Saturday, August 18, 2012

Interview with Bryan Wood author of Unspoken Abandonment

Today Stuffed Shelves is welcoming Bryan Wood author of Unspoken Abandonment for a special spotlight on him and his book.

In case you haven't heard his book has reached the Non-Fiction Bestsellers list three times since it was released.

The book also has a 4.9 out of 5 star rating on Amazon, a 5 star rating on Barnes & Noble, and a 5 star rating on and it most definitely has 5 stars from me. Click here to see the full review by Stuffed Shelves. 

Just this month his book has been downloaded over ten-thousand times! Don't miss out what everyone else has already started reading! 
Bryan is basically a regular guy with a beautiful wife, two adorable cats, and way too many bills! Bryan is a writer living in the Sarasota, FL area, and he has a love for life!Bryan always had a love for writing, but he always kept his writing to himself. His first public debut was writing blogs on MySpace - I know, pretty lame. But those blogs drew in thousands of readers! Bryan's skill for writing coupled with a very unique life had people telling him: "You need to write a book!" So he did...
Liz: Your book is so open and honest, what motivated you to want to turn your personal thoughts into something everyone can read? Bryan: It was never one single event or even one single decision. It's been an evolving process over the last three or four years, and it came to fruition step by step. It was partly to finally liberate myself from this “secret” that I was carrying, but mainly it was because I knew it would help a lot of other people to hear my story.
Liz: What books did you read overseas? What books do you enjoy reading in general?
Bryan: I actually didn't read any books in Afghanistan. It was a difficult environment to really enjoy a book, and it was difficult to dedicate enough time to reading to actually enjoy a book. For me, it was magazines – lots and lots of magazines. Liz: What advice would you recommend to new recruits/soldiers about to deploy?
Bryan: Stay safe, stay alert, and stay alive. Trust your training, and you'll be just fine. It's after coming home where my advice would kick in: talk, talk, and talk some more. Don't hold it in, get with people you love and let everything out. The sooner the better.
Liz: Who would you say is your biggest idol? A person who made the biggest impact on your life? Bryan: My idol is absolutely Johnny Cash. He came from nothing and rose to everything, but he never forgot where he came from. He spent his life identifying with the poor and the down and out. I think if we could somehow merge Johnny Cash, Mother Theresa, and John Lennon into one person, what a person that would be. 
Liz: There is an emergency and you have 10 minutes to grab 10 of your most prized possessions out of your home, which items do you grab in order of importance? Bryan: As long as me, my wife, and our two cats make it out, I'll be a happy guy. The rest of the stuff is just stuff. Liz: Do you play any musical instruments? What kind of music do you rock out the hardest to? Bryan: I play a mean air guitar. I actually have the third largest collection of air guitars in the world! I can really rock out to old school classic rock: AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, all that stuff is the best. Liz: Do you have a favorite TV shows? How do you feel about reality television. Bryan: I wish I could say that I hate reality TV, but sometimes those shows really suck you in. My favorite show is Mythbusters, which is kind of reality TV – more real than “reality” TV, no? Liz: You've just won the lottery, what are the first few purchases you'll make for yourself and your loved ones?  Bryan: Without a doubt, a 2013 Bentley GT Speed. After that, just a LOT of gas! Liz: What is your style when your not in uniform? Bryan: I actually don't wear a uniform anymore. But my new “uniform” is a pair of kick ass jeans, a plain tee, and my black chucks. Liz: You can travel to any country in the world, what is your first choice and why? Bryan: Iceland! That country is amazing. No matter how many times I've been to Reykjavik, Iceland's capital, it's never enough. Visit there once and you'll understand.
So what are you waiting for? I loved his book, and so will you! Go check Bryan out for yourself!  
Check him out on his Amazon Author Page or at his website.
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The Vampire Hunter's Daughter: Complete Collection

The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter: The Complete Collection
By Jennifer Malone Wright

Genre:YA paranormal
ISBN: 978-0615650081
Number of pages: 217 paperback
Word Count: 78,734
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Book Description:

This special edition of The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter contains parts I-VI, the complete collection. Fourteen-year-old Chloe witnesses her mother’s murder at the hands of a vampire. Before the vampire can kidnap her, there is an unexpected rescue by a group of vampire hunters.

Overwhelmed by the feeling of safety, Chloe passes out and they whisk her away to their small community. When Chloe wakes, she comes face to face with the only other living relative, besides her mother, whom she has ever met: her grandfather. Chloe’s mother kept her hidden from the family; now, Chloe tries to unveil the family secrets.

Through her grandfather, she learns her mother was a vampire hunter. In fact, her entire family is descended from the powerful bloodlines of vampire hunters. Chloe agrees to join the family she has never known for one reason only: Chloe vows to kill the vampire responsible for her mother’s murder. With vengeance in her soul, Chloe is even more determined to follow through on her vow when she discovers the true identity of her enemy and how he is connected to her.

Experience the world of vampires hunter’s, vampires and mythology with Chloe in this exciting series.

Short Excerpt:

I took the first book off the stack and examined the cover. It was titled Vampires throughout History. The cover was leather and so old it was stiff and cracked in spots. The pages showed signs of age too, yellowing and stiff to the touch. There was no table of contents, so it looked like I was going to have to scan the entire book for what I was wanting. I flipped the pages carefully, so as not to tear any of them.

After an hour of scanning and about half way through the book, I found something referring to vampire children.
Although extremely rare, the natural-born offspring of vampires exist throughout the world. These rare beings are called the dhampir. Dhampir are usually the product of a vampire and mortal. The most common of these unions is a male vampire impregnating a mortal woman. Vampires, both male and female, are seductive in nature and some mortals came willingly to these unions. However, the majority of dhampir born were produced through an act of rape.

Solitary by nature, it is uncommon for a vampire to settle with any one mate for long. The children of vampires, the dhampir, more often than not exhibit all the characteristics of their vampire parent. The strength, speed and agility are the usual hereditary traits that the children develop. They are not always born with these traits but develop them as they grow into adulthood.

The dhampir are day walkers. Some of these children are sensitive to the sunlight but will not perish in the direct rays. Most have no sensitivity at all. Drinking the fresh blood of mortals is also not usually required of the dhampir; however, some have a liking for it. Very few actually need it to survive.

Most dhampir are rejected by the vampire species because of their mortality and weaknesses. Mortals often reject the dhampir, as well, due to their vampirism, so they frequently remain outcast.

Dhampir are known for becoming vampire killers. Their closeness to the vampires and their vampire characteristics make them powerful vampire hunters. The unique ability to track and kill vampires is specific to only the dhampir and the mythological race of vampire hunters.

Historically, dhampir became vampire hunters as a trade. Towns and villages became plagued by vampires who were terrorizing their homes and killing their people. The dhampir accepted contracts in exchange for monetary payment and used their likeness to their vampire counterparts to exterminate the vampires.
Holy crap, that was a lot to process. The more I read the passages, the more I understood that my being a hunter was more than my heritage; it was my history and my future. Everything about my bloodlines had hunters involved.

Author Bio:
Jennifer Malone Wright resides in the beautiful mountains of northern Idaho with her husband and five children. Between the craziness of taking care of her children, whose ages range from fourteen all the way down to six months, and being a homemaker, Jennifer has little time left for herself. The time she does have left, usually leading far into the night, is spent working on freelance work or her beloved fiction.

When she grew up, Jennifer always had her nose in a book. She has been writing stories and poems since grade school. This love of the written word and her strong interest in the paranormal is what has led to her first novel “The Birth of Jaiden.”
In addition to being a mother and homemaker, Jennifer is also a very proud military wife. Moving around the country for the last ten years has made her a bit of a nomad and she finds it difficult to be in one place for too long.

Jennifer is also the author of The Birth of Jaiden, a paranormal novel filled with action, suspense, and even a love story.

Check out Jennifer at all the links!
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page

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Fly in the Milk by T.K. O'Neill

What is the book about?

Johnny Beam is found shattered and injured at the bottom of a fifty foot cliff from a horrible wreck. Beam is a boxing champion, football star, gambler and in trouble with the law. It's anyone's guess if this was an intentional death as payback for poor gambling or just a simple accident.

What did I think of the book?

What a great story of exciting crime including betrayal and drama. I hear that T.K. O'Neill has written under the surname of Thomas Sparrow and I know I will be looking for the rest of his work to get my fix on this great reading.
It's only two-hundred pages long so you can read this exciting book fairly quickly and

I guarantee it will be worth reading! Just like most crime and thriller novels the language is quite colorful and I found it pretty entertaining. I know if my grandmother were to loan this book to me, half of the words would be blacked out by sharpie. You can't have good detective work without some creative colorful language.
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