Friday, November 22, 2013

Book spotlight -- Allegories of the Tarot

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About the book

Allegories of the Tarot Once upon a time, there was an editor with a fascination for the Tarot. She was struck one day by a crazy idea. "Hey," she said. "What if twenty-two writers each wrote a story about the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana of the Tarot and were fashioned into an anthology?" The idea would not leave her alone. And thus, the Allegories of the Tarot was born. Crowdfunded by a campaign on Indiegogo with the help and support of an amazing group of writers, twenty-two stories were crafted around the mysteries of the Tarot. The group includes a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Pulp Ark nominee, a former Bigfoot researcher, a journalist, an award-winning YA author, and a Rhysling Award winner. Professional writers, new talent, and a range of genres boggling the mind: Horror, Speculative Fiction, Bizarro Fiction, Erotica, Mystery, Humor, Paranormal, Epic Fantasy, Literary, Romance, and Historical Fantasy. What has emerged is an outstanding collection of fiction, unique and mysterious. Stories that will make you cry, make you laugh, and make you think. Stories that make you feel the touch of the Universe. Dare to step through the portal to shadowy realms and emotional journeys.

Rave reviews are in!

"Allegories of the Tarot Anthology is a magical book. Magic that will keep you turning the pages. There are muses, demons,  psychics, evil, and more! I shivered, I laughed and I even cried. Magic, I tell you. Magic." -Julie Affleck (Amazon review) "Reviewing an anthology is slightly more difficult than discussing a book or comic because the tone varies from author to author. However, Allegories somehow flowed together as a well-matched whole. The project ended up feeling like several beads strung together to form a beautiful necklace that were more amazing for being paired together." -Jodi Scaife (Amazon review) "All twenty-two stories in this volume are, in a word, superb. I found myself scouring the Internet as I read it; every story made me want to go find more work by its author. The ultimate compliment I can give Allegories is to say that when I finished it, I thought how I envy those who haven’t read it yet." -Lisa Millraney (Amazon review)

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Author profile - Georgina Hannan

Join me as we learn more about author Georgina Hannan

1 - When did you first start writing?

At school when I was 14.

2 - Do you read much? 

If yes, have you always loved reading? Yes I read every day on the way to work. I’ve liked reading since I was 12 and finally found the books I enjoyed.

3 -  Who’s your favorite author?  What’s your favorite book?

Favourite authors, there are so many: Lauren Kate, Karen Mahoney, Lavinia Urban, Ellie Williams, Katie Mayo-Jackson, Nancy Holder and many more. Favourite book is probably The Carver by Jenny Jones.

4 - What writers have influenced you the most?

Lauren Kate, Karen Mahoney and all the point horror stories I read at 12.

5 - Do you have a favorite fictional character?  Either from a book or movie or a tv show?

Hmmm, I’ve never thought of that before. Probably not as I tend to relate in some way to most fictional characters.

6 - What are you working on right now?  Can you tell us something about it?

I am working on the final book in the Cursed Trilogy called Absolution. It brings everything together but probably won’t end exactly how you think.

7 - Is there anything in particular that you do to get in the mood to write, or to get in the ‘zone’?  Any particular pre-writing routines? 

No it either happens or it doesn’t. I find I can’t force it otherwise I write rubbish.

8 - Where do you do your writing?

Anywhere, mostly at a desk or on my bed.

9 - How do you approach your writing?  i.e. - Do you do outlines?  Character bios?  Etc.?

I write out the story idea and plan character bios and try and plan a little of the chapter layouts but mostly I just start writing.

10 - Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep writing no matter what. Write because you enjoy it not because you want to just be a best seller. Also, don’t stop reading, it’s a great way to keep learning.

11 - Are you a morning person or evening person?  Day or night?

I’m a day person, I don’t like mornings and the best part of evenings is going to bed.

12 - Do you have any pets?

Yes, got 2 cats, Milly and Molly.

13 - What’s your favorite ‘I need a break from writing’ activity?

Facebook!

14 - How do you approach writing sex scenes?  They can range from mild to wild.  Where are you on the mild to wild meter?

I am definitely mild, I prefer the lead up and the hint.

15 - Do you write in one genre?  Or more than one?

More than one, Horror, Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult.

16 - Are you self-published or with a publishing house?

Published with fast-print.net for paperback and self-published through Amazon & Smashwords for e-book.

17 - What are your thoughts on getting a literary agent?

It would be nice to let someone else handle everything, however I like having full control.

18 - What about marketing?  How do you approach that area?

I do all my own marketing, I use Vistaprint for postcards, flyers, magnets etc and I use Facebook, Twitter and blog, along with word of mouth and Amazon reviews.

19 - What about beta readers?  Do you use them?  How many do you have?  Where do you find them?

I use my family, my sister, my niece and my cousin’s daughter.

20 - What’s your favorite food?

Chicken Risotto

21 - What’s your favorite color?

Lime Green

22 - Is there a particular website or facebook page or blog that you, as a writer, find very helpful?

Not one in particular no, I use all the groups I’m part of on Facebook.

23 - What’s your favorite time of the year?

Autumn

24 - What’s your most recent book about?  And where can people buy it?

Most recent is Obsession, its book 2 in the trilogy.
The blurb is:
After a strange and exciting holiday, Daisy is looking forward to the new start University life will bring.

A life changing assignment makes her question the fine line between Obsession and Madness.

Can she tell the difference?
Can you?

You can buy it from: fast-print.net/bookshop, Amazon, Smashwords, Waterstones

25 - As a writer, what do you feel is your strongest gift or talent or skill that you have, that helps you the most as a writer?

I am a pretty good speller and hate bad grammar which helps a lot. Also, I have a good imagination but am good at putting myself in that situation to make the characters feelings real.

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Soul of Asimina cover release!



Her parents were heroes of the realm, and when Sabina de Nespa found herself in a position to thwart grave evil, she had never been more determined to do what is right, or more terrified.

Cover by Once Upon a Time Covers

Coming this winter!

Soul of Asimina is the third book in the Land of Kaldalangra series, written by Kristi Strong.



Sabina de Nespa was content living in the shadow of her heroic parents, traveling the realm and aiding the less fortunate. As the child of royalty, she kept her intentions pure and her heart guarded, always aware that the crown may one day rest upon her brow.

When two strangers fall into her world, life as she knows it spirals out of control, and shakes her to the core. One brings with him an enemy that destroyed entire cultures in his old world, and the second is filled with hidden intentions and dangerous secrets.

It has been two years since the reign of the tyrannical King Verikhan has ended, and the realm of Kaldalangra flourishes.
When a decade old evil threatens to destroy the peace of Kaldalangra, it is up to Sabina to take the step into her parents’ footsteps, or let everything for which they worked crumble into dust.







Rhea Aralia lived an uneventful life in Virginia, until the fateful night of her kidnapping. Taken to a strange realm of destruction, despair, and mysterious people with dark secrets, the young woman must learn a new way of life to survive.

With the help of her new companions, Rhea discovers the courage to defy the tyrant King Verikhan and his heir, the cleverness to deceive the court, and the power within herself to transform this world of darkness into one of beauty and hope.

Will Rhea triumph over those who seek her destruction, or will she be forever lost in the darkness known as Kaldalangra?











Nyssa has taken her place as Queen of the realm, with her secret love, Sebast, now openly at her side. She rules with a fair hand, striving for justice and prosperity for all of her people.

Rowan and Rhea travel the realm, spreading peace and healing wherever they go. In Kylassame, they have formed a strong bond with friends and spread deep roots in the community.

The people of Kaldalangra are joyful, and life in their

world is better than ever before.

But a string of tragedies has the ability to bring Rhea to her knees, and with her, the entire realm. While Rowan struggles to recover the village of Kylassame from a devastating crime, Rhea’s faith in her own strength weakens, with dire consequences.


Re-enter the world of Kaldalangra, and join the adventure as Rhea and Rowan endeavor to continue upon their chosen destiny.



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About the Author
 Fixing broken computers, wrangling a very spirited little toddler, and creating a world with a tyrant king, are all parts of the average day for Kristi Strong. While she has called Virginia her home for two decades, her head has rested in two countries, three states, and under far too many roofs to count. She was more than happy to give up her nomadic lifestyle and settle down with her husband, daughter, and their small zoo (consisting of a dog, cat, and chinchilla).                                                                                               Attending James Madison University gave Kristi the rare opportunity to work as part of an archaeological team on a variety of dig sites in Virginia. She now uses her extensive studies in human cultures (aka, Anthropology degree), to create her own world in her fantasy novels, beginning with her debut novel, The Lady of Steinbrekka, continuing with her second novel, Heart of Kylassame, as well as her upcoming novel Soul of Asimina.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Author profile - Matthew Pizzolato

Join me for an author profile with Matthew Pizzolato --

1 - When did you first start writing?

I started writing when I was twelve years old.  It was an attempt at a novel that I never finished, mostly because at the time I didn't know what I was doing.  I began experimenting with short stories and honed my craft from there. 

2 - Do you read much?  If yes, have you always loved reading?

As long as I'm breathing, I'm reading something.  My love of reading is what sparked my love of writing.  I've been reading constantly ever since I first learned how. 

3 -  Who’s your favorite author?  What’s your favorite book?

My favorite author is Louis L'Amour and my favorite book is one that he wrote, Flint.  Although I enjoy everything that he wrote, that one's my favorite because I can see myself as the title character, Jim Flint. A lot of my outlook on life and the principles that I live by are outlined in that book, as well as one of the goals that I have.

4 - What writers have influenced you the most?

Louis L'Amour is my biggest influence, but I've also read a lot of Elmore Leonard, Stephen King and J.R.R. Tolkein.  Of course, I read as many Westerns as I can find and have read all of the great Western writers, and I try to keep up with as many of the current Western writers that I can.

5 - Do you have a favorite fictional character?  Either from a book or movie or a tv show?

My favorite character would be William Tell Sackett, one of L'Amour's characters who appears in several of his books.  Tell is a loner, much like I am, and I've always identified well with him. 

6 - What are you working on right now?  Can you tell us something about it?

Right now I'm working what will be at least a novella, if not a full length novel, featuring the series characters that I write. One is a Texas Ranger named Jud Nelson, the other is an antiheroic outlaw that goes by the name of Wesley Quaid and the other is an assassin who calls herself Sabrina. 

A new villain, Clay McBayne, was introduced into the storyline in my latest book. Although Quaid and Nelson often find themselves on opposite sides of the law, they may have to join forces in order to overcome the evil forces that they align themselves against.
        
7 - Is there anything in particular that you do to get in the mood to write, or to get in the ‘zone’?  Any particular pre-writing routines? 

There's nothing in particular other than applying my posterior to my chair and my fingers to a keyboard. I try to eliminate all outside distractions so that I'm not temped to procrastinate, something at which all writers are quite skilled.

8 - Where do you do your writing?

I have an office dedicated to nothing but my writing. One wall is entirely book shelves and I have a desk for my computer.  The only luxury that I allow myself is a stereo because sometimes I like to listen to Marty Robbins or Chris Ledoux while I write. 
        
9 - How do you approach your writing?  i.e. - Do you do outlines?  Character bios?  Etc.?

I do use character bios that list just basic details about each character and include a journal entry from the character's point of view.  I don't do outlines because I find they take the fun out of writing. Part of the reason that I write is to see what happens next. Where's the fun in exploring a story if you already know what is going to happen?  For longer works, I'll write a basic plot summary so that I'll have a sort of a road map and I have the conclusion in mind so that I have a goal to write towards, but I never iron out too many details. 

10 - Do you have any advice for other writers?

Persevere. Never quit and never give up, no matter what anyone tells you.  Writing is a skill that is best learned by doing two things, reading and writing.  The more you write, the better your work will be.  Always keep learning.  I think it was Hemmingway who said that we are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

11 - Are you a morning person or evening person?  Day or night?

I'm an evening person. I do most of my writing in the evenings and sometimes late into the night, until 1 or 2 am, when the words are really flowing.

12 - Do you have any pets?

I have red heeler named Bo.

13 - What’s your favorite ‘I need a break from writing’ activity?

Civil war reenacting.  It's a way of stepping back in time and disconnecting not only from writing, but from the problems of everyday life.  It's how I recharge the writing batteries, so to speak.

14 - How do you approach writing sex scenes?  They can range from mild to wild.  Where are you on the mild to wild meter?

I don't write them.  I leave them for the white space in between scenes.  Sex is an integral part of the human experience and essential in most stories, and I don't leave any doubt that my characters experience it. However, I feel that detailed sex scenes are for erotica and I don't write in that genre. 

15 - Do you write in one genre?  Or more than one?

I write primarily Westerns but I have written Horror and Science Fiction. Personally, I think that any kind of story can be told as a Western, and told better as one, in my opinion.

16 - Are you self-published or with a publishing house?

Although some of my short stories have been accepted in different magazines, my three books are self-published.

17 - What are your thoughts on getting a literary agent?

I've looked into agents in the past, but since I am self-published, I don't feel that there is any need to acquire one currently.  However, I like to keep my options open.

18 - What about marketing?  How do you approach that area?

My approach to marketing is use social media to provide content that readers of my genre would be interested in, history about the Old West or pictures of Old West figures such as Buffalo Bill or Jesse James, or even screen shots from some of the great Western movies.  Sometimes, I'll buy advertisements, but for the most part I let book sales take care of themselves.  Nothing is more annoying that someone who constantly blasts, "Buy my book!" over and over on social media, so I try not to do that and just post book links occasionally.  

19 - What about beta readers?  Do you use them?  How many do you have?  Where do you find them?

I have a few that I use. Most of them are friends or other writers that I know. Some that I know personally and some that I have met online. 

20 - What’s your favorite food?

Oreos and milk. Does that count?

21 - What’s your favorite color?

Gray.

22 - Is there a particular website or facebook page or blog that you, as a writer, find very helpful?

One of my favorite websites is a list of Old West slang terms: http://www.legendsofamerica.com/we-slang.html
I like to sprinkle slang terms into my writing to give it an authentic feel.  For example, this morning for breakfast, I had some cackleberries and overland trout along with some sinkers and bee sweetening. I washed it all down with some brown gargle.

23 - What’s your favorite time of the year?

My favorite time of year is the fall and winter. Where I live in the South, it's extremely hot during the summers and I enjoy the cool weather as well as the fall colors.  I like hunting and fishing and cooler temperatures make them more enjoyable.

24 - What’s your most recent book about?  And where can people buy it?

My most recent book is a Western short story collection featuring the series characters that I write called Two of a Kind.  Some of the stories detail their early interactions with each other, but the last four stories in collection lead directly up to the novella that I'm currently working on titled No Remorse. 

25 - As a writer, what do you feel is your strongest gift or talent or skill that you have, that helps you the most as a writer?

My dialog. I've been told that it sometimes has a sharp wit about it, and I suppose that comes from the sarcastic streak that I have. 

26 - Please share some of your links with us - facebook author page, website, where people can find your books –