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Today I am glad to introduce to all of you Mary Lydon Simonsen, fellow Janeite and author of many Austen re-imaginings. Have you ever thought of the possibility of Mr. Darcy being a vampire? Well, she did! Recently, she also decided to write a mystery novel, featuring gorgeous Patrick Shea; I read the first novel and I cannot wait to read the next one :D But enough from me. Get to know Mary better.


Describe yourself.

I am a wife, mother, grandmother, volunteer, and lover of chocolate. I also happen to write Austen re-imaginings. This came rather late in life for me (my mid fifties), but it’s been a lot of fun, most especially because of all the great people I’ve met throughout the world.

What is your favourite fruit flavour? Peach

What is your favourite day of the week? Friday. Time to kick back.

Which is your favourite time of the day? 7:00 p.m. Dinner is over; the dishes are done. It’s time to watch baseball with my husband.

Are you a morning person or a night person? I seem to get a second wind in the evening.

What is your favourite breakfast meal? Mushroom omelette

What is your favourite colour and why? Blue – the color of the sky

Which is your most favourite book ever? Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry, an American epic

What kind of music do you like?  Country Western

Which is your favourite genre of films? Film noir

Which is your most favourite place in this Earth? Italy

Which animal would you want to be and why? Bear – I like to hibernate.

If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why?  Nelson Mandela, a hero of mine. Rick Blaine from Casablanca. His love story with Ilsa Lund is one of the best. Mr. Darcy – So many questions.

If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for? Happiness for my family, that my husband outlive me, more civil political discourse

If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive? Family photos, good books, clean underwear, shampoo, a motor boat

If you could be anyone, who would you be? Rosa Parks, the civil rights activist

What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself? Not to worry so much

What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance? Go on a very long tour of Europe

What would you do if you won the lottery? Buy a house for my sister and go on a very long tour of Europe

If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it? Holding hands with my husband and hugging my kids and grandkids

Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid? Nice  - actually boringly nice

What was the happiest moment in your life? My wedding day

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? Traveling about Europe

What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done? Self-publish a novel that no one else had read

What is your definition of an incredible weekend? Holding hands with my husband on a bridge in Venice

Which is the best holidays you have ever had? Tour of Italy

Have you got a phobia you want to share? Claustrophobia and a fear of dentists

What makes you angry? Intolerance

What do you do when you feel sad? Cry—a lot

Who or what inspires you? People who have overcome hándicaps, such as the Olympic runner from South Africa; volunteers who put in the time; people who persevere despite adversity



Now you can freely talk about your books.

My Jane Austen re-imaginings, The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy, A Wife for Mr. Darcy, For All the Wrong Reasons, and Captain Wentworth Home from the Sea are “what if” stories. What if Anne and Georgiana played a prominent role in bringing Darcy and Elizabeth together? What if Mr. Darcy apologized after the Meryton Assembly. What if Elizabeth agreed to an arranged marriage with Mr. Darcy, and what if Captain Wentworth suffered a head injury and didn’t remember his first proposal to Anne Elliot? Although the protagonists find themselves in different situations, they remain true to Austen’s characters.

In Darcy on the Hudson, Mr. Darcy’s Angel of Mercy, Searching for Pemberley, and the soon-to-be released Darcy Goes to War, I drop the story into important historical eras: the eve of the War of 1812 in New York, post World War I, post World War II, and World War II.

I also like to have fun with Austen’s characters: A Walk in the Meadows in Rosings Park and The Language of the Fan are light-hearted tales, and Anne Elliot, A New Beginning is a parody of
Persuasion.

One of my favorite novels is Mr. Darcy’s Bite, in which our hero is a werewolf, and Elizabeth must decide is she can love a man who becomes a creature of the night for two days out of every lunar month. It really is a story about acceptance. I’m currently working on a sequel to Mr. Darcy’s Bite that I hope to have out by Halloween.

When I am not writing Jane Austen re-imaginings, I write mysteries, including the newly released Three’s A Crowd, and the upcoming A Killing in Kensington which feature Patrick Shea, a detective at Scotland Yard.

Facebook Author’s Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mary-Lydon-Simonsen-Author/219652414744627

Twitter: MarySimonsen

Blog: http://marysimonsenfanfiction.blogspot.com

 
 
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Get to know today Kevin Rau, prolific author of superhero fiction. So keep on reading and you will know a lot more about the funny author behind the H.E.R.O. series.


 
1.      Describe yourself.
I'm a driven and obsessive person.  I love food, especially the oh-so-tasty, but fattening stuff.  I work out daily to try to keep the weight off.  I work a full-time "day job," but write almost every day.  I've been told I'm funny ... if I've been drinking, and I have a wonderful singing voice when the music is blaring.

2.      What is your favourite fruit flavour?
I love blackberry!

3.      What is your favourite day of the week?
Whichever one I get the most writing done on!  Commonly Wednesdays, as I take those for vacation quite often, and can stay in my home and write.

4.      Which is your favourite time of the day?
I've become a morning person, and so I'd have to go with the early morning ... probably 6 A.M. to 9 A.M.

5.      Are you a morning person or a night person?
Morning!  My workouts are commonly at 4:30 A.M., so I have difficulty staying up late.

6.      What is your favourite breakfast meal?
I prefer eggs, sausage, hash browns, and pancakes, but rarely get to eat them.

7.      What is your favourite colour and why?
Green.  It's a very soothing color, and yet works well with silver and gold.

8.      Which is your most favourite book ever?
I don't have one.  Given a choice, I'll read superhero novels or Warhammer 40K novels, but I can't say as I have one favorite.

9. What kind of music do you like?
Thumping dance club type music.  The stuff that gets your blood moving.

10.  Which is your favourite genre of films?
Superhero action films (not the comedy ones).

11.  Which is your most favourite place in this Earth?
It's probably lame, but Disney World for me.  I love the parks.

12.  Which animal would you want to be and why?
If we're talking about real animals, then a Liger.  It's a huge lone predator.  Self sufficient, top of the food chain.  Plus, it just looks cool.

13.  If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why?
While I would be interested in meeting many people, none really rank up there as a "I really wish I could meet/chat with them" type thing.

14.  If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for?
a.  The ability to create any type of device I can imagine.  
b.  To have all the same powers as Superman before the 1986 reboot of his comic book series.  
c.  To be able to choose a time duration, and to be able to focus solely on the task I choose for that alloted time with no distractions.

15.  If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive?
For the sake of seriousness, I'll assume I'm stuck there, and can't have a boat/plane/helicopter, etc.  In that scenario, I would want a knife, a high-end composite bow, flint, a needle, and fishing line.

16.  If you could be anyone, who would you be?
Tony Stark.

17.  What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself?
The ability to focus better, so I could force myself to sit down and write without distraction.

18.  What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance?
Make it "big" as an author.

19.  What would you do if you won the lottery?
Retire from my day job, and take up writing novels full time.

20.  If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?
I think I'd get a long massage, watch The Avengers, and eat a lot of tasty, but fattening food.

21.  Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid?
Sadly, I think I was pretty much a nice kid.

22.  What was the happiest moment in your life?
I have none.  I'm being honest here.  My emotional state stays pretty level, which unfortunately means I'm not a "happy person" either.

23.  Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
My hope is to have a sizable catalog of novels for readers, and to be known in at least the Superhero world as a writer.  I anticipate continuing to work full-time as an I.T. manager, and writing on the side, as I do now.

24.  What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done?
A lot of people think that my having a computer attached to my elliptical, and writing/editing while jogging is strange...  I also dress up in a fantasy outfit when I go to renaissance fairs.

25.  What is your definition of an incredible weekend?
One where I get 20,000+ words written from Friday evening through Sunday evening.  I'd go with sales, or better yet fan counts, but there aren't good ways to truly measure fans (not even FB or Twitter), and sales are fickle.

26.  Which is the best holidays you have ever had?
If by holiday you mean a vacation, then it would be with my ex-wife on a trip to Disney World in Florida, USA.  We stayed at the Dolphin right in the middle of the parks, which eliminated all travel, I blew all my "points" to get first class flights, it was extremely relaxing.

27.  Have you got a phobia you want to share?
Failure, I suppose.  I'm extremely driven.

28.  What makes you angry?
Things out of my control.  I used to rage at game developers of World of Warcraft and Everquest II when I played them.  I'm much calmer since I stopped playing those types of games...

29.  What do you do when you feel sad?
Eat chocolate and cookies.  I get depression more often than I'd like to think about.  I haven't found an "out" yet.

30.  Who or what inspires you?
Success.  Passing goals.  I'm always thinking toward the future, and must push, push, and push to reach the next goal.

31.  Congratulations! Now you can freely rant about your book(s) and/or projects.
My brain is mush.  I just completed the 11th book in my H.E.R.O. series of novels (9 novels, 2 short stories, and 1 illustrated guide) about superheroes in my own world.  I'm excited, because the series is the largest series of superhero novels of the last decade!  By the way, the first full book is completely FREE on Smashwords (and should be soon on Amazon B&N and other eBook stores, but those take time to price match).  
Here's the link to that one on Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/140093  
If you want to jump to it on Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/H-E-R-O-Metamorphosis-ebook/dp/B005GM3PV8

I'd point the way to the other novels, but most would want to start with the first book, so go ahead and grab that one, and then decide if you would like to continue on with the series.  I do my own graphics for the characters (most of the heroes, and some villains) in 3D, and render them in different poses and lighting for people.  I use those for the covers, by the way, the novels are NOT comic books.  There are hundreds of images of my superheroes/villains on both the Facebook page (link below), as well as my primary website.

My primary website is:  http://www.kevinrau.com
My facebook page (where I post new pics of superheroes from time to time):  http://www.facebook.com/herobooks
Amazon author page:  http://www.amazon.com/Kevin-Rau/e/B007EHD6US
My twitter handle is:  http://www.twitter.com/kevin_rau

By the way, at http://www.kevinrau.com/interviews.asp  I interview other authors, and respond/quip to some of their responses.  If you are interested, please check it out.  It's also a way of getting more tidbits about me in my responses, and I have links to other interviews I've done waaaay at the bottom.

Cinta - thank you for blogging about authors, and have a great day!



 
 
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Today I am featuring in my blog David C. Cassidy, who is an amazing photographer and writer. Oh, and he can also juggle! Isn't it cool? Get to know more about him and his works.



1-DESCRIBE YOURSELF
I’m like a bowl of Smarties that got dumped on the floor. I’m all over the map. My brain is constantly running at full throttle, which is probably why my interests are no less scattered. I love writing and photography—they both move me in different ways—but then there’s art, science, history, music, and sports. It’s all music, it really is.

2-WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FRUIT FLAVOR?
Strawberry.

3-WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE DAY OF THE WEEK?
Pay day.

4-WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TIME OF THE DAY?
Breakfast.

5-ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT PERSON?
Sadly, both. As a photographer, I often capture images in the golden light of dusk or dawn. But as an amateur astronomer, I love the night sky. These hours seriously clash, and sleep is always the victim.

6-WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BREAKFAST MEAL?
Cereal. A big mix of multigrain Cheerios, Crispix, spelt, quinoa, Shreddies, Harvest Crunch, and other oats, with banana, raisins, strawberries, peaches, and blueberries. I eat this every single day.

7-WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR AND WHY?
Blue. Because red and green were taken.

8-WHICH IS YOUR MOST FAVOURITE BOOK EVER?
Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom.

9-WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE?
Mozart. Vivaldi. Jazz (the good stuff—Kenny G is not the good stuff). Classic Rock.

10-WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE GENRE OF FILMS?
I’ll watch just about anything, really, but the story has to be there. It has to move me.

11-WHICH IS YOUR MOST FAVOURITE PLACE IN THIS EARTH?
Canada. It simply begs to be captured by the lens.

12-WHICH ANIMAL WOULD YOU WANT TO BE AND WHY?
T. Rex. Top of the food chain.

13-IF YOU COULD HAVE A LUNCHEON WITH ANY 3 PEOPLE (REAL OR FICTICIOUS), WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY?
My mom. I’d give anything to have one more conversation with her. She was an angel on Earth.
Jean-Luc Picard. He embodies everything a man should be. Intelligent, respectable, honorable, and well-educated. And let’s face it, he drives the coolest wheels in the universe. Being an avid amateur astronomer, I can only imagine the conversations we’d have, from probes to planets to greenskinned women.
Da Vinci. He did it all. The quintessential Renaissance Man. It would be the longest lunch in the history of lunches.

14-IF YOU WERE GRANTED 3 WISHES, WHAT WOULD YOU ASK FOR?
A time-travel machine.
A trip through the solar system.
The answer to the question, “Are we alone in the universe?”

15-IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A LONELY BEACH, WHAT ARE THE 5 THINGS THAT YOU WOULD WANT TO SURVIVE?
A western view, for the sunsets.
Dark, starry skies and a telescope.
A fully loaded Kindle with a night light.
Music.
A fine recliner.

16-IF YOU COULD BE ANYONE, WHO WOULD YOU BE?
Jean-Luc Picard. Or Brad Pitt. He seems pretty happy.

17-WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU WISH YOU COULD CHANGE IN YOURSELF?
My natural instinct of pessimism. The glass isn’t even half-empty, it’s bone dry. You’re probably not going to print this, are you? I knew it.

18-WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU WISH YOU COULD DO IF GIVEN THE CHANCE?
View our precious home from the International Space Station.

19-WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY?
I’d photograph the world, retreating to my new home in New Zealand. I’d have special cereals flown in from world-famous cereal chefs.

20-IF YOU KNEW THAT THIS WAS YOUR LAST DAY ON EARTH, HOW WOULD YOU SPEND IT?
Why are you asking? What have they told you? Tell me!
Seriously, it depends. If it’s Armageddon from some hurtling asteroid, I’d have a picnic with my girlfriend, have a nap in the afternoon, take in a fine dinner and a movie, then make love under the stars. If I’m buying it from some terminal illness, I’d jump out of a plane with no parachute while eating my last bowl of cereal.

21-WERE YOU A NAUGHTY KID OR A NICE KID?
I was a nice kid. Not sure when that changed.

22-WHAT WAS THE HAPPIEST MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE?
I thought that seeing my book, Velvet Rain, in print—in my hands—for the very first time, was it. But that was trumped when I gave my book to my father for his birthday and he read the dedication.

23-WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF 5 YEARS FROM NOW?
Writing. Making images. I don’t see that changing until they pry camera and pen from my cold, dead hands.

24-WHAT IS THE WEIRDEST/CRAZIEST THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
Craziest? You mean stupidest? Many years ago, I was this close to being killed on a 100foot high railway trestle. Only a miracle saved me—I might blog about this some day—but long story short, it’s true what they say: You never hear it coming.

25-WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF AN INCREDIBLE WEEKEND?
Discovering a great place and capturing amazing images in the perfect light.

26-WHICH IS THE BEST HOLIDAYS YOU HAVE EVER HAD?
Traveling through Algonquin Park in the fall with my girlfriend. The colours are stunning, the photo opportunities endless. Canoeing for hours, cocooned in this incredible wall of colour, it takes your breath away.

27-HAVE YOU GOT A PHOBIA YOU WANT TO SHARE?
I’m deathly afraid of death. Seriously. It’s why I have to believe in reincarnation. I’m going to run out of time, and living another life is the only way I’m going to get to do all the things I want to do.

28-WHAT MAKES YOU ANGRY? 
The GreedHeads who are destroying our world. Our economies. Our environment. Our very existence.

29- WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU FEEL SAD?
It’s strange. I used to try to distract myself from those feelings, and for the most part, I was always successful. It wasn’t that I didn’t care what had happened, it was more a “shields up” kind of thing—a protection mechanism. But when my mother passed last year, I couldn’t handle it. I broke down several times. What I thought I knew about pain and sadness in the past was thrown out the window. I’ve learned that it’s part of life and we have to experience it fully before moving forward. We have to embrace it to let it go.

30-WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
If I can steal a page from my blog’s bio page, you’ll understand when I say I have lots of heroes. All kinds of inspiration.
Mozart taught me to listen.
Newton taught me to see.
Mitch Albom taught me to say so much in so little.
Clive Barker taught me to imagine—and then to imagine more.
Stephen King taught me the art of the story—how to lie your ass off and make them believe.
Frank Darabont taught me that the heart is enduring.
Sean Penn taught me to put my soul into my work.
James Cameron taught me that magic is real.
The Three Stooges taught me to laugh.
Jean-Luc Picard taught me to be a better human being.

ABOUT MY THRILLER, Velvet Rain

Well, here’s the shameless self-promotion part. I would liken my book to James Cameron’s Titanic, in the sense that there is always this grand, menacing threat lurking there in the shadows, while we are drawn in by the star-crossed fate of Jack and Rose. They bind us; they are the story. Velvet Rain is no different—the real magic is the arc between a tortured soul, Kain Richards, and the delicate fabric of the lives of those he touches. While certainly a thriller, my novel is, at its heart, a deeply moving story with a life lesson.

LINKS

BLOG: http://davidccassidy.com

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE: https://www.amazon.com/author/davidccassidy

FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/davidccassidyauthor

TWITTER: http://twitter.com/davidccassidy

PHOTOGRAPHY: http://shadesoflifephotography.ca

EMAIL: davidccassidy@yahoo.ca

Thanks, David, for sharing all this information about you with all of us. Much success with your projects!


 
 
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Welcome once more to my little space where I interview different authors. Today it is the turn of the author of "Long Lost Song". He answered the questions in the interview in his own 




  1. Describe yourself.
Almost human.  That is dependant on your definition of human.

  1. What is your favourite fruit flavour?
Chocolate or pear (as long as the pear is hard).

  1. What is your favourite day of the week?
The one that does not end in ‘day’.  Funnily enough weekends are not my strong suit, as I almost prefer to be lost in my own head space.

  1. Which is your favourite time of the day?
The explicit versión – those few moments of hopping into bed and watching my wife undress.
The clean version – waking up next to her.

  1. Are you a morning person or a night person?
I really don’t know if I have a good time of day!  Those first minutes when the words start pouring out.

  1. What is your favourite breakfast meal?
Can you really go past bacon?

  1. What is your favourite colour and why?
I don’t have a favourite color.  Each color works for me when it needs to.  I have an aversión to Green but I love the hills full of Green.  I love gray on a rainy day as there is so many shades of gray (and please do NOT mention that f**King book).  Blue sky.  It’s associated with objects.

  1. Which is your most favourite book ever?
Dang.  I don’t think I can reduce it to one book as I am constantly rediscovering old books.  For instance I interviewed Gene Wolfe and had to go and get his Sun books.  Books I had forgotten about enjoying.

  1. What kind of music do you like?
I have a huge collection of music – over 85000 songs.  It ranges from classical to heavy metal.  My iTunes just shuffles them all day.  It creates for a very interesting listen some days.
 But then on the odd occasion it gets into a Groove until it blasts out something really unexpected.  My main music man is David Bowie, but Dave Matthews Band is a favourite as well.

  1. Which is your favourite genre of films?
Science fiction.  Finally an easy question!

  1. Which is your most favourite place in this Earth?
Going back to explicit – bed with wife.

  1. Which animal would you want to be and why?
My daughter Summer thinks I should be a dragon.  She was very disappointed when my dragon necklace broke, so she bought me a Little dragon for my desk.

  1. If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why?
David Bowie – been listening to his music for far too long
Robert Johnson – for being a character in my book
Neal Stephenson – just ‘cause!

  1. If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for?
A Little bit more money
A new car
To travel

  1. If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive?
Kindle connected to a solar panel (must be absolutely full though)
My wife
My iPod (another solar panel)
A boat – for the if and when I want to get off.

  1. If you could be anyone, who would you be?
Me

  1. What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself?
Ummm…..  Ask the wife.

  1. What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance?
I have done the major thing in my life.  I published.

  1. What would you do if you won the lottery?
See question 14.

  1. If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?
How repetitive.  In bed.

  1. Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid?
I wrecked things trying to repair them.

  1. What was the happiest moment in your life?
The birth of my two boys.
My second marriage.
Holding Long Lost Song for the first time.

  1. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
With a series of books and still writing.

  1. What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done?
I jumped out of a plane once.

  1. What is your definition of an incredible weekend?
Tickets to a loud music gig and a hotel room to celebrate the event later.

  1. Which is the best holidays you have ever had?
Marieke and I went away to a Little place on Philip Island.  It was the first weekend away for us.  Very special memories for me.

  1. Have you got a phobia you want to share?
I cannot swim.

  1. What makes you angry? 
Most days, too many things.  I need to find my happy place more often.

  1. What do you do when you feel sad?
Get angry.

  1. Who or what inspires you?
It’s the people showing Support in me and my writing.

  1. Congratulations! Now you can freely rant about your book(s) and/or projects.
I am the author of Long Lost Song.  That’s it!

Blog:  http://stephenormsby.wordpress.com
Twitter:  @Quiet_Noise
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/quietnoise



 
 
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Welcome to a new installment of my series. Today I am introducing to you Ford Forkum. He is a writer, not only of books, since he also writes songs. Oh, and he also animates cartoons. He is an interesting author that everybody should get to know better.

  1. Describe yourself. I love humor – satire, parody, surrealism...there are a lot of things about the establishment I don’t like and I enjoy a good bit of subversive mockery.

  2. What is your favourite fruit flavour? – That’s a tough one, but I’ll say red grapes.

  3. What is your favourite day of the week? The day that I can spend most of my time being creative and moving forward in my life, and the least time dealing with hassles.

  4. Which is your favourite time of the day? My favorite time of day is when I’m finished with working and can get on with playing, which usually involves more working.

  5. Are you a morning person or a night person? It depends on the situation, but I’m generally nocturnal.

  6. What is your favourite breakfast meal? Anything that involves bacon is a sure winner.

  7. What is your favourite colour and why? My favorite color is blue because it seems to be the one color that looks good in the most shades and hues.

  8. Which is your most favourite book ever? For nostalgia’s sake, it would have to be Douglas Adam’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – the five story “trilogy.”

  9. What kind of music do you like? I like classic and progressive rock, Indian classical, jazz, fusion, impressionist classical, and funk. Anything with a compelling groove, textured harmony, and an epic drum solo.

  10. Which is your favourite genre of films? I don’t really have a favorite. I enjoy any film that absorbs my attention and makes me care about the outcome.

  11. Which is your most favourite place in this Earth? Probably the upper mantle.

  12. Which animal would you want to be and why? I’d be an eagle so I could spend my life flying around in open areas and being majestic and stuff.

  13. If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why? I’d have luncheon with J.K. Rowling, Jesus, and Batman. This answer requires no explanation.

  14. If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for? Wish #1: For everyone in the world to always have as much as they needed. Wish #2: For all people to be incapable of harming each other. Wish #3: For all people to be able to make of themselves exactly what they wish – including healing themselves.

  15. If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive? I’d want a working cruise ship with a competent crew, a map, a passport, an entourage of military-class submarines in case of pirates, and enough money to pay everyone for my safe return home.

  16. If you could be anyone, who would you be? I’d be God.

  17. What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself? I wish I could do things faster.  

  18. What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance? Win the lottery.

  19. What would you do if you won the lottery? It would depend on how much I won.

  20. If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it? I’d spend it tying up loose ends, giving my stuff away, and saying goodbye. There’d be no point in doing anything else.

  21. Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid? Only Santa knows.

  22. What was the happiest moment in your life? I’m hanging on to the idea that the happiest moment in my life hasn’t happened yet.

  23. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? Five years hence, I shall have conquered the world, the moon, and several neighboring planets.

  24. What makes you angry? Injustice, bigotry, arrogance, authoritarianism, hypocrisy, greed, cruelty, deception, corruption, vanity, elitism, violence, abuse of power, cheaters, liars, backstabbers, know-it-alls...I’ll stop here because I could potentially never finish this question.

  25. What do you do when you feel sad? I try to remember to change my perspective.

  26. Who or what inspires you?  A sense of possibility.

  27. Congratulations! Now you can freely rant about your book(s) and/or projects. What? Oh, that...
 I’m hoping I can update this page in the future because right now, I have only one book available, and at the moment it's only on Amazon. Alien Invasion of the Zombie Apocalypse: 

Here's the link for people in the US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00806SB5W


Here's the link for people in the UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00806SB5W


Here's my YouTube page which has the book trailer I made entirely on my own. Subscribers are welcome and appreciated!:http://www.youtube.com/user/fordforkum/featured


Here's my blog/site: http://www.fordforkum.com

Here I am at Twitter: https://twitter.com/FordForkum


Here's my Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/ford.forkum

I have another short story and a novel in the works, as well as some music. The books are the priority and I'm hoping to get them done, edited, and formatted before the end of the year. 


Thank you so much, Cinta, for this opportunity. I hope your readers enjoyed this interview.



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I’m hoping I can update this page in the future because right now, I have only one book available, and at the moment it's only on Amazon. Alien Invasion of the Zombie Apocalypse: 

Here's the link for people in the US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00806SB5W

Here's the link for people in the UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00806SB5W

Here's my YouTube page which has the book trailer I made entirely on my own. Subscribers are welcome and appreciated!:http://www.youtube.com/user/fordforkum/featured

Here's my blog/site: http://www.fordforkum.com

Here I am at Twitter: https://twitter.com/FordForkum

Here's my Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/ford.forkum

I have another short story and a novel in the works, as well as some music. The books are the priority and I'm hoping to get them done, edited, and formatted before the end of the year. 

Thank you so much, Cinta, for this opportunity. I hope your readers enjoyed this interview.



 
 
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Welcome once more to this little space of my blog. Today we are going to meet another interesting author: Anne-Marie Klein. If you like books and music, she is the best author you can choose. Get to know her!


  1. Describe yourself.
My name is Anne-Marie Klein. I am a Canadian teacher who took a year off to write some novels. I am also a voracious reader, an injured tennis player and swimmer, and a lover of travel and spending time with great friends and good food. I share an old farmhouse in Toronto with my husband and our three cats and one dog.

  1. What is your favourite fruit flavour?
I love all the berries, and at this time of year, they are fresh from the fields!

  1. What is your favourite day of the week?
I love Saturdays because the weekend newspaper lands on the porch, and I can read it at my leisure over two days. It’s also dog park day, which makes my pooch very happy.

  1. Which is your favourite time of the day?
I like the end of it. We have a hot tub in the yard that we unwind in just before bed. If the sky is clear, you can see the stars out and it’s just a beautiful way to finish the day.

  1. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Neither. I think I’m an afternoon person.

  1. What is your favourite breakfast meal?
Coconut yogurt (I know Cinta is screaming at the idea of coconuts!) with fresh berries and granola.

  1. What is your favourite colour and why?
Black is a perfect canvas to throw anything over. I’m also big on reds.

  1. Which is your most favourite book ever?
I have so many, but in terms of forming my love for stories, growing up and reading Tintin and Astérix were huge influences. I still have all my books from childhood.

  1. What kind of music do you like?
I love all sorts of music, but as you will see when I talk about my books, I am a huge fan of classic rock- The Who, Queen, The Beatles, ELO, Genesis, Supertramp, Pink Floyd.

  1. Which is your favourite genre of films?
Good question, to which I have no answer. I think comedies are the hardest to do well, but I like all sorts of different genres. The only ones I am not too keen on are super violent, because you cannot undo an image from your mind once you’ve seen it.

  1. Which is your most favourite place in this Earth?
Any warm beach where I can jump into a lake or the ocean.

  1. Which animal would you want to be and why?
I would love to be my dog. He has a really sweet life.

  1. If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why?
I would love to sit with Pete Townshend and talk with him about why he inspired my books. Likewise, I’d like to go back in time and sit with my father, who passed away in 2001. We used to sit and have coffee together while we chatted about everything and nothing, and I miss that.

  1. If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for?
I’d love to be able to go back in time and tell my younger self not to do such stupid things like playing hours of tennis on consecutive days because my knees and shoulders would pay for it. I would love to see a world where there was less hunger, poverty, and misery, both for humans and animals alike. Finally, I’d love to be able to slow time because life is passing much too quickly and there is so much still to experience.

  1. If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive?
Music. I would want either a radio or some kind of recording device with my favourite bands playing. I would also want it to be a warm, sunny beach.

  1. If you could be anyone, who would you be?
I’m happy being myself.

  1. What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself?
I wish I were better at stilling my mind. Ideas and random thoughts jump all over the place on any given day, and it would be nice to be calmer sometimes.

  1. What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance?
Time travelling. It would be interesting to jump forward and back.

  1. What would you do if you won the lottery?
I would quit my teaching job, not because I don’t love it, but because I think it’s wrong to keep someone who needs the work from having it when I don’t. My life would then be about travelling, writing, and spoiling my dog.

  1. If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?
I’d probably be somewhere warm, reading and listening to music.

  1. Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid?
I was nice to my friends, but a bit naughty at school. I didn’t like school, even though I always had good grades. I think it was because it went too slowly for me and I was always daydreaming better adventures, and so I rebelled sometimes and got in trouble.

  1. What was the happiest moment in your life?
There have been many, but i was thrilled last January to finally hold the printed copyof  my first novel in my hands. It was like having a baby.

  1. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
I see myself a few years away from retirement and moving towards being a full-time writer and traveller.

  1. What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done?
I once took advantage of my brother’s airline job and flew to London from Toronto for the weekend in the middle of the school year, as a teacher.

  1. What is your definition of an incredible weekend?
Great weather, some kind of social evening with friends, and time to read and write.

  1. Which is the best holidays you have ever had?
Our trip to Italy in 2010 was incredible, because there was so much beauty in what we saw there. The other trip that stands out for me was going to Scotland in the summer of 2001. My father had been sick for three months and had just died, and we scrambled to get flights (and the airline brother helped!) and a vacation arranged. It was a beautiful trip through some gorgeous landscapes and meeting such lovely people. It allowed me to find joy after such a difficult time, and for that, I will always remember it fondly.

  1. Have you got a phobia you want to share?
I actually get very nervous just before taking off in an airplane, but obviously, I don’t let that take me over. I scream when I see a mouse, even though they are cute.

  1. What makes you angry?
I get angry when I see abuse or neglect, especially if it involves children or animals, because they cannot defend themselves. I also have an intense dislike for people who lack generosity, especially when it is people who have so much.

  1. What do you do when you feel sad?
I either let it run its course, or I listen to my favourite music to feel better.

  1. Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by people I hear or read about who follow their dreams and don’t let others tell them No.

  1. Congratulations! Now you can freely rant about your book(s) and/or projects.
I have two books currently out in a rock and roll series called Behind Blue Eyes, with two more to come. The series is based on The Who’s song, but I have imagined my sad man, made him a young, troubled musician who has come to Toronto from his home in England, carrying heavy secrets and wanting to start a new life. The books are about him and his band’s rock and roll dreams, and all the obstacles and burdens that he faces with them. The series is set in Toronto and London, and is my love letter to my hometown and to my love of rock and roll.

My first two books, BBE: Love Reign o’er Me and BBE: Love Ain’t for Keeping, are available in papaerback and as e-books. You can find their links at behindblueeyes.ca by following the links there.

Thank you, Cinta, for giving me the opportunity to share a bit of myself with your readers!


 
 
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Today, in my Meet the Author series, I am delighted to introduce fellow writer Ann Swan. She is a very versatile author, with books published in different genres that I am looking forward to reading once my TBR list gets a bit smaller :) But I think the best way of getting to know Ann is by letting her introduce herself and talk about her writing. Enjoy!

  1. Describe yourself.  I am lumpy, bumpy, and odd.  I’ve lived a while.  Dogs and children love me.

  2. What is your favourite fruit flavour?  Watermelon

  3. What is your favourite day of the week?  Any day above ground is a good one!

  4. Which is your favourite time of the day?  Morning, and coffee.

  5. Are you a morning person or a night person?  I stay up late.

  6. What is your favourite breakfast meal?  Chocolate chip waffles

  7. What is your favourite colour and why?  Turquoise because it reminds me of water

  8. Which is your most favourite book ever?  The Black Stallion and The Stand  and The Hobbit and Dandelion Wine and …

  9. What kind of music do you like?  Old & new pop, country & western, some classical, a bit of bluegrass, some góspel, and Bruce Springsteen 

  10. Which is your favourite genre of films? Science fiction like The Terminator, also thrillers like The Bourne movies, and spooky movies like The Woman in Black

  11. Which is your most favourite place in this Earth? My home

  12. Which animal would you want to be and why?  A hummingbird because they can fly so fast and are so beautiful

  13. If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why? My father, because he died when I was young, Abraham Lincoln, because he was the greatest President, and Albert Einstein because he knew the answers to so many secrets

  14. If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for? Good health for my loved ones, peace on earth (corny but true), and an end to children and animal cruelty everywhere (sort of goes along with peace on earth I suppose)

  15. If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive?  Food, fresh wáter, unlimited supply of books, my husband, pencils and paper

  16. If you could be anyone, who would you be?  Just me, only thinner

  17. What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself? See the answer above.

  18. What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance?  Hang glide 

  19. What would you do if you won the lottery? Give to family first, then to local animal shelters

  20. If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it? With family 

  21. Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid?  Nice kid, naughty teenager!

  22. What was the happiest moment in your life?  When my daughter was born

  23. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?  World wide book tour

  24. What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done?  Slept in my car when it broke down on the L.A. freeway

  25. What is your definition of an incredible weekend?  Swimming, taking in a concert or movie, hiking, or just hanging out wtih family

  26. Which is the best holidays you have ever had?  My husband rented the entire communtiy pool one year and invited everyone we ever knew for my birthday…what a blast we had.

  27. Have you got a phobia you want to share?  No, but I still get motion sick in cars & airplanes

  28. What makes you angry?  Cruelty 

  29. What do you do when you feel sad?  Cry or cuss or both.  Then I go for a walk in the park and count my blessings.

  30. Who or what inspires you?  Well written books inspire me, and children who aren’t afraid to try anything they put their minds to, and athletes like those we just watched competing in the Olympics.  I so admire their dedication and endurance!

  31. Congratulations! Now you can freely rant about your book(s) and/or projects.
Thank you!  That was so much fun.  I am a former school teacher who retired very early and started writing those books I’d always put off.  The first one to be published was The Phantom Pilot.  It is a ghost story written for children and adults.  The second book in the Phantom Series is The Phantom Student.  It will be published next month in digital and print.  Book Three will be released next year.  I also have a story in the anthology, Timeless, edited by Denise Vitola (paranormal love stories).  And I will have a couple more stories in the next anthology, Campfire Tales, a book of spooky stories (coming out in October). All of these books are published through Cool Well Press and will be available in digital and print.

My first attempt at women’s fiction, All For Love, is coming out on 8/23/12.  It is a contemporary romance with a bit of a dark theme.  It isn’t paranormal, it is straight-up, real life.  It is being published by 5 Prince Publishing in digital and print. You can check out excerpts and snippets on my blog.  There are some free short stories on the blog as well.

I also tried my hand at self-publishing a sci/fi short story called Chems.  It is the story of a boy who finds a soldier who has been turned into a chemical-zombie by the goverrnment.  It is available only on Amazon.  All the rest of my books are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at the publishers websites.  

Please feel free to stop by my blog: www.annswann.blogspot.com

My FB page: http://www.facebook.com/annswann.author

Twitter: @ann_swann

Amazon Central: http://tinyurl.com/6wl3oe2

Also, take a look at my first attempt at making a book trailer http://youtu.be/zSoqxHOY-Hw

 
 
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Today I am having another special edition of "Meet the Author". Why? Because the lovely and awesome Miranda Stork is releasing her newest novel, Erin, today! Erin is the sequel to a previous novel titled Conner (but I will let Miranda tell you all about both novels a bit later in the interview). 
If you like fantasy, you will enjoy her books. And now I will leave you with her. I just want to wish her good luck with the release of ERIN, which I am sure will be a success, since lots of people were quite looking forward to reading Conner's sequel.

  1. Describe yourself.
Oh wow, tough first question! Hmm…I guess I would describe myself as a fairly nice person. I’ve got a good sense of humour, and I’m told I’m funny (I hope!), I’m optimistic, and very honest to a fault. I don’t want to say too much in case I come across as big-headed! But I like to think I’m fairly intelligent as well, and hold up my end of a conversation. 

  1. What is your favourite fruit flavour?
It would have to be strawberry, hands down. I won’t hear any more on the subject!

  1. What is your favourite day of the week?
I think I like…Saturday. You always think of so many things you can do on Saturday, and then end up slouching on the sofa instead, and panicking about them on Sunday. But I still love Saturday. 

  1. Which is your favourite time of the day?
Hmm…I guess it would be evening. I always seem to get so much done then, and it’s much calmer and quieter.

  1. Are you a morning person or a night person?
I think I might be repeating the last question a bit, but I am definitely a night owl. I love the peace and calm, and I often get my best ideas for writing once everyone else has gone to bed!

  1. What is your favourite breakfast meal?
Ooh, that’s easy! Eggs Benedict. I tried it for the first time a few years ago, and it’s now my favourite breakfast (if a little on the heavy side!).

  1. What is your favourite colour and why?
Red. I’m not sure completely why, I’m suppose it’s because it’s such a passionate colour. Also, it reminds me of creativity because of that passion.

  1. Which is your most favourite book ever?
Great Expectations. I love Charles Dickens’ characters, and the way he describes the world at that time. It’s so vivid and gritty, and yet he had so much ironic humour injected into it as well.

  1. What kind of music do you like?
I like a varied mixture of music really. I like almost anything as long as it’s actually good music. Although I do mainly listen to Gothic rock and metal; Nightwish and Lacuna Coil are two of my favourites. I also love Classical music, and Dance when I’m out with friends.

  1. Which is your favourite genre of films?
I have two really, I love comedies, and horror films. Proper ones though, I can’t stand horror films that are just a maniac running around killing everyone. I prefer clever, psychological horrors, or ghost stories. I also quite like thrillers.

  1. Which is your most favourite place in this Earth?
I don’t think I really have one. I love the North East of England, but until I’ve visited everywhere, I don’t feel I can answer that properly. Not to mention, I don’t think I could pick just one ;)

  1. Which animal would you want to be and why?
I would probably like to be a cat. Judging from my cat, you get to snooze all day, be as lazy as you like, and scratch the furniture when you’re frustrated. And you still get fed, played with, and lots of strokes and snuggles. It wouldn’t be bad to be a cat for at least one day, I think!

  1. If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why?
The first guest would have to be Charles Dickens. As my favourite author, I would love to pick his brain and glean some writing tips. My second guest would be Elizabeth I. I think that she was an amazing Queen; and a pioneer for women in that she was the first truly successful Queen that people loved. She did a lot of things that men before (and after) her had failed at. I’m sure spending a luncheon with her would be entertaining. And my final guest…would have to be Colin Farrell, so we have something nice to look at. 

  1. If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for?
That no children or animals were ever harmed again, that no-one was ever hungry again but it didn’t lead to overpopulation, and that people cared about others enough to think about their actions first.

  1. If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive?
Well seeing as there probably wouldn’t be any electricity, I’d need a generator. Then I could take my laptop to write stories on, and my MP3 player, to listen to music. I’d need a ton of books as well. Then I guess some sensible things, like a tent and a lighter. 

  1. If you could be anyone, who would you be?
This is going to sound really big-headed, but me! I like being me, and I wouldn’t want to be anyone else, even for one day.

  1. What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself?
Hmm….I wish I didn’t have a bad memory! I forget important things all the time! Plus I wish maybe my tummy was a little bit smaller.

  1. What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance?
I’d love to be able to travel all around the world in one go. It’s my dream to travel everywhere one day, and I’d love the chance to do it.

  1. What would you do if you won the lottery?
I would straight away split it and give half away. And it’s true, I’ve always done that when I’ve been lucky enough to win anything, or have a bigger wage that month. Then the rest of it would go in the bank, I’d live off the interest, and always give half of that away to charity each month. I know it sounds boring, but I’ve learnt in life that the experiences you buy are not the ones you remember. So I’d be happy with a comfortable life. 

  1. If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?
With my friends and family. Nothing else would matter as long as I had a great day with them.

  1. Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid?
Ooh…is it cheating to say both? I was a nice kid really, but I had my naughty moments, like everyone does.

  1. What was the happiest moment in your life?
I think when I met my partner, Mark. Definitely the happiest so far. Gaining my degree would come a close second. 

  1. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
I’d like to be a best-selling author! ;) No, seriously, I would like my books to be doing well. And I’d like to be settled with my partner and possibly have a tiny version of me running around. 

  1. What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done?
I do a LOT of crazy things, which one do you want? I guess the craziest thing I’ve ever done was to go on a spontaneous trip with one of my friends when I lived in Scotland. We literally picked somewhere, packed up our stuff and went that day. (All respective pets etc. were looked after by nice people, don’t worry!) It was so freeing to have that kind of feeling, even if just for one day.

  1. What is your definition of an incredible weekend?
One where I get to do a little writing in peace, before going out with my friends and partner somewhere great. And then the next day doing nothing but relaxing without worrying about the next day. 

  1. Which is the best holidays you have ever had?
The best holiday I’ve had so far would be when I went over to Northern Ireland. It was the first time I had been, and as I’m half-Irish, had always wanted to go. I got to visit where my family where from, and it was a very emotional but fantastic trip.

  1. Have you got a phobia you want to share?
I have a slight phobia of flies. I would never kill one (I always try to get them to fly out), but the thought of the germs and things they carry around makes me shudder.

  1. What makes you angry? 
Whenever people hurt animals or children. There is no excuse in the world for hurting either of them, and it makes my blood boil when I see it in any form.

  1. What do you do when you feel sad?
I listen to music! Music always cheers me up when I’m down, and chocolate. Chocolate cures all.

  1. Who or what inspires you?
I think other writers inspire me. In whatever form, books have always inspired me in some way over my life.

  1. Congratulations! Now you can freely rant about your book(s) and/or projects.
Woot! I passed. Do I get a medal? Okay, okay, I’ll get on with the books. First up, is;

CONNER
 Conner is a paranormal suspense fantasy, a non-gory werewolf story told from the angle of someone who is firmly set in reality, giving the book a different quality from other horror books. I wanted to write Conner as I could read proficiently from the age of three, and I was writing my own short stories from the age of six-so writing is what I knew I wanted to do. Conner is incomparable to any other book in its genre. It is written in an entirely new way, turning the myth of werewolves completely on its head; not borrowing from the tired Hollywood genres, but using more ancient myths as the springboard for its ideas. It has more than one side to it, as it encompasses horror, suspense, romance, thrills, and even dark humour.

Here’s the blurb for you guys to take a look over

Erin is a young psychologist, with no time for anything but her work, and unable to remember anything about her past. She leads an uneventful life, but a lonely one, in which she secretly wishes for a soulmate... 

Conner is an unusual patient who approaches her, thrusting her into a strange world of darkness that runs beneath our own. He believes himself to be a creature of legend-a werewolf. But he also draws Erin with a roguish charm, and an irresistible feeling that seems to bind them together... 

Conner desperately tries to save her from an unknown evil that persues her with a relentless passion that crosses centuries, an evil that once took her very soul away, somewhere in Erin's lost memories. 

As she becomes more entwined in a series of events that will remind her of who she really is, will she make it away from the oncoming darkness unscathed...?

You can find CONNER on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

The sequel to CONNER comes out on September 3rd, ERIN. That's today, so hurry up and get your copy!

I wrote Erin because I wanted to write a sequel for Conner. I wanted Erin to be a little edgier and rawer, making the storyline a little darker as the reader is drawn in from the prequel. I wanted to write a book that would offer something different for people hungry for something new. Its unique advantage is that it is only comparable to its prequel, ‘Conner’, setting an entirely new edge to the werewolf story.

The blurb again!

Erin is the werewolf Queen of Athol Castle. She has no memories of the events of a few months ago, where she believed herself to be a psychologist, and met the enigmatic and charming Conner... 

Filtiarn has taken over Conner’s body once more, and is relishing being in control. Cruel and sensual, he decides to work on a plan...to take over humanity. He begins a war...of werewolves against humans. But unknown to him, Conner is fighting against him within his own body, to set things right, and to bring Erin back from her own darkness. He tries to undo a great mistake from long ago, using Erin’s famed sword, Sioctine, as remnants of his own memory come back to him, opening up the present he now lives in. 

At the same time, another enemy is using the situation to their advantage, following the werewolves at every turn, threatening to undo everything that Conner is struggling to obtain... 

But will he be able to bring Erin back from Filtiarn’s grasp, or is it too late? And will he be able to stop the war against the humans progressing? 

And who is threatening to take over not only the humans, but the werewolves as well?

You will be able to grab a copy from today on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  Also, I’m having a huge release day party for Erin over at Facebook, so come and join us!  https://www.facebook.com/events/351493858267345/

I also have a new series of books, and the first three are already out! THE BASSINVILLE WITCHES is a series about witches, vampires, magick, and danger! This is a series of paranormal fantasy books, with a good helping of erotica thrown in. *giggle* It centres around Catherine, a young witch whose father was murdered years ago by a group of bad magick-wielders, and her search with her friends for twelve rare crystals. But they meet with obstacles at every turn, so will they find all of them in time? 

I’ve also set myself the enormous task of writing one every month, and the first three are out now! They come out on the 20th of every month, and I’m  planning to have a full set of twelve once I’ve finished. So I’ll just place the blurb for each one here for you guys to take a look at! You can also only get these on Amazon Kindle at the moment.

WITH YOU IN SPIRIT #1
Catherine has enough problems in her life without adding more. She lives in a town full of Wiccan witches, where she holds absolutely no powers. Her best friends seem to take all the best men, and her work colleague has a major crush on her. Other than that, life is pretty sweet.

Until a dagger appears in her bedroom, bringing back frightening memories of a past both her mother and herself left behind long ago. The ghosts of the past refuse to stay buried however, and they threaten to swallow both of them whole, closing in on them...

And then the charming, roguish Mr Rouquette appears. He is gorgeous, kind, and clever...so why does it feel as though there is something not quite right about him? And can Catherine trust him at all when her world begins to crumble around her feet, and he seems to be at the centre of it all?...

PLAYING WITH FIRE #2
Catherine has found herself even more deeply embroiled in a centuries old struggle for the stones, but she now has the enigmatic Caden by her side, although she still doesn't know if she can trust him yet...
 
Meanwhile, another person has an interest in the stones, a fury who has been locked away for an eternity, and isn't too welcoming towards people. Then one night she sees Catherine and her friends peering in on her through scrying...

Remember, you will always get burnt if you play with fire....

AN ILL WIND #3
 After the meeting with Varden, Sebastian was left clinging to unlife. The group must try to see if they can return him to life with them, even if it means staying longer in the centre of the Ravensworth's empire-New Orleans...

At the same time, Jackson is confronted with something-or someone-who wants to disrupt the party. Something that has the power to crumble not only the small group itself, but one of the relationships of those within...

Will they manage to find the next stone? Or will something stop them this time, in the form of deadly spirits, or female vampires?...

 
 
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I know, I know. You may be thinking that today it is not the usual day when I post a "Meet the Author" interview. But in this case I am making an exception since my favourite writing duo are giving their debut novel Dead on Demand for free from September 4th till the 9th. Why? To celebrate Dan's birthday! Check the event on FB.

Really, you don't want to miss this opportunity of getting an amazing thriller. And when I say it is amazing, trust me that it is really amazing. These awesome brothers and writing duo wrote, edited, promoted, and published their novel in just 90 days. Yes, you are reading right. Only 90 days and their novel was out! They are really talented, and proof enough of that is that they are getting rave reviews, they wrote another book to help Indie authors in the process of writing, publishing and marketing their books, and Dan even got an article about him in the local newspaper, praising him for his novel and his good marks in the GCSEs. Ah, yes, I forgot! Dan is only 16. So young and so talented (but don't tell him or he will believe it).

Knowing them, I knew the interview was going to be funny (well, at least cheeky Dan's answers). So get to know them and enjoy the interview.

1. Describe yourself.

Sean: I'm a big scary looking bloke coming in at 6ft3, and I'm broad with it. Children run and hide when they see me, especially if I've let my beard grow for a few days. I'm usually clean shaven for work, but I have an aversion to the itchy feeling you get after a shave. It probably doesn't help that my chosen vocation in life is the law. I trained to become a Barrister at the Inns of Court School of Law and now divide my time between (admittedly dry) legal market consultation work and writing fiction.

Dan: Ovary explodingly handsome.

2. What is your favourite fruit flavour?

Sean: That depends. If it's artificial I love strawberry (milkshake) and cherry (cola) but for just plain old fruit it's got to be either melon or apple.

Dan: Lime.

3. What is your favourite day of the week?

Sean: I'm going to be boring and say Saturday. Friday is nice as it's the anticipation of the weekend but after commuting the weekend might well start at 9pm which doesn't leave much to enjoy, and Sunday usually means shops are closed.

Dan: Monday. Someone has to show Monday some love.

4. Which is your favourite time of the day?

Sean: About 5 am. I love the quiet when no-one else is up.

Dan: 1:37pm.

5. Are you a morning person or a night person?

Sean: A bit of both. During the week I'm definitely a morning person but by the weekend I'm happy to sleep in 'til midday and enjoy a night out.

Dan: I'm pretty much nocturnal.

6. What is your favourite breakfast meal?

Sean: Pancakes and maple syrup. Not something I get to indulge in often (I'm a lousy cook, and pre-made just isn't the same).

Dan: I don't like breakfast. I sleep through breakfast.

7. What is your favourite colour and why?

Sean: Grey. Nothing is ever truly black or white. I think my work (both kinds) reflects that.

Dan: Blue. That's not me being hyper masculine either, I just find it soothing.

8. Which is your most favourite book ever?

Sean: 1984 was pretty mind blowing. I read it when I was 12 and the idea of thought crime is something that I still find scary. It's not all that unrealistic either. In London you're on CCTV almost constantly (which admittedly makes fiction difficult!) and we do still find it repugnant when certain beliefs are held.

Dan: The Bible.

9. What kind of music do you like?

Sean: I'm an easy listening kind of guy. Anything with a decent vocal track to it. Right now I think there are several great vocalists languishing in the same obscurity indie authors suffer. The best example of that is the awesome Drew Worthley who you can check out for free on youtube.

Dan: Loud. with a bangin' donk on it.

10. Which is your favourite genre of films?

Sean: Comedy. We're nothing without laughter. After the hustle and bustle of the working day it's great to just sit down, chill out and enjoy laughing.

Dan: Horror. Or Romance. Horror romance? They're both comedies to me.

11. Which is your most favourite place in this Earth?

Sean: Mellieha Bay in Malta. Gorgeous clean ocean, endless sands and an amazing atmosphere.

Dan: In the earth? The mantle? (Cinta's note: cheeky Dan is the second one to find out I wrote IN instead of ON in this question).

12. Which animal would you want to be and why?

Sean: The Giant Turtle has something about it in the way of dignity, and a lifespan of 200 years is pretty attractive too.

Dan: Golden Eagle. I want to spread democracy across the land with access to two whole political parties.

13. If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why?

Sean: I'd choose Margaret Thatcher, Emperor Augustus and Henry Helmes. Thatcher was brilliant and determined (even if the privatisation of key industries was a mistake). She was also a tax lawyer in a previous life and tax lawyers are generally a lot more fun than you'd expect!
Augustus is a bug bear of mine. Because of him we have the month known as August, and it only has 31 days to make sure he is equal to Julius (July having 31 days). It used to be that February would have 29 days and the rest of the year alternated 30/31 consistently. That sounds much easier to me!
Henry Helmes is an unusual fellow, a lawyer many moons ago. As a student he was elected the Prince of Purpoole at Gray's Inn which was a Prince of Mischief tradition. He ruled the Inn for a day and even admitted new members during his brief tenure (which soon put a stop to that tradition!).

Dan: Einstein, Stalin and Bush. Imagine the arguments!

14. If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for?

Sean: I'm tempted to say 'immortality'. Imagine the power of compound interest over the centuries! A few centuries and you could play monopoly with a whole country. It's probably not a great wish to make though, everything has to come to an end and dying is only scary in the sense that no-one really knows what comes next. I'd like to think we all get exactly what we believe in.
So my three wishes would be health, happiness and love. A little trite, but solid choices.

Dan: World peace. Happiness. To cure world hunger. Do I win the Miss America pageant now?

15. If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive?

Sean: Can I take a plane, some jet fuel and a pilot? Plus a Fortnum and Mason hamper to keep me full on the journey and I'll take a bundle of cash for when I get back too.

Dan: Other people. Civilisation. Money. Women. A big ole yacht.

16. If you could be anyone, who would you be?

Sean: Me. Sounds arrogant, but Chesney Hawks got this one right.

Dan: Me.

17. What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself?

Sean: I'd probably lose weight. I have no willpower around food.

Dan: Nothing. I'm fabulous.

18. What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance?

Sean: Surprise myself. I'm a very methodical person, and not as spontaneous as I could be. If I could do something that really surprised me, that would be unusual.

Dan: Rule the world.

19. What would you do if you won the lottery?

Sean: I'd buy property, save some and enjoy some. Nothing too lavish, but a few nights out and maybe a holiday or two.

Dan: Be given lots of money.

20. If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?

Sean: With family. As long as you have people who love you, and you love back, there's no better way to spend a day.

Dan: Dying? Is leaving Earth an option?

21. Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid?

Sean: Everyone thought I was nice, but I was a stroppy git when I wanted to be. I played a few pranks but generally got away with it.

Dan: I'm nice.

22. What was the happiest moment in your life?

Sean: I couldn't pick one. Graduating from law school or being Called to the Bar. Both were the significant defining moments of my adult life so far.

Dan: Being interviewed on this blog. Thanks, Cinta :)

23. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

Sean: Writing full time. I've got so many stories in my head, and they're dying to be told.

Dan: I think I'd be a bit older. About half a decade older.

24. What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done?

Sean: I'd better not say. This is a nice family friendly blog, and I've had more than a few wild adventures.

Dan: I once put nesquik on my weetabix. How wild is that?

25. What is your definition of an incredible weekend?

Sean: Alcohol + good friends + decent food = Good times.

Dan: hard to believe, the end of the week, especially the period from Friday night until the end of Sunday.

26. Which is the best holidays you have ever had?

Sean: I love Florida. America is a truly amazing country. I've been to a few states but Florida is one of my favourite (closely followed by New Hampshire then New York. I stayed at this really homely place in NH where the proprietor baked gigantic plate sized cookies for the guests).

Dan: I got to go to Swindon once. It was epic.

27. Have you got a phobia you want to share?

Sean: Can't stand heights, and I don't like boats. A bit silly given I'm absurdly tall and come from a Naval city. I suppose it's more a fear of falling/ drowning which could be distilled to a fear of death... sounds a little less like a phobia and more like a rational fear when you put it that way!

Dan: No, thanks.

28. What makes you angry?

Sean: Rich people not doing their bit. We know from the Veil of Ignorance studies most people envision a fair society when asked to imagine a society in which they could be put in at any place. Yet we have billionaires hoarding money from natural resources that should belong to the people. I think the idea that distribution in a fair manner is fair distribution has been stretched to breaking point. The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.

Dan: People asking me why I'm angry. RAH!

29. What do you do when you feel sad?

Sean: I listen to music. Usually total cheese.

Dan: I do what Captain Jack does.

30. Who or what inspires you?

Sean: I find everyday people that work without expecting awards or thanks amazing. Teachers, nurses, road sweepers; anyone who works an honest day's labour for an honest day's pay. Real jobs are those that add something to the process, people or community around them and those are only jobs truly worth doing.

Dan: Jesus.

31. Congratulations! Now you can freely rant about your book(s) and/or projects.

Sean: Well, if anyone is still reading I'm currently writing the sequel to Dead on Demand with my brother Dan. This time we're going for a moral quandary rather than a forensic/ investigative one. Of course our trademark London descriptions, a bit of forensics, a bit of law and a bit of police procedure will creep in. There are a couple of other fiction projects in the offing, but it's all early stages.
We're also doing a free run for Dead on Demand from September 4th to September 8th. You can download a copy for nothing on Amazon.

Dan: I'm currently inventing a time machine.
 "What do we want?"
"A time machine!"
"When do we want it?"
"It's irrelevant!"