Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Author Interview & Giveaway: Soul Intentions by Michael Cantwell

Soul Intentions
Leadership and Redemption
Book One
Michael Cantwell, CCIM

Genre: Fiction, fantasy
Publisher: KSM Publishing
Number of pages: 292

Book Description:
Caeles Novo has lost count at how many times he has have taken a soul. He now fears his actions are not saving his existence, but damaging it. It is a painful transition when you question if your life has been a lie.


Paranormal Romance Fans for Life would like to extend a warm welcome to Michael Cantwell, author of Leadership and Redemption series.  
Michael, first please tell us where you are from and where/who did your love for writing come from?
I have lived in Florida since I graduated college in 1980. Before that I went to school in Philly and grew up in Ewing Township just outside Trenton, New Jersey. I have to admit my love for writing didn’t come until a few years ago when someone bet me I couldn’t write a bestselling novel. But my desire to get better grows with each story.
Can you say that your journey to publication was difficult? If so, what were the hardest moments to get through?
My journey was a learning experience. I had no idea when I finished writing my first novel what I didn’t know. I’m sure there is still so much I don’t know but I do know far more about publishing than I did a few years ago. I think the hardest part was trying to stay patient long enough to learn all my options when it comes to being published. Learning about publishing and marketing has been a large learning curve but one I am happy I took.
How do you overcome i-suck-it is, that little voice in your head that tells you your writing isn’t good enough?
I hear that voice every day. There is no question that I am my biggest critic. I let my readers tell me otherwise. Though I have no doubt I have improved and hope to continue to do so with each new title.
What is your dream vacation?
I have three. I would love to return to Alaska. I want to go to Yellowstone and also see much of Europe.
Describe your writing style in five words.
Sarcastic, honest, humorous, musical, twists
What movies are you currently excited to see?
Any movie that when it ends, I was surprised and I laughed a few times.
What are you currently reading?
Life by Keith Richards and A Feast for Crows by George RR Martin
If you weren’t a writer, what other careers would you pursue?
I am a commercial real estate agent but I would love to be a photographer at the World Series or Super Bowl.
If you could create a holiday of your own, what would it be called?
Peace on Earth Day
For people who haven’t read your novel, how would you summarize the plot?
If you read between the lines the series is really to make the reader question what they consider good and evil. How far would you go before losing your soul? In the first book in particular (Soul Intentions) all the characters who lose a soul have good and bad qualities. I tried to leave it up to the reader to decide how they feel about each character.
What are two of your pet-peeves?
Lying and being late for an appointment
To you, what makes a good story?
Characters that my readers would like to meet in person. I also like stories that take me down one path only to find it wasn’t where I thought I was at all.
What usually turns you off about a story?
If it’s too predictable.
If you could collaborate with any author, who would you choose, and why?
Elmore Leonard because he could teach me how to be better disciplined and he created some incredible characters.
What is on your night stand?
A book and some coins
What is your favorite book?
Wooden by John Wooden
 Thank you so much for joining us today, Michael. We really enjoyed the insights. Good luck with the Leadership and Redemption series. 

Soul Directive
Leadership and Redemption
Book Two
Michael Cantwell, CCIM

Genre: Fiction, fantasy
Publisher: KSM Publishing
Number of pages: 302

Book Description:
Caeles Novo continues his journey of seeking broken souls that he started in “Soul Intentions”. Caeles is now the leader of his disciples and must discover the mystery as to why so few soul stealers remain on earth. He learns the high cost of both leadership and success. Caeles is assigned to remove the soul of an internet blogger who is spreading false information for the President of the United States, a man who trains fighting dogs and others. He meets up with a Doctor about to cure cancer and a woman with multiple personalities. He does all this while attempting to lead his people and be a good husband and father.


Fortunate Soul
Leadership and Redemption
Book Three
Michael Cantwell, CCIM

Genre: Fiction, fantasy
Publisher: KSM Publishing
Number of pages: 328

Book Description:
In this third installment, Caeles Novo has been removed as leader of the Council. He now seeks revenge for those who have taken away his power to remove souls and is on a journey to return his disciples back to their original mission.


About the Author:
Michael Cantwell, CCIM (1958-present) is an author and commercial real estate agent in Florida as well as a published photographer. He was born in Ft. Campbell KY, raised in Trenton, NJ, graduated college at LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA. He now resides in Palm Beach County, Florida. He is married with three children and one dog. He loves music and is a Miami Marlins, Dolphins, Panthers and Heat fan. He also enjoys strolling Florida with his camera at hand. He has served on many board of directors and volunteered many hours as a coach for baseball and basketball as well as for Junior Achievement in many schools around South Florida.

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A signed set of the 3 books in the Leadership and Redemption Series by Michael Cantwell -open to US shipping
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