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The 10 Best Bookstores in New York!

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https://bestthingsny.com/bookstores/

I’ve been to 8 of these, hope to scratch off Buffalo & Ithaca soon. Road trip anyone? Support your local bookstore gems 🙂

Happy Friday!
LDM

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Book Sale!

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Who doesn’t love a book sale?

If you haven’t read the Pulitzer & Nobel prize winning… wait a minute… oops… what day is it today? I meant to say Pulitzer & Nobel prize worthy novel, Feedback (listen, I can dream can’t I?) than you need to and spread the word!

Amazon – Kindle version only $2.99 and paperback $12.99!
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=lisa+montanino

From the 5 star reviews alone, you’ll ❤ it. Also, I’ll be announcing contests / prizes in the near future for new / old reviews so sit tight.

P.s. I can’t believe it’s been three years since I released this gem… full stop 🙂

Hugs,
Lisa

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Author Interview with Lisa Montanino

Happy Friday Readers!

Please see my latest interview by the lovely author, Jennifer Kelland.

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Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
Born and raised on Long Island, NY to two extraordinary parents. The rest is your typical… boring history.

Were you good at English?
I was a great English student, honors classes and even minored in English Literature at University.

Which writers inspire you?
I could shoot off some of the great novelists of our time but lately I’m super impressed with English and American opinion journalists that can make me laugh and I can agree with, like The Independent’s Grace Dent, Evening Standard’s Faye Maschler, Time Out NY’s Jillian Anthony, and Robert Levin of AM NY to name some.

Give us a blurb for your latest book.
Feedback, a novel by Lisa Montanino, takes you on a yearlong journey in the life of Claire Convenzionale—a prominent radio deejay in…

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Posted by on July 15, 2016 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Wednesday Wisdom & Tunes…

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“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves” – William Arthur Ward

“Do right. Do your best. Treat Others as you want to be treated” – Lou Holtz

“Don’t let pain define you, let it refine you.” – Tim Fargo

Hey lovely readers!
More author interviews, posts, and flash fictions pieces soon. I’m taking a well deserved time out. Cheers to us enjoying happy summer days!

Currently playing on Little Mountain, FM
White, Discussion – Live
Love In Itself – Depeche Mode
Party & Bullshit – Notorious B.I.G.
Hate To Say I Told You So – The Hives
Mind Games – John Lennon
Blue On Black – Kenny Wayne Shepard
Live Guerrilla Radio – Rage Against The Machine
Radar – Britney Spears
Der Kommissar – After The Fire
Hysteria – Muse
You Still Touch Me – Sting
Obsessed – Mariah Carey
The Good Life – Weezer
Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
Danke Schoen – Wayne Newton
Temptation – New Order
Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake (featuring Majid Jordan)

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2016 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Author Interview with Jennifer Kelland Perry

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  1. When did you start putting pen to paper?

While I was the consummate bookworm in elementary school, I discovered I also liked to write, but my first serious project was a YA novella when I was fifteen. It was called Forget-Me-Not Summer.

  1. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?

I write contemporary fiction, Young Adult and New Adult at the moment. As for reading, I prefer literary fiction.

  1. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

I don’t think I have a favourite! I loved Jane Eyre’s character, but she is one of many.

  1. Which famous writer can you most identify with?

Jodi Picoult or John Green.

  1. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)

I’m putting the finishing touches on the sequel to my debut novel, Calmer Girls. By the way, I’m having a devil of a time settling on a title for it. I continue to update my blog Jennifer’s Journal with short written pieces, poetry, and photography. I’m also giving serious thought to my next writing project.

  1. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece?

No, I don’t think so. Have you heard the quote by Da Vinci, “Art is never finished, only abandoned”? You feel as if you can tweak it and fiddle with it forever until you realize enough is enough already.

  1. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Try to write every day, not only when you’re in the mood or inspired to write. Also, you have to love the process enough to do it without thought of sales or recognition. It’s like a need inside of you.

  1. What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful 😉

Mostly A’s. I adored English class!

  1. How much research do you do for your writing?

Quite a bit. Because I write realistic fiction, I strive for accuracy in many areas of the plot.

  1. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I write on my laptop chiefly, but if I’m composing a poem, I like pencil and paper.

  1. What is the best advice you’ve been given?

For writing as well as life in general? Be true to yourself and follow your dreams. Technical advice: avoid clichés.

  1. What book do you think everyone should read?

Our Marvelous Native Tongue by Robert Claiborne. It is fascinating to me to learn how our language and vocabulary evolved.

  1. Two-part question: Do you play an musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?

Oh boy. I took guitar lessons from my dad three separate times in my earlier life. The last time was when I was in my thirties and I nearly got the hang of it but life got in the way. Now I wish I could play the piano.

  1. What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published?

After submitting Calmer Girls to different publishers for about nine or ten months, I was offered a contract by a small press in March of 2015, its release slated for one year later on March 24th.

  1. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week?

I’d like to trade places with someone living in London, England (J.K.Rowling, maybe?) because I’ve always wanted to go there, but I would miss my husband terribly. If he could trade places so he could go too, that would be wonderful.

  1. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?

Something in the arts. Visual artist perhaps, though I don’t know if I have enough talent for it. My second choice would be to work with animals in some capacity.

  1. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?

Bill Murray and John Cleese, but I do like Palin too!

  1. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)

It used to be having my essays or writings read out in class by my high school English teacher, as the example of “how it’s done”. Then it was getting positive reviews for my debut novel from beta readers. Now I think it’s getting my first novel contract.

  1. What quote do you live by?

“Writing is the only thing that when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” ― Gloria Steinem. I can identify with that.

  1. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (Famous Pulitzer Prize winning author, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)

Ideally, I’d like to make an honest-to-goodness living from writing. That’s it. Oh, and it would be cool to see my book made into a movie.

  1. Would you like to ask me a question?

How did you come up with so many neat questions? Thank you so much, Lisa, for the opportunity to answer them! It was fun.

I figured these were questions that would give readers a fun and closer look into the interviewers psyche.  Luckily everyone participating enjoys them and glad you did too. Thanks again for chatting with me! It was my pleasure interviewing with you.

Please check out this lovely and talented writer on the links below:

Website/blog:  http://www.jenniferkellandperry.com

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/JenniferKellandPerry

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/JenKellandPerry

Linkedin:  http://ca.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-kelland-perry-189b2750

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14954788.Jennifer_Kelland_Perry

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/jkellandperry/       

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/author/jenniferkellandperry

Instagram:  http://www.instagram.com/jkellandperry/

 

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2016 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Author Interview With Alexander Marmer

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  1. When did you start putting pen to paper?

The summer of 2007. I was in the Army hospital in San Antonio, Texas and happened to find a book in the local library that pretty much changed my life since that point forward. Of course I’m talking about Dan Brown and his famous “The Da Vinci Code.”

  1. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?

Mystery, detective, thriller and action/adventure

  1. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Sherlock Holmes! No doubt. I first read the stories of Sherlock Holmes’ adventures when I was about 7-8 years old and I was hooked on them! I read, re-read and still re-reading them pretty much every chance I get.

  1. Which famous writer can you most identify with?

Dan Brown and his eminent “The Da Vinci Code” inspired me to write my own novel. Dan Brown’s widespread use of trivia facts throughout the entire novel made his book for me the most enjoyable piece of reading material I’ve ever read.

  1. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)

I published my first book, “Four Ways to Pharaoh Khufu” in December of 2015. It’s a mystery detective novel about the Great Pyramid in Egypt. During the last three years serving in the US Army, I was a freelance writer for the US Army Fort Drum newspaper, The Mountaineer and published a number of articles about the Army life activities.

  1. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece?

No, I wouldn’t change a word! It took me a long 7 years to write my first novel, so every word in the book was chosen carefully and with the special intent. In addition, the manuscript being edited at least 30 times by me and then at least 5-10 times by a few editors.

  1. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep on writing – don’t give up! I know a bunch of unrealized and unpublished authors because they could never finish their manuscripts. I know that by publishing my book I already inspired at least three “hung up” authors who “resurrected” their unfinished manuscripts and got back in the writing chair.

  1. What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful)

English is my second language, but I can proudly say that when I moved to the United States, my grades in English composition classes were at least B and sometime even A-.

  1. How much research do you do for your writing?

I’ve always been fascinating by Egypt. Egypt and the pyramids always mesmerized me: The Great Pyramid in particular, always fascinated me. I always knew there were more mysteries to the Great Pyramid than what we learned about it in school and numerous books about Egypt. The meeting of Anatoly Vasiliev, who devoted more than 40 years of his life studying and analyzing the Great Pyramid, back in 1996 in Moscow, cardinally changed my perspective about the Great Pyramid constructive methods and made me to write this book.

  1. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I always write on the laptop first. Then after I finished writing 5 through 10 pages, I would print them out and read the text I wrote on the physical pages with the pen/pencil in my hand and as I read along I would make some corrections/changes/substitutions along the way. When I finally satisfied myself with what I see, I would go back to the laptop and start implementing all the corrections I made from the physical papers to the computer screen in MS Word.

  1. What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Don’t give up! Persevere! Beauty is in the simplicity!

  1. What book do you think everyone should read?

The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas. It’s a classical revenge story that never gets too old.

  1. Two-part question: Do you play a musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?

When I was about 8-10 year old, I played dombra, a pear-shaped long necked lute of the Kazakh people of Central Asia. Right now I wouldn’t mind to learn to play a guitar.

  1. What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published?

I tried a traditional way of book publishing and submitted the book proposal to a lot of literary agents and some book publishing companies. My book at the time was about 165,000 words long and I got whole bunch of responses from the literary agents that since I was unknown and unpublished author, my manuscript was way too big for this particular book genre. I shrunk it to about 105,000 words and still was getting a feedback it was too big. I decided not to cut anything else in the book and turned to self-publishing. I found a company in Singapore, Partridge Publishing, and I had a very smooth publishing experience with Partridge. Everything was explained to me at the beginning and the whole publishing process went smoothly without any major road blocks.

  1. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week?

I’ve always been fascinating by Egypt. Egypt and the pyramids always mesmerized me. So, since I’ve spent so much time on research and writing about the Great Pyramid, I would love to change places with the Pharaoh Khufu! Not just for a week, but for life! Maybe I’m Pharaoh Khufu’s reincarnation? Who knows?

  1. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?

Well, for me it’s quite an opposite. I already had two professions before I tried myself as an author. I am an officer for the NYPD and a former Sergeant in the US Army National Guard. I was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006 and Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012.

  1. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?

I definitely like Bill Murray, but Chevy Chase is my favorite actor! Loved him especially in the “Vacation” movies! As for the second part of the question – honestly had no idea who Michael Palin was. So, I had to Google him and even though I’ve seen him in some movies, but I definitely like the performance and the fun of John Cleese.

  1. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)

I got a very good review from Kirkus Reviews and a 5-star review from the Readers’ Favorites!

  1. What quote do you live by?

Prepare for the worst and hope for the best!

  1. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (famous Pulitzer Prize winning author, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)

Definitely Pulitzer Prize would be the major accomplishment! In addition to that to be on the New York Times bestselling list and become a bestselling author! Hopefully one day the movie would be made based on my book!

  1. Would you like to ask me a question?

What would be the best way to find a literary agent that would be interested in one’s book?
Great question I wish I knew a concise answer to. My best suggestion is to attend writer conferences to pitch your work.

Special thanks to Alexander for sharing his thoughts with us. Enjoy reading this talented author!

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2016 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Author Interview with Taylor Eaton

 

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  1. When did you start putting pen to paper?

The desire to write fiction started when I was in elementary school – somewhere around the age of 10. But I didn’t start seriously committing myself to writing until about five years ago.

  1. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?

I’m a sucker for great literary fiction. I love reading (and writing) beautiful prose and getting caught up in a fascinating story line.

  1. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

I love Kvothe from “The Kingkiller Chronicle” by Patrick Rothfuss. He’s smart and courageous, but not utterly good to a fault. He’s not afraid to actually kill the bad guys. The perfect hero.

  1. Which famous writer can you most identify with?

Hemingway. Sometimes you just need a drink.

  1. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)

My current projects include my ongoing websites and a few books. I post two free flash fiction stories over on my site, Little Write Lies. I also run a website for writers called The Sprint Shack. And as far as longer fiction goes, I’m currently writing a serialized fantasy novel called Firewalkers, over at Channillo.

  1. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece?

In Firewalkers, I would change the way I approached the outlining. I was far too strict in my outlining/planning and it left little room for deviation. But when I actually started writing, I found that new ideas were coming to mind. Trying to break away from the strict outline I’d set for myself has been difficult at times and created a handful of nasty plot holes that I’ve had to go back and re-work.

  1. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write as much as possible. That’s it. Write when you don’t feel like it. Treat it like a job and show up every day to write. Write things outside your genre and comfort zone. Write things you hate and write things you love. The only way you get better is by doing it more. Write, write, write.

  1. What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful 😉

Straight A’s! One of my favorite subjects in school.

  1. How much research do you do for your writing?

I do a fair amount when it calls for it. Usually flash fiction doesn’t require much research. And when I’m writing longer pieces, they’re usually set in a fantasy or sci-fi world. But if something comes up that I feel needs some background research, I’m all too quick to run to Google.

  1. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

Recently, I’ve been working on a computer (in Scrivener and Google Drive). I am a huge fan of writing longhand, though. I know I’ve had a good day of writing when my hand is covered in ink.

  1. What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Avoid clichés! It’s challenging to avoid them altogether, but it makes my writing richer and unique.

  1. What book do you think everyone should read?

“The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – just so everyone can see that a book can look like it’s for children, but really be geared towards adults.

  1. Two-part question: Do you play an musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?

I don’t! But I’ve always wanted to learn to play the violin.

  1. What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published?

I did some research and decided to self-publish most of my work. Since I primarily write flash fiction, getting a traditional publishing agreement for my work might be a bit difficult. Plus, I love having control over the cover, the marketing, and the final product.

  1. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week?

Maybe Brandon Sanderson. Just to know what it’s like to write that much.

  1. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?

It’s very obscure, but I always wanted to revitalize endangered languages. I have a degree in Linguistics and seriously considered pursing that career, but found that jobs in the field are few and definitely don’t pay very well. Not to say that the market for writing is much better…

17. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?

Bill Murray. John Cleese.

  1. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)

I think it would be my first publication in a literary magazine. I thought it was going to take me tons of submissions to get published, but within my first month of trying to get published, I was accepted to a magazine. I remember reading the acceptance letter and being in a state of near-shock.

19.  What quote do you live by?

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

  1. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (Famous Pulitzer Prize winning author, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)  

Oh, successful self-published author! Definitely. I’d love to make enough income from my writing to be able to quit my day job and write full time.

  1. Would you like to ask me a question?

What is the best advice for writers you’ve come across through these interviews?

I think with all the interviews I’ve conducted thus far, probably how all writer’s are unanimous that the best way to get your work read is to keep writing and marketing your material—especially through writer groups and social networks.

Thanks again to Taylor for having the courage to sit for my notorious inquisition, ha-ha. Please follow this gifted writer on the links below:

Taylor Eaton is California native who, after traveling across Europe and the US, finally migrated back to her hometown in Southern California. Journaling, blogging, fiction-ing – she’s always found herself at her happiest when she has a pen, paper, and an hour to kill. Her work has appeared in various literary magazines, but you can find her flash fiction on her site (Little Write Lies) and in her collections (The Suicide of the Moon and God Gave Me Butterfly Wings

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2016 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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