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New Release! A Killer’s Reflection by Cheryl Denise Bannerman

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Synopsis

In the erotic thriller, A Killer’s Reflection, Bannerman’s third work of fiction, she entices the reader with a perfect combination of sex, lies and murder, as she invites the reader to relive the life story of a serial killer from the perspective of the killer, his psychiatrist, the detectives on the case, and his prey.

Even as a little boy, Douglass Randall Coleman Jr. knew that he was different. It wasn’t just the special attention from his mother, but the attention he got from his female teachers and young girls too. All it took was a flash of his winning smile, which he practiced in the mirror every day, along with a dash of charm, and the world was his for the taking. Raised in the midst of the chaos of urban life (drugs, alcohol, and abuse) Douglass didn’t have a fighting chance.

However, there was only one problem with getting everything he wanted, always getting his requests granted without question…hearing ‘No’ could be deadly. Douglass had to find a way to control his killer urges, and soon sought the help of a therapist.

Dr. Olivia Reed was a therapist with deadly secrets that could never be told. Unable to figure out if Douglass was a narcissist, sociopath, or both, he became her ‘special’ case study that could make her famous. Crossing the line between doctor-patient privilege, and preventing future murders, would plague Dr. Reed for years.

Meanwhile, Tara Walker thought she had met the perfect man online…charming, tall, handsome, doting, and charismatic. Her friends and family loved him, but behind closed doors, a monster emerged.

After his first kill, with the cops nowhere near solving the case, Douglas’ confidence grew even more. But lurking in the shadows, watching his every move, there was someone smarter than all of them, even the detectives. Despite being driven by jealousy and spite, he was determined to take Douglass down for all the crimes he had ever committed.

Only in the end, will the detectives get the break they’ve been waiting for. But until then, they wonder how many more must die before they have enough evidence to trap the man with the ‘Killer Reflection’.

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Excerpt from A Killer’s Reflection:

Silence.
Tyra had no idea how long she had been sitting in the kitchen by the front door. The silence was both calming and excruciating at the same time. It was only the faint sound of the TV from the neighbor upstairs that filled the building. He was elderly and partially deaf in one ear, so he played his TV quite loud.
Weeks had gone by, and things had gotten worse between her and Dougy. She had decided that today was the day she would confront him about everything. She would tell him that it would be better if he gets his own apartment or goes back to live with his mama. She loved him, but she could not take the partying, women, drugs, or violence in her life anymore.
More silence.
The click of the key in the lock startled her. It was time.

 

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The Difference Between Poetry And Fiction

A couple weeks ago I had a discussion with a fan/friend. He asked an interesting question: “Which is harder to write, poetry or fiction?” My answer was automatic.

Poetry is easier (for me) to create. It’s only a matter of pulling what’s inside of me out. It’s searching the darkest parts of my soul, where fear and hope and pain dwell and exposing it to the light. The hard part of being a poet is releasing it to the world. When I allow a poem to be read, I’m allowing someone to see me completely exposed. And while I’ve known immense joy, it’s the darkness inside that needs to be purged. Each poem given out for public consumption is open to ridicule, to criticism, but it’s not just my words- it’s the scars inside. It. Is. Hard.

Trapped In Yesterday

Trapped now I’m locked in yesterday

Please don’t think it’s you why I turn a way

I can’t stand the way it makes me feel

To know that this could become real

You can’t expect me not to flee

When you hold such power over me

The last to get this close left me to learn

The searing pain of love forever burns

I don’t want to go though that again

And nothing you say can make this fear end

I wonder if you understand

Why I shiver when you touch my hand

Why I can’t go but neither can I stay

The answers you’ll find in my yesterday.

*Excerpted poem from About A Girl: A Poetry Compilation

https://www.amazon.com/About-Girl-Compilation-Sandra-Ely-ebook/dp/B01KS5AMKE

Fiction is harder to create. Characters have to be built from scratch, they have to be made real from pen and pad. Worlds have to be created. Supporting characters must have their place, feel like real people, and yet, remain on the side lines to allow the protagonist to complete their journey. It’s a lot of work. On the other hand, passing it off to be published might be scary, but it’s not the same soul-crushing fear. Readers can agree, or disagree, with the choices you characters make. They can love, or hate the content. At the end of the day, though, it’s not you under the piercing gaze of readers who will no doubt catch every mistake.

Excerpt from Kiss of Death, Immortal Hearts Book 2

“Time to feed the human,” Beau announced, carrying over two cups of coffee.

He handed me one of the heavy black mugs and I took a sip, testing the flavor. The robust flavor of the coffee hit me first, full-bodied and slightly bitter. Then, the sweet, creamy mix that was tailored to my taste buds. I was impressed he remembered I preferred brown sugar in my coffee. The gesture warmed my heart, as it never failed to do.

“So,” I said as I cut into my eggs. “What’s on the agenda for today?” The yolk spilled out, but the whites remained firm and intact. Cooking the perfect over-medium egg was not an easy feat, especially for one who didn’t eat. I’d been working at it for years and my success rate was spotty at best.

“Well, I have to be at the club today; somebody has to oversee business there. Valerie and Adam are going to be here in a little while to take you to your place and get some of your things.”

“I appreciate the offer, but I don’t need an escort, Beau.”

“Maybe not, but it’s already set up regardless.”

“You do realize I didn’t sign up for this just to be stuck with a babysitter, right?” I hid my annoyance by nibbling on a strip of crispy bacon.

“You’re one of mine, Leah. I won’t allow you to blindly walk into danger.”

My pulse quickened, but I wouldn’t let him charm me into abandoning my position. “And I won’t be able to do what you want me to do if I’m constantly being guarded by vampires. It’s counterproductive, really.”

“Let’s just agree to take this a day at a time. This is new for both of us.” His tone hinted at something left unsaid, but I decided to leave it be. Breakfast was my favorite meal and I had no intention of ruining another meal over this assignment.

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Both poetry and fiction are beautiful and terrifying in their own ways. I could no more give up one than the other. Each offers a reward of it’s own it’s own to my soul, but they are so vastly different from inception to publication.

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In the Words of an Author: An Interview with Sandi Smith

Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?

I have followed two wonderful authors – Maeve Binchy and Fannie Flagg.

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Out of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite? Why?

Well, for my children’s books I would have to say A.R. Achnid is my favorite character. A.R. was the reason I started to write, and his character was so much fun. He thought he was human, and wanted to do everything with his human friend, Harold. Even though people thought of him as a scary spider, he didn’t let that get him down. He just went along with his life, enjoying all of his adventures.

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Are there any types of scenes you find more difficult to write? Which ones and why.

I have been very lucky, and have not had any difficulties with any scenes I have written. My new novel that I am working on now, though, I am having a little bit of trouble getting past one particular scene. It is a little dark, and I am not sure in what direction I want to take the story.

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What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

I have found that finishing a story, especially a novel, is so rewarding. So much time and energy is invested in the writing of the story, and when it finally is finished and comes together to form the feelings you wanted to express, it is a tremendously gratifying experience.

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What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

Well, I am basically just starting out myself, but I would advise anyone who is starting out to believe in what you are writing. In the beginning, when I wrote something, I was always looking for approval from a family member or a friend. One day when someone told me they didn’t care for my book, my husband told me that there are going to be people who love the book and people who don’t care for it at all, but that doesn’t mean that it is a bad story. Believe in yourself is the advice my husband gave me, and continues to give me, so I would pass that on to anyone starting out.

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Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

I do not. The words come to me, and I sit down and start typing away. The whole process for me has been very simple. The only ritual I would say I have is making sure I have cookies available for when I am awake and typing at night. They are soothing to the soul.

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Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

Not really. I used to write in high school, but never gave it too much thought after that. Actually, I always wanted to be an opera singer, but, occasionally, I always found myself writing poems or short stories.

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If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

My mother, who has been gone for quite a few years now. We didn’t have a great relationship, and I would really love to sit and chat with her, getting to know her as a person. I believe, because of our volatile relationship, that I may have missed out on a wonderful friendship with a wonderful person. That breaks my heart.

Would you care to provide an excerpt from one of your books as a sample of your work?

This is from one of my children’s books, Sarah Bella’s Gift of Gold:

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When Sarah Bella was a very young girl,

(let’s say, probably about six years old),

her parents gave her a small ball of yarn,

that they said was a “gift of gold”.

Sarah Bella was then told by her parents,

“A life of adventure is waiting ahead.

Wrap your favorite things in this ball of yarn,

and when you sleep, keep it close by your bed.”

They told Sarah Bella that when she grew old,

in her ball of yarn would be memories so dear.

There would be times and places to remember,

from all of her adventures throughout the years.

The following is from my first novel, Sitting at the Kitchen Table with God:

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Andrew was gone, and Marianne should have been buried with him. There were two deaths on that day, but only one soul was taken. The other was left to slowly decay in the shell of a lonely woman.

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In the Words of an Author: An Interview with Thomas Lowrie

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Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?

Yes, Lee Child and Nelson DeMille.

Out of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite? Why?

All of the characters I write about are very real to me so I really have no favorite.

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Are there any types of scenes you find more difficult to write? Which ones and why.

Scenes with death in them are difficult since I feel as though I was there as it happened.

What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

The ability to expand someone’s imagination.

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What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

Don’t worry about what others think, just go for it.

Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

Not that I know of.

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Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

No, I didn’t start writing until others asked me to do so. Now I very much enjoy it.

If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Anyone who has lost their mother knows the only answer to this question.

Would you care to provide an excerpt from one of your books as a sample of your work?

I looked across my crew. I was looking for John Wayne, he wasn’t there. I looked for Arnold, same thing. I also didn’t find Stalone, Clint nor Chuck Norris. The reality of it was none of my heroes were there, this was NOT the movies. I needed just one Badass and found none.What I found was a high school yearbook.I found fresh off the farm boys, children by most people’s standards. Some of these boys weren’t even getting to go to their senior prom. I feel safe in the notion that some of them have not even held a girls hand. That doesn’t sound like much unless you haven’t done it. Think about that for a minute. They haven’t lived yet and are prepared to die.

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http://www.booksamillion.com/p/He-Was-Ray-Lafayette-Novel/Thomas-William-Lowrie/9780990362616?id=6025076222321
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In the Words of an Author: An Interview With Christy Day

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Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?

I am a huge fan of
Ivan Doig (description of landscape and kindness to characters)
John McPhee (ability to write about almost any topic and make it comprehensible)
David Whyte (for his poetic insight and his metaphors)
E.B. White (for everything – humor, wit, delight in life)

Out of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite? Why?

It will be my grandfather on my father’s side, who died when my dad was 18. It will be interesting to develop his character.

Are there any types of scenes you find more difficult to write? Which ones and why.

The challenge for me, when I write my first novel, will be to make the dialogue believable and moving.

What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

The most rewarding part of being an author is the connection to the reader/listener. That something I said makes a difference to readers means the world to me. I want to inspire people and move them to hope.

What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

My students really liked 5-minute free-writes. I extend that for myself to twenty minutes. It is a way to limber up the mind, get the creative juices flowing, and feel ready to settle down to writing.

Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

I write immediately after breakfast and my 6 a.m. walk. I take the weekends off. I tend to edit as I go along and make notes about what I want to research. I write thoughts down as they occur and keep them in a notebook for use later. I always have water and coffee at my side and I often stop to snack on something homemade as a reward for sticking to it.

Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

In a way, yes, in a way, no. I did always want to write a book and when I walked El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, I knew the book inside me was ready to be written. My mother was a beautiful writer and she never did write the short stories (her favorite medium) she threatened to. I thought that was a shame.

If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

I would love to have a conversation with Eleanor Roosevelt. What a powerhouse. In a man’s world, she made all the difference, and she connected to the richest of the rich and the poorest of the poor in equal measure. How did she keep her courage and compassion together?

Would you care to provide an excerpt from one of your books as a sample of your work?

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There will be times when you are walking that your spirit is awakened and the universe pauses to let you be in that moment. Such was that hour that I sat in utter solitude and damp silence in the quiet dark church, Vilar de Donas, and I felt the monumental meaning of the Pilgrimage. The best you can do is be as fully in the moment as possible and keep good records – journaling, notes, photos, so that when you return and process your experience – a lifetime endeavor for sure – you can deepen your memory and be able to share it meaningfully with others. It would be impossible to see it all, understand it all, and appreciate every detail. You barely scratch the surface. When you get back, you will wish there had been more hours in each day, more energy in your tired body, and more awareness in the moment of just how extraordinary each place was. In some amazing way, we truly do become ourselves more deeply as we walk this Pilgrimage. (pp 72-73)

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In the Words of an Author: An Interview With Ellie Douglas

Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?

Stephen King is my biggest influence, having grown up reading his books and being inspired by horror.

 

Out of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite? Why?

Dr Felix Bloom from my latest novel just released Fear Inducer. Why? Because he is pure evil, exactly how I imagined him to be. He’ll be hated by everyone, which is what I wanted.
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Are there any types of scenes you find more difficult to write? Which ones and why.

The in-between scenes. I find that the most difficult. Not really sure why, perhaps since the character is between murdering it’s difficult for me to give them something interesting. So I work a lot harder on those scenes to perfect them 🙂

What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

Great question, the most rewarding part of being an author is finishing the book.

What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

Research. It is so important to research whatever topic you are writing about, even if you think you know all there is to know about it. Learn more. Be the master of that topic so you can write better about it. Professionally better.

 

Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

Not really, I don’t have any kind of writing ritual. Some days I feel like writing and other days I don’t. I go with the flow 🙂

Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

Yes, as early as the age of five. I have always wanted to be an author 🙂

 

If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Michael Landon, why because I grew up watching him on the telly and he instantly become the father figure I didn’t have. He was the dad I wanted, he inspired me, he was so wholesome and delightfully amazingly talented. He would be the one person I’d love to chat with if I could bring him back to life I totally would 🙂

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Would you care to provide an excerpt from one of your books as a sample of your work?

Ethan could feel hot, then cold venomous liquid shooting inside his leg. He bit his bottom lip and kicked the cobra in the face, but it refused to let go. Using the bat, he bashed it hard on the top of its head twice, before it finally let go. Holding the bat tightly, so tight that his knuckles turn white, he raised it high and slammed it across the cobra’s head. Then he quickly swung it into the side of its face. The cobra’s face jutted sideways and Ethan heard the wet crackling sound, as it made contact with the bat.
He hit it again and again. Each time he made contact, Ethan’s ears wished he could drown out the chilling, blood-curdling, cringing sound of each bone breaking, like snapping chicken legs with pliers, echoing in the pit. The cobra’s face was pulverised. Its blood spurted like a fountain, hitting Ethan in the chest and neck. The flesh on the cobra’s face had split, exposing its smashed in skull. The mouth had separated from its jaw. Its two fangs just dangled outward, bent at an awkward angle.

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In the Words of An Author: An Interview With Jamell Crouthers

Jamell Crouthers is a poet who focuses on issues that impact society on a daily basis. He stopped by for a chat to talk about his life and his work.

(TRIGGER WARNING! These books deal with real-life issues and the excerpt may trigger certain individuals.)

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Out of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite? Why?

My favorite character is Robert from the Struggles and Growth of a Man because I’m able to emote his thoughts and feelings about life, his struggles growing up as a man and all of the experiences he’s dealt with. He went from being a troubled child on the streets selling drugs to having his guidance counselor and mentor in his high school saving him from a prison sentence or death. He deals with having a drug addicted mother, his father left the family and he has a brother in prison for drug dealing. So his life story of living in a tough neighborhood, he’s forced to grow up fast and be the man of the house after his father left. I enjoy writing his experiences and also writing about the social stigmas that men have to always be strong and not emote or show feelings. It’s something that Robert learns is not true and it’s okay to show his emotions.

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Are there any types of scenes you find more difficult to write? Which ones and why.

The scenes from The World We Live In Part 1 and 2 were hard to write. I discuss a lot of societal issues that we face in the world today. I discuss rape, domestic violence, drug addiction, alcoholism, a man being gay and a lot of other things. The first chapter writing Christina’s experience of being raped at a party was hard to write. It’s very emotional to write about especially me being a man and knowing the social stigmas that come with that. I express my thoughts and feelings through her and what she’s going through at that time. It hits home in a powerful but impactful way that gets people to think and realize this is a major issue in the world today.

What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

The most rewarding part of being an author is being able to share stories about the realities of life and the societal issues that are going on around us. I’m able to create characters and share stories that the reader may relate to in some way. The reader may have experienced it themselves, have a family member who has dealt with it or someone else they may know. I get a sense of fulfillment knowing that my books relate to readers and it’s different than the traditional books that you read. I’ve always been good at writing poetry and I have concerns about the world we live in. To be able to incorporate world issues and poetry into books, it’s something I enjoy doing.

What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

The best advice is to brainstorm before you write, write every idea down in a book, write what’s on your mind and learn everything on your own. Be in control of your own destiny, this is a business so do what is best for you in regards to your book(s). Learning how to make book covers, editing your own work, formatting, marketing and writing your own synopsis, it’s great to see all facets of publishing a book.

Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

My writing ritual is I work in the afternoon or at night, I always listen to music, I have something to drink near me and I just write whatever is on my mind. I consult my book that I write all of my ideas in so I know how to write the character’s story. Everything flows when I’m in a zone and I can write for long periods of time once I get in a rhythm.

Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

Definitely not. I went to school for journalism/communications, more on the television production side. I’ve always had goals and aspirations to be working in sports. It wasn’t until last year after a trip to California where I thought of a book idea and The Struggles and Growth of a Man came to mind. After that, things just took off and I started writing all of my book ideas I had. A year later, I’m already 4 books in with another three coming this year.

If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

I would have to say my grandmother because I always enjoyed spending time with her as a kid. Also because she loved to read and I wonder what she’s thinking about my books in heaven right now. She probably enjoys watching over me as I write all of these books about the world. I just hope I’m making her proud along with all of my other family members in heaven.

Would you care to provide an excerpt from one of your books as a sample of your work?

Christina
I am not am a victim of my circumstances,
My life has changed drastically since it happened.
It was just a harmless night of fun with a bunch of friends,
But it all went downhill when I lost track of my friends.
The alcohol got into my body and I was intoxicated,
Things didn’t feel right and everything became a blur.
My memory was fading and I lost track of where I was,
The music felt psychedelic all of a sudden.
My mind and eyes became a trance and people were blurry,
The strobe lights didn’t help the cause as I couldn’t recognize people.
Lost in blurred thoughts and trying not to lose sense of my judgment,
Before I knew it, I was in a room surrounded by men.
I didn’t know what to do as I was helpless,
They were all laughing and knew what they had done to me.
The punch that I was drinking was spiked with a drug,
Now I know why I feel the way I do.
Intoxication, nerves, and horror going through me,
As I’m ready to bolt out of this room but I can’t.
You all know what happened next as my clothes were ripped off,
And 4 men attacked and raped me for a good 30 minutes.
Touching, grabbing, slapping, penetration,
As these drunk cowards were violating me through adrenaline.
I was trying to scream, yell, fight and claw,
But no one can hear me through the loud music downstairs.
Where are my friends? Why haven’t they come looking for me?
All of these thoughts are racing through my mind.
I can’t even describe all that happened to me,
The thought of how they violated me and stole my innocence kills me.
I felt worthless, dirty and not even human when they were done,
The nightmares and flashes running through my head are constant.
As they all left the room, they yelled vulgar things at me,
And threatened me with repercussions if I went to authorities.
Laying there naked and all alone in a corner,
With ripped clothes that I can’t even wear home.
Shit, where is my purse, where is my wallet, cell phone,
Laying in this room in a ball crying my eyes out.
These guys that violated me I know them, I don’t understand,
I thought they were cool and were my friends.
They just wanted to fuck me and thought it was cute,
And then I realized they left evidence in the room.
In a dizzy spell trying to collect myself from my drenched face of tears,
I managed to pull myself together and get dressed.

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