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Another Blog Tour

schrift 2_whiteBGI have entered another blog tour called; THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP. I will be posting on March 1st. My friend, fellow author and blogger Bette Stevens did her blog yesterday. Here is the link; http://www.4writersandreaders.com  . Anyone who would like to follow me with their blog the following week please let me know 🙂 This Blog Tour will be about new books that you have on the horizon.

 

Well I did not win the Shorty Award I came in pretty far back. If it’s ok to quote many people tomorrow night, it is an honor shorty_badge_300x250_mejust to be nominated. The good thing is that people do enjoy my blogs and they voted for me. So I thank everyone who voted for me. I truly appreciate it.

 

 

 

157943576458081Author Christine Hannon will join us to chat about her novel; A Hairdressers Diary. In her novel you will read things about hairdressing you may have never imagined. You might even look at your hairdresser in a whole new light  after reading this book. Come sit in her virtual chair and enjoy the ride  http://tobtr.com/s/4331269

 

 

 

I very mprofile (2)uch enjoyed talking to the very talented author Carrie Carr.We spoke of fan fiction, writing novels and reading. It13410305 was a fun interview.  She is writer of one of my favorite series; The Lex & Amanda series. Her latest is a stand alone novel entitled, Hearts Resolve  http://tobtr.com/s/4299283 .

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We had a special second episode of Chatting With Sherri this week with the charming Kerry Dunn. We chatted about his 16d93cf68ed20ad8976fec.L._V148649795_SX200_first  novel, Joe Peace.  The novel Joe Peace; is a gallows-humored tale of revenge and redemption with noir-like dialogue and along with action, suspense and soul  http://tobtr.com/s/4432431 .

As an extra treat he is my special interview this week for my blog. Read below for more of what makes Kerry tick and to buy his latest book.

 What was the first book you remember loving? Do you still own it? 

That would have to be John Kennedy Toole’s “A Confederacy of Dunces”.  I read it in high school, and while I’ve always been a big reader (though I have been trying to lose weight), this was the first novel I read that was so far out of my normal range it might as well have been checked out of a library on Neptune.  But man, I love that book.  Ignatius Reilly is the greatest character of twentieth century fiction (you heard me, Gatsby) – its most original, most attractively repellent creation.  I always have a copy near for when I need a laugh or a moment of singular awe.

 

 What kind of books do you like to read? Do those books have an effect on your own writing?

 I read at least two books a week, on average.  I like a good detective story and murder mysteries, though I’ve read so many of them I come across a lot of predictable situations that make me lose interest.  I enjoy history, so I’m always searching for a topic there that will keep me entertained.  I just read Kurt Eichenwald’s detailed account of the Enron collapse, “Conspiracy of Fools”, and even though I don’t know a margin from short-sale, I loved it.  And I love to laugh, so I always keep a Tim Dorsey or early Carl Hiassen (before he got preachy) novel around.  But I usually come back to my tried-and-trues:  Don Winslow, Raymond Chandler, Elmore Leonard, James Lee Burke.  Those cats never fail to keep my interest, and I’ve probably taken more from them than I will ever realize, just by reading them so much.

 

 Do you remember what is the first book that touched you deeply? 

The one that killed me, absolutely put me in a box, was “Lonesome Dove”.  When Gus dies at the end, I felt like I was right there in that little room with he and Call.  Just floored me.  I was so invested in every character in that book it felt like I was related to these fictional creations.  The losses hit me hard. I think I even sent flowers to Montana or something.

 

 Is there an era of writing that affects you? 1920, 1800’s so forth? 

The noir novels of the thirties and forties are great, but I’m a fan of modern language, that patois great writers in the field can create, hip street poetry.  Older books, say, from the nineteenth century, are too wordy and overflow with so much exposition I feel the need to find the plunger.  I’m not a total heathen – I love Shakespeare and John Donne’s plays and poetry, respectively.  But my attention will always be drawn to the immediacy of the brief sentence and terse dialogue.

 

  Where do you like to write? Is there a favorite nook or corner? 

I sit up in my bed, with a portable writing desk and the laptop, and with my iPod set to a jazz playlist.  I can’t write with any lyrics going on behind me, but Miles and Coltrane and Oscar Peterson are huge assets.

 

 Do you prefer one genre to another?

I love noir, with characters of questionable morals or intentions, strong women, interesting bad guys, and world-weary observations about alcohol and the human condition.

 

  Do you like the feel of a book in your hands or do prefer an electronic devises?

I love “real” books, but I have to admit, electronic devices like my Nook are great.  I’m about 50/50 on the whole topic.  I think as long as I can read it, I’d adapt to a novel if it was written on the walls of a cave.

 

 Can you tell us about what your working on now? 

A sequel to “Joe Peace”.  I figured, nobody’s ever done a sequel, so I realize I’m pushing the envelope, but that’s where I live.  Right on the edge.  Joe isn’t fully reformed by the end of the first one.  The next novel may or may not 13628787take him a step closer to that.

To get a copy of Kerry Dunn’s novel Joe Peace; http://www.amazon.com/Joe-Peace-Kerry-Dunn/dp/1619720027 .

Till next time…

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So Much To Do So Little Time!

Nominate Sherri Rabinowitz for a social media award in the Shorty Awards!Nominate Sherri Rabinowitz for a social media award in the Shorty Awards

I have been so busy my head is spinning. I am still in the middle of my campaign for The Shorty Awards. I still have hopes though the time is short, the last day is Feb. 18th. Which is the day after my birthday so if you want to get me a cheap present, please vote. Now having said that the only way you can vote is with a twitter account so if you don’t have a twitter account just send me a lot prayers and good wishes. http://shortyawards.com/rithebard

 

schrift 2_whiteBGI am also really busy re-launching my magazine, Sherri’s Jewel Box. It is going to be a Valentine Issue but it will be a bit late because of everything else that is going down. Needless to say I am working like blazes on it and I hope to launch it next week.Here is the link for it, (It is not up yet) http://sherrisjewelbox.weebly.com/

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The Fan Fiction Lounge’s tribute to my short stories went really well. I had a live chat with fans yesterday which was great fun.  They asked some really good questions which made me realize I have to re-read some of my stories. Here is the link to the site so you can see the tribute and the chat; http://fanfictionreviews2012.freeforums.org/ri-appearing-feb-11-15-f67.html 

 

I had such a wonderful time with Mata Raa on my show and we talked about writing, publishing and the love of reading.Her utf-8''P1040876 (2)book Blue Lagoon Summer takes us into the mystical world of as well autf-8''couv_mata_A1 (2)s that of the black pearl. Vaheana learns not only about her family, Tahitian culture and its language but also about becoming a woman and growing up in every sense of the word. Please listen to show at;  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2013/02/12/chatting-with-sherri

 

 

13410305profile (2)My guest is the talented author Carrie Carr of alternative fiction. She is writer of one of my favorite series; The Lex & Amanda series. Her latest is a stand alone novel entitled, Heart’s Resolve. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2013/02/19/chatting-with-sherri  

 

 

authorAlso I have a yahoo group for fans and followers of Chatting with Sherri. I will do updates and on the site. Please join in the fun! http://groups.yahoo.com/group/chattingwithsherri/?yguid=64414577

 Till Next Time…

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Get Me The Shorty!

Nominate Sherri Rabinowitz for a social media award in the Shorty Awards!Nominate Sherri Rabinowitz for a social media award in the Shorty Awards

I am so excited to be nominated for my first award as a blogger! I am up for the Shorty Award please vote for me so I can be a finalist.(Please put a reason why or the vote does not count) http://shortyawards.com/rithebard.

I am also excited to let you know that there will be, (just before my birthday) A week of Ri, where they will be schrift 3. red whiteBGhighlighting some of my fan fiction stories for a whole week. I will make comments on them and have a chat with the fans. It will be on The Fan Fiction Lounge  starting on February 11 to 15th. The stories the site have chosen are listed below;

 
The Dakota Series
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The Ghost Series
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Behind the Black Cloud
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Into Each Life
Please come and join the funhttp://fanfictionreviews2012.freeforums.org/.

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I had a lively chat this week on my show Chatting With Sherri with talented artist and master Jeweler Lisa Lichty!   She has written photo(2)articles about  her craft of designing for my e-magazine Sherri’s Jewel Box http://sherrisjewelbox.weebly.com/ and discussed the process of becoming a Master Jeweler! It was a really fascinating interview. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2013/02/05/chatting-with-sherri

 

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utf-8''P1040876 (2)Next week please welcome my guest author Mata Raa with her latest book. Blue Lagoon Summer. Blue Lagoon Summer takes us into the mystical world of Tahiti as well as that of the black pearl. Vaheana learns not only about her family, Tahitian culture and its language but also about becoming a woman and growing up in every sense of the word. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2013/02/12/chatting-with-sherri

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Please welcome my latest guest for my on-line interview series, Alana Woods;

What was the first book you remember loving? Do you still own it?
Jennifer and the flower fairies, published in 1950, and unfortunately, no, I don’t still have it. The last time I remember seeing it was on my bookshelf about 10 years ago. Then one day as I was dusting I noticed it was gone. So someone had not been able to resist and helped themselves. I didn’t inquire—I didn’t want to know.
I have thought about buying another copy. But as yet I haven’t gone the extra step and actually done it.

What kind of books do you like to read? Do those books have an affect on your own writing?
I read a lot of genres. Don’t like horror, the paranormal and erotica. Stories generally don’t influence my writing but the way they’re told and writing styles most certainly do. So many authors have influenced me: Dorothy Dunnett, the Scottish writer whose prose is just magic, and the way she tells a story, also magic. Then there’s Dick Francis—love the seemingly simple straightforwardness of his earlier works. The language of Jane Austen. They’re the ones that jump immediately to mind but if I searched my bookshelves I could name a dozen or so more.

Do you remember what is the first book that touched you deeply?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. At school I was one of those kids who had always read all the books on the reading list before the school year began and Jane Eyre just sang. I don’t recall why; the language maybe, the story line perhaps. I imagine it was a mix of everything. Just so evocative for a 15 year old girl. It still remains a favourite.

Is there an era of writing that affects you? 1920, 1800’s so forth?
As a reader I enjoy books from any era as long as they’re well told and Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte continue to work their spells on me. As a writer one of my first attempts at a novel had a Tudor period setting. What it taught me was that although I loved reading about the period it wasn’t for me as a writer. I found my niche in contemporary fiction.

Where do you like to write? Is there a favorite nook or corner?
All I ask for is a quiet space and that I’m alone. I can’t concentrate if someone is moving around or if there’s any background noise such as radio or TV. But the sounds of nature don’t affect me; we abut a nature park and there’s a variety of birds warbling, twittering or being raucous all day, but I like the fact they’re there.

Do you prefer one genre to another?
To write? Contemporary intrigue suspense. My novels have been labelled Thrillers by publishers but I’ve never seen them as Automaton cover (2)thrilling. They’ve also been called literary, which I like. It’s nice to think people regard your work as a cut above the average. But I definitely prefer writing stories based in the here and now.

Do you like the feel of a book in your hands or do prefer an electronic device?
I have a kindle. I read and review weekly for my blog so e-books are definitely the way to go for that. I just don’t have the storage space for so many hard copies.
But for the love of reading I still like the feel of paper.
One of the downsides of a kindle when I’m reading to review is that if I want to go back to check something it’s not the simplest or quickest of things to do. With a hard copy you just flip through until you find it.

 
Can you tell us about what you’re working on now?
My third novel which is contemporary fiction. I finished the first draft a couple of years ago and then put it away. I pulled it out just last week to get back into it.

My first published novel AUTOMATON has a legal theme. My second IMBROGLIO has a quasi espionage theme. The third revolves around the corporate world of global mergers.

The novels so far are very firmly based on jobs I’ve held. I was a court reporter when I wrote AUTOMATON and working in a defence research facility at the time of IMBROGLIO. The current one, called DRAGLINE, is a result of my years as director of publishing at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission—lots of mergers for me to draw on there. 🙂

Imbroglio cover (2)Here is a short bio of Alana;
My family emigrated from the UK to Australia when I was four.  I grew up in the coastal suburbs of Adelaide but now live in Canberra.  It’s where two of my children live. We (that’s me and my husband John) also spend time in West Sussex with our oldest daughter Simone, also an author.

I’ve been a professional editor for over 30 years. I’m no longer in full-time employment—haven’t been for about six years. Most of my time now is taken up with my own writing but I continue to contract edit part time. I have five books published. Two are categorized as thrillers but I prefer to call them suspense intrigue novels, Automaton and Imbroglio. Another is a short story collection, Tapestries and other short stories. The other two are non-fiction. A fiction writing guide that I developed from a tips sheet I’ve handed out over the years to learner writers wanting feedback on their work: 25 essential writing tips: guide to writing good fiction. http://www.amazon.com/Alana-Woods/e/B0061UWNN0/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

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The Adventure Begins

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OK, I have something to confess here, I get very nervous any time I have to speak publicly.  I studied as an actress because I was a IMGshy girl who loved to hide behind the mask of a character. It is very hard for me to expose  myself to this but I feel compelled to try. I have done speeches for small groups both in person and on conference calls but this week I am very nervous when I do an interview. They are all about me, Sherri. This is so nerve wracking I have been focusing on my other projects so I do not have to reflect on it.

My guestMV5BNTM4MTY0MzcxNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzkwMjk4OA@@._V1._SY314_CR50,0,214,314_ this week is the talented and energetic Timothy Woodward Jr. is the Producer/Creator/Lead in Hollywood East. Timothy is also the lead on several feature films including the horror hits Butchered, the soon to HollywoodEast-Showcardbe released thriller Blackout co-staring Bill Oberst Jr. a very talented and famous actor in the horror genre’. Timothy’s directorial film debut with the amazing  Indie Film; Finders Keepers: The root of all evil!    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2013/01/29/chatting-with-sherri

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My next show we will have the lovely Lisa Lichty!  She  is an artist and a Master Jeweler. She has written articles about  her craft of designing and will discuss the process of becoming a Master Jeweler, please join us for this exciting show with this talented woman. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2013/02/05/chatting-with-sherri

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Please welcome my guest for our latest Author interview; Pam Funke about herself and her writing!

authorphoto (2)What was the first book you remember loving? Do you still own it?

There’s a Wocket in My Pocket by Dr Seuss. Actually, I no longer have a copy.

What kind of books do you like to read? Do those books have an affect on your own writing?

I enjoy reading Christian Fiction, Mysteries, Suspense, Thrillers, Inspirational and Young Adult. But if a book captures my attention I will read it regardless of the genre. Do they have an affect on my writing? I would have to say yes and no.

Do you remember what is the first book that touched you deeply?

Yes, I would have to say Gone with the Wind.

Is there an era of writing that affects you? 1920, 1800’s so forth?

No, not really.

Where do you like to write? Is there a favorite nook or corner?

I like to sit outside on warm days to write, otherwise I’m sitting on the couch with my laptop.

Do you prefer one genre to another?

Out of the types of books that I like to read, not really.

Do you like the feel of a book in your hands or do prefer an electronic devices?

Although I do have a nook, there is still nothing quite like holding an actual book in your hands.

Can you tell us about what your working on now?

The book that I am currently working on is called A Valley Experience. It is basically about a young woman’s journey to find God. She runs away from home before she is eighteen years old in search of love. However, she’s  looking for love in all of the wrong places. (the clubs, with various men, etc) She suffers all sorts of heartaches, physical abuse and disappointment before finally finding what love is really all about. I’m looking to have this book released in the Fall.

The secWorldatWarCoverfntond book in the exciting Four Horsemen Series. Join General Alexander Ludlow as he continues on his mission to save the world. At least that is what he thinks that Operation Dark Angel is all about. He is however starting to suspect that this mission is not all that it’s cracked up to be. The world is in complete chaos as major nations wage war on each other and the world is on the brink of World War III.

 The Group is secretly continuing Operation Dark Angel with much success. Unknown to the rest of the world they are the ones who are behind the strange and devastating attacks on Israel and around the world. What is it that they are really after when they are supposed to be bringing peace to an out of control world?

Italian President Nicolaitanes Balac is steadily gaining political power and recognition. The entire world is watching this one man and wondering if he will be the one to save them from the chaotic spiral that the world is headed towards. Is he really who he appears to be or is he something much more sinister? Can he save the world? Do we even want him to? Is this who mankind should rely on for help or will this be the worst mistake that mankind has ever made?

 


Here is  a short summary of Pam Funke’s latest book;


Italian President Nicolaitanes Balac is steadily gaining political power and recognition. The entire world is watching this one man and wondering if he will be the one to save them from the chaotic spiral that the world is headed towards. Is he really who heTour Banner (2) appears to be or is he something much more sinister? Can he save the world? Do we even want him to? Is this who mankind should rely on for help or will this be the worst mistake that mankind has ever made?

Check out Pam’s website on amazon!! http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00949V7KK
Feel free to join her fan page.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Four-Horsemen-Series-Fan-Club/246913845377700

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