Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Jason Cook: True Crime Author, Film Producer

Jason seems more like a character in a true crime novel than as a writer in the real world, but he is.

Jason Cook - The True Crime Author

Jason Cook is a former gangster's runner who due to peer pressure; became a drug addict at the age of twelve years old.Within five years he was a face in London's underworld for all the wrong reasons.

Jason fully admits he became hooked on drugs, which led to him selling drugs from his bedroom and on the streets to pay off his growing drugs debts to local dealers.
Soon he was faced with a situation he couldn't get out of.

In trouble with Yardies; he was forced to smuggle drugs in order to save his friends and family from danger.

Introduced by chance to gangsters of London's underworld and their overseas criminal activities; he soon became a gangster's runner.

At the age of 20 he was heavily involved in the drugs world and he was also taking steroids to build himself up.

The young man with a sizeable drug habit was now being used to collect money from drug dealers on behalf of the gangsters who supplied them. Along with reducing his own debts he would also be paid in drugs for collecting money from other dealers. Jason was soon arrested and spent 3 years and 9 months in HM Pentonville Prison where drugs use was also prevalent.
Some will be able to relate to Jason's story, some readers will be intrigued, some will learn a lesson to not get involved in drugs and some will enjoy reading about his true life story.
Jason Cook was born in Hackney, London but eventually moved to Borehamwood and he has five children.
Here is a link to his virtual bookstore: http://www.authorjasoncook.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html
And here is his film production link: http://www.authorjasoncook.com/films.html
And you can Tweet to him here: @AuthorJasonCook

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Indie Writer's Showcase presents: Sex, Drugs and Meditation by Mary-Lou Stephens.

Sex, Drugs and Meditation Front cover

Sex, Drugs and Meditation by Mary-Lou Stephens

This is the true story of a woman with a talent for self-sabotage who learns to sit still, shut up and start living – and loving.                                                                                                       
Praise for Sex, Drugs and Meditation:
“Bracingly honest, funny and rewarding, this is a book you can’t put down.” Sydney Morning Herald.

“A bad girl antidote to Eat, Pray, Love.” Courier Mail.

“Truth is more compelling than fiction.” Daily Telegraph.

Mary-Lou’s dream job has become a nightmare. She knows Eliott Purvis, her young, ambitious, sociopathic boss, will not change. If Mary-Lou is to be free of the anguish and keep the job she loves, there is only one thing she can change. Herself.
Ten days of silent meditation is the solution she chooses. During these ten days Mary-Lou is forced to confront the demons of her past; drugs, alcohol, food and religion. She also has to deal with the demons in her mind; paranoia, self-hate, fear and murderous rage. She relives her time spent in Twelve Step programs, her years at acting school, the joy and heartbreak of her former life as a musician and the journey that led her to work in radio.
For ten days and nights she battles her memories, mistakes and fantasies. The rigours demanded by the long hours spent meditating result in excruciating physical pain. The overcoming of this pain enables her to understand, on every level, the basic tenet of the meditation technique – everything changes.
She is shocked when an old wound she thought had healed demands her complete attention. A relationship so wracked with obsession and betrayal it destroyed her ability to trust. Through the eleven hours of meditation a day she finally releases the resentment and blame and comes to a place of forgiveness.
When Mary-Lou returns to work the challenges remain but she went to the meditation centre to change herself, not her job, and the results are surprising. At a dinner party a week later, despite all her best efforts and worst habits, Mary-Lou meets the man she will marry.
*Sex, Drugs and Meditation  is available from one of the booksellers on the Pan Macmillan  directory here.
*It’s also available online here and has  been kindled,  ebooked and iBooked.
For more about Mary-Lou and her writing, click here: http://maryloustephens.com.au

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Indie Writer's Showcase: New direction. I promote your novels! My gift to you.

  • Do you have a book release coming soon? 
  • Do you have a cover reveal?
  • Do you just want to promote your series?
  • Do you want to promote your line of books?
  • Do you have a blog tour to promote?
You've come to the right place.
  • With a book release, I would need to the date and time of any book release party that might be in the works, a jpeg file of the cover, a blurb on the book and any web link you have to offer.
  • With a cover reveal, I would need a jpeg file, a blurb on the book and an author bio. with links to your website or an Amazon link to any other books you might have out.
  • To promote your series, please provide jpegs of any book you are promoting the most, a link to the website where your books are being sold, a paragraph about the series and an author bio.
  • If you have various books you want to promote in one shot, please email a snapshot sized jpeg of yourself, a like to the website and an author bio.
  • And if you have a blog tour to promote, please send a jpeg of any 'billboard' or banner ad you might have with the tour dates, book being promoted, prizes offered. Please don't make the graphic to large or it will not show right in my blog.

How do you get hold of me? 

The best way to make initial contact is to private message me on Facebook. You can find me under Liz Kingsbury Mckeown. You can attach Word files in the Facebook private message, I have never experimented with jpeg files, but they might work, too.
I look forward to hearing from you! Happy Holidays - Liz

  • Wednesday, December 16, 2015

    Indie Writer's Showcase: Author Interview - Jessica Samuels.

     •  What is the title of your book? 
             ***The Killer Contract Agency

    •   Please tell us a little bit about your book.  ***The Killer Contract Agency is about a girl named Salina Sinclaire, and she gets bullied so much she ends up in the hospital, and gets the attention of The Killer Contract Agency when a rogue Malian tries to kill her. She is a Hunter and they have a gene that makes them appear weak to lure Malians in so they can be destroyed using the power of The Bracelet.

       •     How did you come up with your book idea? ***I was bullied just like the character, and instead of kids killing other people I wanted it to be aliens instead. I also wanted to create a way to empower the kids being bullied like giving them super strength and invulnerability to stop them. I was also into secret organizations that stop the horrible people from hurting innocent people, and I wanted the Bracelet to give them an assassin/super hero feel to it.

       •     What are your publishing credits? ***I wrote for the school newspaper, and a year on the yearbook. I run a blog called The Writing Dreamer and I have 4 ebooks and two paperbacks.

       •     What are your plans for the future? ***I plan on writing more books at this point. I have 6 books I’m working on, and I want to have fun exploring the worlds I’ve created. They are all going to take place in the Luxor and Crystal Crest realms. Some will explore the Angelic realm which is a realm of angelic beings, and Blood Fall which is a dark realm. I’ll even bring in the merpeople as well.

       •     What is your day job?  ***Retail for now till I graduate and work in a newsroom, online, or write full time.

       •     What is your preferred genre to write? ***Paranormal romance in young adult and new adult, and some fantasy, too.

       •     How did you become a writer? ***I’ve been writing since the fifth grade, and my first fan fiction was me in the mummy returns. I’ve been writing ever since I could put a pen to paper. It did start in middle school, and I’ve been writing ever since. I finished my first novel in college, and published my first one before I was 21. I loved reading and writing is just something natural to me. I love books too so I was reading before I started writing.

       •     Are you a planner, complete with detailed outlines, or do you fly by the seat of your pants when writing?***Both. I’ve planned novels out when I got stuck, and some I’ve actually created an idea out of the blue and ran with it. For a few of them I actually have a few pages worth of what I want to happen and some are just general notes. Some I just said hey what if, and just ran with it. It all depends on the story and if I need to outline or not.

       •     What is the best writing advice that you have ever been given? ***Write what you know. Write what pisses you off, and write what you are scared of. Also never take bad reviews personal. Never give up no matter how hard it is since hard work pays off.

       •     What advice would you give a new writer? ***Think hard about it since it’s not an easy road, and if they really want to do it then stay true to your dreams. Roll with the punches and never give up. Observe everything you see, and put your experiences in your writing. Keep going even when you feel like giving up, and writing is not just a hobby it’s a passion and a way of life. Write drunk and edit sober like Stephen King. Don’t let reality destroy you, and if someone pisses you off put them in a story as the victim. You are now in control over your world, and everything can be used as fuel in your writing.

       •     What other projects do you have in the works at the moment? ***I have been working on several at the moment like the first three Scarlet books, and it will talk about how she got involved with The Killer Contract Agency. I have also been working on a story called AngelWitch and it’s about a girl named Angeline who can feel people’s emotions and read their minds. She works as a sales associate for Kyle’s General Store and hates it there. When she visits her friend Ginger’s shop she finds out who she really is which is an AngelWitch. Her mom is a witch and dad is an arch angel, and she has to come into her power before Felix’s evil brother Zach kills her in order to be free of the dark realm called Blood Fall Hills.

       •     What surprises can we expect from you in the future? ***Expect stories with revenge themes like getting even with exes, bullies, coworkers. Stories about working in a supernatural retail store. Vampires, witches, werewolves, angels, dragons, necromancers. Kick ass heroines who don’t need a man to rescue them and super hot guys that adore the main character with romance and fantasy. I write young adult, new adult, and paranormal romance so relationships and ass kicking are a must in every novel I write.

       •     If you could journey into any of your books, interacting with the characters, which would it be and why? ***I would rather interact with characters of AngelWitch because I love the world I’ve created and it would be cool to explore Luxor and the Angelic realm. I would also love to visit The Killer Contract Agency and meet Salina since I know what she has went through.

       •     What public appearances do you have planned in the future? *** I currently don’t have any public appearances right now, and if I do I’ll let my fans know.

       •     Is there anything else youd like to share with your fans? ***         have a ton of stories to tell, and I hope you enjoy the ones I create. I love writing stories, and I want this to be my job permanently. 

    The Amazon linkhttp://amzn.to/1Ykt80a

    Saturday, December 5, 2015

    Indie Writer's Showcase: Jessica Samuels' The Starr Family Reunion.

    The Family Reunion from Hell:
              It was that time of year again, and I really did not want to go. It’s bad enough that I have to fake being with a jerk like Viper who is everything I hate, and now I have to explain it to my family too. The Starr family reunion is always memorable since half of them like to flaunt their happy marriages around even through their husbands cheat on them with werewolves and vampires. I was one of the Starr family witches not married yet which is a big thing since we are supposed to get married and have kids around this time. I’m not since I was promised to Viper, and it’s not even my choice. I’m not happy with someone like him since he cheats on me constantly talking about other girls being cute. He was only with me for the fact that our line is the last for the high witches. My mom sits on the high council a long with his parents, and we were promised at a young age, and I’m almost done with him. I don’t want to be promised to him at all. It’s not like I have a choice at all either unless I meet someone else who is higher up since they don’t want to see me struggle for a job even though I’m working on going to Witch School for college students since I’ve already graduated high school.

    I want to help witches pick out the right spell ingredient for them, and talk to magical creatures in helping them out. As a future high council member I need to know about all the creatures here. The only thing I love is this apartment since it has a bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchen. Even a library and an office. My way since I needed independence from her at this point. I can’t live with her since she is happy about the engagement. I’m not I brush out my black hair, and put eye shadow on my grey eyes making them pop. I put on jeans and a black t shirt, and then black boots. It was going to be a long day at this point, and I just want it to end. I have no hope of finding someone else unless I can somehow prove to my mom how horrible he is for me.
    I need to for me since he is making me miserable. I got ready to go with my mom to our great Aunt Cindy’s house for the reunion. I drive to mom’s place after I’m done. Her house is a huge mansion, and I love it since I grew up there. Dad is away since he is a lawyer in the Luxor realm which is the one we live in. Mom is the head of the council since she is one of the highest witches of them all. She is in her office most of the time, and loves it when I interrupt her. I really need proof at this point to prove to her that he is not a good match for me. I want to be with someone who makes me happy, and not miserable. I’ve missed being happy with someone. I thought about this all day on the way to the place. I don’t have proof he is cheating on me yet. I still see all the signs. I did love him at one point, and it hurt since I tried to work things out with him, and I wanted it to last. It’s not going to if I keep seeing signs that he is not really mine.
    I’m going to go with my mom and Viper is meeting me there since he had a sorcerer military thing to do. He is not going to come till later, but he is meeting me there and taking me home. Fun, and at this point oh well. I get there, and the car my mom drove is still in the driveway, and I park next to it. The mansion is all black, and looks like it’s a house from The Addams Family, and it even has the d├ęcor to match. She is probably dressed in her mortician dresses too that are long and black with eyeliner done. She is already pale with red lips and brown eyes. I went inside, and mom is in the living room already in her mortician style dress since she loves looking her best, and she loves to wear corsets too.
    She smiled at me, “I see you made it, and thank god you are not late since we have to be there early. I hope you brought a bag to stay a few nights since I want to stay at the palace for a weekend.”
    “I did and Viper is getting his own room right?” I asked her hoping to get a separate bedroom from him.
    She looked at me like I was crazy, “Nope, you are sleeping together since you are engaged.”
    “Okay, no problem.” I tell her since I don’t want to start an argument.
    She has her stuff already in the living room and picks it up.
    “Get your things and let’s get this show on the road.” She told me.
    I nod hurry to my car, pop open the trunk, and then gather my things from my black overnight back. It’s been packed since last night. Mom put her stuff in the trunk, and I put my stuff in on top of it. She closed the trunk and I got in the passenger seat.
    My smartphone beeped, and I knew it was Viper since I put a ring tone especially for him.
    I swiped the screen to see what he said:
    R U on UR way?
    Yes, we are getting in the car now…
    Good, I’ll be there soon. I love you…
    Love you too…
    I text back even though I knew I was lying. I’ll pretend to be his just for one time. Then I need to find a way to get out of this situation. I did love him, and I remembered when we met in high school. It’s was on the bus when I went to one of the schools for Witches, Wizards, Warlocks, and Sorcerers…It’s called Salem High School. Yes, it’s where we learned spells, incantations, rituals, and even how to use our powers. It’s our version of the high school diploma. I loved the fact that I was born a witch, and it’s better then anything I’ve imagined. I grew up on it and I’ve never looked back on it since. Mom is a witch and Dad is a sorcerer. They get along together and at times they don’t it all depends. So yes I’m part witch and part sorcerer which is pretty cool since I can do something witches can’t do. I can walk through walls and use telekinesis and talk to animals and creatures. I even have the ability to shape shift into a wolf. Hence why it makes me different from others, and when I told that to Viper he freaked out and told him to never tell it to me again. See why I need someone else? Even my best friend agreed with me. A dragon shifter named Alexia who I play Enchanted Forest with which is a role playing game I love to play. Too bad I had to leave the laptop at home.
    I got in the car with mom and thankfully it isn’t a long ride and we get there in recored amount of time. Quickly, and I get out of the car along with my mom who is named Sabrina. Our Aunt’s place is at the top of the hill, and a mansion is on it. Another ancestral Starr mansion, and I love the place too since it’s just as creepy as my moms. We get our stuff out of the car, and then head up the hill. I love to wear boots since it’s better then wearing heels. We walk up the walk way and mom goes right in through the door. She doesn’t knock since Aunt Cindy doesn’t mind us walking right in. The living room is all decked out for the holidays with gold and silver decorations, and a huge tree too. It’s pretty and there is even a fire going in the fire place.
    Aunt Cindy is right there in one of her sparkling blue gowns and even her eye shadow is glittery blue matching her dark blue eyes and ice blonde hair like a modern day Cinderella. She is pretty and her mom was blonde and our entire family is blonde on dad’s side which makes her Dad’s sister and his name is Giles he is the blonde haired blued eyed one. I got more of Mom’s then dad’s. I still love them both anyway. Dad is going to join in later when he gets done with the client he is with. I see everyone there, and even Viper is there talking to one of my other relatives. I look down at the ring. A diamond on top and diamond along the sides leading to a point. It’s supposed to be a good thing instead it feels more like a prison sentence, and I see him checking his cell, and texting someone while smiling it’s not me though… I need to just get through the family thing and pretend like it’s not happening just for today. I go up and mingle with my family taking my time to talk to Uncle Dave and tell him about what’s going on. He is blonde haired and blue eyed on my dad side. Always has a smile on his face and definitely knew what was going on.
    “So tell me about what you have been up to?” He asked me.
    “Just helping mom with the Spell Shop, and I have not even touched on the wedding stuff yet…” I tell him honestly.
    “Well, then I’d get to it have you set the date yet?”
    “We have set it to a year from now since that is when I’ll be back from my Sorcery Air Stuff…Going to be gone for a while like some months, and I figured we can do it after I’m gone. Then settle down and have a few kids.” Viper said trying to act like nothing is going on. It has but I’ll let it slide since he is trying to act nice-nice. It’s all a show anyway…
    “Yes, what he said then I’ll do the planning while he is gone.” I told Dave.
    “Good I’m happy for you kids…” Then he left to mingle with someone else.
    Viper turns to me, “I’m sorry okay…I don’t know what to say since I’m yours and no one else. No once is like you at all.”
    A beep on his phone….He checks it and texts while smiling then puts it away…
    “I swear that was a friend…”
    “Okay, well we can pretend just for today since you obviously love that talking to others more then me.” I told him and he gives me hurt eyes…
    “I love you and no one else. I’ll prove it to you by not answering my cell the entire time….” Then he pulled it out of his pocket and turned it off….
    “Wow…impressive if only you did it all the time…” I told him.
    The entire time he had it off, and we mingled with the family. I told them about the shop and my plans. That is it, and it was painful because I had to act like I was actually with him. It was hard since he was treating me the way I deserved to be treated. Dad came to join us, and we ate then enjoyed a vacation away from the shop. I will still remember it since it was the first time we acted like a couple. Still in the back of my mind I will prove he is not worthy of my love. The entire time I was talking to my family members I did enjoy the fact that the crazy witches in my family are all mine and no one else's. I loved spending time with them, and I could not wait for next year, and hopefully I’ll be with the person of my dreams instead of a lie.
        The end! But this story will continue in Fur and Fang of Love!