Futuristic Horror by Lucian Barnes

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I spent most of my youth in rural Ohio and began writing stories at an early age. Many of these early attempts at story-telling were inspired by mysteries, such as those found in the old Hardy Boys books and the cartoon antics of Scooby Doo. As I entered my teenage years I began to drift away from writing stories, instead picking up my pencil to compose lyrics for heavy metal songs because my new dream was to become a musician. That vision remained hopeful for many years after my high school graduation, but like most dreams of this nature it died out as I became older.

After working several menial jobs through the years that followed, my thoughts again began to turn toward writing books. Inspired by my favorite author, Stephen King, I took an online creative writing course and slowly began to develop my skills. In late 2010 I was given a violent shove, both by the job market (which was horrible to say the least, and still is) and by the persistent encouragement of close friends, to pick up my pen and begin writing again.

In early 2012, I gave birth (that’s almost what it felt like) to my very first published book, Desolace. Finally having a completed novel in my hand was the best feeling in the world for me, giving me a sense of accomplishment I had waited a lifetime for. Things have grown easier for me with each book I have published. Since the initial release of Desolace, I have released four more novels in the series. My latest work is a futuristic horror book titled, EL-204.

 

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Author Questions

When did you realize you wanted to be an author?

I would have to say, very early in life. Although, I was writing stories before I was even a teenager, I had trouble sticking to it because I was more interested in writing song lyrics at the time. Eventually, the whole rock star fantasy diminished and story writing began to surface once more. It wasn’t until 2010 that I decided to make a career of it, at which point I buckled down and started writing full time.  (I loved writing song lyrics too when I was a misunderstood teen…those were the days!)

In what genre do you write?

Mainly, I write horror stories. However, most are laced with other genres as well; fantasy, sci-fi, and paranormal/supernatural aspects can be found in nearly every book I have written.

Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to?

Not really. I’ve always had an affinity for horror, and it feels the most natural for me to write what I personally would love to read. (You write what you know.)

What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen?

Generally, I write using a computer. This isn’t to say if I was deprived of the technology that I wouldn’t resort to pen and paper, because I would. Any means necessary to quiet the voices in my head. As for the process itself, I have a tendency to “wing it”, and don’t normally use outlines. I sit down to write with a clear idea of what direction I want my story to take, then the characters take over and steer me from there; although, usually in a direction I hadn’t anticipated. As crazy as it may sound, they have a life of their own. (I like this approach!)

Who are you writing inspirations, famous or not?

Initially, it was Stephen King who inspired me, but over time I have found myself influenced by others as well. Indie Author JH Glaze has been the most recent. Not only does he inspire me, but he is also a great friend.

How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)?

It really depends on the book. Most of the novels I’ve written to date have been a blend of fantasy and horror, and these stories often require little in the way of research. However, the same can’t be said of all of my books. Two of these novels, which are primarily horror, I found myself researching different things almost as much as I was writing. Most times it was for a silly detail that many readers might overlook, but I did so to add an authenticity to the books. Even though they are completely fictional, I want the reader to be able to associate with things and places they might have experienced in their lifetime.

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to?

Personally, I need complete silence to write. I am easily distracted, so I avoid outside noise like the plague.

When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun?

This can probably be summed up by a phrase I’ve often heard about writers, and it holds true for me as well. “A writer never takes a vacation. He is either writing, or thinking about writing.” (I like it! We, our brains at least, never rest)

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career?

It might sound boring to most, but what I find to be the most exciting experience is watching a story develop, the characters coming to life as I write, and finally…seeing the end of a novel in sight.

Who created your amazing cover art?

Katie Cowan at KC Designs has created most of my covers.

Is there an artist, book blogger, editor or anyone else that you want to give a shout out to?

My editor, Melissa Ringsted, has suffered through every book I’ve published, so in all fairness, she deserves my highest praise. Her attention to detail and commitment to excellence makes my work shine. Sorry about all the nightmares I’ve given you with my stories, Melissa! (Poor Melissa!)

Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel.

I will have two novels coming out before the end of the year, one of which will be released on October 24th and the other will follow in December. The October novel, EL-204, is significantly different than anything else I’ve written. To briefly describe it, I felt it to be like a blending of Fatal Attraction and Frankenstein, though it also has end-of-the-world overtones. It deals with genetic experimentation, and the government’s greedy involvement in the research as they hope to create an army that can’t be reckoned with.

The second project is a continuation of the fantasy/horror Desolace Series that I’m most known for. The Tree of Life is the sixth book of the series, in which a wizard from the parallel world of Desolace races against time to thwart an evil entity from taking over his world. With each book of the series, I’ve tried to incorporate new developments to keep my readers guessing. This one will be no different than what they’ve come to expect, and will likely have readers excited to see how things will play out in the end. There will be one more novel in the series before it reaches its epic conclusion. (My reading list just keeps growing!)

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Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?

The same two authors who have inspired me the most, Stephen King and JH Glaze. (I must check out JH Glaze *goes to amazon*)

Hands down, what is your favorite book of all time and why?

I can’t say that I have just one favorite, as every book in the Dark Tower Series by Stephen King is exceptional. As for why this series is my favorite, the way King blends the fantasy aspects of each book with his special brand of horror made the story come to life in my mind like no other books have ever done.

What book would you like to see in film or do you believe that books should be left alone?

As an author, I realize that no matter how good a book is, Hollywood rarely duplicates the intensity of the original work. Even so, I believe converting books to movies is something that will cater to the individual who is more stimulated by visual cues, thus making films a necessary evil. Though it will sound biased, I must admit that I would love to see a film adaptation of any of the stories I’ve written. I think they are far different than the usual slush and remakes that seem to be flooding the market lately. (Doesn’t sound biased to me! I think that would be awesome!)

As a reader, what about a book turns you away?

I have several quirks when I’m reading a book, but will only list a couple of examples here. Each of these things has caused me to close a book without finishing: overusage of character names (several times in the same paragraph), repeatedly starting sentences with “And” or “But” drives me crazy, and poor editing. I can’t count the number of books I’ve read where I found myself asking, “Did this author even bother with an editor?”

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it?

If the book doesn’t contain many of my above quirks, oftentimes I will be a trooper and try to finish it. Although, another thing that will sway my opinion is romance/erotica. If a book is too heavy with squishy, sentimental crap, I normally don’t finish. (“squishy, sentimental crap” Bahaha!)

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

I will experiment with new authors and genres from time to time, but prefer to stick to horror.

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

Both. I would much rather have an actual book in my hands, though. On my budget, however, I believe that I read more ebooks nowadays. Although, this is only because they are cheaper to purchase.

 

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Random Questions

Favorite movie?

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Leatherface is super creepy!)

Favorite TV show?

Dexter (Gah! Love Dexter though I am NOT happy about that last season)

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Crab legs

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

Cheesecake (plain or with strawberries?)

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

Cannibal Corpse, King Diamond/Mercyful Fate, Slayer, Slipknot, Metallica

What’s your hidden talent?

It wouldn’t be hidden if I told you, now would it? (touché) 

What is your dream vacation?

Visiting the Carpathian mountains (Nice)

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Contact Information:

Author Name: Lucian Barnes

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lucianbarnesauthor

Twitter http://twitter.com/LucianBarnes

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5761611.Lucian_Barnes

Book Links: http://lucianbarnes.wix.com/author

 

New Author, J.S. Pray and the Upcoming Multiceptional

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J.S. Pray is one of the authors I was really looking forward to having on my blog when I started this Blog Fest. For starters, he’s an upcoming author with a lot to say. Secondly, I’ve known him since forever. He and I went to school together, were band nerds together and he and his lovely wife, Stephanie, are great friends of mine. It’s surreal to know that there is another writer coming out of a small Alabama town that most people don’t even know exists. It makes me proud that he is striving for his dreams and that he has such great support from those who love him.

J.S. Pray is a husband, father, author, gamer, and Netflix junkie. He is currently writing his debut NA novel under the working name Multiceptional, and plans to have it in the hands of readers by mid-summer 2015.

Author Questions

Tell us a little about yourself and why you wanted to start the daunting, yet rewarding task of writing a novel?

Back in high school, when I was taking freshman English Literature, my teacher really liked my writing and she would send my work into competitions and wouldn’t let me know until I won something. That was the first time I thought “Hey maybe I could be good at this.”   I really have my freshman English Literature teacher to thank for helping me realize I had a talent for writing. (What it Mrs. Hudson?)

What has been the one thing that has fueled your passion as a writer?

Mainly just the buzz I get from it. After I write for an hour or more, I’m more sociable. It may sound strange but I’m not nearly as surly after I have a good writing session. (I know what you mean!)

Tell us what genre you plan to write in and why.

Right now I’m more interested in NA (New Adult), urban fantasy, epic fantasy, survival horror/post apocalypse, but I’m very open minded. I want to write what I would like to read. So if your looking to read manga or erotica, I am NOT the author for you. 

Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to?

Suspense…I think that finding the balance to putting your readers on edge would be interesting. 

What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen?

I use a computer for writing just because it’s faster, but for general note taking I like pen and paper. (Always keep a journal with you)

Who are you writing inspirations, famous or not?

I would have to say Nathan Fillion because of the way he pulls off his wise cracks in his films and shows is interesting to me. Also Piers Anthony because of his play on words. Lastly, Stephen King because he is the king. (Nathan is the best!)

How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)?

I’m still researching as I write and situations come up and I’m not familiar with. I’m constantly researching and asking questions about things that haven’t ever happened to me but happen to my characters.

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to?

To turn a phrase from the Dos Equis man “I don’t always listen to music when I write but when I do it’s things like Celldweller, Lindsey Stirling, and District 78”. (Oh Lindsey! Her cute little face and twinkle toes just makes me smile)

How do you deal with self-doubt, writer’s block and all the other issues that an author faces?

I actually wrote a blog entry based on this very subject. But personally, after the proper amount of self-loathing, usually just sitting my tuchus in the chair and put fingers to keys. Past that, just taking a break to play with the kids can usually get the ole juices flowing. (That’s right, just do it!)

When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun?

Well, being a dad and husband occupies my other spare time other than writing but I do thoroughly enjoy lounging around watching some youtube, and I am definitely a Netflix and Hulu junky. And once in a blue moon I get to play a split screen co-op game with my boy along with going and cheering on his soccer team.

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career?

Honestly, probably this interview! (He is too sweet!)

Who created your amazing cover art?

Right now what I am working with I created but I am not against getting some secondary cover art done for my print version of the book.

Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel.

Right now I’m working on a novel under the working name of Multiceptional. Right now it is coming together to be a tale about a young man coming into full adulthood in a time when the U.S. government is in an era similar to the Roman Empire after moving the capital to Constantinople. Oh yeah, and some people may have super powers! (I can’t wait to read it)

Why did you choose a kickstarter campaign to fund your novel and where can we find more information about donating?

Short of finding the pot-o-gold at the end of the next rainbow I see, my WIP may see a physical printing maybe about the time my children are looking into buying their children their first cars (they’re all under the age of 10). Also, I’m not getting any younger. I would like to enjoy any minuscule bit of success I may have in writing while I still can write. Publishing is expensive as anyone who has traveled this road I’m setting myself on well-knows. So if anyone feels like it would be something they could sink their metaphoric teeth in then please go to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1355162928/multiceptional-urban-fantasy-with-a-super-powered to check it out and receive updates. (Help a brother out!)

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Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?

Peter Clines definitely and Tad Williams to a lesser extent.

Hands down, what is your favorite book of all time and why?

There is no way that anyone who has ever read more than a handful of books can narrow it down to just one so here goes: The Ex Heroes series by Peter Clines becauses its frackin awesome. The Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn Trilogy by Tad Williams because the epic transition you take with the protagonist from the beginning to end is what literary professors should be teaching their students to recreate. The $64 Tomato by William Alexander because it’s honest, down to earth and doesn’t need flowery language to be a page turner. That is just a start but I will stop there. (More books to add to my never-ending reading list)

What book would you like to see in film or do you believe that books should be left alone?

Definitely Ex Heroes but only if the studio would be willing to dump more money into it than they would ever get back.

As a reader, what about a book turns you away?

Ok there are a few things: Being overly descriptive, having characters that appear and are described in great detail but then never recur, and typos; I know sometimes it can’t be helped when its 7500 words long but when you’re in a flow reading a page turner and you have to stop and reread a sentence several times because of a repetitive word or misspelled word it hinders the flow and the ambiance the author is trying to create.

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it?

I usually pry open the jaws of my literary mind and force feed it like a baby bird! And yes it is just as painful as it sounds.

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

I like to read around just for the fact that once you read in a lone genre for an extended amount of time, no matter how much the author doesn’t want it to seem derivative it always seems to become derivative to the reader. 

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

I don’t have anything against either but I personally prefer book in hand. Downside, my house will only hold so many books. (Smell those pages)

Random Questions

Favorite movie?

Favorite movie of all times would have to be Sphere (Loved the book)

Favorite TV show?

Walking Dead, Bones, Sliders, Criminal Minds, Firefly, Sherlock, Stargate, the first season of SeaQuest DSV because after that the writing really went to poo. Oh and an oldie but a goodie, The Pretender (You’re speaking my language) 

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Ribeye Steak (MED-RARE) with au gratin potatoes

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

Hand’s down, Cadbury eggs!!! (Yum!)

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

Breaking Benjamin, Volbeat, anything with a heavy rhythmic guitar line and operatic vocals. (Love me some BB)

What’s your hidden talent?

Ok, so my wife is actually asking me this conversational style and filling it in for me while we’re sitting on the couch and I can’t attest to this myself but my two kids both just lept up and said that I had to say that I am a great Dad. I guess in this day and age you could actually consider that as a talent. (Awe!)

What is your dream vacation?

28 days in New Zealand, the adventure capital of the world. (Take me with you!)

Contact Information:

Author Name: J.S. Pray

Blog: www.jsprayspeaks.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006074299478

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JSPray03

Book Links: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1355162928/multiceptional-urban-fantasy-with-a-super-powered

Author M. Pax talks The Rifters and Urban Fantasy

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M. Pax is author of the sci-fi series, The Backworlds, and the new adult urban fantasy Hetty Locklear series. Browncoat and SG fan, she’s also slightly obsessed with Jane Austen. In the summers she docents as a star guide at Pine Mountain Observatory where the other astronomers now believe she has the most extensive collection of moon photos in existence. No fear, there will be more next summer. She lives in stunning Central Oregon with the Husband Unit and two lovely, spoiled cats.

M. Pax isn’t leaving you empty handed! She is giving away 2 ebooks and 1 audio book from her works. Enter here:

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Author Questions

When did you realize you wanted to be an author?

It’s always been part of me. In high school, I used to write stories about my friends and I, a running soap opera, and I’d stick the installments in their lockers. In junior high I either wanted to be an aerospace engineer, a horse trainer, or a writer.

In what genre do you write?

I write mostly speculative fiction, science fiction and fantasy.

Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to?

Yes, I’ve begun work on a historical fiction series, and I’d like to try my hand at womens fiction.

What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen?

I start with jotting ideas in a journal. Each project gets a journal. When enough of the ideas and research have gelled, I’ll type a draft tagline, blurb, and an arc for each major character in the story. Those are at the top of my document. At the end of my writing session, I print out what I wrote. Later, I hand edit it and make a very brief sketch of the next couple of chapters.

This makes for a slow first draft, but it’s how my brain works. I do more outlining than I used to. I find I write more during each session if I do the brief scene sketches.

Who are you writing inspirations, famous or not?

Definitely Arthur C. Clarke, Frank Herbert, Kurt Vonnegut, and Ray Bradbury. Thomas Hardy had a big impact on me and Hermann Hesse. I read a lot of classic literature.

How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)?

Research is one of my favorite parts to writing. I love learning new things. I put quite a bit of research into every book. First off, there’s the science. With The Rifters, one of the characters is an actual historical figure. So, I read several biographies to get into his head as best as I could.

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to?

No, I prefer silence. However, there are often cats yipping at me.

When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun?

I volunteer at an observatory in the summers as a star guide. The reward is looking through the big telescopes. What’s out there is so amazing.

Husband Unit and I like to watch bad sci fi movies, and we enjoy exploring the wilds of Oregon. I like taking a lot of pictures. It takes us 3x as long to get anywhere as other people, because I have to stop every five miles or so to take photos.

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career?

Hearing from fans is the best and most exciting part of being an author.

Who created your amazing cover art?

Erin Dameron-Hill of edhgraphics handles all of my graphic needs. http://edhgraphics.blogspot.com/

Is there an artist, book blogger, editor or anyone else that you want to give a shout out to?

Kelly Schaub is my awesome editor. She keeps me from creating Sharknados, and a huzzah to my author pack, Untethered Realms. We have an anthology coming out October 14th, Twisted Earths.

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Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel.

I just released the first two books in a new urban fantasy series, The Rifters and The Initiate. The stories are set in the fictional town of Settler, Oregon. There’s a misplaced outlaw from 1888, a misplaced librarian newly transplanted from New York City, quirky residents, a secret society, a rift, beings from other worlds, and a rift.

Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?

Is it possible to raise Jane Austen from the dead? I took a workshop from Ursula K. Le Guin a few years back. Awesome. It’d be cool to hang out with John Scalzi, Stephen King, and Neil Gaiman for an afternoon. Oh, I’d love to meet Tanya Huff, Margaret George, Tanya Huff, Peter Hamil, and Peter Mayle. I should shut up now…

Hands down, what is your favorite book of all time and why?

2001: A Space Odyssey. It made me think and wonder. The sense of awe inspires me every day.

What book would you like to see in film or do you believe that books should be left alone?

There can never be enough movies based on Jane Austen and her work. Other than that, I’d love to see Tanya Huff’s Confederation novels on screen. Fantastic series.

As a reader, what about a book turns you away?

Predictability.

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it?

I used to be a trooper. Now I put it down.

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

I read around.

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

Both, but I’ve grown to prefer my Nook. However, the big publishers charge too much for their ebooks, so I opt for paperbacks there.

Random Questions

Favorite movie?

The new Star Trek.

Favorite TV show?

Firefly

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Lasagna

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

Ice cream

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

Elvis Costello, Muse, The Cure, and Radiohead

What’s your hidden talent?

I don’t like baking, but I bake a mean pie

What is your dream vacation?

Iraq, to see the ruins of the ancient cities of Sumer and Babylon… if they still exist. Second, is the Alsace region in France/Germany.

Contact Information:

Author Name: M. Pax

Blog: http://mpaxauthor.com/blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mpaxauthor

Twitter https://twitter.com/mpax1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5081223.M_Pax

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mpaxauthor/

Book Links:

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Paranormal Author, Faith Marlow on her Nightmarishly New Book, The Nightmare Hunter

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In the fifth grade, Faith Marlow discovered a fondness and talent for writing and has considered herself a storyteller ever since. In addition to writing, she is an avid reader, movie connoisseur, and a veritable repository for all manner of useless yet entertaining knowledge. Faith is proud member of the Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing family. Her first novel, “Being Mrs. Dracula”, which chronicles the lives of Count Dracula’s three beautiful, yet very different wives is now available. The second book in the series “Being Dracula’s Widow” was released in 2014.

Faith lives in Tennessee with her high school sweetheart/ husband, Scottie, their son Avery, and Moses the loyal family turtle.

Want to win The Nightmare Hunter? Enter below:
AP: What is the title of your new release?
FM: The Nightmare Hunter (Book 1 of The Dream Journal series)
AP: Where did you get the idea?
FM: I love all things Paranormal and have always been a big fan of Sci-fi and Horror, books as well as films and TV. I watched a documentary about night terrors, sleepwalking, nightmares and such, so this was in the back of my mind. I began to look deeper and did some research on Parasomnia and how it affects people in different ways. Of course being a fan of Paranormal, Sci-fi, and Horror, I wanted to explore a way that some of these nightmares and night terrors could be actual events and how that might be misdiagnosed. That was the beginning of The Nightmare Hunters.
AP: Who is your main character? Why are you writing from his or her or third person perspective?
FM: My main character is Dr. Anne Pate, a psychiatrist who treats patients suffering from Parasomnia. It is written almost entirely from the third person perspective. The exception is the contents of Liz’s dream journal, which is key to the story. This applies to my Being Mrs. Dracula series as well, told primarily in third person but switching to first person for the diaries and journals of the brides of Dracula.
AP: Is there a supporting character that you want to spend more time on in the future?

FM: Maddie Jensen is a very strong supporting character. Anne wouldn’t make it very far without her so she is certainly going to be a big part of Part Two, which is my current Work In Progress.

AP: What do paranormal/horror readers have to look forward to in your new release?
FM: I think that paranormal fans are in for an exciting ride, maybe even take them someplace unexpected. It is difficult to say too much without giving it away, but I hope when readers discover what happened to Liz, when they find out what the nightmare is that Anne and Maddie seek, that they are surprised. I hope it isn’t what they were expecting but in a good way, and maybe even have a few sleeping with a light on.
AP: Where can it be purchased?
FM: The Nightmare Hunters, as well as my other books, can be purchased at Amazon.com. It is available for Kindle but will be available in print soon.

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The Nightmare Hunter
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For psychiatrist Dr. Anne Pate, listening to harrowing tales of nightmares is all in a day’s work. But when one of her patients is found dead under the most unusual circumstances, foretold in her very own dream journal, Anne finds herself drawn into a world where nothing is certain. With the help of her unlikely new friend Maddie, a tough young woman with her own cross to bear, Anne has to decide what is real and what is just the stuff of nightmares. The truth is more terrifying than she could have ever dreamed.
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Get ‘Wither’ed with Multi-Genre Author, Amy Miles

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Author Amy Miles has always been a bit of a dreamer.  Growing up as an only child, and a military brat to boot, she spent countless hours escaping into the pages of a book, only to spend the following days creating a new idea of how to twist up the story to make it unique.

Since becoming a mother, Amy has slowly nourished her love of the written word while snatching writing time in the midst of soiled diapers, tumbling over legos and peering around mounds of laundry and dishes that never seem to go away.  Once her only son started school, Amy was free to let her fingers dive into dark mythology, tales of betrayal and love, and explore human nature in its rawest form.  Her love of seeing the world from a different angle bloomed.

Amy is the author of several novels, including her popular young adult immortal books, The Arotas Series, which are an Amazon and iBooks bestselling series.  Unwilling to be defined by any one genre, she proceeded to flip over to a science fiction/fantasy based idea with her Rising Trilogy. She then dove into contemporary romance with her novel, Captivate and explored the depths of her own faith with In Your Embrace.

She is currently working on completing her Immortal Rose trilogy, a prequel to her Arotas novels.  She has also embarked on two new journeys this year, one in the form of a co-written banshee trilogy, The Hallowed Realms, which is currently represented by GH Literary and she breached another genre with her upcoming adult horror novel, Wither.

Amy is giving away an ebook copy of Wither! Enter here:

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She even has this awesome book trailer to give you goosebumps.

Author Questions

When did you realize you wanted to be an author?

I think most authors will tell you that they’ve always know they would be a writer. Its in our blood. We write because if we don’t, bad things could happen haha. Being an author is a different story. It was always a dream of mine, but until the indie world began I never really held out much hope of standing out in the traditional world.  I’m very thankful for the opportunity this new indie community had allowed for my family and I.

In what genre do you write?

I’m one of those writers who loves too many genres to be labeled by one. I started out with my Arotas Series in the paranormal realm, then hopped to sci/fi fantasy with my Rising Trilogy.  After that I tried my hand at contemporary romance with Captivate and wrote an inspirational romance, In Your Embrace.  My two newest ventures are delving into mythology with my co-written banshee novel, Netherworld and my first horror zombiesque novel, Wither due out for Halloween.

Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to?

Not yet, but if I think of one I’m sure I’ll jump to that one next!

What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen?

Of the 12 books that I’ve written so far, only one was fully plotted out.  Typically I know a beginning and the end but the middle is up for grabs. And by grabs I mean the characters steal away my control and I’m just flailing helplessly after them.  They lead the story. I just relay it.

I’m totally a computer person. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve lost notebooks in my house. I have dozens of them in pretty much every room of the house for when a new idea hits me. Then I lose said notebook and tear apart my house in search of it.

How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)?

It really depends on what the book is. Typically I do basic research on the location.  I try to keep it as legit as I can so that people living in these places wont email me with a “what the heck. That is so not in my town.”  For other books I’ve had to do extensive research.  For my Immortal Rose books I wrote from 1600’s Transylvania and had to learn about the country at that time, the wars going on, the clothing, the major events. For my horror novel, Wither, I did a lot of digging into science. As a professed NON science lover that was hard but I loved the premise of the book so much it was worth it to me.

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to?

NO!  I can’t have any sound. Literally.  I wear ear plugs to keep even the sound of the tapping keys out. I know…I’m weird.

When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun?

I love to hang out with my husband and son. We travel a lot, lounge by the pool, go golfing, play pool.  Just be a family.

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career?

Getting emails from readers is always a highlight for any author, but when you get a message from a teen that you’ve inspired to either start reading or grab a pen and craft their own stories, that’s the best feeling. I write because I love to do it. If I can allow one person to escape reality even for a few hours then I’ve accomplished my first goal.  If I can encourage a future writer, all the better.

Who created your amazing cover art?

Michelle Monique has created most of my covers. She is brilliantly talented!

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^The cover is flippin’ awesome!^

Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel.

My newest novel, Wither is the darkest book I’ve ever written. It is my take on the zombie craze.  To be honest, zombies freak me out! Truly. I have nightmares about them, but I had several people begging me to write my own take on the genre so I figured I’ve give it a go.  In doing so I knew that I had two rules: 1. I cant have then mindless eating machines.  2. I can’t kill kids.

With that in mind the idea for Wither was born.  A point of view that twists the enemy around.  What if its not the zombies we have to fear, but the humans instead.  Or more specifically human nature.

Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?

I’m a HUGE James Dashner fan. Love his Maze Runner series so I’d love to meet him in person and pick his brain.

What book would you like to see in film or do you believe that books should be left alone?

Books are rarely better in movies, but I did love the Harry Potter series on the big screen.  The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings has been brilliantly done.

As a reader, what about a book turns you away?

The first chapter. I NEED action.  If you can’t grip me in the first chapter I’m done. There are some books that I’ve forced myself to continue reading because people swore that it would get better but I believe a book should start off strong.

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it?

Nope. It’s gone. There are far too many great books out there for me to discover so why waste my time on one that’s not my cup of tea?

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

I predominately read what I love to write: paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian, urban fantasy and mythology. I will occasionally pick up something not in those realms but those are my go to.

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

I prefer an old fashioned book to an ereader, but I do love carrying hundreds of books with ease. It’s a toss up.

Random Questions

Favorite TV show?

The Walking Dead, Elementary, Game of Thrones, Once Upon a Time, X-Files…seeing a pattern here?

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

Hands down my biggest nemesis are cupcakes!  White cake, white gooey sweet frosting.  Heaven in a little cup!

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

Daughtry. Safety Suit. Lifehouse. Nickelback. Linkin Park. 80’s rock bands

What is your dream vacation?

I want to tour Italy and Greece.  I’ve been trying to get that trip arranged for the past two years but work just keeps getting in the way. But in 2015 I get to mark one of my bucket list locations off by going to Australia for 3 weeks for a book signing. I’m wicked excited about that!

Contact Information:

Author Name: Amy Miles

Blog: www.AmyMilesBooks.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAmyMiles

Twitter https://twitter.com/AmyMilesBooks

Ebooks available on all ebook platforms

Horror Author, Jeremy Hicks talks about The Cycle of Ages Saga: Finders Keepers

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Author Jeremy Hicks is one of the first authors I met when I started going to conventions. Let me tell you, if you’re just starting out and haven’t had the opportunity to meet your fellow authors, conventions can be very intimidating. Meeting Jeremy immediately put me at ease. I knew if all of the authors I met were like him, then I was going to have a great time!

Jeremy has been on my blog before and I am so glad that he’s back to talk to us about his horror novel The Cycle of Ages Saga: Finders Keepers. He’s also giving away a paperback copy! Enter below:

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AP: Where did you get the idea for The Cycle of Ages Saga: Finders Keepers?

JH: The idea came from my past role-playing experiences, specifically playing in a D&D campaign run by my friend and co-writer Barry Hayes. We both ran games using several different RPG systems, so our friends used to tell us that we should turn our stories into novels or short stories. When we finally got around to doing that, we decided to combine our ideas, fuse our worlds, and use a plotline from one of his games as the basis of introducing our new world of faraway Faltyr, its places, peoples, and predators. We ended up with a hard-hitting dark fantasy storyline set on a world evocative enough of Earth to be familiar to our target audience but strange enough to feel like an alien world seeded from multiple sources. We wrote a feature length screenplay to introduce it and eventually a novel. While trying to get produced and later published, we tried to get licensed by Wizards of the Coast actually but the deal never materialized. So we settled for forging ahead with our own franchise and crediting our major influences like Gary Gygax, Robert Howard, and even Ronnie James Dio.

AP: Who is your main character? Why are you writing from that perspective?

JH: The main character in Finders Keepers is Kaladimus Dor. Our calamitous mage of Myth is the catalyst for the events that transpire in the first novel, so we feature his perspective heavily in the course of the story. However, the novel is a multiple third-person viewpoint work. Each chapter or subsection is written from the perspective of either Dor or one of the other survivors of the shipwreck that strands them on the island. We wanted to introduce Faltyr through a number of viewpoints, each one from a radically different character, to provide several perspectives on Faltyr and its happenings, rather than using a single limited narrator.

AP: Is there a supporting character that you want to spend more time on in the future?

JH: Barry and I have our favorites. For me, it’s the elven mercenary Yax’Kaqix (pronounced Yahsh-Kah-Keesh). His name translates to Blue Macaw in the language of his people, the Unen’ek elves. I based their culture on an elaboration of Mayan culture that focuses on dragon worship and a dedication to the Eternal War, a millennial long jihad against the insidious forces of Faltyr’s expansive and very real Underworld. Yax is a centuries old lesser noble son who trained as a monk before becoming a high-ranking war mage, often referred to as a Choj’Ahaw or Wand Bearer. Drawn by an insatiable curiosity and wanderlust, Yax travels the world and wages what he deems righteous wars where he can, padding his pocket and increasing his material or magical power along his own Long Road across Faltyr. I’ve completed one story for Yax so far; it’s called “Deep Diving Death Defying Dwarves of the Deep” and can be found in the Dark Oak Press anthology, Capes & Clockwork: Superheroes in the Age of Steam. That tale is set about two hundred years before the events of Finders Keepers and focuses on Yax’s relationships with the Free Dwarves of the Underworld (or Hollow World, as the dwarves call it). It also sets up events that will be concluded in one of our future novels in this saga.

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AP: What do paranormal/horror readers have to look forward to in your new release?

JH: Our world of Faltyr is a blend of classical horror and fantasy elements, albeit with our own twist on most of them. In Finders Keepers, there are sad ghosts, angry ghosts, and even hungry ghost who feed on the living. There are also elements of necromancy, featuring exorcisms and the undead. We even feature vampires, although they do not sparkle. They are as dark and bloody as our tale. On a different level, this first installment of the Cycle of Ages Saga feels very much like survival horror, since it involves a shipwreck where most of the crew goes down with the ship and the survivors are hunted by a winged predator from the moment they hit the beach. And for Dor, there is an aspect of personal horror as he is the one who sinks the ship and strands them there in the first place.

AP: Where can it be purchased?

JH: The Cycle of Ages Saga: Finders Keepers is available in trade paperback, hard cover, and e-book through Dark Oak Press. You can also find it online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Books-a-Million. It is also available in select bookstores in Alabama and other parts of the Southeast.

AP: What influenced you to write this novel?

JH: Originally, we had no intention of writing a full length novel. We wanted to see the Cycle of Ages Saga on screen as a major motion picture, so we wrote it as a screenplay first. When intrigued producers told us that we needed to develop a fan base due to the budgetary considerations, we attempted a graphic novel version, as it would allow us to storyboard the story in the process. However, our artist was unable to complete the project due to commitments with his full-time employer. At that point, we realized we needed to sit down and take a stab at novelizing the screenplay. After an awful first attempt, we started anew, found a professional editor, and then a publisher. To risk a cliché, necessity was truly the mother of this invention.

AP: With this being a Halloween post are you a fan of the holiday? If so, why or why not?

JH: Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I grew up in a family that enjoyed the scary, spooky, macabre, and horrific, whether it was Vincent Price or Stephen King. I was raised in a haunted house, watched old horror movies, and read/wrote/and listened to ghost stories whenever possible. And one of my first crushes was on Elvira, the Mistress of the Dark. My family even had several hearses over the years that we used for Halloween, haunted houses, and trips to Florida in the summer. Nothing colder than the AC in the back of something designed to haul dead bodies. In fact, I liked them so much that I used to drive an old Oldsmobile ambulance that looked like Ecto-1. I bought it to piss off the preps at my high school, but they loved it as much as everyone else. Although I don’t dress up as much as I used to for Halloween, I started going to HallowCon last year and will be a guest again this year at this great little three-day costume party in Dalton, GA.

AP: What is your favorite Horror movie? Why?

JH: Hmm. That’s a very interesting question. And a hard one to answer, I hate to admit. I like many of them for vastly different reasons. But one of my favorites from childhood onward is a movie that I bought on DVD recently to introduce other people to it. Something Wicked This Way Comes is based on one of my favorite Ray Bradbury stories and is a successful horror tale that Disney sadly will never be able to replicate, even though they are remaking it soon. Much to my chagrin.

As to why I enjoy it so much, it’s Ray Bradbury. It’s hard not to love anything he writes, but he excels beautifully at coming-of-age spooktacular tales like The Halloween Tree and Dandelion Wine. His only rival for me would be Stephen King’s Stand By Me (based on his tale, The Body, featured in Different Seasons). These kinds of stories resonated deeply with me as a growing boy and stuck with me long after I made the transition to adulthood. In fact, I still relish the transition to the fall season as much as the boys in Something Wicked This Way Comes look forward to it, until the Autumn People arrives in town.

AP: Could you see your book in film? Who would you want cast as your characters? Who would you want to direct it?

JH: Since Finders Keepers and its upcoming sequel Sands of Sorrows started out in screenplay format, we have thought about these questions endlessly. In fact, the hard part was transitioning from a visual format to a literary one. Originally, the character envisioned for Kaladimus Dor is much too old now. But I could see Robert Sheehan from Misfits bringing our Master-of-Disaster to life on the big screen. My personal preference for Yax is still Jeffrey Donovan from Burn Notice; he has the right fierce face for our elven war mage as well as the appropriate background in production, martial arts, and action sequences. For Breuxias, we went as far as contacting Peter Mensah’s agent who accepted copies of our screenplays. But our former manager never heard back from him, which isn’t surprising since there was no money behind the project at the time. As far as directors go, I’d love to have Guillermo Del Toro do it. He has the right respect for fantasy, horror, world-building, and storytelling, not to mention he’s a talented writer/director and well-known nice guy around Hollywood.

AP: Tell us which Horror author has had the most impact on you.

JH: That would most likely be H.P. Lovecraft. I read his work heavily during middle school and high school, even going so far as to write an essay on his Cthulhu Mythos. In fact, the last story I completed was a short submission for The Summer of Lovecraft anthology. It was a wild ride through the war in South Vietnam through the eyes of Viet Cong operatives who end up on the wrong side of an otherworldly entity from the Cthulhu Mythos while trapped deep within a subterranean temple. Unfortunately, it ended up in the spam folder apparently and wasn’t even read for consideration. Pretty disappointing since I poured a lot of time and effort into doing Lovecraft proper justice. Thanks, Spam Filter. You and your cousin, Auto-Correct, can **** right off!

AP: Give us a sneak peek at your WIP.

JH: Hmm…that would imply I had a work-in-progress at the moment. Most of my projects are in the stage of being edited or outlined. But I can probably get away with posting a snippet from The Cycle of Ages Saga: Sands of Sorrow without getting into too much trouble with my co-writer and publisher. I hope.

The following excerpt comes from within the first chapter of Sands of Sorrow. Please keep in mind that it is still in the final stages of the editing process.

Dor’s attention shifted to the colorful display beyond the high walls of Eastgate. The aurora danced and played over the desert sands to the north and west of the border city. Known as the Sands of Sorrow, the desolate area between Eastgate and the broken profile of the Meshkenet Mountains was a byproduct of the Cataclysm, the final apocalyptic battle between Artemis and Ra’Tallah. Dor shivered as he recalled his previous visit to that terrifying, twisted wasteland.

The grumbling of his allies pulled Dor out of his horrific reverie. With some considerable effort, he tore his lingering gaze from the hypnotic patterns swirling in the aurora above the Sands of Sorrow.

He took hold of the rope unsteadily and lowered himself through the hole in the roof. The weight of the chest shifted within his pack, causing him to swing wide on the rope toward the wall of the room. The slack on the rope stopped short of sending him face first into the wall. Sighing with relief, he clung to the rope and waited for it to cease swaying.

That blasted chest, Dor thought, it’ll be the death of me yet.

Jeremy’s Contact Info:

Email: jjeremyhicks@wordpress.com
Twitter: @Jeremy_Hicks 
Facebook: Https://www.facebook.com/JeremyHicksAuthor

YA Paranormal Author, Lexi Witcher, Gets a little Twisted

Lexi Witcher is a published author of young adult contemporary paranormal romances. She’s always enjoyed stories about falling in love for the first time and watching programs geared toward teens like Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game, Jane By Design, and Switched at Birth.

 

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Give us 6 details of your new book:

1. New book Title: Twisted Sixteen
2. It’s a continuation in the Dodie Jenks series.
3. Main character is Dodie Jenks. I’m writing in her POV because it is her story. I tried switching and writing it in the hero’s POV but it didn’t work because it wasn’t his story.
4. Leopold  is the hero and very pivotal to the outcome of the series.
5. There’s supernatural elements, suspense and romance.
6. It will be available thru Amazon.
Lexi is giving away a copy of Twisted Sixteen! You can enter for you chance to win by clicking the link below:

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Author Questions

When did you realize you wanted to be an author?

I was 12 when a friend shared the secret that her dad was writing a book. That sparked something in my head and I tried to write. It wasn’t until a year later when I read my first YA romance that I actually tried to write my own story. The rest is history.

In what genre do you write?

Young Adult. I have a YA Paranormal series and I’ve just began working on a straight YA with romantic elements.

Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to?

I might like to try my hand at New Adult or maybe a suspense.

What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen?

I fly by the seat of my pants because in the initial phase I get ideas and they gel on the computer screen for me. Even when I get stuck I find if I sit down to write something will come to me and I’ll get over the hurdle. I do try to use GMC and have an idea what these three components are for my characters. Do I stick to that? Sometimes, but other times as the story progresses it changes for the characters for the better. Essentially I allow my characters the freedom to write their own story and use me as their medium.

How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)?

Since I do YA Paranormal I’ve had to spend time researching witchcraft, symbols and their meanings, natural elements, auras, supernatural experiences. I’ve watched programs, read a few books, but mainly searched for aspects on the internet.

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to?

Yes. Yes. Yes. I listen to music when I write and edit. I have made my own mix of music for the series I’m writing.

When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun?

I spend time with other authors, go to author/reader events, read for pleasure, watch period pieces or YA focused movies. I also love to travel whenever I can.

Who created your amazing cover art?

Christy Carlyle with Gilded Heart Design is my cover artist. She has designed two fabulous covers for my series and I can’t wait to put in the order for my third book which will be available sometime in 2015.

Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel.

Twisted Sixteen is my upcoming release which will be available October 2014. It is the continuing story of Dodie Jenks and the fight to save her from the 300 year old curse that was placed on her family in the late 1700s. As the first born daughter of her generation, Dodie was supposed to have died on her sixteenth birthday, but a warlock named Leopold found a way to save her. The only problem is there is more than the curse out to get her. Will Leopold find a way to keep Dodie alive or will the dark shadows claim her?

 

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Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?

Sara Shepard or Alison Noël

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

I read across many genres.

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

I do both print and ebooks. Both formats have their merits.

Random Questions

Favorite TV show?

Pretty Little Liars

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

Birthday cake. I love it.

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

Katy Perry, Jason Derulo, One Republic

What’s your hidden talent?

Creativity, especially when I’m writing YA. The story ideas just come to me.

What is your dream vacation?

Anywhere with a beach. I’d love to go to a private beach resort and be pampered for a month while I write. Now that would be a dream vacation.

Contact Information:

Author Name: Lexi Witcher

Blog: lexiwitcher.wordpress.com

Twitter: @Lexi_Witcher

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/LexiWitcher

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/LexiWitcher

Book Links:

Bittersweet Sixteen http://amzn.com/B00IFVYCMS

A Woman of Many Talents: Blogger, Cover Designer and Author, Ginny Gallagher, Stops by the Blog Fest

I “met” Ginny Gallagher when I first started looking for Book Bloggers to help me promote my book. She was willing to help me and I was thankful for her honest review of both of my books. Ginny is one of those bloggers that you know puts her heart into what she does, keeps her word and is a true champion of Indie Authors. She is a Book Blogger, Graphic/Book Cover Designer and still finds time to write. It seems fitting that she is our Blogger of the Month for our Blog Fest!

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Blogger Questions

What made you wake up and say, “I’m going to blog about books!”

I read a lot of books and I found myself not being able to keep track of those favorite quotes or remember if I even liked the book or not. So I started a blog without knowing there was even a thing called book blogs. I just wanted a place to journal my reads.

What genre do you enjoy reviewing the most?

Honestly, it depends on my mood. I most enjoy reviewing books that I love. The hardest books for me to review are the middle of the road books that I didn’t love but I didn’t hate either. It’s sometimes hard to put your finger on exactly what didn’t work for you as the reader.

Is there a genre you haven’t reviewed yet, but want to?

I don’t think so. The only books I don’t review are horror and erotica and those are two genres that I don’t intend on reading.

What hosting site do you use? Blogger, WordPress, other?

Self-hosted WordPress

Are their other Bloggers that you follow?

That’s a tough one because I follow A LOT of blogs. I love blogs. I follow book blogs, design blogs, food blogs, craft blogs, and coupon blogs. You get the idea. I love blogs! I have a Pinterest board for some of the book blogs I follow and I try to add to it as I find other great blogs to follow.

How much time does it take you to get one blog post up? Tell us your process.

Oh no! I’m embarrassed to say that it takes me about two hours to get a review post ready to post. I am anal and I agonize over the review. I don’t want to offend anyone but at the same time I am committed to being 100% honest in my reviews. Sometimes it takes a lot of adding and subtracting of words to find the right balance and not give any of the story away.

I usually get all my basic information set up (book cover, blurb, book links, author information, etc.), take a short break, and then go back and work on my review for about an hour. I really wish I could shorten the time it takes me to write a review. I’m working on it but haven’t found the special potion yet. 🙂

Do you listen to music while you’re blogging? If so, who do you listen to?

Most of the time I keep things quite. I get distracted easily so silence is usually my friend. If I’m just doing formatting or something that doesn’t require too much brain power I turn on Spotify and it’s usually set to 80’s music channel or movie soundtracks. LOL. I am not a loyal music fan. I flip flop all over the place. It drives my husband crazy.

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When you’re not being an amazing Blogger, what do you for fun?

Take a nap. 🙂 Really…I love naps. I guess it goes without saying that I also love to read. Outside of naps and reading I enjoy sewing, arts & crafts, watching TV, and just being lazy. Having a lazy day is totally FUN!

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your blog?

Attending UtopYA2014! It was awesome! You can read my post about it here. http://ginsbooknotes.com/no-fear-utopya2014-book-convention/

Who created your cute logo?

That would be me (blushing). I love designing. It took me a couple of tries to get something that I really felt captured my personality and blog. I am really happy with how it turned out. Thanks for the cute compliment. 🙂

When did you realize that your blog was a full-time job?

When I was staying up until 2 am to finish a post, reply to emails, and schedule social media posts for the next day. I am still working on balancing everything and not letting it be a 24 hour a day job but I think realizing that you are only one person helps.

You’re also a writer; do you want to tell us what you’re working on?

Eeep…I’m still not used to being referred to as a writer. I’m working on a romantic suspense with a touch of paranormal and a big dose of mystery. It will be a clean romance because that’s what I’m comfortable with and I’m sure readers don’t want to read my juvenile words for body parts. I’m hoping to be able to hit that publish button in Feb. 2015. My Facebook author page is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Ginny-Gallagher/880340855311888. I would love for everyone to stop by and give it a like.

Will you be enlisting other Book Bloggers to help you market your book in the future?

Ummm….yes! I will be begging and pleading just like everyone else. I know it is hard to get your book “out there” and I know that everyone has limited time to share and help promote. I hope to have a product that everyone will be proud to share and talk about (fingers crossed and prayers being said).

Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?

Dead guy – Nathaniel Hawthorne. I love his stories. Young Goodman Brown is my favorite.

What about a book turns you away?

Overly graphic sex or/and violence earns an instant do not read from me. I don’t have a problem with other people reading and enjoying it. It’s just not something I like.

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it? How does this work if you’ve promised a review on your blog?

Sometimes I continue on and find that I was just in a mood and the book turns out to be one of my favorites but if I just know that it isn’t going to work out I will go ahead and cut my ties. I also try not to promise reviews. Sometimes books that you think will be a good fit for you and your blog end up not being what you expected. In cases like that I just contact the author and let them know.

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

Oh, I read around. I’m totally skanky like that. 🙂  There are too many books in the bookstores for me to settle down with just one.

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

Both. But I do tend to read more on my ereader.

Random Questions

Favorite movie?

Completely mood based but if I could only pick one to watch for months on end it would be Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow.

Favorite TV show?

Currently I’m Netflixing my way through Heart of Dixie. But I also love Sleepy Hollow and can’t wait for The Originals to come back on. Oh, how I miss my vamps.

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

This is hard. Let’s go with Pot Roast that way I still get meat and several different vegetables.

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

Lemon meringue pie for dessert and I love Twizzlers.

What’s your hidden talent?

Bahaha…. as if I would ever hide a talent..haha. No way! My motto is: “This little light of mine. I’m gonna let it shine.”

What is your dream vacation?

No laundry, no meals to cook, no chores, and a month with no bills.

Contact Information:

Blog: http://ginsbooknotes.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GinsBookNotes

Twitter https://twitter.com/@ginsbooknotes

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7068334-ginny-gin-s-book-notes

Pinterest: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7068334-ginny-gin-s-book-notes

Author Racquel Kechagias is on Fire for YA Fantasy

Hey everyone! I’m so thrilled to be kicking of the Paranormal/Horror Blog Fest with Author Racquel Kechagias.

 

Born in March 1991 in Sydney, Australia, Racquel Kechagias spent most of her childhood reading adventure and fantasy books, while exploring the inner creativity of her mind through her interactions with other children and story-telling. After graduating high school, she entered university to study her Bachelor of Arts where she is majoring in English and Education. She has a deep love for books, chocolate, Supernatural, Marvel movies, anti-heros and villains. She would prefer to have Loki over Thor any day of the week.

Racquel is giving away TWO ebook sets of The Fire of the Soul series. Enter here:

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Author Questions

When did you realize you wanted to be an author?

I realized that I wanted to be an author when I was in my late years of high school around 2006-2008. It was when we were requested to do a creative piece of writing that I realized that I had the potential of turning a school project into something more.

In what genre do you write?

The majority of what I’ve written so far has been YA Fantasy as that is my preferred genre to write in. However, I have also released a collection of poetry.

Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to?

Yes, I would like to one day try my hand at a thriller or horror genre story. I think a major reason behind that is because I’m a huge Stephan King fan.

 What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen?

It’s a little bit of everything I guess. A lot of it is computer based but I do have a lot of resources that I use that aren’t on the computer either i.e. Character flashcards. Although this may be a little unorthodox when planning a new book or series I start by compiling a playlist. That playlist helps me to keep the same theme, style and mood throughout my process of writing. Most of my outline is done by computer, or through my phone/iPad. I like to back it all up through google drive so I can access it wherever I go. I outline in dot points, elaborating on the major or more complex plot lines. I do both well before I start writing a new book or series as it helps me to stay focused and helps avoid ‘writers block’ 90% of the time.

Who are you writing inspirations, famous or not?

That’s a hard one. There is so many people that are inspirations for me but I’ll only name two to save time. As I mentioned earlier Stephan King is a big one but I’m also inspired by Rachelle Mead as well, every time I read a new book of hers or return to one of my favorites (of hers) I’m left with that same feeling that I got the first time I read the book and that’s something I’ve always wanted to do and now aim to do.

How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)?

For this series ‘The Fire of the Soul’ there wasn’t much research that I had to do. As the story is set in a parallel world not much of what makes sense in our world relates in there but despite that fact there was still some research that had to be done, mainly it was spent on weapons and naming characters especially the ‘Immortals’ in my series as they are based off of ancient gods (greek, roman, celtic etc).

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to?

Definitely. As I mentioned before I create playlists before I even start writing to get that style and mood that I want for the book/series. One of my favorites to listen to is ‘Two Steps from Hell’. Their music doesn’t have lyrics but it’s all instrumental and is simply amazing. Besides them my taste in music is all over the place. I go from classic rock (Foreigner, ACDC, Bob Seger, Metallica) to more modern rock (Muse, Avenged Sevenfold, The Cab, Evanescence, Linkin Park, Matchbox 20, Maroon 5, Paramore), Movie Scores (I particularly like the Transformers and Dark Knight albums) and I’ve even got some Jazz/Blues in there (I put a spell on you by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins).

When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun?

Haha besides reading? There’s not much time for fun between work, school and writing but in those precious moments where I do get some free time I’m either chilling before the T.V. screen catching up on my favorite shows or at the mall, do some shopping.

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career?

The most exciting experience for me since starting on this crazy ride is being able to meet other authors and some of the amazing readers who have read what I’ve written.

The Fire Within (brighter) 

Who created your amazing cover art?

I tried to work with a few people to make my cover art but every time I just wasn’t satisfied. So I decided to learn how to do it myself lol!

Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel.

My current WIP is ‘The Eternal Flame’ the third book in my series ‘The Fire of the Soul’. It basically picks up a week after the events of ‘Last Ashes’ where the main villain Novak has returned from his imprisonment and raises his son Christian back from the dead. The novel follows Anna and her friends during the last leg of her trials and sees her eventual rise to destroy Novak, in a battle that will obliterate the world around her.

I won’t say if Anna is successful in destroying Novak or not but it’ll definitely be something to see. I’m actually really looking forward to publishing this in late January/early February. I don’t know if it will have a HEA/HFN ending but if it does it will have a twist that may or may not cause a riot lol.

 

Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?

Hands down it would be Richelle Mead. Why? Because what girl can’t resist the charms of Adrian Ivashkov? But also because she is one of my favorite authors of all time and I kind of geek-out every time I read one of her books.

Hands down, what is your favorite book of all time and why?

Oh that’s hard. Haha there’s so many and even if I name a series there would still be too many. It’s most likely a tossup between House by Frank E. Peretti & Ted Dekker and Phantom by Susan Kay. House is one of my favorites as it’s a great supernatural thriller about the true extent of humanity’s evil. The second because I’m a fan of The Phantom of the Opera and ‘Phantom’ is about the Phantom (named Eric in the novel) and his life from birth until death. For those who have seen the movie or better yet the musical you would know that there is a lot of mystery surrounding the Phantom’s life before the Opera and this book goes into great depth and sheds some light on to what exactly the Phantom/Eric actually experienced in his life.

What book would you like to see in film or do you believe that books should be left alone?

I love film adaptions of novels, they provide a gateway for interest in the books for those less inclinded to read and for those of us who have read the book before the movie, it shows us an interpretation of the stories we love. Yes, there are some that aren’t as great as the book i.e. ‘Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters (2014)’ and ‘The Host (2013)’ but there are some that go beyond expectation such as ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Catching Fire’ and the much-awaited ‘Mockinjay Pt 1’ as well as ‘The Maze Runner’ and ‘The Fault in our Stars’ to name a few.

The movie I’m most excited to see (that’s already in production) is the Mockinjay movies. I mean who isn’t excited to see it?! But as for what isn’t made into movies I think I would like to see Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel ‘The Sandman’ done as a TV series. I think it would be too long of a series to be done as a movie but it would definitely be interesting to see.

Last Ashes (Final Draft)

 

As a reader, what about a book turns you away?

I think what turns me away most is if it’s slow to begin or if it’s too predictable. I feel that a book should pique your interest from the first few pages.

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it?

I’m usually a trooper and push through. I rarely find that I can’t finish a book but there are times when it happens.

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

I do like to read around but I tend to stay away from anything in the romance/erotica genres. I don’t mind if there’s some romance thrown in with a different genre but I don’t stay interested in it for too long if it’s by itself.

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

Both. If it’s a traditionally published book then I prefer a paperback but as I’ve begun reading indie books as well (in a sense to give back and to help out others) so I usually get them as e-books.

 

Random Questions

Favorite movie?

There’s far too many to name them all. I enjoy watching anything with Jim Carey in it (but especially Bruce Almighty, The Cable Guy), Easy A, The Underworld Series (But not #2) and The Hunger Game movies.

Favorite TV show?

There’s far too many to name them all. To name a few though there is Supernatural!!!, Haven, American Horror Story (That clown looks scary as hell, did I mention I have a fear of clowns?!), The Strain, Hart of Dixie, Hannibal!!!, The Big Bang Theory, Once Upon a Time, Beauty and the Beast, Game of Thrones and Grimm.

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Haha I don’t know, maybe Shepherd’s Pie but eventually I would get sick of it.

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

Any type of pie or tart, though I prefer apple or pecan pie and custard tarts.


What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

I think that may be Lady Antebellum, Tyrone Wells or The Cab.


What’s your hidden talent?

My hidden talent is good at hiding that even I don’t know what it is lol.


What is your dream vacation?

My dream vacation would be somewhere out in the woods in a cottage or a cabin.


Contact Information:

Author Name: Racquel Kechagias

Blog: www.rkechagias.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RLKechagias

Twitter: https://twitter.com/R_L_Kechagias

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/Rkechagias

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/rkechagias/

Book Links: http://www.amazon.com/Racquel-Kechagias/e/B00B0OM3FU (Amazon Author Page) 

Horror Author and Award Winning Book Blogger Toni Lesatz is taking over the Literary World!

When I was first beginning my Indie Author career, I knew that I needed someone to help me promote my book and myself. To be honest, I had no idea where to start. I mean, how did you promote yourself? Who did you turn to for such a task? I can’t remember where I’d read about, but someone, somewhere told met to utilize Book Bloggers.

I just started contacting bloggers, praying they’d be interested. It was amazing to me how many of them were willing to read a book from someone they’d never heard of! One of those amazing human beings was none other than UtopYA’s 2014 Best Blogger of the Year, Toni Lesatz.

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Toni Lesatz is a wife, mother, author, blogger, gamer and lover of the culinary arts. Her short stories, Ashes to Ashes and Dead World, are both being published in fall 2014. She is currently writing her debut dark fantasy novel, which she hopes to have in reader’s hands by spring 2015.

Toni’s book blog, My Book Addiction, won the UtopYA Blog of the Year award in 2014. She enjoys promoting authors, and has recently taken on the role of Editorial Director for the Book Hub side of Indie-Visible: Literary Justice For All. If she’s not curled up with a book and a cup of coffee, you’ll find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.

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Toni takes what she does seriously (for her serious face see above photo) and puts her heart into it. I can’t express how thankful that she is a true promoter of artists like me. Did I mention that Toni is also an author? Her first published works can be found in two upcoming anthologies.

Toni

Happy Little Horrors: Freak Show will be coming out October 4th and is published by MD 20/20 (Monique Happy and David Rueblin). Toni’s story is called Ashes to Ashes (Horror). The icing on the cake is that Toni plans to continue writing it into a full length novel very, very soon!

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After Tomorrow Anthology will be coming December 10th and is published by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing, edited by Author Samantha Ketteman. The cover reveal will be sometime in mid to late October. Toni’s story is called Dead World (Post-apoc). This will also be adapted into a full length novel!

Blogger Questions

What made you wake up and say, “I’m going to blog about books!”

– I’ve always been a blogger; I’ve just changed what I blog about throughout the years. I’m pretty certain this is my bloggy calling, though. J

What genre do you enjoy reviewing the most?

– Hmm, that’s a tough question. I’m not sure I have an answer for it. I love reading and reviewing all different genres, and I try to mix things up a lot so I don’t get burned out on one genre. One of my favorites is horror, so I’ll go with that for now.

Is there a genre you haven’t reviewed yet, but want to?

– Nope. Everything I enjoy reading, I’ve reviewed as well.

What hosting site do you use? Blogger, WordPress, other?

– My domain is my own, hosted through an actual hosting company. I have WordPress installed, which I use to publish my posts, but I don’t have a Blogger or WordPress blog.

Are their other Bloggers that you follow?

– Oh, for sure! I follow a lot of blogs on Bloglovin’. Book blogs are where I learn about books I haven’t heard about yet. There are so many books released into the literary wild every week, it’s impossible to keep up with all of them on your own.

How much time does it take you to get one blog post up? Tell us your process.

– It depends on the type of post. If it’s a book blast or another type of promo post, it takes me no more than 10 minutes. If it’s a review, it all depends on how long it takes me to get my feelings out. Some books are easier to review than others.

Do you listen to music while you’re blogging? If so, who do you listen to?

– Not usually. I sometimes have the TV on in the background, but just as when I am writing (books) I prefer silence.

When you’re not being an amazing Blogger, what do you for fun?

– I’m pretty boring on the fun front. I read, write, play with my kids, and play video games. My favorite video games generally involve killing zombies!

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your blog?

– Going to UtopYA! Not only was I on a blogging panel, but I also won Best Blog and Best Blogger of 2014!

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Who created your cute logo?

– Dooni Designs created my logo. My designer had to ask permission to use it in exchange for an ad for Dooni Designs on my sidebar. I love it because anyone can have items made with my little zombie girl on it!

When you first started your blog did you think it would become this big?

– I didn’t. I’ve had successful blogs before, but nothing close to this. I’m so grateful to all of book loving peers out there that have helped to make it a success.

When did you realize that your blog was a full-time job?

– It didn’t take long; maybe a few months.  

You’re also a writer; do you want to tell us what you’re working on?

– I’m working on about six different books. Some are still just ideas floating around in my head screaming to get out, and it’s getting difficult to keep them at bay. My current WIP is a YA dark fantasy novel about a teenage necromancer.

Will you be enlisting other Book Bloggers to help you market your book in the future?

For sure! I’m super grateful that I have such an awesome community of book blogging and authors friends that are willing to support each other.

I’m also the editorial director on the Book Hub side of an Indie author site called Indie-Visible: Literary Justice For All. We’re hoping to launch it on November 1st. I’ve assembled an awesome team of the most badass book bloggers to help promote Indie authors. There will also be a PubHub side, which will offer services from editing and formatting to premium book covers and educational services to help raise the standards and visibility of Indie authors.

Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?

– I fangirl over tons of authors. I spent a great deal of time fangirling at UtopYA.

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Hands down, what is your favorite book of all time and why?

– There’s no way I could ever pick one book. I do make lists of my favorites every year, though. In fact this year I started a Pinterest board of my 2014 favorites.

What book would you like to see in film or do you believe that books should be left alone?

– I would LOVE to see Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon turned into a movie.

What about a book turns you away?

– Awkward pacing, poor grammar, characters that I can’t relate to, and situations that are completely unbelievable.

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it? How does this work if you’ve promised a review on your blog?

– First, I don’t guarantee reviews. That fact is stated in my review policy. If I can’t finish a book, I generally won’t write a review – unless I feel like it’s really important for other readers to know why I couldn’t finish it.

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

– I’m a bonafide book whore 😉

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

– I prefer to read ebooks. I don’t like anyone (including myself) touching my paperbacks.

 

Random Questions

Favorite movie?

– Shaun of the Dead

Favorite TV show?

– A lot! The Walking Dead, Supernatural, and Hemlock Grove to name a few.

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

– Shrimp and pasta

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

– Crème Brulee

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

– Ben Lee, Coldplay, Incubus, Dashboard Confessional, Paul Oakenfold, Matthew West

What’s your hidden talent?

– Procrastinating

What is your dream vacation?

– I would love to hop in a decked-out RV with my husband and travel everywhere the road leads us.

Toni UtopYA

 

Contact Information:

Blog: My Book Addiction http://mybookaddiction.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tonibookaddict

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Toni_BookAddict

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/13706669-toni-my-book-addiction

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mybookaddiction/