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Author Interview: John Dyer

Check out this author spotlight for John Dyer!

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 yourself, and thank you for this conversation. My name is John Greene Dyer. I use the middle initial to distinguish myself from a Welsh poet who died in the 1700s, but still has the star power to clobber me on the search engines.

Mom was widowed when I was a baby. She remarried a man who became a terrific dad, and also moved us to the Philippines. Both parents were smart and sophisticated, but I credit Alan Razovsky with making sure I didn’t grow up to be a bum.

In 1986, I founded a computer software company. I retired a bit on the early side. I wrote a novel. Then I wrote another. It’s become a habit.

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. The climate in Indiana is consistent that time of year, making my wardrobe choices less problematic.

Tea or coffee? Coffee. Lately, I’ve been brewing Philippine Barako, a product of the Liberica tree (most coffee is Arabica). Barako has a unique flavor, often described as earthy. eBay. Qponmama. Tell her Johnny sent you.

Morning or evening? I’ve become an early riser, often in time to watch the sun come up. It’s a splendid opportunity for meditation, and reportedly a constructive health practice.

 Library or museums? Museums. If we could peek in on the lives of ancient peoples, we’d be shocked at how familiar the experience would be. Look up ‘Graffiti of Pompeii’ if you don’t believe me.

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

Short-essay-format humor. Miami Herald columnist Dave Barry comes to mind. The late PJ O’Rourke was another favorite.

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

I’ve been writing the history of an alien race whose home world is three million light years from Earth, a nine-book series, presented in three trilogies.

The Anye Legacy – the Anye emerge from twelve-hundred-years of technological stagnation.

The Anye Migration – they venture out into the universe.

AjJivadi – Earth’s secret history, in which the Anye play an important part, comes to light. The Legacy books are published on Amazon.

The industry doesn’t have a category for Literary Science Fiction, so you’ll find these books under Hard Science Fiction. I’m a computer scientist and practical engineer, so the speculative technology angle is as grounded in science fact as I can make it. These elements get their fair share of page time. It’s SF. That’s part of the fun.

That said, I’m writing stories about life, the choices we make, the importance of virtue, the inevitability of cruelty, the value of community, the mystery of God, and so forth, wrapped in eventful, intricate plots presented by colorful ensemble casts. In a review of Illusion of Gravity, author Ashley Manning said, “I would recommend it to people who like sci-fi that isn’t dumbed down. This is a book that rewards you for paying attention.”

I might have said, “Not for lazy readers.” Mr. Manning is more diplomatic.

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

Resilient

Set amidst the clash between a space-faring commonwealth and its domestic enemies, Resilient is a tale of adventure, survival and perseverance.

Stolen at birth, Suban Dhava is spirited away to a continent isolated by quarantine, embargo and war. Even his name is taken from him — a word from Sanskrit, signifying his clan’s connection to the oceans. It means properly anchored, sturdy, resilient.

Suban will have to be all of these things, if he’s ever to make his way home.

Joshua Grant wrote: “I love getting lost in Dyer’s immersive world, but more so I love the almost spiritual sense he packs into the characters! This series has wonderful action and depth (and the author’s creative use of linguistics is powerful too)! Check it out if you love sci fi set in a gripping and gritty world!”

The quality I’m going for is ‘deeply textured’. Thanks, Josh, for noticing. You can buy the book at

As for what’s next … I started the Migration trilogy, and then got sidetracked by an idea for the AjJivadi books. So, I ended up writing the first two, and since it’s not illegal, that’s what I’m about to publish.  Look for Elbert later this year.

In 1928 South Dakota, a furry, foxlike woman tells Doctor Elbert Harrison an extraordinary secret — Sasquatch are from outer space. Their aim is commerce. They’re not here to make trouble.

An elderly veteran of the American Civil War, Elbert expected soon to meet his Creator — only to find out the furry folk have a cure for aging. Emigration to the planet Jivada promises renewed life, and an unforeseen windfall of family connections.

Regrettably, the Anye colony world has problems. When Elbert lends his voice to political debate, an opposing faction replies with violence. If he keeps sticking his head up, it’s liable to get knocked off.

It won’t matter. Elbert’s not the kind of man to run from a fight.

After that, it’s Ghosts of Ancient Vidura, now in final draft.

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!

In the late 1950s, my mom worked half-days at a Veterans Administration office in downtown Manila. Her workplace was near an international school where I attended grades 1 through 6. Classes ended at 12:30, and sometimes our driver would pick me up first. There was a wonderful USEA library on the top floor where I’d cool my heels until she clocked out. A staffer referred us to a church library in our neighborhood, where I discovered the Tom Swift books, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Alfred Bester’s The Demolished Man — the first modern science fiction I ever read.

Thus were the seeds sown. From my dad’s collection came influences by Frederick Pohl, James Blish, Isacc Asimov. I might have been 10 when Mom misplaced Simone De Beauvoir’s The Mandarins and Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. I think she let me read them on purpose because she thought I was precocious. I wasn’t; I was precious. Totally different concept.

The first book I owned was Ian Fleming’s James Bond novel Moonraker, bought at a sidewalk newsstand in Hong Kong, thinking it was sci-fi because of a rocket on the cover. The writing team of Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle introduced me to hard sci-fi. William Gibson and Bruce Sterling brought in edgier material, and I remained an avid reader until I started my first novel — at which point I learned it was better not to have other peoples’ stories in my head.

Moving to the Philippines with my family in 1956 was the inciting event in my life. I wouldn’t be this exact person if I was raised in the United States. You can read about the experience, more or less, in my novel Silken Thread.

An evocative adventure/love story from the author of The Illusion of Gravity. In 1966 Manila, an American teenager courts a CIA recruit, 12 years his senior. It’s a mismatch, a scandal — a minefield at the intersection of paradise, the Vietnam war, the territories of the Chinese mafia. When she ships out, it’s over.

Or maybe it isn’t.

The book is approximately autobiographical in early chapters. My dad’s Taiwanese business associate did, in fact, offer patronage when I was a teenager. I sometimes played golf with Dad’s pals at the CIA. I didn’t know ‘Pete Torvalds’ as well as the story’s main character did, but he was a family friend, lost his legs in Burma while serving with the Flying Tigers, and always addressed the fairway from the ladies’ tee. I only prowled around after-hours Manila in the company of Ramon and his bodyguard a few times. Mostly I went with Berg Villapando, who was plenty savvy enough to keep us out of trouble.

I did not date a recently-discharged USAF Pentagon accountant twelve years my senior. Even if given the opportunity, I would have been too shy at sixteen. The CIA would never have recruited me, even I came to the table with a brilliant resume. I am too often the fellow who speaks out of turn. I should have become a civil engineer, but I didn’t know that about myself until I was forty.

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

When I’m writing, it’s to the exclusion of everything I can get away with excluding, a binge that runs usually about three weeks before I come up for air.

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?

Take the creative writing class first.

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

Blog — https://johngdyer.wordpress.com

Amazon — https://www.amazon.com/John-G-Dyer/e/B06XKCQ11L/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

TikTok – johndyerwrites

Instagram – johndyerwrites

YouTube – John Dyer Writes

Author Interview: James Buffin

Check out this author spotlight for James Buffin!

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 was born in 1983 was raised in california. Moved to Utah to raise my family. Now separated and living in Montana with my sister.

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

Winter, spring, summer or autumn? Autumn

Cat or dog? Dog

Tea or coffee? Coffee

Morning or evening? Evening

Library or museums? Museum

Hunter or gatherer? Gatherer

Witches or wizards? Witches

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

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!
Fantasy. Right now I am working with Mike evan to push my book. I am also working on book 2.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
The book of Azrael is about Lucifer taking over the world and bringing hell upon Earth and Azrael and Abaddon need to stop him.
Linktree: the_book_of _azreal 

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!
The Bible, my loved ones and video games.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
Don’t really have one But really need to make one.

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?
Patience. Editing. Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite, edit. Do not use vanity Publishers publicity packs.
Instead go through Michael Evan he’s my literary publicist and he’s good.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!
Linktree: the_book_of _azreal 
This website has all my links

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Description:
As humans wage war against demonkind, a Priestess of the Light must choose between heart and duty.

Fate, prophecies, and an impossible love blur the line between good and evil.

The series is perfect for readers who enjoy visceral, gripping Epic Romantic Fantasy with dark undertones and explicit steam!

Author Interview: Russ Colchamiro

Check out this author spotlight for Russ Colchamiro!

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!

Russ Colchamiro is the author of the SciFi noir novels Crackle and Fire and Fractured Lives, the first two books featuring hardboiled intergalactic private eye Angela Hardwicke. The third novel in the series, Hot Ash, debuts September 2022.

A member of the Mystery Writers of America, Private Eye Writers of America member, and Crazy 8 Press, Russ is also the author of the SFF novels Crossline, Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, editor of the SciFi mystery anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, co-author and editor of the noir anthology Murder in Montague Falls, and has contributed to numerous anthologies. He also hosts Russ’s Rockin’ Rollercoaster podcast, interviewing a who’s who of science fiction, crime, mystery, and horror authors.

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, particularly Sept-Oct, and also Spring, April-June. I live in New Jersey (a NY transplant), but in the Northeast, the weather is great then.

Cat or dog? Both! I was a cat person my entire life, but my wife likes dogs and I have various family members allergic to cats, so now I’m on my second dog, Jinx.

She’s a black lab, about 65 pounds, who is super cute and energetic, but also a total warthog when she sleeps! My kids are mad we can’t get a cat (I want one too!), but for now at least, we’re a dog family.

Tea or coffee? Green tea. I’ve actually never had a cup of coffee ever. I don’t like mocha flavor, so coffee doesn’t work for me, even though it can smell so good.

Morning or evening? Depends on my mood

Ninjas or pirates? Ninjas

Mountains or beaches? Beaches

Plotter or pantser? Both

Pen and paper or computer/phone? Computer

Standalone or series? Either

Book or ebook? paperback

Hero or anti-hero? Either

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

I mostly read mystery, crime, and sci-fi, but ultimately, entertain me. I tend to prefer pulp fiction as opposed to literary fiction, but it always comes down to the writing. A good story told well will always draw me in.

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

I typically write science fiction, mystery, or a combination. For the last few years—and for the foreseeable future—I’ve been writing novels featuring my hardboiled intergalactic private eye Angela Hardwicke. I describe the series as part Blade Runner, part Doctor Who, part Ellen Ripley (from Aliens). The first two books in the series—Crackle and Fire and Fractured Lives—are both out now, and third book, Hot Ash, will be out in September.

Each book is a standalone mystery, so you can read them in any order, at least in terms of plot. But for character development, you might get more out of it starting from book 1. But certainly not necessary. 

Also… it’s pretty exciting for me, but I just got this amazing endorsement for the series, from Nicholas Meyer, the writer/director of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Talk about going my personal wall of fame! Here’s what he said:

“Russ Colchamiro has staked out a territory of scifi mystery uniquely his own. With Angela Hardwicke, he mines a vein of pulp fiction gold that’s all his. Let’s hope he doesn’t walk away from the table.”

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

HOT ASH, which is book 3 in the Angela Hardwicke series. Here’s the description:
Intergalactic private Angela Hardwicke is Eternity’s most daring spy for hire…

Following the mysterious and ill-timed death of her elderly husband, Camille Engquist was set to inherit the family’s real estate development company. But her stepkids stole it from her first. Or so she claims.

As Hardwicke and her protégé Eric Whistler dive into the world of affordable housing, synthetic concrete, and corporate succession planning, their investigation put them face-to-face with the haves and have-nots, a new form of cocaine, a boundary-pushing neurobiologist, a majestic domed city and a violent conspiracy that stretches farther and deeper than they ever could have imaged. But the most insidious betrayals are sometimes closer to home.

In Hot Ash, Russ Colchamiro’s most action-packed Sci-Fi mystery yet, Angela Hardwicke must grapple with the worst pain of all—that the people we love are the ones we should fear most.

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!

Too many to list them all, but in terms of author influences, to name just a few, the Dexter book series from Jeff Lindsey, the Myron Bolitar novels from Harlan Coben, the Claire DeWitt PI series from Sarah Gran, Fahrenheit 451, and my bible, The Stand by Stephen King. As for TV and movies, too many to list, but Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad are the high-water marks for incredible fiction, both plot and character-wise.

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

I have a full-time day job, house to take care of, a kooky dog, and 12-year-old twin ninjas, so my wife and I are always reconfiguring our schedules. Mine is a moving target. I’d prefer to have consistent, dedicated writing time, but the way my life is structured at the moment, I grab writing time whenever I can and figure out how to make it work. It forces me to be efficient.

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 be such a hard head! Listen to writers who know more than you, in terms of craft, marketing, and the overall business. Had I talked a LOT less, and listened a LOT more, and took more of the very good advice I was offered, I would have gotten off to a smoother start. But live and learn.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KGSFBT7?binding=paperback&qid=1657810341&sr=8-4&ref=dbs_dp_rwt_sb_pc_tpbk

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4450877.Russ_Colchamiro?from_search=true&from_srp=true

Twitter: @authorduderuss
IG: @authorduderuss
website: russcolchamiro.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/russ.colchamiro
Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUb7MDUNQxyVRBDOTVEqOaw

Thursday Teaser!

🔥 Thursday Teaser 🔥

🖤 Snippet from The Power of Conviction (The Light of Darkness, book 1) 🖤

Her heels came away from the ground, and she pushed herself up, her half-open mouth verging upon his.

His heart pounding in his chest, Edric held his breath, watching as she closed her eyes. Their lips met, the tender contact making him tremble, a shiver shooting through his body. She felt so soft against him, her breath sweet and warm. At first, their kiss was slow and temperate, but it soon developed, Edric allowing his arms to encircle her. His knees felt weak, the young woman seemingly reaching his essence with her touch. Hesitant to further advance on her, he kept his hands perfectly still, but they ached with the desire to feel her.

🖤 For readers who enjoy visceral, gripping high & epic fantasy tales with dark undertones and romance, check out The Power of Conviction! 🖤

Mid-week Shout-out!

🔥 Mid-week Shout-out for @maraharcher804 and her amazing review of The Power of Conviction🔥

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Exquisite world-building. Russell expounds on the powers that religion and trauma hold over us while at the same time showing how ignorance and prejudice lead to ruthless violence and genocide. Brilliant writing that explores complex relationships relieved by tender friendships and steamy romance. I loved this book.” – Marah Archer

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🔥 Epic Romantic Fantasy on audio!! 🔥

My debut, The Power of Conviction, is available as an audiobook, fabulously narrated by @jez.jameson!! 😍❤️

The book is released wide and, so far, it is available on Chirp, Barnes and Noble, Storytell, Google Play, Bingebooks, Scribd & Kobo ❤️
More should be up soon, including Audible 🥰

Link: https://buff.ly/3OV7gcW
(Not all vendors can be linked using Books2read. Please check with your provider whether they have the book if it’s not listed under the provided link.)

Description:
As humans wage war against demonkind, a Priestess of the Light must choose between heart and duty.

Fate, prophecies, and an impossible love blur the line between good and evil.

The series is perfect for readers who enjoy visceral, gripping Epic Romantic Fantasy with dark undertones and explicit steam!

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