May 20, 2015

Interview around the Globe with Teresa Neumann

Today we have a new Author. Teresa Neumann is an author that is working though a book Tour that I have now been a tour host for. Let welcome this new author to Interviews around the Globe.

I would love if you all took a look at our author Bio.. We have some good questions and answer for her to answer. I also had the opportunity to read her latest book called "Bianca's Vineyard". I have a review on it here at NRC and I also got a giveaway as for all of you as well. Bianca's Vineyard by Teresa Neumann & Giveaway, Here is the author bio for before we enter the interview. We welcome Teresa to our community. #Interviews, #Interviewsaroundtheglobe, #NRC, #Giveaways, #Tuscany  #italybooks #bookreview,  @intrepidwriter, @NouveauWriter+Laura Fabiani


Teresa Neumann and her musician husband live in Oregon's beautiful Willamette Valley near their three children. As well as being an author and journalist, Teresa loves to fiddle on her violin and live "la dolce vita" in Italy whenever she can talk her family into going with her.

Connect with Teresa: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter











Describe your book in 20 words or less.

Bianca’s Vineyard is about: the power of family, choices, consequences, war, survival, hope, reconciliation, restitution, and joy that comes in the morning.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

It's based on the true story of my husband’s family from Italy, so the skeleton of the story was already there in our family archives.

How important are names to you in your book(s)? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you use any resources in assisting you to choose the names?

With few exceptions, most of the characters in my book were given their real names. For the characters I invented, I chose Italian names that appeal to me, or seemed to fit.

Which of your characters in Bianca’s Vineyard is your favorite and why?

That’s a tough one. I knew many of the characters personally, so I related to them all on varying levels. But I’d have to say Bianca was my favorite. She was my mother-in-law’s cousin; truly one-in-a-million. 80-some-years old when I first met her, she exuded authority and charisma unlike anyone I’ve ever met. In real life, she was a WWII partisan, a grand facilitator, keeper of her family’s history, the bridge from the past to the present, the instigator of our American-Italian reunion, and the uncontested matriarch of the Bertozzi’s. It’s why I wove her throughout the book and named it after her. Without her, this book would never have been written.

Was there a certain scene in this book that was harder for you to write than others?

Most scenes dealing with Armida were tough. Because I’d never met her, and because her personality was so dark and complex, I had to extract difficult information from her daughter, Babe (my mother-in-law), who was the sweetest woman on earth. I hated dredging up some of the ugliness of her past, but in the end I think it was extremely healing for Babe. One of my greatest rewards as a writer and daughter-in-law was seeing her obtain a measure of closure from the book.

If you could cast your characters in a Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play them?

Andy Garcia as Egisto. Maybe Ashley Judd or Penelope Cruz as Armida. Helen Mirren as Bianca – although I’m sure there are some amazing Italian actors who would fit the roles perfectly as well.

What is your least favorite part of the publishing/writing process?

Editing and rewrites. It’s a love/hate thing with me. I love the tweaking, and am obsessive about doing my own edits, but at some point I get so close to it all that I can’s see the forest for the trees anymore. Then it’s time for objective insights and when the light bulb comes back on I find myself wanting to rip the manuscript up and start over again. Ugh!

What authors have inspired you to write?

There are so many amazing authors who have inspired me I don’t know where to begin. I first cut my teeth on the classics in high school: Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Hardy, Hugo, Dickens, Jane Austen, Sigrid Undset. In fact, for years all I would read were literary masterpieces – all the high drama and sweeping themes were addictive. But since then, I’ve branched out and discovered countless other gems. I think Leif Enger’s Peace Like a River comes closest to being a great American classic. The first few chapters of that book are just unforgettable. I’m also reminded of Adriana Trigiani’s The Shoemaker’s Wife. I loved it; brilliant writing, and of course, the Italian immigrant theme really hit home, especially with the connection to Minnesota. I’ve noticed that as I grow older, I’m beginning to relish reads that are just plain fun and entertaining – like Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence.

What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?


Read, read, read, and write and rewrite until you’re sick of it. Then keep rewriting and reading.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

Yes, I read them all. Bad reviews are never fun to read, but I take them to heart and sometimes even learn from them. For example, although not really considered a “bad” review, several people commented on the diverse characters in Bianca’s Vineyard and struggled with the pronunciation of their names. (There is a family tree in the beginning of the book, but for some people it still wasn’t enough.) So in the sequel, Domenico’s Table, I took those comments to heart and actually spelled out the pronunciation of the characters at the beginning, and also explained their relationship to other characters in more detail.

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

My third book, A Year in the Company of Freaks, is set in the early 1970’s in northern California and features an Italian-American as the main character. It’s due out this summer. Those who are interested can check my website www.teresaneumann.com for more information.

Characters often find themselves in situations they aren't sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

My father passed away two weeks ago; the toughest situation of my life. There’s no getting out of the grieving. All you can do let your family circle the wagons around you, tackle each day as it comes, and allow time and God heal the loss. Closure can be elusive, but until it’s achieved, life feels as though it’s being lived in the shadows.

Thank you for stopping by Teresa Neumann. I have enjoyed your book. I learn a lot about Italy and your family or in laws. I happy for you have stop by Nighttime Reading Center. I hope you come back.



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Bianca's Vineyard by Teresa Neumann + Giveaway

Bianca's Vineyard, review, book cover

Book Title: Bianca's Vineyard
Author: Teresa Neumann
Genes: History, Cultural, Italy, Historical Fiction, Romance, World War II, Non-Fiction, Realistic Fiction
Publisher: All's Well House
Publisher Date: November 12, 2010 (412 Pages, Paperback)
Disclaimer: I received this book from +Laura Fabiani for a book tour and honesty review.
Author Interview: Teresa Interview
Connect with Author: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter
Buy the Book: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Description: Bianca Corrotti's vineyard is more than a piece of mouth-watering real estate in Tuscany. It's an inheritance; a storehouse harboring the secrets of her Uncle Egisto, a world-class sculptor, and his troubled wife -- a woman whose destiny converges with Mussolini's when WWII overtakes them all. Based on a true story, Bianca's Vineyard follows a devoted family of strong-willed men and lion-hearted women waging an epic battle against a gathering storm intent on destroying their lives.

 Nighttime Reading Center Review
We learn about what life was like in Italy at that time. You can read the book in a form of a diary or as someone is telling a story in a storytelling. You can learn the secrets of this family. You also learn a bit about Italian culture. You will learn what Italian culture was at that time in history.

Most of this story is about Egisto and his wife that he married before going to America. Tough as soon as her children when to school. She decided to go back to Italy. The book really does teach us lessons that were going on in Italy.

You also see the family deals with her and the rest of the family. Egisto father was fond of his niece Bianca. Egisto knew the war was coming to Italy. We learn about Armida and her what she decides. She is going to need to make a choice. I feel bad for Armida and Egisto children especially when Armida gets a bit strange.

We learn what the vineyard is about and it meaning to the family. I really like the fact it was told somewhat in a form of a diary. You also learn about each family member that's in Egisto life. It mostly takes place in Italy and his Italian family members. The author did a really good job of showing us what it was like during World War 2 era. You see the reliant of the Italians after the war and shows how the family was back together when Egisto returns.
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May 13, 2015

A Heart's Danger by Colleen Coble

Book Title: A Heart's Danger
Author: Colleen Coble
Series: Journey of the Heart #3
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publish Date: 2015-05-05 (128 Pages, Paperback)
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Christian, Christian Fiction, 1866-1877 Reconstruction
Disclaimer: I received this book from +Litfuse Publicity Group for a book tour and honesty review
Description: On the brink of war with the Sioux, a young woman risks everything to expose the betrayal threatening the man she loves.

Christmas is coming, and the air at Fort Laramie has turned cold . . . but relations with the Sioux have turned colder. As tensions between soldiers and natives approach a tipping point, Ben Croftner and Jessica DuBois prepare a trap for Rand Campbell.

Bitter from rejection and backfired plans, Croftner has enlisted the help of Rand's new fiancee to keep Rand from ever returning to Sarah Montgomery . . . for whom his heart clearly still yearns.

Sarah is simply trying to move on with her life at Fort Laramie, but doing so under the watchful eyes of both Campbell--the man whose love she craves--and Croftner--the man whose lies have cost her everything. Will Rand fall victim to the conspiracy and go through with his wedding? Or will he declare his love for Sarah and make good on the promises that brought her into the rugged western territories?

Things get even more strange as the story continues. Ben and Jessica both want Sarah away from Rand for their own reason. Ben has a little bit of a different plan for his himself. There seems to be something going on and Sarah hear a part of the plan that Ben is talking with Jessica. She could not figure out what they are talking about.

Ben wants to get back at Sarah for what she did to save a friend. He got a plan to get rid of Rand for good. Jessica finds Sarah and invites her and Amelia with her and her mother to a picnic. Sarah feels like something is up with Jessica but needs to get out of camp for a bit.

There a stage while Rand is out for a few days to get wood for the fort. What do the Indians want with him? Rands see an Indian that looks like his younger brother and he does not shoot. What do they want with Sarah when they got her. Will they save Sarah and Rand or what will they do with them?

A Heart's Danger is quite an adventure and Colleen put it together quite well. Will Rand and Sarah see that their love is still strong? Will Rand goes on with his wedding with Jessica? Will Ben and Jessica's plan work?


 Sarah risks everything to expose the betrayal threatening the man she loves—but will the risk be worth it? Find out in book three, A Heart's Danger, of Colleen Coble's A Journey of the Heart series. Rand’s new fiancée wants to keep him from returning to Sarah Montgomery . . . for whom his heart clearly still yearns. Sarah just wants to move on with her life at Fort Laramie, but doing so under the watchful eyes of both Campbell—the man whose love she craves—and Croftner—the man whose lies have cost her everything.

Enter to win the perfect pairing giveaway: three books (books one–three in Colleen's A Journey of the Heart series) and coffee to pair with your new book!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of A Heart's Danger
  • A pound of Colleen's favorite coffee, Captain Davy's Coffee Roaster Costa Rican
  • A copy of A Heart's Disguise
  • A copy of A Heart's Obsession
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 31st. Winner will be announced June 1st on Colleen's website.

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May 12, 2015

When Grace Sings by Kim Vogel Sawyer

When Grace Sings Kim Vogel Sawyer Book Cover
Book Title: When Grace Sings
Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer
Genres: Christian Fiction, Amish, Fiction, Contemporary
Publisher: WaterBrook PressPublish Date: 2015-03-17 (352 Pages, Paperback)
Disclaimer: I received this from +Litfuse Publicity Group & the publisher for a book tour and an honesty review
Series: The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy #2
Description: When trouble roars into quiet Arborville, Alexa and Anna-Grace find themselves the target for discord and exposed secrets. Can they continue to seek the God of all grace amidst the fog of confusion? Alexa Zimmerman wonders if the Old Order Mennonite community in Arborville, Kansas will ever fully accept her. Her family roots here aren’t what anyone thought when she first arrived, but she is hopeful that her culinary and hospitality skills will win the skeptics over. The bed-and-breakfast she’s operating needs to succeed so Alexa agrees to allow Briley Forrester, the hotshot reporter from Chicago, to stay as a long-term boarder not knowing his real motives for being amongst the Plain folk. But when Alexa agrees to host her cousin Anna-Grace Braun, the presence of extended family brings out Alexa’s insecurities and sets Briley on the trail to uncovering a web of hidden truths. Plans for a secure future and the sweetness of young romance hang in the balance when Alexa and Anna-Grace have to face that their secrets are interconnected, binding the two in ways they could not have imagined. They must trust in a loving, heavenly Father and His plan for their futures.

This story continues with Alexa Zimmerman. We are back with the Zimmerman family, with Alexa bed and breakfast known as Grace Notes. We meet the Brauns and their daughter Anna-Grace. Stephen is gifted his grandfather's land. Stephen and Anna-Grace are to stay in Arborville. Alexa seems to be feeling that she is not fitting into the Zimmerman family. Alexa is having doubt about herself and feeling like she an imposter.

We know about Anna-Grace birth parents for we dealt with them in the first book called "When Mercy Rains". When Mercy Rains introduces us to Anna Grace birth parents. Anna Grace is given an envelope that has her birth parents names. Anna-Grace cannot decide if she wants to know or not know her birth parents names and why they gave her up for adoption.

Stephen is dealing with what he wants to do in life. He does not know if he want's his grandfather land in Arborville. He seems to want to sell it, but he does not know for sure. He seems to want to be a teacher. Can he tell his parents or Anna Grace that he wants to be? Stephen decides to have Anna Grace decide if she can stay there or not live in Arborville and if he should keep or sell his grandparents farmland.

We also meet Bailey Forrester who is a reporter and is sent to Arborville to find a story on this community. There are four people looking in the wrong places. Bailey has his Aunt Marit that come through to him. He also tries to want to feel important. Will they all find Grace? What will happen with Stephen and Anna-Grace?



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May 1, 2015

Aoleon The Martian Girl: - Science Fiction Saga Part 5 The Great Pyramid of Cydonia by Brent LeVasseur

Book Title: Aoleon The Martian Girl: - Science Fiction Saga Part 5 The Great Pyramid of Cydonia
Book Title: Aoleon The Martian Girl: - Science Fiction Saga Part 5 The Great Pyramid of Cydonia
Author: Brent LeVasseur
Publisher: Aoléon Press
Publisher Date: 2015-02-01 (130 Pages, e-book)
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author +Brent LeVasseur and +Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours for a book tour and honesty review
Series: Aoléon The Martian Girl
Buy the book:  Amazon,
Genres: Children, Action, Sci fiction, Aliens, Fantasy, Sci Fantasy
Description: Aoléon, Gilbert, Bizwat, Helios, and Zoot make it to their final destination - Cydonia where Aoléon’s parents are being held captive. They infiltrate a secret underground base and are confronted by a small army of sentrybots.

Bizwat lends Aoléon and Gilbert some of his advanced combat skills via a psionic brain dump. However, this may not be enough to save them from overwhelming hostile forces that will do anything to stop them.

They finally meet Pax - the Martian who originally set them out on the mission to discover the truth about the Luminon and his plans to invade Earth. However Pax is not who he seems to be, and through a turn of events, they uncover the true power behind all that has been happening on Mars.

Will they be able to rescue Aoléon’s parents and save Earth from invasion?

 


The final part of this Saga but not last. We see what it to survive. They find out who is leading Grant, Bizwat and Aoléon to their final destination. They seem ready to save Aoléon parents. Zoots is with them.

You are dragged into the adventure and wanting to read and turn the pages to find out if they make it our not. This part is really action packed. They are met with a small army. There is some tense moments that are taken place on Earth.

Once again Brent does a wonderful job with the pictures. I have been drawn to look at the pictures or images a few times and leaves you to wonder what going to happen next. They meet Pax. They came to do a job.

They head to the mothership. They find out the truth about what been happening to Mars and their galactic plant on Mars. They do seem to find the Boars and Cows that went missing. The Earth seem to be invade Earth. Aoleon and her group figure out what Luminon and his plans are. Will defeat Luminon and his army?

Want to read the reviews on this series. I have them all, so here are the other four parts.  Aoleon The Martian Girl: - Science Fiction Saga Part 1, Aoleon The Martian Girl: - Science Fiction Saga Part 2, Aoleon The Martian Girl: - Science Fiction Saga Part 3, Aoleon The Martian Girl: - Science Fiction Saga Part 4. This is good for boys and girls. It quite a good action and adventure series book for children.



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