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Author Interview: ‘Only: The Alex Conner Chronicles Book Three’ by Parker Sinclair

About the Book:

One would think the sassy, sexy hybrid Earthen Protector and Healer Alex Conner deserves some downtime after all she’s been through. But no. Instead, she finds herself trapped by the king of the Fae, and he’s not letting her go until he gets what he wants.As alternate realities tangle her in confusion and bring her close to forgetting who she is and everyone she loves, will she unwittingly give the king what he craves?

If she does escape, will she ever pick up where she left off with her sexy Adonis Ryan? And can she control the new power she never knew she could wield—one over life and death itself—or will she be entangled in a realm whose ruler is hell-bent on entrapping her and someone she holds dear, forever?

Only is the third book in the Alex Conner Chronicles, an Urban Adult Fantasy/Magical Realism Series with magic, heart, sensuality, & mystery

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Author Interview:

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

My name is Parker Sinclair, and I have woven a fascinating web in my life so far. I’ll never trade my childhood full of backpacking and hiking around the United States; my love and pursuit of science and psychology where I studied marine mammals; a stint in party planning, my master’s in counseling; and now I’m a published author.

I’ve always been a writer, and I have stories from grade school still hidden away in my plastic bin (aka treasure chest) along with research papers, short stories, poetry, and a variety of book ideas. I think the summers camping, meeting new people, creating our fun through games, plays, reading countless books, and telling stories around campfires have aged like a fine wine in my memory. The stories are now pouring out of me!

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

I used to write at night after the kiddos fell asleep and just late enough to get a good 4-5 hours of sleep before I had to be at my counseling job at a local high school. I’ve been a night owl most of my life, but that was becoming dangerous for my mental health. Now that I’ve taken the leap to focus on my dream, I have slowly adjusted to daytime writing. My word count and imagination are usually at their best with a Marvel movie in the background or outside on my porch listening to nothing but the wind, birds, and the occasional dog barking.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I’ve always loved reading, writing, and movies. The genres I am most drawn to are fantasy and Sci-fi. I spent a lot of time, and false starts, coming up with the Alex Conner series. I wanted a heroine who was both a powerful yet who also had her weaknesses and those moments when you just get frustrated with her. That’s life, that’s real, and it’s what I love about one of my favorite shows ever, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Now my YA novel, Eve of the Exceptionals (epic fantasy) came about with my hope to write a book to read to my kiddos, to bring around to the schools, and from my love for the classic fairy tales and fantasy quests like The Princess Bride.

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?

My first two books, Trust and Truth, had the most planning. Trust had a full outline, but it also took on a life of its own at times. Truth had an immediate plot, but the side stories and twist that came to be were off the cuff and organic. Forbidden was purely on the go as well as Eve of the Exceptionals. Only was lightly planned out, but I went off script and new chapters and ideas found their way into the novel.

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

My books cross over into many genres such as: Urban Adult Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Magical Realism, Suspense, & Epic Fantasy. My dad mainly read fantasy/sci-fi so our library was full of covers with dragons, glowing blue swords, and scantily clad women with pointy ears. At that time, the books I read were mainly by men, but now my own bookshelf is full of excellent female writers as well.

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

This is such a fun question, and I’ve enlisted the help of some of my biggest fans to help answer it.

Alex: I’m thinking the lead in Ex Machina who is now in the new Tomb Raider movie, Alicia Vikander.

Sandra: Scarlett Johansson without a doubt! She’s a bombshell and plays both funny and compelling characters at the same time.

Ryan: Jason Momoa: Tall, dark, and handsome. Need I say more?

Logan: If I could have Tom Hardy as Logan I would be in awe! He’s a stellar actor, and nice to look at 😉

Justin: Ryan Gosling. He’d be great as the “safe” boyfriend who goes dark.

Valant: This one is tricky. Who to play the Demon? Bill Skarsgard perhaps or Taron Egerton.

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

I used to binge read constantly, but then my own stories were churning in my head, which made it hard to read for a while. I have slowly been jumping back in for enjoyment and research. I want to continue to get better and reading helps me do just that.

When I was young, my first favorite author was Terry Brooks. I love the Harry Potter Novels and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series. As I got older and got my hands on adult urban fantasy novels, they truly sparked my interest. Those books helped to solidify my idea for my main character, Alex, and that my story was acceptable—more than acceptable. My faves are Kim Harrison, Jeaniene Frost, Kelley Armstrong, & Cecy Robson. I’m also enjoying beta reading for other indie authors, and I’ve found such joy in helping my fellow writers in this capacity.

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

I am reading Kim Harrison’s The Turn & Across the Veil by Lisa Kessler.

9: What is your favorite book and why?

Running with the Demon by Terry Brooks. It was one of his first with a female lead, she was a young runner as I was, she did the impossible, and I felt I could as well. I have to also toss in The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It’s a large book and full of science and magic, and while I was trying to create my book, I didn’t seem to realize at the time that, duh, I could put my science and psychology education into each book. I thanked him for that over Facebook. It meant that much to my artistic craft.

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

I’ve been volunteering quite a bit in my local schools and I have met some remarkable students in middle and high school for the last few months. There truly are some talented, budding authors in those schools. I told them just to write, free flow it, and not to worry about the perfect word or the perfect description at first. They just get the bones of the story down. That’s good advice for writers of all ages!

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

I have a bunch of them! Thank you for giving me an opportunity to interview!

Webpage: www.parkersinclair.net

Blog: www.parkersinclair.net/blog

Purchase my books: www.parkersinclair.net/buy-a-good-book

Newsletter: www.parkersinclair.net/contact

FB group page: www.facebook.com/groups/236408996753314

Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/ParkerSinclairbooks

Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/Parker-Sinclair/e/B00Q33GTQM

Instagram: @ParkerSinclairauthor

Twitter: @Parker_Sinclair

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/9860680.Parker_Sinclair

Youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCWQE3qvMyB5DEZ9wwdz8rOQ

 

About the Author:

Parker Sinclair gives credit to the development of her imagination and passion for writing to multiple childhood destinations lacking indoor plumbing. While attending college, Ms. Sinclair studied biological sciences and psychology, specifically animal behavior, but her love has forever been to write. Since 2007, Ms. Sinclair has called Virginia Beach home where she is a licensed professional school counselor and a full-time writer, and finds time to write late into the night after her kiddos and in many cases, her husband are fast asleep.

Previous Books from Parker Sinclair:

Trust: The Alex Conner Chronicles Book One

Truth: The Alex Conner Chronicles Book Two

Forbidden: An Alex Conner Chronicles Novella

Eve of the Exceptionals

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Book Blitz: ‘I Have a Friend on Jupiter’ by Celine Rose Mariotti

Author: Celine Rose Mariotti

Genre: Science Fiction / Fantasy

Carlos and Indiana find a website that promises to find them pen pals from outer space. Imagine their surprise and excitement when they are paired with Mannie and Kossie, two children from Jupiter! The two pairs of pen pals are excited to learn about each other and their planets, and are even more excited to learn they may be able to visit! Will the other Earthlings be as open to a visit from aliens from Jupiter, though?

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About the Author:

Celine Rose Mariotti was born in Derby, CT and has lived in Shelton, CT all her life. Since a child, she always liked to write. Celine’s first book was “Olivia MacAllister, Who Are You?” Her latest book is “Minister’s Shoes”. Celine loves to write mysteries and science fiction stories.

Author Link:

Amazon page: www.amazon.com/Celine-Rose-Mariotti/e/B00M23RVBY

 

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Facebook: www.facebook.com/DreamingBigPublications

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Indie Book Bash and Cover Reveals Event 2017

Indie Book Bash & Cover Reveals | July 8, 2017

 

What do vampires, legendary heroes, teenagers with wings, and war all have in common? They all make for really great reads!

Authors Lyra Shanti, Aliya DalRae, Robert Krenzel, and Tabi Slick will be joining forces July 8, 2017 to celebrate their indie books, new releases, and to reveal new book covers.

 

When: Saturday, July 8, 2017 @ 5-9pm (EST)

Where: https://www.facebook.com/events/807395599433915

Aliya Delrae – 5:00 PM (EST)
***Meet the author and characters of the Jessica Sweet Trilogy***

Robert Krenzel – 6:00 PM (EST)
***Visit with the author and celebrate in this Cover Reveal of A Constant Thunder***

Lyra Shanti – 7:00 PM (EST)
***Come visit with the author and characters of the Shiva XIV Series***

Tabi Slick – 8:00 PM (EST)
***Meet the author and join the characters for the Cover Reveal of Tompkin’s School: For The Dearly Departed***

Hosted by the SWC, spreading the word about indie authors every day.

 

Lyra Shanti

www.lyrashanti.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorlyrashanti

Twitter: @LyraShanti

Amazon author page: amzn.to/2sjasZR

Lyra Shanti is a novelist, poet, playwright, and songwriter. Her love of theater inspired her imagination, and also introduced her to her partner and soulmate, Timothy. Together they live in Florida where they are perpetually entertained by their two insane cats.

Lyra’s epic sci-fi/fantasy series, Shiva XIV, is currently in its third installment, Riddle of the Gods. The fourth chapter, The River of Time, is due out in late 2017, with one additional book to follow.

Lyra is a lover of nature, animals, anime, music, theater, movies, myths, and of course, books.

Aliya DalRae

www.aliyadalraeauthor.wixsite.com/aliyadalrae

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AliyaDalRae

Twitter: @AliyaDalRae

Amazon author page: amzn.to/2sjhPjR

Aliya DalRae is the author of the Jessica Sweet Trilogy. Her debut novel, Sweet Vengeance, was published in February 2016, with the sequel, Sweet Discovery, becoming available in April 2017. The third and final book in the trilogy, Sweet Destiny, is well underway.

Born and raised in a farming community in rural Southwest Ohio, Aliya grew up a middle child, with an older and younger brother. Surrounded by corn and cows, it was not unusual for Aliya to immerse herself in books, her way of escaping the humdrum small town life to visit fantastic lands full of mystery, myth and legend. And of course, romance.

Aliya’s first love was musical theater, and as a teenager dreamed of one day performing on Broadway. Her early writing consisted mostly of poetry and songs. Those dreams were put on hold, as life intervened (as life often does), and she moved on with other pursuits.

After graduation, and a brief time living in England, Aliya returned to her home town, where she worked mainly in administrative positions, but her love for books never waned.

In 1992, Aliya met her immortal beloved, and they have been inseparable ever since. When not weaving romantic tales, she can be found working side by side with her husband in their furniture restoration business, where she weaves caned chairs instead.

Tabi Slick

www.TabiSlick.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TabiSlick

Twitter: @TabiSlick

Amason author page: amzn.to/2sipMWh

Tabi Slick was born in Kansas and grew up in the country where she was homeschooled for the greater part of her childhood. In middle school, her family moved to Davis Oklahoma where she attended public school for several years. Here she began her writing adventure and soon the world of Tompkin’s Academy came to life. After graduating from high school in 2008, she spent a few years in Puerto Rico and wound up in Texas where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington. She was born with an immense appreciation for literature and continues to dedicate her time to her passion of writing.

Robert Krenzel

www.robertkrenzel.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RobertKrenzelAuthor

Amazon author page: amzn.to/2siSNS0

Robert Krenzel was educated at Rutgers University and Eastern Connecticut State University. A retired Armor and Cavalry officer in the US Army, he has seen service in the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He now lives in the Kansas City Area with his very understanding wife, two awesome kids, a crazy dog, and assorted cats. He is passionate about history and veteran’s issues.

Bob now works in the financial services industry and is involved with projects to help fellow veterans find employment. When he is not writing or working he is usually trying desperately to keep up with his children’s activities.

And occasionally, if the timing is right, you might find him with map, camera, and notebook hiking across an old battlefield.

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Author Interview: ‘Loading: Life’ by E. N. Chaffin

About the Book:

Everyone has a special ability in Devi Omega. Everyone except Hero Leander, the official troublemaker of Class 1B. But his life gets even worse when he is partnered with Annie Mei Fields on a history project. Not only is she a straight-A student and the top Charisma-user of the school, but she is determined to make him do his part of the work. As they hit the books, though, they soon discover that an evil corporation is kidnapping teens in order to cure a deadly disease. Hero thinks the two shouldn’t get involved. That is until his only friend is also taken. Hero and Annie Mei put their lives on the line in order to save their world. But with gang attacks, drug deals, twisted corporate goons, and a teacher that won’t get off their case, these two unlikely fighters have little time to think about their next step. Can they save the world and still get a passing grade?

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Purchase Links:

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Author Interview:

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

I don’t know what would be really interesting about me. Right now I’m living with my parents and helping them raise two of my nephews and one of my nieces. I’m working nights, but want to leave the retail world for one that would allow me to write, sew, and spend time with people I love more. I got into writing when I was really young. When other kids were drawing, I was writing little stories about anime characters. (I later found out that was called fanfiction.) I just love telling stories and getting people to laugh, cry and love everything in their lives.

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

I love writing in the mornings, right before everyone wakes up. The peace and quiet helps my raging mind think. (Along with my nephews and niece leaving me alone for one second so I can write.)

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Most just randomly pop into my head. If I get really excited about one, I’ll try to figure out the gist of the whole story. But if I can’t at the time, I set that idea aside and go to the next one. The best way for me to get one is just to ask “what if ____ was different right now?” Like, “What if a vampire was the cashier checking me out?”

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 try to plan out as much of the story as I can before I write it. But, in all honesty, when the excitement takes hold of me, I just have to write! Even if it’s a scene that might not make it in the final story. I can only fully understand my world and characters when I spend time with them like that.

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

My first book Loading: Life is a mix between science fiction and fantasy. But most of the books I’m writing fall into the fantasy genre. I blame all the anime I watch for loving this genre.

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

Dream cast? Hmm. Actually, I imagine my book being turned into an anime with my favorite voice actors, like Johnny Yong Bosch and Todd Haberkorn, playing my characters. I think that would give a great video game feel to it – something I was striving for with this book.

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

Due to the curse of reading endless textbooks in college, I wasn’t able to read for enjoyment in a long time. But, in recent years, I’ve found that I love stories by Diana Wynne Jones and William Joyce.

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

Right now I’m rereading Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I plan on rereading the Guardians series by Joyce to gear up for the final book Jack Frost. I’m a sucker for fairy tale based stories.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I would have to say Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I have watched the Miyazaki film many times before and fell in love with Sophie and Howl. But when I found out that it was based on Jones’ book, I found a copy at the library and ate it up. Her writing style may seem “out-of-date” for some, but it brings the story to life! Like a grandmother telling her grandchildren about her life that just happened to have magic, wizards, and a mind-blowing twist in it!

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

You may have heard this before, but just keep writing. Explore how you write and don’t try to compare yourself to others. If you’re serious about publishing, explore all your options of how you can get your story out there, and please – PLEASE – research. Take advice from writers before you and learn from their mistakes. (And remember your own so you can help others after you.)

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

I’m usually on Twitter more than anything. But I also have a Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube account. And don’t forget to visit my website to read my short stories for free!

You can find Loading: Life on Amazon.

About the Author:

E.N. Chaffin is an American author, born and raised on country cooking and Japanese anime. Aside from drowning herself in reading manga and sewing cosplay, she also enjoys making memories with her family, friends, and dogs. Chaffin spends her time writing short stories for her blog and researching for current and upcoming projects at conventions and on YouTube. She currently lives in Northwest Arkansas with her family and three dogs, Kahn, Scooter, and Annie Leonhart (no association with Annie Mei Fields.)

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Book Review: ‘Broken Ties’ by Kenechi Udogu

Title: Broken Ties (The Mentalist Series Prequel)

Published: 13th May 2014

Author: Kenechi Udogu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KenechiUdogu

Twitter: @KenechiUdogu

 

Synopsis:

“There was nothing unusual about the night everything changed. No flashing lights in the sky, no searing fire in my belly; no sign whatsoever to suggest the shift which was to come… Nora Brice did strange things to me. Strange and awful things…”

Paul Colt has a problem, and it is not one most teenage boys face. Yes, he likes a girl; one he’s pretty certain he’ll do foolish things for, given the chance. But he can’t go after her, or any other girl for that matter. That’s what he gets for being an Averter; forced to toe the line for the propagation of the collective. He knows some rules are okay to trifle with, and there are some which should never be broken. The gravest of them all?

Don’t fall in love.

Ever.

This is the story of how Paul breaks that rule.

This prequel novella to the Mentalist Series can be read before or after Aversion, Book One of The Mentalist Series.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – The last book in a series. It is a prequel to show how Gemma’s parents first got together so can be read alone but to get best feel for it I would read after the trilogy and so I’m casting it as the last book in the series. A tale of how young love came about. One you know will lead down another path but one that may have been destined to begin with. Only time will tell.

Paul has followed his fathers’ rules all his life and never really questioned what he would eventually have to do to continue the line of Averters for his family. It’s only after a chance meeting with Nora that everything changes. Hiding out having a smoke he hears her voice before seeing her coming closer. She is getting hassled by another guy and it seems Nora sees Paul as her knight in armour to get the other guy to leave. Seems he won’t take no for an answer and its up to Paul to do something that is forbidden. He does as aversion on him to make him stay away from her from then on. It’s the first time he’s done one for personal gain. Well not his but for Nora anyway. Seems its not the only thing he is willing to do to get closer to her. He may seem reluctant to begin with, as he isn’t allowed to date. He was always told it was for a very good reason so that their kind knows their place in the world and what they have to do. Seems that’s one thing he has in common with Nora, she can’t date either and has never really wanted to until Paul.

From reading the trilogy you know why they are drawn to each other and how they will always find each other no matter what. They might not have had as strong a sentient twin connection as Gemma and Russ but its still there. Sneaking around isn’t something they’d thought they would do but the need to be with the other is too strong to deny. Its like they know they have a ticking clock counting down their time together so they try to make every moment count throughout the summer. Seems time is not on their side as it might soon be running out for them when a fellow averter – Nora’s to be exact – shows up.

You know how the story will eventually end but it’s just the start of the bigger adventure waiting further down the line. They were fated to meet and nothing could have stopped them from going down the path they were on. If they hadn’t then change wouldn’t have started to happen. Things happen for a reason and the story of their young love is what started the journey as a whole.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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