Love Liberty & Lip Gloss: Diane Student Talks ‘The Shattering’

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Lisa and I had a blast interviewing debut author and Writestream Publishing client Diane Student about her Young Adult/Steampunk/Dystopia novel, The Shattering on Love Liberty & Lip Gloss.

Released on July 1, it’s the first in the Lewis Chronicles series, centering on a 15 year-old girl named Harper Lewis:

What if you woke up in a different world – only it wasn’t a different world? For fifteen year-old Harper Lewis, that’s the dilemma she faces upon awaking in a jail cell in the year 2050 after The Shattering. In this dystopian Earth of the future, strange creatures, airships, and steam set the backdrop for a war between two brutal factions: the inhuman Dagon and the immortality-obsessed Malucians.

With the help of newfound friends Z, Cricket, Baldr, Annie Devlin, and Captain Yazu, Harper must fight her way out of this prison and find her way back home to 2013. But when circumstances conspire to test her will, she finds herself in an unenviable position: Should she risk a return home, or join her friends in battle against the evil forces of the Malucians, led by the despotic Donald Carver, and the cyborg legion of the Dagon, led by the demonic Abaddon?

If you missed the interview, click below to listen. Aside from her book, Diane shared her thoughts on the writing process, social media, independent publishing, podcasting and more. Enjoy!

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Coming Soon: Miami Breast Cancer Experts

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Incredibly excited about this new Writestream Publishing project:

Writestream Publishing co-founders Lisa Tarves and Daria Anne are pleased to announce their collaboration with authors Cindy Papale-Hammontree (The Empty Cup Runneth Over) and Sabrina Hernandez-Cano on their forthcoming book, Miami Breast Cancer Experts.

Scheduled for a Fall 2015 release, the book is filled with practical and clinical information every woman coping with breast cancer needs to know, along with tips on how to maintain peace of mind, honor one’s sexuality, and practice mindfulness during the process of treatment and recovery. Contributors include medical professionals, psychologists, and breast cancer survivors.

We’re looking forward to publishing this timely and important breast cancer guide and will release more information as we get closer to the publication date. Cindy and Sabrina will also be featured on several programs on the Writestream Radio Network. Stay tuned!

For more information, visit Writestream Publishing. Do you have a story to tell? Contact us here.

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Thank you, Showstopper Photography!

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A few weeks ago, Lisa Tarves and I had a professional photo shoot with Showstopper Photography — one of the many items on our ‘To Do List’ while I’m visiting PA. If you live anywhere near Pottstown, I highly recommend them! Owner Chris was professional, fun, and creative. Since I’m not one who enjoys posing for formal pictures, I really appreciated that!

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It’s nice to have updated photos for professional use — especially now that biz is taking off (more on that later)!

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Visit Showstopper Photography for more information.

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The Ravine: A Novel of Evil, Hope, and The Afterlife

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Today I posted a book review on Amazon for The Ravine: A Novel of Evil, Hope, and The Afterlife by Robert Pascuzzi:

Forgiveness is a concept that seems to be everywhere these days, whether in books, Facebook memes, or at the pulpit. No matter what their religious or spiritual tradition, most of us can agree on the necessity of forgiveness in the human experience.

But what does it really mean? And how can someone forgive a crime like the horrific murder of one’s own wife and child?

In his compelling fictional novel The Ravine, author Robert Pascuzzi delves deeply for answers to these questions, drawing from the teachings of Jesus in Scripture. Understanding the difficulties most of us have in offering forgiveness for much lesser transgressions than murder, the author presents a realistic portrayal of characters struggling to process the reality of two brutal murders and a suicide by a very close friend.

Along the way, readers encounter supernatural occurrences, along with a psychically gifted character who acts as a bridge between God and the grief-and-anger stricken. While I would like to have seen the character of Tony throughout the course of the novel (he’s the brother of the murderer) and witnessed his spiritual development in the aftermath of the crimes, Pascuzzi does a nice job portraying its effects upon the offender’s two best friends, who nearly lose their marriage in the fallout.

Readers may be put off by what appears to be “The Devil Made Me Do It” excuse, but I viewed this as one man’s inability to use his God-given free will to say “No” to evil and listen to the word of God instead of the directives of The Enemy. I found the book to be a fascinating ride through this imperfect earthly life, with the promise of heaven via forgiveness. It’s filled with hope that life does not end but rather changes form, while it affirms God’s promise to his faithful. A highly recommended read.

Today, I interviewed Robert Pascuzzi on Writestream. Click below to listen to a thought-provoking discussion.

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‘The Shattering’ by Diane Student in Kindle and Paperback

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I was very proud to edit my good friend Diane Student’s debut novel, The Shattering – a fascinating Young Adult/Steampunk/Dystopia featuring an impressive 15 year-old female protagonist and a cast of compelling characters. It’s a new twist on the good versus evil theme, set far into the future:

What if you woke up in a different world – only it wasn’t a different world? For fifteen year-old Harper Lewis, that’s the dilemma she faces upon awaking in a jail cell in the year 2050 after The Shattering. In this dystopian Earth of the future, strange creatures, airships, and steam set the backdrop for a war between two brutal factions: the inhuman Dagon and the immortality-obsessed Malucians.

With the help of newfound friends Z, Cricket, Baldr, Annie Devlin, and Captain Yazu, Harper must fight her way out of this prison and find her way back home to 2013. But when circumstances conspire to test her will, she finds herself in an unenviable position: Should she risk a return home, or join her friends in battle against the evil forces of the Malucians, led by the despotic Donald Carver, and the cyborg legion of the Dagon, led by the demonic Abaddon?

To order an autographed paperback copy, visit Dianverse.com. Find it on Kindle at Amazon. It’s also available as a paperback on Create Space as it will be on Amazon soon.

Congrats to my amazing friend and client!

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