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Author Spotlight: P.S. Scott

Check out this spotlight for Fantasy Romance author P.S. Scott!

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!

Hi, my name is P.S. Scott and here’s my official bio: P.S. Scott first started writing at seven and hasn’t looked back. An unabashed optimist, anime lover and true believer in the power of chocolate, P.S. now writes books that transport her to faraway lands of imagination and magic and shares them with other dreamers.

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

Oooo this is hard. Well, here goes:

  1. I’ve lived in over 4 countries and tend to move around a lot.
  2. I can read tarot cards.
  3. I am one of a twin.
  4. I LOVE reading romance novels (though you probably knew that).
  5. I write in multiple genres (fantasy romance as P.S. Scott and mystery as A.M. Saint)

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.

First-person view OR third-person view? First person.

Standalone OR series? Series (but a series of standalones instead of a continuing one.)

Read multiple books OR one at a time? Multiple books, sometimes in different genres.

Signed edition OR first edition? Signed edition.

Graphic novels OR comic books?Graphic novels.

Plot driven OR character driven?Character-driven.

Zombies OR dragons? Dragons.

Witches OR vampires? Both!

Shop at an actual bookstore OR shop books online? Online.

Hero OR anti-hero? Anti-hero.

TBR list OR mood reader? Mood reader.

Music while reading OR silence? I listen to a lot of audiobooks so silence, I guess. If I’m reading an e-book, I like to listen to music, though.

Read in bed OR read on sofa? In bed.

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

Honestly, anything romance will catch my attention, especially historical romance. Historical romances are my go-to comfort read. I like feminist heroines and unusual historical settings. The suffragist movement at Oxford in Evie Dunmore’s Bringing Down the Duke is a great example of a historical romance with an unusual settting and feminist character. I’m not partial to any particular trope and will read any trope if it’s written well. I’m also very partial to humor.

I love anything that makes me laugh. Some of my favorite humorous books are The Thursday Murder Club, the Stephanie Plum series, and Bridget Jones’ Diary. I’m a sucker for anything featuring sharp social observation like Crazy Rich Asians.

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

Emotional, character-driven, entertaining.

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

I write fantasy and fantasy romances. My books tend to be character-driven. I’m can be lax when it comes to worldbuilding since I’m a character-driven writer and the character’s emotional journey is what I tend to focus on. I have a new book coming out this month (22nd September 2022), that’s a first in a series. It’s called Silk and Sword and it’s an enemies-to-lovers f/f fantasy romance. I’m currently working on the second book in the series, which is another standalone featuring one of the characters from Silk and Sword.

This series is more of a romance and less of a fantasy and I’ve tried to give it some of that historical romance feel. This is my first adult romance/ fantasy romance series and it’s been a pleasure to write. I can’t wait for everyone to read it.

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

I’m so glad you asked! Silk and Sword is my most recent release (releasing 22nd September 2022). It’s the first in a trilogy featuring three fantasy romance standalones (with characters from the same series). Here’s the blurb:

When Lieutenant General Petronilla meets Acelina, the proprietress of Duality, it is hate at first sight. Forced into prostitution at a young age, Petronilla has rebuilt her life to become one of the highest-ranking army officials in Inferno. She detests everything the pleasure house owner stands for and doesn’t bother to hide it. Forced to spend a night together because of a bet, Petronilla realizes her feelings run deeper than she realized…

Acelina has no idea why Petronilla hates her so much. Only that the hate is mutual. The Lieutenant General never misses a chance to criticize her, and if it weren’t for her VIP customer, General Darius, she would never tolerate Petronilla. But when a secret mission forces them to live together, Acelina takes the opportunity to exact revenge.

As they get to know each other, it becomes harder to deny the attraction that burns between them. What begins as a battle of wills, becomes an undeniable passion, growing into all-consuming love that will stop at nothing.

Silk and Sword is an enemies-to-lovers F/F romance set in a fantasy world.

Amazon link (available on KU):

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

I love interacting with readers so please don’t be shy and drop me a line on Instagram or FB. I spend most of my time on Instagram, so you should be able to find me there. Here are the links to all my social media platforms:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/P-S-Scott/e/B07PWRH54Z?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1663095958&sr=8-1

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/p-s-scott

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18997427.P_S_Scott

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/psscottauthor/?hl=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/psscottauthor/?ref=pages_you_manage

Thank you so much for having me over. I really enjoyed the interview.

Author Spotlight: Jennifer Allis Provost

Check out this spotlight for Fantasy author Jennifer Allis Provost!

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!

Jennifer Allis Provost writes books about faeries, orcs and elves. Zombies, too. She grew up in the wilds of Western Massachusetts and had read every book in the local library by age twelve. (It was a small library.) An early love of mythology and folklore led to her epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, and her day job as a cubicle monkey helped shape her urban fantasy, Copper Girl. When she’s not writing about things that go bump in the night (and sometimes during the day) she’s working on her MFA in Creative Nonfiction.

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

I have a degree in environmental science, and can talk your ear off about things like invasive species and old growth forests.

I have had MANY types of pets—dogs, cats, parrots, and rabbits, just to name a few. I fear I missed my calling as a zookeeper.

My two favorite things (besides my kids; not that my kids are things, lol) are Star Wars and Elfquest.

Speaking of kids, I have twins!

My middle name is Marie (most think it’s Allis, but that’s just the first half of my last name. Needlessly confusing, I know J ).

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? They’re both great! Ebooks are convenient, and usually less expensive, but there’s nothing like the weight of a physical book in your hands.

Standalone OR series? Series! I love getting lost in a world!

Zombies OR dragons? Dragons

Witches OR vampires? Witches

Shop at an actual bookstore OR shop books online? Um, both? *glances at massive TBR pile*

Hero OR anti-hero? Anti-heroes are a lot more interesting. And sexy 😉

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

Enemies to lovers, followed closely by grumpy/sunshine

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

Compelling, epic, and passionate

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

Almost all of my work falls under the fantasy umbrella, ranging from epic to urban to paranormal. My first series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, is an epic fantasy with a healthy shot of romance—like Lord of the Rings with less walking and more kissing. The fifth book, Elfsong, will be available in December 2022.

I’ve got three series that fall under urban fantasy: Gallowglass, Copper Legacy, and Poison Garden. Gallowglass takes place in modern day Scotland and New York, and follows a four hundred year old folklorist/assassin and a much younger geologist while they’re on the run from the Seelie Queen. There’s also a spinoff series, Winter’s Queen, which follows the geologist’s brother and the brand new queen of winter. Both of those series are complete

The Copper Legacy takes place in a world where magic is outlawed, even though the government throws spells around like cheap confetti. Our main character, Sara, is a copper Elemental who’s had to hide her true nature almost her entire life, unless she wants to be “removed” the way her father and brother were. Then she happens to meet a silver elf called Micah—in a dream, of all places—and they decide to overthrow their oppressors and put things right. The fourth and final book, Copper Princess, releases in September 2022.

Poison Garden is my newest series, and it’s best described as Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Little Shop of Horrors. Eliza “Eli” Moore is the scion of a family of powerful seers, but she wants to leave the supernatural life behind. Unfortunatey for Eli, supernatural problems keeping finding her. Luckily she has friendly and handsome detective, Dan, to help her out. Books 1 and 2 are out now, and book 3 will be available in early 2023.

I’ve also got a contemporary romance series out there, Changes, but it’s currently out of print. I need to carve out some time and get those books back into the world.

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 Copper Princess, the final instalment of the Copper Legacy. Grab a copy here https://books2read.com/CopperPrincess and check out the blurb below:

The epic fourth book in Jennifer Allis Provost’s dystopian urban fantasy series, Copper Legacy.

Sara never thought her life would be like this.

For starters, she never dared hope her family would be whole again. After they rescued her father—the real one, this time—the Corbeaus settled into life at Silverstrand Manor. Sara should be able to relax and enjoy her life with her elf husband, Micah. But, things aren’t as peaceful as they seem.

In the Otherworld, the Gold Queen still wants Sadie’s pledge, and is prepared to go to extreme lengths to obtain it. Sara vows to protect her sister by any means necessary, even if it means dethroning the current queen.

In the Mundane world, where Elementals are treated as little more than animals, the magic war still rages against the Peacekeepers. Led by Mike Armstrong, the Peacekeepers seek to harness Elemental abilities for their own gain—oh, and Sara’s best friend, Juliana, just so happens to be Mike’s niece. Juliana also had a fling with Sara’s brother, Max, while he was a prisoner. That’s not complicated.

Meanwhile, Max struggles to reclaim his life after spending the last decade imprisoned in a Peacekeeper research facility. He just wants to find his place in the world, and figure out if he still has a place in Juliana’s life—not that she seems to want him hanging around. Max throws himself into helping the resistance, but he can’t help being drawn into Juliana’s orbit. Then, thanks to Juliana’s insider information about the Peacekeepers, they find information to finally turn the tide to the Elemental’s favor.

Then Sadie does the unthinkable, and Sara and Max must draw on all of their strength to preserve what’s left of their family, stop the Peacekeepers, and save the entire Otherworld. No big deal, right?

For all retailers: https://books2read.com/CopperPrincess

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

Website: http://authorjenniferallisprovost.com

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/jennifer-allis-provost

Patreon: https://patreon.com/jenniferallisprovost

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jennallis https://www.facebook.com/copperraven

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

Twitter: @parthalan

Author Spotlight: R. L. Myles

Check out this spotlight for Fantasy author R. L. Myles!

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

A native to New Orleans, Louisiana, at an early age, I developed a passion for storytelling. I expressed my love for the arts by drawing comics with friends throughout middle and high school years. I drafted many short stories that laid the foundation for a hopeful future in the movie industry.

Throughout my young adulthood, I spent many years moving to various homes and cities due to financial struggles. Despite working fulltime to help support my family, I kept a love for creating. At the age of seventeen, I was given the opportunity to go to school in Pittsburgh and study special effects. Once I completed my studies, I headed to Florida in 2001 to continue furthering my education.

Once I finished earning a bachelor’s degree, I continued to hone my writing skills while working to help support my ailing mother. The idea for Children of Adaban began shortly after the move to Florida. Over the years, I continued to work on the manuscript. Eventually, it took a backseat to life around 2012.

After realizing that I could not escape the stories and ideas that were dominating my day-to-day thoughts, I decided that I would do my best to complete the first book but was unhappy with what I had. I decided to dig deep, and if I could only write one book, it would be a work that mirrored my passions and feelings. I scraped everything and started fresh. Children of Adaban was reborn with hopes that no matter what you enjoy reading, you will find a kinship with the stories I breathe life into.

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

1. I went to school for digital and practical special effects for movie making.

2. I traveled around for 6 months on the road in a big rig with my parents when I was 17

3. I worked on Children of Adaban for over 10 years before I decided to publish the first book

4. When I write I must have music playing to keep my flow going.

5. I’ve always felt I was born ahead of my time.

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!

Read multiple books OR one at a time? One at a time. I can’t focus on more then one book because I would probably never finish the current one I am reading.

Graphic novels OR comic books? They both have their benefits J

Zombies OR dragons? Dragons all day. Although it would be far easier to survive a zombie attack.

Witches OR vampires? While I must admit that I’ve romanticized the concept of what it would be like to be a vampire, I’d much rather have to abilities to summon fireballs and hurl them at my enemies.

Read in bed OR read on sofa? What I’d my sofa is my bed most of the time 😆

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

I would say that something that builds on the concept of an epic adventure.  I like the idea of something that involves a journey into the unknown where there is discovery or an epic mystery to uncover.

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

Imaginative, Channeled, Inviting

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

If I am to be honest, I write from my heart. I would hope that no matter what genre readers enjoy the most, my works could appeal to everyone. It was always my goal to sort of be a multi genre author. When an idea comes to me, I’m not thinking if this should be fantasy or drama or romance. There are always elements of each type in every story, but I don’t tend to think about where my work would fit in. I just let it flow and whatever happens happen. Example; the second book in the Children of Adaban series, starts out with a story arc that would be described as Romance, however, the story of second character that comes to light, would be classified as Drama. I would hope that there is an element in my books that will appeal to any reader on a humanistic level and they find joy even if the content is slightly out of their typical reads.

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

Children of Adaban, Legacy Book One Awakened Edition. This is the first in an eight part series. Book one, written in segmented parts, chronicles the orgins of three of the seven main characters in the series. I love the idea of slowly introducing them separately so that the reader can come to identify with and embark on the journey along side each individual allowing you to be completely immersed and focused on the character at hand. Eventually they will all cross paths at some point as the series progress. I believe the readers will love getting to know the characters on an intimate level, allowing them to fully appreciate the uniqueness each one has to offer before the real adventure begins. I chose this approach because the story demanded this of me. Initially I wanted to have several flash backs, however, it just did not feel right. There is something for everyone. The characters each have epic triumps and fails along their journey that I am sure will resonate amongst my readers. We all share similar life experiences, albeit in different forms.

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

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/childofadaban/

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19227532.R_L_Myles

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/R-L-Myles/e/B07S8YY88C/

Author Spotlight: Barbara Ferrier

Check out this spotlight for Fantasy author Barbara Ferrier!

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!

Barbara Ferrier is best known for writing Fantasy and Magic books. She’s inspired by exploring old castles, ancient ruins, and observing people’s lives. Somehow she survived grade school four times (!) the last three while raising her kids. She enjoys creating characters that represent roles we wish we played and those we’re glad we don’t. Her first career producing television taught her to keep the action moving. While traveling  to learn from different cultures, Barbara writes positive human stories that families can share.

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

1- I am currently traveling to simplify my life and write two new series without distractions. I am inspired to experience a variety of cultures.

2- I write 2,000 words (7 pages on average), early in the day, except when I’m finishing or editing my books. Then I write around the clock and immerse myself completely.

3- When I was eighteen I paralyzed my left hand at work (in a pizza rolling machine). Ouch. In shock in the hospital, after staying up all night, I decided to learn to draw so I could one day design a magical world.

4- I worked as a TV producer in LA – in the 1980’s. Seven am until midnight was an excessively long work day. It left no time for life or my own creative pursuits. Despite constant promotions, I knew I would regret staying in that lifestyle too long.

5- I painted the magical world these stories take place in over several years while I raised my kids. I also painted some of the characters.   

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. I love to hold books in my hands, and have a bookcase with the titles of my favorite books facing me in my home. Unfortunately, that’s not practical while traveling or trying to stay minimalist. The ebook solves that problem – and I’m happy to have so many books with me in such a small space.

Standalone OR series? Series. Once I’m invested in the characters I can’t wait to see what else they do – or what new problems are thrown their way and how they solve them.

Read multiple books OR one at a time?  One at a time.

Signed edition OR first edition? Signed when possible. Once, I waited in line for Allen Lee to sign several Art of the Lord of the Rings books. I loved the skilled, artistic craftsmanship that made that magical world. It was worth the wait to have met him and sign the books to my loved ones.

Zombies OR dragons? Dragons. They come in so many forms and it’s always a surprise.


Witches OR vampires? Witches. Vampires give me the creeps. I’ve never been able to read those books. They make me too anxious.


Hero OR anti-hero? Hero. I love to root for them and see how they’ll defeat the villains.
 
Music while reading OR silence? Silence. I get distracted by sound easily.
Read in bed OR read on sofa? Bed. I love bedtime stories. I listen to Audible most nights so I can ‘get’ a bedtime story while relaxing before I go to sleep.

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

I love Arthurian / Medieval themes with rangers in a high stakes environment – where the world itself is at stake. I also love magic and seeing how it unfolds for good or ill.

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

Magical, Fun, Heroic,

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

My novels take place in a magical, middle-ages feeling world. Kings and their advisers are villainous. Motivated by greed, selfishness, and believe they are the victims. The Heroes are young protégé’s in training. Apprentices. The Wizards and Shaman who train them have been charged with protecting the lands and their people. These young heroes do what they can to protect the people from the Kings, despite a lack of experience, and plenty to fear. Determination and developing their nacent magic must prevail.

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 Forbidden Magic, Path of the Apprentice Mage. Published August 28th, 2022. Don’t miss the countdown deal from October 2nd-7th where you can pick this up for only $1.99!

Available in Kindle Unlimited. Book Two in the series, the Secret Kingdom releases today October 1st.

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

Website for the artwork: www.barbaraferrier.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063510143524

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

Newsletter sign-up: https://BookHip.com/RQTHSGG will allow people to read the Prequel for the series Path of the Apprentice Mage.

Website: www.barbaraferrierauthor.com

Author Spotlight: Katie Cherry

Check out this spotlight for Clean YA Fantasy author Katie Cherry!

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!

Hi! Well, I’m 25, have a 1.5-year-old toddler, and am too busy writing books to have any kind of hobby, but I used to play Xbox, read, and binge TV shows. I started writing when I was 13ish, and turned it into a career in 2018. I’m obsessed with dragons and write clean, magical adventures!

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

  1. I am NOT an early bird. Left to my own devices, I slip later and later with my sleep schedule. I’ve gotten bad enough that I’d go to bed around 5am and get up around 3pm.
  2. Pasta, burgers, and milkshakes are my favorite foods ever
  3. I despise the cold. I find it painful and would choose being sweaty over hurting down to my bones any day.
  4. Driving terrifies me. I hate it and always have, and only do it when absolutely necessary.
  5. I love to get my hair dyed fun colors! I’ve done red, red and blue, purple, silver, and will be trying blonde and blue, emerald green and blue… basically anything I can whenever I can carve out room for it in the budget! I just love trying all the gorgeous colors and hairdos!

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. I’m a person of convenience lol

Read multiple books OR one at a time? One at a time. I barely have time to read in the first place, I’d never finish anything if I tried to read more than one book at a time!

Plot driven OR character driven? Character driven! I feel like the plot should just contribute to the character(s) growth!

Zombies OR dragons? DRAGONS. Not that zombies don’t have their place, but I am 100% team dragon for basically any question you could ask me haha

Music while reading OR silence? I like both, but generally just silence. Music can be distracting from the book.

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

There has to be magic, dragons are a huge selling point for me (but I will grab books without them), and the book should be character-driven. If the characters aren’t challenged at every turn, it’s going to fall pretty flat for me!

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

Wholesome, encouraging, and fun

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

I write clean Fantasy, so usually that’s also YA Fantasy 😊 I have a trilogy of novellas that are Urban Fantasy, a 7-book series that’s portal and Coming of Age Fantasy, and I just finished a YA Fantasy with Mythology series of 2 books- so a Duology! I actually can’t reveal my next project yet, but if you are curious please follow me for the announcement!

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

Gods’ Grace- book 2 of the Duology I mentioned above! You can grab a copy here: https://books2read.com/GodsGrace. In book one of this Duology, it’s magic using humans versus the Greek Gods, battles for survival, and clean romance. Book two doesn’t have any romance, but has a lot of focus on family and the pressure to be perfect- like Louisa in Encanto!- and still has lots of magic, battles, and Greek Gods! Oh, and magical creatures, can’t forget about them! 😊

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

You can actually follow me anywhere you’d like through this one link! https://sleek.bio/katiecherry

But I definitely recommend at least signing up for my email updates, which you can do here! https://www.subscribepage.com/katiecherrysfantasyemails

Author Spotlight: Niranjan/Geetha Krishnan

Check out this spotlight for Fantasy/Sci-fi author Niranjan, a.k.a. Geetha Krishnan & Rari Rajesh!

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 Rari, and I write fantasy and Sci Fi books under the penname of Niranjan which is the name of my son who is no more. I am from India and I live with my partner and our daughter.

I am a boring person, really, and all I do, apart from writing, reading and chores is watch C Dramas and write fanfics.

I also write books based on Hindu Mythology under the name of Geetha Krishnan, which is my legal name. My books Ayana the Journey and Pradyutita have both made it into the semi finals of SPFBO in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

I have also published a volume of poetry and a mystery and a thriller under the name of Rari Rajesh.

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

I’m really an open book, so I’m not sure there’s anything no one knows about me. I always overshare, so really, nothing to tell, I think?

Anyway.

  1. I pout and sulk worse than a child if I don’t get my own way.
  2. I roleplay with my daughter.
  3. I simp over the character Jiang Cheng from the book, Mo Dao Zu Shi, based on which the TV show The Untamed is made (Though everyone who has read my fanfics may know this already).
  4. My daughter calls me a toddler most of the time (She’s 16).
  5. I have a cover addiction (my cover collection is at 83 now)

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 to read these days because my eyesight isn’t what it once was, but I always buy physical books when I like the ebook

First person view OR third person view? I write and read both, but I do have a slight bias towards third person

Standalone OR series? To write, standalones, to read, both, though I’m always afraid of series not getting finished, so now I don’t start any unless it’s already complete

Read multiple books OR one at a time? Depends on how I feel. I can do multiple, but mostly my brain prefers to fixate on one, unlike when I write when I need multipe WIPs to keep my brain engaged

Signed edition OR first edition? Signed edition, always

Graphic novels OR comic books? Hm… comic books

Plot driven OR character driven? Character driven, always.

Zombies OR dragons? Dragons

Witches OR vampires? Can I choose both? Lol, I didn’t actually care for vampires till I started writing them, so now I am kind of attached to them, and witches are always my favourites

Shop at an actual bookstore OR shop books online? At present, online because I’m too lazy to get dressed and get out of the house

Hero OR anti-hero? Again, depends. I mostly like good people, but I’ve been known to like the odd morally grey one, so.

TBR list OR mood reader? Mood reader (What even is a TBR?)

Music while reading OR silence? Either will do. If I’m really into the book, I hyperfocus and is barely aware of anything around me, so music may as well be silence

Read in bed OR read on sofa? Both.

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

The hero’s journey is a recurring theme that I am drawn to. Fake dating is also something that I always find myself drawn to. Apart from that, I love adventures, quests, enemies to lovers, friends to lovers, found family and with benefits arrangements turning to real feelings. As long as there’s a happy ending waiting, I can read almost everything. But the happy ending is a must, and by happy ending I don’t mean the main couple being happy and everyone else suffering, nope. I want a happy ending for everyone in the book that deserves it. If not happy, at least hopeful.

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

Immersive, evocative and character-driven

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

I write fantasy but there’s a lot of Sci Fi elements in most of my books. There’s an occasional book that’s pure fantasy, but I mostly love writing about worlds that are technologically advanced and where magic co-exists with technology. I’ve also written a purely Sci Fi series the final book of which is due to release this November.

Ongoing projects. Um. I have around 76 WIPs including fanfics and I spend my time hiding from most of them.

Right now, I’m editing a project called Changes in the Wind which has a gay main pairing who are soulmates. There’s a bit of political intrigue and found family feels as well. There’s loads and loads of angst which is something I really love to write and read.

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

I have a book released this 16th titled The Banished Secret.

It’s a fantasy story set in modern day India but with alternating chapters about an ancient time as well. It’s a story of reincarnation, and revenge, and family bonds. The cover art is by Fay Lane and it is just gorgeous!

You can buy the book at https://books2read.com/u/4DKPXd

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

My website is https://authorniranjan.in/

You can find me at twitter https://twitter.com/ormakal

I am on FB at https://www.facebook.com/geetha.krishnan.58/ and I have a group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1622573631409888

I have an insta which I’m rarely on https://www.instagram.com/niranjanauthor/

And in case, anyone wants to take a gander at my fanfics, you can find me at AO3 as well https://archiveofourown.org/users/geethr75

I am mostly on twitter and occasionally on FB, mostly to surf cover groups and buy covers I don’t need.

Author Interview: A. C. Dawn

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

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!

A.C. Dawn is an active and enthusiastic author and reader of short stories, novellas, and novels. She enjoys bringing her characters to life and strives to stir the imagination of her readers. She believes the best writing touches the reader in ways they hadn’t expected and will never forget!

So, that’s the official bio…

Really, I’m a lover of chocolate, a strong jaw line with a 5 o’clock shadow, and romances that make your heart pound and your middle get all squishy. I love quiet country living on my north Georgia farm with my family and fur babies of all shapes and sizes. I think the scariest thing in life is how fast my daughter is growing and an empty coffee pot. I can’t stand slow drivers in the fast lane and wimpy handshakes.

I’ve been writing for about three years. I cut my teeth as a ghost writer and have been proudly self-publishing for over a year under my own name. I write mythological fantasy with a hint of romance, dash of humor, and lots of adventure and interesting characters.

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

Cat or dog? I love all critters. If it has a tail, I love it, even the ones with scales.

Tea or coffee? COFFEE… all the time, any time. Cream and sugar- yes please!
Witches or wizards? Is there a difference?? I am all in favor of any and all things magical!

Mountains or beaches? Mountains! I love the forests, the majesty, and the stillness. Plus- I hate sand that gets everywhere and frying slowly in the heat.

Plotter or pantser? Self-identified PLANTSER! I always have a skeleton draft with the scenes mapped out, but often what happens to get to the end point of the scene is as much a surprise to me as to those who read it.

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

I love epic fantasy. Sweeping stories that I can sink into and immerse myself in the world always call to me. I also love a strong hero and heroine who respect each other’s strengths and are each other’s weaknesses.

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

I write mythological fantasy. I use a lot of characters from various different mythologies and wind them into my stories. I also write myth retellings where I take a myth and twist it round to make it into something new.

I am currently working on a novella that will be next in series with Dark Song as I draft its sequel—Final Verse. I also have a Samhain/Halloween novella that I will be releasing this fall about a witch, a vampire king, and old legends come to life with the magic of Samhain.

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

Just this month I released a book called Dark Song about Ciara, a siren whose song carries destruction, chaos, and death. She struggles to learn how to contain her deadly verse after she is separated from her family and Dougan, her mate. it includes both her point of view as she comes into an understanding of her song and the point of view of her lost love who goes on an epic journey fighting his way back to her.

One of the things I love most about this story is that it includes various myths and legends from lots of different cultures. I also enjoy exploring Ciara’s personal struggles for her journey is more internal while contrasting that to Dougan and his physical journey across the oceans in a high seas pirate adventure. https://books2read.com/darksong

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 get a lot of ideas from reading about history. they say that truth is stranger than fiction, and the history books are full of unusual tales to stir the imagination.

For fictional sources, I often turn to mythology stories and music. For example, my book Dark Song is based on a folk song called The Maid on the Shore. It told the story of a young woman who was destined to live all alone, walking the shoreline. A pirate captain tries to make her his own because of her beauty. She sings the pirate crew to sleep and then robs them blind. I loved her strength and cleverness and she was the first inspiration for Ciara’s character.

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

I do my best writing early in the morning. It’s a bit of a juggle because I do have a day job and the farm. But as many days as I am able, I sit down and put some focus music in my ears, make sure my coffee cup is full and dive in to the story. I typically spend my time away from my manuscript dreaming and scheming about the next scene. When I sit down to write, I already know what needs to happen. The words typically flow pretty easily from there. I also write whatever story I am in the mood to write. I always have multiple works in progress so something will call to me.

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 think I would tell my earlier self to have the confidence to skip the ghostwriting and write for myself. My ghostwriting period taught me a lot, helped me hone my craft and process, and gave me confidence that I could actually write something that people wanted to read. However, when I think of all of the words that I wrote for someone else, I can’t help but wish they for my name instead.

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

The best way to reach me is through my newsletter. I respond to all my email messages!

https://linktr.ee/andycarley

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