Authors I Can’t Write Without (guest post by Teri Harman)

Black_Moon_CoverHi friends! I’m so excited to introduce you to my guest blogger today. Teri Harman is a great writer of witches for the new adult genre. Her latest book, Black Moon, releases next month. Get to know her by reading about the authors who have influenced her writing. More info about her below. . .

I am a story addict. I am addicted to reading. It is my love of reading that helped shape my love of writing. It’s symbiotic in some ways: I suck all the greatness from my favorite writers, nourishing my ability to put words on the page.

These are some of the authors that inspire me, that make me want to try harder in my writing. That make me better.

1. Roald Dahl
Such imagination! Roald Dahl taught me to twist and turn the normal into the bizarre. To stretch my creativity to mold ideas into stories that feel fresh and yet familiar in all the right ways. Favorite titles: ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ ‘Matilda,’ and ‘Tales of the Unexpected.’

2. Kate Morton
Beautiful, intoxicating words. Kate Morton’s writing is so amazing – her descriptions, her solid plots, her gothic sense of place. I devour her books and always want to run to the computer when I’m done. Favorite titles: ‘The Forgotten Garden,’ and ‘The Secret Keeper.’

3. Sarah Addison Allen
Sarah does steamy romance and magic realism so well. Her books are magical and her characters authentic. I love her stories and want mine to be as absorbing. Favorite titles: ‘The Sugar Queen,’ and ‘Garden Spells.’

4. Sue Monk Kidd
The queen of emotional narratives that you never forget. I want to write as honest and deep as Sue does. She captures characters and how they feel in every situation so perfectly. That is not easy. Favorite titles: ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ and ‘The Invention of Wings.’

Which authors inspire you?

Teri Harman 2013 pic4For more about Teri Harman and her books, including BLACK MOON, the sequel to BLOOD MOON, which Kirkus Reviews calls ‘unusual and absorbing,’ check out the links below…

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Release of Eyes of Persuasion!

My novella, Eyes of Persuasion, is now available on Amazon! You can get it on Kindle or in paperback.

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Eyes of Persuasion is a genre mash-up of paranormal and historical romance. 

When her parents are murdered, Lady Isabeau Maybrick is taken in by an abusive uncle to help pay his gambling debts. But Isabeau has a secret, a talent hidden since birth. Her gift helps to keep her out of the whorehouse and out of trouble—that is, until she meets Everett Radcliff. 

Hard working Everett Radcliff detests high society and finds plenty of excuses to avoid it. But when he meets Lady Maybrick, he can’t help but be enthralled by her violet eyes. When he hires an investigator to uncover a crook, his path crosses with hers, throwing them into a world of mystery, murder, and surprisingly, love.

 

“A wickedly  entertaining bit of vibrant storytelling!”  ~ Jen Greyson, bestselling New Adult author.

“Powerful surprises, sharp turns, and a cross-dressing bachelorette were just the beginning of this gripping read. I could not put it down.” Mikki Kells, author of The Chronicles of Sin.

 

I approached my publisher, Jolly Fish Press, with this idea when it was announced that the release for Defiance (book 2 in the Blood Inheritance Trilogy) would be pushed back. He loved the idea of me self-publishing a novella so my readers would have something to occupy them while waiting for book 2. The icing on the cake? Chapter one of Defiance is at the back of the book! So not only do you get an easy read to entertain you, but an exclusive teaser.

So feel free to get the ebook for only $2.99, or the paperback for only $7.99. Once you have, I’d love to hear what you think of it by posting a review on Amazon or Goodreads! (Or message, me if you REALLY loved it. ;))

Author Interview: Johnny Worthen

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1: Would you rather listen to the Beatles or Green Day?
Beatles. I like some Green Day. I grew up between the two of them, but the Fab Four are nearer my heart.
2: How long did it take you to write your book?
If you exclude the pre-writing, which can really go back to my birth, the actual writing time for Eleanor was just over a month. Really. I’m a full time writer. I began it on February 20th, and had put the last period on the first draft March 28th. She wrote herself. I just took dictation.
3: Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
Oh, it is Eleanor. She is my daughter, my protagonist, my strong shy girl who has to hide her wonders to survive. She’s extraordinary, but can’t show it. She loves but can’t dare. She’s lonely and loves. She is my Eleanor. I dream of her still and often.
4: Do you prefer salty or sweet snacks?
Sweet. I’m a fat man.
5: What authors do you look up to and why?
Elmore Leonard taught me cool and can drive a story like a piston. I miss him. He died recently. Octavia Butler, also passed on too soon. She whispered encouragement as I wrote Eleanor. Her Earthseed books should be required reading. I mourn she didn’t get to write the last one. Tim Dorsey is a talent after my own madness. He’s still alive. It’s on my bucket list to meet him. With any luck, by the time I do, he’ll know who I am, if only for having read my name on the restraining orders. Honorable and enduring mention to Cormac McCarthy who is arguable one of the greatest writers alive right now. Brad Pitt movie aside.
6: Which author do you think you write like the most?
That’s a tough one. I write what I like to read. I write a lot of genres, dark fiction, humor, young adult, paranormal, mystery, thriller. My style changes depending on the genre and how I present the story. First person obviously has a totally different style than my third. It’s much different to create suspense than set up a joke. I come from a literary background, criticism. I’m one of those tiresome authors who deliberately place symbols in their books. I call it upmarket because it’s not quite literary fiction. Stuff happens. As such, I strive for Elmore Leonard’s dialog, Cormac McCarthy’s poetic prose, Octavia Butler’s purpose and Tim Dorsey’s surprises.
7: What’s your favorite food?
I cook a lot of Indian food. I like it and can’t always afford it. So I make it. It’s right up there. I swore off beef for decades for fear of Mad Cow and such. I’ve softened now and will eat beef if it’s a cut and not processed. When I sell a book, I go out to dinner and have the Prime Rib. That kinda’ says where I’m at.
8: What’s your favorite movie?
Blade Runner. Ridley Scott’s masterpiece. It was going to be my Master’s Degree Thesis. I was going to argue, before it became a common perception, that Deckard was a Replicant. Not an easy sale in the original voice-over, edited version.
9: If your book was turned into a movie, who would you cast for the main characters?
Eleanor would have to be an unknown actress. I’m sure of that. She’d need to have the characteristics of my shy protagonist, the inner strength. A new Jody Foster before anyone knows her name. If she’s a big star it’ll detract from the character and movie. She should be a big star after the series is over of course, but at the beginning, she should be unknown. Tabitha can be someone famous, should be. The other adults too could be recognizable, but the kids should be new and fresh.
10: Describe your book in one sentence.
Shy, afraid, unremarkable, Eleanor Anders is not what she appears to be.
11: What kind of interaction do you hope to see from your fans?
I hope my fans will sense the themes involved, the struggle to be different while needing to fit in. I want them to see in Eleanor a metaphor for their own lives, the terrible struggles we all face and the strong nobility of overcoming them. We are all contradictions, we are all afraid, all the time.
12: Would you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
I am an extrovert. I don’t just talk up a room, I draw energy from people in it. I give good meeting. I’m a frequent panelist at conventions and teach classes on what not to do as a writer (still don’t know what to do). I studied acting in school and have done some stand-up. I hide my insecurities with jokes and by controlling the situation. It’s a defense mechanism. I’m a writer. I’m sensitive to a fault and need to protect myself.
13: If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
William Shakespeare. The Bard himself. I’d just like to see him work, shake his hand, see if I can understand him when he speaks.

 

Love—Reality and Fantasy

Hey all! Today is a special guest post by fellow author, Angela Hartley. Please join me in congratulating her on the release of her debut novel! 

“Love” is a powerful, and confusing word. Novels romanticize it, songs over-dramatize it, the scorned ostracize it, swindlers exorcise it, and very few prioritize it. Different views on being loved, or loving varies just as Copper-Descent-front_covermuch as the personalities of the people who are experiencing the emotion. As a writer, I’ve been a constant observer of the human condition. Throughout my years, I’ve noticed two trends are fairly universal when one develops strong feelings.

For some, love comes easily, like a brilliant lightning bolt, fast and furious, but it can be just as fleeting. Others are more like candles dipped in water. The flame is slow to ignite, but it burns steady and true forever.

My opinion is lightning bolts fall in love with the idea of being in love. They’re hopeless romantics who fall in love at first sight. It truly is a beautiful thought. The stuff great poets composed sonnets about, but the bards of the past failed to share how temporary this condition can be. Without a strong basis of compatibility, the fantasy evaporates just as quickly as a thin fog.

Candles are realists. They approach love cautiously, like a cliff crumbling beneath their feet. In their minds, there is no such thing as a perfect relationship, and tend to be afraid of falling.

When these two elements come together, that is when real magic can happen. Living with someone day in and day out takes a lot of work and dedication. If you love someone enough to fall, and continue to fall, this is the true essence of real love. This concept means you never give up on the other person, even when it would be easier to quit.

In my novel, Copper Descent, I set out to forge a relationship between my two main characters, Nate and Nina, which could withstand even the devil himself. One of my favorite passages is when Nina realizes how strong unconditional love can really be:

“Is he really worth staying for, worth dying for?” Sinclair asked, perplexed over Nina’s attachment to someone he considered so insignificant. With the question, her view regarding death shifted. After her parents passed, she had thought of little else, had yearned for the sweet oblivion only leaving this plane of existence would bring. But now she understood. Ending her life was the coward’s way out. Nina wanted to do more than die for Nate, she wanted to live.

Suddenly, the girl plagued with insecurity and held captive by her eccentricity was gone. Standing taller, she accepted her legacy.

“Dying is easy. I would die for almost anyone. This isn’t what you really want to know. You of all angels should be posing the right question, Lucifer,” Nina said, accusation enunciating every word. Sinclair flinched at the mention of his true name. “What you need to ask is: ‘Would I give up my soul for him?’ and the answer is yes. Nate is my first and only love, and above all else, decent, loyal and easy to respect. My very best pieces are reflected through his eyes, and I would offer this man any part of me.”

Imagine how different our world would be if everyone loved so completely.

Author PictureAngela Hartley spent much of her childhood being shuffled from house to house with only a book for companionship. The magic she found in the written word saved her in many ways, transporting her into worlds far more enjoyable than the one she resided in. Literature became a passion and the idea of writing carried her through years of uncertainty.

After high school, she met and married her own Prince Charming. They rode off into the sunset in his blue Toyota and a whole new world full of hope and happiness opened up. He claimed they could move mountains together, and they did.

While facing the painful realization that sometimes there are no tomorrows following her father’s tragic death in 2005, she decided it was time to follow her dreams. With the love and support of her family, she dove into another world, full of procreating angels and demon rock stars.

Her debut new adult horror novel, Copper Descent will be released on Amazon May 2014. Angela currently resides in Midway, Utah with her three children and husband.

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Author Interview: RJ Craddock

RuthRJ Craddock just released book 2 in her Children of the Cain series. Get to know this author with her fun answers below!

1: Would you rather listen to the Beatles or Green Day?

Green Day! I love their drummer; he has an energy in his rhythms that over powers me.

2: How long did it take you to write your book?

The Forsaken and the Offspring were once upon a time one ridiculously big novel. At one point I released that most first novels are around 90 to 100 thousand words so I made the decision to split it into. So most of The offspring was written two years ago and I’ve taken the last year to finish the ending and polish it up for publication. So about three years.

3: Who is your favorite character in your book and why?

Morna of The Morning Dew. She is a fairy with a spunky personality and a fierce since of loyalty. I’ve always been fascinated by fairies above all the mythical creatures.

4: Do you prefer salty or sweet snacks?

Sweets. I am a chocoholic and proud of it!

5: What authors do you look up to and why?

I admire Anne Bishop for her ability to blend a dark world with enduring characters. Cassandra Clare for her ability to take real mythology and make it her own, and her talent with adding humor and interesting characters to a dark mysterious world. My other favorite authors are Robert Jordan, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, and F. Scotts Fitzgerald.

6: Which author do you think you write like the most?

I think I’m a mix between Charles Dickens and Robert Jordan. I have the Dickens themes and style with the world building and attention to details similar to Jordan.

7: What’s your favorite food?

Oh that’s a hard one. It’s a tie between chocolate and Italian food.

8: What’s your favorite movie?

Again a hard question to answer. One of my all-time favorites is Labyrinth with David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. A fantasy classic in my book, with art direction and design by my favorite artist Brian Froud.

10: Describe your book in one sentence.

A dark coming of age story/apocalyptic tale set in an urban fantasy world with religious undertones.

11: What kind of interaction do you hope to see from your fans?

I welcome fan mail, questions, and debates on different points of the story. I can’t give away anything that might happen in future novels of coarse but I’m interested in hearing what my readers have to say.

12: Would you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?

I’m an Introvert all the way. Growing up I used to think of being a writer as the dream job. I thought I could live in a cabin in the woods write my masterpieces and hand them over to a publisher without ever having to interact with anyone. That’s not how it works in real life. But I’m becoming more and more comfort able sharing and discussing my work with others and am less afraid of public speaking then I was as a child.

13: If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Charlotte Bronte, and/or her sisters Elizabeth and Anne. Their work has really inspired me. They were before their time for sure, and dared to publish their work in a time when women weren’t taken seriously as authors. I’d love to pick their brains about their famous characters life Heathcliff. I’d love to show them how much the publishing world has changed for women. I’m actually working on a screenplay about their lives as sisters and fellow authors, called The Sisters Bronte.

OffspringcoversmFind out more about her works on RJ’s site.

Novelette Release: Blood Oath

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Release date: April 3rd 2014

Blurb:
On a perilous journey to hide a sacred and powerful stone, the young orc Ripliancum comes across his betrothed, Zehra, wounded on the battlefield. After being mauled by a scavenger dragon, Zehra has only hours left to live—unless Ripliancum can get her to the sage enclave in time to counter the dragon’s venom.

Ripliancum hasn’t seen Zehra in three years. While he loves Zehra with all his heart, he knows that the war ravaging their world has changed them both. As Ripliancum races against time to save his beloved, he must wrestle with the demons of his own past and decide whether to be true to his heart or true to his oath to protect the amulet.

Author Bio:
Sarah E. Seeley is a speculative fiction writer who worked with dead sauropods and ancient odonates while acquiring her BS degree in geology from Brigham Young University. She hopes to study more dead things in the future and contribute to scientific discussions about what makes life on Earth so amazing. In the meantime, she explores the bright side of being human by writing dark fiction.

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Cover Reveal: The Princess and the Prom Queen

princess3 (1)Trifecta Books is proud to announce a fun YA urban fantasy by author Jaclyn Weist—The Princess and the Prom Queen.

 

Jenny’s had it with her life. Six siblings in an overstuffed house are enough to drive anyone crazy, and sometimes she dreams of escaping to some fantasy world. When she suddenly wakes up to find herself being kissed by a strange—but very handsome—prince, Jenny knows her life just got a lot more exciting. Now stuck in a medieval land of castles and royalty, when Jenny learns that the queen has agreed to marry her off to the prince, it’s time to take matters into her own hands. She goes on a quest to find out who dragged her to this time while trying to keep from falling in love with either of the boys vying for her attention.

 

Princess Genevieve has only known life under her mother’s rule. She wants to do more than go to battle or deal with suitors. She wakes to find herself in a new world filled with gadgets, electricity, and moving carriages. She finally has the freedom to be who she wants to be with a family who cares deeply for her and a boy worth any sacrifice. It’s more than everything she always wanted.

 

As Jenny and Genevieve settle into their new lives, they face an unknown evil which threatens everything they care about and makes them face tough questions—like who they are and what they really want their lives to become.

 

The Princess and the Prom Queen will be available on Kindle April 29th, 2014, with print to follow shortly. You are invited to attend the online launch party on Facebook by clicking here at 7:00 pm on that day.

Cover Reveal: Trusted, by Krista Wayment

Today we have the cover reveal for Trusted, by Krista Wayment! To celebrate, Krista is hosting a Rafflecopter giveaway, so be sure to click on the link below to try and win!

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About the Book

 

Renick, the fifth son of a dragon breeder, crashes into an unexpected adventure that challenges everything he thought he knew about dragons, history, and himself.

Stranded in the massive Helath forest, Renick meets two other passengers: Thane, a noble training to be a dragon knight, and Lainey, the orphaned niece of a healer. Together they survive an attack by vicious wolves, rescue a baby dragon with a broken wing, and escape from a band of dragon hunters as they make a perilous climb into the mountains. What they discover there will change everything.

 

authorAbout the Author

Krista Wayment has been making up stories since she learned to talk. Writing naturally grew out of that. Krista is an avid Fantasy and Science Fiction fan, and a total nerd. She is also a software engineer and loves playing video games. Although, curling up with a good book is still one of her favorite past times.

 

 

 

 

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Author Interview: Krista Wayment

Today, fellow author Krista Wayment stopped by for a visit! Her novel, Trusted, comes out later this month. Tomorrow, I’ll be posting her big cover reveal. But today, we’re going to get to know a little more about Krista and her writing. Before we move on to the interview, feel free to click on the Rafflecopter link below participate in her big giveaway!

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1: How long did it take you to write your book?

The first draft took about 3 months. From start to finish to get it polished it took a year. Much better than my first attempt at a novel, which took me 10 years.

2: Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
This is such a hard question to answer because I love my characters so much. I’m going to take the easy way out and say Plyth. He is a baby dragon and is just so adorable you can’t help but love him.
3: Do you prefer salty or sweet snacks?
Yes. Especially together. Peanuts and chocolate are soul mates :)
4: What authors do you look up to and why?
I look up to a lot of authors. Mainly people like Patricia C. Wrede, Robin McKinely, and Patricia A McKillip because I read their books when I was younger and felt inspired.
5: Which author do you think you write like the most?
I’ve been told several times that my writing reminds people of Robin McKinely. But I like to think that I take a little bit from all the authors that inspire me, mix it together and add my own little dash of awesome.
6: What’s your favorite food?
Chocolate. Cheese. And Pizza. Can’t forget pizza.
7: What’s your favorite movie?
The Princess Bride. Best sword fight scene. Ever.
8: If your book was turned into a movie, who would you cast for the main characters?
That’s hard. Since my main characters are kids it would depend on which actors are the right age. But, if I had a time machine and could pick anyone: Renick->Asa Butterfield, Thane->Jonathan Brandis, and Lainey->(a very young)Emilie de Ravin
9: Describe your book in one sentence.
Renick learns that the dragons from legend are alive and well, and it changes everything he thought he knew about the world.
10: What kind of interaction do you hope to see from your fans?
I’m open to anything really. But what I really hope to see is others inspired to read and write by reading my books.
11: Would you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
Introvert. All the way.

authorAbout the Author

Krista Wayment has been making up stories since she learned to talk. Writing naturally grew out of that. Krista is an avid Fantasy and Science Fiction fan, and a total nerd. She is also a software engineer and loves playing video games. Although, curling up with a good book is still one of her favorite past times.

 

 

 

 

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Cover Reveal: Daddy Doin Work

And now, here’s the cover for the nonfiction book title, Daddy Doin Work, by Doyin Richards!

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Doyin Richards’s Daddy Doin’ Work: Empowering Mothers to Evolve Fatherhood answers questions about fatherhood that many women want to know, and does so in a no-nonsense and entertaining style that ladies will enjoy. Similar to how Steve Harvey’s best-selling title Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man empowers women to make smart relationship decisions by entering the minds of men, Daddy Doin’ Work empowers new mothers to enter the minds of new dads to change the perception of what should be expected from a modern father. !

 

Readers will be exposed to the manipulative secrets of deadbeat dads, moms will learn practical tips to help hard working dads understand that being a father encompasses more than paying the bills, and women in relationships with amazing dads will learn methods to ensure their men stay on-track while inspiring more fathers to be just like them. Most importantly, women will be forced to take a long look in the mirror to determine if they are part of the solution or part of the problem in shaping the behavior of modern fathers.

 

 

 

 

About the Author!Doyin

DOYIN (pronounced “doe-ween”) RICHARDS is a father, husband, writer, Daddy Consultant, and public speaker inspiring new mothers and fathers to think, laugh, and learn while evolving as parents and couples. He authors the popular and well-respected parenting blog Daddy Doin’ Work, and since creating the blog in June 2012, it has rapidly grown in readership with no signs of slowing down. Doyin has appeared on national and international television several times, and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two young daughters.

 

 

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