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Author Interview: ‘Our War’ by Craig DiLouie

About the Book:

A prescient and gripping novel of a second American civil war, and the children caught in the conflict, forced to fight.

When the president of the United States is impeached, but refuses to leave office, the country erupts into civil war.

10-year-old Hannah Miller, an orphan living in besieged Indianapolis, has joined a citizen’s militia. She had nowhere else to go. And after seeing the firsthand horrors of war, she’s determined to fight with the Free Women militia.

Hannah’s older brother, Alex, is a soldier too. But he’s loyal to the other side. After being separated from Hannah, he finds a home in a group calling themselves The Liberty Tree militia.

When a UNICEF worker and a reporter discover that both sides are using child soldiers, they set out to shine a light on something they thought could never happen in the United States. But it may be too late because even the most gentle children can find that they’re capable of horrific acts.

 

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Author Interview:

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

Thanks for having me as a guest at Reading Nook! My name is Craig DiLouie, and I’m a bestselling author of speculative fiction. In other words, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, thrillers. My work has been published by major publishers, small presses, and also self-published. My latest novel is Our War, published by Orbit in August 2019, which is a dystopian thriller about a brother and sister forced to fight on opposite sides of a contemporary American civil war.

I got into writing at an early age. I grew up in a rural part of New Jersey with a lifestyle where it paid to have a great imagination, and when I hit high school, which felt like prison to me, I put that imagination to good use. Reading was a perfect escape into amazing worlds, and after a while, I became excited by the idea I could be these worlds’ creator.

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

Some writers love to work in coffee shops or with great music playing. I’m not that cool. I write at home, at my desk, ideally in almost perfect silence other than the purr of my keyboard. Inside my head, though, all hell is breaking loose.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Basic what-ifs that usually tie into a big idea. For Our War, I kept seeing right wing pundits and politicians talk up the idea of a second civil war, and I thought, OK, what would that actually look like? I became convinced such a war would look a lot like the Bosnian War of the 1990s. I did a lot of research on that war and other modern civil wars and imported those ideas into Our War.

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 always either map out the plot architecture as a series of four acts, the character arcs for each major character, or usually both. There’s plenty of “pantsing” or “discovery” in there, but I always want to know where the story is going. It’s much more efficient as an approach to me, and I get better stories.

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

I write stories about ordinary people in extraordinary situations, the more extraordinary, the better. Sci-fi, dark fantasy, horror, thrillers. I love seeing average people put through the wringer to really see what they made of, how they react to ethical dilemmas, and make the whole thing as realistic as possible. If I were to adopt a motto for my writing, it would be: Give the reader people they care about facing extreme struggle in a world that feels real.

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

I don’t think you can be the best writer you can be if you don’t read. I’m reading all the time, both for enjoyment and for the learning about craft and storytelling it provides. I have many favorite authors, and nobody comes to mind as an absolute favorite. I tend to be more a fan of books than the people who wrote them, though I admire anybody who is good at this game.

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

I’m currently reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig. It’s a sprawling read, but it’s a lot of fun.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

There’s a short list of books I revisit every few years to read again. One that comes to mind is 1984. I get something new every time I read it.

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

I could say quite a bit, but I think for a writer starting out, most of all I’d say: Get over any prejudice about what it takes to be a writer. Unlike athletes or musicians, we tend to see authors as born not made, though really anybody can be a writer, and as with other arts, practice makes perfect.

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

 The best place to find me is www.CraigDiLouie.com.

Thank you for having me as a guest today!

 

About the Author:

Craig DiLouie is an American-Canadian writer of speculative fiction. His works have been nominated for major literary awards, translated into multiple languages, and optioned for screen adaptation. He is a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Horror Writers Association. Learn more at http://www.CraigDiLouie.com

 

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Author Interview: ‘Catching Hell Part Two: Destination’ by Marc Watson

About the Book:

The second part of this epic duology! A critical blow has been dealt to the robotic Army of the Old, but at a great price. Broken and weary, best friends Johan and Aryu have been separated while chasing forces from the distant past that they both fear.

Aryu, the man with wings, pursues the enemy while he slowly slips into the enticing magic and mystery of the Power, led by the great phoenix Nixon Ash.

Johan stands on the steps of Bankoor, a futuristic city full of wonder and mistrust. Here he must make his stand to avenge his destroyed home and find his friend.

As the gap between the brave warriors closes, the worlds of technology and magic will clash!

 

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Author Interview:

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

Gladly! My name is Marc Watson, and I’m a science fiction / fantasy author from Calgary Alberta, Canada. I’ve been a “serious” writer for almost three years, and had been an active personal writer (as in only writing for myself and my own enjoyment) ever since I was 15 years old. I’m a happily married man with two wonderful, active young boys.

I was always the creative type, and I wrote extensively for my own amusement throughout my teens. I always wanted to write stories influenced by the pop culture I was absorbing at the time, but through my own lens. Three years ago I decided to really make a go of it, and three published books later, here I am.

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

Absolutely. I have very little personal time to write since I’m usually working or on Daddy duty, so I love writing at my desk at work during my lunch break. I’ve never been able to write in silence or at night or in my own little dedicated nook of some kind. I need activity around me.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

They come from all sorts or a-typical writer places. Some are inspired by real life events that take on a life of their own in my imagination, whereas others are just my imagination running wild after I watch or read something really inspirational.

I’m also a fairly adept lucid dreamer, and anything I need to flesh out a bit more without the burdens of reality usually get thrown in there as I sleep and I see how it makes me feel.

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?

All I’ll say is that I have a destination (book plug!) when I start writing. My debut novel Death Dresses Poorly was only supposed to be a novella, and it ended up taking on a life of its own.

Catching Hell, which was originally one book instead of a duology, was originally a 250k-word story. I just wrote until I got to where I wanted to go and it got a little carried away. After edits and splitting the story to something more palatable, it became what it is today.

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

I primarily write science fantasy (a blend of science fiction and fantasy), so I like mixing robots and technology with my magic. I’ve been known to branch out (my debut was an urban fantasy / black comedy) but I never stray far from those breeds of genre fiction.

As for what drew me to them, it would likely be the freedom of the genre. I can create any world or rules that I want to, with a minimum of research or boundaries. I can just let my brain go, and then I just need to stay within whatever loose framework of rules I’ve given the world I’m writing.

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

Hmm. I think I want to dodge this a bit, in that I never really wanted to imprint my idea of who the two main protagonists were as I wrote them. I know what they look like, but it’s really a reader who gives them form.

I will say that I have an idea for the two secondary characters for sure. The phoenix warrior Nixon Ash is certainly Gerard Butler, being just as strong, aloof and absurdly Scottish as he can possibly be.

Crystal Kokuou would be someone like Emma Stone. Playful and mischievous, but with a hint of someone with a massive amount of underlying power and gravitas.

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

As much as Stephen King would cringe, I don’t read very much at all right now. As I mentioned, I’m a busy guy, and if I have time to read, then I likely have time to be doing something more important. I have kids to get to school or hockey or just goof off with, a wife I don’t see often to spend time with, or a sport to play or hike to go on. Also, writing! If I can read, then why can’t I write instead?

Not to say I don’t read at all. I just really need to commit to it. I love the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks, Terry Brooks is finishing off his longstanding Shannara series soon, and I’ve read all of those so I’m sure I’ll finish them off as well. Otherwise, I’d rather be outside or playing whatever video game I’ve been neglecting.

I will always give a shout out to YA author Gordon Korman, who has always been my inspiration for getting into writing. Although I don’t read his work anymore, my kids sure do, which is an experience I’ve been happy to pass on to them.

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

Absolutely nothing. It’s hockey season.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Without a doubt it’s The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx. Not a fantasy story at all, so a bit of a surprising choice, but to anyone that’s ever read it you can see why. Just the most amazing, fleshed out, detailed, flawed characters I’ve ever experienced in any medium. The small world she created is my high bar. It’s the benchmark I strive for. Also, it won a Pulitzer, so it has the hardware to back up the praise.

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

The most earnest thing I tell any potential writer is to always write at your own pace. I have a serious distaste for things like daily writing challenges and events like NaNoWriMo and its ilk. If you can only write a few words a day, then write them, and make them the best possible words you can. Or if you feel like letting your fingers fly and smashing out an epic in a month, do it. If you have to force yourself to write something, is it really worth writing, or in my case, reading? Maybe, but well thought out words always come across better.

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

People can find me on Twitter where I’ve quite active (@writewatson) as well as Instagram (@writewatson) and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/marcwroteabook. I also have my website at www.marcwatson.ca, which I do my best to keep up to date personally, as well as a few blog posts and updates you won’t find anywhere else.

 

About the Author:

Hello, I’m Marc Watson, and I write stuff. I’m an author of genre fiction (primarily Fantasy and Science Fiction of all lengths). I began writing at the age of 15 with a pen and paper, and I’ve never really stopped, even though until recently it was more of a background to me than my defining trait. I have been published on flash fiction site www.101words.org, as well as comedy site www.thecorrectness.com. I’ve been a student of the excellent writing classes at Athabasca University for a number of years.

I live in Calgary, Alberta, and was spawned out of the depths of Southern Ontario. I’m a husband, proud father of two, and can be sometimes found at an actual job. I’m an avid outdoorsman, martial artist of some high repute, baseball player of very little repute, and lover of all Mexican foods. One day ‘World Famous Poutine Aficionado’ will be on my business cards.

For public appearances and interviews, I am proudly represented by Creative Edge Publicity.

 

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About the Book:

Catching Hell is the first part of a sci-fi/fantasy epic about two friends separated on their quest to avenge their destroyed home. Aryu, who has wings, and Johan have their home destroyed by a mechanical army thought extinct. Now separated, Aryu learns that he must also deal with Nixon Ash, a phoenix-man sworn to kill owners of the Shi Kaze, a weapon Aryu recently found. Meanwhile Johan and his tactical mind adventure to a distant, advanced city to find a way to defeat their enemy and reunite with his best friend.

One goes into the world of the fantastic and mystical, while the other goes to the technological. Each are worlds they were raised to fear, but now must face to defeat their common enemy.

 

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Author Interview: ‘The Line Between’ by Tosca Lee

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In this frighteningly believable thriller from New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee, an extinct disease re-emerges from the melting Alaskan permafrost to cause madness in its victims. For recent apocalyptic cult escapee Wynter Roth, it’s the end she’d always been told was coming.

When Wynter Roth is turned out of New Earth, a self-contained doomsday cult on the American prairie, she emerges into a world poised on the brink of madness as a mysterious outbreak of rapid early onset dementia spreads across the nation.

As Wynter struggles to start over in a world she’s been taught to regard as evil, she finds herself face-to-face with the apocalypse she’s feared all her life–until the night her sister shows up at her doorstep with a set of medical samples. That night, Wynter learns there’s something far more sinister at play and that these samples are key to understanding the disease.

Now, as the power grid fails and the nation descends into chaos, Wynter must find a way to get the samples to a lab in Colorado. Uncertain who to trust, she takes up with former military man Chase Miller, who has his own reasons for wanting to get close to the samples in her possession, and to Wynter herself.

Filled with action, conspiracy, romance, and questions of whom–and what–to believe, The Line Between is a high-octane story of survival and love in a world on the brink of madness.

 

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Author Interview:

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

The first time I ever blurted out the words “I want to write a novel” I was home for spring break my freshman year in college (this is 1989 for those counting ;). I was telling my dad how I loved that a great book was like a roller coaster with its ups and downs, twists and turns. And then I blurted it out: I want to write a novel.

That day, my dad made me a deal: he’d pay me what I would have made working as a bank teller that summer, if I spent the summer writing that novel and treated it like a job.

Today, 30 years later as I finish my 12th to-be-published novel, the dream is different. I still want to build roller coasters, but the reason has changed. Because I’ve lost track of the readers who have told me, sometimes through tears, how important novels have been during trying times in their lives: during a difficult marriage, while caring for an ailing parent, in the midst of illness, recovery, or psychological challenges. When they couldn’t work, felt alone, or otherwise simply needed to escape, if only an hour at a time.

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

I write in the upper level of the old, original farmhouse where I live in the country. It’s hot in the summer and cold in winter!

3: Where do your ideas come from?

In 2017, soon after Firstborn released, I met with my publisher in New York to talk about what was next. I had a short list of favourite story concepts—the idea of a cult escapee starting over and a pandemic rising from the permafrost among six or seven others. My publisher said, “I like both of those. I think you should put them together!”

It worked out strangely well! I wish I could take credit for the combination, but it was my publisher’s idea.

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’ve learned that I have to outline—or else face several rewrites.

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

This book—and the two before it—are thrillers. I love the concepts, the characters, and the pacing that is the hallmark of a thriller!

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

So I’m probably weird, but I never think of my novels in terms of celebrity casts. Even though I currently have several novels in development for television, this is the hardest thing for me to answer!

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

It just depends on what’s happening and whether I’m on deadline. I probably don’t have favorite authors so much as favorite books I’ve returned to throughout my life. Interview With the Vampire, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Mists of Avalon, Bird by Bird, and On Writing.

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

A World Lit Only By Fire

9: What is your favourite book and why?

This is very hard, but The Mists of Avalon is a long-time (30+ years) favorite of mine.

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

My number #1 rule of writing is: Write like no one is ever going to read it. Why? Because then you aren’t watering down anything with fear about what anyone will think. My #2 rule is: finish your article/essay/memoir/book. It’s the thing that separates those who want to make a career of it from those who actually do. Those who do it as a career finish—again and again. Also, surround yourself with the people you need: other writers to take this journey with you. Mentors, advocates, and encouragers who will remind you not to take everything so seriously. My husband is this person to me—the one, who reminds me, when it seems like everything is falling apart, to have fun. Because writing is a lot of work. If you’re not having fun, your reader won’t either. And then what’s the point?

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

Website: www.toscalee.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorToscaLee

Twitter: @ToscaLee

Instagram: www.instagram.com/toscalee

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/toscalee

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/427839.Tosca_Lee

 

About the Author:

Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of ten novels including THE LINE BETWEEN, THE PROGENY, FIRSTBORN, THE LEGEND OF SHEBA, ISCARIOT, and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker. Her work has been translated into seventeen languages and been optioned for TV and film. A notorious night-owl, she loves movies, playing football with her kids, and sending cheesy texts to her husband.

You can find Tosca at ToscaLee.com, on social media, or hanging around the snack table. A SINGLE LIGHT, Tosca’s highly-anticipated sequel to THE LINE BETWEEN, releases September 2019 and is available for pre-order now.

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Author Interview: ‘Rise of Light Series’ by H.M Gooden

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Dream of Darkness

(Rise of Light Series Book 1)

Tired of moving yet again, Cat McLean finds herself in the town of Valleyview when her dad is transferred to a new job. Along with her older sister Vanessa, she must find a way to fit into another new school for what feels like the millionth time. And if that wasn’t enough to deal with, shortly after their move, Cat and Vanessa are involved in a near-fatal car accident. Waking to find that she has the ability to see auras and to heal others, Cat is horrified to also discover an ancient evil that means to destroy her new home. Cat must join forces with her sister and a new friend to defeat it, or die in the attempt. Will she learn how to harness her new powers before the darkness comes for them? Or will she succumb to the darkness she fears?

 

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Excerpt from Dream of Darkness

The girls finished lunch without any attention from other students, other than an occasional glance. As they walked back to the office, Cat tried to avoid catching anyone’s eye, wishing again that she was more outgoing or had a thicker skin. Vanessa stopped abruptly and Cat had to pull up short to avoid running into her.

“How’s the first day working out?”

A boy Cat didn’t know smiled at them and she felt herself color involuntarily.

Damn it!

“So far so good!” Vanessa chirped.

The boy flashed another smile, and be damned if his hair didn’t appear to ripple when he moved. He looked like a movie star, with his dark blond hair, dimples and grey eyes. He was probably about six feet tall, slightly taller than Cat, and well built. He looked directly at Cat, giving another blinding, toothy smile.

“We haven’t met, but I guess you must be Catherine. It’s not every day we get new students. I’m Declan Boyer. I’m in History with your sister.”

Cat found herself feeling uncomfortable, but not because of his good looks. A weird, cold, and empty sensation washed over her. It felt completely out of place in the bright hallway, standing next to a guy who could be a homecoming hero.

“Hey, nice to meet you, too. It’s Cat. Um, people call me Cat, generally.” She managed to croak out her reply, wincing at how dumb she must sound.

Vanessa immediately noticed she was off and came to her rescue.

“Hey, Declan, do you know who we’d talk to about a track or running team? Cat was on the team back home before we moved and wants to try out here.”

He nodded. “Of course! You want to talk to Ms. Fisk. She’s the Art and Music teacher, but doubles as the cross-country coach. There aren’t a lot of teachers here, I mean, the school only has 300 students from grade nine to twelve, so a lot of the teachers double as coaches.” He looked at his watch. “I have a few minutes, I’d be happy to take you to her office.”

Cat followed behind Vanessa and Declan, trying to figure out what felt so off. It was more than her usual discomfort with new people. This felt bigger and she knew she needed to listen to the feeling. It reminded her of the time she’d gone swimming with Vanessa and some of the neighbourhood kids. She’d refused to jump off the dock into the water when she was dared, walking out instead because of a weird feeling she’d had telling her not to do it. The next kid who’d jumped had hit a broken board and torn their leg badly. She had the same cold, dark feeling now that she’d had while wading in the water that day. Something about this beautiful guy made her as scared as she’d been back then.

“And here you go!” said Declan, bowing and waving his arm as though producing a rabbit out of a hat. “Ms. Fisk, in person.”

A short and powerfully built Asian woman in her mid-forties smiled at him.

“Oh, Declan, always the charmer!” she said, as she fluttered and preened at his attention.

Declan smiled suavely, turning back to Cat. “I hope you find what you need. I’m on my way to a quick drama club meeting before lunch is over.”

Vanessa straightened up, looking interested in something for the first time. Declan noticed and extended the invite to her.

“We’re planning the show for the annual spring review.  It’s going to be a big one this year. We could use more players, if you’re interested in joining us.”

Vanessa looked at Cat with excitement. “Do you want to come?”

Cat shook her head. “You go ahead. I’ll be busy here for awhile. I’ll meet you outside after school, at the parking lot doors.”

Vanessa smiled and gave a quick ‘see ya’ wave, before turning and following Declan down the hall without looking back.

Cat watched them walk away, still feeling an odd sense of unease, turning to see Ms. Fisk watching Declan walk away fondly. Ms. Fisk switched her attention to Cat, giving her a friendly once over.

“So, what brings you here today? Are you a budding artiste, looking for extra work perhaps? A musician? What can I help you with today, my dear?”

Cat smiled, finding the friendly warmth from the teacher relaxing after the oddness that had come with meeting Declan.

“Sorry, no. I’m not the artist in my family. But I’d heard you were the person to talk to about a cross-country or distance running club? I was on the track and cross-country team at my last school. I’d like to continue here, unless I missed try-outs, or whatever.” Cat felt calm asking this teacher, warming to her open and attentive face.

Ms. Fisk smiled, regretfully. “Well, the track team is done until spring, but we do have cross-country into November, depending on weather. It isn’t a very large group, so there’s no need for try-outs. I can introduce you to the other students at the next practice on Wednesday and you can consider yourself officially a part of the team now, if you want. The last actual meet is in a couple of weeks.”

Cat took down the rest of the information on a corner of a notebook, promising to be at the practice. Maybe she’d get a chance to talk to someone outside of class in an environment she was comfortable in. Feeling more optimistic than before, Cat checked her schedule and headed to her next class, English. Apparently they were learning Shakespeare, according to the titles on her book list. She sighed again, and prayed to whoever listened to high school students. Please spare me from a group read along…

 

 What people are saying:

The plot of H. M. Gooden’s novel is fun, but the best part of the book is the relationship between the two sisters. There’s a little jealousy and a period of great guilt, but mostly there’s love and support shared between both girls. When Gooden throws in Evelyn, a mutual friend with powers of her own, the picture is complete and the girls are ready to take on the evil threatening their world.

Steve Lindahl — Author of Under a Warped Cross, Hopatcong Vision Quest, White Horse Regressions, and Motherless Soul

 

“Dream of Darkness” by H.M. Gooden is a YA (and up) fantasy with elements of both the paranormal and the faerie world. Two teenage sisters-Cat and Vanessa discover they have powers and must learn to use them quickly when a dark menace threatens their new hometown. A delightful tale of friendship, sisterly love and good triumphing over evil. I’d heard a bit about this book and author and wanted to give it a go. The “out-of-body” experience in the hospital is described so eloquently and passionately that it alone is worth the price of admission. I wasn’t disappointed.

David W. Thompson — Author of Sister Witch and His Father’s Blood

 

The Stone Dragon

(Rise of Light Series Book 2)

Cat has finally settled into her new town and is happy with her life just the way it is. Until the day that her friend Evelyn shows up on her front step, with a recurring nightmare that began after they defeated Declan. A dark stranger surrounded by fire and destruction tortures her every night, and in order to help her, Cat must discover the truth about the dark man and his origins. This time, they must face a much older evil on new ground. With the addition of a new ally, the girls will stand against the darkness together. Will they be victorious, or will they fall to his power the way so many others have?

 

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This book is the second of the series. I found it very easy and fun to read, and the story is a real page-turner. Anyone with an imagination and a wee glimmer of intellect will really enjoy this.

Harold Lamont — Amazon Review

 

As an avid YA fantasy reader, I’ve always enjoyed strong female protagonists with relatable challenges and intriguing plot twists. Gooden delivers in her second installment in this series where her prose pulls you into the world of young teenage characters who are just starting back at school after a lazy summer break, hoping for a reprieve after facing the evil Declan at the end of their previous year. New dreams and visions foretell that they need to focus on improving the control of their powers together and prepare for a new enemy.

The characters are all likable and remind me of old friends from my high school days (if only we had powers). Looking forward to the next book!

Jessica Goeller — Amazon Review

 

A compelling and suspenseful read from start to finish. I enjoyed every aspect of these characters and the insightful plot. will definitely read this author again!

Melissa Franckowiak — Goodreads Review

 

The Phoenix and The Witch

(Rise of Light Series Book 3)

Fresh from their triumph against Dub in San Francisco, the girls are content to return to their normal lives, unaware that their fight against the darkness is not over.

Although they succeeded in destroying their previous adversaries, another threat has risen in a far away country. This time, they must travel to Edinburgh to confront the darkest of all evils.

The origin.

As the conclusion to this trilogy, this adventure will set the course for everything in their lives and they will learn that even their friends may not be what they seem.

Will they succeed in fighting back the dark or will they be left irrevocably changed?

 

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 What people are saying:

The Phoenix and the Witch is another fun story involving our favorite characters Cat and her best friend, Evelyn. This time their adventure takes them across the pond to England and Scotland. Not only does this adventure open their eyes to the magic all around them, it also brings them closer together to face another challenge against the darkness. Their personal magic is stronger than ever, allowing them to feel confident in their ability to win this epic battle, yet the fear of failure looms as the days pass. I especially liked how the girls all get along so well, wanting to help one another in life, love, and magic. This is a really great YA adventure with fun elements of magic, transformation, and cooperation.

Amy B — Amazon Review

 

Just when I thought this series couldn’t get any better, H.M. Gooden brings more to the table in the form of a new character, Zahara…strong, loving and amazing! The girls must again face a new evil while joining together not only as friends, but joining their powers. Surprises and trials are around every corner and the character development is outstanding. These are a group of girls that you wish were your best friends, by your side as you face the trials in your life. Never wavering, they have each others backs and don’t back down from the challenges that they are destined to face.

Amanda — Amazon Review

 

Dragons are Forever

(Rise of Light Series Book 4)

Mai has everything. Friends, a job, and a loving boyfriend. But just when life is perfect, he pops the question. Suddenly, everything changes. Once Jake declares his undying love, their journey of discovery begins. Swept up in a sea of adventure, Mai will travel to Norway to meet the most dreaded creatures in the world-the inlaws. Along the way, Mai will battle all manner of supernatural creatures to get to the altar, only to find that this is just the beginning. Life as she knows it will never be the same.

 

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 What people are saying:

Great book I enjoyed reading the story of water dragons and I would like to see what happens next in their adventure I won’t give to much away but I am curious about the children.

Jerry Connellysr — Amazon Review

 

The story has lots of action and adventure in the early part and ends more focused on family. I liked the sweetness to the relationship between them. They have a genuine bond and respect one another. Her meeting his family starts them on a new path.

 It is well written and the author lets both of them narrate part of the story which I prefer. The other characters are well developed too and add to the richness of the story.

L Levine — Amazon Review

 

This is such a great book! I would suggest reading the rise of light series so you have a little bit more background. Jake and Mai’s story of love adventure and friendship is so sweet. Watching them grow as a family and havong outings will keep you entertained and wanting more. Can’t wait to see whats in store for the rest of the girls and the family!

Allie Eggers — Amazon Review

 

The Raven and The Witch Hunter

(Rise of Light Series Book 5)

Vanessa lives a charmed life as the rising star in a hit new TV series. She has family and friends that love her, as well as the secret perk of having air magic and being able to turn into a raven and fly away if things get stressful. But when her best friend moves away and a mysterious woman enters her life warning her of impending danger, her perfect life takes an unexpected turn. Not only is Vanessa confronted with the very real threat of someone trying to kill her, but her own emotions will become inexplicably tangled. What is it about this Witch Hunter that breaks every rule Vanessa has for herself? And what the heck is she supposed to do about it?

 

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 What people are saying:

This was a very touching story in what seems to be a potentially great series. You can’t go wrong with romance when it is done like this. The healing that happens in this story while again saving people is amazing. Love to read more with Vanessa and Emma Jane.

Coneja — Amazon Review

 

What a fun book! Ms. Gooden has added an exciting and romantic new addition to her magical series. Though Vanessa isn’t my favourite character, I truly enjoyed her interaction with Emma Jane. The subject matter was covered with delicacy and correctness. Not to say the action, mystery, and a bit of a cliff-hanger ending didn’t blow me away. Honestly an excellent book and a quick read. ‘The Raven and The Witch Hunter’ keeps you on the edge of your seat and leaves you wanting more! Cheers to the next book in the series!

Fairestsky — Amazon Review

 

I really loved this book. The story is imaginative and I can’t wait to see if Vanessa and Emma find any other bad “girls” to catch while they figure out if there is a solution to their problem. And what a problem!

Meg Gruber — Amazon Review

 

Author Interview:

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

I’ve always loved reading, and when I was in school I would start these horrible novels. I never considered writing a short story; it was always a horrible romance that morphed into a story where my main character had magic powers. When I went to university I dabbled with a few creative writing projects on the side as electives, but writing was left behind by my 6th year and I delved into the full time world of medicine.

It wasn’t until after my last child was born when I was up one night, at 1 or 2 or 3 am, the house was quiet and I was alone that I wondered if that was it. Was that the rest of my life? Work and kids and repeat ad nauseam?I was restless and trying to figure out what I was supposed to do that would enrich me and make me feel complete.

I had always wanted to write a book and I said well, it is time to do that now. I’m finished school, I’m finished having kids, and if I don’t start right this minute I’ll be another person still saying “one day” on my death bed- and I didn’t want that to happen.

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

I would love to write all day long. I’ve done that, once or twice when my husband has blessed me by telling me to leave and write. In that case, it’s usually a Starbucks somewhere nearby. Otherwise lately most of my writing is in my car on my way to and from work. I dictate my first draft, which I find wonderful, because I can talk almost as fast as my brain moves.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

From everywhere. My first book sprang from a recurring stress- dream I used to have in my teens. But I take my ideas from my kids, work, things that strike me as funny or bizarre, people I see in Walmart, anything and anyone is fair game.

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’s a little bit of both. My first book was definitely one that carried me away, but now I will loosely plot out where I want the story to go. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to dictate nearly as easily.

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

I write what could be best considered ya paranormal, although the series I’m working on currently is a second world high fantasy YA. I’m drawn to the YA/NA genre because there is so much potential here. We are all in a state of becoming in our teens and early twenties, and learn so much about who we are during that time. Of course, when you add magic and the occasional romance in, you not only have the usual character development you’d expect from the young adult years but you have stories that I love.

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

Haha! My dream cast are all too old now, but if I could grab any teens from the 80s and 90s and 2000s I would have picked a teen Lisa Bonet for Evelyn, Marie Kondo for Mai (I know, not an actress technically) or Lucy Liu as a teenager. A teenage Katherine Zeta Jones for Vanessa, Lindsay Lohan as Cat (as the redhead, Mean Girls era) and Zahara would be Parminder Nagra from Bend it like Beckham.

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

I read as much as I can, although writing has definitely cut that back to a few books a week. I love JK Rowling, have read most Stephen King novels (unless they are too scary!) James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Sherilyn Kenyon, Richelle Mead, Cassandra Clare, and too many others to name

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

My bedside table has about 75 books on it and I’m no longer allowed to go into a bookstore (self imposed!) I have been watching Marie Kondo and this year is about decluttering my house and life, so I need to read and keep or get rid of. I can’t get rid of a book I’ve never read due to the possibilities 😉 I just finished a great ARC for a book called Shattered Echoes – I’d never heard of the author before and I may have to add them to my favourites list. I love finding new people to read! I’m also reading a Jayne Castle book, Siren song, and SJ Maas a Court of Thorns and Roses, as I’m sadly behind in her stuff and I know she’s huge in the genre right now.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I really can’t pick just one favorite, but there is a book that has stuck in my head for almost twenty years called Beggars in Spain. It was written by Nancy Kress and it is more sci-fi fantasy, but the genetics are frightening in the potential. What gets me the most is that although none of what she talked about in the book was possible then, it IS now…. and I wonder….

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

Stop thinking. Write. Write every day, even if it’s a journal, a blog, or a short story. The more words you write the easier it will become until it’s a habit and as much a part of you as anything else you do. If you need a deadline or goal, sign up for the next nanowrimo wherever you are- it’s an online organization to help you get there, and it’s free. They have camps in April and July, and then the original Nanowrimo is in November.

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

You can reach me at the following:

Website: www.hmgoodenauthor.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HMGoodenAuthor

Facebook Group Page: www.facebook.com/groups/981341802029808

Twitter: @HMGooden

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/17229510.H_M_Gooden

Instagram: 
www.instagram.com/hmgoodenauthor

BookBub: www.bookbub.com/profile/h-m-gooden

Amazon Page: www.amazon.com/H.-M.-Gooden/e/B078JXQZQR

 

About the Author:

H.M. Gooden has been scribbling on everything since she first learned how to hold a pencil. While often told that her handwriting was atrocious, she persisted, and upon discovering computers and learning how to type, she realized that she was no longer limited by her (admittedly) messy writing.

Unfortunately, life and work and family have conspired to make it only possible to write in the wee hours or at coffee shops, so most of her love of reading and writing are indulged at times when only vampires and insomniacs abound.

Beginning in October of 2017, her love of writing and the characters in the world she has created burst into public view in her first book, Dream of Darkness, which follows the adventures of a group of girls fighting evil with abilities that H. M. Gooden would love to have. As a result, 4 am has become even busier trying to find out what will happen to her paranormal buddies in the future, and book six, seven and eight are in the works.

Website: www.creative-edge.services

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mmcreativeedge

Twitter: @MickeyCreative

Instagram: www.instagram.com/mickey.creativeedge

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Author Interview: ‘Policy of Truth’ by Scarlett Holloway

Sacred Heart Continuum Book 1

About the Book:

Five years ago, Tamra “Durty” Simon’s life was falling apart, and she had a one-way ticket to six-feet under. And if it hadn’t been for the Death’s Angels Motorcycle Club swooping in, dusting her off, and transforming her into the badass biker she is today, she’d be taking a dirt nap. Now, she has everything she ever wanted—or so she thought.

Brett “Sting” Jackson is on a mission, and nothing is going to stop him—not even the sexy, enticing female biker who makes him hard with a single look. Too bad he’s lying and keeping secrets from her. But the alternative could get her killed, and that’s not a risk he’s willing to take.

It took Sting crashing into her life to make Durty realize there’s something else in this world she wants to ride as hard as her bike—too bad fate has other plans for them. When a rival club makes a move against the Angels, all hell breaks loose. Lives will be lost, secrets will be revealed, and lies will be exposed. Because in the motorcycle world, lies may get you hurt, but the truth can get you killed.

 

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Author Interview:

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

There’s not much to tell really lol. I am a massage therapist by day, cranky writer by night. I drink a ton of coffee, I love my cupcakes and glitter.

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

I have this spot on my couch that has been nicknamed the ‘Bunny Hole’. It’s a space that it overrun by stuffed animals, fluffy blankets and pillows. That is my writing area. I usually write after my son goes to bed.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Where don’t they?? Mostly music triggers ideas, but then again…TV does, movies, honestly everything does.

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 am a plotter. My stories are too complex to try and pants them. I use 3×5 cards and plot out the basic outline chapter by chapter, and then I have a plot wall covered in sticky notes for timelines.

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

I am a multi-genre author. I write in Romantic Suspense, Family Saga, Cozy PNR and Cozy Mystery – so far. Sky is the limit when it comes to what genre I will write in.

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

That is a hard question. Policy of Truth is my latest and I had certain people in mind when I was character creating. Brett Michaels, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson—the list goes on.

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

Stephen King, Jackie Collins, Clive Barker, Sandra Brown.

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

George R.R. Martin and his book Fire & Blood.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I think I’d have to say The Watcher in the Woods by Florence Engle Randall. That was the book that turned my life around when it came to reading, and I think sparked the fire to start writing.

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

Never quit. Never write for fame or money. Always write for yourself.

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

Website: www.scarlettholloway.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thescarlettholloway

Twitter: @scarlettssong

Instagram: www.instagram.com/ascarlettssong

 

About the Author:

Growing up on the Central Coast, Scarlett Holloway always dreamed of seeing her name on the cover of a book and on the New York Times Best Seller List. What better way than to bring part of her past onto the pages of a novel, as well as writing about issues that women face on a daily basis? When she is not in her bunny hole writing, she is a massage therapist, trying to help people through therapeutic healing. Scarlett is hopelessly devoted to her husband, who she lovingly calls her plot bunny, and is active in her teenage son’s life.

Website: www.creative-edge.services

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mmcreativeedge

Twitter: @MickeyCreative

Instagram: www.instagram.com/mickey.creativeedge

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