Wednesday, February 10, 2016

#‎B2BCYCON‬ Book Spotlight for I'm Not Your "Baby"



Today I have another Brain to Books Cyber Convention author feature. Remember, this great event for authors and readers alike is coming to Goodreads this April, on the 8th, 9th and 10th. Be sure to check out all the details and pertinent links for the event here: http://www.angelabchrysler.com/brain-to-books-cyber-convention-2016/



Now on with the main event, our Brain to Books author feature.


Today I have a great spotlight on the tense and compelling memoir, I'm Not Your "Baby" by Joy Jennings


I'm Not Your "Baby": An Australian woman's tortured life of sexual harassment and assault by Joy Jennings

This is a personal memoir already creating great interest among readers, reviewers, journalists, magazine publishers and even the US Army! This memoir has been quoted as "The key that will open Pandora's box for all women!" and "ALL men should read this book!"

In this suspenseful and riveting memoir about a blonde-haired, blue-eyed Australian beach girl, Joy faces the battle of her life against the not-so-friendly bronzed Aussie bloke.
Through her raw, dark stories of frightening sexual assaults, shocking rapes, non-stop abuse, violation and street harassment, Joy Jennings shares of how she tried to make her way in her coastal home town, while being hounded, followed and tormented at every turn.
Her powerfully moving story throws you into a world of tradies, hoons and bogans, who behave in the world’s most vile, vulgar and sexist of ways. With her candid and compelling recollections of being choked to within an inch of her life, having her car window smashed into her face, being stalked and having men rip the very clothes from her body, this memoir will not only keep you captivated, but also astonish you with every page.
Readers will be taken on an unrelenting ride as they share Joy’s emotional journey. I’m Not Your “Baby” will have you fighting for our author who, with a determined heart, never gives up hope of finding love, peace and ultimate happiness.
This is not a story about demonizing the Australian male, but one that humanizes the victims.

Available at: Amazon.comAmazon.caAmazon.co.uk, Amazon Australia and across Europe. Also available on Kobo




Author Bio:

Joy Jennings was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. At seventeen, Joy and her family moved to Queensland where she spent over thirty years living on the Gold Coast. Following in the footsteps of her father, published author and newspaper columnist, Joy realized her own talents as a writer with the debut of her artfully crafted memoir.

Joy's memoir was written with the hope of being able to encourage women in similar and all too familiar situations to speak up and learn from her mistakes of remaining silent. Joy battled against not only almost every male she encountered, but fear, anxiety and depression as a result of her continued assaults. By offering her story to the world, she hopes to prompt women to fight for not only themselves, but for a shift in male attitudes and behaviours worldwide.





Excerpt

Please note that this book is a very raw and explicit memoir

Some explicit content removed for the purpose of PG-15 audiences

However readers may still find this disturbing


The disadvantage of being an Aussie beach chick was that when I did go out anywhere alone, I became vulnerable to the onslaught of street harassment from every Australian male who passed me by. It didn’t matter where I went or what I wore, from light summer clothing through to baggy T-shirts and sweat pants, it was as though I had no right to walk the streets without being a target of sexually charged harassment.
It didn’t only happen on the coast. I remember being harassed back in Melbourne starting at around the age of thirteen. The odd car would honk as it drove past, and some bloke would whistle at me, which I didn’t like. If I said anything to either one of my sisters, I was just told to take as a compliment. I tried to at first, but the car toots and whistles increased in both frequency and intensity with every year, and it really started to wear me down.
When I turned seventeen and first moved to the coast, the harassment increased tremendously, and I soon had all manner of men, of all ages, whistling, tooting and yelling out at me. Their comments were sexist, lewd and really quite vile.
“Hey baby, show us your pink bits!”
“Hey baby, wiggle that hot ass. You’re getting us hard!”
The invidious comments weren’t exclusive to Australian men, but they certainly were responsible for the crudest of them. Men anywhere from sixteen to seventy-six were all taking part in objectifying not only me, but many other women, my friends included. The very worst of it would usually come from the young Aussie men in their late teens and early twenties, who had absolutely no idea how to behave in public, especially in front of a lady.
There were also the physical assaults. If I was standing in a busy store or crowded place, especially on public transport, I would have my bottom pinched, my breasts groped, crotches rubbed against me, and propositions for sex and other lewd and vile remarks whispered in my ear. When I was at work, I had guys leaping over the counter to kiss my cheek or smell my neck, and I was hit on continually.
Quite often, I was followed by males who would make disgusting remarks.

These so-called compliments were never something I found cute, funny or complimentary, but rather insulting, intimidating, abusive, rude, insensitive and vulgar. No woman deserves it, and it wasn’t something I should have expected because I was born female.
Many leered and snickered and called me over like a dog. Some would grab their crotches and ask me if I wanted some. They whistled, hooted and hollered and made sexual gestures with their hands, fingers, mouths and tongues.


I'd like to thank  Joy Jennings for sharing her book with us, and be sure to check out her virtual booth at the convention this April.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Interview With Author Lenita Sheridan #‎B2BCYCON‬

Over the next couple of months I will be doing a series of author features on this blog and over at my other blog Are You Afraid of the Dark?  

Why you ask?


Here’s why…



A great event for authors and readers alike is afoot in the virtual world. Coming this April, on the 8th, 9th and 10th, is the Brain to Books Cyber Convention. Being held on Goodreads, with adjunct events on Facebook and elsewhere, it works much like a real world convention only online. With “author booths”, panels, readings, and more, it will be a fabulous gathering for all book lovers. 

You can find all the details and pertinent links for the groups here:

Just be sure to join both Goodreads groups if you are an author.
One is for convention preparations and information, and the other is the convention site itself.




Now on with the main event, our first Brain to Books author feature. 



Today I have a great interview with middle grade fantasy author Lenita Sheridan. Enjoy...


Interview with Author Lenita Sheridan





Why don't you begin by sharing a little about yourself.
I live on Whidbey Island where I own a house. I have a dog, whom I enjoy walking every day. As well as being a writer, I am a substitute teacher and caregiver. I am active in my church, singing in the choir, and making crafts for the holiday bazaar. I also like to read and listen to music, especially classical and Celtic folk music (as well as some occasional rock and roll).



Of all the books you've written, do you have a favourite?
Yes, the first Guardian of the Gauntlet book would be my favourite and that is because it has the best humor in it of all the books. I was younger when I wrote it, and because of that it has a lighter tone.

What do you enjoy most about writing in the fantasy genre?
I like using my imagination. It is such fun to make up things.

Who is your intended readership?
I write for middle grade students. Children as young as nine might enjoy the books, if they are at a high enough reading level. However, adults have enjoyed these books as well.

What did you hope to accomplish by publishing your books?
I hoped that young girls would read the books and realize that life is easier when you have faith in a higher power and believe in yourself as well. I also hoped to spread the message that once one believes it is important to put that faith to work and, thus, do good, as is the reason for the second book.

When did you realize you wanted to become a writer?
I decided to be a writer in fifth grade, when I was eleven. I had a wonderful fifth grade teacher who had us write a lot. I wanted to be like my grandfather Maxwell Sheridan who published in science fiction. At the time I wanted to write science fiction as well; it wasn't until I was in my twenties that I started writing fantasy.

Do you have a favourite author or writing inspiration?
C.S. Lewis, but my main inspiration is God. I get all my ideas from Him.

What advice would you give beginning writers?
I would give them two pieces of advice. The first one is: think of the synopsis or blurb for your book. Then try to step outside yourself and think for a moment how someone else might view that book. You may decide you need to make some changes.
The second is: if you are going to self-publish, thoroughly research the different companies that offer self-publishing. Make sure you can make a profit after seeing their prices.

Are you working on another book?
I am finishing the last book in the Guardian of the Gauntlet trilogy. It is about the parable of the Wedding Feast. It is a little darker than the other books in the trilogy. I will do a "blurb reveal" and a "map reveal" during the Cyber Convention. Until then, I'm not saying another word.


Author Bio:



Though Lenita Sheridan was born in Seattle, she spent most of her growing up years in Fairbanks, Alaska. Her father had gotten a position as a physics professor at the University of Alaska. When she was ten, the family moved out to the Goldstream Valley, outside of Fairbanks, where her parents had purchased six and a half acres of land. It was all woods, except for a small clearing for the house the family built. Lenita Sheridan loved playing in the woods there. The forest was a source of inspiration and imagination for her. Lenita Sheridan was raised in a Christian home and became a Christian herself when she was eleven.

When she was in her twenties, Lenita Sheridan moved back to Washington State to look for a teaching position. While she was waiting to hear about positions, she substitute taught. During a snowstorm, when school was closed she started Guardian of the Gauntlet. That book was to become her master's thesis as she was accepted into graduate school at the University of Washington. She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.





Guardian of the Gauntlet




The Guardian of the Gauntlet books are about a special gauntlet, which only works if one believes in a higher power.
Each book is based on a parable from the Bible. They are also about the princes and princesses, and their adventures. The fantasy world in which the gauntlet exists is one of author created flora and fauna.
Princess Camari is the main heroine throughout the books, and Prince Isryk the main hero. In the first book, when Prince Denir turns Camari invisible with the gauntlet and then goes off to war, Camari is left in quite a predicament. She must learn, not only how to make herself visible again, but how to outwit two wicked characters.

Available on Amazon:



I'd like to thank Lenita Sheridan for stopping by today, and be sure to check out her virtual booth at the convention this April.


And that concludes our first Brain to Books author feature.
Do check back here and over at Are You Afraid of the Dark? for more in the coming weeks.




Monday, January 25, 2016

Robbie Burns Day: Far From Home

In honour of Robbie Burns Day, I present some poetry, and some music...




Far From Home


Across the sea I’ve wandered deep
I raced away from hills and sheep 
Now in this hour along
rise memories I dared to keep,
and tears I thought I’d never weep
wrapped in a highland song



© A. F. Stewart 2016 All Rights Reserved







Echoes of the Heart


I know the blooming heather calls to me
and I long to see the wild mountain thyme
that grows on the hills far past Dundee
I know the blooming heather calls to me
With a sprig of plant in my hair flowing free
to be in those highland hills I ache to climb
I know the blooming heather calls to me
and I long to see the wild mountain thyme



© A. F. Stewart 2016 All Rights Reserved




Bruce & Dylan Guthro -Wild Mountain Thyme- Tønder

http://bruceguthro.com




Sunday, December 20, 2015

Have a Merry Star Wars Christmas!

The following is a reworking of my poem The Twelve Days of Geekness (itself a humorous reworking of The Twelve Days of Christmas). Enjoy.



The Twelve Days of Star Wars



(To be sung as a duet, with one singer singing in the traditional Twelve Days of Christmas style, and the other doing spoken asides of the words in brackets. The last two lines are spoken.)



On the twelfth day of Christmas my true fan gave to me...

Twelve Senators Squabbling (over who gets the last Christmas cookie)
Eleven Jedi Mind Tricks (those aren’t the droids you’re looking for)
Ten Ships a-Battling (to complete the infamous Kessel run)
Nine Tauntauns Running (remember, dress warmly on Hoth)
Eight Rebels Plotting (a moment of silence for the Bothans)
Seven Blasters Shooting (and Greedo’s dead!)
Six Jawas Trading (but no sand people thank goodness)
Five Bad Feelings (that’s no moon, it’s a space station)
Four Tie Fighters (plus, Darth Vader too!)
Three Lightsabers (don’t cut off a hand now)
Two Stormtroopers (with very bad aim)
And a Sith Lord in a Death Star (I find your lack of faith disturbing)


I’m going to need more room on my collectables shelf (you got that right).


© A. F. Stewart 2015 All Rights Reserved 








Sunday, November 22, 2015

A Rewording Life: Finding Meaning in the Wor(l)d

A long time ago, in this galaxy... I was asked to contribute to this idea of a book, A Rewording Life. The concept of the tome was born in the brain of Sheryl Gordon, who wanted to compile a book that explored the intricacies of language and its nuances. Each contributor to the book was given a word, and asked to write a sentence to showcase it. It was a unique and fascinating project, and I was glad to participate.

And now, it's finally a ready reality. 

That's right, (or maybe even write), A Rewording Life: Finding Meaning in the Wor(l)d is available for the reading public. Now 1,080 cool Canadian contributors (consisting of writers, musicians, comedians, and more) lurk within the pages of A Rewording Life waiting for you to discover their piece of the large vocabulary within. Some of the more famous names include, Alan Doyle, Colin Mochrie, Ron James, Jane Urquhart and Robert Bateman (plus a few of my fellow author acquaintances such as Axel Howerton, Denysé Bridger, Sarah Butland and Steve Vernon).




So how did this book project come to be?


In Sheryl Gordon's own words, she describes the inspiration for the book:

"I want to disentangle words that, for one reason or another, bewilder me. I also want to raise money for the Alzheimer Society of Canada, to honour my mom, who lost all of her words in the end."

Yes, fifty percent of the profits of this book are going to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, so not only is this a cool book and an interesting experiment in language, it also supports a good cause. So get out there ans snag yourself a copy today!

You can check out the website or Facebook page for updates and more information. 

You can check out Sheryl Gordon on Twitter



You can find A Rewording Life: Finding Meaning in the Wor(l)d at:


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Poems For Remembrance Day


For Remembrance Day, I offer two poems...





Why the Poppies Blow

They marched as brothers
across the broad battlefield
Death whispered in their ear,
farewell followed their footsteps
United, they held fast the line
Forever—Duty, Honour, Sacrifice,
defending their country and kin

~*~




Commemoration

That sunset bleeds into the fading light
evermore chased by the trumpet’s note
Soldier’s mournful echo across the night
that sunset bleeds into the fading light
Bravery’s song forever takes flight
the music upon the heavens wrote
That sunset bleeds into the fading light
evermore chased by the trumpet’s note

~*~ 


Lest We Forget




© A. F. Stewart 2015 All Rights Reserved

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