To Pee or not to Pee?  What a great Question! (A repost!)

The call of nature beacons to us all. Not only that but we eat, shower/bath, brush our teeth and, at least for me, try to figure what the hell to do with my hair.

The call of nature beacons to us all. Not only that but we eat, shower/bath, brush our teeth and, at least for me, try to figure what the hell to do with my hair.

But, do we want to read about it in a book.

I am a drinker of water. The doctor would be proud of me because I consistently hit my 80 oz. of water a day.  This, however, means I take many trips to “powered my nose,” “freshen up,” or visit the WC.

When I write, I do include trips to the bathroom. Not as many as most fictional characters would but still part of the day in the life of the people who populate my books.

Another thing that always bothers me when watching a movie or made for television movie is that people wake up after a long nights sleep to make wild passionate love. Excuse me!  I have nasty elephant breath in the morning. Never in over twenty years of marriage have my husband, and I woke up and made whoopee without first visiting the loo to freshen up AND brush our teeth.

As fiction follows reality, my characters do the same thing.

For me, creating characters who do real things in their storylines makes them and their situations real.

We write what we know.

Thank you for your time and as always “Keep Reading!”

Raj Lowenstein

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Press release…TUCSON NEWS NOW

New Modern-Day Romantic Thriller Released

Author Raj Lowenstein has written a compelling novel that appears more disturbingly real than fiction

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (PRWEB) September 25, 2017

Author Raj Lowenstein has released her debut novel, “Through the Fire,” that follows the story of Michael, a beautiful woman who is mute and communicates through American Sign Language as she tries to escape her past while falling in love with her protector.

Filled with back stories, steamy romantic episodes, gender-related issues, investigation, and an evil antagonist this unique story for modern-day readers builds up to an intense and gripping conclusion.

Lowenstein has always had a passion for writing and created a lead character who was mute as she herself is deaf and communicates through American Sign Language and wanted readers to experience the life and struggles of a deaf person. She also explores the topic of gender-related issues as her family has strong ties to the GLBT community and knows this is a very important topic to discuss in America right now.

“Through the Fire” received the Gold Seal of Literary Excellence from Trafford Publishing and Lowenstein is already receiving critical praise:

“Key to Lowenstein’s writing style is the use of engaging dialogue to generate dynamic characters who are developing their relationships and facing life’s challengesKudos to Lowenstein for creating an edgy and eye-opening debut!” – Recommended by the US Review of Books

To learn more please visit the author’s website.

“Through the Fire”
By Raj Lowenstein
ISBN: 978-1-4907-6839-7 (e), 978-1-4907-6838-0 (sc), 978-1-4907-6840-3 (hc)
Available at AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Village Books (Fairhaven, WA)

About the author
Author Raj Lowenstein has a Bachelors’ Degree in American Sign Language Interpreting with a Minor in Jewish Studies from the University of Houston. She started writing “Through the Fire” in 2004 while attending Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. for a semester. Even though she has had poems published in literary magazines, it took her only 40 years to decide that it was OK to actually have her book published. This is her first of many books so stay tuned! Lowenstein currently lives with her husband and fat Chihuahua in the Pacific Northwest and they have three children and three grandchildren.

For Review Copies & General Inquiries Contact:
LAVIDGE – Phoenix
Lauren Dickerson
ldickerson(at)lavidge.com
480-998-2600

For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/09/prweb14729421.htm

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Where to Eat!

Through the Fire takes place in and around the Montrose area of Houston.  Michael, Daniel and occasionally Kelly frequented different establishments for a meal and conversation.

Houston, like many large metropolitan areas, is known for its many excellent restaurants. The Pappas chain of restaurants was featured in the book. YaYa Mary’s happens to be one of my favorites when I am in Houston. Michael and Kelly have lunch there as they discuss a note left my Danial. Examining in detail each word for meaning, Michael and Kelly perhaps started with an appetizer of Saganaki Cheese, followed by a Greek salad and finishing off with one of my favorites Moussaka. Another favorite place is Pappadeaux. Daniel and Michael eat at this favorite Cajan Style restaurant on one of their first days out as a couple.

Katz’ Deli a popular New York Style deli in the heart of Montrose, was another place that was in Through the Fire. The Matzo Ball Soup and the Stuffed Cabbage are two of my favorites. Daniel and Michael had eaten breakfast there as the restaurant is just around the corner from Daniel’s condo.

If you are in Houston, and you like to eat, try out one of these places. I am sure you will enjoy!

Thank you for your time and as always “Keep Reading!”

Raj Lowenstein

http://www.rajlowenstein.net

Vindication!!

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Ok, I know. It might be small of me, but like this bear, I am dancing for joy.  Not because I just caught a big salmon for dinner, but because Star Trek: Discovery vindicated me!

First and foremost, I am a big Trekkie. Being the daughter of a NASA engineer, I grew up on space travel and science fiction.  I am my father’s daughter in this respect.

Buy why the vindication?  In my first book Through the Fire, the main character is Michael Braun. She is a nurse working for her friend, Dr. David Hartman.  Many people asked, “Why would you name a female character Michael?”  I was always shocked at this question, as I have known three women personally whose name was Michael.  Also, there is Michael Learned, who was the actress who played JohnBoy’s mother on The Waltons.

Then finally on the 24th of September CBS’s new show Star Trek: Discovery introduced us to the main character, the former First Officer, and Mutineer Michael Burnham.

So, like bear, I did a little dance of joy. See there are women named Michael.

OH, that felt nice!

Thank you for your time and as always “Keep Reading!”

Raj Lowenstein

http://www.rajlowenstein.net

Press Release to Benzinga.com

https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/17/09/p10094032/new-modern-day-romantic-thriller-released

 

New Modern-Day Romantic Thriller Released

Author Raj Lowenstein has written a compelling novel that appears more disturbingly real than fiction

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (PRWEB) September 25, 2017

Author Raj Lowenstein has released her debut novel, “Through the Fire,” that follows the story of Michael, a beautiful woman who is mute and communicates through American Sign Language as she tries to escape her past while falling in love with her protector.

Filled with back stories, steamy romantic episodes, gender-related issues, investigation, and an evil antagonist this unique story for modern-day readers builds up to an intense and gripping conclusion.

Lowenstein has always had a passion for writing and created a lead character who was mute as she herself is deaf and communicates through American Sign Language and wanted readers to experience the life and struggles of a deaf person. She also explores the topic of gender-related issues as her family has strong ties to the GLBT community and knows this is a very important topic to discuss in America right now.

“Through the Fire” received the Gold Seal of Literary Excellence from Trafford Publishing and Lowenstein is already receiving critical praise:

“Key to Lowenstein’s writing style is the use of engaging dialogue to generate dynamic characters who are developing their relationships and facing life’s challenges…Kudos to Lowenstein for creating an edgy and eye-opening debut!” – Recommended by the US Review of Books

To learn more please visit the author’s website.

“Through the Fire”
By Raj Lowenstein
ISBN: 978-1-4907-6839-7 (e), 978-1-4907-6838-0 (sc), 978-1-4907-6840-3 (hc)
Available at AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Village Books (Fairhaven, WA)

About the author
Author Raj Lowenstein has a Bachelors’ Degree in American Sign Language Interpreting with a Minor in Jewish Studies from the University of Houston. She started writing “Through the Fire” in 2004 while attending Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. for a semester. Even though she has had poems published in literary magazines, it took her only 40 years to decide that it was OK to actually have her book published. This is her first of many books so stay tuned! Lowenstein currently lives with her husband and fat Chihuahua in the Pacific Northwest and they have three children and three grandchildren.

For Review Copies & General Inquiries Contact:
LAVIDGE – Phoenix
Lauren Dickerson
ldickerson(at)lavidge.com
480-998-2600

For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/09/prweb14729421.htm

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DEADlines!?

Many times a person will set a deadline as part of their goal making process. As a writer, the deadline may be part of what the publisher requires. Other times, it is what we expect for ourselves.

I have specific deadlines for the upcoming Trilogy. The first book, The Cat and The Blue Sky, I want to have to the publisher the end of this year. I am still waiting on the artwork for the cover and, of course, my last few edits.

The second book’s, As Long As You’re Here, artwork is already finished and like the first book, it has to go to edit a few more times.

Like the second book, A Blush On Rose, has completed artwork, but I am still working on the story; waiting for the characters to reveal their time on Eliza Island to me.

As I am waiting for the artist, Vicki Waldron, for the artwork. I have put her on a timeline as well.

I am confident each book in the O’Connor Sisters Trilogy will arrive on-time and ready to go so that in February or March of 2018 the first will be available.

I am going to space them out two to three months apart. As a reader, it is always tough to wait for the ‘next book’ in a series six months or longer after the first.

Timelines are a pain, however, they help keep me on track.

A nuestro compatriota en Puerto Rico, mi corazón se dirige a todos ustedes. Ruego que reciba pronto toda la ayuda que necesite.

¡Dios bendiga!

Thank you for your time and as always “Keep Reading!”

Raj Lowenstein

http://www.rajlowenstein.net