Interview with Mark Henwick

I’d like to welcome author Mark Henwick to the blog today.  He’s an urban fantasy writer who currently has five full-length novels and several novellas out so far.  They are all part of the Bite Back Series, though two novellas are spin-offs.  Today, we’ll be focusing on his first book, Sleight of Hand.  You can find out more details about it at the end of this post.  There is also a giveaway opportunity you don’t want to miss!

Now, on to the interview…


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

I live in England, 10 minutes from Windsor, and about 20 minutes south of Heathrow. I was born in Africa and I love travel, so yes, I’ve visited lots of places and hope there are lots more to come. One of my current projects is to visit American states. This year I did the Rockies in a road trip: Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. Next year, I’m wondering where/how to go. West coast? East coast? Middle? Road trip, cycling, hiking or Amtrak?

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

They’d pay me to do it?

Hold on a minute; I’d need to know which street first. Watling Street in England starts in Wales and finishes on the coast near Dover, so I couldn’t run that, naked or not. But the local main street which is less than 100 yards long? $10,000 a yard? Oh, yes.

What genres of books do you like to read?

I read very widely. Crime, Urban Fantasy, SciFi, History and Thrillers are all well represented in my physical and virtual libraries. I’ll read almost any novel to learn how the author tells their story, and I have some very strange ones in my collection. Even them books they call liter-at-ure.

I have quite a few reference books about the process and method of writing. Some of them I’ve actually read.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Crazy is a state of mind. Not much seemed crazy at the time. However, in hindsight, there are a lot of contenders for this! Giving up the day job to start writing my first book is near the top of the list.

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

Game of Thrones is compulsory, of course, because my daughter, Jessica, is Lady Nymeria, one of the Sand Snakes of Dorne. Anything with my daughter – so I will be watching her as Colleen Wing in Iron Fist, the new Netflix Marvel show starting next year.
Other than that… I watch a lot of American shows to tune my ear, given that the books I write are based in America and I live in England. I like shows that develop characters and I like crime shows. Strangely, I find paranormal TV shows usually don’t quite cut it for me.

So… Blue Bloods, NCIS, CSI (the Las Vegas one), True Detective (preferred the first one), Homeland, In Plain Sight, Rookie Blue, Chicago PD, etc. For all of them, I generally find the first few seasons much better, and then they get caught up in a caricature of themselves.

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

The power of persuasion, to build society back up. And do it better this time.

What is your favorite meal (including side dishes)?

Asian fusion. Spice and variety. Tasting menus, especially with wine.

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

Nooooo! I’d much rather not see the events, so I can sit and write about what might have really happened.

What is the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?

Lol. Rocky Mountain oysters (hint: not oysters), durian fruit (smells like the toilet, tastes like vanilla ice cream), lamb’s brains, marrow, rotten shark, puffer fish.

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

An aeroplane. Seriously, when I learned to drive, it was fun. There is less and less of Europe where driving is even remotely describable as fun these days. Across the pond, or down in Oz / NZ, I guess there’s more scope and it would involve a big, slow turning engine, seats like armchairs and good air-conditioning. Or a fast motorcycle.

What would be your ideal writing retreat?

Somewhere without internet and traffic. In the mountains, by the beach, or in the place I’m actually writing about. With similarly minded friends. Wine, beer and great food a couple of miles walk away. And good weather.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

It varies with mood and weather. Flying my microlight, off-road cycling or walking, and scenic photography are all contenders.

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Thanks so much for being here with us today, Mark.  I envy you for your world travels, and you’ve managed to visit a couple of states I haven’t yet. As for Rocky Mountain oysters, I’ve always known better than to try those, lol.  You should give calf fries a try while you’re at it!


AUTHOR BIO

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Mark was born in Africa and left out in the sun too often.

An early interest in philosophy and psychology was adequately exorcised by tending bars. And while trying to enroll in a class to read Science Fiction full time, he ended up taking an engineering degree which splendidly qualified him to move into marketing. That in turn spawned a late onset career in creative writing.

When not working, Mark gets high by the slightly less conventional means of a small microlight aircraft or down and dirty on a mountain bike.

He lives with his family in the south of England, and can often be found in the Rockies.

You can visit him at his website here: henwick.wordpress.com/

His Amazon author page here: www.amazon.com/Mark-Henwick/e/B008SBO5YK/

Or his Facebook page here:  www.facebook.com/TheBiteBackSeries/


GIVEAWAY

Mark has been generous enough to offer one of the following books below (winner’s choice) to a randomly chosen person from the comments section.  Be sure to leave a comment by Tuesday, October 25th for a chance to get the prize.  A winner will be chosen and notified shortly after that by email.

(1) Sleight of Hand

(2) Both the novellas in the Bite Back: Outsiders companion series (The Biting Cold and Winter’s Kiss)

(3) Saigon: The Reach of Lies—the first book in a new companion series which will be published next year. This series will follow a Vietnamese woman, Bian, from her sale as a young girl to a French couple in 1890, to her appearance in the main Bite Back books in 2011.

Companion series books are available as Kindle or ePub.

Sleight of Hand is available as Kindle, ePub or an audiobook.


sleight-of-hand-v3BOOK SUMMARY:

“This is the gift and the sorrow of the Athanate; to see your loves pass before you like the days of summer while your heart still beats. To keep your vigil in the shadows and rise again with every sun.”

For Amber Farrell, post-military life as a PI has its ups and downs: She’s been hit by a truck. She’s being sued by a client. Denver’s newest drug lord just put out a contract on her. The sinister Athanate want her to come in for a friendly chat. And it’s only Tuesday.

Enter Jennifer Kingslund: rich, gorgeous—a tough businesswoman who’s known for getting what she wants in the boardroom and the bedroom. Someone’s trying to sabotage her new resort and destroy her company—and she wants Amber to find out who.

The answers lead Amber past Were and Adept, right back to the Athanate—and a centuries-old war that could threaten not just Denver, but the nation that Amber swore to protect and serve.

And all sides want to claim her for their own…


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Interview with Devon Monk

We’ve got author Devon Monk here with us today to answer a few questions about herself.  For those who don’t know, she is an urban fantasy, science fiction, humor, and horror author who has published twenty novels and a short story collection so far.  Some of you may recognize her from her Allie Beckstrom series, but today we are going to highlight the newest novel from her Ordinary Magic series–Devil’s and Details.

You can find out more information about it at the end of this post, as well as a giveaway Devon is doing.  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?

Coffee! Plain ol’ drip brewed coffee. Of course, that’s pretty much my beverage of choice 24/7. And if I don’t get it, well, it’s not a pretty thing.

 

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

We recently adopted a Chow-chow/Husky mix from our local shelter. She’s the strangest dog I’ve ever owned. She’s nocturnal, isn’t afraid of thunderstorms or fireworks, and almost never barks, growls, or whines. It’s possible her previous owner was a vampire. I’m not sure if she’s helped me with my writing, but she did help me break my thumb while I was writing DEVILS AND DETAILS, book #2 of the Ordinary Magic series this year. Good times, dog.

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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?

Yes. I’m a pretty shy person, but a million dollars would bring out my inner extrovert.

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

Supernatural, Flash, Sherlock (BBC), Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Drunk History, Archer, Bob’s Burgers, Jessica Jones (haven’t tried Luke Cage yet, but am excited about it), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Modern Family, Project Runway, and Shark Tank.

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

A coffee pot. No, wait. A solar-powered coffee pot. Because coffee.

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

A 1967 black four-door Chevy Impala. Baby! (Shout out to my SPN peeps!)

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Thanks so much for being here with us today, Devon.  You and I share a few favorite TV shows, including Supernatural!  Also, love your dog.  She is adorable 🙂


AUTHOR BIO

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Devon Monk is a national bestselling author of urban fantasy. Her series include Ordinary Magic, House Immortal, Allie Beckstrom, Broken Magic, Shame and Terric, and the Age of Steam steampunk series. She also writes the occasional short story which can be found in various anthologies and in her collection: A Cup of Normal.

She lives happily beneath the rainy skies of Oregon. When not writing, she can be found drinking too much coffee and knitting silly things.

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

Or her Amazon author page here:  www.amazon.com/Devon-Monk/e/B002BM745E


GIVEAWAY

Devon Monk is giving away an ebook copy of either Death and Relaxation (Ordinary Magic book #1) or Devils and Details (Ordinary Magic book #2).  Winner’s Choice!  Be sure to leave a comment below for your chance to win.  You have until Tuesday, October 11th, before the giveaway ends.  One lucky winner will be selected and notified shortly after that.


devilsanddetailsBOOK SUMMARY:

Caught between the devil and the deep blue sea…

Police Chief Delaney Reed is good at keeping secrets for the beach town of Ordinary Oregon–just ask the vacationing gods or supernatural creatures who live there.

But with the first annual Cake and Skate fundraiser coming up, the only secret Delaney really wants to know is how to stop the unseasonable rain storms. When all the god powers are stolen, a vampire is murdered, and her childhood crush turns out to be keeping deadly secrets of his own, rainy days are the least of her worries.

Hunting a murderer, outsmarting a know-it-all god, and uncovering an ancient vampire’s terrifying past isn’t how she planned to spend her summer. But then again, neither is falling back in love with the one man she should never trust.


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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 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.

PURCHASE LINK:

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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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