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Guest Post and Giveaway Kellynch

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Today’s guest is Kwen D. Griffith, author of Jane Austen fanfiction / romance “Kellynch”. Welcome!

Guest Post

I grew up in a part of the country where television coverage was rare. In order to get a television signal, a hookup to a line, much like a telephone line, was required. In my childhood home, books were the primary form of relaxation. Long before I was inspired to write, I was inspired to read.

Reading allowed me to go places and do things that would not otherwise be possible for a kid raised on a ranch in Idaho. I was old enough to understand wordsmithing when I read my first book by Ernest Hemingway and he became my hero. He not only provided a pastime for me, but he set free an enthusiasm that allowed me to almost become a part of the story. I was no longer just a reader; I was a witness to the happenings on the pages. His knock-about, no holds barred, damn the rules style of storytelling excited me and awakened in me the desire to write.

My obligation to anyone who chooses to read one of my books is primarily to entertain them. I want reading one of my books to simulate a rollercoaster ride. Allow me the first chapter to buckle you in and start the car in motion. I view the first chapter to simulate the coaster slowly crawling up the big climb. I don’t mean to say it’s boring or slow-moving but it starts the adrenalin flowing and the butterflies churning.

Once the top is crested, the story, just like the coaster picks up speed and the rush is on. The story is laid out just like the track. It is connected and continuous but it contains surprises and unexpected twists and turns. A common compliment I receive is, “I gave up trying to outsmart the writer and just set back and enjoyed the book.”

As the story comes to a close, just like on a coaster the momentum is spent and bumpers help the cars come to a stop. I want the reader to close the book, take a deep breath, and say “Wow that was fun.”

I am a history nut and so I like to put tidbits of history in my stories. Not enough to get bogged down, just enough to tack the story in place. In one story, for example, I talked about the first game played by the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field. Doing this also feeds my need to do research.

I invite you to give “Kellynch” a try. I think you will enjoy it, but if regency era fan fiction is not your genre of choice, check out my other books on Amazon.com. Drop me a line; let me know what you think.

About the Book

Kellynch Book coverTitle: Kellynch

Author: Kwen D. Griffeth

Genre: Jane Austen Fanfiction / Romance

Jane Austen completed “Persuasion” in August 1816. It was to be her last book. She left us with the story of Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth and she left them approaching “happily ever after.” What happens the day following “happily ever after?”

The story of Kellynch picks up three years after the couple married and were able to secure the Kellynch estate from Sir Walter and Cousin William Elliot agreed to waive the entailment.

It would seem all is well with the young couple, but all is not as it seems.

Kellynch is a story of deceit and treachery as well as courage and overcoming the odds. It is a story in which those who were assumed to be friends are not and where support comes from unexpected places. Love again, will, be tested in a story set against the backdrop of historical events.

Throughout the book, I have tried to remain true to the characters as Miss Austen created them. I sought to develop and introduce new characters that would meet with her approval.

Author Bio

Author PhotoWhen describing my life, I think Douglas Adams said it best, “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I have ended up where I needed to be.”

Books have always been a large part of my meandering.

I grew up on a ranch in southeastern Idaho and my friends were a mixed and rowdy bunch. Louis L’Amour told me tales of the west, but Edgar Rice Burroughs took me to the jungles of Africa. Sir Author Conan Doyle walked with me through the fog-covered streets of London, and Jane Austen taught me to be a gentleman.

I read several other authors but I was fourteen when I met the man. Sitting in an English class, I chose a book from a required reading list and I was introduced to Ernest Hemingway. His book, “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” allowed Mister Hemingway, Robert Jordan, and I to fight in the Spanish Civil War and I never left Idaho. When I closed the back cover, I knew that no matter whatever else I did, I would be a writer. Even today, when I think back, I am still in awe of how Hemingway’s words touched the soul of an adolescent boy.

I entered the Army a year after high school and stayed in uniform for the next two decades. The military offered me the opportunity to live my own adventures separate from the ones I lived vicariously in books. While in uniform, I worked in a variety of fields, Infantry, Military Police, and Military Intelligence. I worked on a psychiatric ward and later at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. I took trips to Mexico, Canada, and twice to Germany. I have visited the forty-eight contiguous states and desperately want to see the other two.

Along the way, I met and kept printed friends Allister Maclean, Robert Ludlow, John Grisham, and Tom Clancy. I had flings with several others, Joseph Wambaugh, Clive Cussler, and Stephen King.

I started to write and failed. Repeatedly, I would start a story, only to end it and discard it as it sounded too much like the works of one of my friends. I went through periods when I refused to read, because I was frustrated and angry with those friends. Those friends who were what I wanted to be.

Fifteen years ago, I got sick. I got sick and it was misdiagnosed. I almost died, but then I met the doctor who figured out the riddle and, with his help, I started working my way back. As I got better and my brain got stronger, stories, characters, and plots started to form. I found my voice and I published my first book, a novella called “Dear Emma,” in February 2012.

I used to feel strange telling people, “I got better and now I hear voices,” but the statement is accurate. I feel I am in good company as several authors have made such references. As I said at the beginning, I am exactly where I need to be.

Links

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Guest Post Spring Blessings Book Tour

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I’m hosting an interview today for the book tour for urban fantasy “Spring Blessings”. I’ll leave the word to autthor S.C. Houff now. Enjoy the guest post.

Guest Post

I’ve lived with a bit of a fear since I but this novel out on paper. If you told me at the start of this journey that I would be sitting at my lap top drinking an ice cold diet soda on a late summer afternoon working out a post that had to do with a novel that I wrote I think I would have cried. This path has been very overwhelming in the best of ways. So I am very grateful to be sitting on the point where I can take a breath and relax and finally reflect.

             The question that I am constantly asked when doing panels or book signings is “when did you start writing?”. You can tell people that you were telling stories when you were three-years-old and playing make believe. I think my mother knew that I would do something with storytelling when I had convinced everyone at her favorite hair salon (every Southern woman has one) that I lived out in a hollow (or as we call them in the mountains a “haller”) in a double wide with Donald (Duck. Not mentioned at the time of this story) despite knowing my mother didn’t know anyone named Donald apart from the cartoon character and lived in a three bedroom house in the downtown in our small town. Sure I did the amount of writing that every school child does and thought no more of it. My desire to tell stories is a product of the nineties and the dawn of the internet age. I became a writer because I became a fan fiction writer.

            No, no, don’t leave me yet. I know that seems like a terrible thing but hear me out. When I was eleven, I was allowed to watch TV at night. I was no longer told to go to bed at 8:30 and a whole world of primetime opened up. The damaged had been done years before by a brother who was an avid Star Wars fan and cousins who were fond of the kid friendly fantasy movies of the eighties (you know which ones) along with my obsessive reading habits as a child. So naturally I gravitated towards science fiction and fantasy programs and I was not sated. By the middle of high school, my addiction had become intolerable. I became a fan fiction writer.

            I bring this up because it’s a constant issue for those of who are fans of the genres we write for. George R.R. Martin and Orson Scott Card both advocate against fan fiction writing as a starting point. J.K. Rowling, who has always been an appreciative of her fans, has also taking strives against fan fiction writers. While that’s based on content and some unsavory notions of what her characters could or could not be doing. The most odious is that of Fifty Shades of Grey which started out as a Twilight Fan fiction. These things can be hard to swallow for a young writer starting out. I think we can get so caught up on these story of things to understand that there is a benefit to writing fan fiction. I don’t know about anyone else but I’m someone who needs a pattern to work from. If you give me a road map I might be able to follow the instructions a little bit better. I think the benefit of writing fan fiction is like reading obsessively as a writer. It gives you a chance figure what you like and what you don’t. I found that early on what I thought were the pit falls of writing and what were too good to be used. Like many things I think using someone else’s characters and ideas can be a learning experience. It was slightly infuriating to me when a person asked me at a Con recently who my primary character was based on. I didn’t say it at the time but that’s extremely biting to me since I had thought of my work as, well, original. Asher, the hero of Spring Blessings, is based on the best parts of my husband, father and older brothers as well as my own personal pieces. But it the more I thought about that question the more I realized that there is also Luke Skywalker, Spike Speigel and Richard Decker. But that’s sort of a tight rope. Like the training wheels on a bicycle one will have to learn how to write without the help of your fan fiction. Mine came when a friend of mine wanted to market my early work as something. That plan fell through but it left me with a decision to make. Could I spend the rest of my days writing fan fiction? Sure but did I want to? Well, yes. It’s something everyone must make as a choice. Are we brave enough to leave what made us comfortable and create something new? Many of us are. Others? Not so much. But don’t be ashamed of your fan fiction. It worked wonders for Virgil.

About the Book

BookCoverImageTitle: Spring Blessings

Author: S.C. Houff

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Asher Stone didn’t want to be a hero. After spending two years recovering from an isolating drug habit, his life was getting on track. He had a girlfriend who he loved very much. He was holding down a job and had a repaired relationship with his mother. One day, Asher was attacked by a manticore that escaped the clutches an order of magi and his world gets turned upside down. Now, Asher is dealing with old temptations and new problems and a destiny that he has to embrace or the fate of the world will crash down on him. The only thing Asher can hope is that Blessings and Hope do spring eternal in this first book in a series.

Author Bio

315439_10100462943504723_608551138_n   S.C. Houff was born in the backwoods of Southwestern Virginia to a small town lawyer and a recovering radical.  She has been a telemarketer, a part-time educator and occasional bodyguard but now is working on writing.  She has started working on her very first novel which is fun for everyone.  When she is not writing she’s perusing her other love which is history.  She also is an avid fan all things nerdy and fun.

While she’s not received any accolades for her writing, S.C. Houff is a two time Geography B champion.

Links

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https://www.facebook.com/doapropaganda
https://twitter.com/Citizen_artzen
http://cahircus.wordpress.com/

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Book Excerpt from Atlas

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I’m hosting an excerpt and giveaway today for military science fiction novel “Atlas”. Enjoy reading!

Book Excerpt

I remember standing there on the beach the first day, when the bay door opened and the mech stepped outside. This was the first time I’d seen a real life, modern ATLAS 5 outside of the netvids, or the simulator. It was a massive version of the ATLAS 1s we’d been porting around the base all this time. Three times the height of an ordinary man and ten times wider, it looked like a robot soldier, with arms, legs and a head. All metal–no cost-saving polycarbonate here. The head was a pinched version of a man’s. A red visor with two yellow glows made up the eye area. There was a red circle at the center of the bulky chest where the atomic core resided, beneath the cockpit. That’s right, no magnesium-ion batteries in this puppy.

I could see my reflection on that burnished armor, and the reflections of the trainees around me, and I saw the awe in all our eyes. I yearned to control it and feel its power.

Our ATLAS Warfare instructor came forward. “Welcome to the Atomic-powered, all-Terrain Land Assault Supersuit you’ve been dreaming about, children. Otherwise known as the ATLAS. Let me introduce you. Over a thousand hydraulically actuated joints with closed-loop positions and force control. On-board hydraulic pump and thermal management. Crash protection. Jump jets. Head-mounted sensor package with built in LIDAR, night vision, flash vision, zoom and other augmented reality perception boosts that smoothly integrate with your Implants. Modular wrists accept 3rd party hands–when you’re looking to throw a party put a couple of serpents in one and a twin M2A1 in the other.” He grinned widely. “The ATLAS 5. The war machine of your dreams. And your enemy’s nightmares.”

Atlas

ATLAS_Cover-five-hundred-by-six-hundredTitle: Atlas

Author: Isaac Hooke

Genre: Military Science Fiction

Rade Galaal enrolls in the hardest military training known to man to become a member of the MOTHs, the most elite fighting unit in the galaxy. MOTHs are tacticians, corpsmen, snipers, astronauts and commandos rolled into one. They also happen to pilot the atomic-powered ATLAS mechs, specialized military hardware that brings new meaning to the phrase “one-man-army.”

When Special Warfare Command orders MOTH Team Seven on a covert operation 8,000 light-years beyond the furthest reaches of explored space, Rade realizes he’s signed up for more than he bargained for…

Author Bio

0B29DE19-765F-48BF-BCE5-613BFD2BCCAAIsaac Hooke is the author of the upcoming military science fiction novel, ATLAS. His experimental genre-bending action novel THE FOREVER GATE was an Amazon #1 bestseller in both the science fiction and fantasy categories when it was released in May 2013.

When Isaac isn’t writing, publishing, and blogging, he’s busy cycling and taking pictures in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

He’s been writing since 1997, and he has a degree in Engineering Physics.

You can follow Isaac on Twitter @IsaacHooke and his website IsaacHooke.com.

Links

http://isaachooke.com
http://twitter.com/isaachooke
http://www.facebook.com/authorisaachooke
http://goodreads.com/isaachooke

ATLAS comes out Christmas 2013. Sign-up to be notified here: http://bit.ly/atlaslist

In the meantime, you can check out a couple of short stories set in the ATLAS universe:

“Just Another Day” – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GIOXESM

and
“Caterpillar Without A Callsign” – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GZJQQUS/

 

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18714917-atlas

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There’s a tour-wide giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card, 3 paperback copies of Atlas, and 3 digital copies of Atlas. Participate here:
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Cover Reveal Ragesong: Awakening

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I’m hosting the cover reveal for Ragesong: Awakening, a YA fantasy/adventure by author J.R. Simmons. To celebrate the reveal, there will also be a $25 Amazon Gift Card giveaway. To participate, scroll down below!

Without further ado, here is the cover for Ragesong: Awakening…

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Blurb:

When the peaceful kingdom of Fermicia is enslaved by a power-hungry renegade, its only hope lies in a band of unlikely heroes: two children whose musical abilities allow them to harness the power of Ragesong, and their shape-changing guides.

Jake starts his first day of junior high completely oblivious to the fact that he has been chosen for something incredible.  That same afternoon, he learns that he has been marked as one with the power to save an entire kingdom. Through the course of his journey, Jake discovers that his advanced musical abilities are peculiarly connectedto a mysterious power known as Ragesong.  Joined by a shy, young girl with similar musical talents and two Changelings that hold a fierce loyalty to their homeland and king, Jake must learn to harness this ability in order to survive the dangers of a hostile new world.

Author Bio

JR_BioPictureJR Simmons lives in Northern Utah with his wife and 4 boys. He loves spending time with his family and coaching his kids in all of their different sports. He is an avid gamer and is very excited that his boys are picking up on his hobby. JR was recently introduced to triathlons and has since found that he loves the sport. Most nights he can be found either sitting down with a good game or hunched over his iPad writing.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RagesongBook
Blog: http://jrsimmons3.wordpress.com/
Twitter: twitter.com/jrsimmons_3

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