Monthly Archives: January 2016

Special Offer ~ JUMP CUT

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Cover Reveal ~ Timeshaft

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Booktrope are shortly publishing a revised edition of Stewart Bint’s time travel novel, Timeshaft…and here’s a sneak preview of the dazzling new cover created by Booktrope designer Troy Johnson.

Originally published on Smashwords in 2013, the new edition features a new beginning and ending, along with a number of new scenes.

About the Book

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Title: Timeshaft

Author: Stewart Bint

Genre: Time Travel

By the twenty-seventh century, mankind has finally mastered time travel—and is driving recklessly towards wiping itself out. The guerilla environmentalist group WorldSave, with its chief operative Ashday’s Child, uses the Timeshaft to correct mistakes of the past in an effort to extend the life of the planet.

But the enigmatic Ashday’s Child has his own destiny to accomplish, and will do whatever it takes within a complicated web of paradoxes to do so. While his destiny—and very existence—is challenged from the beginning to the end of time, he must collect the key players through the ages to create the very Timeshaft itself.

“Do our actions as time travellers change what would otherwise have happened, or is everything already laid down in a predetermined plan?” he asks. Stewart Bint’s Timeshaft is an expertly synchronized saga of time travel, the irresistible force of destiny, and the responsibility of mankind as rulers of the world.

Author Bio

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Stewart Bint is a novelist, magazine columnist and PR writer. He lives with his wife, Sue, in Leicestershire, in the UK, and has two grown-up children, Christopher and Charlotte.

He is a former radio presenter, newsreader and phone-in show host, but always wanted to become a fiction writer — a dream that came true when his first novel was published in 2012 at the age of 56. Now the author of five novels, a collection of short stories and a compilation of his early magazine columns, he was signed by Booktrope in 2015, who published a revised edition of his paranormal novel, In Shadows Waiting, in August.

They are publishing a revised and re-edited edition of Timeshaft shortly.

As a member of a local barefoot hiking group, when not writing he can often be found hiking in bare feet on woodland trails and urban streets.

Stewart Bint online:

Website and blog: http://stewartbintauthor.weebly.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorsjb

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Cover Reveal ~ Murder at Morningside

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Title: Murder at Morningside
Author: Sandra Bretting
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Genre: Mystery
Format: Ecopy

Hat designer Missy DuBois opened her shop, Crowning Glory, along Louisiana’s Great River Road to cater to the sophisticated Southern bride. But bless her heart, who knew creating stylish wedding veils would lead to murder?

Hired to craft a veil for a socialite getting married at Morningside Plantation means Missy can bask in the height of antebellum atmosphere. But when the bride is found dead in a women’s bathroom, Missy the milliner finds herself entangled in one unfashionable murder. With the list of suspects thicker than the sweltering Louisiana heat, including a gaggle of bridesmaids shedding nary a tear and a family with no shortage of enemies, it seems anyone at the mansion may have done away with the bride-to-be. While Missy has Southern charm to spare, she’s going to need more than manners and a manicure to put a hat pin on this murderous affair . . .

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Meet the Author

Sandra Bretting has served as a freelance feature writer for the Houston Chronicle since moving to Texas in 1996. She received a journalism degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and spent her early career in healthcare public relations at medical centers throughout Southern California. Other publications for which she’s written include the Los Angeles Times and Woman’s Day. Readers can visit her website at SandraBretting.com.

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Book Tour ~ DAUGHTER OF THE DRACKAN

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Daughter of the Drackan
by Kathrin Hutson

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GENRE: Fantasy

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Keelin is the only human fledgling, weaned by the drackans of the High Hills and given their instincts, ferocious strength, and fierce hatred for humankind. But even the drackans closest to her cannot explain why she has violent blackouts from which she wakens covered in blood.

A desperate, reckless search for the source of this secret brings her face to face with the human world and memories from a locked-away past, long forgotten. Keelin becomes a terrifying legend among human assassins while she hunts for answers, and the human realm’s High King is murdered.

While a sickly steward hides within crumbling walls, commanding her every move with a magic he should not possess, Keelin’s journey to track him down threatens her loyalty to the drackans who raised her. The rogue who crosses her path hides familiar secrets, echoing her own terrifying bloodlust and forcing her to consider that there may be something human about her, after all.

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BOOK EXCERPT

Igetheyr stood unmoving, and E’Kahlyn gently unfurled her red-brown wings. The child sat atop the drackan’s scaly back, legs huddled up to her chest. She too stared at Igetheyr, eyes glowing from beneath the shock of tangled hair.

The others snorted and growled at the human, their hatred and bloodlust already thick in the air. The drackans’ centuries-old feud with the scale-less race ran deep within their blood. Seeing one now in their home stirred timeless memories of the war, so long ago, that had started their hatred in the first place, and memories of the last human fledgling who had turned astray.

Igetheyr shifted his eyes toward the child, expressionless until he chose to speak. E’Kahlyn shot her mind-voice in a direct, shielded stream to the child, hoping to reach it before Igetheyr did. ‘Have you heard our discussion?’

A light, purple-gray blotch found its way slowly to her mind with the feeble words, ‘I did.’

‘Then go to him, young one.’

The child slid to the ground, gazing at the drackan with pleading eyes. E’Kahlyn nudged her forward with her snout. The child stumbled toward Igetheyr’s great figure and placed her hands behind her back. Her narrow chest stuck out vulnerably, head held high, and she met eyes with the black drackan. Fear did not exist in the child, as if it never had. She was part of the new world around her now and still so disconnected.

Igetheyr snorted, seemingly entrapped by her boldness. E’Kahlyn opened her mind to just the two of them, eagerly awaiting the important exchange, the final word.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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Kathrin Hutson has been writing fiction for fifteen years, editing for five, and plunging in and out of reality since she first became aware of the concept. Kathrin specializes in Dark Fantasy and Sci-fi, and the second novel in this series, Mother of the Drackan, will be released this February.

Kathrin runs her own independent editing company, KLH CreateWorks, for Indie Authors of all genres. She also serves as Story Coordinator and Chief Editor for Collaborative Writing Challenge, and Editing Director for Rambunctious Rambling Publications, Inc. Needless to say, she doesn’t have time to do anything she doesn’t enjoy.

You can grab your copy of Daughter of the Drackan, in print or as an ebook, on Amazon here: mybook.to/daughterdrackan

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RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

Kathrin Hutson will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2015/12/vbt-daughter-of-drackan-by-kathrin.html

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INTERVIEW

Kathrin, thanks for being my guest today. Tell us about you.
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ere we go—I’m a super wacky person. I get some weird looks, but most people love me for it. I talk with my hands in wide, exaggerated gestures (and am completely unaware of it). I write a heck of a lot better than I speak. I get really angry when people don’t use their turn signals. Things that completely don’t match, ugly things, and old things make me really warm and fuzzy inside. Raisins make me gag. I went barefoot with flowers in my hair when I married my husband. I won’t get a new anything if it still works in some capacity (got that from my dad). I’ve never punched a person in anger, but I’ve always wanted to know what it feels like. I would like to try living in a yurt someday.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
Bob Ross. Totally. I don’t care that he’s not alive anymore. I feel like a day with Bob Ross would fill me up with enough happiness and calm that stress and tension would cease to exist altogether. Plus, I’d love to see how he interacted with my husband 😉

What’s the story behind your latest book?
The story behind this book? It came from a lot of things, but mostly my desire to explore something really gritty and dark, to delve into a character who has known nothing but rejection, pain, loss, and lacked a sense of self. Of course, I gave Keelin awesome powers, inhuman abilities, and one hell of a strong will. I also gave her the ability to rise beyond everything human about her (which isn’t much)—she becomes an assassin among humans, the best there ever was, but it’s balanced by her drackan bloodlust and hatred for humans, making her disgusted by the fact that humans have essentially given her the crown of deadly superiority. I wanted a character whose internal struggles no one else seems to see, and whose external struggles have all but been forgotten by those they affect the most.

What is your writing process?
I must have a clean writing space, and I must have my music playing on shuffle. I listen to just about everything but Modern Country, and listening to the same artist or genre in a row really sticks a wad of cotton in my brain. It also helps if I start the day out with some yoga or a brisk walk, and especially when I don’t have any other pressing deadlines for my other jobs.

Tell us about your main character:
Keelin is like one of those electric bug zappers you hang on your porch, and everyone else is a bug. They can’t help but be attracted to her—they see her, want her, adore the strange quality about her they can’t quite place, and have to investigate further. But the closer you get to her, the more you risk your own destruction.

She starts out relatively innocent in comparison. Keelin has no idea why she blacks out, why she always returns to the same lake of her home covered in blood but never injured, and she dreads more than anything the possibility of the other drackans (who shun her for her human form) finding out what happens to her and that she isn’t strong enough to withstand these blackouts. She’s made up of one part obedience, one part fear, and two parts stubborn curiosity.

When she finds out that humans actually exist (after being kept from them her entire life by her own drackan guardian), it’s inevitable that she questions everything she’s ever been taught. Then she immerses herself in the human world, curious about them and consequently disgusted by their society, but drawn to them nevertheless because the secrets to her blackouts lie within the human world.

Then she turns everything on its head. She exposes the human world as worthless and petty, using it only for her own means. The drackans have their own secrets, too, and she dauntlessly throws the fear of their own history into their faces when she defies all drackan law to stop what’s being done to her.

Of course, through the whole story (which continues in ‘Mother of the Drackan’), Keelin comes to realize that she isn’t in control of what really matters, and that she’s been played as a pawn in the whole scheme of human-drackan history herself. At that point, she becomes one part defiant, two parts unstoppable, and all parts deadly.

If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role and why.
When I saw the TV series ‘Penny Dreadful’ for the first time, I knew—Eva Green would absolutely play Keelin. If you haven’t seen the creepiness of that woman in her character Vanessa Ives, I seriously recommend it. She’s gorgeous, irresistible, dark, and her stare could cut glass.

What are you working on next?
The sequel, ‘Mother of the Drackan’, is in its finishing stages and will be out February or March. I’m super excited for this book, because it takes Keelin’s story to a whole new level.

I’m also pumping away at my adult Dystopian Sci-Fi, ‘Sleepwater Beat’. This novel’s a monster, and is going to be so much fun. Government and pharmaceutical conspiracy, Social Media control, human trafficking and experimentation, guerilla warfare, black market dealings, all with a bit of speech-induced superpowers and some sex, drugs, and violence. The protagonist, Leo, is someone I identify with a lot more than Keelin. She’s dark, too, but in a much more pathetic way. Her journey lies in learning how to let people in, not in how to control and/or save them.

What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their book?
Talk to as many other authors as you can. Networking is such a huge boon for you in your writing career. Every author loves to talk about fiction—that’s what made us writers in the first place. And not every writer only likes to talk about their own work. When you connect with others who completely understand the ins and outs of your fears, frustrations, struggles, successes, joys, and everything in between, the world opens up to you. Share your work with them, let them share their own, support, encourage, and motivate to your heart’s content. It all comes back around to you in the end.

What is your favorite book on your shelf right now?
I can’t pick a favorite. It’s just impossible. Favorite series, for sure, is Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’. I’ve read all seven books five times, and will continue to reread them throughout my life. That’s the most epic story I’ve ever seen, and it never ceases to amaze me.

I’m also a huge fan of anything by John Irving and Christopher Moore, admittedly love the ‘Outlander’ series and ‘Game of Thrones’ (the books), and absolutely love ‘Metallic Dreams’ by Mark Rice. Not for the faint of heart, I warn you, but if absolutely nothing in the whole world bothers or offends you, give that book a shot.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I’ve played piano for the last twenty years, the first twelve of which I was classically trained, and the last eight of which I’ve spent writing my own music and lyrics as a singer/songwriter. I type 110 words per minute (no joke. I’ve tested multiple times, and it got me a great job at a Law Firm before I was able to write and edit professionally full-time). My ability to juggle insane amounts of projects at once astounds my husband and those who know me, though I have to admit it’s what keeps me going at such an effective rate.

You are given the choice of one super power. What super power would you have and why?
I would totally have Mystique’s powers, from ‘X-Men’. How cool would it be to turn yourself into any person imaginable, clothes, voice, and all? Don’t get me wrong, I’d probably get into a lot of trouble using it, but I’d definitely take that power if given the option.

List 5 things on your bucket list:

  1. Travel to Greece.
  2. Build my own house (with my husband).
  3. Spend some time within a stone circle (I’ve been to Stonehenge, but it was roped off at the time) or any major ley line.
  4. Have a velvet portrait made of my husband and I with our two dogs (come on, velvet painting? Totally tacky and awesome, and my husband and I have joked for so long about doing this and hanging it over our fireplace for maybe a year…maybe taking a picture of it and using it as a Christmas card one day).
  5. Visit a Tibetan monastery.

Where can readers find you on the web?

You can check out my author’s site at www.kathrinhutsonfiction.com, and my author’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kathrinhutsonfiction

I use one Twitter profile: www.twitter.com/klhcreateworks

My business site for editing and Indie Author consultation through KLH CreateWorks (where I post tips for authors on writing and editing their own work) can be found at www.klhcreateworks.com. KLH CreateWorks and its Facebook is www.facebook.com/klhcreateworks

Of course, you can pick up my book from amazon at http://mybook.to/daughterdrackan, and during this tour until February 5th, it’s discounted at $0.99!

Any final thoughts?
Thank you so much, C. A. Milson, for hosting this tour stop on your blog today. And thank you, readers, for taking the time to check it out. I hope you found this interview sufficiently weird and entertaining.

Cover Reveal ~ Hot and Nerdy 2

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Inside the Book:

 
Title: Hot and Nerdy 2
Author: Shannyn Schroeder
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Ecopy

Adam, Hunter, and Free have a lot in common, like geeky passions and not exactly great track records when it comes to dating. But a New Year’s Eve bash will bring everything they’ve ever wanted—and so much more . . .

His Work Of Art

Adam Hayes has never met a girl like Reese. She’s sassy, smart, and loves talking comics, although he can’t see why she’d choose DC over Marvel. He’s thrilled to finally put his artistic chops to use in their upcoming comic project. But when the two combine forces, they churn out magic in more ways than they had planned . . .

His New Jam

There’s something unusual about the sarcastic percussionist Hunter Reed hired for his band. For one thing, she’s impervious to his advances. But when Hunter sees how passionate Sydney is behind the drums, he orchestrates a plan to find out if she kisses like she plays. What he doesn’t anticipate is falling so hard . . .

His Dream Role

Free Mitchell loves the theater. When he’s masquerading as Dr. Who or Sherlock Holmes, he feels he can escape his shy, dorky persona. But nothing’s prepared him to play boyfriend to a gorgeous girl like Samantha Wolf. The more time they spend together, the more they seem to be going off the script, and the hotter everything gets . . .

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Meet the Author

 

Shannyn is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.

Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.

After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”

So she did.

That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to where she is today—agented with a debut ebook coming out with Kensington in late 2012.

She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.

Shannyn is represented by Frances Black and Jennifer Mishler of Literary Counsel.

 

Book Tour ~ Tribes of Decay

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About the Book

Title: Tribes of Decay

Author: Michael W. Garza

Genre: Horror / Zombie Apocalypse

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Our world decayed and a new world arose from the ashes of the old.

The remains of the human race cling to life decades after a decimating global plague. The infected hunt the living as the dead roam abandoned streets craving the taste of flesh. Mia and Rowan hoped to carve out a life for themselves in an apocalyptic wasteland, but fate had other plans. They’re forced to leave behind the relative safety of their home after a chance encounter challenges everything they’ve ever known.

Evolution always finds a way…

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Michael W. Garza often finds himself wondering where his inspiration will come from next and in what form his imagination will bring it to life. The outcomes regularly surprise him and it’s always his ambition to amaze those curious enough to follow him and take in those results. He hopes that everyone will find something that frightens, surprises, or simply astonishes them. 

Links

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Thunderclap Campaign for the book: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/36214-tribes-of-decay

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Book Excerpt

A terrible silence fell over the open space. Mia scanned the lot from one line of the dead at the end of the street to the opposing line. The first of the infected stepped out into the light, but they didn’t rush after her nor did they let out their dreadful cries. Several pale-skinned figures walked calmly to the edge of the lot. The sight of their self-control was unlike anything Mia had ever seen, and it was more horrible than she could have imagined. The group looked at her, their hate-filled eyes unnaturally wide. Most of their limbs jerked and twitched sporadically, fighting to contain themselves.

The shadows between the buildings shifted as more and more figures pushed in behind the first. Mia gasped, trying desperately to keep her wits about her. She could feel the panic working its way into her heart as her hands shook beyond her control. A central figure stepped away from the group of infected and started across the lot. The dead along the road never moved, not even when the first few yelps of devilish desire called out from the shadows.

It was a woman, her open shirt revealing her breasts. Patches of violet dotted her neck and face in between the dark lines beneath her skin. The woman reached the center of the parking lot and came to a stop. Her wild eyes ran the length of Mia from her feet to her head, her arms shuddering erratically every few seconds. The stare off lasted too long for Mia’s nerves. Her response rang out before her mind could process what she was saying.

Just eat me already.”

The words echoed across the open space, startling the onlookers. The spur was enough to get them to move. The shadows erupted in a brutal howl and the masses of undead started forward from opposite ends of the street as the crowd of infected burst into action. Mia felt her heart seize up in her chest, but her eyes remained glued on the mob. The infected woman never moved, not even when the snarling crowd barreled passed her. Mia’s mind froze, unable to process what was about to happen. The last thing she expected was someone to call out her name.

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Giveaway is for fanpacks of the book (including bookmarks, patch and eBook) and for signed hard copies. US only

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Virtual Book Tour ~ Cubeball by Michael Leon

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by Michael Leon

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GENRE:  Sci-fi

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A naturally gifted ex-national champion and a savant with a computer-like mind compete against the world’s best in the 22nd century’s most popular sport – CUBEBALL – the chess-like, technology-enhanced, snooker of the future where the world stage is dominated by gambling, drugs and massive audiences.

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BOOK EXCERPT

Jules’ gaze emboldened Mickey to reveal his special gift to her. He strode confidently to the cue-ball and lined up one of the most difficult shots in cubeball. Then with little thought, he cracked the cue-ball with a force that matched the passion he was feeling. The curve on the first line was more pronounced than the programmed line set by the computer.

Mickey had struck the perfect shot. Sam and Riley sat staring at the console, mesmerised by what they had just seen and eager to re-capture its perfection on replay. Only champions could play this way and it was clear to all that Mickey was developing into one.

“Fucking incredible,” said Johnnie. His eyes were wide. Filled with awe for Mickey’s skills and expectation with how much he could earn from it.

Mickey didn’t hear his appreciative manager. He didn’t see the small tear that had formed in his kid sister’s admiring eye. His gaze remained on Jules. She brushed her hair back on to her shoulders before resting her slender hands on her hips. Her mouth was wide open, breathing in her excitement for what she had just seen. Then her eyes revealed that there was more to her feelings than that of an adoring fan. Her gaze began to fill with a stirring hunger. Fate was beginning to move into Mickey’s life like an evening moon tide.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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I worked with national and international organisations as a business analyst in Australia and overseas. I authored many business books analysing the foodservice and food retail industry in Australia, Europe and Asia, as well as agribusiness global trends.  I also ran a consultancy business that assisted Australian enterprises to develop new markets in Australia and overseas.

I commenced writing science fiction novels full time in 2009. It was a life-long interest of mine. I have written five novels – all exploring contemporary social issues in future speculative worlds. They are: Shadow Dance; Extinction; Cubeball; Titan Sages and Alive. My novels blend speculative science, new age and poetry. Readers of novels such as Carl Sagan’s Contact would enjoy my novels.

Links:

Blog: http://odyssey2k1.blogspot.com/

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5369984.Michael_Leon

Website: http://www.michaelleon.com.au/

iBooks:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/cubeball/id1050883428?mt=11

Buy link:

Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Cubeball-Michael-Leon-ebook/dp/B016VTRID0

BookPOD: http://www.bookstore.bookpod.com.au/p/9074542/cubeball.html

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RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

Prizes for the tour are as follows:

  • One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card.
  • One randomly chosen host will receive a $25 Amazon/BN.com gift card.

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Interview With … Hadena James

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Hey folks. Today my guest is Hadena James. Author of Elysium Dreams. 

Hadena. Tanks for being here today. Tell us about you.
I’m incredibly clumsy. I live in pajamas (when you work from home, why bother to change into real clothing when pajamas are so much more comfortable). I play steel-tip darts, which is sadly, a dying sport in the US. I crochet, however, I don’t have the patience to do afghans, so I mostly do scarves. And I actually love the show Ancient Aliens.

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If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
That’s hard, but HP Lovecraft would win out by a hair, if I could raise him from the dead. His work had a huge influence on me. I love his ability to tell a great short story. The story Rats in the Walls is the only thing I have ever read that gave me nightmares, which is saying a lot, because I read a ton of horror. I can’t imagine what he would be like as a person, but it would be great to find out.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
Mutilated Dreams is my newest work and available for pre-order at the moment. The inspiration came when I was reading an article about tattoos. It was talking about how visible tattoos used to make us put a person in a certain stereotype, but that was changing and we, as a society, no longer frowned as heavily on them. So, I decided to see if I could do something with this societal norm change and came up with someone who was taking tattoos, but not killing the victims. It was completely different from anything I’d ever done before, especially with this series, since my serial killer wasn’t really a killer.

What is your writing process? 
I sit down, open my computer, and start typing. Honestly, there is no best way for me to write a book. I do write better after dark, but I can listen to music, watch TV, watch a movie, or have complete silence and still write. And I’m notorious about writing even as I try to fall asleep. I used to keep a notebook by the bed, but it bothered my partner, because I’d be scribbling notes while he was trying to sleep. So, now I just hope I remember it the next day. Usually, I do.

Tell us about your main character: 
Nineteen years ago, I set down to create a character that wasn’t like any female characters I had ever read. The result was Aislinn Cain. Cain is a female sociopath who comes from a long history of psychopaths. She’s asexual (sorry, she’ll never have a love interest), so she has very few weaknesses. She actively looks for abusers, killers, and others of those ilk and volunteers to be their victim with the intent of stopping them. She’s so good at it, she gets recruited for a special US Marshals team that does exactly that, stop serial killers. The reason she’s so good is because she was just as likely to be one of them as one of their hunters.

If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role and why.
Milla Jovovich plays an excellent sociopath. She’s too old to play Aislinn Cain, since Cain is in her 20’s, but that’s who I’d want for the part.

What are you working on next?
In an unusual twist of Fate, I started writing book 11 in the Dreams & Reality books as soon as I sent Mutilated Dreams to the editor. I didn’t realize I was setting up Fortified Dreams as I wrote Mutilated Dreams, but I was and the moment I hit send, Fortified began to flow. By the time the editor had finished with Mutilated, I was half down with Fortified. Normally, I take a short break and write a Dysfunctional Chronicle novella (not horror), between my Dreams & Reality books just to cleanse my brain, but not this time.

What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their book?
You can never advertise enough. Give copies away to be read and reviewed. Sign up for the newsletters that offer free and discounted books and start dropping your prices from time to time and putting them in there. Do blog tours. Be active on social media (but don’t spam about your book). Listen and be willing to take advice from writers who write full time.

What is your favorite book on your shelf right now?
The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
Um, I would say no. However, everyone I know would disagree with me. I have a knack for retaining useless trivia. Occasionally, I manage to work it into conversation and occasionally, it just seems to overload my brain and spew forth on its own.

You are given the choice of one super power. What super power would you have and why?
I already have a super power: I trip over invisible things. I never seemed to outgrow being a klutz, now I can walk down a sidewalk and trip over nothing. My friends have all just gotten used to it, so they no longer think it’s weird when I’m walking and suddenly, I’m not.

List 5 things on your bucket list:

  1. Go to England to watch World Cup Darts live.
  2. Write and publish at least 100 books.
  3. Meet Stephen Fry (I don’t think I could manage talking to him, I would definitely be star-struck and fumble over my words).
  4. Learn to be less of an introvert.
  5. Hit a 180.

Where can readers find you on the web?

www.facebook.com/hadenajames
@hadenajames
hadenajames.wordpress.com

Any final thoughts?

Thank you for taking the time to interview me and post it on your site!

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