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Author Spotlight: Jack Adkins

Check out this spotlight for Fantasy author Jack Adkins!

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’m Jack Adkins, father of four boys between the ages of 13 and 21, an IT professional for 25 years, and a writer of fantasy tales for much longer. My introduction to fantasy came through Dungeons & Dragons and the first books I read were penned by R.A. Salvatore, Troy Denning, and Weis and Hickman. I began writing with a semi-autobiographical tale called The Big Wind of Wallingford about the new kid on his first day of school and his struggles with intestinal gas. That was in fourth grade.

2. Tell us 5 fun facts people might not know about you!

My family and I moved to Alaska for three and a half years for my wife’s job.

I was a stay-at-home dad for ten years. During that decade.

I ran my own web development company.

I’ve acted in or directed more than forty plays.

I’m an ordained Baptist minister.

3. 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!

Ebooks OR physical books? I prefer physical books. They are nostaligic for me, reminding me of being curled into an arm chair reading novels late into the night. I’m also very particular about keeping the pages and covers pristine.

First person view OR third person view? Third person. I read books as movies so I like to see the pieces move around from an omniscient perspective.

Standalone OR series? No preference. I can really enjoy both. What I don’t like is an standalone with a ton of unresolved plot lines or a series that should have ended but drags on and on.

Read multiple books OR one at a time? I am the worst. I am always reading at least four or five books at the same time. Help!

Signed edition OR first edition? A signed book is much for important to me than a first edition. For me, a signed book is personal. The author has touched it and put an individual mark on it.

Graphic novels OR comic books? I like the idea of graphic novels as a compilation of a comic book series, but I much prefer the serial aspect of comic books. Waiting for the next one to drop was a thrill as a child.

Plot driven OR character driven? Character, character, character. Even if the plot isn’t super exciting, I love following how characters react and grow in response to their situations.

Zombies OR dragons? My love affair with Dragons began with Dragons of Autumn Twilight. I have been captivated by their majestic beauty, boundless intellect, and regal bearing ever since.

Witches OR vampires? Old school vampires hold a powerful mystique for me. As a kid, Dracula and Strahd were fascinating. Then Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat blew the lid off the old troupes. I love a good vampire tales.

Shop at an actual bookstore OR shop books online? It’s hard to beat a good bookstore. Be it a tiny, musty smelling building jammed with old tomes in some downtown shop or a palatial cathedral like Joseph Beth Booksellers, I find bookstores to be romantic and a battery for my imagination.

Hero OR anti-hero? I am a sucker for a noble knight whose virtue and honor are as much a shield to him as his suit of full plate.

TBR list OR mood reader? Both. I fill my TBR with books I want to read and then select from them according to my whim.

Music while reading OR silence? It’s impossible for me to block out ambient noise. It’s so annoying. I prefer silence when reading, or writing.

Read in bed OR read on sofa? I prefer a sofa or nice arm chair for reading. Something plush was swallows me up while the world fades away.

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

I love the buddy-cop trope in film, and really enjoy a good one-two punch from characters in a story. That, and the wizened mentor trope are interesting to me. I like watching a nobody be nurtoured into success.

5. If you were to describe your writing style using 3 words, what would they be?

Humor, pathos, heart.

6. So what do you write? Tell us a bit more about your chosen genre, style and ongoing projects/WIPs/series!

I like massive sweeping fantastical worlds viewed through the lens of troubled characters. I try to make the world rending problems the character is battling occur somewhat in the background of more tangible struggles the character is dealing with. “Yes, a Dragon War has broken out and people are dying in droves, but I can’t believe she lied to me. I thought she was an elf but really she’s a half-Dragon! I loved her! Wait… do I still love her?” That’s a tongue-in-cheek example. In my current series, a half goblin (half something else he doesn’t want to admit to) who is looking for his missing father. His dad was his only anchor in his stormy life and he’s gone. Anuka Sandbar will do anything to be reunited with him. Along the way, he leave a path of destruction as he ploys through life with little thought to the consequences of his actions. He leaves building, boats, and friendships in smoldering ruins. He is finally forced to work with a couple of weirdos who hammer away at the walls of his tiny heart, trying to work their way inside. Anuka, being three apples high, has dealt with bullies his whole life and he hates them. A lot his trouble revolves around him acting poorly in the face of some bully.

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

The Eye of a Dragon is book 2 in my Dragons of Dorwine series. Anuka’s exploits from book 1, The Blood of a Dragon, have left a host of fresh enemies in his wake and his main mission still incomplete. Anuka and his new friends walk a razor’s edge by trusting a Black DragonLord to behave according to his nature as they search for an item of incredible power. The Eye of a Dragon is available on KU to read or for purchase on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09YT7CSZM The audiobook, narrated by Michael Kramer, will be available in November 2022.

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

You can find me all over the place:

Website: https://authorjackadkins.com/

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

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

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

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jack-adkins

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21725352.Jack_Adkins?from_search=true&from_srp=true

Author Spotlight: E. C. Greaves

Check out this spotlight for Fantasy author E. C. Greaves!

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!

Hi, I’m Ed Greaves. I was born in the UK, but have lived most of my life in NZ. Besides writing books, I’m also a specialist secondary teacher who works with kids who have behavioural and academic barriers that prevent them from attending mainstream schooling. I also spend a good deal of my time making video games (mostly horror stuff) and working on old cars and bikes.

2. Tell us 5 fun facts people might not know about you!

  • I can speak Russian.
  • I played drums in a post-hardcore band that did the rounds during the ‘scene’ days here in NZ.
  • I can draw and write with both hands.
  • I have an Autobots tattoo.
  • My sister, Charlotte Greaves, is also a writer – check her books out too!! 🙂

3. 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!

Ebooks OR physical books?

I definitely prefer physical books, and even do my final rounds of editing by ordering a cobbled together version of my own books, which I can scribble notes all over. Nothing beats that new-book smell!!

First person view OR third person view?

I prefer first person because it lets me get inside a character’s head. I’m a sucker for first person present-tense for maximum ‘noir narration’ style too. That said, I do think that any first person perspective needs to have a hard cap on just how introspective our narrator is. Too much, and I start wishing I was reading in third again!

Plot driven OR character driven?

Character driven stories are my preferred style. I certainly want a plot, but it needs to stem from how the characters work their way through whatever the author has thrown their way.

Thing is, it’s often a fine line for me.

I can’t stand when issues are entirely derived from unrealistic lack of communication between characters. A bit of angst is fine, but crikey, I do wish more protagonists just had a good old fashioned heart-to-heart with their foils! So if the character is driving the plot into strange and uncomfortable territory, I’m like to bail outta the taxi!

Shop at an actual bookstore OR shop books online?

Whilst, as I mentioned, I do love that new book smell… I live in New Zealand.
Most of the bookshops here kinda suck. There are VERY few that would ever stock indie stuff, so I get that from online sources (despite the godawful shipping costs, and the lack of options as far as hard vs softcover goes!)

Hero OR anti-hero?

I like heroes. Good old fashioned good people, doing good old fashioned good deeds.

I’m honestly so over “deconstructions” “Subverted expectations” and all that other stuff, that I am enamoured with kind-hearted and pleasant characters, who strive for good. I don’t really write them that often, myself. But I like to think that positivity is somehow manifested into the universe when we think or feel positive vibes, and those characters bring a little more of it into being… or something weird like that!

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

I suppose stuff with an undercurrent of philosophy. I studied it for several years of my life (somehow didn’t end up working in a cafe, either!) so I always like to see philosophical and ethical issues and quandaries worked into stories – regardless their genre.

As far as genre goes, I love old-fashioned adventure fantasy, although my all-time favourite book is Starship Troopers (Movie too, though it really isn’t an accurate representation of the book, nor is it some kind of critique or response!)

5. If you were to describe your writing style using 3 words, what would they be?
Honest, unpretentious, and… maybe evocative? (as evocative as honesty and a lack of pretence can be!)

6. So what do you write? Tell us a bit more about your chosen genre, style and ongoing projects/WIPs/series!

I write coming-of-age fantasy novels. Or at least, I have just finished the last draft of the final book in a trilogy of the sort, and will be releasing it in October – yay birthday release!!

The series follows a girl who is stolen by beast-people in order to satisfy the terms of a mysterious pact made by their matriarch. They’re inspired in part by Slavic myth and folklore, and have all the usual adventure, mystery, and action you’d expect, alongside a dash of romance and humour too!

The series link is: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09Q8ZBQQR

After this series, I started work on a pirate fantasy, and some others, though I’m not too sure which will make it to the finish line first.

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

The most recent release is “Sister of the Dead,” which is book 2 in the aforementioned trilogy, and which you can grab from uncle Bezos here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B55GNKRL

This story is a little more contained than the first book, and sees our heroine embarking on a journey to an ancient city (filled with cool ziggurats, all manner of weird oddities, and a boatload of danger) in order to figure out what on earth has happened to the Spirits of her people’s dead. Like I said about the series in general, there’s plenty of action, adventure, mystery, and yeah, romance too. There are also pirates in this one. Several, in fact!

I’m also set to release “Mother of the Bond” in October, which is the finale to this trilogy!

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

I have a website: www.ecgreaves.com

And am on zuckerbook, sorry, ‘Meta” at: /ECGreaves.Author

And twitter at: @GreavesEc

Author Interview: Steve Heiman

Check out this author spotlight for Steve Heiman!

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!

After decades of dreaming about being a novelist, the Covid-19 Lockdown of 2020 became my golden opportunity to actually make it happen. A lifetime resident of the Northwest, I now live in Portland Or, and look forward to a future life in the country with a dog and several cats while writing more zany escapades.

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 prefer a little of each. But if I have to pick, then spring it is!

Tea or coffee?
Coffee in the morning, herbal tea at night.

Morning or evening?
Evenings 100%. Mornings are for sleeping!

Library or museums?
Museums. Spent many years as a visual artist as well. 

Witches or wizards?
Wizards rule, but witches heal, so we kinda need both. I’m not much of an either/or person. My books reflect this.

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

Originality of concept and writing style. I mostly tend towards sci fi and some fantasy. I love a good escapist story. But I also like to be moved, compelled, and intellectually invigorated.

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

I write science fiction and fantasy. 

I just completed the second book of a sci fi comedy series.

The first book is titled Greetings, Planet Earth, where Jack Gripper, a prank playing trash man, is selected by aliens to represent earth. The sequel is titled Help, I Lost My Planet! where Jack must travel the galaxy to fight the evil LameLame, the species he cast aside in his selection process. I am currently writing the third book Oops, Wrong Universe! and am also working on a YA fantasy novel titled The Source of All Magic.

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

Book Two of the Jack Gripper series

Oops, I Lost My Planet!

Jack’s worried. The LameLame have started a war. And the Council wants him to save the galaxy.

So much for enjoying pizza and peace on Earth. The problem is it’s only been three months since Jack became a washaluki. He’s just discovering the extent of his power. Yet now he must journey across the stars and battle his blobby foe. The ones destroying planets. Yeah, no big deal.

Space slugs? Check! Sentient spaceships? Check! Slimy supervillains? Of course! This whacky space adventure spans galaxies and dimensions, but still somehow manages to trip over the cats!

Purchase Book One here

Purchase Book Two here

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 real-life inspirations stem from the current frontiers of science and theological speculation. The global issues we face are crucial and as an artist I want to uplift and inspire but still ask the big questions, such as what are our global goals? What priorities do we have as a species? How can we work together to overcome the negative aspects of modern life? Most can agree we could do a better job of protecting our children, elderly and at-risk members of society. The most pressing issue of our times is protecting the global biosphere. But it’s not my place to preach to people, so I chose a light comedic medium to address these important topics.

My inspiration and writing style draws from diverse influences such as Shakespeare, Kurt Vonnegut and Tom Robbins, Asimov, Clarke, and Niven and most of the greats of sci fi. Also fantasy, from Tolkien and Le Guin and C.S. Lewis, and from classics such as Steinbeck and Hemmingway. My comedy work is inspired by Douglas Adams, Harry Harrison, Monty Python, Firesign Theatre and other comedies of that style. 

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

I’m sure my creative process is unusual. For me, the creative process is part discovery and part my reflections of our current times and culture. I write as time and creative inclination strike in conjunction. 

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?

Start young. I waited way too long.

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

Websites

https://www.steveheimanauthor.com/home

 Blog

https://www.steveheimanauthor.com/blog

 Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/SteveHeimanNovelist/

 Twitter

https://twitter.com/SHeimanAuthor

Author Spotlight: Deborah Jarvis

Check out this spotlight for Fantasy author Deborah Jarvis!

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!

My name is Deborah Jarvis, and I am the author of The Keyralithian Chronicles, including The Crystal Pawn and The Ivory Queen, and the upcoming urban fantasy novel, Wolves Running. By day, I am an English teacher at a high school; by night, I am a fabulous adjunct college professor and writer. I am active with greyhound rescue and the promotion of this wonderful breed, and do custom leatherwork on the side.

2. Tell us 5 fun facts people might not know about you!

I used to raise fancy pigeons,
I love houseplants,
I collect Uranium glass,
I have a Nelson’s Milksnake,
I can’t cook, but I love baking.

3. 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!

Ebooks OR physical books? I prefer physical, but am getting more ebooks due to rapidly filling shelves.
First person view OR third person view? Either. I write in both.
Standalone OR series? Series. They are like potato chips. You can’t write just one.

Read multiple books OR one at a time?  Multiple. With my line of work, I am reading a school book analytically and another fiction just for fun.
Signed edition OR first edition? First if I can find it.
Graphic novels OR comic books? Graphic novels, though I do have some special comics.
Plot driven OR character driven? character
Zombies OR dragons? dragons
Witches OR vampires? werewolves
Shop at an actual bookstore OR shop books online? Online ONLY because I can only see one book at a time and I won’t walk out with $70 worth of books!

Hero OR anti-hero? Hero, unless it is Batman. Always be Batman
TBR list OR mood reader? Mood reader
Music while reading OR silence? Silence, but I can tune ambient music out.
Read in bed OR read on sofa? either

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

Fantasy or linked to history. I love high fantasy, urban fantasy, and historical fiction, so anyone of those will make me happy.

5. If you were to describe your writing style using 3 words, what would they be?

Detailed, flowing, thoughtful

6. So what do you write? Tell us a bit more about your chosen genre, style and ongoing projects/WIPs/series!

I definitely love the aforementioned types of fantasy and I have several projects in the works. The first is Wolves Running, an urban fantasy about shapeshifters who are suddenly revealed to be a part of moden society and how they and those around them deal with it. It steps away from the ubiquitous were-animal trope and looks more at animals that chose to undertake the task of helping humans by learning to become them. Over time, they mostly adjusted to mingle with our society, but when one of them is exposed, members from different clans choose to end their secrecy by coming forward and working with the governments of the world. Wolves Running takes place right after that event has transpired, and the characters deal with the fallout while trying to maintain their human existances. This story will be the first novel in The Shapeshifter Symposium.

The second project is the third book of The Keyralithian Chronicles, The Ebon King. Deirdre Hawes has seen the end of the war but not the end of the betrayal within the kingdom of Keyralithsmus. Separated from most of her friends and family, Deirdre undertakes the daring rescue of the prince while, on a separate journey, the rest of her companions search for the fabled land where Tali is said to be from. Each of the journeys is fraught with danger, and Deirdre struggles to overcome the separation from her husband before the magic that binds them destroys them both, hoping all the while that her friends will bring help from the far northern wastelands.

The third project is titled Forever Demond. A being who’s lived for over a thousand years, a lost vellum manuscript, and a secret that could undo the fabric of reality as we know it. That is what Marcy Collins finds when she travels to Rome to help excavate a recent catacomb lost since the 900s. But there are others who are trying to decipher the secrets held within the manuscript, and the only one who can possibly stop them is a mysterious archaeologist by the name of Francis De Mond. As Marcy delves deeper into the manuscript and the secrets of the catacombs, she finds more than what she bargained for in Francis De Mond. As forces converge on the monastery connected to the catacombs, the secrets they hold must be protected at all cost, lest parts of history itself become as if they have never been.

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

My most recent release is The Ivory Queen, the second book in The Keyralithian Chronicles. Deirdre Hawes has managed to reach the edge of the desert and must cross over it and travel through the Escalon Jungle in order to find the dragon who lives in its depths. With the aid of the Alari, a centaur Shaman, several friends, and the prince she is becoming more magically connected with daily, Deirdre must find within herself the strength to find the dragon and prove herself worthy of its aid. Only then can she return to Keyralithsmus and call on the help of the dragons for the coming war.

Universal link: https://books2read.com/u/47YZ1L

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

Please check out my Social media and Website @ https://linktr.ee/the_rael_coyote

Author Interview: Bruce Nesmith

Check out this author spotlight Bruce Nesmith!

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 spent many years writing D&D products for TSR, including the very popular Ravenloft boxed set for 2nd edition AD&D. I transitioned into designing and writing video games for Bethesda Game Studios, where I was fortunate enough to be the lead designer for blockbuster hit The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I have three wonderful daughters, all grown now, leaving my wife and I as empty nesters.

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!

Library or museums? Museum
Mountains or beaches? Mountains
Plotter or pantser?
Plotter
Pen and paper or computer/phone? Computer
Standalone or series? Series

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

Either science fiction or fantasy. I prefer a fresh take on an old idea, but if it’s got great characters I’ll read it.

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

My current series is urban fantasy featuring Loki as a stage magician in the modern-day Chicago suburbs. He’s hiding out there from the other Norse gods, but gets drawn back into the Nine Realms when someone tried to murder him. Although I researched Norse mythology and culture heavily, I’ve given it a fresh take with some fun twists. The Nine Realms themselves are a magic place, but the gods are just people that have special abilities, and the dwarves are steampunk. Part of Loki’s journey is trying to decide what is means to be a god in a modern world, or if there even is such a thing.

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

The first two books in the Loki Redeemed series are out and available from Amazon. The second book, Odin’s Escape, sees Odin escaping from the land of the dead and trying to reclaim Asgard. Loki joins with a mysterious stranger from Asgard and the two deal with a biker gang and the Norse gods to stop Odin’s plot.

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 avid reader and researcher. I’ve always been a huge fan of mythology and really got into researching Norse myths and legends. Of the old school authors, I’m a huge fan of Roger Zelazny, Robert Jordan, Terry Pratchett, and Patricia McKillip. Of the more recent authors, I like Jim Butcher (who doesn’t!), Seanan McGuire, Adrian Tchiachovsky, Alastair Reynolds, and Holly Black, just to name a few.

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

I’m pretty disciplined. I use a spreadsheet to track how many words I write and I set weekly goals. I don’t get too worked up if I miss a goal for a good reason, like my wife and I decide to go out for the day. I usually write in the morning so I have my afternoons available for family and house stuff.

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?

Read more books about writing, like Save The Cat Writes a Novel. It would have saved me a lot of grief.

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

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100065304827763

Author Spotlight: Callie Thomas

Check out this spotlight for YA Fantasy and Sweet Romance author Callie Thomas!

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

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 Callie Thomas, a writer of YA fantasy and sweet romance stories, with even more story ideas on the horizon. I’m also a mother of two handsome boys (one who is almost a teenager this year!), a wife to an amazing man who protects our country, a Christian, beach bum, and coffee lover. My family just relocated from Okinawa, Japan, to Virginia where we are still settling in. When I’m not writing or reading, I love playing video games and board games. In fact, I beta test board game apps and proof rulebooks on the side for fun. 

2. Tell us 5 fun facts people might not know about you!

  1. Japan wasn’t the first overseas country I’ve lived in. I spent six year in Spain as a child through my teen years.
  2. I’m a sucker for Yorkshire terriers dogs. They are sweetest and smartest little fur babies. Instagram knows my weakness. They are always showing me reels.
  3. The Legend of Zelda is my favorite video game franchise. I’ve played them all. I could even sit and listen to the music from games for hours.
  4. I’m scared of heights. You’ll never catch me on a high speed rollercoaster or parasailing.
  5. My family and I are big Disney fans. We usually try to make a trip to the castle once year. Even when we lived in Japan, we traveled up to Tokyo Disneyland.

3. 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!

Ebooks OR physical books? Ebooks because it’s like having a bookshelf in my pocket. I can read on the go.
Plot driven OR character driven? Character driven! With the characters calling the shots, you can always expect the unexpected. It leads to the most memorable moments.
Enemy to Lovers OR Friends to Lovers? Enemy to Lovers is the best, hands down! There is something about watching the chemistry build between two people who are fighting the attraction. The moment they finally give in feels like an explosion. BOOM!
Music while reading OR silence? Silence- Everything disappears when I read and I get sucked into a story. So, I won’t even hear the music if it is playing.
Read in bed OR read on sofa? I like to be in bed and under my covers. Then I’m right where I need to be when I finish binge reading at 3 AM.

4. When you look for books to read, what trope, theme, or type of story will always catch your attention? Anything with princesses or a fantasy style romance with a royal theme. If there is a fancy ball gown on the cover, I’m going to stop and check it out. It gets extra points if it’s an enemy to lovers story too.

5. If you were to describe your writing style using 3 words, what would they be? Creative, spellbinding, and heartwarming

6. So what do you write? Tell us a bit more about your chosen genre, style and ongoing projects/WIPs/series! I write YA fantasy, sweet romance, and romantic comedies. My Kindle Vella story, A Forest of Stolen Memories, is complete and will be arriving to paperback, Kindle, and Kindle Unlimited this year. AFoSM is my backward fairy tale where the end of the story is only the beginning. I loved exploring this magical world where anything can happen and mixes up everything you thought you knew about fairy tales. This is not a retelling, but its own unique story with inspiration from the classic fairy tales .

7. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it! My newest release is A Sea of Golden Chains. It’s book two and follows the lost sister’s story. Currently, it’s only available on Kindle Vella (bundled at the end of A Forest of Stolen Memories) with new episodes releasing every Sunday. You can read it here: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/episode/B0BB1YXL61.

Here is the blurb: A failed ransom sends Marigold overboard into the turquoise waters, death’s grip too tight to escape. As she sinks into the darkness, her screams echo into a bewitching song, luring a merman to her rescue. Now the ancient magic that saved her chains them forever, their destinies entwined. Desperate for her freedom, she will escape at the first chance she gets. But this handsome merman is hooked, refusing to leave her side, even if that means following her to the surface.

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

Check out my website at https://www.authorcalliethomas.com/ or you can follow me on my social medias (Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok) @authorcalliethomas. If you are looking for insider scoops, exclusive previews on episodes quotes, graphics, and news, plus free content—then sign up for my newsletter here: https://www.subscribepage.com/authorcalliethomas.

Author Spotlight: Helen Walton

Check out this spotlight for Fantasy Romance author Helen Walton!

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

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!

Helen Walton is a tea drinking, chocoholic, romance writer. Stories are her obsession, and she adores creating sweet and sensual romances containing a sprinkling of humor and the all-important happy ending. She lives in Australia with her family, and menagerie of quirky animals where they all take her away from her book world and demand to be fed. Lucky for them, she enjoys cooking but prefers baking.

2. Tell us 5 fun facts people might not know about you!

  1. I own horses.
  2. My dream destination is the Northern Lights.
  3. Buffy is my favorite show.
  4. I love rain.
  5. If I could have any pet I’d have a dragon.

3. 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!

Ebooks OR physical books? Both depending on my mood which one I want to read
First person view OR third person view? Either. I’m all for variety.
Standalone OR series? Both. I tend to like standalone contemporary romance but series for paranormal and fantasy romance.
Read multiple books OR one at a time? One at a time. Are you crazy?
Signed edition OR first edition? Signed for my trophy shelf.
Graphic novels OR comic books? Hides head. I don’t read either.
Plot driven OR character driven? Character driven. I don’t care where or what the characters are doing if I’m invested in them.
Zombies OR dragons? Dragons. Who doesn’t want to ride one?
Witches OR vampires? Vampires. I’m a huge Buffy fan so…
Shop at an actual bookstore OR shop books online? I browse at bookstores then buy online.
Hero OR anti-hero? Hero, even better if it’s a hero who doesn’t think he’s a hero.
TBR list OR mood reader? Mood reader which sometimes takes me a while to figure out what I’m in the mood for.
Music while reading OR silence? Silence. Although I rarely get it so I’ve learned to block out noise.
Read in bed OR read on sofa? Sofa with my fluffy blanket and cat.

4. When you look for books to read, what trope, theme, or type of story will always catch your attention? The underdog story where the character learns they are enough just the way they are.

5. If you were to describe your writing style using 3 words, what would they be? Humorous, sexy, and heartfelt.

6. So what do you write? Tell us a bit more about your chosen genre, style and ongoing projects/WIPs/series! I love writing about characters finding love with that special person who loves them for who they are. I write in various genres from contemporary romance, to fantasy and paranormal romance. I’m currently working on my Summer Court series about the Fae Royals finding their fated mates while trying to stop the Fae from the destruction of their race.

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

Fae’s Song

The fate of the Fae begins…

Songstress, Niamh, has an unusual Fae power—an influence in her voice. Singing at the prince’s two hundredth birthday celebrations should be a grand moment, but not luring the prince into believing she’s his mate is all she’s concerned about. For every man succumbs to the magic of her voice and the prince is the one man she wants but can never have. For what can a lowly earth-living Fae offer the prince of the Summer Court?

When the King and Queen of the Fae insist Prince Fintan select a mate on his birthday, he’s reluctant to settle for a chosen mate, but then he stumbles upon his fated mate. He never thought he’d need to woo her, but if that’s what it takes to convince Niamh they’re fated mates, then he’ll do anything in his considerable power to make her his.

But as the secret in Niamh’s power is revealed, will Fintan still believe they are fated mates? Or will her secret be their undoing? And those of the Fae?

Over the passage of time, discover the fate of the Fae beginning with the novella Fae’s Song-a tale of fated mates. Each story in the Summer Court series follows a different couple and can be read as a standalone.

Available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited

https://amzn.to/3RZd9sf

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

You can find me on my website

https://www.helenwaltonauthor.com

and here

https://linktr.ee/HelenWaltonAuthor

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