I love Authors Interview 25 this is Noel Branham

I live Authors Interview 25. Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Noel Branham author of The Simple Soul of Susan.

I love Authors Interview 25

I love Authors Interview 25. Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Noel Branham author of The Simple Soul of Susan.

Welcome to I love Authors Interview 25. Today on the couch is Noel Branham author of The Simple Soul of Susan. This book is on tour with Celebrate Lit from May 10-23.  Click here to purchase your copy!

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Noel Branham author of The Simple Soul of Susan.

It is a pleasure to have you here today Noel  – thank you for coming along.

Now sit back and imagine that we are on a desert island. The sun is shining, and the waves are lapping at your feet as you gaze out to sea. You are alone!

I think Noel has fallen to sleep, I’ve made it too peaceful for her.

Readers you need to give Noel a huge warm welcome to wake her up.

Now that’s better.

Noel – Sorry I didn’t realize where I was. Oh yes, a desert island.

Are you ready to begin the interview now Noel?

Noel – Absolutely.

My first question is..

Who would you like to be marooned on the island with and why?

Noel – I would be marooned with a magical genie that catered to my every whim. 🙂

Umm, that kind of goes against the back to basics on a desert island theme. I think we would have to curb his abilities to grant your every whim!

Having asked for a genie I’m not sure what else you will need..

What luxury would you like to have washed up on the beach?

Noel – My iPhone in a seal zip lock bag… With a wifi hotspot and solar charger.

I fell into that one!

 

I think Noel likes her comforts, so onto the next question..

What book would you crave to read (you already have the bible, so please pick another book)?

Noel – Jane Eyre. Every Christmas I reread it.

You must know it off by heart by now. I wonder what Jane Eyre would do if she were stranded on a desert island? Maybe she would choose your book to read?

We have another question about wishes, I think the genie is working overtime!

You are given one wish, but there is a clause which means you can only ask to be an animal. What creature would you like to be?

Noel – An armadillo. Preferably, one from Amarillo. 🙂

Is this the way to Amarillo?
Ev’ry night I’ve been huggin’ my pillow
Dreamin’ dreams of Amarillo
And sweet Armadillo who waits for me
Show me the way to Amarillo
I’ve been weepin’ like a willow
Cryin’ over Amarillo
And sweet Armadillo who waits for me

Oh sorry the song beckoned to be heard! I just couldn’t help myself.

Sadly this is my final question..

What food would you miss the most being on a desert island?

Noel – Soup. It’s my favorite food and I could eat it for every meal if allowed!

Oh dear, it looks like the genie is going to try and catch the armadillo for tea – soup anyone?

Please note: no armadilloes were hurt during the course of this interview.

Well, its been fun Noel hearing about your desert island choices. Once again thank you for coming. I hope your book has a successful tour.

Raise the roof folks for Noel Branham.

Readers don’t forget Noel’s GIVEAWAY at the bottom of the post.

I love Authors Interview 25 was devised my Margaret Kazmierczak to bring the funnier side of life into your homes. Now scatter and go buy Noel’s book.

About the Book

The Simple Sould of SusanTitle: The Simple Soul of Susan

Author: Noel Branham

Genre: Romance, YA, Coming-of-Age, Contemporary

Release Date: October 11, 2017

 

Susan Combs had long ago found the love of her life. The only problem was the other party still didn’t know he had been found.

Every day Susan saw Calder Hurtz, her next door neighbor and childhood best friend. They always enjoyed the short drive to school down the dusty streets of their small Texas town. She was happy in those perfect moments, for her life at home was most imperfect. The challenging homestead she inhabited was also the favorite subject of local gossip.

But one autumn day she overhears Calder and another boy having a conversation. This occasion of accidental audience sets Susan’s life on an unforeseen path. In the seasons to come, her future will be changed by two hospitalizations, two confessions of love, and one betrayal.

Compulsively readable, The Simple Soul of Susan is an engaging, soul-endearing romance and a mesmerizing debut.

About the Author

Noel BranhamBorn and raised in a small Texas town, Noel Branham started her career in digital communications after graduating with a degree in English. An award-winning communicator, she now writes from her residence in Florida about things closest to the heart: home, family, and love.

 

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Noel is giving away:

Grand Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card
First & Second Place Prize: eBook copy of the Simple Soul of Susan!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/cee4/the-simple-soul-of-susan-celebration-tour-giveaway

The Revisionary a story of brainwashing and bravery

My Penny’s Worth

The bravery of Portia Abernathy, the main character, had me glued to my seat. Could a nineteen-year-old with her curious mind and longing to change the world succeed? At first, I thought the book was similar to The Hunger Games with the haves and have-nots. But that’s where the similarity ended.

Teenage bravery

Portia has idealistic views, wanting to believe that she can make a difference. The truth becomes deadly evident when she speaks her mind and ends up receiving correctives. Consequently, there is no room for free thinking with ignorance and brainwashing used to keep order. Only bravery and the need to know the truth will suffice for Portia.

A Gripping read

Ms. Hogrefe pens a gripping story with twists and turns keeping the reader hooked page after page. Indeed, the chapters remind me of the old earlier series of Dr. Who, where at the end of each episode you were left with a cliffhanger. Often I needed to read on even when tiredness called me to my bed.  In addition, the characters are strong both the good and the bad equally.

I wanted Portia to win through; I applauded her bravery in the midst of adversary. Her intelligence shone through along with her curiosity. This YA novel is a thoughtful read for young and older adults as it raises issues of how we as a society can survive without the input of the past.

Can we disregard the past to make a better future? And if so what will happen to the freedom of thought. For these answers, you will need to read this book.

Would I recommend this book?

In summary, if you enjoy YA Dystopia and have read books like The Hunger Games, you may well find this book irresistible to put down. I can’t wait to read the second book in this series.

I would like to give this book 5 stars.

Thank you, Kristen Hogrefe, for writing TheRevisionary.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

Click here to buy the book

About the book

The Revisionary (The Rogues Book 1) by [Hogrefe, Kristen]Title: The Revisionary

Author: Kristen Hogrefe

Genre: YA Dystopia

Publisher: Write Integrity Press

Publication Date: June 6, 2017

A Revisionary rewrites the rules.
A Rogue breaks them.
Which one is she?

2149

Nineteen-year-old Portia Abernathy plans to earn a Dome seat and rewrite the Codex rules to rescue her exiled brother. Her journey demands answers from the past civilization, but uncovering the truth means breaking the rules she set out to rewrite.
Where will the world be in 2149? If citizens forget their past, they will be lost in an identity crisis. That’s exactly the state of the American Socialists United (ASU). This dystopian story opens in Cube 1519, a ghetto where the only use for obsolete cell phones is to throw them like rocks at mongrels. Portia and her father survive like many other citizens, with no electricity or technology and no expectation for a better life.

The truth revealed

Yet Portia remembers her brother Darius—before he was taken from her. Now that’s she’s graduated, she determines to get him back. She thinks earning a Dome seat as a Revisionary candidate will be her ticket to rewriting the Codex and reversing his sentence. However, when she receives her draft and arrives at the Crystal Globe University for training, she discovers the world is very different outside her cube and that prisoners like Darius aren’t the only ones trapped by the system.

Written for young adults, THE REVISIONARY offers a suspenseful plot, flashbacks to America’s Revolutionary era, and rediscovery of the founding values needed to rebuild Portia’s unraveling world. “In school, teens hear that if they don’t learn from history’s lessons, they’re destined to repeat them,” author Kristen Hogrefe says. “Portia lives in a world where leaders wield ignorance to control citizens. Only when Portia sets out to rescue her brother does she realize the lie she’s been living and determines to break free.”

Looking backwards to find wisdom

Blockbuster novels like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Giver popularized the dystopian YA genre. THE REVISIONARY builds a dystopia of a different kind—one that looks backward to find wisdom to move forward to offer an underlying message of heritage and hope.

About the Author

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews The Revisionary by Kristen HogrefeKristen Hogrefe is a Florida girl who says yes to most adventures involving sunshine and prefers to start her day with Jesus and coffee. She is a multi-published novelist of young adult fiction, including The Rogues trilogy (Write Integrity Press) and Wings of the Dawn trilogy. A life-long learner, she also has a heart for teaching and speaking in academic settings and professional conferences. You can find her blogging at KristenHogrefe.com where she challenges young adults and the young at heart to think truthfully and live daringly.

Where to find out more about Kristen Hogrefe

Website:  https://kristenhogrefe.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kristenhogrefe.author