Author Rhiannon Lee #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Rhiannon Lee

Tell us a bit about yourself

I live in West Virginia with my three young adult kiddos, our cat Thales, and my daughter’s rat babies. I’m currently going to college at the same time as two of my kids, which is both crazy and awesome. I’m a huge fantasy and sci-fi addict, and I love music and nature so much. I’m also a weird introvert, with a huge imagination.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes! However, I thought I was terrible at it. It wasn’t until I started college and had a couple professors stop me to tell me I should take it seriously that the gears began turning in my head. At first, I thought I’d just write poetry, because words dance in my head like puzzle pieces, but then I realized that while fifty thousand word plus seems daunting, it’s totally doable. It was a process to get here, but now I can’t imagine not writing.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

There is such a duality in human nature, and often what people perceive and good or bad is based on their own perceptions. My Queen Lucy series is a play on that, and all the “what ifs”.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on book three, Hijinks and Demons, in the Queen Lucy series. I’m also almost finished with a new book that will be standalone but belong to a future set of standalones based on a singular dystopian/fantasy universe. There are a couple anthologies I’m writing novellas for, and also an awesome co-writing project that has a Fall release date.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I have to have a cup of coffee. I don’t have to drink it, I just need it beside me like a lucky charm! Ha Ha!

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to move more of my time into writing, and of course be able to support myself through my books and work.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Come out of the gate looking professional. Set up your Facebook groups, website, etc. Make it look like you know what you’re doing, even if you don’t. I feel that enables people who love your writing to connect with you right from the start, and that’s important to both you and them.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Oh my gosh, yes. Every time I think about a person actually taking the time to read my stories it makes my heart pitter patter with happiness. Out of all the books out there, they chose mine, and I’m beyond honored and humbled. I literally love every single one of you.

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Author Eve Bradley #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Eve Bradley


Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m just a homebody who randomly freaks out when I’ve been in the house too long! Haha. My husband works and I stay home with my three-year-old daughter. I’m attending school for counseling and I write books. I feel really blessed that I get to do this and finally have found the guts to get my stories out there. I’m learning a lot from this experience. I’m also a coffee addict and known video game connoisseur. I’m a huge nerd and proud of it.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes. Ever since fourth grade. I just loved magic and plots and characters. It was an escape but also just in my blood I think. My family is pretty creative all around. I think I always pushed becoming an author out of my head because so many people told me it wasn’t realistic and that I had to be practical. But here I am.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The Peacequeen series is a spin off of an old YA book I had planned. I love this series and I’m excited to explore the world and characters more. A lot of people have said it’s dark. I agree with that. But to me, the story is more realistic. I told myself not to hold back. The guys don’t swoop in to save her. Each of the guys deal with their own issues and hurt one another. But I started it this way for a reason. I wanted them to all be broken people who grow together through the course of the series and find healing and peace together. The reviews I’ve gotten are mixed and I know some people won’t like it, but I hope people can bear with the dark so that we can get to the growth and goodness throughout the rest of the story!

What are you working on now?

Currently I have a historical paranormal reverse harem (The Breathless Souls Series) that I’m getting ready to release. It’s crazy fun. Pretty fast burn, action packed, lots of sex etc. The first will be out on March 16th! I’ll be working on the Peacequeen series throughout the year along with this series. I’ll also start working on a new post-apocalyptic Reverse Harem during the summer and fall and that’s one I’m super excited about as well.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I have to have my electric blanket. I’m obsessed with warm and snuggly clothes so if I’m not comfy I cannot write. I also like hot water with lemon while I write. Or coffee. Always coffee.

What are your hopes for the future?

Oh man. I have so many hopes for the future. First, I hope that I raise my daughter the best possible way and create a healthy, stable, loving, genuine, kind, honest, confident young woman that takes no crap from people. Personally, I hope in ten years I’ll proudly have at least 50 books out (five books a year minimally), have my psychology degree, and feel successful for what I’ve done. I just want to feel proud of myself and I want that for everyone. I’m really passionate about people, body positivity, women’s self-image, and mental health. I grew up in an abusive household and I think that’s why I like to explore shitty situations in my stories. That being said, I also want to show hope, growth, and healing in my characters after they’ve gone so dark and horrible it seems like there’s no turning back. The biggest thing I want out of life is to contribute in some way to making the world a better place in my lifetime through counseling and writing.

Do you have any advice for new authors

about the publishing world?

I’d say own it. I’m always so afraid when I post something because I don’t want to sound like a weirdo author pleading with the readers to “come buy my book!” Haha. But I think as an indie author you’re the only one doing your marketing, and you have to step out on a limb and say, “No. I do deserve this. I’ve worked hard to complete this book or books, and I’m going to try my best to get it out there.” Plus get to know people. Try to connect with others when you can. Also make sure you have a good quality story and try your best to make it “sellable.” Am I allowed to say that? One of the things I find admirable are authors who are able to take critique, whether that’s on the style of their cover not being marketable, or just being willing to grit their teeth and learn things like networking and marketing. Because those things are difficult if you’ve never done them before. I know this because I’m learning and I’ll always be learning. Good luck to all the new and old authors out there!

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

I don’t know if I have fans but if I do: thank you for reading! I hope you enjoy what I put out and we’re in this journey together. Also, love yourself. Life is too damn short not to love yourself.

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Author Kristen Banet #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Kristen Banet

Tell us a bit about yourself

Well, a bit? I’ve lived a really strange life that’s taken me all over and I’m not even 30 yet! Some work history, then. I was a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy. I worked in a tattoo parlor for stint before that. Through it all, I was a freelance artist. Still an artist in my free time, but no longer taking on work.

And on the personal front… I am married and we have a roommate. Two best guys I’ve ever met. We have two pets, a boy border collie and a girl cat. They are probably the most ridiculous characters in my life. My cat has now found herself in not one but two series as Riley’s cat Star and as Sombra from the Redemption Saga. She’s a nut.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes and no? I always said I wanted to be a storyteller. The form need not be a thing. It never mattered. From comics to books, I just wanted to tell stories. It was actually that drive that led me to starting my artwork. In the end, though, comics take a long time and I was suffering a really problematic depression where I couldn’t pick up a pencil to draw. I decided I would just write the stories and it’s worked out from there. It wasn’t the first time I had tried to just write them, but it was the first time it stuck.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I’ve got a few right now! I’ll go with my epic fantasy. Age of the Andinnais all of my favorite tropes and pieces of an old epic fantasy I’ve been wanting to work on for years and had already started. Epic fantasy with romance is my favorite genre and I wanted to finally bring my own vision of epic fantasy to life.

It’s much like Sawyer, overcoming dark parts of yourself and seeing the brightness. Fighting back against those who would see you fail. Those story beats have always really resonated with me, much like polyamorous romance, where love is love and no one can tell these characters otherwise.

I also can’t resist a badass female lead.

What are you working on now?

I’m switching back and forth between Witch of the Wild West and Age of Andinna. Both on the third book right now! I’m a bit ahead of the readers, since Witch of the Wild West is just about to launch, and The Mercenary’s Bounty (AotA Book 2) comes out in April.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I don’t think so? I listen to a lot of music and it’s not even stuff related to the book. It’s whatever I’m in the mood for. I’ll pace around my office too, thinking about scenes I want to write to get into the mood. That might be a little weird. My husband gives me strange looks when he walks in and I’m just walking in a circle with music blaring.

What are your hopes for the future?

That I can keep going on adventures with my characters and people honor me with their time and join in.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Rule one to me is always finish the book. Before you get ahead of yourself, finish the book. Prove to yourself that you can actually do the thing. That, to me, comes before anything else. The social media, the pages, the groups, the takeovers. All of that mess we authors find ourselves bogged down in and distracted by. Finish your book. Then you’ve got something to work with. You’ve prove you can with no distractions. Then add to your plate.

Because the most important thing you’ll do as an author is write, at least in my experience.

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for coming on journeys with me. There’s dozens, even hundreds of authors out there and yet, you decided to spare a moment for me. For just that alone, I’m grateful.

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Author Amy Sumida #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Amy Sumida

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I put myself in my books, especially Godhunter. I’m pretty much the normal version of Vervain. It’s why I’m so flattered when readers tell me that they’ve connected with her. If you bond with Vervain, you’ve bonded with me. For those who haven’t read Godhunter; I’m a little sassy and very loyal. I love animals, art, and movies.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes; I’ve always wanted to be an author. Since I was very young, I’ve been writing stories. I wrote my first novel in high school and gave a few chapters to my English teacher to read. A few weeks later, I was accosted in a hallway by another teacher who demanded that I finish the story. My teacher had been passing my story around to her friends. That was the first time I thought I might actually be good at writing.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My current series… I have four lol. I’ll go with Godhunter since that was my first series and is closest to my heart. I’ve always been fascinated by religion. I think you can get to know a culture through the Gods they worshiped. During some research, I began to wonder what these gods would be like if they really existed. What would motivate them? What kind of magic might they have? How would they adjust to the modern world? Godhunter was born.

What are you working on now?

Currently, I’m working on Aria of the Gods: Book 8 in the Spellsinger Series. I love this series. Every book comes with a playlist of songs that Elaria sings during the story. Readers can listen to the playlists for free on Spotify. I enjoy searching for new music to add to the playlist; it gets me doing something other than straight writing.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Quirks about writing… hmm… silence and tea. I don’t understand authors who listen to music while they write. It drives me batty when my neighbor is leaf blowing his yard or working on his car but music? No way; I’d end up paying more attention to the lyrics than the voices in my head. I need to hear the voices to write down their story. And tea is what fuels me; black and sweet. I used to adore Teavana’s Earl Grey Creme but alas, there is no Teavana anymore so I’m making do with Harney and Sons Black Vanilla.

What are your hopes for the future?

I would love to see any of my series made into either a television show or a movie. That’s my greatest hope.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

My advice to new authors would be to never read your reviews. Good reviews can bolster your spirits like nothing else but they aren’t worth the crushing pain of bad ones. And you will get bad ones. Everyone does. It’s simply not possible for everyone who reads your books to like them. You will offend people, you will annoy them, you will fall short. It will happen. People booed Shakespeare, they will hate you. That being said, there will be people who adore you, who can’t get enough of you, and who will lovingly support you. Focus on those special people; your treasured readers. Mine have gotten me through my roughest patches as a writer. Remember; our mind has evolved to focus on negative things as a way to protect us; a way to prevent us from doing something hurtful again. That’s why we take criticism so poorly and why we lie in bed at night and think about every mistake we made. Don’t let some unknown person’s opinion of your work deter you.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

To my readers: I have so much to thank you for. You’ve made my dream of writing for a living possible. Not only that, you’ve come along amazing adventures with me; encouraging me to new, magical heights along the way. I couldn’t have done it without all of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for loving my imagination enough to give it a home in your hearts.

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Author Dionne Lister #Interview @DionneLister

Please give a warm welcome to author Dionne Lister

Tell us a bit about yourself

I live in Sydney, Australia and am the happy mum of two boys. I have two Siamese cats, an associate degree in creative writing, and as well as working as an author, I’m an editor. Just over a year ago, I took up hapkido (Korean martial arts), and I love it.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve wanted to be an author since I was about eight. It took me a while to get there though…. lol

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I normally write epic fantasy, but the last book I tried to write was hard work. I’m at 43,000 words and still haven’t finished it. I will finish it, but that book and all it’s problems, plus some external factors, gave me writers block. I never believed in it until it happened to me. I didn’t write for a year and a half. Instead of writing, I read. A lot. One of the genres I discovered in this time is paranormal cozy mystery. I devoured so many books, it was getting to be super expensive, and eventually, I got to the point where I was inspired to write my own series.

What are you working on now?

At the moment I’m working on book 6 in my paranormal cozy mystery series. The book is called Killer Witch in Westerham, and the series name is Paranormal Investigation Bureau. It’s set in the UK, and the main characters are witches. It’s a fun series.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I have no quirks *thinks*. Well, no more than the usual author. I laugh and cry when stuff happens to my characters, and some days I think my work is the worst thing ever, and some days, I think it’s awesome.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes for the future is that I make so much money from my books that I can write full time :).

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Advice for new authors. Do you have a week or so? Ha ha. Do it because you love it. If you want the chance to make a living out of it, prepared to be professional and to work hard for as long as it takes, which could be months, or it could be years. Learn how to write well. Join Facebook groups so you can get good recommendations for editor and cover artists. The work doesn’t stop when the first draft is done. That’s when the work starts. And don’t beg friends and family to buy your books: you’ll never earn a living out of it unless you reach people you don’t know, and a lot of them. Be prepared to learn about marketing, and know you have to risk money to make money. This is all if you want to earn a living. If you just want to write, then just write :).

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Fans? I have fans? *Looks around. May have noticed movement behind the pot plant.* If any of my fans are reading this, or just anyone who has bought any of my books and read them, THANK YOU! Some people say they write for themselves, and to an extent, we do because we can’t help it. But that’s only half the fun. I’m a storyteller, and I want my stories to reach other people, so thank you for being part of my journey. Without you, I wouldn’t be able to keep producing books. I love that you (whoever you are) are out there reading my books and laughing and crying along with me, or maybe just quietly enjoying them. Thanks for taking a chance on me :). And I love hearing from my fans. Getting an email or message from someone telling me how much they enjoyed my book is like the best thing ever, and it always makes my week :).

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Lust by Jas T. Ward @JasTWard @indiesagepromo #AmReading #BABB

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Lust
by Jas T. Ward
The Shadow-Keepers Series #2
Publication Date: November 17, 2015
Genres: Dark, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

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The Second Book in the Wildly Popular Shadow-Keepers Series!

** THE INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW KEEPER – MCKENZIE MILLER**

Can a heart that is walled away never to love or trust find its beat in one that is needing someone to save it? And what happens when that salvation is blurred?

McKenzie Miller had never needed anyone. Not since she lost both her parents to a crime of passion at a young age. Shuffled from foster home to foster home, Kenzie finally took control of her own life and lived on the streets.

Now she’s an adult and she has a hard-wired survivalist core to never be used or abused again. She’s strong and no one will ever hurt her–because no one will ever be let inside of the part of her that can still feel–her heart.

Lana had everything that her parent’s money could buy and until they lost it all in the economy crash, the young ballet dancer had a bright future with the San Francisco Ballet Company. Now she struggles to reach for her dream and still survive. Until one night…

Welcome to the world of the Grid. Where heroes and Eaters of souls walk among us. And a war rages with the prize being the existence of mankind, or its loss.

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About Jas T. Ward

Jas T. Ward has always used writing as a necessary escape. With a past that is marred with a difficult childhood and domestic violence as well as being homeless as an adult, Ward lost her creative voice when she lost her soul mate to suicide.

Finding that creative voice once again in writing in social media via blogs and creative writing groups, it was the fans that encouraged her to put her literary weavings to paper for them to enjoy.

Ward lives in Texas with her dog and cat- Author Dog Pumkin and Writer Kitty Orleans and is the proud parent of three independent children.

When asked why she writes, Ward answers simply:

Reading saved me. It was my salvation and my haven. I now strive to pay that gift back by writing books that can give the same to others. And to keep myself sane.

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The Second Book in the Wildly Popular Shadow-Keepers Series!

** THE INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW KEEPER – MCKENZIE MILLER** Can a heart that is walled away never to love or trust find its beat in one that is needing someone to save it? And what happens when that salvation is blurred? McKenzie Miller had never needed anyone. Not since she lost both her parents to a crime of passion at a young age. Shuffled from foster home to foster home, Kenzie finally took control of her own life and lived on the streets. Now she’s an adult and she has a hard-wired survivalist core to never be used or abused again. She’s strong and no one will ever hurt her–because no one will ever be let inside of the part of her that can still feel–her heart. Lana had everything that her parent’s money could buy and until they lost it all in the economy crash, the young ballet dancer had a bright future with the San Francisco Ballet Company. Now she struggles to reach for her dream and still survive. Until one night… Welcome to the world of the Grid. Where heroes and Eaters of souls walk among us. And a war rages with the prize being the existence of mankind, or its loss.

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About Jas T. Ward

 

Jas T. Ward has always used writing as a necessary escape. With a past that is marred with a difficult childhood and domestic violence as well as being homeless as an adult, Ward lost her creative voice when she lost her soul mate to suicide.

 

Finding that creative voice once again in writing in social media via blogs and creative writing groups, it was the fans that encouraged her to put her literary weavings to paper for them to enjoy.

 

Ward lives in Texas with her dog and cat- Author Dog Pumkin and Writer Kitty Orleans and is the proud parent of three independent children.

 

When asked why she writes, Ward answers simply:

 

Reading saved me. It was my salvation and my haven. I now strive to pay that gift back by writing books that can give the same to others. And to keep myself sane.

 

Meet Author Maria Haskins #AmReading @MariaHaskins #scifi

I’m pleased to introduce you to author Maria Haskins. 🙂 Make sure to check out the poem in the end of the post.

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Bio:

Maria Haskins was born and grew up in Sweden, but has been a resident of British Columbia, Canada since the early 1990s. Currently, she lives just outside Vancouver with her family – a husband, two kids, and a very large dog. She has had several books published in Sweden, and ‘Odin’s Eye’ – a collection of science fiction short stories – is her English language debut.

Her favourite literary genres are fantasy, science fiction, and historical fiction; and her favourite writers include Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury, T.S. Eliot, George R.R. Martin, J.R.R. Tolkien, George Orwell, Hemingway, John LeCarré, Umberto Eco, and Colleen McCullough.

In addition to being a writer and blogger, she is also a certified translator, translating between Swedish and English.

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What genre do you write?

Right now I’m writing science fiction, fantasy, and poetry. My current release ‘Odin’s Eye’ is a collection of science fiction short stories, and I am also working on a novel set in the same future “universe” as the short stories. At the same time, I’m also poking around with a science fiction novella, and I’m in the pre-planning stages for a fantasy novel, which should take shape someday. I guess I’ve got too many projects in my head in a way, but at least I always have something to work on! I also write poetry on a continuous basis. For me, writing poetry is kind of like keeping a diary or journal, it’s something I just do whatever else I’m working on. It’s a way to deal with experiences and emotions in everyday life in a more immediate way than you can do with fiction. And just to add to my to-do list, I am planning to release a collection of poetry later this year.

Have you always wanted to be an author?

I have always been writing stories, ever since I was a little kid. At certain points in my younger life, I considered becoming a veterinarian or an archaeologist, but the writing has always been there, I’ve always done it, and I always come back to it. I struggled with terrible writer’s block for a few years, and I don’t think I realized until I came out of that funk just how much happier I am when I’m writing. That experience has really reinforced for me that I do need to do this: I need to write.

Tell me 3 things about yourself that your readers don’t know.

  1. I have a very unhealthy obsession with salted licorice. I blame this vice on the fact that I was born in, and grew up in Sweden: it’s a Swedish thing!
  2. When the TV-series LOST was on TV, I was completely obsessed with it and even had a website dedicated to the series. You can still see it here: http://megeeking.blogspot.ca/
  3. I LOVE online role-playing games. I’ve played Ultima Online, Everquest (was in both of those games from launch), Everquest 2, Dark Age of Camelot, Asheron’s Call, Lord of the Rings Online, World of Warcraft. Right now I’m still active in Guild Wars 2 even though I don’t have as much time for gaming as I once did.

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Tell me about your book.

Odin’s Eye is a collection of science fiction short stories that are all glimpses into this future universe that I envision. The stories take place on Earth, elsewhere in our solar system, and in outer space. In each story a character is facing some kind of challenge or choice. For example, one woman is stranded on an alien planet, another character has to deal with a powerful artificial intelligence, and one woman serves a life sentence on Mars in a prison system that is set up both to punish, and profit from, the convicted. Two of my favourite science fiction authors are Ursula K. Le Guin and Ray Bradbury, so my science fiction isn’t exactly “hard” – like those authors, my main interest as a writer is to explore how human beings are influenced by technology and a changing society, rather than space battles and technological details. I do enjoy reading hard sci-fi, but as a writer I guess I’m just a little softer!

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My website: https://mariahaskins.wordpress.com/

My Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mariahaskinswriter

My Twitter: https://twitter.com/MariaHaskins

My Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00UICDA2K

My Tumblr: http://mariahaskins.tumblr.com/

My Goodreads profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13459869.Maria_Haskins

Odin’s Eye at Amazon – it’s available in paperback and as an ebook: http://www.amazon.com/Odins-Eye-Maria-Haskins-ebook/dp/B00UIANX06

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Dragon

I said
fire
but I couldn’t even feel the flame
crawling across my skin
– thin and blue –
barely breathing
no heat, no charred skin, no blistered fingertips
no pain.

Won’t touch
don’t touch
not with the words or hands
not even to look at.
I said
there is no fire
and watched it snake and slither across the skin –
blue thin flame
held close to the bone
tight in fist,
my breath withheld.

But, oh.

Oh,
to uncoil in all the glory of it:
jeweled scales shimmering
this shiny coat of arms.
To feel it, rippling across the ground:
the searing, burning, vicious heat of it,
still withheld in my chest, mouth, head
firefirefire
rough and hot and raging
consuming every good and wicked deed and thought and dream
unsaid words like screaming flames
caught in my barbed throat.

No.
Leave it.
Leave well enough alone.

Leave me:
just one claw, just one tooth, just one precious scale.
Just one lick of flame:
thin and blue
barely visible
scrawled upon my naked skin.

© Maria Haskins, 2015

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Willem of the Tafel by Hans M. Hirschi #AmReading @hans_hirschi

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Willem of the Tafel by Hans M. Hirschi

Willem of the Tafel by

Hans M. Hirschi

Published by

Beaten Track Publishing

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, LGBT, Post-Dystopian, Young Adult

194 pages

Release Date: May 28, 2015

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The world we know is gone, destroyed by greed and ignorance. On a post-apocalyptic Earth, centuries into the future, few have survived the Great War. Some have taken refuge deep inside a mountain. One of them, Willem, is exiled to the surface… Alone and struggling to survive, Willem embarks on an epic journey, making a discovery that could once again alter the future of humanity. Willem of the Tafel is an epic tale of survival, second chances, hope and undying love.

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Hans M Hirschi (b. 1967) has been writing stories ever since he was a child. Adulthood and the demands of corporate life efficiently put an end to his fictional writing for over twenty years.
A global executive in training and channel development, Hans has traveled the world and had previously published non-fictional titles.

The birth of his son and the subsequent parental leave provided him with the opportunity to unleash his creative writing once again. With little influence over his brain’s creative workings, he indulges it, going with the flow.

A deeply rooted passion for, faith in a better world, in love, tolerance and diversity are a red thread throughout both his creative and non-fictional work. His novels might best be described as “literary romance, engaging characters and relevant stories that won’t leave you untouched, but hopeful.”

Hans is a proud member of the Swedish Writers’ Union and the Writers’ Center in Sweden.

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The giveaway for Willem of the Tafel has 11 randomly chosen winners; 10 will receive $15 Gift codes to the author’s shop, but the grand prize winner will receive a free ticket to GayRomLit retreat 2015, in San Diego, CA, happening October 15-18th, 2015. Ticket value is $175, but if you win the grand prize, you’re responsible for travel and accommodations. Please notify the author in advance should you win and be unable to attend, so we can choose another recipient to enjoy the prize!

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Blood Isle, Calasade Series by Mark Stone #Amreading @calasade

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Blood Isle, Calasade Series

by Mark Stone

Genres: Greco-Roman, Illustrated, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Mythology, Romance

248 Pages

Release date: May 18, 2015

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Calasade is a Greco-Roman Fantasy world that was in development for over five years. The world of Calasade has enough in common with Ancient Rome and borrows enough from Greek and Roman mythology that it will seem familiar, but also offers plenty of its own lore so that it is something new and different, the latter especially true when the world of Calasade and its tales are compared to fantasy taking place in worlds based on Medieval Europe.

A love of fantasy tropes intertwined with the unique helped bring Calasade and Blood Isle to fruition. You will find neither the knight in shining armor nor the never-do-good evil sorcerer.

The people of Calasade in Blood Isle are not so different than us in that they belong squarely inside the gray box of existence. As such, each and every one is capable of heroic acts one moment and dark ones the next depending on what’s at stake and the means available for acquiring their goals.

Blood Isle is an illustrated novel. While part of a series, it is like all Calasade stories and can be read as a stand-alone. Thank you for taking the time to check out Calasade: Blood Isle.

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Author Mark Stone of Blood Isle and the Calasade series

Mark Stone splits his time between the United States and Spain with his greatest inspiration, his wife. Having written award-winning Flash Fiction, he is now a novelist writing tales mostly of Fantasy and Sword & Sorcery. He will sometimes get a wild hair and venture into other areas—namely, Weird Western and Historical Fiction. Look for the latter in the near future. Most of his stories are based in Calasade, a fantasy world heavily influenced by Ancient Rome.

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