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Goodreads Winners ~ Dino Hunt

Congratulations to the following people who have each won a copy of Dino Hunt by Max Davine. Your autographed copy will be sent shortly.

Maya V. from Tatarstan, Russia
Nicholas K. from Sacramento, CA

Thank you to everyone who entered the Goodreads giveaway.
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Bec Taylor Launches Her New Book | PRLog

Bec Taylor Launches Her New Book | PRLog.

 

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Book Signing – Robert P. Mitchell

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Robert P. Mitchell, author of Tales Of A Tenacious Tenor, will be having a book signing at the Monroe County Library, (Hughes Library), Stroudsburg, PA on Saturday April 18th, 2015. From 10:00AM til 3:00PM

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Bob’s amazing story of how movie idol Mario Lanza inspired him to sing, and the road he traveled to realize that dream.

From Central Pennsylvania to the opera stages of New York, Bob overcame many obstacles to realize his dream. 
It’s an inspiring story for all dreamers and doers, those who have the courage to follow their inner voice, and make their singing voice as rich as it can be.

If you are in the area, don’t miss it!

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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?
Web: www.craigamcdonough.com
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Craig-A.-McDonough/e/B00G9FZW26
Toward The Brink book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvDPDLswZCI
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Goodreads

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…. 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.

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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 http://oca.org/saints/lives/2015/07/28/102119-st-irene-chrysovolantou.

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.

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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?
lillian888.wordpress.com
Goodreads
Twitter
Amazon

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.

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Interview With…. Rebecca Taylor

Hi Readers. Today I chat with fellow Melbournite, Rebecca Taylor. Bec comes from Mt Eliza, a suburb on the east-side of Melbourne.

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Welcome Bec. Please tell our readers something about yourself.
I am 39 years old, but most days feel 50! I live in a spectacular part of Victoria, Mt Eliza and am 5 minutes walk from a beach that I never see as I am always doing washing. I live across the road from a water reservoir that I am currently trying to save from being dug up for high density housing, which is why I moved away from Pakenham in the first place.

I much prefer the sight of gumtrees filled with kookaburras, parrots and Tawny Frog Mouths and hearing the call of frogs compared to the call of workmen.

I am rearing 4 children who are becoming far too independent thinking for my liking and have an immigrant for a husband (does a Cockney count?). Thanks to my aspirationalist, middle class upbringing in the Latrobe Valley in a town that shall not be named (Moe), it is easier to say where I haven’t traveled in a Jayco Swan than where I have been.

I also am the product of a successful public school and HECS derived education system. I graduated from Monash University twice. The first as a Major in History/Politics (yes I could put BA after my name – but choose not to), the second time as a Secondary History Teacher (no I didn’t learn!).

In between those two degrees I was a Sales Rep for the Mars Corporation where I ate far too many Twix and then an Electorate Officer and all round babysitter for 2 Federal Politicians.

Travel wise I have taken the wrong train to Pompeii and discovered Herculaneum instead, appreciated Muslim architecture in Granada, ate Pigeon Pie in Morocco, paid respects to newly interred Australian soldiers in Fromelles while drinking bad beer with ABC journalists, been late for the Battle of Hastings and in time to catch the Disney Train in Orlando!

My favorite hobbies are pollinating my melons, the inexhaustible amusement that is de-cluttering, sharing inappropriate political paraphernalia on Facebook and sorting whites from colors.

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The lure of the siren call of a 2 year old that has just poo’d his pants at 6am! 🙂 That, and the fact that it is a new day and I might actually get to steal 2 seconds to write one or two words of prose. After searching for lost socks of course!

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
I have two. Martha Stewart, so she can show me how to store multi-coloured Lego whilst keeping the Hamptons feel of my Cape Cod inspired living room. Also Oprah Winfrey, so that she can shamelessly plug my book so that I can earn millions instantly to pay for my New England renovation … in New England!!!

What’s the story behind your upcoming release, “Cut The Chemicals Cookbook”?
My daughter displayed intolerances to foods that contained artificial additives like colours, flavours and preservatives. After some research we modified her diet and she is now a changed child. Literally – we traded her in for a nicer one. Seriously, the whole family has benefited. I got sick of other sticky nose families asking me about how we did it and why so I wrote the book.

I found that while doing research it seemed as though the information was difficult to understand and that you had to buy expensive ingredients and information packages to make changes. I wanted to show families actually how easy it was to do and how you can change your families diet in a way that was easy for busy working families and budget friendly too.

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What are you working on next?
I am a repressed Tony Robins and love all things History. I am extremely envious of the person who wrote Horrible Histories and the teacher in me hopes to one day also educate children about the wonders of the past without them realising that they are learning.

My current project is a series of books aimed at my son’s age group (10 years) and bears his name. It’s called Out of Time Oscar. Oscar must save his famous Archaeologist Uncle from a fate worse than death, to be left to live out his days trapped in a past that has no internet!

This series sees Oscar in each book hurled on a misadventure through a particular period in time, where he must solve a problem to rectify the fabric of time that has been damaged by his time traveling uncle. If he doesn’t get the job done in time (i.e. by the end of chapter 10) there will be serious repercussions for all humanity and his uncle will be trapped forever (cue menacing drum beat).

I also have started a series of books that are historical fiction for teenagers. I have based the stories on real life Australian historical figures. The first book was about Eva Carmichael, one of the only survivors of the Loch Ard shipwreck in the 1800’s off the Great Ocean Road.

My next book is going to be about my two Great Uncles who were among the first Australians to battle the Japanese in WW2 whilst trying to save Singapore from invasion. This is currently in the research phase.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I can make a meal out of 3 random wilted ingredients, whilst – wait for it – marking homework, making lunches, dressing up 2 years olds as Batman, avoiding questions about what’s for dinner all while brandishing a menacing whisk at inept politicians on 774 ABC drive radio!

Who are your favorite authors and singers?
I am a product of the 90’s Seattle Grunge scene, so I still think that Eddie Vedder understands my adolescent angst. I also still live in hope at the reformation of Powderfinger after Bernard Fanning grows tired of Siestas.

As I am a multi-faceted individual who doesn’t conform to stereotypes I also love Jane Austen (for my romantic side), Kylie (for the disco queen in me), Dan Brown (History Revisionist) and Jackie French (I’m a Proper Grown up).

I also love Terry Deary whose brilliance I would love to emulate, Enid Blyton for her quaint English cottage culture and J.K Rowling for keeping my 10 year old off the iPad.

Where can people find you on the web?
I have a website for two of my books
www.theirstoryebooks.com
www.cutthechemicalscookbook.com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cut-the-Chemicals-Cookbook/628152513871532
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/cutthechemicals/

Any final thoughts?
Not a lot of writing happens when you spend your Sunday nights watching Escape to the Country whilst eating Cadbury Snack. (For those outside of Aussie and NZ, you can find out what Cadbury Snack is here.. Enjoy)

Thanks Bec for being my guest today. Cut The Chemicals Cookbook is coming soon from ASJ Publishing.

 

Interview With…. Avril Sabine

Hello readers. Today I am chatting with Avril Sabine. Avril comes from Sunny Queensland (Beautiful One Day.. Perfect The Next), and is the author of the Dragon Blood series.

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Avril, please tell our followers something about yourself.
I’m a young adult fiction author who lives on acreage in South East Queensland, Australia with my family. I suppose I shouldn’t forget to mention our three legged cat who thinks she’s the one who actually runs the house. I’ve been writing since before I started school and telling stories even before that. The moment I realised the books I loved to read were written by authors, I knew what I wanted to be.

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family and my writing are what makes me want to get out of bed each day. Although sometimes my writing doesn’t let me get to bed and there have been many nights I’ve completely missed out on sleep because a story has been too insistent to let me go to bed.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
One? Seriously? But there are so many interesting people in the world. Do they have to still be living? Or is this one of those questions where I can pretend I get to use a time machine so I can go back and visit people like Alexander the Great, Boudica, Shakespeare, Albert Einstein and Jane Austen? If they have to still be alive, I love talking to people who’ve overcome great odds. They don’t even need to be famous. I guess there aren’t any famous people still living that I have a burning desire to spend the day with. There are a few I’d like to spend some time with to ask them a handful of questions. Such as some of my favourite authors and some of the people who’ve made a difference for minority groups. I’m always interested in what drives people and why they choose to do different things.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is part of my Dragon Blood series. The series came to me as a flash of a scene. A teenage girl stepped out onto her shadowy balcony, angry that she’d been forced to move from Brisbane, Australia to a country town. A boy crashes into her roof and drops down onto her balcony, blood and gashes on his arm. He rises to his feet and she backs into her room, recognizing him as a boy from her new school when he steps into the light. That single scene had me asking a million questions and ended up turning into a five book series.

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What are you working on next?
I’m currently working on the first book in a series about a ghost who haunts a school, Plea of the Dammed, as well as a post apocalyptic trilogy, When The World Started Over. They’re the ones I’m writing, but I also have several that I’m editing in between working on them.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
This question certainly had me thinking. I asked some of my friends and family in an effort to try and think of my talents. Because other than writing, none came to mind. One of them told me I’m always there for them and they know they can rely on me. I shook my head. Well of course I’m there for my friends and family. That’s not a talent.
What about building a house and renovating other ones, I was asked. Once again I shook my head. Research and learning a new skill and not giving up when setbacks come your way. Nothing talented about that. They continued to make suggestions until it dawned on me. I do have a talent other than writing. It’s stubbornness. Now some people might say that’s not a talent, or even try and fancy it up by calling it determination. But trust me, mine is just plain old stubbornness. It mightn’t seem like much of a talent, but it’s gotten me through a lot of dramas, helped me continue to pursue my dreams and not let me give up when things have seemed impossible.

Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors are an extremely long list and include ones I’ve loved since I was a child and sometimes reread. A handful from the list are, in no particular order, Holly Black, Scott Westerfeld, Jane Austen, Meg Cabot, Anne McCaffrey, Richelle Mead, Cassandra Clare, J.K. Rowling, Victor Kelleher and JRR Tolkein.

What do you like to do with your free time?
Most of my time is taken up by my family and writing. What little is left over I read, play computer games (usually with my kids), travel, bushwalk, watch movies, do art and craft, listen to music and cook desserts. Although most of those things I do with friends and family.

Tell us about your plans for upcoming books.
I will of course be writing more in my Demon Hunters series. The third book, Tainted, will be launched at Supernova, on the Gold Coast, in April this year while the fourth one won’t be out until 2016. I have more Fairytales Retold that I’m working on, several short stories, The Irish Wizard, which is a children’s book, Realms of the Fae, a dark urban fantasy series and several contemporaries.

Where can people find you on the web?
You can find out more information about my books on my website.
http://www.avrilsabine.com/
You can also read my blog, Veins Of Ink, and sign up to my newsletter to be kept informed about future books, blog posts and even exclusive news.
You can also find me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/avril.sabine
And my Amazon Author Page is: http://www.amazon.com/author/avrilsabine

Avril, thanks for being my guest today.

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Cover Reveal – A Question Of Counsel

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About the Book

Title: A Question of Counsel

Author: Archer Kay Leah

Genre: Fantasy Romance

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Life hasn’t been easy for Aeley since she arrested her brother, and her role as a political leader leaves her feeling isolated and lonely. Days before her brother’s trial, she meets Lira, a quiet and modest scribe who makes Aeley want more than just a professional relationship.

When she attends the trial and leaves with a marriage contract, Aeley doesn’t know what to do. She must choose one of two brothers, marrying into a family she doesn’t know. Then she discovers that Lira is part of the same family—a sister to Aeley’s suitors and the family’s disgrace. And not at all opposed to an intimate relationship.

Except random acts of violence against her people test Aeley’s ability as a leader, and a web of lies and deceit threaten not only her chance at happiness, but her life…

Available: May 27, 2015.

Preorder from the publisher, Less Than Three Press.

 Author Bio

Archer Kay Leah was raised in Canada, growing up in a port town at a time when it was starting to become more diverse, both visibly and vocally. Combined with the variety of interests found in Archer’s family and the never-ending need to be creative, this diversity inspired a love for toying with characters and their relationships, exploring new experiences and difficult situations.

Archer most enjoys writing speculative fiction and is engaged in a very particular love affair with fantasy, especially when it is dark and emotionally charged. When not reading and writing for work or play, Archer is a geek with too many hobbies and keeps busy with other creative endeavors, a music addiction, and whatever else comes along. Archer lives in London, Ontario with a same-sex partner and their cat.

Website: http://archerkayleah.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Archer-Kay-Leah-Author/170517966489444

Twitter: https://twitter.com/archerkayleah

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/ArcherKayLeah

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