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Author Interview: ‘Mine’ by Rachael Tamayo

About the Book:

What happens in Vegas just might kill you.

When divorcee Justin Gray wakes up next to a beautiful stranger in Vegas on his birthday weekend, he assumes it’s just a drunken mistake. When he discovers that he’s married to said stranger in her early twenties, he insists on an annulment and assumes his life will return to normal once he gets back home.

He assumes wrong.

As the shapely blonde refuses to give him an annulment and insists the marriage continue, what was a wild weekend turns into a deadly mistake. 

Murder is only the beginning.

Get ready for a tale of greed so twisted you won’t know what’s on the next page or who anyone really is until the…

very…
last…
page.

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Author Interview:

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

I think I was born ready to tell a story. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing, even as a child. I used to draw little picture books as a kid and staple them together. As a teenager I got old typewriters at thrift stores and punched out entire books. I wrote scenes in my diary. I was born to tell stories. 

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

As a person with two small kids, I can’t afford to be picky. Ha! I have been known to be sitting in a doctors office typing away in the Onedrive app on my phone. If I’m in the zone, it doesn’t much matter where I am. I store my work in Onedrive so it’s accessible anywhere I have internet. 

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I wish I knew. I’ve had people that know me give me the side-eye after reading my psychological thrillers. I have to promise them that I’m not crazy (okay, maybe a little bit) after they read my work for the first time. Seriously, I was a 911/Police/Fire/Ems dispatcher for twelve years and that sparked up the darker side of me. It just took a while before I was brave enough to risk putting it on paper. 

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 wish I did. My life would be much easier if  had any clue what I was doing when I start a novel. I typically have to start over multiple times, have multiple drafter versions of the same story that end up crammed into the final version that readers enjoy. I fly by the seat of my pants, as they say. My stories and my characters tell me where to go, I go by my gut. 

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

I write psychological thrillers and suspense. I’ve always loved it. As soon as I was old enough I read true crime, thrillers, crime novels. And the psychological always drew me in. The strange and amazing things the human mind can do, especially if that mind is twisted or diseased in some way or another. That coupled with my experiences with the mentally ill and the monsters that humanity hides (thanks to my years in 911), it all came together into the perfect storm. 

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

I never know how to answer this question. I’d love to see one of my books on the big screen, and my new release (MINE, coming out February 26th) has had multiple comments relating it to the movies, but I struggle with books to movies as most avid readers do. I’d be hard pressed to sit and sort through actors.

But Johnny Depp, I love him. I’d cast him anywhere. 

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

I love audio books. I’ve been on a Stephen King kick lately, pouring through book after book of his. Caroline Kepnes and her YOU series (the books) blew me away. My favorite book from 2021 was The Good Girl, by Mary Kubica. I’ve read a couple of her books, I’ve never been disappointed. 

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

I’m currently finishing up Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. As far as his books go, this one isn’t my favorite. Its great, don’t get me wrong, but not one I’d put in my top five. My favorite of his so far is The Shining.  

Anyone interested in my full reading list can visit my website at any time. I blog book reviews for every book I read! 

9: What is your favourite book and why?

To Kill a MockingBird, forever and always. I’ve read it so many times, and can’t wait for my kids to be old enough that I can read it to them. I love the relationship in the book between the kids and the mysterious Boo Radley down the street. The whole book is just amazing and reminds me of my childhood and English class. I loved English and secretly loved it when we were given books as reading assignments. I read this book as an assignment for 6th grade English, I believe. 

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

Write. Just write and write and write. Find your voice, take the time to perfect your story telling and structure. Listen to your editors, remember that it’s ok to start over. We’ve all done it. 

Above all else, don’t give up. If you are dying to be a writer it’s because you were born with a calling to tell stories. You are a story teller. Don’t give up. You can do this. 

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

I’m most often found on TikTok: www.tiktok.com/@rachaeltamayowrites

Instagram: www.instagram.com/rtamayo2004

Twitter: @rtamayo2004

You can always reach me via my website: www.RachaelTamayowrites.com 

About the Author:

Rachael is a multi-award-winning author. International bestseller, and love of all things dark and twisted. Rachael lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and children.

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Author Interview: ‘Exit 999’ by Mark Dossett

About the Book:

Writer and DirectorMark Dossett of the award winning indie horror film The Torment Of Laurie Ann Cullomoffers up his first short story. 

Unemployed 35 year old Shelton Lang is on his way to the Appalachian Mountains but a traffic jam on Virginia’s I-64 has different plans in store for him. While taking a detour through the small farming town of Gordonsville, he offers to lend a helping hand to an elderly woman.

But as they say, no good deed goes unpunished…..

Shelton soon finds himself trapped on her three acre corn field plantation.

He is then offered a way out by an evil presence but only if he completes a senseless task.

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Author Interview:

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

I’m a filmmaker at heart and have been since I was 15 making home movies on a big Panasonic camera that you loaded VHS tapes into to record on. I was never a book reader. After my first indie film The Torment Of Laurie Ann Cullom got picked up by TERROR FILMS for distribution I met other filmmakers who were turning to writing as a way to get their stories out there without having to worry about trying to finance their next project. If film financing was easy everyone would be making films….not just youtube videos.

The beauty of writing is that anyone can do it… for free. You don’t have to worry about people leaving your project because they got a better paying gig last night. You don’t need insurance to blow up a building or sink a cruise ship with 3,000 people on it. You never have to worry about feeding your cast… because they don’t exist. You can get any location and prop you can dream of…for free. So it’s kinda like having an unlimited budget for any idea you can come up with. Essentially every filmmaker’s dream.

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

I write on my desktop using google dox. So it would be at my desk and late at night. I’m a night owl.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Everywhere…getting gas, waiting in the self checkout line at Walmart, cutting the grass. The ideas are usually just a quick scene. If I can then keep it going for a few days in my head then that is when I start to write it. Honestly… I can come up with tons of ideas in one day but they never flesh out. Ideas are easy but coming up with ones that can hold water for 200 plus pages is the hard part.

Stephen King tells a story about waiting outside an airport bathroom for his wife. He noticed that there were a bunch of other guys standing around waiting for their wives or girlfriends. He then started thinking…what if they don’t come out. What if they start sending in security, the police and then the national guard but no one ever comes out. He said he got about 200 pages into that idea and realized he still had no clue what was going on in that bathroom and scrapped the book idea. That happens to me…a lot!

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?

Actually it’s a little of both. The opening scene is always easy and usually I think I have the ending figured out before I start but once I sit down and start typing…that all goes out the window. I am what you call a pantser not a plotter. 

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

Horror/suspense. It all goes back to movies. I would much rather watch a bad horror movie vs watching a bad drama. At least you can have a laugh making fun of the cheesy props and makeup or vfx. You can’t have that fun while watching a bad drama. So in other words I can spot my own cheesiness in writing horror or suspense. Drama bores me. Why… there is always a love story..even if it’s the B story. I hate those. I will never have two characters fall in love. I would much rather have them hate each other…it’s more entertaining for me. 

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

Well…EXIT 999 is my first and only short story I have written and the lead character Shelton is me. From the Jeep Cherokee XJ he is driving down to the locations.

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

I do not read at all. The only book I am considering buying is Quentin Tarantino’s  Once Upon A Time In Hollywood..the novel. 

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

Nothing at present.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

How about… what is my favorite movie and why? I would hands down say JAWS. But not for the reason most people think. The movie is about Sheriff  Brody and his fear of the water and monsters. He moved to Amity Island to escape the city and raise his family in a quiet safe place. Away from all the horrors of city muggings and murders. But it turns out he brought them right to a monster that is waiting just offshore. In the end he not only kills the shark but ends up overcoming his fear of the water. Great character arc and a movie that I will watch anytime it’s on.

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

The best personal advice I can give is from a hard lesson I learned after finishing my first film. I spent so much time making sure the main character Laurie was likeable vs having her in more cat and mouse games with the stalker. I overdid it with the phone conversations.

You can have people like your character in one paragraph simply by having them do, say or think something that we can all relate to. A good character is one you care about or the very least can identify with. 

Tony Soprano from the tv show THE SOPRANOS is one of the best characters ever written. He was a mob boss that constantly cheated on his wife and murder anyone who got in his way but yet everyone loved the guy. Women and men.

One of the biggest reasons was his love of animals. Something everyone can relate to. The scene where he built a ramp for the ducks so they could get in and out his backyard swimming pool was so simple and brilliant. 

Stephen King calls it the GIVE A SHIT FACTOR. If no one gives a shit about your character nothing else matters.

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

I am only on Goodreads:

www.goodreads.com/author/show/21939594.Mark_Dossett

About the Author:

With his vibrant imagination, dedication to his artistic soul and utter disdain for the phrase “you can’t do that” there isn’t much that Mark Dossett hasn’t set out to do as an artist. Self taught in the arts of music production, cinematography, cinematic lighting, sound, editing, screenwriting, directing and acting, he can now add self published author to the list.

After 10 years as a music producer creating remixes in Orlando and Houston he set his sights on filmmaking. His first independent feature length film The Torment Of Laurie Ann Cullom won the Best Actress Award at the Orlando Freak Show Film Festival in 2013 and was picked up for worldwide distribution by Terror Films. Mark has since gone on to act and direct in a handful of other films. 

In October of 2021 he created Pistolero Publishing and self published his first horror suspense short story Exit 999.

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Release Blitz: ‘Claimed by the Moon’ by L. P. Dover

RELEASE BLITZ
Title: Claimed by the Moon
Series: Royal Shifters #6

Author: L.P. Dover
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Suspense
Release Date: September 28, 2021

BLURB

Sexy wolves and heart-stopping action await in Claimed by the Moon, the highly-anticipated continuation of the Royal Shifters series by New York Times and USA Today best-selling author L.P. Dover!

In his 200 years of life, Zayne Lyall has made his share of enemies. The most ruthless of all being Knox Channon, who seeks vengeance for a pack war that took place over a hundred years ago. 

To gain information he can use to bring Zayne down, Knox reconnects with Amelie Graye, a past love who joined the Royal pack Zayne belongs to. Unfortunately, Amelie doesn’t know much about the royal arctic… despite a longing within her to be near him. 

Amelie and Knox have a tumultuous past that ended after she and her family went rogue following an attack by the Sierra pack. While she has no details to offer about Zayne, Knox sniffing around her leaves his inner wolf snarling. 

More than anything Zayne wants to charge in and protect the woman his heart aches for. But he has a secret… and it could cost him everything. Amelie is his fated mate. If Knox were to discover this, he would know hurting her would be the key to destroying Zayne. Torn between his desire to claim Amelie as his own and his ferocious passion to protect her, can Zayne find a way to bring down his malicious enemy? Or will an age old vendetta rob him of a blissful future with his bonded mate?

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EXCERPT

I watch Colin and Zayne on the back porch, and it’s hard not to notice how handsome Zayne is. He’s over a hundred and fifty years older than me, but he doesn’t look a day over thirty. His beard is short and well-kept, maybe even slightly rugged. He’s not your typical wolf. But, I’m not going to lie, he fascinates me. 
            Colin walks in through the back door, and I turn away to make it look like I wasn’t staring. I figured Zayne would follow him, but when the door doesn’t open again, I peer over my shoulder to see him still on the deck, his attention turned to the mountains. 
            “Is he coming in?” Kami asks Colin. 
            “Oh, yeah,” Colin answers. “He said he just needs a minute.” 
            Colin busies himself with helping Kami, but I can’t take my eyes away from Zayne. An idea pops into my head, and I smile. Moving over to the wine, I fill up my glass and turn for the door. 
            “Where are you going?” Kami asks. 
            I wink at her over my shoulder. “You say people love talking to me, so I’m going to see if it’s true.” 
            Her eyes widen. “You’re going out there?” 
            Both her and Colin stare at me as if I’m about to walk into the lion’s den. But, then again, that doesn’t scare me. Nothing does anymore. Zayne’s just a wolf who doesn’t like to socialize with people. Unfortunately for him, I’m not going to give him a choice. 
            “Hopefully, he doesn’t leave me hanging,” I say, backing up out of the room. 
            Their mouths gape, but they don’t try to stop me. When I get to the door, I take a deep breath and walk outside. Zayne tenses when I step onto the deck, but he doesn’t acknowledge me. I move closer, but there’s about three feet of distance between us. Bringing the wine to my lips, I slowly sip some down, wondering if he’ll speak to me first. Of course, he doesn’t, but that doesn’t shock me. 
            Turning my body toward him, I smile and wait for him to look at me. “I’m Amelie. I don’t think we’ve been formally introduced. I’m a good friend of Laila’s.” 
            Being around royals is always interesting. Zayne slowly turns his head my way, and it’s the first time I’ve noticed how blue his eyes are. I can feel his power more so than any other wolf I’ve been around. He’s strong.
            “I know who you are,” he says, his voice low in that sexy sort of way. “It’s a pleasure to meet you.”

AUTHOR BIO

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Everything’s sweeter in the South has always been her mantra and she lives by it, whether it’s with her writing or in her everyday life. Maybe that’s why she’s seriously addicted to chocolate.
 
Dover has written countless novels in several different genres, including a children’s book with her daughter. Her favorite to write is romantic suspense, but she’s also found a passion in romantic comedy. She loves to make people laugh which is why you’ll never see her without a smile on her face. 

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Book Blitz: ‘The Mind’ by Gloria Foster

Title: The Mind

Author: Gloria Foster

Publisher: Creation House

Genre: Mystery / Suspense

About the Book:

The brightest victories often lie in the darkest places. The normal ordinary life of Sheila Leclaire, an investment banker, takes a turn in Sommerville, Virginia as she is haunted by voices. In overcoming her condition, she traces the root of her illness—a childhood secret that she cannot remember.

Kirkus Review Quotes:

“A debut novel analyses how the mind processes childhood trauma and examines its effects” – Kirkus Reviews

“In her energetic series opener, Foster certainly delivers an intriguing premise and addresses timely and important issues” – Kirkus Reviews

“A psychological tale with a messy plot” – Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author:

Gloria Foster has made her debut as a fiction author in The Mind novel. She says that fiction writing gives her the opportunity to be the maker of her own storyline, characters, and their captivating conversations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematical Sciences.

Social Media Links:

Website: www.gloriafoster.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorgloriafoster

Twitter: @GloriaLFoster

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/20634633.Gloria_Foster

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Book Blitz: ‘Cobra Kingdom’ by Michael A. Mattia

Title: Cobra Kingdom

Author: Michael A. Mattia

Genre: Historical Fiction, Murder Mystery, Suspense, and a bit of Fantasy set during the 18th Dynasty in Ancient Egypt

 

About the Book:

During the 18th Dynasty in Egypt, King Amenhotep III ruled (1386 to 1349 BC) along with his Great Royal Wife, Tiye. Amenhotep’s only son, Thutmose nicknamed Mose by the Pharaoh, along with his chariot instructor were ambushed by unknown assailants and left for dead. When Mose disappears the beginning of a great evil dawns over the Empire and the belief of deadly magical cobras playing a part. While the Nile River delivered life sustaining water and fertile soil throughout the Kingdom, it started to also deliver death, young pregnant concubines were washing ashore. Tiye’s father, YUYA, a principal advisor to the King, investigates and suspects the women are casual sex partners of the Pharaoh. Someone in the palace wants to eliminate these mothers before an infant is born and becomes the heir apparent.

The story includes the origin of the ancient Kingdom, inception of the Creator stories, detailed preparations of royal wedding feasts, the operation of the Women’s House, and military horse and chariot training. It is Historical Fiction, Murder Mystery and a bit of Fantasy.

 

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Excerpt:

In ancient Egypt during the Eighteenth Dynasty 1386-1353 BCE, King Amenhotep III ruled. His reign was a period of unprecedented prosperity and artistic splendor and all firmly believed a satisfied balance of life called Ma’at to be a treasured gift from the gods.

They believed their myriad of deities saw everything and punished accordingly … and all affected Ma’at. As the gods watched a terrible scene was taking place.

***
A small bald head pierces through an undulating

sea of sturdy golden stalks of wheat. Her skin black as the soil beneath her feet. Her head shifts upwards presenting a youthful round face and matching puffy cheeks bracketing a small broad nose. Six days prior, this young woman joined a party of similar dressed women and men, all peasants from various neighboring villages … a contingent of unskilled labor … harvesting the ripened crop.

Her bald head rotates side-to-side shifting wide open chestnut colored eyes outlined with scraggly black lines of eye makeup produced from an ore—a compound of lead and sulfur. The substance is de rigueur for males and females, not for fashion but to protect eyes by absorbing the blazing rays of the sun. Left, and right glances with an intervening pause to listen for movement convinces the youth the area is clear of intruders.

The androgynous face moves forward to reveal a slim round neck atop rounded shoulders. Her long arms part the wheat stalks as even longer legs stride forward. Wide linen shoulder straps drop down over nipples then expand into a linen shift which descends to mid-thigh. The dress, fluid body movement and the hint of breast development confirm she is a young woman.

Her short slow steps allow her gaze to search the soil for clusters of gilded berries, the rough husks hold precious grains of emmer wheat, which days prior perched atop each stalk. The young teen had been part of a harvest labor force several days prior. A male, carrying a scythe, walked down a row of wheat cutting a cluster of berries and flipped them over his shoulder to the female carrying a wicker basket. As the cutter tired, his wrist flick drifted off target forcing the girl to shift wide to catch the berries. As his wrist grew strained his toss veered forcing her to dive into harvested stalks.

A veteran of many harvests and devout pupil of devious tricks, the young lady took advantage of every lunge which shielded her from the cutter’s view to drop valuable berries onto the ground from where she can snatch them later. Today she returns to these fields to gather her ill-gotten treasure. I should have at least fifty clusters along here I can trade for a rarely used dress.

The omnidirectional sound of hoof beats cascading down from the heavens was a noise she

heard before. Soldiers on maneuvers? Not this time of day. Maybe nothing to be concerned about.

Several seconds pass and the sound of muffled rhythmic beats grew louder. The origin a bit clearer and flowing from the south, where the end of the wheat field intersects the stone road to the city.

Her mind races … Wooden wheels, a cart? Both prolific during harvest. An overseer of the crops, checking if any buds, like mine, were missed? The thought of an overseer returning to check for missing berries like the ones she had hidden creates a surge of fear and prompts a terrible memory. Visions of an overseer who discovered a young man hiding berries, and the thrashing delivered left the boy unable to walk for days.

I cannot let that be me. She falls to her hands and knees, rolls onto her right side, and grasps both knees pulling them to close to her chest secured by her chin. Shivers of fear pulse throughout her small body, as she inhales and holds her breath until certain who operates the cart.

After what seems an endless pulse of rapid heartbeats, a grey and white horse hauling a sanded brown chariot appear in her sight. Two men, a young man in front, and an older man with white-knuckled grips on the side rails. Thoughts ran through her head … Royals mainly use a chariot, and I am in the Pharaoh’s field unassigned. Now I am in real trouble.

 

About the Author:

I am 67 years old and Cobra Kingdom is my first novel. I had a 40 plus year career in workplace safety and OSHA compliance and published several dozen article and a dozen training videos. BA from University of Maryland and MBA from St. Thomas University.

 

Social Media Link:

Only social media is with Facebook, www.facebook.com/michael.mattia.77

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