Guess what I’m Reading-The Hidden Ones by Nancy Madore

I’m back and reading again. This one caught my eye and so far has held my attention. Check out the synopsis. I’ll let you know what I really think when I’m done.

1201_BookCover_15.2The Hidden Ones (Book One)

As CEO of her own thriving company, Nadia Adeire is flush with success, but a secret society dating back to the Essenes believes her to be one of the ancient djinn—the notorious demoness of Hebrew legend, Lilith. What’s more, they have reason to believe that she’s plotting a catastrophic attack on the world.
Nadia is snatched from her ‘perfect’ life and caught in a maze between a present day disaster and the ancient legends of the djinn. The only way out is to retrace the steps of her deceased grandmother, Helene. The deeper Nadia delves into the past, the harder it will be for her to emerge unscathed. But it’s the only way to stop this impending disaster that was set in motion five thousand years ago!



Though THE HIDDEN ONES is a work of fiction, the historical content within the book is accurate. It is especially interesting to note how what happened so long ago in Mesopotamia still affects us today. Our religions, our wars, even our worst fears are irrevocably tied to that period in history. Perhaps the past hold keys to the present, buried among the many artifacts and writings like hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered.

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Interview with Etta King Author of Life and Times of the Heir and the Keeper


Today we are talking to Etta King the author of “The Life and Times of the Heir and the Keeper.”

Tell us about your book The Life and Times of the Heir and the Keeper?

Well it’s a story set to finish up what stated off as a turbulent first semester for Judith, Elizabeth, Jonathan, and a few other characters who I describe in this book’s “Roll Call.” There’s resolution to a few hanging moments, but new characters emerge and add their own bits of drama to the web of the story. I particularly enjoyed writing Francis’s story here, because he adds something voyeuristic to the story. He’s very much “Manhattan,” in his search for the next fun thing.

In the book blurb it says“you better hope you’re not the collateral damage in someone else’s drama.” What did you mean by that?

Now this was meant as a reference to how connected the characters are; from Judith to Elizabeth, to Chad and Jonathan, to Francis and Louisa, and even Matt. All the characters have their own agendas and their decisions don’t only affect them, they affect other people. A particularly obvious example – no spoilers – would be how Jonathan’s issues with his uncles, his grandfather and his friends somehow affect Elizabeth, Judith and Chadwick, who hasn’t had as huge a role in the novels as of yet. The interconnected-ness is something I’ve found to be intrinsic of college; there seems to be less than three degrees of separation between everyone.

What gave you the innovation to write this particular story?

Well, I was inspired by my freshman year in college; it took me by surprise, how so much could happen in so little time. There were parallel stories in my year and that laid the foundation for the series and the way these books are being written. The first book, The Life and Times of Elizabeth and the Duchess, was written from the perspective of the girls in this series, Elizabeth and Judith. This book, The Life and Times of the Heir and the Keeper, is more so the guys’story. Jonathan and Francis get their time in the limelight and, if I do say so, they have as much drama as the girls. The entire series will chronicle their college experience, from start to finish, as each character grows or even stays the same. Once I had the idea, the story just kept building and my imagination basically ran wild. I enjoy writing about these characters; they are like old friends that I can come to at any time, and, even better, I discover new things about them each time.

Has your writing been inspired by friends/ family?

Oh yes! Little anecdotes from friends and family have somehow gotten into my stories, sometimes without my realizing it. It’s funny too, that even when I’m not thinking of anything specific, readers tend to find similarities with their own colleges or their own experiences. The fun part in that is that all ages could read my stories – and have so far – and still experience the same return to college, the same entertainment as anyone in college or high school. Continue reading

Literary Lounge Magazine Debut


It is finally here. My first published article is available to the public in the Literary Lounge Magazine. Check out my article on the Detroit Boss Ladies and give me your opinion.

Click here to get your copy!!!


What Did She Really Say??

scan0001[1]Well, 2013 has arrived and I was pleasantly surprised that from August 2012 until December 2012 I managed to read and review 13 books on my blog. I actually read substantially more, but the others were for my personal pleasure.

My goal for 2013 is to review at least 60 books and post them on my blog. I have truly enjoyed the opportunity to read my fellow authors work. I have endeavored to be as honest as I can possible be without being mean or hurtful.

My goal for She Really Said It was to help fellow authors get reviewed and provided information and motivation for Indie authors like myself. It can be hard to keep writing when other people tell you that your work is poor or needs work, but it is how the game goes. Don’t hate the game, learn the rules. I am studying hard.

Generally, if I can’t rate a book well (at least three stars), I have reframed from posting it on my blog. I reviewed this method over the holidays and have decided to continue with the rule. So with that said, I am opening up for submissions again.

I am caught up on my reading and will be posting numerous reviews for the next three weeks. With that said hit me with your best shot so I can go ahead and Really Say It!!


Interview with Michigan Literary Network

Check out my interview with Sylvia Hubbard on the Michigan Literary Network blog talk radio yesterday.