Book Blitz: ‘The Land of the Young’ by Will Robinson

Title: The Land of the Young

Author: Will Robinson

Genre: Fantasy

About the Book:

Two Irish cottiers, Bridget and Tommy, battle a pernicious enemy of old for the lives of their friends and families against the backdrop of the Irish famine. The ancient gods want Ireland back under their control through the power of an Iron Age revenant and a cauldron with the converse abilities of life and destruction. But they learn that the true enemies are the landlords and their agents who want to replace their culture with profitable sheep and biddable collies. The Land of the Young is a sweeping fantasy and adventure set in the Celtic age of mythology and the 1840s.​

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About the Author:

When not drowning in coffee and writing his 500th best-selling query letter, Will likes to hike, fish, and ulcerate. He also enjoys trying to remember how to art and reads a lot of sci-fi, Amazon author bios, literary fiction, historical fiction, anthropology, science, history, Ikea instructions, and cereal boxes.

His two works, Pathology Report and Kadru- The Imperial Forest are out now! Both are prequels to his full-length novel Luska which should be out in October 2017.

Social Media Links:

Website: www.willrobinsonauthor.com

Twitter: @willgacus

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Release Blitz: ‘Gravitate’ by K E Osborn

Gravitate by K E Osborn is now live!

I’m not a decent guy. 
I don’t do commitment. 
Women know the score before they land in my bed. 
 
But there is something about this feisty tattoo artist. She makes my blood boil. But with that pure, unadulterated rage comes an ache deep inside I simply can’t ignore. 
I despise her. 
I shouldn’t want her. 
The problem is–every part of me does. 
And it’s a complication I can no longer ignore. 
 
With threats against the club from our persistent rivals, it’s becoming clear we can’t be sure who to trust.  
As the saying goes… keep your friends close and your enemies closer. 
But without knowing, I’ve invited mine right in, and I’m falling for her hard. 
And when we hit the ground, I know it’s gonna hurt! 
 
From USA Today Bestselling Author K E Osborn comes the eagerly awaited first book in the NOLA Defiance MC Series. 

Download today or read for FREE with Kindle Unlimited!
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Meet K E Osborn

With a flair for all things creative, USA Today Bestselling Author K E Osborn, is drawn to the written word. Exciting worlds and characters flow through her veins, coming to life on the page as she laughs, cries, and becomes enveloped in the storyline right along with you. She’s entirely at home when writing sassy heroines and alpha males that rise from the ashes of their pasts.

K E Osborn comforts herself with tea and Netflix, after all, who doesn’t love a good binge?

Explosive. Addictive. Romance.
 
Connect with K E
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Author Interview: ‘The Happy Human Playbook’ by Antonia Hall

About the Book:

Healthy, simple pleasures can be transformative.

Are you feeling stressed out, anxious, and generally unfulfilled? You’re not alone. The fact is that most humans find true satisfaction to be elusive. Fortunately you can rewire your body to bring a true sense of happiness back into your life — one pleasure at a time.

It is too rare that our society encourages the exploration or discussion of the health benefits of enjoying our bodies, especially when it pertains to sexuality. Many of us were simply not taught to enjoy our bodies, which can leave us disconnected from not only the pleasures all around us just awaiting our attention but the very heart of human experience.

In this book, transpersonal psychologist and go-to media wellness expert, Antonia Hall, offers scientifically-backed ways to access pleasure that will lead to real, achievable happiness that you can feel. Finally, you will be able to calm your overstressed nervous system, enjoy your world and yourself in new ways, and experience well-being and satisfaction — in life and behind closed doors.

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Amazon – UK / US

Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I don’t remember a life without books. My love affair with books began early in life and I found solace in libraries, bookstores and between pages. Writing seemed to be a natural extension of this love. Word play is fun, and seems to run in the family. My grandfather was a storyteller. My mother is an author. Perhaps it’s in the genes or blood, but it’s also definitely a part of my heart.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

Morning writings seem to have a nice flow, but I write almost anywhere and at any hour. Sitting down with a hot cup of tea and tucking myself in with word-making is a personal joy. I’ve found that the more I can bring a component of play into my writing routine the more the muse seems to want to join into the activity. I’ve also made it a habit to carry a pad of paper and a few pens with me to collect thoughts and ideas as they arrive. 

3: Where do your ideas come from?

My first book, The Ultimate Guide to a Multi-Orgasmic Life was the culmination of my transpersonal psychology graduate thesis work. Over the years I have become a go-to media expert in my field. I noticed that journalists were asking for answers to similar life topics, mostly around ways for humans to reduce stress and enjoy life. My new book, The Happy Human Playbook: A Practical Guide to Healing Body, Mind and Emotions With Joy and Pleasure offers a bevy of ways for people to enjoy life, and to have better relationships with themselves, others, and life. 

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I actually took a year after writing my last book to just sit with it. I knew it held the answers so many humans were seeking, but I also felt like the timing was off. The world changed a great deal over that year, and I knew that the book needed to be restructured to adapt. There’s nothing like taking an entire book apart and reconfiguring it. But in the end it was an infinitely better guidebook because it allows readers to access wellness tools and practices they may need the most at a given time in their lives. So all of the hard work hopefully paid off. 

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

My books are non-fiction, inspirational and motivational guidebooks. I was a personal development blogger for many years. It only made sense for my writings to eventually become resource books. 

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

This doesn’t apply to my nonfiction, but I have fantasies about my books ending up in certain hands. I know that there are certain celebrities who would love and appreciate what I have written. May they find my books! 😉

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I read voraciously, but I read far more research than I do books these days. My mind is insatiable, and I like to keep up on the latest studies in my field. Most of the books I read are also for research purposes. But I also occasionally curl up with a good piece of fiction. I enjoy self-discovery books like those by Sue Monk Kid, Pirsig and Paulo Coelho. I enjoy fantasy, classic sci-fi, and a full range of chick-lit and beach reads.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Woman of Light by Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson, a book by the late Wayne Dyer and an unpublished mystery manuscript a friend of mine wrote. 

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Oh, I don’t like to play favourites. Ha ha 

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Write. Write every single day, without judgement. Just get words down, then return to your work refreshed to do the real work, which is editing. The more you write the stronger your skills will become. It also helps to read, I think. Absorbing great literature expands your mind’s ability to word-make, in my humble opinion. 

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorAntoniaHall

Twitter: @MsAntoniaHall

About the Author:

Antonia Hall, M.A. is a transpersonal psychologist, health and wellness educator, a pleasure coach and a frequent contributor for some of the world’s top magazines including Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, and Reader’s Digest. She is also frequently interviewed by media outlets like The Today Show, Bravo TV, Buzzfeed, and Sirius XM. Antonia’s work focuses on removing inner barriers, allowing for a more satisfying life.

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Book Blitz: ‘Black Stone of Vallanir’ by R.D. Villam

Title: Black Stone of Vallanir

Northmen Saga – Book 1

Author: R.D. Villam

Genre: Fantasy

About the Book:

“I can judge friends. Or foes. I know which one is a big wolf, which one is a small dog, and which one is a small dog who only pretends to be a big wolf. You, big wolf.”

William, a young blacksmith, has promised his mother not to go to the northern lands and find out about his father’s killer. But after he kills several bandits by the river, he has no choice but to flee north and break his promise. He joins a small army of fishermen who will fight the Northmen who want to raid the southern villages. He meets his toughest opponent, a beautiful but fierce girl named Vida. A warrior princess who wants to unite her people.

Whose destiny will win?

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About the Author:

R.D. Villam is an Indonesian author/writer. He has published several fantasy books in his country and now bringing his stories to the world to fulfill his dream. 

He also founded Indonesian Kindle Authors, a small group to assist fellow Indonesian writers in publishing their books on Amazon Kindle Book Store.

Social Media Links:

Website: www.rdvillam.mailchimpsites.com

Twitter: @rdvillam

Facebook: www.facebook.com/rdvillam

Instagram: www.instagram.com/rdvillam20

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Author Interview: ‘Loose Gravel’ by Ginny Fanthome

About the Book:

The grimy road story of Spooge – a punk band who gets to know each other way more than they want to, cooped up in a crap-beaten van on their first tour. This, like any typical band relationship, resembles a one-night-stand; everybody’s in it for the fun, there’s an unspoken hope of it becoming something more, it’s usually bitterly disappointing, and no one knows each other’s last names.

A peculiar odyssey of archetypical music scene types, lies and discovery, a thieving runaway, a coming-out story, and flaming chest hair… all underscored by a bizarre curse.

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Please email the author direct on: ginnyfbooks@gmail.com

Author Interview:

1. Tell us a little about yourself and what got you into writing.

I’ve been writing since I was a little kid. I would write poems, and I wrote a few mini-novels that were essentially folded up pieces of paper stapled together to form a crude book. I also started a community newspaper when I was around 7 or 8, giving myself the title of Editor-in-Chief, of course! I wrote what could be considered my first ‘real’ novel in my early teens, and in my late teens while working in college radio, I wrote scripts for an insane children’s show. Soon after that, I had a poem published. Because I’ve always been so deeply interested in music, even becoming a musician myself, I started contacting a few bands I liked and proposing that I write their biographies. When that didn’t pan out, I decided to concentrate my efforts on writing fictional novels and submitted all of them to publishers over the years. When I didn’t get a bite from any of them, I became discouraged and pretty much gave up on writing for a few years. During the pandemic however, I became so bored that I decided to self-publish ‘Loose Gravel’. I’ve written 5 novels in total, not counting the one I wrote as a teen, and have plans to self-publish another one sometime soon. I also write as a career, but that’s more in the realm of training.

2. Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I can’t say I’ve ever really had a favorite place to write. I’ve always been happy wherever inspiration hits me. However, in recent years I’ve been finding that being by a quiet lake really super-charges my imagination. For example, for the last couple of years, my husband and I have been renting a charming waterfront cottage that has the best ju-ju. Last year, I wrote an entire novel there in just two weeks. The year before, being there inspired me to jot down a ton of ideas and create outlines for my two-week novel, a second novel, and a play.

3. Where do your ideas come from?

To be honest, they just seem to come out of nowhere and I never know when it will happen. Sometimes there will be years between ideas, while at other times, ideas will hit me in quick succession. In the past, I’ve been inspired by something I see, something I’ve experienced, and a couple of times by dreams I’ve had. With ‘Loose Gravel’, it was inspired by my love of music, and my own experiences touring with bands. 

4. Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

It depends on the novel. Sometimes I plan out what the story will be about and how it will generally unfold, but at other times, the characters just seem to take control and carry me along with them… and I just obey. Like this one time when I was incredibly busy – I was playing in 3 bands, working full time, and getting a Psychology degree part time. I honestly don’t know how a novel managed to jam itself into that cluttered head-space. Anyway, one night after class, as I was climbing the stairs of the bus home, this conversation between two characters I’d never met before just started unfolding in my head and I knew I had to write it down, but the bus was really crowded and there were no seats. So I had to stand there with a scrap of notebook paper trying to write it down using my leg as a table while trying to keep myself balanced with the movement of the bus. It was a crazy moment. But guess what? That conversation eventually turned into a massive War and Peace-length novel that I’ve recently been considering turning into a trilogy. 

5. What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I would have to say simply general fiction. While ‘Loose Gravel’ and two other novels I’ve written are set in the music scene, music isn’t really the true essence of these novels. In all of my novels, I write about relationships. It doesn’t matter what the setting is — that’s just the backdrop for me to explore fascinating worlds and how people relate to one another in different situations. I love digging in to my characters and showing the reader their back stories so readers can see how the characters became the people that they are. I firmly believe that if we took the time to discover each other’s back stories, we’d have a lot more patience and understanding with the people around us. 

6. What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

It’s funny you ask this because most people who read ‘Loose Gravel’ have said it would make a great movie or a Netflix series. I’d love if that would happen and I think it would be great to use unknown actors who are getting their feet wet in the business. And I’d love to be a part of the casting process because I know my characters so well and I think I could spot the spark that defines each of them if I saw it emerging in an actor trying out for the part.

7. Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I used to read a lot more before the pandemic and was like one of those cartoon characters eating a stack of sandwiches – I’d have a stack of books beside my bed and read them voraciously. But I really had to struggle to read during the pandemic, but I’ve been trying to get myself back into it. I must admit, I can’t really say I have any favorite authors. I choose books based on the subject matter and whether the writing style interests me.

8. What book/s are you reading at present?

I’m reading a lot of non-fiction these days as I just seemed to have gravitated towards it in recent years. This includes music/band biographies, psychological studies, and autobiographies of ordinary people who’ve lead unusual or challenging lives. Currently I’m reading a book about the history and mystique of the Freemasons.

9. What is your favourite book and why?

I have far too many favorite non-fiction books to choose just one. As for fiction, I recall enjoying ‘World of Wonders’ by Robertson Davies, ‘Half Blood Blues’ by Esi Edugyan, ‘Youth in Revolt’ by C.D. Payne, and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll. However, when I read those books, I was at a certain age and time in my life when they really appealed to me. I’m not sure if I’d be as enamoured with them as I was back then, but I’ll probably never find out because I have too many other books I want to read before I’d ever go back and read one I’ve already read.

10. What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

I find that people who make the best writers are people who, when asked to tell someone about something that happened to them, will tell it in an elaborate story form with lots of added detail. From personal experience, I’ve found that taking writing courses is a great start, as is getting involved with a local writing group where you read and diplomatically critique each other’s work. If you’re interested in a specific genre, make sure you read a lot of that genre to familiarize yourself with how it’s written and what stories are already out there. And if after awhile and a bit of experience your characters start talking to you? Let them. They will provide you with amazing advice and guidance about what they’d do or say — advice that you may ignore at first but later find you need to listen to them because they’re always right.

11. What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?

You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads. If you search for “Loose Gravel, Ginny Fanthome” you will also find a ton of online reviews of my novel.

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/loose.gravel.180

Goodreads profile: www.goodreads.com/author/show/20825476.Ginny_Fanthome

Instagram page: www.instagram.com/ginnyfbooks

About the Author:

I was born in Ottawa, Ontario Canada, but I’ve spent most of my life in Toronto. I swear I came out of the womb with a pen in my hand, screaming for a piece of paper because I’ve been writing ever since, in both my personal and professional lives. In addition to writing, I keep myself sane through many other creative endeavors. I’m a musician – specifically a drummer – who has played in many bands over the years. I’m also an artist who creates works in acrylics and wax. I write about people and how their relationships change in uncommon situations because there are so many crazy tales to tell.

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