Friday, December 7, 2018

RESURRECTION: SIGN OF SIX RELEASE DAY! + HUGE CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY FT. GOODIES FROM TARGET AND STARBUCKS




Title: Resurrection: Sign of Six
Series: Resurrection Series #3
Author: Summer Lane
Release: Get it NOW on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Synopsis 

The third installment in the hit survival series, following the adventures of Cassidy Hart!

There are many words used to describe Cassidy Hart:
President. General. Sniper. Soldier.
Girl.
Now, just one word echoes through her head: Infected.
Cassidy Hart has been infected with a nanovirus that turns her own body against itself. As civil war with the technologically advanced Eastern Coalition and President Ayad begins to escalate, the need for more advanced weaponry and reinforcements arise.

When the United Kingdom makes Cassidy and the Western Republic an offer they can’t refuse, they board a plane to London to forge an alliance with the first known surviving European country they have truly communicated with since Omega’s defeat. Unknowingly, leaving their home turf may be more dangerous than they think…

Uriah True and Chris Young – two men whom Cassidy cares deeply for – will be pitted against each other in the most unimaginable way.

While Omega may be gone, loyalty to the cause remains. Yet a new, more dangerous enemy arises. An enemy who promises to reshape the known world. Omega was nothing. He will be everything.
Look for his sign. The sign of the sixth. 
Heed his promise:
The end of the world was only the beginning. The worst is yet to come.
Even Cassidy Hart may not survive this time…or will she?


From Summer Lane, the #1 bestselling author of more than 20 hit books.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

DECK THE HALLS: A Holiday Anthology That Benefits The World Literacy Foundation


Title: Happy Holidays: Anthology of Short Stories 
Genre: Holiday Collection 
Benefits: The World Literacy Foundation 
Get it now: On Amazon!

Synopsis:

The Happy Holidays Anthology is a collection of fourteen fun, funny or fulfilling short stories from all over the world. 
This anthology has been created for the reader who is caught up in the stress of the holiday season, providing stories that you can dip into at the end of a tiring day or perhaps while planning who will spend what day with which part of the family.
Fourteen authors each created a story especially for this anthology – with stern instructions to provide stories that entertain. This is all in support of World Literacy, so when you read this book you can feel good about supporting a worthy cause whilst having a chuckle!
Special Excerpt, 
Courtesy of Laura Baird, 
one of the contributing authors of 
Happy Holidays 

“Who’s that, mom?” Molly whispered.
“That’s Mary Anne,” her mother softly answered. “She’s the resident I’m worried about.”
“Are we going to go visit with her?”
“We certainly are. Let’s go see if we can talk her into joining us at the party in the common room.”
Molly nodded as she walked with her mom to the woman’s door. Angelica tapped on the doorframe and spoke gently, trying to get her attention. “Hello, Mary Anne, it’s Angelica. I was wondering if my daughter, Molly and I could come in and visit with you.” When she didn’t answer, Molly’s mom took the initiative to enter, walking to Mary Anne’s side. Dollop wiggled in her arms as if ready to run loose, but her mom kept the dog secure, quietly shushing her while stroking her ears.
While her mom kept talking, trying to encourage Mary Anne to join everyone, Molly took a moment to look around the woman’s room. It felt cozy and smelled like roses. There were a few pictures on the wall and small figurines on a table. A bookcase sat near the window, piled with what Molly thought looked like old books. One in particular caught her attention due to its vibrant green cover and an old fashioned picture of four ladies on the front.  It was “Little Women” by Louisa M. Alcott. Molly smiled, remembering the movie she and Joelle had just watched the night before, enjoying the story.
Just as she took a step closer to the books, Molly halted when Dollop let out a whine.
“I’m so sorry,” Angelica started. “I think I better get this little one outside for a moment.  Mary Anne, would you like to walk with us?”
“No, thank you, dear,” the woman answered, barely being heard.
“Okay. How about if Molly stayed and kept you company for a moment?”
Molly whipped her head around to look at her mom, suddenly nervous at the thought of being alone with a stranger. But her mom gave her a wink and a reassuring rub on the back. “I’ll just be a few moments.” Obviously her mom thought it’d be okay, so Molly felt certain she’d be fine. She just wasn’t sure what she should do, being more on the shy side; unlike Joelle, who could talk to just about anyone.
Molly watched her mom walk out the door before turning to look at Mary Anne who continued to silently rock in her chair. Looking closer at the woman, she took in her features of pure white hair nearly curled tight on her head. Delicate glasses rested on her small face. She was dressed nicely in brown slacks and a cream sweater along with brown loafers on her feet. Her pale hands were crossed in her lap, and Molly could see a simple gold band on her left hand.
As the silence drew out, Molly felt the need to say something. “You must like to read,” she started softly. “Your books are pretty.” She instantly cringed, wondering if Mary Anne would think she sounded silly for calling the books pretty. “Are those your favorites? They must be if you keep them. My sister, Joelle, and I just watched the movie “Little Women” last night. It’s a good story.”
“Movies are nothing compared to the book,” Mary Anne answered; her words soft, not unkind. She then turned to look at Molly, bright blue eyes shining behind her glasses. “I’ve read every one of those books many times over, and every time I find something new to appreciate in them”
“Really?” Molly asked in wonder. She couldn’t imagine reading the same book more than once. She’d never read anything that interested her enough to read twice, seeing as she could barely get through her reading assignments in school.
Mary Anne nodded. “Why don’t you open that book and see for yourself?” A smile transformed her face, making her eyes light up even more.
“O-Okay,” Molly said. She reached for the green book just the woman offered her to sit in the chair opposite of her. Molly took a seat and ran her hands over the cover, feeling the texture of the ridges and impressions. She then opened it, light swiping her fingers across the aging pages. She turned to the first chapter, and began reading aloud. “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.
After reading several paragraphs, Molly looked up to see Mary Anne smiling at her, which instantly made her smile in return. She returned to reading, unaware that her mother had been standing in the doorway. Angelica also smiled before walking away, knowing that all was well.
About the Author 
Wife, mother, former U. S. Army, and dental hygienist, I can now add published author to the list. I’m slowly transitioning out of hygiene, hoping to make writing a full-time endeavor. After writing for many years, my publishing dreams came true in August of 2017 with the release of my debut contemporary romance, “Keyed Up”. Since then, I’ve had the fortune to work with several publishers, and as of June 4th, my eighth title will release.
I write in a variety of romance subgenres: contemporary, comedy, and erotic, with stories containing suspense and small-town romance in the works. I’m constantly learning, loving the journey, and all the amazing people I’m meeting. A voracious reader myself, I strive to put out stories I can be proud of and enjoyed by many.
I grew up on the East Coast and now reside on the West Coast, having lived in FL, GA, SC, MA, ID, and WA. Hubby and I hope to fill our passports with stamps from Scotland and Fiji, to name a few destinations. In the meantime, we’ll enjoy the beauty of the PNW.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving from Writing Belle: Annual Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale


From Writing Belle to you, here's wishing you and your family a wonderful and warm Thanksgiving Day and weekend! 

To celebrate the upcoming holiday season, I'm having my annual Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale! ALL 22 OF MY BESTSELLING BOOKS ARE JUST 99 CENTS! Beginning Thanksgiving Day and ending on Cyber Monday, you can get any title on Kindle for literally pennies. I hope you pick up some of my books and snuggle up to do some reading. 

Get ALL of my books on Kindle right HERE


I'm ALSO selling holiday book bundles, the entire autographed paperback set of the Collapse Series, and so much more. Order those directly from me at summerlane101@gmail.com for the holiday season. I am gift wrapping all of my orders, too! (You can always buy individual titles that are NOT autographed directly from Amazon via Prime delivery)


Happy Thanksgiving! 
I am thankful for all of the blessings in my life. Even when times are tough, I know God is taking care of me, holding me in the palm of His perfect hand. Blessings! 



Monday, November 5, 2018

THE VALLEY APART and A SUBTLE WAY: Young Adult Series by NZ Author Greg Roughan

Title: The Valley Apart 
Author: Greg Roughan
Series: Beth Singer #1 
Genre: Young Adult 
Release: Available NOW

Synopsis: 
Would you escape a kidnapping, if doing so would cost your friend their life? That’s the premise behind this young adult series by New Zealand author Greg Roughan.

Its main character, Beth Singer, is a 14-year-old schoolgirl who hasn’t had to worry about much more than her grades until now. But when she accepts her father’s invitation to spend the school holidays with him in remote Isfastan, where he works as a diplomat, she’s faced with decisions that will push her far beyond anything she’s known.

The Beth Singer books mix page-turning action, with their gutsy (yet reluctant) young hero, and a kind of medieval mysticism as Beth travels into the remote tribal hinterlands of this foreign land. The first story, the Valley Apart, is a fast-paced yarn that most readers will finish in a few days, and is followed by the longer A Subtle Way.

So what draws a Kiwi author to write a school girl’s struggles on the other side of the world? Greg says he wanted to explore the kind of grey decisions that teens are faced with, as they grow out of the simpler black and white morality of childhood days. He’s also father to two daughters - currently 6 and 4 - and wanted to write a fierce female character who would inspire them when they were old enough to read.


Beth Singer #2 
Available HERE!

Synopsis: 
Driven far into the wilderness of Isfastan, Beth escapes into a valley sealed off from the outside world. She discovers a ragtag group of refugees gathered around a withered old man lost in an endless silent meditation. 

With the help of Oesha, the ten-year-old leader of the group, and Jarrett, an Englishman hiding from the outside world, Beth must learn to thrive in their primitive community if she is to unravel the mystery of her family’s past - and escape the enemy closing in on her trail.

Special Excerpt from The Valley Apart, 
Courtesy of the Author 


Beth slammed against the side of the pick-up as the truck cornered wildly, pain exploding in her face as her eye socket hit the side of the tray. With ankles cinched together by plastic ties, and wrists bound behind her back, the best she could do to protect herself was to clench her body and tuck her chin down to shield her face. She heard the engine rev madly as they bounced out of a pothole and for a moment she was suspended, cushioned by the canvas cover above, before slamming back into the deck.

On and on they went, the truck never seeming to leave second gear, while Beth slid around in the back like a sack of dirt. There was a moment when she thought she heard helicopters, but then gunfire erupted and the sound of rotors swung away. At some point after that the tempo of their flight seemed to change; the driver shifted gears, the engine slowed, and the mad swerving gave way to a steady rattle - with the occasional bounce as they hit a rock. For the first time in hours Beth felt like she could breathe - and hold a thought without having it slammed from her head.

It seemed there were others in here with her; she figured two, though she’d taken a while to realise. She had only clicked when something heavy rolled between her and the side, giving blessed relief from being bashed against the metal, and she’d heard them gasping and grunting as they’d braced for impact.

A gag was in her mouth. Above, a greenish light pricked with white came through the worn canvas, while a reddish glow filtered down the sides. Dust and grit were everywhere, burning her nose and stinging her eyes. But when she squeezed them shut an image from the attack that afternoon looped behind her eyelids, as clear as if she was standing in the midday sun: the man with a red beard who had watched their convoy. She had been close enough to see his lips moving, counting off the distance as their first car passed, then he’d looked at her, lifted something in his hand, and vanished - disappearing before her shocked eyes, to be replaced with light and dust - dust everywhere - and a roaring, ringing silence that had finally faded into muffled shouts and the sound of guns.

The red-beards. The thought of them sent Beth into a sudden full-blown panic - her body seeming to fall away while her mind filled with clouds of numbing fear - until a jolt rapped her head against the deck and the pain shocked her mercifully back to herself; breathing hard into the gag, but in control.

Oh Christ. The red-beards. Her father had told her about them: despised in Isfastan as the only tribe that never traded hostages. Captives they took for interrogation in wartime, but all were killed soon after as a point of pride.

She was going to die. She felt it not just as a thought, but in the black of her bones. They were going to kill her - and her father too.

She’d seen him bundled into a different vehicle just before they’d taken her. Could it have been their own people pulling him to safety? Beth forced herself to picture the men who’d hauled her father off by his collar - saw in her mind their white robes stained red at the collars by their wiry beards - and gave herself up to despair.

She let her body go limp on the rattling metal tray as the tears finally came. In the top pocket of her jacket the stiff folded paper of her father’s letter pressed against her ribs. Through the snot and tears Beth almost imagined she could smell the faint spiced odour of the paper and tried to hold it in her mind - the last trace of him she would ever know.

About the Author 

An author, journalist and editor, Greg Roughan's notable stories range from an investigation of the quirky-yet-true history of occultism in New Zealand, to an account of a first-time hunter's kill. 

His first novel, Effra, is a contemporary story of young people in London that weaves in the history of the lost rivers - the city's buried waterways. He is currently writing a young adult series about a 14 year old British girl kidnapped in the Far East. Books one and two are out now.

Greg lives in Auckland, New Zealand. Visit www.gregroughan.com or follow GregRoughan.com on Facebook to stay up to date.



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Thursday, November 1, 2018

NaNoWriMo: Surviving 30 Days of Insane Writing Without Losing Your Mind!


It's November. Somewhere in the midst of a busy year that has all but blurred together for me, it is nearly the end of 2018, and today - November 1st - heralds the first day of NaNoWriMo for many writers (National Novel Writing Month). 

I participated in this event every year until about two years ago. I'm actually working on two different books right now, so while I won't be an active participant in the great word race of the month, I do have some advice that I like to offer every year to help you survive 30 days of intense storytelling. 

Few people make it all the way to the end of the event. Two holiday weekends break up the month of November - and then there's this pesky little thing called LIFE that usually gets in the way of writing time. But hey, if you really want to come out of November with a completed manuscript, YOU CAN DO IT. You are capable, my friend! Here are some tips and tricks I apply to my writing life, and that I think you will find extremely useful when it comes to making NaNoWriMo a triumph for you this year. 

  • Write an outline. Friend, I'm going to be honest with you. You may be a "pantser" when it comes to weaving a plot, but if you're going for the insanity of writing an entire 50,000 word novel in just 30 days, you're going to want to seriously consider coming up with an outline. Why? Because if you know what your end game is, it's easier to chart a course to get there. So many writers burn out at around the third week of NaNoWriMo, merely because they've lost the direction of their story. Plan ahead. Make an outline. Know where you're headed. It will save you not only time, but a massive creative headache. I do this with every book and it keeps me on track - it's a method that hasn't failed me yet! 
  • Don't be afraid to skip around, pal. Here's the thing: even with an outline, it's easy to sometimes get hung up on a scene or a chapter that's really killing your creative buzz. This happens to me quite frequently, actually. Guess what I do? I skip that scene! I glide right over the element that's driving me crazy and stopping my progress. I continue with the story beyond that and then come back to that troubling plot point later, when I can see the manuscript with more clarity. It helps me to not get frozen on one frustrating element of my story and continue to make progress with the rest of it. If there's one thing you don't want in NaNoWriMo, it's stagnation. You want to keep moving forward, because face it: you've got only a very limited amount of time to finish your manuscript! 
  • Make writing time FUN. It's November! Write at the end of the day with your laptop and a cup of hot cocoa. Curl up and enjoy the anticipation of the holidays by writing a wonderful story that captures your imagination. Make writing time YOU time. Make it something special to enjoy. You're not doing this to compete against other people. You, my friend, are doing this so that you can say with certainty and pride, "I wrote a book this fall." How many people can say that? Not many! 
  • Find your groove. When I say this, I mean find the writing space that works for you. Some people work better creatively by taking their writing to Starbucks or a restaurant, feeling stimulated by the steady hum of activity swirling around them. As for me? I work best in quiet environments, cocooned in my office or perched on the balcony of a hotel by the sea. You may find that you work better surrounded by people, and if that's the case, don't fight it! Do what you need to do in order to get in the zone and get your writing groove on. 
  • Plug into your local NaNo writing group. Sign up for your local writer's group. If you're a part of the NaNoWriMo community (sign up at NaNoWriMo.Org), different counties and zones all over the country have writing groups who meet at college libraries, coffee shops, and bookstores to talk about their manuscripts and just to have fun. I did this a couple of times and had a lot of fun with it. You get to connect with other aspiring authors in your area and just revel in the joy of creating a story and being able to use it as an additional excuse to order another cup of coffee. 
  • Yes, adhere to a daily word count. If you want to make it to 50,000 words in 30 days, you'll need to write around 1650 words per day (at that rate, you'll be only 500 words short of your goal on the 30th day). It seems like a small number of words until you're staring a blank screen, void of all ideas and suddenly possessed with an intense desire to watch Family Feud. But remember: this is only for one month! Get your word count done and THEN watch TV. I've written 22 bestselling books in the last (almost) 6 years because I've been willing to put my word count goals ahead of my personal desires, and if you can do this for just 30 days, you'll win NaNoWriMo, no problem. 
  • Connect with the online community. If you need encouragement with your writing, NaNo is EVERYWHERE. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook...you name it. Lots of other writers are also participating in the event. Check them out! There are also virtual write-ins that are streamed from the NaNo Headquarters. Find that here. Also, follow @NaNoWordSprints on Twitter if you're interested in setting hourly or even minute-by-minute word goals for yourself. 

Remember to stay positive! You can do this. NaNoWriMo is an epic challenge, but it's also so much fun! My first NaNoWriMo manuscript ended up becoming my first bestselling novel, State of Emergency, so I'm living proof that you can create some really great stuff by participating in this competition. Find what inspires you and cling to it. Drink plenty of coffee (or tea, if that's your jam), and remember...HAVE FUN. That's really what this is all about. 

GOOD LUCK, WRITERS! 




Monday, October 29, 2018

HALLOWEEN EDITION #4: The Inquisitor Series by Lincoln S. Farish





How many of you guys have been watching Netflix's newest show, The Haunting of Hill House? I have said loudly and frequently that I do not watch horror movies or shows, but this particular show has such an interesting story that I found myself intrigued (yes, it is based on the 1959 horror novel by Shirley Jackson that I am currently considering reading). I'm currently a few episodes in and wondering what's going to happen to all of the Craine siblings. Yet it's the kind of show that I can't binge-watch, either, otherwise I may never sleep again. Yes, I'm a wimp. I watch it during the late afternoon after work, with my dogs at my side, while it's still light outside (ya know...because things that go bump in the dark while watching a scary show is enough to make anyone's heart race!). 

It got me thinking about the art of writing a good horror story. It's not easy to do. Writing something scary is not as easy as it may seem. For example, telling your reader that a room is dark and terrifying is quite different than showing it. A good horror author will make the reader feel the cold dampness of the cellar, taste the salt of terrified tears on their lips, and hear the metallic scrape of chains on the floor as they beam their flashlight across the pitch-black expanse of darkness. Your hair should stand on end. You should be genuinely scared! It takes skill to do this. 

Today, we're visiting with Lincoln S. Farish, the author of the horror books of the Inquisitor Series. I've listed the books below so that you can check them out online, and below that is an interview with Lincoln. Check it out - you may have just found your next spooky October story to read! 

Have a Happy Halloween! 


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Synopsis:

Brother Sebastian is halfway up a mountain in Vermont, hell-bent on interrogating an old woman in a shack, when he gets the order to abandon his quest for personal vengeance. He has to find a missing Inquisitor, or, more likely, his remains. He’s reluctant, to say the least. Not only will he have to stop chasing the best potential lead he’s had in years, this job—his first solo mission—will mean setting foot in the grubby black hole of Providence, Rhode Island. And, somehow, it only gets worse…
If he’d known he would end up ass deep in witches, werewolves, and ogres, and that this mission
would jeopardize not only his sanity but also his immortal soul, he never would’ve answered the damn phone.



Synopsis:

Brother Sebastian is in trouble. Again. Banished from New England and sent to train with the hyper-violent Hammers, Sebastian wants to atone, but an army of necromancers, battle-mages, and at least one sorceress is seriously messing up his plans. James, former Inquisitor and disciple of Thaddeus, is lurking about, and even with the help of a bunch of heavily-armed Hammers, will Sebastian be to able stop gut-rippers, constructs, lichs...and a newly returned Thaddeus?

Synopsis:

Brother Sebastian is back, and facing new monsters and challenges. Sarah, Sebastian's dead wife, continues to plague his sleep, but now a new woman has joined her. Sebastian's dreams have become even more...disturbing.

Thaddeus may have been strong and terrible, but there is worse evil out there. From the deserts of Arizona, to the decaying inner core of Portland, to the Cascade Mountains, Sebastian is on the trail of the wizard who summoned a Gut Ripper and almost wiped out a priory of Hammers.

Even with the help of old friends and new, can Sebastian survive The Witch's Lair?



Synopsis:

A prisoner in Vatican City, Brother Sebastian must endure an ordeal to prove he is still pure, re-qualify to demonstrate he still has the skills required of an Inquisitor, and then figure out where the Vampire Lord who is picking off Cardinals is hiding and Purge him. The hunt is on, but who is hunting whom?
Interview with Lincoln S. Farish


When did you start writing?

On this series, I started about ten years ago with a kind of origins story. I’m not sure I’ll ever use it, but once I wrote it, I was hooked. I realized there were many, many more stories about Sebastian that needed to get out. I wasn’t in a hurry, and I took my time, hence the slow pace. Currently, I’m almost finished with my fourth novel in the series. It’s funny—I wrote my first book long before I’d heard of any of the other authors who write along similar lines. The first time I read Larry Correia, Junior Inquisitor was with my editor. I wish I’d read him earlier; his creation of a useful silver bullet is better than mine.

Why dark urban fantasy/almost horror?

I was really stuck trying to shoehorn my story into a genre, because it just didn’t quite fit. I’m not trying to scare anyone, warn the populace at large about the dangers of Cthulhu, or teach a moral lesson, like horror usually does. At the same time, if you have a group of people who have powers that can and usually do harm regular people, your story is not going to be a happy one. Bad things will occur, people will die, and mayhem will ensue. It’s not dystopic—for most people, magic never enters their lives and they go about quite happily unaware of its existence. Those who do, however, experience all kinds of terrible events and traumas. The more or less contemporary setting makes it urban fantasy...so dark urban fantasy almost horror.

Why Catholic Monks?

I needed a group that was world-wide, large enough that they could have a secret society within them, and old enough that they could’ve been battling evil for a very long time. I also needed to explain from where the darkness comes without copying anyone. Larry Correia uses the Cthulhu mythos. Harry Potter is fairly agnostic—religion is rarely mentioned, aside from Christmas. Rick Gualtieri has a hint of Catholicism, with the Templars protecting the Icon from the icky vampires. Jim Butcher has a bit more Catholic mythos with angels and Knights of the Cross, so I went further; full-on Catholic, but again it wasn't initially planned, more like happen-stance that when I started I picked out ground no one else was using at the moment.

Why aren’t there good magicians like Harry Dresden or Harry Potter?

Part of it has to do with how one comes into power. Both Harrys were born magic-users. They grew up around magic, were taught how to use their powers and when, were formally schooled in magic in Harry Potter's case. There was also some group to reign in excess.  Jim Butcher has The White Council and the Laws of Magic to rein in true evil. That kinda, sorta works for Harry Dresden, but it does leave a lot of room for abuse, as Harry’s mother, Margaret LeFay, pointed out.
With Harry Potter, there are the aurors, who get rid of dark wizards, most of the time. There is also a bit of contempt from the magi to the muggles in Harry Potter. Arthur Weasley, as nice as he is written, makes remarks about how clever muggles are for inventing things like electricity and phones because they don’t have magic. As if they’re an occasionally bright child, there is a kind bigotry of low expectations. This is shown pretty clearly when the Minister of Magic visits the Prime Minister, and of course how Dolores Umbridge acts toward non-humans. There’s some real nastiness in the margins of Harry Potter’s world, and I think the stories are better for it.
Those are the worlds created by Butcher and Rowling, they decide what does and doesn't work and how events and characters react to each other, and what is right and wrong. I took, I think, a different, and possibly more realistic approach as to what would happen if there was magic. It’s power. People rarely handle power well, especially if they get it suddenly. In my world someone is reading a strange book, is offered power, gives in to temptation, and “boom,” becomes a magi. No training no slow gradual learning of magic, one moment they are normal, and the next they can kill. With that kind of power suddenly thrust upon you I think most people would turn bad, and turn bad quickly. A decent comparison is when people win the lottery. They tend to go a bit crazy with all the new possibilities open to them now that they’re a millionaire.
Imagine you had the power, magically, and from across the room, to slap someone who was rude—maybe they’re yammering away on their cellphone in public, perhaps they’re driving like a jerk, maybe talking during the movie, cutting in line, whatever. Now if you could do that, and no one would know it was you, and there was no way you’d be punished by the law, would you be tempted?
Even if you never slapped anyone, but knew you could, how would your attitude change toward regular people? Would you start to hold them in contempt, just a little, because you had abilities they didn’t? How would your attitude change toward following the law, knowing you were above it?
Now toss in some evil entities encouraging you to do more than just slap around the people who get in your way, and you have a real monster being created.
You describe yourself as an “almost horror” writer. How would you describe your novels to anyone who's never read them?
               
Most of the time I say, ”Like a dark version Harry Potter, but for adults, and the witches are the bad guys.” I might also use Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files as an example. I'd said “Like a blacker, grittier version of the Dresden Files, but magic is the problem not the solution. I've also used Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia as a comparison, and again while similar, my books are much darker more focused on magic and the people who use magic than the monsters.


You've gotten a lot of positive feedback over “Junior Inquisitor,” “Soulless Monk,” and “The Witch's Lair.” Could you tell us a little about how you came up with the concept? Was it one book concept that grew into a series, or did you go into it knowing you wanted it to be a series?

It started off when I asked myself, “What would happen if people could suddenly do magic?” While some might believe that the world would suddenly be filled with puppies, and rainbows, I have a darker view of human nature. This morphed into a book, kind of an origins story. When that was done I realized I'd created characters and a world that had many stories in them, and kept going.

What about your latest book?

The Vampire of Rome is my most recent. It came out in October 2016. And lest anyone, worry, these are not the emo vamps of other series, but the sanguineous monsters of old who will kill you for breathing loudly. Also, there are evil monkeys.

You seem to do a lot of spotlights for other writers, helping to get them exposure. Is there a particular reason?

When I started my blog, I had 17 people visit it that first month. I had no followers on Twitter, and just a few friends on Facebook. Some rather big name authors helped me out when I started, and I've grown a bit on social media since then. I'm reciprocating   the favor I received. Everyone should read more, and probably would if they knew about all the terrific stories that are out there. Since I know a few people online I help out some of my fellow authors, and those who read my blog.

On your blog, you mention that you think outlines are OCD behavior. What tips would you give to aspiring novel writers, in regard to outlines, or lack thereof?

The OCD snark was to tease some of my fellow writers, who do outline. It works for them, and they produce great stories for it. Imitating their methods for story construction would bore me to tears. My process is a bit more chaotic, and horrifies some which makes me grin. For anyone who is new to this, do what works for you, if it is forced, it will show, and your work will be poorer for it.

What do you do when you're not writing?
               
I read, a lot. I'm a Reservist, which keeps me busy at least one weekend a month. There is my family, which is about to get a little bit bigger, and of course there are all the others things in life, like the mowing the grass. I shoe-horn in writing around my life, perhaps, when I'm a full-time author (my end goal) it will be that I shoe-horn in my life around writing.

What's the single best tip, or bit of advice, you've ever gotten? How did you apply it in your career?

Anyone can be a writer, few will be an author, even fewer will ever be a professional author. The difference between a writer and an author is an audience, the difference between an author and a professional author is the size of that audience.
Crafting a good story is work. If you don’t drag the reader into your world, cannot delight and entertain them while they are there, they will find something else to do with their time. And it's not enough to write a great story, need to find a way to let the world know they can be entertained by it. If you want to be an author, you must find/create an audience, and that's marketing. Without marketing, the best story in the world is a book sitting unread on a shelf. Field of Dreams was a movie, “If you build it they will come,” is a lie. If you want to be an author, it's not enough to be able to tell a great story, you will be required to create an audience. Even then there are no guarantees.
I know; it's brutal, but it's true.

Who would you say inspires and motivates you the most?
Reviews. When someone tells you that your story captivated them, entertained them, it validates all the work it took in birthing that book.

Are there any gems of wisdom you'd like to share with aspiring authors?
Build your audience. Hone your craft. Be nice to people
About the Author


A story teller that wove the real with the fantastic since he was a child, Lincoln is an Army Reservist who has had the pleasure of visiting the Middle East five times so far. He currently resides in the Commonwealth of Virginia with his lovely wife, little girl, and Calvin the Helper Dog. When not doing obscure jobs for the Government or shadowy corporations he works at honing his craft and defeating the neighborhood ninjas.

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