Calling out for more submissions: Are you a writer? Unpublished even? Please read!

Howdy everyone! So, here we are on the cusp of Spring. I’m searching for writers again. I have filled up dates until May and am in need of filling spots for the summer months and into fall. If you have already submitted to me, it’s okay. You can submit again, but I need new material from you. If you have never submitted anything to me, that’s even better. Whether you’re published or not, it doesn’t matter. If you have poetry just waiting to be shared or short stories hidden away in a dusty corner of your world, please consider sharing them with me. I would love to show them to this little group of followers.

Consider this a blog hop as well. So if you have your own blog and would like to bring folks to it, send me information and I’ll include you in this endeavor.

You can submit to the blog by clicking the link “submit an article.” I hope to hear from you quite soon. I have dates from May onward. If I cannot them filled, I’m not sure if I will continue with the “Teaser Tuesday.” I am preparing to take a new path in my life and my time will be limited, so I’m hoping that the guest posts can keep the tradition going.

Thanks for your help and consideration.

Among the Land of Reality

Well, I’m officially back from vacation. While I was gone Vallory Vance ran a feature about my work. I’d like to thank her. I’ve posted the link the post below:

http://valloryv.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/weekday-chat-with-author-tracee-ford/

Enjoy the interview 😀

Spring Fever Blog Tour featured Author: Kate Marie Robbins

Kate Marie Robbins, a newly published author has joined us for the 6:30 p.m. spot.  She has just published her first novel, which is a milestone in any author’s life. It sets the tone for anything else you write and it is a very exciting yet turbulent time.  I want to wish Kate all of the success she can handle and thank her for participating!

395120_620003642304_1735298330_nTitle:  Indigo  (Book 1 of the Indigo trilogy)
Author:  Kate Marie Robbins

Genre:  Fantasy
Blog:  http://indigo-the-novel.tumblr.com/

Social Media connections:

e-mail: novakfan21@gmail.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/novakfan21

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/indigo.the.novel

Release Date: Tentatively set for the end of May.
Where to buy: When released, it will be on Amazon
Other Work: Two short stories: Cinder, and Flesh & Soul.  Neither have been released yet.

Please provide a snippet from your most recently released book.

From Indigo:

“I don’t expect you to say anything.  I just thought that you should know.  No, that isn’t why I chose to help you.  You needed help.  I wasn’t about to let a fellow guard be punished because he doesn’t have a mind for battle strategy.  I don’t expect anything in return from you.  It’s enough knowing that my ideas will be used to keep us all safe from the Dark Warriors.”  She turned away, to hide the fact that she was blushing.  “It is getting late,” she continued, once she had regained her composure.  “We both need to get some sleep, especially you.”

“Yes, of course.”  Stupid, stupid, stupid.  You cannot leave things like this.  Do not walk out of this room without telling her the truth.  I had to do it.  After all she had done for me, all she was risking for me.  I couldn’t lie to her.  I just couldn’t.  Could I?

I finished my wine, and stood, frozen in place.  Somehow, I forced one foot in front of the other, moving towards her.  She looked at me, nervous, confused.  I don’t think she knew what to say or do at that point.

I pulled her into my arms, holding her gently.  I swept the hair away from her eyes, her gorgeous wisteria eyes, and placed it behind her ears.  I leaned in slowly, and kissed her, feeling her lips pressed softly against mine.  They lingered there, as long as I dared.  “You’re not the only one with secrets.  Once this is all over with, I fully intend to marry you.  To hell with what anyone thinks or says.  That is, if you’ll have me.”  It left her breathless.

I tried to pull away from her, knowing that I needed to go.  I would need to sleep.  She held onto me and wouldn’t let go.  “Stay,” she pleaded.

Who was I to tell her no?

Mini Interview:

1      When did you first start writing? I started writing poetry at the age of 13.  Indigo is my first novel.

2      Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?  I didn’t.  For a long time I wanted to be a forensic psychologist.  I actually went to college and got my bachelor’s degree in psychology, but upon finishing, I just wasn’t feeling it anymore.   One day I heard a song and the story idea for Indigo just clicked.  After that, I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.

final front cover3      What genre do you prefer to work within? Or do you mix it up? I dabble a bit in a few genres.  Mainly fantasy and science fiction though.

4      Where does your inspiration for these stories (this story) come from?  The story idea for the Indigo trilogy sparked from a song, like I mentioned in question 2.  That song is “Hot Air Balloon” by Owl City.  The opening lines of the song are: “We wrote a prelude to our own fairytale, and bought a parachute at a church rummage sale, and with a mean sewing machine and miles of thread, we sewed the day above L.A. in navy and red, we round the racetrack through your mom’s kitchen chairs, and fought the shadows back down your dark basement stairs, I lit a match and let it catch to light up the room, and then you yelled as we beheld an old maroon hot air balloon.”  I thought it would make for an intriguing take on a fairytale, which is what I originally intended for Indigo.  It was to be a children’s fairytale, but as I started writing, it progressed into something deeper and more intricate.

6      Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? i.e. You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?  I don’t have a routine, other than as soon as I get an idea, I write it down immediately.  Even if it’s just fleeting, maybe someday I’ll be able to put it to good use.  I do tend to listen to music when I write, but I tend to listen to music all the time.

7      How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?  Most of my character names came from baby name websites.  All of the place names came from color names, going along with the theme.

8      In your most recent work, who is your favorite character and why? My favorite character would have to be Ava, mostly because I can see so much of me in her.  It wasn’t actually intentional, it just kind of happened.

9      Did you learn anything from writing your book?  What was it? I learned to believe in myself.  That you can pretty much accomplish anything, if you set your mind to it.

10   How did you/do you market your work? Mainly on facebook.  I started out sharing it with my friends and around some of the book pages, and things progressed from there.

11   Favorite authors?  L.A. Meyer, C.S. Lewis, Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien, Bruce Coville, Franz Kafka, Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Lewis Stevenson.  I’m a huge fan of the classics, obviously.

12   Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”? Yes, I have, many, many times.  What seems to work for me is sitting down and having a chat with my youngest brother.  I just start talking, trying to work things out verbally.  He usually has suggestions for me.  Sometimes not, but just vocalizing what is going on in the book usually helps me work out the details of what should come next.

13   What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?  Just start writing, let it all come pouring out.  The first draft doesn’t need to be perfect; it just needs to be written.  (I read that quote somewhere, and it stuck with me.)

14   Are you working on anything new?  If so, can you tell me about it?  Once I finish Indigo, I’ll be working on a collection of poetry (yet to be named), as well as a science fiction novel called Distorted Reality, a murder/revenge story (also yet to be named), and of course, book two of the Indigo trilogy, called Roisin.

Spring Fever Blog Tour featured Author: Christina Mobley

Hi everyone.  It’s the eve of the end of this tour.  Tonight’s featured author is Christina Mobley, an author of young adult fiction.  Thanks so much for being a part of the tour Christina!  Enjoy the read folks!

529791_551645054859995_1711974407_nTitle: Elementris
Author: Christina Mobley

Genre: YA
Website: http://www.facebook.com/ChristinaMobleyAuthor

Social Media connections: https://twitter.com/chrissy3680

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6439800.Christina_Mobley

Release Date: Elementris is available now, and Exposure will be available March 20th
Where to buy:  Amazon and B&N http://www.amazon.com/Elementris-The-Vangeretta-Curse-ebook/dp/B008IFNX3U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361059558&sr=8-1&keywords=elementris
Reviews:

First of all, I would like to say thank you to Christina Mobley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review!

In the expanding market of Fantasy and Paranormal fiction, it’s becoming more difficult to find fresh, original stories that stand out from the others. I believe that Christina Mobley has etched out a place for herself in this genre of writing and her first book Elementris is a pleasure to read.

At seventeen-years-old, Ava Vangeretta blames her gift for everything that’s wrong in her life. In fact, it’s the very reason why her own mother abandoned her. Once submerged into her world of magic and mystery, the reader is allowed a glimpse at both the good and bad that comes with the gifts of the element. The good: Ava’s able to perform magic that can help others and conjure up a rain cloud when she needs one. The bad: Learning her magic and accepting her role as True Elementris is a deadly undertaking. I would have to say that Ava’s character is more true to real-life teenagers than most fictional heroines we come across in YA fiction. Though not your cliché, self-sacrificing heroine, she’s very brave in the face of tremendous pressure and danger.

I love strong female characters like the ones in this book. Ava and her Aunt Avalene are both forces to be reckoned with; forces of nature, that is! The dynamic between Ava and her aunt was fun and add a lot to the story. There are some interesting sub-plots going on with Ava’s best friend Brea, as well. This book packs major “girl power”, as even the primary antagonist is a female! I thought this was a fresh approach to this time of book and enjoyed that aspect very much,.

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This is the first book that I have read by Christina Mobley, but it definitely won’t be my last. 🙂

This was a very unique story and I absolutely LOVED it. Christina has a way of telling a story that pulls you right in, and you will find it impossible to stop. I can’t wait to read book 2 in the series, to see how the story continues.

Thanks again Christina for writing an amazing book, and for creating a fan for life. 🙂

Book back for book Exposure (Release date March 20th <first day of spring)

Hidden behind a continuous storm, in the heart of the Bermuda Triangle, there is a secret and powerful place. Element Island’s mysteries are as great as its beauty. Ava Vangeretta’s life changed forever after she arrived on the island; she became the True Elementris.

Now Ava is faced with a new challenge. The powerful gifts protected by those born of the element could be revealed. Temptation gives new life to an old curse, danger draws near, and the lines between friend and enemy are blurred as secrets are revealed. Ava will do whatever it takes to protect those she loves, but can she prevent exposure?

Little excerpt from book two, Exposure.

Ava glanced at the world map on her wall; the one matching the giant one in her office. There was work to be done. She felt the power of the elements begin to surge through her as she looked at the maps. There had been an awful drought in Georgia for weeks now and it looked as if her help was needed. She closed her eyes and instantly her throat went dry and she felt the heat rising from the parched earth. With her eyes still closed she could see the blinding sun and cloudless sky. She let the magic of the element work its way through her body as she thought of rain. She smiled as the blue sky darkened and she sent a rumble of thunder as a warning to those who might not be paying attention. She could feel the relief of the earth as it began to absorb the soothing rain. She was careful to make sure the rain would provide a slow soaking—the earth was so dry that anything heavier would cause flooding. She opened her eyes, feeling a little dizzy as her energy level returned to normal, and sighed. If only she could really be there. Element Island was amazing, but she longed to be able to visit all the places her mind took her.

Book back for book one, Elementris

There are people born in this world with a powerful connection to the earth itself…

They have an unbreakable and extraordinary bond. Every seven years, five people are born on the same day, at the exact same time. The elements bind them; earth, fire, wind, water, and spirit. They call them, Elementris.
Ava Vangeretta is seventeen years old and different. Unlike most born of the element, she was born alone. She has the power of all five elements. Ava is the first True Elementris to be born in many years. As her eighteenth birthday approaches she is faced with a choice. Give up this rare gift and live the normal life she has always craved or accept it and challenge the current True Elementris in a battle to the death!

Ava’s past haunts her as she struggles to decide. In her present, the seasons are colliding together, storms are destroying lives, and love is a dangerous curse. The current True Elementris is behind it all and she will do whatever necessary to keep Ava from making it to her eighteenth birthday. Ava’s decision threatens the lives of the two people she cares about most. Can you choose between love and friendship?

0.99 on Kindle and Nook

Amazon link http://www.amazon.com/Elementris-The-Vangeretta-Curse-ebook/dp/B008IFNX3U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361059558&sr=8-1&keywords=elementris

From Amazon

I can not WAIT till the next book. Stef  |  7 reviewers made a similar statement

I literally read the entire book in less than three days. Summer  |  6 reviewers made a similar statement

Christina has a way of telling a story that pulls you right in, and you will find it impossible to stop. l

Barnes and Noble link http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/elementris-christina-mobley/1114070257?ean=2940016098616

287b2833e9b20ac1d188d5.L._V143414227_SX200_-1Author Bio

Christina Mobley is a married, mother of four, who spends her days caring for her children. She grew up in Florida, living on the banks of the St.Mary’s river, and as a child always had a fascination for storms and the power they wield. The Vangeretta Curse series was inspired by that fascination.

FB linkhttp://www.facebook.com/ChristinaMobleyAuthor?ref=stream

Twitter https://twitter.com/chrissy3680

Goodreadshttp://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17370750-elementris

Link for FB release party http://www.facebook.com/events/101331153383862/

Other Work: Exposure (Coming March 20th)

Please provide a snippet from your most recently released book.

 

Ava turned sure she might see her, but behind her a whole new scene took her dreams hostage. People were running, floodwaters burst from a ruined dam and surged relentlessly towards a dark town while sirens screamed out a warning…

 

Mini Interview:

1      When did you first start writing? About six years ago.

2      Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be? No I wanted to be an artist. I’ve been drawing pictures for as long as I can remember. About six years ago, my husband and I decided I would stay home with our four children. We were having a lot of trouble finding child care for my oldest son who has special needs. I started writing about him and the issues involved with having a child with special needs. Sharing something so personal was hard for me, so I started writing fiction. I fell in love and have been writing since.

3      What genre do you prefer to work within? Or do you mix it up?    YA. I have always been drawn to the YA genre. When I walk into the library that’s where I go first. I do want to explore other genres in the future.

4      Where does your inspiration for these stories (this story) come from? I grew up on the St Mary’s river. When I was little I loved to sit on the dock and watch a storm roll in. When I started writing fiction, Elementris just came naturally. It was like that story had been there waiting, even before I knew I was a writer.

5      What has your publishing experience been like?  It’s been wonderful. I love the connection to readers that comes with being and Indie author.

6      Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? i.e. You listen to music, sit in a certain chair? I write every morning after I get the kids off to school. I usually sit in my big recliner and have a big glass of Dr. Pepper next to me. Music is a big part of my writing. I love to turn the music all the way up and let the words come.

7      How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?  I don’t plan the names or places ahead of time. I come up with them as the story goes. Usually I come up with a character’s name as I write the first scene they are in.

 

8      In your most recent work, who is your favorite character and why?

Aunt Avalene. She is like my grandmother. She has a caring temperament, but she is also blunt and not scared to kick your butt in gear.

9      Did you learn anything from writing your book?  What was it? I learned to look at the small things of the world. To write a book about a Mother Nature-like character, I had to look closer at the world around me.

 

10   How did you/do you market your work? Mostly word of mouth. It started slow, but lately it seems to be getting around pretty good.

 

11   Can you describe the feeling you had when you saw your published book for the first time? I wanted to jump up and down. It was unbelievable! It’s still amazing to me that something I thought up in my living room is being read and enjoyed by so many different people.

12   Favorite authors?  Nora Roberts. Ann Rice.

 

13   Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”? Music always helps me. Sometimes you just have to walk away for a day or so. I think telling myself that I cannot touch it for a while kicks my brain into action.

 

14   What piece of advice would you give to a new writer? Read everything! Also, don’t worry about what anyone is going to think about your book while you are writing it. Just write the story you want to read. You cannot force it.

 

15   Are you working on anything new?  If so, can you tell me about it? I’m working on book three for The Vangeretta Curse series, a vampire/fallen angel novel, a children’s book, and re-working a novel I wrote a few years ago.

Spring Fever Blog Tour featured Author: Nikki Narvaez

Tonight’s featured author is Nikki Narvaez. She is an adult paranormal romance writer and her book publishes today!  I want to thank her for participating in this blog tour!  Thanks for reading everyone!

shalanenikkisydTitle: Envisioned
Author: Nikki Narvaez

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

Blog: http://nikkinarvaezwritegirl.blogspot.com/

Social Media connections:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/135781309927320/#!/TheElementalProphecy

https://www.facebook.com/groups/135781309927320/#!/pages/Nikki-Narvaez-Author/385643278199994

Goodreads:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17338478-envisioned

Release Date: May 28, 2013
Where to buy: Amazon, Barnes&Nobles, Smashwords

Please provide a snippet from your most recently released book.

Brielle De Luca thought she was just an average girl, despite her nightly dreams of an impending apocalypse, along with a gorgeous man that pulls at her soul.

However, on the night of her 18th birthday, everything changes when she is thrown into the Elemental World, a world where she is supposedly the One that is spoken about in an ancient Prophecy; a Prophecy that states she is the key to preventing an apocalypse.

Now she must learn to control her power over the four elements, all while dealing with the love and intense passion of her bond to the man from her dreams, Jace Vasquez.
Piece of cake, right?

Mini Interview:

1      When did you first start writing?

I wrote poetry in middle and high school, but last year was when I decided that I wanted to write a book.

2      Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

Well, when I was younger, it was not as easy as it is now to publish your work so I was discouraged. I decided to become a teacher, but I’m hoping to be able to become a published author and change my career to that.

3      What genre do you prefer to work within? Or do you mix it up?

I love paranormal romance, and I think I’ll always want to write in that genre. I already have another series planned.

4      Where does your inspiration for these stories (this story) come from?

I love Greek mythology, so part of my inspiration came from that. I also wanted to write a more realistic young adult paranormal romance so that has also inspired me.

Envisioned by NicoleNaravez

6      Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? i.e. You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?

I listen to music sometimes, but I always sit in the corner of my sectional, where I can lay my legs out  while I type.

7      How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?

I always want unique character names, something that you won’t find in many books. So far, I’ve only used real locations in my book so I haven’t made up place names yet.

 

8      In your most recent work, who is your favorite character and why?

The male main character, Jace, is my favorite. I based his attitude and character on my husband, so I am more fond of him since he reminds me of my husband.

 

9      Did you learn anything from writing your book?  What was it?

To follow my dreams, and never give up.

10   How did you/do you market your work?

I have been trying to spread the word through social networking; I am in an author group, and we all advertise each other’s work when it releases so I know that will really help since they are more established than me.

 

11   Can you describe the feeling you had when you saw your published book for the first time?

I haven’t experienced that yet, but I will probably feel a mixture of relief and anxiety.

12   Favorite authors? 

Jessica Sorenson, Jennifer Armentrout, S.L. Jennings, Madeline Sheehan

13   Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”?

Yes. I went back and read what I had written, edited some, and then went back to where I had left off. Stepping away from that part of the book and focusing on something seemed to help.

14   What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?

Use as many social networking mediums as you can to gain publicity before you publish.

15   Are you working on anything new?  If so, can you tell me about it?

Book Two, Emblaze, is in the works.

Spring Fever Blog Tour featured Author: Mimi Tulane

Welcome to Mimi Tulane! She write contemporary erotic romance and she is interviewing with me this evening! I want to thank her for participating in this exciting event! Thanks so much everyone for keeping up and enjoy the interview!

Profile Picture Me (2)Title: Curiously Curious
Author: Mimi Tulane

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance, African-American, BDSM
Website: http://www.mimitulane.com

Blog: same

Social Media connections: www.facebook.com/authormimitulane

www.goodreads.com/author/show/6979633.Mimi_Tulane

https://twitter.com/MimiTulane

Release Date: March 6, 2013
Where to buy:  http://www.bookstrand.com/curiously-curious
Reviews: http://www.myearnestreviews.com/

Other Work:  None

Please provide a snippet from your most recently released book.

Imani Stuart is a thirty-year-old secretary with what she feels is a cushy job. She has the hours she loves, the pay is top notch, and when the days are slow she is content to fantasize about her sexy boss Mac to pass away the time…until she stumbles upon a curious find within his desk drawer, a find that blurs the lines between private longings and untold desires.

Jonathan “Mac” Mackenzie is a man that knows what he wants and gets it. At thirty-three, he seems to have it all. When he sets his sights on his hot little secretary, he knows he wants to be more than just her boss. Despite his charm, good looks, and success, one part of his life, a hidden lifestyle, threatens to unhinge the perfect working relationship.

Can they each find what they truly desire, or will the journey ruin the friendship they hold dear?

Mini Interview:

1      When did you first start writing?  

I’ve written short stories for friends and family since about the age of 12. I didn’t get serious about it until three years ago when I started a hobby I continue today role playing. I started off with a blog and posted short stories I’d written. From there I thought maybe I should try to submit something, worse case I’m told no!

 

2      Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

I had several dreams but writing has always been the foremost. At one time, I wanted to make films namely screen plays and direct but never pursued it.

 

3      What genre do you prefer to work within? Or do you mix it up? 

I’ve written several stories ranging from contemporary romance, erotica, paranormal and even fantasy. To answer your question, I do indeed love to mix it up!

 

4      Where does your inspiration for these stories (this story) come from?

When I wrote Curiously Curious, I was inspired by people I’d met in “the life”. I   found it intriguing enough to want to create a fictitious world that uniquely included African-American lifestylers. For the most part, however, my stories stem from my imagination. I dream up worlds, different scenarios and see them vividly like a motion picture in my mind, from beginning to end. Once I “see” it I try to translate the imagery into words that allows the reader to visualize what they are reading, hopefully as vividly as I see it in my mind. I am also inspired by people I meet, music I listen to, my hopes, fears and dreams.

 

5      What has your publishing experience been like? 

Like a Cinderella Fairy Tale. I had hopes of becoming an author but to finally have that dream realized is beyond words. However I had no idea how in depth the business ends of things went from start to finished product! The edits, the approvals, the book cover! It has been a step by step learning experience for me and I love every minute of it!

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6      Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? i.e. You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?

I don’t know if it’s a routine but I can be a bit OCD about how I get down to business. For the most part it starts with what I see in my mind. I make an outline more like a script with scene this or scene that. I give a back story or bio for each of my characters then sit down to write it all out. Time of day doesn’t matter since I am now a stay at home mom. I try to write when it’s quiet which generally means after my children are off to school; But not always. Sometimes scenes become so demanding they wake me up out of my sleep. I’ve been known to “get in my zone” and write for hours at a stretch. I lose track of time because I get so into the stories I write. I become one, if you will, with the world I’m creating. Like a voyeur, I am seeing the action even as I write it. I also use soundtracks! I have to have sexy music playing when I write a love scene or dramatic music for tense encounters! Depending on the scene is how I tailor my soundtrack. I think I even give each character a theme song! Yeah I’m weird like that!

 

7      How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?

Well most of my stories are set in cities where I have lived. I’m ex-military so I travelled quite a bit. Curiously Curious is set in my home town of St. Louis, Missouri. I weave a bit of my personal life into my characters, personality traits of different family members and friends. As for names I have this thing where the name must have a certain “flow”, meaning they have to roll off the tongue and make an impression. I love strong dominant sounding names for men and soft sensual sounding names for women. Did I mention I was weird like that?

8      In your most recent work, who is your favorite character and why?

Oh wow, I love both my hero and heroine equally but if I was forced to choose between the two Mac would be the one. He’s a sexy paradox that makes for the total package in my book. He’s dominant but not domineering. He’s firm yet gentle. He’s strong but not overbearing. Above all he respects the fairer sex and isn’t threatened by an unconventional woman. At least that’s how I see him. The kind of man every woman should have!

9      Did you learn anything from writing your book?  What was it?

I learned so much. I learned about a lifestyle that is not openly discussed among African –Americans even if they do subscribe to it. I learned how to respect the process of trial and error, researching and interviewing knowledgeable parties. Above all I learned how to use the review function in Microsoft Word!

10   How did you/do you market your work?

I mostly use word of mouth since I have a big one! I use social media like Facebook and recently Twitter. I even made a book trailer for Youtube! I’ve been fortunate to meet other Authors (Like yourself) that offer avenues such as blog tours or networking opportunities that help me share my stories with others. I also owe a lot of my fan base to role playing, a hobby I became involved in several years back. I’ve collaborated with some of the most unsung writing talent out there! Writing with them has honed my skills, impacting my personal life with the beautiful friendships and adopted family I’ve gained along the way. Some of whom have also gone on to be published writers themselves!

11   Can you describe the feeling you had when you saw your published book for the first time?

Shock. I kept staring at the book cover for hours thinking: That’s my story! Those are my babies! They have an official voice! I cried for an hour with tears of joy. I felt blessed and humbled by the chance to share my passion.

 

12   Favorite authors? 

I have several so forgive me if the list is too long. The late L.A. Banks is at the top of my list. She was the first African-American writer I had come in contact with that wrote stories featuring people of color that were shape shifters, vampires etc. I was fortunate to have spoken with her via Facebook a few times and she turned me on to other writers such as Brandon Massey, Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due. They inspired me to dream up worlds with heroes and heroines that I could identify with. Not to exclude or have a racial bias but as a way to showcase the richness and diversity of my people, in settings other than the hood!  My writing reflects my taste in genres. I hope to see even more black vampires, shape shifters and aliens! I hope to see more leading men and women of color, in all genres, written by all writers. I’ve come across a misconception that you have to have a certain voice to write a black character. True you may not have a firm grasp of things culturally or environmentally significant to the African-American community if you are a non African-American writer but that’s where your research comes in!  I think you just have to have the right story to let your characters shine! My other favorites are J.R Ward, Zane, Joey W. Hill, Keri Author, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Lora Leigh, Beverly Jenkins and Mrs. Francis Ray. 

13   Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”?

I don’t know that I’ve had a really hard writers block. What happens with me is writing is an emotional thing for me. Because I am Manic Depressive, I tend to write according to how I feel. If I’m up and going strong, in the zone, the ideas are flowing like a river. If I’m down or in a low, it’s hard for me to find the motivation to even handle the home front, let alone write. I’ve learned to keep ideas “on tap” I have note book where I scribble my ideas for WIP and future stories. That way they are close at hand when I seem to lack the motivation to create.

14   What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?

Who Me? I am a new writer! My advice is to love what you do no matter what. Good reviews or Bad, indie published or self published, blogger or napkin writer!  Just enjoy the process and cherish your journey. And never ever give up!

15   Are you working on anything new?  If so, can you tell me about it?

I have plans for maybe two more books to go along with Curiously Curious and a few other stand alone works in progress. My notebook is filled with possibilities so who knows?

 

 

Spring Fever Blog Tour featured Author: Jim Henry

I am pleased to welcome Jim Henry, a fellow PDMI author, this evening.  He is a scifi/fantasy writer and I am so glad he participated in the tour.  Thank you so much Jim!  Enjoy the interview everyone!

mypicTitle: Antiquity Calais Ascending Olympus
Author: Jim Henry

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy
Website: http://jimhenry.webs.com

Blog: http://blogspot.authorjimhenry

Release Date: June 22, 2011
Where to buy:  http://www.amazon.com/Antiquity-Calais-Ascending-Olympus-Henry/dp/1453706453/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363862854&sr=8-1&keywords=antiquity+calais+ascending+olympus
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5.0 out of 5 stars A though provoking and compelling read…, August 22, 2012

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A thought provoking and compelling read is what I came away with after reaching the end of author Jim Henry’s Antiquity Calais Ascending Olympus. A well-written story that would ascend Mt. Olympus itself while keeping the reader intimately engaged with the characters. Highly recommended.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction Fantasy with a Strong Backbone!, August 8, 2012

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When Jim Henry wrote this book, he wanted to give it backbone, a story behind each of his fantasy driven characters. This is what good fantasy is made of…the whole picture, not just the main characters. Immediately, you are thrown into a whirlwind of activity with Antiquity Calias. And Leviathan Avalon is one bad guy! Jim Henry builds the story carefully, detailing the events that lead up to the ultimate battle of good vs. evil!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Good vs Evil!, August 8, 2012

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If you love a good vs evil story that keeps you enthralled all the way through, this is a book for you! Highly recommend
Antiquity Calais Ascending Olympus!

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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic, August 4, 2012

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Fantastic book. Kept the readers interest at all times. Although not a particular fan of the whole science fiction/fantasy genre, i found this to be a real triumph. Looking forward to reading future works by this author

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love a good bad vs evil story, August 4, 2012

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I don’t know about other people, but I always love a good story of good vs evil. So if you are like me and want to enjoy a good scifi fantasy end of times mythological novel then I recommend this one. Be warned.. don’t start reading this if you have a hard time putting books down that get your blood pumping.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Antiquity Calais, October 16, 2011

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2 very enjoyable books. Kept me wanting to read more and more and of course … I must now wait for the third installment. I think the idea of astral projection, the chariot, Satan and Avalon, Mundoo Asquith, the Coffee Shack, Hecatoncheires, all come together with the gods of Olympus Mons to create a great adventure.

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Other Work:

 

Antiquity Calais: Standing at Armageddon

Antiquity Calais Christmas: How the Liberator Saved Christmas

Stories from the Trunk – Breaking All Thy Rules

Star Lovers

 

OlympuscoverPlease provide a snippet from your most recently released book.

Chapter One: Heaven Doesn’t Want Me and Hell Is Afraid I’ll Take Over

            If there had been blood in Leviathan Avalon’s body, it all would have been in his head; if there had been hair on Avalon’s head, it would have been on fire; if Antiquity Calais had been right next to him, Avalon would have paid him no attention. Leviathan Avalon, for 1,000 years, had served the Prince of Darkness as his most prolific Destroyer. But as the Lake of Fire in the entrance chamber to Hell boiled and churned below, Leviathan Avalon hung from tethers suspended from his ankles to the roof of the chamber. His arms dangling below him, tethers that had previously held him standing upright were, at that moment, a matter of inches above the flames in the Lake of Fire.

Just the slightest increase in the waves of flame would light those tethers like wicks, a fact that was not lost on either Satan or Avalon.

“Satan! You are a no good, lying, deceitful bastard!”

Avalon screamed, as Satan sat upon his throne overlooking the Lake of Fire. This was Satan’s favorite place in Hell, because it afforded him the perfect location to view damned souls going through their final transformation. As the souls entered Hell, they still more or less looked human. That condition would last only moments, though, as they plunged into the Lake of Fire. Engulfed in flames, these souls learned firsthand what pure pain felt like. Writhing, thrashing and gasping as they emerged on the other side of the lake, these creatures no longer resembled anything remotely human. And as they had for most of their lives on Earth, they cursed the Creator for their lot in life.

This was ultimately to be Avalon’s fate, according to Satan’s plan, but instead of allowing Avalon to plunge into the Lake of Fire immediately, Satan wanted to prolong his agony as long as possible. For it no longer mattered that Avalon had destroyed countless lives over the past millennium. All that mattered was that Avalon had failed so miserably in the battle against the Creator at Avalon’s ancestral home, the Castle of Armageddon. At the conclusion of that battle, Avalon was blasted with a barrage of energy when his own mighty blast rebounded off the protective aura surrounding Antiquity Calais. Before he knew what was happening, Avalon was falling into a black hole, at the bottom of which was a portal that led directly to Hell. Satan knew Avalon was returning home, and at the moment he emerged into the entrance chamber, Satan conjured the tethers and bound them to Avalon’s ankles and wrists.

As Avalon continued to utter insult after insult at Satan, the Dark Lord only seemed to enjoy it more. Satan was legitimately enjoying blasting the helpless Avalon with a barrage of energy bursts, sapping the once great Destroyer of his enormous reserve of power. The pain Avalon was experiencing was unendurable. In time, Avalon began to try to separate his consciousness from his soul, to diminish the pain. If only he could access some solar energy, Avalon reasoned, he could retaliate in some way. Even if he could not hope to defeat the Prince of Darkness, he would have relished the chance to see the expression on Satan’s face, just as he realized that Avalon would not go quietly. Satan laughed mirthlessly and maniacally at Avalon’s protests and promises of vengeance, which only enraged Avalon more. Satan reveled in the fact that Avalon was providing so much more entertainment than he had expected.

Then something curious happened. It was unclear even to Avalon why he should be gifted with a moment of clarity. But much to Avalon’s elation, he was so-gifted, and even though that moment of clarity passed as quickly as it arrived, Avalon knew what he must do. It may have been the shock, panic, and fear that engulfed Avalon, but suddenly he realized the answer to his problems was all around him.

Everywhere he looked, there was energy. There was energy in the lake, energy creeping up the tethers, which had finally caught on fire, and even energy blasted at him by Satan himself. Plus, he knew how to access these sources of energy, and once procured, he knew what to do with it. Avalon closed his eyes and stretched his arms as far as they could go. Even though the flames continued to move up the tethers toward his wrists, Avalon kept his eyes closed. Inch by inch the flames crept closer to his wrists, but Avalon did not flinch, and instead kept his arms straight out, trying to come as close as he could to the flames in the lake.

Satan could not have had a sense what Avalon had planned. If he had even the slightest inkling, he would have blasted the remaining tethers attached to the ceiling, dispatching Avalon into the Lake of Fire immediately. Satan must have thought the glow he could discern growing in Avalon must have been a side-effect of the energy blasts he had been dispatching. He must not have noticed that Avalon seemed to be reaching to come closer to the Lake of Fire.

Instead, Avalon engaged in a series of actions so rapidly that Satan had no chance to respond. First, by virtue of drawing energy directly from the Lake of Fire, Avalon dispatched two blasts in rapid succession, directly toward Satan. The first landed squarely in Satan’s face, and caused him and the throne on which he sat to fall backward. Just as the throne fell, a second blast arrived, landing forcefully into Satan’s groin, sending him hurtling backward until he stopped when his head hit the rock wall behind him. Then Avalon turned his sights on the tethers holding his ankles, and he sent a much smaller amount of energy at them, to release them from his body. This, of course, caused Avalon to plunge down toward the Lake of Fire. Fortunately for him, he still had plenty of energy in reserve to fly away from the lake, though if he had any hair on his body, it certainly would have burned by the time he began to ascend away from the lake.

Rapidly, he began flying against the grain toward what was usually the entrance to Hell, but would serve his purposes quite nicely as an escape route. Before he reached it, however, he turned and faced his former master, who was just trying to get up to retaliate. Before he could, however, Avalon unleashed one more major blast of energy. This one, however, was not aimed at Satan, but instead into the Lake of Fire itself. The confluence with Avalon’s blast and the energy already present in the lake caused a sudden surge in the flames, causing a veritable tidal wave of flames that rose up and thoroughly engulfed the Prince of Darkness in fire.

Avalon did not stay to see the flames engulf Satan. He did not need to see such carnage. For the first time since Satan and the fallen angels left Heaven, Satan’s pain was 1,000 times as great as that Avalon endured just minutes before.

Content with the level of havoc he raised, Avalon flew out of the chamber and began his journey to resume his war against the Creator and his Liberator, Antiquity Calais. To do this, Avalon knew he had help he needed to recruit.

 

Mini Interview:

1      When did you first start writing?

Age seven, writing stories about my annoying neighbors.

 

2      Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

 

I self-identified as a writer as soon as I learned to read. However, early on I was also fascinated by astronomy, particularly after fourth grade when I did an astronomy project for my Science Fair project. Once I learned you had to be good at math to be an astronomer, I started writing about characters who went into space. I’m still doing it!

 

3      What genre do you prefer to work within? Or do you mix it up? 

 

My novels have been scifi fantasy, but I am beginning to diversify. Star Lovers is an adult scifi short story. Stories from the Trunk – Breaking All Thy Rules is a fantasy spoof/comedy short story. Even Antiquity Calais Christmas: How the Liberator Save Christmas is more of a children’s story than the other Antiquity Calais books.

 

I am really pleased, however, to have a whole new series of non-fiction humor books coming out from PDMI Direct publishing. The series is collectively called The World According to Crash and the first installment is subtitled Miscellaneous Stuff & Stuff. That book is scheduled to come out in April.

 

4      Where does your inspiration for these stories (this story) come from?

 

The opening scene of Antiquity Calais: Standing at Armageddon actually came to me in the form of a vision I received while receiving an energy therapy treatment, as I recovered from a traumatic injury I had sustained. The villain of the series, Leviathan Avalon, is loosely based on the man who injured me, and writing that book literally opened the floodgates for the rest of that series. Once I started writing the first book, more and more ideas would come to me, so I used Armageddon as a launching point, introducing different elements that would be featured later in the series.

 

The World According to Crash: Miscellaneous Stuff & Stuff, as well as the other future books in that series, is a collection of articles I have written over the past five years, many of them on hubpages.com, although some will also come from postings on Facebook as well. So there will not be chapters per se, but individual articles.

 

5      What has your publishing experience been like? 

 

Let’s put it this way. I am not ready to quit my day job, if that is what you mean, but I am happy that joining the writers’ community online has opened doors for me. For example, because of contacts I have had among authors, I have been able to establish an editing business named What the Heck is a Bunganut Editing that in the first four months in operation I already have more contracts for paying customers than I have ever had in sales for my books.

 

6      Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? i.e. You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?

 

Actually, both of your examples are part of my routine. I am seated in my green recliner in my living room listening to Youtube videos. Sometimes I share the videos I listen to on my Facebook wall and let people make requests. It’s like the good old days being on the radio.

 

7      How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?

 

A lot of online research when it comes to names of places. Names come from different places. The name Antiquity came to me out of the blue. Calais is the name of a town in northern Maine (as well as France), and as a French Canadian by descent, I wanted a name with a French sound to it.

 

Gillian, my female lead, as I envisioned her character I thought she bore a striking resemblance to the actress Gillian Anderson, so I gave her that first name. Her last name is a bit of a mystery why I chose it. Her last name is Usha (at least until she and Antiquity formally hook up), and I once had a doctor whose first name was Usha. The curious thing about it is that my doctor was from India, but Gillian is a southern belle, so it is a bit of an odd combination.

 

I do not recall where I came up with the name Sherman Yazu, but Mundoo Asquith I do recall, at least the first name. Initially Mundoo’s character was going to be like a Professor Snape type whose heart was essentially in the right place, but still did some nasty things. In time, I decided I did not like Snape for those character issues, so why should I create a character like him? However, when I chose the name, I was looking for a character name that had similar split personality characteristics.

 

Mundoo is actually the name of a god in the Algonquin Indian lore. He was both feared and loved, which fit the type, and there was a question about whether he was good or bad at any given moment. In my books, Mundoo comes from a planet named Algonquin, and the tribe of Indians on Earth took their name from his planet in his honor when they began to worship him as a god.

 

8      In your most recent work, who is your favorite character and why?

 

If I had to choose, I would say Antiquity, because I have put that guy through more hell (literally) than any of the other characters. And it’s only going to get worse as this series progresses.

 

9      Did you learn anything from writing your book?  What was it?

 

I learned that I could still write books after many years away from this type of writing. I wrote fiction all through my teen years, but once I got into college and began work as a journalist, all my creative juices just stopped flowing.

 

10   How did you/do you market your work?

 

Anything. Everything. I’m constantly thinking up new ideas. For example, if you go to my books’ kindle pages on Amazon, click on the Look Inside feature. In the front of each book, there is a screen shot of a youtube video. If you click on that link it will take you to a youtube video I did advertising all my works. Since I did that, sales have been up across the board.

 

11   Can you describe the feeling you had when you saw your published book for the first time?

 

You want to know what? I was prouder when I first finished the book than when I held it in my hands for the first time. It was kind of a solemn moment for me when I decided I had done enough to perfect the book, and decided to self-publish it through CreateSpace.

 

12   Favorite authors? 

 

Big name authors, J.K. Rowling, Richard Bach. I also have many indie authors whom I like on a personal level who are also very talented writers. At the risk of missing names, I will refrain from mentioning anyone specifically. Just know that I love you all!

 

13   Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”?

 

Yeah, for 12 years! How did I get out? I was assaulted and nearly killed by a drunken neighbor who bears a striking resemblance to Leviathan Avalon from my books. How’s that for irony?

 

14   What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?

 

Do not expect overnight success. If it happens, don’t forget us little guys, but most people who come into this expecting their first book to go on anyone’s best seller list will never write or publish a second book.

 

15   Are you working on anything new?  If so, can you tell me about it?

 

I already mentioned about the World According to Crash books, but I am also working on the next two installments in the Universal Life Force Series. The next book out will be Antiquity Calais & the Children of Light, followed by Antiquity Calais & the Wrath of the Cryptids.