Sunday Surprise


And it’s a guest! And since she’s in all three of the Nightly Bites anthologies, you get three covers! But this particular interview refers to the newest anthology, Volume 3! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Joleene Naylor!

1. What is it about vampires that draws you to them? 

The variety. The stories can be gothic, contemporary, historic, futuristic. It can be scary, funny, romantic. Anything you feel like doing. As to why the vampires themselves are appealing, it’s the immortality, isn’t it? If I could live forever, I’m pretty sure I’d jump at the chance. So much time to get to do all the things you want to do.

2. What is your story in the anthology about? 

Jamie: Blood of Betrayal is the origin story for Jamie. A rebel in Scotland, Jamie is wounded and nearly dies in battle. He manages to return home, sick with fever, only to wake fully healed. He isn’t the only thing changed. In his absence, his wife died, and his father was murdered by the British, who then turned the lands and title over to his brother-in-law.

3. What inspired your story? 

My mother, actually. Jamie is one of her favorite characters so I told her if she wanted to make his past up for me, I’d use it. She did quite a bit of research, so it seemed a shame to waste it. Plus, you meet both Jamie and his master in one of the novels (Masque of the Vampire) so it seemed like a good idea to introduce readers to exactly what their story was.

4. Do you always write about vampires? If not, what do you write about? 

I can write about other things, though I haven’t been just because of the branding. I’m a lot slower than some prolific writers I know *cough*Barb*cough* . But most of my writing has a darkness to it. I find it very hard to write cheerful, happy things. I once started a poem about a bunny. I won’t go into details, but by the end I made myself cry.

5. What should readers know about you? 
I’m not trying to teach you anything in my books or stories. I’m not trying to expand your worldview, or make you question your beliefs, or the way our society works. I’m just trying to entertain you.

6. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

I’d like to say thanks to Barb for having me! Other than the anthology, I’m not really promoting any releases – I’d need to get the book finished first (Did I mention I’m slow?).

Last minute addition: we now have also a Nightly Bites bundle, that includes another of Joleene’s stories! Check it out!

Sunday Surprise


And it’s a guest! From this side of the pond again, please welcome Rebecca Pauliniy!

Where do you live and write from?

I live in Bristol, in the South West of England, but I’m originally from Devon (even further South-West!) which is where lots of my stories are set.

Why do you write?

As a child, I always wanted to create my own stories, especially after reading books so quickly that I was always running out! As an adult, the characters and stories have just always been very keen to be heard.

When did you start writing?

I can’t honestly remember – I know that at the age of 7, when we were meant to writing about what we did at the weekend in English lessons, I was writing made up stories about my visits to Planet Odd!

What genre(s) do you write?

I started off writing young adult – probably because I was one when I started writing full length novels – and now write young adult, romance and women’s fiction. There’s always some romance in whatever I write though! I would love to write historical fiction one day, but haven’t yet found the historical period or the time to research!

What does your writing routine consist of?

There’s not much routine, if truth be told! I am a full time primary school teacher, and so write when I can around that. Often it’ll be an hour in the evening while my husband makes dinner, a few hours at the weekend and large chunks during the school holidays! I like to do writing sprints as I can easily end up procrastinating.

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

Hopefully writing characters people care about! I definitely find myself invested in the characters, so much so that even if I’m finished with a series, I’ll still daydream of ideas and end up writing short stories about parts of their lives. I think reading a lot helps with the character development!

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

I definitely think there are parts of me in some of my characters, although I’m not always consciously doing so! A rebellious teenage character was definitely a way of having a bit of fun when I was very well behaved in real life! My current series was inspired by location, more than any particular event or character, and I’ve loved setting books in the seaside area where I grew up.

Outliner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?

When I get down to actually writing, I’m think I’m pretty fast, but the getting down to it can be hard! With a full time job and baby on the way, it’s about finding time to get the words out of my head and onto the page! I’m definitely more of an improviser, although I have started to write very brief chapter titles to remind me where I should be going, and to avoid getting lost halfway through the book – although I still sometimes go off on a tangent.

Tell us about your latest book

My latest published book is ‘The Worst Christmas Ever?’ which tells the story of Shirley ‘Lee’ Jones, a lawyer whose life gets shaken up just before Christmas when she discovers her husband is cheating on her. She makes a spontaneous decision to stay in the quirky, small-town of Totnes and finds friends, a career change and a new man who help to make it a better Christmas than she could have imagined. Available at: mybook.to/worstchristmas

The sequel is currently being edited, and the third is halfway complete, so there is lots more to come from this Devon series!

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Indie publishing or traditional publishing – and why?

Indie – I like being involved in every element of the process, even if it means there is a lot for me to learn all the time!

Any other projects in the pipeline?

I’m working on the Devon series, including a Christmas short story to catch up with the characters from The Worst Christmas Ever?. I’m also publishing the third in my young adult trilogy, ‘Camera Shy’,

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

I would love to have people as excited to read my books as I am to read so many authors out there! To do that, I’m just writing, publishing, advertising – and learning as I go!

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

Get your bum in the chair and get writing! Or words to that effect You can’t do anything without getting the words on the page first.

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Random Friday


One more author of the Sci-Fi Stories Space Opera Mashup (Ebook universal link and paperback)! I haven’t had the chance to meet him (yet) but I was impressed by his story, “Funeral Sails” – you should read it too! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Scott T. Barnes!

1. What is it about space opera that draws you to it?

I love epic stories and faraway places, what David Farland calls “Wonder Literature.” Space Opera has the wonder, adventure, and romance of fantasy, with the tantalizing possibility that some of it might actually happen.

2. What is your story in the anthology about?

“Funeral Sails” starts out as a simple revenge story but becomes a much more complicated story once the lead character realizes she has something worth living for. What I really enjoyed was creating a rich culture of tradition and honor that human, off-world salvagers had adopted from an alien culture as their own. It gives purpose and meaning to their often lonely lives, but also creates wonderful complications an author can explore.

3. What inspired your story?

Reading about solar sails and satellites in geostationary orbit somehow got me to thinking about cemetery monuments, and I thought, Why not combine the two ideas?

4. Do you always write about starships? If not, what do you write about?

Most of the time I write fantasy. I don’t read enough science to work in the field of “hard” science fiction. But if a futuristic setting comes to me in my musings I won’t hesitate to write a character-drives sf story. With “Funeral Sails,” I started by doing a lot of research on solar sails, then basically kept that in the back of my mind as I was writing. Or maybe I threw it out and just went for character and action. I’m not sure.

5. What should readers know about you?

I write fantasy and science fiction short stories, with novels in the works. My writing is as eclectic as my reading tastes. Besides “Funeral Sails,” recent publications include a humorous zombie tale from the Zombie POV called “Zombie Nation”, a fantasy thriller “The Mark of Blackfriar Street,” and a western horror tale “The China Queen.”

6. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

Besides writing I practice kenjutsu, so don’t break into my house at night! My website is www.scotttbarnes.com

Native to Southern California, Scott T. Barnes grew up on a farm, lived, studied and worked in multiple countries, and now resides in Orange County, Calif. as a proud husband and father of two girls. He studies samurai arts (Nami Ryu Aiki Kenjutsu) with James Williams and Russian Systema with Joseph Stoltman. In both the fantasy and science fiction genres, Scott’s short fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Pulse Pounders: Adrenaline, Gaia, Shadow and Breath volume 3, Shambles (fiction bundle), and many others. His science fiction story “Insect Sculptor” won the Writers of the Future award. He also edits the magazine NewMyths. You can find him at work in independent coffee houses all over the southland, or on the internet at www.scotttbarnes.com.

Sunday Surprise


And it’s a guest! Another fantasy author… Don’t you dare saying “Enough of them!” I love them fantasy authors! I’m one of them! 🙂 Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Andy Peloquin!

Where do you live and write from?

I have been living in Mexico for the last 16 years, but just moved back to my home country of Canada, where I am now living in the province of British Columbia.

Why do you write?

You know when you get up first thing in the morning and your bladder is so full that you have to pee? Well, writing is a lot like that for me! (Yes, I used a pee metaphor—shows what kind of writer I am.)

Writing gives me an outlet for all the creativity pent up within me. I am a terrible artist and adequate-at-best musician, so without writing, I’d have no other way to express myself creatively. Writing allows me to put pieces of myself out into the world, where people can connect with me through my stories.

When did you start writing?

I had an elementary school teacher that was passionate about the arts, and he would make us write poems and short stories for our classes. That got me interested in writing, but I didn’t start on my own until I was 15 or 16 years old. I wrote a few short pieces and the beginnings of a novel until I was 19, but stopped to pursue other activities. I didn’t really pick it back up until 2014, at the age of 25.

What genre(s) do you write?

Fantasy is my genre! Fantasy provides us with an escape, a way to forget about our mundane problems and step into worlds where anything is possible. It transcends age, gender, religion, race, or lifestyle–it is our way of believing what cannot be, delving into the unknowable, and discovering hidden truths about ourselves and our world in a brand new way. Fiction at its very best!

What does your writing routine consist of?

Monday through Wednesday, I only get afternoons to work, so I usually fit in a 2-hour slot between 3 and 5 PM. On Thursday and Friday, I get the full day for writing projects, so I’ll do three 2-hour writing shifts: 7-9 AM, 11 AM – 1 PM, 3-5 PM.

I like to have a little something sweet to write: coffee, tea, hot chocolate, chai, a cookie, chewing gum, etc. I also need lots of water and a great playlist to keep my creativity flowing.

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

I’d say I’ve learned a lot about crafting great characters and worlds through research and study of people around me and diving into psychology (as a hobbyist, not a licensed professional). I do a lot of research ahead of time so I can fully understand the story I’m shaping. When I sit down to write, it just flows because I’m already full of the subject.

This has led me to investing time into worldbuilding and character outlining (at least in broad strokes) before I sit down to write. It helps me get in the right headspace so I can create from a place of knowledge and preparedness.

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

Inspiration comes from everywhere: billboards, TV shows, movies, books, comics, video games, my family, random conversations, people passing by on the street, and the list goes on! Anything can spark an idea, and all I have to do is keep tugging at the thread of creativity to unravel the inspiration.

I find that I do tend to put pieces of myself into each story. I’ve been told “Write what you know”, and when I invest my characters with fragments of myself—my thoughts, beliefs, emotions, rationales, and motives—they come alive and become so much more interesting.

Outliner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?

Outliner, with room for improvisation. I have a “broad strokes” outline that helps me to stay on track, but I give myself all the wiggle room I need because there’s always something new and unique that pops up when I sit down to write.

Having an outline (and the above-mentioned worldbuilding) helps me to write fast. I can produce about 3,500-5,500 words in a 2-hour writing stint.

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

Darkblade Assassin is actually the first book that I ever published. It was originally titled “Blade of the Destroyer”, and it was released via a small publishing house. But in December 2017, I regained the rights to the book (and the two others released) and am republishing them under the new titles.

The Hero of Darkness series follows the Hunter of Voramis, an assassin with a mysterious past and a dagger that drives him to kill. On the surface, he seems like nothing more than a bad-ass, but he’s actually someone who (like me, like all of us) is looking to belong in a world that rejects him. He struggles with his “inner demons” (literally) and the dagger’s demand for blood. He may be an assassin, but in the human aspects, he’s someone that we can all relate to.

Indie publishing or traditional publishing – and why?

I went the route of publishing two series via a small press, but I’ve decided that it was time to try self-publishing. I have more control over the books, and I can churn them out/publish them much more quickly. Given the ever-changing market, it seemed like the best option.

Any other projects in the pipeline?

This six-book series is totally written and with the editor, and I will be releasing the entire series between May 29 and September 4th. As that’s happening, I’m working on a five-book sequel series, which is set up via a murder mystery novel that features both the Hunter of Voramis and Ilanna, the thief protagonist from my Queen of Thieves series.

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

My goal is to tell the best stories possible, and to connect with people through the characters and situations I write. In order to do that, I have to take risks with my creativity. For example, writing the Queen of Thieves series was that risk, because I (being a 6’6” male) have no experience writing a small (5’3”) female. Writing the Queen of Thieves series was a huge gamble, but one I was thrilled to tackle because it challenged me to see life from the opposite perspective. It took a lot of research to get it right, but I’m very glad I did because it is still my favorite series to date.

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

Just let it flow. I’m the kind of person who likes to have everything figured out and in place before I start writing, but sometimes that kind of overthinking can stifle creativity. I’ve come to realize that I can organize myself with an outline, but ultimately the story will flow much better if I don’t have every little detail figured out. The story tends to shape itself within the structure, but it needs room to breathe and grow.

Links & Bio:

I am, first and foremost, a storyteller and an artist–words are my palette. Fantasy is my genre of choice, and I love to explore the darker side of human nature through the filter of fantasy heroes, villains, and everything in between. I’m also a freelance writer, a book lover, and a guy who just loves to meet new people and spend hours talking about my fascination for the worlds I encounter in the pages of fantasy novels.

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10 Things You Need to Know About Me:

  1. Hot wings, ALWAYS!
  2. I never forget a face, but rarely remember a name.
  3. I’m a head taller than the average person (I’m 6′ 6″)
  4. Marvel > DC
  5. I was born in Japan, and lived there until the age of 14.
  6. Selena Gomez, Skrillex, Simon & Garfunkel, Celine Dion, and Five Finger Death Punch are all in my writing playlist.
  7. Aliens are real, but it’s self-centered of us to believe that they would come to visit Earth.
  8. Watching sports: suck. Playing sports: EPIC!
  9. I earned a purple belt in Karate/Hapkido/Taekwondo.
  10. I dislike most Christmas music, aside from Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

A Few of My Favorite Things

Favorite Books: The Gentlemen Bastards by Scott Lynch, The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson, Sherlock Holmes by A.C. Doyle, Warlord of Mars by E.R. Burroughs

Favorite Songs: Wrong Side of Heaven by Five Finger Death Punch, Prayer by Disturbed, I’m an Albatraoz by AronChupa, Look Down from Les Miserables, Shatter Me by Lindsay Sterling and Lizzi Hale

Favorite Movies: 300, Red Cliff, Shoot Em Up, Love Actually, Princess Bride

Favorite Comics: Anything with Deadpool, Wolverine or Doop in it

Favorite Foods: Hot Wings, Meat-Lover’s Salad, A good sandwich (made by me), Yaki Soba, Sushi

Favorite TV Shows: The Flash, Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hawaii Five-0, Brooklyn 99, Firefly (too soon!), The Last Ship, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones

Sunday Surprise


And it’s the first guest of the year! And she’s Italian like me! I heard her speak at a panel here in Rome and later contacted her through Facebook. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli (I kind of heard the announcement in a Sam Rockwell’s voice from Galaxy Quest: “And now please welcome Commander Peter-peter-peter Quincy-quincy-quincy Taggart!”)! 😀

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Where do you live and write from?

I live in Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia (Italy), a beautiful city by the Mediterranean Sea.

Why do you write?

I write to make my stories real.

When did you start writing?

I was 17 or 18. I loved (and still love) films and I had so many stories in my head, so I started by writing screenplays. Then I turned to fan fiction. I’ve written original fiction since 2009.

What genre(s) do you write?

I write science fiction and thrillers.

What does your writing routine consist of?

I don’t have a special routine for writing. I don’t write every day. I plan my writing periods ahead of time. They usually lasts a few months, depending on the length of the book (I can write 40-50k words a month). In those periods I put myself in front of my pc for 4-5 hours almost every day (except holidays). Sometimes I do that first time in the day, sometimes late at night.

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

I think I’m good in getting the reader into the mind of the characters. With practice, I learned to identify in the PoV characters and use the proper style (that is “show, don’t tell”) to write the story from their head.

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

I find inspiration in everything that touches my life. Real personal experience or what other people told me. Books I read, films I see, TV series I watch. Articles I read. Everything and anything.

Outliner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?

I’m definitely an outliner, although I often change the outline during the writing. I think I’m a fairly fast writer. I tend to write 1500-2000 words per writing session (4-5 hours).

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

My main goal is writing stories that I care to become real (in my mind), i.e. books that I would read as a reader. Writing is currently an important source of income in my life. My goal is to make it be so also in the future.

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

I really can’t remember one in particular.

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

My latest book in Italian is “Oltre il limite” (Beyond the Limit), book three in the Detective Eric Shaw Trilogy (it’s a crime thriller series).

My latest book in English is “Kindred Intentions”, an action-packed thriller set in London and surroundings about an undercover agent, Amelia Jennings, who becomes prey in a man hunt. Her life will change completely in exactly 24 hours.

I hear your English title(s) is (are) published by Amazon imprints. How did that happen?

An English edition of my crime thriller “The Mentor” (original title: “Il mentore”, book one in the Detective Eric Shaw Trilogy) was published by AmazonCrossing in autumn 2015 and it was a bestseller, reaching No. 1 in the Kindle Store in USA, UK, and Australia.
The translation rights in English were reverted to me at the beginning of December 2017, so a new edition, with a brand new translation, will be published in the near future.
I landed this contract with Amazon Publishing in 2014, when “Il mentore” was published in Italian. It was selling very well for a few months, when I received an e-mail from a person at Amazon Publishing who wanted to speak to me over the phone. We had an interesting conversation, then I was contacted by an AmazonCrossing editor from Seattle. I had the chance to meet this person at the Frankfurter Buchmesse a couple of weeks later. After that meeting I received an offer from her.

Any other projects in the pipeline?

In the English-speaking market, I’m focused on translating and get the whole Detective Eric Shaw Trilogy published.
Concerning the Italian market, I’m starting to work on the fourth book in the Aurora Saga (science fiction), titled “Sirius. In caduta libera” (Sirius. Free Falling). Moreover I’m writing a book about self-publishing, based on a class I taught at the University of Insubria (Varese, Italy) in 2016.

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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! Oh, hello there, little one! Tell me a little about yourself!

My name is Kero, and I’m a West Highland White Terrier.

Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Small white dog with pointed ears and a black nose.

Would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

I love my human very much, and would do anything to keep her safe. I hate being away from her for that reason: What if she needs me to protect her and I’m not there?

Indeed! What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

I face all kinds of challenges, but they can all be explained in one short sentence: Exploring the world, and trying to make sense of some of the strange things humans do.

Ha! Good luck with making sense of humans! Do you have a family? Tell me about them.

I have a human I absolutely adore. I sometimes have to share her with other humans – sometimes even other animals – but you won’t hear much about that in my books, because the stories focus on the adventures me and my human have together.

Wonderful! Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

I’m bigger than a lot of West Highland White Terriers. Most Westies only get to somewhere between eight and ten inches at the shoulder, but I’m a whole foot at the shoulder. I still meet Kennel Club standards for my breed, since they do state that my height is acceptable for the maximum size of a Westie, but most people find it unusual that I’m such a big boy.

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The “Kero’s World” series is a seven book series that follows the adventures of a West Highland White Terrier named Kero – based on the real life experiences of the author’s dog by the same name.

The books have been in eBook and paperback for a while, and now they’re also available in audio, thanks to the skills of narrator Giles Miller.

Regardless of the format you’d prefer, here are the main places where you can buy the books:

Book 1 – Kero Goes Walkies

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Goes-Walkies-Audiobook/B075G1P29M/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/312873

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-goes-walkies-victoria-zigler/1115292107

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-goes-walkies

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-goes-walkies/9781301045556-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-goes-walkies/id646101881

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-goes-walkies-keros-world-book-1-unabridged/id1281682080

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kero-Goes-Walkies-Keros-World/dp/1512358002/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kero-Goes-Walkies-Keros-World/dp/1512358002/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Kero-Goes-Walkies-Keros-World/dp/1512358002/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Goes-Walkies-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358001

Book 2 – Kero Celebrates His Birthday

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Celebrates-His-Birthday-Audiobook/B076JLCYM8/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/319037

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-celebrates-his-birthday-victoria-zigler/1115457791

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-celebrates-his-birthday

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-celebrates-his-birthday/9781301569700-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-celebrates-his-birthday/id655736313

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-celebrates-his-birthday-keros-world-book-2-unabridged/id1299188305

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kero-Celebrates-His-Birthday-Keros-x/dp/1512358061/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kero-Celebrates-His-Birthday-Keros-x/dp/1512358061/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Kero-Celebrates-His-Birthday-Keros-x/dp/1512358061/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Celebrates-His-Birthday-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358063

Book 3 – Kero Gets Sick

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Gets-Sick-Audiobook/B076JHMF35/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/324875

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-gets-sick-victoria-zigler/1115766744

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-gets-sick

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-gets-sick/9781301564569-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-gets-sick/id662445496

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-gets-sick-keros-world-book-3-unabridged/id1299180270

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kero-Gets-Sick-Keros-World/dp/1512358118/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kero-Gets-Sick-Keros-World/dp/1512358118/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Kero-Gets-Sick-Keros-World/dp/1512358118/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Gets-Sick-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358117

Book 4 – Kero Celebrates Halloween

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Celebrates-Halloween-Audiobook/B076JLY9N8/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/342194

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-celebrates-halloween-victoria-zigler/1116264603

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-celebrates-halloween

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-celebrates-halloween/9781301689095-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-celebrates-halloween/id681250334

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-celebrates-halloween-keros-world-book-4-unabridged/id1299188237

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Kero-Celebrates-Halloween-Keros-World/1512358177/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/d/Books/Kero-Celebrates-Halloween-Keros-World/1512358177/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/d/Books/Kero-Celebrates-Halloween-Keros-World/1512358177/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Celebrates-Halloween-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358179

Book 5 – Kero Goes To Town

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Goes-to-Town-Audiobook/B076JKC8WY/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/344560

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-goes-to-town-victoria-zigler/1116351967

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-goes-to-town

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-goes-to-town/9781301736898-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-goes-to-town/id685077071

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-goes-to-town-keros-world-book-5-unabridged/id1299180347

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kero-Goes-Town-Keros-World/dp/1512358258/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kero-Goes-Town-Keros-World/dp/1512358258/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Kero-Goes-Town-Keros-World/dp/1512358258/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Goes-Town-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358254

Book 6 – Kero Celebrates Christmas

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Celebrates-Christmas-Audiobook/B076JLCWXJ/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/344566

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-celebrates-christmas-victoria-zigler/1116351968

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-celebrates-christmas

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-celebrates-christmas/9781301781553-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-celebrates-christmas/id685077053

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-celebrates-christmas-keros-world-book-6-unabridged/id1299184684

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kero-Celebrates-Christmas-Keros-World/dp/1512358290/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kero-Celebrates-Christmas-Keros-World/dp/1512358290/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Kero-Celebrates-Christmas-Keros-World/dp/1512358290/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Celebrates-Christmas-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358292

Book 7 – Kero Crosses The Rainbow Bridge

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Crosses-the-Rainbow-Bridge-Audiobook/B076JLDP7B/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/467451

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-crosses-the-rainbow-bridge-victoria-zigler/1120258086

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-crosses-the-rainbow-bridge

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-crosses-the-rainbow-bridge/9781311579089-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-crosses-the-rainbow-bridge/id909832745

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-crosses-rainbow-bridge-keros-world-volume-7-unabridged/id1299180482

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kero-Crosses-Rainbow-Bridge-Keros/dp/1512358320/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kero-Crosses-Rainbow-Bridge-Keros/dp/1512358320/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Kero-Crosses-Rainbow-Bridge-Keros/dp/1512358320/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Crosses-Rainbow-Bridge-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358322

You can also find the books on Goodreads.

Book 1: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17881737-kero-goes-walkies

Book 2: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17974626-kero-celebrates-his-birthday

Book 3: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18052712-kero-gets-sick

Book 4: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18052730-kero-celebrates-halloween

Book 5: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18052750-kero-goes-to-town

Book 6: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18052768-kero-celebrates-christmas

Book 7: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22919083-kero-crosses-the-rainbow-bridge

***~~~***

About the author:

Victoria Zigler is a blind poet and children’s author who was born and raised in the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, and is now living on the South-East coast of England, UK. Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, has a very vivid imagination, and spends a lot of time in fictional worlds; some created by her, others created by other authors. When she remembers to spend some time in the real world, it’s mostly to spend time with her hubby and pets, though sometimes to indulge in other interests that capture her attention from time to time. To date she has published 8 poetry books and more than 40 children’s books, with more planned for the near future. She’s also contributed a story to the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II.

Author links:
Website: http://www.zigler.co.uk
Blog: http://ziglernews.blogspot.co.uk
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/toriz
Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Zigler/424999294215717
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/victoriazigler
Google+: https://plus.google.com/106139346484856942827

Sunday Surprise


And it’s a guest! From the Vampires of the World bundle! Where we get to the origins of the legend, Transylvania itself! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Kari Kilgore!

Where do you live and write from?

I live in my native Appalachian Mountains in Virginia, though I grew up and have lived all over the place. Our house is at the end of a long dirt road on 250 forested acres, with dogs, cats, and wildlife my husband Jason Adams and I are better off not knowing too much about.

Why do you write?

The truest answer is so I can find out what happens. Once a what if… takes root in my mind, some part of me can’t rest until I know how it turns out. It really is a turbocharged form of reading.

When did you start writing?

I remember telling myself elaborate stories when I was bored as a kid, even before grade school, and directing the other neighborhood kids in dramatic story adventures when we played outside. I first remember using written words for stories pretty much as soon as I learned how. After years of life and other distractions, I focused on storytelling around 2014.

What genre(s) do you write?

All over the place! The best way I’ve found to describe it is genre agnostic speculative fiction. I rarely write anything that stays here and now in the normal world. I’ve ranged from science fiction to steampunk to ghost stories. A whole lot of what I write fits into magic realism, often called contemporary fantasy.

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

My main goal is to have fun and tell myself the story. After that, I love to share it with others. Right now, that means continuing to build up my catalog and practice as much as I possibly can. I’m definitely an indie when it comes to novels, but I submit short stories and novellas to traditional magazines regularly.

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

Write the next thing. I heard Hugh Howey say that ages ago, and I’ve returned to it frequently ever since.

Outliner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?

Improviser for sure. Outlines grind me to a halt, every time. Once I get into a story and the characters are in charge, I can write very fast. Several thousand words a day, straight through to the end. I’d like to do that more consistently.

Tell us more about your book in the bundle.

Until Death started out during a horror writers workshop in Transylvania back in 2015. One of the first writing prompts was to focus on our setting and write for twenty minutes or so. I started with the stray dogs barking outside our mountain inn, and the character Leo showed up right away. That turned out to be the opening of the novel, almost word for word.

I submitted Until Death for the Bram Stoker Awards for First Novel, and much to my surprise and delight, it was one of the ten included on the preliminary ballot after the first round of voting. Since as an indie I have a publicity department of ME, I was thrilled! The whole experience was great fun, and I made a bunch of friends along the way.

Rather than accidentally giving spoilers, here’s the blurb:

Leo Sabov never imagined a day without his beloved wife Maria. Now he faces the rest of his life alone.

After bringing Maria to rest in her native Transylvania, Leo only wants to escape the rumors and superstitions taking over the tiny mountain village.

A former Communist Party boss, a string of unexplainable deaths, and an ancient mama dog force him into mysteries he can’t understand or explain.

Will Leo survive a test even greater than the heartbreaking death of his wife, one with life or death consequences?

Tell us about your latest book

The latest book I published was an Appalachian ghost story called Songs in the Mountain. It’s inspired by and based on the coal mining region where I live. I combined a few towns, conjured a mystery, and set about finding out what happened next. It’s also the closest thing I’ve written to a romance so far, despite the body count.

Hartstown, Virginia, holds stunning natural beauty
and a close-knit mountain community. Deep in the heart of Appalachian coal country, Hartstown also suffers more than its fair share of tragedy. 

Beth Azen discovers a strange ability that leads her deep into the ancient mysteries of the mountains around her. Mark Hersch finds more than he 
ever imagined on his lifelong quest to heal the damage left by decades of mining. 

Together, they discover the deadly nature of true loneliness.

Any other projects in the pipeline?

Absolutely! There will be a sequel to Until Death someday, and as usual, I’m looking forward to finding out how that goes. I’ll be publishing another novella this year, a contemporary fantasy set in Manhattan called Legacy of the Land. I’m wrapping up a post-apocalyptic series set here in Appalachia. And as always, more novels and short stories in progress. Folks can sign up to find out more at www.karikilgore.com or www.spiralpublishing.net. Hope to see you there!

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 iswitching 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 this time we have someone who is NOT from the head of that silly woman who thinks she’s writing ME. Hello, there… Tell me a little about yourself

My name is Toby, and I’m six years old.

Oh, cool, haven’t met many children yet! Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

I’m a little boy with dark hair.

Where do you live?

I live in a house, but I don’t know where it is. We have a big garden, and the house has enough rooms that I don’t have to share my bedroom with my big brother – like some little boys do.

I know what you mean! *roll eyes* I have a twin sister! What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

All kinds. My eyes don’t work any more, and it’s hard – and sometimes scary – learning how to do things now I can’t see. Sometimes I feel left out too, because it’s hard for me to do some of the things I could do when my eyes still worked. I feel sad sometimes too, because sometimes people laugh at me – or get mad at me – for things that aren’t my fault, and that wouldn’t happen if I wasn’t blind now. I’m learning how to do things with broken eyes, but it’s not easy, and sometimes I wish my eyes still worked.

People are often stupid. Try to ignore them. *grabs his hand and pats it* Do you have a family? Tell me about them.

There’s my Mother and Father. I also have a big brother named Jake, and a little sister named Emma. I used to play with Jake all the time, but I can’t play all the games he does now I can’t see any more. We have a dog named Max too. He’s a Collie, so he’s big and hairy.

Well, you have a nice family! Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

The main thing you need to know about me is that I went blind not too long ago. I have something called Glaucoma, and it made it so my eyes don’t work any more. It’s not fair, because Jake’s eyes still work, and so do all the rest of my family’s eyes. But not mine.

It is indeed unfair… I wish you all the best in your “new” life, I’m sure you can become a superhero in spite of your limitations!

***~~~***

About the books Toby stars in:

The Toby’s Tales series is a five book series that follows a little boy named Toby’s efforts to adjust after sight loss. It was written as a way to show those in similar situations that they aren’t alone in their fears and frustrations, while also being tools to educate sighted people – mainly children, but adults too – about the daily struggles faced by blind people, and how they overcome them.

The books were written by Victoria Zigler following her own sight loss. They’re available in multiple eBook formats, in paperback, and now in audio – read by Joseph A. Batzel.

Regardless of the format you’d prefer, here’s where you can buy the books:

Book 1 – Toby’s New World

Audible

Smashwords

CreateSpace

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Chapters-Indigo

iBooks

iTunes

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Amazon Canada

Book Depository

Book 2 – Toby’s Monsters

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Tobys-Monsters-Audiobook/B074SZ9BJX/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/247103

CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5519996

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tobys-monsters-victoria-zigler/1113744687

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/toby-s-monsters

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/tobys-monsters/9781301157921-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tobys-monsters/id574780594

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/tobys-monsters-tobys-tales-volume-2-unabridged/id1272267691

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/cka/Tobys-Monsters-2-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512358975

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/d/cka/Tobys-Monsters-2-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512358975

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/d/cka/Tobys-Monsters-2-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512358975

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Tobys-Monsters-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358971

Book 3 – Toby’s Outing

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Tobys-Outing-Audiobook/B074W95DRX/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/251587

CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5520007

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tobys-outing-victoria-zigler/1113846045

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/toby-s-outing

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/tobys-outing/9781301643264-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tobys-outing/id577001695

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/tobys-outing-tobys-tales-volume-3-unabridged/id1273856055

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tobys-Outing-3-Tales/dp/1512359041/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Tobys-Outing-3-Tales/dp/1512359041/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Tobys-Outing-3-Tales/dp/1512359041/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Tobys-Outing-Victoria-Zigler/9781512359046

Book 4 – Toby’s Games

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Tobys-Games-Audiobook/B074WCT1W4/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/271594

CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5520032

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tobys-games-victoria-zigler/1114302957

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/toby-s-games

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/tobys-games/9781301441082-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tobys-games/id595641562

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/tobys-games-tobys-tales-volume-4-unabridged/id1274236264

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Tobys-Games-4-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512359262/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/d/Books/Tobys-Games-4-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512359262/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/d/Books/Tobys-Games-4-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512359262/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Tobys-Games-Victoria-Zigler/9781512359268

Book 5 – Toby’s Special School

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Tobys-Special-School-Tobys-Tales-Volume-5-Audiobook/B0756Q5KB1/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/281507

CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5520068

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tobys-special-school-victoria-zigler/1114473423

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/toby-s-special-school

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/tobys-special-school/9781301489220-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tobys-special-school/id600171798

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/tobys-special-school-tobys-tales-volume-5-unabridged/id1277169221

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Tobys-Special-School-5-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512359335/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/d/Books/Tobys-Special-School-5-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512359335/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/d/Books/Tobys-Special-School-5-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512359335/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Tobys-Special-School-Victoria-Zigler/9781512359336

You can also find the books on Goodreads.

Book 1: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15992610-toby-s-new-world

Book 2: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16098832-toby-s-monsters

Book 3: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16127032-toby-s-outing

Book 4: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17209761-toby-s-games

Book 5: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17314257-toby-s-special-school

***~~~***

About the author:
Victoria Zigler is a blind poet and children’s author who was born and raised in the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, and is now living on the South-East coast of England, UK. Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, has a very vivid imagination, and spends a lot of time in fictional worlds; some created by her, others created by other authors. When she remembers to spend some time in the real world, it’s mostly to spend time with her hubby and pets, though sometimes to indulge in other interests that capture her attention from time to time. To date she has published 8 poetry books and more than 40 children’s books, with more planned for the near future. She’s also contributed a story to the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II.

Author links:
Website: http://www.zigler.co.uk
Blog: http://ziglernews.blogspot.co.uk
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/toriz
Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Zigler/424999294215717
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/victoriazigler
Google+: https://plus.google.com/106139346484856942827

About the narrator:

Joseph Batzel has a BA and an MA from Brigham Young University in Film and Theater. He is also a professional actor for stage and film for over thirty years. Joseph has over 150 voice- over credits including radio, TV, audiobooks, and animation. He has traveled extensively throughout the US teaching voice over workshops. Joseph is a dialectician and can perform most American regional dialects and most foreign accents.

Mr. Batzel has just joined Deyan audio one of the world’s largest Independent producer of Audiobooks as one of their narrators. He is married to his wife Alice of forty-four years, she is a published playwright and working on her first novel. They have two sons and five grandchildren. He presently lives in Brigham City, Utah where he currently works as an adjunct instructor at Utah State University teaching courses in Creative Arts and Public Speaking.

Sunday Surprise


And it’s a much revered guest! One of my first Goodreads friends! A lovely British gal I had the honor to meet in person after Loncon – she didn’t make it to Helsinki, but hopefully we’ll meet again in Dublin 2019. Or in London, whatever comes first, haha! Anyhow, she has a new book out, so check this interview! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcom J.A.Clement!

Where do you live and write from?

I live in the UK; I’m from the rural North but live in the South and work in London as my husband’s family live on the South coast.

Why do you write?

I write because I get twitchy if I don’t. I can only go so long without writing. Sooner or later it all bubbles up in me and life goes dull until I’m writing again. Then the gleam comes back.

When did you start writing?

I’ve always written, as far as I can remember. The first lengthy piece of writing I can remember was when I was eleven. My English teacher set us the task of writing three interlinked short stories. My friends did half a page each and grumbled about how hard it was. I didn’t dare tell them that mine were about twenty pages each and I’d had to ask for a new exercise book!

What genre(s) do you write?

Mostly fantasy, though I write contemporary humour under another name which I’m not going to tell you (as people will insist that they know who my characters are based on. I try to take that as a compliment that they seem so real, rather than being irritated. They’re not, but still…)

What does your writing routine consist of?

I write in my lunch hour when I get one, so it’s all a bit piecemeal. Sometimes in summer if I’m not too tired I write on the train instead of sleeping. If I’m really compulsively in the flow, I email myself bits of text while I’m in the lift or waiting for the kettle to boil or while tea is cooking. You’ll understand why editing is quite an important bit of the process for me!

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

My latest release is due tomorrow. A few years ago I wrote a Christmas story called A Sprig of Holly, about a girl called Greta. Recently I decided to revisit Greta for a novella called The Holly & the Ivy, which takes place a few years after when Greta’s daughter goes missing in a storm, and Greta finds out a little more about the help which came to her in the course of that first winter.

http://mybook.to/sprig_series

It’s almost fairytale /adventure style in tone – my other stuff is hardly the full grimdark but bad things happen to good people, whereas this is a lot lighter; gripping, I hope, but more like the sort of adventure story you used to get before everything went a bit dark and Nordic. A bit of light relief from an increasingly grimdark world, perhaps.

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

Write the most excellent book you can, and then move onto the next one. It’s easy to get tangled up in self-doubt and over editing, but when it comes to it, you have to trust yourself and your editors, and release your book to the lions, so to speak. Readers will make up their own minds. In the meantime you need to not be wasting time doing stuff like hitting refresh in case a review comes up. There is so little time in this life to actually write, you just need to squash it in wherever there is two minutes spare, and get on with it. Once it’s written, the editing and polishing is time consuming but not generally outrageously difficult, but first you need to write it completely to the end or you’ll be perfecting chapter four for the rest of your life and never publish the damn thing at all.

Blog: http://jaclement.wordpress.com

fb: http://www.facebook.com/jaclementwrites

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