Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Destiny by Celia Breslin Book Blitz


Title:  Destiny

Series: The Tranquilli Blood Line Series #2

Author:   Celia Breslin

Published:  November 3rd, 2014

Publisher:   Champagne Book Group

Word Count:   74,000

Cover Artist:   Ellie Smith

Genre:  Urban Fantasy Romance

Content Warning:  Sexual situations, violence, and profanity

Recommended Age:  17+

Synopsis:  In HAVEN, San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli survives a vicious attack by her vampire family’s longtime archenemies. Several weeks later, as she struggles with PTSD and survivor’s guilt, supervillain Dixon resurfaces and kidnaps two of her best friends. To save them, Carina must comply with the evil bastard’s unusual demands. The kicker? She must tell no one what she is up to.

Meanwhile, she has a new dance club to open for the preternatural community, a fated soul mate acting secretive and distant, and a sexy, new, undead friend who’d love to take Alexander’s place in her heart and bed.

Blackmailed, betrayed, tempted…sometimes destiny has a wicked sense of humor.

About the Author:

 Celia lives in California with her husband, daughter, and two feisty cats. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and has a particular fondness for vampires, werewolves, and the Fae. When not writing, you’ll find her exercising, reading a good book or indulging her addiction to Joss Whedon’s TV shows and movies.

Giveaway Details:

There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

  • One lucky winner will      receive an eBook copy of Haven      (Tranquilli Bloodline #1) and Vampire      Code

  • Giveaway is International.

     Excerpt from Destiny by Celia Breslin:

    My day moved from ordinary to interesting when the deliveryman handed me a box that smelled of blood.

    The scent made my mouth water. Pungent iron mixed with, of all things, lavender. My thoughts flew straight to Tessa, my surrogate vampire mother. When she pulled out one of her specialty powers, the one I fondly referred to as vampire valium, this relaxing, floral herb scented the air and reduced friend or foe to a boneless, helpless puddle.

    I shut the front door on the retreating back of the deliveryman and wiggled the box. Nothing rattled inside. Not particularly heavy, less than ten pounds.

    A peace offering, perhaps? Tessa certainly owed me one.

    She’d commanded her minion, my boyfriend Alexander, to star in a two-month classical music tour of Italy, performing nightly for vampire dignitaries and their lucky minions. While I, the good little predestined, vampire apocalypse averting, Chosen One in training, remained behind in San Francisco to learn how to kick naughty vampire ass with my latent and rather unwieldy fire power.

    “Hey boys,” I called up to the second floor where my friend Adrian and his lover, my mentor Jonas, took their sweet time descending for breakfast. “Bloody prezzie just arrived. And I do mean that literally.”

    Silence answered my shout, followed by the whoosh of water in the master bathroom shower and a husky laugh from Adrian. Given that sexy sound, I could expect a delay. Jonas tended to make their showers last forever.

    A jolt of jealousy stabbed my stomach. Wish I could enjoy some fun and sexy time with my guy. I shrugged off the sensation and strode into the kitchen. “Fine. More for me.”

    I parked my ass in a chair and slid the box onto the table to study it. No return address or package info. Not that surprising. Vampires tended to aim for stealth and subtlety, to fly under the radar of the general human populace. One of Tessa’s minions probably compelled the delivery dude, or he belonged to the circle of humans already in-the-know.

    I ripped off the tape in one pull and peeked inside. No packing peanuts, but rather a nest of lavender branches speckled with droplets of blood, as if the branches themselves bled. Beautiful, aromatic, and so very vampire.

    A wine box large enough for two bottles rested in the nest. Cold to the touch, indicating recent refrigeration. I lifted it out, trailing my fingers over the gold latch, the dark, glossy wood, the Celtic knots carved into each end, and finally over the initials on top. My initials, C A T. Short for Carina Agostina Tranquilli.

    What a well-crafted and thoughtful gift. I bet the wine inside would be equally well-made.

    I flipped the latch and opened the lid. My brows collided. Not wine.
    Nine vials of blood about the size of my ring finger rested side by side in black velvet bedding.

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    Blog Ring of Power Presents: Camille Faye

    Blog Ring of Power time! Don't forget to stop by some of the other hosts for the first three parts of this interview. 

    Camille Faye lives in Missouri, loves on her family, and writes during the baby’s naptime. She grew up in a haunted house, which sparked her fascination with the paranormal. The Northwest Houston RWA named her novel, Voodoo Butterfly, a 2013 Lone Star Contest finalist. Read an excerpt at

    Twitter: @CamilleFaye

    Section #4: About Your Current Work 

    BRoP: Tell us about your new book and when it is out? Where can people purchase it?

    CF: Voodoo Butterfly is about a woman who unexpectedly inherits a New Orleans voodoo shop. Along with the shop, she inherits the power to change evil people good. The only problem? She knows nothing about voodoo or her secret power.
    It's available on Amazon as an ebook and will be available as a print book in 2015.

    BRoP: Is there anything new, unusual, or interesting about your book? How is it different from other books on the same subject?
    CF: When I considered writing this book, I did some research about fiction which focused on the world of New Orleans voodoo. There really wasn't a whole lot out there, so it's something new for paranormal readers. Also, my main character's power is unique. She has the power to change evil people good. At first, I thought it was kind of a boring power, but the more I thought about it, I realized that it is actually the ultimate power.

    BRoP: What was the hardest part of writing this book?

    CP: Making time for it. I'm very committed to my family, so when I realized that writing was making me edgy around my kids, I knew it was time to put it away for the day.
    BRoP: Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?
    CP: When I was writing the book I was struggling with being a new mom and that struggle reached "dark night of the soul" status. I was trying to figure out my life purpose and had to quit my teaching job because I was overwhelmed, so I felt like I lost a big piece of my identity. Sophie goes through a similar crisis in Voodoo Butterfly, where she's trying to choose between a safe (but boring) life or an enchanted, fulfilling life (which also happens to be dangerous and complicated).
    BRoP: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in this book?
    CP: I don't know that I could have done anything different. In the midst of writing the novel, our family moved twice, my son and I had surgeries, my husband took a new job, and we had a baby. So life was carrying on. My hope is to be able to feel comfortable churning out a book a year. I think as my kids grow, that will become more realistic.
    BRoP: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
    CP: I wish my readers a life full of "Love, purpose, and the paranormal."

    Section #5: Words of Wisdom

    BRoP: Tell us about your route to success –how did you land your agent/publisher?
    CP: It was a five year process, so a lesson in perseverance for sure. In October 2009, I began writing Voodoo Butterfly. Over the next few years, I submitted full and partial manuscripts at the request of about a dozen agents and editors who worked in the NYC publishing world. In 2013, I submitted the manuscript to a few Romance Writers of America chapter contests. It was a finalist in the Northwest Houston RWA Lone Star Competition and one of the judges, the owner of Soul Mate Publishing, offered me a contract. Coming full circle, Voodoo Butterfly made its debut in October 2014 (exactly five years after I began). 

    BRoP: What are the most important elements of good writing?
    CP: Connecting with your audience emotionally is at the heart of good writing. Stephen King scares the hell out of readers, Nicholas Sparks seduces readers with his love stories, J.K. Rowling puts us under her spell. Writers play with your emotions and we readers love it! 

    BRoP: What tools are must-haves for writers? 

    CP: I read many books about the craft of writing by famous authors like Stephen King and Annie Dillard. Every one of those authors said that the most important thing is to write every day. And I've come to believe that if you're committed to a daily writing practice, you can make it. 

    BRoP: Do you have any advice for other writers? 

    CP: You must, must, MUST choose an author brand and target audience. Many beginning writers, myself included, want to write a book that "appeals to everybody." However, Stephen King, Nicholas Sparks, and J.K. Rowling each have very specific ways of writing (brand) and appeal to a certain kind of reader (target audience).
    BRoP: What are your current / future project(s)? 

    CP: I've begun work on book 2 in the Voodoo Butterfly series. 

    BRoP: Is there anything else you’d like to share?

    CP: I love connecting with people, so feel free to friend me on Facebook or email me through my website's contact form. If you want to find out when the next book in the Voodoo Butterfly series comes out, sign up for my email newsletter.

    When twenty-five-year old Sophie Nouveau inherits her grandmother's voodoo shop she knows nothing about voodoo. Or her family's history of Mind Changers, who have the power to change evil people good. To complicate matters, someone doesn't want Sophie in New Orleans and sends a series of death threats to scare her away from her new enchanted life.

    Tipped off by her grandmother's ghost, Sophie realizes her mind-changing spell's been missing one magic ingredient: true love. If Sophie cannot experience transformative love, she cannot make her spell work, and she will be powerless to fight back when confronted by the one who wants her dead.

    Is your book in print, ebook or both?
    Ebook for now, but will be released in print in early 2015.

    Monday, November 3, 2014

    Blog Ring of Power: Elizabeth Hull/C.N. Lesley

    Today's author interview with the Blog Ring of Power is Elizabeth Hull. Welcome to the Realm. To find the rest of the interview, don't forget to stop by my co hosts Sandra and T.W.'s blogs:

    Elizabeth Hull, writing under the by line of C.N.Lesley, lives in Alberta with her husband and cats. Her three daughters live close by. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth likes to read and to paint watercolors. She is also a keen gardener (despite the very short summers) and now has a mature shade garden. Once a worker in the communications sector, mostly concentrating on local news and events, she now writes full time, and fusses over her cats. She was senior managing editor of FlashMe Magazine and now is assistant flash fiction editor for Abyss and Apex. 

    Section #2: The Writing Life

    BRoP: What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine? Do you use pen and paper or computer? Work at home or at the library/Starbucks, etc

    EH: I used to write with pen and paper but now use a computer. I also have a lot more time to write so part of each day is dedicated to getting words in stories that are started.

    BRoP: How do you balance writing with other aspects of your life? 

    EH: I have little grandsons now and sometimes babysit. That would take precedence over everything.  Family comes first and I need to pay attention to my little cat, or he will butt my head off my keyboard.

    BRoP: When do you write? 

    EH: During the day, when I am alone and don’t expect to have visitors.

    BRoP: How much time per day do you spend on your writing? 

    EH: Grins. It depends on what else I have going on. Right now I am also working on house renos and am tiling my bathroom. I would say I will spend at least three hours writing.

    BRoP: What has been the most surprising reaction to something you've written? 

    EH:  That has to be when my late father told me I was writing trash, having never read one word of my stuff. He considered fantasy and sci fi trash, only caring for detective stories and mystery/thrillers.

    BRoP: What is the strongest criticism you've ever received as an author? The best compliment? 

    EH: The strongest criticism was getting slammed for what someone called a rape scene in Darkspire Reaches. It was actually a magical seduction, but I guess the person reading was skimming as they got the book for free when it was on promo. The best compliment was someone stating they lost all track of time reading that same book as they totally got lost in the world and the characters.
    BRoP: Other than your family, what has been your greatest source of support? 

    EH: Other writers in a heartbeat. I have met some truly wonderful life friends as a result of joining the writer’s workshop.

    BRoP: How do you deal with rejection and/or negative reviews? 

    EH: If everyone liked the same stories, written in the same style, then there would probably be only five writers in the world. Rejection means I picked the wrong door and a negative review merely means someone picked up the wrong book for them. Tomorrow is another day.

    Section #3: The Creative Process

    BRoP: Where do you get your story ideas?

    EH: Dreams. For some bizarre reason I have always had really fantastical dreams that I can recall on waking.

    BRoP: Do you have a specific writing style? 

    EH: I believe I have been called minimalistic on occasions. I do have to go through to make sure I haven’t been too cryptic.

    BRoP: How do you deal with writer’s block? 

    EH: Open another file and work on something else. I often have two or three works in progress at any one time.

    BRoP: How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula? 

    EH: Nope. They arrive in my dreams and then take on a life of their own.

    BRoP: Are you a “plotter” or a “pantser” (do you plan/outline the story ahead of time or write “by the seat of your pants”)? 

    EH: Oh a pantser every time. I have tried to outline on occasions and have utterly failed to come even close to those guidelines as the story progresses in its own way.

    BRoP: Do you use critique partners or beta readers? Why or why not? 

    EH: Yes, I do. How would I know if something isn’t working as I intend if I don’t run it by my good guys? I need to deliver the best book possible to my publishers.

    BRoP: How much time do you spend on research? What type of research do you do? 

    EH: Research is a big part of writing. It doesn’t matter if a certain thing is not going to be included in the final story. It does matter that the author knows the thing is there. Aside from that, research is so much fun, as well as being startling on occasion. For Shadow Over Avalon, I went back beyond the writings of Geoffrey of Monmouth, who turned out to be a misogamist monk who had rewritten the Arthurian tales to deliberately discredit Morgan le Fay as it was politically incorrect to have a woman with power in his time. What a chaste monk was doing having thoughts about incest is beyond me, but there it is. There is no mention of that nastiness in the Arthurian tales until squinky Geoffrey picks up his quill and parchment.

    BRoP: Is there anything you find particularly challenging to write? 

    EH: Grins. Writing a tasteful sex scene without being cheesy or going anywhere near erotica. The balance is so exact and the character feelings must be spot on or the whole thing will implode.

    ..."Author C.N. Lesley’s second novel, Shadow Over Avalon is an exquisite science-fantasy that portrays a world divided with masterful skill and detail...Inspired by literature’s most-loved King, this novel remains true to his purpose yet breaks every boundary to portray his challenge in the future. In all aspects, from the brilliant characterization to the warriors’ undying courage, this story is a journey like no other. Brought to life with breathtaking prose that is emotive and compelling, this book, like its inspiration, is destined for the halls of legend..." Jeanne Haskin, Editor, Artema Press. 

    Fortune twists in the strongest hands. This is no repeat; this is what happens next. 

    A man, once a legend who bound his soul to his sword as he lay dying, is now all but a boy nearing the end of his acolyte training. Stifled by life in the undersea city of Avalon, Arthur wants to fight side by side with the air-breathing Terrans, not spend his life as servant to the incorporeal sentient known as the Archive. Despite the restrictions put on him by Sanctuary, he is determined to help the surface-dwellers defeat predators whose sole purpose is to ensure their own survival, no matter the cost. 

    Ashira, War Maid and princess of the surface-world, is ready to sacrifice her life to defend her kin, but when she is betrayed and cast out of the life chosen for her, she must choose whether to die with honor or become one of the creatures her kinsmen fear and loathe. 

    Following two threads of time, C.N. Lesley’s new incarnation of the Arthurian tales of old delivers the perfect blend of science fiction and fantasy. 

    Arthur and Kai have escaped the threat of Emrys, but now they must face life on the surface world—and all the fearsome creatures that dwell there. But just as they assemble the beginnings of a fighting force, they discover a vital component to their safety has been compromised. This means a return to Avalon, where Arthur has an unexpected encounter with the untrustworthy Merlin. The magician's orders are clear: Arthur must find the sword to save the surface-dwellers and Avalon. There is no alternative. 
    Kiri Ung, leader of the Nestines and ultimate controller of the Terran slaves on the surface, needs Arthur in order to ensure of the continuance of his species. With the Nestine Queen dying, failure means ultimate extinction. Wherever Arthur goes, so goes Kiri Ung. 
    Whoever finds the sword first gains control over all humanity. But simply gaining possession of this powerful artifact is not enough to wield its power. Let the battle commence. 

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    Monday, October 27, 2014

    Blog Ring of Power Presents: T.W. Fendley

    I would like to welcome Blog Ring of Power's very own T.W. Fendley. She's releasing a new book and we got to pick her brain. You can find the other half of this interview on Sandra's blog.

    Author Bio –
    T.W. Fendley is an award-winning author of historical fantasy and science fiction for adults and young adults. She began writing fiction full-time in 2007 after working twenty-five years in journalism and corporate communications. In October 2011, L&L Dreamspell LLC published her debut historical fantasy novel for adults, Zero Time. Her young adult contemporary fantasy novel, The Labyrinth of Time, will be released in November 2014. Her short stories are available on Kindle and Audible.

    Teresa fell in love with ancient American cultures while researching story ideas at the 1997 Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. Since then, she’s trekked to archeological sites in the Yucatan, Peru and American Southwest. She serves on the board of the St. Louis Writers Guild, and belongs to the Missouri Writers' Guild, Broad Universe, and Historical Novel Society. She also practices remote viewing with the Applied Precognition Project and studies shamanism. Teresa currently lives near St. Louis with her artist husband and his pet fish. 

    You can find her online at: 

    Section #4: About Your Current Work

    BRoP: Tell us about your new book and when it is out? Where can people purchase it?

    T.W.: My first book for young adults--a contemporary fantasy set in Peru—will be released on Nov. 7. The ebook of THE LABYRINTH OF TIME is already available for preorder. This story was inspired by a museum of engraved stones I visited about two hundred miles south of Lima in Peru. They believe the stones were left as messages to us from people who lived in the time of dinosaurs.

    BRoP: Is there anything new, unusual, or interesting about your book? How is it different from other books on the same subject?

    T.W.: I’ve tried to find other books similar to it, so if you know of one, please let me know! While I think it has the “adventure” feel of the movie Super 8, it’s aimed at young adults instead of tweens. The aliens’ comet ship was inspired by Javier Cabrera Darquea’s ten-year study of the inscriptions and origin of the stones. Stories about travel on comets date back to 1877, when science fiction pioneer Jules Verne published OFF ON A COMET, a novel about forty people stranded on a comet for two years.

    BRoP: What was your favorite character to write and why?
    T.W.:Boss Lady, the shapeshifting dog, was my favorite because she surprised me. In my earliest drafts, I had a Peruvian hairless dog in the opening scene where Jade and her grandmother arrive in Ica, but the dog kept coming back as I wrote later scenes. It felt exactly like the scene in the book where Boss Lady is trying to get Jade and Felix to follow her. Eventually, I understood why—she was more than just a dog. Being a pantser, it took me a while to grasp her significance.

    BRoP: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
    T.W.: Ultimately, it’s about the power of love to save the world. I’ll admit it—I’m an optimist.

    BRoP: Tell us about your book’s cover – where did the design come from and what was the design process like?
    T.W.:My friend—author/illustrator Jennifer Stolzer—designed the cover. I emailed her some photographs I’d taken of the engraved stones and of crystals like those I imagined were in the labyrinth. The hardest part was making a Peruvian hairless dog look cute—they are some kind of ugly!--but we finally were inspired by a puppy. We hovered over Jen’s laptop at the local coffee shop to make the final changes.

    Section #5: Words of Wisdom

    BRoP: Is there anything you would have done differently during the querying and publishing process?
    T.W. I’ve decided not to give the querying process so much time and energy with future novels. I kept sending queries for this book to a few agents or publishers at a time, with depressed lapses until I sent the next few emails. Three years passed, and the book was no closer to publication than the day I finished writing it. I will send my next novel out to a few agents, but if that doesn’t work out, I will self-publish it and move on to another project.
    BRoP: What are the most important elements of good writing?
    T.W.: Editing is definitely the key to good writing. As C.J. Cherryh said, “It’s perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.”
    BRoP: What do you feel is the key to your success?
    T.W.: When I started writing fiction, I gave myself permission to be bad. It was humbling to realize writing fiction required skills I didn’t have since I’d always earned my living through writing and won many awards for my nonfiction. Fortunately, the romance writers who took me under their wing were very supportive and business savvy. One thing I quickly learned was how important it is to finish stories. So many writers I know get stuck rewriting the first couple of chapters and never move on. Persistence, and a wicked imagination, are what keep me writing
    BRoP: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
    T.W.: Thanks! I feel honored to share my crazy worlds with you.
    BRoP: What are your current / future project(s)?

    T.W.: I’m working on a retelling of the Adam and Eve story that’s set in the near future called MOONBLOOD.

    BRoP: Is your book in print, ebook or both? 

    T.W.: Both

    Can Jade restore the Firestone’s powers before the First Men return to judge humanity? 
    Spending spring break in Peru with her grandmother isn’t sixteen-year-old Jade’s idea of fun. She’d much rather be with her friends at Lake of the Ozarks. Then she meets Felix, a museum director’s son. Jade discovers only she and Felix can telepathically access messages left on engraved stones in the age of dinosaurs.
    Following the ancient stones’ guidance, they enter the Labyrinth of Time and–with a shapeshifting dog’s help–seek a red crystal called the Firestone. But time is running out before the First Men return on the night of the second blue moon.
    D. Buy/Book Links:

    The ebook and print versions will be available at most online retail outlets on Nov. 7, 2014; you can ask for it at your local independent bookstore and library, too. Check for my ebook giveaway on Library Thing beginning Nov. 1. Additionally, THE LABYRINTH OF TIME is available free through Oct. 31 to Net Galley subscribers.

    Monday, October 20, 2014

    Blog Ring of Power Presents Sandra Ulbrich Almazan

     Here's a real treat for everyone. One of our hosts has let us pick her brain! She has a new book coming out tomorrow, though you can grab the pre-order today!

    I'm doing the first half of the interview and the rest is on T.W. Fendley's Blog

    Sandra Ulbrich Almazan started reading at the age of three and only stops when absolutely required to. Although she hasn’t been writing quite that long, she did compose a very simple play in German during middle school. Her science fiction novella Move Over Ms. L. (an early version of Lyon’s Legacy) earned an Honorable Mention in the 2001 UPC Science Fiction Awards, and her short story “A Reptile at the Reunion” was published in the anthology Firestorm of Dragons. Other published works by Sandra include Twinned Universes and several science fiction and fantasy short stories. She is a founding member of Broad Universe, which promotes science fiction, fantasy, and horror written by women. Her undergraduate degree is in molecular biology/English, and she has a Master of Technical and Scientific Communication degree. Her day job is in the laboratory of an enzyme company; she’s also been a technical writer and a part-time copyeditor for a local newspaper. Some of her other accomplishments are losing on Jeopardy! and taking a stuffed orca to three continents. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, Eugene; and son, Alex. In her rare moments of free time, she enjoys crocheting, listening to classic rock (particularly the Beatles), and watching improv comedy.

    Sandra can be found online at her website, blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads
    Section #1: About You 
    BRoP: How long have you been writing?

    Sandra: I wrote a few stories and poems in high school, wrote my first full-length novel (which thankfully will never see the light of day) during grad school/my internship, and finally started writing with professional goals in mind a few years later. 

    BRoP: When and why did you begin writing?

    Sandra: I started writing in my 20s to tell the stories I wanted to read but never could find the bookstore, the stories that don’t use the typical tropes.

    BRoP: When did you first consider yourself a professional writer?

    Sandra: I always tried to act professionally from the start, but selling my first short story and receiving the anthology in the mail was a landmark. 

    BRoP: What books have most influenced your life?

    Sandra: It’s not genre, but Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which I read in high school, affected my attitudes toward science, philosophy, and life. 

    BRoP: What genre do you write?

    Sandra: Science fiction and fantasy. 

    BRoP: What is your favorite theme/genre to write about?

    Sandra: I like to write about friendships, especially in groups. My inspiration comes from the four-fold synergy of the Beatles.

    BRoP: If you couldn't be an author, what would your ideal career be?

    Sandra: A geneticist doing research.

    Section #2: The Writing Life

    BRoP: Do you follow a regular routine? Do you use pen and paper or computer? Work at home or at the library/Starbucks, etc.

    Sandra: I try to follow a routine. I bring my laptop to work and write on my lunch hour. I also write at home in my office after my son goes to bed. Sometimes on the weekend, I’ll go somewhere to write while my husband looks after our son. 

    BRoP: How do you balance writing with other aspects of your life?

    Sandra: Not as well as I’d like. My son is in second grade, so he keeps me busy. He has to come first, at least while he’s awake. I can generally keep up with cooking and laundry, but the housework sometimes gets ignored so I can write. You can’t do everything at once, but sometimes priorities have to shift. 

    BRoP: When do you write?

    Sandra: On my lunch hour at work and after my son goes to bed. 

    BRoP: How much time per day do you spend on your writing?
    Sandra: I probably average between a half hour to an hour. Most days the word count is less than 1000, but since I keep at it, the words accumulate over time. 

    BRoP: Other than your family, what has been your greatest source of support?

    Sandra: Other writers, especially crit partners. 

    BRoP: How do you deal with rejection and/or negative reviews?

    Sandra: Rejection and negative reviews do sting, but I remind myself you can’t please everyone and focus on the story at hand.

    Section #3: The Creative Process

    BRoP: Where do you get your story ideas?

    Sandra: Everywhere. I get ideas from everyday situations, from things I read, from things I’m interested in, and even writing challenges. I need lots of ideas because I find the best stories come about when I mash two or more unrelated ideas together. 

    BRoP: Do you have a specific writing style?

    Sandra: I use too many semicolons for fiction, at least according to my editor. Although I like writing in first person so that I can give the narrator a strong voice, most of my stories are actually in third person. 

    BRoP: How do you deal with writer’s block?

    Sandra: It depends on the cause. When I first started writing, I sometimes got stuck when I wasn't deep enough inside the characters’ heads. I’m better at that now, but sometimes I don’t know what should happen next in the story. Then I may write out in the manuscript ideas about what could happen and the implications of those events. Writing the ideas down helps me focus instead of frittering away time on Internet games. And sometimes I’m just physically/mentally exhausted and need to recharge. Of course, I tend to get a spurt of writing energy right at bed time. 

    BRoP: Are you a “plotter” or a “pantser” (do you plan/outline the story ahead of time or write “by the seat of your pants”)?

    Sandra: Although I have tried outlining, I invariably wind up ignoring the outline and pantsing the plot. 

    BRoP: Do you use critique partners or beta readers? Why or why not?

    Sandra: I was a member of the Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror until earlier this year. I didn't renew my membership because I unfortunately didn't have enough time to keep up with other people's stories. I still use beta readers after I've done as much with the story as I can on my own. 

    BRoP: How much time do you spend on research? What type of research do you do?

    Sandra: On one level, life is research; I mine everyday experiences, sensations, and emotions for tidbits for my stories. Since I write science fiction, I read a lot of science news stories, looking for ideas I might want to use to extrapolate a future world. I also read a lot of non-fiction to learn about other cultures and settings. The Internet can be handy for looking up specific facts I need on the spot.

    The rest of this interview is located HERE

    Kron Evenhanded is an artificer, able to enchant any man-made object, but he finds people more difficult to work with. When he visits the city of Vistichia, he encounters Sal-thaath, an extremely magical but dangerous child created by Salth, another magician Kron knew at the Magic Institute. Kron attempts to civilize Sal-thaath, but when his efforts lead to tragedy, Kron is forced to ally himself with a quartet of new deities and their human Avatars. Together they must defend Vistichia as Salth attempts to drain its life and magic. But Salth has Ascended halfway to godhood over Time. Will Kron’s artifacts be enough to protect the Avatars, especially the woman he loves, or will Time separate them?

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    Monday, October 13, 2014

    Blog Ring of Power Presents: Lauralyn Elliott

    Lauralynn Elliott is an independently published author of paranormal and fantasy romance books, as well as some horror. She started the indie journey several years ago and has never regretted it, loving the freedom to publish what she wants when she wants. You will find everything from vampires and ghosts to elves and wizards in her novels and novellas. She enjoys putting a little bit of a different twist on some of the old ideas about our favorite fictional characters.
    Lauralynn lives in the southeastern United States with her husband of many years. She has two grown sons whom she adores. Reading, playing computer games, and spending time with friends are some of her favorite activities.
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    Section #4: About Your Current Work

    BRoP: Tell us about your new book and when it is out? Where can people purchase it? 

    LE: I just released a new book called Fire Wizard. The love scenes (not sex scenes) were fun to write in this one. So far, it is on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. It should be on Kobo and iBooks soon.

    BRoP: Is there anything new, unusual, or interesting about your book? How is it different from other books on the same subject? 

    LE: I’m not sure there is another book on EXACTLY the same subject. Instead of vampires, ghosts, and werewolves, this one is about a race of people who can create and control fire.

    BRoP: What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? 

    LE: The love scenes were fun. And the scenes where they were dealing with the bad guy was also fun.

    BRoP: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in this book? 

    LE: I wouldn't change a thing. I think authors drive themselves crazy worrying about this sometimes, so it’s best to let it be and be happy with their books.

    BRoP: Tell us about your book’s cover – where did the design come from and what was the design process like? 

    LE: This is the first cover where I actually did a custom shoot with the model. My cover artist, Anya Kelleye, did the photography. She and I disagreed on which photo should be used for the cover, but we ended up using the one I liked. She had some trouble with this one. She wanted to get the fire on the cover just right. I think she was satisfied with the final product.

    Section #5: Words of Wisdom

    BRoP: Tell us about your route to success – how/when did you decide to self-publish? Did you query an agent first? How did you handle the editing, proofreading, cover design, etc. 

    LE: I’ve never queried an agent. I actually used a vanity press for the first book. Then ebooks came along. Then CreateSpace for print books. I’m kind of a control freak, so self-publishing is perfect for me. I couldn’t stand the thought of waiting until a publisher said my book would come out when I could publish myself and do it when it was ready. One of my beta readers is actually an editor, so she catches my errors or plot holes. My cover artist is my best friend, so she’s done all of my covers. She started doing it just for me, and now she does covers for lots of authors. 

    BRoP: What are the most important elements of good writing? 

    LE: I know this isn’t what most authors would say, but this is what I believe. The most important thing in writing is the ability to entertain. You can talk about the “three acts” or “pinch points” and “plot points” all you want, but if your book isn’t entertaining, none of the rest of it matters. Keep the reader engaged and excited. Try to touch their emotions. 

    BRoP: Do you have any advice for other writers? 

    LE: Please make sure your book is edited properly. I read so many books that make me cringe with all the mistakes. And don’t give up! The only way to sell books is to keep writing them.

    BRoP: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? 

    LE: Buy my book! No, I’m just kidding. LOL. What I really want to say is that I appreciate each one of you so much. Without readers, where would authors be? I don’t understand authors who keep themselves away from the readers. I like to interact with all of you! 

    BRoP: What are your current / future project(s)? 

    LE: I’m currently working on a “cozy mystery”, so I’m watching a lot of old episodes of “Murder, She Wrote”. I’ve got a Science Fiction romance in my head, too.

    Fire Wizard eBook 2-2When an arsonist sets a series of fires hotter than anything the local firefighters have ever seen, Finn McLain becomes the prime suspect. But all he’s trying to do is find out which of his fellow fire wizards is really guilty.

    Niki Hansen is a firefighter who rushes into fires to save those trapped inside but always remains unscathed. She wants nothing more than to find out who’s setting these fires that burn everything down to ash, including the bodies of the victims.

    When Finn sees Niki, he realizes she may be the first female fire wizard in a century. When she accuses him of setting the fires, he convinces her he’s innocent. But will he be able to convince her to embrace her unique abilities? While they try to find out who’s behind the fires, they end up starting a few fires of their own.

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    Is your book in print, ebook or both? Ebook right now, but print is coming soon.