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March is here!

🌸 March is here!! That means it’s officially spring, right? 😅

🌸 Sure, we’re still buried in snow here in northern Sweden, but at least the outdoor temperature is a little more manageable 🤣 That’s enough for me 😁

🌸 So, what about progress on my books? Well, lately it’s been slow but steady wins the race 🙈 Almost proofread book 4, and I’m nearly 2/3 through writing book 5 (55k words). Just gotta keep writing a bit each day and I’ll get there… eventually 😂

Author Interview: C. L. Gaber

Check out this author spotlight for YA writer C. L. Gaber!

You can find all the links for where to find her 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!

Hi Catrin! Your blog is AWESOME and thank you for featuring me. I’m CL Gaber, author of the Ascenders Saga, a fantasy epic romance about an afterlife realm for those who die young. Walker Callaghan doesn’t know what happened to her. She wakes up in a new bed and new house and finds out she will be going to some swanky private high school. It turns out that she died last night. Handsome Daniel Reid who lives next store helps her navigate her new realm where there are no rules except one. You can’t go back and check on your former life.

Daniel needs to go back because he died with his brothers and sisters in a plane crash and his youngest brother Bobby never ascended with the rest of the kids. The book becomes a ghostly love story when Daniel and Walker decide to save his little brother no matter what the cost.

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

Winter, spring, summer or autumn? Autumn rules. The colors. The coolness in the air.
Cat or dog? Dogs all the way. I have two Labradoodles, Georgie and August
Tea or coffee? Coffee in the morning
Morning or evening? Morning because it’s writing time.
Library or museums? Library because of that smell of books and all those words.
Hunter or gatherer? Gatherer but I do clean out my closets regularly and donate stuff
Witches or wizards? Wizards because I love Harry Potter
Ninjas or pirates? Ninjas cause they got moves.
Mountains or beaches? Gimme a beach right now. Toes need sand – please.
Plotter or pantser? Plotter for the big stuff, pantser for the in-betweens.
Pen and paper or computer/phone?  Pen and paper to start migrating to computer
Standalone or series? Series because if I love a character, I want more
Book or ebook? Book-book because I’m old school
Hero or anti-hero? Nothing better than a misunderstood anti-hero.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?  
Anything that says By Stephen King. I do love a great fantasy tale with an eye-catching plot.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!
I’m working on the final edits of Ascenders 5 out this May. Also working on a new romance-fantasy book about love.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
Oh, that would be the soon to be released fifth book in the Ascenders Saga called Ascenders: X-Catcher. Walker and Daniel are stuck on in a remote area of the afterlife called The Other. They have to work with their friends to find the elusive X-Catcher (someone who can do the math) to get back to their realm before they are extinguished in this lawless place where nothing is as it seems. When Daniel’s evil father Edward takes Walker hostage, the stage is set for an ultimate showdown between father and son.

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’m an entertainment reporter for the New York Times wire, so I see every movie and TV series, plus I interview actors, actresses, directors, producers, etc. It’s very inspiring to talk to the about their inspiration. It always makes me want to go home and write.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
I wake up early…around six in the morning …because I have a puppy and he needs to go out. Then I make some coffee, have a little breakfast, feed the dogs…and then I get to writing. I like to read what I did yesterday, make a few changes (there are always changes!) and then write until about noon. In the afternoons, I work on my journalism projects and do interviews. If I’m out of town, I try to keep the same schedule while missing my doggies.

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to become an author, what would it be?
Oh wow. I’d try to write a novel earlier. I waited until I was older. I would have also written a little bit each day. A little adds up to a lot of words.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!
Please write me at CLGaber@yahoo.com or join me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authorclgaber
Or Instagram https://www.instagram.com/clgaber/?hl=en  
Thank you!!!

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Darkness creeps across the Midlands. Only the Priesthood can stand against its terrifying presence.⠀ ⠀

Trained in the arts of the Light, the priests tread a bloodied path through the scores of demons, seeking to rid the world of their unholy presence. The fight against demonkind grows increasingly perilous, threatening the Priesthood’s very survival. ⠀ ⠀

Priestess Anaya stands resolute in her conviction. Despite the dangers she must endure, her faith in the Goddess and Her divine supremacy remains steadfast. She intends to follow the commands of her High Priest, no matter how gruesome.⠀ ⠀

Then comes a day when all her beliefs are challenged.⠀ ⠀

A fateful meeting with the elusive demon, Samael, opens the doors to doubt. Anaya begins to question the very foundation of the Priesthood and the preachings of the Goddess.⠀ ⠀

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Author Interview: Brand J. Alexander

Check out this author spotlight for Brand J. Alexander, a writer of epic fantasy!

You can find all the links for where to find his 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!

Brand J. Alexander is an American author of Epic Fantasy from small-town Indiana. He grew up losing himself in the created worlds of Robert Jordan and Terry Brooks and dreaming of one day being an author in that same literary style and tradition. After the shock of Jordan’s death and a trying battle with stage four cancer, he quickly discovered the imperative of capturing one’s dreams now before time runs out.  With that newfound wisdom, he got to work and, within a year, published the first two novels in his debut epic fantasy series Tears of Hatsunae. Rise of Tears and Fall of Tears. Emboldened by those successes, he has continued to create and develop new stories and series for the Universe of Brand J. Alexander, always pursuing his dream to share as many of his worlds and adventures as possible with the gift of time that fortune has granted him.  

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. Honestly, I love the heat of summer and seeing the world filled with life. However, autumn is when I bring my worlds to life for others to experience. Every year, I spend three months designing and building scenes and props for my Halloween yard haunt, Ravenfell Manor. Autumn is the time when I can bring the dark enchantment of my stories into the real world. I can walk down the paths of Ravenfell Manor and invite others to join me.

Cat or dog? Dog. I love both cats and dogs, but I have always been more of a dog person. I love the close pack style relationship that dogs tend to develop.

Tea or coffee? Both. Coffee in the morning. Tea in the evening as I settle down after dinner.

Morning or evening? Evening. I have never been a morning person. Plus, I love the transformation of the world from day into night, especially in the summer. The song of nature changes as the sun sets. Birds are replaced by the calls of frogs and insects. The entire atmosphere just shifts to something more relaxed and subdued. 

Standalone or series? I love a nice long series. If I am going to go for an adventure in a world and fall in love with the land and the characters, I want it to be a long trip. I like to experience as much of a world as possible, from the lands and cultures to the creatures and magic.

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

I do not usually look for tropes. I go into a book with the intent to enjoy that story as its own experience. I do not like to define and box it in or compare it with others. When choosing, I look for powerful or unique forms of magic. Dragons are a big winner for me in almost any form. Diverse in-depth worlds filled with wonder, special environments, and cultures.

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

I mostly write epic fantasy, although I slip over into dark fantasy on occasion. I am currently writing book 3 of my epic fantasy series Tears of Hatsunae, Tears of the Fallen. That is my big project for the year. Although in between writing days, I am preparing book 2 of my Guardians of the Tide series, Call of the Rising Deep, for a summer release and combining my dark fantasy ebook series, Ravenfell Chronicles: Origins, into a paperback collection for Halloween season 2021.

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

My most recent release was Dark Heart of Ravenfell, the series conclusion to Ravenfell Chronicles: Origins, back in December.

The gift of the Ravenfells allowed the family to pass through the veil between worlds at will, but the power came with unforeseen consequences. When a child of their line is born within the world of death, it sets in motion a battle that has been building since the veil’s creation. Not all spirits were pleased with the separation of worlds, and a faction has been working towards the veil’s undoing. The birth of Beaumont Ravenfell within the land of death has provided them the opportunity they need.

Once more, the Ravenfell family line is the only force powerful enough to stand before the breach between life and death and hold the spirits at bay.

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 like to draw from the natural world around me for different aspects of my books, but most of it comes from my imagination. The most real-world inspired creation of mine would have to be Guardians of the Tide, however. The entire series, including the characters, were all inspired by a few summers I spent at the local pool and the friendships I developed with the lifeguards that worked there.

As for fictional influences, the most significant would have to be Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time. I loved his world-building and in-depth cultures. His detailed worlds and their histories inspired me to make my own worlds reflect that kind of depth and detail.

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

Shortly after breakfast, I fill my first cup of coffee and head back to my office. After scrolling through my social media sites to interact with my readers and checking my email, I open up the word program and get to work. I tend to write as long as my brain allows me to. Although, I have to take a few breaks to care for my numerous pets. In the summer, I usually take a break mid-afternoon to go for a walk and clear my mind, then I come back refreshed and get to work again.

As for brainstorming and plot development, I often do that during the evening. I grab my notebooks and a cup of tea, then head out to the couch. I find some fantasy derived movie or show to play in the background, and I get to work. Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter marathons are great for this.

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

Get it written. For so many years, I allowed self-doubt to stand in my way. I would begin writing a story, not like it, then tear the whole thing apart and start over. I also lost a lot of files to computer errors and file issues. When that happened, I tended to just give up. For those reasons, I spent a lot of wasted years never finishing a single book. It wasn’t until surviving stage 4 cancer instilled in me a determination to live my dreams that I actually pushed my way through to complete my first novel. Finally proving to myself that I could do it was the greatest gift I could give myself, and I haven’t stopped completing stories since. I just wish I had realized that earlier.  

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrandJAlexander
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/BrandJAlexander
Amazon Author Profile: https://www.amazon.com/~/e/B07KBDBRQC
Website: https://brandjalexander.wixsite.com/website
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/brand_j_alexander

Update cake!

❄️ Righty then, update time!! 🥳

❄️ First, I’ll just go ahead an explain that photo by saying it was my birthday yesterday and my dear hubby got me this cake to commemorate our time as WoW players, way back when 🎂😅❤️

❄️ Aaaand second: Book 4 is officially done, and only needs a final proofread before early readers can get their hands on a copy 😁🙏 I’m excited to hear what they think!!

Author Interview: Karen Crawford

Check out this author spotlight for crime and thriller writer Karen Crawford!

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

Karen Crawford’s upcoming release Housewife!

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!

Hi! Thank you so much for featuring me!  I live in Arizona, USA.  I have a fabulous husband named Jim, and two awesome kids who are grown ups – Danielle and Brady.  I live with a cat and a dog, which we’ll get to in question two.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Justice Management.  I worked in the criminal justice system for twenty years, primarily as a probation officer and probation supervisor, so I like to say that dark things live in my head. 

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Choose and tell me why!
Cat or dog  Both! I have a cat named Sancha.  She is a sassy grey Tabby.  Our dog is Bear.  He is an Australian Cattle Dog (or Blue Heeler). 
Morning or evening?  Evening! I am barely coming to life by 10:00am. 
Mountains or beaches?  Both! I lived most of my life in the mountains, but I love to vacation at the ocean. 
Plotter or pantser?  Pantser!  For the most part, I don’t write down a single thing.  Only when I’m editing will I jot down a question or two to make sure I tied up a loose end. 
Book or ebook?  Book! But I do read ebooks too. 

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?  
I love a good murder book!  Give me all the serial killers and dark, twisted minds!

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings! 
Thank you for asking about my books!  I have written two crime thrillers.  In Underbelly, my main character, Taryn Winter, is a newly-retired detective from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.  Her former partner and an FBI colleague rope her into consulting on a serial killer case.  The trio continue the hunt in Atone, where they chase the killer through Nevada and Arizona.  I am about halfway through the third book in this series, which is Call Box.  Taryn will be asked to consult for another serial killer case in which victims are dropped off along California highways, and they use the iconic call boxes to seek help. 

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it! 
I am close to publishing a stand-alone book called Housewife.  In a nutshell, a wealthy New York City housewife meets a handsome stranger in a diner and goes home with him.  She will abandon her family and become a high-ranking member of a drug cartel.  But her decisions will not be made without life-changing consequences.  All of my books are available on Amazon.com.

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! 
Working in the criminal justice system exposed me to many crimes, circumstances and environments.  In addition to that, I read, watch and listen to all the dark, twisted crime tales I can get my hands on.  Too much is never enough!

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down! 
My writing routine changed drastically over 2020.  I didn’t work on my books for almost six months while I bought and sold houses and moved to a new city.  The chaos seemed to clutter my brain and send the creativity fleeing.  As I’ve regained my footing, the stories are simmering again.  Whew! 

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to become an author, what would it be? 
I try to remember two things.  First is write for myself.  I cannot please everyone, and one-star reviews are inevitable.  When I was a kid, I had a book called Please All, Please none.  Pretty self-explanatory. 

Second is don’t get caught up in all the writing advice and instruction.  It’s useful information – until you question yourself at every turn and stall out because you become overwhelmed.  Just write and figure out the rest later!

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

You can find me at:

karencrawfordmysteries.com

Instagram:  @karencrawfordmysteries

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Karen-Crawford-742872099217068

There are are links on my website to purchase the books, but here are Underbelly and Atone:

Underbelly: https://www.amazon.com/Underbelly-Karen-Crawford-ebook/dp/B073MJ1JKK/

Atone: https://www.amazon.com/Atone-Vegas-Crime-Thriller-Book-ebook/dp/B07GR8F69C/

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