Cover Reveal and Spotlight – Fluffy – Julia Kent – Romance

Cover Reveal—Fluffy by Julia Kent (@jkentauthor)

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Genre: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance

Description:

An all-new STANDALONE from New York Times bestselling author Julia Kent

It all started with the wrong Help Wanted ad. Of course it did.

I’m a professional fluffer. It’s NOT what you think. I stage homes for a living. Real estate agents love me, and my work stands on its own merits.

Sigh. Get your mind out of the gutter. Go ahead. Laugh. I’ll wait.

See? That’s the problem. My career has used the term “fluffer” for decades. I didn’t even know there was a more… lascivious definition of the term.

Until it was too late.

The ad for a “professional fluffer” on Craigslist seemed like divine intervention. My last unemployment check was in the bank. I was desperate. Rent was due. The ad said cash paid at the end of the day.

The perfect job!

Staging homes means showing your best angle. The same principle applies in making a certain kind of movie. Turns out a “fluffer” doesn’t arrange decorative pillows on a couch.

They arrange other soft, round-ish objects.

The job isn’t hard. Er, I mean, it is — it’s about being hard. Or, well… helping other people to be hard.

Oh, man…

And that’s the other problem. A man. No, not one of the stars on the movie set. Will Lotham – my high school crush. The owner of the house where we’re filming. Illegally. In a vacation rental.

By the time the cops show up, what I thought was just a great house staging gig turned into a nightmare involving pictures of me with an undressed naked star, Will rescuing me from an arrest, and a humiliating lesson in my own naivete.

My job turned out to be so much harder than I expected. But you know what’s easier than I ever imagined?

Having all my dreams come true.

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Excerpt:

 “It is time to DANCE! Find a partner and hold each other’s hands, facing one another.”

Five women start walking toward Will.

“Mal?” Shyness infuses his question, sending chills up and down my arms and legs. They settle at the base of my neck, riding shotgun next to the arousal centers of my nervous system. He’s adorable, one hand out to me, eyebrows slightly up, blue-green eyes asking to dance with me but hinting at more.

Or… am I inventing that part?

“Sure,” I say, instantly regretting my answer. Does it sound grudging? He doesn’t seem to think so as I take his hand and stand before him, tall in my high heels but he’s even taller. Looking at him from this height makes him even more human, more masculine, more real.

My heart skips a beat.

But the music sure doesn’t.

“Now, the ‘man,’” Philippe starts, using finger quotes because there are several female-only couples in the class, “puts one hand on the woman’s waist. The right hand.”

Will complies.

It’s like sticking my finger in a light socket and orgasming at the same time.

His left hand takes my right hand and he holds it, strong and firm, smiling at me with a boyish grin that makes me feel instant remorse for hurting him today.

“I’m sorry I bashed your head in,” I whisper, moving near his ear, our mouths inches apart.

There is a gap between us. My lungs live there, in that space. They breathe. I don’t make a move. My autonomic nervous system works without intention. If it didn’t, I’d die.

Because I would hold my breath forever in Will’s arms.

Philippe is moving from couple to couple, adjusting positions, commenting and correcting.

“Closer,” Philippe says right behind me, the press of his firm palm against my lower back a shock as he pushes me into Will, closing that gap.

My autonomic nervous system gives up entirely.

“Look into each other’s eyes,” Philippe commands, his accent making this even sexier. “When you dance, you show your love with your hips, your eyes, your languid grace. You are making love in public with your bodies, fully clothed.”

Is Will holding his breath, too?

“Your hand goes here, Mallory,” the teacher says, taking my left hand and putting it on Will’s shoulder. My breasts brush against his chest, our breathing ragged. I try to look away, but we’re too close. All I can do is look at his eyes or his mouth, and right now, both are so, so dangerous.

No one else in the room exists. The light that bounces off the polished floors is ours. The murmurs and giggles in the background are ours. The way he breathes my air and I inhale him is ours, too. We’re touching, my thigh against his, and every warm part of Will Lotham’s front half that is decent to display in public is rubbing against me.

Except his lips.

“Now, take one step forward,” Philippe says. “Together.”

Will steps on my foot. Hard.

I make a very unfeminine sound and start to pitch backwards. Tightening his grip on my waist, his hand sliding, open and splayed, across the small of my back, he saves me from a complete wipeout.

But that save has its costs.

In an instant, all traces of that teenage girl in me are gone, disintegrating, turned to stardust that sweeps off me like a fine spring breeze. I am all woman now, mature and wanting.

All I want is this. Now. The man before me, his arms warm and assured, grasp confident and bold.

And very much wanting me back.

Author Bio:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge. From billionaires to BBWs to new adult rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every contemporary romance she writes. Unlike Shannon from Shopping for a Billionaire, she did not meet her husband after dropping her phone in a men’s room toilet (and he isn’t a billionaire). She lives in New England with her husband and three sons in a household where the toilet seat is never, ever, down

Social Media Links:

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Amazon Author Page:  https://www.amazon.com/Julia-Kent/e/B00A99V268/

 

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Book Spotlight – Duty Bound – Reverse Harem Romances – Felicity Brandon, Katie Douglas, Lily Harlem and Lucy Felthouse

New Release – Duty Bound, Contemporary Reverse Harem Romances! #reverseharem #whychoose

Featuring stories from Felicity Brandon, Katie Douglas, Lily Harlem and Lucy Felthouse.

Buy now or read free in KU (universal link): http://mybook.to/dutybound

Blurb:

When their uniforms come off…

Bossy, dedicated, overprotective, super complicated. A woman needs a man like that in her life like she needs a temporal lobe headache, right? Think again, because when the uniforms come off and the temperature skyrockets, it’s time to forget Hell and take a trip straight to Heaven.

How about multiplying that by three, four, or more? You get the picture? This set of panty-melting reverse harem stories will have you gasping, panting, squirming and sweating. Read late into the night with these steamy tales featuring priests, military men, S.W.A.T. officers, gardeners, waiters, and more.

For a limited time only, grab your own harem of hot men who are determined to be the best of the best, especially when it comes to adoring their woman.

Buy now or read free in KU (universal link): http://mybook.to/dutybound

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Excerpt from Chasing the Chambermaid by Lucy Felthouse:

Prologue

Only the slop, slop, slopping sound of her painfully slow footsteps through the thick, sucking mud convinced Connie White she was actually making any progress. Her limbs and extremities had long since gone so numb that she couldn’t be sure otherwise.

Come on, Con, just a little bit further. That sign said something about an estate, and an estate means buildings. A bloody cowshed will do—anything for some respite from this infernal sodding weather.

She pushed on for several more minutes, then gasped with shock and relief when her next step met not with sloppy mud or waterlogged grass, but a track. A rough track, but a track nonetheless. And it had to lead somewhere, surely? It ran left to right across the line she’d been taking, so Connie had to make a decision. Which way would lead her to… something? She was already soaked to the skin and freezing cold, so a couple of seconds of rumination wouldn’t make the slightest bit of difference to her physical state. She really didn’t want to end up going in the wrong direction and heading further away from any semblance of civilisation.

She took a breath and remembered her gran’s—long since dead, bless her—nonsensical motto—or one of them, anyway: If in doubt, turn left.

Connie shrugged, and another of her gran’s daft phrases flitted into her brain. In for a penny, in for a pound.

She hoiked her backpack higher, hunched her shoulders against the relentless wind and rain, and turned left. Moments later, she was rewarded as the hulking shape of a building appeared from the sheets of wind-buffeted rain. Excitement gave her a burst of energy, spurring her on. Fifty feet. Forty. Twenty-five. God, what was this place? It looked so old and decrepit the Vikings could have left it behind. Doesn’t matter. If it provides even a modicum of shelter, it’s an improvement on where you slept last night. The wooden bench on the tiny village’s green hadn’t exactly been the warmest or most comfortable place to lay her head. And she shuddered to think about what would have happened if someone unsavoury had happened across her, alone and vulnerable. She’d been very glad to wake up and hurriedly continue on her journey that morning.

The last few feet went by in a blur of motion, her body still numb and not entirely under her control. At least the track was easier to walk on. It wasn’t particularly smooth, but at least it wasn’t trying to pull off her walking boots, like the sucking mud had been.

Finally, she burst through the building’s heavy door, only the adrenaline pumping in her veins making it possible to even shift the thing. Fuck, I’m exhausted.

The last thing she remembered was shucking off her backpack and slamming the door against the elements. Then silence.

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Blog Tour – Kyra Halland – Chosen of Azura – #Fantasy

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Title: Chosen of Azara

Author: Kyra Halland

Genre: Fantasy/Romance

Hosted by: Ultimate Fantasy Book Tours

 

Are you a full time author or do you have another job as well and if so how do either of these fit in with writing time?

After being a stay-at-home mom and homemaker for twenty-seven years, I now consider writing to be my full-time job, even though I don’t work full time hours or make a living yet.

 Do you write on your novel daily or do you try to have days off?

I work every day except Sunday, which is a day for rest, family, spiritual renewal, and scrapbooking.

What do you think is the most effective marketing is for your books?

I’ve been having a good deal of success lately in cross-promotions with other fantasy/science fiction authors. When we all pool our resources, we can reach so many more readers and help everyone do better.

 If you have a ‘baddy’ in your book, can you tell us a little about this character?

My villains usually have what they think are perfectly good reasons for doing what they do. Mostly, they think they know what is best for everyone and try to impose that through whatever means necessary, for the greater good of course, without regard for the rights of the people being imposed on or what they really want.

 Is there any romance in your story and if so can you tell us a little about this?

My novels always have romance in them! In fact, that’s why I started writing, because I couldn’t find fantasy novels that handled romance in a way I found satisfactory. I like stories where the developing relationship has an influence on the fantasy plot, and where the couple have to work together to solve the story problem. The romance in Chosen of Azara is between Sevry, who has been searching for a very long time for the woman who holds the magic that can bring his destroyed homeland of Savaru back to life, and Lucie, who inherited a magical secret from her great-grandmother but she doesn’t know what it means. It seems like a hopeless romance, between Sevry’s duty and Lucie’s family obligations, but somehow things work out 🙂

 Do you ever write sad scenes and do you feel the sadness as you write it?

I always like to have a happy ending, but there can be plenty of sad scenes on the way to that happy ending. I have made myself get all teary at times.

 Did you write as a child or did you come into your talent as an adult?

I’ve always loved reading and stories, and I wrote a little bit as a child, but I took a long detour into music. My degrees are in music education and music history. After I finished my Master’s degree, I immediately became a stay-at-home mom with my first child. Looking for a new intellectual challenge, I decided to try writing the kinds of fantasy novels I wanted to read but had trouble finding.

 Can you give us a little insight into any fantasy characters in Chosen of Azara?

Chosen of Azara is a tale of several generations of a family and the sacrifices they make to try to prevent a war from destroying their homeland Savaru and then to restore it after it’s destroyed. Juzeva only wants to serve at the magical Source she’s sworn to, but she has to enter into a treaty marriage with the enemy. She doesn’t want to, but she does her duty gracefully. Sevry, Juzeva’s nephew, has lost everything, and only his pure heart and dedication to restoring his lost homeland keep him going through his long, difficult quest. Lucie, Juzeva’s great-granddaughter, doesn’t want to leave behind the comfortable life she knows to help Sevry restore Savaru, but her heart tells her what she knows she has to do. With each of these characters, love gives them the strength to do the difficult things that have to be done.

 Is your the world in your book like earth or is it a fantasy world?

Estelend, the world of Chosen of Azara, is a fantasy world. I based it on the idea of magic coming from Sources, or natural features in the earth, like caves, springs, trees, mountains, and so on.

 What is the time period setting of your latest book?

The time period of Chosen of Azara ranges from roughly equivalent to the middle ages to the early 19th century. But these times from our world really don’t have much to do with the world of Estelend.

 Do you prefer to write as a series or standalone books?

For a long time, I only wrote standalones. Then I wrote a fantasy set in an Old West-style world, just as an experiment, and it turned into a 6-book series! At the same time, I’ve written other novels set in Estelend; they don’t have any characters in common with each other or Chosen of Azara, but since they’re in the same world I consider them a loosely-connected series. So I sort of accidentally turned into a series writer!

 Chosen of Azara is actually one of my older books; my upcoming novels Source-Breaker and Heir of Tanaris return to that world. I also have some story collections related to Chosen of Azara, The Warrior and the Holy Man, about a couple of historical figures briefly mentioned in Chosen, and The Brilliant Career of Sajur Golu and Other Tales of Azara, which contains backstories, character sketches, and alternate points of view for Chosen of Azara.

 Do you like to use lots of subplots or do you think just confuses?

I stay pretty focused on the one or two main story questions of the plot. Usually, beating the bad guys and getting the hero and heroine together. Sometimes there might be a few minor story threads going on, but mostly I stick to the main plot and the romance plot.

 Can you tell us a little about one of your sub plots in Chosen of Azara?

Probably the main subplot is about Lucie finding the strength to stand up for what she wants and get out of a destructive relationship with the man she’s supposed to marry.

 Can you tell us a little about your protagonist and your antagonist and how they relate to each other?

Sajur Golu, high priest of the Madrinan Empire that conquered Savaru, and Sevry are pretty much the opposite of each other. Sajur Golu is ambitious, wanting glory for himself, his family name, and the Madrinan Empire; Sevry is quite literally willing to die to save his people. Sajur Golu has thoroughly corrupted himself in the pursuit of his ambitions; Sevry remains pure of heart no matter the burdens he has to carry. Sajur Golu pursues Sevry to stop Sevry from stealing Sajur’s final victory from him, and when they finally confront each other, with Lucie as the catalyst, it’s a battle between Sevry’s purity and Sajur’s corruption.

 What is your latest project?

My latest project is actually a multi-author boxed set that I’m very excited to be part of. It’s called Light in the Darkness: A Noblebright Fantasy Boxed Set. Basically, as C.J. Brightley, the coordinator of this boxed set, says, “Noblebright fantasy has at least one important character with noble, idealistic motives who does the right thing out of principle. The character is flawed, but his or her actions are generally defined by honesty, integrity, sacrifice, love, and kindness. The story upholds the goodness of the character; the character’s good qualities are not held up as naiveté, cluelessness, or stupidity, but rather shown to be worthwhile. Good characters can make a difference. Noblebright characters can learn and grow. They can deliberately choose to be kind when tempted to be unkind, they can choose generosity when it hurts, and they can influence their world and other characters for the better.” My book Beneath the Canyons is part of this set along with 11 other full-length novels and a handful of short stories, a great value for the price of $1.99. It releases on Tuesday Oct. 18, at these stores:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01K3534QI

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/light-in-the-darkness-cj-brightley/1124360518?ean=2940153673578

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/light-in-the-darkness-a-noblebright-fantasy-boxed-set

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/light-in-darkness-noblebright/id1143589450?mt=11

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/657111

 Do you think all readers should do reviews to help the writers improve? When you receive reviews do you find yourself influenced to make changes?

I honestly believe that reviews are for readers, not for writers, to help other readers decide what books the want to read. It’s not the reader’s job to help me become a better writer. It’s interesting to see what readers like and don’t like, but usually some readers like things that other readers don’t, and you can’t please everyone, so it doesn’t do any good to change your books according to what reviews say. Of course, writers should still be working to improve their skills by reading good books in all genres and books about writing, doing writing exercises, taking workshops from professional writers, etc. But they should also trust their own creative vision and not be changing their books all the time according to what one reviewer or another says.

Blurb:

Juzeva, a princess of Savaru, vowed to the service of the magical Source Azara, sacrifices everything to try to stop a war, only to be caught in a web of evil and deceit.

Sevry, the last king of the war-ravaged land of Savaru, is tasked by Source Azara with finding the secret that disappeared with Juzeva, the secret that can heal Savaru and its Sources.

Lucie, a sheltered young noblewoman, is unaware of her true heritage and the power she bears, until a stranger claiming to be the legendary king of a long-dead land takes refuge in her father’s house.

Torn between her familiar world and the truths her heart can’t deny, Lucie must find the courage to join Sevry on his quest to restore Savaru and its magical Sources to life, a quest that will sweep her away to adventure, danger, and a love that could change her life – and the lost land of Savaru – forever.

Epic romantic fantasy for adults and older teens.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31456955-chosen-of-azara

 

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Buy Links:

 Amazon.com ~ https://goo.gl/SaUy2t

Amazon.co.uk ~ https://goo.gl/NpXqlo

Barnes &Noble~ https://goo.gl/oudviU

Kobo ~ https://goo.gl/A6XmUH

 Author Bio:

Kyra Halland has always loved fantasy. She has also always loved a good love story. Years ago, as a new stay-at-home mom, she decided to combine those two loves – like chocolate and peanut butter! – by writing the kinds of romantic fantasy novels she wanted to read.
Complicated, honorable heroes; strong, smart, feminine heroines; magic, romance, and adventure; deep emotion mixed with a dash of offbeat humor – all of these make up Kyra Halland’s worlds. She loves sharing those worlds with readers and hopes they will enjoy her stories and characters as much as she does.

Kyra Halland lives in southern Arizona. She has a very patient husband, two less-patient cats, two young adult sons, a lovely daughter-in-law, and two adorable granddaughters. Besides writing, she enjoys scrapbooking and anime, and she wants to be a crazy cat lady when she grows up.

 

Visit her at:

 

Website: http://www.kyrahalland.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KyraHalland

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kyra-Halland/e/B00BG2R6XK

 

Blog Tour – The Captives – Cas Peace

A city besieged by evil…
 
Secure in his stolen stronghold, Baron Reen continues to sow chaos in Albia’s capital. Nowhere is safe from his malice and the King’s Guard is powerless to stop him. Crucial pieces of his plan are falling into place and soon his vengeance will be complete. All he lacks is the final game piece that will force his archenemy to her knees before him.
Sullyan works frantically to solve the mystery of Reen’s newfound powers. She knows she is getting closer to the truth, but will she be too late to save the scarecrow’s captives?

 

 The book is now live and here is a link that will take you to the correct Amazon page no matter where in the world you are.  http://geni.us/DuwaAf

Cas lives in the lovely county of Hampshire, southern UK, where she was born. On leaving school she trained for two years before qualifying as horse-riding instructor. During this time she also learned to carriage-drive. She spent thirteen years in the British Civil Service before moving to Rome, Italy, where she and her husband, Dave, lived for three years. They enjoy returning whenever they can. Cas supports many animal charities and owns two rescue dogs. She has a large collection of cacti and loves gardening. She is also a folk singer/songwriter and is currently writing and recording nine folk-style songs to accompany each of her fantasy books. You can listen to and download all the songs from her website: www.caspeace.com
See the video of her performing live at the King’s Envoy book launch here:

Find out more at her website: www.caspeace.com

Connect with the Author here: 

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Interview with the Author

In 10 words tell us about yourself.

British female, animal lover, singer, cactus grower, wife, horserider, Christian. (Not necessarily in that order!)

Can you remember the first story you wrote?

I can, and in fact, I still have it. It’s called “The Night of the Halo’d Moon”, and it was a young person’s fantasy about a world ruled by unicorns. I never quite finished it, but I might resurrect it one day. I like to think it did have some merit, even though I wrote it a good 30 years ago!

If you had to choose 10 books to take to a desert island which ten would it be?

The Little White Horse, by Elizabeth Goudge.

The Worm Ouroboros, by E R Eddison.

The King of Elfland’s Daughter, by Lord Dunsany.

The Lord of the Rings, by J R R Tolkien

The Chronicles of Morgaine, by C J Cherryh

The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Bradley

Unicorns I have Known by Robert Vavra

Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney

Some sort of huge crossword compilation

And probably a book about boat building!

What is your most successful marketing tip (for your books)?

The best results I’ve ever had from all the different marketing I’ve done for my books have come from amalgamating a cover reveal/blog tour from Loving the Book with a Twitter campaign (I use Twuffer to schedule Tweets) and Facebook posts. The first novel in my Artesans of Albia fantasy series became an Amazon UK Bestseller the very first time I did this. I think it’s about keeping your book’s profile as high as you can, even if it’s only for a relatively short time.

What is the most useful piece of advice about writing you’ve been given?

I found this quote in a writing magazine and printed it out to hang above my desk. It has served me well over the years and it’s as relevant today as it was when I found it. My only regret is that I didn’t record who made the quote!

“ If you ever suffer moments of self-doubt, remember that every sucessful writer was once where you are now. Nothing is wasted. Every word you write, every page, every chapter, holds a lesson. Success may be just around the corner, and you may be closer to it than you think. Hold the faith – you just have to keep going, keep growing, keep writing fresh words.”

What’s your latest writing project?

Right now I’m working on the final novel in the Artesans of Albia series, entitled The Gateway. I wrote it years ago, but it needs a full edit. Once that’s done, I have an idea for a YA prequel to the series and I’m also a contributor to the Perseid Press HEROIKA brand anthologies. I will probably try to write more short stories as I enjoy the challenge.

Who is the biggest influence in your life?

Gosh, that’s a tough one. Writing-wise, I think I would have to say Elizabeth Goudge, because I discovered her writing very early on in my life and loved her style. I’ve never forgotten the first time I read The Little White Horse and the way it made me feel. I’d love to think I could write something that another young person might read and love and remember for the rest of their life.

On a more personal level, it would have to be my family. Not very exciting, maybe, but true nonetheless. My parents and my husband have been hugely supportive throughout my life, and my brother has been fantastic in helping me write, sing, play and record the unique folk-style songs that accompany my fantasy novels. I don’t know what I’d do without any of them!

If you could have a dinner party with anyone from history who would you choose and why?

I think I’d have to choose someone like Joan d’Arc. I’ve always been fascinated by the role of women in a male-dominated society, and especially so when the woman in question takes up arms. It is one of the themes of my own fantasy series, and is the reason I wanted to create a believable heroine who could hold her own, and in some cases surpass, strong male warriors. Yet I didn’t want her to be some kind of Amazonian, kick-ass female who kills everyone she sees. I wanted her to be feminine, and sometimes vulnerable, and to have all the faults and frailties of a normal woman, yet still to be a good and charismatic leader. That’s how I see Joan d’Arc, rightly or wrongly, and I hope I achieved this.

What would you cook for them?

Well, I happen to be rubbish at cooking. It’s not something I enjoy or find relaxing. In fact, if I do cook, I usually end up so fed up with what I’m making and the time it’s taken that I don’t want to eat it! My husband does most of the cooking in our house because he enjoys creating new dishes. I do all the clearing up, which he doesn’t enjoy, so it works out fine. But I do like omelets and I can cook them well, so anyone who dined with me would have to be prepared to eat eggs!

 

The first book in the series, King’s Envoy, is running a FREE KINDLE VERSION promotion from May 26th –May 30th. How flippin cool is that! There is not a universal Amazon link for that but here is the US link: https://www.amazon.com/Kings-Envoy-Artesans-Albia-trilogy-ebook/dp/B00FLXRW4I

and UK link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kings-Envoy-Artesans-Albia-trilogy-ebook/dp/B00FLXRW4I/

The Author has send us a song list, That also includes video of live preformances!

Artesans of Albia Songlist.

 

From King’s Envoy: The Wheel Will Turn. https://www.reverbnation.com/caspeacewithntn/song/14437202-wheel-will-turn-from-fantasy-novel

To see live video performance:

From King’s Champion: The Ballad of Tallimore. https://www.reverbnation.com/caspeacewithntn/song/18886105-ballad-tallimore-from-fantasy-novel

From King’s Artesan: Morgan’s Song. https://www.reverbnation.com/caspeacewithntn/song/18886127-morgans-song-all-that-we-are-from

From The Challenge: Meadowsweet. https://www.reverbnation.com/caspeacewithntn/song/21511143-meadowsweet

From The Circle: Larksong. https://www.reverbnation.com/caspeacewithntn/song/22333132-larksong 

 

To view our blog schedule and follow along with this tour visit our Official Event page 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3AnthBlast – Three Anthologies Blog Tour

Today I am pleased to be promoting 3 Charity Anthologies. They’re a mix of authors, styles and genres but they are connected – all the authors gave their time and work free of charge and all profits go to good causes.

Three Anthologies to Support Three Great Causes 

Publication Date: October 4, 2013

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Charity: Exotic Feline Rescue Center

What is it about the tiger that so captivates? Or about the jaguar that enchants? Why are we so drawn to the lethal grace of the large feline predators of the world?Get ready to purr, growl and roar along with six paranormal romance authors in this anthology of love and shapeshifting kitties. After reading these six unique tales, from the sexy to the sweet, you’ll be guaranteed to be saying… Here, Kitty Kitty…

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In ‘His Jaguar Princess’ by A. Star, jaguar shifter Selene Peters can’t deny her feelings for the tycoon Lucas King. Somehow, he’s penetrated her barriers and become more than just a client, but loving a human is dangerous and she fears her past repeating itself. Could he help her overcome the past or will she sacrifice her happiness and succumb to it? Not if he has anything to say about it…

In ‘In Our Nature’ by Jessica Nicholls, when Mira’s privacy and independence are threatened, she can be very nasty. Daniel is an expert on American mountain lions. His assistance is requested after an ‘incident’ on Mira’s front lawn. When the two meet, they recognise each other in more than one way.

In ‘Divine Passage’ by Dariel Raye, Kimani, a breeder with the power to preserve the human race, must depend on her guardian, Ahkil, a black panther shifter with more than one reason to distrust humans, but his secrets could change the course of her life forever.

In ‘The Distance Between’ by Mia Darien, she’s traveled thousands of miles, looking for a safe place. He’s brought her thousands of miles, looking to not be lonely any more. But they both have secrets. Can they bridge the distance between, and find what they’re looking for in each other?

In ‘Hannah’s Fate’ by Abigail Owen, cougar shifters have allied into groups, together in a rocky alliance to protect themselves against other shifters. Hannah Keller becomes the targeted Mate for Kyle Carstairs, the treacherous soon-to-be Alpha of another group. Meanwhile, Nick Jensen, her childhood hero and longtime secret crush, has returned home with hopes of claiming Hannah for his own. But will he be in time to rescue her from the Carstairs’s schemes?

In ‘Full Moon’ by B. R. Kingsolver, the full moon can get a girl stirred up, especially with a handsome cowboy paying her way too much attention. If it wasn’t for those damned werewolves causing trouble and getting in the way…

 

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Publication Date: May 10, 2014

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Charity: American Red Cross

Romance can be found among the darkest of times. In this anthology, you’ll find four tales of sweet romance about those who dedicate their time, and sometimes even their lives, to helping others. 100% of the proceeds go to the American Red Cross.
“Cross My Heart” by Abigail Owen
“A Healing Touch” by Jessica Nicholls
“Lesson Learned” by Crystel G. Smith
“Hope” by Mia Darien

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Publication Date: August 1, 2014

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy

Charity: Wounded Warrior Project

Science Fiction and Fantasy, two genres that are both unalike and inextricably entwined, stretching the imagination to the expansive boundaries of time, space, and magic. These boundaries are often filled with warriors and war, fights and causes worth fighting for, and that’s what you’ll find in this anthology.
From fighting aliens in space to demons in a world of magic, you’ll find many stories to suit your starship’s entertainment collection or your favorite bard at the local tavern…or just your imagination here and now. Sit back and enjoy twelve stories from authors both familiar and new!
100% of the proceeds to be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
“SARAH” by Lee Pletzers
“The Summoned Rise of the Phantom Knights” by Kenny Emmanuel
“Border Patrol” by BR Kingsolver
“The Twelve” by Mia Darien
“Ghosts” by Christi Rigby
“Outside the Walls” by A. L. Butcher & Diana L. Wicker
“My Brother’s Keeper” by Raphyel M. Jordan
“With Our Own Blood” by Jessica Nicholls
“The Connection” by Crystal G. Smith
“A Fly on the Wall” by Chantal Boudreau
“Slacker” by Doug Dandridge
“The Light Bless Thee and Keep Thee” by Mason Darien

 

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Titles: Here, Kitty Kitty / Reaching Out / Bellator
Edited by: Mia Darien
Publication Dates: October 4, 2013 / May 10, 2014 / August 1, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance / Romance / Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Charities: Exotic Feline Rescue Center / American Red Cross / Wounded Warrior Project

Synopsis

Here, Kitty Kitty
 

What is it about the tiger that so captivates? Or about the jaguar that enchants? Why are we so drawn to the lethal grace of the large feline predators of the world? Get ready to purr, growl and roar along with six paranormal romance authors in this anthology of love and shapeshifting kitties. After reading these six unique tales, from the sexy to the sweet, you’ll be guaranteed to be saying… Here, Kitty Kitty… * * * In ‘His Jaguar Princess’ by A. Star, jaguar shifter Selene Peters can’t deny her feelings for the tycoon Lucas King. Somehow, he’s penetrated her barriers and become more than just a client, but loving a human is dangerous and she fears her past repeating itself. Could he help her overcome the past or will she sacrifice her happiness and succumb to it? Not if he has anything to say about it… In ‘In Our Nature’ by Jessica Nicholls, when Mira’s privacy and independence are threatened, she can be very nasty. Daniel is an expert on American mountain lions. His assistance is requested after an ‘incident’ on Mira’s front lawn. When the two meet, they recognise each other in more than one way. In ‘Divine Passage’ by Dariel Raye, Kimani, a breeder with the power to preserve the human race, must depend on her guardian, Ahkil, a black panther shifter with more than one reason to distrust humans, but his secrets could change the course of her life forever. In ‘The Distance Between’ by Mia Darien, she’s traveled thousands of miles, looking for a safe place. He’s brought her thousands of miles, looking to not be lonely any more. But they both have secrets. Can they bridge the distance between, and find what they’re looking for in each other? In ‘Hannah’s Fate’ by Abigail Owen, cougar shifters have allied into groups, together in a rocky alliance to protect themselves against other shifters. Hannah Keller becomes the targeted Mate for Kyle Carstairs, the treacherous soon-to-be Alpha of another group. Meanwhile, Nick Jensen, her childhood hero and longtime secret crush, has returned home with hopes of claiming Hannah for his own. But will he be in time to rescue her from the Carstairs’s schemes? In ‘Full Moon’ by B. R. Kingsolver, the full moon can get a girl stirred up, especially with a handsome cowboy paying her way too much attention. If it wasn’t for those damned werewolves causing trouble and getting in the way…

Reaching Out
 

Romance can be found among the darkest of times. In this anthology, you’ll find four tales of sweet romance about those who dedicate their time, and sometimes even their lives, to helping others. 100% of the proceeds go to the American Red Cross. “Cross My Heart” by Abigail Owen “A Healing Touch” by Jessica Nicholls “Lesson Learned” by Crystel G. Smith “Hope” by Mia Darien

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Bellator
Science Fiction and Fantasy, two genres that are both unalike and inextricably entwined, stretching the imagination to the expansive boundaries of time, space, and magic. These boundaries are often filled with warriors and war, fights and causes worth fighting for, and that’s what you’ll find in this anthology. From fighting aliens in space to demons in a world of magic, you’ll find many stories to suit your starship’s entertainment collection or your favorite bard at the local tavern…or just your imagination here and now. Sit back and enjoy twelve stories from authors both familiar and new! 100% of the proceeds to be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. “SARAH” by Lee Pletzers “The Summoned Rise of the Phantom Knights” by Kenny Emmanuel “Border Patrol” by BR Kingsolver “The Twelve” by Mia Darien “Ghosts” by Christi Rigby “Outside the Walls” by A. L. Butcher & Diana L. Wicker “My Brother’s Keeper” by Raphyel M. Jordan “With Our Own Blood” by Jessica Nicholls “The Connection” by Crystal G. Smith “A Fly on the Wall” by Chantal Boudreau “Slacker” by Doug Dandridge “The Light Bless Thee and Keep Thee” by Mason Darien

 

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Diana Wicker – Blog Tour and Character Interview Nolan

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The Realm of Feyron has always been…
 
Publication Date: November 2, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Coming of Age

The Realm of Feyron has always been. It is the origin of all things magical, the axis point where all the worlds meet. Once, in days gone by, there were many gateways within the Temple of Pyli connecting the Worlds Beyond seeded with magic to their home. Now many gateways have flickered out, and Feyron weakens as the magic fades and the Guardians are lost.For the first time in over three hundred years a Dreamweaver has come of age and is tasked with contacting the Guardians. When she awakens in the night after a vision of her best friend lost and alone, injured in the snows at the top of the Crystal Mountains, she seeks out the Sacred Fire in the Temple in an attempt to call forth more information. A voice calls out from the fire, “Dreamweaver, you are summoned.” An image appears of an ancient path through the Mist Shrouded Forest leading to a hidden gate into the Crystal Caverns below the mountains. The Guardians have summoned her on a quest that will take her to the four realms of light within Feyron in search of answers and aid.

EXCERPTS:

Excerpt–The Dreamweaver’s Journey

Watching the full moon over the garden, she heard the call of a night bird and smiled. The warmth flowed through her, surrounding her, and as the halo of gold faded, a hawk swooped unnoticed from Soifra’s bedroom window, streaking across the garden and into the forest, following the cold breeze back towards its source in the Crystal Mountains. Once she was sure she was well enough away from the small homes that fanned out from the manor, she rose above the trees in her favorite form: the black dragon. In her elation, she began to sing, and somewhere ahead of her, something answered back.

At first there was just one call off in the distance, and she wasn’t quite sure if she had heard it, or imagined it, or if it was an echo in the breeze, but then it came again, strong and sure, and it seemed closer. Soifra flew higher, calling out again, and this time she was sure she heard more than one song. The songs called to her, pulled her, filling her with elation, and she followed them higher and farther. She knew she had to see them, the real dragonkin, the guardian children. If she just saw them, she could go back and tell her grandmother the Guardians were real. They simply had to go to the mountains to find them.

She reached a height where the clouds were thick, and her world went grey, consumed by the cold mists around her. After trying to follow the songs for a short while, twisting and turning as different voices called from different places, she could no longer tell left from right, up from down, and she began to feel afraid. Heart racing, she could no longer think clearly, and in her panic she picked one call and began to follow it, faster and faster, desperate to leave the clouds, to be able to see. The calls suddenly stopped. She had begun to turn her head this way and that, straining to hear any sound, when she slammed into the side of the mountain with a bone crushing thud, and fell unconscious to the cold, crystal ledge far below.

Here’s an interview with Nolan of Clan Tyrel

Tell Us About Yourself

Name: Nolan Tyrel – Technically Master Nolan of Tyrel, but titles from the Court of Clans of the Faie are of little importance where I was raised.

 

Age: 20

 

Please tell us a little about yourself.

Yes, hi, I’m Nolan Tyrel.  My father and I are the last of the true sorcerers.  I was raised on a World Beyond, and we have only lately relocated to Feyron.

 

Describe your appearance in 10 words or less.

Tall, wearing black, short honey-auburn hair

 

What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?

strengths: family, friends, confidence in my abilities

weaknesses: Is it strange to say the same things?

Kith and Kin are very important to the Faie.  My friends and family give me strength, but if anything should happen to them, then I’d have to do what was necessary to take care of things.  This has sometimes led me to push myself and my abilities to the brink of failure.

 

Do you have a family? Tell us about them.

As I said, my father and I are the last of the true sorcerers.  My mother died when I was just a toddler.  She was a member of clan Vidya, a clan of female healers; but when she passed, my father couldn’t find any others.  On our World Beyond we lived with my father’s younger sister, Elaina, her husband Reike of Caris, and their children.

 

Can you remember something from your childhood which influences your behaviour? How do you think it influences you?

I just mentioned that my mother died when I was little.  I can’t say that I remember that happening, but it has definitely influenced my life, and more than in the way I dress.  You see, when we lost Mom, we lost her entire clan.  There had been elders, so I’m told, but when Mom died without a daughter, they just sort of…vanished.

The loss of magic lessens us all.  That’s what we’re taught from childhood when we attend summer academy in Feyron, and I’m sure the loss of another clan wasn’t a good thing.  But I have to say, the loss of family, that has to be worse…for someone to just be gone and you don’t know why.  That’s why I still hang out at the Palace during the summer even though I’m past the age to attend classes.  When you’ve a younger cousin like Soifra, there’s bound to be mischief at hand.  *grin

 

Do you like animals? Do you have any pets/animal companions?

Do I like animals?  What an odd question, although I suppose there are people who don’t like animals.  I don’t have any pets, animal companions, or familiars.  The only thing that I can summon up is a wisp, and I’m not sure that counts as an animal.

 

Please give us an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

An unusual fact…hmmm…

Growing up on a World Beyond, it’s sort of strange when you start to disappear for a couple months each year, especially when you can’t really tell people where you are going.  It sort of got to be a joke among my friends after a while, my ‘exchange student’ trips to some far away land.  It always drove them crazy that girls found me ‘dark and mysterious’ and that I wasn’t into dating.  I don’t think they ever quite believed I had someone already in mind back in that ‘lost little kingdom’.  *wink*

 

Please give us a little information about the world in which you live.

The World Beyond which I am from, you would be intimately familiar with; you live there.  Our gateway went dark when our family left to stay in Feyron permanently, but I’m not certain that truly means that magic is lost from that world.  I know that’s what the scholars teach, and magic was relegated to myth and legend on our world, but I’m not certain that it’s truly gone just because we left.

I suppose what you’d really like to know is, what is Feyron like.  Feyron is the land of magic.  To compare it to something you might recognise, think of those mythical, fantastical fables and legends of the ‘high middle ages’ where life was peace and harmony and safe and clean and all was well.  There is no industry or technology, no illness or violence, and everyone has what they need.  I have to say, it’s a real adjustment after growing up on a technology based world.

 

So, Feyron has no real industry or technology? What item did you not want to live without?

Funnily enough, the one thing from our World Beyond that we brought through when we settled was plants, coffee shrubs to be exact.  Now, don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of things I miss about my old World Beyond, but I am relieved to say a morning cup of coffee isn’t one of them.

 

Does your world have different races of people? If so do they get on with one another?

*chuckles*  I’m not even going to discuss that in relation to my World Beyond.

Now in Feyron, we have nothing that would be considered different races by the Faie.  We are simply, ‘The Faie’.  There are different clans, each founded by a different Guardian, each gifted with a form of magic.  The Beginning Clans have always lived within Feyron.  The Fading Clans once lived on a World Beyond, as we did, but came to Feyron during the Fading.  Then there are the clans that are still on the worlds where they settled.

So I’m told, in the past, each clan did have a different appearance, something my old world would have considered to mean ‘race’, but through the many ages of history, everyone has mixed and mingled.  Only among the clans outside of Feyron or the newest to settle here do you see any sort of…separateness in appearance.  But, we know that appearance is only skin deep, and is not the essence of who we are as the Faie.

 

Seeing that Feyron is the Realm of Magic, it goes without saying that you are familiar with magic? Does your world have any magical/supernatural/mystical beings? Please tell us about some.

Magical beings, I’d say we have a few.  As far as I understand it from what the scholars teach, if it be a being of lore, be it myth or legend or fantastical tale, from any culture on any world, it originated here.  Most magical creatures would probably count as part of the Wild Magics, that which flowed through the Mists of Time in the earliest of the Beginning times, before even the River of Life carried the seeds of The Tree to the Worlds Beyond.  But I doubt you were looking for such a generic response.

I imagine what you’d like to hear about is the Guardian’s and their kin.  I don’t want to take up too much of your time, so I think, for now, I’ll just tell you about the most mysterious of them all, the great leviathan, the Keeper of Time.  The great leviathan resides within the Unending Sea, ever watchful over the True Gateway where the Mists of Time swirl amid the Winds of Change.  From her vantage point, she can see all that ever was, and all paths of Could Be.  It is even said that she alone among the Guardians can take on Faie form, and that she was the only Guardian that did not found any clans or gift any magics during the Time of Wanderings, but I’m not entirely sure that last teaching is correct.

 

Does your world have religion or other spiritual beliefs? If so do you follow one of them? Please describe (briefly) how this affects your behaviour.

My old World Beyond had many forms of religion and spiritual beliefs.  I can’t say that I subscribed to any of them myself, but some of them did feel very similar to what we know in Feyron.

Like the other Faie, I know that the Beyond is real and that our inner spark returns there when our bodies fail where we will meet our friends and family again.  I suppose this has given me a measure of peace and tolerance which most people my age from our World Beyond didn’t seem to have.

 

Do you travel in the course of your adventures? If so where?

Where don’t we travel might be an easier question to answer.  *wink*

We pretty well traverse most of the known lands in Feyron during this adventure.  We start at the Palace of Ages at the head of the Winding River on the Fertile Plains.  We cross to the center of the Great Lake to the While Isle that holds the Temple of Pyli.  From there we travel to the Ancient Path through the Mist Shrouded Forest and into the caverns of the Crystal Mountains.

Upon the backs of dragonkin we flew to the Island in the Sands within the Expanding Desert where we stepped into the Great Gateway and arrived in the Stoney Deep beneath the Unending Sea.  When our task was complete, we stepped into the True Gateway and returned to the Temple.  It was quite an adventure.  I think the only place we didn’t visit was the Beyond itself.

 

Name a couple of myths and legends particular to your culture/people.

I will give you the tale of my mother’s clan.

The Tale of the Protector of the Sacred

In the ancient days of long ago, the clan of Vidya was discovered on a world beyond by Lord Grypos.  Like many other worlds discovered by the Guardians in the days of their youthful wanderings, it was already populated, a peaceful bustling world fertile and plentiful, farmers and herdsmen and the like, much like our Fertile Plains are to this day.  While traveling quietly through the countryside, he felt the magic of the healers and assumed Lord Okapoti had been here before and seeded his magic.

Approaching a village of healers as kin, he discovered, to his wonderment, that this was not a clan of unicorn-children, but one like clan Caris with magic that came from their own world.  Not only that, there was a Guardian of their own world as well.  The Guardian of Vidya was Wakjya, the great firebird, known on some worlds as the phoenix, Restorer of Life.  He not only granted his daughters the power of healing, but one daughter in each generation was chosen as Protector of the Sacred.  She was granted the gift of resurrection to restore the life of one lost from wrongful death.  The only requirement was that she was tasked to never interfere with a natural death, such as old age.

Wakjya welcomed the visits by the Guardians of Feyron to his realm, but his people did not travel through the gateway to participate in the Solstice celebrations of Feyron; and, in time, the Guardians all but forgot about that world.  Time passed, as it always must, and Vidya moved into darkness, a time of hatred and fear.  Knowledge and understanding were lost and the healers came to be seen as unnatural, evil, despised.  They were hunted and persecuted, all but driven to extinction in their world.

The time came when Wakjya told the Protector of the Sacred that it was time to move on, to leave their world behind.  He flew far and wide over the lands, gathering as many of the healers and their families as he could find, leading them to the long forgotten gateway in a small, hidden valley far beyond the cities and villages, the farms and fields, in the place where his nest sat within the Tree of Restoration.  He bid them make for him a new nest, a sacred box marked with his sign that would travel with the Protector and be his resting place at each renewal.

The power of resurrection is a great gift, but it comes at a great cost.  Each use of the power drains both the Protector and the Guardian, until the magic has been exhausted and must be renewed.  When the Protector’s magic faded, Wakjya would choose an infant daughter from among the healers as the new Protector.  Together he traveled with his Protector, the infant, and her mother to the Tree of Restoration.  The Protector and Wakjya would then take their last rest in the great nest, bursting into flames and burning to ashes.  With great reverence, the young mother would lay her daughter among the ashes and watch in awe as an egg was formed within the nest.  Gently the egg would be swaddled with the infant until its hatching, the new Guardian growing along with his young Protector, the power of resurrection renewed in a new generation.

When the box was prepared, Wakjya chose an infant from the families gathered at the gateway to be his next Keeper.  Together, embraced in the arms of his elderly Protector, they used the last of their magic to open the gateway to Feyron.  The young mother of the chosen infant Protector carefully gathered the ashes into the sacred box and bundled it with her babe.  She was the last to step through the gateway into the Temple of Pyli in Feyron, where yet another gateway went dark.

The Clan of Vidya chose not to remain in Feyron, seeking a home of their own for their Guardian and their gifts.  The young mother of the new Keeper felt an affinity with the young sorcerers of Clan Tyrel and followed them through to their world, which, at the time, was much like her world had been during its golden age.  Time passed and the old ritual of renewal was forgotten, the sacred box and its contents were passed from mother to daughter as a sacred relic, but the box was opened no more, the Guardian forever trapped within his ashes, never touched by the young powers of an infant girl of Vidya to be reformed into an egg and reborn once again into the world.

 

Publication Date: May 10, 2013
 
The Guardians have awakened after the Time of Sleep and returned to renew the magic with the clans of Faie. At the request of the Guardian, Lord Grypos, Keeper of Knowledge, the Master Scholar travels through the Outer Gateway with craftsmen and apprentices to coordinate the repairs of the once great oasis that houses the ancient archives of knowledge known as the Island in the Sands.
As the summer wanes and the oasis begins to return to its former glory, the Guardian calls the Master Scholar to the meditation room in the wee hours of the night to discuss a journey. In the fire an image flickers of the red desert sands speeding past, a land of grey beyond the desert, and a cavern of twilight behind an obsidian wall. “Arwyn and Shyamal are to go there for me to seek out that which was once mine.”
What starts as a seemingly simple journey becomes an adventure with life threatening consequences as the two are unexpectedly joined by their friends on a journey far from home beyond the realms of light in a realm that few within the clans of Faie knew could even be reached.
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Publication Date: December 20, 2014
 
Old relics and have stories of their own. Sometimes they contain adventures waiting to be sparked and journeys bursting to begin.
The Box of Melodies was left with Clan Caris by Lady Oyisha, daughter of the mists, for care and keeping. A series of visions revealing the last desperate moments of a forgotten clan – the loss of their gateway to Feyron and the escape of a lone traveler holding the box – spurs a handful of adventuresome youth on a trek through the Lesser Forest where they inadvertently cause a ripple through the mists with unintended consequences.
A few of the youth find themselves on an unexpected journey to a World Beyond, lost in mist and shadow, where misunderstanding and suspicion lead to danger and darkness. Forgotten histories are discovered, clan secrets are revealed, and old alliances are remembered as the families of the lost seek to discover where the youth have been drawn by the memories within the Mists of Time.

Diana lives in the balmy climate of the US south with her husband, two children, two dogs, two cats, and a cantakerous rabbit.  She enjoys reading, sewing (clothing, costuming, and experimental toy making), and RPG games. (She grew up with the old school paper/pencil style of gaming, but has transitioned happily to the highly interactive world of video games.)


The idea for Feyron started with a map, a place for her daughter to tell stories and live out storytelling role playing adventures with her friends.  The lore grew around the map, for every world needs lore if you are going to “live” there.  The idea for a series, Tales from Feyron, grew out of the lore, for if you’re going to invent a world, you may as well play there too.  The stories are continuing to grow through the various historical ages of Feyron and may yet “ripple” outwards to the Worlds Beyond touched by magic.

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Please check out the next few days for more interviews with the denizens of Feyron.

 

 

 

 

Meet My Character Blog Tour

I have been invited by JC Mells to participate in this blog tour, discussing a character from a work in progress or recently published work.

JC is the author of the Pierced Series.

Website/blog: http://www.jcmells.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/J-C-Mells/428567953902490?ref=hl

Do check out her blog to learn about her characters and those of the other authors involved. This is going to be an ongoing blog tour so follow the chain to find some wonderful new friends.

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Here are the questions to answer about a main character from a WIP (work in progress) or recently published work:

1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

The main character of my current Work in Progress is Mirandra Var, she is a female troll, and daughter of the shaman. I guess that makes her a troll princess. Troll society is matriarchal so the women are in charge.  She is, of course, fictional.

2) When and where is the story set?

The novels are all set in the fictional fantasy world of Erana, which is a medieval-style world, loosely based on Europe at the time.  In the context of the books this is set roughly 18-24 months after the events of book I and several months after the events of book II.

3) What should we know about him/her?

Mirandra is a half-troll. Although to all intents and purposes she counts as a full-blood troll.  As I said the Trollkind are matrilineal so it would be her mother’s line which is important. Mirandra is the daughter of the Shaman, Kherak, and her father is Lord Archos, Magelord of Tremellic, although this only comes to light in book II.  She is young for a troll, about thirty one or so, when she leaves for her adventure – her Proving.  Trolls are generally attractive, intelligent and cultured, unlike most of that race portrayed elsewhere.  She is clever, brave, but she has doubts and fears like everyone else and this book is about her, her journey and what it means to be a Shaman.

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

Mirandra is heir to her mother, but in order to rule she must undergo a Proving – a test or series of tests to prove she is worthy. These tend to be different for every Shamania – the heir apparent – and each one carries substantial risk. One of her ancestors was crippled and another died during the Proving. There is more to the adventure – some kin in the far hills are missing and Mirandra must discover what has become of her distant cousins. Not only that but they encounter unexpected hostility from the locals, creatures which should not exist and far more questions than answers.  What is discovered and what is lost will be important in later books and the overarching plot of the series.

5) What is the personal goal of the character?

To survive her Proving, to find her kin, to lead her people wisely in the upheaval to come.

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

The Stolen Tower.

At present there is not much about that book on my blog but the series is listed.  Once the first draft is finished I will post up a lot more.

7) When can we expect the book to be published?

By the end of 2014.

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Here are my quick links.

Bio: A.L Butcher is the British author of fantasy series The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles in which “a beautiful young elven sorceress flees for her life in a dark world where magic is forbidden and elves live as slaves.” Her books have been described as: “Dark” and “gritty” and that “The story is very much a romance at heart, with plenty of steamy graphic sex to keep erotica fans happy.” She also has several short stories published in fantasy and romance anthologies.
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6430414.A_L_Butcher

Bitly: http://bit.ly/1kdyPZ7

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

Bitly: http://on.fb.me/1oDoSKA

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alexandra-Butcher/e/B008BQFCC6/

Bitly: http://amzn.to/1pvz33k

*****

Here are some examples of some participants who have already posted.

http://www.kimberleyclarknovels.com/index.php?option=com_joomblog&task=preview&id=21

http://www.matthewpetersbooks.com/meet-my-main-character-blog-tour

D. A. Rhine, author of Vampires of the Chesapeake, asked me to participate in this “Meet My Character Blog Tour”. Her books take place in the Chesapeake Bay area and each novel features a different vampire with a unique challenge and a new steamy relationship.

*****

Here are the authors I am tagging:

Laurel A. Rockefeller, historian and author of the medieval sci-fi series the Peers of Beinan and the Legendary Women of World History series. She also writes for Yahoo Voices on a range of topics.

http://peersofbeinan.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/meet-my-main-character-blog-tour-june-2014/

http://www.peersofbeinan.com/

 *****

Victoria Zigler

Website/Blog/Author pages etc:

Website: http://www.zigler.co.uk

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/toriz

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/toriz

Blog: http://ziglernews.blogspot.com

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Zigler/424999294215717

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/victoriazigler

http://ziglernews.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/meet-my-character-blog-tour.html

*****

N. R Champagne

N. R. Champagne joined the U.S. Navy at age 25 and has been something of a gypsy since. She currently lives in Scotland with her husband and no kids, dogs, cats, or birds. She has always loved fantasy and science fiction and has been scribbling story ideas since childhood, but only now, at the midpoint of her life, has decided to become an author. Her first book, Prodigal Angel, is a paranormal romantic adventure about a woman who falls in love with a powerful immortal who is a descendant of the fallen angels, and all of the trouble it lands her in!

Website: www.nrchampagnebooks.com

Blog: http://bit.ly/1gOma49

Facebook: N.R. Champagne

Twitter: @NRChampagne1

 *****

Dina Von Lowenkraft

Born in the US, Dina has lived on 4 continents, worked as a graphic
artist for television and as a consultant in the fashion industry.
Somewhere between New York and Paris she picked up an MBA and a black
belt – and still thinks the two are connected. Dina is currently the
Regional Advisor for SCBWI Belgium, where she lives with her husband,
two children, three horses and a cat.

website: http://www.dinavonlowenkraft.com/

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dina-von-Lowenkraft/551209381555837

twitter: https://twitter.com/vonlowenkraft

goodreads book page: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18043583-dragon-fire

pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/vonlowenkraft/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Fire-ebook/dp/B00ECNEZ6

 *****

Elizabeth Los, author of the Captain Hook Story Second on the Right

http://www.elizabethlos.com

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorELos

 *****

 

Thaddeus White
Mini-bio:
Thaddeus White is an author of comedy and ‘serious’ fantasy, and has released three books to date.
He enjoys reading classical history and fantasy in his spare time, as well as watching and betting on Formula 1 (with mixed results).
Sir Edric’s Temple is his first comedy, and the second (Sir Edric’s Treasure) is well underway and will hopefully be released later this year.

 

 

 

Author Interview Number Forty-Nine – Cas Peace – Blog Tour

Cas Peace joins us again to talk about her new release.

 

Please introduce yourself…

Hi, my name is Cas Peace, and I’m the author of the triple-trilogy high fantasy series, Artesans of Albia. Many thanks for inviting me onto your blog!

 

Please can you tell us where you are from?

I’m from the UK. I live in North Hampshire, in southern UK, about an hour south-west of London.

 

How long have you been a writer?

I began writing my fantasy series in 2001, and carried on writing while I tried to get the first book, King’s Envoy, accepted for publication. It wasn’t until 2010 that I had success with a publisher.

 

Are you promoting a particular book?

Yes, I am – three, in fact! I have now published the entire first Artesans trilogy, but I have also recently had to become a self-published author. Therefore, I am promoting all three books that make up this first trilogy. They are King’s Envoy, King’s Champion, and King’s Artesan.

 

What genre do you write in or do you write across the board?

My main focus is epic fantasy, but I also have a non-fiction book out there. Published in 2008, For the Love of Daisy is the life story of a beautiful, mischievous Dalmatian I used to own. She developed spinal problems and became disabled and the book documents the therapies and treatments we used to help her. It’s a book of hope.

 

Can you give us the plot, characters and theme of your story or if this is a poetry book, can you give us the feel of it?

The overall plot is that a mysterious Albian Baron is determined to rid the realms of anyone who possesses the Artesan gift. One of my main male characters, Taran, accidentally uncovers the beginning of this plot, and pays the price. The books follow Taran as he deals with the consequences of his actions, and thus introduces those who will oppose the Baron – Major Sullyan and the other members of the Albian military forces.

 

Where did the idea come from?

It came from a kid’s TV program that aired in the 1970s (I know, I’m showing my age!) The main character in the TV show was a magician who solved crimes, and the show was called Tarot, Ace of Wands. A tiny idea stuck in my mind, which was, if you were someone born with a certain power, but no knowledge of how to use it, what would you do? If there was no one else like you, who could you turn to? This germ of an idea stayed with me for 40 years until I finally got round to exploring it!

 

Did you have to do a lot of research for your latest work?

I have done some research into English medieval history, because that is the setting for my books. I also researched the details of sword-fighting. It was great fun!

 

Do you think your writing is improving the more you write?

Definitely. But the biggest influence on my writing style is my US editor. She constantly shows me how to tighten my writing, and where I tend to over-describe. I can fully recommend getting a professional editor if you can afford one!

 

Did you have any problems during the writing process of your latest work?

Not problems, exactly. There were a few scenes where I had to do some more research, and there were others I felt reluctant to write, mainly because I didn’t feel I was informed enough to make them credible. But other than that, the story flowed very freely.

 

What is it about writing that you enjoy so much?

I love becoming so absorbed in what I’m doing that I forget what’s going on around me. I often forget to eat, and my two dogs have to come and nudge me when it’s time for their walk! I also love creating new worlds, and experiencing the thrill of having a complete stranger connects strongly to my work. It’s a wonderful and humbling feeling.

 

How much planning goes into a book?  Do you spend a long time planning or do you just start writing and see where it leads you?

I’m not a planner, not with fiction, anyway. I begin with an idea, and as I think about it, I usually end up with a beginning, middle, and an end. That’s as far as I go before I start writing. I like my characters to take me over and dictate what has to happen. As their natures develop, and they have experiences, so my writing and plot develop too.

 

Do your fans encourage you to keep writing and do they give you ideas?

I certainly have fans who keep asking for the next book in the series! I find that really exciting. I can’t say any have given me ideas, but that’s probably because they know all nine novels have already been written.

 

What is your experience of the Publishing industry?

Pretty positive, for someone who recently lost their publisher! When I began submitting, I knew nothing about publishing. I learned as I went on, and I was fortunate to receive much personal and encouraging feedback from agents and publishers. When I finally got an offer from indie publisher Rhemalda Publishing, I knew a little more about what I was doing. I learned still more from Rhemalda, about the actual process of publishing and about marketing, so when they were recently sadly forced to close their doors, I felt able to take on the mantle of a self-published author.

 

Have you had some good reviews for your book?

I’m thrilled to say that all of my reviews so far have been positive. I have a range of 5, 4, and 3 stars, which I’m very pleased with. Some have been glowing – one reviewer even said my series was “better than A Game of Thrones”!I was elated by that one, I can tell you!

 

If you couldn’t be a writer what would you do instead?

I am actually a qualified horse-riding instructor, and I have a deep love of horses, so I could go back to that, I suppose. But if I’d known about it when I left school, I might well have trained as an archaeologist. I’m fascinated by ruins and ancient sites.

 

Your favourite Author is…

That’s a tricky one. It’s a toss-up between JRR Tolkien, Stephen Donaldson, and Anne McCaffrey. Don’t make me pick one!

 

Have you got a book trailer?

There’s a series trailer, here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76ORbCO_wGI

 

What do you do to wind down?

I have two dogs, so walking and playing with them helps me unwind. I also love gardening, and I grow cacti, so looking after my plants is fun. My husband owns a 35′ sailing yacht, and although I’m no great sailor, and sometimes get seasick, a sunny day on the waves is a pleasant way to spend a day. That, or visiting with family.

 

Do you belong to a friendly writers group and does it help?

I don’t actually belong to a writers’ group, although I have given talks to a local one. But I am still in touch with some of my fellow ex-Rhemalda authors, and we often help each other. I think writers’ groups are very valuable.

 

What is your experience of editing and polishing your manuscripts?

Being a freelance editor myself, I do as much as I can to make my work polished and error free. Yet I believe that no writer can effectively edit their own work – we are all too close to it. I use the same editor I had at Rhemalda – she is thankfully available as a freelance. She keeps the editing of my books consistent, and frequently amazes me by what she finds in my thousand-times checked manuscript!

 

Any tips for all our budding authors out there wondering how to get started?

The best tip I can give is to write! You can plan, and research, and write notes, and make character profiles as much as you like, but you can’t call yourself a writer until you actually write. And when you do write, write with passion, emotion. Write from the heart. Above all – enjoy it!

 

Link city – as many as you need to guide us round your internet trail…

Website:http://www.caspeace.com

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/cas.peace

Twitter:https://twitter.com/CasPeace1

Original Songs:http://www.caspeace.com/downloads/songs

 

 

Friend against friend, lover against lover, ally against ally.

 
Conflict is coming …

Nine months have passed since Brynne Sullyan helped forge an alliance between the realms of Albia and Andaryon. A fragile peace reigns as both sides recover from the events of the previous year. Then mysterious raiders strike Andaryon villages. Attempts are made on the life of Albia’s High King. As Sullyan scrambles to find those responsible, unseen enemies threaten to pull apart everything she has worked for, including her marriage.


To betray either one would break her heart, but if conflict is inevitable, she must make a choice …

The alliance begins to crumble, and Sullyan finds herself caught between two monarchs: the king she’s sworn allegiance to, and the man she loves as a father. 

Series Synopsis:
On a foolhardy foray into a foreign realm, Taran Elijah is attacked by a terrible weapon known as the Staff. Killing its wielder, he escapes into Albia, inadvertantly carrying the Staff.
Concerned by the vicious raids that follow Taran’s actions, Major Sullyan of the High King’s forces crosses into Andaryon to seek diplomatic resolution to the crisis. She is captured and tortured by Lord Rykan, aspirant to the Andaryon throne.
Slowly dying, Sullyan escapes his clutches. She offers her skills to the Hierarch in defense of his throne, finally confronting Rykan on the field of battle. Her handsome Captain and lover, Robin Tamsen, embarks on a desperate quest to recover the Staff. But Rykan’s greedy General, Sonten, is two steps ahead of him.
If Robin cannot lay hold of the weapon before Sonten does, Sullyan’s life and the lives of all Artesans are forfeit.

The race for the Staff has begun.
Review Quotes:
“Cas Peace has a most beguiling method of pulling you into this very well thought out world she has created. You simply fall in love with her characters, and then you cannot put the book down.” -P C Dodge, Amazon Reviewer.
“If you enjoy being whisked away to the realm of fantasy, I strongly suggest this unique, special read! Hands down, one of the best fantasy series I have ever read!” -Ashley L. Knight, author of FALWYN
“I have just loved this entire series. Cas Peace is a master storyteller, providing a depth and breadth of information about her worlds and their people that is just staggering. Her characters are complex and multi-dimensional, and I have very much enjoyed reading this series. I am also looking forward with great anticipation to her next novel in this series. I heartily recommend this series to anyone who enjoys epic fantasy, strong world-building and beautiful storytelling. Highly recommended!” -K. Sozaeva, Amazon Vine Voice and Top 1000 Reviewer.
Cas Peace’s Artesans of Albiatrilogy immediately sweeps you away:  the drama starts with King’s Envoy, continues unabated in King’s Champion, and climaxes in King’s Artesan, yet each volume is complete, satisfying.  The Artesan series propels you into a world so deftly written that you see, feel, touch, and even smell each twist and turn. These nesting novels are evocative, hauntingly real.  Smart.  Powerful.  Compelling.  The trilogy teems with finely drawn characters, heroes and villains and societies worth knowing; with stories so organic and yet iconic you know you’ve found another home—in Albia.
Now there’s a fourth book on Albia’s horizon:  The Challenge, also Book One in Peace’s forthcoming sub-series, the Circle of Conspiracytrilogy, proof of more Albian tales on the way.  So start reading now.  I, for one, can’t wait to find out what will happen next. -Janet Morris: The Sacred Band of Stepsons; the Dream Dancerseries; I, the Sun; Outpassage

 

Cas Peace was born in Hampshire UK, in 1957, and has lived there most of her life. Her first career was as a horse-riding instructor, and horses remain very close to her heart. She then spent 13 years working for the British Civil Service before leaving the UK to live in Italy for three years, 1991-1994. She speaks passable but by no means perfect Italian, and loves to return to Italy whenever she can.

 Cas’s other great loves are anything to do with animals, especially dogs and horses, (she supports many animal charities) and also singing.


 Cas loves folk songs and along with her husband, who plays guitar, has performed in many a Southern England folk club. Sometimes they even asked her back! She writes folk songs to accompany her fantasy novels, and offers them as free downloads from her website.

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The Writing Process Chain Blog Hop

Firstly I am not sure I am doing this right, but here I go.

A few weeks ago an author/blogger I know asked me if I wanted to be involved with the chain blog hop. Basically she posts and tags several people and they tag others they know and so on. We discuss our own writing processes and pass the baton.

Here are the questions:

What am I working on? As usual I have several projects on the go.  Mainly Book III of my series – The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles. Presently it doesn’t have an official title but hopefully will do so soon. So what is this one about? The series is dark adult fantasy/fantasy romance with a touch of erotica set in the world of Erana. The events of Book III follow on from Book II – the Shining Citadel, however the focus is on a slightly different set of characters – namely the trolls. Talfor, the warrior lord from Book II, plus a couple of other Book II characters, including the briefly mentioned Mirandra Var, the Shaman’s daughter, set out to find the ancient ruin far across a distant valley and discover what has happened to their kin. Of course it is not that simple. What they find is not what they expect and the revelations will link back to Book II and the over-arching plot of the series. Archos, Dii and the others feature as more side characters, working on what they’ve found out but will still play an important role and will feature again in later books. 

Apart from trying to finish this novel I am working on several short stories. Hopefully I will have a short fantasy story in the follow up to Wyrd Worlds, plus a poem or two in the summer Indie Collaboration. I’m also co-writing a fantasy story with my good friend Diana to feature in a fantasy anthology later in the year. Co-writing is so much fun, so long as all the writers agree on what is needed. I am so happy to be working with Diana on this project.

There may also be another short anthology of Tales of Erana, but this is only in the planning stage.

How does my work differ from others of its genre? That is a good question. A lot of fantasy has rather sterile characters, or at least the relationships between the characters isn’t explored. My books are fantasy, but more than that the characters are passionate, in some cases volatile, and their interactions offer some light in the largely dark world. Oh and then there’s the sex. My characters are, as I’ve said, passionate and the sexual scenes are part of who they are. These scenes don’t overwhelm the plot but they are an important aspect of the characters. I like to think my books are sensual fantasy. 

Then there are the tropes – turned about. Yes I have elves but they aren’t immortal, they are slaves and generally are treated pretty badly. There are trolls too, but they aren’t ugly, stupid or live under bridges. They are cultured, intelligent and rather mysterious. 

Why do I write what I do? Because there are stories which want to be told. I’ve always written stories or poetry and I love to read. I thought I give something back for all those wonderful books I’ve read.

How does my writing process work? I’m a pantser. I have an overarching plan for the series but individual books tell me what they need as I go. I usually know the ending, if not the finer details and obviously the characters.  I tried to plan, and every time I change the plan. I do have several folders of notes and ideas however, both for past stories and future. Some will get used, many won’t.

The short stories are slightly different, for me at least there is a lot less planning. Two which feature in Tales of Erana came out of lore told in Book II. Usually I think of something when I can’t write it down! Like when I’m in the bath….

A brief mention for the one who tagged me…Jo Barker has been writing short stories for many years as a hobby and has now finally published with The Adventures of the Frog Prince.

Her stories take you on weird and wonderful journeys using a combination of fantasy and strange facts that makes the narrative more engaging.

At the moment she is writing children’s tales but there are plans for other books.

You can join my blog here http://www.jrbarker.info/my-blog/

You can follow me on Twitter

or

Find me on Facebook

I tag – Victoria Zigler is a blind author of children’s fiction and poetry.
She has a very vivid imagination, and spends a lot of time in
fictional worlds; some created by her, others created by other
authors.  When she remembers to spend some time in the real world,
it’s mostly to spend time with her hubby and pets, though sometimes to
indulge in other interests such as doing crafts, listening to music,
watching movies, playing the odd figure game or roleplaying game, and
doing a little cooking and baking.  Victoria was born in the shadow of
the Black Mountains in Wales, UK, has been writing since she knew how,
and became a self-published author in 2012.

Blog: http://ziglernews.blogspot.com

And Laurel A Rockefeller

Laurel A. Rockefeller was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska where
she received her bachelor of arts from the University of Nebraska at
Lincoln in writing, psychology, and medieval and Asian history. In
2009 she joined Yahoo Voices where she writes non-fiction articles
covering a broad range of topics. In August, 2012 Laurel launched the
Peers of Beinan medieval science fiction series with book one, “The
Great Succession Crisis,” book one of the Anlei’s Legacy trilogy. In
March 2014 she launched the “Legendary Women of World History” series.
Laurel currently lives in western Pennsylvania with her beloved
cockatiel.


Amazon author page:  http://tinyurl.com/LARAmazon


Blog:  http://peersofbeinan.wordpress.com/

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

Laurel A. Rockefeller
Author, Peers of Beinan series: http://www.peersofbeinan.com
Author, The Legendary Women of World History series:
http://www.legendarywomenbooks.com/

Check out the newest Peers of Beinan book, “Anlei’s Legacy Trilogy:
the Lost Tales” available now exclusively for kindle
http://www.amazon.com/Anleis-Legacy-Trilogy-Tales-Beinan-ebook/dp/B00INCPOZ8/

 

And here are some other authors who are playing this game. Kyra Halland

http://www.kyrahalland.com/1/post/201…
http://www.kyrahalland.com/1/post/201…

 

Victoria Zigler http://ziglernews.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/author-tag-chain.html

Spark Blog Tour – Jennifer Ryder – Erotic Romance

 

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Welcome to Jennifer Ryder who stops by on her Spark Blog Tour.

Where are you from and where do you live now? I’m an Aussie girl, born and bred. I’m in my dirty-thirties (my prime if you ask me), and I’m married to a man who can put any book boyfriend to shame. With our two cherubs, we live on a rural property a couple of hours from Sydney, Australia.

Tell us about your books: I write erotic romance, with the stories based in Australia. My debut novel, Spark, is book one in a five part series, the heroes, for the most part, centering around the Motocross world.

Here is a blurb for Spark: Not many people know that I, Eevie Lawson, have a problem. An addiction to romance novels. I eat them for breakfast. I hide it the best I can, but I need them to breathe. It’s how I cope.

 I’ve had a swag of book boyfriends, but now that I’m free from the responsibility of caring for my three younger brothers, it’s time to find one in the flesh.

In real life, no girl meets their hero on page one, or even at the end of chapter one. I should know.

 My journey is real. It’s not perfect, and it sure as hell isn’t easy—but the fight for something worthwhile never is.

Who or what are your inspirations/influences? I absolutely adore Abbi Glines and Jamie McGuire, but more recently I have found such great books through talented Aussie Indie published authors. Their stories rival those published through traditional means, and shouldn’t be valued as any less. Of those Indies (and I’ve already mentioned Belle Aurora), I love the work of David Michael, Lola Stark, Carmen Jenner, Lauren McKellar, Kasey Millstead, Bella Jewel, Lila Rose, Max Henry, Rebecca Berto, the list goes on. And they are also beautiful people, who I like to think I can call a friend.

Do you have a favourite character? If so why? I love all my characters, and Eevie should be my favourite being her journey, but I love writing Aidan Stone. He’s totally swoonworthy, funny, devilishly handsome of course, but he’s a down to earth guy, a country boy, with a heart of gold who’s loyal to his family and friends alike. He’s your typical Aussie bloke, but since a young age he pushed himself, in his career as a Cabinetmaker, as well as a professional Motocross rider. I think he’s very different to any hero I’ve ever read, and I hope people love him as much as I do! *whispers* I have my own Aidan Stone at home.

Are your characters based on real people? Yes, most definitely. This book will probably be more personal than any other book I will write. I can relate to Eevie in more ways than I will publicly admit. So yes, I’m funny, a little quirky, love M & M’s and totally have that sexy librarian thing going on! No, really, in all seriousness, when I think back to what my life was like at twenty, I sometimes wonder how I coped. Writing aspects of this book has been good therapy, but there are of course, events in the book that are fiction.

Research can be important in world-building, how much do you need to do for your books? Do you enjoy this aspect of creating a novel and what are your favourite resources? LOVE research! It is one of my favourite parts, and it’s crucial to get things right. In writing the Spark series, I’m lucky to have some amazing friends and beta readers. It certainly helps to have a former detective from the Australia Federal Police as one of my closest friends, as well as nurses, experts on drug analysis and a hubbie who rides dirt bikes (and taught me!). I’ve watched countless Motocross clips on YouTube, much to my four year old son’s delight. It certainly gives me a break when the writing gets too much!

Is there a message conveyed within your writing? I guess, hope to find that Spark with someone. Sometimes life doesn’t go to plan, but it’s important to be positive, and always hold hope for something special with someone. I believe that there’s somebody special out there for everyone, it’s just sometimes the journey to get there is a bumpy road.

In what formats are your books available? (E-books, print, large print audio) Are you intending to expand these? (If applicable) Spark is currently available in ebook on Amazon and Kobo, and paperback through either myself or Createspace. My husband keeps asking me when it’ll be in Audiobook, as he’s not one to sit and read. He even offered to be the voice over for Aidan Stone.

Do you self-edit? If so why is that the case? Do you believe a book suffers without being professionally edited? I used a professional editor, Lauren K McKellar, and I cannot recommend her highly enough. I think it is important to have someone edit your work, as well as go through a beta process, because you have an idea in your head of how the story is, and how the characters are perceived, but having someone review it from a fresh perspective is gold. I’ve had close to ten people read Spark, at varying stages, and it would be where it is today without that valuable input.

What are your opinions about authors commenting on reviews? How important are reviews? I think reviews are literary gold. I am lucky to have received some beautiful 4 and 5 star reviews for Spark. The only comments I have made on those reviews, have been to thank those people for posting a review. I’m grateful that they have taken time out of their day to do it, as our lives are already so busy. I understand that my book may not be for everyone, and I respect that some people may not rate it as highly as others. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and I’m just grateful that people have taken a chance to read my work in the first place.

What experiences can a book provide that a movie or video game cannot? Imagination. It is SO important! Different people interpret a character in so many different ways. I like being able to have my own personal vision of a character. Myself, I almost always prefer the book.

What three pieces of advice would you give to new writers?

1.     Plan to write every day, even if it’s only 100 words. I know it’s not always practical, but if you keep your head in the story every day, the words come easier, and of course, typing ‘the end’ on your MS happens that much quicker.

2.     Another tip is not to self-edit when you’re writing your first draft. Even if you think your writing is complete drivel. The idea is to let the words flow while you have the inspiration, and not get bogged down with commas, and formatting, etc. That slows you down, when you’ll be editing down the track anyway. So gag and tie-up that inner editor until it’s time to edit! Then let her have her way.

3. Read! Sometimes you can get into a rut with your writing, but trust me when I say reading can help with that. Try something different to what you are writing, get a feel for other author’s writing style. I read at least 1-2 books a month, sometimes more, and it inspires me to do better! Even gives me fresh ideas!

Most authors also like to read, what books do you enjoy? What book(s) have you just finished? I mainly read erotic romance, but I’ve started to branch out into paranormal and contemporary romance. Really, any story that can capture my attention, has a good flow and a storyline that keeps me turning pages is a winner. I love to read to break up my writing.

I recently finished RAW by Bella Aurora (amazeballs!), but am now reading a paranormal romance by Max Henry called Battle to Become.

Book links, website/blog and author links:

Book links:

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00IOQQECA

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IOQQECA

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00IOQQECA

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/spark-spark-series-1

www.createspace.com/4661583

Author links:

Official facebook author page, www.facebook.com/jenniferryder01

Twitter: @jenniferryder01

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

Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/jenniferryder01

Top ten book boyfriends
Jared Ryel from the Providence Series by Jamie McGuire

Travis Maddox from Beautiful Disaster / Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Brayden Carmichael from On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

Beau Vincent from The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

Cage York from While it Lasts by Abbi Glines

Drew Evans from Tangled by Emma Chase

Rush Finlay from Fallen Too far by Abbi Glines

Elijah Cade from Welcome to Sugartown by Carmen Jenner

Nox from Willing Captive by Belle Aurora

Christian Grey from Fifty Shades by E L James

 

Five fun facts about Jennifer Ryder

  1. I got married in a little white chapel at the top of a hill on Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays, Australia.
  2. I can ride a dirt bike. No, seriously.
  3. My favourite cocktail is a caprioska – vodka, sugar, fresh lime… delicious!
  4. I would rather shop for books than for clothes.
  5. I once had a job a security guard, and fell asleep on the job. Luckily, no one noticed!

Excerpt

Excerpt

“Thank God I didn’t drop the towel. I would have literally died from embarrassment,” I mutter, shaking my head. We stand in such close proximity in the narrow hallway, barely clothed and dripping wet. Aidan’s tongue darts out, wetting his bottom lip, my eyes unable to move from his luscious, now wet, lips. Fuck. I step back towards my bedroom, trying to make my getaway.

Aidan raises an eyebrow, and leans up against the doorway to the bathroom. “Yeah, that would have been somethin’ else,” he says in a gravelly voice.

My eyes skim over his firm, muscular torso.

Gulp.

Ryan Gosling, eat your heart out.

“There are spare towels in the cupboard if you want to dry off. I … I need to get dressed.”

“No worries, I’ll sort it.”

“Night, Aidan,” I mutter.

“Yeah, night,” he says softly. I struggle to pull my gaze away from the longing in those dreamy eyes. Fuck, that look is doing wicked things to me. I revel in the moment briefly and then remember … yet again, that I have a boyfriend, he has a girlfriend, and I smile politely, and march into my room. I let out the loudest of sighs as my back thuds against the back of the door.

What the fuck just happened?

Did I run over a black cat? Did I royally fuck someone over in a past life? The tall, dark, handsome stranger in the very next room, has upset the basic rhythm of my heart, and has me craving things I shouldn’t … not with him. This is cruel. So very cruel