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Author Interview: ‘Crooked Principles’ by Kevin Cady

Book Two of The Warren Files

About the Book:

Elijah Warren was a workaholic for the FBI, but during his hunt for the vicious “Poetic Murderer,” he fell in love with Aurelia Blanc–a beautiful and erudite forensic pathologist–and they barely escaped with their lives. They’ve since left the FBI for slower days and a mountain cabin, but a desperate call from remote Alaska leaves them not a choice.

Grizzly is a town of less than a hundred people, and for twelve straight years one of them has been killed. No one talks about the murders, like long-ignored secrets. In fact, it seems no one talks at all. But there’s a sick change in the pattern of death, and a mournful mother wants answers after her five-year-old son is stabbed and bludgeoned to death.

Something is very wrong in the diffident town of Grizzly, and stranded by the winter, Elijah and Aurelia face the killer daily, with paranoia as real as the icy air of Alaska. This is nothing like they’ve faced before. Whose dark past will reveal Grizzly’s secrets?

 

What people are saying:

“Cady’s writing is superb … Dark, engaging, and fast-paced.”
-Urban Book Reviews

“Cady’s nuanced prose scintillates and intrigues from beginning to end … As every piece is unearthed, momentum builds and fear intensifies.”
-Foreword Clarion Reviews

 

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Author Interview:

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

I live in Colorado Springs and am from Oxford, Ohio, where I grew up and graduated from college. I moved to Colorado for a master’s degree, and began writing The Warren Files after that was completed. Rock climbing, rock concerts, and teaching high school English occupy the remainder of my time.

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

I have a few different spots that really appeal to me. Home is certainly one of them. I have a small office at the house where much of my writing is done, where I can see the mountains as a distraction, but there are several spots around town where I consistently write. I at times need a change in scenery, and this accomplishes such a task. Really, anywhere with a view, I enjoy writing.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I’ll see something in life that sends my mind racing, and then it will be there, ever developing. I think my ideas percolate and tumble until they boil over, and I’ve got to get some words down. For example, I’ve been thinking about one particular story for several years, and it consistently is on my mind, and at a certain point, I’ll write something for it. It might just be the first chapter. It might be quite a lot more. And it might not be for another few years, but it’ll happen. Just not yet. I think this process defines how and where my ideas develop.

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

The previous question addresses this a bit, but it’s definitely a combination! I always have an idea of what the story will be and how it will begin and end, but the middle allows me to discover how it all connects. A prolific author uses the metaphor of uncovering a diamond from earth. You see hints of promise and you follow those, not sure what you’ll find, uncovering what’s hidden in the earth of your own story. If you are aware enough, you’ll be able to uncover amazing components you didn’t prior realize existed. So it’s a cool combination of pre-planning and discovery.

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

My books will always have an element of mystery to them!

I’ve always loved mysteries because of how they can deceive. A great mystery writer is a magician. The secrets are unseen until the end, but, once revealed, they can seem even obvious in reflection. I love the, “It was right in front of my eyes! moment!

Murder/mystery was natural for The Warren Files, and I’ll certainly return to the exact genre (as I have all the characters’ histories I can write about!), but I have some other projects that, I think, completely fit into my writing universe; they’re just different. Two novels are a bit more in the horror genre. One is my ode to haunted house novels—and its likely next for completion, though, with the other being a twist on the western, no promises. I’m excited about both!

I’m really just excited to continue writing quality material, consistently, and hopefully in my own unique style for my growing readership.

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

Haha!

Danie, my girlfriend, and I joke about this a lot. We’ve battled some of the answers. I think this is the final cast…

Elijah- 90’s Patrick Dempsey

Aurelia-Rosario Dawson

Adams-J.K. Simmons

Riff-90’s James Brolin

We’ve got a great person to play the killer in the first book, but for the sake of description and gender anonymity…I must not include that one. : )

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

I read a lot and like a lot of different authors and styles. People like Mark Danielewski or Steven Hall stand out as people doing something really unique with the medium. But those authors don’t have a vast catalogue of writing to choose from.

Authors I return to consistently are ones like Peter Straub, Clive Barker, and Chuck Palahniuk. These are authors which have their own unique style and universe, but each book is different from the one prior. These authors consistently put out work in their own style. They’re unapologetically writing their own way, and I strive for this same thing.

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

Speaking of Clive Barker! I’m amidst his monster narrative Imajica. It’s this amazing story about a parallel universe and its dominions, and how they’re interconnected with our own! It’s sexy and dark and adventurous, and it’s a brick of a book, but it’s awesome!

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I’m going to return to Mark Danielewski, who wrote House of Leaves. This book challenged me in ways I’d never been challenged, but it was exceedingly worth it. It’s best not to share much about it. Reading the House is an experience different from any other, and the more time you spend in there, the more you understand it.

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

Get good, get tough, and get patient. I still need to remind myself of these things, as I’m far from achieving my writing goals!

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

It’s easy to find me on Facebook with a search of Kevin Cady Author, or Twitter the same. My website is kevincadyauthor.com, and that will be the most informative location! You can also find me (and review me!) on Goodreads, and Amazon.

Website: www.kevincadyauthor.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Cady-Author

Twitter: @kevincadyauthor

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/15263209.Kevin_Cady

Amazon page: www.amazon.com/Kevin-Cady/e/B01FWP3I4M

About the Author:

Kevin lives in Colorado Springs with his girlfriend, Danie, and their pets. He is a teacher at a local high school and earned degrees from Miami University, a bachelor’s in rhetoric, and Colorado College, a master’s in education. When he’s not writing, you’ll find him rock climbing or at the local metal shows. The books of The Warren Files are his first completed novels, with diverse side-projects not far behind.

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Release Blitz: ‘I Dare You’ by Shantel Tessier

 

Title: I Dare You
Author: Shantel Tessier

Genre: Sports Romance/Suspense

 Release Date: April 27, 2018

 

Blurb

What do you do when the devil has you in his sights?

You show him that you can play his game.

Austin Lowes is new to town. She’s running from a mom who hates her to her dad who cares nothing about her. Only a few months and she will be free, or at least, that’s what she hopes … until she meets him.

Cole Reynolds is the devil disguised as a man. He wants her fear, he wants her blood, and he wants her soul.

Just a little game, he says, I dare you.

Will Austin survive him, or will she lose herself and the game?

Secrets are revealed and justice will be served, but at what cost?

Who survives and who doesn’t?

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Excerpt

AUSTIN

 

“Why am I here?” I ask, wanting to get this over with.

Cole takes the bottle from my hand and brings it to his lips, taking a big gulp. His Adam’s apple working as he swallows.

I cross my arms over my chest, trying to look unaffected. But I’m having trouble breathing.

“We’ve been thinking …” he says, rubbing his chin.

“We want you to be a part of our group,” Deke finishes his sentence.

I look among the five of them and start laughing nervously. “You’re joking, right?”

“Not one bit,” Deke says, shaking his head.

“No thanks,” I say and turn to the door. I twist the handle and start to pull it open, but a hand slaps on the door above my head, holding it shut.

I jump back to look at Cole. He leans against it casually, getting comfortable and blocking my only exit. “It wasn’t an offer, Austin.”

My eyes narrow on him. “What makes you think I want anything to do with you guys?”

“Deke,” Cole says, lifting the bottle to his lips again.

I spin around to see Deke step up to us, his phone in his hand facing Cole and me. A video plays, and it’s of me driving Cole’s car away from the warehouse after he stole the red car.

“How did you get that?” I demand.

He just chuckles, placing the phone in his pocket. “I don’t kiss and tell, baby.”

My eyes narrow on him calling me baby. I turn back to face Cole. “You’re blackmailing me. Again.”

He shrugs carelessly. “You can call it whatever you want.”

“I’m calling it what it is,” I snap. “You know damn well that I had no idea what you had planned.”

He pushes off the wall and leans down, his face inches from mine. I can smell the cinnamon on his lips and can’t help the shudder that runs through me. “I dare you to prove it.”

“You son of a—”

“In order to join,” Deke interrupts me, “you have to pass a test.” He crosses his arms over his broad chest.

“I’m not interested …”

“Initiation,” he corrects himself.

“I don’t want to be involved with whatever fucked-up shit you guys are in.” How many different ways do I have to say it?

“Let her out,” Kellan says, but no one listens to him.

Deke continues. “You have to fuck one of us while we all watch.”

My heart starts to pound at his words. And my eyes widen when he takes a step toward me.

This is a joke. It has to be.

He arches a brow in challenge when I just stand there staring at him. “You want me, baby? I’m ready.” He licks his lips as his blue eyes settle on my legs. Then he reaches down to his jeans and unbuttons them.

He’s serious! My eyes immediately shoot to Cole.

His eyes hold their usual anger as they glare down at me, but a slow, devious smile spreads across his face, and the guys start laughing. “Well, there’s your answer, man,” one of them calls out from behind me.

My jaw tightens. “I don’t want to …”

“Leave us,” Cole orders, interrupting me. And like the trained sheep they are, they all walk out. I can still hear their laughter as they walk down the hall, the door slowly shutting behind them.

I plop down on one of the lounge chairs, trying to slow my racing heart. “You can’t force my hand, Cole. Not with this.”

He walks over to where I sit. Reaching out, he runs his busted knuckles along my cheek. I swat his hand away, afraid of what will come out of my mouth if he touches me.

His hand grips my hair and yanks me to stand. I cry out as he shoves my back against the closed door. He towers over me, pushing his body into mine. I’m panting while he holds me still. He dips his head to whisper in my ear. “Are you a virgin, Austin?”

“No,” I growl. My hands come up to push him off me, but he grabs them and pins them above my head. I whimper, and my thighs tighten.

“That’s a shame.” He sighs, and his breath skims across my skin making me shudder. “I like to take pretty, innocent things and destroy them.”

“You’re sick,” I say, panting.

He chuckles but doesn’t deny it. “But that doesn’t make you want me any less. I saw the way you stared at me in the car. The way you licked your lips when I thought about kissing you. The way you whispered my name. How you stared at me when I got out of the pool. And let’s not forget the way you allowed me to touch you last night. Tell me, were you disappointed when I didn’t throw you on the bed and fuck you right then?” I moan. “I bet you’re wet right now.”

“Cole,” I growl his name, not wanting him to see how right he is.

But he ignores my warning. “You wore red for me again, sweetheart. You wanted my attention, and you got it. Now what are you gonna do with it?”

Author Bio

Shantel is a Texas born girl who now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart, who is a wonderful, supportive husband and their two daughters. She loves to spend time cuddled up on the couch with a good book.

She considers herself extremely lucky to get to be a stay at home wife and mother. Going to concerts and the movies are just a few of her favorite things to do. She hates coffee, but loves wine. She and her husband are both huge football fans, college and NFL. And she has to feed her high heel addiction by shopping for shoes weekly.

Although she has a passion to write, her family is most important to her. She loves spending evenings at home with her husband and daughters, along with their cat and dog.

Make sure to follow her on all social media sites!

 

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Author Interview: ‘Strawberries are Free’ by W. T. O’Brien

About the Book:

Some years earlier, Alec McNee hit the jackpot, winning a landmark Supreme Court decision against the use of cameras to issue traffic infractions. Buoyed by this success, he attempted his own crusade to alter the campaign finance laws of Washington State. In this endeavor, he met the enigmatic research lawyer Lukas Schmidt. Before Alec could determine exactly who this guy was, Lukas was abducted. Local authorities identified Lukas as a convicted sexual predator, but were unable to pursue him into Montana. Alec was drafted to do so. To solve the mystery of Lukas’ disappearance, Alec followed him into the most unusual of Federal prisons.

 

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Author Interview:

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

I was an early university dropout, and spent many years working in a great variety of odd jobs, until I eventually found a real job that I enjoyed and where I flourished, as a research consultant at a major university. I had many writing bouts over the years, short stories, a couple of screenplays, and even a little poetry. The impetus for the short stories and poetry was not estimable, it was usually a failed attempt to impress a female with my brilliance. I tried only sparingly to get the screenplays produced.

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

I write at home, at the desk in my den. In my earlier years I tended to write very late in the day, finishing well into the a.m. The rest of this commentary will be concerning the writing of my only novel, “Strawberries Are Free”. For this I was much more disciplined. I would edit and amend the previous day’s work in the morning, and add new material in the afternoon.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Most of the ideas for this novel came from my own convictions. There were three social issues I tackled, Big Brother and his cameras, campaign finance, and the quandary concerning sexual misconduct and punishment. The third of these was the last dealt with in the novel, but was the main instigation for the novel. Many of the anecdotes giving the novel some flavor were adaptions taken from my personal history.

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 wrote an outline, and tried to follow it, but the story took a life of its own. At times I felt like I reading a good book rather than writing, thrilled by what might be coming next. I would hope that every writer has that sensation at one time or another.

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

My intention was to write a political mystery. Because I created a legal outcome for the first segment mentioned above, Big Brother and cameras, I felt the need to go forward in time to put that in context. This added a mild piece of futurism to the novel, and the need to add some technological advances to society. This was totally unplanned.

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

I’m an old movie buff, so I’ll select accordingly.

Alec McNee – Robert Montgomery (Lady in the Lake)

Angela Nelton – Jessica Chastain (as a redhead)

Lukas Schmidt – Peter Lorre (Arsenic and Old Lace)

Roscoe Romar – Delroy Lindo (The Cider House Rules)

Spencer Dawes – Raul Julia (Presumed Innocent)

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

I read in spurts, and I tend to read specific genres in spurts. In my teens it was Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tarzan, followed by the mysteries of John Dickenson Carr and Agatha. Then I got into science fiction, Arthur C. Clarke in particular. Later I read all of Hermann Hesse; some read like butter (A Journey to the East), and others were a severe challenge (The Glass Bead Game). I moved into spy fiction, my favorite was Frederick Forsyth. Lately it has been detectives, all of Michael Connelly.

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

I’m currently reading the speculative science fiction novel “Spiderworld” by Richard Bunning.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I like the classics. I was particularly fond of two books by Wilkie Collins, “The Woman in White” (1859), and “The Moonstone” (1868), often considered the first British mystery.

When I was in my science fiction phase in 1965, I found a copy of “The Sirens of Titan” in a used book store. I had never heard of Kurt Vonnegut. I was completely won over, I still believe this to be his best. I devoured all of his books after that.

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

Stop thinking about it and do it. You will find out pretty quickly if you are up to the task.

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

I have a “Goodreads” account, but that’s about it. I am backward in this regard.

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/17253991.W_T_O_Brien

 

About the Author:

W. T. O’Brien has written short stories and screenplays, Strawberries Are Free is his first novel. Prior to being a full time writer, he has worked at an extensive number of occupations from which to draw ideas. O’Brien is a lifelong resident of Greater Seattle, now living just north in Mountlake Terrace, WA. He enjoys his large family living in the surrounding area.

 

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Author Interview: ‘D.O.G. Executive Order’ by Robert Barlow Jr

About the Book:

To save his presidency and assure re-election, an arrogant, power-hungry president must end his illegal connections with a terrorist leader before that leader follows through on his threat to make public their relationship. Gunnery Sergeant Zach Hinson and Sergeant First Class Jason Jones, sniper team D.O.G., are ordered to assassinate the terrorist leader, but for the president, it is not enough.

Fearful the sniper team will let slip their involvement, the president agrees to the mission to kill the terrorist leader on the condition the two snipers do not return home alive. But, his effort to save his presidency becomes a war when it is learned the man with whom he has dealt with to kill team D.O.G. has failed to act on his agreement.

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Author Interview:

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

My first venture into writing occurred when I couldn’t sleep. A single line kept turning in my head. To erase it, I got up and started typing. What started as a line became my first book, At the Water’s Edge. That line was originally the opening sentence, but it was eventually edited out. I continue to write because I love creating the story, and enjoy the research component.

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

I don’t have a favorite time. Between work and night classes, my available writing time is limited to weekends, and not every weekend is viable.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Various places. Time Passed was the result of something I experienced in a dream. I woke, having remembered the dream, and developed the story around it. D.O.G.: Executive Order was the result of a conversation I had with someone following the 2008, presidential election. It resulted in the creation of the sniper team. The historical fiction novel I’m currently writing came from the desire to write a novel based on early, American history.

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 don’t plan or outline my stories. When I have an idea, I start writing. As the story progresses, I think ahead to try and improve the story, and I do a lot of rewriting while writing the original draft.

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

Three of my five have military subjects. It’s possible my military service is the reason for this. My sixth, still in the works, has nothing to do with the military. It is historical fiction set in the 1800’s. I love history and wanted to incorporate that into a novel.

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

Zach – Chris Pine, J.J. – Jeremy Renner, The President – Denzel Washington or Ed Harris

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

I don’t read as much as I once did, except to reread my manuscripts. My job and attending night class occupy my time, and I use what free time I have working on my own manuscripts. I still purchase books that I wish to read, and one day I’ll have more time to get caught up.

My favorite authors include: Allan W. Eckert, Ian W. Toll, Erik Larson, David McCullough, Tom Clancy, Dan Brown and J.R.R. Tolkien.

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

My wife recently bought me Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution. I may have to make the time to read this one soon. I love books on the American Revolution, especially those about the war in the south. (I believe the efforts in the south saved the war which allowed us to be the greatest nation ever.)

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I have three favorites, two fiction and one non-fiction. One fiction favorite is The Alienist, by Caleb Carr. I love period movies and television shows, and as it turns out, period books. Mr. Carr does a wonderful job of telling the story and incorporating some of the science that is taken for granted today.

The other fiction book is Lonesome Dove. It’s the only Larry McMurtry book I’ve read, and I can’t get enough of it. The characters are wonderfully crafted and the dialog flows so well with the story.

The non-fiction book is The Frontiersman, but Allan W. Eckert. It is the first book in the Winning of America Series, which is a great series. It is non-fiction but is so easy to read. I’ve read it multiple times and listened to the audiobook.

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

Write because you love the story. Remember, you’ll have to re-read and rewrite your book. If you don’t like the story, rewriting will be difficult.

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

My social media is limited to Facebook – www.facebook.com/Robert-Barlow-Jr-and-His-Books

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Author Interview: ‘An Apprentice Dictator in the White House’ by Abner Clerveaux

About the Book:

A young, handsome, charismatic Southern governor is elected president of the United States in a landslide. He was so popular that world leaders were scrambling to attend his inauguration. Among the attendees were the pope, the queen of England, and other royalties.

He had, however, an Achilles’ heel–he was a philanderer. It will not take long for his misdeeds to leak out to the media and the opposition party. While he was being investigated, the noose was getting tighter around his neck.

Pressured by his wife to save his power, he decided to do the unthinkable.

He suspended the Constitution.

He dissolved Congress.

He fired five members of the Supreme Court.

He declared martial law.

How will the nation react to this wannabe dictator?

How long will he last?

Read on.

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

Since my teen years, I have been a political junkie. At 23, I started airing political opinion on my radio show up to this day. This is my first book.

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

I write late at night when everyone is sleeping.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I was inspired by the impeachment of President Bill Clinton to write this book.

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?

Originally, I wanted my story to be out as a movie but I realized that I have a better chance if the book is published first.

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

It’s a political fiction. I use fiction because it gives you more freedom to mix reality and imagination.

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

I cannot name anyone, but I’d like to use the best available.

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

I don’t have a particular favorite author but I am an avid reader of history and news magazines like Foreign AffairsMother JonesTime and newspapers (The Miami Herald and Los Angeles Times).

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

History of Civilization by Will and Ariel Durant.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

The Bible because it’s a collection of books into one.

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

They need to have a mentor, especially if they’re going to self-publish because they will encounter hurdles.

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

Website: www.abcbook16.com

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Barnes and Noble: www.barnesandnoble.com/w/an-apprentice-dictator-in-the-white-house-abner-clerveaux

About the Author:

Abner Clerveaux is a political observer and radio commentator for the last three decades. Abner Clerveaux brings in this book a unique perspective by allowing the American people to glimpse at what a dictatorship looks like. His vast knowledge of third world politic helps him to combine two opposite political methods into one. A book full of suspense.

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