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Quitting is never an option, but detours are part of the journey

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Author Yolanda Renee, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?

 

I was in elementary school when I discovered my love of reading and writing, but I was in my thirties when I met my first author and became hooked on the possibility.

What makes you passionate about writing?

When a story idea hits, it unfolds like a movie in my mind. The ending is always a surprise, and the accomplishment immensely gratifying, made more so via the feedback of readers.

What was the pathway like for you to get your first book published?

After receiving hundreds of rejections, I chose self-publishing because I finally wanted to share my story with family. I only planned to print a few books, but the response from non-family was so positive I decided to try traditional publishing again. I worked hard to go the conventional route, and I achieved that goal via a small publisher. But after a dispute over royalties and the realization that self-publishing was no longer a stigma, I decided to publish my books via Y R Publishing. I enjoy being in charge of my own destiny.

Were you ever discouraged along the way? If so, how did you deal with it?

Yes, there’s were several moments when I wondered if I could write a trilogy, but I soon found that reading brought back the inspiration and drive. Quitting is never an option, but detours are part of the journey.

What books have most influenced your life?

            I was in the fourth grade when I first got a library card, I read Nancy Drew, then Judy Bolton, and from there every book I could get my hands on. Gone with the Wind is one of my all-time favorites. I have to say that romance novels, westerns, science fiction, even autobiographies have all influenced my love of reading and writing. My greatest desire is to own a bookstore or at least a massive library filled with first editions.

Please tell us about your book, Tick Tock: A Stitch In Crime & my story is Cypress, Like the Tree.

 

            Cypress, Like the Tree, is a story about the murder of a young airman. His wife is the first suspect, but Detective Cypress soon learns multiple suspects wanted the man dead.

What genre is it?

Mystery

Do you just sit down and write, waiting to see what happens next? Or do you outline first?

An idea or story usually comes to me so fast that I must write it down immediately. It’s like listening to a Dictaphone or watching a movie. The first draft is usually written in a notebook, using my own style of shorthand. Then comes the computer version. Outlines are done for my novels but only after the first draft is completed. I use one sentence descriptions of the chapters. This helps me coordinate the timelines, red-herrings, and characters.

I will admit that when I’m looking for a subject, I do steal from my life. I use the what if scenario. Cypress, Like the Tree, is one of those instances.

Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?

            All the authors I’ve had the pleasure reading have been an influence, but primarily Margaret Mitchell. Her determination and talent for sure, but it was also the obstacles she overcame to succeed.

But more recently, Denise Covey a writing friend from Australia, she and I host a writing challenge every other month called WEP: Write…Edit…Publish, but before I joined her, her challenges via RFW, where she and Donna Hole took the time to teach via their critiques.

I was amazed and honored when she asked me to join the team as a co-host. Denise has been an enormous influence, and now I learn from all the writers who participate.

What’s your secret to making the character’s in your books come to life?

I rely on the people I know or have met to create my characters. Their traits, looks, and idiosyncrasies all come into play, but I mix it up, so no one recognizes themselves.

Besides writing what other talents or hobbies do you have?

I’m a very organized individual, a place for everything and everything in its place. It must be so, or my muse doesn’t come out to play. I’ve also always enjoyed working with numbers (I’m a former accountant) I even enjoy doing taxes. I enjoy photography, even though my pictures are less than amateur, I keep trying.  And hiking has always been my go-to for relaxation and rejuvenation.

How do you come up with your character’s names?

I’ve used family names, and I’ve taken the names from the obituaries in the newspaper, mixing them up for something new or unusual. But I’ll steal from whatever is handy, even inanimate objects in a pinch.

What is the best compliment you could receive from a reader?

When they write, “I can’t wait for the next book!”

Where can readers go to find your books?

            Amazon Author Page

            My Blog: Defending the Pen

Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime – Cypress, Like the Tree

            The Snowman

            Murder, Madness & Love

            Memories of Murder

            Murder & Obsession

 

Yolanda Renee

Friday, May 11th, 2018

Feel that dream in your gut every time you sit down to write. You got this!

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

Christine Clemetson, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

 

I was born in a small beach town in New Jersey where I spent most of my time fishing, crabbing and reading books. Now, I live just a little north of where I grew up. New Jersey has the most beautiful change of seasons and I can’t be very far from the ocean!

Where do you receive your inspiration or ideas for your books?

 

Ideas seem to come from everywhere. Most of the time, I’ll see something and start asking the “what if” questions. Sometimes, my ideas come from dreams too! Usually when this happens, a small part of my dream will linger in the morning and eventually form into an idea.

 

Why did you choose to self-publish? Or go with the publisher you are with?

 

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG), a fabulous group for supporting writers, was accepting entries for a new short story anthology with the premise of a ticking clock. I was so intrigued that I wrote a story called Center Lane. Through the anthology, I met the publisher Dancing Lemur Press.

 

How often do you write?

 

I work as a Technical Writer full time, so I write toward a word count goal each morning. If I don’t meet the goal, I’ll go back into the story at night to finish.  Some days the story is waiting for me and other days the muse takes longer to arrive,  and I have to work harder to get the words down!

 

What is the name of your book?

 

Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime, which contains 11 mysteries by 11 authors. If you love mysteries, you’ll love this anthology!

What genre is it?

 

Mystery

 

Tell us about some of your future projects?

 

I’m plotting  a new thriller where I still need to determine the setting. I find the setting plays the same role as a character in the book, and it should reflect the story goals.  This requires a lot of planning and possibly travel – which I love!

 

What are some of your favorite books?

 

There are too many to possibly name. Some of my favorite contemporary authors include Karin Slaughter, Lisa Unger and Rick Mofina.

 

If you could co-write a book with another author, who would it be?

 

I would love to co-write a book with Stephen King. I think it would be fun to plot a thriller or horror book and explore the different characters with him.

 

Do you have any advice for others who dream of being an author?

 

Keep writing and reading as much as you can. Join a writer’s group and attend workshops. Keep learning. And above all, don’t give up! Feel that dream in your gut every time you sit down to write. You got this!

 

Where can we find your book?

 

http://www.dancinglemurpressllc.com/mysteryparanormalhorror

https://www.amazon.com/Tick-Tock-Stitch-Gwen-Gardner/dp/1939844541/

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tick-tock-gwen-gardner/1127886068?ean=9781939844545

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38227821-tick-tock

 

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Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” is a collection of eleven stories by eleven different authors

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

S.R. Betler, tell us where you were born.

 

I was born in a really small town in upstate New York, at the foot of the mountains.

What is the most difficult thing about being an author?

 

I think the most difficult thing is getting over imposter syndrome. It’s insidious, and it seems to be a permanent condition. At some point, I’m sure all the lovely readers will suddenly turn and realize that I’m winging all of it, and in reality, I’m just a silly introvert sitting in her house drinking too much coffee, pushing cats off my keyboard, and arguing with her imaginary friends.

 

Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?

 

As cliche as it is, my family has made the greatest difference. I’m sure a lot of people say that, but I would never have been a writer if my mother hadn’t pretended that my writing was a treasure when I was little. Now, my husband supports my dream of being a writer, and he encourages me to keep going, even when I feel like giving up.

 

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

 

Actually, crime isn’t normally a genre I write, so initially, when I saw the anthology looking for submissions, I dismissed it. However, shortly after, I ended up having a miscarriage. It was devastating for my family, but I came out the other side thinking about what I really wanted to accomplish with the time I had, and I decided why not give it a try? So I did. I love reading crime, and I decided I was up for the challenge, so I dove into writing a short story for the anthology.

 

What is the name of your new book?

 

The new anthology is titled “Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime.”

Tell us more about it.

 

“Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” is a collection of eleven stories by eleven different authors, in all of which time plays a major factor. Each one tackles both crime and the prompt of time in totally unique ways and from fresh perspectives, so there’s a little of everything for different tastes.

 

What genre does your book fall under?

 

“Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” would fall under mystery, thriller, and crime.

 

What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?

 

For my short story included in the anthology, “Three O’Clock Execution,” what I really hope is that it makes people stop and think about the secrets people hide and how very few people are actually who, or what, they appear. For all of my writing, in general, I always try to push the boundaries of reality and make people think of the possibilities. Make them question their assumptions and their morals and how they approach the world. It’s a lofty goal, but that’s generally what I have in mind when I start a new piece.

 

Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?

 

“Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” is published by Dancing Lemur Press, LLC.

 

Where can we find your book?

 

“Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” is available on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Tick-Tock-Stitch-Gwen-Gardner-ebook/dp/B079J796TK/

 

 

Yolanda Renee is a repeat author in the IWSG anthology contest – her first appearance was in Parallels: Felix Was Here. She has deferred her questions to her publisher, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. http://www.dancinglemurpressllc.com/

 

 

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it’s an adult crime piece set in the great Chicago fire, in the 19th century.

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018
  1. Lee McKenzie, where were you born?

 

I was born in California. If I’d been born in the 90’s I would have been called a Valley Girl because my hometown was in one of the largest agricultural areas in the state, Modesto. Fortunately, I wasn’t born in the 90’s (or unfortunately because then I’d be much younger). I lived in a lot of other places, and then returned to my home state where I still live. When we came back to the states, we had the choice between living near the Pacific or living in the mountains with the trees. We chose the trees and drive to the beach.

Give me a brief Bio of you.

 

I write in two categories of fiction. I write contemporary/realistic young adult-crossover stories ( Double Negative, Sudden Secrets, Princess of Las Pulgas and Sliding on the Edge). My middle grade fiction include adventure/fantasies Alligators Overhead, Great Time Lock Disaster, Some Very Messy Medieval Magic (Spring 2018) and Sign of the Green Dragon. I have a lot of magazine articles and stories out and about, and I have several short stories in anthologies. Short stories are a great break from writing novels, so that’s why I jump in to write them once in a while.

 

When I’m not forcing a story into submission, I’m traveling. Give me a ticket and I’m off…anywhere. It doesn’t matter. However, no matter how much I’m excited to see other places, my heart’s here in the USA. With all its faults and chaos, I’ve always called this place home. My background is in Linguistics and Inter-Cultural Communication, so I suppose that’s one of the reasons for my love of seeing other parts of the world. That and I have a lot of family and friends in different places.

 

My family says I’m an exercise nut, and they’re probably right. Writing takes a lot of sedentary time, so I make sure to off-set that with hiking and yoga … a lot. Also I love to cook and to eat, so the only way i can do that and fit in my clothes is to move this body around with some vigor.

 

What is the name of your book?

 

Well, I have 7 books in print ( I mentioned them above), so I’m not sure which one to choose. That would be kind of like giving preferential treatment to one of my kids. However, I do have a new one coming out May 15 called Some Very Messy Medieval Magic (a middle grade fantasy published by Dancing Lemur Press), so I can tell you a bit about that one without showing favoritism. The other book (an anthology) that I have work in is Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime. My story is Heartless and it’s a bit a departure for me since it’s an adult crime piece set in Chicago in the 19th century. Actually, I set it during the great Chicago fire.

What genre is it?

 

Some Very Messy Medieval Magic is one of my middle grade fantasy/adventure stories, and Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime is an anthology of mystery and crime.

 

Give us a short synopsis or snippet of your book.

 

Pete’s stuck in medieval England!

Pete and his friend Weasel thought they’d closed the Time Lock on their last time travel expedition. But a young page from medieval times, Peter of Bramwell, goes missing. His absence during a critical moment will forever alter history unless he’s found.

There’s only one solution – fledgling wizard Pete must take the pages place. Accompanied by Weasel and Fanon, Peter’s alligator familiar, they travel to 1173 England.

But what if the page remains lost – will Pete know what to do when the critical moment arrives? Toss in a grumpy Fanon, the earl’s curious niece, a talking horse, and the Circle of Stones and Pete realizes he’s in over his young wizard head yet again.

 

In the short story for Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime, I dabbled in a bit of horror, setting my story, Heartless, in the strict Victorian period where even the word, leg, was considered improper in polite conversation. I also chose to set the story to coincide with the Great Chicago fire, so there’s an element of a race against time and the flames that consumed so much of that city back in 1871.

 

Tell us 3 fun facts about yourself?

 

#1 I like to hike. I take one whenever I can’t put words down that make sense or when someone tells me to.

#2 I iron my sheets. My mother once told me, I had a Princess and The Pea, attitude about my bed. I do. Smooth, white linen sheets make going to bed a treat…those and a book that I can’t wait to return to.

#3 Pickles are my go-to snack when I’m upset. Chocolate doesn’t do the trick. I save chocolate for when I’m happy.

 

How long have you been a writer or known that was something you wanted to do?

 

I’m not sure. Really. But I can tell you how long I’ve been writing fiction for publication. I sold my first book in 2009, so I must have started doing that in 2007 or 8. At least I had the idea for the book about that time, then the nerve to actually tell the story must have come right on the heels of inspiration. Using my trusty calculator (fingers and one toe) that makes it about eleven years. I’m still not sure it’s what I want to do. I just know writing fiction is something that I want to get better at doing before moving on to my next great adventure.

 

What else might pique the reader’s interest in your book?

Readers might like to see the trailer. It’s fun. I love those mini-movies. They make me crave popcorn. Here’s the link/embed code to the trailer for the adventures of Pete and Weasel.https://youtu.be/h59dYGrVQvs/ <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/h59dYGrVQvs” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe>

 

And if they like knights and medieval castles with moats and magic, the story has all of that.  I’ll be posting some great pictures of castles I visited last fall where the story took place. I even got to see King Ricard II’s private quarters, his personal toilet (a noble privilege) and some motes that I describe in the story. I’d only looked up all of that during the writing, but seeing them first-hand was great fun and I knew I’d written the descriptions accurately.

 

In Tick Tock: A Stick in Crime, the readers are going to find eleven very different, but riveting tales about crimes and mysteries and really dark hearts.
Where can we find your book? 

 

All of my work is here. http://cleemckenziebooks.com

 Some Very Messy Medieval Magic can be found here:

https://www.amazon.com/Some-Very-Messy-Medieval-Magic/dp/1939844460/ref=sr_1_1

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/some-very-messy-medieval-magic-c-lee-mckenzie/1127622061

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/766665

 TickTock: A Stitch in Time can be found here:

https://www.amazon.com/Tick-Tock-Stitch-Gwen-Gardner/dp/1939844541/

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tick-tock-gwen-gardner/1127886068?ean=9781939844545

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38227821-tick-tock

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime/id1341413711?mt=11

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Hopefully, the machine will work this time

Monday, May 7th, 2018

Tara Tyler, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

 

Born: Plymouth, MA; Now: Cincinnati, OH

What makes you passionate about writing?

 

I want to encourage kids to read and get the message to them that they can succeed as long as they don’t give up

 

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

 

about a month

 

Who or What inspired you to write this book?


 

The IWSG anthology contest with the theme: Time

 

What is the title of your book?

 

RESET

Could you give us a back cover blurb?

 

Twelve-year-old Casey has no time for her quirky family. Mr. Zander has been searching for the perfect specimen to save his. When Casey walks into Mr. Zander’s clock repair shop, he sees her as a prime contender and coerces her to help him. Hopefully, the machine will work this time.

 

What genre does your book fall under?


 

Sci Fi Thriller

 

Do you have a favorite character, why?

 

I like Mr. Zander – he’s dementedly dedicated – he spent his whole life building a time machine to go back and start over

 

What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?

 

I’d say the message is to deal with what happens in your life and make the most of it

 

What else might pique the reader’s interest in your book?

 

The prospect of time travel has consequences – and the relationship between the girl and her captor

 

Where can we find your book? 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Tick-Tock-Stitch-Gwen-Gardner/dp/1939844541/

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When a body washes up on the shore, it’s up to bartender Lira to figure out who put it there

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

Rebecca M. Douglass, what makes you passionate about writing?

 

I have always been a writer—I was writing stories as soon as I could write at all. So I believe my passion comes from somewhere deep within, where the urge to tell stories begins, and becomes too powerful to ignore. I love the thought that I might be giving some pleasure to someone, but the real push comes from my own need to write down the stories that are always bubbling up in me.

(Rebecca)

Do you have a writing routine?

 

I try very hard to have a routine, but I have to admit that I fail more than I succeed. In theory, the time from breakfast to lunch is my writing time, starting with a quick clean-up of email and social media (I hate to wait until afternoon for that, because I live on the west coast–so much has already happened even before I get up!). In practice, chores and social media and goofing off eat up far too much of the morning!

 

What is the title of your book?

 

My contribution to the IWSG anthology, Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime, is called “The Tide Waits.”

What genre does your book fall under?


 

It’s a mystery, of course. I’m not completely sure what sub-genre it falls under, but it’s a historical setting, and a village mystery, though not necessarily completely cozy.

 

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

 

When a body washes up on the shore, it’s up to bartender Lira to figure out who put it there.

 

Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?

 

Tick Tock is being published by Dancing Lemur Press.

 

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

 

It only took a couple of days to write the rough draft once I’d gotten the general plan of the story in mind. The editing was another matter entirely—I had a lot of trouble with the tides.

 

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

 

I’m not sure I know any books that are quite like this. In some ways, it feels like a fantasy setting (though there are no actual fantasy elements, except maybe a liberated woman in a pre-industrial society).

 

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

 

I really wanted to come up with an out-of-the-ordinary idea for a story to submit to the IWSG competition (which required clocks or time to play a role in the story). Maybe because my own mysteries are set on an island (and I grew up on one), I thought about ferries and ferry schedules as an element of time. But I couldn’t quite get hold of anything until I realized that the tide is a kind of clock, and then I remembered a character who’d shown up in a bit of flash fiction I wrote several years ago, and I thought she and her village were perfect for the story. I may be doing more with Lira in the future.

 

It was a natural for me to write something for the anthology because I write mysteries in any case. My new one, in fact, is due out March 19—Death By Adverb, the 3rd in a series set, as mentioned, on an island—the wholly fictional Pismawallops Island, somewhere in the drizzle on the fringes of the San Juans.

 

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

 

I think people will enjoy the setting and the atmosphere, as well as a touch of humor. The whole collection is a wonderful mix of stories of all kinds, from tongue-in-cheek noir to thriller.

 

Where can we find your book?

 

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Tick-Tock-Stitch-Gwen-Gardner/dp/1939844541/

B&N – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tick-tock-gwen-gardner/1127886068?ean=9781939844545

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime

ITunes – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime/id1341413711?mt=11

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38227821-tick-tock

 

Author Bio:

Rebecca Douglass was raised on an Island in Puget Sound, so she knew about tides from an early age.  She now lives and writes in the San Francisco Bay Area, and can be found on-line at www.ninjalibrarian.com and on Facebook as The Ninja Librarian.  Her books include the Ninja Librarian series of tall tales for all ages, the middle-grade fantasy Halitor the Hero, and the first Pismawallops PTA mysteries, Death By Ice Cream, Death By Trombone, and the brand new Death By Adverb.  Rebecca likes to spend her time outdoors, when not writing or working to make the local schools the best they can be.  She spends her free time bicycling and running, and her vacations hiking, camping and backpacking.

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“One More Minute” is in the Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime anthology

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Mary Aalgaard, nice to have you today. 

Tell us where you were born and where do you live now. 

 

I was born in Ada, Minnesota, and now live in central Minnesota in the Brainerd lakes area.

Really…nice. Who is your favorite fictional character and why?

 

Miss Havisham from Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations.” Once jilted, twice shy. She was left at the alter, literally, and is still wearing her wedding dress. The wedding feast, including the rock hard wedding cake and decaying food, remain on the table where they were set. She refuses to let anyone make any changes in her life. She has full control over her home, her body, and her finances. She’s powerful and resourceful, and yet has a charitable soul and a soft spot for Pip. I would like to have tea with her.

 

She sounds awesome.What one person from history would you like to meet and why?

 

Harriet Beecher Stowe. She wrote a powerful story that changed people’s views and called them to action. She was a mother, a writer, and an activist. I’d also like to have tea with her.

 

Wow, very nice. If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be?

 

I would like to see less money spent in military and weapons and more put towards world hunger and taking care of each other. I know it’s naive to write, but I would eliminate borders.

 

How interesting…I like it. Who inspires your writing?

 

I have been inspired by many great writers, artists and musicians. Louisa May Alcott, Maya Angelou, Lorna Landvik, Lisa Genova, and J.H. Moncrieff to name a few.

 

Those are great people to count at your side. What is the name of your book?

 

My short story “One More Minute” is in the Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime anthology.

How wonderful. What genre is it?

 

mystery/crime/thriller

 

Do you or have you sat down and read your book fresh off the presses as if it wasn’t yours? And if you did, what was it like?

 

Yes, but not so much “as if it wasn’t yours.” It was a thrill to see it in print alongside all the other great stories in this anthology!

 

Where can we find your book?

 

https://ticktockmysteries.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.dancinglemurpressllc.com/mysteryparanormalhorror

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Would you risk your life for a child in danger? The clock is ticking…

Friday, May 4th, 2018
  1. J. R. Ferguson, Welcome to my post. Where are you from?

 

I was born and raised in Longview, Texas but have lived in Louisiana for 35 years. Louisiana is home now.

Makes sense. If you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?

 

If given the opportunity to travel any time in history, I would probably decline. I’m not much of a risk-taker. Maybe that’s why I like for my characters to take risks. I live vicariously through them.

 

Most authors do. If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would it be? What food would you serve?

 

I wouldn’t mind having dinner with Joe Mack Crawford, the main character in my story, The Little Girl in the Bayou. He’s a good old East Texas boy who likes barbecue. Of course, that poses a problem for me since I’m vegetarian.

 

He, he, he. If you could travel anywhere, on earth or off, where would you go?

 

I’d stay on earth, thank you. I’d lease a home on the coast of Maine, pack up hubby, the kids and their spouses and live there for a summer—with option to buy.

 

I’m with you there…Describe your dream writing spot.

 

My dream writing spot is just a dream—a home on the coast of Maine or an apartment in downtown Boston. Realistically, I can write anywhere but the best place I’ve written is the library in Mustang, Oklahoma. That place has excellent vibes!

 

Wow, awesome. How did you find enough commitment to complete your book?

 

I have more unfinished books than finished ones. I wrote The Little Girl in the Bayou about thirty years ago. All these years I’ve tinkered with it, updated it and tried to make it timely. I have a partial novel and another short story featuring Joe Mack Crawford, the main character.

 

Nice. What is the name of your book?

 

My story in Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime is called The Little Girl in the Bayou. It features Mack Crawford, a Texas construction worker who sticks his neck out to find a missing child.

Interesting…Give us a back blurb of your book.

 

Would you risk your life for a child in danger? The clock is ticking…

 

Chiiiiiiiills…What genre is it?

 

Mystery.

 

My favorite. What kind of research did you do for this book?

 

As the years have passed since I first wrote The Little Girl in the Bayou, I’ve had to continue my research to update the story. I’ve researched Polaroid pictures and videos, adult entertainment stores on I-10 and small Louisiana towns and their problems. Don’t get the impression my story is X-rated. It’s a clean story about a guy who cares.

 

Really? Where can we find your books? 

 

I’ve taken all my books off Amazon for updating but Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime can be found at the links below. Thanks so much for the interview, Anna.

You are welcome.

Links

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Tick-Tock-Stitch-Gwen-Gardner/dp/1939844541/

B&N – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tick-tock-gwen-gardner/1127886068?ean=9781939844545

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38227821-tick-tock

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime

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I was surprised at the joy I got out of putting those words to paper

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Jemi Fraser, welcome. How has your family background affected your writing, if it has?

 

I was born into a family of logical people where practical pursuits and hobbies were valued over creative ones. I was always a little bit of an oddball in the family  and while they didn’t necessarily understand my interests and tastes in art, music, and stories, they always encouraged me to be me. I didn’t consider writing – even as a hobby – until well after my kids were born, but the interest in stories had been cultivated long before that. Still, I was surprised at the joy I got out of putting those words to paper.

How interesting…What gave you the nerve to attempt your first novel?

 

When I did decide to try writing, I did it totally as a hobby for myself and myself alone. It took me another few years before the idea of actually attempting to publish something crossed my mind.  By that point, I had written a couple of very wordy, very angsty, very bad novels. The core ideas are there, but the novels themselves are hilariously bad.

 

You aren’t the only one with that experience. Please describe your writing process.

 

I am currently learning to plot. It doesn’t come naturally to me, but with the help of some very good craft books I’m doing a much better job and finding the revising process less complex.

 

Nice…Where do you do your best work?

 

As of romance author, I should probably say the bedroom, but the reality is that I do almost all of my writing in an overstuffed chair in my living room while my TV is playing sports in the background .

 

Now that is different. Please give us a brief rundown of the plot of “Until Release”.

Early release for good behaviour means Sean Walker is counting the minutes until he’ll be free. He’s not the only one counting, but the others don’t have freedom on their minds.

 

Wow! What genre is it?

 

“Until Release” is a suspenseful mystery.

 

What goal did you originally have for your books and/or writing?

 

I think my primary goal was and is entertainment. The world can be a sad or scary place for a lot of people. Fiction can offer a welcome release (pun intended) from all of that reality.

 

Ha, ha. How did you decide whether to self-publish or find a mainstream publisher?

 

I’m still in the process of making this decision. I definitely like both the control of self-publishing and the idea of having a team working with me that goes with traditional publishing. We’ll see what the future brings.

 

I know, right? How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?

 

In the past, I’ve only ever known this for sure by finishing the entire novel. Now that I’m learning to plot, it’s easier to see if the idea is viable or not before I dig in.

 

Makes sense…Where can we find your books?

 

Until Release is my first published work, but you can catch up with me at the following links

 

http://jemifraser.blogspot.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100013354501204

https://twitter.com/jemifraser

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Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime -The clock is ticking…

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Gwen Gardner, Welcome to my blog. Tell us how long have you been writing?

 

Since 2010. I’ve been an avid reader my whole life, but when it comes to writing, I’m a late bloomer. To me, there is definitely a correlation between the two, although I didn’t connect them until much later in life. But once the writing bug bit me, there was no turning back.

I know what you mean. Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

 

I grew up a Navy brat and then married a gypsy, so travel runs in my veins. I love it! Although technically I’m a Southern California girl, I love the beach and the mountains with equal vigor. I love traveling through Europe, and I’m a complete anglophile. In fact, my story, A Stitch in Crime, takes place in the fictional village of Sabrina Shores in England. The architecture is older than you see here in the States, so you know that anything that old must hold secrets…and ghosts. I love telling their stories.

 

Secrets, Ghost…Wow. How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?

 

When an idea won’t go away, I’ll jot the idea down and revisit it a few times. If it still nags me, I’ll rough out an outline, to include the ending. If it still interests me, then I’ll write about it.

 

It makes sense. Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?

 

First and foremost, my husband. If not for him telling me it was okay to have dreams and chase after them, I doubt I would have ever pursued writing. Inspiration-wise, I admire J.K. Rowling with her fantastic world-building and storytelling ability. Her first Harry Potter book was turned down fifteen times! She didn’t give up. And surprisingly, Stephen King has inspired me. I don’t read horror, but his autobiographical book, On Writing, contains some very real lessons on the craft and the writing journey. He threw away his first draft of Carrie! Luckily his wife fetched it out of the bin. It helps to have someone who believes in you.

 

Hubbies, are awesome when they believe in you. What is the name of your book?

Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime is the name of the anthology to be published by Dancing Lemur Press on May 1, 2018. My story, A Stitch in Crime is the feature piece.

 

Sounds intriguing. Tell us more about it.

 

Perhaps a backcover blurb. A Stitch in Crime: Seasoned ghost whisperer Indigo Eady hoped for an easy haunting this time, but when she’s called out to the local Candy Cupboard, those hopes are dashed. A death spot appears where no one has recently died. She discovers that a child died in that very spot—sixty years ago. Why wait sixty years to return to the spot where you died?  It’s up to Indigo and her sidekick Franny to find out before it’s too late.

 

Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime

The clock is ticking…

Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?

Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda RenEe, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting…

 

Is there a book trailer for your book?

 

I would love Dancing Lemur Press to make a trailer, but as of yet, there isn’t one.

 

Do you have a favorite character, why?

 

I love the interaction between Indigo and Franny. It couldn’t be a story without both of them. Sweet and funny, Indigo Eady is a young woman just trying to get by in the world, but her ghost whispering abilities play havoc with her life. Normality would be a true luxury. Her ghostly sidekick, Franny, is a former Victorian madam of some repute. Her well-meaning but interfering ways adds to the chaos in Indigo’s life—especially when she insists on finding a man for Indigo.

 

That is awesome. What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?

 

The world is so chaotic these days. All you have to do is turn on the TV or fire up the internet to get a massive dose of reality. For some, the everyday bombardment can be overwhelming. My lighthearted cozy mysteries will appeal to those people who want a break from the stress of real life. In my stories, there is no overt violence or sex. The bad guy is always caught and justice is always served. And of course, add a splash of mayhem, a dash of humor and a bit of pot stirring to make things more interesting, and the result is very satisfying!

 

I bet they are…. Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry?

 

Every successful author’s advice I’ve read says to write, write, write. It’s true. There are no shortcuts to becoming a successful writer. You must write and study every craft book you can get your hands on. Success comes with practice. Forget how bad the first draft is. It’s through editing that your work begins to unfold properly.

 

What are this year’s goals?

 

I am in the process of editing another Indigo and Franny novel called, A Scandal in Boohemia, as well as a short story called, Lady Sings the Boos. I plan to publish them by the end of the year.

 

I can’t wait to read your work. Where can we find your book?

Amazon –

https://www.amazon.com/Tick-Tock-Stitch-Gwen-Gardner/dp/1939844541/

B&N – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tick-tock-gwen-gardner/1127886068?ean=9781939844545

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime

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Dark Mirror Image a Cozy Royal Romance

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
Dark Mirror Image, Book four of my standalone Royal Romance Series, is fresh out of the press. Enjoy the darkish and beautiful story of two faraway kingdom with the most unusual problem.

King Keban didn’t realize that gazing upon Princess Arianne was punishable by death. Saldil was the kingdom that piqued his curiosity, and the sole reason he had accepted this visit. Her brother, the king, gave him another option—Now he will return home to Perjha with the princess as his wife. He wonders at the turn of events, but only for a small moment. After staying there for a night, filled with hair-curling cries and dreadful noises coming from her brother’s chamber, he could never leave her in that place…not even for his kingdom.

Arianne liked King Keban the moment their eyes met. She is no longer so sure when her brother announces that Keban demanded to marry her, or he would attack Saldil. Who is this man with two faces? And why won’t he tell anyone that they are married? She will have to keep both eyes on this king and this most unusual arrangement.

Anna del C. Dye Bio:

Anna was born in the extreme South along some famous beaches. She moved to the USA to marry her husband Rodney and has resided in Utah since then. Her husband, a native of Idaho, met her in her hometown. They fell in love and she came to Utah on Christmas Eve to be married two weeks later. They are the parents of three princes and a princess.

Early on in her life she showed an affinity for sewing and took classes that rewarded her with the opportunities of doing costuming for the cast of four musicals, a pioneer play and the elves clothe for Utah’s own Fantasy Con, which she enjoyed immensely. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. Anna lives in Taylorsville Utah.

Some of Anna’s writing recognitions:

She received the Editor’s Choice Award from the International Library of Poetry and had her article entitled A New American Mother published by Desert Saints Magazine. A short story entitled Amerine—Fairy Princess won a prize before it was published by Kalkion Magazine. (Now it is published as an e-book under the title Emerine’s Nightmare.) Other articles about family and relationship have been published frequently in the MOMS CLUB of Salt Lake Valley-West. Her short story The Flu Case also won a price.

Anna, has published 7 fantasy books on her Elf series and received two awards there. Her love story was published by Deseret Book in the anthology entitled Angels Round About by July C. Olsen. Another of her articles was included in the book Mother’s Message in a Bottle, edited by Tyler Hayden and published by Ninbus Publishing.

Anna’s new A Royal Romance series came alive in Feb 2015. It started with “Once Upon Two Kingdoms.” Her latest book in that series is Dark Mirror Image, published Feb 2018. She has received two awards for this series.

Book Giveaway February 3 – 16 Get one of five, free e-copies of Dark Mirror Image by leaving a comment with your email address here. http://lindaweaverclarke.blogspot.com/2018/02/interview-with-fantasy-romance-author_3.html

The links:
Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Mirror-Image-Royal-Romance-ebook/dp/B079HQRDPL/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1517703340&sr=1-2&keywords=dark+mirror+image
Barnes & Noble:
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Smashwords:
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What if all the gods of the earth once existed?

Sunday, January 21st, 2018
Lightbringers:
The
Age of Myths and Legends
by
David Price
Genre:
Fantasy
 
What
if all the gods of the earth once existed? Long ago a superior race
once came to earth and became humanity’s gods. The story is set on
a post cataclysmic earth. Technology has vanished and been replaced
by magick. Myths and monsters once again roam the land.

 

 

Blending
H. P. Lovecraft’s mythos, with the numerous mythologies of the
earth created a rich mythic landscape. Two groups of gods once
descended on the earth, Lovecraft’s horrific alien, inhuman beings
and the superior, god-like race, known as the Watchers, (the Elder
Gods described by August Derleth).

 

 

Lightbringers is
a Grimdark Fantasy set on a dying earth, twenty thousand years from
now. The stars are right and the Great Old One asleep at the bottom
of the world finally stirs in his terrible slumber. One reluctant
hero, a half-breed child of the Elder gods, and his companions set
out on a globe-spanning quest, populated by creatures of myth and
beings of legend, to save the Earth from the evil that threatens to
destroy it.

 

 

***Reviews***

 

“David
Price’s LIGHTBRINGERS is exactly what I look for in a fantasy novel.
Fast paced, exhilarating and far removed from the cookie cutter
fiction you run across all too often. Do yourself a favor and read
this one!” — James A Moore, author of the SEVEN FORGES and
TIDES OF WAR series of novels.

 

 

“With
evocative language, powerful metaphor, and careful attention to
detail, Price brings us a world we can immerse ourselves in and not
want to leave.” — Irene Radford, author of The Dragon Nimbus
Novels, Merlin’s Descendants Series, and The Stargods Trilogy

 

 

David
Price’s LIGHTBRINGERS mingles a broad spread of myth and genre
tropes into a fascinating tale. Adding touches of history, locales
and dark lore, Price weaves a fine tale that will grip even a casual
reader. LIGHTBRINGERS splits the darkness of a lurid world.
Fascinating, funny and paced to please, LIGHTBRINGERS shines.” —
Steven L. Shrewsbury, Author of PHILISTINE, OVERKILL, WITHIN and
co-author of KING OF THE BASTARDS (with Brian Keene) and BAD MAGICK
(with Nate Southard)

 

 

Interview:

Do you see writing as a career?

I’d sure like it to be! I’m currently involved in several writing organizations like the New England Horror Writers, the Horror Writers of Maine, the Horror Writers Association, and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. I’m most heavily involved in the NEHW, as I’ve been one of the editors on their last three anthologies, Wicked Tales, Wicked Witches, and Wicked Haunted. For the HWOM I solo edited the horror anthology Northern Frights. That was a lot of work and I’m not sure I’d solo edit something again, at least not as long as I still have my day job. Maybe if I could write full time I’d reconsider that. I only have so much free time as it is and I need to pick and choose my projects wisely. Now that Lightbringers is finally out there, I really wanted to focus on getting the next book done. Can’t disappoint the readers!

 

Who designed your book covers?

My publisher, Crossroad Press has this fantastic in-house cover designer named David Dodd. The thing is, I wanted something with  little more of a classic fantasy book cover like the ones I grew up with and that really isn’t David’s thing. A few artists were suggested to me but I settled on Alex McVey, who is best known for doing much of the artwork for The Dark Tower series. That was exciting, working with someone who had worked on my of my most beloved series. I’m really thrilled with how the cover came out and I hope I can continue to use Alex in the future.

What can we expect from you in the future?

At least more six more books in the Lightbringers series, I hope. I originally plotted out the series for seven books, but I only got about to the halfway point of where I planned to finish book one. I was told new writers could only get away with so high of a word count or it wouldn’t sell, so I decided to find another point where I could break off the story. If it takes off enough, I could probably get away with higher word counts, but we’ll have to see. So six books, at least, if I have my way. And I’m sure you’ll see my name as editor on more anthologies in the future. I’ve already been approached about a couple, but most likely nothing this year, which is fine with me, because I really need to focus on the follow-up to Lightbringers. Aside from those projects, I have lots of ideas for short stories I’d like to write, the only problem is finding the time to write them. If only I could clone myself! What I really need is a better system of managing my free time. Eventually I’d like to work in a horror novel, maybe even a science fiction novel, here and there. For now, though, it’s full steam ahead in fantasy land.

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David
Price grew up watching Creature Feature and reading comic books. He
has been a fan of horror, fantasy, and science fiction his whole
life. In college, his freshman composition teacher suggested that he
major in English and focus on his writing. After working for more
than twenty-five years as a contractor, David has decided use his
imagination and follow his dreams. He is an active member of the New
England Horror Writers.
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What do you get when wizards banish a powerful demon?…3 teens from Seattle

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

What makes you passionate about writing?

I love good story-telling. Whether it’s a movie, a novel or a comic book, I love taking in any great story. Since I was young I’ve always enjoyed sci-fi and fantasy stories in particular. Something about them has just always captured my imagination. Through my life I’ve searched for good sci-fi and fantasy to take in, and I just simply haven’t found enough of it. Since there wasn’t enough out there for my taste, I decided that I needed to make my own. I write the kind of stories that aren’t really out there right now, and that I really want to read. So I’m passionate about my writing because I’m creating the things I want to find out in the world.

It sounds fascinating. Do you have a writing routine?

I try to keep up a routine of writing a few hours per day. It can be a bit difficult, since I work full-time and have a family, but my writing flows better and faster if I can find a little time to do it every day, so I do my best to make sure it happens. As far as what I do when I’m writing, I don’t really have a specific routine, I just sit down and start writing.

A panter…so am I. What is the title of your book?

My latest book is the first in The Cross-Road Travelers series. It’s called The Key to the Demon’s Gate.

What genre does your book fall under?

This book is considered to be a YA fantasy, and it certainly fits in with that genre, but I’ve kept it clean and appropriate enough that I’ve found it to be quite popular with elementary school children and their parents as well as teens.

I love YA. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

When a group of wizards from another world attempt to banish a powerful demon, they actually trade its place with 3 teens from Seattle.

Don’t say…really? How long did it take you to write the first draft of The Key to the Demon’s Gate?

It took me about 6 months to write the first draft of this book. Re-writes and editing took me another 6 months on top of that.

Edits and more edits… we could write another book if we didn’t have to edit. What other books would you compare this story to, within your genre?

One of my biggest inspirations for this story was The Chronicles of Narnia. I love the concept of kids from Earth traveling to new worlds. There are a lot of magical aspects to this story that are similar to Harry Potter as well, but I think most readers will be pleased to find aspects of these stories that they’ve never found anywhere else before.

Narnia and Harry Potter you said? I’m in…Who or What inspired you to write this book?

As I mentioned before, I always loved the concept of kids being transported to another world, so I wanted to write a story about that. Aside from liking that concept a lot, I don’t know that there’s really one specific source of inspiration for the story, it just comes from everything that I take in and think about every day.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

This story truly has something for everyone with a strong imagination. It’s full of magic, fighting, bandits, pirates, heists, and so many other things. A lot of stories include too many things, and get overwhelming, but my focus in writing is on strong relatable characters, because having characters like that gives me the chance to include so many things and still keep the story interesting without being too much. A quick read through the reviews being left for this book will show you that my readers agree. This book is full of powerful imagination balanced out by fun, and interesting characters, making it a great read for people of all ages.

Where can we find your book?

This book is available in print, as an ebook, or as an audiobook on Amazon at this link: myBook.to/CRT-1

The Azrael Initiative and the ISIS, in Syria

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
The
Azrael Initiative
Kayla
Falk Series Book 1
by
K Hanson
Genre:
Action Thriller
 
Best
friends Kayla Falk, an engineering student, and Olivia Bellamy, who
is studying nursing, are nearing the end of their college career when
terrorists attack their university. Through a combination of
cleverness, bravery, and luck, the two manage to foil the deadly
plot. A mysterious man from the United States government, Mr.
Hightower, sees their potential and attempts to recruit Kayla and
Olivia for a program to take on ISIS. They initially refuse, but
another terrorist attack that strikes close to home pushes them to
change their minds and join the Azrael Initiative.
After
several months of hard training, the two women are dropped into
Al-Raqqah, the capital of ISIS, in Syria. Once there, they must blend
in with the locals as they strike from the shadows to kill ISIS
leaders, destroy their facilities, and free captives. As Americans
deep within enemy territory, they know that they will be killed if
discovered. As women, they also know that they would suffer before
death. Walking the line between vengeance and justice strains their
relationship. As they work to resolve their differences, the symphony
of brutality around them ultimately pushes them closer together and
forges them into the warriors that they were meant to become.
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K
Hanson is a new author and is currently working on launching his
debut novel, The Azrael Initiative, which features two young women
being thrown into the fight against ISIS. He is also working on Storm
Raven, the first book in a new fantasy series.
K
lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he works as a software
developer. In his spare time, when he isn’t writing, he enjoys
reading, working out, playing video games, and spending time with his
wonderful girlfriend, Bobbi.
Some
of his favorite authors are Tom Clancy, George R. R. Martin, and
Sarah Maas.
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Children’s author Karl Beckstrand, Winner: 2016 International Book Award

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
Karl, welcome to my blog
Thank you, Anna
Tell us where you were born
San Jose, CA
Beautiful place. What is the most difficult thing about being an author?
Taking time to market books!
Amen to that, my friend. Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
Having time to write and getting my first publishing contract. (Reviews are a great help too!)
Great! Who or What inspired you to write this book?
It came to me after I’d visited many schools and observed no curriculum on earning a living.
How interesting… What is the name of your new book?
The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn Money
Intriguing… Tell us more about it. 
A child with a knack for solving problems helps some hungry fish and finds a treasure. Illustrated folk tale teaches the value of work and comes with money-making activities; ideas for businesses; and online resources (for ages 5 and up). 8.5″x8.5″, 26 pages, 530 words. I did some of the illustrations too.
Wow, that sounds awesome. What genre does your book fall under?
I’m marketing it to children, but I’m also going to put it under business books.
Here are my thoughts about the book
Review:
What an entertaining bookThe Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn Money is entertaining and educative at the same time. The story of a kids who help a fish, is a great idea to teach children how to earn money. I remember when I was young, and even just barely married, how much stress I had trying to find ideas of how to make extra money for our small family.In this book, you will find great ideas and all your children need to get into an entrepreneurial mindset. It will help you to teach your children the value of money and hard work. It will also guide your children to ask more questions and start thinking in a more down to earth manner. Most kids don’t know how to use their money or lack ideas and motivations to find and do something real to better themselves and their future. This book will help with this task. I think that it will be a great fit for all kids from a young age to adults alike. They are many adults who have no idea what to do with their future either, and this book will give them a little taste of reality. Great job Karl Beckstrand.
Where can we find your book?
 http://tinyurl.com/zxy2xp9
http://www.gozobooks.com/bridge-of-the-golden-wood.php
Thank you!

Prisoner to the king

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

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The Order
The Order Book 1
by A.C. Donaubauer
Genre: Epic Fantasy
About the Book

A clumsy step, the wrong branch to hold on to and a bump on the head to leave her unconscious – no more than that causes Eryn’s life to turn upside down and to suddenly find herself in the capital city as a prisoner to the king.
She is determined to keep her magical abilities a secret in a kingdom where magicians have only ever been male as long as anyone knows. That doesn’t work out that well, though. The Order, the governing body for magicians, and the king seem to have their own plans with her, none of them caring in the least that she just wants to leave that blasted city behind and return to the peace and quite of her profession as a healer.
And then there is Enric, a high ranking magician in the Order thanks to his considerable strength, who seems to find watching her struggles an amusing diversion.

Link:

​https://www.amazon.com/Order-Book-1-C-Donaubauer-ebook/dp/B013CCV6HS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1484700046&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Order+The+Order+Book+1+by+A.C.+Donaubauer

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Commitments
The Order Book 2About the Book
Ram’an has, to Enric’s great relief, left Anyueel again to return to his home country – which leaves him to figure out the challenge that Eryn still presents to him in more than one area of his life.
Eryn is restless, unnerved by the Order’s demands and her own urge to do something useful. Thus an expedition into the woods to teach the herb gatherers in the city how to provide her with acceptable goods seems just the thing to do to pass the time until the new healer’s place is ready for use. Ten peaceful days of collecting plants far away from the city. Or at least that’s the plan.

Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Commitments-Order-Book-C-Donaubauer-ebook/dp/B01CQ16Z8Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1484700081&sr=1-1&keywords=Commitments+by+A.C.+Donaubauer

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Schemes
The Order Book 3About the Book
After the delegation’s return not only the Old Kingdom has to face changes as a consequence of the contact with the Western Territories. Eryn and Enric, too, realise that their recently established bond is not without side effects. Eryn centres all her hopes on the healer from Takhan who is supposed to aid her for a few months and who is bound to arrive soon…

Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Schemes-Order-Book-C-Donaubauer-ebook/dp/B01JD9XJ6A/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1484700134&sr=1-1&keywords=Schemes+by+A.C.+Donaubauer

The Forsaken Crown… A desolated Empire Prequel

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

 

The Forsaken Crown:

A Desolate Empire Prequel

by Christina Ochs

Genre: Epic Fantasy

About the Book:

Sonya is a disgraced mercenary with shattered ambitions. Kendryk is a young ruler in danger of being overthrown. An unlikely pair, they must learn to trust each other to survive the turmoil ahead. But with a corrupt regent, a disloyal aristocracy, and an army in their way, the future looks grim.

The Forsaken Crown, a prequel to The Desolate Empire Series, delivers thrilling battles, devious political intrigue and compelling characters. The Forsaken Crown combines the action and excitement of the Three Musketeers with the sweeping imagery of fantasy. Readers are calling this powerful series “an all-ages Game of Thrones.”

Check inside to find out how to get a free copy of Rise of the Storm, Book One in the Desolate Empire Series.

The link:

https://www.amazon.com/Forsaken-Crown-Desolate-Empire-Prequel-ebook/dp/B01N7CFVDA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482544968&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Forsaken+Crown+by+Christina+Ochs

The Sisterhood by Alison Clarke

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
The Sisterhood
by Alison Clarke
Genre – YA, Middle Grade FantasyAbout the Book
When Oppie and Aurie are faced with a terrible battle between good and evil, they discover that friendship and sisterhood are the most precious things in the world.
In a realm where magic and legend still exist, it’s easy to think that when you’re just an ordinary girl, you’ll never get the chance to be written into the history books. But when Oppie, and her dragon friend Aurie, find themselves on a mission to defeat the evil, oppressive forces of darkness, in the form of the dragon, Royzendeus, they discover that history is never made alone. As they travel, their army of light grows, and Aurie discovers that as a girl, she is blessed with an entire sisterhood she never realised existed.

The Cedric Series, Romasanta: Father of Werewolves

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

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Cedric the Demonic Knight 

The Cedric Series Book 1

by Valerie Willis

 

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Lord Cedric du Romulus may be a powerful knight, but he’s no human nor does he like masquerading as one. He is a mixed blood demon made by Sorceress Morrighan in her quest to create an army of powerful underlings. Seeking out ever-stronger enemies, he devours them for their power; nothing is safe from his fangs whether they are beasts, demons, or magic wielders. When he finds himself staring at Morrighan’s castle, will he be able to follow through with his life’s ambition and leave behind his lover and wife, Lady Angeline who herself is an heir to a legacy of unknown magic.

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22699451-cedric-the-demonic-knight

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Cedric-Demonic-Knight-Book-ebook/dp/B00FN2YFL0/ref=la_B00FQMV8SU_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474833396&sr=1-1

 

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Romasanta: Father of Werewolves
The Cedric Series Book 2
by Valerie Willis
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Romasanta finds himself a cursed man and struggles with his internal demon, literally. All his troubles start with a stone and after that he will be losing everything he’s ever loved. Faced with clinging on to what little humanity he has, he will lose it many times before reaching the end of his journey. His life’s tale will take you through time to see how every lore, every moment in history tied in with wolves all come back to him. They call him the Ancient One, others simply refer to him as the Father of Werewolves, but we know him by his name, Romasanta. Many battles will be fought before he gets closer to his goals, but will he be ready to finish what was asked of him at the very beginning of his horrible fate. Will he be able to return the Eye of Gaea and free the love of his life from the laurel tree in the Black Forest?Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25318344-romasanta

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Romasanta-Father-Werewolves-Cedric-Book-ebook/dp/B00UCEK31U/ref=la_B00FQMV8SU_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474833396&sr=1-3

 

The Interview:

How long have you been writing? 

The first major moment for writing was in Fifth grade. We were given a composition book and told to write stories in it, but not I. I wrote a novel, filling it to the back bag with an adventure of a girl lost in Africa. It’s still on my bookshelf, but maybe one of these days I’ll dust it off and try to recapture the story I was telling.

 

Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

I’m still here in Central Florida, a short drive from my home town Winter Garden where I was sixth generation on the same road. That’s a rare thing in this area anymore, with transplants, snowbirds and tourist. Anyhow, back to how I came to be where I stand today! In high school, I started writing a lot more creative work as a hobby. In fact, Rebirth was the 25,000 handwritten pass around story I had going and friends often encouraged me to continue. I picked it up off and on during college and later years, never taking the idea of writing as a career serious. In 2010, I found myself rethinking everything. Six months pregnant with my first child, the economy wiping out my job and with it Foreclosure on my house and repo’ing of our car, and to top it all off, having the back of my left calf removed due to skin cancer, I started writing again. This time I decided to learn more about the craft, sought out both self-published and traditionally published authors, agents, mentors, anywhere I could gain knowledge of what it would take to write my work at a professional level. By January 2012, I had taken in all the advice, feedback, and knowledge and stepping off the ledge when I self-published Cedric the Demonic Knight. Thus began this unstoppable drive to becoming an author.

 

Coming Soon…. The Oracle

The Cedric Series Book 3

By Valerie Willis

 

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With Angeline back in Cedric’s arms and the Eye of Gaea in Romasanta’s grip, the next step in their journey begins. Knowing they will be facing the mother of dragons, Delphyne, at the top of Mt. Parnassus, they assemble a group to traverse the barrier which dissolves any technology and renders gunpowder useless. The question weighing on their minds is if two werewolves, the incubus King, and a demonized sorceress is enough to fight their way to see the Oracle?

 

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22699451-cedric-the-demonic-knight

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Cedric-Demonic-Knight-Book-ebook/dp/B00FN2YFL0/ref=la_B00FQMV8SU_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474833396&sr=1-1

 

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Valerie Willis, a sixth generation Floridian, launched her first book, Cedric the Demonic Knight, at the start of 2014 on Amazon.com. Since then, she has launched the second book to The Cedric Series, Romasanta: Father of Werewolves (2015), with several installments to come in this high rated Fantasy Romance Series. She pulls in a melting pot of mythology, folklores, history and more into her work with a remarkable amount of foreshadowing that makes reading her books a second time exciting. Also she recently published Rebirth the first book in her Teen Urban Fantasy, the Tattooed Angels Trilogy. Currently on the table to be completed is book two for the Tattooed Angels Trilogy, Judgment and book three in The Cedric Series, The Oracle.

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Giveaway

5 Free ebook copies of any of my books of their choice & 1 Paperback of choice signed with signed bookmarks to share with friends!

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