Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Blog Tour: Realms of Edenocht by DS Johnson #interview






Fantasy 
Date Published: July 2016

Shazmpt has been prepared his whole life to complete the prophecy; however until recently, he was unaware of his true identity as a powerful war wizard.
Hidden on an island in a time realm not his own, he must now search for ancient relics in order to stop the growing evil in the world. All he wanted was to hunt in his beloved forest, but is thrown into a world of sea serpents, dungeons, enchanted castles, miniature men, and air buffs.
Driven by duty and hindered by self-doubt, he is sent on a quest to unite the magical realms once more. He must learn to harness his good and evil powers, but will he survive the shadow…?


Interview

Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?

I don’t think there is just one message. I think that there are several ideas that could make an impact somehow, especially to the teen readers that may not have encountered some of the life lessons yet. For instance, Shaz has these great powers and is supposed to use them to ‘save the world’ but he has a lot of self-doubt and struggles with his ‘evil’ side. I think we all struggle with our ‘evel side’ and knowing that he is willing to do the hard things anyway can touch a person.



Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I find the challenge in sitting down to the computer. I love to write but it seems that life gets in the way too often and it can take several minutes to get my head back into the book. Another challenge is I like to write by scenes as they come to me, so sometimes I have to wait for the right time to put it in. There are several that are waiting for books five and six. I just can’t wait to get to the end.  

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

So far I have written one completely published book, but I am nearly finished with the second and a short novella tangent story for book one. I don’t think I have a favorite yet, as I am still getting it all out there. I don’t think I could even pick my favorite character.  


If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

Oh, goodness, I don’t even know. I think I would pick Chris Hemsworth. HOT, HOT, HOT! But partially because I am secretly in love with Thor haha. I think Chris Hemsworth is a fantastic action actor with the ability to be deep and emotionally involved. Not like the Rock, who just flexes his muscles and has nothing to offer the screen.


When did you begin writing?
I started writing only about ten years ago, after I was married and had a few kids. I have been a story teller for most of my life, however, but I didn’t do well in school because of a rough start to life. I nearly didn’t make it and had some physical limitations to overcome. I thought I was dumb because I was in resource most of elementary and struggled to keep up in Jr. High and high school. So writing itself was quite a challenge at first and I still feel like I have a lot to learn.



How long did it take to complete your first book?

 After I spent a few years learning how to write, the craft of telling a story, it took another five or six years to get to this point. I think in all it’s been a ten year journey from beginning to now.

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

No, that was one of my biggest limitations when I was young, was reading. In fact to make things worse, in the fourth grade I had the terror of having to read out loud to my reading partner, who was my crush at the time. I think it scarred me for life and I rarely picked up a book. I got sick to my stomach when I had to read out loud in class. It wasn’t until I had my first baby that I started to read. At first it was books on how to raise babies and things. But as she grew I started reading Dr. Seuss. She would make me read them cover to cover and if I skipped a page I had to start all over. So I think I would say Dr. Seuss would have to be my most inspirational. And a pesky little three year old. haha

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

My favorite part is sitting around the table and brainstorming with my teenagers. I love to hear what they think about and how they see the world they live in. I love to take what we talked about and include that into the books and then see their ‘ah ha’ when they read what we talked about. I also love to see the characters grow and mature. The hardest part for me is letting the bad guy be bad. I want him to somehow turn out to be a good guy. My husband says it’s because of my ‘always wanting to give a person the benefit of the doubt’ trait, maybe so.  

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

Fast, energized, witty, compelling

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?
So I’m working on book two right now, and in book one, the biggest task Shaz has been given it to find all the ancient relics and destroy them so that the evil Necromancer Gavin Rhill can’t use them to become a God. Things get a little trickier as he and Serin have now made themselves know to Gavin Rhill and he seems to know everything they are doing. The challenges they face hit closer to home and they have to reach deeper into themselves to get through the dangers. The team, Shaz, Serin, Jagwynn, Ladtwig and Turkill have to learn how to rely on each other and where to put their trust and alliances.
Realms of Edenocht is currently a six book series with three to four tangent stories per book, so there is still a lot to come.







A little about me, first I want to tell you a story, about a young girl who thought she was dumb. Yes, in the first, second, and third grades this little girl, was in the ‘Resource’ program or ‘Chapter 8’ as I have also heard it called. Even though she was then put in the regular class, she knew all too well by then she was not a smart child. All the way through high school this girl struggled. She graduated with a glorious 2.9. Yes, it was heart breaking for those little numbers to reflect the great struggle and all the efforts she had put forth.

She went on to start beauty school, figuring she wasn’t college material. Suddenly, she learned that she wasn’t dumb after all. She was what is called a kinesthetic learner or ‘hands on’ learner. She LOVED it. She went on to do very well, for many years. Until, life got complicated. She had five children, a husband, and a disabled mother who now required constant care. While contemplating how to earn a little bit of extra income, now that doing hair wasn’t an option, a thought came to her, ‘Write a book’ it said.
She replied by looking around and with her finger pointing at herself, she said, “Who me? I graduated high school with a 2.9 remember?”
The little thought came again, “Yes, you. Write a book.”
It so happened, that she had been telling her children nighttime stories for some time, so she did. It took five years to learn from the internet, a few writing classes, some great blogs, a lot of practice, one very good editor and the awesome support of her family. But she did it, and now I bring The Realms of Edenocht Series to you! Yes, that little girl was me, but no longer.



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Blog Tour: Worthy of this Great City by @asmikemiller






 Literary / Satire
Date Published: October 2016
 Publisher: JAM Publishing

Ruth Askew, a minor celebrity, is spouting some highly incompetent philosophy about the end of virtue. Con Manos, a journalist, is attempting to uncover a political scandal or two. Add some undistinguished members of City Council, an easy listening radio station, a disorganized charity, a prestigious Philadelphia newspaper, and any number of lawyers and other professional criminals. In Worthy Of This Great City the compelling stories of two stubborn individualists intertwine in a brisk, scathing satire that invites you to question everything you think you think about today's most discussed issues: populism and elitism, the possibility of truth, the reach of profound stupidity, and the limits of personal responsibility in these post-truth, morally uncertain times.




Author Bio

If you know my website and Twitter addresses (asmikemiller.com and asmikemiller, respectively), you must realize Mike Miller is only an author name. It's not a matter of privacy 

or secrecy; anybody can find me with minimal effort. It's about keeping things separate. My writing is about what appears on the page. It's not about my personal politics or religion or history. 

Worthy Of This Great City is a B-game book. I'm ambiguous about this, being interested in money like most people, but I don't want to compete with a slick professional cover or smooth editing so I've stuck to a sort of reasonable, human middle ground. I value those things for what they are, of course, but I see them as artifacts, part of a system of publishing that fought like hell for a week's worth of shelf space, that fought to catch the eye, not the mind or heart. 

As my character Con Manos says: "It's a revolution, isn't it?" I say: Why fight on the side of the enemy? Why imitate and thus perpetuate a business model that stifles originality? Just to show you can? Unless, of course, you're fighting to attract the eye, not the mind or heart.

I've played a joke with this novel - my first, incidentally. Played with the idea of narration and who can be speaking after all. It's all very literary.


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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Pre-Order Blitz: Token


Book Title: Token (Daring The Kane Brothers) Author: Kelly Gendron Genre: Contemporary Romance Release Date: March 21, 2017 Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
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DARE YOU TO SAVE ME... Retired boxer, TOKEN KANE is comfortable on a motorcycle but little does this Irish rogue know the next Harley he picks up will give him the ride of his life. One week out of the year, HARLEY REDBOURNE puts away her good-girl and completely let's go. It's around the same time that her dark past resurfaces. But this year is different, when it's time to put her past away, the darkness wants to stay. For the past ten years, Harley Redbourne hasn't had anyone waiting for her in the corner of the ring. She's had to go at this fight all on her own. She needs a cornerman, a trainer, a friend and as much as I don't want to toss in the towel, I know that I could be that for her ~ TOKEN KANE
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Kelly Gendron is the author of the TroubleMaker series, Breaking the Declan Brothers and a few other romantic suspense novels. When she's not writing steamy, blush producing romances, she's out meeting new people while representing a group of reputable nursing facilities. You can find Kelly in a quiet suburb, somewhere between Buffalo and Niagara Falls. If you Google her, she’ll pop up there too. And, please do find her, Kelly loves to hear from her readers, and meeting new people.
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Monday, March 6, 2017

Release Blitz: Kept From You

Kept From You (Tear Asunder #4) by Nashoda Rose
Book Title: Kept from You (Book 4: Tear Asunder) Author: Nashoda Rose Genre: Erotic Romance Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
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Cover photo: Copyright © 2016 Wander Aguiar Photography (http://www.wanderbookclub.com) Model: Nick Bennett (https://www.facebook.com/nickbennett6/) Cover design by: Kari Ayasha, Cover to Cover Designs
A first kiss that changed everything. Killian Kane. He was the most feared guy in high-school. Guarded. Angry. A fighter. But when I caught him watching me with his captivating green eyes I saw something more. Something protective and kind. 
 He warned me to stay away from him. 
I did. Until I didn’t and he kissed me. A knee weakening, body tingling kiss that left me breathless. 
And scared the hell out of me. 
And then… He warned me never to come near him again or next time he wouldn’t let me go.


That was eleven years ago. We aren't teenagers anymore. He has probably forgotten me. 
He’s a famous rock star now. I’m a dance instructor with a broken dream and desperate for a job. So, when we cross paths again I don't expect him to remember me. He does. And his warning eleven years ago? I'm about to find out exactly what that meant.
The thin sweet crunch mixing with the light, airy cream tickled my tongue. Indulging was rare. Indulging in something like crème brûlée was heaven on a spoon. But what made it even more like heaven was that Killian watched me with desire blazing in his eyes. I swallowed, then with the tip of my tongue, I slid it over my lower lip, licking the remnants of cream. “Fuck,” he growled. I secretly smiled, heart pumping wildly. I’d never been sexy or tried to be sexy, but I wanted to be with Killian. He made it easy for me to be brave. Lights dim, candles flickering, the soft jazz music in the background, skin tingling from the sexy-as-hell man next to me, yeah, I was brave. I dipped the spoon in again, but Killian’s fingers spanned my wrist, stopping me. I met his eyes and without a word, but knowing exactly what he wanted by the silent exchange of his steady expression, I released the spoon to him. His attention went to the dessert where he tapped the light thin sugar shell before breaking through and sinking into the airy lightness. He lifted the overfilled spoon at the same time as his eyes. I thought he was going to take a bite himself, but he held the spoon out to me. “Open.” I nervously laughed, thinking he was kidding; it was a huge mouthful. “It’s too much.” “I know. Open, Savvy,” he said. Oh, God, my belly dropped and my sex clenched. I swallowed, licking my lips again. “No,” he said with a firm voice. “I didn’t ask you to lick your lips. Although that is fuckin’ delectable as hell.” His tone lowered further. “I asked you to open your mouth.” My eyes widened. Holy. Fuck. That was hot. Demanding and a little scary because him using that voice I’d pretty much do anything he asked. I opened, and he slid the dessert into my mouth, and since there was so much, it hit the roof, sides, and back of my throat. He didn’t remove the spoon right away and watched as I struggled not to pull away. When I was just about to say screw it, he said, “My cock will fill your mouth a hell of a lot more than this.” I nearly choked. And I would’ve if he didn’t slowly remove the spoon, my lips dragging over the cool, smooth surface of the spoon to make certain I took the entire dessert.
His elbow rested on the table, spoon in his hand, eyes on mine as I swallowed little by little until it was gone. The entire time I thought about his cock.
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Nashoda Rose is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Toronto with her assortment of pets. She writes contemporary romance with a splash of darkness, or maybe it’s a tidal wave. When she isn't writing, she can be found sitting in a field reading with her dogs at her side while her horses graze nearby. She loves interacting with her readers and chatting about her addiction—books.
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