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Anwen fears that even if they find the lost mages, it will be too late

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

 

 

Karlie Lucas is a preschool teacher by day and a writer/artist by night.A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.

Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.

When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.

She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally

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The Revenants are coming. 

Only recently woken from their centuries’ long slumber, the dragons are unprepared to face them. But when a legend is uncovered, revealing the existence of a lost tribe of mages, hope flickers to life. 

The race is on as Tyler Durand and Anwen Kaida rush to find this missing tribe while the others prepare for their last stand. But time and numbers are against them, and Anwen fears that even if they find the lost mages, it will be too late. 




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Walter looked between the two, watching the invisible sparks fly. Leslie was a force to be reckoned with, but she was no match for Tyler. “You know,” he commented, “I would pay to watch you and Anwen have a go at each other.”
Anwen gave him a dirty look. “Really? What happened to being my friend? I thought you were on my side.”
The veteran shrugged, aware that the others had turned their attention to him as well. “Oh I am. I just think it would be interesting to watch. In fact, I’d pay good money for that opportunity. You’re not going to improve unless you can go against someone who’ll test your skills. Why not her?” He pointed his thumb at the Walker.
“Are you kidding me?” Anwen balked. “She’d make mincemeat of me! Even Courtney’s better at this whole mage thing than I am! And you want me to go up against the best person in this place? Are you insane?”
Walter only smiled as he folded his arms across his chest as he made himself comfortable. “You want to learn your craft? I can’t think of any better way. Margo would say the same thing. You know she would.”
Anwen shook her head. “Can you please leave my mother out of this? We all know she was an overachiever who pushed everyone to their limits. I really don’t need this right now.”
 

 

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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?

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Can you truly be yourself when it could mean losing everything?  

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
Karlie Lucas is a preschool
teacher by day and a writer/artist by night. 
A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie
received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of
Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the
American Night Writers Association.
Karlie is interested in all things magical and
mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien
and J.K. Rowling.
When not writing, Karlie can often be found
drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time
with her family.
She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her
husband and a cat named Kally
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Marie never expected to wake up in North Pole City, let alone become Santa’s Emergency Replacement. It was a job she never wanted but
couldn’t turn down, thanks to Clarence, Santa’s right hand man. 
Now, Marie has to work with Clarence, who believes she is some kind of criminal who will cause
the destruction of everything he holds dear. 
 

Trying to prove that he’s wrong, Marie keeps making mistakes that push them even further apart. It doesn’t help that she has a past she’d rather keep hidden. However, trying to keep her past where it should belong isn’t easy. 

Just when Marie starts to feel like things are coming together, a madman with a bone to pick, and Christmas to ruin, threatens the whole of the North Pole Organization. Marie must rely on Clarence and her new friends to help her face her past before Christmas is gone forever. But does she have the courage to
truly be herself when it could mean losing everything?

 

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The bullet struck just left of her chest, near the
shoulder blade. She lost balance, twisting from the force. With eyes wide open
in shock, she stared at the man who had taken everything away, her freedom, her
family, and now, her life. Her feet continued to twist as her head whipped
around, sending her over the roof’s edge as thunder rumbled through the air. A
scream of agony was forced through frozen lips, and then was silenced as the
rain came pouring down. 
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Her job is never easy, but now it’s become downright deadly

Saturday, August 5th, 2017
Sin
Eater
The
Aria Knight Chronicles Book 1
By
Alesha Escobar and Samantha Lafantasie
Genre:
Fantasy, Paranormal
 
Aria Knight has an unusual set of skills: she will hold back the hounds of
Hell so you can fly toward the Pearly Gates, and she will wipe your
slate clean so that you don’t become karma’s bitch…for a price.

 

 


A
Sin Eater has to make a living in today’s world somehow.

 

 

But
when she’s called in the dead of night to perform her rite for a
recluse billionaire, she stumbles upon a murder scene, and the
evidence points to her.

 

 

In
an attempt to clear her name and uncover the true culprit, Aria is
forced to team up with a private investigator who’s possessed by
three spirits, and a handsome wizard who would rather see all Sin
Eaters like Aria go extinct.

 

 

Aria
knows her job is never easy, but now it’s become downright
deadly.

 

 

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EATER is the first book of the Aria Knight Chronicles by USA Today
bestselling author Samantha LaFantasie and Alesha Escobar, author of
the bestselling Gray Tower Trilogy.

 

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expressing my creativity daily. I write fantasy with intriguing
characters, action-packed scenes, and always throw in a good dash of
humor and romance.
Science Fiction and Fantasy are
my favorite genres, but I also adore the classics (Shakespeare, Dante
Alighieri, etc.) and I have a soft spot in my heart for Victorian
poetry. You can geek out with me all-day every day over these
Some of my favorite contemporary
fantasy authors are George R.R. Martin, Robert Jordan (rest in
peace), J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher (Dresden Files made me
love Urban Fantasy), and Ilona Andrews among others. I enjoy movies
and shows like Sleepy Hollow, Supernatural, Arrow, The Flash, The
Avengers…there are too many to name!
I want to read more comics and
graphic novels, please shoot a recommendation or two my way (I LOVE
the Hellblazer comics, by the way).
Please don’t be a stranger–I
want you to kick up your feet, sip your coffee (or tea) and join in
on my weekly rants, discussions, and updates.

 

 

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will this spell the end of the dragons and the world as we know it?

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

 

Karlie Lucas is a graduate of Southern Utah University,
where she received a B.A. in Creative Writing with a minor in art. She is a
member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, SCBWI, as
well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.
Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and
dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her
favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally.


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After hundreds of years, the gates to Tarragon are open once more,
fulfilling age-old prophecy. However, Anwen’s journey is far from over. The
dragons still sleep and she has no clue how to wake them. Forced to retreat
from the Mountain, she and her newfound friends must devise a new plan to wake
the inhabitants of Tarragon.
Meanwhile, the Mage Circle, a group of dragon mages with a vendetta, is camped
outside the Gates. Calling on allies of their own, they will stop at nothing to
gain control of the Dragon City and all who dwell inside.To complicate matters even more, Anwen’s mother has joined the party. But even
with the help of all her friends, can Anwen overcome the ordeals set before her
or will this spell the end of the dragons and the world as we know it?

 

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Courtney stopped abruptly as the scatterings of a
cave-in came into view. “Oh no,” she whispered, one hand to her mouth. Moving
slowly, she noticed a body slumped in the hallway. “Please don’t be dead,” she
said over and over again as she moved closer. She couldn’t help but wonder
which of her friends lay there, and what had happened to the other.
The closer she came, the more detail came to light. She
recognized Tyler Durand as he lay on his side. His light-colored hair lay limp
against his head. His skin was unnaturally pale. At least she didn’t think he
was dead. It took a lot to kill a dragon. But just beyond him, a little more
out of the way, lay Anwen Porter. And she wasn’t moving.
 
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Tarragon: Key Keeper a YA story or a Spice?

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Tarragon: Key Keeper by Author Karlie Lucas 

The Blurb:

For hundreds of years, the gates of Tarragon have been sealed from the outside. Prophecy speaks of the day the last Key Keeper will return and wake the dragons from their spell-cast slumber, returning them to their rightful home.

Seeking to fulfill her father’s dying wish, Anwen Porter travels to the Drakonii Mountains where she meets Tyler, a mysterious local with a secret. With his help, she learns more about her clouded past and her own abilities. But when Courtney, a lovesick mage, tries to insert herself into their plans, things begin to go horribly wrong. (more…)

Book Blitz loving the book did it again

Monday, August 3rd, 2015
“Kas” by Karlie Lucas

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“Most teenagers don’t have a voice talking in their heads, but that’s pretty normal for Kas. It’s been there her whole life, giving her directions, keeping her from harm. When the voice advises against the family picnic in the mountains, she’s sure there’s a reason, but convincing her mom is another matter. While in the mountains, Kas accidentally stumbles on a gateway to another dimension. Almost immediately, her life is in peril. From a disembodied man known only as Milord and a hoard of hooded men who want her soul, she doesn’t know who to trust in this strange place where dreams become reality. As Kas learns more about who she is and how she came to the Waymeet of Worlds, it becomes clear that someone is lying to her. But is it the voice she’s known her whole life or the new friends she finds in Milord’s castle. Choosing the wrong people to trust could cost her soul and prevent her from fulfilling her destiny.”
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 Ten fun Facts:

1 – I almost double-majored in college with an English: Creative Writing and General Art degree.

2 – I am the third of eight children.

3 – It is my goal to, I one day, find a diamond in the ground.

4 – Not only do I write, but I also voice act for a small production company I own that produces shows based off of Japanese comics (manga).

5 – I usually have between three and five different stories that I’m working on at any given time.

6 – I am distantly related to several different former presidents of the United States.

7 – I always wanted to be a red head so I will occasionally dye my hair that color.

8 – I like to cosplay (dress up as) different characters from anime (Japanese cartoons), as well as original characters.

9 – I named my car Edward, not after the character from Twilight, but after an character from the manga Fullmetal Alchemist. (My car is silver.)

10 – I have the best hubby in the whole world, and I’m not just saying that because he makes the absolute best Alfredo sauce on the planet.

And a fun Author interview question

.      How did you come to write this particular book or series?

Kas started out as a sort of Beauty and the Beast story that I wrote in high school. Over the course of ten plus years, I wasn’t satisfied with the basics and tore it apart over and over again. After piecing back together the patchwork I’d made of it, it became what it is now.

Bio:

 Karlie Lucas is a preschool teacher by day and a writer/artist by night.

A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.
Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.
When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.
She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally.

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Why is Zeld crossing swords with the Pirate Prince?

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
Dan, how long have you been writing? 
    My first published work was my bachelor’s dissertation in 1986  My first novel came out in 2010.
Tell us where you were born and where you live now. 
    I was born In Salt Lake City, raised in Magna, and currently live in Blanding, Utah,
How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?
    I had several solid ideas all put into one.  It’s written in the Anglo-American style.  Which means it reads like the American versions of Harry Potter; being a combination of British and American English.  The book is set in England in the 1200’s and is about a school for the the nobility and royalty of the time.  The book is fantasy having dragons, unicorns and other monsters.  The book is also a coming of age story, meaning the main character is a Luke Skywalker, Harry Potter, Frodo, Ender Wiggins type person named Zeldain de Saxon or Zeld.
Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
    J. K Rowling
What is the name of your books?  (more…)

How can you become Santa’s Emergency Replacement when you don’t want the job?

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Book Blurb:

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Marie never expected to wake up in North Pole City, let alone become Santa’s Emergency Replacement. It was a job she never wanted but couldn’t turn down, thanks to Clarence, Santa’s right hand man.
Now, Marie has to work with Clarence, who believes she is some kind of criminal who will cause the destruction of everything he holds dear. Trying to prove that he’s wrong, Marie keeps making mistakes that push them even further apart. It doesn’t help that she has a past she’d rather keep hidden. However, trying to keep her past where it should belong isn’t easy.

Just when (more…)

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…)

Your kids don’t love books…help them

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Usually it takes motivated parents to get a kid to read.

For example, Monica has four boys and she started reading to them when they were babies. (more…)