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Dropping into The Next Best Thing Blog Tour with Author August McLaughlin


Welcome to TNBT blog hop!

What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way that readers can discover new authors, because with bookstores closing and publishers not promoting new authors as much, we need to find a way to introduce readers to authors they may not see in their local bookstore.

Here, you’ll have the chance to find many new authors. Here you’ll find information about August McLaughlin and her psychological thriller, IN HER SHADOW, David Freed, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of the Cordell Logan mystery series, calls: “A dark, crackingly good psychological thriller that grabs you by the throat on page one and never lets up.”

Also, see links below to five other authors you might like to check out.

I’d like to thank fellow author August McLaughlin for tagging me to participate.

Click the links below to find out about August’s novel.

Website: http://www.augustmclaughlin.com

Blog: http:augustmclaughlin.wordpress.com

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16138453-in-her-shadow

In this particular hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, have answered 10 questions where you get to learn about our current work in progress as well as some insights into our process, from characters and inspirations to plotting and cover decisions. I hope you enjoy it!

Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions.

1: What is the working title of your book? 

Voice Lessons

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

I first got the idea while working with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member, Jefferson Airplane/Starship lead vocalist Marty Balin, on his memoir, “Full Flight,” about 10 years ago. When Jefferson Airplane formed, he was known in San Francisco as “The Voice” because of his beautiful high tenor. Knowing his story, I imagined, ‘What would happen if a legendary band completely sat it out for 20 years — no recording, no performing — and came back to play one encore tour in today’s musical scene?’ I added some spice to that question, and here we are.

3: What genre does your book come under?

Commercial fiction, with a distinctly musical twist.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Tom Timoreaux –   Jeff  Bridges or Kurt Russell

Megan Timoreaux – Joan Allen

Christine Timoreaux – Dakota Fanning or Evan Rachel Wood

Chester Craven – Sam Elliott

Analisa – Sonia Braga

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A touring novel of music, superstardom, father-daughter relationship and redemption, about a music superstar who reluctantly leads his band on a one-off reunion tour after 20 years of retirement, only to watch his new backup singer, his daughter, emerge as a superstar in her own right as their strained relationship mends — and to receive his long-lost love child back into his life after he’d thought her dead or missing for over 40 years, and after she’d seen a webcast of his first reunion concert.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

Currently in the process of being marketed through an agency.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

One year. One year of writing prose that weaves through the past 60 years of popular music in America, the roots that made it happen, and the cities and states where you will find the fans of great music.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

“Never Mind Nirvana,” “Anything Goes”

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I spent seven years writing album and concert reviews for newspapers and magazines, during which I interviewed many bands. I have also worked with several musicians on their books. Coupled with a lifelong love of rock, classical, folk and the blues, as well as a fascination of the history of American popular music, I thought it was time to write a really good, character-based story with music at its core. What is more exciting than touring with a big-time rock and roll band? Not much. I toured with the reformed Jefferson Starship for awhile in 2000, and it’s the best. Then I thought about how difficult, fluid and emotionally taxing — and enriching and deeply loving — relationships are between fathers and strong-minded daughters, and wanted to write about that. So I put the two together, put The Fever on the road … and the book wrote itself from there.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Rather than borrow from hits of other bands (and deal with the rights clearances and fees), I wrote 80 songs in the protagonists’ persona and voices — 40 for Tom Timoreaux, and 40 for Christine Timoreaux. These serve to create the band’s set list for its massive one-off tour; the lyrics are both in the book and the website that will soon go up, http://www.voicecentral.com. Also, I wove the recent history of American music into every bit of this book, so you will find more than 150 anecdotes and band or song references throughout … like a “Where’s Waldo?” for die-hard music fans. What a lot of people don’t realize about the older rock stars (especially Robert Plant, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards and Paul McCartney) is that they all carry encyclopedic knowledge of and deep reverence towards the history of blues, folk and rock — not to mention making a few contributions of their own. I celebrate that, especially through the character of Chester Craven, the lead guitarist.

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A Change of Pace: New Blogs, Author Interviews, The Legacy Series Magazine Release

• Word Journeys Media

• Blog Interview with Author August McLaughlin on Dec. 12

• The Legacy Series Magazine Releases Nationally on Dec. 10

For the past five years, we’ve presented a wide variety of topics on the Word Journeys Blog. Much of it revolved around the writing profession, practice and book publishing industry, but we also wrote blogs on culture, travel, surfing, running, and many other topics.

Starting in January, we’re going to expand our reach — while more tightly focusing this blog. Our new blog, Word Journeys Media, will focus on industry-specific topics for writers, publishers, literary agents and others. It will be tied to the new wing of Word Journeys, which will specialize in promotional, publicity, marketing and consultation services for authors.

Among the Word Journeys Media services will be the 360 Book Publicity Suite. We’re partnering with Innovative Properties Worldwide to present this sweeping press release and publicity service for authors that connects their new books with up to 300,000 media, online, blog, book review and industry destinations — a reach most publishers can’t match. It also provides deep social media connection and establishment of the author as an expert on their subject in the eyes of the media. More on this in a special announcement blog next week. Write me at ryehling@wordjourneys.com if you’re interested in learning more.

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Meanwhile, the Word Journeys blog will offer more author interviews, book reviews, and pieces that celebrate life and the writing lifestyle. We’ve just become a part of a number of major book blog tours, so get ready to meet some of the authors who are producing the latest fiction, non-fiction and children’s titles.  I was inspired to take this approach by Santana drummer Michael Shrieve, who hosts a weekly radio show, “Notes from the Field with Michael Shrieve,” that features, well, conversations with other musicians. His recent interview with Rush drummer Neil Peart was truly extraordinary.

We will begin our greater focus on authors next Wednesday, December 12, when we sit down with August McLaughlin, author of In Her Shadow, a psychological thriller that releases in January. This interview is part of The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. August recently contributed to The Legacy Series Magazine, which I edited. August is an exceptional writer with one of the most entertaining and informative (and, at times, spiciest) blogs, “Savor The Storm” 

So be sure to stop by The Word Journeys blog on Wednesday to meet August.

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The other big event next week is the release of The Legacy Series Magazine: Celebrating Technology & Innovation. It releases on newsstands nationwide on Monday, Dec. 10. In the year since I took on the editing job for this publication, I have learned so much about our relationship with technology, how the craftiest and most visionary innovators turn their ideas into reality, and just how far we’ve come in technology — and still have to go. To paraphrase IT expert Mary Meeker’s take on the status of mobile apps, we’re still in spring training.

As one who was born in 1959, the year the transistor first started shipping, I’d have to say we’ve come pretty far. In fact, if you told someone in 1959 that they could watch TV on their computer, or text, or run one of more than 1.4 million applications off a portable palm-sized phone, they’d say two words: “science fiction.”

The Legacy Series Magazine is a fun, fun read. We feature incisive, expert-driven looks at the future of publishing, social media, filmmaking, cloud computing, tablets and much more. We built this issue around the legacy of the late Steve Jobs, who as Apple’s CEO revolutionized and/or redefined eight specific industries with his inventions, products and innovations — the most since Thomas Edison. The more I learned about Jobs from those who knew him best, such as Ken Segall, bestselling author of Insanely Simple and the man who came up with the “i” branding concept for Apple products, the more deeply I appreciated what Jobs did for our lives.

We talked with a lot of industry experts. My favorite conversations took place with Chris Voss, host of the Chris Voss Show and a Forbes magazine Top 50 Social Media influencer; Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, co-star of Shark Tank and co-owner of Magnolia Pictures and AXS-TV; Jeanniey Mullen, executive VP of Zinio, the world’s foremost distributor of digital magazine content; Beth Comstock, senior VP of GE and the mastermind of the hulu.com TV website when she headed the digital division at NBC Universal; Dr. Gustavo Rabin, author of Becoming A Leader; and Craig Perkins, winner of the 2012 iPhone Film Festival. You’d be amazed at the cinematic quality iPhones have!

You can pre-order a copy of The Legacy Series Magazine, and receive 50% off the newsstand price.  Go to www.legacyseriesmagazine.com and visit the online store to place your order.

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Finally, I’d be remiss in failing to mention two holiday gift ideas that I had a major hand in creating:

“The Champion’s Way,” which I co-wrote with Dr. Steve Victorson, offers a unique insight into the 11 characteristics all great champions share in common — whether sports champions, business icons, chart-topping entertainers and musicians, or champions in other walks of life. Our revised edition includes an update from the Summer Olympic games. You can order it by going to our website at http://thechampionsway.com.

“The Write Time: 366 Exercises to Enhance Your Writing Life.” I compiled and wrote this book to offer 366 unique, story-driven writing exercises that are guaranteed to increase your range and versatility, whether you’re a middle school student, teacher, or professional writer. There are exercises for virtually every fiction and non-fiction genre, along with “workouts” for poets, screenwriters, lyricists and essayists. I compiled the exercises developed during 10 years of teaching writing workshops, and added some fun asides you will find on every page — inspiring quotes, author birthdays, and much more. You can pick it up by going to http://www.penandpublish/writetime.



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