Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Interview with Jena C. Henry, author of The Golden Age of Charli

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Inside the Book:

The Golden Age of Charli

Title: The Golden Age of Charli 
Author: Jena C. Henry 
Publisher: iUniverse 
Genre: Fiction 
Format: Ebook/Paperback

Charlotte McAntic spent her thirties, forties, and even fifties in peace and harmony aligning her marriage, mortgage, careers, and children. As she stumbles into a new phase of life—also known as the Golden Years—Charli cannot help but wonder where the gold and her husband, Pud, are hiding. Pud is happily cruising down the retirement path that, for him, leads straight to the golf course. While Charli spends her days at home cleaning out closets and the basement, she yearns to gaze deeply into Pud's blue eyes and remember all the reasons why she fell in love with him thirty years ago. Unfortunately, the only thing Pud is eying is the next fairway. Knowing there is more to savor in retirement than silver-hair shampoos, senior discounts, and hernia surgery, Charli embarks on a quest to do whatever it takes to spend retirement in the embrace of the man she loves. But is it too late for happily ever after? In this humorous novel, a high-energy wife and her solid guy must learn to adjust to a new chapter in their lives and find their way back into each other's hearts after their retirement begins with a jolt.  

The Interview

Who or what is the inspiration behind the book? 

My book series is a tribute to my fellow baby boomers. We started our adventures in the youthful excitement and promise of the dawning of the age Aquarius. We didn’t trust anyone over the age of 30 and yet, years later, here we are, entering the new life of retirement. A life that may involve grey hair and creaking joints, but we still have that streak of adventure in us! I want us all to thrive in retirement!

Is this your first published book and if so, can you tell us your experiences in finding a publisher for it?

Yes, The Golden Age of Charli-RSVP is my first published book. My writing journey started when I decided to finally try to write what I called “a book-length document.” As I wrote, I began to feel more positive about my product. One day, while I was using the online thesaurus, an ad popped up- “Are you writing a book?” “Yes… YES!” I shouted. I clicked the link and soon received a call from a consultant at iUniverse. After a long discussion and plenty of questions from me, I chose iUniverse because they are a hybrid self-publisher. They offer a large team of professionals and services- all types of editing, cover design, marketing and promotion. This was the best of both worlds for me- I could move forward and achieve my publishing dream, but have access to all the services I would need to produce a high quality project.

Where do you live and if I were coming to town, where would we go to talk books? 

I live south of Cleveland, Ohio and let’s meet for happy hour at the local wine and steak place. Or we could go for walk at the new walking trial with the dog.

When you’re not writing, what do you do to relax and have fun? 

I think about writing? I keep those little hotel note pads and pens all over, so I can jot down ideas. When I am not writing, I like fine dining and wine, and I like to cook. The dog enjoys walking me. My husband and I cheer our local NBA team. I enjoy lounging by gorgeous bodies…of water. 

Do you make a living off your books or do you have another job? 

I am retired and I love the whole writing journey. 

  Meet the Author:

Jena C. Henry holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Akron, presents writing workshops, and loves good times with friends. Now retired, Jena and her husband, Alan, live in tropical Ohio where they enjoy their two adult children and extended family, friends, and darling dog. This is the first book in The Golden Age of Charli series.


Friday, July 22, 2016

Interview with Christiane Banks, author of Amelia's Prayer



Inside the Book:

Amelia's Prayer

Title: Amelia's Prayer 
Author: Christiane Banks 
Publisher: iUniverse 
Genre: Religious Fiction 
Format: Ebook/Hardcover/Paperback

Sebastian Lavalle is just fifteen when he leaves home in 1934 to join the navy. Seven years later, Sebastian unfortunately knows all too well about the horrors of World War II and what it is like to fear the unknown. When repairs force his ship to the rugged shore of Newcastle, the young French naval officer is invited to a tea dance to celebrate Bastille Day. He seizes the opportunity, hoping to find comfort and a small taste of the home he misses so much. Amelia Sullivan, the daughter of Irish immigrant parents is thrilled to be attending the tea dance. When Sebastian's eyes find her in the crowd, he drinks in her exotic beauty. Moments later as he draws her into his arms for a dance, there is no doubt in his mind that he has just met the woman of his dreams. Days later, Sebastian professes his love and marries her, sending them both on an unforgettable journey through betrayal, survival and forgiveness. The saga takes the reader from England's coast, to the French Riviera and also to America. Their soul searching journey explores the many facets and depths of love leading to the realization of what true happiness means.. Amelia's Prayer is a tender and moving saga spanning forty years after two young souls are flung together during World War II.  

Amelia's Prayer is available for order at

The Interview:

Can we start out by telling us if you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

Amelia’s Prayer is my first novel. I am publishing the first time.

When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self published and why or how did you choose this route?

For my first time publishing, I chose to go through self publishing – assisted publishing. I chose this route because I did a lot of research, as it was my first novel and I am a first-time unknown author, mainstream seemed to be not an option. I researched self-publishing and assisted publishing and decided on IUniverse was the best choice for me because I am Canadian and IUniverse have a book launch agreement with Chapters’ Indigo in Canada.

How long did it take you to get published once you sign the contract?

From signing the contract with IUniverse it took me approximately two years. However, that was working part-time. And I had a very large edit to take care of!

How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

I felt as though I were watching someone else. It was very surreal. I celebrated quietly with my husband.

Meet the Author:

Christiane Banks lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband. Amelia's Prayer, which took six years to write, is her debut novel.