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Author Interview: P. M. Amaras & Paul Driggere

Check out this author spotlight for P. M. Amaras & Paul Driggere!

You can find all their links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out their books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!

We are Paula Kalamaras and Paul Kraly, owners of a small-press publishing company, Scribes Unlimited Press and a writing, editing and research company called Scribes Unlimited, LLC for the past 20 years or so. We have written, ghosted, or edited literally hundreds of articles, blogs, business proposals, marketing plans, and other techie documents, as well as several non-fiction books. We published our first fiction novel in 2010 called “Exiles of Dal Ryeas”, and our second novel just this past summer called “Shadows in Light”. Currently we have created and written three webcomics as well, “The Depths”, (adult furry), “Insignificant Otters” (furry humour), and our newest webcomic ”Island Girls” (adventure/romance) We write now under the pseudonyms of “P.M. Amaras” and “Paul Driggere”.

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Cat or dog? Cats, but we love dogs too

Tea or coffee? Tea

Morning or evening? Morning

Plotter or pantser? Plotter, although we do write “seat of the pants” style sometimes.

Standalone or series? Series

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

We like books where the unusual intrudes into the usual. Normal, everyday people suddenly thrust into epic adventures they never saw coming.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

Currently working on a sequel to “Shadows in Light” (“Shadows in Mist”), a “cozy” paranormal drama called “Magic Blocked”, and two screenplays.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

“Shadows in Light”, a fantasy-romance-thriller about a serial killer loose in the heart of a magical, high-tech otherworld called Nysi Affalon, home of gods, goddesses, demi-gods, fae, even vampires and other creatures abandoned by Earth. Into the mix, a would-be-detective from Earth, Maia Anemois, works with demi-god detectives Kai and Aidan Eurus to bring the killer to justice.

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shadows-in-light-p-m-amaras/1139964822

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/shadows-in-light-1

6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!

We would have to say books and movies the most. Seeing or reading what was done gets our minds working as well.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

Oh God, no, there’s no routine, no schedule, nothing like that. We write when we want to and when we feel the most creative. You can’t force greatness, it has to come out on its own. Besides, we have a day job! J  

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?  

If you’re going to do it, do it. Don’t wait so long in life to be a success.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

https://www.scribesunlimited.com (currently seeking books to publish)

https://www.twitter.com/WritersWithCats

https://www.facebook.com/scribesunlimited

Book Review: I Shall Return with Winter

📚 Review time! 📚

📚 I Shall Return With Winter by C. F. Welburn @c.f.welburn

📚 My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I Shall Return with Winter is an intriguing, dark and gritty tale by C.F. Welburn.

Oben, our protagonist, sets off on a journey of revenge after Skalgs ransacked his home and murdered his sister. He is determined to exact vengeance on four leaders of the Skalgs and promises his wife he shall return by winter.

Well, needless to say, things don’t exactly go to plan.

Oben is thrown into the midst of an age-old prophecy, of which he believes none, but he is forced to partake if only to survive. Yet, as the parts of the prophecy are revealed and events play out, his own faith is put to the ultimate test, and the stakes are sky-high.

With a fresh take on The Chose One-trope, I Shall Return with Winter has twists and turns you won’t see coming. The prose is flowing and intricate (no surprise there – all of Welburn’s books are fabulously written), the world-building is fantastic, and everything holds a mysterious quality that only adds to the book’s appeal and immersiveness.

I devoured this book in search of answers, wholly invested in Oben and the other characters. They were all wonderfully depicted and, despite their flaws, highly entertaining (even if they were not always likeable) as they all had their part to play in the prophecy. This was one exciting yet bloody ride, from start to finish.

And even though I Shall Return with Winter is a standalone novel, I’m happy to see Welburn leaves it open for a sequel. I, for one, will look forward to it!

Author Interview: Brendan & Lori O’Gara

Check out this author spotlight for Brendan & Lori O’Gara!

You can find all their links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out their books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please! 

We are the O’Garas, Brendan and Lori O’Gara. We write in the fantasy, contemporary fiction and nonfiction genres. Between us, we have published a total of 11 books together and individually.

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Morning or evening?
Brendan says morning because I am more creative in the morning.

Library or museums?
Lori says,  library. I am a librarian and spend more time there than at home, however, at home we have 2000 plus books. I can argue home is a library.

Mountains or beaches?
Lori says, beaches. Brendan and I met when we were children and we grew up on Perdido Key, Florida. In the early 80s it was not the touristy place it is now. We spent a lot of time at the beach.

Hero or anti-hero?
Brendan says anti-hero, everyone is the hero in their own story.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

Lori says, definitely gothic fantasy and southern family drama. Brendan says, any quest type adventure and Dad humor. We have six children so…

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

Brendan is working on his part of Book 2 in the Necromancer’s Song trilogy titled The Music of The Bones. I am working on The Remnants of Eden which is a compendium book set in the same universe as Necromancer’s Song. Some of the same characters are in both books.  

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it! 

Brendan has a cookbook that started us on the road of fantasy writing. It has recipes and in between the yumminess are stories about five adventurers. After the one hundredth time of a reader telling us, “Hey, the recipes are great, but what happens to the adventurers?” we decided to tell their story, thus The travelers’ Song was written. This project has grown to a trilogy and it  encompasses three short novellas. Those books aren’t true prequels, they are about characters that are in the main trilogy and other interesting people set at different points on the main timeline of the trilogy. There is a constant theme in all our fantasy writings that life is the most powerful of all forces in the universe, but fragile and often taken for granted. Most of us only get one shot at life, but what if there was more? 

The Travelers’ Song 

6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!

Real life inspiration comes from people we know and knew in the past. Yes we have said to our friends, “Careful, what you say it might go in a book.”  Fictional inspiration comes from  a few authors  Gary Gygax, Rober Jordan, Terry Brooks and Neil Giaman. 

  1. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

Butt in chair, red wine in a glass….then we give each other a target word count..not just any words, they have to be good words.

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?

Do not stop writing. If you take a break it is difficult to get back to it.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

https://the-ogaras.com

https://loriogara.com

https://www.facebook.com/THEOGARACLAN

One week left!!!

🔥 UPCOMING RELEASE!!! 🔥

🖤 It’s only 1 week until The Thousand Year Divide is released!! Preorder now on Amazon!! 🖤

🖤 It’s the 6th and final book of The Light of Darkness, a series perfect for readers who enjoy visceral, gripping high & epic fantasy tales with dark undertones and romance! 🖤

A king betrayed. A deadly powder in the hands of a merciless enemy. A ruthless mercenary Queen with an agenda of her own and an army ready to march upon the Midlands.

Alongside the Priesthood, demons are a formidable force. Still, not everyone wants to be affiliated with the terrifying creatures of Darkness. The allied tribes might be the final affront, sparking a war in the Midlands. Yet, demon tribes do not even offer mercy to each other.

The Obsidian Trials provide a unique opportunity for Anaya to earn the support of the Panther Tribe, but not all demons are willing to align their fate with a human priestess… unless she can prove she’s worthy of their trust.

The stakes are higher than ever. Anaya and Samael must stand strong, bring the Trials to a successful end, and prove themselves to the Demonic Council. All the while, they cling to a frail hope that their efforts have not been in vain.

With time fading and treachery lurking at every corner, prophecies unravel, and the lines between enemy and ally blur as never before. Priesthood, demons, and humans alike must trust one another or they will fail. Centuries of prejudice and strife are not so easy to set aside.

In a time when the Light needs the Darkness like never before, can humans and demons bridge the divide between them?

🖤 Preorder now!!! 🖤

🖤 Link: https://buff.ly/3HvpdeH

Books and animals!

❄️ QOTD: Do you like animals in your books?

❄️ I love them! No matter if it’s shifters or animal companions, animals make wonderful additions to almost any story 😍🙏

❄️ But in case you wonder what the kitty cat has to do with that…

❄️ I’m writing my next project! And the wrong one, too!! 🤣 My brain works in mysterious and no doubt crazy ways 🙈 There’s a new prequel story coming up!! 🥰

Author Interview: Jennifer Tempest

Check out this author spotlight for Jennifer Tempest!

You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!

Hello! My name is Jennifer Tempest and while I have published only 1 book at this time I have been writing since I was 8 (I am currently 29 turning 30 in a month!). I live in Alberta, Canada with my boyfriend and large cat and we love to collect board games, currently up to 200 games. I also love to do escape rooms, currently at 72, and of course love to read and write.

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Winter, spring, summer or autumn?
Autumn – I am not a heat person so I find the temperature of Autumn to be my preference. The colors are a wonderful bonus as well.

Cat or dog?
Cat – I do love all animals, but I grew up with two cats, Tigger and Whiskers, and I have my ginger cat now, Jerry.

Tea or coffee?
Neither actually – I really find I get overheated easily so I don’t enjoy hot drinks or even soup really. I tend to mostly drink water and milk with the occasional pop

Library or museums?
Library – Again I love both as I love to learn!!!! But if I had to pick I would go with library as I do love to read and choose the next thing I want to learn. I also feel I can spend more time with one book rather than moving from exhibit to exhibit.

Plotter or pantser?
Plotter – Easy one for me, I am a BIG organizer/planner in all aspects of my life so it carries over to writing as well. I have been known to over plan which ruined one book experience for me but overall I always have a general plot and at least a few sentences of what I want to happen in each chapter. I am flexible with this, if new ideas come up, but at least the general flow is there for me.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

Fantasy is my go to genre, but add dragons in the mix and you have me for sure regardless of what the story is about haha.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

I love to write fiction/fantasy. Even if its not high fantasy, I like to include fantasy elements in some way. For example, my current published book, The Cardinal War, as well as my next project, both have all the people in the book having wings with some of them able to fly. I do touch on why they can fly more in my second book and why others cannot but otherwise I just like writing about characters and stories that interest me.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

September 23, 2021 I released The Cardinal War, which links to buy it can be found at www.jennifertempestbooks.com (as well as blogs!) The Cardinal War is about 4 manors of Mordale fighting for their sons and daughters to be placed on a now vacant throne as the Emperor of Frythiel has passed away with no known heirs. The story is from the perspective of one of the Emperors messengers, Daithi, as well as a young thief, Eileen. The Cardinal War covers their experiences through this political turmoil as well as their growing friendship with each other.

6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!

My main real life inspiration I draw from is books. For example, with The Cardinal War, I had read a book where the characters had wings, and I knew right away I wanted to write a story where my characters did as well. Otherwise I often take inspiration from my friends and put them into my stories in some way, even if its just 1 character trait or an appearance aspect.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

I don’t really have a set writing routine in terms of when I write or how much I write. I tend to write when I am inspired and write till I run out of that inspiration. When starting a story, I do create an outline as well as determine the main conflict of the story. I create the main characters and give them meaningful names and descriptions. For the outline of my story I will write 1 or 2 sentences for what I want each chapter to cover. Once I am ready to start writing, I tend to write the last chapter first or the climax of the story depending when it takes place in the overall plot. After that I tend to jump around between chapters depending if I want to write more action or more dialogue that day.

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?

Just go for it! I have been writing stories since I was eight and actually sat on The Cardinal War for a number of years before actually publishing it. It was just during COVID that I decided the only reason I had not looked into publishing it was because I was scared if people would like it. But really I should have just done it! I have loved the experience and I am less worried now about peoples opinions. I am excited to keep writing!

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

www.jennifertempestbooks.com – Blogs, links to purchase, etc.

https://www.facebook.com/Jennifer-Tempest-Author-101794968874169/ – Pictures posted here, updates, etc.

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/125086116-jennifer-tempest – See what other books I read as well as learn about The Cardinal War!

https://www.instagram.com/tempestjennifer/ – Learn more about me as well as my book

Less than 2 weeks for The Thousand Year Divide!

🔥 UPCOMING RELEASE!!! 🔥

🖤 It’s less than 2 weeks until The Thousand Year Divide is released!! Preorder now on Amazon!! 🖤

🖤 It’s the 6th and final book of The Light of Darkness, a series perfect for readers who enjoy visceral, gripping high & epic fantasy tales with dark undertones and romance! 🖤

A king betrayed. A deadly powder in the hands of a merciless enemy. A ruthless mercenary Queen with an agenda of her own and an army ready to march upon the Midlands.

Alongside the Priesthood, demons are a formidable force. Still, not everyone wants to be affiliated with the terrifying creatures of Darkness. The allied tribes might be the final affront, sparking a war in the Midlands. Yet, demon tribes do not even offer mercy to each other.

The Obsidian Trials provide a unique opportunity for Anaya to earn the support of the Panther Tribe, but not all demons are willing to align their fate with a human priestess… unless she can prove she’s worthy of their trust.

The stakes are higher than ever. Anaya and Samael must stand strong, bring the Trials to a successful end, and prove themselves to the Demonic Council. All the while, they cling to a frail hope that their efforts have not been in vain.

With time fading and treachery lurking at every corner, prophecies unravel, and the lines between enemy and ally blur as never before. Priesthood, demons, and humans alike must trust one another or they will fail. Centuries of prejudice and strife are not so easy to set aside.

In a time when the Light needs the Darkness like never before, can humans and demons bridge the divide between them?

🖤 Preorder now!!! 🖤

🖤 Link: https://buff.ly/3HvpdeH

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