Review: Francesca of Lost Nation – An Enchanting Story Everyone Will Enjoy

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A BODACIOUS READ!!!

 

REVIEW:

Once in a while a novel emerges that defies genre classification, thus confusing readers who shop for specific content. Unfortunately, those readers often overlook an outstanding story that could lift them to another level. I’m not dismissing genre classification because it’s how most people choose their next title (myself included). I’m simply saying readers sometimes bypass a good novel if it’s not within their search criteria.

I believe Francesca of Lost Nation is such a book. It’s touted as “old fashioned romantic suspense” but what it contains is so much more.

The tale revolves around Sarah, a precocious nine year old and her grandmother, Francesca, a larger-than-life free spirit who infuses the child’s life with countless adventures during one summer together. Amid the eccentricity, family relationships, new relationships and underlying element of danger emerge little nuggets of wisdom like, ““Happiness is a treasure, Sarah, especially someone else’s. It is therefore civilized behavior to think carefully before you set about spoiling it.” 

Set in post war 1947 in a rural hamlet of Iowa, Ms. Crosby presents an accurate description of the era as well as the location, adding zest with an array of colorful characters. It’s a simpler time but the emotional polarities are the same i.e. joy and sadness, confidence and insecurity, courage and fear, love and loss.

The deep connection between grandmother and grandchild is indisputable in this coming of age story. It reminds me of similar titles such as To Kill A Mockingbird but the subplots are not quite as dark. This fearless duo adopts a lost dog, rescues a physically and emotionally damaged pilot, discover a town secret and dodge a vicious arsonist. Dotting the subplots are car races, plane rides and overcoming old hurts.

I’m urging you to go beyond your search for paranormal, fantasy, historical, contemporary, women’s fiction, mystery, erotica . . . or whatever genre you typically read and give Francesca of Lost Nation a try. I honestly think there is something in this captivating saga for everyone. Keep a box of tissues nearby. You might need them.

RATING: Easily 5 stars

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When a mysterious man named Matthew appears in the small Iowa town of Lost Nation, his sudden arrival raises questions about his past. Quiet with an apparent taste for rum, Matthew makes it clear he doesn’t want to make friends. He isn’t too pleased to be dropped off at Home Farm where the independent and eccentric Francesca doesn’t accept bad manners or booze binges.

Matthew doesn’t want to form personal ties and intends to move on as soon as his damaged leg from a recent plane crash heals. But a series of events draw him into reluctant relationships: One with the feisty Francesca, the second with her 10-year-old granddaughter Sarah.

In spite of her own reservations, Francesca finds herself falling for this brooding pilot but his past looms between the pair and what neither knows is that Sarah, Francesca’s 10-year-old granddaughter, has encountered a stranger of her own … leading to a climatic confrontation that will put her and her grandmother’s life in danger.

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Spotlight on: BLACK MOON by F.M. Sherrill & Becca Smith

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Black Moon

The Black Moon Saga, Book 1

Becca C. Smith & F.M. Sherrill

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Publisher: Red Frog Publishing

Date of Publication: 07/07/14

ISBN: 9780985027698

Number of pages: 283

Word Count: 68,000

 

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Book Description:

Shea Harper is forced to stay in boring, hot and dry Phoenix, Arizona for college. But once she meets the enigmatic yet positively egocentric Lucian, Shea’s life changes forever.

She finds out that she comes from a long line of descendants called Vessels. In her soul is the key to destroying an ancient prison protecting the world from darkness itself: Lucian’s father.

Up until now, Lucian has captured every descendant except Shea. With her powers awakening, all vampires want to drag her down to the pit. But Lucian is territorial. She’s the first female Vessel… and he’s convinced she belongs to him.

Saucy and tauntingly surprising, Black Moon captures the struggle between burning alive with desire and castrating the heart. This is a love story that will drain you dry.

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About the Authors:

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Becca C. Smith received her Film degree from Full Sail University and has worked in the Film and Television industry for most of her adult life. In 2010 Becca published her first novel, Riser followed by the sequel, Reaper, in 2011, and the finale, Ripper in 2013. In 2012 Becca wrote the children’s novel Alexis Tappendorf and the Search for Beale’s Treasure. She is also the co-author of the teen graphic novel Ghost Whisperer: The Haunted. Most recently Becca released Atlas, the first book in a new urban fantasy series. She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, Stephan and their two cats Jack and Duke.

F.M. Sherrill:

fmsherrillAren’t author’s bios boring? I always wanted to read one that went something like this:

F.M. Sherrill: recent citizen of earth. Plans on ruling the planet once she gets over the common cold. Or, F.M. Sherrill: time traveler. Decided to alter the space-time continuum by writing a novel, thus changing history slightly, which will eventually lead to the rise of a new human species.

But here it is. F.M. Sherrill is a novelist, A.K.A. an avid bullshitter; that’s why she lives in L.A.. She’s been writing for as long as her ancient mind can remember, devouring tales like an anemic vampire roaming the streets in hot pink heels, always thirsty for more. When she’s not writing, she’s making steampunk weapons, sewing giant plant-eater Mario plushes, making costumes for some film bloke or cosplayer, and sculpting/casting movie prop replicas while gardening in her urban apartment. Her favorite tools? A soldering iron, a blowtorch, a band saw, a sonic screwdriver, a replicator and an active imagination.

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Spotlight on Romantic Suspense: Tender Deceit by H.Y. Hanna

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Tender Deceit

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Genre:  Romantic Suspense

ISBN:  978-0-9923153-6-8

Word Count:  67,000 words

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First love. Second chance.

All they have to do is stay alive…

Following her father’s mysterious death in Singapore, Leah leaves her life in London and returns to the island that was her childhood home – braced to confront her past. Toran James may have been the boy her fourteen-year-old heart yearned for, but the magic of stolen glances and first kisses faded with his betrayal.

The enigmatic man she meets upon her return, though, is nothing like her memory, and the past holds more secrets than she realised. Was her father’s death really an accident? What was hidden in his study? And why has Toran contacted her again after all these years? Someone is out to silence Leah – and that someone might be the man she is rapidly falling in love with… again.

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“Quiet!” a voice hissed, as a hand clamped over her mouth and Leah felt herself pressed against a hard, male body, muscular arms folding around her like a band of iron.

She tried to scream again and struggled, kicking back with her heels. She heard a sound of annoyance and the hand fell from her mouth for a second. She took a deep breath, ready to scream again, when a voice she recognised spoke urgently in her ear.

“Leah! Leah! It’s me!”

He let go of her, then strong hands gripped her shoulders and gave her a sharp shake. Her head snapped back and her scream was cut off. Leah stumbled backwards, staring at the man in front of her.

“Toran?”

He glanced around, then moved swiftly, taking her right arm and leading her towards the building entrance. She stumbled along beside him, trying to keep up with his long strides, as they passed through the lobby of the building and headed towards the lifts.

“What—”

“Get in,” he said tersely as the lift doors opened.

“No.” She balked. “Not until you explain what’s going on. And what the hell you thought you were doing just now, manhandling me like that.”

He glanced back the way they had come and gave her a gentle push. “I don’t have time to explain now.”

“Well, I don’t care. I want—”

GET. IN.”

The look on his face scared her. This was not the boy she used to know, but a man who could be dangerous. Very dangerous. She stepped into the lift and stood well away from him as the doors swished shut after them, and the hum of machinery told her that they were ascending. She noticed for the first time that he was wearing a baseball cap and dark glasses.

“Where are we going?” she demanded.

“To the fifteenth floor.” He took off the shades and cap, and ran a hand through his hair. “Leah, I’m sorry; this wasn’t how I planned the evening at all—”

“Oh, really? You mean you don’t always attack your dates and maul them as soon as you see them? I guess I should be honoured that I get that special privilege!” She was angry now—angry at how scared she had been, angry at his strange behaviour, maybe even angry at herself for feeling a thrill of excitement when she had been pressed up against his body. She remembered the way his chest felt, hard under her hands, and the rough thrust of his thigh against hers, and her face burned. Whatever it was she had expected to feel when she saw Toran James again, it wasn’t this raw attraction.

“Don’t be melodramatic,” he said.

“Melodramatic? Me?” Her voice rose in indignation. “You’re the one with the kidnapping act!”

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to hurt you. I just… Someone might have heard you scream and—” He broke off.

“And what?” She raised her eyebrows.

The lift pinged and the doors slid open.

“Come on,” he said, putting a hand to her elbow.

“No!” Leah pulled her arm away. “I’m not going anywhere with you until you explain. I’ve barely been in Singapore twenty-four hours and already I feel like I’m in some bad B-movie. What the hell is going on, Toran? Why did you contact me again after all these years? Why did you ask me to meet you last night?”

He said impatiently, “Because I wanted to see you, of course.”

“Don’t lie,” Leah snapped. “There’s more to it than that. I know about the yacht explosion.” She saw with satisfaction that he had gone very still. “Why didn’t you mention that when you saw me last night?”

The doors had slid shut again. Suddenly, the lift seemed a lot smaller. Leah felt a flare of panic. What was she thinking, confronting him here in this tight, airless space? She should have waited until they had gotten out, gone somewhere more public, somewhere she could get away.

She flew towards the controls, but he stepped forwards, blocking her with his body. His hand shot out and gripped her wrist. Leah felt herself pulled up against him, pressed once more against the taut, muscular length of his body. She gasped, throwing her head back, and looked up at him. The pad of his thumb brushed against the soft skin on the inside of her wrist and a shudder of awareness ran up her arm.

“I’ll explain, but not here. Not now. You have to trust me.” His green eyes burned into hers.

 

About the Author:

HYHanna-AuthorPhoto(Med)H.Y. Hanna was born in Taiwan and has been a globe-trotter most of her life, from growing up in the United Arab Emirates to attending school in New Jersey, from working in the glamorous world of London advertising to emigrating Down Under.

Along the way, she somehow managed to pick up a wonderful husband, a huge, slobbery dog, two rescue cats, an assortment of cardboard boxes and a slightly dodgy “trans-atlantic” accent. After graduating from Oxford University, she tried her hand at a variety of jobs before returning to her first love: writing.

She’s the author of the Amazon bestselling children’s mystery series, Big Honey Dog Mysteries, and is now diving into the world of romantic suspense with the launch of Tender Deceit, Book 1 in the First Love Series.

You can find out more about H.Y. Hanna and her books at: http://www.hyhanna.com or catch her on Facebook at “H.Y. Hanna” or the Big Honey Dog Mysteries Facebook Page.

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Spotlight on: Messenger by Laury Falter

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Messenger is the first prequel to the bestselling Guardian Trilogy – the breathtaking romantic saga about a love that has lasted centuries between a messenger and her guardian.

Maggie does not know she is a messenger. She has never met her eternal lover. She has never survived a Fallen One. All this changes when a messenger awakens in the Hall of Records only to die moments later, never to return.

As Maggie sets out to determine why the messengers are suddenly beginning to die, she crosses paths with the infuriatingly appealing Eran and their story begins.

In this riveting account of Maggie’s first life on earth with Eran, the star-crossed lover’s romance transpires amidst treacherous enemies, their friends’ resistance, and their own opposing wills. With the odds against her, can Maggie survive long enough to admit the feelings she has so carefully denied?

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As Eran’s feet left the ground, he found me in the crowd and gave me one final burning look. There was something in his eyes now, not pride at having subdued Jacob or to impress upon me the importance of the lesson he’d just demonstrated. All that seemed to have been forgotten. No, what I saw was intense curiosity. And just before he broke our gaze to adjust his sight on the route they were taking, I was certain that he felt the same way I did…that he wished he understood what had just happened between us.

As the rest of us watched in awed silence, I couldn’t help but notice that, in a way similar to the messengers on their arrival, Eran’s group departed with the same close-knit familiarity.

“Who are they?” I asked, my head still tilted back.

“Part of a legion,” Daniel replied.

Despite my seclusion, I’d heard of legions. There were several of them, each with a primary purpose. “Which one?”

“The one that oversees castigated entities.”

“Those who have wronged humankind?”

“Yes, the Fallen Ones,” confirmed Daniel.

I’d heard of them, too. In passing.

“And Eran’s a part of that legion?”

“No,” Daniel said with a subdued chuckle. “Not a part of, the leader of. He’s their colonel.”

“Colonel?” I said, finally lowering my head.

Eran had been out of sight for a while, but this was the first time I’d felt enough conviction to look away.

“You really have no idea who he is, do you?” Daniel was astonished.

“No.”

He didn’t reply for what felt like a very long time. “Eran has been credited with keeping the most dangerous entities from committing further atrocious acts while they are sentenced to an eternity on earth.”

“You mean his legion has,” I corrected him.

“No, I mean Eran. There is a reason why he is renowned. When the most vicious of the Fallen Ones are too much for others in the legion to handle, they request Eran, which is to say that he pursues and restrains those who all others cannot handle.”

“That takes skill,” Jacob muttered, stretching a kink from his neck.

Daniel chuckled at the understatement. “Some of which you just witnessed…personally,” he added.

I didn’t share Daniel’s humor, being too preoccupied by who I’d just met, and how his attention had been so finely tuned to me. “Do you think he’ll be back?”

“Eran?” Daniel said. “It’s possible. I’ve heard every action he makes is deliberate…calculated. He was here with a reason today. If he returns, he’ll have a reason then too.”

Jacob groaned, evidently not anticipating Eran’s return. “Next time you can spar with him.”

Daniel chuckled. “I’d think our time would be better spent training the messengers, which is something we should probably return to…,” he hinted.

Jacob nodded, rubbing the side of his neck where I remember a vine had hit him. Daniel pitied his friend through a quiet, suppressed laugh, wrapping a friendly arm across Jacob’s shoulders and walking him toward the waiting group. But my attention drifted back to the sky where Eran had disappeared.

The anticipation of seeing him again proved too much and my insides were ignited in a way I’d never felt before. That searing pleasure worked its way through my belly, and as much as I wanted to dwell in that sensation, I had to force myself to ignore it. There was work to be done and that feeling was a distraction.

Resigned to concentrate on my task at hand, I joined the messengers shortly after, but not before peering back for one more lingering glance at the sky.

About the Author:

Laury Falter is a bestselling author of young adult romantic suspense and urban fantasy. She has three series out: the Guardian Trilogy, the Residue Series, and the Apocalypse Chronicles.FALTER

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RELEASE DAY! Running Out Of Lies by Abigail-Madison Chase

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Abigail Madison Chase

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Publisher: BookBaby

Date of Publication: July 1, 2014

ISBN: 9781630416973

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Number of pages:26

Word Count: 8,000 words

Cover Artist: Alchemy Bookcover & Design

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Dr. Erik Plez is a former Marine Officer who puts his skills as an investigator to use as he tries to solve the biggest mystery of his life….

Who is Erik Plez?……A sketchy past, with no memories of his childhood, at sixteen he was recruited for a secret team of Young Marines.

Now he’s on the run, running out of lies, making it hard for him to think of an alibi.

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He was tired. This was the first time he’d been able to lie down in forty-eight hours. Of course it was a morgue but, that did not matter. His body needed the rest. The steel slab he rested upon was cold. Wait…. He could still feel…  Didn’t that mean he was still alive? The men who had found him said he had no heartbeat or pulse. They’d called the sheriff and he’d been brought to the morgue for an autopsy on Monday.

He tried to move his left hand to see his watch. It wouldn’t move. He tried to open his eyes. Nothing. He shook his head. His head still moved?  Maybe he was in a state of limbo and not truly dead, yet not truly alive. He sniffed the air. It was pure oxygen. He breath in deeply again. His hand moved. He took several more deep breaths. The slab beneath him was getting even colder. The oxygen. It was bringing him back to life.  Slowly he began to focus on breathing. His life was attached to the air.

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chaseauthorSo, you wanna know more about Abigail-Madison Chase? Interesting… I am not really that intricate. I am simple twenty… something.. well, actually forty something neurotic mom of two who has been writing since the Mrs. Turner’s 4th grade English Language Arts class where she won FIRST prize in the Creative Writing Fair. My educational background is superb. I hold a B.F.A. and M.F.A in English and Literature from an awesome university.

I am highly trained professional at least in my mind. I believe myself to be Jane Bond Super Heroine who just happens to take time out to write some books for pleasure.

My house sits in the beautiful mountains of Western United States where I am continuously dreaming of other worlds.  My family and my writing exist in my world of make believe harmony. Each one is fighting for their right to become a character that I won’t kill off. Sarcasm, quick wit and lots of laughs is what one will locate in Abigail’s Wonderful World… a place where moments of peace and harmony descend upon me and my two children… Sit back and enjoy as I share my world.

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REVIEW: Pangaea – A Rollicking Sci-Fi Adventure

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Pangaea coverPangeaea: Eden’s Planet by Tom Johnson offers something for everyone: a fresh take on a familiar Sci-fi theme which should thrill Sci-Fi and Fantasy buffs; romantic elements with “swoon” factor for romance addicts; non-stop adventure for adrenaline junkies; survivalist theme for preppers; and a shorter length (50k) for those readers who have limited time to devote to reading but still want the punch of a longer story.

Have you bought this book yet? You should.

Pangaea is the tale of an ill-fated NASA crew on their way to Mars by way of the Twilight Zone. (Sorry, had to throw that in!) The crew soon finds themselves on a prehistoric planet with danger and threats around every tree, boulder and hill and valley. Our adventurers encounter monstrous creatures so realistic you might find yourself looking over your shoulder as well as some pretty scary humanoids. The characters are fun, quirky and well developed. But don’t get complacent. Pangaea is also about surviving insurmountable odds with limited resources. People get killed.

I don’t want to give away the ending which was a surprise for me . . . and I’m not slow to catch on . . . so go buy the book. You’ll be glad you did!

 

Pangaea: Eden’s Planet
Tom Johnson  


Genre: Science Fiction/Survival

 
Publisher: First Realm Publishing
Date of Publication: June 18, 2014
 
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Number of pages: 100
Word Count: 50,000
 
Cover Artist: Jared from Off the Wall Creations
 
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Seven astronauts en route to Mars encounter a time warp in space that disables their ship. Crash landing on Earth, they discover an alien planet sixty million years before the dinosaurs.

Pangaea, the super continent, is filled with danger and terror, as they must survive against fierce reptiles that ruled the Earth 250 million years in the past!

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“Damn!” he let out a whoop, “My foot’s caught in something. Someone shine their light down here!”

When two flashlight beams were aimed at his feet, three voices sounded as one:

“Oh, hell, what is that thing?”

The twin beams illuminated not only the major’s trapped foot, but also the thing that had hold of it. Cooper had stepped into something like a giant circular pit with gentle sloping sides that culminated in a center at the bottom, like a whirlpool in sand. A long, dark vine had wrapped around his ankle. Only the thing wasn’t a vine, it was some kind of slender arm with thick scales, and steel-like strength. And the arm was slowly, but steadily pulling him towards the creature waiting at the bottom!

Like the head of an octopus, there was a bulbous cranium sticking out of the sand at the bottom of the pit. The skull-like thing was covered with a thick layer of scales like those of a reptile, but that’s where the resemblance ended. There were no eyes visible, only a round mouth, with many sharp, pointed teeth. The long, powerful, scaly arm was pulling Cooper towards that gaping mouth!

Pulling the automatic pistol from its holster, the major fired point blank at that bulbous head, until the clip emptied. He was aware of Colonel Peterson firing her pistol at the same time, and heard its audible click as well. Their pistols were useless now. In an act of blind rage, he threw the empty automatic at the head of the ugly monster, and was satisfied to see it strike the creature in the mouth. It must have injured one of the teeth, for the creature shook for a second. But the awful arm continued to pull him ever closer to the wide opening and horrible death.

He was only a yard from the monster when he suddenly yelled, “The spear. Throw me the spear, quickly!”

Colonel Peterson was nearest to the spear, and she grabbed it up and jumped into the pit, as if intent on rushing the creature herself. But Major Cooper grabbed the long, metal weapon from her hand and pushed her out of harm’s way, as he brought the weapon high above his head just as he came within reach of those deadly teeth.

About the Author:

Tom's Back Cover PictureAs a twenty-year military veteran, I served on the Korean DMZ under fire, as well as in Vietnam. I have a law enforcement background. My studies of paleontology and entomology have been an influence in many of my novels.

My wife and I started the publishing imprint of FADING SHADOWS in 1982, and published a hobby magazine and several genre magazines for 22 years, before I settled into writing my own novels.

I have now been published in over 80 books, which include fiction novels and short stories, as well as nonfiction books. I write SF, YA, Western, and Action novels.

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Interview With The Author: ROBERT POULIN

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You may have viewed my earlier post announcing the release of Robert Poulin’s new book, DEATH TOLL. Today I’d like to introduce you to the inspiring man behind the novel. Robert is legally blind but continues to write intriguing tales that are consistently well received by fans. Enjoy the interview and be sure to scroll all the way to the end to enter the drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Card. 

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I’ve heard you are a Hobbit fan. Who is your favorite character from Tolkien’s Middle Earth novels and why?

Gandalf of course. He was the first wizard I’d encountered in any form. He was mysterious, confident, knowledgeable, and in command. He fired up the imagination from the start with his fireworks and magical smoke rings. He was also the revealer of lost lore and frightening secrets.

What made you decide to write paranormal/horror stories based in a Philadelphia setting instead of a fantasy world? How do you manage to maintain realism in an other-worldly themed tale?

Paranormal fantasy has become my favorite genre in the past decade or so. I am really drawn to the idea of merging fantasy with our modern world….its like mixing chocolate and peanut butter, you can’t go wrong. I maintain reality when I’m writing the parts that occur in Limbo by keeping the characters real. You can go pretty crazy with the fantasy elements as long as the characters still feel like real people.

I’ve read you are a gamer and love role playing games. What is your favorite role/game? Does this activity help you develop characters? If so, how?

Currently the RPGs that I play include Shadowrun, Star Wars, and Pathfinder. .I am typically a gamemaster which I do believe feeds my love of telling stories. I always tell big stories, I’m not a one-shot GM. Some of the names in my books do come from both tabletop RPGs, and MMO video games. Mhors Morta was a character I played in City of Heroes. RPGs are definitely a big influence on my writing

You have been legally blind since birth. I applaud your mother for raising such an independent, forward thinking child who has not let his disability impact his growth. My father had one arm and was amazingly adept at what he could accomplish.  That being said, what obstacles have you encountered as a novelist and what would you say to others who may have similar issues to overcome?

Patience and a hard working ethic help me in all that I do. You have to know your limitations and accept them. Don’t let other people limit you however, where there’s a will, there’s usually a way. Be creative and flexible. My eye sight makes me a slow reader, as a writer this means that everything I do is going to take me a considerable amount of time, especially the revision phase. I need to be disciplined, patient, and persevering in all I do. I also rely on amazing people that help me all along the way.

Tell us about what inspired the plot for Wail of the Banshees & Death Toll, the first two novels in your Ghost Wars Saga. What can we look forward to in the future?

When I wrote Wail of the Banshees, I was thinking of The Matrix meets a ghost version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. For Death Toll, I wanted to introduce the Cthulhu Mythos into my world. The third book, Echoes of Madness  will have Veronika sharing point of view time with the troll Alrik, who was introduced in Death Toll. I’m also planning to co-write an urban fantasy YA with my editor Jaimee Finnegan. Eventually, I’d like to do some epic fantasy too.

Every author has penned a character who remains in their head and refuses to leave. An invisible entity that still maintains a voice long after the final word is written. Who is your favorite character from The Ghost Wars Saga series, and why?

Veronika Kane is my favorite character. Right from the start she is dealt a difficult hand to deal with. She doesn’t whine about her circumstances or bad luck, she deals with it. She doesn’t give up no matter the odds and she doesn’t accept the status quo, doesn’t look the other way when presented with evil. She is a fighter, an agent of change and a person who empowers others. Veronika is selfless and idealistic.

You are Executive Director of North Country Center for Independence, a disability rights and advocacy organization. What do you like most about your “day” job, and what do you like least?

I like the people that I work with. They are a dedicated group of selfless people who are trying to remove barriers so that people with all kinds of disabilities can live independently in the community. The staff makes my job easier and they make me look good, I appreciate them all. I like hiring and firing the least. Hiring because I have to pick between a lot of qualified people who really want and need the work. Donald Trump may like to fire people but I hate it…I always think of the humiliation, the loss, the potential hardship that the person goes through, its not something I do lightly.

If you found a stone that could magically transport you to any location at any point in time, where would you visit and why?

I think it would be interesting to visit America prior to the arrival of the Europeans. The land was pristine and the native population lived in harmony with nature. They didn’t own land, they used it to fulfill their needs but moved on before they used up a whole areas resources. They didn’t despoil the land, they didn’t waste what they had. It must have been so peaceful, the closest thing to true paradise that I’ve ever heard described.

Thank you for this interview and your time. 

Death Toll

Ghost Wars Saga

Book 2

Robert Poulin

death tollGenre:  Urban Fantasy

Publisher:  Ghost Watch Publishing

Date of Publication: June 2014

ISBN:  978-0-9894469-3-8 

ISBN:  978-0-9894469–4-5 

Number of pages:  324

Word Count:   96,000

Cover Artist:  Hannah Carr

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Book Description:

What started out as a routine call led to so much more…

My name is Veronika Kane, and I’m the Captain of the Ghost Watch in the reborn city of Shadow Philadelphia. After we disposed of the city’s previous master and his minions, things were looking up, but in war things are never that easy. A routine call with Detective Frank Cooper blew the cover off of an elaborate scheme to plunge the city of brotherly love into chaos. When Necromancers, Were creatures, and the horrors of Chaos come together it can’t mean anything good.

With new and old enemies joining forces against us, I’m going to need all the help I can get. Lucky for me, my old friend Frank Cooper will be there to lend a hand, along with Brianna, a strong willed were-ferret, and the stormy eyed wizard Nathaniel Carter. I just hope it will be enough to save everyone.

This time, our enemies aren’t just attacking us in Limbo; this time, they are taking the battle to the streets of the living world and its unknowing citizens. If the Old Ones rise, I don’t think there will be anything anyone can do to stop them.

My name is Veronika Kane, and this war is far from over.

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About the Author:

Robert Poulin was born and raised in the New England state of Connecticut. After spending his late teenage years in Boca Raton Florida, Robert moved to upstate New York where he lived with his uncle Wilbrod Poulin and attended the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. After earning a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a Master’s in Teaching, Robert went back to Florida where he taught Social Studies for a few years.

After returning to Northern New York, Robert took a job with the North Country Center for Independence: a disability rights and advocacy organizations. Robert has worked for NCCI for thirteen years and is now the Executive Director. Wail of the Banshees is Robert’s first novel; he has been a huge fan of fantasy and science fiction since second grade when he discovered The Hobbit.

Urban fantasy in particular has become Robert’s favored genre in the past decade. Robert has been legally blind since infancy, but thanks to a mom that encouraged independence, hard work, and a healthy dose of dreaming, the disability has mostly just been an inconvenience.

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