Tell our readers a few tidbits about yourself?

I think most of the readers know I’m a Louisiana native now living in Minnesota with my wife. Like most Cajun men, I’m considered a darn good cook, and I’ll put my gumbo and jambalaya against anybody’s. Few things bug me more that Bad Cajun Food prepared in a restaurant. Two clues for you, my dear readers. One—there is no such thing as jambalaya OVER rice. Jambalaya is made WITH rice. Two—pepper jack cheese is NOT Cajun; it’s TexMex. If you are in a pub or restaurant and see those two things on the menu, do yourself a favor and DON’T order them.


Give us a few insights into the research required in writing historical novels, and the authenticity of the language, characters, and situation as pertains to “THE THREE COLONELS”?

Writing historical romances is a hard business. The fans know their stuff, and any mistake will be pounced on. The author must do their homework. But there also has to be something more. To fully engage the reader’s interest, the author must bring some new insight to the story.

In my first novel, PEMBERLEY RANCH, I talked about Reconstruction in Texas after the Civil War. In THE THREE COLONELS, I wanted to illustrate the disconnect between Regency society and the wars on the European continent.

Bernard Cornwell, Georgette Heyer, and I seized upon the same bizarre incident of members of London society journeying to Belgium to entertain themselves in a war zone as if it was some grand performance. The same thing happened during the Civil War at the First Battle of Bull Run (or First Manassas) in 1861.


Why do you think the characters Colonels Sir John Buford, Richard Fitzwilliam, and Christopher Brandon, and their lady loves, lend themselves so well to both writers and readers?

Brandon is the true romantic lead in Sense & Sensibility, while Fitzwilliam is the most popular minor character in all of Austen’s canon. I believe many female readers have a sort of kinship with Marianne. Anne de Bourgh is a blank canvas, just dying to be filled.

Caroline Bingley is more challenging. She’s become the lady woman love to hate, the stereotypical Regency “mean girl.” I think she gets a bit of a bad rap. True, she’s a selfish social-climber, but I don’t see her as evil. I enjoy stories where she gets her comeuppance, takes her humiliation to heart, and redeems herself.

As for my original character, Colonel Sir John Buford, what reader doesn’t love a reformed rake?


What is on the horizon for you and your writing career?

I’m currently working on a sequel to THE THREE COLONELS, entitled ROSINGS PARK. I have several other ideas I’d like to follow up on—perhaps a sequel to PEMBERLEY RANCH. I also have other manuscripts I’d like to see published.


Who is the hero/heroine in your life?

I owe a lot to my parents, and I love my kids to death. But the greatest influence in my life is my dear lover, editor, and muse—my wife, Barbara. I thank God for her every day.


MBA&M: What are some of your favorite things to do when relaxing?

JACK: When not writing, I enjoy golf and cooking. Barbara and I are also avid travelers, and we wish we could do far more of it. My wife got me to watch Dancing with the Stars; I, in revenge, turned her on to NASCAR. So we’re even.


MBA&M: Tell us where to find you and where to find “THE THREE COLONELS.”

JACK: THE THREE COLONELS is available in print and e-book format from your favorite bookseller.


Jack, do you have anything to add?

Published authors do want to sell books. But darn few of us can make a living at it. It means the world to us to have people who have enjoyed our work write and tell us. It makes our day to see a positive review, even if it is something as small as, “I liked it.”

I’m not begging for me, you understand, but for all us authors out there. If you really like a book you’ve read, please post something at Amazon or B&N. The author will love you for it.


Thank you for visiting with us and our readers today!


About the Author – Jack Caldwell is an author, amateur historian, professional economic developer, playwright, and like many Cajuns, a darn good cook. Born and raised in the the Bayou County of Louisiana, Jack and his wife, Barbara, are Hurricane Katrina victims who now make the upper Midwest their home.

His nickname—The Cajun Cheesehead—came from his devotion to his two favorite NFL teams: the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers. (Every now and then, Jack has to play the DVD again to make sure the Saints really won in 2010.)

Always a history buff, Jack found and fell in love with Jane Austen in his twenties, struck by her innate understanding of the human condition. Jack uses his work to share his knowledge of history. Through his characters, he hopes the reader gains a better understanding of what went on before, developing an appreciation for our ancestors’ trials and tribulations.

When not writing or traveling with Barbara, Jack attempts to play golf. A devout convert to Roman Catholicism, Jack is married with three grown sons.

Jack’s blog postings—The Cajun Cheesehead Chronicles—appear regularly at Austen Authors.

Web site – Ramblings of a Cajun in Exile – http://webpages.charter.net/jvcla25/

Blog – Austen Authors – http://austenauthors.net/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jack-Caldwell-author/132047236805555





Paperback:384 pages

Publisher:Sourcebooks Landmark (March 1, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-1402259739

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: March 1, 2012
Love reigns supreme for our three brave colonels at the start of this epic tale. Colonels Fitzwilliam, Buford, and Brandon are enjoying their courtships and their early married lives with three beloved Jane Austen heroines. The couples lead tranquil lives – until Napoleon escapes from exile. While the military men set out to meet their destiny on the fields of Waterloo, Anne, Caroline, and Marianne defend their hearts against the fear of losing their loved ones.
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(from the author’s website)

I was born and raised in a small farming town in Idaho and I’m a dirt between the toes, irrigation boot-wearing, ponytail flipping in the wind as I drive the 4-wheeler FARM girl all the way! I’m married to my incredible husband, Steve, and we have four wonderful kids–two girls and two boys. I graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in music. Go Aggies! I love USU–that’s where I met my husband! I enjoy so much of life–there’s so much to learn and experience. I love reading almost any genre/age group and usually read over 50 books a year from a variety of different authors. I love running, gardening, making cards with rubber stamps, crocheting, playing volleyball, singing, playing the piano, telling felt stories, and cooking. I’ve enjoyed writing for as long as I can remember. As a child, I loved to make up poems and write short stories.

I loved daydreaming and writing stories in my head–alway carrying on some narrative with a character when I was working in the fields. I used to wish that I could be a cat and sleep in the sun so I wouldn’t have to weed the garden. Still sounds kind of nice sometimes!

A few interesting tidbits:

I started a cleaning business after I graduated from college and with my crew, we’d clean 80 college apartments from top to the grimy bottom in 9 days. I finished my first novel–a middle-grade reader in 2001. I learned a lot from writing that book (which is tucked safely in a drawer) and it set me on a path to gain all the knowledge I could to be a successful writer. I enjoy singing and playing the piano and have composed several original songs. I co-produced a children’s CD about American Tall Tales for Story Time Felts in 2008 with 7 original songs. They’re so much fun!









Paperback:272 pages

Publisher:Cedar Fort, Inc. (March 13, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-1599559902

Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8ZjvmatwGo&feature=email

When twenty-three-year-old Courtney Beckham, the privileged daughter of a highly successful land developer, is abducted in the mountains near her home, FBI Agent Jason Edwards investigates the ten-million-dollar ransom and turns up more than just a kidnapping crime.

And when Courtney catches a glimpse of the caller ID in her kidnapper’s home, what she sees sends ice through her veins. Even if she escapes her captors, something much more dangerous lies ahead.

From the author who brought you Wrong Number comes another story featuring Agent Jason Edwards that will keep you on the edge of your seat.


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AUTHOR OF Where the Willow Grows in Transylvania based on a true story!!

What was your creative process like when you began writing Where the Willow Grows in Transylvania?

Rosa: Initially, when I started writing Where the Willow Grows in Transylvania ten years ago, I wrote the story as a movie script. Writing out what happened helped me deal with the time Alan (pseudonym) and I were separated from Julie and Peter, our two children. Several people who tried to help us during this difficult time used to say: “Rosa I hope one day to see your story in a movie.” Even though I did not know anything about script writing when I started this version of my story, I knew I had to learn.

I purchased five books instructing “How to write a script” and started writing Where the Willow Grows in Transylvania in Hungarian. A good friend who taught English then helped me to translate the Hungarian version into English. When I showed this version of my story to a film producer, he appeared somewhat interested, but suggested I first write my story as a book.

After I wrote my story in book format in Hungarian, I then translated it into English. I did not like the English translation; however, as it did not flow or show the love and emotion I wanted my story to share.

At that point, I started searching for a co-writer. I choose shELAH from 156 writers who expressed interest in helping me rewrite my story. Because she had experienced a similar childhood living with an abusive alcoholic father, shELAH understood how and what I want to share. She related to the heart of my story. We both consider our working together as well as our ensuring friendship as gifts from God.

How did you decide you were ready to write the book?

Rosa: Growing up in an enormous poverty, I often thought that if I could be rich, I would be happier. I decided I would whatever it took to make a lot of money. As I tried to reach that goal, I worked 12-14 hours every day. In time, I became a successful business woman. Working to become rich, however, did not matter when I got sick. I had to slow down. At that time, I again realized that having money would not make me happy.

When I quit working so many hours and had free time, I started writing Where the Willow Grows in Transylvania; hoping that sharing what I learned from my experiences would help others.

Was there anything you found particularly challenging in the writing of your book?

Rosa: The thought of writing a novel as a first time author challenged me. I am thankful that several people pushed me to write my book. Some people, however, thought I should write a memoir. For personal reasons, I chose to write my story as a novel. From writing my book, I learned that with hard work anything is possible. I have also learned that the best feeling in the world comes from hearing those who read my book say things like: “Rosa your story is a blessing. It gave me hope to never give up.”

How much of your book is realistic?

Rosa: Approximately 85% of Where the Willow Grows in Transylvania is true. For personal reasons, I fictionalized and/or augmented the rest

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?

Rosa: Even though I am aware that some readers may have liked to have read a bit more history in my book, I preferred not to focus on the political parts. Many authors have written historical accounts about the Ceausescu Regime in Transylvania, however, not many have shared their personal stories. I may have added a bit more humor in some parts to take some of the edge off the sadness I relate in the book, but basically I like the way my story turned out.

Where can our readers find out more about you and Where the Willow Grows in Transylvania?

Rosa: I welcome readers to check out my website: www.rosaalexander.com

 as well as my Facebook page, Rosa Alexander

Readers can also purchase Where the Willow Grows in Transylvania at Tatepublishing.com or from Amazon.com; Barns&Noble.com.

What is next for Rosa Alexander and do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Rosa: If Where the Willow Grows in Transylvania proves to be successful, I plan to write the second book: While there is still time . . . My primary goal, however, is to help and encourage people.

My primary four messages to my readers:

* I believe that the more we learn from people whose lives differ from ours, the more we see the face of God.

* In this rich beautiful America, people need to stick together and help each other more.

* Even though thorns in life will always exist, when one gets past the prick of the thorn, a beautiful, fragrant rose awaits.

* All we need to do is love one another.

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A novel based on a true story


Perfect Paperback:356 pages

Publisher:Tate Publishing (November 1, 2011)



ISBN-13: 978-1617776137

‘I do not want to hear another word about your crazy American Dream!’

Words such as these from Rosa Alexander’s father during his frequent drunken rants often drove young Rosa to seek solace beneath her weeping willow tree. One day, however, her aunt Klara visits from America, giving Rosa hope for a brighter future. Rosa held on to her dream for years, waiting for the chance to leave her beloved homeland and find a home across the ocean. The time never comes, however, and eventually Rosa marries and starts a family, believing that perhaps America is not part of her plan anymore.

As life becomes increasingly harder, in 1985, Rosa and Alan finally make plans to escape the cruel eye of the Romanian government and find freedom in America. They are forced, however, to leave their children—Julia, 8; and Peter, 4—behind. When Peter and Julia are not able to join them as hoped, Rosa struggles through enormous sorrow as she begins an almost four-year battle to reunite her family.

Where the Willow Grows in Transylvania, based on the emotional true story of Rosa Alexander’s American Dream, relates how Rosa’s dream eventually becomes a grown-up search for peace and a yearning for her family to be together. As Rosa begins to trust God, she not only hears His voice but also finds her own. Her story reminds readers that with faith, dreams can come true.

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Sarah Dunster is an award-winning poet and fiction writer. Her poems have been published in Dialogue: a Journal of Mormon Thought, Segullah Magazine, and Victorian Violet Press. Her short fiction piece, Back North, is featured in Segullah’s Fall 2011 issue. Her novel Lightning Tree will be released in spring of 2012 by Cedar Fort. Sarah has six children and one on the way and loves writing almost as much as she loves being a mom.


Good morning and welcome to My Book Addiction and More today!!

SD: Thank you for having me.

MBA&M: Tell our readers a little about yourself?


SD:  Let’s see… I’m a mother of seven, age ten and under. Two of my girls are adopted.  The seventh is actually due in early march. That (motherhood) is what I do most of the day. But of course I love writing, reading… skiing, when I have time. I have been writing since I was a girl and am very excited to get my first book published.

MBA&M: What made you decide to write “Lightning Tree”?


SD:  The story started because I was interested in Italian immigrants and the part they played in forming the pioneer communities in Utah. And when I started looking into the different waves of immigration from Italy to the Salt Lake Valley, I discovered the Waldensians, who were such an interesting group of people to me—they spoke French, lived high up in the mountain valleys of northern Italy, and they had their own version of the Christian religion that differentiated from the Catholic teachings, and so they were persecuted over the years.  So, a lot in common with the LDS pioneers. Also I have such a deep interest in the history of the area of Utah Valley. I’d drive by old buildings all the time and just wish there was someone I could talk to about them.  Finally I decided to write a story and have a reason for tracking down facts, names, family anecdotes.  It has been such a meaningful process to me, getting to know the place I lived for such a long time.

MBA&M: What where the challenges in writing “Lightning Tree”?


S.D.I was (and still am) a little bit frightened about the idea of misrepresenting history by accident. I was so completely thorough—I’d look up every little thing, like, did the city run cross that street?  What was the street called? Was this building built yet?  I wanted to get it exactly right… and accounts differ.  I’ve found personal accounts like journals and histories that say something different from the textbooks. And I tend to go with the histories, the firsthand accounts. So I’m worried about being criticized for historical accuracy but in the end… all I can say is I did my best (and a lot more than I had to, probably) to get everything right.

MBA&M: Why this era?

S.D. I love the idea of writing about a newly budding community. And it fit so well with my passion for the idea of community as family… back when communities were small and somewhat disconnected, you had to rely on your neighbors.  It’s such a different world now. Sometimes we don’t even know our neighbors’ names.

MBA&M: Who is your hero in your life?Why?


S.D. This will sound cliché, but my husband. Without his encouragement and genuine love for the fact that I write, I would not be a writer.  He is so enthusiastic about it. And self-sacrificing. He is a writer too, and hardly ever has time for it. I look forward to the day when he can take some time to write also.

MBA&M: If you could step into a book and that world where will it be and why?


S.D. Harry Potter.  I would love to meet some of my favorite characters from that story. Or maybe Little House on the Prairie; what an adventure those stories portray (and all of them true!). But just for a little while… I love my life, and would miss it.

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where “Lightning Tree” is available?


My professional blog is http://sarah.thedunsters.net, my personal blog is www.nosurf.blogspot.com, and the book is available for pre-order on Amazon right now; there is a link from my poster page where you can buy it:

               Do you wish to add anything else?


Just that I think it’s a great story and I hope that people will enjoy it!

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Links forSarah Dunster:

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Paperback:384 pages

Publisher:Cedar Fort, Inc. (April 10, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-1599559599

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: April 10, 2012
After surviving the tragic deaths of her parents and her baby sister and a harrowing trek across the plains to Utah, it s no surprise that Maggie’s nights are plagued by nightmares. But after years of harsh treatment by her foster family and memories that seem to hint at an unthinkable crime, Maggie is forced to strike out on her own to separate the facts from the lies.
 Available at  Amazon or BN.com



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MBA&M: Please tell our readers a little about Kevin Dobrzynski?


Dr. Kevin Dobrzynski is a Doctor of Naprapathy, nutritionist, and personal trainer who has spent his career successfully helping others lose weight. In 2010 Dr. Dobrzynski’s wife had her thyroid removed due to cancer. Conventional medicine failed to help his wife, but he discovered a natural treatment for hypothyroidism. He is the author of The Hypothyroid Diet, which has helped hundreds of sufferers overcome hypothyroid symptoms.


MBA&M: Overweight people are often perceived as overweight due to overeating, but instead, could they have medical reason for their overweight problem, as a D.N. how do you deal with this issue?


Unfortunately, losing weight is not as easy as just eating less. I know a lot of patients who in fact don’t eat enough. There are many medical issues that can keep people from losing weight; low thyroid function and food allergies/sensitivities are a couple of examples. These two go hand in hand. BTW, I’m a Licensed Naprapath not an MD. I usually start by evaluating thyroid function, then I address food allergies/sensitivities.


MBA&M: My mother,was morbid obese,due to Thyroid issues,as a child I heard the laughter,snide remarks from others about her “hand to mouth disease”.It was so intense that she NEVER want to our school functions or such. It took them years to figure out she was Diabetic also. Of course this was fifty years ago and M.D.’s didn’t know the answer either. How would you deal with this issue,today?


Being involved in natural medicine helps, because I use food first, followed by supplementation. I really work to get to the root-cause of the problem, versus medicating. Also, I do not medicate, that’s a MD’s job. In actuality, I have an advantage because I don’t use medication to suppress symptoms.



MBA&M: What research, did you do to find the right combination for the detox equation?


It was a combination of research and experience working with other doctors and patients. After doing it for years you know what works for most patients.



MBA&M: What do you suggest people take to their M.D.’s to find if they do have a Thyroid issue?


I suggest people monitor their symptoms and write them all down and present these to their doctor. Also, it’s helpful for them to do a basal body temperature reading. This information along with a full thyroid panel will paint the whole picture for the doctor.

MBA&M: Will this diet also work, if you do not have a Thyroid issue?


YES, this diet will work for anyone even though it’s designed for those with hypothyroidism. Think about it…if it helps someone who’s thyroid doesn’t work – meaning their metabolism is lower than a normal person’s metabolism. Then it would work wonders for someone with a normal metabolism.


MBA&M: What are you working on now?


I’m working on a coaching program for those who want more help. I have a lot of requests to help others that live in other states and countries. So, now I can help anyone anywhere because of this online coaching program found at www.ThyroidJumpstart.com


MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where to find your book?


You can get the book and more free information at www.TheHypothyroidDiet.com Also, if your readers buy the book they can get a free 30-day membership to the TheHypothyroidDiet.com

inner-circle, this is another place to get more help.

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Paperback:166 pages

Publisher:Morgan James Publishing (May 1, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-1614480303

Book Description(from Amazon)

The purpose of “The Hypothyroid Diet” is to help those with hypothyroidism lose weight, beat fatigue, and feel normal again. The number one thyroid disorder in the US is Hypothyroidism yet medication for this problem doesn’t always work. This program helps jumpstart the thyroid by removing harmful substances that starve the thyroid and giving it the nutrients it needs to thrive.

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Good morning, Diane and welcome to My Book Addiction and More today…


DIANE: Thank you so much for hosting me.  I really appreciate this awesome opportunity!


MBA&M: Tell our readers a few tidbits about Diane Escalera?


DIANE: Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, I relocated toSouth Florida, a sultry paradise I instantly fell in love with.  I’m married, have two children and a super cute Dachshund I can’t get enough of.  I write hot contemporary romance, and I’m published with Kensington Publishing and Lyrical Press.   


MBA&M: What if anything made you decide to write this genre?


DIANE: I love Contemporary Romance.  It’s what I read and write.  Of course, it has to be sexy.  Okay, hot!  I like to write about things that occur in real life, problems that readers can relate to.  Sometimes bad things happen to good people, and I try not to shy away from the darker side even if it might be unpopular.        


MBA&M: What are some of the challenges in writing a Hot Contemporary Romance?


DIANE: Probably the greatest challenge is coming up with fresh ideas.  But that’s where imagination comes in.  For instance, my last book, Dangerous Desire, featured a dogfighting plot, which has never been done in a romance.  In my new release, Still Hot for You, the hero and heroine are already married.  It’s about what happens after the happily ever.  I try to find a unique twist to keep things interesting, but at the same time, the story still has to be sexy.  And romantic!


MBA&M: If you could be any of the characters in “Still Hot for You“, who would it be and why?


DIANE: The heroine, of course!  She gets to be married to a gorgeous man with a long list of attributes, and yet he believes that she is the prize in the relationship.


MBA&M: What are some of your favorite genre to read?


DIANE: I really like romantic suspense.  Dangerous Desire has a strong element of suspense, and it’s one of the things I enjoyed most when I wrote the story.


MBA&M: Who would you contribute your love for writing to and why?


DIANE: Unlike most authors, I didn’t know I was destined to write.  In fact, I worked in banking for several years, but deep down knew that it wasn’t my dream job.  At the young age of thirty-five, my sister died of an illness.  I realized the same thing could happen to me.  There are no guarantees.  I couldn’t waste another moment doing something I didn’t love.  Writing was one of my greatest joys when I was growing up.  I decided to enroll in an intensive course where I learned everything I could about the craft.  It didn’t take long before I left the bank to pursue a writing career.

MBA&M: What 3 top reads do you feel influenced your writing style?


DIANE: It’s hard to zero in on a particular book, but my go-to authors are Linda Howard, Lori Foster and Jill Shalvis.  I devour their books!


MBA&M: Diane, tell our readers where to find you and where “Still Hot for You” is available?


DIANE: Still Hot for You is available at Lyrical Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Digital Bookstores everywhere.


Please visit DianeEscalera.com to learn more about my sexy tales.  I love to interact with readers!  Like my fan page on Facebook.com/DianeEscaleraOfficial.  Follow me on Twitter.com/DianeEscalera.


Diane, do you have anything you would like to add?


DIANE: The hero in Still Hot for You has a sinfully sexy brother and cousin.  I couldn’t let Christian and Nico go without a happy ending.  So… I’m working on two more novellas featuring these delicious men.  Stay tuned for more Latin Heat!


Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with My Book Addiction and More and our readers today….


The pleasure was all mine!





Publisher:Lyrical Press, Inc. (March 15, 2012)


Coming March 19, 2012
Lyrical Press
Digital ISBN: 9781616503628

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: March 15, 2012
Want to get your man talking? Give him booty!
Desperate times call for desperate measures. And Shay LaCosta is pretty desperate. She’s wrecked her blissful marriage of five years by demanding she and her husband Dylan have a baby. What the hell was she thinking? She knows she was wrong and she’s ready to set things right, if only Dylan will let her. Bet he can’t shun her Booty Camp offer: delicious, white-hot sex in exchange for what’s going on inside his brain.
Dylan may be macho and stubborn, but he really does miss his wife. A little of Shay’s pushing gets him past their estrangement and into her web of seduction. She seems to have an erotic week mapped out to perfection, and who is he to complain? Their marriage is meant to be, so they’ll fight with each other, and they’ll fight for each other.
WARNING: Racy Language, Hot Sex, Seduction.



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Good morning, Eric and welcome to My Book Addiction and More today!!
MBA&M: Tell our readers a little about yourself?
             I am originally from Anchorage, AK and recently moved with my amazing girlfriend and her adorable little dog to Seattle, WA. The most important thing about me is that I love the rain and the grey. I am in my early twenties (for another year) and I love to write. It is my favorite past time other than video games. I also love talking to strangers, which I know I shouldn’t do, but I find it fascinating.
MBA&M: What made you decide to write a paranormal romance?
            Honestly, writing a paranormal romance sort of started out as a parody of paranormal romance. I thought the silliness and absurdity of a girl falling in love with a zombie would fit my style of comedy and would be something different. However, when I started writing the book, I realized that what I was writing was actually completely realistic. If there truly was a zombie apocalypse, every zombie that you met (or killed) would be somebody’s father, sister, son, husband. And so the book took on a new level of truth, and I began taking the story much more seriously.
MBA&M : What where some of the challenges in writing “Zombie Love”?
               The biggest challenge for me was walking the line of comedy, while trying to keep my book from being one big “joke”. The book is meant to make people smile and laugh, but at it’s heart, it is a possibly accurate portrayal of a zombie apocalypse.
MBA&M: What are some of your writing habits?
               Headphones!!!! This is the most important thing for my writing. The world has to go away so that I may live in my world, which is essentially in my head. Some times I turn on my noise cancelling headphones with no music playing.
MBA&M: Who is your hero/heroine in your world?
              This is going to sound cliche, but it’s my mom. She raised three kids by herself for many years and still to this day is the kindest, most loving person on the planet. She does no wrong.
MBA&M: If you could step into another world or time,where would it be and when? Why?
              Oh my gosh, so here comes the nerd side of me. I would give almost anything to live in The Elder Scrolls universe! i have spent so much time in that world as it is, I feel like I could really fit in there and would love nothing more than to be an adventurer and explore dungeons.
MBA&M: What top 3 reads/author,do you feel most encouraged your writing?Why?
              Top three are Stephen King, Terry Brooks, C.S. Lewis. These are not necessarily my current favorite authors, but I have been reading books from them for over a decade, so I feel that they really molded not only the way I write, but my desire to create.
MBA&M: Who do you feel your writing is most like,which author?
              I am going to be an optimist, and say Stephen King. I like to think that I have a similar style of pacing and way of diving straight into the action, even if that action might be kind of gross.
MBA&M:  What’s next for you and your writing career?
              Next up are Books 2 and 3 for the Zombie Love Series!! I am working on the second and am already so happy with where the story is going, and how the characters are changing. After the Zombie Love series is done? Don’t worry, I have plenty of ideas. Not sure which direction I will go yet, but humor keeps me going so everything I do will probably be weird and fun.
                   Eric, you do have anything else to add today?
               I would just like to say thank you so much for your time, and I hope that everybody checks out the book! I would also just like to say thank you to Kyle Morrow for creating the cover art for me. It is my favorite part of the book. Thank you!
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with My Book Addiction and More today!!!

Paperback:188 pages

Publisher:Jericho Publishing (August 8, 2011)



ISBN-13: 978-0615523965

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: August 8, 2011
Zombie Love is the story of a widespread virus, in a way that has never been done before. As people lose loved ones, some decide that sometimes the people you love are the only ones worth fighting for. As factions form, and the world crumbles, people must choose sides. Help or destroy. When a virus is developed as the ultimate cure all by reversing death itself, the world is plunged into a crisis of faith, dedication, and love. In book one we meet Summer Strom, a normal high school teenager who is thrown cruelly into a set of circumstances that nobody should have to deal with. She has to fight back against everybody she knows as she battles for the only thing worth fighting for. Love.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR(from the publicist)

Best known for his years as the flamboyant movie critic on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Frank DeCaro is heard each weekday morning on his live national call-in program The Frank DeCaro Show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. A writer and performer, DeCaro pens the “Icons” column for CBS Watch magazine. The author of the pioneering memoir A Boy Named Phyllis, DeCaro previously wrote the “Style Over Substance” column for The New York Times.

Visit the author at frankdecaro.com

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The Dead Celebrity Cookbook – A Collection Of Favorite Recipes Of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Stars

Paperback:384 pages

Publisher:HCI (October 3, 2011)



ISBN-13: 978-0757315961


Los Angeles, CA, January 20, 2012 – For anyone who loves Hollywood memorabilia, is an entertainment junkie, and loves to eat and cook – they will treasure Frank DeCaro’s The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: A Resurrection of Recipes from More Than 145 Stars of Stage and Screen (HCI Books). Frank compiled favorite recipes from some of Hollywood’s biggest names; including Lucille Ball, Elizabeth Taylor, Sonny Bono, Liberace, Michael Jackson, John Denver, Frank Sinatra, Rock Hudson, Humphrey Bogart, and Peter Falk, just to name a few.
Peter Falk 1927-2011
He was one of the great ones–appearing in films as disparate as The Princess Bride and Wings of Desire in the same year, 1987. But no matter what Peter Falk did (and he did a lot), he will always be remembered as the police detective in the rumpled raincoat on the mystery series Columbo. The character, one he played for more than thirty years beginning in 1971, is one of TV’s most indelible portraits. Among Falk’s most beloved films were the cult hit The In-Laws, the one-two Neil Simon punch of Murder by Death and The Cheap Detective, and six pictures with his buddy, the director/actor John Cassavetes, including the 1974 classic A Woman Under the Influence. The Emmy- and Oscar-nominated actor published his memoir Just One More Thing in 2006, and it wasn’t a moment too soon. Falk was diagnosed with dementia two years later. Just one more thing: His pork chops are as toothsome as he was.
Peter Falk’s Pork Chops 6 pork chops
1 medium onion, finely chopped
 ¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup white vinegar
Salt and pepper, to taste
 1 teaspoon thyme
1 cup water
 ½ cup liquid from jarred vinegar
peppers 1 cup (or more) vinegar peppers
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Preheat oven to 350°. Brown pork chops in olive oil in a heavy frying pan and remove to a casserole. Cook onions until translucent in same oil and add to casserole. Deglaze pan by adding white vinegar and stirring up all brown bits. Add to casserole along with all remaining ingredients except vinegar peppers. Bake for 1½ hours. Add vinegar peppers and cook 15 minutes more. Remove pork chops and peppers to a warm serving plate. Add 2 teaspoons corn starch to pan drippings to make gravy. Pour over pork chops and peppers and serve.
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Good morning, Mesu and welcome to My Book Addiction and More today!!

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

MESU: I’ve been married to Mr. Wonderful since 1984. I’ve loved him through his coaching days, teaching days, seminary days, pastor days, and now professor-ing days. Sometimes I feel like I’m in a daze, but we do life together, and it works. We have two grown daughters, who have recently married their own Mr. Wonderfuls. For now, we all live nestled in the lovely Pacific Northwest—at least until one of the little eaglets decides to fly the coop. My writing companion is a 5-year-old Rotti-pitbull named Bouzer. He’s a big, adorable lump of love. My favorite foods are pizza and lobster—served separately, please. I love football season, not so keen on basketball or baseball. And I’ll eat just about any dessert you put in front of me!


Most people are curious about my name…it’s a nickname. My given name is “Maralasu”—a concoction of my mom’s creative mind. I couldn’t say the big, long name when I was little, so it always came out “Mesu.” It stuck.

MBA&M: What made you decide to write about Biblical Characters?

MESU: I’m a Bible study fanatic. I taught women’s Bible studies and adult Sunday school classes; and I traveled quite a bit, teaching at weekend retreats and seminars. Until health issues made that life impossible.

When I tried to publish some of my Bible studies, I ran into the same roadblock each time: “You have no formal training.” And it makes sense. Who wants to buy a study from someone who has no formal education? So a friend suggested I write novels—using stories to teach the concepts I taught through studies.


Since my health kept me close to home, and my limited education kept me from publishing non-fiction, I began writing about the lessons people learned in Scripture. Their lives, their culture, their settings—fascinating stuff! Made more intriguing when we realize the kernel of God’s Truth is woven into the fabric of the plot. It’s both a joy and a challenge. I love it!

MBA&M: What do you feel is the allure of Biblical characters and especially King Solomon is for readers?

MESU: Our Western Culture is so vastly different than the Ancient Middle Eastern way of life. One of the most amazing things about God’s Word is that—though it never changes—it is living and has the ability to relate to any culture. However, in order to extract the fullest meaning of some passages, we must read them in light of the culture, setting, and geographic location in which they were written. That is what biblical fiction can do. It creates a context in which the biblical story is more easily remembered. Just like Jesus told parables to cement a point in the minds of His listeners, biblical fiction should be used as a way to give life and texture to the biblical truths it conveys. It’s never meant to replace daily Bible reading; in fact, just the opposite. It’s intended to arouse the reader’s curiosity and send them back to God’s Word for answers.

I think King Solomon is a keen example of that curiosity factor. Many folks know bits and pieces about Solomon’s life when he was older and had many wives, but how many took the time to consider his early years? I hope the allure of biblical fiction is to give readers a “snapshot” of a character that they can then take back to Scripture and compare to the mural God has given through His Word.

MBA&M: Which Biblical character is your favorite and why?

MESU: Oh my! Tough question! My heart is securely fastened to the Old Testament because I think Yahweh is so misunderstood by Christians in that Old Covenant, but my favorite biblical character is actually in the New Testament. Jesus’ mother would be my favorite. I love her immediate submission when asked to bear the Christ-child. I’m fascinated by all the “pondering in her heart” when people heap praise on her newborn Son. Her reaction to twelve-year-old Jesus, when he stays at the Temple and is separated from the family—amazing (I would’ve jerked a holy knot in His tail!). The fact that she followed Him to the Cross is beyond my ability to fathom, and that she was with the disciples in the upper room after His resurrection speaks volumes about her faith. She’s amazing. I can’t wait to meet her in eternity.

MBA&M: If you could step back in time, where would you go, with whom and why?

MESU: Another great question! I think I would like to go to young Solomon, actually. He had so much promise, so much potential. And he did many great things—but he could have done sooooo much more. If only his heart had been right before the Lord. Of course, we don’t know the motivation of his heart. In the book, I portray him as too caring, too sympathetic to his wives for his own good.

I suppose the motivation doesn’t really matter, does it? The thing that matters is that his sin tore Israel apart. Period. Surely, if someone could reason with the wisest man in all of history, he would have lived differently… But didn’t Jesus address a similar argument when he told the parable of Lazarus (the beggar) and the rich man (Luke 16)? The gist of the story confirms the futility of trying to reason Solomon out of sin: If he didn’t listen then, no amount of “do-over” would change the situation. I think it’s good motivation to do all we can NOW for those we love.

MBA&M: What is the one thing that scares the “heck” out of you and why?

MESU: Snakes and rodents! I don’t know that I have a good reason for it. I grew up in a house surrounded by Indiana cornfields, so we ALWAYS had mice. One day, my mom and I were held captive, standing on top of a stool and coffee table, while a mouse scurried around the kitchen until my dad came home from work. Eeek!


In my third book, Love in a Broken Vessel (scheduled for March 2013 release), Hosea and Gomer live in the southern Judean desert, and snakes are a constant threat. THAT was creepy to research and write! Ick!


Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to share a bit with your readers!

If anyone would like to keep in touch, they can visit my website @ http://www.mesuandrews.com/. Or sign up for free weekly e-devotionals @ http://www.mesuandrews.com/deep-o-tionals-2/acts-of-the-apostles/. Also, I’ve added pictures of a potential “Solomon” and “Arielah” to my Pinterest Board for Character Faces…check it out and leave a comment! Or give your own suggestions!

Thank you so much for visiting with us today and sharing your  wonderful insights into the Biblical characters of old!!

Book Trailer for “Love’s Sacred Song” http://youtu.be/LYCpTmNVCQo



Publisher:Revell (March 1, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-0800734084

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: March 1, 2012
Standing in the massive shadow of his famous father, young king Solomon wavers between fear and bravado, wisdom and folly. In the uncertain world of alliances and treachery, Solomon longs for peace and a love that is true and pure–a love that can be his cornerstone.
A shepherdess in the northern city of Shunem, Arielah remembers the first time she laid eyes on Solomon in Jerusalem when she was just seven years old. Since then she has known that it was her destiny to become his bride. When her father, a leader of their tribe, secures a promise from King Solomon to marry Arielah as a treaty bride to help unite the kingdom, it seems her dreams may come true.
But how can this simple shepherdess live as part of Solomon’s harem? Can Solomon set aside his distractions to give himself completely to just one woman? Or will he let duty, deception, and the daily routine divide his heart?
Mesu Andrews expertly weaves the words of the Song of Solomon into this touching story of the power of love. Readers will be transported from the glowing fields of Shunem to the gleaming city of Jerusalem as they experience this rich and textured novel from a master storyteller.

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MBA&M: Tell our readers a few titbits about Jillian Haslam?


JILLIAN: Jillian’s life has been one of stark and remarkable contrasts. Today she is a self-assured and happy NLP Trainer, Life coach and motivational speaker and author having given up a successful banking career to pursue her interests in helping other people overcome problems and issues in life. What is remarkable about this is that she started life living in circumstances that most people in the western world would ,find hard to even imagine. Picture this, a mother and her children living in a country that was harsh and unforgiving, being forced to live under a partially sheltered stairwell amongst puddles vermin and dirt with all their worldly possessions held in an old tea chest thrown away by someone with no idea where their next meal was coming from. Jillian was one of those children a few years ago. Powered by nothing more than sheer determination and a steadfast belief that things could only get better, she has turned her life around to what it is today. She has told this story in a moving sometimes sad but incredibly heart-warming tale of her life and that of those around her in her book Indian.English. that is set in post-independence India and the United Kingdom.

      MBA&M: What made you decide to write “Indian.English.”?

JILLIAN: I have always enjoyed helping people and talking to them to try and find solutions to life’s challenges. As I spoke to different people I came in contact with, I found that a very effective way to connect with them was to give them instances from my own life that related to what they were going through. Seeing that, on hearing about my experiences helped others harden their resolve to go on and overcome their own hurdles and challenges made me believe that I should share my story with as many people as possible, in the hope that somewhere, someday, it may encourage another soul to overcome their issues and improve their lives.

      MBA&M: What were some of the challenges in writing “Indian.English.” and why a memoir?


  JILLIAN:  I never knew how hard it is to sit down and write about something – even when you’re most familiar with what’s happened in your own life. As I sat typing into my laptop, many recollections that were locked away as distant memories came flooding back bringing a lot of the pain and other emotions we went through at the time. Thoughts of why and how we lost four siblings to extreme poverty and malnutrition, how we came so close to losing our baby brother to floods and disease, how my siblings and myself were abused in the streets and pelted with water balloons on our chest and backs etc. and how we cried all the way home, how my little sister survived despite chocolate bombs being thrown at our home for hours on end and where were the twins that were buried (if they were buried), none of know, even till this day.  I often found myself too overcome by emotion to carry on writing and was extremely grateful for the mind development trainings that helped me bounce back and continue writing. The other aspect of writing this book that was hard for me was that like several other new writers found, it is not easy to get a book published in today’s day and age and the market is full of people looking to take advantage of those relatively inexperienced in the world of authoring and publishing. However, I am grateful that my story is now out there available for anyone to read and sincerely hope that it helps people in some small way. As I’ve said before, my intention for writing about some of the experiences in my life was to demonstrate how any simple, ordinary person can go through the most difficult heart wrenching and torrid experiences in life but can still come through and find happiness at the other end, as I seem to have done in my life. Therefore, a memoir seemed to be the most appropriate form of autobiography to use, to achieve this goal.

       MBA&M: Who would you say is your real life hero? Why?

  JILLIAN:  As with most people, I have several heroes but three that I have modelled myself on (a key NLP technique) are Mother Teresa, Princess Diana and my own mother. I admire Mother Teresa for her sheer selflessness and her unfathomable compassion for those around her and her desire to help those less fortunate than herself. In Princess Diana, I find the quality of being able to put one’s own troubles behind them and still care for what others are going through, a quality I would like to follow and in my own mother, I admire the quality of her being able to put a smile on her face despite extreme trauma and sadness in her world and meeting each tomorrow with renewed optimism leading her children and all around her to believe that it would be a better day than yesterday, this is “Hope” and something that got us through each day, each month, each year. People come in many forms and identifying their patterns of behaviour and modelling their strategies is key to one’s self development.

   MBA&M: What was or is something you would like to accomplish in your writing career?


JILLIAN:   I have written this book with the objective of helping many people who live below the poverty line as I can. There are many who can afford trainings, education, coaching and other self-help programs but there are also far too many who are unable to afford a single meal or a single shirt for their backs or medicines to safe their loved ones lives, leave alone any further education. My dream is to be able to set-up orphanages, education centres, shelters and smaller hospitals in order to help people to eat, learn and to inspire them by my story to be able to live life to their maximum potential. I truly believe that like myself “Everyone can be happy and happiness can only come by fulfilling their basic human needs first” which is what I intend to do.

      MBA&M: What are some of your favorite books, authors, stories, etc.?

 JILLIAN:  I like to read about the lives and experiences of other people, as I find that thought provoking and interesting. I also enjoy reading motivational and self-development books. I recently came across the American pioneer story by Laura Ingalls Wilder and found that to be a truly remarkable and touching family story. Some of my favourite authors are Wayne Dyer for his books “The Shift” & “The Ego”; Virginia Satir for all her books on family therapy, Frank McCourt  on Angela’s Ashes & Robert Winston for his books on the Human Brain, Human Instinct etc.

        MBA&M: Can you give our readers a few titbits on your upcoming project(s)?


JILLIAN:  I have recently launched a company with the objective of helping people be the best that they can be. I would like to extend this project in the future to be able to help those who are in dire need of help and support, like the poor, the aged, the unemployed and the children, to put a smile back on their faces in whatever way I can.


       MBA&M: Tell our readers where you can be found and where “Indian.English.” is available?


JILLIAN:  I am currently based in London in the UK but my services are targeted at a global audience. More details about me and my company are available online at www.helpyourselfassociates.com . The book is available on the kindle, online on amazon and at all leading book stores. More details on the book can be found at www.indianenglishthebook.com

Thank you for visiting with us today,what a fascinating story!!






                        ISBN-13: 9781908775016                       

Publisher: Legend Press Ltd

Publication date: 11/1/2011

Pages: 236

Indian.English. is Jillian Haslam’s memoir of growing up an English girl in post-colonial India. Her harrowing yet ultimately redemptive story of living in the dark squalid by-lanes of Calcutta, abused and misunderstood by many, recalls the darkest moments of Angela’s Ashes and the inner turmoil of The Glass Castle.

For every atrocity described in Indian.English., however, there is found a parallel kindness—a sacrifice, really—on the part of the poorest of the poor, who helped her family to survive. One cannot overlook those small, seemingly insignificant and mundane acts of human kindness. Within these humble people thrive a grace beyond description that literally saves lives every hour of every day.

Such was the case with Jillian and her family, which suffered through the death of children, abject starvation, trauma and humiliation.

In vivid detail, the author recounts how she learned to look for the positives embedded in the numerous challenges encountered on her path; and how to overcome adversity to be successful.

This rich story of her life, of finding the road to success, and how she utilizes her wisdom and vision to help others through her foundation, vividly illustrates how and why Jillian Haslam inspires everyone she meets.


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