Let’s Chat with Kim Hemphill

1. What is the biggest takeaway you want people to get from reading your book?

I feel there are several messages that I would like my readers to recognize and/or learn from the book:

* One’s past life does not define his/her future life.

* Despite all odds against you, if you don’t quit, you can win.

* If you have experienced abuse and neglect in your childhood it can stop with you. There is no need to carry this tradition on to your children.

* When you do succeed and have accomplished success, do not forget who helped you. Honor your mentors by reaching out and helping someone that was like you were at the time, down and out on their luck. Continue to support the culture of being a “Giver-backer”.

2. What is your reasoning for writing this book? What did you hope to accomplish?

My goal was to show the poor and uneducated that they could also be successful. You really can move mountains and accomplish tasks and goals that very well could have been considered impossible. It can be an uphill battle but with hard work, faith and fortitude one can develop into a success. This takes just one step at a time and you will preserve and prosper.

3. Not everyone who experiences the same issues you did, come out as positively as you did. Why do you think you were able to survive and survive as well as you have?

If you are a quitter you will not dig out of the “rut” in which you found yourself experiencing. Vince Lombardi said: “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” I was very stubborn as a young child and always dreamed of being a proud success when I grew up. I was an optimistic opportunist as a young boy and at an early age I realized opportunities come far and few between from where I came from.

Now, at 65 years old I can count on one hand the real opportunities that have come around to me. Learn early on in life there are few real chances to make it big so when they do make themselves available, treat them special and do not squander them. You will only have a few so make the best of your good fortune and/or opportunity.

4. How have your daughters reacted to the book?

I have no contact with my daughters. My family is my wife, son and sister in law. I get all the love I need from these three people. I am sure they don’t even know about the book. As I mentioned in the book, I finally got to the point that chasing ones love gets very tiring after several decades of doing so.

5. Was the experience of writing this book cathartic? Why or why not?

At times there were more tears coming out of me than writing. But I stood fast and did not quit. The chapters about my brother and being estranged from my daughters were the toughest parts to write. The love for my brother and what happened to him was very hard to relive. The disappointment and pain endured with my daughters will always hurt. I truly believe the brainwashing that their selfish mother imposed on them at childhood actually worked. They were misdirected and still believe the lies.

6. Share the process you went through to write this book.

Once the decision was made that I was going to write, “I Remember the Time…” it had to be accurate and reflect the important experiences I had in my childhood. So I would sit and write down key factors in a single sentence that would trigger my memory back 60 years, then 55 years and so on. It was important that I got the sequences in the proper chronological order. It was easier to remember the last 45 years then the first 20 years of my life. Maybe I should say it was much more enjoyable to talk about success, love and happiness then all the pain in the first part of my life.

7. What advice do you have for children who are in abusive situations?

I can only advise from personal experience as I kid going through this trauma that it is wrong. You do not have to put up with the abuse or neglect. Children have rights as anyone else and there are people in your community that can help. You can reach out to your school, church, police or children’s charity organizations for help. My opinion is to not keep it to yourself but reach out for help. Someone will come to your aid.

What about adult survivors of abuse?

You are the one that can break the chain of abuse. Do not fall into the same pit as your parent(s) or provider. You of all people understand the damage and suffering that an abused child endures.

You are not measured today by your history. You can shed the negative blanket of child abuse that has impacted you for too much time. Break away from the stigma, as it is no reflection on you but rather the abuser. You can break away and be the winner, the abuser is the loser.

8. Were there any other stories you wanted to share that didn’t make it into the book? If so, share one with us.

 If it was interesting I put it in the book.

9. Do you have any type of relationship with your father’s family and if so how do they feel about the book and the things you shared about your dad?

I have had no contact with my father’s family for several decades. The time I was around them as a kid was enough for me. I totally divorced my- self from all the pain and disappointment that I experienced from the entire clan. If any of them are hurt or upset by anything I described in my book then the old saying “The truth hurts” certainly would apply.

10. What next?

My next book is about giving back. The angels on earth who stooped down and picked me up are my hero’s. They have all passed but not their memory or the legacy they left on earth. To pay back my hero’s, I’d like to classify myself as a “giver backer”. My goal for my next book is on how to give back and help people who are in need.

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Kim was born in Pacific Northwest in 1951. He was about 15 years old when his family moved out into the hills and mountains north of his hometown. He still resides in the Pacific NW with his wife and son. His hobbies are woodworking, fishing and watching football and baseball. Kim’s favorite pastime is spending time with his wife and son. His dogs, two female boxers, bring him much joy and entertainment. He’s a big-time animal lover and claims that his dogs taught him how to love. He also has a strong interest in inventing, patenting and marketing his products. He declares that his imagination and “out of the box” type thinking brings about many ideas. Kim's not one to sit around on an idea but puts it in action and his products now or marketed throughout the United States and Canada. At this stage of his life he has turned his attention and to authoring and publishing books on his past experiences and interests. He loves and gets high satisfaction on successfully developing one of his inventions or one of his books as they reveal his creative side.

Books Can Save the World- Guest post by Tiffany Shand

Guest Post – How Books Gave Me a Career

Books can mean a lot of different things to different people. Some people books are a form of escapism, a way of learning new things or the answer to solving a problem. Ask the person what books mean to them and you’ll be sure to get dozens of different answers.

I’ve been reading books from an early age. One of my earliest memories is of reading books. I used to love reading books about animals. Being an only child, books gave me an escapism. I loved reading about different worlds and seeing places through the character’s eyes. When I was five I started writing short stories – which were mostly about my pets. I especially liked writing about my border collie, Jack and my hamster, Hammy. After reading so much I think writing just came naturally to me.

As I got older books became more a part of my life and I started reading different genres, fantasy always being my favourite genre. When I left school at thirteen due to health problems and became home-schooled I didn’t know what to do with myself. Going from school to home schooling was a big change. Reading definitely helped me cope with the sudden change. I did lose out on the social aspects of school due to always being off sick all the time or going to the hospital to have more tests done. But this also provided me with the time to actually sit down and write.

I mainly started writing short stories in my late teens or short novels that rarely ever got completed. Although I read a lot of different genres including history, romance, crime and adventure fantasy was the genre that always drew me in both the reading and writing. Since there are no limitations with what you can read or write when it comes to fantasy.

After my grandparents bought me a writing course for my 16th birthday, they encouraged me to start pursuing writing more. I did start the course by found the concept of writing professionally pretty scary so I only did the first assignment and then let the course just sit there for a few more years. I did carry on writing and indulging my love of reading over that time. But the course sat there forgotten. I did try going back to a few times but never drew me back in.

Over the past few years as my health declined, reading and writing became an outlet to help with chronic pain and illness. During that time also went to college and started studying law but because of my health problems, I reluctantly had to stop pursuing my dream career. For a while I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life, working in law had always been my main focus. This inspired me to go back to the writing course and start going over the assignments again. Luckily the course provider was happy to let me start doing the course again despite the number of years that passed since I’d first gotten and started it. I had a great and encouraging tutor who gave me some great feedback on my work and where I was going wrong. During that time, I still carried on writing novels but doing the writing course introduced me to other forms of writing. I even started writing non-fiction which was something I never imagined I would do. I always thought I couldn’t write non-fiction and I would be bad at it.

After some encouragement and nagging from my grandparents, I finally decided to go ahead and complete my first proper novel and see about getting it published. At the time, I knew nothing about publication or how books even got published. Luckily, I had a chance to meet another author who mentioned to me about self-publishing. I’d never even heard of self-publishing at the time I didn’t really know what it entailed. One of the hurdles on my road to publication was that typing on a computer became very hard due to having very painful hands so I switched to using a voice recognition software called Dragon Naturally Speaking. Without that, I wouldn’t be able to do any of the things that I do.

I decided to have a go at publishing my first novel myself. I’m a very independent person so self-publishing was the right route for me. Despite a lot of ups and downs with bad editors and bad formatters, I published my first ever fantasy novel in March 2015.

After completing my creative writing course, I later went on to study copywriting, proofreading and social media marketing through the College of Media and Publishing. These courses really inspired me and gave me the confidence the start working from home. I love being an editor and helping other authors to have their work looking the best they can be. This helped me realise that I want help other authors like myself and teach them about the business side of publishing and being an author.

So books can really help change and shape a person and even give them a career when I thought I would never have one.

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Tiffany Shand was born in Essex, UK and started writing short stories when she was a child.

She has always done writing in one form or another and started writing novels in her early teens.

Tiffany loves to read books and discovered her love for fantasy and paranormal romance during this time.

She writes both non-fiction and fiction, but mostly fantasy and paranormal romance.

After doing a creative writing course in her early 20s she is now a freelance writer and professional proofreader. She is currently studying for a journalism degree.

Tiffany lives in Essex with her two spoiled cats and one very nutty hamster.

Find Tiffany on:
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Terri Tuesday- The Outsiders

If you know me, you know I love The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. This was to me what Harry Potter is to my daughter. It turns fifty this year (glad I’m not there- yet). This book ha such an impact on me that years later, I still think about it. After seeing the movie so many times it is hard to know if the images I have in my memory are the ones I made from the book or the visuals from the movie.

The Outsiders was first published in 1967 and has sold over 15 million copies. It was pimped as “A remarkable novel about teenagers, for teenagers, by a teenager.” S.E. Hinton wrote it after she failed a creative writing class. I think the fact that she wrote it anyways, sent it to a publisher and published it two years later has a lot to say about her character.

For me, this book came at a time when I questioned everything in my life. Like most teenagers, I blamed everything wrong in the world on adults. They were the enemy. They were the ones who would end the world and me and my fellow teens, would rise victoriously and create nirvana. My parents divorced when I was young but got back together right before I started second grade. I knew early on that they should not have gotten back together. My father was an alcoholic and abusive to my mother and me. Reading became a magic carpet ride to a better life. I could be anyone I wanted. The characters in these books were so deep. The Greasers were noble and gallant. They were tough, but they also felt everything. They hugged and cried. They shared how they felt with each other and searched for some deeper meaning in the world. Heck, reading this book was my first real exposure to poetry. I started writing at this time and everything I wrote, looked like an Outsiders knock-off.

If you haven’t read it, you need to. I suppose when compared to today’s YA Lit, it may seem a little corny. There are no vampires or angels and the world has not changed into some kind of post-apocalyptic nightmare that only a select few who look good in leather will survive. Yet even today’s YA Lit, share similar themes. Would we have had Hunger Games, Maze Runner, or even Fifth Wave if we hadn’t had The Outsiders? I don’t know. But I think Hinton laid the groundwork and opened the doors for future YA Lit writers.

Happy birthday!

 

Can’t Buy Forever by Susan Laffoon

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review

This is a nice love story. I found myself thinking about some of John Irving’s novels as I read this story. The characters are so easy to feel for and I had to keep reading in order to see how it would all come together in the end. The author created a strong story completely led by the characters. She also does a great job of “showing” the story to the reader instead of “telling” them. That’s what I appreciated the most. I found myself getting so lost in the story, I lost track of time.

In the early 1950s, Odessa Drake (Dessa) is rescued from a bleak existence with a single mother. She takes a chance on the unknown to work in a boarding house owned by a widowed great aunt in Mineville, New York. Dessa is devoted to Aunt Flo and especially a young man, Nicholas, who appears and takes shelter in the attic, the only available space. Four years pass. She looks forward to each day because of his presence, in spite of the tedious work. Dessa is now eighteen and knows little more of Nicholas than the day he arrived to work the mines. She knows only he is a remarkable man who has a limp and she trusts Nicholas explicitly. There is a familiarity both recognize and an unshakeable bond develops. Nicholas has reasons to keep his past buried. Dangers loom and become evident when Nicholas gets too close and exposes their bond. What is the mystery behind this threat? To discover the answer, they escape by railway heading West, colliding with treachery and uncovering secrets, mile by mile. Their journey is impossible, but, they are supported by friends who risk their lives to make sure a great love and lineage is preserved. Or is it? None will forget their odyssey as they proceed to their destiny farther than they imagined.

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Susan Laffoon knows whereof she writes having been raised in Glens Falls, in upstate
New York. There, the Hudson River and the boulders that lie in its path, is Cooper’s Cave, a hide-a-way made famous in James Fedimore Cooper’s novel, ‘Drums Along The Mohawk.’ She visited this impressive attraction often growing up and listened to the rushing waters that echoed in the cave. There she decided to one day write romantic adventures. Thus as a young girl, while friends played with dolls, she imagined and scribbled stories of adventure to escape childhood responsibilities and unhappiness. She continued to journal through the years occupied with her husband, Gregg, and seven children. It was discovered her love of storytelling was predisposed from a Scandinavian father who died young, a journalist for the Denver Post, a half century earlier. This passion is being fulfilled by his daughter, since putting aside her stethoscope and career as a registered nurse. “Writing has always been in the shadow of my heart.”

Onions in the Straw by Betty Mac Donald

Audiobook Title: Onions In the Stew

Author: Betty MacDonald

Narrator: Heather Henderson

Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press

Length: 9 hours 40 minutes

Audio Release Date:

Synopsis: The bestselling author of the American humor classic The Egg and I continues the adventure with this collection of tales about life on the fringe of the Western wilderness. Writing in the 1950s, Betty MacDonald, sophisticated and urbane, captivated readers with her observations about raising a family on an island in Puget Sound. As usual, humorist MacDonald is her own favorite target. She manages to get herself into scrapes with washing machines set adrift in rowboats, used cars, and a $25 Turkey Squasher. And then there’s the scariest aspect of island life — teenaged children.

Betty Bard MacDonald (1907–1958), the best-selling author of The Egg and I and the classic Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle children’s books, burst onto the literary scene shortly after the end of World War II. Readers embraced her memoir of her years as a young bride operating a chicken ranch on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, andThe Egg and I sold its first million copies in less than a year. The public was drawn to MacDonald’s vivacity, her offbeat humor, and her irreverent take on life. In 1947, the book was made into a movie starring Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert, and spawned a series of films featuring MacDonald’s Ma and Pa Kettle characters.

MacDonald followed up the success of The Egg and I with the creation of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, a magical woman who cures children of their bad habits, and with three additional memoirs: The Plague and I (chronicling her time in a tuberculosis sanitarium just outside Seattle), Anybody Can Do Anything (recounting her madcap attempts to find work during the Great Depression), and Onions in the Stew (about her life raising two teenage daughters on Vashon Island).

Author Paula Becker was granted full access to Betty MacDonald’s archives, including materials never before seen by any researcher. Looking for Betty MacDonald, the first official biography of this endearing Northwest storyteller, reveals the story behind the memoirs and the difference between the real Betty MacDonald and her literary persona. 

Heather Henderson is a voice actress and audiobook narrator with a 20-year career in literary and performing arts.  Her narrations include the NYT bestseller (now also a feature film) Brain on Fire;  and Sharon Creech’s The Boy on the Porch, which won her an Earphones award and was named one of the Best Children’s Audiobooks for 2013 by Audiofile Magazine.   She earned her Doctor of Fine Arts degree at the Yale School of Drama, and is co-curator of AudioEloquence.com, a pronunciation research site for the audiobook industry.  In 2015, Heather was a finalist for a Voice Arts Award (Outstanding Narration, Audiobook Classics), for her narration of Betty MacDonald’s The Egg and I.

 

Eli C. reads… #carolinareads

What’s the first book you remember reading?
Little House on the Prairie

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
I’m currently reading Species, Species Concepts, and Primate Evolution as I’m studying for my doctorate

Why did you choose that book?
My evolutionary theory advisor suggested it.

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Futuyma’s Evolution, Njal’s Saga, White’s Human Bone Manual, and Night by Elie Wiesel

Hey Doorman VIII by John P. Kildemm

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review

This was another fun book to read. I found myself laughing out loud- A LOT. These are short vignettes from the author’s experience while he worked as a bouncer at a Los Angeles bar. Having lived in SoCal, I know people like the ones he wrote about. He has a casual and honest manner to his writing that I liked. I’m adding the rest of this series to my TBR shelf.

SEX — VIOLENCE — TRUMP Eight true tales from your wittiest bouncer’s, wittiest bouncer

Mister Kildemm chronicles the night life in the City of Angels as only he can, in the fourth installment of, Hey Doorman. But this time with a biting political edge working in cahoots with his always hilarious edge. That’s two edges people. TWO.

As Jerry Seinfeld once said, “I’m sure he’s having a good laugh over this with his doorman buddies.”

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Shadow Sight by E.J. Stevens

I found out about this series through Jess at The Audiobookworm. I helped promote book 5 from this series, The Hound’s Bite. It sounded very interesting so I wanted to start from the very beginning. I liked this book and I’ll be catching up on the rest of the books. Ivy Granger is the kind of character I like. She is bold and snarky and loves her friends dearly. She will do anything to keep them safe. I liked that this book incorporates all types of fae including a few I don’t really know much about. The action driven story kept me coming back until I finished.

 

 

 

 

Some things are best left unseen…
Ivy Granger’s second sight is finally giving her life purpose. Ivy and her best friend Jinx may not be raking in the dough, but their psychic detective agency pays the bills—most of the time. Their only worry is the boredom of a slow day and the occasional crazy client—until a demon walks through their door.Demons are never a good sign…

A demon attorney representing the water fae? Stranger things have happened. And things are about to get very, very strange as a bloodthirsty nightmare hunts the city of Harborsmouth.
There’s blood in the water…
Kelpies have a reputation for eating humans. Unfortunately, Kelpies are the clients. When an Unseelie faerie this evil stalks the waterways of your city, you have to make hard choices.
The lesser of two evils…

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Terri Tuesday- Book Haul

I have posted a lot of reviews. I love working with these authors. I am fortunate to have worked with some great authors. Helping them is fun. In the short future, I will be branching out to add to this blog. Future plans include a BookTube channel, face-to-face interviews, and more about my own writing.

I have a confession. In case you haven’t guessed, I am addicted to books. I have a Kindle, a smartphone, and a tablet. All three devices (the Kindle is a given) have the kindle app and I use all three devices to keep up with my reading. I also have a subscription to Audible and Scribd. That honestly isn’t enough access to books. I check out books from the library and often have several books camped out on my nightstand. Based on taking advantage of free e-books, e-book sales, and books I’ve agreed to read or listen to, I would not have to buy another book for two years. As I said, I have an addiction.

Two weeks ago, my husband returned from a business trip. Due to a major work project, my hubby is now traveling every other week and starting in May will be gone every week only coming home on the weekends. If you have read my bio, then you know I have two daughters. We homeschool. I am a Girl Scout leader. I tutor. I fancy myself a writer. I started working out again. Needless to say, I’m busy and when DH is not here it seems to double. Well, what does a bibliophile do to destress as soon as her backup gets back in town- go to the bookstore of course.

Here is my book haul:

I don’t know why I picked the book about Buffalo Bill Cody. I honestly had no interest in him before, but when I looked in the biography section, this book spoke to me and I took it just to see. Think of it as a challenge book. I figure as a writer, I never know when I could use some information about this unique figure from history. Angela’s Ashes is a book I had before I had children. I like this book much better than ‘Tis. 

Who knows when I will get time to read all these but they make me happy. “Rehoming” books is good for the environment and good for my soul. So I guess a book addiction really isn’t that bad after all.

The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe

** I received an audio of this book in exchange for a review**

Listening to this story was a little different for me. I liked it when I first started it. Then I didn’t like it because Anna Blanc is a spoiled brat. But then the more I listened the more I realized the author did such a great job developing the character of Anna that to me she felt real. I’ve known people like her. They think of themselves before anyone else. Yet, when they are faced with a life-changing event, they wake up and use their personal determination to right all the wrongs in the world.

The world building was even stronger than the character developmental. Even though this is not a make-believe world, it is from so long ago it seems make-believe. I was transferred to turn of the century, Los Angeles. There were so many times I just stopped what I was doing so I could listen to the story. It made me wonder if this is what it was like for people listening to dramas on the radio so long ago.

I can only imagine how hard it is for a narrator to remember how different characters sound, but to remember characters with different accents seems almost impossible. Moira Quirk does a fantastic job. Her voice creations add to the story and enrich the story. It makes for an even better experience.

It’s 1907 Los Angeles. Mischievous socialite Anna Blanc is the kind of young woman who devours purloined crime novels, but must disguise them behind covers of more domestically-appropriate reading. She could match wits with Sherlock Holmes, but in her world women are not allowed to hunt criminals. Determined to break free of the era’s rigid social roles, Anna buys off the chaperone assigned by her domineering father and, using an alias, takes a job as a police matron with the Los Angeles Police Department. There she discovers a string of brothel murders, which the cops are unwilling to investigate. Seizing her one chance to solve a crime, she takes on the investigation herself. If the police find out, she’ll get fired; if her father finds out, he’ll disown her; and if her fiancé finds out, he’ll cancel the wedding. Midway into her investigation, the police chief’s son, Joe Singer, learns her true identity, and shortly thereafter she learns about blackmail. Anna must choose – either hunt the villain and risk losing her father, fiancé, and wealth, or abandon her dream and leave the killer on the loose.


Jennifer has been a block layer, a nurse’s aid, a fragrance model, and on the research faculty at UCLA, where she spent 11 years conducting studies to inform health policy. A native of Southern California, she now lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and two teenagers. She’s currently writing book three in the Anna Blanc Mystery series. Book two, THE WOMAN IN THE CAMPHOR TRUNK, is coming out in Fall of 2017 from Seventh Street Books.

 

 

 

 

 

Moira grew up in teeny-tiny Rutland, England’s smallest county, which is fitting as she never managed to make it past five feet herself.  Moira’s work spans the pantheon of the voiceover world: plays for BBC radio, plays for NPR, video games, commercials, television promos, podcasts, cartoons, movies and award winning audiobooks. She’s won Multiple Audie Awards, Earphone Awards, as well as Audible’s prestigious Book-of-the-Year Award. She has lately set foot in front of the camera again, appearing in “Pretty: the Series” and the Emmy-winning “Dirty Work.”

 

 

 

If I were to cast characters for this book, I would

Anna Blanc- Katherine Watson

Joe Singer- Chris Hemsworth

Wolf- Ryan Reynolds

Madame Lulu- Kate McKinnon

Christopher Blanc- Collin Farrell

Edgar Wright- Benedict Cumberbatch