehicle, there seemed to be no sign of life, just dry desert plain as far as the eye could see. His attention was redirected toward the front when the SUV slowed and merged slightly to the right in order to allow three tractor trailers to pass on the narrow road.
When the semis were past them and the dust from their wake had subsided, he saw it for the very first time. He would remember this moment for many years to come and retell the story many many times. His jaw dropped at the site before him, he could not pull his eyes from it. “Oh my God!” were the only words that would form on his lips. Hilder had been waiting for this very instant, and guffawed with delight.
He exited the vehicle before anyone could open the door for him, the target of his focus lay dead ahead, so absorbed was he by the sight that he missed the exchange of knowing smiles between Hilder and the driver, and he didn’t notice the limo parked just 100 feet away either.
His eyes were locked upon the most amazing thing he had ever seen, so amazing in fact that his mind was having difficulty soaking it up. What Jarod perceived was a twenty story oasis of lush, living green! It was a massive complex; a virtual epicenter of activity. Workers were moving about, going about their activities as ifthis were a perfectly normalsetting, as if thiswasn’t a miracle!
Jarod only vaguely heard the familiar voice beside him softly ask, “Astounding isn’t it?”
As he turned toward the speaker, he heard Hilder from behind his right shoulder say, “Dr. Farra, may I introduce you to the President of the United States.”



Welcome Laina Turner – Author of The Presley Thurman Mysteries

The Presley Thurman Mysteries
by Laina Turner
About The Author:

Who am I? It kind of depends on the day. I am a human compendium of unrelated things. I used to think I was just weird, had shiny ball syndrome and couldn’t focus, scattered, you name it. Then I decided it was OK to be all over the place as long as each avenue I wanted to explore had meaning andpurposeor was fun. So I embrace the fact I am a college professor, a writer of fiction and non-fiction, promoter of other authors, human resource professional,business consultant,mom, and all aroundinteresting person (according to my closest friends).
When I’m not working toward my goals I like, ok fine, LOVE wine, coffee, shopping, and books. I enjoy my kids, they are awesome. I hate the cold but yet live in the mid-west. Vegas is one of my favorite spots as I love to people watch and if I ever get married again it will definitely be in a drive through chapel by a fake Elvis.