Author Interview: Jason Z. Christie

Good Mornin’ everyone, today we have the Jason Z Christie, author of PageBurner, and he has graciously offered to take time out to visit with us today. Don’t forget to come back Feb 2nd to see my review of Pageburner.

Interview

Where were you born and where do you call home?

I was born in Kankakee, Illinois, but my family moved to Louisiana when I was five or so, so I’m a weird sort of transplant. Anymore, I live in Texas, though. My spiritual home remains Las Vegas, where I spent several formative years.

Oh? I’ve been to Kankakee and lived in Danville, IL briefly. What or who inspired you to write? And how long have you been writing?

I’d have to say comic books and early sci-fi influenced me to read. Asimov, primarily, and the illustrated classics comic books. As a writer, though, it was Mad Magazine. I think it was in the third grade that we had creative writing classes, and I would regurgitate whatever I had read in Mad as prose. The teacher thought I was brilliant.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I read my first novel to my girlfriend and she was captivated. After that I wrote every day and came home and read to her. Nothing makes you feel better as a writer than to have someone hanging on your every written word like that. So it wasn’t the act of writing, but having someone interested in what I had written.

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?

Six Stories, Short and Sweet is a collection of short stories. In thirty words or less, a mish-mash of old and new writings that show the evolution of my abilities as a writer. A mixed bag that’s mostly good.

I love reading the warnings on the blurbs for many books. If you could write a warning label for yourself as a person or an author, what would it say?

These concepts may be hazardous to your mental health.

If you gave some of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?

If? I have a character, Pet, who is very unhappy with the fact that I put her novel on hiatus a year ago and haven’t written any more about her since.

What does your protagonist think about you? Would he or she want to hang out with you, the author?

It’s sort of funny that you would ask this. I’m marrying Paige Burner, essentially. My girlfriend was the prototype for the character, even though I hadn’t seen her in twenty years when I wrote it. Or, perhaps the character was the prototype for the girlfriend. So, yes, she definitely enjoys hanging out with me, and I with her.

Which character speaks the loudest, to you? Do any of them clamor to be heard over the others?

Janique Turner of the Ultimate Hustle series is the strongest character I’ve created. So much so that she’s spawned four sequels. I made Prail Abraxis as a sort of antidote to Janique. Then they started working together. My other characters are sort of scared of her, actually.

Do your characters try to make like bunnies and create ever more convoluted plots for you? Or do you have to coax them out of your characters?

Ugh. I have to keep myself entertained, first and foremost, right? So I need complexity. Prail, in Perfect Me, resolves to make things more complicated in the future, and right now Cure For Sanity, the novel about her brother Project X, is so complicated I’m trying to map it out on paper to get a handle on the overall story arc. Not only that, but all of my novels intersect in some way. Each of the books connect to at least one other book I’ve written or will write.

Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?

Tokio the welder from Radar Love is based on a welder I met, once. Hazel in Penultimate Hustle is someone I worked with. A lot of my female leads are inspired by my girlfriend/fiancée. I’m already delving into self-referential stuff in Cure For Sanity, so there are definitely real moments in there.

I used to get little story ideas and snippets from other interesting people I’d meet. Lately, there don’t seem to be so many people out there with a story worth telling. Some of my best character names come from odd places. I saw ‘Vnew Vreal’ written on a coffee pot, and that became a character in Perfect Me. L’viv is a place in Romania or something. I found it in the address for a religious tract.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I don’t know if it can be defined. I write sort of dry prose. I’m not big on scene descriptions. I like meat and potatoes story, first and foremost. I prefer to let character development come out of the actions and conversations. At the same time, I like to introduce heady concepts, when I can. But written in a lucid manner.

How did you come up with the title?

I called the character Paige Turner when I wrote it, and found out there was a Young Adult series with that character name. My little brother actually suggested Burner, instead, and it made total sense. I’m surprised no one entitled a novel that before.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes, the idea that other people shouldn’t be able to rule your life and control you.

Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?

We’ve talked about a Paige Burner sequel, as she is a strong character, but I don’t have any definite plans. When I find the right story for her, I can see writing another one. Plus the book sets itself up for a sequel, with some unresolved relationship issues at the end.

How did you come up with the cover design?

I needed something fiery, I knew, and there’s a strong romantic element as well, so the flaming heart picture seemed the perfect expression of those things.

Who designed the cover of your book?

I did. I’m more of a thumbnail designer. I have a decent eye for design, but my covers don’t look like paperback book covers. It’s a skill I hope to acquire soon.

Where do you see yourself in five (5) years?

Writing full time, traveling. Doing research, as we call it. I want to write a story in lots of different genres, so we need to research circuses, the old west and vampires. How do you research vampires?

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Within driving distance of the Lahaina Bar and Grill in Maui, Hawaii.

Is there an author that you would really like to meet?

I sort of have met Stephen King several times, via some weird dream state/astral projection stuff. So I’d have to say Tom Robbins. They’re my two main influences.

What books have most influenced your writing most and why?

The Stand and The Gunslinger series, for the great stories and epic reach. Still Life with Woodpecker for the magical effect it had on our lives. Those are two elements I try to integrate into my own works.

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

I used to sniff that I preferred paper books, and I still do, in a lot of ways. But the Kindle is actually pretty nice to read from. I don’t like reading fiction on a computer, for whatever reason. Hardcover books hold up better when reading in the tub.

Are you a self published (Indie) Author or big trade published?

I just made the leap and became self-published after dragging my feet for three years, avoiding any dealings with the print world. I’m pretty happy with things, so far. The upside potential is enormous.

What can we expect from you in the future? I.E. more books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

Well, I have two series, one on the sex and porn industry, and another sci-fi series of at least three books. In the third, the two series merge. I also have a construction murder mystery that I’m working on, Reduction of Forces, and a funny fantasy novel that needs a title. I don’t think I’ll be pigeonholed into any genre for a number of years, if ever.

How do you market/promote your books?

The usual avenues. Goodreads, Facebook. Networking with reviewers and book blogs. It’s really up to the readers to spread the word, if they’ve enjoyed something I’ve written. I’m sort of at their mercy.

What do you think makes a book a really good/bestseller ?

Strong story, of course, but you need strong characters that you care about. Otherwise, why bother? There are a lot of books out there. It needs to be compelling and original. Groundbreaking, if possible.

Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”?

Not as such. I usually have two or three novels in the works at once, so I just switch stories for a while until I have the next bit I want to write. There are periods of time when I’m partying to much, working too much, something like that, and I should be writing, but I’m not. But not writer’s block, really.

What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?

There’s a sequence in Pageburner where Jean Simons takes ayahuasca, a rainforest drug, and sees another dimension. It’s really a stark contrast to most of the rest of the book, which is detective stuff. It’s an homage to H.P. Lovecraft, actually. I also do an ‘infinite zoom’ when he does DMT. I’m pretty proud of that part, also.

Cool. What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author? What has been the best component?

I honestly haven’t received enough negative criticism. I look forward to it, as I know it’s inevitable.

But the good things I’ve heard so far are really encouraging. Someone started reading Radar Love and was posting about it on Facebook before they were more than a quarter of the way through it. That’s a good feeling.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

What’s that? My girlfriend and I live several hours apart, so we try to see each other every weekend. She’s my hobby, aside from writing.

Have you ever read a book more than once?

I am terrible in that I generally would rather reread something I really enjoy instead of reading new novels. There are many that I’ve read several times. The Stand, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Shining, several Tom Robbins and Robert A. Heinlein titles.

Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?

Generally no. But movies made of Philip K. Dick’s work are usually really good.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?

I got the ebook version of ‘Skinny Legs and All’ by Tom Robbins to read to my girlfriend.

Are there any new authors that have seized your interest and why?

Several, but I couldn’t tell you their names. I’m squirreling away their stuff for when I get a chance to read again.

Is there anything you would change in your first book and why?

I’d probably do more character development and give them a backstory and a history.

Do you have a book trailer?

No. Someone did a great video review of Zombie Killa with a zombie hand puppet, though. It was a real treat to see.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

You have to do it all, now. Write, edit, revise, publish, market and promote. And then don’t get so involved in that that you forget to keep writing.

What is the best advice that you have ever been given when it comes to writing?

King says if you write ten pages a day, you’ll have a new novel every month and a half, so I think that’s great advice.

Do you write under a pen name?

No. But I have other personas, as a metal drummer and a nerd rapper, for instance. They became characters in my books, at some point. Even on Usenet, I used my real name.

What are your pet peeves?

People who talk in movie theaters, or use their cell phones. I don’t go to the movies much, and when I do, I’m reminded why I generally avoid them. A lack of civility in society.

Cats or dogs?

Delicious.

You worry me Winking smileReally!

White wine or red?

Also delicious.

Coffee or tea?

Oh, lots and lots of coffee. If a tea tastes really great, and doesn’t taste like tea, I might try it.

Favourite food?

Prime rib from Peppers in Pasadena, Texas.

Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?

Hmmm. Now that is a tough question. Vanilla? I’m sure I like chocolate better, though. Everyone does.

What are 4 things you never leave home without?

Wallet, car keys, Kindle, composition book. Pen. Can the pen and composition book be treated as a single unit?

Laptop or desktop for writing?

Handwritten. My girlfriend types them up and helps edit them, lucky for me. She’s slogging through a 500 page monster of a novel now.

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?

I like to write at work, because I get paid to do it. I wrote three novels that way.

If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you?

I’d say my girlfriend is famous, so her and porn actresses Renee Hollander and Ashley Blue.

One of your favourite quotes –

“Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice” – Barry Goldwater?

List 3 of your all time favourite books?

Hitchhiker’s Guide, Still Life with Woodpecker, and The Stand. The disease Captain Trips from The Stand is actually in Pageburner, in a mutated form.

List 3 of your all time favourite movies?

Repo Man, The Shining and Blade Runner.

An actor you have a crush on –

Is Justin Beiber an actor? I’m kidding. Natalie Portman, let’s say.

What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed?

I watched Bag of Bones. I think they could have done a better job with it, but it was decent.

Other Works

Where can your readers stalk you?

It’s getting hard to not see me on Facebook. I think everyone there is sick of hearing about my novels, at this point. Thanks for a great interview!

About the Author


Jason Z. Christie is probably best known as High-C, the nerdcore rapper. In deathcore act Gortician, he was known as Jason Gortician. He is also principal lyricist and drummer for the thrash act Festering Sore.

In the BeOS scene, he was known as Sandwich Boy.

As an academic researcher, he is credited with inventing electronic LSD and virtual theater.

Some of his more influential websites included BeDoper, the Death Metal Music Association and Reptilian Watch. He also published some of the first nerdcore hip-hop websites, and released a series of nerdcore hip-hop compilation CDs.

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Interview w/ Paul Oliver Westmoreland (POW)

to protect priceless art

I want to start by welcoming all my readers to the CardSharp Virtual Book Tour! Today I have the wonderful POW here and he has graciously offered to sit for an interview with yours truly – part of the on-going Blog Tour by Lightening Book Promotions – from Jan. 22nd – 31st.

Right now I’m 34, live in North London, and work for a digital advertising agency on Baker Street. I got married in March and now we’re getting ready for the arrival of our first child. In my spare time I’m working hard on the next Vincent Ward adventure.

My novels introduce young readers to real subjects through exciting, fast-paced adventures. In Cardsharp, Vincent Ward explores the murky art underworld and the life and paintings of Caravaggio, while battling a gang of international thieves and smugglers. My aim is to leaves readers wanting to know more about Caravaggio and art – maybe even go to the National Gallery and see a couple of his paintings.

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Interview

My name is POW – Paul Oliver Westmoreland – and I write Cardsharp, A Vincent Ward Adventure

Where were you born and where do you call home?

I was born in South London and now I live in North London.

What or who inspired you to write? And how long have you been writing?

I’ve always enjoyed being creative and went to art college – which really helped me write Cardsharp – I love films and writing in my spare time grew into something I love doing. The greatest thing about writing is, there are no restraints or limits on what you can write about, you just have the alphabet and they can build anything.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I still don’t feel like an official writer. I just write and enjoy it. It’s a small point, but I don’t like giving myself official titles. If other people consider me ‘a writer’, then that’s great.

Do your characters try to make like bunnies and create ever more convoluted plots for you? Or do you have to coax them out of your characters?

I’m a very strict ringmaster around my characters and spend a long time deciding where they need to go before I write the story. That way, all the characters can do is put up roadblocks which I have to knock down to make them perform.

So a true planner?  Nice.  That’s a skill I’ve never mastered.
Do you have a specific writing style?

I try to keep my style relevant to the book I’m writing, so it adds to the reader’s experience. In the case of Cardsharp, I kept it short and fast to give the book added pace and urgency. I wanted it to read like a rollercoaster.

How did you come up with the title?

The title Cardsharp comes from a painting at the start of the book, by Caravaggio, which unlocks the adventure.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

The message in Cardsharp is: look into art it’s amazing what you’ll discover. Overall, Cardsharp is an adventure, but it opens the door to art and art history and explains the life of Caravaggio. Educational books needn’t be boring. And young reader particularly, love learning about the worlds of their characters, so why not add the world of art history to a rip-roaring adventure?

I love and applaud your message and reasoning – and wish more authors thought the same.  Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?

I have a written most of the next Vincent Ward Adventure. This time he becomes embroiled with a contemptible art dealer and is chased across France. I’ve also written a TV series which is being reviewed now, so fingers crossed.

Impressive!  … and good luck with the TV series.
How did you come up with the title and cover design?

I drew this myself. I wanted something that looked as exciting as the story inside. It also needed to be different and stand out from a book shelf and make people take a look inside.

I definitely think you managed to do just that. I also love that you managed to incorporate so many of your talents into one project.

Thank you POW for joining us here and sharing more about yourself and “Cardsharp.”  I invite all our visitors to check out Cardsharp by POW and to enter to win their own copy!  To enter the Cardsharp Giveaway, click HERE.

Burning houses. Daring robbers. Motorway chases. Exploding boats. Flying daggers. Brutal policemen. Ruthless pirates. Beautiful women. Deadly bullets. Racing hearts. International Criminals. Narrow escapes. Tricks, stings and electrocutions. And a priceless painting by one of art’s world’s most notorious masters.

Welcome to the adventures of Vincent Ward, where getting through each day alive just isn’t enough.

 

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Giveaway: CardSharp by POW

to protect priceless art

Title: Cardsharp
Author: Paul Oliver Westmoreland (POW) 
Series: The Adventures of Vincent Ward
Genre: Adventure Book for Children
Release Date: December 12th 2010

 

Burning houses. Daring robbers. Motorway chases. Exploding boats. Flying daggers. Brutal policemen. Ruthless pirates. Beautiful women. Deadly bullets. Racing hearts. International Criminals. Narrow escapes. Tricks, stings and electrocutions. And a priceless painting by one of art’s world’s most notorious masters.

Welcome to the adventures of Vincent Ward, where getting through each day alive just isn’t enough.

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Right now I’m 34, live in North London, and work for a digital advertising agency on Baker Street. I got married in March and now we’re getting ready for the arrival of our first child. In my spare time I’m working hard on the next Vincent Ward adventure.

My novels introduce young readers to real subjects through exciting, fast-paced adventures. In Cardsharp, Vincent Ward explores the murky art underworld and the life and paintings of Caravaggio, while battling a gang of international thieves and smugglers. My aim is to leaves readers wanting to know more about Caravaggio and art – maybe even go to the National Gallery and see a couple of his paintings.

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Interview with Author C.K. Bryant

Author C.K. Bryant has been so gracious as to stop by and visit with me a little today and I thought everyone might like a chance to learn a little more about the author of Bound, the first book in the Crystor series.

To read the review of Bound click HERE!

 

Interview

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I have an old black and white photo of me hiding under a side table in my parent’s living room. I have a legal pad and a pencil in my hand. I was only two and had no idea what a sentence was, couldn’t even sign my own name, but I knew I liked the look of all those squiggly lines on the paper. I was a writer then. I like to think I was born with the gift in my heart. And a vivid, sometimes scary, imagination to go along with it.

 

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?

My debut novel is BOUND, a YA paranormal romance. “A heroic tale of true friendship, infinite sacrifice and untamed love.”

 

I love reading the warnings on the blurbs for many books. If you could write a warning label for yourself as a person or an author, what would it say?

“Wide Load!”ROFL!!Oh, wait!How about, “No red ink allowed within ten feet of author.”

 

Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?

Yes. My protagonist, Shandira, was loosely based on my sister-in-law, Shandra. She was a rebel growing up, always going against the grain. She was totally Goth when she was younger. Drove her parents insane and she loved it. When Shandra found out I was writing a book, she begged to be the “bad guy” so I wrote her character into the book. Unfortunately, Shandra died of a heart problem before she could read it.

 

How did you come up with the title?

ACK! I totally SUCK at titles. And this book has had so many, I lost count. The original one was, “Taming the Heart.” Nobody liked it, so I started playing around with others, like “Kindred Spirit” and “Cursed.” The title I loved was BLOOD BOUND, but then there were other books coming out with the same title, so my friend, Ali Cross, suggested I just go with BOUND. I think it fits.

It’s funny you mention BLOOD BOUND as that’s the name of my second book in the House Millar series, 😉 Do you have plans for a new book?Is this book part of a series?

I’m currently working on revision for BROKEN, the sequel to BOUND. This will be a four book series, so I’ll be pretty busy writing the rest of the books. I hope to have them all out by the end of 2013.

 

I just love your cover. Who designed the cover of your book?

This is one of the many rewards of being self-published. Not only did I have complete control over the content of my book, but I created the cover. The girl on the cover is a stock photo I purchased. She’s exactly how I envisioned Kira would look.

 

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I actually love where I live now. This area of Idaho is so calm and the town is medium and personal.Besides, I’m an Army Brat, so spent the better part of my life living all over the place, including Germany. I like being settled.

I would, however, love to have a vacation home by the beach. Bahamas would be nice.

 

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

I love my Kindle. Take it everywhere I go. But I do have to admit that nothing compares to turning the actual pages. I also find that when I read a book on my Kindle that I absolutely love, I run right out and buy the hardback. Silly, I know.

Are you a self published (Indie) Author or big trad published?

Proud to be an INDIE. I tried the traditional route, had a contract with a publisher and everything, but it didn’t work out. Now with the industry changes that are taking place in publishing, there’s no reason to let the big boys have complete control of my work. As long as I’m willing to do all the work, why not be an INDIE?

 

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

Oooh, I love when I get to reveal a secret or write a twist into the plot. I also love writing action scenes.

 

What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author?What has been the best complement?

Hmm. This one is hard. I have a pretty tough skin, so things tend to bounce off, but I did get a review a while back where the male adult reader (totally NOT the genre I’m writing for) said that Octavion was abusive and should be thrown in jail. The guy actually had some pretty great things to say about my writing and the actual story, but ranted on about my poor Octavion. Thing is, Octavion isn’t human and he’s constantly fighting against he curse that’s inside him, so to compare him to an abusive spouse or boyfriend was just weird. Octavion does everything he can to be good and protect both the female characters in my book. So, yeah. I guess it bugged me.

I have to agree, Octavion does the best he can with the fact he’s not human, trying to protect his little sis, and ‘cursed.’ I didn’t find him abusive as much as struggling. He’s actually very sweet and loyal.

 

The best complement? This one’s easy. It’s not one specific thing, though, it’s all the little emails I get from readers I don’t know. Most are teens, but there are a few college-aged girls as well. They are all very sweet and have nothing but good things to say about BOUND and about me. Mostly they want to know when BROKEN is coming out. Two are even stalking me on Twitter and I LOVE IT!!

 

I can’t wait for Broken either, lol. Is there anything you would change in your last book and why?

When I was preparing my book to query agents and publishers, I cut about 30,000 words so it would better fit in the YA genre. There are a couple of scenes that I regret taking out. One of them will be included in an anthology called IN HIS EYESdue out on February 14th of this year. Watch for it. You’ll see a side of both Kira and Octavion that you don’t get to see much in the book.

 

Cats or dogs?

Dog named Sparky. Cat named Sheba.

 

Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?

French Vanilla

 

Laptop or desktop for writing?

Lappy, but only because my PC is fried. Hubby promises to fix it with our tax refund this year. I can’t wait. Miss it so much.

 

An actor you have a crush on –

Hugh Jackman for sure. He’s yummy.

Oh, he is VERY yummy Open-mouthed smile

Thank you for taking time out of your writing schedule to visit! And, good luck and best wishes for everything you set out to do

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YA Paranormal Romance

When a photo shoot ends in tragedy, Kira discovers her best friend, Lydia, has been keeping a secret. Knowing the truth, and accepting it, will change Kira’s life forever and thrust her into a world of ancient curses, magical objects, and savage enemies. What happens next will challenge everything Kira knows about her world, herself and the shape-shifting warrior she’s falling in love with. No longer the timid mouse her mother accused her of being, but a woman who finds the mental and physical strength to endure and survive.

BOUND is a heroic tale of true friendship, infinite sacrifice and untamed love.

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Twenty original short stories, all from the point of view of our favorite male characters – some are old flames from our novels and some were dreamed up especially for this anthology.

BONUS MATERIAL:

“First Kiss or First Kill” is a deleted chapter from BOUND that has been added to an anthology with a selection of short stories and excerpts from other YA novels written by the authors of INDELIBLES. The anthology, IN HIS EYES, will be released on Valentine’s Day 2012. You can read more about it HERE.

About the Author

Christine has always been a writer. Even before she could compose a single word with pen, she scribbled her version of cursive along the open page just to see what it looked like. As a teen, she swiped her dad’s old Royal typewriter so her muse could breathe life into what her vivid imagination had created.

She’s spent the last twenty-five years married to the man of her dreams and raising their two sons. After helping run the family restaurant for most of their marriage, Christine finally broken away to pursue her dream of being an author.

When she’s not with her family or tickling the computer keys, she loves camping, reading, scrapbooking, listening to all kinds of music, and making new friends.

Christine currently living in the middle of sage brush and lava rock with a spectacular view of the Snake River Canyon in South Central Idaho.

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BTT ~ Writing Or Riveting?

What’s more important: Good writing? Or a good story?

(Of course, a book should have BOTH, but…)

 

Hum . . . I’d have to say, if I can only pick one, ‘a good story.’

For me, no matter how great the writing is, if the story just isn’t there then I won’t enjoy it. Having said that, I can only take so much so-so or ‘eh writing, and flat out bad writing, no matter the story, destroys the ability to be drawn into the story so . . .

How the author manages to seduce your mind is important but without a good story behind the words it leaves you empty and feeling cheated. Just my 2¢ Winking smile

 

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Teaser Tuesdays (1/24)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week I’m doing Teasers from part of this weeks Reviews!

My Teasers:   

I endeavor to focus on the larger problem. Thoughts skitter through my mind like mice avoiding a cat.

Removing a substance . . . isolating an infection, banishing, rebuking, exorcizing . . . I struggle to pin down a solution to the AV. It needs to address magic. It’s gotta be comprehensive of the situation. What I really need is a pen and some paper to help get me organized . . .

           “To keep my spells from being a bust,
           A pen and paper are a definite must.”

Prophecy of the Flame by Lynn Hardy [pp. 33]

There had been to way to recover after Aidan found my romance novel collection. His slight grin reminded me until he left, as if mocking my touch-cop disguise. But it wasn’t a persona, dammit. I’d show him I was more than capable.

 

 

Banshee Charmer by Tiffany Allee [pp. 14]

“Disrupter spell?” Drew asked mentally. “How did you manage that drunk?”

“Easily,” Jerome said with some smugness in his mind-voice. “I didn‟t drink any alcohol tonight. Mike taught me a spell to turn alcohol into water, and he helped me work on doing spells without saying them out loud.”

Witch Hunt by Nick Chivers [pp. 42]

 

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Review: Banshee Charmer

Title: Banshee Charmer
Author: Tiffany Allee
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Series: From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency #1
Release Date: January 2012
Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Crime/Mystery
Pages: 159
Source: NetGalley

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When she’s sent to a crime scene and finds her second dead woman in as many weeks, half-banshee detective Kiera “Mac” McLoughlin is convinced a serial killer is on the loose. Incubi are extinct, her boss insists. But what else can kill a woman in the throes of pleasure? When her partner is murdered after using witchcraft to locate the killer and Mac is thrown off the case, her frustration turns to desperation.

Certain the killer is an incubus, Mac works behind her department’s back to chase down slim, sometimes perilous leads. While the killer eludes her, she does discover handsome Aidan Byrne, an investigative counterpart from the enigmatic Otherworlder Enforcement Agency. Mac typically runs her investigations fast and hard, but with Aidan at her side, she’s running this one “hot” as well. But Aidan knows more than he’s letting on—something that could shatter their blazing romance and add Mac to the killer’s growing body count…

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Author Interview: Lynn Hardy

I want to start by welcoming all my readers to the Prophecy of the Flames Virtual Book Tour. Today we have the wonderful Lynn Hardy, author of the Prophecy of the Flames series, and she has graciously offered to take time out to visit with me today. Don’t forget to checkout my Review of book #1 HERE

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Where were you born and where do you call home?

I was born in Scottsdale, Arizona; a suburb of Phoenix. I grew up a few miles from there in Glendale. By the time I attended 8th grade I was desperate for a change. I longed to see more of the world.

You know the old saying, “Be careful what you wish for, you just may get it?”  I learned the truth of that saying. I attended 7 different high schools.

After college, I moved to Boise, Idaho. I have lived in the City of Trees for 15 years. Boise is the home of my heart.

 

What or who inspired you to write? And how long have you been writing?

I have always loved stories. First reading them, then – in high school – writing. As a young girl, I loved to watch the Superman movies and often pictured myself as Lois Lane – dashing off into the middle of danger to get the story.

I majored in journalism in college. A professor told me: “You don’t have the ability to catch your own typos. No editor will hire you. You should change to a new major.”

Being a tender-hearted young woman, I did as he suggested. But school lost all appeal without writing. I soon dropped out of college all together. I supported my husband as he finished up his degree.

About two years after we tied the knot, my hubby and I went to a counselor to learn to communicate with each other. Christine, our counselor, asked me to write an auto-biography: from my earliest memories with as much detail as I could manage. I handed her ten pages, single-spaced, typed twice a week for the next several months.

One day, as I handed over the next chapter, Christine said, “You know, I’ve asked clients to write for me for the last 20 years. This is the first time I want to sit on the couch with a cup of tea and see what happens next in a client’s life. You really have a way of bringing a story to life.”

A couple of months later, I had an amazing set of dreams. If you changed the order and filled in the blanks, they created a beautiful story that had me laughing out loud one night and crying into my pillow the next. They were so vivid, so captivating, that I couldn’t let go of them.

I knew that this story had to be written. But who could do it justice. With Christine’s words ringing in my ears, I sat down at my computer and started a file that I called “Second Job.” It took one year to write Book One and Book Two as one massive manuscript.

 

How did you come up with the title and cover design?

The original title for the book one was, “Saint Alfred’s Pyre.” But every time I told someone about the book, I had to explain what a pyre was. Before I went to print, I changed the title to “Prophecy of the Flame – Love’s Dawning.”

The original cover design was created in a painting, depicting the final battle. Back then, Book One and Two were still one gigantic manuscript. When I went to self-publish, the cost of printing a 750 page book was out of my price range.

About that time, I had listened to the first two Eragon books on CD as we drove across country. Christopher Paolini ended his first book right after a major battle, without any resolution to the bigger picture.

I decided, if a bestseller could do that, then so could I. Just so happens, there’s a climactic battle scene in the middle of my story. I added a short chapter to end it cleanly. I now had two books instead of one. But I needed a new cover – fast.

The artist who created the original, unpublished, cover also did some pencil sketches for the interior. My favorite one was a mirror scene. I took that picture and created a marbled background to go behind it.

I thought the gray cover would stand out from all the dark fantasy books on the shelf. Unfortunately, gray just faded into the background. I met an artist from Tor, the largest fantasy publisher in the nation, at a convention where I was doing panels on self publishing. Mark Ferrari took one look at the book and knew I needed help.

Mark suggested the current design: A simple black background with a stylized flame and  unique font. A market survey of 100 books revealed that 90% of male readers wouldn’t pick up a book with “Love” on the cover: it gave off the impression of a romance novel. So I dropped the subtitle – though it still graces the interior – and now call it, Prophecy of the Flame – Book One.

Who designed the cover of your book?

I found Yivgeni Matoussov at an online art forum. After interviewing a half-a-dozen illustrators, Yivi sent me some sketches of the Crusaders of the Light. He captured the characters brilliantly. Yivgeni illustrated both the cover and most of the interior pictures, as well.

Where do you see yourself in five (5) years?

The Prophecy of the Flame Project has begun. The full-length movie should be released in 2013. 100% of the proceeds, from this movie will go to Agape Assistance – Shelter for Families, One Book at a Time. (As does the proceeds from Book One as well as the full cast, unabridged Audio Book.)

All five books in the series should be in print and by 2017 I should be hard at work on movie four or five.

What books have most influenced your writing most and why?

L.E. Modesitt Jr. has a great fantasy series: The Saga of Recluse. I wait expectantly for each new novel. Lee wrote many books in first person before it was considered acceptable. Reading his work, prepared me for my own stories that are also written from the first person perspective.

Melanie Rawn is another favorite author. Her Dragon Prince series combines romance and fantasy in a way that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Although my romance isn’t as steamy as hers, merely suspenseful, Melanie blazed the way for the Romantic Fantasy genre.

Mercedes Lackey is an amazing writer. Her fantasy books always contained a interwoven thread of romance. However, Mercedes’ books seemed to have a deeper purpose. She challenged some sensitive issues when they were still taboo. There are some controversial issues subtly touched upon by my work – I will leave those for the readers to discover.

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

I usually prefer paperbacks. I like to hold a book in my hands, smell the paper and hear each page turn. I only purchase hardcover books for autographs from authors.

I now own my first ereader device – it does make reading easy on the go. You can even get your ebooks signed at a site called KindleGraph. But, to me, there is nothing like seeing those novels, that touched your heart, displayed on your own bookshelf.

Thank you for taking the time to share with us and I wish both your series and your soon-to-be-made movie all the best. I can’t wait to get my hands on book #2!

About the Author


Led by a series of dreams and encouraged by friends, Lynn Hardy began the journey to become an author. She stored her work in a computer file labeled “second job.” Writing began as a passion she could not contain and has become much more than she ever expected.

Lynn has attended many science fiction conventions and has had the privilege of serving on panels about writing. Renaissance fairs are another favorite event for the author. Seeing others dressed in costume (as she always is during book signings) makes her feel right at home.

The real shock came at a chance meeting in a videogame store in 2008. It took several meetings before she realized JR was a CEO and Hippocrit Games was offering her a contract: they were not just making small talk about what a great videogame her book would make. Hippocrit plans to launch their new company with the release of Prophecy of the Flame, the live action videogame, in Fall 2010.

In reality, Lynn is overcome with compassion for families who are suffering through the recession and so she has created Agape Assistance. Knowing that times are hard for everyone, Lynn wants to give back to those who join Agape Assistance in providing shelter for families who are homeless. Buying Book One will provide a book for you and a bed for them. 100% of the proceeds from Prophecy of the Flame: Book One go to Agape Assistance. (AgapeAssistance.org)

Lynn is now a stay-at-home mother of two. The road has been longer and more complicated than she would have ever guessed–not always smooth, but filled with wonderful surprises. Like most stories, Lynn is sure that her journey has only just begun.

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Review: Prophecy of the Flame #1

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Title: Prophecy of the Flame 
Author: Lynn Hardy
Publisher: Resilient Publishing
Series: Prophecy of the Flame #1
Release Date: March 8, 2088
Genre: Romance, Para/Fantasy, YA
Pages: 373
Source: Lightening Book Promotions

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In a blinding flash of light, five nondescript strangers are yanked from this world and thrust into a land of sorcery. Transformed into the characters they were pretending to be; Archmage Reba, Jamison the healer, Jerik the dwarf, Charles the prince charming, and Allinon the druid elf blend twentieth century technology with the supernatural powers of this new world.

This band of wannabe heroes soon discovers that having the powers you have always dreamed of, does not make life a dream come true. The Crusaders of the Light struggle to form a cohesive band as they fight to liberate the kingdom of Cuthburan from the evil horde threatening humanity.

For those who believe the struggle of love adds a greater depth to any story, the romantic thread in Book One is explored in greater depth in this version.

Battle is also waged within Reba, an ordinary housewife who has become the most powerful mage on the planet, as she struggles to remain true to her wedding vows. Drawn against her will to the arms of Prince Alexandros, Reba must choose between the prophesied marriage to a handsome prince in a magical world or returning to the husband she left behind.

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Review: The Best Mistake

Title: The Best Mistake
Author: Kate Watterson
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: January 16, 2012
Genre: Romance, Ménage, Erotica
Words: 17,000
Source: NetGalley
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When Lacey Billings gives her boyfriend, Ran, an erotic wake-up call in the middle of the night, she’s shocked to discover that the gorgeous man she’s kissing isn’t Ran…it’s his cousin, Rick.

Although Ran laughs off the mix-up, Lacey and Rick can’t stop thinking about the unexpected encounter, and they can’t escape the scorching flashbacks it’s aroused.

Ran doesn’t want an innocent mistake to ruin his relationship with his girlfriend or his cousin, so he proposes a solution. He wants the three of them to solve this problem the old-fashioned way, by sleeping on it…together.


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