Giveaway Winner Announcement

So, I had two giveaways end yesterday. First, I would like to say thank you to everyone who took the time to enter and for those of you who helped make this Author Spotlight successful. Winners, I sincerely hope you enjoy your prize!

As for the Book of the Month (BotM) Giveaway, the lucky winner is Kelslove who won a hardcover copy of Forbidden. Congratulations!

The next is from the Author Spotlight Giveaway. Margaret Chatwin is generously giving away a paperback copy of all three of her published works to Alex. Congratulations Alex!
Update: Due to Alex not claiming his prize within the allotted 48 hours the winner is Lisa. Congrats Lisa!

I have a lot more exciting giveaways to come and hope that you guys stay tuned and take out the time to enter. 🙂

Sweet So Fragile Giveaway Winner

As many of you know, as part of our Author Spotlight we hosted a giveaway of Margaret Chatwin’s novel Sweet So Fragile. And the winner is Nuzaifa. Congratulations!!! Be sure to keep tabs on your inbox as Margaret Chatwin should be in touch soon… I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did!

Don’t forget guys that as this month’s Author Spotlight progresses we will continue to have many exciting giveaways. So keep your eyes peeled and don’t forget to enter in the current giveaway of Taking the Fall.

Book Review: Taking The Fall + Giveaway

Title: Taking the Fall

Author: Margaret Chatwin

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Synopsis: Karen Hill does not need a hero clad in shining armor! She has never been saved by anyone except herself, and the last thing she needs is Michael Tanner claiming he’s going to save her now. Save her from what? As far as she’s concerned, he’s the only thing she needs saving from! Under Cover Narcotics Officer Mike Tanner is accustomed to being patient. Waiting and watching to see how things will play out. During his latest case, he has discovered that SharShay Cosmetic Company is distributing a major amount of pure cocaine and that the owner of the company, Miss Hill, is oblivious to it all. He’s content to let it stay that way, until a naive comment she makes put her life – and his – in jeopardy.

My Review: I am sorely tempted to give a recap of the storyline but will do you the favor of not repeating the blurb in my own words. 🙂

Mike is a very sexy character. I’ll be honest and say that I found him physically attractive although I have no clue what so ever what his facial features are. I’m not sure if Chatwin simply didn’t put enough of an emphasis on it or if I was simply an unobservant reader. (I believe its the latter) But he had a very nice body. Haha, let’s say that is the understatement of the year. He is truly a very sexy character. But more than physically, he is pretty much the ideal man. He is caring, brave, strong, attentive, sensitive, protective, funny… I feel that if I finish the last sentence with a period and forgot some amazing feature, I wouldn’t be doing him justice. He is a character I seriously enjoyed reading about and getting to know. He was pretty much the highlight of the book for me. I found that if he was a part of a certain scene, I would enjoy that part of the book exponentially more. He was witty and fun and always a joy to see what he would do and say next.

Karen is someone who I didn’t care too much for as the story began. I found her to be naive, defensive, rude, self absorbed… However, as the story line progresses, she still tends to be these things but we not only begin to understand why she is that way but we also see another side to her. Once the reader gets to know Karen, she really is an alright person. Chatwin does a great job developing her character.

I loved seeing their romance take shape. They are a couple that truly compliment each other and are clearly meant for one another. They go through a few different stages and them fighting their attraction for one reason or the other and it was fun to watch. One of the things I enjoyed most is the chemistry they share. It is all PG-13. Although there is a bit of a steamy scene somewhere in there…

About three quarters into the book, there is a lull where the excitement and romance are considerably at ease. I still enjoyed this lull but after the fast pace, actions scenes and the pleasant romance I felt as if I was going through some sort of withdrawal. Not that these things weren’t present in the mentioned scenes, they were simply done at a slower pace.

Taking the Fall is a great read. It is witty, romantic (why does it always come down to this for me?), funny and definitely a book that will be enjoyed.

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

For a chance to win a free PDF copy of Margaret Chatwin’s novel Taking the Fall fill out the form below. Last day to enter is September 23, 2012.

Guest Post: BOYS -VS- GIRLS by Margaret Chatwin

Guest posts. They remind me of those days back in high school English class when your teacher lays a blank sheet of paper on everyone’s desk and says, “Write.”
Immediately a hand shoots up but the question can’t wait to be called upon. “Write about what?”
“Anything you want.”
Has terror ever sealed off your airway any faster?
You’re fully aware that “Mr. Freedom” is only trying to teach independent thinking, but you want nothing more than to be held prisoner within the confines of one subject and one subject only.
Dude, seriously, why can’t he just pick a subject? It can’t possibly be that hard, can it?
Your mind starts to reel, your breathing restricts, your eyes roll back and just short of complete comatose, you realize something. You realize that this might not be as panic worthy as you originally thought. In fact, it might actually be kinda cool.
Okay, so now that you’ve determined you’ll survive, you’re still faced with the arduous task of finding a subject to write about.

I’ve heard it said that the best gift you can give a writer is an idea. I second, third and fourth that. It’s absolutely true! So I must thank Tiffany for the idea of this blog post. At first, she was like “Mr. Freedom,” telling me I could write about anything I wanted. But then, during her interview questions she tossed out an idea seed and it started to take root within me. Her question was this: What is the biggest constant that you draw inspiration from?
Don’t worry; I’m not going to answer the question again. If you want to find the answer you can go read the interview. But I thought I’d expand on the tail end of my answer.
Why are nearly all of my stories written from the male point of view?
It’s really easy to just say “I don’t know, that’s just the way it is,” which is what I did in the interview question. However, there has to be some answer, doesn’t there? Some reasonable and logical explanation for this common occurrence.
It is kind of odd after all; a woman writing from a guy’s point of view, especially a woman like me.
What do I mean by that? Well, perhaps the explanation holds some of the answers to the original question.
I am the oldest child in my family. I have seven siblings. (Yes, I know what you’re thinking and I’ve already heard all the jokes.) Six of my siblings are girls. The one and only brother I do have is sixteen years younger than me, and was just a little guy when I left home.
So basically, like the unicorn, boys are mystical, mysterious creatures to me. I fantasize about them the way other writers do vampires or fairies.
Guys intrigue me and I love those times when I’m watching them, listening to them, or reading about them and for a moment I can completely connect to them.
I guess I just want to get inside their heads sometimes. Think their thoughts, feel their emotions, walk and talk the way they do.
Don’t get me wrong, I love being a woman, and I love my female characters as well. But for reasons I can’t quite explain, I have a really hard time writing a girl as my lead character. I did give it a try with my book Taking the Fall but you’ll have to judge for yourself how I did.
Wait, while sitting here thinking about this I just had an epiphany and maybe I have it somewhat figured out. It goes like this; nearly every woman I know is tender, soft spoken, kind, and gentle. Stories, on the other hand, need to be edgy, raw, and problematic, which is the way I view man. (Sorry guys.)
So maybe subconsciously I use the male to toughen the story, and the female to soften it. However, I must admit that’s not always the way it comes across on the pages. I have a tendency to make my girls pretty determined and strong. Which is what we women are, after all, isn’t it? 🙂
 

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101 Giveaway Winner: Congrats!

Hey Guys! Thank you to all who entered our 101 Giveaway. I want to announce our winner as Carla! Congratulations! Be sure to keep tabs on your inbox as Margaret Chatwin should be in touch soon… I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did!

Don’t forget guys that as this month’s Author Spotlight progresses we will continue to have many exciting giveaways. So keep your eyes peeled and don’t forget to enter in the current giveaway of Sweet So Fragile.

Book Review: Sweet So Fragile + Giveaway

Title: Sweet So Fragile

Author: Margaret Chatwin

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Synopsis: During a robbery, Jace Sullivan’s wife, Cari, was murdered. If that wasn’t bad enough, she was seven months pregnant when it happened. Though medics were able to save the child, the unfavorable circumstances behind the premature delivery has left baby Colton with severe health issues.
Now, while trying to pick up the pieces of his own shattered life, Jace must watch helplessly as his son desperately fights to keep his fragile life. Meanwhile, his teenage daughter, Jorry, seems to be carelessly throwing hers away.

My Review: The story overall was pretty good. I once read one of her interviews where she said she’d never like to live in one of her books… Now I’m understanding why. It seems that a popular theme in her books are the tough things that one would like to pretend don’t really exist but tend to be the reality in people’s lives.

Characters: Sweet So Fragile seems to revolve around three characters- they are also the narrators.

  • Jace is my favorite character of the three. I found him to be realistic and relatable. He, I believe, had the toughest of struggles and I found myself emotionally attached to the book and his character. Chatwin really has a way of reeling the reader in.
  • Jorry tended to really get on my nerves. I don’t think I have ever encountered such an idiotic character. Although Chatwin does a great job of capturing teenage angst it was not easy to read. I think she perfectly captured the feeling of being misunderstood. But wow was it frustrating to see. Although I was never near Jorry scale of teenage stupidity, by the time I finished reading this book I felt the need to call my mom and apologize for all my teenage acts of rebellion. Needless to say, this book really got to me.
  • Shara plays Jace’s love interest. She loves with all her heart. She is selfless and endearing. She represents the struggles stepmoms and women who date fathers go through.

I sadly found the romance to be too realistic. Ridiculous, I know. When the attraction became apparent between Jace and Shara I was expecting to see some crazy world wind romance. The kind of thing that is only found in novels. But no, their relationship was very realistic. With all of the baggage that Jace had: his love for his dead wife, his children- one of them being sick, another an idiotic and suicidal seeming teenager, and a dangerous career. Im not saying they didn’t have a nice romance, as they did. It’s just that I wish it had a little more pizzazz, a touch of fairy dust or something equally magical.

Sweet so fragile is a pretty good book. It’s captivating and I enjoyed reading it. However, this book wasn’t always easy to swallow. It is very realistic and deals with some tough issues. I would recommend this book to people who tend to forget to appreciate the good in life and those who simply need to know that at the end of the day, things will work themselves out- that things will get better. It’s definitely an eye opener. This a book that both teenagers and adults can gain something from.

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

For a chance to win a free PDF copy of Margaret Chatwin’s novel Sweet So Fragile fill out the form below:

Interview: Margaret Chatwin


Margaret Chatwin who is our Spotlighted Author for the month of September has granted me this wonderful interview. I really had a great time doing this interview and learning more about this amazing writer. I hope you readers will enjoy this just as much. 😉

Q: You have described yourself as a closet writer; what particular thought or event led you to finally share your writing with the world?

A: It’s kind of funny you ask that question and I debate about how to answer because the truth isn’t the most positive story. But I guess it ends well, so here goes. When I was younger I wrote only for my own entertainment. In fact I was pretty embarrassed to even let people know I wrote. I kept all my stories hidden in a box in the closet and only a select few was ever allowed to read them.

Then, for some reason, about two years ago I got really excited about writing and it was all I wanted to talk about. Yes, I was one of those people. You know, the annoying kind that won’t shut up about a certain subject.

Wait, it gets worse.

Being the very private person that I am, I only had one trusted friend that I dared talk to about my writing and . . . yep, you guessed it, I finally drove that person straight up the wall.
In an attempt to avoid permanent residency on the loony farm, this person was forced to tell me they were sick of hearing about it.

I can laugh about it now, but at the time I was very angry and I said, “fine, I’ll go find someone else who wants to talk about my books with me.”

So, with hostile determination I published my first book. Yes, I did it as a get even thing, but as it turns out, I’m very glad I did and it was just the push I needed.
PS my friend is still my friend and has been a great support to me and my writing.

Q: After writing over fifty novels what made you decide to only publish three?

A: It’s really only about time. Simply haven’t had time to get more out there yet. I just began publishing my books last year. I got Taking the Fall and Sweet so Fragile published in 2011 and 101 in 2012.

I do plan on getting more books out there in the future, though. I’d probably be faster at it if I didn’t have one of those “normal” day job thingies. Oh, and if all my manuscripts were already in the computer. But they’re not. I wrote them the old fashioned way; pen and paper.

It takes me about three months to totally update the story and enter it into the computer. Then it’s on to editing and covers, and that usually takes a month or so. Once I have all that done I send for the copyright which is another three month wait.

I do have to admit, the next book has been on hold simply because so much of my time and attention has gone into marketing the three books I already have out. There is so much to learn and do when you self-publish, but I’ve had a blast with it all.

Q: What can we look forward to with your next novel?

A: Well, I haven’t decided which one to put out next. I’ve been working, on and off, on three different stories. One is bran new and would be a dystopian. But in all this time I’ve only managed to make it to chapter four. (Insert eye roll here.)

The other two are older stories that are already in manuscript form and are partly typed up. One I was thinking about calling, By Blood & Will, but don’t quote me on that. I change titles like I change underwear. It’s about a washed up superstar. The dude used to be “it” when he was a teen, although he never wanted to be.

Rob is a music prodigy whose father exploited his talent and pushed him until he broke. Until the unthinkable happened. (I won’t say what that is ‘cause that would be a bit of a spoiler.) Anyway, Rob wants nothing more than to just fade away, except now he can’t because his father, who’s the un-nicest guy ever, still holds a music contract on him. The contract is virtually unbreakable and no respectable lawyer will even try to help him because of how well known and evil his father is.
Enter the struggling, starving, newbie attorney who just happens to be a beautiful woman, and we have the makings of a romance. But wait, I failed to mention that these two just happen to have a rough and rocky history together.

The last book would probably be called, Lines of Courage. It’s about a “good boy” turned drug addict.

Dane comes from an awesome family but has distanced himself from them because of his habit. They know nothing about his problem and he’ll do anything to keep it that way – lie, cheat, steal, even destroy precious relationships.
I’m a little hesitant about putting this story out there because the main character, though he does have some redeeming qualities, is actually the antagonist. I’m just not sure how readers will receive that and I don’t want to get yelled at or have a page full of one star ratings. I was thinking about putting a disclaimer on the book. Something to warn that this guy is more of a zero than a hero. 🙂

Q: Is there anything you want your readers to know about you?

A: I can’t spell and my grammar and punctuation would make every English teacher I’ve had from K to 12 pass flat out. It really is that terrible. If I didn’t have help from Word Perfect, Ivona Reader, and from good friends and family, I would NEVER have published. The moral of this story is, don’t let your weaknesses cripple you like mine did for so long. Find ways to work around them.

Q: What is the biggest constant that you draw inspiration from?

A: Wow, I like that question. It’s really making me think because I’ve never looked at things from that direction before.

This might sound weird but the one and only constant that I can think of is a feeling. I always have a distinct feeling come over me when I’m about to be inspired to write. It’s a weird, uneasy, yet totally at peace feeling. It makes my stomach flutter with excitement at the same time that it numbs my brain. I have never felt it at any other time than when a character is about to manifest his entire self to me.

I say “him” because nearly every story I’ve ever written has a male main character. I don’t know why, it just is.

Q: If you can have one lasting impression on your readers what would you want it to be?

A: I hope that each and every one of my readers walk away from my books feeling a little more tolerant and forgiving.

On the exception of Mike from Taking the Fall, (‘cause he’s just plain perfect. And yes, those are hearts circling my head.) I’ve tried, really hard, to create characters that are real. Ones that have weaknesses, make mistakes, and say stupid things. Characters that the readers will need to forgive and accept. By doing this, I’m hoping that it will carry over into real life. That people will be more willing to look at those around them a little differently. That they will try to find the good in others and be a little more open minded about what might be behind a persons actions.

Q: As far as being a writer, what is your biggest aspiration?

A: Being that I came from a time where I was embarrassed to even admit I wrote, my aspirations were really quite low. (Which might explain why I’ve never sent anything into a conventional publisher.) I guess I kept them that way so that I wouldn’t get hurt. Can’t fall far if you’re already on the ground.

Since publishing, I’ve really only wanted two things from my writing. One; I want to know if others think and feel the same way I do, or if I’m just some weirdo tapping keys on the keyboard. And two; I want to give my readers something to feel. I want them to experience something that will move them. I want to make them laugh and cry and connect to that one thing that makes us all human; emotion.

Q: Lastly, being that you are now in the Spotlight, are there any parting thoughts you would like to share?

A: Enjoy life.
Look for the positive in everything around. You’ll find yourself much happier and better able to meet challenges head on if you do. (Trust me, my halo isn’t always on straight in this area, so this is as much a personal reminder as it is advice.) 🙂

Q: Where can readers follow you?

A: Well, if you want to leave a review or see what other readers are saying about my books, or if you just want to read my occasional blogs, I suggest going to Goodreads. http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5342646.Margaret_Chatwin

If you want to follow me on Facebook my link is: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Margaret-Chatwin-Author/308495362497433

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Remember, you have until September 8th to enter to win a copy of Margaret Chatwin’s book 101. To enter please: click here.

Guests Reviews: 101 + Giveaway

Since I have already reviewed 101, I have decided to give you guys someone else’s opinion of the book. One lucky person will walk away with a free pdf copy of this book. The last day to enter to win a copy of 101 is Saturday September 8th. The entry form is at the end of this post.

Title: 101

Author: Margaret Chatwin

Synopsis: How do you get desperately needed answers when no one is talking? Who do you trust in a place full of criminals, a place where it’s easy to mistake friends for enemies and enemies for friends? And how is it possible for one girl to seemingly vanish into thin air, especially when the place is surrounded by sixteen foot high electric fences?
When Trigg and his sister Ren are sentenced to township 101 for the crime of defending themselves, and Ren suddenly comes up missing, Trigg must ask himself these same questions.
Something else he’d like to know is, how do you survive when the flaws of the NAO’s justice system has turned a simple punishment into a game of life or death?

Our first review is Elisa’s of Lost Inside the Covers.

Elisa’s Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

It is so intense! I love it, but I have to go bury my head in the sand a bit.
Full on tears as I finished this book…at work no less. I am a freaking mess, runny nose, drippy eyes, ugh! This book pitbulled me at the beginning. It grabbed me by the throat and shook me around forcing me to read, read, read. Then it slowed down, the pitbull relaxed its jaws magically and I could read at my own pace. At the end, it stood there growling at me, scaring me to death because it had a crazy look in its eye. Someone was going to die and I was a big fat chicken and took my time to get there. I finished finally, just now. I read the last few pages and am now a so in love with this mean old book I can’t stand it. I won this ebook from Today in Shenaya and really enjoyed the Pledged characters interview with the 101 characters. Click here to check it out.

101 is a YA, sort of dystopian book about a government where there is no mercy, no light sentences, only super harsh “justice”. Any and all infractions of the law are treated the same. You are thrown in a township surrounded by electrified fences and men with guns in the middle of nowhere to serve your time. I guess a lighter crime just gives you less time in the township. You live with other criminals. The government doesn’t much care if you are killed, it just means you are out of the system. Anyone who kills anyone is killed themselves, problem solved! Less criminals to deal with.

Trigg and his sister Ren are thrown in township 101 when they are caught escaping their abusive father in his car and are convicted for car theft. They are immediately separated and Trigg spends a lot of time trying to find Ren. That is when the pitbull let me breathe a little. This becomes a jail story. You find out the hierarchy, who is really ruling things around there and Trigg learns, eventually, to fight back. His father’s abuse caused Trigg to just take the beatings so his sister would stay out of the bullseye. To survive in 101, he needs to learn how to fight. There is graffiti on the house next to his, Kill or be Killed and it is true in the township. Trigg learns how to be a survivor, a leader and a man. Sometimes being a pacifist isn’t enough, your non-action will doom you, while an offensive might just work. You have to fight for what you believe in and those you love to elicit change.

This was a harsh book, with violence and killings and rape, luckily we are told about, not shown the rape. But it also includes love, friendship and affection. The characters are excellently drawn and I enjoyed both the good ones and the bad ones quite a bit. The ending culminated and was over quite quickly and a little conveniently, but it works. This book is going to stick with me for a long time. If you like YA and can handle the tough stuff, I encourage you to read it. 4.5 stars.

Our next review is from Ymelda who gave it 4 of 5 Paws. Here’s what she had to say:

​Ok, so I picked up this novel, 101 by Margaret Chatwin. It was not by my own accord, as I have never heard of her (it’s cool, she has no clue who I am either). My sister recommended this book to me. I was a tad bit skeptical because this is the same person that told me that Twilight was a wonderfully written love story, and we all know that’s not true. Against my better judgment I followed her advice and I’m thankful I did. **little note here, this does not mean that I will stop questioning her choice in literature** Although I am not an indie author connoisseur, I am now definitely a fan thanks to Ms. Chatwin’s words. 101 is a dystopian novel…go ahead Google it….I’ll wait….. Its ok, I did the same exact thing!
Ok, now that you are familiar with DYSTOPIA, as am I, (my word of the day… I intend to use it in all of my conversations today!) this book gives us insight to what a world would be like with a no mercy type of law. If you break it, you pay for it. I used to be a firm believer of this idea that there should be no excuses. If you commit the crime then face the consequences and they should always be the same across the board. I failed to recognize the small cases where one must make use of our human instinct and empathize with criminals and have some kind of heart prior to passing judgment.
101 takes us on a journey of Trigg Hale and his sister Ren. Ren has committed a crime in order to save the life of her brother. Trigg takes Ren and attempts to flee in order to begin a new life elsewhere, unfortunately, they are stopped and arrested. Leading to their sentencing, we learn about the justice system and how each criminal is taken to the same living facility without concern over what crime was committed. All law breakers were cohabitating and basically living a life under a watchful eye, but creating their own laws within. Let me stop here for a second. I loved the introduction of the book and I loved the development of the characters. What made it hard to follow for me was the time that they were sentenced to for the crimes they committed.
**SPOILER** You see, I love the law and tend to know a bit about criminal law. In the state of Florida, if one shoots INTENTIONALLY another person, you can be charged with life as this is attempted murder (granted if the dude/dudedette survives). In this book Ren was charged with shooting her father and was sentenced to eight years. EIGHT YEARS!!! C’mon now, this is supposed to be a legal system without mercy! Show me no mercy. That is a piece of cake compared to the type of things we deal with on a daily basis. Trigg, who stole his father’s car, and was an accessory to attempted murder only got three years. In today’s society that would grant you at least fifteen years, depending on your attorney. Needless to say that this took me out of the story for a bit and I had to work myself back in and pretend that this was “harsh” punishment.
Once I did get back into the book, I was introduced to the most hateful Lucifer like human in the world, Ace. This dude was hot. Charismatic like no ones business and someone that you just want the worst pain in the world to rain down on him and soak his body with an acid that will slowly decay every living cell in his body and cause them to pop. As each cell in his body begins to pop, I want his brain to register the pain and there is nothing he can do about it because he is tied down and each acidic rain drop is falling slowly starting with his feet and working its way up. Slow, antagonizing death….matter of fact while we wait for each cell in his body to pop, there should be an army of rabid monkeys biting at him and stabbing him with alcohol soaked daggers to intensify his pain. Yeah, totally hated his character.
Actually, I hated his demise a little more. I just wish that Ms. Chatwin would have given me a little more insight into his **SPOILER** death. I wanted to see him suffer for the pain that he caused. Sorry, I’m getting ahead of myself. I really hate Ace.
Any who, Trigg spends his time hunting for his sister. It takes him forever, but he made a few decent friends while imprisoned. They help him find her and once he has her, all hell breaks loose. He’s number one on Ace’s most hated list and this dude makes sure that Trigg knows it.
Along the path of survival, Trigg realizes that Ace is up to something. Something that will change the lives of all those incarcerated. There’s nothing he can do, or is there?
I don’t want to give too much away on this book, but I must say that it’s a must read. There were a couple of grammatical errors (yeah, you’ll probably find some on my review too, but I’m just saying) and the whole legal thing made me loose interest for a second. Overall though, this book is an excellent read. It has a great story line. The characters were well developed (as demonstrated by my hatred toward Ace) and towards the end, her words had me jumping out of my seat. This was my first introduction to indie writing and I have to say it will not be my last. She has a couple of other books available and I believe, that I will be purchasing one right now. On my Jeter scale (Jeter is my pup) I give 101 four paws…
P.S- To my little sister with a questionable taste in books, stop smiling, I still don’t respect you for reading and loving Twilight. =)

Now for a chance to win a copy of 101 just fill out the form below:

September Author Spotlight

As many of you know, the Author Spotlight begins this month. I am very excited about this and hope that you will enjoy all that the Author Spotlight has to offer this month. So drumroll please. This month we will all enjoy the pleasure of getting to know and appreciating the work of:

Author Margaret Chatwin has called Roosevelt, Utah home for the past twelve years, but her roots are in the the beautiful Heber valley. Since the age of thirteen Margaret has been taking amazing adventures through her writing. Writing has always been very personal and private to her. Recently, however, she has chosen to share her talent with the world.

She has written over fifty novels, and currently has three published.

Margaret likes to “mix it up,” writing many different types of books within the fiction genre.

I had two reasons for wanting to start the Author Spotlight. One is Margaret Chatwin and the other you will meet next month, as she is our next spotlighted author.

Until recently I had no idea what an Indie Author was or how tough the plight of the self-published writer could be. I happened to of have picked up Margaret’s book 101 in Goodreads Shut Up & Read group for a Read it & Reap. This is a program where writers giveaway a limited number of books to readers in return for a review. By the time I was done reading it, I did my usual of stalking the author. I know that may sound extreme, but all I mean by that is that I like to know more about writer’s whose books I enjoy. I like to see what other books they have published and check out their blogs… Stuff like that. So yes this is the norm for me. So as I begin my background check on Margaret I found out what an indie writer is. I was already in love with her book and I felt a certain way about her the more I learned. What way you ask? I cared. I wanted to help this amazing writer who clearly wasn’t getting the proper amount of recognition for her book. At some point after reading her book I reached out to her and to be honest, helping her was one of the reasons I rushed to start my blog. She is someone I want the world to know about.

I have had a great time collaborating with Margaret to make this possible. If you are wondering what it is you can expect, here it is: Margaret has three published works, which will be featured this month. Every week one of these books will be reviewed and you, the reader, will have seven days to enter to win a free pdf copy of that book. That is until the last week of the month where Margaret will generously be giving a paperback copy of all three books to one lucky winner. Everyone will have a chance to enter. However, in trying something new the last giveaway will accompany a quiz in which every correct answer gives an additional entry to the entrant. The quiz will be limited to the posts pertaining to the Author Spotlight.

Extra: 101

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Ok, so as you guys know I recently read and reviewed 101 by Margaret Chatwin. And again, really enjoyed it. While checking out a fellow bloggers review she mentioned that she wished we had more of a back story. You can check out her great review here: Ylogs. Well I whole heartedly agreed with her. And Chatwin fulfilled that wish. So for those of you who read 101 and also wished to understand why Trigg’s father was the way he was here is your answer. You can read Trigg’s explanation by following the link but here is an except:
From: Trigg:

Yes, my adventure started long before that night in the living room when Ren sealed our fate by pulling the trigger. I actually think it started the day I was born, but who wants to be dragged that far back? Not me. Bad enough I had to live it once.
So – my dad. You probably figured we’d start with him, huh? Everything always starts with him. Not sure how that’s even possible, but it seems to be true.
His name is Kent Hale and I don’t know what he was like as a kid or teen. Never had one of those father/son get-to-know-you talks. You know the kind where, for a second, you can close your eyes and pretend your parent is really your friend? Where the two of you can find yourselves in each other? Where something they did as a kid is so similar to what you did just five minutes ago that you feel a connecting bond? Yeah – just never happened with him. When he wasn’t screaming, he was silent. That weird, vacant kind of silent. A stupor that, I’m sure was induced by the liquor.
His parents were no help in getting to know him. His dad died before my sixth birthday in some work related accident. Or so they say. Rumor has it the guy had an enemy on every corner.
Shocking how my dad turned out to be the stalwart individual that he is.
Dad’s mom – well she remarried a few years later and moved to some place I can’t even pronounce. Ren and I never saw her again.
I wasn’t heartbroken over it. Not like we were all that close, anyhow. We seldom got together, but when we did – I mostly just remember all the bickering. I hated the feeling that type of behavior always left in the back of my throat so I’d go outside to find something to do. Ren though, man, she had more of a stomach for it. She’d sit there and take it all in. Eyes darting back and forth from Shouter to Screamer.
I think she was learning how to load that gun way back then. She must get her spirit of fight from that side of the family.
So how did my mom end up with a guy like my dad?
He back handed me across the mouth one day when I was about ten and while I was still fuming over it, I confronted her about that. She’d smiled sadly, handed me a bag of frozen peas from the freezer to put on my face and said, “He wasn’t always like this.”

So don’t forget to follow the link From: Trigg to finish reading more of Trigg’s incredible story. I also want to thank Margaret Chatwin for providing us curious reader with this narrative!