Guest Post Noble Magic

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Finding my Editor

In 2007, my main character, Alex showed up with a plethora of stories. A year later, more stories developed and I finally broke out my old computer to write them down. It took me months to transfer everything into the computer and after I did, it left me with another problem. What was I going to do with it? I knew retirement was close at hand so I decided to publish and begin my journey as an author.

I scrubbed the stories and divided them into novels. By the end of 2008, I had rough drafts for the first three books in the first series, “The Seaward Isle Saga.” Although I’d read about getting an editor, I didn’t feel I needed one. I was literate. I’d been writing since I was little and had a bachelor’s degree and two masters.

At the end of 2010, I published my first book, “The Black Elf of Seaward Isle.” Unfortunately, it was only after publication when I noticed the errors and my awkward sentences. I made corrections and published it again. I decided to move on and work on the second book.

At about that time, I took a class and the instructor recommended getting an editor. After my experience with my first book, I looked one up on line and found one for a reasonable cost. I sent my manuscript in and a few weeks later, got a corrected manuscript back. The results weren’t bad—a few corrections here and there. I felt good about it and published my second book online.

While working on the print version, I happened to find a book called “Self-Editing for Fiction Writers” by Renni Brown and Dave King. I reviewed it on my blog and received a comment from the author, Renni Brown, who told me about her editing website. I checked it out and sent in a trial submission. I was impressed with the results and sent in my whole manuscript.

My manuscript came back with a lot of corrections and recommendations missed by the first editor. Some of these changes were painful and even included changing the title. But I also realized that this was exactly what my book needed. I’d found an editor who pulled no punches and told me what I needed to do to improve. I even had her edit my first book. This was in 2011 and I’ve been working with her ever since. My books have won several awards and I credit her editing for changing this newbie into an author.

About the Book

Title: Noble Magic: The Chronicles of Eledon Book Four

Author: Joni Parker

Genre: Fantasy

Lady Alexin (Alex) battles a band of mortal wizards known as the Octagon, discovers the mysteries of the five legendary diamond eggs, and finally comes into her true powers gifted to her by her conquests and the gifts of her Titan ancestors. Tasked with the seemingly impossible, Alex must find a way to restore the entry points to Seaward Isle or see its inhabitants face certain destruction as the grid holding Eledon together threatens to fall apart.


Author Bio

Joni currently lives in Tucson, Arizona, but she was born in Chicago, lived in Japan, graduated high school in Phoenix, and got married in New Jersey. Not only was she married to a career Navy sailor, but she also completed 22 years of active duty service herself. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting, an MBA, and a Master of Military Arts and Sciences (MMAS) from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.  After her husband passed away, she returned to the work in the Department of Homeland Security until she discovered her love of writing. She retired again and has written two series, “The Seaward Isle Saga,” a three-book series, and “The Chronicles of Eledon” with “Spell Breaker,” “The Blue Witch,” “Gossamer,” and “Noble Magic.”







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Author Interview The One Apart


Have you been writing for a long time?

I’ve been writing stories since I was about 7 years old when my second-grade English teacher required all her students to write a new story every week.  All my stories were true then, based on some childhood adventure I had over the summer or the weekend, and I remember the teacher praising them.  I also remember her forcing me to stand up in front of the class to read some of them—I was so shy!—and that made me want to start writing boring stories.  Years later, when I was still a kid, I started my first novel, handwritten in a spiral-bound notebook with a bright yellow cover.  It was essentially a retelling of the Cinderella story with a main character named Ella that—SURPRISE!—would be revealed as a secret Cinderella.  It’s a good thing I never finished it!  After that, I believed the folks that told me that writing is more of a dream and not really a career, so I only wrote sporadically when I was really moved to live my biggest dream, only for life and that “real career” to get in the way.  Finally, the urge to write, the feeling that you’re supposed to write, took over, and I finally gave my writing “dream” the priority it deserves.


What inspired you to start a writing career?

A love for reading inspired me to write.  I think it’s natural for all of us who love to read to be drawn to the idea of creating our own stories, developing our own ideas, and giving readers that sense of surprise or happiness that we enjoy when we read a great story.


Is this book a stand-alone, or part of a series?

The One Apart is a standalone story, which could continue with a sequel—if its readers demand it.


Why did you choose this genre?

I love the genres; I love most genres!  But in this case, the genre, the story, chose me.  My stories tend to start with a character or a situation, and then dictate the genre—whether the solution or the story unfolds one way or another.  For The One Apart, I woke up one morning with just one interesting sentence in mind as an idea for a brand-new story: “he remembered everything.”  It felt really impactful, like the fact that this person remembered “everything” was a big deal, that it wasn’t supposed to happen, something went wrong, or maybe, someone would be really upset to discover this person did remember everything.  That was it.  I had to start writing the story, from the very beginning, to learn just what was remember, who my main character was, etc.  And that’s when I found he remembered all of his past lives—and he wasn’t supposed to.


Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? 

Write, write, write.  Don’t allow yourself the distraction and hesitation of thinking about writing or reading about it; just write.  Write to gain your confidence, to find your voice, to get damn good, and push yourself to finally share something with the rest of the world.  And forget what others think of your work; if you really love writing for all the right reasons, you will be great at it and readers will recognize that.  BUT… if absolutely everyone says “eh…” about your stories, or only your mother and significant other “love it!” then take that as a bit of beautiful revelation: that you’re still holding yourself back, somehow for some reason.  And you need to dig deeper, into the place where you have no fear, or you’re courageous enough to write about what you fear.  And that’s the writing, the stories, that are pure gold.


About the Book

Title: The One Apart

Author: Justine Avery

Genre: Paranormal

Only one obstacle stands in his way of enjoying a normal life. He remembers—every life he’s lived before.

Tres is about to be born… with the biggest burden any has ever had to bear. He is beginning again—as an ageless adult trapped in an infant body.

He and his teenage mother face life filled with extraordinary challenges as they strive to protect, nurture, and hide how truly different he is. But Tres alone must solve the greatest mystery of all: who is he? The answer is linked to the one question he’s too afraid to ask: why am I?

In his quest, Tres discovers that all is considerably more interconnected and dynamic than he could ever imagine—and fraught with far more danger. He cannot hide from the unseen threat stalking him since his birth.

Life as he knows it—as all know it—is in peril. And Tres is the only one aware.



Author Bio

Justine Avery is an award-winning author of stories large and small for all. Born in the American Midwest and raised all over the world, she is inherently an explorer, duly fascinated by everything around her and excitedly noting the stories that abound all around. As an avid reader of all genres, she weaves her own stories among them all. She has a predilection for writing speculative fiction and story twists and surprises she can’t even predict herself.

Avery has either lived in or explored all 50 states of the union, over 36 countries, and all but one continent; she lost count after moving 30-some times before the age of 20. She’s intentionally jumped out of airplanes and off the highest bungee jump in New Zealand, scuba dived unintentionally with sharks, designed websites, intranets, and technical manuals, bartered with indigenous Panamanians, welded automobile frames, observed at the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo in Noba, Japan, and masterminded prosperous internet businesses—to name a few adventures. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree that life has never required, and at age 28, she sold everything she owned and quit corporate life—and her final “job”—to freelance and travel the world as she always dreamed of. And she’s never looked back.

Aside from her native English, Avery speaks a bit of Japanese and a bit more Spanish, her accent is an ever-evolving mixture of Midwestern American with notes of the Deep South and indiscriminate British vocabulary and rhythm, and she says “eh”—like the Kiwis, not the Canadians. She currently lives near Los Angeles with her husband, British film director Devon Avery, and their three adopted children: Becks, Sam, and Lia. She writes from wherever her curiosity takes her.

Avery loves to connect with fellow readers and creatives, explorers and imaginers, and cordially invites you to say “hello”—or konnichiwa.

Twitter: @Justine_Avery


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Book Review and Giveaway Winner Take All

Title: Winner Take All

Author: Mary Rodgers

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: A

Hot shot skier and unrepentant party girl Carly Carrington is on top of the world until a disastrous crash destroys her championship dreams. Can she lower her guard long enough to trust the one man who might be able to heal her body…and her heart?

When it comes to sports doctors, buttoned-up Paul Blackburn is the best of the best. But when Carly upends his carefully ordered little world, will Paul fight his one chance at true love, or go for the gold in… WINNER TAKE ALL.

Carly is an athlete who got into a disastrous crash. Her championship dreams are destroyed… In order for her body and heart to heal, she’ll have to rely on sports doctor Paul Blackburn, the best of the best. They have trust issues at first, but when Carly falls apart and only has Paul to rely on, she realizes she might be able to trust and love him after all.

Loved the romance, how slow it grew between the two of them, and how they were there for each other when it mattered.

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Author Interview Once Upon A Princess Duet

Author Interview

Have you been writing for a long time?


I can’t remember a time that I haven’t been writing! But I really began to take it seriously when I started taking writing classes at a local college. It was great to interact with other writers, even though it was scary at times to share my work. It was a supportive environment, though. I learned how to write short stories, and after a while I sold a few of them. After that, I worked up enough courage to start submitting my work to contests. Finally, about five years ago I completed my first novel. It’s been a progression from one step to the next.



What inspired you to start a writing career?


Since childhood I’ve always wanted to become a writer. The best thing is that I’ve been able to use writing in my various careers. (I’ve had a few!) From being a catalog copywriter to working in IT as a programmer and then as a technical writer. I’m fortunate that writing has always been part of my life in some way. Of course, writing fiction is much more fun than working on a technical manual! Writing for me is something I have to do. It’s that important.



Is this book a stand-alone or part of a series?


My original idea was for three short stories to be included in one book. But as I began to write, the stories got longer and longer. Finally I realized that I had two short novellas. So, I just went with it. This book is a stand-alone that includes the two novellas (which are also available as individual books). If it turns out that the third story gets expanded one day, I might release that as another book in the series.




Why did you choose this genre?


Fairy tales are so fascinating because they seem so simple on the surface, but they have important lessons about life. There are so many tales from all over the world, and a lot of them have similarities. For instance, there’s a version of the Cinderella story (based in China) that is thousands of years old. Stories connect us and I think by reading them, we can learn a lot about what it means to be human. I’d never considered writing a fairy tale before, though I have read a few retellings of popular stories. Of course, I had to add shifters because they’re fun to write and they make terrific heroes.



Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?


My advice would be to write as much as possible. Writers would always tell me to write every day. Sometimes I followed that advice, often I did not! I let other things get in the way, or I procrastinated because of fear that my stories wouldn’t be good enough. But you can’t get better unless you write. Also, it’s a great idea to either seek out writers’ groups or mentors for support. Be open to criticism to make your work better. However, keep in mind that everyone will not like what you write (or how you write your stories). That’s just how it is. It takes a lot of courage to believe in yourself and your work, and know that you have no control over how it will be received. That’s why, in my opinion, it takes a lot of love and commitment to be an author.

About the Book

Title: Once Upon A Princess Duet

Author: Deborah A. Bailey

Genre: Paranormal Romance

The Once Upon A Princess Duet

In these two sexy paranormal romance “fairy tales,” two princesses find that love with a shifter hero is not without complications – but there is always a happily-ever-after. Includes two complete short novellas.


“Heart of Stone”

In the ruins of a country destroyed by a curse. Princess Leesa goes looking for a way to help her people. Desperate to find an item of value to trade for supplies, she trespasses into an abandoned palace.

There, she finds more than she bargained for when she encounters a lonely Gargoyle who offers to provide her with everything she needs, for a price.

If she’s willing to pay it, she may find the love she’s been looking for. Or she may lose it, forever.


“Beauty & the Faun”

Kayla, a poor young woman runs away when her rich uncle and aunt arrange her marriage to a shifter prince from another land. Her uncle needs gold to settle his debts and the king is offering a great reward if he can obtain a willing bride for his son.

But Kayla’s plans to hide in the Great Forest hit a snag when two mischievous fauns find her and deliver her to a very sexy faun shifter who is ready to teach Kayla a thing or two about life and love.



Author Bio

Deborah A Bailey’s Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance stories include suspense, a bit of mystery and a lot of romantic heat.

She’s the author of the “Hathor Legacy” Science Fiction Romance series and several shapeshifter Paranormal Romance novels.  Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and have been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun. They’re included in her short story collection, “Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales.”

In addition to her fiction work, she’s published three non-fiction books including,“Think Like an Entrepreneur: Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge of Your Life.”









The Once Upon a Princess Duet
The Once Upon a Princess Duet
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Once Upon A Princess: Heart of Stone (individual novella – also available in KU)


Once Upon A Princess Duet: Beauty and the Faun (individual novella – also available in KU)



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Author Interview It Feels Good To Feel Good


Have you been writing for a long time? 

No, I just started writing when the opportunity arose through a course at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.  © They offered a Launch Your Dream Book© course while I was in a program to become an Integrative Health Coach.


What inspired you to start a writing career? 

I had a story that was begging to be told.  My personality is to be a story teller, and I had done 5 years of research to get myself well from inflammation and autoimmune disease, so it made sense to share it with the world and help others in my situation.


Is this book a stand-alone, or part of a series? 

It will be part of a series.  My next book is going to be how I live around 18 food sensitivities and as toxin free as possible.  It will be another hands on guide about all of the things that have now become second nature to me, but took a while to figure out.  I think that the information in my second book will be another building block enabling people to lower their toxic load and return to wellness.


Why should people read your book? 

I wrote the manual that I wish I had had when I got sick with autoimmune disease five years ago.  In the beginning I didn’t even know what I was looking for. My conventional doctor was not helpful, she only wanted to give me pills, and so I took my health into my own hands and started doing research.  There are many things that would be useful to anyone who is sick with inflammation.

I do a chapter on how to tell if you have inflammation.

I encourage people to “own” their own health, and to question everything.

I explain what the functional medicine approach is, and how it saved my life.

I discuss what autoimmune disease, and what the main causes of it are.

And then I go through toxins in all phases of our lives, and what I replaced them with.


Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? 

I am a strong believer that what you do in any phase of your life should be something that you have passion for.  If you have passion obstacles are something to find a way to get around.  I believe that this is also important to keep in mind as an author.  I wrote a nonfiction book about something that I really want to get out to the world.  But I am an avid fiction reader, so if you have a story that you are passionate to put onto paper and share with the world, then it needs to be written.  Don’t worry about if it is perfect, just sit down and write from your heart.  Just do it.  If you don’t jump off the cliff, you will never know if you can fly.  You can always go back and edit later….just start to get it out of your head and onto paper.  It will take on a life of its own.



About the Book

Title: It Feels Good to Feel Good

Author: Cheryl Meyer

Genre: Non-Fiction / Health

Got Pain?

This book is for anyone with chronic pain looking for answers. It will give you a place to start. You don’t have to resign yourself to a life of pain and pills.

In this book you will learn:
* What is causing your pain and how to eliminate it.
* How to find a practitioner that will help you gain back your health.
* What’s in your food? Organic, conventional, GMOs processed, fast, canned, dairy, factory farmed meat, soy, water.  Identify your sensitivities and heal your leaky gut.
* Identify the toxins in your life. in  your cosmetics, over the counter drugs,in you kitchen, in your body. Learn how to purge them.
* 34 stress busting ideas, and four simple exercises to reduce your stress.
* 32 suggestions from leading functional experts on how to get a good night’s sleep..
* How to recognize a toxic relationship and make it work or walk away.
* How to tame Anxious Negative Thoughts “ANTs”.
* The importance of movement, even for people who don’t like to move
* How to take control of your health, reduce your inflammation and feel great again!


Author Bio

About Cheryl Meyer aka Cheryl M Health Muse and her book, “It Feels Good to Feel Good, learn about toxins, reducing inflammation and feel great again.”

Five years ago, Cheryl got sick, really sick.  It was a perfect storm: she was working 24/7; her long-term relationship imploded; economic changes slowed her business; she got Type II diabetes; she was taking care of everyone else; her stress was out of control.

Then one morning … viola, Cheryl woke up in incredible pain that didn’t go away. Her doctor didn’t recognize what it was and thought it was in her head.

Cheryl didn’t want more pills, so she embarked on her own journey to find wellness.  When she started, she didn’t even know what she was looking for.  She was stunned to find toxins in every aspect of her life that were poisoning her.  She discovered the Functional Medicine community.  She was tested for food sensitivities.

This book shares everything that Cheryl learned to reverse her inflammation and put her autoimmune diseases at bay.  This is the get well manual that she wishes had been available when she got sick. The book is about first identifying  that toxins that were a significant cause of her leaky gut, then she identified  what  the toxins were  and finally she shares what she replaced them with. She addresses the toxins in our food, in our cosmetics, our cleaning supplies, our kitchen utensils, our water, our over the counter drugs, and even in our heads, stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, lack of movement and finally toxic relationships.  She wants to help others find a path to wellness.

Cheryl is now relatively pain-free, but still considers herself a work in progress.  She avoids the foods and spices on her specific, long list of problem foods.  She has purged toxins.  She has released stress and nagging worry.  She has learned to find joy in movement.  She has found love.  She is grateful.

Cheryl believes that following her journey will help you live a long, happy and pain-free life.
In order to help others, Cheryl has become a Holistic Health Coach, certified from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition©.

My book has won the following awards to date:

  • 3rd place CIPA EVVY Health/Wellness,
  • 2nd Place CIPA EVVY Illustrator in a non-children’s book
  • New Apple Summer Digital sole winner in Health/medical
  • The Living Evergreen Award Gold winner for books that exemplify better living.
  • It is in the top 10 from Write your Own Dream Book, November 17, Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
  • TOP 12 Books on the Spirited Woman Fall Equinox 2017 book list.


Book Reviews

“It Feels Good to Feel Good, learn to eliminate toxins, reduce inflammation and feel great again” is written by Cheryl Meyer, a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®, where she completed a cutting edge curriculum in nutrition and health coaching taught by the world’s leading experts in health and wellness.  I recommend you read this book and be in touch with Cheryl (Cheryl M Health Muse ) to see how she can help you successfully achieve your goals.

– Joshua Rosenthal, MScEd, Founder/Director, Institute for Integrative Nutrition

If you want to truly feel better…clean up! Just one tip from Cheryl’s book will change your life. She has written the ultimate source for getting well through detoxification.”Suzy Cohen, RPh Author of “Drug Muggers: Which Medications Are Robbing Your Body of Essential Nutrients and How to Restore Them.

“You have taken putting soap in the mouth for naughty words …” to a New Level!  LOL Who knew we were surrounded by so many toxins.

I’ve pretty much finished your book now working on giving sections to my family and friend that I think will especially appreciate certain chapters!  YOU, my Dear, have found your calling, YOU make this rather “dull” subject a Very Good, interesting read, with fun personal touches along the way.

I LOVE your book; I hope people will embrace it.  Why worry so much about health care if we keep killing ourselves with poison.  We can all start with eliminating the toxins out of our lives.              Val Peterson

“As a Functional Medicine Doctor who partners with patients to deal with the root causes of their symptoms, it was a pleasure to read a book that offers such a comprehensive yet simple approach to improve health, reduce inflammation and pain, lose weight and increase energy. This is a great reference to keep in reach on your own journey to optimal wellness.  If you are struggling with chronic symptoms like digestive problems, hormonal imbalances, and autoimmune disorders, this book may really help you. It lays out practical tools that you can use right away and at your own pace, everything from how to change your shopping choices to getting more comprehensive medical testing to reduce your toxic burden. Her simple to understand, well researched and easy-to-adopt tools can be helpful to even the busiest among us.”   Dr. Shilpa Sayana, Founder and Medical Director, Sayana Wellness Centers

“Cheryl has been not only been an exemplary patient, she has made it her mission to inspire and help others with her experience and knowledge!”   Susan Spizer, MTCM, L.Ac.

She writes like she talks, straight and with passion.  What you will read here will surprise you. A helpful read that you will refer back time and time again for reference.” Scott Lee, Master, Body and Brain Yoga, Monrovia

“My friend, Cheryl Meyer has written a book that I recently finished called “It feels good to feel good”. It has a lot of common sense solutions (many that you would never think of) to healthy, toxin free living designed around the reduction of inflammation through what you put in and on your body. Most of this is from her personal experience. I know Cheryl to be one of the finest people you’ll ever know. Cheryl’s also a big proponent of “functional medicine”. If you are unfamiliar with this form of medical practice, you need to read her book. It will change the way you think”.  Frank Jones

Cheryl’s book is as timely as it is informative. This is an excellent read for those seasoned in the holistic lifestyle as well as those just beginning. There is something for everyone. Her material covers everything from probiotics, house cleaning materials, and abdominal massages, to which teas to drink for better sleep. She has the latest information on metal detoxing and extensive research on the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat.

Cheryl provides real solutions that can be implemented far beyond the basics with a bend toward functional medicine. I personally ordered three products within hours of reading her book. I’m especially thrilled with the depth of her research around relationships and those that can be toxic. Make sure to read this book and hold onto the “not to miss points” at the beginning of each section.
Shannon Eavenson, Author, & Physical Therapist/Health Coach






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Author Interview The Matriarch Matrix


Have you been writing for a long time?

It feels like forever after completing The Matriarch Matrix. I started seriously considering attempting a novel in spring of 2016 when the good fortune of a more open schedule came my way. My writing proclivity started in primary school when I attempted to write an epic emulating the Hornblower series. I never finished, but the teacher was generous with my grade. I continued to write stories and plays through secondary school. Then that fateful moment comes when your parents ask “what do you want to be when you grow up.” Philosopher, historian, or writer as an answer does not play well in those conversations. So STEM I went until I completed a very successful STEM based career. And now, I am blessed with opportunity to be that philosopher, historian, and writer that I had once aspired to be.

What inspired you to start a writing career?

A number of years ago, I searched for ways to help high IQ analytical people work on their EQ as, among others, I managed many gifted people who fit this description. And to my surprise, reading fiction came to the top of the solution list. Not watching film, but reading which forces you to use your imagination, forces you to envision how people feel, think, and emote. So that I walk the new talk, I began to read fiction. Paperbacks at first, but I then dared to download the Kindle app onto my phone. And wow. Speed reading on steroids! I could polish off a novel every three to four days on top of a full and long executive work day.

I read an author say that if you are prolific reader, you already know how to write. He said you have subconsciously absorbed the writing styles and techniques of every book, of every author you have read. And in the spring of 2016 when the opportunity presented, I made the commitment many people do – to write a book. I spent two months reading and listening to every source I could find about writing novels as I simultaneously outlined a story in a daily writing journal. And finally after my brain overflowed with strands and clumps of varying advice, I ended the learning and just started writing the story I outlined. And what that author said came true. What came out of my fingers represented a synthesis of all the fiction, all the genres, all the authors I had been reading.

Is your book a stand-alone, or part of a series?

If you had asked me after the second of three rounds of beta-readers, I would have said a stand-alone. As I attended writers conference after writers conference over the past year, many told me to break up my manuscript into two books. Yes, it is long. Like a Dan Brown Robert Langdon series book or Mary Doria Russell’s Sparrow. I did an extensive re-write trying to make Part 1 stand on its own, but thought it would have been a weak stand-alone book without Part 2 which the third round of beta readers concurred with.

But I always thought there was a follow on story for which I have most of the synopsis underway now. The premise of ancient giants, of mysterious objects, of the origin of our faiths, permeates through cultures and myths around the world. I did not wrap up The Matriarch Matrix as tightly as some reviewers would have liked, which may have left some not fully fulfilled. But I left the threads open for the second book. And maybe a third.

Why did you choose this genre?

Another great question. What genre is this book? At a recent writers conference hosted by a chapter of the Romance Writers of America, I heard the best articulation of different genres definitions. It was there that I realized that I had pulled what I need from different genres to create this story. One lunch I sat with a well-published author and shared with her this story. And she affirmed that is what a debut author should do. Write the best story they can regardless of genre definitions.

Kindle lists the book as Religious Mystery and Metaphysical Fiction. Why? Originally it was listed as Science Fiction/Action-Adventure and Metaphysical Fiction. As I saw the first thirty reviews, I saw the words “suspense” and “mystery” come up often. So I asked Amazon for a change. Why Religious and Metaphysical? The origin of faith and the religious beliefs of the characters are foundations of the conflict created in the story. It is not “Inspirational Fiction” as I have heard it defined at RWA conferences, but it is a story about characters with deeply held religious background – a Sufi Kurdish woman, a Jesuit priest, and an alien believing atheist – and their need to overcome their differences to solve the problems in the storyline. Ironically, Amazon Books also lists this book as Romance/Science Fiction and Romance/Action-Adventure. Did what I learned from RWA shine through?

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

1. Write what you believe in. Over and over again, experienced authors espouse the importance of authenticity for readers. And if you don’t believe in what you are writing, how can it read authentic to the reader? After reading some of the more critical reviews last month, I broached to one my alpha readers drafting a new edition to soften some aspects of the book. And she said with all firmness, as only a strong matriarchal figure like her can, that I need to stand by what I believe. And I knew what she meant. I could have edited those sections differently, but chose not to. My message, my belief, my research into the tragedy of the oppression of different people and cultures throughout time, all needed to be prominent to decry the tragedy and terror of unchecked tyranny as contrasted to the heroic recovery of the story’s heroine.

2. Surround yourself with expertise. You need an editor. One who has the experience in the type of book you want yours to be or with working with an author like you. They are like your conscious. Think of your book like a loved one. Your love for them may impede your objectivity concerning their
health. Usually you bring your loved ones to a doctor, an expert who is dispassionate and who can make object recommendations on your loved one’s care. A good editor is like that doctor for your book.

If you can before the final edit, utilize beta-readers who you do not know, who are willing to say unfettered what they really are thinking. Reading their feedback is the ultimate in highs and lows, sometimes seriously painful, but I found real readers’ beta comments were 100% predictive of reviews I have seen once my book launched.

Finally, spend the resources you can in the editing process – go through each of the three recommended rounds. Each round makes your book that much better.


About the Book

Title: The Matriarch Matrix

Author: Maxime Trencavel

Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure

The Matriarch Matrix – A speculative fiction novel of origins, faith, passion, and the pursuit of peace.

It was always his destiny to save her. It was always her destiny to die. The fate of the world hangs on their choices… 

The past foretells her future…

What does it take to change a loving child of peace into an assassin for a dangerous and powerful oligarch? Zara Khatum knows. Once a fighter for her Kurdish people, the memory of the atrocities inflicted by her captors has Zara seeking one thing: vengeance. But the voices of the ancients call to Zara. In the past, in another life, she knew the secrets of the artifact…

Twelve thousand years ago…

She is Nanshe, revered matriarch of the family she led away from the monsters of the north. In the land that would one day mark the treacherous border between Turkey and Syria, she created the temples at Gobleki Tepe and founded a dynasty, heirs to a powerful object. For millennia, Nanshe’s descendants have passed down the legend of the artifact: “The object can save. But only a man and woman together can guide the salvation of others.”

Heirs to destiny…

By fate or destiny, Zara is thrown in with Peter Gollinger, a quirky Californian from the other side of the world and the other side of everything she believes. But he, too, is heeding the voices of his ancestors. Joined by Jean-Paul, a former Jesuit priest, these three people—from wildly different religions and cultures—must find a way to work together to solve a twelve thousand-year-old mystery of the powerful object that spawned a faith. The world teeters on the precipice of war. The outcome depends on them. And one of them is living a lie.

The Matriarch Matrix is a rich and deeply layered epic story – a spiritual odyssey with a heartbeat of an action adventure. It may make you think, ponder, reflect upon where we came from and where we are going. It blends our past with a speculative future of things that are not so far-fetched. It blends the drama, the comedy, the romance, the tragedy of three protagonists with different cultures, traditions, and beliefs – a Sufi woman, a Jesuit priest, and an alien origin believing atheist. Their journeys separately and together will be a test of their respective faiths and their inner search for personal and family redemption.


Author Bio

Maxime has been scribbling stories since grade school from adventure epics to morality plays. Blessed with living in multicultural pluralistic settings and having earned degrees in science and marketing, Maxime has worked in business and sports, traveling to countries across five continents and learning about cultures, traditions, and the importance of tolerance and understanding. Maxime’s debut novel was written and edited in different locations in Belgium, including the Turkish and Kurdish neighborhoods of Brussels, in South America, and on the two coasts of the United States.



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Guest Post The Imaginarium of the Innocent

Guest Post by H.A. Betancourt

¡Buen día a todos ustedes!


I am H.A. Betancourt and I’m happy to be hosting this guest post! I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about my new book, “The Imaginarium of the Innocent”. This book was born back when I was in film school as a 1 minute short film. The concept was very vague, about a boy who dreamt of fantasy creatures and places and then woke up strapped to a wheelchair. It was a very interesting concept that I started developing through four years to transform. Eventually, after so long, I wrote a novel that now you can read, which is a great pride and joy.


The book follows Toby, who is a boy from Belgium during in World War II. After a night of devastation, he is lost in a wheelchair and taken to an orphanage in London. It is thanks to the power of innocence and imagination that he finds himself travelling back and forth between a fantasy world and Earth, where he learns different lessons and will have to find himself again through adventures and hardships.


This book contains a lot of lessons and heartwarming moments that I hope resonate with you and the child within. Each chapter is accompanied with an illustration and a poem, so it’s a full package of emotions that I hope will find a place in your heart.


The process of creating this book was one full of challenges, even before the publishing process. It all started with the creation of the illustrations and the writing of the manuscript. I’m very happy to finally unveil to you this book, and I hope you find a lot of spirit in it!


Thank you,

H.A. Betancourt

About the Book

Title: The Imaginarium of the Innocent

Author: H.A. Betancourt

Genre: Fantasy

While young Wendy and her brothers were taken to Neverland by Peter Pan, Alice fell through a rabbit hole and the Pevensie siblings crossed over to Narnia, another boy was taken to another fantastic place: his own heart.

Great losses crumble the worlds of even the steadiest individuals. In The Imaginarium of the Innocent, ten-year-old Tobias Young’s sense of home is torn from him in one night of wartime devastation in Belgium. Instead of security, love and peace, Toby now faces deep despair and cold numbness. In the aftermath of the destruction of his soul, he is crippled and orphaned in London.Not only does Toby struggle to accept his handicap, he battles the will to be happy. With the help of a magical soaring eagle, Eoloswing, Toby enters the endangered Imaginarium as the Nightingale—a young man destined to save his newfound friends from the evil of the Hopeslayer. As Toby searches for answers and happiness—with his new roommate and his sister—in both the orphanage and the gorgeous and captivating floating island of dreams, he must learn to address his own heart and remember to retain his own Spark of Elan.



Author Bio

H.A Betancourt is a Miami-based author. He started writing when he was 13 years old, eventually starting to write his own stories at the age of sixteen. He has a passion for storytelling and studied film production, screenwriting and creative writing. “The Imaginarium of the Innocent” marks his first big release in English language. Born and raised in México, he is proud of his heritage but has a dream to see more of the world.










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