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Author Interview: A.H. Richardson

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The Hazlitt/Brandon Series of Murder Mystery Novels by A. H. Richardson

The Hazlitt/Brandon series of murder mystery novels follows a pair of clever, colorful and charismatic sleuths – Sir Victor Hazlitt and Beresford Brandon – as they scratch their heads searching for clues to figure out whodunit.

The first book in the series, Murder in Little Shendon, is a thriller murder mystery which takes place in a quaint little village in England after World War Two.

Picture, if you will, a picturesque village called Little Shendon, suddenly caught up in dealing with a murder of one of its citizens — not a particularly well-liked one at that. Which makes it all the more intriguing because the list of suspects becomes very long. This tantalizing tale unfolds with twists and turns to find out whodunit to Mr. Bartholomew Fynche, the murdered shopkeeper.

Fear grips the community as the investigation slowly progresses. Everyone is interviewed; everyone is suspect! From his housekeeper to Lady Armstrong and her household staff. Or could it be the shy librarian new in town? Or the defiant retired army major and his ladyfriend, the post mistress? Or perhaps the weird sisters who live on the edge of town? Then there is the couple who own the local inn and pub, along with the two Americans who are staying there? Even the vicar and his wife fall under the gloom of suspicion.

Uncertainty, wariness, and terror reign as neighbors watch neighbors to discover the evil that permeates their upturned lives. No one feels safe in this charming little village. Who is the murderer? And why was this strange uncivil man dispatched in such a seemingly civil community?

A murder mystery that will keep you reading until you learn the details, uncovered by Police Inspector Stanley Burgess and his two amateur detectives, Sir Victor Hazlitt and Beresford Brandon. The three sift methodically through the Alibis and life stories of the suspects until they uncover…

You are challenged to discover the culprit before the last few pages. And no fair looking ahead — it’s the journey that proves the most enticing.

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What gave you the idea for this book?

I think it started with Mr. Fynche, who is the first victim in this tale of suspicion, mistrust and disguises. Years ago, my father, the late great British composer Clive Richardson, had a friend who owned a little old bric-a-brac store, antiques and fun junk basically. As an eight-year-old child, I was fascinated by this rather wizened wrinkled up bald little man, who, to my childlike thinking, was rather creepy.  He was probably a nice fellow, but I thought he was sinister, so years later, many years later, I made him my ‘bad guy’ – and built the story around his murder.  The other characters in my head jostled for position to join in and be a part of it … but that’s how it started.

When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?

I have always enjoyed writing, essays and compositions, since a small child, but never wrote seriously until I turned sixty-five –  so all you would-be writers, there is no statute of limitations on writing – write whenever you want to!

What is your favorite murder mystery book?

My favorite murder mystery?  There are many, but I loved Agatha Christie’s ‘Death Comes as the End’ – this brilliant lady set her murder in ancient Egypt, I was thirteen when I read it, and found it fascinating!

What’s your next project?

My next project, I am working on it as I write to you, is a fourth in the Hazlitt/Brandon mysteries, titled ‘Murder on Baringo Island’ which is proving to be challenging… but fun.

Is any part of this book based on actual events?

Is any part of the book factual?   I lived in the British West Indies for three years, so a knowledge of island life is proving really helpful – some of the characters, their traits and idiosyncracies, have definitely come from people that I met, the good the bad and ugly!

Who is your favorite character in the book and why?

My favorite character is Lady Armstrong, and she has wiggled her way into all the other books – pushy lady!   She is very much the ‘grande dame’ – an aristocrat, compassionate, eccentric, very funny, expansive, generous, and colourful – a force to be reckoned with, and oh yes! — she is very rich.

Do you have any advice for people wanting to be an author?

Advice to other would be authors?  I say this from the bottom of my heart… if you want to write … then do it.  Jump in and do it… and don’t listen to negative comments about how difficult it is… everything worth doing calls for some hard work – read, study, learn composition of sentences, and try to keep your readers fascinated, no matter what the subject, that is definitely number one!

 

A. H. Richardson

About The Author:

A.H. Richardson was born in London England and is the daughter of famous pianist and composer Clive Richardson. She studied drama and acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She was an actress, a musician, a painter and sculptor, and now an Author.

She published her debut novel Jorie and the Magic Stones, a children’s chapter book, in December 2014. At the request of those who loved the first ‘Jorie’ story, Richardson has written a sequel titled Jorie and the Gold Key, and she is currently working on the third book in the series.

A.H. Richardson also enjoys writing murder mysteries and who-dun-its. She is the author of the Hazlitt/Brandon series of murder mystery novels. The series follows a pair of clever, colorful and charismatic sleuths – Sir Victor Hazlitt and Beresford Brandon. The series includes Murder in Little Shendon, Act One, Scene One – Murder, and Murder at Serenity Farm.

A.H. Richardson lives happily in East Tennessee, her adopted state, and has three sons, three grandchildren, and two pugs. She speaks four languages and loves to do voiceovers. She plans on writing many more books and hopes to delight her readers further with her British twist, which all her books have.

Readers can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

To learn more, go to https://ahrichardson.com/

 

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Author Interview: Jacob Stull for The King’s Locket

Title: The King’s Locket

Publication Date: April 27th, 2017

Summary:

After adopting orphans Thomas and Anna at birth and giving them mysterious heart-shaped lockets, King Pador, Queen Sonya, and Prince Verdon must find a way to rescue the children from the sinister plans of a dreadful creature that has imprisoned them in the Outerlands. The Royal Family’s magical bond, the children they love dearly, and their entire kingdom are all at stake.

Children and adults will enjoy and benefit from this beautiful story of betrayal, forgiveness, and unconditional love. This classic fairy tale includes fourteen full-page, hand-drawn illustrations that bring the story’s vivid imagery to life.

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Author Interview:

1. What gave you the idea for this book?

It all started with a story I made up for my 5-year-old daughter, Ivy. I would share bits of it at bedtime or when we were driving in the car together. She loved it, so I began writing it down. It eventually grew into a short fairy tale, similar to the classic fairy tales many of us grew up reading.

2. What is your favorite part of the book?

Well, besides the ending, my favorite part of the book comes in Chapter 5 of 6. There is a rescue mission that takes place, and the entire story pretty much hinges on the success or failure of that mission. At first glance people may think this is a “simple” or “cute” story, but it reads as an allegory and invites the reader to engage in its various possible meanings.

3. How long have you been writing?

I’ve always loved to write, as far back as I can remember. I really began to enjoy creative writing in middle school and high school. I’m 36 now, so a pretty long time.

4. Tell us a little about your favorite character.

That’s a difficult question to answer because I love Prince Verdon, but I’d have to say Queen Sonya if pressed. I’m married and have two daughters, so I’m surrounded by a lot of strong women. Queen Sonya’s character is a symbol for the strength and beauty of true femininity. She is awesome!

5. Three words to describe this book

Betrayal. Forgiveness. Love.

 

About the Author:

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Jacob Stull lives in Atlanta with his wife, Katie, and two daughters, Ivy and Penny. When he’s not writing, he’s playing a supporting role in Ivy’s make-believe world or cleaning glitter out of his car.

Connect with Jacob:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thekingslocket

Website: https://www.TheKingsLocket.com

Goodreads Profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16614486.Jacob_Stull

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Zenn Diagram: Author Interview + Giveaway

ZENN DIAGRAM

About the Book:

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Title: ZENN DIAGRAM

Author: Wendy Brant

Pub. Date: April 4, 2017

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Pages: 328

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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Eva Walker is a seventeen-year-old math genius. And if that doesn’t do wonders for her popularity, there’s another thing that makes it even worse: when she touches another person or anything that belongs to them — from clothes to textbooks to cell phones — she sees a vision of their emotions. She can read a person’s fears and anxieties, their secrets and loves … and what they have yet to learn about calculus. This is helpful for her work as a math tutor, but it means she can never get close to people. Eva avoids touching anyone and everyone. People think it’s because she’s a clean freak — with the emphasis on freak — but it’s all she can do to protect herself from other people’s issues.

Then one day a new student walks into Eva’s life. His jacket gives off so much emotional trauma that she falls to the floor. Eva is instantly drawn to Zenn, a handsome and soulful artist who also has a troubled home life, and her feelings only grow when she realizes that she can touch Zenn’s skin without having visions. But when she discovers the history that links them, the truth threatens to tear the two apart.

Author Interview:

How did you come up with the concept for Zenn Diagram?

In fall of 2013 I was feeling kind of blue because I could not find representation for the YA dystopian novel I had been working on for two years. The market was oversaturated with Hunger Games wannabes, and I was feeling low, realizing that something else I had worked so hard on was going to just sit on my hard drive indefinitely. One day (October 8th – I have proof!) I went for a walk and then sat in the park and brainstormed ideas. I think I wrote down seven of them … and they all pretty much sucked. But the last one – lucky number 7 – was this: Girl who can see the future meets boy who can’t escape the past. Something like that. And something about that idea intrigued me. The concept changed a little, but that was the seed. I think the story was shaped by watching my kids’ teenage years, watching them constantly resist being vulnerable. Teenagers try to hide everything, right? But what if you couldn’t? And what if that were OKAY?

Eva is pretty much a math whiz! Are you awesome at math, too?

Absolutely not. I mean, I was okay at math back in high school, but certainly no math whiz. I never even took calculus! I had to google EVERYTHING math related in this book.

Zenn is the ultimate book boyfriend. What inspired his character?

I’m not sure. I liked the idea of a guy who has challenges but isn’t bitter and brooding and haunted. I wanted a guy who puts his head down and tries to fight his way out of his situation, even if the odds are stacked against him. A guy who has big dreams despite his circumstances.

This book has quite a number of hilarious scenes. The quads having a number of them. Do you personally know anyone with quadruplets?

I don’t believe I do, but I do know someone with triplets. And my brothers are twins, so there’s that. Again, I’m not even sure where the quads came from. Writing is weird like that. Sometimes you just go, “Yeah. She has quadruplet siblings. Sure.” Like it makes total sense.

Zenn Diagram has it all from funny moments to fully charged emotional moments. Which one do you like writing more.

Hmmmm. This is a great question! The funny moments are harder for me, but so satisfying when they work. I’m constantly amazed when people say that this book is funny because I had hoped it would be, but I just wasn’t sure I could pull it off! The emotional stuff comes much more easily to me, but I always worry about being too sappy or overdramatic. I believe in minimalistic emotional moments – at least with the dialogue — if that makes sense.

Do you have a favorite scene in Zenn Diagram?

I always like the kind of sexy, flirting scenes, where you start to understand why the main characters fall in love: Homecoming night, the first date, the manicure scene … stuff like that. I guess my absolute favorite to WRITE, if I had to pick, is the manicure scene. That was fun.

What’s next for you in the writing universe?

Well, I’m thinking about resurrecting my dystopian story, because I think it is super relevant, given our country’s political situation at the moment. But I’m also writing a contemporary about Harper, a tech-savvy, phone-addicted blogger, and Eddie, an organic farmer who still has a flip phone, who get stranded together during an ice storm. Eddie helps Harper to be vulnerable, after years of hiding behind her internet persona. Eddie learns to let go of some guilt from the past.

Thank you for the great interview! I hope you all enjoy Zenn Diagram!

 

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About Wendy:

So my name alone should give you a clue that I graduated from high school when bangs were big and clothes were baggy. I went to Northwestern University and majored in journalism even though I had no desire to be a journalist. I’ve been married to a great guy for a whole drinking-aged person’s life. I’ve got two amazing and yet very different (and very tall) teenage kids. I like crappy food, pinning inspirational quotes on Pinterest, have a tendency to start paragraphs with “anyway”, and I wish I were funnier. I would love to be one of those really, REALLY funny bloggers (like Insane in the Mom-Brain) that makes you pee yourself a little bit. I am only moderately funny. I admit that. It’s one of my great sadnesses in life.

I started writing fiction when I was 10, but tried to be practical with the whole journalism thing. Didn’t take. Shortly after college, the fiction-writing desire reared its non-practical head and I’ve been writing ever since.

Anyway, I’m probably just like you. We’d probably be friends if we met in real life. (Well, let’s be honest. It’s likely that only my friends are actually reading this blog, so we probably ARE friends in real life.) But whether we are friends in real life, or just virtual friends through cyberspace, I hope you will enjoy your time here.

 

Check out my debut YA novel, ZENN DIAGRAM (KCP Loft 4/4/17), available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Target!

 

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

3/27/2017- Two Chicks on Books Interview

3/28/2017- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

3/29/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

3/30/2017- Just Commonly– Review

3/31/2017- Happily Ever Chapter– Excerpt

 

Week Two:

4/3/2017- Eli to the nth– Review

4/4/2017- Literary Dust Interview

4/5/2017- Book Briefs– Review

4/6/2017- Pretty Deadly Reviews– Guest Post

4/7/2017- Savings in Seconds– Review

 

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The Dead of Haggard Hall by Marie Treanor + Author Interview

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The Dead of Haggard Hall

Darke of Night

Book One

Marie Treanor

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Genre: Gothic/historical/paranormal romance

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Date of Publication: 26th July 2016

ISBN: 978-1619235830

ASIN: B01CUOPRZQ

 

Number of pages: 216 (paperback)

Word Count: 71,000

Cover Artist: Kelly Martin

 

Book Description:

Spirit possession is easy to remedy. Possession of the heart is another matter.

After vicar’s widow and natural medium Barbara Darke loses her respectable teaching position, she reluctantly agrees to become companion to her former pupil Emily, now the bride of young Sir Arthur Haggard.

Once settled at Haggard Hall, Barbara finds her friend is beset by ghostly voices and unexplained deaths. In a maelstrom of dark spirits and wicked emotions, Barbara battles to lay Emily’s ghosts to rest—both hampered and helped by Arthur’s skeptical cousin Patrick, who provokes and attracts her in equal measure.

It would be a mistake to trust a secretive, guilt-ridden man suspected of driving his wife to suicide, if not outright murdering her. And it could well be lethal to give in to her own desires, confused as they often are with the lusts of the dead.

But Arthur and Emily are in genuine physical danger, and suspicion is falling closer and closer to Patrick—the man who haunts Barbara’s sensual dreams. The man who stands to inherit Haggard Hall.

Warning: Contains a medium whose body is open season for spirit possession, and a scandal-ridden journalist who only believes what he can see—and touch.

 

Author Interview:

  • Give us the history of you. (family life, where you’re from, etc.)

I’m Marie Treanor. I live on the east coast of Scotland with my husband of twenty-five years, and my three kids, two of whom are grown-up but not yet fled the nest. We have a small, lively dog who keeps us all on our toes, or at least on the end of his lead!

I write paranormal romance, mostly on the steamy side and have more than 40 books so far, New York, small press, and self-published

  • Tell us about your new book in 10 words or less.

Victorian hot Gothic romance. Medium fights evil spirits & sensual temptation. (I’m counting the “&” as a symbol, not a word J )

 

  • Walk me through the process that you went through to write your new book.

Once I had the characters straight in my head, and the beginning of the story, I sat down and wrote it. Being a bit of a pantster, I had to change bits as I went along, but mostly it flowed pretty well! I did a bit of a final self-edit and sent it to my editor who, fortunately, loved it!

 

  • How did you come up with your book’s name?

From the name of my hero and his family’s house. Haggard came to me as a great name for a Gothic hero, so I had his family live in an isolated old Gothic mansion called Haggard Hall. And since it’s full of ghosts, and my heroine is a medium, it quickly became The Dead of Haggard Hall

 

  • What made you decide to write this book?

I’ve always loved the Gothic genre in both books and films. But although this has come through in the Gothic elements of many of my books, I’d never actually set out to write a Gothic romance as such. I itched to write a modern Gothic novel which could fully exploit all the subtle sexual tension of the older books. But when the character of Barbara Darke began to grow in my mind, she was a Victorian, not modern at all! However, I think she’s relateable to modern readers: she accepts her temptations and desires as part of who she is. She is a sensual person and she tells a sensual story J

 

  • How many characters are based on people you actually know? Do those people know they were the basis for your characters?

No, if I use people I know in this way, they’re generally only part of a character. My characters are usually complicated composites of different people, real and imagined. And no, I doubt they’d ever know. I certainly wouldn’t tell them! Except my husband – he knows there are bits of him in several of my heroes

  • How many publishers did you send your book to before it was picked up?

Just Samhain. But I’ve been with them a long time, and my editor knows my work.

 

  • What book did you read most recently that you loved, and would recommend to everyone?

I’ve been reading Ashley Gardner’s “Captain Lacey” historical mystery series. The hero is a retired army officer in Regency England, who takes to solving crimes. It’s not really romance – although there is rather charming romance in it – but I love the whole series for the complicated characters and how their story constantly moves on.

 

  • Any tips for new writers?

Just keep writing! And reading, and learning – I don’t think that part of it is ever over!

 

  • Have you ever liked the movie more than the book? Be honest (and tell us which one!!)

I don’t think I have! Probably because I usually read the book first.

  • Are there any popular books you know you would never read? (tell us which ones!)

Probably George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire books – just because I’m addicted to the tv series and I know it strays.

  • What are you working on now?

I’m planning a novella set in the Darke of Night world, to be released later in the year.

  • Anything else you would like to add?

Just that I hope you like reading The Dead of Haggard Hall as much as I enjoyed writing it! And that it’s first sequel, The Prisoner of Silverwood Castle, comes out in August!

And to say thank you so much for interviewing me – it’s been a pleasure!

 

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About the Author:

 

Marie Treanor lives in Scotland, in a chaotic house by the sea, together with her eccentric husband, three much too smart children and a small dog who rules them all. Most days, she avoids both housekeeping and evil day jobs by writing stories of paranormal romance and fantasy.

 

Marie is the award winning author of over forty sexy paranormal romances – Indie, New York and E-published.

 

Website: http://www.MarieTreanor.com

 

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Author Interview: Christine Manzari

The Sophisticates Series

 

 

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Interview:

What do you like best about writing?

The thing I like best about writing is the ability to create something that will touch someone emotionally or make them need to turn the page to find out what happens. As a writer, I’m able to make my own schedule and choose what I do every day and that’s an amazing feeling. If I want to write about a sword fight, I can. If I want to dream up a sexy scene, I can do that. The freedom and sense of power that comes with writing and creating is something I’ve never experienced at any other job.

What is your favorite genre of book and why?

First and foremost, a book has to have some sort of romance to it. If it doesn’t have at least the chance for someone to fall in love, I lose interest. I read a wide variety of genres, but my favorite is fantasy. I grew up reading the Chronicles of Prydain and the Chronicles of Narnia and I still gravitate to those types of books when I’m shopping in a bookstore. I love getting lost in magical made up worlds and I don’t think I’ll ever grow out of it. I guess the reason why I love fantasy so much is because the impossible can happen. Characters can cheat death or win a war against impossible odds. Fantasy is limitless.

What is your favorite book you have written?

I’m going to choose from my solo works on this question. My favorite book that I have written is Hooked. Not only did I enjoy writing a strong, confident female lead, but writing Hooked was cathartic for me. My mother died of pancreatic cancer and many of the scenes are things I went through with my own mom as we dealt with her illness. Writing down my pain was a way of letting it go. But Hooked isn’t just a story about grief and loss. It’s funny and brave and sexy and it was a lot of fun writing a book that was so out of my comfort zone at the time. I knew that I took a risk with writing a main character who was opinionated and flawed, but it was so rewarding when readers fell in love with her anyway.

If you could pick one character of yours to be who would it be and why?

If I could choose one character of mine to be, I would choose Arabella from The Sophisticates Series. As a Deviant, she has been genetically altered to have skills that are similar to that of the Indonesian Mimic Octopus. She’s exceptionally strong, she can change the way she looks with just a thought (even hair color), and she can stretch her body. I’d never have to go get a step stool again. In addition, Arabella is hilarious and loyal. She’s willing to sacrifice herself for her friends and I’d like to think if it came down to it, I’d be that loyal too.

If you could live in a different type of world what kind would it be?

This may be cliché, but if I could live in a different type of world, I would definitely live in the world of Harry Potter. I’m a die-hard potterhead and I would love to go to Hogwarts and study magic. I’d like to think I’d get to have en English accent too.

When did you discover that you wanted to write?

I discovered I wanted to write in the seventh grade. I’d always enjoyed reading, but the summer after seventh grade, I went to writing camp. I stumbled off the writing path in high school and college and got lost for a little bit, but I found my way back to the written world once my kids were born. It wasn’t until I read Twilight and read Stephenie Meyer’s bio about how she would write while her kids were at swim practice that I realized that just because I was a mom, that didn’t mean I had to be only a mom. I could be a writer too.

Who is your number one book boyfriend?

For a while, my number one book boyfriend was Warner from the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. Now, the number one spot has been taken by Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sara J. Maas. I really like bad boys, especially when they’re snarky and turn out to have good hearts. I also really like Drew from Tangled, Bennett from Beautiful Bastard, Morpheus from the Splintered series, Captain Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles, Arin from The Winner’s Curse, and Alex from Pucked.

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Bio:

The first thing Christine does when she’s getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of a well-worn book. She’s addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing books. She even turned her dining room into a library—reading is more important than eating. She also has a weakness for adventure and inappropriate humor. Christine is from Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her library of ugly spine books.

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Aftermath by Joe Reyes + Excerpt + INTERVIEW

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Aftermath

Book 1

Joe Reyes

 

Genre: Young Adult Post-Apocalyptic

 

Publisher: Wasteland Press

 

Date of Publication: April 29, 2016

 

ISBN: 1681111128

 

Number of pages: 284

Word Count: 79, 722

 

Book Description:

 

Aftermath is a growing series about war, love, brutality and most of all, survival. What was once the United States has become a savage post-apocalyptic environment where the worst of the worst prosper and the remaining good hide.

 

The series features a brutal setting, where seven characters in different parts of the United States must adapt to this new environment. The “fight or flight” mentality plays into the story, as the nation is divided into factions fighting for control of the country. The government is outnumbered, outgunned, and forced into hiding as well to recoup their forces. The novel follows a fast paced momentum from the first page to the last word. The plot pits these characters against the elements and each other, with plot-lines intertwining on opposite sides of the war effort. And one character’s quest for revenge can jeopardize not only the war outcome, but the reshaping of the entire nation.

 

With an ever-changing storyline and evolving characters, the Aftermath series gets more intense with every chapter. But what these characters don’t realize, the terrifying evil is making its way across the ocean.

 

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Excerpt: Sara

“People and beans again?” a raggedy-looking man says as Sara passes him a plate. He glares down, disappointed, at the meal of perfectly cut human flesh and a side dish of green beans. Sara hands out more plates to the group of men huddled around a fire.

“When you guys kill something other than people, you’ll get something else to eat,” she says with a sarcastic smile, walking off.

It’s near-insane to talk back to these guys. They are psychotic killers, but she is protected. Marcus, their leader, has taken a liking to her. So it’s a choice of be killed, be raped and then killed, or be his willing sex slave.

Sometimes she doesn’t know if she made the right choice.

Before going back to the kitchen, she stops by every group to see if they all have something to eat. Dozens of groups gather around, having their breakfast. The field is littered with dirty men and women feasting on human remains.

Probably over a hundred in total, she guesses.

The Savages is what they are called. The group started after the bombs fell about five years ago. They were small at first, but they’ve since grown into a much larger army. This gives them better resources and a nice cut of whatever they take from towns.

All they do is kill and raid villages. They swoop in, kill, take everything, and leave. They take in recruits, sometimes, if they seem to fit the part. The survivors don’t last long. They are usually killed and displayed as a message to discourage others.

For years they tried the whole nomad lifestyle, but when the army got bigger, they realized they had to settle down.

It’s a lot easier than constantly uprooting the whole camp.

They have no reason to leave. There are always animals in the forest. A river provides fresh water and fish. Armies are too afraid to attack them. They can’t survive an all-out military assault, but the government has much more important enemies than them to worry about.

They all wear custom-made armors consisting of materials they find on the road. Sports gear is a big part of it: elbow pads, football pads, helmets—anything they can find. A lot of it is hand-sewn and made from animal skins.

The farm would also pose a problem for moving. Horses are bred and domesticated as transportation. Without cars and without gasoline to run them, they are a necessary component of life here.

Each Savage has the brand of an S on the back of his or her shoulder, indicating initiation into the group. It is given after their first kill. After a big massacre and initiation, they will celebrate with a great feast: their victims.

Sara never likes thinking about how many people one dead body feeds. The thought makes her sick. The taste has always bothered her. She may force herself to eat flesh when she absolutely must, but she is and always has been a vegetarian . Even when they spruce it up with spices and other ingredients, it is still a person, and no amount of sauce can change that.

Sara’s stomach starts to rumble. She hasn’t eaten much in days. Usually, she is able to sneak extra beans and vegetables because the others love flesh, but the shortage of them is now beginning to hit her.

Hopefully, Penny can get me something, she thinks, walking into the large kitchen tent. The sight doesn’t help her appetite. Penny is in the middle of carving someone up.

“Three years of culinary school and I’m making foot filet for a hundred ingrates,” Penny mocks as she hacks off a foot with a butcher’s knife.

Sara feels sick again. She covers her mouth to hold the vomit back. The smell of blood is too much.

“Aww, sweetie, not feeling good?” Penny says affectionately, walking up to her. She doesn’t get it, her shirt is covered in blood and it’s making Sara sicker, but she needs a hug.

“New necklace?” Sara asks, seeing a piece of the metal chain falling from Penny’s shirt.

“One of Eric’s men gave it to me.” A gold snowflake hangs from the end, surrounded by pretty little stones.

“Which guy?” Sara asks.

Penny’s face betrays her disgust. “The creepy looking one with the cuts.”

The kitchen tent is filled with people preparing food for the group. There’s a huge fire going, and the bodies are put on a metal gate over the fire to barbeque. The Savages know that uncooked flesh can kill them. They are as smart as they are ruthless. That’s why they’ve been around for all five years.

“You hungry?” Penny asks.

Sara shakes her head. “He’ll probably make me eat with him later.”

Penny sighs but says nothing. They both know what Marcus is going to do to her. Sara will have to eat flesh again, among other things. Penny doesn’t like the idea of eating people either, but she is a chef and can trick herself into thinking she’s eating something else. With all the spices she’s schooled in, it’s almost easy.

Everyone who doesn’t like it has ways of coping, but most of the Savages love the taste and the trophy. Eating the very people they killed makes them feel tougher. Sara would be the first to admit the taste of it isn’t bad, but that freaks her out the worst.

“You smell nice today,” she says from Penny’s arms, covered by her blonde hair.

“I found some shampoo. I’ll give you some later tonight,” Penny says with a smile. “Now come on, you have to bring the men food. The meeting’s starting.” Penny releases her, only to hand Sara a tray of appetizing human parts and vegetables. “How do I look?” Sara inquires.

Penny adjusts a few out-of-place strands of hair on her head and smiles. “You look great.”

 

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1.    Give us the history of you. (family life, where you’re from, etc.)

I am originally from Brooklyn. My parents decided we should move to New Jersey when I was around 5. I’ve lived in the same house for 21 years now and my hope is to make enough money that my parents can move to a 55 and older community and I can stay in the house I grew up in.

2.    Tell us about your new book in 10 words or less.
What would you do to survive?

3.    Walk me through the process that you went through to write your new book.
The planning takes the most time. Each story has its own binder filled with character pages, scene descriptions, groups and factions, and additional scenes. When it’s completely planned out then I can sit down and start writing the actual book. Writing takes the least amount of time because I planned out everything to where it writes itself. I make sure as I’m planning that I set up sequels.

4.    How did you come up with your book’s name?
I don’t really remember. It just sounds so natural to me now that I can’t imagine a time where I didn’t have that title.

5.    What made you decide to write this book?
I was always interested in seeing characters fight for their lives. The story itself was derived from short stories that I had written for two of the included characters in Aftermath, Ian and Ron. When I saw that they could be interesting foils, I decided to combine them and begin a feature-length novel based on them.

6.    How many characters are based on people you actually know? Do those people know they were the basis for your characters?
I did not base my characters on people I know. My characters were fictitious but I put myself in the mind of each person in order to flush out what they would do in certain circumstances in order to ensure their continued survival.

7.    How many publishers did you send your book to before it was picked up?
I am not sure how many publishers I sent it to before I decided that I was best suited for self-publishing. Originally, I went with a company that seemed to only make things more difficult. I dropped them during the marketing phase to pursue my current publishing company because I did not trust them.

8.    What book did you read most recently that you loved, and would recommend to everyone?
Self-publishing a book is an incredibly taxing endeavor. I haven’t had the chance to really get into a book since The Hunger Games, and I’m sure I would be the last person everyone would hear spouting its praises since it’s already a bestseller and major motion picture. Still, if any of you haven’t heard of it yet, you should read it. It’s great!

9.    Any tips for new writers?
A friend asked me “What if your book doesn’t sell,” and I said, “That’s what separates winners from losers. Winners aren’t afraid to try. Losers give up and settle when things get tough. If this book doesn’t sell then I will write another and another and another until one makes it big,”

10.    Have you ever liked the movie more than the book?
Almost all the time. Often times, I find books cannot hold my attention, so I prefer the movies. This is the case with Game of Thrones (I know it’s a TV show, but the same principle applies), Lord of the Rings, and the Harry Potter series.

11.    Are there any popular books you know you would never read?
Fifty Shades of Grey. Definitely. I got a free copy and I gave it to my girlfriend. She said it was garbage so I doubt I’ll ever get around to trying it.

12.    What are you working on now?
I have the sequel of Aftermath planned, but want to focus on promoting the first story now. It’s kind of hard to start another story at the moment. After the book tour I’ll most likely start on the sequel.

13.    Anything else you would like to add?
My approach to writing is out of the ordinary and so is my style. I really want to be unique and not mesh together like other authors. I don’t like just writing one genre. I want to branch out and try new things. When I write I like to push myself with new ideas and

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About the Author:

 

Joe Reyes has never been afraid to go for what he wants in life. His goal is to be a full time published author and is taking all the steps necessary to make that dream a reality. He hates when he hears about people who give up on their dreams.

His writing style is fast paced. When he wrote his novel Aftermath, he wanted it to feel like a television show. Joe doesn’t like boring descriptions. He finds filler scenes to be a book killer and makes sure that every chapter has an immediate purpose or a purpose later on.

 

Website: https://joereyesauthor.com/

 

Twitter: @JoeReyesAuthor

 

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Thanks so much for being a part of our blog today Joe!

 

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Summer of Irreverence – The Rock Star by Cathrine Goldstein! + excerpt + INTERVIEW!

Summer of Irreverence – The Rock Star
by Cathrine Goldstein

Genre: Adult Romance

The Wild Rose Press

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Straight-laced, veterinary surgeon, Summer Wynters is ready to break the rules. And who better to break them with than the most irreverent of all men, mega rock star Malcolm Angel? With one last summer free from work obligations, Summer moves to New York City, and at the coaxing of her friend, pretends to be a model so she can spend one wild night with Malcolm.

Rock star, Malcolm Angel, tortured by a dark past, may be the poet laureate of romance, but he, like science-minded Summer, has never believed in romantic love. How could he? With his history, he doesn’t deserve to be loved.

When Summer’s honesty, kindness, and exuberance for life changes his perspective, the two discover they are in deeper than either dreamed possible. But when Malcolm discovers Summer’s been perpetuating a lie, will he forgive her? Even if forgiveness is possible, can a man immune to love teach someone else to believe in it?

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“How did you go through life with that name…?” Malcolm’s eyes flashed with happiness. “I mean, if I wrote it, people would crucify me. What were your parents thinking?”
Summer froze.
“I mean, do they love you at all?” Malcolm chuckled.
Summer’s feet refused to move, and her arms lay limp at her side.
“Summer?” Malcolm’s smile faded. “Sum?”
The sound of her nickname spoken by Malcolm did her in. She desperately fought the mounting tears.
Malcolm stared at her. “It’s not your name you’re upset about, is it?”
Summer clenched her jaw and shook her head.
“I’m sorry.” His voice was low and modulated.
She nodded, looking at Malcolm, and wanting, for the first time ever, to have someone make it all okay. To have him make it all okay.
Malcolm grew quiet. They stood there for whole minutes. “I’m sorry if I touched on a sore subject. Really.”
Summer stared at him—this man who had everything except the answer she needed. How could he be so closed off? How could he care so little about the pain of another living creature?
He stepped forward then, as if reading her mind, took her hand gently, and leaned over, speaking quietly into her ear. “It’s not that I don’t care.”
Those few words found a place deep in Summer’s soul.
Malcolm stood tall, and Summer’s eyes followed him. He reached out and stroked her cheek. “But I’ve got nothing more to give than today.”

Interview:

•    Give us the history of you.
I’m a New Yorker who loves autumn, any and all kinds of art, yoga, chocolate, and coffee. I’m that odd person who’ll take gazing at a filthy city street over a patch of flowers any day, which is why I write gritty romance.   I’ve been writing for a long time, and I started my career as a playwright. I’m married to a great guy, and have two amazing little girls. Although NYC is home, right now we are happily living in the Charlotte, NC area. We have a cat, and too many fish to count.

•    Tell us about your new book in 10 words or less.
Bad boy rock star falls for good girl vet.

•    Walk me through the process that you went through to write your new book.
When I write, I get an idea and run with it. With Summer of Irreverence—The Rock Star, I “saw” or imagined one particular scene—I don’t want to give the story away!—but I’ll tell you it had to do with a veterinarian. The rest of the story built from there. I loosely plan my attack and always, always, as I began my writing career as a playwright, let the dialogue guide me.

•    How did you come up with your book’s name?
Ah, interesting! I knew she was going to be named Summer, embodying everything light and good, where Malcolm represents all that is dark and dangerous. And Summer needed a change from who she was—she needed Malcolm and his irreverence. Summer has one last summer of freedom, before she begins her career as a veterinary surgeon. Together, that became: Summer of Irreverence—The Rock Star.

•    What made you decide to write this book?
I think writing is one of those things you can’t help. Even when I turn off my computer for the night (which is pretty late!), as soon as I hit my bedroom I’m inputting notes into my phone. I think most writers will agree that the characters haunt you until you give them life and set them free. I really like this story and these characters, and I’m hoping my readers will enjoy them, too!

•    How many characters are based on people you actually know? Do those people know they were the basis for your characters?
No—these characters aren’t based on any people in real life. However, as you build characters and write them they become like family, and I always fall in love with my characters and root for them.

•    How many publishers did you send your book to before it was picked up?
I am very fortunate that I work directly with my editor, and she sent it on to publication with The Wild Rose Press—my wonderful publisher who also publishes another of my series, The Letting series.

•    What book did you read most recently that you loved, and would recommend to everyone?
Although I adore reading, I have been so locked in writing and editing mode, my reading time recently has revolved around the books I read with my two young girls. Right now, we adore the Clementine books by Sara Pennypacker. Lol! It is a fabulous series for anyone who has young kids at home. And I can tell you my publisher, The Wild Rose Press, publishes a fabulous and wide variety of romances—check them out! There’s sure to be something you’ll love!

•    Any tips for new writers?
Take an acting class. I know it sounds crazy, but acting coaches can teach you how to break down characters more thoroughly than you ever imagined possible. Once you see what an actor needs to find in a character, it makes it easier to see how to build one.

•    Have you ever liked the movie more than the book?
Okay, it’s not that I like them better, but I do love The Hunger Games movies. Some of my favorite actors are in those movies—they were fantastic! If there are other fans of Jennifer Lawrence out there, have you seen, Winter’s Bone? She was amazing!

•    Are there any popular books you know you would never read?
Well, I didn’t read books two and three of Fifty Shades. I’m certainly not opposed to them in any way, and I admire their success!

•    What are you working on now?
My genre is Gritty Romance—I like characters with an edge. Right now I am working on the next two books in The New York Artists Series, and I love them!

•    Anything else you would like to add?
Thank you so much for having me on your blog and for the thoughtful questions!  I hope people will “follow me” on Twitter and “like” me on Facebook for the latest updates, and please stop by my website and join my mailing list for behind-the-scenes info. Through the holidays, I’ll be offering more scenes from Malcolm and Summer’s life.  Thanks for featuring Summer of Irreverence—The Rock Star!

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About the Author

I am a bestselling author, and a NYC girl at heart. I write “gritty romance,” in the genres of YA, NA; women’s fiction; and romance. I’m also the author of The Letting and The Coupling, books 1 and 2 of The Letting series. I began my career as an award-winning playwright, and I am a proud member of RWA, PAN. I have my BA in English and my MA in Theatre.

I am a fan of Luna Bars, decaf coffee, yoga, Hemingway, and Bukowski—and the loves of my life are my husband and my two young girls.

To find out more about me; Summer of Irreverence, the first book in The New York Artists Series—standalone novels about strong, artistic men, and the smart, unexpected women they fall for; The Letting series; and what’s coming soon, please visit:www.CathrineGoldstein.com

 

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Thank you so much Catherine, for being a part of our blog today!!!

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