May 16, 2011

Giveaways and Interview with Brenda Youngerman


Brenda Youngerman, author of Disrupted Lives, is visiting The Wytch's Mirror today as the last stop of her virtual blog tour. In addition, Brenda sent me the first chapters of Disrupted Lives and Skewered Halo to make available here at The Wytch's Mirror for readers to download. I read Disrupted Lives several weeks before its release (read my review) and I fell completely in love with the story and the characters. After reading Sorrowed Souls, I became a fan of Brenda's writing as it mirrors real life and stirs up emotions as we face concerns for humanity and how we may respond to circumstances in our every day lives.

I had some questions for Brenda and she agreed to do a second author interview with me. It is my pleasure to share those questions and answers with everyone and to welcome Brenda Youngerman here at The Wytch's Mirror!


Cynthia asks...
Every book beats with a plot that gives life to its pages. After reading Disrupted Lives, I know what the story holds and the message intended to live long after the story ends. With our questions and answers today, I want to open things with you sharing straight to the readers...What is the heart and soul of Disrupted Lives?
Brenda answers....
What a fascinating question....The heart and soul of Disrupted Lives has to be that life is full of challenges and you either let the challenges stop you or you face them and continue on with your dreams. I have always said that you have to be true to yourself and I think that also rings through in Disrupted Lives as well.

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Cynthia asks....
An author loves the characters they create, even the 'evil' ones. Wouldn't you agree?
Brenda answers....
I wholeheartedly agree with you. The characters in a book become a part of the author, or perhaps it is the other way around....I'm not really sure!
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Cynthia asks....
Disrupted Lives has a complete list of them! With that said, how does Fiona fair with you?
Brenda answers....
Fiona....well...Fiona is a product of her upbringing...that is for sure and then of course she is a product of the time she was raised in and then she is so completely lacking in any sense of self-worthiness that she does everything in her power to take control that she basically rolls over anything, anyone and everything in her way. With the loss of Sterling she takes matters in her hands and then loses control of everything.
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Cynthia asks.....
One of the things that struck me about Disrupted Lives is the time-line. Did you know how far back Disrupted Lives would go when you began writing, or did the story grow as you wrote?
Brenda answers.....
I had no idea this book would get this big. . .it just sort of wrote itself. As soon as I started writing the book I kept going further and further back.
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Cynthia asks....
I guess that leads to which came first the characters or the story itself?  Was there a character in particular that Disrupted Lives was written around?
Brenda answers....
Disrupted Lives was originally supposed to be about the mother who gave up her child - which means the book should have been written about Amelia. I actually started out writing the book that way, but then when I introduced Ben and Lori and Chad I had to figure out where they had come from and how Ben had been raised. Fiona sprang to life - well actually took over the story - and I guess the answer to your question is that the story was written around Ben, but he really isn't the main character in the book.
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Cynthia asks...
A rich story such as Disrupted Lives can take some authors years to sort through the facts, get the time-line organized and then to produce such a profound read. Since I am a huge fan, I already have an idea about the answer to this question. However, I am anxious for you to share with other readers how quickly this incredible fiction with a purpose unfolded for you and how long Disrupted Lives actually did take to complete?Brenda answers....
Yeah....this is a very interesting answer and most people won't really believe it ... but Disrupted Lives took 10 weeks to write --- it just poured out of me! I think this was just the story that needed to be told! I loved looking up all the historical facts that are swimming around in this book and I actually fell in love with every one of these characters. They each have such uniquely different personalities. They actually wrote this book - I just listened!
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Thank you Brenda, and I am very much looking forward to your next novel Skewered Halo coming in the Winter of 2012. 

Brenda's Websites:
Brenda Youngerman
Blog - Fiction with a Purpose
Reviews4Reviews

Contact Brenda:
brenda(at)brendayoungerman(dot)com

Brenda's Social Networks:
Twitter, Squidoo, Gather, Facebook

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Giveaways!

Don't miss your chance to enter for a signed copy of Disrupted Lives by Brenda Youngerman, being offered in giveaways at the following blogs.

May 15, 2011

Virtual Book Tour Begins


Virtual Blog Tour Disrupted Lives



Today, things get kicked off at The Wytch's Mirror, with the schedule of stops featuring Disrupted Lives by Brenda Youngerman with giveaways that are open to everyone, everywhere!

Virtual Blog Tour Disrupted Lives

Michelle, The True Book Addict, is hosting tomorrow on May 13th with a guest spot from Brenda. Be sure to visit Michelle to get all the details on how you can enter to win a signed copy of Disrupted Lives, the sixth novel by Brenda Youngerman.

Virtual Blog Tour Disrupted Lives

Then, on May 14th, Brenda writes another guest post for Barb at Sugarbeat's Books! You are going to want to check out that day as well for another chance to win a signed copy of this wonderful book. Barb will have all the details of her giveaway, so check it out!

Virtual Blog Tour Disrupted Lives

Brenda will answer questions for Scather at Scathing Weekly on May 15th.  And! There is another giveaway of a signed copy of Disrupted Lives from our featured author Brenda Youngerman. Be sure to see Scather for of those details on how to enter her giveaway!

Virtual Blog Tour Disrupted Lives

And, don't forget me! Be sure to come back to see me at The Wytch's Mirror for the end of the tour when I'm posting a really wonderful questions and answers that Brenda and I have put together.

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Virtual Book Tour Schedule
featuring:
Disrupted Lives by Brenda Youngerman
May 12 - May 16

May 12 - Schedule Set at The Wytch's Mirror
May 13 - The True Book Addict Guest Post and Giveaway!
May 14 - Sugarbeat's Books Guest Post and Giveaway!
May 15 - Scathing Weekly Questions and Answers with Giveaway!
May 16 - The Wytch's Mirror wraps things up with an author interview.

The giveaways are open to everyone, everywhere!
Visit each host for details on how you can enter to win
a signed copy of Disrupted Lives by Brenda Youngerman!


Virtual Blog Tour Disrupted Lives


May 7, 2011

Call for blogs to host Book Giveaways!

The fiction at The Wytch's Mirror usually consists of something Paranormal. Those books with witches, werewolves, vampires, and fairies, be they evil or good...creates fiction I can not resist. Thrillers and Gothic Literature have defined my need to read.

Brenda Youngerman shares Fiction with a Purpose, and while her books do not scare the reader with blood thirsty vampires, or werewolves fighting their beastly side, Brenda's fiction will cause you to take pause and possibly take a deeper look at the person with in, and how we as individuals respond to others around us and to circumstances in our everyday lives. 



 
Will You Host a Book Giveaway of Disrupted Lives by Brenda Youngerman?

 

 
Dates of Blog Tour
May 12 - May 16


Brenda Youngerman, author of six novels, is organizing a virtual book tour with giveaways of her latest novel Disrupted Lives. We are looking for bloggers to host these giveaways and to be stops for the tour. Brenda has the books ready and waiting to send to the winners. All you need to do is contact one of us and let us know that you are interested.

If you are not familiar with blog tours, please do not let that stop you from joining in. You will find everything you need to host this blog tour and giveaway in this post. If there is something more you need, just let me know.

Brenda writes Fiction. However, it is Fiction with a Purpose! While Brenda's Fiction does not have werewolves, vampires, witches, or fairies, it is Fiction to be cherished long after the reading is done. Her stories always mirror real life and leaves the reader thinking 'Was that a true story?' I can say with certainty Disrupted Lives will absolutely move you, and I am excited to share this wonderful author and book with all of you. If you have not read anything by Brenda Youngerman, all I can say is What on earth are you waiting for? This is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with a great writer and some of the best fiction out there!



About the Tour
To participate in this Virtual Book Tour, please contact Cynthia Jones (The Wytch's Mirror) or the author Brenda Youngerman by Wednesday May 11 indicating your interest in being a tour host. The book tour will run from Thursday May 12 - Monday May 16. Brenda Youngerman is available for guest posts, question/answers and for participating with your blog on the date you choose for the tour.

Brenda is offering a signed copy of Disrupted Lives in a giveaway at each stop of the tour! If you are interested respond ASAP as there are a limited number of copies available for giveaways! Don't miss out on getting your date of the tour and giveaway set! Our contact emails are provided below, let us know that you are interested!


For more information about Disrupted Lives by Brenda Youngerman visit
http://sbpra.com/BrendaYoungerman/

Brenda also shares her Fiction with a Purpose at
http://brendayoungerman.blogspot.com/



Contact:
Cynthia (The Wytch's Mirror)
csescapes@gmail.com

Brenda Youngerman (Author)
brenda@brendayoungerman.com

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*******The following information has been provided for use in conjunction with blog tour dates. Please notify the Cynthia or Brenda with links to find you, and that you are using this information to promote Brenda's latest novel Disrupted Lives.******





  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Eloquent Books (April 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612041922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612041926







Synopsis

A name does not make a person, a person makes a name. Such is the theme of Disrupted Lives, the story of how one adopted child touches and intersects with many lives, but ends up destroying one family name, while building another family's legacy.


Darren and Amelia Kane were high school sweethearts torn apart by war. They reunite and discover that they both must put their nightmares behind them to build a life together. Betrayed by her parents, Amelia was earlier forced to give up their child.


Fiona Porter and Sterling Lake are thrown together as part of a business proposition. They end up surprising both their families by enriching the Lake empire and family name. The Lakes become synonymous with society, power and money, and their children must carry that torch forward at all cost.
When an adopted grandchild is brought into the family, he questions the definition of "family". From 1920 to present-day Georgia, this saga of family secrets and old Southern prejudices are explored in the explosive novel Disrupted Lives.


About the Author

Brenda Youngerman, Author of  Restored Hope, Public Lies, Private Scars, Sorrowed Souls, Hidden Truths,and Disrupted Lives.


Brenda Youngerman lives in Southern California and is writing her next novel, Skewered Halo. "I write what I call 'Fiction With a Purpose', something that I hope takes the reader on a ride so when they put the book down they say, "Was that real?" I also want the messages in the book to stay with them."




Publisher's website: http://www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/DisruptedLives.html


Restored Hope - http://www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/RestoredHope.html
Sorrowed Soul
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http://www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/SorrowedSouls.html
Hidden Truths
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http://www.eloquentbooks.com/HiddenTruths.html
Public Lies
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http://outskirtspress.com/webpage.php?ISBN=9781432712969
Private Scars
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http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000039509
Disrupted Lives - http://www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/DisruptedLives.html



















May 6, 2011

Announcement: Virtual Book Tour with Giveaways!


VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR AND GIVEAWAYS!

Calling for host bloggers and websites for a Virtual Book Tour featuring Disrupted Lives by Brenda Youngerman. The first chapter of Disrupted Lives is available and in celebration of her sixth novel being released, Brenda is also offering us the first chapter of her seventh book Skewered Halo that is due to be released 2012. To read these chapters and/or download them for your convenience, visit the following links.

Disrupted Lives (Chapter One)
Skewered Halo (Chapter One)


About the Tour


To participate in this Virtual Book Tour, please contact Cynthia Jones (The Wytch's Mirror) or the author Brenda Youngerman by Wednesday May 11 indicating your interest in being a tour host. The book tour will run from Thursday May 12 - Monday May 16. Material is ready to be provided for you to use for this book tour, including cover image, author photo, detailed book information and the author Brenda Youngerman is available for guest posts, question/answers and for participating with your blog on the date you choose for the tour.

Brenda is also offering a signed copy of Disrupted Lives in a giveaway at each stop of the tour! If you are interested respond ASAP as there are a limited number of copies available for giveaways! Don't miss out on getting your date of the tour and giveaway set! Our contact emails are provided below, let us know that you are interested!


For more information about Disrupted Lives by Brenda Youngerman visit
http://sbpra.com/BrendaYoungerman/


Brenda also shares her Fiction with a Purpose at
http://brendayoungerman.blogspot.com/


Contact:
Cynthia (The Wytch's Mirror)
csescapes@gmail.com

Brenda Youngerman (Author)
brenda@brendayoungerman.com



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