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Blog Tour: Game Show @rararesources

Today I am one of the stops on the blog tour for Game Show by Allie Cresswell. I will be interviewing her!

Book Description:

It is 1992, and in a Bosnian town a small family cowers in their basement. The Serbian militia is coming – an assorted rabble of malcontents given authority by a uniform and inflamed by the idea that they’re owed something, big-time, and the Bosnians are going to pay. When they get to the town they will ransack the houses, round up the men and rape the women. Who’s to stop them? Who’s to accuse them? Who will be left, to tell the tale?

Meanwhile, in a nondescript northern UK town a group of contestants make their way to the TV studios to take part in a radical new Game Show. There’s money to be won, and fun to be had. They’ll be able to throw off their inhibitions and do what they want because they’ll all be in disguise and no-one will ever know.

In a disturbing denouement, war and game meld into each other as action and consequence are divided, the words ‘blame’ and ‘fault’ have no meaning and impunity reigns .

Game Show asks whether the situation which fostered the Bosnian war, the genocide in Rwanda, the rise of so-called Islamic State in Syria and the ethnic cleansing in Myanmar could ever happen in the West. The answer will shock you.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

JRR (Jessica’s Reading Room) Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a mum and a granny, with two grown up children, two granddaughters, two grandsons, two cockapoos but just one husband, Tim. We live in beautiful Cumbria. Apart from writing and reading I enjoy cooking and gardening. I also knit and crochet.

JRR: You have a big family!  Did you always want to become an author?

Yes, I think so. When I was about eight I asked for a stack of writing paper for Christmas so that I could write stories down. Later I appropriated my mum’s Remmington typewriter and taught myself to use it so that people could actually read what I had written although this backfired on me. The first story I shared was met with gales of laughter from my family – it wasn’t meant to be funny. After that I went underground with my writing and was reluctant to share anything.

I deviated slightly in my later teens, thinking I would like to be an actor – which is really the same thing – just bringing stories to life in a different way. I went to Birmingham University to study English and Drama but soon found the acting part of the course too intimidating and the ‘lovies’ likewise. I stuck it out, doing lots of behind the scenes jobs. But the English element of the course really inspired me. I read lots. I began to understand the way story, character, language and theme work together. After Birmingham I went to Queen Mary College to do an MA, specialising in the novel as form, and studying Henry James who, to me, is the master of novel writing.

JRR: Who was the most influential author you read when you were growing up?  Did his/her writings influence you to want to become an author?

As a child I read voraciously, encouraged by my lovely mum. I loved Noel Streatfield, Malcolm Savile, LM Montgomery and Francis Hodgson Burnet. I still have their dog-eared paperbacks on my shelves today. If I had to pick one it would be Noel Streatfield. Her books swept me away; I loved her strong, determined heroines who followed their dreams. For a quiet, unremarkable little girl like me they were such an inspiration. I had dreams and ambitions too. Maybe, just maybe I could achieve mine.

JRR:  Who is your favorite author as an adult? Who inspires you?

That is a really tricky question. I couldn’t possibly pick just one! I adore all the nineteenth century greats – Dickens, Trollope, the Brontes, Wharton – as well as Jane Austen. But these days I have discovered some other fantastic writers who tell compelling stories and use great language – this, to me, is the hallmark of good writing. Recently I discovered an American writer called Laurel Savile – her writing is sublime. Elizabeth Strout has an ability to describe atmosphere, intonation and sub-text which is almost extra-sensory. Patrick Gale tells such poignant stories, and he tells them so well. All these writers inspire me.

JRR: I know, you can’t just pick one!  😉  What inspires you to write?  What inspires you to write the books that you do write?

I am an inveterate nosey parker and listener-in to other people’s business. I pick up bits of conversations in shops and cafes, I see things – an incident in the street, say – and wonder, ‘What’s happening there? What caused it? What will happen next?’ Before I know it I am creating character and inventing dialogue – and a story is born.

There have been aspects of my own life which have inspired some of my books. I worked through a lot of personal issues in the Lost Boys quartet, for example.

I don’t write genre. Each of my books is different. They were all inspired by a certain individual situation or idea and I wrote them to explore the causalities, the sub-text and the psychology. I wrote them to provide outcomes which I could never know in real life. That’s the problem with people-watching, they leave the café and you never do know how things turn out for them. But, when I write, I can provide an ending, which is always satisfying.

JRR:  What does your writing process consist of?  ( Do you research, do you hand write or type, do you listen to music or need silence?)

Firstly, the idea. It must excite me. I will find myself thinking about it while I’m hoovering or walking the dogs. Then, the most difficult thing of all. Beginning. Opening a new document and getting the first few paragraphs down. Then, seeing my way. I never know the end from the beginning. It unfurls before me. Sometimes it unfurls wrong, and I have to retrace. I research as I go: did people have mobile ‘phones in 1992? What was women’s underwear like in 1945? How long would it take to drive from Middlesborough to Manchester?

My writing day starts at about ten. I have a room which is set aside for writing where I can be quiet and relatively undisturbed. I can’t stand any kind of background noise at all, so no music. Usually I re-read whatever I wrote the day before, tweaking and amending, adding, subtracting.

Then I write until about 3.30 or 4. I stop, read over, save and walk away.

JRR:  Where did the idea for Game Show come from?  What made you decide to include reality television with 1992 and the Bosnian/Serbian war?

Game Show developed following an experience as a member of a real TV game show audience. It was in 1992. News about the Bosnian War was just filtering through to us. I had two small children at the time. It was so harrowing, watching the news, seeing families trudging across the countryside or those poor boys and men starving and abused and traumatised in the concentration camps. Nowadays, unfortunately it is all too common – Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Myanmar. But then, it was new and shocking. As I sat in the audience and watched people cheat and lie and pretend – all for the sake of what wasn’t, even in those days, a really amazing prize – the stark contrast between the two situations really hit me. The one so tragic and desperate, the other so superficial and phoney.

The similarities of the two didn’t hit me until I was well in to writing the book and I got to understand the situation in Bosnia better. It took me ten years to write Game Show partly because the history of the war didn’t really emerge until then. Also, I came across Dr. Philip Zimbardo’s book The Lucifer Effect which really explained situational psychology to me. I had been groping towards an understanding of it feeling that my original premise – that people are fundamentally evil – wasn’t right, but not knowing what was. Situational psychology explains both the psychology of the Bosnian War (and of many other conflicts, political scandals and celebrity outrages since) as well as the way ‘reality’ TV can provoke people into acting out of character.

JRR:  Wow! Thank you for that insight, that makes you think.  Now are you a reality tv fan?  How ‘real’ can reality tv be?

No. I find it specious and embarrassing now that I understand what’s going on. I think of the participants as victims. Of course, as in Game Show, it is possible for people to reject the total situation which is trying to herd them into mob mentality, and become heroes, like Barry in Game Show. But, sadly, these incidences are rare.

JRR:  If you could have dinner with three people (living or dead) who would they be and why?

Perhaps this is too personal but I would give my right arm and my left one too to spend an evening with my mum and dad – to tell them all the things I never got round to saying and to show them their great grandchildren. They would be so proud.

I would love to meet my step-daughter, who doesn’t speak to us, to understand her feelings and to get to know her a little.

If you feel that it isn’t appropriate to mention these things, I would choose Stephen Fry, who would be an interesting and amusing dinner date, Henry James, who would give me some tips on novel writing, and Stephen Spielberg, who might agree to make Game Show into a film.

JRR:  Your answers are not too personal at all! That’s why I like to ask that question! I like to get to know authors personally.  Which book have you always meant to get around to reading, but still not read?

I have read almost all of Dickens but I have never read The Pickwick Papers. I have tried numerous times, but just not been able to get in to it.

JRR: What’s the best advice you have ever received?

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.

JRR:  Is there anything else you would like to share?

Game Show is set in 1992 – 26 years ago. But what is so interesting about its premise is that it explains so much that is happening today. The Harvey Weinstein affair, the Oxfam Haiti prostitute scandal, the organised grooming of children for sexual exploitation, even the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter – all these occur when people feel they are given permission to act as they wouldn’t ordinarily do, told that there will be no consequences or feel that it’s OK, because everyone else is doing it.

JRR:  Thank you so much for your time with this interview Allie!

About the Author:

I have been writing stories since I could hold a pencil and by the time I was in Junior School I was writing copiously and sometimes almost legibly.

I did, however, manage a BA in English and Drama from Birmingham University and an MA in English from Queen Mary College, London. Marriage and motherhood put my writing career on hold for some years until 1992 when I began work on Game Show.

In the meantime I worked as a production manager for an educational publishing company, an educational resources copywriter, a bookkeeper for a small printing firm, and was the landlady of a country pub in Yorkshire, a small guest house in Cheshire and the proprietor of a group of boutique holiday cottages in Cumbria. Most recently I taught English Literature to Lifelong learners.

Nowadays I write as full time as three grandchildren, a husband, two Cockapoos and a large garden will permit.

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Blog Tour: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe

Today I am one of the stops on final day of the blog tour for Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green. It is the first in a series of novellas. It is a short one at just 127 pages! Today I will be interviewing Rosie.

Novella Description:

Fleeing from a romance gone wrong, Ellie Farmer arrives in the pretty little village of Sunnybrook, hoping for a brand new start that most definitely does not include love! Following an unscheduled soak in the village duck pond, she meets Sylvia, who runs the nearby Duck Pond Café. Renting the little flat above the café seems like the answer to Ellie’s prayers. It’s only for six months, which will give her time to sort out her life, far away from cheating boyfriend Richard.

But is running away from your past ever really the answer?

Clashing with the mysterious and brooding Zack Chamberlain, an author with a bad case of writer’s block, is definitely not what Ellie needs right now. And then there’s Sylvia, who’s clinging so hard to her past, she’s in danger of losing the quaint but run-down Duck Pond Café altogether.

Can Ellie find the answers she desperately needs in Sunnybrook? And will she be able to help save Sylvia’s little Duck Pond Café from closure?

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

JRR (Jessica’s Reading Room):Tell us a little about yourself.

I studied English Literature at Dundee University and worked as a journalist on teenage magazines and several regional newspapers in Scotland. Then I moved to Surrey and had my own business delivering boxes of fresh, organic fruit and veg to people’s doors, which I loved. It was much later in life that I decided it was high time I wrote a book!

JRR:  Did you always want to become an author?

Yes, I started scribbling mystery stories when I was about nine. Even then it was my burning ambition to see my name on the cover of a book I’d written.

JRR:  And you have done that!  Congrats!  Who was the most influential author you read when you were growing up?  Did his/her writings influence you to want to become an author?

It has to be Enid Blyton. I was a real bookworm from being small and I would devour every ‘Famous Five’ or ‘Mallory Towers’ (and all the rest!) that were published. The mystery stories I started writing were heavily influenced by her books!

JRR: Who is your favorite author as an adult? Who inspires you?

It’s hard to name just one. Marian Keyes, Sophie Kinsella, PD James, Ian Rankin.

JRR:  I know about it being hard to pick one!  Sophie Kinsella is great! She was the author that got me reading again.  What inspires you to write?

I love the whole business of writing books and I can’t imagine a time when I won’t! I love the part where I’m dreaming up a new idea and new characters – that’s really exciting – and I love writing that very first page of a new book, although it invariably changes. I’m not so keen on writing the middle because it still seems as if you have a mountain to climb. But there’s a real excitement when the end is in sight and I start writing faster! I love the editing part, where you can polish a rough draft and make it sparkle. I just love it all!

JRR:  It sounds like you have so much fun with the writing process.  Speaking of, what does yours consist of?  Do you research, do you hand-write or type, do you listen to music or need silence?)

I write on a laptop, sometimes sitting on my bed, but usually at the dining table (my son has commandeered the study/spare room as a music studio!). I do my best work first thing in the morning and when the house is blissfully quiet.

JRR:  What made you choose the Romantic Comedy genre? What is your favorite book/movie of this genre?

I like to write romantic comedies because I have to work on them every day, and if I was writing dark psychological thrillers, I think I might get a bit down! I love Marian Keyes’ The Other Side of the Story, and I never get tired of watching The Holiday!

JRR:  I love The Holiday! That is a great film!  Where did you get the idea for Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café? Did you base Ellie off anyone you know?

I wanted to write a series of novellas set in a café in a pretty village in the south of England, where I lived for a time. I knew I wanted the village to have a duck pond. And then I thought why not marry the café and the duck pond together! I never base characters on people I know – not consciously, anyway – although I’m sure elements of people I know do slip in there sometimes. I’ve got a good friend who always reads my books looking for clues, thinking I must have based the ‘plump heroine’ on her – but it’s just not true!

JRR:  If you could have dinner with three people(living or dead) who would they be and why?

I’d love to have dinner with Jane Austen. I think the conversation would be very lively, witty and full of gossip! I’d invite my lovely paternal grandma, who’s no longer with us, and ask her all about our family’s history – questions you never think to pose when they’re alive. And I’d quite like to meet Hugh Jackman because I think he’s lush!

JRR:  Sounds like a great dinner!  Which book have you always meant to get around to reading, but still not read?

War and Peace

JRR:  What’s the best advice you have ever received?

As an unpublished writer, the best advice I received was to never give up. Despite all the rejections, I carried on – and thankfully, in the end, my persistence paid off!

JRR: Yes it did! Thank you so much for your time with this interview Rosie.

**It’s time for a Giveaway!!! (UK Only)**

Win wooden duck ornament and chocolates

During each day of this blog tour, clues will be revealed to the true identity of Rosie Green.

Today’s Clue is: ‘Among the Treetops’ is the place to find love in my latest book!

In order to enter, you need to follow Rosie Green on Twitter, RT this tweet and then take a guess using the hashtag #WhoisRosieGreen

Find Rosie on Twitter here.


-You may guess more than once.

All entries using the hash tag will be entered, and the giveaway closes 23:00 BST 12th April

***The identity of Rosie Green will be revealed on Twitter after 12th April as will the giveaway winner.***

Good luck and don’t forget to look at posts on other days of this tour, for more clues.

About the Author:

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. The first, Spring at the Little Duck Pond Café, is out on March 22nd 2018.

Find Rosie on Twitter.


A Conversation with Paige Dearth

Paige Dearth was a victim of child abuse. She writes real-life horror and refers to her work as: Fiction with Mean-ing. Stories teach lessons and Paige hopes that awareness through fiction creates prevention.

Paige will continue to write stories about young children who need to overcome adversity and then take you on their life’s journey. Her goal through fiction is to get readers so invested in the story and characters you will become one with the tome. You will shed tears of joy, grief, rage and horror. You will be emotionally invested in the outcome. She wants her readers to be thinking about the story long after they have turned the last page.

Some may say why write about such controversial and difficult subjects. Paige feels that if we look the other way and don’t address society’s fears no real growth will ever happen.  As Ben Franklin said: “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” Society should not look the other way because a subject seems too difficult to handle, just remember her books are fiction but people live through these real-life horrors.

So buckle up and take a Paige Dearth life changing journey. It may take you into a new world of renewed enlightenment to make a difference and change the life of a child.

Paige lives in Plymouth Meeting, PA with her husband Mike (who was portrayed as Remo in her debut novel, Believe Like A Child). This novel has been the catalyst for her writing platform. The Beginning of Believe Like A Child is based on Paige’s real-life horror however, the remainder of the novel is fiction. It is the darkest version of who she could have become, had fate not intervened in the nick of time. It presents a fine balance between what lives on in her imagination and the evil that lurks in the real world.

Paige’s Affiliations:
ITW- International Thriller Writers
HWA- Horror Writers Association

Paige’s Newest Release:

Joon had a good life with her parents–she was loved and cared for the way all eight-year-olds should be. Then, one horrible day, her parents died, and she was put into the foster care system.

When Joon is placed with a single mother, Aron, and her two sons, nothing could have prepared her for the cruelty and brutality she would be subjected to over the next four years. When things escalate and her foster brother Deen threatens her, Joon takes to the streets to escape the viciousness of her foster family and start her life over.

Buy Never Be Alone Now!
Publication Date: March 21, 2018
Amazon US Amazon UK
414 pages

Never Be Alone is available now at these retailers:

Amazon     I-Books     Barnes-Nobel     Kobo

Paige’s Novels:

When Smiles Fade
Believe Like a Child
One Among Us
Mean Little People
Never Be Alone

Paige has written several novels, all dealing with important issues.  I want to focus on all of them, but we have to get to the interview so I am just focusing on two today:

One Among Us
Publication Date: 12/23/2014
661 Pages

Kidnapped and forced into human sex trafficking, Maggie has only one way out.

Eleven-year-old Maggie Clarke is abducted from her loving family and thrust into the indescribably horrific and largely unknown underworld of human sex trafficking. In captivity, Maggie’s life turns into a nightmare most children couldn’t imagine. When Maggie isn’t being sold to clients, she focuses on caring for Seth, a young boy who was also abducted.With the help of Detective Rae Harker, the Clarkes’ frantically search for their daughter. Haunted by his own demons, Detective Harker vows to find Maggie–dead or alive.

Years after Maggie is abducted, a strange man approaches her with a dangerous proposition and she risks everything to break free of the network of unsavory characters that control her. Not even she can know how far she will go to get even with the people who ruined her life.

An unforgettable story of courage and survival, One Among Us serves as an eye-opening reminder that horrible things can happen to anyone–it’s how people deal with their circumstances that matters.

**Paige has sent me this tome of a novel and I can not wait to read it! I hope it will be sooner than later! Sex trafficking is becoming a major issue that affects all cities. You may think “It can’t happen here!” Then guess what? Your town is in the news!

**WARNING**18+ Readers Only. Graphic content and subject matter.

Mean Little People
Publication Date: April 19, 2017
506 Pages

At seven-years-old Tony learns to kill or be killed.

My name is Tony. When I was seven years old the bullies in my class almost killed me; my father was angry that I let it happen but he always hated me.

At thirteen I went to prison for a crime I didn’t commit; it was the worst experience of my life.

Living on the streets was hard; being part of a gang was harder.

Oh, and I did find people to love along the way…and, I would do anything to protect them. Anything.

**WARNING**18+ Readers Only. Graphic content and subject matter.

JRR (Jessica’s Reading Room):Tell us a little about yourself.

Well, I had a rough upbringing, nothing came easy for me and I have worked hard to make a good life for myself. Being raised in an abusive household took my focus from learning to surviving. When I finished high school, I had no dreams or vision for my future. I was married at 19 and pregnant at 21. My first marriage ended when my husband became a heroin addict shortly after my daughter was born.

I was determined to give my daughter a good life. I wanted her to have a great childhood and to provide things for her I had only dreamed of as a kid. Scared (literally, freaking out scared) I started college when I was 25. I was 37 years old when I finished my master’s degree. It was a long, tiring road, but I was determined to set an example for my daughter and earn a living that would afford her opportunities.

Along my journey, I have met incredible people who have encouraged me by saying things I’ve never heard while growing up…” you’re smart,” “you’ll be successful,” “you can do anything you want to do,” and other things so foreign that I thought they were lying. I wasn’t raised that way, I was raised in a house where graduating high school and getting married was success. To show you what I dealt with, when I was seventeen I told my mother I wanted to be an engineer, her response, she chuckles at me, “Do you know how smart you have to be to become an engineer?”

When I was around 25 is the time I took control over my life. I met a great man (who is also a badass) and, married him one year later. Now I like to write, cook, travel and hang with my people. Oh, and I like Vodka and cranberry with lime on the lip or a large glass of red wine. And, (someone please help me), but I can eat potato chips until I puke.

JRR: You have faced a difficult life. But look where you are now!  Did you always want to become an author?

I never thought about what I wanted to be when I grew up – I wasn’t taught to think about the future. When I was 21 my real life Ebby (a character in Believe Like A Child) after hearing several of my childhood stories told me that someday I should write a book. This made me feel like I had something interesting to tell the world. It gave me hope and so that became one of my biggest dreams.

Once I was able to financially support myself and I finished college, I decided that my life experiences should be shared and so I wrote my debut novel, Believe Like A Child, the beginning of this book is based on my real-life but the remainder is purely fiction. I realized after writing this book I needed to write more novels that explored the long-term ramifications of child abuse. My goal is that through fiction I can help create prevention.

JRR:  What inspires you to write? Why do you write the types of novels that you write?

My inspiration to write stories about young children who have to face adversity comes from my own experience. I was sexually abused by my live-in Uncle at seven years old. The abuse lasted for many years. I write graphic details about my characters to bring into the forefront the raw emotion so people reading can feel what abused children experience. Young children are mentally and physically tortured every day. It’s all kept secret. That’s the way abusers train their victims. We hear news stories of abused and missing children, sometimes they are returned, but often they never go home again. These stories merely skim the surface of what might be happening to a child. This results in minimal change and so the abuse cycle continues.

Ben Franklin’s quote sums up what I am trying to achieve with my writing which I call Real-Life Horror.

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”
~Ben Franklin

JRR:  There are so many tough situations out there that we try not the think of.  You choose to focus on them to bring about the attention they need. Now, what does your writing process consist of? Do you research/outline, do you handwrite or type,  do you listen to music or need silence?

Oh hell, I’m a person grounded in routine. I know, kind of boring, but writing requires that I am structured:

I wake up at 4:30 a.m. and workout. Afterward, I drink my coffee and read. I try to be writing by 8:00 or 9:00.

My laptop is one of my best friends and the only time I cheat on it and handwrite something is when a thought hits me and my computer is nowhere around.

I always know the beginning and end of the novel I will write. The middle gets filled in as I am in the meditative state of writing. I keep track of ideas that pop into my head for the middle matter of my novel during and outside of my writing process. It seems my best ideas come right before I’m ready to fall asleep or when I’m on the treadmill in the morning.

My writing space is quiet, no music or noise and I just let the words flow from my imagination to the keyboard. I write my stories without worrying about fine tuning the manuscript. That worry comes later during the editing process. Let me say I hate the editing part of writing. It’s grueling, long and annoying usually because I’m chomping at the bit to write my next book. But I also know this is such an important step to putting out a good book.

As for doing research to supplement my ideas and concepts, I often find this through reading books, watching TV and documentaries and yes, some internet search. It is crazy, the shit that writers Google.

JRR: I bet so! I can imagine what your search history looks like!  But you have to know to write the story!  What kind of advice can you give to aspiring authors?

People tell me all the time they want to write a book. There is no magic or special knowledge that any writer possesses. The only way you write a book is to sit your ass down and write. When I wrote my debut novel, Believe Like A Child I only knew that I had a story to tell.

If you decide to write a novel, please, please read your finished manuscript often before sending it off to your editor. No one will care about the condition of your book like you do.

Remember that when you write, the important thing is to focus on keeping readers engaged in your story. There will always be people critical of your work and unless it’s constructive so you can learn from it, forget about it.

JRR:  Great advice!  Were you a reader growing up? If so, who was your favorite author (or books) as a child?

I loved reading in my early teens. The first book I ever read and loved so much was A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford. After Barbara, I moved on to V.C. Andrews, James Patterson and John Saul. These are just some of my early favorites.

JRR: Which book have you always meant to get around to reading, but still not read?

The Bible.

JRR: What’s the best advice you have ever received?

Write what you know.

JRR:  For someone who has not read anything written by you, which do you recommend for a start? Is there a particular order you recommend for reading your books? What age group are your novels for?

My books are intended for readers 18 and over. They all contain graphic content. However, there is no particular order to my books. Each are standalone.

Additionally, as a reader perk I usually weave one character from a previous novel into the new novel I am writing.
If you really can’t decide which book to start with I would probably recommend One Among Us because it deals with a topic that is more socialized than the others.

JRR: I will hav e ot look out for the ‘crossover character once I read your novels !Is there anything you can tease up about with your next novel?

My next Novel “NEVER BE ALONE” is due to be released end of March 2018.

The novel is about a young twelve- year-old girl named Joon who becomes homeless and has to survive on the streets of Philadelphia. Below is the short description:

Joon had a good life with her parents—she was loved and cared for the way all children should be. Then, one horrible day, her parents died, and she was put into the foster care system.

Joon takes to the streets to escape the viciousness of her foster family and start her life over.

On the streets, Joon finally finds comfort with a group of homeless teenagers. But things are never what they seem, and there is always a price to pay for safety on the streets. NEVER BE ALONE is a story of homelessness but hopefulness, as Joon’s relentless determination eventually helps her find her place in the world and make a difference.

JRR:  Is there anything else you would like to share?

I love to read. A few of my favorite authors are: John Saul, James Patterson, Danielle Steel and Patricia Cornwell. I also enjoy Stephen King novels and I just loved Misery and Thinner. In the past three years I have been reading several Indie authors and have enjoyed many good stories.

When I’m not working, I love to vacation, exercise and cook. Cooking is one of my passions. I get satisfaction from creating new recipes through trial and error. My husband is the guinea pig for my new creations.

I love music and find much of it inspirational and enjoyable. However, my favorite song is Let It Be by The Beatles. As a broken-hearted child, the song brings hope for an answer, I could imagine someone secretly watching out for me. More importantly the song tells me I can’t fix everything and if I just Let It Be and don’t dwell on negative things, life will move you to a better place.

I’d like to end with a reminder to everyone:
If you are being abused or you know someone who is, you must tell someone that can help. Any form of abuse is unacceptable. It will not be easy to tell on your abuser but that first step of courage is the hardest. I’m not saying the remainder of the journey will be easy, but once you or a victim finds a voice the road to healing begins. Remember it is NOT you who is at fault. Your abuser is the person with the problem no matter how often they blame you or other people.

Thank you so much for your time with this interview Paige!

Contact Paige:
Amazon Author Page
Twitter @paigedearth