Monthly Archives: March 2015

Goodreads Giveaway- Terra Domina

Today we have 2 posts for current Goodreads contests we have running.

First up is Terra Domina by Australian author Max Davine.

Contest is open to anyone in the US or Australia.


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Terra Domina by Max Davine

Terra Domina

by Max Davine

Giveaway ends March 21, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Goodreads Contest Winner – The Students Sold Us Secrets Volume 1

Congratulations to Richard H, from Boronia, Vic (Aust), who has won a copy of The Students Sold Us Secrets Volume 1, by Lee J. Mavin. Your autographed copy will be out to you soon.

Keep watch on Goodreads for more giveaways 🙂

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Goodreads Contest Winner – The Pend Principle

Congratulations to Julie F, from Nudgee in Queensland (Aust) who has won an autographed copy of The Pend Principle by Rudi Tartaglia. Your autographed copy will be out to you soon.

Keep watch on our Goodreads page for more giveaways.

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Interview With…. Richard W Black & Miriam-Danielle Black

Hi everyone. Today I am talking with Richard W Black & Miriam-Danielle Black, co-authors of the upcoming release “Heresy’s Child“.

Richard is a freelance writer born and raised in Indiana who currently resides with wife Barbara in Nashville, Tennessee. Heresy’s Child joins his first novel A Cross in Time also published by ASJ Publishing. He is a graduate of Fort Wayne Bible College holding degrees in Christian Education and Biblical Studies, and is a member of the Tennessee Screenwriting Association with a repertoire of work that includes credited animated scripts for CreatvToon, published short stories, more than thirty screenplays and several television episodes.

Miriam-Danielle (MD) Black is a photographer with a love for expressing the bounty of life with her camera and her writing. She studied mass communication at East Tennessee State University then honed her photography skills while living in Nashville, Tennessee by photographing Music City, its people and the future stars of stage, screen and music. MD currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri where she is an active member of the artistic community. Her passions include traveling anywhere, exploring her city and building relationships with interesting people.

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What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Richard: Writing motivates me daily. Getting up every day and creating something new with words is exciting and, at time, difficult. But the best days are the ones where I have already formulated in my mind what I want to see on the page and it just flows. As a freelance writer, I work five days a week between 10 to 12 hours and I often write on Saturdays although that is usually reserved for other activities.

Miriam-Danielle: Breakfast! And on the weekends: Brunch! I have a very deep love for sharing meals with friends and family. It’s a time when we can exchange stories, reconnect, and enjoy each other’s company. I can’t think of a better way to start a day.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
Richard: That is a difficult question. I would find it hard to narrow a list down to just one; C.S. Lewis, Robert E. Howard, E.E. “Doc” Smith and other authors of my favorite literature come to mind. There are Biblical characters who fascinate me as well as a number of other historical people. One of my expectations about Heaven is that I will be able to spend large chunks of time speaking and listening to some of the great minds of humanity.

Miriam-Danielle: I would say Amy Poehler. She’s a witty comedienne, actress, and writer who seems incredibly authentic. She champions social equality, focusing specifically on the young female demographic through her web series “Smart Girls at the Party,” but then furthered the young female empowerment agenda by development a website which provides a hub for teens, parents, teachers and others to participate in a community built specifically encourage young girls that they can change the world in positive ways.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
Richard: Alexander and the Enchanted Boots. It is the first in a youth/children book series of seven called The Quest of Alexander. Alexander is a boy who thinks he is an orphan in a fantasy world that exists before the flood. He and his three friends go on adventures to find the pieces of the Armor of the King (a metaphor for the Armor of God in Ephesians 6). Once he has all of the pieces, the young king takes on the Black Dragon in the final book to save a sleeping princess and his kingdom.

Miriam-Danielle: A recent event I was very close to has my mind working. The problem is that it requires an emotional investment as it is a very personal issue so it is still in my mind and not on my hard drive.

What are you working on next?
Richard: I am creating the cartoon drawings I call Hat People for a children’s book telling the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and the golden idol of king Nebuchadnezzar. It is my favorite Bible story and I have a book from my childhood entitled I See 4 as inspiration.

Miriam-Danielle: I have considered using my photography skills on a coffee table book but have not yet landed on a theme on which I want to spend time.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
Richard: I am told that my writing is something special because it flows well and people find it easy to visualize the stories in their minds as they read.

Miriam-Danielle: I enjoy photography, specifically capturing special moments and emotions.

Who are your favorite authors?
Richard: The aforementioned C.S. Lewis, Robert E. Howard and E.E. “Doc” Smith are at the top of the list. As well, authors of political thriller such as John le Carré and Frederick Forsyth have long fascinated me with their stories and the classics of Charles Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Miriam-Danielle: I have always enjoyed Patricia Cornwell and her Scarpetta series and Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series.

What do you like to do with your free time?
Richard: Free time is an interesting concept for a freelance writer. I used to read constantly, even when watching television I would be reading as I cannot just sit and watch TV without doing something else. But as I am always reading as I write, researching on the net, drawing has become my hobby. I draw The Hat People as a form of relaxation. My wife and I enjoy the monthly meeting with our euchre club for cards, food and fun. Three times a day, I have the “joy” of walking Calvin the Dog, out miniature schnauzer who loves to play the sniffing game. It is often on walks with Calvin that I am inspired or my thoughts are clarified about a story idea.

Miriam-Danielle: My free time is often spent with friends, exploring the city of St. Louis where I live. St. Louis has so much to offer and it always seems that there’s some sort of block party, parade, pub crawl or general celebration happening around this eclectic city.

Tell us about your plans for upcoming books.
Richard: The Hive. It is the story of an insurance cost accountant bored with his life until he begins to jump into a parallel world where giant Waspoids, a cross between human and wasp, have taken over the world and are out to conquer humans, their major source of food. As with my novels, I have transformed it into a screenplay as well.

Miriam-Danielle: I am working with Dad on a creepy story entitled Wicked Deception that mimics a true story with which I came into contact. We are in the process of writing a screenplay on the subject which we anticipate expanding into a novel. Obviously, we are changing the names, locations and anything else required to protect the innocent, which by necessity also protects the guilty.

Where can people find you on the web?

Facebook where there is plenty of information about me, my blog of thoughts and also drawings of The Hat People.
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I’m more of a private person online, so the majority of my web presence is restricted to a private Facebook page and a private Twitter.

Any final thoughts?
Richard: Recently, I have ventured into the world of short stories and have one that will be published as part of an anthology called Space Partners. I have discovered that it saves me time with the long form. If I cannot formulate a story in the short form then, it will not work as a novel or screenplay. My computer is filled with story ideas that did not work and have consumed large blocks of time. With a short story, I can see it the concept will work before taking it on as a longer project. I am currently writing a script based on a short story which seemed to work well.

Miriam-Danielle: I enjoy traveling and new locations. I was blessed and cursed to have parents with happy feet so we moved around and they passed that trait along to me. I have thought it would be great to live in other places like some parts of California just for the experience of it and Savannah, Georgia because that city fascinates me. Dad and I visited Savannah when I was searching for a college but I discounted the institution because the female to male ratio was 13 to 1. I wish I could go back in time and tell my foolish 18-year-old self to not be so shortsighted.

Thank you both for being here today 🙂

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Interview With…. Craig A McDonough

Hi Readers. Today I welcome Craig A. McDonough. Craig was born in Melbourne, lived here for most of his life til 2011 when he packed up and moved to the US to get married, and he now resides on the edge of the Mojave Desert. He loves a good horror/thriller/ crime novels and films.

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Craig, welcome to my blog. Please tell our readers about yourself.
My first story ever written was in high school. Some years later I submitted a story for a Herald-Sun
competition, but I didn’t win 😦

Always had a story or 2 on my mind and dabbled with writing but it wasn’t until 2012 that I started writing seriously after my wife’s encouragement. She is a very creative person herself (an artist & writer) and it helps to be around others of like mind. In 2013 I self published the first 2 books/parts of my novel “The Chronicles of Vladimir” and in 2014 added the final 2 books/parts and published in a single volume. The book has just had a title change to “Horror at Pine Ridge” the mysterious cemetery in the story.

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In 2014 I submitted – and was successful- a short story called “She Said” to a horror anthology “Happy Little Horrors“. Towards the end of 2014, my current project “Toward the Brink” (an apocalyptic novel), was accepted for publication by Winlock Press an imprint of Permuted Press. It was released on February 24 2015. Its the first of a 4 book series.

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What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee, Oh, and have to feed the Dogs, Cats and Horse !

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
It would probably have to be someone from another planet – I’d like to meet someone with real intelligence at least once which obviously leaves humans out. lol

What’s the story behind your latest book?
Apocalypse, post apocalypse survival

What are you working on next?
I’m currently writing the final book for the Brink series titled “Back from the Brink” (which could be doubtful in itself) as well as preparing a new story set in a lovely small town with picturesque scenery… it just happens to have a serial killer on the rampage. Just to liven things up a bit. On top of that I’m writing a short thriller/suspense type story that will be available only to subscribers of my newsletter – FREE – however, it will be professionally edited.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I’m pretty intuitive and perceptive of others thoughts – not all but most.

Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen king (doesn’t everyone say that?) James Scott Bell, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson James M. Cain. and have lately become interested in Dashiel Hammet and Raymond Chandler.

What do you like to do with your free time?
Play guitar listen to some good music

Tell us about your plans for upcoming books.
At the moment I’d would like to get 2 good length novels (around 50-60k words) and 1 anthology out per year plus 4 novella’s (about 25k words each) as well this year will be 4 novels at 50k words plus and maybe 3 novella’s so its kind of backward but thats ok. 🙂

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Where can people find you on the web?
Toward The Brink book trailer:

Any final thoughts?
I would just like to thank you for the opportunity to talk about what I’m doing , I appreciate it.

Interview With…. Crystal Connor

Welcome once again readers to a new post. Today I talk with Horror & Sci-Fi author, (and fellow reviewer) Crystal Connor – “A Trusted Name In Terror

A Washington State native, Crystal loves anything that has to do with monsters, bad guys (as in evil-geniuses & super-villains. Not ‘those‘ kind her mother warned her about), rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high-heeled shoes & unreasonably priced handbags. 🙂

When she’s not terrorizing readers Crystal also reviews indie horror and science fiction films for both her personal blog and

She also considering changing her professional title to dramatization specialist because it so much more theatrical than being a mere drama queen. The End is Now is the 5th book that has been unleashed by Crystal’s awarding winning imagination.


Crystal, it is great having you here today. Please tell us something about yourself
Hi Chris, thanks so much for having me today. Well a little about me, Well I grew up telling spooky little campfire-style stories at slumber parties. Living on a steady literary diet of Stephen King, Robin Cook, Dean R. Koontz and healthy doses of cinema masterpieces such as The Birds, Friday the 13th, Hellraiser, The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone; along with writing short stories specializing in the Science Fiction & Horror genres since before Jr. high School, it surprised no one that I ended up writing horror novels!

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family, dog, friends and fans 🙂

What’s the story behind your latest book?
The latest release was two books co-written with author Lori Titus. When we 1st started working on the project we intended to write one book but about just a 3rd of the way in, we realized that we had to very different ideas on how we wanted the story to go. Because both ideas were so flipping awesome we decided to co-write two, standalone books! Both books take place in the same town of Fates Keep, a small community in the foothills of Mt. Empyreal, but they both tell very different stories involving the same base characters. It was a really fun project, you don’t have to read both books but we sure hope you do 🙂


What are you working on next?
Well right now I am working on two novels, one is called The Family, I was attempting to write a straight up crime drama because I was getting so much feedback about the police officers that are introduced in Artificial Light, book II of The Spectrum Trilogy. When I write I just follow the story where ever it goes, so before I knew it, it morphed into a horror story. At 1st I was kind of struggling with it but now that there are monsters and dark elements it’s flowing like water.

The other book, well series, I am working on is basically a prequel to the Spectrum Trilogy. There was tons of interest in the back story that runs through the story like an undercurrent and I am having a lot of fun with that.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
Well I’m a pretty good cook if that counts, lol
It does 🙂

Who are your favorite authors?
I love Stephen King, of course, Bentley Little, Dean Koontz, Jack Ketchum, Robin Cook, and William F. Nolan those are the authors I grew up reading but later in life I started reading Octavia E. Butler, Walter Mosley, and Nisi Shawl. And thanks to the whole social media thing, it seems like I am falling in love with a new author every other week every week, lol. Right off the top of my head Cerece Rennie Murphy and her Order of the Seers comes to mind because I love bad guys and she has a villain named Crane that makes me swoon, lol. Right now I am reading Sin Eaters by author Kai Leakes which is insanely fun.

What do you like to do with your free time?
Laying on my couch wrapped in sleeping bag, binge watch tv shows, and eating junk food. Thank God for my figure I don’t do that often!

Is there anything that you’re working on besides the two WIPs?
Yes! I am getting ready to hit the road. I will be in Los Angeles from March 12th through the 16th. The 12th and 13th I will be at a Cultural Symposium at Loyola Marymount University called Astro Blackness 2. This year’s theme is THE SURREAL, THE SPECULATIVE, AND THE SPOOKY, lol right up my alley!

On the 14th I will be at a book signing with author’s Lori Titus and Sumiko Saulson at the world famous all things horror bookstore Dark Delicacies, and then on Sunday we will be signing at the $10.00 or Less Bookstore.

In May, from the 7-10th I will be sharing a vendor’s booth at the World Horror convention in Atlanta, with Lori Titus and on the 11th I have another joint book signing with Lori at the Nubian Bookstore!

From the 15th through the 17th I will be vending at the West Coast Haunters convention in Portland, Or and then from the 22nd thru the 24th I will be selling and signing books at Crypticon Seattle!

Where can people find you on the web?

Any final thoughts?
This was super fun, thank you so much for having me today. This was really fun.

Thanks Crystal for being my guest here today. Folks, if you wanna know more, check out and download a free copy of …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! audiobook and see why the name Crystal Connor has become “A Trusted Name in Terror!”



Interview With…. Lillian Csernica

Welcome readers and book lovers. Today I am joined by Lillian Csernica. Lillian was born in San Diego and is a genuine California native.She resides in Northern California with her husband, two sons and three cats.

Her very first short story sale, “Fallen Idol,” appeared in After Hours and was later reprinted in DAW’S YEAR’S BEST HORROR STORIES XX. Lillian has gone on to publish stories in DAW’S Year’s Best Horror Stories XXI, 100 Wicked Little Witch Stories, and HORRORS! 365 Scary Stories. Lillian has also published an historical romance novel, SHIP OF DREAMS, and has written a considerable amount of nonfiction in the field of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. She has also been a columnist for Speculations, writing “The Fright Factory” and “The Writer’s Spellbook.” Her controversial column of literary criticism and short fiction reviews, “The Penny Dreadful Reader” ran in Tangent, earning praise from such leading lights of the field as editor Ellen Datlow.

PR photo colorLillian. thanks for being here today. Please tell our readers about you.
I’ve been married 26 years, I have two teenage sons, and I love to travel.  My sons both have special needs.  My older son has cerebral palsy and seizure disorder.  My younger son is high-functioning autistic.  Their needs keep me at home most of the time, so that means I have to do my traveling inside my own head.  Fortunately, that makes me well-suited to be a writer.

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The alarm clock.  I’m a night owl and I tend to stay up later than I should.  On weekdays I have to be up early to give my older son his medication and get him ready for the school bus.  On the weekends I sleep late, but I do spend most of my day in my office working.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
My patron saint, St. Irene of Chrysovolantou.  In the 9th Century, she was abbess of a convent in Greece.  The story of her life and the miracles she worked can be found at

What’s the story behind your latest book?
I’m working on a trilogy I call The Flower Maiden Saga, historical romance set in Japan, 1865 to 1867.  In the first novel, my heroine Yuriko is a British girl sold to a corrupt samurai by her diplomat father to settle a gambling debt.  She escapes and meets my hero, Tendo Kazuhiro, who fights to protect her from the corrupt samurai.  Right now I’m halfway through the second novel.  Tendo and Yuriko are now married and facing all the challenges that presents given how much his family disapproves of him marrying a foreigner.  The social and political upheavals of this period in Japanese history provide a lot of story material.
What are you working on next?
The third book.  I’m also quite busy with short story projects.  I’ve begun writing steampunk, and I find I really enjoy it.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I’m good at public speaking.  I was on the Speech and Debate Team in both high school and college.  That training comes in very handy, especially when I’m on panels at conventions.


Who are your favorite authors?
Tanith Lee, Elizabeth Peters, Wen Spencer, Terry Pratchett, A.M. Burrage, and Seabury Quinn.

What do you like to do with your free time?
Watch the wildlife in my backyard.  A creek runs along our back property line, so we have wood ducks, deer, foxes, squirrels, and a variety of wild birds.  I keep the bird feeder filled, which also provides some entertainment for my three cats.

Tell us about your plans for upcoming books.
I look forward to writing the third novel in The Flower Maiden Saga.  Most of my other work involves fantasy of one type or another.  Historical fiction is wonderful, but fantasy will always be my first love.

Where can people find you on the web?

Any final thoughts?
This is a great time to be a writer.  We have more options than ever before.

Thanks for being my guest today Lillian. Readers, be sure to check out Lillian’s links on Goodreads and Amazon for some great titles.


Interview With…. Isobel Blackthorn

Hi Readers and Booklovers! Today I am talking with Isobel Blackthorn. Isobel was born in London and moved to Aussie when she was 6. Isobel and her family spent around six years in and around Adelaide before they returned to London. Since then, she has travelled a fair bit between the UK and Aussie, and has had the opportunity to live in Spain and the Canary Islands.


Welcome Isobel. Please tell our readers about yourself.
I was born in 1962 in London. My family moved to Australia when I was six. We were ten pound Poms and we lived in and around Adelaide for about six years, before returning to London. I’ve been back and forth between the two countries and I’ve also lived in Spain and Lanzarote, Canary Islands. I’ve been a teacher, market trader, alternative life-styler and PA to a literary agent. I also have a fascination for the occult. I received my PhD in Western Esotericism from the University of Western Sydney in 2006. It was after that, when my twin daughters left home, that I dedicated my life to my real passion, creative writing. My short story collection, All Because of You, came out in 2012 and since then I’ve had short stories and some non-fiction pieces published in journals in Australia and the USA.

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What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I’m an early riser. Up before dawn, sometime around five, and I do my best writing in those still hours before my day takes over. Writing is a huge passion and after waiting for three decades of my adult life to get to this stage so I’m on fire. When you get to my age, there’s a sense of urgency. I can’t waste time dreaming or fiddling about with inconsequential things when I have big goals still to achieve before I slip the coil.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
At the moment I would love to hang out with Umberto Eco. I have so many questions for him. I’d love for him to show me around his extensive book collection and we could drink fine Italian wine and talk all day about medieval history and figures like Cagliostro, and esoteric sects like the Freemasons. There are many authors I would like to meet, and sadly some have passed from this life, like Doris Lessing, and my favourite Scottish author, Iain Banks. But with Umberto Eco I would have a unique chance to talk about both creativity and a shared special interest. I’m in awe of prolific writers, writers who can sustain a story for 500+ pages. I’ve just finished reading The Prague Cemetery, my third Eco to date, and I’m left with the feeling that something is missing in my life that can only be filled with another Eco.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
Asylum is my first novel and it has its basis in truth. Like the protagonist Yvette Grimm, I was an English-born visa overstayer and I really did invest my hopes in a palm reader’s prophecy that I would meet the father of my children before I was thirty. What a nut! That was the starting point for the story but I needed to make Yvette very different from me so I made her an artist. I can only paint walls.

Yvette’s quest takes her to Perth, and into a world of actors, artists, dilettantes and no-hopers. She’s estranged from Australia and offers a unique migrant’s perspective on what it’s like to find yourself an alien in this land. Asylum is basically a story of alienation. It’s also a black comedy about one woman’s struggle to make good the wreckage of her life, and heal her wounded heart.

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What are you working on next?
I’m working on two other projects. I’m venturing into horror, with more than a toe hanging outside that bed sheet. I don’t think I’m capable of straight ahead horror. Something always bends me back into satire. I’m inspired by the British film, “Sightseers,” directed by Ben Wheatley. How dead pan and matter-of-fact the killing was in that film.

The other project is satirical too. It’s about a young woman trying to prise from her mother the details of her father’s disappearance. The occult in all its dimensions features heavily in the story. It’ll be huge when it’s done; my homage to Umberto Eco.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
This question makes me feel boring. People tell me I have a talent for inspiring others, and it is true that I’m able to create grand schemes in my mind, which is good for writing, but I’ve fallen foul of this so-called talent many times. Beware of castles in the air. And I can’t recall the number of times I’ve conjured a vast vision of possibility for a friend, unaware that she or he is sitting there waiting without much patience for me to finish, having lost interest hours before.

Who are your favorite authors?
I adore Doris Lessing, Alice Munro, Fay Weldon, Iain Banks, Peter Carey, Chris Womersley, and of course Umberto Eco. And so many many more.

What do you like to do with your free time?
Free time? I have to remember to make that happen. Even when I’m reading, it isn’t really leisure time, because I have a sharp eye on everything the author is doing.

I love hanging out with my girlfriends for lunch or coffee. I adore long bus journeys and visiting my two daughters who are living in Melbourne. I can’t see enough of them. Writing is a solitary life. A writer makes enormous sacrifices for the demands of her craft. I try to strike a balance by spending time in my garden, growing my own vegetables, and hanging out with my cat, Psyche, the gentlest, sweetest cat ever born.

Tell us about your plans for upcoming books.
My second novel, The Drago Tree, is due to be released in September 2015, by Odyssey Books. Signing that publishing contract felt like stepping into another world. The novel is set in Lanzarote, a tiny island off the coast of southern Morocco, with stunning landscapes of calderas, lava flows and vast swathes of volcanic ash. The Drago Tree a romantic tale of geologist Ann Salter’s attempt to escape her life back in England, and find a new direction. Only she’s haunted by memories of her estranged sister Penny. I was going through a hard time when I wrote the story and would escape for hours of every day into a world of tourism websites, history and geology websites, Youtube footage, photos and best of all, google maps, whose little man toured the island the year before. One time on street view I actually clicked my way down the length of the whole island.

Where can people find you on the web?
I have a blog containing all my latest news along with all sorts of information about projects I’ve been involved in, and my previous publications.
I can also be found on Facebook:

Any final thoughts?
I’ve really enjoyed this interview. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

Thanks Isobel for being here today 🙂

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