Interview with Katie Holland

Thank god it is Sunday. My work weekend is almost over. Even though I am sitting at work bored out of my mind I got a special treat for you all to enjoy. Today I am sitting down with Katie Holland for her very own interview. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Happy reading everyone :).

Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m married to a wonderful, hardworking man. Daughter of fantastic parents. As well as a sister, cousin, step-mom, grandma and dog mom. I love being outside but hate bugs. Popcorn is my favorite snack and I never say no to chocolate!

What genre do you write in? Why?

I write Young Adult Fantasy and Paranormal as well as Contemporary, New Adult and Paranormal Romance. I all have a children’s book in the works.

What inspired you to become an author?

I’ve loved writing since I was a kid and I was encouraged by my family to try a novel.

How did you come up with the story within your books? What inspired your creativity?

I honestly don’t know where a lot of it comes from. I just sit down at my laptop and see what happens. But a lot of my characters are inspired by real people.

Who inspires you to write in your normal day life?

My mom is my main source of inspiration, but my whole (and extended) family also encourages me.

What authors inspired you to write your own book?

Abbi Glines is the main one. Then I learned about the Indue author community and that was a huge inspiration.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years as a writer?

Hopefully making living as a full time writer.

Are you Indie Published or Traditional? Why did you choose this route?

A little bit of both. I started out with self publishing and then found Kingston Publishing Company which is a small publisher.

What should we expect from you in the coming months?

I am going to finish the final book of my Nykara series. As well as the second book in my Bay State University series. And hopefully a children’s book.

What is the one thing you want to say to your readers?

Thank you, thank you, thank you! You’ll never know what it means to me that anyone loves my work.


The Author

Web Resolution Headshots-4Author of Young Adult and Romance books. If Katie’s not writing you can find her reading, cooking or baking for her family. Her love of writing goes back to elementary school and her love of books goes back even farther than that. She takes inspiration from the everyday and lets her imagination take over. She loves seeing new places and enjoying what nature has to offer.

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The Book

NYKARANykara is the first novel in a thrilling young adult fantasy series.

For sixteen-year-old Alix, life was simple in her small town. However, that all changed the moment a mysterious boy moves into her town. Alix begins to discover strange occurrences all around her. Only, she quickly learns the magic she once believed to be fiction, may be more real than she ever could have imagined.

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Author Interview with Cassandra Jones

Hard to believe it is the last Tuesday of August already. Just in a blink it will be Christmas followed by a New Year. Anyway enough reminiscing…today I am sitting down with Crime Fiction Author Cassandra Jones. Hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as I did. Happy reading everyone :).

The Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am from a small town in West Virginia. I enjoy writing, reading, drawing a d working on the family history.

What genre do you write in? Why?
Mostly crime fiction. I love anything to do with crime! I also write horror, poetry, romance, and children’s.

What does your daily life look like? What do you wish it was like?
Right now I am usually at home doing lots of writing and looking for a job. I wish there were places here to get out and have fun. It’s a very small country town.

Do you have any strange quarks you do while you write a book?
I tend to make playlists for everything I write, even my poetry.

What is your writing process like?
I will start an outline, but after getting names and a plot, I tend to just write. I take notes and add things as I go.

What authors inspired you to write your own book?
Karen Young, Stephen King, and James Patterson

When you write your books do you go straight for pencil and paper or a computer? Why?
Usually pencil and paper. Right now I write on my phone so it seems to be easier. Plus I am an old fashioned kind of girl!

Who is your biggest support system in your life?
My best friend Selena.

Who are your top three favorite authors?
Karen Young, Elle James, and Delores Fossen

What is the one thing you want to say to your readers?
I hope I can inspire you with my writing. Never give up on your dreams and keep moving forward!


The Author

FB_IMG_1564892268247Cassandra Jones was born in Fairmont,WV and raised in the small town of Four States,WV. (Yes, that’s a real place!) She has loved to read since she was very young. At the age of thirteen she decided she wanted to try writing her own story. After taking Creative Writing and Journalism in high school, she began to love writing even more. She has won first place in two poetry contests and third place in a writing contest. Cassandra attended her first writer’s workshop in 2015 and another one October 21,2017. When not writing, she can usually be found with my nose in a book.

She enjoys working on the family history and learning new things. She also loves to spend time with family and friends. She has the best time at her book group called The Lunchtime Book Discussion Group that meets at her local library once a month.

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The Book

HEART TO HEARTWe’re often told love speaks from the heart
Join these eleven authors as they bring you
stories of couples who’s hearts speak to each other.

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Author Interview with Fantasy Author Richard H. Stephens

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you have a great day to start off your weekend. Today I am sitting down with Fantasy author Richard H. Stephens. We are going to get to know him and his books. So hang for the ride and lets get things going…

The Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I started writing when I was 9. I began writing Soul Forge, my first epic fantasy story when I was 17, but never published it until I was 53.

What genre do you write in? Why?

I write epic fantasy because that is the genre I enjoy reading most. I love the freedom it gives you and the scope of imagination you can use to create eclectic characters, fantastical creatures and wondrous landscapes.

What does your daily life look like? What do you wish it was like?

I get up around 6am and check in on social media while I have a coffee and breakfast. Afterward, I will then fill out any outstanding interviews such as this one and follow that by editing the words I wrote yesterday. When the edits are done, I will go for a walk before settling into the day’s writing. I’m not a fast writer, so I generally strive for 2,000 words a day average. Some days I get over 3,000 while others I manage only 500 or so.

Tell us about your latest release?

Reecah’s Gift, is the second book in my epic fantasy dragon series, Legends of the Lurker. In book 2, we see the main character, Reecah, come into her own, acknowledging her heritage and striving to improve herself so that she may take on the high king in a desperate attempt to save dragonkind from extinction.

What is your writing process like?

Plot? What’s a plot? I’m what some call a pantser. I have the main character put one foot in front of the other and we discover their world and their story together. I must say, I am just as surprised as my characters when something untoward happens.

Do you have any strange quarks you do while you write a book?

Not really. I am a pretty simple person. I enjoy eating PEZ candy while writing, if that counts.

What authors inspired you to write your own book?

Terry Brooks and Stephen R. Donaldson. Their worlds and characters are absolutely amazing.

Who is your biggest support system in your life?

My wife, Caroline. She doesn’t even like fantasy and yet she is the first one to read the first draft, helping me improve it and she is the last one to read the final draft, weeding out those relentless, soul sucking typos that always find a way through to the finished product.

What are you reading right now?

Archmage by R.A. Salvatore, and Transformation Protocol by Canadian science fiction author, David M. Kelly,

What should we expect from you in the coming months?
Reecah’s Legacy, book 3 in the trilogy is already several chapters in and is scheduled for release mid-December. After that, I already have 5 more books on tap that I hope to complete by the end of 2020.


The Author

AUTHORPICRichard began writing circa 1974, a bored child looking for something to do. ​As his reading horizons broadened, so did his writing.
A trip to a local bookstore saw the proprietor introduce him to Terry Brooks and Stephen R. Donaldson. His writing life was forever changed.
He worked in a warehouse for 22 years, supporting his family, before re-attending school to complete his education. Graduating with honours, he joined the local Police Service.
In 2017, he resigned from the Police Service to pursue writing full-time. With the support of his family, he has finally realized his boyhood dream.

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The Book

STEPHENS_2018_REECAHSFLIGHT_EBOOKAn epic fantasy, dragon series.

A young girl dreams of flying. Encouraged by her grandfather to follow her heart, Reecah grows up to form a forbidden relationship with a baby dragon.

Secretly opposing the mandate of her people, Reecah tests the boundaries of unconditional love as she and her enchanting accomplice battle the discriminating laws governing the land.

Together they confront the king’s men in a desperate attempt to save the dragons from extinction.

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Author Interview: Debbie Manber Kupfer

It’s another hump day treat here on my blog. Today I am featuring Debbie Manber Kupfer in her own author interview. Stop by and check it out to get to know this amazing fantasy author.

The Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a writer, puzzle maker, editor, tea drinker and cat lover. I grew up in London and lived in Israel, North Carolina and New York before somehow ending up in St. Louis. I believe that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can do anything.

What genre do you write in? Why?

Fantasy that takes place (mostly) in our world. Because I love to dream of magic, but when I do I kind of want to believe that it’s out there somewhere hidden in our world if you know where to find it.

What does your daily life look like? What do you wish it was like?

I get up in the morning and make tea, then I open my WIP and either write or edit. I make myself do this each day before I go on the internet. The internet and in particular Facebook is my biggest timesuck and in order to get work done I have to turn it off.
After I’ve completed my requisite words for the day I go on to editing for clients and writing my puzzles for Penny Press. Sometimes I take the puzzle work out to a local cafe or fast food place for the same reason as I write without the internet in the mornings. Out of the house I’m away from distractions and puzzles work better on paper than at my computer.

Tell us about your latest release?

COTULA is book 5 of my P.A.W.S. Saga. It continues the story arc that started in the previous book, LONDINIUM. A young girl, Rifka has been kidnapped and held by magic by an insidious werewolf. In the last book she received a magical stone from an old animagus camel, Shirley, in London Zoo.
This special stone is called a cotula and comes from an old witch in a faraway village. The witch Grisela is the keeper of the stones and she sends a number out into the world. When all the stones come together only then will Rifka be released.

How did you come up with the story within your book? What inspired your creativity?

The story kind of evolved as I was writing it as truly this whole series has. When I’m not writing fiction I write puzzles for magazines and this particular book is the most like a big puzzle of any of my books. All of the pieces have to come together for the story to be told.

Tell us about your main character in your book. What makes them unique?

I would guess that Rifka is the main character of this particular episode of the P.A.W.S. Saga, though all the books are pulled together by the cat shifter, Miri Katz.
Rifka comes from a sheltered background as she grew up in her family’s compound in Safed and never ventured much out of it until the day she was kidnapped. Though her family has magic, Rifka has yet to find hers. Yet she is filled with compassion for others and finds it hard to hate anyone even her captor. Many have hinted that Rifka would make an excellent healer and maybe this is her destiny.

What is your writing process like?

I’ve written most of my first drafts during NaNoWriMo or Camp NaNo months. I spew out the words over the course of weeks and generally believe that everything I write is crap. But I keep going until I reach the end of my story and resist the urge to edit as I go along. Then I put my manuscript down for a few weeks and work on something else (editing for my clients and puzzles usually). Then when I come back to my manuscript to edit I do so with fresh eyes and usually I discover that it’s not half as bad as I thought it was. I self-edit a few times until I’m satisfied and then send it off to my beta readers. I currently have four betas who are awesome and are not scared to tell me when stuff doesn’t work. After I get back my story from my betas I edit again responding to their suggestions. Then my book goes to my editor, Rebecca Jaycox. After her edits I edit again and then format the book and send up for a proof copy. I proofread on paper (I catch more that way) and then finally after all that I publish and then start all over again.

Who is your biggest support system in your life?

Not one, but a bunch of people, my beta readers, my editor, my family (including my kitties) and some wonderful FB groups, Dragon’s Rocketship, YA Author Rendezvous and AAYAA. It truly takes a village to write a book.

Are you Indie Published or Traditional? Why did you choose this route?

I began my publishing journey with a small traditional publisher that has since gone out of business. Today I self-publish with Amazon’s KDP and I love the control it gives me and honestly would only go back to trad if it’s with the big boys.

What should we expect from you in the coming months?

Cotula comes out August 6th and I’m already writing book 6, Jhara which all being well will be out in 2020. In addition I’m attending two events as a signing author and panelist in the fall: Penned Con in St. Louis on Sept 13/14 and Archon in Collinsville on Oct 4-6. Sooo … if anyone is going to be at either of these events feel free to stop by and say hi.


The Author

debsprofileDebbie Manber Kupfer grew up in the London. She has lived in Israel, New York and North Carolina and somehow ended up in St. Louis, where she works as a writer, editor, and a freelance puzzle constructor of word puzzles and logic problems. She lives with her husband, two children, and a very opinionated feline. She is the author of the young adult fantasy series, P.A.W.S. which features a secret institute of shapeshifters hidden deep beneath the Jewel Box in Forest Park, St. Louis. In addition she has stories in several anthologies including Fauxpocalypse, Stardust, Always, Winter Wishes, Sins of The Past and Sins of the Future and is the editor of the Sins of Time anthology series. She has also published a book of puzzles, Paws 4 Logic, with her son Joey. She believes that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything!

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The Book

CotulaFollow the Cotula. The stone will show you the way.
Rifka is lost, far away from home. Kidnapped by an insidious werewolf. 
Far off in Manus Wu, a plan is set in place. An Old One sends colutae out into the world. These stones when brought together have the power to release Rifka. Yet does she truly want to go home? 
Meet an empathic goat, a family of otters, a girl who loves to draw fairies, and a dragon in this new installment of the P.A.W.S. Saga.

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Author Interview: C.J. Rose

Today I have a special treat. I am featuring fantasy/cookbook author C.J. Rose. Below you will find out some fun information about her and get to check out cook book. The awesome thing about this cook book is you can snatch it up for FREE on Kindle Unlimited. So, sit back and join the party. Lets get into this…

The Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I like the smell of cigars. Lol Other than that I am pretty boring.

What genre do you write in? Why?

I write fantasy fiction because I feel that everyone who reads a genre like this has the ability to get lost in a world that one could only dream of.

If you could change one thing about your life what would it be and why?


Funny enough, I don’t think I could choose just one thing, but at this point I am grateful to be alive and that alone is worth waking up for.

What is your writing process like?

I am super sporadic when I write. I found that it is easier for me to write when I feel like it instead of forcing myself to do it at certain times for certain lengths.

How did you come up with the story within your book? What inspired your creativity?

I was never a lover of books growing up. It was not until I discovered Harry Potter in my later years that I realized why i didn’t. It was because I was reading the wrong things. One I started reading books similar to that, the ideas just started flowing. I used to write poetry and song lyrics in high school, but this was a new adventure for me.

Who inspires you to write in your normal day life?

My family and friends are my main motivation. They want to see me succeed and I do not want to disappoint them.

When you write your books do you go straight for pencil and paper or a computer? Why?

I do a little of both actually. If I am at a computer I will go there first, but if I am not, then I will pencil and paper it. I have even been known to use a napkin or two once in a while.

Who is your biggest support system in your life?

People of every outlet.

Who are your top three favorite authors?

Edgar Allen Poe, Jane Austen, William Shakespeare

What should we expect from you in the coming months?

I have a few things in the works actually. I will be releasing book 3 in the series in the next few months. I am revamping the companion cookbook, and working on a follow-up novella to the series.


The Author

I am RoseAnn Labriola, penning as C.J. Rose. C. J. Rose resides in Central Illinois; originally from just south of Chicago. The passion for writing took root in high school where she began writing song lyrics and poetry. C.J. found her inspiration from other fantasy and YA novels such as Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, and more. On top of literature, Rose has a keen love for all things nerdy and sci-fi. On a quiet night, you can find her curled up with an episode of Doctor Who, Arrow, Firefly, and more. C. J. also belongs to a theatre organization KVTA. The devotion to musicals and theatre has led her to be a part of over 10 shows as an actor, and over 20 as a staff person. I am a hairstylist, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. I have always loved writing, whether it was poems, song lyrics or stories. I decided it was time to sit down and put my thoughts to paper of a story concept I have played with for long time. In the process, it developed into the full-length version that I am proud to call my first published book, Bridge of the Gods – A Generation Son Chronicle. Now I have 3 novels in the series as well as a companion cookbook.

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The Book

51yCKJJxnUL*** THE ULTIMATE COMPANION COOKBOOK***
You will find some of yummiest recipes this side of the dimension. Each character, each book, each actor, and each staff member has a recipe dedicated to them. Each chapter is a different adventure, from soups and salads, to desserts and drinks. Dive into the BBQ lamb chops, or take a sip of the magic cocktail. Each one will entice your taste buds and bring you to a new world full of tastes and smells. Even those of us who do not like to cook will find something to enjoy.

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Author Interview: Tanya L. Harris

Welcome to another Friday. Have you grabbed your book to consume your weekend yet? If not I got the perfect book for you. Check out author Tanya L. Harris and her book Unbound. Nice thing about her series is that it is on KU so you can go easily grab it without issue. If you don’t have KU you can grab it for $2.99 on Amazon. But, not only do I have her book featured below but also a special interview. Sit down and get to know more about this new amazing author. Happy reading everyone :).

The Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I love building new and brilliant fantasy worlds while keeping these fantasy worlds anchored in the real world. It’s a touch of urban to hold the epicness together! By day I am an Accounting Manager, by 5pm I turn into a lacrosse coach and after dinner I am word slaying writer. I love to hang out with my family and friends and see as much of the world as I can.

What genre do you write in? Why?

I write in the fantasy genre simply because whatever I say, is truth! I can develop my characters and my worlds with the only limitation being my own imagination.

What inspired you to become an author?

I have had a story rolling around in my head for years. I would think about it at night in hopes of falling asleep and landing my dreamscape that world. After meeting several indie authors, I decided to put my dreamscape to paper.

Tell us about your latest release?

Awaken, Book Two of the Aldreash Series is the continuing story of Katie

Tell us about your main character in your book. What makes them unique?

Katie, is a strong independent female.

What is your writing process like?

A little bit of chaos, if I am honest. I write the

What should we expect from you in the coming months?

I am working hard on getting book 3 (yet titled) to a point for edit. I will also begin doing author events and appearances in and around the Denver, Colorado area.


The Author

2nd proflie imageTanya loves building new and brilliant fantasy worlds while keeping these worlds anchored in the real world. It’s a touch of urban to hold the epicness together!
She lives in Colorado with her husband and daughters. When she is not working as an accountant or writing her stories, she enjoys watching her daughters play sports and being outdoors, either hiking, boating, or just enjoying the fresh air. When time allows, she loves traveling with her family to new places.

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The Book

UNBOUNDTwelve remaining realms, an Evil bent on destroying them, and one unbeknownst woman with the power to stop it.
Magic, is not something Katie thinks about. She doesn’t even know it exists until it explodes out of her.
Now with her magic released, her entire existence, which has been kept secret even from her, has been revealed. She has become a target, hunted by monsters from other realms. To survive she must flee to a new world far beyond her imagination. There she is thrust into a world of secrets, magic, and ultimate power. All of which want to save her, control her or destroy her.
Beyond the halls of Alderash a growing threat, an evil so great that the realms are on high alert. The elven race is old, and many remember the last time the darkness began to consume the lands, destroying everything in its path. It is remembered the madness that consumed all. It is rising again. More powerful, more destructive.
Katie must learn the secrets that surround her and harness the magic within her or she will not be ready to fight the evil rising out of the darkness. If she can’t fight it, all will be lost.

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Author Interview: Jennifer Ann Schlag

It’s Thursday! The middle of the week is gone and I got another awesome featured today. I am featuring a good friend of mine from New York. Hope you will stop in and check out Jennifer Ann Sclag in her author interview.

The Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am from New York and, although it can be a rough place to live, I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Growing up around books and movies, I easily fell in love with storytelling from an early age. I wrote short stories throughout my childhood but wrote my first professional screenplay in 2002 (Goval: Parallel Destiny). After abandoning writing for a few years, I picked it back up and wrote the novel version to that screenplay, and that is when aspiring filmmaker became aspiring author. I am seriously addicted to YouTube and Netflix. It is often a distraction for my writing time. Sometimes people ask where I come up with my story ideas and I simply say I find inspiration from everything around me. Life is inspiration.

What genre do you write in? Why?

Dark fantasy/fantasy. Although I grew up watching sci-fi movies, fantasy movies have always been my favorite. Fantasy has a way of making you forget reality for a while, and we all need that. It transports you into another world and, for a moment, you believe in magic and that the impossible is possible.

What inspired you to become an author?

Watching movies and reading books. From there the passion for reading grew and the desire to write stories blossomed.

Tell us about your latest release?

Many who have travelled into the Veiled Haven have never returned, and those that do are forever changed. When opportunity arises for Talen to venture there with a spoiled prince, secrets are revealed about both of them which will change their position in life and what they mean to each other.

How did you come up with the story within your book? What inspired your creativity?

I saw a friend’s premade book cover for sale with a woman and dragon on the cover and instantly the story came to me.

Tell us about your main character in your book. What makes them unique?

Talen is a young woman who could always talk to animals, but mastering a talent such as talking to every animal in the world, even the sacred ones, is a skill only the Masters of the Veiled Haven can acquire. She often gets herself in trouble but manages to find a way out of it barely scarred or bruised.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years as a writer?

Writing more books. Hopefully very successful before those 5 years.

Who is your biggest support system in your life?

My facebook author friends.

Who are your top three favorite authors?

Stephen King, Jordan Frost, and Shakespeare.

What is the one thing you want to say to your readers?

Always keep a foot in the past, your heart in the present, and your mind in the future.


The Author

20160804_081937Jennifer Ann Schlag takes reality and smashes it into fantasy and lets things fall where they way. She finds inspiration from all things in life; the light and the dark are not to be feared. She has an infinite amount of love for animals, especially wolves. When not writing she can often be found reading about philosophy and science, taking sunset pictures, and playing video games. Her favorite movie of all time is The Princess Bride because she believes it gives you a little bit of everything–making it the perfect movie.

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The Book

H_eir-of-Dragmoore_ebProving her innocence will be the least of her problems
Talen plans to become a master trainer of animals and leave her farm life behind her. That is, until, her father is implicated in the death of a mother dragon and her infant. She finds the infant dragon alive and presents it to the king in hopes of her father being set free, only to be accused of harboring a magical beast—an offense punishable by imprisonment.
Prince Remy imagines that he is anyone but a prince who will be forced to marry and inherit the throne. Knowing he can’t have both his freedom and his father’s respect, he decides to leave behind the royal life. However, when opportunity arises for him to achieve what he desires, he accepts the challenge and stumbles upon a secret to his lineage that will change the entire kingdom.
Talen and Remy find themselves walking the same path. Leading them straight into The Veiled Haven, a place where intrigue, desire, and mayhem rule. They must find a way to navigate through the dark temptations that wait to prey upon them. Can they trust each other enough to survive the journey? Or will the temptations be too great that they succumb to the darkness within?

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Author Interview: Lana Campbell

Hey guys and gals, hope you’re having an awesome day. I know I am. Today I got a special treat for you all. I’m featuring PNR author Lana Campbell in her very own author interview. Hope you will take the time to get to know this awesome author. Check out what she has to say below.

The Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Lana Campbell is the author of the Forever and a Night vampire romance series. All of her books are psychological thrillers. They each have a Christian element, a feel good message and a romance so sweet and hot they’ll leave you breathless. She loves writing paranormal romance and is an avid reader of it too. From the time she was fourteen Lana always had a romance novel in her backpack and was reading it after school, at school, wherever she could find a few minutes to read. Reading enticed her to write. She wrote her first book in 1995, but never considered publishing anything until much later. She got serious about publishing in 2014 and book one, Forever and a Night came out in 2016. There are currently six more stand alone books in her series. Lana lives in Pea Ridge AR with her oldest daughter, Jessica and a cat named Jenna.

What inspired you to become an author?

I’d have to say my love of romance books. I was a reader for years and one day decided to try my hand at writing. That was 1994. I joined a great writers group in Springfield MO, Ozark Romance Authors and learned a great deal about writing. I didn’t publish until much later though.

If you could change one thing about your life what would it be and why?

There are a number of things I would change regarding decisions I’ve made. I guess the main thing would be to love and forgive unconditionally when I was younger and didn’t understand the value of doing so.

Tell us about your latest release?

It’s a time travel romance starring vampires. Parts of it are futuristic and parts are historical, set in medieval times. Here’s the blurb to give you an idea of who the players are:
For months Ariana Chauvenski has been dealing with strange, realistic dreams of a vampire she believes is her true life mate, Lord Bryce of Aragon, who exists in a time a thousand years removed from her own, twenty seventy-seven. While the dreams are deliciously intimate and sweet, they’ve left her bereft and exhausted. She’s desperate to understand these nightly dreams and shares her problem with a girlfriend who Googles Lord Bryce of Aragon and discovers a Hungarian Lord with that name lived over a thousand years ago. Ariana is shocked when she finds out Bryce was born in the very year he claimed in one of her dreams. She contacts one of his decedents and learns he owns an ancient castle in the Carpathian mountains where she knows Bryce once lived. It operates now as a bed and breakfast. Ariana makes immediate plans to travel there, hoping she can find answers to her troubling dreams.

Once Ariana arrives at the Aragon castle deep in the Carpathian mountains, she hunts for clues and finds a portrait of the man of her dreams along with a headboard that has a beautiful waterfall carved into it. Ariana thinks the headboard must have belonged to Bryce because in every one of Ariana’s dreams, she meets Bryce at a pristine waterfall in a forest. Could Bryce have had dreams of her too?

Ariana believes the waterfall is near the castle and goes to hunt for it, but she finds far more than she bargained for when she goes spelunking in a cave behind the fall. Within the cave is a time portal that takes her back to the year eleven ninety-two. There she meets her dream lover, Bryce, along with a feral vampire who attempts to kidnap her, but Bryce thwarts him. When Ariana realizes her savior is Bryce, she believes her prayers to find her life mate have been answered. Then reality sets in. Can she remain with Bryce in his time or will she wake up one day back in her own? She knows she and Bryce are destined to be life mates and Bryce knows this too. Both fear losing each other and to make matters worse the feral vampire who tried to abduct her is terrorizing Bryce’s people and wants Ariana for his life mate. Bryce, who is a feral hunter, appointed by the Empirical Vampire Tribunal, searches for the feral relentlessly and one night uses Ariana to bait him. Ariana, Bryce and his men chase the feral vampire into the cave behind the fall. Bryce and Ariana pass through the time portal and land in the year twenty seventy-seven. What they don’t know is if the feral vampire went through the time portal as well, but Bryce is determined to find him, be it in Ariana’s time or his own.

They also face the plaguing question: where in time will they live together? Ariana grieves over the prospect of never seeing her family again and Bryce fears he’ll never find a place in a world with flying cars, holographic computers and teleportation devices. Can there be a happily ever after for Ariana and Bryce or will time or perhaps a feral vampire end up separating them forever?

How did you come up with the story within your book? What inspired your creativity?

I’ve only published stories about vampires. My take on the vampire world is unlike any story I’ve read, many of my readers say, and they like the unique angle. My kids were into Twilight and although I liked the books I didn’t like the younger characters. I wanted to write older, more mature characters, so in my first book I made the heroine forty-two with three grown girls. The ages of my protagonists range from mid-twenties to vampires over two hundred years old. Most behave maturely but not all.

Tell us about your main character in your book. What makes them unique?

Currently I have eight books in my series published. They’re all unique, but the vampires in my books all suffer from a blood disease that requires them to have human blood two to three times a week. They evolved from humans due to this blood disease and are very human-like. Some readers who are not fans of paranormal have really enjoyed the stories and my take on vampires. Most of them get their blood from vampire blood banks and take it IV.

Do you have any strange quarks you do while you write a book?

Not really. I do however get up around two or three in the morning to write before I go to work. I love writing in the middle of the night. Maybe I’m part vampire.

Who are your top three favorite authors?

Nora Robers, Christine Feehan and Hemmingway

What should we expect from you in the coming months?

More in this series. Book nine is two to three months away. I’ve also written a novella paranormal series called, Mystery of the Alien Blood. The first book should be out in a couple of weeks.

What is the one thing you want to say to your readers?

Thank you for giving a new author a chance and buying my books! I will say most are hooked. I’ve got a pretty good following and most people who try my books always come back for more.


The Author

Lana Campbell LowResLana Campbell is the author of the Forever and a Night vampire romance series. All of her books are psychological thrillers. They each have a Christian element, a feel good message and a romance so sweet and hot they’ll leave you breathless. She loves writing paranormal romance and is an avid reader of it too. From the time she was fourteen Lana always had a romance novel in her backpack and was reading it after school, at school, wherever she could find a few minutes to read. Reading enticed her to write. She wrote her first book in 1995, but never considered publishing anything until much later. She got serious about publishing in 2014 and book one, Forever and a Night came out in 2016. There are currently six more stand alone books in her series. Lana lives in Pea Ridge AR with her oldest daughter, Jessica and a cat named Jenna. If she’s not writing you can probably find her at the nearest lake.

So what do I write?

Christian paranormal romance psychological thrillers. Quite a combination, huh? Well, my vampires are most unique. I can almost promise you won’t find them typical. Some are famous billionaires, a few are OB/GYN’s for vampires. I’ve also got a computer geek, a interior decorator and oh, last but not least a thief of drugs.
Each story has bigger than life heroes and heroines and you won’t be able to help getting invested in their lives and all their drama. There’s always a villain you’ll love to hate who will stop an nothing to destroy the MC’s lives and love.

All stories have a message of redemption in them, leaving you feeling good after the drama-drenched rollercoaster ride of danger and disasters for the hero and heroine.

You’ll get no cliffhangers with my stories. All stand alone and all have happily every afters.

If you’re looking to sink into a story that will sweep you away and leave you hungry for more, try the books in my Forever and a Night series. You’ll be glad you did.

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The Book

Dreams Through TimeFor months Ariana Chauvenski has been dealing with strange, realistic dreams of a vampire she believes is her true life mate, Lord Bryce of Aragon, who exists in a time a thousand years removed from her own, twenty seventy-seven. While the dreams are deliciously intimate and sweet, they’ve left her bereft and exhausted. She’s desperate to understand these nightly dreams and shares her problem with a girlfriend who Googles Lord Bryce of Aragon and discovers a Hungarian Lord with that name lived over a thousand years ago. Ariana is shocked when she finds out Bryce was born in the very year he claimed in one of her dreams. She contacts one of his decedents and learns he owns an ancient castle in the Carpathian mountains where she knows Bryce once lived. It operates now as a bed and breakfast. Ariana makes immediate plans to travel there, hoping she can find answers to her troubling dreams.

Once Ariana arrives at the Aragon castle deep in the Carpathian mountains, she hunts for clues and finds a portrait of the man of her dreams along with a headboard that has a beautiful waterfall carved into it. Ariana thinks the headboard must have belonged to Bryce because in every one of Ariana’s dreams, she meets Bryce at a pristine waterfall in a forest. Could Bryce have had dreams of her too?

Ariana believes the waterfall is near the castle and goes to hunt for it, but she finds far more than she bargained for when she goes spelunking in a cave behind the fall. Within the cave is a time portal that takes her back to the year eleven ninety-two. There she meets her dream lover, Bryce, along with a feral vampire who attempts to kidnap her, but Bryce thwarts him. When Ariana realizes her savior is Bryce, she believes her prayers to find her life mate have been answered. Then reality sets in. Can she remain with Bryce in his time or will she wake up one day back in her own? She knows she and Bryce are destined to be life mates and Bryce knows this too. Both fear losing each other and to make matters worse the feral vampire who tried to abduct her is terrorizing Bryce’s people and wants Ariana for his life mate. Bryce, who is a feral hunter, appointed by the Empirical Vampire Tribunal, searches for the feral relentlessly and one night uses Ariana to bait him. Ariana, Bryce and his men chase the feral vampire into the cave behind the fall. Bryce and Ariana pass through the time portal and land in the year twenty seventy-seven. What they don’t know is if the feral vampire went through the time portal as well, but Bryce is determined to find him, be it in Ariana’s time or his own.

They also face the plaguing question: where in time will they live together? Ariana grieves over the prospect of never seeing her family again and Bryce fears he’ll never find a place in a world with flying cars, holographic computers and teleportation devices. Can there be a happily ever after for Ariana and Bryce or will time or perhaps a feral vampire end up separating them forever?

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Author Interview: Krys Fenner

Hope you are having a good weekend. I got a treat for you. I’m featuring fantasy author Krys Fenner in an author interview. Take some time out of your busy weekend and check out what she has to say.

The Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was born and raised in Florida, which is where I fell in love with writing and creating alternate worlds. It started as anything fantastical or mythological, but when I was in my junior year of high school, my creative writing professor challenged me to write something different. I had to get ideas from my friends, but I accepted and excelled at his challenge. I wrote my first ever short story dealing with a traumatic event. Since then, I’ve had a knack for incorporating tragedies into my work, even in my fantasy novels.

What is the weirdest thing you ever put into your books?

Honestly, some of the creatures are pretty strange in my Urban Fantasy series. The one that jumps out at me the most are catalyncs. They serve as guides and have a unique form.

What genre do you write in? Why?

I write in two different genres: YA Urban Fantasy and YA/NA Social Issues. One is a story I have been building for over 8 years and it’s simply because I’ve always been attracted to the unusual. The other is because there are some dark things that people as young as thirteen (sometimes younger) face every day and I want them to know they aren’t alone. My intention is for my social issues books to be conversation starters.

Who is your biggest support system in your life?

My mom. She is absolutely amazing! I probably couldn’t do half of what I do without her.

What inspired you to become an author?

I have these stories in my head that simply need to be told.

Tell us about your latest release?

This is the first book in the Guardhian Series and it starts with a thirteen-year-old girl who is just getting powers she knew nothing about. Niamh suddenly finds herself trying to figure out how to use these powers so she can save her loved ones from an unknown evil.

How did you come up with the story within your book? What inspired your creativity?

Believe it or not, this all started because I created a character (one of Niamh’s future children) for roleplaying purposes. I used to game online. Anyway, I came up with a full background for this character and a whole other world that her mother had been responsible for protecting. These characters and others served as a great way to escape and connect with people online who had a fascination with the other worldly like me.

Who are your top three favorite authors?

J.R. Ward, Colleen Hoover, and Janet Evanovich

What are you reading right now?

I’m currently working on my MFA, so I’m reading Build Your Author Platform for class.

What is the one thing you want to say to your readers?

No dream is too small or too big. Go after what you want and don’t let anyone stop you.


The Author

ProfilePicKrys Fenner has been infinitely passionate about writing and helping people for as long as she can remember. Having already published five books, she avidly continues working on her Dark Road series and is in the process of releasing an urban fantasy series. Krys received an Associate of Arts in Psychology, recently completed a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and continues working on a Master’s degree. When she isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her three fur babies, Bones, Luna and Lola.

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The Book

KFP9.1Niamh has always known she was a little different. Perhaps not as unique as her brother, but definitely not normal. Before she understands what’s happening, she begins seeing things she has never seen before and speaking with creatures she always assumed were regular house pets. Just as her powers are awakening, her parents find themselves in trouble. With only her catalync as a guide, can she learn how to use her new-found abilities to save her parents from the darkness trying to steal them away? Or is she doomed to fail and lose them forever?

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Author Interview: Ariel Paiement

Heya everyone, today I have a special treat. I will be featuring fantasy author Ariel Paiement in a special author interview. Check it out below to get to know more about this author and her upcoming release.


The Interview

Please introduce yourself.

I’m Ariel Paiement, a fantasy author who dabbles occasionally in sci-fi or historical fiction. I’ve been writing since I was a little kid, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of the journey to get to where I am. Yes, even the moments when I was sitting there crying because a scene just wouldn’t work. I appreciated those moments more after they were over, of course.

What inspired your latest release?

It was inspired by a combination of world-building information from Pathway of the Moon–first in the companion series Annals of Alcardia–and a prompt from Wattpad’s Open Novella Contest. The prompt was called Myths of the Old World and had to do with the idea of truth being a lie and the lie becoming truth. The prompt really pulled together the idea with the other historical events I knew happened in Alcardia’s past. Those events tied into Pathway of the Moon, and so this story gave me a chance to “share the facts” while still pulling the reader into the world in a fun, immersive way. 

Tell us about your main character.

I have two. Kaidan and Zerua are a husband and wife Seeker team, and they work together on various historical sites around the world of Alcardia. They work for a historical and Seeker guild (their version of an archaeological society) known as the Society of the Learned or just the Society for short. The two of them get themselves into all kinds of trouble when they dug up a diary that belonged to Queen Bane of Ashkarith. Both of them are witty, though in different ways, and enjoy a good laugh. They don’t always agree on what constitutes a good laugh, but they definitely enjoy life. Zerua has a tendency to worry while Kaidan is usually the even-keeled one who calms her down. She’s also the fiestier of the two. But Kaidan is more impatient than she is. They balance each other out and work well together most of the time.

Why did you decide to become a writer?

You know, I don’t really know. I’ve been writing since I was a kid, and I’ve always loved stories. Whether reading, writing, or just daydreaming, I’ve always been one to immerse myself in other worlds and other lives, even when they were fictional. This just naturally spilled over into a desire to keep writing and to write stories that others like me could enjoy. I guess as time as gone on, I’ve stuck with it out of both enjoyment and a desire to share with children and young adults the same joy of reading that was imparted to me as a child. My hope is that my books will be something that even reticent readers will be able to enjoy.

What is your writing process like?

Very structured. I’m definitely a plotter. I like to use a combination of methods. Usually I start out with the Snowflake method from Randy Ingermanson and move on to using a mix of Rachel Aaron’s and Jordan Rosenfeld’s methods of planning for plotting out my scenes. I won’t start writing a chapter until I have all the scenes plotted out, and I rarely start a book unless I have everything from character charts to a synopsis done. The only thing that doesn’t have to be completely finished before I can start is that scene list.

Do you have any strange quarks you do while you write a book?

I talk to myself. Sometimes I can be loud about it too. My sister will be watching YouTube in the room, and I’ll just suddenly set the computer aside and start ranting about how annoyed I am at something a character did. She always laughs because it’s my book, so I did it to myself. But yeah… I definitely talk to myself a lot even if it’s incoherent mumbling. 

I’m also really particular about organization. I’m a plotter all the way, so everything needs to be in place for each scene before I start writing. Beyond that, I’m really particular about how my writing space is organized. Everything needs to be neat and uncluttered for me to work. If I’m sitting on my bed, it has to be made and straightened out regardless of whether I’m under the covers or not. Anywhere else, the surface has to be clean. I can’t think or focus on writing if it isn’t. It just makes me antsy.

What genre does your book fall into?

High fantasy in this case, though other books within the Alcardian universe could potentially be considered portal fantasy or alternate world fantasy since the universe is connected to ours and others. But for Bane of Ashkarith, it’s just high fantasy.

Why did you decide to write within that genre?

High fantasy and fantasy in general allows for a lot of freedom to create and build worlds. I really enjoy that. World-building, when done well, is one of my favorite parts about reading fantasy, and I love having the chance to bring what I’ve learned from reading well-written fantasy into my own work. Plus, fantasy is what I know the best. I’ve been reading it since I was seven or eight, and it’s remained my favorite genre to this day.

Who inspires you to write in your normal day life?

Honestly, I don’t know. I guess my youngest sister does. She reads anything that’s at her age level that I write. I think she’s read some of the books she’s allowed to read multiple times, in fact. Knowing that she’s waiting for an update and enjoys reading my work, and knowing that it inspires her to keep reading and writing herself, definitely encourages me to keep going.

What authors inspired you to write your own book?

Well, my roots for fantasy definitely go back to Tolkien. He was my first major exposure to high fantasy, and the things I took away from reading his work will go with me through the rest of my writing career. But the most obvious influence is Brandon Sanderson. I’ve read a good chunk of his writing, and the Stormlight Archives in particular have heavily influenced me as a writer. He’s inspired me to reach for more with my world-building and my characterization by showing that it’s entirely possible to have both. I’ve striven to have that balance in Bane of Ashkarith wherever possible, and it’s shown in other works of mine as well. Obviously, I’m nowhere near Sanderson’s level of expertise on this, but just seeing that it could be done inspired me to write Bane of Ashkarith the way I did.


About the Author

Ariel Paiement is a fantasy author who writes the occasional historical fiction or science fiction novel. She enjoys all ranges of books and writing when it comes to reading, though fantasy and science fiction are her favorites. She likes to spend time coming up with new ideas or in wild flights of imagination. If asked what she spends most of her time doing, she’d tell you that she spends most of it reading or writing one thing or another. She is the author of On the Narrow Way in the anthology Above and Beneath: The World of Angels and Demons and has also written and published In Darkness Lost, a stand-alone fantasy adventure novel. Her novel, Bane of Ashkarith, is coming out on July 31st and is the first in the Legends of Alcardia series.

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Upcoming Release

bane-of-ashkarithKaidan Tadegan is working on a new site trying to prove the myth that two armies of the gods clashed there. While on the dig site, he discovers the evidence he’s looking for, but he gets more than he bargained for when he discovers a woman’s bones in a section of the dig site where no other remains have been found.
As he digs the bones out, he discovers a journal with the woman’s body, which tells a story that, if true, will turn the myths of the old world and the established concepts of good and evil on their heads. Startled by the find, Kaidan sets out to discover whether the diary’s claims have any validity.
But when the diary leads to a city that’s supposedly long gone, Kaidan’s journey becomes more difficult than expected. Things become even more tangled when he discovers that the city isn’t gone, but it’s no place for the living.
Unable to give up on his quest, he forges ahead. What lies ahead is uncertain, and even more uncertain is whether Kaidan will survive this quest. He has only two questions in his mind. Will he find the truth in this city of the dead? And will the world accept the truth?

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW w/ Stephanie Ayers

It’s another Friday here on my blog and as always I have a special author spotlight for your enjoyment. This one is a bit different, since it will be part of Speculative Fiction author Stephanie Ayers’ blog tour for her new release, The 13: Tales of Macabre. Today I will be featuring Stephanie in an in-depth interview and including some awesome images to give you an inside look into this collection of horror stories along with her WIP Elven Games. Let’s have some fun and get this party started. 🙂

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Above you can see the line-up for this blog tour. In a bit I will get to the interview, but thought I would share a few spooky excerpts from The 13: Tales of Macabre.

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THE INTERVIEW!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you decided to become a writer?
I bleed ink. I know you’ve heard that before, but it’s true. If I’m not writing, I’m helping someone else who is writing. I love the author community, all of it, traditionally published or indie. I didn’t decide to become a writer until 2010 when I wrote the first word to my new blog, The Scoop on Poop. It was a humorous look at my daily living, which then belonged to 4 children, 2 of whom I inherited by marriage and were raised to hate me. Blogging introduced me to some writing circles, and that got me writing fiction regularly again. You see, when I was in 3rd or 4th grade, I discovered my love of writing (and my knack for it) with my first assignment based on a dancing peanut. I entertained ideas as a child about being the next Stephen King, but I also wanted to be an actress, a singer… anything that made me famous. My love of writing never quit though, and now I call myself a full time author. I also do content writing on the side to help pad the empty pockets us authors always seem to have.

What genres do you write?
While most of my published writing has taken a turn towards horror, I consider myself a speculative fiction author. I just made my debut into the world of fantasy with my short story titled Wings, a stand alone from the upcoming Destiny Defined series.

Where are you from? Does your area have a good writing community? Tell us about it.
I was born and raised in Virginia, outside of DC. The area I lived in had a growing writing community with some workshops and writing groups gathering at the local library branches, and the libraries offering author spotlights and book signings. The first local book fair happened two years ago. When I moved to Ohio this year, I noticed a huge difference. While I haven’t sought out writing groups, I have already joined in a local book fair with 3 more scheduled for this year. There’s a popular book store in Columbus that will sell my books and is known for regular author appearances. There seems to be much more for an author here in Ohio than there is in Virginia.

What do you do besides being a writer? Do you have a day job? Tell us a bit about this or hobbies you enjoy.
When I’m not writing, I’m promoting other authors, playing around in Photoshop, watching my son play football (go Titans!), or binge watching a beloved TV show. On the weekends, my husband and I can usually be found haunting flea markets and antique stores.

How often do you write? Do you have a page/word count? Do you set goals for yourself? Tell us a bit about your writing and how you keep things going.
After two years of focusing on the author community and other authors, I have to find my mojo again. I haven’t set word count goals. I’ve set “must get this book ready” deadlines instead and then stress myself out meeting them. Apparently I work best under pressure. I always thought that silence was the best way for me to focus and write, especially as an almost deaf writer, but recently discovered that the right soundtrack makes for really good writing and big word counts too.

How long does it take you to write a novel?
Well… Elven Games began in 2012. It still needs an ending. I have only completed one novel during NaNoWriMo. Destiny United sits at 54k words and is in need of serious revision. On the other hand, because I spent a lot of time answering writing prompts, I have folders full of short stories. Putting together a story collection can be done in 2 weeks to 30 days. Not sure that really answers the question. I’m cursed by procrastination and easily distracted.

What are your goals as an author? Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years? I don’t think that far ahead. Its a daily process for me, just getting to the next month with whatever plans I have going on. Right now, I have two live events in October, this book blog tour for the release of one book, while celebrating the first book birthday of another. November is nice and quiet, but December has high hopes for the release of Elven Games and another book fair. Next year, I already have 4 events lined up, and plans to publish at least 2 more books.

What is the biggest obstacle you face as an author and what do you do to overcome it?
Procrastination is my biggest obstacle, closely followed by marketing. The first one I don’t have a solution to yet, but the second one I’m working on. No time like the present to try marketing tips.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received? Who was it from?
The best advice I ever received was to set myself up with the beginning to the next scene before I walk away from the story. This makes it so much easier for me to begin the next day. I don’t remember who told me that, but it stuck with me.

What is the worst writing advice you’ve ever received?
You have to grow lizard skin. No you don’t. Criticism can be given in a manner that is doesn’t have to sting so bad you need lizard skin to receive it. Everyone needs negative criticism to grow. It’s just all in the delivery.

What are you working on now? Do you have any upcoming releases we should watch for?
My newest release is October 26, the second collection of horror stories focused on the supernatural and paranormal. I’m working on Elven Games and having it released in December or January, and slowly inking away at that huge unfinished pile I have. I have started planning the 3rd collection for Halloween 2019 as well.

What are your current WIPs about?
They are fantasy. Tribba runs a B&B for her dwarven village. Her customers are going to the fancier elven castle next door instead. She challenges them to the Elven Games, in hopes to get rid of them once and for all.

Catching Dragons is the conclusion of Edgar’s story, the human who champions Tribba for her first two games. He must defeat the dragon queen Soren and save his kingdom.

The Destiny Defined trilogy follows River’s journey to collect five magical relics, connect them with their matching gemstones, then destroy them before Rtharo gains all his strength and takes them. It;s an epic fantasy series that happens in the world of Savania across several generations.

What do you have going on in the next 6 months? Can provide awesome author events, book releases, etc.
October 21 I’ll be doing an author meet and greet and signing at The Book Loft of German Village in Columbus.

In December, I have a local book fair where I’ll be signing books. I also hope to release Elven Games in late December or early January.

In late March, I’ll be in Lexington, KY for the Lexington Legendary Book Bash, and in April I’ll be at the Dayton Book Fair in Ohio. That’s all I have lined up for the next 6 months currently but that could change as I am always looking for new places to show my face.

Do you have any advice for other authors?
I do. I always like to share the whole start the next scene bit, but also, don’t be intimated by the blank page. It only takes one letter, one word to defeat it.

Do you have anything specific you’d like to say to your readers?
Without my readers, my stories wouldn’t be alive. Thank you for breathing life into my stories and making them real.

This interview is done and we have so much more to enjoy with this feature. In a few you will get a special sneak peek into Stephanie’s WIP Elven Games. This sneak peek will be unedited since it hasn’t begun its editing journey just yet. But, here is another fun excerpt for you from Stephanie’s up coming release, The 13: Tales of Macabre.

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WIP SNEAK PEEK: ELVEN GAMES

“What are you doing?” Edgar asked.
“Strange things have been afoot, so I’m making you a protection elixir.” Tribba said, the words rolling off her tongue distractedly.
“You do all this yet you need me to champion you?” Edgar said. His voice held a twinge of accusation. Perhaps he had strange dreams, too.
“Yes. See this book?” Tribba picked it up and waved it in front of him. It was the same book they used to banish the werewolves.
Edgar nodded.
“If I didn’t have this book, I wouldn’t…no, I couldn’t…be doing this now. I am not a magical dwarf. Every spell I’ve tried to concoct from imagination has backfired drastically. Hence I married a greeter dwarf and became a greeter myself.”
Edgar’s eyes widened at Tribba’s revelation. Suddenly, it became clear how Tribba understood him so well. She, too, had felt an embarrassment to her people. He walked around the kitchen and gathered both of her hands in his. When she turned to him, he looked straight into her eyes.
“Until this moment, I haven’t understood why you chose me and why you had so much faith in me. Thank you for sharing that with me. I won’t dwell on the past anymore and will embrace this challenge with all of my being. If you can believe in me, so can I.” His chest puffed out as he finished. “I am your champion and I will win.”
Tribba smiled in response to Edgar’s words. She had waited weeks to hear confidence in his voice. The timing was perfect as the games were scheduled to begin in a fortnight. She thought back briefly over the boy who had wandered to her front door and considered the man he had become almost overnight. Whether he won or lost no longer mattered. She knew she had played an important role in the future, whatever that may be. She had strengthened a man she knew would matter someday. She had instilled self worth in someone who would save the world someday. If that was her legacy to this life, she would die a complete, happy woman.
“Take your tunic off and turn around, Edgar. You mustn’t see what I am doing.
Edgar did as instructed, turning his back to her. She dipped her hands into the cauldron and let the liquid within cover her hands. She waved them in the air, faster than the eye could see. When she stepped away, the liquid soaked through Edgar’s tunic and dripped onto his boots.
Edgar turned around, a look of curiosity and apprehension on his face. “What did you do, Tribba? I suddenly feel…” He chewed his lower lip as he searched for the words, “…infallible, undefeatable, and incredibly brave. I feel as if I could slay a dozen dragons with my bare hands!”
Tribba merely smiled in response. “It’s time for breakfast. Let’s eat,” she said, skirting around his question with ease.

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STEPHANIE AYERS

StephA published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is a coffee guzzling, word whispering, world building creative ninja and unicorn living in Ohio disguised as a human. She mothers her children, loves her husband, attends church, and avoids all things housework and zombies. When she isn’t doing any of these things, she can be found stretching her creative wings designing book covers, promotional graphics, logos and more.

Stephanie has been a regular contributor and leader for Bloggy Moms and Just Be Enough, and currently writes content for Blogmutt. She is a strong supporter of the indie author community.

Her debut novella, Til Death Do Us Part, was published by Bannerwing Books in 2013, and her work appears in several anthologies and collections, notably Precipice 2, Flash Fiction: 1x50x100, and Endless Darkness. Her poetry has been featured in Ambrosia: A Poetry Anthology, and the first volume in her serial short horror story collection released in October 2017. Her fantasy debuted with “Wings,” a free short story from the Destiny Defined series, which will begin late 2018, early 2019.

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When Ian buys Elizabeth a Tiffany’s engagement ring, he unwittingly sets off a series of deadly events as the ring goes full circle — passing through the hands of a hopeful co-worker, a young delivery boy, a beloved daughter and her father, a drug addicted twin brother, a drug dealer, and a pawn shop — to be reunited with its intended.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW w/ Lyndsey Rose Harper

Welcome back to my Friday Author Spotlight. Today, I’m sitting down with debut author, Lyndsey Rose Harper. Tomorrow her first book in her Evos Saga, “Clandestine” will hit Kindle Unlimited. Yes, you heard right her first book is hitting October 6, 2018. But that’s not all, she is also hosting a big release party over on Facebook. Being the awesome author she is, Lyndsey has a line-up of authors helping host her event.

LYNDSEYHARPER_2018_EVENTBANNERI’m one of those lucky authors, so come join us tomorrow to celebrate this new release! But, first lets get to know Lyndsey by asking her a few questions before we rush over to Facebook. 🙂


THE INTERVIEW!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you decided to become a writer?
I have been writing ever since I can remember. As a child, my next-door neighbor was the recipient of my earliest works, a newsletter about rabbits. Every month, I would write and compile a new newsletter for her. When my mom realized what I was doing, she provided me with notebooks and pencils. From there, stories of fairies and cats were born. I eventually transitioned into very early forms of fan fiction (pre-Internet days) of my favorite shows, then “official” fan fiction (on the Internet — because the Internet makes everything official), then into original crime-related stories. Now, my works involve the supernatural and speculative themes.

I don’t honestly know if I ever “decided to become” a writer. It was an extension of who I was, and who I am now. It was natural for me. As a kid, if I didn’t write, I wasn’t quite sure how to entertain myself. I loved reading comprehension, and would complete workbooks for leisure. I think writing (and possibly the Thug Life) chose me, to be honest. There was a long period of time where I resisted the idea of doing it professionally, but my mother always knew I’d end up here. And I can still hear her telling me, “I told you so!”

How often do you write? Do you have a page/word count? Do you set goals for yourself? Tell us a bit about your writing and how you keep things going.
I prefer to think of myself as a Spastic Writer. I’m not one who has a fancy app to keep track of words (wut r werdz). I suck at those cute little Instagram challenges that make you do something every day. And when I do write, I don’t really set goals. My days are usually wacky, my writing sessions unpredictable, and Netflix will always be my Achilles heel. TL;DR: Don’t model your writing life off of me. Or any part of your life, really.

How long does it take you to write a novel?
It honestly varies. I’ve written “books” in as short as a month’s time, and then some have taken over three years. “Clandestine” took approximately six months to produce the first draft, with over 60% of it written on my iPhone.

What are your goals as an author? Where do you see yourself in five years?
I’m honestly not the kind of person who can easily view myself a year into the future, let alone five. For my writing, I’d like to regularly sell books to people who enjoy them, and broaden my catalog into the double digits. It might be cool to know that someone wrote a fan fiction about my work (just no Fifty Shades stuff, please). Maybe attend a convention and sit on a panel with one of those little name plaque thingies. And hopefully I’ll have an updated computer by then.

Does your family support you in your writing, or are you on your own?
My family is extremely supportive, and I can never be grateful enough. My husband is a real trooper, and my daughter gives me encouragement to keep writing through her own love of reading. This book is dedicated to my late mother, who knew I would become a writer well before I did, and she remains my inspiration for my work.

Have you ever had a particularly harsh critique? How did you handle it?
My writing journey has been far from spotless. I’ve had pieces I’ve written torn (literally) up in front of me. When you work as a writer, you have a choice to make–develop a thick skin, or fail to learn from opportunities that are out there. Critiques are important to me. I value people who take the time to professionally review my work, and offer me their insight. As a writer, if you aren’t open to being wrong, or to outside suggestion, you will never grow in your craft. Criticism isn’t easy, but absolutely necessary in a writer’s career.

Do you write in first or third person, past or present tense, and why?
I tend to write in the third person, past tense. I’ve been told my writing style is very masculine, as well as more “cinematic” in structure. I like to pop around to show people what’s happening, without giving too much away.

Do you ever base your characters on people you know?
Oh hell yeah. People I know, people I don’t … the random lady in the grocery store, my co-workers, my friend’s friend, and people on Instagram (and more) have all inspired me.

Do you write about real life experiences, or does everything come from your imagination?
I like to write stories that are set in the present day with relatable experiences, but weaving in ideas of the fantastic or the unknown to make you second guess what you think is an ordinary part of life.

What was the biggest obstacle you faced while writing your latest book?
I only touched on it a little in this first book, but the series as a whole challenges me to write concepts that are so deeply ingrained into our culture into a completely fresh light. How I’ve chosen to portray things may make some people upset (traditionalists), which I struggled with at first. In the end, though, the story must be told.

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EXCERPT: “CLANDESTINE”

Cara skidded to a stop, training her Glock on him. “H.P.D.! Get on the ground!” She held firm as she panted hard, trying to catch her breath as the man turned to her. Physically, he fit the description she received from Oleander’s neighbor. Tall, built, muscular. He had a thick head of shaggy chocolate hair that rustled in the whipping wind. His angular jaw was covered in dark stubble that crept up his cheeks. Still, she was unprepared for his blue eyes; they focused on hers with extraordinary vehemence. Even with the distance, ferocity radiated off of every part of his body, a fiery aura surrounding him.

Gritting her molars together, she stepped closer, her gun pointed at him. “Hands behind your head. On the ground.” She waited as he slowly complied, his eyes still trained on her until he laid on this stomach on the roof. The cold air whipped over Cara’s face as she watched him, her gloved hands tight on her weapon. “Lace your fingers,” she ordered, watching as he did what was asked.

“Try anything, and I’ll shoot.” She moved over him quickly, slapping her cuffs on him, one wrist at a time. He remained statuesque, his breath deep and even as she pulled him up to stand.

His eyes.

Up close, his stare was even more unsettling. It nearly felt like a personal violation, as if his gaze could excavate her very mind. He had no definitive smell, and despite how his body felt unnaturally warm, she suppressed a shiver from coming into contact with it. Her stomach sank as she studied him, sickened by a strange, unshakable feeling:

They were the eyes of someone she once knew.

Someone she once loved.

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LYNDSEY ROSE HARPER

41317807_311633819611883_8098349677730070528_nLyndsey is a brilliant author you’ve never heard of, Superwife, and award-winning mother living life in jeggings in the expensive and overcrowded state of New Jersey. She is fluent in Spanglish and Sarcasm and enjoys watching Supernatural, Arrow, Psych, and The X-Files repeatedly.

You can find her either in the grocery store buying laundry detergent, Tylenol, and cat litter, hovering near her Keurig coffee brewer, or shaking her fist at the heavens in front of her computer. Occasionally, you may spot her on the beach or out shopping (when she actually has money to spare). However, you should avoid approaching her at such times as she is likely enjoying a rare moment of relaxation and can become moody if interrupted. If you decide to engage her during any one of these activities, approach with caution and a sizable cup of Starbucks in hand to avoid any ill effects.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW w/ Aurora Jean Alexander

Welcome to my Friday Author Spotlight. Today, I will be sitting down with good friend, Author Aurora Jean Alexander. She is an up and coming Paranormal Romance/Fantasy author that will soon release her first book. Please, help me welcome her and I hope you all enjoy.


THE INTERVIEW!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you decided to become a writer?
I’ve always been a writer. While other kids were drawing and playing with puzzles and dolls I was creating my little stories, dreaming about them and finally writing them down.

Where are you from? Does your area have a good writing community? Tell us a little bit about it.
Nashville does have a good writing community. It holds book fairs and writer’s conferences.

What do you enjoy doing aside from writing?
I love going for long walks, I have three wonderful cats and I’m a Martial Art expert.

What inspires you to write?
I’d like to say: almost anything. I think of stories when I’m going for a walk. I listen to conversations when sitting in a café, restaurant or bookstore. But mostly I’m inspired in the backyard of an amazing home in California with the blue pool and the peace and silence. At these moments my characters come to life and the story continues.

How often do you write? Do you have a page/word count? Do you set goals for yourself? Tell us a bit about your writing and how you keep things going.
I write as often as I can. Occasionally I’m using meeting breaks to write, or lunch breaks. Then there are other days I’m simply too tired and need some time off.

When did you first consider yourself an author?
When I realized I’m getting closer to being published. I worked with my editor on finishing that book and was looking for a cover designer. I already had my copyright lawyer and I understood: I’m getting there! I’m an author!

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received? Who was it from?
As for your use of language: Remember that two great masters of language, William Shakespeare and James Joyce, wrote sentences which were almost childlike when their subjects were most profound. ‘To be or not to be?’ asks Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The longest word is three letters long. — Kurt Vonnegut

What is the worst writing advice you’ve ever received?
Write it down. It doesn’t have to be a good story, as long as it’s written. “What”? I was asking myself if it’s not sufficient we authors are ‘suffering’ from self-doubt. Yes, make it easier for us and tell us it doesn’t have to be a good book!?

What book or series do you enjoy reading over and over again?
James Clavell’s Shogun, which is one of the best books on Earth and Sidney Sheldon’s Master of the Game. For some reason this book fascinates me, even though he wrote better books than this one.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, and you could only have five books with you, what would they be?
Shogun by James Clavell, The Ninja by Eric van Lustbader, Cheaper by the Dozen and Bells on their toes by Frank B. Gilbreth jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth-Carey, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Phantom by Susan Kay. And I hope I wouldn’t have to stay on that island longer than 7 days, I’d run out of books!

Do you write in first or third person, past or present tense, and why?
I prefer writing in the first person. It makes it easier for me to get to know my main character. But I did decide to write at least one book in the third person since there were too many feelings, senses and thoughts rather than speech which made it easier to draw the main character.

What is your writing process? Do you have any weird quirks to share?
I’m writing the very first draft by hand. During typing it into the computer I have the chance to catch the one or other flaws already. Then I work through the book again before starting my personal editing. Then I send the book to the editor.

How do you come up with the titles for your books? Do you find it difficult? Do you have a process?
I had a few good ideas for the series. But since I’m working on book 7 now I’m slowly running out of titles. I need to brainstorm. Occasionally I ask friends to help me.

What are you working on now? Do you have any upcoming releases we should watch for?
I’m working on a Paranormal Romance series. And, if everything works out as planned I’d love to publish before Christmas.

Well folks, that’s it for this interview. Hope you all enjoyed learning about Aurora, she is defiantly an author to keep an eye out for. Once we find out the release of her first book I will make sure to have her back. Till then check out Aurora’s social media and sign-up for her mailing list to follow along with her on her writing journey. Till next time, happy writing! 🙂 


AURORA JEAN ALEXANDER

AJ-pic_smallI’m a break out romance author working on my first Paranormal Romance. I have written short stories and poetry in the past and now am looking to try my hand at a full-length novel. My rare free time I’m spending in extreme reading, excessive pool swimming and playing monster-monopoly. My strongest support system are my sister, most of my family, my friends and my three cats.

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