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Author Interview: ‘Germs of War’ by Ketan Desai

About the Book:

A book where bioterrorism meets international intrigue, politics, and Islamic fundamentalism.

What if ISIS had biological weapons? This nightmare scenario was first published in Germs of War in 1999, which predicted 9/11. A fast-paced amalgamation of science, international intrigue with rogue CIA agents battling terrorists, and shady politicians. Only a lonely student can thwart it all. Will she be able to?

 

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Author Interview:

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

I am a physician and scientist who went into the biotechnology world after graduation. I founded three companies in the radiology and biotech industries. I have been writing since medical school, initially as a gag, but with the encouragement of readers, gradually more seriously.

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

No, I write when and where the inspiration strikes.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

From all walks of life. It can be political, medical, spiritual. For example, the idea of my book Germs of War came to me when I was bored in a clinic with very few patients to occupy my time. The mind began to wander and pretty soon, the idea of bioterrorism based novel came to me. I wrote the book in a month.

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?

Mere nubbins of an idea. It develops as it goes along.

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

Mostly medical based thrillers. A cross between Robin Cook and Robert Ludlum.

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

Since the main character is a female, the lead would have to be a woman who can portray a strong woman. I don’t have any favorites there. Some Indian actors could pass of for the Afghan based terrorists.

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

Not as much as I like since running of three companies and seeing patients one half day a week keeps me busy. I’d rather write than read others.

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

None at the moment.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Collected stories of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conon Doyle. I really appreciate the attention to detail, solid plots, and deductive reasoning in the book.

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

Just start, and don’t give up.

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

I just started on Facebook. Was a skeptic of Social Media for a long time, and am just beginning to see the value of FB.

Link: www.facebook.com/people/Ashoka-Chakra/100019072092418

About the Author:

Ketan Desai, MD Ph.D., Ketan Desai is a physician, entrepreneur who has 3 biotechnology and cosmetic companies, and a writer for seekingalpha.com and talkmarkets.com

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Author Interview: ‘The Quelling’ by Barbara Barrow

About the Book:

Addie and Dorian have always been together. They’re clever, beautiful–and hopelessly violent. Diagnosed with a rare psychiatric condition and accused of murder at age six, the sisters have spent most of their lives in a locked ward under the supervision of eccentric researcher Dr. Lark. Now on the cusp of adulthood, Addie has a plan: start a new family, to replace the one she lost. Dorian struggles to quell her violent tendencies in time to help raise her sister’s child.

But Dr. Lark sees these patients as key to the completion of his revolutionary cure, and he will not allow Addie’s absurd ideas to get in the way. As his “treatments” become increasingly bizarre, they put Addie and Dorian’s safety at risk. The girls’ only lifeline may be Ellie, a ward nurse with troubles of her own, who’s never felt the need to protect anyone–until now.

Harrowing and bittersweet, at times claustrophobic, this gritty debut explores the fragility of familial bonds and the sometimes intractable tension between freedom and safety.

 

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Author Interview:

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

I grew up in Atlanta and lived in Germany, New York, and St. Louis before moving to Pittsburgh where I work as an English professor. My dad was a taxi driver and used to take me out on rides where I used to meet interesting characters and see the city. I think this is where my love of writing started: hearing other people talk about themselves and tell stories in the taxi.

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

I write early in the mornings, usually from 6-8 A.M., before I take the bus to work. My desk is near the kitchen so that I can stress-eat if a scene isn’t going well.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

They come from so many places! Sometimes it’s just a conversation I have or overhear somewhere. I get a lot of inspiration from talking to people. I take public transportation and walk a lot, so I get material from being fully present in a city. I also get ideas from listening to other people’s work. My debut novel was inspired by an episode of This American Life that I heard once while I was folding laundry.

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 have general ideas for characters and conflict but I am a big drafter and reviser. I usually write at least two very messy, meandering drafts before a clear plot starts to gradually take shape.

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

Literary fiction with a Gothic twist. I love to read and teach novels like Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White, and Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea. They’re about women and hysteria and repression and madhouses, and they have these strange psychological atmospheres that I find completely eerie and fascinating and that I tried to pay homage to in the book.

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

I really admire Janicza Bravo’s work so basically any cast she would pick because she would be my dream director!

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

I read a ton. I admire so many authors but among them are Zadie Smith, J.M. Coetzee, Octavia Butler, Lorrie Moore, Sandra Cisneros, and Joy Williams.

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

Charlie J. Eskew’s Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

This is hard for me because I have so many favourite books and whatever my current favourite is seems to change with my life circumstances. But I will name three works that make me cry every single time I read them: Leo Tolstoy’s Family Happiness, Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Charlotte Brontë’s Villette.

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

Go for it! Establish a routine that will allow you to have a regular writing schedule of some kind. Try and become comfortable with rejection – it’s not pleasant, but it’s a part of the process. Be patient and read a lot. Build a writing community: this could mean going to readings, supporting local authors and bookstores, and/or joining or starting a writing group. I also find it helpful to read writers on writing. Stephen King’s On Writing and Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird are both wonderful.

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

Come say hello!

Website: www.barbarabarrow.com

Twitter: @dustyoldbagz

Facebook: www.facebook.com/barbarabarrowauthor

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/18120407.Barbara_Barrow

 

About the Author:

Barbara Barrow is a fiction writer and literary critic who adores all things feminist, fabulist, and surreal. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Cimarron Review, The Forge Literary Magazine, and elsewhere. She is Assistant Professor of English at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. Follow her online at barbarabarrow.com.

 

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Book Blitz: ‘Without Hesitation’ by Talia Jager

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Free book alert!!! To celebrate the newly released Painted Skies (Beyond Earth: Book Two) by Talia Jager, the first book in this series is available for free download! Read all about Without Hesitation, download your free copy, and enter the amazing giveaway below!

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Publication Date: June 16th, 2017

Genre: LGBT/ Sci-Fi/ Adventure

Synopsis:

Without Hesitation is set a thousand years in the future. Earth has become a wasteland. Humans traveled into space to colonize other suitable planets. Labels and stereotypes are a thing of the past and gender and sexual identity are as fluid as love as humans strive to survive. Here we meet Everleigh, the commander of her ship named Nirvana. She is under the control of an evil madman, Caspar, who keeps her family captive. He sends her to Valinor to abduct the Empress Akacia. When she arrives, she is taken back by Akacia’s beauty and when the Empress fights back, Everleigh realizes she has met her match.

**This book is an LGBTQ story with a female/ female relationship.**

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“Oh, bugger!” she muttered from her dressing room.

“What?”

“I’m stuck.” She giggled. “I’m going to find the sales lady to help.”

“No! I’ll help. Open your door.”

A few seconds passed before I heard the lock click. She opened the door and I walked in and locked it behind me.

“Zipper’s stuck.” She moved her hair so I could see.

I struggled with the zipper for a minute before working it loose. I pulled it down exposing the intricate tattoos down her back. “Wow…”

Pink flamed her cheeks. “Phases of our moon, Oro.”

I trailed my fingers down her back and she shuddered. It took everything in me not to lean in and kiss her. Our eyes met in the mirror. Her blue eyes were wide with curiosity and bright with anticipation. She tilted her head to the side just enough to expose the long line of her neck and that made my heart speed out of control. I closed the small space between us and let my lips touch her skin. Her breath hitched. She was so warm, so soft, and so perfect.

My lips trailed soft kisses up to her ear, she trembled and let out a low moan. I circled her waist with one arm to steady her. My heart felt like it was going to jump out of my body. Every inch of my skin warmed.

Akacia turned so that we were face to face and her hand came up to cup my cheek. I rested my hands on her waist. Her gaze darted from my eyes to my lips. She muttered something about hesitation and then her soft, supple lips were on mine.

It was my turn to be surprised. Nobody had ever been so bold, but I was only startled for a beat before I seized her lips and deepened the kiss.

When Akacia pulled away the tiniest of moans escaped my mouth. A smile played on her lips that I swear tasted like honey. She tangled her hands in my hair at the back of my neck.

There was a knock on the door. “Do you need help?”

Akacia giggled and I answered, “No. Just another minute.”

-Without Horizons

About the Author

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Talia is no stranger to labels and judgment. She has slowly been developing her voice for those who need help speaking up. She believes that someday labels will be a thing of the past, that sexuality will be fluid, love will be love, and mental illness will be handled with love and care.

Talia is an author with fifteen books published including: Damaged: Natalie’s Story, Teagan’s Story: Her Battle With Epilepsy, If I Die Young, Secret Bloodline, Lost and Found, The Gifted Teens Series, The Between Worlds Series and The Beyond Earth Series. When she’s not writing, she enjoys hiking red rocks or sitting on the beach with a Kindle in her hands and her toes in the ocean.

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Release Blitz: ‘Christmas With You Anthology’

 

Title: Christmas With You
Authors: Heidi McLaughlin, L.P. Dover,
Cindi Madsen, R.J. Prescott, & Amy Briggs
Genre: Contemporary/Holiday Romance
Release Date: November 20, 2018
Blurb
Bestselling authors Heidi McLaughlin, L.P. Dover, Cindi Madsen, R.J. Prescott, and Amy Briggs invite you to celebrate the holidays in small-town Friendship, Massachusetts, where a mysterious newcomer decides to play matchmaker for five lucky couples.
Snowflake Lane Inn by L.P. Dover
The owner of a picturesque inn gets a holiday surprise when a well-known fashion designer comes to stay and re-designs his future.
Runaway Christmas Bride by Cindi Madsen


Making a new life in Friendship certainly wasn’t the plan, but the spirit of Christmas—along with the rugged local sheriff—leads to a change of heart for this runaway bride.
Christmas Lights by Amy Briggs


A visitor to Friendship learns the true meaning of Christmas from a single dad and his young daughter.
Christmas Encounter by R.J. Prescott


A famous Formula One driver finds all roads lead to Friendship—and love—this Christmas.
It’s a Wonderful Holiday by Heidi McLaughlin


A workaholic finds just the right Christmas magic to remind him about the most important thing in life: spending time with his wife and family.

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Author Interview: ‘The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu’ by Tom Vater

About the Book:

A TENSE, FAST PACED AND KALEIDOSCOPIC PULP THRILLER, FOLLOWING THE LIVES OF TWO GENERATIONS OF DRIFTERS EMBROILED IN A SAGA OF SEX, DRUGS AND MURDER ON THE ROAD BETWEEN LONDON AND THE ROOF OF THE WORLD.

In 1976, four friends, Dan, Fred, Tim and Thierry, drive a bus along the hippie trail from London to Kathmandu. En Route in Pakistan, a drug deal goes badly wrong, yet the boys escape with their lives and the narcotics. Thousands of kilometers, numerous acid trips, accidents, nightclubs and a pair of beautiful Siamese twins later, as they finally reach the counter-culture capital of the world, Kathmandu, Fred disappears with the drug money.

A quarter century later, after receiving mysterious emails inviting them to pick up their share of the money, Dan, Tim and Thierry are back in Kathmandu. The Nepalese capital is not the blissful mountain backwater they remember. Soon a trail of kidnapping and murder leads across the Roof of the World. With the help of Dan’s backpacking son, a tattooed lady and a Buddhist angel, the ageing hippies try to solve a 25-year old mystery that leads them amongst Himalayan peaks for a dramatic showdown with their past.

 

What people are saying:

“A better backpacker novel than The Beach.”

— Bangkok Post

 

” A gripping and clever tale of sex, crime, love, narcotics and greed, though not necessarily in that order.”

— Untamed Travel

 

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Author Interview:

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

I have been a crime fiction writer and journalist for twenty-five years. I have published three crime novels, with a fourth out later this year. I am the author or co-author of several non-fiction books, a few documentaries and many articles, predominantly on Asian themes. As a journalist, I specialize in alternative culture, politics and tourism. My best-selling non-fiction book is Sacred Skin – Thailand’s spirit tattoos, with photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat (sacredskinthailand.com). I have written for outlets like the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and the Times, The Asia Wall Street Journal, and CNN.

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

I write best in the small hours, when it’s quiet. I write anywhere, it does not matter much, just so long as it is quiet. I don’t listen to music while I write. I try not to look at social media either. I wrote much of The Man with the Golden Mind in a bungalow in Cambodia, by a beautiful river with almost zero distractions, in two months. Once or twice a week, I would cycle to a bar a few kilometers away. On my way back late at night, I’d be followed by hungry packs of dogs and I once witnessed a break-in of a house I was cycling past.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Some come from my work as a journalist. My second Detective Maier Mystery, The Man with the Golden Mind (Exhibit A, 2014, republished with Crime Wave Press 2016) dissects the CIA’s secret war, a sideshow to the Vietnam War, in Laos in the 1960s. Others just come from fragments of overheard conversation or daily life. I live on the road for more than half the year, staying mostly in hotels, and a lot of what I see while I travel for assignments or to research books flows into my fiction.

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?

The method changes from project to project. For the first of my Detective Maier Mysteries, The Cambodian Book of the Dead, I meticulously planned and laid out the plot on countless sheets of paper. I made charts of all the characters, determined their ages, what they looked like and how they talked. Definitely helpful. For The Monsoon Ghost Image, the third in the series, I took up a much more free-wheeling approach. I was familiar with the main characters, I had a good idea where the story was going to go. I still made some systemic notes, but in a more modest, casual way.

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

I write crime fiction. Sometimes it’s easier writing about larger truths in genre fiction than it is in journalism and non-fiction. Crime fiction comes with tropes and conventions that authors use to shape their narratives. That’s both restrictive and liberating and makes the chore of coming up with a compelling story less daunting than it would be in an attempt at literary fiction.

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

My latest book is The Monsoon Ghost Image, published by Crime Wave Press in the autumn, a taut and crazy spy thriller for our disturbing times.

And here’s the blurb:

When award-winning German conflict photographer Martin Ritter disappears in a boating accident in Thailand, the nation mourns the loss of a cultural icon. But a few weeks later, Detective Maier’s agency in Hamburg gets a call from Ritter’s wife. Her husband has been seen alive on the streets of Bangkok. Maier decides to travel to Thailand to find Ritter. But all he finds is trouble and a photograph.

As soon as Maier puts his hands on the Monsoon Ghost Image, the detective turns from hunter to hunted – the CIA, international business interests, a doctor with a penchant for mutilation and a woman who calls herself the Wicked Witch of the East all want to get their fingers on Martin Ritter’s most important piece of work – visual proof of a post 9/11 CIA rendition and the torture of a suspected Muslim terrorist on Thai soil. From the concrete canyons of the Thai capital to the savage jungles and hedonist party islands of southern Thailand, Maier and his sidekick Mikhail race against formidable foes to discover some of our darkest truths and to save their lives into the bargain.

My dream cast would include Ryan Gosling as Detective Maier, Gérard Depardieu as his Russian sidekick Mikhail, Leonardo DiCaprio as photographer Martin Ritter, Léa Seydoux as his wife Emilie and Werner Herzog as the German bad guy.

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

My house is full of books. I buy them everywhere I go, from street-stalls in Kolkata to charity shops in London. I co-own a small crime fiction imprint, Crime Wave Press, which has published 32 titles to date, so I get to read a never-ending stream of submissions.

My favorite authors include Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene, Peter Matthiessen, Thomas McGuane, Raymond Chandler, Katherine Dunn, Patricia Highsmith, Chester Himes, Charles Bukowski, Paul Bowles, Jim Thompson, Ross McDonald, Philip Kerr, and Andy Rausch whose collection of totally crazy short stories – Riding Shotgun and other American Cruelties – we published last year.

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

Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr, this one’s a bit hard going, but I highly recommend Kerr’s Berlin Noir.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Hard to say, a toss-up between Treasure Island by Stevenson and Burmese Days by George Orwell?

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

It’s near impossible to make a living from it. But maybe that’s an encouragement of sorts. Bloody good job. If you’ve got something to say, are a hungry reader, and don’t mind spending months alone in a room, then write that novel.

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

Websites:

www.clippings.me/users/tomvater

www.tomvater.com

www.crimewavepress.com

Twitter: @tomvater

 

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About the Book:

 

DIRTY PICTURES, SECRET WARS AND HUMAN BEASTS – DETECTIVE MAIER IS BACK TO INVESTIGATE THE POLITICS OF MURDER

The third Detective Maier mystery is a taut and crazy spy thriller for our disturbing times.

When award-winning German conflict photographer Martin Ritter disappears in a boating accident in Thailand, the nation mourns the loss of a cultural icon. But a few weeks later, Detective Maier’s agency in Hamburg gets a call from Ritter’s wife. Her husband has been seen alive on the streets of Bangkok. Maier decides to travel to Thailand to find Ritter. But all he finds is trouble and a photograph.

As soon as Maier puts his hands on the Monsoon Ghost Image, the detective turns from hunter to hunted – the CIA, international business interests, a doctor with a penchant for mutilation and a woman who calls herself the Wicked Witch of the East all want to get their fingers on Martin Ritter’s most important piece of work – visual proof of a post 9/11 CIA rendition and the torture of a suspected Muslim terrorist on Thai soil. From the concrete canyons of the Thai capital to the savage jungles and hedonist party islands of southern Thailand, Maier and his sidekick Mikhail race against formidable foes to discover some of our darkest truths and to save their lives into the bargain.

Review:

“It’s all comfortably noir until it becomes unimaginably evil on a global scale.” – Janet Brown

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Amazon: UK

 

About the Author:

Tom Vater has written non-fiction and fiction books, travel guides, documentary screenplays, and countless feature articles investigating cultural and political trends and oddities in Asia. His stories have appeared in publications such as The Asia Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Times, Marie Claire, Penthouse and The Daily Telegraph. He co-wrote The Most Secret Place on Earth, a feature documentary on the CIA’s secret war in Laos, which has been broadcast in 25 countries. His bestselling book Sacred Skin (www.sacredskinthailand.com), the first English language title on Thailand’s sacred tattoos, has received more than 30 reviews. Tom’s work has led him across the Himalayas, given him the opportunity to dive with hundreds of sharks in the Philippines, and to witness the Maha Khumb Mela, the largest gathering of people in the world. On assignments, he has joined sea gypsies and nomads, pilgrims, sex workers, serial killers, rebels and soldiers, politicians and secret agents, artists, pirates, hippies, gangsters, police men and prophets. Some of them have become close friends.

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