Archive for March, 2014

A.L. Phillips author of “The Quest of the Unaligned” an Interview

Friday, March 28th, 2014

A. L. Phillips is visiting us today. Tell us how has your family background affected your writing?

I can say with absolute certainty that I am a novelist today because of my wonderful parents and the great education and encouragement they gave me. I was homeschooled from kindergarten through 12th grade, using a curriculum that was very reading and writing focused. I loved it. In fact, reading was my favorite activity from the time I was about four, an activity which my parents encouraged both through their words and through their own book-loving natures. I began telling bedtime stories to my younger sister when I was not much older than that, and again, my parents encouraged me to both keep creating stories and to write them down. In the time since then, my parents and sister alike have been incredibly encouraging and supportive of my desires to write professionally, a fact for which I am profoundly grateful.

Awesome parents. What gave you the nerve to attempt your first novel?

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Cherie Colyer Paranormal Thriller, YA Author

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Cherie, where are you from?I’ve lived in the Chicago suburbs all my life.

Nice place. If you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?

The 1800s. I’d love to go to a ball and to meet Emily Bronte.

If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would be?

From one of my books, I’d choose Caden. He’s been around a long time and has seen a lot. From someone else’s book, (more…)

Michael Young an author’s Interview

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
Michael, Welcome to my blog. Tell us where you were bornI was born in Arizona at Williams Air Force Base, which unfortunately, no longer exists. It’s both mysterious and a little sad.
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Yeah… What is the most difficult thing about being an author?Marketing. The market is so flooded these days that it is so hard to stand out and when I put in a bunch of effort, sometimes it still does not bring results. That, and it takes me away from the actual writing.Amen to that. (more…)

LDS Author Fay klingler’s blog tour

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

We Are Strong! Mothers and Daughters Stand Together

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Book Summary:

Every girl needs a mentor, someone she can trust to show her the way home to Heavenly Father. The stakes are high—as women of influence, how we live and how we teach Heavenly Father’s daughters will change the course of their lives forever.

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Using compelling real-life stories from women of all ages, award-winning author Fay A. Klingler clearly defines how and why we must continue to live and teach the Young Women values.

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Darkness Rising: Book One of The Catmage Chronicles by Meryl Yourish

Monday, March 17th, 2014

How long have you been writing?

I wrote my first piece of fiction in ninth grade, so (yikes!) over forty years.

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

I was born in northeastern New Jersey, where I spent most of my life. I moved to Richmond, VA in 2002. I love both places, but NJ just got too crowded and too expensive. Richmond has a great atmosphere for artists, particularly for younger ones. We have a great music scene as well.

It sounds perfect for you. How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it? (more…)

Author Braden Bell an Interview

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Braden, what is your typical day like?

I wake up at 5:45 so that the kids and I can leave at 6:30 in order to be at school by 7:30. I’m a teacher at a private school, and my children are fortunate to attend–but we live some distance away. After school, I usually have play rehearsals or voice lessons until the evening, so I generally get home around 6:00 or 7:00. Then we have supper, and I write until bedtime. Then I try to always help get the kids to bed, and then write until I go to sleep–which is almost always far too late!

Wow that is a lot. Do you write with music or not? (more…)

David Smith the co-author of the “Hidden Mickey” series

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

David, tell us where you were born

I was born in Southern California and grew up a mile from Disneyland

Lucky you. 🙂 What is the most difficult thing about being an author?

Learning how to be patient; Learning how to promote and market AFTER the book is written

Amen to that… Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?

Certainly Walt Disney from a conceptual standpoint. Reading authors such as Dean Koontz, F. Paul Wilson, Clive Cussler, Dan Brown and even the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew all helped form my desire to want to write stories.

 I learned  english with the Hardy boys and Nancy Drew. 🙂 Who or What inspired you to write this book? (more…)

The Roilden Stones of Elf Mountain – blog tour

Friday, March 7th, 2014

The Roilden Stones of Ef Mountain tour is here.
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The Roilden Stones of Elf Mountain, is the prequel to my elf series. It is also the last book in the series of seven.
In this book you will discover the Elfs, an eternal race that chooses to live in a world full of woe, away from their native motherland.
You will fall in love with their charisma, feel their pain and their happiness in a land that will test the core of their beliefs and bravery.
It is written, like all my elf books, in the genre of The Lord of the Rings and the Shanara series.
The Roilden Stones of Elf Mountain is full of battles, heroism, action and romance.
It is clean and wholesome for the whole family.

Praise from a review of The Roilden Stones of Ef Mountain:

There was a lot of action in this book and I loved it. There was never a time where I was bored at all. I couldn’t put the book down.

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I loved the characters. I found them so interesting and entertaining.
I loved the interactions between them. It was just so easy to get into the flow of the characters.

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I have to say I highly recommend this book if you are a fantasy fan. Especially if you love The Hobbit or books like that. I am so happy I was able to review the book.

Samantha Weck

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 Descriptions of the land let you smell the dry soil, feel the thorny bushes, and sweat from the overbearing heat. Dye makes it very easy to like the “good guys” and dislike the “bad guys” in this tale, but in a surprising move one of the “bad guys” decides to return to being a “good guy” before the story ends. 

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We will have a book Giveaway between Feb 24 and Mar 8: You have many chances to win the e-book The Roilden Stones of Elf Mountain. “Like” the trailer by clicking this link: The Roilden Stones of Elf Mountain and then leave a message in this post. or any of the other stop at this blog tour. 

Michelle Chew                  http://michellechewwrites.blogspot.com

Cindy A. Christiansen http://cadragonfly.blogspot.com/2014/02/in-dog-house-with-me-author-anna-del-c.html

Kim Williams Justesen http://kwjwrites.wordpress.com/2014/03/06/guest-blog-anna-del-c-dye/

Stacy Lynn Carroll        http://www.stacylynncarroll.com

Valerie J. Steimle  http://valeriesteimle.blogspot.com/2014/03/blog-tour-for-roilden-stone-of-elf

Rebecca Larenoux               http://rebeccalamoreaux-anauthorinprogress.blogspot.com/

A. L. Phillips           http://www.facebook.com/l/DAQFiQXNWAQHaqIuAW0VVZaq5S9DwgQoev6l2iYhaM2-9gg/www.phillipsfiction.com/blog.

 

One ebook will be given for each stop in this tour and the entries can be international.

You can find my book here: 

My website: www.annadelc.com

Amazon: http://j.mp/1dvqXP6

 

Magic, Melanie Sweat Crouse an Interview

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing for six years, and most of that time, I have been writing this one book. It took my a long time to get it right.

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

I was born in Utah, but now I live in the northeast. I really love it here.

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

I think almost any idea can be a good one if the characters (more…)

The Alliance of Isian by Serena Clark a review

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

The Alliance of Isian by Serena Clark book 2 ***** stars

I was asked to do a review for The Alliance of Isian and I wondered if I would like it. I was hooked from the first chapter and love it. I enjoyed the plot, the characters and the romance. It has so many good things going that I went Ahhh when I finished it. I enjoyed it better than the first book in the series, which is good. You will find secrets, magic, love, courage, betrayals and death in this volume. All are orchestrated to give you a well-balanced story with great components.

Alec and Gabrielle marry to give their kingdoms the power they need against a ruthless enemy that will stop at nothing to take away the throne from his brother. Alec’s kingdom is quite different from Gabrielle’s land, so they have to put their differences aside to be an example to each other’s realm. They have to work together or all will be lost in the eminent war at their doorstep.

Sometimes their differences form an abysm between them and between their troops. Alec doesn’t understand magic and prohibits Gabrielle from using it. She feels that instead of learning from each other, her culture is being lost under his culture. Will she ever be able to trust the man who sleeps with her, and that once was her enemy, and that now wants her to take her new kingdom’s culture and forget her own?

This is a great book and a great story.

(Needs Done ) Felicity, a Sparrow’s Tale

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

By Loralee Evans

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Loral, how long have you been writing?

I’ve been making stories and writing for fun ever since I learned to read and write.  However, my first published book came out in 2004.

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

I was born in Salt Lake, and grew up in South Jordan.  I live in Duchesne, now.  It’s a small town in eastern Utah, about an hour away from Vernal.

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

If an idea is something that I can get excited about, and thinking about it fires off a storyline in my head that I can see from the beginning to the end of the story so that I have a rough idea of how the story will go before I even start, then I have a pretty good idea that it’s something that I want to write about.  In addition, I really have to like my characters.  My protagonists need to be characters I can relate to and would like to get to know if they were real, and my antagonists need to have believable reasons why they’re they way they are rather than being bad just for the sake of being bad.

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

Rachel Ann Nunes, one of the writers I admire most in all the world has been a great influence on me.  Even before I became published and had the great fortune to get to know her personally, I loved her writing.  I admired her style, and loved her stories, especially her Arianna series.  Once my first book was published and I was lucky enough to join her writers’ group, I was very pleased to realize that she is as nice in real life as I imagined, and she’s been a great support as a friend and as a fellow writer.

What is the name of your book?

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My latest book is called Felicity~ A Sparrow’s Tale.

Tell us more about it. Perhaps a back cover blurb.

Tales of adventure and danger have thrilled Felicity since her teacher Augustus, an Ivory-billed Woodpecker taught her to read as a little nestling.  She adores the tales of heroes and heroines who forge ahead in spite of all odds, and who always seem to succeed no matter what.  More than anything, Felicity wants to be brave and selfless like them.

But adventures are in short supply, especially for someone who’s just an ordinary sparrow.

Until the day an unexpected visitor shows up at her tree with an unusual request…

Do you have a favorite character, why?

In my most recent book, Felicity is my most favorite character.  She faces some frightening choices, but instead of taking the easy way out, she makes the choice to go into danger not for herself, but to help other people.  And she does it just for the sake of helping, not expecting anything in return.

In literature, I really admire Huckleberry Finn.  He grows significantly over the course of the story.  Huck helps Jim, an escaping slave, because he learns to follow his gut and his deep down understanding that slavery is wrong even though he was taught all his life that there was nothing wrong with it.

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

I enjoyed writing Felicity because it was the first book I wrote specifically for a young audience.  I hope that along with being entertained by the story, my readers find themselves inspired by Felicity’s selflessness, and learn that helping other people, not because you’re getting something in return, but that because it’s simply the right thing to do, is something that they can do, as well.

Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry?

My advice would be to keep trying, even if you’ve gotten rejections.  I was rejected many many times before my work was finally accepted by a publisher.  Don’t give up.  And don’t think you’re alone.  Go to writers’ conferences, listen to the advice of published authors, and work continually on improving your craft, and tightening your writing.

One thing I have personally found helpful, is to remember that readers/editors can often see weaknesses or inconsistencies in a piece of writing that an author can’t.  As authors, we don’t want to be told that our books are less than perfect.  But sometimes we need to swallow our pride and accept the possibility that a critic just might have a valid point and that we should explore the idea that there might be something in what they say, and that there might be a change either big or small that we might need to make that will strengthen our stories.  That’s not to say that we need to listen to every little criticism.  But we need to listen to reasonable advice that will help us make our stories better.

What are your New Year’s goals?

In my writing, I want to get a new fantasy story written.  Possibly about Felicity again, or possibly in a new world entirely.

Where can we find your book?

The ebook version can be found here:

http://www.amazon.com/Felicity~-Sparrows-Tale-Loralee-Evans-ebook/dp/B00OUZVI48/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1419821089&sr=8-2&keywords=loralee+evans

And the paperback version can be found here:

http://www.amazon.com/Felicity~-Sparrows-Tale-Loralee-Evans/dp/0692306919/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1419821089&sr=8-3&keywords=loralee+evans

 

Chivalry and Malevolence by Heather Rexon-Capewell

Saturday, March 1st, 2014
  • Tell us where you were born?

    I was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, however, I grew up in Southern New Jersey. Pride in both hometowns often leaves me split between which to call my hometown. To make it fair, I tend to mention both although I’m a Jersey Girl at heart.

    What is the most difficult thing about being an author?

    The worry and self-doubt that comes with creating is perhaps the most difficult hurdle all authors must overcome. I am no different. It isn’t that we hold a lack of faith in our ability as a writer, but that which we have created is worthy of our audiences.

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