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Spotlight For Final Ragnarok: She Returns

Hi! After spending months away from my true calling, writing and this website, I have finally found my way back. Ironically, Dan Wright was my last interview before my break. Thanks Dan for coming back!

I, for one, am really exited about his new novel coming out.   Check it out!

 

Title: Final Ragnarok: She Returns

Series: Draconica

Final Ra

Author: Dan Wright

 

Formats Available In: Digital and Print

 

Publisher: Self-Published

 

Publication Date: TBC

 

Blurb: She is Coming…

When Daniar Dragonkin heard those words, she had no idea of the full horror that would follow. Now, enemies converge to bring to life a monstrous plan that has been set in motion since long before the events of Trapped on Draconica. A plot to bring Her back from darkness.

With her family threatened, her old enemies back to torment her – and a civil war in Baalaria preventing any help from her sister, Daniar faces the darkness moment of her entire life. Her sanity will be pushed to the limit as she faces evil in it’s purest form.

Heroes will die. Villains will rise. And She will return – bringing with it the end to all of Draconica.

She Returns is the first book in the Final Ragnarok saga – and the conclusion of a trap that has been building for years. Everything you’d read about Draconica so far has been leading up to this moment. This is where it all changes – and where Draconica’s ultimate fate (and of it’s people) will be decided.

 

About Dan Wright:

Dan Wright

Dan lives Canterbury, Kent, UK. A huge fan of both Fantasy and Manga, he has a style that combines both within his writing, which lets him tell stories that are both dramatic and tongue-in-cheek at the same time. He picked up a love of Fantasy stories after reading The Lord of the Rings, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and numerous Roald Dahl novels.

 

Dan also runs his own website, blog and a wiki page dedicated to the world of Draconica. He has also been a reviewer for the website Read2Review and occassionally reviews books on his blog. He has also written a short comic book strip called Queller, which was published in an anthology for the comic Lighting Strike Presents… At the moment he is also currently working on a script for an independant video game – to be released in the future.

 

Authors who have inspired Dan are Douglas Adams, J.R.R Tolkien, Harlan Ellison, Alan Moore, Joss Whedon, H.P Lovecraft, George R.R Martin and Hiromu Arakawa.

 

Contact links: 

Facebook

Twitter@PandragonDan and @Draconicaseries

Website

Wiki Page

 

Interview with Dan Wright

About a little more than a year ago, Dan Wright hosted me on his site for an interview. Today, I get to repay the favor. Thanks for taking the time to talk to me Dan.

 

J.S. – When did you know that you were a writer?

Dan – I’ve always had a somewhat overactive imagination – and would often create stories in my head all the time. I guess that was a definite sign that I needed to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and create something that people want to read.

 

J.S. - Tell me about your writing process. Any quirks?

Dan – I don’t really have a “process” as such, I just sit down and type on the keyboard – hoping that what I write makes a story. XD. Sometimes I plan the story for months on end before sitting down to write it, making sure that I have every detail worked out – though it never works out and I often have to go back to do TONS of re-writes!

As for quirks – well, I always make sure I write a cat into the story somewhere – or an animal in general. Being a cat owner myself I always have to add one in.

J.S. - I love cats, too, but I have a little dog that sometimes acts like a cat. Did you go to school for writing or were you born with the skill?

Dan – I was born with a strange imagination – the writing I picked up as I went along. All I can say is thank god for spell checkers! XD

  

J.S. - Indeed. Spell checkers are a Godsend. What is the most difficult part about writing?

Dan – Learning that no one gives a **** about what you have to say! Lol! In all seriousness, I’d say the hardest part is when you finally get your book finished and present it to the masses – that’s when the REAL fight begins. And it can be pretty heartbreaking seeing your book sell hardly anything when other writers do so well – I think every writer can appreciate how hard that is.

But then again, a true writer never gives up. After all – as they say in Batman “Why do we fall? So we learn to stand up again.” :)

J.S. - That is so true, and I totally agree. That moment of truth never gets easier. What do you like best about writing?

Dan – What DON’T I like about writing I think would be a better question! I love everything about it. Creating characters, telling stories, messing with readers emotions, having epic moments – the list goes on. I just love the idea that I can tell the stories the way I want to tell them – and also create characters that I think are awesome! 

 

J.S. - Who inspires you the most?

Dan – I get inspiration from a lot of places. Whether it’s a new book, film, TV show – or even a song I hear. Also, my friends and family are an inspiration every day. :)

J.S. - Who is your favorite historical figure?

Dan – I’d have to say Caligula. In fact I’m interested in a lot of Roman History and that stuff – it formed the basis of one of my countries in my books. Caligula helped me a lot creating the background to my main villain as I found him very interesting – and whilst he was noted for being somewhat insane and dangerous, he actually wasn’t as bad as people thought he was if you look at his history deeper.

 

J.S. - Greek and Roman History is my favorite, as well as Egyptian. What animal do you think represents you the most and why? 

Dan – Panda. Cause I’m cute and cuddly! Lol XD ;)

 

J.S. - Cute!! Has your writing style changed much other the years?

Dan- Ever since I discovered Manga a few years ago, I have tried adapting my style to have more of a Manga element to it – with a lot of humour and madcap antics, that sort of thing. Recently though, I’ve been quite impressed with a lot of Pixar films, so I’ve tried adding some elements of that to my work.

 

J.S. - Pixar has been doing great work. The best so far for me in Tin Tin. Do you write one book at a time for do you have multiple projects going on at once?

 Dan – At the moment I have about four projects going on at once – another Draconica novel, a children’s book, another novel and an anthology. It’s a challenge, but I aim to have them all finished by the end of the year!

 

J.S. - Wow, that’s ambitious! Good luck, I know you’ll do it.  Do you have a favorite place to write? If so, where?

Dan – I only really write in my office. Works for me pretty well so why change it?

 

J.S. - If you could pick any time in history to live, when would it be and why?

Dan – Medieval times. I always loved reading about knights and chivalry and all that – so I’d love to go back in time and be a knight!

 

J.S. - What is your favorite quote and who said it?

Dan – “There’s no shame in getting your ass kicked, but there’s no pride in not fighting at all.” Mark Calaway – AKA The Undertaker.

 

J.S. - That’s a great quote, I had never heard that before. How attached do you become to your characters?

Dan – Depends on the character. I try not to have favourites (it makes it harder to kill them off otherwise XD) but I do find myself feeling sorry for them now and then. That being said it IS important to care about your characters, because if you don’t care – how are the audience supposed to?

 

J.S. - Where did you get the inspiration for your novel? 

Dan – My main inspirations for it were the Lord of the Rings novels and the Warcraft series of video games – also Greek Mythology and Steampunk ideas. Essentially it’s what’s called a “Kitchen Sink Fantasy” – where all the inspirations I had over the years came together to create this series.

 

J.S. - What is the best advice you can give to a new writer? 

Dan – Before you start, ask yourself “why do I want to be a writer?” If the answer is, because  you want to write stories and create your own – go for it and don’t let anyone stop you! If you want to write just to be famous, stop right now, think carefully and go back to your motives. Writing is NOT a get rich quick scheme, contrary to popular belief. For every writer that becomes famous – there are about TEN writers that don’t. But writers write because they want to tell stories – that’s what you need to achieve.

And stick at it! Don’t go into it thinking it’s easy – because it’s not. You will get knocked down many times during your career, but sooner or later, you’ll make it. Keep at it – never give up – and drinks lots of soda to keep you going! :)

 

J.S. - Great advice! What is the weirdest interview question, if any, you have ever been asked and what was your answer?

Dan – You know I can’t actually remember. I think it was something about “who would win between a ninja pirate and a robot zombie” or something like that. I think I chose the ninja. Ninja’s are awesome!

J.S. - Yes, yes they are… Do you have plans for a future novel?

Dan – Yes, I have a novel coming out sometime later this year. It’s the next part in my Draconica series. It’s gonna be a dark one – think Empire Strikes Back in Fantasy terms and you’ll get an idea how dark it is!

 

J.S. - Where can fans contact you?

 Dan – Email: pandragonpublishing@gmail.com

Twitter: @draconicaseries and @pandragondan

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PandragonDanWright and www.facebook.com/TrappedonDraconica

Website: pandragondan.co.uk

 

J.S. - Where can fans buy your book?

Dan – You can pick up the whole series so far in one Ebook volume! You can find it here:

http://www.amazon.com/Draconica-The-Complete-Series-Boxed-ebook/dp/B00H4E7NUK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392488255&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Draconica+Series

:)

J.S. - Thanks again, Dan. It has been a pleasure! 

The Thrill of the ‘Puzzle’ in Pop Culture – Guest Post by Amy Lignor

Hey Everyone! I don’t know if the weather is the same where you are but it is beyond cold here in Washington D. C. My Goodness, my poor nose. I have never felt anything like this before. But hey, global warming is a myth, right? Anyway, we have Amy Lignor back here once more with an exciting guest post on Pop Culture today. This should be very interest! 

‘The Da Vinci Code’ started it. Hands down, that book became such a phenomenon that readers didn’t know what was fact and what was fiction anymore. Millions went to libraries or raced to their computers to study the myths and facts Dan Brown offered. Some even traveled to Rome to check out the locations, and hope that the legends the author used to create his work of fiction could be proven.

Puzzles have been a part of real life for a long time. The last days of Billy the Kid; the J.F.K. conspiracy that never seems to end; the real identity of Jack the Ripper – there are a score of mysteries, disappearances and facts that have – over time – mixed with fiction. But they still intrigue and enthrall.

The reason is that puzzles are fun; they kick the mind into overdrive. Whether it’s because you’re a person who needs to know what really happened; or, you’re a person who likes the mystery and hopes the big ‘cover-ups’ are true – our investigative minds love to figure things out.

Creating the spider webs for the Tallent & Lowery adventures have been one of the most exciting things I have ever done in my life. Although I’ve written in other genres, being able to weave together three or four historical locations/myths into a plot that makes readers not want to put the book down because they really HAVE to keep reading – is both a thrill and a challenge for me.

With 13, people were taken from the haunted Winchester House in San Francisco to the streets of Jack the Ripper to a strange house that also still exists on the shores of Loch Ness; a house that was once home to a self-proclaimed Devil. From there, the spider web linked all of this to a town where both King Arthur and a pretty famous angel had been known to hang out.

In The Sapphire Storm the spider web linked a myth in Petra to an old London school that still has secrets regarding a man who everyone has heard of, yet seems to have overlooked. This was linked with a  shopkeeper in Cairo who had immense knowledge of an artifact that people never thought was truly real.

And in ‘The Hero’s Companion’, readers are in for yet another thrilling spider web as they head to Athens to a very old building (that still exists), dedicated to a warrior that holds an artifact Leah and Gareth need. This is linked with Plato, Cleopatra’s Mines, and then to a monastery you would never think about, in order to build one of the coolest puzzles I’ve ever had the pleasure to write.

Leah Tallent and Gareth Lowery have become a huge part of my world. When I see a thin thread of fact, I love being able to weave it into a plot of fiction that will have you wondering what’s true and what’s not. I thank reviewers, authors and fans who call this series: “The Da Vinci Code with Heart,” because along with the monumental research and thrills, the characters of Tallent & Lowery bring the heart to every adventure.

The power of the puzzle remains in reality – as well as in the literary world – and I hope everyone will take the Tallent & Lowery ride of a lifetime!

 

Until Next Time, Everybody,

Amy

Thanks Amy!! You can check out Amy’s novel below! 

 

hero poster (1)Title: The Hero’s Companion

Series: Tallent & Lowery

Author: Amy Lignor

Publisher: Suspense Publishing

Formats Available In: Digital and Print

Release Date: October 22, 2013

 

Blurb: With their second battle behind them, Leah Tallent and Gareth Lowery find themselves still knee-deep in hell. What should’ve ended with a celebration of passion wrapped in each other’s arms becomes a nightmare once more, as a mysterious man demands Leah to return home, or else her beloved father will be found at the bottom of the sea.

Scrambling to figure out what’s happened Tallent & Lowery walk in on a family that has literally gone insane: A mother filled with accusations, three sisters who wish them nothing but certain death, and a frightening story of a blood-red eye that leads to a puzzle with immense repercussions. The woman named Anippe who readers questioned in The Sapphire Storm is back, with an item in her possession that will have Tallent & Lowery heading out on an adventure based on pure emotion and ultimate fear – where victory may just depend on their willingness to sacrifice each other.

 

Excerpt:

The tour guide continued, “Medusa was supposedly just as lovely as Athena. Therefore, Athena made Medusa what she became – a hideous creature who could turn men to stone with just one look. Athena was the one who banished Medusa to the Land of the Grey Women. In that place lived three very shriveled and withered old crones. Some believe they were all Athena’s sisters and the Goddess had just gotten them out of the way. After all, she was firstborn – the powerful daughter of Zeus – and she was allowed to do most anything she wanted.”

“Can’t blame her. I’ve thought about putting my sisters on an island,” Leah mumbled, thinking about the gorgeous triplets back home.

hero button (1)“I’m glad I’m not a member of your clan,” Khait chuckled. “Anyway…a young man named Perseus went to kill Medusa but he had no idea how it could be done. He was aware of the fact that long before his sword could penetrate the scales on her flesh, she would be able to turn him to stone. That’s when Athena appeared and handed him her polished bronze shield. Perseus held it out in front of him and walked toward Medusa. You see, just the reflection off the shield could not turn him; only a direct hit from Medusa’s eyes would bring him down. With the help of Athena, Perseus killed the mighty Gorgon and cut off her head. Athena then placed the head within her shield, forever carrying it with her.

“But she helped more warriors than just Perseus along the way. There are many stories about Athena, and every hero she assisted spoke of her greatness, her wisdom, and her extreme cunning at being able to take down unstoppable foes.”

“I wish she was here,” Leah sighed. “There seems to be quite a number of those nowadays.”

Khait’s face grew serious; her tone turned sad. “I agree. The world needs the Hero’s Companion to live again. Unfortunately,” she continued, with a small laugh, “I think you have to find a real hero first. Most of them have gone the way of the Dodo bird.”

Leah remained silent, knowing that Gareth Lowery – a true hero – was right now standing on the steps of the Parthenon doing everything in his power to solve this new puzzle and find her beloved father before it was too late.

…The darkness inside the ancient structure was thick. Leah could barely make out the feminine figures etched in the marble walls. Heads were missing and the carved robes had been cut off at the knees. Yet Leah could see that the pattern remained the same; the familiar images of spear and shield were carved into the hands of each one of the young maidens.

Kneeling, she carefully inspected the floor and found…nothing. Getting more and more agitated, Leah began pressing her hands against the walls, silently hoping that a secret door would swing open to allow them access into another hidden level of the temple. Frustration and exhaustion overwhelmed her when absolutely nothing – no solution presented itself…the chamber was empty.

“Jesus!” Gareth’s sudden shout made her blood run cold. She forced her body through the columns to get back to his side. “What’s wrong?”

“You are not going to believe this!”

Following the bright beam of Gareth’s flashlight, Leah’s heart leapt into her throat. The high-pitched screech that suddenly erupted from the object made her body tremble. It was as if an evil trumpet had sounded, demanding the dead to rise from their graves and kill the intruders.

Her mouth turned as dry as the sun-bleached sands of the Acropolis, as Leah focused on the form that was caught in the flashlight’s glare. It barely moved. Only the dark eyes, growing wider as it tried to focus in the unfamiliar light, gave it away.

Leah sucked in her breath, “You have got to be kidding!”

 

Reviews:

The time has come for Tallent & Lowery to go head-to-head with the mysterious voice from 13, as a villain is unveiled…and a war begins!

In a world of legend and mythology where does one find the truth? In a world of academia how does one find faith? They say that behind every great man stands a greater woman . . . Behind every hero stands a Hero’s companion. Blood is thicker than water, but which will prevail.

The Hero’s Companion is filled with shadows and reality, lies and truth, heaven and hell. Talent and Lowery must navigate them all if they are to survive their newest adventure.

When we think of historical thrillers with a biblical, epic twist; the names of Dan Brown and James Rollins come to mind. Move over boys, there is a new name at the top of the list and HER name is Amy Lignor! – J.M. LeDuc, Author of “Cornerstone”

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Another Homerun in the ‘Tallent & Lowery’ Adventures!Curse of the Bibliophile

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The Hero’s Companion is THE BOOK OF THE WEEK!!!

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Abduction and strange maps, mysterious locations and intriguing players, Tallent and Lowery… Amy Lignor has, once again, put together a story that will turn up your anxiety level and have you wringing your hands until the very end. Lignor has hit literary paydirt with “The Hero’s Companion” and her Tallent & Lowery series.DJ Weaver, co-author of “Collecting Innocents”

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An Unprecedented THIRD TOP PICK in a ROW! From Night Owl Reviews!

I have to say that Ms. Lignor has done it again in providing her fans with a heart-stopping third installment of the Tallent & Lowery series. Right from the start, my heart was pounding in my chest from all the intrigue and adventure that awaited me.Night Owl Reviews, ‘TOP PICK’

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This series just keeps getting better and better. This is a definite nail-bitter that will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end. When is the next book coming out? I can’t wait!The Feathered Quill

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hero banner (1)Tallent and Lowery are brilliant once again as Amy Lignor pens another electrifying exploit for all hard-core adventure fans. “The Hero’s Companion” is action and adventure gold… not to be missed!DJ Weaver, co-author of “Collecting Innocents”

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In the third novel of her epic series, Amy Lignor has done it again with The Hero’s Companion! She transports the reader as they go on yet another unique, killer adventure with the unforgettable duo of Tallent and Lowery. As always, perfection on a page. THIS is THE author when it comes to serving up the best of the best. Amy Lignor delivers sheer suspense delight.Diane Lunsford, Author of “Echo Ranch”

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I was SHOCKED, drawn into the world of intrigue, and had to remind myself to breathe…THAT was Page One!Mark Adduci, Suspense Magazine

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“I have to say that Ms. Lignor has done it again in providing her fans with a heart-stopping third installment of the Tallent & Lowery series. Right from the start, my heart was pounding in my chest from all the intrigue and adventure that awaited me.”Tammie King, Night Owl Reviews

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The Big Thrill Magazine Feature (November Issue)

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon Ebook

Amazon Paperback

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

 

About Amy Lignor:

13319888The daughter of a career librarian, Amy Lignor’s first love has always been books. She began her career in publishing as the Editor-in-Chief of Grey House Publishing. Working in the industry for twenty years, she is now the Owner/Operator of ‘The Write Companion’, an editorial house offering authors a range of services.

Appointed the Editor-in-Chief of a brand new traditional publisher–Hallowed Ink Press–Amy somehow finds the time to do it all while still putting out the most amazing series that has received every ‘Top Pick’ readers can think of!

Her popular YA Series: The Angel Chronicles (Until Next Time, Gilded Wings & A Privilege), introduced her to fans who now wait with bated breath for the next ‘Tallent & Lowery’ suspense/thriller to arrive.

Inducted into the International Thriller Writers Organization, Amy is also a writer/contributor for various magazines, companies, and review organizations; Authorlink, The Feathered Quill, Suspense Magazine and more.

www.tallentandlowery.blogspot.com

AMY’S SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

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Check Out Amy Lignor’s HIT YA Series at:

 

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Interview with Amy Lignor

Amy Lignor is back for an interview!

 

When did you know that you were a writer?

This is such a silly thing to say but, always. When I was a child, all I wanted to do was write. I felt good when I expressed emotions or wrote about characters in a journal. Writing Lab was always my favorite subject in grade school and I finished all the assignments for the year in about a month. And in high school, the passion just grew. All I wanted to do was write and study history. When it came to math? It was frightening.

 

Tell me about your writing process. Any quirks?

I write in a den with emerald-green walls. I have no idea why that’s important, but I have to have those walls. Everywhere we’ve ever lived, I’ve painted the walls of a den or small room in the house this color. It’s calm, comforting, and I feel like without that ambience I won’t have a thing to say. I also have to write with my fan on in the background. Not an AC; it has to be the whirring of a fan that blocks out everything from household to neighborhood noise.

 

Did you go to school for writing or were you born with the skill?

I never went to school for writing, I just could never stop. I love research, and I hit the road after high school for as many adventures as I could find. I wanted to see the country and all it had to offer, and I met such great characters along the way that the school of life actually gave me the Technicolor worlds I have locked inside me now.

 

What is the most difficult part about writing?

When you’re on a roll and you have to stop because real life comes knocking on the door. Leaving creativity for the grocery store is really difficult and very un-fun.

 

What do you like best about writing?

Meeting these amazing characters. I miss them when the series are over, or the book has come to an end. But for me, the characters and I form relationships; I learn about their quirks, attributes, backgrounds, and it’s great. It’s always like making new friends that last in my mind forever.

 

Who inspires you the most?

On a personal level, my mother inspires me the most. She is a career librarian, super smart and extremely supportive. On a broader level, the hero inspires me. A fireman who runs into a burning building to save a child; a farmer who fights to save their horses from slaughter; a teacher who fights for his/her student’s future—a real hero or heroine who will not back down no matter what!

 

Who is your favorite historical figure(s)?

Abraham Lincoln is the first. I love his story, his life, his viewpoints, and wish politics had remained positive. And I admire Jane Austen. Not only because she was a great writer, but because she did something that no female was appreciated for during her time. I can only imagine if she was alive today; she would be dumbstruck by the fact that her name and her books not only lived on, but became one of the biggest industries the publishing world has ever seen.

 

What animal do you think represents you the most and why?

The wolf has always been my familiar, so to speak. I want to be both alpha and beta, depending on the day. I like to be the lone wolf traveling through locations in my own mind to put down on paper, but I love being part of a supportive pack. They have heart and wisdom, and I admire that combination.

 

Has your writing style changed much other the years?

My sarcasm has definitely been honed (LOL), which is a huge benefit when it comes to ‘Tallent & Lowery’, because fans enjoy the banter and I love writing it. But when it comes to research and the subjects I most like to write about, the exploration gene has always remained the same.

 

Do you write one book at a time or do you have multiple projects going on at once?

I have multiple projects in boxes awaiting my attention, but I always work on one book at a time. I give it my full concentration, determination and effort. I think the characters deserve it, and so do the readers.

 

Do you have a favorite place to write? If so, where?

That emerald-green room.

 

If you could pick any time in history to live, when would it be and why?

This is extremely difficult for me because of my love for history. Alexandria during Hypatia’s time (the only female librarian who met a hideous end); and the Gilded Age in NYC, would be my top two. I used both of these locations in two different books because of the amount of study I’ve done, and I would love to see them for myself.

 

What is your favorite quote and who said it?

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing” —Socrates

 

How attached do you become to your characters?

Extremely. They’re my friends, partners in crime, leaders, etc. My characters each have a part of me in them that I choose to share with readers, but each is so varied and strong that I admire every one of them.

 

Where did you get the inspiration for your novel?

‘Tallent & Lowery’ was born out of a very boring day at the office when a friend of mine was talking about her horoscope. We looked up a website and I saw a small notation regarding the 13th sign. A puzzle formed inside my mind that night, and Leah Tallent and Gareth Lowery appeared.

 

What is the best advice you can give to a new writer?

Never look at your creation during its creation as being an object to bring about fame or wealth. When you create, you’re creating what you feel, see, need, hope, desire, want and so on. But if you’re looking down the road while creating a book, the reader will know that in an instant. A book is like a child; if you don’t love, support, stand behind, and put everything you have into raising your creation, it ends up to be nothing but a so-so job. And never stop learning how to be better!

 

What is the weirdest interview question, if any, you have ever been asked and what was your answer?

I was actually asked which literary character I would want to have a romance with. Even though a majority of women say it, I had to go with Austen’s Mr. Darcy. Now that this new show ‘Sleepy Hollow’ has hit the airwaves however; I may have to change my answer to Ichabod Crane. Although he was not exactly swoon-worthy in literature, he (Tom Mison) certainly is on TV.

 

Do you have plans for a future novel?

Oh, many. (LOL) The ‘Tallent & Lowery’ series will have seven books in all, so I’m working on number 4 as we speak (The Charlatan’s Crown). I also have boxes upon boxes of story ideas and chapters already written for other projects I want to take on at a later date, but right now this series commands my attention.

 

Where can fans contact you?

I love talking to readers! You can find me at:

 

https://www.facebook.com/alignor

http://tallentandlowery.blogspot.com/

http://the-angel-chronicles.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @HelloWritersAmy

www.TheWriteCompanion.com

http://www.pinterest.com/amylignor/

 

Or, send me a letter at amylignor(at)hotmail.com (Just put ‘Reader Contact’ in the Subject Line!)

 

Where can fans buy your book?

 

Purchase Links for the print & digital versions of Tallent & Lowery:

Amazon:

 www.amazon.com/13-Tallent-Lowery-Book-One/dp/1481136070/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1385748415&sr=1-2&keywords=Tallent+%26+Lowery

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Thanks for speaking with me, Amy! Check out Amy’s novel The Sapphire Storm.

 

SapphireStormTitle: The Sapphire Storm

 

Series: Tallent & Lowery

 

Author: Amy Lignor

 

Publisher: Suspense Publishing

 

Formats Available In: Digital and Print

 

Release Date: March 5, 2013

 

Blurb: After going up against a man who believed he was the Devil, himself, the beloved characters from 13 – Leah Tallent and Gareth Lowery – are beyond exhausted. Now they are about to embark on the most terrifying journey imaginable…a trip to meet Leah’s parents.

When Leah arrives where the ‘home fires burn,’ her sarcasm burns even brighter, while Gareth Lowery – the handsome adventurer – uses his charm to sway the ‘odd’ Tallent clan. But when a frightening call from Gareth’s sister arrives telling him that her love has disappeared, the daring duo is soon running away from one horrific situation directly into another. A new puzzle from the past has come to life. Following clues left behind, the courageous couple becomes embedded in a world filled with liars, killers and greed.

And when the riddle of a famous ‘Bard’ is solved, a strange woman appears who has far more in common with Leah than she can possibly imagine! The heart-stopping suspense of this new quest takes them from Coptic Cairo to the magical world of Petra, in search of a cave deep underground that once housed a true ‘Illuminator.’

Yet again, they must find the answers and stay one step ahead of true villains who are determined to make sure that – this time – Tallent & Lowery do not survive.

 

Excerpt:

 

Nothing mattered now except getting to the end of his journey…

A thunderous crash from up above sent Emmanuel’s heart into overdrive. The harsh winds had apparently slammed shut the door of rock that’d been built to protect the Treasury.

As he reached through the barrier of sapphire light to grab the object in front of him, Emmanuel screamed in pain as his flesh began to sizzle. Immediately, he ripped his hand from the ball of pulsating light and watched the steam rise off his now blackened fingers. A pair of cold blue eyes appeared and sent an evil hiss into the room.

Sapphire posterEmmanuel found himself in a state of shock as the illusion simply disappeared. Holding his breath as pinpricks of yellow light appeared through the sapphire glow, he was mesmerized; they looked like tiny suns trapped in an intense blue sky. The excruciating pain of his burned flesh was forgotten when words appeared before his eyes. On and off like a light switch, the golden names materialized and danced along the shaft of the ancient weapon.

“I need Gareth Lowery,” Emmanuel whispered; his voice sounded foreign to him in the suddenly terrifying room.

Harsh winds raced down the staircase and pelted Emmanuel with shards of ice. He covered his face, trying to stop the sleet from blinding him, as the large weapon suddenly sliced through the air and knocked Emmanuel to his knees.

The golden names flashed brighter and brighter—faster and faster—familiar names from an ancient world. A shrill bell pealed through the room and Emmanuel covered his ears, as the chamber began to shake and mounds of snow cascaded down the narrow staircase like a white waterfall; an avalanche that successfully cut off any chance he had of escape . . . or rescue.

The rod hit the ceiling of the chamber and then plummeted to the floor. Emmanuel winced, praying it wouldn’t snap in two as it crashed to the ground. But the object simply stopped its descent, taking its original place between the two famous men. The sapphire light immediately dimmed and Emmanuel raised his gaze to stare through the now soft, blue beam, recognizing the one and only name that was now etched in golden script at the top of the shaft.

Emmanuel gasped. “It’s her?”

Crawling over to the staircase that was now buried by snow, he peered into the small pipe that stuck out from the wall. Emmanuel felt the pulse of the sapphire light coming from the center of the room; it felt as if the object was breathing. And once again he stared at her name, woven like a golden signature into the sapphire rod.

Closing his eyes, Emmanuel shoved his burned, raw hand into the snow bank that now barred his way to freedom. As his fingers went numb, he thought about the woman with eyes the exact same color of the magical artifact, and hope beat inside Emmanuel’s chest. She was brilliant. After all, she was the one who found Gareth the missing pieces of the puzzle that’d led him straight to the gate. It had been her strength, courage and wisdom that’d carried them through the darkness of a maniac’s mind in order to survive the first time . . . Her!

As a picture of the lovely lady appeared in his mind, Emmanuel smiled. She’d figure it out. After all, there was no better choice than a brilliant librarian who never took the facts at face value to follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare.

Emmanuel put his mouth against the pipe and screamed, “Leah!”

The shout echoed through the ancient pipes, and Emmanuel closed his eyes. His insides grew numb as the air inside the chamber began to freeze his soul.

“Leah,” his voice cracked. “Please help me.”

As the snowflakes around him turned blue, the chamber one again turned peaceful . . . reverent . . . quiet—what it must feel like right before someone dies. And as sleep overtook him, Emmanuel begged any and all ‘powers that be’ to help lead Leah Tallent safely through the sapphire storm.

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Reviews:

 

Ms. Lignor penned another great novel that grabs you immediately and takes you on the ride of your life. In this sequel to the novel, 13, we find Leah Tallent and Gareth Lowery heading to Leah’s parents’ house in Connecticut for the Christmas holiday. This is the last place that Leah really wants to be right now, but Gareth is trying to convince her that it’ll only be for a few days. While kicking off the festivities, Gareth receives an unexpected call from his sister, Kathryn, and finds her hysterical on the other end of the phone. She says that her fiancé, Emmanuel, has gone off on some exhibition and he hasn’t called to check in with her. She feels that something is seriously wrong and fears that he could even be dead. Gareth explains his situation to the Tallent family and tells them that it’s a matter of life or death and unfortunately, he must leave. It’s at this moment Tallent & Lowery’s adventure truly begins. I loved this second story in the series and I’m eagerly looking forward to the next adventure. Ms. Lignor has a way of interweaving historical facts with legends and she adds just enough magic to make you devour the pages in record time. This sequel is a fantastic addition to this amazing series. I highly recommend it! Night Owl Reviews “TOP PICK”

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“A flat-out, slam-dunk, no-questions-asked-terrific-adventure. Try not to turn the pages too fast because the wonderfully complex characters deserve your time! This is truly a magical story that had me in its thrall from the very first page. It’s so exciting to discover a new talent like Lignor and have more books to look forward to.”
International Bestseller, M.J. Rose

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 “Full of mystery, wrapped up in just enough historical fact to make it all seem so real, and with plenty of sizzle between the two main characters, “The Sapphire Storm” is a definite winner!”Ellen Feld, The Feathered Quill

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“This masterfully told page turner is fresh, innovative, descriptive, and intense but I must warn you, prepare to stay up late because it’s not a story you can easily put down. I was blown away by Ms. Lignor’s knowledge and imagination and can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. I want more!!!!”Cat Kalen, author of the RT’s ‘Top Pick’ Pride Series

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 “After the brilliance of “13,” book one in the series, it would take a jewel to outshine it. Amy Lignor finds that jewel with “The Sapphire Storm.” It is a storm of brilliant writing and amazing characters. I cannot wait for the next installment of the Tallent & Lowery series. Encore!”J.M. LeDuc, author of “Cursed Days”

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13319888The daughter of a career librarian, Amy Lignor’s first love has always been books. She began her career in publishing as the Editor-in-Chief of Grey House Publishing. Working in the industry for twenty years, she is now the Owner/Operator of ‘The Write Companion’, an editorial house offering authors a range of services.

 

Appointed the Editor-in-Chief of a brand new traditional publisher–Hallowed Ink Press–Amy somehow finds the time to do it all while still putting out the most amazing series that has received every ‘Top Pick’ readers can think of!

 

Her popular YA Series: The Angel Chronicles (Until Next Time, Gilded Wings & A Privilege), introduced her to fans who now wait with bated breath for the next ‘Tallent & Lowery’ suspense/thriller to arrive.

 

Inducted into the International Thriller Writers Organization, Amy is also a writer/contributor for various magazines, companies, and review organizations; Authorlink, The Feathered Quill, Suspense Magazine and more.

 

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My Favorite Historical Figures: Guest Post by Amy Lignor

It’s snowing! I’m here in Maryland, USA and it’s forecasted to snow all day long. It should be a rewarding day of reading, writing, and playing in the snow with my RatCha Terrier, Tiny. ^_^

But first, Amy Lignor is here today to have a chat and promote her book “Tallent & Lowery”. I am very excited to hear from her.

Thank you so much for being here, Amy.  As we know, Nelson Mandela’s funeral is today. 100 world leaders have joined together in South Africa to celebrate his life and mourn his death. He was and is a true historical figure and has changed this world more than we can ever know. Who are your favorite historical figures and why?

This is one of those fun questions I’m always eager to answer. I love history; that becomes very clear when you read ‘Tallent & Lowery’. And the people who made a name for themselves—whether that name was bad or good—still have so much to say. They left behind a wealth of secrets, research, statues and information that still intrigue and captivate. And if they were really good, they bring us all to look at the past with fresh eyes.

My three favorite historical characters have a lot of the same traits; the biggest one being the mysterious power they seem to still hold over others. We weren’t there, of course, and we must rely on peoples’ teachings and the information these figures left behind; but I always find it incredible that one entity could change so many lives for good and for evil.

My favorite is Athena. I know…no one can prove anything nowadays, but there’s certainly enough information left over to make us believe that this goddess so many followed was actually a real being. When I wrote The Sapphire Storm, the second adventure in the ‘Tallent & Lowery’ series, I had to do a great amount of research in regards to Athena. From her statues to her presence, to the buildings that still represent her which are crumbling (but still standing) on the Acropolis in Athens–she was a major mystery to me. She literally can be linked to almost everything in history; from Plato and Socrates to Hitler and his fascination with artifacts that came from the ancient world. Athena was mentioned by writers, madmen, religious figures, you name it. People always speak about Zeus lording it over everybody and being basically the ‘head cheese’ in that world, but what they should remember is that Athena was stronger. Born from her Father’s head, she actually defeated Zeus in many battles, as well as Poseidon, and was the main protector of Athens. She remains the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. To me, that’s a heck of a resume.

Rasputin is a figure I first became interested in back when I was in High School. In our history class we were studying Tsar Nicholas II and Alexandra and their eventual tragedy. When we were told to do a paper/essay on one character from that time period, the girls in the class all wrote about Alexandra; the boys’ Nicholas. For me, Rasputin was the catalyst in their lives. Whether looking at him as the crazy monk, or looking at him as an actual healer, Rasputin’s presence and the Tsarina’s belief in him, brought him a seat of power in Russia. His back story is long and varied; but his mystery will always have him on every list when it comes to the most evil men who ever walked the Earth. (Happy news? I got an A+ on the paper).

Edgar Allen Poe is someone I just keep reading up on. There are so many ways you can look at this man throughout history: A nut; a drunken sot who was just churning out stories so he could make a dime; a man who literally was on the Devil’s list because of all his sins – there is a wealth of opinions about Poe. But for me, after reading and researching every facet of information I can find, I truly believe he was a literary master. He was talking about emotions that ranged from politics to family hatreds. He unveiled the power of anger and judgment, and he offered up stories that told of the unjust rights between classes, rich versus poor, which is still very prevalent in today’s society.

Although most believe his poetry and stories to be dark and sinister, it was obvious from his words that Poe had more of a fragile heart than a mean one. He felt things deeply and they consumed him. So when he had true love and it was gone, he literally broke apart at the seams. But he didn’t just fall into some abyss; he put his words on paper and caught so many peoples’ imaginations that they still speak of him in 2013. 

This was a writer and man of such mixed-up emotions that it’s sad he’s gone. I wish he left a memoir behind in an old box just waiting for someone to discover. But, that genius is gone…nevermore to return.

Until Next Time, Everybody,

Amy

Thanks again Amy. That was great! I was a huge fan of Rasputin as well. That story is one of the most interesting stories in Russian history, maybe even the history of the world. Good stuff, indeed.

Everyone, please check out “Tallent & Lowery” by Amy Lignor. This is a promo for book 1 of this amazing series. Amy will be back next week to promote book 2.

13 posterTitle: 13

Series: Tallent & Lowery

Author: Amy Lignor

 Publisher: Suspense Publishing

Formats Available In: Digital and Print

Publication Date: 11/30/2012

 

Blurb: In 1902, in a dark room on the fifth floor of Carnegie Hall, thirteen people came together to continue a tradition that had been set in stone thousands of years before.

In 2012, Leah Tallent is Head of Research at the New York Public Library. Stoic and stable, brilliant and cynical, she has forever enjoyed her existence among the book stacks. But even with her unparalleled intellect, there was no way to know that on the historic steps between America’s famous lions, she would become involved with a crazy man on a fanatical quest.

Gareth Lowery has spent his life searching for the ultimate artifact that he is certain exists. His life’s pursuit has been to retrieve twelve keys hidden by men whose job it was to protect the single biggest secret ever kept. To find the keys he must enlist the help of an unwilling guide who, unfortunately, knows much more than he bargained for.

From the first page to the last word, this fantastic duo become immersed in a whirlwind treasure hunt with historical and passionate repercussions. From the strange and eerie Winchester House to the blustery darkness of Loch Ness, Gareth and Leah will quickly learn that the theory of duality is correct: For every bad there is a good and, for Heaven, there most assuredly exists…Hell.

 

Excerpt:

Leah glanced at the staircase leading to the main floor of the library. She could see Gareth out of the corner of her eye. His head was bowed and his eyes were shut tight, as if he was contemplating the jail cell that awaited him.

Talk about complete confusion. Leah should run; she knew that. But the sixth sense she’d trusted all her life was telling her to stay. Reaching across the table she picked up the heavy book. Checking to make sure her “kidnapper” wasn’t making any new threats, Leah began thumbing through the pages; dark and light sat side by side, and she attempted to decipher clues from the past.

Tallent-_-Lowery-13_Final_Online-180x266 (1) From Egyptian handwriting that reminded her of a book she’d once read about the lost Library of Alexandria, to a strange map with Latin text that looked like it came from the secret vaults of the Vatican Library, Leah found herself sucked into every amazing page. There were unbelievable signatures at the bottom of each sheet that she couldn’t wrap her mind around: Plato, Socrates and, oddly enough, one that she could’ve sworn read, Merlin. The librarian in her was exhilarated beyond belief.

Leah paused when the strangely familiar words met her gaze. On the ‘good’ side of the book, there was a hand drawing of Christ dying on the cross. But above it, instead of scripture, were the words to the song, Rock of Ages.

“Without the book,” she began. “Without these clues…how could you possibly have found the first six?”

“I thought I was going to jail,” came Gareth’s sarcastic reply.

Leah tried not to smile at the man who now sounded like a petulant teenager. Flipping through the ‘evil’ side of the book, she quickly passed over the strange scenes of slithering serpents, and victims with mouths open wide in silent screams. She’d rather not dwell on those; she feared knowing too much about the worst possible side of humanity.

But when she came across the familiar slanted handwriting, she stopped dead in her tracks. On the ‘dark’ page, opposite the sketch of what she’d assumed was ancient Alexandria, was a childlike drawing done in white chalk. The lines looked like rooftops; spires and steeples rose up into the blackness. Scrawled on each triangular eave was the number ‘13’ and, on the largest one, there as a chalk outline of a human being. A bullet-hole had been drawn dead center in the person’s chest.

Leah blocked out the sirens that erupted inside her brain, and read the words at the bottom of the page:

To me, a book is a message from the gods to mankind…A. Crowley

Closing the cover of the strange book that’d been buried for over a hundred years in the basement of her favorite place, Leah turned to the defeated man sitting quietly beside her. For the first time in her life Leah had no idea what she was doing. It was as if Crowley, himself, was daring her to solve his riddle; taunting her with the fact that she just wasn’t as smart as he had been.

She sighed heavily. Like her father, Leah had to go further than the rest. She had to excel. It wasn’t a choice—it was a necessity for her. Research, books, words…they were like a drug. She absolutely had to know.

If her father had been sitting beside her, Leah knew exactly what he’d say. He’d tell her that a gift had been dropped in her lap—a chance to literally step away from the books, go into the unknown, and solve a mystery that a true historical ‘devil’ had left behind.

Making a mental note to find a psychiatrist for herself as soon as possible, Leah reached over and touched Gareth’s arm, causing him to practically jump out of his skin. “You own a laptop?”

He grunted. “They have some at my hotel…why?” His eyes came alive with hope.

The computer clicked and beeped inside Leah’s brain, searching her own database for the answer to the first clue that she knew was designed to take her into the darkness.

Standing up, she stretched her back and grabbed her leather coat. Turning, Leah stared into the confused green eyes. “Let’s go.”

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Reviews:

I unequivocally feel that this Tallent & Lowery 13 story is one of the best suspense, adventure books I’ve read in quite some time. I was immediately immersed into Gareth Lowery’s search for the twelve hidden keys that supposedly opened the gates of Heaven. Ms. Lignor planted twists and turns throughout her story and kept me sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was around the next corner of Tallent and Lowery’s adventure. This story is best summed up as National Treasure meets The Da Vinci Code. Honestly, I can see this story being made into a movie because it was that amazing to read. I’ve read that this will be a seven part series and I’m already eagerly waiting to read book two. I highly recommend this book and know you won’t be disappointed. This is a 2013 must read!!!Night Owl Review “Top Pick”

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Curse of the Bibliophile Says 13 is:

“5 Stars! A fantastic adventure that will have you hooked from page 1!”

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The Da Vinci Code with HEART! Awesome Start to What I think will be yet another incredible series from Amy Lignor!Amy Ferris, Bestselling Author, Marrying George Clooney

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“Snappy dialogue, fast pacing and attention to detail complete the formula for this successful novel!!” 4 ½ Stars (RT Rating)Romantic Times

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Amy Lignor is a truly amazing and gifted author. Tallent & Lowery “13″ immediately grabs the attention of the reader. Infused with emotion and “edge of your seat” adventures, the spider web of this plot is entirely believable!Mad Hatter Reads

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Fact: Amy Lignor ROCKS! I absolutely adored 13! I loved the smart plot and how cleverly it unfolds. The originality of it all is breathtaking – I could NOT stop reading!Literary Circle

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“Indiana Jones meets DaVinci Code!!! Amy produces a book with locations, plots, webs of deceit interwoven perfectly! Escape the drab, dull books with THIS series!!! Massive THUMBS UP.  —ROMCOM

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“Get ready for a thrill ride with Amy Lignor’s “13” – the Tallent & Lowery adventure series! Sharp writing, witty dialogue, and a quest that rivals everything you have EVER read!”Susan Fleet, author of “Natalie’s Revenge”

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“Amy Lignor’s storylines are AMAZING!”Tiffany’s Bookshelf

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13319888About Amy Lignor:

The daughter of a career librarian, Amy Lignor’s first love has always been books. She began her career in publishing as the Editor-in-Chief of Grey House Publishing. Working in the industry for twenty years, she is now the Owner/Operator of ‘The Write Companion’, an editorial house offering authors a range of services.

Appointed the Editor-in-Chief of a brand new traditional publisher–Hallowed Ink Press–Amy somehow finds the time to do it all while still putting out the most amazing series that has received every ‘Top Pick’ readers can think of!

Her popular YA Series: The Angel Chronicles (Until Next Time, Gilded Wings & A Privilege), introduced her to fans who now wait with bated breath for the next ‘Tallent & Lowery’ suspense/thriller to arrive.

Inducted into the International Thriller Writers Organization, Amy is also a writer/contributor for various magazines, companies, and review organizations; Authorlink, The Feathered Quill, Suspense Magazine and more.

 

www.tallentandlowery.blogspot.com

 

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How I knew I was a Writer by Ann B. Harrison

Hi! I hope everyone had a great Cyber Monday. I know I did! Today I am lucky to talk with Ann B. Harrison about her book , From The Outback, an Amazon best seller.  I asked Ann when she knew she was a writer and this is what she said.

 

Ann: I think the moment it all hit home after months and months of writing and rewriting was when I was offered my first contract. At last I was going to call myself an author and it was a huge buzz. Now the world was going to see what I’d been slaving over locked away in my office. As well as exciting, it was terrifying seeing my work being put out there.

Sucking up a deep breath I waited for release day jitters to set in. My book Taming the Outback went live and I stalked Amazon to see if it sold and got any reviews. What I should have been doing was writing the next book but the excitement was all too much. For the next couple of days I couldn’t concentrate to do anything let alone get words down properly.

Thankfully it sold well and even after fourteen months it still sells well. But with ten books behind me now, the excitement doesn’t fade with each new release. It’s an achievement and one us writers put our heart and soul into. We deserve to be proud of ourselves and celebrate how far we have come.

With two best sellers under my belt, I can’t wait for the next release!

 

outbackTitle: From The Outback

Author: Ann B. Harrison

Publisher: Self Published

Formats Available In: Digital

 

Blurb: Although desperate to get out of her dead end job, Sami is cynical when she hears of an inheritance from the grandfather she never knew. But once she and her young brother arrive in the beautiful valley, she discovers they are not wanted…especially by the sexy vineyard owner next door.

Will she persevere and make a home for them, or give in and take the easy money when the going gets tough?

 

Excerpt:

 

A thump sounded on the bedroom door, jarring her from a deep sleep.

“Go away.” Samantha Grace Rose Darling groaned into her pillow.

“Sami, phone.”

“Tell them to fuck off and let me sleep.” She threw a pillow at the door seconds before it eased open and her brother poked his head in the room. “Garth, I’m warning you, go away.”

He sighed and she waited for the usual whine to follow. “There’s an old guy on the phone. Said he wants to speak to you.”

“Tell him I’m not here.” She rolled over, brushed the hair from her face and then glared at him through half-closed eyes.

“I did but he insists on speaking to you. Said he wasn’t going to go away until he does.”

shutterstock_143902129She groaned, pushed her blanket off with her hand and slowly slid out of bed. With languid grace Sami advanced on her brother intent on doing bodily harm to whoever it was who had the audacity to disturb her sleep. Holding out the phone, Garth waited for her to take it before he backed out of the room and quietly shut the door, leaving her alone.

“This better be bloody good. I pulled a double shift last night and I’m freaking tired.”

Walking over to the window, she pushed aside the faded curtain and flinched when the bright Alice Springs sunlight filled her room, scorching her tired eyes. She promptly dropped the curtain into place wishing she’d left it alone. Sami rubbed her eyes and waited.

“Am I talking to Miss Samantha Grace Rose Darling?”

“Yeah.” She dropped down to the edge of her bed, her fingers tracing a bruise on her leg from when she had bumped into a tray of glasses last night. I am such a klutz.

“Miss Darling, my name is Rupert Newland. I’m a solicitor with Newland, Newland and Cooper in Singleton, New South Wales.”

She spat out a laugh before covering her mouth with the heel of her hand.

“I’m glad I amuse you. Now if you would be so kind as to contain yourself, I have news for you.”

The voice on the other end of the phone was clipped and precise.

“I am acting on behalf of your grandfather’s estate with regard to his final will and testament.”

“I don’t know who you’re talking about. I don’t have any family.” Names ran through her mind but grandparents didn’t come into the picture she had tucked away in her memory. “Nope. No grandparents I can lay claim to, sorry mate. You obviously have the wrong girl.”

“Miss Darling, I have checked the facts and you are indeed the granddaughter of my late client. I need you to could come into the office for the reading of the will.”

“Where did you say you were again?” Sami kicked through the pile of clothes on the bedroom floor and picked up the crumpled jeans from yesterday. She tucked the phone between her ear and shoulder to hold it firmly while she pulled her jeans on. One foot after the other she slid each leg into the jeans and yanked them up, wiggling her butt to pull them over her hips. Sami popped the button and did up the zip before she took the phone in her hand again.

“New South Wales, Hunter Valley. Singleton to be exact,” he said.

outback button“Mate, I don’t know if you looked at the post code before you called me but I live in Alice Springs. In the middle of the frigging desert in the Northern Territory. I can’t pop down the road and see you, understand?” She blew a stray curl from her face.

With one hand she opened her bedroom door and walked out to the lounge room. Garth tidied up his breakfast dishes and she smiled in his direction. He pointed to the coffee machine and Sami blew him a kiss.

“It will be worth your while to drive or fly down Miss Darling.”

“I can’t afford it, okay? It’s not like I do double shifts at the pub because I enjoy the work. I need the money and there isn’t enough at the end of the week for a happy little visit to your office. Tell me what you want to say and let me get on with my day now you’ve dragged me from my bed.” She lifted a hand and rubbed at her eyes.

“Very well. You have inherited Buttercup Farm and it’s contents. There is also a bank account with a small balance which I will disclose once you have formally proven your identity.”

“Are you serious?”

Garth looked over at her, his shoulders raised in question. She shook her head and turned away.

“I did send you paperwork last week but I didn’t receive a reply, hence the follow up phone call today.” The solicitor’s bristling attitude irritated her.

A pile of unopened mail sat on the cluttered kitchen counter and Sami screwed up her face. Out of habit she threw the next day’s mail on top of the pile, dreading the bills inside the envelopes. The longer she ignored it, the larger the pile grew.

“Sorry. I’ve um… been a bit busy and haven’t got around to opening the mail for a few days.”

outback banner“Well I suggest you do that. I need signatures to transfer the bank account into your name. It would be significantly easier if you were here in town. Since you are not, I would appreciate it if you could go to the nearest courthouse and have a Justice of the Peace witness your identity and your signature where I have indicated. It might be best if you  Express Post the papers back to me today. You have to decide what to do with the farm and the stock.” There was silence for a few seconds. “If I might make a suggestion? There are interested parties if you should decide to sell the property. Would you like me to have it valued for you? I can arrange everything from this end if you would prefer.”

“No, no. I need to think about this for a bit. I’ll ring you back after I read your letter. Thanks for calling.” Sami hung up and threw the phone onto the couch and dropped her head into her hands.

“What is it? Was the landlord after his rent again? Sami, tell me.”

“No, Garth. It was a solicitor.” A wobbly laugh rose in her throat. “It seems as though we had family after all, even though he’s dead.”

 

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From the Outback http://www.amazon.com/Outback-Ann-B-Harrison-ebook/dp/B00G1SIOAI

Taming the Outback http://www.amazon.com/Taming-Outback-Ann-B-Harrison-ebook/dp/B0091NYCVU

 

054A3757_pp_1About Ann B. Harrison:

 

Ann swears she was born with a book in her hands and has never put it down. A lifelong love of reader has finally culminated in achieving her dream of writing…and publication.

She lives in the beautiful Hunter Valley with her own handsome hero of many years. Ann has always loved the ups and downs of life in small communities and she shares this with readers in her rural romances.

Strong sexy heroines with a good dash of sass thrown in feature in her stories. Of course these women need an equally strong hero. Bring on the outback hero and watch the passion ignite.

When not writing Ann enjoys reading, gardening, walking her very large dog Hugo and fighting with her computer.

 

 

 

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The Blacksmith’s Son by Rebecca Thomas is Out Today!

It is a busy day on the Council Blog today! Another book has been released today and I strongly urge you to check it out.

 

coverTitle: The Blacksmith’s Son

 

Author: Rebecca Thomas

 

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

 

Formats Available In: Digital

 

Publication Date: November 25th 2013

 

Blurb: Captain Quentin Drake returns home after his naval commission ends to find a groom being beaten in the village stables. He refuses to turn a blind eye to the lad’s mistreatment and intervenes, taking the lad to his room. Only to discover the boy…is a woman.
After Ally Lockwood witnesses an earl committing murder, she fears for her life. She flees his estate and masquerades as a blacksmith’s male apprentice. Her ruse is up when a handsome stranger tending to her wounds disrobes her. Captain Drake lures Ally into believing she can return to life as a woman, but it may draw the killer back on her trail.

 

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1835, Liverpool, England

 

Ally’s steps slowed and she glanced between buildings. Lightning flashed in the distance, temporarily rendering her blind against the black of night. She peered down the street, seeking any signs of movement. Carefully, she set the rifle down to tighten the belt holding up her trousers. She double-checked her cap, making sure no strands of hair fell loose.

 

Blacksmith posterAfter she was positive no one followed her, she picked up her rifle and crept along the stable’s back entrance. An ominous boom of thunder rumbled and a drizzle of rain spit across her cheeks. She paused, lingering in the shadows of the stable, waiting for any sign of people.

 

She leaned her shoulder against the door, gripping her rifle in one hand and a lantern in the other, and stepped inside. Wariness grazed her spine as she studied each hinged gate along the dirt walkway. Licking the rainwater from her lips, she gazed into the last stall on the right at the colt.

 

The young sorrel lay on his side, his body thrashing. Terror blazed in his dark brown eyes. He struggled to stand. His back leg was splinted and wrapped and unable to support his weight. Ally set the lantern down beside the colt with trembling hands. A wave of nausea overcame her. She clutched her stomach and willed her nerves to settle.

A spattering of rain sounded on the roof in a low steady hum. She pressed the cool base of the rifle stock against her cheek and hardened her resolve to do what must be done. The metal from the trigger burned into her finger. Gently, she placed the tip of the barrel against the colt’s temple. The colt’s dark eyes widened.

 

Time stopped.

 

“I’m so sorry,” she whispered in a raspy puff of breath.

 

She steadied her hold on the rifle.

 

blacksmith bannerThe colt looked at her as though he understood, as though he’d already forgiven her.

“I can’t do it.” The rifle slipped from her hands. She fell to her knees and retched.

Defeated, she dropped her chin to her chest and cried. How could anyone let an animal suffer so? She had to take him out of his misery. She had to.

 

A loud crash at the front stable door jolted Ally from her despair. Footsteps followed the screech of gate hinges.

 

“You there, boy—” The man pointed a slim finger at her. “What do you think you’re doing?”

 

Her blood turned cold in a jolt of recognition. She knew that face: Harrison Cross, the Earl of Linford. “M—Milord, I was just attending to this colt.”

 

“You.” A murderous rage flashed in the depths of his ice blue eyes.

 

She knew those eyes and she prayed he didn’t recognize her.

 

author picAbout Rebecca Thomas:

 

Rebecca Thomas enjoys a love-hate relationship with Alaska. She lives there with her husband and two teen-aged sons where she appreciates all the unique things the last frontier has to offer. When she isn’t reading, writing, or playing board games, she is cheering for her sons at their hockey games and tennis matches.

 

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My Review of Hunter’s Assessment by Karyn Pearson

cover picThis is the first book that I have hosted for a tour stop, but I have to say that I was very excited to read a work by Karyn Pearson. She is a great writer and that comes out very much in her piece Hunter’s Assessment. This piece was a about the journey of the Grandmaster’s son, Shane Kantor, as he made his way through Vampire Hunting school to become the leader of his own squad. The language used in the piece was great. The voice of the 3rd person limited narrator was natural and easy-flowing. I nearly forgot that I was reading at times. My only problem with this piece was that it was way to short for the huge idea that was created by the author. It was like reading an excerpt from a much long piece.  As I was reading, I just kept thinking, “There is so much more that Karyn Pearson can do with this piece. I hope she considers making it longer, into a real series of novels.”

I would have liked to have seen the relationship between Shane and Sofia develop more before the end. I would have liked to watched the friendship of the team develop as well. Also, as a huge fan of healers, as some of you may know from my novel, Airion: Return to Zire, I was wondering why there wasn’t a Mender on Shane’s team. It was interesting that he was the Grandmaster’s son and she didn’t want to protect him with a Mender to round out his team in the field (and if the Menders didn’t go into the field, what were their roles in the organization?). There could have been a lot of story development their as well, making the story a bit more complex and layered.

Over all, this was a Grade A, AWESOME piece from Karyn Pearson. The concept was great, the writing was amazing, and the world she created is well thought out and executed.

I give it  a 4/5 and strongly encourage others to check it out. Great Job!

 

 

hunter posterBlitzTitle: Hunter’s Assessment

 

Series: Arcturian Bloodlines

 

Author: Karyn Pearson

 

Genre: Paranormal YA

 

Publisher: The Writing Network

 

Formats Available In: Digital

 

Release Date: TBA

 

Blurb: After years of training, they should have been ready for this. It was supposed to be a simple mission: eliminate the vampires and acquire the intel they’re guarding.

 

Shane Kantor figured that this hunter’s assessment would be like every other test the Hunter’s Society had thrown at him and his squad. But he was wrong. Now Shane might just lose everything: his life, his legacy, and worst of all, her.

 

Excerpt:

 

“Hi,” she said, extending a hand. “You’re Shane?”

“Yeah,” he nodded woodenly, swallowing a lump in his throat as he shook her hand. “So you’re Sophie. My Predictor.”

 

“Yep, that’s me.”

“It’s an honor to have you on my squad.”

Sophie looked shyly away from him, laughing lightly. “No,” she murmured, shaking her head. “The honor’s all mine. I didn’t know you were the Grandmaster’s son. I feel lucky to have been chosen to be part of your squad.”

“Yeah, I figure the Grandmaster wouldn’t want to leave her own kid stuck with just anybody,” Troy, the Marksman, agreed. “If it was me, I’d want to have someone like you well-protected. Wouldn’t want the Grandmaster’s son accidentally getting killed from having incompetent squad mates, now would we?”

Shane frowned. “Let me just make one thing clear, alright?”

“By all means, go ahead, oh righteous leader,” Troy drawled.

“Forget that I’m the Grandmaster’s son. I don’t want preferential treatment. I don’t want you all to look at me and see Shane Kantor, son of Nadia Kantor, the Grandmaster and leader of the Hunter’s Society. I just want you to see me as your friend, your comrade. Nothing more, nothing less. We’re all equals here. Understood?”

“Yes, I understand,” Sophie replied.

Shane looked to Troy, waiting for his answer.

The Marksman sighed, nodding reluctantly. “Alright,” he muttered, throwing his hands up in a gesture of half-surrender, half-compliance. “No favorites?”

“No favorites.” Shane confirmed.

Troy grinned. “So, Mister Not-the-Grandmaster’s-son, how good are you in a fight?”

The Dancer’s eyes lit up with amusement as he regarded his new comrade. “Wouldn’t you like to know?”

 

 

SAMSUNGAbout Karyn Pearson:

 

Karyn Pearson is the author of Spark (Hellfire Trilogy #1) and full-time pet parent of her two dogs Nikki and Jamie. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and has explored dozens of cultures in her studies, but has imagined countless more. Karyn enjoys reading, playing action RPGs, and plotting the next adventure for her characters when she has a spare moment free of the dreaded and undefeated “puppy dog eyes attack.”

 

Her current projects include Inferno (Hellfire Trilogy #2) and the first novel of the upcoming vampire series, Arcturian Bloodlines. When she’s not writing, Karyn can be found playing with her puppies or Googling various dangerous topics for novel research that make her constantly question why federal agents haven’t yet knocked down her front door.

 

 

 

 

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A Word From Karyn Pearson’s Publisher

Time is flying by. It is nearly Thanksgiving in America already. The start of the winter holidays is always an exciting time and new book releases make life even more exciting. Today I am talking with Karyn Pearson’s Publisher and friend, Catrina.

 

Thanks for being here and allowing me to interview you today. You are Karyn Pearson’s Publisher correct?

Yes, I am.  Karyn is one of the invited few members of our new publishing company, and imprints.

 

When did you know you wanted to work with Ms. Pearson?

A few years ago she allowed me to glimpse into the Arcturian Bloodlines series, and I was blown away. At the time she was still actively pursuing her degree, so I knew she’d need a hand investing in an editor and cover designer for her series. Over the years she continued to write, and I’ve continued to build our venue. Today we work together, and her books are published through my company.

 

She is certainly lucky to have you. Did Ms. Pearson get a degree in writing? 

No, she didn’t. Her degree is in Anthropology and French Lit. While both contribute to her incredible character driven stories, her talent is something she was obviously born with and has cultivated over her lifetime.

 

Does Ms. Pearson have multiple projects going on?

Currently she’s finishing up her Hellfire Trilogy before returning to her Arcturian Bloodlines series. This short story, Hunters’ Assessment, was created years ago out of the generosity of her heart. She contributed this piece to an anthology to help raise money for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. With that anthology no longer available, she and I decided it would be a fantastic introduction of the Arcturian Bloodlines series to her growing audience.

 

What can you tell us about Hunters’ Assessment?

I can tell you that this is a story that will captivate you from the first page, and hold you until the last. It is a short story but it is full of emotion, action, and leaves you with a sense of each of the character’s unique personalities. It’s really well done story telling.

 

Where can people find Ms. Pearson‘s books?

Both the Hellfire Trilogy and the Arcturian Bloodlines series are being published on Nook, Kobo, Amazon US, Amazon UK, and Smashwords.

 

And where can people contact Ms. Pearson?

She can be found on Twitter as @KP_Writes and on Facebook at http://facebook.com/KPWrites

 

Check out Karyn Pearson’s Hunter’s Assessment.

cover picTitle: Hunter’s Assessment

Series: Arcturian Bloodlines

Author: Karyn Pearson

Genre: Paranormal YA

Publisher: The Writing Network

Formats Available In: Digital

Release Date: TBA

Blurb: After years of training, they should have been ready for this. It was supposed to be a simple mission: eliminate the vampires and acquire the intel they’re guarding.

Shane Kantor figured that this hunter’s assessment would be like every other test the Hunter’s Society had thrown at him and his squad. But he was wrong. Now Shane might just lose everything: his life, his legacy, and worst of all, her.

 

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“Hi,” she said, extending a hand. “You’re Shane?”

“Yeah,” he nodded woodenly, swallowing a lump in his throat as he shook her hand. “So you’re Sophie. My Predictor.”

“Yep, that’s me.”

“It’s an honor to have you on my squad.”

Sophie looked shyly away from him, laughing lightly. “No,” she murmured, shaking her head. “The honor’s all mine. I didn’t know you were the Grandmaster’s son. I feel lucky to have been chosen to be part of your squad.”

“Yeah, I figure the Grandmaster wouldn’t want to leave her own kid stuck with just anybody,” Troy, the Marksman, agreed. “If it was me, I’d want to have someone like you well-protected. Wouldn’t want the Grandmaster’s son accidentally getting killed from having incompetent squad mates, now would we?”

hunter posterBlitz            Shane frowned. “Let me just make one thing clear, alright?”

“By all means, go ahead, oh righteous leader,” Troy drawled.

“Forget that I’m the Grandmaster’s son. I don’t want preferential treatment. I don’t want you all to look at me and see Shane Kantor, son of Nadia Kantor, the Grandmaster and leader of the Hunter’s Society. I just want you to see me as your friend, your comrade. Nothing more, nothing less. We’re all equals here. Understood?”

“Yes, I understand,” Sophie replied.

Shane looked to Troy, waiting for his answer.

The Marksman sighed, nodding reluctantly. “Alright,” he muttered, throwing his hands up in a gesture of half-surrender, half-compliance. “No favorites?”

“No favorites.” Shane confirmed.

Troy grinned. “So, Mister Not-the-Grandmaster’s-son, how good are you in a fight?”

The Dancer’s eyes lit up with amusement as he regarded his new comrade. “Wouldn’t you like to know?”

 

 

SAMSUNGAbout Karyn Pearson:

 

Karyn Pearson is the author of Spark (Hellfire Trilogy #1) and full-time pet parent of her two dogs Nikki and Jamie. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and has explored dozens of cultures in her studies, but has imagined countless more. Karyn enjoys reading, playing action RPGs, and plotting the next adventure for her characters when she has a spare moment free of the dreaded and undefeated “puppy dog eyes attack.”

Her current projects include Inferno (Hellfire Trilogy #2) and the first novel of the upcoming vampire series, Arcturian Bloodlines. When she’s not writing, Karyn can be found playing with her puppies or Googling various dangerous topics for novel research that make her constantly question why federal agents haven’t yet knocked down her front door.

 

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Five Tips for Beating Writer’s Block by Dawn Colclasure

Today is a good day. Dawn Colclasure is here to help us with the bane of a writer’s existence. The dreaded foe we must battle daily. Writer’s Block. Argh… Here is Dawn.

 

As a writer juggling many projects, it seems I never have the time for writer’s block. There’s always something to write, always something to work on. But not every writer can juggle multiple WIPs. In fact, a lot of writers I know struggle with just one. The biggest obstacle in finishing what they start writing? Writer’s block!

But guess what? There’s a way to beat writer’s block – in fact, I have 10 surefire ways that keep writer’s block from messing things up for me. See the list of ten tips below and use any or all of them to keep writer’s block from ruining your day.

          1.  Have a lot of irons in the fire

True, not every writer can work on multiple projects at once, but if you manage your WIPs effectively, you can do it without stress or forgetfulness. You can edit or revise one short story and write another one. Or, you can write a poem in the morning and work on your article at night. The point is to keep the work going.

2.  Read – a lot

Writers are encouraged to read everything they can, and this is helpful to keep up-to-date on what’s out there. But a bigger plus? You get ideas for things to write! So many times a newspaper article or a scene in a novel have made me start furiously scribbling away. It can either be a reaction to something you’ve read, an idea for a story or even a blog post.

  3.  Keep a journal

There is absolutely nothing wrong or childish about keeping a journal. Your journal can be any kind of journal you’d like – a dream journal, prayer journal, idea journal, etc. – and it does not have to be shared. By keeping a journal you write in daily, that will keep you writing daily.

 4.  Get a book of writing prompts – and use them!

Got an itch to write but can’t think of anything to write? Thankfully, there are books containing writing prompts. My own writing book, 365 Tips for Writers, contains several “Beat the Block” writing prompts. This can get you writing and make writer’s block die a slow and painful death.

 5.  Freewrite

Freewriting is often the advice given to writers struggling with writer’s block, but believe me, it works. Many times I’d just randomly write down words on a page when, BOOM! An idea struck for something else to write! Write down items in one group (such as fruit), names of people you know, what you’ve been doing so far today, etc. It’s a great way to give your muse a nudge and inspire ideas!

Even if you’re not up to any writing, start writing anyway. Don’t let writer’s block ruin it for you! Grab a pen or sit at the desk and start writing!

 

Thanks for sharing that Dawn! You gave us some GREAT advice that I’m sure will help new writers who are locked in the continuous battle is the nemesis called Writer’s Block.

ShadowofSamhain9Be sure to check out Dawn’s Book!

 

Title: Shadow Of Samhain

 

Author: Dawn Colclasure

 

Genre: Dark Fantasy, New Adult

 

Publisher: Gypsy Shadow Publishing

 

Formats Available In: All eBook formats and Print

 

Release Date: October 2013

 

posterBlurb: She called him the “dark man.”

Who is Jonathan, a man haunting Malissa Ratham’s dreams? What sort of secrets from his past does he try to keep buried? Everybody says the dreams are only dreams and nothing more. But soon Malissa starts acting strangely, knowing about ancient Druidic rituals and a history too mysterious to unearth. With the help of Jovin, an ancient Druidic spirit on a mission to stop Jonathan from his path of death and destruction, and Tessie Malkin, a psychic with an advantage over Jonathan’s power, Malissa must owe up to her past and walk between worlds to destroy an ancient curse…

…before it is too late

 

 

 

 

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Me with Chewie on 91413cAbout Dawn Colclasure: 

Dawn Colclasure is a writer who lives in Oregon. Her articles, essays, poems and short stories have appeared in several newspapers, anthologies, magazines and E-zines. She is the author of fourteen books, among them BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL: How We Survive as Writing Parents; 365 TIPS FOR WRITERS: Inspiration, Writing Prompts and Beat The Block Tips to Turbo Charge Your Creativity; Love is Like a Rainbow: Poems of Love and Devotion and the children’s book The Yellow Rose. She is co-author of the book Totally Scared: The Complete Book on Haunted Houses. Her novel, Shadow of Samhain, was just published by Gypsy Shadow Publishing. Visit her website at: http://dmcwriter.tripod.com/

 

 

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