Interview with D.D. Marks

Tough question, but describe your books in 5 words:

A reader once described my works better than I’ve ever managed, so here it is: Bullet-proof kevlar bodice rippers.

How long have you been a writer and what inspired you to become an author:

I’ve been writing fiction for 11 years, but I became a full-time professional author in 2011. I think I wanted to be an author as early as six years old, thanks to my Dad reading me The Hobbit every night before bed. Telling stories has always been in my blood, and I’m just grateful I have the chance to do it for a living.

What is the Olesia Anderson Series about:

Olesia is a corporate espionage specialist who does dirty work for multinationals – stealing patents, kidnapping and extortion, blowing up manufacturing plants and everything in between. Her life changes when she encounters a home-grown terrorist cell stealing, murdering and extorting their way across the globe. With Olesia in their sights, her simple job turns into a fight for her life and a search for truth in a business built on lies.

The Olesia Anderson series are pure pulp spy novellas, packed from cover to cover with explosions, gunfights, car chases, betrayals and a healthy dose of sex.

What other authors would you compare your books to:

Readers have compared the series to Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, or Ian Fleming’s Bond… if Bond were a woman with less tact and a bit of a vengeful streak.

What’s the plan for the rest of 2014:

I’ve tried to release two Olesia Anderson novellas every year since I started writing them, but this year I’ll only be releasing one… but it’s a double-length adventure, so everything balances out! It sees Olesia and a team of mercenaries jetting off to Venezuela in an all-or-nothing bid to prevent… well, I shouldn’t spoil anything. But it’ll be out in time for Christmas!

Thanks so much for featuring me on your blog, Chris. It’s been great chatting with you.

All of his books can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=dd+marks&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Add+marks

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Interview with Author Sabrina Flynn

1)Tough question but describe your books in 5 words:

Barbary Coast murder and mayhem.

2) How long have you been a writer and what inspired you to become an author? I have always had an overwhelming urge to write stories. As a teenager, I filled notebook after notebook, and continued writing daily throughout my life. I can’t imagine not writing.

I never intended to be an author. I started writing my first serious book after reading a long string of depressing books that completely obliterated my desire to read. But it was all for my own enjoyment. I never thought of publishing the books. Years later, a professional editor who I met through an online fanfiction community asked me if she could read something of my own. She loved my book. And that’s when I began to think seriously about publishing.

3) What is the Ravenwood Detective Agency about? ‘From the Ashes’ takes place in San Francisco at the turn of the century. Atticus Riot is a gambler turned detective who worked along side the legendary Zephaniah Ravenwood for twenty years. After his partner’s murder, Riot isn’t the same. He has every intention of hanging his hat up for good, but curiosity gets the better of him, and he accepts a final case. Or so he thinks. The case, that of finding an abducted heiress, takes an unexpected turn and so does his life.

The premise for the series began with a thought (as books often do): What if the legendary half of a detective duo was murdered? What would the remaining (and not as brilliant) half do? The series explores guilt, regret, and new beginnings in a fascinating place and time.

One reviewer summed the setting, San Francisco’s Barbary Coast, up very well by saying, ‘We see the grit, grime and danger in a city that was part modern, part frontier seaport, but we also experience the city’s glamor, the beauty of it incomparable setting, and its exotic lure.’

4) What other author would you compare your books to? I would be honored if my books were ever compared to Laurie R. King and Elizabeth Peters. I try to write with the same mix of suspense, adventure, and humor.

5)  What’s the plan for the rest of 2014? Along with my mystery series, I also write high fantasy. The second book in the Legends of Fyrsta series, King’s Folly, will be released in November. After that, I’ll switch gears, and start writing the second book in the Ravenwood Detective Agency series. And in November, I’ll be attending Bouchercon 2014 where I’m scheduled for an Author Focus Panel on the 15th.

You can check out my website for release dates and author news:

http://sabrinaflynn.wordpress.com

Thanks Sabrina!

Here is a list of all of Sabrina’s books:

http://www.amazon.com/Sabrina-Flynn/e/B00GA9FUL4/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1412959377&sr=1-2-ent

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HIDDEN MOTIVE

On a cold night in the suburbs of Philadelphia, an attorney returns home from a long day at work only to be gunned down getting out of his car.  Two hours later and twenty miles away in southern New Jersey, a truck driver is shot while making a late night delivery. When the sun rises the next morning, many more unexplained homicides plague the Tri-State area.
With no connections between the crimes, at first they are assumed to be unrelated.
New Jersey State Detective Brendan Cutter, joins local Detective Vicky Glass to investigate one of the murders. When Cutter discovers that his case may be linked to many others, his theory on who is behind the killings terrifies him.   But before they can produce a suspect, another body is found. Then another…then another…

 

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Interview with Author Judi Coltman

Below is a quick interview with Amazon Breakthrough Novelist of the Year, Judi Coltman.
Tough question, but describe your books in 5 words:
Real Life Shredded By Evil
How long have you been a writer and what inspired you to become an author:
I’ve written professionally for twenty years for newspapers, magazines and within other industries.  I was inspired to become an author at a very young age, 14.  I did not act until I was in my late 40s – the impetus being a forced professional change.  It was a gift, in retrospect, because it was the push I needed.
My stories come from my life experiences that I file under, “You Can’t Make This Sh*t Up”.  Thus, the thrillers were born from true events.  The settings are authentic to the stories and often become part of the character of the book. My last thriller, “No Such Thing” is rooted in the very real abductions and murders of children in the area where I grew up.  I was at ground zero for the last victim, Tim King, and that has had an unending effect on me even almost 40 years later.  The fictionalized tale I tell was the only way I could bring these unsolved killings forward and keep them in the public eye.  I am proud to say it was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter Finalist in 2012. We can never forget.
What is “Is it Just Me or Is Everyone a Little Nuts” about:  Really?  A departure from the mystery thriller genre, “Is it Just me. . .” is a compilation of essays from my blog.  Writer me is deep, dark and daring, real me thrives on the humor in everyday life.  That book was the “dipping my big toe” in the publishing game book.  It did quite well, making Amazon’s Hot New Releases as well as the Top 10 in Humor.
What other authors would you compare your books to:
I think that’s a tough question.  I suppose it’s a cop out but I find it a little to boastful to compare myself to anyone.  I let my readers make that decision.  Give me a break though, I did the 5 word challenge above and that was just as painful!
What’s the plan for the rest of 2014:
Well, we had some major life events occur over this past year.  We sold 35 years worth of belongings as well our house a year ago and moved from the midwest to the west coast.  We also be came grandparents! I’ve spent the better part of this year just trying to find my fit in life here; a daunting task after 35 years in one small town in Illinois.  So, my plan for the rest of 2014 is to start percolating story ideas and face 2015 with renewed vigor.
Thanks, Chris!
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Need something to read??

Check out my buddy’s novel, Regret.  I’ve read it and it’s fantastic.  Here’s the blurb and a preview:

Dan blamed himself for his wife’s untimely death… at first, that is.

Dan, a newly published bestselling author, has just begun to taste the good life: Money in the bank, house in a quiet neighborhood, beautiful wife. His monster of a fictional character–a wealthy, handsome, womanizing murderer–is the catalyst for Dan’s good fortune, intriguing millions of readers. But when Dan sleeps with his agent on a business trip, and then confesses the whole thing to his wife in near tears, he sets off a chain of events that cause him to lose his wife and his grip on everything, including reality.

Fleeing his hometown in an attempt to outrun tormenting memories, Dan lands himself in a nearly forgotten small town in Oklahoma, taking up indefinite refuge in a Bed and Breakfast. While here, Dan’s demons begin to prey on his mental instability, and the character that he’s thrilled his readers with begins to come off the page and out into the flesh, sending shockwaves through the otherwise peaceful town, and giving Dan some interesting and horrific ideas on how to cope with his pain.

Video Trailer – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydVoBkrDb24

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Title Chosen

After countless choices and tons of thoughts, here are the titles that have been considered for my new book.  Just a FYI, but the new title that I have chosen is in here.  Feel free to vote and or comment on your favorite, maybe I’ll switch : ).

 

 

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Now Available – Part II of Foxworth Academy

I am please to announce that the eBook and paperback version of my young adult series, Foxworth Academy – Freshman Year Part II is now available.  If you didn’t get a chance to read Part I, it is now available for FREE.

Here is the blurb for Part II:

Brett and Ally are back for their second semester at Foxworth Academy, the school for the ultra smart, athletic and wealthy. Hailed as heroes after completing their mission, Brett and Ally eagerly await who will be chosen for the next mission. But Mr. Martin has an ace up his sleeve and he throws everything they’ve heard about his history class out the window.

As Brett’s relationship with Krista fizzles, his attraction for Ally sizzles. Freshman year is coming to a close and Brett’s decision to either stay with Krista or court Ally is weighing on his mind.

The mission in Mr. Martin’s history class is more dangerous than ever and the chosen teens are once again in a race against time.

Enjoy!

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Six Questions with Author Mary Pat Hyland

Tough question, but describe your writings in 5 words:
Magic realism transforms everyday characters

What inspired you to become a writer:
My great aunt was a wonderful storyteller, the family seanchaí as the
Irish say. I loved how she could tell vivid tales with a few well-chosen
words. I read a lot in my youth, loved Edith Hamilton’s Mythology and sci
fi paperbacks. Then MAD magazine widened my scope to parody and humor. As
I grew older I was drawn to the works of Eudora Welty. I read her book The
Optimist’s Daughter just after my grandfather died, and it showed me how
you can make occurrences in everyday lives riveting. Later I worked as a
newspaper journalist for fifteen years and am grateful that it instilled
in me the habit of writing daily.

What is the Maeve Kenny series about:
It started out with Maeve, who was leading a charmed life in Manhattan and
had everything going for her. Then three unrelated incidents turned her
world upside down and she returned home to upstate New York to start her
life over. She befriends a quirky neighbor who’s a paraplegic and computer
whiz (with a penchant for hacking websites for fun). They develop a strong
bond with an Irish couple she knows back in New York, and the four share
some hilarious adventures and life-changing experiences together. There
are three books in the series. The second book follows the Irish couple
after they are given a winery in New York’s Finger Lakes to manage as a
wedding gift. Did I mention they know nothing about making wine? The third
book picks up where that one ends and throughout the series, the influence
of the internet on their lives becomes an important part of the story. In
2018 the series will be ten years old, and I’m thinking about adding a
fourth book to the series in honor of that milestone.

3/17 has got to be one of the best covers I stumbled upon, what’s this
book about:
I play guitar and sing with a traditional Irish band. For more than two
decades we’ve had gigs on March 17 (including an Italian restaurant each
year) and I found it fascinating to see how the celebration of Ireland’s
beloved saint has been skewed by Americans into bizarre traditions. Case
in point: what’s with wearing bobbing shamrocks on your head? It reminded
me of Dante’s Inferno and its nine levels of hell. I started jotting down
all the weird things I witnessed each year and correlated his ideas to
nine levels of St. Patrick’s Day revelry hell. The story follows four
traditional musicians on tour from Ireland who get lost in upstate New
York and end up experiencing those hellish levels. Warning: If you have a
strong aversion to corned beef and green beer, this book is not for you.

What other authors would you compare your writings to:
I approach my writing in the manner of Eudora Welty and Anne Tyler and
have been compared to Maeve Binchy. Some of my characters are reminiscent
of John Irving’s style. I would love to be compared someday to Flannery
O’Connor.

What’s the plan for the rest of 2014:
Right now I’m editing my first collection of short stories for publication
this summer. There are eighteen tales in the collection, and though not
related, all are set in the Southern Tier of New York where I live. At the
same time, I am working on my seventh novel—a humorous look at classes in
modern American society. Hope to publish that before year’s end. Details
about all can be seen on my website, http://marypathyland.com and my
facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/marypathyland.

Thank you, Chris, for the fun interview!

All of Mary Pat’s books can be found here:

http://www.amazon.com/MaryPat-Hyland/e/B002BLYIFO/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1405684791&sr=8-1

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Six Questions with Author M. Edward McNally

I’m lucky enough to be around other authors and have the chance to hear their stories, their advice, their strategies and who they are behind the covers of their books.  Here is a brief chat I had with Ed McNally.

Q: Tough question, but describe your books in 5 words:

“Muskets, Magic, and Matilda Lanai.”

Q: How long have you been a writer and what inspired you to become an author:

In grade school, a teacher submitted a poem I’d written in class to the local paper, which ran it. My name in print, I was hooked. ;-)

Q: What is the Norothian Cycle Series about:

It’s an epic fantasy series, so it falls into that dangerous category of being about everything. Life, death, love, war, politics, adventure. And occasionally stinky cheese and debonair devils.

Q: I noticed a collaboration with other authors, how did that come about:

Yeah, a couple years ago myself and some authors who write in a variety of genres decided to put some short story collections, linked to a theme (The Apocalypse, Christmas), but approached from different directions. We called ourselves the “Eclective” as we were operating under the premise that quality stories would appeal to readers across genre lines. It was great fun, and we became good friends, but as a sort of marketing idea, it’s not great. Turns out a lot of readers really like what they like, basically to the exclusion of anything else. So for any given collection, fantasy fans like the fantasy stories, romance fans like the romance stories, horror fans like the horror stories, etc., and few of them are very interested in anything else. Live and learn.

Q: What other authors would you compare your books to:

I’m definitely more Tolkien than GRRM, to the extent that some sense of fun and wonder still appeals to me more in fantasy writing than unrelenting darkness. But at the same time, I like a bit more complexity in characters and themes than just classic Good v. Evil. Basically I like to read, and try to write, stories about people I could actually stand to be around.

Q: What’s the plan for the rest of 2014:

Book VI of the Norothian Cycle, the conclusion to the series, is underway in fits and bursts. It is taking a lot longer than I had originally hoped, but it is getting there bit by bit.

Thanks, Ed.

Here is an Amazon link where you can find all of Ed’s books.

http://www.amazon.com/M.-Edward-McNally/e/B004Q27UKQ/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1405087943&sr=8-2-ent

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Summer Splash Blog Hop June 13-16

Heading to the beach?  Going on vacation this summer?  Need to load up your Kindle with great books?  Welcome to the Summer Splash Blog Hop.  A group of 60+ authors are giving away free and discounted books from June13-16.  There will also be Amazon gift cards, Kindles and much more being given away so hop around to the other author pages.  I myself am giving away an Ebook, paperback and audiobook of your choice.  Just comment below with your email address and I’ll notify you if you’ve won.  Also, all of my books are $.99 on Kindle for a limited time.

http://summersplashhop.blogspot.com/

Thanks and good luck!

2014 SUMMER SPLASH BLOG HOP!

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