Book Review: Till Death Do Us Part

It’s another Friday and you know what that means… Means it is almost the weekend. If you are wondering what to do this weekend, how about snuggling up with a book. And what a book I got for you. This book is titled, “Till Death do Us Part”. It is by Speculative Fiction author Stephanie Ayers. This novella is a horror story that tells a journey of love and death. You definitely will enjoy this book, I did.


The Review

Speculative Fiction author Stephanie Ayer twists a story and scatters threads throughout this horror filled book. She takes you on a journey how a man rejected by a woman throws away the engagement ring. But, the ring passes through hands to find its way home to the rightful wearer. The only problem is everyone dies and disaster strikes throughout the entire city. The end is so twisted and screwed up it left me with my mouth hanging open in surprise. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to read a book that has twists, turns, death, and love all mixed into one.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Book

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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.

Price: $0.99

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About the Author

39442888_10217371387577520_8150884940305661952_nStephanie Ayers is an international bestselling author who writes speculative fiction, where horror and fantasy collide. A self-proclaimed word whisperer, she is a unicorn disguised as a human living in southwestern Ohio and a member of the Ohio Writers Association. She mothers her children and avoids all things housework and zombies. When she isn’t doing any of these things, she can be found browsing thrift stores and flea markets with her husband, attending football games with her son, or binging on TV shows.

Her debut novella, Til Death Do Us Part, was published in 2013, and her work appears in several anthologies and collections, notably Absolution, Flash Fiction Addiction, and Bending Time. She currently has two serials to her name, the stand-alone horror volumes of The 13 series and her new high fantasy, the Destiny Defined series, which debuted March 7, 2019.

Her favorite quote is: “The blank page is a canvas on which the writer paints a story.”-Stephanie Ayers

Connect with the Author

Email: theauthorSAM@gmail.com

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Book Spotlight: Bending Time

Today I am featuring a sneak peek into Stephanie Ayers story exclusive to the Bending Time Anthology. Check it out below. Sounds interesting and make you want more…BT Last Man Standing

Excerpt

“Forty-four dead he’s responsible for. Forty-four, and ye say he doesn’t deserve to die? Did they deserve to die?” Allan stepped closer to her. Sadness made his face longer than it was.
“No, but he didn’t shoot them.”
Allan laughed. “How could ye know that? Ya weren’t there.”
She turned sad eyes on Kane. “My heart knows he’s innocent, and that’s good enough for me. I plan to marry that man tomorrow.”
“Without proof, what your heart knows is useless. He will hang tomorrow.”
“It’s not fair. You can’t dictate love.” She rolled tear-filled eyes at him. Her head shook as she sucked in her cheeks.
“You’ll lose your position as a Pinkerton detective if ya marry an outlaw.”
“I can’t help who I love.”
“Oh I agree, but just because ye love him doesn’t mean he’s good for you.”
“And who are you to say?” Her chin jutted forward.
Allan shook his head at her resolve. “My dear Claire. If it were anyone but him, ye’d have my blessings.”
Claire turned away defeated. “And what if he wasn’t a criminal?”
Allan laughed. He couldn’t imagine a world where Kane Shaw wasn’t a criminal. “Impossible, but okay. If he weren’t a criminal, I wouldn’t care. Ye could marry him on Sunday and divorce him on Friday, and it would mean little as long as ya did your job.”


The Book

41G0PezRpzLTime moves on.
The hands of the clock never stop – not even when the battery runs out or fate wills us to forget.
It is in the inevitable forward motion of time that we learn and try to remember.
But what happens when we go back?
Are the lessons taught or events that transpire forever altered?
What changes? What repeats? What ends and what begins?
Join us as we bend time in this multi-genre anthology in an attempt to unwind the very hands of time…

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The Author

StephStephanie Ayers is an international bestselling author who writes speculative fiction, where horror and fantasy collide. A self-proclaimed word whisperer, she is a unicorn disguised as a human living in southwestern Ohio and a member of the Ohio Writers Association. She mothers her children and avoids all things housework and zombies. When she isn’t doing any of these things, she can be found browsing thrift stores and flea markets with her husband, attending football games with her son, or binging on TV shows.
Her debut novella, Til Death Do Us Part, was published in 2013, and her work appears in several anthologies and collections, notably Absolution, Flash Fiction Addiction, and the upcoming Bending Time. She currently has two serials to her name, the stand-alone horror volumes of The 13 series and her new high fantasy, the Destiny Defined series, which debuted March 7, 2019.

Her favorite quote is: “The blank page is a canvas on which the writer paints a story.”-Stephanie Ayer

Connect with the Author

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Book Spotlight: Catching Dragons

It’s release day for Catching Dragons by speculative fiction author Stephanie Ayers. Check out this fun excerpt provided below. Hope you love it and purchase this book today. It is book two in the series so hurry and grab book 1 here for 99¢.

Excerpt

“You look hungry. Care for an apple?”
Wallas eyed the apple carefully as his stomach grumbled in complaint. Was this trickery or kindness? Forest dwellers were not known for their generosity. The woman still held the apple out, and he took it from her.
“I am not hungry now.” He turned the apple over and examined it. Its blood red skin teased of sweetness. “I daresay this will come in handy later in my return home.” He put the apple in his pocket and offered a small bow. “I am Wallas Eleasar, Counselor to King Teodric Wynne of Northend.”
The woman rose from the ground and offered a small curtsy back, spreading her patchwork skirt between her fingers. “I am Ulia MacDougal, daughter of Lord Alfrey.” She pointed to the trees on the east side of the city. “We live just beyond the treeline. My father is a farmer, we have many flowering and fruit-bearing trees under our care.” She sat back down and spread out a small blanket in front of her and pulled more fruit from the basket.
Wallas’ stomach gurgled in appreciation. He had not packed much food, nor expected to be refused entry into the Holy City. She had not invited him to join her, so he remained where he was. His instincts still screamed warnings, but he ignored them. It could be a product of his own fear that kept him from befriending someone who had been nothing but kind since they met.
She patted the center of the blanket in invitation. “Might as well eat while you’re waiting. Come on, I have plenty.” As if to prove her point, she held the basket up. Despite the array of fruit spread on the blanket—more apples, and oranges, pears, peaches—the basket overflowed.
Impossible, he thought, but his stomach interrupted. He cast his eyes to the trees on the east, hoping to catch sight of her father’s farm. Something, anything to assure him and put his sixth sense at ease, but he saw nothing. Don’t be impolite, his mind said. He sat on the ground across from Ulia but did not touch the fruit.
She shrugged her shoulders and picked up a peach. She bit into it and closed her eyes as juices ran from the corners of her mouth. “Mmm. I swear we grow the sweetest peaches on Savania!” He watched hungrily as she finished the meat and tucked the pit into her basket. She reached for another peach and held it out to him. “Peaches are my favorite. Are you sure you don’t want one?”
Wallas hesitantly accepted the peach. He looked it over carefully, not sure what he was looking for, but still suspicious. Ulia picked up an orange this time and began peeling it, observing him all the while. Laughter filled her eyes, and he relaxed a bit.
He took a bite from the peach, surprised to discover she was right. It was the sweetest peach he had ever tasted. “I’m sorry. Your hospitality is not unappreciated. It’s just hard to know who to trust these days. There are many in the forest who appear kind but would be just as quick to stab you in the back while you sleep.”
Ulia nodded. “Yes, and some might even poison the very same fruit they eat.”
Wallas’ face turned ashen. He looked at the peach again, almost completely gone, and set it down. His eyes rounded as his stomach complained again, this time not out of hunger. He retched once, twice, five times before his bowels quieted long enough for him to breathe. His face crinkled in distaste at the sickly sweetness that had filled his mouth. His stomach rumbled with the beginnings of another round.
Ulia wasted no time rushing to his side, a small knife drawn. As he fell backwards, she pulled her arm back, ready to strike.

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The Book

Catching Dragons ebook coverA reluctant hero, an enchanted kingdom, a crazed prince…

Out of the ashes of doubt, courage is born.

As Derik whisks Edgar away from Willowglen where he’d been championing the dwarves, he can’t help but wonder what has really happened to his kingdom since his departure. Tales of an attack from the sky and an army of black knights precede him, and nothing is as Edgar expects when he arrives back home in Northend. His city lies under an enchantment, and they need him to break it. Tasked with regaining his lost magick and armed with a pouch of fairy dust, Edgar is determined to do the right thing.

Will he find the courage to confront the man responsible for his father’s death or will he run away like the coward Derik believes him to be?

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The Author

StephStephanie Ayers is an international bestselling author who writes speculative fiction, where horror and fantasy collide. A self-proclaimed word whisperer, she is a unicorn disguised as a human living in southwestern Ohio and a member of the Ohio Writers Association. She mothers her children and avoids all things housework and zombies. When she isn’t doing any of these things, she can be found browsing thrift stores and flea markets with her husband, attending football games with her son, or binging on TV shows.
Her debut novella, Til Death Do Us Part, was published in 2013, and her work appears in several anthologies and collections, notably Absolution, Flash Fiction Addiction, and the upcoming Bending Time. She currently has two serials to her name, the stand-alone horror volumes of The 13 series and her new high fantasy, the Destiny Defined series, which debuted March 7, 2019.

Her favorite quote is: “The blank page is a canvas on which the writer paints a story.”-Stephanie Ayer

Connect with the Author

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Character Interview: Edgar Wynn

It’s hump day! The weekend is almost here and do I got a treat for you. This character interview with Edgar Wynn is special because his book comes out this Saturday, August 10th. So, to get you in the spirits to pre-order his awesome book check out his character interview below. Happy reading everyone :).

The Interview

Who are you and what makes you great?

My name is Edgar Wynn. I don’t consider myself great at anything. My four brothers are much better skilled at most things than I am.

What is your sole purpose in life?

My assigned role in life is as a mage, but I’ve even managed to bungle that up and lose my ability to do magick. If it weren’t for the fairy dust Tribba got me, I wouldn’t have conjured that dragon or managed anything magickal at all.

What kind of adventures have you had that stay with you till this day?

Up until I was forced to leave my kingdom, my adventures were limited to exploring the Wynnrar Woods surrounding Northend, my city. Since then, traveling through the desert and meeting Juba (and him not eating me!) and championing the Hegis in Willowglen have stayed with me. I conjured a dragon! I’m also madly in love with a dwarf and can’t wait to get back to Willowglen to see her.

Do you have a love interest? If you do please tell us about him/her or why you don’t.

Salisa is the love of my life. I met her in Willowglen when we would go to the arena. She tends a cart in the marketplace. Her family has lived in Willowglen for a long time, and while Tribba disapproves of our relationship, it’s mostly because of some dark history between Salisa’s father and Tribba herself. Salisa isn’t her father though, and Tribba will come around in the end. She’d already started to when Derik forced me to return home.

Tell us about your journey you are on and how it has helped you grow as a person.

I left Northend to relearn my magick, but I never made it to the Great Mage. I championed Tribba in Willowglen instead. She helped me gain some self-confidence, even if I didn’t regain any of my own magick. At least now I have some people on my side, even if they are dwarves. I don’t believe the same as my brother Derik does. I believe everyone is equal, all have something equally important to contribute to Savania’s society. I’m not sure I would say I’ve grown any. I’m still as small as I was when I left. Derik reminds me of this often enough.

What kind of creatures do you see on a daily basis?

Since Tribba gave me a pouch of fairy dust, I see them on a regular basis. Sergy has decided to help me and I’m very appreciative. Derik and I encountered a bargle on our way back to Northend. These are the tiger/bear like creatures that live in the Wynnrar Woods and protect it. Up until I left Northend, I had only seen forest creatures like rabbits, chipmunks, deer, and within the city walls I would find rats, mice, horses, and the occasional bat.

Who do you look up too? Why?

My older brother Fredryk. He’s tough but gentle and always manages to look out for the little guy. He is always helping others and giving up his own things to help someone else. He is also the captain of our army and can swing a sword better than anyone else.

If you had one thing about yourself that you would want to change what would it be?

I wish I had more guts to speak my mind.

Who is your ultimate enemy? Why?

I don’t have any enemies, not really. I want to find the persons responsible for putting the enchantment on my city, and make sure the dragon queen and her knights don’t take over, but “enemy” is a strong word. I’ve never really had any conflicts with anyone worth declaring them an enemy over.

What should we expect from you in your coming book?

Charades will complete my story. I leave Northend for Evenir, the Holy City and finally meet up with the Great Mage and Ravengale, his apprentice. I rejoin with Tribba and lead a small army against Soren in Northend.


The Book

Catching Dragons ebook coverA reluctant hero, an enchanted kingdom, a crazed prince…

Out of the ashes of doubt, courage is born.

As Derik whisks Edgar away from Willowglen where he’d been championing the dwarves, he can’t help but wonder what has really happened to his kingdom since his departure. Tales of an attack from the sky and an army of black knights precede him, and nothing is as Edgar expects when he arrives back home in Northend. His city lies under an enchantment, and they need him to break it. Tasked with regaining his lost magick and armed with a pouch of fairy dust, Edgar is determined to do the right thing.

Will he find the courage to confront the man responsible for his father’s death or will he run away like the coward Derik believes him to be?

Pre-Order Today for $2.99


The Author

StephStephanie Ayers is an international bestselling author who writes speculative fiction, where horror and fantasy collide. A self-proclaimed word whisperer, she is a unicorn disguised as a human living in southwestern Ohio and a member of the Ohio Writers Association. She mothers her children and avoids all things housework and zombies. When she isn’t doing any of these things, she can be found browsing thrift stores and flea markets with her husband, attending football games with her son, or binging on TV shows.
Her debut novella, Til Death Do Us Part, was published in 2013, and her work appears in several anthologies and collections, notably Absolution, Flash Fiction Addiction, and the upcoming Bending Time. She currently has two serials to her name, the stand-alone horror volumes of The 13 series and her new high fantasy, the Destiny Defined series, which debuted March 7, 2019.

Her favorite quote is: “The blank page is a canvas on which the writer paints a story.”-Stephanie Ayer

Connect with the Author

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Book Review: If the Shoe Fits

Greetings everyone. Hope you are having a good day so far. I am happy to say I got an awesome short story to share with you today for my feature review. It is by one of my fellow author friends, Stephanie Ayers. The nice thing about this story is you can snatch it up for free so make sure to grab it while you can.

The Review

Cinderella is on her way to the ball. But, something goes wrong when her twin sister shows up and the story you knew goes dark. Will Cinderella get her Prince or will someone else walk away with her prize?

Stephanie Ayers takes this traditional story and twists it to something dark. I read along thinking it was just going to be another story of Cinderella falling in love and beating her horrible step sisters. But, she surprised me with the twist of having a twin sister. And this twin sister will stop at nothing to get what she is deserved. After only going a few paragraphs in I was sitting on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. I found this story very enjoyable for it being a fairytale gone array. Highly recommend this story to anyone that wants to read a horror twist to the Cinderella story that will leave you surprised with the twisted ending.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


The Book

IF_THE_SHOE_FITSIt’s no longer a question of if the shoe fits. Now it’s a question of who deserves to wear it.

What if the story you’ve always heard was wrong? What if it held a very big secret? What if Cinderella didn’t get the crown because there is another to fill her shoe?

It’s after midnight, but the band plays on. A unicorn drawn carriage awaits to carry another Ella to the ball. Destiny if what you make or it… or is it?

Which foot will the shoe fit best?

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About the Author

39442888_10217371387577520_8150884940305661952_nStephanie Ayers is an international bestselling author who writes speculative fiction, where horror and fantasy collide. A self-proclaimed word whisperer, she is a unicorn disguised as a human living in southwestern Ohio and a member of the Ohio Writers Association. She mothers her children and avoids all things housework and zombies. When she isn’t doing any of these things, she can be found browsing thrift stores and flea markets with her husband, attending football games with her son, or binging on TV shows.

Her debut novella, Til Death Do Us Part, was published in 2013, and her work appears in several anthologies and collections, notably Absolution, Flash Fiction Addiction, and Bending Time. She currently has two serials to her name, the stand-alone horror volumes of The 13 series and her new high fantasy, the Destiny Defined series, which debuted March 7, 2019.

Her favorite quote is: “The blank page is a canvas on which the writer paints a story.”-Stephanie Ayers

Connect with the Author

Email: theauthorSAM@gmail.com

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The 13: Tales of Macabre Book Review

Stephanie Ayers doesn’t disappoint with book two in her, The 13 series. The 13: Tales of Macabre opens with an epic story of love and betrayal pulling you in. As with Tales of Illusory you will find a story to spark your inner horror fancies around this most wonderful time of year. No I’m not talking about the horrid Christmas season, I’m talking about the best holiday ever! Halloween.

If you don’t know me or the fact that I am the proud mother of two twin 1 year-old boys then you will understand how epic this book is to me. I started my morning sitting down to just read one story, before the monsters woke up for breakfast. The Tales of Macabre had me so captivated I sat down between screaming fits and read to the end within a two hour period.

Her beautifully crafted stories and technique with creating such a master piece has inspired the writer in me. I now am planning to do my own horror story collection for next year and here’s hoping Stephanie is too. Looking forward to book 3 Stephanie so keep them coming.


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Can you survive all 12?

Killer watermelons, murderous jewelry boxes, centenarian sea whisperers, creatures of myth/legend, and more…

This supernatural story collection will make you reconsider everything you thought you knew. At night you’ll hover under your covers while looking over your shoulder in the day. Down, down in the depths they fell; bodies in the dark of a liquid hell. Can you survive all 12?

This is the second collection in The 13 series. Will you survive all 13?

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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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The 13: Tales of Illusory Book Review

Several decades have passed since the last time I sat down to read a horror genre book. I am an avid fantasy lover with a mixed love for vampires, werewolves and so much more. Stephanie Ayers’ The 13: Tales of Illusory was a refreshing read. It sparked my love for horror all over again. Each story leaves its own impression and keeps you turning the page making you wonder “what’s next?”

I would have to say my top two favorite stories were “Tears of a Sinner” and “What the Sign Saw”. “Tears of a Sinner” gave me the wonder of a vampire tale filled with romance and death. When I finished this story, I wished it was a full-length book instead, it left me screaming for more. But, the wonder didn’t end there for I found another story that was longer and fulfilled the hunger I needed fed.

“What the Sign Saw” kept me captivated till the end making me want to turn the page. This story has turns and twists keeping you on your toes. The ending is brutal but I won’t spoil it for you. This story had me so captivated my poor fiancé tried to ask me something during this story and I bit his head off. Told him “don’t interrupt me I’m getting to the good part!” Definitely recommend this book to anyone that loves suspense, horror and a mix of death with romance.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to any avid horror loving readers. If you are looking for something fun, creepy, suspenseful and steamy then buy this book. Stephanie did such an awesome job with this story collection I already pre-order book 2 The 13: Tales of Macabre, scheduled for release this Friday, October 26, 2018. Keep your eyes peeled for book 2’s review coming Friday. And, Stephanie loved your book and look forward to reading all your other creepy fantastical reads.


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Can You Survive all 13?

13 enchanted horrors, 13 spine-chilling tales. Down, down in the depths they fell, bodies in the dark of a liquid hell. Can you survive all 13?

This is the first collection of The 13 series. Will you survive all 13?

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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.

FAVORITE QOUTE:

“The blank page is a canvas on which the writer paints a story.”-Stephanie Ayers

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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. 🙂

tour line up

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.

The 13 Macabre Flyer

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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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