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Guest Post and Release Day Promo ~ Antebellum Awakening by Katie Cross

Today we have author Katie Cross on the blog to talk about her day to celebrate the release of Antebellum Awakening, Book Two in the Network Series. Don’t miss out on book one, Miss Mabel’s School for Girls (only .99 cents for a limited time!).

So it begins . . .

0700– Wake up to this whining face because he wants under the covers again.
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0712– Drag myself out of bed.
0740– Walk past dishes in the sink and pretend like they aren’t there.
0758– Check email.
0759– Check facebook with a promise to only stay on for ten minutes.

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0854– Log off Facebook.

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0901– Answer emails from editor, cover designer, and a new fan from United Arab Emirates.
0906: Drool over new book cover.Antebellum Awakening Releases October 15th: Available for PreOrder today!
0909– Open current work in progress.
0914– Commence staring at screen, waiting for inspiration.

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1001– Finish staring at screen.
1013– Search for inspiration by making chamomile tea.
1029– Feed dogs because I forgot.
1041– Feed myself because I forgot.
1053– Log onto Pinterest to find inspiration.

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1245– Log off Pinterest.

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1306– Return to story.
1309– Switch to the first draft of another story and free write.
1342– Stop at 2,000 words because a tweet just popped up.

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1434– Log off twitter.
1459– Go to grocery store because husband insists on eating dinner. Fill up car with gas, buy 2L of Dr Pepper 10.

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1601– Open current work in progress. Stare at screen. Drink 12 oz DP 10.
1634– Eat package of Miss Mabel’s caramels for inspiration. Java and pretzel are the best.
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1639– Stare at screen again.

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1718– Go on a hike with dogs to find inspiration in the my mountains.

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1816– Start dinner, kiss husband hello.
1841– Eat dinner while watching new episode of Big Bang Theory.

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1900– Vacuum hoping a mindless task will bring inspiration
1911– Wash dishes
1921– Drops favorite dish when inspiration strikes.
1922– Abandons unwashed dishes, knocks husband down, jumps over dog, and rushes to computer. Frantically starts writing.

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0333– Stops writing. Goes to bed.
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Katie Cross, Author of Antebellum Awakening

Katie Cross eats a lot of cookies when she’s not eating caramels. She also likes to write books. Check out her newest book, Antebellum Awakening, Book Two in the Network Series, that releases October 15th. The first book, Miss Mabel’s School for Girls is available for $0.99! (Both books are available in the Kindle Lending Library and Kindle Unlimited.)
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Blogg Tour: Hand of Chaos by J. Hamlet

JHamlet Bio PicJ. Hamlet: Everyone needs a hobby. I chose writing. Not one of the easier ones. I chose it at the tender age of 14, churning out terrible science fiction novels that heaped on the cliches and barely hidden tropes of all space operas. Thankfully, those creations reside in the prison of an old Commodore 64 hard drive and several 3.5″ disks (kids, ask your parents) in a landfill somewhere. And, let me be clear, the world is better for it. Along the way, I kept writing. Through college. Through grad school. Through the beginning of my career, such as it is. I like to believe I picked up skills. I write genre novels that have characters brimming with personal problems, professional problems, and sexuality. Sure, novels that do this exist. I’m not trying to say they don’t, I just think too few of them are out there and I intend to do my personal best to increase their numbers.

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Article first published as Interview: J. Hamlet, Author of ‘Hand of Chaos’ on Blogcritics.

Welcome J; and thanks for sitting down with me today. I’m looking forward to learning more about you, so let’s get started!

I’ve attempted to do as much research as possible (prior to this interview), but there isn’t a whole lot of “about you” out there. With that said, why don’t you tell us something about yourself? Like, where did you grow up?

I’m from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Many people who pass through there are military families, but mine wasn’t. I actually lived there from birth until college whereas most people only stay there for a few years before they’re transferred elsewhere. At that time, there wasn’t much in the area aside from military bases and Virginia Beach; however things are very different now. There are actual bars! And not just in strip malls! Don’t worry though; there are still plenty of bars in strip malls, if that’s your thing. There are even nice restaurants that aren’t chain restaurants and more than one art house theater. I hardly recognize the place anymore…

I know you started writing (if I may quote you) “terrible science fiction” novels at age fourteen, but what was your childhood like prior to then?

It was on the water, so there was a lot of fishing and seasickness in my childhood. For about eight years, my mother was also a single mother which meant I had to learn how to entertain myself when she dragged me on multi-hour shopping trips.

I was an only child, and a lot of people write about how only children experience solitude rather than loneliness. I think that was very true in my case. I had a lot of time to myself. That’s probably why I still have such an overactive imagination. I would always try to make up new games for my friends to play, which usually just involved overelaborate tweaks to freeze tag or flashlight tag.

I read a lot, like…every novel written by John Bellairs (at the time), Fred Saberhagen’s Swords books, Lord of the Rings, and a lot of Marvel comics. I also did a lot of drawing, a talent I have well, and thoroughly, lost in adulthood.

I was an awkward kid, and sometimes I had a lot of discipline problems at school because I thought drawing comic book and video game characters was much more interesting than math class. The one thing I didn’t do was play D&D, which I actually regret. I also had a handful of like-minded friends who I’d chew things over with as we spent too much time playing aforementioned over-elaborate versions of flashlight tag at night and tons of Nintendo during the day.

What about after the age of 14? What did you do for fun? (Besides penning stories to paper and/or floppies).

I spent a lot of time with music. It started with piano lessons when I was about 12. Then I turned into a band geek and spent quite a bit of time playing the saxophone. I even kept that up throughout college, including my long and still ongoing flirtation with being a bad guitar player. I was even in a few short-lived jazz bands in college that were a lot of fun. I definitely went full into being more of a music nerd back then. I owned mountains of tapes, then mountains of CDs.

I’m still a bit of a music hoarder to this day, but since most of it is digital, it doesn’t cause the astounding amount of clutter that it used to. I was the guy in high school who listened to a bunch of bands no one had heard of, but I knew better than to be the snob. We all know teenagers take their music very seriously, and I was coming into my music fanaticism during peak grunge and then the heyday of Tupac, Biggie, and Wu-Tang. I only tried to drink it all in, the popular and the obscure, and I still try to. It’s hard nowadays, though, with so many sub-genres and the disintegration of radio into something that only plays the same ten songs over and over again. Thank god for something like Spotify. I can be a parasite on my friends and expose myself to everything they’re enjoying. I discover most new music nowadays that way. College was often a drunken haze of arguments about whether the loud frat party music was terrible or genius.

J, Based on your book’s genres, I’m presuming that somewhere along the way, between infancy to 14, you became enamored of Science Fiction. How did that come about?

It all started with watching the Star Trek animated series on Nickelodeon of all places. That was probably my first exposure to sci-fi. Then there was Star Wars, naturally, and more Star Trek. I even read a lot of the novels. I was that kind of obsessive. Mix in the Star Wars and all the fantasy books I read and it was always going on in the background of my mind.

A lot of my early writing and drawing were all about imitating those influences; trying to fuse them together. I would invent my own characters and universes, but there were always echoes of these other stories, narratives, worlds, and characters. I also went to a few writing camps when I was an early teenager, and those also helped me hone my interest and abilities. Later, I discovered stuff with a lot more nuance and slippery morality, which is still a subject that interests me to this day, but that early stuff got me hooked through my childhood and then teenage years.

J, in doing my research, I also noticed that you are rather… fond of Immanuel Kant. *smile* How does one bridge the gap from Science Fiction to a man who is, for all intents and purposes, considered to be the central figure of modern philosophy?

Kant was a philosopher who I was obsessed with in college, among others. Hannah Arendt and Michel Foucault were also a huge influence on me. I was a double-major in political theory and econ, and Kant was something that resonated with me. I got into a lot of drunken arguments with some people about him, most of which I had forgotten about until I saw that Russian news story about the people who started shooting at each other over an argument in a bar about Kant. Gave me a lot of flashbacks, definitely.

Kant held, and I’m paraphrasing a lot here, that what we perceive is partially a result of things that our minds impose on the world. What we know, and see, is not the full picture of objective reality. There may be many aspects of the world and the universe that we cannot comprehend or perceive. That is obviously rich territory for both science fiction and/or fantasy, as there may be areas of science or technology beyond our understanding. Or, of course, magic might exist outside our normal perception.

Kant originally intended to stop the endless squabbling among philosophers in trying to “prove” the existence of God as that’s clearly a realm outside human perception, but it had much stronger implications than that. There are things that we understand, that we can predict, but we never quite have the whole picture. Again, that’s a dramatic oversimplification, but it’s an important takeaway from Kant’s philosophy.

Moving from childhood into adulthood, what career path did you choose for yourself outside of the writing arena?

I had a misbegotten urge to take up public service. That started with a college internship I had with the Navy. I studied a lot more in college taking classes in public finance, government, and political philosophy and went to graduate school in public administration. During that time I had an internship with the City of Syracuse and got a close look at the problems the “Rust Belt” in the northeast is facing.

The local officials were fighting a losing war against a city with a shrinking tax base and a shrinking population, but with growing problems in all sorts of areas like crime, abandoned housing, and unemployment. They were dedicated and smart people, but they were facing questions that had no good answers. It was sobering, but when I graduated in 2003 the only things available were public sector jobs at the federal level here in DC. That’s how I ended up in the DC area, and I’ve worked for several different agencies as a fed and as a contractor since then. I’d like to one day work for local government, or write full-time, but both of those are not the easiest situations to pull off.

Let’s talk about your debut novel: Hand of Chaos. What inspired that manuscript? Cover Image

A few different things… A lot of it was very spur of the moment. I had decided that I would do National Novel Writing Month in 2007 and I had a few different ideas kicking around in my head. I wanted to do a dark fantasy story set in present day for quite a while, and I had a few different scenes and characters in mind, so I decided to just do it. I also had recurring nightmares about zombies in my high-rise apartment building, and that was just a gift from my subconscious. I couldn’t NOT write about that.

One thing Hand of Chaos was very inspired by was the BBC show “Spooks” (“MI-5” here). That show had a lot of things shows like 24 and The Shield did, where the protagonists have to morally compromise themselves in order to stop the greater evil, but the pacing and the characters were so much richer and the villains and antagonists evil, but relatable on some level. Especially interesting in that series was the impact their jobs had on their lives, the fact that they lived in deception and couldn’t have an authentic personal life. That’s obviously something that has influenced me, not in terms of straight-up anti-heroes, but more like people who constantly have to live in a world of moral flexibility where truth and certainty are illusive.

They do good, they do evil, and they have personal problems. They struggle for the right answer and get it wrong sometimes and they accept that “it is what it is” when that happens. I thought it would be interesting to build my heroes out of a worldview like that, one where both pure good and pure evil are the problem. Both can be equally oppressive in certain ways. The Grays, as my characters are referred to by others, seek to balance them. They keep either side from truly winning and try to protect ordinary people from all of these hidden agendas. I took the ideas of demons, angels, and these other mystical forces and sort of have them stand in for terrorists, ideologies, and geopolitics.

Aside from all that pretentious talk, I also wanted to write a fantasy novel where the magic was something deeply unnatural and disturbing. I wanted the moments of magic use to be surreal and unsettling, even when the protagonists use it. Sometimes the way magic is treated in fantasy is frustrating to me, so I wanted to do it the way I wanted to see it.

J, what were your favorite aspects of writing Hand of Chaos?

Aside from the adrenaline-fueled experience of churning out the first 50K during NaNoWriMo, I took to reading some weird things for inspiration. Things like medieval witch-hunter handbooks (malleus mallificarum), the Goetia with its demon-drawings by Aleister Crowley, lots of folklore, apocrypha, and Gnostic bibles. That gave me a lot of interesting alternative viewpoints and historical perspectives on Christianity that I could use to shape out this world.

I adapted it to the modern context and tried to understand how these concepts and ideas could fit in with not only a contemporary setting but to the world of espionage and counter-terrorism. Solving those puzzles and finding the interesting pieces to put together was fun and a challenge. There’s also watching the characters come to life. They popped in Hand of Chaos, feeding off each other and growing better than I expected. It’s exhilarating when you have a “cast” that gels together like that.

What were your least favorite aspects?

Editing. I’ve gotten a lot better at it over time, but it was tough with this one. One of the early pieces of feedback I got from a lot of my beta readers was that they wanted more explanation and description. In subsequent drafts I took that way too far and ended up with these exposition dumps all over the place. My manuscript went from the original, hefty length of 130K to a 190K word monster. Obviously that was unreadable, so I ultimately decided to eviscerate it. I got it down to around 115K at the end, which was like cutting a Great Gatsby and then some out of my novel.

It was painful, and I lost a lot of interesting “flavor” moments and dialogue between the characters, as well as a lot of stuff shaping out the main villain, but in the end the manuscript became a lot more focused and most appreciate the slim version more than the bloated one. It was a difficult and painful process to cut so much, though. It’s a painstaking process for any author to put so much of their own writing in the trash. It did make me more economical as a writer overall, though. The fact that I can actually write flash fiction, which is something that I thought myself incapable of before, is a good measure of that.

So, Hand of Chaos has been published, and you have moved on to Scarred Earth, a Tumblr novel where you share new content weekly. What started this compilation? Is this a story that will ever come out in book format, or do you prefer it to remain on Tumblr and forever free to all?

It began with NaNoWriMo! Sorry, it’s a recurring theme. I find it important to me as a writer. It forces me to get bolder and take more risks in my writing, and usually the leftovers from it help me develop something better either in subsequent drafts or repurpose into something else. That’s sort of what happened with “Scarred Earth.” I had a problem with writing chapters and scenes that were far too long. I didn’t let the negative space, the hidden transcript between the text, speak for itself.

Scarred Earth was a challenge I undertook to write extremely short chapters. I had long had a lot of ideas and had written some manuscripts and stories for a fictional universe that involved an alien invasion and the aftermath of that, and Scarred Earth was when I finally decided to tell that story. The multitude of perspectives and characters lets me examine things from a lot of different angles and even in forms that don’t match traditional fictional narratives.

As far as whether I will put it out in book format, I’m not sure. If anything, I would probably release it in e-book format and maybe put some extra chapters and material in to justify releasing it separately, but I certainly don’t ever plan to take the Tumblr version down; barring significant changes in the platform. A lot of writers put free stories up to promote their work and get things out to readers and I’ve decided Scarred Earth was a great method for that, especially as it is a novel and an anthology wrapped in one.

Last question… What’s your plan/vision from here? Any political satire books to write/share? *chuckle*

Political reality satirizes itself nowadays. That said, I am moving forward with the sequel to Hand of Chaos. I’ve written most of the first draft and it does have a lot more acidic things to say about politics, as does a lot of Scarred Earth. A lot of my experience has made me pretty cynical, but it’s been a long transformation. In my past I actually did things like lit dropping and political canvassing, but it’s tough to look at the landscape nowadays and think happy thoughts. If anything, I do tend to have faith in people, but not so much in institutions. Certainly not so much of our civilization’s leadership, either.

Interview by Charline Ratcliff for Tour de Blogg

Highlighting Author Cynnara Tregarth for CM Wright’s AUTHOR EXPLOSION

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Author Bio ~

Currently living in the state that resembles one of her favorite male body parts, (otherwise known as Florida), Cynnara Tregarth learned early how to read, write and entertain. Due to her mother, Cynnara spent way too much on books, but then again, it sent her on the quest for immortality. (She’s still looking for that.) Early in 2003, she found that route by getting her books published. Since then, she’s learned even more about love, life, sexuality, and how to annoy gods, goddesses, and siblings of all kinds. After her mom’s death in 2008, she spent time taking care of her health and relearning her craft. Now, in 2012, she’s expanding herself beyond romance into both nonfiction and mysteries. She’s not sure where it will lead. Cynnara is excited about turning the corner and allowing her life to be led to the fullest both professionally and personally.

You can connect with her here ~

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Interview with the Author ~

1.What are the titles of your books, and tell me about each one.
Love Games – Role-playing games. Dominance and submission. Who knows the games love plays? Who knew that an online role-playing game would lead to romance and then heartbreak? Certainly not Cierra, Jade, Connelly, or Ryan Foster. Circumstances and lack of trust have kept them from meeting in the real world, but when they cross paths several months later, things begin to sizzle. But it’s not easy to go forward after a rocky start, especially when wellmeaning friends just don’t get it. When it comes to dominance and submission, trust is everything. At a costume ball decorated in honor of their online game, Cierra and Ryan put their love on the line. Everyone thinks it’s all part of the fantasy, but for Cierra and Ryan, their love games have never been more real. If only they can make it last…

Dragon Chef: Pixified— An organized dragon chef and a pesky pixie needing a final fling. A recipe for love? Or disaster?Pierce the Dragon finally has the kitchen of his dreams to help with his catering business. As he breaks it in, making his signature pesto dish, in comes the peskiest pixie around, Selena. Doesn’t matter that she’s there to get
Pierce catering a pixie event she doesn’t want to be at. He doesn’t want to be disturbed. So it’s going to take all her skills to seduce the dragon of her dreams to do her bidding — even if it’s the last fun thing she’ll ever do. Who knows? Perhaps Pierce will find that sometimes pesky pixies pack a punch just like his pesto does.

Treaty of Desire – The new treaty between Weres and Fey has ended an uneasy coexistence. While the majority are in favor, there are those who fear corruption by intermingling their magics and their peoples. Tajas, queen of the Catweres, has been selected by the ruler of all Weres to teach the Fey the glamour that allows her people to live amongst humans. With her natural sensuality, she fits right in to the sex-drenched Seelie Court, but her secret — that she’s half-Unseelie — might jeopardize everything she’s working for. Especially when she does the one thing forbidden to her and gives in to her lust for Adrastai.Adrastai, son of the Seelie King, must teach Tajas to use Fey magic, if she can even access it. To his surprise and hers, she not only can, but their sessions together call forth a powerful sexual bond between them.Some of the Fey will stop at nothing to put an end to the Treaty and Tajas. To save them both, Adrastai wants to claim her in an arcane sexual ritual. But will Tajas agree to this new treaty of desire?

Games Empaths Play — Astra Crysomark is a Class 10 Empath and CEO in absentia of Crysocorp. Despite her talents and elevated status, she’s also hated and feared by the members of her society — even her own father, who lies to control her. Noah and Timeon Helspawn have heard plenty about Astra Crysomark, most of it troubling. Now, their company and hers are headed for a merger, and the two brothers are determined to find out the truth about the enigmatic young woman. From the beginning, the threesome feels a powerful bond, but is it genetics or is it love? When their worlds turn inside out, and they have only each other to cling to, they’ll learn that desire and sex are more than just the Games Empaths Play.

Match Game: Ghost Style — Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead is here. For Ben Cameron, this holiday is painful without his best friend, Manuel “Manny” Cervantes. For Shari Livingston, this is a day to remember just how much Manny has done for all of their friends. She never expects Manny to appear at the Dumb Supper she and the others have put together or to demand that she and Ben admit their true feelings for one another. However, Manny the ghost isn’t about to let them get away with just sleeping together to make him happy. He knows more about them than they want to admit even to themselves. Can this matchmaking ghost get Ben and Shari together or will he be forced to play the ultimate match game to show the love between them both?

Cupid Shoots, She Scores — For Trina Edwards, the time to play Cupid has come. Her assistants, whom are also the submissives she’s training, have graduated from submissive school with high honors and she knows the perfect woman for these two lovers. Lucky for Trina, it’s someone she loves dearly- her own sister, Nikita. Nikita has been fascinated by Ronin and Jacob since seeing them with Trina at House Seti. Ronin, with his Hawaiian/Japanese heritage, and his long hair and quiet attitude contrasts sharply with his lover, Jacob, who has short blond hair and quite a mouthy attitude. She’s lusted for the men, and knew Trina wasn’t involved with them beyond training them. So when Trina offers to give them to her for a Valentine’s Day gift, Nikita doesn’t turn her down. What the three don’t expect so close to Valentine’s Day is that Trina has left nothing to chance. Using everything at her disposal at Plotted Porn Productions (P3), she’ll show the two men and her sister just how much they need each other. Because everyone knows that when Cupid Shoots, She Scores.

Pirate Queen’s Rebellion — The Federated Planets have known war from inside and without. Lord Alan Robertson, Gamma Quadrant’s Overseer understands and faces it daily. Only Lady Alexa Vandercruys, renowned technology genius, willingly helps him to protect their quadrant from raiders and space pirates. Things aren’t always what they seem, however. In truth, a pirate protects the people, while FP authority siphons their sector’s resources. The captivating Pirate Queen Captain Dria Von Carnelian is their savior, and once Lord Alan is in her grasp, she plans on showing him the error of his ways. Even if he haunts her dreams at night and drives her crazy by day while doing so. Plans go awry when there is a miner uprising on Vantelian. Lord Alan finds his engineer superstar and the pirate queen are one and the same. When she discovers a ship graveyard, the race is on. Alexa doesn’t tolerate failure when it comes to protecting her people. Lord Alan feels the same. When push comes to shove, he’ll need to trust her to do what is right for everyone, even if it means risking their new love. Together they can right the wrongs and protect their people, but will it be enough?

Ride Me Baby — For Charlie “Baby” Simmons, there’s no problem– she won the motorcycle, it’s hers to refurbish for Doc. For Harley Rex Carmichael, it symbolizes his life and more. He won’t stop at getting Baby to give in to him and give him the bike. When that doesn’t work, he realizes there’s more to the woman than restoring bikes, something that he wants to be part of. But when it comes between life and risk, they’re both wondering if Harley will ever utter the words “Ride Me, Baby” one more time for good.Who knew a bidding war over a bike could cause such problems?

Mark of the Blood (Marauders Book 1) — Worlds collide as Kirstie Blake and Marauder Dr. Niam Maraigh meet as he hunts down a rabid rapist. After saving Kirstie from the man’s attempted attack, Niam vanishes, his body and soul afire with thoughts of the young consultant. Yet, the hand of Morrigu hasn’t finished with these two as Kirstie’s best friend is beaten and raped, forcing Kirstie to seek the services of psychotherapist, Dr. Maraigh. When they meet once again under these circumstances, they sense they are kindred spirit.Can they capture the serial rapist before he continues his
rampage? More importantly, will Kirstie and Niam learn that together they can defeat the powers of evil and the curse of the goddess by their love and the Mark of the Blood?

Call of the Wylde (Marauders Book 2) — Centuries old vampire, Owain Maraigh wanders in search of a cure. He feeds when he must, accepts what he is, but like his brothers, longs to be free of the curse.Dr. Colette Wylde is mild mannered obstetrician. She is also a trained Druid shaman. When tragedy strikes and vampires murder her family, Colette is drawn into the hunt for the chance at revenge.Thrown together by circumstance, Colette and Owain develop an intense, passionate attraction. Neither wants to admit they may be soul-mates, as each longs to return to what they were before they met. Unable to resist their desire, they join together to find the cure for vampirism. From Cairo to Dublin to Chichen Itza–they seek the truth and it’s not what either of them expected.In the end, it comes down to one question: will Owain deny everything or will he give in and accept the Call of the Wylde?

2. What is your favorite genre to write? To read?
I love writing paranormal erotic romance with various sub-genres thrown in. I have written contemporaries, though I find those harder to write. I do have a tendency to write stories with BDSM elements and I enjoy that as well. To read—I’m eclectic. I love urban fantasy, most romances, fantasy, science fiction, mysteries (I love cozies!), cookbooks, thrillers, and history books. Yes, I love learning!

3. Is there anything about one of your books you totally hate and wish you could change, but everyone else seems to like?
I think I lack a certain sense of humour in my books, something I wish I did have. However, people seem to think there is humour there. Which I find hysterical. The one book I’d love to do something more with is Games Empaths Play. I’d love to perhaps shift the relationship of the brothers to cousins—but most people love how it’s played out in the story itself. But that’s just me.

4. Where do you do most of your writing?
I do most of my writing in my office. Occasionally I’ll do some digital recording outside while walking my dog, then transcribing it in my office. Most of it is in the office or occasionally out at the local Starbucks or at work.

5. Who are your favorite authors?
Yes. Oh, you want a list. LOL Let’s see. This is not close to being complete. Dawn Montgomery, Maggie Nash, Lexxie Cooper, Paige Shelton, Carolyn Haines, Treva Harte, Jet Mykles, Kayelle Allen, Chloe Neill, Suzanne Johnston, just to name a few.

6. What’s the one genre you absolutely will NOT write about? Why?
At one point—this would be historical—but I broke that when I submitted a erotic BDSM short tale to a publisher just recently. *sigh* I know, right? I love history and I hate getting details wrong, so I normally don’t like doing historicals. So the one genre I won’t do—biographies. They’re not my thing. Watch this change in time. LOL Though I don’t know if I could do straight women’s fiction. I don’t know if I could unless I could do it with paranormal flair or something.

7. Do you often use people you know as characters? And do you tell them if you do?
If I have permission, I might ask people if I can use something they say in a book. I might even use certain aspects about them in a book. The only person I used specifically was my mom—and she demanded that I put her in. It was before she got sick with lung cancer—so yeah—I did what she asked. She’s my mom and she was a major romance lover and one of my best cheerleaders ever.

8. Have you had any creepy fan experience yet?
I had a couple when I first started. Luckily since I’ve had creepy stalking experiences in person—the online things didn’t phase me as much. So, I dealt with them and took them to a friend of mine who dealt with online issues in his capacity as a professional. He told me what to do and say. After a while, it stopped.

9. Does your family know about ALL the books/stories you’ve written, or are you keeping a few hidden?
Okay, my sisters know about it all. My dad theoretically knows I write romance. He doesn’t understand exactly what I write and I don’t necessarily explain the kind of romance I write. We leave it at that because it’s better for all involved. LOL My male’s side of the family—they know and honestly, I warn them—I write hot, I write stuff you might blink and go OMG, so you might not want to read it. It’s not stopped a couple of his cousins. They like me. 😀

11. Last, but not least, is there anything you would like to say to your fans?
Thank you. Thank you for your support, your reviews, your feedback. Without you, I am not able to do the things I do. Without your support, I’m limited in what I can finish and what I am able to accomplish. YOU are the reason I’m still here after all these years. You rock and I’m honoured to be able to provide new stories and to continue writing. So thank you for all you do for me.

Highlighting Author A. P. Bartels for CM Wright’s AUTHOR EXPLOSION

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About the Author ~

I was born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago. The Windy City is an amazing place, and I love living close enough to it now to enjoy all it has to offer (without the crazy downtown traffic). So my incredibly supportive husband and I made our home in the ‘burbs, where we currently live with a few furry family members. The man of my life knows better than anyone else how movies, music, and novels have influenced by writing. In fact, he is privy to exactly which stories I’ve drawn inspiration from, and the list can be somewhat embarrassing. But he has grown to appreciate my obsession with certain characters, authors, and themes. He makes me laugh constantly and has helped me grow into the person I am today. For that, I am incredibly grateful. I continue to be amazed by the support I get from family and friends, they have been instrumental in spreading the word about my first few books. My hobbies include running, photography (and photo-blogging), music, reading, and sports. We love watching super-hero movies, hockey, and football.

About My Writing ~

I have a huge soft spot for Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Our time as teenagers shape the person we become as adults. It is when we begin to discover who we really are, our limits, our worth, and the kind of people we want to surround ourselves with (or run in the opposite direction from). It is about growth on so many levels, physical and physiological, psychological and social, emotional and spiritual. The challenges a normal young adult faces without any complications is staggering. To thrive on top of that in the face of life or death struggles, emotional loss, heartache, tragedy, and against all odds is monumental. Young adults hang on the edge of childhood innocence. They dip their toes in the shallow end of adulthood. The twilight of our youth is an extraordinary time, and that is what draws me to those novels. I love paranormal stories and supernatural characters. Some of my favorite authors include Richelle Mead, Karen Marie Moning, Maggie Stiefvater, JR Ward, and yes, even Stephenie Meyer. If you are familiar with any of their books, you’ll see that the one thing I live for in a good story is watching a strong main character get dragged kicking and screaming into love while the world is forever changed around them. Moning and Ward are experts at creating such journeys for their characters, albeit in very different worlds. I am forever striving to create such stories of my own.

Connect with the Author here ~

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I also photo-blog on the side, it’s unrelated to my writing but it’s still something about me…

My Life In Sunrises I A Frusky Life

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Author Interview ~

1. What are the titles of your books, and tell me about each one.
The Destroyer (The Destroyer Series) ~
The Destroyer is about Nur, an 18-year-old girl with psychic abilities whose best friend just left for college. At first she doesn’t think much of her talents, using them for simple parlor tricks. But then she starts to have dark dreams and visions, all of which center around horrific natural disasters and a mysterious man who is determined to end the world. Around the same time she meets Daniel, who seems to know more than any human should about the creation of man and the greater universe. Being near him throws her psychic senses out of whack, and she doesn’t know whether she is just nervous around the first guy to pay her any attention or if she should listen to her subconscious and in run the opposite direction. And the more she learns about Daniel, the worse things look for mankind. If Daniel is really the monster from her dreams, does she stand any chance at stopping him?

Overthrown ~
Overthrown is a post-apocalyptic story set in what was once Canada. What’s left of the human population in North America has been organized into territories, each governed by a Baron. Originally things were done this way so resources, what little mankind had left, could be evenly distributed. But the Barons grew greedy over time and now most families live in poverty while the elite class has access to food, medicine, and technology. In this world is Lily, a sixteen-year-old who lives with her parents and two brothers on a small farm in the territory of Rutikan. Their Baron is a true tyrant, taking everything for the wealthy and leaving nothing for the common folk. He even arranges marriages to ensure the richest bloodlines continue. The story opens with a declaration from the Baron that Lily is going to be married to Kristof Kettle, the only son of one such elite family. She is horrified by the idea and spends
every waking hour trying to figure a way out. She meets Slade, a runaway from another territory who has stopped in their town on his way east to the Capitol. He shares her independence and taste for defiance. Upon the public announcement of Lily and Kristof’s engagement, she decides to make her move. Her bold and sudden proclamation leaves her family, her fiancé’s family, the Baron, and the entire town in shambles. Forced to run away or face prosecution, she takes a chance and flees with Slade. They head east together, hiding from the authorities and the personal guard of the Kettle family. Word of Lily’s insubordination spreads like wildfire, and soon enough entire territories are rebelling. As the pair gets closer to the Capitol, it becomes clear that Slade has mutinous aspirations of his own. Lily must decide if he truly cares for her, or if she is just a pawn in his plot to take down the Barons.

2. What is your favorite genre to write? To read?
My favorite genre to write is paranormal, but I always have a love story tied into my work. It isn’t always straight forward and easy, though. I don’t do “traditional” romance novels. In fact, the harder the two characters fight it, the better it is when they finally give in (insert evil laugh). My favorite genre to read paranormal/sci-fi stories of almost any target audience, YA/NA or Adult.

3. Is there anything about one of your books you totally hate and wish you could change, but everyone else seems to like?
Not that I know of… but I’m still fresh meat on the market haha!

4. Where do you do most of your writing?
I do most of my writing on the recliner in our spare bedroom. It’s right next to the window and I get lots of natural light. I can set a bottle of water and various snacks on the ledge and put my feet up for hours! I am really looking forward to the day I have a deck and can sit outside with my laptop!

5. Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Karen Marie Moning, Stephenie Meyer, and J.R. Ward. Yeah, I know, I have a thing for vampires and alpha males. Twilight is the series that got me interested in writing, I really liked Meyer’s style and stayed up many nights reading (and rereading) those novels. Moning and Ward is an incredible ability to write strong characters who literally get dragged kicking and screaming into love. I live for characters who start off hating each other, struggle to work together, end up depending on one another, and finally (FINALLY) find their way into one another’s arms. As much as I hate it, I live for those “almost” moments between two characters and secretly adore being forced to wait forever for them to finally (FINALLY) get together.

6. What’s the one genre you absolutely will NOT write about? Why?
I don’t think I’d ever write nonfiction or historical fiction. Why? Well, for one, I don’t like being tied to facts. I mean, I do love researching topics that interest me, but I refuse to be limited by what’s real. That’s why I love the paranormal/sci-fi genre so much. Anything is possible. The rules can be different—or nonexistent! I like coming up with worlds and abilities and characters that go beyond preconceived notions or expectations, but still have flaws that we all can identify with. I need the ability to abandon the laws of reality. Escapism is an element I need in order to enjoy a
story.

7. Do you often use people you know as characters? And do you tell them if you do?
As many authors do, I’m sure, I take pieces of people I know and use them in my stories. I do have one character who is literally a friend of mine. He is aware, in fact, we talked about the character and I even let him help pick out the guy’s name (names are hugely important to me with my characters, but that’s a whole other topic). This character wasn’t the leading male, but he played an important part in the story. Actually, many of my characters are inspired by character’s I’ve read about or seen in movies. Again, I usually piece together aspects from several individuals and
create someone completely new.

8. Have you had any creepy fan experience yet?
No, same answer as before, I’m too fresh on the market!

9. Does your family know about ALL the books/stories you’ve written, or are you keeping a few hidden?
So far they know about everything. I am pretty honest with them on whether or not I think they’ll like the story. More people seem to enjoy Overthrown because it doesn’t have anything supernatural in the story. But I have been surprised by a few folks close to me who enjoyed The Destroyer more. The project I am working on now will most likely be a little too adult for some relatives… sorry Mom!

10. Last, but not least, is there anything you would like to say to your fans?
The best thing you can do for a new writer is leave an honest review on Amazon, and spread the word if you enjoyed the story. My family and friends did an incredible job of sharing my author page and Amazon links when I first published. The true test will be if readers who don’t know me at all do those things. And don’t be afraid to reach out to me, I love hearing from folks who have questions about the stories or characters. I love talking about writing and selfpublishing and characters and story ideas… or just sharing book recommendations! Or we can always swoon over our favorite alpha male characters together ( cough Barrons cough) or whine about how we have to wait how many months? for the next Black Dagger Brotherhood novel.

Thanks so much for taking the time to support indie authors, we are all so incredibly grateful for your encouragement!

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Overthrown by A. P. Bartels

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Book Synopsis ~
I am to be married. My fiancé is good looking, well-educated, and well-connected. His family is one of the richest in the territory, and is closely related to Baron Feldsen, the man that rules these lands. Once we are wed I’ll never have to work on my parents’ meager farm again. I’ll never have to barter for meat or sell handmade candles and soap so we can have warm clothes. I won’t have to lift a finger for the rest of my life. This marriage will scrape the poverty out from underneath my dirty fingernails and spoil me rotten.

And I’ll do anything to get out of it.

Baron Feldsen has arranged this union, and I am going to betray him. My betrothed’s family is eager to turn my brothers into their private servants, and I am going to deny them. My parents trust me to go through with this in order to stay out of trouble, and I am going to disappoint them. I don’t know what this kind of rebellion will do to our little town, or to the greater lands, but I will not back down.

My only ally is a stranger, a man named Slade who happened to be passing through town when all this started. He is stubborn, confident, independent, and handsome in a dark way that threatens to expose me. Slade knows what to do and how to keep my family safe. In order to stay alive, I’ll have to trust him completely. Now we are on the run together, and it’s clear Slade has mutinous aspirations of his own. Does he care at all for me? Or am I just the symbol he is using to lead this revolution?

Soundtrack ~
These two albums were played nonstop when I was writing Overthrown.

“Scripted” album by Icon for Hire

This album is all about breaking out from the mold everyone has put us in. It’s about being the first one to stand up against something that we all know is wrong, but are too afraid to face.
“I’m gonna write myself a new start
Come on, dry your eyes, meet me on the other side
Run as fast as you can and we’ll make it alive
We know better now, we don’t have to live like this.”

Every song is an anthem for Lily’s journey and the album is great from the opening overture to the very last note.

“Evanescence” album by Evanescence

What I love about this album is the movement of emotions from one song into the next. The first song is radio-ready, so for me, the album really starts with track #2. From that point on the album is nearly flawless in flow.

“Made of Stone” is the epitome of Lily and Kristof’s relationship. She must turn off every emotion with him. All it would take is one weakness exposed, and Kristof would pounce. She can’t give him a single thing to use against her.

And there are certain songs I always associate with certain scenes ~

“The Grey” by Scripted ~ The end of Chapter 12
“What We Will Never Know” by Innerpartysystem ~ The date in Chapter 8
“Graduation” by Gemini ~ The dreams in Chapter 38
“Made of Stone” by Evanescence ~ Lily’s speech in Chapter 42

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The Destroyer by A. P. Bartels

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Book Synopsis ~
Less than a year from now I won’t be alive. Well, in a manner of speaking. I will not be on Earth anymore. I will not live among humans anymore. For all intents and purposes, I will be dead. You would think an eighteen-year-old psychic would have seen something like that coming, right? But by the time I figured out what I was really witnessing in my nightmares, what the horrific deaths and the demons chasing me truly meant, it was too late. Nur is soon-to-be senior in high school whose best friend just left for college, leaving her behind to face her last year before graduation alone. Forced to venture out on her own, she happens upon a stranger named Daniel. He drives her crazy and yet captures her curiosity with his odd nature. Something is very different about this man. He is dark and mysterious. Stronger than the laws of physics. Arrogant beyond the limits of my patience. More intelligent than anyone Nur had ever met. Beautiful beyond perfection.

And he is here to destroy us.

My soundtrack to The Destroyer ~

The entire album “Only By the Night” by Kings of Leon
“To Build a Home” by The Cinematic Orchestra
“Don’t Let It Go To Your Head” by Jordin Sparks
“The Royal We” and “Growing Old Is Getting Old” by Silversun Pickups

Highlighting Author J. L. Hickey for CM Wright’s AUTHOR EXPLOSION

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About the Author ~

J.L. was born in Saginaw, Michigan where he has a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing through Saginaw Valley State University. He has written and is currently self publishing two novels, the first entitled The Deity Chronicles: Origins was released in 2008. His recent release, “The Secret Seekers Society and the Beast of Bladenboro” was released 12/31/12 and has garnered a decent amount of momentum in its initial release with over 55 five star reviews. The second book in the series “Secret Seekers Society and Solomon’s Seal” is set for a tentative 12-19-13 release date. He also dabbles in literary short fiction, and poetry. When J.L. is not writing, he heads up a local paranormal investigation group in his home town or wrestling with his two Great Danes, Trayer and Sadie.

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Interview with J. L. Hickey ~

1.What are the titles of your books, and tell me about each one.
Secret Seekers Society and the Beast of Bladenboro follows the young protagonists Hunter Glenn, and Elly Ann through an adventure ripe with adversity, paranormal monsters, secret societies, and most haunting of all, a life without their parents. The book follows both, the sibling’s emotional struggle from their parent’s sudden loss, as well as their physical journey into a new and strange “home”, an ancient and creepy mansion known only as the Belmonte Estate. It is here where they first learn of their new guardian, an eccentric old man named Professor Clandestine and the rest of the mansion’s caretakers. Tossed into their bedroom, and locked away under the pretense of “safety concerns” it does not take long for the children to hatch an escape plan. Follow the children as they slowly unravel the secrets of their parent’s true identities, the origin of the strange Mansion, and their inheritance into an ancient secret society of monster hunters known as Seekers.

The Deity Chronicles
A young boy grows up secluded in his small village hidden to the modern world. It is here where he finds the truth behind his secretive village and that of Earth’s sister realm “Valor” and the godlike role he and his friends play between the two realms. This is a fantasy based epic geared to all ages who love the rich worlds of fantasy. Read a fascinating tale that unravels the mysteries of the world, the truth behind creation, and a ravishing war that could come to the cost of all existence as we know it.

Wergild: A Novella
A thought provoking novella that will leave you thinking for hours after finishing its last chapter. Adrian is a small framed scholarly teen, born and raised in a world where warriors and brute strength define one’s worth. Living under the large shadow of his father, Pherick, the village’s beloved guildsmen and head trainer, Adrian finds himself labeled as an outcast from society, finding solace and the only thing he’s good at, writing. The Novella tackles some heavy topics such as, religion, reality within the theory of simulacra, that steadily delves deeply into a meta-fictional narrative that honors the relationship between gods, authors, and their fictional creations. For those not caught up on the multiple layers one can pull from the narrative, the story arc itself is filled with adversity! A lovable and flawed protagonist must unravel the conniving plot of a fast talking and forked tongue Uncle, who looks to be plotting some sort of plan to tear apart his family.

2. What is your favorite genre to write? To read?
Honestly, I don’t have a favorite genre to write in. It may seem like I do, judging by my current library of books, all of which fall under the Young Adult genre with a fantasy and/or supernatural spin. I do love writing about mythological creatures and ancient relics, but I would not limit myself in saying it is favorite by any means. In fact, if you were to peak onto my computer’s hard drive and pull up my fiction folder, you would see dozen of short stories that fall into the adult literary fiction subgenre. It may be surprising to find out that there is a darker side to my writings. In-between my full length novels I tend to dabble in darker, edgier fiction. I stray away from the fantastical and paranormal and focus more towards the bizarre and taboo. For instance one of my shorts is about a lost soul, a misguided artist who wants nothing more than to give his body to his final work of art, using his carcass as his paint and the roads of his hometown as the canvas. Another is about a man who suffers from a rare disease where he can feel no physical pain and how he seeks out guidance to fill in the emotional gaps of his life. Imagine falling in love and never being able to feel your partner’s embrace. All of these stories will be coming out in an anthology later next year that I will be self-publishing. So I range from kid friendly YA to Adult fiction borderline modern horror. In a nutshell, I like to stay diverse. Same can be said for my reading. I love J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Dan Brown, Chuck Palahniuk, Judy Blume, indie author Justin Paul Osborne, I also love autobiographies, any and all of them.

3. Is there anything about one of your books you totally hate and wish you could change, but everyone else seems to like?
I find this question a little bizarre. I only publish stories I love from start to finish. By the time I release anything it is polished to the very best of my abilities, and if there was anything in the manuscript I hated, I would have probably dropped it on the second, third, or fourth revision. So, my honest answer is no, not that I hate.

4. Where do you do most of your writing?
I have a very strict writing routine, and if it is broken in any way I find myself unable to get into the “zone” and often times staring at a blank screen, or getting caught up in so many distractions that I find myself rewriting the same sentence over and over. It’s pretty frustrating. It has to be early in the morning (the earlier the better), dogs locked out of my office (I have two giant Danes and mutt named Pickles, I love them, but they soak up all my attention and I get no writing done if they’re in the room with me) and a freshly brewed cup of joe. If my wife is home, or it becomes too late into the afternoon it’s pretty much a waste of time for me to even try. I need complete
silence, zero distractions, I need to be able to retreat from the real world and allow my creativity to become the focus.

5. Who are your favorite authors?
I love J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Dan Brown, Chuck Palahniuk, Judy Blume, indie author Justin Paul Osborne.

6. What’s the one genre you absolutely will NOT write about? Why?
Romance… I mean, hell it’s only one of the bestselling genres out there. You would think I would want to capitalize on it, but I am just not a romance genre sort of guy. It’s probably the one genre I won’t read, let alone dedicate a year or two to write. Hell, I am a pretty romantic dude too (just ask the wife, hehehe), but when it comes to fiction… barf. Sorry, just not my cup of tea. Unless I can convince you Fight Club or Choke was a love story…

7. Do you often use people you know as characters? And do you tell them if you do?
I love this question! It’s a little known fact that almost all of the characters in Secret Seekers Society are based off friends and family, including me (Uncle Joe!). S.S.S. got its start two Christmas seasons ago when I got really sick and laid off of work. I had written novel years back called Deity Chronicles, and my sister had made me promise to someday write a story that stared my niece and nephew as its protagonists. So, there I was sick as a dog, out on leave, and being bored out of my mind on bed rest. So I remembered the promise I made to my sister, and I knew I had one month to write up a short novella that starred Hunter and Elly (my real life niece and nephew). So, I started up with the simple concept that they were monster hunters, and the next thing I knew I was crumbling up this ten page start to a novella and outlines a six part novel series. The thing just grew crazy out of control. Once I had the outline set for the first two books, I wrote up the first six chapters and started sending it out to friends and the response was overwhelming. Anyway, originally the book was only going to be released to my family for Christmas presents… well after so many wonderful comments I decided to run with the YA novel series and scrap the novella. Now, as I am putting on the finishing touches on the second book, 90% of the characters are based off real people in my life. As for the rest of my works, they are all purely fictional characters. I have found it very fun to incorporate the people in my life into these fictional alter ego’s. Hell, the evil Declan Aten is named off of a good friend of mine’s six year old.

8. Have you had any creepy fan experience yet?
I wish! I don’t think I am quite at that level of fandom yet. I do have about five or six fans who really have helped me keep up my spirits and drive. The indie world can be a scary and dark place, without the right support group around you, it would be easy to drown in self-doubt. There will always be naysayers trying to tie rocks to your feet.

9. Does your family know about ALL the books/stories you’ve written, or are you keeping a few hidden?
Well, I don’t hide anything, but there are certain very mature themed short stories of mine out on the internet that I haven’t gone out of my way to send my mother the links to lol. Like I said, there is two sides of my writings, kid friendly magical adventures, and dark, twisted, and sometimes taboo stories that explore some of the darkest corners of the human experience.

10. Last, but not least, is there anything you would like to say to your fans?
Sure… I like all five of you. I would like to have more of you =)
Honestly though, I have had the pleasure of meeting some very amazing people who have vaunted up my own self esteem. People who have helped me redefine my own merit and the value of what I can offer as an author. Without them, who knows… maybe I would have given up after the first S.S.S. Now, I have over fifty five star reviews and a decent following of people who enjoy what I have to offer.

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Want to check out J. L.’s books? Just click below ~

J.L. Hickey’s Books

If you’d like to keep up with him you can connect with him at any or all of these places ~

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J.L. Hickey’s Blog

Highlighting Author Ingelise Goss for CM Wright’s AUTHOR EXPLOSION

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Author Bio ~

Inge-Lise Goss was born in Denmark, raised in Utah and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah. She is a Certified Public Accountant and worked in that field for over twenty years. She now lives in the foothills of Red Rock Canyon with her husband and their dog, Bran, where she spends most of her time in her den writing stories dictated by her muse. When she’s not pounding away on the keyboard she can be found reading, rowing, or trying to perfect her golf game.

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Blurb ~

After running from her boyfriend’s powerful organized crime family, Sara Jones starts a new life in a new town. But when people around her start dying from poisonous spider bites after she receives a mysterious package with a spider concealed inside, she fears the family has found her. Life takes an even more bizarre turn when she seems to be not only immune to the spider venom, but also
surrounded by a sinister group of people using spiders to incapacitate their prey. Even her new boyfriend starts acting suspiciously. Just who can she trust?
Then to make matters worse Sara’s twenty-fifth birthday approaches, and her dark heritage begins to emerge. She is forced to make a life-or-death decision. And somehow, she must find a way to deal with the crime family.

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Author Interview ~

1. What are the titles of your books, and tell me a little about each one.
Currently, I only have one published book, The Tegen Cave, a dark fantasy. It’s about Sara Jones Running from her boyfriend’s organized crime family and starting a new life in a new town. But when people around her start dying from poisonous spider bites after she receives a mysterious package with a spider concealed inside, she worries that the family has found her. Life takes an even more bizarre turn when she seems to be not only immune to the spider venom, but also surrounded by a sinister group of people using spiders to incapacitate their prey. Even her new boyfriend starts acting suspiciously. Just who can she trust? The Cost of Crude, a mystery/thriller novel, will be released later this year by Silver Tongue Press. Gwynn Reznick is thrown into a web of corruption after her best friend and co-worker dies in a car crash that turns out to be a planned murder. Determined to find the perpetrator, she works undercover with a private investigation team, led by Ruben Dordi, to acquire evidence. As they delve deeper into the crime, they find a trail of victims among Wilton Oil and Gas Company employees linked to a conspiracy that threatens a catastrophic pipeline disaster.

2. What is your favorite genre to write? To read?
To date, I have written in three genres: dark fantasy, mystery/thriller, and YA—science fantasy. I write whatever my muse dictates and I love the journeys where each story takes me. Those genres are all equal on my favorite list. They’re also the genres I enjoy reading the most, but I read all genres.

3. Is there anything about one of your books you totally hate and wish you could change, but everyone else seems to like?
In The Tegen Cave, I wanted Sara to end up with her other suitor, but my muse insisted on the ending. So far the reviews and comments I’ve received about the novel like the ending. However, I’ve had contacts from my webpage asking about a sequel and a few have also asked about the guy she left behind. Right now I’m working on a sequel and her other love will show up again.

4. Where do you do most of your writing?
In my den, a bright, pale yellow room on the second floor with textured walls and uncovered windows. It overlooks tree tops, the ridge of red rock canyon, and a road that is seldom traveled. I sit in an Eames chair in front of a large glass-top desk that wraps around a corner of the room. The place is free of distractions, and my muse and I think it is the perfect place to write.

5. Who are your favorite authors?
Anne Rice, Charlaine Harris, Suzanne Collins, Stieg Larsson, John Grisham, Robert Parker, and so many others. Unfortunately, Stieg Larsson and Robert Parker are no longer with us.

6. What’s the one genre you absolutely will NOT write about? Why?
Humor. I like reading humorous stories, but I’m just not that funny and neither is my muse.

7. Do you often use people you know as characters? And do you tell them if you do?
I try not to use people I know. Yet, sometimes their emotions and characteristics tend to surface, but not enough where they would recognize themselves.

8. Have you had any creepy fan experience yet?
No. Thank goodness.

9. Does your family know about ALL the books/stories you’ve written, or are you keeping a few hidden?
I keep my family well informed, but only my husband and daughter read The Tegen Cave before it was published. Not because I didn’t want other family members to read it. They just didn’t have the time.

10. Have you ever gotten a book-crush on one of your characters, and did your spouse/mate find out? If so, give us the juicy details!
Whenever I immerse myself in a novel, whether I’m writing it or reading it, I identify with the characters. I smile when they smile, cry with them, and feel the joy when they fall in love. No crushes, but I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing a few of the guys in
person!

11. Last, but not least, is there anything you would like to say to your fans?
Thank you for all the encouragement, wonderful notes and comments, and most important, thank you for reading my novel!

Links ~

Website
Facebook Page
Twitter

The novel can be purchased on Amazon and at the publisher’s website. The amazon link is ~

The Tegen Cave

The publisher’s link is ~

Silver Tongue Press

Highlighting Author Alexandrea Weis for CM Wright’s AUTHOR EXPLOSION EVENT

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Blurb for her latest novel ~ The Ghosts of Rue Dumaine

A ghost trapped by devotion.
Gaston Deslonde is an earth bound spirit who has found that everlasting kind of love that eluded him in life, but he is also painfully aware that his ghostly form will keep the woman he loves from having the real life happiness she desperately desires.

A woman torn between life and Death.
Danica Giles is a woman healing her devastated heart. Returning to the home where she knew happiness as a child, she discovers a dangerous desire destined to change her future.

Set in the mysterious New Orleans French Quarter, this ghostly love story will immerse you in a world few ever realize. Steeped in voodoo, history, and quirky personalities only found in the Big Easy, it is a timeless tale of redemption and sacrifice. Danica Giles returns to her childhood home after a painful divorce. There, she rekindles a fond friendship with a former resident from her old neighborhood, the seductive Gaston Deslonde. But Gaston isn’t exactly a normal guy. The charming man has been dead for over a hundred and fifty years, and the childish crush Danica once had on her ghostly playmate quickly turns into something much deeper. When a handsome new man enters Danica’s life, Gaston vows to do whatever he can to hold on to her. Danica soon learns that the most forbidden of all desires cannot be satisfied without paying a grave price. Love can blur the lines between life and death when you are living among The Ghosts of Rue Dumaine.

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About the author ~

Born and raised in New Orleans, Alexandrea Weis began writing at the age of eight. In college she studied nursing and went on to teach at a local university. After several years in the medical field, she decided to pick up the pen once again and began her first novel, To My Senses. Since that time, she has published several novels. Her work has been critically acclaimed, she’s won several national awards for writing, and has been continually growing in popularity. Alexandrea is also a certified/permitted wildlife rehabber with the La. Wildlife and Fisheries. When she is not writing, she rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. Alexandrea is married, and they live in New Orleans.

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Interview ~

1.What are the titles of your books, and tell me about each one.
I have 9 published works out so far. The first is called To My Senses, a contemporary romance about Nicci Beauvoir and her story of self-discovery. This is a story of love, loss, and rebirth. Her love affair with the artist David Alexander begins in this novel and carries the reader through the other two books in the series, Recovery and Sacrifice.
An offshoot from this series involves the character Dallas August and his adventures as a broker of industrial and personal secrets in The Secret Brokers.
The other series I have coming starts with The Satyr’s Curse. It’s about a man cursed so no wine can quench his first and no woman satisfy his lust until he meets his match in a restaurant owner from New Orleans named Jazzmyn Livaudais.
The other paranormal romance I have currently out is called The Ghosts of Rue Dumaine; a ghostly love story set in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
I have other stand-alone novels.
Broken Wings, a love story about a wildlife rehabber who finds a kindred spirit in a
soldier with PTSD home from Iraq and how the healing power of animals helps them to find love.
Acadian Waltz is a contemporary romance about a New Orleans girl who sets out to find Mr. Right but ends up discovering a friend from the past is the man she wanted all along.
Finally, Diary of a One-Night Stand. This is a story about a woman who sets out to have a one-night stand with a business associate but ends up with a lot more complicated situation.

2. What is your favorite genre to write? To read?
Romance. I love writing romantic suspense, contemporary romance and
paranormal, but in reading, I always reach for history books. I am a bit of a history nut.

3. Is there anything about one of your books you totally hate and wish you could change, but everyone else seems to like?
No. I make sure I like what goes into the story. What surprises me is things I put in that I don’t think are that special are important and how readers will pick up on those things and tell how much it made the story special for them. If I don’t like it in my novel, I take it out before publication.

4. Where do you do most of your writing?
In my bedroom, but I have been known to take the laptop around the house when into writing a new book.

5. Who are your favorite authors?
Ian Fleming, Philippa Gregory, Mary Renault, and Ernest Hemingway.

6. What’s the one genre you absolutely will NOT write about? Why?
Fantasy. I just can’t get into the grove of other worlds. There is plenty to write about in this one.

7. Do you often use people you know as characters? And do you tell them if you do?

Some are based on people I have known and some are people I still know, but I change elements of the character so they do not resemble the person exactly. I like taking pieces of a person and building on them to make a character.

8. Have you had any creepy fan experience yet?
No. Every fan I have met has been wonderful.

9. Does your family know about ALL the books/stories you’ve written, or are you keeping a few hidden?
My husband tells me he can’t keep up with my books anymore because I write so many. But I don’t keep stories hidden. I always share what I am working on.

10. Last, but not least, is there anything you would like to say to your fans?
Thank you. Your support and kindness always means a great deal to me. A writer is nothing without readers.

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So if you would like to pick up any of her books, they can all be found right here ~

Alexandrea Weis’ Books

And if you would like to check out any of her pages, you can connect with her at any or all of these ~

Facebook
Twitter
Alexandrea Weis’ Website
Alexandrea Weis’ Blogspot

Highlighting Lenny Fultz for CM Wright’s AUTHOR EXPLOSION EVENT

I decided to team up with CM Wright to help her with her awesome author explosion event she is doing on Facebook! This event is for authors (indie or not) to REALLY get their names out there because every author knows how hard it can be to get noticed!! So here is the link to event ~ Author Explosion ~ so go join up and help out some awesome authors, plus there will be many contest to win stuff too!!

So, that being said, the first author for the event is LENNY FULTZ!!

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Lenny Fultz is a misplaced Hoosier living in the land of Bulldogs and cat-sized mosquitoes with his wife, Connie. He is an avid
reader, writer and collector of all things fantasy. He is passionate about the written word and strives for perfection in everything he does. He enjoys fishing, going to the movies, playing games with friends and family, watching Broadway plays and dining in nice restaurants. His four favorite food groups are: popcorn, beef jerky, Skittles and Diet Dr. Pepper—not necessarily in that order.

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Lenny was happy to do an interview for the event so let’s see what he has to say!

1. What are the titles of your books, and tell me about each one.
My debut novel is titled: Maiden of Destiny, and is Book One of the Forgotten Gods Trilogy. The story is a Young Adult, epic
fantasy adventure and centers around a young, white-haired peasant girl named Indigo Frost. When the gods are mysteriously silenced, and the safeguards between good and evil fractured, an evil wizard named Murquee the Black Usurper, assembles the largest army of monsters ever seen before, championed by his summoned horde of demons, to destroy all mankind. The fate of the world now rests on the tiny shoulders of Indigo. But Indigo is prepared, her skills secured by one final act of the gods. Now she must rise above her critics, gather an army of seasoned soldiers, magicians and healers, and unite disparate factions of elves, dwarves, wizards and creatures long thought lost. In the face of overwhelming odds, Indigo must lead the kingdom’s troops against demonic forces under the dark wizard’s command and save the human race from annihilation. And so the war begins…
The story is written in the tradition of Lord of the Rings, in that the story is one long continuous tale. Each book ends at a good resting point and the next volume begins where the previous book ended. Book two of the trilogy, Maiden of Death, should publish around the end of the year.

2. What is your favorite genre to write? To read?
I’m a die-hard fantasy fanatic. Everything I’ve written to date is pure fantasy. Over the last 40 years, I’ve read hundreds, maybe
thousands, of fantasy novels from authors such as: David Eddings, J.R.R. Tolkien, Raymond Feist, Terry Goodkind, Anne
McCaffrey, Stephen Donaldson, and the list goes on and on.

3. Is there anything about one of your books you totally hate and wish you could change, but everyone else seems to
like?
Maybe I’m lucky (or naïve) but I’m satisfied with my debut novel, Maiden of Destiny. Of course, like any good author, my goal is to always improve and attempt to make each new novel better than the last.

4. Where do you do most of your writing?
I have a cozy den where I’m surrounded by filled bookcases that inspire me every time I look at them. I also collect wizards,
dragons, knights in shining armor, Pegasus, castles, and all things magical, so I’m surrounded by the things I enjoy. And
occasionally, Truffles, our cat, comes in to keep me company. It’s a great set-up.

5. Who are your favorite authors?
I think I already spilled the beans on this one above, but to reiterate: David Eddings, J.R.R. Tolkien, Raymond Feist, Terry
Goodkind, Anne McCaffrey, Stephen Donaldson, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Robert Jordan, Terry Brooks, J.K. Rowling, and many, many
others. And I thank them all for paving the way, and for the inspiration and entertainment they’ve provided over the years.

6. What’s the one genre you absolutely will NOT write about? Why?
I’d say horror. I’ll leave it to the experts like H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King. I don’t like being scared. I prefer a good fantasy or comedy any day. I don’t like horror films or reading horror novels. Life is scary enough. When I escape from the mundane, I want to go to a happy place.

7. Do you often use people you know as characters? And do you tell them if you do?
I’m sure there are attributes about the people I know and care about that have subconsciously been incorporated into some of my characters. An author writes what they know, and my friends and family are who I know best, but I don’t intentionally say to myself this character is based on so and so. I think it’s a subtle thing. However, if I ever did intentionally pattern a character after someone I knew, I don’t think I’d tell them. I think I’d keep that secret just between me and the character, and we’d smile and nod knowingly to each other every time I thought about the character.

8. Have you had any creepy fan experience yet?
Not so far. My fans have been great. I’ve received so many wonderful and inspiring notes of encouragement from them. I even have one fan who swears if they ever hit the lottery they’re going to finance the making of my story into a movie. Now that’s a true fan! In all honesty, I feel honored each time someone purchases my book. If my words brings a smile to someone’s face, or makes them forget about their problems if only for a short while, then all the blood, sweat, and tears I’ve shed have been worthwhile.

9. Does your family know about ALL the books/stories you’ve written, or are you keeping a few hidden?
Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but every story I write I always think about what my mother would say if she read it. (And she’s read
most of them.) I guess that’s one of the reasons why I write YA. I wrote a couple of stories that I haven’t published, and all of them are pretty mild in comparison to some. I try to keep the language toned down, even when dealing with emotions such as anger or romance. However, that’s not to say that maybe someday I’ll branch out and experiment with something completely different and wild and crazy. (I’ll just have to hide it from my mother.)

10. Last, but not least, is there anything you would like to say to your fans?
My fans are the greatest. Some of you have been with me from the very beginning and more continue to join “the family”
practically every day. Your emails, tweets, messages on Facebook, comments on my Author Fan Page and posted blogs on my
website all inspire me to do better. I hope you’ve enjoyed Maiden of Destiny and the books yet to come. Someday, when I “hit the big time” (notice I didn’t say ‘if’) it will all be because of you. You have my sincerest heartfelt thanks. As always, thanks for
believing!

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If you would like to pick up a copy of Lenny’s book ~ Maiden of Destiny (Book One of the Forgotten Gods Trilogy) ~ you can do so here ~

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amazon CA

Barnes & Noble

And if you would like to keep up with Lenny and his books, you can connect with him at any or all of these places ~

Lenny Fultz Website
Twitter
Facebook Fan Page
Goodreads

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