Posts Tagged ‘steampunk’

The princess proves she can fight like a knight? Well, that’s enough for a boy to think about a career change

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
A
Knight to Celebrate
New
Camelot Prequel
by
Barbara Russell
Genre:
YA Arthurian Steampunk Fantasy Romance 
 
Nathair
and two other fellow cadets of the Sir Lancelot’s Academy for
Knights are pulling a prank on the ladies of Lady Guinevere’s
Academy for Damsels. After the ladies filled the cadets’ quivers
with honey, it’s only fair that the cadets return the favour.
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A
Knight in Distress
New
Camelot #1
 
Knights
are supposed to rescue damsels. That’s the natural order. So when
Nathair, a knight in training, finds himself rescued by the princess
he’s supposed to save, he’s annoyed. And when the princess proves
she can fight like a knight? Well, that’s enough for a boy to think
about a career change.
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A
Damsel in Shiny Armor
New
Camelot #2
 
After
fighting dragons, wild Vikings, and clockwork monsters, Nathair is
facing the biggest challenge of his life: proposing to Bryhannon.
Apparently, flowers and a three-month salary worth ring aren’t
enough because she doesn’t seem thrilled by the proposal. She has a
devastating power to control, Reapers to face, and more importantly
she has to find the courage to tell Nathair that she’s a Morrigan.
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I’m
an entomologist and a soil biologist, which is a fancy way to say
that I dig in the dirt, looking for bugs. Nature and books have
always been my passion. I was a kid when I read The Lord Of The Ring
and fell in love with fantasy novels.
When
I discovered cozy mystery and crime novels, I fell in love with
Hercules Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. Then I grew up and . . . Nah,
I’m joking. I didn’t grow up. Don’t grow up, folks! It’s a
trap.
PS
I hate gardening. There, I said it. Sorry fellow Kiwis.
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Mitch Storm and Jacob Drangosavich are two creative agents, working in New Pittsburgh and obeying the rules – when they have to

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

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Storm
& Fury
A
Storm and Fury Adventures Collection
by
Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin
Genre:
Paranormal Historical Adventure, Steampunk
 
New
Pittsburgh, 1898 – a crucible of invention and intrigue. Born from
the ashes of devastating fire, flood and earthquake, the city is
ruled by the shadow government of The Oligarchy. In the swarming
streets, people of a hundred nations drudge to feed the engines of
progress. The Department of Supernatural Investigation was set up to
take care of those things that live below, that go bump in the night…
those odd cases that go beyond ‘standard’ investigation.
Nicknamed ‘Storm and Fury’, Mitch Storm and Jacob Drangosavich
are two of the more creative agents, working in New Pittsburgh and
obeying the rules – when they have to.

 

 

A
collection of short stories and novellas set in the world of the Iron
& Blood novels and the related Storm and Fury
Adventures.

 

 

Includes:
Airship Down, Ruin Creek, Resurrection Day, The Hunt, Grave Voices,
and Rogue. Plus two bonus stories: Ghost Wolf and a Steampunk fairy
tale: The Patented Troll

 

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Gail
Z. Martin

discovered her passion for science fiction, fantasy and ghost stories
in elementary school. The first story she wrote at age five was about
a vampire. Her favorite TV show as a preschooler was Dark Shadows. At
age 14, she decided to become a writer. She enjoys attending science
fiction/fantasy conventions, Renaissance fairs and living history
sites.
Larry N. Martin
is the author of the new sci-fi adventure novel Salvage Rat. He is
the co-author (with Gail Z. Martin) of the Spells, Salt, and
Steel/New Templars series; the Steampunk series Iron & Blood; and
a collection of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury
Adventures set in the Iron & Blood universe. He is also the
co-author of the upcoming Wasteland Marshals series and the Joe Mack
Cauldron/Secret Council series.
 
The Martins have
three children, a Maltese, and a Golden Retriever.
 
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What Isabel isn’t ready for is to fall in love with the man who will collect her heart

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
The
Heart Collector
Auckland
Steampunk Book 1
by
Barbara Russell
Genre:
Steampunk, Romantic Suspense
 
Auckland,
1884

 

The
Supernaturals are frightened. Despite being able to do extraordinary
things like teleporting or lighting a fire with a stare, a serial
killer, the Heart Collector, is slaughtering them. He rips their
chests open and removes their hearts.

 

While
other aristocratic, nineteen-year-old girls spend time dancing,
Isabel trains hard to become an MI7 agent—Military Intelligence
Seventh Division, a crime squad run by Supernaturals. The Heart
Collector murdered her best friend, and enrolling at MI7 is the best
way to help catch the killer.
Isabel
senses other people’s feelings as if they were her owns. But MI7’s
leader is too worried about Isabel’s safety to let her join the
team.
Eager
to prove that her power is valuable, Isabel volunteers to meet Murk,
a dangerous Supernatural man who can turn himself invisible. MI7
desperately tried to recruit him and failed.
She
believes that her power is enough to convince Murk to become an MI7’s
agent and help apprehend the Heart Collector. If he wants to attack
her, his feelings will broadcast his intention, and she’ll be
ready.
What
Isabel isn’t ready for is to fall in love with the man who will
collect her heart.
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I’m
an entomologist and a soil biologist, which is a fancy way to say
that I dig in the dirt, looking for bugs. Nature and books have
always been my passion. I was a kid when I read The Lord Of The Ring
and fell in love with fantasy novels.
When
I discovered cosy mystery and crime novel, I fell in love with
Hercules Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. Then I grew up and . . . Nah,
I’m joking. I didn’t grow up. Don’t grow up, folks! It’s a
trap.
PS
I hate gardening. There, I said it. Sorry fellow Kiwis.
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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

Her biggest obstacle may be the longing of her own traitorous heart

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
COURTING THE CORPORAL
by
Heather McCorkle
Genre: Historical Romance

 

Pub
Date: 6/27/17

 

 

May the road rise up to meet you . .
.
 
The Civil War has ended, but for
Corporal Patrick “Rick” Fergusson the battle rages on. Still
haunted by what he witnessed on the battlefield, the earnest Irishman
is heading west, seeking only to be free of the past. His services
are in high demand; wealthy East Coasters in need of escort clamor to
join him on the journey. But one client, a beautiful lady named Cat,
disturbs Rick’s newfound equilibrium.
High society widow Catriona O’Brian
is anxious to get to California, even if it means traveling with the
handsome corporal who seems to dislike her so. Cat no longer seeks
marriage; she has pinned all her hopes on making it to the west coast
and starting her own winery. Between the elements, wild animals, and
hostile natives, however, everything seems to be conspiring against
her. Time and again, Rick comes to her rescue. And soon, the
independent lass discovers that her biggest obstacle may be the
longing of her own traitorous heart . . .
Heather McCorkle is an award-winning
author of paranormal, steampunk, and historical fiction. When she is
not writing, editing, or designing book covers and websites, she can
be found on the slopes, the hiking trails, or on horseback. As a
native Oregonian, she enjoy the outdoors nearly as much as the worlds
she creates on the pages. No need to travel to the Great Northwest
though; connect to her instead on her blog and her many social
networking sites. You can also find her the first Monday night of
every month at 6:00 pm Pacific Time on the #WritersRoad chat on
Twitter, which she co-created and moderates. Entertaining readers and
uncovering stories and points of view that haven’t been covered are
two of her greatest passions. For more info please visit
heathermccorkle.com.
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His interest in her sets into motion a rivalry between him and a dangerous sociopath

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017
C. Michelle Jefferies is a writer who believes that the way to examine our souls is to explore the deep and dark as well as the shallow. To  manipulate words in a way that makes a person think and maybe even second guess. Her worlds include suspense, urban fantasy, and an occasional twist of. When she is not
writing, she can be found on the yoga mat, hand binding journals, dyeing cloth, and serving ginger tea. The author and creator divides her time between stories, projects, and mothering four of her seven children on the wild and
windy plains of Wyoming.
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A PROPHET’S REDEMPTION
 

Living an unassuming life as a teacher for the Academy, th
e former assassin,
Antony Danic, turned Speaker for the Devoted, would love to let the past stay
there. However, as hard as he tries, his new identity, Noble Standing, can’t
escape who Antony was. The widower, turned self-avowed bachelor doesn’t mean to
fall for the red-headed sword instructor, Lyris Jaimes. Noble insists he’s
better off single, but he is drawn to her in spite of his memories of Elite.
Noble finds that courting her, however, isn’t easy. His interest in Lyris sets
into motion a rivalry between him and a dangerous sociopath who wants her for himself. 

Regardless of the vow he made to never shed human blood again, Noble must reconcile his past with his present, and use his assassin skills and knowledge to keep himself and those he loves alive.

 

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Snippets:
For the first time since seeing the monster triangles rise from the
desert floor and beginning his ascent, he was able to look around from his
vantage point. All around him, the city of Cairo spread like a blanket. At
three in the morning, it was dark. The only lights in the area were the floodlights
mounted on the ground to illuminate the pyramids. With a final look across the
complex, he stepped to the edge of the weathered stone.
“Hey! You there—don’t move!” A mechanical police orb hovered near the
bottom of the side nearest him. It started to rise toward the top where he
stood. Antony stepped back and turned to the opposite side of the pyramid. He
touched the “on” switch for his phone.
“MAT, can you change my appearance by remote? Right now?” he asked the
artificial intelligence program designed by his best friend.
“Right now?” the female voice asked. The New Zealand accent caused a
pang of homesickness that he had to ignore.
“Unless Gage wants to bail Antony Danic out of jail.”
“You’re not supposed to climb the pyramids. It’s illegal.” MAT must have
triangulated his position from his phone signal.
“I know that, MAT. Work with me here.” He could hear the orb repeating
the stop orders.
“Are you ready to become him?” she asked.
Antony grimaced. He hated the feeling of the appearance chip as it worked
its genetic change but not more than the idea of becoming someone else for the
rest of his life.
Antony Danic didn’t exist anymore, and if he was arrested, he was going
to have a hard time explaining why—after five years of being dead—he had
suddenly re-appeared. The empty casket buried next to Elite’s was supposed to
be his final resting place. Through lots of fake paperwork and falsified
documentation, Antony Danic was declared dead. Now, it needed to stay that way.
Still, he’d felt strongly that he needed to cross out that last line on the
paper as his old self.
Now he was going to pay for being sentimental.
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The Yellow Hoods Series, Along Came a Wolf

Friday, May 5th, 2017
Along
Came a Wolf
The
Yellow Hoods #1
by
Adam Dreece
Genre:
YA, Steampunk, Fantasy
 
Gripping
adventure, brilliant inventions, and splash of humor.
Steampunk
meets Fairy tale.
“…intriguing
contraptions, appealing characters, snide villains, humor, and an
exciting story.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Dreece
has crafted a tale with elements to delight the child in all of us,
and intrigue the most creative adult mind.” — Author J.K.Norry

 

Tee,
Elly, and Richy peaceful little world is shattered when they become
entangled in a plot to steal the world’s first steam engine plans
from master inventor, Nikolas Klaus. Will Klaus’ ties to the secret
society known as the Tub (lead by a butcher, baker, and candlestick
maker) be their undoing? Or will they live on to become legends?
The
series grows in intensity as it goes and uses humor along the way. It
has strong female characters, no graphic violence, no sexual content,
and is loved by kids aged 9-15 and adults (written for both
audiences). Loved by fans of Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, and
Ranger’s Apprentice.

 

Awards
and Accolades:

Book 1 – Finalist for IAN’s Book of the Year 2015 in Young Adult


Book 1 – Honorable Mention by Reader’s Favorite for their 2016 award
for grades 4-6

 Book 1 – Calgary Herald best-sellers ’14, ’15
Amazon
#1 Best Seller in Steampunk, Fairy Tale
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The
Yellow Hoods #2
 
“A
powerhouse of young adult fiction” – IndieImprint.com
In
an act of desperation, Maxwell Watt entrusts his son to smuggle the
completed steam engine to Nikolas Klaus, a master inventor in another
kingdom. When the nefarious secret society, the Fare, learns the
game-changing invention’s plans are en route, they accelerate their
own scheme to neutralize to reclaim control over the kingdoms.
Meanwhile,
after a decade of relative tranquility in Mineau, local children have
started to go missing—again. Captain Archambault suspects the
return of the disturbing and depraved Ginger Lady. With the help of
Tee, Elly, and Richy—the Yellow Hoods—the search is on to find
the missing children before it is too late.
What
is the secret that ties one of the Yellow Hoods to the Ginger Lady?
Who
are the Red Hoods?
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All
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The
Yellow Hoods #3
 
“Truly
masterful storytelling” – Goodreads.com
More
than a hundred years ago, a king declared that all geniuses,
scientists and inventors were abominations, save for those willing to
become his Conventioneers. His edict spread like wildfire through the
kingdoms, and drove the hunted into the arms of the secret societies,
the Tub and the Fare.
Decades
later, having taken control of the remains of the crushed Fare, a
young Marcus Pieman follows up on rumors of a homeless, teenage
Abominator in his city. When the scared Nikolas Klaus looked up at
Marcus for the first time, a tremendous bond was forged.
A
betrayal leads Tee to a showdown with her greatest foe. Who breaks
and who lays bleeding in the middle of nowhere?
And
Mounira learns the truth about the once great inventor, Christophe
Creangle.
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Beauties
of the Beast

 

The
Yellow Hoods #4
 
The
Lady in Red’s revenge against the Piemans is nearly complete, and
soon there will be no one to stop her. She’s ready for anything,
except for the return of her long dead son. But is it really him?
Tee
watches as the airships rain down fiery destruction. She adjusts the
rocket-pack’s leather straps and glances over her shoulder. Her
friends might never forgive her, but she can’t stand idly by any
longer. In a blink, she’s thrown into the air. Then, the
unthinkable happens—the rocket-pack comes off.
Who’s
the new Yellow Hood? Who dies? And are the Piemans really down for
the count?
Beauties
of the Beast continues the thrilling ride from All the King’s-Men
and will have you punching the air with joy and biting your nails in
angst.
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The
Day the Sky Fell
Yellow
Hoods #5
 
The
gripping adventure continues in this international best-selling
Steampunk meets Fairy tale series!
As
the shepherd watched the aerial bombardment of his village, he had no
idea it would lead him to tip the scales in the war between Marcus
Pieman and the Lady in Red.
Meanwhile,
the Yellow Hoods, along with the meager remains of the Tub, race to
rescue Nikolas Klaus before it’s too late. Who will betray them, and
who will be murdered?
The
Day the Sky Fell picks up where Beauties of the Beast left off, and
brings an epic finale to the series. But is this truly the end of the
Yellow Hoods? Find out!
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Adam
Dreece kicked off his indie author career with his best-selling
steampunk meets fairy tale series, The Yellow Hoods, which struck a
chord with kids 9-15 and adults. After four books in the series, the
former software architect put out two more young adult books, the
post-apocalyptic fantasy book The Wizard Killer – Season One, and
then his science fiction novel, The Man of Cloud 9. The first two
novels in The Yellow Hoods series, as well as The Wizard Killer, have
been finalists for Book of the Year awards from the Independent
Author’s Network.
When
he’s not working on his next book, Adam can be found giving talks
at schools, libraries, associations, as well as comic-con type events
like CalgaryExpo and FanExpoCanada on subjects from how to get one’s
ideas out and stepping outside of one’s comfort zone, to how to
give a successful book signing.
Along
the way, Adam has faced many challenges, including working around his
Dyslexia (reading and writing disorder), and needing to be ruthless
with his time and energy in face of his severe asthma and chronic
abdominal scar pain. He’s become an inspiration to some, and a
symbol of tenacious hard work to others.
He
lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his wife and children. He is
an active online mentor at adamdreece.com, and is a busy public
speaker, panelist, and author in Canada and the Pacific Northwest.

 

 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Engines of Liberty Series… a steampunk or alternate history?

Friday, August 12th, 2016

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The book:

REBEL HEART

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In 1776, the American rebels were thwarted by British magic. The leaders were executed, but the surviving soldiers went into hiding and kept the revolution alive. By 1984 they have developed better weapons and machinery to even the odds. Now all these “technomancers” need is an army for their arsenal, and their newest recruit is 15 year-old Calvin Adler of Baltimore. The problem is, he’s got a pretty strong will, and might give the technomancers at bit of trouble in training…

SUICIDE RUN

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Calvin learns that the technomancers aren’t all good guys like he’d thought, and soon runs afoul of the worst of them. Now, with a bomb in his chest and a lot of ground to cover, he has a little over a week to save his life, or else become another casualty in the revolution. Meanwhile, an old enemy comes back stronger than ever, with ambition to spare…

PATRIOT’S GAME

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Calvin is on the brink of death. The army is scattered, the commodore is dead, and the British mages know about the technomancers’ secret weapon. Just as all hope seems lost, Calvin and his friends find out the mages have a weakness, one that could end the war overnight and liberate the colonials.
But it will take a miracle to reach it…

The Interview:

Graham, how long have you been writing? I started in 1993 as a third grader, but started pursuing it seriously about ten years ago and I’ve been trying to get better ever since.

Wow! Tell us where you were born and where do you live now. Southern California then, Southern Nevada now. I am very much a product of the desert.

Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer? Oh jeez. There is no right answer to this! I have been blessed with many great influences and mentors. I guess my third grade teacher was the one who really started this whole thing though. I give her lots of credit.

What is the name of your Serie? and what genre? The series is “Engines of Liberty,” and the books are REBEL HEART, SUICIDE RUN, and PATRIOT’S  GAME. They are a bit of fantasy, alternate history, and steampunk. Aimed at YA but good for all ages.

Tell us more about it. Perhaps a back cover blurb. The Brits used magic to win the American Revolution in 1776. Two hundred years later the Americans have built a huge army with steam and gas engines, plus a ton of firepower, and they want a rematch. Romance and adventure abound!

So interesting… What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives? Take an interest in history and open your imagination. I was a diligent daydreamer in my childhood and it brings me immense joy, I hope others take it up.

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Curiosity Kill more than just the cat

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Jason King is visiting today. Welcome.

Jason when did you first know you wanted to be an author?

When I was 8. For some 3rd grade “what do you want to be when you grow up” assignment we were to draw what we wanted to be. So I drew myself sitting at a desk in a locked room with kids banging on the door. Ha ha. It may have been more prophecy than daydreaming.

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LOL. What makes you passionate about writing? 

It’s in my blood. I just have to do it. I can’t not do it. It’s weird.

I know what you mean. What was the pathway like for you to get your first book published?

A lot like dating. Rejection after rejection, until I got someone to say “yes.” Ha ha.

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

Definitely had those times where I’d ask myself “what am I doing?” or “am I just wasting my time?” Especially after receiving rejection letters. But I just tried to improve my writing and kept after it.

What books have most influenced your life?

The Book of Mormon for nonfiction, and as for novels; Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and Terry Goodkind’s Wizards First Rule.

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Kristin Baker: Interview of a YA and middle grade Author

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Kristin, is visiting today and we can’t wait to see what she has for us. 

Welcome Kristin, tell us how long have you been writing?

Pretty much as long as I can remember. I was in 6th grade when I realized how much I loved creative writing. I took a lot of writing classes in high school and college, but gave up for a little while when (more…)