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I’m Charmed . . . And You Will Be, Too!

First, let me say . . . O M G!!! You’re going to drool, jump up and down, scream “I WANT THAT” and then tell all your friends you’re going to win this incredible charm bracelet during the tour wide giveaway for The Moonstone and Miss Jones. And I don’t blame you because that’s exactly what I did when I saw it.

(Except I’m a tour host so I’m not entering. I’m just telling YOU how you can enter and win this gorgeous jewelry.) So here’s the scoop:

Win Phaeton’s most charming charm bracelet. And find clues to the Moonstone’s hiding place in this modern, edgy take on the traditional charm bracelet created by Ana Karolina, a 19-year-old Mexican born designer who made her debut at Nordstrom at the ripe old age of 17. This silver-plated chain bracelet makes skulls and bugs look oh-so cool! Plus five 2nd prizes – Copies of The Moonstone and Miss Jones. Click below to enter.

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Now, without further ado, let me introduce the  fascinating and incredibly talented, Jillian Stone.

Jillian is an RWA Golden Heart winner for her historical romantic suspense, An Affair with Mr. Kennedy (previously titled The Yard Man.) It netted her a contract with Pocket Books. That same year, she won the Erotica category in the 2010 Romance Through the Ages contest for The Seduction of Phaeton Black. Kensington Brava offered a 3-book contract.

This lady can write – and if you haven’t read any of her books – start now. If you have enjoyed one or more of Ms. Stone’s titles, then don’t miss her new release (and the second book in the Phaeton Black series), The Moonstone and Miss Jones.

Jillian, you’ve managed to write books in two genres, Historical and Paranormal Steampunk, and do both quite well. Which genre do you prefer, and why?

Thanks for having me on your blog site, Deb, and thanks so much for your kind mention about both series!

I have two favorite genres to write in, both of which crossover several romance subgenres. One is Historical Romantic Suspense and the other is Historical Paranormal. I love them both for different reasons, but I think it is safe to say that I enjoy having two plots to work with. I like to see the hero and heroine work together in ways that don’t involve obviously contrived obstacles. Also, I think that as much as I love romance, a hero and heroine who only have eyes for each other…need to get a life.

Romantic Times said The Seduction of Phaeton Black “almost defies categorization, combining elements of steampunk, erotica, paranormal romance, and mystery.” What do you think is the most appealing aspect of your Phaeton Black series for readers?

The Seduction of Phaeton Black has been growing a kind of cult following over these last six months. I consider the book to be historical paranormal with elements of steampunk and erotica.

Phaeton Black really drives the story in book one. He is one of those characters who is closer to an antihero. In fact, RT Book Reviews editors ran an article on Phaeton asking the question: Phaeton Black, Hero or Antihero?

I actually wrote Phaeton in the fine tradition of the Byronic hero, described by Lord Macaulay as “a man proud, moody, cynical, with defiance on his brow, and misery in his heart, a scorner of his kind, implacable in revenge, yet capable of deep and strong affection.”

FYI: Wikipedia has a checklist of Byronic hero traits:

  • Arrogant
  • Cunning and able to adapt
  • Cynical
  • Disrespectful of rank and privilege
  • Emotionally conflicted, bipolar or moody
  • Having a troubled past or suffering from an unnamed crime
  • Intelligent and perceptive
  • Jaded, world-weary
  • Mysterious, magnetic and charismatic
  • Rebellious
  • Seductive and sexually attractive
  • Self-critical and introspective
  • Self-destructive
  • Socially and sexually dominant
  • Sophisticated and educated
  • Struggling with integrity
  • Treated as an exile, outcast or outlaw

By the way, Phaeton Black exhibits just about all of the above. 😉

You have an award winning background in creative advertising. How have you used that experience with the development and/or marketing of your own books?

I think it has helped in some ways. I am able to steer my brand as an author with perhaps a little less angst than say an author who is new to promotion. On the other hand, I am overly critical of cover design or any advertising by my publishers do.

I think with the advent of indie publishing, the market is saturated with books, many of them selling for $.99 through $3.99. Even FREE! I think it is particularly difficult for a debut author to get enough discoverability (trendy marketing term) unless their publishers are willing to compete on cover pricing or stick with them for at least three or four years to help them build a following of readers.

When you’re in the mood to curl up with a good book, what genre do you choose? Please share a few titles that you’ve enjoyed.

Since I am on deadline for book three in the Phaeton Black series, I am not reading right now, but I will list some of my favorite reads: Outlander, Diana Gabaldon, Interview with a Vampire, Anne Rice, Lord of Scoundrels, Loretta Chase, The Devil in Winter, Lisa Kleypas, The Dark Prince, Christine Feehan.

The Phaeton Black series is set in the late 1800’s. If you could go back in time, what country and era would you visit, and why?

It would be so fascinating to explore London in the late 1880’s, all the strange places, and interesting characters I’ve discovered through research––actually get to experience them in person! But I’d want someone like Oscar Wilde to be my guide, so I could get a sense of every strata of society––from the beau monde to brothels!

I love that Phaeton Black is a paranormal investigator. How do you research for his line of work? Have you personally experienced paranormal activity?

The idea behind Phaeton’s gift is he is able to communicate with all manor or demons, trolls, vampires, succubae. But he deals with these otherworldly creatures using his charm and wits, and not with any special “slayer” skills, though he does partner with Doctor Exeter, and an odd being named Mr. Ping, who instructs him in the use of potent energy, or Ping’s term: “relic dust and champagne.”

I do some research into creatures and strange events. But I also like to handle traditional paranormal creatures in new and refreshing ways, so much of the paranormal aspects of the story come from inside my writer’s brain!

The third book in the series is tentatively scheduled for Summer, 2013. Can you tell us a little about The Miss Education of Dr. Exeter?

Doctor Exeter and his lovely, recently grown up charge, Mia, who are hero and heroine of the third novel. Exeter and Mia, along with a few of the Nightshades do battle with the mega powerful Prospero, a tech wizard who has abducted both Phaeton and America.

Exeter and Mia have their own set of issues to deal with, including their growing attraction to one another and the fact that Mia has unexpectedly becoming a shapeshifter.

What is the one thing about being an author you enjoy? And one thing you don’t?

I love the creative process––thinking up plots and characters, writing the stories, meeting with readers. I hate deadlines the most, because it never feels like I have enough time!

Some people relax with a walk in nature. Others prefer a trip to the spa. What do you do to de-stress and find your “Zen” moment?

I try to go to the gym and workout at least four days a week, this keeps the endorphins circulating and feeds oxygen to the brain. It is also my hour and a half of peace most days.

BOOK DETAILS:

The Moonstone and Miss Jones
Book Two in the Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator Series

By Jillian Stone

Genre: Paranormal romance with steampunk and erotic elements

Publisher: Kensington Brava

Date of Publication: September 26, 2012

ISBN-10: 075826898X  

ISBN-13: 978-0758268983

Number of pages: 300

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Book Description:

The Moonstone and Miss Jones is the dark and sexy sequel to The Seduction of Phaeton Black. Phaeton returns to England in time to help Doctor Exeter and the mysterious deadly Nightshades rescue London once again––this time from Professor Lovecraft’s destructive tinkering. 

As the threads of existence begin to unravel, the eccentric scientist attempts to save his son’s deteriorating condition by replacing body parts with mechanical apparatus. Ah, but how to power them? The near mad professor believes he has found a way to unleash the arcane energy inside the Moonstone and he needs Phaeton Black to help him do it.

When Phaeton is shanghaied in Shanghai, America Jones assumes the worst––that he has abandoned her in the Orient. An angry Miss Jones returns to London, where their spirited partnership takes an unexpected turn––a new business venture MOONSTONE INVESTIGATIONS. No uncommon psychical disturbance refused.

Well, why not mix business with pleasure?

Author Bio:

In 2010, Jillian won the RWA Golden Heart for An Affair with Mr. Kennedy and went from no agent or publisher to signing with Richard Curtis and being offered a three book contract by Pocket Books. That summer, she also won the erotica category of the 2010 Romance Through the Ages contest f

or The Seduction of Phaeton Black and was offered a three book contract by Kensington Brava. Needless to say, she has been busy writing book

Author web links: (web, blog, twitter, facebook, goodreads, etc) s this past year and a half! Jillian lives in Southern California and is currently working on the third book in the Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator series, The Miss Education of Dr. Exeter.

http://jillianstone.com

http://www.facebook.com/JillianStoneBooks

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4946569.Jillian_Stone

Twitter: @gJillianStone

Win SWAG during BBT’s “Gladiator” Book Tour!

This is my favorite kind of book tour….the kind that includes a chance to win great prizes! I’m the lady in line for lottery tickets each week so that should tell you how much I love entering any type of giveaway or contest. Your chances of winning in this drawing are much higher than the lottery so I encourage you to take advantage. Swag includes:

  • 5 E-copies of GLADIATOR by Kate Lynd
  • A short story prize pack of EBooks including No Ordinary Love, Another Way To Die and Set Fire To The Rain
  • Halloween Trick or Treat mystery prize basket

Enter by clicking HERE or copy/paste this link: http://www.bewitchingbooktours.blogspot.com/2012/10/now-on-tour-gladiator-by-kate-lynd.html

You can also find the dates and tour stops for the remainder of Gladiator’s tour.

EXCERPT:

“What is it you want, Veronica?”

She leaned in close and whispered seductively, “Why, you know I only want you, Tristan.”

He snatched her up by her throat, pinned her against the wall and kissed her passionately, brutally, and without clemency. When he pulled away she was smiling with a darkness that made him angry. She was a power-hungry mongrel who played on her husband’s weaknesses and jealousies. Tristan hated her. And he hated himself for f***ing her. But this was his life. He let go of her and walked away.

“Is my poor Gladiator jealous? There’s really no need for that, is there? You know you’re my favorite.”

“What is it you really want, Veronica?”

She came up behind him and seductively began to ease off his armor. He was covered in sweat and blood and he felt her shiver against his body. And as always there was a twinge of nausea that would precede the raw animal aggression.

She turned him around. He looked at her. There was no doubt about it; she was beautiful. But she was poisonous—a rattlesnake with crystal green eyes and flaming red hair. Her father had promised peace and a return to normalcy and democracy in the wake of economic and nuclear disaster, and instead this was what had become of the world. And she was no doubt always enjoining her father to maintain her life in this fashion. He loathed her. He detested her. And every time he had sex with her his intense hatred for himself deepened a little bit more.

“My dear, sweet Gladiator, as much as I’d like to celebrate your victory with you tonight, my husband wishes me to share his bed. But fear not—I do have a consolation prize for you.”

His skin began to crawl. Veronica had a twisted way of looking at what constituted a consolation prize; it was usually just a groupie who wanted to watch what the queen did with the equivalent of rock stars of the former United States of America. And he usually did the dog and pony show. But sometimes Veronica required something to prove his loyalty to her. That would be more complicated.

“What is it this time?”

She smiled. His response had given her the mistaken impression that he cared.

“The rebels have been restless. And it seems there is a young woman we have in our prison whom they want terribly. Well, frankly, they are in two minds as to what to believe. It is rumored she is the mythical Healer. The one meant to find her soul mate, so together they will lead our Nation out of the so-called darkness into which it has plunged itself.”

“And what do you want me to do?”

“Oh Tristan, why are you being so defensive? I just want you to find out whether she really is the Healer, and report to me if she is.”

“And then, what?”

“And then you let me handle it,” Veronica said, sliding back into the evil skin that was her natural state. “The rebels have no idea what it takes to run a country.”

The image of his wife being raped and murdered flooded him and it was all he could do not to throttle the queen right then and there.

“So can I count on you to do this for me or do I need to find someone else who can?”

He was no one’s hero. But she had said young woman. And he couldn’t just allow his wife’s fate to be visited upon some other unsuspecting girl. “I’ll do what I can.”

Veronica ran her index finger down his cheek and whispered, “Good boy, Tristan,” she purred. “Guard! She’ll be delivered before the night is over. I don’t know when I’ll be able to return to you, but I expect that you’ll have had enough time to gain her trust by then.”

Tristan’s stomach churned. The Healer? In the beginning there had been whispers of it. But he had never believed in such a thing. It had been years since the crown had feared anything. And now this. He said nothing as the queen was escorted away. He was left to think about the young woman he might be forced to turn over in the end.

GLADIATOR

The Gladiator Chronicles, Book 1

Kate Lynd (Amy McCorkle)

Genre: Dystopian Erotic Romance

Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing

ASIN: B0094JN30M

Number of pages: 122

Word Count:  37,774

Cover Artist: Delilah Stephans

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Ten years ago Tristan Shane had failed to pick sides and he paid with the ultimate price—his family. Enslaved as a post-apocalyptic gladiator, he is now faced with a similar dilemma, serve the despot Queen and murder her innocent sister, or face certain death himself. What will he choose?

Tristan Shane was a moderate before the nuclear and economic crisis which plunged the world into darkness. While his sister Aidia ran off to fight the rebel’s war he desperately tried to hang onto normalcy and lost his wife and children in the process. Spending the next ten years as the Crown’s favored and the mob’s favorite Gladiator, he never expects to meet the Queen’s sister, Alexandra, a Healer.

She claims to be the much whispered about Savior sent to heal the wounded Earth and oceans, the one who would bring about her cruel sister’s dethroning. But is she? Or is she just a fraud? But he quickly learns her erotic touch has the power to heal his heart and his to save her life. But as the passion heightens and the danger increases will they have forever or will he have to give up everything to save the planet?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Amy McCorkle was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She has lived in New Mexico and Texas as well but she currently makes her home in Shepherdsville,KY.

An award winning blogger she is also a successful author in both the sci-fi erotic romance genre with No Ordinary Love and the upcoming release a dark romantic suspense tale Another Way To Die. She also has been contracted for GLADIATOR a Mad Max meets Gladiator series set to be a trilogy. She has placed second in the 2011 Preditors & Editors Readers Choice Poll for Best Short Romance Story. And semi-finaled with Another Way to Die in the 2012 Moondance International Film Festival.

From Hydra Publications, Set Fire to the Rain recently released and her first print novel, Bounty Hunter is due out in October. She is also contracted for the Gunpowder & Lead series she is co-authoring with Melissa Goodman.

Her work is flavored by her childhood heroes, pop culture, music, and the cinema as well as the writers she still enjoys reading today.

http://thegladiatorchronicles.webs.com

http://Creative-Chatter.blogspot.com

http://twitter.com/Kate_Lynd

http://www.facebook.com/amy.l.mccorkle.5

http://facebook.com/TheGladiatorChronicles

http://amazon.com/author/amymccorkle

Meet The Author: Paul Rudd

 

I’m happy to welcome Paul Rudd, author of the exciting thriller, SHARC.  Paul has done to Aquariums what “Jaws” did to the beach. 

Can I start by saying a huge thank you for agreeing to the interview and I am very grateful for the chance to promote my novel. Now I’m all yours, Deb, so fire away.

Shots fired 🙂

Which came first – your passion for sharks/Megalodons or the idea to write a book about these massive prehistoric creatures?

That’s a nice easy start for me. Sharks have been a passion ever since I was a child. I remember watching Jaws when I was about 7 or 8, at a friend’s house after school. We used to pretend his dogs were the sharks and we used to jump across the living-room chairs to avoid them. And before I get hauled before the PC brigade, the gore didn’t bother me back then. I’ve never been squeamish when it comes to horror films. And I’m perfectly normal, even if the missus does get a bit freaked out when I put on my William Shatner Halloween mask.

I just remember the shark being magnificent. The real footage they used hooked me straightaway. And that scene with the cage!!! Bruce, the mechanical shark, looks dated now but the ruler of the ocean had me, I hate to be cliché, but afraid to go into the water.

As for the Megalodons, you need look no further than the great man himself, Steve Alten. In 1997 I bought Meg from Waterstones in Fleet Street and I read it within a few days and about ten times since. Plus the sequels, it’s a wonder I had time to write my own story.

So who wouldn’t be fascinated by a shark that allegedly grew to 70-80 feet in length and weighed in at 30 tons, and don’t forget the teeth of a fully grown adult that would have been bigger than your hand and as sharp as a butcher’s blade! Awesome, and yet frightening as hell.

What forms of research did you use to ensure factual information when writing about Megalodons?

I had a basic knowledge of sharks already but the Megalodon I only knew about from Steve Alten’s books and a few dodgy SCI-FI channel movies.

When I was growing up there wasn’t much about Megs that I could find, but in 2006, the World Wide Web grew to such an extent I studied the net for months for anything I could find on Megs. Basically I trawled through hundreds of pages of information and highlighted anything I found that was useful. Fossil remains, exerts dating back a few hundred years, plus I purchased prehistoric shark books, watched documentaries galore and anything else I could lay my hands on. Not just on Megs though. The ARC in the story houses all sea-life, like a giant aquarium, so I needed to know about those too, like jellyfish, Orcas and whales. I got so involved and I wanted to be spot on, so I gathered all the information and then I began to write.

If you were asked to create a question for a trivia game about the Megalodon, what would it be? (And please provide the answer.)

To make it interesting I would ask “does the Megalodon still exist?”

The answer would be “no”.

Only who knows for sure? Now that is the big question.

Tell us a little bit about future projects, and what you’re working on now.

I’ve recently finished working on a Western horror story called The Wild Wild Dead. It’s a run of the mill infected human and survivor story but I’ve added a huge twist which I a hope will work. If not, so be it. I didn’t want to do a man versus zombie story without throwing something a little different into the mix. I’ve also managed a huge scoop. A UK girl band named the Courtesans, gave me permission to use one of their songs as the backing track to the book trailer. I’m so grateful. Plus they are awesome babes too, even though I haven’t met them.

I’ve also finished The London Warriors. I call it my homage to the 80’s action movie era that I grew up watching. The basic premise is a band of muscle-bound antiheroes bash seven shades out of demons and warriors while attempting to escape from a walled off London. It’s a cross between Escape from New York and The Warriors but with a slice of Manga pie thrown in for good luck. It’s a big story, with a possibility of a trilogy. It’s all laid out in my head. 

I am also working on a horror anthology of short stories based on World War I and II with my good friend, Reggie Jones, who is another Taylor Street author. We are mixing soldiers with zombies, sea creatures and fantasy. It should rock, I say should but it WILL rock.

I’ve got dozens more from different genres all locked away inside my brain and I can’t wait to get started. Oh and the sequel to Sharc which my publisher wants me to draft. It’s going to be Die Hard but with sharks!

I’ve been told you love to watch movies. Name three movies you would watch more than once, and what attracts you to them?

Now that is a tough one. I could easily say Jaws, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars but that is not challenging enough.

First I’d have to say the Terminator, my favorite movie of all time and I just purchased it on Blu-Ray and can’t wait to see the upgrade. The scene where Arnie walks into Tech-Noir and pulls out the laser-sighted gun and aims it at Sarah Connor. It is an iconic moment and one where you shout at the television “run you daft cow”. The dancing is a bit dated but still better than any shapes I pull now. This movie is probably the reason why Arnie has a bit part in Sharc (not sure he knows about that though!).

Second is Brotherhood of the Wolf. A superb period/horror movie starring Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel and Mark Dacascos. If you haven’t seen it, do so, just for the Dacascos fight scenes. A huge party of hunters assembles to track a beast and Dacascos fight pretty much all of them, it’s great. And the scenery, oh and did I mention Monica Bellucci was in it!

And Pitch Black with Vin Diesel or The Crow with Brandon Lee.
Wait, isn’t that four?

You’re a self-described geek. Other than writing, what are your favorite “geeky” things to do?

 I play video games. I love video games. Always have. My friend’s wife said to me one ‘once you have kids you’ll never get to play your games!’ After two kids, I’m afraid to say she was right; although that hasn’t stopped me from completing every Call of Duty and Unchartered game out thus far. I mean to continue too…fingers crossed! 

Cartoons or should I say Anime! I’ve seen the new Tron: Uprising Anime on the kids channels on Sky (god I’m a product placement guru here!) whilst surfing for some shows for my daughter. It looks great. I love how the cartoons have changed since I used to watch them. I still remember the old Transformers, now there is about ten different shows! We used to get one.

I love reading graphic novels. I’ve got loads. I’ve just read Crossed by Garth Ennis and my latest purchase Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters is waiting in the wings. Now if that isn’t a geek, then I don’t know what is. Now I wonder if Godzooky will be in the book?

On your website, you listed two aquariums that were influential in aiding with your visualization of ARC. One is in Okinawa, the other in North Carolina. What’s the best aquarium you’ve visited to date?

Nothing as spectacular as those but I holidayed in Vilamoura in Portugal about six years ago and we visited one near there. I think that is the best one thus far. It had a seal show and lots of other marine life that I hadn’t seen before. It sounds silly but most of them in this country are the same. Although there is one in Chester, where you can swim with the sharks, which looks pretty cool.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? What would you like to accomplish?

Does it have to be ten years? I would like to be out of the office environment and able to sit at my PC and write. I feel that my ideas need to be out there, even if just for a piece of mind. Maybe I will write SHARC part 5; The Sharc bites again (as long as he’s not too old for this s*** – Lethal Weapon, quality). There might even be a cameo for Michael Caine (wait, didn’t he already star in a shark movie?).

Seriously though, apart from being the best dad for my kids and husband for my missus I would like to be able to say I have a best seller or able to point at a movie in the supermarket and I say to myself, I wrote the story for that. That would make me happy.

If you found a magic stone that allowed you to travel back in time to any era, any location, where would you go and why?

I would travel to the time the real kings and queens of the earth roamed our lands. I’d visit the dinosaurs and sea beasts. I’d be a bit like Nigel Marvin but with curly hair and a bulletproof tank, oh and maybe a spare pair of pants. No, better make that two!

Paul, it’s been a delight. Your wit and style really showed through. I know my readers will be anxious to pick up a copy of “Sharc”!

Thanks for having me, Deb, and thanks so much for letting me ramble on and plug my book!

Sharc

by Paul Rudd

Genre: Romance, Adventure, Great Whites

Publisher: Taylor Street Books

ISBN: 1479209899 / 978-1479209897

Number of pages: 285

Word Count: 101,000

Cover Artist: Tim Roux

Book Description:

It’s massive, it’s intelligent, it’s relentless and it’s always looking for its next meal or its next challenge.

Maxwell Baxter is intent on fulfilling his greatest ambition yet, and he is an ambitious man. He wants to build the largest floating aquarium in the world, an aquarium city, and fill it with all manner of monsters from the depths, the first being a presumed extinct Megalodon he has captured, a prehistoric monster shark currently only thirty-five feet long but destined to grow up to one hundred feet of raw, razor-toothed ravenous greed with extraordinary abilities to detect anything edible or threatening in the water for miles around.

In the midst of international financial negotiations to raise the rest of the money to complete his ARC, and with the Governor of California being entertained on his private yacht on his way to review the facility, the Megalodon escapes and begins to terrorize everything in the Pacific, ships and other sea creatures alike, no matter what their size.

Maxwell Baxter’s future rests on a knife-edge, and the Megalodon has a gigantic mouthful of them, each five feet long and giving it the capability to bite a small whale in half with one snap of its jaws.

With a Megalodon about, if you are thinking of getting back into the water, don’t flatter yourself – you’ll barely be a snack.

Amazon UK  Amazon US

Book Trailer http://youtu.be/NZ9e5u6TDV8

 

About the Author 

Ask a multi-award winning thespian if they would prefer a star on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame or have the chance to write about a prehistoric shark and they’d take the easy option every time. Me? Sharks are a passion, they always have been. Not to say I have actually met any face to face or relied on a shark cage to keep me out of harm’s way; cos that’s just dumb!

So say hello to the real Paul Rudd. I’m a geek, pure and simple and a far throw from celebrity. I write lots. I’ve watched movies since birth, which probably makes a lot of sense to those who know me well.

My brain is a minefield of ideas just waiting to detonate and making them available has always been a dream. Now, with thanks to Taylor Street, I have managed to take my first step into the unknown.

So now starts the latest saga of my life and a little like the original Lord of the Rings cartoon, the outcome remains up in the air. If only the late Ralph Bakshi was here to conclude it… alas for now I will carry on chasing my own Moby Dick; the great white tooth of a Megalodon, so if anyone has a spare?

This is Paul Rudd of the Nostromo signing off…….

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/theauthorpaulrudd

Twitter: @sharcwriter

Blog:  http://sharcwriter.blogspot.co.uk/

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Anthony Sunderland & Win TWO eBooks!

Oh my, oh my…. it just keeps getting better! Readers, you have an awesome opportunity to leave a comment and win BOTH eBooks in the Destiny’s Daughter series. How cool is that???

And trust me, you WANT to read these exciting stories by Anthony Sunderland. The man is so interesting and talented –  how could he conjure up anything less than top notch entertainment? Read my interview below, check out the blurb for Destiny’s Daughter – Hide and Seek – then leave a comment to enter the contest. One lucky visitor will snag the first two eBooks in this fascinating series. It might be YOU!

MEET THE AUTHOR:  Anthony Sunderland

I’m happy to welcome Anthony Sunderland, author, screenwriter and adventurer.  Anthony, you’ve written screenplays and pursued graphic novels but in the end, you decided to join the ranks of Indie authors. What led you to this decision?

I think the truth is that I finally opened my eyes to what was right in front of me. I learned the hard way how tough selling screenplays is, though I will carry on pitching them. Going down the graphic novel route let me keep more control, or so I thought.

I got some great design concepts done by two students, Anna and Kelsey, at the local college but putting together a team to produce the story proved difficult. I did find an artist but we couldn’t agree on a payment schedule for $20,000.

Writing description for an artist or filmmaker to interpret is massively different to describing settings and events to readers so I put off writing in novel form for as long as I could. I want to tell these stories, to share them with the world so I worked with someone to adapt one story from screen format to prose.

Destiny’s Daughter was already written as a short story that I wanted to enter into the “Writers of the Future” competition. The concept, together with several ideas for TV show episodes had also been a finalist in the “People’s Pilot” competition.

The short answer to all of the above is that the Kindle is the simplest way to get the stories out to the world.

Tell us a little bit about your recent release, “Destiny’s Daughter – Hide and Seek”. It’s the second book in the series. Will there be more?

U.S. Marine John Bishop was abducted by aliens while home on medical leave from the first Iraq war. In a chance encounter with Dawn in the present day he claims to have seen her as a young girl on a spaceship.

He later abducts her, determined to find out what the aliens did to him. Even if Dawn escapes will this lead to her mission being uncovered?

In this story I can give more of her backstory, spell out the dangers she faces, and give the Greaes a reason to implant a communication device in her head. I’ve also sewn a tiny seed of what will become a shocking revelation much later on.

Dawn has studied the human race but there are many harsh lessons for her to learn, and here she learns about the savagery people will subject others to.

There will be as many stories as I can think up original mysteries for her to investigate. There’s also the threads to deal with of the captured alien, the true nature of the boy on the crashed shuttle, and preventing the military from harnessing its technology.

Volume III involves a top secret submarine damaged in a massive explosion, Langan’s Daughter, tiny life forms that can join together to form a larger creature, and a threat to global security.

This ends with another painful lesson for Dawn and a twist in the tail. We already see her do things that seem irrational at first, until her true motives and loyalties are revealed. We will see her behavior change in reaction to her experiences. Several people who cross her are going to meet with a grisly fate. This sequence of events will culminate with the revelation mentioned above.

Where do you find the seeds of inspiration that eventually sprout roots and become a book?

From asking, What If? Reading and hearing about strange things that happen in nature. Vol IV was inspired by an artist who makes things out of old car parts. It will feature an old woman’s lost cat returning in the middle of the night. Bit of a stretch from car parts but I don’t want to give anything away.

You live in West Yorkshire but Destiny’s Daughter takes place in the United States. Why did you choose this location?

I’ve been asked this question about a couple of stories. I’ll be honest; partly to appeal to the biggest audience. Part of this is because the Mid-West is the main area for alien abduction claims so it would make sense for the FBI office to be there.

Also they could use the extensive network of caves, caverns, and some manmade tunnels to hide alien artifacts and technology.

The Destiny’s Daughter series has a recurring theme of Alien contact. If you met an Alien in a remote location away from media and government scrutiny, what three questions would you ask?

  • How does our world compare to yours?
  • What do you want here?
  • Will you take me with you on your next journey?

You’ve also written a screenplay about a superhero, currently a popular theme with movie goers. Spiderman was bitten by a radioactive spider, Hulk had an experiment go wrong, Superman came from another planet. What special skills does your superhero have and how did he/she acquire them?

In the superhero/horror screenplay the protagonist, Kirsten, was abducted by devil worshippers intent on offering her as a sacrifice. Their plans were thwarted by the intervention of their nemesis, Johann.

In their desperation to escape they leave her for dead in a wrecked motorhome. When she wakes up she accidentally drinks the potion that gives them superhuman strength. It also makes her as psychotic as them.

It gives her the power to fight off a pack of ravenous wolves and she sets out for revenge acting and hunting as a wolf (after an ordeal that I won’t go into here)

No superhero ever asked for their powers and all have suffered great loss to attain them. Kirsten is no different and she is in grave danger of being killed by the good guys as well as bad, unless some power can reach any shred of humanity buried beneath the darkness she has descended into.

You’ve put together a list of adventurous activities on a “bucket list”, and have already accomplished several of them such as fire-eating and bungee jumping. What is the most daring feat you’ve experienced to date?

Each one presents its own challenges. I think the most terrifying thing was going on a weekend singing course and getting up to sing solo in front of a room full of people on the Sunday. Fortunately no video of it exists.

You still hold a “day job” as an electrician. What tips can you give other authors who juggle careers with writing?

Switch off the TV, unless you’ve set your exercise machine up in front of it. Set a goal and a timetable, and stick to them. Join a good writers’ group and a good forum because you need to communicate with people who understand our passion and need to write.

Schedule breaks and days off, and take them to relax and reward yourself.

Fortunately I was able to reduce my hours to three days a week, but time was still very tight.

If you found a magic stone that allowed you to travel back in time to any era, any location, where would you go and why?

From a purely selfish point of view, back to the turn of the century with all my finished work in hand. I would then be ready for the graphic novel and ebook explosions.

Alternatively to the fall of the Berlin wall. I’d love to have witnessed the fall of communism first hand, and have even a tiny piece of the rubble as a momento.

About the Author

I live in Halifax, UK.

I’m a long time Sci Fi, fantasy, and horror nut. I was inspired to start writing by the season one finale of Buffy TVS.

I’ll try just about anything once – fire eating, parachuting, I’m a qualified glider pilot, and want to do the bungee jump from the Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa.

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Destiny’s Daughter: Hide & Seek
By Anthony Sunderland
Destiny’s Daughter series – Book 2

Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Victoria Publishing
ASIN: B008DTTOG6
Number of pages:  154
Word Count:  34,700

Cover Artist: Lazar K. https://www.elance.com/s/sugarbricks/ 

Book Description:
Dawn Dempsey has successfully infiltrated the FBI’s elite alien hunting squad. Welcomed as a valued member of the Alien Visitation Investigation team, and above suspicion, her mission is to thwart the FBI’s investigations from the inside.

She is also intent on freeing the captured alien.

On a routine investigation into old abduction cases in rural Iowa with her partner and lover, Scott Nelson, a chance encounter threatens to ruin everything for her.

Could her undercover mission be over before it has even begun? Could her true nature be about to be revealed by an unstable war hero?

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BOOK REVIEW: Elements of Rebellion by Coral Moore

Elements of Rebellion is an intense, riveting tale with disturbing content many readers may find offsetting. It contains graphic violence and strong sexual content with scenes of abuse that made me wince more than once. I typically prefer lighter fare but this is not your typical novel. This is an outstanding novel that will leave your emotions ricocheting like a stray bullet.

Set in a futuristic world, Elements of Rebellion introduces two wounded souls, each taking a different path toward survival after the Dominion savagely overtakes the gentle Eldari people.

Sindari is captured, enslaved and thrust into a cruel existence by the Domini armies. Taken to a  brothel, she is regularly beaten and abused for the enjoyment of sadistic men, forced to wear a dog collar and leash, punished for making eye contact, and traded freely for favors. Through all of this, Sindari refuses to be broken, nourishing her rebellious spirit in quiet moments, using it as strength during times of unspeakable atrocities. When her master decides she is too old and difficult to keep, he sends her to a slave market where she will be sold to the highest bidder. Because of her rebellious reputation, Sindari knows her future is bleak.

Lord Devin is an enforcer for the Domini – a man who strikes fear in the heart of  warriors because of his cruel, barbaric ways. As soon as he sees Sindari, he wants her, bidding well over the market price. He immediately has her branded with a “D”, marking her as his property, not caring that she collapses in pain from the searing metal stamp.

But to Sindari’s surprise, he does not seek sexual favors. As they travel across the land to his next post, she begins to see a different side of Devin. He allows her freedom, choices and encourages conversation, even offering her the opportunity to escape. He tells her “Lord Devin” is a character he plays to survive within the ranks when they are in public, and if she stays with him, he will be forced to hurt her. He must maintain the persona.

Sindari refuses to leave. She’s endured horrors from men without honor and she can do it again, knowing Devin will once again become the man she trusts and cares for as soon as they are alone. Watching Sindari and Devin’s relationship develop is like peeling away the layers of an onion, so be prepared for a few tears – but this is what makes the graphic violence bearable. Ms. Moore acts as a puppeteer, manipulating reader’s emotions by taking us to great heights and dropping us to devastating lows.

Sindari and Devin must continue their masquerade at whatever cost to defeat the Dominion Emperor, learning some surprising truths about each other along the way. I’m not sure I’ve ever endured a “black moment” as dark as the one in Elements of Rebellion but by the time I reached the light at the end of the tunnel, it burned brighter because of it.

This is an enduring book. One that will haunt you long after the last page is read.

Elements of Rebellion

Coral Moore
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Bared Teeth Publishing
ISBN:061564841X
ASIN:B0084V2V04
Number of pages:284
Word Count: 85,000
Cover Artist: Amanda Kelsey