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Today I’d like to introduce Elena Kincaid

Tell me about yourself. What inspired you to write?

I actually cannot recall what inspired me because I basically started writing as soon as I learned to write. And I would tell stories before that. I had a super active imagination as a child and would get lost in stories I read, or watched on TV and definitely the ones in my head.

Describe your desk / writing space.

An organized mess! I have sticky notes everywhere. I have so many journals. I lost count. And yes, I am that person that thinks that most of them are just too pretty to write in, but yet I can’t stop buying more.

Do you have a writing routine or do you write when inspired?

I have to be inspired. I am very much a plotter, so I’ll be jotting things down constantly, sometimes in the middle of doing something, sometimes even when I am trying to sleep, but when it comes to actually writing, I have to be in the headspace for it. I do have times set aside to write, but if it’s not coming, I can’t force it.

What was the hardest scene for you to write? Which scene was your favorite to write?

The hardest one to write for Dragon impact, I don’t want to give too much away, but it was toward the end. It was an action scene with a lot of characters involved. Those are the hardest to write in general. I saw the scene in my head so clearly; there’s something major that happens and the characters are reacting to it and you just have to keep track of everyone’s position and write it in such a way where the readers can see what you see in your head. My favorite scene to write was probably the very first scene. Again, I saw it clearly in my head and the words just absolutely flowed, but I particularly enjoyed it because of the context. At that point, the plane is about to crash, we have no idea there is such a thing as dragons, so the hilarity of the calm discussion from the dragon shifters as seen through my heroine Georgia’s eyes was comical in a tense situation.

What are you working on next?

I am currently working on another anthology. I am going to be signing at Tempted and Tantalizing in Staten Island on October 15, 2022. Readers can get more info here, including tickets: https://linktr.ee/TNTNYC Every year, this event puts out two exclusive collaborative anthologies, which are only available for purchase through a pre-order and at the event. Each individual story though will be available for purchase in e-book and paperback format. This year, we have Locked Up/Lawyered Up. I’ll be writing for Lawyered Up and I’ll be posting more details about this soon. What I can say, is that this story takes place in the same world as my Down In Flames story, which was in last year’s Pinched anthology.

What inspired your book/series?

Dragon Impact was actually part of the Fate’s Call anthology. All the proceeds went to a lovely fellow author, Ava Campbell. Her family had been in a very bad car accident. The element that tied the stories in the anthology together was a wedding that took place fairly quickly in honor of Ava’s sweet story with her husband. They got married less than two weeks after meeting and have been together for many years.

Who is your favorite character from your book and would you get along?

Well… Angel is a super-hot, protective, dragon shifter. I think we’d get along very well. Maybe he could help me get over my fear of heights.

If you could live anywhere, in this world or fantasy, where would you live?

I would definitely pick a fantasy world. I’d love to live in the Harry Potter Universe, go to Hogwarts, and do some shopping in Diagon Alley. Would also be nice to wave a wand and have the house clean itself.

How do you come up with the title to your books?

Sometimes it just pops into my head, other times I just brainstorm using key elements of the book I’m working on. If it’s a series, I may come up with the titles for all the books at once. I actually need to know the title before writing or it will block me from writing. I may end up changing the title later, but I need a working title, otherwise my brain will be stuck on it.

What authors or books have influenced your writing?

Probably all of the ones I’ve read and loved have influenced me in some way. There are those types of books just stay with you long after you’ve read them, forever even.

What is your favorite meal?

I love Thanksgiving dinner. I look forward to that every year. It’s the only time I ever really eat Turkey other than in cold-cut form. Add the cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and then dessert—so much dessert.

Coffee or tea? Wine or beer?

Definitely Coffee. I can’t promise to be pleasant without it. Wine, preferable sweet, or semi-sweet. I recently had a wine slushy for the first time…YUM!

Describe yourself in three words.

Introverted, Kind, Nerdy.

About the Author

Elena Kincaid is an award-winning and Amazon best-selling author. She writes Paranormal and Contemporary Romances with alpha males who stop at nothing to protect their women, heroines who are anything but damsels in distress, and stories where the only love worth fighting for is the forever kind of love.
She was born in Ukraine and raised in New York, where she currently lives with her daughter. Her desk is constantly cluttered with journals, sticky notes, and torn-out pieces of paper full of ideas. When not working, Elena loves to spend time with her family, travel the globe, curl up with a good book, and catch up on her soaps.

Blog: http://elenakincaid.blogspot.com/

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Brace for Impact…

As a flight attendant, Georgia was prepared for emergency situations. What she wasn’t prepared for was to be thrown out of an aircraft … without a parachute … or for a mythical being to be the one to save her life.

After years of restless searching, Angel knew that Georgia was his mate the moment he laid eyes on her. Determined to make her his, he accepts a ride on a flight she’s working on. Too bad his plans to take things slow with Georgia are ruined by someone who wants her dead.

Georgia would fight to the death for what fate has given her. Angel would stop at nothing to protect what’s his. Their connection was undeniably strong, but will an ancient custom and an evil plot to destroy Georgia threaten Angel’s very existence?

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Today I’d like to introduce Jennifer Allis Provost

Tell me about yourself. What inspired you to write?

I’ve always told stories, with varying degrees of success. For instance, there was an old maple tree behind my childhood home, and I decided that the dark pattern on the bark was a woman trapped inside. I told my younger cousin all about the trapped woman, then she proceeded to have nightmares about the mean tree lady, and somehow we both got grounded.

I started writing down my stories in the fifth or sixth grade, and they really coalesced into real stories with a beginning, middle, and end, by the eighth grade. And no, I haven’t told any of them to my cousin.

Describe your desk / writing space.

I have an office/craft room, and that’s where I do all my writing. I redecorated the room last year, and went from a dark, dreary space to turquoise walls and more hanging plants than any one room needs. It’s a tropical paradise in the heart of New England, and I love it.

Do you have a writing routine or do you write when inspired?

Both! I try to write at least 1,000 words per day. That way, I’m always making progress on something. Some days, I get my words in and move on to admin or marketing tasks, but when the writing bug bites I can do a few thousand words in a day.

What was the hardest scene for you to write? Which scene was your favorite to write?

In Elphame’s Queen, then end was the hardest part to write. It had to be a good, satisfying conclusion, and it took me forever to get the proper beat down. My favorite scene was a certain character’s conversation with Persephone while navigating the underworld.

What are you working on next?

My next series, Poison Garden, follows private detective Eliza “Eli” Moore. She’s the scion of family of powerful seers, but she just wants to live a normal life. The problem is, the supernatural world won’t leave her alone. The first book, Oleander, releases in June.

Coffee or tea? Wine or beer?

I drink coffee in the morning, tea after dinner, and sometimes I get wicked crazy and have a lemon seltzer.

What inspired your book/series?

The Winter’s Queen Trilogy is a follow up to the Gallowglass series. At the end of the last series, Anya’s mother, the Cailleach Bheur (Celtic Queen of Winter) is exiled. Now Anya must take on the mantle of Winter’s Queen, and we had to see what would happen during her first year.

Who is your favorite character from your book and would you get along?

My favorite character is Karina, who is an American geologist living in Scotland. Since I have a degree in environmental science and have studied geology, I think we would get along rather well.

If you could live anywhere, in this world or fantasy, where would you live?

Someplace warm, and probably in this world. While I do love my fantasy realms, I also love indoor plumbing and central heat.

How do you come up with the title to your books?

Badly, with much hair pulling and gnashing of teeth. Luckily I have an awesome writers group who are always there to help me, and talk me off the ledge.

What authors or books have influenced your writing?

Where to begin! My first and strongest influence would be Elfquest, a comic series by Wendy and Richard Pini. I’ve also been influenced by Robin McKinley, Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Neil Gaiman, and Nalini Singh.

What is your favorite meal?

Pizza!

Describe yourself in three words.

I asked my husband for help on this one: creative, thoughtful, determined. I think I’ll keep those three.

About The Author

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.

The fate of Elphame hangs in the balance. Anya, the Queen of Winter, is the only one who can save it.

Anya’s problems are stacking up, with each one worse than the last:
The Bodach is missing, Crom Cruach has taken over Elphame, and the Seelie Queen—one of the few who had a chance of defeating Crom—is dead.
Then tragedy strikes again, and Anya’s parents are taken from her, too.
And Chris, her partner in all things, ends up in the underworld. Oops.
Cut off from her most powerful allies, Anya must call upon friends old and new to defeat Crom and restore Elphame to its former glory.

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Today I’d like to introduce C.D. Gorri

Tell me about yourself. What inspired you to write?

As a child, I always had my head in a book. Writing is the only thing I have ever wanted to do, aside from having a family. After my children were born and in school, I decided to pursue this life long dream and I’ve just never wanted to do anything else.

Describe your desk / writing space.

I have a small desk in my bedroom, but I take my laptop everywhere. So basically, I write anywhere I have space in my little cozy house.

Do you have a writing routine or do you write when inspired?

I write every day whether that is routine or inspired I suppose is up for debate. A little bit of both. Writing is my career. It is my job and calling. I have great respect for the written word, but as with any job or craft it requires constant tending. Writing every single day is a necessity for me.

What was the hardest scene for you to write? Which scene was your favorite to write?

Every new book I write is my favorite at that moment. I think dialogue scenes can be difficult as well as fight scenes, but as long as they don’t feel forced I am good. Picking a favorite is like picking a favorite kid! LOL. I do like this scene in Polar Outbreak where my heroine tells the hero at a rather intimate time that if he breaks her favorite jeans in his haste to take them off, that would be a deal breaker. You know how it is with your favorite jeans…just sayin’. 😉

What are you working on next?

I am currently working on my story Water Witch that is featured in Midnight Magic. This limited time anthology is a list aiming set and what that means is several indie authors and I are putting out a one of  a kind, special edition anthology of like genre BRAND NEW tales on multiple platforms for only #99cents with the goal of hitting a bestselling list. 

Being an indie author is tough, and we are only small fish in a very big sea. The more we are seen and heard, the better it is for us all. Then we can hopefully reach more readers and continue to write the books our audience wants.

What authors or books have influenced your writing?

I am an avid reader. I love so many different genres and subgenres from thriller and suspense to horror, contemporary romance to historical and cowboy, fantasy and paranormal, young adult, dystopian, scifi. I read everything. My favorites range from classics to indies, folks like Tolkein, Shakespeare, George RR Martin, JR Rain, Stephen King, JK Rowling, JR Ward, Eve Langlais, Celia Kyle, P. Mattern and so many more.

Coffee or tea? Wine or beer?

Both. Coffee in the morning, iced tea in the afternoon, beer with a burger or pizza, wine with seafood or pasta.

What inspired your book/series?

I have over 100 books in publication today. Most of my series are spin offs of each other, where a minor character introduced in one series got stuck in my brain until I realized he or she needed their own series, and so on and so forth- lol. Mainly, I like to write fast-paced episodic paranormal stories, mostly romance, that people who are busy and don’t have a lot of time can read quickly and still feel satisfied that they got a complete tale in a few sittings.

Who is your favorite character from your book and would you get along?

I always come back to my very first book and heroine, Maria Graziana Kelly aka Grazi Kelly. She is the first character I ever wrote and published and the namesake for my Grazi Kelly Universe. Without her, there are no books. She made the rules and the setting possible. I think we get along famously.

If you could live anywhere, in this world or fantasy, where would you live?

Hard choice, I very much like my life and I suppose if I thought about it I already live in a fantasy world most of the time, don’t I?

How do you come up with the title to your books?

My process may be a little backwards cause I also do about 95% of my cover art. I find creating covers inspires me to write the story, and of course, that means I need a title first as well. A lot of the time a story idea has been floating around my head for months or even years before I ever create the cover and title, then pen the words. The title just has to feel right to me.

What is your favorite meal?

Ooooh, hard one. I’m a bit of a foodie. I love to cook and to eat, it is part of why I love writing virile shifters with large appetites for life. Currently, I am on a bit of a Northern Chinese kick. There is this little hand pulled noodle place that I just adore near our home.

Describe yourself in three words.

Honest, hardworking, and motivated.

About The Author

Author Bio:

C.D. Gorri is a USA Today Bestselling author of steamy paranormal romance and urban fantasy. She is the creator of the Grazi Kelly Universe.

Join her mailing list here: https://www.cdgorri.com/newsletter

An avid reader with a profound love for books and literature, when she is not writing or taking care of her family, she can usually be found with a book or tablet in hand. C.D. lives in her home state of New Jersey where many of her characters or stories are based. Her tales are fast paced yet detailed with satisfying conclusions.

If you enjoy powerful heroines and loyal heroes who face relatable problems in supernatural settings, journey into the Grazi Kelly Universe today. You will find sassy, curvy heroines and sexy, love-driven heroes who find their HEAs between the pages. Werewolves, Bears, Dragons, Tigers, Witches, Romani, Lynxes, Foxes, Thunderbirds, Vampires, and many more Shifters and supernatural creatures dwell within her worlds. The most important thing is every mate in this universe is fated, loyal, and true lovers always get their happily-ever-afters.

Want to know how it all began? Enter the Grazi Kelly Universe with Wolf Moon: A Grazi Kelly Novel or pick up Charley’s Christmas Wolf and dive into the Macconwood Pack Novel Series today.

For a complete list of C.D. Gorri’s books visit her website here:

Thank you and happy reading!

del mare alla stella,

C.D. Gorri

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Valentines Birthday Anniversary Spectacular!

Not only was it Valentines Day this week, but it also happens to be my anniversary and my birthday! 🥳

However, if you ask me how old I’m turning, the answer is going to be the same as last year, 25 for life!

And because I feel like celebrating…

DNA Demons N Angels is going to be free today Thursday Feb. 17th, Friday Feb 18th, and Saturday Feb. 19th!

That gives you three days to get your copy of DNA Demons N Angels!

How kind of you to wonder what to get me for my birthday. 

It’s really sweet!

Well, to tell you the truth, what I really want is more followers. 

I would love to reach:

1,000 Followers on Bookbub

500 Followers & Likes on Facebook

300 Followers on Twitter

300 Followers on Instagram

Which brings me to the contest I’m running this month…

Click on Birthday Wish and enter to win an Amazon Gift Card!

Birthday Wish!

 All you have to do is follow and like me on social media in order to enter the contest. That’s it. Real simple. You get a chance to win an Amazon gift car while making my birthday wish come true.

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Today I’d like to introduce the author of Wedding of The Torn Rose, Brian Mendonca

Tell me about yourself. What inspired you to write?

Symphony of Crowns and Gods (as a series) started as a video game that I was programming on my computer. Programming an RPG (role-playing-game) takes a lot of time and effort, especially as a solo developer, and my ideas were growing faster than I could create the game. Long story short, ~500 hours later, I decided novelization was the next best route to take since it would probably take me half a century to create the game I had originally imagined. The scale of all the characters, locations, and storylines in my head would need a dedicated and experienced team to develop and, by shifting to book format, I felt as though more people could experience the essence of the SoCG universe.

Describe your desk / writing space.

I keep a neat desk—Otherwise, random, useless clutter tends to subtly stress me out.

Do you have a writing routine or do you write when inspired?

I don’t have a specific writing routine, but I visit something related to my books every day. Consistency is key, no matter what I’m working on, whether it be creating marketing ads, collaborating with other authors, designing graphics, or writing. Projects themselves comes with different seasons—depending on where I’m at with each, I spend my time outlining, writing, or self-developmental editing.

What was the hardest scene for you to write? Which scene was your favorite to write?

Any scene involving a main character death is always tough, because I know that character could have had potential to do something more. Still, if situations in the series calls for it, nobody has “plot armor” or is invulnerable from death.

What are you working on next?

My “ideas notebook” for the Symphony of Crowns and Gods series still has a lot of content. I can’t say definitively how many volumes it will go, but there’s enough for at least five books so far without anything running dry or feeling bare.

What inspired your book/series?

I grew up a huge Star Wars fan, but I felt there was more (creatively) I could do within the sword and sorcery realms. That said, I wouldn’t rule futuristic type stories out in the future.

What authors or books have influenced your writing?

E.E. Holmes, author of World of the Gateway is one I can name off the top of my head. J.K. Rowling is perhaps the most well-known. Carissa Andrews is another one that I’ve drawn inspiration from, and Tracy Lawson’s Resistance Series, is perhaps the biggest influence theme-wise.

If you could live anywhere, in this world or fantasy, where would you live?

What’s the monthly rent to live in a Hobbit-hole?

How do you come up with the title to your books?

I aim to capture a central idea or theme relevant to that particular book in the series.

What is your favorite meal?

It really depends on my mood, but I would never turn down Taiwanese style beef noodle soup or Vietnamese Pho.

Coffee or tea? Wine or beer?

Coffee is my lifeblood, but I enjoy tea more so when I want to relax. If I feel I’ve had enough caffeine for the day, then I break out the wine.

About The Author

Brian Mendonça is a writer, reader, and tech geek at heart. He’s always looking for new ways to get better at his craft, and he has traveled the world to see how the world is a melting pot of stories and cultures around us. He feels most at home when sitting in front of his computer, with a cup of coffee, and writing stories. When he’s not writing, he’ll be relaxing at home with his video games or watching re-runs of Friends or the Big Bang Theory. He often takes long walks outside while listening to podcasts. Brian is laid back, easy-going, and he loves helping people out. Brian is a native resident of the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Saving the princess was only the start of events that would change his life forever…

Kaine was down on his luck. The former merchant struggled with losing his job and now must make ends meet. Too bad he doesn’t know how. Frustrated, he sets off into the nearby forest to gather mushrooms. The woman’s screams were the last thing he expected. Kaine must act quickly to rescue the young woman before a monster that should not exist kills her.

His life only gets crazier from there. Kaine returns with Lydia, the daughter of the king, to her father’s castle where he unexpectedly finds himself in the king’s good graces. Confused and leery, Kaine reluctantly agrees to remain and help with Lydia’s younger siblings. Life could not have thrown him more.

Kaine is plunged into a world of magical intrigue, unrest, and political maneuvering. Each new event leaves him feeling out of place and, worse, dangerously exposed to a growing threat. The Darian Kingdom stands at the crossroads. Lydia’s upcoming wedding to the prince of the Throatian Kingdom will soon become the defining moment in Kaine’s life.

With the threat of war looming on the horizon, it is going to take every ounce of guile, cunning, and willpower for Kaine to survive, and, if he is fortunate, prevent the fast approaching storm from burning his world to the ground.

Wedding of the Torn Rose is a fast-paced fantasy adventure with mystery, action, and magic. Journey with Kaine as he attempts to prevent a war and save a kingdom in the first volume of the Symphony of Crowns and Gods series.

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Today, I’d like to introduce the author of Wind Wielder, TC Marti

Tell me about yourself. What inspired you to write?

I’m a proud West Virginian and a die-hard fan of Arizona sports. Both of which I make references to in some of my books. Writing became a good way for me to escape into other worlds and pass the time. Where I live, there isn’t much to do other than to workout and go hiking, unless you’re willing to venture 45 minutes east into Pittsburgh. And since I’m a homebody, writing became a way to both relax and to be productive.

Describe your desk / writing space.

I actually write from a recliner chair, with my left elbow always resting on the chair arm – This is important because it tends to ache if I don’t keep it planted. Beside me is an end table, consisting of a Kindle in case I need to take a break and look for some inspiration, a copy of Blackpink: The Unofficial Biography, and a Ravenclaw House-inspired shaker bottle full of my favorite caffeinated beverages.

Do you have a writing routine or do you write when inspired?

Definitely a writing routine. I’m a creature of habit, so every morning, seven days a week, no days off, I like to edit what I had written the day before then, write 2,000 words before I kick off the day’s activities. I also freelance write for a living, so between assignments, I’ll engage in more creative writing and edits throughout the day. 

What was the hardest scene for you to write? Which scene was your favorite to write?

In Wind Wielder, there are two chapters that comprise entire scenes and I knew they would make or break the plot not just in it, but for the entire series. I couldn’t tell you how many revisions I made just to ensure there were no plot errors for both the book and subsequent books affected by those chapters. My favorite scenes were the thrashball scenes, which served as Wind Wielder’s subplot. The sport walked into my mind back when I was in high school during the late-2000s and it’s a mixture between American football, rugby, and Australian football, to name a few.

What are you working on next?

I actually have at least two more series set in the same universe that feature the same magical systems at work. In fact, they will even cross over with characters found in Wind Wielder and the Elementals of Nordica Series at some point – that’s the Marvel Cinematics inspiration at work there! 

What authors or books have influenced your writing?

E.E. Holmes, author of World of the Gateway is one I can name off the top of my head. J.K. Rowling is perhaps the most well-known. Carissa Andrews is another one that I’ve drawn inspiration from, and Tracy Lawson’s Resistance Series, is perhaps the biggest influence theme-wise.

Coffee or tea? Wine or beer?

None of the above. I often sip on a pre-workout (Beyond Raw Lit is my favorite) during my morning and evening writing sessions, and fruit-flavored caffeinated energy sticks throughout the day. 

What inspired your book/series?

Wind Wielder and the entire Elementals of Nordica Series is a crossover of my favorite books, television shows, movies, and even video games I’d come across since grade school. Some of its biggest inspirations include books like Harry Potter, TV shows like Lost and Avatar: The Last Airbender, and even movies like Star Wars and the shared Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you cross them into one, you get Wind Wielder.

Who is your favorite character from your book and would you get along?

My main character, Sion Zona, is my favorite in Wind Wielder. I based him on myself from when I was in my early 20s, so he was easy to create. However, my 30-year-old self would grow annoyed with Sion’s character flaws, which mirror my own back when I was his age. Brash, overconfident, and thinking he’s a cut above the world are just a few ways to describe Sion in Wind Wielder. There were times that while designing his character, I’d ask myself, “Was I really that bad?” The answer was always an unfortunate yes, just ask anyone who knew me between 2011 and 2019. That said, given the magnitude of the series, Sion has a lot of growing up to do, just as I did at one time. 

If you could live anywhere, in this world or fantasy, where would you live?

I’m actually a huge fan of the hills, valleys, and backwoods of West Virginia. Especially in the fall. However, I’ve always fantasized about living in Prescott, Arizona, or even western North Carolina. But if there’s one place I’d love to live, internationally, it’d be a tiny nation called Estonia.

How do you come up with the title to your books?

I like to make a list of prospective titles, then ask myself would I read a book if I saw it with those prospective titles on Amazon. If the answer is no, then I eliminate it. I continue to repeat this process, even adding more prospective titles until one jumps out at me. Sometimes, I’ll even have a title picked out until something better walks into my mind. For example, my debut novel, Wind Wielder, was going to be called Declaration until well into 2021, when I felt the former would appeal more to my target audience. 

What is your favorite meal?

There is a Greek Restaurant right across the highway from where I live and they serve the best Greek salads. I order from there at least twice a week to the point every host/hostess knows exactly what I’m getting. I actually mention it in passing in a prequel novella of a different series. 

Describe yourself in three words.

Hardworking, inspiring, disciplined. 

About The Author

A secret censored throughout the modern age…

…A cataclysmic riot leaves the fate of the world hanging by a thread

There are a lot of things Wind Wielder Sion Zona wished he had taken seriously. But the following facts he neglected display his sheer ignorance. 

One, an ancient tribe within his Elemental race wiped from the pages of time still exists. 

Two, Sion and a band of eight other Elementals are the final descendants from that ancient tribe and hold the key to preventing the masses from falling victim to a one-world government foretold in a banned set of ancient texts. 

Three, the global superpower wants nothing more than to destroy Sion and the others before they discover their importance to humanity.      

So yeah, there’s no pressure in taking on a raging dictatorship.

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Today I’d like to introduce the author of the A Girl From Forever, Yolanda McCarthy

Tell me about yourself. What inspired you to write?

I always loved books. When I was ten, the family rules on reading were:

  1. Do not read when crossing the road.
  2. Do not read at the dining table.
  3. Do not read on escalators.

Looking back, it seems strange that we needed these rules, but at the time I actually found them quite hard to keep. I got addicted to stories very easily and preferred to read from beginning to end without a pause, so I usually had a book in hand when I walked down the street. I didn’t see why I shouldn’t read at the dining table, and often tried to sneak a book onto my lap.

Anyway, as I loved books so much, I was keen to write them, but my early attempts weren’t very good and I put them away and became a lawyer instead. It wasn’t until after the birth of my son that I began having story ideas I felt excited about, and started writing A Girl From Forever. It was many years before it was finished, and longer still before publication happened!

Describe your desk / writing space.

A Girl From Forever was written in the spare bedroom, which at the time comprised an old card table and a chair, overlooking the street and railway line. It was a somewhat bleak space with peeling wallpaper and about five different colors of paint on the wall (we’d bought a house to renovate, and hadn’t then started). This strange space had zero distractions and was absolutely perfect for writing fiction!

The house renovation is finished now, but another thing that’s changed is that my husband works from home. He needs the spare bedroom for zoom calls, so I write from the living room sofa, trying to ignore the lure of the tv, the mewing of the cats (who always want a snack) and the constant drone from the spare bedroom above…

Do you have a writing routine or do you write when inspired?

I would love to have a writing routine, but it only exists in my imagination. But I don’t wait for inspiration either! Inspiration has a way of wandering off halfway through a manuscript…

Mostly what happens is that when the house is empty, I have a double expresso, turn on some very loud music (usually Muse’s Uprising), bounce around the kitchen clearing up until the song is done, then sit down and write for 3-4 hours. Some weeks this happens every day, other weeks it doesn’t happen at all.

I am not one of those writers who writers every day, my life isn’t organized enough for that. I usually write when the house is quiet. If there’s a long spell when the house isn’t quiet, I’ll write at night.

What was the hardest scene for you to write? Which scene was your favorite to write?

In Forever A Villain, we look back over Charles’ life to understand the events that made him the evil person he is and how he discovered the secret of eternal life. We begin in Victorian London, which was fun to write, but when we move into the 1940s, Charles takes a job in a concentration camp in order to get funding for his scientific research. This part of the story was difficult to write because I wanted to keep the book light enough that it remained suitable for young teenagers, and I didn’t want to write detailed scenes about life in Nazi Germany because that is a very serious subject and I am not expert enough to write on it. That said, a character like Charles would in that time and place have got involved in some very dark events. So I tried to hint at what he had done without writing graphic detail, and let the reader’s imagination fill in the blanks.

The most fun scene to write in A Girl From Forever, it’s a fight scene that takes place on the roof of a burning building. The characters fighting each other care deeply about each other, but both have been lied to, neither is certain at this point who the good guys are, and each believes the other is on the wrong side. Meanwhile the ground under them is starting to burn, their friends can’t get close enough to help, and there’s smoke everywhere. It was so vivid to me. It was also my editor’s favorite scene!

What are you working on next?

A sequel! The Flaw in Forever will be out in Spring 2022.

What authors or books have influenced your writing?

So. Many. Particularly Tamora Pierce, Frank Herbert, Poul Anderson, and Veronica Roth.

What is your favorite meal?

Ohhhhh you shouldn’t ask me this just before lunchtime! Pizza with pepperoni, goats cheese, and roast Mediterranean veg.

Or steak with peppercorn sauce and roast potatoes.

Or puff pastry tart with caramelized onions!

I’d better stop thinking about this because what is in my cupboard for lunch is crusty rolls and cheese.

Coffee or tea? Wine or beer?

Coffee! Preferably a double expresso poured over lots of ice cubes and topped up with milk…

Wine. Red wine…

Describe yourself in three words.

Loyal, mischievous, kind.

What inspired your book/series?

A Girl From Forever began in 2014, when my son was tiny and my husband was working overseas. I was listening to so much music, all kinds, just to hear words! I noticed the lyrics to Fall For Anything by The Script, and it made me a little sad, the way the song blames the girl for getting her heart broken. It’s a beautiful song but still – blaming the girl for believing her lover’s lies – that’s harsh.

Later the same day, I heard Fifteen by Taylor Swift, which I had somehow missed out on before. That song felt very redeeming for the girl in Fall For Anything. Of course we trust the things people say, I thought! We have to do that most of the time, or the world couldn’t function. If someone is lying and things go bad, that’s not on the victim. Then I thought – wow – these are two songs I just listened to randomly on the same day, but they have such similar themes, this scenario must be so common… Yet, when I was a teenager, I thought I was the only girl to be gullible.

So then I got to thinking about a character like that, the teenage girl who gets her heart broken by someone who’s willing to tell her any lie to get what he wants. And, from a writer’s point of view, I got curious about the male character. It’s easy to say he’s a bad guy, but… What if he’s not? What if this situation happened in a dystopian thriller because the guy did what he felt he had to, but they would actually be the perfect couple, and he just doesn’t know it yet? Are there any circumstances in which she can forgive him?

From there, I decided that if they’d been together physically, it was all just too unforgiveable. But… What if they’d only been together in mind, but not in body? What if the male character was telepathic? So then I had Fern and Rehan, and I started thinking about why he would lie to her, and why she wouldn’t be able to meet up with him. She’d have to be an almost Rapunzel-like figure, I decided. Why? Why is she locked up?

The answer to that question came from a screenplay I’d written years before, Starsong, which was a Romeo & Juliet retelling on a shipwrecked spaceship. In my screenplay, the ship belonged to the last surviving warriors in an empire ruled by an immortal elite. (Starsong had itself started as a thought experiment: what would Romeo & Juliet look like in space?) The screenplay never got made into a movie, and I shelved it, but there were elements I loved. As I started working on A Girl From Forever, I couldn’t resist stealing the immortal imperial elite from Starsong and winding them back millennia in time, to when they were just a cult on Earth, only a few years from now… Fern was born into that cult.

Who is your favorite character from your book and would you get along?

I love Fern, the main character of my first book. She’s born into an Institute and raised by people who couldn’t care less about her, but she manages to stay an optimist and maintain a kind of innocence. I felt quite protective of her! I hope we’d get along…

If you could live anywhere, in this world or fantasy, where would you live?

Lake Garda, Italy. In a villa halfway up a mountain, with a pool, a roof garden, and some seriously good views…

How do you come up with the title to your books?

Usually they just pop into my head, and I love it when that happens. When it doesn’t… I brainstorm words associated with my story, then go through Amazon looking at books aimed at the same target audience as mine, trying to work out what their titles have in common, so that I can decide how best to signal to potential readers what kind of book I’m offering them. For example, books with the word ‘girl’ in are giving a hint to readers that this is a young adult book. (Stories with ‘wife’ in the title are often psychological thrillers). I also use this research to try to ensure that no book has the exact same title as mine – although I can’t control what happens after publication!

I was a bit nervous about the title of my second book, Forever A Villain. This is the sequel to A Girl from Forever, and it’s the villain’s origin story. I was concerned that it might sound like a horror story, which it definitely isn’t. But this was one of those titles that just popped into my head and felt right, and it was hard to imagine the story with any other title, so I followed my instincts and went with it.

About The Author

Yolanda grew up in London, where she worked as a lawyer, a supermarket assistant, a civil servant, and at a cat shelter. Her work took her to California, Serbia, and Dubai, but her fondest memories are of Bermuda. (She’s still homesick for Bermuda. Especially the pink sands of Elbow Beach…)

She now lives in a village just outside London, with her husband and son, two suspicious cats and some very ungrateful fish. Sometimes she climbs mountains.

Would you choose loyalty or love?

The secretive Forever Institute towers over London. Some say it’s a cult, others call it mafia. To seventeen-year-old Fern, Forever is simply home, run by the scientists who created her. A home she’s never been allowed to leave…

Forever gave Fern everything, a body that will never age, psychic abilities (if she can work out how to access them) and a purpose: Fern will be part of a new dawn for humanity, although she’s never been told exactly how.

Then Fern is contacted by a cryptic telepath from outside the Institute, and learns some dark truths: children are being murdered, and Fern is in danger. But Fern’s new friend has secrets of his own…

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Today I’d like to introduce the author of the Sentinals series, Helen Garraway

Tell me about yourself. What inspired you to write?

I am a fantasy author from the south of England, living in the royal borough of Berkshire. I live with my cat Alfie and immerse myself in my wonderful worlds, of which I have quite a few now, though only one is currently published. I had ideas brewing for a book for many years, and I had been writing notes and ideas, very different from what I finally wrote, but that was the beginning.

My mum dying was my catalyst, and once she passed and my daughter flew the nest when she went to university, I suddenly had time and I started writing the Sentinal series and out came seven books. I wrote them over a period of two years between 2016-2018 and then I went back and started to edit them, and learning about the world of self-publishing and what that entailed. I published my first book, Sentinals Awaken in October 2020, and went on to publish three books in a year. Still not sure how I managed that!

Describe your desk / writing space.

I work from home, so my desk is associated with work. I tend to write, seated on the sofa, laptop on my lap, my cat Alfie asleep by my legs, just as I am now, answering your questions!

Do you have a writing routine or do you write when inspired?

I work full time, so usually writing has to fit around when I am not working, ie evenings and weekends. I have had to take time off work when I am in the throes of an idea though. Sometimes the muse just takes over and you can’t do anything else until you’ve written it.

What was the hardest scene for you to write? Which scene was your favorite to write?

Hmm, hard question. I don’t know. I am rather a haphazard writer. I can write chapters in isolation as I have an idea and then fit it in later like a jigsaw puzzle. I usually write the beginning and the end first. I know where I’m starting and I know where I want to end, it’s the middle and how they get there that can be tortuous!

I often have to walk away and noodle on the plot, let the back brain figure out what the next piece is and then return to writing it, but once I start writing it just flows, until I get interrupted, usually my cat, Alfie demanding dinner!

What inspired your book/series?

I didn’t start writing until late in life, though I have had ideas bubbling, I never put pen to paper. I live near an ancient woodland, where there are trees that are hundreds of years old. I wished that they could speak, what tales they could tell! That planted the seed for the Sentinal series.

The Sentinal series is an epic fantasy series, and even though they are quite long books, I am told they are easy to read (Thank goodness!) and once you start reading them, they don’t seem as long. Jerrol Haven, a King’s Ranger discovers treason at the highest levels, but before he can do anything about it, he is attacked. He accidentally awakens a Lady’s Sentinal,  not that he realises he has, after all, who expects a man to be sleeping in a tree for thousands of years? And so begins an adventure to discover who is trying to overthrow the king and take over the world.

Jerrol has to face many obstacles and challenges, not least to figure out how to wake the other Sentinals scattered across Remargaren.

Coffee or tea? Wine or beer?

Black coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon and lots of wine in the evening!

Describe yourself in three words.

Voracious Fantasy Reader

Who is your favorite character from your book and would you get along?

Birlerion is my favourite character. He is the first Sentinal who Jerrol awakes. He is such a joy to write, because he has so many layers and so many secrets. I am definitely Team Sentinal and I would love to take him home!

When we first meet him, he is withdrawn and reserved, a silent assassin protecting the Captain. Compared to the happy go lucky Jennery, he seems quite dangerous and we question whether we can trust him. As the books evolve I think Birlerion has the most interesting character arc. This makes Sentinals Recovery even more exciting, as it really focuses on Birlerion. The first three books, Jerrol is the main character, so this is the first time we really get to meet him properly, and I think a lot of readers will go Ah! in enlightenment. (If they read the first three books!) Sentinals Recovery is a complete story, but you will appreciate it more if you read the first three books.

If you could live anywhere, in this world or fantasy, where would you live?

I would choose to live in the leafy Watches of Vespiri in my world of Remargaren, and visit Birtoli for a holiday. Birtoli is the setting for book four of the Sentinal series, and is an island archipelago, with white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. I would love to relax on a nice sandy beach with a cocktail or two. I will have to make sure they have a stock of them!

How do you come up with the title to your books?

It was actually one of my beta readers who suggested I use Sentinal in the title. And once I had the word Sentinal it was quite easy to Awaken them to begin with. The Second book, Sentinals Rising, was a nod to the Sentinals adjusting to the new world and the Ascendants upping their game to take over the world. The third book was the culmination of the opening trilogy and it made sense for it be Sentinals Justice.

What are you working on next?

I am currently preparing to release book 3.5, Sentinals Recovery, on December 2nd, 2021. Sentinals Recovery is a novella which follows straight after Sentinals Justice. I hadn’t planned on writing it, but I couldn’t fit the story into book three, it just wouldn’t physically fit, but it had to be written. This novella focuses in on Birlerion, and we learn more about him as he recovers from his near fatal injuries from the final confrontation in Book 3.

I’m editing book four of the Sentinal Series due out next year, and writing a brand new book in a new series. SoulBreather is book one of the SoulMist series, and is more of a paranormal romance, though there is plenty of worldbuilding and political intrigue. I signed up to the Realm of Darkness Anthology and I have to have SoulBreather written by August of next year, I am currently 60k words in so all is on track. This is the first time I have had an external deadline to hit, but all is going well, and I just got the first draft of the cover back, and it looks amazing. It is going to be so difficult to sit on it until next year!

What authors or books have influenced your writing?

I have loved reading all my life, my mother used read any genre going and she got me hooked on thrillers, mysteries, romances and then we discovered David Eddings’ Belgarion and Mallorean series and Anne McCaffrey’s world of Pern. I love Lois McMaster Bujold’s world of the five gods and her Sharing knife series, and she was definitely an influence on my writing, I think, as I try and inject a bit humour as she did and I absolutely love world building.

What is your favorite meal?

My favourite meal is a roast dinner. I love roast potatoes (well I love potatoes any which way), but a roast dinner is just so satisfying, and reminds me of family dinners, followed by apple crumble with custard, if I can fit it in!

About The Author

Helen Garraway lives in the UK and has been writing about the world of Remargaren, a fantasy world of her creation since 2016. 

Sentinals Awaken was Helen’s debut fantasy novel published in 2020. The second installment, Sentinals Rising was published March 17th, 2021; Sentinals Justice which published September 7th, 2021 and Sentinals Recovery due December 2nd 2021.

An avid reader of many different fiction genres, a love she inherited from her mother, Helen writes fantasy novels and also enjoys paper crafting and scrapbooking as an escape from the pressure of working as a Product Manager.

Having graduated from the University of Southampton with a Degree in Politics and International Relations, she remains an active member of their alumni.

A Monstrous Light blurb

What do you do when the person who’s your whole word vanishes in a monstrous light?
You hunt him down, of course. Across continents, to the edge of the Waste, through death and deception all the way to the corpse of the creature who would have killed you both.
And when you find him? Well.
You do what you have to to keep him. Anything you have to. Even killing.

Even dying.

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Today I’d like to introduce Cari Z. author of A Monstrous Light

Tell me about yourself. What inspired you to write?

Thanks so much for having me, Katie! I’m always happy to talk about writing—or in this case, why I write. The truth is, I’ve been writing for a long time and published since 2008, but it’s only since 2017, when I had my daughter and quit my day job, that I buckled down and decided to pursue it full-time. Three cheers for no maternity leave, I guess, because it’s worked out so far! (Just kidding, not getting maternity leave was awful and I’m not cheering it, but it did make me buckle down.)

Describe your desk / writing space.

I do most of my writing in a chair in my living room, which gets the best natural light in the house. Sometimes I write downstairs in what is ostensibly the office, but it’s so dark down there (and so cold, omg) that I can never stay for long.

Do you have a writing routine or do you write when inspired?

I’m one of those weird people who needs to work on half a dozen projects at once to stay motivated. I almost always write at least 3-4k a day, and I almost never write more than 1k on the same project at once. I don’t bank on inspiration, lol. Inspiration bows down before my yearly planner!

What was the hardest scene for you to write? Which scene was your favorite to write?

I’m terrible at interpersonal conflict, so writing emotional fight scenes is awful for me. I also hate humiliation in stories, I can barely read it—writing it is next to impossible. Physical fight scenes, though, I could write all day. I love a good dust-up.

What inspired your book/series?

Cover art, in this case! I bought the cover before I knew what the heck I’d be writing about.

Coffee or tea? Wine or beer?

Coffee in the morning, tea in the evening! And beer for me, the darker the better.

Describe yourself in three words.

Dedicated, fun, flexible

Who is your favorite character from your book and would you get along?

Oh gosh, from this particular book? I like Korran, because he’s a nice guy who just happened to be pushed into doing something hideously horrific. It worked out for him…kind of. Least worst of all bad options, I’d say. The main POV character, Beniel, is a little harder to love *coughASSHOLEcough* but he’s also a pretty good guy 😉

If you could live anywhere, in this world or fantasy, where would you live?

Is “the room with a portal that leads to all the places I love” an option? Because I’d totally live there and then travel when I needed something or wanted to go skiing or scuba diving or, I don’t know, visit a dragon or something.

How do you come up with the title to your books?

Hardest part, right there. I honestly think I’m not so great at titles. I tend to prefer single words, but occasionally a line from my book will grab me and I’ll use that. Mostly, though, I just pray I think of something before I finish writing the darn thing.

What are you working on next?

I’ve got so much going on, lol! Next up will be a re-release of my novella The Solstice Gift, with updated edits and gorgeous new cover art just in time for the holidays.

What authors or books have influenced your writing?

So many. Almost everyone I read influences my writing in some way, even if it’s just “Oh, that’s a great line,” or “Wow, I love that character dynamic, awesome.”

What is your favorite meal?

It’s coming up. Thanksgiving, baby. Gimme all the turkey.

About The Author

Cari Z. is a Colorado girl who loves snow and sunshine. She writes award-winning LGBTQ fiction featuring aliens, supervillains, soothsayers, and even normal people sometimes. Cari has published short stories, novellas and novels with numerous print and e-presses, and she also offers up a tremendous amount of free content on her blog and on AO3 as CariZee. Follow her blog, join her Patreon, or sign up for her newsletter to read her serial stories! New chapters post on a weekly/monthly basis.

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You can also contact Cari at carizabeth@hotmail.com. In fact, please do. She’d love to hear from you.

A Monstrous Light blurb

What do you do when the person who’s your whole word vanishes in a monstrous light?
You hunt him down, of course. Across continents, to the edge of the Waste, through death and deception all the way to the corpse of the creature who would have killed you both.
And when you find him? Well.
You do what you have to to keep him. Anything you have to. Even killing.

Even dying.

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A Five Star Review from B. Sinsational

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

💞Unputdowneable Delightful Masterpiece 💞

This Book is without a doubt uniquely exceptional, and a phenomenal treasure to find and read.
It is a genuine treat that hides in these pages. With a style to the writing that is hard to pinpoint, but that makes it feel almost as if your reading someone’s diary. “Unputdownable” is the best way I can find to describe it by.
That statement is not just due to one or a few strong suits or aspects but for so many reasons, or in all honesty; I can’t find any flaws or areas that is not perfect.

It has all the “mysterious IT factors” that makes a book epic.

Examples of this divine level of perfection penetrates and saturates everything and examples can easily be seen in the fully loaded storyline, perfected with increasingly intensifying thrilling events, whipping up a unprecedented crescendo. So perfectly penned one doesn’t notice that it is hooking the reader, and reeling them in, cleverly it’s very subtle, but still clearly in a divine way.

Even the buildup of scenery, person galleries , timeline, and main characters that one can swear must be alive because they are so skillfully vivid and multifaceted. Not a single aspect of this book can be said to be anything but a masterly created luscious treat❣️
As if that was not enough it’s jam packed packed with all the supernatural types and elements anyone one can dream and wish for.
If you want a unforgettable read, then this book is for you!

This book was sent to me for review purposes, the choice of if I would read and review was still mine.
But with much delight I decided to give it a go.
So regardless those circumstances it does not influence or change my opinion. So it is in all parts my very own opinion, untainted and honest that is written above.