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Jeffrey Bardwell is the author of The Scion’s Delight, a prequel to his Mage Conspiracy series

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

Jeffrey, welcome to my blog. How long have you been writing?

I have been publishing fantasy novels since 2017. The actual writing began when I was six, a few decades earlier.

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

I was raised in a rural town in northern Virginia, bounced arund the country a bit from Texas to Missouri, and then landed back in a different small town in central Virginia. Life is funny like that.

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

If it sticks in my mind after the notion / dream / inspiration strikes, and I want to find out more, it’s a keeper.

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

My beta readers have helped spur a marked improvement in my writing. My first book was a hot mess.

What is the name of your book?

My new book is The Scion’s Delight, the prequel to my Mage Conspiracy series. It was inspired by a dream about a haughty princess trying to repair her broken death maze to torture rats. When I realized she was the younger incarnation of the evil empress in my main series, I knew I had a good story brewing.

 

 

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

A cunning trap. A whiff of magic. A burst of steam.

Princess Cordelia has steel plate ambition, a mind like twisting brass gears, and the political might of tin foil. The girl aims to ratchet the Iron Empire into a glorious new day of gears and steam. The entire palace is arrayed against her. The chambermaids disdain her. The emperor ignores her. The mages, championed by Lord Oriolanus, lead a brisk campaign of lies and coercion. Those evil magic users threaten to tighten their grip upon the land even though machines are clearly superior. By the gods’ oil-stained hands, why can’t anyone else see her vision of the ideal future?

Just when Cordelia’s future threatens to slip back into medieval quagmire, a lone stranger with ice blue eyes and flowing blond hair arrives from the savage north. The handsome barbarian is destined to make both the hearts of the empire and the princess tremble. Does this spell doom or salvation for the girl’s fragile dream?

Explore The Scion’s Delight, the fantasy romance prequel novella of The Mage Conspiracy series. Discover a world of adventure and intrigue where lies cut deeper than any sword.

Do you have a favorite character, why?

In this new book, I think Cordelia’s retiring servant Fortinbras is my favorite. His name is an homage to a character from one of my favorite fantasy authors growing up (email the correct guess who to jhbardwell@gmail.com for a free ebook!), and his deadpan pissing contest with the ruler of an empire was a joy to write.

 

Here is the other books in the The Mage Conspiracy

Book one

 

 

Book two

 

Book three                                                               

 

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

I write to edify and enlighten, but most of all to entertain. I think Erin Kahn said it much, much better than I can: A book by Jeffrey Bardwell is always a good time: exciting, dangerous, gritty, and multi-layered . . . fast-paced, entertaining, and psychologically intense.

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

Keep writing. Don’t be afraid to push yourself out there. Your first book will probably suck. Write another. I went back and rewrote the first book in my Artifice Mage series three times before I was happy with it (and the book truly deserved the title “epic” fantasy.)

Where can we find your book?

Here are links for The Scion’s Delight
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46966470-the-scion-s-delight
https://books2read.com/the-scions-delightHere are several places to find all my books.
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16676565.Jeffrey_Bardwell
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Jeffrey-Bardwell/e/B071RXS994
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jeffrey-bardwell

beautiful woman materializes during a televised baseball game. She floats in midair, then drops to the ground, comatose Review

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018
A
Mind Reader’s Christmas
Eric
Beckman Mysteries Book 4
by
Al Macy
Genre:
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
 
Eric
Beckman, a mind-reading private investigator, is spending Christmas
in snowy Vermont with his wife and daughter. He needs a break from
solving cases, but the townspeople convince him to look into the
village mystery: Every holiday season, someone switches the baby
Jesus with one of the other figures in the town’s nativity
scene.

 

 

With
the help of his ten-year-old daughter, also a mind reader, he soon
learns that some of the residents of the small town are not who—or
even what—they seem to be. There’s something supernatural going
on in Newburn, Vermont.

 

 

His
investigation causes an escalation of strange happenings, and soon,
swapped manger figures are the least of the town’s worries. If
Beckman can’t adjust his view of the world—force himself to
believe in things he never thought possible—the Christmas vacation
could turn out to be his family’s last.

 

 

A
Mind Reader’s Christmas
 may
be read as a standalone book or as Book Four in the Eric Beckman
series.

 

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Democracy’s
Thief
Eric Beckman Mysteries
Book 3
 
Private
Investigator Eric Beckman hates politics. He doesn’t even watch the
news—it’s just sensationalized stories crafted to sell
commercials. Why should he care?
But
that changes when a friend is shot in the head during a politically
motivated break-in. Eric starts digging, and using his paranormal
mind-reading skills, he soon discovers that Wilson Kingman, the
presidential candidate behind the burglary, has some supernatural
skills of his own. With one sweep of his mesmerizing gaze, he’s able
to secure the fanatical devotion of the thousands who attend his
rallies–including the very people investigating him.
Worse,
Kingman’s true motivations have nothing to do with leading the free
world. With the clock ticking down toward election day, Beckman must
overcome his aversion to politics and stop the wrong man from being
elected. If he fails, millions will die.
Democracy’s
Thief
 is a standalone book which may be enjoyed without
reading any of the other books in the series.
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Sanity’s
Thief
Eric Beckman Mysteries
Book 2
 
Private
detective Eric Beckman can read minds. He’s used to weird cases, but
this one may be his most difficult yet. A beloved relative has
disappeared into a suspicious psychiatric hospital and Eric has no
choice but to go in after her.

 

 

 

Getting
in is easy—he knows how to fake insanity. Getting out … not so
much.
 

 

The
asylum’s director has some personality issues of his own and is doing
more than just treating patients. Now that Eric is one of them, his
mind may be headed for a fate worse than death.

 

 

 

His
only hope for escape is to work together with the other inmates. But
collaborating with schizophrenics has its own challenges, even when
he knows what they’re thinking. Unless he can get word to the
outside, the case could cost him his sanity.

 

 

 

Sanity’s
Thief is a standalone book and may be understood and enjoyed without
reading any of the other books in the series.

 

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Yesterday’s Thief
Eric Beckman Mysteries
Book 1
 
Private
detective Eric Beckman can read minds. 

 

 

Although
he reads only the conscious thoughts of the people he interviews, it
usually gives him enough of an edge to overcome his inexperience as a
PI. But mind reading is hell on relationships. Trusting comes hard
when you know what people are really thinking.

 

 

The
case of his life lands in his lap when 
a
beautiful woman materializes during a televised baseball game.
 She
floats in midair, then drops to the ground, comatose. 

 

 

Beckman
is at her bedside when she wakes up. From the moment she opens her
eyes, she has him under her spell. He vows to figure out where—or
when—she came from, even if it kills him.

 

 

The
stakes increase when she disappears without a trace. Worse, she holds
the key to a worldwide energy catastrophe. If Beckman can’t find
her and unlock her secrets, economies will collapse, and the world
will spiral down into chaos.

 

**FREE!!**
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Al
Macy writes because he has stories to tell. In school he was the
class clown and always the first volunteer for show and tell. His
teachers would say “Al has a lot of imagination.” Then they’d
roll their eyes.
But
he put his storytelling on the back burner until he retired and wrote
a blog about his efforts to improve his piano sight-reading. That’s
when his love of storytelling burbled up to the surface, along with
quirky words like “burble.”
He
had even more fun writing his second book, Drive,
Ride, Repeat,
 but was bummed by non-fiction’s need
to stick to “the truth” (yucko). From then on it was fiction all
the way, with a good dose of his science background burbling to the
surface.
Macy’s
top priority is compelling storylines with satisfying plot twists,
but he never neglects character development. No, wait … his top
priority is quirkiness, then compelling storylines, then character
development. No, wait …
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A terrible secret. A vengeful empress. An unstable empire

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018
                                                                 About the book:

TITLE: The Knight’s Secret

SERIES: The Mage Conspiracy, Book 1

GENRE: fantasy / adventure / romance

FORMATS: epub, mobi

PUBLISHER: Twigboat Press

SYNOPSIS
A terrible secret. A vengeful empress. An unstable empire.

Sir Corbin, retired Hero of Jerkum Pass, dies on the eve of an urgent mission. His granddaughter Kelsa dons the old man’s armor and his wrinkles and sets out to complete his last quest. She ventures to the capital of the Iron Empire. The city is in an uproar. The emperor has been slain by rogue mages. The new empress is livid. Now, every mage is suspect, including Kelsa’s mother.

Hidden behind a magic ring, Kelsa infiltrates her grandfather’s old regiment. As the mission leads her down a path of dark suspicions and lustful adventures, Kelsa struggles to live up to her grandfather’s legacy. Yet the more she examines it, the more holes she discovers, until Sir Corbin’s secret past threatens to expose her.

Unravel The Knight’s Secret, the first fantasy adventure of The Mage Conspiracy series. Discover a world of romantic entanglements and political intrigue where lies cut deeper than any sword.

AUTHOR BIO
Jeffrey Bardwell writes epic fantasy with elements of darkness, steampunk, and romance set in the Metal vs. Magic Universe. His character-driven books are guaranteed to include gritty realism, political intrigue, lurid entanglements, dry wit, and dragons in differing proportions. He devours fantasy and science fiction novels and is most comfortable basking near a warm wood stove. When not writing, Jeffrey enjoys cooking, gardening, and shooing baby dragons from the compost bin.

The author lives on a farm and in a prior life worked as a community ecologist. He is overfond of puns and alliterations. He is also an unabashed history and mythology enthusiast and would love to hear from you.

Email: jhbardwell@gmail.com

Bookbub Author Profile:
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jeffrey-bardwell

Blog: http://twigboatpress.com/blog

                                                 
                                                 Now, for the Interview:
What makes you passionate about writing?
I love creating new worlds and populating them with fun characters
Do you have a writing routine?
It’s how I whittle the days away between breakfast and dinner.
What is the title of your book?
The Knight’s Secret
What genre does your book fall under?
intrigue / fantasy / romance
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Hmmm, for the old hero, Corbin, someone weathered and distinguished like Ricardo Montalbán.
For the old mage with a sharp tongue who loves him? Carol Channing
The young heroine who undertakes the dangerous quest to save her mother? Dakota Fanning
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A woman undertakes a perilous quest to save the only mage who matters, but can she infiltrate a vipers’ nest of secrets to save them all?
Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?
The book is published through Twigboat Press
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About three months
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Any old spy novel where the protagonist has to disguise herself/himself to live among “the enemy”
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired by the cyclical nature of oppression throughout history and how tyrants attack and oppress minorities to prop up their own regimes.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
How well do we truly know our older relatives whose stories bear only a semblance to the truth? What if we could live in their skin and speak in their voice? What if circumstances forced us to?
Where can we find your book? (Please live links work best)
https://www.books2read.com/the-knights-secret

Historical Romances by Linda Weaver Clarke

Monday, July 9th, 2018

I would love to have an ebook giveaway and an Audible audiobook giveaway. We will pick from all who leave a comment and their email.

 

Who is Author Linda Weaver Clarke?

I was raised among the Rocky Mountains of southern Idaho and live in Color Country in southern Utah. I am the author of 23 books. I have several genres that I write in—a Historical Romance series: Bear Lake Family Saga, a Mystery Suspense series: The Adventures of John and Julia Evans, a Cozy Mystery series: Amelia Moore Detective Series, and a Period/Adventure Romance: The Rebel Series. I am also a missionary at the Family Search Center. I help people find their ancestors and learn about their heritage.

 

What draws readers to this historical romance series: Bear Lake Family Saga?

 

This series has strong female characters who have a destiny to fulfill. Each woman wants to make a difference in someone’s life. No matter the trial that comes her way, she is ready to fight for what she believes. I love the male characters. Even though they are strong and masculine, they have their tender moments that can melt your heart. Bear Lake Family Saga has plenty of adventure along with a tender love story.

 

What was the inspiration for this series?

 

My ancestors were my inspiration. I was writing their histories so my children would learn to appreciate their heritage. Their stories were intriguing and full of adventure. When I was done, I decided to write a historical romance series and give these true experiences to my fictional characters.

 

Give us a brief description of each story in this series?

 

Melinda and the Wild West(Book 1): Melinda is a schoolteacher. She has many challenges but it’s a rugged rancher who challenges Melinda with the one thing for which she was least prepared—love.

 

Edith and the Mysterious Stranger(Book 2): Edith is a nurse. When a mysterious stranger starts writing to Edith, she gets to know a man’s inner soul before making any harsh judgments. Whoever he is, this man is a mystery but is he as wonderful in person as he is in his letters?

 

Jenny’s Dream(Book 3): Jenny is an aspiring author. She has a dream to fulfill, but the only thing standing in her way is an unpleasant memory, which has haunted her since childhood. She must learn to forgive before she can follow her dream.

 

Sarah’s Special Gift(Book 4): Sarah is a beautiful and successful dance teacher but she is not an average young woman. Sarah is deaf, but this does not stop her from living life to its fullest. And it does not stop her from falling in love with a man who needs her help.

 

Elena, Woman of Courage(Book 5): The Roaring Twenties was a time of great change, when women raised their hemlines and bobbed their hair. As Elena fights to prove herself as the town’s first female doctor, the town’s most eligible bachelor finds it a challenge to see if he can win her heart.

 

Are your books in audiobook form?

 

Yes. I have a narrator who is narrating them for Audible. I have one narrator for Melinda and the Wild West, and then changed to a different narrator for the next four. Carolyn Kashner actually sings in Edith and the Mysterious Stranger, and she has such a lovely voice.

 

Who is the most intriguing character in this series?

 

I love all my female characters, but I feel that Elena from Elena Woman of Courage is the most interesting. She has to endure a lot of prejudice from the town bullywho feels that women doctors have no right to practice medicine. But that isn’t all. This story takes place during the roaring twenties, and Elena has decided to be a part of this new generation by bobbing her hair and raising her hemlines.That takes a lot of courage.Of course, the town’s most eligible bachelor finds her most intriguing. He actually admires her tenacity. I admire Elena, as well.

 

(For history buffs: Bobbed haircausedalotofcommotion.A teacherinJerseyCitywas orderedtogrowher hairbackbytheschoolboardorshe wouldbefired.Womenwith bobbedhairwerefiredfrom prestigiousdepartmentstoreswithoutanywarning.Apreacherpoundedthepulpit,sayingthata“bobbedwomanwasadisgracedwoman.”The raising of hemlines had its problems, as well.)

 

They developed a new vocabulary during the roaring twenties. What were some of the words you discovered while writing this story?

 

This was the fun part of writing Elena Woman of Courage. During this time period, they spoke a language foreign to their parents.  Here are some examples.

 

If you were excited about something, you say: Cat’s pajamas!

If you didn’t agree with someone, you say: Ah, horsefeathers!

If you were a feisty woman, you were referred to as: a bearcat.

If you were an attractive woman, you were referred to as: a doll.

Women were also referred to as: a tomato.

When John wanted to “spoon” with Elena, she said: The bank’s closed.

A woman’s body was referred to as a chassisand her legs were gams.

 

Where can readers find you?

 

My website has sample chapters to read: www.lindaweaverclarke.com

My Audible Page: https://www.audible.com/author/Linda-Weaver-Clarke/B004P47EWO
My Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/ZA-z2ckme8w

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

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

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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

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

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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.

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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!