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D. Lawrence-Young

Will Shakespeare is a young lad, happy to work at school, but happier really when he is writing long love poems and short plays. Unfortunately, his father, having fallen on hard times has to send Will out to earn his own living. 

Eventually managing to convince his family that his pen and education will provide a better living than by making gloves in his father’s shop, Will sets off for London and the new and exciting world of the theatre. 

Elizabethan London is like no other place in the world, with its sights, smells, opportunities and constant danger. While Will is forging his career and making new friends in the theatre, including the alluring Dark Lady of the Sonnets, he must also be very careful of those he mixes with. The Tudor capital is a treacherous place at the best of times, and there are ever-listening ears everywhere. William Shakespeare has to be on guard at all times, especially when he is forced to become a government spy. 

Based on a wide range of sources, D. Lawrence-Young has written a fascinating novel that helps us answer the question: What was Shakespeare doing during his so-called “Lost Years?’
D. Lawrence-Young has been teaching and lecturing on drama, history and English for many years. He is happiest when researching Shakespeare, English and military history. He has written Communication in English, a best-selling English language textbook as well as a dozen other historical novels. These include three based on the life of Shakespeare. 
He contributes regularly to Forum, a magazine for English language teachers and has also written several articles for Skirmish, a military history journal. He is a member of the local history club and is the Chairman of the Jerusalem Shakespeare Society. He is also a published (USA) and exhibited (UK and Jerusalem) photographer. He plays the clarinet (badly) and is married and has three children.
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Sydney Rye is coming to Audio and we need your help picking the narrator!
Emily Kimelman’s “Sydney Rye” series features a strong female protagonist and her rescue dog, Blue. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don’t mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!
Haven’t read Sydney Rye yet? Download the first book, UNLEASHED, for free on Amazon, iTunes, B&N, or Kobo and see how she sounds in your head then vote for the best narrator!
Voting enters you to win all sorts of great prizes including Amazon gift cards, signed books, and the finished Audio book! Add to your chances of winning by joining Emily’s email list, liking her Facebook page, or telling your friends about the contest.
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More about UNLEASHED:
UNLEASHED is the first book in Emily Kimelman’s best selling Sydney Rye series of mysteries.
When the series begins Sydney Rye is named Joy Humbolt. She does not like people telling her what to do, so it comes as no surprise that she was just fired from her last job. When she buys Charlene Miller’s dog-walking business on Manhattan’s exclusive upper east side, it seems like the perfect fit: Quiet environment, minimal contact with people.
But then one of her clients turns up dead, and Charlene disappears. Rumors say Charlene was having an affair with the victim—and of course, everyone assumes Joy must know where she is. Joy begins to look into the crime, first out of curiosity then out of anger when there is another murder and threats start to come her way.
When police detective Mulberry is assigned to the case, Joy finds a kindred spirit—cynical and none-too-fond of the human race. As they dig deep into the secrets of Manhattan’s elite, they not only get closer to the killer but also to a point of no return. One last murder sends Joy Humbolt hurtling over the edge. Her only chance of survival is to become Sydney Rye.
The Rest of The Sydney Rye Series:
DEATH IN THE DARK (A Sydney Rye Novella, #2) 
INSATIABLE (A Sydney Rye Novel, #3)
STRINGS OF GLASS (A Sydney Rye Novel, #4)
THE DEVIL’S BREATH (A Sydney Rye Novel, #5) Coming April 2014
Emily Kimelman Biography
Emily Kimelman is the author of the best selling “Sydney Rye” series of mystery novels including UNLEASHED, DEATH IN THE DARK, INSATIABLE, STRINGS OF GLASS and the forthcoming THE DEVIL’S BREATH. Emily lives with her husband, Sean Gilvey, and their dog, Kinsey Millhone “Pup Detective”, on a trawler docked in the Hudson Valley during the summer. She spends her winters traveling to where ever the next Sydney Rye Novel takes place. Right now she is in Costa Rica working on Sydney Rye #6.
If you’ve read Emily’s work and liked it please contact her. She loves hearing from readers. You can reach Emily via email ejkimelman@gmail.com or on twitter @ejkimelman. Follow her on Instagram to see pictures from Emily’s latest adventures. Visit www.emilykimelman.com to learn more about Emily and the Sydney Rye series.
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Rossandra White answers a few questions
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 “Loveyoubye is jam-packed with warmth and humor, heartbreak and healing, and unexpected twists.”~Ana Maria Spagna, author of Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness
“Any woman who has stayed in a marriage, or relationship, longer than she should have, will see herself in these pages.”~Deborah Batterman, Pushcart nominee and author of Shoes Hair Nails
A collision of crises on two continents forces Rossandra White to face the truth. Just as her American husband disappears to Mexico, her brother’s health crisis calls her back home to Africa, and her beloved dog receives a fatal diagnosis. She faces down her demons to make a painful decision: stay in a crumbling marriage, or leave her husband of twenty-five years and forge a new life alone.
You can read the first chapter on Jukepop Serials.

1. Hello Rossandra White What inspired you to write this particular story?
_65R1228--croppedIt started out as a way for me to let off steam (and gain a sense of sanity) after my husband of twenty-five years started disappearing for weeks at a time without apology or explanation.
2. Describe your writing in three words.
That’s a hard one. Instead, how about I share a couple of Amazon reviews for my memoir, Loveyoubye : “… an honest book written by a woman with the soul of a poet.”  “… the author tells her husband’s side of the story with generosity and love, with sympathy and candor.” And finally, people say my books are an “easy” read.
3. What authors inspire or influence your work?
Barbara Kingsolver, Carol Shields, Mary Karr, Abigail Thomas, Raymond Chandler, and countless others.
4. Is the Thesaurus one of your best writing friends?
Definitely. I want each and every word to count. Finding the exact word is vital.
5. How Does Your Writing Process Work?
So far I’ve been prompted to write by a need to resolve some issue deep inside me, to scratch an itch I can’t quite locate.  I’ve done this without an outline, without a particular direction. I’ve “pantsed” it—flying by the seat of my pants, discovering as I go. However, I’d love to be able to outline a story. Hasn’t worked so far.
6. What project(s) are you working on now?
I’m doing a final sweep through Monkey’s Wedding, my YA novel set in Zimbabwe. It was almost published back in the late 90s, but my publisher merged with another house and I was dumped. I went on to write the sequel, Mine Dances (set in Zambia), which I’ll spiff up next. Then it’s on to getting them both published. Wait. There’s more, I’m going to turn Loveyoubye into an audiobook. Yes. I know, I’d better get cracking.
7. Where can readers find you and your book(s) online?
What people are saying about the book
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Loveyoubye: Holding Fast, Letting Go, and Then There’s the Dog
“…the heart of this satisfying memoir is White’s inner battle to find her peace with the ever-intriguing, ever-unanswerable conundrum: What do we owe those we love—and what do they owe us?” ~Jill Smolowe, author of Three Funerals and a Wedding
“…a bold and powerful voice…something we could all learn a lesson from.” ~RedCity Review
“…from the jungles of Africa to the beaches of Southern California. Rossandra writes with heart and wisdom.” ~Anita Hughes, author of Monarch Beach, Market Street, and Lake Como


Loveyoubye captures in one word the dual themes woven with grace and agility throughout this magnificent memoir—the universal and often simultaneous experiences of love and loss.” ~Thomas White, author of The Wisdom of Sons


Rossandra White was born in South Africa and grew up in Nkana, Zambia. Family holidays were either trips down to South Africa to visit family, over the border into the Congo, or trips up to East Africa accompanied by Corky, their parrot. As well as Loveyoubye, she is the author of two YA novels, Monkey’s Wedding and Mine Dances, which are set in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

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Author Hazel Blackthorn is a lifelong activist for LGBTQ+ rights and intersectionality in activism.

What is your book about?            His Brother’s Keeper is about many things, but the main character, Leo is at the epicenter of all of the things going on. He’s a runaway who ended up caught up in this underworld of gangs fighting for control of the city. This turf war is pretty serious business since there’s nothing outside of Paragon City. What’s within its walls— that’s it. There is nothing else. To make a living, Leo works as a professional companion; not the most dignified of jobs. Part of the story though is about how Leo learns to value himself just as he is. He learns that his worth has nothing to do with other peoples’ opinions of him. Of course, there’s tons of action too, as the three factions in the Junkyard fight against each other. 

What inspired you to write this particular story (and/or series)?            I started dreaming it up over a decade ago, and my inspiration comes from several key things. I loved video games growing up and those stories within them just as much as I loved my favorite novels. I knew from early on that I was “different” and desperately wanted to find characters like me in the same grand stories that I loved. More often than not, I came up empty handed. I was even further disappointed when I realized that the majority of queer fiction in the local library were all historical fiction or slice-of-live type novels. Totally boring to me— even though I know that the narratives in those stories are very important to queer culture, they left me snoring. I wanted to go on adventures with queer people! I wanted gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and asexual heroes, wizards, mercenaries, bartenders— you name it! In the end I realized that if you wanted something done right, you’d best just do it yourself…
Are your characters in the book based on anyone you know?          Yes; one main character is based on the person I was with for six years before they left me with little or no closure. I’ll leave it up to everyone else to speculate on which character that is. I can tell you one thing: The character is not a villain. 
What authors inspire or influence your work?            So, so many! my biggest influences are definitely Anne Rice, Garth Nix, K.A. Applegate, and Cassandra Clare.
What project(s) are you working on now?            I’ve got two major ones in the works! I’m writing the sequel to His Brother’s Keeper, The Mark of Cain which is due out on October 13th. The other project is a supernatural romance/action story for teens based in my hometown of Des Moines Iowa. It’s a twist on the popular vampire stories floating around out there— and includes a blood feud between the undead vampires and the immortal alchemists. The series is called The Sempiternal Soul, and book one is Amaranth. Look for it this winter, and follow me on tumblr at hazelblackthorn.tumblr.com for updates on release dates. 
Hazel BlackthornHazel Blackthorn is from Des Moines, Iowa. The author spends most of their time with video games, pets, and of course writing. Hazel graduated valedictorian of their high school class and has been a lifelong activist for LGBTQ+ rights and intersectionality in activism.


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