Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Guest Post: Mike Hartner, author of I, Mary

Title: I, Mary
Author: Mike Hartner
Publisher: Eternity 4 Popsickle Publishing
Pages: 266
Genre: Historical Romance

Mary Crofter's first trip on the water was just after her first birthday, when her parents came from her birthplace in Kilwa to Portsmouth. She's been on several trips from Portsmouth to London and other places since. She loves the water and the water seems to love her. Can she survive on the water? Will people ever take seriously a GIRL as a sailor? Will she ever come off the water? If she does, will the lure of the ocean draw her back?



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About the Author

Mike Hartner was born in Miami in 1965. He's traveled much of the continental United States. He has several years post secondary education, and experience teaching and tutoring young adults. Hartner has owned and run a computer firm for more than twenty-five years. He now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with his wife and child. They share the neighborhood and their son with his maternal grandparents.

His latest book is the historical romance, I, Mary.

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‘Write What You Want,’ says Rachel Thompson, author of Broken Pieces and Broken Places.   For her, it was a challenge.  She wrote both books about the effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse (#CSA).   And now, after both of those books have one numerous awards, she is truly exposed.   Her books and her life has prompted her support for Street Fighters, and now for her work with BookTrope as the Director of the Gravity Imprint to bring a voice to the survivors of abuse.  Rachel’s passion for her writings, and her work in supporting others, brings a great deal to her comment about writing what you want.  She walks the walk and talks the talk. And, in the end, she wrote what she wanted.

‘Write what you are passionate about.’ I have heard this many times.  And if you do write about things you’re passionate about, then the passion will come through in the writing.  I’m passionate about mathematics, and women in mathematics.  Find my blog on mikehartner.com and you’ll see the passion with Women in Mathematics.   I’m passionate about authors that I’ve connected with over the past three years on FaceBook and twitter, and at conferences.  I’m passionate about understanding other authors, because I believe if you know them and have talked to them, then you get a better sense of their writings and motivations and can enjoy their writings moreso.

Here are my current TOP 10 Authors.

·        Rachel Thompson (non-fiction):  Broken Pieces, and Broken Places.  Both books have such powerful prose that emotions will ride a roller-coaster through each verse.
·        Charity Langley (fiction.. vampires, werewolves etc…) Wicked Intentions is the first in The Abattoir ceries, and is a fantastic read. Her protagonist is Lauren, and she is a kick-ass, take no prisoners woman.  Fantastic read.
·        Jesikah Sundin (Fiction. Steampunk). The Biodome Chronicles now has two books: Legacy and Elements.  This series is reminiscent of Burroughs, and Bradbury, and I believe that Sundin’s name will be used with the same reverence soon.
·        Selah Tay-Song (Fiction, middle-Earth).  If Jesikah is today’s version of Bradbury or Burroughs, then Selah is the current successor to Tolkien.  Don’t believe me? Read the Dreams of QaiMaj series.
·        Bernadette Pajer (mystery):  Bernadette Pajer created the Professor Bradshaw  mysteries.   Professor Bradshaw is the current incarnation of Sherlock Holmes, and these books are written in Seattle around the early 1900s.  Fantastic reads.
·        Janet Shawgo (historical romance): Janet’s passion is nursing, since she is a nurse. Her Look For Me series is about nurses who go to the battlefields.
·        Leigh Ann Kopans.  (YA fiction). Herself a superhero (mom of four) her first two books were ONE and TWO and about a pair of superheroes.
·        Gina Cioccca (YA Fiction): Last Year’s Mistake is a touching teenage romance.
·        Dahlia Adler (YA Fiction): Behind The Scenes  is a great YA Hollywood star romance.
·        Wendy Delaney (Fiction: humorous):  Wendy Pokes fun at fiction, mystery, and small town lives with her book: Sex, Lies and Snickerdoodles).

Here is the bonus list:

·        Rob Slater (fictionL: Apocalypse) :  the Deserted Lands series is a great read.
·        Tom/Nancy Wise (Fiction: Sci-Fi):  Tom and Nancy involved the whole family in The Borealis Genome a great take on science in tomorrow’s world.
·        Michael Hurley (Fiction: Sailing): my first exposure to Michael was The Prodigal.  This is truly a fantastic story. 

You can find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mhartner1 or Twitter (@MHartnerAuthor).  Come, say hello, and tell me what your favorite current authors are.