Guest post from Christina McMullen today! #SupportIndieAuthors!

We have a guest post today from a good friend from Goodreads. Y’all have heard me talk about her before, I’m sure! This is to help her spread the word about Write On! A series on her blog that features fantasy and science fiction authors that are female. Well, except for the one cootie edition. Anyways, you guys should check out her blog here.

Hello and welcome to another round of Write On! My one stop shop for Indie book recommendations. Today, we’re bringing it back to the fabulous women who break genre boundaries and do it well. This time we’re talking fantasy.

Fantasy, without the word “urban” in front of it, has always been a tough genre for me to get into. Something about epic quests, world building, and hundreds of mythical creatures running about only holds my interest in video games. But fantasy isn’t all talking trees and Turkish Delight. The following authors have put their own spin on the genre to bring us worlds that even the most fickle of fantasy fans can fall in love with. So without further ado, let’s meet our authors and learn more about their books:

Ann Livi Andrews
The Two Lands Return

If you’ve been keeping up with this blog, you know Ann. For those who have not been keeping up, Ann is the founder and Supreme Overlord of Support Indie Authors, which began in January as a Goodreads group and has now expanded to much, much more. While Ann writes in many genres and I can recommend all of her books, I’m going to go ahead and say that this is my favorite. TLR is a fairytale style fantasy in that it has a princess, mythical creatures, a powerful wizard, and a prince so two dimensional you would swear Disney created him.

TLR follows the story of Keita, a princess who is described as quite ordinary, yet brilliant, which is terrible, because a proper princess should be beautiful and dull. If you aren’t already hooked based on that alone, stop supporting the patriarchy! In many ways, this reminded me of Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, and many other fantasy films that I loved in my youth. I admit, there is one scene in particular where I could practically hear Bowie singing As the  World Falls Down.

At 490 pages and just $2.99 on Amazon or free with Kindle Unlimited, this is a fantastic bargain.

Shannon Reber
The Seer (The Seal of Solomon Prequel)

I happened upon this story when Shannon was looking for beta reader opinions and I’m glad I decided to give it a read. This is a relatively short prequel and the first full novel, The Puppeteer is now available.

This is more your typical fantasy with characters arriving into town on horseback and stopping at an inn on their way to the castle. There’s world building and kingdoms and all of those things that typically lull me into a stupor, but here, I am captivated. I can attribute that to the style Shannon uses. The characters take center stage and the world building is kept to a minimum, woven into the story instead of expounded upon in all its historical glory as so many authors are wont to do.  To me, this felt a bit like a western and there were some unconventional characters, including strong females, which you should know by now is an important part of making  me want to read.

The Seer is only 99¢ on Amazon and The Puppeteer is just $2.99 and both are free with Kindle Unlimited.

Bb Wynter
The Lament of Sky

Rounding out the list is the multitalented Ms. Wynter, or Captain Teacup the third as she is known in the SIA. Her take on fantasy is dark, poetic, and at times, absurd and even violent.

The Lament of Sky follows Lilyth, a young woman who seems to be a fairly normal young woman studying at an academy, but that lasts for all of a few pages. Suddenly, Lilyth’s world explodes in a bloody and greusome war that she somehow manages to survive, only to find that she is somewhere down Alice’s rabbit hole if said hole was filled with nightmarish hallucinations and strange individuals. She soon learns that she’s forgotten who she is, what her purpose is, or how it came to be that she lost herself.

What follows is nearly four hundred pages of adventure, action, more hallucinations, poetic prose offset by sudden and jarring use of base language, gods among men, men who think themselves gods, and a woman who just wants to know who she is.

Like the others, this book is just $2.99 or free to read with Kindle Unlimited, so what are you waiting for? Grab all three today!

That’s all for this edition of Write On! Until next time, remember the three R’s of indie support:

Read, Review, and Recommend Indie Books!
And of course:


#SupportIndieAuthors, there be demonhunters about!

I grew up on Long Island, NY, and moved up to Rhode Island when I was in high school. My wife and I have been married for almost 13 years now, and we have one daughter and another on the way in February. I work full-time as an accountant, and take pretty much any free moment I can find between work and our little girl to get some reading or writing done. I started writing short stories back in the fifth grade, and back then my writing was more Sci-Fi based than Fantasy. Eventually it became Fantasy based on a Sci-Fi world when I got a little older and into roleplaying games with friends.


The War was over, the Devil Queen cast down.

In the wake of the Apocalypse, veteran demonhunter Karian Vanador understands that the vigilance of her Order means there is rarely any time to rest. Even with a paragon of evil cast down, it isn’t long before another rears its head, and for Kari, the War never ends. She will head into danger again, for it is the life she’s chosen and the only path she really knows. Along the way she will face the tests of friendship, the fires of love, the heat of battle, and the limits of her faith, and in those trials, she will seek the answer to her most pressing question:

“Why was I resurrected?”

Salvation’s Dawn

Twitter: @ShoelessAuthor

1. What do you do to keep your spirits up through a bad review?

If there’s actually usable and/or constructive criticism, I try to take a step back, take a breath, and see where the reviewer is coming from. My debut novel was geared toward adults originally, and consequently, it had some content that was inappropriate for younger audiences. My test readers gave me honest feedback about it, and though at first it seemed harsh, I eventually took their advice. I’m a lot happier with the end result than what I had originally given them, so a “bad” review can sometimes be the one that really makes a difference.

On the other hand, if the review is spiteful or a troll, I try to just ignore and skip over it. It’s inevitable that they come once we’re out there for the world to read.

2. What has been your greatest inspiration for writing your story?

Mostly, reading the works of Fantasy mainstays like Tad Williams, Raymond E. Feist, and other similar authors, and realizing I have an interesting story to tell, if I’ll just take the time to get it done. The works of my favorite fantasy authors have shown me how to build a world, create a compelling cast of characters, describe combat without getting into absurd details, draw the reader into a complex tale that they can still relate to, and create a style of writing that flows and pulls the reader along. So while the movie Aliens was the original catalyst for me getting into writing, it has been the work of these heavyweights of Fantasy that inspired me to put my own tale out there.

3. Are there any people you feel need a shout out for supporting you?

I have a couple of pages’ worth of people to thank, but first and foremost is my wife, who’s encouraged me and acted as editor-in-chief for my writing for years. It was actually a fan-fiction I wrote years back that led to us meeting in the first place, if you can believe that. I’d also have to give a big shout out to my old D&D crews, because my books are based on a world that those folks helped me to create and refine. So thanks to Rich, Rob, Pascal, Lenny, Dave, Mike, Vinny, Dave, Thanas, Erin, Rachel, Louis, and Crystal.

4. Has self-publishing taught you any lessons that you feel will help you in life?

It’s been a pretty staggering exercise in never quitting and being willing to put in hard work. The indie author goes nowhere without a network, and building that network is a lot more work than writing the book in the first place. And so, getting back to people I have to give a shout out to? Well, thanks to you for taking the time to help me get the word out and promote my work!

5. Favorite color?

Blue…I mean yellooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow

(Actually, it’s black. Go figure.)

Cruisin’ through books cause books make life worth living with Aly 8/28/2015

Tear Drop: Irish Crime Thriller by Joanne Clancy

This is a great book.  If you like mystery and serial killers in one book you should check this series out.  This book is full of surprises and twist and turns.  So much is going on and I can’t wait to see what happens next.  * I received this book from Net galley in exchange for an honest review*  5/5

Brain to Books Blog Tour M.T. McGuire

Brain to Books Blog Tour

Fast Fact

Author: M.T. McGuire
Genre: Humorous science fiction fantasy action adventure with a dash of clean romance
Short story prequel of the K’Barthan Series, Unlucky Dip
Few Are Chosen, K’Barthan Series: Part 1
The Wrong Stuff, K’Barthan Series: Part 2
One Man: No Plan, K’Barthan Series: Part 3
Looking For Trouble, K’Barthan Series: Part 4


M T McGuire is a 46 year old stay-at-home mum. She used to do stand up but sat down to write books when she got married. Sixteen years later, she has finished the MT McGuire (5)K’Barthan Trilogy. She still checks all unfamiliar wardrobes for a gateway to Narnia, which probably tells you everything you need to know about her. She lives in Bury St Edmunds with a McOther a McSon and a McCat.
If you’ve read any of her stuff, she’d like to say, ‘thank you’ and hopes you enjoyed it.

Read the blurbs here!

MT McGuire (4)

Interview with McGuire

Tell us a little about yourself. How did you get started writing? What do you do when you’re not writing?
My name is M T McGuire and I’m an authorholic. Seriously though, I think the reason I started writing was because I couldn’t not … although it was a while before I realised that was the root cause. Also, my mind spent so much time away with the fairies that it seemed logical to try and show people where it went. I am a stay at home mum so when I’m not writing, which is a lot of the time, I’m looking after my boy, or checking up on my folks, who are a bit doddery and live a long way away, or doing social other things so that I have more stuff to write about. I also like wine tasting, gardening, reading, painting and I go metal detecting quite often. Some of the stuff I’ve found is hundreds of years old but I’ve yet to find anything worth more than about ten quid.
Is this your first book?
MT McGuire (3)It’s my first series – The K’Barthan Series – and it stands complete at four full length novels and a short. Writing them did feel like writing one huge novel at times and I was mightily relieved when I finally got the whole story out there. The beginning of the series, Few Are Chosen, K’Barthan Series: Part 1 was the first decent book I managed to write. It took me 13 years during which time I wrote 3 other books I heartily wish someone else had written.
What genre do you enjoy writing the most and what is the book about?
My genre; when people ask, I say I write humorous science fiction fantasy for teenagers. Unfortunately, it’s a lie as I actually write what pleases me. So take the K’Barthan Series, which is the extent of my novels in the public domain. There’s quite a lot going on. It’s basically about a bumbling cowardly getaway driver in a parallel reality (K’Barth). He’s blacklisted, which means his existence is treason and he’s an outlaw. All he wants is a quiet life but the more he tries to blend in and disappear the more trouble he gets himself into. Eventually he has to take on the nation’s despot leader to save the life of the woman he loves.
There’s a lot of humour, there is science – the cars fly and the mobile phones run on static (rub them in your hair to charge) –the parallel world, K’Barth, is full of weird and wonderful creatures in varying sizes, degrees of hairiness, shapes, colours etc. The Pan’s ex boss is a 6ft swamp thing with orange skin and antennae, the head of the Resistance movement is a Blurpon: a small monopedal cat like creature with red fur, a propensity to extreme violence and unsurpassed laundering skills – shirts, not money.
It’s quite non standard.
What inspired you to write this book?
To be honest, I just wrote the kind of book I wanted to read. To me it’s just an updated version of the Narnia books, which I loved, with funny bits and some ritzy modern gadgets thrown in. A kind of Douglas Adams meets James Bond, except I wouldn’t pretend to be able to write like Douglas Adams and if we’re going to start comparing it to the greats it’s probably more like Pratchett. Except I can’t write like him yet, either but I like to aim high (just a bit) so I’m working on it.
How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
The idea of a pimped parallel version of reality has been with me since I can remember. It went through several incarnations before K’Barth indeed it almost went to press as Yarth and the Yarthan Series, but by the time I got to publishing the first book, I discovered that Yarth was some really obscure realm of Dungeons and Dragons invented by a chap who had died and therefore wasn’t alive to ask. So I thought of G’Barth, my husband suggested K’Barth and it stuck. The book titles were easier because I wanted to project that kind of British comedy feel. Also, K’Barthan Series is the weird bit, so the titles need to be a bit less odd. Hence generic choices like Few Are Chosen, The Wrong Stuff, One Man: No Plan and Looking For Trouble. I hope these say ‘comedy’ first and foremost because that’s what it is.
Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
The covers were designed by a bunch called A Trouble Halved, who are based in Stratford Upon Avon. They are contacts from my previous life when I worked in marketing. I wanted someone who I could guarantee would be able to interpret my warped ideas and since they have form in that respect they were the obvious choice.
The plot of the K’Barthan Series hangs on getting hold of three artefacts. Their significance is revealed one book at a time until the last book which is just a good old battle between the forces of good and evil. From the point of view of the covers, I wanted to have whatever artefact was relevant to the story on the front of each book with the characters tumbling over one another to try and grab it. I had drawings of what my characters looked like and asked them if they could do it. They told me it would be very expensive and came up with the idea of the hands (less drawing so it was cheaper). After a bit of discussion, we added the flying cars on the back as I thought they’d be brilliant for merchandise, and they are. It cost a lot but to me it was well worth it.
If you could cast your characters in a Hollywood adaption of your book, who would play them?
That’s a tricky one I am really useless on actors and actresses. I have no clue who anyone is and I’d need a time machine. Many of the people I’m suggesting are a lot older than the stage of their lives at which I’m offering them the part or, coughs politely, dead. Time machine procured, off we go.
The male lead, The Pan of Hamgee, is a lot like David Tennant as Dr Who, only with a slightly less rubber face and a dash of Joel Fry thrown in (Stylax from Plebs), for Lord Vernon, the evil baddie, I’d have to find Timothy Dalton, as playing Mr Rochester in a 1980s BBC TV adaption of Jane Eyre, and teleport him to now but actually this fellow is close – in that picture, at any rate. There’s definitely bit of Daniel Craig about General Moteurs. I think Ada would be Maggie Smith and I suspect Judy Dench or Catherine Tate would both make an equally good Gladys. Big Merv is Samuel L Jackson with antennae and a cockney accent but Ruth and Lucy are tricky… I think I’d cast Anna Friel as Ruth maybe, although she’s not quite as comfortably upholstered as I imagine Ruth. Lucy is easier, I imagine her as Claire Danes (Carrie out of Homeland.
When and why did you begin writing?
MT McGuire (2)I think there were two reasons: first, because nobody else seemed to be writing the kinds of stories I wanted, I loved books like Children of the New Forest and the Three Musketeers – yeh, I’m a historical novel sap. Give me a frilly shirt, a big hat with feathers in (or a tricorn) and a sword fight and I’m a happy bunny. However, I also love Day of the Triffids, StarTrek and all those 1960s TV Science Fiction shows like the Avengers and the Prisoner. I love fantasy but I was shy of writing books about dwarves and elves and dragons because knowing my luck all I would get out of it would be a deluge of e-mails from experts in dwarves, elves and dragons telling me I’d done it wrong. Anyway, who wants to write about things someone else has already made up? I wanted creatures. Really, really weird creatures but who were actually quite like us under the green skin, purple fur etc. I wanted James Bond gadgets with sword fights and Terry Pratchett humour. And I wanted romance in it too.
So, what happened, eventually, was the K’Barthan Series, where only some of the characters are human; where the cars fly but the baddie and one of the heroes have a sword fight in the last scene. The book I’m currently plotting – Space Dustmen – is supposed to be straight science fiction, but our heroine, Driff, will probably have horns or something and a laser sword.
What does your writing process look like?
Like a very disorganised thing. I don’t write much down, except as part of the book. I keep it all in my head, which works well but it does take up rather a lot of short term memory. That means it tends to impact on other areas of my life like … I dunno … being able remember my own name, my ability to finding my own arse with both hands, that kind of thing. I probably drive the people in my life nuts. Actually, there’s no ‘probably’ to that statement, I know I do.
What are you working on now?
Right now, I’m putting the finishing touches to a fifth book, with a working title of Scary Space Creatures which I hope to release next year. It’s been a gas to write but it is a bit mad and it’s single stand-alone story, when the accepted advice is to write a series – always one to buck the trend, me, and keeping the same stuff in my head for eight years while I wrote about K’Barth near fried my brain. I am plotting a sixth full length novel, Space Dustmen, and I have an idea for a spin off about K’Barth for my seventh. I’m also fiddling about with a couple of children’s books, I’ve no idea what they’re called yet or what to do with them but the tinkering process is fun.
Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?
Yes there are two and the first is the racy stuff. At one point I thought I should look at trends and write what was selling well, rather than what comes out. So I thought erotica. Now, I am OK at gentle romance, you know, a poignant snog, I can do those, so I thought I should read some erotica books and then try a hawt one. The resultant sex scene could well be the funniest thing I’ve ever written in my life, but so not in a good way. I learned that there’ll be no earning millions as an erotica author for me and resigned myself to closing the bedroom door on my characters and leaving readers to imagine the squelchy bits.
The second thing I have failed to write successfully is anything that doesn’t turn into weird science fiction fantasy. No matter how hard I try, unless the book is set in space, there WILL be Creatures by the end of the first chapter. To be honest, it tends to happen when the book is set in space as well, but they’re aliens so that doesn’t count.
What, when you’re not writing, do you do to support yourself?
I lean very heavily on McOther like a giant, book-writing money sponge.
What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
It’s a cheeky ask but if you can manage it there are three things you can do:
  1. If you enjoyed it, say that you’ve just finished it on social media and share a link.
  2. Sign up for my mailing list so you will actually know when the next one comes out. Like many authors I sell my pre and new releases for a short term promotional price so this is worth doing from your point of view as well.
  3. Write a review on whatever site you bought it from and any others if you can. It doesn’t have to be long, just a couple of lines: what was good, what could be better, why it moved you – if it did. Reviews help in too many ways to count, so yeh, if you can, please leave one.
Thank you so much for inviting me here today, it’s been a gas.

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Brain to Books Blog Tour Rawls E. Remy

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Fast Facts

Author: Rawls E. Remy
Genres: Epic Fantasy, YA, Adventure, Christian, Speculative Fiction
Book: Misfits of Harlow Book #1 of the V Chronicles Series


Elizabeth Rawls

Rawls E. Remy dwells in Rivendell and other imaginary worlds, and dreams of becoming an epic swordsmaster, learning how to ride a wild dragon, mastering the art of drawing/painting, and to one day fluently speak Tolkien’s language of the Elves. She lives off of chocolate, iced coffee, good humor and fantasy. When she isn’t writing or blogging, Rawls can be found either sitting outside in the sun with a book in hand, or pedaling away on her bike, or working to create that next piece of art. She is an Epic Fantasy, Speculative Fiction, Steampunk, and Christian author in the making, with her first Epic Fantasy novel set to be released in 2016.


Misfits of HarlowThe world fell to ruin long ago at the hands of the Vampiric Emperor, and according to prophecy he will soon return from the dead to finish what he started. There is only one power that can stop him, an ancient power of a soul reborn, only shedoesn’t know it yet…
Living with the enemy. That’s what happens to Cyrus Sole when her elven people cast her out for being a half-blood with Elemental powers—feared even by her own family. She finds herself in the capital of elven kind’s most hated enemy, at the only place able to teach her how to master her power over metal: the elite school of the D.G. League. But there are obstacles. It’s a school for “boys,” and they hate elves. In this kingdom, elves are slaves.
Cyrus must create a new identity for herself, praying she can hide behind it until her training is complete—and hope she can survive her unusual new classmates:
Aken the dreamer and prankster; Hercule the broody, fire breathing noble; Zartanian the shy and blossoming swordsman; genii-like Bakaro of the desert sands; Lykale the suspicious genius; and Mamoru the mysterious puppet master.
Did her life take a turn for the better or the worse…?


“Hey!” she called out, “There’s no reason to throw rocks. Leave him alone.”
Did she just say that? Out loud? When she was only one person, and they were seven?
Oh crud. Too late to back down now.
“Well well, boys. Looky who it is!” The tallest elf gave an unpleasant grin.
“Hehe, I guess their kind come in packs, don’t they?” smirked a second. “Where one is, there’s bound to be more.”
All eyes fixed on her and they took a step near.
A frightened breath escaped her throat and she took a step back before catching herself. ‘No, I can’t let people bully me forever!’ She dashed forward, placing herself between the gang and the cage. The humanoid imprisoned within eyed her through narrow, shadowed lids. “They are people too! They have feelings, same as you,” she affirmed.
“Puh-leeze. Don’t try ‘n get us with the ‘they’ve got feelings and emotions’ bit. We don’t care!” mocked the tall boy through a sneer, and they edged closer. “Hey, I know~ How about you come play with us? You motherless tramp…”
Her hand gripped the iron pole by which the death-cage hung, steadying herself, her mind in a race for what she should do. She had to think fast as the gang moved close, circling her. How had she moved that spoon before? How had she manipulated the metal?
The scraping of footsteps ceased, and she looked up. The elves had stopped, suddenly motionless; eyes bulged wide and jaws slack, staring at something. Puzzled, she followed their gaze over to her left hand touching the pole—an ordinary iron pole, only pieces of iron were separating and peeling off, liquefying and elongating, reaching out like fingers bearing knife-point tips…fingers flying forward like thrown knives.
AaaaH!” They hollered, ducking and leaping aside.
“She’s a freak like them!”
“She’s a monster!”
“Quick, call the Hunter Elves!”
The seven boys split up, sprinting in all directions, off to get the Hunter Elves Corps—her worst nightmare.
‘Oh no, nonono! They’re coming for me; they’ll kill me; they’ll sentence me to a death-cage!’ Panic took hold. ‘Forgive me, Lord God, I should’ve kept it secret… My life is condemned—condemned to execution! They’ve been waiting for this chance to get rid of me.
This was the end. The end of everything.
She jumped at a husky voice suddenly spoke at her back, and half turned toward the cage, raising her eyes up to meet the man’s intense gaze. Already tears of fright streaked her cheeks.
“Girl, set me free and I can take you away from this place.”
Away…what? How? They would track her down! They were called “Hunters” for a reason!
Despite her despair, she imagined the cage’s bars bending open—eyelids closed and right hand fingers outstretched.
The iron bended, almost snapping off, enough for him to climb out and drop down onto starved-thin feet. The gaunt humanoid stumbled from having gone who-knew-how-long without using his legs. But his blood’s Healing capability must already be working its rejuvenating power or else he couldn’t stay standing—the average humanoid would be wailing agony and require a wheelchair.
‘Woah, their resilience is amazing! Wish I had inherited that bit from Mom…’ Out loud she asked if he was sure he could make it.
He waved her concern aside. “I can handle myself without life-energy, missy.” He grabbed her arm and pulled her with him down the nearest alley. “You know this town better than I do. Guide me to the edge, and I’ll take matters from there.”
A sudden chill ran through her veins. She was speaking to one of her mother’s kind, and he was holding her arm.
Who was it that had killed Mother? Could these humanoids really be trusted? She swallowed. But then, what choice did she have right now? Her life among elf kind was over.
She nodded, taking the lead and making sure to keep to narrow and dim alleys and pathways. There was one place she had to stop by first. If she really was leaving Elvenstone for good, then there were some important things she had to bring with her…

Connect with Rawls

  1. Chronicles: Misfits of Harlow will be available in print format and ebook format in bookstores worldwide 2016. Keep up-to-date via any of the links above.

Angela Interviews Rawls E. Remy

Angela: I want to take a moment to welcome Rawls E. Remy, soon-to-be author of Misfits of Harlow (V. Chronicles: Book 1).
Thank you so much for speaking with me, Rawls E. Please take a moment to tell us about your book.
Thank you for having me, Angela.
Misfits of Harlow focuses on the lives of a group of misfits, foremost among them Aken-Shou and Cyrus. Much of Book 1 revolves around Cyrus the elf as she is chased out of her hometown and banished for the power she possesses. She finds herself in enemy territory—a people who hate elves—and creates a disguise she will have to live under.
She is of mixed blood: half elf, and the other half elves’ bitter enemy, and she is an Elemental Manipulation user. When her own kind turn on her because of these secrets, she is forced to run away and begin a new life in Draethvyle city—within the kingdom of elf kind’s enemy. But she has to hide her half-elf blood, hence the need for a disguise. As if that wasn’t enough trouble, the school she wishes to attend in order to develop her Elemental power with metal happens to be a school for “boys.” Girls with Elemental power are rare, and so the focus is on training males. She must pull out her tomboy side and hide her entire identity.
The story follows Cyrus and her new group of misfit comrades through daily training and schooling they must endure to master their Elemental powers and to one day become a part of the elite guardian force: the D. G. League. We are also shown the sad state their world and kingdom is in, the tragedy of war, the resulting hatred between humanoid kinds, aristocracy life, abuse, and slavery. It is clear that things need to change, and Cyrus and Aken-Shou are determined to do just that.
Angela: How did you come up with the idea for your book?
It was a gradual process. But I would say that my time living in Italy was where the idea first began to blossom. European stories, their myths and legends of elves, fairies, vampires, trolls, etc. sparked my imagination, and this series is the result.
I must also say that Lord of the Rings and Narnia helped fuel the ideas running through my head, and classic animes grew my interest for Asian cultures and languages.
Angela: Stories always require some form of research. What kind of research did you do for your book?
A lot of weapons and combat research. Names and language research. Different peoples in V. Chronicles have similarities to cultures and languages of our world, so I studied some things about other countries. For example, Japan’s language and culture, Romania’s architecture and myths, Finland names, and Western European architecture and clothing.
Angela: Which scene or chapter was the hardest for you to write?
The chapter that details the harsh past of Zarren, who is a sub main character in the series, was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to write. He’s a survivor of abuse, and knowing that there are so many children and young people in the world suffering through the same thing is what made it so difficult to write.
Angela: Please describe your favorite scene or chapter in your book and tell us why it’s your favorite?
One of my favorite scenes is when Zarren and his twin brother, Elijob, are walking a long, dirt road, and they come across fields of wild flowers. It’s their first taste of freedom, and the world is beautiful and bright in ways they’d never seen before. It is also one of their happiest memories together, and it stays with Zarren forever.
Angela: Which of your characters do you relate to the most (or) who is your favorite character and why?
Such a hard question to answer! I feel that every character, in some way, is a part of me, and I like each of them for different reasons. Aken is entertaining and gets into trouble. Zarren is the sweetest thing ever, despite all that he’s been through. Mamoru is mysterious, wise, and a “big brother” figure. Hercule is a resilient noble, who isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. Ellefsen, my favorite antagonist, who brings villain humor and cunning to a whole new level, is a character I have lots of fun writing. So basically, I can’t choose. 🙂
Angela: I once read that every author is simply a compilation of his/her favorite authors. Which authors have done the most to influence your writing and why?
In my younger writing life, my influences were mostly the places we visited as I grew up in Italy, and the shows I watched on TV. It wasn’t until high school that I really got into reading the big authors. Among my favorite were Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Masashi Kishimoto, Robert Jordan, and Brian Jacques. Their work showed me how to create the worlds I’d been wanting to. They showed me how to formulate battles and strategies, taught me of ships and sailing, and of weapons and combat. I also really enjoyed how much personality they put into each of their characters, and I liked all the different races they’d created. This influenced me to create my own races, cultures, and character personalities.
Angela: “Story” has always been the center of all human cultures. We need it. We seek it out. We invent it. What does “story” mean to you?
It teaches us something, tells us about ourselves, and shows to us both the bad and the good. To me, that is what “story” does, and why it has meaning.
Angela: Tells us about your next project.
Because V. Chronicles is a series, my next projects are book 2 and 3, and several novellas. Also, on the side, is my Steampunk Fantasy blog series: Madnes Solver. No that is not a misspell; go find out why and read it on the blog.
Angela: Where can we find you and your book?
You can find me at my author website and blog: My book, however, is currently being edited. I will keep everyone up-to-date on my book’s status through the blog andmonthly newsletter.
Angela: Thank you, again, so much for speaking with me.
Thank you for having me, Angela! It’s been a pleasure.

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Brain to Books Blog Tour Jessica Marie Baumgartner

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Author: Jessica Marie Baumgartner
Genre: Sci-fi/Fantasy/Children’s/Paranormal Romance
By the Stars: Book one of the Embracing Entropy Series
Tale of Two Bookends
My Family Is Different


Jessica is a member of The St. Louis Writer’s Guild. Her stories have been featured by The Horror Zine, Blood Moon Rising magaizne, Bewildering Stories, Fiction on the Web, Beyond Imagination Literary Magazine, Postcard Shorts, Hellfire Crossroads, and others. She has recently released book one of her Embracing Entropy Series, By the Stars, through European Geeks Publishing. Her previous books include a Paranormal Romance novelette titled Tale of Two Bookends, and a children’s book called, My Family Is Different.

Accomplishments and Awards

Received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 All Write Now Short Fiction Contest

By the Stars Blurb:

A nightmare is realized when Allie boards a space ship that will transport her and her children from their home forever. The human population has dwindled to around 15,000 as the Earth’s become hostile. If they stay they will die.
The alien race who’s come to their rescue seem to have no concept of selfishness, but Allie has her doubts. She’s separated from her husband and left to fend for her family on her own. It’s up to her to make sure that they survive the trip across the stars.

Tale of Two Bookends Blurb:

Since the beginning of time Incubi have lived alongside humans without detection. Dane is an Incubus who can have any woman he wants and is intrigued when Jenna turns him down. He is determined to have her, but begins to develop feelings for this mortal.
Working to gain her favor, he wins her over and is compelled to reveal the truth. They enter a strange relationship as he feeds off of her sexual energies, but over time his lack of variety begins to show. Jenna must put aside her preconceived notions about relationships in order to keep her lover alive.

My Family Is Different Blurb:

A young Wiccan girl realizes that her friends celebrate different faiths than she does. As she questions them about their beliefs, she learns that all families are different and accepts the true nature of friendship.

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Excerpt from By the Stars

chapter 1

I used to have nightmares about this. I would wake up screaming as they forced me to leave. People giving up; abandoning Mother Earth. The thought alone caused my heart to race, my under arms to sweat.
Here I stand clutching my children, one on each side, as we prepare to be torn away from everything that’s tangible. Before me, a gargantuan structure glares from above. This beast, this ship is supposed to save humanity, or at least what’s left of it.
I’ve lived through mass devastation. It’s hardened me enough. But leaving? It still scares me.
We have no idea what’s out there for us.
My husband has faith in the alien colony that is aiding us. They made contact just in time. Said they had revolutionized their space program and stumbled upon our signal.
I don’t know what I believe.
As the line moves forward, I pull my girls along. They stumble ahead with fright, carrying their backpacks strapped to their bodies. Our packs are the only human luggage allowed on the crowded craft. But that’s not what they’re worried about.
It’s not the new race they fear. Or even the new world. It is the missing presence of their father.
He has his duty. He’ll stay with his men until we pilgrims are secure, then meet up with us in a smaller craft. I’m glad for it. They’ve already had to break up some fights. People get pretty riled up in situations like this. It’s good to have someone who remains behind to keep order for a while, and to try and find any last survivors before leaving.
Finally we’re ascending the dock and I’m able to see our temporary home. It’s nothing like I imagined. The smell is what draws my attention first.
“Eww mommy.” My youngest daughter, Gwen, pinches her nose.
The odiferous enclosure is beyond human comprehension. I’ve smelt plague pits, leaking sewage, the rank smell of sea life left to rot on beaches. Although this isn’t as horrendous, it does make my eyes water. Despite the nausea I’m fighting, I grind my teeth. “Gwen, these people are saving our lives. Don’t insult them.”
“No,” I demand, and watch her eyes swim as she lets go of her nose.
“Look.” My eldest, Maddi distracts us as she points to one of the aliens.
I spot them as the line moves up – the Cih’lnarians. We’ve glimpsed them from afar before. Closer, they’re not as unsightly. Definitely not of this world, but the lack of symmetry in their bodies is more becoming inside boundaries built for them.
The contrast of the human official standing beside the alien as we enter sends my thoughts spinning. Cih’lnarians are about a foot taller than humans, with grey skin, and lop sided features that often give them the look of melted wax. Still unused to these new people, I do begin to compare facial expressions as the man converses with the alien beside him. They seem to smile the same.
 The ship itself looks off. Doorways, landings, stairs, none of the usual architecture is visible, just walls. Walls everywhere, but none of them reach the ceiling. It’s a network of big squares, meant to contain us, to keep us out of the way. I don’t know what I expected. Our own officials gave the craft a once over and approved.
Group by group, each living boundary is divvied out. When it’s our turn, the alien in charge of us hands me a chip with a symbol on it, and points the way. As we walk along, we can see that none of the cubicles have doors. There are light beams that penetrate up from the floor to create a boundary. It offers a slight comfort, but anyone could walk in. I desperately hope that the neighbors opposite us are reasonable enough. One sliver of hallway between strangers can leave a person feeling exposed.
I’d heard about this. The Cih’lnarian culture doesn’t know the ideals of living separate. They consider themselves one being; like a single hair growing from our bodies. Very seldom do we concern ourselves with the individual follicles unless there’s a problem. They’re only concerned with the greater good.
I admire their lack of selfishness, but it makes me feel insignificant.
Reaching our new living space amplifies this feeling. The small square room is plain and simple. Three walls alone protect us.

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Brain to Books Blog Tour Crystal Marcos

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Author: Crystal Marcos
Genre: Young Adult
Books: Novus from The Cresecren Chronicles


Crystal Marcos (1)Award-winning author Crystal Marcos has been a storyteller her entire life. As the oldest of five children, she had to do a lot of entertaining. She lives on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State with her husband and daughter Kaylee, with another child on the way. Crystal is the author of BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale and HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE. Novus, her third book and first Young Adult novel, is Book One of The Cresecren Chronicles.


Crystal Marcos (2) Ideal for Hunger Games and Divergent fans, Crystal Marcos delivers Novus, a riveting novel set in a dystopian future of action-adventure, suspense, and romance. Intriguing characters and a gripping storyline keep the reader turning page after page. 

Being a teenager is hard enough. And what if your life’s path is predetermined? On top of that, you aren’t even Human? 

Cayden was given life as a Cresecren. He expected to live out his days with the dysfunctional Human family he was assigned to serve. One fateful night, however, landed him in Gavaron, the home of maimed, elderly, or defiant Cresecren. 

Beyond its borders is the Den, an area much more dangerous than he ever imagined. Now seventeen, Cayden unwittingly becomes involved in a conspiracy and is one of a handful of survivors fleeing a deadly attack. They set off on a perilous journey in search of refuge and the truth. Along the way, Cayden begins to comprehend the difference between fully living and merely surviving, while trying to balance his emotions and a forbidden love.

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