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On Tour! MP Author Gary R. Lowell

On Tour August 17th-21st

Author  Gary R. Lowell

Full Moon Publishing LLC

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Dr. Lowell was born and raised on a small dairy farm outside of Modesto, California.  He attended high school in Glendora, California and subsequently received a B.S. degree in geology from San Jose State.   His passion for rocks and minerals led him to the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro where he received a Ph.D degree in geology three years later.  A long academic career followed at Southeast Missouri State and the University of Texas-Arlington that included numerous consulting jobs for mineral industry.  Dr. Lowell has published more than 100 scientific works but the present story marks his first foray into the world of fiction.   He reads widely and is especially fond of 19th century classic literature.  His favorite books are Les Miserables and My Ántonia.  .Dr. Lowell and his wife Vicki live in Arlington, Texas; their two adult children live nearby.


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This is a story of a university professor who becomes severely apprehensive as retirement from academia approaches.  He fears that his lifetime of study will be for naught when he steps away from the podium.  The professor’s imagination invents an alter ego in the form of a Heidelberg-educated professor who just happens to be a coyote. With their inflated egos at full mast, the two professors clash, debate, and insult each other throughout an outrageous dream sequence extending over several years. In the end, rationality prevails and the two professors accept retirement as a “natural consequence” of academic life and part as friends.


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Promotion August 17th-21st

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On Tour April 13th-17th


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LENA GERMAINE CLARK is an author, and has worked with individuals diagnosed with mental illness for 17 years. She has another book forthcoming in a few months, titled What’s on your Mind?

When she’s not encouraging or motivating others, she is writing, she’s most likely on the move doing what she loves being a voice for mental illness. She enjoys spending time with her mother and her children Amaryst, Arielle, Noah and Genesis. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, skydiving, writing, reading, cooking and listening to jazz.

Member of NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness)
Member of Atlanta Business League (ABL)
Member of Association of Professional Women
Member of National Association of Women Business Owners
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This is one of the most heartfelt books I have read. Lena’s takes you on her journey of love, frustration, pain, and the infinite love of God as she tells you her story. Her words illuminate strength and the courage to reach out to others who may be struggling trying to understand a major mental health issue such as suicide. I feel her passion and respect the work she has done to bring this issue to the forefront. She reminds us that this is real and help must come quickly if we are to truly save those who have nowhere to turn because of the taboo of mental health care even in our churches where we have run for so many times for safety. Lena guides us through her journey combining the academic and spiritual focus that helps to heal the soul. There is healing needed for the hurting heart as Lena clearly makes it plain. Once read, you will never forget this story of the brave woman who shares passion, pain, and desires so sincerely to make a difference. You will want to read this phenomenal book over and over again. Dr. Belinda Ross, Clinical Psychologist.

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(MaverickPromotions) Guest Post Interview with Troy Evans, the main character of the Protective Detective Series by Yolonda Tonette Sanders!

On Tour January 05th-09th

Author  Yolonda Tonette Sanders

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Yolonda Tonette Sanders took a leap of faith by resigning from her job with the State of Ohio to focus more on writing. It was a leap that she has never regretted, as several of her novels have been published, including Soul Matters, Secrets of a Sinner, and In Times of Trouble. All of her books have appeared on Essence’s bestseller list. Currently, Yolonda resides in Columbus, Ohio, and is the loving wife of David, proud mother of Tre and Tia, and joyful caregiver of her mother, Wilene.


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The second in Essence bestselling author Yolonda Tonette Sanders’s Protective Detective series featuring Troy Evans, this suspenseful novel shows the devastation domestic violence can cause and how sometimes, mistakes of the past cannot be undone.

For over thirty years, Detective Troy Evans has been haunted by the disappearance of Elana Campbell. The younger sister of his best friend, eight-year-old Elana stormed out of the house one August afternoon and that was the last they saw of her…until her body was found several weeks later off the Texan highway in a place known as the Killing Fields.

With no suspects or leads, the Campbells hire private investigator B.K. Ashburn, and Troy heads back to his hometown of Houston to assist with the case. While there, he reluctantly begins to build a relationship with his father, whom he’s spent his entire life hating. Meanwhile, Troy keeps running into dead ends on Elana’s case, except for a gut feeling that Elana’s disappearance all those years ago had to do with a member of her own dysfunctional family.

As Troy and B.K. begin to dig into the pasts of the Campbells’ relatives, they uncover painful secrets that could destroy relationships. And when the culprit is finally revealed, the discovery will leave everyone wondering if perhaps some mysteries should remain unsolved…

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Interview with Troy Evans, the main character of the Protective Detective Series by Yolonda Tonette Sanders.

Please tell about yourself. I love my wife and children more than anything else in this world. Having so many bad guys on the street concern me about their safety. I feel like each criminal I help capture is one less monster I have to worry about potentially harming my family.

How do you feel having a series created just for you? Excited and nervous all at the same time. I’m excited because it’s an honor, for sure. I went from being a major secondary character in Secrets of a Sinner to being the person around which the entire series is based. I’m nervous because now readers are exposed to more of my flaws. Plus, I’m forced to deal with painful issues of my past, especially in Day of Atonement.

If you could work with any other detective in the world who would it be? That’s an easy one! No doubt it would be Detective Adrian Monk from the television series, Monk. He’s a quirky guy, but his attention to detail is admirable. In addition, the show is one of my creator’s absolute favorites and I know Yolonda would have a ball having Adrian Monk and I work side-by-side.

What do you do in your spare time? Besides exercising, I’m usually watching basketball or playing it on my Xbox.

What is one thing your fans do not know about you? Umm… I can’t answer on the grounds that I will incriminate myself, so I must take this moment to invoke my 5th amendment constitutional rights.

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Promotion January 05th-09th

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On Tour! Guest Post by Author Rich Marcello!

On Tour November 17th-21st

Author Rich Marcello 


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If Rich Marcello could choose only one creative mentor, he’d give the role to Jonathan Richmond and the Modern Lovers. This is not only because he currently resides in New England, where Jonathan started, but because of his life as a contemporary fiction author, poet and songwriter, whose literary inspiration often stems from songs he’s written. Rich grew up in New Jersey surrounded by song and word.

For a while it seemed right to travel the musician’s path, especially during his stint in his college folk group, at The University of Notre Dame, where he wrote and recorded his first original songs. But, as is true for many musicians, graduation led him down a different road, one on which he found his love for high technology. There, he enjoyed a successful career as a technology executive, managing several multi-billion dollar businesses for Fortune 500 companies.

During his time in technology he never stopped creating art, and eventually his love for song and the written word grew to the point where he walked away from his first career to pursue poetry, song, and fiction with the same enthusiasm and discipline he demonstrated in business. In The Color Of Home, his literary voice melds all three together with honest generative dialogue, poetic sensory detail, and “unforgettable characters who seem to know the complete song catalog of Lennon or Cohen.”

He’s currently working on his third novel, The Beauty of the Fall.


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Paige is a rock star. The world just doesn’t know it yet. She’s got the charisma, the drive, and, of course, the mega-musical skills. All she needs is to make her debut album, one that will change the world, inspire revolutions–and make her galactically famous along the way.

When John Bustin, a former semi-famous singer/songwriter offers to record Paige’s album for free, it feels like destiny, like the next step on her way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Guitar in hand, Paige sets off to John’s recording compound, ready to unfold her future.

But the ever-elusive John, with his mysterious history, and Paige, a big dreamer but naive about her footing in life, clash as much as they coalesce. Before they can change the world through Paige’s music, the improbable duo must learn to work together.

A coming of age story and retrospective, The Big Wide Calm focuses on human nature and the complexities of love through the eyes of young and old on the journey of creating the perfect album.


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On Characters

Lately, I’ve been pondering the notion of getting close to a character, which characters are considered iconic, and which ones we can get close to and befriend. What makes us get close to a character? In my last post, I mentioned the bands that Paige loved in The Big Wide Calm, and how that brought me closer to her because we like the same music. What other qualities do you as readers find likable or relatable in characters? Their preferences? Their home life or social life? I guess for me the home life of a character helps me relate to them more. If I’m able to see inside their bedroom, or see inside their heads, see what kind of people they hang out with. The more details, the better, because when I read a book, I want to get sucked into that world and befriend the characters, feel safe with them.

There are some literary characters that are supposed to be at least somewhat relatable but have become so iconic that it’s hard to pull them down from that pedestal, to your level. Holden Caufield comes to mind. He’s supposed to be a young misfit, but that book is so loaded and held up so high that it’s hard to reach him. He’s like a literary rockstar.

What do you think about getting close to characters? How about befriending them? Do you think you can befriend characters or is that a little too nerdy for you?

The presence of music in books.

Lately, with the upcoming release of The Big Wide Calm: A Novel, I’ve been pondering the presence of artistic mediums living in other artistic mediums. I mean, living, breathing, being a presence within the book. In TBWC, Paige is a musician and her musical influences are constantly present in her life: Led Zeppelin, Aimee Mann, Ani DiFranco. That’s one of the reasons why I enjoy the book so much. Knowing the music she loves brings me closer to her, makes her more real, and helps me to even have those “I totally get it” moments in the book which is awesome. Having characters as friends is awesome.

This got me thinking of some other books where music is a huge, living, breathing presence in the book. These are a few I’ve read, and these are fiction pieces. If I got into all the memoirs and biographies this post would be never-ending.

1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower: this one’s a no-brainer. Though YA, this book is incredible. The protagonist, Charlie, loves mix tapes and makes them for his new friends. He especially loves “Asleep” by The Smiths. The Smiths are depressing and amazing and this book is a pretty defining piece of literature, and music is one of Charlie’s closest friends.

2. High Fidelity: another obvious choice. Rob Fleming is constantly making songs and playlists, organizing his record collection and gushing about rare demos. He works in a record store. He is the music geek to end all music geeks.

3. The Exes: a book about a rock group comprised entirely of ex couples. Drama, guitars, enough said.

4. Paint it Black: a (gorgeous but depressing) novel about  Josie, a punk rock denizen in LA coping with the death of her artist boyfriend. She loves The Germs, has bleach blonde hair and is trying to build a future for herself.

5.  Hairstyles of the Damned: Brian is your typical teen outcast, knee deep in punk rock music. He falls in love with Gretchen, a foul mouth chick who constantly gets into fights. Each chapter heading begins with playlists consisting of punk gems by bands like The Misfits and The Clash.

What other books have music as a presence? Do you think adding in elements like a character’s musical preference makes them more relatable?

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Promotion November 17th-21st

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