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Today I’m on the ‘The Calling of the Trinity’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

1FVHot7IBrittany graduated from college with a degree in photography, and later became on obedience instructor. During the day, Brittany manages an FBO at a local hometown airport in Ohio and services aircraft. Writing has always been her greatest passion. She enjoys the outdoors and exploring new places in an endless quest to keep that artistic inspiration burning.

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V0xj2mjsThe fate of the supernatural world lies in the hands of the Trinity. Now that their powers have awakened, they’re one step closer to putting an end to the Darkness surrounding them. Or so they thought…
The death of Wren’s father brings an unsolicited visit from the Alpha Master of the Thornwood werewolf pack, and with it some troublesome news. Wren is faced with a decision that could mean the end of his life if he doesn’t choose wisely.
A mysterious book hidden in a secret room just might have the answers the Trinity is searching for. Perhaps with a little help from the past, a winged guardian, and new friends–the Trinity can persevere and rise against the Darkness.

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Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Thank you for having me!

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I’ve been creating stories for as long as I can remember. I know that’s a typical response, but my mom can even attest to the fact that as soon as I could read/write, I was hand-writing stories with a Number 2 pencil and drawing pictures to go along with the scenes. It started out as a hobby, but I was never able to give it up so I decided to try and make something happen. I am also a canine obedience instructor, and one of my clients is a children’s author. I picked her brain about how to get started and bought myself a “Writer’s Market” book. A lot of time and hard work later, Black Rose Writing offered me a contract deal, and I accepted.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
Any and everything by Sarah Dessen.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
The aforementioned, Sarah Dessen, haha. She’s the literary queen of YA fiction in my mind. She’s utterly brilliant, as is everything she creates.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Excellent question! I’m actually working on a YA post-apocalyptic novel right now and the male lead in that story is probably, to date, the most favourite character I’ve ever written. I’d choose him because he feels like an extension of someone I’d want to be like.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I typically like to write in the mornings. I like the quiet, slow-moving hours when the world is still waking up and the chaos of the day hasn’t yet begun. I usually have tea or coffee with me, and maybe some relaxing music playing in the background.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
I draw inspiration from a lot of things. Music is a big one, but sometimes what I write starts as a thought about something and then my brain just carries it away. I haven’t published anything with characters based on people I know, though some personality traits have been selected to mimic certain people in my life. One of these days I’ll probably base some of my characters off people I know, but nothing to be worried about. 😉

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I write with a very loose skeleton outline. I usually know how I want things to begin, where drama will present itself, and peak, but I rarely know how everything will pan out when I first begin writing. Everything is subject to change.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Don’t ever give up. When things seem overwhelming, allow yourself to take a break and focus on something else. Sometimes when things aren’t flowing properly for me, that’s usually an indicator that something I’ve written in the previous chapters needs to be cut or edited differently.

What are your future plans as an author?
I have the prequel to Awakening the Trinity almost edited which will probably be posted for everyone to read (free of cost) on my website: BrittanyEliseAuthor (dot com) I have plans to put that out into the universe this winter/spring. I’m currently writing the final book to close out the series, which will hopefully be out by next year. I’m working on a lot of new things right now too, so my attention is divided between novels and genres, but I hope it will all be exciting for my readers!

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Ooh, a teaser! A friend of mine suggested a scene from the book, so here’s a display of Quinn’s power from Chapter Twelve:

Courtney and Hailey pushed through the double-doors at the front of the courtyard, their arms linked together at the elbows. It was right about then that I heard a deep rumbling coming from around the bend. I looked up at the road as a group of bikers, clad in black leather jackets, slowed in front of the courtyard. Hailey lifted her manicured hand in a wave, pulling Courtney along as they hurried across the lawn to the parking lot. Beside me, Wren stiffened.
“Weres,” Blaire said, rubbing the goosebumps that trailed her arms. I noticed that her ring was glowing aqua.
“Thornwood,” I corrected. My stomach tightened as the group of five parked their bikes in the side lot. I picked Roy out of the bunch first. He was the only one with long hair; the wind had pulled a few strands loose from the ponytail fastened at the nape of his neck. I recognized a few of the others from the bar, but they’d remained in the shadows and hadn’t introduced themselves.
“Friends of yours?” Blaire asked acerbically.
“I wouldn’t call them friends. Pack your things away.” He meant the grimoire; I didn’t have to be told twice. I grabbed the notebook and the grimoire and stuffed them in my bag as the bikers, led by Hailey and Courtney, started making their way in our direction.
The back of their jackets were adorned with a large face of a wolf. Its jaws were parted in a menacing snarl, revealing sharp white teeth. Bloody roses covered in thorns formed the shape of parentheses on either side of the wolf’s head. Thornwood was written in bold letters across the back of their shoulders, and below the wolf’s head was the phrase: honor thy brothers with blood. I swallowed hard.
“Well, well, if it isn’t Wren Whelan,” the leader of their group said. He was shorter than the others but he was built like a tank. Bulky muscle jutted up from his shoulders, joining either side of his equally thick neck. He had short, spiky blond hair and eyes the mirror image of Hailey’s. He smiled and offered his hand to Wren.
“Maddox,” Wren said in greeting, shaking his hand. I remembered what Wren had told me about him–he was in Ryker’s inner circle, and possibly the pack Beta. Hailey was his younger sister. “What brings you out this way?” Wren’s tone was even and borderline unfriendly but Maddox didn’t appear addled in the slightest.
Maddox draped a big arm around Hailey and pulled her into his side. “Just came to check on my little sister,” he said. “I wanted to make sure she’s playing nice with all the new kids.” Maddox’s cool water gaze leveled with mine.
“Stop it,” Hailey said in a playful but annoyed sounding tone. “I haven’t bitten anyone… yet.”
Courtney laughed.
“Sorry I missed your father’s memorial,” Maddox said, shifting his eyes back to Wren. “I was away on business.”
“I heard that you’re still Ryker’s errand boy,” Wren commented in a detached sort of tone that made Maddox’s expression falter.
“I’m his second.” Maddox glowered, eyes darkening. Yep. Definitely the Beta.
“Oh, his second; well then I suppose I should congratulate you. It’s good to see all the ass-kissing finally paid off.”
Maddox sniggered, revealing a straight set of teeth. Wren had Maddox by a couple of inches in height, but Maddox’s bulk was nothing to take in stride. Wren was already treading very dangerous waters, squaring off with the Beta–especially one that was besieged by his pack brothers–was not in his best interests. I reached out, wrapping my palm around Wren’s wrist hoping that my touch would convey a reminder. Maddox saw this, and his eyes cut to me.
“You must be Quinn.”
“That’s right,” I said, forcing myself to hold his gaze.
“Ryker told me all about you,” he said in a tone that one might mistake for charm, but I heard the mocking nature in it. He pulled my free hand to his lips and brushed the back of my knuckles with a kiss that sent a shiver of disgust slithering down my spine. I pulled my hand free of his grasp and squared my shoulders as Wren bristled beside me.
“What do you want, Maddox?” Wren growled.
“Be nice to my brother, Wren, or you will be the first one I bite,” Hailey said with a smirk. She slipped out from under Maddox’s arm and grabbed Courtney by the elbow and started introducing her to the rest of the pack. I watched Courtney flirt with the guys, knowing that Hailey had pulled her away so Maddox could talk more freely with Wren.
“Ryker wants to know if you have an answer for him.” Maddox leaned up against the trunk of the maple tree, crossing his arms over his chest.
“So he sent you and four others to what–drag the answer out of me if I didn’t comply? He’ll have his answer tomorrow,” Wren said.
Maddox smiled even bigger. “We both know you’ve already made up your mind. We’re just here to remind you of your fate should you choose to concede.”
“Come on Summer Boy. You know what you need to do,” Hailey added. “You know what would be best for you.”
Rage flickered through my core. I took a step forward on instinct, but it was Blaire who wrapped a hand around my arm to hold me in place. My chest swelled with an icy heat, feeding the Darkness that was swelling in my amulet.
“Such fire,” Maddox commented, staring at me. “I can see why you like her, Wren. But is she really worth dying–”
Behind me, I heard the school bell ringing, signaling that our lunch hour had ended, and thankfully, cutting off the rest of Maddox’s words.
“Come on Hailey, I don’t want to be late for the student council meeting,” Courtney said, reaching for Hailey’s free hand as the two skipped away.
“Since you’re incessantly headstrong, Ryker told me to tell you that you have until sundown tomorrow night. Be at the bar, seven o’clock sharp with your answer.” Maddox pushed himself away from the tree trunk and the others flanked to his side. As he started walking away, he called over his shoulder, “I hope she’s worth it, Wren.”
My teeth ground together as my fists clenched at my sides. Fury surged through my body like a bolt of lightning and the sky above seemed to darken. It revealed the veil of the in-between and shrouded my vision.
Teach them their place, the Darkness whispered against my ear. The rage that had been building inside me boiled over the surface, and my neck snapped sharply to the side. A big gust of wind swept out of the eastern woods and knocked all five of the heavy chrome-plated bikes over in the parking lot.
“What the hell?” The group took off running toward their fallen machines.
Blaire squeezed her nails into my arm until the pain registered. I blinked away from the scene and turned to face her coal-black gaze. “Quinn,” she breathed, “did you do that?”
My lips parted, and air rushed through my lungs in a ragged gulp. “I-I don’t know.” Her eyes were swimming over mine, and I knew she was searching my aura for the Darkness that had already departed.

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Britany Elise.

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Today I’m on the ‘Five Wives’ blogtour, organised by R&R Book Tours.
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About the Author :

Author Pic(2)Joan Thomas’s fourth novel Five Wives won Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Award for Fiction. Described by the Globe and Mail as “brilliant, eloquent, curious, far-seeing,” it is an immersive dive into a real event, the disastrous attempt by five American families to move into the territory of the reclusive Waorani people in Ecuador in 1956.
Joan’s three previous novels have been praised for their intimate and insightful depictions of characters in times of rapid social change. Reading by Lightning, set in World War 2, won the 2008 Amazon Prize and a Commonwealth Prize. Curiosity, based on the life of the preDarwinist fossilist Mary Anning, was nominated for the 2010 Giller Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Award. The Opening Sky, a novel about a family navigating contemporary crises, won the 2014 McNally Robinson Prize and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award.
Joan lives in Winnipeg, a prairie city at the geographical center of North America. Before beginning to write fiction, she was a longtime book reviewer. In 2014, Joan was awarded the Writers Trust of Canada’s prize for mid-career achievement.

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Title: Five Wives
Publication Date: September 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Harper Collins CA

Five Wives Cover ArtIn the 1950s, in the aftermath of World War II, five American families moved to Ecuador, determined to take the Christian gospel to a pre-Neolithic Amazonian tribe they called “the Auca.” The Waorani (proper name) were just as determined to maintain their isolation, and killed the missionary men at their second meeting. Four of the wives remained in Ecuador and one, Elisabeth Elliot, went further into the rainforest with her three-year old daughter to live with the Waorani.
Joan Thomas’s fictional treatment of this incident explores themes that are both eternal and immediate: faith and ideology, autonomy and self-protection, cultural understanding and misunderstanding, grief and doubt, and isolation. Five Wives rises out of immaculate research, including a visit to the ruins of the Elliot house in Ecuador, and out of the author’s own experience with the thinking and imperatives of evangelical missions. The novel sinks into the points of view of characters who are bound by past choices, yet make their own personal bargains in the midst of a crisis.

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Today I’m on the ‘Starfighter Rising’ blogtour, organised by RABT Book Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

PuYa_aUp_400x400Daniel Seegmiller grew up loving Star Wars, Mech Warriors, and all things sports. He started out as an English major before switching to his other love, science. He has an MS in mechanical engineering and has worked on everything from biomechanics, to machine learning, to defense technology.
Daniel loves dreaming up awesome adventures…like, literally, he wakes up in the middle of the night with the best ideas. Most of the stories he writes are for his kids. Starfighter Rising is his debut novel.
He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife and three squirrelly children.

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starfighter_ebookThe enemy wanted him. The galaxy needed him.
Sixty years ago Nolvarics nearly conquered the solar system. They were defeated by starfighters.
Konran dreamed of becoming a starfighter, but he blew his one shot five years ago. Now his life is stuck in neutral as a glorified rock hauler.
He didn’t expect to find Nolvarics lurking within the solar system. They didn’t expect him to survive the confrontation.
Now all eyes are on Konran as he is plunged into a whirlwind of space battles, peril, and conspiracy. The Nolvarics will stop at nothing to catch him, dead or alive.
Can Konran rise up and claim his destiny, or will the galaxy fall?

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Today I’m on the ‘The Rue Stone’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

6i_6ltXgHaving written all of my life, I decided to self-publish my writing when I turned 50. I have published four books since then. Two are collections of short stories; Dark & Fluffy; Dark & Fluffy II and 500 Words, which is flash fiction. My latest book The Rue Stone is a fantasy novella.
My passion is medieval fiction, and I am working on my first novel The Little Servant – The Wait’s Son, set in the 12th century, in Lincoln, where I live.
All four books are available on Amazon.

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FMHY5dz4The rue is a mysterious and rare being who is rarely seen, and Janna is amazed when one arrives at the inn where she works, looking for a room. The next morning, her life has changed, and she is left wondering whether she will ever see him again, but only time and the rue stone know the answer to that question.

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Janna is the main female character in The Rue Stone, and she first encounters the rue when she is working in the bar one evening. The extract below describes the first time Janna and the rue set eyes on one another.

After having a quick few words with Vem, she walked back out into the bar, and that was when she saw him coming through the door.
The early wintour fog seemed to wrap around him, as if trying to tempt him back out into the night, but he didn’t seem to notice the fragile bonds that swirled around him. She could see a low moon hanging in the sky, looking like an ice-blue crystal ball, and it silhouetted him, giving him an ethereal air.
He looked around briefly, assessing his surroundings, and being satisfied with what he saw, stepped into the bar.
The heavy door slammed shut behind him, just a fraction before the fingers of fog and cold air took hold on the nearest customers.
She couldn’t take her eyes from him.
No-one else noticed him at first, but as he walked through the room, Janna saw that men were halting their conversations, and even the dog shut up without being kicked. It whimpered slightly and curled up tight under his master’s legs.
He didn’t seem to be aware of, or concerned about, the attention he was attracting. Confidently, he strode past the wide eyes and open mouths to a booth. Sliding a battered leather sack onto the bench, he sat himself down with a flick of his thick grey cloak.
He shook the cloak a little to remove some of the damp, and as he did so, his hood fell back, and she saw his flowing hair shining in the torchlight.
Rubbing his hands together as if to warm them, still either unaware of the interest he had caused, or not paying any heed to it, he turned his head to attract a server’s attention. Jenna exhaled not realising that she had been holding her breath.
The rue was looking straight at her.
A complete hush had now descended over the room, and she realised that it wasn’t only the rue that was looking at her, everyone else was too; all waiting to see what she would do.
Hera had been mopping up some spilt ale, but now she was distractedly mopping up the feet of one of the patrons, as she watched Janna.
Time seemed suspended. There were clouds of smoke from the numerous clay pipes, swirling above the tables in slow motion. The fires popped and crackled, seemingly a million miles away, but apart from that, nothing stirred.
The longer she stood there with all eyes on her, the more aware of them she became, and the more uncomfortable she felt. She needed to move, to break the tension.
For a split second she thought she saw a small smile on the rue’s lips, then it was gone, just a fleeting impression of amusement.
She heard Vune call her name, gently but insistently, and it stirred her from her trance.

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Today I’m on the ‘Median Gray’ blogtour, organised by R&R Book Tours.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Author Pic(1)Bill Mesce, Jr. is an author, screenwriter, and playwright living in New Jersey.
His first professional writing gig was the product of a screenwriting contest landing him an uncredited stint on Brian DePalma’s 1981 political thriller, BLOW OUT. Since then he has worked on a number of film projects, including the 1998 feature ROAD ENDS which was screened at a number film festivals.
Another writing contest led to his award-winning one-act play “A Good Kid,” which, in turn kicked off a series of related one-acts which were eventually rolled into his first full-length stage effort, A JERSEY CANTATA.
And yet again, a writing contest brought him his first published credit, the critically-acclaimed WW II drama, THE ADVOCATE. Since then, he has turned out a range of work from academic studies to literary short fiction and including several well-received sequels to THE ADVOCATE.
From 2010 to 2017, he was an adjunct instructor at several colleges and universities in New Jersey. He now teaches screenwriting at the University of Maine at Farmington.

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Title: Median Gray
Publication Date: August 4th, 2020
Genre: Thriller / Crime Thriller / Police Procedural
Publisher: Willow River Press

CoverAt a time when New York’s mean streets were their meanest, one NYPD detective at the end of his career takes one last chance to correct a 20-year-old injustice, and another cop at the beginning of his career tries to stop him before a police department already scarred by corruption investigations takes another hit.

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Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I started out as a screenwriter, and rather arrogantly thought my prose work, which I knew was weaker than what I wrote for the screen, would piggyback on my phenomenal success writing for the movies. However, most of my film work was for low budget junk, most of which, thankfully, was never produced. But while I was waiting for my screenwriting career to take off, I was slowly getting better at prose, and then, both from a better understanding of how prose worked and realizing I had a better chance of writing more substantial work for the page than for the screen, I came to love writing writing for the page. Since my first book was published in 2000, screenwork is now the adjunct and prose my concentration.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I didn’t read books for my age. I used to read a lot of comic books, but my mother thought they were giving me nightmares so she threw them out (the real nightmare is how much they’d be worth today!). Out of boredom, I started reading what my parents read. They were voracious readers, mostly thrillers and mysteries. So, there I was at 10 reading Alistair MacLean thrillers like Ice Station Zebra.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Oh, there’s so many, but for particular things. Among the major names, Steinbeck has always been a favorite. As a more-or-less genre writer, John LeCarre, the late George V. Higgins. For how to manage a career, Evan Hunter who bounced between literary work and screen work under his own name, and some terrific genre stuff under the pen name Ed McBain. When I went back to school for my MFA, I did have the good fortune to be a student of Thomas E. Kennedy. I became a big fan of his “Copenhagen Quartet” and he did allow me to interview him for a review/interview through which I learned a tremendous about about how to stand a genre on its ear.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
The only one I can picture sitting down to tea would also be an insufferable ass (Dante DeMarchese from Legacy). But burger and a soda, if I was younger, Ronnie from Median Gray, but now closer to my age, Harry from The Advocate.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I’m not a particularly organized or process-oriented writer. If I’m on a project, I write when I have the time. I do spend a lot of time running things over in my head so when I do have writing time, I’m at the keyboard to pound stuff out.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Oh, wow, anywhere, everywhere. One of the few decent screenplays I did that was produced came from a news story, most of the Harry Voss trilogy came from my agent and editor hounding me for sequels. Median Gray was initially prompted by my experiences working in New York City in the 1980s. There’s no real pattern. I am, however, very sensitive to using anything personal for fear of embarassing myself, offending friends and family, and not wanting to get a punch in the nose.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
Sort of both. I don’t start anything unless I have a pretty good idea of what the spine is, but I often discover a lot in the process.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
I’m always very wary of doing this because I’ve come to learn that what works for me may not work for anybody else, and I think that’s what it comes down to in the end; you have to find your process, your rhythm, what works for you. As a novice, naturally, you won’t know what that is, so you experiment. You read about how other writers work, you try those routines, maybe you find they don’t for work or you cherrypick elements that do work for you and drop the rest. There is no formula, there is no recipe. It really is about self-discovery, learning how your head works.

What are your futureplans as an author?
I’ve never had a plan. I’ve been lucky enough to pursue material – fiction and nonfiction – that interests me and have almost everything I’ve written published in one form or another. Every time I think, “Well, that’s it, I’m done, I don’t have anything else to say,” an opportunity of some sort presents itself and I find myself at the keyboard again. I’ve been doing this long enough now that for all the frustrations and disappointments that go with this trade, I can more-or-less be philosophical about it and say, Hey, what happens happens.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?

It’s not like he’s going to go hunting down those dark halls and stairways after the perp, that’d be stupid, that’d be fucking insane. He’s just going to find McInerney, keep him company until the ambulance gets there, maybe he can do some First Aid; maybe he can do… something. Anything.
He unsnaps the restraining strap on his holster and pulls out the .38, and he’s surprised at how light that pound and a half of steel feels, not tugging at his hand the way it does on the firing range at Rodman’s Neck, but popping clear of the leather like it’s on a spring because he’s got so much adrenaline going through him he could spin a Mack truck on his finger.
He steps through the foyer and into the must-and-cabbage smell of the hallway. It’s hot and close in there, he wonders why there are no fucking lights.
“I’m coming, Mac,” he says moving slowly down the hall, straining his ears, trying to find shapes in the dark.

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Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Bill Mesce Jr.

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Today I’m on the ‘The Merry Month of Murder’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
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About the Author :

vk9gOpzwNicola Slade is an award-winning, bestselling author of historical and contemporary mysteries and romantic fiction, all set in and around Winchester and Romsey in Hampshire – which is where she lives. The House at Ladywell – a contemporary romantic novel with historical echoes – won the International Chatelaine Grand Prize for Romantic Fiction at the CIBA awards in April 2019.
She is the author of the mid-Victorian Charlotte Richmond mysteries and the contemporary Harriet Quigley mysteries. The Convalescent Corpse, published November 2018, an Amazon best-seller, the first in a new series, The Fyttleton Mysteries, set in 1918.
The Merry Month of Murder, the second book in The Fyttleton Mysteries – Published 10th September 2020

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pLuMrXf8It was teatime on Tuesday, and nobody had died yet…
May 1918
In a world where the men are at war and the women keep the home fires burning, Christabel Fyttleton is faced with domestic crises involving lodgers, rationing, maypole dancers and Kaiser Bill (don’t ask!) – as well as her most daunting challenge ever.
Not only that! There’s a sudden death – again – as though she hasn’t enough to cope with already.
But is it murder, misadventure, or merely misfortune?

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#VirtualBookTour #RABTBookTours @RABTBookTours / #Excerpt : Crackle and Fire #CrackleandFire – Russ Colchamiro @AuthorDudeRuss #RussColchamiro

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Today I’m on the ‘Crackle and Fire’ blogtour, organised by RABT Book Tours.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

author picRuss Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking sci-fi adventure, Crossline, the zany sci-fi/fantasy backpacking series Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, editor of the sci-fi-themed mystery anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, and co-author and co-editor of Murder in Montague Falls, a noir-inspired collection of novellas.
Russ is also the creator and host of Russ’s Rockin’ Rollercoaster podcast, where he has interviewed several NY Times and USA Today best-selling sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery authors. Russ has also contributed short stories to more than a dozen sci-fi and fantasy anthologies.
He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.
For more on Russ and Russ’s Rockin’ Rollercoaster, visit www.russcolchamiro.com, follow him on Twitter and Instagram @AuthorDudeRuss, ‘like’ his Facebook author page and watch his podcast on YouTube.

Synopsis :

Crackle & Fire front cover FINALAngela Hardwicke isn’t just any private eye.
She’s a PI from Eternity, the cosmic realm responsible for the design, creation, and maintenance of the Universe.
When accountant Gil Haberseau hires her to find an intern with stolen corporate files, Hardwicke soon finds herself embroiled in a deadly case of lies, intrigue, and murder, clashing with vengeful gangsters, MinderNot rallies, and a madman who’s come a long way to get what he wants.
In Russ Colchamiro’s thrilling Sci-Fi mystery Crackle and Fire, Angela Hardwicke learns once and for all that when it comes to being an intergalactic private eye, there’s no telling what threats she may face on-realm and off… including the demons that lurk deep within her soul.
Bonus story included! The AI-themed Angela Hardwicke murder mystery, “The Case of Jarlo’s Buried Treasure”

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Excerpt :

At first glance there’s nothing special about Wazon Road. Just another hipster club along another hipster side street along Cobblestone Alley. The usual multi-color strobe lights and flashing orbs are in sync with the electronic music.
Yet there’s an energy here. An expectancy. Heads are bobbing.
Maybe it’s the booze and sweat and even the sweet peppermint being pumped into the air. Or maybe it’s the drugs—I spot four dealers and five prostitutes I know—but I’ve been to enough of these events to know there’s something else going on.
Normally I would’ve gone classic Hardwicke—pinstripe suit, fedora—but not tonight. My outfit needs to fit the occasion.
Lucky for me I don’t give a comet’s gas what these club punks think, so I busted out my black leather pants, leather boots with buckle clasp, white T-shirt, maroon lipstick, and thin-cut leather jacket. It’s got enough pockets to conceal what I need, but flows easily with my movements. No gun, but I’ve got my taser if I need it.
And if Wazon Road is like every other hipster club, there will be enough action to keep even the most focused mind distracted.
Since it’s a private galaxy unveiling, there’s some deep pockets in attendance. Waylan Gir is sipping a martini by the bar. Sarna Ri’n is in the VIP section, no doubt surveying for another sucker to bilk, and Evelyn Aaer-Von-Maroo, in her royal blue crepe-knit trumpet dress with off-the-shoulder neckline, is making her way to management’s private box overlooking the club.
She’s worth a second look.
I hate being in nightclubs more than I hate eating P’linco mushrooms, but you pick up a ton of actionable intel there. When money’s in the room, leeches follow.
A confection of magenta, yellow, and emerald lasers crawl along the ceiling. The music intensifies as the speakers unleash a gorgeous alto voice, nearly operatic, the woman producing a wordless song, a rolling stream of escalating and de-escalating aahs.
Nini hands me a cold beer. “Cheers.” She clinks it against her pomegranate cocktail. “You look hot tonight. Nice to see you out of uniform.”
She’s one to talk. Whistler was right. Damn.
Nini’s rocking a silver cowl sequined dress with an open back and split side. It dangles from her small, black body. If she wants a friend tonight, she’s getting one. She works long shifts in the ER covered in every fluid that can come out of a person’s body, but when she’s off duty, she’s glam all the way.
“I’m looking for Strident Eyes,” I say. “I bet there’s someone in the management box, but I can’t get up there.”
Nini raises her eyebrows, hands me her drink. She lets her hands fall along her hips, shuffles her dress, and puckers her ruby-painted lips. She’s even got my motor running. She winks at me.
“I saw Evie von M up there. I’ll give it whirl.”
Eighty or so guests undulate on the dance floor. Magenta lights flow over them. I stop a barback as he loads a black tub of discarded drink glasses, soggy napkins, chewed-up straws, and an empty prophylactic pill bottle.
“Strident Eyes,” I say. “You seen?”
He broods, as if I’m overlooking the obvious. I slip him a few credits. The barback gestures with his head. “Over there. By the tables.”
“I see ’em.”
He pulls away into a streak of light, revealing a MinderNot tattoo on his forearm.
“Nice ink. How goes the rebellion?”
“It’s not a rebellion,” he huffs indignantly “It’s a statement. The Minders need to unfuck E-Town before E-Town fucks us. If they don’t, we know once and for all there are no Minders. It’s the great big lie. Total con job.”
“One person’s lie is another person’s mantra. Sometimes the reverse. And usually… both at the same time.”
“Be ignorant if you want. But this town is fucked up. Way more than usual. If the Minders are really running the place… then run it. If not, we gotta tear this muthafucka down and start doing shit our own way. Fuck the Minders. They’re already fucking us.”
Ah, youth. So much angst and nowhere to stick it. They’re still too young to accept that responsibility isn’t a dirty word, but rather one of the most critical elements of self-worth. Yet they’re old enough to have learned that life is a helluva lot harder than they ever thought it would be. So they pick a new boogieman and call it a cause.
The MinderNots are pushing back against the forces of the Universe, convinced anything they can say, think, feel, or do will change the fabric of Existence.
That the MinderNots can exert control.
Who knows? Maybe they can. Wouldn’t be the craziest thing I’ve seen.
But this guy’s right about one thing. The Minders do need to get their shit together.
I’m about to make my way over to the Strident Eyes table when the club goes dark. There’s a collective murmur, then silence.
Normally I’d switch on my plasma sensor contact lenses that enable me to see and identify various particles floating in the air. Another one of Bernice’s little toys. But I forgot to put them in. I also forgot the scout orbs they synch to. They’re damn useful when doing recon. Roll them on the floor and they give a ground-up view of any room. Always nice to know what you’re walking into.
I reach for my leather jacket. With a press on the zipper, the teeth doubling as a fluorescent green glowstick—thanks again, Bernice.
A hiss of steam emerges from the center of the room, pushing everyone back. Outlined in purple fluorescent light, a square reveals itself on the floor. Ten feet away, another purple outline.
With an electrum hum, white panes alight within the purple-outlined squares. Platforms rise.
Standing atop the squares, one each, are a man and a woman.
Bindu and Barkley. The galaxy designers.

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Today I’m on the ‘The Cold War Begins’ blogtour, organised by RABT Book Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

IMG_2182Roger L. Liles decided he had to earn a living after a BA and graduate studies in Modern European History. He went back to school and eventually earned an MS in Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1970.
In the 1960s, he served as an Air Force Signals Intelligence Officer in Turkey and Germany and eventually lived in Europe for a total of eight years. He worked in the military electronics field for forty years—his main function was to translate engineering jargon into understandable English and communicate it to senior decision-makers in the government.
Now retired after working for forty years as a senior engineering manager and consultant with a number of aerospace companies, he spends his days writing. His first novel, which was published in late 2018 was titled The Berlin Tunnel—A Cold War Thriller. His second novel The Cold War Begins was published in late 2020 and is the second volume in his planned The Cold War Trilogy. This trilogy is based on extensive research into Berlin during the spy-versus-spy era which followed World War II and his personal experience while living and working in Europe. He is in the process of writing its third volume of the trilogy which will be titled The Berlin Tunnel—Another Crisis and takes the story into 1962 and the era of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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As the Cold War between East and West commences, so does our story. The setting is war-ravaged Berlin in late 1946. From that devastated and divided city, spies from both sides began to move with relative ease throughout occupied Germany. America and its allies need to determine the composition and deployment locations of the military forces Russia has moved into the very heart of Western Europe. The Russians work diligently to deny the Western Powers knowledge of their intentions and strategies while consolidating their position in their new vassal states in Middle Europe including East Germany; their ultimate goal is to spread communism to the rest of the world.
Recently declassified documents have revealed the true nature and extent of the spy versus spy conflict that occurred from the mid-1940s through the early-1990s between the American CIA and British MI6 on one side and the Russian KGB and GRU (plus eventually the East German Stasi) on the other.
In late 1946, Kurt Altschuler arrives in the divided city of Berlin. His job as an Associate Press News Agency reporter serves as a cover for his true role as a CIA agent. His first assignment is to establish a spy network that covers the Russian occupied zone of Germany.
Two years later, during the Berlin Blockade, he meets Erica Hoffmann, a beautiful East German archeology student. Any relationship between a CIA agent and an East German woman is strictly forbidden; she might be part of a ‘honey pot sting.’ Love could not have found them at a worse moment. Their tempestuous relationship keeps Kurt in Berlin and on the front lines of the Cold War for the next thirteen years.
The 1953 East German uprising which was violently suppressed by Russian tanks is a seminal event in Kurt and Erica’s stormy love life. The next year, Kurt is tasked with managing the construction of the first Berlin Tunnel; if successfully completed, it would allow the British MI6 and the CIA to monitor communist communication throughout Russian occupied Europe.
Ultimately Kurt becomes Chief Operations Officer for CIA station Berlin. In that capacity, he manages the EAST-WEST spy-versus-spy interactions in Berlin for years. His experience allows him to direct his subordinates when the Berlin Wall is closed, the Berlin Crisis occurs, and a second tunnel is built into East Berlin. He yearns for action and even risks brief excursions behind the Iron Curtain.
The novel begins and ends with a deadly confrontation between Kurt, a rogue CIA agent, and three Stasi Agents in an abandoned warehouse in East Berlin.

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Today I’m on the ‘Tree Magic’ blogtour, organised by Love Books Tour.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Harriet-Springbett-250x253Harriet Springbett’s childhood on a small farm in West Dorset gave her an early exposure to nature, which continues to inspire her writing.
She qualified as an engineer but, during a Raleigh International expedition in Chile, she realised she preferred words to numbers. She abandoned her profession, moved to France, studied French and then worked as a project manager, feature writer, translator and TEFL teacher. She now lives in Poitou-Charentes with her French partner and their teenage children.
Since her first literary success, aged 10, her short stories and poetry have been published in literary journals and placed in writing competitions, including a shortlisting in the 2017 Bath Short Story Award.
Harriet leads writing workshops, has judged the Segora international short story competition and blogs at https://harrietspringbett.wordpress.com.

Synopsis :

Tree Magic ebook coverA life fractured into parallel worlds. A quiet magic to accept or ignore. A decision to make.
Escape from difficult family dynamics is teenager Rainbow’s desire. When she discovers a strange gift for communicating with trees, she thinks she’s found her salvation. Even better, a mysterious but gentle man living in her Dorset village helps develop her powers.
But when tragedy strikes, Rainbow’s life is torn apart, creating parallel worlds in the process. In one life, the vulnerable Rainbow strives to salvage her family. In the other, her alter-ego, Mary, flees her past. Over the next few years the two versions of Rainbow follow very different lives. The source of their grief, however, is the same – a confession buried deep within their memories.
Could France offer more than a mere escape? As the two worlds draw closer and memories resurface, Rainbow and Mary’s futures must be determined. Can they receive the healing they need? Or will the renewed pain be too much to bear? Only by risking their lives will they know.

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Excerpt :

Rainbow thought she’d died in the accident. She had to be dead because she could see Amrita Devi, and Amrita came from a Bishnoi legend.
Amrita was hugging a silver maple tree on the edge of a wood. A heaven full of trees seemed fitting to Rainbow, though lightning had split this particular maple and one of its two branches was almost dead. It needed some good hugging.
The Bishnoi girl was exactly as Rainbow had imagined: small and sprite-like with long black hair, and wearing a colourful sari in pinks and reds. Rainbow’s mum had told her the legend nine years ago, when Rainbow was four. According to the fable, Amrita had tried to save an ancient tree from woodcutters.
Amrita lifted her head from the trunk and beckoned to her. Rainbow crept through the silence to the silver maple and mirrored Amrita, lacing her arms around its trunk and hugging it. Then she closed her eyes and let herself be drawn into the tree’s reassuring comfort. It was as if she, Amrita and the maple were one, holding and healing each other. This was definitely heaven.
She opened her eyes to tell Amrita how great it all felt. But Amrita raised a finger to her lips and pointed towards a figure that had just arrived. It was another Rainbow.
This Rainbow looked angry. She kicked through decaying leaves, her hands shoved deep into her jean pockets. When she heard Amrita’s low call, she stopped and stared at them both. Her face was shock-white and her lips frozen blue.
Amrita stretched a hand towards her, inviting her to join them at the silver maple. But this strange Rainbow refused to come closer. Amrita pleaded, her voice an ethereal shimmer. “Xylem and phloem, xylem and phloem,” she said. “You’re not cambium. You shouldn’t have divided. Come! Be healed!”
The strange Rainbow ignored Amrita’s peculiar entreaty. She turned her back and stamped away.
Rainbow realised she’d been holding her breath. She let it out in a sigh of relief. She didn’t want to share Amrita and heaven with this imposter. She tried to catch Amrita’s eye and smile at her, but Amrita was no longer as solid as before. The whole of heaven rippled, like a bubble in a breeze. The colours weakened. Each separate entity blurred into a red-gold fuzz of whirling leaves. Then the bubble burst.

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Today I’m on the ‘Mindworm’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

0hfkctskAfter more than forty years of paid employment David Pollard retired to glorious Hereford and immersed himself in the theatrical activities of the county. He is currently Chair of Hereford County Drama Festival.
David sees himself as a teller of tales – he is a playwright, author of short stories and novels. He has a preference for dark and dystopian material. He is also an actor and theatrical director. Among the many authors admired by David is Robert Louis Stevenson – for his website David adopted the appellation Tuistala – Samoan for ‘Teller of Tales’ which the Samoan people called RLS.
Several of David’s plays have been published by Lazybee Scripts – one of which ‘Aspects of a Betrayal’ was shortlisted for the Kenneth Branagh prize at the Windsor Fringe Festival.
David has two works published on KDP/Amazon:
‘His Cat and Other Strange Tales’ – a collection of macabre short stories
‘The Alienation of Ludovic Weiss’ – a psychological thriller
A third book ‘Mindworm ‘ is scheduled for publication in September 2020
When not writing, directing or acting David runs a podcast platform for the streaming of radio plays and short story readings – Hand to Mouth Sound Theatre.
For relaxation David reads voraciously with a liking for history and thriller fiction. He also enjoys country walks of the strolling variety.

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oP6JM3xAThe placid life of a college librarian is plunged into a desperate fight for survival when he witnesses the death of his only friend. Suddenly he is forced to confront disturbing changes in his nature and appetites and their consequences. Suspected of murder and pursued by an implacable police detective he runs – but is he running from the law or from himself?

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Q&A :

Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I really got into writing after I retired from paid employment – so here I am at 70 writing plays, short stories and short novels in the lovely Hereford countryside. Outside of writing my main passion is the theatre – a bit of an amdram luvvie, that’s me.
I first got into seriously or consistently writing through playwrighting. I tell myself stories and create characters all the time and one – about an actor who becomes obsessed with Nobbo a pantomime horse – got me started.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I am open to all genres and both fiction and non-fiction. At the moment I’m enjoying Mick Herron’s ‘Jackson Lamb’ spy fictions and I really admire what Hallie Rubenhold has achieved with ‘The Five’. I must admit when I’m in a bookshop I make a beeline for the Crime and Mystery shelves.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Wow – difficult to pick just one! Mick Herron would be the first pick because I’m reading him now and enjoying his stuff. I’ve always enjoyed Len Deighton – he’d be on the list.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Holmes and Watson or Hastings and Poirot – because I enjoy the dynamic between them and for their old world manners and mannerisms.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
Not so much rituals as displacement activities and procrastination. I need to check out emails before I can settle and really now I only get into a groove in the morning. And of course there needs to be tea – Early Gray, black, no sugar.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
I’m not at all sure sometimes where the ideas come from – persistent dreams, random ‘what if’ speculations. I think once you get into the habit of opening your mind the stories – good or bad – just come along.
Of course, I use bits of people I know or encounter in my stories and even get triggered by a real life incident – but everything I do is a complete work of fiction.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I start out as a plotter – I like to have a framework and a plan. Then when the action starts I go where I need to as various problems need to be solved and the plan is still there to inform what I’m doing.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Read widely. Never neglect grammar and cultivate vocabulary. Structure for clarity – take the reader with you. Revise, edit, polish.
The biggest don’t is – don’t pay to be published by any ‘publisher’.

What are your future plans as an author?
I’m currently working on some short stories with a macabre twist which will come out next year as a collection. My working title is ‘Monkey Jim’s Twisted Tales.’
I have a play to finish and stage and the glimmering of another novel.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Can the Mindworm evade the law and learn to live with himself?

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, David Pollard.

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