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.


Wolves I Bring the Fire - 88 Quality 1550pxBOOK SUMMARY:

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.


karmacoverBOOK SUMMARY:

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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Interview with Anthea Sharp

For this week’s interview, I’ve got Anthea Sharp here to tell us a little about herself.  She writes urban fantasy with romantic elements and dabbles in science fiction.  So far, she’s published eleven novels with most of those from her bestselling Feyland series, and several short stories set in an alt-history Victorian Spacepunk universe.

The first novel in Anthea’s Feyland series, Feyland: The Dark Realm, is currently free to download on all retailers for those interested.  She is also giving away a paperback copy of the novel, but you’ll have to read further down this post for details on that.

Now, on to the interview!

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

23 hours. My first trip to Europe, I took a night flight and couldn’t sleep on the plane, and we arrived in Paris in the morning. I didn’t want to miss a single daylight second in that magical city, so I made myself stay awake until I hit the wall at about 7pm. Chocolate croissants and the fabulous newness of being there kept me going.

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

After spending some time in Ireland, I got addicted to drinking strong black tea with milk. Some days I put a bit of sugar in it. Not every tea will do, however! PG Tips and Irish Breakfast from Trader Joe’s are my two favorites.

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

I have a sweet orange tabby, who fell out of a tree a couple years ago and is now a tripod. He gets around really well, though. And yes, he thinks lying on the mouse and keyboard is totally “helping.”

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

In a heartbeat. But I live in a hippie town. 😉

What genres of books do you like to read?

Fantasy and science fiction, all kinds, and especially YA. Yes, my roots are showing (grins).

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

My little brother, who is a 3rd degree black belt and knows his way around all kind of weapons, including guns, knives, etc.

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

I would love a Tesla! I sat in one at a showroom last month. Me and some random little kid in the driver’s seat (who would *not* get out despite his mother’s imploring) had a great time pushing all the buttons and pretending we were taking a trip to the moon. It’s weird to see only trunk space where the engine ought to be!

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Thanks so much, Anthea, for visiting us today.  I can certainly understand why you would want to stay awake for so long after arriving in Paris.  Also, love the pic of your cat you’ve shared with us!


AUTHOR BIO

~USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of Urban Fantasy ~

Growing up on fairy tales and computer games, Anthea Sharp has melded the two in her award-winning, bestselling Feyland series, which has sold over 200k copies worldwide.

Anthea lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she writes, hangs out in virtual worlds, plays the fiddle with her Celtic band Fiddlehead, and spends time with her small-but-good family.

Join her newsletter at http://eepurl.com/1qtFb for a FREE STORY, plus find out about upcoming releases and reader perks – she never spams. Come friend her on Facebook, too – http://www.facebook.com/AntheaSharp.

You can also visit Anthea at her website here:  https://antheasharp.com


GIVEAWAY

Anthea is giving away one paperback copy of the first novel in her Feyland series, The Dark Realm, to one random person who comments on this post.  This is open to international contestants.  The winner will be selected on Tuesday, August 9th, and contacted via email shortly thereafter.


BOOK SUMMARY: 

Feyland Dark Realm~ USA Today Bestselling Urban Fantasy ~
What if a high-tech computer game was a gateway to the dangerous Realm of Faerie?

Feyland is the most immersive computer game ever designed, and Jennet Carter is the first to play the prototype. But she doesn’t suspect the virtual world is close enough to touch – or that she’ll be battling for her life against the Dark Queen of the faeries.

Tam Linn is the perfect hero, in-game. Too bad the rest of his life is seriously flawed. The last thing he needs is rich-girl Jennet prying into his secrets, insisting he’s the only one who can help her.

Together, Jennet and Tam enter the Dark Realm of Feyland, only to discover that the entire human world is in danger. Pushed to the limit of their abilities, they must defeat the Dark Queen… before it’s too late.

*Buy the entire Feyland Trilogy in one epic digital boxed set –amzn.com/B00B73TD9I

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Interview with Hailey Edwards

I’ve got an interview for you all today with Hailey Edwards.  She is an urban fantasy and fantasy romance author who has published twenty-two books to date.  Her series include the Black Dog and Gemini series, Daughters of Askara, Araneae Nation, and Wicked Kin.

Below, you can read more about Hailey.  There is also a giveaway opportunity and after that I’ve got details about the first novel in her Gemini series, Dead in the Water.  Be sure to check it out!

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

I have two dachshunds. A boy and a girl, Lex and Cookie. They each have beds on either sides of my desk, and their snores are the music I listen to while I’m writing. They also remind me to do things like eat (when I feed them) and drink (when I top off their water) and step outside into the sunshine (when they need walking) once in a while.

Hailey + Pupsquitos

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

Netflix is my soulmate. I binge like crazy between projects. Right now I’m watching Wynonna Earp on Syfy, but before that it was Jessica Jones, Property Brothers, and Fixer Upper.

What is the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?

Escargot. When I was sixteen, my family went on a fancy-pants cruise. We got served snail at dinner one night, and my dad dared me to eat one. I agreed—as long as he tried one too. We got them down, but later we both had SO many regrets.

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

Welllll, I bought my very first ever new car about six months ago. It’s a Chevy Trax, and it’s the baby SUV I never knew I needed to complete me. If money were no object, I wouldn’t mind making that payment go away… Plus my daughter is sixteen and keeps trying to steal it. So if I was rolling in dough, I’d buy her a candy blue one so she would leave mine alone.

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

What?! How is this a question? A pegasus, of course!

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

Does reading on my back porch swing count as an outdoor activity?

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Thanks so much, Hailey.  It’s great to have you here today!  I’m happy to discover another Wynonna Earp fan since that is an awesome show and I was glad to hear that it got renewed.  It deserves at least a few seasons.  As for escargot, I’ll let you keep that “tasty” experience!


AUTHOR BIO

A cupcake enthusiast and funky sock lover possessed of an overactive imagination, Hailey lives in Alabama with her handcuff-carrying hubby, her fluty-tooting daughter and their herd of dachshunds.

You can visit her at her website here:  http://haileyedwards.net

Or her Amazon page here:  http://www.amazon.com/Hailey-Edwards/e/B003L97CIK


GIVEAWAY

Hailey is giving away a free ebook copy of Dead in the Water (any format) to one lucky winner.  Leave a comment below to enter and one person will be randomly selected on Tuesday (August 2nd, 2016).


Dead in the WaterBOOK SUMMARY: 

Gemini, Book 1

Camille Ellis is the Earthen Conclave’s golden girl. Her peculiar talent solves cases with a touch. She isn’t afraid of getting her hands dirty, but every bright star casts a shadow, and her deepest scars lurk just beneath the skin.

A routine consultation goes sideways when a victim’s brother gets involved in the investigation. Riding the edge of grief, the warg will go to any lengths to avenge his sister’s death. Even if it means ensuring Cam’s cooperation at the jaws of his wolf.

When the killer strikes again, Cam is caught between a warg and a hard place. To save the next victim, she must embrace her past. Even if it means dragging her darkest secrets into the light of day.

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(available on Kindle Unlimited)

A mixed bag of news

I promised myself I would start giving you all more updates between book releases, whether it is about writing, publishing, or other topics you might want to hear.  Lately, I’ve been really bad about doing that, but I know some of you like to hear my updates  (thanks to those readers who told me as much!).  Below, I’ve got news on how the Dancing with Flames release has gone, upcoming plans relating to the next Dragon’s Breath novel, a current ebook discount, author interview news, and a reading recommendation.

Dancing with Flames update

First, I’ll cover how the Dancing with Flames release has gone.  The second book in the Dragon’s Breath series has received some great reviews and all the feedback has been very positive.  It’s my favorite book I’ve written so far, and I’m grateful that those who have read it have really liked it.  The one downside I’ve found with this release is that the eleven-month gap between the first and second novel really hurt sales and borrows.

The first novel, Stalked by Flames, has a total of about 9 thousand ebook sales and nearly 5 million pages read through Kindle Unlimited borrows (Amazon considers it a 502 page novel for KU purposes so you can do the math on how many people picked it up and read it).  Those are great stats for a book that didn’t get a sequel until recently.

Unfortunately, due to personal troubles last fall and winter, I had a major gap in publishing anything new.  This caused me to lose a great deal of visibility on Amazon and it’s been very hard to regain it.  With all the independent authors who are able to release books every 2-3 months (sometimes less than that), the publishing market has gotten very competitive and waiting too long to publish will hurt an author these days.  I’m truly grateful for the many loyal readers who have eagerly picked up the next novel because I know there are a lot of choices out there, especially in urban fantasy.  Your support and enthusiasm for my writing means a lot to me.

It has now been one month since I released Dancing with Flames and the initial stats are not nearly as high as they were for the first novel.  Current sales stand just shy of 2 thousand and page reads are at about 1.2 million.  The majority of the feedback on the first novel was positive, so I don’t think it was necessarily the quality of book as much as too much time between releases.  I’m hearing more and more people say they like to binge read through series and it’s tough to wait long between novels.  I totally get that.  If I could have released book 2 faster, I would have, but under the personal circumstances I was facing it just wasn’t possible. My hope is that things will improve as more readers discover I’ve moved forward with the series.

I have gotten into a solid writing rhythm that allows me to work faster than I did before.  Nothing that sacrifices quality, but I did work out a system that is more organized.  Hence, how Dancing with Flames got released three months after Darkness Wanes.  If anyone is curious about what I did differently this time around, let me know.  I’d definitely consider writing a post about it.  I was actually surprised at how much more efficient the new system made my writing, and I was able to do a more complex plot than usual because of the method I used.  It’s really too bad I didn’t figure out this strategy sooner because I absolutely love it.

For book three of the Dragon’s Breath series (Forged by Flames), I need a month more than the last novel, but that is because I have more on the ground research to do.  I’m actually going to be going out of town on Monday and doing a bit of traveling for a few days (and I just got back from a separate trip on Friday).  It’s not hard to check on things when the story mostly stays within the confines of Norman, OK because I live in the same area as the characters, but for this next installment I need specific details to incorporate into the book and have to see a few places up close.  I won’t spoil things more than that, though.  Those of you who have read Dancing with Flames are already aware there’s a journey ahead for some of the main characters.

Stalked by Flames discount sale

In other news, Amazon has reduced the price of Stalked by Flames to $0.99 in Australia (I’m not sure if that includes any taxes).  It is part of a winter promotion they’re doing in that part of the world and it will continue until August 22nd.  If you live down there and haven’t purchased your copy of the first Dragon’s Breath novel, this is your chance to get it at a low price.  It is also still discounted in Europe for those over there through to the end of August as part of a summer promotion sale.  I wish I could tell U.S. readers there was a discount on Stalked by Flames here too, but so far Amazon has not informed me of one.  If that changes, I’ll be sure to announce it.

Author Interviews

As some of you may have noticed, I have been posting interviews each Friday with Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance authors.  So far, I’ve done three that you can check out if you haven’t done so already.  They include:

Christine Pope
Colleen Gleason
Dannika Dark

You can click on their names above to go to their individual interviews.  They aren’t the standard ones where I ask the same old questions like how they got started writing or where they get their ideas.  These are a little more personal and include subjects such as their pets, favorite TV shows, whether they’d run down the street naked for a million dollars, etc.  I wanted them to be a little more fun and hope you enjoy them.  The next author to be interviewed this coming Friday is Hailey Edwards.  I can’t wait to share her answers to my questions with you!

These interviews will continue until November just before Thanksgiving.  I’ve filled nearly all the slots between now and then with some really awesome authors, many of which you will recognize, so stay tuned.

Book Recommendation

I managed to knock out a few novels from my TBR list after releasing Dancing with Flames.  There are about a hundred more to go because the list never actually gets shorter, but I have no idea when I’ll get to more of them.  I do very little reading once I buckle down on writing because I don’t want to risk another author’s voice affecting mine.  Most of the books I read recently were good, but there was one I wanted to make special note of for anyone who enjoys sci-fi/alien romance.  It is “On a Rogue Planet” by Anna Hackett.

On a Rogue Planet by Anna Hackett

I do not know this author, and I’ve never heard of her before picking this book up.  I actually discovered the novel while digging through Goodreads lists because I was itching for something like it, and I’m really glad I gave it a chance.  It’s so hard to find a good sci-fi romance that has a solid story, creative world-building, and some sexy scenes without going overboard on the naughty bits.  “On a Rogue Planet” had just the right balance.

This is actually the third novel in the author’s series, but I skipped the others because this was the one that grabbed my attention.  I had no trouble following along and believe it can be read as a standalone.  Having said that, I’ll definitely be reading more books by Anna Hackett in the future.  If you’re into that genre, you might give her work a try.  I confirmed this novel is on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iTunes.  Since reader opinions are subjective, be sure to download a sample and/or check reviews before purchasing so you know if the book is right for you.  I can only tell you I enjoyed it a lot.

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That’s all I’ve got for you all now, but if you’ve got any questions/comments, feel free to ask them below.

Interview with author Dannika Dark

Today I’m pleased to bring you an interview with Dannika Dark.  She is an urban fantasy/paranormal romance author with fourteen books currently available between her Mageri series (UF) and Seven series (PNR).  Dannika has been kind enough to answer a few questions below.  Whether you’re familiar with her work or not, this is a great chance to learn more about her.

I’ve also highlighted the first novel in her Mageri series titled “Sterling” at the bottom of this post so those new to this author can learn more about it as 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?

No. There are too many people with cell phone cameras. If I could choose the street and it be a desolate country road, abandoned since 1932, then yes, I would run down THAT street naked.

What genres of books do you like to read?

Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense, some Horror, autobiographies, and a lot of books in the humor section. The more offbeat and crazy the humor, the better.

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

I have an unhealthy obsession with Vikings. I love historical or fantasy shows, so I’m also addicted to Game of Thrones and Outlander. I binge watch a lot of TV during writing breaks. Classic shows I love are the original Twilight Zone, Honeymooners, Seinfeld, Three’s Company, and Family Ties. Sitcoms aren’t what they used to be, so I tend to watch a lot of them that ran from the 60s to the 80s. That might have something to do with why there are so many scenes in my books that are situational comedy.

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

Probably one of those Medieval broadaxes with two blades. A gun would be more practical, except that I’d eventually run out of ammo. Fewer people might mess with me if I had an axe swinging from my hip.

What is your favorite meal (including side dishes)?

Wow. This changes from time to time, but I’d have to say homemade lumpia and fried rice. My mom tweaked the recipe over the years after living in the Philippines, so nobody makes it better.

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

Probably the last day of the dinosaurs. That would be a two for one since I could see dinosaurs and a meteor crash into earth. Just so long as a I have a magical bubble protecting me from becoming dino-food or a pile of ash.

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

A centaur. There is no other answer. And he might resemble Jason Momoa just a little bit.

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Thanks so much, Dannika, for participating in this interview.  I would love to see the last day of the dinosaurs as well and if you get a centaur that looks like Jason Momoa I’d have to come over to visit, lol!


AUTHOR BIO

Dannika Dark is the USA Today Bestselling Author of Urban Fantasy Romance and Paranormal Romance books. Her books have sold more than 1 million copies worldwide, and she is a 2016 Audie Awards finalist.

Dannika was born on a military base in the U.S. and spent her youth traveling abroad. She developed an interest writing poetry and song lyrics early on, eventually gravitating toward a job that involved writing procedural training documentation. In her spare time, she wrote novels before she decided to pursue a career in publishing.

In addition to writing about supernatural worlds, Dannika is passionate about graphic design and creates all her own covers and series art. When not working, she enjoys indie music, movies, reading, Tex-Mex, strawberry daiquiris, heaps of chocolate, and unleashing her dark side.

All of her published books to date are written in the same universe and contain material suitable for adults only.

You can visit her at: www.dannikadark.net


USATODAYBOOK SUMMARY:

STERLING (Book 1 of 5) Series complete.
USA TODAY BESTSELLER.
IMMORTALS LIVE AMONG US.

Zoë Merrick lived an ordinary life until the night she was brutally attacked. She narrowly escapes death, rescued by Adam Razor, an ex-soldier who offers her friendship and a place to stay. But something else is different. Zoë is unable to control an unexplainable energy coursing through her body.

Justus De Gradi is a man who can teach her that control. She meets him by chance – a man who’s handsome, arrogant, and not entirely human. He reveals that she’s a Mage – an immortal made of light, not magic. Zoë must now make a choice: Rebuild her life in the human world with the man who saved her, or live with Justus and learn how to use her extraordinary gifts. Justus has sworn an oath to protect her life, but can he guard her from the one man who has a right to claim it?

Zoë learns the price of freedom…and the value of loyalty.

“My eyes may not know all of you, but my heart does. I loved you before I was born, and I will love you long after I pass from this earth.”

+ Cliffhanger-free
+ Contains strong language and appropriate for adult audiences
+ This series contains epic love stories, twists, explosive conclusions, and happy endings

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Interview with author Colleen Gleason

This week I’m pleased to have Colleen Gleason with us this week to answer some questions and tell us about her latest book promo.  Actually, she answered ALL the questions on my list so you’ll get to learn plenty about her!  Colleen writes in multiple genres including paranormal romance/urban fantasy, historical paranormal romance, historical romance, steampunk, YA, action/adventure, and romantic suspense. She’s published over forty novels and novellas to date through traditional publishers and as an indie author.

The series I’m highlighting today is The Gardella Vampire Hunters series (historical urban fantasy).  The first three novels are in a boxed set for only 99 cents through Saturday, July 16th.  Don’t miss out on your chance to grab them!  You can find out more details about her series at the end of this post and the links to the retailers where it is available.  There is also a giveaway so don’t miss that either 🙂

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

Over twenty hours. When I flew overseas and was DETERMINED not to succumb to the temptation to go to sleep when I landed in Europe in the morning. It was HELL. I need my sleep.

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

I live in the Midwest United States, in the “Mitten” state.
I’ve visited the following countries: Tahiti, England, Mexico, Italy, France, Germany & The Cayman Islands.

 

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

Tea. Any kind of tea. I particularly like a matcha green tea latte, made with either skim milk or almond milk. YUM.
I don’t want to tell you what happens when I don’t get it. It’s not very pretty.

 

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

I have a German Shepherd dog named Frodo (Mr. Frodo to you!), and a Papillon named Ranger. Frodo doesn’t do much to help me with my writing, though he has made appearances in my Marina Alexander Adventures Books as the rescue dog named Boris (and he’s camera shy, so I don’t have very many good pictures of him). On the other hand, Ranger is more cat than dog. He doesn’t do much but sleep, and he usually naps in his bed in my office when I am writing.

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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?

Yep. No problem. I have stripped naked and joined a group of strangers sitting in a natural, outdoor hot springs pool just outside Albuquerque….so for a million bucks—no problem. Of course, I suppose it depends which street you want me to run down….Nah. I’d do it even if it was Broadway!

What genres of books do you like to read?

My favorite genre to read (currently) is historical mystery. I don’t generally read in the genres in which I write (ie, Paranormal Romance/UF, or YA), but I do also enjoy historical romance and some contemporary romance.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Stripping naked in front of a bunch of strangers and climbing into a natural hot springs pool on a mountainside (see above).

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

Sherlock. Oh, Sherlock. And Sherlock. Did I mention Sherlock?
And when that’s not on, I am watching Gilmore Girls to catch up for the new seasons (my daughters love it). I also enjoy Mercy Street and Murdoch Mysteries and Agatha Christie’s Poirot, as well as Person of Interest and Friends reruns. And Miss Fishers’ Murder Mysteries. And also I have been known to watch Sherlock.

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

My rapier wit!
Um, hm. Probably my excellent cooking. And the way I choose and pour a bottle of wine. I figure, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and I’m a lover not a fighter (though I write about kickass women….).

What is your favorite meal (including side dishes)?

Wine. Good pizza with lots of veggies and greens (I’m vegetarian). Pasta aglio olio. Malai Kofta with naan and raita and mmmm…cheesecake (fluffy and whipped, not flat and dense). And wine. Vegetarian nachos with lots and LOTS of cheese.
I love food. Love it.

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

I’d like to have been around when Jesus walked and preached.

What is the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?

Blood sausage. And I didn’t ever eat it again. (That was before I was vegetarian.) Oh, and a whole cuttlefish.

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

A Mercedes SUV.

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

A Phoenix.

What would be your ideal writing retreat?

Somewhere isolated by water—preferably a private ocean front or lake front—with a well-stocked fridge, wine cellar, tea selection, personal chef (only when I need him/her), fireplace, comfortable bed, and perfect desk/writing set up. With wi-fi that only works after I’ve written my words for the day, and friends and husband who only materialize when I’ve done my work for the day…with a patio that over looks the water and has a forest around it. And is quiet. And probably in the autumn or late summer.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

Sitting on my large pontoon boat (my “floating living room) and having my husband drive me around our very quiet, very small and clean lake and just chatting with him about our day….and/or going on the paddle board around our lake and enjoying the sights, the nature…and/or swimming in the lake (see above).

Apparently, I have a thing for water.

 

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Thanks so much, Colleen, for visiting us today and answering all those questions.  You’ve certainly gotten around the world, and you’ve done some things I haven’t done!


AUTHOR BIO

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Colleen Gleason is an award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has written more than 40 novels in a variety of genres.

You can visit her at:  www.colleengleason.com or www.facebook.com/colleen.gleason.author


GIVEAWAY

Colleen is giving away free ebook copies of DARK ROGUE to 10 winners.  Leave a comment below if you would like a copy and I’ll pass along your name and email to her so she can send it to you.  Only available to the first ten people who comment requesting it.


The Gardella Vampire Hunters boxed set cover

BOOK SUMMARY:

The award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Colleen Gleason’s International Bestselling Gardella Vampire Hunter Series.

“Sophisticated, sexy, surprising!”
— J.R. Ward

“One of my favorite vampire series!”
–Jeaniene Frost

“Colleen Gleason’s irresistible…series is deliciously dark and delightfully entertaining.”
—Chicago Tribune

“Gleason’s publishing debut turns vampire stories—and romances—on their ear.”
—Detroit Free Press

Beneath the glitter of dazzling nineteenth century London Society lurks a bloodthirsty evil…

Vampires have always lived among them, quietly attacking unsuspecting debutantes and dandified lords as well as hackney drivers and Bond Street milliners. If not for the vampire slayers of the Gardella family, these immortal creatures would have long ago taken control of the world.

In every generation, a Gardella is called to accept the family legacy, and this time, Victoria Gardella Grantworth is chosen, on the eve of her debut, to carry the stake. But as she moves between the crush of ballrooms and dangerous moonlit streets, Victoria’s heart is torn between London’s most eligible bachelor, the Marquess of Rockley, and her dark, dangerous duty.

And when she comes face-to-face with the most powerful vampire in history, Victoria must ultimately make a choice between duty and love.


PLEASE NOTE: The Gardella Starter set is only 99c through Saturday, July 16th, and then on the 17th it goes back to its $9.99 price.

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Interview with author Christine Pope

I’m kicking off my new weekly author interview series with Christine Pope today.  She writes in several genre categories including paranormal romance, fantasy romance, and SF romance with thirty-two books out so far between them.  Her series include The Witches of Cleopatra Hill (PNR), The Djinn Wars (PNR), The Sedona Files (PNR), Tales of the Latter Kingdoms (fantasy romance), and the Gaian Consortium Series (SFR).

Her latest release, which you can find out more at the bottom of this post, is titled Forsaken (The Djinn Wars).  It’s the fifth book in the series, but it is a standalone love story as well.  For those who would like to start at the beginning of the series, the first novel Chosen is free to download on the retailers.

Christine has been kind enough to answer a few questions for me, which you can read below, and there’s a giveaway opportunity in this post as well!

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

It must have been a little more than 36 hours…I went to see Return of the Jedi up in Hollywood with some friends on opening night, and because of people cutting the line in front of us (I’m still ticked about that, LOL), we got pushed farther back in line and didn’t make it into the midnight showing. So we saw it at 3 a.m. and staggered out onto Hollywood Boulevard at around six-thirty in the morning. We went out to breakfast after that and eventually made it home to suburbia, but I was so wired that I couldn’t really nap. I did crash around nine that night, though.

 

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

I live in the United States. I’ve visited France, Canada, and Mexico.

 

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

Plain iced tea, no sugar. Even in the dead of winter. If I can’t get it, I can be a little cranky, but not as bad as my husband if he doesn’t have his coffee.

 

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

I have a dog. She’s a rescue, half Pomerania and half Keeshond. A lot of the time she does hang out with me in my office when I’m writing, but she’s defected this summer because it’s cooler being in my husband’s office.

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

The Walking Dead, Z-Nation, Longmire, Person of Interest, The Daily Show.

 

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

I’d want a sword, like Mishone from The Walking Dead. Of course, I’d also want her arms. 😛  Swords are good because you never have to worry about running out of ammo.

 

What would be your ideal writing retreat?

A cabin in the mountains above Santa Fe, with trees all around (especially aspens…I love aspens) and a stream running somewhere on the property. No internet, so I’d really have to focus! But it would still be close enough that I could drive down the mountain at the end of the day and have dinner in one of our fabulous restaurants here.

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Thanks so much, Christine, for visiting today.  You have such a cute dog and I love your idea of a writing retreat!


AUTHOR BIO

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A native of Southern California, Christine Pope has been writing stories ever since she commandeered her family’s Smith-Corona typewriter back in the sixth grade. Her work includes paranormal romance, fantasy romance, and science fiction/space opera romance. The Land of Enchantment cast its spell on her while she was researching her Djinn Wars series, and she now makes her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

You can visit her at:  http://christinepope.com


GIVEAWAY

The first three books in the Djinn Wars series in ebook format, plus a $10 Amazon gift card.  You have until Monday (July 11th, 2016) to enter by leaving a comment on this post.  A random winner will be chosen and contacted on Tuesday.


Forsaken book coverBOOK SUMMARY:

More than a year ago, a djinn-created plague nearly wiped out all of humanity…

Ever since, Madison Reynolds has been hiding. Leaving her underground sanctuary means risking her life at the hands of vengeful elementals hellbent on killing off the world’s few remaining survivors. But when her curiosity and need for exploration get the best of her, she crosses paths with Qadim al-Syan, the new steward of Albuquerque. Despite her better judgment — and her fear of the djinn — she finds herself drawn into his orbit. She knows she must resist her ever-growing attraction for this otherworldly being, who’s unlike any man she’s ever met. But the pull just might be too great. Will succumbing to her desire mark her for certain death?

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July updates

I hope everyone is having a great summer (or winter if you’re in Australia).  I’ve got a few updates for you all including a price promotion, upcoming author interviews, and news on future books.  First off, though, I want to thank everyone who has picked up a copy of Dancing with Flames and especially those who have been kind enough to leave reviews.  All the feedback has been wonderful so far, and I’m glad everyone is enjoying the new Dragon’s Breath series book!

As of now until August 31st, Amazon UK is running a £0.99 summer price promo on Stalked by Flames.  If you haven’t already picked up your copy and you shop on the UK site, this is the time to grab it.  *UPDATE* It appears it is .99 in the other European countries as well so those of you in Germany, France, etc can get the ebook copy at a discount too.  I’m not sure if this includes VAT or not since that won’t show from my computer in the U.S.

Also, I am beginning a series of author interviews for popular writers who have novels in the same genres as I do.  There will be a different author featured each Friday.  I will be putting them on the spot, giving them a series of fun questions to choose from such as “What is the longest you’ve ever stayed awake?”, “What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?”,  and “If you could witness any event in history, what would it be?” and plenty more.  Each one will vary a bit depending on which questions the author chooses to answer, but I hope this gives you all an opportunity to meet new authors or get to know the ones you already follow better than before.

Some of them will also be doing giveaways with their interviews that you don’t want to miss!  Below is the schedule for July and August, though there are more set to come after that which I’ll announce when the time gets closer:

July 8th- Christine Pope
July 15th- Colleen Gleason
July 22nd- Dannika Dark
July 29th- Hailey Edwards
Aug 5th- Anthea Sharp
Aug 12th- Donna Augustine
Aug 19th- Carolynn Gockel
Aug 26th- Jovee Winters

 

As for news on Forged by Flames (book 3 of the Dragon’s Breath series), I am looking at a release date around October 27th, 2016.  This isn’t quite set in stone yet, but that’s what I’m shooting for at the moment. I’ll keep you updated as I make progress with the novel.  Also, there may or may not be a Christmas novella to come after that in December *wink, wink* where we have some post-apocalyptic festivities with the Dragon’s Breath series characters.