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Monday, March 28, 2016

Release Day Blitz Divine Hotel by Nicole Loughan






Hello, Nicole. Welcome to The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom. Please tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release. 

The Divine Hotel is a novel of Time Travel fiction, focused on a very specific point in history when a religious and civil rights movement was based in a very beautiful, almost mythical hotel in Philadelphia. This story has all the elements of my favorite books, mystery, romance, adventure, time travel and a dash of humor.

If you are a parent do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting? Any tips for time management or sneaking in writing time?

I am a mother of two. I wish I had a great tip that would really help all of the busy mothers everywhere, but I only found one thing which really helped my productivity, coffee. Loads and loads of coffee. I write by night and chug by day to stay awake. If you’re not a coffee drinker you’re going to need the help of a deity. I started writing novels when my daughter was two and my son was still just a bun in the oven. I hit a creative streak just after my son was born and went a little crazy with writing. The writing cycle was feed baby, type, feed baby, type some more, change a diaper. I wrote three novels and two short stories in the last three years, on top of hundreds of news articles and Starter Mom columns. Juggling parenting and writing is no small feat.

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life? 

The newest book The Divine Hotel is inspired by my time in Philadelphia as a social worker. There is a beautiful hotel in the city, which was completely boarded up and abandoned. My generation doesn’t know much about the hotel, but when I started searching the internet I learned that it had an amazing history, it was the base of a religious movement led by the charismatic Father Divine. It was almost the subject of a takeover by Jim Jones of the Jonestown Cult otherwise known as the Guyana massacre.

Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written? 

Oh, I wish I had written Outlander. Who doesn’t? Diana Gabaldon is amazing. I read that she had never even set foot in Scotland when she wrote the books. Talk about an inspiration.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why? 

In this series it has to be John, he’s such an enigma. But I have to admit my Feisty Cajun Fanchon from my Saints Mystery Series is a fun voice to write. I find I adopt a southern drawl while I’m writing a Saints book.

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

This book is meant to be the first of a series, which could go on forever. It’s time travel so everything changed can be changed again, and probably will be.

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress? 

I have a children’s book which will come out later this year called “There’s a Llama at my Window. In adult fiction next move will be another Saints Mystery book. It has a title “Searching for Saints” and will follow Fanchon on a new bayou adventure.

What is in your to read pile?

If I don’t Finish Orphan Train before my next book club I think they are going to kick me out! I have a bad habit of reading half of a book, then showing up for book club night just for free wine and cheese.

You can find Nicole’s latest book Divine Hotel for sale on Amazon for an introductory $2.99 special. Her Saint’s Mystery Series are also available on Amazon starting with To Murder a Saint.




Divine Hotel
Divine Series
Book One
Nicole Loughan

Genre: Time Travel/ Mystery

Publisher: Can’t Put it Down Books

Date of Publication: 03/28/2016

ISBN: 978-0-9972024-1-0
ASIN: B019WVO0OE

Number of pages: 212
Word Count: 76,000

Cover Artist: Genevieve LaVO

Book Description:

Time is running out for Philadelphia’s Divine Hotel…One woman is tasked with saving two children who lived at the once majestic hotel but she soon learns that there is more to their history and the hotel than she ever thought possible. To save them she’s going to have to re-set the clock for everybody at the hotel and the only way to do that is to go all the way back to 1964. Righting the wrongs of the past will be no easy feat, because there are those willing to fight to keep their sins buried in history.


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Excerpt:

A long time ago, before most people can remember, a palace stood over Philadelphia. It was a place of refuge for the weak and weary of the city, a shining monument of marble, oak and brass that towered over the metropolis.
Good and evil were kept in balance there, until one day the scales tipped and evil won out. As the years passed, the marble and brass were stolen, and the oak was stripped of its shine. As the hotel fell into ruin, its inhabitants followed. All was not lost, though, for there was one chance to save the hotel—and its inhabitants—from this fate. Hidden not far away was an otherworldly gift meant to right the wrongs of the past, if only the right person could find it.


2002

“You can’t catch me,” the boy shouted as he flung open the doors to the dilapidated dining hall. The room was lit by slivers of sun that peeked through the cracks in the high ceiling, and sporadic beams of light that shone through hastily fastened boards covering the room’s many broken windows.
All that was left of the once great hall were water-stained plaster ornaments positioned high up on the ceiling, far out of reach. Everything of value was gone. The light fixtures, hardwood floors, door knobs, and every last bit of shined marble and brass had been stripped away. The floors were an uneven terrain of warped wood and broken boards. The edges of the room were a tapestry of trash, but the center of the great space, which had once housed long oak dining tables, was completely bare.
The girl in pursuit walked gingerly over the broken boards. She kept her eyes on the ground and squinted to keep the dust floating through the air out of her eyes.
“Slow down, Darrius!” she shouted.
She paused in front of a hole in the floor, which blocked her passage into the great room. She stared down and saw only darkness, which could mean the hole opened only down to the next floor, or could possibly reach as far down as all ten floors.
“Come on, Carol,” he shouted. “You aren’t gonna fall going over that tiny hole.”
She watched him move with feline grace over the broken boards and gathered her courage. She involuntarily held her breath, took two steps back, and focused her eyes on a point just past the opening.
She ran as fast as her legs would carry her toward the gap. She pushed off and wobbled as a loose board slid away from her. She fell awkwardly forward and threw her arms out to catch herself. She scratched her palms reaching out for the ledge and only managed a precarious hold. If she’d weighed just a bit more she might have fallen in.
Darrius raced to her. The strain of holding on was too much for her, one by one her fingers were slipping, the pinkies first, then the ring fingers, and then all at once the rest gave way and she fell. Darrius grasped her wrist just before she slipped out of sight. He grunted as he pulled her up and out of the hole. As soon as he had her over the edge he fell backwards and she landed beside him with a thud.
Carol lay back and caught her breath as Darrius joked, “I could’ve made that jump with you on my back, you chicken.”
She stared up at the ceiling and pointed at a plaster fruit basket. “Darrius, look, the ceiling. It’s changed again.”
He looked up and said, “I don’t see anything different. You always think that ceiling looks different. Who do you think would get all the way up there and fix the ceiling?”
“It does change,” she exclaimed. “It always looks like it’s about to fall apart, then it’s patched back up. Yesterday that fruit basket was just a hole in the ceiling.”
He laughed so hard the ground shook beneath him. When he stopped he realized the floor was shaking without any work from him, and he bolted upright.
“What is that?” Carol demanded, as she jumped up and looked down at the floor.
“It’s somebody pounding,” Darrius yelled as he, too, jumped up to his feet.
More knocks rang out around the hall, shaking up dust, which floated freely through the room. Suddenly a shout could be heard below their feet. “Keep it down,” followed by a more distant yell, “Shut up.”
When the pounding ceased they could hear the wail of sirens outside. Darrius jumped up and ran to peek through the boards.
“What?” Carol asked.
“It’s the cops.”
“What do we do?”

“We run.”

About the Author:

You may know Nicole as the syndicated humor columnist, “The Starter Mom,” or from her Best-Selling Saints Mystery Novels. Because of the series’ popularity, Amazon chose it for their Stipend Program to be turned into an audiobook at their expense.

An award-winning journalist and author, she was recognized by Writer's Digest as a top fiction writer in 2015 and won honorable mention in genre fiction from the Writer's Digest annual self-publishing competition for her Saints Mystery Series.

Nicole writes for two daily newspapers in the greater Philadelphia area and as a columnist for Happenings Media. Prior to working as a writer, Nicole was an Agency Social Worker for the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, where she first learned about the subject of her latest novel, Divine Hotel.

Nicole grew up on a rural farm in Southern Michigan, but she was always a city girl at heart. She still has a penchant for straight-from-the-dairy cheese, but otherwise prefers to spend her days in New York and Philadelphia and her adopted hometown in Bucks County. The mother of two, she is a soprano in The Bucks County Woman’s Chorus and an amateur pianist.




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