Interview with Connie Suttle

I’d like to welcome author Connie Suttle to my blog today, who is here to answer a few questions about herself.  She’s a fantasy, urban fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal mystery writer.  So far, she has about forty-two books and short stories published between nine series.

We’ll be focusing on her Blood Destiny Series today, but her work is generally all linked together in the same universe.  To find out more about the first starter book, Blood Wager, scroll to the bottom of the post.  It’s currently free for a limited time.

Now, on to the interview!

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What is the longest you’ve ever stayed awake?  Why?

Two days—my husband was in ICU and the prognosis at the time wasn’t good.

What is your current country of residence?  Have you visited other countries?

U.S. resident. I’ve visited Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Loved all of it!

What is your beverage of choice when you first wake up?  What happens if you can’t get it?

Coffee, and I’m quite grumpy if I don’t get my fix!

Do you have pets?  If so, what kind and do they help you write your books?

My cats think they help. I call it cat help, which is worse than no help at all 🙂

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If someone was willing to pay you a million dollars cash to run down the street naked, would you do it?

Depends on which street!

What genres of books do you like to read?

Fantasy, Science Fiction, Paranormal

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Driven my 1986 Camaro through floodwaters. No worries—I’ll never do that again.

Name a few of the TV shows you like to watch.

Big Bang Theory, Lucifer, Killjoys, Madame Secretary. Loved Limitless, but it was canceled 🙁

What would be your weapon of choice if society crumbled and it was each man/woman for themself?

A ranos pistol

What is your favorite meal (including side dishes)?

Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes (with gravy) fresh green beans. All home-cooked.

If money were no object, what kind of car would you get?

A Wiesmann GT MF5 “Lizard King.”

Name a mystical creature you wish you could have as a pet.

A dragon.

What would be your ideal writing retreat?

My very own island with a deserted beach view.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

There’s an outdoors????? When did that happen?

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Connie, thanks for stopping by to visit today!  You and I have the same favorite meal (we must be from the same state, lol).  Love the TV show Lucifer, and I’m just as disappointed that Limitless was canceled.  How could they do such a thing?


AUTHOR BIO

Connie Suttle lives in Oklahoma with her long-suffering husband and three cats. The cats are not long-suffering. In fact, they’ve banded together and hired a lawyer to present all their demands.

You can visit her at her website here:  www.subtledemon.com


GIVEAWAY

Connie Suttle is currently running a free promotion on Amazon for the first novel in her Blood Destiny series, Blood Wager, from now until Sep 25th.  You can pick up your copy at this link:  https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Wager-Destiny-Book-ebook/dp/B0058JT7X4/


bloodwager3dBOOK SUMMARY:

“I agree to pay Sergio Velenci one million pounds if the female takes less than nine days to fully turn.”

Lissa’s life as a vampire begins on the day her husband is removed from life support. Turned by rogues who wager her life, Lissa is running from her maker who is determined to kill her, hunted by the Council who has branded her a rogue and blackmailed by werewolves, who utilize her newly-developed talents for their own gain.

 

***Available on Amazon Kindle Unlimited***


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Interview with K.F. Breene

I’ve got author K.F. Breene here today to answer a few questions about herself.  She’s an urban fantasy, paranormal, and epic fantasy writer with thirteen books published so far.  Her series include the Darkness Series and Warrior Chronicles.  Today, we’ll be focusing on her novel, Chosen, which you can read more about at the end of the post.

Now on to the interview!

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What is the longest you’ve ever stayed awake?  Why?

I’ve stayed awake for 36 hours. I went to Italy and our flight was first delayed in San Francisco, and then in London. I can’t sleep on planes or while sitting upright, so I was awake the whole time. Guinness in Heathrow got me through it. My husband didn’t fare so well.

What is your current country of residence?  Have you visited other countries?

I live just north of San Francisco near wine country in the U.S. I’ve been to Mexico, Canada, and a few places in Europe. I love traveling, so I will definitely be going to more places.

What is your beverage of choice when you first wake up?  What happens if you can’t get it?

I don’t have any sort of “first waking up” anything, other than grumpiness. I don’t really drink coffee, I don’t need to have tea, and I don’t always have a protein shake for breakfast, so it’s a case by case situation. This means that if I wake up and any one thing is missing, it doesn’t put me out in the slightest. I had Pepsi this morning because the husband had opened it. It went well with my slice of pizza.

Do you have pets?  If so, what kind and do they help you write your books?

I don’t have any pets at the moment except two children, who follow me around like puppies. Soon I’ll be getting a Doberman, which is my favorite kind of dog.

If someone was willing to pay you a million dollars cash to run down the street naked, would you do it?

I’ve done it for free. Tequila is a crazy thing. But while sober, I’m still not put out by nakedness. Having kids will do that to a person—you just stop caring. At least I did. If my body is my temple, then I’ve had one too many sacrifices. At four in the morning the other weekend I went to my car in a thong and tank top to hunt for my kid’s pacifier. She was screaming (she’s an infant) and I was at my wit’s end.
Again, I’ve just stopped caring. If it’s the middle of the night and I’m tired—anything goes.

What genres of books do you like to read?

I like everything. If it has a good story, I’ll read it. I need to move around, as well, because I get bored with the same thing too many times in a row.

In unrelated news, I almost always struggle spelling boredom and bored. Why, I don’t no. So that just happened.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Jaysus—take a number. I really can’t pick one. If you read my books, especially the straight romances, pick out the craziest thing in there, that you can’t imagine could ever happen in real life, and I guarantee that was based off of personal experience. I love the thrill of the moment, so I just DO. I don’t really think about it. I take risks and act like a lunatic. Add alcohol and a party? Yeah. I’m nuts. I volunteered to be whipped at the S&M street fair in San Francisco (I learned quickly that that is not my thing, but I was tied in—one of my stupider ideas. Yes, I had clothes on).

I took my kid down Bourbon Street at 10pm after a rain storm—she had the time of her life, at 5. I complimented a naked guy at Gay Pride for his huge penis, and muttered that I hoped he was a bottom, because ouch. I jumped off a horse because I thought it was about to buck me off. I’ve streaked, skinny dipped in lakes, peed outdoors (no matter the setting), wandered around the front yard in a robe with a bottle of wine, swam in a fountain after bottomless mimosas on the Las Vegas strip… There’s no end.

All fun and games until the cops are called. And yes, I’ve run from the cops on several occasions when they came to break up a party.  I’m not as crazy now because I’m stuck at home with the kids. Which is probably a good thing. Until they are grown. Then, shenanigans.

Name a few of the TV shows you like to watch.

I don’t really like watching TV. When I do it’s because the husband does nothing else, so I watch Masterchef or Hells Kitchen, because I like Gordon Ramsey, America’s Got Talent and the Voice, mostly because of the announcers, and American Ninja Warrior. Competitions, mostly, so I can shut the brain off. Otherwise, I’d rather be reading or working (which is some part of authoring). Without the kids I’d be forcing myself to go walking or running. When that baby grows up a little bit watch out! I’ll be FREE!!!!

What would be your weapon of choice if society crumbled and it was each man/woman for themself?

Gun. I’d want a rifle for the long shot, and a handgun for running between place to place. Unless people count as weapons, in which case, I’d want to make great friends with someone who had special ops training and a really bad attitude.

What is your favorite meal (including side dishes)?

It changes. I don’t have a favorite. It really depends on my mood.

If you could witness any event in history, what would it be?

I’d love to see the turmoil of the Vietnam era from a distance. I’d want to feel the atmosphere and the tone of that time. See what the media was like and the general outlook. It seems like a crazy time, and I want to feel that, but without actually living it.

What is the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?

What’s weird to me is tame to a lot of my friends. What I didn’t love was dear heart. Ew. It was cut up and put on my spaghetti (my dad is a hunter). Other than that, I’ve experimented a bit because friends have made me and you can get anything in San Francisco. I wouldn’t know what of that is weird, though. Maybe most.

If money were no object, what kind of car would you get?

I just got one of my dream cars, which is an Audi. It isn’t as cool as I’ve always made it up to be, and for that reason, I don’t really care about cars anymore. Although, if I could go as fast as I wanted, I’d get the fastest car I could and go nuts. I love speed.

Name a mystical creature you wish you could have as a pet.

None. It would probably be a diva. Yeah, unicorn, your horn is great, but your pooping all over the front walk is not. Move along! Don’t you toss your head at me, you’re not that great, I don’t care what the neighborhood kids have to say!

What would be your ideal writing retreat?

I used to write overlooking Ocean Beach. In addition to well built surfers changing and surfing right there, one day I saw dolphins. As far as writing goes, that’s where I like to do it. As far as a retreat goes, I’d rather be somewhere mundane with a bunch of like-minded writers so we can talk business.

When I travel, I like to experience my surroundings and make notes that’ll go in a future books. I don’t like wasting my time with my head in a made-up land, so for me, I don’t write when I travel to great places. That’s why I’d want a mundane place, so I’m not missing out on anything.

You should know that I am an extroverted-introvert. I’m crazy, and like to be in the buzz of people, and like to be OUT experiencing life, but then I need to have some quiet time to process. I need a balance of both. So I’m not like most writers, and staying indoors writing, in a buzzing city, would be torture.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

A BBQ with friends and fun, especially if there are lawn games or something to do. That’s a good time.

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Thanks for stopping by to visit today, K.F.!  Loved your stories about your wild and crazy times.  Like you, I can be both an extrovert and introvert, so I totally understand how that works.


AUTHOR BIO

K.F. Breene is a USA TODAY BESTSELLING author of the Darkness Series and Warrior Chronicles. She lives in wine country where over every rolling hill, or behind every cow, an evil sorcerer might be plotting his next villainous deed while holding a bottle of wine and brick of cheese. Her husband thinks she’s cracked for wandering around, muttering about magic and swords. Her kids are on board with her fantastical imagination, except when the description of the monsters becomes too real.
She’ll wait until they’re older to tell them that monsters are real, and so is the magic to fight them. She wants them to sleep through the night, after all…

Never miss the next monster!

You can visit her at her website here: www.kfbreene.com


GIVEAWAY

K.F. is giving away a swag pack to one lucky winner.  Leave a comment below for your chance to win.  The giveaway will be open through to Tuesday, September 20th, and the winner will be notified by email soon thereafter.

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chosen-genericBOOK SUMMARY:

**Overall Top 100 Bestseller by USA Today Bestselling Author!**

It is said that when war threatens the world, one individual will be selected by prophecy to lead the Shadow Warriors out of the Land of Mist and reclaim the freedom which has been stolen.
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Shanti has grown up under the constant threat of war. Since she helped her people defeat a raiding party by using a special power, she’s been a hunted woman. Carrying rare abilities and an uncanny fighting aptitude, Shanti is the only hope of salvation for her people. The problem is, she doesn’t believe in her own divinity, and when she flounders, she nearly fails in the duty hanging so heavy on her shoulders.

It seems like any other day when Sanders and his band of misfit boys find a foreign woman clinging to life in the wastelands. Oblivious to the weapon they now have in their possession, they are content to harbor the mysterious woman until she is well enough to continue her journey.

But when the war spreads its arms and lands on her borrowed doorstep, Shanti has no choice but to reveal her secrets, plunging her saviors into danger. If they band with her, they will face certain death. But to trade her to Xandre, the warlord desperate to add her to his war machine, would be to give up their entire way of life.

War is coming. The only choice becomes: Which side do you choose?

***Available on Amazon Kindle Unlimited***


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Interview with Erin Zarro

Erin Zarro is here with us to answer a few questions about herself.  She’s a fantasy, sci-fi, and horror author who has written the Fey Touched series that has two novels out so far.  Today we’ll be focusing on the newest installment, Grave Touched, which you can learn more about at the end of this post.  Also, be sure to check out the giveaway she is offering.

Now on to the interview!

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What is your beverage of choice when you first wake up?  What happens if you can’t get it?

Diet Pepsi. I’m a zombie in a bad mood without it.

Do you have pets?  If so, what kind and do they help you write your books?

I have one, a black cat named Hailey, who hubby and I believe is part vampire. She typically doesn’t help me with my books. The Queen does not concern herself with the needs of the peasants. 😉

If someone was willing to pay you a million dollars cash to run down the street naked, would you do it?

Absolutely! I wouldn’t call myself the bravest person in the world, but for a million dollars, I could get brave!

What genres of books do you like to read?

I’m all over the genre map: paranormal romance, sci-fi, science fantasy, fantasy, and horror, YA of any kind. Sometimes thrillers too.

Name a few of the TV shows you like to watch.

Bones, Game of Thrones, Outlander, and General Hospital (don’t laugh – I’ve watched it since I was a kid.) Kind of a strange mix, huh?

Name a mystical creature you wish you could have as a pet.

A unicorn. When I was a child, I was obsessed with them. Even now that I’ve grown up, I have quite the collection of unicorn figurines. They inspire me. 🙂

What would be your ideal writing retreat?

Somewhere on the lake, quiet, in nature. Maybe a log cabin. Far away from the city. I like to get away from everything, including the internet (don’t hit me). And I’ve always been more inspired near water. It soothes me.

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Thanks for stopping by to visit today, Erin.  I’m with you on the ideal writing retreat.  Lakes, cabins, and water are the perfect setting for creativity!


AUTHOR BIO

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Erin Zarro is an indie novelist and poet living in Michigan. She’s married to her Prince Charming, and she has a feline child named Hailey who she’s convinced is part vampire. She loves all things scary and spooky, and is on a mission to scare herself, as nothing lately has scared her. She writes in the genres of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. Her first published novel, Fey Touched, is a blend of sci-fi and fantasy, as is Book 2, Grave Touched. She is currently working on Book 3, Ever Touched, and is trying to stay out of trouble. Mostly.

You can visit her at her website here: Http://www.erinzarro.com

Or her Amazon author page here: https://www.amazon.com/Erin-Zarro/e/B005OMCRXW/


GIVEAWAY

Erin is giving away an ebook copy of Grave Touched to one lucky winner.  Leave a comment below for your chance to win.  The giveaway will be open through to Tuesday, September 13th, and the winner will be notified by email soon thereafter.


gt-cover-y-prac3prtcopyBOOK SUMMARY:

Fey Touched – humans, genetically engineered for immortality and flight, tasked with protecting the rest of the world from rogue Fey…

Grave Touched – dead souls in search of living bodies to possess, especially those who’ve had a brush with death…

When Fey Touched Hunter Emily wakes up in a hospital, she doesn’t know that she was in fact dead. Nor does she know that her lover, Nick, broke all kinds of rules to bring her back. But the grave touched do.

Fey Touched Healer Asha does know that her mate, Joe, saved her when her abilities nearly killed her. And she knows the voices in her head are the grave touched trying to stake their claim. Asha needs Joe’s help again, but unfortunately she’s the only one who believes the grave touched exist.

The grave touched are plotting to take over the corporeal world, and they’re gaining strength. Only Emily and Asha stand in their way – and both are about to be possessed.

Grave Touched.

Please note that this book contains explicit sex, explicit language, and violence and is not suitable for those under 18.

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Miscellaneous news…

I just wanted to give some updates on author interviews.  How long they will continue and which authors will be visiting over the next couple of months.  I’ve also got some news on the French translation of the Sensor Series and there’s been a change for some of you subscribing to this blog.

Author Interviews

The interviews have been going really well so far.  I’ve gotten some awesome authors to participate in the Friday installments and the reader turnout has been good.  For those of you who haven’t been following them, you really should.  The questions are fun and allow you to get to know authors outside of their writing in new and interesting ways.  Many of them also give away free ebooks, paperbacks, and other prizes.

The interviews will continue through to the week before Thanksgiving (except the week Forged by Flames is released).  After that, the holidays will be upon us and I won’t have the time to continue them, but I hope you all enjoy them while they last!

Below is the finalized schedule for the rest of the year.  Hopefully, you recognize at least a few of the names!

Sep 9th– Erin Zarro
Sept 16th– KF Breene
Sept 23rd– Connie Suttle
Sept 30th– JT Bock
Oct 7th– Devon Monk
Oct 14th– Kate Danley
Oct 21st– Mark Henwick
Nov 4th– Helen Harper
Nov 11th– Elizabeth Hunter
Nov 18th– Yasmine Galenorn

The Sensor Series in French

Actually, it’s just called the “Melena Sanders Series” over there since I think the publisher found that series title easier to use.  Darkness Haunts was published last spring in French and it’s sold really well so far.  My publisher has informed me that they’ve wrapped up the translation for Darkness Taunts (Trompée par les Ténèbres) and they’re now in the editing phase.  It looks like they’ll publish book 2 in October.  Chained by Darkness (book 2.5) will follow soon thereafter with a December release.

I’m really excited for how the series has done so far and that it managed to climb into the top 100 of Amazon France for a few days during its first month, which was awesome.  This is my first experience with having translated books and I’m glad I took a chance on it.

Blog subscriber changes

Up until now, there have been two ways to subscribe to the blog.  I’d meant for there to only be one, but when I added WordPress Jetback a while back it added a second, and some people ended up signing up with that.  About seventy percent of you were subscribed to the first.

Unfortunately, the old plugin has been giving me a lot of problems recently, to include not sending out new post notifications properly.  I transferred the email addresses of those subscribers over to a MailChimp RSS feed that will only send you an email once a day if there are any new posts.  You haven’t been signed up for anything else, so not to worry about that.

Those of you who signed up through WordPress will not have seen any difference.  Others may have noticed the layout for post notifications has changed in the past week, but I think it actually looks a lot better than the plugin I was using before which was rather plain.  If you don’t like it, though, there is a way to unsubscribe at the bottom of the email.  Anyone new to the blog will be signing up for the WordPress subscription.

If you’d like to be signed up for the MailChimp RSS blog feed and you aren’t already, this is the link:  http://eepurl.com/cd4vfz

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That’s all for now.  Hope everyone’s week is going well!

Dragon’s Breath Series News

I’ve got a few updates for you all on the Dragon’s Breath series.  A lot of people are wanting a date they can mark on their calendars for when future books will come out.  Also, I’m still getting asked about audio for Dancing with Flames.  Plus, I’ve got news about upcoming holiday novellas.

Forged by Flames release date and cover info

My goal is to have the novel out on October 27th.  It’s looking like it will be at least as long as Dancing with Flames, maybe longer.

I don’t have a cover for it yet because I’ve had to switch photographers and models (long story).  This means getting all new shots done for the rest of the series (which is going to be at least 5-6 more books).  On a bright note, I’ll be using a team in the Oklahoma City area so I can actually be at the photo shoot, whereas before everything took place in Boston, MA.  Other than one especially long trip, I couldn’t make it up there.  I have the photo shoot scheduled for the middle of this month, and I’m in the midst of getting wardrobe and props organized for it.  As my team of helpers can testify (thank God for their help), there is a lot that goes into these because you have to plan the poses, mood of the shots, and which garments/props the model will be using.

It will take at least a week or so after the photo shoot for the photographer to get me the final images.  I’ll pick the ones I like and get those to the cover designer to start work.  For the dragon series, all the artwork is done from scratch so it can take another week or two for the artist to finish the design.  Then I’ll have to have typography added.  So the cover reveal will be much closer to the release date than what I normally do but please hang in there.  I think this next cover is going to turn out awesome based on what we have planned.

Dancing with Flames audio

The audiobook is set to release on October 18th.  Marguerite Gavin (the narrator) has had a rather full schedule, but she tweeted recently that she’d started recording the book.  Those of you who are waiting for the audio don’t have too much longer to go!

Holiday novellas

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I would be re-releasing the Kerbasi holiday story that was originally part of an anthology.  That will be coming out on November 28th.  I will probably put up a pre-order for that one once I have the cover designed.

The Dragon’s Breath series will also be getting its first holiday novella.  Book 3 (Forged by Flames) takes place from late November into early December.  The Christmas novella I’m going to write will start about a couple of weeks after that on the series timeline.  It will focus on what it’s like to celebrate the holidays in a post-apocalyptic world, and it will be a bit lighter than the main series novels.  My plan is to make it somewhere between 30-40k words so it will be longer than any of the other holiday stories I’ve written so far. I’m hoping it will be meaty enough to have a paperback version as well for those who’d want it.

My design helper team and I have some fun plans for the cover.  It’s definitely going to have a Christmas with dragons sort of theme.  The expected release date for it is December 15th.

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That’s it for now.  Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Interview with Debra Dunbar

I’ve got Debra Dunbar here with me today to answer a few questions about herself.  She’s an urban fantasy author who has published sixteen novels so far for two series- The Imp Series, which has 8 books currently, plus 3 stand-alone Imp World novels, and 2 books in a spin-off series. She also has The Templar Series which currently has 3 novels.

For today, we’ll focus on her latest release, Exodus, which is the newest novel in her Imp Series. At the end of this post, you’ll find more details about that and links to where you can pick it up.  There is also a giveaway opportunity, so you don’t want to miss that.

Now on to the interview!

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Do you have pets?  If so, what kind and do they help you write your books?

I have two hellhounds…errr, Bloodhounds.  Bones and Buckwheat (the puppy). They’re not very helpful when it comes to writing due to the lack keyboarding skills. I’m trying to teach them to fetch coffee, but that doesn’t seem to be working out too well.

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If someone was willing to pay you a million dollars cash to run down the street naked, would you do it?

Can I walk? Because as any woman over the age of twelve can tell you, running naked involves an uncomfortable amount of jiggle.

Name a few of the TV shows you like to watch.

I don’t get to watch a lot of TV because of my writing schedule.  Well, that and the fact that I have two sons ages ten and seven. Most of my television tends to be Adventure Time, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or Scooby Doo re-runs.  I DVR Outlander, Walking Dead, and Supernatural but the few times I get the TV to myself, I tend to binge watch Criminal Minds.

What would be your weapon of choice if society crumbled and it was each man/woman for themself?

A backhoe. Or maybe a combine. I could run over zombies or bad-guys from the comfort of an air-conditioned cab with surround-sound stereo.  Because killing requires a background soundtrack, you know.

What is the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?

That’s a tough one because I eat pretty much whatever I’m served with the caveat that I don’t want to know what it is beforehand.  Sometimes I don’t know what it was afterwards either.  Hmm, chicken hearts and gizzards when I was in Beijing? Escargot? Canned Chicken a la King?
No – probably guts from steamed Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs. They call it ‘mustard’ because it’s yellow.  And I’m not a fan. Love the crabs, hate the ‘mustard’.

Name a mystical creature you wish you could have as a pet.

A Pegasus.  I horseback ride, but I suck at it. I think I spend more time on the ground looking up at my pony than I do on his back.  Even with the risks inherent in falling from 1000 feet in the air as opposed to 6 feet up, I’d still go for it.  Maybe I could duct-tape myself to him?

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So glad you could stop by and visit today, Debra.  I’m sure you could walk, rather than run, down the street if you wanted.  Also, I’d love to have a pegasus as a pet, too!  It would make getting around during rush hour traffic a lot easier.


AUTHOR BIO

Headshot 5After majoring in English with a concentration in Medieval Literature and Folklore studies, Debra promptly sold out to the corporate world, occasionally writing marketing copy and op/ed articles for a local city paper. By day, she designs compensation programs, after dark she stuffs her nose into obscure mythology, and feverishly writes her novels.

Debra lives in a little house in the woods with her three sons, and a Noah’s ark of four legged family members. She drives a gigantic diesel SUV, couldn’t carry a tune if you duct taped it to her back, and enjoys an occasional cosmopolitan (heavy on the vodka). On a good day, she jogs and horseback rides, hopefully managing to keep the horse between herself and the ground. Her only known super power is ‘Identify Roadkill’.

You can visit here at:  http://debradunbar.com


GIVEAWAY

Debra Dunbar is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner.  Leave a comment below for your chance to win.  One random person will be selected on Tuesday, September 6th, and notified by email soon thereafter.


Exodus - Ebook SmallBOOK SUMMARY:

New to the Imp Series? Start with Book 1 – A Demon Bound – for FREE.

Exodus – The elves have a plan to save humanity…by enslaving them. And the angels are too busy to intervene.
Aaru is at war. The rebel angels are calling for Sam’s exclusion from the Ruling Council and her banishment to Hel. But Sam’s isn’t the only future at risk. If they’re defeated, Gregory and his brothers will face exile, losing everything they’ve spent billions of years to build.
The fate of heaven and earth is in the balance, and only an angel from Hel can save them both.


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Interview with Selene Charles

This week I’ve got author Selene Charles here to answer a few questions about herself.  She’s an urban fantasy and YA author who has published seven books so far.  Selene is about to publish her eighth book as the first in a new series that will feature characters from both The Night Series (which she wrote as RS Black) and The Tempted Series (which she wrote as Selene). This new book, Whiskey, Vamps, and Thieves, features a vampire detective, Scarlett Smith, who’s been raised by a pack of shifters. It sounds like it could be a fun read, so be on the lookout for it!

For today, we’ll focus on her Night Collection, which has the first two books bundled together for easy purchase. At the end of this post, you’ll find more details about that and links to where you can pick it up.  Now on to the interview!

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What is the longest you’ve ever stayed awake? Why?

Longest I ever stayed awake was a month after I first got married. I was just barely 20 years old and decided that it was time to gather my belongings from my mother’s attic to our new apartment. Only problem was we lived 12 hours away from my folks house and my husband and I couldn’t get any time off from work. So we had to rent a U-Haul and make it all happen in one weekend. Being young and dumb, I thought, “No problem, we totally got this.”

We totally didn’t “got” this. I failed to consider just how long a 12-hour drive actually was. By the time we added in all the potty break stops, it took us nearly 14 hours. I also failed to consider that I had about 1500 lbs worth of “crap” at my parents house that we basically had to move ourselves. We piled it all in, breaking stuff by the end we were so over moving stuff, had enough time to sit and eat dinner with my family before we had to turn right back around and make that drive all over again. Still no sleep.

By the time we go to within an hour of our home both my husband and I were hallucinating. Seeing people walking down the freeway, where there was no one…yeah, dumbest thing I ever did. Almost 2 days of no sleep and we had a 10-hour shift at work the next day. We barely managed a few hours sleep before we were up again. Wow, that was stupid. Ah, to be 20 again…

What is your beverage of choice when you first wake up? What happens if you can’t get it?

I’m a tea girl. Chai, Fruity, Black, Green…doesn’t matter. Need my tea. If I don’t get it I go slightly insane.

Do you have pets? If so, what kind and do they help you write your books?

I have a furbaby, Ruby Leilani. She’s a maltese-cocker mix and as cute as a button, she’s my writing partner. She’ll lay on my lap while I write. It’s our thing now, and yes, I think if she wasn’t there to do it any longer I wouldn’t be able to focus and get the job done.

What genres of books do you like to read?

Urban Fantasy that is also very romance driven. Which is probably why my preference runs toward female authors, however, I’m a HUGE fan of Jim Butcher. He’s great.

Name a few of the TV shows you like to watch.

Outlander, Once Upon A Time, Anything procedural, Elementary, Downton Abbey, Velvet, Grand Hotel, I could go on.

What would be your weapon of choice be if society crumbled and it was each man/woman for themself?

I’ve always thought there was something sexy about fan blades. You know, something that appears to be feminine and very delicate and then WHACK, you sever that carotid and smile while you do it. Or maybe that’s just me. 😉

If you could witness any event in history, what would it be?

The birth of creation. To be there and watch it all happen, all your questions would finally be answered, like what actually did come first, the chicken or the egg??? Very thought provoking questions those.

Name a mystical creature you wish you could have as a pet.

A sexy fae to do my bidding. Thinking maybe Laurell K. Hamilton’s Frost or Darkness would do. 😉

What would be your ideal writing retreat?

Anything secluded and in the woods. I’m very much a loner by nature and think best when I’m alone.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

Hiking. If I could do it all year round, I would.

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Thanks for stopping by to visit and answer questions today, Selene.  I love your idea for a mystical pet and wish I could have a secluded place in the woods to write as well!


AUTHOR BIO

Selene Charles is the pen name of a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author. She is an avid penguin sweater knitter. She believes that unicorns really do exist and that skittles aren’t really candy at all. She enjoys skydiving in the arctic, chatting with her polar bear friends around a warm campfire while sipping on warm cocoa, and she used to work in a traveling carnival which is where she got all these crazy ideas from. Only two of these statements are actually true.

If you’d like to know more about her or her works feel free to write her at [email protected]

You can also visit her on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008517304720


The Night Series Collection - EbookBOOK SUMMARY:

Night Collection (books 1 & 2)

Crimson Night:

Welcome one and all to Carnival Diabolique- or what I affectionately like to call, the carnival of the damned. My name is Pandora, and though my face might not look familiar to you, you do know me. I’m a Nephilim. What does that mean? I’m half demon, what’s my other name? Lust. I’m the dark craving that drives you mad, makes you want, makes you reckless and stupid. I’m the drug you’ll do anything to get your hands on. But I’m not all bad. I fight for light, for goodness and truth. I love my job, killing vampires and werewolves, zombies, and freaks… it’s what makes me happy. But people are starting to disappear and lately I’ve felt a dark presence lurking around me. I think it might be a death priest and that’s really bad. There isn’t much a demon like me fears, but I fear them. This should have been easy, me killing the fanged freaks, getting rid of my pesky priest problem, but I’m about to be betrayed by the one person I thought I could trust with my life and before the night is through I’ll be covered in crimson…

All Hallows Night:

Secrets and truths, lies and red herrings… which is which? That’s what Pandora’s trying to figure out. Ever since the death of her best, and probably only friend by her own hands, she’s not sure who to trust anymore. The Priest is dead. The Gray Man is… she’s not even sure what. Luc, well, Luc is Luc.

The Order has sent her deep into the heart of Mexico to investigate a potential zombie uprising. She arrives at the start of the Dia de los Muertos festival—a celebration for the dead and immediately things don’t feel right to her. For one, bodies (the living kind) keep disappearing. They’re not being kidnapped, no, if only things were that simple. Literally there one second, gone the next, she’s not sure what to make of it. On top of that mum’s are floating all over the place. Is that merely symbolism associated with the festival, or is it a clue of something far more sinister?

In this explosive sequel to Crimson Night, an old ally returns and a shocking truth is revealed. One that will turn her investigation into The Order’s duplicity on its head and make Pandora question everything she ever thought she knew…

 

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Interview with C. Gockel

Today I’ve got author C. Gockel here to answer a few questions about herself.  She’s an urban fantasy, paranormal, and sci-fi writer who has published eight novels, plus several shorter works, to date.  Her urban fantasy series is “I Bring the Fire” and her sci-fi series is the “Archangel Project.”

The first novel in her UF series “Wolves: I Bring the Fire Part 1” is currently free on all the major ebook retailers.  At the end of this post, you’ll find more details about it and links to where you can get your copy.  For now, check out my interview and the giveaway she’s offering for those who leave a comment.

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What is your current country of residence? Have you visited other countries?

I live in Chicago, Illinois, in the USA–where most of my “earth-side” action takes place in my I Bring the Fire series. I’ve lived in Japan and visited Mexico, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, England, Germany, France, and Austria. I haven’t travelled much since having kids; it might be part of why I write fantasy and sci-fi … simply for the escape!

What is your beverage of choice when you first wake up? What happens if you can’t get it?

Tea. You don’t want to know what happens if I don’t get my tea … even my children leave me alone on those days.

Do you have pets? If so, what kind and do they help you write your books?

At the moment, I have no pets, but I do have two children. They do help me write my books. I hand them an outline, put them in front of the computer screen and tell them they won’t get any iPad until they’ve written two-thousand words. Since the youngest is just learning to spell, it’s hard for her, but you know how the infinite monkey theorem says if you put a monkey in front of a keyboard for an infinite amount of time they’ll eventually write Shakespeare? Well, children are slightly more efficient and …
No, no, I don’t actually do that, and mostly when I type they wander in and say they’re hungry, or scream, “He’s looking at me!” and “Well, she is humming!”

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Having a child. Having another.

Name a mystical creature you wish you could have as a pet.

I would like an Al-mi’raj–a ferocious, carnivorous, horned rabbit. If there are mystical creatures about, it must mean there’s been an apocalyptic event. I’d like a creature that can defend me, that wouldn’t terrify the kids, is smallish (we have a small house), and is most likely to be fatally underestimated by my enemies.

What would be your weapon of choice if society crumbled and it was each man/woman for them self?

I’d like the aforementioned Al-mi’raj. I’ve got two left feet and I’m horribly uncoordinated. A murderous bunny would be my best friend–err, as long as it was my best friend, and not just out to eat me.

What would be your ideal writing retreat?

Summer camp is my ideal writing retreat– summer camp for my kids, not for me. I get time to write, and time to enjoy my husband’s company and have an adult conversation, but at the end of the day, they come home.

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Thanks for stopping by to visit today, C. Gockel.  You really have traveled around the world and love your idea for a mystical pet!


AUTHOR BIO

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Gockel has been writing stories for her friends and family since the dark ages (i.e., before word processors existed.) A few years ago, she started posting those stories to the intertubes. She received emails, messages, and reviews from her fans telling her she should ‘do this professionally.’ She didn’t; because she is a coward and life as a digital designer, copywriter and coder is more dependable. But in the end, her husband’s nagging wore her down: “You could be the next ’50 Shades of Gray’ and I could retire!” Unfortunately, the author writes science fiction and fantasy, and isn’t particularly good at writing erotica. She is sad about this; she’d love for her husband to be able to retire and just work for her so she can nag him. At the moment, Ms. Gockel is working on the next installment of the Archangel Project.

Ms. Gockel loves to hear from readers. She can be reached by email at:

[email protected]

Her Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/CGockelWrites

You can find all her books here on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/C-Gockel/e/B009WVEFEU/


GIVEAWAY

C. Gockel is giving away a signed paperback copy of I Bring the Fire to one lucky winner.  Leave a comment below for your chance to win.  One random person will be selected on Wednesday, August 24th, and notified by email soon thereafter.


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FREE ~ Wolves: I Bring the Fire Part I

When Amy prays for help, Loki isn’t the savior she has in mind. Can a nice Midwestern girl trust a so-called God of Mischief and Chaos? With an ancient power calling him, can Loki even trust himself?

 


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Kerbasi holiday story

I get regular emails regarding the Kerbasi holiday story (Facing the Darkness) that I wrote for the “A Very Paranormal Holiday Anthology” back in late 2014.  This was for a collection of Christmas stories myself and five other authors wrote, all tied to our individual book series.  Earlier this year, we pulled the anthology from the retailers so Facing the Darkness has not been available since then.  I realize that new readers coming into the Sensor Series have not had a way to get it and I do apologize for that.

It had been my intention to re-release Kerbasi’s story (the only one so far told from his point of view), soon after we pulled the anthology. Unfortunately, life got in the way and I got behind on my schedule.  Before releasing Facing the Darkness on its own as a novella, I want to go back over it again to fine-tune a few things and have an editor look at it again because inevitably revisions create new typos.  I also need to get a cover designed for it.

I’m immersed in writing Forged by Flames (Dragon’s Breath #3) right now, but once it’s done I will jump over to the Kerbasi novella and work on it.  My plan is to release it at the end of November after Thanksgiving.  My apologies to everyone who is wanting this story and hasn’t had the opportunity to read it yet.  I hope you’ll find it worth the wait.  If you have any questions about it, do feel free to ask!

Interview with Donna Augustine

This week I’m featuring Donna Augustine for my author interview series.  She’s an urban fantasy writer who has published eleven novels so far in three series:  The Keepers, Karma, and The Wilds.

The first novel in her Karma series, also titled “Karma” is currently free on Amazon and iTunes.  At the end of this post, you’ll find more details about it and links to where you can get your copy.  For now, check out my interview and the giveaway she’s offering for those who leave a comment.

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What is your beverage of choice when you first wake up? What happens if you can’t get it?

Coffee. I drink it for the first two waking hours. I went on a camping trip once (and only once) and I was unaware that there wouldn’t be coffee. I’m not sure where I thought the coffee would magically appear from but apparently, fairies don’t deliver caffeine on demand. There might be bodies buried at that campsite but I’m pleading temporary insanity.

Do you have pets? If so, what kind and do they help you write your books?

I have three cats. Two I adopted and a third that decided he was moving in, whether I liked it or not. I don’t know if they help me write but they do relax me.

If someone was willing to pay you a million dollars cash to run down the street naked, would you do it?

Yes, but only if I were asked in the next few years. Funny things are happening now that I’m in my forties. That’s all I’ll write on the subject. Trust me, it’s all you want to know.

What genres of books do you like to read?

When I’m looking for a book, I tend to gravitate toward urban fantasy. I’ll read anything though if I catch a snippet and if I like a writer’s voice.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Nothing I can admit to without fearing prosecution.

Name a few of the TV shows you like to watch.

Game of Thrones, along with half the world but there’s clearly a reason. Better Call Saul. OMG, do I love that show! The Walking Dead is also great. I was never much of a zombie person until that show.

If money were no object, what kind of car would you get?

A 1969 Corvette Stingray. There are a lot of cars that are more exotic but I’ve loved that car since I was a kid. I’ve even toyed with the idea of buying one that I could restore myself but I already have too many hobbies taking up space. That would be a tough one to stick in the closet when I’m trying to straighten up.

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Thanks for stopping by to visit today, Donna.  I totally commiserate about your need for coffee, though I’d never dare go camping without it (not even when I was in the military).


AUTHOR BIO

Donna Augustine was an odd child, had a brief moment of conformity in early adulthood and then decided to embrace her craziness as the years rolled by. It’s her inner crazy that she credits with coming up with the ideas for her books. One part hypochondriac, a few dashes of paranoia, topped with a sliver of uptight and delivered with a relaxed flair, she kicked the proverbial box down the yellow brick road a couple years ago to embrace her true self.

She can be reached by a carrier pigeon, set free in a south by north direction, where she resides in Neverland with her two Siberian cats. Cats who, by the way, aren’t as hypoallergenic as she believed they’d be.

For the conventional minded, and those of you without a pigeon on hand, she can be reached at [email protected] She responds to most emails within three dusk periods.

P.S. For those of you looking for the discarded box, it was sitting beside the road for a while but has since disappeared completely.

You can find all her books here on Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00B3LM2LK


GIVEAWAY

Donna is giving away an ebook set of her Karma series to one lucky winner.  Leave a comment below for your chance to win.  One random person will be selected on Tuesday, August 16th, and notified by email soon thereafter.


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People say karma’s a…well, you know. Personally, I don’t think I’m that bad.
It’s not like I wanted this job. I wasn’t even in my right mind when I accepted
the position.

Now, I’m surrounded by crazy coworkers like Lady Luck, who’s a bit of a tramp,
and Murphy’s Law, who’s a bumbling oaf. But the worst is Fate. He’s got a problem with transfers like myself, and I have to see him constantly. It’s unavoidable. We’re hunting the same man, my murderer.

 

 

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