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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.

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Cover Reveal Ghost Slayer

Title: Ghost Slayer

Author: Majanka Verstraete

Genre: New Adult Paranormal

Twenty-one-year-old Kaelyn has spent half her life hunting ghosts and killing them. But she’s not like the other ghost hunters who have to rely on spells and curses to banish ghosts back to where they came from, hoping that they don’t come back. When Kaelyn kills a ghost, they stay dead.

But in Mortimer Hall, a behemoth of a house, Kaelyn is about to face the most powerful and life-threatening ghost she ever met, and what she doesn’t know is that the ghost has been waiting just for her…

Author Bio

Majanka Verstraete studies law and criminology by day and writes speculative fiction by night. All her books include monsters of some kind: the good, the bad, and just about every species in between. Her first books were the Valentina’s Spooky Adventures series, a children’s picture book series featuring a little vampire girl. She also worked on the Weirdville series, a series of scary lower grade chapter books ideal for fans of R.L. Stine. She has written a few young adult books, most notably the Mirrorland series (YA Dark Fantasy) and the Angel of Death Series (YA Paranormal). She loves writing short horror stories and novellas, and hopes to finish a horror novel one day. When she’s not writing, she’s probably playing World of Warcraft or catching up with the dozens of TV series she’s addicted to.

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Guest Post Spirit Vision 3: The Power of Mortals

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Please welcome Morgan Straughan Comnick to my blog today, author of “Spirit Vision 3: The Power of Mortals”. She talks about her editing process below. I’ll leave the word to her now. Thanks!

Guest Post: Polishing the Masterpiece

             The dream of publishing a book means you can hold a world you created in your hands.  You make your plot, characters, and setting from starch, kneading, watching for them to rise to their purpose, decorating them with a flavorful array of traits to make each one special, appetizing.  The common misconception is that once the daunting and tiresome work of completing a book is finished, then it will be published in a snap, out in the world as you prepare to fill sacks of money with your royalties, cracking open a soda in your lounge chair!  Whoa! Time to slow down partner! You may have a diamond, but all gems need to be dug out, unnecessary pieces chipped away, and polished to shining perfection fit for its destined owner. Your work is a treasure and although it can be irritating, the results of editing will help it be the showstopper it is meant to be.

 

            Edits take a lot of time and require you to accept you make mistakes and that others are going to point them out; this is a hard lesson to learn at first. At least there are three formal stages to edits in the publishing world:

·         #1. Mechanics- Back to basics to make sure your spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and such are all correct.

·         #2. Why?- Round #2 is where your editor gets picky and questions everything! This is to make sure your story flows, stays consistent, and that everything connects, makes sense. They are mentally also preparing you to know your work to its core for any tough critics.

·         #3. Final Polish- Round #3 is to read through everything and make sure nothing was missed before publication.

 

With edits, you are getting to the core of the story, the middle of the geode.  You see the potential, the value, but your fingers will get dirty as you dust off the grim. This process makes you learn about yourself as a writer and how you work together with your tools (your editor, publisher, and agent) and balance your artist license with criticism (good or bad).  It is backbreaking work, but remembering the diamond in the future and using these tips will help you get in the mind-set to show your book’s brilliance:

  • Constructive criticism is a good thing; it helps you grow, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to accept.
  • Sometimes, you have to ‘love it and kill it.’
  • You will always be editing: Before you submit, after you sign the contract, and after the book is published; you will always find something you can improve on
  • Editing is a TEAM effort between author and his/her key people.
  • Never lose yourself; you are the master of your story. 
  • Writer’s Block is an annoyance we cannot avoid as authors.  My publisher always tells me to try to write something, anything, then go to sleep and read it in the morning. 75% of the time, it is not as bad as I was letting my outlet/writer’s block let me see it. You can always edit and fix bad writing; you cannot grow from or fix a blank page.
  • Do your research! Especially for historical fiction and all non-fiction works.
  • Remember, you are making the story the best it can be for your characters, all the readers, and yourself; you can do it. You deserve it!
  • The editors know what they are doing, so push the ego away and at least listen, but also explain items they might have a misunderstanding about or explain why you did it that way. Again, team effort! No one is always right; not even women!


Thank you for having me! Go out there and shine bright like a diamond. 🙂

About the Book

spirit-vision-3-official-coverTitle: Spirit Vision 3: The Power of Mortals

Author: Morgan Straughan Comnick

Genre: Paranormal Romance

“You are the beacon of the Lord’s two worlds, but how can you protect them when you have lost your shining light?
When Stary Moon, the Spirit Warrior, awakes on the lunchroom floor of her school, battered and bloodied, she cannot recollect how she came to such a state.
Stary ignores the concerns of her best friends, Chloe, Rin, and Lauren, and continues to go on with her life, but no matter how normal her days and Spirit Warrior duties are, she feels a lingering sorrow like someone is missing from her life. Her friends discover some shocking truths about Stary and realize they’re the only ones who remembers Umbra—Stary’s boyfriend who has mysteriously gone missing. Stary’s universe crashes around her and the fate of the world rests on her shoulders. Her objective is clear, but when she leaves on this mission, there is no turning back, and she will lose one of her worlds—the mortal world of her family and friends, or the spiritual world of her duty and missing someone, for good. Still, Stary has a point to prove to this dark presence that is threatening to consume the planet: there is power from those one least expects, and Stary is prepared to risk everything on this claim.”

Author Bio

Educator of young minds by day, super nerdy savior of justice and cute things by night, Morgan Straughan Comnick has a love for turning the normal into something special without losing its essence. Morgan draws from real life experiences and her ongoing imagination to spark her writing. In her spare time, she enjoys doing goofy voices, traveling to new worlds by turning pages, humming child-like songs, and forcing people to smile with her “bubbliness.” It is Morgan’s mission in life to spread the amazement of otaku/Japanese culture to the world and to stop bullying; she knows everyone shines brightly.

To learn more visit at the following:

Website: http://morganscomnick.com

Facebook: bit.ly/MorganSComnick

Twitter: @MorganSComnick

Youtube Channel: Sakurastar07

 

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Author Interview Deliverance

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Have you been writing for a long time?

I have been writing since I was about 5 or six. As a child, I used to create stories on notebooks or on as many lose papers I could gather. I never wasted an opportunity to come up with something new. I enjoyed giving way to my overactive imagination and I can easily say that hasn’t changed much today.

At first, I wasn’t able to write much as at such a young age I hadn’t developed much of a wide vocabulary and I writing in generally was limited at that stage in my life. But I’m not something if not persistent.

What inspired you to start a writing career?

Honestly, I wouldn’t call it a career per se. It’s more of a hobby as I write whenever I have free time, which isn’t always more than an hour or so a day. But I started pursing writing because I wanted to write the kind of books I craved reading, and as the ideas continued to pile up, it prompted me to move on from jotting down notes on paper and to work on my first manuscript.

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

Deliverance was originally intended as a stand-alone, and I ended it with no cliffhanger as I had had no intention of writing a sequel. I believe readers will be happy with the way things unfold and should they decided they want to stop there, they don’t have to move on past the first book.

Why did you choose this genre?

Paranormal/Young Adult/New Adult are my favorite genres. I love things that go bump in the night, and combining my love for the supernatural with other genres makes the experience that much enjoyable for me as an author.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Never give up on your dream. It may take a while to get where you want to be, but strive to make your dream come true. Do plenty of research. Trust yourself. Be confident in your style of writing.

About the Book

Deliverance.EbookTitle: Deliverance

Author: Kristy Centeno

Genre: YA/NA Paranormal

He’s been locked away his entire life.

He dreams of freedom.

The only way he can accomplish his goals is by breaking free of the chains tying him to a dark past and gloomy existence. But there’s one catch. He’s not human.

And he’s never set foot outside his jail.

Devoted to saving his peers as well as his own life, he sets out to find the one person that can help him achieve his objectives. He knows where she will be and what she will look like, but what he doesn’t anticipate is the fact he finds himself caring for the girl whose life he’s put at risk, more and more each day.

He has no name.

He has only known hatred and violence before her.

However, she will teach him to have faith in humanity, even if she can’t trust him.

Together they will embark on a journey to bring down a corrupt system responsible for the loss of many innocent lives. But when he finds his feelings compromised, can he still move on knowing that doing so will put an end to the life she once knew? How far is he willing to go to be free?

Author Bio

KristyCenteno - Final LogoKristy Centeno is the author of the Secrets of the Moon saga and Keeper Witches series.

She has always had a passion for books and after years of being an avid reader, she decided to transform her desire to write into a reality and thus, her first novel was born. When she’s not busy taking care of her five children or holding down the fort, she finds time to sit and do what she loves the most: writing.

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Author Interview Mirror, Mirror

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Have you been writing for a long time? 

Haha, funny question. Technically, yes. I’ve been writing since elementary school. I even have a short story I wrote in middle school tucked under my bed. It’s hand written on a spiral notebook, and it’s about a girl, a guy, and a horse. And get your mind out of the gutter, because I was only twelve when I wrote it! 

The answer you’re probably looking for is since 2009. I stopped writing when I was in college and discovered partying as a hobby. That eventually led to meeting my husband, which led to having kids, which led to a whole lot of focus on things other than writing. And then the recession hit in 2009 and I found myself jobless, with no employment prospects whatsoever, and an utterly overwhelming urge to write. So I picked it up again and wrote probably two dozen books in some capacity before I returned to a day job in 2010. Now, I write with every free minute I have, which means I don’t get nearly as many words written anymore.  

 

What inspired you to start a writing career? 

I finally figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up. I graduated with a liberal arts degree because I had no clue what I wanted to do with myself and for some reason convinced myself writing was not a real career. Now that I’ve rediscovered my passion, I only wish it could be my sole career.  

 

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

MIRROR, MIRROR is a stand-alone novella, although I have been toying with writing stories for some of the other characters in the book. It’s a great example of my writing style, though, so if you enjoy reading it, you’ll probably like my other books. 

 

Why did you choose this genre? 

I write both contemporary and paranormal romance, and can easily flip back and forth between the two. Writing MIRROR, MIRROR was like writing both genres at the same time. The magic is reasonably subtle, so a contemporary fan could pick it up and enjoy it for what it is: a saucy, funny romance. 

 

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? 

Edit, edit, edit. If you’re going to go the self-publishing route, you need to buck up the upfront cash to ensure your book is quality enough to be published. It’s far too easy to self-publish these days, and if you do so without turning it into a professional book first, it will be reflected in your reviews. And there are a lot of readers like myself who always look at reviews before buying (even a free read), and if I see a single one that indicates the editing isn’t up to snuff, it’s a hard pass for me.

About the Book

Young girl in a white dressTitle: Mirror, Mirror

Author: Tami Lund

Genre: Paranormal

Adelle Hendrix doesn’t believe in hocus pocus. She doesn’t believe in happily ever after, either. So when she sees her best friend, Ben Jackson, in a supposedly enchanted mirror, she decides she’s not the crazy one, the loony old gypsy woman who showed her the mirror is.

Except that crazy old woman won’t leave her alone, and the more frequently she and her jack-o-lantern with the ever-changing carved faces show up, the more Adelle begins to wonder… Are she and Ben meant to be more than friends?

This book is not meant to be read by readers who are looking for a serious, boring read with a tragic ending. Only fans of funny and everlasting romance should pick this one up.

Author Bio

Tami Lund Headshot 2014Tami Lund writes. And drinks wine. She also loves romance, and is writing happily ever afters, one book at a time.

Tami writes paranormal and contemporary romance, often with a dose of suspense. Chances are, there is a new book coming out soon. Be sure to stalk her on social media, so you know when.

And most important, if you enjoyed one of Tami’s books, please let other readers know by leaving a review on the site from which you bought it. Otherwise, how will they know which book to read next?

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Tami’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTamiLund?ref=hl

Tami’s started a Facebook group, which highlights a different author each month, and is designed to give readers a chance to get to know authors, not just get the “hard sell:” https://www.facebook.com/groups/WineWithTami/

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Website (there’s a free read available only here, oh, and she blogs here, too!): http://tamilund.com

Oh, yeah, Instagram, too: https://instagram.com/tamilundauthor/

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Release Blitz Twisted Stars

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All I can see are flashes, colors and shapes…

It’s difficult to tell what’s happening. I’m in a haze. I can feel my body being pushed around like a limp rag doll.

Suddenly I’m lying on something cold and hard. My arms and legs are strapped down, then my head.

The clean prick of a hypodermic needle at the top of my spine.

Icy liquid rushing through my veins.

My back jerking off the table out of my control.

The cold pain escalates, becoming unbearable. My head feels like its being torn apart from the inside out. I strain against the straps holding me down. My bones feel like they are breaking into a million tiny pieces and then reforming again, my skin stings and itches. I pull against my restraints again, but I can’t break free.

The shapes and colors around me suddenly become frighteningly clear. My mother stands beside me, uncaring as she watches my pain, my father right beside her, his face as blank as hers.

The agony surges until my entire body is affected. The icy liquid, making my veins ache. My back arches off the table again, snapping the restraints tight. I cry out, but no one helps me.

I’m alone.

“What have you done to me?” I shout hoarsely before the darkness consumes me and I slip into peaceful unconsciousness.

When I wake I feel different. My body doesn’t feel like my own. My senses are dramatically enhanced and I feel strength surge through my muscles. I pull hard against my restraints and they break. I look down at myself and nearly scream.

What have they done?

I leap onto the first person I see, my jaws sinking into his throat. His terrified face screams soundlessly up at me. I don’t care. I rip my fangs from his throat and he drops to the ground, dead.

I swing around looking for a new victim. Something solid hits me hard on the back of the head—I go down, hitting the tiles with a thump.

The darkness consumes me once again.

When I come to again, I’m lying in a damp puddle on the floor. I feel a little dazed.

What happened? Was it all a dream?

I slowly lift myself off the wet tiles and glance down. My body is back to normal, at least. The color of the floor catches my eye. Red, blood red. Someone is screaming. I look around. My father is lying motionless on the floor, covered in blood. My mother is kneeling over him, tears falling down her face as she stares at me, horrified.

But they did this to me…

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Twisted StarsTitle: Twisted Stars

Author: Dannielle Wicks

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Ashlee Reynolds couldn’t be more ordinary…

While most college freshmen are partying and going on wild adventures, nineteen-year-old Ashlee just goes to classes, works, and hangs out with friends. It’d be nice to have some excitement in her life—or even better, a little romance. When her wish comes true, a midnight rendezvous lands her in the hospital…

There was this boy. Isn’t that how every spiralling downhill story begins? It’s a little strange he wants to meet her on the edge of the woods at night, but she did want to spice things up, and an unconventional date is the perfect ingredient. But when he stands her up, leaving her alone in the dark, she’s attacked by a wild animal. The next day, Ashlee wakes up in the hospital, dazed, confused, and convinced she’s gone crazy.

When strange things begin to happen, she meets Jayden Ross, who brings crazy to a whole new level…

After her seemingly random attack, other beasts of the feline and canine variety are drawn to her—and we’re not talking housecats and lapdogs. When Ashlee bumps into Jayden on campus, her immediate attraction tempts her to get closer, but he wants nothing to do with her—until he realizes she’s had an encounter with one of the others.

Ashlee learns Jayden isn’t entirely human, and nothing is what is seems.

On the run and fighting for their lives, Ashlee and Jayden weave their way through a world of powerful corporations and their secret experiments, all of which revolve around Jayden’s past—and possibly, their future.

Author Bio

DannielleWicksDannielle Wicks is the author of the Hardest Mistakes series (Broken Sunrise, Book 3, coming soon) and the Reaper Mini-Series.

Dannielle lives in Kingaroy, Australia, with her fiance, 3 dogs and a bird named Torak. Since deciding never to become an adult, she has engrossed herself in the amazing world of young adult fiction and an unusual amount of TV. She adores Disney movies and cant get enough of classic fairy tales. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found sneaking a chocolate from the fridge.

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Cover Reveal Golden Dawn

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Title: Golden Dawn

Author: Aldrea Alien

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Family and blood.

After 1100 years, these simple words mean everything to Herald. His life has been ruled by keeping his siblings safe, keeping them from becoming prey whilst feeding on the weaker. His failures have been many and measured by those he has lost. People like his twin brother.

There has always been another enemy.

Just who the enemy is comes into question when Herald meets the dangerous, angelic creature he is to guard. Wondering where his true loyalties lie is a dangerous thought. No matter whether he chooses family over the heart, it will mean death.

Only the right choice will ensure the life taken is not his.

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Born and raised in New Zealand, Aldrea Alien lives on a small farm with her family, including a menagerie of animals, most of which are convinced they’re just as human as the next person. Especially the cats.

She discovered a love of crafting other worlds at the age of twelve when she first conceived the idea of The Rogue King. Since that that fateful day, she hasn’t found an ounce of peace from the characters plaguing her mind, all of them clamouring for her to tell their story first.

It’s a lot of people for one head.

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