Month: November 2014

Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Rita Rita – by L. L. Dahl-Jensen

Rita Rita – by L. L. Dahl-Jensen

Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Rita Rita – by L. L. Dahl-Jensen

Rita, Rita is a fast paced story with strong characters in realistic settings. Mentionable characters include Josie who finds herself in an unusual situation, Tony who is just going about his life as usual, Rita who just wants to start over away from the mob and Susan who has memories that haunt her and unanswered questions.

An unusual family saga that transitions smoothly with twists and turns that keeps the reader engaged. This book holds something for everyone as there are good guys, bad guys, adventure and romance that stirs the heart.

L.L. Dahl-Jensen is a new up and coming author that writes with a great story telling style. Rita, Rita is the first book in this author’s trilogy and so we anticipate more great books in the future.

Cold Coffee Press endorses Rita, Rita by L. L. Dahl – Jensen as a suspense drama with a romantic twist. Reviewed on November 26, 2014. Book provided by the author for review. Please visit us at http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

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Cold Coffee Spotlight Interview With Author L. L. Dahl-Jensen

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author L. L. Dahl-Jensen

L. L. Dahl-Jensen is a successful career-woman, loving wife, and the dedicated mother of four wonderful, now grown children. With two new grandchildren a boy and a girl, she tries to spend as much time as she can enjoying their company. Being a soft-hearted animal lover, she has adopted many cats and will help any animal possible. The source of her creativity stems from a vivid recurring dream. After many sleepless nights and abrupt awakenings, a new journey began as she recalled and wrote her visions. Writing has now become a new passion.

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Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from New Port Richey? I can’t say I’m proud but I’m very grateful to have been able to achieve what I have so far and can’t wait to do more.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I had a recurring dream and wrote it down. Later I read it to my mother and she thought it sounded like the beginning of a book or movie.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Once I had written the whole thing in first person, I rewrote it in third person. After reading it and getting some opinions from friends I decided to try to get it published.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? The only thing I can say is that my dad loved the gangster movies and we watched them together many times.

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? I came up with the title while in the writing process but then changed it because it gave too much of the story away.  I’m writing the second in the trilogy and I think it will be called “Bruno”.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? ‘Rita Rita’ is a suspense drama with a romantic twist. I love writing drama with all the twists and turns to keep the readers guessing and turning the pages.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Having my kids proud of me and talking about what their mother has done. Also being on the radio on talk shows and I hope to do T.V. next.

Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? I haven’t had a very long career so I can’t say

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Working with the publisher. Everyone at Authorhouse has been amazing especially a man named James Raven he was so helpful.

Have you had a negative experience in your publishing journey? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? The only thing I can say is all the rejection letters years ago but some were very helpful and gave constructive criticism.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Keep on working at it never give up and edit, edit, edit. Have a friend help that you trust as well.

Who is your favorite author? So many talented writers out there, I don’t really have a favorite.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? This is a first of a trilogy working on book two now.

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Rita Rita – by L. L. Dahl-Jensen

Rita Rita – by L. L. Dahl-Jensen

Josie finds herself in a tough spot and begins a deception that will have her fearing for her life while love threatens to engulf her. How can she ever get things back to normal without something disastrous happening? Then there is Rita, who has escaped a life in “The Mob” that threatens her very sanity. Watch her discover an inner strength she never knew she had. Can love find her, too? How these women meet and forge their future makes for page-turning drama. Their trials and triumphs will keep readers guessing until the very end.

Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Rita Rita – by L. L. Dahl-Jensen

Rita, Rita is a fast paced story with strong characters in realistic settings. Mentionable characters include Josie who finds herself in an unusual situation, Tony who is just going about his life as usual, Rita who just wants to start over away from the mob and Susan who has memories that haunt her and unanswered questions.

An unusual family saga that transitions smoothly with twists and turns that keeps the reader engaged. This book holds something for everyone as there are good guys, bad guys, adventure and romance that stirs the heart.

L.L. Dahl-Jensen is a new up and coming author that writes with a great story telling style. Rita, Rita is the first book in this author’s trilogy and so we anticipate more great books in the future.

Cold Coffee Press endorses Rita, Rita by L. L. Dahl – Jensen as a suspense drama with a romantic twist. Reviewed on November 26, 2014. Book provided by the author for review. Please visit us at http://www.coldcoffeepress.com.

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Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Gwen Gladstone: A Tale From The Town Of Harmony – by Dan Trumpis

Gwen Gladstone: A Tale From The Town Of Harmony – by Dan Trumpis

Since her mother’s death, thirteen-year-old Gwen Gladstone’s life has spiraled downwards. She’s gone from popular girl to outcast and has been riddled with anxiety and depression. Her life takes a turn when her father suddenly marries a woman named Victoria Weatherly, and the three move to her home in Harmony, a small town in Northern California. Gwen quickly discovers that Victoria is no normal stepmother and the town of Harmony itself is just as mysterious and full of secrets as she is. But if Gwen can hold on, she’ll learn that Harmony is a place where she can grow stronger and discover abilities she never knew she had.

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Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Gwen Gladstone
A Tale From The Town Of Harmony – by Dan Trumpis

When a teenager loses their mother to death their whole world spirals out of control. Gwen is thirteen and her anxiety and depression has left her in a downward spiral. Can Gwen accept a new mother when without warning her dad marries a woman named Victoria Weatherly? Can she pick up and move to a new town to live under Victoria’s roof and leave the house where her mother’s spirit lives? What can the small town of Harmony in Northern California offer such a fragile young lady? Come to Harmony and see what supernatural (paranormal) experiences wait in store for Gwen? What secrets unfold that go back to the Inquisition? Will Gwen find strength and abilities that she never knew she had?

Cold Coffee Press endorses ‘Gwen Gladstone: A Tale From The Town Of Harmony’ by Dan Trumpis. The author skillfully writes this epic middle grade fantasy (PG) in a way that encourages teens to read. Life in Harmony holds mysteries, new experiences and some darker forces that can’t be ignored. Cold Coffee Press reviewed on November 6, 2014. http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

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http://www.harmony1855.com
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Cold Coffee Press Book Review Welcome To Harmony – by Dan Trumpis

Welcome To Harmony – by Dan Trumpis

Being twelve years old is already hard enough. Being a werewolf makes it even harder. Dillon Howell and his parents have just moved to Harmony, a small town in Northern California. Like all kids, he just wants to fit in and make friends, while keeping his “condition” a secret, of course. But Dillon quickly finds out he’s not the only person in town who isn’t what he appears to be. Welcome to Harmony, Dillon Howell. Your life is about to change forever.

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Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Welcome To Harmony – by Dan Trumpis

The township of Harmony in Northern California could be like any small town in America, but it isn’t. Like in most small towns secrets are desperately tried to be kept and the Harmony forest is the keeper of many secrets. For Dillon Howell moving to Harmony with his parents gives him a new chance to fit in and make new friends. If just being a teenager isn’t enough of a challenge for Dillion, being a Werewolf presents its own set of challenges. As Dillion and his family settle into the normal day-to-day life at home and at school the supernatural forces in the dark forest beckon to him and he finds that he is not the only one in this town with a secret. Come with Dillon to Harmony and see what life has in store.

Cold Coffee Press endorses ‘Welcome To Harmony’ by Dan Trumpis. The author skillfully writes this epic middle grade fantasy (PG) in a way that encourages teens to read. Life in Harmony might mirror their life in some routine ways and then again it might just be a little darker, more intense, and hairier than normal. Cold Coffee Press reviewed on November 6, 2014. http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

Book Excerpt Link
Amazon Customer Reviews
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Dan Trumpis Website Links
http://www.harmony1855.com
http://www.facebook.com/Harmony1855
http://www.twitter.com/Harmony1855

Cold Coffee Café Author Dan Trumpis
Cold Coffee Press Author Dan Trumpis

Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Dan Trumpis

Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Dan Trumpis

Dan Trumpis was born in Los Angeles and spent most of his life in California. He has always loved telling stories, for as long as he can remember, and has practiced writing in a variety of mediums – prose, comic books, stage, and screen. Since becoming an elementary school teacher, he settled into writing books for kids after being exposed to a broad range of classic and contemporary children’s literature.

Currently, he resides in Sun Lakes, Arizona and teaches fifth grade language arts at C.O. Greenfield in Phoenix, where he hopes to inspire within his students a love for writing and literature.

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Interview:

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I write middle grade fiction – although many teens and adults have read and enjoyed my books. My stories are about magic and monsters, two subjects I have been interested in for as long as I can remember. It wasn’t my original intention to write middle grade fiction. I originally set out writing for adults, but when I became a teacher, I began reading more middle grade fiction and decided to write for that age group. I had a lot of fun doing it – and even landed an agent for a while – and haven’t looked back since.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Gosh, almost fifteen years ago, I made the switch from screenwriting to prose – which, let’s face it, was my first love. I went to workshops and attended writing groups to hone my craft. Those were some rough years as I was also learning to manage clinical depression. It wasn’t until 2009 I felt ready to begin submitting manuscripts to agents.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? For Welcome to Harmony, I wanted to do a story about the importance of friendship for middle school age kids – probably because I didn’t have a lot of friends growing up. However, as a twist, I thought I’d give them all supernatural gifts.

For Gwen Gladstone: A Tale from the Town of Harmony, I wanted to write a book that centered on magic (In each book, I’m trying to explore a different aspect of the supernatural.). Also, like Harmony, I wanted to tell the story of an outcast who finally finds a place to fit in.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? I love the rush that comes when everything is flowing, and you don’t have to think about what you’re doing. The story is unfolding on its own, and the characters are telling you what they want to say and do.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Not long after I published Welcome to Harmony, I got a really nice Facebook message from a man in New York who’d purchased my book on a whim and absolutely loved it. He went on to write a glowing review on Amazon.com. It felt amazing to touch someone so much with my writing. Speaking of which, at the last school I worked at, I inspired a whole fifth grade class – who’d read Welcome to Harmony – to want to become writers. That was also a pretty amazing feeling.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Write like you’re already famous.

Who is your favorite author and why? I’d have to say Neil Gaiman. I’ve been a fan of his since his Sandman comic book. I’m blown away by how he’s able to write for all ages, from picture books to books for adults. The Graveyard Book will probably go down as one of my all-time favorites.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? For any aspiring and already published writers reading this, I would like to leave you with a quote from the great Ray Bradbury: “You only fail if you stop writing.”

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Welcome To Harmony – by Dan Trumpis

Being twelve years old is already hard enough. Being a werewolf makes it even harder. Dillon Howell and his parents have just moved to Harmony, a small town in Northern California. Like all kids, he just wants to fit in and make friends, while keeping his “condition” a secret, of course. But Dillon quickly finds out he’s not the only person in town who isn’t what he appears to be. Welcome to Harmony, Dillon Howell. Your life is about to change forever.

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Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Welcome To Harmony – by Dan Trumpis

The township of Harmony in Northern California could be like any small town in America, but it isn’t. Like in most small towns secrets are desperately tried to be kept and the Harmony forest is the keeper of many secrets. For Dillon Howell moving to Harmony with his parents gives him a new chance to fit in and make new friends. If just being a teenager isn’t enough of a challenge for Dillion, being a Werewolf presents its own set of challenges. As Dillion and his family settle into the normal day-to-day life at home and at school the supernatural forces in the dark forest beckon to him and he finds that he is not the only one in this town with a secret. Come with Dillon to Harmony and see what life has in store.

Cold Coffee Press endorses ‘Welcome To Harmony’ by Dan Trumpis. The author skillfully writes this epic middle grade fantasy (PG) in a way that encourages teens to read. Life in Harmony might mirror their life in some routine ways and then again it might just be a little darker, more intense, and hairier than normal. Cold Coffee Press reviewed on November 6, 2014. http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

Book Excerpt Link
Amazon Customer Reviews
Amazon Print Purchase Link
Amazon Kindle Purchase Link
Barnes and Noble Purchase Link

Dan Trumpis Website Links
http://www.harmony1855.com
http://www.facebook.com/Harmony1855
http://www.twitter.com/Harmony1855

Cold Coffee Café Author Dan Trumpis
Cold Coffee Press Author Dan Trumpis