Ann has been a writer since junior high, but to
pay the bills she has waited tables, delivered newspapers, cleaned other
people’s houses, taught school, and had a stint as a secretary in a rock-n-roll
radio station. She also worked as a 911 operator and a police dispatcher.Â
Her fiction began to win awards during her college days. Since then she’s
published several short stories, novels, and novellas. Sheâ€™s always reading and
always writing, but even if she never sold another story, Ann would not stop
writing. For her it’s a necessity, like breathing. Most of the time, it even
keeps her sane.
No matter who dares you, no matter what lures
you, do not go in the spooky old houseâ€¦
When a small planes crashes behind Jase’s rural home, the ghost of the pilot
begins to haunt him. Jase can’t figure out what to do until the day he sees his
classmate, Stevie-girl, enter the legendary haunted house. That’s when he
decides if anyone can help him solve the mystery, she’s the one.Â
It was the late 60s. The Beatles had washed across America like a
British tsunami, Vietnam was a grainy, green and black dose of unreality on the
evening news, a bunch of hippies had taken over San Francisco, and there was a
heck of a rainstorm pouring down on Woodstock. But I didnâ€™t know all that then.
I was a little bit lost, looking for something. I swear I didnâ€™t go looking for
a ghostâ€¦well, okay, maybe I did. But I didnâ€™t expect to find one. Heck, I was
just a kid. I didnâ€™t expect much of anything.
complex and gripping, author RKC Puthran brings you an unforgettable
story of the transcendental power of love.
out of college with an MBA and a job at a prestigious bank in the US,
Rohan Rai seemingly has more than any twenty-five-year old Indian
could have. But he has a different dream for his life, and a
clear-cut plan to get there. A cocky workaholic determined to climb
the corporate ladder as fast as possible in order to achieve his
goals, he doesnâ€™t care who he alienates on his meteoric rise to the
he meets Shona. Sheâ€™s everything Rohanâ€™s notâ€”an easy-going
Irish girl who lives in the moment, loves Whitney Houston, and enjoys
life to the fullest. Although thereâ€™s no room for any love in
Rohanâ€™s three-year plan, he finds himself increasingly drawn to
her. As their relationship blossoms, Rohan slowly finds himself
viewing life differently, until a past grudge escalates and his inner
demons resurface. Torn between his ambition, his responsibilities,
and love, he must now re-examine everything he believes inâ€¦or risk
losing it all.
â€“ The PromiseÂ is
the heart-wrenching first book of the Lovecarnation trilogy, a
thought-provoking series about fate, destiny, and the timelessness of
Puthran lives in Dublin, Ireland along with his wife Rashmi and 7
year old daughter Natasha.
and brought up in India, RKC started working as a teenager to support
his family while pursuing his studies. His first job was that of a
salesman for a sewing machine company.
to sell even a single machine even after 2 months of hard work in the
hot sun, the company refused to pay him his salary and he quit. He
then took up several jobs from working as a cashier in a 5 star hotel
to working for a diamond merchant and in the share market.
RKC joined a company in the banking and finance sector as a junior
officer. Through sheer dedication and hard work, RKC rose through the
ranks and managed to get an assignment in London.
later managed to move over to London on a temporary contract banking
job along with his wife for a short period before finally settling
down in Dublin, Ireland with a full time job in a bank.
intense passion for writing made him write short stories during his
spare time though he never submitted any of them for publication. He
however wrote articles of general interest which were published in
co-authored 2 non-fiction books but he did not credit himself on the
cover as he wanted his name to be on the cover of a novel first.
THE PROMISEâ€™ is RKC Puthranâ€™s debut novel and the first book in
the LOVECARNATION TRILOGY Series.
I was born in California. If Iâ€™d been born in the 90â€™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 wasnâ€™t born in the 90â€™s (or unfortunately because then Iâ€™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 (Â Double Negative, Sudden Secrets, Princess of Las Pulgas and Sliding on the Edge). MyÂ 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 thatâ€™s why I jump in to write them once in a while.
When Iâ€™m not forcing a story into submission, Iâ€™m traveling. Give me a ticket and Iâ€™m offâ€¦anywhere. It doesnâ€™t matter. However, no matter how much Iâ€™m excited to see other places, my heartâ€™s here in the USA. With all its faults and chaos, Iâ€™ve always called this place home. My background is in Linguistics and Inter-Cultural Communication, so I suppose thatâ€™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 Iâ€™m an exercise nut, and theyâ€™re probably right. Writing takes a lot of sedentary time, so I make sure to off-set that with hiking and yoga â€¦ 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 Iâ€™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 (anÂ anthology) that I have work in is Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime. My story is Heartless and itâ€™s a bit a departure for me since itâ€™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.
Peteâ€™s stuck in medieval England!
Pete and his friend Weasel thought theyâ€™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 heâ€™s found.
Thereâ€™s only one solution – fledgling wizard Pete must take the pages place. Accompanied by Weasel and Fanon, Peterâ€™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 earlâ€™s curious niece, a talking horse, and the Circle of Stones and Pete realizes heâ€™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 thereâ€™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 canâ€™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 treatâ€¦those and a book that I canâ€™t wait to return to.
#3 Pickles are my go-to snack when Iâ€™m upset. Chocolate doesnâ€™t do the trick. I save chocolate for when Iâ€™m happy.
How long have you been a writer or known that was something you wanted to do?
Iâ€™m not sure. Really. But I can tell you how long Iâ€™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. Iâ€™m still not sure itâ€™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 readerâ€™s interest in your book?
Readers might like to see the trailer. Itâ€™s fun. I love those mini-movies. They make me crave popcorn. Hereâ€™s the link/embed code to the trailer for the adventures of Pete and Weasel.https://youtu.be/h59dYGrVQvs/Â <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. Â Iâ€™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. Iâ€™d only looked up all of that during the writing, but seeing them first-hand was great fun and I knew Iâ€™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?Â
There are so many possibilities that affect the course of history. One change, one small item overlooked, can make a world of difference, not only in a person’s life, but in the history and well-being of an entire nation. And then there are those multiple scenarios of what if?Â
What if King James VI of Scotland didn’t succeed in amalgamating Scotland with England? What if there had been another heir to the throne of Scotland? One who would secure its independence? Would Scotland have remained free and independent and a nation of its own well into the twenty-first century? And would Scotland, this independent version, make its own decision to join the European Union when its southern neighbor was choosing to pull away?
“Queen Mary’s Daughter” presents another plausible timeline, one that incorporates both historical fact and fiction with the endless possibilities of time travel.
Emily-Jane Hills Orford is an award-winning author of several books, including Gerlinda (CFA 2016) which received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Readersâ€™ Favorite Book Awards, To Be a Duke (CFA 2014) which was named Finalist and Silver Medalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Readersâ€™ Favorite Book Awards. She writes about the extra-ordinary in life and her books, short stories, and articles are receiving considerable attention. For more information on the author, check out her website at: http://emilyjanebooks.ca
survival of the fittest, but first you have to fit in.
is sure the icy rage that claws at her is driving away her friends
and pulling her closer to the wrong boy. After all, itâ€™s Aiden she
has always secretly wanted, not Callum, who has barely spoken to her
in the last year.
as her protected life unravels, she discovers the violent
supernatural world that lurks in her quiet hometown and the ancient
feuds that threaten to destroy both her friends and her family.
save those she loves, Shae must succumb to her own fury and take on
the Ravensgaard, the renegade warriors of the Order, but as the
battle approaches her deepest fears are coming true, sheâ€™s becoming
just like them. Shae’s not sure she can afford the price she’ll have
to payâ€”her own humanity.
is a teen paranormal romance for fans of shifters and Gothic romance.
Fans of Flightless Bird and White Raven will be enchanted by this
strong female seeking truth in a world of secrets and mystery.
that she understands the rules, she wants to change them.
body is betraying her and she’s terrified. Though she’s joined the
ranks of her shifter friends, she knows inside sheâ€™s not like them.
Her unstable cells wonâ€™t let her control the shift.Â
Topanga grows crowded with suspicious shifters, aligned with the
fascist Order, it becomes clear they have been living in a tiny haven
on the edge of an intolerant, militant shifter society. Even worse,
Shae’s formal presentation to El Oso, the Order’s Berserker Supreme
Leader, is only days away. Without full control of her powers or her
body, she’s not sure she’ll survive the inspection.
Shae discovers the dreadful truth about her family heritage, she’s
faced with a severe choice: break with the Order and lose her friends
or submit to a life of subjugation and lies.Â
matter what she chooses, she’ll be left with only Remnants of the
life she had.
the shifter world, one law holds true; you will reap what you sow.
underestimated El Oso, the tyrannical leader of the Order. Now,
banished, flightless and living on the dangerous edge of the shifter
world, she finds it impossible to pursue her one goal, finding and
freeing her father. Without the support of her friends, who are torn
by loyalty to their families, Shae is forced to attempt the
hidden group of shifters with unexpected powers swoops in to help
Shae. They want nothing more than to discover El Osoâ€™s magic and
destroy the Order completely, even if it means sacrificing Shaeâ€™s
father. Too late, Shae discovers she has sown the seeds of
destruction for herself and her family. The defenses of her refuge
are breached, not by El Oso, but by the enemy very enemy he has been
desperate to protect them against. An enemy intent on massacring
every known shifter. Shae must find a way to escape her
self-inflicted fate and empower her friends to unite if they are to
find a way to survive the harvest.Â
comes the rain, then follows the flood. Â Escaping
the Order by engaging the Hunters was only the beginning. Now, with
their safe haven destroyed Shae and Roman are left hiding in a remote
village with no chance of ever finding her father or making a
difference in the shifter world. That is, until a strange Hunter
seeks Shae out and gives her hope she can find her father and
possibly the tool to find El Oso.Â Â They
risk everything to return to Topanga and reunite with their friends,
who are the only ones who might just believe Shaeâ€™s adamant theory
that one of the murderous Hunters is actually on their side. As they
test loyalty and strength they uncover the very power that has made
the Hunters mortal enemies to the shifters for over a thousand years.
Their new-found power is a beacon to the Order and the Hunters, who
descend like a flood to drown out the spark of light rising in the
In the dark shifter world, they
prepare for a summer of fun, but find they must battle against the
Hunters who are afraid of the supernatural world. Dutch born,
Matilde, the estranged niece of Lord Van Arend, barters with her
scheming mother to spend the summer with the only friends sheâ€™s
ever had, the Ravensgaard at Castle Brannach. But if Matilde gives
her mother the information she will break her friendsâ€™ trust and
begin the downfall of the regime; a regime the shifters may need to
protect them from the Hunters.
Today Bestselling Author, Farm Girl, Marketing Director… Since
I was eight I have been writing stories that capture the adventures
in my head and the characters strong enough and flawed enough to have
them. When I look at an empty field I see a formidable citadel. When
I meet a vulnerable old man, I greet an emeritus warrior. When I walk
through city streets I feel dimensions hiding around every turn. It
has been my lifelong passion to explore these worlds that reveal the
pain of loneliness, the joy or self-actualization, and the hope of
grew up in a place called Potter Valley where the Milky Way is held
aloft by a circle of mountains and the central business district
consists of a bait store and a saloon. At 19 I moved alone to London
and spent the next ten years exploring the world, even becoming an
Australian citizen, before I returned to California and found a new
home in Los Angeles. My world revolves around my two wee children and
my love of travel. My
days are spent in an office overlooking Los Angeles International
Airport where I work as a Director of Marketing for a data center
technology firm, which wouldnâ€™t make you think I had an MFA in film
with an emphasis on writing from Chapman University. However, I also
have degrees in visual communications and global communications,
which allowed me to work for some of the finest technology firms in
the world. In my spare time I have penned six screenplays, four stage
plays, an opera libretto, numerous short stories, and five
manuscripts for novels. My heart lies with my manuscripts, which are
focused on YA and New Adult audiences and range in subject from
Vikings in Iceland to Knights Templar in Italy to Aborigine mysticism
in Australia to shapeshifters in Los Angeles. Website
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am, first and foremost, a storyteller and an artist–words are my
palette. Fantasy is my genre of choice, and I love to explore the
darker side of human nature through the filter of fantasy heroes,
villains, and everything in between. I’m also a freelance writer, a
book lover, and a guy who just loves to meet new people and spend
hours talking about my fascination for the worlds I encounter in the
pages of fantasy novels.
provides us with an escape, a way to forget about our mundane
problems and step into worlds where anything is possible. It
transcends age, gender, religion,race, or lifestyle–it is our way of
believing what cannot be, delving into the unknowable, and
discovering hidden truths about ourselves and our world in a brand
new way. Fiction at its very best!