Written by: Liz Alterman
Thanks so much to Randi for allowing me to share the first chapter of my suspense novel, The Perfect Neighborhood. Chapter one was probably my favorite to write because it uses dialogue to establish both the tone and the setting.
Readers (or listeners, for those who watch the YouTube video ) know almost instantly that they’ve entered a world where neighbors are keeping a close eye on one another. Through their voices, we learn that one of the main characters, Allison Langley, has left her husband in the middle of the night, sparking a flood of speculation within the Oak Hill community. Neighbors wonder if this “perfect” couple can’t make it, how can anyone?
But, weeks later, when Billy Barnes goes missing on his walk home from kindergarten, residents realize they’ve been focused on the wrong things, especially as they worry about how long a possible predator has been lurking among them.
The idea for this novel came to me in a dream. I woke up with the beginning and ending in mind and then had to painstakingly develop the middle. I wrote and revised most of this story during the pandemic, and having a project to return to throughout that time really kept me sane (when the writing itself wasn’t driving me crazy 🙂 ).
Having the opportunity to read this chapter for Readers Intrigue reminded me what a true skill it is to narrate audiobooks and it made me grateful once again for the wonderful cast who voiced the audiobook production of The Perfect Neighborhood.
If you choose to purchase it or pick it up at the library, thank you so much. I hope you enjoy it!
To learn more about me or my work, please visit lizalterman.com. I’m happy to pop in to book clubs via Zoom to say ‘Hi!” Happy reading!
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Written By: Chasity L Strawder
This week, I had the pleasure of being on the Write or Die Show to share my journey of overcoming severe depression and anxiety in 2022. Randi-Lee is a gracious host. She is witty and conversational. The show’s format is warm and relaxed. I was eager to answer the questions from Randi-Lee. This was the first time I had shared my mental health struggles on a public platform, but I was extremely comfortable. After the show, I felt confident in knowing I helped someone who might be suffering silently from mental health issues.
My main coping strategy for depression is putting myself first. In the past, I have been known to focus on what others are feeling or thinking about me out of fear of rejection. I would go along with decisions even though I wanted to say no or change my mind. I worked overtime to make others happy at the expense of being mentally and emotionally depleted. Now I know it is okay to do things in my best interest. I do not have to concern myself with what others think of me.
Finally, I am the proud author of Broken for The Promise. It is my memoir of how I overcame a deadly disease while homeless and pregnant.
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Author: Dr. Marni Hill Foderaro, Award-Winning Author
I didn’t originally set out to write my multi-award-winning and prominently endorsed spiritual fiction
“God Came To My Garage Sale.” It wasn’t until I had a story that I wanted to share and
information I wanted to impart to a larger audience that I put pen to paper.
For most who have experienced numerous STEs-Spiritually Transformative Experiences,
remembering each miracle and every specific detail often leads to a major transformational shift in
our understanding of life and the world. So many experiencers are compelled to share their
message with others in a way that can reach as many souls as possible. Writing a book and
speaking on podcasts are great ways to reach out.
My first book writing endeavor was my 2022 Hollywood Book Fest runner-up, 2020 Best Books
finalist, and 5-Star Readers Favorite spiritual fiction (based on true experiences) entitled, “God
Came To My Garage Sale.” My book has received praise and prominent endorsement support
from James Redfield, the bestselling author of “The Celestine Prophecy” series of books.
I then went on to contribute to seven multi-author anthology books, as well as writing feature
articles that were published in numerous nationally-recognized magazine publications. I
discovered that writing was not only enjoyable, but I found writing to be therapeutic on my own
personal healing journey.
I went on to write my prominently endorsed 5-book series “True Deceit False Love” which
provides a creative response, along with tools and resources for understanding and healing from
Domestic Violence, Narcissistic Abuse, Parental Alienation, and Intergenerational Family Trauma.
Throughout this writing and publishing process, I have been thrilled to meet many amazing people,
such as Randi-Lee Bowslaugh, and be a featured guest on numerous podcasts, including “Write
Or Die” and “Readers Intrigue.”
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