An In-Depth Author Interview With Writer Barbara Daniels Dena, Yorkie Magical Zoe, and Their First Book “For the Soul”. . .


Meet Zoe The Bark to Writing Yorkie Princess!



This Cat thought she had seen it all from many of our fantastic authors we enjoy working with when it comes to writing. I can now admit I have learned that doggies can WRITE! As a writer, our newest author, Barb Daniels Dena, possesses a “Magical” weapon when she writes her short stories. Her name is Princess Zoe.

Zoe not only helps Barbara write her books, but she is a publisher too! With Ms. Dena’s new release titled “For the Soul,” about livin’ life with raising children, quilts, doggies, and even some of grandma’s buttons, Zoe barks a few sentences here and there to remind the author to add a distant memory or two she may have missed.

Barb and Zoe’s collection of short stories delight readers worldwide and receive rave reviews and a few barks of the “tall tails” in her first published works. Cat caught up with both of them, and here is a little of what they wanted to share with Cat’s Readers.

Cat hopes you enjoy reading their interview first seen on Book Goodies Site. ✨📘📚🖊✏🐕🐾


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“For the Soul: A Delightful Collection of Shorts”



CATS New Interview With Best-Selling Authors Barbara and Princess Yorkie Zoe!


About Author Barbara Daniels-Dena:
Barbara Daniels Dena is a new indie author with her eclectic book debut of “For the Soul: A Collection of Short Stories,” released in August 2021. Almost a memoir, this unique collection of inspiring stories of ‘good ole fashioned living,’ along with many of her past and present memories and life experiences that tugs on the heart, warming stories, and fictional tall tails delighting readers worldwide. The book is available now for purchase on Amazon Books, Amazon Kindle, and many fine online book sites.

Barbara began writing at an early age as a lover of “Make-Believe.” Today, her writing has developed from memories of family experiences, various compilations of events in her life, and her love of animals. She is willing to admit her vivid imagination plays a role in her stories.

The author is an Illinois native who has lived in many places; as Barb says, like a free-spirited “Gypsy,” she has lived and worked in Illinois, Washington, Idaho, Georgia, but Ultimately, she came home and settled back in the Quad Cities area.

Barbara is a proud mother of two grown children. She was a business owner of a Temp Agency, then transitioned into her passion for floral design, owned and ran several floral shops. Her favorite flower is the “Casablanca Lily.” Her favorite color is Red, and when she isn’t writing, Barbara spends her free time oil painting, enjoys quilting, knitting, and reading.

Her favorite book? “Death Be Not Proud” by John J. Gunther. Her first love is and always will be playing with her fur baby, a little Yorkie named Zoe. She continues to write from her cozy nook as she gazes over a pond full of geese and ducks. On many days it is more gazing than writing.

What inspires you to write?
The world around me. I watch people and animals. I am always on the lookout and continually ask myself, “what if?” and I go from there. I enjoy entertaining myself with the scenes I develop in my mind.


What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
My bookshelf is filled with my current favorite authors, and all are indie authors and are on Amazon.
My list is eclectic and varied and covers many genres.
Diane Olsen, without a doubt, is at the top of my list.
J. Schlenker
Dave Lager
Mark Nolan
Anne Fifield
Mary Kingsford
Dana Brown
Violet Patton

Tell us about your writing process.
Once I have an idea in mind, I scribble; no matter where I am, I scribble a note, a setting, a conversation, a character’s name, or a trait. I admit I’m a “pant-ser.” I write by the seat of my pants. I am not a plotter. I do not plot out my stories. They evolve.

I write a little every day with my Yorkie sitting on her pillow in my lap. She will be the first to tell anyone who will pay attention that she is the writer. I only listen and put her words into the computer.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, of course, I do. They’re my imaginary friends. They guide me on the path of my storytelling. I talk to them all the time—their opinion matters.

What advice would you give other writers?
Take writing classes. Offer to swap Beta reading with other authors. Read as many books as possible. This way, you will see the good and the bad in writing. And write something every day; a paragraph or two is still writing. Do not throw away the stuff you don’t like. Save it. One day you will pull it from the shelf and either see the errors or find it wasn’t so bad after all.

Do not have family/friends critique your work. They love you. Their words will always be filled with praise. Persevere.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
So many friends urged me to publish my stories, so I did. I self-published under my doggie, Zoe’s name.
“Magical Zoe Publishing.”

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There is no doubt in my mind that indie publishing is the wave of the future. The big houses will remain for the ultra-famous writers, but with the influx of people who want to write, whether they will be famous or not, indie publishing is the way it will go.

What genres do you write?: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Memoirish in Short Stories

What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print


Website(s)
Link To Author Barbara Daniels-Dena Page On Amazon
Link to Author Page on All Author

Your Social Media Links
Follow Barb & Zoe on Twitter @barbdena5424
https://twitter.com/barbdena5424
Goodreads
Facebook


E-Book Flash Sale In Celebration of Author Roger Stark’s New Paperback Novel Release Titled ~ “They Called Him Marvin: A History of Love, War, and Family.”



Written By Roger Stark ~ Releases Sept. 1st, 2021




“They were the fathers we never knew, the uncles we never met, the friends who never returned, the heroes we can never repay. They gave us our world. And those simple sounds of freedom we hear today are their voices speaking to us across the years.” Former President Bill Clinton

Such a man was 1st Lt Dean Harold Sherman, B-29 Airplane Commander.

“They Called Him Marvin” is a history. A history of war and of family. A history of the collision of the raging politics of a global war, young love, patriotism, sacred family commitments, duty and the horrors and tragedies, the catastrophe that war is.


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SEPT. 1St 2021 Release of the Paperback




Special Book Review



Almost a memoir… A Chick Lit Cafe’ Review:

They Called Him Marvin by Roger Stark is a merger between American and Japanese events during WWII, and the very human reality of one American pilot and his love letters to his wife. The candor in their loving correspondence, and the stark reality of war, clash against each other within the pages of this book. Like the major and minor notes being pulled from an orchestra by a master conductor, history is brought to life and the full impact of war is felt.

I remember watching Tenco many years ago and weeping over the atrocities inflicted on prisoners in Japanese prison of war camps. The horrors of it stayed with me and I often steer clear of anything to do with war in books or films these days. However, I am so glad I came across this super book. The author has met Connie – the wife of Dean, whose love letters fill this book, and this brings everything to life, injecting real substance and making this book stand out from a lot of other war stories.

What I loved the most in this ‘almost-a-memoir’ is the view of the pilots from the Japanese perspective. The story of Riku and his family is very moving, and I appreciate the accounting of history from both countries, it is thoroughly moving as well as educational. Bringing the reader’s focus constantly back to Dean and Connie was an ingenious way to remind us that war involves real people, not just figures on a page.

This story is a beautiful account of a horrific time in history and should be read by everyone… lest we forget. Roger Stark presents us with a very human experience of WWII. This is the kind of book that should be on every high school curriculum. It is awash with facts, but expressed in such a way as to grip the reader and hold their attention.

Packed with historical content, and portrayed with a vibrant pen, They Called Him Marvin by Roger Stark comes very highly recommended by Chick Lit Café. TN Traynor. Almost a memoir…


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All About The Best Selling Author & Writer Roger Stark

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Roger In His Secret Writing Headquarters (lol)



“I am, by my own admission, a reluctant writer. But there are stories that demand to to be told. When we hear them, we must pick up our pen, lest we forget and the stories be lost.

Six years ago, in a quiet conversation with my friend Marvin, I learned the tragic story his father, a WW2 B-29 Airplane Commander, shot down over Nagoya, Japan just months before the end of the war.

Bill Clinton has famously said: “They were the fathers we never knew, the uncles we never met, the friends who never returned, the heroes we can never repay. They gave us our world. And those simple sounds of freedom we hear today are their voices speaking to us across the years.”

Such a man was Marv’s father. A father he never knew. The telling of the story that evening by this half orphan was so moving and full of emotion, it compelled me to ask if I could write the story. The result being “They Called Him Marvin.”

My life has been profoundly touched in so many ways by being part of documenting this sacred story. I pray that we never forget, as a people, the depth of sacrifice that was made by ordinary people like Marvin and his father and mother on our behalf.

My career as an addiction counselor (CDP) lead me to write “The Waterfall Concept; A Blueprint for Addiction Recovery,” and co-author “Reclaiming Your Addicted Brain.”

After my counseling retirement, I decided I wanted to learn more about the craft of writing and started attending classes at Portland Oregon’s Attic Institute. What I learned is that there are an mazing number of great writers in my area and they were willing to help others improve their skills. I am grateful to many of them.

My next project is already underway, a memoir of growing in SW Washington called “Life on a Sorta Farm.” My wife of 49 years, Susan and I still live in that area.

We raised seven children, and have eleven grandchildren. We love to travel and see the sites and cultures of the world. I still get on my bicycle whenever I can.”


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Editor Note: Roger and I are having a great time working together again. I am honored and very blessed to call him a dear friend and fellow author. Together we have made some “Literary Magic” happen with his new novel. He has garnished a 5-Star Awarded Readers Favorite book review, and has already HIT #1 for the his the paperback edition in the category of “Literary Letters!” We make a great marketing team along with his wife and daughter.

I truly hope this beautifully written novel gets some book awards and a film deal. It is that GOOD! I hope all my reader friends, book reviewers, and book bloggers will give it a read. I do believe you will THANK ME LATER when do…

~Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon
Lyon Literary Services, Marketing, & Consulting


Author Spotlight & Sneak Preview Courtesy of Dawn Hill Publications For Ravina Hilliard’s Soon to Release Book. . .


“WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE”

Written By Award-winning Author Ravina Hilliard
A Dawn Hill Publication Author



This CAT always enjoy sharing new books when they are ready to release soon and when readers to get a ‘Sneak Peek’ before it drops! Dawn Hill has done it again with their amazing award-winning author, Ms. Ravina Hilliard and her book titled “The Billionaire Athlete”…


~The Avid Reading Cat


It’s been my endeavor to ensure variety in my protagonists, not that the task is easy. Billionaires tend to come in very few shapes and sizes, not literally of course. Most of them are scions of industry. Then again, we have actors from my soon to be published books – like Patrick Townsend from ‘Looking for Like’ and a race car driver Dean Winters from ‘All You Have To Do Is Call’.

The publishers have asked me to write one with a sports star. The choices are aplenty. Aforementioned Dean Winters is one candidate, but the truth is that he isn’t an F1 driver in the story, rather it is his back story. He is actually a manufacturer of e-vehicles. I know some of you are going … yawn.


“They tend to be hot-headed. Drama queens – and very good actors, not to mention artful manipulators.”


If I were to invest in a sporty character, what sport would I choose? And what got me thinking about it?

Let’s answer the second question first. Summer in the Europe provides fodder in abundance from Wimbledon, French Open in Tennis, Tour de France, the Euro cup which England sadly lost despite a stellar performance and ICC World Cricket championship which New Zealand won. Watching Tom Cruise hob-nob with David Beckham on Centre Court got me started. The same day, watching the Euro Cup finals not too far away in Wembley nailed it for me.

Tom Cruise spotted at Wimbledon this year.


If I were to choose, I’d probably choose football or as the Americans like to call it, soccer. Why? First, it gives me an opportunity to write about another Italian billionaire, with Italy winning the Euro Cup. The female leading lady could be a British WAG wannabe who is seeking payback for England’s loss.


We all know footballers have their own currency printing press, not literally, but each of their contracts run into tens of millions of pounds. Add to that sponsorship and ad revenue and bingo – you have yourself a billionaire. There aren’t too many of them around – Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo being two of them. Technically, net worth’s are shy of a billion but who’s counting?

Giroud is a prime example of an incredibly attractive athlete. Loaded, and wears the hell out of that suit!



There are plenty of other reasons. Athletes, footballers in particular are fit. Not going to the gym three times a week fit. I can run around chasing a ball for 90 odd minutes fit. Most of the players in the latest Euro cup were still strutting around after two hours. They tend to be hot-headed. Drama queens – and very good actors, not to mention artful manipulators.


Have you seen them fake injuries on the field in order to earn a free kick? There are a few Oscar-worthy performances in all the big matches. They’re large-hearted, passionate (at least about football) and players for the most part – in a decidedly sexual way.


My hero would be a nasty piece of work on the outside – hard-headed Alpha Male who is as rich as God, arrogant, overbearing, physically rough-edged but later will reveal a gooey and tender heart. His language would be foul. At first, he’d treat the female lead like a bit of shit – remember The Billionaire Needs a Bodyguard? 


Then, our hero would fall in love after some TLC from the vengeful WAG who maybe, just maybe is into some light S&M. Our Bitch would spring the trap, leaving our footie hero devastated when he realizes that she’s been gaming him.

The Billionaire Needs a Bodyguard Kindle Edition


How do I get them back together? Hmm. Let me think about that. Most certainly, there’d be a match or two in the play. Where do the thrills come from? Oh, just wait and see. I’m not going to give the whole plot away, but I will leave you with a hint. Think corruption scandal, match-fixing (oh yeah, it does happen, even in football), and football hooligans – remember Green Street? Our WAG is going to get beaten up. Badly.

And here’s the icing on the cake. I’ve yet to see an ugly footballer. They’re all handsome, sexy, tidy, gorgeous hunks of masculinity with my fingers now itching to create a thriller romance with one of them. I can imagine in my mind’s eye the cold-hearted calculating British bitch of a ex-WAG targeting an Italian footballer and falling into his love-cum-lust trap, inconceivably finding a Happily-Ever-After. My mouth is already drooling. And ladies, there are other parts that are also … okay, let’s keep it U-Rated for now.

And let me get to work.

Sigh. With a saddened heart I bid you goodbye, but only for the moment.

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.

“Cheers!”

~Ravina

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Author Spotlight: Kim Carter, Award-winning Writer Shares How Writing Saved Her Life With The AJC and Her Eighth Chilling Historical Mystery Novel Released.


LIFE ~ Courtesy of The Atlanta Journal and Story
By Nedra Rhone, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution



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Award-Winning Author Kim Carter (Herron)



Let’s Keep the Written Word Going

“My mother instilled in me early on the importance of a handwritten thank- you note. I’ll never forget how proud I was to receive my first set of monogrammed stationery.  I would give anything to know where she’d purchased it now.  It was a lovely shade of pale pink and looked very hoity toity!  Long story short, I was all that.”


In September 1999 Kim Carter (then North) was on the way to drop her son at school before heading to work downtown when she suffered a grand mal seizure behind the wheel of her Grand Prix. She was 33, a mother of three and had never had a seizure in her life.

Carter and her 10-year-old son survived the terror and no one was hurt but the event set her on a long path to recovery. Carter credits her immediate survival to the brave couple who helped guide them to safety. But as the weeks of medical exams, medications and despair turned into months, she said it was writing that saved her life.

Eight months after the incident, Carter began writing mysteries like the ones she read by her favorite authors including the late Sue Grafton and Atlanta-based Karin Slaughter.

“It was my safe place. I had lost so much of my independence that was the one place where I could still be productive,” said Carter. “Even if it was just for me, even if it was a hobby, it was soothing.”

It would take several years, but Carter would eventually publish the books that once lived only on big floppy discs. Her 2016 novel “Murder Among the Tombstones,” — the first book in a series about two 70-year-old women who decide to become private investigators —  is a finalist for the 2018 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion award for best thriller. The winner will be announced Aug. 25.


"Murder Among the Tombstones," by Kim Carter has been nominated for a Killer Nashville award.
Murder Among The Tombstones – Kim Carter

It is an honor Carter never could have imagined when she was pecking out plots on the desktop computer she set up in her laundry room. After the traffic incident, Carter had developed agoraphobia. She worried that she would have another seizure at any given time.

She had only learned about what happened that day after the fact. How her foot stiffened on the pedal and sent the car shooting down GA 138 at 70 MPH. How a passing couple realized what was happening and drove their car next to hers to warn other drivers out of the way. How her 10-year old son, Austin, would climb down to the floor, push her foot from the gas and press hard on the brakes until the car rolled across several lanes of traffic and came to a stop near a Saturn dealership.

Carter spent three days in the hospital and underwent weeks of medical testing. She searched for and found the couple that helped her. She even appeared on several televisions shows and in an AJC story. It was an emotional time, said Carter, and the seizures just wouldn’t stop.

It was hard to shake the anxiety and depression that her condition was bringing to her life. She was a mother of young children but had limited mobility and her marriage was headed for divorce.

One day, she sat on the swing set in the backyard and resolved to do something to help her find some peace. So she moved an old desk into the laundry room, set up her computer and started writing.

When the kids were at school or at night when she felt she needed to decompress, she was at her computer coming up with characters.

“I remember thinking, I have always been a reader. I thought about all my favorite authors and I thought about what I liked and didn’t like about certain books,” said Carter. “I said I was going to write the way I want books to be.”

Initially, no one knew what she was doing. But gradually she would print out her pages, roll them up with a rubber band and share them with neighbors.

In 2002, she began working on her second book. This time she did a lot of research. She visited a warden at the prison and an inmate on death row. She went to the Fulton County Examiner’s Office and began networking.

The process got her out of the house and lifted her mood. She began outlining her stories using sticky notes and story boards. Though she was in and out of the hospital several times with health issues, her kids were thriving and her hobby kept her engaged.

Over time she reconnected with a family friend and after a shared dinner, they married in 2004. Her late husband, Julius Herron encouraged her writing and she began sharing more and more of her manuscripts.

In 2005, she self-published her first book, “No Second Chances,” and threw a big launch party at the performing arts center in Newnan. They made the rounds of book fairs, sold books online and when they traveled they would give away books to people all over the globe and watch orders come in from around the world.

Then the seizures came back.

Julius set up a new desk and office for her. She cried over her old beat up desk but began writing again.

For her next book titled “And The Forecast Called For Rain,” Carter worked with a small publishing house. When the book was released she had a signing at Barnes and Noble and sold more than 200 books. But despite what felt like success, the deal with the publishing house wasn’t a good one. Carter was disappointed and tired.

Her self esteem plummeted.


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“I felt like I wasn’t really a writer,” she said. So she stopped writing for about a year. She began to feel depressed and the seizures started up again. Julius thought it was because her mind was idle. 

Four years ago, when the couple visited a convention for owners of greyhound dogs, they met Kelly Keylon, co-owner of Atlanta Water Gardens. The became fast friends and Keylon also encourage Carter to write again. “You have talent. You do not want to give up,” he said to her.

Keylon was so sure of Kim that he founded Raven South Publishing to publish her books. They had to learn how to run a publishing company from the ground up and learned a lot as they worked with printers, cover artists, and editors.

Carter began tackling her writing again. One story was inspired by a girl’s trip to Biloxi, Miss. During a cemetery tour, Carter spotted a tombstone with a baby lamb on top. It said only, “Baby Belle.” She wanted to learn more about this little baby who seemed to have no family. It was so heavy on her mind, it became a plot twist in her book “Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle.”

It turned out to be the book in which Clara and Iris, the nosey widows who launch a second act as investigators were first introduced. She patterned the two characters after her mother and her mother’s best friend. “Readers love ‘Baby Belle” but I think what they loved the most were those two characters,” Carter said. So she decided to focus a series around them.

“Clara and Iris offer a humor break but they are also very smart women,” she said. She has now finished and just released her eighth book, a historical novel called “Dark Secrets of The Bayou“… A chilling gripping suspense filled historical mystery novel like no other she has written to date.

Soon after the idea formed, Carter hauled Keylon out to Greenville to look at an old RV so they could all take a road trip to do research for her current book release. Carter hopes her readers feel like they know her characters and she loves meeting with fans.

“I love doing book clubs and meeting people who read and hearing what they think about the books,” she said. At the end of the book club meetings, she leaves everyone with a note to send out to someone that has influenced their lives in big and small ways.

Carter also continued her connection to Baby Belle. She and Keylon have donated five large angel statues to the Old Biloxi Cemetery to watch over all of the babies buried there. The Killer Nashville nomination has helped give Carter the boost she needed to continue to reach higher and write the kinds of books that readers want to read.

Kim Carter Visiting Another Cemetery



“I just remain so shocked and humbled that people are reading, purchasing and enjoying what I have written,” she said. “For anyone who is writing and struggling, don’t give up. Just keep doing it even if you are just doing it for the love of writing.” 



NEW NOVEL BY AWARD WINNING WRITER KIM CARTER

Released on Amazon and Amazon Kindle


Dark Secrets of the Bayou Kindle Edition

by Kim Carter (Author)  Format: Kindle Edition and Paperback

4.7 out of 5 stars    39 ratings 5-Star Awarded Book Review by Readers Favorite for “Dark Secrets Of The Bayou”
https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/dark-secrets-of-the-bayou ~ Jan. 2021
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New Release Alert: Award-Winning Author Shawna James Releases Book 2 of Her “They Loved Collection” ~ “As It Should Be” With An E-book Sale.


They Loved Collection



Despite the Devil (They Loved Collection Book 1)

by Shawna James (Author)
Kindle Edition

From Book 1:
Stephanie gazed at Andrew’s clean-shaven, long and slender face. His dark green eyes were captivating. His brown hair was neatly combed to the side. His eyebrows were thick and kind of joined in the middle, and his nose looked even sharper from the angle at which Stephanie was now looking at him. Girl, he’s handsome! Stephanie thought, And that accent!

When Stephanie meets Andrew Simmons, she believes she’s found the perfect man: smart, handsome, kind, and athletic. Best of all, the Norwegian former soldier is as interested in her as she is in him. But as their romance begins to blossom, Stephanie learns that Andrew’s past could haunt their life together. His dangerous earlier life may destroy the happiness the two of them share. Will Stephanie and Andrew’s fairytale be strong enough to resist the wickedness from Andrew’s former life?

Winner of the Canada Book Awards!



As It Should Be (They Loved Collection Book 2)

by Shawna James (Author)
Kindle Edition

From Book 2:
Andrew and his wife, Stephanie, thought they had bought their safety and freedom. Just as they had settled into an idyllic life in Norway, the table turn again, into a living nightmare. They are forced to move back to Canada and run through yet another convoluted maze.

Upon arriving back to the country in which they met, a man in a blue Jetta begins following Stephanie and their daughters.  Can Andrew protect his family from the looming threats?  And who is following Stephanie?  Even in the midst of difficult circumstances, Andrew and Stephanie stay positive and strong for their daughters, hoping that someday the curse will be lifted.


Book 2 Released and Written By Shawna James



About The Award-Winning Author:

Shawna James is an Award-Winning Canadian Author & Writer of her book series “They Loved Collection.” Her debut novel “Despite the Devil” was released in November of 2020 and won the Canada Book Awards, and awarded a 5-star review by Readers Favorite; she quickly began gaining romance reader fans from around the world. The second book, titled “As It Should Be,” was released in July 2021 for all her reader fans and is available on Amazon books, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, Audible, B&N, and many fine books book stores.

Shawna, a Canadian Author, holds a master’s degree in education and works as a university instructor, fueling the bright minds of her students.
When she is not writing in her favorite coffee shop or instructing, she enjoys the great outdoors and loves hiking with her puppies. Shawna also travels abroad, is an avid reader, spending time with family, and enjoys watching her favorite football games on Sunday afternoons. She continues to reside in the BC/Vancouver, Canada, area.

The Author welcomes readers, publishers, and agents to visit her Official Author Website for her author news, updates, new releases and is open to interviews, radio shows, and podcasts as a guest author.



The Book Reviews That Are Coming In For Book One of The Collection Are Amazing!



A 5-STAR AMAZING BOOK REVIEW GIVEN BY READERS FAVORITE

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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

Despite The Devil is a work of fiction in the women’s fiction, contemporary romance, and interpersonal drama sub-genres, and was penned by author Shawna James. This compelling and emotional tale focuses on the central couple Stephanie and Andrew, whose initial romance seems ideal and a true match made in heaven.

But Andrew has skeletons in the closet from old mistakes, and both he and Stephanie always have one eye on the past, consumed by the fear that it might come to destroy their future. What results is a poignant, romantic, and emotional tale about finding love and fighting for it, with faith and perseverance.

Author Shawna James has crafted a romantic drama that delivers clean content suitable for readers of all sensitivities, and with a deep sense of passion and devotion from its central pairing. More than this, the work smacks of realism thanks to the grounding of the characters and their realistic dialogue. When faced with adversity they react in ways that we as readers can really relate to, and it compels us to go with them every step of the way on their journey.

One of the things I particularly liked about the work was the plot structure, which keeps things interesting as different elements being revealed. We get some great highs and lows as we see how Andrew and Stephanie deal with the bumps on the road. Overall, I would certainly recommend Despite The Devil for its realistic approach to contemporary drama. A well-written work indeed.


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Special Author Spotlight ~Roger Stark. Sharing News, Reviews, & Updates For His New Novel “They Called Him Marvin: A History of Love, War & Family. Kindle Edition Now Released.



They Called Him Marvin: A History of Love, War and Family by [Roger Stark]


Fresh from garnishing an awarded 5-Star Book Review by Readers Favorite Magazine, Author Roger Stark Announces his new novel is now released and available in e-book on Amazon Kindle titled “They Called Him Marvin: A History of Love, War, and Family”. . .

Written By Author Roger Stark


Since writing this fantastic novel project for over 6+yrs, and after having an encounter with the real Marvin who shared his father’s story with him, Roger was on a quest to bring Marvin’s family story to life as he never had the chance to meet his father. I’ve also read this novel and can tell you the exceptional job Roger did with this book. Now, everyone who may be World War II history buffs or fans of military family life or wartime reads, you don’t have to wait for the paperback release, as it just released in e-book on Amazon Kindle!

And since the e-book released? There has been a lot of news and updates about this new book! First? It is currently featured on allauthor.com in their “Book Cover of The Month” contest and you can help Roger win it by stopping by and giving his beautiful book cover a VOTE right here on this link: https://allauthor.com/cover-of-the-month/11893/ just click the link and vote! It’s that simple.

The book reviews are already coming in for “They Called Him Marvin” on both Amazon and Goodreads. So I wanted to share some so my readers and friends can read first hand HOW AMAZING this new novel is! It has a little something for every type of reader. It is a non-fiction based on real letters between Commander Dean and his wife Connie, Marvin’s mother and father. His dad flew a B-29 bomber plane, so plane buffs will enjoy this book too!


By Author Roger Stark



BOOK REVIEWS RECEIVED

Rose City Reader 5.0 out of 5 stars moving WWII history
Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2021.

They Called Him Marvin is the intimate history of one family caught up the War in the Pacific during WWII. First Lieutenant Dean Sherman was one of some 570 Allied airmen captured by the Japanese. His wife Connie was home in Utah, raising the baby Dean never met.

Roger Stark’s new book tells the story of Dean and Connie Sherman in all its historical context, using their own letters as well as primary source materials. I’m impressed by the research the author put into the book and the way he used the letters and personal story of Dean and Connie to tell the bigger story of the airmen fighting the war in Japan. The book really brings to life the story of the brave men flying B-29 fighters and the harrowing effects the war had on families on both sides.

Dianna N. 5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid descriptions, Real life
Reviewed in the United States on June 19, 2021.

I am reading this story, and am riveted. The author has a way of telling the story that is enjoyable as well as enjoying what the story is about. I’ve felt happy, sad, glad, horrified, and enchanted by the story and by the way it is written. I recommend this book to anyone, as it appeals to several aspects of human nature/real life.


Jillian S.
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that will leave you crying
Reviewed in the United States on June 15, 2021

A book that will leave you crying, with a heart full of both longing and love. A reminder to hold those you love close while you can. The window into a true love story through Connie and Dean’s letters surrounded by the realities of horrendous war both broke my heart and filled it with hope.

Showcasing their joy and love while describing what life inside the war was like, what lead to each war action and how the air battles transpired is no easy feat. However this book tackled them all with an engaging narrative that added levity at just the right moments. A difficult, tragic topic to share with the world and so worth reading!


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Now, in more news about Roger and his new e-book release and his book will featured as “The Book of The Day” on The 4th of July at Books Shelf Literary Magazine and a great place for all readers to check out for amazing books of fiction and non-fiction and you’ll see “They Called Him Marvin” highlighted all day!

What an awesome way to pay tribute to those unsung heroes of all wartime and honor those through this novel and whom fought for our Freedom we enjoy on our American Independence Day.

You can visit on the 4th at https://www.booksshelf.com/books/They-Called-Him-Marvin%3A-A-History-of-Love%2C-War-and-Family


They Called Him Marvin: A History of Love, War and Family ~ Now on Books Shelf

They Called Him Marvin: A History of Love, War and Family

By Author

Roger Stark

Nonfiction, Biography / Memoir, Family and Relationships


Short Description

“Destined to become the new Military Family American Classic Novel.”

“They were the fathers we never knew, the uncles we never met, the friends who never returned, the heroes we can never repay. They gave us our world. And those simple sounds of freedom we hear today are their voices speaking to us across the years.” ~Former President Bill Clinton

Such a man was 1st Lt Dean Harold Sherman, B-29 Airplane Commander, Marvin’s father he never met…


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About The Author

I would describe myself as a reluctant writer. But when a story comes along that demands to be told, you pick up your pen.


Six years ago, I heard the story of a friend’s father in World War II. I was so moved by his telling of the story that I asked if he would allow me to write it. The result is the soon-to-be-published “They Called Him Marvin.” My life has been touched in so many ways by being part of documenting this profound story.


My career as an addiction counselor (CDP) lead me to write “The Waterfall Concept; A Blueprint for Addiction Recovery” and co-author “Reclaiming Your Addicted Brain.”
After my counseling retirement, I decided I wanted to learn more about the craft of writing and started attending classes at Portland, Oregon’s Attic Institute.


I learned that there is an amazing number of great writers in my area and were willing to help others improve their skills. My next project is already underway, a memoir of growing in SW Washington called “Life on a Sorta Farm.
My wife of 49 years, Susan, and I still live in the southwest Washington area. We raised seven children and have eleven grandchildren. We love to travel and see the sites and cultures of the world. I still get on my bicycle whenever I can.

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