Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider by Ellen C. Maze

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Author Ellen C. Maze is taking her latest book Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Ellen to take her book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of her own home! Keep an eye out for Elle’s book as she will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Ellen was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider. What is it about?
Ellen: Author Beth Rider’s Christian Fantasy novel is a best seller, but the plot is leading real-life vampires — the Rakum — down a path their leaders cannot abide. She must be stopped, and senior-Elder Jack Dawn takes it upon himself to ensure her demise. He did not expect his most ruthless lieutenant, Michael Stone, would choose to help the woman escape. Beth goes on the run, joining forces with Rakum sympathizers along the way, but will their contributions be enough to protect her from Jack Dawn’s rage? Ancient and wise as the ages, the powerful entity that created the Rakum, High Father Abroghia, will face off with the power inside Beth Rider and in the battle between light and dark, there can only be one victor. Vampires are fiction, but the Rakum are real, and they guard their power zealously.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Ellen: Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider began as a writing exercise to work on as I shopped my first novel — The Judging to publishers. The Judging is about a 15th-Century priest who is transformed into a vampire while unconscious. He spends the novel-time in the modern era justifying his bloodthirst, certain that he is killing for God. I started Rabbit after asking myself, what if real vampires read The Judging? Would it lead them to God? The more I played with it, the more it grew. Characters developed and the plot flowed on its own accord. Before I knew it, a novel had been born. When it was completed, a second popped out, seamlessly continuing the work done in Book One. When Two (Rabbit Legacy) was complete, a third book also poured out (Rabbit Redemption), and then a fourth (Anomaly: Beyond the Rabbit). When Book Four was nearly done, I realized the series would have six installments, each one more exciting than the previous and each one will dig deeper and deeper into the psyche of the Rakum. This 2019 edition reads “Special Anniversary Edition” because it has been ten years since Rabbit was first published, garnering hundreds of reviews and enticing readers across the globe to join the chase. It is my hope that this special edition will enable an entirely new generation of readers to dive in and enjoy this trip down the rabbit hole.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Ellen: Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider was first published by Treasureline Press in 2009, a traditional publisher that has since gone out of business. The book never stopped bringing fun to new readers, so in 2019 it was accepted and re-released by Outskirts Press, with additional material and a brand-new chapter.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Ellen: I love this question because I am a reader, too. My work has been compared to that of Frank Peretti and Bill Myers. My influences as a young writer were Stephen King and Anne Rice, so many readers find a creep-factor in my work not present in most Christian fiction. Readers who enjoy vampire fiction and wonder what it might look like from a biblical perspective will enjoy this book and readers of paranormal and supernatural secular novels will enjoy it, too, as even though the main character is a Christian, the writing is not preachy. Does this mean my books are kid-friendly? Yes, if your child watches PG-13 movies or TV-MA television programming. My novels contain violence, mild profanity, (non-graphic) sexual situations, and adult themes, yet people can be edified by the messages hidden inside the fiction.

OP: What is special about your book?

Ellen: If one reads the reviews for this book, you find that readers are amazed at the messages intertwined with the plot. Anyone who enjoys vampire or paranormal tales will be entertained and edified (or provoked, as the case may be). Christian authors are often afraid to write of violence and horror, but isn’t the Bible peppered with such things? One reader said to me, “The Bible is often violent, and mankind suffers violence on the path to purity. God sharpens and cleanses us with trials and the Rabbit book puts its protags through the worst!”

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Ellen: Along with the oddness of writing “horror” or “vampires” from a biblical perspective, which is extremely rare, this book has another bizarre oddity. The main plot of Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider revolves around Beth’s bestselling novel, The Judging. In real life, The Judging is published and available, penned by Ellen C Maze. The Judging is Book One of The Corescu Chronicles, two of four are published already, so my readers can dive into that series when they finish Rabbit!

OP: Have you published any other books?

Ellen: Besides those mentioned above (the first four books of the Rabbit Saga and first two books of The Corescu Chronicles), I have also published a collection of short stories, 22 Sideways: Twenty-Two Bloodthirsty Tales, a dozen digital short stories, and edited and contributed to an anthology of Christian fantasy writers entitled, Feckless Tales of Supernatural, Paranormal, and Downright Presumptuous Ilk. Outside of this genre, I have published non-fiction, a dozen equestrian coloring books, and illustrated children’s books under the names Ellen C Maze and Ellen Sallas.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Ellen: Oh, yes! I am currently completing Book Five and Six of the Rabbit Saga (Conundrum: The Lost Rabbit and The Vestige: Final Chapter), and I am simultaneously writing stand-alone novel of spiritual warfare, pitting Old Testament gods against biblically-accurate angels, and deal with the mortals caught in the cross-hairs. This will be my first “young adult” novel with the main characters being aged 16 to 21.

OP: Thanks for your time, Ellen! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Raised on Bram Stoker and Stephen King, Ellen read Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness in 2000, and has never been the same. Now she takes the horror/ paranormal/vampire genre directly into the heart of spiritual matters, pitting good against evil within the confines of biblical truth. Scripture is often bloody and the struggle to escape the claws of evil is real and personal. With writing as her passion and her main hobby, Ellen lives in Alabama with her family and does NOT have holes in her neck.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/ellencmaze or www.ellencmaze.com

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Life in Ann’s World by Ladybug

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Author Ladybug is taking her latest book Life in Ann’s World, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Ladybug to take her book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of her own home! Keep an eye out for Ladybug’s book as she will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Ladybug was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Life in Ann’s World.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Life in Ann’s World. What is it about?

Ladybug: The story is in the view from a 12-year-old girl’s perspective. At the beginning of the book she contemplates about her life up to her present.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Ladybug: I got tired of almost every show you see these days or read about is another branch of law enforcement. There are other stories out there other than law enforcement. Don’t get me wrong some of the shows and stories you read are great, but I prefer a break from them. I can go in my living room right now and turn on the tv and there will only be some type of law show but, in the end, I wanted to create a story that the whole family could enjoy, I hope they do!

OP: How did you get your book published?

Ladybug: Outskirts press is a self-publishing company. I submitted my book for review, and they agreed to publish it. After paying a lot for having it published, it finally became published in May of 2018.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Ladybug: It is my hope that all walks of life will enjoy my book. My intentions were to send people in a different reality, even if it is for a little while.

OP: What is special about your book?

Ladybug: Other than I wrote it? It is not a law story, it captures the imagination of the people reading it. I love a story where all the characters get along and work together to help with an imminent crisis.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Ladybug: Towards the end of the story Ann’s friends are beginning to go their own separate ways. These things happen in real life as when young children become young adults and after high school these young adults will pursue college, work, family or all three. It is a time in their lives when major changes take place in their lives and Ann is no different. Ann’s changes are a little more obvious than real peoples’ lives, but I think everyone can relate to her and the fast pace of her life. Ann is always wanting her life to slow down but, for her it does not.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Ladybug: No, not yet.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Ladybug: Maybe.

OP: Thanks for your time, Ladybug! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

After high school, Ladybug received an AA degree in business, but when she was younger, she used to go on tons of different adventures. Ladybug would carry her little dog in the basket on her bike wherever she went. She would go to the lake and lay there and watch the waves from the lake hit the shore and her dog would run around playing in and around the lake.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/lifeinannsworld

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Art Fairy by Floras Athena

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Author Floras Athena is taking her latest book Art Fairy, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Floras to take her book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of her own home! Keep an eye out for Floras’s book as she will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Flora was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Art Fairy.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Art Fairy. What is it about?

Floras: My book is about music, art, family, school, education, and school violence. It’s infused with the experiences of Mozart, Beethoven, Joe Hisaishi, Da Vinci, and my own practice and discipline on the road of music and art. The story is about a young boy who loves music and art and how he creates happiness for the world. My book is based in reality but with new, fantastic, fairyland language. This book is full of funny, fantastic, and heartbreaking stories, as well as touching moments and a bright happy ending.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Floras: My road in the world of art was very hard and miserable, so I hope my book Art Fairy will inspire and encourage children to embrace happiness and follow their dreams. I think our educational concept has many absurd aspects, especially the methods of cultivating talent. In our education, a lot of valuable time and energy is used to force us to cram and practice every day. Measuring children by the standards of commodities is ridiculous and this is a problem that exists in almost all the of world’s educational methods. So, in my book Art Fairy, there are three important theories: one is “The reason why no great is born, it is we neglect the process of forming the great soul.” Another is, “All beings are created equal! All beings’ talents are created equal!” And the most important one looks into the methods of cultivating talent, “Read Practice Think”. The amount of reading, practicing, thinking, is also equivalent to the promotion of talent. It comes from my many years of research on the geniuses and greats of various fields. Painting, music, literature, philosophy, science, film, martial arts, politics, and military. Different fields have different proportions and contents. This requires us to look closely at the lives of the greats spanning both history and all fields of study. In my theory, the only way to measure the value of talent is by their contribution to the world. In other words, the value of a talent lies in our devotion; just as how much we read, practice, think, our talents are put to the best use when we create happiness for the world. Above of all, we must remember that all beings are created equal! All beings’ talents are created equal!

OP: How did you get your book published?

Floras: Last year, I went to Penguin Random House in New York, they gave me some information about publication. Then I found Outskirts Press, and they allowed me to publish in the most productive way. My book is very different from others, so I wanted the method of publication to be more efficient, flexible, while still giving me full control over my book.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Floras: If you like the movies X-Men and Spider-Man, you will like my book. They have some common themes. This book, is for the whole world, for everyone who is suffering, anyone who loves art, anyone who has a dream. Art Fairy is for everyone!

OP: What is special about your book?

Floras: The thoughts, stories, and language are singular to my book. Take a look at the excerpt below!

New year party, Oris played the piano and violin on the stage, and the solo of bel canto.
“I dedicate my solo and singing for Cynthia!” Instant springbok sensation below the stage! In the Madagascar rainforest, the lemurs on the deer’ eyes trees was screaming! Leaves left and flowers danced! Melody was on the alpine cypress, Flora danced as flowering sakura sea. Singing was dreamed sun as a cloud butterflies in the flowers sea of Poland forest. After playing and singing, a deep bow, applause instantly exploded galaxy! Cheers volcano rained all dawn! After a long long time, when cheers destroyed as stars, Cynthia said loudly to Oris that laughing as a whale on the stage, “Idiot! Hideous! Poor! Only big howling monkeys and dog raccoons in cloud forest would like you this only can play the piano and sing but poor and hideous, and grades are bad as tiger cats’ hind legs of Caribbean! You unicorn whale big idiot!!!” Instantly! The auditorium died like Lyra stars……

An ancient Roman scholar made such a request to literary and art workers, “Think of bee as model, very widely reading, practice our own inventive mind, melt all the flowers into our own nectar. All has the origin, but all has new hue.” This sentence can fully explain the language of my book, which is the hardest work. Because I often read a lot of books and imagined for a long time just for creating a new, beautiful and fantastic fairy world in a few words. Fortunately, everyone who had seen this book all praised it, so I believe more and more readers would enjoy the reading with this book.

And the cover is my own painting. I painted it 5 years ago. I have spent a great deal of time on the road of art, striving to create a perfect fairyland for readers.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Floras: This book was inspired by the difficulties I experienced on the art road; all of my tears, sweat, blood. Every word comes from my art and my soul.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Floras: This is my first published book.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Floras: Yes, this is the first book, and I will publish Art Fairy 2 in about a year. The second book will be funnier and more beautiful. I also plan to paint hundreds of paintings for two painting books. The cover of Art Fairy is my own painting. At the very beginning, I began writing to express my dreams for painting and piano. For the past 15 years, I refused give up on my art dreams; although they are different fields, they have many common principles. I know Da Vinci very well, his biographies, his Note Book of Leonardo da Vinci… and Art Fairy has many stories based on the real experience of Da Vinci. Leonardo da Vinci proved that one can achieve in many fields, as long as the method is correct, and the time is used efficiently. So, everything and every dream is possible and achievable. You can buy the Art Fairy from the publisher on my author website: https://outskirtspress.com/ArtFairy or on Amazon, just search the words “Art Fairy Floras Athena” or “Floras Athena” and you will find it.

OP: Thanks for your time, Floras! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Art Fairy, is about music, art, family, school, education, and school violence. It fuses some of the experiences of Mozart, Beethoven, Joe Hasashi, Da Vinci and my own practice and discipline on the road of music and art. The story is about a young boy who loved music and art and how he created happiness for the world. This book has two different parts, one is “The old miserable world”, in this world everything is miserable, and the other is “The new gorgeous world given by great nature and Art Fairy“, in this world everything is beautiful and happy. At the very beginning, the boy went through all kinds of oppressive tribulations in his cruel family and school, then was frozen to death, and saved by the Art Fairy. In this world he has a happy family, realized his art dream, the teachers, schools, and the whole world had become more and more bright and beautiful. Finally, the boy and a deaf-mute girl who loved playing the violin dedicate themselves to creating happiness for the world. This book also incorporates a lot of real events and seeks the truth from facts. The language of this book is fantastic and funny. This book is full of funny, fantastic, heartbreaking, and touching stories, with a bright happy ending. There is also a beautiful myth in the middle and end of the book.

Tolstoy said, “A good literary work should show the right direction for the world.” The second half of this book is the essence of my 15 years of exploration and my thoughts regarding the right direction of the world. The first thought in this book is about education, in one nutshell, “The reason why no great is born, it is we neglect the process of forming the great soul.” The second thought in this book, is “The value of man lies in his devotion, and only by dedicating for the world can he receive the world’s reward, but only greater ability can make the greater contribution.” The extension and development in culture and art of this theory. There are many theories about art, talent, culture and education. Part of the plot is based on the real experience of Mozart, Beethoven, Da Vinci, and Joe Hasashi. The portions of the plot involving music and piano are based on my own experience of practicing and being a piano teacher. I used to teach three 5-year-old little girls to play the piano, and I’m going to study composition and play the piano in Hollywood.

Everyone who has seen this book has praised it, so I believe more and more readers will enjoy reading this book.
By the way, if you like the movies X-Men, you will like my book, as they have some common themes.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/ArtFairy

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Poems Of Love, From My Heart To Yours by Kerry C. Irons

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Author Kerry C. Irons is taking his latest book Poems of Love, From My Heart to Yours Vol. 1 on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Kerry to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Kerry’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Kerry was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Poems of Love, From My Heart to Yours Vol. 1.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Poems of Love, From My Heart to Yours Vol.1. What is it about?

Kerry: My book is about two people in love who currently live on two different continents, who just happen to be my fiancée, Rukayatu and me.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Kerry: I met Rukayatu, my fiancee, online. We started to talk and eventually fell deeply in love. During one of our conversations I told her that I was a poet. So, she asked me to prove that to her. So, I did. The first poem that I wrote for her was titled “My Ruky Love.” Since that first poem, the number of poems that I have written for her is now well over three hundred. Thus, comes my first book of love poems, all written for the woman that I love. And the love story of Kerry and Rukayatu is yet unfolding.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Kerry: I browsed the internet and investigated a few publishers and decide that I would self-publish through Outskirts Press. I am very satisfied with that decision.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Kerry: Any and every one with a heart for love. My book is not only tells a story through poetry about two people in love who are separated by an ocean, it also delves into the subject of love on many levels and the different facets of love in general.

OP: What is special about your book?

Kerry: The one thing that makes my book special is the fact that it contains my feelings, my emotions, as well as the contents of my heart in the form of written words of poetry that I am literally sending from my heart to Rukayatu’s heart. Thus the title, Poems of Love, From My Heart to Yours. My book is also special because it is allowing the world to look inside of mine and Rukayatu’s love.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Kerry: The main thing that differentiates my book of love poems from all the others is the fact that Kerry and Rukayatu are not fictitious characters, but instead, two people who are deeply in love with each other and their sole goal is to make the distance and the time between them vanish and one day look into each other eyes and say these three words, I love you. One other thing that I will add. Yes, my book is about the love that exists between Rukayatu and I. But love, in all senses of the word, in my heart is my passion. If I were to ever give a speech or speak at a social gathering the only subject that I would care to speak about is love. In the synopsis of my book I wrote these words “Love is the greatest power on earth, but mankind, as of yet, has failed to harness it and reap its true rewards.” To me those are not just words, in a way, they are the essence of my very being.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Kerry: No, Poems of Love, From My Heart to Yours, is my first book to be published. There will be other volumes that will continue to tell the story of Kerry’s and Rukayatu’s love. Volumes 2 and 3 will be published in the near future. They have already been written.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Kerry: Yes, many more. As a matter of fact, Rukayatu and I will be jointly writing and publishing the complete story of our love in the form of a romance novel that will give a detailed account of all the things that we have gone through in the quest to have our love.

OP: Thanks for your time, Kerry! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

This book Poems of Love, From My Heart To Yours, Vol 1 is the first book to be published by Kerry C. Irons. Kerry grew up in the boot heel of Missouri so he has deep southern ties. Some would call him a country boy while others would say that he’s southern by the grace of God. Kerry served our great nation in the US Air Force for three years and has worked in several professions up to this point in his life. This book, being his first attempt, at the pursuit of a long-time dream and that dream has been to share a part of himself with the world. Kerry has attended two different colleges where he studied various subjects but the dream of writing over shadowed most of them. With the release of this book Kerry has taken the long-awaited step, of letting the world see into his heart.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/poemsoflovefrommyhearttoyours-vol1

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Internal Medicine Alert II by Ala Sarraj, MD

Technology has made it easier than ever to reach wider audiences no matter where they are in the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative ways, affordably and impactfully. This is where book tours come in: Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and more cost effective than ever!

Author Ala Sarraj is taking his latest book Internal Medicine Alert II, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Ala to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Ala’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Ala was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Internal Medicine Alert II.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Internal Medicine Alert II. What is it about?

Ala: Review and test prep in high yield format.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Ala: I felt there was a dire need to cut short the time for test and review preparation and more importantly the time to assimilate and acquire knowledge in those fields.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Ala: Through self-publishing Outskirts Press in 2016 and revised in 2018. Planning on revision every 2-3 years.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Ala: Internal Medicine residents, physicians and midlevel’s not to forget medical students as well.

OP: What is special about your book?

Ala: It’s special because of its unique setup to reflect simple and effective random notes creating strong line of mental associations in the facts that is set up like flash cards especially in the e-version format.

OP: What differentiates your book from other books?

Ala: From other series is its simplicity and high yield effectiveness in acquisition and fast recollection of all facts.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Ala: This book is part of Alert Medical Series (a 9 book series covering the fields of Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine and USMLE).

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Ala: Yes, I plan to publish more of this type of medical books not to mention revisions every 2-3 years, to stress the need for high yield effective medical knowledge trimming the unnecessary ‘fat’ of “would be, could be, to be determined, and alike,” And unwanted interjections.

OP: Thanks for your time, Ala! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

The Author: Ala Sarraj, MD, American board certified in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. He graduated from Damascus Univ. Med. School / Syria. Trained at Georgetown Univ. Dept. of Medicine / DC General hospital, Washington, DC, and Rush Univ. Med. center / Chicago. Dr. Sarraj is a full-time emergency medicine physician in Chicago metropolitan area since 1991. The Editor: The series was reviewed and edited by Maggy Shamekh, MD. A graduate, residency trained and holding master’s degree of family medicine from Cairo Univ. Med. School / Egypt. Performed collaboration research work between Cairo Univ. cancer institute and MD Anderson cancer center, Houston / Texas. Worked for the WHO for the eradication of polio in the Middle East. Dr. Shamekh is a diplomat in health care quality management from the American Univ. / Cairo.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/alertmedicalseries5

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miPhoneography by Eric Raddatz

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Author Eric Raddatz is taking his latest book miPhoneography, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Eric to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Eric’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Eric was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of miPhoneography.

OP: Tell us a little bit about miPhoneography. What is it about?

Eric: It is made up of an eclectic group of images made with iPhone technology and editing apps such as Snapseed.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Eric: I have been a photographer since the 70’s utilizing 35mm analog and digital SLR. In capturing the images, it has been me alone, a selfish endeavor, in the belief that I, like each of us, need to have something that is completely my own. But I don’t want to work in a vacuum, so I have entered contests, displayed in group and solo exhibitions in the US and the EU and have received a number of awards. This work reflects the changes in our world that were brought about by the smartphone cameras’ growth and enhancements. I wanted to share my vision beyond the social media outlets — that large amounts of equipment are not necessary in creating fine art photography. Like the song says, “Love the one you’re with!”

OP: How did you get your book published?

Eric: I looked up self-publishing on Google and found Outskirts Press and inquired. They returned stating their interest. They were great. You actually get to talk to a real person who guides you through the process from beginning to publishing, and even after, and all with patience and grace. Also, you get to spend a goodly amount of money but it was most definitely worth it.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Eric: I hope that any person into photography whether SLR or smartphone would
enjoy these pictures and the work involved. But also, any person who has given some thought to using their device beyond the snapshot and selfie would be inspired to step out and share their vision with us (though, granted, I have twisted the selfie for my art)

OP: What is special about your book?

Eric: I have seen any number of books or magazines devoted to the iPhone or the Droid in teaching the how and why. My vision is to share the result of my exploration and vision. The exposure beyond the community of mobile-artist to the general audience might truly bring new life and ways of seeing things differently.

OP: What differentiates your book?

Eric: It’s Mine

OP: Have you published any other books?

Eric: Yes. My first book was published through Blurb. It is the sharing of images and words of my mother’s passing “Memories Dying Dream.” I shot it using a flip phone which of course has its limitations, but I was able to surmount them and produce a meaningful and heartfelt experience both as a book and an exhibition. The second one I also produced through Blurb, “Eric L. Raddatz Photography: A Retrospective.” In it are images from my days using 35mm SLR and Digital SLR plus some early iPhone, both of the cameras and lenses are tucked away in a drawer of my dresser.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Eric: I continue to go out and explore my world through my lense (s) and am always discovering new images and ideas. I love taking time to rework the images to create something totally new. The possibility of additional publications is ever present. I will take it one book at a time.

OP: Thanks for your time, Eric! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Eric Raddatz lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife, Bonnie. They have three children who are off on their own adventures. Eric works as Chaplain for Heartland Hospice. Photography has been his way of taking care of himself in the face of the issues that challenge the individuals he serves, finding peace and comfort as he walks the greenways and streets in the world in which he lives.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/miphoneography

This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour marketing option, which allows self-publishing authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking their book on the “virtual road.” Learn more about this service by visiting your Publishing Center and reviewing the available marketing options.

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Here Comes Ingo by Odeta Xheka

Technology has made it easier than ever to reach wider audiences no matter where they are in the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative ways, affordably and impactfully. This is where book tours come in: Tours are a great way to connect with your readers, and technology has made them easier and more cost effective than ever!

Author Odeta Xheka is taking her latest book Here Comes Ingo, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Odeta to take her book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of her own home! Keep an eye out for Odeta’s book as she will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Odeta was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Here Comes Ingo.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Here Comes Ingo. What is it about?

Odeta: Here Comes Ingo is the story of Ingo, a scarlet macaw who while nursing her eggs in the hole of a dead canopy tree drifts off to sleep and dreams of flying about into the lush evergreen forest she calls home. Ingo’s dream is a beautiful visual story that exemplifies a progression of thinking leading towards love, kindness and inclusion because the world needs more empathetic, understanding and tolerant children. At first, things may not seem to make much sense. After all, it is not every day that 4-8-year olds get to come face to face with a shark eating cupcakes with gusto or a merry band of birds & frogs piggybacking on a chubby fish or even a solitary wolf improbably wrapped in a rainbow. Yet, page after page of exquisitely crafted compositions encourage children to resist feeling discouraged or scared in front of the unexpected and the unknown. Much like Ingo, they are to rely on their own ability to embrace what at first may seem strange in order to fully enjoy the book. Equally importantly, Ingo’s flying adventures invite children to put their thinking hats on and figure out what the characters are thinking, feeling and doing thus teaching them about setting, structure flow and attention to detail. As with the best of books, at the conclusion of the story, the journey is not over. Ingo invites children to visit again, and again in order to expand on Ingo’s dream world following into the tradition of classic books such as Good Night, Gorilla, The Adventures of Polo, Tuesday, Where’s Walrus, Sea of Dreams and The Red Book.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Odeta: I believe that all books for children should offer a truthful depiction of reality all the while promoting a positive worldview. Here Comes Ingo is my honest attempt as an artist and a parent of young children to provide my young readers with a set of creative tools that can serve them in the future to push back against intolerance based on fear of the unknown. At the same time, this book is uniquely crafted to embrace children’s imagination and their innate sense of coloring, wonder and fun as they are invited to expand the story by drawing, coloring and painting on the page.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Odeta: This time around, I decided to go the self- publishing route in order to have complete artistic control over the aesthetics of what is for all purposes an art book. I am very happy with the way each paper collage stands out as a unique illustration drenched in superb colors.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Odeta: I believe that artistic expression is a crucial part of human development and while Here Comes Ingo is officially intended for 4-8-year olds, this picture book strives to create a sensory experience for the whole family. In conjunction with wall decals available through my art store the book illustrations create an interactive space for children to become the artist, not simply observe the art. Children, parents, grandparents, guardians and sitters alike are encouraged to incorporate Ingo and her friends into their everyday lives through play, crafting, games, writing, coloring, drawing and doodling on each picture. Ideal for kindergarten and grade school children this book may also be especially helpful to teachers who seek out opportunities for art projects, creative writing and other education avenues that grip young readers’ imagination while teaching them valuable lessons about comprehension (look at this picture- what do you think is happening?), predicting (what do you think will happen next?), inferring (what makes you think that?), reasoning (what do you think that happened?), sequencing (what happened first? next? last?)

OP: What is special about your book?

Odeta: The book has a very clear message, that of open mindedness in front of the unknown- a most timely message. At a time when old and young alike are continuously asked to think of the immigrant, the gender fluid, the poor, “the other” in terms that instill fear and confusion, Here Comes Ingo is the type of book that allocates agency to its young readers. The message is clear albeit a bit more direct and maybe a little less preachy than most books for young children. Let’s just say that as a longtime fan of Maurice Sendak and mother to a very inquisitive 8-year-old. boy and 6-year-old. girl I don’t believe in sugar coating reality. To me, this is another way of approaching children with truth, honesty and authenticity. Real life is not just colorful and happy; life also has darkness. I don’t believe we should coddle children and shelter them from life. With this book, I intend to make it safe for children to face things with their eyes open and to accept that things can be confusing and that not “getting” something at first glance is totally acceptable. They are invited to look harder, probe deeper and make sense of what is in front of them.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Odeta: Although Here Comes Ingo is technically a picture book for children, it can easily qualify as an art book. This book is a well-orchestrated visual story that familiarizes children with figurative collage, an ancient art technique. Each illustration is a multilayered collage on paper (made by hand) with special attention paid to the Disney-like palette and the carefully orchestrated arrangement of various animal, insects, birds, grass and trees paper cut outs in order to come up with a final composition that is as Surreal as it is imbued in suggestive possibilities. In other words, each book page collage is “a painting made with scissors” as Henri Matisse famously put it in reference to his paper compositions. Here Comes Ingo‘s artistic language is very inclusive and issues an open invitation to the readers to add to the story and take it as far as their imagination can stretch.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Odeta: Yes, years and years ago. It’s a collection of short poems. Although it was written in another land, another language and another cultural & social milieu Bosh Me Te Bardhe (Whitening Emptiness) offers clear parallels with Here Comes Ingo, my most recent book for children. It goes to show that I have always felt a sense of responsibility in tackling “heavy subjects” in order to come up with insightful and honest depictions of reality.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Odeta: Most definitely. I am already mapping out (visual) ideas about my next book. I’m at the stage when the giddiness of infinite creative avenues has not yet been dampened by the technical and practical aspects of bringing a book to life so my imagination is going wild. No matter the final direction of this next book, just like Here Comes Ingo, it will extend children the same message of being understanding, tolerant and kind beings.

OP: Thanks for your time, Odeta! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Odeta Xheka is a mother, visual storyteller and fine artist who is busy raising her children and nurturing her art practice.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/herecomesingo or Odeta Xheka Visuals.

This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour marketing option, which allows self-publishing authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking their book on the “virtual road.” Learn more about this service by visiting your Publishing Center and reviewing the available marketing options.

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