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After OzzTitle: After Ozz
Author: Bart Baker
Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 254
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Kindle/Paperback

With her uncle, the President of the United States, presumed dead and her beloved younger brother, Ozz, missing, Dot Gale is whisked into an odyssey in a different, very strange dimension. With the aid of three friends she makes on this arduous adventure, Scared Crow, Heartless and half man/half beast, Lars, Dot must battle the diabolically deadly Empress West if she is ever to return home with Ozz. Can Dot survive the evil machinations of the Empress and return home to rescue the United States before her wicked Aunt Emily succeeds with her sinister plan to take over the country?

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Meet the author…

Bart Baker

Bart and his family, Pastor Joe Elvis and their two sons Isaiah and Emmanuel, moved to St. Louis, Bart’s hometown. For nearly 30 year, Mr. Baker resided in Los Angeles, where he worked as a writer/producer in the entertainment industry.He has had two feature films produced LIVE WIRE for New Line Pictures, and SUPERCROSS for Fox, as well as eleven films for television, including CHILDREN OF THE BRIDE, which spawned two sequels, BABY OF THE BRIDE and MOTHER OF THE BRIDE on CBS, as well as the Christmas perennial, A DIFFERENT KIND OF CHRISTMAS for Lifetime.

Mr. Baker has worked on film and TV projects for Warner Brothers, Tristar, New Line, Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC, Lifetime, USA Network, Syfy Network, Fox Television, The Family Channel, as well as working on staff on the FX Network series, DIRT starring Courteney Cox.

Presently, Mr. Baker has two projects in development, HONEYMOON WITH HARRY a feature film based on Bart’s debut novel of the same name at New Line with Bradley Cooper attached to star. Mr. Baker has also completed his second novel, IMMEDIATE FAMILY. Mr. Baker also has eight produced theatrical plays under his belt.

An avid fitness buff and political junkie, Bart enjoys spending his free time with his family and friends, and enjoys teaching film/television writing classes at Webster University.

Writing is his passion and he feels blessed that he’s been able to make a living doing what he loves and for all the interesting people and events that he’s been exposed to through his work.

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Researching the Future

Laura Liddell Nolen


When I set out to write my first book, I didn’t think much about how much time I’d spend researching. The book is set fifty years in the future, just after World War III, so I thought I’d have more leeway in coming up with technology. After all, the sky is the limit- future tech hasn’t even been invented yet! But the more I wrote, the more I felt the need to ground Char’s universe in realistic, nearly-current technology. I also found myself double-checking little details about stuff I thought I knew. Handcuffs, Braille, motor boats, Kevlar, so-called “assault rifles,” you name it, I looked it up!


Although I did have lots of fun with the cars. Automobiles of the 2060’s won’t drive unauthorized users, and if they think you’re trying to commit a crime, they shut down entirely. Considering the GPS systems we use today, it wasn’t that much of a stretch. So that gave me some fun rules to work with, especially when you add an escaped convict trying to fight her way into space.


The spaceships were another story- definitely fun, but requiring way more research than any other part of the book. There are two main kinds of spacecraft in The Ark. The first are Off-Planet Transports, which hold ten thousand passengers and blast off from earth. They’re a lot like modern-day rockets, but they have thin, aerodynamic spokes that hold the passengers.


The other kind, obviously, are the Arks.


Arks are a hybrid of a space station and a spaceship. They’re too big to blast off from the earth, so they were constructed in space, like a space station. But they have more propulsion capabilities than a station like the ISS, for example, because they aren’t meant to stay in orbit. They’re travelling to a planetoid in the Kuiper Belt, which is a considerable distance from earth. In that respect, they’re like spaceships.


Each Ark is designed to hold a hundred thousand people for several years. Certainly, there are enough resources on earth right now to feed a tiny fraction of our population for a very long time, but you need somewhere to put all that food. Plus, you need terraforming equipment, farm animals, and any other– ahem– remnants of human civilization you want to preserve. So I knew the cargo hold had to be big.


Eventually, I decided that the North American Ark would be shaped like a doughnut, so that the outer rim is much bigger than the center rim. That’s why I put the cargo hold as far out as possible- it’s got tons more space


In researching space stations, almost the first thing I discovered is that gravity is really, really good for us, and its absence can wreak havoc on all our body systems. My ship had to have it- most of the time, anyway. So the North American Ark spins, pressing its cargo and occupants outward. Somewhere near the middle rim is the “sweet spot,” where the amount of simulated gravity is one g- the same as the force of gravity on earth. Naturally, the Guardians took the sweet spot for themselves.


Which leaves the rest of the Ark, including the cargo hold, for everyone else. The outer rim is a dark, heavy place- full of perfect hiding places for stowaways and their ilk. Here’s hoping Char can find it before Central Command finds Char.


The wildest part of it is, this spaceship design isn’t nearly as original as I’d thought! While looking up historical spacecraft, I stumbled onto a few ideas that never became reality. And folks, as unbelievable as it sounds, there once were plans for a real-life, doughnut-shaped ship. I present to you the Stanford Torus, a marvel of modern imagination and possibility. The 70’s were a magical time, clearly. There are lots of differences between the North American Ark and the Stanford Torus, but the similarities are striking. I’m going to use as much of this as possible in writing the sequel to The Ark.


So happy researching, everyone! May your internet searches be ever fruitful, bearing only the happiest of results and the silliest of cats.

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Title: The Ark
Author: Laura Liddell Nolen
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 239
Genre: YA Scifi
Format: Paperback/Kindle/Nook

There’s a meteor headed for Earth, and there is only one way to survive.

It’s the final days of earth, and sixteen-year-old Char is right where she belongs: in prison. With her criminal record, she doesn’t qualify for a place on an Ark, one of the five massive bioships designed to protect earth’s survivors during the meteor strike that looks set to destroy the planet. Only a select few will be saved – like her mom, dad, and brother – all of whom have long since turned their backs on Char.

If she ever wants to redeem herself, Char must use all the tricks of the trade to swindle her way into outer space, where she hopes to reunite with her family, regardless of whether they actually ever want to see her again, or not . . .

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Laura NolanLaura Liddell Nolen grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she spent lots of time playing make-believe with her two younger brothers. They supplemented their own stories with a steady diet of space- and superhero-themed movies, books, and television. The daughter of a comic book collector, she learned how to handle old comics at an early age, a skill she’s inordinately proud of to this day.

Laura began work on her first novel, The Ark, in 2012, following the birth of her daughter Ava, a tiny rebel and a sweetheart on whom the novel’s main character is loosely based. Completion of The Ark was made possible in part due to an SCBWI Work-in-Progress Award.

Laura loves coffee, dogs, and making lists. She has a degree in French and a license to practice law, but both are frozen in carbonite at present. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and two young children, and their dog Miley, who is a very good girl.

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a new YA Fantasy novel by 
Leigh Goff


About Disenchanted:
A dark curse, a forbidden love.
Orphaned sixteen-year-old Sophie Goodchild is an outcast among the ordinaries and her coven, but not because she’s untalented. Descended from a powerful Wethersfield witch, her spellcasting gift is awkwardly emerging, but that’s the least of her worries. The boy she’s forbidden to fall for, a descendant of the man who condemned her ancestor to hang, carries a dark secret that could destroy them both unless Sophie learns how to tap into the mysterious power of her diamond bloodcharm.
Suspenseful, dark, romantic, and brimming with old magic, Disenchanted captures the intrigue of New England’s witchlore.
Book Details:
Title: Disenchanted
Author Name: Leigh Goff
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Musa Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 978-1-68009-045-1
Release Date: 12/19/2014
Read an Excerpt:
I sat, soaking wet, shaking from the adrenaline. Whoever he was, he rescued me from the would-be thief who bore the symbol of the Leos, a breath-saving nickname I gave Judge Mather’s Law Enforcement Organization. I strained to see, but the rain drops clinging to my long eyelashes blurred my vision. I wiped them away as my heart settled to an even pace.
With his back to me, he watched the thief disappear into the stormy night. He ran his hands through his thick, wavy, wet hair. His broad shoulders relaxed before he turned to offer me assistance. He extended his long arm to help me to my feet. I hesitated for a second, unsure of him, but as he reached for me, our fingers brushed together. A shock of electricity bolted through my hand. I froze as I caught the surprised reaction on his face, telling me he felt it, too. His fingers clasped firmly around mine and, with no effort, he pulled me to my feet. Unsteady, I pressed my hands against his firm muscled chest that showed through the drenched white shirt. A dizzy, swirly sensation swept through my head as if I were on a merry-go-round spinning around at one hundred miles per hour.
He had to be six feet tall.
“Are you okay?” he asked in a smooth British accent. His deep voice vibrated with tension, sending warm chills inside me.
I balanced myself and brushed my wet hair behind my ears, swallowing hard. A British accent that could make a girl melt if the girl didn’t have alarm bells going off in her head. There were no Brits currently living in our small part of Wethersfield, which meant he had to be one of them. My wide eyes flitted around, looking for a clue to make sense of why the statuesque Mather boy with his soaking wet shirt and black tailored pants left the comfort of his father’s manor house to brave the storm.
He stepped closer, breaching the already slim gap between us and forcing my eyes up. The streetlight illuminated his handsome features. His ivory complexion, dappled with raindrops and a shadow of thick stubble, revealed a hint of blush as if it were wintertime and the cold air had plucked at his cheeks.
I followed the perfect straight line of his nose to his brooding, dark eyes full of mystery. His eyes wandered over the details of my face and settled on my own, waiting for me to reply. A warm, wet breeze swirled up from behind him and wrapped his alluring scent around me; clean, floral and woodsy and thoroughly masculine. I inhaled again and again, unable to exhale. With all the plants and flowers I had smelled in my lifetime, he smelled better than any, alone or in combination. I wavered slightly, side to side, feeling dazed. I gulped a mouthful of air, trying not to breathe him in. What was wrong with me? I shook myself out of the stupor.
“Did you know that man?” he asked.
“Did you?” I said in an accusatory tone, but at that moment, I didn’t care about the attacker.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about.” He drew back like I was crazy for suggesting anything.
He was the enemy. Say something, I thought. “What…what are you doing out here anyway?”
He furrowed his eyebrows inward. “Saving you, obviously.”
I threw my hands on my hips, shocked by the irony. A Mather helping a Greensmith? Hell was freezing over somewhere beneath our feet and every kind of farm animal was sprouting wings to fly. “That’s impossible.”
“And why is that?”
“Because…because you’re a Mather,” I said, not meaning to sound disgusted, but I struggled to contain my feelings. Fact was, the Mathers had Greensmith blood on their hands, as well as my coven’s blood. Through Wethersfield’s history, they were known as witch-hunters and with each generation, they changed only to appear more politically correct, but their intentions remained unchanged.


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I love writing young adult fiction with elements of magic and romance because it’s also what I like to read. Born and raised on the East Coast, I now live in Maryland, where I enjoy the area’s great history and culture.
I am a graduate of the University of Maryland, University College and a member of the Maryland Writers’ Association and Romance Writers of America. I am also an approved artist with the Maryland State Arts Council. My debut novel, Disenchanted, was inspired by the Wethersfield witches of Connecticut and will be released by Musa Publishing in December 2014.

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{YA Romance}


Released February 18, 2014

Congratulations on your release of “ONLY FOR YOU”!!!

Summary: *From the author*

It is said that people’s lives are tales of two great journeys – the pursuit of happiness and the search for true love.

Edward seems to have achieved one of these ultimate goals by falling in love with Daisy.

But in his quest for true love, will he be willing to let go of his one special friend, and perhaps, sacrifice his chance for happiness?

If there’s a choice between love and friendship, would Edward sacrifice one for the other? Would he be able to live with his choice and never ask himself what if he chose the other?


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About the author……

Tista Ray, a 19-year-old Commonwealth Bronze Award winning Indian authoress, has penned her debut novella MELANCHOLIC DELIGHT and got published in January 2013. Since the age of 11 she has been actively involved in writing newspaper articles (for TTIS and The Telegraph) and currently serves as the editor of a free women’s ezine LADY UNWRITTEN. Besides this her charity works deserve special mention. She’s donating her book’s proceeds to an orphanage. Her other published title includes SUMMER SOULMATES in Summer’s Edge (by Elephant Bookshelf Press), FOR MY LOVE’S SAKE in A Gift of a Rose (by Lost Tower Publications) and many more. Her second novella ONLY FOR YOU is set to be published in early 2014 by Books To Go Now. To add up, she’s the “promising word-weaver” whom the bloggers consider “a treat for the readers.” Follow her on Twitter @tista_ray or visit her official website at or Facebook page at for free writing material, publishing news, motivational quotes and giveaway contests.


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{Young Adult Fantasy}



Aquifer: Truth Lies Just Below the Surface

So without further ado, welcome Jonathan!!

MBA&M: Welcome! Please tell our readers a little about yourself?

JONATHAN: Good to be here! Well, think 6’5’’, really bald, with Tourette syndrome. So I’m usually on the move and really easy to spot in a crowd.


MBA&M: What called you to write fantasy for Young Adult readers?


JONATHAN: The story. I never set out to write a fantasy, certainly nothing as ambitious as Aquifer. I set out to know Luca, and the more I found out about him, the more I realized that he would function best in a big, dystopian world. I literally followed Luca into this future land. It was cool.


MBA&M: Who was your greatest influencer in writing?


JONATHAN: Cec Murphey and Lauraine Snelling. They both write with very different styles, but they both encouraged me more than I can say.


MBA&M: If you could visit one person, in the world, real or fictional, who would it be and why?


JONATHAN: Anyone from Nepal. I would really like to visit Nepal.


MBA&M: Now, pertaining to your title: JonathanTell our readers some of the challenges in writing Aquifer?


JONATHAN: Whenever you build a world, it is a challenge. So that world-creation aspect took time. But my biggest struggle was in the writing of Luca. I needed to connect with him myself before I could write him, and I found that connection in the fact that we both have experienced a profound sense of being “other,” feeling different than everyone else in this world. As the world of Aquifer is an unfeeling world, writing characters that readers can connect to emotionally also became the challenge.


MBA&M: Which character in Aquifer do you most identify with and why?


JONATHAN: Seward. Absolutely. He’s a skeptic with a big heart. He trusts few, but when he does connect to another, he’ll stay loyal to the end.


MBA&M: What is your favorite aspect of being an author?


JONATHAN: The variety. No day is like another. One day I’ll write. One day I’ll speak. One day I’ll be marketing or setting up engagements. That change of pace is a wonderful thing. Also, I love my commute: fifteen steps from my bedroom to my office. No traffic, unless the kids are trampling through the hall. Who can beat that?


MBA&M: What is something that scares the “Heck” out of you and why?


JONATHAN: I’m a raging claustrophobic. Why? I’m big, tight spaces are small. We don’t go together.


MBA&M: Who is your real-life hero,why?


JONATHAN: My daughter. She lives with Diabetes and Tourette’s, yet she carries herself with such grace and poise. Amazing.


MBA&M: What is your life’s passion, besides writing of course?


JONATHAN: My passion? I don’t want anything to go to waste. Painful experiences, health problems, etc. I want the struggles of my life to be useful, to touch others, to encourage others. Right now, writing is one avenue by which that can happen.


MBA&M: What are some of your comfort foods, and what do you listen to while writing if anything?


JONATHAN: I have no comfort foods to speak of, but when I write I need to have the noise of my family in the background. Boys racing around. My daughter writing at my side. My lovely wife working the garden. Home sounds: they are what I want to hear. They calm me.


MBA&M: Have you always wanted to write the Young Adult genre?


JONATHAN: No. I haven’t always wanted to write, period. I don’t know if I’ll still be writing in ten years. That’s not my personality. I do know that I am thoroughly enjoying it now. When the joy leaves, I’ll look for something else.



MBA&M: What author would you say influenced your writing career the most?


JONATHAN: A. A. Milne. I wouldn’t be writing without the brilliance of Winnie-the-Pooh.

Thank you for spending time with us and our readers today! We would like to take this moment to wish you all the best in your future endeavors!!


A bit about the author…..

Jonathan Friesen is an author, speaker, and youth writing coach from Mora, Minnesota. His first young adult novel, Jerk, California, received the ALA Schneider Award. When he’s not writing, speaking at schools, or teaching, Jonathan loves to travel and hang out with his wife and three kids.


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acquifer.pngAQUIFER book trailer:

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Blink (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310731828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310731825

Only He Can Bring What They Need to Survive. In the year 2250, water is scarce, and those who control it control everything. Sixteen-year-old Luca has struggled with this truth, and what it means, his entire life. As the son of the Deliverer, he will one day have to descend to the underground Aquifer each year and negotiate with the reportedly ratlike miners who harvest the world’s fresh water. But he has learned the true control rests with the Council aboveground, a group that has people following without hesitation, and which has forbidden all emotion and art in the name of keeping the peace. And this Council has broken his father’s spirit, while also forcing Luca to hide every feeling that rules his heart. But when Luca’s father goes missing, everything shifts. Luca is forced underground, and discovers secrets, lies, and mysteries that cause him to reevaluate who he is and the world he serves. Together with his friends and a very alluring girl, Luca seeks to free his people and the Rats from the Council’s control. But Luca’s mission is not without struggle and loss, as his desire to uncover the truth could have greater consequences than he ever imagined.

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fairest beauty

Finding The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson


The Fairest Beauty is a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs retelling. I knew I wanted to follow the original fairy tale’s plot, but I wanted to put my own spin on it as well. I wanted an active hero who would be in the story from beginning to end, not just one who shows up briefly at the beginning, then swoops in at the end to kiss the heroine and take her back to his castle. So I had to figure out a new angle for the hero.

I like to let an idea simmer in my mind for a while before I start writing. I had in mind a hero who was trying to prove himself, Gabehart, the underdog younger brother who feels he’salways overlooked because he isn’t as brawny or as ambitious as his big brother, Valten, the jousting tournament champion. Gabe thinks a great way to overcome his reputation for being irresponsible is to rescue his brother’s betrothed, Sophie, from the clutches of her evil stepmother. That way, he would become a hero in his family’s eyes.

The problem is, Gabe soon falls in love with Sophie. But he knows that this is just the type of behavior his family expects from him. Besides, Sophie deserved a responsible, honorable man. Gabe may be irresponsible, but he is not a selfish brute. Quite the opposite. He is a good-hearted guy who may be a little arrogant, but never mean. He is brave when the occasion demands it, and truly does want to save the damsel in distress, not just for his own glory but for her sake as well.

Gabe was an enjoyable character to write. He is sweet and boyishly handsome, but rugged too, when he had to protect the woman he cared about. He is also positive and optimistic. As he falls deeper in love with Sophie, he becomes more forward-thinking and dependable than he’s ever been in his life. Here is a girl for whom it is worth becoming a better man.

As for my heroine, Sophie is a girl who is smartly cautious of others. She knows how to defend herself, and is wise to befriend the other servants who she considers her family. She is tough when she needs to be, but also compassionate to those in need. Most fairy tale heroines are frightened damsels in distress, but Sophie is a tough girl, especially since she has no parents or siblings to look out for her. She might be in distress, but she is also shrewd and courageous.

Sophie has a stepmother who hates her and has berated her all her life. I had to ask myself, how would this sort of abuse affect this character?

Sophie must overcome the lies her stepmother told her, the painful words that are embedded in her mind. She had grown up not trusting people, so naturally she finds it hard to trust Gabe. Sophie’s arc becomes all about how she would eventually reject the negative messages told to her by her stepmother, and overcome her lack of trust in others in order to protect herself from emotional harm.

I enjoy analyzing my characters and figuring out how they would react to different situations and problems based on two things: Their personality traits and their past experiences. As I write, I ask myself, What would be the most romantic thing that could realistically happen at each point in the story? What would be the most satisfying way for this book to end? How do I make that happen? Everything has to comply with the characters’ personalities and experiences. I always want my characters to grow , both physically and emotionally.

That’s my formula for a satisfying story.

What a fascinating story! Thanks for sharing with us and our readers,Melanie!



Melanie dickerson headshotMelanie Dickerson’s 2010 debut novel, The Healer’s Apprentice, was named the Best First Book by the National Readers’ Choice Awards and was both a Christy and Carol Award finalist. The book also earned the HOLT Medallion Award of Merit and was a Maggie Award finalist. Dickerson’s follow-up book, 2011’s The Merchant’s Daughter, was also a Christy Award finalist and Carol Award winner. Her latest book, The Fairest Beauty, is in stores now.



fairest beautyTHE FAIREST BEAUTY


  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (January 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310724392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310724391

Book Description

Release date: January 22, 2013
A daring rescue. A difficult choice. Sophie desperately wants to get away from her stepmother’s jealousy, and believes escape is her only chance to be happy. Then a young man named Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother, and everything twists upside down. This could be Sophie’s one chance at freedom—but can she trust another person to keep her safe? Gabe defied his parents Rose and Wilhelm by going to find Sophie, and now he believes they had a right to worry: the girl’s inner and outer beauty has enchanted him. Though romance is impossible—she is his brother’s future wife, and Gabe himself is betrothed to someone else—he promises himself he will see the mission through, no matter what. When the pair flee to the Cottage of the Seven, they find help—but also find their feelings for each other have grown. Now both must not only protect each other from the dangers around them—they must also protect their hearts.

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First, however, a bit about The Sweetest Taboo Series:

The Sweetest Taboo Series is a controversial and edgy contemporary *mature* YA romance series appropriate for readers 16 and over. Sweetest Taboo is Book One of the series and was released on October 1, 2012.  Book Two, Tainted Love, is scheduled to be released on March 5, 2013!

 Now the very interesting, Eva Marquez!

Again, Welcome Eva!

MBA&M: Hi, Eva, welcome to My Book Addiction and More! Please give our readers who may not know you a little insight into the mind of Eva Marquez?


 Because my novels deal with controversial topics, cross and intersect genres and do not fit into neat little boxes, I ask my readers to be prepared for the journey. My novels are not for everyone, and those who are disturbed and bothered by stories that push the envelope or challenge societal norms would likely not find my literary work appealing. So in essence, this is a bit of a warning to potential readers and/or followers. I do not intend on writing for all audiences, as that is almost impossible to do. What I can and have committed myself to doing is writing about what I know, writing about my own contexts, environments and experiences and pushing those to the limits to create controversial stories that inspire people to perhaps think out of the box.



MBA&M: TAINTED LOVE, is a complex issue, why write a story where a teenager has an affair with her swim coach?


EVA: Although ‘Tainted Love’ has some elements of the controversial nature of a relationship between a high school swim coach and a student, Book One of the ‘Sweetest Taboo Series’ covered that development of that affair. ‘Tainted Love’ takes off where ‘Sweetest Taboo’ left off and delves into more complex issues about love, deceit, mistrust, and emotional weakness/strength. Why write this story? Because it happens more than we care to acknowledge. When I was in Junior High one of my teachers had married his student (after she graduated) and they had been married for fifteen years and were a happy family with children. What intrigued me most about these stories was that the only perspective we really see is that of the media, which usually tarnishes such relationships. My objective in writing this lengthy and complex story was to portray what may be a hidden side of these relationships, a loving side, a neutral side that does not judge, throw stones, or vilify those involved in such love affairs.



MBA&M: What was your inspiration behind writing TAINTED LOVE?


EVA: I grew up as an immigrant in a lower-to-middle class Southern California suburb. So I tapped into that experience in the ‘Sweetest Taboo Series’, which chronicle the love affair between a young Hispanic schoolgirl and her much older, married teacher. I drew from my experiences growing up to develop several plot ideas. Romantic experiences are universal. Provocative, illicit and risqué contexts do not take away from the experience of love, and that’s what this debut book sets out to communicate.


I was also intrigued by the news of one of my former teachers being convicted of [sexual] misconduct with a minor. Since I can remember, I have always been fascinated by similar stories making the news, but like many people, wondered about how these relationships originate and how they flourish under the radar. In Sweetest Taboo, I got to unravel one of these clandestine relationships, one exciting page at a time. I also delved into the mind of the adult male in this relationship in ‘Tainted Love’, which was an enlightening experience.



MBA&M: Which character(s) was the hardest to write about and why?


EVA: Probably Tom’s character for two reasons: 1) I’m not a man and have difficulty putting myself in a man’s shoes and being able to dialogue and feel like a man, and 2) I can not imagine how it would feel to be in Tom’s shoes, vilified by colleagues and community members for simply loving a girl who clearly pursued him and loves him with great intensity.



MBA&M: What was the hardest scene to write in TAINTED LOVE?


EVA: The romantic/sex scenes between Isabel and Professor Wellings. Although this is a book series for mature young adults and new adults, I always want to ensure that sex scenes are written in a delicate and respectful manner. In ‘Sweetest Taboo’ it was important to me to be descriptive of the very first sex experience between Tom and Isabel, mainly because it’s the moment that Isabel loses her virginity (a very important experience in a young ladies life and development). In ‘Tainted Love’, Isabel is more experience in love and sex and so I decided to leave more to the imagination this time, which I am hoping readers appreciate.



MBA&M: If you could have dinner with one of your characters which one and why?


Eva: Definitely Tom! He is a sensitive, kind and introspective man. He seems to be completely, head over heals in love with Isabel, dedicated to her and willing to jeopardize much of what he’s accomplished in life just be with her. Isabel is not always as loving, gentle, or caring so my questions to Tom would be around why he wants to maintain a relationship with a young woman who gives him the runaround, who isn’t always honest with him, and who doesn’t seem to know what she wants. Of course, if he were as attractive as I’ve described him, then I’d probably also be somewhat flirtatious!



MBA&M: Where is your favorite place to write, your favorite book and why do you go when the stress gets to be too much?


EVA: My favorite place to write is in a café…I love the buzz and energy of people chatting and working on laptops, and I love coffee! My favorite book of all time is ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. One must remember that I worked in Nigeria for over two years so I have a special interest in novels about Nigeria and West Africa, which is why my second favorite book is ‘Poisonwood Bible’. Regarding stress, I can usually manage and deflect stress quite well, but when you add a whiney toddler into the mix, it can be far too much. What I usually do is take my little over to a friend’s house so she can play and expend energy and then return home for a brief nap. That usually does the trick.



MBA&M: What is on your horizon with your writing career?


EVA: The last book of the ‘Sweetest Taboo Series’ is currently in production (i.e. I’m working on that novel as we speak). After that novel is launched in December 2013, I will be working on a second series that touches on another forbidden romance, a half-brother/sister affair that turns into a long-term romantic coupling (to include off spring that are both part of that union and one that isn’t!). I envision that also being a three-book series.



MBA&M: Last, Eva, but not least. Please tell our readers where to connect to you and where they may purchase TAINTED LOVE?


EVA: I love connecting with readers or just anyone who has an opinion about my literary work. I am also quite easy to reach through my author website: where my social media profiles are available.

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About Eva Márquez

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, daughter of European immigrants, Eva Márquez has spent most of her life outside of her home country. At the age of five, Eva accompanied  her parents to the United States, where the family settled permanently. After graduating from university, she went on to complete graduate studies in International Relations in Spain. Eva received her Master of International Studies degree from the University of Sydney and went on to work in the global health field in Sub Saharan Africa and South East Asia. Eva currently resides in Southern Africa with her young daughter.




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Tainted Love , Book 2

ISBN-13: 978-1481121026

Isabel thought her life was on track – she was doing well in college, moving quickly toward her future, and deciding who she wanted to be. Best of all, she’d reunited with Tom, the swim coach she had a secret affair with in high school. But it doesn’t take long for her history – and his – to start catching up with them.
When Isabel goes back to her college life, after spending a blissful summer reuniting with Tom, things take a dangerous turn. Isabel gets swept up in a relationship with a dark, mysterious professor, with whom she begins a covert love affair that could ruin everything she has rebuilt with Tom. Worse, she starts to hear rumors from friends back home – rumors about a teacher having affairs with students. And Tom seems to be at the center of the controversy. Will Isabel’s instincts about what Tom’s been up to during their time apart drive her farther away, or will she forgo her new romance to run to Tom’s defense?




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Taboo Topics in YA Literature

by Eva Márquez


Explicit sex. Drug-use. Severe violence. These are the top three taboo subjects, in my opinion, which many YA enthusiasts prefer not to see in what is perceived to be a ‘light hearted’ genre for older children and adults. In essence, these can be considered taboo subjects by many YA lit lovers; however, there are YA consumers that are more tolerant of serious and ‘real life’ subject matter in the YA genre. Let’s demystify the explicit sex taboo in YA literature first.


Many YA readers believe that explicit sex should not be included in YA lit and if it is included then the inclusion of such a subject renders the book adult literature. The nature of the sex is important. For instance, my debut novel Sweetest Taboo does not include overly graphic sex scenes but does include one or two instances where a sexual encounter is described tastefully. Nevertheless, some YA readers feel that the type of sex, in this case sex between a student and a teacher, will dictate the genre of the book. I, however, disagree. My experience with YA literature extends back to the mid-80s when I began devouring the VC Andrews Flower in the Attic series. I was perhaps 13 at the time and reading what was then considered YA literature, a series of books that included sex between a brother and sister. The scenes were not overly graphic, but as a 13 year old I was definitely aware of what was being described in the book. I firmly believe that if sex is treated realistically and tastefully in a book that is YA classified (i.e. a book that is written from the perspective and voice of a young adult/teen), then explicit sex should cease to be considered a taboo topic in YA lit.


As for drug-use and severe violence, many believe these should not be included in YA lit and if included, again, the book ceases to exist in the YA genre and should be classified as adult fiction.  As I’ve argued in several other posts, young adults (primarily those 14 and older) are exposed to many of these taboo topics in their day-to-day lives. Young adults are faced with many unpleasant situations in their lives. Teens may have friends with drug-abuse problems, or they know someone that was depressed and attempted suicide, maybe they have friends who have been molested, raped, or physically abused by relatives or boyfriends. Sheltering young adults from literature that contains mature subject matter is not doing them a service, but rather these young adults miss out on the opportunity to learn about how others address these difficult issues in their lives, how they cope, how they seek help and how they overcome obstacles. Life is not always as pleasant as we would like and by providing young adults with realistic literary content, teens venture beyond vampires and fairy tales to learn how to cope with life’s trials and tribulations, and also learn from the mistakes characters make throughout any given story. In Sweetest Taboo we learn where Isabel went astray, we see the exact choices she made that sent her down a very dangerous path. In She’s Come Undone, we learn to recognize the signs of eating disorders and the importance of self-worth. There are so many rich lessons to be learned in our young literary journeys, why limit the opportunities of self-discovery by labeling mature content as taboo?

Thank you Eva, for a wonderful and informative post and for visiting with us today.

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Sweetest Taboo

Publication:   September 18, 2012


Publisher:      Terra-Mía Press


ISBN-13:         978-1478136811


Retail Price:   $11.99 / $7.99 eBook

Page Count:   296

Isabel Cruz was fifteen years old when she met Tom Stevens. She was 15 when they started dating, and 16 when she lost her virginity to him. By the time she turned 18 and went to college, everything had fallen apart. This hadn’t been an ordinary love, though. Not a love between two dear friends, or even high school sweethearts. This had been the most taboo sort of love there was: a relationship between a student and her teacher. Isabel started her high school career as a normal student, but set her sights on Tom Stevens as soon as she met him, and pursued him with an intense – and sometimes reckless – fascination. When he finally approached her after swim practice and told her that he shared her feelings, it was the start of a forbidden and dangerous relationship.

*** 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarterfinalist  ***

*** 2013 London Book Festival Honorable Mention (YA Fiction ) ***

*** 2013 Los Angeles Book Festival Runner Up (YA Fiction) ***

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MBA&M: Please tell our readers something about Nolan Carlson?

NOLAN: I’m a guy who lives in a small Kansas town close to a university (Kansas State University).  I attended the university collecting several degrees over the years.  I finally received a Ph.D. in 1997.  I taught special education for 14 years and was a school counselor for ten years in the same school district.  I owned a restaurant in Manhattan, Kansas (the university town) for 16 years.  I also worked for Catholic Charities for 14 years.  My title was St. Marys Regional Counselor.  I counseled peple from 10 parishes.  I am now retired from the public school system but volunteer a lot of time at my wife’s place (Community Health Ministry) counseling, helping with commodities, winterizing elderly folks’ homes, doing meals on wheels, and other odd jobs when it is requested.  I also teach college classes three days a week.  My wife is a retired algebra teacher.  She taught 32 years and I taught 24 years.  I spent two years in the army.  I was lucky enough to grow up in the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas in a small town.  Growing up there inspired the Summer & Shiner series.  Shiner and Baseball is the 4th in the Summer & Shiner series. Growing up in that small town was much like living the lives of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.  It was wonderful! My wife and I have four grown children and five grandchildren.  I’ve always loved to read and write and took it up seriously many years ago.  I was lucky enough, as a starting writer, to get an agent from New York named Glenn Cowley.  That’s when it all began.  Over the years I have had several agents.  I have sold books to Berkeley Publishing and E.P. Dutton in New York.  Those books sold over 200,000 copies and were in all Walmarts and all book stores throughout the nation. They were also in the Troll Book Club.  When that ended I decided to write for middle school boys, particularly reluctant readers. I entered a state-wide authors’ contest and won first place with the first Summer & Shiner book. My books have been translated into German and sold abroad.  I have been favorably reviewed in Book List in Chicago. So far I’ve written 27 novels and sold 17.  My books have won many awards and are in the Accelerated Reading Program (five of them).  I am now with Vinspire Publishing.  I love being with this company because everyone is so supportive and talented.

 MBA&M: How did “Shiner and Baseball” come to be?
 NOLAN: It is the 4th book in a five book series. The main character, Carley, is myself “way bvack when”.  My brothers and I loved baseball as kids and knew the batting averages, baseball stats, etc. of all of the players in the American and National leagues. So, the book came about naturally due to nostalgia and my continued love of the sport.
 What were the challenges in writing “Shiner and Baseball”? 
 NOLAN: The story telling comes about easily for me.
I did do some research on the “old timers” in baseball, however.
 MBA&M: Which character in “Shiner and Baseball” is your favorite and why? 
NOLAN: I think Cecil Miller, the new kid in town, who appears to be anything but a gifted homerun hitter with his thick lenses, store bought shoes, and corduroy pants, pet poodle, and his love of stamp collecting.  However, to Carley and Troop’s delight he turns out to be the “Mustangs” homerun king.
MBA&M: What genre do you enjoy reading? 
NOLAN:  I like to read about American Indians as well as historical fiction.  I am an avid reader and have recently finished Follett’s three mammoth novels: Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, and Fall of the Giants.  When I was a kid I liked Wilson Rawls’ book “Where the Redfern Grows.”
MBA&M:  What are some of your writing rituals? 
NOLAN: I used to have somewhat of a rigorous schedule years ago.  Besides, owning a business, teaching school, and helping to raise four kids, I wrote two hours a night starting at eleven p.m.
MBA&M:  What is on the horizon for you and your writing career? 
NOLAN:   I will continue to write books for young adults.  I have many books in Vinspire’s queue and was just awarded a new book contract.
MBA&M:   What are some of your favorite movies and sports? 
NOLAN:  I watch Netflix movies.  I prefer good foregin movies with subtitles.  I especially like movies about World War II. I like baseball (my team – the Royals) but I love football and cheer the K.C. Chiefs!
 MBA&M: Tell our readers where to find you and where “Shiner and Baseball” is available?
NOLAN: You can Google my name (Nolan Carlson) and read about my books and my many school visits. Also, you can visit my web  as well as then click on my publisher’s web site:  and lastly visit and read reviews on my Summer & Shiner books. Also they can be ordered at any book stores.
 MBA&M:  Anything to add? 
NOLAN: Just a final thank you to you and your readers.  And to convey to them if they are grandparents, parents, or teachers who have children from 8 to 14 years of age, Shiner and Baseball as well as my other books are right down their alley. The books mix fact and fiction, are wholesome and have subtle moral lessons, are exciting and fast moving, and have wonderful illustrations.  But most importantly, kids love to read them.  I have heard over and over that even reluctant male readers who start the books start to love to read for the first time and read the entire series plus my books out of the series.
Thank you all once again.  Nolan Carlson, Ph.D.  (author)
Thank you Nolan, for taking the time out to visit with us and our readers today!!

Paperback:154 pages

Publisher:Vinspire Publishing, LLC (December 31, 2011)



ISBN-13: 978-0983419846

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: December 31, 2011
The Summer and Shiner tale continues! Spring is in the air, and all boys’ thoughts turn to baseball in Belford, Kansas. The Mustangs haven’t won a single game, and Mick and the Spiders are making Carley and Troop’s lives miserable. They can’t hit, they can’t catch, and they can’t pitch. They need a coach badly. They never expected that mean, old Redburn, the meanest, most cantankerous man in Riley County would come to their rescue! Join Carley, Troop, Shiner, and King for fun and mischief in book four of the Shiner series!


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