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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

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

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

Author Interview: Elizabeth Lavender

Check out this author spotlight for Elizabeth Lavender!

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’m the author of the Sunspear series. The first book in the sci-fi series is called The Spinning of Deception, the second book is Deception’s Hold, and the third book is Shadowed Bonds. Originally from the Alabama coast, I currently live in the Dallas area with my husband, Jeff, and my two children. I have a Master’s degree in counseling, a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and a minor in English. I enjoy science fiction and fantasy, and hope to bring some of that same enjoyment to others. I also enjoy suspense novels. However, as long as the storyline is intriguing, I’ll give other genres a try. My reading spans from Les Miserables to Shakespeare to the Percy Jackson series to anything written by Ted Dekker or Frank Peretti. I work full-time and have been at the same company for over twenty years happily. I’m a huge football fan and have a decent throwing arm, despite what my oldest son says when he practices throwing the football with me. Although I enjoy Texas, I love going home to Alabama to visit. Besides visiting family and friends, it’s nice to be back near the water again and enjoy the amazing seafood.

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 for sure, because I was born on the Alabama coast, so summer holds the best memories.

Tea or coffee?
No coffee.  Something in it triggers my migraines.  Tea definitely, but I prefer a glass of sweet tea.  That’s what I grew up on in Alabama.  Honestly if I’m going for a hot drink, it’s going to be hot chocolate.  LOL.

Morning or evening?
Not a morning person at any point and shall never be one. I get up because I must for work and to take my kids to school. I love the evening. I’m a night owl through and through.  The evening is the best inspiration for so many things, including writing between the hours of 9:00 PM -3:00 AM and beyond.  Saturday is made for sleeping in and I will never believe differently.

Mountains or beaches?
The beach always.  I lived on the Alabama coast for my childhood and there’s no comparison.  You haven’t truly seen a sunset, until you’re seen one over the water and the evening sky surrounding it.  Then there’s something about the water.  No matter what troubles you, there’s calm from it.  There’s just something about being near it.  

Plotter or pantser?  
I would be called a pantser as it’s defined.  However, I do know how things will end for my characters and know there are certain events that have to happen to get there.  There’s definitely no outline or strict plotting that happens.  Many times I don’t even feel like I’m doing the writing anymore.  I’ve been with my characters so long, it seems like they do more directing than I do. 

Standalone or series? 
Series.  I think it’s more due to the genre I normally find myself reading in, rather than preference.  I tend to read quite a bit of fantasy or closely related subgenres, like sci-fi/fantasy (like I write in) and find they naturally tend towards series, rathe than standalone.  It seems to need a series set up to tell the whole story and put your characters through their entire torturous journey, so they emerge refined.  However, my reading is pretty broad, so I enjoy psychological thrillers too, and a lot of times those are standalones.   Honestly, if you can get me wrapped up in the story, I’m there.  

Hero or anti-hero? 
I love the hero.  I love watching them struggling, fighting, beaten, almost killed, and then somehow making it alive at the last second.   I like to delve into their emotions and their minds as they struggle with whatever they get thrown.  I think too we can identify in real life with the hero, the challenges they face, and how they struggle with them   So, heroes are my favorite, as I think they inspire us to see that no matter how hard it gets or imperfect we are in our struggle, we can emerge victorious.  We may have our body battered, our heart broken, and our face streaming with tears, but we come through. We need our heroes.  

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

The epic battle between good vs evil; darkness vs. light.  That trope encompasses so many types of stories too, from the fantasy to space opera to mythology tales to suspense thrillers. There’s always a hero, someone who is willing to stand up against the darkness and inspire others to do the same, in order to save the world.  Sometimes that means defeating their own demons first.  The heroes look a little different, as do their worlds, in each story.  Some have to sacrifice more than others too. Still, it’s the same epic battle seen through a different view.

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

I write a sci-fi/fantasy series, the Sunspear Series.  I am told it has more of a YA adult feel.  However, my readers are not contained to that group.  There are currently three books in the series, which include The Spinning of Deception, Deception’s Hold, and Shadowed Bonds.   I am literally just starting on the 4th book in the series; I’ve written under 1,000 words on it.  That’s because the 3rd book, Shadowed Bonds, just released a couple of weeks ago.    However, the series starts with The Spinning of Deception.  We meet our two main characters, our two spearbearers who will be the inspiration to stand against the Dark Lord’s army that means to crush countless galaxies, one colony at a time, in a bloodbath.   Dante stands on one side, determined to stop the threat, even as his father commands the Dark Lord’s army.  Across the galaxy, a mysterious young girl, trained in secret, fights against the threat as well.  Her gift of visions reveals the truth of a tragedy of the past, and it could be the key to stopping the Dark Lord. 

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

https://books2read.com/ShadowedBonds

My most recent release is Shadowed Bonds, the third book in my Sunspear Series.  It was released on October 23, 2021.  Victory is buried under the trail of Black Dragon destruction. Can two spear-bearers’ unshakeable connection reignite the flame against Black Dragon?

As the long-anticipated meeting between Dante and the Girl finally arrives, it’s bittersweet.

It’s overshadowed by a shared grief and the anguish that their sacrifice was for nothing as the Black Dragon continues to silently march forth with its ultimatum. Serve them or die. Then comes the terrifying realization that the Black Dragon now possesses the means to make such bondage reality. The two spear-bearers must see beyond the ashes left behind and move forward to face the Black Dragon again.

Yet another battlefield rages, one nearer to their hearts. Dante and the Girl promised their bond would not be broken, that it would see them through whatever lies ahead. However, the Girl is forced to keep her world hidden from Dante, and her tortured past threatens to overwhelm her. Those bindings entice her like never before, dragging her closer to the edge of a black abyss determined to make her its own. Dante, though, is equally relentless in his pursuit to keep his beautiful sunspear-bearer safe from the shadows that threaten to take her.

In the end, will she succumb to the tendrils of Darkness coiling around her, or will Dante’s bond be the stronger claim? Or does it only mark the beginning of the Black Dragon’s galactic conquest turning from a mere shadow to a deadly certainty?

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 love Star Wars, specifically the original trilogy (New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of the Jedi).  On the fantasy side, Tolkien has to be one of my favorites, with the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.  Also, there’s the Narnia series by CS Lewis.   I enjoy the suspense/thriller element that explores the more unseen, but equally powerful battleground, which is why I’m a big fan of anything from Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker.  Also, one of my favorite fictional characters is Jean Valjean from Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. I think I’ve seen it done on stage about three times now, and it still brings me to tears.  One of my other all time favorite books is The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, and I always loved the main character Edmond Dantes from it. 

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

If only I had a nice organized one.  LOL.  I work fulltime, so everything with the books is done in the evenings after work or on the weekends.  So that includes writing, revising, marketing, etc.   Generally, when I’m in the writing stage of the book, I just write.  I don’t try to revise or edit or stop for spelling or anything like that.  I can work with multiple distractions when I’m in the writing phase because I’m in a zone with my characters when I’m in that part of the process.  Once I actually get the entire book written, then I start the editing/revising process.  I need to get a first draft down and generally my first drafts are good starting points for me.  I don’t feel the need to burn them like I’ve heard from some authors.

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?  

I wish I had been more prepared for the other hats I would be wearing, the editor, marketing specialist, graphic artist…  So, I believe I would have taken steps to learn the business part of being an author as well as the writing part. I think it would make things easier and less frustrating at times. 

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

https://elizabethlavender.net

https://twitter.com/Elavenderauthor

https://facebook.com/elizabethlavender.author

https://instagram.com/elizabethlavender.author

https://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-Lavender/e/B07ZLS4G93

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/elizabeth-lavender

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19685019.Elizabeth_Lavender

Author Interview: Stephen Christiansen

Check out this author spotlight for Stephen Christiansen!

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!

Born in Henderson, Nevada, Stephen was born to a long line of military personnel.  His travels from base to base helped inspire a young and imaginative mind.  As he grew he continued his world travels and has visited ancient cultural ruins, rain forests, volcanoes, and exotic locations.  With these in mind, he is able to weave epic stories of wondrous places and extraordinary people.

Stephen now lives in Roseburg, Oregon with his wife and daughter.  Today, he inspires to share with the rest of the world some of the fantastic real-life inspired places and events that have shaped his life. When not writing he enjoys spending time with his family, going on long drives, or just working on the forested acreage of black oak in the backyard.

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?
I will have to go with autumn on this one. I thoroughly enjoy watching the leaves change color from green to yellow and then orange and red. I stood in my black oak forest the other day and watched as the golden leaves fell like snowflakes all around me and it was just joyous. I love going to the farms during this time and picking out autumn fruits and vegetables or walking through a corn maze or picking out a pumpkin. There’s just something cool and crisp in the air before everything gets too cold during the winter.

Cat or dog?
I’ll go with cat. We have a cat, or at least our daughter does. Bastet, our cat, will follow me while I move about the forest and then disappear for a while. I’ll find her hunting some vole or small bird or lizard. Her graceful form is sleek as she becomes ready to pounce. When not hunting, she’s trying to find my lap (which becomes rather annoying while I’m trying to write). But still, annoying or not, she’s part of our family, or perhaps better to say that we are part of hers.

Morning or evening?
Ugg. I am not a morning person. Not at all. If I have one superpower then it’s the ability to hit the snooze button. Some people can embrace the morning; I am not one of those people. However, I perk up by evening and seem to be more alive than any other time of the day. I enjoy walking through downtown with all of their lights on or looking at the stars as they come out one by one. Sometimes it’s the shadows that play with my imagination or the glow of the moon that catches my eye. I am an evening person all the way.

Standalone or series?
I love a good series. I want to follow my heroes over a course of time and watch them grow and develop. I want to watch the characters deepen through experience. I want to be able to have references to the older books so I can bring them out and have to reread them. There’s nothing like collecting a whole series and watching a greater story arc encompassing them all.

Book or ebook?
Call me old school, but I enjoy the feel and the scent of a book. I love the texture of paper and the sound it makes as I turn a page. I like being able to carry it around with me like a trophy or a badge of honor and show off the title to everyone while reading it in public. There’s just something about reading a book over staring at the computer. I stare at the computer for work. I stare at the computer when I write. I want to read my book on paper. I want to sit in a window seal, looking out over the autumn leaves and sip my hot chocolate while flipping my pages. I want to lie in a hammock on a beach and listen to the waves lap the shore while holding my book in my hands. Give me a book any day.

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

I tend to gravitate to books that either have unlikely heroes or plots that take interesting and unexpected twists. In the first group, I enjoy rooting for the underdog, hoping that the character can turn his/her life around while overcoming the greatest odds. I enjoy watching our protagonist just barely win but only because of character development or some quick thinking. I’m not looking for “chosen one” or “fate destined”. The second type of story is something with plot twists. I don’t like a story that I can already guess who is going to live or die, or a plot that I can see a mile away. Give me the unexpected.

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

I mostly write high fantasy fiction. My biggest series centers on a group of dark elves, but there are also offshoots that focus on other characters as well. In these books you’ll read about dragons, wizards, pirates, trolls, undead, and much more. There’s a lot of traveling and world building and then multi-layers of various outer planes.

I do have a Star Wars fan fiction going. The first book takes place between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Although there isn’t any mention of our favorite and beloved original characters, they are sometimes referenced. The Emperor has felt a tremor in the dark side that needs to be dealt with as he completes the second Death Star and sends a small contingent to explore. Things quickly spiral out of hand. The last book that hasn’t been written yet, will take place just after Return of the Jedi. A lot of people have enjoyed the initial two and I’m looking forward to finishing the trilogy.

There is also a modern day/time travel thriller/horror story. It will be part of a series. A family is plagued by ghosts while going on vacation, but when their daughter goes missing the real nightmare begins.

There’s a sci-fi two book series (I might make it into three). It’s a dystopian future with aliens, government conspiracy, time travel, and a whole lot more. I loved how these two books turned out.

Finally there’s the spy/thriller novel. Our FBI agent gets called into a investigate the deaths at a Prudhoe research center only to find that she’s uncovered a shadow government conspiracy that threatens the whole world. I’m currently working on this one and hope to release it early 2022

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

I have recently released the 17th book of my dark elf series. It’s called “Resolution” and brings the whole dark elf series to its final conclusion.

“The time has come. With the pieces in play, the Spider Queen makes her final move.

War has come upon the lands once again. Again, it pits gods against each other and shakes the very foundation of the heavens. However, this time the scheme of the Spider Queen is revealed. Her prize is within her grasp. Everything is at stake. It is a race against time and the cost will be high. Sacrifices will be made. Nothing will be the same

Follow the epic conclusion of intrigue that has spanned throughout time itself. Follow the scheme of the Spider Queen to its…Resolution.” 

I think that the readers who have been following along throughout the series will be pleasantly surprised by the various plot twists in this book.  It was fun to write. You can get it here: Amazon.com: Resolution (Orbbelgguren Book 17) eBook : Christiansen, Stephen, Smith, Randy: Kindle Store , although I recommend starting with the prequel to the series first: Amazon.com: Eclavarda: Promise of the Spider Queen (Orbbelgguren) eBook : Christiansen, Stephen , Christiansen, Stephen, Smith, Randy: Kindle Store

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!

Wow, there’s a lot to cover here. First, I grew up watching Twilight Zone (old black and white version), The Outer Limits, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and others like this. Later I got into the X Files. I loved the odd, bizarre, and twisted tales that can keep me guessing and then hits me with a plot line that I never saw coming. I would read Stephen King and my favorite author is Edgar Alan Poe.

I had become fascinated with spiders and watching them spin their webs. I would research different types of spiders and they way they lived and hunted. Add to this an absolute appeal to different mushrooms and you can probably guess how excited I got when I read my first Salvatore dark elf book. The War of the Spider Queen series had a huge influence on me and I wanted to write my own dark elf series right after reading it.

To add to my influences, I’ve been to so many places around the world. I’ve been to rain forests, beaches, deserts, cultural ruins, volcanoes, mountains, and so much more. I’ve been through earthquakes and typhoons and snow storms. There are so much of my life experiences that I can and have pulled from and I do my best to weave these in and out of my stories.

I try to add a bit of all of these things to my writing and hope that I can bring out something intriguing and relatable.

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

I try to write every day, right after work. I sit in front of the computer and put on the radio turned down low. I used to have this great geek tavern where I could write while listening to the background of gamers and would love to find another tavern just like it around here. But without one I just write at home. I then call up my document and reread a little before moving on, getting me into character or remembering the plot. I make sure that I have something to drink and a snack. It takes a little to get into the rhythm but once I do the words just flow from me as if the book is writing itself and my fingers are just following along.

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?

“Don’t give up; believe in yourself, you will do fine. Keep reading. Keep writing.”

I had a lot of discouragement when I was younger about reading and writing and there was a long period of time that I had put both aside. I won’t go into detail, but it had a huge negative impact on me. It took a while to start back up again with both. If I had started earlier and kept at it then I would have published sooner. Two of the best advices that I can give anyone who wants to be an author: read and write.

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

Here is a website that showcases all of my novels: https://maldev2002.wixsite.com/orbbelgguren and you can buy them on Amazon here: Amazon.com: Stephen Christiansen: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

Author Interview: C. A. Deegan

Check out this author spotlight for C. A. Deegan!

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!

I live in the East Midlands, right in the centre of the UK, and when I’m not writing or working, I’m with the family or walking the dog in the local woodlands seeking those ever-elusive Fae.  Or sitting, pint in hand with the good friends I grew up with. Some of them are hidden in the books themselves; quite a few characters are based on the people I know and love.  The Cracklock Saga is my first series, and I have huge plans for it.  The shadowy Tobias is begging for his tale to be told, and this will be forthcoming.  Plus, I want to know more about Fermerillion, Dorcas and the rest of the good guys – where did they come from?  And what really happened between Elsie and Malchiah all those years ago?  I think I know, but they all have a habit of surprising me when I’m scribbling.  More than you will ever know.

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, definitely.  Those crisp mornings, kicking up the leaves as the mist hangs low on the fields…What’s not to like?!

Cat or dog?
That is a killer question, as I have both, and love them dearly.  My cat, Syd (named by my daughter; her first word!) is an old girl now at 14.  My dog, Benji, is awesome; my constant companion.  Nope; sorry, can’t choose!

Tea or coffee?
I’m a Brit, so I’m supposed to say tea…but I love coffee!  Can’t do without my morning jolt to get the synapses buzzing!

Plotter or pantser?
I would love to be a plotter, I really would.  I do plot.  And then it all goes crazy when I’m writing, and I become a total pantser.  I get my best ideas when I’m out walking the dog and then have to jot them down quickly.

Standalone or series?
Series.  Stephen King’s ‘Dark Tower’ is one of my favourites.  And as I am writing a series, can’t really say otherwise, can I?!

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

This is an awesome but tricky question!  I like horror; it’s what I was weaned on (Sai King, Koontz and James Herbert).  But recently I’ve got to like crime stories; detective ones.  And I love Zompoc – zombie apocalypse.  Some of my good friends are authors in that category.  And I like fantasy. And…oh, I’m going on now.  Really, I’ll read just about anything; I’m a bit of a nerd.

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

I write what I suppose is SFF, and it sits in a spot astride YA and Adult.  “The Cracklock Saga” series of books came about from reading some pretty awful fairy books to my daughter over the years – she’s in her teens now and has now (with more than a little relief, I have to say!) left those behind.  But I always wondered what would happen if someone didn’t like fairies, what they would do about it, and could anybody stop them? This idea grew, and the Cracklocks were born.  I liked the idea of people who hated the Fae and everything they stood for.  And who knew just how wicked those people were? I certainly didn’t until Anastasia and Agatha got their claws into me!

I have two books released at the moment, and the third is also almost ready to go (my designer and I are just finishing up the cover for that one; planned release Quarter 1 next year).  I am currently writing Book 4 which should be finished by the end of November 2021.  Then the polishing, editing and beta’ing will start whilst I jump straight onto Book 5 of the series.  That one is all plotted and waiting for me to complete the pantser approach on Book 4 so I can tweak the plotline before I start.

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

I have two that are recently released:

Book 1:  Fae or Foe? 

This released mid-September 2021

Book 2:  The Lost and the Departed.  

This released Halloween Weekend.

The series follows the Cracklocks; a family who can see Faeries.  This strand covers Jack; a boy who was glamoured at 4 years of age to hide him from the evil members of the family who want him for their own sinister ends. At 15, he has no idea or memory of what he is; he has no interest or knowledge of Faeries.  In Book 1 he gets a rude awakening, following an accident that breaks the glamour on him, and plunges him into a world he knows nothing about.  Book 2 picks up directly from the end of Book 1 and continues the mayhem.

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!

What a question!  Well, real-life, I guess I’ve already covered.  Those damn fairy books!  They were all the same, even though there were hundreds of them.  Same storyline over and over again.  That’s what got me started with the Cracklocks.  Fictional sources…well,  I have an eclectic list of likes.  I’ve got more folklore and Fae books now than I know what to do with; those are my reference sources.  I also took a look through some of the authors I would like to be like one day.  Anthony Horowitz, Rick Riordan and the author of a certain boy wizard.  They are the masters at what they do.

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

I write most evenings, from about 7pm thru 8.30 once I finish work for the day –  I have a business to run, and writing has always been my hobby until my wife said I should really publish some of my stuff! Saturday and Sunday mornings I also write from about 0730 until about 10 am – my dog is most insistent on a 0630 walk every day.  Nice to have the mornings to myself before the kids get up!  Finally, whenever I can sneak off (e.g when those awful reality TV shows are on!) I try and get a few paragraphs done.  I have my own study, so it’s all quite easy.

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?

Don’t worry so much!  I have met a lot of great authors on my writing journey (which started in May 2019) and every single last one of them always has doubts about their scribbles. Everyone thinks their work is ‘trash’. Everyone.  But don’t stop.  Fix the bits you don’t like, and have another look.  You’ll think ‘Yeah, this is alright.’  You’ll get there.

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

There’s a few!

Email:  thecracklocksaga@outlook.com  – always happy to answer questions!

Website:  https://www.thecracklocksaga.com  [check this out for all things Cracklock!]

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CracklockSaga

Amazon:

Book 1:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09G9RNMMS

Book 2:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09KNDM9YZ

Goodreads:

Book 1: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59024875-fae-or-foe

Book 2: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59557575-book-2

Author Interview: J. E. Taylor

Check out this author spotlight for J. E. Taylor!

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 am a USA Today bestselling author, a publisher, an editor, a mother, a grandmother, a wife, a business analyst and a geeky Supernatural fangirl among other things.

I started seriously writing in February of 2007 after my daughter asked me if I could do anything what would it be. So, I attribute this crazy vocation to her. Without that question and my response of write and publish a book, I wouldn’t have done that at least fifty times over since then.

In addition to being a co-owner of a small indie press – Novel Concept Publishing, LLC, I also moonlight as a senior editor for Allegory E-zine, an online venue for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror as well as co-host on the popular YouTube talk show Spilling Ink.

I live at the base of the White Mountains in New Hampshire with my husband, and spend my summers on the shore in southern Maine

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 the shoreline in Maine is fantastic for crafting stories on my three-mile summertime walks.  I also love the fall foliage, but it still does not beat the ocean in the summer.

Cat or dog?
Dog. I am a dog person through and through. I’m also allergic to cats, so there’s that.

Tea or coffee?
Neither – V8 Energy Blueberry Pomegranate.

Mountains or beaches?
Both – I live in the mountains and have a place at the beach. You can’t get any better than that – except if the mountain home was lakeside.  We aren’t but we do have the New Hampshire lakes region within twenty minutes of us – so it’s all good.

Plotter or pantser?
Panster – always and forever a punster. I have done plotting and outlines, but it takes the joy of creating right out of me.

Pen and paper or computer/phone? 
Computer – because if I hand wrote a book, I wouldn’t know what the hell it would say come transcribing.  My writing is worse than a doctor’s or an angry child’s.

Book or ebook?
Ebook because I can carry so many more books on vacation with me than a physical book.  And with the right e-reader, you CAN read on the beach. (Kindle paperwhite anyone?)

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

I like dark tension. Life or death situations peppered with a bit of traditional romance. Enemies to lovers is a good trope for me. I also like where the MC has a secret that will change things if its revealed and the messiness that comes with that when it slips.

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

My core is paranormal/supernatural suspense, and this is throughout the different genres I write.

Paranormal romance, urban fantasy, horror, thriller, in both adult stories and young adult stories.  I have only written one book that does not fall into these categories and that was based on my high school years and surviving a bully.

Good versus Evil is a common trope of mine as well.

My latest book, Dragon Dawn, is scheduled to be released just in time for Christmas and it’s the last book in my Season of the Dragon trilogy. A post-apocalyptic urban fantasy novel.

Universal Link: https://storyoriginapp.com/universalbooklinks/8c6cb3bc-fed7-11eb-8282-1b32a46b4749

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

My most recent releases were in September  (Dragon Storm the second book in the Season of the Dragon trilogy) and October (The Devil’s Offer – a stand-alone Young Adult paranormal romance short story).

Dragon Storm Universal Link: https://storyoriginapp.com/universalbooklinks/38483fac-b67c-11eb-ad4b-1f3987777cdc

The Devil’s Offer Universal Link: https://storyoriginapp.com/universalbooklinks/cff0d05a-fed7-11eb-9a47-13408a4a636e

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!

Stephen King was my all time favorite until just recently. Now, at this very moment, it is Laura Thalassa who just released Death – the 4th book in her Four Horsemen series. On my twitter account I have a list of rotating My favorite things items. Supernatural is an all time favorite show as well and that has spawned a few books.

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

Finish the day job, eat dinner and then settle in for the evening to write. Sometimes, I do get into the time suck of social media and have to scramble later in the evening to get my daily word count.

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?

Figure out how to write a real query letter, which is actually a teaser for your book to get the agent to want to read pages.  It is not a business letter.  That was my biggest error. And on the heels of that, learn the craft of storytelling. Take courses to make your work stand out from others, like Margie Lawson’ courses and get a critique partner that will fillet everything you write so you can learn to have thick skin. That helped me a great deal.

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

Website: https://jetaylor75.com/

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/JETaylor

Twitter: @JETaylor75

Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/J-E-Taylor/e/B003FER8M6

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/j-e-taylor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3153969.J_E_Taylor

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