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A.L. Butcher is the British author of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles fantasy series and several short stories in the fantasy and fantasy romance genres. With a background in politics, classical studies, ancient history and myth her work combines aspects of all. A lifelong storyteller the tale is all and loves to create people and worlds.

She is an avid reader and creator of worlds, a poet, and a dreamer. When she is grounded in the real world she likes science, natural history, history, and monkeys. Her work has been described as ‘dark and gritty’ and her poetry as evocative.

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The Shining Citadel – The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles – Book II

Who rules in this game of intrigue where magic is forbidden and elves enslaved? Journey where beliefs shatter like glass, truth is unwelcome and monsters from ancient times abound: share the romance and revenge, magic and passion, and the wages of greed in a world of darkest fantasy.

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Hastings 1066 Fortnight


And here’s our first guest! And she gets the Date itself, the anniversary of the battle! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome back Victoria Zigler!

eadweard-a-story-of-1066-cover-1-1600x2400Where do you live and write from?

I live on the South-East coast of England, not too far from the town of Hastings. I used to write from wherever I happened to be in our flat, but after I broke another laptop when I forgot where I put it and stepped on it, we decided a desk should be set up for me. So, now I do most of my writing at my desk, near to a window where I can hear and smell the ocean while I write (or, just hear it, if the weather is too miserable for me to have the window open). If I’m not at my desk, but have an idea I “have to” write down immediately, I use the “notes” function on my iPhone, but I usually only use that to make quick notes to use for reference later, because touch screen keyboards are too much work to use for long writing sessions, and voice recognition softwear doesn’t always reliably translate what you’re saying in to text.

Why do you write?

I write because I have stories inside of me that need to get out, and I publish them because I believe stories need to be shared. Yes, it really is that simple.

When did you start writing?

I’ve been writing since I learned how. I was taught at home when I was about three years old, could already read and write well by the time I started school at the age of four, and was quick to learn the pleasure of writing poetry and stories. I was seven years old the first time I entered a writing contest, and still have the third place medal I won for it. I don’t have the chocolate bar I won in the next one though… I ate that a very long time ago. I haven’t entered any contests since I left school though, and I’ve only been publishing my work since April 2012.

What genre(s) do you write?

Most of what I write comes under the heading of fairy tales, fantasy stories, animal stories, or a mixture of the three. I have written a few stories in other genres though, such as my latest tentative steps in to writing science fiction and historical fiction, a story I’ve written about a vegetarian zombie, and a series I have on adjusting after sight loss. Regardless of genre, my stories are generally aimed at middle grade readers or younger, although I know of people in their 70s who have enjoyed them. No, I’m not talking about family members or friends either… If I included those, my eldest fan would be my almost 90 year old Nan, but I was talking about people who didn’t know me before they stumbled across my books.

I also write poetry, most of which is suitable for readers of any age, and has been enjoyed by children and adults alike.

What do you feel are your strengths as a writer? How have you developed these qualities?

I’m not really sure how to answer this one. A lot of aspects need to come together in order to create a story that readers will enjoy, and the best way to improve when it comes to writing is to practice by writing, and learn from reading books by other authors. So, that’s what I do. Seriously, most of my time is spent either writing or reading. But as for what my actual strengths are… Honestly? I haven’t a clue!

What is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?

My goal as a writer is to share as many of the stories in my head as possible with as many people as possible. As for what I’m doing to achieve it: writing a lot, publishing everything I write as soon as it’s ready to be set free in the big wide world, expanding the formats I offer my book in so I’m no longer only doing eBooks, and pretending to know what I’m doing when it comes to marketing.

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?

I think at this point I’m supposed to give some wise advice and sound like Buddha or Yoda, or their feminine counterparts anyway. But I’m not going to do that, because the best advice is to just keep writing. It’s the best way to improve as a writer, and the only way you’ll ever finish that book you’re working on. It sounds simple, but it’s the best advice I’ve ever had, and some people actually find it more difficult than you might think. So, just keep writing!

What is your story around the Battle of Hastings about? How did you come up with the idea?

My story around the Battle of Hastings is about a young boy named Eadweard who, along with his best friend, Cerdic, thought it would be fun to join the ranks of men marching to fight in the battle, even though they officially aren’t old enough and had been forbidden to do so by their Fathers. They have dreams of being great war heroes, but soon discover the reality of war is nothing like what they imagined it to be.

I wanted to tell the story of the events of the battle reasonably accurately – as much as can be done without a time machine, which I don’t have access to, unfortunately. But I also wanted the story to be from the point of view of someone who wasn’t some famous war hero. Part of my preference for someone who wasn’t a great war hero was because I wanted the person to be a child, and part of it was because I wanted fighting to be new to him. I wanted to tell the story of the battle, while at the same time showing that war isn’t the amazing adventure some people think it to be. I also wanted the book to be suitable for middle grade readers, which is why it needed to be a young lad who was the main character. After looking up everything I could find on the battle, and letting those thoughts simmer in my mind for a couple of months, I sat down to write the story, and “Eadweard – A Story Of 1066” is the result. To my knowledge, Eadweard and Cerdic themselves never existed. However, boys like them would have, and the battle itself was very real.

Just for your information: I’ve put an “eight years and older” warning on the book’s blurb, because some of the scenes in the story really aren’t suitable for readers younger than that, in my opinion. After all, it is a story about a battle, and I can’t show the reality of war without showing some violence and blood.

Any other projects in the pipeline?

Yep… Always! I usually have at least two writing projects on the go, as well as writing poems whenever inspiration strikes. I’ve written several poems since I published my last poetry collection this past July, so when I have enough to do so, I’ll publish another one. I’m also working on a couple of new stories, one of which is a Christmas story involving a giant.

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Sunday Surprise


Hi guys,
I’m Samantha and I come from another world – the original, old Silvery Earth, where people are immortal and never grow up. When I’m not switching bodies at will, I travel to other universes, especially books or movies. That’s how I met Rajveer the vampire, for example!

So, I’m taking over the interviews on this blog! And here I am, meeting people from other books/universes/whatever!

And we’re finally off that darn new Silvery Earth! It’s a brand new world! No, universe! No, wait… let’s hear it from these people here.

Hello, there! Tell me a little about yourself!

NAMTAR: I am Corporal Namtar, serving under Maharani Uma and Commander Kartikeya in their fight to secure freedom for the people of Yuanshi. The events chronicled in City Of Deceit took us somewhat out of our comfort zone, into a world where politics is played out by double agents and interstellar battleships. Naturally, I relied on my wits, charm and intelligence to survive. Unlike the man next to me.

INARI: I’m Private Inari and I work with him. I ain’t one for using wits but I am good at shooting things. I was a corporal once, for almost five whole minutes.

Wow, what a pair! Let’s play a game! Describe each other’s appearance in ten words or less!

NAMTAR: My colleague is a fat Greek slob from the gutter.

INARI: Namtar is a stuck-up lanky Russian who talks rubbish.

Tee-hee! You guys are weird! Anyhow, what is your role in the story?

NAMTAR: As you may know, author Ms Bennion is steadily chronicling the heady events of the last decades of the twenty-third century, where humanity has learned to cross the cosmos and reach the nearby stars.

I’m glad it’s someone else from that crazy Silvery Earth author and I hope she treats her characters well – unlike another author of a vampire series who likes to maim and kill off her characters! Tell me more about her books!

NAMTAR: In her latest book, City Of Deceit, followers of the late Maharaja are fighting for independence on the terraformed moon of Yuanshi in the Epsilon Eridani system: a battle against the security forces of the Que Qiao Corporation, which cares only for profits as it harvests Yuanshi’s wealth on behalf of governments on Earth. The story sees us accompanying the widowed Maharani Uma to Earth to take Yuanshi’s plea for independence to the United Nations. Nothing goes as planned, all the players are double-crossing everyone else and we end up fighting for our lives aboard one of the first ever space battleships. As you might expect, my role involves a lot of clever subterfuge and quick thinking to save the day.

INARI: I did stuff too. I liked the lightning-ball cannon. Being space pirates was cool.

Battleships and space pirates! Wow! So what is your relationship with the protagonist?

NAMTAR: The main protagonist of City Of Deceit is Raja Surya, Maharani Uma’s son and the young heir to the throne of Yuanshi. The story follows the trials and tribulations faced by the Maharani in London, as seen through the eyes of Surya and his friend Zotz Wak from the hollow moon. The young Raja is quite headstrong and more than capable of getting himself and others into trouble. The author’s first book, Hollow Moon, chronicled how we kidnapped Surya so he could stand with Commander Kartikeya at a peace conference, though I assure you our intentions were honourable. The safety of the Raja is paramount. We do what we can to serve.

INARI: The Raja wanted to go to Earth so I smuggled us both aboard the shuttle. The Maharani called me an idiot. Ravana’s friend Zotz came with us to the floating village in London.

I love those Indian-sounding names! Did you know I met an Indian vampire? I wanted to keep him, but he preferred to go back to Earth. *sigh* But I digress!! Where do you live, what is your world called, etc.?

NAMTAR: Our service to Maharani Uma and Commander Kartikeya demands that we operate from the rebel city of Lanka on Yuanshi. Before the war, the Maharani resided in the capital Ayodhya, which was much more to my tastes. Kubera Palace in Lanka has seen better days. Civil war does put a dampener on the finer things in life.

INARI: We get about a bit. I hate sleeping on spaceships.

What’s wrong with spaceships cabins and bunk beds? *mutters to herself* Will have to interview more spacefaring people! *grins at guests* Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

INARI: I had a girlfriend once. Hujing, back at the mining village where I grew up on Taotie. Then Namtar arrived and spoiled everything. I ended up in jail.

Men! They only bring trouble, don’t they? *snorts*

NAMTAR: My fat friend here had just stolen a military Local Ambient Megastructure Projector, an interrogation device that projected hypnotic illusions. She would have not have fallen for a lazy lump of lard like him otherwise.

Mmm… yeah, whatever… What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

NAMTAR: There were some hairy moments aboard the dreadnaught as I recall. Events were somewhat complicated by crazy cyberclones and giant alien spiders. Walking in Earth’s gravity was quite a challenge in itself after a lifetime on low-gravity worlds. Especially seeing as I had been wounded by an imbecile with a harpoon.

INARI: That was an accident, honest.

You guys are the best frenemies I ever met! *grin* Do you have a moral code?

NAMTAR: As a devotee to the Dhusarian Church of Yuanshi, I believe that true wisdom will be delivered by the galactic travellers known as the greys. All we can do is prepare the way so that humankind is ready to receive this gift.

INARI: Moral code? Big guns are good.

*burst out laughing* Careful with those guns! You might shoot yourself in the foot! Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

NAMTAR: I played a role in a fairy tale somewhat reminiscent of Cinderella. Hanuman and Ganesa, the crew of the rebel freighter Sun Wukong, first met at the annual American Christmas Ball in Lanka. It was I who procured their invitations.

INARI: He ain’t been no fairy godfather to me.

Would you really want him to be your fairy godfather, though? Time’s almost up! What 2 or 3 questions do you wish I’d asked and what are your answers to them?

NAMTAR: Maybe a question on whether we will appear in future tales by the author? Our involvement in this saga of interstellar chicanery certainly does not end with the events chronicled in City Of Deceit. Of course, Ms Bennion may decide that publishing further exploits of Inari’s contagious stupidity is too much for discerning readers. While you’re at it, could you ask Inari to stop picking his nose?

INARI: I was going to ask about lunch. Do we get one with these interviews?

Mmm, lunch? Why not? I have this prolific hand that can produce anything… *waves her left hand* Do you need a menu to choose or do you already know what you want?

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ebook_cod(vh)_reducedCity Of Deceit (Hollow Moon #3) by Steph Bennion

Raja Surya, young heir to the throne of the moon of Yuanshi, cannot stay out of trouble for long. Zotz Wak, intrepid boy inventor otherwise known as The Flying Fox, decides Earth is the place to become a man. Together they must battle the dystopian darkness of 23rd-century London: a city of deceit, under the thumb of corporations, its people barricaded behind flood walls, bewitched by the hypnotic holoverse and worse.

The United Nations is deciding the fate of Surya’s world. The Que Qiao Corporation is using the threat of alien monsters to call for war. Ravana O’Brien, the heroine of their previous adventures, is stricken with a mystery illness and her hollow moon home has problems of its own.

Surya never thought he would be in the captain’s chair aboard the first ever interstellar battleship. Zotz never expected to find himself accused of being a spy and terrorist at the centre of political skulduggery in London. The far-flung worlds of the five systems would never be the same again. Taranis, the dark priest of destiny, has returned.

http://www.wyrdstar.co.uk/books/cityofdeceit.html

AUTHOR BIO

Steph Bennion was born and bred in the Black Country, spent too many years in the big bad city that is London and now lives in Hastings, a very nice town by the seaside. Her books are written as a reaction to the dearth of alternative heroes amidst young adult bookshelves swamped by tales of the supernatural. For every aspiring vampire or wizard, she believes that the world needs an astrophysicist, an engineer, or at the very least someone who will one day work out how to make trains run on time.

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She was interviewed on this very blog almost three years ago

Sunday Surprise


Hi guys,

I’m Samantha and I come from another world – the original, old Silvery Earth, where people are immortal and never grow up. When I’m not switching bodies at will, I travel to other universes, especially books or movies. That’s how I met Rajveer the vampire, for example!

So, I’m taking over the interviews on this blog! And here I am, meeting people from other books/universes/whatever!

RC coverWelcome, guest! Tell me a little about yourself!

Hi, my name is Zahara Bakur. I’m fifteen years old, and I’m from New York City. I’m a Sunni Muslim, and I’m supposed to be entering my senior year of high school, but…well, things are complicated right now.

I don’t know why, but things on Earth are always complicated… *snort* Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Average height and weight, light-brown skin, blonde hair (it used to be brown). Sorry, that’s longer than ten words, isn’t it?

It’s fine, you’re the first teen who doesn’t use twitter English! *grin* Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?

Um…I don’t really have anyone I would call my enemy. I mean, there are people I don’t like, but who doesn’t have someone like that? I guess if I did have an enemy though, it would probably be ignorance and bigotry. Ever since before the war, people have this tendency to believe the worst things about my faith, that we’re all out to kill ourselves and everyone around us. That’s simply not true, but I’ve had a heck of a time convincing people of that. So I guess that’s my answer.

People can be very nasty with someone who is even slightly different! Would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

Kill?! Allah, no! I’m the least nonviolent person ever, and I really don’t believe in the death penalty. But if I had to die for those I love…well, I’d rather that not happen, but if it was the only way and I really cared for someone, I guesss I might.

You’re great! Where do you live(world/town/whatever)?

I used to live in New York City, but then my dad got a job in Reborn City and we moved there. We had a house in South Reborn, but these days I’m staying in West Reborn with the Hydras. I think it’s the safest place for me, truth be told. I know they’re gangsters, but they watch out for me, which is more than what I can say for anyone in South Reborn.

Interesting town name… Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

Relationship? Er, not anymore. I-I had a boyfriend in New York, but we broke up before I moved. And I’ve been too busy to really think about that sort of stuff since I got to Reborn City.

VR CS front coverA most interesting place, I’m sure! What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Well, because of…certain reasons, I had to join the Hydras, a gang in West Reborn. I’m not gangster material, not at all, and I really hate the lifestyle, but until I pay my debt to Rip, the leader of my Head—that’s like a gang branch—I can’t leave. So I guess it’s just surviving the lifestyle day to day and trying to fulfill my debt, though how I do that I’m not sure.

Mmm… I’m sure you can manage… Do you have a family? Tell me about them.

*cries* I’m sorry, but…I just recently lost my mother and father, and I have no other family. As much as I hate to admit it, the West Reborn Hydras are the only family I have right now, so…*shrugs* It is what it is.

Family is family whether you chose it or it chose you! Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

*sniff*I don’t really have unusual about me. I guess I should go with the fact that I’m only fifteen (I’ll turn sixteen in September), but I’m already a senior in high school. I should be going to college next year, though with my life the way it is, who knows?

What 2 or 3 questions do you wish I’d asked and what are your answers to them?

Um…I don’t know. I really don’t talk about myself like this. I’m just kind of flattered that anyone wants to talk to me about anything. Thanks, by the way. I really appreciate it.

You are very welcome! I wish you all the best!

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Where do you find this character

Reborn City:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Reborn-City-Novel-Rami-Ungar/dp/1490446796

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/reborn-city-rami-ungar/1117406933?ean=9781490446790

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/reborn-city/id1113686134?mt=11

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/373309

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/reborn-city

Video Rage:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Video-Rage-Novel-Reborn-City-ebook/dp/B01F2Q75L8

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/video-rage-rami-ungar/1123783687?ean=2940153014784

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/video-rage-a-novel/id1113499449?mt=11          

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/635604

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/video-rage-a-novel

Sunday Surprise


And it’s another guest! His book just went live! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Bobby Treat!

Where do you live and write from?

I live in Round Rock, Texas, just north of Austin.

Why do you write?

I write because I have to. If we didn’t feel an inner need for it, it’s really too much work for too little money for the vast majority of writers.

When did you start writing?

I was 17 years old, I think, and the very first character is still there today. He faded to the background and became a mysterious, shadowy figure over the years, but he’s still there!

What genre(s) do you write?

I’m not completely sure! Is erotic mystery romance space opera a genre? I go where the characters demand I go. I hope that doesn’t leave readers confused in the end, but it may keep them guessing for twenty chapters!

What does your writing routine consist of?

I’m not a “routine” kind of guy. Most days I go to a fried chicken place and spend four to eight hours reading, writing, web surfing, and chatting with the help — but my most productive solid writing hours tend to be midnight to four A.M., lying on my back with a Macbook Air on my stomach. Sometimes I write 3,000 words in the middle of a single night, but other times it takes me two weeks to write that much.

What do you feel are your strengths as a writer? How have you developed these qualities?

I know more English vocabulary than I allow myself to use. There’s no need using $40 words nobody knows, right? I’m good at grammar and punctuation, and I know when to break the rules. I believe in character and story, not rules or genre stereotypes. How did I get that way? I don’t know! In a nutshell? I have no idea! I did win spelling bees in elementary school, and I browsed dictionaries when I was in junior high. I cut my reading teeth on comic books, the Black Stallion, Call of the Wild, David Copperfield, and lots of science fiction.

Where do you find your inspiration? Do you put yourself in your stories?

I’m still inspired by the science fiction I read growing up, especially E. E. (Doc) Smith’s Lensman Series, Robert Silverberg’s To Live Again, Clifford D. Simak’s Time is the Simplest Thing, Tanith Lee’s Birthgrave, Gordon R. Dickson’s Childe Cycle, Roger Zelazny’s This Immortal and Lord of Light, and Isaac Asimov’s The Gods Themselves.

HOWEVER, I want to write a more grown up and modernized version of some of that. Doc Smith was mired in the sexism of his time (but a friendly sort; he was no misogynist). Asimov avoided romance at all costs, and almost all science fiction avoided sex in the 50s and 60s. Silverberg’s To Live Again is a notable exception, but that was 1969. There are still many science fiction writers who can’t write about personal relationships. I’m working to avoid those limits.

Outliner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?

I am the second one, what writers like to call a “pantser”. That, the lack of a routine, and waiting for characters to tell me what they want tend to make me a slow writer.

27916697Tell us about your latest book (add link if published)

The Fire Within is that “erotic mystery romance space opera” I mentioned before. You can read a full description at the link.

Indie publishing or traditional publishing – and why?

It would be nice to make more money and think less about marketing (traditional publishing), but I have no patience for endlessly searching for agents, fielding dozens of rejections, and all that. Self-publishing is easier, faster, and I don’t have to convince anyone but the reader. Now, if I can just get a few readers!

Any other projects in the pipeline?

The sequel (Kell of the Deep Space Corps Book 2) is The Dragon Within. I have it written, but it needs rewrites due to changes in the first book. That will take me a bit of time, but it will get done!

What is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?

My only goals are (1) to have fun doing it and (2) to find a few readers of a like mind. There may not be millions, but I know there are a few. Here’s to finding them!

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?

A friend recently told me to put it out there; no more waiting to make it perfect. That’s good advice if you can follow it.

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Random Friday


Hi guys,

I’m Samantha and I come from another world – the original, old Silvery Earth, where people are immortal and never grow up. When I’m not switching bodies at will, I travel to other universes, especially books or movies. That’s how I met Rajveer the vampire, for example!

So, I’m taking over the interviews on this blog! And here I am, meeting people from other books/universes/whatever!

erana bannerLet’s welcome today’s guest! Tell me a little about yourself (name, age…)

My name is Olek, I am also known as the Shadowdancer. My age? I suppose I’ve seen 40 summers or so. I am the man-servant of Archos, Lord of Tremellic. Although I have other more…unusual skills. I’m a thief and an assassin, a spy and a cheat. Those are among my better qualities (winks).

a lady in a medieval gown sitting on a stone and reading a book(chuckles) My kind of guy! Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Black hair shot through with red and gold, half-elven, hazel eyes.

Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?

The Order of Witch-Hunters and the slavers. I am a half-elf, an outlaw and an adept. I am illegal. In Erana elves are nothing, less than cattle. Archos treats me well, I am trusted and valued, but he is unusual in that. Most humans treat elves badly, after all we spread the Plague. It’s a lie, but a lie is often believed.

I am totally behind you. I’m considered a witch! Would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

Yes. Without a thought for my own life.

Where do you live?

I live in the Tremellic Valley, in the land of Erana. We are lucky, it is very secluded at the foot of the Jagged Peak Mountains, and circled by the Shimmering Forest. The Witch-Hunters rarely come. Or at least that used to be the case.

Book 2 EbookMm, maybe I should come and get rid of those Witch-Hunters! Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

Ozena. She’s a strong, talented woman. She has spirit but she is also innocent in many ways. She makes me a better man. Often I think I’m unworthy, after all I have done. She seems to think otherwise, don’t ask me why.

I can’t blame her! You don’t seem that bad at all! What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Fighting slavers and Witch-Hunters. On our journey to the Shining Citadel we battle monsters, impossible creatures, and very many Witch-Hunters.

Sometimes following the orders of my master. He often has his own agenda which I cannot always fathom. He risks his life and his liberty. He’s a mage you see, and therefore his mere existence is illegal, as is mine. My life belongs to Archos, so on my own account I have no claim. If he were to die, the blades of the Shadowdancer would be aglow with vengeance. I’d have no purpose left if he were to fall…

Do you have a family? Tell me about them.

Ozena, Archos and Dii’Athella are my family. I have no blood family, my mother died many years ago, and to my knowledge I have no children.

LBTS Book IPlease give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

I can call the shadows to my bidding.

That’s really cool! What 2 or 3 questions do you wish I’d asked and what are your answers to them?

Why do I do what I do? It’s simple. I, we, fight for freedom, for vengeance and for the honour of a land which has very little. We fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.

Wow, I’m impressed! A half-elf with all these talents… I really should check that book!

Barb’s note: Authors, you DON’T want Samantha messing with your worlds, trust me! Ask Joleene Naylor how it went when Samantha met her vampires!

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Olek appears in The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles – Book I

The Shining Citadel – The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles – Book II

Briefly also in The Stolen Tower – The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles Book III

The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles series – an adult fantasy/fantasy romance series, with a touch of erotica.

The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles – Book I

In a dark world where magic is illegal and elves are enslaved a young elven sorceress runs for her life from the house of her evil Keeper. Pursued by his men and the corrupt Order of Witch-Hunters she must find sanctuary. As the slavers roll across the lands stealing elves from what remains of their ancestral home the Witch-Hunters turn a blind eye to the tragedy and a story of power, love and a terrible revenge unfolds.

Available as an e-book in all the Amazon stores, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Apple, and the Smashwords associate stores.

http://www.amazon.com/Light-Beyond-Storm-Chronicles–ebook/dp/B0088DQO9C

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Also available as a paperback on Createspace and Amazon.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1481255622

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The Shining Citadel – The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles –Book II

Who rules in this game of intrigue where magic is forbidden and elves enslaved? Journey where beliefs shatter like glass, truth is unwelcome and monsters from ancient times abound: share the romance and revenge, magic and passion, and the wages of greed in a world of darkest fantasy. (Please note the 18+ rating.)

Available as an e-book in all the Amazon Stores, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Apple, and the Smashwords associate stores, and in print on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Shining-Citadel-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00D4CF6W8

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-shining-citadel-alexandra-butcher/1116863431

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/shining-citadel-light-beyond/id701320767?mt=11

Available as a paperback on Amazon and Createspace.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Shining-Citadel-Beyond-Chronicles/dp/1489591222/

The Stolen Tower – the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles – Book III

What stalks the land cannot be, but is.

Where magic is outlawed a troll Shaman calls from her deathbed to her heiress, Mirandra Var, daughter of the storm. Mirandra vows to find her missing kin, sort friend from foe, and claim the dangerous secrets guarded by unthinkable creatures. If she succeeds, she will become the leader of her tribe. If she fails there will be no tribe to lead.

http://www.amazon.com/Stolen-Tower-Light-Beyond-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00U8A9044/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stolen-Tower-Light-Beyond-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00U8A9044/

Erana fiction

Tales of Erana: Myths and Legends

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00JCHQWJK

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http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/tales-of-erana-myths-and-legends

Audio Book

http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Tales-of-Erana-Audiobook/B00LB8WH0G/

http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Erana-Myths-Legends/dp/B00LCEUJ5E

http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Tales-of-Erana-Audiobook/B00LB8Q4JG/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tales-Erana-Myths-Legends-Unabridged/dp/B00LBCTSA4

Tales of Erana: The Warrior’s Curse.

http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Erana-Warriors-Alexandra-Butcher-ebook/dp/B00QZ7PVWY

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Audio

http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Tales-of-Erana-The-Warriors-Curse-Audiobook/B00UG8AWU4/

http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Tales-of-Erana-The-Warriors-Curse-Audiobook/B00UG8I5SK/

Tales of Erana – Volume One.

Containing all the Tales of Erana short stories to date, collected in one place. Paperback only.

More info on the author’s blog.

Sunday Surprise


Another Heroika author! Ladies and gentlemen, welcome Mark Finn!

HEROIKA1 New banner heroika_TChirezpromoWhere do you live and write from?

A small town in North Texas called Vernon. It’s the hometown of Jack Teagarden and Roy Orbison.

Why do you write?

I’ve always been an entertainer and I love to tell stories. I like the intimacy of using my words to put pictures in people’s heads.

bandt thumbWhen did you start writing?

I wrote my first short story for a class assignment when I was 12. I started writing for myself when I was 15.

What genre(s) do you write?

I try not to chase that elusive beast, “genre,” because I don’t read that way, either. That said, I mostly write fantasy, horror and mystery.

What does your writing routine consist of?

For novels, I focus on writing a chapter a day. I like to break the larger story down into manageable chunks. Also, I can’t write dialogue unless my shoes are off. It’s weird, but it’s true.

Sharkey thumbWhat do you feel are your strengths as a writer? How have you developed these qualities?

I get compliments on my muscular prose, but I think my biggest strength is my “voice,” which reads like how I speak. Also, I am good with action, a skill set I picked up from reading and re-reading Robert E. Howard over the years.

Where do you find your inspiration? Do you put yourself in your stories?

Heh, inspiration. I’ve got a handful of notebooks full of little thoughts and ideas I will never get around to writing. I get a lot of inspiration from real world events, strange factoids I come across, and history.
As for putting myself in my stories…yes and no. I don’t consciously insert myself into the hero, a la Tom Clancy. But I would be lying if there wasn’t pieces and parts of me in every character I develop. How can there not be?

TOLK thumbOutliner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?

For short stories, I wing it. For novels, I outline. Either way, I’d say I’m a fast writer. I used to be much faster…

Tell us about your latest book

I just had a comic book story published over at Vertigo—a short story for their anthology series, “Strange Sports Stories.” I worked with my longtime friend and collaborator John Lucas and we had a ball with it. As for books, the third and final novel in my “Con-Dorks Saga” is about to drop. It’s called “One in a Million” and it’s a contemporary fantasy with a lot of irreverent humor.

Indie publishing or traditional publishing – and why?

I like Indie publishing, because I think the niche marketing idea works better for me and what I write. That said, I wouldn’t object to a big contract, but I am not going to chase it.

Any other projects in the pipeline?

I’ve got short stories in two other forthcoming anthologies, “Barbarian Crowns” and “Asian Pulp.” Also, I’m about to start writing the second novel in my mystery series about a Hollywood stuntman who gets paid to dress up as the gorilla in movies. It’ll take place in Mexico and it’s called “Viva Gorilla.”

mark finn headshot 1What is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?

I am writing what I want to write, in a way that makes me happy, and people are responding to it favorably. That’s the best. I’d like to get my mystery series published, and so I am seeking an agent to help me with that. But getting to write the stories that interest me is the best part of doing what I do. I don’t chase market trends or try to shoehorn ideas into fad genres. I am my own compass.

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?

“Step One: put your butt in the chair.” Best advice I ever got.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Finn

Sunday Surprise


This is the month of Heroika authors! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome M Harold Page!

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Where do you live and write from?

Edinburgh, Scotland.

Why do you write?

If I don’t, my head will explode! It’s just what I do.

When did you start writing?

As fetus, I scrawled stories on the inside of my mother’s womb! Seriously always and forever.

indexWhat genre(s) do you write?

I am published in Historical Fiction and Fantasy. I also write Space Opera.

What does your writing routine consist of?

Wake up. Get the kids to school. Write… remember to eat… write… fetch kids from school.

What do you feel are your strengths as a writer? How have you developed these qualities?

Apparently, my fight scenes trigger your mirror neurons. I also do a good plot.

How? By studying. I teach and fight Medieval Martial Arts and, in the past, spent a good lot of time working out how plot works.

Where do you find your inspiration? Do you put yourself in your stories?

The jumbled mess that is the inside of my head. Influences on Sky Tombs of the Earth Kings included time spent working on a collection of Industrial History photos, the 1935 Flash Gordon series, the works of Clark Ashton Smith, and my interest in how technology liberated women.

Outliner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?

False antithesis! I improvise my outlines until I can see the story, then I write it with great gusto. Normally I can do a book in 3-4 months.

Storyteller-Tools-New-Cover-188x300Tell us about your latest book

Shieldwall: Barbarians! in which a young Jutish prince must lead his unreliable warband into the teeth of Attila the Hun’s invasion of Roman Gaul. There is a really very big battle at the end.

Storyteller Tools: Outline from vision to finished novel without losing the magic which pretty much does what it says on the tin. I wrote four novels to order in just over a year; this is how I did it.

Indie publishing or traditional publishing – and why?

Both. Indie is something I do between traditional gigs. I like traditional because I am a great fan of professional editors, plus somebody else worrying about the cover and marketing; I’d rather spend my time writing.

Any other projects in the pipeline?

A YA Space Opera entitled “I was a Teenage Space Mercenary”.

heroika FINAL front ebookWhat is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?

To live off my writing so that I can write more. In order to achieve this, I am writing more. Um.

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?

Author Janny Wurtz once told me to read a book called “Techniques of the Selling Author”. Though it related mostly to short stories, the effect was life changing.

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Author website: www.mharoldpage.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/M-Harold-Page/e/B00FLZP9VY

Foreworld Author Page: http://foreworld.com/the-authors/m-harold-page/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MHaroldPage

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mharoldpage

I blog at heroic fiction magazine site: www.blackgate.com

Sunday Surprise


And it’s another guest! Still author of the month! Yes, we have four together this month! This is the last of the four… Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Shannon M. Kirkland! 🙂

Where do you live and write from?

I live in Indiana and mostly I write at home in the evenings and on the weekends. I have a day job as a computer programmer specializing in Business Intelligence which can get hectic at times and spill over into my evenings and weekends. I do find myself daydreaming about my stories when I’m waiting for programs to complete and often find myself jotting down quick notes.

Why do you write?

I write because it makes me think and feel as well as learn and grow in many different ways. Putting myself into my character’s shoes really makes me think about how an individual’s experiences shape that person. Writing fiction has opened up a window in my mind and allowed me to discover many things about myself and others in addition to discovering more about the writing process itself. I’ve always had a great admiration for authors and now I have an even greater appreciation of the art.

When did you start writing?

I first started writing fiction last year. I’ve written a lot of technical documents for my job but besides journaling or short pieces here and there, I hadn’t written a complete fictional story until last year. I’ve been an avid reader since my first Dick and Jane book. When I was a child, I told my parents that one day I would write a story. However, as the years went by, I never attempted it, thinking that I simply did not have the talent to be a writer.

What genre(s) do you write?

I write fiction containing LGBT characters. Currently, my stories have been based on romantic relationships.

What does your writing routine consist of?

I have been lax in setting up a writing routine and to be honest, I think my output has suffered for it. Ideally, I would set aside at least two hours every morning or evening to do nothing but write.

What do you feel are your strengths as a writer? How have you developed these qualities?

As a fairly new fiction writer, I’m still working to develop strengths and am spending a lot of time reading about writing as well as just simply writing and ignoring the little critical voice inside my head that tells me I’m not good enough. Perhaps one of my strengths then is the determination to learn as much as I can about the art of writing and apply these insights to my own creative output.

Where do you find your inspiration? Do you put yourself in your stories?

I do put myself in my stories, probably more than I should. The inspiration for my stories has come from events in my life although with an entirely new spin put upon them.

Outliner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?

I’m a bit of an outliner and an improviser. My outlines are fairly high level so that I keep myself open for creativity. I have the natural tendency to be an outliner and to be linear in my thinking, so it’s important for me to allow plenty of room to improvise and be creative. I’m a fairly slow writer although the more I write, the faster I’ve become. I attribute this to opening up the creative stream in my mind and much like a muscle, the more it’s exercised the stronger it becomes.

23212361Tell us about your latest book

My debut story is The Golf Widow. It’s a story about self-discovery and breaking free from the mould into which we’ve been placed – placed into by ourselves and/or by our circumstances. It’s about taking control and taking chances and in the process, finding happiness and love within ourselves and for others. Details about The Golf Widow and the major retailers where it can be obtained is here: http://carterseagrove.weebly.com/golfwidow.html

Indie publishing or traditional publishing – and why?

Indie publishing without a doubt! Indie publishing offers a freedom that was previously not available for writers. Many times I’ve read where authors have complained that their publisher has set the schedule, selected the cover, insisted on particular edits and even pressured them to stick to a formula. I do fully appreciate the support that traditional publishing gives to authors and that is why I was very excited to create The Carter Seagrove Project LLC with Alp and Chambers.

Any other projects in the pipeline?

I am currently writing a story for the Goodread’s Love is an Open Road event and still have yet to finish The Interior Designer, my next story to be published. I have a couple of other untitled works in progress, ideas for future stories and Alp and I have talked about collaboration on Gloriana, a contemporary family saga based on the lives of the Queens of England collectively referred to as the She-Wolves.

What is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?

My goal is to keep writing and to continually improve my skills. To achieve this, I have taken a focused look at my day-to-day activities to see where I can eliminate unproductive tasks and use this time for writing. Additionally, I am investigating writing workshops and courses as well as continually reading articles and books on the art and skill of writing.

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?

When I was feeling very insecure about my writing abilities, Alp told me something to this effect: “You are never going to write a story that is liked by everyone but you are also never going to write a story that no one likes. There is no right or wrong, write your story and never doubt your ability to touch someone in an unexpected way with your words.”

ABOUT SHANNON

I have been an avid reader all of my life, primarily reading fiction in the mystery/suspense, fantasy and m/m romance genres. Having switched to predominantly reading eBooks, I’ve discovered many self-published writers. One of my favorites is Alp Mortal. I contacted him via his website to ask about one of his books and after exchanging a few emails with him, I mentioned how I always thought it would be fun to write fiction. He urged me to try it and even gave me an idea from which my first title, The Golf Widow, was born. It has been an exciting and rewarding experience. I encourage everyone to try it for themselves. I’ve always appreciated the skills and talent it takes to write fiction but never realized the extent of the challenges and how thought-provoking it is compared to business writing. This experience has definitely given me a new perspective and an even greater appreciation for the craft. It’s been so enlightening and exhilarating; now that I’ve started, I can’t stop.

Alp Mortal, Chambers Mars and Shannon M. Kirkland are The Carter Seagrove Project LLC – an independent book publisher. Find us at http://www.carterseagrove.weebly.com, on Twitter @carterseagrove and on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/thecarterseagroveproject.

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Sunday Surprise


And it’s another guest! Still author of the month! Yes, this is number 3 – the pen name that names the Project! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Carter Seagrove!

23310918Why do you write?
We started the partnership because we’d both always wanted to collaborate on a project – being involved in translating each other’s work was the bridge.

When did you start writing?
Dust Jacket appeared in May 2014; we started the Inspector Fenchurch Mysteries straightaway.

What genre(s) do you write?
LGBT-themed crime fiction.

What does your writing routine consist of?
We agree who is going to write which parts of the story – which has usually been thrashed out over a few skype calls if we’re not both in France. One of us will start and then hand over for the other to do their part and then hand back – we flip-flop between the segments. Alp has right of veto because one of us to have the final say.

23003385What do you feel are your strengths as a writer? How have you developed these qualities?
We blend well, that’s partly because we’re friends and partly because we read similar stuff and appreciate the same sorts of art. We have the same sense of humour. It’s important for Fenchurch that we compromise and we find it easy to agree on things. Fundamentally, we both share the same mindset – ‘Why not? We can do that …”. It helps tons that we both read John Donne and Edward S Aarons.

Where do you find your inspiration? Do you put yourself in your stories?
The characters of Alfred Fenchurch and Adam Cowley are inspired by Jeeves & Wooster and The Green Hornet & Kato.

Outliner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?
Generally, quick and improvised. Flip-flopping makes the process relatively slow to execute, so even if the segments are written quickly, the project usually takes a lot longer than if either of us was writing it solo – to be expected.

22847384Tell us about your latest book
Storm Clouds (part 6 of The Inspector Fenchurch Mysteries and the end of series one) is being published on 3rd April.

Indie publishing or traditional publishing – and why?
Indie publishing without question – we both cherish our freedom and the desire to maintain complete control over the end to end process.

Any other projects in the pipeline?
A second series of The Inspector Fenchurch Mysteries is a virtual certainty, beginning in the late summer 2015.

What is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?
We would love to write a third and fourth series, bringing Alfred and Adam into the 60s. As long as readers still tell us that they enjoy the stories, we’ll carry on.

22847371What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Make the niche your own.

About Carter:

Born in 2014, a partnership which brought together two very different authors – Alp Mortal and Chambers Mars. The partnership began with a writing project but evolved into the idea of a collaborative space – then a formal company – the focus is still on collaboration.

Alp Mortal, Chambers Mars and Shannon M. Kirkland are The Carter Seagrove Project LLC – an independent book publisher. Find us at http://www.carterseagrove.weebly.com, on Twitter @carterseagrove and on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/thecarterseagroveproject.

 

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