I’VE BEEN ASKED TO

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I’ve been asked on one of the writing challenge sites I go to http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/  to answer a few questions about myself, post it on my site, and then link my site on theirs. So here there are, and you’ll get to know a little about me at the same time:

1. What is your name (real or otherwise)? Robin Leigh Morgan – is my pen name. I can’t deny it because I say so in my screen name on my blogs
2. Describe your writing style in three words. Write. Read. ReWrite.
3. How long have you been writing online? Since February 2012.
4. Which, if any, other writing challenges do you participate in? The other main one is Lillie McFerrin’s – Five Sentence Fiction  http://www.lilliemcferrin.com
5.Describe one way in which you could improve your writing. Watch out for my POVs.
6.What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given? Be true to yourself in whatever you write.
7. Who is your favorite author? I’m not saying.
8.How do you make time to write? One main way is being retired.
9.Give us one word we should consider using as a prompt. Remember–it must have a third definition. Fast.  It has more than 3, but just for fun let’s use the one which means “Debauched.”
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Direct us to one blog post of yours that we shouldn’t miss reading. https://mypennameonly.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/five-sentence-fiction-words/

TALKING WITH MARTHA EMMS

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Hi everyone. I’d like you to join me as I interview Martha Emms who’s volunteer this week to be on the proverbial HOT SEAT as I ask her questions about her novel A Portrait of Our Marriage, her writing, and of course, herself.

Robin Leigh Morgan: Please introduce yourself.  Martha Emms: Hi, I’m Barbie Herrera but I use the pen name, Martha Emms. I chose a pen name to honor my Mom and Aunt, who both suffered with brain tumors. I chose Martha to honor my mother who used to hope I would become a writer.   She would say, “If you write, write from your heart.”My Aunt Emma, also wanted me to become a writer, she was an avid reader. She would tell me to stir the pot, when I wrote to get people talking.

Robin Leigh:Tell us about your latest published novel.  Martha: My latest and so far only novel is, Portrait of Our Marriage Memoirs of Love, Family, the Internet, and ObsessionWhile the book is about a couple, it is mostly about one woman’s life. It is her journey of discovering herself, becoming a woman, a wife, a mother, and learning to value her own opinion.  As a couple they have fun, fall in love, and get married. In ‘the online age’ she discovers her husbands once casual interest in porn has become an obsession. It is not only affecting their sex life but changing who both of them are. Passion, sex, romance, and intense drama are woven into the story as the reader follows the couple through years of their marriage. A culmination of dreams, research, and information from 8 women’s lives give the book a flavor of realism. Entertaining, thought provoking, and blatantly realistic, you will succumb to an emotional rollercoaster ride of love and madness. This is not your fantasy fairy tale romance but an adult story that takes you behind closed doors into the forbidden private world of a couple dealing with an addiction of our time. Portrait of Our Marriage is a fictional memoir that takes on Love versus Addiction.            
Robin Leigh:  What can you tell us about your current writing endeavor?  Martha: I am working on a sequel to Portrait of Our Marriage and also a family story that deals with pets.
Robin Leigh:  Can you give us an excerpt from one of your favorite scenes in your latest novel?   Martha: “Do you know what time it is?” I asked, looking at the clock, not waiting for him to answer, “It’s three in the morning.” This was the sixth time in two weeks that he’d wakened me early in the morning for sex after visiting his online porn sites. “You really have a damn nerve, coming in at this hour expecting sex after the way you ended our last conversation. You sit up all night and morning looking at these sites with naked girls spreading their legs and posing like sluts and then you want me?” Seething, I continued to unload, “Well hell, why shouldn’t I just jump on it? Maybe I should just go for it and ride you like a bull. Give Mr. Commando some mouth-to-mouth? Geez, what’s wrong with you? Why are you doing this to us?”“Nothing is wrong with me, stop saying that!” he yelled. “What’s wrong with you? You’re my wife and I want to make love. You should be here for me, I have needs.”    
I twisted the covers so I could face him even better. “How old is that saying? You have needs? What about my needs?”                                                 
“You’re inaccessible; when I’m ready you’re not. Like now,” he answered with a determined scowl.

Getting out of bed I matched his infuriated gaze, “Good one, well you’re never ready when I’m awake.” The air in the room was cloaked with a rank stench from a digested and soured brew. “You smell of beer.”“So I had a couple of beers. I’m not drunk and I’m here in my own home. So even if I wanted to get drunk, I could. I’m an adult and I want to make love to my wife.”Inebriated and not wishing to argue further, he patted on the bed motioning for me to get back in, then he reached for and grasped my hand. He gave me a pouty look, gushing with his boyish grin. I looked at Brett, fully aware of the man who was and has been a virile lover. A man with a kind and caring heart, but seeing him in that moment, I wondered who this Brett was.

Robin Leigh: What was the inspiration for your latest novel?   Martha: After watching an episode that was on The Oprah Show, years ago that dealt with the issue of men being addicted to porn, I had a dream. The dream was so vivid it was like watching a movie, and so began the inception of Portrait of Our Marriage. Since I continued to have different dreams about it, I was almost haunted me into writing the story.
Robin Leigh:  How did you decide what the title of this book would be? If this book is part of a series, then the books in the series.   Martha: I kept having dreams of the story, and in my dreams the main character was often looking at pictures on a digital picture display device. She would view the pictures and remember past events from her life. Then parts of her past would play out like a feature film. The title popped in my head after one of those dreams, even before I began writing.

Robin Leigh: Would you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?   Martha: I’m definitely a panster because I am a dreamer. Ideas, stories pop in my head constantly but especially when I’m sleeping or daydreaming. I write something everyday but as far as writing my books I write when it comes to me.

Robin Leigh: What made you decide to become an author? I have always written stories, poems, or songs.   Martha: Ever since I was very young. They were nothing professional though, just for friends. But, in the 1980s, I wrote a children’s story. I did submit it, but after so many rejections I gave up. The story of Portrait of Our Marriage would not leave me alone and after years of research and gathering very personal information from 8 different women, I had to write this story. I truly believe it needs to be out there. There are many couples dealing with this issue and even though my story isn’t a recommendation of what someone should or should not do, it is a story of what could happen. While I say that, I must also stress the book is in no way a lecture, it is a story.
 
Robin Leigh: In your latest novel, who’s your favorite character male/female? Tell us why.   Martha: I believe it would be Nicky. She came from a very strict upbringing and when she meets Brett, she really isn’t sure of who she is. Her belief system about herself, is vulnerable. Throughout her marriage we see her as many different women – shy, religious, a sexy seductress, loving, a caring mother, a vixen, in denial, frustrated, and determined. In Nicky, I see parts from all of us, and I like them all.
Robin Leigh: Do you have a set aside a specific amount of time to write, write/answer emails, and marketing. How does anyone handle all this?  Martha: This has all been an issue I find myself drowning in. The email issue is unreal. I hate to admit it but I cannot read through them all. I try to, but some days there are just too many to manage. Trying to do social marketing and promote, is another time consuming issue, especially when you have no funds for it. It is difficult to find time to write and manage everything else but I’m finally getting a handle on it.

Robin Leigh: Do you read books outside the genre you write in? What are they?   Martha: Oh yes, I love reading all kinds of books. Some of my favorite authors are Ken Follett, Lawrence Sanders, Tom Clancy, Robyn Carr, Debbie Macomber, Jill Shalvis, Nora Roberts, Stephen King, and Clive Cussler. I need the different authors and genres they write in, for my all my different moods, to fill every void in my life.

Robin Leigh: What must you have around you when you write; food, drink, music, etc?   Martha: Background noise, usually from a crime drama on TV, and iced tea.

Robin Leigh: When you were an aspiring author you needed advice, what advice would you give to those aspiring author in those shoes today?   Martha: First, write for the story not for what’s expected or wanted from others. Stay true to the story you want to tell.      Second, if you’re self publishing, hire professionals to edit and proof read your work.     Third, if you don’t know them, learn about all the social networks before your book comes out.     Fourth, meet other authors, they are amazing and supportive people. You can learn a lot from them.

Robin Leigh: If there’s anything else you’d like to briefly tell us about your book, your writing, or yourself.   Martha: I’m almost 60. I would give a big shout out to others to remember, it isn’t your age that limits you, it is your thinking. Never give up on your dream. It took me a long time but I believe I am finally doing what I love, while also doing what both my mom and aunt wished I would do. I am not rich or famous, but I am living the dream, I have a book out that I think accomplishes what they both wished from me, (except for all the sex, LOL). My book has heart and soul written in it and enough storyline to stir the pot and hopefully get people talking.

GENERAL_INFORMATION  Where can we find your book?

Amazon:  http://tiny.cc/1hgskw   Amazon print: http://tinyurl.com/c7mgdpm Barnes & Noble: http://tiny.cc/dggskw

Where else can we find you on the internet?

BLOG:  http://marthaemms.blogspot.com

FACEBOOK:  http://www.facebook.com/martha.emms

FB  Book:  http://tinyurl.com/bfy82wo   GOODREADS: http://tinyurl.com/9mrku45 TWITTER: https://twitter.com/barbiesway

Are there any other internet sites would you like to tell us about where we can find you?

Pinterest:  http://tinyurl.com/9fqp3rs

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME, ROBIN!
You’re quite welcomed Martha. If you have any comments or questions for Martha, I’m sure she’ll be happy to hear from you or answer your questions.
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33 WORD CHALLENGE – Word-Modifers

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Here we are another week and another 33 word challenge. This weekend’s Trifextra challenge is all about compound modifiers – such fun!  http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/2013/04/trifextra-week-sixty-four_26.html

And this is my endeavor for this week.

What Was The Reason?

Jennifer had always been quite semi-normal, but something snapped.

Two weeks earlier the excuse would have been her period.

What could have caused it?

Was it me or was it you?

Something snapped.

FIVE SENTENCE FICTION – Shadows

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Another week has come and Lillie McFerrrin [http://www.lilliemcferrin.com ]has given another Five Sentence Fiction prompt for us to contend with. For this week she has given us SHADOWS; and after thinking about it for the past two days, I’ve come up with the following and I’d love to hear your comments.

SHADOWS

SHeryl has always been the nervous, and working the night shift at the all night diner in the warehouse district never helped.

And anytime she would hear a story on the radio of another woman being brutally raped her mind went wild thinking she’d be his next victims.

Damn, she would think, wondering when this would stop and the sicko get arrested.

OWning no car meant she had to walk the two lonely blocks to catch the all night bus home.

S hadows is what she feared most; because strange SHADOWS meant someone could be walking behind her, someone ready to possibly have his way with her until she would be safe on her bus going home.

SPOTLIGHT on Micki Peluso

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SPOTLIGHT on Micki Peluso

 About the Author

Micki Peluso began writing after a personal tragedy, as a cartharsis for her grief.  This lead to a first time out publication in Victimology: An International  Magazine and a 25 year career in Journalism. She’s freelanced and been staff  writer for one major newspaper and written for two more, and has published short  fiction and non-fiction, as well as slice of life stories in colleges and  magazines, including e-zine editions.Two of her horror stories were recently  published in “The Speed of Dark”, an anthology by author and publisher, Clayton  Bye. Micki is a professional book reviewer for The New York Journal of Books and  Readertoreader, as well as a freelance reviewer. Her first book was published in  2008; a funny true family story of love, loss and survival, called, . . . AND  THE WHIPPOORWILL SANG. The book has been reissued as a second edition in March of  2012 and won the silver award from NESTA CBC, for writing that helps make the  world a better place. Currently Micki is working on a collection of short fiction,  slice of life stories and essays, in a book called, “Heartbeat. . . Slices of  life.” And the Whippoorwill Sang
Book’s Description Happy times, a sunny day, a driving drunk, eight lives forever changed. A  mother’s account of actual events of her family, filled with laughter, love,  loss, and survival. It is a day like any other, except the intense heat wave has  broken and signs of early fall are in the air. Around the dining room table of  her 100 year old farmhouse Micki Peluso’s six children along with three of their  friends eagerly gulp down a chicken dinner. As soon as the last morsel is  ravished, the lot of them is off in different directions. Except for the one  whose turn it is to do the dishes. After offering her mother a buck if she’ll do  them, with an impish grin, the child rushes out the front door, too excited for  a hug, calling out, “Bye Mom,” as the door slams shut. For the Peluso’s the  nightmare begins. Micki and Butch face the horror every parent fears—awaiting  the fate of one of their children. While sitting vigil in the ICU waiting room,  Micki traverses the past, as a way of dealing with an inconceivable future. From  the bizarre teenage elopement with her high school sweetheart, Butch, in a  double wedding with her own mother, to comical family trips across country in an  antiquated camper with six kids and a dog, they leave a path of chaos, antics  and destruction in their wake. Micki relives the happy times of raising six  children while living in a haunted house, as the young parents grow up with  their kids. She bravely attempts to be the man of the house while her husband,  Butch is working out of town. Hearing strange noises, which all the younger kids  are sure is the ghosts, Micki tiptoes down to the cellar, shotgun in hand and  nearly shoots an Idaho potato that has fallen from the pantry and thumped down  the stairs. Of course her children feel obligated to tell the world. Just when  their lives are nearly perfect, tragedy strikes—and the laughter dies. A  terrible accident takes place in the placid valley nestled within the  Susquehanna Mountains in the town of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. On a country  lane just blocks from the family’s hundred year old haunted farmhouse, lives are  changed forever. In a state of shock, Micki muses through their delightful past  to avoid confronting an uncertain future—as the family copes with fear and  apprehension. One of her six children is fighting for life in Intensive Care.  Both parents are pressured by doctors to disconnect Noelle, their  fourteen-year-old daughter. Her beautiful girl, funny and bright, who breathes  life into every moment, who does cartwheels in piles of Autumn leaves, who loves  to sing and dance down country roads, and above all loves her family with all  her soul. How can Micki let this child go? The family embarks upon yet another  journey, to the other side of sorrow and grasps the poignant gift of life as  they begin. . .to weep. . .to laugh. . .to grieve. . .to dance—and  forgive.
Excerpt Butch  bought a bright red canoe that summer. Since working out of State, we did more  family things than when he’d worked in town. He tied the canoe to the top of the  station wagon. I packed an ice chest of picnic food and blankets and off we  headed to the Susquehanna River. The boys explored the woods while I dangled my  feet off the small pier on the river bank. The girls, afraid of fish nibbling at  their toes, passed on that. Butch managed to convince me to take a ride with him  across the width of the river. I couldn’t swim and we had no life jackets. I  climbed into the tippy canoe as he paddled across—the canoe rocking from side to  side. The river whispered a serenity which belied its treacherous steep drops  and swirling eddies. One trip was enough for me. Some experiences don’t warrant  repeating.
Butch and the boys paddled all the way to the rapids near  the bridge. I paced the riverbank watching for their safe return.
He  then took the three younger girls out, but stayed close to the shoreline. Butch  was calling out to those paddling, “stroke, stroke,” when Noelle decided she  wanted to stand up.
“No,” her dad said. “You can’t stand up in a  canoe.”
“Yes, I can. Watch me.” Noelle said.
I stood on  the pier, horrified, watching as the canoe capsized and they all went under. All  I could see was splashing around the overturned canoe—and then a small figure  literally “walking on water” as fast as her legs could carry her to shore. I  only knew of one other being that walked on water, but that day, I swear that  Nicole was upright all the way till she reached land.
Kelly and  Noelle insisted they could climb back into the canoe that Butch had righted.
“You’ll never be able to climb back into a canoe from deep water,” he told them.
Noelle felt a fish brush her backside. Then Kelly felt  something touch her legs.They both screamed and launched themselves back into  the canoe. The biggest calamity of the day, besides aging me ten years, was the  loss of Noelle’s cool new sunglasses.
“Wanna take another ride with  me?” Butch asked.  (C) Micki Peluso – 2008/2012

 
Review On GoodReads.com Martha Love          rated it          5 of 5 stars

This book is truly hard to put down! Micki Peluso’s memoir “And The Whippoorwill Sang” is a true tale about two people very much in love, often struggling but at heart loving every minute of it to raise a large family. Sometimes there is desperation and grief when children fall ill or tragedy hits the family, and there is frustration when the day-to-day struggles of parenthood exhaust both parents, but largely, the book is filled with absolutely hilarious tales of their family life. Be prepared…moreThis book is truly hard to put down! Micki Peluso’s memoir “And The Whippoorwill Sang” is a true tale about two people very much in love, often struggling but at heart loving every minute of it to raise a large family. Sometimes there is desperation and grief when children fall ill or tragedy hits the family, and there is frustration when the day-to-day struggles of parenthood exhaust both parents, but largely, the book is filled with absolutely hilarious tales of their family life. Be prepared to laugh out loud and tear up at other times!
The story unfolds in flashback format, beginning in 1981 in the hospital when their beautiful 14 year old daughter, Noelle, is fighting for her life after being hit as a pedestrian by a drunken driver. The story of Noelle’s final days in the hospital and Micki’s struggle to be the loving mother that she is until the very end of her child’s life, briefly interweaves throughout the book in intermittent short chapters. The flashback and family story begins with the eloping of Micki and her handsome husband Butch in 1959 and moves slowly, tale by tale, up to and past the time of Noelle’s death.I read this book during the week of a major surgery of a close relative in my own family and it helped me so much. When I first started the book, I thought that perhaps I should have waited to another time to read it and that it was going to be stressful, because it is ultimately about the tragedy of her daughter Noelle. But, as I read Micki’s memories of motherhood and the many beautiful, sometimes worrisome but mostly totally humorous experiences of raising her beautiful and large family, I was able to also reflect upon my own parenthood days and the lives of my own children. Micki writes with such genuine feeling and humor about her own experiences that she allows the reader to have the space to relax and relate their own life when they felt the same way. It was for me de-stressing, meditative, and enjoyable to read.
This book is not just about family and parenthood, not even just about grief of a mother and the tragedy of a beautiful child being killed by a drunken driver and the need for tougher laws to deter such recklessness, but more profoundly it is about the eternity of the soul. Micki reveals many experiences throughout the book that she and the rest of the family have with spirits of people who have passed on and she shares this same communication and understanding of eternity about her own daughter who has passed on. It is in that way, a book with the universal theme of hope and this feeling of hope is left in the hearts of the readers. I highly recommend this extremely well written, 5 star book.
AVAILABLE ON AMAZON http://www.amazon.com/Whippoorwill-Sang-Micki-Peluso/dp/1466497076/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1347680072&sr=1-1&keywords=Micki+Peluso
Micki Can Be Found on the Following Internet Sites BLOG:http://mallie1025.blogspot.com/ FaceBook:https://www.facebook.com/AndTheWhippoorwillSang?ref=hl LinkedIn:http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=38555070&trk=hb_tab_pro_top Twitter:https://twitter.com/mickipeluso YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBqEUid2lq0

GoodReads:  http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/811377-micki-peluso

I’d like to THANK Micki for taking the time in working with me in making this post possible.  If you have any questions concerning her book, her writing, etc.; I’m sure she’ll be very happy to answer them.

SPOTLIGHT – Jessica O’Gorek

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About the Author

 Jessica O'Gorek

 Jessica O’Gorek was born in Chesapeake, Virginia on April 19th, 1979. She was raised within the American Indian religion, being taught aside what we all learn in school got taught great respect for the earth and all its living beings. Powwows, sweat lodges, vision quests, you name it, I’ve done it. She was the weird kid who would confront kids on the playground in elementary school when they squished a bug. She would repeatedlu and very sincerely tell them what they had been doing is morally wrong and she’d then pray for the bug to come back as a butterfly in its next life.

She grew up admiring her father, Barry Weinstock, as an author. When she was twelve she started writing novels by hand, and her first consisted of two thousand pages. Her daughter, who is thirteen, is currently working on her first novel, and as Jessica looks towards the future she hopes her daughter willl continue the legacy she has started.

HER  BOOK

Ethereal Fury (Gemini Rising, #1)

 

 
 
 
 

BLURB

 

Mother Earth, wounded by the human race and its disregard for her resources, will recruit human souls to serve Her and turn against humanity. A rising force festers; Gemini, a clan of paranormal beings will systematically possess and destroy towns, cities, and states. Amidst the chaos, a forbidden relationship between Onyx, a lead Gemini, and Violette, a human, begins. They will both find themselves in the middle of a revolutionary war that will either save, or destroy our world.

 

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I’d like to THANK Jessica for taking the time in working with me in making this post possible.  If you have any questions concerning her book, her writing, etc.; I’m sure she’ll be very happy to answer them.

 
 
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FIVE SENTENCE FICTION – Angles

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This week Lillie McFerrin [http://www.lilliemcferrin.com] gave us the prompt of “ANGLES” for us to write our Five Sentence Fiction.  Here is my writing endeavor to that prompt. [Would like your feedback]

YOU’VE ALWAYS GOT AN ANGLE

Steve and Brenda have been together for over ten years, and all during this time she has wished and waited to pop the question every woman wants to hear.  However, Steve remained hesitant until he could provide for everything she could ever want to have the moment she’d mention it; because to him everything had to have an ANGLE, and these ANGLES ultimately became an obsession with him, for if something didn’t have one he wouldn’t be interested in getting involved despite it being the true solution he had been desperately searching for; and the sad thing is Brenda knew it and knew there was nothing she could do to stop him.  One day Steve found a ten dollar bill on the floor of the store where he buys his daily pack of cigarettes and decides for some reason to blow it on lottery ticket; something he had always avoided and said has been a game for suckers; and since the lottery has no ANGLE to playing, he ever had any interest in it.         

Needless to say the next day, when he checked his tickets to his huge surprise he won the jackpot prize of $25 million; and he immediately went to cash it and buy the diamond engagement ring Brenda had always admired.  So when he went to Brenda to finally propose marriage and present her the ring, she thought about it for a moment and replied, “You always have ANGLES in whatever you do, so what’s your ANGLE this time?”

 

 

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