duminică, 16 martie 2014

Giveaway and Interview with author M.R. Cornelius

Her Books:

A deadly influenza virus rages out of control. There is no easy-fix vaccine. No eleventh-hour containment. Only death. With no workforce, power plants have been shut down, police and fire departments have collapsed, crops lie unpicked in the fields.

When Dr. Taeya Sanchez finds herself unceremoniously dismissed from an emergency medical facility in New York, she decides to steal the hospital's armored van for a midnight escape. Unfortunately, Rick DeAngelo, a driver for the hospital, has already stocked the van for his own getaway.

Thrown into an unfriendly alliance, these two must pick their way across the dangerous wasteland of America in search of a safe haven. And as the miles roll by, they discover that the living should be feared much more than the festering corpses out there.

Fifty-seven year old Robert Malone is the CEO of a successful clothing store chain and married to a former model. When his doctor tells him he is dying of cancer, he refuses to go quietly. Instead of death, Robert chooses cryonics. He knows it’s a long shot. His frozen body will be stored in liquid nitrogen for the next seventy-five years, and then he’ll wake up in the future. Maybe. If technology figures out a way to bring him back.
He’s willing to take that gamble.
What he doesn’t realize is that he won’t lie in some dreamless state all that time. His soul is very much awake, just like the others who were frozen before him.
He discovers that he can ride in the cockpit with the pilots, but he can’t turn the page of a magazine. He can sit in the oval office with the president, but he can’t prevent a child from dashing in front of a car. He doesn’t work, or eat, or sleep. These obstacles make it difficult to fall in love, and virtually impossible to reconcile with the living.
Over the next several decades, Robert Malone will have plenty of time to learn The Ups and Downs of Being Dead.

Frank Barnes is content living on the streets of Atlanta. A soup kitchen and a makeshift shanty sure beat his days as a POW in Vietnam. But Chloe Roberts can’t handle the eviction that sends her into the hell of homelessness. With no family or friends to turn to, Chloe and her children are sucked into the traumatic world of night shelters, and dangerous predators.
When they bump into each other at the soup kitchen, Frank offers Chloe a glimmer of hope that she can pull her life back together. She rekindles his lost sense of self-worth by taking his mind off his own problems. But they will not meet again until Frank is riding high as a working man, and Chloe has hit rock bottom.
By helping Chloe rebuild her broken life, Frank banishes the demons from his own past. Unfortunately, the past comes strolling back into their lives, threatening to destroy the happiness they have finally found.

About the author:

M. R. Cornelius lives in the suburbs north of Atlanta with her husband and two spoiled cats who refuse to wear socks and dust the furniture. Her two college-aged sons visit regularly for clean clothes, food and money.

The Interview:

Please,tell us the city you are born and the books you write.

I was born in a very small town in Indiana.

I have written 3 books, and they're all of a different genre.
My first book, H10N1 is a post-apocalyptic thriller about the survivors of a flu pandemic.
Book number two is called The Ups and Downs of Being Dead. It's about a man who chooses to be cryonically frozen instead of dying of cancer. Technically, it is considered speculative fiction, but most call it SciFi.
And my latest book, Losing It All, is a drama/romance about a homeless man who helps a woman and her two small children get off the streets.

How did you become a writer?

I received a journalism degree from Indiana University, but even when I was a student, I started writing for the campus newspaper. Then it was short stories, and I even tried my hand at poetry. It was a natural progression that I turned one of my short stories into a book. H10N1.

Who inspired you to write?

I can't say that a favorite author inspired me to write, or even a friend, or family member. I've just always had stories buzzing around in my head. I finally decided to start writing them down.

How old were you when you wrote the first book?

45? It's been so long, I can't remember! I used to tinker around with a story when I was a stay-at-home-mom, but it didn't get published until many years later.

Your favorite books?

I love thrillers and suspense. And I've been known to read romances if they aren't too sweety-sweet.

What inspired you to write Losing It All?

Like a lot of people, I've been exposed to homeless people throughout the years. I worked in an urban setting where the homeless were quite visible. My office at an alternative newspaper was on the second floor. I could see homeless men outside my window, sleeping on old copies of the paper. And I volunteered a couple times at the soup kitchen in downtown Atlanta.
Once I started writing the book, I visited a women's shelter.

Where can we find your books?

I'm on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4993738.M_R_Cornelius
Amazon: http://amzn.to/SLhv6O (US) http://ow.ly/k96eE (UK)

And if you just want to chat, you can hit me up on Twitter: https://twitter.com/marshacornelius

A message to future writers?
It's a very competitive market out there now. Thousands of authors are publishing their own books, so be patient, and make sure your book is the very best it can be. That includes paying a professional editor to have a look at it.

A message for your fans?
Thanks for your love of reading. With so many distractions these days - television, movies, the Internet - I appreciate anyone who loves to curl up with a good book, even if it isn't one of mine.

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