Friday, March 14, 2014

Finding Fiction Friday - Anthony Luis Burgos


We're back!  At least for now.  Coming off of hiatus, we might not do a Finding Fiction Friday every week, but when a friend asks you to do an interview for a friend of hers, how can one say no?  So I'm very pleased to introduce you to a new author, Anthony Luis Burgos, whose book "Sec4rets" is starting to make some waves on Amazon.  First, a brief bio ...

Anthony Luis Burgos (A. L. Burgos) grew up in the gritty area of Harlem. Always shy, he stuck to himself most of the time until he entered Junior High and his fun-loving personality came out. Anthony loved to make people laugh and help them with their problems. At the age of ten he began to write songs. He discovered that music and writing was his way of escaping some of his issues. Anthony took his writing a step further and began to write stories. One day he decided to write a story for a website and it was a hit with readers. In 2012 Anthony published his first book "Sec4rets" and it was a hit with readers earning him a number 3 spot in the teen drama section on Amazon. Now signed to Ambrosia Arts, Anthony had his book Sec4rets re-released and is hoping to make it a hit again. He is currently focusing on promoting his book and getting into typing Sec4rets 2 and a new mystery thriller.

Anthony, tell us about your journey with this book.  When did you first think about writing for publication and how did it all come about?

The journey I had with this book was one full of excitement.. joy.. and fear. I loved being able to write a book that I felt was needed but at the same time was nervous because I didn't know how people would receive it. Teen dramas have vanished and I feel teens are being deprived of a genre that was my favorite when I was young. I thought about writing for publication in 2011 when I spoke to a friend from high school whom I discovered was a author and has a book published. He gave me advice and that's how that came about. 

Tell us one thing about yourself that you think might surprise us.

I am such a karaoke lover. I love to sing and entertain people. This will surprise some but not my close friends and family LOL. 

Now let’s get to the book itself.  Tell us about your book “Sec4rets”, and I’m also curious about the significance of the number “4” in the title.
My book Sec4rets is the first in the teen drama series. It revolves around four best friends (which is why I put the "4" in the title) and the issues they face growing up. We all know that high school can be tough and I wanted to tackle that issue cause it's different from when I was in school. Now we have social media to attack each other. In my book they must stick together but they also tend to keep secrets from each other and they slowly start to come out, testing their friendships. So in the end it all comes down to if they will remain best friends or if the secrets are strong enough to tear them apart.

If there is one character you’ve written or are writing that you would really like people to meet, who would it be and why?
I have a character named Henry who started off in my mind as a filler for one of the other characters but then all of a sudden became this character I loved so I made him a important character. I would love people to meet him because to me he is kind-hearted, friendly, and loyal. He has his issues with cutting himself and I feel some people can relate to that because he has gone through so much in his life and cutting is his way of coping. Some of us have our own ways of coping, good or bad. 

How has your own life influenced your writing?  And on the converse, did you learn things through the process of writing this book?

I took some stuff from my past and threw it into my book but nothing to serious just fun little scenes. I learned that writing such a book can be emotionally taxing. I will be honest and say that some scenes as I re read them I cried because I personally became so attached to these characters, Henry the most. 

What about being published and the book industry in general has most surprised you?

How some people can be so cruel and try to crush your dreams. Also the fact that I feel some people won't support you because they do the same thing and rather be "famous" then helping a fellow author. I don't do this for money or fame, I do this so that people can have something to read and relate to. 

Is there someone you can point to as being your biggest encouragement in moving forward with this book and writing in general?

My friends, family and boyfriend. They have all supported me and pushed me to do this. I use to write for myself not for everyone but they all told me I was good to go for it. So I thank them for that support. 

To close the interview, I have ten questions for you, plus one.  Here they go!
  1. What is your favorite word? Fuck 
  2. What is your least favorite word? Cunt and faggot 
  3. What turns you on? A man with confidence 
  4. What turns you off? Liars
  5. What sound or noise do you love? Music 
  6. What sound or noise do you hate? Construction lol
  7. What is your favorite curse word? Fuck lol 
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Singer 
  9. What profession would you not like to do? Doctor 
  10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? You been fucking up but I forgive you 
  11. What question have you never been asked, that you wish someone would ask you? Are you beast in the bed? Let me stop just kidding LOL. 

Anthony, thanks so much for spending time with us.  Can you let us know where to follow you, and where we can go to purchase your book?

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Finding Fiction Launch - Stray Ally by Troy Lambert

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It's launch day for the newest book by Troy Lambert, and you're invited to participate!  This incredible book is being released by Tirgearr Publishing, just after it's recent Anniversary event, on the 4th of March.  As ever, Troy's kept everyone abreast of the writing of this book on Facebook, and even had a mini-competition to name it.  Troy is a stalwart supporter of other writers and is well worth following. blurbblack
Stray Ally by Troy Lambert - 500 A strange accident on the freeway, accusations of murder, and an encounter in the Idaho wilderness all propel Todd Clarke into a new friendship with a dog named Sparky. But Sparky is no ordinary dog, and there is more going on than Clarke could have imagined. A military commander he investigated for Aryan activity and links to domestic terrorism is after him, and he’s not sure why until another chance encounter provides the answer. With Sparky and the help of his canine friends, will he be able to figure out the Colonel’s plan and stop him in time? All Clarke knows for sure is none of it would be possible without the help of his Stray Ally. Buy the book here, from the Tirgearr Publishing.  

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The skateboard collided with my windshield, and I braked with both feet, screeching forward. The body hit the glass next, spider-webbing it as the skater’s helmet-clad head struck the glass in the center of my vision. The rear view mirror separated from the window and hit the center of the seat with a thud as the car skidded to a stop.
Marsha is gonna be pissed, came the unbidden thought. We just replaced this windshield.
Where did he come from? Creedence still blared from the stereo speakers and I turned the ignition key to the rear. Silence descended, broken a moment later by distant sirens.
I lifted my hand and felt wetness on my forehead, cut by—something. Glass? Must have been.
I opened the door, dazed. Under the helmet, a young face offered a blank stare. Nothing but blackness in the eyes: no color. Not good.
“You okay, kid?” I felt stupid asking. Stupider for expecting a response. “What were you doing on the freeway?”
I heard distant voices. Looked up. Kids, on the overpass above. Did he fall?
They pointed. One slugged the other one. A scuffle brokeout and they ran. All of them.
The sirens came closer. Another car pulled up, tires squealing as it stopped, rocking on its springs.
“What happened? Is everyone okay?” the driver asked.
Struck dumb, I just pointed. The skateboard rested half on the roof, half on the shattered windshield. The skater lay below it, unmoving, his left foot against the hood ornament, the Mercedes star cocked sideways.
“Is he..?”
He didn’t finish, but rushed over, feeling for a pulse, checking for breath. All things I should have done, but couldn’t.
He shook his head, glanced over at me. “What was he doing here?”
I shrugged.
“Did you see him?”
Head wag, substituted for speech.
“Are you okay?”
Another head wag. I couldn’t articulate what was wrong.
“You’re bleeding.”
I managed a nod, and then my legs gave out. I dropped to the pavement and grimaced as my tailbone impacted the hard surface. I heard a whimper. It must have been me, because the other driver rushed over.
I stared ahead, seeing and not seeing the scene.
The sirens got closer, red and blue light illuminated Marsha’s car, the body, the skateboard, the chrome of her wheels, even making the brake lights appear to flash.

Help arrived, even though the boy was clearly beyond help. So was I, but no one knew it yet.


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Troy works as a freelance writer, researcher, and editor. He writes historical site characterization reports for those performing remediation on former resource extraction sites, software instruction and help guides, and edits the research of others as well. His true passion is writing dark, psychological thrillers. His work includes Broken Bones, a collection of his short stories, Redemption the first in the Samuel Elijah Johnson Series, Temptation the sequel to Redemption, along with the horror Satanarium, co-authored with Poppet, a brilliant author from South Africa and published by Wild Wolf Publishing. His next novel, Stray Ally, will be published March 4th by Tirgearr Publishing. The final in the Samuel Elijah Johnson Series, Confession will be published May 1st. Troy lives with his wife of twelve years, two of his five children and two very talented dogs. He is a skier, cyclist, hiker, fisherman, hunter, and a terrible beginning golfer.
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Friday, February 14, 2014

Finding Fiction Friday Book Blast! - Longclaws by Steve Peek


Banner Welcome to the Longclaws book blast.  This one of a kind horror novel by Steve Peek is an amazing journey into a different kind of horror story, with a new version of the mythology the reader might not expect. With an average of 4.7 stars out of 5, this is an amazing book that will take you places you don't expect.  Interested?  Read more! Blurb

Longclaws COVER Spearhead 02-12-14Their world is crowded with active volcanoes, sulfur and acid rains, permanent thick clouds turn day into deep twilight. It is a violent place: moment-to-moment survival is victory, every creature is constantly predator and prey, sleep is certain death. This is home to the longclaws, beings of super-human speed, strength and senses. Their predatory skills allow them only a tenuous niche in their hellish environment. Though smart and fierce, their rank in the food chain is far below the top. One clan leader draws from ancient legends of paradise and devises a plan to escape and take his clan to the otherworld - a world filled with slow, defenseless prey. The clan activates an Indian mound deep in southern forests and enters our world -hungry for prey. Torrential rains and washed out bridges force a runaway teen, an old dowser and a Cherokee healer to face the horrors of the clan's merciless onslaught. Mankind's legends are filled with vampires, werewolves, dragons and other nightmarish. Perhaps our legend of hell is based on the world of the Longclaws. meet-the-author

Steve PeekSteve has only recently seriously taken to writing. Though he wrote and managed to have a couple of books published during his life, something clicked a few years ago and now, for better or worse, he sits at his table researching and writing about things that interest him. His wife, Annie takes care of him. She keeps him eating too well and laughing often in their old farmhouse halfway up the Blue Ridge Mountains. Steve’s forty year career in the game industry allowed him to travel extensively and explore histories and myths of peoples and places. His books on Amazon include: Longclaws, Alien Agenda, Coyote Dreaming, Otherworld and The Game Inventors Handbook. In addition to writing, he works in a vegetable garden trying not to be herbicidal, walks in the woods with a rescued dog and gathers imaginary eggs from a few cut-out, wooden hens. e loves all things ancient and appreciates the magic of life and the interconnection of all things.  He would like to hear from you via jstephenpeek on facebook or send me a message via his contact form. excerpt
After Father came home from work, they piled into their family car: a six-year-old 1949 Oldsmobile Futuramic station wagon.  Painted hunter green, their car possessed real wood trim around the side windows. He and his brother sat on blankets in the back, where the third seat had been laid flat to create space for them and the two suitcases. Tom’s sisters—Amanda and Allison—occupied the backseat, with a picnic basket between them. The basket contained sandwiches and cookies, as well as two of their mother’s green-apple pies that she had made for the new widow in Alabama.  Tires in those days were real rubber and produced hypnotic, whining sounds as the car cruised along the highway, causing occasional dogs to give chase. Their father started the car and enumerated the road-trip rules for the Mason family, which applied only to the Mason kids: no horseplay, no loud talking, no teasing brothers or sisters.  They could play games, talk, or tell stories, but in low voices.  If they stopped, everyone would go to the bathroom, real bathroom available or not.  Their estimated time of arrival was 10:00 p.m.  The host family and their guests might all be asleep or ready for bed, so as soon as introductions concluded, the kids were to go to sleep wherever their host placed them. The Futuramic hummed through the moonless darkness.  Boredom settled in, and sleep overtook all the kids except Tom.  Tom clipped his Boy Scout flashlight to the neck of his T-shirt and reread the Superman annual comic book for the thirtieth time. Tom felt the car slow and then turn onto a dirt road packed hard by a summer of little rain.  The tires vibrated on short stretches of washboard ruts in the dirt road.  Tom sensed the edge of motion sickness, so he put away his comic and sat up to stare out the back window through an accumulating layer of reddish dust. His brother, Russ, slept at his side.  At fourteen—the oldest of the Mason kids—their parents expected Russ to become the surrogate father when adults were absent.  Tom never admitted it, but he idolized his brother.  Russ was as close to a hero as Tom could imagine.  Tom knew he could depend on Russ, no matter what. Amanda, two years Tom’s senior, was the more feminine of the two sisters.  Allison—one year older than her sister and the prettier of the two—preferred mud fights and tree climbing to dolls and frilly dresses.  She tried to mother Tom when he hurt himself or fell ill, but Tom would have none of it. Tom stared out the back window.  The taillights cast a scary, red glow behind the car as the tires kicked up dust, which twisted into horizontal dirt-devils streaming from the rear of the car.  Beyond the red glow of the taillights, the complete darkness frightened Tom a little. Tom's father and mother exchanged words.  His mom twisted her body and faced the backseats.  “Wake up kids.  We are going to be there in a few minutes.  Wake up and make yourselves presentable.” The sisters stirred, emerging from whatever dreams had been born of the bouncy car and the background rhythm of the eight-cylinder engine. Mother looked past the girls at him and said, “Tom, wake up your brother.  We are almost there.” Knowing they would be at their mysterious destination soon, Tom’s phobia of meeting new people—especially new kids—welled up, feeling like the anxiety of walking to school to face a waiting bully. Without taking his eyes off the illuminated portion of the road, their father said aloud, as if making an announcement over the school intercom, “I want you on your best behavior.  The folks here are good people.  They are our relatives.  If an adult asks you to do something, do it.” He cleared his throat and continued, “So mind your Ps and Qs.  Oh, and one more thing: last time I visited, they did not have a bathroom in the house; they have an outhouse.” He paused as if preparing to issue a warning or instruction, thought better, and simply said, “You’ll get used to it.  But until you do, no complaining.” Tom saw some lights up ahead: an island in the dark. When they turned right onto the track serving as the driveway to the old country house standing fifty yards from the road, Tom looked at the layout.  The front yard was not really a yard at all.  Once part of a forest, it had been cleared long ago, and now only a few huge pine trees were left, rising over beds of needles.  Tall grass grew here and there, but gave way to dirt paths where people had walked between the pines. Light came from every window.  An electrical wire stretched fifty feet from the top of the front porch to the biggest pine tree Tom had ever seen.  Six bare bulbs—affixed to the wire—dangled about seven feet above the ground. In one of the circles of light beneath the wire, folding chairs formed a perimeter.  The chairs were occupied by men of all ages.  In the center of the group, where a fire might be in fall, sat a large washtub filled with melted ice and bottles of Coca-Cola, RC, and Nehi soda pop.  The men stopped talking to study the Masons’ car. “Hello, stranger,” one of them called, walking toward their car.  Their father nearly leapt out of the car and grabbed the man’s extended hand, which quickly pulled them together for a hug. Russ and Tom climbed out the tailgate and stood alongside the car, watching as a group of twelve or fifteen men and kids approached from the string of light bulbs. The house looked as if it had never seen a coat of paint.  The gray planks warped and strained against the rusty nails, which bled dark-red streaks from years of rain.  The steep, tin roof was nearly invisible in the night sky.  Where the main metal roof ended, another began.  A shallow slope formed a roof for the porch, which ran across the front and left sides of the house. Underneath the porch roof, bare bulbs with dangling pull-strings cast a yellow glow on all the women sitting in rockers.  Conversation halted while they examined the new arrivals. “This is my cousin, Royce.”  Their father indicated the man he’d hugged. “Hello, Royce,” their mother replied with a smile, adding, “Children, say hello to your cousin Royce.” The man was tall and thin, but somehow seemed stronger than he looked. “Hello, ma’am,” he said, offering his hand to their mother.
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Friday, January 10, 2014

Finding Fiction Friday - Joe Heilman


Yes, I know I said a couple of weeks ago that Finding Fiction Friday was going to go on a few-month hiatus.  BUT ... when I found out last week that an old friend had just had his first book published, I absolutely had to share it and him here on the blog.  So this is a very special Friday for me as I introduce you to the incredibly creative mind of Joe Heilman ...

Joe Heilman was born and raised in Baltimore Maryland and is the Lead Storyteller at Poema Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. For over 20 years Joe has been telling crazy stories, writing and singing decent songs, and hanging out in shady bars and churches. Friar Tuck's Tales for The Common Outlaw is Joe's first collection of mischievous parables.

Joe, tell us about your journey with this book.  When did you first think about writing for publication and how did it all come about?

About 4 years ago I was having lunch with a good friend who asked me if I had a "bucket list." I replied that, for the most part, I felt like I had accomplished a lot already and didn't really keep an active list of "things left undone." But that conversation somehow rekindled thoughts I had entertained through the years of someday writing a book. (I just always assumed I would be in my sixties when I finally got around to it.)

I soon realized that I actually had a good start on one if I just began to take the stories that I had created for use as a public speaker and began massaging them into something readable.

I didn't really think about publishing it to a large audience until I had my manuscript read by some authors I respected who encouraged me to publish it in a more formal way.
                                                                                               
Tell us one thing about yourself that you think might surprise us.

Well, yes, I am a pastor and storyteller, but before those I am a rabid KISS fan. If I could preach every Sunday in kabuki makeup & demon boots, I would!

I'm also a very skilled backgammon player, and didn't appreciate the value of eating kale until in my forties!

Now let’s get to the book itself.  “Friar Tuck’s Tales for the Common Outlaw” is an anthology, correct?  What kind of stories will we find?

Yes, Friar Tuck is a collection of short stories. You're gonna find diverse tales ranging from all time periods and settings that, at the end of the day, hopefully point you in the same direction.

I know with everything you create, there is meaning behind it.  Feel like telling us the meaning for you, or is this something you want people to discover on their own?

The stories in the book I consider to be parables. So, yes, there's a deeper meaning to be mined. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What people discover for themselves I can't say nor would I hope to discourage.

But my hope is that by the end of the book people will see we are all a part of something much bigger and beautiful than what most of us have ever dared to dream.

Do you have another book rattling around in there?

As I read advice from bloggers and self-publishing gurus apparently the best marketing for your first book is to begin writing your second one. So, yes, I have a few ideas rattling around. My hope for the new year is not only to enjoy the process of seeing Friar Tuck find its way in the world, but beginning to get back to creating something fresh.

If there is one character you’ve written or are writing that you would really like people to meet, who would it be and why?

Spread amongst the short stories in the book is the over-story of Friar Tuck. He's the one supposedly telling these scandalous tales and bringing trouble on himself by doing so. He's who I sometimes fancy myself to be. I enjoy an "amphibious lifestyle" of playing music and hanging out in bars and clubs all week, and then preaching and worship leading on Sunday morning. Talking theology over a tall pint gives me a great thrill. To some these two worlds, religious and otherwise, don't really go together. For me they absolutely are one in the same. I thrive in both. There's a lot of church happening in a bar. I wish there was more bar in church sometimes. So Friar Tuck is who I aspire to be, I'd love to hang out with, and hope people get to meet as well.

What about being published and the book industry in general has most surprised you?

Hum, I honestly haven't been around it enough yet to say. However, one thing I have found is people's respect level seems to go up for you when you achieve getting your work "out there." Why it does I couldn't say. I think a lot of people have a dream of one day writing and publishing a book of their own but not many actually see it through for one reason or another. So I kinda get the sense from people who find out I've written a book that I just came up a level for them, which is a weird feeling.

I know another passion for you is music.  What does creating that do for you, and has that process translated to or influenced your writing?

I've been a songwriter much longer than I've been an author. One of the most important things a songwriter can strive for, in my opinion, is to achieve poetry and brevity at the same time. One of the earliest influences on me as a writer was the poet e.e. cummings. He really did an amazing job at making a point with as few words as possible. Bono says writers should be "masters of compression." So I tried to bring a songwriter’s way with words and poetry into my short stories. For example, one of my characters is a homeless person who is trudging down the street. He's tired, cold, and wet. Instead of just listing those qualities I say he's, "wet foot weary." Same meaning, less words, decent poetry… I guess.

To close the interview, I have ten questions for you.  Here they go!
  1. What is your favorite word? Soul
  2. What is your least favorite word? When my 12- year-old daughter rolls her eyes and says, "DAAAAAD!"
  3. What turns you on? A good audience
  4. What turns you off? Unexamined living
  5. What sound or noise do you love? A Gibson guitar through a Marshall stack
  6. What sound or noise do you hate? See answer #2
  7. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Hibachi chef
  8. What profession would you not like to do? Sales
  9. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Welcome to the party!
  10. What question have you never been asked, that you wish someone would ask you?  (and you can answer it if you want) What I hope Friar Tuck accomplishes? Answer: Dialogue. 

Joe, thanks so much for spending time with us.  Can you let us know where to follow you, and where we can go to purchase your book and music?


You can follow me at joeheilman.com, or on Facebook. You can hear me tell stories if you hit poemachurch.org. You can grab a copy of my book from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or from me if you happen to catch me playing music in your local watering hole!



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Friday, December 27, 2013

Finding Fiction Friday - Krystal Shannan


It's the final Finding Fiction Friday of 2013!  And today I'm very excited to have paranormal and contemporary romance author Krystal Shannan here with us ...

Romance author, Krystal Shannan, lives in Texas and is married to the love-of-her-life. They have a spunky young daughter who believes in fairies and keeps them both on their toes. Krystal professes to loving shoes, but avoids wearing them at all costs. She enjoys reading romance in all genres, but especially paranormal. Her favorite book is ACHERON by Sherrilyn Kenyon. But really, if it has a ‘Happily Ever After’, she’s on board!

Krystal, please tell us about your journey in writing.  What made you decide to try to be published?

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today! My journey in writing began as a child. I have always been a storyteller and till this day I have notebooks of stories I wrote as an elementary student all the way through middle and high school. I finished my first full length novel while I was in college, but decided it was just for practice and locked it away in a vault for my eyes only, lol. After I graduated, I got married and writing took a short hiatus as I adjusted to being a responsible adult with a full-time job. In 2012 the writing bug (which never really stopped biting) came forth again and I sold my first novella to a small e-press. A twist of fate gave me my rights back before it could be published and I self published it instead of trying to sell again. That was my ‘Ah Ha’ moment. I haven’t looked back since and now have 8 books in my catalog. Two sold to small press, and 6 self-published.    

Tell us one thing about yourself that you think might surprise us.

I was homeschooled J Never set a foot in a public school or any type of classroom until I started college. Then I go and become an elementary public school teacher… Go figure. LOL.

I want to touch on all of your books and series if I can.  Your first release was “Open House”, the first novella in the “Pool of Souls” series.  Tell us a bit about that series, and what it was like for you when you first hit that virtual “publish” button.

The series is based around two Greek gods, Aphrodite and Ares. Aphrodite is the ultimate matchmaker, connected on a physical level with each and every human soul. Her very existence is to match the immortal souls of humans to their soul mates, no matter how many reincarnations it takes.

Hitting that publish button was nerve wracking for sure. I knew the concept was pretty good. I’d sold it once already. So I was pretty confident that I had a good idea and my writing was up to par. Interestingly enough, though both Pool of Souls books get fabulous reviews, they sell very few copies per month. I think the ‘gods and goddesses’ readers market is tough to break into. I’ve seen a slight rise in sales from adding other books to my catalog, but nothing truly significant.

“Finding Hope”, the second book of the series, was not only your first full-length novel, but also your first paperback publication.  How was that experience different for you?

The biggest difference for me was being able to hold the book in my hand. It was ‘real’ on a different level than just the ebook. I have copies on my shelf next to my desk and it’s tangible proof of my effort.











In between, you hooked up with Decadent Publishing for “A Very Russian Christmas” and later with “Just Right”, a pair of more contemporary, non-paranormal stories.  Was there a big difference for you, first, in writing without the paranormal aspect, and second, in working with a publisher versus self-publishing?

It was very different. I struggle to write stories where characters don’t pop up with supernatural capabilities. Those two stories were just sort of happened…I’m not sure where they came from. I loved both AVRC and JR, and absolutely enjoyed working with Decadent’s editors and staff. They were friendly and helpful and I learned a TON, which helped me on my next self-published projects. I would definitely write for them again, but I would
not want to limit myself to publishing with small presses. I like the freedom and control I have with self-publishing more.

The “Vegas Mates” series came next.  This is your shifter series.  What drew you to write about shifters?

I read shifter books constantly and love that paranormal world. The animalistic instincts mixed with magick. It was a natural world for my mind to create and thrive in.








Your most recent release, earlier this month, was “Trevor”, another more contemporary romance novella and by all appearances the first of a new series.  Tell us a bit about this story.

Trevor is one of four siblings. Caiden, Harvey, and Lizzy will all be getting their story soon. Like most of my stories, the character, Trevor, just popped into my head one day and started stomping around until I agreed to write it all down. As a reader, I like reading about an entire family, so it was natural for me to build a series feel for the four siblings. Caiden told me his story last week and his book will be next. Harvey and Lizzy are still holding out on me, but they will come soon. Caiden will make sure of it J

It was a stretch for me to create outside a paranormal world, but I truly believe in stretching my boundaries as an artist. Also from a business standpoint, I don’t want my readers to be surprised when I hop genres. I do believe that 70% of my writing will continue to be paranormal, but I like having the option of switching it up and I want my fans to expect that from me.

What do you have coming up next?  Contemporary, paranormal, or a little bit of both?

Like I said above, I will finish the MacLaughlin novellas quickly. The next Vegas Mates book is on the docket and the start of new paranormal series set in a small town in Texas. I’m super excited about it. There will be dragons, vampires, and a slew of other paranormal creatures that you might have never even heard about! Me and mythology are besties.

What about being published and the book industry in general has most surprised you?

How friendly authors and bloggers are. It’s a world I’d never ventured into before and I LOVE it. I wish I’d gotten into blogging years ago, maybe I would have published sooner, too.

Now, somehow, you find time to write despite also being a school teacher.  How do you keep that balance?

I don’t sleep much…no, seriously. I probably get on average about 5 hours of sleep a night. I drink copious amounts of caffeine and keep on truck’n. My husband is a rock star and entertains our munchkin on the weekends for several multi hour sessions so I can work in the quiet of my office without the ‘momma look at this, momma I need, momma, momma, momma!’ LOL. I get a lot of writing on the weekends and I’m lucky to be a music teacher and I have NO take home work. So no grading papers for hours like my poor friends when they get home. So I get a lot of work done in the evenings after my daughter is in bed. I try never to disappear into the office on weeknights until the little one is safely snoring and won’t miss me.

To close the interview, I have ten questions for you, plus one.  Here they go!
  1. What is your favorite word? Seriously!
  2. What is your least favorite word? Why…
  3. What turns you on? A beautifully sculpted male torso J
  4. What turns you off? Hairy bodies. I’m a smooth skin kinda gal.
  5. What sound or noise do you love? My daughter laughing.
  6. What sound or noise do you hate? Snoring!
  7. What is your favorite curse word? Shit.
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Counselor.
  9. What profession would you not like to do? Anything pertaining to the medical field.
  10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “It’s so good to have you here!”
  11. What question have you never been asked, that you wish someone would ask you? Can’t think of one…

Krystal, thanks so much for spending time with us.  Can you let us know where to follow you, and where we can go to purchase your work?

Thank you so much for having me!!!

Krystal Shannan
Putting Magick in Romance one Soul Mate at a Time.
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Rudy and Trish are the main characters in Patricia and my published short stories in the "Evernight: Romance in a World of Darkness" anthologies.  You can get to know them as well as get 23 other great stories!  Here's where you can find them:

Evernight Volume 1:   Amazon       XoXo          ARe

Evernight Volume 2:   Amazon       XoXo          ARe





















Finding Fiction Friday will be going on a bit of a hiatus as my writing partners and I need to focus on getting on our novels edited and submitted.  But, we plan to be back this Spring with more new writers and artists for you to get to know.  In the meantime, stay tuned here for news as our own dream nears fruition.  Cheers, and Happy New Year!!!!!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Finding Fiction Friday - A. J. Brown


It's the penultimate Finding Fiction Friday of 2013, and today we bring you a new writer to the scene!  A. J. Brown is putting the finishing touches on her first novel, but she has taken time out of her schedule to be here with us and tell us about it.  First a bit about her, from her ...

Hi. My name is AJ Brown and I’m a new writer. I started writing when I was a little kid but it wasn’t till I had kids of my own I took it seriously. Unspoken Dream is my debut book and although it is not out yet I believe it has potential. As far as my bio there’s not much to tell yet. I am a stay at home mother of five wonderful children and I share a five acre lot with my husband where we take care of our horses and dogs. If I’m not writing I’m working around our ranch or riding my paint mare Peanut.

AJ, please tell us about your journey in writing.  What made you decide to try to be published?
                                                                                          
I would have to say the person who inspired me to get Unspoken Dream published was my daughter. She has been reading over my shoulder since I started to write Unspoken Dream and I figured if she liked it maybe other people would too.

Tell us one thing about yourself that you think might surprise us.

When I was little I thought I was going to be a singer…LOL..good thing that didn’t happen.

Do you remember what it was like, the feeling you had when you learned your book “Unspoken Dream” was out there in the world?  Tell us about that book and the experience.

Although it’s back in editing when it first got out there I felt a feeling of accomplishment. At first it felt surreal, like I was the one with the “Unspoken Dream” coming true. Because in all honesty it has always been a dream of mine to be a writer. And not just any writer but a published writer.

What do you have coming up next?

I’m writing a Saga. It’s going to be called “The McGregor Saga”. It’s about an old fashioned family that runs a horse ranch. The story line is based on the four brother’s: Jason, Jesse, James, and Jude and how they find their true loves.

If there is one character you’ve written or are writing that you would really like people to meet, who would it be and why?

Samantha Sharp. The main character of “Unspoken Dream”. The reason why I would want people to meet her is because she’s a fighter. She has to be, with the challenges she faces everyday with her son who has Asperger’s. She shows parents that having a child with special needs isn’t a bad thing. But a blessing because they have their own way of thinking.

How did you approach writing a character with Asperger's?

My son Rhett has that type of autism.  My character Jaime came from inspiration from him.

It sounds to me like there is a bit of you in Samantha's character as well.

I actually wrote Samantha's feelings about raising a son with Autism from experience. It's a ride I'd never trade in the world.  Although the love story is completely fictional the bond and love between mother and son is very real.

What other ideas do you have bouncing around in your head?

Well although I am only on book one of “The McGregor Saga”, ideas come to mind for all the stories. Like Jesse and who he finds to love and his choice to either follow his heart or do what his friends tell him to do. But right now I’m trying to focus on Jason and Haley’s story. In “A Cowboy’s Duty”. Where a cowboy has to figure what is more important love or duty.

What about being published and the book industry in general has most surprised you?

The whole experience and how sweet everyone is. Authors, Editors, Publishers…It’s like we are big family that help each other out. It’s really a nice feeling to know that if I get a block in my head I could go to a fellow author and they’d help me out.

To close the interview, I have ten questions for you, plus one.  Here they go!
  1. What is your favorite word? Love
  2. What is your least favorite word? dumb
  3. What turns you on? Seeing people being nice to a stranger
  4. What turns you off? Seeing some kid making fun of another kid just because they are different.
  5. What sound or noise do you love? The sound of wind chimes and the birds in the spring.
  6. What sound or noise do you hate? Nails scraping on a black board.
  7. What is your favorite curse word? I really don’t have one.
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? An activist for kids with autism.
  9. What profession would you not like to do? I don’t know, never really thought about it.
  10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? I’m proud of what you did down there.
  11. What question have you never been asked, that you wish someone would ask you? How did you turn a diagnosis of your son’s autism into a positive thing?

AJ, thanks so much for spending time with us.  Can you let us know where to follow you, so when it is ready we can purchase your work?



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Rudy and Trish are the main characters in Patricia and my published short stories in the "Evernight: Romance in a World of Darkness" anthologies.  You can get to know them as well as get 23 other great stories!  Here's where you can find them:

Evernight Volume 1:   Amazon       XoXo          ARe

Evernight Volume 2:   Amazon       XoXo          ARe


Friday, December 13, 2013

Finding Fiction Friday - Hunter Jones


My goodness, the holidays are fast approaching!!  Thank you for taking time out of this busy season to come visit with this week's guest, author Hunter Jones.  Hunter is in the midst of a collaborative romance series - but I'll let her tell you all about that.  First, a brief self-introduction ... 

The art form I create when writing is much more interesting than anything you will ever know or learn about me. However, since you ask, I have lived in Tennessee and Georgia my entire life, except for one “lost summer” spent in Los Angeles. I was always a complex kid. My first published stories were for a local underground rock publication in Nashville. Since then, I have published articles on music, fashion, art, travel and history.

Hunter, please tell us about your journey in writing.  What made you decide to try to be published?

Oh, I’ve always written something, as far back as I can remember. Most of my published works have been articles on bands or music events, an occasional travel or art column for a newspaper or magazine—that type of writing. Then, a year and a half ago, I ruptured my Achilles tendon. In a split second my entire life changed. The injury led to two painful surgeries. I was bedridden until six months ago. During that process, I decided to try self-publishing. The writing gave me a creative outlet, it still does. The title of my blog, Exile on Peachtree Street, came from a conversation with a friend who asked me what it was like to be a recluse in Midtown Atlanta.

I was fortunate enough to meet Dean Walker of ExpatsPost.com via social media networking. He and MZ, the organizers of Expats Post, have given me a music/entertainment blog which has enabled me to meet, virtually, some of the top rising stars of music and theatre.

My debut novella was written during this phase. It was going to be a short story, became a 40,000 word novel, which I slashed to a 16,000 word novella two days before it was published. So, there you have it. I became a self-published indie writer to keep from being bored and depressed.

Tell us one thing about yourself that you think might surprise us.

I can read upside down.

Do you remember what it was like, the feeling you had when you learned your first book “Fables of the Reconstruction” was out there in the world?  Tell us about that book and the experience.

Well, Fables was not what I expected my first book to be, that’s for sure! It was initially written as a short story for an anthology. My concept was rejected, which was okay because The Story wanted to be told at that point. So the research began for the rest of the book.

I love the entire book process—how the characters “find” you, the creative aspect is my favorite. I hate edits, but they have to be done, don’t they? Choosing a cover is also great fun. That’s my visual guide for the entire story—whatever book it is. When Fables launched, I had no idea what to expect. It was all very surreal. When people bought it, I was absolutely amazed that in such a golden age of publishing, people actually wanted to read something I created. I’m so thankful for that—as thankful then as I am now.

Your latest release is “September Ends”, can you tell us a bit about it?

October 2013 sees the launch of a novel collaboration, SEPTEMBER ENDS, a contemporary romance with erotic and supernatural elements bound by poetry. This novel is written in collaboration with an anonymous English poet. It reveals the intricate web of passion and desire which entangles Liz Snow, Pete Hendrix and Jack O. Savage. The story is told through Liz Snow’s diary, Jack O. Savage’s poetry, and from letters sent across the Atlantic. Traveling throughout the lushness of a summertime in Tennessee and Georgia, September Ends journeys into the elegance of London’s West End and is finally settled in the countryside of Cornwall, England, a decade later. September Ends is a story of sin, redemption and salvation through love because love happens when we least expect it.

“September Ends” is your first foray into publishing a book for print.  How was that experience?

Thank you for asking. The paperback journey is much more detailed than I ever expected.

What do you have coming up next?

In January or February, the anonymous poet and I will reconnect to start working on the next September Story, Book 2 in the September Ends saga. In the meantime, I am attempting to write a Happily Ever After short story, which is a real stretch for me. Maybe I’ll publish something bizarre and Fablesque.  

If there is one character you’ve written or are writing that you would really like people to meet, who would it be and why?

Pierre von Minzle is just crazy and I love him! Jack O. Savage is such a beautiful character, too. The Fairy Godmother in my Happily Ever After is really unexpected, so stay tuned.



What other ideas do you have bouncing around in your head?

Are you sure you want me to answer this?

What about being published and the book industry in general has most surprised you?

The one thing you cannot overlook is the outpouring of support from other writers, authors, cover designers, editors, and bloggers. It is the most amazing part of this journey.

It’s obvious from your blog that you are a huge music fan.  Do you have some favorites to listen to while you are writing?

Great question Aaron. All the wires get crossed when I listen to music when writing. The listening has to come before or after the writing process.

To close the interview, I have ten questions for you, plus one.  Here they go!
  1. What is your favorite word?  Love
  2. What is your least favorite word?  Hate
  3. What turns you on? Music, good food, great red wine, Spain. Tall men with dark hair.  
  4. What turns you off? Negativity
  5. What sound or noise do you love? Chimes, running water, Tennessee rain, acoustic guitar.
  6. What sound or noise do you hate? The sound of a Life Force helicopter.
  7. What is your favorite curse word? Hmmm. I’m not really into colorful language so generally a well-emphasized damn or hell gets the needed reaction.
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? One that makes money!
  9. What profession would you not like to do? I could never be a nurse. They have to have a special place in Heaven. 
  10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? The party has already started...
  11. What question have you never been asked, that you wish someone would ask you?  Will you take $5 million for the screen rights?

Hunter, thanks so much for spending time with us.  Can you let us know where to follow you, and where we can go to purchase your work?



September Ends:



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Patricia, Dawn, and I can also be followed here:    Facebook              Twitter

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Rudy and Trish are the main characters in Patricia and my published short stories in the "Evernight: Romance in a World of Darkness" anthologies.  You can get to know them as well as get 23 other great stories!  Here's where you can find them:

Evernight Volume 1:   Amazon       XoXo          ARe

Evernight Volume 2:   Amazon       XoXo          ARe