Meet The Author: Antoinette Huston- Sci-fi, Fantasy + Comic author #amreading

Last up is Antoinette Huston! A southern girl from the USA and gamer. Let’s get to know her style.

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Hello nice to meet you! Tell us a bit about you where are you from and other than writing what else do you enjoy?

Hi! I’m a southern girl born in Texas raised in Georgia and I enjoy creating jewellery out of leather, cooking and rpg video games.

How did you start writing? What was your inspiration to create? I started writing when I was in Middle school.

My parents bought us a Brother’s Word Processor. Waaay back in the 1980’s. My inspiration? That had to be the comic books I from the stash Dad had hidden in the attic or my dad’s fantasy books I started reading one summer bored out of my head.

Who is your favourite author, is there anyone out there that inspires you?

Piers Anthony, Steven R. Boyett, Richard & Wendy Pini or Steve Perry are the authors that inspired me and continue to do so.

What genre do you enjoy reading?

I enjoy reading Fantasy and science fiction

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

It opened my eyes to the adventure of writing. My first book was a hot mess. I didn’t know anything about editing, beta readers, arcs or anything! I just put it out there. I learned really quick, like a week afterwards all the ‘no-no’s’ I did. I learned about social media, about scams, about organization. I’m still learning.

Kim: The first one is so bitter sweet, teaches you so much!

So you’ve published a series, what is the series about?

Honey Cantrell was a simple comic book geek when aliens or Celestials, introduced themselves to Earth. A captain was needed for the first Celestial to visit Earth, a sentient ship, and Honey was mistakenly chosen. After nearly killing her, Honey finds that the Orb that makes her Captain, has been tampered with. Besides the secrets held within her Orb, she has to deal with unexpected feelings for her Celestial partner, a revenge plot that shouldn’t include her and a dangerous alien mating ritual that she had no intentions of joining but was made a prize for the winner.

What was it like creating back to back stories that link?

I hadn’t planned on a series, but you cannot deny creativity.

Kim: Got that right.

Have you ever thought about writing in a different genre? If you could what genre would you like to dabble in?

When I first started writing, I simply thought what I wrote was fantasy or science fiction, the sub genres was a shock to me. Now I dabble in Fantasy, space opera, urban fantasy and I may not stop there.

Kim: Go girl.

What has been your most proud moment as an author?

Getting that first great review.

Kim: Aww 🙂

Was there ever a time you wanted to pick up your laptop, and then launch it out the window with frustration?

Often! Especially when characters get mouthy or scenes don’t come out on screen as they did in your head.

Are you a “plotter” or a fly by the seat of your pants “pantster” as a writer?

I am a proud ‘pantster’! I have never planned anything out, it comes to me and I write it as is, of course I’ll go back and rearrange it afterwards.

Kim: I had a feeling!

Am I the only one who gets hung up on commas? Do they make you go blah! when you’re writing?

I think I use more commas that anyone and semicolons, too!

Kim: *sighs* feel your pain.

Every writer has a word(s) that they always slip up on when they write, then slap their forehead when they notice their typo. For me it’s further and farther exit or exists-  but hey I’m over it now.  Do you have a word (s) that make you go blah! Go away not another damn typo.

There is usually a problem for me. I’m always switching the ‘I’ and the ‘e’ for some reason. As and about also gives me issues.

What three tips would you give any aspiring writer?

Research them before you agree ( publishers). Join a group of like minded writers and don’t give up.

Kim: great advice.

What are you working on now? What will you release next?

Well the plan was to publish my third and final book for my Urban Fantasy series, but I’ve brought my epic fantasy story to a close and it’s decided to become a series as well. Wonderlost is the next book to be published (when I get the money to get it edited) It’s ready to go.

Kim: Best of luck

So… where can we get your books?

Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Mostly-Human-Antoinette-Houston-ebook/dp/B00WVUXQ6C It’s available on a few other sites but this is the main sites. Signed copies are available through my author page and facebook fan page.

What are the most important magazines for writers to subscribe to?

That I couldn’t tell you, I’m not subscribed to any myself.

Kim: Writer’s Digest is good.

What does “success” look like to you? When would you say “damn, I’ve made it baby!”

When I hit 100 reviews on all my books, I know it’s small for some, but it’s the reviews that make the book.

Kim: I agree, I have read that every one in 100 downloads lands a review. That’s a steep hill to climb if that’s true.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers?

It hurts. I’ve never met an Author I admire in person, (yet). But I would be totally crushed to be greeted by an a-hole.

Kim: LOL

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

My research usually happens during the book. I’m pretty good at scanning the process or getting the giest of whatever I’m looking up to include it into my story(ies).

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Of course. That’s the only way you can go back and correct the issues. I really enjoy reading the reviews, sure the bad ones hurt at first (later they sting) but as long as they give a why then I’m fine (eventually). It’s the ones that give no reason for being bad that really hurt. I don’t mind going back and fixing my work.

What was your hardest scene to write?

The sex scene!

Kim: HAHA! THAT’S THE BEST AND EASIEST BIT FOR ME *WIDE GRIN*

Do you Google yourself?

A lot!

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

It varies. My very first book took years to get polished and then published. The second book after that took six months. Mostly Human came out the next year. So I ‘m guessing about six or seven months.

What would you like readers to know?

I’m Human and I make mistakes. I have a tendency to totally veer off course and I love giving chars difficult attitudes. I don’t like monochromatic stories and I always make a group of characters.

What’s your favourite movie?

Grave of the Fireflies. The only Japanese animation that has ever made me cry. I mean boo-hoo tears! It’s a beautifully done movie about a brother and a sister trying to survive the last few months of WWII.

What’s your favourite book and why?

Ariel by Steve R. Boyett. It was my intro to urban fantasy. Besides, it’s got a smart-a** Unicorn that curses more than her Human counter-part.

What music do you like?

A lot. I listen to an eclectic array of music. From Sam Cooke and Chaka Khan to Public Enemy to Eminem, Yanni and Enya to Pentatonix, Lindsey Sterling and Nuttin’ but Stringz. On to The Cure and Vast to Metallica and Disturbed. I’m all over the map. It depends on the mood or the scene that pops in my head, but music plays a huge part in my writing.

Kim: great taste you have there.

Where would you like to travel to and why?

Ireland or Scotland. I don’t know why, I’ve just always wanted to go.

Kim: It’s chilly wrap up!

Tell us about how you develop your characters?

My characters have a lot of friends and myself in them or I dream them up.

Which one of your characters is your favourite and why?

Rita ‘Red’ James – From my first book: Red Summer. I grew up with her. She’s been with me since the 1980’s.

Do you need a lot of sexual experience to be a good erotica author?

No, if you have an imagination you can create whatever you want.

Kim: Good answer.

If you could do it all again would you change anything?

How I released my first book. Research first. A lot of wasted money that could have been put to better use.

 Pick one a one time “Bestselling author” or an author with longevity what would you rather?

An author with longevity of course. I want be relevant for a long time.

 

And that’s a wrap a very in depth interview here. I hope you enjoyed getting to know a new author. Connect with Antoinette and check out her work below.

 

AntoinetteHouston.com

@1975Okame on Twitter

https://www.facebook.com/RedSummerUF

https://www.instagram.com/antoinettes_originals/

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Meet The Author: Aaron-Michael Hall-Fantasy, Paranormal Author #amreading

 It’s the 25th of the month, and sandwiched in the middle of three great authors this month is author Aaron-Michael Hall! I’m excited to interview her, I crossed paths with her over a year ago when I first joined WordPress. Most of you know I’m a big fan of this genre especially when there is romance thrown in, as a reader I love it. I salute writers in the paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi genres so much, it’s a whole new kind of creativity and talent to spin these tales… I sure as hell can’t! I think the level of creativity needed is something real special, let’s get to know Aaron- Michael’s style.

Hello nice to meet you! Tell us a bit about you where are you from and other than writing what else do you enjoy?

Thank you for having me, Kim. I am originally from Illinois and write classic epic fantasy with a grimdark edge and science fantasy romance. I also enjoy photography and play several instruments.

Kim: Gosh, what talent musical instruments that’s something. I really need to read one of your books too * flips to Amazon*. Welcome.

How did you start writing? What was your inspiration to create?

I have always enjoyed writing. My first novel The Rise of Nazil was written approximately fifteen years ago. It was a story that I wanted to read (with diverse characters and a dense plot) that I could not find. It was not until I allowed others to read the manuscript that I was prodded to publish.

Kim: Now I feel like a baby! Two authors this month, who wrote their first works over ten years ago. Great stuff. 🙂

What genre do you enjoy reading?

I read a lot of non-fiction. However, I enjoy some science fiction and fantasy.

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

As aforementioned, I was writing only for myself. When I decided to publish, I had to learn the process and my particular market. It has been an interesting journey.

Have you ever thought about writing in a different genre? If you could what genre would you like to dabble in?

I started writing only Epic Fantasy. I always enjoyed Sci-Fi and recently incorporated my love for that genre in Rites of Heirdron and Orbs of Trenihgea. Blending fantasy, science fiction, and romance was an extremely enjoyable writing experience. After my second Epic Fantasy trilogy releases, I might revisit the SciFan genre.

Kim: Keep us posted here on MTA.

Are you a “plotter” or a fly by the seat of your pants “pantster” as a writer?

It actually depends. My Epic Fantasy was thoroughly plotted and outlined. However, the Science Fantasy Romance just happened. The more I wrote, the more the story developed.

Currently, I am collaborating on a new fantasy with another author. We had a basic idea that turned into 70k in a few weeks. Nothing was planned in the beginning, and the concept has morphed and expanded over a few months.

Kim: Ahhh amazing, ya know you learn so when working with a co-author, great fun too.

 

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Every writer has a word(s) that they always slip up on when they write, then slap their forehead when they notice their typo. For me it’s further and farther exit or exists-  but hey I’m over it now.  Do you have a word (s) that make you go blah! Go away not another damn typo.

Unfortunately, yes. LOL I have two that I continually mistype and catch during the editing pass. Accept/Except and Past/Passed. I know which to use where, but my fingers do not always follow the commands of my mind.

Kim: at least you have just two… I won’t tell you how many I have. 🙂

What three tips would you give any aspiring writer?

Oh gosh, there are many. But you must stay true to yourself and write from the heart. Remember that this journey is a marathon and not a sprint. Writing the novel is the easy part, what comes after is where the true work begins.

Kim: That’s such great advice, I would agree wholeheartedly. Especially the marathon part. Thank you.

What are you working on now? What will you release next?

I am currently collaborating on an Epic Fantasy titled Kurintor Nyusi. It is set in the fantastical Fifth Kingdom, and has an assortment of diverse and intriguing characters. The mythos and deities created for the novel are epic, and the concept is captivating. It has been a pleasure to create this new world.

 

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Orbs of Trenihgea, the second novel in my SciFan Romance will be up for pre-order next month. The audiobook for the first novel, Rites of Heirdron released this month on audible.

 

 

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Kim: Did you say romance? Wait wait, when is pre-order date? Keep us posted please.

So… where can we get your books?

All of my novels are available on Amazon and Audible. Readers can also purchase signed copies by contacting me directly (the.rise.of.nazil@gmail.com) or visiting my website (aaronmichaelhall.com).

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

Research is extremely important. With my first novel (The Rise of Nazil), the research was extensive: ancient herbs and medical practices, torture techniques, distances horses could travel (in numerous instances), distances men could travel on foot, combat configurations, fencing and martial techniques, etc. It was the same with my SciFan. I probably spent more time reading and researching than it took to write the novels.

Kim: See what I mean about you fantasy writers…. I’m dizzy just reading all that! The level of creativity is beyond me.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Not often. If a “bad” review is informative, I learn from it. If someone posted a review where it is obvious they did not even read my novel, I get irritated. I have had several instances of that. Albeit I understand that not every novel is for every person. Even King gets one-star reviews.  I appreciate anyone taking the time to read and review my work. With the plethora of authors and novels available, I am honored that they selected me.

 

Kim: Argh! Those one stars “did not finish”  baffle me.I always think to myself if I see them when browsing books to read you have no real basis for that,you never read it, it’s hard to understand that. I’ve never reviewed a book I did not or could not finish at all. It kinda feels wrong to me if I never made it to the end. That said, haters are gonna hate regardless, good thing is  I think as a writer you get to a point where you bat off those whining reviews regardless of the stars, and crack on writing with no self-doubt. 

What was your hardest scene to write?

I have a few scenes with torture and some sexual abuse. Those were extremely difficult to write.

Do you Google yourself?

At times. I Google my novels as well. That is how I discovered all of the pirated copies.  🙂

Kim: I need to do that, you’re about the fifth MTA feature who has said that. 

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

That depends upon the novel. Rites of Heirdron took approximately two months. I spent six months writing Seed of Scorn.Thank you for inviting me to chat with you, Kim. I truly enjoyed it! Great success.

And that’s a wrap people! Thank you for your time Aaron- Michael this was a really great to get to know you better. I’d love to read one of your books with a romance element too.

Connect With Aaron- Michael:

For more information about Aaron-Michael Hall (Newland Moon), please visit her WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE, and TWITTER!

You can listen to a sample of the Mehlonii language created for The Rise of Nazil Epic Fantasy series HERE, and enjoy a trailer for the SciFan romance Rites of Heirdron HERE, and listen to an excerpt of the audiobook narrated by the exceptional Victor Bevine HERE.

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Meet The Author: L. J Kane Thriller, Suspense Author + First Chapter Sample FREE #amreading #thriller

It’s the 25th of the month , I am honoured to feature another British thriller & suspense author. Mrs… yes Mrs L.J Kane. She’s one of those mystery authors that like to keep their gender in question I’m assuming, with initial usage. Reminds me of another certain household name British female author. Let’s get to know L. J’s style….

Hello nice to meet you! Tell us a bit about you where are you from and other than writing what else do you enjoy?

Hello. I’m L.J. Kane, the author of Snatch Girl, the shocking, fast-paced, kidnap thriller released in April 2017.

I live in the UK with my husband, and I love learning about the Earth Sciences. I dream of seeing the Northern Lights, but my fear of flying has stopped this ambition being realised, but it is still on my bucket list. My interests are diverse: geology, country walking, painting, and watching movies. And reading, of course!

How did you start writing? What was your inspiration to create?

About twenty years ago, I wrote the very first draft of Snatch Girl (it was untitled back then, and Darren Broderick was the only recognisable character in it). I read the first few chapters to a friend who loved it, and when I met up with her, about 5 years later, she asked me whether I’d written more, she liked it that much. So, I guess I knew then, that I’d be an author. It just took twenty years to take the plunge and bring Snatch Girl to life.

I love people-watching, overhearing conversations on the bus, dreaming up exciting plots while waiting in traffic, and while walking the dogs. I am having so much fun with my novels, and it’s because I’ve always believed in myself, that I have finally become an author after procrastinating for twenty years!

I live with my husband who’s a great soundboard, full of encouragement, and great ideas. Between us, we have met many unusual characters over the years, people with extraordinary lives from whom I can derive lots of inspiration.

Kim: Twenty years??? Wowzers….  Twenty years ago I was just fourteen. It’s rude to ask a lady her age, but I  guess you’re a mature lady. Welcome ma’am pleasure to have you here.

Who is your favourite author, is there anyone out there that inspires you?

Stephen King. His books just hook me in, even if I don’t feel like reading. I also read his book ‘On Writing’ and it really helped me focus on my own project, but I still can’t bring myself to read the axe scene in ‘Misery’.

Kim: He is such a great writer, I agree. 

What genre do you enjoy reading?

I love reading (and writing) thrillers. The genre is exiting, fast-paced, and you can explore a range of emotions. I love movies and novels that keep you glued to the screen and to the page, with thrills all the way through. What I like most of all, is to finish reading a great book, and then start the book all over again!

Kim: I hear ya!

Are you a “plotter” or a fly by the seat of your pants “pantster” as a writer?

I prefer to outline the novel first, and then plot each chapter, so I know where it’s heading. Snatch Girl started out as a ‘write and see’ type of novel, but I had to reign it in pretty quickly for the re-write, so I guess I’m a ‘plotter’!

Kim: Salute, me too your approach is the same as mine. It’s nice to connect with another plotter, most MTA features have all been pansters.

What are you working on now? What will you release next?

I have three thrillers in the pipeline! I am currently writing the first draft of a thriller mystery set in the UK where the witness to a murder becomes the target, and the other two novels are scary psychological thrillers, exploring the dark side of human nature, which I have plotted, and can’t wait to start.

Kim: Lawd! These have “Kim’s read” all over them, please let me know when they are released I’d love to read them both.

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So… where can we get your books?

Snatch Girl is available as an ebook and paperback worldwide on Amazon: http://amzn.com/0995627312

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I’m also considering opening up Snatch Girl to other online retailers soon.

Kim: great, I’ve got my copy 🙂

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

It’s amazing how much research goes into a novel. Things you think you know well seem to take on another level and suddenly, you’re researching little things, like how to apply butterfly stitches, and what the hell does an animal trap look like anyway? I spent many happy holidays in and around Dartmoor in Devon, so I didn’t need to research the landscape for Snatch Girl, but I did need to brush up on my knowledge of hypodermic needles!

Kim: I’m so glad you feel this way, I think in our genre because of the level of detail in things like police involvement, ways to …err, well ya know kill people or personality disorders /traits we give characters the really sick ones,  research is needed. Can’t afford to brush over certain things in this genre, the story will lose its edge and gritty feeling. 

What was your hardest scene to write?

With Snatch Girl, I found that the scenes just flowed, and amazingly, the scariest parts were the easiest! I think it helped that I had all of the characters firmly drawn in my mind, and knew just how they would react to each scenario. The hardest scene was where Ellie faced Braddon alone.

Kim: Great job!

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Once I’d dusted off the original manuscript, it took me about 6-7 months to finish Snatch Girl. I could write a first draft in about two months, as long as I don’t flick over to edit mode…

Kim: haha … hmmm.

What’s your favourite movie?

My favourite movies of all time are, ‘Vanishing Point’ and ‘Get Carter’ from 1971. Vanishing Point has a surreal edge to it; a gritty film so different from the modern day, with a nod to escapism that I love. In one particular scene, the filmmakers overlaid a violent attack with gentle music, which stressed the poignancy of the scene, and changed the mood of the film.

Kim: Okay… I wasn’t even conceived then, I’m sure my mum was still partying the night away in 1971. Sounds like a good movie though.

What music do you like?

I like music from across most genres, so I don’t have a particular favourite. I enjoy Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys, Boy George, and also Don Williams, Abba, David Bowie, Adam Ant… and I love classical too!

Kim: Adam Ant haha, my older sister loved him. My mum told me she’d wear the stripes on her face too.

Tell us about how you develop your characters?

I create backgrounds for each of my characters, with jobs, relationships, and a reason for their hang-ups and flaws. I wanted the characters to be as natural as possible, so that they would react, as any of us would, to the situations in which they find themselves.

Kim: I think I’m going to enjoy your work after hearing that. 🙂

Which one of your characters is your favourite and why?

It has to be the star of Snatch Girl, Ellie, the kidnap victim we follow right through to the end. We have been at her side throughout her ordeal, and I really felt her emotions as I dragged her through nightmare situation after situation. I guess I have to feel sorry for her, maybe even a little guilty!

And that’s a wrap, it has been a pleasure to speak with another British author in this great genre. I’ve even got readers an excerpt, the first whole chapter from Snatch Girl... you lucky things you. I’ve read it, I like L. J’s style I look forward to reading the full novel. Download below click the link:

LJ Kane – Snatch Girl – Sample Chapter 1

 

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Girl missing. What if you’re with her all the way to the end…if it ends…? Will Ellie survive? Would you?

Snatched from her sadistic captor’s lair by his own getaway driver, eighteen-year-old student Ellie realises that she’s still kidnapped. As the enigmatic Darren Broderick drives off into the night with the terrified girl beside him, the sadistic Jon Braddon is not far behind.

Thrown together, on opposing sides, Darren and Ellie must stay one step ahead of Braddon’s twisted mind, and Ellie must resist Darren’s Aussie charms to the end. Darren Broderick needs the ransom, Braddon needs a victim. And he will fight to the death to get her back.

The shocking, fast-paced, suspense thriller that will hook you from the very first line.

 

Connect With Author L. J Kane:

Blog:                                    http://www.ljkaneauthor.wordpress.com/blog

 

Website:                              http://www.ljkaneauthor.wordpress.com

 

Goodreads:                        https://goodreads.com/L_J_Kane_Author

 

LibraryThing:                    https://www.librarything.com/author/kanelj

 

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Book Review: Pills By Jack Binding 5+ stars Wow!!! @jack_binding

Jesus. Just read it end of review!! This book right here is an experience to read. My only advice is, those who are offended easily, not partial to the odd swear word, a bit of sex, drugs and the like don’t disappoint yourself by picking up this book. Those who are open minded, get British humour and fans of yes STEPHEN KING this book is for you. I’m wasting no time, let’s get into this review.

Plot:

Well, this is an anthology of eighteen short stories. Some characters crop up more than once, and in that way some stories link. The first story is linked to the last story, and in the middle there are some links and random stories too.

My Review

Pills is a very clever anthology, with very clever writing. The way it links and at the same time has some disconnections within the stories is outstanding. Don’t let this put you off, as there is no way you will get lost or think huh?

The author has a certain writing style, one that personally I love as a writer myself, and a reader. He uses first person POV quite a bit, so in that way you are in the shoes of the main characters. The stories are quite raw, gritty, shows how some Londoners think and feel, which I could relate to and very well written. The characters… humpf! Badass  🙂 that’s all I’m saying. There is not a character I did not dig in this book, but the characters are just like the stories gritty, raw but likeable or damn right scary!!

Here are my favourites of the eighteen stories

Property: A great start to the collection, the end will shock you. Loved it. To me this story kind of highlighted the downfall of the rat race of London.

Dot Matrix: This story just needs to be a full blown book I can see it, or even short novella on its own. A gripping story. I hung onto every word. It has a  good thriller feel.

Happy Endings: Ah… not so much a happy ending, but a great story very entertaining from a woman’s perspective. I won’t say why read it.

Bit: I had no idea where this was going to go, it’s a gorgy/ horror one, I really enjoyed the shock ending. This is one that could also be continued.

Twenty Seven: When I read this story I wondered if the author had read a lot of conspiracy theories? It reminded me of some I had read and got engrossed in. A great story. What happens when you make a deal with the Devil himself?

Sleeping Pills: A rather emotionally shocking story. A good one to read, sad ending.

Perfect Anastasia: You know deep down I saw this as a love story with some unfortunate things thrown in. We also meet Mags for the first time, Mags is badass!

Sexting: Clue is in the name… great story! Shock ending.

Dog In A Suitcase: Wowzers, no further comment.

Cremation:  good serial killer story with a very creative twist. I wanted to know more about the lady at the end.

FMM: Wowzers the characters entertained and made me laugh a lot. I could relate the the setting of this story, the fashion world. Really liked it.

Rocking Chair: Super creepy, it made me think next time I hear a floor board creek I’ll wonder if it’s one of these characters. Freaked me out.

Standing Ovation: Mags crops up. The ending of the anthology has the same bang the start did what a way to finish up!

I’m giving Pills 5 + stars for a number of reasons, it’s well written and the flow works with these short stories. Each one has some kind of twist or shock ending, I didn’t read one that didn’t leave an impression on me. Be it scary, creepy, laughing, shock or a mixture of all these emotions.  Believe it or not, some of these stories feature an element of love … gone wrong for whatever creepy reason. As a romance lover and reader it resonated with me. That said these are NOT romance stories, God no far from it. But some feature relationships as the base of the story.

Overall, Pills was a damn good reading experience, I would recommended it to lovers or fans of Stephen King. And no the author has not tried to imitate at all,  you can tell he is himself and very British.  It’s the vibe of his stories that would sit well with King’s fans as well as horror and dark humour fans. I will be reading more of Jack Binding.

This book needs more readers grab a copy! From Amazon

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Book Review: Silence Is Golden- Historical Romance 4* By Sara Ackerman @saraackerman #amreading

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This novel  gave me a number of experiences while reading. I laughed, raised my eyebrows and at times toward the end had slightly damp eyes. Overall, it was an enjoyable read. It’s part of a trilogy, I’ve not read the first part, but I was able to get my head around the complex plot in this second part. This book has a lot of concepts waved into the story line, many of which face the modern woman of today, even though it’s set in a historical backdrop of Lords and Ladies in a British setting. Let’s get into the review.

Plot:

This novel is set in the UK, written by an American author. I don’t like too many spoilers so I’ll just outline the plot. Evelyn Westbury is an entitled lady from London, some what spoilt but to me very likeable. She has a fierce headstrong side to her. She has been cursed by a gypsy, she is unable to speak to anyone outside of her family.  She communicates with a notepad and pencil. Her plan is to travel to France, find the gypsy and break the spell. She finds a stash of money her father hid, that’s her meal ticket to set sail to France. She starts her journey via cart from London to the port in Southampton to take the boat to France. In the middle of a war too!

Part of her mission to break the curse is as her engagement has broken off, she feels her lack of speech could have been the reason why, as well as other family drama. She was due to marry a the very rich and entitled Lord Newgate. On her journey in the cart and carriage to Southampton she meets Alfred. T. Combes, enter Mr. Tall Dark and Handsome. She is drawn to him more so than he is to her, as he ignores her. Evelyn is not used to this, men seem to swoon over her. There are a couple of bumps along the way, Alfred decides to be her travel partner and protect her.  A lady travelling on her own in this historical time frame is not acceptable. Evelyn also finds that she is able to speak to Alfred, is the curse real??

Their journey is delayed and the drama starts. There’s a lot of push and pull, build up. Toward the end we learn that Evelyn has got herself into more than she realises, with the money she took from her father. She becomes a wanted woman,  for many reasons I won’t giveaway. Lord Newgate (her ex and our prize prat and villain) turns up and wants to know her again, after he broke off the engagement. He has his “reasons”,  he’s not happy about Alfred minding her these two have a history. Fireworks spark.

Along the line Evelyn is kidnapped, this is where we see our Mr. Tall Dark and Handsome take charge and fight for his lady, which he did amazingly! They find their happy ever after. But not before a few bumps, twists, one loss that sends Evelyn back to her mute former self. She mourns for a few months, Alfred really comes to life as a hero. It was great to see this play out. She cuts off her hair and really experiences a change of character over a major loss. I found this very realistic, I think when a woman chops off her hair ( from a longer length) she is experiencing some major change internally.  I liked this emphasis on her character .Finally the pair make it back to England via boat, a new life starts as a married couple, right at the end her loss has been restored, this leads to part three of the trilogy.

My Review:

I’m giving Silence is Golden 4* stars because like I was saying, this was quite an enjoyable read for me. The characters are likeable, the ones we should like. Lord Newgate is written well enough to show him as an unsavoury villain. I really liked Beatrice, Evelyn’s sister- I loved her to bits. I liked Evelyn too, I watched her grow a lot in character from spoilt to mature lady.  The author did a good job with character development. The outside characters are all really likeable too, some were very entertaining.

The plot of this book is good but very complex, so you will need to pay attention to what’s happening. What I liked about the complex plot is, it takes your average historical romance into a whole new  reading experience of suspense, what will happen next? And realness. Evelyn is faced with some decisions a woman of today could understand. Does she marry and live an entitled life with Lord Newgate, once he shows interest. Or does she settle with genuine happiness, with a man with no land, title, money etc. ? In this time era this question was a massive one for a woman, maybe even one that a woman did not have much choice on. To support herself, back then, would have been unheard of. In this day and age, many women may ask themselves  this still, even though we can now support ourselves. The question is more about long term happiness now a days rather than survival. Shall I date him as his pockets are deep, and he won’t be feeding off me? But he’s a bit shallow?  I liked this element of reality.

Toward the end about a good 75-80% in, is where I really experienced a change of pace in the storytelling.  My heart strings tugged, the hero  (Alfred) made me go “ahhh what a man”,  trust me he really fights for his woman. Later down the line in the story is where I had slightly damp eyes. Evelyn’s major loss is heart-felt, and her reaction is also heart-felt. The author wrote this last section of the book with heart. She gave it some! And delivered. This was the most enjoyable part of the novel for me towards the end. Things started to tie together as well. It’s well written, you get a feel for the time frame. The author also did a real good job as an American portraying old England, good job from a British reader!

This book is just over 300 pages long, and don’t get me wrong was enjoyable to read. The one thing I would have liked is the fast pace, punch, swift movements and heart this author gave around 75% in, I would have loved earlier. This book is a slow-burner (and there is nothing wrong with that), but my reading experience (personally) may have been heightened if the pace picked up sooner.

That said, it was an enjoyable read, and ends in a way to make readers think gosh what will happen in part three?? Great job Sara! Ya got-em hooked! That’s how it’s done, that’s how we do suspense. I like it!

Grab your copy now from Amazon.com  read Sara’s Meet The Author Interview and connect with her here  Author page here.

Meet The Author: Alexis Rose- Non Fiction Author #amreading #health #author

Untangled: A story of resilience, courage, and triumph by [Rose, Alexis]

Okay we’re on a roll, the final author for this month is Alexis Rose! Alexis touches on very important issues that many people face in life. It’s a pleasure to interview her. Let’s get to know her style… over to you Ms. Rose

Hello nice to meet you! Tell us a bit about you where are you from and other than writing what else do you enjoy?

Hello, Thank You for including me in your author spotlight, Kim. My name is Alexis Rose and I live in Minnesota. Besides writing, I love to be with my family and friends. I unwind by practicing yoga and spending time outside. I work part-time doing the marketing for a couple of wellness centers, and enjoy teaching beginning writing classes.

How did you start writing? What was your inspiration to create?

Writing came into my life purely by accident. I had never written anything more than letters or birthday cards, until seven years ago. A friend of mine wanted to know what it felt like for me living with PTSD. Because it’s such an invisible illness, she was at a loss on how to support me. At the time, I was unable to verbalize what it felt like to anyone, let alone to myself. I went home, thought about what I would like to say, and I wrote my first poem. After showing it to her, she told me I had to start writing. I showed the poem to a few other friends, and was invited to collaborate with a couple of artists, using my poetry paired with their artwork. Three successful inspirational books later, I had developed a fierce love of writing. I took the chance to write on my own, and 18 months ago my memoir was published.

What genre do you enjoy reading?

I read a lot of books on mindfulness. I absolutely love reading historical fiction. I don’t think I have one author who is my favorite, but I love an author who does their research. I have a pretty good BS meter and don’t like a lot of filler in a book. I’m a person who will sit down with a book and escape into the character’s world. I simply love good books. I read both non-fiction and fiction at the same time. It makes both sides of my brain really happy.

Kim: haha BS meter, that’s a good one.

Have you ever thought about writing in a different genre? If you could what genre would you like to dabble in?

I would absolutely love to be able to write fiction. I’m so amazed by the women in my writing group, who create fabulous novels and mysteries. Some of their characters even have their own successful blogs. Amazing!

Kim: there is no try, you do! Give it ago.

What has been your most proud moment as an author?

I love this question! I continue to be humbled and extremely grateful when I hear that my book has resonated with a reader. Either by inspiring them, giving them something to think about or feeling like they are not alone. I can honestly say that every time I receive that feedback, I feel as proud as the first time that someone reached out to me and let me know.

Was there ever a time you wanted to pick up your laptop, and then launch it out the window with frustration?

Yes, during the editing process of all four books I wrote. Even thinking about it now, gives me the shivers!

Kim: hmm umm! I hear that.

Are you a “plotter” or a fly by the seat of your pants “pantster” as a writer?

I’m compelled to write, so I’m probably a little of both. I may have an idea that nags at me until I write it down, or all of a sudden, a poem will just burst out of my fingers.

What three tips would you give any aspiring writer?

Write!

Do not think about the editing process or if your book will be published.

Do not let anyone deter you or tell you that you cannot be a successful author.

Kim: Love the last tip. Straight to the point too.

What are you working on now? What will you release next?

I’m working on two collaborations at the moment. One is a screenplay and the other one is a compilation of inspirational poems paired with beautiful watercolor paintings.

Kim: aww painting, do keep us posted on this.

What would you like readers to know?

I would like my readers to know, how much I appreciate the time they take to buy, read and positively review Untangled. This book is my memoir, and it’s a story of pretty significant challenges. When I wrote the book, I emerged from the shadows after a life of hiding behind threats and the fear that I should never talk about what happened to me. The resilience of surviving my life, and the courage to live everyday with PTSD is what I hope comes through as inspiring and gratifying to my readers.

So… where can we get your books?

You can purchase Untangled, A story of Resilience, Courage, and Triumph on Amazon. My book is available in both print and ebook formats. Here are the links:

 

https://www.amazon.com/Untangled-story-resilience-courage-triumph/dp/1514213222

https://www.amazon.com/Untangled-story-resilience-courage-triumph-ebook/dp/B013XA4856

And that’s a wrap guys, lovely to have a so many  authors on this month, non fiction, crime, children’s books. What a great month! I’ll see you next month with some more great authors. If you’d like a feature contact me here.

To connect with Alexis:

Blog: https://atribeuntangled.com/blog

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Alexis-Rose-700444583389087

Email address: atribeuntangled@gmail.com

 

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Meet The Author: Cedric Long – Crime Fiction Author #amreading #author #crime

cedric long author of the Corrupt Officers Guide series

Umm hmm who have we here? Sandwiched in the middle of the three authors for July is Cedric Long. I was thrilled when Cedric responded to my call for Meet The Author, he is the second male guest here, and personally I think it’s great to have male authors and diversity … so boys please don’t be shy. Cedric hails all the way from the USA, he worked in law enforcement before he became an author. Can you tell? Look how serious he looks. Anyway, it is my pleasure to showcase Mr. Cedric Long… let’s get to know his style, over to you Mr. Long.

Hello nice to meet you! Tell us a bit about you where are you from and other than writing what else do you enjoy?

I’m Cedric Long born in Montgomery, AL. I’m thirty four tall six foot two no kids. I love to work out and travel. One of my favorite things to do is ride to a new city and stay a few days. I also am a passionate photographer. I’m an outdoorsy person. I also have a garden in the backyard because I enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. I worked in the Alabama Department of Corrections for 41/2 years. Lastly i’m a big movie fan nothing like coming home after a hard days work and watching a DVD in the dark.

Kim: well, lovely to meet you Cedric. We’re the same age. I wonder who is older.

How did you start writing? What was your inspiration to create?

I’m not a writer, I’m an author. My English and grammar skills have always been poor. I was 28 before I viewed language and writing as arts. I began working in the department of corrections and when I’d tell stories about my experiences people’s eyes would almost pop out their heads. So I always thought I should write a book about prison. This caused me to view writing as an art form something wonderful I could create through.

Kim: There’s nothing wrong with developing these skills a little later in life. I think we should all be life long learners, so don’t ever see that as your downfall. 

Who is your favourite author, is there anyone out there that inspires you?

I never have a favorite anything. A favorite color, food, basketball player. . I’m very objective and open. I love diversity of flavors. I look for indie authors, you know trying to find the diamond in the midst of all that coal. To kinda answer your question I enjoy Ernest Hemingway. His novel the old man and the sea takes me on a visual journey. When I read his work I can smell salt air I can hear the waves I can feel the sun on my skin.

Kim: *smiles* yes, when a writer takes you on a journey for sure that’s always a great reading experience. It’s great that you can remain so objective in life too.

What genre do you enjoy reading?

Mystery Suspense Thrillers. Big fan the Alex Cross and Jack Reacher series. I love a great plot twist. Eric Jerome had a series Sleeping with strangers I enjoyed. I do love series.

Kim: I like Eric Jerome too not read one in a while though, you like mystery and suspense? Stick around you’re in good company here! 

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

I actually didn’t have the issue of pride when writing my first novel. I knew I was amateur and I knew my writing was terrible. Having this honest perspective caused me to really do my research. I took advice. That help me avoid a lot of first time mistakes. As a photographer the photos I was so proud of when I first started today are embarrassing. At the end I’ve learned that you have to write as an artist and as a marketer. Not only must you consider your vision but what readers want also.

Kim: I like the last part of your view, yes write as an artist and in your own style, there will be readers out there for you. I think you’re take on thinking you sucked straight away is so refreshing. Lols.

So you’ve published a series, what is the series about?

The series Corrupt Officers Guide – follows a fictional character John Youngblood a 26 year old correctional officer. Officer Youngblood is separated from his wife and running from a horrific past. He uses PDW(Partying Drinking and Women) to cope. Working in a prison is dangerous and after casual sex with a coworker turns bad he up to his head in conflict. Things worsen after he begins experiencing a string of life threatening events all strung together by a mysterious love letter.

The book is a drama about the temptation faced working in a prison environment. It’s shows contrast of there is not black and white when it comes to good and bad. There are only the thousands of shades of grey in between. We are humans and we make decisions. It also brings to light social issues and department of corrections conditions using satire and symbolism. It has comedy suspense mystery and action.

Kim: wow!… I need a copy asap.  If you have author review copies I’d love one I really mean that.

What was it like creating back to back stories that link?

It’s wonderful I love giving my readers a bigger picture that slowly unravels. All my novels connect and intertwine.

Kim: Sounds good. *nods her head*

Have you ever thought about writing in a different genre? If you could what genre would you like to dabble in?

Yes I want to write a novel with monster as characters. Also plan on writing a nonfiction on black natural hair to support women making the decision to go natural.

Kim: haha okay monsters? For  what age group? Is this like sci-fi, horror or what? Talk about leave a girl out to dry, we need details Cedric! Your second idea, I like that I think there is a lot of falseness these days, and it’s pressure on all women, regardless of their ethnicity. We all need to live up to some idea of what the media or society holds as beautiful or the way to be. Whatever… “aint no body got time fo’ dat!” 

What has been your most proud moment as an author?

I’m an artist at heart I’ve never desired fame or riches. I want to put out work that is amazing. Something I created.  My proudest moment was when I receive my first hard copy of my book.

Kim: Oh God, don’t I’ll never forget that feeling EVER. I am with you on that one. I lined my book up next to some of my favourite authors on my book shelf, and took a picture. 

Was there ever a time you wanted to pick up your laptop, and then launch it out the window with frustration?

I never got frustrated but I did have to take an 8 month break once, and also their came those moments where doubt came up. thoughts like – No one will like this, why finish, You should be focused on more important things but I pushed and made sure I finished my first book.

Kim: Excellent. Self belief, that’s all you need.

Are you a “plotter” or a fly by the seat of your pants “pantster” as a writer?

Plotter definitely but I do both. Fly by the seat ideas are useful for scenes or to spice things up, Still I like for my stories to have deeper meaning even my hotshot ideas must be weaved into plot or i’ll save them for latter works.

Am I the only one who gets hung up on commas? Do they make you go blah! when you’re writing?

I rarely use commas, and I leave that to my editor. You need a great editor. It’s a different profession. You may sing and be great at it, but just because you have voice doesn’t mean you write great songs and can mix your own music. To put out great work you need to use professional help. Cover design, marketing, editing, SEO – get help.

Kim: what!? Haha I can’t believe it rarely. Damn, your editor must love you!

Every writer has a word(s) that they always slip up on when they write, then slap their forehead when they notice their typo. For me it’s further and farther exit or exists-  but hey I’m over it now.  Do you have a word (s) that make you go blah! Go away not another damn typo.

OMG I’m dyslexic and southern so I do this all the time on every other page. I have a story to tell you. One day I was meeting a friend. I told them via phone I was about to go baze and meet up with them. The friend said what did you just say? I repeat “I’m about to go baze.” They said do you mean bath? Yes I was twenty four years old before I correctly pronounce bath. So I do this all the time. TGFE – thk god 4 editors.

Kim’s Reaction:

 

Thank GOD FOR EDITORS!!

What three tips would you give any aspiring writer?

1 Research – Read other works, the bad and good it teaches you what to do and not to do. Watch youtube videos get as many perspectives about writing.

2 Don’t work on multiple stories – It’s hard but inspiration hits you all the time and you will get tempted to start a secondary work. But your brain is wired in a way that will make you lose interest in the old and gravitate towards the new. If a work seems dead leave it for a few days or weeks, then start it back up.

3 Get good feedback – You don’t need passive people telling you your work is good to make you feel better. you need hard critics telling you things like the first 4 chapters are too boring, or this seems out of place. Your sex scenes are bad and corny. You don’t want to be the wife asking her husband “Does this dress make me look fat?” You need honest feedback so you can fix the bad parts of your work.

Kim: good advice, with point #2 I say get a notepad and write the ideas down as they come. That’s what I do. Funny thing is I can’t actually work on two stories I can only do one at at a time, hence the notepad so I don’t lose the ideas as they come.

What are you working on now? What will you release next?

I’m working on my third novel to the Corrupt Officer’s Guide series. The first book Corrupt Officer’s Guide to Money is available on Amazon. The second book Corrupt Officer’s Guide to Love is finished but I do not have a release date yet.

So…. where can we get your books?

Only on Amazon as of now. I do plan on getting them in several indie book shops and a website later.

Kim: try Smashwords look it up.

What are the most important magazines for writers to subscribe to?

I don’t use magazines it’s to much context online now, every magazine has a website or blog these days.

What does “success” look like to you? When would you say “damn, I’ve made it baby!”

When Fans give feedback such as  “Really enjoyed this I can’t wait to read your next book.” When your work reaches people who love it and they become interested in your style of writing is success to me. I put blood sweat and tears into my works so  an audience that shows appreciation is when i made it.

Kim: aww Cedric! Good luck, I’m sure you will find your audience and you will start to build a fan base. I wish you well.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers?

It hurts when you can’t see your weaknesses or take constructive criticism. On the other hand it’s a bonus when you use it in a competitive way. I see Steve Harvey’s or Zane’s book on the shelf, I feel envy and  say I’m going to be up there next to them one day. Michael Jordan pushed himself to be greater because he looked at other NBA players talents and wanted to beat them.

Kim: you are the first author to mention the competitiveness but healthy competitiveness. I feel the same way! Muhammad Ali said….

25+ Stirring Muhammad Ali Quotes

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

My books are actual events I experienced, it’s told thru the cloak of fiction but it’s factual based. I have lived the things in my novels even thought it sounds crazy everything is taken from first hand witness accounts. But I do recommend you learn about the subject you are writing on. readers are not stupid and if you stereotype of use cliches you book won’t be received well. Researching will keep these things out of your work.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

This is my first release I have not had public reviews. but private ones I read and yes they hurt but they can make your work better. Listen to them. If I cut my own hair and didn’t know I had a bald patch in the back of my head. I need a friend to tell me. A reviewer is your friend,  they can say your haircut looks okay, and laugh behind your back. Or they can say it looks ok except one little nitch in the back. or they can say your head looks f@# up. whether they say it nicely or rudely you need to know your work had a patch in the back of it’s head.

One of my reviewers said she didn’t care to finish my book because of all of the colorism. I didn’t realize it but my book was full of colorism, the beautiful females were mixed raced with grey eyes, white blonde hair , and Latina. This shocked me  I’m very pro black I thought I was being creative by making my characters diverse, but living in america I guess my subconscious was programmed from all the TV and music. If you don’t believe you media mind programming l search for the video  – The Doll Experiment. I will give you a prospective on how media get’s us at a young age.

I don’t read much into the good ones I’m happy to have a satisfied reader.

Kim: Now, if that aint honesty I dunno what is. As for “colourism” I think we’d call that diversity in the UK.  Cedric, write it how you like it and forget anyone who don’t like it! There is a reader out there for you. For one I love “colourism” where I’m from in London you can’t get away from it. You’re also right beauty comes in all shades not just one.

What was your hardest scene to write?

Romance I not a great when writing feelings so I had to practice a lot. I still don’t like the romantic scenes in my novel but I did okay.

Kim: I’ll read it and tell you how you did *smiles*.

Do you Google yourself?

No I don’t have an online presence at all. But I go to amazon books and look at my cover all the time lol.

 Kim: lol

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

Deidre Leshay we are not friends but we communicate on social media I love her book every bit of crazy it started off with action. I learned how to hook readers interest from page one.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

I wrote my first two novels in four days. I got sick and could not go to sleep. After I was up twenty six straight hours I said well I don’t feel tired let me write this book. I only doze off twice the next four days. and when I did sleep it was only around three hours.

Now these were very rough drafts, and it took months to get them ready for the final edits. I even tooks weeks or months off from writing if i needed to.  When I write I can write twelve hours straight nonstop every day for weeks. I do not edit until I finish which helps a lot.

 Kim: *shakes her head* my gawwrd. That’s true writer’s stamina there.

What would you like readers to know?

If you know someone who is incarcerated or works in a prisons and ever wanted a tour of the prison environment told in an entertaining way then check out Corrupt officer’s guide to money. Only if you go on a real tour they will clean things up for you, my version is the raw dirty laundry of the system.

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What’s your favourite movie?

I love all kinds of movies and never have just one favorite I couldn’t give you a top 10. My two favorite this year are Split and Get Out.

What’s your favourite book and why?

Goosebump’s Ghost Beach, I loved how the series was connect only by the slim on the covers but they all felt connected. It had an amazing twist at the end I didn’t see coming which today many award winning movies have used.

What music do you like?

A bit of everything mostly oldies and R&B you know love making music.

Where would you like to travel to and why?

I want to go on a cruise to the mayan temples in mexico. I love the beach ocean tropics and adventure. This trip embodies all three.

Tell us about how you develop your characters?

I set strengths and weaknesses, I set goals and plant obstacles everything else seems to work itself out. I love to contrast in my writings.

Which one of your characters is your favourite and why?

It’s a female love interest. That’s all I choose to reveal choose to reveal right now but she is based on a woman I loved like no other. She is not mentioned in the first novel by name but her ghost is there. Allegra will play a major role in my second book Corrupt Officer’s Guide to Love. She is real and we are planning on getting married at the end of this year. How’s that for Mystery and Suspense? wink-wink

Kim: awww amazing!! How lovely to honour her now that’s love. 

And that’s a wrap guys I hope you enjoyed getting to know Cedric this month. He seems to be on to a good thing mixing his factual experience to create a series of books.  You can connect with him below on Facebook. If you’re an author and you’d like a feature contact me here. And send me a message.

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Excerpt:

Vivian was smiling and laughing at all my jokes. Our evening was going well I hope this would be the date we took or friendship further. Vivian asks, “If we had sex, then a few weeks later I told you I was pregnant, what’s the first thing that pops into your head?”

So I told her the first thing that comes to my mind “Well, you know, my homeboy Fred’s girlfriend got pregnant, and her boobs didn’t get that much bigger at all.”

“Really, John Youngblood? That’s what pops into your perverted mind?”

As Vivian takes a sip from her cup, I say, “Some men get lazy and don’t feel like walking to the bathroom so they pee in cups.”

Vivian’s eyes grow wide open and give me a death stare.

I ask, “How’s the lemonade? Is it strong enough for you?”

“How about I throw this lemonade in your face and let you see for yourself?”

“I’m just joking around. I’d never do anything like that.”

“Gross, John. I’m still never drinking out of anything at your house ever again.” then she hits me on the shoulder and laughs.

 

 

 

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