Catrin Russell

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Author Interview: Desiree Scott

Check out this author spotlight for Desiree Scott!

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!

I was born and raised in the beautiful Show Me State and currently live with my husband and three children in the Midwest. I have been writing for over 15 years and write romantic suspense, paranormal , and contemporary romances. Growing up, I’ve always enjoyed writing and crafting different stories and plots. I have my Masters in English and Creative Writing. I am the author of the upcoming Perfect Game Series, Perfect Bait and Perfect Finale. When I’m not writing, I am  spending quality time with my friends and family.

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?
Summer because I love the heat, swimming, wearing shorts, and getting up before the sun, sitting outside with my laptop, and creating worlds of fiction!

Cat or dog?
Cats. I have two and they have personalities all their own!

Tea or coffee?
Coffee – I’m a coffee drinker and could not function without it!

Morning or evening?
Morning – I think better and am more productive. Towards the evening, my energy begins to drain!

Mountains or beaches?
Beaches – I love the ocean and the life that is within.

Plotter or pantser?
Plotter – I could not and can not, write without a plot and direction of where my story is going.

Pen and paper or computer/phone?
Computer and phone. I type faster than I can write and have to be able to keep up with my brain!

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

Drama filled romance

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings! I write paranormal, suspense, and contemporary romance.

I am currently working on the third book in my vendetta series about an undercover fighting ring and the next set of characters and the expansion of the plot!

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

My writing routine is usually in the morning, before the house wakes up and I’m talking like 4 am in the morning until about 6 or 7. Then if I have time between naps and work, I try to squeeze some more writing in through the day but that comes and goes with the schedule of the kids and my own work.

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

Facebook

Instagram

LinkedIn

Blog

Website

Amazon Link

Book Review: Found in Roll

📚 Review time! 📚

📚 Found in Roll by Stephanie B. Whitfield @authorstephaniebwhit

📚 My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Found in Roll is the third and final part of the Roll trilogy, and it’s a great ending to a fabulous little YA series.

Jo is as spunky as she’s always been, hanging out with her friend Mary, going to school, chatting about boys, and performing her magic. Being a witch isn’t easy, and when a new girl moves to town who also seem able to wield magic, Jo sees her chance to gain her first witch best friend. This new girl also happens to have a super hot brother, which puts a spanner in the works in more ways than one.

But as always, not everything is all roses and sunshine. There is a reason for this new girl’s, Astrid’s, appearance. Dangerous hunters are on their tail, and Jo is dragged into the middle of it, forced to perform the most evil of magic to save those she loves.

Found in Roll is a sweet, fast-paced and clean YA read, but with a bit of romance and plenty of magic. I love the witty inner monologue from Jo and how authentic she feels to the age that she is. This book made me laugh and smile with her, as well as bite my nails when things took a turn for the worse later on.

For anyone in the mood for a clean YA Urban Fantasy, this one is for you!

Author Interview: John W. Wells III

Check out this author spotlight for John W. Wells III!

You can find all his links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out his 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 John Wells, I love long walks on the beach, and candlelit dinners… Okay, I am only joking… Well, not about the long walks on the beach, or the dinner. But that is because I’m a San Diego Native, and who doesn’t love the beach and food? Let’s see, about me. Well, I am a nerd with a wild imagination. I love fantasy and the supernatural, which is why I write about them. When I was in the third grade, I picked up my first animorphs book and I haven’t left the genre since. It got so bad, that I even thought I was an animorph for a period of time… I wish I was joking but I am not. I truly did. I am a Storyteller, I love telling stories in all forms, books, plays, movies, I love a good story. I am also a loving dog dad of two beautiful pitbull mix breeds (thought one looks more pit than the other). But enough about me, let’s talk about you! No, seriously, I think that’s all I can think of right now.

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? I love both. I am an animal kind of guy. But I own two dogs so I am going to go with them.

Library or museums? Library… You can just do so much there… read, study, nap. I’ve done all of the above.

Witches or wizards? Wizards… totally going to be a wizard so  I can shoot lightning from my fingertips like Gandalf.

Ninjas or pirates? I’ve always liked Ninja’s because of stealth… But pirates have more fun.

Plotter or pantser? I am a total plotter. I have learned the hard way that pantsing does not end well for me.

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

I am a sucker for the underdog. I love a sympathetic character learning how to rise up and overcoming unimaginable odds.

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

Well I write YA Urban Fantasy, and I am super excited about the release of my second book, The Heir of Ambrose which releases in March. My first book was released not too long ago and I am still very proud of it. And my third book will be released at the end of this year.

Here’s a little synopsis of the book series!

Kalib Andrew’s, discovers that maybe his life isn’t as normal as he thought it was. Not that it was ever really “normal” to begin with. He is the adopted son of the mayor, a detail that he never quite felt comfortable sharing, mostly because he always suspected that he was his adopted parents, the Donovan’s, “Humanitarian purchase.” Adopting the underprivileged African-American kid was good for their image. But when strange things start happening in town, like, a creepy-smelly-shadow-demon-thingy appearing out of nowhere and trying to kill him on the street during his walk home from work one day, Kalib starts to think that maybe there’s more going on in town, than he originally suspected. And furthermore, he starts to wonder if maybe, somehow, whatever was going on in town, had something to do with him.

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

I will see that the Release closest to now is the release of the Heir of Ambrose! The second book in the series. This book releases March 7th and I couldn’t be happier about it! Legend has it that “Ambrose,” the first Magicborne, was behind the annihilation of the Angel Warriors. Now, Kalib fears that the mysterious Heir of Ambrose is determined to fulfill his predecessor’s vendetta both against him and his kind. And when citizens of Hainesville suddenly begin to vanish he becomes more convinced than ever that this heir is coming for him. But the real question that Kalib is struggling to answer is… Should he let him?

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!

I pull from every aspect of life. I have pulled from my own familial and friendship relationships. I have pulled from mythology, and history. I am not sure if I have a primary form of fictional inspiration. But I do love a good fantasy show or book. Rick Riordan, is a good source of inspiration. Harry Potter as well. The TV show Supernatural. Even the Bible!

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

I normally wake up early in the morning between normally between 4am-and 6:30am and I start writing everyday. I believe in putting words on a page. So the most important thing I can do is write. Normally, before I start working on a story, I will outline and I try to outline until there is nothing else to outline. This is a new thing I am trying, or else my ADD will take me every place it can take me while writing the story, so I am trying to focus that in by outlining to the minute detail, we will see how that will work on my upcoming books. And then I just write, everyday, I aim for 2k words a day, hoping to up that a bit this year. Maybe 3k or 4k but I don’t want to set unattainable goals, I want to allow myself room to grow.

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?

FINISH! Just keep writing. It took me entirely too long to finish my first book, not because I was slow, but because I didn’t keep writing. My advice to myself would have been to finish the book. Outline. And then write.

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

Back to writing!!

🌺 Finally back to writing!! 🌺

🌺 It’s been quite some time since I wrote regularly, on any project, mainly due to my studies and the fact I’ve worked on a thesis and whatever else since the start of 2022. Also, working alongside @jez.jameson has been a big part of my “break,” since I’ve wanted to get the Light of Darkness books ready for him and help proof the audiobooks as they are produced. It’s so much fun, but it does take a bit of time 😅❤️

🌺 Anyway, right now, I’ve picked up my next upcoming release, which will be a standalone (hopefully novella) romantic fantasy with some folklore influences. It has so far been lots of fun to write, and I hope people will enjoy it once it’s ready for release 😍🙏❤️ (Also, if all goes well, I’ll be sending this one to Jez to be made into audio too 😘)

Sunday Shout-out to J.C. Seal for this review of my box set!

🔥 Sunday Shoutout to @j.c.seal for this amazing review of my boxset for books 1-3 of The Light of Darkness 🔥

Repost below 🖤

🖤 The first 3 books of Catrin Russell’s completed Light of Darkness series are now available as a box set! And to celebrate the new release, it is currently on sale for only $0.99! 🖤

As I’ve read the whole series and it’s one of my favorites.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Link: https://buff.ly/3sAkvYk

What a ride! Classic Good vs. Evil with a wicked, enticing twist.

What starts out as a story painted in black and white, soon becomes an elaborate painting in various shades of grey, with beautiful highlights and shadows.

This book will grip you and tear you apart. The dichotomy of darkness and light, right and wrong, of logic and heart, of what you’ve been taught to believe and what you feel is right.

Anaya, and Samael. Priestess and Demon, bound to each other through forces beyond their control. Follow their journeys of denial and disbelief, anguish, and yearning, to finally, acceptance of the situation in an absolutely surprising, glorious way.

The side-stories, each mirror a distinct part of the main storyline in a unique way, heightening the reader’s awareness to the underlying, all-spanning struggle of right and wrong.

Author Interview: J. V. Hilliard

Check out this author spotlight for J. V. Hilliard!

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

ABOUT J. V. HILLIARD

Born of steel, fire and black wind, J.V. Hilliard was raised as a highlander in the foothills of a once-great mountain chain on the confluence of the three mighty rivers that forged his realm’s wealth and power for generations.

His father, a peasant twerg, toiled away in industries of honest labor and instilled in him a work ethic that would shape his destiny. His mother, a local healer, cared for his elders and his warrior uncle, who helped to raise him during his formative years. His genius brother, whose wizardly prowess allowed him to master the art of the abacus and his own quill, trained with him for battles on fields of green and sheets of ice.

Hilliard’s earliest education took place in his warrior uncle’s tower, where he learned his first words. HIs uncle helped him to learn the basics of life—and, most importantly, creative writing.

Hilliard’s training and education readied him to lift a quill that would scribe the tale of the realm of Warminster, filled with brave knights, harrowing adventure and legendary struggles. He lives in the city of silver cups, hypocycloids and golden triangles with his wife, a ranger of the diamond. They built their castle not far into the countryside, guarded by his own two horsehounds, Thor and MacLeod, and resides there to this day.

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?   By far autumn. Great horizons ablaze in a spectrum of colors, the return of hot apple cider and the approach of my favorite holiday, Halloween.

Cat or dog?  Dogs… Have two now, a Siberian husky named Thor (from the Norse mythos) and a Red Fox Labrador Retriever named MacLeod (and yes, after Connor MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod from the Highlander series).

Tea or coffee?  Tea… My grandfather was British, so it was always tea. Always 🙂

Morning or evening? Evening, as I have always been a night person. I do my best work at night, and I get a second wind in the evenings.

Library or museums?  Libraries, but museums are a close second. I think I can get lost in each but in different ways. I am a history buff, so museums appeal to me naturally but a library contains a different story in each book. You can spend a lifetime there and not read the same story twice.

Plotter or pantser?  I am an undeniable plotter. I cannot write without knowing exactly where I am going and why, and I think that makes for a buttoned-up story. I even have a wall-length white board in my writing den to do my plotting in color codes, timelines and arc intersections. Sad, but true.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention? I am partial to epic fantasy, so stories steeped in sword and sorcery, big war scenes and political intrigue will always draw me in. And I love the idea of unrequited love, or a forbidden romance. The thought of that woven into any story makes for a supercharged character arc, for which I am a fool.

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

I write primarily for the fantasy-adventure and epic fantasy genre, but I do dabble in horror and anything gothic.

My first novel, The Last Keeper, is book one in the Warminster series, and is currently available through most distributors (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, etc.) in eBook and paperback and the audio book will be available through the traditional vendors (Audible, etc.) by the end of January 2022, if not sooner. It is narrated by Victor Bevine. I also write a monthly serial called The Element of Time, published by Altered Reality Magazine online. The story takes you to the village of Ashray Cove, where young Taja Flynne discovers she has special powers to charm with her songs, and is soon aided by a mysterious patron, the enigmatic Lady Tarot Ranseur.

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

As I mentioned, my first novel, the Last Keeper is now available. Here are some of the details attached below.

Short Presentation:

A young boy’s prophetic visions. 

Blind at birth, Daemus Alaric is blessed with the gift of prophetic Sight. Now, as a Keeper of the Forbidden, he must use his powers of the Sight to foil the plans of a fallen Keeper, Graytorris the Mad. 

An elven Princess with a horrifying secret.

Princess Addilyn Elspeth travels from Eldwal, the magically hidden home of the Vermilion elves, to begin her life as a diplomat to the human capital of Castleshire. During her journey, she stumbles upon a mystical creature foretelling ill tidings.

A terrifying force of evil. 

Daemus’ recurring nightmare vision threatens to catapult him into a terrifying struggle that will leave the fate of the Keepers—and the realm—hanging in the balance. Daemus and Princess Addilyn must set out to face the menace that threatens their very existence.

Will the entire realm fall to its knees?

The Last Keeper is the first book in The Warminster Series. With gripping, epic action and heart-pounding adventure, you’ll love this new adventure series.

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!

Some of my main characters are generated from years of playing Dungeons & Dragons with family and friends, or other table-top RPG’s like Robotech, Aliens or old school TSR games.

But the best characters are ones that are derived from adaptations of real life. For example, Lord Kester Alaric in The Last Keeper was a derivative of my own Uncle Joe Hilliard, who was paralyzed in the Vietnam War. I grew up in his house in many respects and he was like a second father to me, in the same way Kester is to the main character, Daemus Alaric.

Also, I truly believe that good authors are great observers, taking parts of various life experiences and sprinkling them into their stories when the right moment arrives.

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

I usually grab a tea (hot or iced) and throw in my ear buds. The usual play list starts out with a little Anvil of Crom from Conan the Barbarian or The Imperial March from Star Wars, which transports me into the realm of Warminster and away from reality. Then my fingers meet the keyboard, and I am off to creating high adventure!

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?

Simply stated—start earlier! I have always loved to write and put it off for various reasons over the years. But when COVID hit, the opportunity to start down the path to becoming a serious writer opened, and I regret the time I spent wishing I would write and now plan to make up for it. I have years of story ideas rattling around in my head and it’s time to share them.

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

Instagram:          JVHilliardbooks

Facebook:           J.V. Hilliard

Twitter:                @JVHilliardbooks

Website:              www.jvhilliard.com

Author Interview: Katharine E. Wibell

Check out this author spotlight for Katherine E. Wibell!

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! 

Katharine Wibell’s lifelong interest in mythology includes epic poetry like the Odyssey, Ramayana, Beowulf, and the Nibelungenlied. In addition, she is interested in all things animal whether training dogs, apprenticing at a children’s zoo, or caring for injured animals as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. After receiving degrees from Mercer University in both art and psychology with an emphasis in animal behavior, Wibell now lives in Roswell, Georgia with her dog, Alli, and is a fulltime author and artist. Many of her literary works blend her knowledge of the animal world with the world of high fantasy.

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 is my favorite season. I love the changing colors, Halloween with its ties to ancient Celtic traditions, and the sense of change that comes with the crisp Fall weather and hot cocoa.

Cat or dog?

Since I only have my dog at the moment, I will pick dog. Alli is an eleven-year-old pit mix who recently survived cancer. She appears in a lot of my paintings.

Tea or coffee?

Coffee!!!!!! I do enjoy tea, but I must have my 2-4 cups of black coffee every morning.

Morning or evening?

I am definitely a morning person. I prefer to rise with the sun, and I accomplish most of my writing in the earlier hours of the day. I leave marketing, editing, and painting to the afternoons.

Plotter or pantser?

Plotter for sure. An entire wall in front of my desk is covered in diagrams and sticky notes of plots, ideas, and other memos to keep me organized during my writing.

Hero or anti-hero?

I wanted to answer this question as well. I love both. So far, all my own main characters are heroine in their own right, but I really want to create a series around an anti-heroine.

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

Oddly enough, I typically read ancient epic poetry and prose—the source material for most mythologies—rather than modern literature. When I do choose more current selections, I enjoy heroine-driven fantasy that involves rich world building. With that said, I also appreciate some fantasy icons like Martin, Tolkien, and now Jordan.

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

I write epic/high fantasy that features heroines as the protagonists. Currently, I have three series.

The Incarn Saga is my four-book, new adult shifter fantasy series. Set in the kingdom of Elysia, two races—the ruling humans and the native theriomorphs, a shifter species—live begrudgingly side-by-side. Neither group likes or trusts the other. Yet, when a battle-thirsty third party begins attacking Elysia’s shores, both races must push aside their differences and fight as one.

My main character is seventeen-year-old Lluava Kargen, a shifter that has been drafted for the impending war.

The Djed Chronicles, beginning with The Twelve Tasks, is my young adult adventure fantasy. This multiverse contains twelve magical planets that host a myriad of fantastical beasts and beings. If the balance that effects the universe is destroyed, then all life will be lost. Only the Djed, the prophesied hero can prevent this from happening, and the Djed is predicted to be a child of Earth.

My adult novella series, The Guardian’s Speaker, is based solely on Nordic myth. Readers will enjoy traveling through the nine realms of Yggdrasil, the world tree. Líf was born with the ability to see each person’s fylgja, the animal shaped guardian spirit that Nordic peoples believed were connected to and associated with a person from birth. As a result, she is often viewed as mad and shunned, for she is the only one with such an ability. That is, until she meets Brasir, a man who claims all humanity is at risk of dying and only he is able to prevent this calamity. The problem is that he is a slave. And he is not hers to free.

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

My latest release was The Vargarian Sire which is the second book in The Djed Chronicles.

A web of deception. Ill-fated choices. Worlds in the balance.

The Twelve Tasks have been completed. The title of Djed, the prophesied savior of the universe, has been claimed. Such an auspicious role will require countless hours of careful study and weapons training, but for Katie, the fourteen-year-old Child of Earth, time has run out.

Unnatural events have brought death and destruction to the magicked worlds. Without warning, one seals itself off. Vicious entities from an unknown realm ravage another. A strange illness afflicts the innocent on a third. Has the Great War begun?

The Djed must eradicate the malevolent power that threatens all existence; yet what can Katie—unskilled and untrained—do to prevent calamity? Like the relentlessly turning gears of a watch, an unspeakable evil is rising, and there is no time for her to prepare.


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The Djed Chronicles follows Katie over her teenage years as she confronts dark forces and discovers that the right choices are not always apparent and wrong choices can have deadly consequences. You can find the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Vargarian-Sire-Djed-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B09MSQYL1T

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!

When writing fantasy, I still incorporate a lot of real-world ideas. Many of the characters in my books confront racism, sexism and religious persecution although they might deal with these problems in different ways. Other details might come from my personal experiences or that of people I know. As for fictional sources, I enjoy pulling straight from ancient myths, folklore, and legends. I enjoy introducing readers to creatures they have never heard of or to take well-known entities and portray them with a surprising twist to shake things up.

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

As I am a morning person, I check on any ads that I am running as I sip my coffee. Then I will spend the bulk of the morning trying to reach my page count. After lunch, I switch my focus to whatever is most important to tackle for that day. This could be maintaining my social media presence, conducting interviews, editing, formatting, working on advertising, conducting research or even painting. I also try to read a little bit upon awakening and before going to bed each 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?

It is NEVER too early to begin building your platform. This includes but not limited to your newsletter subscribers and social media followers. I, like many others, thought I had to have my first book published before I should start working on those resources. If I had done things differently, I know I would be better off today than I am.

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

Website: https://www.katharinewibellbooks.com/

Newsletter signup: https://www.subscribepage.com/honeyforthequeen

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Katharine-E-Wibell/e/B01MQQIPGN/

Author Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KatharineEWibell

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KatharineWibell

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@katharineewibell

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katharineewibell/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/katharinewibell/

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/katharine-e-wibell

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16150539.Katharine_E_Wibell

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZTWT2CxFYDivQt25HDkQvw/videos

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