NEW RELEASE: Aurora’s Time

 

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The complete Jein’s Journey Series. Calastan, Resolution, and Kyluna along with book four, Twist of Fate are included. Each person has a distinct trait that’s either held in reserve or pursued without inhibitions. For reasons that vary, the latter may seem an egotistic act. However, not for Jein. Taking a path other than the one she believes is right is like betraying her own soul. This series features a young woman who deals with her individuality in admirably different ways. It tells a story of how she accomplishes exceptional feats in a world that draws an unyielding line between men and women. Follow Jein Kyominias, a young woman who does not entertain the established roles other females of the upper class take in her land. Her rearing in a matriarchal society has certain paths laid out. She has chosen to be an elite hunter instead of a mere matron. She is unique in her fondness for activities that are specifically bequeathed for men. She decides she will be different—strong and different that is.

~Reader Reviews~

Calastan “Just enough detail to show the wonder but not so much you get tired of reading about it. Jein’s journey is full of depth that you don’t always find.”

Resolution “The land of Resolution is so bright and beautiful and the animals sound absolutely gorgeous. I got lost in the description of the land and its beauty.”

Kyluna “Once I started this series, I could not stop! Can’t wait for her next book. The journey of Jein is one that shows strength and faith. Beautifully done.”

 

*This series is the one that started my writing career. Seven years ago, I took to my back porch and began writing Jein’s Journey. I find it only fitting that in the very same month that it began only seven years later that I wrap it up with all four books in one. Book four, Twist of Fate, is only available in Aurora’s Time and will not be available at any time separately. If you’d like to get your copy it is available only on Amazon and through Kindle Unlimited. 

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BOOK REVIEW: Ascenders 11:11 by CL Gaber

Ascenders 11:11 Book Four by CL Gaber

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Blurb:

n the Midst — a place for those who departed young — there is a fate worse than death. It’s the passing of true love. Tat-covered Daniel Reid’s memory has been erased by his sadistic father. Walker Callaghan must face her destiny alone.

Alliances shift in the fourth book of the Ascenders Saga. Only twice a day at 11:11 — a time when all things converge — is everyone and everything clear.

Forced to run to The Other Side, Walker and Daniel discover the afterlife world they previously knew was only the beginning of the vastness. In a new realm of illusion and deception, there are no rules except one: Rock bottom builds heroes.

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My review:

Once again Gaber has created a masterpiece. Book four starts right where book three leaves off and takes you through another exciting adventure of Walker and Daniel’s pursuit for justice and happiness. The teenage afterlife story is full of adventure, humor, drama, and emotions that all teens deal with but puts a twist on it that you’d never expect. I won’t give spoilers but I will say if you love a great fantasy adventure this is the series for you!

Get your copy on Amazon today!

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INTERVIEW: Charity Bradford author of The Hand of Atua

 

Interview of Fantasy Sci-Fi Network Author Charity Bradford

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Author Bio:

Charity Bradford has been a voracious reader ever since her 5th grade teacher introduced her to the world of books with WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS. She soon became kindred spirits with Anne Shirley and got lost in the worlds of Card, McCaffrey, Bradbury, and Nagata. By college, she was sewing her own Starfleet uniform and developing her alter-ego as a comic book sidekick named Solstice. She lives in Northwest Arkansas with her hubby and four kids. Some of her guilty pleasures include binge watching Doctor Who and Ancient Aliens. Charity also writes clean contemporary romance under the name River Ford.

Book (New Feb 2019): THE HAND OF ATUA

Genre: YA space opera

Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Amiran is the Hatana’s heir, but he’s vowed to stop his father’s brutal march across the galaxy. Shortly after putting Eleena on the escape shuttle, he’s captured by his father’s scouts. Sentenced to serve in the mines and then the fleet he hates, Amiran holds onto the memory of Eleena’s tearful plea for the god Atua to protect him.

The imminent arrival of the Hatana’s fleet forces young Eleena to leave her parents and flee her homeworld. She does so only when Atua assures her parents are in his hands. Her faith is shaken when days later she learns the fleet destroyed her planet, leaving no survivors.

Separated by space and years, Amiran and Eleena both struggle to overcome challenges. Through it all, they stay connected through a surprising link. Can Amiran find a way to stop the Hatana and save the woman that now means more to him than he ever thought possible?

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Publish Date: February 2, 2019

Extract (up to 1000 words):

From Chapter 9: Amiran

The vibrosickness started with a headache and nausea, followed by the inability to sleep. At first, I paced the three steps back and forth across my room. It didn’t bring relief. Eventually, my muscles gave out. I lay shaking on the floor in a puddle of sweat and urine until a guard came in with food. He helped me onto the bed and force-fed me some soup.

It didn’t take long for me to throw it up. That’s when the ship’s medic visited. He had me cleaned and administered meds for the fever and nausea. However, it did no good since the vibrocuffs remained on my wrists.

After two days, I tried to gnaw my hands off. I’d barely broken the skin when the medic returned. He cleaned and bandaged me up before calling the guards in.

By the end of day three, I begged to die. My body had grown so weak I couldn’t lift my head. I lay curled up, eyes shut, praying for release.

“You have to remove the restraints,” the ship’s medic told the soldier yet again.

“Schirra’s orders are to leave him shackled.” The soldier’s voice didn’t sound confident.

“He’s the Hatana Tama, do you want to be responsible for his death?” the medic argued. “Take the blasted things off. The other prisoners don’t have to wear them. What are you afraid of?”

“General Schirra,” he stuttered.

“I’ll do it then.”

Cool hands wrapped around my wrist. The vibrocuffs fell away, along with the electrical current that had been my constant companion. The sudden stillness shocked the tears from me. Sobs of relief followed.

“Not much of a prince is he?” The soldier sounded surprised.

“He’s just a kid. I’d like to see you last three days with these contraptions on.” The medic pressed a hypospray into my arm. Cooling waves flowed through my body. “Amiran, by the time you wake, you should be able to eat.”

They left, and I lay there like a dead dinge. I didn’t have enough strength to climb under the thin sheet when the shivering started.

Time drifted by, interspersed with dreams and bouts of awareness.

Evander walked the corridors of a ship with Eleena’s uncle. The medic came and went, hooking me up to some contraption to feed me. Eleena sat huddled with a blonde girl while a boy glared at them. Ev sat alone in his quarters watching the feed of Manawa’s siege. Men came and went from my room. Eleena cried while her uncle held her.

Did she know about her parents?

It became hard to differentiate between reality and dreams. The medic gave me several shots, and eventually, the headache subsided. My body returned to its normal biorhythm.

I lay in bed, eyes closed, pretending to sleep.

“He won’t be strong enough for the mines. Not without another day or two for recovery.” The medic talked to someone in the room.

I opened my eyes just enough to get a glimpse of the newcomer. It was hard to focus on his face, but I recognized the deep red rank epaulets. The captain looked every bit the military man as the Hatana and the General. He stood taller than the doctor, his arms crossed over his chest, and his brow furrowed in thought.

“We can’t do anything about it. We arrive tomorrow and it’s out of our hands.”

“What if we,” the medic stopped mid-thought and shook his head. “Never mind.”

“Help him the best you can with supplements, but we can’t disobey orders.” The captain’s next words were scarcely more than a whisper. “Not yet.”

I coughed to hide the gasp that slipped out before I could stop it, turning toward the wall in an effort to hide.

The medic touched my arm. “You might as well open your eyes.”

Slowly, I faced the men and struggled to sit up. “I don’t understand.”

The medic helped me lean against the wall. My muscles were still weak, refusing to work properly.

The captain nodded. His eyes weren’t as cold as my father’s or Schirra’s. “If you survive the mines and Schirra’s fleet you might one day. We can’t take a chance on you until then.”

My thoughts moved sluggishly. Possibilities slipping through before I could grasp and make sense of them. I shook my head and cringed as the dull ache returned.

“It’ll come to you.” The captain moved toward the exit. He held up a disk and the door slid open. “Listen for the voice of Atua and you might save us all.”

The medic followed, the door closing and locking behind them.

Listen for the voice of Atua? Even though I’d spoken his name in the trite phrases of my people, I’d never really put stock in a supreme being. My father thought being Hatana made him a god. That was enough to turn me off all the other gods in the universe.

If there really were a god in heaven, why would he let men destroy so many things of beauty?

I sunk back to the pillow, enjoying the coolness against my cheek. It would take more than the captain’s words to turn me toward an imaginary being.

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Welcome to another author interview, today we have author Charity Bradford who also happens to be a Fantasy SciFi Support Group member! Come sit and let’s get started…

Cheryllynn: What was the defining event that made you start writing?

Charity: I came to writing through reading and wanted to write by the time I was in high school. However, I didn’t start until after a near death experience in 2002. It all started with the birth of my third child. The doctors missed my sick appendicitis thinking I was labor. Long story short? 1 baby, 1 ruptured appendix, serrated bowels, sepsis, and 2 weeks in the hospital that I only remember through the stories of others changed my life. The fact that we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow became very clear to me and I started writing what would eventually become my first novel.

Cheryllynn: Wow, what a story of inspiration! That sounds so scary, glad you made it through. What other writing have you done?

Charity: I have half of a science fantasy series out, a short story collection, a modern-day fairy tale, and four contemporary romances under the pen name River Ford.

Cheryllynn: What makes your writing unique compared to others in the genre?

Charity: Rules, shmules. I don’t follow them very well, which is why I went Indie. I like to mix a bit of everything in my writing—science fiction elements with touches of magic, I throw in dragons, aliens, space battles, quests and adventure, things like cryogenics and hive minds, but then I also have romance and elements of faith. Perhaps the biggest difference is I write science fiction for my friends who don’t like science fiction. The goal? Convert them, then take over the world!

Cheryllynn: Oh, so we have a rule breaker on our hands! What’s the basic plot of your book or series?

Charity: This book is about two people (a prince and a refugee) separated for years by a great distance but connected by dreams and the desire to stop the suffering caused by the Hatana. It’s about their struggles, fears, and hope leading to their reunion.

Cheryllynn: Sounds like an inspirational story. Have you used any real events or places as inspiration for your writing?

Charity: I read a lot of heartbreaking articles about life for women in refugee camps. The journey of faith these characters travel is based on personal experience as well as that of friends.   

Cheryllynn: What do you do when you have writers’ block?

Charity: I have so many ideas in my head I don’t have this problem. Sometimes I get “stuck” on one story, but I simply write on another one and soon find the block dissolves. It does make completing a story slow going sometimes though. If I’m really into a story I might not return to the first one for a while.

Cheryllynn: Describe your road to publishing your book.

Charity: I’m a control freak. So, even though I originally started with a publisher, after several years I hired a lawyer and got my rights back for those books. So now my road is only as hard as I make it.

Generally, I write and revise several times, go through at least two rounds of beta readers and revisions, take it to my writer’s critique group, then hire an editor. Sadly, this last book is still waiting for the editor.

I love being able to choose my own cover art, design the interior, and look at metrics any time I wish. THE HAND OF ATUA is available for KDP, print, and is currently being recorded for audio.

Cheryllynn: How did you go about developing your cover artwork?

Charity: Most of my covers are from selfpubbookcovers.com. I spend hours browsing the site to match covers with my books. I love the freedom to change the writing. Recently one of my novels was translated into Italian and Spanish. I was able to change the cover titles into those languages and re-download at no extra cost.

Cheryllynn: Who would you like to be stuck on a deserted planet with?

Charity: My hubby. Life is so crazy. It would be wonderful to be stuck somewhere with just the two of us. We actually work well together.

Cheryllynn: What’s your experience of the Fantasy Sci-Fi Readers’ Lounge?

Charity: I’m so glad I’ve found the FSFRL. It hasn’t been long, but I love how active everyone is in participating in the discussions. I feel like I’ve finally found my people. You should be warned though, I’m a lurker, only divulging my location and interest occasionally. I’m trying to do better though.  

Well, Charity, we do understand and accept lurkers! I’m so glad you stopped by today, really quick before you go… answer some quick quiz questions.

Quick quiz:

Favourite thing to cook: I’ve found the best gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe in the world. This is also a new development. Here’s the link:

Silliest saying: I’m so not funny. Is there a webinar to help me with this?

Best holiday spot: Right at home with my family with music playing, cookies in the oven, and the fireplace burning.

Most played song: Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin

With writing, are you a plotter or (seat-of-your) pantser? I’m a plotser. Discovering the story is key for me (pantsing), but I’ve developed a loose form of plotting to speed things along in a more efficient manner.

Do you prefer to read SciFi or fantasy: SciFi

Best superpower: I’ve been told I can give “the look” like a pro. You know, the one that can turn you to stone?

Number one thing to do on your bucket list: I actually have a list. 50 bucket list items to finish before I turn 50. I started the year I turned 40 and have completed 18 of them. You can see them all at: https://50goalsby50years.blogspot.com

Ladies and Gents, if you’d like to learn more or follow Charity, below are her links. I’m sure she’d be happy to have you!

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Bonded…New Release

This week marked the push of book #12 for me! This little story first started out as a short story for an anthology, but as time went on the event was canceled. I couldn’t let the story die off, it was too sweet to do that to so I rewrote it, expanding it to a full length story and voila…Bonded was born!

A sweet romance between sprites and humans with a baseball theme aspect!

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Cover Designer: Stella Price

Genre: Sports Romance / Urban Fantasy

Blurb:

Growing up without a father was hard for Shae, she never had that bond or love, but her mother made sure she rarely wanted for anything. Shae isn’t one of the girls, she’s one of the guys, and as their prized pitcher, the Pierce Pirates depend on Shae to help them secure their championship titles. One day while playing against a team that if defeated will lead them to state, Shae thinks she sees something shimmering that she can’t explain. Her mother, Rosalyn, knows precisely what they are and hopes her daughter’s bloodline doesn’t allow Shae to the sprites that live among them. Only a few days later, while in the forest…she does, and her life is forever changed when one spunky little sprite captures her heart and they bond after revealing to her that she was one of the Forgotten.

Will Shae be able to figure out why her bonded called her a Forgotten and what that means?

Can Rosalyn keep the secret of Shae’s father or will this new bond reveal it all and turn their world upside down?

Shae’s life will never be the same, will she understand her mother’s choices or hold them against her?

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You can get your copy today on Amazon!

Wake’s Claim from Michelle Dare

 
Title: Wake’s Claim
Author: Michelle Dare
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design
Publication Date: March 22nd, 2019
Blurb:
Wake had lived in fear for far too long. Life hadn’t been easy for him. Every day he resisted his natural instincts to claim the one female meant for him. An event from his past stopped him in his tracks every time his primal urges pushed him toward her.
Paige accepted the role she played in Wake’s life. She was the one he wanted but never allowed himself to have. But when someone else showed interest in her, Wake had to decide once and for all.
Putting his heart on the line left the shifter vulnerable, something he never wanted to be again. And just when he gave in to his instincts, fate dealt the pair a cruel hand.
Nightmares came true, causing Paige to flee to the only place she felt safe—in the arms of Wake.
Pack life wasn’t an easy life, but Paige wouldn’t give up the man who held her heart. Only together could the two move forward and find the happiness they both deserved.
Michelle Dare is a romance author. Her stories range from sweet to sinful and from new adult to fantasy. There aren’t enough hours in the day for her to write all of the story ideas in her head. When not writing or reading, she’s a wife and mom living in eastern Pennsylvania. One day she hopes to be writing from a beach where she will never have to see snow or be cold again.
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Spellbounding Events – May 4, 2019

Readers in and around the Austin area…Spellbounding Events presents Austin Bookstars! Come and meet 35+ authors- meet your next new favorite author!

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Austin Bookstars Schedule
Saturday, May 4th, 2019
9.00 – Authors tables set up
10.00 – Early entry for VIP Ticket Holders
11.00 – Doors close for Lunch for the Authors and VIP Entrants and author panels
12.30 – General ticket admission
4.00 – Make a Wish Raffle Winners announced
4.30 – Doors close
4.30 – 6.30pm – Book Awards, Mad Hatters Tea Party (Authors & Readers social hour)
Sunday, May 5th, 2019
9.00 – Authors tables set up
10.00 – Early entry for VIP Ticket Holders
11.00 – Doors close for Lunch for the Authors and VIP Entrants and author panels
12.30 – General ticket admission
4.00 – Make a Wish Raffle Winners announced
4.30 – Doors close
4.30 – 6.30 – Mad Hatters Tea Party (Authors & Readers social hour)

 

 

Seating Charts

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Join us!

The charity anthology – Distorted Fates – goes live on April 4th. All profits will go to the Make a Wish Foundation.
The authors featuring in the anthology are R. L. Weeks
Amy Cecil, Krystle Able, William Joseph, LJC Fynn, Jill Ramsower, Yolanda Allard, Lorah Jaiyn, Hope Sherrill, B. J. Hardy and Dana Fraedrich.

To get your paperback, order HERE in order to get them signed by all the authors included!

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INTERVIEW: Author JK Allen

Interview of Fantasy Sci-Fi Support Group Author JK Allen

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Author Bio: JK Allen wrote her first story when she first learned how to write and hasn’t looked back since. Common writing themes that can be found in her work address identity, everyday magic, and the type of strength that can be found in ordinary people. Several of her short stories and four poems are featured in anthologies. Angelborn is her first novel in her debut series with Heavenfire continuing the journey. She is currently working on the trilogy as well as several shorts, while researching for a new series in the works. Her reading tastes are as varied as the genres she enjoys writing, from Jane Austen to J.K. Rowling. When she’s not writing, you can find her painting, drawing, or lost in another world between the pages of a book. Or on Facebook.

Book Title: Angelborn

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: High school is all about boy meets girl, girl gets demon mark, and girl finds out she’s half-angel. At least that’s how it is for Ginny Gracehurst.

Sixteen year olds have a lot going on in their lives, and Ginny is no exception. Grades, homework, pimples, oh and now the sudden appearance of a demon mark. And discovering her father, who she thought was dead, is actually the great angel Grace. Who is very much alive.

With unforeseen powers growing, she has to figure out who she really is. While also staying out of the reach of a powerful half demon who is hell-bent on bending her to his will. The Alliance, an organization that is supposed to help people like her, is threatened by her potential gifts. They are more invested in their own hierarchy than in upholding their divine mandate. It’s up to her and a new friend, Aiden, to protect not just herself, but the ones she loves.

Publish date: September 27, 2018

Publisher:  OWS Ink

Author Interview with JK Allen:

Cheryllynn: “Today, I have the wonderful JK Allen sitting in with me so you can get to know her a little bit better. Welcome, have a seat and lets get this ride going! Don’t mind the bumpy start, sometimes even machines don’t like to get going first thing in the morning. 

Cheryllynn: What was the defining event that made you start writing?

JK Allen: I learned how to write and thought to myself, “What next?” It suddenly occurred to me that I could write a story, which I did the very next day. I wrote all growing up and another turning point for me happened when I went to college. I was changing my major and learned I could major in English and Creative Writing. It was then I decided to become an author.

Cheryllynn: It would seem that college really influenced you with writing, that’s wonderful. What other writing have you done?

JK Allen: I write a lot of poetry, it’s what I did my senior thesis on, and an early love of mine. I also write in different genres, like horror or dystopian. But I find myself adding magical elements to everything.

Cheryllynn: Poetry is a wonderful way to write about the world and yourself without having to create an entire story, it lets you open up in such a unique way to the world. One of my personal favorite types of writing. What made you choose this genre?

JK Allen: I love to write fantasy because I love exploring the ideas of everyday magic and the kind of strength that can be found in ordinary people. I love to write YA because it’s the story of someone figuring out who they are and who they want to be. And to me, that’s powerful.

Cheryllynn: You’re correct – it’s very powerful! What’s the story behind your book title?

JK Allen: Angelborn is what they call the descendants of the angel Grace who protect humans from demonkind. They make up the Alliance, a secret organization pledged to keep humans safe.

Cheryllynn: That sounds like an intriguing storyline! Do you have another job outside of Heavenfireshotwriting?

JK Allen: I am on the Executive Board and am the head editor of a small publishing house. I love my work because it helps me make other people’s dreams come true when it comes to the stories they create. Editing is a passion of mine and also lets me read a ton of great stories before they even come out.

Cheryllynn: What advice would you give to someone wanting to write a book?

JK Allen: Give yourself permission to write ugly. It’s called a rough draft for a reason, so let it be rough. As someone said, you’re shovelling sand into a box so you can build a sand castle later. Editing is what makes it pretty, let it be ugly to get it down.

Cheryllynn: What’s your writing routine?

JK Allen: I don’t have a specified time when I write. In fact, when I’m going through my day working and writing, I like to jump between projects. So I will edit for a while, then reward myself for my hard work by writing on my own WiPs. So, I don’t sit down at the same time every day. But I put on a favorite show and sit crossed legged and begin. I use the show as a way to insulate myself from the noise in my house my family makes, but since I’ve seen the show a million times, I don’t have to pay attention to it. So I just use it to block out the outside world. It helps put me in my little writing bubble and get to work.

I used to always write everything by freehand with pen and paper, but when you get writer’s block, they say to change up your methods. So for my third book, Demonkind, I typed directly on my comp. I sit down and start with an idea of what I want to write next and what my goals are for that scene or chapter before I begin, so I don’t just stare at the curser blinking on a blank page.

Cheryllynn: Sounds like you have a plan and method that works very well for you. What do you do when you have writers’ block?

JK Allen: This is a weird hack that I saw on Facebook, but it really worked for me on the first draft of the third book that I just finished. I used the Comic Sans font when I was writing the draft. I don’t know why it works, but it does.

Cheryllynn: Interesting, not sure I understand how that works but if it does…I’m glad for you! How did you go about developing your cover artwork?

JK Allen: I had my cover designed through my publisher, but I had a lot of input on it. The best advice I’ve heard is that it’s not literally from your book (a scene or exact character) it’s just supposed to represent what your book is about and advertise that. So we went with a winged theme on it, even though Ginny doesn’t have literal wings.

Cheryllynn: It’s a very unique design, nicely done! Who are your five favourite authors?

JK Allen: Jane Austen, JK Rowling, Shakespeare, Sanderson, and Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Cheryllynn: Who’s your favourite indie author and why?

JK Allen: My favorite indie author is also a dear one to me. It’s Rebekah Jonesy. She writes urban fantasy as well as some romances. Her stories have strong themes and characters you root for and learn right alongside with. I love her writing style as a nice blend of excitement and description without bogging the story down. And you learn about her world as you go along. Her Mab’s Doll series starts with Moss and Clay and I’ve loved every book in the series so far.

Cheryllynn: Her work sounds interesting. Do you have a blog? What do you write about in your blog?

JK Allen: I do have a blog. It’s hijinksblog.wordpress.com. I write about writing tips and what I’ve learned about the authoring business and the publishing business. So I talk about how to use Deep POV or in real life events and what you’ll need and how to do a book signing.

fire-2914766_1920Quick quiz:

Favourite thing to cook: Korean food

Silliest saying: Poke him in the eye!

Best holiday spot: Chicago

Most played song: Hallelujah (any version) or It Hurts by 2NE1

With writing, are you a plotter or (seat-of-your) pantser? Reformed pantser aka plantser

Do you prefer to read SciFi or fantasy: Fantasy because I love magic

Best superpower: Telekinesis or flying

Number one thing to do on your bucket list: Tell the ones I love that I love them as often as possible

JK, I thank you so much for swinging by and talking with us today! I’ve really enjoyed your company and I’m sure the readers will enjoy the interview just as much. Ladies and Gents, you can find JK Allen online with the links below, thank you for stopping in.

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What’s happening with me?

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing with you online and in person events where I’ll be appearing. I have such a busy schedule coming up that some days I get distracted when trying to organize myself.

In the next three months, I have an overwhelming schedule ahead of me.

Today, I’m going to share about the first two events…

On March21st, I will be taking over in Literary Love: Authors Rock Savannah at 1pm CST introducing myself to readers and talking about my work in general with them.

Then in the Fantasy Sci-Fi Readers Lounge at 3pm CST for an hour. The theme for that event is Fae/Fairy. I will be showing off my favorite fairy, Jewel, from The Chronicles of Elizabeth Fairbairn.

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(Two events in one day, I must be either crazy or very bold)

You may wonder why I do so many online and in-person events…Well, the quick answer is because people need to see my name! (Chuckles softly in the background)

The long answer is that in order for me to reach new readers and let them get to know me, I have to have a presence and this is how I do that. This year things have changed a lot for me. Two of my big events were canceled and my schedule was thrown into chaos. So I took up arms, did a little magic and voila … you’ll see me in some new places.

Okay, so maybe not really magic but I did join some great events online that allow me to be present without having to physically travel or spend a great amount of money. Not spending extra money is important since the two events that were canceled haven’t reimbursed the authors yet, we are out that money as of now. With nearly $500 lost to me, I need to discover ways to meet new readers.

The coordinator of Literary Love: Authors Rock Savannah wanted the readers to meet the authors that will be attending the event in July. This gives readers an inside look at the authors and their work BEFORE they get to see us in Savannah. Nothing like a little online window shopping to see if a book or author is a good match for you!

In the Fantasy Sci-Fi Readers Lounge, we have themed week takeovers from Wed-Sat every week so readers can meet the member authors and their works according to their genres and what the readers want to see. It’s also nice for us authors to find new to us authors and genres we may enjoy too!

With all the new connections I’ve made and all the free time that suddenly came up, I’ve been invited to more and more online events…so why not do them and have fun! I hope to see you at some of the events where I’ll be! If you do come, stop by…introduce yourself…I’d love to meet ya!

Now, along with all these things happening I still have books to write, edit, book covers to design or approve, format, and publish! Whew, that was exhausting just thinking about it.

If you want to skip the posts about each event you can always click on the Connect page and see exactly where I'll be. I'll keep it up to date for all online and in-person events :)

BOOK REVIEW: The Inheritance, Tales of an Elemental Witch by D. Michele Robbearts

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The Inheritance

Tales of an Elemental Witch

Blurb:

Descending from Merlin, Avalon Rhodes is about to get a birthday present she could never imagine. Nearly a year ago, her mother died unexpectedly and yet today for her eighteenth birthday is a gift from the woman she misses so dearly, an inheritance she didn’t know existed. Ava has no idea how this gift will change her life and set her on a course of self-discovery and acceptance. Her father and one of her mother’s closet friends have sworn to support and guide her. Will Avalon accept her inheritance? Can she undo the darkness her mother created?

 

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My review: As the debut novella for this author, Robbearts did a great job creating a foundation for a series that will surely keep you drawn in!

Very creative and unique! Her characters are believable and the world building realistic. I’m very eager to see what is next in store for Ava!

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Robbearts has put her debut novel in the Kindle Unlimited feature on Amazon. So for those subscribers, you can get the book for free! Otherwise, you can pick up your copy for $2.99 for the eBook! Enjoy! Get your copy on Amazon today!

Personal note: I have to brag just a little bit about this cover! It’s gorgeous but I’m a bit biased since I designed it. The graphics used are from Pixabay (a great source for amazing imaged to work with)

Readers looking for Authors? Look no further

Readers…do you enjoy Apocalyptic / Post-Apocalyptic / Dystopian stories?
Authors of the Fantasy Sci-Fi Support Group will be taking over the Fantasy Sci-Fi Readers Lounge this week talking about their work! Join us!

51543405_10217823727000862_7822140163420585984_oReaders’ Lounge Upcoming FSF themed author takeover week:
Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian
Feb. 27 – March 2

 

For our March takeover themes, the readers decided in a readers’ choice poll what types of fantasy and sci-fi they wanted to learn about with our authors. Here’s what they can look forward to in March:
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Join now and don’t miss a thing!

BETA Readers wanted

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Recently through my newsletter and on social media, I put out a call for anyone interested in BETA reading for me. If you like clean fantasy / paranormal stories and would be interested in reading an early version of books that I’ll be putting out – join in on the fun!

I ask BETA reads to give feedback on the storyline – where they’d like to see more or less and give constructive criticism of the book as a whole. I love it when they tell me they want to see more of something or that maybe I forgot to tell something… It’s also good when they see I’ve put a wrong name or eye color somewhere. (We all miss things so it’s wonderful to get that help).

Usually, I request a two week turn around, but each book request will be different BUT never less than two weeks. Most of my books are novellas or short novels so nothing no 100k word books will be sent.

So, if you think you might be interested in such a thing… join in!

I’d love to have ya!

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BOOK REVIEW: Immorati (Pine Barrons, BK1) by MK Mancos

 

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Immorati (Pine Barrens, BK ) by MK Mancos

 

Blurb: When the corpse of an unidentified species is found in the woods near Pine Haven, New Jersey along with a human female, anthropologist Edie Campbell is called in by local law enforcement and the medical examiner to help identify the strange humanoid male. The discovery of a heretofore unknown species is thrilling for Edie, up until she realizes the creature recently mated with the human female.

Questions form with no apparent answers until Aidan LaMont arrives in Pine Haven to identify his cousin’s body. But the secretive Aidan hides as much of the mystery surrounding the strange creature as he explains, and Edie has no doubt that behind the heat in his amber eyes, he knows much more than he’s willing to tell.

My review:

This is the first book I’ve read from Mancos and am impressed. This spicy fantasy has depth, love, anger, mystery, and suspense. Very realistic characters intertwined with mythology, fate, and an exciting storyline. I’ll definitely be checking out more of her work in the future!

 

**this book does contain sex scenes but they are in good taste and doesn’t take away from the story at all!

 

Get your copy today on Amazon!

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